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Making a Magical Christmas With The Cricut Joy

SOME MATERIALS THE REVIEWER PURCHASED THEMSELF. THE CRICUT JOY AND SOME MATERIALS WERE GIFTED TO THE REVIEWER FOR THE PURPOSES OF WRITING THE REVIEW. ALL THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ARE THE REVIEWER'S OWN.

Someone asked me to make them something for someone they knew to cheer them up as she was aware they were going through a pretty rough time.  We decided on the words ‘You are loved’ in permanent silver vinyl with a heart and a flower.  I already had the white picture frame which I think really compliments it.

First I typed the words I had chosen in Design Space, then rearranged them to look as if they were joined up writing, I cut them using the permanent vinyl.  I transferred the cut words to a piece of cream card the size of the frame.  I then cut a small paper flower using pink card, being careful to keep the design within the size that the Cricut Joy can cope with. I just love these tiny flowers, I think they look so special!  I rolled and glued the flower, then stuck it on the card which already had the words on it.  I hope it always lets this person know that they are loved!

Christmas is coming if you hadn’t noticed.  I recently bought some plain black face masks and one of them was just asking for ‘Merry Christmas’ to be put on it with some snowflakes scattered around.  This time I used silver iron on vinyl.  It was a bit of a rush job before I went into work, now a colleague wants me to make some for them!!  My eldest granddaughter who travels into London every day for college tells me she would like one as well, just the same as mine!!

I have some brilliant ideas, sometimes they are not so brilliant.  I saw some Christmas shapes on a Cricut page on Facebook, someone was offering their designs free of charge, they had a hole in the middle the size of a Lindt chocolate.  I managed to take a photo of the design and import it into Design Space where I succeeded in making it suitable for a ‘cut’ svg file, something I have never done before.   First I played around with the reindeer on normal card, glued them together, then popped up to my local Tesco to buy the Lindt chocolates to go in the middle of the reindeer, of course I had to taste test one or two, but the majority were put in the reindeers.  Honest!!

I repeated this with the Snowman, Santa and Christmas trees and saved the designs.  I managed to find Copper coloured glitter card on Amazon as well as White, Green and Red Glitter Card.  I cut the card to size then using the Cricut Joy I cut a mixture of Santas, Trees, Reindeer and Snowmen.  Once I had popped out all the circles from the middle, eyes & noses, I glued them together at the top and put a Lindt Chocolate in some of them and a lollypop in others as there was a hole for the stick.  Once again I took these into the office where they were a huge success.  I ended up being asked to make about 100 of these shapes for various people.  I soon realised the Reindeer take the longest to cut!!!

A colleague has taken on the task of putting a variety of Lindt Chocolates in the middle of the shapes, colour coordinating them, to give out at a work do next week.

It was a mammoth task but hopefully worth it when they receive their chocolate.

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