Cartridge Showcase: Once Upon A Princess

We are thrilled to showcase Melissa of Crafty Gator.  Melissa is one of our newest designers and so very talented and creative.  

I am so excited to be doing my first cartridge showcase for cooking with cricut. I opted to do one of my favorite cartridges, Once Upon a Princess (only with a fun twist!).

Anyone who makes projects for little girls can see what a GREAT cartridge this is: fairies, butterflies, beautiful dresses, cupcakes etc; What isn't to love?? Well, if you ask my son there is a lot not to love about it! He's 4 and always complains that I don't have a cricut cartridge for a prince too. So, this showcase I opted to use the princess cartridge to make projects for my little prince!

First is a castle. The minute he saw it his jaw dropped and he said "way cool mom!"

I used Coredinations paper and embossed it in stone with my big kick. After embossing it I sanded each piece to reveal the brown and gray colors below (seriously, this Coredinations paper is the coolest stuff ever, perfect for a project like this, for sure!) My son said "wow, how'd you do that??". 

I have made the castle before, and the last time I made it it was a lot bigger. I will say, the bigger you make it the easier it is to assemble, however this smaller castle is much more sturdy and he is able to use little lego guys to play in it and it is holding up pretty well even after a couple of weeks.

The next project I made was crowns: one for him and one for his teddy bear.

 The crown cuts in two pieces which connect together by slipping the front piece into the slots on the back piece (this way you can adjust for your child's head size). I made each piece 12 inches long for my son and 7 inches for the teddy bear.

My last project is to show one of my favorite cuts on Once Upon a Princess - you could use it for any party. It's a generic card that has "You're Invited" cut on the outer edge.

I made this invite for a Magic Show themed birthday party. I used my gypsy and added the oval cut out on the front of the card (each page of this cartridge has a "gem" feature and there are several cute shapes that would work as cutouts like this.)  The sentiment "Magical" is also from Once Upon a Princess (it had a fairy wand on the end of the word, which I simply cut off for use on this card to make it more boy-ish). 

The bunny and top hat are cut from Create a Critter (top hat is an accessory and I just flipped it over). I accordion folded some paper on the bottom of the card and used foam squares to affix "magical" to it.

I have used this cartridge for lots of other (more girly) things - see the links on the side of my blog and it should pull up everything else I have used this cartridge for! It has a very sweet font, tons of tags and lots of little girly images. I hope you enjoyed my projects and have inspired you to create for you little princes, too!


  1. WOW Melissa! This is FANTASTIC! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that castle! It totally "ROCKS....no pun intended...lol! The crown and invitation are dynamite too! I love that you showcased things for a little boy! Terrific job!

  2. I LOVE your castle!!  Super job girl!!!


  3. Your projects are amazing.  I so need to try one of these castles for my three little princesses one day.  Love the paper and embossing and sanding.  So perfect.  Your little guy looks so happy...

  4. What fabulous showcase!  I cannot imagine the amount of time you spent creating these sonderful projects.  Just fantastic!!

  5. Wanda Hernandez4/2/12, 3:03 PM

    WOW, I have a little guy that loves playing with legos and likes castles and knights and swords. This would be perfect for him, I might give that cartridge a try. Thanks for sharing

  6. Love the card, Melissa!  Great job showing us what this cartridge can do!

  7. Jessica Kubit4/2/12, 9:18 PM

    This is so amazing!  I LOVE that you made the castle boy themed!  I would have never thought of that!  Great job all around!
    Jessica (fellow DT member)

  8. Hello Melissa, My Daughter has a castle project and would like to try to build a castle like your. But we need to get the rock embosser you used. Can you please share what embosser you used so I can try and get one on e-bay. Thank so much

    Lupita Lopez


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