3D Ornaments

December is finally here! What better way to ring in the Christmas season than with my latest release: 3D Ornaments.  I created these ornaments for the world launch of the Cricut Mini on HSN. This set of digital images was included in the Cricut Mini Bundle, and is exclusive to HSN shoppers.

For this set, I created 6 different ornaments: 2 stars, 2 balls, and 2 honeycomb ornaments.

It was so much fun to watch the HSN launch because they had a Christmas tree that was decked with these ornaments. Here is a close-up of one of the stars.

Here are a set of honeycomb ornaments created by Jana Eubank for the Cricut blog. These ornaments are really versatile because they can be assembled like this, or they can be glued together like the old school honeycomb decorations. I created a set of instructions on how to "honeycomb" these ornaments and they are available in the 3D Ornaments digital handbook. And my favorite part of these ornaments  is their little cap. It just gives them the finishing touch. The cap has 2 holes in the top so you can loop your ribbon through for hanging.

Here are some of the ball ornaments that I created with my 4 year old daughter.  They are currently hanging from the chandelier in our kitchen, and my daughter loves showing them off to everyone that visits.

Each of these ornaments feature a decorative drop-out design on them. To get my daughter involved, I let her use the drop-outs as a stencil. She had a blast coloring them! And for a little touch of glitz, she added glitter glue to each of the pieces she colored.

And just as a reminder, entries for this month's cartridge challenge are due on the 16th. I will respond to each of your emails to let you know that I received your entry. I can't wait to see all of your Christmas creations.


Happy Thanksgiving

Before I joined the Cricut team, I was an illustrator and graphic designer for the marketing team at Logoworks by HP. Several years ago, our email marketing manager had the idea to create an interactive game for Thanksgiving called, "Bag a Bird." If a customer could "bag" 10 birds in 45 seconds, they would receive a special discount off of their next purchase. So, they turned to me to illustrate the unlucky turkeys for the game.

My idea was to create a group of turkeys that were kind of on the ugly side, so our customers would not feel guilty shooting at them. I created two versions of each bird: one that was trying to get away, and one that had been shot. I thought it would be funny to give the latter version a the stereo typical X's over their eyes.

I also designed and coded the email that was sent out. This campaign was a huge success, and they sent out have sent it out each Thanksgiving since. 


Announcing New Digital Images

Today, the first 20 sets of Cricut Craft Room Exclusives were released. Two of the digital image sets in premier release were created by me, and I am excited to share them with you.

My personal favorite is the Gnomes & Mushrooms set. I am a huge gnome lover. Although I may not have them scattered around my yard, I am a proud owner of a Travelocity Roaming Gnome. He has been traveling with us for years and we have pictures of him everywhere from Times Square to Disneyland. He even came with us to the hospital when my daughter was born. So when I saw gnomes on the list of potential Cricut Craft Room Exclusives, I immediately claimed it!

Jana Eubank created this scrapbook page for the Cricut blog using my the snail and mushroom images.

The other set I created for the launch is 3D Bows. When I showed the cut files to my wife, she mentioned that they look a little intimidating, but I guarantee that they are really easy to put together!

Each bow was photographed with the optional layers on them. These bows look just as cool without these layers on them, making them super versatile. And in some cases, the optional layers make a great bow on their own. I especially love that you can cut them out of any paper to coordinate with your gift or handmade card.

Here is are a couple of bows that Amy Mitchell created for the Cricut blog.

Be sure to tune in Tuesday night,  November 15th at 12:01 am EST, for the Cricut Mini launch on HSN.  They will be showcasing projects from each of these digital image sets, as well as debuting an HSN exclusive set of digital images that was designed by yours truly!!!  I can hardly wait to see it.


Happy Halloween

A couple of years ago, my wife and I set out to create our own card crafting company, Cherries Jubilee Creations. Naturally, I did all of the illustrative work, and my wife handled all of the PR and marketing. Although our little company never really took off, these kits made a great portfolio piece. And I am sure they helped me get my job at Provo Craft!

In honor of Halloween, I thought I would share some of my illustrations from our Tricks & Treats card kit. This was the back of our packaging and showcases all of the kit's contents.

My favorite elements from this kit were the Halloween paper dolls that I created. Here are close-ups of each of them. You are welcome to print them for personal use. All I ask is that you include a link to my blog when you post the projects you make with them. Thanks!

Our kits also included these 9 tags and embellishments. And just as I side note, I crafted the term "Hallowed Greetings" was quote in Legally Blonde: The Musical! "Welcome to the hallowed halls of Harvard Law." I felt that it sounded kind of creepy! :)  

And this was the sheet of word strips and borders. I illustrated them to look like printed ribbons.

To help get the word out, my wife enlisted her favorite paper crafter to create some projects. Here is a set of treat bags that Melissa Phillips made for us.


Introducing Cricut Collectibles

I am a collector of vinyl figures. Some of my favorites include Disney's Vinylmation collections, Kid Robot's Dunny figures, and the Doctor Who Time Squad series. So when I was asked to design a line of vinyl figures for Cricut, you can imagine how excited I was!

Like the Dunny and Vinylmation figures, each Cricut Collectible figure has a common shape (based on the Cricut logo) and 1 of 12 unique themed design. This first collection is based on the different Cricut machines that have been released. Their bodies are the color of an existing machine, and the contrasting color on their arms and antennae is pulled from the "shoulder" color of their respective machines. Each Cricut Collectible is being sold in a sealed package so you don't know which one you are purchasing until after you opened it. If you don't get the color you want, or you get a duplicate, you can trade them with when you are at a Cricut Swarm or crop. Here is the whole collection:

Green Cricut Expression
Cricut Imagine

Purple Cricut Expression

Cricut Cake
Champagne Cricut Expression

Hunter Green Cricut Expression
Dark Blue Cricut Expression

Turquoise Cricut Expression
Pink Breast Cancer Cricut Expression

Cricut Create
Mystery Limited Edition Cricut

I am so excited that I can finally share these with you! Visit Cricut.com to start your own vinyl figure collection. They make great craft room assistants, and look really cute standing on your desk or next to your Cricut cartridge library.


Art Nouveau on HSN

Monday marked the launch of the new Cricut Expression 2 on HSN. For the launch, HSN assembled a bundle of 4 cartridges and the new wireless adapter to include with the machine. I was stoked to see that my Art Nouveau cartridge was included in the bundle.

If you head over to the HSN blog, Jinger spotlights 2 projects that you can make with my cartridge. I thought the step by step pics for this project were pretty cool, and I wanted to share them with you.


Flashback - Strawberry Shortcake Party

Last year, I created this party suite for her third birthday.  And if you don't recognize the strawberry party dress, that's because it was the one my daughter wore on her big day.

And here is the birthday girl.

Photo courtesy of Christy Cunningham.