Friday, July 15, 2011

Cricut Christmas Card & A BIG Announcement!

Welcome to day #2 of White Christmas week! (Just FYI, day #3 will be Monday, not Saturday.)  Don't forget that you have up to 5 chances to win one of at least 2 Christmas stamp sets.   To enter, please be a follower (or email or feed subscriber), and just leave a comment on each White Christmas post.

Today, in addition to sharing my favorite of my 5 cards, I have some BIG (and I mean BIG) news to share!  Be sure you continue reading after the card post!

Now, check this awesome, elegant card:

This card turned out so great for being so simple and fast to make.  I might even mass produce this one for the majority of this year's cards!  Size is 5x7, since we still tend to send a photo of the kids in our cards.

That wreath is the highlight of the card, and is simple to do if you own a Cricut Gypsy. First, I selected the wreath from the Joys of the Season cartridge and set it to 3.5" high.  Next, I created a second layer and selected the wreath shadow, being sure to place it in exactly the same place (the zoom feature comes in REALLY handy here, lol) on the mat.  Once hooked up to the Cricut, I used my brand new Amy Chomas gel pen holder with a green mini gel pen from Staples and "cut" the first layer on some Sweet Leaf cardstock.  When it was complete, I made sure to select "return to design" on the Gypsy screen, then I pressed "load mat" on the Cricut itself.  I switched out the gel pen holder for the cutting blade, then cut layer 2 from the Gypsy.  Next I colored some Opaques Pearls using a Lipstick Red Copic marker and adhered them to the "berry" spots.

I embossed my main white panel with a Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, matted it with Holiday Red cardstock, and adhered it to the front of my card base.  I popped the wreath up on the card front  using foam adhesive tape.  My bookplate panel was cut using the Calligraphy Collection cartridge.  I stamped my sentiment using a stamp set from my stash (coordinating stamp on inside) using Sweet Leaf ink, edged the panel in the same ink, and adhered it and gold ribbon from my stash using Scor Tape.

Here's a quick supply list, then on to the BIG news:
  • all cardstock & ink, foam adhesive tape, and adhesive pearls from Close To My Heart
  • Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder
  • Copic Marker in Lipstick Red
  • Cricut cartridges Joys of the Season and Calligraphy Collection
  • Amy Chomas gel pen holder
  • Scor Tape
Now, finally, here is the BIG news!  I am so excited to share with you that Close To My Heart is finally getting their own Cricut cartridge!  Beginning August 1st, the Cricut Art Philosophy Collection will be available for purchase.  I'm told that the cartridge contains 700 cuts, including 2 fonts, stamp-compatible cuts, and 3-D items.  The cartridge will only be available as part of this collection, which contains the cartridge, 3 D-size stamp sets (retail value $17.95 each -yes, a price cut on stamps is coming!), and 3 different 9"x12" sheets of white Dimensional Elements (retail value $4.95 each).  Retail price of the collection is only $99.00!  If you subtract the value of the other items, that means your cost for the cartridge is $30.30 - how cool is that?!

I can't wait to get my hands on this set, so I can show you everything possible.  I will TRY to at least get a picture posted sometime later today of the contents of the collection, once the online catalog is available for consultants to view.  There are other changes coming as well, including Hostess Rewards on a single-person order - I don't know what everything is yet, but I will be sure to update as I find out!

UPDATE - here's a picture from the upcoming catalog:
 and here's a link to a video from CTMH with a few details on the cartridge:


    1. Beautiful card and what fabulous news! Wow! The cartridge must be amazing!

    2. Love your card. Thank you for the great news. Can't wait to see pictures or the new cart.

    3. This is a great card and I am really excited about the new cart for the cricut.
      christ_sheep at yahoo dot com

    4. I love the wreath on your card, great card, thanks for sharing.

      dbjb1519 at yahoo dot com

    5. Beautiful card and I am so excited about the Cricut/CTMH collaboration!

    6. I love the clean fresh look to this Christmas Card, and the way you have put it together. I am setting aside time this weekend to create a few of my own.

      The new cartridge sounnds awesome!
      Thanks for telling us about it.


    7. Thanks for linking me over here! Love what you've done with the Chomas Creations mini gel pen holder! Very cool! It is great for those little details!

    8. This card is great. The simplicity of this card makes it elegant looking. Great news about the cartridge, wish they were selling it by itself.

    9. beautiful card, thanks for a chance to win.
      Ann W

    10. Gorgeous card and great news about CTMH and Cricut joining forces! I happened to catch a sneak peek of the new cartridge somewhere a couple of days ago and it looks like it's gonna be a good one!

      I just discovered your blog today and have become your newest follower. Have a great time at CHA!


    11. LOVE this card, simple yet elegant. And a cartridge also down the pike!!! Wow. Did I understand that it is a part of a kit???

      Thanks, Yvette
      ewokyoda at yahoo dot com


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