Christmas Cheer "Bouquet"

I made this as a sort of Hostess Gift for a dinner I'm attending tonight. It is super cute & easy. For this Christmas bouquet I used Cricut Cartridge "Christmas Cheer". All of the shapes are at 4" & shadowed in black. For the string of lights at the back I used glittered paper for the base. The cap is in silver shiney cardstock. I used a thin gauge wire to weave between them & curled the ends around a pencil. I cut out a tree, candycane, stocking, snowman & santa and decorated them with glitter glue to accent various parts. Next I took a tin bucket from the floral dept at Wal-mart and hot glued a piece of styrofoam (also from floral dept) in the bottom. I used bamboo skewers (kitchen gadget section - Walmart) to attach the shapes to & stuck it into the styrofoam. I Added shredded paper (again, Walmart floral dept.) to cover the inside. Tied christmas ribbons on the handles & around the bottom. The snowflake on the front is from Christmas Cheer as well, cut from glittered paper.

Card Set Gifts

For Christmas this year I'm giving sets of handcrafted cards as gifts. Here are a few of the cards I've made:

Masculine Birthday Cards:

They are the same design just different patterned paper. The paper is Basic Grey. First I used Cricut Cartridge "Jasmine" for the photo corners. I cut them from chipboard and then again from brown textured cardstock. Glued that on top of the chipboard & distressed by lightly sanding the edges & top with fine grit sandpaper. I used some vellum as (you can see) and tore it down the right side and the bottom. Attached with 3/16" copper eyelets and threaded twine through the holes & taped to the back. Next I cut the letter B from Cricut Cartridge "Printing Press" with feature 'Tall' in a coordinating color and shadowed in black. I printed "IRTHDAY" on transparency & cut that down to size. Glued the B down & stuck the transparency in between the lower middle hole of the letter (so it kinda pops out a little). Lastly, and one of the harder steps was making the faux metal rimmed tag. I needed a specific size to accomodate the Happy Birthday stamp. On "Printing Press" I found the bonus key (next to load last) is meant to do exactly what I needed. With that key using feature 'Character' (top left) it cuts a circle. With the same key but no feature selected cuts the "rim" that fits perfect. I cut the "rim" in black and then, because I didn't have silver embossing powder, I used Colorbox MetalXtra ink in Platinum to cover the black & embossed with clear powder. It looks just like metal in person. Attached with a small paper clip to hang on the twine. All done.

Thanks Cards:

These were pretty quick to do. The patterned paper is by We R Memory Keepers from their Designer Collection Paper Pack. I used a coordinating color cardstock for the mat, outlined (with black Cricut markers) the word "Thanks" from Cricut Cartridge "Beyond Birthdays" in yellow and then cut. Lastly, I did a zig-zag stitch with my sewing machine around the outside edges.

Thank You Very Much Cards:

The design from these came from a post on the Cricut Messageboard (This is the original post).
The red & pink dots paper is also from the We R Memory Keepers Designer Collection Paper Pack. I can't remember where the other comes from. I used Cricut Cartridge "George" for the circles in the upper right. The big one is cut at 3 1/2 inches with the Silhouette feature on and the little one is cut at 2 1/2 inches. I embossed the smaller circle with the Cuttlebug embossing folder "Spots & Dots" and sewed around it with my sewing machine. Cricut Cartridge "Mini Monograms" was used for the scallop circle. It's cut at 2 inches.