Aug 23
Join Us For Columbus Cricut Mania!
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Three Full Days of Cropping, Bingo and Fun

What: This event is a fun weekend that will combine scrapping with your Cricut, meeting new friends, and a chance to win lots of cash and prizes.

During the day, there will be classes, plenty of scrap time, as well as food and refreshments. Beginning at 6pm on Friday and Saturday nights, it’s time to play bingo. After the bingo game, we’ll have more snacks and cropping until the wee hours.

When: Fri, September 14 – 10am-2am
Sat, September 15 – 10am-2am
Sun, September 16 – 10am-4pm

Where: The crop will be held at a local Bingo Hall in Columbus, located at 3080 Westerville Rd.

Who: The crop is being run by Margie Hunter and Kathleen Leanna. Margie has many years of scrapping experience, particularly in the area of Cricut and Close to My Heart Products. She will be available the entire weekend to help you with any and all Cricut or other scrapping problems, answer questions, or just provide a helping hand. She will teach one class using the Cricut. The other class will be taught by Kathleen Leanna. Kathleen has been paper crafting for 25 years she is an avid follower of all things Tim Holtz, and has attended both his online and live classes. She enjoys all aspects of paper crafting, from mixed media art and fibers to jewelry. She will be teaching a technique class and will be on hand to help all weekend.

Cost: $150 per person, with a $25 non-refundable deposit to secure your spot. The remaining balance is due by Friday, September 7. You can pay by check, money order, Paypal, or credit card.

What’s included:

  • Admission to the crop room for all days, with at least a 6 foot crop table per person during crop hours
  • Lunch and Dinner both Friday and Saturday, with coffee and donuts on Sunday (coffee and iced tea will be available at no charge during the crop; there is a vending machine onsite for soda)
  • 2 classes, one on Friday and one on Saturday (you do not have to participate in the classes, but a kit will be provided)
  • Make and Takes
  • Bingo admission for both Friday and Saturday night, including door prize entries
  • Margie will bring her Expression Machine, Expressions 2, Imagine and Mini

What You Need to Bring:

  • Cricut Machines
  • Extension cord
  • Basic scrapbook kit

For more information or to make a deposit, please email Margie at margie@createyourheartout.com. Space is limited, so make your reservation today!

Nov 3
November Close to My Heart Deals
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The holidays are here, and for many crafters, now is the time to start making holiday cards!

Close to my heart has a great deal this month. When you spend $25 on My Acrylix stamp sets between now and November 30, you can get a D-size Holiday Wishes stamp set for only $5. You can get one for each $25. Many of the images on the set go perfectly with the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge for even more fun!

Stamp of the Month

Of course you can also get the stamp of the month when you spend $50, and this month is Cherish the Day, yours for only $5 with any $50 purchase.

So if you spend $50 this month, you can get two holiday wish sets and one stamp of the month!

For more information or to place an order, just contact me and I’ll be happy to help you out.

If you can think it…you can Cri-cut!

Oct 24
November Stamp Of The Month
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The holidays are almost here! If you’re looking for something to make your Christmas cards with, then this Stamp Of The Month is a great deal. Only $5 with any $50 Close to My Heart purchase, you can make fabulous cards everyone will love.

Contact me for more information!

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If you can think it…you can Cri-cut!

Oct 2
An Exciting Close to My Heart/Cricut Deal!
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Hi everyone!

I’ve got a great Close to My Heart offer I’d like to share with you.

For a limited time, anyone who makes a $100 CTMH purchase through me will receive either your choice of a Cricut cartridge (see choices below) or a $20 JoAnn’s gift card.

I only have 10 cartridges, so after their gone, you get the gift card. The cartridges you can choose from are:

  • Preserves
  • Just Because Cards
  • Once upon a Princess
  • Freshly Picked

Once they’re gone, they’re gone so if there’s a certain one you want, you better act fast! For those of you who still don’t have your Art Philosophy cartridge, this is a great opportunity to score a deal!

This offer is only for a limited time, and is only valid for purchases of $100 in product before sales tax and shipping are added. To place an order, or if you have any questions, send me a message through here.

Also don’t forget about the Stamp of the Month for only $5! This month’s is Holiday Magic, just in time for your holiday cards.

If you can think it…you can Cri-cut!

Feb 19
I’m back!
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It’s been awhile, I know. I haven’t been posting lately, but I’m getting back into the groove of things.

I don’t know where you are, but here in Ohio we’ve just been bombarded with snow lately. Literally bombarded. And there is more to come. I love snow, but I’ve had enough. I’ve already had to cancel my Cricut classes due to this madness, so to those of you are have been praying for snow, please STOP!!

Onto what you came here for. Did you see Cricut on the Early Show this morning? What did everyone think?

They left a lot out, but of course it was only a 4 minute spot and they had to get in other products, but it was publicity nonetheless, although a little misleading. They showed the Expressions machine with the price of the Baby. Granted, only the diehard cricuters pobably noticed, but still.

If you missed it, check it out here.

Keep an eye out for details on upcoming classes as well as any news that !may come up.

Remember, if you can think it… you can Cri-cut

Jan 28
Make The Cut: New Features
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For all you out there who have Make the Cut, you need to read this!
So Make the Cut just updated their software 1.3, which means all these new features:

Boolean Operations

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These operations allow you to create some pretty nice effects like Lattices. Here is something I created in a couple minutes using basic shapes included in Make The Cut:

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Warp
Now you can add some perspective to your projects. I added Perspective and Bilinear warp!

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Path Simplification
Have you ever notice a shape has a lot of un-needed nodes? Well, now you can remove them using the Smooth and Simplify tool.

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Shape Magic Toolbar
This has been asked for a lot… Floating toolbars along with a Shape Magic toolbar.

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There has been many more optimizations, bug fixes, shadow improvements, etc… but those are the main features. Oh and weld was fixed too!

If you don’t yet own Make the Cut, you can get it

Cricut Cake?
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As a huge fan of Cricut products, I have to wonder what they were thinking with their latest release.

It’s a Cricut machine that looks like an Expressions, but it makes cake? Okay, it doesn’t actually make cake, it is supposed to help you make fabulous decorations super simple. Interesting, but I have my reservations.

Here’s why:

  • First, while cake decorating is a craft, it’s not something your typical Cricut owner is into, for a couple reasons. One, like every other hobby, it’s expensive and time consuming if you want to get good at it. Two, cakes are not like cards or scrapbook pages. You usually have to have a reason to make them, because you can’t save them for your special occasion. Now maybe Cricut is trying to get a new group of people to use it’s products, but this seems like the wrong market for that for reasons I’ll go into in a minute.
  • Second, it’s expensive. The machine itself is $399, and I’m sure that just like your Cricut machine you’ll have to purchase cartridges and accessories.
  • Rumor has it that due to Cricut’s Angel Policy, you aren’t allowed to sell your cakes. WHAT?!? This seems absurd to me.
  • You can supposedly cut decorations on your Cricut machine already without spending a fortune a separate machine. This is the one thing I have not tried to do with my Cricut.
  • There are only a few types of people who are going to want this. 1. Professional decorators 2. Maybe (and that’s a strong MAYBE) the mom who wants to make all her kids cakes but doesn’t have the time or money to invest in actual decorating skills 3. The crafter with money who buys every gadget that comes out regardless of whether they intend to use it. Now if you can’t sell your cakes, that rules out professionals (not to mention this kind of takes away from the art of cake decorating. My daughter has dabbled in it a bit and says that you have to practice a lot to be any good. I’ve never had an interest, so I don’t know) and I doubt the other two groups are going to make this product fly off the shelves, mostly due to price.

I’ve been talking to my students in my Cricut classes and reading the cricut.com message board and I’ve been hearing a lot of the same thing. There is very little interest in this. Some people have said they are glad this is what Cricut’s next big product is because they don’t have to buy it. Other’s have expressed anger at the fact that there are several products people actually want (certain cartridges, Design Studioupdates) and this seems like a slap in the face. No one I have spoken to in person has said they will even consider this and very few people on the message board think it’s a good idea. The most popular response seems to be “Not interested.” Maybe a food/baking show would have been a better place to unveil this. This is probably not something I will buy (although I won’t promise anything!), but I don’t know if I am the typical Cricut customer. What about all of you? What do you think? Good idea or bust?

If you think it… you can Cri-cut!

Dec 18
December Flushing Trip
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So I’ve finally had time to take a moment and tell you all about my Winter Cricut Workshop in Flushing, Ohio.

Welcome cake

I have to be honest here, when I first thought of the idea to do something like this, I was super excited, but once I started planning it I became nervous. There were so many questions that could only be answered by doing it, and until it was over my stomach was in butterflies.

As it turns out, there was nothing to worry about. It went fabulously well. So well, that I’m definitely going to be doing it again.

There were five ladies who attended, and although they didn’t all know each other, by the second day it was as if they were old friends.

Rosie and Jennifer

Each one had their own scrap table all to themselves to scrap all day and night, and then we had a dining area set up so that if they wanted to take a break from scrapping (can you imaging??) they could do so.

Kitchen

The house is located in Flushing, Ohio. For those of you not familiar, Flushing is about 20 miles away from Wheeling WV. It’s a small town, rich in history and one step in the Stratton House Inn will prove it. Stratton House Inn was the home of two generations of Quaker millers — and today their famous Whole-Wheat Self-Rising Pancake Flour is a special treat for all guests of Stratton House Inn. We enjoyed them while were there and in the words of one of the ladies they were the “best pancakes I’ve ever had”. Can’t beat that can ya?

Larna arrives

The event started with everyone’s leisurely arrival on Wed night where they were welcomed with my buckeye cake (a chocolate cake topped with peanut butter fudge, followed by chocolate icing, not usually decorated with a Cricut, but it may become a tradition!), and a light meal. Once everyone got settled in, there was no stopping the scrapping. We even got some snow while we were there, and we could just sit in our pajamas and watch!

Snow!

We did Christmas cards, gift tags, and even learned about SCAL, in addition to the projects everyone chose to learn on their own.

Gift tags

We ate delicious home cooked meals (the highlights were chicken tortilla soup, baked oatmeal, and an ever so tender braised all day pot roast), and just sat around in our pajamas doing what we loved best. It was an awesome time, and I encourage everyone to keep an eye out because we are going to do it again. Keep checking back for more details, or if you are in the area and have a group that’s interested in doing a private crop, contact me and I’ll be glad to set something up!

Group shot

If you can think it… you can Cri-cut!

Dec 11
Special Card Request
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Okay card makers, here is your chance to shine!

I received an email today and it totally breaks my heart. It has been checked out and is absolutely and unfortunately very true. You can read more about the story here.

Nate Elfrink an 8 year old from West Jeff, was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor approximately 4 or 5 years ago. He has had an up and down journey with this illness. A couple of years ago Nate spent approximately 6 months or more at ST. Jude’s hospital where the doctors successfully removed the tumor. Everyone was excited because once he was released he returned to school and all was well.

Nate

About 2 to 3 months ago, he went back for another visit to the doctor to find out that the cancer was back. His parents found out that there was nothing that the doctors could do at this point since the cancer was a very aggressive type. The last few weeks his parents have been trying to make him as comfortable as possible and trying to make the best of his last few days. Over the weekend Nate’s parents called Hospice in to help out with his care.

One request that Nate had made was that he would like to receive a thousand christmas cards before he died. This is where all of you come into play. If you would, please take a couple of minutes this week and send Nate a Christmas card. This would mean so much to the little guy and help in his request. He especially likes really sparkly ones.

This is the card I’m going to send:

Card for Nate

I know this is the busiest time of the year for most of us, but this doesn’t require any money, not that much time and it will put smiles on the face of a boy who probably has a hard time finding reasons to smile. Your card doesn’t have to be handmade, but I know that a lot of you make so many cards this time of year that one more won’t matter.

If you would like to send a card, please mail it to:

Nate Elfrink
2415 Taylor Blair Road
West Jefferson, OH  43162

Thanks so much everyone!

Dec 4
Winter Cricut Workshop
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Well here we are at my Winter Cricut Workshop in Flushing, Ohio.

It’s just us girls and we’re spending the weekend making our Christmas cards, doing tags and whatever else we can make!

Flushing

Flushing

What can be better than spending a few days doing nothing but scrapping?

We’re having a blast! We’ll be doing it again, so if you are interested, let me know, we’ll be glad to have ya!

Also, don’t forget to check my daily deals on the right side. Get yourself some great deals on holiday gifts or just buy yourself something nice!

If you can think it… you can Cri-cut!

Nov 17

I know you’re all waiting on my paper doll for today, don’t worry it’s coming!

But first, I’d like to tell you about a product I discovered while out shopping for paper doll materials, and fell in LOVE with. I’m definitely going to be using this in my Cricut classes.

It’s called Scor Tape (from the makers of the super fabulous Scor-Pal , one of my favorite products) and it is AWESOME.

Scor-Tape is a premium double sided adhesive, best on the market, acid free, heat resistant and incredibly sticky tape. It can be used with embossing powders, foils, beads, glitter, ribbon etc. It is the perfect permanent adhesive for card making, boxes, books and Iris Folding. It comes in different sizes and will stick to anything!

If you have not tried it, I urge you to do so right away. You won’t be disappointed. If you have used it, what do you think?

If you can think it… you can Cri-cut!

Oct 13
Take a class in Washington PA!
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Just wanted to let everyone know there is going to be a crop at Fairhill Manor Christian Church on Sat Nov 7. These girls do it up right, and it should be lots of fun. I’m gonna be there to teach my Cricut Basics and Design Studio classes so if you have the day free, you should come and join us. Classes are $25 each and the Basics starts at 9:15, the DS at 1:15.

For more information, check the events page for more details. You’ll need to contact me to register.

So come out, bring your friends and have a great time!

If you can think it… you can Cri-cut!

Oct 4
My Gypsy Experience
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So after the wait, I got my Gypsy. I ordered from HSN and although I’ve never ordered from them before, I have to say it was a pleasure to deal with them. I ordered over the phone and got right through, I was treated pleasantly and received my Gypsy when I expected.

The problem? I connected my Gypsy to my computer, designed a few things and couldn’t wait to cut them out. Except I couldn’t get my Gypsy connected to my Cricut. After repeatedly trying to fit a square peg in a circular shaped hole, I realize that I didn’t have the correct cord. It was missing. Okay. Mistakes happen. No big deal. Except that after talking to a friend of mine who also ordered a Gypsy, I realized she had the same problem only a the cord that was missing from her Gypsy was the cord to connect to the computer. What are the odds?

After going to the message boards at cricut.com, I found out this happened to a lot of people, in addition to software issues, and a lot of people who are sorry they already loaded cartridges on it. Also, quite a few people posting messages to the admins but getting no responses at least as far as I can tell.

First thing I did was call HSN, figuring they probably couldn’t do anything, and I was right, although I spoke to a very nice girl named Amber who seemed very concerned that I couldn’t use my Gypsy without the necessary cord. I’m also pretty sure Amber didn’t know what a Cricut or a Gypsy was but she was concerned nonetheless, which made me feel a little better. She gave me the number to Provo Craft. This was another story. After waiting on hold for an hour and a half, I got someone who while nice, didn’t really seem to understand what I was saying. She said they would send me the correct cord, so in 5-7 days we’ll see, and I got it pretty quickly so that’s a plus! In fact I made this card using the Gypsy Font and Gypsy Wanderings Cart. I got the idea from a video at capadiadesigns.blogspot.com. To make the window which is holding the Happy Birthday, I used the acetate from the package of my Cricut cartridges.

First Gypsy Project

My overall impression of the Gypsy has been okay. I’m not sure it could have lived up to the hype, although I guess I’ll know more once I am actually able to use it a lot. I’ll give you a quick rundown.

Pros:

  • The best thing in my opinion is the fact that you can carry all your carts and design on the go. I am a gadget person, and also someone who likes small things so this is a plus for me.
  • The fact that it is lightweight, although honestly I didn’t know whether that was a pro or con, as it kind of feels lightweight in a cheap, not made well kinda way. Maybe this is a con?

Cons:

  • The price, and the fact that for that price I can’t use it right away. $300 is a lot to ask someone to spend on a product that still has issues.
  • It seems like not a lot of thought was put into this, although a lot of effort was used to push the product for a long time before the launch. There is no user guide, except a downloadable one that from I have heard is giving errors when attempting to download.
  • The whole cartridge issue is a big one for me, especially since I had loaded a couple carts on mine when I realized I didn’t have all the parts. I know, I should have checked everything when I opened the box, but it worries me a little that when I talked to Amber at HSN, her solution was to send the whole thing back and get a new one. Would I have not been able to download those same carts on the new one? What if I return it, or it breaks? I just don’t like the fact that to really get use from this thing, I have to deflate the value of my cartridges.
  • I’m not sure how user friendly it is. It’s very small, which is great for portability, but when you’re used to using Design Studio on a big computer screen, it’s an adjustment. This will come with time.

Overall, for me it works out great. Since I teach a variety of things, and am always lugging around lots of stuff, any way to reduce stuff is great, and this definitely does that. I’m just not sure if the average user is going to feel the same. I will say that they seem to be doing a lot of updates so it can only get better if that’s the case. As always with first generation electronic equipment, I’m sure the price will go down and the product will get better. I might have waited if I didn’t need it to teach.

I’ll definitely be making more with it and telling everyone about it, so keep checking back.

In the meantime, if you can think it… you can Cricut!

Sep 26
New Cricut Cartridges
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So just when I think I’m all caught up, Provo Craft throws more at me!

I got my Gypsy, I was all excited, but now I find out there are more cartridges coming.

Problem is, unlike some of the carts (Superman, Batman), I just don’t have a use for, this new set is a winter themed which is my favorite. Snowfriends, Tags, and Snowflakes. I want all of these, but to wait to get them means I won’t get to use them this winter season probably, since they won’t be available until late November. I’ve heard Provo Craft is going to be doing this seasonally. Three carts every quarter. This is a neat idea, but who can keep up?

I think for the time being I might just play around with my Gypsy. That should take my mind off the fact that I there is stuff out there that I don’t have, or need. What do you guys think?

If you can think it… you can Cri-cut!

Sep 13
Sad News in Traverse City
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If you have been following my blog, you might remember my post about Forget Me Not Scrapbooking Store in Traverse City.

A customer of mine recently told me that it closed, which I’m very sorry to hear. I don’t like to see any local businesses close, but it’s worse for me when it’s a scrapbooking store.

I would just like to wish the owners and all employees good luck in whatever they choose to do, hopefully it is scrapbooking related as I could tell from the store that they really have a passion for it.

I know you can’t always get the best deals at the smaller stores as you sometimes can at Joanns or Michaels, but if you want to keep true scrapbookers in business, go out and support your local store in any way you can!

If you can think it… you can Cri-cut!

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