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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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December 5, 2020
Cover An Ugly Box

From Snack Box to Gift Box! Do you need to cover up an ugly box so you can make it a beautiful gift box?  I know you know what I'm talking about, right?  You got a lovely tower of treats from someone for the holidays and the little boxes are SO cute, and super-sturdy, and […]

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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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October 23, 2020
Perfect Pumpkin Paper Projects

A Pair of Perfect Pumpkin Paper Projects! You might say I picked a pair of perfect pumpkin paper projects!  Go ahead and say it, it's kind of fun. 🙂  Today's post is all about these two super-fun Cricut projects, the pumpkin pie slice placecard and the filigree pumpkin lantern. You might be saying to yourself […]

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September 18, 2020
Making Tiny Bows - Cricut Tutorial

Cricut Design Space Bow Designs Today, I'm going to teach you how to make tiny bows using two of the bow designs in Cricut Desk Space.   I don't ordinarily think of myself as dense (even though we all have our moments), but when I first got my Cricut and saw some of the files for […]

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August 29, 2020
Milk Carton Gift Box Tutorial

I'm A Sucker for Containers that Look Like Other Things... I don't know what it is about containers that look like other things, but they are the cutest!  For Mother's Day, I made a gift box that looked like a little spa (to house some bath bombs), and while I didn't specifically have a purpose […]

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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 17, 2020
Make Custom Cupcake Picks Using the Cricut Design Space Slice Feature

Learn to Slice, and Then Slice Confidently! This tutorial is going to be a 2-for-1.  First, I will show you how to use the slice feature (or slice tool) in Cricut Design Space.  Then, we will apply your newfound knowledge to make our own custom cupcake picks! Cute, right?  They took literally about 30 minutes, […]

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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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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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