Thursday, September 25, 2014

Playing with Artfully Sent


I finally got a chance to play with the new CTMH Cricut Cartridge, Artfully Sent.  I have to say, I am in LOVE!!!  I have had so much fun, and for the first time ever...I completed four cards in one day.   Most of the time I spend the most time trying to figure out what I would like to create, and thinking of an idea a bit outside the box.  My crafty time is limited to when my hubby is at work and my kids are at school...between taking my kiddos to school and trying not to neglect the laundry too much!  Here are a few first cards I made, as hard as it was for me...I tried to NOT change anything {and just cut them as they were intended}.  Lol, that almost goes against everything I believe in!  The Christmas card is the only card I used the reverse side.  But, many have requested cards that are very easy and simple.  So this was for you guys!


First card:
When I first received Artfully Sent, I flipped through the handbook while waiting in my kids school car rider line.  I got to page 5, and OMGoodness...Holy CUTENESS!  Those foxes were so cute, the price of the cartridge was worth it to me, right there!  I will apologize now, because I know I will using those foxes over, and over, and over again!  Before I could post these cards, I already started my blog hop project for October 1st, using guess what?  FOXES.  But, for this card... I used the pocket card on page 6, for the front of the card and used Sea Side B&T paper.  I added some purple shimmer trim underneath.  For the inside of the card, I used Cashmere CS and I found the perfect use EVER for Brown Glitter paper. {FOXES}  I still can't believe this card was done before Rosie my Roomba was done! ;)










My second card took less than 10 minutes, I used Design Space to make a slight shadow for the Eiffel Tower.  The cuts can be found on page 6 and the stamp set is from the Wanderful WOTG.



My third card is from page 44, and even though we aren't big into Halloween...This castle is so fun!  I cut the base of the card in Slate CS and used Honey CS behind the windows and vellum paper behind the moon. I used some cut outs from Scaredy Cat for the B&T and the sentiment.




My fourth card was super quick to make.  I used Artfully Sent again, so easy!  I just added Purple glitter paper to the back of the sentiment circle, and silver glitter paper behind the star.  I backed the card base with Slate to keep the focus on the star and the sentiment, and hide my glitter paper patch job.  The stamp set is Reason for the Season stamp set <--------- MUST HAVE!



So here are my tips after using Artfully Sent just a bit, using my Explore.  

The good news is Design Space has all the cards linked together, making sizing a breeze!  Each card is ready to cut as soon as you edit the card to the size you would like.  Easy peasy!  The bad news is, if you want to cut out just one image...you have to find it on the corresponding card and ungroup it, etc.  So, keep your handbook handy, just do a search under My Images!  Not gonna lie, it can be a pain scrolling page after page looking for one image.  Ugh.

For any little cuts or words, use a newer mat.  Other wise your words will look like your dog chewed on them.  Or when you get to the Mat Preview screen, move your image to a less used part of your mat.  I am always using the upper left corner to cut, since that is the default setting on Design Space.  Then I turn the mat upside down and cut again, so my mats are primarily being used over and over in the upper left, and lower right.  By moving my image to the lower left of upper right~My cuts were perfect, every time!

Thanks for joining me!




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