Tuesday, December 6, 2011

So easy an 8 yr. old can do it!

Lots of you have used Cricut machines but it's only been a recent addition at my house. A few days ago I was crafting so I took it out to the dining room area and left it there for a few days.  One morning I hear the familiar Cricut "chirp" sound before I'm out of bed so I get up to see what's going on.  There's my 8 yr. old and her 12 yr. old sister loading the mat!  They turn around and say, "we're making our Christmas cards!"

The CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge contains over 700 images and comes with a little spiral bound handbook with all the images.  Well, I took that little handbook and scanned it all in and re-printed all the pages in 8.5x11 in. pages, placed them in page protectors and in a binder, and boy, I am glad I did!  It's funny to watch them page through the handy (and much more durable) binder and decide and find the images they want.  

 I teach them how to use the book's image to determine the size of the cut but they did all the thinking themselves.  They came up with cards with stars and their decorative overlays, cut out tags with little stars already cut out, and learned to use the punch out to enhance their design!  My 8 yr. old decided on using the scalloped oval that has Christmas trees cut out cut on white, with the solid oval underneath cut in green so it would look like ... get this ... a "thought" cloud where someone was dreaming of Christmas trees!!  Well, it made me laugh!

I can't tell you just how versatile this cartridge is so if you are a Cricut user (or hope to be one) you should consider getting this one - you will use it constantly!  For each of my customers, I got permission from CTMH to give you the file I created with all the images for you to make your own binder like I did.  I can even help your loved ones get that special gift as a "surprise" for you - just give them my email or address and I'll work with them!  Here's a couple of projects I made with the AP cartridge, the Dimensional Elements and the stamp sets that all come in the AP bundle for $99!  The first is a 5x7 Christmas card using purple and green shades and the other is a small, purse size album using  tags and extra pagesthat match the chipboard tags - hope they inspire you!  Email me and I can tell you how I made them!


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