Having Fun in My Cricut Classroom

Back in April, when this whole “go virtual” thing started happening, I decided that it was time to start my online Cricut Classroom.  This idea had been lurking in my brain matter for months.  I’ve taught local Cricut classes for the past four years and wanted to find a way to teach more people, like you, how to use those wonderful machines you’ve invested in – thus the Cricut Classroom was born.

So what exactly have we been doing in my Cricut Classroom? Quite a bit!  We have been Covering Our Basics as we discover Design Space, create with images, and talk about all the features you can use.  Last week, the students learned how to create these magnificent shadowboxes using the Aurora Cricut Collection

Aren’t they just fabulous?! I love how those Aurora background papers make you feel like you are right in the middle of a mountain scene.  I was so proud when each of the students in my class posted their finished shadow boxes.  They all took what they had learned in the past three weeks and made some beautiful creations for their homes. 


Here are just a few of the comments that were made after class:

My 23 yr old son saw it and said he wants me to make some for friends. So there’ll be more practice for me. Really enjoyed this process, thanks Carrie.

Thanks for this fun project!

Got it done! Fun project. Thank you Carrie!


Today, we started working on a scrapbook page with an SVG title and three-dimensional flower. I chose to use one of Close to My Heart’s Free Stay At Home SVGs for my title backed with those adorable spring Mix-Ins papers. I am loving how my layout turned out and I can’t wait to see everyone’s finished projects.  

For those of you who are wanting to learn more about Design Space & how to use your Cricut machine, I would love for you to join us in the Cricut classroom.  You have multiple subscription options to choose from.  If you are just starting out with your Cricut machine, I have a FREE Class that I would like for you to consider joining. Each month, I offer a Cricut Basics Online class for new Cricut crafters where I teach machine set-up and Design Space basics in a private Facebook group.

When requesting to join the group, you will need to complete the questioner and agree to the rules before you will be approved to join.  Once you have taken the class, you can decide if you want to continue your Cricut learning in my Cricut Classroom.  

I would truly love for you to join us as we create each week with our Cricut machines. Feel free to comment below if you have any questions about my Free Cricut Classes or my online Cricut Classroom membership group. 

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Blue Skies NSM Blog Hop

Welcome to the Blue Skies Blog Hop where each of our talented creators will be sharing a project using our May Special – the Blue Skies Collection. 94351095_10157392412787686_1564409960320729088_nIf you have come here from the sweet Katy Taylor’s blog you are on the right path!  When you are finished reading about my summer banner project, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.   If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participants on Melinda’s Blog


Before I tell you about my project, let me just say – I LOVE THIS COLLECTION!  The papers, the pattern cardstock, the stickers, and THAT PIN WHEEL! I just cannot get enough of it, my friends, and after you go through this hop, you are going to want to get some for yourself.  I have been having so much fun creating with this collection, and enjoy the look of it so much, that I decided to create a Summer Banner for my craft space. 

How fun is that?!♥ Doesn’t it just scream summertime? The whole banner was created in Cricut Design Space, then cut from the Blue Skies Papers & Patterned Cardstock.  I wish you could see all those raised images on the coated cardstock. It adds to much to this design. 

Not only are the cardstocks divine, but the patterns on these papers are simply charming.  As I was thumbing through each of the papers for today’s project, I couldn’t choose just one, so I used them all.  While creating this project in Design Space, I added cut-lines to each kite image so that I could create a patchwork to show off those patterns. 

Of course, I couldn’t stop there – I still had Stickers and a Pinwheel Thin Cut to use.  If you have seen any photos of my craft space, you know that there is a bicycle theme, which meant that I had to use that lovely bike on my banner.  Each end of the banner is layered with stickers and a simple Pinwheel created with that Thin Cut. 

To finish it off, I added some wooden buttons, some red dots, and a few bits of ribbon. I can’t wait to hang this on my window in my craft space. 


I hope that you enjoyed today’s Blue Skies project and were inspired to make a banner of your own.  Now ‘Hop” on over to Lauren Moore’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. 

Remember, the Blue Skies collection is only available, while supplies last, until May 31st.  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to learn how you can save 30% on the entire collection! 

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A Floral Wreath For Your Home

Do you enjoy creating personalized home decor for your space? Close to My Heart created an amazing wooden wreath kit that I fell in love with and wanted to create for my home.  After looking through the kit, I realized how easy it would be to personalize to match my decor. 

Each All Around Creativity Kit comes with a sixteen-inch wooden wreath, laser cut flowers and leaves, and an easy-to-assemble bow. Since I wanted to personalize this for my home, I chose to add a Cricut® cut deer image from the Artistry collection to adorn my wreath and make it unique to me. 

Even though this kit comes with four paper background designs, I chose not to use any of the paper circles behind my wreath. Instead, I trimmed down one of the paper circles to fit my Cricut® mat and used the background paper to cut out yellow polka-dot antlers. How cute are those?!

To personalize it even more, I inked the leaves, added stain to the wood wreath, and shaded the paper flowers using Red Candy Apple Ink and Red Shimmer mixed in a Spray Pen. If you wish to see how I did this and how I added all the unique touches to my design, you can view the process video below

I hope that today’s project inspired you to try something new and gave you a desire to create one of the All Around Creativity kits. These kits are available through February 29th, while supplies last, so make sure that you pick out one for your home, or special occasion, before they are gone.  

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