May I help you?
Welcome to the Merry Merry Month of May! April just moved out with all of it's rain...and snow in my neighborhood. Some say that May is a boring scrap and craft month. I would like to help them with a few ideas. May is full of some great holidays and celebrations to scrap about. It all starts off with May Day, Mother Goose Day, followed by my birthday?(I had to mention that), then Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, not to mention graduation season starts. I thought you would also like to know that the first ice cream freezer was patented May 29, 1948. That alone is reason to celebrate. We wouldn't be eating ice cream at all of our celebrations without that one! I personally plan on scrapping and celebrating May with a bowl of Rocky Road Chocolate ice cream. Yum!
Lonna Joy Smoot- Editor, Cricut CHIRP!
PROJECT CORNER AND SPOTLIGHT
|This game I made for my son who is a special needs child. I wanted to help him learn his numbers; with his developmental delays and being a sensory integration dysfunctional child - I felt this game could help. He's three years old and loves the game - felt it was time to share with others. |
Leah's Project: Fun With Numbers Game
Cartridges Used: Paper Dolls Dress Up, George and Basic Shapes, Plantin Schoolbook
|I used the Cricut DesignStudio to perform the sizes and cuts. I first used George and Basic Shapes for the game discs and the cards for the backgrounds. I then used Plantin Schoolbook for the numbers to place on the shirts and along the sides of the cards. I used Paper Dolls Dress Up for the doll figures and gave them a little stretch as preschoolers tend to like bigger things. The Doll figure works out to be about 4" and the circles and numbers 3/4". I have enclosed the cut file for this game and
the pictures. Thank you for looking. Thank you for the Cricut you've made my son and our preschool very happy. I'm a stay at home Mom, but love to make things for the school when I can. The children love it.|
This week's highlighted threads are:
TIPS TREASURE CHEST - Cartridge Versatility
Did you know that you can insert the cartridge either direction? Even though the label indicates a specific "front", the
cartridge actually works both ways. This may prove useful if you ever have a cartridge that has difficulty reading when inserted. Just flip it around and try again. (Powering off first is recommended.)
CARTRIDGE EXPLORATION - Stone Script
Well, this week my great idea for Indie Art
is still a work in progress. But don't worry, I will persevere and figure it out, so that I can share it with you, my fellow scrapbooking Cricuteers. In the essence of time and since my great idea/project was giving me issues I decided to explore the Stone Script
Solutions Cartridge. WOW! This cartridge is a wonderful font, the flow of the lines makes you think that your titles or words are written in cursive. With the DesignStudio
you can weld the letters together to make one smooth cursive word. I think I have found a new font cartridge that I will use in my scrapbook books for a while (you know when you get something new you use it for a lot things till you get another new cartridge that takes the favorite spot). Now if you don?t have DesignStudio
that is okay, because you can still cut all the different letters out using this font and create some beautiful titles or sidebars.
I went on a cruise a while back, and the friend that I went with is having a rough time right now, so I thought I would cheer her up with a special package. I used the Stone Script
to create my words, and then added some eyelets (I cut the metal off the back) with some glue dots for special effects. Next, I added my photo and some ribbon at the bottom of the picture frame (see pic). Here is my cut file
for those of you that have DesignStudio
and want to copy my idea.
This cartridge comes with two creative features the Shadow and Blackout. The difference for those of you that are new to the Cricut scrapbooking family, is the shadow will cut a proportionately larger image of every letter?and number, thus creating an outline around your image. The blackout feature will cut a proportionately larger image that is solid and does not cut detailing inside the shape. When I am making scrapbooking pages I love to use these two features because you can make your titles or sidebars stand out.
This cartridge comes with all the letters, numbers, and lots of extra symbols. The "=5B" symbol can be used to accent a word on your scrapbook page, and the letter "O" would make a great frame for a photo or another way to accent your layout. You get both large and small letters and some math
symbols, as well as a checkmark and an arrow, to help draw attention to a special area on your scrapbook page.
Keep collecting the plastic from the top of your Cricut mats, and I will figure out this project for next week. Have a wonderful week of scrapbooking and playing with your Cricut. (Have you given it a name yet?) See you next week!
TECH SUPPORT NOOK -
Q: Can I use a smaller paper size than 6" x 12"?
A: Absolutely! Just align a corner of the smaller paper to the bottom left corner of the mat. Once loaded, use the navigation arrows to move the blade down to the upper right area of the new paper. Then press "Set Paper Size" on the Cricut Keypad to let the Cricut know that you've inserted in a different paper size than the default 6" x
QUOTE OF THE DAY
|"My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint." |
~ Erma Bombeck