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CHA Summer 2011 | ProvoCraft Cricut Mini and More

The newest member of the Cricut family is the Cricut Mini. Provocraft’s Cricut Mini is a small, lightweight, ultra-portable way to make almost anything you want – out of many different types of materials, including thick and thin paper, fabric, vinyl, magnetic material, craft foil, and lots more. With Cricut Mini, it’s easier than ever to make projects and be more creative!

This small, portable, and lightweight machine is a great space saver. It works with any computer PC or Mac with a standard wireless or wired Internet connection. Simply plug it in, turn it on, connect to Cricut Craft Room – the online design tool where you can see and design with every Cricut cartridge – and start making projects. It cuts up to 8.5” x 12” paper and other materials. Cut small shapes and fonts from ¼” to larger cuts up to 11½”.
Here’s a little video walk through of this hot new little machine…

Also in the Provocraft booth at the show was Jinger leading attendees through Cricut classes right on the showroom floor.

There are also plenty of new cartridges for your Cricut machines, like these boxes. Extremely cute!

Plus, there are cupcake inserts. Anything that is cupcake compatible is good in my book.

Plus cool new flower cartridges.

And a really cute new cartridge for the Cricut Imagine that will please your little pirates:

And if you are a fan of space (and who isn’t?!), you’re in luck with robots, space ships, and planets in this new cartridge.

And a gorgeous frame cartridge that is sophisticated and delicate.

So, what do you think of what ProvoCraft has in store for you? What do you think of the new Cricut Mini? What cartridges do you hope they come out with next?

Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: Flip Pal Mobile Scanner (2 of 2)

Reported by Dana Vitek

I first laid eyes on the Flip Pal Mobile Scanner at the Summer 2010 Craft & Hobby Association Trade Show. There was quite a buzz about it during the Innovations Showcase for new products (I was a part of that buzz… I leaned over to Executive Editor Simone Collins and told her I wanted one, pronto). I was not surprised at all when it won for best new product. So, when the review opportunity came up, I was the first to raise my grabby little hands.

The Flip Pal Mobile Scanner is small and portable, but that’s not what makes it awesome. It’s awesome because you can remove the lid, hold it up to stuff, and scan it. Just think about the possibilities: you can scan objects and photos that you can’t remove from the wall, say like vintage wallpaper or cool graffiti. Or maybe a tile motif.

Or, say you need to make a bunch of name tags for your next high school reunion, and can’t face the thought of wrangling the yearbook onto a flatbed scanner and scanning whole pages that you have to break down into a bunch of little pics.

Here I’ve removed the lid and flipped it over to scan

This is the display screen on the back of the scanner


surrounding photos  were blurred for privacy; they were crystal clear on the scan

My hair has changed, but my attitude is the same.

This was a cinch. Really.

The Flip Pal Mobile Scanner is also great for scanning cool textures that you definitely wouldn’t be able to use a traditional scanner for:


yes, this is my nappy carpet

Dog Fur:

this is my not-so-nappy dog

And with a little Photoshop magic, you can use those textures to create digital elements for your scrapbook pages… there’s all sorts of things you can do:

A plain flower

A wooly flower, a “felted” digital image, with the carpet scan used as texture
my dog’s name
my dog’s name, written in her scanned fur

Here’s another thing that the Flip Pal is perfect for… tattoo artists.

What? Hear me out (and thanks to Editor-in-Chief Sarah Moore for this idea)… traditionally, when a person goes into a tattoo shop for a cover-up of say, someone’s name permanently inked on her shoulder:

who thought this was a good idea?

the tattoo artist would have you basically do a backbend over a photocopier, to photocopy your tattoo, so they could design something snazzy to cover it.

I don’t know about you, but my backbend days are long past. Here we used the Flip Pal Mobile Scanner to scan my tattoo.

Here’s what the scan looks like:

Into Photoshop for some design work:


my old tattoo is going to get all swirled into that luscious hair!

My new tattoo is going to be so epic. You’d better believe I’m going to glitter him up so he shimmers when I go out on the town.

I hope I’ve given you some ideas of how you can use the Flip Pal Mobile Scanner for more than scanning old photos (although there’s certainly nothing wrong with that, and I plan to do that as well). This is one of those pieces of technology that I’m going to use in my daily life, and I LIKE that. A lot.


  • Very portable. This will fit in my purse.
  • Being able to remove the lid to place the scanner flat against a wall or photo album: genius.
  • I’m looking at the world in a whole new way; now I can scan pretty much anything!


  • It’s not pink. I prefer my tools be pink.
  • Hey Flip Pal…I could use a little carrying case for it! 
  • That’s it, really.

The Flip Pal Mobile Scanner retails for $149.99, and I definitely think it’s worth the investment. Be sure to visit their website for some demos and other ideas.

The fine folks at Flip Pal are giving away one of the Flip Pal Mobile Scanners to one of our lucky readers. Leave a comment on any “Vendor Spotlight: Flip Pal Mobile Scanner” article (this is the second of 2), and answer this question:

What would you scan with the Flip Pal Mobile Scanner? Don’t be afraid to think outside the “old photo” box!

One comment per person, per article, please.  You have until Monday, December 20th at 6pm CST to enter.


* in the interest of full disclosure, “Curtis” is my husband, Curt,  and that “tattoo” is Sharpie markered on. But the idea holds, for sure!

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Vendor Spotlight: EK Success: K & Company Papercrafts

Reported by Stephanie Wheeler

Crafting powerhouse, EK Success has a wide range of products – from punches to stickers and tools to adhesive. An established company since 1978, they are a big name in crafting, and especially in the world of scrapbooking.

I have been a big fan of EK Success and their products for a long time, so I was excited to get a chance to review their K & Company line of fantastic scrapbooking supplies from the creative mind of Carolyn Gavin.

Carolyn Gavin’s funky, whimsical designs have been seen just about everywhere, so it’s fitting that her cool style would translate nicely into supplies for her Greenhouse line of scrapbooking supplies. Her bright colors and creative patterns are a perfect addition to any project and I was really excited to see how I could meld her style with mine.

I received a wide variety of products to review: chipboard and puffy stickers, stamps, patterned paper and cardstock. I knew from experience that the products would be high quality, and they definitely were.

The Greenhouse 28-Sheet Specialty Paper Pack contained more than enough cardstock to start, if not almost complete, an entire album. This pack contained not only double-sided paper, but a selection of specialty papers, including those with glitter, flock and foil.

The Greenhouse Designer Mat Pad comes with 18 double-sided precut (4.75″ x 6.75″) sheets that are perfect for matting pictures, using on a card, or simply cutting up to embellish pages and projects. The fact that these sheets are precut takes the guesswork and measuring out of framing 4″ x 6″ photos.

The Greenhouse Frame Pillow Sticker Pack is reminiscent of the 80’s puffy stickers I hoarded when I was a child. I absolutely love the puffy scalloped circles and the cute flowers in the set. These stickers are perfect for adding to a cute scrapbook page or a card.

The Greenhouse Baubles Sticker set is not something I would normally buy, but I’m glad it was included in this review. The stickers are almost like small marbles cut in half, and the designs are simply fantastic. I love the shiny, candy-like look of them. They’re almost good enough to eat, but I refrained and used them on a card instead.

The Greenhouse Words & Icons Embossed Sticker Set is one of my favorite items of this set. I love that the stickers are embossed, and I also love that there are so many stickers included on this sheet. And this set comes with a ton of cute sayings like “girl wonder,” “go with the flow,” and “this is the good life.”

The Greenhouse Icon Adhesive Chipboard set had the cutest sayings, not to mention the bright colors and “extras” that are the tiny acorns, leaves, flowers and butterflies. What amazed me about this set was the quality. Each sticker is made of solid chipboard, printed in bright, beautiful, glossy colors. Some of the parts are even covered in epoxy and foil, giving it a little shine and something extra.

The Greenhouse Stamp & Ink Pack came with 11 stamps that match Carolyn’s designs. I really liked the size of the stamps, not to mention that the set came with two colors of ink – pink and green.

The Greenhouse 12″ x 12″ Scrapbook was the only item that I haven’t actually used yet. I haven’t had a chance to finish all of my cute pages, but once I do, I’m sure I’ll fill this album up in no time.
As I expected, I was thoroughly impressed with the Carolyn Gavin Greenhouse collection from K & Company and EK Success. The high-quality products are available in many different mediums, and can fit most any scrapbooker’s needs, whether it be paper, embellishment, page storage or stamping.

The Greenhouse collection retails from $2.99 for basic stickers to $29.99 for the postbound album.


  • Reasonably priced collection is made from high-quality materials.
  • Papers are double-sided.
  • Stickers, especially chipboard and baubles are armed with strong adhesive.
  • Acrylic stamps give a clean image when inked.
  • Great variety of design within the Greenhouse collection.


  • Ink that comes with stamps isn’t very dark; I think the stamps would work better with a pigment or solvent ink.
  • Collection may be difficult to find in retail stores.

What do you think about the fun and funky Greenhouse collection from EK Success and K & Company? Leave us a comment and let us know!

EK Success has generously donated some of the products featured in the weeks reviews to give away to our great readers! Please leave your comments on this article to win a 12 x 12” paper pad from Tim Coffey Harvest line from EK Success Brands. You have until Sunday, October 18 at Midnight to enter.

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