Friday, December 23, 2011

25 Days of Christmas Day 22

Hello and welcome to Day 22 of the 2nd Annual 25 Days of Christmas celebration. There are stil some great prizes to win and some free files to grab, so head on over to Cooking With Cricut to check it out.

Day 22 is a Holiday theme, so I decided to create a Nutcracker gift bag. My niece is a ballerina and every year her studio does a performance of the nutcracker. I thought this would be the perfect bag to use for her gift this year.

The nutcracker and the background paper are from the Santa's Village Imagine cartridge. This cartridge is full of great stuff!

I did things a little differently this time and cut all the layers of the nutcracker and pop dotted them to give him some more dimension. This is a picture of the side view so you can see all the layers and dimension. I love that you can do things either way with the Imagine.

To make the bag a little fancier, I added some stickles to the nutcracker and added a bow and poinsettia to the handle. It's hard to see in this picture, but it's there. I am having some major lighting issues in my scrapbook room and I need to find a new place to take pictures.

I hope you have been enjoying our 25 Days celebration and don't forget to check back for the final 3 days!!! I would also like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

25 Days of Christmas Back to School Time

day 16

Good morning everyone and

welcome to the 16th day of our

2nd Annual 25 Days of Christmas and Crafting Fun Showcase.


* Different Designers will be showcasing their projects for your creative inspiration.

* Will have a different theme and the themes will not ALL be Christmas or Holiday related. So be sure to visit everyday for creative inspiration you can use through out the whole year!

* We will be giving away FREE Digital Stamps, FREE Electronic Die Cutting Files and Other Printable graphics. There will be something for everyone. Please note: The freebies will expire at the end of their 24 hours and new ones will be available. You won’t want to miss them!

* We will showcase projects using your Cricut and Cricut tools.

* We will showcase projects using your OTHER electronic cutters too! Tools such as our Pazzles, Silhouettes, Gazelles and other electronic cutters. Along with all types of crafting tools and essentials.

* You will want to leave a comment for your chance to win one of our weekly prizes as well as one of our GRAND PRIZES!!!

* You HAVE to be a follower of the Cooking With Cricut blog in order to win a prize, sorry no exceptions.

Day 16 focuses on Back To School. I have made a couple of different back to school projects. My first project is a door hanger. Back to school means the return of homework. I made this cute little door hanger that my daughter can hang on her door when she needs quiet to work on her homework.

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The actual door hanger itself was cut on my Imagine using the Blast Off cartridge. The little bear image is a Paper Crafting World digital stamp I colored with my copic markers. Here is a close up of the bear image.

bear close up [1280x768]

I’m sure you’ve all heard that it’s a good idea to bring an apple for your teacher on the first day of school, but how many apples does one teacher need? I decided to make an apple the teacher could actually use. I used this apple box cutting file from Paper Crafting World.

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Now the teacher has an apple she can leave on her desk all year long without worrying about it turning brown. This box was so easy to put together. The score lines are actually perforated so they almost fold themselves. The little box part holds a lot. I filled it with pencils and pens but it would certainly hold candy or other treats.

I hope you are enjoying our 25 Days of Christmas projects as much as we have enjoyed making them. Don’t forget to grab the free files and leave some comments for a chance to win some of the great prizes!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Gift Tags

It's time for another Cooking With Cricut Challenge!!! This time our challenge is to create gifts, gift tags, or cards. I thought this would be a great time to use the Imagine so I could make a lot of tags in a short amount of time. Christmas Wish has a page full of tags and they are all cute. I cut the page at 10.6 inches and this is what I got.
All of the tags in the photo were on one sheet of cardstock. I even messed up 2 of them so there were more than this. The only thing not on the same sheet is the little box.

Here is a close up of the little box. It's perfect to fill with Christmas candy or treats.

Here are a few more of the tags. All I had to do is add some ribbon and some stickles.

This pink tag with the ornaments was a little big, but I thought it was perfect for a mini Christmas card.

I loved the patterns and the colors of this cartridge and it was really quick to make some great tags!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Deck the Halls

It's time for another Paper Crafting World Challenge! This time our theme is Deck the Halls and we were challenged to create an ornament. I saw a great post on one of the cricut blogs about using a mini pillow box as a little shadow box ornament and thought I would give it a try. I cut the pillow box from wrap it up at 7.5 inches and flood filled it with a fun pattern from Christmas Wish on my Imagine. I then cut an opening out of the front with a nestability. I colored these adorable little kitties in winter attire digital stamp with my copic markers. These little guys are just too cute!! I put the kitties on the back of the pillow box with some pop dots. I then added a poinsettia and a handle so I could hang it on the tree. If I had more time I would have made the inside of the box a different pattern so you could see the dimension more, but my Imagine mat was sticky and kept cutting my blue rectangle in half so this was the best solution I could come up with.

We would love for you to play along with us at and don't forget to check out our 25 days of Christmas celebration with new posts every day in December!