I started the invitation, by typing a printing the party information on my computer, then I trimmed it to fit the invitation. I wanted to cut out the words "5 Alarm Birthday" using my cricut. This provided me with the perfect chance to use the cricut craft room, online. So I connected my computer and my cricut expression, and was able to complete the linking process. I was happy to see that when you open cricut craft room, they give you circut craft room basics for free. It is really just a font and some basic shapes. I loved it because I was able to connect the letters to make one cut instead of cutting each individual letter. That really saved me a lot of time. I also liked that you could move the image anywhere you wanted on the mat, this saved me some paper, as this allowed me to save paper by placing the images really close together.
The last thing I did, before attaching everything, was use chalk to make the invitation seem like it was on fire. I used red, orange, and yellow shades of chalk, and blended them all together to give the impression of fire. Always start with the lightest shade of chalk first, and work your way toward the darker colors - you get a better blend that way. I think the invitaitons turned our really cute and I can't wait to had them out to our family and my son's friends.
Cardstock: Basic black and white printer paper
Chalks: Red, orange, and yellow chalks by the Stencil Collection
Titles: Cricut Craft Room Basics