(fair notice - another photo heavy enabling post)
Sweet Treats was the second cartridge I was able to find at Michael's yesterday. Some stores have them in and some don't but be sure to ask about these cartridges if you don't see them on the shelf or in the cage. A helpful employee went to look in the back and found them for me. I believe that Sweet Treats and Paisley are exclusive to Michael's for now - but they do price match and rumors are that the Black Friday prices will be low again (hint hint to Santa).
Sweet Treats is not included in the Design Studio or Gypsy software yet, so I have photographed the entire booklet once again to share. This is another full cartridge and the name describes it fully - it is a cartridge full of sweets and treats - cakes, cupcakes, ice cream, presents, party hats and crowns, some birthday phrases and number candles.
The creative features are as follows...
Once again, I bought this cartridge based on what I had seen of the cartridge sample on the Cricut.com site (here is a LINK). I am posting these photos so you can see everything the cartridge has to offer. Please respect the time and effort I put into taking, editing and posting these photos by referring others to my blog to see the photos and not copying them - thank you.
Remember, you can click on any photo to see a larger view.
While Sweet Treats is a "full" cartridge, I was disappointed to find out that the cupcake holders are all the same - with different decorations for each one on the shift button. The Party Favors are basically the same box over and over with different top edges to match the image on that key. There are some shaped cards but many of the cards are simple rectangles and squares, so they are not particularly exciting. There is also quite a bit of repetition in the tag shapes.
The images are very "cute" and there is some nice layering, including sprinkles for the ice cream (good luck keeping track of those!) and accents that mimic glints of light on some of the objects. The numbers are nice and chunky and would be good for chipboard number book for a child. Once this cartridge is available in Design Studio there are some interesting bits and pieces that could be used to create new designs and the flowers are attractive and could be used as scalloped circles or to make Spirelli patterns.
Overall, this is a nice cartridge but I do feel that there was a missed opportunity to do more with the party favors and cupcake holders. A lot of similar images are available on older cartridges so there is really not all that much new on this one. If I were to choose between this and Paisley, I would definitely get Paisley first. However, I don't think I will regret having it and I do see some interesting Design Studio opportunities.
Let me know what you think after looking at these photos....