Things I am Tired of Seeing Everyday

There are just some Cricut posts I am tired of seeing everyday.  This rant may make some of you mad because you do it and may make some of you mad because you are tired too.  It is just my opinion.  Comment below either way.  I’d like to see how many have either opinion.

My Facebook timeline is mostly Cricut posts because I have joined many Cricut groups.  It’s my line of work.  However I see the same posts EVERY DAY.

Which Computer /Printer should I buy?

I am really tired of seeing this one!  Printers and computers almost always work with DesignSpace.  If you don’t know which to buy look at the previous posts in the group.  I bet 6 people have posted that question in the group and they all got answers.  And everyone, of course, likes their computer or printer so they tell you that.  

We. for the most part, are not computer experts.

Complainnts about Design Space Updating

OK so lately it has been updating alot, but it takes a minute and you spend at least an hour on the software.  Percentage wise the update doesn’t mean much.  And updating means at least they are trying to make it better.  They could just forget about it and it would never change.

Do you remember the days when you had to cut everything by hand?  I don’t want to go back to those days!  DesignSpace is FREE. Those other programs cost $50 or more and don’t work with your Cricut.  And when they update their software they charge you for the update.

You spent a good deal of money for your Cricut and lots on cartridges and images.  You lose access to all those images if you start using another software product.

Asking if Design Space is Having Problems
I get real tired of seeinng this one too.   I use DesignSpace everyday for several hours a day.  99% of the problems I have (and I don’t have many)are because my wifi signal is weak in my basement.  Did you check your internet connection?  I bet that is the problem.
Why do you think those of use on Facebook can help?  Contact cricut.  They at least have a chance of helping.
Asking Where to buy Vinyl or Blanks or some other thing

Again, about 6 people in every group has already asked that question.  Look through the other posts in the group.  Every post has the same answers.

Maybe I’m just cranky lately but I counted one day.  There were at least 4 people asking where to buy vinyl in the same group.  Come on folks.

I understand people need help and  to gripe but before you post look and see if someone else posted the same question.

Shaker Cards in Process

Update: Shaker Cards are done!

See my tutorials list to see how to make them

Boy, did I have a productive weekend!  I got several projects done including a graduation card, a Fathers Day Card, a Mothers Day Card and several scrapbook pages.  Some are already posted some aren’t but I’m getting there.

What I wanted to tell you about are the shaker cards.  I have always wanted to learn how to do those.  THey are just so dynamic.  If you remember I did a few at the CKC scrapbook convention but they were already cut and ready to assemble.  I priced those kits and WOW they are expensive.

You have heard the expression ” Give a man a fish, he eats for a day.  Teach him to fish and he will never go hungry.”  Well I decided I would teach myself how to make my own shaker cards.  And I’m almost there.

Parts of Shaker Cards in progress
Shaker card Parts

These are some of the parts I have made.  I am trying different shapes and different shakers (or guts).  When I get it all worked out and know what I’m doing I will definitely share it with you.

Is there a type of shaker you would like to see?  Or maybe some other project you would like to try?  Drop me an email to let me know and maybe your idea will be my next project.  I promise to share credit for the idea.

Until then let’s hope this week is just as productive as last weekend!

St. Louis CKC was an Awesome Time

The Creating Keepsakes convention (CKC) in St Louis last weekend was FABULOUS!

I learned so much.  Above you can see some of the things I made.

Queen & Company

I made cards with Queen & Co. including learning how to do a shaker card.  I have posting a tutorial on making these cards with cricut. This was the last class of the day and I was tired, so a few simple cards that I just had to paste together was perfect.

Quick Quotes Scrapbook

With Quick Quotes Scrapbook company we made 2 scrapbook pages, one of which has a really interesting fold down photo album included as part of the page.


There was Stamplistic class where I learned how to place beads.  But the best part was they were the inspiration for Coloring with Paper which I perfected for cricut and wrote tutorials.  See those tutorials here.

Bee Creative

And Bee Creative class where I learned I don’t like stamping.  No offence to people who do that.  I admire your patience.  But that isn’t me.  The teacher’s card was so pretty.  My multi-layer stamp was a blurry mess.  But she did show us how to make texture media cards.  I learned how and wrote a tutorial.  See that tutorial here

Keller’s Creations

The best class was Keller’s Creations where she blew my mind making 20 scrapbook pages from 6 sheets of double sided paper and a  few plain white sheets.  And they looked amazing.  There was nothing left over.  She used ever piece of those 6 pages!

I just went for one day.  I couldn’t go to both days but WOW it was amazing.  But no one said the word Cricut all day.  (it was obvious some of them used the cricut to make there pieces parts though) I plan to adapt some of the things I learned to the cricut and post the tutorials here eventually though.  Hopefully I shouldn’t step on anyone’s copyright.

If you get a chance to go to CKC convention in St. Louis or anywhere, I highly recommend it.

What Ken and Cordelia Did All Day

And while I was in scrapbook heaven, Cordelia and Ken into St Louis went to the Science museum and the arch.  I have a scrapbook page of their exploits

Scrapbook page of my St. Louis Trip
St Louis Trip Scrapbook Page