Saturday, August 22, 2015

Blessed Banner

Just a quick post to show you something I am working on.

Its actually two banners, glued together to create one very special banner.
The paper is Bo Bunny.  I love the colors and the feeling of beauty it brings.

There is also lots of detail even though it is very simple.  The leaves are "crinkled" and then inked with a couple of different colors of colored chalk ink.  They almost look real.

Fall is soon to be here.  What are you creating?

Friday, August 21, 2015

My New Toy

I did it. 
I caved! 

Last week I decided to get a Cricut Air.
I have now owned 3 Cricuts.  I started with the original and then bought the Expressions and now the  Explore Air.

I am really new to the Design Space, the software needed to run Explore, but I have been asked to teach classes at the start of next year using the Cricut and their new software so I bought me one.

So far (after only a few days) here is what my thoughts are:

1.  I love that it is wireless!  I can sit in my bed, play around on my lap top and then cut out the projects later, all without those cords getting in the way.

2. Every thing I have cut comes out clean and sharp, even the small pieces. I haven't had a chance to do a ton with it so I don't know how long the blade or mat will last, but so far so good.

3.  You don't have to have cartridges, in fact they really don't work at all with the  Air. All you do is link your cartridges and then use the software to use your images.

4. You can purchase individual images or the entire cartridge on line and it will download to you

5. That leads to one of the "dislikes".  I like using my computer to create projects but the Design Space is "web- based".  That means, no internet, no using the machine. For some that might not be a big deal but I go to lots of crops and teach classes, and lets face it, I live out in the "boonies" where on occasion,  the internet reception is null.  This means no crafting when the web is down.

6. Another "dis-like" is the subscription plan.  You can pay a fee (about $10 per month) and have accesses to most of the images for that month, but the images are never yours.  If you discontinue your subscription you lose access to all those files and if you want to use them again you will have to purchase them. There are a lot of images, like the Disney etc. that don't work with the subscription and you still have to pay for them.

7. The software accepts SVG file without an upgrade.

8. When cutting out an image straight from Cricut, everything is laid out and ready to go.  They even have pre-made projects.You simply purchase the project and cut.  Simple.

8. But... another "dis-like" is trying to design your own shapes or projects is difficult, or at least so far it seams to be, like I said I am kind of a newbie to the software and  still have some learning to do.

My over all review, after just a week? I am glad I got it, I look forward to exploring more about it, but I don't think I will be giving up my Silhouette/Cameo anytime soon.

Just my two cents for now but things can always change as we go along.

Tell me what you think?

PS. Like my cork board above the  desk?  It says:
 Fabric inspires me, Paper makes me happy, Sleep is optional

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Silhouette School is in Session

I often have people ask me how I came to understand  the Silhouette software so well; the answer is simple, lots and lots of trials and errors over the past 10+ years.
I LOVE my silhouette!!
I have owned three different machines  and I use it on just about every project I make . There is almost nothing you can't do with your silhouette, that being said, sometimes it takes a little practice and help to feel comfortable with the software. That's why I offer classes at Heartfelt Hobby and Craft and have put together a few tutorials as well. Its a great machine but only IF YOU USE IT!!
I recently found a great additional source for using your silhouette/cameo.  It is the Ultimate Silhouette Guide Book.  Even after 10+ years of using this wonderful machine, I found a few hints and tricks to make it easier.
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You'll learn the ins and outs of Silhouette crafting from an expert user behind one of the most successful Silhouette blogs on the web 

  • Four pages of detailed labels and descriptions of all tool bar buttons and icons in Silhouette Studio
  • Recommended supplies, tools and materials including the best places to purchase them
  • An in depth section on the best way to organize your Silhouette Studio library  using keywords, categories and folders
  • A glossary of Silhouette 'lingo' so you have a firm understanding of the terminology
  • A complete list of cut settings for 40+ different materials
  • Extensive troubleshooting section to get you back on track
  • An ad-free guide means 100% information on every single page.
  • Easily printable in full color or black and white
  • Interactive table of contents which allows you to get where you want to go with just the click of the mouse.

  • One of the best things I love about this book is if you order the ebook, you will be mailed updates as they are printed so your information is always fresh and accurate!
    If you are still thinking about purchasing a silhouette the book also includes a
     comparison between the different Silhouette America machines to help you decide which machine is best for you AND Step by step unpacking & set up instructions  and what to know before making your first cut!