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February 12, 2021
Using Digital Paper

What Is Digital Paper? This is a fun project and a fun post to write, because digital paper opens up all kinds of crafting possibilities without the need to purchase and store tons of paper packs! Digital paper is pretty cool, and sounds really confusing.  I remember when I first heard the term, I thought […]

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November 7, 2020
Cowboy Wedding Card - Cricut Tutorial

A Cowboy Wedding Card? In this tutorial, I will show you how to make this cowboy wedding card design using elements from Cricut Design Space.  I will show you how to remove what you don't need, add what you do, and create a design that you love! Why a cowboy wedding card? Well, it's what […]

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August 22, 2020
Cricut Tutorial: Sliding Shadow Box Card

A Sliding Shadow Box Card? Today's Cricut tutorial is this sliding shadow box card from Lori Whitlock.  I don't know about you, but I'd never seen anything like it (and I troll A LOT of craft sites!).   I made this card design for a dear friend's birthday and was so impressed with the design and, […]

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August 1, 2020
Add Sound to Your Cards!

It's the Future... It's official, it's the future.  I know this DIY card sound technology has been around for awhile, but for a combination of reasons, I haven't explored it until now.  But it's possible to add sound to your cards and customize them in ways that only seemed like sorcery growing up. 🙂 Is […]

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July 3, 2020
Trunk of Wildflowers Box Card Cricut Tutorial

Trunk of Wildflowers Box Card Design You don't have to tell me that I sound like a broken record, I KNOW I sound like a broken record.  My record is, in fact, broken.  This is another gorgeous SVGCuts design and I absolutely fell in love with the trunk of wildflowers box card design. The link […]

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June 19, 2020
Cricut Tutorial - Grill Box Card

Grill Box Card Design This Cricut tutorial will show you how to put together a grill box card for Father's Day!  Frankly, you can save this card design, remove the "Father's Day" bit, and use it as a card for any occasion for the grill master in your life!   For example, I'm reminded of the […]

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June 5, 2020
Cricut Tutorial- Super Dad Card

This Is A Super, Super Dad Card Design! You guys.  Can you stand it?  I saw this design on the Dreaming Tree website and realized that it was absolutely the perfect card for the super dad in my life, my husband Mike.  In the tutorial below, I will show you how to get this card […]

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May 23, 2020
Graduation Box Card

Need A Graduation Card With A Wow Factor? I don't mean to toot my own horn, but I'm kind of excited about this project.  I went into Cricut Design Space looking for an awesome graduation box card (or any cool graduation card design!) and basically came up with nothing.  There were some money holders and […]

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May 5, 2020
An EXTREME Mother's Day Pop Up Card!

WHOA. This Is What I Call A Pop Up Card! I love pop up cards.  I love getting them, I love making them, and I love giving them.  There's a little magic is a really effective pop up card, dontcha think?   I have, for many years now, been a fan of the Love Pop cards, […]

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March 9, 2020
Cricut Tutorial: Tulip Box Card

Celebrate Spring! Learn to Make A Tulip Box Card Who is excited for Spring?  This adorable tulip box card features a lovely garden of paper tulips, and is a design by (which is one of my ALL TIME favorite designers).  This card is high-impact and super-dimensional and folds perfectly flat for mailing.  I made a […]

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I’m Amanda, and I put the AMANDA in A MANDAtory Activity (and I like a good bad pun). I run a blog, A Mandatory Activity, focused on baking and crafting for gatherings and gifts.

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