MBA Graduation Card – My Entry in the Cricut Circle Challenge

Although there is time left on the clock, this is likely my final entry in the Cricut Circle National Scrapbook Day Challenges that began last week.  It has been such a terrific experience; just what you would want in the Circle – inspiration, techniques, and enthusiasm.

This was a recipe challenge and required a bird, bug, or butterfly, three patterned papers, the color yellow, and hand or machine or faux stitching.

I made a graduation card for a friend who has just earned her MBA while working a very demanding full-time job.  Now that she has her weekends back, maybe she’ll try a crafty adventure or two.

I used the Happy Graduation seasonal cartridge for the owl and the seal (with ribbon), and Cricut Craft Room Basics for the tiny rolled flower alongside her cap.  I even sewed the layers of the card – got to remember to change out the needle before I sew again.


It’s been a terrific week – I added a new-to-me kitty to my furry family, was selected as a winner in the Cricut Circle card challenge to welcome the new Provo Craft CEO Ashish Arora, and I won a “prize” from Sizzix for my photo of my dog and my Sizzix Vagabond hooping it up in the Where in the World is Your Vagabond entry.

What a great week!  Hope yours was as well.

Another Cricut Circle 2 Hour Challenge

This challenge involved using previously discarded Cricut cuts and paper scraps.  The only cuts I had available were a kangaroo base left over from the kangaroo and baby card and some little white flowers from today’s earlier challenge.  I used my Copics to color in the legs and pouch on the kangaroo and drew in her features as well.  I hand cut the stems and used my Crop A Dile to punch the flower centers.  The sentiment was printed on my computer, hand trimmed, and colored.

Taking photos after losing natural light proved to be a greater challenge than using scraps or the 2 hour time limit.  The colors really are not as stark as they appear!

Merci – Another Cricut Circle 2 Hour Challenge

Better time management skills this time round for a sketch challenge (the first one I have tried).  Not being a layout type of person, I made a 5.5″ card.


This card used Create a Critter exclusively for the french poodle, “merci,” hearts, and little flowers.  Using Cricut Craft Room, it was really easy to get the scale right the first time.

Very Merry Christmas Gift Tag and Ornament

Here is a quick little project to both brighten a gift and later can be hung on the tree.

This is from the ProvoCraft Very Merry Christmas tag cartridge.  It is the snowman and the associated background layer.  Both are cut at 4″ tall.

The “secret” to this quick and easy project is using heavy cardstock.  For applications such as this, Paper Trey Ink’s cardstock cannot be beat.

I cut one snowman layer in white, paper pieced in the scarf and facial features, shaded with Copics, and heavily applied glossy accents to the snowman (but did not cover the facial features or scarf).  Cover the glossy accents with a extra-healthy dose of glitter and after about 10 minutes, press the glitter into the now tacky glossy accents.

Here is the back so you can see the paper pieces.  I placed the cut piece face up on the “scarf” paper and outlined the scarf.  Then simply trim inside the lines and continue to trim until it fits.  For the facial features, I just freestyled a cut from brown paper.

I cut two background layers  – one in the patterned paper and another in the Paper Trey Ink (PTI) cardstock in order to make sure that the tag would be sturdy to use both a gift tag and as an ornament.

Attach the background pattern paper to the background white PTI layer first so you will have a substantial base to adhere the snowman once the glossy accents has dried.

You could attach to any type of gift for almost any winter occasion – or you could keep it for yourself and be the recipient of your talent.

Two Winning Entries

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As the adventure continues, here are two entries for which I was fortunate enough to be recognized.

The first, Skyline Drive, is from the Cricut Circle pennant contest this summer.  I particularly liked this challenge because you were limited by size (fit to page) and by my desire to use supplies and cartridges that I had on hand.  I really liked the end result.

The second is from an earlier Provo Craft/HSN launch of the Yudu Card Shop.  This challenge involved the use of Anna Griffin papers and Wall Decor.  The Eiffel Tower was the Cricut – and all of the papers, tag, and floral embellishment were vintage Anna as I had lugged them around for years and could never part with them even though I had decided that scrapbooking was not for me.