Friday, April 10, 2009

Lovely Lyrical Letters....

WARNING - This is definitely an "enabling" post! If you don't want to be tempted to buy a new cartridge, skip today's entry!

I was lucky enough to get the new "Lyrical Letters" cartridge yesterday. I was excited to get it, but started wondering what I would do since the Design Studio software has not yet been updated to include this cartridge and I nearly always do my cuts from the computer. Even if I am using the image exactly as it appears on the cartridge, I like to check the sizing and maximize the use of my paper by setting the cuts up on the screen.

I went through the handbook and found so many unexpected and exciting images. Not only are there seven fonts on the cartridge, there are also lots and lots of welded phrases and greetings as well as some fantastic "extras." So I went ahead and tried some cuts the "old fashioned" way!

Here are two cards I made very quickly using the framed images cut at five inches. They end up perfectly proportioned for an A2 card front.

For this card I added Stickles glitter glue in turquoise and a gem to make the cut sparkle.

On this card I just added a few "skittles" (these are small acrylic flat sided beads that are usually sold as floral supplies for filling vases but have been adopted by paper crafters for accents on cards and scrapbook pages).

Here is a photo of the page from the cartridge handbook showing all of these lovely framed images. (You can click on the photo to make it larger).

Here are a few more images from the frame set.

The cuts can be turned in various directions for a different look.

Above you can see some of the offcuts on the mat - I am just crazy enough to try to save some of these and create negative images on a second set of cards.

This is a prewelded image in the "connected" font - I can hardly wait to weld my own words in this font!

This Christmas tree is beautiful! It has a "Celtic knot" look. I just tried the cut and placed it on an A2 card but you can imagine how a bit of bling will really make it spectacular.

One more cut - aren't the heart shaped leaves and cutouts in the flowers pretty?

I think this cartridge is a "must have" and I can think of all sorts of things to do with these fonts and images once the cartridge is added to Design Studio by an update- I hope that happens soon!

(Our younger son is home from college for a quick Easter visit and I have had a lot going on the past few days - if you have sent me an email or comment and I haven't responded yet, please be patient - I will catch up as soon as I can...)


  1. Oh my gosh! I didn't even know about this new cartridge. I must have it. I'm going to get it as soon as I can. Thanks for sharing and you are so RIGHT! You sold me on this one for sure.

  2. Those are beautiful! And yes you are an enabler! I just bought this cart! I am so excited! Thank you!

  3. I have the cart, but haven't open to play yet. I didn't know they had so many extras. Thank you for sharing.


  4. Oh dear - I had no intention of buying a font cart! I NEVER buy font carts!
    mumble mumble now I gotta go check out Oh my Crafts for their specials! LOL
    Thanks for sharing anyhow.

  5. I appreciate your enabling ability!!! I've been going back and forth on if I NEED it.Obviously, I do. Let's see if DH will get the hint for Mother's Day

  6. i had looked at this cart a bit online but yes you made me want to own it i love it. thanks for sharing.

  7. Thanks for the encouragement to play with my cart. I love the framed cards and glad to know that the 5inch size will fit the a-2
    I wish there was more "Celtic" work on the cart as that is my "dream" cart one day LOL

  8. Oh you little enabler you!!! This cart was already on my "Scrap-smack" want list... NOW it has moved to the "must have" list!!! Really nice job, Diane, of showing the cartridge!!!!

    BTW - Did you submit to Kelly??

    xx Susan

  9. Diane,
    You said "you were lucky enough to get a new cartridge..." I hope that means that Provocraft provides you with free carts., as you do more to promote their products and teach people what can be done with the Expression and DS, than Provocraft does. You are an inspiration to all of us.

  10. sparki -

    Wouldn't that be nice - but no, Provocraft does not provide me with cartridges! I have been spotlighted in the "Chirp" newsletter a couple of times, and they do give you a free cartridge for that, but I haven't submitted anything for a long time.

    I actually got the cartridge at Michael's - I just meant that I was lucky that they had it in stock since it seems to take a long time for some of the new cartridges to get to the brick and mortar stores.

    Thanks for the kind words - I am glad I can inspire the people who read my blog!

  11. Wow Diane! I didn't think there was anything you could say or do to enable me to buy ANOTHER cartridge. Boy, was I wrong. I guess I'll be saving my pennies for this one too. :)
    THANKS for all you do.

  12. I just could not resist going on and looking down at all the neat things you had done. So....I guess I will just have to purchase a new cartridge. I had thought I was through doing that for a while now, but looks like you just tempted me! Happy Easter to you and your family. Thanks Diane for sharing all your wonderful cards and letting us know what we can do with this one cartridge.

  13. Accckkkkk...
    Oh, you are so mean...another cartridge is now winging its way to me. HA. Can't wait.


  14. Wish I'd seen this sooner - I just ordered some carts the other day! TFS - these are all lovely cuts and I've added this cart to my wish list!

  15. where's a paper bag when I need one??? I started to hypervenilate over your wonderful creations. PC needs to pay you to advertise their products.

  16. I was just getting ready to say taht Provo should pay you for all the advertising when I read Lalia's comment!! :) I really had no interest in this cart based on what I have seen, but now that I have seen this, I'm ordering it RIGHT NOW!! Thanks!

  17. WOW-eee! It's almost worth buying LL just for those gorgeous frame shapes! I will have to put this one on my want list for sure...

  18. OK, I agree with everyone else. You are an enabler, Provo Craft should give you cartridges for free since you force us all to buy more and you are evil for tempting us yet again. I'm going to check out prices now...

  19. I have Lyrical Letters and love all the fun designs! You inspired me to go outside my box and be more creative!
    Thank you so much!


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