Cricut Circle Magazine Challenge for November – Little Deer Shaker Ornament


The first thing I have to say is how excited I am again — my penguin shaker ornament card was one of the winners at the Fantabulous Cricut Challeng Blog.  Thank you so much FCCB!!

Now on to the Cricut Circle magazine challenge, which I forgot all about when I made my penguin shaker ornament last week.  I posted my ornament card on the Cricut message board, and a fellow Circlet asked me if I was going to enter my card in the Circle magazine challenge.  She was even kind enough to give me the link.  I went to the website and reviewed the rules and saw that the project must be newly created, so I figured my penguin card would not qualify — especially since it had just won a challenge.  With time running out on the magazine challenge, I decided to create a new shaker ornament card especially for it. 

For this challenge, which is only open to Circle members, the project has to have at least four Cricut cuts and also use one other Provo Craft product — like the Cuttlebug, Yudu, etc. 

I made another shaker ornament card, only this time I put a deer inside.  I used Core’dinations Core Couture cardstock for the ornament — I like it’s glittery look.  I used the ornament from Joys of the Season cartridge.  I used Cricut Design Studio to weld two ornaments together to make the card.  I also welded a rectangle from George and Basic Shapes to the bottom so that the card can also stand alone if it is not hanging on the tree.

The deer is one of my favorite cuts and he is from the Cindy Loo cartridge.  The snowy hills are from Country Life, the trees from Christmas Cheer, the poinsettias from Winter Woodland, and the tag is from Very Merry Tags.  I cut the poinsettias from white cardstock and inked them blue.  I edged them using a Krylon Silver Leafing Pen and added silver Stickles to the centers.   

I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the background cardstock in the shaker using the Snowflakes embossing folder.  I also embossed the tops of the ornament, which I cut from silver metallic cardstock, using the Herringbone embossing folder. 

I used a Martha Stewart border punch to make the snowflakes that shake around in the card, using the negative cuts from the punch. 

As I did on the penguin ornament card, I put the silver tops on the insides and back of the card.

  • Core’dinations Core Couture cardstock
  • Cricut cartridges:  Christmas Cheer, Cindy Loo, Country Life, George and Basic Shapes Joys of the Season, Very Merry Tags and Winter Woodland
  • Cuttlebug embossing folders:  Herringbone and Snowflakes
  • Martha Stewart snowflake border punch
  • Silver Stickles
  • Krylon Silver Leafing Pen

Snow Owl ~ Winter Wonderland

It has been quite a while since I made a card.  Erin, my darling daughter and the other half of this blog, came out to visit from Taiwan for a month.  We spent a lot of time at Disneyland and had lots of fun.  And we did a lot of shopping.  We went to Michaels so many times — even hit three different stores in one day.  On one of our last shopping trips, we both bought a Cricut Gypsy.  Thanks to so many online tutorials, I am slowly learning how to use it. 

For this card I used my favorite Cricut owl cut, which is from the Disney Happily Ever After cartridge.  I decided to make him a snow owl and wanted the card to be all sparkly and pretty.  The solid cardstock for the card base is Bazzill Bling and the patterned paper is from Heidi Grace, the Frost Blvd collection.   

I cut a snowflake from When It’s Cold Outside and cut a circle in the middle of it so the little owl can look out.  The sentiment is cut from Winter Woodland.  I heat embossed both cuts all over using a Versamark Dazzle stamp pad and Ranger holographic embossing powder. 

I used a Martha Stewart corner punch from the Snowfall Punch Around the Page combo for the snowflakes on the corners of the light blue square.  I used two other Martha Stewart snowflake punches to add some extra snowflakes by the sentiment and on the inside of the card.  And I added a lot of rhinestones.

The final embellishment I did was to wrap some yarn around the fold of the card.  I love mini albums and the ribbon and charms that hang from the binding, so I attempted to duplicate that look.   After wrapping the yarn around the card, I threaded some snowflake sequins and beads on thread and attached the thread to the yarn. 

For the inside of the card, I sprinkled snowflakes on both sides and added more rhinestones.

I am going to enter this card in two challenges.  The first is Jitterbuggin’s Wise Guys challenge and this week the sketch is optional.  The only requirements are to use a circle and a square, include an owl and a Cricut cut.

The second challenge is Fantabulous Cricut’s Challenge Me Monday #34, Bird Bonanza.  For this challenge you have to create a project that has something to do with a bird. 

  • Bazzill Bling cardstock
  • Heidi Grace patterned paper, Frost Blvd collection
  • Cricut cartridges:  When It’s Cold Outside, Happily Ever After and Winter Woodland
  • Versamark Dazzle stamp pad
  • Ranger holographic embossing powder
  • Rhinestones, snowflake sequins and yarn from my stash