Monday, December 28, 2009
So, I save money and create a more personalized gift bag by buying inexpensive colored or even brown ones from Wal-Mart or Michaels, and use my Cricut to adorn them with images or letters selected just for the person who will be getting the bag. And if you don't have a Cricut, you can still use inexpensive stickers, stamps or rub-ons to decorate the bag.
This Christmas, I dressed up basic brown bags for my two sporty nieces. I used Everyday Paper Dolls for the images and one of the fonts off Lyrical Letters, outlined with the markers, for the girls' names.
Monday, December 7, 2009
I love to explore new cartridges and play with them, but I am picky about which ones I will buy. On the day after Thanksgiving, I was in Cheyenne, Wyo. I went to the Michaels and found lots of cartridges left at the $35.99 price. I picked up Everyday Paper Dolls and From My Kitchen.
I am not sure why I like From My Kitchen. I just do. But last night, I decided to design some sample pages and used the kitchen cart. Here is what I came up with...
The "cookies" title and the gingerbread men were both from the kitchen cartridge. I am thinking about selling pages like this, and others. So if you are interested, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Not only are these a great, easy and cheap gift, but any kid over the age of 6 can make these -- with some help from an adult with the acrylic spray. Have fun! And don't forget to put cork or felt pads on the bottom so the tile doesn't scratch tables or glass.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Leave a comment to this post with your name and your favorite Christmas song. I will pick a random winner to win one of my classes for free and two free Cricut die cuts that I will customize just for you! If the winner doesn't live in the Omaha area, I will find a substitute prize.
The deadline is Nov. 15. I will notify the winner afterward! Spread the word and tell your friends!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
The owners of Creekside are trying to develop a craft education program in a studio behind their shop. It is a nice space and I look forward to working in it. Also, if you teach crafts such as needlepoint, painting or other arts, please contact them!
See their website to register for our classes... www.creeksideframing.com.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Just let me know what you'd like to learn and do! Email me at email@example.com. And look for my November/December schedule coming soon.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
I am going to make some samples this weekend and hope to get them up on the blog early next week so you can see what we will be doing.
Let me know if you have any questions!
Friday, August 28, 2009
The cost is $19, including all supplies except adhesive. You can sign up for the class at www.Busy-Scrappin.com
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
As for I Teach Scrap, I am in the process of planning for the fall. If you have any requests for classes, this is the time to speak up! Here is what I have in mind for two new classes and workshops:
--Using your Cricut to make holiday gifts (using vinyl, glass etching, etc.)
--Cricut for cardmakers (we'll get a jump start on holiday cards)
I am still working on a class for the Design Studio, and perhaps the new Gypsy (basically a hand-held version of the Design Studio). I really want to get one of these so I won't have to use my computer, which is very aged and can't handle the software. Maybe Santa will bring me one!
Next, the first meeting of my Cricuteer Club is Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Papillion Hy-Vee. I have four ladies already planning on being there. We are going to explore the beauty of using chipboard on your Cricut. I am working on starting a similar club at the Precious Treasures store in Fremont. All Cricut users are invited to join us. The cost is just $5 to cover supplies and prizes.
Lastly, I have a new class at a new location in the works for late September. The project is a Halloween-themed 2-page layout featuring some very cool papers. I will post more details on this as soon as I get the project approved.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Then, I have a something for you... I am starting a monthly Cricut Club just for Cricut owners. We'll get together to share ideas, show off our work, review cartridges and gossip about Cricut news. We’ll have prizes and do a quick make-and-take project. Cost is $5 to cover prizes and supplies for the project.
The first meeting of the Cricuteer's Club will be at the Hy-Vee in Papillion, 72nd and Highway 370, on August 22 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. And feel free to stay and crop with me for FREE from 6 p.m. to midnight.
If you'd like to join us, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and feel free to pass this invitation along to others!
The cost is $20, but includes all supplies. You will get to take home several samples, including a decorated t-shirt. This is a great class for anyone who wants to use their Cricut to make gifts, especially with Christmas coming up.
I am teaching this class at both Precious Treasures and Hy-Vee in August.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
It came out very cool!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Here are my experiments, with some help from my daughter, that we tried tonight:
This mermaid, above and below, is from Life's A Beach.
This shark title is also from Life's A Beach.
The puppy is from Animal Kingdom and the letters are Plantin Schoolbook.I am pretty impressed with Cut Color & Wear so far. I still have to wash the shirts and see how they launder, but the company's directions say it is machine washable. We'll have to test that and see what happens.
I do have some tips when using this material:
1. Make sure that you flip the image if you are cutting words.
2. Make sure your markers are fairly new and fresh. And yes, the company says you can use Crayola washable markers. But I will wait to say this for sure until after I wash them.
The possibilities are endless with this stuff. You could make t-shirts for events and only pay the $2 or $3 it costs to buy the shirt at a craft store. The Cut Color & Wear sheets cost about $1.75 a 6x12 sheet, so it isn't cheap. But if you use it wisely, you can get images for 2 shirts out of 1 sheet.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
This is the cityscape from Plantin Schoolbook. First, I cut a chipboard base, then layered the basic cityscape in yellow with the tall ball version in black.
And now you can see what I cut it from... using my favorite breakfast cereal.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
It was kinda a sad day for me because I have become very attached to the store in Gretna. In fact, I got teary when I was packing up the Tooth Fairy paper. That was why I found her store in the first place. And I've learned so much teaching for Amy and becoming her friend.
But she's very excited about her new store in downtown Fremont. I haven't seen it yet, but I am told it is bigger and has lots of charm and character. Amy needs a fresh start right now. And yes, I will still be teaching and cropping out there, but I will probably have make my trips out there more efficient by having a bunch of classes and bringing my own stuff to crop.
And thanks to Amy, I hopefully have found another store to teach classes at... more details on that later!
Monday, May 18, 2009
He asked if I remember an old TV show called "Have Gun, Will Travel." I said "yes," and he said that I should use "Have Cricut, Will Travel" for my new business slogan.
It pretty much sums up what I've been doing lately, so I might just have to use it.
Because I will need access to a laptop to teach this class, right now I will only be able to offer this one at the Precious Treasures store as Amy has bought a laptop just for this purpose.
I will let you all know as soon as I have my first class scheduled.
It happened strangely. She had never scrapbooked before and came into Precious Treasures, with iced coffee in hand, to ask the store owner, Amy, to help her. Amy wasn't there, but I had just finished a private daytime class and just happened to be there. After a few moments of talking, I realized that she probably just needed someone to do it for her. I've always wanted to do some for-hire projects, so I volunteered.
It was very fun and I'd do it again in a heartbeat, especically to see the look on the mom's face again when she looked at my work.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
I also am teaching a bunch of Cricut classes on Sun., May 3 at Precious Treasures as part of National Scrapbooking Day. Let me know if you are interested in those classes, or just coming out to crop with us.
I also need to schedule my May scrapbook classes for the Hy-Vee in Papillion. I plan to do those on May 23 or 24.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
I've received several emails lately asking about costs for my classes. So, I figured that I'd better put those on the blog as well.
I charge $15 per person for most of my group classes, and that includes paper and adhesive. Some of my advanced classes cost $20 per person because there is more paper or supplies involved. I will mention any higher costs in my class description.
I also will do private one-on-one classes in a student's home for $20 a person. I charge $15 per person for private classes with two or more students.
I also am considering renting out myself and my Cricut for in-home crops, where I come with my machine and cut anything you'd like (provided I have the right cartridge) for you and your guests. But I haven't decided the details on that, yet. If you are interested in something like that, please let me know.
Hope to hear from you soon!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
And here is what she made. Very creative, except Dad wasn't happy with the tape.
Even Bob got into the action.But I am glad that they are interested in using it, just as long as they don't get better than I am. You know how kids master technology faster than their parents!
Friday, March 20, 2009
I will post pictures when it arrives!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
I have a few new ones, including a Mom & Me Crop and a Tools of the Trade class at both Precious Treasures and Hy-Vee.
If you want to sign up for any of them or have any questions, please email me at email@example.com.