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Have A Creative Christmas With Design Bundles

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This is a collaborative post.

When I got my Cricut in February 2019, my first project was to make a wedding gift for my cousin and his wife.
I didn’t really know what I was doing, having never used a Cricut before but I managed to figure it out, eventually!
The first SVG file I ever used was from Design Bundles; as soon as I saw it I knew it was perfect for what I needed.

Butterfly Bouquet Cutout Framed personalised wedding gift

Early Christmas Decorating

We put our decorations up on November 29th. We’ve never put them up in November before and I always said I never would! However, after the year we’ve all had thanks to Covid-19, we all needed something fun to do and something to look forward to.

Gnome tree decoration from Design Bundles
I love these gnomes. They’re super easy to make.

Everyone in the country seems to have gotten into the Christmas spirit a bit earlier than usual. We’re grabbing hold of it like a lifeline and even though it’s not going to be a normal Christmas, it can still be a brilliant one.

A Design Bundles Crafty Christmas

Christmas is my absolute favourite time of the year and one of the things I look forward to is crafting with the children.
We used to do lots of different crafts when they younger and I loved spending the time with them. Nowadays they prefer social media to crafting with mum but I can sometimes cajole them into crafting with me!

I downloaded loads of Christmas svgs from Design Bundles. They have so many you’re spoilt for choice! I use Design Bundles a lot so I decided to sign up for the Plus Membership. I can now choose new files every month using my Plus Credits 🙂

We’ve made tree decorations, 3D layered scenes, Christmas cards and Christmas t-shirts.

3D layered deer scene from Design Bundles

You can find tutorials below for some of the things we’ve been making.

3D Layered Penguins Scene Tutorial

This 3D layered penguin scene is simple and fast to make. All you need is a Cricut or other cutting machine, the 3D Christmas SVG papercraft bundle from Design Bundles, your choice of coloured/glittered card for each layer and some glue.
An optional extra is to add some wired fairy lights that you can put inside the scene behind the first inner layer. The finished product looks lovely when the lights are on.

3D layered penguin scene

Step 1 – Cutting

Cut all the pieces using your cutting machine. If you’re not sure how to use an SVG file, I have an in-depth tutorial here.

I used:

Black card – 2 outer layers
Silver glitter card – inner layer 1
Cream card – inner layer 2
Light blue card – inner layer 3
Dark blue card – Inner layer 4

Design Bundles penguin 3d scene

Step 2 – Assembling

Glue the 2 out layers together using the flap on the front piece.

mmm

Step 3 – Insert inner layers.

Starting with the back layer, insert all inner layers by slotting the tabs into the holes.

Penguin 3D scene - adding the layers
Design Bundles - Penguin 3D scene - adding the layers
Penguin 3D scene - adding the layers
Design Bundles - Penguin 3D scene - adding the layers

Step 4 – Closing the frame

All you need to do now is to apply glue to the tab on the outer back piece and stick the front penguin layer to the back.

Glue the flap

Christmas Tree Decorations Tutorial

This is a great project to use up all those card scraps; if you’re anything like me, you’ll have boxes of them!

We made our bauble decorations to go in the kitchen window rather than on the tree and they look lovely when they spin and catch the light.

All you need is scraps of card, glue, ribbon/string and adhesive gems.

Step 1 – Cut your pieces

I resized all the bauble files when I got them in Design Space because they were huge!
I resized them to around 10cms and changed the colour from black, making each design a different colour so they would be placed on different mats by Design Space.
If we were going to hang them on the tree, I’d have made them smaller but ours are going in the kitchen window so we need them a bit bigger.

Bauble files in Design Space

Step 2 – Duplicate and Flip

Now click on each bauble in turn, right click and duplicate then with the duplicated piece selected, click on Flip and flip the ornament horizontally.

Flip the duplicate piece horizontally

Once you’ve saved your work, click the Make It button in the top right corner of Design Space and cut all the pieces.

Step 3 – Assembling and Decorating

Put glue on the back of one the pairs of ornaments then stick the other piece to it, making sure they’re lined perfectly.

Using adhesive gems or any decorations you choose, decorate both sides.
If you’re using glitter card like me, it’s a good idea to put a dab of glue on the card where you want a gem to go, even though they’re adhesive, they sometimes fall off when put on glitter card.

Hang them using ribbon or Christmassy string.

Iron-On Vinyl T-Shirts Tutorial

My last tutorial today uses iron-on glittery vinyl to create some Christmas Movie watching t-shirts for KayCee and Ella.
Now before I start, I have to say I’m no expert when it comes to working with iron-on vinyl. I was really excited to try it when I first got the Cricut but I didn’t enjoy it the way I did when working with card.

I haven’t mastered layering yet so this is a one colour vinyl tutorial. I have to say, though, I do love the glitter and the svg files I got from Design Bundles made this a quick and easy craft.

KayCee and Ella wearing thier Christmas movie watching t-shirts

Step 1 – Choose Your SVG file

Go to Design Bundles and in the search box, search for Christmas Movie. This search term is enough to give you hundreds of results.

Choose your design and add it to Design Space.

Set the size and click Make It.

Step 3 – Cutting Your Design

The most important thing to remember at this stage is to MIRROR your design. I totally forgot with the second t-shirt and I wasted a whole sheet of glitter iron-on!

Design Space glitter iron-on settings

Click Continue then select Glitter Iron-On for the material.

When the cut has finished, weed away the excess material and your design is ready to be put on the t-shirt.

Step 4 – Applying The Iron-On

I used the Heat Press 2 with the following settings for Glitter Iron-on, a Cricut t-shirt and using the Cricut Easy Press mat:

Heat press 2 settings 1

Centre your design on the t-shirt and use the Easy Press to stick the design to the t-shirt. Let it cool before trying to peel off the carrier sheet.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the tutorials. I’ll be back tomorrow with some free Christmas printables I made using gorgeous artwork I bought at Design Bundles 🙂

Personalised Christmas Gift Ideas

Girl wearing Mrs Claus skirt with red and white striped tights, surroundd by Christmas presents
Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Christmas is just around the corner so you may want to start thinking about the gifts you’re going to buy for the special people in your life.
Here you’ll find a selection of personalised Christmas gift ideas for people of all ages 🙂

Personalised Christmas Gift Ideas For Her

Personalised birth flower scarf – Not On The High Street

This gorgeous pashmina can be personalised with a birth flower and a name or initials.

Personalised birth flower scarf from Not On The High Street

3D Laser engraving – ArtPix 3D

A luxurious black gift box arrives in the mail. You open it and find a flawlessly cut crystal nestled in the satin lining. It catches the light and sparkles brilliantly. The magic begins when you upload a photo to our website. ArtPix3D talented team of designers will prepare it for the etching process with state-of-the-art conversion software that transforms your 2D picture into a 3D model. The resulting 3D photo crystal is a unique work of art designed to last for over a lifetime. When you view it from the front, you’ll see your loved ones and pets depicted with incredible realism.

ArtPix 3d laser engraved crystal

For Him

Personalised dad’s superhero book – Not On The High Street

Create a superhero book all about daddy. The book can be personalised all the way through and can be from one child or numerous children.

Personalised Superdad book

Personalised engraved decanter – Prezzybox

This engraved decanter is perfect for any celebration including birthdays and father’s day.

Personalised engraved decanter

For Babies & Children

Baby’s first Christmas bauble – Studio

This gorgeous Tatty Teddy bauble can be personalised with a name on the front and your own message on the back.

Personalised Tatty Teddy baby's first Christmas bauble

Personalised Unicorn Notebook – Mulberry Bush

The unicorn lover in your life is sure to love this personalised notebook.
Also available at Mulberry Bush is a pack of personlised unicorn pencils and a personalised unicorn pencil tin to make a lovely set this Christmas.

Personalised unicorn notebook

For Teens

Personalised Rose Gold Ladies Watch – Getting Personal

Roe gold accessories are very popular with teen girls right now and this pretty watch will delight your special girl.

Rose gold personalised watch from Getting Personal

Personalised Gaming Light – Menkind

A retro style games controller light with six colours to choose from and can be personalised with upto 12 characters.

Gaming controller light from Menkind

Make It A Moonpig Christmas! #MoonpigMoments

Christmas baubles - Moonpig Christmas
Image by croisy from Pixabay

AD – Gifted Items and event attendance

Christmas is likely going to be a very different occasion this year than in previous years. Many of our long-held traditions might have to be missed in order to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

For example, our tradition of holding a party on Christmas Eve for our local family members and not so local ones (we’re in Lincoln, my family is in Derbyshire) is probably not going to happen.
KayCee, especially, is very sad about this because she’s the one who looks forward to the party the most every year.

Virtual Christmas Eve Party

We’ve been toying with the idea of holding a virtual Christmas Eve party instead.
I’ve bought some Christmas quizzes and thought it would be fun for each family to compete with each other!

I was recently invited to a Moonpig Virtual Event with a host of other bloggers and we had a great time. I’m still quite new to Zoom and was a little apprehensive at first but I soon relaxed and started enjoying it.

Moonpig App

I’m also new to Moonpig but after seeing all it has to offer, I think it’s going to be a lifesaver for many people this Christmas.

Jasper, from Moonpig, walked us through all the different features on the app, one of which is the handwritten feature.
All you have to do is write your message on a blank piece of paper then take a photo of it, upload it to Moonpig and it’ll be just like you’ve written it yourself. This extra personal touch is like the icing on the cake for me and I’ll happily send Christmas cards to my family in Derbyshire using the Moonpig app.

I have a code you can use to get 20% off cards when using the app – APP20CA

Address Book And Scheduling

I love that you can store all the names and addresses of your contacts in the app and get reminders when there’s an upcoming birthday or occasion. I also love being able to schedule the sending of the cards on dates of your choice.
For people like me who have to keep asking their mum when family birthdays are due, the scheduling and reminder service is brilliant.

I haven’t used the Moonpig app yet but KayCee has and she loves it. She and her friends send personalised cards to each other for birthdays or just to cheer each other up.

More Moonpig Services

Moonpig isn’t just a card making service; you can order an assortment of gifts such as teddies, alcohol gift sets, chocolates, hampers, novelty gifts and much more.

All the guests at the virtual Moonpig event were sent a gorgeous bouquet of flowers and a cocktail hamper so we could learn how to make a table centrepiece for the Christmas dinner table and 3 delicious cocktails. My favourite was the Vodka Garden cocktail.

I’ll be doing a separate blog post with the recipes for the cocktails so keep an eye out for that; I’m sure you’ll be pleased you did!

Flower Arranging

I really enjoyed making the table centrepiece and I learned a few tricks from Moonpig’s resident flower expert, Roxanne.
I work with florist foam quite a lot but being a papercrafter, the flower arrangements I make don’t need water! I didn’t know that when using the florist foam, you should take time to let it soak up the water itself, don’t try to rush the process by pushing it into the water as this can create airpockets in the foam and it won’t be able to keep your flowers fresh.

I also learned that you don’t have to have everything symmetrical when arranging flowers. I have to admit, I found it hard not to stick to that ‘rule’ when making my centrepiece but I love the finished result so I’ll keep reminding myself of that rule when arranging paper flowers.

Thank you to Moonpig for a very entertaining and enjoyable evening.