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Variations on a Theme

5 Budget Busting Ideas

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Learn how to get several looks and variations from one design.  This saves you money as you can easily extend the use of a single graphic design giving you more bang for the buck. 

1 Changing the color scheme is the simplest way to create different looks. The variety is simply surprising!

2 Create a twofer with a single cut. For the first option, paste the cutouts onto your card using your favorite glue, (be sure to check out what we like in the product suggestions below.) Pro Tip: Check out the video for this one. The second idea is to fill the holes on the original stock with a background paper.

3 Use the draw feature to create a design to color. You can color it yourself if you like. Better yet send it along uncolored. Treat your card recipient to a little crafting creativity of their own. After all sharing crafting is a tremendous gift in itself!

4 Check out the debossing technique. With a little experimentation, we found a material that created the deboss on one side and the bonus emboss on the back side. A word of caution – make sure the material you chose can withstand machine embossing as otherwise it may tear. We learned this from experience. No debossing tip? Time to get one for your Cricut Maker. Bonus Tip: Try a stylus for those machine which cannot use a debossing tool. See how the stylus worked out on our Your Deserve the Credit post.

5 Use the cutout from your original stock as a stencil. Make the stencil out of a durable material if you plan to reuse it many times. You can use the stencil to trace designs onto various media or use it as a paint or ink stencil.

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You deserve the credit!

    You spend time making homemade greeting cards and you should take credit. The commercial vendors do and so should you! Celebrate your creativity by signing the back of all your greeting card with this clever tip. Learn how to create a signature card template you can use over and over again. We made it on our Cricut and have a couple our different styles.
Watch the video and learn how. You deserve the credit!

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Mascot of the Year

Watch this video to learn how to make this humorous greeting card and discover why the racoon is this year’s mascot.

If you do not have a racoon picture you can look in magazines or old books that are no longer used. No special tools are required to make this card yet we find the items below helpful in card making.
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Going Nuts Card -Printable Version

   We hope you enjoyed our last “Going Nuts” Card. If you thought about making it but don’t have an electronic cutter, we have created this printable version just for you.
   We highly recommend you purchase a Cricut machine when you can. It is tons of fun!

   Taking your own pictures is the ultimate source for nature images. If you unable to get the shot you want, magazines, catalogs, and old calendars make excellent sources for art work. Some libraries have book sales as fund raisers and this is our favorite source of inexpensive picture books.
   You can just use ordinary scissors on this project yet we love our ceramic rotary blade for cutting. It is long lasting which saves you money AND you can use it on paper and card stock one day and then cut fabric without ever changing the blade which saves you time. Time and Money saved – what a bargain!
   We also like Creative Grid rulers for their grippies that prevent slippage. We also get a lot of mileage from add an eighth and add a quarter rulers, the later is our favorite.


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Stay at Home Order Have you & your friends Going Nuts?

Our remedy is for you to make craft projects and then share some humor with your friends via snail mail.  We show you how to design a fun greeting card with your Cricut machine although the general idea can be applied to other electronic cutting machines. 

This card has a bonus. Since the squirrel is drawn on the card font it is perfect for coloring. So your friend gets to craft as well!

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Egg-stra-special Easter Egg Card

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   As we weather stay at home orders, crafting can be a terrific creative and fun outlet. It is important to celebrate the life we have and appreciate those around us.

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So get cracking and made some eggs – Easter Eggs that is!

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Foxy Peek-a-Boo Valentine’s Day Greeting Card

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Opening the card reveals the full inside sentiment “You are a Fox!”. Under the greeting, you will find a cute little fox made from adhered shape layers. The fox design is based on hearts.

While this card was designed for Valentine’s day it is easily adapted for a birthday or any time.

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Simply Heart Valentine’s Day Card

     Sweet and simple Valentine’s Day card is all heart. You do not need to have a special paper punch nor an expensive cutting machine to make this greeting card. Just check out our Heart Template

     The card base was embellished with rubber stamps and then embossed. ❤️ Alternately you could use printed card stock instead of plain card stock or use stickers.
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Fun Greetings from Chris Moose

Inquiring minds want to know what Chris has to say. Don’t you?

Chris Moose wishes you a Merry Christmas in his very own special way with these two holiday greeting cards. The overall card design is the same for both cards however the change in the sentiments makes them quite different. The first card is designed to warm the heart of the recipient. A change of the eyes gives a more fun appeal as Chris peers out to make sure no one catches him peeking. See what he has to say when he catches you!

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