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Pantone's Color of the Year - Living Coral

I love Pantone and have used their color system as a graphic designer for years. I always find it interesting to see what color they choose for the color of the year. Last year was Ultra Violet and I did see a lot of ladies wearing violet. 2019 is Living Coral. I am not a big coral fan but this shade isn't bad. How do you feel about Living Coral? Will you add it to your wardrobe or crafts?

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The Color of the Year 2019 announcement is a landmark one, as it marks the 20th time that Pantone has made its trendsetting color prediction.

Living Coral (PANTONE 16-1546) is described in the Color of the Year announcement as “vibrant, yet mellow” as well as “sociable and spirited”.

“Color enhances and influences the way we experience life,” said Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute. “As a shade that affirms life through a dual role of energizing and nourishing, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral reinforces how colors can embody our collective experience and reflect what is taking place in our global culture at a moment in time.”

Color Codes for Living Coral (ink):

CMYK: 0 50 59 0

sRGB: 255 109 112


To see the full set of Pantone color codes for Living Coral, including for fabric, click here.

For you design geeks, you can purchase 
Living Coral Pantone mug

Or you can carry around 
Living Coral notebook and the coral is continued inside.

Update to 
Color of the Year Planner.

If you want to go Living Coral crazy and add it to your Home and Interiors,
you can buy 
swatch book of Living Color for just under $200!




Cricut Sale for 2019

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It's the new year and that means new deals from Cricut! Starting today, through 1/8, save up to 50% on materials and accessories! Also, save up to 80% on Cuttlebug accessories. is offering Free Economy Shipping on orders $99+. Use code JANSHIP.

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SNAP Conference 2019

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This is one of my favorite conferences for the craft and DIY community. It is located in Utah and is held April 11 - 13. Most meals are included and I would recommend staying at the conference hotel, Little America (there is a discount code available). Check it out at the following link [SNAP]

Cricut New Year Sale

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Check out these prices! Start 2019 off right with these delightful deals on DIY favorites! These include the lowest price of the year on the Cricut Maker, special pricing on the Explore Air 2, and EasyPress 2 starting at $99. Be sure to take advantage of these great offers before they end. is offering Free Economy Shipping on orders $99+. Use code DECSHIP. 

Lowest price of the year on Cricut Maker. Starting at $349. Valid through 1/1/19. 

Get the hottest price on Cricut EasyPress 2! Starting at $99. Valid through 1/1/19. 

Start 2019 off right with Explore Explore Air 2 Bundles. Starting at $239, valid thru 1/1/19 

The Cricut Cuttlebug machine now $59.99, valid thru 1/1/19 

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Last Minute Cricut Sale

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Christmas is right around the corner so be sure to check out these last minute holiday deals! These include great deals on Maker, Easypress and Explore Air 2! Additionally, save up to 40% on materials. is offering Free Economy Shipping on orders $99+. Use code DECSHIP.

Lowest price of the year on Cricut Maker. Starting at $349. Valid through 12/25. 

Special pricing on Cricut Explore Air 2. Starting at $199. Valid through 12/25. 

Get the hottest price on Cricut EasyPress 2! Starting at $99. Valid through 12/25. 

Ending soon! Up to 40% off materials. 

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Take a Look at the Evolution of Cricut Machines

Have you ever wondered about the lineage of the Circuit machines? I have collected information and images for the variety of machines that have been made. Cricut machines are manufactured by Provo Craft & Novelty, Inc. Provo Craft is located in Utah. The company is 15 years old and was created on December 21, 2003. I don’t have the manufacture dates for each machine. If you have this information, I would love to be able to add it to this article.


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Current Models:



Cricut Maker
The Cricut Maker machine is used with Design Space, which is a cloud-based, online software. It does not function stand-alone. When using Design Space on a desktop or laptop computer, an internet connection is required. When using the machine with the Design Space app on an iOS device (iPad/iPhone), you can use the offline feature in that app to use your machine and Design Space without an internet connection. The Cricut Maker is an adaptable machine with interchangeable 
cutting and scoring heads.


Cricut Explore Air 2
A slight update from the Air, it cuts two times faster. Comes in a variety of colors and works with the current Circuit Design Space application.


Cricut Explore Air
This is a wireless machine that can cut paper to fabric and more. It works with the current Circuit Design Space application.


Cricut Explore One
Similar in look to the other Explore machines but only has a single tool holder. You can cut and write but you have to do so in two steps.



Cricut Explore
The Cricut Explore, Explore
Air, and Explore Air 2 each have a double tool holder so that you can cut & write (or cut & score) in 1 step. The Explore One has a single tool holder, so it can cut & write (or cut & score) in 2 steps.

The Explore Air and Explore Air 2 have built-in Bluetooth, but for Explore One and Explore, you will need a Cricut Wireless Bluetooth Adapter in order to use it with your iOS or Android mobile device or to cut wirelessly from your computer.


Legacy Machines:


Cricut Expression 2
The Cricut Expression 2 was designed as a standalone machine. The LCD touch screen and Cricut® cartridges allowed you to create projects without being connected to a computer. A computer was required to update the machine's firmware, however.


Cricut Expression
The Cricut Expression machine had several fantastic features available. A few favorites are the Auto Fill and Quantity features. They allowed you to cut multiples of the same image so you could quickly create a batch of invitations, place settings, party favors, or other projects. There was a scoring tip that could be used.


Cricut Mini
The Cricut Mini relied exclusively on using Cricut Craft Room, a computer program which no longer functions. The Circuit Mini is obsolete.


Cricut Imagine
The Cricut Imagine machines use a special cutting mat with a white border and black registration marks that the machine will read prior to cutting your printed images with precision and accuracy.  The Imagine machine was unable to read any other mats. 



Cricut Cake
Cricut Cake was specifically designed to cut edible material, including gum paste, frosting sheets, and more. As such, it was designed with parts made of food-safe material. In fact, any part of the machine that touches food was made of food-safe material.


Cricut Create
The Cricut Create machine was designed to function with the Cricut® cartridges as a standalone machine.


Cricut Personal
The Cricut Personal/V1 machine was designed to function with the original Cricut cartridges as a standalone machine.


Additional Machines:


Cricut Cuttlebug
The Cricut Cuttlebug machine is compatible with most leading brands of dies and embossing folders. The B Plates - Cutting, A Plate - Spacer, and C Plate - Adapter (sold separately) are different thicknesses so that you can mix and match. 



The Cricut EasyPress comes in three different sizes and is used to heat iron-on vinyl. You may find it has alternative uses similar to an iron.



The Cricut BrightPad comes in Mint Green and Rose Gold. It is a modern light box and works great for weeding, tracing, paper piecing, and jewelry making. 



Cricut Gypsy
The Gypsy was a portable personal design device for use with your Cricut® Personal, Create, Expression, Cake, Cake Mini, Expression 2 and Imagine machines. It allowed you to store Cricut® cartridge content, design with that content, and then connect to your Cricut® to cut. 


Beautiful Bible Journals from Ellie Claire

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I was given three Bible journals to review from Ellie Claire. The quality of books Ellie Claire produces is such a high quality I have never been disappointed. The three journals have a somewhat paperlike cover that is slightly flexible but sturdy. Each journal as an elastic band to hold the book closes as well as a ribbon bookmark. These touches add to the quality and usability. 

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Each of the above journals; Peace beings with Me, Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus, and The Earth Is the Lord's and Everything In It, are available on Amazon and Barnes and Nobles. The images are linked to Amazon and contain affiliate links. 

I am torn between the floral and peacocks for my favorite cover. The journals begin on January 1st, making them great for Christmas gift giving. Each journal is a 365 day devotional. Which one do you think would be your favorite?

Each journal far exceeds its price point in the quality of content as well as the quality of paper they are constructed from. Each one would make for a very special gift for yourself or others. You will be very pleased with any one of these journals.

12 Days of Cricut

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Make your Christmas wish list cost less! Now through 12/16, Cricut is featuring the 12 days of Cricut sale! Take advantage of new deals each and every day. Some of the deals currently live are 40% off materials, Brightpad starting at $49, and Easypress starting at $99. is offering Free Economy Shipping on orders $99+. Use code DECSHIP.

12 days of Cricut. New deals each day! 

Easypress starting at $99. 

Brightpad on sale for $49.99! 

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We Tried CBD Oil, Here's How it Went

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I am sure you have heard something about CBD oil. I was a little hesitant even with all the good testimonies I have heard. I really was at a standstill with my daughter's anxiety. We had tried a doctor, who sent us to a therapist. We tried to push through, but every morning there were tears getting ready for school. I decided we'd try CBD oil. I only give her a few drops a day but it seems to be working. We had our first day without tears today. (Plantacea states it isn't for anyone under 18, that is why we only use a few drops)

I tried Help Oil from Amazon, it tasted terrible. Amazon doesn't sell CBD oil. I know there are a lot of MLM CBD oil companies, but I didn't want to commit to monthly orders. I also didn't want to pay a fortune. Thankfully I found Plantacea, they sell CBD oil for pets, horses, and people. Their CBD oil comes in three different flavors: lemon, natural, and peppermint. I ordered the lemon and it tastes really good.

CBD Oil Tincture – For People – Lemon Flavor (250mg)

CBD Oil Tincture – For People – Natural Flavor (250mg)

CBD Oil Tincture – For People – Peppermint Flavor (250mg)

I can't say it is a miracle yet, only time will tell. But I will take progress over frustration any day!

Koala Drawing Tools

I just found this amazing company that sells drawing tools. I was thrilled to work with them and receive a box of their materials. Koala makes 3D and Perspective Gridded Sketchbooks for students /artists, and Shape-making Rulers like the size-adjustable, circular ruler called Ring Ruler. I received two ring rulers in different sizes, a few different gridded notebooks and a variety of gridded transparencies. I think I am going to wrap these up and gift them to my daughters for Christmas. They love to draw and these tools will take them to the next level of learning. 

using the ring ruler

variety of gridded notebooks

If you would like to try Koala Tools visit and use this referral code (TRYIT2LIKEIT) and you will receive 25% off your purchase.

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I was provided with materials in order to write this post. All opinions are my own.

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