Are we there yet?
I have memories of family vacations which always began with a long journey in the old brown station wagon. My parents were wise enough to bring along games for their children to play in the car. Without these treasured distractions, the miles in between pitstops and gas stations would have dragged on forever. I recall a particular "Old Maid" card set which displayed very entertaining and animated artwork. The cards were large and every color of the rainbow seemed to be used in their production. Countless hours were spent examining the pictures and admiring the illustrations. Attempts were even made to copy these interesting pictures using a pencils, crayons, and paper. These efforts were less than perfect due to the fact that every pothole and bump in the road produced a squiggly line or an error by our unsteady little hands. As fate would have it, each card from the "Old Maid" set was lost one by one until there were none. We never found a replacement for that type of game card again.
Now that my siblings and I are grown up and have the use of the Cricut machines and cartridges, we have the opportunity to create a colorful and creative variety of jumbo card sets, inspired by the card games of our youth, with precision and ease. These cards will no doubt be a source of preserving sanity for passenger and pilot alike.
Happy Cricuting :-)
Lonna Joy Smoot- Editor, Cricut CHIRP!
PROJECT CORNER AND SPOTLIGHT
|My name is Susan Sanchez and I have been scrapbooking for almost 12 years. My sister is the one who got me hooked when she scrapbooked my wedding photos into an album as my wedding present. I am the proud mother of a 5 year old boy and a 2 year old girl. I Scrapbook whenever I can. My wonderful husband surprised me 2 years ago with a Cricut! My husband thought it would help free up more of my time from the old fashion way of "tracing and cutting". WOW - What a time saver my cricut machine is! Sundays I have friends come over and we scrapbook all day and share ideas! My cricut machine has not only given me more free time to do more scrapbooking - but I now have a fun and exciting reason for my friends and I to get together once a week to fellowship, laugh and LIVE!|
Susan's Project: Go Fish 123
New Arrival, Doodlecharms, George and Basic Shapes
|I was finding fun ways to teach my son his ABC's and 123's. I bought a Go Fish Alphabet card game which my son loves playing and learned his ABC and their sounds quickly and very easily. I searched and searched for Go Fish numbers and nothing to be found. My husband suggested me to use my Cricut machine and make a game. Isn't He Great! |
Upon making this project I only owned George and Basic Shapes, Doodlecharms, and New Arrival cartridges plus I had the 7 different color inks to replace my blade with.
1) I took white cardstock and cut 56 cards measuring 5 1/4 tall by 3 inches wide. (That's the size of the Go Fish Alphabet game cards).
2) I used Green Ink w/ George and Basic Shapes I wrote GO FISH on the backs of every card.
3) On opposite (Front) of cards I wrote a number centered at the top using George and Basic Shapes (there are other cartridges w/ better numbers this is the only one I had). I used a different color for each number then started the pattern of colors over and over again. I only did numbers 1-20, then I did only the tens - 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100. Remember to do two of each number!!!
example: Do two of the following
Blue Ink 1 8 15 40
Black Ink 2 9 16 50
Yellow 3 10 17 60
Orange 4 11 18 70
Red 5 12 19 80
Brown 6 13 20 90
Green 7 14 30 100
4) With matching color craft pens I wrote the spelling of the numbers under the number. This teaches number and word recognition.
5) For the two sets of Numbers 1-20 I picked out shapes in matching color paper and cut them out mostly using Cricut machine but five of the cards I did use craft punches (I couldn't find a design to cut small enough to fit the larger numbers) I glued the shapes on the card so if my son didn't know or remember the number he could count the shapes to figure it out. (Helps w/ counting also - Yeah!) I used images from New Arrival, Doodlecharms, and George and Basic Shapes.
6) For the two sets of numbers 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100 I did the counting by TEN method. Example on the thiry card I glued three green trees and wrote the number 10 on each tree. On the Ninety card I glued 9 leaves and wrote 10 on each leaf. Now my son also learned to count by 10's.
7) I then detailed some of the images example eyes on spiders, ducks, faces on Monkey's.
8) I then Laminated each card to protect them from usage and small hands.
9) Cut the laminted so each card is the exact size!
10) Have fun playing Go Fish 123 - or my son also like to play memory - which is best done on floor due to size of cards!
This week's highlighted threads are:
TIPS TREASURE CHEST - Sharing Ideas about Boarders
Today's terrific tip comes compliments of message board member CelticWoman. Thanks for sharing the tip Sandi!
"I love boarders on the inside of my cards, but they can be tricky and time consuming and you also run the risk of ruining the card. Well I came up with a fool proof technique. I will give you instructions for an A-2 card then you will be able to adapt to any card you are doing.
"An A-2 card is 4 1/4" X 5 1/2", so cut a rectangle that is 4" X 5 1/4", this will give you a 1/4" boarder, if you want 1/2" boarder then cut your template 3 3/4" X 5". Generously apply repositionable adhesive to the entire back. Place the template on the inside, centered of your card. Now color around the template, use a light to medium touch, bearing down on the pencils makes it harder to blend and it will also likely break your point. When you have gone completely around the card, blend with the mineral spirits and remove your template. I then stitched around the boarder and added 1 1/2" corners from Jasmine, embossed with the cuttlebug. The stamped sentiment is from the Hero Arts Calendar Stamps."
CARTRIDGE EXPLORATION -
Crafty Kimber is away this week, but she will be back next time with a great Cartridge Exploration!
TECH SUPPORT NOOK - Q: I just got the Cricut Trimmer and want to know what each blade does.
A: The black blade is the score: it makes lines on the paper to help you make clean folds and also assists in making boxes, cards, etc.
The grey blade is the cutter: it cuts your paper.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
|"Old boys have their playthings as well as young ones; the difference is only in the price." |
~ Benjamin Franklin