Games, games, games.
Well folks, we are down to the last few weeks of school
before the summer break begins and for some we are counting
down till the big graduation day. If I could make a suggestion
to those of you involved in graduation exercises this
year, it would simply be this. Document, document, document!
By this I mean take pictures of the entire event before
and after the graduation ceremony. Capture every special
moment. You'll never be sorry you took to many pictures,
especially now that practically everything is digital,
and you'll have preserved many memories to scrap about.
Get creative with your Cricut and think out of the box.
Make some ceremonial hats of your own and graduate from
the ordinary to the extraordinary.
Lonna Joy Smoot- Editor, Cricut CHIRP!
|The FTB Swarmers
met and had our first official 1st SWARM on March
15th, 2008. Although, we consider ourselves as beginners
we have 4 Cricuts and 2 Cuttlebugs between us. We
try to meet at least once each month for a session
in creative therapy. Each time we get together each
member brings 1 or 2 projects they have created along
with the supplies for each member to make one like
a swap. At the end of each SWARM we take home 6-10
completed projects. We used the Tag, Bags, Boxes
and More cart to make little bags and decorated each
with the Paper Pups. We also made Little Mermaid
and Minnie Mouse birthday cards using Mickey & Friends
and a baby shower card using the New Arrivals.
Pictured from left to right: Mandy Winchester, Christine
Levesque, Lea Meixner, Shelly Clark, Riley Meixner,
and Laura Cervantes
PROJECT CORNER AND SPOTLIGHT
Mary Jean LeClair
Hi! I have been a scrapbooker for years and have
recently gotten more into cards and altering projects.
What has brought about this new passion? My CRICUT
and all you great enabling ladies of the message
board! My hubby and friends tell me that is all I
talk and think about anymore! I made this tic tac
toe board for a friends little girl but I can easily
see it being for a easter basket also! The great
thing about this project that with all the different
cartridges available we can chose any theme we want....birthday,
christmas, boy, girl...you name it the sky is the
Mary's Project: Tic-Tac-Toe
George and Basic Shapes?
First I took a 9 1/4 in board, and?I painted it off
white. Cut the paper of your choice into a 9 inch
square. For the x's and o's?and the?2 inch squares
for the gameboard, I used the George and Basic Shapes
cartridge.?Each marker is 6 layers of paper.?
Next take, two 1 1/4 inch pattern pieces,?two plain
papers at 1 1/2 inch, and?two plain papers at 1 1/2
shadow. I glued the?two shadows together. On each
side glued a 1 1/2 inch piece, and then a 1 1/4 each
piece. This gave me e a sturdy piece for little fingers...and
it didnt matter which side was up!
This week's highlighted threads are:
TIPS TREASURE CHEST -
This week?s Tip is sort of an ?un-Tip?. It?s actually encouraging
you NOT to do something - and that is to be careful with
leaving anything on the cutting mat for too long. Any
paper or cardstock left on the mat for even a day or
two will become MORE stuck. It?s still possible to remove,
of course, but it gets pretty sticky and could result
in tears or damage to the paper when removed. It?s always
recommended that you clean the mat off and replace the
clear protective sheet when not in use.
CARTRIDGE EXPLORATION - Soccer
Is it time to write another exploration? Where has the
time flown by this week? What with gardening, spring cleaning,
and playing with my little Cricut bug (Eddie), the end
of the week has creeped up on me. This week I continued
to play with my special project and also explored the Soccer
Solutions Cartridge. I was so excited to explore the Soccer
cartridge because I have some nephews that love soccer
and now I can finally scrapbook their pictures. Yes, I
am one of those aunts that love to go watch their nieces
and nephews play sports and I also love to yell for them
during the games. This cartridge is perfect for any soccer
situation except shin guards...somewhere the shin guards
were forgotten in the planning of this cartridge. Besides
that, this cartridge has pretty much everything else that
you could want to decorate your soccer pictures.
Some of the images that you get with this cartridge are:
three different types of soccer balls, grass, bench, flag,
sun, cleats, whistle, two different types of shirts, shorts,
gloves, stop watch, and soccer goal. There are also a varity
of images of Soccer kids in action, playing different positions
with a Soccer ball. When you cut the action images you
want to plan on using the Shadow or Blackout features.
The action images are actually an outline or layer of the
child playing with the soccer ball it's hard to recognize
what the child is doing with the soccer ball without the
Shadow or Blackout image behind it.
you also get a bunch of different types of words or sayings
that go along with soccer. You have the names of most of
the positions on a soccer field, and you also get a soccer
frame. Some of the sayings that come with this cartridge
are: "nice pass," "great save," "Kick it in," and a few
others; altogether you get ten different sayings that would
compliment any soccer picture.
The two creative features that come with this cartridge
are shadow and blackout; you also get the Paper Saver and
Real Dial Size buttons. For those of you that don't know
how the Real Dial Size works, when this button is pressed
all your letters or numbers will be cut the same size,
whatever size you have selected. The Paper Saver button
will let you get the most out of your paper, when I first
got my Cricut I used the Paper Saver button all the time,
because when you use the Paper Saver button all the letters
and numbers a line to one edge. Now when I play with the
Cricut, I like to see how the word or phrase will actually
look before I use it in my scrapbook layout so I rarely
use the Paper Saver button.
In playing around with this cartridge, I've discovered
that most of the images will need to have a Blackout or
Shadow to compliment the image. Most of the images are
straight lines and need the blackout to help pull the image
together. This is a great cartridge and will complement
the Cricut collection really well, besides complementing
your collections if you have a child that plays soccer.
Not quite sure how to store the
Solution cartridges? www.cricut.com
that will hold up to 8 Solutions sets
in one box. I can't wait to get mine so that I can protect
my cartridges a little better.
Check out next week as I continue to explore the Solutions
Cartridges. See you next week!
TECH SUPPORT NOOK - Power Problems?
Q. I am trying to cut vinyl on my Cricut Expression
using the 12x24 mat and I am using DS. I changed the mat
size in the tool bar to 12x24. When I push cut, I am getting
a message that says "the mat size selected is larger than
the mat size loaded". I have the 12x24 selected and the
12x24 loaded. What am I doing wrong and how do I change
A. You will need to select 12x24 your Cricut Expression
as well so that 12x24 is selected on both the Cricut Design
Studio and the Cricut Expression. You will want to make
sure the machine setting is on 12 x 24 each time you cut
even though you have already set it up that way in the
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding
into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with
plaid comes easy."
~ Albert Einstein