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Saturday, July 10, 2010
Hi everyone!! Yes, it's really me this time, and I'm back blogging with an actual layout! If you are stopping over from Everyday Cricut, welcome!! Or if you haven't checked out my post over there, today is my day as Guest Designer, so be sure to go to Everyday Cricut HERE for all the info on how to make this layout. OR you can read below for all the info on how to make it lots easier on yourself and just order the kit. If you have questions or would like to order, my email address is

If you have never ordered a kit from me before, here's what's included. You'll get all of the patterned papers (aren't they ADORABLE?), solid cardstock, ribbon, rhinestones and even the googly eyes you'll need to complete the layout. And all of your many layers of photo mats and journal box will be pre-cut for you. Plus you will receive my detailed yet easy to follow directions that include my Cricut Cut Chart, which shows you line by line exactly what you'll need to cut on your machine with all of the sizes and settings for each cut. And the cuts are grouped by color to make it more efficient for you. There are also well-organized written instructions and plenty of color photographs to go with the directions.

To complete this layout kit as shown, you'll need the following supplies: Cricut Expression and mat, Life's a Beach Cartridge, dark brown chalk ink, 3D pop-dots, white gel pen, brown pen, Gold and Diamond Stickles, and basic tools such as scissors, adhesive, etc.

Kits are going to be available around the end of July or the first week of August. The full kit is $25, and shipping is available as well. Shipping is $5 in California, and then ranges from $6 to $9 for the rest of the US depending on location. I ship by Priority Mail, so I can even combine several kits into one shipping box for $10. See the slide show at the top of my blog for other available kits. Directions for this and over 30 other projects are also available for $10/project. Click HERE to see what directions are available.

To order this kit or any others, just email me at and be sure to include your zip code so I can calculate shipping. Also let me know if you prefer to pay via PayPal or check, and then I can send you a PayPal invoice if that's your preference. It may take me a day or two to get back to you, but I will definitely stay on top of it, along with help from my best friend and assistant, Wendy.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I am hoping to keep doing at least 1 kit/month. For those of you who are not aware, I am producing at a bit slower pace due to my recent diagnosis of Stage 3 Breast Cancer. I am currently in chemotherapy, and will be undergoing various treatments for the next several months. I write about my journey every day on my Caring Bridge site HERE and you're welcome to follow along if you'd like. It's been quite the adventure so far! And to the zillions of you who have been following me and supporting me with messages and cards, thank you from the bottom of my heart! You have NO idea how much it has meant to me to feel so loved and prayed for, and I honestly could not be more thankful for our incredible community of such loving friends!!

One final note. I am going to be walking in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in San Francisco on September 26th. My friend Stephanie set up "Team Monique" and we have almost 20 people walking with us on our team to raise money for breast cancer. People who walked in the past raised money to benefit ME directly, and as a result my treatments are so much more tolerable and effective than they were just a few years ago. I want to be able to pay it forward and help someone else now. Heaven forbid, but it could be any one of us, or our moms, sisters, friends that will need that extra research and support. So if you're able, I urge you to donate to our team HERE. You can click on my name on the team list, or my daughter Emily, or just donate to the overall team. We really want to make a difference!!


The6ofusinca said...

OOOOOOOOOOOOH MYYYYYYYYYYYY WORD!!!! Stunning layout Monique~ I think this is another must have's!!! lol!
I guess I better email you that I want this one before they sell out! I don't know if you know this, but your kindof' a big deal around here! lol!!!!

MedicScrapper said...

Awesome LO !!! You are the bomb!

buglvr2010 said...

Wow...just found your blog. This layout is amazing. I was wondering what adhesive you use for layering your Cricut cuts....I still haven't found one I love.

Melissa said...

Just saw your LO over at Everyday Cricut and as usual....gorgeous work! I've been keeping you in my thoughts and prayers Monique!

scrapn_momof2 said...

Monique, I am so glad to see that you finished your LO!!! It is absolutely adorable. I love it.

liz at liz's paper loft said...

love your layout! very happy to see that you're feeling well to craft!

Linda said...

Your beach layout is awesome. You did a wonderful job designing it.
Thanks so much for sharing your creativity.

JennyKozar said...

Monique - this is so beautiful. Keep the fight!

Jen said...

Darling layout.
Thank you for sharing.

MotherMonkee said...

First, I am very sorry to hear about your diagnosis. Cancer affects so many people and families, including my own. BUT, your positive attitude is amazing! I wish you all the best. Now, I am IN LOVE with this layout!! It is awesome!! I love all the details, the colors, the paper...!!! FABULOUS JOB!!

BugJunkie said...

Monique, this Adorable! Love the dolphin jumping out of the water with the palm tree in the background. All the details are Wonderful!!

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Oh how adorable.. you are so amazing, Bless your heart. Put me down for a kit.

Ticketgoddess said...

This LO is AMAZING!! It warms my heart to hear how determined you are to beat this cancer!!! Sending you all my support and prayers!! Take care!!

Bev B (Reno, NV)

Beckie Williams said...

I am so happy to see you finished your LO. Glad to see you back. Keep up the fight..

scrapguy said...

I don't know where you keep coming up with these amazing layouts--really this one is simply AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! BTW--added your name to our shirts for race for the cure!

The Paper Princess said...

This is so cute- love it! But what I love even more is that you're feeling well enough to play again! :-) Praying for you!

flowerdisco said...

monique and I am so happy you are doing well and back to making your beautiful work.

Praise the Lord!

MsJay said...

This layout is A.W.E.S.O.M.E.!

Roni said...

Monique, I LOVE this LO! You are so talented!

gr8mom52 said...

I am so happy to see you are creating your art once again. You are an asset to all crafters and you have so much to contribute.
Remember...always run like a girl!!

Mary said...

Awesome Layouts! I am glad to see you are back! :)

My Serendipity said...

Totally awesome Monique! As always, you inspire me! so happy to see a new layout!

Angela said...

I really love that treaure chest all blinged out!

Dorcas said...

So glad to hear from you! As always your layouts are a true inspiration to me! Your so very talented! Thanks so much for sharing your love for scrapping with us.

Praying for ya,


yvette said...

What an amazing LO (kit) you have created again!! I love the squid with his googly eyes :):) And the treasure chest, OMG!!!!

Thank you so much for the inspiration!!

Melinda Beltran said...

What a beautiful layout. I am truly amazed at your creativity! Thank you for sharing with us! I will definitely be praying for you to "Kick this thing, square in the behind"! Many blessings!

gr8mom52 said...

By the amount of comments left you cam see how much you are loved. You are a very a special lady.
Maritza Gr8 mom 52 @ AOL
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The Monique Griffith Design Team consists of 4 Cricut Designers: Monique, Wendy Lawrence, Susan Rees and Becca Rees. We specialize in making Cricut Project Kits that you can make on your own with your Cricut, learning more about your bug in the process. You just need your Cricut Expression, the required cartridge(s), and a few basic tools. The directions come with a Cricut Cut Chart that shows you line by line exactly what you'll need to cut on your machine, with all of the settings for each cut. There are also well-organized written instructions and color photographs. We pride ourselves on our detailed designs, and on teaching others how to most effectively design with the Cricut. Currently, we have have downloadable directions on sale for only $5, and there are over 50 projects to choose from.

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