Before I joined the Cricut team, I was an illustrator and graphic designer for the marketing team at Logoworks by HP. Several years ago, our email marketing manager had the idea to create an interactive game for Thanksgiving called, "Bag a Bird." If a customer could "bag" 10 birds in 45 seconds, they would receive a special discount off of their next purchase. So, they turned to me to illustrate the unlucky turkeys for the game.

My idea was to create a group of turkeys that were kind of on the ugly side, so our customers would not feel guilty shooting at them. I created two versions of each bird: one that was trying to get away, and one that had been shot. I thought it would be funny to give the latter version a the stereo typical X's over their eyes.

I also designed and coded the email that was sent out. This campaign was a huge success, and they sent out have sent it out each Thanksgiving since. 



Christmas Projects
How to Enter:
Create a Christmas themed project using any of my cartridges or Cricut Craft Room Exclusives. Post a picture of your project to your blog/website with a link to my blog. Email me a link to your project at curtrjensen@yahoo.com. A photo and link to each entry will be showcased on my blog the day the winner is announced.
Entries Due:
Friday, December 16, 2011 by 10:00 pm MST.  I will respond to your email, to let you know your entry was received.
The winning project will be announced on Monday, December 19, 2011 on my blog.
The winner will receive the Limited Edition Winter Lace Cricut cartridge.
Rules & Guidelines:
The cartridge challenge is open to all followers of Typecast Creative. You can create any type of project you like: card, tag, mini album, scrapbook page, home decor item, etc. I will select the winning project that best showcases my cartridge art.

Have fun! I can't wait to see all of your amazing projects.



I am pleased to announce the winner of my first Cartridge Challenge. Picking a winner was tough!!! I honestly could not pick just one. So, I enlisted the help of my family and friends, and the winner they all selected was . . . Thomas the Tank Engine's Campin' Adventure!

Our congratulations go out to Chloe Hill from Chloe and Her Clip On Koalas. She created an entire adventure for her sons on their train table. Here are several pictures and excerpts from her blog:

Before the adventure began, Winnie the Pooh and his fellow teddy bears set up their tents.

Next, they hopped on board Thomas and followed the signs until their found the perfect spot for their teddy bear picnic.

After ignoring the ranger's sign and enjoying their picnic, they headed off to the lake for a some fishing. (I love that she made the fishing pond into an interactive game for her boys! They look like they are having so much fun!)

And here are the rest of the entries that were sent in. Grouped all together, these projects make a really impressive "Look Book" for Campin' Critters!

First up is Nadia from With Glittering Eyes. She created this project for her husband, using not one, but two of my cartridges. I love how she replaced the bear-peaking-out-from-behind-the-tree with a photo of her hubby. And I really got a kick out of the Space Party UFO beaming up Bigfoot!

Melody Lane from Melody Lane Designs created this diorama for my her family of Cricut Collectibles! After seeing how happy they all look, I am going to follow her lead and make a tent and tiny backpacks for my Cricut collection, too. Thanks for this awesome project idea!

Terri from Scrappin' with the Bug created this mini album, adorning each page with one of my critters! And she didn't just stop there! She somehow managed to infiltrate my cubicle at Provo Craft.  The banner she created for the HSN E2 Challenge has been hanging in my cubicle since the beginning of October. I did not realize that it was her banner until I visited her blog last week!  Terri, I love that I get to admire your work up close and in person each day!

Pat from Pat's Scraps created this Christmas wall hanging. This would fit in my house perfectly as we have already begun decking the halls for Christmas. I will definitely be creating one of these to put the finishing touch on our home decor.

Keri from Keri's Kreativity created this card. I am a sucker for punny sayings, and the sentiments she used on this card could not be any more perfect!

Laurie, who is new to the world of Cricut and blogging, created this nature journal. You would never guess by looking at it, but she has only had her Cricut for one week! Great job!

And last, but definitely not least, is Melissa's "Fish Tales" mini album from Doxie Mel Designs. Each page features an element from my cartridge, but my favorite part is how each of these elements comes together when the album is closed. Brilliant!!!

Thanks again for all these wonderful entries! It really brings a smile to my face each time I see a project that was made with one of my cartridges. I can't wait to see the projects that you create next month!



Today, the first 20 sets of Cricut Craft Room Exclusives were released. Two of the digital image sets in premier release were created by me, and I am excited to share them with you.

My personal favorite is the Gnomes & Mushrooms set. I am a huge gnome lover. Although I may not have them scattered around my yard, I am a proud owner of a Travelocity Roaming Gnome. He has been traveling with us for years and we have pictures of him everywhere from Times Square to Disneyland. He even came with us to the hospital when my daughter was born. So when I saw gnomes on the list of potential Cricut Craft Room Exclusives, I immediately claimed it!

Here are a couple of my sketches that I used to create these images.

Jana Eubank created this scrapbook page for the Cricut blog using my the snail and mushroom images.

The other set I created for the launch is 3D Bows. When I showed the cut files to my wife, she mentioned that they look a little intimidating, but I guarantee that they are really easy to put together!

Each bow was photographed with the optional layers on them. These bows look just as cool without these layers on them, making them super versatile. And in some cases, the optional layers make a great bow on their own. I especially love that you can cut them out of any paper to coordinate with your gift or handmade card.

Here is are a couple of bows that Amy Mitchell created for the Cricut blog.

Be sure to tune in Tuesday night,  November 15th at 12:01 am EST, for the Cricut Mini launch on HSN.  They will be showcasing projects from each of these digital image sets, as well as debuting an HSN exclusive set of digital images that was designed by yours truly!!!  I can hardly wait to see it.