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Nov 14, 2011

Christmas Cards

Hi there!

It's been too long since I posted some cards, so I thought I'd better get posting! Mandy and I spent part of the afternoon on Sunday making a few Christmas cards. These are the ones we finished.

This is Mandy's card. I just love it! It seems like a simple card, but actually, doing the cords and bows are quite time consuming and very fiddly! It's very sparkly in real life! :)  I thought the completed card was just adorable!

This is one of mine. I've seen button trees a number of times, but this one has pearls and bling added as well. The snowflake is all glittery, but it doesn't come through in the photo so well. I got the idea from the 'Bling Christmas tree' on the Hero Arts Site created by Shari Carroll- there's an instructional video, check it out!

This one is also mine. It was too simple to put together for words! It's one of Bo Bunny's papers...whose Christmas papers I really love!! All I did was cut out the tree, trim it down with my scallop scissors, and layered them...just a little crooked, because I like doing something different once in a while. I'm not sold on the sentiment cloud, but, oh well....someone might like it!


It looks like I'm ending the post here...I was hoping to add some more cards, but I started up my cutter to do up some socks and mittens and trees (oh my!), but I'm having trouble getting it to work. I think the problem may be with SCAL because I've reloaded the drivers, the computer recognizes it as there, but SCAL doesn't. 

Good thing there's a couple of technicians in the family...hopefully I can take them away from their busy schedules to help me out!



  1. What gorgeous cards! I just love your blog; all your ideas and awesome art. Hmm, are you using SCAL with your Cricut? Because you can only run 2.0 I think...I know that getting my drivers to work was quite a feat, especially on my Mac. Thank goodness for techie relations (my husband, in my case)! Hope it gets sorted out soon!

  2. Beautiful cards!!!
    Thanks for the last freebies, I snag a few of them :)
    I had never problems to leave a comment here... except not time???

  3. Wonderful cards! Love that first one with the sparkly ornaments. Like you said, it may look easy but I know it wasn't! Like that snowman paper at the bottom too
    The button tree is adorable! Love the blue for a Christmas card. Very pretty snowflakes too.
    The last one is as cute as can be! Wonderful way to make a cute card with those trees!
    Love all of them.

  4. Fabulous cards Carmen..I am totally in love with the button tree...love the blues..so clever and very pretty...

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  5. Great Cards, thank you for sharing!

  6. All the cards are great. Mandy is definitely absorbing your skills.

  7. Oh my, i love the tree cards. A great design with all the buttons, you sure need a few buttons for that project and having the crooked tree is fabulous. The ornament one is very eye catching...tfs
    thanks for the freebie in your last post...

  8. Lovely cards.Your talent is awesome.Can't wait for your updates.

  9. Great cards! I am in love with the button tree too

  10. Love your Christmas tree cards. Thanks for the ornament freebie.

  11. Lovely cards. I love the christmas trees. Thanks for the freebies!

  12. Gorgeous cards Carmen, I love the button tree:)
    Val x
    ps I used your steampunk penny farthing for my DT card it's here:

  13. Great cards! I'm not sure which is my favorite but I'm leaning towards the ornament card. TFS!

  14. Awesome cards. Love the way you decorated the trees, never would've thought about it. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Super love for the tilted xmas tree! Such an awesome idea!!

  16. Wonderful cards! I love the button tree!

  17. Those are so cute, Carmen! Love them!

  18. Totally awesome cards, Carmen!!!

  19. These are very clever. Thanks so much!

  20. Love your cards :) especially the tipped tree card.


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