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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Let’s Talk About Cricut Pens

Cricut Pens are a great find for those who wish to use their Cricut for writing or creating hand-drawn images on their projects. They also work beautifully without Cricut machine and can be used like any other pen.  Today, I am going to spend just a few minutes talking about the Cricut pens that are currently available, how they can be used, and how to load them into the Cricut machine.  

In the video above, I take five minutes to show you the types of pens you can purchase for your Cricut Machine.  Most of the items in my craft space are duel purpose, so I like to use most of my Cricut pens for everyday doodling and drawing also.  There are quite a few pens available on the website right now, and it can be difficult to decide which ones you really need, so let me help you out by telling you what each of these pens is designed for. 


Fine Point Pens

Cricut’s Fine Point Pens are usually a 0.4 tip and can write and draw with any Cricut Explore machines. These pens come in a varity of colors and are water-based, acid-free, nontoxic, and are permanent after dry.  If you have these pens, you will see an “F” at the base of the pen identifying it as a FINE point pen.  

Extra Fine Point Pens

This tips on these pens are exactly as described.  The extra fine point is 0.3 and like the fine point pens they are water-based, acid-free, nontoxic, and permanent after dry. These are some of my favorite for doodling and drawing detailed images. If you have these pens, you will see an “XF” at the base of the pen identifying it as a EXTRA FINE point pen.  

Gel Pens

Gel Pens, Glitter Gel Pens, and Milky Gel Pens all fall under this category.  The Gel pens are a 1.0 that draw with silky-smooth gel ink.  Glitter Gel pens are 0.8 pens with glitter gel and the Milky Gel Pens are 1.0 silky-smooth milky gel ink.  Each one is a little different, and provide you with smooth free flowing lines when you write or draw. If you have these pens, you will see an “G”, “GG” or “MG” at the base of the pen identifying them as a gel pen.

Infusible Ink Pens & Freehand Markers

There are two types of infusible ink pens. The Ink Pens & Markers are designed to use in your Cricut Explore machine to draw images that can be transferred onto your project.  The Freehand markers are made to allow you to use your creative brain to draw onto printer paper, then transfer the image using a heat-press. Both require the use of  infusible ink blanks and an EasyPress.  


These are just a few of the pen types available. When you visit the Cricut website, you will also find Metallics, Calligraphy Pens, Markers, and more, but the ones listed above are the most commonly used in my craft space.  Not only have I used them for writing and drawing with my machine, they also come in handy when I am writing in my scrapbooks and cards. 

Now that you know a little more about these wonderful Cricut accessories, you can go choose the colors you need for your next project.  If you own a Cricut Explore One, you will need to also grab yourself an Accessory Adapter to use the pens.  

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.

A Minnie Inspired Card Cricut Tutorial

For the Color My Heart Color Dare

This week, at the Color My Heart Color Dare blog, our design team is creating with the color palette from the Happiest Place collection. This collection is full of bright playful patterns, foil cardstock, and all sorts of digital images – which I will be using today on my Minnie Inspired Birthday Card.  Along with today’s Color Dare inspiration, I have added a short Cricut Tutorial showing you how I created the card. Before I show you my project, let’s take a look at this week’s Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge

You do not have to use the Happiest Place collection to create your project, but you do have to stick with the colors on the Tic-Tac-Toe board and link your project to the blog before August 6th. 


I realized that it has been a while since I have created a Cricut tutorial for you, so I decided to make a simple design you could recreate.  This Minnie inspired birthday card is full of fun details like heat embossing, doodling, and some glittery text.

In the video tutorial, I walk you through how to create the mouse head image, how to upload your Happiest Place Digital Art designs, and how to assemble to card. You will even learn how I shaded to adorable wood button using a Lemonade Shimmer Brush. 

The inside of the card has a sentiment written with a Glitter Gel Pen using my Cricut Maker. I chose to add another stamped image inside the card for a little color and to meet the design challenge. 

All around this little card, I added some doodles.  If you follow me on Instagram, I occasionally post my doodles. Whenever life seems overwhelming or I just need to give the brain monsters a break, I grab a pencil and draw. Getting to add doodles to projects, like this, is such a joy for me. 

This Minnie inspired card is so simple to make and can be replicated multiple times using your Cricut machine.  You will need to own the images from the Happiest place collection to make this card, but you will not regret purchasing them. There are so many fun images you can use on t-shirts, scrapbook pages, cards, and more. 

These digital images are part of our July/August special so I am not sure how long you will be able to order them.  If you are wanting to make more theme park designs, you may want to grab them sooner than later. 

I am sure that by now you are ready to see how I created this card in Design Space.  In the video description there is a list of each of the tutorials and a time code for you to click on.  If you have a few minutes, please subscribe to my channel and check out the other Cricut Tutorials I have for you.  

I hope that you were inspired by today’s project and that you learned a new technique you wish to try. I always love hearing about people who are dusting off their Cricut machines and trying something new. 

Don’t forget to add your creation to the Color Dare Tic-Tac-Toe challenge this week.  Remember, you do not have to use the Happiest Place products, but you do need to use the color palette shown above and link your project to the blog before the challenge ends. 

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