She had everything already cut, from the woodgrain to the title, die cuts and photo mats.
I printed out my pictures and then realized that I was going to need more than the two pages our kit included.
So I emailed my friendly CTMH rep and asked if I could purchase a second kit. When she said yes, I started squishing my journaling into a 4 x 6 block.
"We went to Cook's Forest in Pennsylvania and did some hiking. We climbed the fire tower, hiked on and around some giant boulders at Seneca Point, and hiked a couple of the trails at the Forest Canopy.
The Longfellow Trail has hemlock trees that are over 400 years old. The Ancient Forest Trail has some of the tallest concentration of old growth white pines in the Northeastern US and several "cork barks" in which the cork layer had grown so thick that it changed the appearance of the bark.
We also did some canoeing on the Clarion River. As the river was low, three people in a canoe would have involved a lot of bottoming-out, so Shannon went in a kayak. She loved it and wants to get one for our dinky little pond. The river was gorgeous and lined with rocks that only occasionally grabbed hold of the canoe and kayak and didn't want to let go. We were able to get through without getting out to push; I was worried that wouldn't be the case, so I left my camera in the truck. Spent the whole day in Pennsylvania and had a wonderful time! 8/11/13"
Anyway, I have dies very near to the other die cuts included.. which was everything but the flowers. I swiped some of my daughter's Stickles to accent the branches, rather than trying to do it at the crop. I am FAR TOO MESSY to attempt hauling that home without getting it all over me and my poor truck!
The die cuts seemed a little flat to me, so I dug out my chalks and cut a mask from a grassy border die for the trees. I chalked them in a couple different colors and love the subtle texture that it gave. So I went further and chalked the branches too.
It still wanted something else, so I punched out some hydrangea flowers out of vellum and glued them down. They then seemed to scream for bling, so I put an adhesive rhinestone in the center of each.
Anyway, now that I have seen some of the things on this little ole Cricut cartridge, I'll be cozying up to my dear buddy, Lisa, and my favorite (don't say "only"... I'm going for some schmoozing here!) sister who both have it.
ps... Yes that really is me to the right, hugging a tree.