Saturday, December 31, 2011

Weekly Web Scrapping

Welcome to the first Weekly Web Scrapping post.  I hope you are as excited as I am.  I am trying this out on a Saturday so that the image is available for New Year's, but do not know if this will be the final day of the week for these posts.    For the first Web Scrapping Post, I have made a background image.  This is called "Bubbles" and has six colored dots on a yellow background.  I thought this would be a fun background for a New Year's album page.

Here is a screen shot of the background on a web page.
Screen Shot
Here is the minimum code needed to make this background work.  This just puts the background on your page, no headings or images. **

<body style="background-image:url(Bubbles.bmp);


**Code assumes you name the image Bubbles.bmp and place it in the same folder as the album page**

Friday, December 23, 2011

Future of Fun Time Scrapping

I hope you have enjoyed Fun Time thus far.  With the current year coming to an end and the new year coming quickly, I have decided I want to take a new approach with this blog.  Here are a few of the upcoming changes you can look forward to:

  • A New Domain Name: will soon be easier to remember as 
  • Once a (hopefully) Weekly Web Scrapping: With the new domain name, I hope to be able to provide with web scrapping utilities for download also.  This way you can make online albums with your photos by downloading background images or online "die cuts".  The first example is below, called stripes. 
    • Stripes: Stripes is a background that you can add to your online album page as a background image. You would place this image into your album page folder and enter the body code below.  This will give you a red and green striped background. The code to do this is: 
                                     <body style="background-image:url(stripes.bmp);
  • Santa's Present: I am waiting for Santa to bring me a new craft room (yay)  If he is successful I will have a new display for projects.
I hope you are as excited for the future changes as I am!!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Matching Game Featured on Instructables

I'm so excited to get to post this!! My matching Game was featured on the instructables homepage and the Technology page!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Matching Station

This is a matching station that I made today.  The inside of the box has different circuits that when the child matches the correct upper and lower case letter, the circuit completes and the LED lights up.  The cards can be customized according to needs, such as upper and lower case letters, states vs. capitols, or a number digit vs. a card with drawings of that many of an item.  The You Tube link below shows the game in action and the Instructables shows how to make your own.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Paper Beads

I found an instructable on paper beads and tried it on my own.  I have to say, I just can't stop now there so cute, so I decided to post them for all to see.  If you like the beads but don't have the time to do this on your own, the person who made the instructable said he sells them for women in Uganda.
Instructable Link:

Paper Beads Made from a Christmas Gift Magazine

Monday, December 5, 2011

Exporting Cricut Craft Room to Gypsy

Today I spent an hour trying to find information about how to connect the Cricut Craft Room to my Gypsy.  I didn't have a lot of luck finding the information in one place, so I needed to use a combination of websites, you tube videos, and forums to figure it out.  I left some starred information which can be found at the bottom of the post.

In order to get your Cricut Craft Room (CCR) projects to your Gypsy you would need to do the following (I use a MAC don't know if PC is different):

First things first, find the USB plug for the Gypsy.  If you do not have the one that came with this, it is a micros USB which is the same as some cameras, phones, or in my case, PS3 controllers.

Then on the computer you need the following software:
Cricut Sync
Cricut Craft Room (the non-web version)

To send a file from the MAC to the Gypsy:
You would then export your file from the  CCR.  To do this go to
Open > Click on the Project Name > Export > Choose Gypsy > then Begin * > It will download the file and ask you to save, choose Save > Browse to where to save the project > Name the project**> click Save
Then plug in your Gypsy and open Cricut Sync, and choose whether to update now or not. >
When Digital Content Rights have been updated comes up choose Ok.  This then opens to Gypsy Projects.  Choose Add Projects > Browse and Select the projects to add*** > Once this is done you will see the file name on the list of Gypsy projects and can disconnect your project if you are done designing.

To send a file from the Gypsy to the MAC
This is much easier.  It starts off the same:
You would just plug in the Gypsy, open Cricut Sync, and choose whether or not to update now.> When Digital Content Rights have been updated comes up choose Ok.  This then opens to Gypsy Projects. > Then click on the project name (or names by using shift or control click) and drag them to the folder you wish to add them to on your computer.
That's it.  If you want to then add the project to Cricut Craft Room you would also:
Open the CCR Software > Chose Import > Browse to the project name > Chose Ok
That's it for this as well.  Much easier to go from the Gypsy to the MAC.

*If you get an error that some features may not be supported yet, choose Ok.  This is due to the Gypsy not yet being able to use the imagine feature to print.
**Whatever is before the .gypsy is what will show on the Gypsy list
***If the project is already there it will give an error trying to add the project.  If you updated a previous cut and are re-saving it now, you would need to delete it off the Gypsy or choose Remove Project first.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Crciut Craft Room

So, I was browsing project ideas for my new Cricut Imagine and found a link to the Cricut Craft Room.  This is a great extension to the Cricut Gypsy I already have and I can't wait to start playing with it.  It is free to join and works with all the Cricuts.  You can now design on your computer and cut to your Cricut.  You have to authorize the PC to cut and can authorize up to two PCs.  The link is here if you want to try it out as well.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday

I was lucky enough, after going to three Walmarts, to get the new Cricut Imagine Bundle for $187.  I am so excited about this and being able to both print and cut at the same time.  The project ideas on the box are amazing.  Was anyone else lucky enough to get this great deal?

And if that wasn't enough, I woke up at 9AM and went to Michaels to use my 30% off coupon.  I can't wait for my Christmas present from own crafting space. 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Cards Cards Cards

This has been a busy week for me.  Princess card invitations, a wedding card I am still working on, a birthday card for my niece I haven't started yet, and a birthday card for my brother, which is today's featured card.  My brother and his wife created an App store game. This can be found at or at . For his birthday, I decided to make a moveable card featuring his game.  Here is the card images and a video of it in action.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Princess Cards

Here are the princes invitations I made for my friend's daughter's birthday.  The inside was printed with the event details using Word on the computer.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Pocket Sized Magnetic Dolls

Here is another of my instructables.  This time I made a Pocket Sized Magnetic Paper Doll.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Princess Invitations

I just got the Cricut Once Upon A Princess cartridge.  It couldn't come at a better time since my niece decided she wants a princess party for her fifth birthday.  So, I got to designing a card for her.  I used the gypsy to make this card.  Using the Princess Party Invitation found on the cartridge, I choose one and set it to a height of 5 inches.  I made sure the Princess Party lined up with a line on the page.  Then I choose a second one and again set it to 5 inches, but this one I rotated 180 degrees, so it was opposite the first.  I lined both up so the side edges were on top of each other and the top edge lined up with the same line as the Princess Party.  This spaced the Princess Party and the crowns about 1 inch apart.  I then went in and removed everything but the crowns on the second one, so the only thing left was the crown inside the first card design.  I took the card to my printer and printed the party information onto the card. (I will see if I can get this uploaded as a template)  Lastly, I folded the card in half so the crowns all lined up and tied a ribbon in a bow to close it up.  I had to do this since I have a 6X12 inch Cricut causing me to be unable to print the envelopes.

***Pictures and a possible template coming soon***

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Some more cool instructables

So, we are probably having a princess birthday party in November with a friend for her daughter.  While checking out my instructable I made, I found these other two which are totally cute.

Cupcake Castle made of recyclable parts

Castle Hair Clip / Pin


Sunday, August 28, 2011

I made an instructable!

Yup that's right, I made my first instructable.  My sister showed me these homemade robots on instructables  that I updated by adding a switch.  I made a toothbrush robot.  I used it to paint with.  See the link here :)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Breast Cancer Ribbons

Today I made Breast Cancer Awareness ribbons for my cousin.  She will be walking in the Avon Walk later in the year and as a fundraiser I have made these ribbons for my aunt to sale at her store.  We hope to help my cousin get closer to her goal.  So far I have spent 1 hour time and got 61 keepers and had 4 thrown out.
I used the ribbons from the Cricut Stand and Salute cartridge. The paper used was 8 1/2" X 11" So I cut it in half to 4 1/4" X 11 inch strips and used my Gypsy to line the ribbons up to fit on this uncommon size.  The machine settings were all set to 3.

The Process:
1. The sheets were split in half

2. I used two mats to speed the process up.

3. I slipped off the backing and removed the ribbons.

4. This is the garbage pile made so far and sample ribbons that I made so far.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Vocalpoint - Downy Unstopables

Recently I became a Vocalpoint member.  Today, for the first time I received my free full size sample of Downy Unstopables.  Although I haven't had a chance to use it in my laundry (I just dropped it off before the mail came), it does have a squeeze and smell bottle and my DH and I agree it smells nice.  We will be asking our laundry mat lady to use it next time to see how the clothes come out.  So you have an idea, below are pictures of what came in the box.
This is the unopened box.
The first surprise were these cute Downy socks.  They are ankle socks, just the style I prefer!!
This is the bottle of Downy Unstopables to be tried in the near future.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Foam Letter ABCs made with Cricut

These ABC Letters were cut using Foam 4 X 6 " squares.They were cut using the Cricut and the Gypsy.
The Foam Squares uncut. 
The Foam squares were placed on the 6 X 12 " mat.  I put them down so that they were sideways.  Doing so, I was able to get three to a mat, and thus cut three letters at a time.

I had to play with the numbers a bit so as you can see my first batches (A - F) had to be cut with the Exacto tool.  Also, some letters are very fragile and while I had my friend's four year old helping, she ripped them in half on accident.  The slightest extra tug on certain letters (i.e. D, E, M) caused the letter to rip and need to be re-cut.

By the time I got to the end I figured out a good cut to use.  I ended up using the following settings:Pressure: 5, Speed: 5, Depth: 4, and Cut Over: 3 (where the Cricut does the same cut three times).  This made it so that the letters were easier and less delicate during removal.


I was able to get a triangle and a circle from the inside of the A and the O respectively.
Certain letters were able to keep the negative space to be used as tracers or in another letter project, whereas others were not.  You can see above some examples of each.

The biggest lesson I learned today however was about the cutting mat.  My cutting mat is not too sticky anymore which made the foam squares come off in mid cut at times.  A new one is definitely due!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Cricut Anniversary Expression 2

Our friends at Everyday Cricut are giving away this wonderful Cricut.  If you would like information on how to win, you can see them at

Friday, April 15, 2011

Relay for Life Keychains

My mom is walking in the Relay for Life so this is the key chain we made to help raise money. We are going to try to get $1.50 each. (Includes shipping / handing)This is for a great cause. If you want to donate here is the link for her team, Team Dominettes (Donna or Angela)
Email me with your name and address to . Once the donation is processed I will mail it via USPS ASAP.

Finished Key chain
All of them Together

Starting Off on the Printer

The Design Made in Paint - This is the Relay for life sign made to look like a Domino.

Cutting to Size

Punching the Hole - Don't be fooled these get stronger once they are done!

Almost done! In the oven.

Flattening to Shape

Finished Products and Goofs we Learned from

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Portfolio Cover

I am currently working on a portfolio. To make the cover, I used my Cricut and Vinyl. (Image to be attached at a later time) I cut the vinyl on a depth of 2 and pressure of 2. The name was cut in the Gypsy Font (Scripted) size 2 inch merged together. This was in a pink vinyl. For a background to the name I cut a star. I expanded the star using the gypsy to get it as big as possible on a 6X12 mat. This is in yellow. I struggled with whether I should use the inside or the outside of the cut and finally decided on the inside. I am currently looking for a print font that has both lower and upper case letters that will look good at a height of about 1/2 inch tall for the address and phone number. Any suggestions?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Cricut ABC Mirror

This mirror was made using vinyl adhesive letters (cut from the Cricut Printing Press font) cut into squares. The squares were then pulled up and placed onto the glass mirror (as carefully as I can d it) in order. Once they were on the glass I used glass etching cream following the directions indicated, washed the cream off and pulled the vinyl off. This actually looks real nice even though the lines are not perfect. I have a video and more photos that still need to be uploaded. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Vinyl mailbox cling

Sorry about the orientation. I took the picture and uploaded using the mobile SMS feature and can't find a way o rotate it. Anyhow, take a look at what I did to my mailbox. I used the Cricut Sweetheart cartridge for the Mr. and Mrs. logo and then the George (I believe will check Gypsy later) font for the last name.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Cricut Vinyl Dolphins

Cartridges used:
  • Life's a Beach

  • Car Decals

My mom's favorite animals are dolphins, so she had asked for some dolphin decals for her car. She hasn't had a chance to put them on her car yet, but we decided that the negative space looked so perfect we used that for the back door. Hope you like them as best as we do.

*Note the pictures were taken from a cell phone camera so there not great*