Monday, January 9, 2012

Cricuteers Holiday Party

We had our second annual Cricut Club Holiday party today...so much fun! For our gift swap, we were asked to bring a gift either decorated or created with our Cricut. For my gift, I decided to decorate an OXO Good Grips Pop container with another dragon image, this time cut in vinyl.
This Chinese paper cut dragon image is one I had previously come across while searching the internet but did not use for my earlier New Years jars project because it was a bit too intricate and the resolution of the original image was too low to get a good cut in MTC. Determined to create a cutfile of this image, I found some time after the holidays to re-scan and do some extensive editing in Photoshop to boost it's resolution so it would render a cuttable file.
I used black and red Oracal 651 vinyl for the cuts so it would be washable, and created shadow layers using gold mylar. Then baked up a batch of almond cookies to put inside.
Really wanted to give my new Cheery Lynn Designs Dragon die a try...just love how intricate their dies are! Had to run it twice through my Big Shot machine with a metal shim and spend some time pushing out all the tiny pieces, but I think the results are well worth the extra time. Backed the dragon cut with gold foil cardstock and used it to decorate the bag for my gift.
I tried to get photos of all the gifts that were swapped at our party, but unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to match the names of the creators with their creations.
Nevertheless, I wanted to share the photos of all the awesome gifts. Everyone in our group is so amazingly creative and inspiring!
 



We spent the afternoon lunching on bentos, playing games and having a good time together. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to put this together! Looking forward to spending yet another fun year of creative Cricut crafting with the Cricuteers!

2 comments:

Creations by Shirl said...

Wow pretty projects and great swaps...How fun to have a club like this and exchange, relax, eat yummy bentos and so forth....
I guess with the population on Oahu and tons of crafter's it's worthed to have activities like this.. Here on the Big Island where it's more layback the crowds are more conservative.....
TFS!

sweet said...

Your creations are stunning!!!
Everyone did such good jobs!