Friday, January 28, 2011

Love Always

Valentine's Day is just around the corner.  Its hard to believe January is almost over.  Here's one of the Valentine banners I've created this year.

I used Cricut's Cindy Loo cartridge for the actual banner pieces.  The edges are daubed with Adirondack Gold acrylic paint dauber to give them a "frame" effect.

The letters are cut from the Storybook cartridge and the cute little girl hiding behind the heart is from K & Company's Valentine Ephemera set.

The cupid is also from K & Company, I think she's being sneaky trying to hide behind the bow!  The flowers started out as cuts from Accent Essentials and I layered and "fluffed" them (there's a YouTube video on how to do this.  I'll have to find the link and post it to give credit).  They were made from cardstock out of a multicolor pack.  Other papers used:  Anna Griffin (pink and white scrolls) for the background, euphoria/eden from Basic Grey for the shadow part of the letter, and sultry/polished from Basic Grey for the top of the letters.

This was my first time using Cindy Loo that I picked up probably last summer and I haven't used Accent Essentials in ages.  It's also one of my first projects with the Gypsy I got as a Christmas gift.  Hope you enjoy!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Sure Cuts A Lot vs. Make The Cut

Lori asked the difference between Sure Cuts A Lot vs. Make The Cut.  To be quite honest, I'm not sure as I don't have Sure Cuts A Lot and haven't worked with it.  I've had Make The Cut for almost a year and find it very easy to design in.  Additionally, it seems like it is updated quite frequently and so far, there hasn't been a charge for the updates.  I LOVE the "Join" feature.  Its similar to "Welding" in Cricut Design Studio.  However, the project I was working on was a banner.  I used circles to create the scallops around the edges and welded them.  I needed holes in the top to run the ribbons through.  The "Join" feature allowed me to basically attach the circles to my other shapes so I could copy the whole mess and not have to move it piece-meal and make sure I got them in the right spot.  Wish I would have taken pictures of the Halloween Banner before I gave it to my mother.  But, I didn't and her darling dogs decided to eat two of the letters!  I have some other projects in the works and plan to do a much better job with the blog in 2011!