Cricut · DIY

Cricut Makeathon Class Handout

Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon
Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon

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:!

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.



Hello Box Card
Hello Box Card from All Occasion Box Cards in Cricut Design Space


About today’s project:

The project we did today is from the Cricut cartridge “All Occasion Box Cards” by Lori Whitlock, who is considered the leading designer of box cards and variations of the box card theme.  We did the “Hello Box Card” Design (pictured above).    If you are interested in this cartridge and need the handbook, you can find it here:

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.  

Sizing Template for All Occasion Box Cards
Sizing Template for All Occasion Box Cards by Lori Whitlock



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:

Resizing box card files
Screenshot of how to ungroup and resize the All Occasion Box Card designs so they will fit in a 5″ x 7″ pre-made envelope



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About me:

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:

On Facebook, you can find me under my name: and my Facebook Page:

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 (

​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.

Scoring Wheel for Cricut Maker
Scoring Wheel for Cricut Maker

What is a Cuttlebug®?

Cricut Cuttlebug
Cricut Cuttlebug is great for embossing, cutting and adding dimension to flat paper products

Cuttlebug® Basics

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:

My special link to Cricut, which should be used with the code CRICUTNEWBIES1 for maximum savings

Cricut Cuttlebug Mint Machine
The Cuttlebug includes all the necessary plates and rubber mat to cut and emboss!

Please note:  As an affiliate of Cricut, I may be compensated a small percentage by Cricut for any orders you might place. #ad

Christmas · Cricut

Christmas Card Ideas

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!