Cartridge Spotlight: Creative Memories Cheerful Seasons

I have a confession to make. When I first found out about the two new exclusive Cricut cartridges to be released by Creative Memories, I thought for sure that my favorite of the two would be “Reminisce Accents” hands-down. Don’t get me wrong–I adore both of the cartridges. But, I have to say if I were going to recommend a great “basic” shapes and themes cartridge to a Cricut newbie, “Cheerful Seasons” would definitely be it. This cartridge is bursting with great seasonal images, alphabets, titles, and lovely (and easy) layering pieces.

I thought I would share one of the card projects I created with “Cheerful Seasons”. This time it’s a Thanksgiving card (though there is a pumpkin involved…imagine that!). I used my Cricut Gypsy to layout the pieces of the pumpkin cut and sentiment that I wanted to use. The pumpkin pieces were all sized at 4″. The “Thankful” sentiment was cut at 1 1/2″.

Again, I adore my Gypsy because you can layout your pieces on the mat where you want them–grouping similar color cuts and ultimately saving paper. For a color palette, I used all Stampin’ Up! colors: Early Espresso, Wild Wasabi, River Rock, and Peach Parfait. (TIP: Peach Parfait seems an odd choice at first thought, but the color is really brilliant for pumpkins, squash and the like.)

I knew that I wanted my cardbase to be made of Kraft cardstock. The trick was finding just the right background paper. I actually took several of my paper pads from their (humongous) storage shelf and flipped through them. (Aside: Can I just say what an absolutely fun and relaxing activity flipping through paper pads is? Is it just me? Nah…I know you addicts get my vibe, lol.) I finally narrowed it down to this gorgeous piece of velvet flocked decorative paper from K & Co.’s “Handmade Garnish” collection. The texture and finish on this paper is amazing (and probably difficult to discern from these photographs).


With all the choosing completed, all I needed was my trusty Zig Two-Way glue pen and my 3M ATG 714 adhesive gun to start layering my card together. The sentiment I cut from River Rock cardstock was too light (in my estimation) when I was putting my card together. So, I took a Papertrey Ink Vintage Touch ink block in Chai and sponged the top of the sentiment. The final touch was a sequin and pearl flower accent from Creative Charms. When it was all together, I was really pleased with the end product. I usually only make one-off cards, but I may actually make several of these because I really love them.








Finally, a whole-hearted recommendation: I have to admit that I was fairly ignorant to the company and line that is Creative Memories. When I heard about the exclusive release of these two cartridges, I had no idea how to go about getting them for my collection. Luckily, one of the weblogs that I love and visit frequently happens to be run my a wonderful woman who is a Creative Memories Consultant. If you don’t already have a consultant or need an outlet to purchase these wonderful Cricut Cartridges, I highly recommend shopping with Ms. Diane Campbell Payne over at Capadia Designs. She has a great storefront and is a dream to work with.

Until next time, Crafties!

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7 thoughts on “Cartridge Spotlight: Creative Memories Cheerful Seasons

  1. Normally I’m not crazy about the CM products; however, I must say that these 2 carts look like they have a HUGE number of images for the price!! I agree with you totally on the Cheerful Seasons cart – has everything you need!! I also LOVE to flip thru my paper stacks and I just smile at some of the beautiful paper I own (now, if I would just use it! – LOL)

    jackie

  2. What a great card – I love it! Cheerful Seasons really does have all of the basics and the images are nicely done.

    I absolutely understand the leafing through paper stacks – I could do that all day. Those sequin and pearl flowers from Creative Charms are so pretty and the background paper looks beautiful.

    Thanks also for all the kind words about me and my site – you certainly brightened my day. I am happy that the cartridges are working out so well for you – they are fantastic cartridges. Rumor has it there will be at least one more in January – I’ll keep you posted!

  3. Hi from Diane at Capadia Designs, I have just found your link on her blog. I also purchased the 2 new CM Cricut Cartridges from her. They are fantastic and I am a Creative Memories Consultant in Australia and we aren’t getting the cartridges so I had to have them and luckily for me Diane ordered them and posted them to me.
    I just love Creative Memories products and know I have the Cartridges to use with there paper.
    Love what you have done with the Card.
    Cheers Shelley
    http://www.shelleysland.blogspot.com

  4. What a great card, thanks for showing all the layers. I started my papercraft journey with Creative Memories and was my introduction to be able to cut images out (I still have all the shape templates) but now have new and wonderful tools and love my cuttlebug and cricut.

    Thanks for a great post and I will explore on this cartridge in more detail.

    Thanks to Capadia (Diane) for pointing me to your blog.

    Have a wonderful day,
    Jen

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