Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Christmas in July Nutcracker Style and Giveaway!

I wanted to do something special to celebrate this year’s Christmas in July so I made this amazing Nutcracker. Patricia Zapata, from A Little Hut designed the cutting file that has over 61 pieces! A new record for me. I added bands around the hat and the base of his coat…so it really totaled 64 pieces. I so wish you could see me patting myself on the back while doing a happy dance around my craft room!

Now for the good news!  Patricia has gracoiusly donated three Nutcracker Gift sets to be given away. Patricia’s set comes with SVG and DXF cutting files, and detailed full color PDF instructions. And did I mention, her set  also includes a card and tag!

To enter the giveaway, you need to be a subscriber/follower of my blog and leave a comment under this post. You can sign up over on the left side of this blog (if you are not there already). For two chances to win, please join my FB page, by clicking here and leave an additional comment on this post that you liked my page.

The three winners will be picked at random using the random number generator and will be announced on Wednesday August 1st.


This file comes with the best directions ever and although complex, the nutcracker is fairly simple to assemble. Click here to order the file.


I just love the handle…it makes the nutcracker look real!


I used my Cameo and Silhouette Designer Edition software to cut the SVG files. My Cameo cuts the smallest files perfectly. Notice the detailed mouth cut.


The nutcracker is 15 inches tall and the matchbox base slides open so you can include a gift card or trinket. Now for my best hint... I recommend using Zip Dry paper glue for this project. The glue dries clear and you can rub off any gluing mistakes. Love it! Just remember that you need adequate ventilation.

Nutcrackers are so trendy and you will be seeing more of them by Christmas. Here are a few examples.


This is from Graphic 45’s new Nutcracker Suite line.


This is just one of their new stamps from this line. I sooo want this stamp set!


Click here for this adorable free SVG file from SVG cuts. This would make a great card or tag. I love all the free files from SVG cuts!

Hope you all are having a wonderful Christmas in July!

41 comments:

Nelda said...

I already follow you in Google reader. neldacnm at yahoo

Nelda said...

I also already follow you on FB. neldacnm@yahoo

Buncobuddy said...

I've been following your blog . . . love the nutcracker!

Dianne said...

I already "liked" your FB site. Hope to have a chance to win this prize of Emma's stamps. I love her work and she is very personable, too.

Dianne Bell - Sewpro02@aol.com

Marcia said...

I am already a FB follower!

mb6464@hotmail.com
marciasmemories.blogspot.com

Marcia said...

I would love to make this nutcracker for my Mom. She is a collector, and I am sure she does not have one like this! Thanks for the chance to win!

mb6464@hotmail.com
maricasmemories.blogspot.com

SueZee Alg said...

Thanks for the chance to win this Nutcracker project. I've been following your blog for quite some time--you really share lots of great ideas.

RLS Innovations said...

I am a subscriber and follower and I love that nutcracker. I have a whole set of wooden ones. I love your great videos. They are so helpful and full of great ideas.

Sue
rolfe974@prodigy.net

tndj said...

I have liked you on your facebook page and followed you here for quite a while. I have 3 nutcrackers in my house already. One is 4 ft tall and the other two are 12 inches. You and patricia did a marvelous job. It looks just like one of my real nutcrackers. TFS.

Crafting Katie said...

OMG, this is incredible, Linda! It looks like a real wooden nutcracker! My mom would love this - she has a nutcracker collection. Great work!!!

Sunshine said...

I love your Nutcracker you did an excellent job on him! Those stamps in that collection are just so sweet. Thanks for the chance to win!
Renee
Gohogwild dot renee at gmail dot com

MelodyR aka Ry&MysMom said...

That is so cool - love the wonderful details!

Amy said...

What an adorable nutcracker! Thanks for the chance to win!

Amy said...

Facebook follower!

Anonymous said...

Amazing project! I would love to win one of her sets.

Sue M

Momof4inArlington said...

Linda, this is just extraordinary! I'm so grateful you shared this project with us. I love being inspired to mold paper into 3-dimensional forms! Sadly, my E2 won't allow for use of cut files. (I still love my E2 dearly!)

Anonymous said...

WOW! What a beautiful nutcracker! Already a follower of this site. Thanks for the chance.
Cecelia
larocquecj at comcast dot net

C'est La-Vie Designs Unlimited, LLC said...

amazing! I had to pause and send you a comment. That had so many pieces and it looks fabulous! Kudos. Thanks for the giveaway!

La-Vie

L_BORDE at yahoo dot com

doodlingdebbie said...

((((Linda))) As you know I am a already a follower and admirer of you and your blog. The nutcracker you shared with us is FABULOUS! All 61 beautifully created pieces. I'm already getting excited about Christmas...woohoo! Thank you so much for sharing. xxx -Debbie

Babe O'Mara said...

What a fabulous nutcracker. I'm already a follower. Thanks for the chance to win.

Babe
youiesmom@att.net

Maryann said...

I am a follower of both. I love the Nutcracker - I used to perform in the San Francisco Ballet's production of it when I was younger.
Maryann D.

jean said...

the nutcracker is adorable!!! been a follower and did the facebook thing too!!! I would love to win this file, I adore all the svgs at svg cuts also!!

Carla said...

Wow! What a project! Lots of great details in this. Thanks for the chance to win!
Carla from Utah

Debbie said...

I follow your blog and on FB, thanks for this great chance
upnurse at aol dot com

Sandra said...

Your nutcracker is so handsome. This will make a beautiful table decoration.

Sandra

Adele said...

Great job job Linda, the added detail makes all the difference
I've been a follower for a long time :)
Hugs
Adele

Tine said...

Hi. Just popped by from the Silhouette Forum to add how much I like your creation here as well as on there. Amazing project.
Tine (Addie24)

Helle Bilde Müller said...

So now I follow you on FB and here....I can't wait to see what you come up with next :-)

Barbara said...

I am a follower, and I fell in love with this fellow at Patricia's site. I'm so excited that I have a chance to win the files, thanks to you! I truly appreciate this opportunity!

Samantha said...

My mom is a collector of nutcrackers. she would be tickles pink if I made this for her. Her house is covered in them at Christmas and sometimes she leaves them out until May!

Dawn, RI said...

I love nutcrackers, Thanks for a chance to win this file.
DawnRI

Dawn, RI said...

I follow you on Google Reader and have liked your FB page.
DawnRI

Karons Krafty Korner said...

Oh My goodness - this is awesome. What a fantastic project. Thank you for sharing this and the freebie SVG.

spelsue said...

OMG is all I can say about the nutcracker!!! Amazing. The number of pieces is mind boggling.

Coelle said...

Thanks for your posting on organizing on Sundays and your fabulous crafting posts!!!

Anonymous said...

How cute! Love your blog & thanks for a chance to win.
Beth etopping@sasktel.net

Lady Fair said...

I'm already a FB fan. Thanks for the chance to win.

Lady Fair said...

Linda, you have outdone yourself again! I can picture you dancing and patting yourself on the back -- and I would, too! The nutcracker is awesome. I would make one of these, but I wouldn't be able to give it away. :0) Thanks for the chance to win!

Pansey65 said...

OMG! I relly love this set - makes me feel that the holidays are ooming. Thanks for the opportunity to win this.

marg0006 said...

Am already a follower & subscriber. I hope it is also a handcut version.

marg0006 at verizon dot net

marg0006 said...

Am also joining you and liking yu on facebook. I just love Scrapchicks. I have recieved so many fun and adorabe patterns.

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