Wednesday was another very full day - I have seen so much and talked to lots of interesting people about their products. Thursday morning I'll make one last round to see if I missed anything fabulous and I'll also take a peak at the revamped consumer show. I have lots and lots of photos and once I get back I'll do some longer posts. I am headed back to Wisconsin today and hoping that I can fit all of the great projects I have made in the workshops into my suitcases.
There is a new tool from Martha Stewart Crafts that allows you to cut perfectly even strips of paper while the paper is held inside the tool. The strips are still connected at the top and bottom so you can use them to make paper lanterns or more elaborate items like this star. I'll try to get a clear picture of the tool - it comes in several sizes and looks like it will really make creating party decorations much easier.
You may remember when I reviewed the Martha Stewart Punch All Over the Page sets HERE. One issue with the original punches has been addressed in this updated model. There is now a larger base plate that has the familiar silver markings that you use to line up the border and corner punches. This makes it possible to create intricate and beautiful lace paper. I can't wait to try these out.
There is another new item that looks very interesting to me - these "Stamp around the Page" sets. There are all sorts of special effects that could be accomplished. The base plate has interchangeable guides that coordinate to the stamp sets and provide guidelines for the stamping.
Graphic 45 has an amazing booth as always and there are many wonderful creations that showcase each line of paper. The new "Magic of Oz" collection is one that I want to try and the dress and mini album here are made with papers from the collection.
Don't these ribbon cupcakes look adorable?
Here are even more cupcakes on a tiered stand. The designer of these cupcakes also has some fabulous cakes displayed which I will show you in another post.
Several people ask about the Cricut Mini - I checked today and the machine will operate when it is connected to a computer running the Cricut Craft Room OR it can be used with the Gypsy. The machine will not work as a standalone cutter - it has no "brains" to read the cartridges so it has to be controlled by either the Craft Room or the Gypsy.
I'll be leaving to go back to Wisconsin today - the time has flown by and I am inspired by many of the projects and products that I have seen. I hope you have a wonderful crafty day!
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