An Animated Birthday Treat for H2H

This week, at the Heart2Heart Challenge Blog, our design team is showcasing some projects with Multi-Dimensional Magic.  We would love for you to join the challenge this month and share some of your 3D creations.  


Today, I have a simple Animated Birthday Box & Tag for you with a video tutorial.  I chose to use some wonderful goodies from the Creativity in Motion Collection along with some items from the new Party Time sticker sheet.  I am just loving how these turned out. 

That adorable little box was created using an image from the Artiste collection and cut from the Animation Sheets and Bright Paper stacks.  You might think that it seems a little frivolous to cut a box from those animation sheets (believe me I heard the complaints from other consultants). I would liek you to know that the box is only three-inches high and it just looks so stinkin’ cute with that black striped acetate and yellow check paper. 

I can’t tell you how many times a project I made cost more than if I had purchased it.  This little box was designed for someone special and the minimal cost, to me, didn’t matter.  

In my video tutorial I show you how to make and cut the box in Cricut Design Space using the Artiste collectionThis collection is one of my favorites for holidays and celebrations. It is full of boxes and banners and three-dimensional fun. 

The matching animated gift tag was cut using the Tags & Tabs and Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts.  I elongated the tag (I show that in the video, too) and decorated it using some of the papers from the Bright Paper Stack

The stamp is one of our new Creativity in Motion stamps and it fit perfectly on this little tag.  This little birthday bundle will be so much fun to fill and give to someone special. 

So are you ready to learn how I made the Animated Birthday Box & Tag? In my video I will walk you through the Cricut Design Space process and show you how to use the animated stamp sets.  There are a few tips & tricks in the video showing you how to line everything up and how to layer the images so that they slide smoothly. 

If you are new to Cricut Design Space and enjoyed today’s tutorial, make sure to check out a few of my other videos.  Helping people learn how to use their Cricut machines is a passion of mine and I have enjoyed teaching my local and online classes for the past four years.  Being able to teach some lessons on YouTube has been a new way for me to branch out and teach more crafters, like you, how to use their Cricut. 


I hope that you enjoyed today’s tutorial and that you were inspired to created some Multi-Dimensional Magic for the Heart2Heart challenge.  Make sure to link your project to the challenge before September 30th. 

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Here is a List of the Items I Used Today

Welcome to the New Product Blog Hop

Fall is here and our  group has been busy creating some wonderful creations for you featuring products from the new September/October catalog. 118688680_10157792610047686_3570181646909527190_nThis seasonal idea book is full of delightful papers, new shades of cardstock, stickers, stamps, and dies all rolled up in a beautiful bundle of inspiration.  If you have come here from Darlys Recker’s Blog you are on the right path!  When you are finished taking a look at my Fall Joy Slimline Card, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of artwork created by some very talented consultants.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.


The colors of autumn are some of my favorites to work with especially when it involves skeletonized leaves. When I first saw the Textured Leaves stamps and dies in the new catalog, I knew I had to have them and made plans right away to create a slimline card. 

This is only the second slimline card I have created.  I am not normally one to follow trends, but the size of these Textured Leaves required a larger card and the 8.5″ x 3.5″ base was ideal for this design. 

Each one of the leaf images was heat embossed onto cardstock to give some texture to the design.  I chose a few of our new colors – Sundance & Cinnamon – and paired them with Almond, Espresso, and Paprika. 

After the leaves were cut out, I used a few of our Distress Oxide Inks on the edges to create some color variation. Those new inks are just delightful! Each one blends beautifully and dries to a soft chalky color.  I have already created one project with them and I can’t wait to create more. 

The papers and stickers on this card are also new to our collection.  The background papers are from our Woodgrain and Mix-In paper packs which coupled beautifully with the Sunflower stickers from the Bloom with Grace collection.  Don’t these paper designs just make you want to create??

Once the leaves were layered, the stitching was added, and the sentiment chosen, I felt like it needed a something more.  I realized that I had spoiled myself with some Copper Ore paper and knew that it would be a wonderful addition to the card. 

Those Flower Market twigs were cut on my Cricut Maker using the Metallic Poster-board setting, then tucked under each of the leaves on the card.   I only wish the photo did justice to the beauty of this paper. 


I hope that today’s project inspired you to create something fun for fall and to take a look all the amazing new products in our September/October catalog.  If you are like me and need a printed version of the idea book in your hands, you can get one free when you place an order on my website.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Janet J Royer’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas using products from the Fall Collection.  

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A Cactus Flower Layout | Video Collab

Our Creative Design Team has another video collab for you featuring the Operation Smile Stamp Set and Bright Paper Stack. We are entitling it Creative Ways to Help Kids Smile Bright-ly.  Our goal is to teach you ways to use both of these products as you learn how to support Operation Smile. 

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Not only did I show you a few ways to use the Every Bit of Wonderful Stamp Set, I also gave you a few tips and tricks for using your watercolor pencils to shade those beautiful floral images.  When I first saw this stamp set, I immediately pictured cactus flowers. 

I knew that I had the perfect photo for this and I started designing a layout with Cricut cut cactus and stamped watercolor flowers. 

The cactus on this layout were created from images in the You Are Here collection and cut from Toffee cardstock and the Bright Paper Stack.  That lovely little six-inch stack of paper is another product our Creative Design Team is featuring in this collab.  

I chose to use the pattern papers as backgrounds for my cactus.  These papers are bright, so I chose to distress them a bit with a sanding block to dull the color a little. 

The flower images were shaded using watercolor pencils. These are such sweet, simple little flowers are so much fun to color.  This stamp set is our current Operation Smile stamp and with every purchase of this stamp set, $7 USD are donated to the life saving mission of Operation Smile.

To match the cactus theme, I chose to use our Woodgrain and Mix-In Papers in the background.  I just adore those new wood-grains and I can’t wait to use them again. 

I hope that these projects inspire you and encourage you to take another look at that Every Bit of Wonderful Stamp Set, and I hope that you take the time to visit each of the Creative Design Team members’ channels. 

Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. By clicking on those links, and making a purchase, your are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.


Here is a List of the Items I Used Today