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Holiday Cards Blog Hop – Scandinavian Cricut Cartridge Dove Card

Happy Holiday Card Making!

 Welcome to the Holiday Cards Blog Hop!  I hope you enjoy looking at the different creations from everyone.  Be sure not to miss the blog hop line up/list at the end of this post.  You won’t want to miss the GIVE AWAY either! 😉

Dove paper by SEI. Other paper by Teresa Collins.

Today I decided to use my Cricut Expression 2 along with the Scandinavian Christmas Cricut cartridge.  That is a really pretty cartridge.  I’m glad I finally used it!  I cut the dove at 3.5″.  Wondering what happened to the green cutout?  Well, I only needed the greenery part to show so I used a piece of leftover paper that wasn’t big enough for the whole dove.

Simple things can make great cards.

I tried to keep this card fairly simple.  I took a 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of paper and cut it in half to create two 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 cards.  I’m only using one card today though.  I used a Martha Stewart Loop punch on both ends of the red and white plaid paper and then I cut that piece right down the middle.

Well um...I love Vell um.

 After I put everything together the way I wanted it I realized that the wording behind the dove really competed with the overall look of the card.  I didn’t want to radically change the card but I knew something needed to be done.  What I think turned out to be a nice fix was to cover the worded paper with vellum, that way you can still see the wording but it’s more subdued.  About gluing vellum…so many companies claim to sell adhesives that don’t show through vellum but I don’t think any of them really do a good job.  To be fair, I have not tried them all! 😉  Maybe there is one out there that could work.  What most people do is use whatever glue they like and then cover the glued area with some kind of design element.  Here, I covered the glued vellum with the looped punched paper.

Bling, bling is a beautiful thing.

I brought out the bling, string and anything…yes, I will stop rhyming now.  Don’t be afraid to take your pretty bling and cut it!  Isn’t that shocking?  Well, that’s what I did.  I cut it and flipped and moved swirls to the areas where I needed them.  Yes, those swirls look beautiful in the package just as they are but are you going to hang the package for display or make what’s in the package fit your project needs?  I know, I know you’re going to hang the package.  You crack me  up.

I used a Viva Decor Pearl Pen in Kiwi to add some dimension and shine to the greenery that the dove is carrying.  I tied bakers twine around the card.

Peace Hope & Joy to you all.

I leave the bling on the clear backing and manuver it around my image until I determine how I’m going to lay it out.

  The stamp I used is from the Joy’s Life Wintery Puns stamp set.

Hop Over and See What These Ladies Have Created

Joy: http://joyslife.com – You Are Here
Amanda: http://www.whiteruffles.blogspot.com
Anne: http://anniebeescraftroom.blogspot.com
Annette: http://www.aspoonfullofsugarcrafts.blogspot.com
Christine: http://www.stampynwifesspace.blogspot.com
Jennie: http://earthyscrap.blogspot.com
Maria: http://joyfulstamper.blogspot.com
Martha: http://pattisscrapingtime.blogspot.com
Melisa: http://melisascraftycreations.blogspot.com
Stacey: http://staceyscreativecorner.blogspot.com
Susie: http://www.thedieshaveit.com
Tracy: http://www.thepickledowl.blogspot.com

GIVE AWAY TIME!!

Leave a comment to be eligible for a chance to win the Scandinavian Cricut Cartridge or a set of Joy’s Life Wintery Puns stamps!

I’ll use Random.org to choose a winner on Saturday, December 10, 2012.  Good Luck!!

Congratulations to the Winners:

The Winner of the Scandinavian Cricut cartridge is:

Susan says:
DECEMBER 3, 2011 AT 10:36 PM
I like the rhymes Joy! Your post crackes ME up! I do like your card, very pretty! I have not used Pearl Pens but after seeing how it really popped out the green I’m going to give them a try. I’m off to hop…thanks for sharing your project and hosting the hop! Susan cricutandgrasshopper.blogspot.com

The Winner of the Joy’s Life Wintery Puns stamps is:

reneehere13 says:
DECEMBER 4, 2011 AT 5:09 PM
Love your Joy’s Life site! I’m basically new to all of this. Today’s the first time I’ve explored any site, blogs, and links in this much detail. I am so glad to feel your passion for creativity and am inspired!! Thanks so much for sharing. I’ve made a copy of your great cartridge checklist and am thrilled to begin the organizing of my cricut cartridges and card making supplies. Thanks for the inspiration!

I hope you enjoyed this post and have a nice time hopping to the other blogs and checking out their crafty creations!

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90 Comments

  1. Oh, I love the neutral colors with that splash of red…so festive! And of course….alll the bling!

  2. Hi Joy
    Beautiful card, loving this cart the images look so clear. Great choice of papers and embellies that work so well together. Sorry I haven’t been by in a while I have some health issues to contend with at the moment.
    Kim xXx

  3. Cute! Love the pops of red. Super excited to see what the DT has come up with. Hoping to sneak in some crafty time later if Mr. Grumpy doesn’t have other plans!

  4. Beautiful card! Love the dove! Thanks for sharing your ideas and talents with us.

    scrapbooknut67114 at gmail dot com

  5. WOW! All the creative projects out there helped me decided what I’m gonna do for my Christmas cards this year! YEAH!!!!
    I know I’m a bit behind on that so this hop sure helped… LOVE your card Joy! The paper is very pretty and I like the twine….
    Thanks for letting me HOP ALONG!

    Theresa

  6. I like the rhymes Joy! Your post crackes ME up! I do like your card, very pretty! I have not used Pearl Pens but after seeing how it really popped out the green I’m going to give them a try. I’m off to hop…thanks for sharing your project and hosting the hop!

    Susan
    cricutandgrasshopper.blogspot.com

  7. You have some of the best ideas and the best giveaways!!! Thanks for sharing!

    Jeannette

  8. I just found your website and I am so glad I did! I look forward to all of your wonderful posts. Thank you for all your helpful information!

  9. I just found your site .. Love your card !!! Thanks for the Christmas idea ! I love the scandinavian look.

  10. Love your Joy’s Life site! I’m basically new to all of this. Today’s the first time I’ve explored any site, blogs, and links in this much detail. I am so glad to feel your passion for creativity and am inspired!! Thanks so much for sharing. I’ve made a copy of your great cartridge checklist and am thrilled to begin the organizing of my cricut cartridges and card making supplies. Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Love the card-the glitter adds the touch I never would have thought of-and that’s why I love your posts!!! Thanks for a chance to win the cartridge.

  12. Love your card. The dove is adorable and I love the bling on it.
    Laiony
    SewSweetNCrafty.blogspot.com

  13. The card is so pretty. I like the idea of putting vellum over paper to tone down the paper. I do not yet have a winter cartridge, nor the stamps with winter sayings. I would love the win those items! Thank you for having giveaways.

    juliew50@ymail.com

  14. Beautiful Card!! I love the colors you used and it is a very elegant card! Thanks for the chance to win!
    hperks24 at yahoo dot com

  15. So very pretty! The bling swirls are so pretty, and I love the papers you chose, too!

    I’m wondering if you have lots of “Joy” stuff for the holidays! A friend of mine, who’s daughter’s name is Joy, has a huge plywood cutout proclaiming that it’s her house on their front lawn during the holidays! I think their son Jacob might feel a little left out!

    I think it’s wonderful to be joyful, though!

    Thanks for all you share!

  16. Very nice card. I love vellum myself so I really enjoy seeing the different ways other people use it. I also liked how you explained your steps. Thanks for the chance to win a great giveaway.

  17. I love anything with a bird on it and this is one locvely dove. Like the vellum and bling always makes things better.

  18. The dove card is beautiful! Thanks so much for all the wonderful ideas you share. Always something new and awesome!!

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