Silhouette Cameo Stuff

I told myself I would never get one of these cutting machines but then sure enough, I did. I waited and waited until Cricut delivered their newest competitor, the Cricut Explore. After some research(basically 100 hours browsing the web for reviews and youtube for video comparisons) I purchased the Silhouette Cameo! It was just that much faster in terms of cutting more intricate designs than the Explore. This isn't a comparison of any sort but rather a little rant. I LOVE this machine! I don't think I ever fully comprehended how fun working with paper is until I got this. Of course the machine works well with other medias but I have yet to try them all. The giant stack of scrapbooking paper on my craft shelf was practically screaming at me to be used. So I used them. Here's what I did on my first test run. 

The black border tag design was sketched with a silhouette sketch pen. I couldn't believe how capable this machine was in terms of getting all the details and double lines! In the final picture, the machine cut the box and lace border; all that was left was to assemble! I made some macarons the other day and they fit perfectly inside! The "K" monogram was made with a hand cut stamp(make one yourself: link HERE).

That's all for now. Next thing to do would probably to design and cut some nail art pieces with this machine! The possibilities are endless now. 

Craft Store Review - Toho Shoji, NY NY

As a maker, visiting craft stores can nearly be considered a hobby. I love Michael's as much as the next DIY enthusiast but when it comes to making jewelry, I prefer a higher degree of quality. Amongst my favorite stores for jewelry parts and components is Toho Shoji, located near Herald Square in NYC. The store is Japanese as are the employees. For those who have had the pleasure of visiting Japan, you will immediately recognize the same level of hospitality and quality in their customer care. 

As for the merchandise, pictures speak better than words. I was in need of some gold parts and the following are my purchases. I left the price tags on for reference. 

The quality is really quite good and their amount of selection quite wonderful. Although the prices can be steep depending on what you decide to purchase, I believe it will be worthwhile spending in most cases.  

Of course I couldn't help but to make something after visiting; look below! 

A drop necklace. (Tutorial HERE) The outcome was almost exactly what I was hoping for. Simple yet beautiful. It looks beautiful against a plain white tee actually.

If you have the time and find yourself in NYC, you might want to make a little visit! 

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