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Tonic Settles With My Sweet Petunia over Stamp Platform

In a joint statement issued today, Tonic Studios and My Sweet Petunia announced that they have settled their year-old litigation over whether the Tim Holtz stamp platform infringed on the patent for My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI tool.

MISTI stamping tool

Under the agreement with My Sweet Petunia, Tonic Studios will stop selling both sizes of the Tim Holtz stamp platform in the U.S., Canada, North America and South America. Sales of accessories for the platforms will also end in those markets. The Tim Holtz stamp platform will continue to be available in other areas such as Europe and Asia.

The announcement also refers to “a larger agreement that anticipates an ongoing business relationship between the two companies” and says the companies “look forward to working together”.

For those still wishing to pick up a Tim Holtz stamp platform in the United States before they disappear, you can still find them here [affiliate links]: Amazon, A Cherry On Top, Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

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A First Look at the Cricut Scoring Wheel!

If you like to make cards and 3D items with your Cricut machine, there’s a new Cricut accessory that will make your projects easier and more beautiful: the Cricut Scoring Wheel.

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

I was thrilled to learn about the introduction of the Cricut Scoring Wheel. I’ve always been a fan of the Cricut Scoring Stylus but I’ve often wished it had more power to make stronger scores that are easier to fold, and that it worked on more materials. Now my wish has been answered!

Cricut Scoring Wheel

The Cricut Scoring Wheel is actually wheels plural – there are two different ones, as you can see in the photo above. The one labeled 01 has a single scoring wheel for scoring lighter materials like cardstock. The version labeled 02 above has two side-by-side scoring wheels that make two parallel scoring lines for clean folding of heavier materials without surface cracking. (There’s no guesswork, either, about which one is the correct one for your material – your Cricut Maker will tell you after you select your material setting.)

Cricut Scoring Wheel

The previous Scoring Stylus attached to your Cricut machine via the same accessory slot as the pens. The new Cricut Scoring Wheel is available only for the Cricut Maker machine because it attaches via the machine’s Adaptive Tool System. This means that it has up to 10x the pressure to score materials as the old stylus.

This crease line on this envelope I cut was so perfectly crisp that it started to perfectly fold itself when I peeled the paper off of the cutting mat!

Cricut Scoring Wheel

Since it’s Christmas in July time, let’s take a look at how the Cricut Scoring Wheel can make it so much easier to make your Christmas cards this year! The single wheel works wonderfully for cardmaking with 80lb cardstock. You can cut and fold this Merry & Bright Christmas Card in just moments, with perfect results!

Cricut Scoring Wheel Christmas CardI love making little goodies to go with cards, like lip balm or candy holders. They work best, though, from stiffer materials like this Cricut Foil Poster Board. Now with the double scoring wheel, I can get these beautiful double score lines that let me fold easily without cracking the surface of my foil!

Cricut Scoring Wheel

Fold it up, tie it up with some ribbon, and this lip balm folder is a beautiful companion for my Christmas card!

Cricut Scoring Wheel lip balm folder

And don’t forget to use the single Cricut Scoring Wheel to make a colorful lining from patterned paper for your lip balm holder. This fun little project will brighten someone’s holidays, and is so easy to make!

Cricut Scoring Wheel lip balm folder

Whether you are making gift wrap, cards, or decorations…the Cricut Scoring Wheel for Cricut Maker is a must-have for your holiday crafting projects. Maybe I’ll finally get around to making the Christmas village this year with my Cricut now that the scoring wheel has made it so easy!

Cricut Scoring Wheel Christmas card

Can’t wait to get your own Cricut Scoring Wheel for your Cricut Maker? You can – it’s launching today on HSN! Don’t miss out!

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

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AFCI | Discovering Phoenix during Creativation

When I travel for an event like Creativation 2019, my primary purpose of course is to work. But let’s be honest, we all want to have some fun when we travel to a faraway city, too – especially a new one! Convention centers all look the same. Why not enjoy some real local flavor? So in the past few years I’ve tried to make it a rule that I add in some local touring fun whenever I take a work-related trip. 

[Disclosure: This post is sponsored by AFCI and the Creativation 2019 show.]

Creativation in Phoenix

Not having been to Phoenix or the American Southwest before, I needed to do a little research to learn what my options are for the upcoming show!

(Don’t forget when you are planning your Phoenix trip – registration is now open for Creativation 2019!)

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Update | Etsy, Creativeworld, Stampin’ Up!, Michaels, & More!

[Disclosure: Messe Frankfurt is a sponsor of this website.]

Increases. Etsy announced yesterday (Thursday) that it is increasing seller fees significantly on July 16th. Transaction fees for sales will be increasing to 5% from the current 3.5% fee. The transaction fees will also now be charged on shipping as well as the listing’s sale price.

In addition to the increased fees, Etsy will be launching subscription services for sellers. The first product launching will be Etsy Plus, for an “introductory price” of $10 per month. (No word on what the price will be after the introductory price runs out.) Etsy Plus will include 15 free monthly listing credits, a $5 monthly credit for promoted listings, some new special features for shop owners, and discounts on items like custom web addresses and packaging. Etsy Premium will launch in 2019, and is targeted for Etsy shop owners who have employees.

Etsy’s Chief Financial Officer Rachel Glaser described the increased fees in the announcement as a method for Etsy to invest in more marketing of its sellers.  “Our revised fee structure will allow us to make more meaningful investments on behalf of our sellers while remaining what we believe is the best value for entrepreneurs looking to start, manage, and grow a creative business. We plan to increase our 2017 direct marketing spend by at least 40% in 2018, revamp our Etsy community platforms, and execute against an exciting product roadmap. We believe all of this will help drive near-term growth and increase buyer lifetime value.”

In the same announcement that unveiled the increased fees, Etsy also announced new market guidance for earnings for the 2018 fiscal year. GMS growth is now predicted at 16%-19%, up from 16%-18%. The company is now predicting revenue growth of 32%-34%, up from 22%-24%. The previous guidance was issued at their earnings call last month. There was no change to the forecasted adjusted EBITDA margin of 21%-23%.

The changes went over well with investors. Etsy shares rose 35% in the first few hours of trading yesterday to a record high of $44.78. The stock closed for the day up over 25% at $41.65.

Endings. Studio Calico has announced that the June kits are the last ones for the company’s Scrapbook and Planner kits. The Scrapbook kit is the original kit that launched Studio Calico 11 years ago. Subscribers to the discontinued kits can transfer their subscriptions to the company’s Documenter (pocket scrapboook), or Stamp kit, or to the new Traveler’s Notebook kit launching in July.

Studio Calico’s announcement on their blog explained the reason for the changes: “There has been a drastic change in the memory keeping industry over the last 11 years, and we are continually thankful for all our loyal customers, their feedback, and the ever-evolving community of paper lovers.”

Creativeworld 2018

Shows. Messe Frankfurt announced last week that 300 manufacturers are signed up to take part in the Creativeworld 2019 trade fair. The event will take place at the Messe Frankfurt exhibition grounds in Frankfurt am Main, Germany from the 26th to the 29th of January, 2019. Companies committed to returning to Creativeworld for 2019 include C. Kreul, Clairefontaine, Creativ Company, Efco Kreativ, Folia, Marabu, Rayher Hobby, Rico Design and Staedtler.

“We are very pleased with the number of registrations received and are keenly looking forward to Creativeworld 2019. Our planning for the hall layout and the multi-faceted programme of events are also well advanced”, says Michael Reichhold, Creativeworld Director, Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH. Continue Reading →

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Color Trends | Neutral Navy

Color trends often begin in the worlds of home decor and fashion before migrating to crafts. The latest color trend making its way to the papercrafting world, neutral navy, is no exception.

[Disclosure: Some products were provided to me as part of my work with the Cricut blogger program but this is not a sponsored post. Some links in this article, including links to Amazon.com, are affiliate links that pay this site a commission at no cost to the user if a purchase is made after a click.]

Color purists may argue that navy is not a neutral, but it is increasingly used as one, especially in fashion. Darkwash denim may be the ultimate in neutral navy – it goes with everything and can go almost anywhere. But in the last two years we’ve seen its influence spread beyond the basic in both fashion and home decor.

In the fashion world, navy has found popularity as a slightly softer alternative to black. It’s a trendy option for replacing everything from your “little black dress” to those black leggings. It’s even become a popular color for bridesmaids’ dresses!

The home decor world has seized on to the neutral navy trend as well. Best used in small doses due to its eye-catching drama, navy is being used for everything from accent chairs to kitchen islands to throw pillows. To see a few examples, visit Freshome.

Navy is perhaps most often associated with a nautical style in fashion and home decor. Last year we did see navy invade the scrapbooking world as a nautical trend. But this year, navy is back on its own – and trendier than ever.

Neutral navy nurseries are quite trendy in home decor, and BoBunny has seized on that trend for their newest baby themed line “Little Wonders”. The collection has two parts, one that pairs navy with pink and one that pairs navy with mint and dusky blue.

BoBunny Little Wonders

BoBunny Little Wonders collection

I bought a few sheets of the navy and pink part of the “Little Wonders” collection to try out on some baby pictures of my daughter. (Let’s not talk about the fact that she just turned 15 and there were still baby pictures to be scrapped, alright?) Continue Reading →

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Update | A Special All-AFCI News Version!

The summer AFCI shows are coming up fast – and it’s even time to start thinking about the winter ones, too! Here’s all the details that you need to know about what is going on for the upcoming shows. 

[Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for AFCI.]

Mixed Media

Registration is now open to attend the Mixed Media Event for wholesalers and retailers in Sandy, Utah on July 16th-18th, 2018.

Are you a retailer that is not a member of AFCI or SPC? Would you like to attend the Mixed Media trade show on July 17th and July 18th? Use promo code NN2018 when registering to get free trade show access!

Visit the Mixed Media Event website to register today.

Fourteen workshops have now been announced for the Mixed Media Event’s education day on July 16th. Workshop prices range from $5 to $50 each for two hour long workshops. The education day schedule is arranged into four class segments, with multiple workshops to choose from to register for during each segment. Sponsors include retailer favorites Graphic 45, Lawn Fawn, Sizzix, Lindy’s Stamp Gang, Hero Arts, and Bella Blvd, among others. Click here to view the entire workshop line-up.

Wondering who else is coming to Mixed Media Event 2018? See the video below.

In The MKING™️

Details continue to be announced for the new AFCI consumer event called In the MKNG™️ that will take place in Bethel Woods, NY on September 29th-30th, 2018.

Sister Hazel

Today, AFCI announced the event’s headlining musical act. Sister Hazel is known to most music fans for their 1997 rock hit “All for You”. The band is touring to promote their latest album, Lighter In The Dark, which is their first country album and features a collaboration track with Darius Rucker. Other musical acts confirmed for the festival include CMA artist Lauren Davidson, pop/rock band Wild Planes, alternative rock band Don’t Believe In Ghosts, and singer-songwriter Zach Matari.

Tickets for In the MKNG™️ will be available starting on June 1st. Click here to learn more!

Creativation

It’s hard to believe it’s already that time again but badge registration opens for Creativation 2019 on June 12th!

AFCI Hotels for HopeIn addition to the impending opening of badge registration, hotel reservations are already open through the official AFCI portal for Creativation. This year, AFCI has a new hotel provider, Hotels for Hope. This new AFCI partner is a travel agent with a charitable twist – for every room booked through the AFCI reservation portal, a $2 donation will be made to AFCI’s selected charity.

Through Hotels for Hope, AFCI is now able to offer reservations for more (and more affordable) hotels closer to the Phoenix Convention Center than in past years. Book early to get your best choice of rooms!

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