Buttons & Bows Loaded Envelopes with the Cricut Explore/Cricut Maker (Free SVG included)

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Buttons & Bows.  Is there a better combination?  I am not sure, but I do know that I love me some buttons and bows!

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Sometimes when I don’t know what to make, but I really want to play with all of the pretty ephemera and papers that I have – I will make a loaded envelope.  It’s filled with so much yummy real estate.

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Places to tuck a button here, and button there, throw in a little bow and before you know it…
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You have a little pocked filled with heaven.  How cute is this to sit on a shelf, or send to a friend?


There is lots of room to send a note, a little gift or just fill it with pretties.


Most of the ephemera and the envelope itself was cut with my Cricut Explore.  You can watch a print then cut tutorial here (to make the ephemera) and pick up the SVG and find out how to make the Loaded Envelope itself here.





But wait, what about the other side?

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And just like that, you have another look to Buttons and Bows.

Want to see a close up and see what’s inside?  I thought maybe you would.  Here’s a video

Thanks for stopping by!

Today, I crafted.

I craft.  I craft a lot.  As a matter of fact, I spend the majority of my free time doing something crafty.  However, rarely do I craft without a purpose.  I have lists upon lists of things I want to make tutorial videos of, things I need to do for a gift or someone special.  I have projects to make that I’ve pinned on Pinterest or from some other youtuber.

Today, I sat in my craftroom and thought… I want to make something.  I have no idea what.  I toyed with sewing, scrapbooking or making a card.  When I couldn’t decide I just pulled out some papers, and then some embellishments, but I still had no idea what I was going to make.  And then it happened.  One thing led to another and before I knew it, I had created a Memory Dex Card.

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It’s certainly not the first Memory Dex card I’ve ever made (I’ve made hundreds).  It’s not the best project I ever made, but this little card made something “click” inside of me.  This little card represented a little slice of heaven.  It brought me back to the simplicity of just doing what I love.  I didn’t hear the phone, I didn’t even have a tv, music or any noise on in the background.  When I was finished, I looked at my little creation and without realizing what I had done… I noted the “be true to who you are”.  It simply summed up exactly what I was feeling.  Today, I crafted.  I crafted… just because.  And I loved it.