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Craft store sales

Dear Fellow Crafters,

If you’ve been anywhere near a craft store lately, you will notice that Fall-themed items are on display as well as Christmas! It seems that retailers are jumping the gun in pushing the seasons at us before we’re ready for them but many of us are delighted anyway.

It’s still to hot to craft in my state but new craft items are making their way onto shelves for our perusal. As for me, although I really wasn’t looking for anything, I found several embossing folders and die cuts along with jewelry items for sale. In one store, the sign boldly stated ” buy one clear, cling, rubber stamp at the regular price, the second is 60% off!”  Who could resist that! Another had 3-D stickers at 50% off  (older ones and newer Christmas ones) and paper stacks at 40% off.

At first I wondered if the store was going out of business or if they weren’t going to sell my favorite items but no, the store clerk assured me, that they were just clearing their shelves. How lucky for us!

Happy Paper Crafting,


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Cricut Machine

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Although the Cricut Machine has been around a number of years now, I opted for a hand-cranked die-cutting machine -my Sizzix. In all fairness, after watching a segment on the Home Shopping Network, I decided to try and find some information for those of you who own a Cricut or are planning to purchase one. The following article including links comes from Angie at Country Chic Cottage. Enjoy!

Happy Paper Crafting,



First of all, where do you start? You have this great new machine and have no idea what to do!

  1. Click here to set up your machine on your computer. It will walk you through the simple steps.
  2. Do the project that comes with every new machine. All of the materials are in your box and the software will guide you through the process. This is a great way to get familiar with the machine and Cricut Design Space.
  3. Download our beginner’s guide here. This handy reference will answer your questions and get you started to creating right away.

Want to learn more?

Now that you are hooked, I am sure you want to learn more. We have a video series that will answer all of those nagging questions for you. Just click on each link below to watch the videos. We are adding more all of the time so be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel here so you don’t miss any of them.

Projects for Your Machine

Learning how to use your Cricut machine has never been easier. Now, you need a few projects to make! Try clicking here for all of our projects you can make with your machine. Pick a few to try to get crafty today. After all, you have a Cricut! Your crafting just became a whole lot easier. You can get professional results with just a few clicks.

Accessories for Your Machine

If how to use your Cricut machine is the first question I get, the second is what accessories do I need for my machine. There is a wide range of things you can buy for your Cricut to make crafting with it even more fun. But do you really need all of those gadgets? Which are most important? Click here for our complete guide to accessories to learn all of that and more!

Purchasing a Machine

Perhaps you landed here and have not actually gotten your machine yet. Have no fear! We have everything you need to know to purchase the correct machine for your crafting needs. Just click here for our comparison guide between the Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore. From there, you should be able to make an informed decision on which you need. Don’t forget that you can get a discount when purchasing by subscribing to Cricut Access.

Now that you know how to use your Cricut machine, what will you make? We would love for you to upload your projects to our Facebook page and show off your creations!


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Grandparents’ Day

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Grandparents’ Day was instituted in the United States many years ago. It’s a day to remember and honor our Grandparents. This year we will celebrate those wonderful caring family members on Sept. 9th. Grandparents, often as not, are parent’s “built-in babysitters” but any Grandparent will tell you that their “grand babies” are loved and played with, guided and cheered just as their parents were years ago. Some Grandparents even raise their Grandchildren.

For those of you who are lucky to have someone else who loves  you here are some cards and sentiments for the day

1. You are a source of love and wisdom in my life. Thank you for being such a positive influence as I try to look to you as a role model. 2. You’re the best grandparents any kid could ever ask to have. Thanks for spoiling me rotten. 3. Happy Grandparents Day to an amazing set of grandparents! You are generous with your time. We do a lot of fun stuff. 4. It’s difficult to imagine what my life would be like without you as my grandparents. Many people aren’t blessed with the chance to know their grandparents like I know you. I am very thankful to have you and to see you often.



For those of you who are estranged from  your grand kids (are  watching them grow up on Facebook) remember that you were once  loved by them and will hopefully be able to love them again soon.

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