Thursday, January 28, 2016

Love is a crazy thing

Today I am using the brand new Valentines Day set "Love Ya" from Cardz TV. There were so many sentiments I wanted to use from this set but I had to pick one and based on the style of card I wanted to make I thought this one was a good one.

I just did a standard card size and used corner chompers to round the corners. Nothing fancy! I cut the bear from Cricut's Teddy Bear Parade and used some glitter papers for a few of the cuts. The little hearts and stars are die cuts and I also added wink of stella to them which you cannot tell but its there.

Some pretty sequins and Timeless Twine Bubblegum pink twine and popped the bear and the woodgrain paper up and it was all done! I also used another one of Mary's sets called "Basic Borders" to add some little hearts on the bottom layer. Used a micron marker to add dashes on the woodgrain paper and a white gel pen to go around the pink layer. Thanks for stopping by and hope you grab the stamp set for yourself. Click here to be taken to her site 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Brimbles happy Mail box and Penpals

Its the Brimbles Happy Mail Box in the house!!! 

This month I opted to get the happy mail box. I typically get the planner boxes but I do love getting an occassional different box. She has so many! Happy Mail, Stationary box, personal and A5 planner boxes. During the holidays she had an Advent box that was so awesome. The box was filled with 25 little presents to unwrap each day until Christmas. 

Here is a little run down of what kind of items you can find in each box. 
More details are listed in the "shop" section of Mrs. Brimbles site. Click here to be taken there. 

The stationary box is a box full of stationery and crafty items for the creative planner or if you like to journal, project life etc. Full of a mix of washi tape, die cuts, ephemera etc. 

Planner boxes you can select A5 or personal and it has washi tape, pens, project life cards, stickers etc. It is something different each month. Anna always has her own art in the box on the dashboards or even stickers and notepads. 

Happy Mail box is for pen-palling. You will find cards, pens, journalling stickers, regular stickers, washi tape and more. Again each box will have a variety of items in it. 

Here is a pick of what came in my January Happy Mail box.

Washi Tape

Journaling Cards

 Paper bags
Great for adding a journaling card or ephemera, even some planner goodies or stationary you want to pass on to your pal

Cards, These have the gold foil and they are beautiful

 Washi Wrap
This will be great to seal up a nice envelope or box to your penpal

If you are looking for penpals there are lots of great facebook groups for pen-pals and also if you haven't checked it out pocket letters are the new craze. Its another fun way to send a little note and some goodies to your penpal. 

I hope you enjoyed this little peek into a different Brimbles box than I normally get. I love seeing all the different themes each month and all the different goodies Anna has gathered for the box. She does do an awesome job of making it unique.

Friday, January 1, 2016

New Cricut Explore Air in the house

I am still a lover of my silhouette Cameo and mostly with the designer edition software cause it allows me so much creativity to make my own files or tweak files but I broke down and bought a new Cricut explore air because I was hearing so many good things about the cuts being so clean. My cameo has been used hard for over 4 years. Still kicking but it has been cutting pretty terribly so I wanted to "explore" my options. 

The cuts are definitely cleaner so that is a big PRO but there are several cons to the Cricut as well and I will share my thoughts on that now. 

1. Design capabilities are extremely basic. You cannot create files because there are no functions to edit pivot points, draw or anything like that. There is not even an option to offset to create a shadow layer or inset. I miss the slice tool also. You can accomplish a little slicing with the "Slice" function but it is really strange how you use that. You need to place a shape over the item you want to slice in order to use it so its not a functional slice to me.

2. Slow process and what I mean by that is I make alot of items for my etsy shop. Time is something I don't want to waste and everything is done with web based software so you have to wait till it tells the machine you want to load the mat, wait until the machine tells you to hit a button to cut. Lots of time goes by to get to those points. Cutting itself is much slower than the Cameo as well, although much more quiet!

3. Software, being web based you are at the mercy of the internet, Cricuts servers and the amount of people who may be accessing so more error codes might happen. Most users will tell you that occassionally you have to clear your cache. Well I am going to tell you I don't like that aspect at all. I don't like that I can open up two different projects at one time that I have saved and want to put on the same mat to work with. 

4. Cartridges cannot be used directly from the machine, they have to be linked and if you have linked them to a gypsy or something than it is a pain I believe to get them on your account because they don't want to link in design space. Shouldn't it let you link you own cartridges again in design space without having to go backwards to craft space to do it first?? So that is a big con cause for people who don't necessarily want to be on the internet to design or cut that is not a possibility for them. 

5. Getting ahold of customer service. You might want to brew a whole pot of coffee cause your going to be there for a while buttercup. Expect at least 1 hour for hold times but that is the least. I had problems with my machine and I will say this I did get taken really good care of by Cricut so I am thankful for that. But I hope that Cricut will see they have alot to work on since now they have a great machine. 

So you can see my "CONS" are mostly on the software end of things. The machine itself is great, could be faster but still great. 

So now Silhouette PLEASE come out with a machine that cuts better cause you are rocking all the rest of the equation. 

Here are some new clips I cut with my cricut explore. I mean the cuts were fabulous. My cameo would have not done well with it. The little buttons on the raincoat would have just been chewed up and spit out with my cameo.