Saturday, October 22, 2016

Fairy Cottage

I love my explore and used it to cut the Fairy cottage from SVGcuts (affiliate link*).
I have embossed a lot of the panels and inked the edges of all of them. It has taken some time to put together and I have had to take it apart as I put some of it together wrong but it is finally finished so I thought I would show a video as well as some pics. I have used Close to my Heart papers, inks and embossing folders diamond, woodgrain and quatrefoil. If you would like to look/shop at Close to my Heart go here.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Playing after the Hamilton Education session

The year seems to be going way too fast but it will be nice to get some sunny weather. WE had 'Our Crafting Retreat' where 6 of us get together and share ideas of Cricut, stamping and scrap booking, Close to my Heart and Stampinup. We had a great time and the ladies are fantastic. Then I had 2 Cricut Design Space education days, These went very well and the ladies who came learnt lots more about the program that works the Cricut Explore. After the days Education in Hamilton Raine and I started cutting some stuff. Raine decided to make the Haunted village Jooniper Parker put on her blog. You can go to her blog here. I made a village and also a haunted house a small one from Cricut. It is on the cartridge Happy Hauntings Cartridge you can buy here .

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Catch up

Well I seem to have woken up and the year has almost gone. I have been doing a bit more like meeting the awesome couple who own Three Little Whimzee -Juliette and Deon. I asked them if they could bring in the Explore air and wowser they looked into it and did. Yes we had the Cricut Explore air for release at SENZ in Auckland in July. Well since then we have gone to Porirua and the Cricut Explore air machines are selling like hot cakes to hungry people.

I have done 2 retreats with friends and now I am starting Cricut Design Space Education. The Cricut Explore range of machine works on the program Design Space and although it is very easy to use there are heaps of things you can do. I have now got events in Hamilton on the 15th and 16th October and in Wellington on the 29th October. If you are interested in the events go to and click on the calendar tab. There is also quite a bit of info on the website as well as a form for registering if you would like to do a seminar on Design Space.

Some people in Auckland want an event as well so just starting to sort dates. Another exciting thing is that Madge and I are going to Australia Cricut and Craft hunting in Novmber.

I have been doing Joonipers fun fold card Palooza cards and although I have not done all of them yet I am working my way through them. I have done a few other things though like putting up some of my designs in Primrose and they as well as others can upload their Cricut projects and make the ones already there.

 I have been beta testing the android app for design space and it is coming along well.

I'll add some pics of what I have been up to.

Concertina card from DT
my design tag popup surprize card

tag pulled so it shows under the tag

side view

Card in design space where I took the design and placed it on the envelope as well.

both tag popup surprise cards

front of card below

rotational popup card

car box made with print and cut to get the tiger stripes

using design space to print and cut a line drawing

crown box

tea cup card

popup tea cup inside the card. it has a tea bag and spoon as well.

flap fold card

inside of above

Zig zag card

Victorian Hearse from Design Space with coffin

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coffin with flowers

spiderwebs made of hot glue

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Christmas in July Check out the specials

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Because we can't wait for Christmas we have Christmas in July. So do our Cricut friends. Check out the savings you can get. Remember boxes and cards and Cricut has a Christmas page for you to check out.
There are a lot of cartridges with special Christmas things on but remember cartridges like Sweet tooth boxes and box it up which have lovely little boxes for those special things. Remember Cricut Access is a wonderful gift as well and there are many cartridges being added all the time. Check out the nine dimensional scenes cartridges as well as the nativity scenes. Most of our littlies love frozen but Cricut has just launched Captain America which I know some of the older guys love. If you missed it there is also ‘Disney Villains’ and ‘Whisker Haven tales with the Palace pets’.
Along with old favourites you now have Mermaid Party and Poker Night. Check out the web site for all the cartridges and what is included with Cricut Access.

Have a Great Christmas in July.

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Intricate Cuts from the Cricut Explore Air

As we all know if you want an intricate design then do it in vinyl but I wanted a 3d birdcage! Cricut has recently added a cartridge called vintage Wedding and it has 3 birdcages. I needed one quite small and intricate so I chose the circular one ‪#‎MC8A4E8‬. I did not realize at the first time of cutting the tiny squares that cut on the top layer. I have measured these squares and they measure 0.03 of an inch. If you are writing with cricut pens you will notice they have a .03 pen in their fine pens. When I took the parts off the mat I was amazed at how small these little squares were. Ashish Arora has asked us to show some of the intricate cuts we have done. I used 'Close to my Heart'plain card stock to cut this birdcage and had my explore air set on card stock NO not even 'intricate cut'. The blade I am using is the same blade my Explore air came with and the first time I used this machine -September 2nd 2015. I cut almost daily on this machine so it has had lots of use. Check out these pictures I have taken. The cage stands 6 inches high.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Pretty Lanterns

Just finished the blog for Dreaming Tree and announced the Winner. Now for the lanterns I have been plodding away at. They are both pink (of course). First I wanted ovals in the side so I imported the file and sliced ovals into the side panels over the shape Leo had put. The first one I did I put patterned vellum in the panels, and embossed the outer panels with a butterfly folder then used inka gold wax to rub over the embossing. I thought it quite pretty until I did the second one where I used the CTMH embossing folder Diamond to emboss the panels and rubbed them with inka gold saphire. Then having just got the wink of stella glitter pens I embossed the plain vellum with the cuttlebug Flower Fantasy folder and painted the flowers and the leaves and stems. They can hold a tea light but will have to find them. Check out Dreaming Tree here
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