Monthly Archives: September 2015

Exploding Box Tutorial: How to Make an Explosion Box

by Richelle NaegleExploding Box assembled

It’s officially Halloween so I hope you are ready to craft! You can decorate whenever you want, but I always wait until October 1st….so I guess I got ahead of myself this year. This project takes a little longer to make than most of my undertakings and requires a little bit of patience, but it was so much fun and I absolutely love how it turned out. Everyone seems to love it and I keep getting questions about how I did it, so I decided to make an exploding box tutorial. In all honesty, it wasn’t as hard as it looks and once you get going on it it will come together beautifully.

Supplies you need:

  • Cricut machines or other die cutting machines such as the CAMEOs. If you are using the Baby Bug or Portrait machines your box will be smaller it will work just you will have a really small box.
  • Mini Books cartridge
  • Flower Shoppe cartridge if you want the flower on the top. There are also a lot of other cartridges you can use to create a flower.
  • Cricut Portable Paper Trimmer
  • CGull scissors (green) – I used the CGull ones they are small and seemed to work better for this smaller project.
  • 5 Sheets of paper for the panels and box lid. I used the October 31st Essentials Page Kit from Doodlebug Design
  • Your own fun Halloween pictures
  • Extra embellishments – the paper kit has some great embellishments in it, so you don’t need more but you can always use more
  • Your favorite glue – I suggest a liquid and a adhesive runner
  • We R Corner Rounder

how to make an explosion boxCreating the box:

I cut my box out of a nice black colored cardstock at 11″ so that it fit nicely on a 12″ x 12″ sheet of paper. Each section will require it’s own sheet of paper. I used the Cricut Explore on the lid. I’m not sure if it’s user error but I kept getting a very large lid that didn’t fit the box. (Pro tip: if your going to fill your box as much as I did, you need to make your lid a little larger than the box. The 6.5″ I did was just right.)

Hopefully that saves you some time, cause I sure wasted some of my own : )

exploding box tutorialTips I found out (some the hard way):

  • Decorate all your panels before you glue them into the box.
  • Now you can order pictures that are 4″ x 4″ from a lot of major photo printing places – this makes it easier to cut down your photo’s to size
  • Using a paper kit made it so much easier (I didn’t have to worry about if things were going to match or not) everything just fits together.
  • If you are doing faux stitching, do it before you glue your box together
  • Add pictures as you go, it’s harder to get the pictures in after the box is together or even after the embellishments are glued.

Then comes the fun part of this project: decorating and embellishing. There really isn’t a right or wrong way to do it. I just used my paper trimmer and cut a bunch of squares to 3.25″ x 3.25″. which gives me just a little bit of black edge around each each one. Most of my pictures were cut at about 3″ x 3″, or a little smaller if I could get away with it. The Doodlebug essentials kit seriously made it easy. I used some stickers for the outside of the box and still had plenty to embellish pages on the inside. It had some ribbon as well as a lot of cute boarder stickers to embellish pages. top view of halloween explosion box

If you are using all three inserts, doing both sides, and and decorating the inside of the box you have 20 sides to do in all! You don’t need a picture for each one, you can just put fun embellishments on it, or if you are using the Doodlebug essentials kits it has fun little cuts that you can trim out to embellish it.

For the flower on the top I used the Flower Shoppe Cricut cartridge, with the largest flower being 4″ and then went down in increments of .25″ all the way down to 2.25″, with a total of 7 flowers. Then to give them have a little more life, I used a spray bottle and then crumpled them up and unfolded them (but don’t straighten them). Then just let them dry. It gives your flower a great dimension without a lot of work.Exploding box top flower

OK, so that’s about it! This project does take a few hours, I think it took me about 3 but that includes a lot of time for cutting the lid, and re-doing it. I hope you have enjoyed this post. Now hopefully you know how to make an explosion box with your own personality and flavor. It wasn’t as hard as it seemed when I was watching help videos.

If you make one or have already made one PLEASE share it with me I would love to see what you have created. Post in on our Google Paper Crafting Fanatics page I can’t wait to see what you have created. If you are looking for cartridges for this project, try our Halloween Cricut cartridges.

Happy creating!

Simply Scarecrow Cricut Cartridge Ideas

by Richelle NaegleScarecrow card using the Simply Scarecrow Cricut Cartridge

I love fall, especially here in southern Utah – the leaves are starting to change colors and the temperatures are starting to cool off. While I was searching Pinterest for a little bit of inspiration, I found a Scarecrow card that I really liked. The fun with scarecrows is that you can do anything with them, because the more patchwork they look, the more authentic they appear! It’s kind of like the ugly sweater contest at Christmas parties.

This is the first time I have used the Simply Scarecrow Cricut cartridge, and I love how this card turned out. Make your projects easier and more precise by updating your machine with a fresh Cricut cutting mat.

So here are the details: the overall size of the card is 5″ x 7″. The scarecrow was cut out at 5.25″. The little leaves are from the 3D Floral Home Decor Cricut cartridge and they are cut out at 0.5″ – 0.75″.

Pro tip: Okay I have to be honest, I stumbled upon this trick because I had my Explore machine on the wrong setting. For the Happy Fall I used my Explore to write it on the fabric setting instead of cutting the phrase out of colored cardstock. The difference in the setting is that it draws the phrase twice, so you get a nice, darker, richer color.

I know this cartridge has been out for a few years, so I’m sure some of you have some fun Simply Scarecrow Cricut cartridge ideas that you have to share, so please do so on our Facebook Page. You should always share your paper crafting projects on social media to inspire others.

Happy creating!

Monogram Motifs Cricut Cartridge Ideas

By Richelle Naeglen card with cricut monogram motifs

Monograms seem to be huge right now! Maybe they have always been and I’m just catching on, but Cricut is doing their part this year to make sure you have plenty of options for beautiful monograms, after you check out the new Monogram Motifs Cricut cartridge be sure to check out Anna’s Decorative Monograms for a few more choices. This cartridge has three fun new Monogram styles to choose from, and if you have the Cricut Explore cutter, it has a bonus drawing monogram on it. I really am loving the drawing feature and the ability to make cards with this feature. Check out the first card I made, to the right:

Have you heard of coloring books for adults? They are these awesome coloring books that have fine, intricate pictures that you can color, and it is said to release stress. I have two of them and they do definitely help. You can order them off Amazon, but before you go and do that, why not make your own image to color? Use your Explore to draw the image and then you can color it. You could accomplish two things: (1) get rid of some of that recent back to school stress, and (2) create a fun card for someone you love. OK, so back to the first card which measures 5″ x “5 and the N was drawn at 3.5″ (and layered with squares). I would probably do it on white paper if you were planning on coloring it, though let your creativity be your own guide. Either way I think it makes for a very lovely, yet simple card (pro tip: try it on a layout).k card with monogram motifs

This second card was created using one of the monograms from this cartridge, and I wanted it to be more masculine than anything. I layered it with different colors of blue and you can be the judge of how well that worked out. I like it! This letter has 4 layers and was cut out at 4″ on a 4″ x 4″ card.

Be sure to look through all of our Cricut Font cartridges. I hope you will share your own Monogram Motifs Cricut cartridge. Ideas and projects. I love to see what everyone else is creating. I want to be inspired by you. So leave me a comment about this cartridge or share a monogram project you have created on our Google + Paper Crafting Fanatics page or even on Facebook.

If you need to update your Cricut mat or your deep cut blade for Explore machines, save here.

Happy creating!

Cricut Halloween Card Ideas

by Richelle NaegleEye of Newt Halloween Cricut Card

I love the fall when the leaves start changing colors and the temperatures start to get cooler…and Halloween! I love to make crafts and decorate for Halloween, mostly because it’s like anything goes for Halloween. Really when else can you create a card with a bunch of wiggly eyes in a jar and it be OK?

Remember to get a great bundle deal here if you are looking to buy a Cricut Explore Air machine.

I love this card. I thought it was so funny, and honestly a little creepy! But that’s what Halloween is all about, right? So let’s talk about how easy it was to create the fun two Halloween cards.

The Eye of Newt card is a 5″ x 7″ design – the jar is from the Home Organization cartridge and was cut out at 6.5″. The phrase “eye of newt” is from the Happy Hauntings cartridge and it’s cut out at 1.8″. The newt is from Potions and Spells and is cut out at 1.5″. For the oval you can use any cartridge that has shapes on it, and cut it out at 2″. The patterned paper that I used for both of my cards is from the Haunted Hallows paper stack. American Crafts paper is amazing. I tied the jar with a little bit of Bakers Twine and don’t forget to add the wiggly eyes! I also used a lot of pop dots on this card because I wanted it to stand out.

happy halloween spirders card - cricutThis second card is quite a bit smaller (4.5″ x 4.5″) and was cut using the Seasonal Soirees cartridge for the web background (at 4.25″) and the spiders are from the NEW Creepy Critters cartridge (cut out at 1″ for the large one and .5″ for the smaller ones). The spider web border is from the Ribbons and Rosettes cut out at .81″ (so the height is 4.5″). The “Happy Halloween” phrasing is from Teresa Collins – Chic & Scary cartridge. I had the Cricut Explore write it on vs cutting it out, and had it printed on the label.

I know that’s a lot of Cricut cartridges to use on two cards! If you didn’t have them you could just substitute different cartridges that have similar images. Try our selection of Halloween cartridges. Both of these Cricut Halloween card ideas are super easy to make and would make a fun card for anyone. I know you all have some creative Halloween cards! So share them inspire me and inspire others this Holiday season. Share them on our Google + Paper Crafting Fanatics Page or on our Facebook page! I can’t wait to see what you have created.

Happy creating