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Happy Christmas Eve, Stampin’ Buds!  It’s Becca with a Christmas/Anniversary card using some soon-to-retire so get-them-quick products.

December 21st was my wedding anniversary…thirty-two years!!  How is that even possible?  I decided to create a “wild card” using the City Sidewalks Digital Cricut Collection.

I sized the house to 5.5 inches tall so it would fit inside a standard envelope, did some finagling with the “ungroup” and “slice” feature on Cricut Design Space to create a card back, and cut all my pieces from the four different colors of cardstock.  If you have Design Space, here’s a link to the cutting file so you don’t have to do all the finagling.  (You’re welcome!)

Here’s a photo of the front and back pieces plus a visual of how I taped off part of the sentiment to ink the top part in black for the front of the card and white daisy for the inside of the card.  I learned from the last time I made a “wild card” like this to stamp the sentiment before gluing the front and back pieces together.

Notice that the plain black piece has been altered by slicing off the porch steps for a flat bottom. This piece will become the card back, so having a straight edge gives the card stability.  I also did one other thing…I added the mailbox to the edge and lined it up with the porch steps so the front of the card had some stability, too.  Since I know you are looking closely at the above picture right now and seeing that the mailbox and porch steps are NOT lined up, I will confess that I didn’t think about doing the lining up thing until after I’d adhered the mailbox.  Had to tear it off, recut a new one, and add it again.  Yeah…

But here’s proof that I did, in fact, get it lined up…mostly.

“Wild Cards” are technically any shaped cards that aren’t standard.  There are several cartridges you can purchase, but by simply cutting two of the main shape, scoring and folding the top or side of the back piece, and gluing the two pieces together, you can create any “wild card” you want!  All you need is some stability at the base, and you’re golden.

As I said, the City Sidewalks Cricut Collection is retiring December 31.  Although it is designed for Christmas, a little ingenuity will stretch it to cover every occasion. In fact, next week, I’m going to show you a few more cards using this Cricut Collection so you can see just how versatile it is.

With my anniversary and Christmas so close together, and because this has been a very big year for my writing career, I wanted to celebrate by giving you a present.  I’ve put my Christmas novella “Letters from Santa” up for free through Christmas day. Please enjoy.

Wishing you and yours the very Merriest Christmas and a New Year filled with blessings!

Becca

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