AccuQuilt – Piecing Perfectly!

To help you “Revolutionise the way you cut fabric” AccuQuilt is giving you a great Holiday reduction on the ‘GO! Me® Fabric Cutter Starter Set’ for only $89.99 until December 31, 2022! Making it the perfect gift for the quilting beginner!

So go check out these great savings for your quilting projects and AccuQuilt has many more savings for you to explore on their ‘Sale‘ page.

This post contains affiliate links and qualifying purchases may provide me a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you.

That’s it for now. With Christmas not far and searching for the perfect gift, you might find just the gift for the quilter in you life, or even treat yourself for that special die, fabric cutter or other accessory for your quilting projects.

Have fun exploring! In the meantime, your comments and feedback are welcome in the Comment section below. Until next post…❄LR

Accuquilt Dynamic Promo

Still time – live event Friday!

Hi there, there is still time to register for Friday’s AccuQuilt live event – Part 3 of 3, the final of the Sew Along Series: GO! Row House Runner. So REGISTER NOW and join the fun and giveaways as well as an opportunity to pick up tips and tricks from AccuQuilt Experts.

Friday, October 28
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. CT

Learn how to wrap up this runner with binding, borders and customization options in part 3 of 3!

It’s time to finish the GO! Row House Runner! Hosts Pam and Erica will be completing the runner and discussing several options for borders, binding and quilting. Tune in for ideas to personalize and customize the finishing touches of this quilt! Register now for a chance to win a door prize!

Register now to be included in the giveaways, special deals, useful tips, a free pattern and tons of project inspiration!

Why AccuQuilt’s Fabric Cutters are the best investment for your sewing room!

With new patterns every week – you can choose from thousands of free downloads!

You also have access to tips, tricks and free tutorials to help you along your quilting journey even if you are just starting out. You can get help and inspiration from AccuQuilt’s extensive range of videos.

Whether you are looking for a new hobby or just thinking of making your own quilts, or quilting projects, grab a cuppa and explore the possibilities with AccuQuilt’s cutters, dies, patterns and other accessories. Watch their tutorials that can help you with any project you wish to undertake and they have experts to answer your questions.

Now for the legal stuff. Links in this post are affiliate links which means that any purchases made through them I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you.

Thanks for dropping in and exploring AccuQuilt products. Comments and feedback are welcomed so please leave them in the Comments section below.♠LR

CraftStash

MACHINES, TOOLS AND STORAGE

Some crafters think that a die cutting machine is a must. Cutting shapes by hand has been around much longer which had its drawbacks, it was time consuming thus taking longer to create any object and also producing inconsistencies. For example the process of making shoes, the shapes being cut out of leather by hand and also holes being punched by hand produced some differences between a pair of shoes.

The invention of the die-cutting machine in the 1800s provided the shoe industry with a better and more efficient process of providing uniform shapes and faster production.

However, the first personal or “…consumer hand-operated die-cutting machine was invented by LaDorna and Bob Eichenberg in 1977, who were co-founders of the Ellison LetterMachine®️. The Ellison LetterMachine®️ became the brand ‘Sizzix’ in 2001. You can read more information here.

The perfect die cutting machine is a necessity for any papercrafter. Whether it’s making cards, gifts or home décor projects, die cutting machines are sure to add a professional touch to any craft make.“[quoted from CraftStash]

However, I went for years without a cutting machine apart from the normal paper trimmer to cut 12″ x 12″ papers. Admittedly I could not use dies to cut different shapes, but even those I was able to achieve with the Creative Memories Custom Cutting system which gave you some shapes and each shape gave you six versions – one large and one small and with the other two blades you could get another two sizes of each shape. For example the hexagon in the image below and the three blades you could cut three sizes on the outside of the ‘frame’ as I call it and likewise three sizes on the inside of the ‘frame’. The inside of course giving you the smaller sizes and the outside the larger.

My first die cutting machine I purchased about 8 years into my paper crafting efforts. Then because the machine did not do some of the larger dies that I had been given I purchased the “Big Shot Pro” (another 8 years later) and it was a totally different way of die-cutting. It took some time to get used to.

So where is this all taking you? Well, just to say that CraftStash offers a whole range of high quality manual and digital die cutting machines from leading brands such as Cricut, Sizzix, Silhouette, Tonic and Gemini. CraftStash also have hundreds of machine accessories and storage from plates, tools and mats to trimmers, attachers and guillotines, you will find everything you need to create fantastic die cutting projects. [Quoted from their website, not verbatim]

Cricut Explore 3 Digital Cutting Machines:

Reading through all the components and its features it is a machine I would love to have.

With Bluetooth wireless technology it comes with 100 ready-to-make projects online and “material for a practice cut” and includes UK Plug and EU Adapter.

The variety of machines now compared to when I purchased my first one makes it difficult to choose. I think it comes down to what you really want versus what you really need and what you can afford. If you are looking to purchase for personal use, you need to ask:

-what kinds of projects are you making?
-Do you have large dies which would not fit into a small die-cut machine?
-Do you have small dies which the large machine cannot handle?

Depending on your needs, I would recommend one that takes large, small and in-between size dies and it would also be helpful to discuss with the salesperson in the store what die sizes the machine you wish to purchase will take. At CraftStash you can contact them for advice and assistance.

It is true however, that these machines are not only cutting machines they are also embossing machines, which places more value on them in their usage but even embossing can be done without a machine. This is a process that I will go into in a later post. This time I had been thinking about the history of the die-cutting machine and wanted to include CraftStash because they have various offers at different times and wanted my readers to benefit.

One thing to keep in mind when ordering a machine online is the cost of postage/shipping so the weight of the item would be a consideration and it may be advisable to find a local stockist of the machine rather than try and have it shipped from the US or even UK depending on where you are located. Each location offers free shipping over a certain amount in the US I think it is $70 which is a current promotion and in the UK orders over £30.

That is all I have for you this time. The links in this post are affiliate links and should you purchase from these links I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

I have tried to give an honest view on the necessity for purchasing die-cutting machines because experience has shown that while there are some people who say you can’t make professional-looking projects without them I disagree, I have made professional-looking cards and scrapbooks without one for several years and even though I now have two I rarely use either and still manage to make beautiful cards and scrapbooking pages.

I would love to read your comments and any feedback you care to give about this post.♣︎LR


AccuQuilt sales this week!

The best way to catch all the current specials is to follow this link and you will see all the ways you can save on your quilting needs!

Use code HELLO15 to receive 15% off your order at accuquilt.com. Limit one code use per customer. Offer not valid on previous orders. Offer cannot be combined with other offers requiring a promo code. Excludes select items, including new products, overstock items, and clearance items, GO! Qube replacement dies and gift cards.

Then again you could get $100 off GO! Bundles –

Are you lacking inspiration for your next project just click the image below for inspiration from the AccuQuilt tutorials and presenters:

You can also receive FREE shipping on $100+ orders without needing a code. (excludes AK, HI, Canada).

GO! Farm Animals Medley with Mat. Available until 14 June 2022 so if you are after animal dies AccuQuilt is the place to check which one you need.

If you are just starting quilting but don’t know which cutting set to choose go here to check them out and you can also get helpful beginners tips and tricks.

Just another way for you to gain savings is by signing up to get access to exclusive offers shown in the image.

Well, I think that’s it for today. This post contains affiliate links and should you purchase from those links I may be paid a small commission at no extra cost to you.

Thank you for visiting, reading and exploring the opportunities in the post. Please leave comments/feedback about your adventures at Accuquilt.♣︎LR


Looking for crafty inspiration?

It has been a while since I shared some CraftStash products with you and I think that may have been on my other site so I thought it was time I shared more of their products.

The tropical theme papers would be great for summer fun layouts and I am sure that you can find papers that will fit with many of your other scrapbook layouts.  
Craft Consortium The Essential Craft Papers 12in x 12in Tropical Paradise 30 Sheets – $15.99

from: CraftStash


The pretty pastel colours would be beautiful for enhancing many scrapbooking pages or cards.  Indeed for any craft project.Craft Consortium The Essential Craft Papers 12in x 12in Grunge Light Tones  30 Sheets
Craft Consortium The Essential Craft Papers 12in x 12in Grunge Light Tones 30 Sheets – $15.99
from: CraftStash


Some tools also available: Hunkydory Premier Craft Tools Double Sided Cutting Mat 11in x 11in

The description provided by CraftStash:
The Premier Craft Tools Double-Sided Cutting Mat by Hunkydory has been designed to work perfectly with the Adorable Scoreboard and is a fantastic addition to any crafter’s toolbox. This double-sided craft mat has cm measurements on one side and inches on the other midpoint guides for perfectly precise 90-degree angles and even includes card size measurements printed onto the mat from 3in x 4in up to A5. The quality of this product is impeccable self-healing for long-lasting quality and with a 3mm thick non-slip surface every angle of this cutting mat has been carefully designed with the crafter in mind. {quoted from website}


Cricut Basic Tools Set of 5 – $29.99

 

Cricut Basic Tools consists of 5 essential tools needed to help you expertly handle a variety of basic crafting projects. The set includes Tweezers to lift and secure small and delicate embellishments weeder to remove tiny or negative cuts micro-tip scissors spatula to lift cuts from the mat and a scraper to clean all cutting mats.

Contents
Tweezers
Weeder
Micro-tip Scissors
Spatula and Scraper




AALL & Create A5 Stamp Set #326 Garden Tools by Tracy Evans – $20.99

from: CraftStash

Hunkydory Premier Craft Tools Straight Edge Tag Punch – $20.99

from: CraftStash


Well that’s it for this post. I hope you find something you like and investigate further.  As always any purchases you make from links in this post may provide me with a small commission at no extra cost to you.

So go investigate and see the beautiful papers and other handy items you may not have found elsewhere and most of all have fun looking around.

Please leave comments and let me know how your exploring went.♣︎LR

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