WOYWW 559 – new tech & crackle glaze


Hi, everyone. Long time no type! Today is a day when I need to get on with various jobs before I hibernate in my craft room for the rest of the day. Last night I had an exciting delivery – the new Cricut Maker machine, which I ordered from Hobbycraft a few days ago. Obviously I just want to get it out of the box and start playing, but I am being strict with myself and getting the basics done first (typing this blog post, having breakfast, walking the dog and doing some floor cleaning downstairs). I will be doing a series of blog posts about my ‘journey’ with the Cricut Maker in the coming weeks/months/years.

This is my latest post for WOYWW (What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday), hosted by Julia over at http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/. Join in. We love to see new craft spaces – room, table, floor, shed …..

I have been tidying my craft room for a while now – getting more stuff sold/donated and generally making it feel less crowded, as I was struggling to be in here surrounded by too many things. It isn’t finished, but at least I can move around without falling over things! Currently I have my ex-sewing machine table set up next to my main pc area, and the old Silhouette Cameo machine (which I bought very cheaply a couple of weeks ago) sits on there. Obviously, I need space for the Cricut Maker, so the Cameo will be moved to the windowsill immediately behind, so I can still plug it into the pc when I need to use it (the Cricut is wireless and will be connected to my iPad a lot of the time). I bought the Cameo, as it was so cheap and I really wanted to be able to use the large library of designs that I built up several years ago (over 2100). However, I knew that I would need one of the latest machines within the near future, so I could cut more materials/do more processes etc. I had been looking at the Cricut for a while – watching YouTube videos etc. It was a difficult decision not to buy one of the latest Cameo 4, but I do enjoy having new tech to play with and when I had an offer to buy through HobbyCraft with interest free payments for 4 months, I decided to treat myself. I already have my first client – a lady who needs lots of felt flowers cut out – so get in touch if there is anything you want personalised, large quantities of anything cut out, foiling, etc etc.

My photos today show my tidy crafting table. I have started to make a birthday card (that is a llama, which needs a blanket pad on its back, so it doesn’t get confused with a deer!). I need to finish a backing paper design that I started with a new software to me – Affinity Designer – and cut out a Happy Birthday sentiment. The pink journal (which I am going to use for photos) was made in a craft workshop last month. The crackle glaze on the covers is delicious!

The boxes on the floor contain the Cricut Maker and the tool kit that came with it.

Photos/videos later on here – and Instagram (@iamaliwade and @growinfaithcreatively).

Time to go and have my breakfast now and then walk Buzz the Dog.

Enjoy your day.

Ali x

11 thoughts on “WOYWW 559 – new tech & crackle glaze”

  1. Well, you’re going to be kept busy with that new toy! Does it do different things to the Scan n Cut? (I have no idea!!) It’s a great idea using it for other folk too, hope that side of things expands for you.
    Hugs LLJ 5 xxx

  2. That pink crackle glaze is indeed delicious. Your book is stunning. I bet you’ll enjoy filling it with photos and memories. I have had a big clear out in my craft room too. It has to be done from time to time doesn’t it. We took a car full of stuff to a craft group we donated it all too. They were very grateful so it was all worthwhile.
    Enjoy your new toy.

    Hugs Lisa x #12

  3. Hi Ali, a new toy – how exciting! I’m sure you’ll have lots of fun with it. I got a new laser printer for christmas, and hadn’t taken it out of the box, so hubby unpacked it last weekend, and set it up. I still haven’t used it! I agree with you on the pink crackle cover – it looks gorgeous! Have a lovely week Heather xx #26

  4. What fun you’re going to have with this new toy, you must let us see how you go on with it. Loving the crackle effect too and the lovely pages. Have a great week and a happy woyww, Angela x15x

  5. love the crackle glaze and it reminds me i have some and must start to use it again, Have fun with your new machine, it is heard not just opening it when it arrives so well done you for getting things done first

    Lilian B # 9

  6. Oh wow, Ali, how exciting! I bet you can’t wait to get stuck in to your new cutting machine! And welcome back to WOYWW after your break. I got Affinity Designer only a week or two ago, for the iPad, but I haven’t got to grips with it yet but it looks a lot better than Vectornator which is the first vector drawing software that I tried. Inkscape is my favourite, though – it’s incredibly powerful, and it’s free! Available for Windows, Mac and Linux, but not iPad unfortunately. Duh. I love your pink crackle glaze journal – really pretty. Like you, I definitely need to go through my studio and weed out a lot of stuff. I look back at the photos when it was first made, and it looks so tidy!! It’s really cluttered now. Thank you for your visit – yes, the craft show was great! The only thing I’ve used so far is the clear gesso. I’ll be blogging about that next week probably – I’ve been experimenting with Tombows over gesso. Milky’s antics with the pigeon made me smile – I remember our old kitty Beatrice when she was young, and we lived in the country – she had an absolute obsession with bunnies and was always bringing them in (sometimes alive), and we had a cat flap with an electronic lock (magnets round the kitties’ necks) to prevent a smelly tom cat intruder, and one day she brought a really big rabbit and was pressing it against the cat flap which wouldn’t open because the rabbit was blocking the signal from her magnet!! Thanks for your good wishes re my upcoming operation too – I don’t expect to hear anything for ages.

    Happy belated WOYWW,
    Shoshi #20

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