Sunday, August 12, 2012

Cricut Artiste Project - Name Banner

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
Various Ribbon
Various Bling
Hot Glue Gun
Mounting Foam

My Goddaughter Amber starts college this month and will be moving to the dorms. I asked what her colors were of her bedding and decided to make a name banner for her so she can have something to put on her walls. Since the chipboard album had 6 pieces it worked great and I just added a butterfly on the extra piece. I used some wire to make the antenna for the butterfly.

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.

The letter shadow is glued directly on the base piece. I cut the letters in some spare chipboard I had and then after gluing the patterned paper on the chipboard I used mounting foam to pop the letters up from the shadow.

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.

I added a dab of hot glue to the ribbon on the back of each piece to keep it from sliding around.

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!


  1. 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!

  2. Beautiful!! I want this bundle so bad!!

  3. 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.

  4. The butterfly is from the cartridge. All the cuts are from Artiste.

  5. WOW - this is such an awesome banner. TFS

  6. Brilliant AND Beautiful! I think I'm going to make a banner with my mini-album pieces too, thanks to your inspiration. ;)

  7. Absolutely lovely. You inspire me so much

  8. 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.

  9. 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.