Archives for May 2008
One of my newest favourite blog finds is Deb Neerman’s Paper, Ink Scissors & Stamps ( Great name!) , She has an excellent article that compares trendy
with Prismacolor Premier pencil crayons and OMS method. Note- The
Copic Ciao Markers
are the same in every ways as the more expensive
Copic Sketch Markers
one- except they are smaller and easier to manage. I prefer this size and almost half the price.
Deb sounds a lot like me in that she seems to have to EVERYTHING of something. I have a huge collection of Prismacolor pencils and some other high quality brands like Koh-i-noor pigment pencils.
I just about had a heart attack when I first heard about Copic markers. Why – I do NOT want another things to collect and spend money on.
Deb has given me a bit of relief- she does a very thorough comparison of the the Copic markers and pencil crayons. I will let you be the judge- but I was quite surprised.
After reading her comparisons “test” i was able to talk myself out of buying them.. well buying them ALL. I suspect I will cave in a buy a few more 🙂
Whats The Difference Between Different Cricut Machines?
Currently there are 3l different models of the Cricut Die Cutting Machine out on the market.
The original Cricut 29-0001 Personal Electronic Cutting Machine
And Cricut Create ( exclusively made and sold at Michaels)
All of the Cricut Cutting machines are digital cutting machines and all the Cricut cartridges are interchangeable. You do NOT need to use a computer or be hooked up to a computer to use- which makes them extremely portable.
This is the smallest and most portable and you can cut shapes up to 5 1/2 inches high. The cutting size is not huge but it is a nice size and you can use all the Cricut cartridges as well as software like SCAL ( Sure Cuts A Lot )that lets you cut any truetype fonts installed on your computer. You can also cut tons of shapes with dingbats (a type of font that looks like clipart) and import .svg files you make with Illustrator or Inkscape.
Many report big problems using the Micheal’s version of the Cricut, Cricut Create and 3rd party software (SCAL) and will REALLY screw up your machine.
Cricut Expression Cutting Machine-Cuts Up To 12 is a 12 inch x 24 inch cutter and for the SERIOUS scrapbooker or for professional use in a classroom. If you teach scrap booking classes or use in a busy school classroom then you may want to spend the extra money for this machine. Uses all the cartridges and you can use 3rd party software, If you are using for yourself make a lot of borders and large shapes, personally I would get something like the Wishblade, Pazzles or Silhouette instead. If you can get this at a good price , go ahead. If you are using for larger groups then I would get this one. The Silhouette has a bigger learner curve and I can see people getting confused. My 12 year old is fine with the Cricuts but intimidated by my Silhouette.
from Micheals is a downsized version of the 12×24 inch cutter, Cricut Expressions. It cuts sizes up to to 11.5″ on a 6″ x 12″ cutting mat. ( Cricut Expression can use 12×24 mat )
Both the Create and Expression have an LCD screen.
The downside to Cricuts is of course the cost of cartridges, You can use ANY true Type font and download thousands of fonts and shaped to sue on Silhouette. If you just want to pop in cartridge and print out shape than a Circuit might be the option to take.
Another big advantage for scrapbookers is that Provo craft has licensed popular characters including Disney to use with the Cricut. If you are a Disney person than this might be the machine for you.
I find the Cricut very easy to use and prefer its mat to my Silhouette. Cost of cartridges is crazy but they are often on sale.
Trial version of SCAL ( Sure Cuts A LOT) here
One step beyond a square knitted dish cloth- the kids you see at every chair bazaar and crafts sale and often a first time or beginner;s knitting project. I thought this idea was genius.
Basically you make a small square and knit in wide strips of tulle to get a “scrubbie” effect with this
Knitted Dish Scrubbie Pattern Tutorial
A very cute easy thing to do and a nice GREEN craft.
This would make cute add-ons in gift baskets at Christmas. I think you might be able to fold in fan shape and the tie with ribbon to create a bow on gifts as well..
I can always justify spending money on crafts. At the rate I buy supplies I figure every card i make cost about 34.00. Pleasure and enjoyment- priceless. I have a monthly bdget that I allow myself- i TRY to stick to under a 100.00 for all craft related stuff. That include paints, materials, tools and for things like crops- and food that I might buy there. I also include in that budget all my kids crafts.
One way I keep track of how much I spend is a use a PayPal debut card- you could l also use a pre-paid card. or rewards type card where you get credit card gas rewards or air miles.
My PayPal card works perfectly because the only way money goes into my Paypal account is when I sell something on ebay.
It has helped quite a bit with budgeting.
And girls too 🙂
Several different designs for making these pinhole cameras. A pinhole camera is one that does not have a glass lens- it has a very tiny hole that lets light into the exposed film.
The most common modern use of a pinhole camera is to capture the movement of sunlight over a long period of time.
Some good instructions for making an “easy” pinhole camera- Making Oatmeal Box Pinhole Cameras
More information about pinhole cameras How does a pinhole camera work?
VERY fancy and over the top- you can download instructions for the camera pictured below here
You may be been thinking of setting up your own craft blog- great! More than anything I appreciate the different ideas and creativity of all the craft blogs I visit.
It might be tempting to use a a blog site like blogger or Blogspot or WordPress.com. Don’t do it! They will end up owning your content- not you and they will be able to use your blog to make money or charge for advertising,. You will also be severely limited in what you can with your blog in terms of how it looks and is set up ( themes and plugin) . Take the time and the little bit of money it costs to set up your own blog on your own host or server. Use WordPress as you blogging platform read up on hosting plans and web hosting security
It easier than you think and another outlet for creativity!
Cricut is coming out with Something called Cricut JukeBox. It is an adapter that plugs into the the existing port for your single cartridge and expands it so you can use 6 cartridges at a time.
What are the BEST Cricut Cartridges? What is YOUR Favorite Cricut Cartridge?
The Cricut cutter is an electronic cutting machine and used for scrapbooking, card making and more. After extensive polling I have a list of what I think are currently the most popular Cricut machine cartridges. If you think I have left one out- let me know!
What is your favorite Cricut Cartridge?
Overwhelmingly, the Jasmine for Cricut cutter ranked very high and considered one of the must have to own. Its elegant look is perfect for most scrapbook pages. Here is list of best Cricut cartridges to get .. roughly in order of most popular. Obviously this is subjective and depends on what you are doing. I find there is a lot of over lap with card making and scrapbooking and quite a few teachers use the Cricut in their classrooms.
Updated December 2010
Best Cricut Cartridges
Another top choice is Storybook Cricut Cartridge it is absolutely lovely. Font is amazing and fantastic frames. A must have.
Stamping Solutions is great to have if you do alot of Scrapbooking and card making. Loaded with phrases that you will use over and over.
A Child’s Year isn’t just for kids pages. Lots of holiday and every day ocassion make this another muyst have in your Cricut arsenal.
Opposites Attract – very versatile for card making and scrapbooks.
Alphalicious A great font for card and scrapbooking!
Animal Kingdom Perfect for travel pages in your scrapbook but you will find a ton of uses for this set.
Joys of the Season I ADORE this set! simply stunning Holiday and Christmas designs.
New Arrival this is the “baby” set. Excellent for cards, invitations and scrapbooking baby albums.
Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More Cartridge Terrific! A zillion uses for this set.
Paper Doll Dress Up Kids love this- go beyond scrapbooking. I think this might be a mist have for an scrapbooker.
Printing 101 A great addition to collection- nice fonts. Take a peek.
Beyond Birthdays If you make hand made cards- you MUST have this set for your cricut !
Base Camp Perfect for military scrapbooks.
What’s Your favorite Cricut Cartridge? If you could only have THREE Cricut Cartridges- what would they be?