Monday, January 31, 2011

Challenge Me Monday #45

In honor of all who, endure, care for, love and support, we care honor you and each daily journey where ever it takes you.

#45 Challenge: Support the Cause
Make a project in honor of a cause that is near and dear to you or a loved ones heart (i.e. breast cancer awareness, autism, MADD etc.).

Link your "Support the Cause" project for your chance to win the following prize...
Card Making with Cricut idea book
donated by Fantabulous Cricut

~Design Team Inspiration~

We welcome this weeks guest designer
Sandee
view Sandee's FCCB spotlight page -HERE
Home Decor cartridge
Gypsy Wanderings, Walk in My Garden cartridges
Angji
Martha Stewart Elegant Cakes cartridge
Brenda
My Community, Walk in My Garden, Zoobaloo cartridges
Stand and Salute cartridge
Create a Critter, Stand and Salute cartridges
Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge
George and Basic Shapes, My Community
Spots and Dots, Measure by Measure Ruler cuttlebug folders
Don Juan, Paisley cartridges
Pink Journey cartridge
Saundra
A Child's Year, Forever Young, Nate's ABC's cartridges
Animal Kingdom, Disney Winnie the Pooh Font cartridges
Tanya
Country Life, Sweethearts cartridges
Sweethearts
~This Weeks Sponsor~
Link your "Support the Cause" project for your chance to win the following prize...

Card Making with Cricut idea book
donated by Fantabulous Cricut


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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Spotlight Sunday

Welcome to Spotlight Sunday. My name is Saundra and I am your spotlight hostess here at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog. Beginning today and every Sunday we will be spotlighting our guest designers and sponsors.
I would like to introduce you to Sandee from http://sandeeallen.blogspot.com/ .
Sandee will be our guest designer for our next Challenge Me Monday. We here at FCCB wanted you to get to know Sandee a bit so we asked her a few crafty questions.
1. When did you start scrapbooking/paper crafting? Why?

In 2003 I began my first plunge into the world of scrapbooking when I married a man who had 2 adorable, wonderful boys. It became my obsession to scrap every moment I spent with them...and we had tons of fun times that deserved to be documented! After getting divorced I discovered all the wonderful scrapbooking sites and blogs on the internet which introduced me to the world of card making, mini albums and altered art. I was hooked! So you can say that my marrying a man with children started it but the internet really opened a whole new world for me.

2. What is your favorite type of project to make (i.e. cards, LOs, mini-albums, etc.)?

I spend most of my time making cards but if the occasion arises I love to get lost in the art of creating a mini album. They fascinate me and I make them for gifts to give to my friends and family. I love to make them from scratch so I am always collecting chipboard! (I have to make a confession here, I never used my Cricut to help me make an album! ::gasp::...) That is on my list to remedy in 2011!

3. What is your favorite product to use on your projects?

This is the easiest question to answer-anything bling related whether it be stickles or rhinestones!

4. What is your favorite Cricut cartridge?

I think my favorite cartridge is always the newest one in my collection and I got Stretch Your Imagination for a Christmas present; so right now, it's my favorite!

5. What do you do in your spare time, when you're not paper crafting?

I watch some reality shows like Biggest Loser, Dancing with the Stars, Survivor, and The Apprentice....but to be completely honest...I paper craft in my spare time.

Any other info you would like us to know about you :)

My newest fun thing to do with my paper crafting is getting published. I have 2 cards in the CARDS, Hottest Trend in Card Making magazine (November 2010 and upcoming May 2011 issue) AND upcoming in the April/May and the June/July 2011 issue of their CRICUT magazine!!

Here are a few things that you can find on Sandee’s blog:



Isn't her work fantabulous!
Head on over to Sandee’s blog to see her creations for yourself.
Come back tomorrow for Challenge Me Monday to see what Sandee has created for you along with our Fantabulous Design Team.
Happy Crafting!
Saundra

*Our guest designers are chosen from our winners and top 5 participants of Challenge Me Monday. If you would like to be a sponsor for Fantabulous Cricut please contact Robin via the Contact Me tab.
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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Scrapping Saturday

I don't know about you, but one of the hardest things for me in creating a scrapbook page is coming up with a title. Luckily, there are a few websites out there to help us create awesome titles.

Scrapbook.com has this great site with titles sorted into categories. So if you're looking to scrap some winter snow photos, you can click on the "winter" category and find 90 title ideas.


The Perfect Title
lists all their categories down the left side of the website. Once you select a category, you will see any subcategories available to narrow down your search even further. For instance, if you click on "pets", you'll find subcategories for "cat", "dog", "horse", "other animals". Pretty cool!

And check out Debbie Hodge's Get It Scrapped website here for suggestions on ways to come up with scrapbook titles. She has some fabulous ideas for thinking through the whole title process and coming up with the perfect title for your page. Here's one of her example pages. She explains her thought process on this page and how she came up with the title from a quote by Helen Keller.


Hope you enjoy these title tips!



Brenda



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Friday, January 28, 2011

Fantabulous Friday #44


Good Morning and welcome to another Fantabulous Friday!

Before we get started - just a quick THANK YOU for all the sweet comments you left last week on my first posting as your new Fantabulous Friday Gal! I appreciate each and every comment. You guys sure know how to make a girl feel right at home!

Ok, enough mushiness...let's get on with things!  This week's challenge on FCCB is:

Challenge #44 Neglected Cartridge
Make a project using a Cricut cartridge that you haven't used in over 6 months.

Ok...confession time.  I need to show you something...



These are my cartridges (yes, I know...I have a problem)!  And, despite my very best intentions, I know that many of my cartridges must feel unloved, unwanted and yes...NEGLECTED.

It was really hard to choose just one cartridge that I have neglected, but I finally settled on......



Once Upon A Princess

Once my choice was made, I dusted off my cartridge and got busy working on a Valentine card for my Granddaughter (the reason I bought this cartridge in the first place). 


This is really a great cartridge with a lot of features...especially if you happen to have a princess in your life! I used the doll on page 25 and the dress from page 28 in the handbook.  Even if you don't currently have a princess in your life, this cartridge offers some other great features.  That great tag at the top of this card also came from OUAP.  There are several unique tags available on this cartridge that are wonderful to use for stamped sentiments or background mats. 


After working on this card, I felt inspired to work on a scrapbook layout.  As luck would have it, I just happened to have a few pictures that I knew would go along perfectly with cuts from this cartridge!  I also knew that I wanted to use the layout sketch that Jennifer posted on Scrappin' Saturday. Thanks Jennifer for the inspiration to get me started.  If you missed Jennifer's sketch, you can get it

And.......here is my layout...fit for a Queen!


A great feature on this cartridge is the "Phrases" feature.  Not only do the phrases work well alone, but most have a really cool layering option available.  Here's the one I used for my title....





See how the layering makes the phrase pop off the page?
Of course, a little bling never hurts!





In this picture, you can see that I used another one of those great tags to make a journaling tag.
Also, notice how using the shadow feature behind the castle really makes that castle stand out from all the pink going on around it.

 Ok...had enough princess "stuff" to hold you for awhile?  Me too....moving on....

The other day as I was killing time doing some research, I came across a blog with some very cute cards from yet another cartridge that I have neglected of late!  Jeannine of
 
Just Doin' What I Love

created some wonderfully, cute cards using the Wild Cards cartridge.  This one is my favorite:



Isn't that just adorable?  I hope you will hop over to her blog and check out her other cards!
You can see Jeannie's blog HERE

Ok...it's your turn now!  Find that one, lonely, neglected cartridge sitting on your shelf, dust it off and get busy!  I would love to see what you come up with. Leave a comment here with a link to your blog or picture and I will stop by and take a look!

Until next Friday,
Tanya
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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Thursday's Tutorials: 3D Robots

Happy Thursday Everyone and Welcome to another Thursday's Tutorial here at Fantabulous Cricut. I hope you are all enjoying our Neglected Cartridge theme this week.

While thinking about Neglected Cartridges, I was thinking that one of the things I tend to neglect are the 3D items that you can make on the carts. When the Robotz Cartridge came out, I just had to have it, because I wanted to make one of the 3D Robots. Well, it turned out to be harder than I was anticipating. I ended up having to recruit my husband to help me figure out all of the folding. So, this week I wanted to find a tutorial to share with you all to help with these robots.

I found this great video from Joy over at Joy's Life. Be sure to check out her Youtube channel for more great videos and ideas here.


I hope this video has been helpful and will inspire you to make your own 3D Robot. Here is the one that I made. The great thing about these robots is that you can make them as simple or as detailed as you want when it comes to decorating them.

If you make your own 3D robot, be sure to leave me a comment letting me know and I will come by your blog to check it out. Also, remember you still have time to get those Neglected Cartridges out and join in on this week's challenge!

Happy Crafting,
Jean
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wednesday Winners #43

I can tell you that the design team had quite a difficult task of picking the top 5 winners, because with 96 yummy "Sweet Shop" entries each one was absolutely DELICIOUS!
Thank you to everyone who entered the challenge, you share your creations not only with us at FCCB but with all of our followers as well, and I know each project inspires someone.

~This Weeks Winner~
Opposites Attract Cricut cartridge from Memory Miser
(random.org picked our winner)
Congratulations Jovan!!!
To claim your prize please contact Robin at...
fantabulous cricut @ yahoo .com (remove spaces)
You have two weeks to claim your prize.

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

~Design Team Top 5~

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

Thank you to all those who participated in our challenge!
Come join us for this weeks "Neglected Cartridge" challenge -HERE
Make a project with a cartridge that you haven't used in over 6 months.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Quick Tip Tuesday: Shape Cards

Welcome to Quick Tip Tuesday!

Today's tip really is a quick one:  When creating a shape card, cut an extra full image for the front.  That way, you can glue the image to the front of your folded card and will not have a flat line visible at the fold.
You can see the folded line at the top of the black base of the card.  I cut an extra image (in brown) to glue on top in order to have the entire football without a flat portion.
And here is the completed card:  a shape card with no flat-edge visible.

Happy crafting!



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Monday, January 24, 2011

Challenge Me Monday #44

With all the wonderful Cricut cartridge we have, sometimes one or two cartridges may get forgotten. But with this weeks challenge we'll help you out with that.

Challenge #44 Neglected Cartridge
Make a project using a Cicut cartridge that you haven't used in over 6 months.

for all the challenges please use a image somewhere on your project that has been been cut using your cricut machine.

Link your "neglected cartridge" project below for your chance to win the following prize...
"Welcome Spring" Cricut cartridge
donated by Fantabulous Cricut

~Design Team Inspiration~

Andrea
Walk in My Garden cartridge
Angela
Graphically Speaking cartridge
Cathy
Zoobaloo cartridge
Candace
B is for Boy, Give a Hoot cartridges
Elsa
Sweet Treats cartridge
Erin
George and Basic Shapes cartridge
Helen
Disney Tinkerbell cartridge
Spots & Dots cuttlebug folder
Jean
Pagoda cartridge
Jill
Paper Pups cartridge
Jordan
Mini Monsters cartridge
Swiss Dots cuttlebug folder
Kate
George and Basic Shapes, Gypsy Wanderings, My World, Plantin Schoolbook cartridge
Script cuttlebug folder
Michelle
Wild Card cartridge
Mosaic cuttlebug folder
Saundra
3 Birds on Parade cartridge
Participate in this weeks challenge for your chance to win
"Welcome Spring" Cricut Cartridge
donated by Fantabulous Cricut



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