A Touch 'O Green
This year, Mother Nature might be getting pinched on St. Patty's Day. The first day of spring for the Northern Hemisphere is March 20. The equinox will be at 5:48 GMT. Although the snow has melted from our lawns, the surroundings still lack a good amount of a certain color...green. According to Wikipedia, notable tints and shades of the color green which occur in nature are as follows: asparagus, forest green, gray-asparagus, jungle green, moss green, myrtle, pine green, sap green, shamrock green (Irish green), and tea green. Yep, green is a wee bit sparse around these parts right now. How wonderful it would be to see this beautiful color in any shade.
There are some debates as to what qualifies as the color green. I am NOT an expert on the subject of colors but I do fancy myself an expert on the subject of silly, so I visited a website with a color chart of basic greens and this is what I found. Now, keep in mind that colors as shown on the "web" may appear different from colors in print, just in case are you worried about being bothered by annoying "people pinchers" on St Patty's.
This information will clear up any questions of "what qualifies as green?" There is no need to experience anxiety if you still have nothing green to wear. Remember, your Cricut pal can assist you in efficiently whipping up a shamrock badge or two to ward off the "green patrol".
Happy Cricuting :-)
Lonna Joy Smoot- Editor, Cricut CHIRP!
PROJECT CORNER AND SPOTLIGHT
|I have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. I officially work 1 day a week in a Christian School, but often can be found there on other days. As a Monitor, I'm responsible for craft and merit boards. I use small punches to use the scraps, or, give them to the girls who have a love of paper, trims, etc. The Cricut also has a great workout on Church Bulletin Boards. |
The first time I saw Cricut at a craft show, I became a 'Nannybug.' A year later, Expression joined me!
Doreen's Project: Flower Hat
George and Basic Shapes
|For this project, you will need the George Cartridge, many sheets of patterned paper, wire, and a straw hat. I cut 'hundreds' or so it seemed of Flower 2, all different sizes. I used scissors to curl the edges. Then I layered the flowers 3-4 to each and glued them on close together. The butterflies are the same flower using Bazzill. I rounded off the largest petal, and added small flowers to the wings. I wired some ,and tucked more in amongst the flowers.|
This week's highlighted threads are:
TIPS TREASURE CHEST - Q: Hi! Just used my Cricut for the first time today! I think that I am really going to like it. I have one question so far----Is it normal for the items that I cut to curl up after I remove them from the mat? I used cardstock today and most of everything I cut curled up slightly. ?
A: Curling is common when using a new mat. The curling will lessen as you use your mat more. To avoid curling:
- Try pulling the mat away from the paper instead of pulling the paper upward.
- Take the shapes off slowly.
- Use the tools out of the Cricut tool kit.
- Paper shapes can be uncurled by gently flattening them on a flat surface.
CARTRIDGE EXPLORATION - Calligraphy Collection
Happy Saint Patrick's Day everyone! This week I have been doing a bit of traveling demo-ing some of Provo Craft's products. It's always fun to travel and see new areas. I visited the East Coast and found everything really flat and interesting to look at. I am sure that in the spring the area is much prettier because everything is green. I found that I missed the Rocky Mountains! Everywhere I drove, I kept looking for the mountains. Without them, I don't think that I could possible live on the East coast and really enjoy myself.
This week I am wrapping up the Calligraphy Collection
cartridge. I have been exploring this cartridge over the last few weeks and discovering all the fun fonts that come with it. To review what comes on this cartridge: Gratitude, Celebrate, Matrimony, Inspiration, Shadow (regular font), and Inspiration Blackout. This cartridge comes with five different fonts, and with two of them you also get a shadow or blackout that fits them. This cartridge also comes with shapes, images, and phrases. Each week, I have covered different creative features and the extra images and phrases that you receive with that feature.
This article will cover the Celebrate creative feature. This font gives you a curve on the top of each letter. The numbers also have more smooth, curved lines. The shapes that come with this feature are: triangle (which would make the cutest Easter carrot--I will make some examples and submit instructions for next week). You can have the Cricut cut the triangle with round edges or straight. Other images are: a pen, scroll, and a heart, as well as a diamond design with swirls. You also get a solid heart, flower swirl with leaves, flower, and solid leaf. The words or phrases that come with this feature are: "the", "and", "with", "Love", "Your Big Day", "Celebrate", "Sweet Little One", "Happy Birthday", "Oh Baby", "Welcome Baby", and "Be My Valentine".
This wraps up our exploration with this cartridge. I hope everyone has a wonderful Saint Patrick's Day. Tomorrow and make sure you wear green. Next week I will finish up the Sports Mania
Cartridge and submit some extra projects to get ready for Easter.
TECH SUPPORT NOOK - Q: The mat won't load when I push the "Load Paper" button.
Possible Solution 1 - If you have already tried to load the paper at least once, you'll need to press Unload Paper first before attempted again. The machine "thinks" that the mat loaded the first time.
Possible Solution 2 - Try pushing the mat slightly into the rollers as you press the "Load" button. This is best done by holding and pushing the mat on the side nearer the front of the mat.
Possible Solution 3 - Service may be needed. Contact the Cricut support team at 1-877-727-4288 or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org
QUOTE OF THE DAY
|"Anyone can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success." |
~ Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish Dramatist and Poet