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|Why You Craft?
Reason #4 : Health
|Crafting can improve your health because it reduces stress and helps you relax. It gives you self esteem by finishing a project that is beautiful and you can show it off. Scrapbooking can also help Alzheimer's patients. It can bring back old memories and it is a activity for togetherness.
Scrap for Alexis
Craft-e-Corner donated a Cricut Create to go for auction to help raise money for a kidney for Alexis Arndt . The donation helped raise over $5,000 for the November 14th event.
Alexis was born with
renal hypoplasia which means her kidney's are the size of a 6-month-old
baby and will not grow. It is estimated that a kidney transplant can
cost over $500,000.
(Right: Photo of the Scrap for Alexis in process)
Sam Teschke Cancer Benefit
On November 28th in New London, WI there was a cancer benefit for Sam
Teschke. Sam Teschke is a 5-year-old boy who was diagnosed with
embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma. Embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma is a rare kind
of cancer that only 358 people are diagnosed each year in the United
The event was in New London, WI at the Crystal Falls Banquet. There
was a silent auction where Craft-e-Corner donated a Cricut Create to
raise money to help pay for medical and living expense's for the
Read his story here: Sam's Story
Visit his CaringBridge Page
Next Charity Event: February 6, 2010 - Crop Out Diabetes at Little Chute, WI Civic Center, along with a week long on-line crop event.
Christmas Cricut Project
I found this really great idea on a website that I thought I would share with everyone. The project is taking a cookie sheet and making it into an advent calendar. It doesn't relate to the Cricut exactly but you can always add your own Cricut items.
Teresa's Advent Calendar
Supplies to Gather:
1 cookie sheet
not Teflon coated. (The Dollar Store is a great place to find one)
Acrylic Paint and brush
A couple coordinating patterned papers
At least 25 magnets
Lots of numbers...such as rub ons or stickers
Trinkets o plenty: buttons, stars, mini cookie cutters, metal shapes, mini watch tin holders, ribbon, etc.
Glitter (but of course)
Clear sealer (such as Krylon)
Ribbon or chain for hanging
Drill 2 holes in top left and right of cookie sheet. You can try this
yourself or have your husband do this. Holes need to be large enough to
string ribbon through.
Tear or cut papers and arrange as desired to cover back side of cookie
sheet. My calendar shows paper and top and bottom. Glue stick back of
paper-cover completely) and adhere to sheet.
3. Paint sides and rim of cookie sheet and parts of the paper. Sample shows 3 colors of paint: creme, aqua and olive green.
When paint dry, use a Sharpie marker to create a grid with 7 slots
across and 4 rows. Measure the width of your calendar and divide that #
by 7 to know how wide each rectangle will need to be. Do the same for
the length of the grid. Note that the grid does not completely cover
the sheet, the tops and bottoms are left blank for embellishing.
Use rub ons and add title: DECEMBER to top of grid. Another option is
to cut a swag banner shape, paint it and add December rub ons to the
banner when paint is dry. Glitter was added to the edges. If you add
magnets to this banner, you can remove it and add other months later if
you like! A monthly calendar, a birthday countdown, vacation countdown,
or other holidays would be fun!
Add a smallish embellishment to lower right hand corner of calendar.
Sample shows a vintage Santa gift card. If you give this piece a
magnetic backing, you can change these out like the month banner to
keep the cookie sheet reusable.
Add any other words to accent the calendar. Sample shows BE MERRY (rub
ons). Keep in mind that for the beginning of the countdown, the
calendar will be less full of numbers, and so adding a word here and
there will help fill in the grid until more numbers are added to it
when the month progresses.
8. Seal the entire cookie sheet with a Krylon Spray Clear Sealer or something similar.
Now the fun and detail begins! Create those numbers. Use all the same
numbers, or go a step beyond for more fun...and make them different and
unique as shown above. Be sure the numbers you add aren't too heavy and
that there is room to add magnets to the back. I found magnets in
different strengths at the local craft store. Magnets with an adhesive
backing work great and are easy to cut.
10. String ribbon through those top holes to hang.
11. Store the numbers behind the cookie sheet and bring out a new one each day.
- Instead of using trinkets found around the house to put as the numbers use your Cricut to cut out shapes.
Use the Christmas Cheer Cricut Cartridge and use the reindeer, trees, stockings.
I did not come up with this idea it was done by Teresa McFayden. Go to her site here: http://www.teresamcfayden.typepad.com/minutia/2007/11/my-advent-of-ad.html
"Creativity is contagious. Pass it on."
- Albert Einstein