Cricut Create a Critter 2 Bear Valentine

When people ask me what Cricut cartridge they should buy as one of their first ones, I always suggest the Create a Critter cartridge.  It’s cute, fun and easy to layer.  I love it! .  Not too long ago, Cricut came out with the Create a Critter 2 cart, that’s the one I’m using today.  Here are some other projects using Create a Critter.

Cutting the flowers with the Cricut Expression 2

Cutting the flowers with the Cricut Expression 2

You’ve seen me use my Silhouette Cameo a lot lately but my first love was the Cricut.  As I was discussing with my friend Susan F. on Facebook the other day, I am an equal opportunity die cut machine appreciator.  LOL!  Just because you love one machine doesn’t mean you can’t love another. ;)  I also use and enjoy the KNK Zing and the Sizzix Eclips as well as the Cameo.  Here are things I’ve made using the Cricut.  I even made a whole DVD about using vinyl with the Cricut!

Xyron makes adhesive easy!

Xyron makes adhesive easy!

I cut the bear out at 3″ and the flowers out at 1-1/2″.  Next, I ran the pieces through my Xyron.  Have you used one?  It’s soooo easy!  You put your item through one side and pull it through (like with the X in the background) or crank it through (like with the blue Xyron on the left) and your crafty item comes out with adhesive on the back all ready to stick to your project.  There are other inserts for Xyron’s too.  They’re sooo cool!  Here’s a post where I use a larger Xyron.

Stickles make glitter BEARable.  LOL!

Stickles make glitter BEARable. LOL!

I have a love/hate relationship with glitter.  It looks pretty but it always ends up stuck to my face like a wild glitter weekend beauty mark or in my eye.  Solution?  Stickles.  I’m using them to give a glittery effect to the flowers and bow, without the mess.  Want to know more about Stickles?  Check out these posts: What’s a Stickle? and Stickles Compared.

Punch it out!

Punch it out!

I’m using the Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page Loops Punch Set to help me create a border/tag and to punch the corners.  I also inked the bear in brown to give it some dimension.

This sentiment is from the “Tag You’re It 2” stamp set.  Need more stamps that fit with the Create a Critter cartridge?  Check out my “Lots of Pun” stamp set.  I made it specifically to work with the first Create a Critter cartridge.  It has many other uses too!

TIME FOR A GIVEAWAY

Woo hoo!  One winner will have a chance to win both a Xyron 150 and the Xyron 250.  I used both of these great products in my post above!

This giveaway is provided by:

Have you been to their site lately?  You should go check it out!  They have a new owner AND a new look!  Go visit them at www.memorymiser.com!

To be entered for a chance to win these 2 Xyron’s: Leave a comment telling me what you like to make when you craft.  Do you scrapbook?  Make mini-books?  3d projects?  Vinyl?  What’s your favorite thing to make? A winner will be chosen on January 22, 2013 and listed on this post…so check back! ;)

And the winner is:

JaimeLynn says:
JANUARY 20, 2013 AT 10:47 PM
Hi joy,  I am new to your site but so far have loved your projects. I found you looking for a way to make waxed paper bags. You see I am a girl scout leader and the very first girl scout cookies were cooked by mother and daughter at home and put in waxed paper bags with a girl scout sticker seal to hold it shut and sold door to door. I am plannig on replicating that for my parent cookie meeting. But on that note I do many projects that these machines would be useful for. At the end of the year, for one example I do what I call a memory page. I guess it’s like scrap booking pages for a hole troop, than i laminate the page when i’m done a put a fancy ribbon to hang it from so the girls can see what they have done that year. Like i said it’s alot of pages and glueing so this would help out greatly.  Thanks, Jaime D.

Happy Crafting!

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  1. 51

    says

    I seem to make a lot of cards these days in my crafting – always behind on someone’s birthday or need a card for a special occasion! I enjoy making mini albums too!
    What a “beary” cute card, Joy!!
    Teresa

  2. 52

    says

    I love making cards of all types, and to mix it up a bit, gift bags and boxes. sometimes I will make scrapbook pages for family members. I love your card by the way, would love to get the CAC2 cartridge some day\.

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    Merica says

    I have made loads of cards for years. I have recently fell in love with mini-albums during this last year, I took all of my Christmas cards and turned them into a mini album. I lave this idea for any kind of cards, birthdays, I am doing one for my Dad’s 80th birthday. All ready to start trying out the cricut with vinyl, just need to talk myself into it, have been a little fearful of this. Thank you for the give away. Have a great crafting day.

  4. 54

    Krafty Kim says

    OOH! I love a good givaway! Thanks for a chance at winning! My favorite thing to craft would have to be scrapbook pages. Thanks for all your inspiration!

  5. 55

    says

    I just made a bunch of cupcake toppers using snowflakes from “Joys of the Season” Cricut cartridge. Both of the Xyrons sticker makers would be a great addition to my cache of “glues” for use in making cards, etc.

    BTW, great give-away. I’m hoping to be a winner … one of these days.

  6. 56

    Jean-Marie says

    I love to make scrapbook pages, cards, and special projects for holidays. I’m head over heels for all my cricut stuff and am always looking for project ideas, tips and tricks. That’s why I LOVE your blog, Joy. Thanks from the heart!

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    dsc105 says

    First off let me tell you how cute your card is!! MEGA CUTE!!! OH I would so love to win this xyron machine. I really need it!!! Well when I craft I am all over the place. I love to do so many things. My favorites lately are 3d projects but I do love to make minis too! So excited that Silhouette is coming out with chipboard you can use in the machine! Thanks for the chance!!
    Deb

  8. 61

    says

    I like to make mini albums, 3d projects, cards, goodie bags, tags & more. I am currently making magnet paper dolls for my granddaughters birthday. I am thinking i am going to make the clothes from real fabric and make a stage for her dolls with different backgrounds for maximum Fun! I do love me some Xyron you can never have enough!!

  9. 63

    melisaalzammar says

    Hey Joy! My favorite things to make are scrapbook layouts. But lately I have been making a lot of cards and treat bags. I love using the Xyron for all my diecuts. It makes it sooooo much easier. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Melisa Alzammar

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    CathyinMN says

    I spend about half of my creative time making scrapbook layouts and the other half making cards. Your card is adorable! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  11. 65

    says

    I agree that each cutter has its charms. I just got a Cameo for Christmas and look forward to using it. Have used the C— for a year and have really enjoyed it.

  12. 67

    says

    Thanks for the opportunity to win such a great prize! I have been making lots of banners lately. With all the holidays and Valentine’s and St. Patty’s Day coming, banners just add so much to decorate my home. I make different, yet simple ones; leaf ones for the fall, snowflake ones for the winter, heart ones for Valentine’s, and I’ll be making clover ones for St. Patty’s Day. There seems to always be a reason for a banner! They’re so simple! I just cut the snowflakes, hearts, etc. at various sizes, use stickles or other embellishments to jazz them up, punch holes in them, and string them with monofilament. I use the tiny, little hole punch which allows the banner pieces to stay snug along the monofilament but it still allows me to slide them around to easily adjust the length. It’s an easy enough project for the littlest of hands to get involved, too. My nieces love embellishing them and putting them together.

  13. 68

    Janet Licari says

    Cute little bear and love the punching loops…love my punches. I also would not want to be without my Cricut or Cameo…like children I can love them both. Some carts would be so hard to be without and thinking I might need Create a Critter 2! It looks like the Zyrons are handy and think they might be handy for tiny parts like the bear nose…always wanted to try one out. Thanks for sharing your cute project.
    quilt 4 fun 2 at hot mail dot com

  14. 69

    bossymcgraw says

    I like to make vinyl for my wall. Actually I just bought Tie the Knot Cartridge and wanted some ideas for what to do first and I saw that you had an awesome tutorial for these heart boxes for Valentines Day. Then I was wondering well how many would fit on a 12×12 piece of card stock and you answered my question in the next sentence! I love your blog and look forward to reading more posts! :) Have a great day!!!

  15. 70

    suziqh says

    I like to scrapbook and do many kinds of crafts, especially papercrafting. I am new to the cricut and am very excited to learn many new things. I love the ideas I have seen so far and I am eager to see more. Thank you for providing a place to learn.

  16. 72

    says

    I like making cards when crafting. But I am a beginner and am learning more about cricut and feel the need to get one asap so my daughter and I can make some cute card together.

  17. 73

    says

    As of right now I make all occasion cards. I would love to win these Xyron. I have been wanting the 250 like forever! It has been on my want/wish list. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  18. 74

    says

    Wonderful project and so cute! I love making cards, mixed media pieces and mini albums. Winning some Xyron goodies would be wonderful for all the intricate die cuts, thanks Memory Miser! I have a brand new Cameo so I can’t wait to try vinyl and heat transfer too!

  19. 75

    kaz814 says

    Such an adorable project. I just got a Cricut and love making cards with it. I’m eager to try vinyl things, too, just need to get some! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  20. 77

    mimms says

    Thank you for the chance to win this great giveaway
    it could be a great present for my B.D (21.01) :o))
    i’m a newbie ,recently got the cameo
    and i’m in the process of learning it :o))
    like to craft with paper: mini albums,scrapbooking,cards and more

  21. 79

    Shennita says

    I love to do many different crafts. If I had to choose one it would be 3d projects. I recently obtained a love of art journaling and learning to use various mixed media. I am also becoming a lover of mini’s. This giveaway would be the icing on the cake! Thanks for a chance to win!

  22. 80

    says

    Awesome creation. I love the MS punch used. I love to make card making and scrapbooking. This awesome prize would be so helpful with my Cameo and Cricut machines. Makes it easy to put cuts together. Thanks so much for a chance to win.

    AJ
    AJ Scrapbooking & Cards

  23. 81

    davisbabe says

    What cute projects! I love creating and swapping Artist Trading Cards! I also like making cards for birthdays and holidays! Thanks for offering such an awesome giveaway!
    ~Emily

  24. 83

    JaimeLynn says

    Hi joy,

    I am new to your site but so far have loved your projects. I found you looking for a way to make waxed paper bags. You see I am a girl scout leader and the very first girl scout cookies were cooked by mother and daughter at home and put in waxed paper bags with a girl scout sticker seal to hold it shut and sold door to door. I am plannig on replicating that for my parent cookie meeting. But on that note I do many projects that these machines would be useful for. At the end of the year, for one example I do what I call a memory page. I guess it’s like scrap booking pages for a hole troop, than i laminate the page when i’m done a put a fancy ribbon to hang it from so the girls can see what they have done that year. Like i said it’s alot of pages and glueing so this would help out greatly.

    Thanks, Jaime D.

  25. 85

    dlp6931@gmail.com says

    I am learning how to use the cricut create. My projects lately have been working with vinyl. I had been looking for adhesive paper or sticker paper and found working with vinyl and contact paper works well.Without money, I have shown others the way to make gifts and shop with coupons and save the earth.Recycle. I recycled empty note boxes collected from a stationary place and glued different items on them cut from magazines and junk mail. I toke the air freshner wall plug ins and sprays and applied designs, letters, and phrases to them. I use what is cut out and the part that is left, is used also as a stencil applied,too. Each box was filled with snow flakes and stars cut from magzines as a filler. Christmas was a big success among the family members. Each gift box was personalized. Crafting and recycling allows the gift to be special and saves money. I had seen the Xryon but did not understand its function. I am glad I joined your site. You have opened my eyes and inspired me to try other crafty projects. I would like to own a Xyron one day.
    Diana from Texas

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    Joydee1963 says

    Soooooooo cute,I love the Xyron!!! I like to have the big one to do chipboard albums,Great project!!!!!!!!!!!!! Joy

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