A Cricut Christmas Clock

Welcome to the second stop on the Christmas in July “anything goes” hop.  You should have arrived here from the wonderful Scrapalette’s blog.  Today’s hop promises to deliver a variety of projects and techniques, so make you stop and visit at each blog.

My project uses a Hobby Lobby clock that I “covered” in October Afternoon paper and embellished with Cricut elves from “A Quilted Christmas” and poinsettia made from leaves on the “Flower Shoppe” cartridge.  I simply trimmed away the stem and layered to create the poinsettia.  I added a few Pearl Pen dots and some Stickles to finish up the look.  I also added some Tim Holtz embellishments.

Cricut-Christmas-Clock

The elves are at 4″ tall, and I used the Cricut Craft Room.  I love the ease of hiding contours so you can cut the pieces you want in the paper you want.  It was a big help in cutting the girl elf and all of the little pieces.  I cut several layers of Papertrey Ink cardstock for the base layers of each elf.  The added dimension and stability are worth the cardstock investment.

I hope you enjoyed your visit today – please leave a comment to be entered for a $25 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamps.

Next up on the blog hop is the fabulous Maria.

And if you are just starting off, here is the lineup.  Be sure to head back to Scrapalette’s blog so you don’t miss a thing.  Scrapalette is awarding a Cricut Christmas Village cartridge – each blog you comment on will give you an entry in the prize drawings!  And, the prize drawing at the end of the month is for a brand new Christmas {Noel} cart!

Here’s the rest of today’s lineup:

1~Paulette at http://scrapalette.blogspot.com – you should have started here
2~Sis at http://papercraftscissors.com – you are here
3~Maria at http://stampcutcreate.blogspot.com – up next
4~Laura at http://www.coolbeansbylb.blogspot.com
5~Brenda at http://happyscrapper64.blogspot.com
6~ Lisa at http://addictedtothecricut.blogspot.com
7~Donna at http://carolinascreativecropper.blogspot.com
8~ Cindy at http://www.inlovewithpaper.blogspot.com
9~Angela at http://angiespaperpassion.blogspot.com
10~Theresa at http://scrapsbygracie.blogspot.com
11~Beth at http://seaswancreations.blogspot.com
12~Betsy at http://betsymcreates.blogspot.com
13~Loraine at http://www.lorainespaperplayhouse.blogspot.com

Cricut and Silhouette Meet Again in a Cookie Cookbook

Welcome to the next stop on the Jolly Holly Blog Hop.  If you are just joining in, you may wish to hop back to the beginning with Kristen’s blog so you can see the whole lineup.

And here is the entire line-up:

Kristen at http://fantabulouslypink.blogspot.com/
Angie at  http://angiespaperpassion.blogspot.com/
Betsy at  http://www.betsymcreates.blogspot.com/
Sherry at  http://www.macybella.blogspot.com/
Maria at  http://stampcutcreate.blogspot.com/
Ken’s at www.kreativeken.blogspot.com
Darcy at http://dlmbscrapping-time2create.blogspot.com/
Paulette at http://scrapalette.blogspot.com/
Cindy at http://www.inlovewithpaper.blogspot.com/
Michelle at www.michelegreen.com
Christine at  http://scrappin-nanapuddin.blogspot.com
Yolanda at  http://craftyscentiments.blogspot.com/
CricutAddicted at http://scrappingformorefun.blogspot.com/
*Me* at https://papercraftscissors.com/
Terri at http://scrappinwiththebug.blogspot.com/
Lisa at http://addictedtothecricut.blogspot.com
Tracie at www.thecraftytouch.blogspot.com
Brenda at http://happyscrapper64.blogspot.com/
Sandy at http://1craftysansan.blogspot.com
Carolyn at http://cccscraproom.blogspot.com/
Nadia at http://www.withglitteringeyes.com/

On to the project – a cookie cookbook using Cricut and Silhouette.  I love combining these two die cutters together in projects as both are unique and offer different capabilities.

Silhouette contributed the album backbone and engineering.  This is a Lori Whitlock file.  I used Papertrey Ink cardstock for the album cover and lined it with Bazzill embossed paper to give it extra strength.  The cover patterned papers are from My Mind’s Eye “Be Merry Collection.”

Mrs. Claus is from Cricut’s “A Quilted Christmas”.  Does anyone else find she bears a startling resemblance to Paula Deen?  Mrs. Claus was cut at 4.5″ tall.  Her stove is from “Country Life” and is cut at 3.5″ tall.  Using the Cricut Craft Room, I extended the stove-pipe by welding a rectangle to the end of the stove-pipe.  I hand trimmed off the coffee pot as I thought it didn’t suit the occasion as much.   I added some Copic shadows to her apron and a little red crystal for a holly berry to her head band.  Her kitchen sign is from a Just Rite Stamp set.  I simply trimmed the paper and added a dark frame.  I made the faux bois floor by drawing in the dark plank first and angling the lines out from the center point.  I then added tans and brown with Copics and some wood grain with a Micron pen.

I will be adding a total of five pockets with cookie recipe pull out pages.  Here is a picture of the first page for Cowgirl Cookies:

I used “Summer Celebration” for the Cowgirl and cut her at 4″ tall.  I hand cut the Christmas tree accents for her boots from the “Be Merry” collection.  Her patterned paper dress is also from “Be Merry”.  I added some hand-cut holly leaves and a Crop-A-Dile berry to her scarf to make her a little more Christmas-like.

Hope this project gave you some ideas for your Christmas projects, and before you hop off to Terri’s blog, make sure you leave a comment to be entered in a drawing for this:

Tim Holtz Christmas Card and Tag Kit!  I will be drawing on winner on Monday 12 November at 9:00 AM EST- so don’t forget to leave a comment.  I will ship to North America, Australia, or Europe.