Sunday, December 29, 2013

Holiday Creations Rheta's Christmas Tree

I have been noodling with different crafting projects over this holiday season, trying to get in as much as possible before the Jan 2 return to my day job deadline. I remembered last minute that I promised my sister, Rheta, to make her a rosette tree in blue this year. I'm glad I did, because I finally figured out how to open the CCR files from Cricut. There are definite quirks to this system as anyone who has downloaded any of these files has discovered. You have to have the Cricut Craft Room downloaded and working on your computer to open these up. When you have downloaded the files and saved it, open the Cricut Craft Room and click on File and Open. Select the CCR file and then wait for it to appear on your screen mat. With the Rosette Tree file, it looks like a lot of gobbledygook. Just go to "Cut" and there you'll have the choice of selecting "Cut all files separately" or each individual file. The files are named, such as "Reindeer" or "Charles." I'd rather they named them according to size as well. I didn't take the time to rename them yet, but have changed the colors of each layer on the opening page. Look at the top of the screen when the whole thing is displayed and you can re-color code and well as rename. This would save a lot of time in the long run if you plan to make more than one tree. I tend to plan last minute, so as usual, I didn't have a skewer to thread all the rosettes when I needed. I made a smaller one last year for my parents and found you need something to stabilize this project due to the heaviness of the rosettes. I did remember that I had a pair of #2 straight knitting needles that I would never use. I hot-glued the head of one of the needles to a Styrofoam plate which did quite nicely. The pointed end also helped the rosettes go through more easily. You need to add a rosette circle to the top AND bottom of each rosette to hold it together well. Try not to do as I did and put too much hot glue in the very center of the circles, since this makes it hard to get the skewer through it. I'm so much better at hindsight:) I would add that it would be better to make centered holes for each rosette circle PRIOR to putting these together. I'm learning as I go. I would like to redesign this tree. For example, toward the top of the large tree instructions, the directions call for making two layers twice. I did one of these and found it odd in appearance. The gradual reduction in size looks off. I'd also like to experiment with the other rosettes available in the Ribbons and Rosettes cartridge for various holidays, such as Halloween and Valentine's day. If time allows, I'd love to do a Valentine video for this project. Keep a lookout.  

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