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Melody Lane

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My name is Melody Lane. I have 3 crafty rooms in my home, a sewing room, an art (painting) room and my paper/clay craft room.

I live in Kankakee, IL — an hour south of Chicago.

I got started in paper crafting when I bought my first Cricut at JoAnns because I was quilting and bought it to cut fabric. I no longer sew much because I found I enjoy paper crafting more. I do not scrapbook, but enjoy making cards and decor items. I love making 3d items with my Cricut.

I have 4 Cricuts, including the original Cricut, the Cricut Expression 2, the Mini and the Cricut Cake, that I now use to cut polymer clay.

Daphne Shreiber

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I am very happy to be joining the Cricut Diva Design Team. I am excited to be sharing all the wonderful things I do with my Cricut Expressions machine with all of you.

I live in central Florida with my two sons and wonderful boyfriend. We recently moved to the home we are now in. I made sure that I would have a craft room when we moved. I have spent the past couple of months reorganizing and purging so I could fit into my nice new space. I will be sharing photos of my new space on my blog during the month of May. I homeschooled my children for 15 years. But my youngest decided he wanted to go to public school when we moved. He is now in high school and doing FANTASTIC! He is in honors classes and getting all A’s and B’s.

I have been crafting all my life. My mother was into dabbling in all kinds of crafts, so I come by it genetically! I invented and manufactured a line of crafting organizational products named ScrapCessories. During these years, I got involved in several Design Teams and fell in love with several wonderful products. I was involved with Above Rubies Studio during her early years and was included on the 123 Cards and A to Z Imagine DVDs.

Two years ago my life went through a major change and I had no inspiration to do any crafting. Then a year ago I met the wonderful man that I now live with. He has brought back to my life things I had pushed aside in the 25 years before him. We get out and kayak, hike and enjoy nature. My boyfriend is an amazing amateur photographer. I enjoy making layouts and wall decor using his amazing photography. My new life has re-inspired me to get back into all the crafting that I love to do! I hope I will inspire you in some way to get out there, enjoy life and get crafty!

Brenda Halstead

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My name is Brenda Halstead and I live in Toledo, Ohio.  I have two wonderful children – a 24 year old daughter Beth and a 19 year old son Andy. I also have two wonderful grandsons – Ethan who is 5 and Benjamin who is 8 months old. I also have a granddaughter due August 3rd. I am employed full-time as an Office Manager for an insurance consulting firm.

I got started in scrapbooking in August 2000 after attending a Creative Memories class. I bought the biggest kit available and have been hooked ever since! My scrapbooking style sure has evolved since then, especially after the Cricut came into my life. A couple of years ago I was introduced to Close To My Heart, and I liked it so much I became an Independent Consultant.

My favorite paper crafting projects are scrapbook layouts, cards and invitations. I used to be intimated by the entire card-making process, but once I started, I wasn’t able to stop!

I own a personal Cricut, Cricut Expression, Cricut Expression 2: Anniversary Edition, Gypsy and Cuttlebug, as well as a Cricut Cake, Yudu, Yudu Card Maker and YourStory (which have all been sitting in their boxes waiting for me to learn to use them).

I used to do a lot of cross stitching and crocheting, but since scrapbooking came in my life, they have been put on the back burner. I also enjoy reading, cooking and baking.

I’m excited to be part of the CricutDIVA Design Team!

Please visit my blog at https://happyscrapper64.blogspot.com/

Michele Green

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Hello!  My name is Michele Green from and I am very excited to be joining the CricutDIVAs!  I am married and have two daughters, ages 10 and 4.  Our family is an inseparable unit who even does the boring stuff together, like grocery shopping.  We live in Eastern Wisconsin and enjoy many outdoor activities, such as fishing, four-wheeling, softball, soccer and more.  I am an Instructional Resource Coach by day (think librarian and technology coach mixed in to one job) at the elementary level.  I absolutely love to read and to help teachers and students integrate technology into their learning so it’s the perfect job for me!

I began using Cricut for my school bulletin boards in 2008.  My husband bought me a Cricut Expression for my birthday that year and it is still my favorite machine!  I also have the Imagine, as well as the Cuttlebug, YourStory Photo, and Yudu (still in the box – yikes!).

My absolute favorite crafty thing to do is to make layouts that tell my family’s story. I also make cards, projects for school, gifts, etc., and I dabble in altering things.  I enjoy the time I get to spend crafting, as it is very relaxing for me and truly cheaper than I imagine therapy is!  My style is what I call “basic”.  To me that means I stay pretty middle of the road with my scrapping.  I don’t venture off into grunge or vintage or steam punk.  I don’t use a ton of one certain thing and hang my hat on it.  I am certainly not a professional but I do my best and love to share it with others!  I hope you will enjoy the creations that I share here on the CricutDIVA Design Team!

Please visit my blog at http://www.michelegreen.com/

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Yummy Note Card Set

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Hi!!  Lori here from ScrappinMyStressAway and I am super excited to share this Yummy note card set today at CricutDIVA!!
I made a set of 3×3 cards with truffles on them from the Cricut Imagine Yummy Cartridge.
I printed out the light pink distressed-look pattern on white cardstock to use as background paper for my cards.  I cut them to 2 7/8″ squares and adhered them to my note card (3×6 folded in half).
I printed and cut out the three truffles and mini cake at 2″ each.  I inked the edges in Vintage Photo ink, and added a little stickles to each piece and let dry.
Before I adhered the patterned paper to the card, I wrapped a piece of 3Girl Jam 1/3 the way up the paper.  I chose the blue to bring out the bit of blue in each card.
I got the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch – super cool new toy!!!  I wanted to make envelopes for my little note cards.
Making the envelopes were fun, once I watched a YubeVideo on how!!
I found this Enveolope Gum at Archivers to seal the envelopes.  I just painted the glue on and let it dry.  It just needs a little water to seal.
I made a little folder to keep the card set in – this makes a great gift idea!!
I started with a piece of Kraft cardstock and cut it to 8 1/2″ x 6″.  Placing the paper horizontally on my Score Board, I scored 2″ up from the bottom to create the pocket.
I turned the paper to score the fold lines.  I scored at 4 1/8″ and 4 3/8″.
I used my ATG gun to adhere the center of the bottom flap (pocket) to the spine of the folder.
I punched a hole on each side of the pocket.  I ran a piece of 3Girl Jam ribbon across the inside of the folder and used a glue dot in the spine to hold the ribbon down.
When you close the folder, simply tie a pretty bow.
What a Yummy Gift card set!  These are great for teachers, friends or even secret pals.  I included this set in an Easter Swap gift with another paper crafter!
You can find more of my work on my personal blog HERE.

Sentimental Saturday- Mother’s Day Card

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I’m what I would call a novice card maker. I have always made simple cards for family, but up until Christmas, I hadn’t really tackled making more detailed cards and actually sending them to friends. In September, I decided to get back into scrapbooking, and after being out of the loop for a couple of years, it didn’t take me long to discover that a lot of new things had been coming out! I bought an Imagine as an impulse buy from ebay, because I was intrigued at the thought of a machine that would print and cut. I haven’t ever regretted that purchase! With the Imagine I decided that my cards had a personal touch while also looking (almost) professional!

This card is a great example of mixing the Imagine with the Expression 2 to put together a card in less time than it would take to drive to the store and get one! If you don’t have an Imagine, then a cardstock die cut would certainly work!
To start I chose a pre made A2 card and then cut a soft green sized a little smaller than the front of the card. I ran it through my Cuttlebug with an embossing folder from The Paper Studio and attached it.

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The “cut it free for a week” from the Craft Room is Love Mini Books and I found the banner that I cut in a sort blue at 3 1/2 inches and attached that onto the green background.

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I used my Imagine and the Lori’s Garden cartridge for the die that is placed on the banner. I sized it at 3 inches.

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Using a Word document I went in and played with fonts until I found what I liked for the front. It’s a mix of 2 fonts. For My Beautiful is Blue Plate Special and Mother is Lake Woebegon. I printed a sample to use as a template and then I went back into the Craft Room and found a banner from the Bloom cartridge. I sized it at 3 1/2w x 1 1/2h. After cutting it I used some tabs to attach it to the printed template and ran it back through the printer, to get it printed on my cut shape.

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Before finishing the front, I went to work on the inside. The Internet is a Godsend for finding quotes and poems quickly! I typed Mother’s Day quotes into my search engine and browsed until I found this one. I copied it into a word document and played with spacing and fonts until I was happy with the way it looked. I then printed it on vellum. Under the vellum I attached a blue strip like the one on the front and another die cut that was sized at 2 1/2 inches. It gives the inside just a little bit of color!

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I then took some Stardust Stickles and lightly traced around the flowers and butterfly to give it some sparkle. I also used 2 rhinestones and placed them on the banner to make it look attached to the card.
You can find more of my work at my blog
http://theseareafewofmyfavoritethings-beth.blogspot.com/
Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy my card! Enjoy your Saturday and be sure to make some memories along the way!

Grandparents

Grandparents hold a special place in their grandchildren’s heart, from the very first sight. In this two-page layout I wanted to capture the essence of the first meeting. My favorite picture is the candid shot of my dad hold his first grandchild for the first time. It was such a special moment. You could feel the love in the room as we introduced her to the family. It is amazing what you can capture with a picture phone, when a camera is not available.

Grandparents Page 1

Grandparents Page 2

Process:

I don’t use sketches often,but here is my process. I based my design on the quote “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart” ~Winnie the Pooh~ from there I knew I wanted to cut out Pooh (since he said the quote), Tigger (my favorite) and Eeyore (husbands favorite).

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I divided the paper in half for the first page of the layout, then the second page was divided into fourths.I love the polka dot paper from The Paper Company, I wanted to add some fun color to the pages.To divide the secitions with Bazzil Double Scoop Mint Chip paper and Spool O’ Ribbon in Spring Green. The pictures were made to look they were hanging up, I used Doodle Bug sugar coated brads in yellow, and brown embroidery floss.

Hanging Picture Look

Tip: When adding embroidery floss to your photographs, use your Cricut tool kit and punch holes where you want to pull the string through first. Then use an embroidery needle to pull the floss through, tie it in 3 or 4 knots before pulling the tail through to the backside and tape it down.When putting it on the brad wrap the floss around the brad once so it will stay tight. I love how this turned out.

Designed by: Sierra Heath

Cricut Machines & Tools Used: Cricut E2, Cricut Tool Kit, Cricut Craft Room

Cricut Cartridge Used: Pooh Fonts, Cricut Alphabet (came with E2)

Other Supplies Used: Recollections Basic Paper Pack and Butterfly Wings, Doodle Bug Sugar Brads, Bazzil Paper, Embroidery Floss, The Paper Studio Paper, and Spool O’ Ribbon

Come an check out my blog http://creativemindedmomma.wordpress.com/

Graduation Cards ~ Sentimental Saturday

Happy Graduation Cards!!
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Hello – Lori here with some Graduation cards to share!!! Welcome to Sentimental Saturday where we post card projects only!!
My middle son is graduating next month and he has a lot of friends. I am making a LOT of graduation cards!!! I typically don’t like to mass produce my work, but in this case I would drive myself crazy (and run out of time) if I didn’t!
I did use a file from Silhouette to cut out the jumping graduate and hats. I am new to Silhouette but I still prefer the Gypsy. I can file all of my project pieces in one place and refer back to them when I need measurements for blog posts.
I LOVE having the option to open several layers in a project too. This project has 12 Layers and three card designs.
I used CTMH Artiste for the scalloped circle. I sized them to 4.62 inches (3 inches using Real Size).
On one page, I hid the outer circle so I cut out the scalloped circle. I cut these out in white cardstock.
On the second page, I hid the inner scalloped circle and cut out the shadow circle.  I cut these out in black cardstock.
I used Birthday Bash for the numbers and sized them to 1.25 inches.
I custom the colors of the numbers to match the school. I have an entire page of 2013 to cut out in blue for my son’s school. The red and maroon are for some of his friends from other schools.
I used my 5″ Xyron to put adhesive on my numbers.
I saved a piece of the leftover cuts to use as a stencil. I placed my numbers inside the template and carefully peeled off my blue “leftover” paper. I do this to line up my letters (or in this case numbers) perfectly every time!
I added some matching twine and stickles to finish the card front.
I punched a 2″ circle and stamped the sentiment inside.
This card I did a little different on the outside.
I am off to finish the blue cards!!!
Thanks for stopping by!!
You can see more of my work on my personal blog:  http://www.scrappinmystressaway.blogspot.com/

Farm Raised

We don’t really live on a farm. We have about 40 acres that’s mostly wooded, where we live with our cats. If cats were a farm animal, then I guess with 10 cats I’d be considered a farmer! But we do have a chicken pen, that had chickens in it several years ago. My granddaughter, who just turned 5, decided that she wanted chickens for her birthday in February and they had to be live, so we now have chickens again. I took this picture the day after her birthday and knew that she would have to have a layout associated with it.

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This layout is a mix of different cartridges and layers all put together as a backdrop for my picture. I decided that since the layers would be a mix of patterns, I would go with a solid piece of kraft paper for the base. Then I went through my paper stash and found two different sheets of paper that had chickens on them. I went through again and found some prints that matched the color scheme.

I knew that I wanted a quilted look as the main frame around the picture so after a little searching, I found a doily in the Martha Stewart Elegant Cakes cartridge that I like. I picked doily 1 and sized it to 9.403 width and 9.417 height in the Cricut Craft Room. I used the hide contour and removed everything inside the doily except for the hole in the middle and the holes along the border. Then I cut both pieces of the chicken paper at 6×12 and put them on the cutting mat horizontally. After it was cut, I used my paper trimmer and cut them into slices resembling a pie.

The next cut uses the Mini Books cartridge and I picked HrztIL 13 for it. I went to the hide contour feature and hid the holes on it. It was cut at 7.5 width and 9 high.

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This is a piece that I cut out for a starting point to design around. It’s just cut with a paper trimmer and then I used a corner punch to round the edges. It goes down first on the paper.

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Next I placed 3 of the cut fan blocks so that they fan out.

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Next is the piece cut from Mini Books.

The next part involves placing your fan block pieces where your photo is going to sit. You will notice that they don’t match up at the bottom, but that’s ok because your picture will hide that!

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I mounted the picture on a dark brown mat then positioned it on the blocks.

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Now we come to the Folk Art cartridge! I went to the border section and picked one that looked like rick rack called Hen and sized it to 10.5 width and 2.5 high. I cut it with a light cream cardstock. I placed it under the photo on the printed paper.

Next I started working on the title. I used Country Life and picked the phrase Farm Raised. I put it directly on the CCR mat with no additional sizing. It sizes at 4.222 width and 2.5 height automatically which is about the size I wanted. Next I went to the basic section and found the 2 chickens. I dragged them onto the mat and kept them at the default size. I placed the first one and welded it onto the F and kept the 2nd one the same size as well. I welded it  onto the M and D. I cut it on dark brown cardstock. Making the shadow was not too hard since I had not resized the images. I just chose the phrase shadow and then the chicken images and welded everything together. I cut it from the same cream cardstock that I had used for the rick rack border.

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I attached the pieces together and used pop dots to raise them off the paper.

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I then placed it on the border strip.

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For the final piece on this layout, I used a couple of my Prima flowers and attached them along the side of my picture where you see the gap between the fanned out images and the paper.

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An close up of how the fan blocks look after the picture is mounted.

*Tip: I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink and inked all of the pieces of the layers to add some definition and make them stand out better.

I really think that this was a fun layout to plan and I was able to use several different cartridges and make all the page elements myself. If you like this project, be sure to check out my blog at http://theseareafewofmyfavoritethings-beth.blogspot.com/

I would love to hear your feedback on my projects!

Baseball Pennant

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Hi!!!  Lori here from ScrappinMyStressAway and I am so excited to share my very first CricutDIVA post with you today!!
My middle son is graduating from High School in just over a month (sniff, sniff). He is also a baseball player (catcher) and I have been working very hard at making his graduation party decorations.
I was inspired by a post on Pinterest to create my centerpiece.
I started with my Gypsy Girl and opened a 12×24 mat.
I used the shadow of this pennant from Locker Talk sized to width 15.24 x height 7.12.
Once I sized the shadow layer to 7.12 inches, I put all of the pieces for the banner on layers of my Gyspy all sized to 7.12 inches.
I used watercolor paper to cut out the base of my pennant. Watercolor paper is very sturdy and it cuts well on the cricut.  I use it for banner flags and mini album pages too.
I used multi-cut of 2 and the blade depth at 5 (which is the depth I use for cardstock).
I put the pennant in the next layer of my Gypsy, sized the same. I wanted the pennant to be white and the tassles to be blue, so I hung the tassles off the mats.
I cut out two in white cardstock, one for each side.  I trimmed off the edges and adhered one piece to each side of the watercolor paper layer.
In Gypsy Layer 3, I put the tassels, borders and the numbers from Varsity Letter sized to 2.28 inches.
I cut them out in blue paper (I call this shade Titan Blue for my son’s high school).
In Gypsy Layer 4, I put the baseball layer from Boys Will Be Boys sized to 6.15 inches.
On the bottom half of the mat, I put the numbers from Varsity Letter sized to 2.28 inches.
I also put the graduation cap from Recess sized to 1.82 inches.
I cut out the baseball in white cardstock and the rest in black cardstock.
I decided later I wanted a second graduation cap so I copied and pasted one to the next Gypsy layer along with the base of the baseball. I cut them out in black cadstock.
I opened a final Gypsy layer and kept the eyeball open on the tab so I could see the baseball base (shown in grey). I copied the baseball onto this layer and sized it to 6.74 inches to create a shadow. I cut the layer out in blue cardstock.
I adhered the blue tassels on the pennant. I cut several strands of twine and tied a knot in the center. I used my ATG gun to adhere them to the blue tassels. Once adhered, I trimmed the edges of the twine.
I used my Sew Easy to punch holes in the border piece. I used the red and white twine to stitch around the edges.
I pop-dotted the border piece to the pennant.
I adhered the baseball layers and pop-dotted the number 8 (Tyler’s jersey number) and the graduation cap to the pennant.
I used a liquid glue pen to adhere blue and white twine to the edges of the pennant.
Here you can see the dimension.
On the other side of the pendant, I adhered the numbers and pop-dotted the second graduation cap.
Before I adhered the border to the pennant, I used ATG to adhere a wilton cookie/cake pop stick to the pennant. I reinforced the stick with some tape.
I pop-dotted the border on with an extra layer of pop dots to account for the height of the stick.
Here is the reverse side of the pennant.
This will be a fun center piece for one of the food tables at Tyler’s graduation party.
Thanks for stopping by today!
You can see more of my work on my personal blog HERE.

Mother’s Day Card

I love making cards, but this was a bit stressful because it was the first time I used the Cricut to make a card!!!

I really had fun exploring all the cartridges learned a lot from this exercise.  Happy Mother’s Day….Hope you enjoy.

My sister Peggy went to Michael’s (she is there almost every day LOL). They had a sale she could not resist and picked up 12 x 12 Floral Foliage patterned paper by Recollections. The paper designs are absolutely beautiful and I surprised myself by selecting a teal given that I am not usually a fan of anything blue. I thought the butterflies were just beautiful.

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I cut the card using the Damask Decor cartridge. Since I love flowers, I used the Flower Shoppe cartridge to cut the flower I wanted. I used the Beyond Birthdays cartridge to cut the word Mom with a black shadow behind it. Note that the cartridge does not have a Shadow cut for the word, but if you cut the image from a darker colour and offset the images, it gives you a shadow effect.

Designed by: Wendy Mayo de Castellon
Cricut Machines & Tools Used: Expression 2 and Xyron “create a sticker”
Cricut Cartridges Used: Damask Décor, Flower Shoppe, Beyond Birthdays
Other Supplies Used: Recollections 12 x 12 Floral Foliage paper for all my designs, “You and Me” stamp by Elle’s  Studio

Blushing Bride

Here is a card that sparked inspiration. Love is in the air so far I have 3 weddings to go to this year and my best friend got engaged. What a better way to celebrate then making a beautiful card.

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Process:

No sketch was used for this one either. I was looking at the freebies in Cricut Craft Room the other day and saw the Mother’s Day Card (04) and thought if I get rid of all the other elements around this silhouette, then that would make a beautiful bride. So I went in CCR and edited the image to remove the unwanted lines. Then I searched for a scalloped oval and sized it proportionally to the silhouette. I love how this turned out.

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I added tulle and a flower to make a veil and head-piece. It was difficult attaching the tulle. I also added some beautiful lavender pearls around her neck.

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Once I had cut out and put together the silhouette then I picked out the background paper and ran it through the Cuttle Bug for embossing. I used Swiss Dots, it is one of my favorite embossing folders.

Tip: When handling small pieces like pearls or rhinestones it is helpful to have a set of tweezers on hand. I have more precision with the tweezers than just using my hand, as well as I do not smear the glue. Another tip when working with tulle it is helpful to sew down the tulle where you want it to be before adding an embellishment.

Have some FUN with embellishments, it can be just thing to set your project apart from the rest. Everybody likes a little sparkle.

Designed by: Sierra Heath

Cricut Machines & Tools used: Expression 2, Cricut Craft Room, Cuttle Bug, Swiss Dot Embossing Folder, Tweezers

Cricut Cartridges Used: Mother’s Day Card 04, Ultimate Creative Series (awesome all around cartridge, especially for beginners)

Other Supplies Used: Recollections Lavendar and Pearl White, Pearls, Tulle, Paper Flowers, and a pre-made card from Michael’s

Come and visit my blog http://creativemindedmomma.wordpress.com/