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Cricut Access Challenge: Mix & Match Valentines for Kids

fullsizeoutput_e5aI just adore thinking of the Valentine’s celebrations of my youth:  Remember decorating a shoebox with paper doilies and hearts? Or finding the perfect cards and labeling for all your friends?  And, of course, *always* taking them home to admire!

Good memories!

<sigh>

But times have changed, haven’t they?

Today’s Valentines are about the size of a postage stamp and so uninspired!

I guess that makes me “old school”.  Are you “old school” like me?

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If so, you’re going to love making these adorable Mix and Match Kids Valentines!

All of these delightful Valentines are available on Cricut Access in a Cartridge called “Spring Cards”.  This wonderful cartridge includes designs for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Spring and Easter, too.  I’ve made nearly every card on this cartridge and it’s really a gem! In addition to the basic two layer cards, there are also designs to make little treat boxes, too! Such a cute set with unlimited possibilites, as you can see!

screen shot 2019-01-10 at 1.41.11 pmAll the card designs are basically two layers.

The top is a detailed layer and the bottom is for either solid color or patterned papers. Over the years I’ve collected a bunch of 6″ x 6″ pads of Valentine’s paper, so I’ve come up with a way to use a sheet of that paper in each “quadrant” of my Cricut mat to get full use out of my fun paper.  You can do the same or cut the backs on any background you’d like, of course.

 

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The top layer to these designs are like stencils and I’ve found using black, white or red cardstock works best for these designs.  But feel free to experiment, too!  Here’s what your mats will look like:

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If you have a little grade schooler that needs Valentines for class, I suggest you cut out a bunch of these, bring both layers to the table and work together to match the tops with the bottoms to make unique and truly special treats for the class.  There’s an added bonus of having notches cut in the bottom layer so this becomes a NO GLUE craft project!!

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As you can see, the sky is the limit on how you assemble them, so just focus on having fun!fullsizeoutput_e5d

Psst! Do you know about Cricut Community?  It’s a totally new way of sharing Design Space projects to a large community of Cricut users and it is *totally* FREE to use!

screen shot 2019-01-10 at 2.12.13 pmIf you are already on Cricut Community and would like to access this project (or any of my other great Cricut Access Challenge projects), please find my profile under my name “Ritamarie Cavicchio” and you will see my projects.

This Mix and Match Valentines project is also available on my Facebook page and through this link:   https://design.cricut.com/…/projec…/5c3750f6a573630635ee6809

Also, here is the link to the Pinterest pin: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/273030796146024176/

Go forth and Cricut, my friends!

Best always,

Miss Rita

Please note: This post may contain affiliate links, which means if you click on one of my links and buy something I will receive a small commission from your purchase. Thank you for using my links as this is how I support myself and keep MO in pickles and Ted E. Bear in chew toys–they both are insatiable!

But seriously….I do so appreciate your continued support!

Here is my affiliate link:  https://www.shareasale.com/u.cfm?d=327204&m=51766&u=1089398

Remember if your order exceeds $50 and you use my code MISSRITA1 and link, you will receive an extra 10% off and free shipping on most items!  My code will *not* work for Access Subscriptions or machines (anything that plugs in).

 

 

Christmas · Cricut

New to Cricut? Join one of my groups!

Cricut Maker
The Cricut Maker can cut just about anything–from wood to fabric–and is easily usable from an iPad or iPhone, too!

Are you one of the thousands of new Cricut owners this holiday season? 

Maybe you had an older Cricut machine.
Or you are brand new to Cricut-ing.
Or you’re an artisan that wants to do more with her craft.
No matter.
The reality is there will be a LOT of new Cricut users going into the New Year and we all have to start somewhere, don’t we?
Well, relax!  I am here to tell you that help is just a click away!
Yep! In just a few clicks, you can be hooked into one of the biggest networks of Cricut users on Facebook!
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A little history:

Back in 2013, my friend Malinda and I started a little group called “Cricut Newbies and Pros” on Facebook.  We were armed with just personal experience, a basic knowledge of how to manage user groups and two little rules–“Be nice” and “No Selling”.

In 2014, I was invited to be an official Cricut Product Expert by CEO Ashish Aurora.  Back then Cricut was a little known and somewhat expensive crafting machine, but five years later, his prediction that Cricut would be a household name has come true!

Over the last five years that little FB group grew into three of the largest and most knowledgable groups on Facebook.

That little Facebook group turned into three groups with a total membership of nearly a half a million members!  Each group is focused on a specific type of machine or need, but they are all  jam packed full of friendly, helpful members learning and sharing their knowledge and project ideas.

The Cricut Newbies & Pros groups are comprised of an unbelievably amazing and talented group of people–all teaching and learning about how to make good use of their Cricut machines.

 

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These days I am able to say I am a Cricut Product Expert or that I work with a Cricut without being met with inquisitive looks.  These days, if you craft or know someone who crafts you know what a Cricut is.

The fact of the matter is there will be thousands and thousands of new Cricut users in a few days…and most don’t even know where to start.

Are you one of those Cricut Newbies?  Take a deep breath!  I’m here to help! 

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Trot on over to Facebook–through the following links–and join one of my three groups–

Cricut Newbies & Pros for Maker and Explore:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/937801949607138/

Cricut Newbies & Pros for Expression, Personal, and Create:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/515248328525857/

Cricut Newbies & Pros for BUSINESS:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1161851913863262/

Our three very lively Facebook groups are still directed by me–“Miss Rita”–and are expertly run by an amazing (and volunteer) group of polished and experienced Cricut people, headed up by our amazing senior admin, Cindy Stanley.

 

And one more thing.  Be sure to join one of the original Cricut Newbies & Pros groups that are run by “Miss Rita To The Rescue!”

Because–even though we have been imitated–there is just no substitute for the real thing!

Happy Holidays, everyone!  I hope to see you on “Miss Rita To The Rescue!” and in one of these fabulous groups in the New Year! 

Let’s get crafting!!!

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Please note: This post may contain affiliate links, which means if you click on one of my links and buy something I will receive a small commission from your purchase. Thank you for using my links as this is how I support myself and keep MO in pickles and Ted E. Bear in chew toys–they both are insatiable!

But seriously….I do so appreciate your continued support!

Here is my affiliate link:  https://www.shareasale.com/u.cfm?d=327204&m=51766&u=1089398

Remember if your order exceeds $50 and you use my code MISSRITA1 and link, you will receive an extra 10% off and free shipping on most items!  My code will *not* work for Access Subscriptions or machines (anything that plugs in).