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Hi fellow Cricut owners!  

If you're like me, you're probably wishing you could use your Cricut to cut the same Cameo designs and shapes that Gina has been showing us.  The Cameo seems like such a great, versatile machine and it's definitely on my wish list, but in the meantime, while watching Gina's Winter Wishes Window Card video, I decided I wanted to make that card, and if I could, use my Cricut for the window image.  Using Cricut Craft Room (CCR), I did an image search and found a nice window in the Christmas Solutions Cartridge.

I asked Gina if she wouldn't mind me posting the "how to" details so that fellow Cricut owners could also try their hand at this card - to my delight (Gina's so nice, isn't she?) she said yes - that those without the Cameo would love to make the card.  Here are the image specs - I used 2 mat layers; one for the window image and one for the mat:

Mat Layer 1

Window Image – Basic Tab
Image dimensions: 3.208 width x 4.611 height
Auto-Fill image to 12x12 mat size

Mat Layer 2

Window Image – Shadow Tab:  Click “Hide/Contour” and hide cut lines for windows to make a blackout mat image.  The proportions work better than using the image on the Blackout Tab

Image dimensions: 3.528 width x 4.847 height

Auto-Fill image to 12x12 mat size

I'm attaching a word doc that has screen shots of my CCR project (I couldn't figure out how to copy/paste the screen shots).  I hope this will be helpful for you.  I'll be happy to help any one with questions.  I know CCR has a somewhat steep learning curve, but I have found that the more you play around with it, the easier it becomes.  Also, there are great "how to" videos in CCR. 

Happy cutting, Tracy

Tags: Card, Craft, Cricut, Room, Window, Winter, Wishes

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Very nice and I will have to give this a try and thanks for sharing:)

Awesome card!

This is awesome! Thank you and Gina. Can't afford Cameo yet. I have a cricut though...

Thanks to you and Gina....I LOVE Gina's card and made one with Heartfelt Creations window die that I have but it was too time consuming to use for mass production now I can use my Cricut and get to enjoy making sending my cards to family and friends for Christmas...(((HUGS))

Thanks Tracy.  I own a Cricut Expression but have not used it in a long time.  I pulled it out last weekend and made a baby card.  I am surprised I still remembered how to use it lol.  I am so glad someone has figured out how we Cricuteers can use our machine for cards that are similar to Gina's beautiful Cameo made cards.  I do have a Cameo on my Christmas Wish List and my General Wish List just so I can make and follow along with Gina's Videos.  Just have to work on  convincing myself I will use it more than I do my Cricut.

Thanks, Tracy.  I have a Cricut Expression, but haven't used it very much.  I've never had it connected to my computer, so this should be interesting.  I will give it a try.  :)

Tracy -- you are a Cricut Angel! Thank you so much for going the extra step to help all of us figure out how to do this. I love my Cricut and will not purchase another machine. Now I can create new stuff with Cricut without buying more cartridges! You're awesome.

I have a cricut!  I wish there was a cricut help thread for things like this.  For instance, I don't have the spellbinders ovals, so I used the Craft Room to perfectly size an oval to fit them.  I love Craft Room!  It lets you get a lot more mileage out of cricut images.  Thanks for the window tip!!!

Good morning ladies! Wow - I'm so glad my little posting has been so well received.  I've noticed (via email from Cricut) that each week they offer "free cuts" of the week and smaller image bundling from various cartridges.  They also have $.99 images available, but not many.  One thing I really wish Provo Craft would do however, is make it possible again to get other digital cut files that can be used in CCR - that way we could buy/get the awesome cut files that Gina has been making for her stamps.  Perhaps we should embark on a letter/email campaign - LOL!  I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. And again, thanks so much for all the kind words! - Tracy

Hi Gabi - I love CCR too! So fantastic how each image can be easily manipulted in size, etc.  Like you, I am missing the Spellbinders Lacy Ovals in my collection, so I am on the hunt for a comparable image in CCR - let us know if you find one (to be honest, I just haven't taken the time to research it.)  With the auto-fill feature, it's so easy to cut a bunch at one time and have on hand.  And, a little heads up - on Joanns.com, quite a few months ago, I had a coupon & they were having a sale, on the Spellbinders Nestabilities.  They had the classic squares and circles, regular and scalloped, in 4-packs (regular & petite) for a fraction of the cost to buy the dies individually.  Check it out because with black Friday coming up, you may get lucky.

Gabi Heinrich said:

I have a cricut!  I wish there was a cricut help thread for things like this.  For instance, I don't have the spellbinders ovals, so I used the Craft Room to perfectly size an oval to fit them.  I love Craft Room!  It lets you get a lot more mileage out of cricut images.  Thanks for the window tip!!!

Hey Sharyn - let us know how you do.  There are a ton of tutorial videos on You Tube as well.  And the best thing is to just play around with it.  Also, please feel free to email me if you get stuck.  I'm by no means an expert in any way shape or form, but I'm happy to help if I can.

Sharyn Polesel said:

Thanks, Tracy.  I have a Cricut Expression, but haven't used it very much.  I've never had it connected to my computer, so this should be interesting.  I will give it a try.  :)

Thanks for the tip, Tracy!  We do have a Joanns here, and I will check their ads!

Tracy Palmer said:

Hi Gabi - I love CCR too! So fantastic how each image can be easily manipulted in size, etc.  Like you, I am missing the Spellbinders Lacy Ovals in my collection, so I am on the hunt for a comparable image in CCR - let us know if you find one (to be honest, I just haven't taken the time to research it.)  With the auto-fill feature, it's so easy to cut a bunch at one time and have on hand.  And, a little heads up - on Joanns.com, quite a few months ago, I had a coupon & they were having a sale, on the Spellbinders Nestabilities.  They had the classic squares and circles, regular and scalloped, in 4-packs (regular & petite) for a fraction of the cost to buy the dies individually.  Check it out because with black Friday coming up, you may get lucky.

Gabi Heinrich said:

I have a cricut!  I wish there was a cricut help thread for things like this.  For instance, I don't have the spellbinders ovals, so I used the Craft Room to perfectly size an oval to fit them.  I love Craft Room!  It lets you get a lot more mileage out of cricut images.  Thanks for the window tip!!!

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