by Richelle Naegle

It's been a while since Cricut has released a new cartridge, but they started out 2016 with a great new option. The All Occasion Box Card Cricut cartridge offers you wide application for a series of events.Cricut all occasions box cards finished projects

I just moved and my craft room isn't in decent shape, yet. Nevertheless, I chose to get out my Explore system, grabbed some craft paper, glue, and got to work. Who wants to organize a room when there are new card designs to make? Unfortunately, this meant I didn't have all my favorite patterned paper at my disposal and I went with plain solids.

It's OK, because I have 28 designs left to try, so I can get more creative with my paper later.

Sending Love Card

I made the Sending Love card and Thank You card. In case you don't know, I love owls. I sized both of the cards to 16" width using the explore studio. This left me with cards, that when flattened are about 4" x 4". They are pretty small. You may want to make them larger - choose your own destiny.Starting Pieces

To start I will give you all the tips I would have found useful prior to starting:

  • Use your Explore scoring stylus
  • Fold everything before you start gluing things down. For the parts like the plane and clouds, the middle section is actually on the backside. If you glue first you will have to re-do them - I can tell you from experience.
  • If you want to do the stitching or add stickles, etc., I would do it before you glue the card together. It's not easy to add after the fact when you have this type of card.

Here is a view of my pile of cut-out shapes. It may look intimidating but believe me, once you get started, it's not so complicated.Step 2

Assembling the Card

Please forgive me, I took pictures all along the way, but some are of the Thank You design and some are of the Sending Love, meaning there is a little inconsistency in the images (but I bet you can figure it out). The cards are similar, so once you do one, the other will be a breeze.

I started here and folded along all the score marks, going back and forth. I started with the back image, so on the Thank You  (below) the owl is in the back, and then I worked my way around.

The owl is in the back, the branch is the middle (so this will reveal the back of your paper), and then the hearts in the front. Now you can see where everything starts to glue together for this section!

If you're going to add extra faux stitching, this is when you would add it (or embellishments or anything I would adhere them at this point).

Then you should fold the box together (and this actually is super easy and goes together quickly). I recommend using a good adhesive tape for this part, just to make sure it holds together well. When the box is all-together, you can see where the first section is inserted.Ste

Now you are ready to glue your pieces together. Here is a photo of where I put the glue - it's the places that touch the box. This enables the card to fold, which is pivotal if you are mailing it or wanted it to fit it inside an envelope.

glue spots

Here is a view from the top of how it looks. As you can see, I also used a foam dot between the cloud so that it would stand out a little more than the rest.

That's it! You are done.view from above

Remember to always have an extra Cricut machine blade on hand in case yours dulls.

Thanks a Bunch Flower Box Cards

all occasion mothers day boxes

Let's start with the one that says thanks a bunch, I made this one so that it is 6" tall, which makes it a pretty good size. Last time I made these cards they were smaller and while they are fun that size I wanted to make a card that was larger this time.

The second card is the one with three flowers, this one has a get well sentiment with it, I just left that off. Use the Explore to draw on a phrase like Happy Mothers Day or something like that. I wish I would have thought of that before I finished the card. It's ok I'm sure I have a Sizzix stamp that I could use to add something to it. This card was cut out to be 5.5" tall.

Share Your Projects

The last card turned out to be like a basket. Instead of having the tall back like the others all four sides fold down and the handle is in the middle. I think it's adorable! I love how this card turned out. This card stands 2" tall when it's all folded up, and it's more square than the other two. Be sure to save all types of Cricut materials. Any of these fun cards could be used to make a beautiful card for your mother this mothers day! Have you had a chance to use this cartridge yet? Have you made any mothers day cards this year? Share them with me on our Facebook Page or our Paper Crafting Fanatics Page!

Happy Creating, and don't forget to download our 2016 calendar.