This week’s Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge is seeing Bells. I decided to break out my Cricut machine and the Holly and Ivy cartridge. I resized the suggested image size so I could combine the wording and bells into one card. I used cardstock from my stash.
It is not so soon to start your Christmas card stash!
Last fall I updated my Cricut machine to the new Cricut Explore Air. My new machine will allow you to use any SVG files and this week’s sponsor, The Cutting Cafe, has many adorable cuts available. Note: If you don’t have cutting machine, they also make templates available that you can print on your computer and hand cut as well. For mxy project, I used the Umbrella Treat Box. The flowrs were created with the two part flower/leaf punches by Nellie Snellen.
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I designed my card for the Bitten by the Bug 2 Challenge - Nuts About You Challenge – Use a Squirrel or Nut. I was looking for a Fall themed card and I found this cute acorn on the Autumn Celebrations cartridge. I cut the different colours using my solid cardstock stash, except for the leaf which I cut from white cardstock. I coloured the leaves to add colour and dimension using Distress Inks. On the inside of the card, I used an adorable stamp/die from Papertrey Ink called Nuts for You. I paper pieced the little squirrel, stamped the sentiment on the large leaf, and added a matching mini leaf. I also stamped the envelope.
For the challenge you are to make a birthday card using the image below as your inspiration. When I looked at the cake, I homed in on the mushrooms and flowers. I checked through my stock of dies and stamps and could not come up with a mushroom I liked so I brought out my Cricut and the “Freshly Picked” cartridge and cut out a mushroom in solid white and coloured it using Copic markers. The vines are from Memory Box and the flowers are from a McGill punch. For the sentiment I used Hero Arts – Many Birthday Messages stamp.
For information abut this and other challenges check out the Card Concept site at http://thecardconcept.blogspot.ca/