How I Got My Craft Groove Back | Toronto Teacher Mom

How I Got My Craft Groove Back

Monday, July 17, 2017

Create a Critter Squirrel Birthday Card

Over the past couple of years, my passion for creating paper crafts has seen a drastic decline. There are many factors that have played a role in this; a lack of free time, general fatigue, a messy craft space in the cold, damp basement, and an addiction to binge watching my favourite shows an absence of inspiration. It wasn't until I jumped on board the Amazon Prime wagon that things changed. The new Cricut Explore Air 2 was on sale during Prime Day for nearly half the price. And Cricut machines are rarely sold at such a discount. It was like Fate's way of saying it was meant to be. I've been wanting a new Cricut for so many years because I wanted to try their design software to create my own designs and also streamline the cutting process. Plus, the Explore Air 2 has a dual carriage so I can write and cut, or score and cut in a single step. And you know what? I've worked really hard on maintaining a successful blog, I deserve to treat myself every once in a while. Am I right?

Cricut Animal Kingdom Dog Birthday Card - square

Once my new Cricut arrived, it was like I got my craft groove back. It didn't take long to get used the Cricut Design Space software and I've already figured out how to get all layers to cut on a single mat so I don't have to unload and reload it for each layer. My first craft was the Create a Critter squirrel birthday card (seen above) that I made for my nephew's third birthday. My second was a birthday card for my daughter who turned 12 yesterday. She loves dogs so I found a cut one on my Animal Kingdom cartridge and used some fancy s.e.i. design paper for the mat. I also embossed using the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder. Of course, I needed some inspiration for the layout so I turned to Freshly Made Sketches. I rarely make square cards, mainly because I don't have any square envelopes, but I absolutely love how it turned out. Then, last night, my daughter and I designed our own bookmark with a horse and personalized it with her friend's name who will be celebrating her birthday soon. It was so fun!

I am determined to keep up with my little hobby and, as such, am in the process of relocating my craft supplies to our office. I know having a quiet space with good lighting and a place to sit will make a huge difference. I can't wait to finish purging the rest of the office and linking up the dozens of Cricut cartridges to my online account. In the meantime, I hope to update my craft blog over at Diana's Designs with my newest crafts.

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  1. Fabulous cards! Those critters are too cute and you've put them together beautifully. Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.

    1. Thanks so much, Karren! And thanks for the sketch inspiration!

  2. Love the birthday cards you made & glad you got your crafting groove back! You are very creative!

  3. Those are so cute! I really need to get back into crafting, used to do a lot of it but got away from it. (Judy Cowan)

  4. I totally love the cards,my daughter has a Cricut and makes some making items !

  5. Beautiful cards, I'll have to take a peek over at your craft blog Diana's Designs. I didn't know that you had one, not that I'm a crafty person myself though.

  6. Those are very cute cards. Sometimes we just need a break for those creative juices to come back.


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