Wednesday, April 10, 2013

March - 12 Tags of 2013

My Tag for March.  Based on the tag Tim Holtz posted on his blog, I used Cricut instead of die cuts.  I have a Cricut Mini and love it.  It does not take up lots of space to store, attaches to computer, and does everything the larger stand-alone machines do.  It can use all the same blades (scoring, cutting, and deep cut) and I have not had any problems cutting any type of material I have tried so far.

Cricut gives access to several free images through their online Cricut Craft Room.They had several different types of bunnies, doilies, phrases, and other images free to use from their Easter 2010 Cartridge.  In the Craft Room program, I dropped the bunny into the middle of the doily and used the "weld" feature to get it to cut the silhouette in the middle.  This doily with a bunny-shaped hole in the middle was then placed over a circle of a white glitter paper.  The glitter paper gives it some bling and also a touch of the old-fashioned Easter decorations.  The "Happy Easter" is also from the same cartridge.  Using the Craft Room Program, you can change the size of images to fit what you are making and I find it simpler than the way the stand-alone machines work.

My flowers are left overs from the Tattered Floral Challenge.  They are made using Grunge paper covered with a layer of tissue paper, then coated with acrylic paints.  For these cute flowers I just layered first a brad, then a purchased paper flower, with my larger acrylic painted flower.

Going to try to make my April tag and get it posted in time to add to the pics on Tim Holtz's blog as I missed out for March.

I think my next post will be about stencils.  Everyone seems to be using them!  There are great ones available to buy, but I cut a few of my own using designs from my Cricut cartridges.  I am making some examples, so check back soon as I will be showing them off.