Monday, May 10, 2010

Fantabulous Cricut Crawl - Blog Hop, A Tutorial, And Fun Prizes

Welcome to Cokie Pop Paper and the "Fantabulous Cricut Crawl"...our version of a blog hop!

If you've come from visiting the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog then you're in the right place! If you've just happened across my blog and would like to play along with our Fantabulous Cricut Crawl, start here.

For our Fantabulous Cricut Crawl, each Design Team member will be featuring a specific element related to using your Cricut. There will be a wide variety of techniques and elements that will be featured so make sure to check out each DT member's blog! There will be prizes along the way AND there will be a grand prize for the participant that incorporates the most featured elements on ONE project!!! How fun is that?

I'm also giving away a prize on my blog in conjunction with the blog hop. I'm giving away the Cricut Robotz Cartridge. There are so many cute images on this one. Keep reading for details on how to win.
The element I've chose to feature for the crawl is..."Die-Cut Flower Power". You can use any Cricut cartridge with flowers and circles to decorate your flowers. Here is a bundle of flowers that I cut using various patterned paper.

Don't just use plain flower die-cuts on a project. Here are pictures of how I spruce them up a bit by using Stickles, glitter, fabric buttons, bling jewels, or pearls.

I also like to make accordion flowers. Here's how I make mine...First, cut a piece of patterned paper on your Cricut or paper trimmer. It needs to be 12" long and about 1 to 1-1/2" wide. Then fold the paper accordion style like you see here. I used 2 sided paper. I couldn't decide if I wanted the polka dots or the pretty green on the other side. Keep reading to see which side of the paper I chose.

Next, put adhesive on one end of your accordion strip 

Tape the two ends together to look like this.
  

Push it down and in towards the middle. Make sure that the hole in the middle of the flower is small. Hold your flower tightly in place because it will pop back up like the previous photo if you let it go.

With your Cricut - cut out a 2-1/4" cardstock circles and add adhesive to one.

Put the circle piece on top and hold it against the flower for at least 1 minute or until the adhesive dries enough to make a bond. Make sure the flower is even and round.

Flip your flower over and it should be tightly formed into a flower. Add any embellishment to the center.
 I added the glitter embellishments I made to bling it up a bit.

Tada...here's my flower

Now it's your turn! See if you can make and use an "accordion flower" on a project. I can't wait to see what you come up with! Remember to incorporate an accordion flower along with the other Fantabulous Design Team elements listed on their blogs. Then be sure to enter your project with all of the elements included at Fantabulous Cricut to be eligible to win.

Your next stop is Brenda's blog, (Brenda's Scrappy Blog). Click here and go see what Brenda has in store for you today... And when you're done, make sure to link up your project to FCCB's Fantabulous Cricut Crawl post to be entered into the contest! Try to see how many elements you can add to your project!!!

And if you'd like to Win the Cricut Robotz Cartridge on my blog then follow these instructions to be eligible to win:

1. Follow my blog.
2. Leave a comment on this post and tell me what you could create with this fun cartridge.
3. Two (2) chances to win if you mention my blog and the Cricut cartridge giveaway on your blog (please leave link details in your comment)
4. Three (3) chances to win if you mention the Fantabulous Cricut Crawl on your blog (please leave link details in your comment)

The winner will be drawn next Wednesday, May 19th the same day as the winner of the Fantabulous Cricut Crawl. Good Luck!

Happy Crawling!
Angi

67 comments:

BrendaB said...

Love your sample flowers, Angie, and the accordian flower is wonderful!

Jamie Lane said...

I would love to try a shape mini album with the Robotz...how cute would that be! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

littlen said...

My grandson's birthday theme is Robots, so this would be a fun cart to make invites, decorations, etc., and of course a scrapbook LO to commemorate the occasion.

The Cropping Canuck said...

My nine year old son has asked me to buy Robotz so I guess I would make him some "cool" robot layouts.

Nicole said...

I could make such "cool" stuff for my 6 year old son with this cartridge! Thanks for the chance to win.

Bobbi said...

I love accordion flowers and will definitely find a way to use them on a project. I have a few projects in mind for this cart, I would make a wall hanging for DS' room. Also, would make great cards for boys. I think the font on this cart is great as well and would use that for various projects. I posted about the crawl and your giveaway here.

Teryn said...

I'm new to the cricut world and I'm SO excited about his blog "crawl" because Now I can actually learn some new ways to use it. THANK YOU! I'll absolutely be following you now, I'm excited to see what other fun ideas you have. And I have 2 boys so I would LOVE that robot cartridge.

Nicole said...

Thanks for the heads up Angi, I have posted your Cart Giveaway, your Cricut Crawl and a link to your giveaway in my sidebar! Phew...that's a lot of linking. Happy to do it since you posted my Giveaway:D

http://canadiannickelscrapn.blogspot.com/2010/05/you-rock-easel-card-w-gift-card.html

Jacqui said...

Wow, just discovered you blog and I love that flower you made.
I am off to explore the rest now and then follow the crawl.

Anonymous said...

I loved the flower-what a cool idea! I would make all kinds of robots with this cart to go along with pics of my boys, who make robots out of legos almost every day! I might even do some wall decorations out of vinyl with it for their room.
daygirl

goatesgirl said...

Those accordian flowers are so fun and super easy to make...I would make ton of Robotz for my son and his classmates. he is obsessed with robots and even dressed up as one for Halloween this year.

goatesgirl said...

I forgot to mention that I posted this on my blog..here...http://lovelifecrafts.blogspot.com/2010/05/fantabulous-cricut-crawl.html

kathylee... said...

Love your blog. I just became a follower. Id love to win the robotz cartridge. I have 5 little nephews and would get a ton of great cards and layouts using this cartridge.
Thanks for the opportunity. Follow my blog too.
myscrappycupcake.blogspot.com

kathy

Kim said...

I already follow you and I'm glad I do!!!! I love your examples up there. I would use this card for all sorts of fun boy cards and layouts. Looks like a great one to own. I'm linking you up on my blog next!
Blessings,
Kim xXx

Dakota Bear said...

Nice flower! Its always great to find other ways to make flowers and not buy them.

Lori (THCEO) said...

Great prize! Wish I was eligible!!! :) And I love the instructions on the accordion flower...I've been wanting to try these, so now I will! :)

Thanks for all your work, Angi!

Crafty Carrie said...

It is about time that they made a cartridge that is all boy, with 2 boys of my own I love to do robot themed pages
thanks for the give away and I am going to try to make something for the challenge wish me luck

Holly C. said...

I make birthday cards for many little boys in our lives. I can also see using the Robotz cart to create a classroom theme! How fun! Here is a link to my blog where I mentioned your blog and the crawl!

http://outtorecess.blogspot.com/2010/05/i-just-learned-about-fantabulous-cricut.html

Thanks again!

Sandy said...

I think it would be fun to have a robotz theme birthday party for my 2 yr old. Esp since Disney now has a cute 2 min cartoon- The Robot Dance!

Sandy said...

I blogged about the Cricut Crawl
http://scrapbookblessings.blogspot.com/2010/05/yeah-cricut-crawl.html

Sandy said...

Here is the link to your blog:
http://scrapbookblessings.blogspot.com/2010/05/cricut-crawl-dt-prizes.html

DtsArt said...

very cool. I am working a bunch of die cut flowers right now for a project. I think I might add some glitter now that I have visited your blog

Ladybug Designs said...

that is so cool! thanks

PenLight said...

I love your elements! I just learned something new and I got to come visit you!

TeacherMom said...

I love using my cricut to spruce up my layouts so this blog hog is awesome!!! I have never made an accordian flower before so looking forward to it!! I would love to have the Robotz cart to make some cool layouts, cards and invitations. I am also a grade one teacher so I know my boys would LOVE to see robots around the room. Thanks for the chance to win!! Keeping my fingers crossed!!!!

Cathy T said...

Its always great to learn something new! I can't wait to check out the others on the crawl!

Kelly Braund said...

Surprisingly, I've never used an accordian flower on a card or lo! So, I'm on it now!
And, LOVE the robots cartridge!

Megan Setter said...

I love learning new ideas for my scrapbooking obsession! I'd really enjoy having the Robotz cart not only for my sweet little boy, but for creating robotic LOs and cards!

Creative Char said...

Great flowers! If I won Robotz I would make fab LO's of my 2 sons. I've become a follower and blogged about the Fantabulous Cricut Crawl as well as your personal giveaway:
http://vanillabeancreations.blogspot.com/2010/05/winner-winner-chicken-dinner.html

Julie said...

Awesome tutorial! I'm going to try an accordion flower on a wedding card. I REALLY want to try to make a shape album with the Robotz cart. I think it would be darling!

I've met all of the requirements to be entered...blogged about the crawl, linked to both FCCB and your site, and became a member. Thanks for the opportunity to win this awesome cart!
Julie

Margie said...

Hi! I am a follower, and I would love this cartridge to make boy pages and cards for my son!

Susie said...

what an awesome idea! love the post! now a follower!

Monica said...
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Jenny said...

1. I'm following you!
2. I think this cart would make awesome wall art for my boy's room!
3 & 4. I mentioned your blog and The Fantabulous Cricut crawl on my blog @ http://zeldadog1.blogspot.com

Monica said...

My boys are just starting to get into "wo-bots" and I think it would be so fun to do a robot layout for them. Thanks for the giveaway!

Forgot to add my link originally!

http://scraplifters.blogspot.com/2010/05/fantabulous-cricut-crawl.html

Mad Crafter said...
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Mad Crafter said...

I would love to win Robotz! I want to made little robotz for my cards! That is a really cool flower! I love it. I tried it and put it on my project! Check out my blog. I put a post mentioning your blog and FCCB :)

http://funkycards.blogspot.com/2010/05/fantabulous-cricut-challenge-blog-crawl.html

Tammy said...

I love that type of flower...now I just have to give it a go as I am into handmade flowers right now. Beautiful job. Thanks for the chance of winning. I have blog candy if you want to pop over and enter.
smiles...Tammy

Tammy said...

I posted your giveaway on my blog....If I won this I would do many unique things with it...perfect for me as I have four boys! Would love to win. fingers are crossed!

DoubleClick Connections said...

I just joined as a follower, and gave a shout out on my blog for the Robotz cartridge ( which I would love to make boy b-day cards with!)
and your The Fantabulous Cricut crawl!
http://doubleclickconnections.blogspot.com/2010/05/cokie-pop-paper-and-fantabulous-cricut.html

Robin's Creative Cottage said...

Angi, I love your clever sprucing up a flower idea. Thanks for sharing!!!

Jill Bayless said...

This cartridge would be great for little boy b-day cards, my sons b-day party or even a valentine card. Thanks for the flower tip.

Patty said...

Love the flowers.

I have two new grandsons who would benefit greatly from this cartridge!

Stephanie said...

MLove your accordion flower, can't wait to try it. My 4 yr old grandson always gets me to make cuts for his walls. He would have a whole section for robots.

Lynnette said...

LOVE the new Robots cart. and DD would just FLIP if I won it for her.
http://i472.photobucket.com/albums/rr84/lcarls71/DSC00483.jpg

Ashleigh said...

My son is three and he loves me making stuff for him on the Cricut so I have him look at the different cart online line and the RObotz is one he really wants.

I have done all 4 of the steps. Here is a link to my blog.

Thank you!
http://ashleighscrafts.blogspot.com/

Melissa said...

Thanks so much for the opportunity to win!! You have a great page!

Melissa

http://melissa-moecreationsblogspot.com/

jenblue said...

This is going to be so fun! I have two little boys so the Robotz cartridge would be perfect for us!

Sherri said...

Great flower tutorial!

4kids4 said...

I would use this cart to make scrapbook pages for my 3 boys. One of my boys has a robot necklace that he loves....would make a cute page. Thanks for the chance!

mindy707 said...

My 5 year old would love making robots with me!

mindyandjoey@embarqmail.com

Tigger70 said...

I love the accordian flower. I also love the cartridge you are giving away!!!!!

The Vintage Chain said...

Your blog is beautiful! Just became a follower and would love to win the robot cartridge!

The Vintage Chain said...

Blogged about your giveaway too. :)

http://thevintagechain.blogspot.com/2010/05/cokie-pop-paper-giveaway.html

Gwen's Busy Little Hands said...

Okay this accordian flower is super cute. I'm going to try this...Breaking out the cricut for the first time for this hop. Thanks for the inspiration. The Robotz Cart. would be a fabulous thing to have for all the little men in my life. My nephew and my little monkey Zakk who I sit for. They would have a blast with these shapes.

Smiles!
Gwen

Nikki Pike said...

I would love the Robotz cartridge. I have 3.5 yr old twin boys and this cartridge would really be handy. I just cant imagine the possibilities in Lay out and cards. Not to mention wall decor for their room. Thanks for the chance to win.
Nikki
nik2bstar@gmail.com

Jean said...

Love your flowers. I am going to have to try these. I already have the Robotz cartridge and it is great. Somebody is going to be very happy to win this! I am following you now and can't wait to see more creations!

It's Jenn! said...

Love the random flowers and your accordion flower! I too am IN LOVE with accordion flowers. Well, any handmade flower, but the accordion flower especially. I'd love to get my hands on that robots cartridge. I have an 8 year old son who would FLIP over the cuts! We made a cardboard and tinfoil robot a while back for a school project (posted somewhere in my blog I believe) and that would be the first thing I scrapped with this cart.

DtsArt said...

Great Cricut Crawl. I am following you and I posted a project using your element from the Cricut Crawl
http://dtsartblog.blogspot.com/2010/05/fun-size-candy-paper-flower-bouquet.html

Jessica said...

Love the flower. I'm now one of your blog followers. :) I LOVE this cartridge. I have a little baby boy and it's so hard to find boy scrappy stuff out there. This would be perfect and I could only think of the millions of ways to use it. Now off to blog about it. ;)

Kate said...

Hi Angi! Thanks for the challenge! I have never made an accordian flower, but thanks to your instructions I have now made two. I used one in my layout. You can find details on my blog (http://smallbitsofpaper.blogspot.com/2010/05/lady-lenore-layout-fantabulous-cricut.html). I just posted at Fantabulous Cricut as well.

Courtney said...

Angi...

Thanks for the great tutorial!!! I am so going to try making these flowers, they are just too cute! Also, thank you for the chance to win this cart...If I am lucky enough to win it, I would use it on LO of my boys! I have posted in my sidebar and I have also become a follower of your lovely blog. Now I think I'm off to see what the rest of this hop is all about!

~Courtney~

Melissa said...

I LOVE the accordian flower!! I cant wait to try it out..
I would love to have the robot cartridge to use to make cards for my brother and his friends(they just started a tour) in Afghanastan. Not many cartridges are made for boys/men and I think this one would be just perfect! My son is also serving in the Army and I have adopted about 10 of his buddies that I now send cards to. They just love them :)

Gwen's Busy Little Hands said...

Not sure if I'm supposed to leave this link here but...

http://gwensbusylittlehands.blogspot.com/2010/05/my-very-first-cricut-project.html

Smiles!
Gwen

Kate said...

I'm back (already posted about my flower creation) as I realized that I forgot to say what I would do with Robotz... I'd start by making a birthday card for my youngest who will be 8 too soon!

Mary Jean said...

Hi Angie! Love the flowers! I did the challenge!! I also mentioned your blog, giveaway and the fccb link! Thanks
http://maryjeansgoldenmemories.blogspot.com/2010/05/crawl-challange.html

chriswooten57 said...

wow i just found your blog. i do not know what a hop is, but i am new to card making only since jan 2010. i do not have the robots cart yet, so thanks for chance to win. yeah what fun site you have here. i know i will learn much from you.

chris
mcwooten1999@carolina.rr.com