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Saturday, September 10, 2011

“A” Cartridge Challenge

Earlier this week “dlbwright” posted on the Cricut message board a challenge to use the cartridges that we have. The first week was use any cartridge that you have that starts with the letter “A”. I thought this sounded like a great challenge, as I tend to buy and not use, so maybe this would help me discover some things on cartridges that I picked up and never used yet.

For “A” cartridges all I have is “Art Philosophy” and “Alphalicious”. I pulled out the Gypsy and got to work. “Art Philosophy” is new for me, and I’m sure I’m going to get a lot of use out of it, so I decided to create a card using MOSTLY “Alphalicious”. I have actually used this cartridge before on my daughter’s birthday invitation, but it’s not a cartridge that I use a lot.


The photo below is all of the cuts. The numbers are the dimensions on my Gypsy. The first thing I do when creating a card is open a new file in the Gypsy and create 2 layers. I design the card completely on the first layer and then copy each individual cut to the 2nd layer for cutting. I group “like” colors together so that I can lay out paper on the mat and cut everything with one pass through the machine.

So, the cuts:


Next time I will group those closer together to make it easier to see! (Learn by doing, right?!?)

So, we have the “You’re the Best” sentiment cut at 2.39 x 1.38. The scallop circle with #1 inside of it is cut at 1.66 x 1.38. The sentiment outline or shadow is cut in blue at 2.51 x 1.38. The white scallop circle is cut at 2.30 x 1.91. These cuts are all from Alphalicious. The pennants are cut from Art Philosophy and cut at 0.73 x 1.94.

Now, once I cut that I started to assemble everything and realized I had a white ribbon on a white background. Duh! Oh, well, I decided to ink around the scallop, but I had to make sure I didn’t ink into the area where the #1 would show through. I put the blue #1 scallop circle on the white scallop circle and made a few light pencil marks so that I knew where the boundary was. Then I inked the white scallop circle.

I layered everything up, using a dimensional foam adhesive to adhere the ribbon and a Zig pen to adhere the sentiment. I cut a yellow piece of cardstock at 4.0 x 5.25 because the card seemed to need something else. I ran that yellow paper through the Cuttlebug to give it some pizazz!

Here’s what I ended up with:




It was a fun challenge and I’m already thinking of what I will do for the “B” challenge! If you’re interested in participating in the challenge go to THIS THREAD on the Cricut Message Board.

I hope you enjoyed this project! If you have any questions please leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer them for you! If you don’t have a Gypsy, don’t worry! You can still do projects like this, you will just have to figure out the sizes for your cuts.

Enjoy your weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday with more projects!


Diana said...

Lori, this came out so cute! I love it! You do such details on your blog. I am jealous! Great job. I am glad I suggested starting this challenge. It is going to be a fun 26 weeks! :) said...

Very nice:) I love the colors:)

~ Lori ~ said...

Thanks Diana and Chatter! I am trying to provide really detailed directions on my blog and have gotten lots of good ideas on how to do that from other bloggers. Hopefully my explainations are clear...if not, ask me to explain!