Hello Cricuteers. I hope your holiday was great and you have been enjoying the weather of the summer, whether you are outdoors or indoors. I personally am thankful for the marvel of the good old air conditioning, especially during the warm months of July and August. Because of this, it doesn't matter "whether" I enjoy the "weather" of the summer sweat'n it outside or chill'n it inside with my little cricut pal and a box of popsicles. I have plenty of great photos to scrap from the July 4th festivities and family picnics.
Lonna Joy Smoot- Editor, Cricut CHIRP!
Announcements: Just when you thought Cricut couldnt get any better!
Rock n' roll! Provo Craft will soon release the Cricut Jukebox. This device holds up to six cartridges and can be plugged into either Cricut machine! It is also a perfect complimentary device for use with the Cricut Design Studio. Say goodbye to the days of the cartridge shuffle. Your Cricut crafting convenience just got even better. Watch for more details to come.
PROJECT CORNER AND SPOTLIGHT
|(I am a former teacher now stay-home mom of two; started with Cricut in March of this year to add to scrapbooking techniques as well as start card making.) For my twin boys' fourth birthday party, I made these party decorations and favors with my Cricut. Party guests chose an animal hat for the party and marked the cupcakes they decorated with their animal. They also decorated party bags with their animal and crayons, markers, etc. Each guest received a bookmark with the same animal as a take-home gift in their goody bags. My boys' nicknames are "Tiger" and "Bear," so they had those hats reserved ahead of time.|
Judy's Project: Animal Party Hats
Hats are made of posterboard and 4"- 4 1/2" animal head. Bookmarks are 2" animal shape glued onto 5" bookmark (foundation key) of plain thick cardstock, then stamped "READ!". Border function key was used for 2" border for gift bags. Cupcake markers are 1" - 1 1/2" animal cutouts glued onto sucker sticks. I added quick detailing with magic markers and glued google eyes to hat animal faces for emphasis. Also, I glued pompons onto hat tops (larger for two birthday boys). Great hit with preschool crowd!
This week's highlighted threads are:
TIPS TREASURE CHEST - Q: Help! I'm new at this and need some tips. I was hoping to be able to cut fabric shapes to applique on my granddaughter's clothes. When I tried it, my material just bunched up, it won't stay stuck to the mat.
A: Basic guidelines are that the material (paper or otherwise) needs to be stiff and firm enough for the Cricut blade to drag through it. So a more stretchy fabric would probably not work, unless it had Wonder-Under or something to keep it in place.
CARTRIDGE EXPLORATION - Cricut Jukebox
I was out shopping this weekend and discovered the newest addition to the Cricut Family. Since this
item is connected to the Cricut I had to have it--so I bought the Cricut Jukebox
. As soon as I got the Jukebox home, out came my big Cricut (aka "Eddie") and I plugged everything in. I glanced through the instruction book then start plugging in the Cartridges and pushing buttons. WOW! This was so easy, now I can use six different cartridges at once with out have to pull and insert each cartridge every time. This new project is so easy to use, all you have to do is insert your cartridges then when you want to use that cartridge, just push the correct button--and Bam! That's it. I was even more excited to use this Jukebox with the DesignStudio
because when ever I play or create on the software I always use more then one cartridge, this will make my
production process so much easier.
Since I had my new Jukebox I decided to create some decorations for my living room to help celebrate the month of July. I pulled out my DesignStudio
to create a star banner for my home. I used the star from Plantin Schoolbook and another star from George, and then with the Jukebox
I was able to just plug both cartridges together without having to pull one cartridge out then insert the next one. Creating my banner was so easy and fun I love my little Cricut bug, I've included my cut file
if you want to make your own star banner.
Some other fun tips about the Jukebox
are you can buy a few of them and they will all hook together like a train. For example you could buy 3 or 4 and then you would be able to plug in 18 cartridges all at once--WOW! I haven't tried this out yet, because I only was able to afford one Jukebox
but I will be purchasing a few more to test this idea out, but I am sure this idea will work wonderfully.
Another nice feature with the Jukebox is that you can store the overlays and handbooks in the bottom of the container--this way keeping all your Cricut items together and close at your fingertips. The Jukebox works great with both big and small Cricut machines, and you don't even need to own DesignStudio to use this product.
Check out next week as I continue to create and design Holiday items to help decorate my front room and maybe this will get you creating and decorative your homes--hehe.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY
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