Monday, March 24, 2014

Christmas Card Using Cricut Artiste, Cricut Artbooking and Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridges

Hi all you beautiful readers out there!  I hope everyone is doing well.  I don't know if you have heard about the new Cricut Explore; but I love it.  I haven't had much time to play with it; but when I have; it cuts fabulously.  I had problems on my Cricut Expression; with some of my paper tearing on the really intricate designs; and this Cricut Explore cuts it like butter.  It is so smooth.  I tried it one time to write on a card; and it does such a wonderful job.  I am not selling them or working for the company.  I wanted to share this with you if you haven't had time to check it out yet. 

In the beginning; I was totally against buying something I had to use with a computer; but a lot of my friends bought it and they couldn't stop raving about it.  I finally decided to watch the videos and I fell in love again!  LOL! 

My Top 5 reasons for buying a Cricut Explore: 
1.  It saves time in designing your card first;before cutting a hundred pieces to see what works.  
2.  It keeps all your images in one place for all the Cricut cartridges that you own; making it easier to        see what you have available. (I found ones I swear I have never seen before.  LOL!)
3.  You can write and cut without changing the blade.  
4.  You can add images from multiple cartridges all on one mat; and you don't have to change the            cartridge each time you want to switch between cartridges.
5.  Dial for paper/material choices.  No trying to figure out what pressure and speed you want to cut        those intricate cuts.

My top two pieces of equipment I feel every crafter should have are:
1.  Cricut Explore
2.  EBosser (It cuts and embosses all in one machine - electric)

My top 3 Cricut Cartridges that I think everyone should own are: 
1.  Cricut Art Philosophy
2.  Cricut Artiste
3.  Cricut Artbooking; in that order. 

I joined CTMH because of the fabulous Cricut Art Philosophy Collection; and have never regretted it!  With 700 images on this cartridge; you get more for your money than any other cartridge out there.  It you had to pay the .99 for each image charged by Cricut; that would be $700 for each one of the CTMH cartridges.  LOL!

For the month of April 2014 only: you can join my CTMH team for only $99 (Kit retail - $309) and receive a FREE Cricut Collection of your choice.  Choose between the Cricut Art Philosophy, Cricut Artiste and Cricut Artbooking - retail $99.  See tabs above to review each of these Cricut cartridges.  
You are paying $99 for approx. $408 retail value!  How much better can it get. I am available to work with you one on one for training; if you want it; or choose many training classes online to fit your own schedule.  See tab for more information on joining my CTMH team at

I have created another Christmas card for Digi Stamps 4 Joy 2014 Christmas Challenge.  Check it out.  When you use their FREE image; enter your creation in their challenge; you receive the next month FREE image.  Isn't that fabulous!  The Digital image for March is the collage of words on the right of this card.  I printed it on one of the paper pack included with CTMH Pear & Partridge Paper Pack (retired).

Supplies used to create this card:

Die Cuts: (Machine used - Cricut Explore and Ebosser)
Deer, Pine Trees - Cricut Artbooking Cartridge
Grass, leaves - Cricut Artiste Cartridge
Frames for sentiment inside - Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge
Poinsettia Flower - Marianne Designs Creatables

Collage Image - DigiStamps4Joy 2014 Christmas Challenge
Paper - CTMH Pear & Partridge (retired)
Cardstock - CTMH Cranberry and CTMH Cashmere
Ink - CTMH Cranberry
Sentiment Inside - CTMH Christmas Village D1554
Bling - Reflections

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes Optional - Birds of a Feather (2 of 3)
Scribble and Scrap - Anything Goes (3 of 3)
Fitztown Challenge - Anything Goes (No Limit)
Fitztown Challenges - Dies and/or Punches (No limit)
My Craft Creations - Anything Goes (No limit)
Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge Blog - Anything Goes/option - Use a Butterfly (No limit)
DigiStamps4Joy 2014 Christmas Challenge - Christmas card using FREE Digi
Crafting By Designs Monthly Challenge - Anything Goes (No limit)
Completely Christmas - Anything Goes
Craftitude - Anything Goes or/add Brad Eyelet (2 of 3)
Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge - Anything Goes (2 of 3)
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes (2 of 2)
4 Krafty Girlz - Anything Goes (2 of 3)
Creative Corner - A Little Texture (2 of 3) (Leaves of poinsettia)
Winter Wonderland - Paint The Town Red
Christmas Card Challenges - Anything Goes
My Perfect Life - Always Christmas
Decosse's Dynamite Doodles - Christmas Link Up Party
Sister Card Act Challenge - Anything Goes
The Crafters Cafe - Make A Square Card - (3 of 3)
The Doodle Garden - Anything Goes (1 of 4)
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes (1 of 3)
Exploring Cricut - At least One Pattern Paper and One Cardstock (See supplies used.) (1 of 2)
My Craft Spot - Anything Goes (1 of 1)

Click above to join my team
Receive FREE CTMH Cricut Collection when you join my team
Total Retail ($408)

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Thank you for dropping by my blog today.  I love reading your loving comments; and appreciate each of you.  If you leave your blog link; I will do my best to follow you as well. I love sharing our adventure together in Blogland.  You can text, email or call if you have questions or requests.  Have a fantastic week!  Hope to see you again real soon!

 Remember - Keep On Creating!!
It's Good For Your Health!! 


  1. Wow, you did great with this image! Great Christmas card. Thanks for joining us at Fitztown Challenge Blog. Good luck!
    FCB DT Coordinator

  2. What a great design, thank you for sharing with us over at Completely Christmas, we would love to see you back again next week for another fun challenge......Good Luck
    Suzy B Owner Completely Christmas

  3. Love the warm traditional colours. Thanks a lot for joining in with my Festive 48. Hope you can link up again next week. Marina

  4. Lovely ‘country’ colours, Gloria and fabulous die-cuts! Looks amazing! xx

  5. Hi Gloria, Love your card but these sort of machines are not for me. I struggled when I first bought a Cuttlebug. I sell my cards for charity and they are stamped, 'hand made'. My head was telling me, if I used a machine to cut shapes, then they are not hand made. I got to grips with that by thinking of it as a tool, like scissors. A Cricut Explore is too far away from hand made, for my brain to deal with!! I now have a Joy machine but can't take the next step! Mad I know but that's just me!!LOl! Hugs, Carol S.xx

    1. I felt the same way when I first started; but it is just like buying a die; but you can cut out so much more. It is still homemade; as you are cutting out all the cute dies and creating the card yourself. It isn't store made. LOL! Maybe some day you will get over that idea. I had to; because I felt that way about Digis when I first started too. I see things differently now. Also, I am really bad at cutting things out by hand. People wouldn't want me hand cut items on a card. LOL! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment. Have a great day! Hugs.

  6. A brilliantly beautiful Christmas card!
    Thank you for participating Fitztown Challemge
    Welcome back too :)
    Hugs Kaija DT-member

  7. Beautiful Gloria, I like the deer the papers and the poinsettia.
    Kevin xx

  8. this is a beautiful card Gloria.

    gr karin

    1. and

      Thanks for join us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.

      Greetings Karin DT Coördinator

  9. Fabulous card hun and thank you so much for joining us at Completely Christmas - very good luck Judith DT x

  10. Great square card, thanks for joining us at Cradfters Cafe this week

  11. Love this card, Gloria. The earth tones really make it!

  12. Love the combination of colours. Thanks for joining us at Creative Corner

  13. beautiful and i love the deer :) So glad you joined us for our CHNC challenge extra this month

  14. Your card is gorgeous & love the color scheme you used!

    Thanks so much for playing along with us @ 613 Avenue Create & hope to see you back again next week!!!

  15. Great card and l love the colour scheme. Thank you for joining us at Fitztown this week. Judy

  16. Lovely card thanks for joining us at crafts 4 eternity this week hugs x

  17. Beautiful Christmas card-gorgeous papers and cuts! I'm taking your comments about the Explore to heart-I'm still wondering about it. Thanks for joining us at Exploring Cricut & More this week!

  18. Absolutely stunning Gloria. I just love how creatively you have incorporated the text image in your design and I adore the little deer. Thank you for taking the time to use this month’s free Christmas image. You have automatically qualified to receive next month’s Christmas image for free, which will be emailed to you at the beginning of April.
    {Digistamps4Joy Christmas Challenge Co-ordinator}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  19. Fabulous Christmas card Gloria. I just love that you changed the print color on the DS4J Christmas paper (I really need to learn how to do that lol) and then printed it on that gorgeous dp. and all of those wonderful die cuts finish it off just beautifully. Hugs ~ Charlene

    1. Hi Charlene, Thanks for the lovely compliment. I copy and paste the image (collage) to word; then right click on it, click format picture, click on picture color on the list, then click on the little box (presets) next to recolor or one of those and it pops up with possible colors to change it to. Click on color you want to change it to and click close. It should now be that color. If you want to go back to the original color; go back same way and click reset. Hope this helps. Hugs. Gloria

  20. Wow, great work, well done and good luck! Fabulous use of your Cricut Gloria!
    Hugs, Jackie

  21. Thank you so much for entering our Completely Christmas challenge 4 with your lovely card, Hazel, DT - thanks also for entering my CHNC challenge extra for March - we hope we'll see you again soon x

  22. Thanks so much for entering this beautiful project in our challenge at Exploring Cricut and More. I love this and will be snagging your idea!!!!

  23. Beautiful card! Love it! Thanks for playing with Doodle Garden this time.

  24. Beautiful Christmas card!! Love the papers. Thank you so very much for joining our 'Crafter's Choice' challenge at Exploring Cricut and More!!!! :)

  25. So beautiful and traditional.

    Thank you for joining us over at the Scribble and Scrap Challenge. Good luck.

  26. Beautiful card.Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Scrapbooking and Stamp Society .Good luck and i hope you return with another stunning Project.
    Hugs Gudrun DT

  27. loving your design of card, thanks for joining us over on artistic inspirations x

  28. How beautiful. I love those cuts.

    Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity.


  29. Great card, thanks so much for joining us over at Crafty Girls
    Hugs Donna DT xx


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