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. 

 

 

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Bath Time

Hello everyone, I am sad to announce that this will be my last post with Cricut DIVA. I have had some exciting changes in my life that will result in the loss of my craftroom, my husband and I are expecting our second child in February. I hope you have enjoyed my posts and I have inspired you to be creative.

Now that we have our second child on the way I have been trying to work on my daughters first year before our second one arrives. Here I have focused on the first bath.

Bath Time Page 1

Bath Time Page 1

Bath Time Page 2

Bath Time Page 2

I used Recollections solids and the pattern paper is from my older papers, so I am not sure who they are by.

Title Close up

Title Close up

Here a close up of  the title, I took I white gel pen to make the bubbles white on the writing as well as add Stickles for a little glimmer.

baby bath

baby bath

I cut out a cute baby girl in a bath tub and I used Peachy Keen Stamps for the face. I love these stamps it really helps to put personality into our creations. The rubber ducky is from a set of leftover stickers.

bubbles close up

bubbles close up

On page two I wanted to detail so I put bubbles coming out of the picture with some added Stickles and a rubber duck sticker.

journaling

journaling

I added larger bubbles to the bottom of that page for my journaling, so it went with my theme.

Thank you for checking out my post and I hope I have inspired you.

Designed by: Sierra Heath
Cricut Machines & Tools Used: E2, Cricut Craft Room, and Cricut Tool Kit
Cricut Cartridges UsedBaby Steps, New Arrival
Other Supplies Used: Stickles, stickers, Peachy Keen Stamps: Basic Paper Doll Face

Advice Column

This was an idea that I  came up with for a friends baby shower.

 

TheMommy Advice Column

Baby Clothesline

I used Recollections solids and the pattern paper was a scrap that I found.

 

Mom-to-be

On this page a I cropped the mom image from the New Arrival cartridge to fit in the corner. The open section is for people to write down the advice for the mom-to-be. I also have added rhinestones to the belt.

Clothes

The page that mirrors our Advice Column is the little  girls clothes on a clothesline, with another block for people to continue giving the mom advice. I braided white embroidery floss to make the clothesline. I also add rhinestones and glitter to make is super girly.

I think this is such a cute idea, since new mom’s need as much advice as possible.

 

Designed by: Sierra Heath
Cricut Machines & Tools Used: E2, Cricut Craft Room, and Cricut Tool Kit
Cricut Cartridges UsedMaking The Grade, New Arrival
Other Supplies Usedglitter glue, ribbon and rhinestones

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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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

Grad card

Hello all here is some fun inspiration for the GRAD in your life. It is the season for Graduations and what better way to show someone you are proud of them then a card.

Graduation Card
Graduation Card

For this card I used a pr-made card base from Michael’s , it was the glitter set. The girl was cut from Paper Dolls Teen Scene it was one of our freebie cartridges last week. I used just your basic cardstock and embossed the back ground with D’vine swirls. I also add ribbon, embroidery floss and stickers.

Tassel Detail
Tassel Detail

The tassel I created using embroidery floss in the Graduates school colors. I folded it several times and then tied it in a knot and cut the loops to make tassel part. Then I trimmed the extra pieces that went to the hat so there were only two. I attached it with tape.

Ribbon Detail
Ribbon Detail

And to add a little extra detail I added a ribbon. On the inside it says Congratulations. I also used foam squares to make the graduate pop off the card a little.

Designed by: Sierra Heath
Cricut Machines & Tools Used: E2, Cricut Craft Room, and Cricut Tool Kit
Cricut Cartridges Used: Paper Dolls Teen Scene
Other Supplies Used: Cuttlebug embossing folder “D’vine”, Recollections Papers, Foam squares, ribbon and stickers

I hope I inspired you and Happy Creating.

3D Princess Castles

I braved 3D Castles for my daughter 1st Birthday. This is my very first 3D object made using my Cricut. The 3D castles turned out awesome, but very time consuming. I will say it was worth it all when I saw them on all the tables at my daughters first Birthday.

Castles
Castles

As you can see I made 7 of these 3D Castles. The one I will be using for the details is Lily’s personal castle. This one I added embellishments and made it out of glitter and shimmer paper with a princess.

Close Up On Castle
Close Up On Castle

I wanted these castles to be as big as I could get them on a 12×12 mat. The largest I could go was 10.75 in. I had to use Design Studio so I could hang off the pieces I could not get on the mat at that time. This lady’s blog post was super helpful in figuring out what each piece was for, http://craftygator.blogspot.com/2012/02/once-upon-princess-3d-castle-tutorial.html.I labeled my booklet just like she did and it was so helpful.

Detail
Detail

Here is close up of the Princess was made from Once Upon A Princess  and the hair is from the Baby Steps. I used glitter paper from Target and the shimmer paper were from Bazzill. Give yourself plenty of time and some patience when assembling these castles. Instead of gluing the edges I used double sided tape on the inside edge of each cut, to cut down on dry time. Take a bone  folder or butter knife and put it inside the tower to apply pressure to the seems, this helps the tapes stick better.When creating the towers score the seems. If you don’t have a scoring board, just use a sturdy ruler and bone folder. There is one in the Cricut tool kit. I also used Peachy Keen stamps for the Princesses face.

Detail 2
Detail 2

This is a butterfly from my sticker collection to add a little bit of embellishing.

Extra Piece
Extra Piece

Tip: This is very important in my opinion to add sturdiness to the center towers, otherwise they wobble a lot when you move them. I recut the image in light pink labeled inner tower. Take the tabs and tape them to the inside. This will help stabilize these towers otherwise you will be fixing them all the time.

Designed by: Sierra Heath
Cricut Machines & Tools Used: Expression, Design Studio, and Cricut Tool Kit
Cricut Cartridges UsedOnce Upon A Time, Baby Steps
Other Supplies UsedPeachy Keen Stamps, Butterfly 3D stickers, Darcie embossing folder “Butterflies”, Bazzill, Recollections, and ColorBloc Papers, Scotch Double Sided Tape, Foam squares, Rhinestones

Happy Creating! Come by and visit my blog for inspiration. http://creativemindedmomma.wordpress.com

Sassy Card

I know Mother’s Day just passed, but I have a fun card I created for my mom that I want to share with you all.

Mother's Day Card
Mother’s Day Card

This is a super fun card, it would also work for a birthday card. I love how I feel like I could make this into a Barbie card. My mom is a fashionista and I wanted a card that reflected her personality. The card base was from the Mothers Day Silhouette freebie last week. This is tri-fold card, I love that it gave me plenty of room to write in. The woman is from Forever Young, I really like this cartridge it is so fun. The mom circles are from Lemonade by Sizzix it is a cut and embossing folder.

Detail 1
Detail 1

I embossed the card itself with D’Vine Swirl embossing cuttlebug folder and I used the Cheetah print embossing strip from Darice for the skirt. I embellished the dress with rhinestones.

Detail 2
Detail 2

Once I cut and embossed the word MOM I used the my gel pens to color over letters so they were more visible.

Envelope
Envelope

This is the envelope I created for the card, it also came from Mother’s Day Silhouette on CCR. I embossed the flap and added a zebra liner for pizzaz.

Designed by: Sierra Heath
Cricut Machines & Tools Used: Expression 2, Cricut Craft Room, Cricut Tool Kit, Cuttlebug, Embossing Folders
Cricut Cartridges UsedMother’s Day Silhouette Card, Forever Young
Other Supplies UsedZebra paper, Raspberry (Pink) and Cactus (Green), Aqua Bazzill, D’vine Swirl Cuttlebug Embossing folder, Cheetah Print embossing strip from Darice, and Sizzix Lemonade cut and embossing folder.

Have fun creating! Please come and check out my blog

Grandparents

Grandparents hold a special place in their grandchildren’s heart, from the very first sight. In this two-page layout I wanted to capture the essence of the first meeting. My favorite picture is the candid shot of my dad hold his first grandchild for the first time. It was such a special moment. You could feel the love in the room as we introduced her to the family. It is amazing what you can capture with a picture phone, when a camera is not available.

Grandparents Page 1

Grandparents Page 2

Process:

I don’t use sketches often,but here is my process. I based my design on the quote “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart” ~Winnie the Pooh~ from there I knew I wanted to cut out Pooh (since he said the quote), Tigger (my favorite) and Eeyore (husbands favorite).

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I divided the paper in half for the first page of the layout, then the second page was divided into fourths.I love the polka dot paper from The Paper Company, I wanted to add some fun color to the pages.To divide the secitions with Bazzil Double Scoop Mint Chip paper and Spool O’ Ribbon in Spring Green. The pictures were made to look they were hanging up, I used Doodle Bug sugar coated brads in yellow, and brown embroidery floss.

Hanging Picture Look

Tip: When adding embroidery floss to your photographs, use your Cricut tool kit and punch holes where you want to pull the string through first. Then use an embroidery needle to pull the floss through, tie it in 3 or 4 knots before pulling the tail through to the backside and tape it down.When putting it on the brad wrap the floss around the brad once so it will stay tight. I love how this turned out.

Designed by: Sierra Heath

Cricut Machines & Tools Used: Cricut E2, Cricut Tool Kit, Cricut Craft Room

Cricut Cartridge Used: Pooh Fonts, Cricut Alphabet (came with E2)

Other Supplies Used: Recollections Basic Paper Pack and Butterfly Wings, Doodle Bug Sugar Brads, Bazzil Paper, Embroidery Floss, The Paper Studio Paper, and Spool O’ Ribbon

Come an check out my blog http://creativemindedmomma.wordpress.com/

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

Process:

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.

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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/

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.