Back to School Blog Tour 2019

Somehow my girl is starting her second year of preschool this year.  She’s grown a ton in the last year.  She’s even started sounding out words this summer and it’s so fun to see her blossoming.  She gets so proud of herself and I love to see her learning.  She’s not only growing with her reading, but she’s also growing taller too.  Dresses have always been her thing, so it was only fitting to make her a dress for back to school this year.

I scoured through my pattern stash only to tumble upon the gorgeous Adelyn from Simple Life Patterns.  It has several sleeve lengths, a cute scoop back with an optional tie, and two different styles of skirt (circle and gathered). adelyn

After looking at all of the options, I just had to go with the flutter sleeves.  I knew it would add such a feminine, and pretty look.  The back tie also added such a fun detail to this beautiful dress.  I knew I would have to do the circle skirt, because she just loves to twirl. adelyn6

Raspberry Creek Fabrics has the cutest alphabet double brushed polyester fabric that was just perfect for her dress.  I paired it with another one of their CLUB print double brushed polyester fabrics to went together so well with coordinating colors.  The finished dress just couldn’t have been more perfect!

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Giveaway!
10% off all patterns from DIBY Club with code: B2Sblogtour (expires Aug 25, 2019)
2 patterns of choice from DIBY Club (bundles excluded)
 2 patterns of choice from Rad Patterns
2 patterns of choice from Paisley Roots
1 pattern of choice from Sisboom
 
1 pattern of choice from Little Lizard King

 

 

1 pattern of choice from Titchy Threads

1 pattern of choice from New Horizons Designs



 

 

Leilani Romper from Peach Patterns

Rompers just scream summer to me!  My girl is usually all about dresses, but when we’re outside a lot at the playgrounds or running around town, a romper gets my vote for her to wear.  It helps to keep her covered while she’s on the slide, or getting in and out of the car.  I’m always looking for a fun woven pattern too, and the Leilani from Peach Patterns fits the bill.   rcfsummerrayon19-6

I used this new gorgeous rayon challis print from Raspberry Creek Fabrics for this one.  I really like their rayon challis base that they print on.  It’s not too light that it’s see through but still has good drape, and it’s also really easy to work with.  Some of the other rayon challis fabrics that I’ve worked with can move around really easily making it hard to cut out the pattern without having the fabric all wonky.  I’ve never had this issue with their rayon challis CLUB prints. rcfsummerrayon19-5

The Leilani has the option of having pockets or having a flounce too.  The ties at the shoulders make it easy to get on and off for restroom breaks.  The only issue is that she can’t tie them back by herself, so she still needs a little help there.  The waist has elastic in a casing (which was part of the seam, instead of a separate piece) to keep it up around the waist.  If you’re looking for a quick and easy woven romper pattern, the Leilani is perfect!  rcfsummerrayon19-3

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Raspberry Creek Fabrics Swimsuit Blog Tour

When I started sewing a couple of years ago, I never thought I’d be sewing swimsuits.  Honestly though, they’re one of the most beneficial things that I sew that actually fit my kids, and fit them well!  All the store bought swimsuits never fit them correctly.  Either they’re too big in the bum so they’re long enough for my kids, or too short but fit them in the width.  As you can imagine, I have tall and skinny kids.  The store bought suits just don’t fit right.  Sewing is the one thing I can do to give them a good fitting suit that isn’t falling off of them.

If you’ve followed me for long, either here or on Instagram, you know my love for Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  I use them a lot, because well for one, they’re local to me.  Second, they have great fabrics.  This year’s swim line is no exception to their great prints.  I spent most of last week sewing up all these beautiful fabrics.  The thickness is perfect, and I didn’t even line many of these because they just didn’t need it.

This first suit, I used the Retro looking stripe in a board short fabric.  I used the Long Beach Board Short pattern from New Horizons Designs.  I did shorten them a couple of inches as the pattern is meant to go past the knees and I prefer them to go to the top of the knee for better movement.  rcfswim19-16rcfswim19-17

This is definitely one of my favorite prints.  I adore how these turned out.  I feel like this pattern helped this print to stand out even more.

Next, I used this Circus floral swim fabric and paired it with the Circus dot swim.  The two fabrics worked so well together.  Since the fabrics are printed in house at Raspberry Creek, the colors match exactly.  I made the Lorelei swimsuit from Simple Life Pattern Company.  This is one of my favorite swimsuit patterns.  It’s just too cute, and the fit is perfect for my girl every time!

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Lastly, I used this gorgeous Navy Floral for a swimsuit for myself.  The Alexandria suit  from Made for Mermaids was the pattern that I used.  I added the flounce on the neckline. rcfswim19-11rcfswim19-12

I paired my suit with some board shorts using the Swim and Surf shorts pattern from Gracious Threads in the swim length.  I used the solid navy board short fabric from Raspberry Creek with some double fold white bias tape that I grabbed locally.  I made these last year, and I wear them whenever we go swimming.  They’re a staple for me in the summer.

All the swim fabrics that contain navy are currently on pre-order while the mill makes some more of the original swim base, as the replacement they sent doesn’t give the same results as the original swim base.  As soon as the original base comes in, they will ship out the navy printed fabrics to customers.  Sorry for the delay, but at least this way you know you’ll be getting the highest quality fabrics and standards that RCF stands for.

Now for the fun part, here is the link to the other bloggers for this tour, and codes for discounts to a few of our pattern sponsors.

Friday: Its Liesel / Amber Lauren Boutique / Violette Field Threads / Confetti Unicorn

For this week, March 11-15, 2019, our readers can enjoy 20% off SWIM ONLY from these sponsors!
Wardrobe By Me code: Raspberry Creek
Simple Life Pattern Company code: SLPCO-RCSWIM
Titchy Threads code: SUITUP19

5oo4 code: RCFSWIM
and 15% off SWIM ONLY from Jalie code: SWIMTOUR15OFF

 

A huge thank you to all of our sponsors!

 

Boo Designs / Sew A Little Seam / Titchy Threads / Simple Life Pattern Co. / Jalie

Little Lizard King / Made for Mermaids / Love Notions / Striped Swallow Designs

Patterns for Priates / Violette Field Threads / Wardrobe By Me / 5oo4 / Sew Like My Mom

 

Simple Life Pattern Company Holiday Blog Tour

I was lucky enough to be involved in the Simple Life Pattern Co. special occasion dress blog tour last year.  It was so fun to make a fancy dress for my daughter that she’s enjoyed all year long.  That Paisley has been worn so much and it’s about time to retire it.  This year we went a little more fancy.

We have a tradition of going to the symphony every year around Christmas.  Our local symphony does one that the kids can enjoy that includes many of the favorite Christmas songs.  I love making her a fancy dress every year that she can wear to the symphony.   This year, I made the Mila dress from SLPco.  slpcoholiday7

I will be honest that I saw a similar dress on the Mila listing and new that it would make the most beautiful dress.  Tiffany, from Pieces of Joy, created an awesome dress and it was my inspiration for this gorgeous Mila.  Hart’s Fabrics was generous enough to sponsor this tour and I found this wonderful rosette fabric and satin in black.  slpcoholiday4

When I was preparing to cut the skirt, I noticed that the selvedge edge had a great mesh/tulle and that since the rosettes were sewn on, I decided to leave the rosettes how they were and trim the tulle to create a scalloped hem without any real work.

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The big bow on the back adds to the gorgeous splendor of this dress.  It creates such a fancy and delicate look to such a wonderful pattern.  The tulip sleeves give the dress such a fun detail. slpcoholiday6

During the tour, all of the patterns over at Simple Life are currently 30% off (with the exception of the new Betty dress) with the code FALLINTOSLPCO.  They’re also doing a couple of giveaways by entering the Rafflecopter link below.  So, don’t let the sale get away from you.  Grab a cute pattern to sew up for your girl for the holidays!   slpcoholiday18

Don’t forget to check out all the other lovely dresses that the other bloggers have put together using SLPco’s beautiful patterns!

November 5 – Kutti CoutureSLPCO Team

November 6
Wonderfully Handmade
Ammon Lane

November 7 – Kainara StitchesIdle SunshinePearberry Lane

November 8 – Sew TwirlySew Sophie LynnBonnie and Blithe

November 9 – It’s LieselCandice Ayala

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The New Cricut EasyPress 2…and a few other gadgets

We just love our graphic tees around our house.  I was lucky enough to get my hands on one of the new Cricut EasyPress 2’s, and the new EasyPress Mat.  Think of the old EasyPress, but somehow better!

It gets hotter than the old EasyPress (up to 400 degrees now), and does so faster than the older version.  It now comes in 3 different sizes (6×7, 9×9, and 12×10).  The old EasyPress only came in the one 9×9 size.  The heating plate is thicker for more even heating.  This new EasyPress also has a USB port so you can update any firmware, as needed.  The best part is, it’s EASY!!!

I used it this week to add some iron-on vinyl to some shirts for both Inara and myself.  I added a cute saying to one of her shirts and used the Cricut iron-on Lite and the Glitter iron-on.  I was easily able to cut the vinyl on my Cricut Maker and then layer the vinyl by pressing each color on.  cep19

I’m going to take you step by step and show you how I got this cute shirt completed.  I used a cut file from Cricut Design space that I had found.  I got all of my vinyl cut on my Cricut Maker and used my BrightPad to weed the vinyl. cep3cep5

Once all of my vinyl was cut, I set up my EasyPress using the settings found here for the shirt fabric that I had.  My shirt was a cotton/poly blend, so I did 315 degrees for 30 seconds.  The EasyPress instructions have you place the shirt on top of the EasyPress Mat and heat the shirt for 5 seconds to iron the shirt and remove any water that might be present.  cep13

After heating the shirt initially, I placed my vinyl exactly where I wanted it to be.  I used the Iron-on Lite in Teal for the outer circle.  I always use a disappearing ink pen to make sure my design will be on straight once it’s applied.  Press for 30 seconds.  I then flipped the shirt over and pressed on the back side of the vinyl for 15 seconds before removing the plastic transfer sheet. cep14

After my initial ring was placed, I then lined up the subsequent vinyl pieces and repeated the 30 seconds and 15 seconds for each color.cep15cep16cep17

I used a pressing cloth in between to ensure that I didn’t accidentally cause any issues with the vinyl that had already been added, although there is a teflon coating on the EasyPress heat plate. cep18

I used the same process and made a shirt for myself with the cut file found here.  Since the shirt was bigger and my EasyPress is the 9×9 size, I had to move the EasyPress and press the vinyl in several different spots.  It worked out perfectly though!cep6

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Made for Mermaids Back to School Tour

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School is quickly approaching!  I cannot believe how fast the summer has gone by.  We’ve had a lot of fun this summer, traveled, gone swimming, and done lots of other fun things together.  This year, my so is starting Kindergarten and my daughter is starting pre-school.  I feel like there’s no way it’s time for her to start school already, but I’m really excited to see her grow and learn.  So, today I made her a dress for starting school.  She is very particular about her clothes lately and only wears dresses that spin.  Appropriately, I made her a twirly dress.  Made for Mermaids has several patterns that have circle skirts, but I knew that I wanted a simple skirt to go with a more detailed bodice.  I just love the sleeves of the Charlotte pattern, so I knew that I wanted to include them too.  btsblog2

After looking through my fabric, I found this gorgeous windowpane double brushed polyester from Raspberry Creek Fabrics that really had a school look to me.  At first, I thought about mashing the Charlotte sleeves with the Brooklyn bodice and the Riley skirt.  Once I decided on this fabric though, I knew that it needed a cute black collar.  I decided to use the sleeves, neckline, and armscye of the Charlotte and mash it to the waist of the Riley so that I could use the circle skirt.  btsblog3

The final result couldn’t look more classic to me, and I just love it!  She looks so grown up, which she’s doing all too quickly, but having her look so cute for her first day of school has me so excited.  It also made her happy that she could twirl in it too! btsblog5

Make sure to check out the rest of the blog tour this week as the Made for Mermaids team shows off their new school looks!

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Love Notions Summer Lace Tour

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I’m joining Love Notions this week with the Summer Lace Blog Tour.  This was my first time sewing lace into a garment, and I wasn’t sure quite what I might want to sew.  After scouring several stores that carried lace, and looking at inspiration, I came across a top in my own closet that I wanted to recreate.  It has eyelash lace on the sleeves with a solid body.  I really like the top and enjoy that I can have a lace top and still wear my regular bra (which for me is very important ;)).

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Tami released the Classic tee recently and I found some stretch double galloon eyelash lace at Fabric Bistro on Etsy.  I grabbed a few that I found in different colors and styles.  When they arrived, one of the white ones stood out, and I had some white double brushed polyester in my stash.  When I cut out my fabrics, the only modification that I made was to remove the 1″ hem on the sleeves since I knew that I wouldn’t need to hem them now.

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Sewing the top was a breeze, and I didn’t have any issues with the lace.  I followed the instructions for the classic tee, since I didn’t make any changes.  I made sure to leave my serger tails long enough to tuck them in at the end of the sleeve, so the seam wouldn’t unravel.

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Making this shirt was so easy, and turned out so cute!  I hope that I inspired you to grab some lace and use it in your garments!  It add such great delicate details to your clothes!  Be sure to check out all the other great posts this week!  You’ll find the links below:

 

lace tourMonday: Sewing Curves SewSophieLynn Kainara Stitches
Tuesday: doodlenumber5 My Heart Will Sew On Third Shift Creations
Wednesday: Princesse et tresors Phat Quarters
Thursday: All Things Katy! Back40life
Friday: Sew Like a Sloth Very Blissful Seamly Behaviour

 

New Horizons Bayside romper and Deer Creek hack

Recently I was looking for inspiration on Boden’s site.  They always have some cute girl clothes, and I love browsing their site for inspiration.  I came across a romper that I knew would be perfect for summer play.  It had a dolman style sleeve and attached shorts.  Knowing the patterns that are in my pattern library, I thought the Deer Creek and the Bayside would work perfectly!  I had to do some mashing of the patterns for the top to get the length and the bottom to match and line up to the bayside shorts.  baysidemash2

After I printed my patterns, I lined up the shoulder at the neckline.  I made sure to have my grain line arrows parallel to each other.  For the front pattern piece, I could easily line up the fold line.  I then graded my side seam from the chest of the Deer Creek pattern down to the bottom of the bayside pattern.  I knew that the Deer Creek elastic hits around the natural waist, so it needed to be lengthened to get the correct length for the lower elastic.  I followed the same process for the back piece, only I could only used the grain line arrow as a guide, since the back of the Bayside isn’t cut on the fold.  After getting my top of the pattern pieces mashed together, I double checked the side seam length to make sure that they matched as well.  I ended up lengthening the front side seam, as it didn’t match up to the back.  Next, I needed to make sure that the back of the Bayside shorts, and my new back pattern piece were going to be the same width.  The shorts have a center seam, and aren’t cut on the fold like the back top piece.  The seam allowance is 3/8″, for a total of 3/4″ that will be removed from the back shorts.  I then measured both the back top and bottom and added 1/8″ width to the top to make sure when sewn they would match perfectly.baysidemash4

The only other thing that I ran into that needed to be addressed was how was she going to get it off.  The Boden romper has snaps/buttons at the shoulders.  I really didn’t want to have to mess with the shoulders and neckline to get it correct.  I ended up making a placket and adding it to the crotch to have snaps in the crotch so she could remove the romper easily for changes or restroom breaks.  baysidemash10

I constructed the top using the Deer Creek tutorial.  I sewed the shoulder and then added the neck binding.  Since I didn’t adjust the neckline width, I just used the neckline binding from the Deer Creek pattern.  I sewed the side seams and then hemmed the sleeves according to the tutorial.  I then constructed the shorts by sewing the pockets onto the front first, using the Bayside tutorial for the instructions for the pocket construction.  After I added the pockets, I sewed the front and back rise.  The side seams were next.  Following the side seams of the shorts, I then hemmed the bottom of the shorts.  Now I could measure the crotch width to determine how wide I needed to make my placket.  I made the length 2.25,” and the width was the width of the crotch plus 3/4″ for the seam allowance.  I ironed in all of the sides by 3/8″, then the length was folded in half to make it 3/4″ wide for the snaps to go in.  I then sewed this on with a 3/8″ seam allowance and top stitched around the placket.  Finally, I added the snaps and finished sewing the shorts onto the top using the Bayside as the guide to making the casing and adding the elastic in the waist.  baysidemash5

I just love how it turned out!  It will make great play clothing for her this summer.  I’m excited to make more for her, and hopefully I can update this post with some pictures for a proper tutorial on mashing these two patterns to make a fun romper.  Fabric is from Raspberry Creek Fabricsbaysidemash7baysidemash8baysidemash

 

Dolly Dress using the Cricut Maker

Now that I have my new Cricut Maker, I figured I’d have to try out all it’s cool features using one of the sewing patterns that’s in Cricut Design Space.  My daughter got one of the 18″ dolls for Christmas, and I’ve been sewing some clothes for it lately.  When I saw that there were a few doll clothes patterns for the Maker, I wanted to try one out.  I found a cute doll dress in the pattern, and got started.  Design Space tells you exactly how big to cut your fabric and how to lay the grainlines on the mat.  It also tells you which fabrics to put on which mats.  For this particular pattern, there were three different cuts that needed to be done.  I cut out my squares of fabric, and set up my Maker. cricutsew

The Cricut Maker has the capabilities of cutting out and marking your pattern pieces for you, so that there’s no guesswork.  After loading my mat, rotary blade, and fabric marking pen, I started with my first mat which cut out and mark the skirt pieces.  cricutsew2cricutsew3

After cutting and marking all of the pieces, I downloaded the sewing instructions from Cricut Design Space.  The first step has you sew down the center seams of both the main and the lining pieces of the bodice.  Next you line up the main and the lining with right sides together, after ironing down 1/4″ on the shoulders of the lining, with wrong sides together. cricutsew6

The armscyes and necklines are then sewn with a 1/4″ seam allowance. cricutsew7

After clipping the curves, the bodice is turned right side out.  The shoulders of the main fabric are then placed right sides together and sewn with 1/4″ seam allowance, without catching the lining in the seam.  The fabric is then pushed in between the two bodices and the lining is hand sewn together. cricutsew8

Next, the two skirt pieces were sewn together with the right sides together, using a 1/2″ seam allowance. The back center seam was sewn up to the notches, and then left unsewn at the top.  cricutsew9

At this point, the bodice and the skirt are sewn together.  The skirt and bodice are aligned right sides together and sewn with a 5/8″ seam allowance.  The main bodice and the skirt fabric seam are trimmed down.  cricutsew10

The lining is then hemmed at 1/4″ and top stitched down to create a casing for the elastic at the waist. cricutsew12

1/4″ elastic is then threaded through the casing and sewn down at the ends to create a cinched waist.  cricutsew13

1/2″ hook and loop is then sewn on the back to create the closure.  Both are attached right up against the raw edge.  The left side is then folded under to allow the hook and loop to keep the dress closed.  cricutsew15

Lastly, the dress is hemmed 1/4″ and then another 1/4″.  I added the cording by hand sewing it to the center, and tying it in a bow.  cricutsew18

I loved that my Cricut cut all of the pieces and marked them for me.  It made putting this dress together so simple.  The only thing that I wasn’t too fond of were the instructions.  I’ve never been a huge fan of only having written instructions with hard to follow illustrations.  These instructions weren’t too hard to follow, but I did struggle in a couple of areas.  cricutsew19cricutsew20

I love the final product, and I know my daughter will have a fun time putting it on her doll.  I can’t attest to all the sewing patterns in the Cricut Design Space, but this one was a winner!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Cricut Maker Review

Several years ago, my Sister-in-law was really into the Cricut machine craze.  She used to scrapbook, and had several kids.  At the time, I didn’t have any kids, and scrapbooking was something that I just wasn’t into.  Fast forward to a couple of years ago and I started sewing, I mean really sewing.  I saw people customizing their makes with iron-on vinyl.  I loved seeing the cute sayings or shapes that were being placed just about anywhere.  Then fast forward to a few weeks ago.  One of my friends contacted me about the Cricut Maker.  Now that I’ve been using mine for a couple of months, I thought I’d sit down and give it a review.  cricut

I think the main thing that people notice, or talk about, with the Maker is the fact that it has a rotary cutter.  This is such a neat feature!  It can cut through a multitude of different fabrics and materials.  Quilting cotton, knit, leather, felt, silk, cashmere, tulle, you name it.  The other Cricut machines could cut through fabrics too, but they had to be bonded, meaning they had to have a backing, like heat and bond.  Because the dragging motion of the blade didn’t allow for the fabric to just sit on the mat without the backing.  With the rotary blade, it doesn’t drag like the regular blades, but rather rolls and then completely lifts up to change directions.  This allows the rotary blade to cut through all the fibers rather than dragging across the fibers.cricut9cricut4

I could see several applications in which the rotary cutter would come in very handy.  If you were a quilter, and needed to cut out several of the same size and shape pieces out of the same fabric, then the Maker could easily do the job for you.  One hundred hexagons, forty cresents, or even fifty diamonds.  I could see how this could come in very handy.  Below, I used it to cut out a heart on a polyester blend knit fabric. cricut10

Despite being very cool, there are a few disadvantages.  You’re limited to a 12″ wide cutting space.  For someone that does smaller crafts, or quilting, this might not be all that bad.  For someone like me that does apparel sewing, this really limits what I can use the rotary blade for in my sewing.  I could see cutting out an appliqué to sew on, especially for the perfectionist that I am.  Another disadvantage is that you can’t cut anything on the fold.  It has to be lying flat on the cutting mat, in a single layer.  Many of the sewing patterns that I use have several pieces that are cut on the fold, so it’s not advantageous for me to use it to cut out my sewing pattern pieces.

Another thing that I noticed about the Maker is just the sheer weight of the machine.  It’s actually quite heavy.  It’s slated to start using a knife blade as another blade later this year.  This means that the Maker could cut materials up to 2.4mm thick.  Because it can cut such thick materials, it needs to be able to apply more pressure than your regular die cut machine. The Maker is up to ten times more powerful than other cutting machines, and they can typically only cut a thickness up to 0.8mm.

The Cricut Maker doesn’t just use the rotary blade to cut, but can also use the regular blades and the deep cut blades.  I’ve honestly used the regular blade more than I have the rotary blade.  I use it constantly to cut out iron-on vinyl for shirts, or other projects.  I’ve also used it to cut vinyl sayings or decals for use around our house, like our “No Soliciting” sign that I put on our door.  Using these blades, you can cut a multitude of different vinyls and papers, like tissue paper, printable vinyl, flocked iron-on, etc.  I used my Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPress to make my son his shirt, using this design from Thread & Grain. gamer

Did you know that the Maker has the ability to detect color so you can print and then cut?  You can also connect your phone or tablet via Bluetooth, so there’s no wires to deal with.  There’s also a handy docking slot at the top so your device can rest at the top while you’re working.  The convenient storage tray at the bottom of the Maker helps to hold additional blades or the washable fabric marker.  Speaking of markers, did you know the Maker will hold a regular marker in the slot?  It doesn’t need an adapter to hold a pen or marker for writing. cricut5cricut7cricut6

Overall, the Cricut Maker is way ahead of the competition when it comes to the materials that this thing can cut.  With the new knife blade that’s set to release, the rotary cutter, regular blade, deep cut blade, and bonded fabric blade, the Maker just has so many possibilities for the at home crafter.  You really can’t go wrong with this innovative machine.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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