Changeable Banners

Hi, Daphne here to share a banner with you! I was browsing on Pinterest the other day and I saw a cute idea. Someone made a banner, but instead of attaching it directly to the string to hang it, they used clothes pins! I thought that was a fabulous idea. You can make just the banner pieces and change them whenever you want.

I am decorating for the Fourth of July for the first time this year, so I thought this was a great opportunity to make my first changeable banner.

I used the  Independence Day cartridge to make the banner pieces. All the solid cardstock I used is from Bazzill.

I cut the triangle banner pieces at 6″. The base piece is the white, then red stripes are the second layer  and the top layer is the blue.

The 4th of July was cut at 4″.  I used the Faded Jeans Distress Ink pad from Ranger all over the cut to make it stand out against the blue of the triangle. I used liquid glue to attach it to the triangle.

The firecracker was cut at 4″. It also has 3 layers, white is the base, red is the second layer and the blue is the top layer. I again inked the blue piece with the Distress Ink pad. I also added Distress Stickles in Antique Linen to the stars to make them glitter. I added a generic clear glitter glue to the red pointed pieces. I attached the firework with pop dots to add some depth to the banner.

The eagle was cut at 3″. He is only two layers. The blue is the base layer and the white is the top layer. I once again inked the blue with the Distress Ink pad.I attached it with pop dots.

All of the large stars on the main triangle piece have been highlighted with the Antique Linen Distress Stickles.

As you can see, you then use clothes pins and hang them on the line. I can’t wait to make something new for each month to hang on this line. It will be easier to store just the pieces too, no getting the string all tangled.

Thank you for stopping by the blog today. I hope I have inspired you to create a Changeable Banner.

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Designed by: Daphne Shreiber

Cricut Machine and Tools: Expression

Cricut Cartridges Used: Independence Day

Other Supplies Used: Ranger Distress Ink Pad- Faded Jeans, Ranger Distressed Stickles- Antique Linen, Bazzill Cardstock, Helmar All Purpose glue, clear glittter glue, pop dots

Family Frame

I had this picture that I absolutely loved and wanted a way to show case it. So I made a frame for my mantel.


I used Recollections for the grey polka dot, My Minds Eye Stella and Rose collection for the floral paper. The rest of the paper was plain cardstock.


I love this layout and titled it Life’s Little Blessings. The colors when fabulous in our  living room.



I used the Flower Shoppe Cartridge to create the flowers. I also used CCR make the grey flowers to mimic the flowers in the paper. I also inked the larger cream rose with black ink. I used brads in the middle of the grey flowers.


I love how it turned out and how I was able to showcase a family photo in a creative way. Also to make the lettering stand out i used a grey pen to go around the letters.

TIP: If you want to do a 3-D page but it doesn’t need to be as deep as shadow box, try using a t-shirt frame. It is about 1/2 the depth of a shadow box and it this idea perfectly. The frame says 13×13 but 12×12 fits fine with out showing any gaps.

Designed by: Sierra Heath
Cricut Machines & Tools Used: E2, Cricut Craft Room, and Cricut Tool Kit
Cricut Cartridges UsedFlower Shoppe
Other Supplies UsedSilhouette Cameo, brads, grey pen

Happy Birthday!

Good Morning Everyone!

Well it’s “Sentimental Saturday” here at CricutDiva and I decided to make a birthday gift “check” holder!  Yes, you heard me correctly, it’s not a gift “card” holder, it’s for checks!  Believe it or not, there are still people out there who still send checks to their family and friends instead of gift cards to celebrate birthdays, graduations, etc.  Soooo, I give to you my very first Birthday Check Gift Holder!

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This card measures 4″ x 9″.  Now I know that’s not a standard card size BUT I wanted to make one big enough that you could insert your check (or money order or whatever) in it without folding it up. Also, I found a set of 25 envelopes at that measure 4 1/4″ x 9 1/2″ for only $2!!  That means the envelopes were only 8 cents each! They were in the Clearance section where I just LOVE to shop in – I am always finding great deals like this.

For the front of the card, I cut my designer paper (Later Sk8r from Close to My Heart) at 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ so that I would have a nice margin around the outside.  I then took the zip strip at the top of the paper and cut it to size.  It measures 1/2″ and then I cut it down from 12″ to 9″ to fit across the length of my card.

I cut the sentiment mattes using my Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  You can find this image on page 65, E5, < Rctngle8 >. I cute 3 sets – one each at 2 1/4″, 2 1/2″, and 2 3/4″. I used White Daisy, Pear, and Lagoon cardstock for my papers.  The frame that I stamped in Lagoon ink came from a stamp set called “Frame It Up“.  The sentiment “Happy Birthday” comes from the “Perfect Fit – Birthday” stamp set. The sentiment was originally one long line but I cut the sentiment into 2 words and that way I could stack the two words on top of each other.  I love that about acrylic stamp sets! What I love about both of these stamp sets is that they both coordinate with the Art Philosophy cartridge which means NO … MORE … FUSSY … CUTTING for this crafter!

For the inside of the card, I cut another piece of Lagoon cardstock at 2″ x 9″ so that the background would not be just a plain white surface.  For the bottom pocket, I cut a piece of White Daisy cardstock at 2 1/2″ x 9″ and adhered it using Scor-Pal tape. I only put the tape on the bottom and sides so that the top would be open. I then a cut a piece of the designer paper at 2″ x 8 1/2″.

The three sentiments come from the Perfect Fit – Birthday stamp set referenced above.  I cut the circles using the Art Philosophy:  page 21, A1, < Circle > cut at 1 1/4″ and 1 1/2″ using White Daisy and Lagoon cardstock.

Well, I guess that’s all I have for you — this was really easy to make once I figured out the measurements!

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.  You can also visit me at my personal blog – Love 2 Create – by clicking here.

Have a wonderfully crafty day!


Designed by: Lucy Kelleher

Cricut Machine and Tools: Expression

Cricut Cartridges: Art Philosophy

Other Supplies: Later Sk8r paper pack, Frame It Up stamp set, Perfect Fit – Birthday stamp set, Lagoon/White Daisy/Pear cardstock, Lagoon and Pear ink

Surf’s Up 12×12 Layout

Happy First day of Summer Everyone! Do you all have your summer bucket list written out? Well, I know my daughter and her friends are going to be returning the the beach to hit the waves again. Last summer I took them to Carpentaria Beach were the city has classes that run all summer long. The Layout below is of first class they took last year. It’s a simple layout but I like that I got 7 pictures on one page.


I used the Life is a Beach cartridge I used the surfboard, the surf’s up phrase and the seagulls. I like using the Craft Room to layout my images so that I only make one run though to cut all my images.This is how I position the images.

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The sizes of the cuts are

Surfboard 4.375(W)x 5.569(H)

Surfboard layer 4.083(W)x 5.333(H)

Seagulls 3.847(W)x 2.833(H) 2 times

Surf’sUp Phrase 3.847(W)x 3.653(H)

Surf’sUp Phrase layer .917(W)x3.314

and this is how they looked when the cut was finished


I didn’t like the way the strips looked on the surfboard so I ended up flipping the image and I actually liked the patterned so much better. I used paper from the Simple Stories called I (Heart) Summer, DayDream and Feel the Breeze plus some Bazzill cardstock.


I ended up using some of Tim Holtz idea-ology Remnant rubs-words plus I added a border to the smaller photos, journaling block and


 to the phrase with a black pen. I also added some enamel dots from My Mind’s eye from Michael’s.

Thank you for stopping by today I hope you all have a super fun and safe summer.

I invite you to stop by my personal blog ScrapiliciousLife to say Hi.

Designed by: Liz Mullen

Cricut Machines & Tools Used: Cricut Expression 2 Anniversary Edition and Craft Room

Cricut Cartridges Used: Life is a Beach

Other Supplies Used: Black pen, Remnant rubs-words, Bazzill cardstock, My Mind’s Eye enamel dots,Simple Stories I (Heart) Summer paper collection

School Mini Album

Hi there and welcome! On the heels of the fantastic mini album posted by Lori on Monday, I have another mini album to share with you! This mini was created for our in-home daycare caregiver as the end-of-the-year card from all of our families. Each year I make her something and this year I went with a mini album.


This mini was made with my Cricut Expression and a regular cutting blade. I used a thin cardboard for the base of the shapes. I put my blade length on 4, pressure max, and multi cut 2. I’ve never had any problem cutting chipboard (or food boxes) with this setting.


I used papers from the DCWV Grade School stack. I like to stick to one stack for these sorts of projects because while the papers can be greatly different, they all fit together somehow. Each shape had a paper cover the front, which matted the photo and a piece cut using the flip setting for the backside of the shape.


I then chalked the edges in black and sealed them with Glossy Accents and added a sprinkle of white/clear glitter for fun.


If the shape had an available place, I put the picture there, if not, I tried to make it fit with the shape as much as possible. Here is my daughter’s page, which was the most difficult, getting the star shape to work with a 4×6 photo.


The last shape was a notebook page and served as a place for me to write our thank you note.


The shapes I used were:

Crayon 2 – Locker Talk – 6″
Pencil – My Community – 3″
Puzzle piece – My Community – 5″
Star – Doodlecharms – 6″
Glue – Locker Talk – 6″
Backpack – Doodlecharms – 6″
Apple – Doodlecharms – 6″
Notebook page – Locker Talk – 6″

I hope you have enjoyed my mini and if you have any questions, please ask in the comments and I will try my best to answer!

Be sure to visit my personal site,, if you would like to see more projects, most recently 31 layouts in the 31 days of May!

Nest Mini Album

Lori here from ScrappinMyStressAway and I am a Cricut DIVA today!!!
I took a chipboard/burlap mini album from Michaels, a 6×6 American Crafts Color Crush paper pad (also from Michaels) and added my Gypsy to create this fun mini album.
I flipped every other page so I would have two pages with the same papers together, then two pages with burlap.  Doing this makes the pages more bulky, so I purchased bigger rings.
I made this album with my friend Robin in mind.  She just opened a shop in March called Robin’s Nest where she sells re-purposed items.  She is quite talented and her shop is doing very well!!
I used a bird from Sophie for the cover.  I sized it to 13.53 inches (2.42 inches using Real Size as this cuts with a bird cage).
I used Storybook for the font and sized NEST at 1.13 inches.
I used a piece of paper from the paper pad that was all different shades of green with a watercolor pattern.
I added the linen lace to the bottom and some gems.  It still needed a little something that I found a little later….
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I found the sentiment “this nest is blessed” on 3 Birds on Parade for the first page of the album.
I sized it to 1.59 inches and cut it out of pink (light and bright) cardstock.
I pop-dotted it to the bottom of the photo mat so you can slide a photo behind it.
I added a bird from Sophie (shown two photos below) and I also pop-dotted it on the corner.
The next pages showcase birdies from Straight From the Nest sized to 1.25 inches.
I made a pocket using my ATG gun to put tags for journaling.  You can also tuck in extra photos and momentos.
I found the leaf wreath with bird on Lacy Labels and sized it to 6.35 inches.  I cut the wreath out of green patterned paper and the birds out of hot pink and dark blue-green papers to match the patterned papers in the album.
The word “Family” is from Letter Envy and I sized one for the cover at 1 inch and one for the inside page at 1.47 inches.
I like how the wreath frames the photo mat.
This tree came from the Heritage cartridge.  I sized it to 5 inches and cut it out of the dark blue-green cardstock.
The tree was perfect for the back cover!
Here you can see the bird is pop-dotted on the cover.
I added the word Family to the cover.  I have a theme with each mini album I make.  Even though many people get that a Nest is like a House for a family, I did not want people to assume I lived with all birds!!
I tied some ribbon to the rings to finish it off.
You can see more of my work on my blog HERE.

Baby Shower Invitation

I made this invitation for my soon-to-be daughter-in-law. She wanted pink camouflage and Winnie The Pooh, so here is what I came up with.


The base of the invitation is white cardstock, and it is an A2 size card (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″). I then added a light pink layer that measures 4″ x 5 1/4″. The next layer is the pink camouflage cardstock that measures 3 3/4″ x 5″. Baby Shower is from the New Arrival Cricut cartridge.It was cut at 2″ using the Shadow feature. (When you see the screenshot of my Gypsy, please disregard the Baby Shower in the upper left corner of the screen. When I cut this, some of the letters were so thin, they tore. That is why I used the Shadow feature for this.) I cut Winnie The Pooh from the Pooh Font Set Cricut cartridge, and he was cut at 2 1/2″.

For the inside of the invitation, the camouflage layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″ and the light pink layer is 3 3/4″ x 5″. I bought the stamp at Michael’s and used the Close To My Heart Archival Black Ink Pad  for the stamping.

All solid cardstock is Recollections and I bought the pink camouflage paper from Stampin’ Station.

Here is the screenshot of my Gypsy.


My future daughter-in-law and her Mom loved the way the invitations turned out. I’m thrilled they liked it.

Thanks for letting my share my creation with you! I hope you will come visit my blog at

Designed by: Brenda Halstead

Cricut Machines & Tools Used: Cricut Expression 2 Anniversary Edition and Gypsy

Cricut Cartridges Used: New Arrival and Pooh Font Set

Other Supplies Used: CTMH Stamp Pad, Wooden Stamp from Michaels

Congratulations Card for Beauty School

Hi everyone it’s Melody Lane here and I have a Card for you I made for a coworker that has just passed her state board test for Beauty School. I used the Cricut cartridge Girl’s Makeup Party. This was not a hard decision as to what card I would make for her, she loves hot pink and loves glitter and bling as much as me.


The card is 4.25×5.5″ I used Cricut Craftroom to cut the images from Girls Makeup Party. I used recollections paper in metallic silver and hot pink. And popped up with foam squares. The base white paper is glitter paper from Joanns. The pink on the nail polish was put through a xyron and then coated with glitter and then glossy accents over the whole thing. I added a little rhinstones to the hair dryer. The ribbon was zebra with fur, feels like real zebra. I used the Cuttlebug on the glitter paper with the swirls folder with pick rhinestones in each swirl.

PicsArt_1370287721489This is the inside of the card, I stamped with black ink and then embossed with Recollections Sparkle embossing powder.

I have a video showing more details.

Thanks so much for looking, Please visit my blog at

Designed by: Melody Lane

Cricut Machines Used: Cricut Expression 2 and Cuttlebug

Cricut Cartridges Used: Girls Make Up Party

Other Supplies: ribbon, rhinestones, glossy accents, glitter, xyron, foam squares. Swirls Cuttlebug Folder.

Sentimental Saturday – Birthday Card & Graduation Card

Hello, Brenda here with two cards for CricutDIVA’s Sentimental Saturday. I’m showing two cards because last week there was a graduation card posted that is very similar to mine.

First, here is the birthday card I made for my son.



All cardstock is Recollections. This is an A2 card (5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″). The yellow layer is 5 1/4″ x 4″. The car is from the Groovy Times Cricut cartridge (page 49) and was cut at 2″. I used my Gypsy to lay out all the cuts on my mat, and here is a screenshot of my Gypsy and a picture of my mat:



I ended up not using the white stars for the windshield of the car, because it was so small that it didn’t cut well. Instead, I used a white gel pen to put the stars on the windshield. I used an EK Success tag punch to make the tag and the sentiment on the front and inside of the card is from the Close To My Heart Card Chatter – Birthday stamp set. I then added silver Queen & Co. pearls to the front. The yellow mat on the inside of the card measures 5″ x 3 3/4″, and the white mat measures 4 3/4″ x 3 1/2″.

Now let me show you the graduation card I made. It is a tri-shutter card, which is the first one that I’ve made.


The dark blue solid cardstock for the base is Bazzill, and the patterned paper is from the SEI Field Notes paper pack. I used the Paper Dolls Teen Scene Cricut cartridge to cut the girl graduate(page 30) at 5″. The cap was cut at 2 1/4″ using the Creative Memories This & That Cricut cartridge. The sentiment is from the TPC Studio Class Act stamp set.

I also used my Gypsy to make the cuts, and here is the screenshot of my Gypsy as well as pictures of my mat.



If you enjoyed my cards and would like to see some of my other work, please visit my blog at

Have a happy, scrappy day!

Designed by: Brenda Halstead

Cricut Machines & Tools Used: Cricut Expression 2 Anniversary Edition, Gypsy and EK Success Tag Punch

Cricut Cartridges Used: Groovy Times, Paper Dolls Teen Scene and Creative Memories This & That

Other Supplies Used: Queen & Co. pearls, CTMH stamps, TPC Studio stamp

Using the Chalkboard Font cartridge


My design team post for this week features the new Cricut cartridge- Chalkboard Fonts. This is by far one of my new favorites for a font cartridge. I love the way the letters look like they are intricate but it’s a breeze to put together. I also used Pretty Pennants to make the banner and my Imagine with the Imagine More Cards cartridge for the Hello bubble. This page went together so easily with 2 double sided sheets of patterned paper, a Prima flower and some dark brown cardstock. I also used a white Signo uniball pen to outline the pennant to give it some pop. I used some embroidery floss to sew the banner onto the paper. An added layer was to use foam squares to pop the letters off the paper. With the layered letters, it really added some oomph!
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