Monday, July 1, 2013

4th of July Fantabulous Cricut Crawl - a Cricuty version of a Blog Hop!!

Welcome to Jilliene Designing and the 4th of July Fantabulous Cricut Crawl - a Cricuty version of a Blog Hop!!  If you've come from Jackie at Luv2scrappp, you're in the right place!


In honor of Independence Day each Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog Design Team member has created a project using Red, White and Blue (and at least one Cricut cut.) Visit each Design Team member's blog for a chance to win all sorts of goodies! Yay! for giveaways! There is a Grand Prize for one lucky winner who submits their own "Red White and Blue" project at FCCB!
  

For my red white and blue project, I decided to use the Cricut cartridge "Word Collage".  

I bought this cartridge a few years ago thinking that I would use the negative cuts for cards and scrapbook layouts.  The first time I used it was for a baby layout.  In order to fit the negative cut and a couple photos onto a 12 x 12" sheet of paper, I had to cut the collage pretty small. I set the size to 4". Well, try as I might, anything under 6" ripped, tore or shredded my paper.  I changed my blade.  I adjusted the pressure, speed and blade depth about a gazillion times but I still couldn't get a clean cut, so I put the cartridge away and didn't give it a second thought, until last week.

I really liked the layout for the 4th of July word collage and I had the perfect paper for it.  I used the red, white and blue sheet from the Danny O collection.  Thank goodness I had multiple sheets of that design because this project wasn't as easy as I thought it would be and I had already expected some trouble.  I will be posting an article later this week with a lot of useful information about working with Word Collage and a cartridge table of contents PDF for download.

Now let's talk about my giveaway!  I have a pretty excellent K&Company bundle for one lucky winner. All you have to do is become a follower of my blog, "Like" the Jilliene Designs Facebook Page and leave a comment below to win this K&Company Goodie Pack:


a Rafflecopter giveaway

It's time to move on to the next blog, Create with JoNeita.  Thanks so much for popping in.  I hope to see you again soon! Have fun visiting all the blogs along the way and when you get done, make sure you link up your red, white and blue project to the Fantabulous Cricut Crawl post for a chance to win the Grand Prize!!
Here is the line up in case you get lost:
Jilliene  http://jillienedesigns.blogspot.com/   --YOU ARE HERE--

68 comments:

  1. This card is wonderful! I have word collage but haven't used it yet so I am anxiously looking forward to your post about using it.

    I became a follower and subscriber by email

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    1. Thank you scootingranny - it should be up on wed or thurs depending on my sons cold. ;o)

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  2. Great project! Love your word collage! I love that cartridge.


    Dt member Catarina aka Docerela creations

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  3. I'm a new follower & have clicked Like on FB. Wonderful Patriotic creation. I have the Word Collage Cricut cartridge and have not used it.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and entering the drawing.

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  4. I love this and the different coloring on the words. I have been on the fence about ordering this cartridge but interested in it for awhile. This might have sealed the deal. Thank you for sharing and for the inspiration! :)

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    1. Thanks Brittany! I will be posting an overview this week which will have some tips on how to get the most out of it. I'll also have a Spreadsheet with all of the words and images in the cartridge so you can easily look up a specific term and find out if its on the cart without having to skim through each word collage. You will be able to download it as a PDF.

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  5. Your project rocks! I love word collage but I also rarely use it. I have had the most success using it with vinyl. Can't wait to see your tips and tricks.

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    1. Thanks for the tip and the awesome compliment! If you don't mind, I'll have to pass on your comment about the vinyl.

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  6. I love the word collage. Looks like a fun cartridge to have!

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    1. Thanks Felicia! It is a little tricky but hopefully my article later this week will help with some of the issues.

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  7. I love your card! TFS.
    I joined as an email follower. (and Google, too)
    Can't wait to see the info for this cart. It is a tricky one for sure.
    D~ dmcardmaker (at AOL)
    http://designsbydragonfly.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi D -Thanks for becoming a follower and popping in! I'm going to jump over to your site now!

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    2. wow - beautiful work D! I'm a follower!

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  8. I love how your project came together. I don't have that cartridge, but it is good to know that it is difficult to work with.

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    1. Hi Dakota Bear - yes I wish I had know about several carts that I have bought - pop up cards - good grief! that one is ridiculous. i can't tell you how much time I have spent trying to make a card, even with those horrible directions Provocraft put together. lol -

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  9. Love this word collage. I have never seen this cartridge before and I like it. Good to know before hand how hard it is to get a good cut. Thanks for sharing. Your project came out really great. Kim Ogden

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    1. Thanks so much Kim! I really appreciate the kind words.

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  10. I love the color and how your project turned out.

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  11. Love your project! It turned out fabulous! I have thought about getting that cart, so I will look forward to your review a little later on.

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    1. Thank you Mollie - I hope my review will be helpful because there are some really cute word collages on that cart.

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  12. I love your blog and look forward to your awesome ideas!

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    1. Awwww, thank you Cathy! I sure appreciate the compliment =o)

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  13. I never bought that cartridge because I heard it was difficult to cut. I am looking forward to your hints. Your project looks great. Thank you.

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    1. oh good - I'm glad to hear that I wasn't the only one had trouble with it! lol Thanks for the kind words about my project. it is so nice to get good feedback compared to my DH who looks at it blankly and says "that's nice honey" At least he tries, right?

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  14. I love this and I understand completely how hard it was. I did one at Christmas and even though it looked great, was so hard. Yours is fabulous!

    Diane
    scrappintreasures@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you so much Diane! I'm so glad to hear you say that. At one point, I started to think I was the problem!

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  15. Your site is awesome and full of great ideas. Thank you for sharing

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    1. Thank you Angee! that is so nice of you to say!! You made my day!

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  16. Love your project. I only use the cartridge with my imagine so it prints

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    1. I have an Imagine too! So do you just print and don't cur? That is a great idea!! I wish I had done that on this project because I had to cut the same thing out over and over to assemble the one clean project and some of the letters are stacked or attached with foam just so you can see them. Thanks so much!!

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  17. That is a cool cartridge! I`ll have to check it out :)

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    1. It really is - I like the concept and so many of the collages are relevant to my life/ photos/ gifts. Thanks for saying Hi kimberly. it is always nice to see you!

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  18. Jilliene, your project is really cool! I love the colors you used. I have that cartridge and love it. I'm always trying to find different ways in which to use it!
    Angie

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  19. Thank you so much Angie! Will you share some of the things you have created? I am sort of obsessed right now. Whenever I do a review of a cartridge I feel like I have to master it in order to write about it. =)

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  20. Wonderful project love the design, what a fun cartridge Thanks for the fun crawl
    DIANA L.
    dianamlarson.blogspot.com

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  21. Thank u Diana. I'm so glad you popped in! Please come back.

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  22. What a fun card, I must also tell you I have this cartridge and have never used it, once a new cartridge is released I do everything in my power to own it and then it takes years for me to use it. LOL! Happy 4th of July to you and your family.. I am a new follower and hope you will do the same.

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  23. Ahhhh! we are twins. Isn't that funny. I get obsessed too! Thanks for become a follower and happy 4th of July to you too!

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  24. awesome project love it! im a new follower and i like ur fb.. tfs and the chance to win!
    -jamie
    babyblueangel_30@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you so much. i just popped over to your blog to say hello and your girls are darling!

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  25. Well your project turned out great ! I can only imagine how much time you spent but it was worth it looks nice thank you for sharing !

    Mayra
    MayrasDesigns.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you Mayra. i just popped over to your blog and love that card! I hope you win Mojo Monday!!

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  26. Love the card Jilliene, and Congrats on your new job.

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    1. Thank you Denise. I am pretty excited. I am so glad you popped over!

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  27. Great project! Wow is all I can say!!

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    1. That is so nice Ginger. Thank you. Getting a "wow" is a wonderful feeling!

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    1. Thank you Carri and thanks for popping over.

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  29. I love this card and I want this cartridge. I so love collecting paper. I have so much sometimes I find myself not wanting to use it.

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    1. This is totally my plight. I bought that Danny O paper pad in 2007/2008 and I had been saving that pattern for the right 4th of July layout. I guess, in this case, it worked out for me but it is still a little weird.

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  30. This is a wonderful cartridge that I do not own - you did a great job ~ I cannot like your FB page on the link here on your blog for some reason - I am a follower and I am leaving a comment - Enjoy your crafting day and thanks for the Cricut Crawl!
    http://ilikepaper01.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you Gail - I am sorry about the FB glitch. I hope you have a great crafting day too!

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  31. I love this word layout! What a lot of work.

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    1. Hi Karen - yes it was a lot of work but i learned a lot so it was worth it!

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    1. Thank you Mary. The collage effect from this cartridge is pretty cool. i just wish it was a little easier to work with. =)

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  33. I love that paper, your project turned out really nice. I don't have the collage cartridge.

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    1. Thank you! I don't have your name or contact info if you win. Can you email me your info? There is an email link on the sidebar.

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  34. WOW !! Love your card it was worth every minute of the time it took you xhugsx

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  35. Great project! I love the paper you used that gave the collage the various red, white and blue lettering!

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  36. I really love your review of this cartridge and the techniques that you used to make it work for you! Thanks so much for sharing your trials and errors.
    ninadee@sbcglobal.net

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  37. Beautiful project!
    TFS!
    Sherrie K
    http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com

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  38. love this project!!! thank you for the tips ;) ... about myself ....I am a Cricut fanatic!!! TFS
    Have a wonderful day!
    Liz
    unikebyyes at yahoo dot com

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