CHA 2013

In October, American Crafts announced that it had partnered with Becky Higgins to manufacture, sell and distribute her Project Life line. To help kick off the new partnership, I was asked to design her booth for CHA. Becky started Project Life as a way to streamline and simplify scrapbooking. I wanted her booth to convey this, so I kept the design simple and elegant.

Photos courtesy of BeckyHiggins.com.


I'm Official

Besides the fact that American Crafts manufactures great products that my wife and I have used for scrapbooking and card making over the years, one of the things that was appealing to me as I was looking to further my career, is how they take pride not only in their products, but also their employees. As a frequent visitor to the American Crafts Studio Blog, I had always noticed that they don't just highlight their crafters, but they also introduce you to their In-House Design Team. Before I accepted my new position with them, I blog-hopped through each designer's bio and was astonished and astounded with the level of creativity and talent they hire. I have to admit, I was a bit nervous that my skill-set would not match what they were looking for. However I was very excited to have the opportunity to work and learn from these talented artists and feel so fortunate and blessed that my work is highlighted right next to theirs.


Election Day

With it being Election Day, I thought I would share a couple of political illustrations I have done. A couple months ago, Cricut asked me to create two illustrations for Cricut Craft Room: Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. When they posted these images on Facebook, it really ruffled a lot of crafters feathers. Despite the controversy, I love the way the turned out.

During the last election, Logoworks asked me to create an illustration of Barack Obama for their blog. With Obama's "Change" campaign and all of his references to Abraham Lincoln, so I thought it was fitting to put his face on the penny.

One of my favorite email campaigns I create for Logoworks was, "Vote for Your Next Special Offer." Our customers could vote for a discount on Business Cards, PowerPoint Templates and Pens. I created downloadable posters and badges that our customers use to promote their favorite "offer." At the end of the day, whichever "offer" you voted for you received, but I seem to recall that Pens won by a tiny margin.


Happy Halloween

One of the last projects I was assigned at Cricut, was to stage a kids Halloween party. The photos from this "party" have been featured on Cricut.com, Project Center, Cricut Craft Room and Cricut email campaigns.

I volunteered my daughter to come in for the "party." She was a natural in front of the camera! And it has been so fun to see her picture all over Cricut's website.

I couldn't have pulled off this "party" on my own. Jana Eubank created the pumpkin topiaries, witch shoes, best costume ribbons, fry boxes, pumpkin popcorn ball favors and match game. My lovely wife also volunteered her time, and helped on everything from assembling the ornaments and applying the vinyl on the wall to helping me set-up the display and shop for candy and party supplies.

Here is a collection of photos from the party!


Last Day at Cricut

Today is a bitter-sweet day for me. While I am excited about my new job on the American Crafts art team, I am going to have a hard time saying goodbye to Cricut. I was honored when Provo Craft asked me to join their art team two years ago. During that time I have grown immensely as an illustrator, stretched myself artistically and added so many great products to my portfolio. I am just as honored now to be joining the amazing designers at American Crafts. I can't wait to learn from each of them and see all that goes into creating their amazing paper and embellishment lines.

I want to say "thanks" to all of my Provo Craft coworkers. It has been a pleasure working alongside each of you. Your ideas have been inspiring, your feedback has been invaluable and your friendship has been greatly appreicated. Please keep in touch.

I also want to thank all of you that read my blog. I love how passionate you are about your Cricut machines and crafting! Your projects continue to blow me away, and I am thrilled to see how many of you are creating projects with my Cricut and Cuttlebug artwork. I look forward to seeing what you do with the future products I have the opportunity to work on.



Daddy Daughter Cricut Night

I gave my five year old our original Cricut machine and some Cricut markers so she could create her own coloring book pages. She loves it! She is definitely a proud Cricut owner and loves telling everyone about her "Cricut that draws!"

This weekend I helped her make some of my teddy bears, and I wanted to share with you how we made them. First, we arranged the all of the layers for one bear and one outfit on her mat in Cricut Craft Room. Then, using the Cricut markers, we drew the all of the layers on a piece of  paper.

With the paper still on her mat, she then colored in each layer with markers.

Using the same Cricut Craft Room file, we then cut the colored pieces with the Cricut blade.

Here she is showing off one of her finished bears!

On Monday we needed a card for her preschool teacher, so I had her draw a background on a piece of folded paper. She then Pop-Dotted  her "mermaid bear" to one of the rocks, and finished it all of with a little glitter glue. The finished card was simply amazing! Way to go, Sweetie!


Teddy Bear Parade

What do you get when you cross the song "Teddy Bear Picnic" with Judy Garland's classic "Easter Parade?" My latest cartridge, of course!!!

Whether in an Easter bonnet, or sweater with bears upon it,
you'll love all of the fashions in the Teddy Bear Parade.
A leprechaun with clover, or maid from last Oktober,
you're set for every season with the Teddy Bear Parade.

The Teddy Bear Parade cartridge features a cute little bear and 49 darling outfits. Plus, I made sure to include a coordinating prop for each outfit. You'll have as much fun dressing them up as I did illustrating them.

This cute back to school card from amo mi cricut features two of my teddy bears. The boy's outfit was inspired by my own wardrobe. And the girl's outfit is a nod to my favorite SNL character, Mary Katherine Gallagher!

And just as a heads up, you need to visit the amo mi cricut blog for the chance to win their Teddy Bear Parade "blog candy!" They have cut out every single outfit, individually bagged them and will be giving them all away to one lucky commenter. So be sure to leave her a comment before August 30!!!

Teddy Bear Parade is now available at Walmart and Cricut.com.


Team Spirit

My latest (and personal favorite) cartridge was announced this week!

As a former Varsity Cheerleader, I filled the Team Spirit cartridge with everything I wish I had had back in the day: sports equipment, crests, trophies and mascots. And to help you show off your team spirit, I included 100 vinyl decals; making decorating your car and helmets simple and affordable!

10 different sports are represented on this cartridge, including Cheerleading! I did this so my peeps could scrapbook their time at Cheer Camp and practice.

I had a blast creating all 50 of these mascots! I did my best to include all of the major mascots, as well as some obscure ones. And if you use the "Flip" feature on your Cricut or Cricut Craft Room, you can create the ultimate face-off posters: Eagles vs Titans, Cougars vs Utes.
(Please note: the human mascots are shown with more than the allotted 6 colors. By double cutting some of the layers, you can make each of them look as they appear below.)

Here are the 100 vinyl decals. They have lots of detail and can be layered with the icon and mascot shadows.

Here are couple projects from the new Cricut Project Center.

And to show my team spirit, here is a photo of the 1995-96 Skyline High School Varsity Cheerleaders. Can you guess which one is me?

I am on the back row, second from the right. G-O-O-O-O-O EAGLES!!!

Team Spirit is now available at Cricut.com and your favorite craft stores.