PaperCrafting 101 · Tutorial

Hoop Cards

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Ok, I admit it – I love embroidery hoops! While not a sewer, I instead use the blank canvas to create fantastic cards for all seasons. I suppose the hoop reminds me of a wreath – which I also love for basically the same reasons.  Anyway, I thought I would share what I recently found on the Sizzix site.

Happy Paper Crafting!


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Adventures in Card-Making · Tutorial

Cricut Machine

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Although the Cricut Machine has been around a number of years now, I opted for a hand-cranked die-cutting machine -my Sizzix. In all fairness, after watching a segment on the Home Shopping Network, I decided to try and find some information for those of you who own a Cricut or are planning to purchase one. The following article including links comes from Angie at Country Chic Cottage. Enjoy!

Happy Paper Crafting,



First of all, where do you start? You have this great new machine and have no idea what to do!

  1. Click here to set up your machine on your computer. It will walk you through the simple steps.
  2. Do the project that comes with every new machine. All of the materials are in your box and the software will guide you through the process. This is a great way to get familiar with the machine and Cricut Design Space.
  3. Download our beginner’s guide here. This handy reference will answer your questions and get you started to creating right away.

Want to learn more?

Now that you are hooked, I am sure you want to learn more. We have a video series that will answer all of those nagging questions for you. Just click on each link below to watch the videos. We are adding more all of the time so be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel here so you don’t miss any of them.

Projects for Your Machine

Learning how to use your Cricut machine has never been easier. Now, you need a few projects to make! Try clicking here for all of our projects you can make with your machine. Pick a few to try to get crafty today. After all, you have a Cricut! Your crafting just became a whole lot easier. You can get professional results with just a few clicks.

Accessories for Your Machine

If how to use your Cricut machine is the first question I get, the second is what accessories do I need for my machine. There is a wide range of things you can buy for your Cricut to make crafting with it even more fun. But do you really need all of those gadgets? Which are most important? Click here for our complete guide to accessories to learn all of that and more!

Purchasing a Machine

Perhaps you landed here and have not actually gotten your machine yet. Have no fear! We have everything you need to know to purchase the correct machine for your crafting needs. Just click here for our comparison guide between the Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore. From there, you should be able to make an informed decision on which you need. Don’t forget that you can get a discount when purchasing by subscribing to Cricut Access.

Now that you know how to use your Cricut machine, what will you make? We would love for you to upload your projects to our Facebook page and show off your creations!


Adventures in Card-Making · Tutorial


Dear Fellow Crafters,

Card sketches are blueprints for greeting card designs. That being said, paper crafters always ask the inevitable questions: ” How do I use them?” and “What’s the point?”

Here are some of my thoughts:

  • The background of the card sketch is usually the largest part of the design that is laid down first. Sometimes that’s the card stock itself! The background sets the tone so if you’re creating a birthday card, using a festive background is appropriate.

  • The focal point of a card sketch is sometimes a larger shape or design that reflects the nature of the holiday or design.
  • Accent embellishments are the accent pieces -gems, buttons and the like. Oftentimes, paper crafters go overboard with these elements.

How to begin?

  1. The largest design element in a card sketch is usually the first step in creating the card, so if the card sketch has a large background then that’s the first piece that goes down.
  2. Layering card stock comes next.
  3. The embellishments come last.

**Sometimes a paper crafter will gather all the elements together and stray from the original sketch. This happens to me a lot. Something doesn’t look right, so I ‘re-arrange the elements. How, you ask? Ask yourself:

  • Would the horizontal card work as a vertical one?
  • Could the horizontal or vertical work as a square card?
  • Could you add a sentiment on the front?
  • How many accents are right?

In the example above, the festive paper was glued down first. I cut the banner next and then die-cut the sentiment and glued it onto the banner. The 3D embellishment was last.

~Happy crafting,