Sunday, January 15, 2012

Do You Have Empty Cricut Cartridge Boxes?

Happy Sunday Everyone!

Hubby's watching football and I'm still trying to get my house back in order from the holidays!  I am happy to report  . . .  ALL Christmas decorations are packed & put away for another year!  

After deciding I had made enough trips up & down the steps for one day, I took the time to PLAY in my cave for awhile!  Now that I know how to use the Cricut my neighbor Christy gave me last year, my daughter decided a few new cartridges would be a good Christmas present for me (she was right) and also a large case to keep them in.  That means now I have several EMPTY Cricut Boxes that the cartridges came in.

My friend, Lana (Blest With Stamps) got me on the 'Trash to Treasure' altering kick last summer (thanks girlfriend!) ... so now I can't throw anything away without first wondering how I might be able to 'repurpose' it.  Well here's what I've come up with for the Cricut Boxes.

My FIRST attempt:

My SECOND attempt.

I'm really not sure what I'll be using these boxes for ... but I'll come up with something!
Any ideas??? ... I would love to hear your comments.

With the scraps from this last box, I decided to make a matching card.  
This designer paper is one of my favorites ... Graphic45 - Le' Romantique

The flourish was created using the Cheery Lynn Designs 'Fanciful Flourish' die and gold metallic paper.  The butterfly and doily lace border are both Martha Stewart punches.  The flower was created with a PunchBunch flower punch and I've curled the edges using the tweezers from the PunchBunch flower making kit.  I have punched both the flower & the butterfly also in black cardstock as a backing so that they'd show up better.  Products used in this creation were purchased at Joan's Gardens ... be sure to pop over and check out all the goodies she has available in her store.

AND . . .
through my 'cleanup' here in the cave, I found this little 'precolored' gem of an image laying on my table under a mountain of other things and decided to make it into a card.

The image is one of eight that can be found on this collage sheet called 'Vintage Cute Kids' at the Nicecrane Designs Store.  
Be sure to check out ALL of the amazing papers, digi images, collage sheet, etc. that Ignacio has available.  I'm sure you'll find something you just can't live without!!

Okay ... I'm sure I've kept you long enough and should really get back to putting my house in order.  THANKS SO MUCH for stopping by today and I hope you enjoy your upcoming week!

Let's enter a few other qualifying challenges:
Dream Valley Challenges - Anything Goes
Fashionable Stamping Challenge - Butterflies or Bugs
Gingerloft Challenge - Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time - Anything Goes
PanPastel UK - Anything Goes
Scrappy Frog Challenge - Lace (Wilton Lace Doily)
Sentiment Sunday - Ribbon & Sentiment
Stampin' Sisters in Christ - Something New (K&Co 3d butterflies, Prima Ribbon Flower)
The Hybrid Chick - Card Caravan Challenge - Sparkle (Stickles & Pearls)
CES Challenge - Vintage Dahling
 Crazy 4 Challenge - Monochromatic in Blue
Little Claire's Designs - Anything BUT a Card
Secret Crafter - Anything Goes with Blue
Bloggers Challenge - Wings and Things
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge - Use Something New (K&Co. 3d butterflies, Prima Ribbon Flower)
Delicious Doodles - All Things New (K&Co. 3d butterflies, Prima Ribbon Flower)
Fairy Tale Challenge - Something New (K&Co. 3d butterflies, Prima Ribbon Flower)
Happy Crafting!


  1. Great idea, it turned out beautiful. I love the flower in the center with the pretty butterflies.

    Love the great layers on the card, very pretty flourish in the center too.

  2. Wow! Fabulous projects, love the boxes and the cards are gorgeous too. Thank you for joining in with the PanPastel Challenge blog.
    Lindsay xx

  3. Hi Darlene, wow you're on a roll with all these gorgeous projects. I just love the altered cricut cartridge boxes, what a clever idea. Thanks for joining our challenge at PanPastel UK and good luck
    Claire xx

  4. Oh my Darlene, I just love your boxes, what a great idea to recycle them and you have used such gorgeous papers.
    Thanks for entering the PanPastel UK 'Anything Goes' challenge with these fabulous creations.
    luv and hugs {brenda} xoxo

  5. Really love what you have done with the boxes it a fab idea.I did a similar thing with my empty PanPastel boxes.Thanks so much for sharing the inspiration with us at PanPastel Uk.

    Kerry DT Leader

  6. Hiya Darlene .. cor, what a fabby idea.
    I have lots of these boxes but I will have to get other storage for my carts first! So pretty how you have decorated them. Are you into home made chocolates? (who isn't lol) I would love a box filled with treats like that :)

    Thanks for joining the PanPastel challenge x

    Eileen x

  7. Great use for empty Cricut boxes! I love how you also made the matching card - very creative Darlene!

  8. Ahhh Darlene these are FABULOUS!!!! And to think not long ago you said to me "I don't do 3D type stuff" LOL You are hooked my friend,these turned out great you go girlfriend!!

  9. Ooooh - totally AWESOME boxes :-D What a fabulous idea. If you are into Swaps, you could put some cut-outs in the box and send it for the Swap. I would LUV to get something like that :-)
    Thank you for sharing with us at Delicious Doodles.
    Ike xx
    DD DT

  10. Amazing Darlene what talent in that mind of yours these altered boxes are fabulous.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

    Hugs Shirley x x

  11. Oh my word, These are very beautiful creations , lovely designs and layouts and very pretty colour theme,

    Thank you so much for joining us at Crafty Catz Use Something New Challenge I hope you can join us again next week

    Have a lovely day,
    Good Luck with the challenge,
    Hugs Bridget Crafty Catz DT :-)x

  12. Awesomness hun! Love those recycling projects. You could use them as gift boxes to sell as they are, then folk can fill them with whatever they want.
    Thanks for playing at the Delicious Doodles Challenge hun! xx

  13. Hi Darlene
    Gorgeous and beautifl boxes and a fabulous idea,and your card is gorgeous too,thankyou for joining us this week at CraftyCatz
    Hugs Dianne xx

  14. Thanks for joining our "Anything goes with blue" challenge this week on SECRET CRAFTER SATURDAY CHALLENGE :)

    Hugs Jane x

  15. Beautiful altered boxes, with great attention to detail. Thanks so much for joining us at FSC. XX

  16. holy moly dar! what a fabulous idea!!! love, love, love it! and these are all absolutely gorgeous!

    soooooooo good to see you. hope all is well.

    hugs and sparkles :)

  17. Beautiful projects! Love the altering of the cricut boxes - I'm sure your friend will love hers! Thanks for playing along with the Bloggers Challenge!

  18. Wow what stunning creations :)
    Thanks for joining us at Sentimental Sundays & Good Luck!

  19. Simply Stunning!!! Thank you for joining us at Gingerloft

    Linda xxxx

  20. So many beautiful creations. Thanks for joining us at FSC this fortnight.

  21. wow you have been busy and what beautiful creations i love the boxes thank you for sharing with us at panpastel uk linda x

  22. Your boxes are fabulous! Love your card too. Fabulous card! Love the colors and layout! Thanks for joining us at Sentimental Sundays. Olivia

  23. How fantastic !!! Just a little thought .. How about filling them with cards then re gifting to friends ?
    Thanks for joining us at One Stitch At A Time for our 'Anything Goes' challenge.
    Good Luck and we hope to see you back next week ;O)
    Choccy x

  24. Thank you for joining in with the 'Secret Crafters Saturday Challenge' this week.
    Hugs Sonia xx

  25. This is so cute! Thanks for joining us at Sentimental Sundays. Hugs Janne

  26. Such beautiful work, thanks so much for joining us at CES this week, Karenx

  27. Wow, these boxes are absolutely amazing! I love the colours and the fact that something so beautiful has been created from something intended for the bin! If you make jewellery, it would look stunning in your boxes....otherwise, I'm sure a recipient might use it to treasure a few wee important things. Thanks for joining our "Anything Goes" challenge at Dream Valley. Susie x

  28. Oh, what a pritty creation! Fab coloration and layout. Thank you for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge! xx Bianca

  29. Gorgeous work! Thanks for playing at CES this week xx Jenny xx

  30. Fantastic idea!!! Seriously great way of reusing the boxes!!! Thank you for joining us at Sentimental Sundays this week.


  31. Gorgeous projects :o) Love them all!! thank you for sharing it with us at Gingerloft this time. hope to see you again next time. Good luck. Nikki DT

  32. Oh those boxes are beautiful! Thank you for joining us at Dream Valley! Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

  33. Absolutely beautiful boxes. There's gotto be some swaps you're involved in? or even give to people with little choccies in.
    Thankyou for sharing this at Delicious Doodles' first challenge of 2012

  34. Hello Darlene - what a busy lady you have been! Your projects are gorgeous - the boxes you have created are stunning and I can see them filled with things that are precious to you - keepsakes! Thank you for joining is at the Stampin' Sisters on Christ Challenge - we love to see you an appreciate your support! {{{hugs}}}
    Linda SSIC Design Team

  35. Hi Darlene,
    Your boxes are lovely am sure that they are already in use......crafters can always fill boxes! Thank you for joining Little Claire in our blog challenge xxGaynor LCDT

  36. Hi Darlene,
    These are all fabulous. Love the boxes they look gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Secret Crafters Saturday Challenge this week.
    Andie xx

  37. Hi Darlene, what a great idea, I have a ton of these. Oh my.

  38. I'm back for another look at your beautiful project, thanks for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and good luck
    Claire xx

  39. I have a about forty empty boxes. I have wondered if I should save toss or NOW repurpose. Thank you for sharing your wonderful creativity!


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