Thursday, July 31, 2014

Thursday Tutorial: Linking Your Cartridges in Cricut Design Space

Hi, all, and welcome to another Thursday Tutorial!  In this one Joy Tracey, one of my favorite Cricuteers, shows us how to link cartridges to your Explore.  I see questions about this a lot in the Facebook group "Let's Learn Cricut Explore", so I thought this might come in handy.


I hope you've all enjoyed this video and found it helpful.  Thanks for dropping by--tune in next Thursday for another Cricut tutorial!
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wednesday Winners Challenge #220 - Wet N Wild

Hey all you Fantabulous Crafters!!!

Hope your week is going well!

It's time to announce the winners from
last week's challenge
 #220 Wet N Wild.

Thank you to everyone that participated!!!

The winner of the 3 Digi Images from

chosen by Random.org is

No. 5
(created with Pack Your Bags)
Melissa Sunshine HoneyBee

CONGRATULATIONS!!!
You will have 2 weeks to claim your prize by contacting
fantabulous cricut 101 @ yahoo . com
(remove all spaces)

And remember to grab the "FCCB Winner" blinky to display on your blog.
The blinky code is located in the right hand side bar of the challenge blog.

DESIGN TEAM TOP 5 PICKS

No. 3
(created with Life Is A Beach)
diaper fold treat holder life's a beach cricut cartridge flip flops
Pam L.


No. 9
(created with Life Is A Beach)

Brittany M

No. 10
(created with Life Is A Beach)

Sharon's Creative Essence

No. 11
(created with Create A Critter)

AO Creations

No. 12
(created with Life Is A Beach)

Cricut Crazy Scrapper




CONGRATS crafters!!!

Please make sure you grab your "FCCB Top Five" blinky to proudly display on your blog.
You can find the code in the right hand side bar of the challenge blog.

Be sure to join us for the new challenge that started Monday:
 #221 Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Have a FANTABULOUS day!!!



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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Quick Tip Tuesday

Hello my fellow Cricuteers!!

It is Tuesday and time for another crafty tip. Are you into Mixed media? If so, don't throw away your negative cuts either paper or vinyl!  They can serve as stencils for spray painting or to use with modeling paste- if you want deeper "impressions" and if you cut multiples out of  heavy cardstock, just stack and glue them togheter  for a deeper stencil-

I know some of you have used them with ink and daubers but they can also be used with your alcohol marker airbrush to create stenciled images pretty much onto any material you can think of!  How neat is that!!!

As always, thank you for stopping by, take care and have a super crafty day!
Liz
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Challenge #221 Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Welcome to another Challenge Me Monday...


 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge!



Challenge #221 Take Me Out to the Ball Game

This Weeks Sponsor
SVG Cutting Files

~Design Team Inspiration~

Guest Designer
 Amy Andrade
Sports Mania


Boys Will Be Boys & Artbooking


Lovely Floral, Hello Kitty Font, Happily Ever After & All Sports

Sports Mania


Elegant Edges and George and Basic Shapes

3 Birds Life's a Party 

Gypsy Wanderings, Gyspy Font, Once Upon A Princess


Soccer cartridge 



Create A Friend & Edge To Edge




Baseball Solutions
Create a Friend


~This Weeks Challenge~
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Create a sports related project

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used.



Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday Spotlight

I would like to introduce our Guest Designer 

AMY ANDRADE
Help me welcome Amy to the Spotlight this week.

Let's get to know this interesting crafter. Amy is a wife, mother, full time educator and a part-time cake decorating instructor. She is a crafter who shares her "ART" with others and is a supporter of Operation Write Home, making cards for our Nations Heroes.  Check out her blog All Things Beautiful she has a counter showing her progress of making 150 cards for this wonderful organization.

While searching her blog I came across some projects I would like to share.



Here is a layout using the Quarter Note Cartridge.



This card is made using acetate, Amy has a weekly spot on her blog showcasing projects she has made "Using My Tools".  For this one she used Plantin Schoolbook for the flowers.



This spinner card using Life's A Beach won her a spot last week on the Design Teams Top Five.



This is one on the many cakes Amy has made.

Now I would like to share Amy's responses to our FCCB questionaire.

1. When did you start scrapbooking/papercrafting and why?
I bought my first Cricut in January 2011 to cut fondant and gumpaste. After about a year I thought I'd try scrapbooking. Since then, I've been off and running (to the craft store lol). I added cardmaking to my list of crafts for the simple reason I had so many paper scraps and wanted to put them to good use. That's when I found Operation Write Home, a non-profit organization where cardmakers can donate their handmade cards and OWH will send them to soldiers overseas so that those soldiers can have a pretty card to send home to a loved one for any occasion.

2. What is your favorite type of project to make (i.e. cards, layout, mini-albums, etc.)?  I like cardmaking the best because of the instant gratification. It takes a much shorter time for me to make a card opposed to making a layout. So cardmaking is usually my go to papercraft.

3. What is your favorite product to use on your projects? That's easy! Embossing folders. They are quick to use, add great texture and no mess to clean up like glitter, ink or embossing powders.

4. What is your favorite Cricut cartridge? That's a difficult decision. I own quite a few cartridges but I think the one I go to most is Gypsy Wanderings.


Hope you have enjoyed meeting Amy she will be joining us tomarrow for our Monday Challenge here at FCCB.  Enter the challenge by linking up your project and be sure to list the Cricut cut you used.

Happy Cricut Crafting

Bye Bye for Now,
Kim






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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Scrappin' Saturday - Sweethearts Cartridge

L.B.
Happy Saturday everyone. Call me a romantic if you want, but I love the Sweethearts Cricut cartridge. Today for Scrappin' Saturday we are going to take a closer look at this too cute cart.
Let's start with this image picture and talk about the fun features of the cartridge - images, tags, cards and envelope cuts are all part of this fun cart.

Here are some fun projects made with the cartridge by members of the FCCB team over the years. This cart is an older one that has so many uses - Engagement, Wedding, Valentines, Romantic, Showers and just plain cute projects.
Valerie

 Faith
 Heather 
Thanks for visiting us today at FCCB. Hope you get some crafty time soon. Maybe you can create with the Sweethearts Cartridge.  Hope to see you next Saturday for Scrappin' Saturday - You Found it on What Cartridge??

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Challenge #220-Wet & Wild


Hello! I hope your morning is going well! This weeks challenge is #220-Wet & Wild, so it can be anything water related!

Joy at Obsessed with Scrapbooking made this cool waterpark slide layout from H20 Lite Cartridge-


 

And Okieladybug did such a cute layout of her friends daughter first time in the pool! She used Creative Memories Traveler cartridge for this one-


Cindy Vernon from Creating from the Heart made this great card using Fun in the Sun & Elegant Edges-




What wonderful projects! Here are just a couple of water themed cartridges to get you started:

H2O

 

Fun in the Sun


Make sure you get a project in this week to be eligible for this weeks prize Milk N' Coffee Stamps - 3 Digi stamps at their Etsy Store!

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thursday Tutorial: Cutting Stamped Images with Your Explore

Good Thursday morning!  Amy here with another useful video tutorial--this one on using the Cricut Explore to cut out your stamped images instead of fussy cutting.  Hallelujah!  It's a little long at about 17.5 minutes, but I think you'll find it was worth it.


I hope you've enjoyed this video--please join us next week for another Thursday Tutorial!
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wednesday Winners - #219 Day at the Beach

Howdy Hey!!!

Welcome to another edition of Wednesday Winners!

Emily here to announce those amazing crafters
who just blew us away last week...
well, let's be honest, you all blow us away
week after week with your FANTABULOUS projects!

We truly appreciate all the participation we get with each challenge
and sincerely THANK YOU for supporting us!!!

So without further ado...

the winner of the $50 Gift Certificate to

chosen by random.org is

No. 2
(created with Life Is A Beach)
Sukie

CONGRATULATIONS!!!
You will have 2 weeks to claim your prize by contacting
fantabulous cricut 101 @ yahoo . com
(remove all spaces)

And remember to grab the "FCCB Winner" blinky to display on your blog.
The blinky code is located in the right hand side bar of the challenge blog.

DESIGN TEAM TOP 5 PICKS

No. 4
(created with Cricut Classic Font)

AO Creations

No. 11
(created with Teddy Bear Parade)

Michelle

No. 12
(created with Life Is A Beach)

Who 'Dat Scrapper

No. 14
(created with Paper Pups)

Carri

No. 23
(created with Life Is A Beach)

Amy A

CONGRATS crafters!!!

Please make sure you grab your "FCCB Top Five" blinky to proudly display on your blog.
You can find the code in the right hand side bar of the challenge blog.

Be sure to join us for the new challenge that started Monday:
 #220 Wet N Wild

Have a FANTABULOUS day!!!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Quick Tip Tuesday

Hello my fellow Cricuteers!!

Liz here to share with you another quick tip. This one shared by us.cricut.com, "...Cricut Iron-on Glitter in Gold is the easiest and fastest way to add sparkle and shine to clothing and home decor without a hint of the mess loose glitter leaves behind ...." so true!! LOVE IT!!!

"...However, because of all that shine, it is sometimes difficult to see where your Cricut design starts and stops. An easy solution? Pop in a Cricut marker, load your material and press "Cut." This won't cut the material, it will only create a tracing for you to easily determine the negative space to weed. 

Then, without removing your mat from the machine, insert your Cricut blade and press "Cut" again. This will successfully cut your design, and you've got a map to what you need to weed!

ps- Each Cricut Iron-on comes with a handy guide for selecting the perfect pressure and blade depth. Use it-- and don't forget to mirror your text & design..."

That is it for now as always thanks for stopping by!
Have a super crafty day!
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