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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Usher in a New Season

Earlier this year we showed you how to use the Cricut® Flower Market Collection for a springtime monogram. Today we have some artwork that just goes to show that this truly is a collection for all seasons! Take a look at this beautiful wreath celebrating the upcoming fall!

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Starting with a simple grapevine wreath, we decorated our piece with paper flowers and leaves in stunning fall colors. (Picking our colors was easy—we just turned to our brand new fall-themed paper packets from the Holiday Expressions idea book, which is available for purchase as of September 1.)

When working with Cricut® shapes in your décor, add dimension and life by curling and bending petals and leaves. Add embellishments, like buttons and ribbons, for more textures, details, and volume.

With its changing leaves in rich hues of reds, oranges, and yellows, fall is by far the most colorful season of the year to draw inspiration from. Bring some of those glowing vibrant tones into your home by creating some of your own décor pieces—it’s all about where your creativity takes you!


Recipe

Fall Wreath
Z4041 Falling for You—Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7223B Falling for You Paper Packet, X7224B Cats & Bats Paper Packet, X5949 Almond Cardstock, X5951 Espresso Cardstock, X5952 Nutmeg Cardstock, X5965 Ruby Cardstock, Z2832 Pewter Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7223C Falling for You Complements, Z3323 White Burlap Ribbon, Z3385 Cricut® Flower Market Collection, Z3389 Cricut® You Are Here Collection, 18″ Grapevine Wreath, Hot Glue Gun

Cricut® Shapes: 
Flower Market
3″ Shift + Icon <J> (cut 8, p. 27, #MD6F435)
4½” <Chrsnthm> (cut 2, p. 47, #MFADEB0)

You Are Here
2½” Icon-4 <a> (cut 18, p. 21, #M27629BD)
2½” Shift + Icon-4 <A> (cut 18, p. 21, #M27629BD)

Numbers starting with #M specify the image number in Cricut Design Space™

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Trend Alert: Paper Plants Are IN!

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As your best crafting bud, we’re here to give you the scoop on the latest trends in the crafting industry. One trend that’s been on the rise lately is paper plants—for your home, parties, and everything in between!

Let us show you what we mean…

Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built is basically the queen of paper plants. She does tons (and we mean TONS!) of paper plant and flower projects on her blog and YouTube channel. Here are 18 of her personal favorite paper plant tutorials.

In a similar fashion, Brit + Co, a media company that celebrates women and creativity, rounded up their top 12 favorite paper plant projects from different bloggers.

Today we want to show you some of our own paper plant creations! We love this trend (especially because it doesn’t make you feel like a bad plant parent), and we have a feeling it will really grow on you, too (Eh? Eh?). 😉

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Look at these beauties! We cut the shapes using two of our Cricut® collections (see recipe at bottom of post), and then attached the finished leaves to wire with a hot glue gun. Add them to pots filled with paper crinkle, pebbles, etc, and voila! You’ve got three amazing plants that will live forever!

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If making paper plants from scratch seems a bit overwhelming, or if you don’t own a Cricut® machine, we’ve got just the solution for you. Try out our Welcome Home wreath kit, which comes with all the pieces pre-cut AND instructions with step-by-step photos.

Did we mention it’s only $18.95 (US)? It can’t get much better than that—except that it does, because you can also get it FREE with a qualifying purchase!

The kit’s only available until the end of January though, so if it’s calling your name, get it before it’s gone!

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Another fun idea is to play around with arranging paper plants and leaves in picture frames. By slightly bending the leaves here, these plants seem to be growing out of the picture frame.

What do you think of this trend? Yea or nay? Tell us in the comments below!


Ready to make your own paper garden? Then be sure to check out our Cricut® Flower Market collection! It’s filled with tons of flowers, plants, leaves, and other shapes that would be perfect for creating paper plants projects, like this wreath:

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Have fun! 🙂

Recipes

Plant Trio
X7216B Hello Lovely Paper Packet, Z3254 Enchantment Fundamentals, X5777 Fern Cardstock, X5783 Emerald Cardstock, X5784 Willow Cardstock, 1282 New England Ivy Cardstock, X5752 Juniper Cardstock, X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Pots, Tray, Paper Crinkles, Wire, Hot Glue Gun

Cricut® Shapes (cut multiples of each shape as desired, depending on pot sizes):
Flower Market
9″ <Succulnt> (p. 40)
4 ½” <Succulnt> (p. 40)
1 ½” Flower-2 <Daisy> (cut multiple, p. 46)
1 ½” Shift+Flower-2 <Daisy> (cut multiple, p. 46)

Artistry
8 ¼” Shape <Spring> (cut multiple, p. 38)*
7 ½” Shape <Spring> (cut multiple, p. 38)*
 

*Modified in Cricut Design Space™. Unlock measurements and make shapes these sizes: 8 ¼” x 1 ¼” (h x w), 7 ½” x 1″ (h x w)

Succulent Wreath
CC1210 Welcome Home Wreath Kit, Glue

Fern Picture Frame
X7217B Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Packet, 1282 New England Ivy Cardstock, Z3146 Watercolor Paper, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3224 Waterbrush—Small Round, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
3 ½” Shift+Flower-1 <G> (cut 2, p. 25)
5″ Shift+Background <Hibiscus> (cut 2, p. 30)
2″ and 2 ½” Shift+Flower-2 <X> (cut 2 of each, p. 32)
2″ Icon <x> (cut 2, p. 32)
2 ½” Shift+Background (cut 2, p. 40)

Flower Wreath
X5782 Pansy Cardstock, X5769 Thistle Cardstock, X5774 Eggplant Cardstock, X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, X5776 Peacock Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, X5777 Fern Cardstock, X5784 Willow Cardstock, X5775 Sapphire Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5787 Blossom Cardstock, X5788 Raspberry Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, 1301 Bamboo Cardstock, X5643 Chocolate Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z3146 Watercolor Paper, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection, Ribbon, Wreath Base, Hot Glue Gun

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
3″ Flower-1 (cut 4, p. 14)
4½” Flower-1 (cut 3, p. 16)
2½” Shift+Icon (cut 3, p. 27)
1½” Shift+Flower-2 (cut 7, p. 31)
1½” Flower-2 (cut 7, p. 31)
1½” Shift+Flower-1 (cut 7, p. 31)
1½” Flower-1 (cut 7, p. 31)
3¼” Icon (cut 5, p. 32)
2¼” Flower-2 (cut 2, p. 32)
3¼” Flower-1 (p. 32)
3″ Shift+Icon (p. 32)
3½” Shift+Flower-2 (p. 32)
2½” Shift+Flower-1 (p. 32)
2¼” Icon (cut 2, p. 33)
2¼” Shift+Icon (cut 2, p. 33)
2½” Flower-1 (cut 3, p. 33)
2½” Shift+Flower-1 (cut 3, p. 33)
4½” Shift+Flower-1 (cut 3, p.36)
2¼” Icon (p. 40)
2¼” Shift+Icon (p. 40)
2½” Flower-2 (p. 40)
2½” Shift+Flower-2 (p. 40)
2½” Flower-1 (p. 40)
2½” Shift+Flower-1 (p. 40)
2″ Shift+Icon (p. 45)
2″ Shift+Flower-2 (p. 45)
2″ Flower-2 (p. 45)
1½” Icon (cut 3, p. 45)
1½” Flower-1 (cut 3, p. 45)
1½” Shift+Flower-1 (cut 3, p. 45)
1¼” Flower-2 (cut 2, p. 46)
1¼” Shift+Flower-2 (cut 2, p. 46)

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