Friday, November 30, 2012

Fantabulous Friday - Holiday Cards

Welcome back, it's Friday again. Don't you just love Friday?! I do, it means no school in the morning and I get my hubby home with me for the next two days. Gotta love it! 
Well, let's get to some Fanatabulous Friday Cricut examples.

First up,

Winter Frolic


Winter Woodland


Jolly Holiday






Now for the carts that were used on the above cards:









Thank you for joining me and check back tomorrow for Scrappin Saturday!








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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Cricut Craft Room: Selecting & Moving an Image

Good morning everyone!

This is Missy here with another Cricut Craft Room tutorial.  Last week we talked about two different ways to get your images placed on your mat.  This week we're going to talk about how to move those images around once they're on there.


When you want to work with an image in Craft Room, you first have to select the image.  You can select it by clicking anywhere on the image.  Once it's selected, you'll see a box appear along with eight "action icons", like you see above.  (You won't see any numbers, I did this to make it easier to tell you which icons I'm working with!!!)

If you wish to move the image around the mat, from one place to another either up or down or side to side, you're going to want to click your mouse on the upper left hand corner icon, labeled number ONE in the above photo.  If you simply want to move your image up and down, but not side to side, you can do that by clicking on the up and down arrow, icon number TWO.

Icon number three in the upper right hand corner is the "slant" icon.  This allows you to slant your image if you need to.


Icon number four allows you to "stretch" your image horizontally. 


Icon number five in the lower right hand corner is one of the icons I use the most.  If you're working on sizing your image, and want to keep it in proportion both vertically and horizontally, you can do that by clicking & dragging this button until your image becomes the size you're looking for.


Icon number six, the bottom in the middle, allows you to "stretch" your image vertically.


Icon number seven in the lower left hand corner allows you to rotate your image.  This comes in VERY handy when you're trying to squeeze as many images on to your mat to make maximum use of your paper.  Sometimes when you rotate images around yourself, you can fit more on to the mat than the program can by doing it automatically.


Finally, icon number eight, the one in the middle on the left hand size, allows you to move your image across your mat horizontally. 

Now, what if you slant an image and you don't like the way it turns out??  Or you accidentally stretch your image horizontally, when you really were wanting to size it proportionally??  That's easy!!  See the "UNDO" button at the top of the tool bar??


That's what that button is for!!!  You can undo, undo, undo, undo until you get your image back to where you want it.

I hope this helps you become a little more comfortable with manipulating your image on your cutting mat.  You won't need all of the options all of the time, but they all come in very handy when making your designs your own!!!  Thanks so much for coming by today, I'll be back next week with more Cricut Craft Room tips!!!



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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wednesday Winners !! Challenge 138 Be Ye Thankful


Good Morning Everyone !!

Welcome to this weeks 

WEDNESDAY WINNERS

Challenge #138
Be Ye Thankful

We had some beautiful thank you cards this week from both the DT and challenge participants. 
Thank you cards are special cards to give and receive, don't you agree?

THIS WEEKS WINNER

Chosen by random.org 
with a prize of a lovely 
Mistletoe Stamp Set 
from
Barb @ BUGBITES



...IS...

No 5
Using
Art Philosophy 
Crystal T

Congratulations Crystal T to claim your prize please contact Janea at... recollection alley @ gmail . com (remove all 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 in the right hand side bar.

DESIGN TEAM TOP 5

We had 25 amazing projects to choose from this week... all very different and offering lots of inspiration !! 
Thank you to every one who joined us 


No 2
Using
Straight from the Nest


No 7
Using
Wild Card
CraftyJAR

No 8
Using
Teddy Bear Parade
Saundra

No 17
Using
Pagoda 

No 18
Using
DoodleCharms/Pooh and Friends/Once Upon a Princess

Congratulations Ladies don't forget to grab your "FCCB Top 5" blinky to display on your blog! 
You can find the blinky code on our right-hand sidebar.  
  
We hope you are joining us for this week's challenge #139
Holiday Wishes ... the bestest time of the year !!
Please don't forget it must be a new project, you need to use at least one Cricut cut and tell us which cartridge(s) it is from.

Wishing everyone a Fantabulous Day !!

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

a few quick tips in one


Hello everyone and welcome to another Quick Tip Tuesday
This video from heroarts has many tips from how to properly place a border stamp, masking stamps, Distress Ink techniques, and many more! 

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out the Wednesday Winners tomorrow! 

Have a fun, crafty day!
- Cyndy 

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Challenge #139 - Holiday Wishes


Good Morning! 
How is everyone this morning? 
Are you ready for the holidays?
Ready or not here they come.  Our challenge this week is to provide inspiration for those holiday cards.  So get those cricuts humming and post your holiday cards!




Challenge #139 -Holiday Wishes

Make a Holiday card

When linking your project, please remember to list on your blog what Cricut cartridge you used.


Design Team Inspiration
 
 



LindaV
Joys of the Season
Paper Trimmings
 
Arin
Gingerbread & Storybook
 
 
 
Missy
Jolly Holidays
 
 
Nikki
Artiste, Paper Dolls Dress Up,
 
 
 
Barbara
Once Upon A Princess
 
Belinda
Winter Frolic
 

Cindy Loo
Photo



 
 
~ This Week's Sponsor ~


This week, Fantabulous Cricut is delighted to be sponsored by Simon Says Stamp. Simon Says Stamp has donated a $25 Gift Card to be given to one lucky participant to be drawn at random from all eligible entries.


With over 100,000 items in stock, Simon Says Stamp offers one stop online shopping for the best Rubber Stamp, Scrapbooking, Artist Trading Card, Altered Art, Card Making, and Paper Crafting products on the market today. We offer a complete selection of products from Tim Holtz, Hero Arts, Ranger Industries, Wendy Vecchi, Magnolia Stamps, Copic Markers, Promarkers, Penny Black, Lawn Fawn, and many others!


To link your project for this week's "FCCB's Holiday Wishes" challenge,
click on the blue "add your link" button below! This challenge ends at Midnight December 2nd (Mountain Time).

As a courtesy to our design team, please consider turning off the word verification on your blog. With the new system, it has become quite difficult to leave comments for our FANTABULOUS followers.

When linking your project, please remember to list on your blog what Cricut cartridge you used.

 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Spotlight Sunday!

Happy Sunday All!

It is Arin again and do we have a fun treat for you all today! We are going to start to introduce our new design team members!  Susie, from Susie Craft Happy, Administrative Assistant extraordinaire by day and cleverly talented crafty lady by night, is the first of those that will be in the Fantabulous Design Team spotlight!



Susie's projects are filled with adorable cuts that are sassy, fun and full of whimsy  Three years ago she never  knew crafting blogs existed and when she decided to join the creative blogging party, she has been going gang busters in being a fun inspiration to the creative paper crafting online community.  She has had the privileged to be on various popular design teams and recently landing a spot with Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog adding a fun and exciting creative element to the team.

She has some great creative concepts and ideas, one being these adorable baby onsie tutorial using the Cricut cartridges Wrap it Up and Paisley (click HERE to view).



While spending time scoping out her blog, I came to find that she has a true favorite Cricut cartridge.  Here are a few projects from the Paisley cartridge. To see her full collection of Paisley projects, click HERE.




Now let's see what makes this fantastic designer creatively tick!

1. When did you start scrapbooking/paper crafting and why?  I started paper crafting in March of 2010.  It all began with a beautiful centerpiece one of my co-workers created for her son's football team banquet.  She created cheerleaders using Cricut's Twinkle Toes and one of the Everyday Paperdolls cartridges

2. What is your favorite type of project to make (i.e., cards, layouts, mini-albums, etc....)?
My favorite project to make is cards.  I don't have any family in the state that I live, so I'm always sending cards to friends and family back home.


3. What is your favorite product to use on your projects?
My favorite product to use on my projects right now are Action Wobbles!  I love how they make an image come to life with movement. 

4. What is your favorite Cricut cartridge?  My favorite is Paisley.  The images on this cart are perfect for friends of all ages. 


5. What do you do in your spare time, when you are not paper crafting? I work full time outside of the home so spare time is precious to me and when I have it I like to spend time with my friends and family, go for a run and read fiction. 

It has been a great joy and honor to spotlight such a wonderful new member to the team and keep your eyes peeled on what projects she has coming up this holiday season.  We will leave you with two of her favorite projects to enjoy! 




Until Next Week,
Arin
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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Scrappin' Saturday - Be Ye Thankful

Happy Scrappin’ Saturday!!  Are you still full from all your Thanksgiving fixings?!?!  Were you the host this year for your Thanksgiving dinner?  Or were you a visitor to a Thanksgiving Dinner?  Do you need to send a Thank You card to the host/hostess?  If so...this week's challenge is perfect..... :)
 

#138 – Be Ye Thankful - Make a Thank You card.  If you want to join in on the challenge this week, there is still time to link up a project!! I wanted to share a great layout that has been submtted for this week's challenge!! 
 
Melissa
over at Doxie Mel Designs made this adorable card!  The bee is so cute with the face, the jewels and the wings!  The twine with the button flowers are such a great touch!! :)
 
 
Judy
over at Crafty Jar made this beautiful card. The pumpkin just pops with the colors used along with the jewels to add definition!  :) 
 
 
 
We want to see your
Thank You cards....please leave a comment with your blog address so we can stop by to see them! Hope you are able to find some time to do some Scrappin’ this Saturday!! Thanks for stopping by!


Melissa

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Fantabulous Friday - Thanksgiving!

Well happy Black Friday everyone! 
For those of you who are actually online today and not out shopping or sleeping because you were out shopping all night; I have some great inspiration for you to keep in mind for Thanksgiving next year. Hey, it never hurts to be overly prepared and there is after all a tool called Pinterest! Ok, on with the ideas!!!

First up,

Celebrate With a Flourish


A Child's Year


Just Because Cards, Mini Monograms, Thanksgiving Cartridge







And, Finally. . .

Gyspy Font, and unknown


Some of the carts used for these projects:








Thank you for joining me this week, I especially appreciate it knowing that this is the busiest shopping day of the year, in fact while you are reading this I am either shopping or sleeping or maybe even both!

I hope you all had a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Don't forget Scrappin Saturday here tomorrow!










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