I got inspired by a beginner Cricut class I took at the local scrapbook store to try my hand at using my Cricut to make the final batch of Christmas cards. It was fun and it was easy to use. The first card I made was actually an adaptation of a card shown in the manual that came with the Cricut cartridge Winter Woodlands. I changed the size of the card and had to make a number of construction changes due to the card size change. It is the card on the left with the reindeer. It was fun to do but too time consuming with all the detail gluing of the Seasons Greetings sentiment. The word "greetings" is in three pieces. I tried using my Xyron but it left all sorts of little adhesive pieces in the narrow spaces. So I only made a few of these and went on to try another design that would be simpler to produce. The second card had more steps, but was actually easier. The only detailed gluing was the pine branch and it was all one piece. I got to play with lots of toys making this card. The Cricut cartridge used for it was Winter Frolic. I used it for the ornament and the branch. Then I also got to use my Cuttlebug and an embossing folder on the background of the card. I use a folder that was made up of all different snowflakes. I also used a Nestabilities label die to cut out the Merry Christmas sentiment. Lots of fun and the card went together quickly. Oh...I also got to do some easy embossing. The ornament was to be cut in two pieces if you wanted a hanger of a different color than the ornament itself. I didn't want to do that becasue it meant more little detail gluing of the hanger cut over top of the ornament. Instead I pressed the hanger portion of the ornament onto my silver ink pad and then embossed that with silver embossing powder. They really look like metal hangers this way and it was very easy to do.
Now I declare myself finished making Christmas cards. I still have some writing and mailing to do but at least they are all made!