At times, we crafters can find ourselves at a loss for ideas. When this happens, we make use of our senses to help us get through the "crafter's block" and get on with creating.
Everyone has their favorite smells, sounds, and tastes which are often associated with fond memories or pleasant events. Some of my favorites are the sounds of little, fat feet pitter-pattering across a wood or tile floor; the smell of lilacs and the air after a thunderstorm...raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, and all that sentimental jazz.
Little things like this can be fun inspirations for crafting and scrapping projects. What simple pleasures inspire you?
Lonna Joy Smoot- Editor, Cricut CHIRP!
PROJECT CORNER AND SPOTLIGHT
|My name is Sarah; wife of Nate (for 7 yrs) & mother of Allie (nearly 2 yrs old) & soon another, yet to be named, little girl due in a few weeks! Besides being a full time mother & wife (as if that wasn t enough) I teach math & statistics at Utah State University (evenings) and work half time (from home) as a statistician for the Center for Epidemiologic Studies. My sisters & friends have been trying to get me into scrapbooking for years, but I held out until I saw how much my daughter LOVES looking at photos EVERYDAY. I finally gave in about a year ago & am so glad to be creating scrapbooks that my daughters will enjoy for years to come. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE my Cricut because I can satisfy my right & left brain at the same time; I can be creative & have total control! What could be better?|
Sarah's Project: ABC Book
After buying Zooballoo this week, I just had to try out ALL of the animals. After cutting several out, I got the idea to make a 6x6 alphabet book for my 2 year old daughter. I cut all the animals & letters (upper & lowercase) at 4''. So far my daughter has learned nearly all of the animal names. Hopefully she will learn the letters & their sounds next. 1. embelished the animals (std & layer) with chalk & a pen 2. laminated them at a local print shop 3. glued the letters & shadows to the pages (6 x 6 ) 4. sewed the tops of the sheet protectors with sewing machine 5. attached the animals over their
shadows (on outside of sheet protectors) with sticky velcro
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CARTRIDGE EXPLORATION - Home Accents
Happy Fathers day to all you fathers that play with the Cricut! I am sure that there are quite a few fathers that love to play with their Cricut's as much as everyone else. Where did the spring go? I feel like summer is just around the corner. When it's too hot outside, that's when it's time to settle down next to the air conditioner. While you're cooling down you can play with your little
Well the hot summers hasn't hit quite yet here in Utah, we've had lots of rain which keeps the lawns looking green and pretty. Either way I am once again exploring the Cricut family and playing with my little "Eddie" (aka my Cricut). This week I decided I wanted to create some frames to use with my scrapbook pages. I took some of the images from Home Accents
and used some shapes from George and Basic Shapes?and then created a few different types of frames.
I created a frame using an image that I welded to a rectangle; this will help draw attention to a certain picture that I want to get a lot of attention on that scrapbook page. In the pictures you will see two different ways to use this frame. The first one I
glued the photo to the square part of the frame, the bottom one I slipped the photo into one of those white cover magnets and placed the magnet on top of the frame. Both ways still let you admire the swirly design. I love making frames and the Design Studio
really helps to start the creative juices flowing. This Design Studio lets me view all the
new cartridges before I go out and buy them. Another idea that I love about the Design Studio is that I can weld shapes, images, and letters together really easy. Thank you, Cricut Creative team or whomever developed this software, I can do so many fun projects with it. Yes, I know the downside of the program is that you have to own the cartridges. I look at it this way, I love the Cricut and plan on
purchasing all the cartridges anyway; this way at least I can look at the cartridge in detail a little better verses holding the cartridge in my hand and reading the back if it. For all you Design Studio Cricuteers out there who have this program I've included my cut file
so you can start cutting these frames your self.
The other frames that I created are just fun shapes that I welded together while the creativity was flowing. You can create a lot of different types of frames with all the different shapes and swirly images that you can get on a varity of cartridges. For those of you who don't have the Design Studio you can still create these images. All you have to do is cut out the swirly that you want and then create a design around the picture on your scrapbook page. Then you will have to glue down each image in place around that picture. It is possible to get the same
effect but there is just a little more work involved.
Enjoy making and creating frames and check back next week as I continue to explore the Cricut cartridges. If you have any ideas, check out my forum
. I would love to here from you. Happy Cricuting!
TECH SUPPORT NOOK - Q: What is the Portrait feature on the Cricut Expression?
A: This feature enables the user to rotate selected characters and cut up to 23.5" tall using the length of the 12" x 24" mat and paper, or up to 11.5" tall using the 12" x 12" mat.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
|"Onion rings in the car cushions do not improve with time." |
~ Erma Bombeck