Sunday, December 16, 2012

Rosette Christmas Tree with Cricut

I've loved the look of these rosette trees since I saw the project on cricut.com. I have the cartridge, Ribbons and Rosettes and couldn't wait to make it. Trying to find specific directions was difficult. The materials were listed on cricut.com, but steps were vague and I gave up on opening up the .ccr file they have for download.I wrote to Support who advised me to update my Adobe software. I did this, but it still didn't work. 

Next, I tried Googling rosette trees. I found a similar project on archivers.com. I found the measurements almost too small to read, even with the enlarger which was built in. I did manage to get an idea of what was going on. Again, directions weren't that great.

I used the Cricut Craft Room that is installed on my laptop. The more I'm learning to use it, the more I enjoy it. I found it worked best to pull one border into the digital mat, stretch or shrink it to the size I needed, then copy and paste it as many times as needed.

Putting the layers together worked well with a hot glue gun. I tried foam glue squares at first to give some distance between the layers, but the tree became wobbly and began to lean after the bottom layers. I removed these and hot-glued the circles onto the rosettes and the rosettes to each other. I never got the top three rosettes to flex enough to bend into shape. I think I needed more score marks, but I had gone by the marks from the Cricut machine.

All in all, though, I'd count this as a success. My parents are going through a tough holiday season this year due to my father's health and they have not put up their usual Christmas tree. As I sat with my sister at their house assembling this tree, my mother began pulling out small decorations to set around the house. I just hope little tree will bring a spot of holiday cheer to them and to you and wish you a season of giving and hope.
I'm linking up with PinkCricut.com.