Thursday, February 11, 2010

Project Thursday

I have been busy working with Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day coming up there is always someone that should be getting a card! A few layouts have been planned and I am going away for a little R&R this weekend so, I will be taking the camera with me to have pictures to go along with the pictures.  I will post them when finished!

Now for the cards:

Valentine's Day cards are fun and easy to do when you love the people you are giving them to. Here are a few of them ones that I have made.

Done with Heart Blocks Cuttlebug folder and a Fiskars edge punch. The hearts were covered with paint, chalk and the "be my valentine" is from the Wild Card Cricut cartridge.
This is a really small card. Measuring 3.5 x 3.0. The card is red on the outside but lined with a bright yellow. Paper punch, Hidie Grace flower, white ribbon and cuts from Wild Card Cartridge finish off this sweet little card.
I have a thought to do a series of cards based on Motown love songs. This is the first one. Stevie Wonder's "I just called to say I love you" was the idea here. Can you think of other songs?
On one of my favorite mail groups CCOTM (Cricut Cartridge of the Month) we discussed masculine Valentine's day card. This is my take on it. Wild Cart, Doodlecharms, and My Community carts were used for this and the paper is from the Safari pack from DCWV.
And my last card for this Project Thursday is a St. Patrick's Day card that I think is just too cute!  I love the paper doll cartridges and would love to have the Peach Keen Stamps for faces but that is not in my budget right now, as many of you kmow I want to get an ATG gun, so the stamps will have to wait. I found a great video on Youtube teaching you how to draw faces on dolls. So, I cut 20 faces using the blackout feature on PDDU and then watching the video again and again... until I got something I could live with I drew lots of faces.
Well, that's it for now. Please leave a comment, you know I love to hear what you think!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Cricut Saturday!

We all use some sort of glue when using our Cricuts and I have been really considering the cost of this. So.....

Tape Cost Comparison
I have been trying to decide if I wanted to get an ATG gun. I know that so many have one and really like it and that they find it to be a suprior bonding tape, but I have been using the Ad Tech tape runner because it's local and I can just run to Wal-Mart and pick up a refill or 2 and be back home scrapping within 20 minutes.

But how many trips have I been making to Wal-Mart? So I have done a little comparison.

ATG tape refill – 3.49 for 36 yards
Ad Tech refill – 2.50 for 8.75 yards
Glue Glider Pro – 6.99 for 40 feet or 1.11 yards
Scor Tape – 4.50 for 27 yards
Terifficly Tacky Tape – 3.50 for 5 yards
JVC Tape (for ATG) 1.99 for 36 yards

Ok, now that we know how much each costs, if we base the per yard cost on 36 yards this is the break down:

Ad Tech 36 yards will cost 10.44 or almost 3 rolls of ATG tape or 108 yards of tape.
Glue Glider Pro 36 yards will cost 18.36 cents or 4 rolls of ATG tape or 144 yard of tape.
Scor Tape 36 yards will cost 6.12 or almost 2 rolls of ATG tape or 72 yards of tape.
Terifficly Tacky Tape – 36 yards will cost 25.20 or 7 rolls of ATG tape or 252 yards of tape.

Now I know we don't use TTT for more than just holding things that really need the extra stick, but sometimes I really use it a lot because I know that I need something a bit stronger than the Ad Tech glue for a larger project. So, I have convinced myself that an ATG gun is the way to go.

So, the cost of an ATG gun at is 41.69 plus shipping and at it is 41.60 plus shipping. I have checked Ebay and have found that they are much more there.
There are lots of other tape runners out there but I focused on these because they are the ones that I have used and know best.

Please leave a comment, I love to hear what you're thinking! Thanks