Tuesday, September 6, 2011

My Cricut Craft Room- Card Creating Tuesdays

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 Card Creating Tuesdays

Good morning and welcome back to My Cricut Craft Room Card Creating Tuesdays.  I hope to inspire you with my work today and to encourage you to try something new! As you know, each week I will be sharing with you new cards that I have designed and adding a few tips that I have learned along the way. 

Today I want to share a birthday card I made for my cousin Alex' 19th birthday!  My cousin ROCKS!!

This is the outside of the card.

It opens straight up to this #19!!

Next you will see the "A" as I begin to spell Alex's name.

The next page has the "L" and the "E".

Here comes the "X" with a message that reads, 
"Cousins by chance... friends by choice."

I just love this page.  Nothing but love from Pink By Design!! These stamps are all from their "Our Kids" Stamp Set.

Here is Alex' special birthday greeting tucked in the cute mini envelope:) 

The template for this card looks like this.  Start with two 5.5" x 11" scored in half and taped together as seen in the photo. 
Next you will need to add a third 5.5" x 11" card scored in half.

When you tape the third card onto the first two as shown in the photo above, you will get the card template shown in this photo.  You will have 7 sides to decorate, not including the very back side of the one middle square (where I put my stamp).

Click on the photo to enlarge. 

The happy birthday (cover) is on the other side of the 19.  So if you fold down the 19 you will see the front of the card.

If you fold the "A" side in, you will see the side with all the Pink By Design stamps.  If you fold in the "X" side you will see the birthday greeting and envelope.

  You can bend the front of the card backwards and stand the card up so that you can read the name "ALEX."

Zooballoo Cricut Cartridge- "Happy Birthday"
Teardrops Cricut Cartridge- "19" and "ALEX"
Martha Stewart Scalloped Border Punch
Gel Pens

***Tip of the Day***
  If you missed my previous tips, you can click: 
This is another tip that will help if you are having problems with ripping paper and getting frustrated:(  This time I have a tip that seems to help when you are using thin paper, typically pretty patterned paper and trying to cut out tricky, thin curves like this #1 that I used for my card today.  

Notice the not so lovely number one on the left.   If I cut this with the pressure at minimum it wouldn't cut.  If I turned up the pressure the paper tore.  Every time I made this cut, I got the same result:(  Now look at the #1 on the right:)  Success!!!!  I turned the pressure setting down to minimum and I turned on the multi-cut button.  

The multi-cut button will automatically cut the image out twice before it stops.  So, be patient.  Make sure you don't try to remove the image after the first cut.  Look how nicely it works!!  So now your know the secret.  If it tears, turn down the pressure and turn on the multi-cut.  It works like a charm:)  I don't change my speed at all but you may have to adjust that depending on what you are making.  My speed was set at high.  See what works for you! Send me a comment and let me know if this helped at all.

Thank you for stopping by!  Be sure to stop by My Cricut Craft Room to see what the other Design Team members have in store for you today at Card Creating Tuesdays:)


  1. Thanks for this tip! I have never used muli cut, but my papers do tear so I will try this!

  2. What a sweet card for your cousin.
    I haven't seen a card like that, so neat.

    I found you through Nicoles blog Canadian Nickel

  3. Madison is card is just awesome! I love all the fun panels you created to spell out Alex! What a great card, I'm sure your cousin will love this!

  4. HOLY COW! That card is amazing! So much detail! Super job (as always!) Madison. :)


  5. a great card and wonderful easy to follow instructions. thanks...

  6. what an awesome card!! never have I seen one like it before!

  7. Your card is awesome Madison! I bet your cousin loved it!


  8. Wow, Madison, this card is FABULOUS! How creative and clever! And thanks for the instructions - I will definitely have to give one of these a try! Absolutely beautiful - what a great card for your cousin!! :D


  9. Wow what a fantastic card...love all of your tips. Very informative. TFS!



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