Got your goat?
I frequently take "the old highway" into town. I enjoy this route, officially named Yellowstone Highway, due to the fact that there is such a menagerie of life to behold along the way. Llamas, peacocks, bison, goats, horses, cows, chickens and several emus are a regular part of the scenery. I get a kick out of the emu part. Traveling this route is similar to cruising by a large petting zoo.
My north yard has a modest well trimmed appearance with many beautiful annual and perennial flowers, a few shrubs, and a tree. Farmer Brown's pasture runs alongside my south yard. This south yard is overgrown with what I'll refer to as "wild voluntary vegetation". Aside from a garden spot in the far corner, this yard has become overgrown and overwhelmed because "other things" have demanded my attention lately. There really was no problem with the way this bit of earth appeared because it looked like part of the pasture next to it but the yard keeper within me was not comfortable.
To resolve this dilemma, I decided to tap into the resources of my environment and "hire help" to assist me with this overgrown task. Their names are Hansel, Gretel, and Berta. These individuals have an incredible ability to work a yard over till there is nothing left on the ground. Hansel, Gretel, and Bertha are the latest models of weed eating goats. Farmer Williams has lent them to me for a bit. He even showed me how to station the goats so they don't munch on anything I don't want "removed". As a result, I'll spend less time worrying and more time working on my next craft project. I so love neighbors with grazing farm animals! While the goats enjoy a feast outside, I and my Cricut pals will be crafting inside! Hmm. I currently feel inspired to create something with the Animal Kingdom, Pooh and Friends, Walk in My Garden, and Zoobaloo, cartridges. That's not so baaaaaad is it?
Happy Cricuting :-)
Lonna Joy Smoot- Editor, Cricut CHIRP!
SWARM WINNER -
Anywhere from three to five of us get together each month to do some scrapping. Our Cricuts have made it so much easier and much more creative. We've been playng with the Jukebox and DesignStudio, and have come up with all sorts of wonderful things!
Aside from the scrapbook pages, we have done cards, posters, wedding table toppers, teacher gifts, and I have even used my Cricut to make fabric stars to applique on a quilt.
At present, we are awaiting the arrival of Stand and Salute -- think a cruise is in our future?
PROJECT CORNER AND SPOTLIGHT
|Diane Campbell Payne
|I bought a Cricut at the end of 2007 and I have been happily crafting with it ever since. I particularly enjoy using the Design Studio software to create new images and patterns to cut. I live in the Boston area with my husband of 28 years and we have two sons - the older one lives in San Francisco and the younger one will be a junior in college. I miss them but I enjoy having more free time for my creative endeavors now that we are empty nesters! I am an active blogger and share many of the files for the designs I create through my blog capadiadesigns.blogspot.com.
Diane's Project: A Child's Year Lamp
A Child's Year
|I have so much fun designing and making all sorts of projects with my Cricut Expression. I usually use Design Studio to create new designs but this project was done by just pushing the buttons on the machine! I cut figures from the new "A Child's Year" cartridge in white vinyl and adhered them to the inside of an ordinary lampshade. When the lamp is turned on, the figures show through for a beautiful effect. To "kiss cut" the vinyl (cutting the vinyl but not the backing paper) I set my machine at medium speed, medium pressure and blade depth 4. Be sure to "flip" the images if you want them to appear as they are shown in the booklet when they are adhered to the shade.
This week's highlighted threads are:
TIPS TREASURE CHEST - Cutting Fabric
Q. Help! I'm new at this and need some tips. I was hoping to be able to cut fabric shapes to applique on my granddaughter's clothes. When I tried it, my material just bunched up, it won't stay stuck to the mat.
A. Basic guidelines are that the material (paper or otherwise) needs to be stiff and firm enough for the Cricut blade to drag through it. So a more stretchy fabric would probably not work, unless it had Wonder-Under or something to keep it in place.
CARTRIDGE EXPLORATION - Stand and Salute
Wow! The month of July is almost over. It's crazy to realize how time flies by so fast. This week I decided to have a barbeque and spent most of the time getting the backyard ready for the event, so my little Cricut was neglected for quite a few days. By the time I was able to play with it, I once again felt the excitement of pressing the Cut button and watching the blade cut out my design. Oh the simple joys of life! What would my life be like without my little Cricut? For the past month I have been exploring the cartridge Stand and Salute
because it fits with this month. It is full of patriotic images and phrases; the creative features are: Note Card, Dog Tag, Frame, Border, Shadow, and Blackout.
The only features left to cover are the Border, Shadow, and Blackout. To review the Shadow and Blackout features: these features are designed for a layering effect. If you want to make an image or word pop you can use either of these features to make your layout standout. The Shadow feature fits the image design fairly well, while the Blackout is your sold shape or image. Either feature adds a nice touch to your project. You can also use these images on their own as a unique creation for any project.
The Border feature is self explanatory; yes, any of these images will create a border for your scrapbook page or project. You could even use this feature with vinyl and put a border on the top of your child's wall to add something different to the room. Some of the phrases in this feature are not available to make into borders, so if you are pressing button on your Cricut with this feature and nothing works, pull out your handbook to see if that image is possible. One of my favorite sayings: "USA" with this feature would make a great t-shirt design or scrapbook layout. The image has stars that are connected to the letters, and I really like the simplicity of the design (see pic). Another image that I really liked in this feature is the medal badge. When this image is used in this feature, I am reminded of a sheriff's badge and this border would work great for a little boy's party invitation or scrapbook page. There are so many images that I wish I had more patriotic pictures to scrapbook. Oh, well I shouldn't wish to hard for more pictures, because really I have way too many to scrapbook already.
If for some reason you have been in hiding or something, and you are unaware of a bunch of new cartridge that are out in the Cricut Family, Provo Craft has come out with a bunch of new cartridges. They are: Disney's Hannah Montana
, Nickelodeon's SpongeBob Squarepants
, Simply Sweet
, A Child's Year
, and Jubilee
. You can check them out on our message board on www.cricut.com
or at your local craft store. I will be exploring these new cartridges over the next little while to share with you what is on them. Stay tuned to next week and see what I am exploring with the Cricut.
TECH SUPPORT NOOK - Q. I'm not sure I understand how to use the Cricut Color Inks. Do you have any tips?
A. Here are some basic guidelines on how to draw with your Cricut machine:
1. Load marker into the black arms (right where you would usually place the green blade assembly).
2. Load paper. It is important that paper is lined up with the top right corner of the mat, and be sure you start your drawing there if you intend to cut the image out later.
3. Choose and draw the image(s) with the markers by pressing CUT. (Just as an added reference: type out the entire phrase all at once instead of drawing individual letters.)
4. Once your Cricut is done drawing the image, switch out the marker for the blade assembly (without unloading your paper or turning off the machine).
5. Now press the Load Paper button. This will take you back to the beginning of the paper where you first started drawing.
6. Press the Repeat Last button. It will enter in the same characters that you have just drawn.
7. Press the CUT button. It will cut out the image directly over the color outline.
After this process you will have a cut with a colorful outline! Hopefully this will clear up most of the confusion with the markers, but if you ever have any other questions on how to use them please contact us. You can reach us by emailing email@example.com or you can give us a call toll free at 1-877-727-4288.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
|"Then followed that beautiful season... Summer....
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood."
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow