Children Around the World

A couple of months ago I was up to my eyeballs in, well, eyeballs!!!

CATW African Girl 05

I know, looks weird, right? But wait until you see what they were for! I joined a swap on the Cricut Circle message board that was hosted by the fabulous Renee, aka RockinRenee. It was for the cartridge, Children Around the World. When it first came out, it reminded me of the Disneyland ride, It’s A Small World, and I knew that I had to have it! We picked one of the ‘children’ and made 25 each. Well, somewhere between reading that and actually making them, I had a senior moment and cut out FIFTY kids instead! So now imagine those eyeballs – 1 doll x 2 eyes x 2 pieces per eye = 200 itty bitty pieces of cardstock!!! There were eyes everywhere! Even now, two months later, I can find eye pieces on the carpet around my work table. But it was worth it!

I choose the African girl. Here are photos of my kids in progress:

CATW African Girl 10I tried to pick different shades of cardstock to represent my girls from Africa (since we are women of color – many different colors!) even though for me it is so hard to pick cardstock to represent any correct shade of skin tone!

CATW African Girl 03Besides the eyes, the really only other small pieces were the little sandals. But since we all cut out our kids at 5” it wasn’t that difficult at all to put them together. There were pieces for my girls hat and her dress.

CATW African Girl 04I think I’m more excited about this part than any other! I used several different patterned papers for all of the dresses and it ALL came from my stash!!! I didn’t plan it that way but I’m so happy that I was able to use papers that I had on hand. It feels like such a big accomplishment to me!

CATW African Girl 08And here are my girls! Don’t they look so cute and fun? I’m happy about the way they came out.

CATW African Girl 06Each doll on the cart also comes with a companion image – mine was the hut – so I used CCR to make the hut into a Thank You card for our hostess, Renee.

When you are part of a swap, one of the best parts is receiving your swap package from the hostess with everyone else’s creations. And I so excited when my package arrived! The other ladies did a fantastic job with their kids. There is so much added detail to each. I am so amazed with my Circle sisters! I am linking Renee’s post on her blog, I Came, I Saw, I Created,  with all of the 25 children so that you can see how lovely they all are. And while you are there, take some time to look around her blog – Renee has so many wonderful and beautiful projects to share! Tell her that Angela sent you to visit!

Until next time, Happy Crafting,



  1. What a cute post! All of your little paper dolls are adorable.