Cricut Circle Challenge – A Welcome Card for the New Provo Craft CEO, Ashish Arora

I have completed my submission for the latest Cricut Circle Challenge.  Circle members were challenged to produce a card (that could fit in an 8.5 x 11 envelope) to welcome the new Provo Craft CEO to the Circle.  With a requirement for 5 Cricut cuts and 3 Cuttlebug embossing folders, entrants were encouraged to tell Ashish what we like best about the Circle.  For me  – there are 3 key elements:  techniques (Cindy Royal’s boxes, oh my), inspiration (Michele Kovack’s Copics and Inking, perfection defined), and enthusiasm (Shantaie Fowler’s “glitter without guilt” and vintage and fun attitude).

When I found myself thinking of the Circle, I found myself thinking of the Cheers theme song – making the way in the world today takes everything you got.  The front of the card illustrates that.

The central figure on the front of the card is from Paper Dolls Teen Scene.  I trimmed some of his hair (on the right side) in order to get that windswept look.  The umbrella is from the April Showers cartridge and was detached, folded, and reattached upside down in order to look as if the wind blew it inside out.  The clouds are from April Showers and are embossed.  So the subtotal heading to the interior of the card is five Cricut cuts (six if you count the glasses I made in the Cricut Craft Room) and one Cuttlebug embossing folder.

Inside, we have enthusiasm (although she isn’t labeled as Shantaie, I think you can see it), in the form of a pig-tailed cheerleader, two trees from April Showers (embossed), a “Sophisticated” door with a Circle logo, and pennants from Party Picks and Pennants.  Total count:  6 Cricut cuts (plus an additional 9 pennants) and one Cuttlebug embossing folder.

Next up, the Provo Craft CEO himself (from Cheerleading (thanks, Curt Jensen for standing in)).  His glasses were made via the Cricut Craft Room and the supporting cheerleaders (Techniques and Inspiration) are also from Cheerleading.  That’s Cindy on the left and Michele on the right. The “Circle” is from Cricut Every Day.   4 more Cricut cuts.  The welcome mat was printed and then trimmed and embossed.

This is an interactive card.  The pennant bunting holds the card open and then the recipient pulls (gently) on the ribbon to elevate Ashish, Cindy, and Michele.  I used a lot of Papertrey Ink cardstock to make this card sturdy and capable of meeting the challenge.

I say this at the end of almost every project, but I think this is one of my favorites!

If you’d like to make a pop-up slider card yourself, I found some great directions here at Scrappy Sticky Inky Mess.