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Monday, December 31, 2012

"Get Organized" Cricut Crawl

 Happy Monday and welcome to FCCB's Get Organized Cricut Crawl!

"Get Organized" Cricut Crawl
Make an organizational project using your cricut (to make it or decorate it)
When linking your project, please remember to list on your blog what Cricut cartridge you used.

Here's how the Crawl will work:
 1. The crawl will begin here at FCCB. Participants will visit each Design Team member's blog to view their FANTABULOUS projects. Participants may follow the provided links at each blog or click on the links provided with the sneak peeks below. If you get lost along the way, you can always return here to FCCB to follow the links to our Design Team members’ blogs.

 2. There will be prizes along the way at some of the Design Team blogs, so be sure to check out the goodies up for grabs! *You must meet the Design Team members' stated criteria to be eligible for the individual prizes. Please see each DT member's blog for details and directions.

 3. There will also be one GRAND PRIZE here at FCCB!! The prize will be awarded to a participant that meets the challenge criteria and posts a link to their project below, drawn randomly by Random.org. 

Design Team Inspiration
 Here are the Design Team project sneak peeks, in the order of the Crawl. Be sure to follow each link to see full pictures of the projects, and to participate in any individual blog candy giveaways!

Cricut Decals

Tammy S
Simply Charmed, Cheerful Seasons, Create A Critter

Connie W.
Designers Calender, Pooh and Friends

Winter Woodland

Kate's Kitchen (Cricut Imagine)

Storybook (Font)

Tags, Bags, Boxes & More

All Mixed Up cartridge

Smiley Cards and Simply Charmed

Tags Bags Boxes and More 2 

Art Philosophy and Lyrical Letters

 Fabulous Finds

Here is the line up in case you get lost:

Missy - http://www.quickchickdesigns.blogspot.com
Tammy - http://thepurplemuse.blogspot.com
Connie - http://www.conniecancrop.blogspot.com
Jamie - http://scrapqueen141.blogspot.com
Brianna - http://www.Bloeffelbein.blogspot.com
Arin - http://apieceoflifespie.com
Cicily - http://pinkdalmationscrapper.blogspot.com
Cyndy -  http://arcyscraps.blogspot.com
Diana -  http://daisylovecreations.blogspot.com
Nikki - http://craftycalamities.blogspot.com
Susie - http://www.susiecrafthappy.blogspot.com
Janea - http://www.recollectionalley.blogspot.com

~This Week's Sponsor~
Fantabulous Cricut

Our fabulous Fantabulous Design Team wants you to organized. So they are offering you a chance to win an Artbin Cricut Cartridge Super Satchel.

Artbin Cricut Cartridge Super Satchel features 2 removable trays conveniently store up to 16 cartridges, booklets and tools! Trays are housed in one of our best selling Super Satchel Slim boxes, so it is stackable with all other Super Satchel models. Also fits in Super Satchel Cube.

To link your project for this week's "FCCB's Get Organize" challenge,
click on the blue "add your link" button below!
This challenge ends at Midnight, January  6th (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.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Wednesday Winners Challenge #142 Shaped Card


I hope you are all enjoying the Holidays and had a fabulous Christmas Day.

Just to remind everyone that the winners for this challenge #142 Shaped Card will be announced next week - January 2nd 2013

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year !! x !!
Don't forget to join us on Monday when we will be back for our Cricut Crawl
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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to All from FCCB!!!

Thank you all for checking in!  We are currently on vacation and will not be doing our Daily Inspiration posts until December 31st to allow our designers time off to spend with their family.   Thank you all for your understanding!  We look forward to seeing you after the holiday!  At that time, we will be having a Cricut Crawl!  Can't wait to see you all then!

Merry Christmas

The FCCB Design Team

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Spotlight Sunday

Oh my it is almost Christmas Eve!  It is Arin here, and I have one last Sunday Spotlight to share with you before I sign off for the Holiday week!  This talented crafter has been really making herself known in our challenges for the past few months. Shelly, from Shelly's Card Blog is one talented lady full of ideas and can be found on many amazing design teams.  She can really give you your fill of creative ideas as you spend time visiting her blog.  That amazing gift of creativity has earned her these Top 5 picks these past few months!  

Now let's meet this one amazing creative lady! 

1. When did you start scrapbooking/paper crafting and why? I started scrapbooking about 20 years ago when a friend invited me to a scrapbooking party. Tat was back in the day when there were only scissors, stickers and limited paper ;)  I started as just a way to get out of the house and hang out with just the girls. years later ( in 2006 i think) i discovered the cricut and the cricut message board and went into a card making frenzy:) I found it to be so relaxing and fun too and still do.

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 also love tags and bags which I pretty much decorate like I would a card.

3. What is your favorite product to use on your projects? My favorite product ( besides anything cricut) is colorbox fluid chalk ( my go to color is chestnut roan). I use it on every single project i make. 

4. What is your favorite Cricut cartridge? This will surprise anyone who follows my work since vintage is my style. my favorite cartridge is create a critter. I love how user friendly it is and how dang cute the animals are.
5. What do you do in your spare time, when you are not paper crafting? In my spare time besides crafting i like to spend time with my daughter and friends,read, bike ride which I hadn't done in over 30 years until recently,exercise (Pilates, kettlebell and walking),and I've also discovered I love to bowl. I hadn't done that in 40 years. I stink at it but its fun :)c

Here are a couple of her personal favorite projects.

This tag is just adorable and really makes one feel the magic of the Christmas season! 
This card is full of such amazing detail and so cleverly designed! 

It was a blast getting to meet and know a faithful and loyal challenge participant that Shelly has been to the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog. Be sure to stop by Shelly's Card Blog and say "Hi" and be prepared to be very inspired.   I am going to leave you with one of my favorite projects I found while spending time on her blog.  It is not a Cricut project, but it is way too cool and cute not to share! 

Happy Christmas!

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Scrappin' Saturday - Shaped Cards

Hello Everyone!
Susie Craft Happy here with today's Scrappin' Saturday!  Our challenge this week seems to be getting everyone in shape!
Challenge #142 - Make A Shaped Card - Since we're scrappin' this Saturday just look at what Michele Kovack over at Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker created as a shaped wall hanging!  It's a layout as a wall hanging!  Just in time for the holidays.  I love it!  Michele is an amazing crafter and I love what she did with these photos. 
More beautiful holiday layouts out there this week, check out this one from Scrappy Vee!  Isn't it great what she did with Santa, the reindeer and the sleigh!  This layout is fabulous and ready for her Christmas photos! 
Heather over at Crafts and Scraps is getting us in the mood for winter and created this amazing winter scene layout.  Isn't it the cutest?!  Heather has some fabulous layouts on her blog and this one is perfect now that Winter is here. 
Well, that's going to do it for this week's Scrappin' Saturday!  I'd like to wish you all Happy Holidays and Warm Winter Wishes!!!
We want to see your
challenge layouts and projects where you have used a cut from a Cricut Cartridge....please leave a comment and link to your blog so we can stop by to see them! Hope you're able to find some time to do some Scrappin’ this Saturday.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Fantabulous Friday - Shape Cards

Welcome to yet another Fantabulous Friday!
Well, the countdown is about done. There are only three days left after today before Christmas!

Here is some inspiration for you based on this weeks challenge, shape cards!

First up,

Joys of the Season

Joys of the Season

Simply Charmed, Winter Woodland

And here are some of the carts that could be used to make Christmas shape cars:

Christmas Solutions

Jolly Holidays

Very Merry Tags

Winter Frolic

Winter Woodland

Thank you for joining me again this friday, be sure to check back tomorrow for Scrappin Saturday!

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Cricut Craft Room: Coloring Images

Good morning everyone!  This is Missy here again with another Cricut Craft Room tutorial.  This week we're going to talk about coloring in our images on our mat as we're working with them.  I think there are probably  many reasons why this would come in handy, but the thing I use it the most for is mass producing images.  This feature helps me keep myself straight as far as which color of paper to use on my  mat. 

Let's say I was going to cu several of these houses from the Jolly Holidays cartridge.  I know I want the base layer of my house to be brown, so I'll want to use brown paper.  On my mat, I can color that image in brown, to help myself remember.  Here I have several of my houses that I colored brown laid out on my mat.

The next layer of my house I want to be red.  Here's a bunch of them on my  mat that I colored in red.

Here's how I did that.  If you look on the tab for the layer you're working with, you will see a little down arrow button on the right hand side of the tab.  Click on that, and you see this drop down menu.

Click on the word "Color".  After you do that, you will see some color options and the color wheel.  It looks like this.

Select the color you want by either clicking on the little circles on the left, or you can customize your color by using the color wheel.  After you choose the color you want for that layer, click "Apply" at the bottom.

And there you have it, you've colored the images on that layer!!  Each layer can be customized, which is really nice.  A little reminder from last week...remember, you can only see the layer you're working with when the green eyeball is showing.  If you want to either see a layer, or hide it, click that little eye ball on and off and you'll get what you want.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I'll see you back here in 2 weeks with some more fun with Cricut Craft Room!!!

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wednesday Winners Challenge #141 Bells are Ringing

Good Morning Everyone
Welcome to this weeks 

Challenge #141 
Bells are Ringing

Only 6 sleeps till Christmas day !!

 I love the run up to Christmas almost as much as the day itself, the house is now filled with beautiful decorations, presents are piling up under the tree (**now taken back to their hiding places thanks to a spate of burglaries**) and the preparations are almost complete. 
 I will be well on my way to enjoying some much needed me time, a very posh lunch with some of my favourite people as this post goes live. We do this every year (and several more times in between) meeting at 12 and getting home at 12 he he he that's 12 hours later !! 

I hope you are all enjoying your Christmas count down too !!

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas 
x x x


Chosen by random.org 
with a prize from

Erica's Craft Room

With a fantastic prize of the Snow Folks Cartridge


NO 3
Created with Joys of the Season 
Shelly Bobrowski

Congratulations Shelly. 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.


We had some amazing projects to choose from this week well done on the "thinking outside the Cricut box" !!
Thank you to every one who joined us.

No 2
Created with TC December 25th
Diana L

No 10
Created with Teddy Bear Parade
Sherrie K

No 12
Created with TC December 25th
Shawn B
Voted for by every participating DT member !! Way to go Shawn!!!

No 16
Created with TTT and WW

No 18
Created with Teddy Bears Parade

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 #142 Make a shaped card. 
As ever, please use a new project with at least one Cricut cut and tell us which cartridge(s) you have used.

The winners of this challenge will not be posted until 2nd Jan 2013 as we are taking a  break to enjoy the festive season. We will however, be back on Monday 30th with a special challenge taking us into 2013 with a crafty bang !!

Wishing everyone a Fantabulous Christmas !!

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