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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

3-D NOEL picture

Hello again bloggies!!!!

Time for another project!! If you follow me on the Cricut Message Boards, you will have already seen this. If not, its BRAND NEW TO YOUR EYES :)

Let me just tell you HOW EASY this was!!! Here is what you need:

-Picture frame (I only get my frames from the dollar store when I know I am going to be making altered art with it)
-1 Sheet of background holiday paper for frame. This paper is from a stack of holiday single sided paper from Michael's
-2 sheets of different colored patterned paper to create your bow
-Glue Gun
-Cricut Digital Cartridge: 3-D Bows
-Cricut Craft Room
-Any font cartridge, or stick on letters.

You will first start out by choosing your paper for your background of your picture frame. Now depending on what size frame you get, you will cut it according to the size. My frame was an 8 1/2 x 11 size frame, so I cut my background sheet at that size. Next, you will log into your Cricut Craft Room and use your 3-D Bows digital cartridge. Make the bow you would like!!! Once you are done with the bow, you need to cut out your letters. You can use ANY font you would like. Heck, you can even use stick on letters that you may have in your stash! If you choose to create your letters, you can cut them out on your cricut, then you can use regular adhesive and adhere it to the GLASS on the frame. After that, heat up your trusty hot glue gun, and glue your bow onto the glass. DON'T TRY TO USE ADHESIVE! IT WILL FALL OFF! Be careful with your glue gun! Don't burn yourself! :)

Now, hang it up, and show it off to all your friends and family!!!

Til next time!!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

AHHHHHHHHH!!!! Sooooooo excited!!!!!!! Mentioned in CRICUT CHIRP!!!

Oh my GOSH!!!! I just was looking at the Cricut Chirp, and I was MENTIONED!!!!!! AHHHHHH!!!

The funny thing is, I have been working on my posts for the next few days, and the post that is scheduled for Friday is the picture they highlighted!!!!!!! I am BEYOND excited!!! I cant even tell you!!!! My picture is the Ho Ho Ho Wall/Door Hanging!!!

God, I have been trying for MONTHS to get something recognized on the Chirp...holy cow, what an honor!!! Just SOOOO excited!!!! THANK YOU CRICUT CHIRP FOR MAKING MY DAY!!!!!!

Oh, and just so we are all clear, this is 3 POSTS in 1 DAY!!! LOL ;)

OK blog friends, thanks for checking in!!! Until tomorrow!!!

What?? 2 posts in one day??? Nah, acutally a Cricut Mini Follow up from last post!

So, I just got off the phone with Cricut Support. After a VERY long hold time, I got the NICEST and MOST PATIENT girl on the phone. She listened to me rant for about 10 minutes then asked me a few questions. After she asked a few questions and had me test out the things that I already did, she asked if I adjusted the pressure. Did I adjust the pressure???? NOPE! Didn't see where the pressure lever was in the instruction book, and I totally forgot about it!!! After I adjusted the pressure, my little Cricut Mini worked like a CHARM!!! Here is a quick picture of where you can find AND ADJUST the pressure of your mini:

That little lever will help you create your masterpieces on your mini!!! Sure wish I would have done that BEFORE I wasted a whole pack of paper!! lol! BUT, I must say, the reason why I LOVE Cricut is because of this: After my rant, and after we got my machine fixed, the kind girl tells me that because of my troubles, she is going to credit my Cricut account $20 for all my problems! How awesome is that??????

Holiday Projects I have been working on!

Hello Blog World!

SOOOOO sorry its been so long since I have posted. I have been VERY busy with our business, with working so many days at my full time job, and trying to keep up with my family! I will most certainly make it up to you now! Here are a few pictures of some of the things I have been working on:

Magic Reindeer Food! Used George and Basic Shapes to create the label and a stamp I found in the dollar bin at Michael's! The recipe for "Magic Reindeer Food" is Oatmeal, Marshmallows, Jimmies, and if you are SURE your child will NOT eat it, you can even add glitter. We were selling these at a craft show, and I did not feel comfortable putting the glitter in! 

Star Wreath! I cut out a 9 inch circle out of a cereal box on my Cricut, and I also cut out a BUNCH of stars from George and Basic Shapes. I cut them at 2.5 inches. I used my score board to score all angles in the star, which created some depth. I wrapped the ring in tulle, then added the stars! 

I made these cards from the new Scandinavian Christmas Cartridge! I used brown craft card stock and holiday themed patterned paper for the background of the card. I popped the Santa up on pop dots! 

Used Simply Scarecrow cartridge, mod podge, and a plain metal sign that I got from Michael's to make the Happy Fall sign!

Chore Chart! Used the Chore Chart lite cartridge and 12 X 12 canvas that I got on sale at Michael's to make this! I used Velcro on the back of each image so that you can rotate the chores weekly!
 Used Simply Scarecrow for the title of the picture, some pretty background paper, a pumpkin that I was able to cut in half, and a frame from the dollar store! Just hot glued the pumpkin on!

Used my gypsy and George and Basic Shapes cartridge to make up a box and I used Gypsy Wanderings to cut out the letters. I used double sided tape to adhere each letter box together to form 1 long decoration!

So, you see, I haven't been doing nothing, been VERY BUSY! I made a bunch of other items too, but I am already ahead of my little problem with remembering to post! I will have the other pictures all set up to post on their own over the next few days! I cant wait to show off the rest of the items I have done! In my next few posts, I will even show you more pictures and details as to how I created my future posts!!

Now, for a bit of a rant....I have been on hold with Provo Craft/Cricut Product Support for 2 VERY LONG HOURS. You see, I purchased the new Cricut Mini, which I thought I would LOVE after staying up ALL NIGHT LONG to watch the HSN debut. I finally got it last Wednesday, and I didnt have time to play with it until Saturday. I purchased a few of the digital cartridges which I could not WAIT to use! I hooked up the mini, created my items in the Cricut Craft Room, and I began to hit cut. Well, let me tell you; when it finished cutting and I pulled the mat back out, my image never cut through my cardstock. Now, I was NOT using the very thick cardstock (Stampin Up, Close to My Heart, etc) but using just plain old Michael's cardstock. The cut never made it through to the back of my image! Its a BRAND NEW BLADE and a BRAND NEW MACHINE! So, like any other crafter, I tried other cardstock. This time I used Echo Park paper that I had. Once again, DID NOT CUT THROUGH THE CARDSTOCK! So whats the next thing I do? I play with all the settings. I changed it to a medium cut speed, with a multi cut of 2. Do you think that worked????? NOPE! So, my next step was to change to another blade...this time I used a deep cut blade. Do you think that actually worked???????? NO WAY!!!!! So, I decide to call Provo Craft. And now, needless to say, I have been on hold almost 2 and a half hours now, wasted COUNTLESS sheets of cardstock (which we ALL know is not cheap) and a deep cut blade.

Thats enough of my for listening!

So check back in tomorrow and I will let you know what my outcome with Cricut is! Also, check back for some more projects!!!!