I stayed up late quite a bit last week gazing at the beautiful night sky and the marvelous shooting stars from the Perseid Meteor Shower. Several family members viewed the celestial spectacle as well. Thanks to clear skies and good weather, we were able to enjoy the same heavenly show together even though we were several states apart.
As children we frequently watched the stars. On summer evenings after play was done, we spread our blankets around the lawn to do some star gazing. We shared stories and jokes and did our fair share of laughing and giggling. For me, the stars have always been associated with laughter, happiness, and belonging. A sky full of them is the perfect way to complete a great day, or in the case of last week, to commence a new day. Our childhood giggling and gazing became a sort of silly sibling tradition and a time when we could set our rivalries aside and just bond.
One certainly shouldn't wait to gather with family and pals but once a year. A sky full of stars is beautiful but not the only prerequisite for starting a tradition of gathering to share ideas, tell stories, jokes, and giggle. Crafting parties and Cricut Swarms provide the perfect sort of environment to do just that! Swarms, with family, friends, and your always amiable Cricut bugs, are a productive and relaxed environment for sharing your creative ideas and Cricut expertise with each other. Craft some spectacular shooting stars of your own with Cricut. Hmm. I wonder if you could catch your own falling star and put it in your pocket.
Happy Cricuting :-)
Lonna Joy Smoot- Editor, Cricut CHIRP!
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Cricut is now available at HomeDepot.com!
An exclusive home decor bundle including the new Cricut Picturesque cartridge can only be purchased by going online. This exclusive bundle also includes a home decor starter kit with a Cricut vinyl, Cricut stencil material and Cricut transfer tape! You'll also find plenty of home decor supplies and cartridges with great home decor art.
On August 20, 2009 Cricut will be the Today's Special product on HSN!
HSN will be offering an amazing bundle and exciting new cartridges. The HSN airings will be first time first time anywhere that Everyday Paper Dolls, Sweethearts, Winter Wonderland and From My Kitchen will be available from a retailer.
Be sure to watch starting at midnight Thursday, August 20th. Subsequent airings at 1am, 8am, Noon, 1pm, 6pm, 10pm, and 11pm. All times are Eastern.
PROJECT CORNER AND SPOTLIGHT
|Name: Sandi Kelly
|I am so blessed to be retired and doing what makes my heart sing. Color and paper are my passions. I also am an avid reader and occassionally have been known to cook a gourmet meal. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we are care givers to 3 adopted (shelter cats) one of them has only 3 legs and believe it or not she RULES the roost.
Sandi's Project: Man in the Moon
Calligraphy Collection, Disney's Dreams Come True, Stand and Salute, Storybook
|Cut your star from a heavy cardstock 80# or higher, 10.5" in blackout from Stand and Salute icon pg 32, score each arm with a stylus and ruler or score it board. Attach an eyelet in the top arm and both bottom arms. Cut moon and clouds from Dreams Come True, 3.5", icon page 71, I used copic markers and airbrush but it can be pieced nicely with colored cardstock. To make eyes sparkle glaze with Diamond Glaze. For the word plate, cut icon from pg. 69 at width: 9.966 and height: 3.42 in black out, again, use a heavy cardstock. Measure for hole position from star and insert 2 eyelets at the top. The font used was from Calligraphy Collection - Inspiration, 2" shadow, adhere to the word plate. For the stars I used the tiny stars from a Martha Stewart punch. Add misc. ribbon as you see fit.
This week's highlighted threads are:
TIPS TREASURE CHEST - Good Things to Remember When Using The Cricut Message Board
We ask that each of you take a moment to review the Cricut.com message board rules. Familiarize yourself with them so that we can each do our part in making the Message Board an enjoyable place to visit and share creative Cricut ideas. Please click here
to review message board rules. There are several that have raised questions regarding these rules and what they mean. Here are a few clarifications to list with that.
Clarification #1: Your personal business cannot be advertised through the Cricut.com message board. It should not be listed in your posts/signature, suggested in posts, etc.
Clarification #2: You cannot use the Cricut.com message board to ask for donations of money, products (new or used), cards, scrapbook pages, etc. for yourself, friends, family, and/or charity.
Clarification #3: Raffles, home party sales, and contests are not allowed in any form.
Clarification #4: Listing your personal products for sale is prohibited.
Clarification #5: Discussion regarding misappropriation of Provo Craft intellectual property and/or licensed properties is a violation and will be removed.
Please take a moment this weekend to review your current posts and threads to make sure that they are in compliance with the Message Board Rules.
- Lori, Administrator
CARTRIDGE EXPLORATION - Disney's Hannah Montana Cartridge
Today I decided to explore the Disney's Hannah Montana Cartridge
cartridge. When I first looked at this cartridge I thought, "What could I possible ever use this cartridge for with my scrapbooking life?" Then I did my ritual, and flipped through the handbook and discovered a varity of images that I really liked and would personally use. I will use some of these images with my new Yudu machine that just came out from Provo Craft. I can?t wait to put the guitar and butterfly on a t-shirt or even a card. I think most of these images would be fun to put on a party invitations or birthday cards.
This cartridge comes with a full alphabet both upper and lower case letters, besides numbers and some symbols as well. The creative features that are included are: Pop Princess, Daddy's Girl, Music, Rock Star, Shadow, and Daddy's Girl Shadow. This means that you can shadow two different alphabet styles as well as have additional four different font styles. The Music style places the letters on music cords, and the Rock Star font has a star placed somewhere on the letter. The Pop Princess font has an extra design, Celtic cross placed somewhere on the letter as well. The images that come on this cartridge are: "Hannah Montana" phrase, "Rock Sensation", "Daddy's Girl", "Girls", "Pop Star", "Star", "Princess", "Glitter Shine", "My Music My Way", an image of Hannah herself, a rose, diamond, lips, microphone, flower, star, pegasus, shooting star, heart, musical notes (treble clef, whole note, 16th note, etc), swirl frame plus 4 additional frame styles, butterflies (four different styles), and a butterfly with a guitar. Other images are a swirly guitar plus 4 other different styles, birds, and a guitar with wings.
ScrappinForMyFamily from the Cricut message board, created a great layout using this cartridge (see picture). If you are interested in getting the cut file you can visit her blog at www.scrappincricut.blogspot.com
for instruction on creating this layout.
from the Cricut message board cut images from this cartridge out of vinyl for her daughter's wall. They are so cute. To see her thread on the message board click here
To see other idea of what you can do with this cartridge please check out the website www.cricut.com. Check back next week as I continue to explore the many wonderful cartridges of the Cricut family.
TECH SUPPORT NOOK - Q. I can't get a character to cut out with one of the features selected.
A. Phrases and/or shifted shapes don't always work with all of the creative features. Refer to the cartridge handbook for which features work with which phrases.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
|"As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives."
~ Henry David Thoreau
|"All the arts we practice are apprenticeship. The big art is our life."
~ M.C. Richards