{Butterfly Sympathy Card} using Cricut Explore

I am in the process of replenishing my stash of handmade cards and needed to get some sympathy cards created. I have had some friends that have lost loved ones recently and really want to send a thoughtful card to them.


This is my first project cut (the butterfly) I created using my new Cricut Explore machine. WooHoo — I have had it for a while but just needed to sit down and learn what it does.  I am a visual learner and started by watching a ton of YouTube videos to get started and will share those with you below. I appreciate the talented crafters who take the time to teach us through video and blog posts.


{this post contains affiliate links ~ all opinions are 100% mine}


– 5 x 7 Kraft cards and envelopes

– Sentiment from Sympathy & Courage by My Pink Stamper

– scrapbook paper

– cardstock

– lace ribbon

– brown ink

– brown markers and brown gel pen

– cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder

Sizzix oval framelit dies – large oval

– bling gem stones

– pop dots for sentiment and butterfly

My favorite adhesive to use when gluing down ribbon to my cards is Fabri-tac.  Love this stuff!  Easy to use and dries quick!


The butterfly is cut at 2.75 inches all three layers  (Image Search:  #M40685 Classroom June & July)





I am thrilled to say that I am now a Cricut affiliate.  What that means is that may have links to Cricut products used on my projects and if my readers click on the link I may be compensated.    I will only share products that I use. Read my full disclosure here.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Helpful Cricut Explore videos on YouTube:

Official Cricut 

Ken’s Kreations

Lorri Nunemaker

Melody Lane Designs



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