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Just checking in to see if everyone is actually getting the emails for the posts, since that is the only way you will ever find out  you won.. unless you happen to be on the blog and see the post there.  These posts do not go on social media like  the regular posts, so be sure you are checking your emails, or the blog .. the last one was not claimed and  there will be more coming up.

Discover High Hopes Rubber Stamps

I apologize ENABLER ALERT !!!! haha

This is a company that is totally new to me, I discovered them on Twitter and they have some adorable stamps…. they also have a challenge..and we all know how much we love challenges AND new goodies.  More info  on the challenge and how to get the free digital stamp  so you can join in at the bottom of this post  If you are new to this company too, this is a fab way to  join in and maybe win some of these rubber stamps if you are interested in trying them out.


I was having a quick browse around and thought I would share some of the ones that caught my eye.  As most of you regulars know by now, I have a son who is 5 tomorrow ( Where did time go) and we plan to homeschool.  Creativity is a huge part of our learning process and the lil guy LOVES to craft.  That being said I am always on the lookout for  things for him to use and also things that can be used in “school” projects…. hey no one said education had to be boring… lol.

One of the first things that caught my eye were the backgrounds; these are perfect for both of us, both for card making and  adding visuals to  stories and essays etc  later on as he learns to write his own stories.

I love backgrounds, but I am pretty picky  and most of the ones I have are  digital .. but I love these..

Forest Background T057

Treasure Map T054

Speedy Recovery Background U004

Space Scape U149













and then of course we have fairies ..  sorry Merrie haha.. There are so many cool stamps at this store.. they come in foam mounted and unmounted.  Categories galore… oh dear this could get me in trouble if the little guy sees these…No crafty budget right now.. but if he sees Dragons…. oh my !

 
I will be adding this one into  the  tab above for stamps.. it is currently called DIGIS.. but I think I need to update it to STAMPS, since I  am finding more and more cute stamp companies who do physical stamps…  So expect to see that updated soon.

 


ok I promised you  details on the High Hopes March challenge..so here they are.

For your chance to win 2 FREE High Hopes Stamps.  

You can enter this challenge to win rubber stamps using  the free digital stamp provided, if you do not currently own any High Hopes stamps. There is a link to the freebies, you have two to choose from.  You must use a High Hopes Image.   Check the High Hopes Challenge post for more details and links to the free images.

I hope some of you join in, I think I will have a go at this one.. maybe see if my little guy wants to enter too…. he is a crafting machine lately  LOL

Cricut March Madness Box . 3 11/15 and …stuff

Are you ready for Box 3? The new box is SUPPLIES…. and we all need those right?

The contents of this box are  going to cost $34.99 and are valued  at $89.91 …. Ok so ..what is in the box.. by all accounts from what I can see.. so guarantees….BUT.. 2 rolls of window cling, 3 rolls of glitter vinyl, a roll of adhesive foil, 3 pearlescent paper sample packs in neutral, pastels and bold colors. All things I don’t have and really would like to play with… hurry up pay day. Quantities are limited so grab it while you can.


Cricut March Mystery Box #3 – Supplies

Free shipping at Cricut with code MYSTERYMARCH

Get $14.99 Flat Rate Shipping to Canada on all orders $50+

10% off + free standard shipping with code LOVECRICUT (EXCLUDES AIR 2 and CRICUT ACCESS)


Have you seen the Cricut Mint Machine Bundle…?  check out that price and all the goodies that come with it.  I am so coveting the new Explore 2… I would love one of these.   If you are totally new to Cricut, which is rare nowadays… but always a possibility..   There are so many cool things you can do with these machines…way beyond what Cricut even show you. Card making, scrapbooking, home decor, kids crafts, personalized clothing, gifts, packaging…… just  the tip of the iceberg.



We had one member on the message board who made all of the signs  for his re-enactment group.

Me.. I bought mine to make custom photo mats then got hooked ..and there is still a tonne of things I haven’t even tried yet.

One of my favorite  things about my Cricut is the aftermarket Adapters I bought,  which sadly are not available for the ONE.. but they are available for the Explore, Explore Air and Air 2 and those are  FANTASTIC. these are pen adapters for the Circut by a company called Chomas Creations and they allow you to expand the range of pens you can use in your Cricut.  For people like me..that is HUGE…it has opened up a whole new world of potential projects that I wouldn’t normally attempt because my handwriting is terrible and my calligraphy skills.. non existent lol.  But not just that..  that means I can draw with so many more pens than before…




One of my favorites and one of the most popular pins on my pinterest page is this.. the powder embossing done on the Explore. Yup.. POWDER EMBOSSING drawn on the Cricut.









This allows me to take  designs and instead of cutting them, I can draw them and emboss them.. LOVE LOVE LOVE this.  There are other embossing pens, including one I made myself.. but these Zig Embossing pens coupled with the Chomas Adapter.. SWEET !!!




















Anyone who is a regular on here knows how much I love my Zip pens.. and  most all of them will work in my Cricut with the adapter… with the exception of the  big chalk pens. But that is ok…. because I can outline on the Cricut then trace over it with my bigger pens when I want to do chalk signs.  Way better than anything I could ever achieve by hand.





And of course.. the ..  how could I not share what is probably my favorite paper to use on the Cricut.. this stuff is AWESOME.



It cuts beautifully, looks and feels amazing and gives a little extra something something to projects.



These projects were done with Black Velvet paper, but it comes in a bunch of other colors.. including white, which I love to print and color digital stamps on.


















Did I mention stencils…  check out this etched glass beer stein I made a couple of years ago using a stencil I made and cut on the Cricut. This was for one of our message board challenges. I  Just cut my stencil from vinyl, slapped it on..slapped on etching cream and voila.. a fun beer mug  🙂

 









…so by now, if you are new to the Cricut….you are probably beginning to realize the Cricut can do a lot more than just use images on cartridges and on Design Space Access…. Yup you can upload your own designs or designs purchased elsewhere. Card templates, toppers, digital stamps.  I’ve  got a confession… I don’t subscribe to Access, I own probably 10 cartridges.. and I use my Cricut to make a lot of cool projects.   So if the price of Access, or the designs not being to your taste is something that was holding you back ..  never fear… this machine still has a lot to offer.

Print and Cut is fantastic, and when the DS3 ( Design Space update) comes out soon… it’s going to be even better.  I for one.. can’t wait.  DS3 has so many cool new features… admittedly there are still some things I would love to have added on…  because I am used to having them in my graphics programs.. but it’s not a big deal to do it externally and then upload them.

Check out some of these fun projects done using Cricut Print and cut…

KennyK Stamps key holder

3D layered Cute As A Button Slate Wall Plaque

 

 

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Sneaky Peek.. You’ve been Framed !

So.. ready for a sneaky peek at a few more  fancy frames using the Gina Marie Designs Die Collection?  As you can tell I added a few more fun die sets to my collection this week .. so now I have even MORE combinations I can make up and play with.

I just ordered my final missing  die that I REALLY wanted for this project, the Dot Stud Rectangles.   The Dot Studs are the ones with the larger circle cuts…I have the circles now..as you can see in the picture and  already had squares, but Rectangles were  out of stock and I  REALLY REALLY like  the Dot Studs, so I had to go hunt a set down.  I think these are my favorite of all the IN/Out dies….  I hope that gets here soon.

There are so many combinations for this technique… and it’s such a great way to get a Bonus cut from your in and outs… expect to see these  A LOT in projects 🙂

Cricut March Madness Mystery Box2 CUTTLEBUG !!!

Ok.. so who is ready for round 2 of the 4 March Madness Mystery boxes ?? the next mystery box is out tomorrow..and if you love Anna Griffin.. keep reading. It’s another good one, specially for the new crafters out there who are still building up their tools and supplies.  It doesn’t matter if you don’t own a Cuttlebug, these will work in any embossing /die machine  that embosses.




LIMITED AVAILABILITY.. so be ready to grab it if you want one. All boxes may not contain the exact same contents.

You can grab yours for just $34.99.( EDIT: Cricut updated the price) If you need embossing folders and borders, you may want to grab this one.. it’s Cuttlebug  embossing  folders and borders. A2 size and 5×7 folders and folder/border sets. If you love Anna Griffin, this one may be for you … BUT guess what, I see a 5×12 ..yes FIVE by TWELVE folder .. in this collection too.



 

Coupons, codes and deals… Be sure to check out the Clearance area while you are there.. there are folders starting at 50 cents..

 

 

Great deals on supplies.. like these German Carbide Blades.. grab a 5 pack for $29.99, or a 10 pack for just $49.99

 

 

Cricut March Mystery Box No.2 – Cuttlebug folders

Free shipping at Cricut with code MYSTERYMARCH

Cricut Vinyl, Iron-on Starter Kits – $10 off

Sign up for Cricut Access™ Standard and get 10% off all orders on Cricut.com and in Cricut Design Space™

Sign up for Cricut Access™ Premium and get 50% off digital orders on Cricut.com and in Cricut Design Space™

10% off + free standard shipping with code LOVECRICUT (EXCLUDES AIR 2 and CRICUT ACCESS)

Cricut Explore Air $199 and under

Cricut Explore One $179 and under

Get $14.99 Flat Rate Shipping to Canada on all orders $50+

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Bonus ….Custom cut frames with Gina Marie Dies!

Time to get busy and knock out some sample combos.. these dies are going to be so much fun.  They are fabulous as intended with the in and out cuts; but they are even better when you start doubling them up to make frames

… and even better when you start making combos.
 I had a quick play with some of my dies and came up with this one which I really like.  These frames are made up of :

MINI HEART LACE SQUARE DIE SET – GINA MARIE DESIGNS

and  the

DOT STUDS ON BOTH SIDES OF CUTTING LINE SQUARE – GINA MARIE DESIGNS

 

and then this image shows all THREE cuts
…and here is a sneaky peek at another combo…so stay tuned for more of these fun frames.  I wonder how many combos I can come up with without ordering any more new dies lol.  Although there are a few I might just have to grab to expand my frames capabilities lol.  These were made using my We R Memory Keepers Genius Ultimate Magnetic Platform on my Sizzix Big Shot

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CraftsUPrint Friday Freebie & current offers 03/03

Friday Freebie

Pansies,bird and butterflies  by Lajla Olsen

 

This kit makes an 8×8 inch card front with decoupage.4 sentiments:Happy Birthday,Birthday Wishes,Mother and one blank for your own choice.The kit also includes one insert and one bookmark.3 sheets to print.Have fun:)

Offers:

Spend just £10 (Usually £15) to get the key to Crafty Bob’s Hidden Treasure.
Choose 15 Freebies from the Treasure Chest and they will be posted to your door.
FREE worldwide shipping means there are no postal charges on Treasure Chest items.

 

And who doesn’t like Freebies… if you are stuck for a sentiment or verse, check out the thousands of verses available for FREE!!

Want to make a card, but  no idea where to start.. try the card creator or  grab the 5 free downloads and start making your own cards.

 

 

 

 

 

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ARE YOU READY? 03/1 ….Cricut March 2017 Mystery Box 1 of 4..

That’s right it is March Mystery Box Madness time again..and the first of 4 mystery boxes is out March 1st !!!!  Last year  there was all sorts of fun goodies in the March Madness Boxes.. I wonder what we have this year…??  I dunno..it’s a MYSTERY !!  But they did slip out a few details… so grab em while they are hot !

Box No 1 only available *03/01/17 – 03/07/17

 

March Madness Mystery Box No.1 2017 

Quantities are limited and available only while supplies last

Box No 1 only available *03/01/17 – 03/07/17

Are you ready for some more fun goodies from Cricut at amazing prices??? Tomorrow’s box would appear to be digital goodies??? priced at $29.99… how cool is that. If you regularly follow these mystery boxes, you just know it’s going to be worth a LOT LOT more than $29.99.

AND .. the sneaky peek says its all BRAND NEW

“29.99 price point – all brand new, unreleased Digital content”

so that eliminates the worried of getting something you already own?? right?

 

March Madness Mystery Box No.2 Will add links as they are released if still avaialable Box No 2 only available *03/08/17 – 03/14/17

March Madness Mystery Box No.3  Will add links as they are released if still available Box No 3 only available *03/15/17 – 03/21/17

March Madness Mystery Box No.4  Will add links as they are released if still available Box No 4 only available *03/22/17 – 03/28/17

Last year  there were 3 boxes and this is what they contained…

March mystery box 1 contained the following:

This is a list of the contents of a box I saw. I missed out  last year, but I may well be grabbing them this year if I can juggle…. the prices are even better than last year too.  As always the box contents may vary but more often that not, they contain the same or similar items in each batch.

  • Cricut 12×12 LightGrip Adhesive Cutting Mat
  • Cricut Faux Leather, Boxwood
  • Cricut Faux Leather, Charcoal
  • Cricut Faux Leather, Espresso
  • Cricut Faux Leather, Walnut
  • Cricut Replacement Blades
  • Cricut Transfer Tape
  • Cricut Vinyl, Blush
  • Cricut Vinyl, Pebble
  • Cricut Window Cling, Purple
  • Cricut Tools, Weeder
  • Cricut Balloons!

March mystery box 2 contained the following: 4 cartridges and a universal overlay

March mystery box 3 contained the following: A LOT  of folders, the box I saw contained 33 Cuttlebug folders, the Rosette Kit, and the Embossing Plus folder.  It was valued at $165 and was available for $29.99

 

 

Coupon Codes and deals

 

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The elusive search for a good paper cutter….

Well ..I finally decided it was time to find myself a  new cutter.. no one ever seems to find that ULTIMATE crafters paper cutter  lol.  I haven’t dumped my current cutters.. but they are now relegated to just being used for specific things.

So now I think I got it all covered… will be testing this baby out to see just how accurate it is  later tonight.  But for anyone interested, this is what I got.  It’s not something I have seen in my local Walmart, but we stopped by one the other day on the way home from being out of town.. I was looking at this online a few days before, so grabbed it when I saw it  🙂 Mine is blue, not green though… Swingline ClassicCut LITE Guilotine

My biggest problem is trimming up the edges of cards after all the layers are on if they didn’t line up perfectly, or I change my mind at the last minute about something and want to trim it up…. usually that means multiple layers which are a pain to cut with a rotary style… sooo.. I grabbed a Guillotine.  It’s nothing fancy, it’s far from expensive.. but  it’s big enough for almost all of the things I cut and  from the quick test play I had.. it works pretty damned good. There is no real guard on these so beware of little fingers, and your own as the blade is underneath and you should be careful when picking it up too. My son is under strict instructions that it is something he NEVER touches unless he is with me and I say it is ok for him to hold the handle… but I still put it away out of reach when it’s not in use.

My Fellows is fab for wavy scallop cuts and perforations, but the laser is dead and it just doesn’t seem to cut as well as it used to.. after about 6 years, I’m really not complaining 🙂 It’s not the blade per se more it doesn’t seem to cut as straight as it used to..or maybe ..it’s me LOL



My Recollections signature Paper Trimmer, that poor baby has taken some abuse lol…. it’s still a  great cutter for  foam and scoring..and funnily enough the thing that makes it not good for paper cutting.. makes it fabulous for my shabby edge cuts.

It’s one of those trimmers with a channel and not a cutting strip..so if you don’t put a piece of scrap underneath it to cut, it  gets filled up with crap gives you a shabby edge, or pushed the cut into the groove …. but I love the shabby look it gives, it’s not as pronounced as tearing….which I suck at lol, but it’s still rough enough to give interest.


Yes I know it would cut better if I cleaned out all of the crap from the adhesive foam lol…



…and then I picked up a We R Memory Keepers Cutter one day, just because it looked interesting… sadly  that is still sitting on the side of my file cabinet till I figure out exactly what to do with it and how it works.. it’s like a long magnetic ruler with multiple cutting sliders…. but..alas, my desk is NOT magnetic lol… but I will figure that one out.

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Did you know CraftsUPrint have digi’s too.. who knew !!

I had seen one or two of them before..but didn’t realize just how many they have.

There is one artist in particular who has some real fun images.  I grabbed a bunch and had a little coloring fun last night. These were print and cut on the Cricut Explore on 110lb card, the colored with various pens…. Chameleon Pens, Zig Kurecolor and some new detailer pens I grabbed to try by Sargent Arts & Sharpie.


I made these up into a couple of cards and a frame for one of my small watercolored stamps I got from LDRS Creatives this past week… lots of fun designs so if you are looking for some character Digi’s and haven’t found what you were looking for, check them out.  The artist is Gordon Fraser and you can find his gallery here Gordon Fraser – CraftsUPrint Designer.

I have a bunch more of these fun digi’s  to get colored up… so expect to see more from this artist in the coming month.

 

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