Monday, July 21, 2014

Craftsy Launch.....Cricut Class now Available

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Make Die Cuts that WOW!
Discover Cricut functions you never knew existed and make die–cut images that are anything but one–dimensional! Go beyond the basics with your machine and work with vinyl, fabric and more. Join me, Cricut author and expert Cathie Rigby, for my online Craftsy class, Creative Die Cutting with Your Cricut, and explore the endless projects you can make with your Cricut Expression®!

Throughout this class, you'll get the techniques and inspiration you need to use your Cricut in new and exciting ways. We'll get started with an overview of Cricut foundations. I'll review Cricut essentials and share tips for using the blade, mat and cartridges. Then, we'll work through proper setup, and explore the easy–to–read cutting guide that's included with your class. We'll also discuss the basic Cricut keys, and I'll share a numbering strategy that helps you easily access and use all the many shapes and images that can be found in your cartridges.
Now we'll really put your machine to work. I'll explain the mode and function buttons, as we set up your projects for success. Then, develop an understanding of Cricut markers, as I demonstrate how to load the marker, and share how they work to outline cut lines, create coloring pages and even produce faux stamps!

Next, we'll jump into crafting with paper! Enjoy a fun introduction to Cricut Cuttables, and get essential tips for successfully scoring, stacking and cutting these products. Then, I'll show you how to emboss using the Cuttlebug Machine, as we create a flower with texture and dimension.

Think crafting with vinyl is out of reach? Think again! We'll dive into the vinyl tips handbook to learn how to work with this fun material. Prepare your Cricut to cut vinyl—while remembering the magic number of three. Then, get inspired to apply your vinyl images to a variety of fun, new surfaces.
Once you're comfortable working with vinyl, we'll use this versatile material to create a fun stencil. I'll guide you through each step of etching a glass dish, using your stencil and etching cream to achieve beautiful results. Rest assured your dishes won't go missing at the next potluck after you've etched your name or a unique design on them!

Now we'll learn how to layer and craft using fabric! Discover innovative techniques for layering, and find out how to set up and organize your mat to cut fabric with fusible webbing. We'll also review the best types of fabric to use for these projects, to create home decor and gifts you'll proudly display or give!
In our last lesson, we'll tackle cardmaking with your Cricut. I'll show you how to create two cards using the techniques you've learned so far. Layer like a pro, as you make the charming "Little Girl" card. Then, work with vinyl to create the funky "Moosing U" card—sure to be a hit with friends and family. Enroll in Creative Die Cutting with Your Cricut today, and you'll even learn the five rules for Cricut success that every paper crafter should know!

I am a longtime scrapbooker, instructor and Cricut enthusiast! I love working with my Cricut machine—so much so that I have authored a book on the subject. In addition to my book, Cricut Expression: A Comprehensive Guide to Creating with Your Machine, I teach classes about Cricut Expression®, Cricut DesignStudio and Gypsy®, through scrapbook retreats and Cricut® Cruises.

I can't wait to connect with you in my Craftsy class, as you learn how to get the most from the Cricut machine you already know and love!

Join me in Creative Die Cutting with Your Cricut for only $14.99 — that's 25% off today!
Cathie Rigby | Craftsy Instructor

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Disney/Pixar Blog Hop: I Wanna Build a SnowMan

If you love Disney Pixar and crafting, you came to the right place!  We have an entire month of fun planned for you, with a new group of crafting bloggers every Saturday in June.

Are you having fun with our hop?  If you missed the first two weekends, you can still go back and see all of those projects too.  Just click HERE to see the projects from the first weekend, and click HERE to see the projects from the second weekend.

 Here is my Olaf...created with my Cricut Explore
 As you can see I added some stickles glitter to give him some pizzaz
 This is what he looks like on Design Space
 I've tried to keep him simple so that others can put him together fairly easily.  If you want this cut file-then leave me a comment with your email address and be sure you are a follower and have liked my facebook page.  I will get this uploaded to Dropbox and send you a link.  
Here is the finished project for my Olaf....I made Journals for the young women going to summer camp with my church this summer.  I am also working on a Frozen Mini Album that I will have available to purchase as a kit in my Store the end of August so I'll hope you will come back and see that when I've posted it.
Happy Hopping!
Make sure to mark your calendar for MORE projects next Saturday!  You can join the Facebook Event page by clicking HERE

Now it's time for you to head over to Kathy's blog. 

Here is the full line up in case you get lost along the way

Tami (Sorry Disney fans . . . post is not up . . . please skip for now)
Cathie (You Are Here)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Baptism Mini Album

Baptism Mini Album
 My friend and neighbor's little boy had a baptism this month
 So I couldn't resist making him a mini album to help him remember this special day.
 I included spots for pictures but also places where he could write some of his current favorites and maybe put pictures of his friends now.
 Of course I wanted him to remember why he was making this decision.....
 and I wanted him to have the words to a song we sang at the Baptism.
 I left plenty of spots for  him to post pictures 
 with the people that mean most to him and that
have helped him feel special on this special day.
Hope you liked my little memory book.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Do You Wanna Build a Snowman??? Disney's Olaf

I wanted to build Disney's Olaf with my Cricut Explore....

I'm joining some bloggy friends in this Disney Pixar Blog Hop at the end of the month....but I just could wait to start working on some Disney Projects.

So I used my Explore (I LOVE IT) to build a Snowman!!

Olaf was so easy to upload and create.....I am going to make a project for the Young Women in my church for a summer camp that will use the characters from Frozen.  This is just the first of a collection that I hope to share with you in the coming weeks.
Be sure and come back and join me on my week to share my Disney Project and I will give my Blog Followers that are also Facebook Friends the Olaf file for their Cricut Explore (If you don't have an Explore-then I will mail you a finished Olaf).

I have kept the pieces pretty simple-so that you can put it together pretty simply.

As you can see he is much cuter with I added some Frosed Lace Stickles for that wintery look.
I hope you like my FROZEN creation and will come back on the 28th to see how I use this piece.
And don't forget to see what my Bloggy friends are doing this weekend for their Disney Pixar Projects.  The link is above and on my Facebook Page also.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Graduation Decorations-Water Bottle Style!

So for my daughter's graduation party we wanted to keep the decorations simple
 I used Varsity Letters on my Cricut to make her School Letters and some fun ribbon from Hobby Lobby to wrap around the bottles.  The bands slip off easily so you can CHILL the bottles and still slide the band on after taking out of the cooler.

 It was a fun touch that we made to match her time I do this idea though I will add a graduation hat to the lid of the bottle....that would be a nice finishing touch.

 Decorating water bottles is super easy and a fun way to decorate for any party.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Still time to join our Cricut Cruise 2014

Still time to join us on this fantastic Cricut Cruise for October 2014
Don't miss out on beautiful beaches!!    LINK HERE:
 Swimming with Dolphins at an affordable price.....
 Seeing the ruins in Mexico!!
There is still time and a great offer that is NOW available.
Book on Cathie's Cruise & Crop by June 30th to take advantage of Royal Caribbean's Buy 1, Get 1 50% off sale.  This promotion is applied to the current, prevailing rate.  Kids Sail free promotion is also available - call for rates on triple & quad occupancy staterooms.

"Averaged" 1st & 2nd passenger rates under the BOGOHO Promo:
Inside staterooms start at $640 pp
Balcony staterooms $1015 pp

Port charges are included.  Government taxes are additional.  Rates are based on Double Occupancy, are subject to change and are subject to availability.  Call for rates on triple & quad occupancy.

To book, visit or call 1-800-645-1481