Sometimes we all have to make do with what we have. I had hoped by now that Provocraft would have introduced a new “College” cartridge that would include all things college related….Sports, Student Government, Diplomas, Sorority, Fraternity, Dorm stuff….not to mention a GREEK ALPHABET. I can keep hoping that one will appear soon, but until then I do the best I can with my Gypsy and Cricut.
Since starting this blog, I have posted at least one item that is sorority related and I received requests on how I made my letters.
I only needed an Alpha, Gamma and a Delta for my youngest daughter, so I have not tried to design any of the other letters of the Greek Alphabet. Thinking it might be easier to explain by the spoken word, rather write out some directions, I decided to make a video tutorial on these three little letters.
Please let me know what you think…..
Cricut Cartridges: Storybook, George and Basic Shapes
The Spring Handmade Swap on the Cricut Message Board
My first attempt at Artist Trading Cards ( ATC ) …..
I purchased some precut ATC cards from Hobby Lobby to make this first go around easier. I really liked how these cards felt…..they were similar to grungeboard. I stamped the words with white ink then stamped the background and embossed with clear Zing. The Eiffel towers were cut from the Cricut French Manor cartridge and also stamped with the same background as the card, but embossed with hematite colored embossing powder. Twinchies are similar to ATC cards, but measure 2 x 2 inches.
Not too bad for a first try.
Another category that I chose in this swap was the Twinchies group. Never even heard of twinchies, inchies, or thrinchies before the CMB.
I used my Cricut Gypsy and the George and Basic Shapes cartridge to place a square inside a square to build the frame and to cut the base. The base was inked around all edges and then stamped with a Tim Holtz stamp and a brown ink. Ranger Distessing inks were used for distressing the edges. The tree was cut from the Wall Decor and More catridge.
The tree trunk was adhered with Zig 2Way glue, leaving the branches free from the paper. My hope was for it to have some dimension on its own, by not laying completely flat against the base card. The frame was also inked slightly then adhered using very tiny pop-dots. To me, it looks like a miniature wall hanging as for a doll house.
How in the world did my Cricut Expressions and I ever get along without our Gypsy? I actually just recently found out. A few days before my glass etching class at Hobby Lobby, my darling little Gypsy crashed…yes CRASHED! It would not boot up…the blue light flashed but no one was home. It shut itself off again and again….which earned it a trip to Spanish Fork, Utah.
When Provocraft shared the devastating news that it would take about three weeks for us to be rejoined with our Gypsy, panic set in. The projects for my class were all stored on my precious little Gypsy and the thought of teaching my very first class with my trusty friend at my side frightened me to no end.
I have to mention that I rarely give up when I receive news that is not what I want to hear. Later in the day, I decided to call back to plead for a faster turn around….offering several of my own suggestions for how I could be reunited with Gypsy much sooner than the 3 weeks. After finding a sympathetic ear and paying $28 in shipping, I might be seeing Gypsy within a week. I can hope!