Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Imagine and Create (for a challenge)
This is a project that I created for the monthly challenge in the Cricut Circle. I joined the Circle, which is Provo Craft's affinity program, when it was first announced. There are weekly and monthly challenges, a dedicated message board, a private blog and magazine and four exclusive cartridges (one per quarter) that are included in the cost of membership. I am not sure if the membership is open right now - but there are periodic openings when new members can join. The monthly challenges have great prizes and this month it is a Yudu machine and accessories - something I've been interested in trying ever since I saw it in action at CHA last summer.
The challenge this month was to create a home decor item. The requirements were to use at least one Cricut cartridge cut, use the Cuttlebug in some way, use felt in some way and to use the color green somewhere on the project.
I purchased this frame a while ago - I think it was during the back to school shopping season in the college/dorm area. I liked the translucent green color and the multiple levels. It is meant to be used as a frame but I thought it would be a neat way to corral the supplies on my craft table while I am working on a project.
There are two 4 x 4 inch sections and two 4 x 6 inch sections. I cut two 4 x 4 pieces in some bright polka dot glitter cardstock from a Martha Stewart stack for the 4 x 4 sections. For the two larger 4 x 6 sections, I cut white cardstock and embossed it with the large 5 x 7 embossing folder with flowers from the Once upon a Princess Cuttlebug companion set.
The word "imagine" is from the Home Accents cartridge and I stretched it a bit vertically and welded a swirl from the Home Decor cartridge to it to fit the space nicely. I cut it in green glitter DCWV cardstock and added a tiny pink flower with a gem sticker center - both from Creative Charms.
I cut the word "create" from the Home Decor cartridge in pink glitter cardstock. I use multicut 2 times when cutting the DCWV glitter cardstock. I added the felt butterfly in green and blue (also from Creative Charms) as an accent.
I used Design Studio to "squash the pre-welded word art to fit the 4 x 6 spot. In this screen shot you can see the difference between the original cut and my adapted version.
As, always, I had to keep careful track of the dots for my "i"s! These were large enough to add the adhesive to the dot and I used my handy Cricut hook tool to help me place the dots on the embossed cardstock.
When the frame is sitting flat on the table the four sections which are each at a different level are a handy spot to place tools or supplies while I am working on a project.
The frame makes a great "landing spot" and is bright and cheerful in my "lower level" (fancy talk for basement!) craft studio.
The challenge prizes are awarded by a random draw from all of the members who create and submit a project that meets the requirements. So - one lucky person will get to start "Yudu-ing" this month. I think it would be fun to make matching shirts for me and my "evil twin" Okie to wear on the cruise if my number is drawn!
I have some more projects to share but will do a separate post for those. I also have a couple of new features that will be appearing on my blog next month - I think you will enjoy them and I can't wait to tell you all about the details!
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