Well, the Quickutz Love sure died a quick death!
Several craft blogs are writing about it replacement- yet to be named!
You can see picture and get more details about the newest cutter at Scrapdoodles and Beach Scrapbooks.
The no- name machine WILL cut 12 inch wide paper.
It will cut other company dies.
It is manually operated but you can upgrade to electronic “crank”
Is this too little too late?
Will be nice to cut 12 inch borders without fiddling with my Cuttlebug… Mmmm. I also wonder if it will use pads like Cuttlebug.
Also written about is the 6 inch cutter, here
Is this too little too late? Will Quick Kutz be able to make a dent in the all ready over crowded die cutting machine market place? Can it do better than the Cuttlebug?
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Use this free “pooh and piglet” cutting these cutting files in your scrapbook page layouts, cards and decoration. These also work very well using decorative vinylto go on a wall or window.
Free download of Winnie the Pooh with Piglet.
Cut this Winnie the Pooh Cutting file with your Cricut using SCAL software (read more about SCAL Sure Cuts A Lot software for Cricut)
Use GSD format to cut Piglet and Winnie The Pooh cutting File on your Quickutz Silhouette, Craft Robo or Wishblade. Use KNk format to cut free Piglet and Winnie The Pooh Cutting File on KNK machine or software.
Download the Piglet and Winnie The Pooh Cutting File HERE
Don’t forget to check out my other Free GSD-SVG-KNK cutting file downloads!
This weeks free cutting file is a bid to keep spring hear and ward off last days of Winter.
A pair of garden tools- a spade and hoe. Download the zip file below which contains image, knk file, SVG file and GSD file.
Use free garden tool GSD file with your Robo Master software for Quickutz Silhouette, Wishblade or Craft Robo cutting machine.
Use free SVG file with Cricut machine, You can cut your own files or fonts without a cartridge- read my post on SCAL software and Cricut cutting machines.
Use free garden tool KNK files with Klik n Kut software.
Download free garden tool cutting files HERE.
Here is another free file to use with your cutting machine. I am working on some travel albums and need some die cuts of different states, So far I have just done Florida and South Carolina.
Here is free GSD, SVG and KNK file to use in your die cutting machine.
Use KNK with you Klik n Kut or with KNK software,
Use SVG with Your Cricut machine. Here are Instructions on how to cut files on Cricut without cartridge.
GSD files is used with Robo Master software- so use with Quickutz Silhouette, Wishblade or Craft Robo.
Download free State of South Carolina cutting files
If you have a file design suggestion – let me know!
What are the best embossing folders?
The embossing folders for use in Provo Craft Cuttlebug have to be one of the best values for any scrapbooker or card maker. The folders are cheap, easy to use and the results are amazing.Most folders are under 5.00 and have high impact. If you do ANY kind of card making these really are a must have.
If you don’t have a Cuttlebug or any other die cutter I strongly recommend trying to fins one. You can usually pick up a pretty good price ( around 50-60.00) and but with coupons for Micheal’s or Joann’s, etc. You can read more about the Cuttlebug in my Cuttlebug Review post.
the embossing folder are great! They have several kinds for almost every occasion but I will list here the embossing folders that I consider “must have” or essential ones to start off your collection/addiction.
Best Embossing Folders for Cuttlebug
Worth mentioning- Cuttlebug Embossed Borders These give you great big bang for your buck and I recommend picking these up!.
Some “nice to have” embossing folders:
Click link to see image
A2 Embossing Folder-Distress Stripes
Cuttlebug 37-1134 A2 Embossing Folder, Thanks
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder: A2 Traffic Jam
Cuttlebug 37-1133 A2 Embossing Folder, Happy Birthday
Every Friday I put up a free file to use with your cutting machine. If you have a Quickutz Silhouette or Craft Robo you use the free GSD file to cut image.
If you have a KliK N Kut Machine or use KNK Studio GE software on your cutter use free KNK file.
If you have a Circut Machine ( any of the electronic Cricut Cutting machines) you use free SVG file. If you do not know how to cut your own files on a Cricut machine read my post Cutting Without Cartridges a Cricut Cutting Machine
This week’s free file is a simple bunny rabbit silhouette.
Download free file here
There isa deal on from Amazon , Cricut Expression for 297.47 AND free shipping. I think this is probably the best deal right now. It includes the usual Cricut Cartridge: Plantin Schoolbook andCricut Accent Essentials shape cartridge. What makes this deal hot is the price and the free shipping and Amazon’s excellent return policy.
So far the best price I have seen for Cricut Expression from Cricut Direct at their Amazon store.. The price includes the usual 2 free cartridges, Cricut Cartridge: Plantin Schoolbook and Shape cartridge . The shipping cost is not bad- $21.00.
AC Moore craft stores also have a pretty good deal onm right now, http://www.acmoore.com/p-59704-cricut-expression-cutting-machine-bundle.aspx 329.00 and FOUR cartridges (Plantin SchoolBook, Accent Essentials, Stretch Your Imagination and Paper Pups) also some inks.
Another good deal for those upgrading is a Cricut it Expression without any cartridges. Halllmark Scrapbook sells them for 209.99 shipping included ( some restrcitions) I did notice all sales were final tho- so not sure if that bodes well or not.
If you see a good deal or have a craft site and have a promotion on Cricut Machine ( or any other for that matter!) please post below!
Free Easter SVG file Cricut Cutting Machine and Other Die Cutters
This weeks Freebie Friday file is a cute Easter Egg cutting file. The file is zipped and contains jpg image, KNK file. GSD file and SVG file.
Use GSD file with your QuicKutz SILHOUETTE cutter, KNK with KNK software or Klic n Kut cutting machines ; SVG files is used with Cricut machines . Many Cricut users don’t know they can cut their own files or free flies found on the Internet with there Cricut machine. To learn how to cut your own files with Cricut machine and Sure Cuts A lot software read my post Cut SVG Files on Cricut- Cut Without Cartridges on Cricut Machine .
Download free Easter Egg Cutting Files here includes free KNK Easter egg file, free GSD Easter egg file and free SVG Easter Egg file.
I am back on track and Freebie Friday’s will start back up again tomorrow.
Tomorrow’s file will be an adorable and FREE Easter Egg cutting file.
The file formats available for free download are KNK, SVG and GSD, KNK is used with Klik n Kut machines and software, SVG use with Cricut and GSD with Quickutz Silhouette and other Graphtec machines.
If you dont know how to cut free SVG files with your Cricut I do have a post called Cut SVG Files on Cricut- Cut Without Cartridges on Cricut Machine
Met a friend today who is always knitting or crocheting something unusual. Today she was working knitting these cute eggs which she will either put over a plastic egg or stuff.
She is using a free pattern by Julie Williams.
You can find the free easter egg knitting pattern here
This pattern uses oddments of 4 ply yarn (I usually work it in cotton – such as Rowan Cotton 4ply) and uses 2.75 mm needles. My tension works out to 8 stitches and 10 rows per inch.
The egg is knitted flat and then seamed using mattress stitch. You can stuff the finished egg with polyfil / wool cotton wadding or it will fit around a polystyrene egg (see here for supplies within the UK).
Row 1: Cast on 11 stitches (leaving a length of yarn about 6 inches for sewing up later)
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: K2, (*M1, K1) 8 times, K1 (19 stitches) *M1=make one,
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: K2, (M1, K1) 16 times, K1 (35 stitches)
Row 6: Purl
Row 7: Knit
Row 8: Purl
Row 9: K3, M1, (K2, M1) 6 times, K3, M1 (K2, M1) 7 times, K3 (50 stitches)
Row 10: Purl
Row 11: Change to yarn colour for pattern band – work chosen pattern band over the next 12 rows (see charts below for pattern suggestions) or simply use a contrasting colour for middle 12 rows.
Zig zag pattern using 3 colours:
Polka dot pattern using 2 colours:
Stripe pattern using 2 or more colours:
gingham pattern using 3 colours:
Or why not design your own band (50 stitches x 12 rows):
Row 23: change yarn colour and knit
Row 24: purl
Row 25: K3, K2 tog, (K2, K2tog) 11 times, K1 (38 stitches)
Row 26: purl
Row 27: K2, K2 tog, (K1, K2tog) 11 times, K1 (26 stitches)
Row 28: purl
Row 29: knit
Row 30: purl
Row 31: K1, (K2 tog) 12 times, K1 (14 stitches)
Row 32: purl
Cut the work from the yarn leaving an end around 6 inches long, thread end through stitches on needle and pull up tight. Use this end to begin sewing up the seam. Sew around 1 inch of seam and then begin seaming at other end of egg.
If you want to hang the egg as a decoration then cut a length of ribbon and tie the ends together. Thread the loop through the gathered stitches at the pointed end of the egg leaving the knotted part inside.
At the other end of the egg thread the length of yarn left by the cast on and use to catch up the 11 stitch loops and up pull tight. Continue in mattress stitch to close the seam – leaving around 2 inches of unclosed seam to stuff the egg (if using polyfil or similar). If you are fitting it around a polystyrene egg just sew around half an inch of seam at either end and close the rest of the seam with the polystyrene egg in place.
When the seams meet tie off ends and thread inside trimming off any excess ends.