by Richelle Naegle
Update: since publishing this post, Provo Craft has released their own line of Cricut faux leather sheets.
It's been quite a while since Cricut has come out with a new cartridge. I am extremely excited about both of these latest releases. The first we will cover today, the To You From Me Cricut cartridge. Ideas started flowing as soon as I saw the designs and I put my Cricut Explore machine to work.
I was just as excited about this cartridge as I was when the All Occasions Box Card cartridge was released.
This cartridge features fun dimensional projects such as wallets, gift card holders, pillow boxes, bags, and boxes. You also get great phrases that are appropriate for a variety of occasions, such as birthdays, celebrations, and more!
For me the hardest part using this cartridge is deciding which project to make. I couldn't pick just one, so I ended up picking three. If you've followed our blog for a while, then you know I have a huge love for owls and this cartridge has two different owls (so naturally I made both) and the wallet design also caught my eye.
This first project is an owl pillow box that you can stuff full of your favorite treats for party favors. I wanted to make this as large as I could, so I went with 12" x 12" patterned cardstock. When it's completely folded, it is about 6.0" tall and 5.5" wide, which is a pretty good size box. Pro tip: don't forget to use a quality adhesive on your boxes and bags, so they don't fall apart after the slightest wear and tear.
My second project is the owl lip balm holder. This project is designed to fit Evolution of Smooth lip balm, and I love this brand of lip balms, so this one is for me!
I cut this guy out at a height of 3.25".
The last project I made today was the Money wallet, and I wanted to make this something that you could actually use at least for a short term. So I cut the wallet out of Faux Leather. It's sturdy and wont tear or rip easily. I cut it out as large as it would fit on a 12" x 12", which means you have about 11" of length for storing receipts, bills, etc. within the wallet. In order to make it look more like a real leather wallet, I used the Cricut Medium Calligraphy marker that you get in the Cricut black pen set. The marker has a nice wide tip and made the stitches appear heavier.
I hope you have enjoyed these projects and if you use this cartridge, I would love to see what you create. Share them with my on our Facebook page! I can't wait to see what you make. It's a good idea to keep your supplies up to date so that you can ensure more precision in your projects. Save on Cricut mats and replacement Explore Air blades.