Thursday, August 31, 2017

Cricut Maker

Hello Krafters!!

I know it has been a long time since I posted, but I have been creating! As many of you know, Provocraft has released their newest Cricut called the Maker (they also released the Easy Press and the Bright Pad). What sets this machine apart from the Explore and other machines is the ability to cut fabrics without backing AND using a rotary blade! How cool is that? To add, it will also be able to cut 2.4mm of wood using the knife blade once available. This blade is to be released later this year (originally in Oct but has been pushed back to a later date-sigh). I personally cannot wait until it does…oh the projects I have in mind!

Ok, back to the rotary blade and being able to cut fabric without backing. A few years ago, I made an ornament out of felt that turned out adorable. I remember having to use Stiffey to get the felt stabilized to cut in my machine. With the Maker, you bypass Stiffey and fusing! It cuts felt out beautifully! One thing I noticed is the force to cut is a tad high and it will leave grooves and fabric pieces on you mat. It has been said, for regular fabric, leave the threads on and DO NOT scrape the pink fabric mat. However, with felt, it leaves a lot of fibers. I used a lint roller and it cleaned the mat perfectly. I read others used transfer tape and that was successful as well.

A couple of issues I have with the Maker is replacement rotary blades are not available yet. According to Cricut, the blade will last a long time if we only cut fabric. The second is the knife blade. It was not available at release…which was a little disappointing but not a reason for me not to want it. As I stated earlier, the blade was set to release in Oct. I read the release date has been pushed back due to modifications to the blade. My hope is that it will be available in plenty of time to do Christmas gifts.

Even with those two issues, the Maker is an awesome machine! HSN will have the Maker and a few “goodies” to go along with it on October 3rd. If you like Anna Griffin (I’m sure she will have exclusive content and fabrics), make sure to tune in.

Below is the first cut:

Placed all of my pieces on the mat according to the color they would be cut. Elmo was cut at approx. 2". Look at how well the eyes cut (FYI, Cricut does not recommend cutting smaller than 3/4" when using the rotary blade) Once all of the pieces were cut, I used fabric glue..which exploded on my project LOL. I was really impressed with the cutting and can see a lot of fun projects in my stay tuned! Krafthead~

Friday, February 3, 2017

Altered Dress and Laser Tool

Hi Krafters!

Last week, my second daughter was in a tap dancing competition! I had the task of altering her team’s dresses…NOT sure how that came to be especially considering I am not a seamstress LOL. Basically I needed to add another layer to the bottom of the dress to make it a little longer. Here is a before picture:

As you can see, it had three layers. When I finished, it had four! Here is the finished product:

I was pleasantly surprised it was seamless and no one could tell it was altered!

To help me achieve the look, I went to Hobby Lobby and purchased the same Polyester Lining fabric.  Here is my product plug. I recently purchased the Laser Square Tool by WRMK! What I love about the tool is it does not have to be used for paper craft only! I took one side off and used as a guide to help keep my cuts straight. This allowed all of the layers to be uniformed for each dress! I can see myself using the Laser Tool A LOT! I recommend it! 

Photo of the Laser Tool on fabric:

Anywho, I used fabric glue first to set the layer instead of pinning it to reinforce, and then stitched the seam.

All eight dresses were done in no time…and of course I was asked to do this task at the last minute!!

That is it! I just wanted to check in and give the tool by WRMK a plug and to let you all know I am creating! Krafthead~

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year...Where I Been....and A Project!

Hello Krafters!!

It has been FOREVER since I posted! I am so grateful to those who continued to follow me through my hiatus! First I want to wish each and every one of you a prosperous, healthy, safe, blessed New Year! I hope that 2017 is much better than 2016!

So back to my much has happened in 2016! Some good and some bad. Since my last post, I think I made just ONE project! Honestly, it was not worth sharing. It was literally a five minute thank you card. As I mentioned prior to being away, I was creating out of obligation and no longer fun. I tell you, I will never make a business out of something I love again unless I hear the voice of God Himself. It was very taxing and it took the air out of me. With a husband, five children, pets and two jobs, it was too much. I lost all desire to create.

However, all was not lost. During my time away, I moved into a new craft room! It is a long story that I promise to share soon. After being in full chaos for about 5 months, I finally have it functional enough to create. It is not where I want it to be, but I am so happy!! Which brings me to my project!!

Back in March, my aunt had her wedding. I did the photography, catering and planning...which I think also played a part in my hiatus. I had the task to edit and print photos. I am embarrassed to say it took me this long to complete the photo package and the photo album for her and her husband! While it is simple and looks like something I did before (there is nothing wrong with lifting yourself LOL) I am so very proud of this wedding album because it is DONE and I was back in the lab creating!

So here it is:

I used an old stack from DCWV called Lemon Flower (I think-I actually gave the pack away to someone and kept the pieces I used). The skeleton leaves are from I Am Roses as is the Gardenia. The yellow roses are Prima (discontinued) and the metal charm is from Making Memories (discontinued)

That's it! I hope you enjoyed today's project! I promise not to be gone this long again! Have a marvelous day and week!! Krafthead~

Friday, April 1, 2016

Sigma Shirts SASL DT Project

Happy April Krafters!!

Today is my day over at She's A Sassy Lady and I do not have a paper crafting project to share with you today. No, this is NOT an April Fool’s Day joke! I honestly have not done a card or anything in weeks. Instead, I will share a snippet of what I have been busy doing. 

Aside from being a house manager, I started a custom hobby/business a few years ago. Sublimation is part of what I do. Sublimation is a digital transfer of an image and burning the image into a substrate using a heat press or heat wrap. A substrate can include, but not limited to, t-shirts, mugs, picture frames, towels, phone case, and really the sky is the limit! The good thing about sublimated items is the images lasts forever. 

Today, I am sharing a shirt for the Sigma Gamma Rho division in my area. They had a conference and asked me to do the shirt for them. The client created the file and sent it to me. I converted it and I did my magic! What is awesome about these T-shirts is the fact they do not crack, peel, or fade! The Soros will have these shirts until the threads fall apart!

While this is not a traditional project share, I really do hope you enjoyed it! Remember to stop by often to check out other projects from the talented Creative Team. Until next time, enjoy the rollercoaster of weather we will have this month! Kraft head~

Friday, March 4, 2016

In Memory of Sassy Lady DT

Hey Krafty People!

Today is my day over at She's A Sassy Lady! Where did the time go? It is hard to believe it is already March!! I guess we are Marching right along..I know bad pun/joke, but I laughed. 

I don’t know about you, but people tend to spring projects on me…I can’t lie; it is very annoying but I do welcome the challenge! My mom’s friend wanted me to create a custom card in memory of her mother for her birthday. She also gave me a moment’s notice….literally.

For this project, I decided to do a easel card since this is near and dear to the recipient's heart. I used the Prima Lyric paper. I fussy cut the image as well as the lady’s photo. Pretty simple right. I added a little lace and an I Am Roses flower to it and that was it!

Easy peasy! Remember to stop by She's a Sassy Lady to check out the talented DT! Until next time, 


Friday, February 5, 2016

It Was Mint SASL DT Project

Happy February Krafters!

It is my day over at She's A Sassy Lady! Come on over and join the fun!

Anyone who has been following me for a while knows I love to play on words; especially on cards. Sometimes printing out a sentiment is not what I want to do. I just want to stamp it out! I have been so excited since Silhouette gave us a teaser back in the late spring of 2015 of the new Mint Stamp Maker! I had a stamp maker some years ago but I could never get the transparencies to print dark enough to make the clear stamps. I had a lot of wasted emulsion frustrated! I am still hopeful for custom clear stamps one day, but I tell you, I am so happy with this little machine! Easy to use and no waste...unless it is user error!

I purchased it a few months ago and figured it was time to show case her! The software allows just about any image be turned into a stamp. The kit come with the software, cables, Mint, 2 stamp blocks (15mx30 & 30mx30), stamp sheets to fit the blocks, labels, ink, and case to cover the stamp. Once you have a block, you do not have to purchase another one unless you want. You can change the pad and use accordingly.  I will admit, the replacements are a bit costly, but the sheets come with two stamps…and to be able to make a stamp on the fly and not wait for shipping…it’s worth it to me!

So here is how it works:

Open up Mint Studio-click design

Choose your stamp size

Open up your image. In my case, I used my logo….been wanting a stamp for LONG time!!

Resize the image to fit the stamp size

Add any text or images- can curve or customize the text

*Please note, if your image has different colors (mine has magenta), I suggest changing it to a full black and white image because it will not be on the final product as you will see at the end….
Once you are satisfied with your image, the software will automatically flip the image (not pictured)

Insert the stamp blank in the machine wait about a minute or so take off the access cardboard and plastic. Mount on the block, and ink with desired colors. Let the ink soak for a few moments, stamp off a few times until the image stamps clearly. Stamp as desired…replace cap to preserve the ink/stamp! 

That’s it!! Can you image all of the stamps that can be made?? Valentine's Day is coming up...just saying! I hope you enjoyed today’s project. Remember to stop by and check out She's A Sassy Lady…new projects are added all the time! Krafthead~