Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Close to My Heart (CTMH) and Cricut Together... Art Philosophy

I am sure you may have heard but Close to My Heart is pairing up with Cricut to bring out a full content cartridge called Art Philosophy. I can't wait to get this cart. Hopefully soon, placed my order a couple of days ago. Will definitely post some new projects once I receive it.

I haven't been able to find any images other than the one above. But one of the ladies on the Cricut board posted a picture of the back of the cart and said it would be okay for me to post on the blog, so here you go.

The images and features look so great. Glad they added a number of 3D elements to the cart, and what looks like to be a great font.

Here is a video from CTMH that shows the cart in some more detail.

I am a consultant for Close to My Heart so please contact me or visit my CTMH website with any questions or to purchase. Cart is available after August 1st.

Till next time

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Back to reality...Vacation is Over

No craftyness to share today, but thought I would share some pics from our latest vacation. We went up to Toronto for 5 nights last week. We have always loved this city and have visited many times before. But the last visit was over 5 years ago before we moved to New York City. It was nice to go back a little less wild and crazy and enjoy the sites, and not just go up to party all night, lol. (even though we had a few fun late nights thrown in)

The above picture is from Toronto Island. Beautiful! It was like Central Park on an island. I would be there all the time if we lived up there, and jealous NYC doesn't have a place like this with a huge park and a beautiful beach combined.

We walked around a lot of new areas we never visited before. The Distillery was a really cool area, lots of fun shops and public art. Here are some photos of that.



Bought! This was our big purchase, put it up tonight! Looks great near the T.V.

Amazing sculpture!

Felt like we were in the Incredibles

Here;s another pic from the Toronto Island. NYC not that far away. It was on the end of a long pier. Never realized how big Lake Ontario is. Felt like we were at the ocean.

And on the way home (we drove) stopped by Niagara Falls. What a beautiful and inspiring place. I could watch the falls all day. It was so beautiful out, the sky was so clear. It was super hot though. The heat wave was just beginning.

Not my usual post but wanted to share these pics. Had such a good time. Now another trip I need to scrap, I am getting so behind. Planning on some crafting time this weekend! It is suppose to be 100 degrees over the weekend in the city. Too hot for the beach for me. I would rather stay in the AC and craft. Hopefully I stick to that plan.

Thanks for stopping by, till next time.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Set of Cupcake Notecards Using the Cricut Imagine and the Better Together Cart

I can't believe it has been two months since I have posted something on my blog. Terrible. What is more terrible I think is I haven't crafted in the last two months either. Work, school, and living in NYC has been beyond busy as of late. Let me not complain though, I have had so much fun over the last few months. But I have missed crafting, and tonight I had nothing going on so I decided to play with my toys for a bit.

I was looking on the Cricut message boards and came across this project a lady named Beth had done. She made printed notecard using her Imagine. Her project is wonderful and really sparked my interest. I would never have thought of this on my own, so creative. Her post shows how you can use the Imagine in a different way, so great. Here is the link to her blog, it is great. So many good projects! I became a follower and so should you.

So onto what I did with it. I love the Imagine carts. The artwork is so fun and playful. I recently purchased the Better Together cart. Such cute shapes, and I fell in love with the cupcake with the long eyelashes. I thought this would be the perfect design for a notecard, fun and cheerful.

Like on her blog I lined up where I wanted the image to print on my card. I layed the card down making sure it would be right side up for the printed image. Because you can not yet choose where to print on the mat you have to do a work around. To do this I picked the square shape that is already loaded on the Imagine. I adjusted the sizes and arrangement a number of times before I got it to line up well. This was the most time consuming part. I can't wait for an upgrade where the Imagine screen will work like the Gypsy. I could have tried using the Cricut Craft Room, but have read people aren't having much luck, and I didn't want to waste time. Now that I have done it I think it will go a lot quicker next time. 

What the Imagine screen looked like before the prints

Also make sure you change to print only, instead of the default Print & Cut

Here's a closeup

On a side note. I haven't used my Imagine in awhile, more than a couple of months, a shame I know. When I printed the first card the image was grainy and had lines in it. I thought maybe I needed to change the ink cartridges, but the machine said they were okay. So I thought I would give cleaning the printer heads a shot to see if it made a difference. And it did, you can see the difference below.

Before cleaning the heads

After cleaning the heads

So hopefully another two months doesn't go by before I use my Imagine, but if it does I will clean the printer heads before.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope this won't be my only post for the month of July, lol