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Friday, February 11, 2011

Fantabulous Friday - "Tie the Knot"

Good morning and welcome to another Fantabulous Friday! This week, in keeping with our "love theme", I thought we would spend some time exploring the Cricut cartridge "Tie the Knot".
This cartridge is one that has been around awhile and one that I have to admit, I really didn't think I would ever need. However...I do love a bargain...and when so many of the older cartridges went on sale I had to re-think my list of "needs". Guess what...turns out, I did NEED this cartridge...imagine that!
So, I sat down (with my coffee and chocolate) and had a good look through the handbook. I don't know if you have noticed or not, but this cartridge has a beautiful monogram....one of those fancy, swirly monograms! It took me just a few minutes to figure out exactly where that fancy, swirly monogram was going to end up.......
I have had this cake plate for years and always thought that it needed "just a little something". I cut the monogram out of vinyl at 4 inches, centered it on the dish and covered it with etching cream. I let it sit for about 40 minutes, wiped off the cream, rinsed, removed the vinyl and there you go..."a little something"!
To bad I etch better than I bake.....sigh. A chocolate cake would be really pretty on that plate.....
Spring is just around the corner, and with spring...comes weddings! And this cartridge, of course, is just perfect for bridal showers, weddings and anniversaries. From the Creative Features on "Tie the Knot" (tag, invitation, and card), you have many options for creating something beautiful for any special occasion.
For this card, I used the cake (3 1/2") on page 50 and the monogram circle (4 1/2") on page 53.
Doesn't that circle make a great background for the cake?

The matching gift tag is also from page 50. I cut this at 2 inches, once from the patterned paper and once from the dark gray. A white gel pen can be used on the gray side to write your message.

This cartridge also has some beautiful phrases (again with the swirls) and I love that it has the shadow option for the phrases. That shadow just makes your phrase pop right off the card!

For the inside of my card I used the phrase "Celebrate" found on page 60. I cut this at 1 3/4" and used the shadow feature.

There will be a wedding in my family later this spring and I've been thinking about showers and favors and all the things that go along with weddings. While flipping through my handbook, I came across these cute little bride and groom favor boxes.....

Now...how cute is that? I cut these at "fit to page" and once finished, they measure about 5 inches tall.
I ran the layer of the bride's dress through my cuttlebug and added gems to the waist. A few black gems on the front of the groom's tux adds a bit of texture and bling.

I have to tell you, it took 3 sets of these before I was able to fold them correctly!
Helpful hint...if you try these, practice first on scrap paper.

I hope you enjoyed today's Fantabulous Friday and hope that it has inspired you in some small way. I would love to see how you have used this cartridge in your projects. Leave a comment with a link to your creations and I'll be happy to stop by for a visit...oh...and it would be great if you just happened to have some coffee and maybe a tiny slice of chocolate cake when I get there.......

Until next time,

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  1. THank you for this post, I just bought this cartridge myself and can't wait to play with it. What paper did you use for the card, and gift tag? Was it already sparkly?

  2. I am getting married within the next year and I have started to keep my eye out for favours etc. I thought I wanted this cartridge for after the wedding to complete a wedding scrapbook but after seeing those little favour boxes and hearing it has an invitation feature I am heading over to ebay now!!! Thanks so much for all the wonderful information!


  3. Love your projects! I cut the tuxedo favor box out last week and just finally threw it away! I could never figure out how to fold it correctly so you did better than me!! TFS!! p.s. maybe theres a video tutorial on how to fold somewhere on youtube hee hee!!!

  4. What lovely projects! I don't have this cartridge, but it seems to be chalk full of goodness! Those favor boxes couldn't be cuter and your card is sooo pretty...love the colors you chose. Perfect monogram for the cake plate...but a piece of chocolate cake would be wonderful right now!! Well, I can wish for some chocolate on Valentine's Day! :-) Thanks for sharing!

    ~Sharon C.

  5. great post and I agree that a chocolate cake is needed on the stand!! yummy post!

  6. Thanks ladies for the sweet comments! Lisa, the paper is from The Black Currant Stack from DCVW. This stack is full of gorgeous, sparkly paper! Making this card was easy because the lovely paper did half the work!

  7. I really like the favor boxes. Those are adorable. The etched glass is nice too.

  8. Check out the monogrammed wine bottle I made for hostess present using Tie the Knot... that monogram feature is awesome!


  9. Thanks Tanya. I've never considered this cartridge but will certainly look twice now if I ever see a bargain! I LOVE your cake plate monogram. I've got a trifle bowl that I might try something with - thanks to you!

  10. You work is fantastic ! I am a new follower and when my cricut arrives in the next two weeks I'll have a go at one of your amazing ideas...which one will I choose first.. I wish you lived next door to me. Trish in Australia xx


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