Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!!


I hope everyone has a save and wonderful holiday with family and friends!
~Kim

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

**NEW** Make the Cut Software for Cricut

It seems like Provo Craft and now Craft Edge have their hands full with the newest software that has hit the market that works with all Cricut Machines. If the deletion of all the messages on the Cricut message board is any indication regarding this new product, then Provo Craft is probably hopping mad about now. At first glances, this looks very easy to use and I myself love SCAL, so I am very curious to see if I will like this Make The Cut software even more.

To download click Make The Cut and you can get this new product now! If you would like to try the trial version for a spin, click Make The Cut Trial and download it now!

~Kim

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Nor'easter Is Pounding the Whole East Coast


I took this photo this morning. We have been getting pounded by this storm since last night. We have well over 18" in snow here and now they are saying we could get as much as 32"!! We are snowed in now, and have no idea when we will be able to dig out. In 2003, when we got almost three feet of snow, we did not get plowed out until five days later. It is a winter wonderland, here in Maryland!
~Kim

Thursday, December 17, 2009

New Cricut Cartridges for 2009

Provo Craft is sure whipping these cartridges out! I know it use to seem like forever before I could buy a brand new cartridge, so I focused on collecting the old ones. Now, I can't seem to keep up. These are called:

Heritage
Forever Young
Sentimentals
Songbird
Tie the Knot

Stay tuned to find out the release dates! I just ran over here to add that these will all be released late December per Provo Craft's Hello Thursday that they put out the third Thursday of each month.


~Kim

Friday, December 11, 2009

Bottle Caddys by ScrapCessories!


Bottle Caddys by ScrapCessories have arrived at Cutters Creek! Although I am slamming busy shipping products out to my customers, I could not contain my excitement and opened one of the boxes and immediately filled it the Ranger alcohol inks and snapped a quick picture. I can't wait to fill one up with stickles, however that will have to wait. I have a lot of customers who ordered these, and I need to unpack and ship a ton of product. I will play later, but thought I would share this very cool NEW product!! We are shipping all these out this weekend, so stop by and grab a few from Cutters Creek and we are fully stocked with all colors of stickles, so fill up your Bottle Caddy!
~Kim

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

NEW!!! Gypsy Clutch!!

This is the newest accessory to go with your Gypsy. Here are the details:


Gypsy clutch with shoulder strap
  • Fun
  • Fashionable
  • Convenient
  • Cotton designer fabric with pink corduroy lining
  • Detachable strap with metal clips
  • Magnetic snap hardware

I understand this will become available later this month.

~Kim

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Cricut Expressions, WalMart, & Black Friday

Well looky here! As the Black Friday hype continues to steam roll, here is one for all you out there either looking to upgrade to the Cricut Expression or become a new Cricut owner. At $188 with two cartridges, this is a steal! They are in black, blue, red, and green. And when you get back from WalMart, jump on the Cutters Creek website and check out our Black Friday specials and order some of those new Limited Edition Mini Cartridges. Each set of three is less than $60 and they are just stinking cute! Three are out now and three are on pre order. And for less than $120 you can have ALL six!

~Kim

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

New Limited Edition Mini Cartridges by Provo Craft





So here are three more due out in late December! They are called Easter, Love Struck, & Mother's Day. What a great idea Provo Craft had to come out with more affordable cartridges on an "mini" scale and a "mini" price tag! Cutters Creek has started pre orders, so stop by and reserve your copies today! And don't forget, all orders over $35 are shipped FREE!

~Kim




Wednesday, November 11, 2009

More Weddings Pages Done!! (Finally!!)



I finally got another two page layout done for my daughter's wedding album. Whew! I still have a lot more to go, however it sure felt good to get something done. It was hard to take good pictures as I was, 1. too lazy to get out my mini photo studio and 2. all the silver and bling. I used Creative Memories paper flowers, Heidi Swapp bling, ribbon, grand adhesions, dazzlers, vellum, perfect layers (to mat), and SCAL (for those two silver blobs that say silly best-they don't look like blobs in person). I would love to get another two pages done, however I think I am back to the shipping madness tomorrow!
~Kim

Monday, November 9, 2009

Tilda & Copic Markers

I am loving my copic markers and new Tilda stamps. I need lots, and lots of practice, however practice makes perfect! I already see some mistakes but that is part of the learning process and I don't mind showing off my beautiful creations, and the ones that aren't so good either. This helps us all learn and grow at out craft. I also posted this on the Cutters Creek Design Team blog, as I am hoping that some of my members will be coloring with copics and teach me a thing or too, also!
~Kim

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Anna Griffin Moves to HSN!!


I know all you QVC shoppers out there have been so disappointed that they have done away with out wonderful craft shows. And where QVC ends, it looks like HSN begins. Anna Griffin announced November 3rd that she is moving to HSN in January! (Click HERE to read her blog announcement.) I know I am pleased as punch, as I love here items. They are beautiful and have an elegance to them that I just love. I know I will be tuning in to watch all her shows and buy a thing or two!
~Kim

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

So as breast cancer awareness month comes to a close, I hope all you ladies don't forget that your female heath is so important. If you don't take care of yourself, you can't take care of the family that you love to pieces. My story was recently featured on the Making Memories Blog. Click HERE to take a peek! Please remember your health is important all days of the year, so take care of yourself, take time for yourself, and love yourself the most.
~Kim

Thursday, October 29, 2009

New Cutters Creek Design Team is Coming!


I am in the process of assembling a Design Team for Cutters Creek and I am very excited! We are going through the selection process now, and hope to have a group of very talented individuals that will help us take our paper crafting to a new level, using the products currently sold at the store. Who knows, they may inspire me to get even more new products at Cutters Creek! If you would love to be in on the ground floor of this new adventure, become a follower now so you don't miss a thing! Click: Cutters Creek Design Team Blog to go take a peek.
~Kim

Monday, October 26, 2009

Limited Edition Minis are COMING!!!





I hear these limited release cartridges are on their way to stores! How exciting! The MSRP of these is $25.99 to make them more affordable to Cricut consumers. There are approx 50 images on each cartridge. This first release is: Snow Friends, Very Merry Tags, and When It's Cold Outside. Cutters Creek still has a few in stock, so run go get them, because once these are sold out, they are gone for good, hence the name "Limited Edition".
~Kim

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

eCraft by Craftwell Update!!!


Craftwell is now taking applications for retailers and wholesalers to sell this newest and greatest die cutter that is about to hit the market very soon! The eCraft will officially debut it at CHA in January 2010 booth #3531. Craftwell was at CHA this summer, where I got to take a peek at this machine and it already looks awesome! Craftwell's first shipment of machines is due in early December and pre orders are going to begin soon. Cutters Creek filled out the application as soon as we received notice, and just can't wait to get the official go ahead. Cutters Creek is also sponsor to the eCraft yahoo group, where we are getting the most up to date information. Come and join the fun!
~Kim

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Blue Cricut Expressions & Your Story


This expressions is so pretty and matches the Your Story. You can only find this at independant retailers and a lot of them have this up for sale. I still have a couple days to decide if Cutters Creek is going to sell this, so stay tuned!
~Kim

Friday, October 9, 2009

New Cricut Cartridge Destinations!!!


So it seems that HSN has another exclusive. At 4 pm this afternoon, I received and email from HSN, as I requested an update when the Gypsy arrived back in stock. And low and behold there is a new exclusive cartridge, Destinations, available at HSN with the Gypsy package. I think I would be just a tad upset if I bought the "world launch" Gypsy and got Don Juan (I already own Don Juan) to find out for $15 more I could have a never seen before cartridge. No.............not a tad upset, a lot upset!!! Provo Craft keeps saying they want to be customer service friendly, well I have to say, I would be returning my Gypsy to HSN (you all are still in the 30 day window) and buy this one for $15 more dollars. You still get flex pay and free shipping and a brand new exclusive cartridge! I didn't want the $300 deal because of Don Juan, this.............I might think about. What do you think?!?!?
And before you ask, I have no clue what is on this cartridge. By the photo of the front of the box, I am assuming that there are places like Paris, Rome, etc............
~Kim

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Breast Cancer Awareness Month..........Thank you, my Friend!

Sometimes, your friends do something that just makes you stare in awe. This was just one of those occasions. My dear friend. Cindy E from StampingScrapping made this gorgeous card from me in honor of both my fight with breast cancer and our ever growing friendship. She posted it on her blog, waiting until I was seated at my computer and then gave me the "go!". As I refreshed her blog, this is what came up. I so can't wait to get this in the mail. If you would like to see the whole thing and get the instructions on how to make this beautiful card, click HERE. It is friends like this, that keeps our lives so full of love and hope.

Thank you Cindy E, I love you............

~Kim

Saturday, October 3, 2009

My Pond & Frogs :)


This last week has been a bit challenging for me, however when I am having a bad day, nature brings me back to the real world and softens my heart. Look closely, and you can see my pond frogs. They live outside my bedroom window, in the pond that my DH put it for me for one of my birthdays. I love hearing them chirp at night, and as it is getting cooler, I love having the window open and falling asleep to their songs.
~Kim

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Gypsy Wonderings.............

So the first wave of purchased Gypsys have hit consumers all over the United States, and I have to say I am amused by all the issues that a lot of consumers are having. Normally this would not amuse me in the least. Normally I would scramble around and help these new owners and hold their hand and would be worried sick! However, Provo Craft has left a really bad taste in my mouth recently, so I am just going to kick back and enjoy the show. That said, I do hope that Provo Craft gets these issues resolved and fast. Unfortunately, they are not known for releasing anything without issues. Design Studio comes to mind. And they are not well known for good customer service. I do feel bad for all the new owners who are having problems and do wish each one of you the best of luck, as $300 is a lot to shell out for a craft toy.
Problems reported so far: Reward points are not correct and not working on the Cricut reward site. Cables are missing from the box. Cords do not fit the Gypsy. Gypsys are totaling missing the serial number, rendering the machine dead as a doornail. Gypsy is taking over 20 minutes to do updates or not doing them at all. Although the manual is available online, there is no mini start up guide included in the packaging for those who have no internet access.

~Kim

Friday, September 25, 2009

Shimmerz is at Cutters Creek!! Check this out!!





Cutters Creek has added a new product to the store! You need to see the latest Vee-dio! I can't wait to try out someone these tips and tricks, using Shimmerz!

~Kim

Sunday, September 20, 2009

ScrapCessories Has Taken Cutters Creek by Storm!!


This brand new product has been a hit! Daphne, the owner of ScrapCessories, is a true crafter like myself and is so much fun to talk to! When I first saw her product at CHA, I was intrigued. Then I thought maybe when the Gypsy comes out, this will not be a great seller. I am finding that there are so many people who will not be buying the Gypsy and that yes! This is a much wanted and loved product! I am so pleased that Cutters Creek took a leap of faith and decided this item is a must have product. And now, Cutters Creek is sold out!! Not to worry! I have already placed an order with Daphne and she expects her new shipment the end of Oct/early Nov and I have secured my spot for her next order for Cutters Creek. Pre Order now, as you will not be disappointed. And just you wait until those Bottle Caddys are released! I need a few for my stickle and alcohol ink collection, myself! I am very excited about this product!
~Kim

Friday, September 18, 2009

The eCraft by Craftwell............are you getting excited?!?!?!?

So, are you getting as excited as I am?!?!? I know we have a ways to go to wait to get these machines, but I am thinking about the eCraft by Craftwell more and more. I have been doing a lot of cutting lately and my mats are no longer sticky. I keep thinking I could be doing all these projects on the eCraft and not worry about stinking mats any more! I am so ready to put this new die cutting machine through the paces, I almost can't stand the wait.........lol! Alas, I still have a couple more months to wait, however I will be dreaming of it and about it until I can get my hot little hands on the newest gem (and maybe even the hottest) on the market! Don't forget, I have started a new Yahoo group dedicated to this machine, and so far there are three members (myself included) who will be Beta Testers, so you will be well informed.

~Kim

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

QVC...............the end of an era....................

So today's post on Anna Griffin's blog made it official. There are no more scrapbooking shows on QVC. It makes all the recent events of the last year make sense. Less shows, no new products, Lisa Bearson leaving. How very sad! I use to take days off from work and shop for 24 hours. I use to buy piles of unique and fun stuff! I am heart broken and sad. HSN, on the other hand, has been "ramping" up their shows and items. However, no one does it better than the Q! Their hosts and presentations were second to none and will be missed..............
Click HERE to see Anna's post.

~Kim

New Cartridges! Olde West, Sweet Treats, Pagoda, Dinosaur, & Paisley!!!

So here are the names of the newest Cricut Cartridges to be released, sometime...............when, who knows? Could these be on HSN on the 24th?? Are they full sized or Solutions?? Again who knows?? Why is there always so many darn secrets where Provo Craft is concerned???? Ideas??? I am hearing maybe in time for Christmas! Wow! Is Provo Craft cranking these out or what?!?!?!?

~Kim

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Have You Ever Hit A Wall and Lost Your MOJO??


So I pulled and cropped these photos when I was on a roll to get this album done. And BAM! I was lost! I thought is was because I had CHA on my mind. Then I came home and moved these pics back and fourth. Then I gave up and tried something else. I tore this page down twice (thank goodness for Un-Du)! I needed to move on with this album and after being home from CHA for a month and a half, it was time to sh*t or get off the pot! Am I happy with my creation?? Nope!!! Am I glad it is done?? Yep!! The sad part is that my DD and SIL will probably love it and I stressed for two plus months for nothing. This project means so much to me and will be in my family for many years, so I am striving for perfection, however I have learned a valuble lesson. If you keep staring and over thinking, it will never get done. So, although this is not my best page, I put a period and ended it! I used Anna Griffin flags, textured rub ons, MME journaling card, and perfect layers to mat. I am happy to say I am rolling on the next two pages and am glad I finally got through this hump!
~Kim

Friday, September 11, 2009

Remembering Those Heros of 911


September 11, 2001 was such a tragic day for our nation. We all stopped dead in our tracks in disbelief. We watched in horror as the twin towers came down before our very eyes. We watched as terrorists targeted our country and killed some of its citizens. I was at work that day and we turned on the TV, just as the second plane hit the second tower. It was so surreal. I was in shock! I live in the Metropolitan DC area, so when the plane hit the Pentagon, I was scared. The US became a kinder and gentler place as we tried to deal with this tragedy. We said we would NEVER forget. I have not forgotten. My thoughts and heart goes out to the victims of 911. And my hat's off to all those heroes who helped then and still help our country now.
~Kim




Wednesday, September 9, 2009

eCraft by Craftwell..........A New Group!

As the buzz picks up on this new die cutter, I have decided to start a new yahoo group for anyone who is beta testing, who buys this machine, or who has interest in the eCraft! It looks like these won't be out until December. I was hoping for November, however you never know. Click here to go to the group and ask for membership!
~Kim

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Who loves a Grand Daughter?????



Well, we do! Here are pictures of me and DH with out little Grand Daughter, Georgia. She will be three tomorrow! Her and I decided we would snuggle under the covers together. She crawled into my recliner and said..................sit with me Grandma! Then I asked her if we needed a snuggly blanket and she said.............yes Grandma! She loved my favorite soft blanket. Isn't she just precious????
~Kim

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Gypsy.........Everything you were afraid to ask, but wanted to know............


So you wanted to know! Gypsy FAQ! The one question and answer that disturbs me is: Can cartridges be unlinked from a Gypsy so that I can sell it to another crafter to use on a different Gypsy? No. You can read all the other info yourself, however if you don't like the Gypsy, want to sell a cartridge, or just undo what has been done, nope, you can't! Be cautious where you buy cartridges once the Gypsy is released, as Provo Craft will not support you, if you buy a cartridge already loaded on another Gypsy Provo Craft will tell you to take it back where you got it. Ebayers are going to make tons on this flaw IMHO!!!

~Kim

My Son & His Family............I am blessed



This week was wonderful, seeing my son and his family. I already miss them so much, however they are coming back for Thanksgiving..............let me count the days............
~Kim

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Dogs at play!




My Marine son and family came to visit us. Look at how much my grand dog has grown! Gus and Neil weren't very sure about this intruder, however they did enjoy romping and playing together. Gus is my Golden Retriever, Neil is my German Shepherd mix, and my grand dog is the Rottweiler, Bovice.
~Kim

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Flower Soft Vee-dio Installment #3!



So here is installment #3, and WOW! I wish they could go on forever, however this is the last Vee-dio on Flower Soft for Cutters Creek! I never even thought about using rhinestones as twinkling lights on my Christmas card toppers and I am a rhinestone lover! I guess you learn something new every day from someone else's perspective. Go to Vee's blog and give her some blog love and let her know that Cutters Creek would like to hire her permanently as a Design Team member! I could not have ever done this better myself and am grateful that such an artistic person saw my vision for Flower Soft in a couple of emails and a phone conversation. Thank you Vee! As the owner of Cutters Creek, I am beaming! And don't forget, go to Vee's blog, as she left a little something for anyone who places an order with Cutters Creek!

~Kim

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Flower Soft Vee-dio Installment #2!



Here is installment #2 and it is another great project or two! If you would just like to see the photos, please go to Vee's blog. She has once again left a little freebie that you can get at Cutters Creek and the info is only posted there, so run over and give her some blog "love"! I am so excited and can't wait to see installment #3. I think we can officially call her a member of the Cutters Creek Design Team, as she is doing such a wonderful job and so artistic too!

~Kim

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Flower Soft Vee-dio: Installment #1



One of my QVC yahoo members graciously has done a series of Flower Soft Vee-dios (that is our nickname for her YouTube vidoes)for Cutters Creek, and here is the first installment! I love Flower Soft. It makes everything you create stunning, it is very afforable, and is so easy peasy to use. Please visit her blog, as she has left a little "special" over there when you purchase Flower Soft from Cutters Creek.

~Kim

Monday, August 17, 2009

ScrapCessories! A New Vendor at Cutters Creek!



What do you think? I love this! Go to Cutters Creek and place your order now!

~Kim

Saturday, August 15, 2009

When East Meets West.......I met a fellow Cricut Lover!


I met a fellow Cricut Lover group member today and she is also my Princess Enabler and moderator of my Cricut Lovers yahoo group! Meet Nicky!! She has been traveling abroad for the last six weeks and flew into Dulles International for a layover on her way back to her home state of California. Well, when she put out the "call" for someone to visit her during her layover in the Washington, DC area, I hopped on the chance. Life is too short to not use these once in a life time chances to meet someone who you have gotten to know over the internet, but have never met in person. So yep! I had to do this! She told me about her travels and we looked at her photos on my Netbook and chatted scrapbooking. She also shared all the cards she made with me and all the stamps she colored, while she was overseas. It was like meeting an old friend, and she is just that, on old friend that I got to hug and chat with. Thank you, Nicky, for letting me meet and hang out with you!
~Kim

Kim at work.............



So my DH thought it would be funny to take a pic of me hunched over my netbook, while I was trying to get some Cutters Creek business done. He of course got my bad side and in turn got my attention, which in turn got my Golden Retrievers attention, which meant I had to give Gus a little bit of golden love. So my DH took a pic of the two of us also. As you can see, I lugged my Cuttlebug and stuff downstairs to play and spend time with my family. Not really good photos, however since I am always the one behind the camera, it is probably good I had some photos taken. Next time I will have to put on makeup and an evening gown............lol!
~Kim

Friday, August 14, 2009

Fun with NEW Cuttlebug Released Folders!!!


I really need to get my little photo studio back up and running, however after shipping a ton of new Cuttlebug folders in the last three days, I just have not had much free time. So, I did a little shopping in Cutters Creek myself, because so many of these new Cuttlebug folders are so stinking cute! I have been embossing, sanding, cutting, etc... all evening and decided to make something into a quick card. It is so not finished yet, however I wanted to share how gorgeous these new folders are. Everyone of my customers have not ordered every new Cuttlebug item, however everyone of them has ordered this A2 Owl Flourish folder (37-1913). I used a piece of Core'dinations paper and embossed the Owl Flourish folder on to it. I sanded it and then inked it and then added the leaf from the Persia combo set (37-1919). I have a ton more things I have embossed at cut from the new A2 folders & combo folders, however I just needed to take a break to let everyone know, how cool these are and to share a little bit!!! Cutters Creek still has stock left, so if you want to play too, go to Cutters Creek now, so I can ship your order on Monday!
~Kim

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Cutters Creek Winner!!!



Everyone knows how much I L-O-V-E my customers, so when I returned from CHA, I decided I was going to share some of the goodies that I got at CHA with some very lucky Cutters Creek customers. Here is one of my winners of the gorgeous pink craft apron that Making Memories was giving out at CHA in honor of breast cancer (I am a survivor, so near and dear to my heart) and the new limited edition Pink Slice. I had a random drawing, and I am so glad Lisa won! We met by one of those conversations that happen on the internet and as we kept emailing back and forth, a connection began. The next thing I knew, she joined one of my yahoo groups, we started getting to know each other, and now I have a "girl crush" because we have so much in common and I adore my new friend! And look at the sign she made! I have two more aprons to mail and am waiting to mail them with their orders, however one of those gals, I just remembered, ordered a Gypsy and so I am not going to make her wait that long and just get it out to her now. I truly do have THE best customers on the internet! Thank you to you all!! Cutters Creek customers ROCK!
~Kim

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Flower Soft.............how do I love thee................





Pardon my cruddy photos. I had to move my little photo studio and it was so not working for me! So as always, I make lemonade out of lemons and just rolled with it. I will have to solve this problem another day. Cutters Creek sells Flower Soft and I was so excited to take a workshop at CHA hosted by them. I learned a few things I didn't know, and was so glad I took the time to learn a few new tricks! The first card (Santa) I completed in my workshop. This is one of the brand new card toppers Flower Soft released for the holiday season this year and although it is hard to see, it includes a decoupage sheet which adds dimension to your card. And, OH MY! the new polar white Flower Soft is sooooooo gorgeous! I used it on Santa's hat and beard. I am so in love and can't wait to see more colors in the Diamond collection, as I bet they are coming soon! This was also the first time I used the peel offs and could not believe how easy they were to use and how wonderfully they set your card off. The next card used the Flower Soft wires, Sweet Pea Flower Soft, the bouquet mounts, silk ribbon, and YES! more peel offs! This was also done in my workshop. If nothing else, this tells you how easy peasy Flower Soft is to use and work with and still get gorgeous results, as we did not have all day to make these.............lol! The last card (light pole) was a sample card given to me by Flower Soft. I have to say if you haven't tried Flower Soft, you should. It is affordable and so pretty. And if you have Flower Soft and have been neglecting getting the card toppers, peel offs, and other accessories, they are so affordable and the art is already done for you! Give it a try, as you won't be disappointed. Also, of course, this all gives you ideas to create your own art as well. I myself have used my stamps and colored them in and then added just a sprinkle of Flower Soft with spectacular results. This is truly a wonderful product! Come see me at Cutters Creek and get your Flower Soft. Last holiday season, I had a hard time keeping this is stock, so order early!
~Kim

Friday, August 7, 2009

Cutters Creek Funnies!!!

So I had this little contest in my Cutters Creek store yahoo group to give away a freebie and I just asked that the members entertain me in whatever way they chose. I hate doing a lot of data entry, it is so boring.........lol! So in between typing, I kept checking on my group. They so did entertain me and kept me plugging away and made the time go by fast! The winner was Laura C! I will be sending her a little gift from CHA and the best part was not only was she funny, she was creative. She made up a little poem for me. Here it is:

A Poem: Ode to Kim....

The owner of Cutters Creek is named Kim,
She saw that her stock was getting slim,
So she said "oh no"!
"To CHA I must go"!
And she came back with a truck filled to the brim!!


Isn't that so stinking cute??!?!?

~Kim

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

eCraft by Craftwell VS Cricut by Provo Craft


So, I may get bashed a bit for this post, however if you know me, since being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 I speak my mind. Especially after learning that stress was the cause of my cancer. I use to keep things in and now I speak my mind and let it all hang out! I have family members that have issues with this, however life is too short and now I am going to do what I want to do, and say what I want to say. Sooooooo here goes..............
I have been a Cricut lover from THE day I took my Cricut out of the box. I went right for the Expressions, as after a lot of research on many cutters and research on the Cricut, I went large. One of the reasons I bought my own store was because of the Cricut. I was so jazzed about this machine, as I was sure I could sell a bazillion of these babies! I had stars in my eyes and little did I know, I would not get a but a little bit of support from Provo Craft, but most times, none at all. How frustrating to buy an new cartridge at wholesale and find that other bigger internet stores and big box stores could buy these cheaper and sell them cheaper and also make money. A basic $90 cartridge has been so devalued, customers just don't want to pay more than $30 any longer and who can blame them. I can't compete, and this is a product I so do adore. How many times I wished, as a store owner and a crafter, Provo Craft would send me a product to test, and nothing...........and I have asked...........nothing...........so now I have found this new die cutter at CHA! And I have to say, when the guy in the Craftwell booth "dragged" me in, I was wearing my Cricut Lover t-shirt and I was a little disinterested. However here we go!
eCraft by Craftwell just may give Provo Craft a run for their money! After hearing all the cool things about this new die cutter, my mind started churning! Here is the lowdown:
Craftwell is proud to bring you eCraft, the revolutionary personal cutter that is easy to use, fun and fast. It is ideal for scrapbooking, paper crafting, making cards, banners and so much more.

The eCraft’s unique design makes it easy to cut paper and alike materials automatically without the use of a cutting mat or the need for manual cutting adjustments.
The eCraft by Craftwell is ultra slim and its lightweight design lets you take it anywhere. Use it on its own or attached to a computer.
With its easy to use software, large selection of fonts, shapes and designs, anyone can be an expert in minutes.
Features:
Automatic Cutting Sensor (no manual adjustments needed)
Paper Feeder (no more messy cutting boards)
Unique Roller system handles paper up to 12” by ANY length (wow!)
Draws and cuts without changing from blade to a pen (really!)
Easy to use software and a big bright LCD display (looks great)
So after much reflection after returning from CHA, I contacted Craftwell and asked if there was some place I could go to give this machine a work out and decide if I would like to sell it. Their response was quick and they offered to ship me a machine and have at it! Really?!?!? They are going to assist me to sell this machine, they are going to let me play, and I was told my opinions were valued. In my book, their customers service is already spot on and from just the little bit I have seen, I am very intrigued! Watch out, because this just might be the next hot item in the die cutter arena!
What do you think? I would love to know your thoughts!
~Kim

Sunday, August 2, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CUTTERS CREEK!

Today is a special day for me. One year ago today, I purchased Cutters Creek. It has been a lot of hard work, but also a lot of fun too. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears have gone into my store and I am so excited to see what the future holds for me.
I would like to say thank you to all my faithful customers that stuck through everything with me when I acquired Cutters Creek. I want to thank all my new customers that decided to give Cutters Creek a whirl! My customers are the ones that have helped make Cutters Creek a success and I adore each and everyone one of them! My customer base has doubled during my first year and my products have more than quadrupled! I owe you, my customers, many thank yous! I truly have THE best customers on the internet!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CUTTERS CREEK!!!!
~Kim

Friday, July 31, 2009

CHA............What Did I Get?!?!?


Before I begin, I want to tell you I just had a big cry. I deleted all my pictures from CHA in error and have lost them all. I had to retake the picture of the items I received and as I am a "make lemonade out of lemons" kinda gal, I am grateful that I downloaded the picture of Tim Holtz and I at CHA so not all is lost. I was so upset that I put down the lens cap to my camera and now can't find it. Oh well, life goes on................ On to the good stuff!
I had such a great time at CHA. All the vendors were so nice. This was my first experience and I was told that the event was usually bigger, however for a newbie, it was big enough for me. I met a lot of wonderful people and can now put faces to some names. I had fun shopping around and playing with products. Provo Craft had such a large area and a ton of awesome make and takes. If I had driven, I would have a lot more items but I had to limit myself due to flying and baggage weight.
Not only do I own Cutters Creek, I also own a few yahoo groups and I just adore all my members. They are so sweet and kind to each other and there are days I just want to hug my computer. And not only that, they are all so talented in some many ways that it just amazes me at times. They thank me often, however it is they who drive my groups to the success they have become and I owe each and every one of them a world of thank yous! So to that end, some of the loot pictured will be gifted to some very lucky and worthy people. Some of the really great things that they will get is one of those gorgeous Memory Making pink craft aprons. The pink slice was darling and as a breast cancer survivor myself, I was in awe that they decided to go with the "Think Pink" theme. Someone will get one of those Sizzix teddy bears. I also have a piece of the entire new line of SEI paper. Someone will get that too! I have totes and all kinds of little things and I want to share some of the items that the vendors were so gracious to share. Thank you to all the vendors for making my CHA experience one to remember for a very long time.
~Kim

Monday, July 27, 2009

CHA & Tim Holtz!







I am at my first CHA and having a blast! My first workshop was with Tim Holtz this morning and I had so much fun "Distressing for the Holidays"! And yep, that is me and Tim Holtz! I am ready for some more fun today. I attached a photo of the front of the book we made today. Boy did we use a lot of products and I loved them all. I am loving the new Rock Candy & Crackle paint. I see some new prosducts coming to Cutters Creek very soon!

~Kim
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Friday, July 24, 2009

The Wedding Album Cover!


When I first had the vision of having the cover of this album done, I wanted to do it in silver as my daughter loves silver. However after playing around on the Creative Memory site (I so love Creative Memory albums and that you can get them engraved) I ended up doing it in this darker blue to compliment the blue color of the album. For those that have seen this in person, they LOVE it, and so do I! One of the things that I love about being a scrapper, is the vision. However, I also love that a scrapper can change her mind as long as no adhesive is involved!
~Kim
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