Monday, April 30, 2012

Fantabulous Cricut: Save the Earth Cricut Crawl

Welcome to Fantabulous Cricut's Save the Earth Cricut Crawl!

In honor of Earth Day, each FCCB Design Team member is featuring an "up"-cycled project that includes at least one reused/recycled item and a Cricut cut.

If you've come from Jamie's Scrap Queen blog, you're in the right place!  If you've just happened across my blog and would like to play along, you can start from the beginning at Fantabulous Cricut.

Make sure to check out each DT member's blog for some awesome inspiration! There will be prizes along the way and a grand prize for one participant that submits a "Save the Earth" project at FCCB!

Now for my project...!

I have tons of gift bags stashed in my spare closet -- always with the intention of reusing them to wrap a gift, but it rarely happens.  I was inspired by our Cricut crawl to actually use one and make it extra-special.  I added some Cricut cuts and used another recycled item -- a page of text from an old book I no longer wanted.  I even made a matching notecard!  I think the result is super chic:

Here's some close-ups...

Project Details:
  • Recycled Items - pink gift bag; book page
  • Card Base - DCWV Brights Collection (A2)
  • Papers - black cardstock by Recollections
  • Cricut Cuts - butterfly and background from Kate's ABCs, page 62; flower from Kate's ABCs, page 68
  • Embossing - butterfly and background with Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots
  • Other - gemstone and pink paper flower by Recollections

I'm really pleased with the result, and I'll probaby try incorporating book pages into more of my projects.  Another variation would be newspaper -- curious to see how it would cut on a Cricut mat. :)

Who's up for some blog candy?  Me!  Just leave a comment below, and I'll draw a winner on Monday, May 7th with to receive the following cute gemstone flowers (sorry, I can only ship to US addresses):

Now it's your turn...let's see your Upcycled-Themed projects at FCCB! Make sure to include a Cricut Cut somewhere on your project, too.

Your next stop is Judy at Crafty Jar -- go see what she has in store for you today.  And when you're done, make sure to link up your project at Fantabulous Cricut to be entered into the contest.

Happy Crawling!

I'm also entering this project into the following challenge(s):

My Craft Spot: Challenge #54 - Mother's Day
Paper Playtime: Challenge #73 - Anything Goes


  1. Beautiful! I love that hot pink and black combo, it just really pops! Great projects for today's Crawl!

  2. Both the bag and card came out lovely! I think they do look chic also! I love the pink with the text page. TFS!

  3. What a great set! They really do look chic!
    Small Bits of Paper
    PS I'm in Canada so am just here to comment on your lovely project, not enter your contest. :)

  4. Hi Jessica,GREAT job with your recycled projects!It looks AWESOME,great set!Have a nice day!!!:)

  5. Love the bag and notecard! Beautiful!

  6. Super cute!! I love the use of the book page and the pink is beautiful!! I am Canada so please don't count my comment when drawing for a winner

  7. Love how you made a matching card to go with. I just made my first gift bag this weekend for a party my son was going to but it wasn't near a nice. Thanks.

  8. super cute!!! I love the way you used both parts of your butterfly cut and both the bag and the card turned out amazing its such a beautiful set. im a follower. thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

  9. Cute! I bet it felt good to cut up an old text book :) hehe!

  10. I love this idea especially making the matching note card.

  11. What a great idea for those inexpensive bag you get at the dollar store or Target. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Very pretty card and bag! Black and pink always look so classy, don't they? I was already a follower :)


  13. Cool idea!! Love the matching bag and card!
    Sherrie K

  14. Neat idea. I have a ton of used gift bags, just might have to be inspired by your idea!

  15. This is such a pretty set! I always save my gift bags with the same idea, but they never get used. I just love how your's turned out! That pink and black is FABULOUS!
    booger1 at

  16. Awe I love the matching card! So pretty.
    Thanks for sharing,

  17. Beautiful bag and matching card! So bright and cheerul! I am a new follower #213! Please come visit me sometime!

  18. so pretty! makes a nice set!
    Sheila, FCCB DT

  19. Very pretty and a great idea!

  20. Jessica, I love your project!! Such great colors & I am loving the use of the old book!! Great job on the project for the crawl!!

  21. I love your bag & card feature. It's such a neat idea to use the negative & positive of a cricut cut too. You did a nice job for sure.

    Thanks, Janis aka ~JD~

  22. Love the way you decorated the bag and the card with the cut and the negative. So smart.

  23. My favorite thing to recycle are gift bags. Great it! TFS!

  24. Hi Jessica,

    I'm from Houston too!! Well Pasadena,but I work in Houston.If you ever have a chance to come to a Cricut SWARM look us up
    Lori has demo's door prizes etc..Lots of fun.

    I love to recycle bags too..I love how you used an old book into your design & gift card!! I always forget to make small giftcards.Awesome Cricut Crawl.
    roxx39t at

  25. What a wonderful idea.....I need to make some of these and have them ready for a change...very pretty!!

  26. Great way to use gift bags. I have alot of them too. Love the way you user the reverse of the butterfly cut and put the print behind it. Thanks for the great ideas.

  27. So cute! Love how you used both the butterfly and the negative space :)

  28. Gorgeous gift bag and card!!! Love the colors and the papers!

    Thanks for the inspiration,

    Cindy ;)

  29. Love the idea of using a page from an old book - I have so many that even Goodwill wont take them!

    Love your designs and color choices.

    Lisa -
    lisa dot rea at kbmg dot com

  30. Neat idea using pages from old books. That makes a great background. Thanks for sharing.

  31. Love the use of the pages for the cuts. I really like the clean look to it, usually when book pages are used they tend to be distressed, I love your twist.
    Judy - FCCB DT

  32. Love the idea of reusing book pages! Turned out really the colors too!


  33. I love how you used bothe paperts of the butterfly cut

  34. LOve this idea! I need to start using old book pages! Holly :-)

  35. Another great idea. I always buy the gift bags that are printed or already more. Ill be designing my own bag next time. Kathie

  36. Beautiful project! love it!

  37. Beautiful projects!! This is always one of my FAVORITE color combinations!! :)

    Thanks for linking up at Paper Playtime!! :)

    Amy :) at