Welcome to Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog! Cricut enthusiasts come share your projects with us. Twice monthly we offer simple challenges for your chance to win! No matter which size Cricut machine you have, come join the fun.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Challenge Me Monday #12

Hi Fantabulous Cricut creators,

Thank you to everyone who participated in our, Beautiful flowers for May challenge last week, I loved all your entries. The winners will be posted on Wednesday.

It's a wonderful Monday and we have another challenge for you.

Challenge #12
Shower the Baby:
Create a project that has something to do with a baby shower. Example; invitation, card, gift, baby album etc...

Please enter your project by scrolling to the bottom of this post and click on the blue button that reads "add your link", we can't wait to see all the entries.

Design Team Projects

New Arrival

Tags Bags Boxes & More, Doodlecharms, Mini Monograms
Swiss Dots cuttlebug folder

Going Places, George & Basic Shapes, Gypsy Wanderings

New Arrival, George & Basic Shapes

George & Basic Shapes, Lyrical Letters, Paper Pups

New Arrival, Community, George & Basic Shapes

New Arrival

Sammye Jo
Create a Critter, Celebrations, Robotz

New Arrival

Accent Essentials, Walk in My Garden

Wild Card, Sweethearts

We would like to welcome our new sponsor:

"Chomas Creations". Our friend Amy will be donating a Gel Pen Holder and pens to fit the holder for our challenge #12 winner a $29 value. Go visit Amy's blog today -HERE!

To link your baby project, click on the blue button below that reads "add your link".

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Scrappin' Saturday: Creating Custom Mini Albums

Welcome to Scrappin' Saturday here at FCCB!

Today I want to share a video I found on YouTube by LiveLoveScrap that shows how to make the custom shaped mini albums using your Cricut. I've highlighted this technique before (HERE), but I LOVE how her video shows you exactly what to do, including using the "Flip" feature to cover the backs of each of your album pages...

You can use this technique to make any shape of album you want...look through your cartridge stash, pick a new shape you've never used before and challenge yourself to make a shaped mini album using that cut. I dare you! :)
If you make a mini album with your Cricut, please link it up in the comments section below for all of us to see!
Happy Scrappin'!
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Friday, May 28, 2010

Fantabulous Friday #11

A little bit of summer BBQ inspiration for you!

Brain Things

Have a wonderful long weekend. -Valerie

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Thursday Tutorial's #11

Today's tutorial is for you Gypsy lovers!
Many crafters are using the Gypsy to make loads of beautiful creations.
Some of the best Gypsy tutorials on the web feature designs by
Emma Aguilar at My Creative Time.

Check out her tutorial #41 by clicking here
She actually created this in her Gypsy using
5 different cartridges!......WOW

Also, check out her tutorial #38 - by clicking here
Emma used her Gypsy for this one also plus did some welding!

Emma has loads of tutorials for the Gypsy.
If you own one hop on over to her blog and learn all the
tips and tricks of using it.

Leave a comment here and let us know how you liked these tutorials.
And be sure to click on over to Emma's blog and to let her know that you
found her tutorials at Fantabulous Cricut.

I hope you enjoyed today's Thursday's Tutorial.
If you have a tutorial that you would like to share for
future Thursday's Tutorial features please email me at:


Have a Creative Day!
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Wednesday Winners #10

Thanks to everyone who played along for our last challenge, awesome gift bags and boxes .

To find out more info on each card, just click on the name above the photo.

Using random.org our winner is #13
Congratulations to...

Jennifer Hawkins
You have won a a $20 Gift certificate from "Stamp Out Online"
Jennifer please contact me HERE with your address so we can get send your prize to you. Remember to add FCCB "Winner Blinky" to your blog sidebar...you can find our blinky code in our right hand sidebar.

Design Team Top 3 Picks



Go grab your "Top 3" blinky and add it to your blog! You can find the blinky in our right-hand sidebar.

Congratulations to you all, such wonderful creations!

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Quick Tip #11

Good Morning Scrappers, I hope you are all having a terrific start to your week! It is Tuesday yet again which means it is time for another one of those fantabulous tips, so here we are short, sweet and super inspiring!

Do you ever have a hard time coming up with the perfect layout title or card sentiment? I know I do and when I am stuck I turn to a great site called "Quote Garden". Quote Garden contains sentiments, quotes and poems for every occasion and reason. So next time your stuck be sure to head on over and find the perfect words!

Hope this little link helps you out in the future!

Have a great week!!

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Challenge Me Monday #11

Thank you to everyone who participated in challenge 10, there were wonderful creative gift bag and box projects, I hope you all had a chance to see them if not click on "Challenge Me Monday" and scroll down to Challenge #10

It's a wonderful Monday morning and time for our next challenge....

Challenge #11
Beautiful Flowers for May:

Create a project using at least 3 flowers on your project.
As always there does need to be a cricut cut image somewhere on the project it does not need to be the featured challenge item.

Design Team Creations

Create a Critter

George & Basic Shapes

Walk in My Garden, Create a Critter, Gypsy Wanderings, Storybook, Easter Solutions

Tags Boxes & More, Accent Essentials

Gypsy Wanderings

Walk in My Garden


Walk in My Garden, Doodlecharms


We would like to welcome our new sponsor:
"Cokie Pop Paper" will be donating a $15 Gift Certificate to Challenge #11winner. Go visit the shop today -HERE!

If you link below to advertise, or your project does not go with the challenge your post will be deleted.

Add your name and URL below

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Scrappin' Saturday: Make Your Own Lace Cardstock

Welcome to another Scrappin' Saturday here at Fantabulous Cricut! 

Several weeks ago, I showed you how to make your own "laser-cut" decorative edge papers using your Cricut.  If you missed that article, you can see it HERE.

Well, here's another way to customize your papers to make your layouts truly unique...

 You're probably familiar with the super-popular 12x12 "lace cardstock" pages that have the die-cut flower, butterfly or swirl patterns, and cost a ton more than a regular piece of cardstock, right?  Well why not make your own? 

There are two ways that I know of to do this:

1) Use the "Fit To Page" function to cut a particular pattern from your cartridge stash...several cartridges have die-cuts that could be used for this type of project, including Storybook and Wild Card.  For this layout, I used the Wild Card cartridge and a 12x12 sheet of hot pink cardstock.  Using "Fit To Page", the pattern was cut at 11".

2) Using Design Studio, weld several shapes together (covering an area equal to that of your page) and cut.  This will give you the same result as above, only you can make your lace cardstock out of any shape in your stash!!!
Either way, you'll end up with a custom "lace cardstock" look without having to break the bank.  Fun, right?

Now it's your turn...I want you to try this technique and share your gorgeous pages with everyone.  Please leave a comment below with a link to your project...can't wait to see what you come up with!

Happy Scrappin'!!!  :)
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Friday, May 21, 2010

Fantabulous Friday #10

This week I wanted to share some seaside inspiration. It is always so fun to see design elements in home goods and clothing that you can be incorporated into your Cricut designs. Do you have any magazines, web sites, or other places that help inspire you?

Mini Boden

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Thursday's Tutorial #10

I just subscribed to YouTube about a week ago so that I can watch great tutorial videos out there on the world wide web. After doing some searches I came across Linda's YouTube channel and quickly became a subscriber. She is a very talented Cricut scrapper and has some great tutorials.
She also has a great blog with beautiful Cricut creations.
Here is one of her lovely projects

You can check her out by visiting her blog called: The Paper Boutique

Also be sure to subscribe to her YouTube Video channel by clicking here.

Today I want to feature two of her tutorials that offer great money saving tips.
One is her tutorial called - 4 Easy Ways to Dye Ribbon Without a Mess
the other is - How to Make Your Own Glimmer Mist
(Click on the title of each to be routed to Linda's YouTube video tutorial)
Both of these tutorials are great to use on your Cricut projects and will save you money too!

Leave a comment here and let us know how you liked these tutorials.
And be sure to click on over to Linda's blog and YouTube channel to let her know that you
found her tutorials at Fantabulous Cricut.

I hope you enjoyed today's Thursday's Tutorial.
If you have a tutorial that you would like to share for future Thursday's Tutorial features
please email me at:

Have a Creative Day!
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wednesday Winners: CRICUT CRAWL


We were so very impressed with all of your creations and amazed at how wonderfully you incorporated so many of the featured elements! It was so hard to choose just one winner for our grand prize, and we considered all of the projects that featured a variety (9+) of the elements featured by the Design Team.


Melissa B!
We loved all of Melissa's elements and her card came together so beautifully. Great job Melissa!
Melissa, you've won the following FANTABULOUS prizes:
**$25 Custom Crops gift card**
**Summer Vacation Cricut cartridge from Crop Stop**
**a Cricut cartridge caddy from Kiki-Art**
**Cats eye ink from Stuff 4 Scrapbooking**

Melissa, please contact us with your mailing information so we can get that out to you! And don't forget to grab your FCCB Winner Blinky (in our left hand sidebar) to add to your blog!


Angi's Flower Element:
Sandy's "Accordion Flower Card"
Love your beautiful accordion flower!

Brenda's Journaling Block Element:
Love the way the journaling block coordinates with the photo mats!

Candace's Embossing Element:
That embossed icing looks good enough to eat!

Lori's Die-Cut Negative Element:
Love the die-cut negative as part of the background!

Penny's Shadow Feature:
The shadowing (and everything else!) on this layout is just gorgeous!

Robin's Cricut Markers Element:
The use of markers really gives this adorable card some extra punch!

Sammye Jo's Inking Element:
The inked die-cuts on this super-cute page give them that extra detail!

Sharon's Glass Etching:
The frame that holds these layouts is etched...how creative!

Tammy's Paper Piecing Element:
An extraordinary amount of piecing for an extraordinarily beautiful bouquet!

Valerie's Food Theme Element:
Yum....gotta love honey (and the cute card it's on!)

Congratulations to ALL of our winners! Please contact the Design Team member who chose your project (linked above your project photo) to provide mailing information. And don't forget to grab your FCCB winner blinky for your blog (located in our right hand sidebar).

Thanks again to everyone who played along with our Fantabulous Cricut Crawl...we had a lot of fun and hope you did, too!
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