The New Cricut Maker Machine… Easy Press and more!

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Well Cricut sure have been busy… and so have we.  Summer vacations (I wish), getting ready for back to school and all those fun summer weddings and get togethers.  As most of you know  my son is  going to be homeschooled, so crafting is a huge part of our life.

No one said education had to be boring… right LOL

Even though he isn’t technically starting homeschooling till next year, we still do a lot of fun projects designed to help him learn and have fun and be creative all at the same time. Part of that is our abandoned art projects, which is so much fun to do with kids and teaches them to give freely and enjoy it.

Now I wish we had this new Cricut Maker, have you seen this beauty yet? It’s due for release TODAY !!!!. I checked out the video and almost  died when I saw that not only will it cut fabrics, but it’s also  cutting wood  as well as all the stuff we usually do on our Cricuts like paper and vinyl.

Interchangeable cutting heads and the separate pen holders too. I used to own a scroll saw many years ago and this looks like it’s going to do the same kind of fret work that I did back then…..  VERY cool.  Can’t wait to see this one roll out… !!! woohoo.  I think my stepdaughter in Australia  might like this one, she’s a big sewer.

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and then of course there is the recent arrival of the light box... I know  that would be really useful for  us, specially me with my aging eyes.

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…and then they up the ante with the new Cricut Easypress..  think of all the fun shirts you can create for back to school.  Kids just love getting a new school wardrobe every year… and the money you can save and being unique… what kid doesn’t want to have something cool and unique.  I hate ironing, but this… I have to confess I think I’d use for every day ironing too lol.  I know this is something one of my DT girls would love, she’s big on HTV projects… I am so sorry Donna lol.  Hopefully you already saw that and won’t blame me haha.  It looks so cool though doesn’t it.

Shop new arrivals from Cricut!Cricut sure are trying to  get us set up for winter with some fab new toys to keep us busy once the summer is over and we get done with back to school, wedding and summer projects. Then the weather starts to cool and we have more time indoors.  It’s right on target for when most of us start thinking about the fall holidays and Christmas gift projects we have to  get stuck into over the coming months.

 

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CraftsUPrint Friday Freebie & current offers 03/03

Friday Freebie

Pansies,bird and butterflies  by Lajla Olsen

 

This kit makes an 8×8 inch card front with decoupage.4 sentiments:Happy Birthday,Birthday Wishes,Mother and one blank for your own choice.The kit also includes one insert and one bookmark.3 sheets to print.Have fun:)

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CraftsUPrint Friday Freebie, free verse, treasure chest …and more

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Lovely little ladybug design for lots of occasions No.6  by Di Simpson

Bright topper to make for little girl for lots of occasions. Print out 2 copies if wanting some extra 3D elements to help bring your card to life.Has matching blank inserts and mini gift card or toppers. Also has a bonus matching bookmark.

 


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Cricut 12 Days of Christmas Flash Sale extended! coupons & project ideas

If you still haven’t picked your Cricut Explore up..  you still have time.  Cricut extended their flash sale and you can pick up an Explore Machine, or Bundle and still get it before Christmas if you order by the 16th.

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Deals on the Explore start at $139, there is a deal for every budget…  Shop now and  have yourself a Very Merry Cutmas!  Deals and Coupons  below
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Explore’s aren’t just for the ladies… we’ve had guys on our Message Board too…  Guys who do reenactment and  want to build signs and  props for their events.  Model builders who want to customize their projects with their own vinyl decals, stencils or printable decorations. Woodworkers and  toy makers who  need unique designs to personalize items. so many uses for this machine as well as the  card making and scrapbooking people  usually think of.

Fabulous tool for  Crafty Homeschoolers  and teachers too.  So many Fab designs and things you can use in your daily lessons..personalized reward stickers, labels,  decor,  and so many neat ways to  brighten up Essays, reward charts, certificates, calendars, work books ….and more.

Have a chef in the house? Create fun personalized aprons and storage containers with Vinyl products.

Cricut Design Space has 1000’s of images and fonts available for those of you who prefer digital access over cartridges. **Not All Cartridges are available in Design Space… and Cricut Access

Need something more Unique… they have you covered there too.  Import your own files for Print and cut to add your hand colored digital stamps to your projects, turn them into easy 3D Decoupage designs, make your own stencils and upload your own templates to create stunning card designs, boxes and envelopes using files purchased by fab designers on CraftsUPrint, Dreaming Tree and similar Cut File stores.

Create  one of a kind Scrapbook covers and pages, or framed artwork like this:

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Don’t have a Large Format Printer to  print out super Sized digital Stamps for your project ? Cricut has you covered.  This little lady is printed on a sheet of  11×17 Neenah card stock.
kk_toontimeWant to make  intricate cut  layered cards? vellum flowers?  gift boxes….  here’s a quick peek at some of the past projects you can find on the blog.  Everything from Chalk board vinyl and chalk pens, boxes, intricate cuts, 3D layered images, fabric painting, powder embossing…

 

Make your own magnets with printable vinyl and Magnetic sheet ( also available as pre-cut shapes, perfect  for  gluing your cut projects to).

Draw and Write on Fabric with fabric pens, Create designs for Powder Embossing on the Cricut, love  the Chalk Marker look? .. sorted.  The Adapter I use lets me do it ALL.

Aftermarket Pen and marker Adapter from Chomas Creations  allows you to utilize a wide range of pens for embossing, drawing, fabric design etc.  These Adapters are not available for the Cricut ONE as it utilizes a single cut/writing head feature.  The engraving adapter is available for all Cricut Explore Machines.  My marker Adapter is a permanent fixture in my Explore  🙂
The possibilities are endless.. so grab your Cricut Explore and supplies and get ready to start off  2017 in style…

Cricut December Mystery Box –   rumor has it this has a  lot of really cool foil in it and some Cartridges…

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Home & Family have a promotion  on Facebook right now, including  promo code Hallmark16 for 20% off .  No  details on any exclusions, so you will just have to give it a try.. but it probably excludes Air 2 and Cricut Access?

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CraftsUprint offer & Friday Freebie

I’ve had a lot of really cool cut files and  card design files from here.  Lots of  file formats for different machines too.  If you are new to Cricut and want to be able to do some of the fancier card bases.. this is definitely a great place to start.  And it never hurts that you get entered in to their games either.  Be sure to check the Crazy 5 minute game if you make a purchase.. both myself and one of our message board ladies have won that.. I’ve also missed out a few times by not being logged in.. but heh.. that’s the whole point of the game.

Every purchase gives you a chance to win vouchers, and even your whole purchase price back on some of them.

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This weeks Friday Freebie is another awesome Carol Clarke “on the shelf” card. Carol makes awesome on the shelf cards..if you haven’t seen them.. go check them out.  I have  some and love them.





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Paper Crafting… not just for the ladies.

One of the ladies on my facebook shared this article with me today..and it made me think about the members on our own message board. Most all of the crafters I know.. are women. But there are a lot of men out there who craft..and kids too.

So I wanted to share this post and a few other links to some awesome male crafters… ladies, just remember how you complained about your man having no interest in your crafting…when he takes over your Cricut and coloring supplies LOL. My son is almost 4 and he loves to craft with me, I think it’s great and totally encourage it. Hubby …not interested, but he tries to get involved and he and my son did decorate me a frame for Christmas which was great.
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Now I have to admit, I am not totally convinced this story is for real..it has the onion written all over it LOL. For those of you not familiar with the onion, it’s a spoof news site.  So when you read this story, bear it in mind… but also remember the moral of the story..so to speak.

BACKUP QUARTERBACK REVEALS TRUE PASSION IS SCRAPBOOKING

–  Read the article here http://www.thefrowzy.com/

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And now for some “real” male crafters and artists who have made a place in a female dominated  arena.

Header_GrayFirst off… if you are a Cricut user, you probaly already know all about Omar Toro… the face behind AwesomeSVG’s.

Omar is the man behind designs such as these:













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Anyone who has been around long enough to search for a Cricut Mystery Box  content reveal… has seen these guys.  They have a fab youtube channel with great  video tutorials, product reveals. These guys are a lot of fun to watch as well as very informativecraftsbytwo-humor…. check them out.








Anthony Paterson aka The Male Card Maker is a British Card Maker… check out his  fab cards below:





so ladies… and gents… here are just three…. or possibly 4 Crafty men who deserve a slap on the back for sharing their talents with the crafting community  and showing everyone that  crafting is not just for girls.  There are hundreds, thousands.. probably millions of talented men  out there…. so when your son, or husband takes an interest in crafting…. don’t just assume they are showing polite disinterest.  You may have another creative genius right in your own family 🙂

Next month I’ll be  showing you some  awesome arty males that have made a name for themselves as digital stamp artists.

Is there Life after Cricut Message Board ?

 

It’s almost Christmas and I am sure a lot of lucky girls and boys will be unwrapping a new Cricut Explore in a few days.  As with any new toy, we all have questions… but where do you go for help?

Cricut closed their own message board in June of this year, much to the dismay of many users…. but never fear….. Cricut help is still out there. Thousands of users are willing to share their knowledge and ideas, tips and tutorials all over the web.

 

 

Two new message boards sprang up from the ashes of the old Cricut Message Board … our own, Crafting Circle ….which was started to keep the bi weekly card challenge group  alive and give it a new home.  There was also the Unofficial Cricut Board,  started by another group of Cricut members.  Both boards are still running 6 months later and are open to new members who need help and advice, or just want to hang out with fellow crafters and share projects.

 

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Crafting Circle is not exclusively Cricut…. so you ladies and gents who own other machines are more than welcome to hop on over and join us.  We have sections for all kinds of crafts, however at this point…. the majority of members are  Cricut users.  But the other areas will only grow, if you come and participate and develop them… so feel free to hop in and start new discussions.

 

 

 

There are facebook groups, blogs, Youtube channels and websites dedicated to sharing Cricut knowledge with other users.  Whether card making, or scrapbooking is your thing….or you bought your Cricut to make unique home decor, tshirts,  stencils….and a gazillion other things you can do with this machine…there are still places and people for you to learn from.

 

No matter what your taste, style or budget…. trust me…. someone out there has the answer to your questions.  If you don’t have your Cricut yet and just want to explore the possibilities of which machine to buy, or you just like to check out all the creations for inspiration…. somebody  can point you in the right direction.

 

I  don’t post reviews and information on other machines, simply because …..I don’t own one.   If that changes…. then so will my blog posts, but for now my blog is mainly centered around  Cricut and my Sizzix Big shot …and other non paper crafts.

When the announcement was made to close the official Cricut Message Board, a  member very kindly compiled a list of places to get help.  You can find a copy of that list HERE on our message board, it’s available to non members too.  We’d love to have you join us if you would so desire, but it isn’t necessary to access the information.

 

 

If you are looking for a  place to hangout and get ideas, learn from fellow crafters and try new ideas and techniques… come on over and join us on the Message Board.  Most areas require registration and new members are under post moderation for a short period, this is simply to deter spam from ruining our board like many others, including the late Cricut Board.

 

 

We have 5 monthly challenges as  well as our long running Wednesday Bi Weekly Card Challenge. The Bi weekly is a sketch based challenge with Extra Credit ideas and Ad Colors.

Modern Day – I created Frankenstein Challenge is a monthly challenge that is not card related…  past challenges have included gift boxes, shirt decorating, Halloween containers and  the like.

We have a regular sponsored coloring challenge, Creative Coloring Card Challenge….  which is sponsored by the Awesome KennyK.

We have another sponsored card challenge, Bugaboo Stamp Members Choice Challenge with the awesome Bugaboo stamps as our sponsor and  members vote for their favorite.

We have a 3rd coloring challenge, Creative Coloring Card Challenge ….this one features a different digital artist each month.

And last, but not least we have our I am the Executioner – Card Challenge!!!!, this one is to lean new card styles and techniques.

 

so all you knew Cricut owners.. Welcome to the family 🙂

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Christmas is coming – indoor snowball fights !!!!

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We started a new family tradition for birthdays and Christmas when the lil guy was born, every holiday we blow up a huge bag of balloons and have a balloon fest, not practical for everyone.. but it’s a lot of  fun.

Anywho back to the subject in hand… if you want to start a new Family Christmas Tradition and don’t have room  for a cluster of balloons for days on end.. try this one. POM POMS !!!!

 

It’s a lot of fun, older kids can make them easily too and it’s a safe way to have an indoor snowball fight if you don’t have any snow. Now I picked these up last year and we had a blast on Christmas morning with the little guy.

I made ours in various colors and put them in the branches of the tree beforehand. It adds some fun color to your tree and it’s a great non breakable ornament that is cheap, kid and pet friendly..I have 4 cats, one of which loves to attack the tree ornaments * rolleyes.

I am sure we all remember how long  it took to make these the old way on cardboard… never fear… I ran across these really cool pom pom makers.  OMG these things make pom pom making a breeze 🙂 Now I just happened to have a big stash of wool from when I was pregnant and determined to knit at least one baby hat, but if you don’t… Wool is always pretty cheap and coupons and sales abound.  I just sat and made these while watching TV etc.

so what is this awesome pom pom lifesaver you ask…

Clover Pom Pom makers….

They come in a variety of sizes, I have a variety of sizes myself ….3/4 inch up to 4 and a half inches.

For the romantics, you can even get one to make heart shaped pom poms…however I haven’t tried that one myself.

 

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Super Excited … found a supplier for shaker card window inserts

If like me you are sick of salvaging retail packaging to make your shaker cards… you are in luck.  I found a supplier for shaker card windows !! my first batch should arrive before the end of the month and I can’t wait…and the good news is .. I’m sharing !!!

I just got my sample pack in the mail today and it’s awesome… I got 7 different shapes and sizes to try out.  I’ll be repackaging windows into smaller quantities and selling them along with free access to some decorative frames SVG cut files to fit. The first shipment will be 3 inch circular windows and should be here by the end of the month… after that I will probably be stocking some rectangle and squares. Later on I’ll introduce mixed packs for those of you who want to try out different shapes and sizes.

I’ll be selling these in various quantity packs to suit a wide range of card makers, from hobbyist to professional crafters.  If anyone is interested in being notified when these are ready leave a comment.  Please don’t leave contact info in the comments. I shall update with sample cards and  information on where you can buy these, at a later date.  Perfect timing for Christmas 🙂