60th Birthday Easel Card

Hi all! Michele Green here from www.michelegreen.com. Today I am sharing with you a card I recently made. This is the first easel card I have ever made and I LOVE it! These are so easy to make and a lot of fun to design!

This card celebrates the 60th birthday of a very special woman, my mom.

The card measures 4″x4″. It started with one 4×12″ piece of black cardstock. The simplest directions for an easel card can be found HERE. From there I knew I wanted to use paisley so I stayed with silver, white, and black for my card.

The white background shape is cut from Paper Trimmings at 3″. The 60 is from Theresa Collins Sophisticated cart at 3.25″.


I threaded this Recollections Paisley ribbon through the numbers to bring the whole card together. I created the bow by using a brad and poking it through the ribbon as I folded it over. I used glue dots to adhere it to the page and also in between a few of the layers to get it to lay right.


When you open an easel card, there will be a space that you can only see when the card is all the way open and a place that will be part of the display. It looks like this when all the way open:


I chose to use the upper portion to write my sentiment and the bottom portion, which will be displayed to put this awesome Pink by Design stamp! You then put a brad or button or something to hold the top portion of the card up. Mine looks like this:


And from the side an easel card looks like this:


I hope you have enjoyed this card – I did! ūüôā Easel cards are much easier to make than they appear so I suggest you try one if you never have! I know I waited way to long to try this myself!

Merci A Thank You Card


This card was created to send to a special person who sent me a Rak.

I used French Manor Cricut cartridge for the Eiffel Tower at 4″ I cut out 3 Eiffle Towers black, silver and pink, and the black one ¬†I clicked Hide Contour to use as a shadow, I placed that down flat on card base. I cut out 2 of the word Merci ¬†also from the cartridge under phrases and¬†is cut out at 1.75″ ¬†I cut this out in pink and black. Applied the pink Merci flat on top of black Eiffel Tower. I then added pop up squares to the pink Eiffel Tower and added Pop up squares to the outsides of the black merci and put it over the pink Eiffel Tower. I offset the top layers because they were all cut at same size and not really shadows.

Below is a close up, you can see the embossing from the Cuttlebug and the rhinestones.

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Below is the inside of the card. I put the silver Eiffel Tower and placed the inside of the pink Eiffel Tower inside the silver one for more color. And then placed pink paper on the right side so I can write a message.


Here is a video with complete instructions

Please visit my blog at www.MelodyLaneDesigns.com

Designed by: Melody Lane

Cricut Machine and Tools: Expression 2, Cricut Craft Room and Cuttlebug and Anna Griffins Circular grid Cuttlebug Folder

Cricut Cartridges Used: French Manor

Other Supplies Used: DCWV Metallic stack card stock and Recollection Cardstock. Pop up squares, Recolecctions rhinestones.

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 РLove 2 Create Рby 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

Sentimental Saturday- Happy Birthday

I’m so excited and nervous that this is my first post. I decide to make a birthday card. I don’t know about you but it always seems like I’m in need of one. I used the 6×6 paper pad from Lilybee design called Sweet Shoppe


I used a kraft base card ¬†5 x 6.5 that comes with it’s own envelope from Michaels. I used the CCR which I really enjoy. I used three different cuts, two from the CCR exclusives. The diamonds(1.917 w x 1.292 h) and the green mat(6.25w x 4.73h) are from the Daughters Layout and the Happy Birthday(4.181w x 1.681h) is from Cricut font and Basic shapes.

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This is how I positioned my cuts on my mat. I like to put my cuts at different places on my mat so that it doesn’t cut on the same place and wear my mat out. ¬†It’s so easy to do this in the CCR.


Once everything is cut I sewed the diamonds together by first running  a bit of score tape on the back of them to help me keep them together. Then I glued  them to the green mat and ran the sewing machine through all the pieces. I did use a black marker around the edges of the green mat. It was an after thought so I just did the edges that were showing through the diamond pieces.


I also stitched  the edges of the card base and I added a piece of muslin that I also stitched down but before that I  added some Heidi Swapp color shine by splattering a bit of two colors and some doodles with the black marker. I ran the black marker around the letters and used foam dots to adhere it the card. I also used a vintage button and some seam binding.

Thank you for stopping by today. If you would like to see more of my work I invite you to visit my blog

Designed by: Liz Mullen

Cricut Machine and Tools: expression2, Cricut Craft Room, sewing machine

Cricut Cartridges: CCR exclusive: Daughters Layout, Cricut Font & Basic Shapes

Other Supplies:Lilybee design 6×6 paper pad; Sweet Shoppe, recollections kaft card & envelopes, score tape, black felt marker, foam dots, muslin, Heidi Swapp color shine

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.

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 Рsuper 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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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
Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy my card! Enjoy your Saturday and be sure to make some memories along the way!

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.

Bridal Card


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.

Bridal Viel

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.


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/

Sentimental Saturday

Although we only got started less than two weeks ago, we already have a new feature!!

Every Saturday will be Sentimental Saturday around here. We will be posting cards made with the Cricut and Wendy Mayo de Castellon will be hosting this awesome theme. Check out Wendy’s blog.

We will start this Saturday with cards made by Wendy for Mother’s Day, which will be here before you know it.

Wendy’s Bio


Hi everyone, my name is Wendy Mayo de Castellon. I am married to Oscar, I have two children, Joel and Kahsennanoron, and two beautiful grandsons, Kayden 8 and Crewe 6.They both love to craft as well, but Kayden much more…

I live in Kahnawake, QC just outside of Montreal. This is my home and since I married Oscar, I have been enjoying the hot climate of his country, El Salvador, when the weather is too cold here in ‚Äúice cold Quebec.‚ÄĚ

I didn‚Äôt start out with paper crafting. While I visiting my husband, I found my inspiration for jewelry and fell in love with pearls, Swarovski crystals, and beads, but I never have just one thing going. ¬†My sister had already been scrapbooking for a number of years and would meet other women called ‚ÄúThe Scrappy Sisters.‚ÄĚ I was invited to join them one Saturday so I went along with my jewelry to socialize and found it very interesting. Before long, I was hooked.

Since my husband always called me sentimental about receiving cards, I find that I am most comfortable designing cards and anything related to home décor.  I would be one to walk into Hallmark and read cards for no reason.

Kayden wanted a pirate party for his 8th birthday so I asked Karin if she could help us. She brought this amazing machine called the Circuit Expression 2. You should have seen the boys and me watching as Karin fired up that little machine‚ÄĒwe were like three kids in a candy store, amazed by what she was cutting.¬† Well it wasn‚Äôt long before I received my very own Expression 2 from a special friend. When my sister saw the passion I had for my cards, she said I also needed a Cuttlebug. I love my new toys, and my sister Peggy and friend Karin who believed in me.

This past winter I started to knit scarves and also fell in love with vinyl. I have expressions of how I feel about my wonderful family and unbelievable friends all around our home. I love home décor and decorating and have an eye for colour, which certainly  helps in this business…lol