Last month I upgraded to a Cricut Explore Air and honestly I was very hesitant to do it but my poor Cricut Expression 2 was just done, I create a lot of workshops and that machine has seen some heavy use over the past few years. Why was I hesitant? Well I wasn't sure if having to upload my cartridges to the Cricut Design Space was a good idea, what if they don't load and how will I find what I want and what if the internet is down and how long will it take? Seriously what if I just want to cut a quick circle.. will it take 20 minutes to load everything? Well, I am happy to say most of my worries have been appeased. It does take a few minutes to load the program and find what design I want to cut but the program is super user friendly and as I play with it I am getting more confident.
So, I am in the midst of working on my big annual Christmas Card Workshop and I wanted to use a Christmas ornament overlay from CTMH. I thought it would work with October's SOTM, Twinkle. Well it didn't but I had this card idea that I really wanted to create. The solution... I learned how to meld images together in Cricut Design Space. It is a bit of a process so I won't go into great detail but the basic are you import your images, tweak them till you are happy, select all and then select "meld". You have to make sure that your images are touching or connected in some way for them to become one image but that is how I created this frame with the Christmas ornaments hanging from it!
Every year for my Christmas Card Workshop I create a non traditional coloured card and most years it turns out to be known as "the pink card" and so introducing this years pink card...
I used Colonial White as my base colour and Thistle cardstock for my overlay (which are all CTMH images that I melded together!), Eggplant and Thistle ink were used for the stamping. This is my first creation using the new Eggplant colour and I like it! The pretty little gold and cream bow is made using twine from The Twinery and the gold circle accents I made using Gold Shimmer Trim and my Crop-a-Dile.
I am really happy with the end result. I love how clean and simple it is, unfortunately my picture makes the Thistle colour way more purple than it's true colour... I keep playing with different photo editing programs but I just can't seem to find one I like or fits in my budget! I will keep trying.