Okay, so I said I wouldn't be crafting. And I'm really not. I'm cleaning my craft room. Normally I wouldn't bother (LOL), but the door to my craft room is right across the hall from our guest room and although I'm inclined to just close the door, don't you secretly wonder, when you visit someone, WHAT exactly they could be hiding behind closed doors? (Unless it's a teenager's bedroom, of course), but really, aren't you curious? Oh, come on, fess up. There will be no secrets here, so while I'm organizing (meaning throwing crap in any box available to be shoved in a closet until they leave), I let my Cricut do some work cutting the Fourth of July Word Collage. It's a really simple one. I didn't even bother to open DS (OMG!). It did, however, take me about 10 minutes to figure out how to change the size of the cut using just the machine. LOL Isn't that pitiful? Seriously how embarrassing!
I did find that these cuts take awhile and it's best to turn down your pressure (to 3) and do a multi-cut, but I'm fairly pleased with the way it turned out. It's a bite to get off the mat, however, and for most of the insides of the letters I just didn't bother, especially because I intended to pop it. Now what? While visiting my friend Joy's blog, I saw her sweet vintage God Bless America card and was reminded of the silhouettes from A Child's Year. I loved the cuts she used so that's what I did too.
I glued strips of blue behind some of the words and popped the mat, then popped the kids on top, doodled a teeny bit, and stuck on a star and a few gems at the bottom. DONE! I'm entering this in the Craft Us Crazy Red, White and Blue (or Summertime) Challenge. But I'm not done shoveling this mess out or about a zillion other things so...later!