Q. Has anyone tried using the Cricut expression for cutting gumpaste & fondant to decorate cakes?
A Wonderful Time
Well, the autumnal equinox has come and gone. Folks in the northern hemisphere are pulling sweaters out of their closets while those in the southern hemisphere are shedding their coats and preparing for some fun in the sun. Where 'ere you may be, my advice is this...enjoy it!
There are so very many things to celebrated in Autumn. To name a few we could say: Football, Octoberfest, Halloween, All Saints Day, Thanksgiving...oh, and let us not forget, the release of Gypsy! What a wonderful time of year!
The autumn mumms are blossoming again and local farmers will soon be selling crisp juicy apples by the bushel. Random leaves on trees around town have started changing and will soon be completely engulfed in warm hues of gold, and red. I've always loved the colors of autumn and feel inspired to cook up some crafty creations of my own. Of course, what would an autumn craft be without layers? I and my Cricut will be sure to apply an array of layers and textures here and there and everywhere.
Happy Cricuting :-)
Lonna Joy Smoot- Editor, Cricut CHIRP!
Gypsy is soon to arrive at Michaels!
Don't miss Gypsy demostrations at Costco!
Costco #346 Castleton, IN: 6110 East 86th Street, Castleton, IN 46250
Dates of show: 9/25-10/4
Costco #388 Oak Brook, IL: 1901 W. 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL 60523
Dates of show: 10/9-10/18
Costco #628 Grafton, WI: 950 Port Washington Road, Grafton, WI 53024
Dates of show: 10/23-11/1
Costco #370 Merrillville, IN: 1310 E. 79th Avenue, Merrillville, IN 46410
Dates of show: 10/23-11/1
Costco #371 Bloomingdale, IL: 505 W. Army Trail Road, Bloomingdale, IL 60108
Dates of show: 11/6-11/15
There will also be some great deals on cartridges, so be sure to pick some up while you're there!
PROJECT CORNER AND SPOTLIGHT
| Michelle Marion
|Stay at home mom to 2 girls, Lindsay and Lydia. Linds just started Kindergarten and I am enjoying a little extra time to create on my Cricuts.
Michelle's Project: Spooky Shirt
George and Basic Shapes, Paper Doll Dress Up
|Select the Witch's Shoes from PDDU at 3 inches Real Dial Size. Iron your fabric choice onto Wonder Under and then place fabric onto mat. Cut your shoes. Then cut out your spider at 2.5 inches Real Dial Size. For the legs, cut out fabric squares ironed on Wonder Under on George at 1.5 inches. Free cut out bottom of witch's dress on wonder under and fabric. Place items on your T-shirt and iron on. Stitch around each piece with a zig zag stitch. Add extra bits, like button eyes and cross-stitched mouth for your spider!
This week's highlighted threads are:
TIPS TREASURE CHEST - Sweet Treats
A. So glad you asked. The answer is yes! Check out some of the terrific chat on the message board regarding this very subject. Simply click here to learn more about Cricut cake decorations, cookie decorating, and anything you can bake and then decorate with the Cricut.
CARTRIDGE EXPLORATION - Designer's Calendar
This last week I spent some time training a friend on the Cricut and all the fun things you can do with it, and I finally got my hands on the Designer's Calendar
cartridge. This is a very cleverly created cartridge; you can now create your own calendars. The creative features that are included with this cartridge are: Script, Script Shadow, Boxed, Rounded, Shadow, and Events. You get the full set of calendar titles, an alphabet, and numbers plus a whole bunch of images, shapes, and words.
I think this Designer's Calendar cartridge would make a great job cleaning chart, or you can cut some of the images out of vinyl and make home decorations (thus involving the kids so they are having fun as well). The Boxed creative feature takes all of the original words and images and places a box around them. The Rounded feature is the same concept; all the original words and images have a circle or oval around them. The Events creative feature gives you all the phrases you could ever want for calendar making: "New Years Day", "Black History Month", "Groundhog Day", "Presidents Day", "Chinese New year", "St. Patrick's Day", "Mardi Gras", "Easter", "Passover", "Earth Day", "Mom?s Day", "Memorial Day", and "Columbus Day" to give you a sample of what comes in this cartridge.
I love that you get all sorts of phrases that have to do with clubs, trips, vacations, birthdays, sleepovers, and meetings. This means that you can create your very own calendar that fits your schedule and events. I think I am going to make one that lists all my dogs' birthdays. I am on my third year breeding dogs and I have sold a few of my puppies to family members. If I miss their (the dogs) birthdays then I feel like the worst grandma ever. Yes, I know they are just dogs, but it really gets to me (hahaha).
To state the obvious the Script Shadow and Shadow features are complements to the regular images and the Script feature. These features can be used individually or as a background. The images have a little more solid area and they are slightly wider letters. If you are making a presentation or a bulletin board creating the shadow features are great because the words or phrases stand out really easy.
A tip for any of you that are new to the Cricut world: when you first look at the overlay, you will note the images that are black and then the images that are gray up in the right hand corner. This means if you want one of the images that is in gray you will need to press the Shift key to access that image or phrase.
Don't forget to upload your creations on the www.cricut.com
website on the community message board for all the rest of the Cricut fans to see. Happy Cricuting!
TECH SUPPORT NOOK - Q. How do the markers work?
Here are some basic guidelines on how to draw with the Cricut Color Inks
and 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!
QUOTE OF THE DAY
|"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."
~ Albert Camus