Day Seven: 31 Days of Christmas Cards Collab

I am so excited to share our new Creative Design Team video collab with you entitled 31 Days of Christmas Cards.  Each day, one of our design team members will be showing you how to create some beautiful projects so that you can get a head-start on your Christmas card making.  Make sure that you are subscribed to each of these YoutUbe channels and click on the notification bell so that you are notified when each daily video is added. 

My Christmas Cards are going to be featured every Wednesday in October, and I will be posting the tutorials on my channel and here on my blog for you to enjoy. At the end of the month, I will post the complete playlist so that you can view EVERY video we have created.  

Today, I decided to feature one of my favorite seasonal background dies – the Layered Floral Thin Cuts.  These are currently available, while supplies last, in the September/October catalog and I have fallen in love with this beautiful intricate design. 

I wanted to show you two ways that you could use these thin cuts. This set of three dies is sized to fit a standard A2 size card, so I chose to show you how to use with cardstock, glitter paper, and a PML card.  

The Comfort & Joy PML card design was an on-camera experiment. I liked the pattern on that PML card, but I knew that it was smaller than the background thin cut, so I decided to figure out a way to use it.  In my video, you get to see how I “made it work” and now I plan to try it again with a few more of the pocket cards in my stash. 

I also chose to show you how I use stickers on my cards. For some people this is a foreign concept, but I have found that many of our stickers are ideal for sentiments and embellishments especially when you need a last minute card. 

On each design, I used few gold stickers from the Comfort & Joy sticker sheet to embellish the card and, on one of the cards, a simple Silent Night sticker sentiment.   

Each of the Poinsettias were created using the Comfort & Joy Scrapbooking stamp set.  The flowers on these cards were layered with the berries and pine bough images.

On the Scarlet card, I stamped the images in Scarlet ink and cut a few of the layers from vellum using the matching thin cuts dies.  I wanted this to be a monochromatic looking card, so I chose to stamp the image in that beautiful scarlet color, black, and gold.  

To give the look of little yellow flowers, I adhered a pile of beads in the center using Liquid Glass.  Can I just say, I am so excited that we have beads now.  On my home décor projects, I have always used a product like the beads for the centers of my flowers, and, now that we have the beads, I can show you how I like to use them. 

The second Poinsettia is a little more traditional with the green leaves and simple gold center.  I chose to stamp and cut multiple images and layer them together using foam dots. 

I am loving how each one of these turned out.  They have such an elegant look with those Layered Floral Background thin cuts, yet, they were so simple to make using stamps and stickers. 

If you would like to create a set of these cards, or watch my PML card experiment, you can click on the video below. If you wish to subscribe to my channel or any of the other Creative Design Team members, head on over to YoutUbe, and click on the “description” in the video. There you will see a list of all of our design team members. 

I hope that you were inspired to create something new and create a few Christmas cards of your own.  Make sure to stop by each week for another Christmas Card project idea. 

Don’t forget! The Layered Floral Background Die and Stamp Set I used are available for a limited time.  As a VIP you can get 15% back in rewards when you purchase these AND when you sign up as a VIP this month, you get a $25 bonus to use on just about anything on my website.  

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Here is a List of the Items I Used Today

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.

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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

X9007
Mix- In Paper Packet

X9009
Holiday Mix-In Paper Packet

1385
12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

X6047
12 x 12 Black Cardstock

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Shimmer Brushes

Z2863
White Daisy Pigment Ink

Z3367
12 x 12 Vellum Paper

Z891
VersaMark Ink Pad

White Super Fine Embossing Powder
White Embossing Powder

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Complete Creativity Collection

MissCarriesCreations-FlowerMarket
Flower Market Collection

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Cricut Air 2

Portable Trimmer, 12"
Cricut Portable Trimmer

Weeding Tool Set
Weeding Tool Set (Tweezers)

Z4252
Heat Tool

B07BTL2PXJ
Stamping Platform

Z1836
Micro-Tip Scissors

B0767PZDL1
Art Glitter Glue with Fine Tip

Weeding Tool Set
Weeding Tool Set (Tweezers)
Z4191
Silver Glitter Gems
Z3341
Foam Dots
Z2045
All Purpose Mat
Z1151
Foam Tape

A Christmas Nativity Shadowbox for the Heart2Heart Challenge

This week, at the Heart2Heart blog, we are hosting an Anything Goes ~ Holiday Edition challenge and we would love for you to join in the fun.  What does “anything goes” mean? As long as you use some Close to My Heart products in your design, we would love for you to share your HOLIDAY creation with us at Heart2Heart.

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There were a few of you who saw my “accidental” posting and a video hinting of this little creation last week. It has been a while since I have posted a Cricut™ creation with a tutorial, so (another teaser) I will be posting some instructions for this Bethlehem Nativity Shadow Box later in the week.

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For now, you get to see this lovely little shadow box I created using some images from our new Complete Creativity Collection.  After stamping the image at the top onto some Mix Ins paper, I cut each on of the town images to fit into the recesses of the shadow box. MissCarriesCreations-BethlehemNativityShadowBox-Town.jpg

The Poinsettia and Evergreen boughs are also from various images in the Complete Creativity collection. After cutting the images from cardstock and vellum, I added a little shine with some Shimmer Brushes.

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If you are interested in creating this Bethlehem Nativity Shadow Box, please subscribe to my newsletter,  join my VIP group, or follow me online (FB or IG).  I will be posting the tutorial on each of these for all to see.

I hope that this creation has inspired you and that you join us at Heart2Heart for one of our December challenges. Don’t forget to link up your creations before December 31st.

 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.