There will be plenty to scrap and craft about this season! Watermelon, baseball, swimming pools, popsicles, strawberry shortcake, camping, picnics, family reunions, and any kind of fun in the sun. These are just a few subjects I think of when summer is mentioned. There are more than enough summer subjects and ideas to keep me busy and happily crafting away with my Cricut after I've spent the day enjoying my fun in the sun.
Happy Cricuting :-)
Lonna Joy Smoot- Editor, Cricut CHIRP!
The Original Cricut at Michaels--A GREAT VALUE for a Limited Time!
Look for an incredible deal on the machine that revolutionized paper crafting, the Cricut, this month at Michaels. We've heard it's incredibly priced at just $99
. Don't miss out on this incredible deal and pass the word along to your friends. It's just for the month of July!
An Exclusive Offer On HSN!
Beginning July 9th at 1 a.m. EST Provo Craft is airing an exclusive offer on the Home Shopping Network! Don't miss the world launch of new Cuttlebug embossing folders. If you can't catch the 1 a.m. airing, not to worry! There will be more opportunites to take advantage of this great deal.
July 9th HSN Airings Include:
1 a.m. (EST)
8 a.m. (EST)
7 p.m. (EST)
You can also watch online. Don't miss it!
PROJECT CORNER AND SPOTLIGHT
|Married 17 years to Ted, mom of two boys, 12 & 13. I LOVE my Cricut and am always finding excuses to use it so I volunteered to make thank you gifts for a group of church Awana leaders.
Lisa's Project: Two Fun Summer Projects
Walk in My Garden, Plantin Schoolbook
|I cut tulips from the Walk in My Garden cartridge out of vinyl to make stencils. To make a stencil for the words I used Plantin Schoolbook's End Caps feature. After adhering the stencils to the plate, I applied Armour Etch to etch the glass. For the matching thank you card: I used Walk in My Garden for the Tulip and Plantin Schoolbook's Zig Zag for the rick rack.
All Mixed Up, Wedding, Home Decor, Life is a Beach
|Bleaching t-shirts with the Cricut! I cut designs from Wedding, Home Decor and Life is a Beach for these two shirts. You can use Cricut Vinyl or another type of adhesive. Apply the sticky design to the shirt and spray with a 50% water/50% bleach solution. Use a spray bottle with an adjustable nozzle for more dramatic results. Let bleach sit on shirt until desired fading affects are achieved. Rinse with water and wash shirt. The Flourish shirt is 100% cotton and the Flip Flop shirt is a 50/50 blend and didn't bleach out as drastically.
This week's highlighted threads are:
TIPS TREASURE CHEST - Replaceable Parts
CARTRIDGE EXPLORATION - Stand and Salute
There's something about celebrating patriotism that really helps you remember special moments in your life. One of the greatest subjects that the Stand and Salute
Cricut cartridge covers is tons of images and phrases that surrounds the topic of patriotism. You now have tons of options to add special touches to any scrapbook pages or even create a special card. You can even use some of these images to decorate your home or the special craft project. This cartridge offers a lot of different ideas. As a reminder, the creative features that come with this cartridge are: Note Card, Dog Tag, Frame, Border, Shadow, and Blackout.
In this exploration, I chose to discover the Note Card feature. Yes, this feature is self-explanatory, but each of the phrases and images on this cartridge come ready to use for a card. The images are placed on a corner or centered in the middle. It's easy even for those of you that feel you don't have a creative bone in your body. You can add vinyl or glitter to give your card something extra special. For example, HappyHappyJoyJoy
created this great card
that fits this idea.
Another creative feature that comes with this cartridge is the Dog Tag feature. You can know cut dog tags with each of the images or even phrases. This idea could be used to create a great sidebar or title for a scrapbook page. When you use the envelope card button and this creative feature, you can cut a solid dog tag or a dog tag with a square in the center. Just think, you can now cut any size you want of the dog tag! This would even be great on a card for someone special. Here's an idea for a craft project with the kids: cut out their favorite images using heavy cardstock, laminate the images, add some yarn and "BAMM" you have a bracelet or necklace. Think of the fun you can spend together as a family or with friends creating something fun to wear.
I hope you are having as much as I am in exploring this wonderful cartridge. It is such a joy to dive into all the different images and phrases that come with this collection. Happy Cricuting!
TECH SUPPORT NOOK - Q. My Cricut goes through the motions but isn't cutting. What's up?
1) Make sure the blade is inserted correctly into the assembly. (The small "knife" end should be sticking out, not the cone point end.)
2) Make sure the blade depth is set at something deep enough to cut through cardstock, usually at least 4 or 5.
3) Make sure the pressure is set to high or maximum.
4) Do a visual check to see if the blade is actually extending out of the green/gold blade assembly. At blade height settings of 6, this should be about 1 mm. This may be hard to gauge, but a best guess is good enough.
5) Assembly check: If you remove and reinsert the blade can you feel it suck back inside or does it feel like the blade doesn't fit or perhaps sticks as it goes in?
6) Make sure the green/gold assembly is installed correctly into the cutting arms. (It should be inserted in the middle groove area. It can easily be inserted incorrectly at the lower groove area. When installed correctly, you will not be able to fit even you littlest finger between the blade and the bottom of the machine.)
7) Arm "Buoyancy" Test: With the power on and gently "flicking" the assembly arm, does it seem to bounce in a "boing boing" sort of way, or does it just go down and then back up? Or does it stick or rub anywhere when you push it down?
8) Once all these settings have been confirmed, try to cut a simple shape on a regular piece of paper. Not cardstock or anything thicker. Is the cut successful at all? Or does it just scratch or not leave a mark at all
If so, contact Cricut Customer Service: 1-877-727-4288 or email@example.com
9) Does the arm that holds the green assembly move up and down while the machine is engaged in a cut? You should be able to physically see it "pecking" at the paper.
10) If you happen to have any additional blades, try doing this cut with them as well. We may just be dealing with a dull or defective blade.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
|"In nothing are we as rich as in our memories; they are pictures painted by our hearts, and nothing can erase them."