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  ūüôā

 









…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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March Artists Challenge

Sorry guys and gals.. running a little late this month….

But lets get this party started… see if we can convince a few more of you¬†to ¬†put pen to paper..or mouse to pad..or finger to blood.. however you do your thing…. ¬†heh.. no judgement here..art is art right haha ¬†Once you have seen a guy who caters his diet to produce poop of certain shades so he can paint with it.. and then people actually buy it… nothing and I mean NOTHING surprised me when it comes to ¬†creative minds lol.

I forget the ¬†name of the show, but it was some crazy show back in the UK late at night with.. two french guys and a couple of stick giraffe’s.. yeah don’t ask.. Pee Pee and po po I think they called them lol.. the giraffes that is. and then of course the chick with the biggest pair of boobs I have EVER seen… yeah ¬†that was one crazy show… I am sure someone will know what I am talking about… it was like they traveled the world looking for the weirdest people and habits and lifestyles they could find..and trust,e .. they found A LOT of ¬†them lol.

Anyone remember the show I am referring to?

anywho.. ¬†back on track.. thank you to everyone who ¬†joined in last month… love seeing what new stuff you all come up with…. so.. what have I got for you this month?

“Up close and personal”

Inspiration for those that need it:

I’d love to see some nice tight close crop images….something for everyone to practice skin, hair, texture type techniques on, head shots or closer. ¬†Whether your head is an animal, human, robot, alien or flora… or anything else you can come up with.

If you really want to be up close and personal.. ¬†how about a self portrait… show us how YOU see YOU… even if it’s not “realistic”

RULES

  • Each artist may enter up to 10 individual NEW digital stamp images per given theme.
  • Images¬†can go on sale as soon as they have been entered into the challenge.
  • You may add single images, or link to a blog post with up to 10 images..but each image must be entered in the challenge linky individually.
  • You may showcase the images in color, or projects on your blog links should you wish to show off ¬†inspirational images too.

March 2017 Crafty Awesomeness Challenge

It’s that time of the month again…. ¬†the one we all like LOL

It’s challenge time and winners !!!

Ok first off.. a big thank you to Cute As A Button for sponsoring  the February Crafty Awesomeness Challenge.. We have a winner for that AND a re-pick for the unclaimed January challenge prize sponsored by KennyK stamps.  Thank you to everyone who entered.. looking forward to more fab projects again this month.

Soo.. Random.org has selected

 Congratulations you are our 2nd chance winner for January 2017   and the KennyK stamp prize  of 3 digis of  your choice from the KennyK Stamps Store. please email me to claim and include your image choices to pass along to our sponsor.

AND ¬†our February Challenge Winner is….

Congratulations, Please email me to claim your prize of 3 digital downloads from CAAB


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MARCH MARCH MARCH

 

….. haha ¬†I just realized as I typed this.. how appropriate it actually is for this month.. ¬†and one of the images we are using for the DT projects.

This month we are sponsored by the lovely Sasayaki Glitter and ¬†the DT team chose these two fun images to play with. ¬†As you can tell… no one wanted to have to choose just one, so we did them both. ¬† ¬†The mystery projects will be released during the ¬†challenge month.. so be sure to come back and take a look.

 

 

Prize:  1 (non-coloured) digi of the winners choice from the Sasayaki  Glitter Store

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Rules:

  • Max 3 entries per person
  • No limit on how many challenges you enter project in
  • Must be a colored piece featuring some kind of image, rubber, clear, digital stamps.. hand drawn..whatever. Does NOT have to be a card.
  • No artist restrictions.. but we‚Äôd love it if you were using a sponsor image
  • Please watermark your images before linking, but if you choose not to‚Ķ that is your choice.
  • Project must have been made/posted on your blog within the last 7¬†days prior to the start date of the challenge.
  • If you do not have a blog, you can still enter‚Ķ but please do not post ¬†your projects anywhere that requires registration to view, or comment.
  • Most importantly..you must have FUN while you craft‚Ķtotally unenforcible rule‚Ķ but heh.
  • **UPDATED ‚Äď Winners¬†must claim by the 15th of the month. ¬†These posts are shared¬†¬†on the blog, facebook, google+ and twitter feeds. ¬†Please make sure you are subscribed to at least one of these so you don‚Äôt miss your chance to claim.
  • No porn, violence etc ‚Ķ do I really even have to say that ??
  • All submissions will require approval before going live, ¬†if I am awake and at home‚Ķ that won‚Äôt take long usually.

 

So come on in and show off your projects..

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 Р03/07/17

 

March Madness Mystery Box No.1 2017 

Quantities are limited and available only while supplies last

Box No 1 only available *03/01/17 Р03/07/17

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 Р03/14/17

March Madness Mystery Box No.3  Will add links as they are released if still available Box No 3 only available *03/15/17 Р03/21/17

March Madness Mystery Box No.4  Will add links as they are released if still available Box No 4 only available *03/22/17 Р03/28/17

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√ó12 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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Bugaboo Crafty Challenge No.2 ….and previous winner

Woot, thank you ladies for joining in last month for our first Bugaboo Crafty Challenge… lots of lovely projects. Thankfully random.org had the task of picking a winner instead of me.. and that winner is… haha not that easy… you’ll have to scroll down to find out ūüôā

Before I get to that I wanted to also thank the DT ladies for another fabulous set of projects for this new challenge.

I pulled a fast one on them and offered them a chance to do their chosen image AND .. a mystery image project. Being the fabulous ladies they are, everyone took the plunge and accepted that challenge..so we all have 2 projects to share this month. One is our chosen image and the other was a mystery image, chosen by me that we all gave our own spin on.

First off here are the chosen project images…. well most of them oopsie…. Merrie and I are in the naughty corner this week lol. ¬†We both got caught up with real life and ¬†we’re running a bit behind. I got my ¬†main project post done, but still have to finish up my post for the mystery ¬†image…and Merrie got her Mystery image done and still has to finish up her posts.

They’ll all be there shortly… so be sure to ¬†check back for active links ūüôā ¬†In the meantime ¬†please enjoy the projects by DeeScraps & NanaDonna…

DeeScraps

MsWipz

NanaDonna

Merrie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DeeScraps

NanaDonna

Merrie

MsWipz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and now.. of course we have a winner from Challenge No. 1… and that is….

UNCLAIMED .. alternate winner posted in new challenge.

 

 

and of course.. as always .. here are the rules.

 

  • Must feature a Bugaboo Stamps image as the main image of the project.
  • You can ¬†make any type of craft project as long as it falls within the guidelines of Bugaboo Stamps TOU ( Terms Of Use ‚Äď ¬†see site for details if unsure )
  • You must link back to the Bugaboo Image you used in your blog post, as well as to this blog challenge.
  • You have till the end of the following challenge to claim your prize ( 14th of each month ). ¬†Unclaimed prizes will ¬†be re-picked on the 15th, and a new winner notified. ¬†ie : you win January.. ¬†winners picked on ¬†Feb 15th‚Ķmust claim by March 14th‚Ķ if no one claims new winner drawn March 15th‚Ķ NO EXCEPTIONS. winner‚Äôs will be posted on the blog, please be sure to subscribe for updates, or check back to see the winners.
  • Limit of 3 entries per person, can be entered in unlimited other challenges.
  • Prize: 4 single image digital stamps from the ¬†bugaboostamps collection
  • Winner will be randomly selected, unless otherwise noted
  • I reserve the right to modify the rules as necessary at any point in the future.
  • Last, but not least‚Ķ HAVE FUN !!! ¬†that‚Äôs what it‚Äôs all about.. right?

Looking forward to more fab projects again this month ¬†ūüôā

Cricut February Mystery Box ..


The February Mystery Box from Cricut is available NOW.. don’t miss out ¬†The ARV for this months box is $115.91 and you can grab yours for just $39.99. ¬†Not all boxes are guaranteed to have the same ¬†items in.. but they usually do, or are very similar. ¬†from what I have seen this month you can expect, a cartridge, some pens, cartridge storage, rolls of adhesive foil & rolls of glitter vinyl.

so go grab yours now before it sells out!

Free shipping at Cricut with code LOVESHIP

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

Cricut Explore Air $199 and under

Be sure to check back again ¬†next month as I think there may be multiple mystery boxes on offer again ¬†ūüôā ¬†This is a great way for new machine owners to start building a supplies collection.

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February Artists Challenge

“You suck!!!”

 

No it’s not a statement, or an observation lol…. it’s the new Artist Challenge theme for February.

A ¬†few ideas to tickle the palette..as always these are just for inspiration.. feel free to use any inspiration that reflects the theme, lots of room for artistic license ūüôā

Lollipops
vacuum
Vampires
milk shake
hummingbird
lottery machine
tornado
Flowbee.. I know ya’all remember the Flowbee from the 80’s….fess up…. who bought one?

RULES

  • Each artist may enter up to 10 individual NEW digital stamp images per given theme.
  • Images¬†can go on sale as soon as they have been entered into the challenge.
  • You may add single images, or link to a blog post with up to 10 images..but each image must be entered in the challenge linky individually.
  • You may showcase the images in color, or projects on your blog links should you wish to show off ¬†inspirational images too.

Lets see what you got!

Unplanned Michaels haul.. WHAT A DEAL !

We went out for dinner and I decided to swing by Michaels just to grab a  frame and check out clearance..and OMG I am so glad I did.  I almost changed my mind.

I just had one of the best hauls ever…..

For the first time Michaels have started doing Grab Bags at the local store.. at least it’s the first time I have ever seen it. ¬†I have seen small ones at Joann before, mostly stickers and embellishments.. but I am talking SWAG BAG grab bags .. lol.. these are their large bags.

I wasn’t going to grab one because I had the lil guy with me and ¬†people had pretty much ripped them all open to see what was inside..and it would have been hard to grab one without dropping everything and keeping an eye on lil man. But while I was at the register I went ahead and grabbed one since they were right next to it and the cashier was someone I know well enough ( yes I shop there too often LOL ) to trust him to keep an eye on my kid for 2 seconds !

Now I confess I picked up this particular one because I saw something it it I had wanted to try..and that alone was ¬†worth the price of the grab bag LOL. ¬†Mambi paper, I had seen it on Christmas clearance but wasn’t ready to grab something I hadn’t used before and wasn’t sure of, when I had plenty of other things to spend on. ¬†But this bag was ripped open and it had 4 packs of it on show.. so heh… what am I ..a saint?? that was at least $40 worth of paper.

so here is my $4 grab bag from Michaels..

4 packs of 9×13 (24 sheet) Mambi Paper
22… yes 22 pocket/purse calendars for 2017 which will be great for Abandoned Art ¬†projects with some quick fun decoration.
27…TWENTY SEVEN canisters of Scentsicles… lol not sure what to do with all those.. but heh.. I am sure I will think of something. ¬†the containers might be useful for decorating ¬†if nothing else.
A pair of knitting needles
2 black pom poms which I forgot to add to the picture.
a pack of rhinestone letters and a metal sentiment
2 silver block letters ..about 4-5 inches high

so at least $100 worth of goodies at original prices.. for  FOUR DOLLARS !!!

Then… we move on to bag #2 this was the stuff I actually picked up myself..

12×12 undecorated wood frame
2 packs of Chipboard albums ( big and small album in each pack )
clearance wood stamp
clearance cling stamps X8….8 Hampton Arts cling stamp sets
4  undecorated frames for the lil man.

Would you believe both bags… cost me just under $33 and contained at least $200 worth of goodies at original pricing. Between the grab bag, the clearance pricing and the coupons… THIRTY THREE DOLLARS !!!

I have to say I am thrilled to see Michaels doing the grab bags instead of dumping all the left over Christmas stuff that didn’t clear. Not just because it is such a fab deal for people like us who do multi crafts and who do abandoned art and kids art… but because I HATE WASTE. ¬†So good on Michaels for trying to find a better way to dispose of their unsold holiday stuff!!! and give customers a great deal… some of us really appreciate it. ME ME ME ME ME ME ME

Anywho.. one very happy camper… just a shame that hubby works a double tomorrow. ¬†I think if he was single shift, I’d go back for another grab bag. I am not sure if this is a storewide thing, I know it is being done in another store near by… but I would definitely check and see if your local store is doing them if you are running by one.

If you swing by and find a grab bag, be sure to share your haul ..I would love to know what everyone else got ūüôā

Cricut January Mystery Box.. limited

LIMITED STOCK

January Mystery Box  is out.. US & Canada boxes again

… make sure you grab the right one. ¬†Allegedly….cartridges, vinyl and pens¬†appear to be the contents, but contents can vary… it’s a mystery !!! ¬†Grab it while you can.. Value is $135.90 .. for only $39.99

USA Mystery Box 
Canada Mystery Box

 

how about Free Shipping to the US AND Canada with LOVESHIP exp 1/31

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January 2017 Artists Challenge

Ok… ¬†let’s have some ¬†fun with a new theme for our fab artists. ¬†I was sat here thinking of a new theme¬†and smelling Double Chocolate Chocolate muffins permeate the air. I get to work, while the boys get to make goodies… but dang it smells good lol.
Not that THAT has anything whatsoever with the theme I came up with..I just thought I would share. ¬†I am actually prepping this post up early,since we all have so much going on over the Holidays… me included.

I hope they aren’t ALL for Santa Claus…..

Anywho… by the time this post goes live; ¬†the holidays will be virtually over, the ¬†presents will all be opened, ¬†the tree will be looking a bit neked if it’s even still up. ¬†Some of you will be nursing hangovers and memories of another fab New Year with friends and family. ¬†The trees will be coming down soon, the lights packed away for another year and ¬†2016 will be officially OVER. ¬†So in honor of 2016, a fab year filled with some fantastic crafters and artists and designers.. and ¬†a farewell to our blinky lights and glitter ornaments…

Here is our new theme inspired in part by the end of a year, the glam and the glitz of hollywood and a whole bunch of crazy ideas…. some of which I listed below for anyone needing inspiration.

“It’s a wrap”

 

Who could think It’s a wrap without thinking of Hollywood and ¬†movie making.. ¬† leading ladies, hearththrobs, glamour and glitz. ¬†The Awards season is upon us… if you needed any additional ideas, check out this list. Awards Season Calendar¬†¬†Please someone ¬†do the SAG awards lol… It’s just begging for some humorous old Hollywood Broad with saggy…. everythings.¬†

How  about Egyptian mummies? nothing like an ancient dead person to inspire a few age jokes.

….or if you like bandages but aren’t too keen on dead people… there is always the medical ¬†.. get well images for broken bones, bumped heads etc.

Want some more humor… how about ¬†the old weight loss wraps, perfect for all of those New Year Resolutions.. that most of us are NEVER gonna keep.

Wrap inspired keywords:

baby, candy, gift, nails, hair, hollywood, movies,end, finished, awards .. let’s see what you come up with.

RULES

  • Each artist may enter up to 10 individual NEW digital stamp images per given theme.
  • Images¬†can go on sale as soon as they have been entered into the challenge.
  • You may add single images, or link to a blog post with up to 10 images..but each image must be entered in the challenge linky individually.
  • You may showcase the images in color, or projects on your blog links should you wish to show off ¬†inspirational images too.