Thursday, September 30, 2010

Thursday's Tutorials: Cricut Handbag!

Photo from BugJunkie.blogspot.com



In honor of National Sewing Month, and this week's challenge theme, I want to share with you a video tutoral I found on how to make a super-cute handbag using your Cricut and the Tags, Bags, Boxes & More cartridge...and of course, there is some stitching on this project!

The video is courtesy of the BugJunkie on YouTube:

I just love this project and can't wait to make one for myself!  Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial!
Happy Crafting!!!

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wednesday Winners #28

Our Harvest Challenge had bounties of wonderful projects and we loved all the participation! You ladies are awesomely creative!!!! Winner and the DT top 5 was a difficult pick.

This weeks winner

Congratulations Carolina Girl!!!
To claim your prize please contact Robin at...
fantabulous cricut @ yahoo .com (remove spaces)
You have two weeks to claim your prize. If anyone knows the winners of our challenge this week, please let them know they're a winner at FCCB.
Remember to grab your "FCCB Winner" blinky to display on your blog! You can fine the blinky code on our right-hand sidebar.

Design Team Top 5

Remember to grab your "FCCB Top 5" blinky to display on your blog! You can fine the blinky code on our right-hand sidebar.

Thank you to all those who played with us this week!
Come join us for this weeks "National Sewing Month" challenge -HERE

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Quick Tip Tuesday - Transporting Your Cricut


I recently learned that the cardboard boxes which came with my Cricut were to be kept and used during times that I travel with my machine.  Apparently, these boxes secure the springs inside the blade housing unit.  If your machine is new, or if you have kept your boxes, be sure to use them when you are transporting your Cricut.

But what about those of us who recycled our boxes after opening the machine?  Not to worry, you can use bubble wrap.  Before closing up your machine, remove the blade assembly unit from the machine.  Next, manually move the blade housing unit to the centre of the cutting area.  Take two bits of bubble wrap and tuck one on each side of the housing unit.  They should fit fairly snugly to offer support.  Finally, close the machine – and don’t forget to take your blade assembly with you!

* The blade housing unit is the “box-like” unit that holds the blade assembly, the cylindrical unit that removes from the machine and holds the blade itself.

Happy crafting!


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Monday, September 27, 2010

Challenge Me Monday #29

We welcome the last week of September but don't want to forget that this month happens to be National Sewing Month. And "sew" before the month has ended try your hand at this weeks challenge.

Challenge #29
National Sewing Month:
Create a project using some type of stitching, hand, machine or faux stitching

As always there needs to be an image cut using your cricut on your project to be eligible for the prize.

But before we get to this weeks sponsor and the Design Teams sewing projects, I mistakenly over looked an adorable elephant card that was made during our Back to School challenge, too cute!!
Create a Critter

This weeks Sponsor
$25 Gift Certificate - Peachy Keen Stamps
REMEMBER to click on our sponsors blinkies on the right hand sidebar and view their great products.... we appreciate their sponsorship of FCCB!!!


Design Teams Projects

Christmas Cheer, Just Because Cards
Alphalicious, Cursive 101, Accent Essentials
Jamie
Lyrical Letters
Lori
Boys Will Be Boys, George and Basic Shapes
Michelle
3 Birds on Parade, Stamping, Tags Bags Boxes and More
Doodlecharms, George and Basic shapes, Paper Doll Dress Up
Create a Critter
Sherri
Create a Critter, Disney Happily Ever After
Valerie
Gypsy Wanderings, Once Upon a Princess

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Scrappin' Saturday: Fall Harvest Scrapbooking

Happy Saturday everyone!

The weather is starting to get a little cooler (well, in some parts of the world anyway!) and it's Harvest Time...which is our challenge theme this week!  Today, I want to share with you som fun items you could use with your Cricut or Cuttlebug on your own "Fall Harvest" pages and layouts...from Cricut cuts and svg files to embossing folders, you're sure to find something to spruce up your Fall harvest pages!

Fall Harvest SVG Set
From SVGshop.com
 Image from svgshop.com


Cuttlebug Pumpkin Harvest embossing folder
From Provocraft.com

Image from Provocraft.com


Cricut Speaking Of Fall Font Cartridge
From OhMyCrafts
Image from OhMyCrafts.com

Cricut Lite Savory Cartridge
Image from Provocraft.com


Cricut Country Life Cartridge
Image from Provocraft.com


Harvest Happenings Set (SCAL)
Image from ScrappingTable.com


Scarecrow Paper Piecing Patterns & Pumpkin Patch Album
Images from MyScrapChick.com

Daisy D's Harvest Papers
Image from FranticStamper


Hope that gives you a few "fresh" Harvest ideas for your scrapbooks this season!

Happy Scrappin'!!!
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Friday, September 24, 2010

Fantabulous Friday #28

Now that school is back in session, I wanted to share an easy way to scrap those summer vacation pictures! I love to use American Crafts 6x6 mini books to scrap trips. I created 3 mini books for a friend that took a vacation in Georgia. To make the scrapping more efficient, cut the same elements for multiple books. I use double sided papers for shapes so I can use either side and make each book a little different. These types of projects are also a great way to use up embellishments that never seem to have a home on a layout or card. Making minis are fun!!


-Valerie






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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Thursdays Tutorials: Harvest Card Tutorial

In honor of this week's Harvest theme, I want to share this super-cute video tutorial I found by Lisa over at Bug Junkie.  She used the Cricut Imagine and the Create a Critter cartridge, but you could certainly just use the CAC cartridge (or any cartridge with a pumpkin image) and different colors of cardstock and patterned paper to make your own harvest theme card!  I just love this little pumpkin guy!
Photo from: Bug Junkie

Go check out Bug Junkie's blog and let her know how FANTABULOUS her harvest card and tutorial are!
Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial!  :)
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wednesdays Winners #27: FCC

Ladies, you submitted the cutest, most original and fun projects ever for our "Button Up For School" Fantabulous Cricut Crawl!  Thank you to everyone that participated!

ULTIMATE GRAND PRIZE WINNER
Happy Hauntings Cricut Cartridge, donated by Do-It-Yourself-Invitations

Awarded to Design Team's Top Pick:
#31: MelissaMade


GRAND PRIZE #1 WINNER
$25 Gift certificate to A Cherry On Top

Chosen by Random.org:
#1 AmandaB

GRAND PRIZE #2 WINNER
$20 Gift certificate to Amazon.com

Chosen by Random.org:

Absolutely FANTABULOUS creations, ladies!  To claim your prizes, please contact Robin at:
fantabulous cricut @ yahoo .com (remove spaces)

You have two weeks to claim your prize. If anyone knows the winners of our challenge this week, please let them know they're a winner at FCCB.

Remember to grab your "FCCB Winner" blinky to display on your blog! You can fine the blinky code on our right-hand sidebar.

To find out the winners of each Design Team member's individual blog prizes, please visit our Design Team blogs individually.  You can find the complete list of Design Team members participating in the Crawl by clicking on the Crawl post, HERE.

We hope you enjoy your prizes and would love for you all to come back to play with us again on our future challenges!
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Quick Tip Tuesday – Cleaning Your Machine


I’ve had a suggestion to do a post about cleaning the Cricut machine.  For me, the first step is a proactive one:  I ALWAYS close my machine when I’m not using it.  This way, less dust can enter the inside of the machine.  When I do need to dust my machine, I use a dry cloth on the outside.  Occasionally, I’ve also gently dusted the inside with a dry cloth.  I like to use microfiber cloths as I find they pick up a lot of particles and don’t leave smears of dust. 

If you have a Cricut Cake machine, you can use a damp cloth to clean the inside – in fact, that is recommended after each use.  It is also important to clean the blade of the Cricut Cake after each use.  It is recommended that you clean up immediately, before the fondant dries. 

Happy crafting!


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Monday, September 20, 2010

challenge Me Monday #28

I know that the farmers are working hard because it's "Harvest Time"

Challenge #28
In My Garden Harvest Time:
Create a project having to do with gardening (plants, gardening tools, vegetables, etc.)

As always there needs to be an image cut using your cricut on your project to be eligible for the prizes.

Design Team Projects

Winter Woodland
Doodlecharms, Speaking of Fall, Winter Frolic
Joyce
Speaking of Fall
George and Basic Shapes, Jasmine
Hoot N Holler, Live Simply, Walk in My Garden
Walk in My Garden, Create a Critter
Everyday Paper Dolls, Disney Pooh and Friends
Doodlecharms, Paper Doll Dress Up
Checkerboard embossing folder

This weeks Sponsor

$25 Gift Certificate - Oh My Crafts
REMEMBER to click on our sponsors blinkies on the right hand sidebar and view their great products.... we appreciate their sponsorship of FCCB!!!

Participate in this weeks challenge for your chance to win one of these great prizes.

PLEASE NOTE:Only new projects can be added to the challenge to be eligible for the prize (no older than a week prior to current challenge). Also, your project may be added to a FCCB challenge only once, with a new project for a new challenge.
If you have any questions please contact Robin at: fantabulouscricut @ yahoo .com (remove spaces)

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