Anna Griffin is a talented designer and lovely individual, too.
But, because she is an independent designer, most of her projects are not part of Cricut Access. Thankfully there are a few exceptions to this rule and I’m here to share one of them–Rosettes!!
Today we will be making some beautiful Anna Griffin Rosettes, which were originally designed for a scrapbook page, but don’t need to be used for that. In fact, I’ve modified the original free Cricut Access project to eliminate the extra stuff you’d use to make a scrapbook page and simply focused on the rosettes.
Rosettes are fun to make and provide a lot of “Wow Factor”, however learning to make them can be a little frustrating, too.
For me, most of the frustration in making rosettes has come from using the Scoring Stylus, which is why I do recommend using the Scoring Wheel when making them. Remember though, you do need a Maker to use the Scoring Wheel.
The Scoring Wheel is far and away the best tool for the job of scoring a lot on a project.
If you don’t have a Maker, you can still benefit from reading this post. Scoring can still be achieved by your Cricut Explore machines as long as you have a scoring stylus.
Here’s what scoring with the Scoring Wheel in my Maker looks like:
placeholder://After you score and cut each piece of the rosette, you still need to fold them in an accordion style to crease the edges.
Once folded, assemble the rosettes.
In this example, two strips will make one rosette. That means this project file will make six rosettes of the same size. (You can play with different sizes and lengths to achieve different results, of course!)
Glue two strips together at both ends to form a loop. Once the glue is completely dry, carefully push down the inside edge of the strip to form your rosette.
Be patient with this part and use a hot glue gun when forming the rosette. Even with using the glue gun, you have to hold the rosette together until the glue sets.
Repeat this process until all of your rosettes are made.
You can cover the hardened glob of glue in the middle with a circle, which I’ve included in this file. Or embellish it any way you want.
I like to make a bunch of rosettes in different–but matching–papers and when I’ve got them all assembled I layer them alongside and on top of each other for a beautiful display.
They also look good with paper flowers and will make a gorgeous wall installation, too.
Aren’t they pretty?
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Last week I had the pleasure of joining a host of Cricut enthusiasts in Salt Lake City, Utah for the Cricut Mountain Make-a-thon. I had an absolute blast being among fellow Cricuteers and all the great people from Cricut.
I was invited to teach at the event and I chose to discuss Box Cards, which are a particular passion of mine. Unfortunately the handout that I prepared didn’t get distributed, so I figured I would post it here for anyone who attended the class and even people who couldn’t make it.
So here it is…I hope you find it helpful and don’t forget you can always contact me by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org!
Handout: From FLAT to Fab: Making Box Cards with your Cricut
What is a Box Card?
For a card to be considered a box card, it needs to have one feature–it must be able to fold flat for easy mailing and then pop back up to show off its three dimensional beauty. As you can see from the cards showcased here, not all of the box cards are square…but all of them fold flat and are easily mailable.
For all the projects on this cartridge, you will need to resize the files. This is very important, because using the files straight from Design Space will result in a very small card. If you choose to use the envelope that comes with each box card, Cricut recommends you resize the entire file’s height to about 10.8″.
For even more specific instructions, please visit the Cricut sizing guide for each of the cards on this cartridge, which you can find here at the end of the handbook on page 41: All Occasion Box Card Resizing Guide.
Or you can use my tip about resizing, which is to ungroup the entire file, eliminate the envelope and then sandwich all of the images on top of each other. Once your elements are sandwiched neatly, go ahead and re-group them and resize the entire design to 10.5″. The resulting card will fit nicely into a pre-made 5″ x 7″ envelope. Here is a visual of that:
My name is Ritamarie Cavicchio, but a lot of people call me Miss Rita because of my “Miss Rita to the Rescue!” website and blog. I have been creating things for as long as I remember. I am an accomplished soap maker and herbal/aromatherapy artisan. In addition, I love to make things with my Cricut Maker. My favorite things to make are cards, but I do dabble in home decor and iron on projects. I also knit, sew, cook and bake.
I am a blogger and a Cricut Product Expert. I like to blog about Cricut related news, recipes, home economics, corgis (my favorite breed!) and my 12 year old son (aka MO) who has Autism. When my son MO was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2, I chose to take a break from my successful small business “La Diva Bella” to care for him. Now that he has grown and is in doing well, I am eagerly looking for ways to express myself creatively.
You can find my blog at: MissRitaToTheRescue.com
On Facebook, you can find me under my name: Facebook.com/RitamarieCavicchio and my Facebook Page: Facebook.com/MissRitaToTheRescue.
In 2013 I started one of the first Facebook groups for Cricut users. Since then, my groups have expanded into three very large groups that are managed by a team of great moderators. You are welcome to join any of them! Simply search for them by the names below and request to join:
Cricut Newbies & Pros for Explore and Maker
Cricut Newbies & Pros for Expression, Personal and Create (the legacy Cricut machines)
Cricut Newbies & Pros for BUSINESS (for starting and maintaining a Cricut based business)
I sell my handmade designs at my hometown marketplace (Peabody Pop Up Market) and I also have an Etsy shop (etsy.missritatotherescue.com).
I am also on Pinterest /missritatotherescue and on Instagram at /ritamariecavicchio
Buying and using SVGs from designers in Cricut Design Space:
Lori is a wonderful designer and, in addition to her two Cricut cartridges, she also has a large selection of SVGs that you can purchase on her site: Lori Whitlock’s SVG Shop.
I recently posted a very extensive response to a question I received about the best sites for buying SVGs. While there are many great designers out there and on Etsy, my post covers my top picks for the most beautiful, best designed and well thought out SVG files. Check out the post here:
Anna Griffin recently jumped into the box card realm with her brand new Cricut cartridge called “Anna’s Window Box Cards”, which is available in Design Space or from HSN. I now own this cartridge and it produces really stunning Print Then Cut Window Box cards like this one:
Quick tips on the new Cricut Scoring Wheel:
The new Cricut Scoring Wheel is a major new innovation for the Cricut Maker and does a fabulous job of scoring files! If you don’t have a Cricut Maker, the Cricut Scoring Stylus still works in Explore machines and also the Maker.
Remember that most materials will use the 01 Scoring Tip, but do keep your 02 handy for use with thicker materials such as glitter cardstock, sparkle paper and kraft board.
To prevent cracking while using the scoring tool, you can face your paper “fancy side down”
When removing your Scoring Wheel, remember to check that you replaced the fine point blade housing correctly or it will not cut your project.
A Cuttlebug® is a non-motorized machine that can cut out dies, emboss intricate designs and also score paper to create 3D paper embellishments. If you like to make elaborate cards or scrapbook pages, having a Cuttlebug® would probably prove extremely helpful to you.
One of the most prolific users of the Cuttlebug® machine is Anna Griffin, a designer who is often featured on the shopping network HSN. Anna and Cricut teamed up to create a brand new option for the Cuttlebug® called Cut And Emboss, which allows you to both cut and emboss very intricate detailed paper pieces. Being able to do both cutting and embossing of the same paper allows you to craft both with and without your Cricut Maker or Explore.
It’s important to note that Cuttlebug® is not the only manual die cutting machine on the market. As such, embossing folders and even dies that you purchase from other companies such as Sizzix will work in your Cuttlebug® and vice versa. That means that most dies and embossing folders are interchangeable, which is a good thing for the home crafter.
How does the Cuttlebug® work?
Think of the Cuttlebug® as a manual die cutting machine like your Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore. Instead of designing on your device, you put the entire project together by creating layers–sort of like making a sandwich–that you run through the slot on the Cuttlebug® machine. The machine exerts extreme pressure on the plates, your folder and the materials in your layer sandwich to either emboss, cut or emboss and cut.
Do I need a Cuttlebug® to make things with my Cricut machine?
You do not need a Cuttlebug® to craft with your Cricut, but having one will take your projects to new levels. Adding dimension with intricate embossing folders will elevate your paper layers to new heights, making them look more professional. Embossing paper and other materials with incredibly intricate details cannot really be achieved by hand. In addition, sometimes a design is so intricate that it would take a lot of time to cut using the blade system of a Cricut Maker or Explore machine. Running an intricate die through your Cuttlebug will achieve wonderful results in more than half the time!
What else can I do with a Cuttlebug®?
Embossing with the Cuttlebug® can be simple or more complex. You can sand your embossed white cored paper to show the detail or you could use stamping ink to highlight the design. You can also use ink inside the embossing folders to create a very special inked and embossed look.
Additionally the Cuttlebug® can be used to score paper, which eliminates the need for tedious marking and scoring to accomplish the same task. Making rosettes by hand used to involve making dozens of scorings with a stylus and scoreboard, but this can now be achieved quickly and efficiently with the Cuttlebug®.
One of my favorite uses for the Cuttlebug® is as a die cutter for flamboyantly designed words, as these can waste a lot of paper when done on the Cricut Explore. The Cuttlebug® uses smaller sized paper, so it’s a great way to use up paper scraps or to maximize your use of specialty paper, such as glitter, velum and cardstock.
Who is Anna Griffin?
Anna Griffin is a lifestyle designer with roots in the creation of elaborate wedding and event invitations. Her style is very floral and she is known for creating intricately layered cards; she enjoys using “old world” designs in fresh new ways. Anna has been working with the Cricut (Provo Craft) company for several years, developing digital content as well as launching her very own version of the Cricut Explore and Cuttlebug, which is detailed in gold and cream tones. She is a frequent guest on the shopping channel HSN and has presented tools and papers exclusively for the channel. She is based out of Georgia and has her own blog and online store.
Where can I buy the Cuttlebug® machine and accessories?
The Cricut Cuttlebug® is available on the Cricut website, of which I am an affiliate. If you are planning a purchase of the Cuttlebug®, embossing folders, additional plates and intricate die cuts, please feel free to use my link with my special code (CRICUTNEWBIES1), which will give you an additional 10% off your purchase of most items and free shipping:
According to my calendar, there are only 359 days left until Christmas 2016, but don’t sweat it.
Here are some Christmas card ideas I made with my Cricut to help you get a head start. Most are made with the Cricut image set called “Christmas Kitsch” by Anna Griffin. The reindeer one is from “A Quilted Christmas”. The Angel with the Hosanna Banner is an exclusive to Cricut Image Subscribers!