Magical Christmas Layout: The Unicorn Reimagined

The sun is shining, the bees are out, the flowers are blooming… and I am working on Christmas pages.  When Close to My Heart asked me to “reimagine” the Magical Unicorn layout in the Everyday Moments collection, the first thing that came mind was a Deer and, with all the bright colors in the Blue Skies collection, I knew that I needed to create a Christmas layout. 

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If you read my previous posts, you know that I was assigned the Magical Unicorn key from the Everyday Moments collection and was asked to create the original design (seen here on my blog) AND a reimagined design.  In true Miss. Carrie fashion, I broke the rules.  I chose to use the Blue Skies collection, which is intended for summer, with the Magical Unicorn, which is not at all Christmasy, and created a holiday layout. 

Are you able to pick-out which images I used from the original design?  In my video tutorial, I walk you through the creative process in Design Space so that you are able to see how I turned the unicorn into a deer.  There aren’t too many steps, and it’s a great tutorial for those who are learning to use their Cricut. 

As you can see here, the ears, flowers, title and stars are all from the original Magical Unicorn key.  I love how those flowers turned out! The Blue Skies cardstock I used has a raised pattern design which make those flowers just pop off the page. 

I paired the cardstock with vellum to soften the design some.  If you choose to use Vellum with these flower cuts, you are going to want to choose “Intricate Cardstock Design” in Design Space.  The vellum setting doesn’t cut those straw flowers as cleanly. 

Along with the Blue Skies cardstock, I also used the pattern paper and stickers.  All of these are intended for summer designs, but I felt like they were the perfect backdrop for my Christmas photos. 

One of the pattern papers I used had a sentiment design that didn’t quite match with the holiday theme, so I chose a sticker from the Blue Skies collection to cover it. Using the “Life is Sweet” sticker was a great way to stick to my holiday theme and add a little embellishment to the layout.  

There are still a few details, like journaling, that I need to add to the layout.  I am in the process of creating an extended story with these holiday photos, so I am waiting to finish the story writing process.  Once I have finished, I will show you the completed design and share it with you. 


I hope that today’s project inspired you to take another look at the Magical Unicorn key in the Everyday Moments collection.  This Cricut collection is not available in Access or through the Cricut website – it is only available through my affiliate link below. 

While you are visiting this website, make sure to take a look at all FOUR exclusive Cricut collections I have to offer you.  Our two newest collections are designed to match our Aurora and Stitched Together paper packs – imagine all the possibilities!!!  

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Here is a List of the Items I Used Today

Paper Layering Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Paper Layering Technique Blog Hop where we will be showing you a variety of paper layering techniques that highlight a few of our Close to My Heart products!72479502_10156828828917934_6898018155151491072_o.jpg  If you have come here from Maz Wood’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.

To me, paper layering means using a variety of products, from various collections, that all complement each other and use them on a single paper crafting project. This is my FAVORITE way to create.  I enjoy being able to just grab from my stash when construct a layout, like this Snow Cute page.MissCarriesCreations-SnowCuteLayoutSM.jpg

To often, we grab a background paper, like the one from Holly Jolly here, and think that we need to only using Holly Jolly products, without noticing that the Mix-Ins and Cedar & Pine have embellishments that match perfectly. When I am designing my layouts, I don’t even pay attention to the product line, I simply snag & grab everything that coordinates  with my photo and create.

If you look at the title of my layout, you will see that I used a combination of Complete Creativity Cricut™ cuts  and stickers from the Cedar & Pine Collection, yet the paper is from the Holly Jolly collection. These both match my photos and coordinate with each other.  

If you take a hard look at the other side of the layout, you will notice Cricut™ cuts from Flower Market, Your Are Here, & Complete Creativity along with stickers from the Holly Jolly collection.  Every piece I chose for this layout complements each other and the photos I am trying to highlight.  If you like, you can watch this short process video, and watch how I put together this Snow Cute page.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Darlys Recker’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas.  I hope today’s post has encouraged you to start looking at your products in a whole new way.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Holly Jolly Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet
Holly Jolly Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet

Mix-in Paper Packet
Mix-In Paper Packet

Mix-in Paper Packet
Mix In Paper Packet

Cedar & Pine Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet
Cedar & Pine Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet

Cricut® collection image
Complete Creativity Collection

Sapphire Cardstock
12 x 12 Sapphire Cardstock

Glacier Cardstock
12 x 12 Glacier Cardstock
White Daisy Cardstock
12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock
Ballerina Cardstock
12 x 12 Ballerina Cardstock
Cricut® collection image
Flower Market Collection
Z3553
Acrylic Hearts

Z1263
Bitty Sparkles

Z3293
Clear Shimmer Brush

Paper Tool Set
Paper Tool Set

Weeding Tool Set
Weeding Tool Set (Tweezers)

Z1151
Foam Tape

Z3341Foam Dots

Tonic Studios Tim Holtz 370 Paper DistresserEdge Distresseser Tools

Z1836
MicroTip Scissors

Portable Trimmer, 12"
Portable Paper Trimmer

 

Spooktacular Blog Hop

Welcome to the Spooktacular Blog Hop where we will be featuring products from our our Spooktacular special. 70961509_10156748199832686_5214103289620070400_n.jpgIf you have come here from Michelle Loncar’s blog, you are on the right path!  When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of artwork created by some very talented consultants.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

Like many of you, our family does not do much for Halloween, so when I signed up for this blog hop I immediately began racking my brain trying to figure out what I was going to create.  I looked through the Spooktackular papers & stickers and was elated when I realized that the patterns not as ghoulish as I had anticipatedand I knew exactly what to make.

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These photos are over 16 years old and the memories attached are still embedded in my child’s mind. We had just lost a grandparent unexpectedly, moved into a new neighborhood in a much smaller town, enrolled the kids into a new school, and my son was turning nine.  I had the “brilliant” idea to invite some boys we barely knew into our home for a Creepy Crawly birthday party in hopes that this would spark some friendships.  (Don’t ever do this to an introverted  child.)MissCarriesCreations-SpooktacularBirthdayLayout.jpg

As you can see in these photos, it wasn’t what any of us expected. A house full of elementary school boys was quite the eye opening experience. 🤣 On this layout, I took advantage of the bright colors, the creepy crawly spiders, and added a few Cricut™ cuts to portray the creepy crawly theme.

The title of the layout was also created using my Cricut™, then shaded using the Jade TriBlend Marker.  Having three colors in one allowed me to create an ombre effect on the title and I love how it turned out.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Lauren Moore’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas. These adorable Spooktacular products are available, while supplies last, through October 31st. Contact your CTMH Consultant, or Promotions Tab of my website to see how you can can save 20% on this special bundle.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. By clicking on those links, and making a purchase, your are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.

Spooktacular Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet
Spooktacular Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet
Spooktacular Coordinating CardstockSpooktacular Coordinating Cardstock White Daisy Cardstock
12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock
Mint Cardstock12 x 12 Mint Cardstock Vellum Paper
12 x 12 Vellum Paper

Jade Green TriBlend™ Marker
Jade Green TriBlend™ Marker

Digital Image Set, Close To My Heart - Complete CreativityCTMH Complete Creativity

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Machine Mat Variety Pack, 12" x 12" (3 ct.) Cricut Machine Mat

Thread SnipsCricut Thread Snips

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Stitch Happy Sewing Machine
Z3549
Holly Jolly Dots

Z4023
Multi Square Windows Thin Cuts

Z7503
Mint Exclusive Inks Re-Inker
Z4246
Texture Paste Trio
Z3516
Black Journaling Pen
Z4089
Liquid Glass Fine Tip Applicator
Z679
Liquid Glass
Z1279
VersaMat
Z3341
Foam Dots

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