|Love my new collection of pins! (the bag was mine)|
While it was announced back in May, I didn't decide to sign up until mid-July. I really, really wanted to do something fun, because this summer has been filled with a number of not fun things, like deciding I need to let go of my studio outside the home (and figure out what to do with everything that's lived there for the past ten years!) Signing up so late, a number of the classes were already full, but I easily managed to fill my schedule.
My biggest goal - to test drive Cricut's new Maker. With it's expandable set of tools, it's designed to cut everything from fabric (with the rotary cutter blade) to chipboard and balsa wood (using the knife blade), as well as the normal suspects (paper, vinyl, etc.) that their Explore Air cuts so beautifully. Over half of the classes I took were hands-on, using the Maker, and I got to watch it cut fabric, interfacing, fusible batting, felt, chipboard, paper, vinyl, iron-on and even crepe paper, as well as use the new scoring wheels to create a super-sized rosette.
I started out with a card-making class - couldn't pass up the chance to learn a new-to-me pop-up mechanism.
|We cut 4mm chipboard and patterned vinyl to create this cute banner|
|Sample projects from "It Cuts Like a Knife" class|
First up on Day Two? Audrey Fixation's Amazing Zipper class.
|Day Two - The Amazing Zippered bag|
|I finished a several projects on Day Two - I took this photo that evening as evidence|
|The newest Easy Press, in three sizes, from the Cricut website|
One of the classes I exchanged into was Lia Griffith's "Magical Crepe Paper Flowers". I was waitlisted, but luckily a few someones didn't show up, so there was room.
|Lia Griffith's crepe paper flower bouquets on the left, my bloom on the right|
|Breakfast time friends|
In each corner of the main ballroom, the Cricut Team set up themed Design-scapes for a little extra inspiration. My favorite was the child's bedroom. Chock full of ideas. Love the animal appliques, and how they turned one into a stuffed animal!
|Cricut Design Team's "Child's Bedroom"|
|Cricut Design Team's "Wine & Cheese" dinner theme|
They had a selfie 'scavenger hunt' in order to earn the pins I showed earlier, hence my mug at bottom left. And every day, we received another goodie bag, from Michaels, Joann's and Cricut!
|Conference Freebies in addition to class supplies.|
Can you tell I had fun? I've been home a week now, and I'm still jazzed by all the possibilities. Just need to finish moving the studio home, and then I'll have time to create....