Thursday, October 25, 2012

QUICK NOTES -- Chalkboard Vinyl and No More Imagine

I don't have any projects to share with you today, but I do have interesting pieces of news for you.
First of all, the cool stuff. I saw yesterday on that Cricut.com is now selling several new versions of cuttable vinyl for the Cricut machines. One is a chalkboard vinyl and the other is dry erase. Here is the link to them on Cricut.com.
The possibilites for both of these are endless. Use them to label drawers or jars, make door hangers for kids' rooms or even calendars in kitchens.
The Cricut.com version is a 12x24 sheet for 12.99 and it comes with transfer tape. Other companies online also sell cuttable chalkboard vinyl -- I saw one website that had a 12x24 sheet for 3.59, plus shipping. I would just search online for cuttable chalkboard or dry erase vinyl. You will find lots of them.
Okay, so the other news I saw could be a bit disappointing for some people. Cricut announced this week, rather quietly I might add, that it will no longer be making the Cricut Imagine and Cricut Cake machines. Read the announcement here.
The end of the Imagine machine had been a rumor for some time. They just didn't take off like Provo Craft imagined -- pun intended. Now, the announcement did say they would continue to support the machines they sold with inks and content. It has been quite awhile since Cricut put out any new Imagine cartridges. But the FAQ in the announcement said they would be offering new content in the future. My guess is that it will be digital content through the Cricut Craft Room -- but they might surprise me.
My advice is that if you already have Imagine machine, hit the stores and you will probably find cartridges on clearance. If you have wanted an Imagine machine, but haven't bought one yet, this might be your chance.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

EXCUSES TO SCRAP


Happy Tuesday! I know not many people greet you happily on a Tuesday, but I have to admit that Tuesday is one of my favorite days. That's because it is one of my days off! 
And this week, I decided to craft rather than clean house. Oh, I did some cleaning like laundry and wiping down the kitchen and bathroom counters. But I had a busy weekend and I needed some time to create.
I've been hanging out, and occasionally working, at my friend Barb's scrappin store in Gretna, Nebraska, called Scrappin Studio. She recently got some new Halloween collections in the store, so I took it upon myself to make some samples to inspire shoppers. 
I know how hard it can be sometimes to see stickers and paper, no matter how cute or cool, but not have any idea how to make them into a fantastic page. 
Here is one sample with what I call her orange swiss-cheese paper and no Cricut cuts whatsoever. That nearly unheard of for me! 

This layout (you can see the other page at the store) took me about 2 1/2 hours total.
This one is with Reminisce's Haunted paper line. It is an older collection, but Barb still has some. With this one, I cut the title and the spooky gate with my Cricut and the Happy Hauntings cartridge. 

This one took me about an hour at home. Lots of Cricut cuts here. 
I am so appreciative to Barb for letting me make these samples for her. I love to design pages, and coming up soon are some Christmas pages with her new Kaisercraft collection. 

Friday, October 5, 2012

SUPER PROUD MAMA

Before the third donation
We all have our God-given gifts and talents. Some people can sing, some people can draw, some people can take care of the elderly. My daughter is fantastic artist, she's great with animals and kids -- but one of her most amazing gifts is her HAIR! She has super thick, straight, shiny hair in the most beautiful shade of strawberry blond. Anyway, about 3 1/2 years ago she decided to donate her super long hair to Locks of Love, a charity that provides wigs for people who have lost their hair to cancer and other illnesses. I don't remember how long it was.Then, in October 2010, she donated another 8 inches, split into 3 ponytails. This week, she donated 9 1/2 inches split into 4 ponytails. It took longer this time because she didn't want it to be too short when it was cut off. She considers herself a hair farm, and plans to grow her hair and donate it again. I am one super proud mama!

Kenzie and her crown of hair! 

Two ponytails for each hand. 

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Hello! I am excited to have my own blog site. This is way cool. I plan to use this site to promote my scrapbook instruction business, as well as pass on lots of scrapbooking tips and ideas to my family, friends and clients, both past and present. I'll also through a little of my personal life in for fun.Feel free to comment, ask questions, email me, ask me to post pictures of your projects, etc. Just let me know how I can help!