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In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, take time to honor the Amazing Women in your life by creating something either for them, or in remembrance of them. Throughout the week, check into the Cricut Facebook Page to read about a few Amazing Women we have noticed.
Jillian Cassity shares a page that she created honoring the friendship she has with her girlfriends. Check it out!
Hi Everyone! Jill here to share a “Girlfriends” layout with you! In honor of National Breast Cancer week I decided to make a layout honoring some of my best girlfriends. These photos are from my bachelorette party this past July with my sister, sister-in-law and two of my best friends.
I started my layout by layering two large circles together in the center of my layout. I cut a large solid circle out of gray patterned paper with my Lacy Labels cartridge and then a scalloped ring circle out of pink patterned paper with the Lacy Labels cartridge as well.
I was inspired by the yellow purse patterned paper and decided to cut a purse out of my Paisley cartridge.
To go along with my “girlfriends” theme I decided to cut a fun dancing girl from my Rock Princess cartridge. I added my title made up of American Crafts foam letters, Cosmo Cricket chipboard letters and I used the Nate’s ABC font to spell out “girlfriends”.
Designed by: Jillian Cassity
Cricut Machines Used: Cricut Expression 2
Cricut Cartridges Used: Elegant Edges, Nate’s ABC’s, Rock Princess, Lacy Labels Lite, Paisley
Other Supplies: Cardstock (black, white) American Crafts, Patterned paper/Chipboard Letters (Cosmo Cricket), Brads/Foam Letters (American Crafts), Button
We are so pleased to introduce you to a NEW feature here on the Cricut Blog and our FIRST amazing Caught-Our-Eye-Crafter . . . Nadia Herbst-McConnell. If you are a Cricut Circle Member, you probably have seen (and drooled over) Nadia’s inspirational projects in the Weekly and Monthly Challenge galleries, as well as on the Cricut Circle Message Board. You may have even met her in person at a Cricut Circle Meet-Up! Nadia caught our eye because of her ability to take her Cricut products to an entirely new level . . . she truly is an artist! Please give her a warm welcome as you get to know her a little better. To learn more about Nadia and see more of her work, visit her blog: With Glittering Eyes.
QUESTIONS WE ASKED NADIA
1. What is your most frequently used Expression cartridge?
I love mixing up the cartridges, using lots of different ones together! I like cartridges with figures that I can alter too—for that I mostly use Rock Princess, Country Life, Forever Young, Happy Hauntings, Shall We Dance (Cricut Circle Exclusive), and the hairstyles on Paper Doll Dress Up.
2. What is your most frequently used Imagine cartridge?
Hopscotch for patterns for sure. I could put that blue sky on every project! I have become dependent on the patterns from my Imagine cartridges instead of buying printed papers. For that reason, I really use many Imagine cartridges all the time.
3. What is your most frequently used Cuttlebug folder?
4. If you could choose a theme/design for the next Expression cartridge, what would you choose?
First, I would LOVE a cartridge designed by Brittney Lee! She does such magical hand-cut paper projects; she really knows how to make paper perform and delight!
Second, I want another cart with layered faces! I love the layers on the faces on Happy Hauntings! I have used Mrs. Frankenstein’s face as a monster and altered her to be a princess. Those layers work so that the negative space of the eye socket builds and suddenly she has eyeliner and an eyelid (as opposed to a simple but tiny eye shape that is glued onto a base). A non-seasonal cartridge with people with those kinds of layered faces would be fantastic!
Third, since I am in Louisville, Kentucky, I would LOVE a cartridge with cuts with racing horses and jockey riders wearing racing silks! That is just a dream but since you asked…
5. If you could choose a theme/design for the next Imagine cartridge, what would you choose?
So, now you know I can’t choose just one of anything…I would love a cartridge designed by Claire Keane! Her painterly style and genius with color would make a wonderful combination for an Imagine Art cartridge!
I would also like to see the Disney Princesses revamped onto an Imagine cartridge, this time adding the newest princesses, like Tiana and Rapunzel, to the mix!
For patterns, I would love to see paper collections on Imagine cartridges from Graphic 45 and 7 Gypsies. Actually, I would love to have Imagine pattern cartridges from all the major paper companies. What a treasure those would be!
Lastly, I would love to see a cart of small scale polka dots, checks, and stripes in lots of bright, clear colors.
6. If you could choose the next three Cuttlebug folder patterns, what would they be? What size would they be?
Oh! I would love it if we could emboss up to 12”x12”!! I love to build vignettes, so I would want small scale patterns for backgrounds and “fabrics”(dots, stripes, brocades, Greek key) and some small-scale repeating icons (like Mickey ears) for actual scrapbooking.
7. If you could add a feature to the Cricut Expression Anniversary Edition, what would it do?
I would make the blade move with directional buttons just like the original Expression. That is such a fabulous capability that allows for so much freedom without any software.
8. If you could choose the next Cricut Expression Anniversary Edition color, what would it be?
Well, as long as I am dreaming… I like those changeable colors on hot rod cars – you know, the kind of paint jobs that go from green to blue as you walk past? It would be fun to go from periwinkle-blue or pinky-coral to Cricut Green in a metallic finish on a machine.
9. If you could choose the next Imagine end caps, what color would it be?
I think it should be glittery—maybe pink and green glitter! (It sounds like a child is answering these color questions, doesn’t it?!)
10. Do you create standing up or sitting down?
11. How do you keep your cartridges? (i.e. In the original boxes, in alphabetical order, etc.)
They are stored in a 6-foot tall cabinet within an arm’s reach from where I stand at my work table. They are alphabetized and in the original boxes. It is getting a little crowded in there after this fantastic summer of new releases!
12. Do you have a favorite adhesive that you use on your projects?
I am kind of a pop dot addict, but when it has to be adhered flat, I use ATG tape and Scotch Scrapbooker’s Glue. I use E6000 for gluing my die cuts to nonporous things.
13. What is your favorite part of the Cricut Circle?
I love the meetups and crops. I have met so many wonderful, generous, and kind crafters through the Circle! Getting to spend time with them crafting, having dinner, and talking has been such an unexpected joy of the Circle. I never thought I would go to even one, and now I have been to three. I also have really enjoyed our Circle Blog and on-line magazine. We have such wonderfully talented ladies inspiring us with their talents daily!
(For more information on becoming a Cricut Circle Member, please CLICK HERE.)
14. If you had 5 minutes with Provo Craft’s Product Development Department to chat about machines, cartridges, etc., what would you say?
I would start by asking them for my dream toys: a 12×12 Cuttlebug… a combination Expression-Expression 2 where not only the blade moves but also there is a preview of the mat on the screen before cutting (best of both worlds)… compact craft furniture with built-in lighting made for those of us with multiple machines/carts/embossing folders/tools and limited space… an embroidery machine that has a port for cartridges. I would ask them to avoid built-in cartridges so that I am not limited to using that one machine for that special cartridge. I would ask them to add direct (liquid) emulsion to the Yudu product line. Since it is now next to impossible to get super thick (1/2”, 3/4” and 1” thick) pop dot squares, I would love Provo Craft to consider adding that to the product line! …and if I had any time left over, I would bug them for a scoop on the next great thing coming out (hoping it was one of the things we just discussed)!
Nadia has created an exclusive project just for you . . . our Cricut Blog readers! Prepare to be amazed with the details as she walks you through her design process.
I have been day dreaming about using the faces on the Art Nouveau cartridge. I love altering figures on cartridges and combining cuts to find unique characters for my projects. I also enjoy creating vignettes with those characters and thought that they would be fun witches for a little Halloween decor! On a personal level, I wanted to try a vignette with multiple altered characters, a new challenge for me!
I started with Rock Princess, cutting her on my Cricut Expression Machine at 7″ from pale green cardstock. I manually cut away the guitar and head. For for the new head, I cut from Art Nouveau at 2″. I manually trimmed her neck to make it thinner so that it would fit the body. I cut two sets of hair so I would have extra curls to cut away and add to the head. I traced her body to create a dress and manually cut it out.
I added facial features, using a Sharpie micro tip fine pen. (Blush comes from an inkpad and a foam eyeshadow applicator). I cut and shortened her extended arm and then bent the fingers so that she could hold a little martini glass that I hand-cut from metallic cardstock. I reapplied it using a pop dot to place her body in front of that arm.
I cut a little pointy witch hat from glitter paper and sliced up a bit of ribbon for trim. I cut out a little belt and some pointy, curly-toe shoes. I inked her in black.
For the second witch, I cut from a darker green two bodies from Rock Princess , one at 7″ for the arms and one at 8″ for the rest of the body. This rock princess has really long arms that I wanted to bring to a lowered position so cutting them smaller allowed for this alteration with better proportions.
As I cut the figure apart, I did so with reference to the first witch so that I would know how tall to make her. This one is very long-waisted with short legs, so I stretched her out to adjust for that. I manually cut apart her fingers on right hand.
I cut her head from Art Nouveau at 3″ on my Cricut Expression. I trimmed off her hair, deciding that I would use the hair layers without matching up the curls so I would have a little more freedom with her hairstyle.
I created a dress, shoes, and hat for this witch, accenting and finishing her as I did the first witch. I wanted them to look like different people, so I trimmed her nose a bit to create a slightly more chiseled one. I cut her left arm at the elbow, changing the position so that she could hold her glass.
I added a skirt accent. When I put the two witches together, and saw the look they were giving each other, I realized they needed a goofy male character. They kind of have that ‘can you believe this guy?’ exchange going on.
At this point, I am sure you have figured out that I don’t plan out my vignettes; I sort of let them develop as I go. To further tell on myself, I will confess that my original starting thought was a three-witch tea party which changed the minute my first witch developed a face. Now I have a monster cocktail party starting to take shape!
I decided on Dracula. I wanted to be sure that his body proportions and overall size were compatible with the other figures so I altered him next to the witches.
I cut his body from Formal Occasion at 7″ on my Cricut Imagine Machine. I cut away the female dancer. I used a punch for the hands. The die cut is doing some crazy dancing so I needed to cut and straighten the legs. I flipped the left leg so that the shoes both point out. I cut off the shoes and hand-cut new, straight legs using these pieces as my pattern. I attached the shoes to the new legs, adding shoelaces.
I cut the jacket layer on my Imagine, floodfilling the shape with the Imagine Black and White cartridge. I sliced at the elbow, repositioning the arm so that the character could hold a drink- he was my soda drinker, I guess.
I created a drink can by rolling a piece of metallic paper and adding a circle lid. I used a mini hole punch and added a pull tab to the top. I rolled the hand over a dowel rod to curl it and glued it to the can. Then I reattached his arm at the elbow.
With the jacket and pants separate, I was able to tilt the shoulders a bit, giving him a little body language. I used Glimmer Mist in Graphite to give his pink lapels a little sparkle.
I placed the figures together again to determine the size of his head by cutting a couple of samples of the top face layer. Both witches have slightly oversized heads and I needed the male figure to keep that proportion too so that they would be compatible on the page.
I cut all the layers of the face and trimmed the black base to separate the head from the body. I hand-cut a neck and attached the head to it with a pop dot. I finished the figure and added a spider hanging down from his finger cut from Happy Hauntings at 1-3/4″ on my Expression.
I revisited the other figures at this point, adding blue highlights to my second witch to help show off her layers of curls (shielding her body with an index card so the pastel dust wouldn’t get all over her)…
…adding to her hat and trimming away a bit of hair.
With my figures complete, I wanted to add a piece of furniture to help place the figures in a room. I was inspired by a project on the Circle Blog by Shantaie Fowler that used embossed acetate and decided to create a little cabinet with a window to hold a candelabra.
I cut the grandfather clock on French Manor (Cricut Circle Exclusive) at 5″ on my Imagine, manually cutting off the top to create a little cabinet. I used a bit of acetate from a cartridge clamshell, embossing it with my Cuttlebug Machine and a folder from the Nifty Fifties Companion Set to look like broken glass.
I used E6000 adhesive to attach the acetate to the die cut. I cut a spider web from October 31st Seasonal at 2″ on my Expression and tore the center out to fit the cabinet. Meanwhile, I cut the candelabra from Chic and Scary Seasonal at 2″ on my Expression 2: Anniversary Edition Machine. I added gold stickles to the flames.
I added a spider web to the back of my first witch. It was cut from October 31st at 3″ and trimmed to fit the shape.
I decided I would place the vignette in an 8″ square shadowbox. I used my Imagine Machine and the Imagine JT cartridge to floodfill an 8″ square. I cut a piece of vellum 8″ to use as an overlay to soften the print so that the figures and furniture would not compete with the pattern.
I adhered the chandelier and cabinet flat. I used pop dots to attach the characters. Dracula was popped up 1/8″. The witches were popped up 1″.
I placed the characters in the scene within the 8″ room.
I tried to obtain as much dimension as I could given the depth of the frame.
I hope you enjoy my project! This was so much fun to put together and I learned so much along the way!
Designed by: Nadia Herbst-McConnell
Cricut Machines Used: Cricut Expression, Cricut Expression 2, Cricut Imagine, Cuttlebug
Cricut Cartridges Used: Art Nouveau, Chic & Scary Seasonal, French Manor (Cricut Circle Exclusive), Formal Occasion, Happy Hauntings, October 31st Seasonal, Rock Princess, Imagine Black & White Colors & Patterns, Imagine JT
Other Supplies: Cuttlebug Nifty Fifties Companion Embossing Folders