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Hey Everyone! My name is Ken and I am the owner of Ken's Kreations. I started my craft journey about 4 years ago with my first Cricut and now it has taken on a life of it's own. I love to make crafts and how to YouTube videos. currently I have a Silhouette Cameo and a Cricut Explore....however I am looking to extend that to a silver Bullet. 

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

CRICUT EXPLORE VS. CRICUT EXPRESSION 2

So one of the main questions I get on my YouTube channel is on my comparison videos. Of course by now I am sure many of you have seen how I compared the SILHOUETTE CAMEO to the CRICUT EXPLORE. Well I started to get a ton of requests asking me what I thought of the CRICUT EXPLORE compared to the CRICUT EXPRESSION 2. Now I have personally owned both of these machines and I knew that the CRICUT EXPLORE was the best machine to go with, however I wanted to make a video to show my subscribers exactly why. So in this (long) video I go over:

1) What each machine comes with
2) The writing features of each machine
3) The cutting feature and compare the cuts
4) Compare the designing program (Cricut Craft Room and Design Space)
5) Final Thoughts


Here is a Shorter 10 Minute Version for the weak of heart! LOL!!



After making this video I have to say I cannot believe I EVER used Cricut Craft Room. I became so frustrated with this program all over again. It reiterates the fact that Design Space and the CRICUT EXPLORE  are the next generation of cutting machine and software for the american crafter! It is my final verdict to 100% buy or upgrade to the CRICUT EXPLORE!

To Buy The Cricut Explore Click Here:

Friday, July 18, 2014

WHAT CAN THE CRICUT CUT? PLUS FREE SHIPPING!!

What can the Cricut Cut? Here is a list and video showing you all the great things that the Cricut Explore can cut!


This is not all the Cricut Explore can cut. Here is a complete list that the Cricut Explore Can Cut:
Cricut Explore Cut List

Make Sure to Head Over To Cricut where right now you get FREE SHIPPING on orders over $35!!!
free shipping on all orders totaling $35 or more!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

DIY BOX VIDEO

Hey Everyone! Ken Here with Ken's Kreations. I wanted to share an amazing way you can create your own custom boxes from treats or to share something special for that special someone.



Here is the "How To" video on how you can create this video in Design Space and cut it out on your Cricut Explore:



HAVE YOU BOUGHT THE CRICUT EXPLORE YET??


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

LIVE HANGOUT / SCRAP FACTORY DOLL BUILDER

Hey Everyone! I am on vacation this week and I have been having an amazing week! I am having a blast making all of you YouTube videos and one of the most requested items I get is around the Scrap Factory Doll Builder. Most people want to know where to buy the program, expansion packs and how to import the designs into their favorite softwares. Also...What do you do with all this dang pieces? Well in this video I walls you though all of that. I will show you where to purchase the program and the expansion packs. How to download into cricut design space and silhouette studio and then how to assemble the cute little beggars. Watch below:



*** THIS JUST IN ~ PLEASE JOIN ME TODAY FOR A LIVE HANGOUT ***

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When is the Live Event?

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ScrappyDew is Going Live July 17th 2014 - 9:30PM EST
Here are some topics we would like to cover
▪ Design your very own 3D Boxes
▪ New Member Subscription Site for SVG's
▪ Design Gallery for ScrappyDew
▪ Make the Cut - create Monograms
▪ SVG Viewer

Tech Support with the Panel

This is a LIVE show - So of course there will be a question and answer time. Ask your questions now or live during the show to have them answered!

Hosts

+Rob VanArsdall +Michelle Sledgeski +Kens Kreations

Special Guest

Nikki (Owner of Paper Piecings by Nikki) -http://www.ppbndesigns.com/

Where Can I Watch?

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Monogram example from MTC Forums/Webinar

The Live Event Page (Best Option)

Youtube Page

Please watch this short video on how to watch and participate in ScrappyDew Live

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Monday, July 14, 2014

YOU'RE A FOX

Hey Everyone! Ken here with Ken's Kreations. I just love how easy it is to create cards in Design Space using my Cricut Explore. I wanted to show you a project I created with my Cricut Explore and one of my favorite PPBN Design files. You can find all the links to all of the supplies and website below the video to this project. Just a little FYI....the Cricut Explore in the supply list below is only 269.99 for the amazing bundle which comes with the machine, three mats and the tool set!!

I had to make one last thank you card at my work so this time I wanted to make a video showing you peeps just how I did it. In this video I will show you the entire process from start to finish. I will show you the product I used, the design phase, and the construction phase. 


Here is the finish result! I hope you enjoyed the video and I hope your card turned out just as FOXY!!  For a complete list of supplies and the links to get them head to the bottom of the page and follow the links!! 

Thanks for taking a look at today's Kreation. Come back tomorrow to see what Kreation I come up with next!



SUPPLY LIST
LINKS WILL TAKE YOU TO PRODUCT PAGE

DESIGNS: PPBN FOXSIMPLE CARDS

**For the card base you can either buy the SIMPLE CARDS OR  a much better option is to sign up for the subscription service like  I did in the video which will unlock 25,000 + images**

CLICK HERE TO GET SUBSCRIPTION FOR ONLY 9.99 AND UNLOCK 25,000 + IMAGES



Wednesday, July 9, 2014

YOU'RE SO SWEET

Hey Everyone! Ken here with Ken's Kreation's. So I know I do not talk a lot about my personal life,  but I had to share why I am making all of these thank you cards. You see I am a Bank Manager for an amazing bank called Washington Trust Bank. Due to circumstances out of my control I lost three of my staff in one month!! Sad story I know....please wipe away those tears. So I have a wonderful team of managers who have been sending me help from their teams to help me out and I just have to make them some Ken's Kreation's to thank them. 

So for this card I used one of PPBN's amazing designs. This file is called 4th of July Cupcake and was just released for 4th of July. I just loved it and I though it would be perfect for a thank you card. I used Close To My Heart Art Philosophy for the 3 flags/banners on the left of the card. I used my CRICUT EXPLORE to cut all of the elements of this card. I absolutely love using my CRICUT EXPLORE and design space to visually create the entire card before cutting it out. For the frame behind the cupcake of the card I also used the Close To My Heart Art Philosophy
 I used the 4th of July Cupcake from PPBN Designs for the file. I used the cherry from Sweet Treats Cartridge. This is from the sundae and I had to use the count our option to hide certain parts of the sprinkles that I did not want. I than duplicate the cherry 6 times. I used Dewdrop Ink to ink my edges on the cherries on the cupcakes while using Daubers to apply the ink. For the top of the cupcake I used Red Pearl Pens for the outlines of the top of the cupcake. for the sparkle on the white part of the cupcake and the dot on the top cherry of the cupcake I used Crystal Stickles Glue. For the six cherries behind the cupcake I used White Pearl Pen for the white dot.  I raised the cupcake up using 3D Foam Dots.
For the sentiment I used the Close To My Heart Art Philosophy for the 3 flag banners. I used the writing feature in Design space and my CRICUT EXPLORE. I love this feature and the Cricut Pen Set is amazing and as you can see makes amazing results. I used the writing feature to not only write the words but also to write the inner banner that you can see bordering the sentiments on the inside of the banner. For the outside of each of the flags I used Red Pearl PensLight Blue Pearl Pens and Bisque Liquid Pearl for the outside of the each of the flags and used 3D Foam Dots to raise the flags. 

I just love how this card turned out and love the fact that I have such wonderful people in my life who have helped me out and given me a reason to make these amazing thank you cards. Thanks for coming by today to see my Kreation and come back tomorrow to see what other things I Kreate. 

SUPPLY LIST
**CLICK THE LINK TO BE TAKEN TO THE SITE**
Machine: CRICUT EXPLORE
Adhesive: ATG Gun,  3D Foam Dots

Monday, July 7, 2014

CRICUT EXPLORE VS SILHOUETTE CAMEO: MATERIAL CUTTING

Get Ready to see an epic battle between the SILHOUETTE CAMEO and CRICUT EXPLORE! In this video I put them head to head cutting metal, wood, plastic and foam!! Check it out and see who comes out on top! I have to admit I am a SILHOUETTE CAMEO lover at heart, but the CRICUT EXPLORE is starting to impress me with every video I make!!

Check it out for yourself!!:


To Buy The Cricut Explore:
CLICK HERE TO BUY CRICUT EXPLORE

To Buy The Silhouette Cameo:
CLICK HERE TO BUY SILHOUETTE CAMEO



Sunday, July 6, 2014

BEDTIME EXPANSION PACK

Wow Scrap Factory Is just pumping out Expansion Packs. they just released the Fairies one and now they released one of the "cutest" ones to date. The bedtime expansion pack has just been released and it so adorable:


TO PURCHASE THE BEDTIME EXPANSION PACK:


Bedtime Expansion Pack

This program was designed to easily create some customizable paper piecing dolls. It's as simple as... 1-2-3

Mix and Match Feature
All dolls were made to be compatible with the original body style of Scrap Factory.

6 New Hair Styles
6 New Outfits
4 Slippers
3 Titles
2 Stuffed Animals
1 Pillow

Total possible combinations: 125

The program will take your selections and create a SVG file for you to import into your favorite cutting program.

COLORFUL THANKS

Hey Everyone! Ken here with another Ken's Kreations. Today I am so excited to show you a step-by-step project using one of my new favorite craft mediums INKA-GOLD. I made this card using my CRICUT EXPLORE and the amazing CRICUT SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE

Last month Cricut release a new cartridge called SIMPLE EVERYDAY CARDS, which features amazing simple cards that can be cut in minutes on the CRICUT EXPLORE. Well even though I have over 200 cartridges in my life already...I do not have this one. Luckily I DO HAVE the CRICUT SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE so as soon as the cartridge was released online it was also released to me in Design Space!! Well I have a someone in my life who has been helping me out both personally and professionally and I wanted to make something special to say a real COLORFUL THANKS!





Below you will find a Step-By-Step photo tutorial on how to make this card. It is so easy using your CRICUT EXPLORE and Design Space. So here we go:

Start By Going Into Design Space And Sizing The Card At 7" Wide. The Grey Piece You See On The Screen Will Be Used To Paint The INKA-GOLD Onto
Cut Out The Card One White/Card Card Stock 105#. The Heavier The Better Since We Will Be Painting INKA-GOLD Onto It. 
While You Machine Is Cutting You Can Get Your Supplies Ready. I Used RANGER 15" CRAFT SHEET and INKA-GOLD in 6 different Colors.
 After The Card Has Finished The Cut, Take The Base Sheet And The Following INKA-GOLD Colors LAVA REDORANGEYELLOW GOLDEMERALDSTEEL BLUE, and VIOLET
Using Latex Gloves Rub The INKA-GOLD All Over The Base Of The Card


Once You Have Finished With All Of The Colors, Let Dry For 5 Minutes And Then Using A Shirt Or Towel Lightly Rub The Top Of The INKA-GOLD. Since This Is A Bee-Wax Base It Will Turn To A Nice Glossy Shine.
Once You Have Buffed The Entire Base You Will Take Your SCOTCH ATG And Run It Around The Permitter Of The Card And Insert It Into The Inside Of The Thank You Card.
Taking The LAVA REDYELLOW GOLDSTEEL BLUE and VIOLET INKA-GOLD Rub A Small Amount On An Embellishment Of You Choice. Let It Dry For 5 Minutes And Buff The Top Of The Embellishment.


To Finish The Thank You Card Use Your SCOTCH ATG And Attach The Embellishment To The Front Of The Card

And that is how you can make your own COLORFUL THANK YOU CARD using your CRICUT EXPLORE and CRICUT SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE. For all the supplies you will need to make this card please see below and make sure to check back tomorrow to see what other Kreations I come up with!!

SUPPLIES USED:
CLICK THE LINKS TO BE TAKEN TO THE STORE TO PURCHASE
MACHINE: CRICUT EXPLORE
INKA-GOLD: LAVA REDORANGEYELLOW GOLDEMERALDSTEEL BLUE, and VIOLET
ADHESIVE: SCOTCH ATG3D FOAM DOTS


Thursday, July 3, 2014

NEW BLADES FINALLY HERE

The New Cricut Premium German Carbide Blades are finally here:



They might go fast since they have been in high demand!!!