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Monday, November 23, 2009
10:44 PM | Posted by Monique Griffith | | Edit Post
Welcome to Home Decor Tuesday! This is my week as Guest Designer for the Christmas with the Cricut BLOG. Be sure to check it out as there are some mind-blowing projects and tons of giveaways! Also, don't miss Mandy Ferg's BLOG this week as she is super duper talented and will be posting each day as well.
Alrighty, here's a project entirely from the Winter Woodland cartridge. Even before this cart came out, I was dying to get my hands on it so I could make one of these amazing 3D buildings.
For very complete directions click HERE. This will take you to my pdf file of my *full* directions, which will also show you the type of directions that I include with ALL of my classes and kits. (If it's not working, email me at email@example.com and I'd be happy to send you the file.) This is 4 pages, and includes my Cricut Cut Chart, which shows you line by line exactly what you need to cut on your machine - and all cuts are grouped by color so it's nice and efficient. Hope you enjoy this special peek at my directions!!!
Here's the basics of how I created this cozy little Christmas house. I used 12x24 Bazzill cardstock (the "Preppy" collection). The 12x24 Bazzill cardstock is exclusive to OhMyCrafts.com, and it's gorgeous. So I cut out the house on page 75 of the booklet, and then referred to pages 82-85 for a visual on how to score, fold and assemble it. Btw, this house is pretty good-sized. It stands 11" tall at the height of the chimney (and it's going to look so dang cute on my fireplace mantle!).
I cut a couple of gray strips and ran them through my Cuttlebug with the Tiny Mosaics folder to make them look like a brick border. I added some trees around this border as well as the cute bunny. Then I wrapped a piece of ribbon around the middle section. I added some branches to the front on top of the ribbon, and then added a poinsettia on each of the 4 sides - also on top of the ribbon. Well, I just had to add a monogram "G" to make it my own - how fun is that? And then I added snow and snowflakes to the roof and chimney.
The 3D trees are from pages 72-73 in your booklet. You can certainly make them out of a single layer of heavy cardstock, but I wasn't having much luck getting mine to stay put this way. I had to yell "Timber!!!" too many times, so I decided to make them out of chipboard first and then sandwich the chipboard between layers of green cardstock. I had to widen the slits of the trees just a tiny bit, but now they're nice and sturdy and don't fall over. I did the same with the 3D snowman too.
If you know me, you know I'm all about the details! So of course I had to go and add lots of Stickles (Diamond color), rhinestons to the trees, and some little accents with my trusty Signo Uniball white gel pen. You could really go nuts with the embellishing and make it extra fabulous!
Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to tune in tomorrow for my elegant Gift Packaging project. Oh, and thank you to all of you for posting such nice comments on yesterday's project. I couldn't believe you all liked my video so much. Maybe I'll do another one someday!
- Monique Griffith
- Rocklin, CA, United States
- The Monique Griffith Design Team consists of 4 Cricut Designers: Monique, Wendy Lawrence, Susan Rees and Becca Rees. We specialize in making Cricut Project Kits that you can make on your own with your Cricut, learning more about your bug in the process. You just need your Cricut Expression, the required cartridge(s), and a few basic tools. The directions come with a Cricut Cut Chart that shows you line by line exactly what you'll need to cut on your machine, with all of the settings for each cut. There are also well-organized written instructions and color photographs. We pride ourselves on our detailed designs, and on teaching others how to most effectively design with the Cricut. Currently, we have have downloadable directions on sale for only $5, and there are over 50 projects to choose from.