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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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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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.  

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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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