aka - what to do when you are leaving for your nephew's birthday party in 20 minutes and realize you don't have a card!
Cricut Create-A-Critter Cartridge (and Cricut)
Xyron 5" Creative Station (also known as 510)
Xyron 1.5" Create A Sticker (also known as 150 or X)
assorted scraps of cardstock (don't forget black for the features)
Determine which animals you are going to create and gather your supplies and coordinating paper (I literally used scraps I had laying around on my craft table).
Run all of the larger pieces through the 510, set aside any smaller pieces. Remember that the adhesive goes on the BOTTOM of whatever item you put in through the machine, so be sure all of your pieces are facing up.
Use your scrap of black cardstock and cut out enough to cover the features (eyes, nose, etc) for each animal. This piece will be hidden in between layers so it does not have to look pretty.
Run the black pieces and any small animal pieces through the X (right side facing up).
Start layering your pieces!
Once your animals are complete, flip them over to write a birthday message...
Use your Crop-A-Dile to punch a hole in the top...
and attach to your package!