Showing posts with label Robotz. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Robotz. Show all posts

Saturday, April 17, 2010

I'm just a Love Machine

I've decided that I've been totally spoilt by Create-A-Critter. It was so easy to assemble all the layers in CAC that I forgot that most cartridges do not layer so easily at all. In fact, it seemed more like a fluke that layering was so easy with that cartridge and as I found that normally layering character cutouts was a little more complicated.

As I flipped through the Robotz handbook, it brought back terrible memories of the Hello Kitty Greetings cartridge.  Check out the layers for the robots ' eyes. Look familiar?

Then again, it is because of that Hello Kitty cartridge that I knew right away not to waste my time and paper trying to cut this robot at a size that make it impossible to layer those minute parts.

To make this card, I cut out the robot at 5 1/2". The face, body, and wheels were cut and embossed with Cuttlebug's hearts folder. The heart cutouts are from the Love Struck cartridge. I used Lettering Delights' LDJ Space Monkey font for the sentiment. I added in some eyelets in square and heart shapes to make this card a little funky. The overall size of the card measures 7 1/4" x 7 1/4 ".

Despite the crazy small layers, I have to say that I do like this cartridge a lot. Once I figured out how the layers should come together, it wasn't so scary to cut and assemble the character. I just have to remember to cut it at a size that is 5" or more.  I'm not really fond of layering bit parts with tweezers.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Science Fair 2010 (part 2)

So there it sat. A cardboard that is but 3/4 the size of my 12"x24" mat. Do I really have to decorate it for Friday's Science Fair? I have 2 days. Argh. Frankly I'd rather be making a card but what's a mom to do?

I looked around the Craft Room and spotted my stack of cartridges that recently came in the mail. I see Songbird and really liked the flower image. I just needed to find a good solid font to replace that which came with the flower.

I searched through my cartridge drawers and decided that my go-to font, Don Juan, just wasn't going to work for this assignment. I never notice that most Cricut fonts are actually pretty skinny. We all know about that crazy anorexic font Jubilee, but even Simply Sweet was too thin and I almost settled on Alphalicious when I remembered that Robotz came with a font.

There! Exactly what I was looking for! Everyone sees the robots in that cart but I think that the font was totally overlooked. It's a good bold font and I know that it'll be one that I will be using often especially for the kids' craft work.

After some manipulation in Design Studio, I managed to cut out a whole bunch of flowers for the kids. I have to admit that it was hard for the perfectionist in me to watch them leave glue marks all over the "finished" flowers but I guess that made it believable that a First Grader did actually work on the project.

With some hot-gluing, the display board started coming together but yet I couldn't help but feel that there was something missing.

The display board may be small but surely there was something else we can do with the Cricut?

Science Fair = Display board = matching t-shirts? Oh, what the heck! Why not?!

And so we've done it - 2 days, 2 t-shirts, and 1 decorated display board. I think I've helped the twins enough to showcase their experiment and yet not so much that they can't own the project. After all, they came up with the idea for the experiment and the tests. They did the gluing, the writing ("No computer-printouts for you, kiddos!"), and the painting.

Not bad for a first Science Fair effort, if I do say so myself. For the kids....

and I guess, for me. ;-)

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