Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Cricut Craft Room: Exporting & Importing Files

Since my Gypsy is in the shop for repairs I have been working a lot in the Cricut Craft Room and find that I enjoy it a lot.  It is much easier then Design Studio but it does take some practice to maneuver around easily.
Since a few of you did ask for the Cut file for the project I posted yesterday I thought I would also share a link to the Provo Craft video on how to import a file.
I hope to be able to provide cut files for some future projects which should make giving you exact measurements much easier. Post any questions, issues, suggestions you have on the Cricut Craft Room and we will see if we can't help each other out using this FREE new tool. 
 Besides you got to love the .CCR extension on the files....wonder where Provo Craft got the inspiration for such a great name??Cricut Craft Room-hum???????
The WINNER chosen at random for the Valentine Cards for Kids Challenge is #24
Cute, cute card...love the bright colors...a lucky little one will too! 

My fave Valentine's memory is how happy my kids are to receive their own little box of chocolates every year! :-)
~Sharon C. 
 Please use the Contact Me Form to send me your snail mail.

Monday, January 30, 2012

FCCB Challenge #96:3x3 Valentiny Challenge

Welcome to another project listing for the {Fatabulous Cricut Challenge Blog}
This week's challenge is called Valentiny (create a 3x3 Valentine Card).
A few of us were lucky enough to work with some of Miss Emma's (of My Creative Time ) wonderful stamp sets.
I used her 100% Sweetness Set.....Love It!!!!!
I created a Valentine Card/Picture frame with card stock and acetate (transparency material).  
I created this project in the Cricut Craft Room and will happily email the cut file to any one that would like to give it a try.  
Just leave me a comment with your email address and I will send it to you.
Here are the other supplies I used along with more pictures.
I started with my Martha Stewart Seasonal Cake cartridge to cut the front square with a heart shaped opening and then I cut a heart shaped frame from some WeR patterned paper.
I also cut a square from white cardstock and used the 100% stamp set to stamp XOXO in 3 coordinating colorbox ink colors. The flowers are from Iamroses...they were white and I used my own homemade glimmer mists to color.
I scored & folded my front piece at 1/4 " and 1/2" from each side to create the pop out frame. 
I then cut a piece of transparency material  to cover the front opening and used my StazOn fuschsia pink ink pad to stamp the adorable cupid from the stamp set.  
I used my ATG gun to adhere the clear sheet to the inside of the heart opening.  I glued the white stamped square to the back piece of the card and adhere the entire piece together.
I then cut a 3 x3 1/2" piece of  pink cardstock and used my MS heart border punch along just the top edge
I used the tiny hugs & kisses stamps from the same My Creative Time stamp set to stamp the border.
I then added black & white gel pen details. 
To make sure the pink card with sentiment on the back doesn't slip down past the card I used a scrap piece of cardstock to create a tab to keep the bottom closed.
To help the entire thing stamp up like a picture frame I used another scrap of  hot pink cardstock measuring 1/2" x 1 1/2" to create a triangle stand that I glued to the back.
When the pink card with the sentiment on the back is pulled out the base of the card can be used as a Valentiny Picture Frame.
I decorated the front with some glimmer misted roses to match the paper & some twine and a tiny button.
Here is one last look at the finished piece.
I had so much fun working with the 100% Sweetness Stamp Set from My Creative Time.  Be sure and Click on Emma's blog name if you want to check out her site and all of  her wonderful stamps sets.
I have already started making more Valentine projects with this set that I hope to share soon.
Be sure and try a 3x3 Valentiny Card and share it with us over at the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog.
I will also be entering this project in the Peachy Keen Challenge Blog
this week they have a photo inspiration challenge and I used the colors from the picture to inspire this project.
Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Bow Maker

 My sweet hubby surprised me the other day with another one of his wood projects and I can't wait to share the details with all of you.  He has been watching me make a bunch of cards lately and noticed that I was often frustrated when making my bows.
He did a little research and went right to work making this wonderful new tool for me.
Watch the video and let me know what you think.
I will be selling these Bow Maker on my site for $8.00 

This includes: 
The Bow Maker Block with two pegs
A carrying/storage case in blue, black or green
1 yard of ribbon to get you started.
Here is a video demonstrating how to use this tool.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Funsense: Free Stuff

So this week's FUNSENSE is an awesome un-advertised giveaway by Crafter's Companion.
What is more FUN then FREE stuff!!!
You can be entered into a drawing for $100 gift certificate for anything on the Crafter's Companion website.
1) Just become a Crafter's Companion blog follower http://crafterscompanion.blogspot.com/ and
2) email YOUR NAME AND DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS NAME THAT TOLD ME ABOUT THIS OFFER (Steph) to bindy@crafterscompanion.com (don't forget to tell them Cathie sent you)
- that's it … I know I could think of LOTS of things I could get on their website for $100
Contest starts today and ends on Feb 29th… don't forget to send that email to be eligible.
I hope a Creative Cutter Follower gets to claim the prize,

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Cricut Cartridge Review:Sophisticated-Pt2

I am not the best video editor and it took a bit of wrangling to get the rest of Episode 1 ready to load.  
Thank you for your patience.  
I hope you find the segment helpful and I promise to try and improve my video skills.
I realize the length is an issue for some....feel free to fast forward to just the project if the project instructions are what you are most interested in.  I will try to put tips and techniques into this segment and hopefully I can eventually turn this into Ustream episodes so that those that wish to ask questions as I go through a cartridge can do so. 
For now I will continue to work on my editing and computer posting skills.
Here is the video:

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Momenta D-Lite Design Team

Exciting News!!!
I have been asked to be part of the Momenta D-Lite Design Team
This group of ladies will promote the Momenta Brand by using products from their website & blog and let others know what we think.  I am so excited that my feedback will help Momenta provide a high quality item that all of us will enjoy using to create some wonderful projects.
I already have some fun projects I can't wait to share but for now I have an awesome opportunity for all of my followers to get some of the Momenta product for free.
Read below:
Currently Momenta has a promotion going on allowing you to try the
 Design Your Own Stickers for FREE! 
All you have to do is send an email with your postal address to social@mymomenta.com and you will receive a random pack of stickers!
This is open to US and Canada residents.
If you aren't familiar with our DYO Stickers, you can see a video here:http://www.mymomenta.com/how.php
Please feel free to share this information and link with all your friends!
I can't wait to show you some great Momenta Projects!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Cards for Kids Valentine's Day Blog Hop


Hi, everyone! Welcome to the Cards for Kids Valentines Day Blog! If you have come from Brandy's site, you're in the right place. If you're just joining us, please go to Faith Abigail's blog at http://www.faithabigaildesigns.com/ and start at the beginning.

Valentine's Day is the perfect time to show someone how much you love them. 
So this year, let's send a little love to those that need it most!
Each of us have created a Valentine's Day card for a sick child and we're asking you to do the same! Simply, create a Valentine's Day card and link it up to Faith Abigail's blog, then mail your card to her:

Faith Abigail
10621 Fuller Ridge Circle
Charlotte, NC 28270

On February 10th, all of the card's will be collected and donated to a local children's hospital. Please include a small message inside your card. Envelopes are not necessary.

Now, what would a blog hop be without prizes! We have some amazing prizes donated by some very talented and generous women and lots of ways to win!
Krystal Andrew @ http://www.gettingcricky.com/ has donated one of beautiful Valentine Stamps sets!

Nicole @ http://thetwinery.com/ has donated The Ultimate Color Sampler Pack featuring fourteen gorgeous colors of twine!

Monique @ http://monkeydoodlecricut.blogspot.com/ has generously donated FIVE of her fantastic Cricut Kits: The Simple Life, Toy Story, The Stampede,  Mom and Me, and Catch a Wave.

All winners will be chosen by random.org. See Faith Abigail Designs @ http://www.faithabigaildesigns.com/ to see what you need to do to win

I have a chance for my Followers to win a great prize as well.
I will give one lucky winner this Provo Craft Cricut Tool Kit.
To win my Candy:
Be a Follower
Leave a comment below sharing your favorite Valentine Memory.
Check back January 28th to see who won 
Here are some more pictures of my Card
I used the Kate's ABC's Cartridge size 3.25 inches and my computer for the sentiment.
The perfectly tied bow was done with my husband's newest project a bow maker.
I will be posting a video showing how to use it on Saturday.....so be sure and come back and check it out!
Here is the inside of the card. 
Thank you for checking out my Cards for Kids Valentine's Day card! Please continue along to the next blog and check out all of the wonderful projects that our designers have created!
Here is the Blog Hop Order so you don't get Lost:
Cathie @ http://www.creativecutterroom.com/  YOU ARE HERE
Charlotte @ http://alittlebitofdetail.blogspot.com/ Go here next
Suzanne @ http://cricutcraftingrammy.blogspot.com/
Have Fun Hopping!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Sketchy Mondays: Valentine Card

So Here is my Card based on the Sketch below.  
I thought I would make a stamped card this time(no cricut so for me that's non-traditional!)
I loved this Sketch and the WeR Cupid Clear Stamp and Echo Park paper.
Soooooo much fun to work with.....the colors give it a classy/sassy look I think.
Here is a close up.

Hope you like it and are tempted to give Sketches a try.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Cricut Cartridge Review:Sophisticated

Cricut Cartridge Review is Back!
I have finally gotten it together ladies and will be doing my monthly Cricut Cartridge Review.
This will be a 3 part segment of videos--highlighting one Cricut Cartridge.  
These will generally be over 10 minute videos so be prepared( fast forwarding is allowed)
These should run on consecutive weeks so I hope you will get involved by asking questions or making suggestions....we can all use inspiration from time to time!
I am happy to take requests but for this first one I wanted to spotlight one of my new favorites.
Segment #1
Review Handbook and Rate Cartridge
Complete the cuts for an image/or complete a project with cartridge art
Offer tips or recommendations for Cartridge use.
Segment #2
Complete a greeting card using cartridge
Showcase a Creative Feature button
Tips or Technique featured
Segment #3
Complete a larger project with cartridge: Gift Idea or Home Decor
Answer any questions from prior segments about the cartridge
Offer suggestions for other possible projects.

For those that do now want to watch the videos I will post pictures of the projects created but will only put instructions and sizes in the video.
Here is the first project:
A love glass full of gummy hearts. 

Holding the Key to My Heart!
Hope you enjoy these segments and videos!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Welcome the new CCR Design Team!

It is finally Time!!
We are so happy to announce our new Creative Cutter Room Design Team! 
We will have two teams this year Team 1 from Feb till Aug and Team 2 from Aug till Feb!  
We hope you are as excited as we are to start our challenges! Be sure to visit our new members and come back to join in as we launch our first challenge on February 9!

Design Team Coordinator:
Carri: http://www.doubleclickconnections.blogspot.com/
 Carri's Bio:
I am super excited to being staying on as Design Team Coordinator for the CCR! I am also a design team member for Docerela Creations. When I am not being crafty or blog hopping around I can be found hiking, biking, and enjoying Life with my Husband and two Daughters.

Design Team 1:
Georgiana http://carsonscricutcreations.blogspot.com/

Georgiana's Bio
My name is Georgiana and I have been married for 18 years to my high school sweetheart. We have two children, a 17 year old and a 13 year old,  and two dogs. I am a 5th grade teacher with 13 years of experience even though my degree is in Social Work. I LOVE to make cards, but have dabbled in various crafts (ceramics, chocolate, silk flowers) over the years thanks to my grandmother. I like to layer paper and use lots of different types of embellishments...buttons, brads, ribbon, florals, and gems are just a few. Being able to craft and share with others has become an extremely satisfying hobby (addiction).

I am super excited that I have been given the opportunity to serve on Creative Cutter Room's Design Team.

Georgiana's Entry

Amy: http://lv2scrapandfibrofacts.blogspot.com/
 Amy's Bio:
My friends all call me Amy Jo.  I'm 32 years old, married to the most wonderful man and we have three dogs.  I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia about four years ago while I had two jobs and was attending school for Fashion Design.  I ended up having to drastically change my life, quit all of my jobs and school and was basically bed-ridden for most of the first year.  I knew I had to do something to make my life more meaningful and that is what led me to papercrafting.  I found I have a knack for it and my friends and family started wanting to buy my cards so I went full force and never looked back!  It has been the most fulfilling venture I have ever taken in my life.  I am so excited to be on the Design Team for CCR!  I also belong to Paper Piecings by Nikki and am the coordinator for Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog (FCCB).  I look forward to creating with you!

Amy's Entry:

Elaine http://www.expressionsbyelaine.blogspot.com/
Elaine's Bio
I am married and have 2 sons ages 23 & 25. I have been crafting on and off for over 30 years. I got my Cricut & Gypsy in Nov. 2010 and before that I had never heard or seen a cricut before. I have been having so much fun with it. Then in Nov. 2011 I found the Imagine on sale from the black Friday deal that was left over and I jumped on it. (I love my Imagine!)  I enjoy making cards and want to move on to layouts which is what I had planned on doing when I first got my Cricut.

Elaine's Entry:

Jessica: http://www.craftinandstampin.blogspot.com/

Jessica's Bio:
My name is Jessica Wilson. I am a 32 year old wife to Brandon Sr and a mommy to Brandon Jr. Brandon Jr is 6 years old and the light of my life! He is so incredibly smart and so amazingly awesome (sorry, I'm a proud mommy)! He makes me laugh every day, and he is the reason I wake up in the morning! My hubby is my best friend and soul mate! If a am not crafting and working my full time job as an Assistant Bank Manager (or my part time business venture, JCC Event Planning), then I am spending every other moment with them! I also enjoy being around my extended family, reading a good love story, going to the movies to laugh hard, and now playing tennis with my hubby and brother in law!

Jessica's Entry:

Tonya: http://ittybittyladybugs.blogspot.com/

Tonya's Bio:
I'm a stay-at-home mom with two wonderful children, three and one. I have an incredibly supportive husband who has agreed to give me one day a month to craft without interruption. I do most of my crafting during nap time. I have been paper crafting in one form or another on and off for about 10 years. I started seriously scrapbooking about a year ago. I love whimsy and fantasy in my projects and creating a scene.

Tonya's Entry:

Design Team 2
Diana http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com/ 
Diana's Bio:
I am married to my wonderful Husband, Who is also my best friend and greatest support.   We live on the Central Coast in CA. I am an exhibiting Artist, the mediums I use are watercolor, acrylic, and sometimes I get crazy and use mixed media.  I serve on the board of Directors of our local Art League; we are a non-profit organization, and a vital part of our art community.  I have always loved art, and as a child, this is what I wanted to do.  I'm very thankful for everyday, and I look at each day as an opportunity to create, share, and show kindness.  On Jan 1, 2011, I started my blog DL.ART and it has opened a whole new direction of art for me, my medium has included the use paper and glue a lot. We will see what 2012 has to offer. 

Diana's Entry:

Brenda http://roseblossomlegacies.blogspot.com/

Brenda's Bio:
I am a wife, mother, pet owner, and a full-time paper crafter!  I am so blessed to be doing what I love every day and sharing the things that I learn through teaching and my blog.  It is so much fun to create.  I have Cricut classes in my home once per month teaching people the ins and outs of their Cricut machine.  I have the Cricut Expressions, and I would say my specialty is creating 3-D items.  Whether it is a page, card, or home decor/gift item, I love showing how flat die-cuts can some alive!

Brenda's Entry:

Beckie http://justbcreativecrazy.blogspot.com/
Beckie's Bio:
I’m Beckie. I super love making stuff. I’m new to blogging and paper crafting. However, I have done crafty things off and on my whole life. It started with doodling up notes to friends that we passed in the hall at school, to making shirts with glue and foil paper, to sewing and cake decorating. I believe paper crafting has to be my all-time favorite.
As for me personally, I am very outgoing and talkative. I am very much a people person and have really taken to this blogging thing. Love it. I'm married to a great guy and have one lil princess.
I simply love crafting and blogging. 
Beckie's Entry:

Tracy: http://www.owlbecraftin.blogspot.com/

Tracy's Bio:
I am a 21 year old college student that has been crafting since I was little.  It is a passion for me and I would craft all day if I had the time!  I love to learn about new techniques and products and participate in challenges. I love to use my Cricut to create many different projects.  I also love to show off my creations to others to inspire them.   I also love  challenges because they allow me to think outside of the box and create something I may not have otherwise made.

Tracy's Entry:

Please help welcome these wonderfully talented ladies by stopping by their sites.  
Wait till you see all of the Crafty Fun they have in store this coming year!!