I thought that today I'd show you something different- for me anyhow! Now I know that most of you use cartridges in your Cricut as do I, but not everyone can afford to buy carts on a regular basis. There are the Solutions carts that are cheaper, but another alternative are SVG's (Sizeable Vector Graphics) Now people, compared to carts these are DIRT CHEAP! I've found them online for as little as $1 (about 75p I think!) up to $6. They are a little faffy but are great fun and the cut is SUPERB! I bought SCAL2 (Sure Cuts A Lot)loaded it to my laptop and now when I have a few spare minutes I create the cut and save it to use at a later date.
Here are a few sites that I use:
I bought my SCAL2 from Scrappy-Go-Lucky (scrappygolucky.com)but you can download it from t'internet - it's approximately £40. Just type SCAL2 into a search engine.
I bought the image on today's card from My Scrap Chick. I bought 4 japanese images (three little maids and and a cherry blossom branch), 12 cards and frames and 30 boxes. Because I spent more than $20 I got 60% off so the whole lot only cost me $10! BARGAIN! How much would I have had to spend on carts to get that little lot? Well over £150 I should think-no brainer really.
One thing I will say is that you don't get too many images, certainly not as many as you would on a cart, but when you are squeezed for cash they are a viable alternative. DISCLAIMER- A word of warning though- go to svgcuts.com,click on 'blog' and read the article about the lawsuit that Provocraft have launched against Make The Cut with regards to using SVG's on the Cricut before you make your purchase. Only you can decide if it's worth the risk to spend money on SVG's only to be unable to use them if PC win it's case. PC will make it impossible to use SVG's in new Cricuts that it produces so if yours goes kaput you probably won't be able to use them in a new machine.
Ok, on to today's card.
The base is a twisted easel and papers are 'Tea House' by Dovecraft. I thought that they'd be perfect for this little japanese lady. I'm not a fan of 'oriental' but I love this little image-she's so cute and demure looking! I cut her from different colours of textured cardstock, then embossed the kimono pieces. You could, of course, cut the kimono pieces from patterned japanese papers. I adhered her to an embossed panel and added the cherry blossom above her. Two punched borders, some ribbon, a sentiment circle and a WOC cherry blossom bloom completes the card. **This card could be made with the Pagoda cart as there are some little japanese dolls and cherry bossom on it**
Scalloped/plain circles-Winter Woodland
Little maid (1 of 3) and cherry blossom branch- myscrapchick.com ($6 for 4 cuts)
Thanks for dropping by today!
Posted by jiminy japes at 28.3.11