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

Halloween fright for your quilting delight!

Some more tips for savings that you may not have seen yet.

GO! Big Electric Fabric Cutter Starter Set

Accuquilt Deals

Sign up now for the AQ Circle and get updates on new product launches and exclusive deals, earn rewards, receive unlimited free pattern downloads, and more!

Sign up now for text messages and get 15% Off plus other exclusive deals and offers!

Accuquilt Studio 2 Fabric Cutter

Free shipping on orders $150 or over

Sign up now for text messages and get 15% Off plus other exclusive deals and offers!

There you have a lot of deals I’m sure you can find something for your next project.

Thank you for stopping by and come back soon. Your comments and feedback welcome at the bottom of the post.

There are affiliate links in this post and purchases through those links may provide a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you.♣LR



Wallets, laptop covers, leather desk mats and more!

Harber London, are brand focused on tech and lifestyle accessories for your every day life.  They create honest, high quality functional products for your everyday carry needs, combining incredibly high skilled craftsmanship, a touch from the heart and the finest materials available.

Harber London specialise in wallets, tech sleeves, bags and more accessories handcrafted with Full Grain Leather, 100% Wool Felt and other premium and durable materials. 

Why not Shop the Bestsellers from Harber London? Some items are available for a short time – until 28 July 2022 – so whether you want a computer sleeve, a desk mat or a folio for you iPad it’s best you get in before they’re gone. 

Gifts for Every Day Carry

iPad Folio:

Slim Leather Smartphone Sleeve Case

Then you have the choice of organisers, travel bags, across-body bags, everyday briefcases and a variety of other bags to fit all your carry needs – Bags Collection

Wallets, Apple watch straps and air tags and much more – once you start looking at the range of products I’m sure you will find more than one or two that you will want to purchase.

And you can’t go wrong with Free Shipping on All Orders!

That is all I have for this post from Harber London! Thank you for visiting and reading, please leave your comments below about this post. It helps me tailor my posts to provide the information or style my readers/followers prefer.

This post contains affiliate links and if you click on them and purchase from them I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

Until next time. Take care and stay safe.♣︎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


Creative Memories – punches

Over the last couple of months, I have been busy sharing a variety of articles on different topics from website templates to book reviews and crafting tools and accessories. However, I have not shared my main passion: scrapbooking and cardmaking and the relevant tools and what I call ingredients.

Creative Memories has a great variety of punches. I remember seeing a photo of a Creative Memories Advisor’s craft room where all her punches were in their own little pigeon holes and the shelves went floor to ceiling. There were others in pigeon holes above her work and display benches.

That reminded me that I haven’t given you any Creative Memories updates for a while so it is time to do so and the best way to do that is to share the list of new items that have come out over the last month and a half.

So here are the new items listings for April and mid-March 2022:

The next person that tells you that setting up a website is quick and easy show them the door or get them to do it for you because it is in no way easy. It has taken me nearly 6 months to get my website set up because on the first attempt the person who was supposed to install something for me never did and nor did he ever respond to my emails, so that was the end of that. I am also full-time carer for my partner which gives me very little time to actually do any scrapbooking, but I have made some cards because they are small enough and take less space and time so that I can work on them while waiting for a download or just do bit by bit as ideas come to me, I also make sketches that come to mind so that when I do get some free time I can get the cards made relatively quickly.

I share below some cards I have made in the last 2-3 months.

So thank you for visiting and looking. Please leave your comments below. The links in this post are links to Creative Memories and should you purchase from those links I will receive a small commission. You can also join me as a Creative Memories Advisor here and start your own Creative Memories journey.♦LR


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