Thursday, June 23, 2011
Hello Friend (and the last Hello Thursday for June)
Today is the last "Hello Thursday" for the month of June. I was able to see this group of cartridges on the Cricut Circle blog yesterday (one of the perks of membership in the Cricut Circle). I will add more information to my blog once the cartridges have been "officially" released. You will be able to find out more about them sometime today on the Official Cricut Blog HERE and see lots of projects on the "Hello Thursday" blogs.
Are you feeling a bit of cartridge overload? I know I am! Fortunately there was a wide variety of cartridge types offered this month. Different cartridges will appeal to different people so you probably won't "need" them all (unless you are a true collector - with deep pockets!). It's a funny coincidence that the card I am writing about today is also a "Hello" card...
For this card, I used some great felt flowers from Creative Charms. This set was part of the Kit of the Month for June which is still available through the end of the month. The felt flowers also come in other colors and you can see them HERE.
I decided to use some felt I had in my stash to make a felt frame for the card. Some people have cut stiffened felt successfully with the Cricut but I decided that my felt was too loosely matted for this to be successful so I use a Sizzix die to cut the frame. I wanted the frame and flowers to stand out but the plain white card was a bit too boring so I added another white layer (cut at 5 1/4 x 4 inches) and embossed it with the "Polka Dot" Cuttlebug folder.
I used Scor-Tape to adhere the frame to the embossed cardstock. This adhesive is ideal for a strong hold on difficult surfaces and won't show through on fabric.
I tried cutting my sentiment from the same felt with the Cuttlebug "Friends Forever" combo set die. The die cut the felt easily but the thin lines of the words were too fragile for the thin felt and the cut disintegrated when I tried to lift it up.
I decided to go ahead and cut the sentiment from DCWV glitter cardstock in bright pink to match the flower centers.
The end result is a cheerful little card that you could send to a crafty friend, knowing that he or she would probably "harvest" the felt flower embellishments to reuse on another project!
A few notes...
Several people wrote to me about using the acrylic box frames as trays for stamps - here is a LINK to the post where I have a little more information and another photo of this system.
If you haven't checked out the Cricut Rewards site lately you might want to click HERE to see what is new. They have added lots of new things lately including some Cuttlebug folders, cutting mats, ink cartridges for the Imagine, printable vinyl and cartridges. You do have to pay shipping and handling, so it is a good idea to try to order several things at once to distribute those costs. If you redeem the rewards for any Cricut Lite cartridges this month you will be given double points (100 instead of 50) so check to see if you have any unregistered certificates.
I am having a little get together here today with some Cricut Circle members who are visiting Massachusetts from Minnesota and some "local" crafters from the surrounding states. I will be sure to post a photo or two of our group. Part of the fun of crafting is sharing your passion with others who enjoy the same things. Some of my "real life" friends don't really "get" why I like to cut up paper so much (but they put up with me in spite of it!)
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