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Please welcome Shawn Mosch as the newest CricutDIVA

Shawn is the mother of the family that created MyCutSearch.com, a searchable database of images found on Cricut cartridges which in my opinion makes her one of the biggest celebrities in the Cricut community there is. If you don’t already use her families site you absolutely must go check it out and you will never again be searching through handbook after handbook manually again. Shawn also has her own personal crafting blog at CraftyChicsBlog that you should go over and leave her a little love.

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Hi! My name is Shawn, and I have been crafting for as long as I can remember. When I was younger, sewing was my main craft. I have made everything from doll clothes to my own wedding dress. I love the feeling of accomplishment you get when you can turn a pile of supplies into a finished project. I did not do much paper crafting until I was in my mid-30′s, and my first project was a scrapbook for a trip our family took to Walt Disney World. After that I was hooked!  Now scrapbooking and card making are my two main crafts.

Would you like to be the next new CricutDIVA? We’d love to see you apply to join our design team.

Goodbye, thank you and Design Team Call

We look forward to welcoming some new CricutDIVAs to the team!

Will one of them be you??

Die Cut Darla, your CricutDIVA blog admin here with you today.

Today I am posting because we are saying goodbye to 3 wonderful CricutDIVAs and looking for some new members to be a part of the Cricut-DIVA design team!!

You may have noticed that it’s been quiet here lately and that is because our original design team’s term ended at the end of September. I am happy to tell you that most are going to stay with us for another term. Three of our wonderful design team members however are saying farewell.

Beth, Lori and Sierra you will be greatly missed and I wish you the absolute best of luck for your future. You are an absolute pleasure to work with and you are welcome to guest design here or re-join the cricut-DIVA team any time in the future.

I would also like to take a moment to publically thank the entire cricut-DIVA design team for everything they have done and continue to do. They are one of the most absolutely wonderful, talented, kind-hearted, fabulous group of ladies I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Thank you so very much from the bottom of my heart!

Now, onto the design team call…..

Expectations:

Design Team members are expected to post once a month for a 6 month term. At the end of the term we can discuss whether you’d like to stay on or not.

Projects for posts MUST use the cricut and have an explanation of how it was made. You can look through past posts here to get a general idea of what CricutDIVA posts look like.

We use a calendar in yahoo for scheduling who posts when so members are asked to have a yahoo account (if you don’t have one you can open one).

The blog is hosted on wordpress so it is a given that all design team members must learn to use wordpress. Don’t let this scare you though. Most of our current design team had never used wordpress before and they all do just fine. I will personally help any member through any techology issues they may have with the postings and getting everything set up and familiarized.

We also use a facebook group for design team members to use as a forum of communication amongst us so a facebook account is necessary. If you are not someone who has a facebook account and don’t want a personal facebook  account it would be perfectly acceptable to open a ‘fake’ account with an alias (so long as we know it’s you) to access this private group for the design team.

How to apply:

To apply to be a CricutDIVA please use the contact form below to tell us about yourself and let us know you’re interested in applying.

If we think you might be a good fit for our team we will reply within a week of your application asking you to send a ‘mock’ post complete with photos of a never before seen project.

We will then go over all the applications and notify those chosen for the design team.

 

If accepted onto the design team your mock post can be used as your first post on the blog, or if you are not chosen for the design team you can post away on your personal blog once the accepted candidates names have been released. We will in no way take or use your submission without your permission to do so and your sending it in will be used solely for the purpose of application.

Please submit your application by filling in the form below. Be sure to tell us anything you think we should know about you in consideration for the team. 

Design Team Applications close as of October 31, 2013 at midnight. You may still take a chance and apply after this date however if there are a large number of applicants received prior, late applicants will not be reviewed.

 

I am leaving the call open-ended for the moment as I haven’t 100% decided how many new CricutDIVAs we will accept, this will solely depend on the the number of applicants and how well of a fit the applicants are. 

 

 

New DT Members

Please welcome our latest designers to the team!!!

Liz Mullen

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My name is Liz Mullen and I’m so excited to be joining the CricutDIVA Design Team!! I currently live in Valencia, California which is just north of Los Angeles. I live with my husband, Rick, and our youngest daughter, Kennedy (17).  Our oldest daughter, Mckenzie (20), currently lives in Oakland, California.

I have always been an artsy person and love to try new things. My favorites have included scrapbooking, card making, invitations, party favors, party decorations, and stamping. I have been paper crafting for as long as I can remember, but 19 years ago, I came across Creative Memories and fell in love with the idea of preserving my family’s history. The discovery of CM is what got me into traditional scrapbooking, a passion which I got many of my friends into as well. Stamping and card making came naturally to me after that.

I have my own studio in my home that houses all my crafting necessities! I house all my Cricuts in this room as well.  My first Cricut was the original one and I thought it was the greatest thing ever invented! When I got the Expression, I didn’t think it could get any better! I was given an opportunity to teach about Cricuts at my local scrapbook store at about the same time as I got the Expression. I really enjoyed helping everyone pull out their Cricuts and realize that they aren’t scary machines!  My favorite machine would have to be the Anniversary Expression 2. I also have the Gypsy, but I don’t use it as often as I use Cricut Craft Room.

In the past two years, I have gotten heavily involved in mixed media and enjoy making home decor, especially around the holidays. Handmade gifts for family and friends, sewing, and cooking are some of my favorite hobbies.  I enjoy incorporating all my creativity into projects!

I’m so grateful for this opportunity. I hope to create and share with you in a way that inspires you to create with love. I invite you to visit and leave me a comment on my blog.

 

Darla Haverstock

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I guess I really should introduce myself. 🙂

I am now the new owner/admin for the CricutDIVA blog. Don’t panic, I don’t plan to change anything as I just love how this blog flows currently. The plan is to keep providing great cricut related content via our fabulous design team.

I am a stay at home mother of 2 fabulous children, Michael (age 4) and Samantha (almost 2)  in Nova Scotia, Canada. We share a house with my husbands grandfather and grandfathers wife for 6 months of the year (they spend the other 6 in Florida). My husband is in the Canadian Navy and we are very proud of him.

I own many different electronic die cutters my Cricut ones include the Cricut Expression and Cricut Expression 2 along with a gypsy and Design Studio as well (although my own personal preference is the Cricut Craft Room). I also own a KNK Groove, Graphtec CraftRobo and Silhouette Cameo. I teach classes locally on the Cricut and all the accessories and programs (Design Studio and Cricut Craft Room) as well as some on a few non-cricut software programs for the other cutter owners. You will often find me on the yahoo message boards and facebook groups in just about every die-cutter related group there is as I love to learn and share.

I am also a Close To My Heart independent consultant. I signed up when they first came out with their Cricut cartridges and I ordered one as I just fell in love with the products myself. In addition, I sell my various handcrafts and I do freelance graphic design and business promotional materials including sign vinyl, pamphlets, brochures, screen printed shirts, etc… basically if I can craft it I will do it.

I have been crafting my whole life and since my babysitter growing up was a professional artist who gave me crafting lessons as part of my babysitting every day in various different crafting mediums including origami, paper making, stamp making, screen printing, card making, flower pressing and much much more I was able to really learn all sorts of skills and techniques and apply them to pretty much anything.

You can also find me on my personal blog “Caution: Crafting is Contagious“, Weekly Sketch Challenge blog “Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge“, YouTube channel (where I post tutorials occasionally), Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.

I look forward to working with this fabulous group of ladies designing here to help provide you with lots of great Cricut inspiration.

I also want to take this opportunity to ask you the readers if there is anything specific you’d like to see here on this blog? Always looking for ideas! 🙂

New Designer

Lucy Kelleher

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Hello! My name is Lucy Kelleher and I am so excited to be a part of the CricutDIVA Design Team!

I live in Southern California with my amazing husband of 12 years. We met while training in Aikido, a Japanese martial art almost 20 years ago. We now own our own Aikido dojo (school) where I teach our children’s classes. I became a trial paralegal right out of school but decided to change careers about 8 years ago. I went back to school and became a teacher.  After 5 years of teaching 3rd and 4th grade students, I am now a full-time Close to My Heart consultant and LOVING it! I have traded in teaching my little guys for teaching and creating memories with my “big” kids.

I have to admit that I was never particularly crafty growing up. I always wanted it to be “perfect” the first time I made something. Hardly a stress-free activity! I began crafting over 12 years ago when I saw a mother of one of my students working on cards in her car while waiting for her sons to come out. She invited me to a card workshop and I have been absolutely hooked every since. I have been with Close to My Heart for a little over 7 years now and am always amazed at all the new products they come up with every year.

I have only been in the blogging world for a couple of years but love posting projects and ideas and getting feedback from others. I am a firm believer that there are really no “mistakes” in creating. ANYTHING can be fixed! Absolutely anything!

I have gone through many different crafty phases throughout my crafty career — right now I’m on a big card kick!  I love to make 3 x 3 mini cards. I still scrapbook but not as often as I used to, although I am working on a mini (6 x 6) album right now.  I love to alter items — notebooks, frames, boxes, etc.  I have done a number of home decor pieces in the last couple of months as well, including banners, wall art, coasters and centerpieces.

I own a Sizzix SideKick, BigShot, and Texture Boutique, BUT my most favorite and prized crafting machine is my Cricut Expression. In fact … I own 2 of them!  I use them constantly. They are my “go to” crafty products. I have lost count of how many Cricut cartridges I have, but I know they number under 30. I don’t that’s too bad.

Please visit my blog at http://love2createitall.com/

My Photogenic Nephew

This layout is of my nephew when he was 2 years old.

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I am way behind in my scrapbooking because I only started this hobby about 3 years ago. My oldest is now 35, my daughter is 25, and my nephew and niece are both nearly 20 so I have a lot of catching up to do.

This shouldn’t be a problem because I have plenty of supplies and enjoy this hobby immensely!

For this layout, I cut rectangles and distressed all the edges. Then I turned down two corners and held them in place with brads from my stash.

The camera is a MFT die.

I cut the word “My” in the title with the Type Candy cartridge, joining the letters together in Cricut Craft Room. The word “nephew” was cut with the Tiny Treasures cartridge. I used some Making Memories felt letters for the word “photogenic”.

I stitched around the edges of the layout with some straight and zig zag stitches.

Below is a video that describes the layout in detail:

Here is a cartridge review video on the Tiny Treasures cartridge:

Designed by: Karin Adamczyk
Cricut Machines & Tools Used: Cricut Mini, Cricut Craft Room, sewing machine
Cricut Cartridges Used: Type Candy, Tiny Treasures
Other Supplies Used: Lime Twist collection by My Minds Eye, decorative brads, button, twine and vellum

Get well soon

A dear friend of mine had open heart surgery this week. Everything went well and I hope to be able to go see her this weekend.

She loves purple so I always make her purple cards. This one is no exception.

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My plan was to fill the front of the card with hearts from the Don Juan cartridge so I had to come up with a way to place the papers on my mat so I could avoid having to run the mat through my Cricut many times to get all the cuts I wanted.

I decided to use a large square punch to get consistently sized shapes so I could place them in a way that would allow me to design my project in Cricut Craft Room so I get all of my pieces with one trip through the Cricut.

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Here you can see how I placed the squares on my mat.

In the video below, I explain how I made the images match up in Cricut Craft Room.

Thank you very much for coming by today. Please be sure to follow our blog. We have lots of new designers who have many wonderful projects to share with you.

New DT Members

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/