Friday, December 10, 2010

CuttersCreek Blog Hop

Welcome to the Cutters Creek Red and Green Blog Hop!

Our wonderful design team members have all created some fun Christmas projects to inspire you! The only requirement for the projects were that they must contain Red and Green. You just saw a fabulous project on Laura's blog. Your next stop along the hop will be Sandi's blog. If you are just finding our hop please head over to the Cutter's Creek Design Team Blog to start from the beginning; I also have it listed below. There are 8 inspiring projects for you to check out as well as 8 chances to win a great prize from Cutters Creek!

Blog Order:
Chris
Mandie
Laura
Melissa- you are here
Sandi
Kim
Vicki
Lori

Please leave me a comment about your favorite Christmas Tradition. Comments left up until 11:59pm on Sunday December 12th will be eligible to win. Unfortunately, only 1 entry per person. All winners will be selected Monday and posted on each blog so make sure you check back to see if you have won! I will have mine posted no later than 5 pm AZ time. You will have 48 hours to respond before we choose another winner. Random.org will be used.

Blog Candy up for grabs is the CuttleBug Emboss Plus Monogram Seals - -aren't they adorable!!

Here is the project that I have created for today's hop.

So I made a trio of cards for my red and green "card".  Don't you just LOVE how the thin red square gives an illusion of a third and fourth layer?!?!  I LOVE how these cards turned out! 


I started with a 5 x 5 card base using Dotted Swiss Multi-Pack, a layer of Simply Smooth White Cardstock with alphabet stamps from my stash to stamp "Merry" multiple times; a thin 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 square of Dotted Swiss Multi-Pack.  The "Christmas Blessings" is also from my stash stamped on Simply Smooth White Cardstock.  The trees are cut with my Cricut via Make-The-Cut from the library.  The papers used for this were from Fairy Flora Paper Pad, and Dotted Swiss Multi-Pack.  Also, I used the WONDERFUL 1/8" Scor Tape to assemble it all.    

Here are the insides of the card . . . I just love how the trees turned out perfectly for this!








My Inspiration for my card came from the Clear and Simple Ipod App



If interested, here is a cut file with all the shapes I used.  The oval and square are mine but the tree (Pine Trees) I snagged from the MTC library.

So what do you think?  Next, head on over to Sandi's blog for more great ideas!!

thanks for looking!!!

74 comments:

Vee said...

Melissa, cool optical illusions. Twice the bang.I love how the card looks stepped. Great use of color.

Lynda said...

Nice cards, love the trees.

Kathy Billings said...

Cute card. I love those trees!

Vic said...

I love your cards! Thanks for the great details.

iamvictorias at gmail dot com

Rosie said...

Your card is awesome, Melissa, thank you for sharing.

dat56 said...

My favorite christmas tradition has to be baking the cookies....such warm memories! Love your cards....great job!

Donna said...

Beautiful cards, nice n simple. Donna in Minot ND

Denise O'Connor said...

Melissa,

Your cards are beautiful! I love the faux layering look! As far as Christmas traditions go, my favorite is rather unconventional, but it is that we always have fondue for Christmas Eve dinner! Started years ago just to make the dinner easy to prepare, and we all loved it so much that it is now a tradition!

9kids said...

Love your cards! TFS.

Else49 said...

Very nice idea for a card. Thank you also for the cutter file.

Deeric said...

The trees are great and I really like the design of this.

Jolene said...

Melissa my favorite Christmas tradition has to be on Christmas Eve we all load up into a car and go see the Christmas lights. We do this after we have had our evening meal. We do this just in case Santa might be in the neighbor hood and would want to leave our presents. AND you know what when we come back he's always been there!!

eva said...

i love the cards the simple design yet classic look... thanks for some great ideas!

Sue said...

Pretty cards Melissa. Funny your inspiration came from your Ipod app.. Thanks for the cut file too.

Lindalee622 said...

Love your cards!

Sandy said...

Fantastic..............love your cards................thanks for sharing, going to try to make some too
Huggles
Sandy
sandypumphrey@comcast.net

Bonnie said...

Love your cards. That thin red square really does make the paper look layered.

lorene said...

you always make the prettiest cards! great job!!!

love ya

Mom

JennV said...

I love the look of these cards! A few cuts, some stamps, some adhesive, and voila! Beautifully simple cards that you can duplicate with a quickness! Thanks for sharing these with us!

Missy said...

Love the cards. I'm the other Missy Smith on the forum. Glad to meet you! LOL TFS your project.

Missy
kalittadog@yahoo.com

Bonita said...

Love you cards!! My favorite Christmas tradition is making Christmas cookies with my kids. We do this early on Christmas Eve so we can eat them while we open presents later in the day. I bake the cookies then we go all out in decorating them. It's loads of fun!

Erika said...

My favorite christmas tradition is a newer one, my husband and I have been buying an ornament for our tree every year since we've been together!

SoMd Cricut Fan said...

Your cards are great ! Love em !

Lynn said...

Really cute and fairly easy to make up. A big plus for me.
thanks.
Lynn
Kraftycat

Mar said...

Great cards, Melissa! One of our holiday traditions is getting together with family that still live in the area. I just enjoy the company of everyone in my family. Another long standing tradition is having lasagna on Christmas Eve for dinner. It's something we started that I really enjoy!

Deanna said...

Melissa, what a clever idea. I like the look you achieved with that thin red square, it does give the allusion of multiple layers. I will have to give that a try.

Lynn Marie' Crafty Corner said...

Love this card its wonderful and my favorite tradition is getting a new night gown to wear to bed christmas eve and a new barbie in the morning those are my fondest memories

Vicki said...

Gorgeous cards. Thanks for sharing.

LuvNlife said...

Melissa, I love this technique! I am definitely going to try the thin border. Thanks for such a great idea!

Nancy said...

Love your cards! Thanks for sharing them. I'm getting a lot of inspiration from this hop :) Thanks too for the blog candy! Hope I win

Amanda said...

I love love love your cards!! My favorite Christmas tradition is going to the Candlelight Tour at Tryon Palace(http://www.tryonpalace.org/holiday_events.php) that started 3 years ago today. The only difference this year is I'm helping out! I'm going to be teaching adults and children how to make perfume! They call it "toilet water".

Sarah St. George said...

What a cute card! I like how it is really simple, but yet looks so stylish! And the decoration on the inside is also a nice surprise! Thanks for the cut file, too. :-)

dar said...

Very nice cards Melissa. thanks for the inspiration.
Dar

Kim said...

LOVE your cards!! Thanks for the chance to win and I am now a follower. Have a GREAT Day,
Me-Ma Kim

Debbie G said...

such a pretty card.

funnygirl13 said...

Very Nice - thanks for sharing
--Robin

Rhonda said...

Loved seeing the cards you made! Thanks for all the inspiration.

stefeni said...

Beautiful cards! Inside and out, they are gorgeous.

spunkycrayon at yahoo dot com

Kerry said...

Melissa, I love your card and I do love the layered look on the front. I also love the trees on the inside. Our favorite tradition started when we moved to Maryland in 1990 - the state park has a Christmas light display that you drive through - it is just like a winter wonderland - especially if we've had snow. We started going to this when we first moved here and only missed one time, last year. They add more to the display every year. It is spectacular. Merry Christmas!

Heather said...

Great cards! TFS!
ra6352 (at) gmail (dot) com

Tricia said...

very pretty. plogan@columbus.rr.com

Sue in CT said...

My favorite tradition is lighting the candles at noon. We (everyone in my family) will light a candle at noon for all those who can't be here because they are too far away or had passed on. I really like this tradition because I know I am thinking of my brothers (all live far away) and their family and for that instant I know they are thinking of me at the same time. Sort of makes you feel closer. It also simbolizes those who passed on in hopes that the flame will light their way. It certainly lights my heart with the memories.

Toni said...

Every Christmas Eve, our family all gather at our home for a prime rib dinner, then the kids all get to play the right left game. They all look forward to this. Our oldest granddaughter reads the story. This is such a tradition with our family that even though she no longer lives right here with the rest of us, she will be reading the game to them with skype.

ann55w said...

pretty cards and thanks for the file.
Ann W
weedmana@embarqmail.com

scrapBugz said...

Great cards. Thanks for sharing.

Mandy
mjbaker at earthlink dot net

Margaret Wilburn said...

Love that you used an App for your inspiration.

Cindy said...

Your cards are awesome, They gave me lots of ideas. Thanks for sharing your work with us.

Cindy

Danielle said...

Wow... did you hand stamp all the backgrounds?? Beautiful work.

Christy: said...

I like these! Think I'll "lift" them :)

Theresa said...

cute cards!

Cristen said...

I love your cards they are very simple yet very nice. awsome work

Joana said...

Great cards! Love the stamped background. Thanks for sharing!

Josie59 said...

I love the layering idea. Really pretty cards. TFS

Sandy's Simple Crafts said...

I love how you decorated the insides also. You did a wonderful job on these cards.
sandyford77 at sbcglobal dot net

cinmfoster said...

Lovely cards, thanks for the inspiration.

ScattyShirley said...

This is a lovely card. well designed and constructed...
Beautiful use of the colours too.
My favourite Christmas tradition is at tea time on the day after boxing day we have a small gift that was hanging on the tree. Rather than under it. they have to be inexpensive but it stops that feeling of 'let down' the next day.. something to get the children excited again. LOL

Shawn said...

Love you you used the box on the front to add depth. I will definitely be using this.

Favorite Christmas tradition would be when as a child we would go to my Grandma's every Christmas Even for dinner and presents. I always get nostalgic this time of year as I remember all the fun we had--and miss her since she has passed on.

Lavender Angel said...

Cute project!

Susan
lavenderangel@centurytel.net

kim said...

Wow, the inside of your cards are just as pretty as the outside! TFS kandrewsny@yahoo.com

Carol's Crafts said...

Your cards are adorable, Melissa. You are so right about the squares giving the illusion of more layers.
Thanks for sharing your file too.

Scrappy said...

Very cool cards!! My favorite christmas tradition--don't really have one. There are different things we do depending on if we stay home for Christmas or drive to my families house so every year is almost always different!

Teresa said...

Looks great. I love all the creativity shown on the blogs! Gammah TJ

Scrapping Galaxy said...

Great cards. My favorite Christmas tradition is actually weeks before Christmas. I love to see the Lincoln Center tree lit and attend the following winterfest

Villý Vilhjálms said...

Love the cards :D

I think one of my favorite Christmas traditions was buying the live Christmas tree every year and then decorating it ALWAYS on December 23rd in my pyjamas.

Vidette said...

These are really cute. Love the Pine trees. Great job.

CherylP said...

Your cards a very cute TFS!

StampinChelle said...

I love the clean and simple look of your cards. TFS! misha_113 at yahoo dot com.

StampinChelle said...

Oops...I hit submit before telling about my fave tradition. Every year, my sisters, mother, cousins and aunts get together before Christmas to make pierogi that will be served on Christmas Eve. It's a great day with lots of laughter, holiday music and plenty of food. Today we were "blessed" with a snow storm and got to go outside with the little ones and build a snowman too!

PlumTuckered's Paper Plays said...

Your cards are lovely! Yes the red square does make it look like more layers. My favorite Tradition was to snuggle up with my kids in our pj's and watch all of the Christmas movies and specials while eating popcorn and drinking egg nog. My kids are all grown and carry on the tradition with their children..so I snuggle a blanket and pillow now instead of my kids *sniff*

Denmama said...

I love the different cards. That is such a neat idea. I always think they have to all be identical. Will have to try this next year.
Thanks,
Judy

deanna said...

Your Christmas card are very nice! thanks for sharing the cut files!!

Deanna Amundson

ScrappingDeb said...

cute project - thanks for the inspiration

Suzy said...

Very pretty! Thanks for sharing and the chance to win!
~Suzy suzyq28024@gmail.com

Vicki and Don said...

My favorite Christmas tradition other than just being with my family is watching "Christmas Vacation" with Chevy Chase!! I now have grandkids and we still watch it!

Love your card trio! TFS and thanks for sharing your cut files!