I recently received the new Close to My Heart Cricut Artiste Bundle for review from Melanie Brown who also has the website Courtney Lane Designs and claim to fame of being one of the partners at Everyday Cricut. Mel contacted me asking if I would be interested in doing a review for her and of course I agreed! The great thing is that Mel knows if I don't like a product I will be honest and give my honest review, however she must have known I was going to LOVE this one!
First off I started looking through the handbook, which I will admit I had already looked on Design Studio but seeing the handbook made things make more sense. It took me a long time to go through the handbook because there is SOOO MUCH on this cartridge!
After looking through the chipboard sheets that are included in the bundle I decided to use the mini dimensional album pieces for a project...but not for an album.
One of the great things of these bundles is that all the pieces include the size you need to choose to cut your papers, whether it be chipboard or for the stamps that come in the bundle
Cricut Artiste cartridge
Basic Grey 6x6 Lemonade
Hot Glue Gun
All the cuts on the name banner are from Artiste, the flowers, flourishes, letters, leaves,butterfly...yep all of them!
I added some flat back gems for the flower centers to bling it up a little. On the letters I cut two and off set them since there isn't a shadow for the font, which I do frequently with fonts that don't have included shadows. It seems to work out just as well in most cases.
I threaded some sheer ribbon through the holes that were already cut to put the name together and then I found different ribbons in coordinating colors to put on the corners, hot glue was used to attach the ribbon on the corners.
Since the dorms have brick walls I put two strips of mounting foam on the back of each square so she can easily place the name banner on her wall. I sent her a picture of the project when I finished and she was so excited!
If you order the bundle and wonder what to do with the chipboard mini album this is just another way to use those pieces if you don't want to make a mini album.
You can order your bundle at Melanie's CTMH website. The price is $99 and I will be honest that the price does seem high but for everything you get and all that is available on this cartridge I think it is worth every penny!
I will be making a few more projects to post in the near future!
Pretty! I got the cart yesterday and already have two projects underway! I also used those chipboard pieces :) Is the butterfly from this cart too? I didn't notice it. Imagine that!ReplyDelete
Beautiful!! I want this bundle so bad!!ReplyDelete
The way you did the letters is my favorite part of this banner. The shadow and stitching was a great idea. My cartridge probably won't arrive for another couple of weeks and I may just ask Melissa if she'd like a banner for her new classroom.ReplyDelete
The butterfly is from the cartridge. All the cuts are from Artiste.ReplyDelete
WOW - this is such an awesome banner. TFSReplyDelete
Brilliant AND Beautiful! I think I'm going to make a banner with my mini-album pieces too, thanks to your inspiration. ;)ReplyDelete
Absolutely lovely. You inspire me so muchReplyDelete
Amazing work. Very creative. I am also inspired by your creativity. What size were the letters cut? I recieved my bundle yesterday but theres so much I don't know where to start.ReplyDelete
Amazing work. I'm also inspired by your creativity. I received my bundle yesterday. There's so much on the cartridge that I have no clue where to start. But honestly that's very creative of you.ReplyDelete