Merry . . . Happy . . . Christmas . . . in August?

Merry . . . Happy . . . Christmas . . . in August?

So, how is summer going for you? I have been so busy chasing after kiddos. I am ready for a vacation from summer vacation! It has also been extra warm and humid in MN. A little unusual for MN. I have been dreaming of cooler days . . . and Christmas?

Given that, not much crafting has been happening here. However, we are thinking about Christmas at The Cutting Cafe Blog. This week we bring you Christmas in August! We didn’t want to bring it in July like all the stores!

I am using Regina’s Christmas Ornament Treat Cup for my project. I decided to Super Size my project again this time around! I am going to lead you to the same weblink for a video tutorial on how to assemble the treat cup. Regina does an excellent “How To” for assembling this file. The video is at the very bottom of that post.

I will walk you through the steps for super sizing the pattern. I am using Pazzles’ InVue software. You will find that the pieces for the treat cup are in two files. Open them up and copy all the pieces in to one work space/window.

The first step is to blow up all the pieces. You want all the pieces to be to the same size. Select ALL the pieces. I recommend using the Group command to lock everything together before moving forward.

Select All Pieces
Select All Pieces

Next, turn the whole selection so the the back piece of the ornament is at a diagonal on the mat. This piece is your “anchor piece” as it is the largest piece of the file. While you still have all pieces selected, increase the size of the back piece until it reaches the borders of the mat. You may have to move the whole selection around as you increase.

Back Piece Covering Full Mat
Back Piece Covering Full Mat

When you zoom out, you see that all the pieces have been enlarged equally.

All Pieces Increased
All Pieces Increased

Now you can un-group all the pieces in order to work with each piece individually. You will have to re-position most of the pieces to cut them.

You are ready to assemble your Super Sized Treat Cup! I actually found it easier to work with this large size for the treat cup versus it’s original size!!

Assembling the Cup
Assembling the Cup

Upon working with the Treat Cup Wrap, you may wonder if one strip will still fit the circumference of the treat cup? It does not. I simply cut the wrap 3 times and pieced it together as needed. I found that I needed just a little more than 2 wraps to fit the larger size.

Cut Multiples of Wrap
Cut Multiples of Wrap

Here you see the wrap applied. The circumference is just short of 2 wraps.

Applying the Wrap
Applying the Wrap

Here is the finished treat cup! The base is 10 inches across.

Super Sized Treat Cup
Super Sized Treat Cup

The last (and best) step is to embellish your craft. I chose some digi stamps from The Cutting Cafe. I’ll list those links at the very end of my post.

Select Digis
Select Digis

I present, Christmas in August!! My Ornament will look great on the front door! I love it!

Front Door Worthy
Front Door Worthy

Side View
Side View
Other Side View
Other Side View

The Cutting Cafe Files Used:
Treat Cup
Merry & Bright Digi Stamp
From Our House Digi Stamp

5 Responses to Merry . . . Happy . . . Christmas . . . in August?

  1. Wow! You must have had to do a lot of thinking and planning to come up with this lovely Christmas project. Thanks for sharing!

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