Monday, 8 April 2013


'MY Cricut Catridge Alphabet'... number six
'CHRISTMAS CHEER' cartridge...  released April 2006 now discontinued (retired May 2010), designed by rob and bob studio.


The Creative Features are:- 'tag', 'square', 'circle', 'place card', 'blackout' and 'shadow'. This is one of the earlier cartridges, which usually means the images to cut are simpler (not quite so detailed), I personally like this, sometimes the amount of layers you have to cut makes it too complicated for me. This cartridge is, as its title would suggest, primarily a Christmas cartridge, all of the cuts are themed towards the holiday season although some can be used for other occasions, but not many!  All the usual suspects are here... Santa, reindeers, Xmas trees, decorations etc.  Cricut also have a paper pad available for the 'CHRISTMAS CHEER' cartridge along with a very nice set of 'Cricut Companion' embossing folders called 'Christmas' (if you can find them!). More cards from this cartridge can be viewed here.
My View... When I first discovered the Cricut cutting machine, this was THE cartridge to have, and it was VERY hard to get... so naturally I HAD to have it.  Since then (several years have passed), I have, in fact, very rarely used this cartridge!  I only have two Christmas themed cartridges (this being one of them, 'JOY OF THE SEASON' being the other), and if I'm going to do anything Christmassy I use my other cartridge!  Enough said really.
My Verdict... Although its a must to have a Christmas cartridge, I feel this one is not the best.  It does have a great selection and variety but I personally don't find the cuts all that appealing, in comparison with my other Christmas cartridge.  On the plus side, the place card feature is extremely handy.
I decided to show you a card I have made using this cartridge which is non-Christmas... 

CARD BASE - Kraft card blank (5 1/4" x 5 1/4")
PATTERNED MAT - 'TERESA COLLINS' 'Fabrication' 'plum damask' - scraps from stash
CRICUT CUT - 'CHRISTMAS CHEER' p.97, 'shadow' <hearth> (2 3/4"),  <hearth> ( 2 3/4"), <hearth-s> (2 3/4") - hearth was cut several times, using different papers and cardstock in order to layer it up a little, the 'fire' was raised using foam pads
RED MAT - red cardstock (2 3/4" x 1 1/2") - corners rounded and edges inked using a black promarker
PATTERNED MAT -  brown patterened paper by 'HOT OFF THE PRESS'  'Red Velvet Artful Card Kit' (2 1/4" x 1") - corners rounded and edges inked using a black promarker
SENTIMENT - computer generated
1ST INSIDE MAT - brown patterened paper by 'HOT OFF THE PRESS' 'Red Velvet Artful Card Kit' (2 3/3" x 4 3/4")
2ND MAT - white cardstock (3 1/4" x 4 1/4") -  punched using 'X-CUT' 'scallop'
3RD MAT - 'TERESA COLLINS' 'Fabrication' 'plum damask' - scraps from stash
EMBELLISHMENT - peel offs, stickles
Challenges -
CHALLENGES 4 EVERYBODY - Ch. #17 - 'Anything Goes'
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  1. This is lovely Karen - really nicely done! Thanks for sharing with us at Challenges 4 Everybody and Good Luck!
    Hugs, Tracey

  2. Ah this is super, what a great creation, Thanks for playing on MAWTT this week, Love Hazelxo


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