It is a good thing that I got the outside lights finished yesterday - tonight it is snowing (after our 72 degree weather a few days ago). Even better, I got my cartridges from the Circut.com Black Friday sale today. I am happy they send things by Fed Ex which means they are delivered even on Saturday.
After lengthy debate with myself over whether to get all three of the Winter limited edition mini cartridges (Snow Friends, Very Merry Tags and When It's Cold Outside), I did manage to restrain my collecting instincts and I ordered only "When It's Cold Outside." For someone who generally "needs" to have all of the items in a set or series this was a difficult decision to make. I looked over the cuts in Design Studio and decided that even though the 10 snow people were cute I had enough snow figures on other cartridges to meet my needs and I could dress them in Paper Dolls clothes and accessories. I can even build my own snow people with circles and triangles and other shapes I have lying about the house (or Design Studio!). The tags are nice but we have so many tags available on other cartridges that I didn't see the need to add even more - and, once again, I can make many similar tags myself with Design Studio or the Gypsy.
The images of the snowflakes on the keypad are dense and it can be a bit difficult to see what the snowflakes look like. You can place them on your virtual mat to see the shapes.
If you are not clear about the images used, just check the keyword for the snowflake. The top row of ten flakes are Santa, tree, bird, deer, snowman, ice skate, ski, unidentified flake, gingerbread and candy. The second row of keys are the backgrounds for the top row - each is directly below the key it fits.
The third row of snowflakes are reindeer, nativity, dreidel (see the photo above), angel, and the last six are snowflakes with no hidden pictures. The fourth row cuts the backgrounds for the third row. The fifth row has five 3D snowflakes in pairs - these are made to fit together with slits that are cut halfway from the top or bottom on each flake.
I was very curious to see how well these snowflakes would cut at small sizes - and very happy with the results I got on my first test cuts. You do have to be careful lifting the snowflakes from the mat. On this tree snowflake I broke off a bit (in the top right corner).
I didn't want to waste my cut so I decided to trim off all of the tips that were the same as the one I broke in lifting the flake. The snowflake on the left is the trimmed snowflake and the one on the right is made up of the trimmed off pieces.
You could stick the pieces down and add a gem to cover the center and have yet another snowflake for your collection
I cut a second tree snowflake. Here you can see the cartridge cut snowflake on the left and the altered snowflake on the right. I think they both are pretty and the altered one is a bit easier to identify as trees. Sometimes mistakes lead to happy results.
This closer view shows the tiny holes - far too small to actually remove any paper. So I had an idea...why not try the gelly pens on these designs?
Here is the card with the drawn version of the skate snowflake. The detail of the lacing holes is crisp and clear. My gelly pens and holder came from Scrappy-go-Lucky. Here is a LINK to past posts about the pens.
I also tried using "hide selected contour" to hide the outer cutting line of a snowflake (in this case the bird snowflake) and then drawing the interior details with the pens. This will work best with the snowflakes that have more interior detail. I then replaced the pen with the cutting blade and cut the background version of the snowflake. This also makes a nice card - simple and fitting in well with the red and white theme that seems to be stuck in my mind these days!
The full version of the tree snowflake gets a little crowded for the reindeer. I think they look like they are peeking out of a forest.
When the trimmed "mistake" snowflake is added it fits the reindeer snowflake nicely. Once again I think the "wrong" version is "right" for this use. The reindeer were cut at "fit to Page" on the Expression which resulted in a ten inch cut.
The tiny details of the reindeer faces were tricky even at the large size - I think at a small size there could be problems but this would be a great time to use the gelly pens. The Cricut markers would be too thick and blur all of the intricate details.
If you have been considering getting any of the Winter limited edition cartridges, I would definitely put this one at the top of your list (and who knows, I may weaken and get the other two to complete my set!). These are cartridges that have a limited supply and when they are gone they are gone.
To make matters even more complicated, these mini cartridges will be coming out seasonally (pictures of the Spring set - Valentine's, Easter and Mother's Day - are all over the internet but won't be officially announced until December 17th) and we just heard through the grapevine that there are eight new full content cartridges that will also be announced on December 17th "Hello Thursday" on Cricut.com....I wonder what they will be?