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Saturday, July 4, 2009
I've gone a little beach crazy recently, so when I saw the adorable beach cuts on my new favorite cartridge (A Child's Year, which was given to me by Provo Craft - thank you!!), I just knew that I had to do this layout - and use my very favorite Stampin' Up! papers to go along with it. I plan to add some pics to the mats soon. The family pics we took in Florida on the beach should work perfectly.
But really, I cannot say enough great things about this cartridge. It's beautiful, and I'm seriously tempted to make an entire album from just this cartridge - how fun would that be?!?!?
By the way, most of the silhouette kids in this layout were cut at 4 1/2", but the sitting child was 3 1/2 to keep her proportionate to the others. The umbrella was cut at 5 1/2", and the starfish are 1" and 1 1/2". I jumped around a bit with the font size, but the letters range from 1 1/4" to 2". And when you get your hands on this cartridge, here's a little tip for you. In the booklet, the letters of the font are not arranged in alphabetical order, so that can be a bit confusing at first. But if you flip toward the back of the booklet to where it shows what the entire keypad looks like with the Font feature on, you'll notice that the letters are actually placed in a Qwerty keyboard arrangement. So it's best to refer to that picture when you're trying to type out a word.
Have a wonderful weekend, and a Happy 4th of July!!



24 comments:

LEMphotography said...

THIS IS SO AWESOME! I love all the children playing in the sand! This cart looks really neat! And I love how you added the white lines to give them some dimension. GREAT LAYOUT!

Lauren

KweenScrapper69 said...

Your work is amazing :)

"SNOWMANLOVER" said...

OH MOnique,
This is sooo gorgeous! What great colors with the paper packs. I just love this cart and will be buying it!! Congrats! Barb

Bug Junkie said...

Beautiful!!! I Love the paper and colors you used....Perfect! I am so excied about this cart....I should have mine next week. :) Congrats on getting to preview it for PC!

all4sydney said...

WOW!! Amazing work Monique!!

Rama said...

Awesome layout!!!
Monique...I am an avid follower of your blog and I have to say that you are very talented and creative. Thanks for sharing that with all of us.
Rama.

Mamalu said...

As always, you have designed a GREAT layout! I love this cart and can't wait to play with it! Congrats on being chosen to preview A Child's Year. You are so deserving of the honor, and we are sooo proud of you!

Sandy from Ukiah said...

What an awesome layout and what an honor to receive the cart.

The Pascoals said...

what a great use of that new cart! looks like it has so many uses! thanks for sharing :-)

~BridgetL~ said...

You are so lucky. I love what you have done with this cart. Great layout and card

Emily S said...

WOW! You are making me want this cartridge more and more as you do AMAZING things with it!! Way to go!!

Kaye said...

Wow I really like this layout, I wasn't too impressed with the look of the cart as all the cuts seem to be silouette but you have just changed my mind.

Kaye

Sandy said...

You did such an amazing job on this lo...I too have the cart and have only completed one small project...with the holiday and all...I guess it's my turn to do a lo...going to take a quick look now!

Bug Junkie said...

You have a blog award on my blog. It is about 3 posts down as I've had it for a couple of days. :)

awillmon39 said...

Provo Craft picked the best person for the job to practice with this cartridge! Your layout is adorable and of course I want a Child's Year now.

Brenda said...

WOW!!! you did an awesoem job with this cart!! CONGRATS on getting a free cart from Provo Craft as well!
LOVE the papers you used!
hugs
Brenda

jan farnworth said...

your laoyt is super adorable and your so lucky to own this cartridge. would you cut me some of those i would really appreciate it. If you need some cash for the cost of supplies let me know cause i just love your layout.

Enfys said...

This layout is utterly adorable Monique. I can't wait to get this cart.
hugs
Enfys x

Tracy Henson-Drozd said...

Monique- I jsut wanted to say how much I love your work. It is very inspiring. I am giving you an award, you can pick it up at my blog.

http://tracyhensondrozd.blogspot.com/

~Tracy

scrapn_momof2 said...

Adorable LO Monique!!

DebJoAl said...

Down By the Sea LayOut is outa this world! The papers are gorgeous! I have a time trying to decide what papers to use. You make it look so simple!

CathyB said...

Absolutely gorgeous! We just got this cart today at Atlanta Expo!! Can't wait to use it! Question: Since there is no shadow feature, how did you do the shadowing of the cuts. It appears that they are indeed shadowed, as opposed to just cut at the same size and shifted, as you did on the letters. How'd you do that? Thanks! CathyB

Monique Griffith said...

CathyB - there actually IS a Shadow feature for the silhouette children cuts, so yes, that's what I used. There's just not a Shadow feature for the alphabet font or for some of the other extras. Hope that helps!

valerie said...

I love it! That is one I may have to buy at some point!

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The Monique Griffith Design Team consists of 4 Cricut Designers: Monique, Wendy Lawrence, Susan Rees and Becca Rees. We specialize in making Cricut Project Kits that you can make on your own with your Cricut, learning more about your bug in the process. You just need your Cricut Expression, the required cartridge(s), and a few basic tools. The directions come with a Cricut Cut Chart that shows you line by line exactly what you'll need to cut on your machine, with all of the settings for each cut. There are also well-organized written instructions and color photographs. We pride ourselves on our detailed designs, and on teaching others how to most effectively design with the Cricut. Currently, we have have downloadable directions on sale for only $5, and there are over 50 projects to choose from.

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