FaveCrafts 365 Where Are Those Hexagon Boxes???

During my January 11, 2011 FaveCrafts 365 video report I threw out a challenge! I showed a cute plain paper hexagon box and asked for ideas to create something unique. Well, I did say I’d have it done in two weeks and that would have been January 25, 2011.  Hmmmm….looks like I didn’t make my deadline.

Normally, I would be upset by missing a deadline, but YOU noticed! I can’t be anything but happy that several of you have been watching and waiting and I’m so proud! That means that FaveCrafts 365 is becoming a part of more and more people’s daily routine. Let’s all have a party!!!

Okay, party has to wait! I’ve got to get these 4 boxes done! Watch the video to see the great ideas I was given! I can’t wait to get started!

See the original FaveCrafts 365 Challenge by clicking HERE.

Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die Cut Machine Giveaway – Enter Now!

I have to admit that, before this giveaway, I had no idea how cool or innovative the Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die Cut Machine is. In fact, I didn’t know what it was at all. But as soon as I mentioned that Cool2Craft and FaveCrafts were teaming up to give this product away, my colleagues went crazy! And now I see why.

This is like the Rolls Royce of die cut machines. The Grand Calibur is portable and lightweight, but it will always gets the job done. If you’re constantly moving and on the go, this is an invaluable tool.

The best past is you don’t even have to have prior experience with a die cut machine! Try this out and you’ll see why everyone loves the Grand Calibur (and why they aren’t afraid to say it!)

This giveaway is a great opportunity to gain new skills and create intricate projects. But hurry – a winner will be chosen on March 31!

Check out a video review of the Grand Calibur from Terri O – learn why this is such a cool giveaway!

Enter this giveaway now!

Good luck!

Ps. Have you signed up for the Cool2Craft newsletter yet? Every week we feature cool crafts that everyone can enjoy!

FaveCrafts.com 365 Sizzix Hexagon Box Challenge!

We love challenges at FaveCrafts.com. We might need to figure out how to get more FaveCrafts.com designers or it might be an e-newsletter that has to be polished, no matter what the challenge we are up for it!

How about you? Do you like a challenge? I’ve got a creative challenge for you. Just watch the video and give me your ideas on what kind of theme, motif, or style of embellishment you’d use. What should we put in the box? Is the box a gift or birthday  party keepsake?  Just leave your ideas in the comments!

Then on March 1, 2011 I will show you what was created using your ideas! Then we’ll pick one for a giveaway! Are you up to the challenge?

Ask Maria “How To Choose A Cutting System?”

Question

I’m thinking of buying a cutting system since I really like the die cuts I see at my local craft store, however there are so many different brands that I’m not sure which system to buy. Any suggestions?

Bea, WA

I made this cute little purse on a die cutting machine from Sizzix. It opens!

Wow Bea, great minds must think alike as I too have been checking out all the wonderful cutting systems available. To select such a system is to really make an investment in your crafting so you need to think about how you are going to use the machine and its accessories. I want to get a system because I love making cards, envelopes, boxes, and other cut/fold/make paper keepsakes thus I was checking out what dies are available to make such things.

Some of the machines are more versatile using any brand of die, while others can be limiting in that area. I have fibromyalgia so I really want a system that had an electric option since cranking is often painful for me. Space might be an issue and there are systems that are digital rather than die, which means less storage space for the entire system. I am also reading different reviews online and asking my social media friends why they like the systems they own.

Bottom line, however, at least for me is that I’m able to really understand how the system works. Does a local retailer carry the model I like? Are there local classes I can take? Does the manufacturer offer good customer service and lots of ideas to motivate me? Any time we invest in machines, tools, even basic supplies it’s nice to know we can get help and stay motivated. There is no way around it, this kind of investment takes homework!

Have a question? Drop Maria an e-mail at Maria@FaveCrafts.com. She’s always ready to find the answer.