Sunday, June 13, 2010

Happy-Go-Round


Isn't it funny how happy children get when they are put on a pretend horse, that goes up and down a pole, that goes all around a circular platform while some ridiculously happy music is being played non-stop? Nothing brings out the happy like a carousel and it is no wonder that when I first saw the Cricut Lite Carousel cartridge, my eyes were drawn to that merry-go-round image. It even has three horses (for my 3 kids)!


When I bought my cartridge last Friday, I knew that the carousel has to be the first image that I will cut. I also knew that I have to make the horses move. It is a simple mechanism. First, I cut the 1st layer of the carousel image and then trim off the poles (and horses). Using Cricut Design Studio, I cut a narrow rectangle inside each pole on the 2nd layer. I trim off the horses on the 2nd layer too. 

  
To make the three horses, I actually used the image of the single horse.


I cut out the horses and again snipped off the poles. To make the horses slide up and down the poles that are on the 2nd layer of the carousel cutout, I attached a brad to the horse and fix it into the narrow rectangular gap.

With that done, I can now make the horses go up...

....or down....


.... or stay in the center!

I think I like it best when they are in different stages of going up or down. 

Something like this:

While I had a lot of fun putting this card together, I have to say that I was a little miffed that there was a flaw in this image. Unless you are cutting this image out at a fairly large size,  the top left part of the roof will break from the tip. I had cut my carousel out at 6" and the left strip still tore when the image was being cut on the mat. I managed to cover up that separation with a large rhinestone but I thought you all should know about the design flaw.
  

You can probably also tell from CDS how narrow that cut on the tip is.
 

Anyway, despite that boo-boo, I still do like this cartridge a lot. The images on it are quite different from Provo Craft's past offerings and even though I did not use the font cuts, I'm glad that the cart came with it.

6 comments :

  1. This is very nice, Thanks for the instructions
    TFS, I love your colors and everything, Oh sweet memories

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  2. This is beautiful...I remember the days...! What did you use for 'happy go round'...is it computer-generated?

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  3. Thank you both, for the kind comments. :)

    4kids4, I cut down a 12x12 sheet of Stampin' Up! paper to 8 1/2 x 11 and printed the words on it with my laser printer. I downloaded the font from:

    http://www.fontspace.com/dan-roseman/circus

    I love this font. It's perfect for this cartridge.

    Jin

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  4. Wow this an awesome little creation here! I love the horses..great job!

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  5. PHENOMENAL!!! Absolutely love it. You mave have just convinced me to spent the totally uncounted for price of $39.00 for this cart. And place it above Wildlife and Meow.
    TFS

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  6. Love the Merry Go Round and like the others, it does conjure up great memories. Thanks for the details too.

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