Sunday, December 28, 2014

Why I purchased the Cricut Explore; although, I think there is no DESIGN in Design Space! My One Minute Review

Many crafters have asked me why I bought the Cricut Explore, even though I think Design Space has little or no design functions and features........and so many crafters are having so many technical problems with the software.

I had to buy the Cricut Explore because I have a large cartridge library which finally could be cut well. The boy in the pedal car measures 2.25 x 1.75 inches...... the detail of the vinyl cut is awesome..... If you look closely, you can even see the tiny end of the string pull for the bell coming out of the top of the little boy's hand :)  (and I can see I need to weed a few more spots).

I am happily working around the severe limitations and bugs in Design Space by using the software only when I absolutely have to.  I use MTC and SCAL for all my SVG creations....... and import my SVGs into Cricut Design Space, using Design Space only as a means to access the cutter drivers.  (By the way, the new version of SCAL, version 4, is outstanding.  The SCAL IPAD app also has lots of promise.)

When I want to use Cricut artwork, I am forced to use Design Space but I limit my work time as much as possible in Cricut Design Space.  If you have a large Cricut library you may want to think about getting the Explore.  PC has finally created a cutter which cuts as well as other cutters do.  If you haven't already spent $$$ on Cricut cartridges, the cutter world is your oyster.  You have so many choices.........  Spend some time reading blogs and watching Youtubes...... All the cutter softwares are available for download.  Test drive the software before you buy.  Read, Read, Read every review you can find.  There are a lot of fanboys/fangirls who are giving very biased reviews of their favorite machines......... SO DO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE YOU OPEN YOUR WALLET.

Check out what Clever Someday and Leo from SVGCuts have reported about cutters....... both bloggers make a sincere effort to present fair and complete machines reviews and comparisons.


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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Cricut Explore Print then Cut ~ GodArt





Created my GodArt mason jar using the Cricut Explore print then cut function for the tools.  The mason jar was cut using an EK Success punch.  The wood veneer heart is from Studio Calico.  The small tags were cut with a Tim Holtz Sizzix die.  This embellishment was created for the FaceBook on Bible Journaling.


I was inspired by artwork found on GROW Strong in the Lord.......

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Journaling Bible ~ Post 3

Well, you can't take the "mini album~papercrafting" out of this gal.........  I had to cover the opening pages to my journaling Bible with cardstock; and, add pockets and tags to the back.........  Maybe tomorrow I will have the courage to write on and ink-up those thin, beautiful "real" Bible pages???  I am not a doodler, I have spent 2 weeks watching YouTubes about hand lettering and doodling.......... I need to just start; and, remember that Rome wasn't built in a day and practice makes perfect!!!!







Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Bible Journaling ~ Ribbon Bling







I added some additional ribbons, beads and charms......... The ribbons are anchored with kraft paper and the kraft paper was slipped between the spine and the binding.....  It can be removed at any time.....  The additional ribbons are not permanent.


Monday, September 8, 2014

Bible Journaling ~ GodArt ~ Mixed Media






I stumbled across a group on FaceBook; and, the group is doing art and mixed media in their personal Bibles... on the actual Bible pages.  I HAD to get a Journaling Bible and give it a try....... Being a mini album maker, the first thing I did was add my favorite paper to the inside front and back covers......

Shanna Noel is the leader and inspiration for Bible Journaling.  You can get more info on her blog..... and see some beautiful examples of the art being created:

Shanna Noel

Where I got my journaling Bible:
Amazon.com: journaling bible

ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (TruTone over Board, Brown, Window Design): ESV Bibles by Crossway: 9781433540578: Amazon.com: Books >>>>> The journaling Bible I bought!  I actually bought 2; but more about that later :-))))

Journaling Bible on Pinterest >>>>>>>>>>>>  My Pinterest Board "Journaling Bible"

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mini Album ~ Sympathy for Your Loss

Album structure was created with envelopes.  Paper is by K & Co, Tim Coffey, Tuscan Sunflowers, stamps from Impression Obsession.  Finished album measures 5 x 7.


















Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My Stamp Storage

One of the most difficult tasks for me as a stamper was to figure out how to store my wooden stamps. I did not want to remove the rubber from the wood! I found these media shelves on Amazon. They worked perfectly for me........




Saturday, June 21, 2014

4th of July Mini Album ~ Project Life Cards


















Inspired by Jan Hunter of the Sizzix EClips FB group. What a fun project to get reacquainted with my EClips. I created my mini album at 4 x 6 to accommodate Project Life cards.