Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Christmas in July with Cricut Artiste

I'm not sure how I could think about Christmas today when it's well over 100 degrees outside - again. Maybe it's wishful thinking for cooler weather combined with all the wonderful challenges to make cards for Christmas in July.  I'm in favor of celebrating the gift of Christ every day of the year!

It seemed like Christmas when the Fed Ex man delivered boxes of new Close To My Heart products a few days ago. I had to go out of town to babysit grandchildren for a few days, so I was excited to open packages and plan projects when I got home.  My favorite is the Cricut Artiste that will go on sale on my business website beginning August 1st.  Until then, I'll be making some projects to show different things you can do with the 700 images on the cartridge.  Here's a Christmas card that uses the decorative hexagon cut in black as the base for the large circle in Mojo Monday's sketch for this week.

The decorative hexagon is Accent 3 on page 80, the "Merry Christmas" key.

I used CTMH Pear and Partridge paper pack and a wreath, branch, and sentiment from a new CTMH stamp set called "Merry & Bright," which will also be released August 1st. I stamped the wreath on Colonial White cardstock with Olive ink, then colored it with the Copic green marker and cranberry CTMH dye ink marker. Thanks to the encouragement from Creative Belli blog to use old, forgotten supplies, I used a scrap of thin satin ribbon and one of red organdy that I'd hoarded for quite a few years. The organdy was just big enough to make a bow.

Challenges for this card:
Creative Belli Challenge #148 - Christmas in July
Lexi's Creations #70 - Christmas in July
Quirky Crafts Challenge #15 - Christmas in July


Gloria Shirr (purpleglo) said...

Love this card Vicki!! I am in love with this paper packet. Just got mine yesterday and can't wait to use it. Good job!! Have a wonderful week. Hugs, Gloria

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Mynnette said...

This is so pretty! LOVE the colors--and what a clever use of the sketch! Fabulous creation! Thanks for joining us at 52CCT! :)

Danielle Vincent said...

Very lovely card and great use of that sketch! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful creation with us this week at 52CCT!

Rose Petal said...

Hello Vickie. What a beautiful, classy card. Love the Sketch, gorgeous papers and lovely colours.
Thank you for joining us at Lexi's Creations and good luck.
Love Sandra xxx

Pat K said...

Gorgeous Christmas card Vickie. Love how you used the satin ribbon. Thanks so much for playing in the Belli Challenge and we hope you will join us again. hugs, Pat K.x

TRACEY MO said...

What a classic style card love the papers.

Thanks for joining us at lexi's creations

Tracey dt

Rocky said...

Love those backing papers, really lovely card.

Jacqueline said...

This is lovely and I love how you have used the sketch to incorporate the wreath - thanks for playing along this week at 52CCT - Jacqueline xx

Ruth M said...

What a lovely Christmas card, it has such a warm vibe! I love the ribbon around your wreath and the bow!
Thanks so much for joining in our challenge at 52 {C}CT! Ruth x

Patty Gorka said...

Wonderful Christmas card, love that you wrapped ribbon around your wreath, great idea! Thanks for playing along this week at 52CCT!