Creating with Cricut & Creativity in Motion

As many of you know, I was blessed with a box of sneak peek products from Close to My Heart and, until now, I could not tell you what those were.  You can’t image how hard it is to have some wonderful crafty goodness sitting in your craft space that you are not allowed to share with anyone. When the boxes arrived, I was tasked to create some projects to share and inspire others and TODAY, I get to finally share my tutorials with you. 


Slimline cards seem to be all the rage right now, so I decided to create my very first one using my Cricut and the NEW Creativity in Motion animation products.  Originally, our Creativity in Motion special was not supposed to be released until September 1st, but Close to My Heart wanted you to be able to get a hold of these products earlier so that you can join us for the free online class in on National Stamping Day. 

In the Creativity in Motion bundle you will receive the supplies and instructions you need to make those adorable cards shown on my website.  I chose to use all the items in my bundle to create something a little different.  This Animated Butterfly slimline card was designed using the papers and stamps in the bundle along with a few images I cut using my Cricut Maker

After cutting out the lattice and flowers, I designed a way for the animated butterfly to peer through a porthole. The butterfly image is one of the many animated stamps you can purchase in this collection.  Right now, you can only purchase the stamp set in the bundle, but, on September 1st, you will be able to purchase it separately; however, getting the bundle at a discount is always a great bonus.  

For those of you who are wondering what an animated card is, it is an optical illusion card.  The stamped images are designed to work with the striped acetate sheets creating the illusion of movement when you shift the image.  

As you can see, when the tab is pulled, the butterflies wings move.  How awesome it that?! It looks like that butterfly is fluttering through a garden of flowers.  

In my video tutorial below, I walk you through the Design Space process to create this card front and I show you some tips and tricks for using these new Creativity in Motion stamps and animation sheets.  

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In the coming weeks, I will be showcasing more of my Creativity in Motion projects. Make sure to subscribe to my blog, newsletter, or YouTube channel so that you do not miss out on these upcoming projects. 


I was honored to be asked my Close to My Heart to create some of these projects for you.  I hope that you were inspired by today’s Animated Butterfly Slimline card and that you plan to create one of your own using the Creativity in Motion products.   

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Here is a List of the Items I Used Today

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Creative Ways to Use Specialty Paper

Our Creative Design Team has another video collab for you!  This time, we are showing you creative ways to use specialty papers like vellum, holographic paper, and foil papers.  For those of you who are new to our Creative Design Team, you will want to make sure to visit some of our past project videos. Each month, we add videos to our YouTube channels and blogs for you to enjoy. 


This month’s theme was Specialty Papers.  I had such a hard time deciding which paper to use and focus on, so, instead, I chose to focus on a Cricut tool that I have been wanting to try.  A few months back, I purchased the Cricut Debossing Tool for my new Maker and I was so excited to use it for the first time for our video collab on our specialty papers. 

This tool is part of the Maker’s Quick Swap Housing line of tools.  It works like an embossing folder creating debossed lines and images in your papers. You can choose to create small images, decorative lines, or emboss portions of your project. You can even turn images you already own into debossed images. 

In my video below, I show you how I used cards from various CTMH Cricut collections and changed the design to create debossed card fronts using vellum, holographic paper, and foil paper.  The video shows you how to make your own in Design Space and how to assemble each of the four cards.  

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I know that quite a few of you like to see the details on each of my projects and many like to “Pin” them to your boards for inspiration, so I am going to show you a few up-close photos and tell you a little more about each of the cards I made today. 

The first card is one that is not part of my usual creative style, but I thought that I would give these colors a try.  I used a card design from our Complete Creativity Collection and used the debossing tool on vellum. 

The debossing is very subtle and faint on vellum. I tried a few other settings on the Maker to increase the debossing pressure, but each one tore the vellum, so I may be experimenting a little more with this one. 

This next card reminds me of a breezy beach scene.  The etched blue Oasis Holographic paper pairs so well with the vellum flower, the fern leaves, and the seashell sequins. This card design comes from our Everyday Moments collection. 

This card originally had a stained glass look with all off those shapes filled with color. I chose to deboss those shapes onto some Holographic paper and add some vellum accents.  After putting the card together, I decided to snag a few seashell sequins from my stash and add the to the layers. 

This third card has such a classic art deco feel with its embossed Silver Foil and mosaic pattern.  This design was also taken from our Everyday Moments collection and altered to become an embossed pattern. 

After debossing the Silver Foil paper, I added some silver embellishing thread, the intricate sentiment, a black & white bow and an acrylic heart. I kept the embellishments on this card simple so that you could see all those intricately embossed elements. 

The fourth and final card was so simple to make and looks just darling in person. The card design comes from the Artfully Sent collection and was originally designed as a card front with cut-outs.  In the video I show you how to use the slice tool and line-type to change it to a debossed design. 

The butterflies were debossed onto White Daisy cardstock then topped with Holographic butterflies.  The sentiment was stamped onto vellum using the A Million Little Things stamp set, then heat embossed. 


I hope today’s projects inspired you to try the Cricut debossing tool with our specialty papers. Make sure to stop by each one of the Creative Design Teams channels and check out all of their amazing creations. 

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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