Thursday, July 29, 2010

Images for a DOZEN cartridges newly uploaded!

A Garden Of Words
A Word Party
Base Camp
Cuttin' Up
Gypsy Font
Makin' The Grade
Mickey Font
Old West
Tear Drop
Wall Decor and More

Click the link below my header to go to the whole library!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Gypsies, and iPhones and Blackberries...OH MY!

I've been wide awake until the wee hours of the morning lately, and my brain always refuses to turn itself off when that happens. With all the work I've been doing on the cartridge images lately, I guess it's no surprise that my thoughts turned to them, and I found myself wishing I had an iPhone so I could load all the images on it like I've heard some of you are doing with the handbook PDFs. Suddenly I had a lightbulb moment! I could put my images on my Blackberry!!! So, at 1:43 AM, I was out of bed looking in the dark for my purse with my Berry in it and booting up the laptop.

I have the Blackberry Curve 8530, and I use an 8G micro SD card in it, so I knew I had plenty of memory. With the memory card in my laptop, I created a file especially for the image files and put all the cartridge images in it (above). Notice the search box at the top of the screen in the photo below. This lets me search for the cartridge I want since each file is named by the cartridge name, ie "create_a_critter_01.jpg" in the photo. For example, to find Create A Critter, I just have to start typing "create" and the images will be pulled up for that cartridge.

Now I can enlarge them to fit the screen and scroll through them one image at a time (above). What I didn't think of was that I was going to be able to zoom in on the images to see the details better (below). Can I just tell you how excited I am?!?! Just last night I was in Wal-mart trying to decide between 2 of the new Lite carts, and I couldn't see the tiny images on the back without my reading glasses well enough to decide which one to get. If I'd only had them on my Berry already, I could have easily browsed them! I'm also thrilled that I can zoom in to see layers and colors better - something that you can't do with them on the Gypsy. I know you can also zoom on the iPhone, and they will be even bigger on it than they are on my Blackberry.

I can zoom in on one specific image in each .jpg to see the detail
I LOVE being able to carry all the images with me on my phone so I always have them with me to browse when an idea hits me! I hope some of you out there will be just as excited about it, too! Please do leave a comment if you use them this way. I'd love to have an idea of how many iPhone and Blackberry users there are out there making use of them! And tell me if you've used them on other devices, too. Your comments make my day!

Cricut Kisses and Crafty Wishes!

Monday, July 26, 2010

AnnS...You were the winner!

AnnS, it's been a week since the drawing and YOU WON!  Please contact me so I can send your Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge to you!  I couldn't find a way to contact you on your profile or your blog.   Where are you???

Friday, July 23, 2010

Images Uploaded for 10 More Cartridges

Block Party
Cupcake Wrappers
Hoot 'n Holler
Lacy Labels
Lovely Floral
Potpourri Basket
Sesame Street Font

As usual, the link is just below my blog header that will take you to the library of all the cartridge images I've uploaded so far.  This group makes 101!

If you missed the video tutorial showing how to unzip them and load them on to your Gypsy, there's a link above for that, too.  Enjoy!

Cricut Kisses and Crafty Wishes!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Images For 10 More Cartridges Uploaded!

3 Birds On Parade
Celebrate With Flourish
Locker Talk
My World
Rock Princess
Pumpkin Carving
Slumber Party

Link just below my blog header to the whole library -
91 cartridges available so far!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

New Cricut Product??? Look what I found!!

I don't usually post twice in one day, but this was just too exciting NOT to share!  Could this be the new product they're promising us?  A new Cricut that cuts AND PRINTS!!  I know what I'm putting on my Christmas wish list.  Oh, my wallet is groaning already!!

Check it out on Linda's blog, Just A Scrappin'

And, I am a subscriber to Linda's blog, but I JUST realized that she is the owner of the Cricut Cheat Sheets group.  If you don't know about her Cheat Sheets, click on the link at the top of her page to find out how to join.  I have to confess that I rarely have time to look at them when she releases new ones, but it sure is nice to know they're there on the group page as a resource!   Thank you Linda!

If you've tried to contact me and I haven't responded...

...please give me a few more days. As you know, I was away from blogging and crafting for a while, and I was also away from the computer for the most part at home. I work on a computer almost all day, and I'm currently answering about 20-30 emails a day at work, so I've been pretty much avoiding the computer at home except for working on the Cricut cartridge images for the Gypsy Photo App. Last night I decided I better check my personal email, and HOLY COW! I had 643 emails! It took me almost 45 minutes just to weed out the junk mail, and I was still left with over 100 "real" ones. So, if you've emailed me and I haven't answered you yet, please be patient with me and I will.

Most of you have emailed with questions about how to use the .zip files or how to upload the images to your Gypsy, and if you need help with that, please see the video tutorial that I posted Monday. It will walk you through the whole process, step by step. I start with how to create a special folder on your desktop for the files, then show you how to download to that folder and unzip - extract the image files using WinZip - and finally, how to use Gyspy Sync to load the images on to your Gypsy.  I think it will answer all your questions so you can use my image files.

Thank you so much to all of you who have left messages and thank yous.  It is much appreciated and keeps me inspired to do more!

Cricut Kisses and Crafty Wishes!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Most Recent Uploaded Cartridge Images For Gypsy

I uploaded some new files last night and tonight.  Click on the link just below my header above to get to the full library, and sort the list by date to find the new ones!

Celebrate With Flourish
Country Life
Graphically Speaking
Locker Talk
My World
Slumber Party
Speaking of Fall
Speaking of School
Speaking of Winter
Sports Mania

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Winner Is...

Post #62, AnnS!
Ann said...

"Here's my story: Every time I went to a crop I would use Base Camp. I love the font. After one crop I decided to go on ebay and bid on it. I couldn't wait for the auction to end.I started going through my carts to make room for my new Base Camp and what do I find....a brand new, unopened Base Camp. I bought it and forgot all about it. Now I couldn't wait for the auction to end and I prayed I didn't win it...I didn't. lol"

Congratulations Ann, and thanks for sharing your story. Your Every Day Paperdolls cartridge will be on the way to you as soon as you send me an address.  Enjoy!

TUTORIAL! How To Download My Cartridge Image Files and Load Them Onto Your Gypsy

If you don't have WinZip installed on your computer, you will need it to unzip the files before you load them on to your Gyspy.  Click here to dowload the free program.

Here is the video tutorial- I hope it helps!
Or click here to watch it larger on my Tutorials Page.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Images for 10 More Cartridges!

Here are today's uploads:
Going Places
Hello Kitty Font
Indie Art
October 31st
Pooh and Friends
Pooh Font
Sesame Street Friends
Simply Charmed

Click on the link in my header above to find them all!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Today's New Images For Gypsy Photo App

A Child's Year
Beyond Birthdays
Everyday Paperdolls - UPDATED
Freshly Picked
Life Is A Beach - UPDATED
My Community - UPDATED
Winter Frolic
Zoo Balloo

Click here to download these and images from 55 other cartridges.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Still time to enter to win BLOG CANDY
and I PROMISE I'll do a TUTORIAL soon!

If you haven't entered yet, please scroll down to my post from July 13 and find out how!  I'm drawing a lucky winner on Monday, so be sure to enter today!

I promised you all a video tutorial on how to use the images I've been working on for Gypsy.  My husband got home Thursday night from being out of town, so I didn't go anywhere near the computer the last two evenings, but I will get one made this weekend to show you how to download, unzip, and load onto your Gypsy.  I am finding them SO useful for finding the images I want, and for visualizing the colors I need to cut the layered designs.  It's been a big undertaking, and I'm not nearly finished with all of them, but I have to say that it's making me love my Gypsy even more!  If you haven't downloaded any yet, you can click here for the whole list of ones I've completed to date.  I'm adding more every day, so if your favorite isn't there, check back often.  I'll post here as I upload them, so if you're a follower, you'll be alerted when there's one you want.

By the way, no one has asked me about how much space these images take up yet, but I anticipate that someone will eventually.  I'm not sure how to look at exactly how much space there is left on your Gypsy (if anyone knows, please let me know), but I can tell you that when I uploaded my last set of images, Gypsy Sync said I still have 94% memory left.  That's with the images for 57 cartridges loaded, so I'm not worrying about running out of room!

If you're downloading and enjoying the images, please do leave me a comment.  It is very much appreicated!

Cricut Kisses and Crafty Wishes!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Today's New Gypsy Images

I didn't get too many new ones done last night, but listed below are a few, along with some updated ones.

I've had many emails asking how to unzip them and how to get them on to the Gypsy.  I'm  hoping to work on a video tutorial tonight that will lead you through the whole process, from downloading to viewing on your Gypsy.  I can't promise it will be posted today or even tomorrow, since my DH has been out of town and is coming home tonight, but I will have it online as soon as I possibly can, so stay tuned.  In the meantime, I might get a few more files uploaded if I have a slow day today.

I should also note that, if you are loading updated files to your Gypsy, the new files will overwrite the old ones, so you don't have to delete first.  Super easy!

Independence Day - UPDATED
Just Because Cards
Mini Monograms
Mother's Day - UPDATED
Stretch Your Imagination
Winter Woodland

Click here to download these and all the previously posted image files.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

More Gypsy Images!

If you missed the last couple of posts about the images for your Gypsy, no worries!  I have updated some that I wasn't happy with before, and tonight I've uploaded 4 new ones, listed below. 

After you download and unzip the files, all you have to do is connect the Gypsy to your computer, start Gypsy Sync and choose the jpg files, and Gypsy will automatically put them in the new Photo App.  Now you can browse the images on your Gypsy!  Over on the Cricut message board, Jodie said she's found images she forgot she had by browsing the images.  Now that's what I like to hear!  So what are you waiting for? Go get 'em...Cartridge Images for Gypsy Photo App.

From My Kitchen
Tags Bags Boxes and More
Tinkerbell and Friends
Walk In My Garden

Happily Ever After
Home Accents
Joys of the Season
Live Simply
Love Struck
Mickey and Friends
Once Upon a Princess

Cricut Kisses and Crafty Wishes!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

It had to happen sooner or later. Oh, and there's BLOG CANDY coming!

Yep, I am offcially addicted to collecting Cricut cartridges now.  Why do I say that, you ask?  Because I now have so many that I can't remember what I have and what I don't have.  This weekend, I realized that I had bought a cartridge that I already had.  And it wasn't a $39.99 mini or one that I got on sale for $29.  Nooooo, I bought a full cartridge, MSRP $89 (though I have never paid that for one).

So, here I was all happy that I "finally" had my Everday Paper Dolls cartridge, I got my Gypsy out and connected it for linking and I got a message - "You have already linked a cartridge by this name."  WHAT???  Not another PC Gypsy error!  So I tried again. Same message.  Now I run upstairs to look in my box of carts, and sure enough, there is one I've labeled "EDPD."

The bad news is that I bought the cartridge twice.  The good news is, Gypsy didn't let me link it again, so the cartridge is still a Gypsy "virgin."  I did already write "EDPD" on it in Sharpie, but other than that, it's new, in the box. 

So, why am I telling you all this?  Because, I have decided to make it BLOG CANDY!!!   That's right, my just-turned-50-and-can't-even-remember-what-I-had-for-breakfast brain lapse means BLOG CANDY FOR YOU!  All you have to do is become a follower and comment on this post and you're entered.  If you're already a follower, just comment! (Don't forget to leave me a way to get in touch with you.) And if you have your own funny memory lapse story to tell in your comment, all the better.  If not, well, I'll try not to hold it against you that your brain age is younger than mine.   I'll draw the winner using a randomizer on Monday, July 19th at 10:00 p.m. EST.

Good luck to all of you!  It's great to be back in Blogdom!

Cricut Kisses and Crafty Wishes!

Monday, July 12, 2010

More Cartridge Images and some updates!

Here are the cartridges that I have UPDATES for today:
Gypsy Wanderings
Create a Critter
Dreams Come True
Easter 2010
Mini Monsters

and here are the NEW images that I've posted: (link below for all images)

Stand and Salute
Straight From The Nest
Paper Pups
Paper Doll Dressup

Cricut Cartridge Images For Uploading To Your Gypsy


Sunday, July 11, 2010

Cartridge Images for your Gypsy - Updates!

In my last post, I announced that I was working on creating images to upload to my Gypsy so I can use the new Photo App to see all the images on each cartridge.  Well, I wasn't happy with some of them, so I've been working on enlarging a lot of them so you can see them even better.  If you're going blind like me, bigger is better!

I decided that I wanted to fix the ones I'd done before I moved on to doing more, so I've updated and reposted some of them, and I'm working on redoing the others that I felt needed it.  So far I've reposted the following:

Animal Kingdom
Disney's Cars
Christmas Cheer
Christmas Solutions
Cindy Loo

I think you'll find the new ones much better and worth the second download. I'm working on redoing the rest that need it, then I'll move on to others.  Eventually, I hope to have them all for you, so keep checking back!

Cricut Cartridge Images For Uploading To Your Gypsy

Cricut Kisses and Crafty Wishes!

Friday, July 9, 2010

I'm alive and well and LOVIN' my Gypsy!
Here's how I'm using the new PHOTO APP!

Ok, I know I've been MIA for way too long. Thanks to all of you who wrote or posted to make sure I was OK and let me know I was missed. You truly touched me and made me want to get back. Nothing was wrong - other than too much life happening. This is a crazy time of year for me in my job as Community Services Manager for a planned community of over 2700 homes. I handle boating rentals and registration, picnic shelter rentals, boat house staff and outdoor special events, including 4 big parties for about 1500 people, as well as producing a monthly 24-page newsletter and managing our web site. On top of that, we've had two really big special projects, so I feel like I've been living in my office. Then, as you know, my sister and her husband are divorcing, and I spent 2 weekends on the road to help with her move and one weekend with her here. It seems like the last six weeks have passed me by in a blur.

Work is still insanely busy, but I'm making an effort to take some time out for my crafting. After all, Stampin' Up! just released their new catalog, so I have workshops to plan and new crafty toys to play with! I have my first order of the new stamping year coming today - almost $300 worth! Between that and the new Gypsy updates, I can't wait to get back to my craft room!

In the meantime, I've been playing around with the new Gypsy features since the last update, and I LOVE that I now have the Photo App. So many have been baffled about what to use it for, but I immediately thought how awesome it would be to have the cartridge images on my Gypsy to carry with me wherever I go and not have to pull out my handbooks to see details and colors. So........I spent most of last night downloading the image sheets and cropping them into smaller pieces so they are large enough to see on the Gypsy screen. I'm thrilled with this capability, and I'm posting them all to share with all of you as I get them done. All you have to do it download and unzip them, then using Gyspsy Sync, move the jpg images to your Gypsy and start browsing the cartridges!

I'm starting with the cartridges I own, but eventually I plan to post them all, so keep checking back to add to your collection. Click the link below to get started!

Cricut Cartridge Images For Uploading To Your Gypsy

Cricut Kisses and Crafty Wishes!

About Me

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Midlothian, Virginia, United States
Lifetime crafter, beginning with sewing clothes for my troll dolls when I was 5. Stampin' Up! demonstrator since 2000. Wife of almost 30 years to my high school sweetheart and planning on 30 more! Mom to 2 great kids and one awesome new son-in-law. "Mom" to 3 furkids, Pomeranians Roxy and Lulu, and a Calico cat, Sugar aka "Miss Fattypants." Addicted to all things Disney!