Friday, April 30, 2010

Meet the Cricut Cake

I made a card earlier with the Cricut Cake and realized it would be a good idea to put some more information about the Cricut Cake in a different post rather than with the card.'s the scoop and some pictures of me opening it up.

In this first picture you can see the new mat. It's not sticky like the original mat, because you are going to be putting food on it so you wouldn't want it sticky, LOL.

It says it's not dishwasher safe...I don't know about you, but I wouldn't want to put it in my dishwasher anyway -- too much space, hahaha. It also says not microwavable, hmmmmm... I wonder who was going to do that??? LOL. Besides, it's really easy to clean with a little sudsy water.

Here it is, sneaking out of its box -- you can see the red trying to burst through its protective skin....heeheehee

....and here we go

Isn't it sweet!

It uses the same cartridges as all the other Cricut machines. It's the same size and has many of the same features as the Cricut Expression. It uses food grade mats and stainless steel blades. All surfaces that food touches are food grade. It's a cool candy apple red -- some of you might even have other appliances in your kitchen in the same color.

Provo Craft took extra care to make sure the new Cricut Cake was protected. There are silicone sleeves that fit over the cartridge area and a covering for the top as well. There is additional seals where ever food might come in contact with the machine. They changed the blade and housing assembly to accommodate the different needs of frosting and other items that you can cut with the new Cricut -- you can even cut shapes in things like bologna, cheese or very thin rolled cookie dough.

A little more about the Cricut Cake:

The four brand new cartridges for the cake are: Cake Basics (comes with the Cake), Birthday Cakes, Elegant Cakes, and Holiday Cakes -- but remember you can use these with your other Cricut machines too (make cards, party favors or whatever you can dream).

Ask me questions, I'll do the best to answer 'em. :)

Expand your creativity with the new Cricut Cake!

Have you heard about the new Cricut Cake?

No, it doesn’t bake the cakes, LOL…but think about all the fancy details you pay extra for when you buy a cake…then think how it would be cool to make a perfect cake for any special occasion and even make cards to match – now that’s the Cricut Cake!

Today’s card uses the Cricut Cake cartridge: Cake Basics.  It’s the one that comes with the Cricut Cake machine.  What a great way to make a quick card that looks great!

Cricut Cake Basics Cartridge: Cupcake pg 52 & Celebrate pg 74
6.5” X 6” card base
Background/texture/decorative paper for words
Card stock for cupcake and layer
CTMH Cherished Flourishes Stamp Set (D1413, spring 2010 release)
CTMH Watermelon Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Sponge (for edges)
Gems if you want to further embellish
Corner rounder

First, cut the cupcake in desired CS color at 3.5”. Then, don’t change the dial size, cut out the layer for the cupcake holder.  Next, reduce size dial to 2” (remember, this is HEIGHT not width) – cut the word “Celebrate (also need to push plain phrase button).

Now, with your watermelon ink – sponge the edges of the card base, the edges of the cupcake and stamp the desired flourish.

Attach as shown or use your own creative spin.  Last, if you like, add the gems.

See some more about the Cake on my next blog: Meet the Cricut Cake.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

I Just Want to Thank You Card

A Simple but thoughtful Thank You

Looking for something quick, but thoughtful to show your appreciation?  You will be able to make this card in less than time that it would take you to purchase one, and the recipient of this card will appreciate your handcrafted work. ♥

Close to My Heart Emporium papers
12” CTMH Cocoa grosgrain ribbon
3 small blue gems
Martha Stewart’s Arch Lattice border punch
CTMH Exclusive Inks Crystal Blue Start’s Arch Lattice Border pump Pad
CTMH Stamp Set A Little Everything (D1408 – Spring 2010 STOM – March)
Corner rounder

Colonial white CS -- 8.5” x 5.5” (fold in half to create card base)

Message layers
Colonial white CS 2.75” x 1.75” for message
Blue B&T -- 2 7/16” x 1 7/16”
Cocoa – 3 1/8” x 2 1/8”

B&T Duo – 2” x 5.5” border punch on long side with Martha Stewart’s Arch Lattice border punch.

For a printable version and directions to assemble card see the PDF file here: A Simple but Thoughtful Thank You.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Buttons-n-bows: A Spring Bunny for Easter

w! This year is sure moving along quickly. I can't believe it's April already! Happy April fool's day! Did you play any pranks today? This weekend is Easter already (so far it's a warm one) -- and my birthday too. Every now and then my birthday falls on Easter -- this is one of those years, LOL. Here's the Easter card I made for my daughter.....

Fiskars All A-Fleur Embossing Border
Bunny stamp by Embossing Arts Co (old wood mount, no longer available)
Close to My Heart Waxy Flax Amethyst
Close to My Heart Exclusive Inks Hydrangea Stamp Pad (z2129)
Close to My Heart Exclusive Inks Grey Wool Stamp Pad (z2125)
Close to My Heart Exclusive Inks Gleden Ember Marker (z2322)
Close to My Heart Exclusive Inks Watermelon Marker (z2358)
Close to My Heart Exclusive Inks Star Spangled Blue Marker (z2349)
Close to My Heart Exclusive Inks Pansy Purple Marker (z2341)
Close to My Heart Exclusive Inks Marker Citrus Leaf (z2312)
Close to My Heart Colonial White Card Stock
Close to My Heart Craft Buttons - Colonial White (from Basic set Z1206 or Holiday Z1285)
Card base is 4.5" x 5.25"
Cuttle Bug Embossing folder Swiss Dots
Cricut Cartridge Accent Essentials (Page 62, shadow and shift keys pressed)
White flocking for the bunny


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