Category: Tutorials

“Hosanna, In the Highest!” Cricut Design Space Greeting Card

Hosanna in the Highest!

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! ( Singing along in my heart)

In today’s Have Faith Stationery tutorial I am featuring a Cricut Design Space Cut file that is featured for Cricut Access members only.  It makes me so happy when I able to find pre-made greeting card cut files for my Cricut that Glorify God.

As a bonus to today’s post I have included one of my favorite devotional songs that my children and I sing along together that  simplifies Matthew 21:9-11 into a beautiful melody of praise. “Hide ’em in your Heart”.  


Hosanna in the Highest! Greeting Card

Supplies Needed

  • Cricut Design Space Cut File   
  • Cricut Explore, Cricut Explore Air, or Cricut Maker Machine
  • Xyron adhesive machine ( Xyron creative or the Xyron X for tiny embellishments)
  • Dark Blue card stock for greeting card base
  • Peach or light pink card stock for angel body
  • Gold Shimmer card stock for angel hair
  • Silver Shimmer card stock for angel clothing
  • Medium blue card stock for angel wings
  • Light blue card stock for angel wings
  •  2 pieces of white card stock for layer panel ( inside greeting card) and white banner die cut
  • Brown card stock for “Hosanna” die cut sentiment
  • Dark Blue ink with ink dauber to add dimensional detail
  • Silver star gems in various sizes
  • Foam tape or square to add dimension to Hosanna banner
  • Liquid glue of your choice
  • Pair this card with any of your favorite Scriptural sentiment and snail mail it!

Directions

Die cut all the pieces out in the appropriate colors, add some ink to the edges of the card base, and use adhesives of your choice.  If you don’t have a shimmery card stock you can substitute for Shimmer pens or glitter card stock of your choice.

 

 With just a few supplies you can make your own stationery for any occasion to Glorify God. This beautiful card can be sent any time of year and it is not limited to the birth of Christ:

Let’s make our focus as believers in  Jesus Christ be on the resurrection of Him because that is the place we are to live our lives.

Steve Green Hosanna!

 I hope you enjoyed today’s Cricut Design Space Tutorial of ” Hosanna in the Highest” greeting card as well as the beautiful song for the whole family to sing along to.  I hope that Have Faith Stationery  blog posts inspire you to snail mail handcrafted stationery that shares such truthful and  powerful messages about Jesus Christ.  If you have any questions, please comment below.

Many Blessings,

Kristal

Walk Through Prayer Journal Made with the Cricut Explore Air Machine

Walk Through Prayer Journal Made with the Cricut Explore Air Machine

Have you ever wanted to keep track of your prayer life? Create your personal Prayer Journal with just a few supplies!

In today’s blog article I will share with you a pictorial walk through of my prayer journal made with the Cricut Explore Air and the Design Space File to create your very own Prayer Journal!

The Cricut Design Space file is quite large and this project will take you some time.  I  home school my children so I had to break it up into a span of a week or so (give or take). I think I started with printing and cutting first then I laminated each section last. Although it is time consuming it is worth it especially if you are serious about documenting your prayer life and journey with Jesus Christ. The only thing I think I would change about the process would be to have it spiral bound rather than in a binder.

Walk Through Prayer Journal Made with the Cricut Explore Air Machine

Supplies Used

Paper Pack 12×12  Jen Hadfield  Best of Meilleur D’ Mejor De ( Paper pad unavailable for purchase)

Michaels 110lb  white card stock

Michaels 65lb white cardstock

Epson Workforce 3620 printer

Cricut Air Machine

Cricut Design Space Prayer Journal File

Scotch Laminator with pouches

Xyron Machine Adhesive

3 Hole punch

White Binder

Notebook filler paper

Quick Tip: Before attaching the label to the journalling sections and laminating the paper, adhere some double sided tape on the back of the scrapbook paper to keep the alignment straight .  This extra step is tedious but you will be happy with the results in the end.

Handmade Journals are my Jam!

As far back as I can remember, I would spend hours in my journal creating a variety of entries: poems, songs, doodling, and writing ideas down. Before e-readers became the BIG thing there was a place called ” Barnes and Nobles.” I would save up cash to purchase my favorite leather bound journals and collect them. Each journal had it’s purpose and it was so luxurious to have my own leather journal from Italy or France.

I am a prayer warrior and I really enjoy keeping record of where God’s hands are moving in my life. This prayer journal was inspired by fellow Cricut paper Crafter named Staci Williams. She posted a video a few years about how to create your own prayer journal. I personalized my own and over time it transformed into what I am sharing with you today. You can visit her blog  “Love that Bug” .

Through this journaling style I have been able to articulate my prayer life that is successful and effective. I am also closer to The Lord because I can just sit down and be quiet.  By journaling my prayers, I can have an open conversation with my Lord about what is really going on in my life that concerns me. Scripture says: If we draw close to Him, He will draw near to us. By drawing near to Him, I have seen so many prayers answered. I believe this tool has been so valuable that it sometimes gets overlooked in the community of believers.

 

Making journals and writing in them have always interested me. Sure, I can just go to the store and purchase a journal and notebooks to store all of these wonderful entries, but I have a lot of enjoyment creating things with my hands and technology. One day I will make my own leather bound journal, it’s on my bucket list!

I have been looking for an affordable and creative way to create keepsakes of all my prayer journal entries as well as bible study notes. I really want to make sure that I am going to consistently use the binding tool before I purchase it. If you happen to have a binding tool for your journals, please comment below. If you need advice about how to navigate paper crafting please take a moment to read my previous blog article ” How to Make Quality Cards without Breaking your Wallet.”

With just a few paper crafting supplies you can create something beautiful to glorify God. If you have any questions about today’s Cricut Design Space File please feel free to contact me or comment below.

I hope today’s blog article was a blessing to you and inspired you to dive deep into your prayer life.

Many Blessings,

Kristal DeBold

Free DIY Cricut Design Space Greeting Card File

Free DIY Cricut Design Space Greeting Card File


In today’s Cricut Design Space Cut file I am featuring the front of this card. I purposely did not include a  greeting card base because I wanted to give you the freedom to use whatever you have in your stash and not be limited.

This greeting card can be both for young boys or gentlemen. The pattern paper is what really sets the tone for each design. I hope you have enjoyed today’s Cricut Design Space Greeting Card File. To view more of the projects created with the Cricut Explore Air, please visit my portfolio.

DIY Cricut Design Space Greeting Card File

Create a stunning greeting card with your Cricut !

Supplies Needed

  • Cricut Design Space Cutting File
  • Cricut Explore, Air, or Maker Machine
  • Printer ( print at the best quality possible)
  • Card base of your choice
  • Masculine pattern paper of your choice
  • Coordinating solid card stock
  • Sewing machine for top embroidery ( optional)
  • Adhesive ( I use Xyron runners)
  • Memento Fade-resistant Dye Ink

Please Note: This project is for personal use only. Please refer to my terms and conditions tab for more information.

With just a few supplies you can make your own stationery for any occasion to Glorify God. If you have any questions about this handcrafted greeting card design, please comment below.

Many Blessings!

Kristal

Beautiful Butterfly Greeting Card -Cricut Design Space Cut File

Beautiful Butterfly Greeting Card -Cricut Design Space Cut File


In my previous posts I showcased pictures of the greeting cards I have designed with the Cricut. In today’s post I am sharing the Design Space Cut File for the Beautiful Butterfly Greeting Card.

This greeting card was created before there was Cricut Design Space; however, for all intent purposes I have added it to my digital content to make life easier on me as I grow my handcrafted stationery shop.

I have purposely left sizes up to you  just in case you are in a jam and don’t have all the materials needed to create the full project. You can either use pre-cut greeting cards and envelopes from your favorite company or card stock of your own. In the final project I have used both and they worked out fantastic!

Please Note: This project is for personal use only. Please refer to my terms and conditions tab for more information.

Beautiful Butterfly Greeting Card

Supplies Needed

  • Cricut Design Space Cut File   
  • Cricut Explore, Cricut Explore Air, or Cricut Maker Machine
  • Xyron adhesive machine ( Xyron creative or the Xyron X for tiny embellishments)
  • Card Stock for greeting card base
  • Light card stock for envelope
  • Liquid glue of your choice
  • Favorite background Stamp ( the stamp I used was from Japan and is no longer available)
  •  Favorite gem or pearl for accents
  • VersaMark ink pad for Embossing ( to create a tone on tone look I used a coordinating colored ink and Versa Mark ink to emboss)
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Sentiment stamp

This greeting card file is set up for a beginning card maker or an advanced. If you want more embellishment for your butterflies, first emboss them with your favorite stamp/embossing powder then finish with glossy accents or a quick layer of clear embossing ink. If you don’t have these tools, but own an embossing folder- they will look just as beautiful!

 

With just a few supplies you can make your own stationery for any occasion to Glorify God. If you have any questions about this handcrafted greeting card design, please comment below.

Many Blessings!

Kristal

Our Love Greeting Card- Cricut Design Space Cut File

Our Love Greeting Card- Cricut Design Space Cut File


In today’s blog article I will be sharing with you a Cricut Design Space cut file that will help you create a heartfelt message to your loved one.  Before there was Cricut Design Space, I had to figure out how to create the all my greeting card and stationery designs in a way that conveyed my message inexpensively and within my skill set. I am so thankful that my husband generously gave me a huge stack of his expired flight maps. If you have something vintage that isn’t something you can just go find online, I suggest using that as the material for the background layer.

At the time of this design, all I had was my Cricut Expression and a printer.

 

Romantic Masculine Stationery

Cricut Design Space File

SUPPLIES NEEDED

  • Cricut Explore, Cricut Explore Air, Cricut Maker
  • Cricut Design Space
  •  Cricut Design Space File
  • Masculine Pattern paper ( please note- the flight maps I chose are not available in stores as they are authentic flight maps that were given to me as a gift)
  • Adhesive
  • Printer or Cricut Marker ( write then cut feature- you will have to change that if you want to do this instead of printing)
  • Heavy card stock for the base of your card
  • envelope ( I have included an envelope in the file)

This is such a versatile design that you can change the heart embellishment and choose something to suite your style and taste. I have purposely left the greeting card dimensions as is so you have the liberty to adjust it for your taste. Please Note: This project is for personal use only. Please refer to my terms and conditions tab for more information.

With just a few supplies you can make your own stationery for any occasion to Glorify God. If you have any questions about this handcrafted greeting card design, please comment below.

Many Blessings!

Kristal

Free DIY Cricut Design Space- Print Then Cut Greeting Card Biblical Sentiment

Free DIY Cricut Design Space- Print Then Cut Greeting Card Biblical Sentiment

DIY Print Then Cut Sentiment File

Cricut Design Space Greeting Card Project

Cricut Design Space Greeting Card

Supplies Needed

  • Cricut Design Space Cutting File
  • Cricut Explore, Air, or Maker Machine
  • Printer ( print at the best quality possible)
  •  Pre- Cut Greeting Card ( I chose Michael’s 5×7 card and envelope set)- perfect paper weight for printing
  • Masculine pattern paper of your choice
  • Coordinating solid card stock
  • Adhesive ( I use Xyron runners)
  • Memento Fade-resistant Dye Ink

The cut file for Cricut Design Space you are using only contains the sentiment and label. You will need to use your own card bases for the completion of this card. To view more of the projects created with the Cricut Explore Air, please visit my portfolio.

 

With just a few supplies you can make your own stationery for any occasion to Glorify God. If you have any questions about this handcrafted greeting card design, please comment below.

Many Blessings!

Kristal

 

Please Note: This project is for personal use only. Please refer to my terms and conditions tab for more information.

Free DIY Cricut Greeting Card Cut File: Masculine Wood Grain Stationery

DIY Cricut Design Space Wood Grain Greeting Card

Create a stunning masculine greeting card with just a few supplies

Supplies Needed :
Coordinating colors of you choice
Wood embossing folder or wood grain stamp
Versa Mark Ink
clear embossing powder
white embossing powder
heat tool
sentiment stamp
card base color of your choice
3Dimensional Adhesive
matching twine

Instructions:

Cut all items out of your favorite card stock
Stamp, emboss, and heat faux wood grain panels.
Assemble as pictured

With just a few supplies you can make your own stationery for any occasion to Glorify God. If you have any questions about this handcrafted greeting card design, please comment below.

Many Blessings!

Kristal

How to Make Quality Cards without Breaking Your Wallet

How to Make Quality Cards without Breaking your Wallet

Disclaimer: This is advice on how to navigate paper crafting with wisdom. In future posts I will have a little more detail on the products I have chosen to use, but I think this is a more important topic than the paper crafting products themselves.


How to Make Quality Cards without Breaking your Wallet


Be content with who you are & exercise self control

One of the first things I had to do with myself is become content with what I have and use self control. I don’t have the latest and greatest, but I have what I need to create stationery I like. I am happy with where I am in my journey and who God made me to be.

Before I became a believer in Christ, I over-indulged and didn’t use half of what I had.  Sometimes marketing makes you feel like you are missing out on the next big thing. Trust me: you’re not missing out on anything if you decide not to get that next die cut or stamp set on the market. It’s ok to say no and say no often.


Do your research

Do your research! Before I upgraded to the Cricut Expression 2, I waited until I returned to the United States and then I waited some more. Once I finally bought the Expression 2, I realized it wasn’t the right machine for me. By then I had advanced my computer skills and needed a machine to accommodate those skill sets.  I sold the Expression 2, then Cricut did something awesome and came out with the Cricut Explore Machine. Before I even decided to purchase the item I waited… and waited some more…. a few months later they released the Cricut Air machine.

Before I decided to buy the Cricut Explore I researched other companies that did the exact same thing. I realized since I invested so much of my time and money into the Provo Craft company, I didn’t want to invest in a different machine.

There are smaller consumable items like water color markers and inks that unfortunately did not work well for me.Some of those item I researched and some of the items I just wanted to try.  Although an item works well for someone else’s crafting needs they might not be the best for your specific artistic goals. So outside of doing research consider your skill level at the time and personal preferences.

I am not a glitter person so I don’t buy glitter, instead I found a product that gives a little shimmer without the mess.


Focus on Your Artistic Goals Not Fame or Vain Pursuits

God’s word says over and over that He is our provider and we should not worry about our life or what we will do and have. So I stopped worrying about what others were doing and focused on what God wants me to do with my time. I just stopped caring about all the products that will come out, all the new styles and techniques, and stayed content with the tools I really wanted to use. By doing so, I really was able to articulate and enjoy crafting as well as develop new skill sets.

There was a time when all of this went to my head before I gave my life to Christ. ( Truth be told: I wanted to be the next Hallmark- I talked about it all the time. I obsessed over social media status, creating better cards to outshine others, and obtaining more sales.) Now I am a completely different person. It took me some time and prayer to start a blog and open up shop again; however, I am confident that The Lord was able to fix the mess I caused without casualties. ( I have a right relationship with The Lord, I am secure and loved, my marriage is fantastic, and I am a great mom.)  All of the work you see on this blog and the skills took YEARS to develop.  Please don’t misunderstand,I don’t think I am better than anyone else- I have chosen not to let someone else’s success cloud my assessment of the abilities I have been given. For all the time I spent obsessing over being on the front listing pages of major search engines- I probably would have been a better artists. So in short, all this hoopla of fame and fortune is a waste of time and energy.

Please make sure not to put people on the pedestal of your heart. Not one person on this plane of existence can handle that much pressure. That place belongs to God.


Pray About it before you buy it !

The Lord cares for His creation. He wants to have an open dialog and personal relationship with His people. So talk with Him about your crafting goals and what season you are in. It’s very easy to get caught up in the moment at Michael’s or Joann Fabrics and buy a bunch of stuff you may not even need or use. Sometimes I look for certain items and it turns out the store doesn’t carry it. If I really need it, I will ask the Lord for the provision at a reasonable price. I rarely ever go to the store and buy in bulk unless there is a serious sale.

I pray every time I am in the parking lot. If this helps you this is what I pray about:

Heavenly Father- Help me to have self control while I am at the store. Please help my children listen and follow directions while we are there . Thank You Lord, Amen.


Pick Quality  Over Quantity

Ever since I was little my mother emphasized on the quality of something rather the quantity. I’d much rather pay a little more for quality than buy a quantity of something and end up with cheap looking results. I had to learn the hard way with certain stamp materials- not all stamps are created equally. However, there are exceptions to this concept. Currently I can afford puffy paint  for embellishments on the flowers I create.  The results are the same as the brand name liquid embellishment drops. I am comfortable with purchasing a large quantity of puffy paint to embellish my cards knowing the quality of my cards won’t be compromised. Personal preference.

Over the course of my artistic life, I had only purchased items that I wanted to try once or use continually. I still have ink pads from 7 years ago and will continue to have them until I can’t use them anymore. This is my mentality. Before I began paper crafting I did a lot of writing and sketching. Growing up in a single parent home I did not have everything I wanted and it truly made a positive impact on me as an adult, especially while navigating this hobby.

There was a time when I penny pinch so much I tried to re-invent the wheel of crafting. For example:  I have seen several videos on Youtube where the Cricut Explore Machine could use various thin markers to replace the Cricut specialty pens. I tried using the water based markers I own and a few of my fine liners and it was a bust. I spent more time researching for an adapter than enjoying my machine. Needless to say, the search for me was just a waste of time. I turned to husband in the parking lot at Michael’s and said-  Why am I going to reinvent what was already done by the company? I will just wait until we can afford to buy them.  I am glad I waited because I am not sure if I will need them.


Save Save Save

If you have an item on your list that you want to purchase but don’t have the funds right away. Please do your future self a favor and just save up for it.  As believer’s in Christ we are called to  “Owe no man except to love him in Christ Jesus.”

Don’t get yourself into credit card debt over craft supplies. It’s not worth it!

The Lord reminds me frequently that this is all just paper and I can tend to my life.

So to sum up all the preaching to myself as well as you….

Here are some break down tips

Be Content with who you are and what you have 
Exercise self control
Do your research
Focus on Your Artistic Goals Not Fame
Pray about it before you buy it
Pick Quality over Quantity
Save Save Save

But the most important thing to navigating this hobby is attending to the life God has blessed you with.  Your children will grow up, your relationship with your spouse is more important, your community needs you, and lets not waste time idolizing someone else gift.. Let us use the gifts we have in Christ to Glorify Him!

Many Blessings in the Messiah,

Kristal