With the big day approaching so soon, I can't help but think about what I want most for Christmas. Togetherness. I love getting together with my family and friends during this season. One of my favorite activities is sitting around the table with my loved ones, after eating Christmas dinner. We laugh, tell stories, and simply shoot the breeze and enjoy each others company. This is also a prime picture day indeed. Relax, relish the holidays, and don't forget to live in the moment with wrapping paper and tinsel strewn all over the place. These are times to remember. Sooo take the time to remember them. Enjoy them and preserve them in style. Your Cricut bug and you will have plenty of holiday memories with which to scrapbook all year until the next holiday season rolls around.
Sending you warmest holiday wishes for a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy, prosperous, and creative New Year!
Lonna Joy and the rest of the Cricut Team!
Our Oklahoma City SWARM is a group of awesome ladies. We enjoy getting together every couple of months to catch up on projects, visit, and have a good time. We would like to thank Provo Craft for this great SWARM opportunity.
PROJECT CORNER AND SPOTLIGHT
|HI, my name is Beatriz Jennings (Bety) I'm an Interior Designer. I am from Mexico, but I now live in the USA, with my husband and our son. I fell in love with scrapbooking when I was looking through a magazine and saw all of the beautiful things that you can do with paper. Right now I'm in love with card making and altered art. I have been scrapbooking for almost 3 years and I love to use ribbon, buttons, and flowers on most of my creations. I don't know how to describe my style, but some people say that is a little bit romantic, feminine, and even shabby. Some of my work has been published in magazines like Paper Trends, Scrapbook Trends, Cards, Paper Crafts, and of course, Scrapbook and Cards Today.|
Beatriz's Project: Gingerbread House
|1-Die cut 2 houses at 10" one from kraft cardstock and one from dotted paper, stitch together. 2-Die cut 2 more of the same houses (using the balckout feature so there is no window) from karft cardstock and striped paper stitch. 3-Cut pieces of kraft cardstock and striped paper for the sides and roof, cover the side pieces with patterned paper and stitch around the edges, die cut scallops from white paper and adhere across the roof pieces. 4-Adhere all the pieces together to assemble the house. 5-Die cut more scallops from white cardstock and adhere across the ground for snow, embellish the roof scallops with buttons and the scallops around the bottom with hearts punched from red cardstock. 6-Adhere ric rac and buttons around the front window 7-Place an embellished gingerbread man on the front. 8-Die cut candy canes from red and white cardstock, know twill around them and adhere on the left and right sides of the house. 9-Tie more twill around the chimney|
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TIPS TREASURE CHEST - Today's tip comes from message board member CelticWoman. Thanks for sharing your tip.
Q: Has anyone cut felt before....? If so, did it stick all over the mat or did they attach it to a piece of paper before they cut it....?
A: here is my 2cents on cutting felt. There is a very thin felt with pre-adhesive backing at Michaels, it is the only one I would use. Felt is very dirty, it leaves little particles everywhere, so make sure you use an old mat, after you cut make sure you take your housing out and remove the blade and make sure that no felt debris is left in the housing. Have fun. - CelticWoman
CARTRIDGE EXPLORATION - Sesame Street Friends
I finally got hold of the new Sesame Street Cartridges and I ran home and opened them as quick as I could. I was so excited to see what was in these cartridges; after I did a quick sneak peak I called my sisters to tell them all about these new cartridges. In this exploration I will explore the Sesame Street Friends
. As soon as I flipped through the handbook I fell in love once again with Sesame Street, the images took me back to my youth. The creative features that come with this cartridge are: Body/White, Layer 1/Layer 2, Layer 3/Extra, Icon, Shadow, and Blackout. Each of the images has additional layers that you will need to cut to make the image stand out. If you are not sure how to layer the images make sure that you read page 6 in the handbook so that your image will look correctly. Some tips on using the Disney cartridge is to use black cardstock for the original layer then cut the extra layers out and glue them in the correct place like a puzzle.
Some of the characters that are in this cartridge are: Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Telly Monster, Baby bear, Cookie Monster (this is my favorite character), Big Bird, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Bert, Ernie, Oscar the Grouch, Rosita, Prairie Dawn, Grover, Super Grover, Count Von Count, and Zoe. The images that also come in this cartridge are: cookie jar, cookie, doll, rubber ducky, frog king, Bernice, bear, Dorothy the fish, teddy bear, and Slimey the worm. This cartridge will be great for use in scrapbook pages and cards. I can see each of the images being used on party invitations and any type of card. The Sesame Street sign would be so cute on the front of a little boy's bedroom. There is a picture of Elmo holding a book that would be great for book marker to help encourage a young boy or girl to read a book during this holiday season. There is an image of Abby Cadabby with her hands wide open; this image would be great for a congratulations card or a "someone special" card.
Another idea that you could use these images with is to cut them out of Vinyl and place them on the walls. I can see "Big Bird" on a child's wall--I think that would be so cute. You could also decorate a lamp shade using the vinyl and a few of these images. Oh! This would be so cute.
Check out next week as I continue exploring the Sesame Street Cartridges. Happy Cricuting!
TECH SUPPORT NOOK - Q: If I have a piece of paper smaller than my mat, how do I set my paper size so that the machine knows how big the paper is?
A: This is really easier than you might think. Take your sheet of paper and place it in the BOTTOM LEFT corner of your mat. Next, load your mat into the machine so that the stretch of blank sticky mat is toward the machine, and the paper is toward you. Use the arrow keys around the CUT button to guide your blade over to the TOP RIGHT corner of your paper. Then, press SET PAPER SIZE (it's a fixed button on the right side of your keypad, right above UNLOAD PAPER). This measures the amount of square inches (or centimeters if you have your machine set metrically) between the blade, and the bottom left corner of the paper. It will read back this measurement to you on the LCD screen, and thereafter the machine will make all its calculations based on these dimensions. When you unload the paper, however, the slate is wiped clean and the machine will no longer remember the size you had set.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
|"The earth has grown old with its burden of care But at Christmas it always is young, The heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair And its soul full of music breaks the air, When the song of angels is sung." |
~ Phillips Brooks (1835-93), American Episcopal bishop,
wrote 'O Little Town of Bethlehem'