I just got a new batch of shaker windows in.. new shapes and sizes. This time I have 3″ Square, 2.5″ round and some 2×3′ rectangles to add to the 3″ circles I already have. I haven’t had a chance to bust them open and make any projects yet…. but expect to see some later this month. These are all 1/4 ” high as usual, so lots of room if you want to try out the fun shaker card games I make.
In the meantime…. leave a comment below telling me what new craft goodies you just got, or what you would make with these….and I’ll pick a random person and send you a mixed pack to play with. And since I am feeling very nice and relaxed after my much needed mini-vacation… I won’t even restrict it to US only entries this time.
First of.. sorry, I got so caught up with personal stuff I totally forgot to post the winner for the last Crafty Awesomeness Challenge… DOH! So that will be posted on the 15th along with the latest Crafty Bugaboo Challenge winner.
We had visitors from out of state and we ran off to play hookey in the woods.. my sons first vacation. He had an absolute blast… so many first were crammed into those 4 days lol.
He got his first horse and carriage ride around the city, petted his first Guinea Pig, first vacation, first time camping, first time fishing, first worm.. lol that was hilarious haha. He got to play on a beach for the first time… admittedly it was sand on the side of a big lake… which to me…. isn’t a beach…. but he loved it. He got his first baseball glove and his first boxing gloves and punch bag.
When we got home we were so tired we went to bed and then when we woke up… lil man was sick :/ …but he is all good now and mommy has some major catch up to do. I pretty much turned off all technology for a few days, and now I am paying for it haha. But so worth it to see how much fun the lil man had.
But now we are back to the real world….and momma got some work to do!
We picked up some cool items along the lake shore to use in craft projects, there are new shaker card windows coming.. and a bunch more blog posts to get caught up..as well as the new Bugaboo challenge on the 15th… so lots to do. I am also still jobhunting and getting ready to move, so craziness abounds! But Halloween is coming .. Muhahahaha
It’s been a crazy few months here and me and the little man decided it was about time to have a lil pick me up splurge. I had an appointment today and lo and behold… it was bang right next door to Hobby Lobby, a new one we have never been to before. But one we shall most definitely be going back to. Their clearance and sale selection was great…and even better…. the shopping spree was a gift. Can’t beat that kinda gift 🙂
But it’s been a busy week all round so we had a little splurge to spoil ourselves and get ready to get down to business with more new Abandoned Art Projects and Christmas gifts etc. We picked up a whole bunch of really great deals..so expect to see a lot of this in upcoming posts.
We’ll be sticking and stamping,coloring and woodburning and allsorts of craziness. so many fun techniques to play with… he’s sure to have fun !
Check out this little pile of goodies.. Tim Holzt inks, stamps, stickers, some really cool Christmas tissue paper and ..I couldn’t resist this awesome paper pad by the Paper studio at 50 %. there are a couple of extra son the pic that didn’t come from Hobby Lobby.. like the printable vellum and the Gina Marie dies and bling….and a bunch of clear stamps that I picked up.. but can’t show YET lol. And I have a shipment on it’s way over .. which I can’t wait to get and show you all…. but it could be a few weeks before that gets here.
But the best part of todays haul…. my son, who is 5 … found a flower in the clearance section … and absolutely insisted we had to buy it … because he wanted to give mommy a flower and he thought I would like it.
he was wrong… I didn’t like it…
I LOVED IT!!!!
….. he made my insides go as gooey as chocolate brownie… It was one of those moments you just wish would never end. It’s not the greatest picture… sorry…. but this mommy is happy as a clam. This is the most beautiful flower any man … or “little” man has ever given me…and it was offered with love,… not as a bribe, not as an apology … or any other reason I have ever had flowers given..it was given just because he thought I would like it and it would make me smile.
I was taking a break and perusing Ebay again looking for some bargain deals for me and the little guy to add to our wishlist… and ran across these goodies, so thought I would share them for anyone interested. A lot of these are from overseas sellers, so expect a wait to get your goodies. There were so may great finds added to our wish list, but here are just a few of them.
There are a lot of fun new designs to choose from and I didn’t see anything priced over $2 in this batch. Great way to pick up a bunch of designs if you are new to embossing, or if you just want to bump up your design stash.
I particularly like this one… no surprise there really since I love the Steampunk and vintage stuff so much. Some of you may remember my adventures in Playdoh a while back… I love embossing folders like this… they make great image presses for Playdoh or Polymer Clay projects too. I am very into multifunctional crafts lol… I like to get my moneys worth out of things we buy… so if I can find more than just the traditional purpose for them.. all the better 🙂
Talking of Multifunctional… I love Silicon molds, these are great for icing and confectionary of course, as most are intended. BUT … they are also great for Plaster of Paris, Polymer Clay and Embedding Resin projects. Someone asked me once if they could be used for Paper clay projects.. I still don’t have an answer to that one.. but I am probably gonna try it one day LOL.
I found a bunch of cool molds that would be fun to play with…. these particular ones were listed by homesale_sky and this is just a handful of the really cool molds that caught my eye. These would be great for decorating mix media, upcycled projects or jewelry making.
I also found some really cool metal dies which are definitely going on my wish list…
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Well Cricut sure have been busy… and so have we. Summer vacations (I wish), getting ready for back to school and all those fun summer weddings and get togethers. As most of you know my son is going to be homeschooled, so crafting is a huge part of our life.
No one said education had to be boring… right LOL
Even though he isn’t technically starting homeschooling till next year, we still do a lot of fun projects designed to help him learn and have fun and be creative all at the same time. Part of that is our abandoned art projects, which is so much fun to do with kids and teaches them to give freely and enjoy it.
Now I wish we had this new Cricut Maker, have you seen this beauty yet? It’s due for release TODAY !!!!. I checked out the video and almost died when I saw that not only will it cut fabrics, but it’s also cutting wood as well as all the stuff we usually do on our Cricuts like paper and vinyl.
Interchangeable cutting heads and the separate pen holders too. I used to own a scroll saw many years ago and this looks like it’s going to do the same kind of fret work that I did back then….. VERY cool. Can’t wait to see this one roll out… !!! woohoo. I think my stepdaughter in Australia might like this one, she’s a big sewer.
and then of course there is the recent arrival of the light box... I know that would be really useful for us, specially me with my aging eyes.
…and then they up the ante with the new Cricut Easypress.. think of all the fun shirts you can create for back to school. Kids just love getting a new school wardrobe every year… and the money you can save and being unique… what kid doesn’t want to have something cool and unique. I hate ironing, but this… I have to confess I think I’d use for every day ironing too lol. I know this is something one of my DT girls would love, she’s big on HTV projects… I am so sorry Donna lol. Hopefully you already saw that and won’t blame me haha. It looks so cool though doesn’t it.
Cricut sure are trying to get us set up for winter with some fab new toys to keep us busy once the summer is over and we get done with back to school, wedding and summer projects. Then the weather starts to cool and we have more time indoors. It’s right on target for when most of us start thinking about the fall holidays and Christmas gift projects we have to get stuck into over the coming months.
Oops time ran away with me again this weekend…. sorry for the delay…. trying to get caught up again… so we have a winner for the June Crafty Awesomeness Challenge courtesy of random.org and this lucky person will hopefully be adding some Gina Marie Design Dies to their crafty stash soon…. Congrats, you won the $10 gift Certificate to wholesalecraftingsupplies.com for some Gina Marie Designs Dies. I hope you come back and show us what you chose in a future challenge.
Super excited to finally have my Chameleon Color Tops from the Kickstarter program a few months back. No big unboxing .. lil man tore into this box the second we got it haha. He likes Happy Mail as much as his momma does.
Ok..so for those who of you who don’t know what a Kickstarter program is.. a brief explanation. Kickstarter is used by companies to raise funds to get new products into production and I guess probably gauge the public’s response to an idea to see if it is worth continuing with before committing to Big $’s in production.
Anyone who was involved in this one will tell you… the public responded… in a big way lol. this project was open for funding for a month.. and met it’s initial funding goal in the first 2 hours of going live. If you are a Chameleon Pens fan… that would come as no surprise to you at all LOL.
Various reward levels are available to suit funding partners of all budgets. Funding commitments started at $10, all the way up to a whopping $400+ for those people who just wanted it all. Each funding level had it’s own rewards associated with it. Basically you select how much you want to pay in to fund the project and you get the rewards on offer for that level BEFORE they go on sale to everyone else. Much as I would have loved to go all out for the “LOT”, I just didn’t have the funds available to do that * sigh. But I did jump in and get my Color Tops… and then on top of the regular rewards there were also goal rewards. As funding offers flew in .. a new goal level reward was added in…so on top of my color tops… I also received a bunch of extra goal rewards. The detailer pen, an additional blender pen, extra tips and color cards… there was also free online classes offered which we all received when the funding period closed.
Ok so..what did I pay? and what did I get … a $70 pledge got me the full range of the brand new product “Color Tops” plus the extras mentioned above. If you know what tip to tip blending is, and already know the concept behind how Chameleon Pens work…. then this will be easy to understand. Instead of coloring with one color and achieving your tones with the blender tops on each pen…. you can now tip to tip blend EASILY, ACCURATELY AND ….in COLOR!!! yup. The exact way you blend with your current Chameleons using clear blender.. but in color.
I am not going to gab on forever about this right now… expect a new post real soon, probably with video. If I can find a quiet minute to make a basic one I will.
One Happy Crafter… thanks Chameleon Pens!!! comes as no surprise you blew the funding goals out of the water again this time. And for all of you who missed out on the Kickstarter again this time… The new products will be available soon 🙂 If you haven’t seen these pens before…and this is your first time hearing the name … WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN !!!! lol
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Ok all you Bugaboostamps fans.. shake a leg and make sure you don’t miss out on this week’s freebie…GUS FISH WHISPERER.
Yup our darlin’ Gus is this weeks freebie.
You still have time to grab it and enter our Bugaboo Crafty Challenge before the 15th too…. even more chance to snag some fab freebies from Bugaboo Stamps if you are our random winner.
While you are there don’t forget to check out the New Releases 🙂 I saw a fun new one of a guy with a lawn mower… another fun male image to grab for those guy cards.