A Challenge to Try Something New at Heart2Heart

Happy New Year, friend!  With the new year comes new goals, new promises, and hope for the future. If one of your goals is to try something new, then we would love for you to join our first January challenge at Heart2Heart

One of my crafting goals for the new year is to look at my supplies in a new way. Not only will this help me get through my growing crafting stash, but it will also stretch me to find unique ways to use them and share those with you. Today, I have decided to explore a few new approaches to Liquid Glass  and I am going to share with you how I made use of it on my Winder Songbird Card. 

From the photograph it is hard to see where I used Liquid glass. After all, it is a clear, quick drying liquid that is usually used as an adhesive. What people forget is that Liquid Glass is also great at adding a glaze-like glossy accent to your project. On my card, I added some texture to the background paper by drawing some squares onto the pattern and adding little dots to the tips of my snowflakes.

Since the Liquid Glass has very little dry time, I was able to put the rest of this card together quickly using some pine bough Cricut die-cuts that were heat embossed,  a single stamped bird image, and a sentiment that was stamped atop a partial tag. 

Why heat emboss the pine boughs? There are a few reasons.  First, I accidentally cut FIFTY of these in the wrong color of green for some kits, so I inked them in Espresso to change to color. Second, heat embossing adds texture and stiffens thin die-cuts making them easier to bend and mold. 

I hope that today’s project has inspired you to try something new and give Liquid Glass a second look.  If you decide to try something new this week, please share it with us at the Heart2Heart Challenge. We always enjoy seeing your creations and are often inspired by you. 

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Create the Bethlehem Shadow Box in Cricut Design Space©

Remember that beautiful Bethlehem Nativity shadow box I created for the Heart2Heart challenge? Many of you asked for a tutorial that would show you how to create one for your home, and, today, that tutorial is ready for you to view.


You will need to change the sizes of the papers and images to fit your own personal shadow box. The one I used is a 7 Gypsies Solo Shadow box that was purchased at a local craft store and all of my cuts were made to fit the specific dimensions of this particular shadow box.  You will find the complete list of supplies I used on my project at the very bottom of this post. 

After stamping and heat embossing the Joy to the World sentiment, I started creating my images in Design Space©. The town of Bethlehem comes from our Complete Creativity Collection which can only be purchased from my website. Each image was cut and manipulated to fit this shadow box using the Slice and Contour features in Cricut Design Space©. When you view the video, you will be able to see how I used these features on each of the images.

The Poinsettia comes from one of my favorite collections – Flower Market. After adding some Black & White Shimmer, I assembled the flower and attached it to the side of the shadow box.  Those of you who are members of my VIP Group were able to watch a live tutorial on how I put this flower together.

The final step was to add some pine boughs from the Complete Creativity Collection and add a few little embellishments.  If you would like to watch the full video tutorial and create a Bethlehem Nativity Shadow Box for your home, you can view it below.

I hope that this project has inspired you to dust off your Cricut© and create something beautiful for your home this Christmas. Most of the supplies I used on this project will be retiring on December 31st, so make sure you stop by my website and snag them before they are gone. Please feel free to comment below with any questions you have about this project.

 I can’t wait to see what you create!


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Here is a list of the supplies used on this project

Joy to the World
Joy to the World Stamp Set

Mix- In Paper Packet

Holiday Mix-In Paper Packet

12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

12 x 12 Black Cardstock

product image
Shimmer Brushes

White Daisy Pigment Ink

12 x 12 Vellum Paper

VersaMark Ink Pad

White Super Fine Embossing Powder
White Embossing Powder

Complete Creativity Collection

Flower Market Collection

Cricut Air 2

Portable Trimmer, 12"
Cricut Portable Trimmer

Weeding Tool Set
Weeding Tool Set (Tweezers)

Heat Tool

Stamping Platform

Micro-Tip Scissors

Art Glitter Glue with Fine Tip

Weeding Tool Set
Weeding Tool Set (Tweezers)
Silver Glitter Gems
Foam Dots
All Purpose Mat
Foam Tape

Season to Sparkle ~ Close to My Heart Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Season to Sparkle Technique Blog Hop where we will be showing you a variety of holiday projects, full of sparkle, that highlight our current Close to My Heart products!75625500_10156918102997934_526905505541521408_o.jpg If you have come here from Darlys Recker’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.

According to my niece, “there is no such thing as too much sparkle & glitter”, especially during the holidays.  My son, who sets up holiday displays for a craft store, would say otherwise as he is picking glitter out of his beard all through December. 😂 I personally believe that there is a happy medium when adding some sparkle to your holiday projects and, today, I am going to show you a few of the glittery details I added to my Sparkling Sleigh Christmas Card.MissCarriesCreations-SparklingSleighCard.jpg

The design of this card is rather simple – two 1¼” strips of embossed White Daisy cardstock, two ¼” strips of Black Glitter paper, and a snowflake background that I cut from White Glitter paper using my Cricut machine. MissCarriesCreations-SliceSnowflakeBackground.JPG

To create the snowflakes, I used an image from our Art Philosophy collection and resized it to 5½” high.  A 2″ x 5½” rectangle shape was added to the canvas, layered atop the snowflake image, and sliced to make my background strip.

Once the background was complete, I stamped a sleigh image using the December Reindeer Crossings stamp set, shaded it with Charcoal & Clear Shimmer Brushes, then cut out the image and placed it onto the card with foam tape.

To add even more sparkle to the card, I brushed Black Shimmer onto a few pine branches that I cut from the Complete Creativity collection, added some Bitty Sparkle accents to the card, and completed the design with a sweet little Stripped Bow.


I wanted to be able to show you how delightfully sparkly this card is, so I had my dear hubby hold some light above it as I snapped this photograph. What do you think of all that sparkle and shimmer for the holidays??

Now ‘Hop” on over to Melissa Robinson’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 that this Sparkling Sleigh Christmas Card has inspired you to try something new and add little shimmer to your holiday projects.

I can’t wait to see what you create!


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