Quick and easy Christmas cards from your Cricut!

Spent a few hours this weekend making Christmas cards for the first time for my family and friends. I made two different designs — one, this adorable Santa face, courtesy of an online crafter who shared the design with her subscribers. I embossed Santa’s beard with my favorite folder, added chalk for the cheeks (applied with my finger) but otherwise created it very simply. All of these are cardstock cuts pieced together. It took 5 minutes to cute and 5 minutes to assemble.

Another one I made was from Cricut’s ‘make it now’ collection. You click on the link on Design Space, and it’s already created for you. You simply choose your paper, load your machine, and go. The red is die cut, and the white is a blank card I bought at Joann’s in a pack of 50 that included envelopes, as well.

I ran the red die cut cardstock through my Xyron to adhere it to the white card blank, used my Cricut to write a sentiment on the white cardstock interior, added some stickles on the front to make it glittery, then addressed the envelopes, and sent them off.

These were some fun and creative projects that I hope will mean a little more to my family and friends this year, with my first-ever created Christmas cards.

From my family to yours, have a very Crafty Christmas and a Happy New year!

Going further with embossing folder organization

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I posted a few weeks ago about how I’m organizing my embossing folders. I use Totally Tiffany’s Karen plastic bag with a plastic box inside. I made little folders on my Cricut and embossed each folder with the folder that it holds. I numbered them all so I can find where they go when I’m done with them.

I went one step further, as I’m following Totally Tiffany’s Get Organized Challenge. I made small tags on my Cricut machine and laminated them. I then embossed each tag with each embossing folder I have and numbered the tags. I punched holes in each tag, and put them all on a D ring. Now I have a quick flip ring I can bring with me when shopping (to prevent buying duplicates), and also a quick and easy way to see what I own and grab the correct folder without digging through each of my three bags.

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It’s working fantastic for me, and I hope it works for you, too! I’m including the link to the bags below. They’re very affordable if you’re a frugal crafter like me! Happy November & craft on!

 

ORGANIZING EMBOSSING FOLDERS

I have been a fan of Totally-Tiffany.com for about a year, since I discovered her wonderful see-through plastic organizers. I absolutely LOVE her Karen bag. It’s made for card makers, but I have found a wonderful use for it — organizing embossing folders!

I recently won a Tim Holtz Vagabond 2 embossing machine, and also received quite a few embossing folders with it. I got about 20 more embossing folders at Tuesday Morning for $1.00-$1.49 each. I quickly found that I needed a way to keep them safe and organized.

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I started by making a file folder on my Cricut machine, and added a tab to the top. After cutting the folder out, I embossed the front of the folder with the embossing folder contained within. I labeled the folder with a name that I would remember and find — NOT with the manufacturer’s name. That doesn’t help me at all.

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I then used the hard plastic laminated dividers that come with the Karen bag to make alpha tags. I filed the embossing folders alphabetically, and I’m done!sbc_sr-sng13

It’s easy for me to use both at home, and away, and the clear see-through bags are ideal for easily spotting the folder you need. No more digging through something to try to find the one I need.

If you’re looking for a relatively inexpensive and portable way to organize your embossing folders, you can’t beat Totally Tiffany’s Karen bags!  I’ve included a link so that you can buy your own.

 

Do you have a favorite way of organizing or storing your embossing folders? Share your method in the comments below! Until next time, happy crafting!

Cheat sheet for embossing and die cutting machines

I was recently the very lucky winner of a Tim Holtz Vagabond 2 electric embossing and die cutting machine. I’ve included the link to buy this fabulous machine on Amazon. It normally retails for $199, and a price of $172.78 with Amazon Prime shipping is a great deal. In case you haven’t noticed, I’m all about Provocraft and Cricut products, but I’ve really come to love my Vagabond 2.

It’s electric and wonderful for crafters who don’t want to crank an embossing machine handle or someone (like me) who has arthritis and can’t crank very much without having pain. It has a very easy learning curve, but being that I’m relatively new to embossing and die cutting outside of a Cricut machine, I have been having a very difficult time figuring out how to ‘sandwich’ my embossing folders and metal dies.

This morning, I was very excited to find a cheat sheet for the Vagabond (1 and 2) die cutting machine, and I’m going to share it with you! I’m attaching this reference chart for you here. It’s a ‘cheat sheet’ from Die Cutting for Paper Crafters magazine (link below) to help you figure out the plates to use for what you’re trying to accomplish. I hope it helps you as much as it has helped me.

Have a fabulous weekend & happy crafting!