Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cartridge Review - Thanksgiving Seasonal Cartridge - Winter 2010



Hiya EVERYONE, this is ♥Carol♥ ... WELCOME to my Little Creation Corner!  Today, I’d like to share my review of  the many creative opportunities found on the Thanksgiving Cricut Seasonal Cartridge.  (BTW, this cartridge review can also be seen at the Wildly Whimsical & Creative Crafting Newsletter ... be sure to stop by there to see the wonderful creations posted there monthly.)

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This cartridge is part of Provo Crafts limited edition Cricut Cartridge collection for the winter of 2010 and it is filled with 31 Thanksgiving/Fall sentiments and images. In addition, there are also some layering pieces that I’ve found work well even on there own (such as the leaves, acorns, pumpkins, etc.). Since this cart is a Seasonal Mini cartridge, it comes with the cartridge, keypad overlay and a small card that depicts the available images/sentiments … and does NOT come with a handbook.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the images available …

Now that we know what is on this special limited edition cartridge … what can you do with it? There are so many wonderfully creative opportunities? How about invitations for your Thanksgiving dinner or party? Maybe decorate the meals menu … or adding special extras to your Thanksgiving table, like decorating the napkin rings or candles, cutting appliqu├ęs out of fabric to make your own place mats, napkins and coasters for your glass ware, or how about adding personalized place cards for each dinner guest? Perhaps you’d like to make a wreath from cut leaves to hang on your door to welcome visitors, or a banner to dress up your home for the holiday? What a great idea to decorate a candy jar or personalize a bottle of wine, or even a gift bag with a small token inside for the hostess if you are visiting others on this special day … and of course, this is a fabulous cartridge for making Thank You notes when the day is over and making beautiful scrapbook pages from all the pictures of this fun occasion. Whatever your choice, you’ll be delighted with the adorable designs available on this cartridge.

Here is a Thanksgiving floral arrangement I made using cuts from this cart, and this was super easy to make (especially since I already had the candle and candle holder). I took a small sheet of gold metallic tissue and covered a 4”x1” Styrofoam circle, and wrapped an orange satin ribbon around the edge … placed the covered Styrofoam on the candle holder with the candle on top, then added some sprigs of autumn leaves. This gave it a nice autumn look … but to make it something special for Thanksgiving I added the Pilgrim silhouette to the face of the candle and an ornate leaf to the base to help balance the colors. Now that it’s done, I can’t help but wonder how it might look if I had used the turkey as the focal image on the candle, or maybe the cornucopia with a picture of our family in the center, or maybe adding the phrase “harvest blessings” around the base.

I will say this, it’s amazing how adding a simple Cricut cut to a floral arrangement can really dress it up and change the whole look … and with this cartridge there are some wonderful options to choose from!

As always ... thank you so much for stopping by for a visit at my Little Creation Corner.  If you have an extra moment, please leave a comment ... I love reading what you have to say.  Your opinions really make a difference and inspire me to keep creating.

Wishing you and yours a ...

Delightful and Happy THANKSGIVING!!!

Happy Crafting Everyone!
Little Creation Corner

The NEW YourStory Photo


Hi Everyone ... This is ♥Carol♥ ... Welcome to my Little Creation Corner!

Today I'd like to share a new produce with you.  Provo Craft has just introduced the new YourStory Personal Binding System, available exclusively at HSN (Home Shopping Network) until early 2011. This binding system will allow you to preserve your memories by creating your own books, photo albums, and journals the easy way! You will have everything you need to create photo albums, recipe books, flipbooks, and much more. The YourStory Photo machine can bind albums up to 6 ¼” wide. Whether you want to create unique gifts, memory books, or a host of other paper crafting projects, the YourStory Photo machine is perfect for first time crafters and veterans alike.

• Binds albums up to 6 ¼” wide
• Comes with two 4″ x 6″ covers (Berry and White)
• Comes with two 5″ x 7″ covers (Lime and Charcoal)
• Use to create photo albums, recipe books, and much more

With the Your Story Photo, you can bind approximately 40 pages of regular printer paper, 20 pages of card stock and 24 photos.

You can even add and delete pages to your book once it is bound. Simply place your book back into the YourStory Photo to heat up the glue in the spine. Once you hear the beep, slide the pages out and add the additional page (s) to your book. At this point you’ll need to add a new glue strip (cut to the appropriate length) and rebind your book following the original instructions.

Although covers are available for the YourStory Photo Personal Binding Machine, you can also make your own covers out of paper, chipboard, cloth etc. However, do not use plastic, as the heat that binds will also melt the plastic.

By the way, as a safety precaution, YourStory Photo will automatically turn itself off after approximately 10 minutes if the machine is not in use.

Unlike its big brother, the original YourStory, the YourStory Photo will NOT laminate.

If you are interested in a binding system that will bind books larger than 6 ¼ inches wide and will also laminate, then you may want to consider purchasing the larger YourStory. The Original YourStory bundle is currently available for 64.99 at You can find it here …

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Happy crafting EVERYONE!