Thursday, July 26, 2012

Freshly Made Christmas in July with Cricut Artiste

I stayed up late making this card so that I could pray and hope we would really get rain tonight. It's been many weeks of extreme heat and no rain here. I was finally rewarded with the happy sounds of thunder. I'm hoping that the light shower will continue through the night. In my heart I'm singing "There shall be showers of blessings. . ."

Here's another Christmas card using a shape from the new Close To My Heart Cricut Artiste cartridge that will be available for purchase August 1st. This one uses the Freshly Made Sketch #45 and the challenge at Holly Jolly Christmas to use non-traditional colors. I was also inspired by the Christmas challenge #101 at 2 Sisters Challenge Blog to use an animal on the card. The sketch and Clean and Simple emphasis of the Freshly Made challenges made this card a quick and easy card!

The Cricut shape behind the bird is from Artiste, page 67 "M", Accent 3 shift, cut at 2.5" Real Dial size. If you don't use Real Dial size you get a tiny shape meant to be the embellishment on a 2.5" card. I love this new cartridge, so I intend to keep introducing some of its 700 shapes. If you're interested in getting your own cartridge, you'll be able to find it on August 1st using the Shop with Me button on the side.

Close To My Heart is introducing some new colors of cardstock in their paper packs that will be unique only to that paper pack. The ones I used come from the Flirty pack and are called Flirty Raspberry and Flirty Yellow, definitely not typical Christmas colors. I combined them with silver trim and lightly retraced the tops and left sides of the dove and the letters with a glitter gel pen.

Challenges for this card:
2 Sisters Challenge #101 - Christmas in July, optional twist - use an animal image
Freshly Made Sketch #45
Holly Jolly Christmas - Use non-traditional colors

4.25" x 5.5" Christmas Card Recipe:
Papers - Close To My Heart "Flirty" paper pack (coming Aug. 1st)
Stamps - CTMH "Blessings of Peace" (coming Aug. 1st)
Inks - black, Garden Green marker
Accents - CTMH Silver trim; glitter gel pen


Jen Brum said...

Great card Vickie! Love the non-traditional colours! I really love that bright pink colour! We are also praying for rain in Ontario...we have had crazy hot, dry weather here but we had a bit of rain last night which was wonderful! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Linda Suarez said...

Pretty card Vickie! Love the bird and sentiment! And how cool is that silver ribbon?! Thanks for playing with us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Allisa said...

Love the colors! Thanks for playing with us at Freshly Made Sketches.

Tui Nathan said...

Love the peace dove ... such a pretty card!
Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!!!

Judy McKay said...

The Peace dove is a lovely image.Great card. Thank you for joining us at Holly Jolly Christmas Challenges this week.

craftyeyes said...

sweet card thanks for sharing with us at 2sisters this week , good luck with the challenge tracy x

Meighan Wheller said...

A great card - lovely image! Thanks for joining our Non-Traditional colour challenge at Holly Jolly this week. Regards Meighan

Cindy Hall said...

This is such a lovely card! I really like the colors and the touches of glitter. Thanks for sharing with us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!