City Sidewalks Advent Tree

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Hello Friends!

Today I’m sharing another Advent “Calendar” Tree that I made with the City Sidewalks paper from Close To My Heart.  This one is for my grandson and inside each box is a mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, a candy he discovered at Halloween this year and LOVED!

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This project did not originate with me!  I actually think it came from a “competitor” a few years ago, but I had fun giving it a try this year.  I used a box cut from the Artiste cartridge by Close To My Heart to make 26 cubes that each measure about 1.5 inches in height.  The actual height of the cut is 5 inches if you use an Expression.  Here is the Design Space cut file if you have an Explore:

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When assembling the tree, begin with a layer of 7 cubes.  I attached them to a 9 inch circle base with my hot glue gun.  The next layers are 6, 5, 4, 3 and 1 cubes, all attached with hot glue.  The top cube does not have a number and is only decorative.  I punched out 1 inch circles and stamped the numbers 1-25 on each circle, then attached them to the front of each cube.  Make a pretty triple bow for the top of the tree and then arrange ribbon strands to hang from the top.  That’s it!!

Thanks so much for visiting the Crafty Sisters Creations blog today!  SMILE–something wonderful is waiting to happen!   Laurie

 


Eagle Scout Congrats Card

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My nephew in Pennsylvania has just earned his Eagle Scout Badge and will be honored at a Court of Honor this weekend!  I wanted to make a special card for him to celebrate this awesome achievement.

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I used Sketch 188 from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenges to create my card.  I think it was the perfect design for my card so I am linking my project to their blog–check it out!  The paper is from the Enchantment Fundamentals collection from Close To My Heart along with coordinating cardstock colors of Cranberry, Sapphire, Whisper and White.

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The Cricut images were cut from the Be Prepared for Boy Scouts cartridge.  I don’t own this cartridge, but I was able to purchase the two cuts I used for only 99 cents each.  I love my Explore and Design Space!  The cuts were so intricate, but they cut beautifully–another reason to love my Explore!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  Do something AWESOME today!!   Laurie


Advent “Calendar” Tree

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I know that these advent calendar trees have been around for quite some time and originated from a CTMH “competitor” LOL, but I thought it would be fun to give them a try this year.  I made 26 boxes from the Artiste Cricut cartridge by Close To My Heart from a Michael’s paper pack.  I arranged them on a covered 11 inch chipboard circle with layers of 7, 6, 5, 4, and 3 boxes.  The final 26th box on top does not have a number and is for decorative purposes only.

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I used a hot glue gun to assemble the tree and attach a bow at the top.  The numbers were stamped on scalloped circles and heat embossed in gold to match the paper.  Each day in December, the correct box is opened to reveal a treat!!  I’m glad I gave this project a try and so happy with how it turned out!  Now who to give it to…??

There is only ONE MORE DAY to place an online order to be eligible for the drawing for a FREE Flower Market Cricut cartridge!!  Shop HERE!!

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City Sidewalks Card for Heart 2 Heart

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This week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges we are celebrating City Sidewalks, the bright and whimsical holiday paper collection from Close To My Heart!  I chose to make a center step card with Cricut images from the coordinating City Sidewalks Cricut collection.  These two products go so well together that making this card was just a snap!

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I used Willow and Cranberry cardstock which matches perfectly as an accent with the City Sidewalks design paper.  To add a bit of pizzazz, I layered red glitter paper behind the Fa La La’s and then added red and green Stickles to each of the light bulbs.  I think it made quite a festive card for someone on my Christmas card list!

Please check out the other City Sidewalks projects created by the Heart 2 Heart design team and then link up your own projects for everyone to enjoy.  This paper just makes me smile!

Don’t forget about my special gift to one lucky person who places an order on my shopping site in November–a FREE Flower Market Cricut cartridge!  Shop HERE for your chance to win!!    Laurie

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Christmas Wreath Gift Card Holder

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This week the challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 is to use a WREATH cut on a project.  I decided to incorporate the wreath envelope from Artfully Sent, a retired cartridge from Close To My Heart, with the holly spray from Anna’s Winter Wonderland as an embellishment.  Then I made a tag to hold a gift card that will slide inside the wreath envelope.

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The paper is from an old My Mind’s Eye Christmas collection.  The holly swag and bow are cut from Close To My Heart glitter paper.  I think these will make a great way to “fancy up” a plain old gift card–after all, when in doubt just add glitter (or glitter paper)!!

Please stop over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to check out my Design Team sisters’ projects with a Christmas wreath cut.  It’s not too late to get some ideas for making your holiday greeting cards for this year!  Then link them up so we can all enjoy your artwork.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope your week is AWESOME!!   Laurie


Gift Card Holders–lots of them!

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With the Thanksgiving holiday complete for another year, it’s time to think about Christmas!  Of course, I’ve already been busy in my craft room making Christmas items, but now it’s time to share–today it’s gift cards!

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I used the Artiste cartridge from Close To My Heart to cut the gift card bases.  This is one of my favorite cartridges of all time and I was very sad when it was retired last summer.  I cut the cards from some Christmas themed paper in my stash and decorated them with coordinating ribbon and embellishments.

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Inside each card is a slot to securely hold a gift card.  With so many people opting to give gift cards for presents these days, I like to at least make the “packaging” pretty!  These cards are going to a local hair salon and spa that sells my cards, but I can make some for you, too!  Cards are $2.00 each and you can contact me at 2craftysisterscreations@gmail.com for details.

November is ending soon and so are the monthly promotions from Close To My Heart!  Get your Happy Happy Christmas bundle and November Stamp of the Month before they are gone forever!  PLUS remember I am giving away a FREE Flower Market Cricut bundle to one lucky person who orders from me before the end of November!!  Don’t miss out!!

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So Thankful!

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Happy Thanksgiving, Friends!

I’ve been busy getting ready to host Thanksgiving Dinner this year, so I haven’t been in my craft room for a few days.  If I wouldn’t let me house get so dirty before I clean, it probably wouldn’t take so long each time, but that’s the way I roll!  At any rate, since I didn’t get any new projects done yet this week, I thought I would re-share a few projects I made earlier that have to do with being thankful.

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I wish for all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with the love and blessings of family and friends!  Laurie