More Cricut Crap {here’s the latest…}

OK I don’t mean to sound negative but every day I get more and more disgusted with Provo Craft (My personal ban on buying provocraft products since they sued Sure Cuts a Lot is saving me a mint BTW.) So, I told you a few weeks ago that Make the Cut and SCAL had removed cricut compatibility from the current versions of their software and if you did not have software to cut fonts and svg files with your cricut already your only option was Fairy Cut (you can read my review of this software here), well, it looks like they bullied the Fairy Cut folks too and on June 16th they are removing the Cricut drivers from their software and they are urging all of their customers to back up their software and save their email with their registration code in a  safe place so they will still be able to use the software with their cricut after the 16th. You can read the full story on the Fairy Cut blog.

I am so disappointed in the way ProvoCraft/Cricut has handled this whole situation. I do not like any company telling me how I can use a machine I bought and paid for. It would be like HP saying I can’t use Kodak paper or Cannon software to print my photos, it is crazy! It is funny I saw a Silhouette SD machine on sale at overstock.com for about $180 (which is far less than my cricut machines cost!) and you can cut what you want with it. I am so tempted in buying one but my Cricut still works fine and I am lucky to have working versions of SCAL, SCAL2 and Fairy Cut so I am not limited to Cricuts “offerings”.

But maybe you could win a Silhouette SD Machine and cut whatever you want with no worries, check out the awesome giveaway from Mygrafico:

Check out their Facebook page to enter, this is a great giveaway and I’d love to see you win it! If anyone had a Silhouette machine and wants to share their opinion on it please leave a comment, I want to be well-informed when my Cricut bites the dust 🙂 I’m still going to use my cricut (and other PC products tat I already own) after all they are bought and paid for but I will use them how I want and I will not buy more from those bullies, there are plenty of options for my crafting dollar.

OK thanks for listening to yet another Cricut Rant 😀 Good luck in the contest and til next time happy crafting!

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A project, a sale and a freebie, oh my!

Happy Friday everyone! I have had my sketchpad out this week and and have added several new stamps to the store! Here is a fun project I made with one of them.

Digi Stamp: Lindsay Stamp Stuff, Yellow Pattern Paper: Provo Craft, Marbalized paper: see below, Die cut alpha: Sizzix, Other: craft foam, ribbon, silk flower, brad

Digi Stamp: Lindsay Stamp Stuff, Yellow Pattern Paper: Provo Craft, Marbleized paper: see below, Die cut alpha: Sizzix, Other: craft foam, ribbon, silk flower, brad

a close up of Ellie, awww, isn't she cute?

a close up of Ellie, awww, isn't she cute?

I used the Ellie the Elephant stamp on this one and as a special thank you to my blog readers you can download Ellie the Elephant free on my blog here, don’t wait because I will take down the link in a week and they she will only be available in the shop. Speaking of the shop I am having a mother’s day sale! from now until April 29th everything at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff is on sale! Why not get a cute new stamp (or two) to make a nice card for mom, dad or grad!

The door hanger is made by stitching 12″ long 3 1/2″-4″ wide cardstock and pattern paper strips together. Before stitching all the layers together  I mounted the stamped panel to a piece of homemade marbleized paper and stitched that on 3 sides to the yellow paper to make a pocket. Then I stitched all the layers together and cut a 3″ circle at the top with a circle cutter. Note: you may need to make a few  passes with the cutter to go through all the layers. How fun would it be to leave this hanging from a friend’s door to surprise them when they come home from work!

If you want to make some of the marbleized paper for yourself here’s how. Fill a shallow tray (like a cake pan) with shaving cream. Drip a frew drops of reinker or food coloring or liquid watercolor randomly in the cream. Stir it up with a skewer and press a sheet of cardstock into the cream. Lift it up and use a squeegee or a scrap of cardboard to scrape the shaving cream off your paper and put it back in the tray. Cool huh? My kids love this project and you can make a ton of paper with one tray of shaving cream but you need to add a few more drops of ink each time. But if that seems like too much work or mess you can download my marble paper here.

My home made marblized paper, download link above,

My home made marblized paper, download link above,

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your freebies and the sale and till next time happy crafting!

You Grow Girl!

My little sister is PREGNANT!!! YAY! I wanted to wait until she was a little further along before I mentioned anything so she could tell everyone (Mom already took care of that LOL!) She got to hear the baby’s heartbeat today I’m so excited for her! Here is a card I sent her last week:

Die Cuts, Stamps: PRovocraft, Punch: Fiskars, Paper: Basic Grey (Oh Baby! Girl)

Die Cuts, Stamps: Provocraft, Punch: Fiskars, Paper: Basic Grey (Oh Baby! Girl)

I cut the pregnant lady with my cricut and the New Arrival Cart, i used Sure Cuts a Lot (SCAL) and the font Angelina for the title. Pattern Paper is by Basic Grey…speaking of Basic Grey I just got the new Marrakesh line of paper in the mail from the Rubber Cafe, OMG it is Gorgeous!!! I also got a bunch of new TRC Stamps, I can’t wait to play with them. I’ll have new samples up in a few days. The Border punch I used on this card is also from the Rubber cafe, it is by Fiskars and it embosses and punches, very slick!

If you arrived here as part of the Creative cuts and More Blog Hop scroll down to Monday’s post where you can see all the new CC&M wedding samples and sign up to win a flocking kit!

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