Autumn is Coming
The approaching autumn season has many people making plans and looking forward to upcoming holidays and seasonal venues. The Labor Day milestone will come and go and before you know it, the holiday season will be upon us. Many crafters are getting a head start on their holiday crafting and card making. I personally love receiving and sending cards and letters from friends and family I have not seen in years. Why not add an extra personal touch to those cards with Cricut. Using our Cricut products to create cards is easier now than ever with our fabulous and convenient DesignStudio and Gypsy. Your crafts and cards can be a lasting highlight of the holidays for years to come.
Happy Cricuting :-)
Lonna Joy Smoot- Editor, Cricut CHIRP!
PROJECT CORNER AND SPOTLIGHT
|Name: Becky Foster
|I have been a scrapbooker and crafter most of my life. I have always loved to do all kinds of crafts including sewing, crocheting, and all forms of paper crafting. I work at the local school and enjoy being around children. I have two grown sons and have been married for 32 years.
Becky's Project: Relay 2009
Accent Essentials, George and Basic Shapes, Lyrical Letters, Plantin Schoolbook, Storybook, Wedding
|I used the Cricut to help decorate our campsite at the 2009 Reynolds County Relay for Life. The theme was Happy 25th Birthday. We used a wooden spool for the base and layer of the cake and covered it with white packing foam. With the DesignStudio and several cartidges I cut out the silver 25, the lacy edges, the cake topper, and the words. The Cricut was also used to cut out the items on our banner that was used to decorate the front of the booth and also our banner when we walked as a team. The candles are floaters for the pool which were cut in half. I used the Cricut to cut the flames. It was fun making the decorations and everyone at the Relay simply loved the cake!
This week's highlighted threads are:
TIPS TREASURE CHEST - Q. I am now the proud owner of a Cricut Expression Machine. I have also purchased the software DesignStudio. Is there a tutorial video/DVD/CD on the market? I am loving my new "Toy". Thank you for bringing such wonderful products to the world of crafting.
Thank you for contacting us. There are several free tutorial videos available at our website. Once you are at www.cricut.com, click on Information and then Cricut videos. You will see a listing of our informational videos on this page. Simply click on the tutorial video of your choice and watch it as many times as you like.
Here are some links to the Cricut Expression tutorials:
Cricut Expression introduction
Cricut Expression training part one
Cricut Expression training part two
If you have further questions, our fabulous Cricut Support Team would be happy to assist you.
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CARTRIDGE EXPLORATION - Ashlyn's Alphabet
This week I went camping and took my dogs. They are both white dogs but after our camping experience were the color of fire pit ash. The camping trip was wonderful and very relaxing. I was able to regroup my creative self, and for the first time in a while I started to notice changes of color on the rocks and discovered I enjoyed the sounds of birds chirping. On this trip I decided it was time to get in touch with my inner creative self, and so I started sketching again and playing with watercolors. This was so much fun and very soul searching too--I loved it!
To recap the Cricut cartridge that I am exploring, Ashlyn's Alphabet
by Sara Schmutz is a wonderful font cartridge. You receive a full set of upper and lower case alphabet as well as numbers and some symbols. Some of the symbols that are on the cartridge are different than others, more universal. The creative features that come on this cartridge are: Block, Cursive, Skinny, Icon, Base Shadow, Icon shadow. Yes, these fonts are as obvious as their titles. They will be great for presentations, children's projects, or even school event. Each of the letters has a nice look to them and will be easy to read in whatever project you use them for. The Icon feature I discovered last week, and don't forget that you also have the Icon Shadow that complements the original feature really well. The Base Shadow is your shadow feature to the regular font that comes with the cartridge. Now you can make your titles, sidebars or even individual letters stand out or pop better by using the shadow feature. In case you are new to the Cricut family, how you use this feature is really very easy. Simply cut your letters out then load your paper, click on the base shadow feature (make sure the button is highlighted) then press button repeat last (this will remember the last set of letters or words). Or you can simply press the buttons again that you just cut out. Now the shadow feature will cut your same letters out, only they will be slightly fatter so that you can see your original set of letters better. This is kind of like an outline feature. On a note, please make sure that you use a different color of paper for your shadow, otherwise your shadow and original letters will all blend together.
The image above shows you the different styles of fonts on this cartridge. Also if you haven't updated your DesignStudio then click on this link
, log in and update your DesignStudio and you will get Ashlyn's Alphabet in the library so you can start welding your letters together to make your own titles for your scrapbook pages. Check back next week as I continue exploring all the wonderful new cartridges that are part of this Cricut family. Happy Cricuting my fellow Cricuteers!
TECH SUPPORT NOOK - Q. I get the message "Characters Won't Fit" when I try to cut letters, but I only have a few selected and my size is only 4" or so.
Try turning on the Paper Saver mode (bottom left of the keypad). It's possible you've selected a "y" character or something with a longer tail. This makes it so the distance between the top of the highest character selected and the lowest point is greater than 6", thus the warning message. By selected Paper Saver mode, everything will rearrange itself to fit.
If you're still having trouble, contact Cricut Customer Service toll free at 1-877-727-4288 or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org
QUOTE OF THE DAY
|"Just as pieces stitched together in a quilt warm our bodies,
Scrapbooks bind together memories to warm our Hearts!"
~ Author Unknown
|"If you don't know your family's history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree."
~ Michael Crichton