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  1. Introducing the New Cricut Maker Cutting System

    We are extremely excited the release of the new Cricut Maker ultimate smart cutting machine. You will be able to buy Cricut Maker supplies on Sunday, August 20th. This innovative technology offers crafters potential that they've never seen in a personal cutting machine. It allows you to take on heavier duty projects with its ability to quickly and precisely cut hundreds of material types, including leather, felt, fabric, cardboard, kraft board, and so much more. Continue reading
  2. Back to School Scrapbook Layout Project (Free Download)

    After a one month layoff, we are excited to welcome Christi back. We are really excited about the way her project turned out. Remember that you can download the SVG for this back to school scrapbook layout project at the bottom of the post. You can use SVG files to cut, draw, etc. using electronic cutting machines. Continue reading
  3. Tim Holtz Halloween Release & Project

    by Richelle Naegle With October 31st still a few months away, Tim Holtz has been working hard on new designs. The new Tim Holtz Halloween release has inspired me to craft, the only problem is his new line isn't quite in stock yet. I had to get creative and use some of my favorite dies that I already have. The Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs and Crazy Cats are among the funniest designs in his entire portfolio, and when you combine them with the Crazy Things, you can really dress the dogs and cats up to match the occasion at hand. The overall size of this card is 3" x 3". I used the Mini Crazy Cats & Dogs dies & stamps bundle to make the dog, and then I used the Crazy Things die and stamps bundle for the witch's hat and broom. The stamps work very well with these dies because they make it so easy to have all the fun details of the dog without having to draw them on. Continue reading
  4. August 2017 Free SVG Designs: Back to School Layout SVG, Emoji SVG's

    It's nearly August, which means it’s time for free SVG design downloads by Aaron Meyers. You can use these files with your Explore Air 2 or a CAMEO 3 to cut the images and phrases out of your craft material. For August, Aaron made (6) emojis and (1) back too school layout. In order to download the free SVG files, scroll to the bottom of...
  5. New American Crafts - Summer 2017

    We are excited to announce a huge summer release of American Crafts supplies! We've added well over 100 products to our site, and all of them are getting in today, so we are ready to ship! For the most part, we've brought in new paper collections but there is also a very exciting and new product line... The Sweet Tooth Fairy You may know her as Megan Faulkner Brown from HSN's Cupcake Wars, The Sweet Tooth Fairy offers crafters all kinds of solutions for decorating and displaying baked goods and other treats. There are layered, collapsible cupcake stands, various sprinkle shapes that are all white, but you can color them with coloring dust. There are also fun accessories and tools that will make your projects easier. Continue reading
  6. 4th of July Paper Craft Projects: Scrapbook Layout & Banner

    by Richelle Naegle It's time to get out your red, white, and blue paper! If you don't have any, never you fear, there are so many great patriotic paper collections to buy. Many of them go well together. As far as new releases this year, we have the All American Collection Kit which is a solution from Simple Stories that is ideal for making 4th of July scrapbook layouts. Also, be sure to check out the Sweet Freedom 12" x 12" pack from the clever designers over at Pink Paislee. Both of these are great options for a variety of projects. Continue reading
  7. July 2017 Free SVG Designs: Patriotic T-Shirt SVG, Patriotic Quote SVG, Emoji SVG's

    With July just around the corner, it's time for some more free SVG design downloads by Aaron Meyers. If you have an Explore Air 2 or a CAMEO 3 (or older models with the ability to operate using .SVG files), you can use these image files to cut the designs out of paper and other materials. For July, Aaron made (3) emojis, (1) patriotic t-shirt...
  8. Introducing Stitch Happy by We R Memory Keepers

    by Richelle Naegle Note: even before introducing Stitch Happy on our blog, we pre-sold hundreds of the machines. These things are flying off the shelves, so get one ASAP, while they are still available. Have you had a chance to check out the new Stitch Happy sewing system? It's the latest innovation from We R Memory Keepers. This fun new invention is a multi media machine, which means that it's made to sew a variety of materials such as paper, chipboard, mixed media, and more. If you would like to sew paper projects, then this is the machine for you. The problem with cardstock is that it dulls regular needles, which is why you don't want to use a regular sewing machine with paper. Stitch Happy uses needles intended for this very purpose. It even offers a large needle for heavier threads like baker's twine. Another great thing about Stitch Happy is that you can use it with tough materials, like leather. Continue reading
  9. Paper American Flag Project (Free Download)

    Once again we have Christi back to share another craft that she made. This month it is a paper American flag project with. The design comes from an .SVG file by Aaron Meyers and you can download it at the bottom of this post. Upload the file to your electronic die-cutting machine and let the machine do the work for you. Hello! Christi Here from Scrapping For Tranquility. Do you believe it is already well into June already? The kids are out of school and the warmer weather is here. Most families are planning on taking their vacations and the 4th of July is right around the corner. I don't know about you, but it has me thinking about our annual 4th of July parade and family BBQ. And don't forget about the fireworks that night. Our parade is so big in our small town in Indiana that they actually declare us the Capital of Indiana for the day. When I got to thinking of this upcoming holiday, the crafter in me started thinking of of all the decorations I could make. When I saw this download, I knew I had to make it right away. Continue reading
  10. 2 New Heidi Swapp Home Decor Projects - 2017

    by Richelle Naegle Today, I am playing with some of the new Heidi Swapp scrapbooking products and I have to say that I'm having a blast. As you'd expect, her designs are both easy to use and they are pleasing to the eye once you complete your projects. Heidi Swapp Letterboard The first projects I tackled were from the Heidi Swapp Letterboard collection. Oh boy, is this addicting! It's so easy to update that you could change the board every day and keep up with it. You could even do it a couple times a day, easily. I couldn't decide on what theme to make for this blog post, so I made several of them! Heidi Swapp Letterboard is a great way to leave an inspiring message for your family, or to leave notes, jokes, and whatever else your creative mind is inspired to make! There is no paper, ink. machines, etc. required to complete these projects. They are clean and easy! Continue reading
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