Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Blissful Brackets - CTMH Technique Blog Hop


Welcome to December’s Technique Blog Hop. This month we are focusing on brackets. If you stumbled upon us, just click the links to hop from post to post until you end up here again. The complete list of participants can be found HERE.

If you’ve come from Brandi’s Blog, you’re in the right place.

It’s been quite a while since I participated in this hop. We went a little over-board with the go home idea and have been driving between Oregon and Ohio to finish a major remodel on an old house. That sale closed last week and now a family has a new home for Christmas! And we also decided to move back home to Ohio. After several months of living with relatives, we may have a new address in the new year.

Right now, most of our stuff is still packed. We couldn’t find warmer clothes so I had to do some shopping for coat, gloves, boots. The winter weather is different in Ohio than Oregon! I have more supplies unpacked than clothes, but still can’t seem to find the “one thing” I need. Here’s the card I made:

Brackets are a popular shape and pop up in a lot of different places, like this sticker from the Jingle Joy suite!


There are also quite a few bracket shapes in the Close To My Heart Cricut Collections. I pulled in several while I was planning my project, and even used Design Space to design this card. This is a 5x7 card. Here’s is the DS link for my file:  

I used Diamond Stickles to spice up the Raspberry strip. This technique is taught in the Jingle Joy Cardmaking workshop. 

The sticker was “unstuck” with the Anti-Static pouch and popped up with Thin 3-D Foam Tape. The regular thickness might have given it better dimension, so I went around the edge with Green Stickles. Since it was already attached, I slid the All-Purpose mat under the edge to protect the rest of my card.

If you don't have a Close To My Heart Maker (Consultant), you can shop from my website.


Perhaps you will see some of these other brackets during the hop. They gave me ideas for other projects. One of my favorite Cricut cuts this time of year is the gift card holder. The yellow shape is the gift card holder. The black rectangle represent a regular (credit card) size gift card. 

When I first used this shape, I wasn’t sure how to fold and glue it. The W diagram shows how to fold it. Put adhesive in between the two middle sections, just at the bottom edge(s) near the front and back sections. There needs to be space to slide in the gift card.

Making gift tags can be faster, simpler, and easier with brackets! Whether layered or not, just cut a sheet of these shapes then stamp “to” and “from.” 

These are standard size cards with a bracket cut out. I made 3x4 and 3.5x5 black rectangles to represent photos. You can use these cards when featuring a picture on your Christmas cards. Remember, you can always adjust the size of the opening, or the card itself, to fit you photo.

Please leave a comment before continuing to see what Cat has to share


Michelle said...

Great job! I love the Stickles on the edge of the bracket.

Alyson Mayo said...

The Stickles on the edge of the bracket add so much interest. Very pretty.

Cat Nowak said...

Great project and love the stickles.

DanyellScraps said...

Cute way of using that sticker!