this+that: christmas


The This & That Christmas kit is here!


As I said, I think I was in touch with my inner Dr. Seuss. Got some quirky things going on. :) I did try to refrain from “snow” references on this one for those who don’t have a “white christmas” (hey, that makes me in the mood to watch that movie ) . . . but the window did sneak its way in.
It’s not too obvious though.
Here’s a few close up shots:

Here’s a few tips on putting this together:
  1. Stack of Presents. All the backing pieces are identified in the cut file. Start adhering them at the top of the present stack and work your way down. Once the presents are together, adhere the “Do Not Open” tag to the top right corner and tie a white string around the ensemble. Then, adhere to the background
  2. Santa Clothes. Adhere (on the backside) a white string along the top of the background–making the left side slightly lower than the right side. Use your own black cardstock to cut tiny strips in various quirky sizes to use as clothespins. This is meant to be uneven so let go of your OCD.
  3. Gingerbread House. Use a button or rhinestone for the door knob.
  4. Present. (bottom-ish-left). Use ribbon to tie around the cardstock to make it look like a present. The ribbon style that tickled my fancy is from American Crafts, however, it was not conducive to making an easy tight-knotted bow. The trick? Glue Dots!
  5. Ornament. Used an actual ornament hook. I think y’all might have a few of those around right now, eh? ;) And while you can use the ornament without backing it (the red background shows through), if you’d rather add a different color, simply Ungroup and move the inside shapes of the ornament out of the way and you’ve got a backing piece.
  6. Dear Santa. Use a 1/16″ hole punch to add holes to the top of the notebook paper. Use scissors to slice from edge to hole. Rip and bend the top to make it look like you ripped it out of a notebook. Print postmark on a transparency.
  7. As usual, I always recommend double-cutting your images using Copy and Paste, especially when working with the more delicate or small images.
You can use this with Cricut, Silhouette, or any digital craft cutter that can use SVG/DXF  files. Don’t have a digital cutter? No worries, you can also create it digitally. For information on how to do that, refer to this post HERE.

It’s pretty close to the same as the other two kits as far as how it comes. I will do the usual break down along with all the tips in my next post.
2018-03-01T18:23:44+00:00November 29th, 2010|digital shapes, this and that|21 Comments


  1. Rhadonda November 29, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    TOTALLY worth the wait. Love the Dr. Seussish vibe. Also thanks for the construction helps. Need all the help i can get! Maybe you can do a snow kit in January or something ( : My husband LOVES snow. Hope your computer woes are now past.

  2. susy November 29, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Oh my, how gorgeous. will stalk my inbox today for the kit. Thank you for thinking of us warm weather folk, (and a little bit of snow is just fine, makes me a wee bit jealous though, would love to celbrate a white Christmas at least once) So dash darn adorable and Dr Seussish.

  3. luvmysilhouette November 29, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Kerri this kit is absolutely adorable…love love love…xo

  4. tallyscrapper November 30, 2010 at 1:22 am

    Oh Kerri, this is gorgeous. Love the Whimical
    look of this. Can't wait to get it done.

  5. Michelle November 30, 2010 at 3:42 am

    This is so gorgeous. It must have been calling me from afar…I was shopping online tonight and have had an album in my cart for a week. Right at checkout I decided to get rid of it and buy this EXACT tray. 2hrs later I'm here and you have this kit to fit my EXACT tray. Bizarre!

    Love it!!! :)

    (Anyway to get your little ole blog delivered to my email instead or my google reader? Im so busy I never get to Google reader….just sayin' :) )

  6. Issy November 30, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Just received my Christmas This'n'That! Yeah! Can't wait to get using it cos my letterblock trays arrived yesterday from the states…and Kerri, I love the snowy bit – Would have to though, especially as we're knee deep in the white stuff just now! LOL! Love from Scotland xo

  7. Kerri November 30, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Okay Michelle, that is really weird! It was meant to be. :)
    And Issy, so glad you got your tray!

    Glad y'all are liking the tray! :)

  8. Kathy (krolski) November 30, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    This is amazing Kerri!!

  9. chrish5306 November 30, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    I just got my kit down loaded & I'm ready to play. What color red and green cardstock match the kit colors the best (looking for a bazzill match)?

  10. Kerri November 30, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Chris, I wish I could tell you which ones worked best. What I would recommend doing is to print out the two print files and then match them according to how your printer prints them. Just like there are no two trays alike, no two printers are alike–even photo developers can print photos with different coloring.

    I do have a nice photo printer and can get my colors fairly close to what I see on my monitor–but often times monitors and printers aren't always lookin' the same.

    That doesn't help ya much. ;)
    Have fun though!

  11. kat-in-texas November 30, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    This is precious, Kerri! Very Seussical!!! :0)

  12. stampinwithmel December 2, 2010 at 3:12 am

    Love this! I asked for a tray for Christmas so fingers crossed!

  13. peggy w December 2, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Kerri, the this or that trays are great. I love them. I have already purchased the Halloween and the Christmas one. Hope to get the fall one soon. Thanks for sharing your great talents with us. The Christmas kit is missing the black amperes and for the merry and bright square. Which font did you use for it and do you remember how big it was? Thanks again for sharing. Love your work and your blog. How is your son doing? Love missionary stories. Thanks from Peggy in Lehi.

  14. Kerri December 2, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Hey Peggy! Glad you're having fun with the kit! I'm not sure what you're looking at, but the ampersand is in all the files called merry_bright_xxxx. I just can't put an ampersand in the filename. But it's in all of the cut files as well as the PNG files. Let me know if you still can't find it. :)

  15. peggy w December 2, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Found it. Thank you. It was not in the tray cut file for black and I didn't think to look there. Thanks again.

  16. Kelli I December 3, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Hi Kerri-

    Love this kit! I haven't put any of mine together yet, so I'm still sort of figuring everything out…but is there a way to ungroup the shapes when I go to do the cutting? I have a Silhouette, but when I try to move things of the page to cut only one color I end up moving the whole image with all of the pictures. Help?

  17. Kerri December 3, 2010 at 2:14 am

    Hey Kelli! Heck ya you can ungroup! :) All you need to do is select the image, right click and choose Ungroup. You can also choose Ungroup from the Edit menu as well as click on the little boxes along the top…next to the crop marks (looks like two photo corners).

    Of course, that's in the old software. In the new software, you can still use the right-click, but use the Object pull-down menu rather than Edit.

    Hope that helps! :)

  18. Kelli I December 3, 2010 at 2:25 am

    Thank you! Of course it is that easy…appreciate all your help!

  19. Morgan Greaves December 7, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Hi Kerri..I'm a friend of Becky Higgins and came across your blog through her giveaway post. I was just wondering if you preferred the Cricut or Silhouette? I wanted to buy one or the other for myself for Christmas and am unsure which direction to go?


  20. Kerri December 8, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Morgan, my preference is the Silhouette. There really isn't a better machine that can cut the way it does. Additionally, I LOOOVE the flexibility of the Silhouette in that you're not tied to cartridges to get great art. That being said though, you can use Make The Cut or Sure Cuts A Lot with your Cricut to access SVG files (lots of free ones out there too) as well as all your fonts, so it can be expanded beyond the cartridges.

    What it boils down to is what will work best for you. If you don't mind using your computer to cut your files and you want that flexibility, go Silhouette. If you want to make it easy on yourself and primarily buy cartridges to use directly from your Cricut–and maybe get MTC or SCAL, then go that way.

    I personally would rather purchase the images I want with Silhouette rather than getting a whole cartridge just for an image. But that works for me. (Not to mention I can just design shapes myself. ;) )

    I truly love my Silhouette.

    Hope that helps! :)

  21. Morgan Greaves December 26, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Keri!! Thanks so much for taking the time to help me, I really appreciate it. I was leaning towards the Silhouette and it sounds like that it your first choice too. Thanks again :)

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