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. 

 

 

Using the Chalkboard Font cartridge

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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!
Thanks for looking! For more of my designs you can find me at http://theseareafewofmyfavoritethings-beth.blogspot.com/

Cereal Boxes Turned Into a Mother’s Day Mini Book

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I made my Mom a “Nana’s Brag Book” for Mother’s Day this year. I had been saving cereal boxes for awhile to try a mini book and decided that the family pictures we had made in July 2012 would be perfect for this. Mom needed a Mother’s Day gift and since she had been hinting about getting some of the family pictures I decided to just try it out and see how one would do!

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I started by cutting my cereal boxes and getting them to a size that would fit on my 12×12 mats. I used the Mini Books cartridge and selected a standard book cut. I cut them at 10.45w x 5.611h so I could fit both a picture and embellishments on each page. I used a regular 45* blade and set it to cut twice to make it go through the board. I also used some double sided tape to make sure the board was anchored to the mat securely.

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I cut out 8 pages and then I duplicated the cut on the mat and cut 16 tan cardstock pieces to attach to the board for backgrounds. I used both Cricut cuts and store bought flowers, die cuts, Copic Glitter markers, ribbons and my Cuttlebug to embellishment my pages! The final back page is a Mother’s Day poem by Helen Steiner Rice that I put into a Word Document and printed onto vellum. I finished it out by adding large jump rings to bind it and tying ribbon around the top jump ring. It was an intense 3 day labor of love!!

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There’s more pictures of the finished product on my blog- http://theseareafewofmyfavoritethings-beth.blogspot.com/ if you want to see how it all looked finished out. I posted a few here to show some examples, but 16 pages is quite a few pictures!!

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!

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!

CricutDIVA Design Team Announcement

I am so happy to finally be able to announce the design team!!!

We have a lot of WOW projects in store for you. Please subscribe and then hold on to your seats because we are going to blow you away with the beautiful things we DIVAs can create with our Cricuts.

Our team

Lori Apgar

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I am married and have three dirty, stinky boys aged 22, 18 and 7. We live in Nebraska, just outside of Omaha, in a town called Papillion. I am a baseball mom and spend most of my spring and summer sitting in the bleachers cheering loudly!!! My husband has coached each of our boys at some point for a total of 16 years.

I started crafting when I was young in 4H, but I really started paper crafting when my oldest was little. I made cards for a while and started scrapbooking when he was seven and the middle son was two. Neither really appreciated my books and my interest fizzled a little bit.

Right about the time the Cricut came out, I found out we were expecting again. I have been going crazy ever since–mainly scrapbooking, but I also make cards, gift bags and home décor projects. I sold my baby bug and bought an Expression.

I currently have my Expression, a Gypsy and the Imagine. My creativity skyrocketed when I realized the potential my Gypsy had!!! It also helps that my youngest loves his “chapter” books (scrapbooks).

I dabble in jewelry making, crocheting, knitting and painting, but my passion is paper!

Visit my blog at http://scrappinmystressaway.blogspot.com/

Mary Montecalvo

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My name is Mary Montecalvo and I have been a wife for 40 years, mother of five and grandmother (Mema) to eight. I live  in the small town of Sutton, Massachusetts in New England, right in the central part of the state.

I got started in paper crafting back in 2007. My daughters bought me my first Cricut (the Baby Bug) for Christmas and they unleashed my creativity!

Wow! It is so hard to pick what I enjoy the most because I enjoy it all! I guess I would have to say I enjoy layouts since they spark wonderful memories and next would be mixed media for home décor projects.

I have the original Expression, an Expression 2, Cricut Cake, Imagine, and Gypsy in addition to my original Cricut. I also have the Yudu, Card Maker and Your Story.

I also enjoy sewing. Currently, I am designing doll clothes for the AG dolls for my grandaughters and have even found that my Cricut comes in handy for making embellishments!

Please visit my blog for more info.

Beth Mooney

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My name is Beth Mooney and I live with my significant other, Jason. We have three great sons named Jake, Chad and Blake, a wonderful daughter-in-law named Jesie, and two granddaughters, Addy, who is five, and Taylor, who is four. They are usually the subjects of my layouts.

I live in Clarksville, Arkansas

I got started in scrapbooking on a rainy fall afternoon in 1999. My cousin did scrapbooking and had told me about it. At the time, I did not want another hobby. I’m very crafty and already had lots of things going, but I had nothing to do and went to WalMart and bought some paper, adhesive, stickers, decorative scissors and an album. The horrors of those 1st pages!!

At Christmas, I started making cards and found that they are so much fun! My main thing is still layouts, but since I bought my E2, I have created several home projects in addition to cards and pages. I like to consider myself well rounded, but when I get a little bored doing one thing, I try something else for a bit so I don’t burn out.

I have the E2, a personal Cricut, that I keep in our RV so I can craft while camping, and 2 Imagine machines.

I also crochet a bit, refinish furniture and decorate wreaths. It seems like everything revolves around paper crafts now though!

Visit my blog at http://theseareafewofmyfavoritethings-beth.blogspot.com/

Sierra Heath

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My name is Sierra Heath and I am from Virginia.

I am a stay at home mom to a wonderful little girl. I also have the most wonderful and supportive husband that makes sure I get time to craft. Being creative is my therapy.

I have been scrapbooking since 2006. When I started out I was making 6×6 albums for our family of our wedding with a ruler and exacto knife. My best friend then introduced me to the paper and all the different supplies that I could use. Within a year I was hooked and got a Cricut by the following Christmas. I now own over 30 cartridges and have made over 10 scrapbooks. I want to keep expanding my crafting talents.

My favorite type of paper crafting is making layouts. I love preserving memories so I can share them with my family and friends. I also love making them for gifts. Some of my favorite “can’t live without” embellishments are circle brads, paper flowers, rhinestones and ribbon.

For my layouts, I use a Cricut Expression 2, the Cricut Craft Room and the Cuttlebug.

I also enjoy furniture painting, decoupage, card making and drawing.

My blog is at http://creativemindedmomma.wordpress.com/

Ann Bacon

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I have been married for 26 years to my wonderful husband and I’m the mother of two grown children. We live in Las Vegas, Nevada where the summers are really HOT! I work as an Instructional Coach in a local elementary school. With 30+ teachers and over 750 students, my days are busy and never boring!

I got my start in paper-crafting in 1999 when I was invited to a D.O.T.S® party. I was in love with rubber stamps and paper! I hosted my own party, the company became Close To My Heart®, and I became an Independent Consultant. The rest is history.

I love making cards, scrapbook layouts and all sorts of 3-D items. I currently use my Cuttlebug and Expression in my crafting.

In addition to paper-crafting I enjoy reading, gardening, and haunting thrift stores, antique shops, and estate sales. I love finding treasures that can be refinished and/or repurposed.

I am excited to be a part of the CricutDIVA Design Team and hope you will stop by my blog to see my latest creations and projects!

Please welcome this fabulous team and subscribe to our blog so you don’t miss any of the fun projects we have lined up for you.