Holiday Favorites

As the end of the year approaches, so does the end of our current idea book, Holiday Expressions. And, even though it may a bit taboo to choose a favorite child, we went for it and picked out a few of our favorite products from this catalog to show you just how versatile they really are and that they can be used outside of the holiday season.

First up, the Tree Line Border Thin Cuts.

It’s easy to associate pine trees with Christmas, the majority of us have one dominating our living rooms for the entire month of December (or more!) every year. But, lets not forget that before they got all dressed up for the party these beautiful trees had a more rustic existence.

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These tree line dies can be used in multiple ways to invoke a natural scene. Their design allows for you to use one border at a time or to stack the die cuts, as we’ve done here, creating a more dimensional setting.

Another favorite is the My Acrylix® Oh Snap! stamp set.

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If you’re reading this post, you’re hanging with the crowd that doesn’t need a holiday to preserve memories. We’re all about capturing life’s moments, no matter the season.

Next up, we chose a more subtle and less obvious embellishment—the Cats & Bats Dots.

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We have black and Emerald enamel dots. Yes, they work perfectly with this year’s Halloween collection, but these little guys are a force to be reckoned with all on their own. Embellishments like these are great to have on hand to add a splash of color any time you need it. And the low price means you can really stock up on these babies and use them on project after project!

Find merriment in anything and everything with our Merry Everything Cut Above® tag kit.

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Gifts should be shared all year round!

For the last highlight, even though we love all of our children the same, take a look at what we did with our leaf embossing folder below.

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We love so many of our products that will be retiring in just a few weeks, it was difficult to list just a few. Take advantage of your opportunity to snatch up these items while you still can and remember that just because they are featured in the Holiday Expressions idea book doesn’t mean you can’t use them outside of the holidays. Revisit your catalog and take a look at those products again, thinking outside the holiday gift box!

Have you used any of our holiday products in a non-holiday way? Share your creative ideas below! We love hearing from you!


Recipes

4¼” x 5½” Birthday Wishes Card (Vertical)
B1537 My Acrylix® Birthday Sparkles Stamp Set, X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5954 Pewter Cardstock, X5955 Pebble Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3357 Better Together Complements, Z4037 Thin Cuts—Tree Line Border, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection, Die-cutting Machine

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
3″ Flower-2 <7> (p. 7, #MD389A5)

5″ x 7″Reach for the Stars Frame
B1565 My Acrylix® A New Adventure Stamp Set, X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5954 Pewter Cardstock, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z3357 Better Together Complements, Z4037 Thin Cuts—Tree Line Border, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Die-cutting Machine

12″ x 12″ Capture Life Today Page
D1748 My Acrylix® Oh Snap! Stamp Set, Z3353 Basics Fundamental Paper Packet, Z3350 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, X5955 Pebble Cardstock, X5946 Linen Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5978 Glacier Cardstock, Z3366 Silver Foil Paper, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z4051 Picture My Life™ Cards—Silver & Gold, Z3355 Happy Moments Complements, Z3357 Better Together Complements, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
2¼” Flower-2 <7> (p. 7, #mD389A5)

5″ x 5″ Smiles Mini Album
D1748 My Acrylix® Oh Snap! Stamp Set, Z3350 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, Z3353 Basics Fundamental Paper Packet, X5978 Glacier Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3366 Silver Foil Paper, X5946 Linen Cardstock, Z2832 Pewter Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3089 Grey Gems, Z3364 Basics Ribbon Pack

12″ x 12″ Happy Place Page
X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5954 Pewter Cardstock, X5969 Emerald Cardstock, Z3357 Better Together Complements, Z4028 Cats & Bats Dots

Treat Bag Topper
D1731 My Acrylix® Eat Cate & Celebrate Stamp Set, X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet, X5978 Glacier Cardstock, Z3366 Silver Foil Paper, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Z4028 Cats & Bats Dots

Merry Everything Gifts
M1188 My Acrylix® Celebrate Stamp Set, C1684 My Acrylix® Inked with Love Stamp Set, Z4049 Cut Above® Tag Kit—Merry Everything, Z3351 Adventure Fundamental Paper Packet, X5980 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, Z2853 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2812 Raspberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Z3361 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z3362 Adventure Ribbon Pack, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
2¾” Background <z> (cut 2, p. 31)

12″ x 12″ Home Layout
Make It from Your Heart Vol. 3: Pattern 12, X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, Z3353 Basics Fundamental Paper Packet, X5946 Linen Cardstock, Z3367 Vellum Paper, Z3357 Better Together Complements, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z4031 Leaves Embossing Folder, Embossing Machine

4¼” x 5½” Celebrate Card (Vertical)
D1731 My Acrylix® Eat Cake & Celebrate Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5955 Pebble Cardstock, X5978 Glacier Cardstock, X5953 Charcoal Cardstock, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z4031 Leaves Embossing Folder, Embossing Machine, Sewing Machine

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Around the World: Australia

The next stop of our global adventure is a country that’s especially close to our hearts. 😉 Welcome to the land down under, mates! We’re in Australia!

Ayers Rock

Just like Ayers Rock, today’s artistic tradition has very ancient origins. For centuries, Australian Aboriginals have painted their faces and bodies to designate social class and order, as well as to participate in religious rituals. As part of certain spiritual ceremonies, they would smooth an area of soil to create a canvas and draw sacred designs or ancestral beings. After the ceremony, they would wash off their body paint and smooth the soil to preserve the secret, sacred nature of these rituals.

In the 1970s and 1980s, some Aboriginals began taking these ancient designs and painting them on canvas, an art form that came to be know as Aboriginal dot painting—and the inspiration for today’s artwork! Aboriginal dot paintings still contain sacred meanings and designs, but the layering of dots and patterns conceal these sacred designs from untrained eyes. Such layering also causes very cool optical effects where shapes and images seem to move forward and backward on the canvas, creating unique, striking artwork.

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These dot paintings became a way for Aboriginals to preserve their culture and perpetuate traditions while creating beautiful artwork for the modern world to see. It essentially became their own unique form of decorative memory keeping as they would preserve important stories and legends for future generations. How could we resist using this artistic tradition as inspiration for today’s artwork?

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We are entranced by the intricate details of this page! Our artist expertly mirrored the layered effect of dot painting to create this mesmerizing feast for the eyes. In the background, she created shiny, black dots by stippling Liquid Glass on the black cardstock. On top of those dots she placed circles of colored cardstock. She then accented those dots with Flamingo Dots and Aqua Dots. What an amazing technique!

As you go about your crafting, remember that grandiose things, like this scrapbook page and Aboriginal dot paintings, are accomplished one dot at a time. Keep this in mind when you feel overwhelmed with your layouts or with preserving all your memories. Just take life one dot at a time! You may not feel up to the task of creating a masterpiece today, but you don’t have to! Today, just focus on adding one more dot to the mix.

P.S. Be sure to leave a comment to enter to win the travel stamp giveaway!

Recipe

12″ x 12″ Face Painting Fun Page
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 1: Pattern 5 (with alterations)
A1159 My Acrylix® LOL, X5760 Cotton Candy Cardstock, X5758 Sunset Cardstock, X5668 Honey Cardstock, X5764 Pear Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, X5759 Pacifica Cardstock, X5769 Thistle Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, Z1829 Black & Grey Glitter Paper, Z2153 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2192 Pacifica Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2191 Sunset Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z1853 Aqua Dots, Z1934 Flamingo Dots, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z679 Liquid Glass, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3171 Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Art Philosophy
1/8″, 1/4″, 1/2″ <Circle1> (cut several, p. 21)

Artiste
½” Shift <Font> “FACE PAINTING FUN”

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