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Make a Sparkly Snowflake Pillow for Christmas!

It’s the holidays, and that means it is time to redecorate our houses from top to bottom. (Just kidding, but it feels like it sometimes!) This easy Cricut iron-on snowflake pillow I made for Christmas has an added bonus of sparkle – from some Swarovski crystals!

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Snowflake Pillow

This pillow would look great in your living room, bedroom, or home office to bring a bit of holiday cheer to the space. If the grey fabric doesn’t work with your decor, try using light blue, or beige for a neutral look – or go for a trendy retro look with pink fabric!

Supplies Used:

To create this pillow cover, start with a piece of fabric that is the right size for your pillow form. The trick to having a pillow appear to be nice and fluffy is to have your cover be actually slightly smaller than your pillow form’s size! So, to make this pillow cover, I used these dimensions: 18″ x 40″

The 18″ is the height of the pillow. The 40″ I got by taking the size of the pillow and multiplying it by two (2×18=36). Then I added 4″ on to it for the overlap and seams on the back edges. So the fabric length is 36+4=40″. That same calculation can be used to make a similar pillow in any size!

snowflake pillow

Once the fabric is cut, it is time to cut and apply the iron-on. I do this before finishing the pillow case because then I don’t have to worry about getting my design centered on a finished case. I simply finish the case to center the design!

This is a busy design with a lot of elements, but if you look closely, you’ll see that only a few of them overlap. And they only overlap onto the white. This is because glitter iron-on can’t be layered – it can only be a top layer on top of everyday iron-on. So the design places some of the glitter elements near each other….but they never overlap.

I recommend starting the application of this design with the large white snowflake, and then building the other smaller elements in around it.

snowflake pillow close up

Once the iron-on is all applied, the crystals can be glued in place. The large ones inside the small blue snowflakes are arranged in a circle, but the tiny ones in the other snowflakes are more random. Applying the crystals is really simple – it only requires a dot of Gem Tac and then pushing it on the surface just like applying an embellishment to paper. A sticky tip gem setter tool can really help you keep from losing your crystals (and your mind) while trying to attach the tiny ones.

To finish the pillow, start by folding each of the 18″ long ends under (away from the iron-on design) twice with a width of 5/8″ and then use the ThermoWeb Ultra Hold tape to hold it those edges in place. (Or pin it and stitch it down if you sew.)

Next, lay the fabric out flat design side up. Fold first one 18″ edge and then the other into the center so the overlap in the middle over the design. Adjust the fold and overlap until the design is centered inside the fold and the fabric measures 16.75″ across the front from one fold to the other. (This is 18″ minus two 5/8″ seams.) Cut ThermoWeb Ultra Hold strips and iron them to attach the top and bottom. An extra short strip will be required where the fabric overlaps on each end. (Or pin and sew it.)

More detailed instructions (including photos) about how to finish this pillowcase can be found in my previous Paris-themed pillow project.

snowflake pillow on couch

Once that is done, you can turn your pillowcase right side out and it is ready to be stuffed with your pillow form!

Enjoy your holiday snowflake sparkles!

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Cricut Gift Guide: Top 10 Gifts for Cricut Lovers for 2019

It’s holiday shopping time again, and that means we are all looking for gift ideas! If you (or someone you love) are a crafter who loves Cricut, this Cricut Gift Guide is for you! I’m sharing my top 10 gifts for Cricut lovers to help make your Christmas shopping easy this year!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

Cricut Maker

Cricut Maker Rose

If you’ve been waiting to upgrade your earlier generation of Cricut machine, now is the time to go for it! With the release of the latest set of Cricut Maker tools (more on those in a moment), the Cricut Maker has really matured into its promise as a machine. The Adaptive Tool System, which gives the Maker machine 6x more cutting power than the previous generation machines, makes this machine much more expandable than any other Cricut has ever been. It’s truly the most versatile Cricut machine ever, starting right out of the box with the included rotary blade that cuts fabric beautifully!

Cricut Access Annual Subscription

Cricut Access

The first thing I always recommend that new Cricut machine owners do is sign up for a Cricut Access subscription! When you pay annually, it’s only $7.99/month, and you get the ability to use 100,000 images and 400 fonts from the Cricut library at no charge. Plus, as a bonus…you get discounts on purchases of licensed images not included in the subscription, discounts on purchases from Cricut.com, as well as priority access to Cricut support! Access is by far the most cost-effective way to get loads of content for your machine – and the discounts help you get affordable supplies for your machine too!

Cricut Machine Tote

Cricut Machine Tote

This item is on my personal wishlist this holiday season! Your Cricut machine is precious – make sure it is protected when you take it on the go! The tote looks stylish on the outside, but inside, it has soft foam designed to gently cushion your Cricut machine from the bumps and bruises of being out and about. And with four colors to choose from – tweed, purple, navy, and raspberry – there’s one to match everyone’s style. (I’m partial to the raspberry tote myself, but it’s hard to resist that oh-so-sophisticated tweed!) Carry it by the handles, or with the included matching detachable shoulder strap.

To really travel in (organized) style with your Cricut, don’t miss the matching Rolling Tote, which is the perfect size to trolley your machine tote with and holds materials, 12×12 mats, tools, and your laptop or mobile device – everything you need to Cricut on-the-go!

Cricut Maker Tools

Cricut Maker Tools

There’s so many tools to choose from to expand your Cricut Maker by using the Adaptive Tool System! I recommend starting with the Knife Blade, an addition to the Cricut tool box that lets you cut garment leather, balsa and basswood, and chipboard (among other things). Then for papercrafters, the Scoring Wheel and Double Scoring Wheel are absolute must-haves for creating professional looking creases on cards and 3D objects. Of course, there’s options like the Wavy Blade and the Basic Perforation Blade for more advanced papercraft projects.

Cricut Wood & Wood Veneer

Cricut Wood Veneer

One of the things that I was most excited about when I first learned about the Cricut Maker’s Knife Blade was the new ability to cut wood with my machine. I do enjoy cutting plain basswood with my machine, and Cricut makes that easier with their 11″x11″ and 12″x6″ packages that are the perfect thickness and sized just right for the Cricut Maker. But if you want your wood projects to have a bit more flair, Cricut’s new natural wood veneer is what you are looking for. Available in Walnut (pictured above), Maple, and Cherry, this veneer will add sophisticated wood tones to your next project!

Cricut Fabric

Cricut Fabric

I’m very picky when it comes to selecting fabric. (Just ask the ladies at my local quilt store where I have been known to spend hours picking fabric for a sewing project…) But Cricut has partnered with one of my favorite fabric companies, Riley Blake, to create their fabric sets, and the results are amazing! The fabric assortments are nicely balanced sets combining different large scales of patterns with smaller scale ones. The result are selections that are easy to put together into projects. And with these beautiful florals and geometric designs…you’ll want to make ALL the things!

Cricut Pens

Cricut Pens

I’ve loved the Cricut pens since I got my first Explore machine in 2014. They are my secret weapon to looking like I have mad drawing and handwriting skills when I really have neither! With such a large variety of them available – metallics, fine point, markers, gel, calligraphy – there’s a pen that matches every project. And by combining pens, you can get limitless possibilities of looks. Choose metallics or calligraphy tips for an elegant look. Gel pens or bright colored fine points make for fun doodles! A great place to start with pens are my two personal favorites, the Metallic Pen Set and the Black Multi Pen Set.

Cricut EasyPress 2

Cricut Easy Press

It’s not an exaggeration to say that the EasyPress completely changed my attitude towards working with iron-on. I’d always loved the possibilities of the material, but I never had the patience to work with it with my regular iron. The EasyPress lives up to its name – it’s simple to use, it’s fast, and it gives me perfect results the first time. I now love working with iron-on! The EasyPress has opened up so many creative possibilities for me!

Cricut Infusible Ink

Cricut Infusible Ink

The EasyPress isn’t good just for iron-on. It’s got the high temperatures needed for working with Cricut’s new Infusible Ink products. This DIY dye sublimation iron-on process embeds ink right in the fabric, for professional looking projects that are washable and last longer. Combine the special Infusible Ink blanks (like coasters, t-shirts and totes) with Infusible Ink sheets cut on your Cricut to make brilliantly colored designs. And you’re not limited to just solid colors with Infusible Ink – try out beautiful patterns like patina, watercolor, or galaxy for an extra special touch on your project!

Cricut EasyPress Tote

Cricut EasyPress Tote 9x9

Another item from my personal wishlist, the Cricut EasyPress Tote is a must-have accessory for your EasyPress! This padded, heat-resistant tote is a secure and stylish way to store your EasyPress or take it with you to craft at events. The tote holds your EasyPress, its base & cord, the matching size pressing mat, and small accessories. A velcro strap holds your machine in position so it stays in place during transport. Pick the size – 6″x7″, 9″x9″ or 12″x10″ – that matches your EasyPress for a perfect fit!

Cricut Gift Guide

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Make a Quick Collage Halloween Card with Tim Holtz!

The time for ghosts, goblins, and other spooky stuff is upon us! Today for World Card Making Day, I’m sharing a quick collage Halloween card that can be made with just bits and pieces of your Halloween stash from previous years!

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Collage Halloween Card with Tim Holtz idea-ology

Supplies Needed:

If you don’t have the specific pieces listed above, please dig in your stash! The magic of collage style is that the randomness of the effect means you can follow the general concept while using what you have on hand. Swap a stamp for a rub-on, or patterned paper bits for ephemera…use your imagination!

Halloween Card 01

I started this card, like most I make, by creating a background layer. For this one I used two neutral-colored patterns, and divided them with a strip of the stripe to separate them visually. I cut the striped strip longer than the background so that when I glued it down, I could slide it to adjust what color was along the edges.

Once it was designed, I set it aside without gluing it down!

Halloween Card 03

Step two was a sentiment label. I trimmed a piece of text out of my Gothic remnant rubs sheet, and put it as near to the top edge of the label as I could. Then I tucked it behind the striped border on the right side. Before I glued everything down, I inked all of the edges of the pieces. (I used Black Soot for the black checked piece, and Frayed Burlap for all of the other pieces.)

Halloween Card 02

Next I started playing with some elements for the top layer: ephemera, a scrap cut from a sheet of the paper pad, and a button. I just shuffled things around until I had a group that I liked.

Halloween Card 04

Then it was time to add a few details. I went back to the Gothic remnant rubs sheet. The labels were easy to fill with text. But then I decided to also add a teeny spider detail in the corner of the little paper block for some extra spooky detail!

Halloween Card 05

The final touch was to add the sequins and beads for a few highlights of sparkle! I dropped a few spots of white glue onto the card, and filled them with orange and black bling.

Once the glue was dry, I snipped the ends of my striped strip and attached my card front to a folded card.

Now, it’s all ready to bring some boo-tiful greetings to someone this Halloween!

Halloween Collage Card

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2019 Christmas Scrapbook Paper Collection Round-Up!

There’s a fall breeze in the air, and forget pumpkin spice and fall leaves…many crafters are already thinking Christmas! Most of the scrapbook manufacturers have already announced their 2019 Christmas scrapbooking products, and many of those products are already available on store shelves. Here in the Scrapbook Update 2019 Christmas Scrapbook Collection Round-Up, you won’t miss a single one!

2019 Christmas Scrapbook Papers

Disclosure: Some links contained in this article are affiliate links that pay this site a commission at no cost to you when a purchase is made after a click.

As evidenced by the huge number of collections – and their early release before the holiday – Christmas scrapbooking remains one of the most popular themes to create for many crafters. Whether creating cards & invitations, party decor, advent calendars, December scrapbooks, Christmas villages, or other projects, there’s so much crafting to be done around the holidays!

What are the trends for Christmas 2019?

Consolidation in the scrapbook industry is affecting virtually everything, and that includes industry trends. A total of two-thirds of the paper packs on this list are the products of only four industry companies (American Crafts, Simple Stories, Echo Park, Photo Play) through their associated brand names.

What does this mean for the trends? It largely kills them, at least as we knew trends a decade ago in the industry when they were flagrant and at times overwhelming. Comparing product lines from year to year, it’s apparent that most of these large companies design their Christmas products to fill a certain staple “slot” in the holiday product line-up. So, for instance…DCWV has a blue and white Christmas paper pad this year, and they had a blue and white Christmas paper pad last year. They are both beautiful, and different from each other, but the general look is similar. If you liked last year’s, you’ll like this year’s.

Overall, a few subtle trends are still apparent. That blue and white paper pad I just mentioned? Let’s take a closer look. Last year’s gingham pattern is replaced with two plaid designs. This is a reflection of two trends. First, it shows the conversion of plaid (which was a trend a few years back) into a holiday scrapbooking staple. And it also shows that the “farm” look is receding in the industry, replaced by mid-century modern. Look closely and you’ll see that last year the pad’s paper designs had a more classic look, and this year the designs are infused with just a bit of a mod direction.

One interesting thing to note this year is the number of “themed” collections within the Christmas offerings. Simple Stories has expanded their Say Cheese theme park line to Christmas, and Photo Play Paper is offering the dog-themed “Muttcracker”. Several companies (including Authentique, with a whole paper pad) have food & baking themed items – great for making items to accompany holiday treats.

If you know of a Christmas scrapbook paper collection that is new for 2019 that should be included here, please email nancy@nallystudios.com.

2019 Christmas Scrapbook Paper Collections

The collections below are arranged alphabetically by company:

Authentique: Calendar Collection – December

Size: 12×12, 6×6
Shipping: October
Wholesale: Authentique Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com

Authentique Calendar-December

Authentique: Rejoice

Size: 8×8, 12×12
Shipping: now
Wholesale: Authentique Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Authentique Rejoice

Avery Elle: The Holiday Collection

Size: 6×6
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Avery Elle
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Avery Elle The Holiday Collection

BoBunny: Christmas Treasures

Size: 6×8, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

BoBunny Christmas Treasures

Carta Bella: Buffalo Plaid

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Echo Park Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp, Amazon

Carta Bella Buffalo Plaid

Carta Bella: Christmas Market

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Echo Park Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp, Amazon

Carta Bella Christmas Market

Carta Bella: Merry Christmas

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Echo Park Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp, Amazon

Carta Bella Merry Christmas

Carta Bella: Snow Much Fun

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Echo Park Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Catherine Pooler: Patterns & Pine

Size: 6×6
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Catherine Pooler
Retail: Catherine Pooler

Catherine Pooler Patterns and Pine

Color Play: One Night In Bethlehem by Becky Fleck Moore

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Photo Play Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Color Play One Night in Bethlehem

Color Play: Dear Santa Recipe Cards

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Photo Play Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com

Photo Play Dear Santa Recipe Cards

Crate Paper: Snowflake

Size: 6×8, 12×12
Shipping: October
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

Crate Paper Snowflake

DCWV: Candy Cane Christmas

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

DCWV Candy Cane Christmas 2

DCWV: Christmas Nutcracker

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

DCWV Christmas Nutcracker

DCWV: Christmas Pals

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

DCWV Christmas Pals

DCWV: Classic Christmas

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

DCWV Classic Christmas

DCWV: Joyeux Noel

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

DCWV Joyeux Noel

DCWV: Merry & Bright

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

DCWV Merry & Bright

DCWV: Merry Mod Christmas

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

DCWV Merry Mod Christmas

DCWV: Mrs Claus’ Christmas

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

DCWV Mrs Claus' Kitchen

DCWV: O’ Christmas Tree

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

DCWV O' Christmas Tree

DCWV: Winter Wonder

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

DCWV Winter Wonder

Doodlebug Design: Christmas Magic

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: October
Wholesale: Doodlebug Design
Retail: Scrapbook.com

Doodlebug Christmas Magic

Doodlebug Design: Christmas Magic Petite Prints

Size: 12×12
Shipping: October
Wholesale: Doodlebug Design
Retail: Scrapbook.com

Doodlebug Christmas Magic Petite Prints

Dress My Craft: Christmas Bells

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Dress My Craft
Retail: Scrapbook.com

Dress My Craft Christmas Bells

Echo Park: A Cozy Christmas

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Echo Park Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp, Amazon

Echo Park A Cozy Christmas

Echo Park: Away In A Manger

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Echo Park Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp, Amazon

Echo Park Away in a Manger

Echo Park: Here Comes Santa Claus

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Echo Park Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp, Amazon

Echo Park Here Comes Santa Claus

Echo Park: My Favorite Christmas by Lori Whitlock

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Echo Park Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp, Amazon

Echo Park My Favorite Christmas

Echo Park: My Favorite Winter by Lori Whitlock

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Echo Park Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Echo Park My Favorite Winter

Echo Park: Warm & Cozy

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Echo Park Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Echo Park Warm and Cozy

Fancy Pants Designs: Home For Christmas

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Foundations Decor
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

Fancy Pants Home for Christmas

Graphic 45: Joy To The World

Size: 8×8, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Graphic 45
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Graphic 45 Joy to the World collection

Graphic 45: Joy To The World Patterns & Solids

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Graphic 45
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Graphic 45 Joy to the World patterns solids

Heidi Swapp: Winter Wonderland

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Heidi Swapp Winter Wonderland 2

Kaisercraft: Let It Snow

Size: 6.5×6.5, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Kaisercraft
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Kaisercraft Let It Snow

Kaisercraft: Peppermint Kisses

Size: 6.5×6.5, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Kaisercraft
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Kaisercraft Peppermint Kisses

Kaisercraft: Starry Night

Size: 6.5×6.5, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Kaisercraft
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Kaisercraft Starry Night

Kaisercraft: Under The Gum Leaves

Size: 6.5×6.5, 12×12
Shipping: October
Wholesale: Kaisercraft
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Kaisercraft Under the Gum Leaves

My Mind’s Eye: Holly Jolly

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: My Mind’s Eye
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

My Minds Eye Holly Jolly

My Mind’s Eye: Yuletide

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: My Mind’s Eye
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

My Minds Eye Yuletide

Pebbles: Merry Little Christmas

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Pebbles Merry Little Christmas

Photo Play Paper: Christmas Memories by Becky Fleck Moore

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Photo Play Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Photo Play Christmas Memories

Photo Play Paper: Christmas Memories Solids Plus by Becky Fleck Moore

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Photo Play Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Photo Play Christmas Memories Solids Plus

Photo Play Paper: For The Love Of Winter by Michelle Coleman

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Photo Play Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Photo Play For the Love of Winter

Photo Play Paper: Kringle & Co

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Photo Play Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Photo Play Kringle and Co

Photo Play Paper: Kringle & Co Solids Plus

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Photo Play Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Photo Play Kringle Solids Plus

Photo Play Paper: Muttcracker

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Photo Play Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Photo Play Muttcracker

Photo Play Paper: Muttcracker Solids Plus

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Photo Play Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Photo Play Muttcracker Solids Plus

Pink Paislee: Together for Christmas

Size: 6×8, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com

Pink Paislee Together for Christmas

Pinkfresh Studio: Home For The Holidays

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: now
Wholesale: Pinkfresh Studio
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Pinkfresh Home for the Holidays

Reminisce: Gold Christmas

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Reminisce
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

Reminisce Gold Christmas

Reminisce: North Pole Express

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Reminisce
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

Reminisce North Pole Express

Reminisce: Santa’s Sweater

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Reminisce
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

Reminisce Santas Sweater

Simple Stories: Simple Vintage Country Christmas by Katie Pertiet

Size: 6×8, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Simple Stories
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Christmas

Simple Stories: Simple Vintage Country Christmas Simple Basics by Katie Pertiet

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Simple Stories
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Simple Stories Country Christmas Simple Basics

Simple Stories: Holly Jolly

Size: 6×8, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Simple Stories
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Simple Stories Holly Jolly

Simple Stories: Holly Jolly Simple Basics

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Simple Stories
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Simple Stories Holly Jolly Simple Basics

Simple Stories: Say Cheese Christmas

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Simple Stories
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Simple Stories Say Cheese Christmas

Simple Stories: Winter Farmhouse

Size: 6×8, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Simple Stories
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Simple Stories Winter Farmhouse

Simple Stories: Winter Farmhouse Simple Basics

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Simple Stories
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Simple Stories Winter Farmhouse Simple Basics

Tim Holtz idea-ology: Mini Christmas Stash

Size: 8×8
Shipping: October
Wholesale: Advantus
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Tim Holtz Mini Christmas Stash

Tonic Studios: Merry & Bright

Size: 6×6
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Tonic Studios
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Tonic Merry and Bright

What is your favorite new Christmas scrapbook paper collection of 2019?

2019 Christmas Scrapbook Paper Round Up

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Make a Caring Coupon Book with New Adaptive Tools for Cricut Maker!

Do you know someone who needs a little extra love and care right now? Why not make them a book of caring coupons with the help of the new Adaptive Tools for the Cricut Maker machine?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Coupon Book with Cricut Maker Adaptive Tools

When Cricut released the Cricut Maker machine two years ago, the Adaptive Tool System unleashed a whole new world for Cricut users. The system’s ability to provide 10 times more force than the previous Explore line of machines (and its sophisticated system for steering those tools) opened the door to many different types of possibilities for tools – and Cricut promised that users would get many more options. With the latest release of tools for the Adaptive Tool System, Cricut has delivered again on that promise in an exciting way!

Cricut Adaptive Tools

Until now, there was no way to create an “embossed” look with a Cricut machine. Meet the Fine Debossing Tip for the Cricut Maker’s Adaptive Tool System! Now users of the Maker can create sophisticated debossed designs on cardstock and similar materials.

Cricut Adaptive Tool Fine Debossing Tip

The new Basic Perforation Blade for the Adaptive Tool System creates professional looking perforations for beautiful tear-offs and peel-aways. Create coupons, calendars, planner items, and so much more…with no messy tears!

Cricut Adaptive Tool Basic Perforation Blade

The delicate waves of the Adaptive Tool System’s new Wavy Blade are just the right size for versatility. A nice updated substitute for a deckled edge, I expect this blade will become a staple in many Cricut Maker owners’ tool boxes.

Cricut Adaptive Tools Wavy Blade

A fourth new Adaptive Tool that I haven’t pictured, the Engraving Tip, works with materials like aluminum, leather, wood, acrylic, and more to create debossed designs. Use your Cricut Maker to create jewelry, home decor and beautiful gifts!

For my book of caring coupons, I used four of the Adaptive Tools. Three of them – Wavy BladeDebossing Tip, and Perforation Blade – are new, and I also used the Single Scoring Tip.

Coupon Book made with Cricut Maker

Supplies Needed:

If you don’t already have the Cricut Adaptive Tool Quick Swap Drive Housing, it will need to be purchased with one of the adaptive tools.

It’s easy to swap the various tools out of the right hand tool slot on my Cricut Maker. To swap tools, I just open the slot, and remove the drive housing from the machine. Then I pop the top button on the drive housing to remove the tip, and click the new one on. Finally I slide the drive housing back into the machine and fasten the latch. I’m ready to go! (It took me longer to type that than it takes to do the process!)

Cricut Maker using Fine Debossing Tip

When you are done cutting out the coupon book, you should have all of these pieces below ready to go: coupon pages, cover, cover title, and binding.

Cricut coupon book pieces

I cut my title for the cover from vinyl for several reasons. First I love how easy it is to stick down intricate pieces cut from vinyl. Also, I love how flat the vinyl lays, and how “finished” it looks. Using patterned paper for the binding is a great way to add a design element, while using up paper scraps!

Assembling Cricut Maker coupon book cover

The coupon pages are designed very simply with some text and a pen art design representing the item. That makes it really easy to add your own coupon. I even included a blank page in the cut file for making your own coupons! Just find a graphic that will work with the pens, and add your text!

Cricut coupon book pages

If you’d like to customize this coupon book even more, it’s easy to change up the colors for a holiday. Use purple and orange for Halloween, or red and green for Christmas!

To bind your coupon book, stack all the pages together. Then fold the patterned binding piece and line the holes up with the front and back of the stack of pages. Tie it all together with ribbon in a pretty bow!

This coupon book of favors is a great gift for a new parent, a newly divorced friend, someone dealing with an illness, or so many other situations. Show your love with gifts of your time, and small favors!

Caring Coupon Book with Cricut Maker Tools

Who will you give your caring coupons to? Which new Cricut Adaptive Tool is your favorite?

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ClearSnap Closing Down Operations

ClearSnap announced today that they are closing down operations. The Burlington, Washington-based company has been  manufacturing industrial and craft inks in the U.S. for nearly 30 years.

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ClearSnap was purchased either by direct sales company Stampin’ Up! or its founders Shelli & Sterling Gardners in 2006. It was being run by Sterling Gardner (husband of Stampin’ Up! founder Shelli Gardner) as a separate entity from the Utah-based Stampin’ Up!.

News of the closure was shared with ClearSnap’s wholesale customers last week. In the announcement to consumers today, ClearSnap said it was sharing the news “with a heavy heart” and thanked customers “for all your continued support over the years.” The company said that the last day to place orders from ClearSnap is July 31st, but gave no final date for ceasing operations.

Clearsnap Inks

My personal stash of Clearsnap inks.

ClearSnap, under its brand name ColorBox, is widely known to scrapbookers and stampers for its signature Cats Eye pigment ink pads. In addition to its pigment ink pads, the company is also known for its Petal Point, Chalk, India Ink, and other specialty inkpads. Graphic 45, Doodlebug, Stephanie Barnard, Ann Butler, Eileen Hull, Donna Salazar, Susan Weckesser, and Teresa Collins have all produced licensed products with ClearSnap.

I caught up with Eileen Hull when she was demonstrating her ColorBox Blends at Creativation 2019 back in January:

The closure of ClearSnap will leave Ranger and Imagine Crafts to fight it out as the major brand players in the retail ink market, along with contributions from companies such as Lawn Fawn, Hero Arts, and others. And of course, Stampin’ Up! and Close to My Heart will continue to provide stamping ink to the direct sales market as well.

Asked about the impact the closure of ClearSnap will have on the stamping segment, Hero Arts CEO Aaron Leventhal told Scrapbook Update:

ClearSnap is a long-time contributor to the stamping market and I’m sorry to hear they will no longer lend their innovative approach and quality products to our industry. We will miss you!  Not having quality companies like ClearSnap means less investment in the industry — in the form of marketing, advertising, new products and creative ideas, which is bad for everyone.

According to the Michaels website, my local store has about two dozen Colorbox SKUs stocked. (Joann’s is only showing a handful of Colorbox SKUs available in store when I search.) Who will get that shelf space is a big question. Will it be Ranger? Or Imagine Crafts? Or store brand products? Or will no one get it, further shrinking the big box’s paper crafts foot print?

If you want to grab reinkers for your favorite ink pad or that must-have item from your wishlist before they are gone, ClearSnap products are available online at Scrapbook.com and Amazon.com

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