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I’ve been invited to try Time4Learning for one month in exchange for a candid review. My opinion will be entirely my own, so be sure to come back and read about my experience. Time4Learning offers standards-based language arts and math curriculum. Science,social studies and art lessons are provided as a bonus for most grades. Find out how to write your own curriculum review for Time4Learning.

I know a lot of us homeschool so I thought I would check it out and share. I know I am always looking for something easier and still a good curriculum.

Yes I said Cricut Magazine!!! The awesome people over at Northridge Publishing, you know the ones who put out “Scrapbook Trends”, “Cards” and a bunch of really neat Idea books each year, well they have just announced they are going to be making a Cricut dedicated magazine.

Cricut Magazine from Northridge Publishing

Thier magazines are more like little books than magazines, very nice pictures and tons of project examples. They are a bit pricey and I hope they eventually add this one as a digital edition, I subscribe to the digital all access with archives and I love it, I get all 4 of the publications plus all Idea books, all for less than 1 issue a month.

For now the new Cricut magazine seems to be print only and is available in January 2011, you can reserve your subscription now though 6 months is only 39.95 and for 12 months 74.95.  It sounds like a lot of money but when you think about it it’s a little over 6 dollars an issue and newstand price is usually 13.95 for these, so subscribing is a good deal.

So the magazine looks like it will be packed with 120 pages of scrapbook pages, cards, and other projects using all our favorite Cricut cartridges. You could even get one of your projects published as they are looking for great projects to add to future issues.

Go here and reserve your subscription now, I already did!!!

Ok it looks like I got my internet back 🙂 I ended up staying in a hotel and their internet went down the night of the Cricut Gala so I couldn’t update that night and then I had to travel home so now I am back and on my own internet :).       

CHA was great I love going to the trade show, I got to go because Kim from Cutters Creek had a helper drop out at the last-minute, I had applied for a Blogger press pass but we get last priority and all the spots were filled fast so I was glad Kim invited me to help her!!!       

I saw some really great stuff this year at the show, let’s start with the thing everyone wanted to know more about the Cricut Imagine:       

Cricut Imagine

Cricut Imagine

As you can see by the pictures this is a large machine, the head is very much the same as the current Expression head, the mats are not interchangeable as far as old mats being able to be used in this machine, the reason is the new mats have black registration lines on them that the unit uses to print and then cut precisely. It will print on thin mediums like plastic sheets, vellum and regular paper, as well as thick mediums like thicker chipboard and thick cardboard like corrugated cardboards. I was told it will also cut all these items as well as it has a deeper than the current deep cut blade included.     

The inks will of course be replaceable at a cost of 34.99 for black and 39.99 for color and should be available at large scrapbooking and craft retailers as well as places like Wal-Mart. I think this is a good price for the inks it is comparable to current HP ink cartridges. I asked if the ink was waterproof and was told they couldn’t comment on that but he assumed it would be as well as archival quality. I asked why they chose to go with a single color cartridge over the multi cartridge types such as Epson has and HP has gone to on higher end printers and he said they decided to go with single cartridges because it would be easier to replace and would print more pages. I can see the advantages of the multiple color cartridge system but I also see their point of view as well.  They hinted around, at least when I asked, at future software having the ability to print from our computers, something like Design Studio but with the added ability to design a page or card from the bottom up by picking out the background pattern, adding elements and all on different layers to be cut out separately. I really hope this will happen, it wasn’t told to me for sure 100% coming but as I said a few PC people told me off the record this was the future they were hoping for and working towards.       

I really do like the projects I saw that were made with this machine, it’s like hybrid scrapbooking in a way but still different. I really like that you can print 12×12 patterned paper and it’s infinite so you’ll never run out of paper in the middle of a project, unless of course you run out of ink LOL :). I was told that you can print 125 12×12 pages on best per ink cartridge, this is a small number comparably I do realize that but maybe the cartridges are smaller or maybe the pictures are of a higher quality I will have to see more to know that. I do know that I can print about 800 pages on the text + image setting which is the normal equivalent, this is on my Epson. Now it has separated colors too so that may make a huge difference as I have a high-end HP printer that will get about 400 pages on normal and about 200 on best full color 8×11, the Epson would be full color 12×12, but on photo it might be more like 200 full color 12×12.       

Here are a few examples of some things that were cut and printed on the low setting and the high setting from what I was told:       

Printed and Cut with the Imagine on Best

Printed and Cut on the Imagine on Fast

Notice the vibrant crisp dark color on the top image which was printed on Best, and the muted washed out color on the cake this was done on fast. It’s still a good image and would look great distressed like take some sand paper and rub and scratch some of the image to make it look old. Maybe use some sepia ink or chalk around it to give a worn look.       

This shows the machine cutting things out after they were printed I really like the ability with the Imagine to print an image and then cut it into parts thus giving us the option to have depth to our projects, here are a few projects showing this: Cute layered cow project

A few more Imagine projects

The images that they have put together and the patterns for the backgrounds are really nice, I think the characters I saw were really cute like the chef and the cupcakes above so darn cute :).       

I really like everything I have seen from this machine and I cannot wait to get one, I was one of the few invited to the Gala so I will be receiving one from PC in the fall when they are finished and available to the public.       

The release date is sometime in October of 2010 in time for Christmas and will be featured on HSN. There should be a website live www.cricutimagine.com it’s not fully ready yet but make sure you keep checking it so you can see more about it as they release info.       

One thing I did ask was if they were working on the machine becoming backwards compatible with the current Cricut cartridges, an example would be the ability to print faces on the paper dolls or print accents that we have been drawing in on our own, or the ability to print the little things on cutouts like eyes or buttons etc. things that we need tweezers to place on now. I was told that no they were not considering that at least not right now, I asked if maybe there would be an accent Imagine cartridge made to go specifically with certain cartridges sort of like the new Cuttlebug folders. He said yes that this could be a better possibility in the future but it wasn’t something they had in the works right now.       

I have a few other photos from Provocraft showing the inks, mat, and some of the imagine cartridges:       

Cricut Imagine Ink Cartridges and Mat

Cricut Imagine Best Friends Cartridge

Cricut Imagine Cartridge that Comes With the Unit, Imagine More

Cricut Imagine Kates Kitchen Cartridge

Cricut Imagine Nursery Tales Cartridge

Cricut Imagine Yummy Cartridge

Some more Provocraft new things are a new Cuttlebug machine, it’s green and has a handle that lies flat now for easier storage, however I would have thought they would have made it better by changing the embossing size ability but they said that was not something they felt the public wanted at this time. Here are a few photos of the newer unit and some new folders I thought were really cute:       

New Cuttlebug Machine

New Cuttlebug Handle Out

New Cuttlebug Handle In

Party Bird Folder

Cars and Trucks Folder

Baseball Diamond Folder

Gecko Folder

Circus Monkey Folder

Juggling Circus Beaver Folder

Bowling Folder

 I didn’t get any more photos of the other folders but these were the few that really jumped out at me, I think he said there are 27 new 4 piece sets coming out this year and a ton of them coordinate with the cartridges already out, I didn’t see very many of those out on the table but the ones I saw were nice.       

I do have some images though straight from Provocraft notice the names as they go with the cartridge of the same name, see also some new names we haven’t seen yet:       

New Cuttlebug Folders

New Cuttlebug Folders

New Cuttlebug Folders

New Cuttlebug Folders

 These are the new names I was talking about, see above the “Coolio”, “Nifty Fifties”, “Birthday Bash”, and “Boys Will Be Boys” I do believe these will be the next 4 announced, but don’t hold me to that I am just guessing :).       

New Cuttlebug Folders - these are the dual purpose ones that emboss and cut all in one

Continuing with Provocraft product news Yudu has some great new products out this year as well, although lets hope that they keep their promise of them arriving in stores before Christmas as last year it took forever for the new stuff to come out. There is a new product called Screen Printing Adhesive and can be used with the new screen coming out only, the new screen will be a 70 mesh which is a more open mesh allowing the thicker glue medium to pass through it with ease.       

So this will give us the ability to make things with glitter, foil and flocking. All of which will also be sold by PC for the yudu, the glitter is pretty much a standard fine glitter and you could use Martha’s if you had it on hand before buying specific Yudu glitters. PC claims their Yudu glitter line will be washable and not wear off like regular glitter would but i do believe any glitter would work just fine. Next they have a foil sheet line so you would screen the glue let it dry tacky and then stick the foil sheet down and rub until it sticks to the glue these will come in various colors. And lastly they will have a flocking sheet that you do the same way, wait for the glue to become tacky and then stick down the flocking sheet and rub it until the flocking sticks and again these will come in various colors. I can see a huge potential in this product you could use it on paper products and wood and fabrics to add neat glitter, foil or flocking designs. Here are a few photos:       

Yudu Screen Printing Glue

Example of a shirt printed with ink first and then screened with glue and glitter added

Example of foil

So cute onsie with example of foil

Yudu Flocking Example

 I still love my Yudu machine and cannot wait until this stuff comes out I am going to make a ton of cool stuff.       

Ok onto the Cricut Cake, this machine seemed to have a huge following this year a lot bigger than I actually thought it would which is good, I wish I had a use for it to justify the purchase I just don’t make enough cakes and cupcakes right now, well I guess I do I make something every month of the year since we have a big family with 7 of us living here and a bunch of other family close by we have either a birthday or a holiday or both every month of the year. I still can’t afford to buy one of these those but I wouldn’t say no if PC offered me one to play with or if I won the one over on Martha Stewart. I do have the Cake Cartridge that comes with it though a friend of mine had an extra one from her bakery and she just gave it to me, I haven’t used it to create anything yet though.       

So here are the new products announced for this machine:       

Cricut Cake Premade Frosting Sheets

Cricut Cake New Tools and Covers

Cricut Cake New Aprons

So some of you know I was invited to the Cricut Imagine Gala, it was a blast I met some great new people and some I already know from the internet only. They had an airbrush tattoo artist giving tattoos to anyone who wanted one so we got in line and I got the Playboy Bunny on my chest it was the one he said no one had asked for yet and I thought why the heck not. They had music and finger foods and a bar out in the waiting area. They rushed us all into a great room with big fluffy white couches and more music dimmed lights and some high top tables. We got to see an awesome artist named David Garabaldi who did some really nifty painting with a DJ and awesome dance music. We watched the video footage of the 2 finalists stories for being the first to recieve an Imagine, got to see the Imagine introduced and hear them talk about it a little bit. At the end we all got a gift bag with a cool Imagine t-shirt, Cricut Imagine sunglasses (the same ones being given out at the trade show), a Cricut Cartridge, and a Certificate for a new Imagine machine 🙂 yep I said it we all got an Imagine. It was so awesome everyone screamed and jumped for joy definitely a joyful room. I got the cartridge I wanted which was “Country Life” I had been wanting this one because we live on a farm out in the country and it’s perfect for my life and my family. The other ones given out were the new ones Winter Frolic, Happy Hauntings, and Rock Princess.       

Here are a few photos, one of me and the 2 ladies I met and spent the entire Gala with (I am the one on the right), and a couple of the artist painting:       

My New Friends and Me at the Cricut Gala (I'm on the right)

David Garabaldi at the Cricut Gala Painting Martin Luther King

David Garabaldi at the Cricut Gala

Alright finally I have a few photos of other products I liked at the show that I will share with you here not too many though, maybe I will post more in another post later but for now these are it :).       

One new paper line I love is the new Harry Potter line coming out I just love the papers and embellishments and who doesn’t have a son who went as Harry Potter at least one Holloween, I know my son has been him like 3 or 4 times but he looks oddly very much like Harry :).       

Harry Potter 2010 Paper Line From Creative Imaginations

I liked another one of their new lines a nice Halloween or Gothic Paper line:       

Creative Imaginations

I also liked this new line from Jillibean Soup called Chicken Soup it’s a farm based line and is just so super cute 🙂 :       

Jillibean Soup - Chicken Soup

Jillibean Soup - Chicken Soup

Look at those cute little piggies LOL 🙂 I just love them. I tell you I saw a farm, country, folk art type of trend this year in a lot of the new items as well as a continuation of the nature and outdoorsy animal trends from last year.       

I have a ton more info and photos but I wanted to get this stuff up as soon as I could so you all wouldn’t have to wait for too long, as it is it took me a few days after I finally got home from the show, I will start working on the rest of my photos and probably post more next week.       

And remember any questions you have about anything please feel free to post them I will try to answer them if I can 🙂       

Well, I have been AWOL for a few months moving really was not very much fun. 24 hours before we left the old house a pipe burst flooding my entire house with about 6 inches of water. It was so bad it was leaking from the foundation to the outside. It ruind almost everything that was left inside the house that had not been put on the trucks. including computers which is why I haven’t been posting as much.

So we moved across country it seems 🙂 not really just vary much farther north to Tennessee, Franklin to be exact which is near Nashville. It is amazing here. I have set up all my stuff in the basement and am in the process of still getting all my stuff unpacked. It’s so pretty outside though I have a hard time being inside :).

We have a 4 bedroom house on 6 acres with a wooded area in the back about 4 of the acres and a creek through that, there is a huge wooden playset for the kids and another one by the creek a fire pit campground style with seating down there too.

We just got 17 chicks 15 females and 2 males they are red sex links which means they are rhode island reds and delewares mixed. Well we have had them for almost 2 weks now and have lost 3 already. Not lost as in we cannot find them lost as they went to giant coop in the sky. 2 were eaten by the neighbors dog (which is another story this dog has bitten my children about 10 times now and isn’t supposed to be over here) and one my youngest son (6) though could fly so he threw it up in the air and it broke it’s neck when it landed.

They are so pretty and so neat they foloow us around sometimes when we let them forage in the grass. Super cute.

I am also getting 2 sheep in the fall or spring I haven’t decided if I want to go with what the sheep breeder told me and get 2 full grown Proven Ewes to lamb for me and then get rid of the adults or get 2 lambs. The advantage is with the ewes I get 2 fleeces and could end up with 4 lambs tops if both twin, if I get lambs I will have to wait ti breed and to get fleece. I also need to pick a breed for wool I like.

I have an entire bag of wool right now 8 pounds I bought from a women at the fiber festival coopworth wool, I washed it and dried it and need to card it, however my hubby isn’t shelling out for more than one hobby anymore so I have dog slickers to card with for now untill I find a nice person who has carders they no longer need that they want to lend me or give me. Or until I sell some hand dyed hand spun wool yarn I am making. I am teaching my 4 year old to do it and she is pretty good at it and super cute at the same time.

I need to get some photos up here so you can see what I am talking about.

I am starting to get back into Cricuting though, I bought a Cricut Lite cartridge Live Simply I think is the name, and I bought Independance Day and Give a Hoot as well. So I have some projects I want to try out with those especially.

Love my gypsy still use it almost every day even just to play with it’s great when I want to be outside or when the kids want to go to the creek.

I am very happy for sure 🙂 and I promise you will see a post a day and projects from me starting this week. Oh and I am dying to see the Cricut Circle 🙂

Ok back to chopping up a dead tree with a chainsaw man country life is fun LOL.

This was brought to my attention a few minutes ago and it really hits home for me. I have a 3 year old little girl who absolutely loves the zoo and is battling a Flu/Virus as well. I feel so lucky and blessed to still have her here as this could happen to anyone. I would just die emotionally if this was me but they are being strong and trying to raise money for a memorial so please follow this link:

http://www.papercraftplanet.com/profiles/blogs/reaching-out-on-behalf-of-a

And help them out and you’ll get a great digi stamp as well, plus check out the awesome little Henry doing the snow angel digi/rubber below that one as well. Either one goes towards the memorial for this family.

This is a really neat little cartridge, as far as I know it is a full cartridge with shapes and a font as well. It has the cutest elements for making your own calendars. This would be great for teachers or daycare workers, or even homeschoolers. Heck it would be great to use for at a job too make nice bulletin board calendars.

I did not get pictures of all the elements nor everything offered on this cartridge tht’s for sure, I was pressed for time and figured you would get the idea from the few photo’s I did get 🙂 I also apologize for any blury looking photos, my blog will only allow pictures to be so big and I cannot figure out how to get it let you click on it to see it’s true size, but you can still see mostly everything, if you wish to see a photo bigger and better please comment with your email on which one and I can email it to you 🙂

Calendar Cartridge

Calendar Cartridge

 

Close Up

Close Up

These were little 5 x 5 calendars, maybe even a little smaller than that. S howing you could add them to scrapbooks very easily.

December Closeup

December Closeup

Individual Month Names with Month Icons

Individual Month Names with Month Icons

Days of the Week Full Names and Abreviations

Days of the Week Full Names and Abbreviations

 

Month Names cut out in another font that is included on this cart

Month Names cut out in another font that is included on this cart

More Months and thier icons + days of the week and thier Abreviations

More Months and their icons + days of the week and their Abbreviations

More days of the week + abreviations, also some small calendar elements

More days of the week + abbreviations, also some small calendar elements

Names and Icons with a box around them

Names and Icons with a box around them

More names and icons in squares

More names and icons in squares

Names and icons in ovals and circles

Names and icons in ovals and circles

Numbers in Circles

Numbers in Circles

Calendar Icons

Calendar Icons

More Calendar Icons

More Calendar Icons

Calendar Icons

Calendar Icons

So those are the photos I got of this great cartridge, I can just think of so many things I will use this for I honestly wish these were available now before the start of the school year. But luckily they will be here soon after 🙂

Come back again soon I am posting about From My Kitchen cartridge next 🙂 It’s so super cute you won’t want to miss it 🙂

Hey all, I wanted to update really quick with some info not from CHA 🙂 I was walking through Michael’s craft store last night and spied the new Pink Cricut Expression. I did get a few photo’s they aren’t the greatest quality I only had the junky digital camera with me.

Back of the Box Showing the cuts from the Cart that comes with it

Back of the Box Showing the cuts from the Cart that comes with it

It of course comes with an exclusive cartridge called “Pink Journey” This photo shows the cuts it will do from the back of the box.

Front of the box

Front of the box

Sorry for the fuzzy photo but I had to sneak this photo, believe it or not I was asked after I had taken the first one to please refrain from using a camera in the store. Ha I laughed, I know all the managers and asked to see one, when she came over she said it was a company policy to keep the competition away. Please I am far from competition, well for now anyway. 🙂

I see this being a popular machine, a portion of the proceeds goes toward Breast Cancer research so that’s a good thing. I don’t know if this Pink Journey Cartridge will be available on it’s own though, I would think not so look for it on EBay if you want it alone, however I expect it to be quite pricey there so be prepared to pay a high price if you really want it.

Stay tuned I am going to recover a post I lost about CHA and new Cricut Carts, it disappeared when my laptop suddenly died, well the battery did cause some little persons foot stepped on the plug and unplugged it, not sure which one though but at lest WordPress saves a draft every so often makes it easier on me :).

I finally figured out how to add a subscribe link to my blog 🙂 I am computer savvy but for some reason had the hardest time getting this done.

Anyway if you click on the link it will take you to another page for Google feed burner where you will put in your email address and subscribe to my blog, it will send you an email letting you know I have updated my blog.

I checked this out before adding it to my site and it is totally safe, it will abide by my privacy settings which are set to secure which means they cannot share your address with anyone but me, you will not get spam from anyone as a result of signing up either, I have it set to the most secure it can be.

Hope this helps you in keeping track of my blog 🙂

April

I am so late getting my things together, but I am sure most of you are parents as well and will understand. I have 2 young ones under 5 who will not go to bed unless I read to them and I spent way to long reading tonight, they did not fall asleep until just a little bit ago 11:30pm, I still have not eaten my dinner, and had a huge fight with my husband about stupid stuff.

So please I know so many of you came by today in hopes to find out more info, just please bear with me and give me till tomorrow night. I m going to go get something to eat and then try and at least get one part of this long process up for you all to have something to look at something to wet your appetite for the rest of my lovely Summer CHA stuff 🙂

Keep coming back and thanks for checking in I can’t wait to share all my goodies 🙂