Holiday Guide Blog Hop

Welcome to My Sweet Studio for this amazing Holiday Gift Guide Blog Hop – I’m honored to play with such talented CTMH artists!  A big THANKS to my darling friend, Dana Kessler, for inviting me to participate with such an elite group.  If you have come here from Krista Hershgerger’s Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants at Dana’s blog.

This is just one of the cards I’ve made with this awesome paper pack. It has been fun to work with these gorgeous new products.  Check out this alternate version of this card that I made for a Sweet Hearts Team Swap.  In the Sparkle & Shine Papers you get a great variety of unique prints that are wonderful stand alone designs but they also work nicely together and are complimented by our exclusive color line.

I love using our Close To My Heart Cricut Cartridges and Cricut Craft Room to create nearly all of my projects.  It allows me to do pretty much anything I want.  CCR makes it easy to visualize the card before I start cutting and it’s simple to make small adjustments to get it just right.  Plus, I’m not limited to the images at the original sizes and shapes and can combine them for a customized look.

To create this card on CCR, I started a new file with a blank 4.25″x5.5″ Card (I chose this size for my cards because it’s easy and affordable when making a lot of them – These 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 bulk Cards and Envelopes are high quality and very affordable).  Then I started adding layers.  Even though you can move your layers later, when designing a new project, I always try to build from the bottom up.  

The first cut layer is with Ruby Cardstock with scallops and is from the Artiste Cartridge found on pg. 57. I used some traditional straight cuts and rounded the Slate Background and Texture layer with our awesome new corner rounder.

For the Juniper Cardstock layer, I simply looked on the carrier sheet for the stamp set A1149 Trim The Tree  to find out which cartridge to use and what size to cut the tree:  Art Philosophy Cartridge pg. 31, 2 1/2″ – I also used the star image from that same set, pg. 40 3/4″.

Then I found a great photo mat from the Artbooking Cartridge on pg. 84 (I really love all the photo mat options on that cartridge and use them a lot for cards and other projects besides photos!).  I eliminated the hearts using the Hide Contour feature and changed the size of the mat to frame my tree.

The last Cricut cut is the banner with the message.  This set (“Holiday Cheer” from the Season’s Tweetings Gift Bag Kit) is awesome and comes with cute gift bags and tags. Again, I looked to the carrier sheet for the location and size to cut it, Artiste pg. 66 at 1/2″.  Lastly, to back the banner, I created another layer in Ruby Cardstock.

As you can see in the first CCR shot, I love creating my completed designs on this amazing free tool.  I use the first few layers as my “design only” layers to visualize and customize my project but then I create separate layers for actually cutting my paper.  I rarely ever cut just one project at a time and to save paper I always put my images into a tight formation instead of leaving them where they fit on the project’s “design” layers.

In the above shot, to differentiate the original file from my “cut” files, I put an * by the title of the page (look at the highlighted eyeball: *Ruby).  This makes it easy for me to find the page when I cut my paper.  Plus, even though it’s tiny, it’s a great way for me to be reminded of what the completed projects in my personal CCR files look like (see next shot).

CCR HGG Files

After cutting all my papers, I sponged all pieces in Slate Ink.  Originally I had planned to stamp the tree and star but I love the new Sparkle & Shine Washi Tape (Z1907) that matches these papers so much that I used the Juniper for the tree and the silver for the star.  I lined each of those images with the Sparkle Holiday Shapes Z1910.

Now for the fun part – assembling my creation to see if it truly looks as good as it did on CCR!  I always use plenty of foam tape to make the images pop – the star has a double layer.  And since you can never have too much bling (!), I used Z1807 Pink Glitter Gems.  These are great because they come in different shades and sizes and one of the shades compliment the Ruby paper perfectly.

Remember, the products from the Holiday Gift Guide are only available until December 31 or while supplies last!  Here’s how you can make your own Christmas Cards with my CCR file:  simply place an order on my website while the Holiday Gift Guide items are available and I’ll send you the file for free!  You can contact me or shop directly from sheri.ctmh.com to order your holiday products today!

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you’ve enjoyed a few of my ideas and will come back soon.  You’re going to love your next stop at the very talented Brenda Rose’s Blog!

16 Responses to Holiday Guide Blog Hop

  1. Wow! Sheri, your artwork has always amazed me and I am thrilled that you are sharing your CCR creations on your blog now! I can not wait to give this a try myself. Just beautiful! I am honored to be hopping along with you! :)

  2. Brenda says:

    Sheri, WOW! Thank you for sharing how you made this beautiful card in CCR. I am so very amazed by the creativity behind your project!

  3. Melissa says:

    Girl, this card is over the top AMAZING! Great work and thank you so much for sharing how you created it! xoxo

  4. Krista :) says:

    LOVE your card Sheri…and so thankful for the CCR explanation!! Covering your images with washi tape looks wonderful, and all of your 3d popping is great!! I’m a fellow “popper” :)
    Also, thank you for your great step by step on how you create the card on CCR. It now makes total sense on how that’s done & I LOVE that we can pre-create our project prior to cutting! Thanks so much!!

  5. Dana says:

    Simply outstanding!!! Thanks for the CCR info – the card is super cute and I love all the bling! :)

  6. Rebecca says:

    Thank you so much for all your time and sharing of your CCR files! You are so good at that!!! Love that we can just plug in and go! You are simply amazing and so is your artwork!!

  7. Lynn Como says:

    Stunning and creatively designed! Love the tutorial and details to this card idea. Very talented .. Sherri!

  8. Alicia says:

    Love this!! I really need to check out CCR.

  9. Lori Allen says:

    Love your card. But I also love the CCR tutorial. I have just started to play in CCR, but I total love all of things CCR can do using our cartridges. I will be coming back to this site when I get home from the Album Retreat to try and re-create your beautiful card. TFS

    • Sheri says:

      Thanks Lori. Keep working with CCR, sometimes you have to work at it to get past the bugs but the effort is worth it to save you time and money. You do great work, too and I love being your pinterest buddy! XOXO

  10. You are a cricut genius! This card is just amazing, as are you, my friend!

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  12. Lisa Stenz says:

    Love your card Sheri! Thanks so much for sharing your amazing Craft Room know-how with all of us!!! xoxo

  13. Linda Patenaude says:

    What a wonderful card. I love the CCR and thank you for sharing.

  14. Diena says:

    Hi Sheri,
    Any chance you will share this CCR for the card exchange?
    Thanks for the wonderful support I feel from you. You are such a creative source for me!
    Diena

    • Sheri says:

      Hi Diena. I am offering the files free with any purchase from my websites. However, for all the lucky gals on our Sweet Hearts team, I’m sending it out today! Enjoy!

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