Monday, October 17, 2011

Cartridge Showcase: Create-A-Critter


Welcome back to Cartridge Showcase!  Our Design Team members will be featuring their favorite cartridges on Mondays and Thursdays each week.  It is our hope that you'll be inspired to drag out an old cartridge and find a new way to use it -- or be compelled to purchase a new cartridge 'cause you just gotta have it!  (Disclaimer:  Cooking With Cricut accepts no responsibility nor is liable for any "unauthorized" or "compulsive" purchases.  So don't sic your significant other on us when the bank statement or credit card bill comes in!!!!)

Today, Chef Jen is featuring an oldie but goodie -- Create-A-Critter

There is just so much cuteness on this cartridge!  And a lot of versatility too.  Great critter images, habitats for those critters, sayings, and so many extras.  I have used this cartridge for t-shirts, cards, scrapbook layouts, and most recently my sister's zoo-themed Baby Shower.    Here are a few of the projects I created for the shower.

"It's A Boy" Banner


The pennants were created in Cricut Design Studio using the Plantin SchoolBook cartridge.  I welded a square and two triangles flipped on their side together -- they measure 8" tall and 5 3/4" wide.  The text was also cut from PSB at 5" tall.  My cute little animals were cut from Create-A-Critter (zebra, monkey and vine) and Everyday Paper Dolls (lion and elephant).  I used Everyday Paper Dolls critters because the elephant and lion on CAC were too wide.

The zebra is cut at 5" wide.  The monkey is cut at 3 1/2" tall and his vine is cut at 5 1/2" wide.  The lion and elephant are both cut at 5" tall.  All of my card stock is from Recollections or Bazzill.

Diaper Cake



This diaper cake was made with 112 size one Pamper Swaddlers, 10 cloth bibs, a Monkey Rattle (on the back) , Elephant & Lion rattles, two pacifiers with paci clips, and an Elephant toy (topper).  It is sitting on a 16" Wilton cake base trimmed with a lime green and white 5/8" wide ribbon from Michaels.  The ribbon on each tier is also from Michaels and is 1 1/2" wide.  The monogrammed medallion and text on the front of the diaper cake was cut using the Cake Basics cartridge and measures 3 1/2" wide.

There are three Create-A-Critters on this cake.  An alligator measuring 8" wide; a lion cut at 7 1/2" wide; and the hippo cut at 6" wide.  I used Recollections and Bazzill card stocks.  They are stuck to the ribbon using the super sticky red line tape.












 

Door Sign

The door sign was my Cooking With Cricut challenge project on October 5th.  For more details on the cuts, please see my blog entry by clicking here.  The sign measures 12 x 12" and my sister has hung it on the baby's room door.


There are several other baby shower projects featured on my blog post that did not include the Create-A-Critter cartridge.  I hope you'll pop on over and check them out!

Here are some other projects I've created using the Create-A-Critter cartridge.


Have you ever seen so much cuteness in one spot in your life!?!  My daughter and her cousins are all wearing t-shirts or onesies, tutus and hair bows (just the girls, of course) that I made for them.  And, yes, we are all die-hard Gator fans -- win or lose, we love our team!  The girl's tops have a fabric gator cut on the Cricut using the Create-A-Critter cartridge.  The boy's shirts have "G" is for gator -- the "G" and the gator were also cut from fabric using the Cricut.

Here is a close-up of my daughter's shirt . . .


 I use "Heat 'n Bond" brand interfacing to attach the fabric to the t-shirt and Tulip fabric paints to seal the edges and do the writing.  The rhinestone eyes are adhered with a fabric glue.  We wash these inside out and hang them to dry and haven't had any problems with the design peeling. 

And here are a few cards and other projects - for details on these and lots of other projects, head over to my blog and search on "Create-A-Critter".







Thanks for checking out my critter-filled showcase today!  Make sure you check back on Wednesday to meet some more of our new Design Team members and see our latest challenge.  And don't forget to stop back by on Thursday to see what Debbie has whipped up using the Cricut Lite Handy Man cartridge!


~ Jen

10 comments:

Marji said...

This is my favorite cartridge. I love all the projects!!

Diane Hodrick said...

What fun projects!

Rachel W K said...

who doesn't love this cartridge?!? I love everything your team made, the banner is adorable and the little dog hiding in the dog house is too too cute!

-rachel w k
rwkrafts.blogspot.com

Carol's Creations said...

One of my favorite cartridges and a must have for newbies!!! The layers are so simple and fun!

Jill said...

Simpy fabulous Jen! Love everything! J♥

Luanne said...

wow! love all your projects. I wanna have a cricut! hahaha

Luanne
craftersreference.blogspot.com

Adrian said...

Great job, loving all the projects!

Kim said...

Love all the projects!! I especially love the the pictures of all the little GATOR FANS!!!!!
~Kim

Michelle said...

These are awesome Jen! One of the many reasons I bought my E was to use it to cut out fabric for applique! LOVE that you shared it. Create a critter is one of my favorite carts too!! Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas.

Hugs,
Michelle

Samantha J Designs (Wife2TJ) said...

Wow, these are all absolutely ADORABLE!!! tfs :-)