Friday, May 18, 2012

Slight delay on Cricut Expression 2 Series and Yard Sale Haul

Ok... So I'm not really a perfectionist... and my videos show that... LOL! But, there is a time when what you have is just not good enough and you have to start over. After going over the footage I have from Part 2 of my Cricut Expression Video i realized that it was just not going to work. It was WAY too long and when I tried to edit it down it just made it even worse. So... I have to start over.

Just a little info... you may have read this before but I named my blog after my craft room. It was a closet in our upstairs that I "sort of" redid (it's still not done). It's maybe 5 feet wide and 8-10 feet long. It has a slanted ceiling on one side and an attic access on one wall that limits my abilities. Also... it is very HOT Our whole upstairs is just not cooling off. My daughter has been sleeping downstairs in her brothers room because her room is so hot. I had some chocolate on my table that my DH got me last night and it is really soft and melty. So some of my time up here is limited depending on the time of day. I'd love to shoot the video right now... however... my husband is gone and I am home with the 3 and 5 year olds. They are being very good but laughing and having a great time. Once they go to bed I may give it a shot.

However... until then... I have this video to share with you. Whenever my husband and I go to Ohio to visit friends I always have to make a stop at my favorite scrapbook store, Crop N Stop. I love it! However, they had to close. They had a big yard sale after the big store closing and I wasn't able to make it to that because it was being held the following weekend of our trip. BUT... the wonderful owners gave me their address and let me come over and check things out. I wanted to share with you this video of what I bought while I was there. I had a limited amount of cash and that's all they were accepting so I wasn't able to go hog wild. However I found this little deal and wanted to share it with  you.

I had brought the items home from the yard sale and basically put them somewhere and then forgot about them. I have a craft show that I'm doing next weekend and there are a few things that I was going to purchase. I remembered that I had got this at the yard sale and went searching for it. It wasn't too hard to find.

Tell me what you think? There are a lot of misc little items. Do you think I got a good deal or do you think I paid too much?

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Cricut Craftroom Video Series

Hello my fellow Cricut lovers. As you may know I am currently working on a video series for the Cricut Expression 2. I'm pretty excited about it. Every since I got my E2 back from Provo Craft I have just been cutting away with it. Loving it!!!
Anyhow... my previous video series was on Cricut Craftroom. After playing around in CCR a couple of weeks ago the program kept crashing and then eventually crashed my computer. NOW... to be fair... it may not have had anything to do with CCR. But because I was so frustrated with CCR crashing I just haven't been on there and plus I've just been too busy with my E2. However... I have a couple of projects that I'll be creating and I wanted to use CCR for them. So I'll be playing around with it again. While I'm not planning on abandoning my E2 series... I'll be adding some things in there like a couple of CCR videos. SO... what would you like to see? Any techniques that you are interested in? I had a request for Mothers Day card the other day but time got away from me.

In the meantime... I have created a playlist of my past CCR videos on YouTube. Here is the link. If you are new and would like to watch the series from the beginning I hope this link is helpful. And if you have seen them and just need a refresher... here  they are. Enjoy! And I hope to hear from you. I'd love to be overwhelmed with all sorts of comments and requests. :)

Don't forget... the Craftroom is compatible with all the Cricut machines. :)

Click for my Cricut CraftRoom Video Series

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Cricut Expression 2 Video Series

YEAH!!! Finally! I'm so excited! I was able to get my latest video uploaded to YouTube and it's ready to go. I  had to ship my Cricut Expression 2 Anniversary Edition off to Provo Craft to fix. They couldn't fix it so they sent me a new one. Of course there are no more Anniversary Editions but they sent me a brand new E2. I got it back a couple of weeks ago and last week I made a couple of videos... only problem... I couldn't get them uploaded to YouTube. First my iMac died. That's where I edit all my videos and upload them. Then the software that I USED to love on my laptop wouldn't work. Finally I was able to edit the video and upload it... but for some reason it wouldn't work. My DH finally fixed my iMac and today I was able to upload to YouTube. YEAH!!! I actually already had Part 2 of this video filmed and edited. But that file is corrupted and unable to be saved. SOOOO.... I'm working on a re-make of Part 2 today. I've got it filmed and now I just need to edit and upload. Wish me luck! And enjoy the video.

Now is a good time to make any special requests or suggestions. This video series is going to include all the features of the E2 and will be complete with a project. If there is anything that you would like for me to work on or anything you want me to make sure I include... now is the time to let me know. I look forward to your comments and feedback!

Cricut Expression 2 Video Series - #1 The Basics (Part 1)

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Pink Cricut Expression 2 & More

Where have I been? I was so excited today to see that there are PINK endcaps for the Cricut Expression 2. I just got my pink endcaps put on my Imagine. I SOOOO want the endcaps for my E2! And guess what else.... they are on sale! They also have purple... which is awesome. But pink is my color. 

 I love these! How about you? Click here to order yours while they are on sale!

Have you seen these? 

I love these guys. I don't have any yet. The big plush guy is on sale right now for $7.99. Click on the pictures to order yours today. 

Ok... so yes... there's more. I just wanted to share with you that Tags, Bags, Boxes & More Digital is also on sale for only $19.99. That's a great deal as well. Click here!

Ok... So... I just wanted to share these with you today. Now I'm off to try and get my two videos up and running. I'm excited about my Cricut Expression 2 series. Hope you enjoy it!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Upcoming Cricut Expression 2 Series

Hello Crafters!

I created a video for you... actually TWO! BUT... it seems like I've been a danger to all the electronics including computers, in my house over the last two weeks. First my van was shorting, then my dishwasher broke, my dryer, my Wii, DVD player, and then my iMac. My iMac is where I edit and create my videos once they are filmed. I was so happy to have gotten two videos done... then my iMac died. :( Sooo. I tried to use a program that I used to use. Well... that appeared to work at first. I created the video and had it ready to upload. My laptop said that it would take over 175 hours to upload. I patiently waited for an hour at which time it had 9% done and stopped progressing.
Good news... my husband got my iMac working. YEAH FOR MY DH!!! Now I just need to import the video to that computer and re-edit the video. UGH!

Once I get all that done... I'll have two new videos for you. I'm starting a series on the Cricut Expression 2. I'm really excited. I also have a few cartridges that I'd like to explore with you. My new FAVORITE cartridge is Art Philosophy. I can't believe how awesome it is. In my first video I show you basics of the E2 and in the second I show you a project using Art Philosophy so that you can take the basics and and put them into practice. I can't wait to share my videos with you! The plan is to have them up for you tomorrow.

In the mean time... any suggestions? Questions? Comments? I'd love to hear what YOU would like to see from this new series.

Also... for you digital scrapbookers... I'm a huge fan of My Digital Studio. Click here for their newest downloads. If you haven't tried MDS... you can try it FREE for 30 days to see how you like it. One of the great things about MDS... you can use any of their downloads in other programs, such as Photoshop. It's so stinkin awesome! Here's the link for your free trial.

Here's a layout I created using MDS...