Saturday, April 30, 2011

Welcome to "My Favorite Cartridge" Monthly Blog Hop

We have used over 45 different Cricut cartridges for this hop.
All you have to do is click from one site to another and comment, enter your email and/or follow the blogs. This is how you will be entered to win the wonderful Blog Candy (Prizes) along the way.

For many of us this is our FIRST Blog Hop, we plan to start working on next month's hop and improve on what we have learned. We have a few technical glitches. I just started blogging 2 weeks ago. 'Bear' with us. June will be Great. We still need a few to create with us for June.  Any issues fall on me, I appoligize in advance.
We are working to make this the best Monthly Blog Hop! This is our practice Hop ;)


This blog and website are geared toward the beginner and encouraging each other, and learning how to use our Cricut stuff to its fullest potential.  

To win the prizes, you must visit each blog along the way. There will be a winner from each site and more random winners along the way.
Don't worry if you go out of order, although do try to stay on track.... as long as you make it to all of them.
I recommend writing down the blogs that you commented on to make sure that you do not miss any.
You have to comment on them ALL to be entered to win the big prizes Monday night.

BLOG CANDY...
There are Cricut Cartridges, Teresa Collins Stamp Maker, Cricut Imagine Ink Cartridges, Deep cut blades, cutting mats, Cuttlebug Embossing folders, Cricut Tool Kits, Cricut Hand Warmers, Cricut Circle Exclusives, Paper sets, Cricut Markers, Copic Markers, gift certificates, stamps, Cricut Plushies, then sign up for my newsletter on the right side of this page to enter to win even more prizes on Monday night when the website OFFICIALLY goes live. As you go through this, make sure to 'follow' the blogs by clicking 'follow' or by entering your email, or BOTH for more chances to win. Also become a facebook friend to get updates as they happen. http://www.facebook.com/erica'sroom#!/

Cricut Craft Room and E2 Launch Party.You have just jumped into the middle of my Launch party, lucky you. We have been in our party for 12 days now. So far we have given away an E2 machine, still one more to give away.
8 Cartridges, 6 Cricut Plushies, Cricut Backpacks, 32 Cuttlebug Embossing Folders, Crop-a-dile, Stamp sets, Cricut Inks, Cricut markers.

To enter to win more... http://mycricutcraftroom.blogspot.com/2011/04/ccr-guide-and-my-2-week-e2-ccr_24.html go to to see all of the ways to win....
My links above will not work until Monday night with my Website launch! So click back then. My blog and website will be live then. I will have cricut and gypsy files for cartridges, the RGB codes for the Imagine, the cheapest places to buy EVERY cartridge (Updated weekly) and tons more. I will have tutorials on the Cricut machines, the Imagine Machine, the Gypsy, and the new E2. Here is a preview of what I will have to offer. I will be adding more daily. http://mycricutcraftroom.blogspot.com/2011/03/cut-files-and-rgb-codes-and-cutting-mat.html

I also have put together a 27 page guide for the new Cricut Craft Room software. Email me Erica@CricutCraftRoom.com with the subject CCR Guide if you would like me to email it to you.

 
Each designer will use a different cartridge. So as you hop from one place to another you will see a different cartridge used each time.
I have the pleasure of having such wonderful friends in this hop.

You should start here, below is the line up. If you get lost along the way, this list will be on each site. Have fun! There of some of the coolest things to been seen.



1.Erica’s Room

2. Erica and Erin Preserves (POSTING ON SUNDAY)

3.Bee Scrappy Walk in My Garden (POSTING ON SUNDAY)

4.Justina French Manor 

5.Margarita Simply Charmed & New Arrival

6.Terry M. Tags, Bags & Boxes & Forever Young

7. Tammy Country Life

8 Heather Buccaneer


9. Amanda Locker Talk.

10. Terry F 50 States

11.Lucinda Paper Dolls 


12.Patricia Nifty Fifties  


13.Clare  Storybook, Straight from the Nest  

14. Jamie Blast Off 


15. Esther Carousel 

16. Misty From my Kitchen   


17. Nikki- Sentimentals   

18. Serafina Birthday Bash  

19. Charlotte Nate's ABC  

20. Kassidy Sweet Treats 

21.Nina Stand and Salute   
   

23. Blog Candy


Happy Hopping!

The End of "My Favorite Cartridge" Blog Hop

BLOG CANDY...

There are Cricut Cartridges, Cricut Imagine Ink Cartridges, Deep cut blades, cutting mats, Cuttlebug Embossing folders, Cricut Tool Kits, Cricut Hand Warmers, Cricut Circle Exclusives, Paper sets, Cricut Markers, Copic Markers, gift certificates, stamps, Cricut Plushies, then sign up for my newsletter on the right side of this page to enter to win even more prizes on Monday night when the website OFFICIALLY goes live. As you go through this, make sure to 'follow' the blogs by clicking 'follow' or by entering your email, or BOTH for more chances to win. Also become a facebook friend to get updates as they happen. http://www.facebook.com/erica'sroom#!/

Cricut Craft Room and E2 Launch Party.You have just jumped into the middle of my Launch party, lucky you. We have been in our party for 12 days now. So far we have given away an E2 machine, still one more to give away.
8 Cartridges, 6 Cricut Plushies, Cricut Backpacks, 32 Cuttlebug Embossing Folders, Crop-a-dile, Stamp sets, Cricut Inks, Cricut markers.

To enter to win more... http://mycricutcraftroom.blogspot.com/2011/04/ccr-guide-and-my-2-week-e2-ccr_24.html go to to see all of the ways to win....
My links above will not work until Monday night with my Website launch! So click back then. My blog and website will be live then. I will have cricut and gypsy files for cartridges, the RGB codes for the Imagine, the cheapest places to buy EVERY cartridge (Updated weekly) and tons more. I will have tutorials on the Cricut machines, the Imagine Machine, the Gypsy, and the new E2. Here is a preview of what I will have to offer. I will be adding more daily. http://mycricutcraftroom.blogspot.com/2011/03/cut-files-and-rgb-codes-and-cutting-mat.html

I also have put together a 27 page guide for the new Cricut Craft Room software. Email me Erica@CricutCraftRoom.com with the subject CCR Guide if you would like me to email it to you.

Nikki Sentimentals Cartridge

You should have come here from Misty's Blog...



Backgrounds: Recollections-Pink
Background layer: K & Company-Sweet Necator Die Cut Paper
Front: Cricut Sentimentals-5.0
Scissors Image: Cricut Sentimentals-4.5
Estblishment: K & Company Bitter Sweet


Next you should go to Serafina Birthday Bash http://myquserasera.blogspot.com/

If you get lost along the way.....



1.Erica’s Room

2. Erica and Erin Preserves (POSTING ON SUNDAY)

3.Bee Scrappy Walk in My Garden (POSTING ON SUNDAY)

4.Justina French Manor 

5.Margarita Simply Charmed & New Arrival

6.Terry M. Tags, Bags & Boxes & Forever Young

7. Tammy Country Life

8 Heather Buccaneer


9. Amanda Locker Talk.

10. Terry F 50 States

11.Lucinda Paper Dolls 


12.Patricia Nifty Fifties  


13.Clare  Storybook, Straight from the Nest  

14. Jamie Blast Off 


15. Esther Carousel 

16. Misty From my Kitchen   


17. Nikki- Sentimentals
18. Serafina Birthday Bash  

19. Charlotte Nate's ABC  

20. Kassidy Sweet Treats 
21.Nina Stand and Salute  

22. Bella and Erica- Sesame Street Seasons  (POSTING ON SUNDAY)     

23. Blog Candy

Nina's Stand and Salute Cartridge

You should have come here from Kassidy Sweet Treats Blog


I have used the Stand and Salute Cartridge





Next you should go to Blog Candy





If you have gotten lost along the way...

1.Erica’s Room

2. Erica and Erin Preserves (POSTING ON SUNDAY)

3.Bee Scrappy Walk in My Garden (POSTING ON SUNDAY)

4.Justina French Manor 

5.Margarita Simply Charmed & New Arrival

6.Terry M. Tags, Bags & Boxes & Forever Young

7. Tammy Country Life

8 Heather Buccaneer


9. Amanda Locker Talk.

10. Terry F 50 States

11.Lucinda Paper Dolls 


12.Patricia Nifty Fifties  


13.Clare  Storybook, Straight from the Nest  

14. Jamie Blast Off 


15. Esther Carousel 

16. Misty From my Kitchen   


17. Nikki- Sentimentals   

18. Serafina Birthday Bash  

19. Charlotte Nate's ABC  

20. Kassidy Sweet Treats 

21.Nina Stand and Salute  

22. Bella and Erica- Sesame Street Seasons  (POSTING ON SUNDAY)     

23. Blog Candy


Happy Hopping!


My Name is Nina Wilson
 





I am Using the Stand and Salute cartridge 
I have made a Card and a Picture frame Foucused on Our Female soldiers
This is my Pictures and what I used :
Welcome Home Card:
I used Stand and Salute
1 A Standard A2 Card/ envolope
1 pack post it notes
3 sheets 1.Dark Green 1. Light green 1. Pink (hobby lobby)
1sheet of silver
3d-Dots from EK success
Zig 2 way glue
ATG adhisive
Little Glass Crystals (12)
Welcome Home cut at 3'' 3/4
Pressure set :high speed set: med
Suitcase top and bottom cut at 4'' 3/4 (pg.47) shadow
dog tag cut at 2'' 1/2 (pg.46)
Used the inner piece from top of suitcase for inside of card and
cut an additional piece of cardstock out of the dark green at 6'' 1/2 x 5'' 1/4
Desktop Photo Frame/Post it
Used the leftovers form the card to construct this frame
Cut 2 4''x6'' pieces ( can do one 8''x 6'') I just tried to be GREEN
My Hero cut at 2''(pg.66)
Stars Cut at 1''1/4, 1'', and 1/2'' (pg.44)
Dogtag cut at 2" (pg.46)
boots cut at 2" brown cardstock Hobby lobby
Green picture back cut at 3"1/2 x 4" 1/4

Bella's Kate's ABCs Cartridge


Here is the book stand up, well on its side in the picture. This is it finished.
a little tip for the ribbon. This is Grosgrain ribbon. It always frayed in me. I learned a little tip Instead of cutting the ribbon and having it unravel then trying to use fray check. If you use a hot knife to cut it, it cuts and cures it at the same time. 

All of my papers used are from BEE SCRAPPY. I used Kate's ABCs for the letters cut at 1 3/4" the 'frame' on the right is actually a door frame from Ornamental Iron cut at 3 1/4"
I used the Zig two way glue pen to put glue on the edges and then glitter on them. You have to cut the paper around the edge of the board book. Sometimes it is not the best looking thing, so I sprinkle glitter on it to cover up any ooopppps mistakes :)

This is still the board book, with Girl cut from Kate's ABCs GIRL is cut at 1 3/4" there was a kitten between the letters and I cut it out then I also seperated the bottom of the letters. I wanted a layer to I tried to make the same word at 2" and it just didnt work. So I made another one with the blue paper the same size and just put the on top of each other and move the bottom layer up and to the right a bit. then the blue that was showing, I used the glue pen and put blue glitter on it. On the right it is the same frame as before, just in a new paper. The 'windows' are 1 3/4" and they are a base layer for a door from Ornamental Iron.
By The Way-That is my cutie in the pictures.

This has the description for the words down below. Kate's ABCs at 1 3/4" and the same frame as all of the others, just new paper. The sentiment is a rub on from the same collection as the papers. All from Bee Scrappy.

So this is the base I used from Kate's ABCs, I cut it at 1 3/4" I used a stripe paper with Silver accents.

I cut this also from Kate's ABCs at 1 3/4" I try to use the same size for all words in a project. This was my base.


I then cut out the top layer in the Stripe, without the Silver (A different paper) I then used a small glue pen to outline the edge of the butterfly then I sprinkled Blue glitter around the edge. I then used the glue pen again and filled in the butterfly. I then sprinkled purple glitter on it.


So I use this cute little Xyron thing. It is technically a sticker maker but it gets adhesive on every little peice, and no sticky mess to clean up afterwards. So i put my words and peices through here.

I added the paper using a Tymo glue pen, if you add the paper to the chipboard book, wait to it to dry before cutting out the edges. I will tear if you do it wet. I also used the little Cricut Scoop to poke the holes then i stuck it in and swirled it around to make them nice and smooth.
Here is the back side you can see the paper at the top is scalloped, Wait until it is dry to cut it. I used an exacto knife to carefully cut the extra paper away. It was very easy to get the paper on the book. I applied the Tymo glue to the entire side of the book, Make sure you get all of the edges. Then I stuck the paper on and used the boning tool in the Cricut tool kit to smooth the paper over the book.


I wanted little decorations for the window, but I had no idea what side to cut. So I do a thing I call STAGEING the paper. I use plain white paper and cut the image and keep changing the size until I find the one that works. I then put my GOOD paper on the cutting mat and cut the ones I want. These are from Ornamental Iron, cut at 1 3/4"

Here is the GOOD paper that I cut the image out of. I wanted the stripes to line up on both of them, so I cut one, then I used the arrow keys to go down and across to start my cut right under the first one. I took them off of the cutting mat and put them under the windows.
The wording is a rub-on from kaiser Craft, the whole paper set is from there.
Here is the image below the windows. i just turned it upside down

Again I used white to make sure it was the size I wanted. This was cut from Ornamental Iron Cartridge at
2 3/4" after I knew it was the right size I cut it from the paper.

I then took the cut out, it was very plain so I decided to add glitter, so I put the image into the Sticker maker. The sticker maker, put adhesive on the bottom side. I wanted glitter /adhesive on top, so I put this in TOP side DOWN. I took it out sprinkled the glitter, then turned it over and put it through again so the adhesive would be on the bottom.

I used the litte try to put the glitter on then it has a funnel you can dump it right back into the container.
You waste less this way.

I cut these from a gate on Ornamental Iron, BEFORE I removed them from the mat, I traced the edge with the glue pen where i wanted glitter, I then sprinkled it on and THEN removed my image from the cutting mat. This was cut at 3 1/4" these are for my picture frames.

Here ar the suplies and tools I used. The 4 Martha Stewart Glitters, Zig glue pens, Tymo glue, Duck adhesive for the back of the pictures. A clear block for the fairy stamp on the fron of the book. My PINK tool kit, LOVE IT!

Patricia's Nifty Fifty Cartridge

Welcome to our hop!
You should have come here from Lucinda Paper Doll Cartridge  www.thegrowinggibson.blogspot.com










Next you should go to Clare Storybook, Straight from the Nest http://www.cricutcraftyclare.blogspot.com/

If you get lost along the way....
1.Erica’s Room

2. Erica and Erin Preserves (POSTING ON SUNDAY)

3.Bee Scrappy Walk in My Garden (POSTING ON SUNDAY)

4.Justina French Manor 

5.Margarita Simply Charmed & New Arrival

6.Terry M. Tags, Bags & Boxes & Forever Young

7. Tammy Country Life

8 Heather Buccaneer


9. Amanda Locker Talk.

10. Terry F 50 States

11.Lucinda Paper Dolls 


12.Patricia Nifty Fifties  


13.Clare  Storybook, Straight from the Nest  

14. Jamie Blast Off 


15. Esther Carousel 

16. Misty From my Kitchen   


17. Nikki- Sentimentals   

18. Serafina Birthday Bash  

19. Charlotte Nate's ABC  

20. Kassidy Sweet Treats 

21.Nina Stand and Salute  

22. Bella and Erica- Sesame Street Seasons  (POSTING ON SUNDAY)     

23. Blog Candy


First two photos   1029 and 1032 are of favor bags made for a 50's party.  Stripes are 1 1/2 inches, background 4 inches.  Green mat cut at 7 inches, black embellishments, (stars) cut at 1 inch and 1 1/2 inches.   Letters cut at 2 inches with Ashlyns Alphabet cartridge.
next photo    1037 is the front of the invitation cocktail is 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches, black mat is 5 inches by 4 inches and run through bubbles cuttlebug.  Cocktail is cut at 3 3/4 inches.  The word party is cut at 5 inches from Gypsy Wanderings but trimmed just a bit to fit as I wanted on mat.
photo 1035 is a scrap page all done with nifty fifty, have some odd memorabilia at my home, genuine drive in speakers that work (the light anyway) and faux gas pump that is really a storage unit, that that lights up too!   Printed background paper is from DCWV Mod Retro (go figure).  Background photo mats are cut at either 4/12 or 5 inches depending  on photo, The light blue oval backgrounds are at 6 1/2, 4 1/2 and 3 1/2 inches. "Cool Man" cut at 3 inches, nifty (pop dotted up) cut at 6 inches and 50's cut twice at 2 inches, the second being on shadow.
and finally, 1036 is a greeting card again all nifty fifty except sentiment which is a Joys Life stamp (I like stamps);-)  if you can't read it, it says
You're Soda-lightful!!!    Inside is says, Your put the FIZZ in my day!.   Card is 5 12 x 4 inches.  Cuts:  Yellow mat is 4 3/4 inches, soda bottle 4 inches.    I double pop dotted the bottle and slid a real straw cut to fit.   The print background is actually scrap Christmas paper-------  but I think it works----
I have paper favorites so printed paper is DCWV and solid paper is Bazzill.   All items cut with only Nifty Fifties unless noted.

Friday, April 29, 2011

My Favorite Cartridge Blog Hop

Join us Saturday night as we hop our way through more than 40 Cricut Cartridges, wait until you see these projects!!!

Saturday April 30, 7:00pm EST until Monday May 2 7:00pm EST with the Offical Kick off of Erica's Room, the most amazing cartridge resource website!



We will do this the first weekend of EVERY month. If you would like to join us let me know. June's Hop is already filling up!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Expression 2 give away, TONIGHT here is how.... Also Teresa Collins Stamp Maker and TONS more...

    Expression 2 give away, TONIGHT, sponsored by Bee Scrappy. To enter to win the E2, please go to MY blog. On the right hand side there is a place to enter your email. This is where you sign up to win the E2 tonight. You will enter your email, then you will recieve a confirmation email. You have to click on the link in your email to confirm, you will not be enetered until you click CONFIRM on your email that you get. You can put anyone's email in that you want to enter. You can even use your work email for extra chances. Every email entered it a chance to win. The winner will be choosen at random from the people who sign up. This will also sign you up for my newsletter and you will get a weekly/daily email with my blog postings. I am also changing my posting name from My Cricut Craft Room to ERICA'S ROOM I did have my name before the CCR software, but out of respect for Cricut, I am going to change it now before they ask me to.

If you do not want the prize but still want points towards our ongoing contest for the set of 3 New cartridges, just send a message that says Points. If you have to email, put the word 'points' in the subject. Then I know you want points but don't want to win the prize. See below for all of the ways to win....
 So to win the E2 tonight you have to sign up for MY newsletter, The link is right below the FOLLOW ME tab, remember my other links are not active until May 1st. Also follow me and gets lots of great information as soon as I post it. http://mycricutcraftroom.blogspot.com/ 
 
To win one more prize to be given away next Monday you have to sign up for Bee Scrappy's newletter. http://www.medinabeescrappy.com/Contact-Us.html 
 
If you are choosen as a winner for anything from me, please email your name, address, and "the prize you won" to Erica@Cricutcraftroom.com in the subject put WINNER.





I have complied a 27 Page Cricut Craft Room Guide from Provo-Craft's Help pages from the Cricut Craft Room Program. I have compiled this, but it is their information. I have also sent a copy of this to Provo-Craft incase there was anything that they didn't like, so with CCR's upcoming launch, I have decided to share this so you can read a little bit about this before you can use CCR. I read about the gypsy before I purchased it, so here is a way for you to read about it before you use it. CCR is FREE ! Yea! Please read all of the following information as it is PACKED with so much information! Then the CCR Guide is an attachment. I want to be clear in all of the posting and information. I try to help everyone even beginers, so please don't feel as though I am talking down to you if you know what you are doing. Also I don't want to loose anyone by assuming that they know everything. Also in the Cricut Message Boards, I am sorry if I had offended anyone in the past by not including anyone or excluding anyone. My appoligies.
    The following information is my opinion (or from my trials and errors) I have put these things together to help people. Some people already know these things, some people don't, some people won't like what I have to say or how I explain things, if so please do not be negative, just KINDLY ask that I remove you from my mailing list/facebook/blog. I do not want to offend or exclude ANYONE. ALL that I do ask is that you please share my link and facebook and blog information with others instead of my files. I try to be as factual as I can, I am only doing this to help people) Once Cricut posts the link to the CCR, you will download it to your computer. They will provide instructions for this I am sure. After that you will log into it with your same Cricut.com account so your same used name and password. You will design online, then you will have a desktop application to install. The online version is to design in and you can design from any computer, anywhere. BUT you can only CUT from 2 computers. This prevents people from sharing one accoutn and letting 50 people cut from thier cartridges. So you cannot share an account. Again you can design from ANY computer, but can only cut from 2 selected computers. I have also used my Ipad to do this with GoToMyPC. It is a paid app, so I am not sure if with the current litigation with 3rd party software if I can say that, but it does nothing to the Cricut machine... so, I can't really answer questions about GoToMyPC, I am working on a million projects and can't really provide tech support for that. As far as the other computer tablets go I believe from what I have heard if they are flash based (like CCR is) you can use your tablet. As far as phone apps go... I have no idea yet.
    Here is why I am so busy..... I am currently working on a few things that will be on my website... ALL of this is Free. I just want to help and share. I appoligise in advance if I make any mistakes or misinterpretations, again I just want to help. If you do find a mistake in my information, please let me know so I can fix it. Thank you.
   I have an inventory list for all of the Cricut Cartridges and future releases. In this list there will also be a price list updated weekly. So if you want to buy the New Damask Decor cartridge, you will go to that page on my website and you will see about 20 different places to purchase it and that weeks current price.
   I am also making and RGB list for ALL of the cartridges. This is mostly for the Imagine Machine users, BUT this will help everyone, (see below about designing in color with CCR)
   I am making files for every image on every cartridge. So (I keep using this example because it is easy) I have made and Ariel from the Disney Cartridge. In this file is all of the seperate images in proper proportion to create Ariel. So you will open the file in CCR. It will have the proper RGB colors (Red, Green, Blue) Basically these are the proper colors for the red of Ariel's Hair, Green of her tail, etc... So if you have your CCR open you will see all of the parts to make her, all in proper proportion. Alot of people have commented that they are having size issues with CCR So this file that I am making will have all of the images in the right sizes. The file will be created in Imagine mode, this means you design in color so you can see what it will look like in color when you put your paper on your mat and cut it. If you are using the Imagine machine all you do then is open the file in the desktop version and click cut. (by the way the only difference visually between the online and desktop version that I have noticed is the CUT button on the right) If you are using any other machine, Expression, create, personal, E2 (new Expression 2 Annviersary edition) you should design in color then when you choose your machine to cut from, if it is not an imagine machine, then it will take away the color and show you the lines that it will actually cut.  There will also be a picture of a cutting mat so you know where to place the paper and in what sizes of each color of paper you will need. This process of each image is taking me forever.... Over 200 cartridges and over 60 images on each.... But they are coming out great. So I would love for you all to add me to your facebook and follow me on your blogs so you will get these updates as I add them.
   I will also be updating the Digital handbooks. I am adding the little keypad with the red button so you know where that page is on the keypad. I am also typing the RGB codes for Imagine users on the handbook. They will then be added as a digital PDF, so you can view then from your Ipad or tablet, or computer, alot easier than carrying all of your handbooks to a Crop!
   I will also design layouts, cards, etc... when I do I will provide the files so you can make the same thing.
   Now here is the catch to ALL of my files. I can make them and you can look at them, edit them, anything you want. I am not sharing the cartridge, just the file. SO YOU WILL STILL NEED TO PERSONALLY OWN THE CARTRIDGE TO BE ABLE TO CUT FROM IT. If you have a gypsy, it is the same you can share files and such, but you cant cut them unless you own it. While on that topic. Uploading cartridge to your CCR account. A few things to clear up. Youe files will be stored online as well as on your desktop. Other CCR users will NOT be able to view or use your files or account. Also when there are updates they will automatically be detected AND updated when you sign on (the longest this has taken me over the past few months is 2 minutes :)
   So uploading your cartridge to CCR. a few ways. If you have a gypsy, you will connect it to your computer or Cricut machine and you can add all of your cartridges to your account so you will then be able to cut from them. Again you can use, design, and edit form any cartridge, but cannot cut from it unless you have added it to your account. If you do not own a gypsy, you will plug your Cricut machine into your Computer with a cable to the USB drive in your computer. You will then ONE by ONE add each cartridge to your Cricut and upload it to your CCR account. Then you are ready to go and have some fun.
     On my website, my links are not connected yet, so every page you go to RIGHT NOW it will look the same, but bookmark it and check back often. You can use the toolbar to see what information WILL be available on my site. I feel this will be the greatest Cricut Resource out there. Also, PLEASE PLEASE let me know what you want to know about the Cricut, If you want to know soemthing I am sure others will too. So please let me know and I can add a page to help everyone. So I have attached the PDF CCR Help Guide. Please bookmark my other sites below... oh one more thing.

    In celebration of this April with the launch of Cricut Craft Room and the New E2 Anniversary Edition Machine. I am giving away $1000.00 worth of prizes. I will be giving away a New E2 Machine, some of the newest Cricut Cartridges, Damask Decor, Everyday Pop-up cards, Elegant Edges....and more, Copic Markers, Cuttlebug embossing folders, clear stamps from my favorite companies, the little Cricut Plushies and so MUCH more. There will be a huge party over the next two weeks for all of these items. All winners will be announced at 10:00 PM (EST) on May 1st!
  How to enter and win. Many ways. Comment on anything on any of my sites, each comment is one entry to win. Please only comment on each item once. Refer a friend and have them say "so and so" sent me. That counts as an entry for you and them. All referals and friend requests, followers, etc.... If you are already a blog follower or Facebook friend, you already have one entry! If you post a link on your blog or facebook, you get another entry. Each new person who requests this guide will also get an entry, if you get this, you already have one entry. Who ever sends the most referals will receive a GREAT prize. So you have exactly 2 weeks to get the word out there.

    On Sunday May 1st all of my sites and links will go live by 10:00 PM. At this time all entries will be closed. On Monday May 2, 2011 I will annouce the winners and many different places and there will be surpises along the way. There will be a daily give away but who knows where it will pop up. So, be sure to be a follower everywhere that you can. All of the big prizes will happen on May 2nd. So bookmark them now and check back often! If you would like to be a sponsor and have your products included in the giveaways, please contact me so I can add your items and product lines to my 'Favorite Things' and all promos along My 2 week E2 & CCR celebration.
There will be random drawings for everything except the referals, those will be tallied. So even if you only enter in one spot you CAN win!

If you would like the CCR Help guide, please send me a blank email with the subject "CCR Guide" This will also count as an entry. If you already did, you already have that entry. Send that request to Erica@CricutCraftRoom.com

Remember on my website site AND BLOG, my dropdown extentions will not GO anywhere until May 1st.

Here are my links, now GO GO GO!

http://cricutcraftroom.com/

http://mycricutcraftroom.blogspot.com/

Email: Erica@CricutCraftRoom.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cricutcraftroom#!/home.php 

    
The link is right below the FOLLOW ME tab, remember my other links are not active until May 1st. you can even click and be a follower and gets lots of great informationas soon as I post it.  The winner for the E2 will be drawn at random at 12:00 when the new E2 offically launches.

Also if you want the 27 Page Cricut Craft Room help guide, send me a blank email to Erica@cricutcraftroom.com with the subject CCR guide.

I still have one more week of giveaways... to play see all of the ways to win here...

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Hello Thursday Cartridges, OFFICIALLY announced.

Here they are....

CCR Guide and My 2 week E2 & CCR celebration with over $1000 giveaways

Just a few things. I have complied a 27 Page Cricut Craft Room Guide from Provo-Craft's Help pages from the Cricut Craft Room Program. I have compiled this, but it is their information. I have also sent a copy of this to Provo-Craft incase there was anything that they didn't like, so with CCR's upcoming launch, I have decided to share this so you can read a little bit about this before you can use CCR. I read about the gypsy before I purchased it, so here is a way for you to read about it before you use it. CCR is FREE ! Yea! Please read all of the following information as it is PACKED with so much information! Then the CCR Guide is an attachment.
 I want to be clear in all of the posting and information. I try to help everyone even beginers, so please don't feel as though I am talking down to you if you know what you are doing. Also I don't want to loose anyone by assuming that they know everything. Also in the Cricut Message Boards, I am sorry if I had offended anyone in the past by not including anyone or excluding anyone. My appoligies.
    The following information is my opinion (or from my trials and errors) I have put these things together to help people. Some people already know these things, some people don't, some people won't like what I have to say or how I explain things, if so please do not be negative, just KINDLY ask that I remove you from my mailing list/facebook/blog. I do not want to offend or exclude ANYONE. ALL that I do ask is that you please share my link and facebook and blog information with others instead of my files. I try to be as factual as I can, I am only doing this to help people) Once Cricut posts the link to the CCR, you will download it to your computer. They will provide instructions for this I am sure. After that you will log into it with your same Cricut.com account so your same used name and password. You will design online, then you will have a desktop application to install. The online version is to design in and you can design from any computer, anywhere. BUT you can only CUT from 2 computers. This prevents people from sharing one accoutn and letting 50 people cut from thier cartridges. So you cannot share an account. Again you can design from ANY computer, but can only cut from 2 selected computers. I have also used my Ipad to do this with GoToMyPC. It is a paid app, so I am not sure if with the current litigation with 3rd party software if I can say that, but it does nothing to the Cricut machine... so, I can't really answer questions about GoToMyPC, I am working on a million projects and can't really provide tech support for that. As far as the other computer tablets go I believe from what I have heard if they are flash based (like CCR is) you can use your tablet. As far as phone apps go... I have no idea yet.
    Here is why I am so busy..... I am currently working on a few things that will be on my website... ALL of this is Free. I just want to help and share. I appoligise in advance if I make any mistakes or misinterpretations, again I just want to help. If you do find a mistake in my information, please let me know so I can fix it. Thank you.
   I have an inventory list for all of the Cricut Cartridges and future releases. In this list there will also be a price list updated weekly. So if you want to buy the New Damask Decor cartridge, you will go to that page on my website and you will see about 20 different places to purchase it and that weeks current price.
   I am also making and RGB list for ALL of the cartridges. This is mostly for the Imagine Machine users, BUT this will help everyone, (see below about designing in color with CCR)
   I am making files for every image on every cartridge. So (I keep using this example because it is easy) I have made and Ariel from the Disney Cartridge. In this file is all of the seperate images in proper proportion to create Ariel. So you will open the file in CCR. It will have the proper RGB colors (Red, Green, Blue) Basically these are the proper colors for the red of Ariel's Hair, Green of her tail, etc... So if you have your CCR open you will see all of the parts to make her, all in proper proportion. Alot of people have commented that they are having size issues with CCR So this file that I am making will have all of the images in the right sizes. The file will be created in Imagine mode, this means you design in color so you can see what it will look like in color when you put your paper on your mat and cut it. If you are using the Imagine machine all you do then is open the file in the desktop version and click cut. (by the way the only difference visually between the online and desktop version that I have noticed is the CUT button on the right) If you are using any other machine, Expression, create, personal, E2 (new Expression 2 Annviersary edition) you should design in color then when you choose your machine to cut from, if it is not an imagine machine, then it will take away the color and show you the lines that it will actually cut.  There will also be a picture of a cutting mat so you know where to place the paper and in what sizes of each color of paper you will need. This process of each image is taking me forever.... Over 200 cartridges and over 60 images on each.... But they are coming out great. So I would love for you all to add me to your facebook and follow me on your blogs so you will get these updates as I add them.
   I will also be updating the Digital handbooks. I am adding the little keypad with the red button so you know where that page is on the keypad. I am also typing the RGB codes for Imagine users on the handbook. They will then be added as a digital PDF, so you can view then from your Ipad or tablet, or computer, alot easier than carrying all of your handbooks to a Crop!
   I will also design layouts, cards, etc... when I do I will provide the files so you can make the same thing.
   Now here is the catch to ALL of my files. I can make them and you can look at them, edit them, anything you want. I am not sharing the cartridge, just the file. SO YOU WILL STILL NEED TO PERSONALLY OWN THE CARTRIDGE TO BE ABLE TO CUT FROM IT. If you have a gypsy, it is the same you can share files and such, but you cant cut them unless you own it. While on that topic. Uploading cartridge to your CCR account. A few things to clear up. Youe files will be stored online as well as on your desktop. Other CCR users will NOT be able to view or use your files or account. Also when there are updates they will automatically be detected AND updated when you sign on (the longest this has taken me over the past few months is 2 minutes :)
   So uploading your cartridge to CCR. a few ways. If you have a gypsy, you will connect it to your computer or Cricut machine and you can add all of your cartridges to your account so you will then be able to cut from them. Again you can use, design, and edit form any cartridge, but cannot cut from it unless you have added it to your account. If you do not own a gypsy, you will plug your Cricut machine into your Computer with a cable to the USB drive in your computer. You will then ONE by ONE add each cartridge to your Cricut and upload it to your CCR account. Then you are ready to go and have some fun.
     On my website, my links are not connected yet, so every page you go to RIGHT NOW it will look the same, but bookmark it and check back often. You can use the toolbar to see what information WILL be available on my site. I feel this will be the greatest Cricut Resource out there. Also, PLEASE PLEASE let me know what you want to know about the Cricut, If you want to know soemthing I am sure others will too. So please let me know and I can add a page to help everyone. So I have attached the PDF CCR Help Guide. Please bookmark my other sites below... oh one more thing.

    In celebration of this April with the launch of Cricut Craft Room and the New E2 Anniversary Edition Machine. I am giving away $1000.00 worth of prizes. I will be giving away a New E2 Machine, some of the newest Cricut Cartridges, Damask Decor, Everyday Pop-up cards, Elegant Edges....and more, Copic Markers, Cuttlebug embossing folders, clear stamps from my favorite companies, the little Cricut Plushies and so MUCH more. There will be a huge party over the next two weeks for all of these items. All winners will be announced at 10:00 PM (EST) on May 1st!
  How to enter and win. Many ways. Comment on anything on any of my sites, each comment is one entry to win. Please only comment on each item once. Refer a friend and have them say "so and so" sent me. That counts as an entry for you and them. All referals and friend requests, followers, etc.... If you are already a blog follower or Facebook friend, you already have one entry! If you post a link on your blog or facebook, you get another entry. Each new person who requests this guide will also get an entry, if you get this, you already have one entry. Who ever sends the most referals will receive a GREAT prize. So you have exactly 2 weeks to get the word out there.

    On Sunday May 1st all of my sites and links will go live by 10:00 PM. At this time all entries will be closed. On Monday May 2, 2011 I will annouce the winners and many different places and there will be surpises along the way. There will be a daily give away but who knows where it will pop up. So, be sure to be a follower everywhere that you can. All of the big prizes will happen on May 2nd. So bookmark them now and check back often! If you would like to be a sponsor and have your products included in the giveaways, please contact me so I can add your items and product lines to my 'Favorite Things' and all promos along My 2 week E2 & CCR celebration.
There will be random drawings for everything except the referals, those will be tallied. So even if you only enter in one spot you CAN win!

If you would like the CCR Help guide, please send me a blank email with the subject "CCR Guide" This will also count as an entry. If you already did, you already have that entry. Send that request to Erica@CricutCraftRoom.com

Remember on my website site AND BLOG, my dropdown extentions will not GO anywhere until May 1st.

Here are my links, now GO GO GO!

http://cricutcraftroom.com/

http://mycricutcraftroom.blogspot.com/

Email: Erica@CricutCraftRoom.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cricutcraftroom#!/home.php 

Happy Easter (or passover, or just Happy Sunday)

Happy Easter everyone! Enjoy the day with your family. Lots of excitement back here tonight. Last night's winner was a facebook follower, tonight will be a blog follower!

Saturday, April 23, 2011