A Cricut Christmas Card – Change Up the Traditional Colors

Welcome to the second stop on the Christmas in July card hop.  You should have arrived here from the wonderful Scrapalette’s blog.  Today’s Christmas in July hop is all about cards and of course, Cricut cuts.

And here is my card:

Cricut-Reindeer

Yep – it’s a pink reindeer with rhinestone antlers – and yes, you can use alternative paper and colors schemes and have it still add up to Christmas.   I started with the background paper as my color inspiration (it’s Grow from Kaisercraft’s Summer Breeze collection.)  I picked dark, medium, and light solid cardstock in a variety of textures for the background trees.  The darkest trees are in the back, the medium are in the middle, and the lightest tree is directly behind the reindeer.  All of the trees are from Paper Doll Dress-Up.  I used Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet and Spun Sugar distress inks to add shading to both the background paper and the trees.

The reindeer is from Noah’s ABC animals – this Cricut cartridge has the prettiest animals.  I cut the reindeer from taupe and  pink patterned papers.  After assembling, I added rhinestones (colored slightly with Copics) to the antlers and as eyes.  Then I began building the layers of the card.  The dark trees are in the back and adhered directly to the cardstock.  The medium value trees are pop dotted and the lightest value tree is double pop dotted.  I hand cut the snow banks from Papertrey Ink white cardstock and added Spun Sugar and a little Victorian Velvet to accentuate the hilltops.  The reindeer is also pop dotted.

The tag is from Art Philosophy and the sentiment is from Inky Antics.

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 Diane.

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 brand new Cricut Christmas 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!  I will be back on 27 July with another Cricut Christmas project.  See you then – and until then – happy hopping.

Paulette at http://scrapalette.blogspot.com/  Start Here!
Sis at https://papercraftscissors.com/    You Are Here!
Diane at http://dianesdribble.blogspot.com/  Next Up!
Lisa at http://addictedtothecricut.blogspot.com/
Linda at http://ladybuglair.blogspot.com/
Donna at http://carolinascreativecropper.blogspot.com/
Cindy at http://www.inlovewithpaper.blogspot.com/
Fran at http://lovebugtimme.blogspot.com/
Colleen at http://scrappycol.blogspot.com/
Theresa at http://scrapsbygracie.blogspot.com/
Beth at http://seaswancreations.blogspot.com/

Cricut Recipe Page – A Campin’ Critter Cooks

This is the second page for the fabulous Diane Hodrick’s recipe page swap.  I am so pleased with the pages from the first round of the swap that I have already received, and I can not wait to see what treasures will arrive with the new round – soups and salads.

This is a page for an easy White Bean Chicken Chili recipe.  With ingredients such as jalapeno, cumin, oregano, and garlic, I thought this recipe page would need something with a southwestern feel.  And here he is – a cooking coyote with a dutch oven in the campfire from the Campin’ Critters cartridge.

The barrel and the bag of beans are from Paper Doll Dress Up.  The moon was made with a series of 3 circle punches – one of patterned paper and two smaller from chipboard.  I gave the moon a once around with a Copic C2 marker and then gave it that healthy dose of Diamond Glaze.  I really like the dimension of the moon – and I think it all lines up rather nicely into a fun 6X6 inch page.

A Tale of Two Tags

I made two tags for two friends with different tastes:

The one above used Country Life.  I used the Cricut Craft Room to extend her pant legs and make boots from her previously bare feet.  I hand cut her jacket, trimmed her previously long hair, and added a leash.  Her dog, Sneaker, loves to wear bandanas and go for walks.  The flower is from the Flower Shoppe and is inked with Copics and Sneaker’s “boots” were inked with a white Uni-ball Signo pen.  The tag is from Winter Frolic and the red cardstock is embossed with a rose pattern from Lifestyle Crafts.  It was inked with Barn Door Distress Ink to bring out more of the dimension.  I have to say, I really love how this turned out.  I hope my friend does too.

The one below used Something to Celebrate for the birds with their heart and I used the same embossing folder as the previous tag.  I inked it and added glossy accents and glitter.  This is the same Winter Frolic tag.  The branch is the “tree” from Paper Doll dress up turned sideways.  There is a lot of pattern and glitter on this tag – aqua and red is one of the recipient’s favorite color combos (and mine too).  The roses were made from the Mother’s Day Bouquet cartridge.  I wrote the Happy Valentine Day (couldn’t fit the ‘s)  on the heart as my friend loves those conversation hearts (that I couldn’t find anywhere)….And although it is very different than the tag above, I really love this one too!

Both tags include an Tim Holtz easel stand so the recipients can stand them up if they choose.

And here is one attached to a red gift bag:

Wherever you are today, I hope your day is sweet!