It’s Mail Time!!

A certain little girl and I were quite busy this weekend making Valentine’s Day cards for her upcoming Nursery School party.

We had all sorts of plans for her cards, but they all changed once I showed her several of the Disney Valentines.

We printed and organized them Friday night.

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Saturday morning Hartly organized them again and signed each one while I was busy making envelopes using the We R Memory Keeper Envelope Punch Board.

I love that thing.

At least once I read the directions.

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After we had all the cards and envelopes ready to go it was quickly decided that she needed something to store them safely in. Sigh.

So we grabbed a DCWV Kraft Mailer Box, The Winter In The Woods Stack and a cute Lettering Delights image and got busy.

Bear Box

A close-up~

Bear Box Side

Now everything will stay perfectly organized~

Packed

Heaven knows we don’t want anyone getting the wrong Valentine after we spent a lot of time deciding just who would get which one.

And I mean a lot of time.

Now that she’s got her very own Valentine Box, maybe I’ll get the one I made last week back.

XOXO

A close-up~

xoxo side

But, somehow I doubt it.

I used~

DCWV Kraft Mailer Boxes, DCWV Premium Paper Collection 5 Pack, DCWV The Winter In The Woods Stack 6×6, DCWV Insta Photo Fun Die Cut Cardstock Cards, DCWV Gems
Amy Tangerine Washi Tape, Ribbon, Enamel Dots, Thickers, Sequins Papertrey Ink Sprinkles Make It Market Kit Dies, Mama Elephant Pandamonium Stamps,
Lettering Delights Squawk Box Bear cut at 5.75″

Exploring Print Then Cut~

If you’re like me and many other Cricut Explore owners you’ve probably been doing a bit of exploring with your machine’s new print then cut feature.

Seriously, I have been printing then cutting everything in sight.

I started simple with the three bears~

Print-Bears

Cute, right?

And yes, I need dimension.

I have to layer and use pop dots!!

With my bears looking so good I decided I was ready to make flair buttons with all those adorable Cricut images from my favorite cartridges like Create A Critter and Teddy Bear Parade.

My first two attempts~

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These weren’t so good.

I originally calibrated my Explore with the kids’ new Canon Pixma printer.

Needless to say I think I loaded my paper incorrectly leading to the buttons looking “off” color.

So I switched back to my Epson R2000 printer, and still I wasn’t very happy with the print quality.

The images look blurry.

The Epson buttons are on the left and the Cannon on the right.

To show you exactly what I mean I have buttons printed with my Epson using Lettering Delight images and the Silhouette Studio software.

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Do you see a difference? I do.

A close-up~

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However, I understand that the Cricut images weren’t originally made for this purpose where many of the Lettering Delight images were.

Especially the Lettering Delights graphic sets.

Hmmm…maybe I’ll add those to my To Try In Design Space List.

I also think the larger your image, the better the quality.

Panda-palooza~

Print-Panda

So what’s a girl do when she wants to decide which machine to leave sitting in the place of honor on her desk?

She tries them with the same image~

Print-Fairies

The fairies above were created with the Silhouette, with the Cricut with bleed on and with the Cricut without the bleed.

After much studying and debate with my son and Facebook friends I like the printing from the Silhouette a teeny, tiny bit better as it appeared to use more or thicker ink.

And her eyes look sharper. More crisp.

However, the cut quality was far better with the Cricut Explore.

My Silhouette left a tiny white border where the Explore did not.

Now what to do with all those fairies floating around?

Make a card~

Fairy

A close-up~

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And what’s better than a fairy on a stick?

One that wobbles!!

And one last tidbit of information.

I love, love, love the fact that if I print then cut a PNG file, the Cricut Explore automatically sets the cut lines.

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There’s no having to trace or set cut lines. Yippee!!

So…what do you think of the Cricut Explore Print Then Cut?

Do you have as many images as I do just laying around waiting for a project?

Any tips you’d like to share?

I used~
American Crafts White Textured Cardstock, Epson Presentation Paper, Recollections Craft It Glassine Bags, Paper Straws, Gems
American Button Machine, Silhouette Cameo, Cricut Explore, Epson R2000, Canon Pixma MG7120
Images from Lettering Delights and Cricut Library

The Snow Glows White~

On the mountain top.

I know you know the rest.

I think it’s a requirement if you have either small children or grandchildren in your house.

And that is why I made an Elsa card for a Frozen fanatic birthday girl.

My card~

Frozen

I used the single layer SVG images from Lettering Delight to print and cut my images using the Silhouette.

I then layered them on polka dot paper form DCWV’s Coral & Navy Stack thinking it looked like falling snow.

A close up~

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I added a bit of bling using DCWV gems and stars.

Of course with a four-year old in the house, I couldn’t make just one.

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I guess you can tell Hartly had a little fun with the stars. He he.

And if you’re looking for me, a certain little girl has requested the rest of the Frozen game.

Oh boy!

I used~

Coral & Navy

DCWV Coral & Navy Stack, DCWV Gems and Stars
Lettering Delights Ice Princess and Ice Princess Party Cut Its using the Silhouette

My Fetching Fox~

I’ve been playing around with the Cricut Explore this week just seeing what it can do.

Sort of like taking a car for a test drive. He he.

I decided it was time to play around with a layered SVG.

It just so happened that I’ve been dying to also play around with the new DCWV Alpha Zoo Stack.

I blame the adorable wood veneer fox that Sis gave me that has been sitting on my desk looking at me.

So, I decided to use them all together.

My card~

Fetching

The fox SVG is from the Lettering Delights Conscientiously Yours Set and loaded perfectly in the Cricut Design Space Software. Yippee!!

My favorite feature of the new software is how it separates each layer by color and places them on separate mats.

A close up~

Fetching-Close

I made my fox in a fraction of the time it normally takes me.

And I love that.

Now I know my fox is not currently wearing a fedora, but I thought he and his wood veneer buddy were still right fetching.

I used~

Gilded Stack Alpha Zoo Basic Stack Bright & Pastels

DCWV Alpha Zoo Stack, The Gilded Paper Stack, The Basic Stack Brights & Pastels, The Basic Stack Neutrals & Jewels
Wood Fox Veneer
Conscientiously Fox from Lettering Delights cut at 5″ high

Instant Fun~

I got a new instant camera today and wanted to play around with it.

My new camera~

Instant-Fun-All

He he.

Okay, I made me a new camera today.

Isn’t it cute?

It’s from Lettering Delights and cut with my Silhouette.

I used DCWV’s Sunday Afternoon Stack which is not only filled with cute prints, but it’s also a perfect weight for 3D projects.

A close up~

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And guess what?

This camera is SO much cheaper than the others I was looking at.

I used~

Sunday Afternoon

DCWV Sunday Afternoon Stack, Vintage Collector Epoxy Labels
Lettering Delights Retro Camera File

I’m In Hog Heaven~

These little guys just make me happy.

Aren’t they adorable?

And they’re perfect for the holiday that’s quickly approaching.

That’s Valentine’s Day in case you didn’t notice all the hearts, teddy bears and love stuff that was out in stores before Christmas Day. Sigh.

My card~

Hog-Heaven

I found the cutest Recollections Valentine Paper Pad while in Michaels on Friday, so I wasted no time in tearing into it.

My hog and all his layers are cut at 4″ and pop dotted.

Even the kisses on his face.

A close up of my hog~

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I made the Hog buttons when I first got my button machine and was simply just playing around.

But, I thought they would make a cute Valentine’s Day gift.

A close up the pins~

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They have a pin backing, so they can be easily removed from the card and worn.

I just wanted to spread hogs & kisses to everyone. He he.

I used~

Basic Grey Capture Paper, Recollections Valentine Paper, Lettering Delights Hogs & Kisses Cut It Set, American Button Machine