Saturday, July 27, 2013

Thanks for stopping by for Week 4 of our ........

Christmas In July Blog Hop ~ Anything Goes!
Welcome to the 4th and final Christmas In July Blog Hop! The theme for this week is Cricut Christmas~Anything Goes! We've got a lot of talented Cricut crafters who have created Christmas projects, using their Cricut, to inspire you! And don't forget the prizes! We have a Christmas Village cart to give away to one lucky blog hopper! Be sure to make it all the way around to get as many chances for the great prizes!!!
 
Since I started out as a scrapbooker, that was the inspiration for my project for this week's blog hop.
 
Earlier this week, one the blogs that I follow had a layout that I thought was just adorable and although it wasn't created with a Cricut I adapted some of the cuts and I think that it came out pretty cute!!
 
 

 

 
 I started out with quite a wide variety of paper from various sources including Creative Memories.


 

 
 Next I used my large scalloped circle from Creative Memories to make the wreath.  And because I tend to be a frugal scrapbooker, I cut the wreath from the sheet that will eventually become the base of this layout.


 

 
 You may also notice one of my latest craft purchases is the Scrap' N' Easel.  This was great for keeping me organized as I went along with my project.

Here are some additional pictures as I was working through the layout.




 

This layout will eventually have our family picture on the photo mat and then additional pictures will go on the second page of this layout.  I had originally planned to make it a two page spread, but time got away from me this week and you'll have to come back and see what the other page looks like. :-)
 
Here is the final picture with all the bling.  The deer was cut using Paper Doll Dress Up and I manipulated it just a bit in Cricut Craft Room, before I cut it.  The Merry Christmas sentiment was cut using the Close to my Heart Artiste cartridge, and then I used gold stickles to add a little bling.  I thought that the candy cane turned out so darn cute and was cut with two layers off the Christmas Cheer cartridge.  The holly leaves are again two cuts glued together to give some dimension using the Stretch Your Imagination cartridge. Finally the little bow on the candy cane was found on the CM Tiny Treasures cartridge.  The corners were cut from 2.5 inch squares that I cut in half and then I embossed them with my Cuttlebug.  The snowflakes in the middle of each triangle are from a CM punch.
 


 
 
 
This month long blog hop has been awesome and I have really enjoyed participating with projects  two of the four weeks.  I hope that you've had a chance to see all of the really creative projects.  If not be sure to go back and take a look and be inspired to make a Christmas in July project of your own.  You'll see if you check out the link to the blog where I originally got this idea, that while the design is similar, I was able to make it uniquely different with some variations in the cuts and  papers used.   I always consider it a compliment when someone is able to expand on one of my ideas to make a project of their own.                                                                                                                                       
 
Thanks so much for stopping by,  continue on to Cindy's blog for more great Christmas projects.  Please remember to leave me a comment about what you think of my project and in addition to the other blog candy that you may find along the way I will have a drawing for a paper pack on Tuesday using Random.org so be sure to follow my blog so that I will have a way to let you know if you won!!
 
In case you didn't start at Scrapalette's Blog here's the blog hop line up:

Paulette at http://scrapalette.blogspot.com/  <<<START

36 comments:

  1. Wonderful layout! Love the wreath and all the techniques you used. I'm a new follower.

    http://happyscrapper64.blogspot.com/
    HappyScrapper64@bex.net

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  2. Thanks Brenda for coming by and following. It makes me feel a little more accountable to post something more consistently.

    Have a wonderful day!

    Donna

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  3. What a great idea for a layout page! It is just charming!

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  4. Great layout! I love that scalloped circle. I need to find a Cricut cut like that since I don't own the Creative Memories thing. :)

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    1. I don't know if you noticed, but Paulette had a similar cut. You could finish the same steps using the basic shapes. HTH

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  5. I love everything you have going on w/ that LO -- the embossed corners are just too cute; the scalloped circle using the CM tool. Neat to see older tools still being utilized :-)

    Love the colours/patterns you chose. That li'l reindeer is adorable! TFS!

    Thanks for a chance to win your blog candy! :-)

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  6. I love this layout. The design design is just right. Need to save this one for future reference.

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  7. Great layout! I like the different shapes and textures you incorporated.

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  8. Great layout!! I love the scalloped circle!

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  9. I see the similarity! But, can you ever go wrong with a big ole scallop circle? Your LO is great! :)

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  10. Beautiful design! I love your project... and I also love your tools! Scrap n easel and creative memories cutter! I have been going back and forth on a scrap n easel since they are on sale. You may have sealed the deal.
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    jilliene designing

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! The magnets on the scrap n easel are so strong they hold things in place while you try to decide if you like it, and keep you from having to search your desk for the little cut out that you are looking for :-)

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  11. I just love everything about this layout! What a wonderful Christmas page.

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  12. cute project...thanks for the instructions.

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  13. Can't wait to see the other half. This layout is adorable.

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  14. I love your page! The sparkly Merry Christmas is beautiful and I love the pen work you did on the candy cane. Fabulous addition to your scrapbook pages!

    Tracy G

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    1. Thanks, very observant to notice the pen work!! Have a great day!

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  15. Your layout is great! I am getting so many good ideas from this blog hop!!

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  16. Your layout is wonderful. Love your cute little deer. TFS.
    D~
    http://designsbydragonfly.blogspot.com

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  17. This is a wonderful page for yor family Christmas photo. I love all of the cute embellishments you used! Good job!

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  18. Very cute. I love the shiny Merry Christmas.

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  19. Beautiful layout. I love the reindeer. TFS

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  20. Love your LO!! Just beautiful!

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  21. Such a wonderful festive layout! I really love the design and cuts you chose.

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  22. Very cute! Love the little reindeer.

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  23. Such a cute layout! I really like how you used all those different patterns and shapes. You have me thinking about that Scrap n Easel.

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  24. Fabulous layout, Donna -- love it!!

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  25. What a fantastic layout! I love that wreath and cool cutting tool you used! Love the embossing too! Very sweet page!!

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  26. I love all the different papers and embellishments you used. They came together beautifully! TFS

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  27. That is such an adorable page! Love it!

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