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Now that I have some free time…..

HAHA – yeah right! Now that my sister in law’s shower is over, it’s on to making things for the craft fair. I am currently working on tags for Christmas presents and then going to start on some cards. But that’s where my problem lies – I can go in so many different directions and I’m not sure which one to go in! For a person who gets distracted by shiny objects, this is never a good thing! : ) That’s why I am asking for your help!

Please vote in the poll I created

Feel free to write your own suggestions, as I am sure there’s an occasion (or two) that I missed! Thanks for your help – I appreciate it! I will post pictures of some of the designs I come up with from your recommendations. Thanks for stopping by!

Chinese Takeout boxes

A couple of months ago, when we were working on planning my future sister in law’s shower, we came up with an Asian theme. It was partially based on the location that the maid of honor had chosen. It was a cute Viennese cafe that was decorated with a tree branch and hanging paper lanterns. When I heard that we were going with the Asian theme, I remembered that there was a Chinese takeout box in one of my Cricut cartridges. I made one to take over when we met to discuss what we were going to do for Erin’s shower.

I was just planning on suggesting them for the centerpieces. We had picked out favors that the MOH had found online and decided on what invitations to order (from PaperHeartCompany on ETSY – I HIGHLY recommend them! They were very helpful.) Then someone suggested doing a selection of candy as favors. Somehow that spiraled into me making 60 of the boxes at a smaller size and giving them as favors, filled with candy. I didn’t mind – I really like doing that! I was just nervous that they weren’t going to hold the candy or that they wouldn’t come out okay. I always get nervous when I make things that lots of people will see. I know I need to get over that, but I still worry that my stuff isn’t good enough!

So, 240 (give or take a few) cuts later, I had the shells for 60 favors. Luckily, I was able to convince some of the other bridesmaids to help me assemble them. HAHA. We put together an assembly line and were able to knock them out in about an hour! The girls were amazing. We had a couple of girls assemble them while I cut the cherry blossoms to put on the side of the favors. Another girl cut the wire for the tops for the handles.

Here are some pictures of how they turned out. I was so happy with them and got some really nice comments on them. I think I am going to add them to my things I bring to my craft show next month!

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Tired of not being able to find an image on your Cricut cartridge?

If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you’ll know that I have a paper problem. Well, now I have a new problem – The Cricut. No, not the insect, the machine. I have way too many cartridges and I can’t always find the image I am looking for when I need it. I know what I want, but I can never remember which cartridge contains that image. Very frustrating!

A couple of months ago, I came up with what I thought was a good idea. I decided to make my own directory of all images and phrases. I started with one cartridge and it took so long to complete, all I did was that one cartridge. So, that really didn’t help at all. It was back to me flipping through all the booklets to find that one image!

Until yesterday. I was watching some videos on Christmas cards while I was working on my rather large, special project (pictures and more to come later! : ) ) and came across this woman whose videos I love! She makes the cutest cards and has some great ideas. At the end of one video, I got the solution I had been waiting for – there’s a website where you can search for an image or phrase!

I went to the site and it does really work. The site is It’s fantastic! I wanted to see if some keywords that I wanted to cut out were in any of the cartridges that I had. You plug in a word and all the images or phrases associated with that word comes up with the name of the cartridge and a picture of the page where you can find it!

There are a few caveats though. It works best if you use the singular form of the word you are looking for. For example, don’t use circles – type in circle. Also, use a single word and not a phrase. You will get more results back. I am sure that there are more, but these are the ones I have experienced so far.

I am so glad that I saw that video, so thank you Mary from CardzTV. If you are ever looking for inspiration for a card, check out her adorable cards on YouTube. Hope this website helps you as much as I know it’s going to help me.

Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to leave a comment, especially if you have any other Cricut cartridge tips!