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C.R.A.F.T. Challenge 398 – 12th of January – Box or Bag

DTbadgeLast fall I updated my Cricut machine to the new Cricut Explore Air. My new machine will allow you to use any SVG files and this week’s sponsor, The Cutting Cafe, has many adorable cuts available. Note: If you don’t have cutting machine, they also make templates available that you can print on your computer and hand cut as well. For mxy project, I used the Umbrella Treat Box. The flowrs were created with the two part flower/leaf punches by Nellie Snellen.


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My Mediterranean Cruise & Crop with Cathie Rigby

I just got back from an amazing holiday! With almost 3 years in the planning, my girlfriend, Pearl, and I took an amazing trip to Europe – Paris, Barcelona, Nice, Tuscany, Roman, Amalfi Coast, Venice, Ravenna, and Kotor. Best trip ever! The beauty about a Cruise and Crop is that you Crop during the sailing days. Our Crop leader, Cathie Rigby did not disappoint! Here are  few of the fun things we made on the cruise.

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 Note: I did not discuss the “how to” techniques of these projects out of respect for the teacher. These projects are based on Cathie Rigby’s designs/techniques, taught to us by her in a classroom environment on the Cruise and Crop. Cathie offers retreats, classes, online instruction, and Cruise and Crops. Her next adventure is a cruise from Australia to New Zealand! For details about Cathie and her multiple talents, visit her at her website at Cathie’s Craft Room - . She is a fabulous instructor and I am happy to call her my friend. The classes were small and intimate. We had a great bunch of ladies in the classes, and their friends and families joined us for dinner and some of the shore excursions. As I said before - Best Trip Ever!


Nuts About You

I designed my card for the Bitten by the Bug 2 Challenge - Nuts About You Challenge – Use a Squirrel or Nut. I was looking for a Fall themed card and I found this cute acorn on the Autumn Celebrations cartridge. I cut the different colours using my solid cardstock stash, except for the leaf which I cut from white cardstock. I coloured the leaves to add colour and dimension using Distress Inks. On the inside of the card, I used an adorable stamp/die from Papertrey Ink called Nuts for You. I paper pieced the little squirrel, stamped the sentiment on the large leaf, and added a matching mini leaf. I also stamped the envelope.

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The Card Concept Challenge #6


For the challenge you are to make a birthday card using the image below as your inspiration. When I looked at the cake, I homed in on the mushrooms and flowers. I checked through my stock of dies and stamps and could not come up with a mushroom I liked so I brought out my Cricut and the “Freshly Picked” cartridge and cut out a mushroom in solid white and coloured it using Copic markers. The vines are from Memory Box and the flowers are from a McGill punch. For the sentiment I used Hero Arts – Many Birthday Messages stamp.



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Fun with my Cricut


My first experience with card making came when my friend introduced me to her Cricut machine. She talked me into buying a Cricut mini and 50 plus cartridges later….! Provo Craft introduced a free online craftroom program that allows you the freedom to modify your images and create new and exciting designs and I use it with most of my card designs.

The “sick/ick” card inspiration came from Stampin Up stamp. In the Cricut Craftroom, I typed out s{ick} on designer paper, removed the letters, cut the cardstock down and matted it on black cardstock, then on a green card base. I used the We R Memory Keepers corner chopper to round the edges, and  finished it off with a little “nurse” owl using Stampin Up’s Build an Owl Punch. The inside has the phrase “get well soon” that I cut on my Cricut.

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For the butterfly card, I used the Tablescapes Spring and Summer cartridge. I first cut out the card, then a small single butterfly that I embossed with a polka dot pattern, and finally I added a 2 piece memory box die cut out of yellow vellum. I accented the body with some amber gems, and added wire antenna. The card is blank into the inside.

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Fabulous 24/7 was based on a project idea posted on Cricut’s website. I used the Forever Young cartridge for the young lady and the wording. The textured diamond background was created using a spellbinder embossing folder.

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This card is another card inspired by a posted project in the Cricut Craftroom. The Wrap It Up Cartridge was used to make the bride figure. Tulle, ribbon, embossing folder, pearls and gems were added to enhance the card.

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The birthday cake card is from the Wrap It Up cartridge. I selected fun colours and added a sentiment from the same cartridge. The stamped Happy Birthday is from Close to My Heart CASUAL EXPRESSIONS D1525. I added glossy accents to the flames of the candles.

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You are my sunshine is another Cricut Craftroom project. I used the Wrap it Up cartridge for the phrase and added the sunshine.

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I have a stamp from Stampin Up called Loads of Love that has a little pick up that you can add different items in the flat bed. I decided to do a similar things using this truck from the Just Because cartridge.

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I needed a western themed birthday card, so I made one up using a boot from the Old West cartridge. I added a circle to make the card more stable and allow for the stamp from Waltzingmouse – Back in the Saddle, The stars an gems are from Reflections.

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I made up this little card as a Halloween card for my “grandson”.  The strange thing was that his mother bought him a green, three eyed monster costume-I had no idea! The little monster is from the Autumn Celebration cartridge.

IMG_1021 (640x636)I got my inspiration for this card from Nendy’s Creative Corner . I cut out various oval shapes from the George and Basic Shapes cartridge. I added dimension by embossing the bunny’s ears and the background. The nose is a felt puffy heart from Michael’s.

IMG_1030 (638x640)For my last card, I simply cut out three banners from CTMH – Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and assembled them on a black card base. I first saw this design on Pinterest - Designz by Gloria.

I love my Cricut! My favorite cartridges are the ones that Provo Craft and CTMH Close To My Heart developed. While I own a gypsy, I design most cards using the Cricut Craftroom software.