Monday, January 31, 2011

Fantabulous Cricut-For a Cause

Hi everyone! This week at Fantabulous Cricut we were asked to make a project for a cause that we support. One that has always been near and dear to me is Cards For Soldiers. On the Cricut messageboard is a group of crafters who make greeting cards and send them over seas to different military units. We handmake the front of the cards and leave the inside blank. Pop them into envelopes and you are finished. Now a soldier in Iraq or Afghanistan has a beautiful piece of art to send home to their loved ones.

There are challenges and themes posted all of the time on the CFS messageboard to keep you motivated and give you a place to start. Everyone is welcome join. You can make 10 cards or 100, it's really up to you. The point is to have fun and not stress over how many you can get done in two or three weeks. The soldiers love our work and we get lots of thank you letters telling us how the soldiers fight over our cards and really look forward to our boxes.

As a card contributor you are not required to send your cards overseas, you mail your cards to your designated shipper, which is determined by time zone. Of course you are welcome to send your shipper a donation to help with the cost of postage but that is an expense that they have taken on. All you are needed to do is make beautiful cards. There a are a few rules to follow and there is a FAQ thread on the CFS forum.

One trick to making lots of cards is to mass produce them. Today's card is just one of the 18 that I whipped up in one afternoon. All I did was cut a 12x12 piece of pattern paper into 4x4 squares (you get 9 pieces out of one piece of paper), matted the paper with another piece of cardstock and made my focal image. Pretty darn easy. Lookie:

As always I used my trusty Gypsy to help cut the images using my new Martha Stewart Elegant Cakes cartridge and not waste any paper. After that it was time to assemble. I think they came out pretty darn cute! I'm sure our troops will like them. Until next time, Craft On!


Monday, January 17, 2011

FCCB Challenge-Sweet Shop

Hi everyone!!! I just loved this week's challenge at Fantabulous Cricut - being challenged to use a "sweet" image was not one that I had to struggle with. In fact, I had too many choices! But once I remembered all of the sweet and cute images on Smiley Cards, I knew that was the way I was going to go. Here is my final card. Lookie:

This card was just so much fun to put together. In fact, it took me longer to apply all of the stickles and decorations than it did to cut out and assemble the card. That's what I love about crafting. It's as easy or as detailed as you want it to be. Don't you just love it?

I hope I inspired you just a little bit to try a "sweet" project. Have a Frabjous week!


Sunday, January 2, 2011

FCCB Challenge-Snowy Delight

Good morning everyone! This week at Fantabulous Cricut we were asked to make a project featuring snowflakes or snow. Since it's been so cold lately, well, this wasn't too hard of a project to whip up. Lookie:

Since I just received my xmas presents that I bought for myself (several cartridges that I got on sale for crazy cheap) I decided to use one of my newest cartridges, Simply Charmed.

I love those penguins! They cut out easily and were a snap to piece together. For the igloo I used Create a Critter and the snowflakes were cut with Gypsy Wanderings.

I hope I gave you some inspiration for a Snowy Delight. Until next time, keep on crafting!

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