Another debut at CHA Summer 2010 are the new coordinated stamp lines from Ranger Industries designed by Claudine Hellmuth (aka Collage Artist) called “Creative Layers.” Her new stamps features both foam stamps and coordinating line designs for easy layering and mixing and matching. Claudine has a whole line of fine-arts supplies for discerning crafters, so it’s no surprise that she uses that aesthetic for stamping. Take a look at her demo video: As I always, say, Claudine is just SO […]
Archives for July 2010
One of the fabulous things about walking the floor at CHA Summer 2010 was checking out all of the fun techniques and make-and-takes at the show. I LOVE Tombow markers and adhesives, so I stopped by to see what was up there. Lucky for me, designer Marie Browning was on hand to show me a thing or two using the Dual Brush Markers.Â Take a look: Fun, right?Â Thanks, Marie, for taking the time to share with us!
It was another fun-filled day here at CHA Summer in the lovely (if humid) Rosemont, Ill. So here are the highlights of my day in pictures: So that’s the overview for today! I realized that I spend most of my time today at booths looking/trying/talking about DIES! Guess what we’ll talk about tomorrow??
One of the things I really admire about Provocraft is their releases of new products (such as the Cricut Imagine!) For example, they have teams of folks on the show floor just waiting to give your a personalized tour. I had some time and taped part of my “tour” for you- after all, the Imagine both prints AND cuts, and there are a lot of cool functions to this machine. Here’s PART of what I got- YouTube will only allow […]
Oh, such a crazy busy day here at CHA– and there is so much to talk about!! But after a long day on the show floor, I thought I’d just share the pics I took to start with. These were the highlights of my day! OK, that’s all for right now,crafty friends! More fun tomorrow!
So, the new Cricut machine was leaked out to the Cricut Circle members last night, and debuted at CHA today to consumers and the media. Yes, the rumors were accurate- this is a machine that can print AND cut! This is the info I got from ProvoCraft: As a Cricut Circle member, we wanted to introduce you to the exciting new product being revealed and celebrated at CHA. Letâ€™s hear a warm round of applause for Cricut Imagine, the […]
So if you know me, you know that I’m gearing up for the Craft and Hobby Associations Summer Tradeshow! I’m always excited to see the new products, cool techniques, and catch up with crafty celebs and friends. There will be a slew of new releases (check out Nancy Nally’s Scrapbook Update site for cool sneak peeks), and of course, the most buzzed-about even is the Cricut Gala, where they’ll be unveiling the new “Imagine” machine. Rumor has it that it’s […]
I LOVE comments on my blog, and the other day I received one from Erin who blogs at Treasures Found:: Inspiration is Everywhere. She was responding to a guest post by Lisa on finding inspiration for papercrafting, and Erin had a valuable two-cents-worth to chime in. So instead of just approving her comment, I’m adding it in full here so you can follow HER links to inspire you. Thanks, Erin! Inspiration is a HUGE thing for me (it is the […]
A while back I reviewed the Basic Quilling Kit by Quilled Creations and I felt I was ready for a new paper-crafting challenge: comb quilling. The difference in this technique is that you use a comb (kind of like a hair pick) to wrap paper around and make consistent, evenly-spaced loops. The kit contains the quilling comb, paper quilling strips, and a book with techniques and ideas. I decided to go through the book and try all of them. I […]
Hey, crafty friends! I’ve been crafting up a storm for a series of posts on CraftsUnleashed on fabric crafts and “Christmas in July” crafts. So I’m sharing some goodness over here, too. If you’ve read my blog for a while, you know I love Yo-Yo’s. (The fabric ones, not the toy things.) I even reviewed the Clover Heart Shaped Yo Yo maker and the Clover Shamrock Yo Yo maker. But today, I’m keeping it simple with circles. I won’t bore […]
Thanks to all who entered! We had 38 comments and I wrote everone’s name down on a sheet of paper, then numbered them. I went to Random.org and had the random number generator do it’s thing: True Random Number Generator Min: Max: Result: 3 Powered by RANDOM.ORG Yes, you read it right– number THREE! And that, my dearies, is….DEBBIE!! Her comment was: I really like how the cheese and bologna came out -would be really cute on crackers for a […]
I’m so pleased that my crafty BFF & paper crafts specialist is back for another post- so take it away, Lisa! Have you ever had a time where you felt like sitting down to craft and you just couldn’t seem to get started?Â Or you felt tired of crafting with the same style and wanted to try something new?Â You just needed some kind of crafty inspiration to get you enthused and rolling? I can tell you this has happened […]
OK, let’s be clear- I’m not giving away my Cricut Cake, but I AM giving away a cool CricutCake logo chef hat in honor of my week of “Cake” posts last week! I have to be honest- I thought of doing two more– and then just ran out of steam and time. But that’s OK, because I know I’ll have a few more cool ideas for later in the summer. So here’s what we’re doing today: to win the awesome […]
So, after all my posts on Fondant, Frosting Sheets, Bologna and Cheese, are you wondering how the Cricut Cake cut tortillas and fruit roll type snacks? Well, so was I…so the experimentation continues! As you might have noticed yesterday, there was a fruit roll up snack on the cutting mat: And then, you see the fruit snack all crumpled up: Well, yes, this was my first attempt. Against my better judgment, I tried to cut the fruit roll on the […]
OK, so this is kind of weird- but I wanted to see if the Cricut Cake would cut out bologna & cheese. In other words, something very different from the Fondant and Frosting Sheets that I’d tried out previously. The good news- cutting bologna and pre-wrapped cheese slices (such a Kraft Singles) proved to be easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy! Really. It was as simple as placing the bologna & cheese onto a lightly-greased mat. (Remember, Crisco is preferred, and it’s really best to […]
If you are wondering how the Cricut Cake works for cutting fondant, or want tips on how to cut fondant with the Cricut Cake, you’ve come to the right place! In my first Cricut Cake post, I experimented with using the Frosting Sheets– but today I’m going to share my first attempts at cutting “rolled fondant” by Wilton. So, a bit about that. I went to my local JoAnn’s ETC store and was blown away by the Wilton aisle. I […]
One of the coolest things about the Cricut Cake (or so we’re told) is that you can cut so many different food items with it. Since I am both a cake-decorating novice and a Cricut Cake newbie, I decided to start with what seemed like a simple and stress-free material: Frosting Sheets. Of course, I have never even laid eyes on Frosting Sheet before, so I thought I’d do a special post here on just what they are, how they […]
Well… after much debate, I finally plunked down my cash for a CricutCake machine. If you remember, I had attended CHA in January, and was supposed to receive one from Provocraft for free. (!!!) However, on the long trip home with kids and a side trip to Disney, I LOST my coupon for the freebie. I let the folks-that-be know, and I was assured it would still come. BUT, 6 months and many e-mails later, no Cake for me! Poo. […]
One of the best things about being a member of the craft community is that other bloggers are just so NICE! And every now and the one of those nice folks asks me to guest post (oh-so-nicely) and I get to share my crafts/thoughts/philosophies on those other nice blogs! Such is the case yesterday. I got to share a “sneak peek” into the CHA trade shows on The Creative Goddess blog, as well my philosophy of “Craft as Storytelling”Â In […]
A while ago I was browsing on the Elmer’s website and found a cool little tool to help you figure out what kind of Elmer’s adhesive to use. The first thing I thought was: “There oughtta be an App for that!” and lo and behold, 4 months later, here it is- the Elmer’s Glue Guide! Of course, this app is geared toward Elmer’s products only, but I still think it’s got legs. After all, one of the most frustrating things […]