Monday, 25 February 2013

'My Cricut Cartridge Alphabet'


So today (after work, although I haven't got too much to do today), I feel the need to go through my Cricut cartridges and try to make a card with each one - sound good?  I would like to do this in some sense of order... but which order?  Do I do it alphabetically? Or chronologically? Or some other way?
Alphabetically... then it will not be alphabetical when I buy a new cartridge (which I KNOW I will)
Chronologically... when they came out? Or when I bought them? Decisions, decisions!

Answers on a postcard, please!

Anyway my first cartridge will be 'ACCENT ESSENTIAL' (because it starts with an 'a'), so what can I tell you about this cartridge?

According to the Cricut Gods this cartridge is available only when you buy a Cricut Expression machine (yeah right, ebay?) and is designed by  rob and bob studio.

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I suppose nowadays we'd call this cartridge a 'lite' or 'solutions' cartridge as it only has one creative feature - 'shadow'.  But it does have some great cuts, although it is easily overlooked for some of the more complicated cartridges.  It is a testiment to how easy it is to ignore that my booklet has not even been opened! And yet, the snowflake on p.44 and the swirl on p.47 are two very versitile images, as is the hexagon on p.76 this shape is very 'IN' at the moment.

My view... the accent essential is probably not very 'essential' but most people who have a cricut (or at least who have bought it new, unlike me) have got this cartridge as it was part of the Cricut Expression bundle, so why not give it a bit of a study, you WILL find some great cuts to use. 

My verdict... you COULD do without it, but if you've got it USE IT!!!

So the first in 'My Cricut Cartridge Alphabet'...

Accent Essential Cartridge

CARD BASE - white cardstock (5 7/8" x 8 1/4") - scored and folded in half
1ST MAT - pink 'Cricut' paper (5 3/4" x 4")
2ND MAT - 'Helz Cuppleditch' 'Bazoo', sparkly leaf design (5 1/2" x 3 3/4")
3RD MAT - 'Echo Park' 'Dots & Stripes - Candy Shoppe', Mango Small Dot (2" x 3 3/34")
BORDER - pink 'Cricut' paper (1" x 3 3/4") - 'X-Cut' border punch 'sparkler', faux stitching

1ST CUT - 'Echo Park' 'Dots & Stripes - Candy Shoppe', Mango Small Dot - p.34 <accent3s>  (3")
2ND CUT - pink 'Cricut' paper - p.34 <accent3s> (2 3/4")
3RD CUT - pale green cardstock (from stash) - p.34 <accent3s> (2 1/2")
4TH CUT - 'Echo Park' 'Dots & Stripes - Candy Shoppe' Lemon Drop Small Dot - p.66 <accenr35s> (2 1/4")
1" circle punch for the centre circle with a Peachy Keen 3/4" face stamp

SENTIMENT - 'A Loving hello' from stash
RIBBON -'American Craft'
All edges inked with Time Holtz 'Wild Honey'

CREATED WITH LOVE CHALLENGE - #30 - 'Mid Winter Break... Bright and Cheerful'

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  1. Hi Karen. What a fab card. Love the pretty colours and the centrepiece is just great.
    Thanks for sharing at Created with Love.
    Sandra xxx

  2. Karen such a bright and cheery card. I love the colors. Thanks for joining our Bright and Cheery Challenge at Created With Love Challenges


  3. Karen this is so cute I love the sun image adorable. Thanks for sharing with us at CreatedWithLoveChallengs
    Lisa O

  4. Karen this is wonderful, I have this cartridge but never thought to use it this way. Very creative. Thanks for playing along with us at Created with love Challenges.
    Linda K.


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