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Save The Date Card


Hello! Brenda from Random Thoughts of a Scrapbooker here. My daughter is getting married in August 2015, and I made this Save The Date card to send out. I used the Sweethearts Cricut cartridge to make this. I flipped and welded the shape for the base of the card. The base of the card and the layers are 4 1/2″. I cut off the ring part of the black layer. I also used the hide and contour feature for the ring. “Save the Date” phrase and shadow were cut at 2″. I used the D’vine Swirls Cuttlebug embossing folder on the black layer of the ring box. The white and black cardstock are Bazzill and the silver and silver prismatic cardstock were bought at Hobby Lobby.

I used my Gypsy to make the cuts, and here is a picture of my Gypsy screen.


Thanks for stopping by!

Designed By: Brenda Halstead

Cricut Machine and Tools Used: Cricut Expression and Gypsy

Cricut Cartridge(s) Used: Sweethearts

Other Supplies Used: Bazzill cardstock, Hobby Lobby cardstock

Springtime Koala

Are you ready for spring?  How about a project that has some flowers and bright colors to help until all of the cold and snow are gone?

Shawn has created a cute little card with a koala and flowers on it that is sure to brighten up your day.


The koala for this card was cut from the Create A Critter 2 cartridge.  To see the full project information you can go to Shawn’s blog by clicking HERE.

Male Birthday Card

Welcome to Sentimental Saturday with Brenda from Random Thoughts of a Scrapbooker. Today I have a male birthday card to share.


This is a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4″ card. All cardstock used is Recollections. The black layer on the front is 5 3/8 x 4 1/8″ and the blue layer is 5 1/4 x 4″. I used the Everyday Paper Doll Cricut cartridge to cut the motorcycle at 3″, the large clouds at 2″ , the small cloud at 1 3/4″ and the road at 5″ wide. The grass behind the motorcycle was cut at 5″ wide using the Martha Stewart All Occasions Cake Art Cricut cartridge.  The blue layers and all cuts were inked using the CTMH Grey Wool Exclusive Ink pad. I also added yellow buttons (3 Birds Cute As A Button kit) to the center of the tires. The sentiment is from the CTMH Card Chatter – Birthday stamp set, and was stamped using CTMH Archival Black Exclusive Ink pad.

Thanks for stopping by!

Designed by: Brenda Halstead

Cricut Machine and Tools: Express 2 Anniversary Edition

Cricut Cartridge(s) Used: Everyday Paper Dolls, Martha Stewart All Occasions Cake Art

Other Supplies Used: Recollections cardstock, CTMH Exclusive Ink, CTMH Stamps, 3 Birds buttons

60th Birthday Easel Card

Hi all! Michele Green here from 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! 🙂 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!

Great Mom Layout


Hello! Brenda from Random Thoughts of a Scrapbooker here with a one-page layout I made. All solid cardstock is Bazzill. The patterned paper is from the DCWV Flower Shower Spring Stack. All of the cuts (flowers, title, butterfly) are from the Florals Embellished Cricut cartridge, and are cut at 3″. I used the Fiskars Threading Water punch on the green patterned paper at the bottom of the photo.

I used the following sketch from the Page Maps 2 book as a starting point for my layout.


I really like the way this layout turned out and hope you do to. Thanks for stopping by!

Designed by: Brenda Halstead

Cricut Machine and Tools: Expression

Cricut Cartridges Used: Florals Embellished

Other Supplies Used: Bazzill cardstock, DCWV paper stack, Fiskars punch, Page Maps 2

Thanksgiving Card


Hi! Brenda from Random Thoughts of a Scrapbooker here with a Thanksgiving card I made at a crop this weeked. This is an A2 size card (5 1/2 x 4 1/4″). I used kraft colored Recollections cardstock for the base of the card, gold Bazzill cardstock for the bottom layer of the mat on the front and inside layer and white Recollections cardstock for the top layer of the mat on the front and inside of the card. I used the Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge to cut the mat at 4″ on the front of the card. I used Close To My Heart stamp sets to stamp the images on the front and inside of the card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Designed by: Brenda Halstead

Cricut Machine and Tools: Expression 2 Anniversary Edition

Cricut Cartridges: Elegant Edges

Other Supplies Used: CTMH Stamps, Bazzill cardstock, Recollections cardstock

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…..


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. 



Sentimental Saturday – Halloween Cards


I used the Mini Monsters Cricut cartridge to make these cards. I cut the monsters at 3 1/2″. The base of each card is 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, and the layer is 3 3/4″ x 5″. I used Recollections cardstock for the bases of the cards, The Paper Studio Spooksville paper pack and Bazzill cardstock for the monsters. I also added googly eyes and Queen & Co. gems and put the monsters on an Action Wobble.

I hope you enjoy my cards as much as I did making them.

Designed by: Brenda Halstead

Cricut Machine and Tools: Expression

Cricut Cartridges Used: Mini Monsters

Other Supplies Used: Bazzill cardstock, Recollections cardstock, The Paper Studio patterned cardstock, googly eyes, Queen & Co. gems, Action Wobble