Thursday, February 28, 2013

Cricut Craft Room: For More Information

Good morning everyone!

This is Missy from Quick Chick Designs here with my last Thursday Tutorial for you.  I've really enjoyed putting together this series on the Cricut Craft Room.  I hope you've become comfortable with the program and hopefully found something I posted to be helpful!

For my last post, I wanted to share a couple of more places you can go to learn about the Craft Room program.  I did a series of posts on the basics, but the program is capable of so, so much more!  There are more ways to add text to your mat, additional ways to create shadows, features to weld Imagine images together, to name a few.  Here are some of the places I've found helpful for additional information.

The first place is the Craft Room program itself.  When you open the Craft Room program, one of the green tabs says "Help & Feedback". 


This is a great source of support.  In both the "Getting Started" and "Video Tutorials" links you'll find loads of video tutorials that can help you with a lot of different things in the program.  The "Cricut Craft Room Help Page" is somewhat of an "owners manual" for the program--it's more of a text driven source of information.  The "Frequently Asked Questions" is just that--a quick source of info for the most commonly asked questions, and the "Quick Help" is pretty much the same.

Another place you can go to for help is the www.cricut.com message board.  If you've never logged on to the message board, simply go to the Cricut website and click on "Community" at the top.



Once you've clicked on the community tab, select "Message Boards".



Once you're in the message board area, you have a couple of different options.



Two of the best places to look for help would be under the "Cricut Machines and Applications/Cricut Craft Room Application" section.  Another great place would be under "General Chat/Cricut Chat".  I've been visiting the message board for three years now.  There are some very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful people who hang out there that are very willing to answer questions.

The final place I like to go to for information is the Cricut Craft Room Blog.  The Craft Room Blog was put together by Scrapalette and Narelle, two ladies who are experts at the Craft Room program and also hang out on the message boards frequently.  This blog has loads of Craft Room information

There you have it, some additional sources of support.  Thanks so much for letting me share some information about he Craft Room program with you the past couple of months!!



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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wednesday Winners Challenge #149 Kiss the Cook

Good Morning Everyone !!
Welcome to this weeks 
WEDNESDAY WINNERS

Challenge #149
Kiss the Cook 

How wonderful it is to have someone cook for us, be it at home, with friends and family or in a lovely restaurant!! 
Our fantastic followers sure know how to craft up a recipe for an amazing project as this weeks entries show, there are also some recipes I think I might try out very soon !!

THIS WEEKS WINNER

Chosen by random.org 
with a prize from
Our very own
Pink Dalmation Scrapper

OF


A fantastic Close to My Heart stamp set 
"Year round Cheer"

...IS...

NO 3
Created with Create a Critter, George and Basic Shapes
Mollie's Mofit


Congratulations Emily. 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 some amazing projects to choose from this week
Thank you to every one who joined us and included a recipe on their card

No 4
Created with Teddy Bears Parade, Mickey Font, From my Kitchen
Barb 0

No 16
Created with Once upon a Princess
Karen W

No 17
Created with Create a Critter and lots more carts !!
Guild Master Crystal

No 19
Created with From my Kitchen
Lori

No 23
Created with Cupcake, Elegant Edges, Birthday Bash
Kristina Beagle

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 #150 Fun with Puns 
As ever, please use a new project with at least one Cricut cut and tell us which cartridge(s) you have used.

Wishing everyone a Fantabulous Day !!



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Monday, February 25, 2013

Challenge Me Monday - #150 Fun with Puns

Hello!  How is everyone today?  I am feeling in a funny mood.....are you?  If not, maybe our challenge for this week will help you out.   Include a funny title or phrase on your project. 
You will have sew much fun!  Pun intended....



Challenge #150 - Fun with Puns
Design Team Inspiration
Crocs Rule

Block Party

Life's A Beach, Opposites Attract, H2O, Happy Graduation
Nate's ABCs and CM This n That

Paper Dolls Dress Up

Mustaches & Glasses, Cuttin Up

Teddy Bear Parade

Nifty Fifties

 ~ This Week's Sponsor ~ 



 This week, Fantabulous Cricut is delighted to have Michelle at Designs on Cloud 9 sponsor our challenge.  She has generously donated a $20.00 Gift Certificate to be given to one lucky participant to be drawn at random from all eligible entries




If you would like to be a sponsor for Fantabulous Cricut please contact Janea via the Contact Me tab.



To link your project for this week's "FCCB's Fun with Puns" challenge,
click on the blue "add your link" button below! This challenge ends at Midnight March 3rd (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.
 
 


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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Spotlight Sunday!

Howdy there and a good Sunday to you!  

To those that have been watching snow fall for days, I hope you are all safe and snug in you toasty homes sipping hot coco! Today we have another fun treat to meet!  Marcia, from Marcia's Memories is no stranger to our Top 5 Challenges, as a matter a fact she has EIGHT under her crafty belt! She has been crafting with her Cricut for around 5 years and has some pretty special techniques and style that really makes her stand out!  Look at these projects that landed her a spot on the Top 5 this year alone! 




She has a real knack at executing 3-D cards and projects!  They are amazing, just works of art!  Check out a few that are just stunning! 


Marcia's layouts are just amazing, with a sweet little grandson that has captured her heart, how could she not allow him to be her muse for creating some spectacular layouts!


Now let's meet this amazing crafter! 

1. When did you start scrapbooking/paper crafting and why?  I started about 5 years ago when my husband bought me my first Cricut machine.  I have always loved to craft, but never delved into it seriously until then.  Now, I have three Cricut machines and a craft room full of supplies!  Although, it doesn’t always happen, I try to make time to create something new at least twice per week
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2. What is your favorite type of project to make (i.e., cards, layouts, mini-albums, etc....)?  My favorite projects to make are cards that are personalized for family and friends, but my main focus right now is completing a scrapbook for my grandson.  I also love to make 3D and interactive cards, home d├ęcor, and banners.
3. What is your favorite product to use on your projects?  I love to embellish!  Whether it is to add gems, ribbon, lace, glitter,or embossing; I never end a project with out some sort of bling!  Adding dimension with pop dots is also one of my favorite techniques.
   
4. What is your favorite Cricut cartridge?  It is so hard to pick a favorite, but right now, I would have to pick “A Child’s Year” and “Suburbia.”  I love the look of the silhouette images and they work wonderfully on both cards and scrapbook layouts.
   
5. What do you do in your spare time, when you are not paper crafting?  When I am not crafting, I am helping out my Mom.  She is getting on in years and is a very independent woman, but it is a joy for me to spend time with her.  I also make time to visit my grandson, Maddix, whenever possible.  He is the light of my life and we always have a wonderful time together.  Since I no longer work outside the home, it is still gratifying to be able to make our house a home.  I love to cook and have a nice meal on the table when my husband gets home from a long day, and I always make time to help out whenever I am needed.


To get everyone in the mood for spring, here are some great springtime inspirations I spied on! 

Marcia, from Marcia's Memories is just a treat to explore and learn more about making 3-D cards and projects. She has it down and really showcases how those extra folds and layers take paper crafting to a whole new level of elegance and suburb workmanship (or should I say workwomanship)! Be sure to head over and be inspired and say HI
Before signing off, I wanted to leave you with this last clever project I found that just had to be shared!    



Until Next Week! 
Arin 
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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Scrappin' Satuday - Kiss the Cook

Hi Everyone!
Susie Craft Happy here with today's Scrappin Saturday!!  Our challenge this week is causing quite a stir...a stir in the scraproom of course!!

 
# 149 - Kiss the Cook
 
There is so much inspiration out there for recipe scrapbook layouts and I just happened to find quite a few over on Becky's blog, Five Scrappy Cats.  Becky created this layout using the Campin Critter's cartridge to showcase her Sausage Bean Chowder recipe.  What's camping without viddles and there's nothing better than a good bean recipe!


Becky has several recipe themed layouts on her blog, so if you're looking for more recipe inspired scrapbook layouts, check out Becky's blog here.

I also want you to check out this month's Creating Keepsakes website to get more inspiration from their March/April (sneak peek) issue offering their 2013 Templates and 25 bonus sketches!!  You can find it here, or by picking up the March/April 2013 issue on newstands.  They're available for download for you to keep.

We want to see your projects where you've used your Cricut, or if you have a great scrapbooking tip, leave a comment with your blog address so we can stop by to see them!
Hope you find time stir up some Scrappin' this Saturday!! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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Friday, February 22, 2013

Fantabulous Friday: Kiss the Cook

Welcome back to Friday!

This week's challenge is a good one! We are asked to use a recipe on our projects and in case your stumped here are some great ideas!

First up:

From My Kitchen


Accent Essentials and Doodlecharms



Plantin Schoolbook, Paper doll dress up, Everyday Paper Dolls, From My Kitchen, Animal Kingdom



And here are some great cartridges you can use with your recipe projects:






Well, that's it crafters, this is my last post for FCCB. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here on the Design Team and as your Friday Inspirational Gal. I hope to see many of you on the other side as I hope to join in the challenges. Thanks for a great year to Robin (original owner) and Janea, our wonderful leader!
Thanks for visiting, come back tomorrow for Scrappin Saturday!





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