Thursday, July 21, 2011

A few more interesting things

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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  1. I saw that Martha Stewart cutting tool template for the lanterns and also the stamp around the page at HSN this morning.

  2. Thanks for the gorgeous photos Diane! I am so missing not being there this time around! Hugs to you and keep up the posting, loving it! TFS

  3. The Oz paper - where can u purchase this...I'm planning to do a scrapbook page for my granddaughter's scrapbook on trip to Wamago, Kansas a year ago to visit the Museum of Oz and I can use these.

  4. Thanks for the photo's of G45 Diane, hope to see more when you get home. Those cakes sure do look yummy... Hugs x

  5. thank you so much for checking on whether can use the gypsy with the cricut was hard to find that info. now I'm more excited about the possibilities of this new cricut!

  6. Wow, Diane! Thanks so much for all of these awesome photos! I would love to attend CHA one of these days but in the meantime, I'll live vicariously through the eyes of my favorite bloggers who get to see all the wonderment at each show.Looks like some really cool new products will be coming our way soon.


  7. I love your photos Diane. Glad you are coming back with a suitcase load of new ideas. Hurry home!!

  8. Thanks for all the input and photos. I love getting your "real" perspective on the new products. Enjoy WI, hope you can keep cool.

  9. Loving all the information on products that you're sharing. The Wizard of Oz paper dress is amazing!

  10. I love the Wizard of Oz paper! I want it! Thanks for all of your reviews!

  11. Thanks so much for sharing CHA with us! I always look forward to your perspective on new items. Can't wait to see all of your fabulous projects.

  12. I just saw the instructions for the snowflake you showed at: Looks fun to make. Thanks for sharing the excitement of CHA.


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