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Friday, August 31, 2012

FCCB Fantabulous Friday- Back to School

Time for another Fantabulous Friday at FCCB and this week the challenge is "Back to School Cricut Crawl".  I saw so many wonderful projects these past few weeks as everyone was preparing to go back to school.  Brings back fond memories for me as I taught school for 33 years before retiring.  I still have to check out all the Back to School sales of school supplies.  

So on with some awesome projects to inspire you and I hope you will leave the ladies some love.  

Cindy In Love With Paper using Plantin, Elegant Edges.
My Community and MS All Occasion 
Lots of pages to check out

Cheerful Seasons, Recess and Create a Critter 

Michelle at Purple Monkey Moments  using the Recess cart 

Cindy Royal 
Cricut Official Blog used 12 different cartridges for this one 

Three Birds on Parade 
Simply Charmed 
Wrap it Up

So now you have seen some great inspirations I hope you will join us for the FCCB Back to School challenge.  Don't forget to link up your project by Sunday night and check out what the DT's and other crafters have made.  Happy Craftin!

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Thursday Tutorial - Cricut Markers

Happy Thursday!
I hope everyone's week is going well.
This is Cicily, The Pink Dalmatian Scrapper, and this week on the tutorial I am featuring the Cricut Markers.
I'm not sure if there is anyone like me out there, but I have not ventured into this area with my Cricut.
I saw this video by Melody Lane Designs and was very impressed.
This week is the Fantabulous Cricut Back to School Crawl!
With that in mind, I thought I would give this technique a try.
I designed a card using my Gypsy. I made sure that the card base & mat were on separate layers from any other image as I would actually be cutting these out. I also made sure any different color markers I was using were on separate layers.

With Melody's tip in mind I put down scratch paper when I changed out my blade to the marker. Even if there is not paper loaded yet, it saves your Cricut from getting marked.

With the first color I selected "cut" and away my marker marked! I changed layers on my G without unloaded the mat & marked my image as well.

WITHOUT unloading my mat I put another scratch piece of paper down & changed the marker. Then selected that layer on my G & marked again.

Again I left the mat in, put down scratch paper & switched back to my blade. Went back to the card layer on my G & really cut this time.

I'm not thrilled with the blue color and that paper, but I only have the one set of markers to work with (for now!). Using markers will make me think differently about some of my Cricut cuts!
Oh the possibilities!

Be sure & visit the FCCB's Design Team on their home turfs this week as you hop along with the Cricut Crawl!

Join us & make your own back to school creation for this week's challenge!

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wednesday Winners #125 National Tooth Fairy Day

Hi everyone and happy Wednesday to you!  Your creations this week sure made us smile and show our pearly whites!  Are you ready to see who the winners were from last week's challenge?  Check them out:

~This Week's Winner ~

(chosen by random.org)
Prize from  Jaded Blossom

To claim your prize please contact Marlene at... hearts0314 @ msn .com (remove 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.
And now for the DT picks....
  ~Design Team Top 5~

Remember to grab your "FCCB Top 5" blinky to display on your blog! 
You can find the blinky code on our right-hand sidebar.  
Congratulations to all our winners!!  
We hope you'll join us for this week's challenge, which is our #126 Back to School (school supplies) Challenge.  Don't forget to use at least one Cricut cut on your project.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Inking embossing folders

Hello fantabulous readers! This week I have another simple tip about embossing folders to share with you. I came across this tip from Joy over at Joy's Life and here is her video showing this tip in detail. 

You can check Joy's original post showing this method HERE.

Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to check out the Wednesday Winners tomorrow! 
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Monday, August 27, 2012

Back to School Cricut Crawl Challenge #126

Happy Monday and welcome to FCCB's Back to School Cricut Crawl!

Challenge #126 - Back to School Cricut Crawl
Make a project using some type of School Supplies (ex. pencils, crayons, paper, ruler, etc)

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!
Fabulous Finds, Hoot 'n' Holler
Create a Critter, Simply Charmed and Plantin Schoolbook
CTMH Art Philosophy, Stretch Your Imagination
Locker Talk & Doodlcharms
Nate's ABC's, Gypsy Font
Plantin Schoolbook and Locker Talk
Artiste, Fabulous Finds
Mother's Day Bouquet and Art Philosophy

Opposites Attract
Create a Critter, Kate's ABCs, Plantin SchoolBook,
Car Decals and Campin' Critters
Elegant Edges
Simply Charmed, Cricut Sampler, Cricut Alphabet,
Potpourri Basket 
CM Traveler and Locker Talk
Campin Critter,  Locker Talk 
Locker Talk and Create a Critter

Here is the line up in case you get lost:

1. Amy L: http://redheadedcrafter.blogspot.com/
19. Tammy B. : http://bowmancrafts.blogspot.com/

~This Week's Sponsor~

This week Fantabulous Cricut is delighted to be sponsored Clip it Up! by Simply Renee!
Clip It Up is a unique and simple solution for organizing, storing and using all types of scrapbooking products and embellishments. Cricut Cartridges, Stickers, ribbons, brads, rub-ons and many other items are right in sight and at your fingertips. Since one Clip It Up can hold hundreds of different items, you can quickly access your collection and make your scrapbooking more efficient, fun and creative.

 Clip It Up’s handle and light weight make it completely portable. Set it on a table, move it to a countertop or floor, store it in a closet or take it wherever you go. The optional cover is easy to pull on and off and helps protect your products.

Clip It Up has very generously donated a Clip It Up Mini, perfect for Cricut Cartridges (upper tier sold separately) to be given to one lucky participant to be drawn at random from all eligible entries!!

To link your project for this week's "FCCB's Back To School" challenge,
click on the blue "add your link" button below!

This challenge ends at Midnight, September 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.
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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Spotlight Sunday

Good Morning Everyone,

I hope everyone is having a great day. School has or is starting this week for most of us. I love this time of the year. Don't get me wrong I love summer but it is nice to get back to work for me.

First up today is Sheila and her blog is She Loveshoes. She just does some amazing work. I really love her style. Check out her blog and give her some bloggy love. I know you will not be disappointed. Now for her craft space:

How here are her answers to the questions we asked her:

What are your top 5 go to Cricut Cartridges?
I always go to Gypsy Wanderings and Potpourri Basket first. I find these two cartridges have so much to offer. Elegant Edges is great for making shape cards while Just Because Cards has everything you may need to make a card, Forever Young is my most favorite and I use it when ever I can.

 What are your favorite adhesives?
I absolutely LOVE my ATG adhesive gun.
 How do you organize your cartridges?
I have all my cartridges loaded onto my gypsy and I also have an electronic version of the handbooks on my iPad so I can take them with me anywhere I go.
 What is one of your favorite creative feature key?
the feature key I use the most and my favorite is the shadow feature.

I have been keeping track of all the Design Team's top 5 cricut cartridges. I compiled a list to make them the Design Team's top 5 and here they are #1 is Create a Critter and then Elegant Edges, Art Philosophy, Simply Charmed and George and Basic Shapes. The next ones were the Paper Doll Dress Up and Everyday Paper Dolls. With so many cartridges out there you never know which ones to buy. Well these top ones would probably be great ones to have, especially if you are just starting out and can't afford many. I hope you have enjoyed getting to know the design team. Don't forget to join us tomorrow for a very special Challenge Me Monday with a Cricut Crawl. Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy Crafting,

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Scrappin' Saturday - National Tooth Fairy Day

Happy Scrappin’ Saturday!!  We all have memories of losing a tooth.  The excitement that you had waking up to see that the Tooth Fairy had visited to pick up the newly lost tooth and making a deposit in exchange for the tooth. 

#125 – National Tooth Fairy Day  - Make a project using a Tooth, Tooth Fairy or Smile. If you haven't submitted a project for the challenge yet, there is still time.  
over at Quick Chick Design made this adorble First Tooth layout for her little guy.  I love the tooths, and the fact that she used glossy accents to make it shiny!  The toothbrush also has flower soft on the bristles, which makes it look very life like!  If you haven't visited Missy's blog....you should go over, check out her fantastic projects and leave her a comment letting her know how you made your way over to her blog.

We want to see your projects using a tooth, tooth fairy or smile...
.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! 

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