25 Days of Christmas Crafting – Day 9 – Elves

I have three things to show you today, all from the past.

This little guy is huge – about 10 – 11″ – and was made for a Christmas scrapbook page.  I never used him (actually, “them.”  I have three of them.)  Maybe I’ll put them to use this year.

p1130531Pretty, isn’t it?

The next two are from the same files, but used slightly different colors — a little Christmas organizer

p1020344and a Christmas banner.

p1020330p1020325p1020327p1020326The bears were from Paper Crafting World and you can read about them here.

And here’s the link for your Elves project!



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25 Days of Christmas Crafting – Day 8 – Christmas Lights

Didn’t think I’d be showing you another TP roll album so soon, but Christmas Lights was harder than I thought!  I have plenty of Christmas light svgs, but the parts are so tiny and I didn’t have much time to work on it.  After several failed projects, I came up with this, and I can’t even tell you which file I used because I had so many open:

p1130528I like the clean and simple look of this one, though. 🙂

Here’s the link for your Christmas Lights project.  Maybe you’ll have more luck than I did!


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25 Days of Christmas Crafting – Day 7 – Sled or Sleigh

Here’s a trifold card using the sled from Joys of the Season Cricut cartridge.  That pretty paper is old Close to My Heart paper.  I loved it.  I was a consultant when I bought it and was able to buy it in bulk, so I still have a sheet or two left.  I always wish the retired stuff was still available.  This is just so basic and versatile.  It’s two-sided and coordinates easily.  You don’t even have to think about it, just turn the paper over.  Sigh . . .

p1070171This sleigh is also from a Cricut cartridge, Create a Critter 2.  This is a holiday cartridge with adorable images for each holiday.  The sleigh is the accessory on page 70 and is just two pieces, simple to assemble.  That’s why I chose it.  I’m making 60 of these three-page toilet paper roll mini albums as my Christmas gift from my school’s Sunshine Committee, so I needed something that was either a silhouette or two-layer cut.  I checked with MyCricutSearch to find out which cartridges have sleighs on them and found this one on a cartridge that I own.  Score!  It’s perfect for my needs.  Here is the album (the first completed one.)p1130504

p1130505p1130506p1130507Each page has one little tag pullout.  The tab is a punch from Stampin’ Up.p1130508That’s it for my sleigh projects!  I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of the TP minis since I’m putting so much time into the project.  Here’s a link for you to show off your sleigh or sled projects.  The link doesn’t have an end date, so link up whenever!  ♡  Click on the blue rectangle and it’ll bring you to the link.


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25 Days of Christmas Crafting Day 6 – Christmas Trees and DCD Red, Green + Sketch

When I decided on the lineup for my 25 Days of Christmas Crafting challenge, I took into account the projects I made for my design team days.  I call it “double dipping!”  I had already made this card for Die Cuttin’ Divas and it had a beautiful Christmas Tree on it, so Day 6 was designated Christmas Tree day.

The first challenge of the month over at Die Cuttin’ Divas is always a sketch challenge.  This month we’ve added a twist – the project must include red and green!  There’s not one specific sketch for December.  You get to pick your favorite from the whole year.

dec-sketchI chose the February sketch (the pink one above.)  Here is my card:p1130459

p1130462I used a few different files here, kind of mix-and-match.  The card base is the Bracket Label Card Base from SVG Cutting Files.  The tree was a recent freebie from Miss Kate’s Cuttables – Christmas Tree, minus the Christmas lights and star.  The little present is from the Pooh and Friends Cricut cartridge.  (The icons on that cartridge are ADORABLE!  See here.)  I cut it out at 3/4″  in Cricut Design Space but had to eliminate the details on the bow.  It kept ripping the paper.  The embossing folder is Snowflakes by Cuttlebug, and I cut the snow drifts out with an old Creative Memories paper cutter.

Which of our sketches will inspire you?  We hope to see your choice over at Die Cuttin’ Divas!  Don’t forget it also has to include red and green.

Click the blue button if you want to link a Christmas Tree project to my 25 Days of Christmas Crafting.  This link is neverending.




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25 Days of Christmas Crafting – Day 5 – Ornaments

Day 5 is Ornaments!  These first cards use a dingbat file called Carr Xmas Dingbats.  That font has several that translate well into cuts for the Silhouette.p1130113p1130115On the green one, I did not cut out the little dots.

The next one is from the Cricut Christmas Cheer cartridge.  It sure is pretty.  I gave it a little sparkle!p1070145Here’s the link for your Ornament projects!


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25 Days of Christmas Crafting – Day 4 – Star

Just a quick post today showing you a recycled Christmas card.  This one was just too cute to throw away!  p1070738webDon’t you agree?

Here’s the neverending link where you can link your projects with stars on them.


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25 Days of Christmas Crafting – Day 3 – Ice Skating

My brothers and sisters and I used to do a lot of ice skating.  Before Interstate 80 was built, there were woods near our house.  In the winters, there would be ice between the trees and we could ice skate there.  The other place we skated was a golf course the next town over.  That was lots of fun, and you’d meet so many people there.  They even had a building you could go into to warm up.  Really fond memories . . .

I have two old cards and one new card to show you for my Ice Skating theme.  The first two are a print-and-cut of Hello Kitty ice skating.  I made these a few years ago and never showed them, but she’s one of my favorite characters.  There’s nothing she can’t do!

p1070723webI think this second card is a sketch from Operation Write Home.  The stitching was inspired by my bloggy friend, Cely.  (Hi, Cely!)p1070809webThis next project is four identical cards measuring 5.5″ square.  I started with a Miss Kate’s Cuttable file called Ice Skate.  It’s so pretty, isn’t it?

p1130477It has some really intricate cuts on it, even cut at 4.5″, so I made it a hybrid – print and cut augmented by paper piecing.  Here’s how I did it:

1-traceI brought in two copies of the PNG file into the Silhouette Design studio and traced one of them.

2-rel-comp-delI selected the traced image and clicked Object, Release Compound Path, which broke it into all its pieces.  I deleted the tiny pieces on the shoelace, the reflection on the toe, and the narrow slice on the blade.

3-obj-subtract-centerNext I selected all the remaining parts and clicked on Object, Subtract.  This removed the two holes above the blade.  Now the entire image could move together as one.  (I could also have grouped them and that would have had the same outcome.)

I selected both the PNG image and my traced image and selected Center from the Align window, then grouped them.  Four copies fit on my paper.

Then I brought in the SVG and sized it to match the PNG image.  You can see below which parts I cut, didn’t cut, and print and cut.  I often type notes to myself on the virtual mat in case I want to make the same project again in the future! 🙂

4-screenp1130476I love how it came out!  I gambled on the little snowflake medallions, and they actually cut very nicely out of some sparkly paper.  The cuff and bow make this ice skate so beautiful.p1130480Here’s the neverending link in case you want to make an Ice Skating project!  Have fun!



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