Tips for Cutting Jewel “Bling” Sheets in Silhoutte & Cricut Die Cutters

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So say you’ve bought some of the gorgeous Jewel Sheets from Buckle Boutique or DCWV…and now you want to cut them out using your digital die cutting machines. But how do you prep them for the Cricut? What is the proper setting for the Silhouette? Well today Sara has all the answers for us! First, we have a video on how to cut the bling sheets with the Silhouette Brand cutters. Here are Sara’s top takeaways: Place sheet upside down […]

Craft Product Review: Paper Layerz Paper for Die-Cutting Machines by Megan Elizabeth

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I love my Cricut Expression and all of the cute designs that come with the cartridges.  I have to admit though, sometimes it can get overwhelming trying to do all of the paper-piecing designs.  Loading and unloading the different papers and trying to coordinate all of them can get frustrating.  That’s why I was super excited to see the Megan-Elizabeth Paper Layerz in my box of crafty goodness to review from Jenny.  I knew this would be a fabulous tool […]

How to Cut Polymer Clay with the Cricut

Learn how to cut polymer clay with your Cricut die-cutting machine!

A while ago my pal Lisa Pavelka was showing off her fabulous Pardo Jewellry Clay by Viva Decor at CHA Winter 2011- it’s so flexible after baking, you can actually use a paper punch to cut it! So I got to thinking- why not cut it with a Cricut? I played around a bit, and actually got it to work. Here’s how you do it. wp_ad_camp_4 Condition your clay well– I actually used scrap clay from various projects, so it’s […]

Last Minute Monogrammed Gift Tags

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Lately, I have been the queen of the last minute. And this weekend I injured my back, which has put me even more behind- no so good for Christmas week productivity! However, even setbacks can boost your creativity because you have to do the best you can with what you’ve got…. and so, here are some last-minute re-usable gift tags. Here’s my supply list, but you could sub out a bunch of stuff. Scraps of plain cardstock and patterned paper […]

Craft Product Review: Cricut Cake, Part One

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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. […]

Cricut Circle: “I Drank the Kool-Aid”


Which is to say, I joined the Cricut Circle. What is that, you say? Well, it’s a new club- supposedly exclusive- that will offer benefits such as free cartridges, invites to swarms and galas, chances to get sneak peeks and before-market access, and a spiffy charm bracelet. (Yeah, I know, right?) The thing is, I’m not sure I NEEDED to join. The cost of the club is comparable to buying a new Cricut Expression or 4 full-price cartridges. And, while […]

Cricut Vinyl Review on CraftCritique

Did you know you can emboss vinyl with a Cuttlebug?

I love, love, LOVE me some vinyl! And I really love the Cricut Vinyl by Provocraft. I sat and played with it for a whole afternoon- cutting with a punch, with the Slice, with the Cricut Expression, even running it through the Cuttlebug to emboss it. Totally awesome. Here are some pics that I took during my playtime: Of course, click on over to CraftCritique to read my whole review, including pros and cons.  Have YOU played with vinyl? What […]

Cricut Cake Debuts at CHA Winter 2010

If you are a die-hard Cricut fan, (or a cake decorator), buckle your seat belt- the Cricut Cake is here! (Well, almost- it’ll drop in late April.) But the excitement at CHA was palpable  and the screaming non-stop from the ProvoCraft booth. The Cricut Cake will cut fondant, gum paste, sheet icing, even fruit leathers. But instead of me explaining it, watch this video from John Lee of ProvoCraft: I’ll be receiving one of these wonders sometime in late May, […]

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Thea at the Roadshow

It’s been a long, long week at the Costco Roadshow in Strongsville, OH. In case you missed the tweets, I was part of the Costco Grand Opening and spent a week on-location demonstrating the Cricut Expressions machine (and accessories) for ProvoCraft. (That’s a pic of the booth I took with my phone, and that’s my new friend Thea White, the cartridge Goddess. She knows every Cricut cartridge by heart, I swear!!) It was a great time, and I was pleased […]

My Gypsy Has Arrived!!

I was soooo sad when I hear that some of my crafty co-horts had received their Gypsies from ProvoCraft, and yet I was still Gypsy-less. However this AM, bright and early, I got a box on my doorstep! Here’s a little video of me unboxing my newest, coolest toy!

Cricut Gypsy Drops at Michaels October 4th!

Ok, you Cricut fans! I know you’ve heard of the Gypsy, that portable design tool for the Cricut electronic die-cut machine– and it’s coming to a Michael’s store near you! While I’m still waiting (we were promised one at Summer CHA…but it hasn’t arrived YET), you die-hard die-cutters can get one starting TODAY, October 4th! I was hoping to have one in my hot little hands to try it out and give you my impressions, but alas, I might need […]