Cricut Cyber Monday Deals 11/27/2017

It’s Cyber Monday time !!! check out the fab deals on all of your favorite Cricut Machines and accessories..and don’t forget to stock up on supplies. Now is a great time to stock up on blades and mats and such.. get ready to give those machines a work out next year !!

If you are getting a machine under the tree this year, make sure you have all the extra goodies you need to use it.. nothing worse than having a brand spanking new Cricut staring at you while you wait for delivery on goodies to use it with.

If you have been coveting the new Cricut Maker like I have, check out the link below for the bundle deal.

 

 

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Valid 11/27: $30 off Cuttlebug

Valid 11/27: Physical cartridges as low as $5.99!

Valid 11/27: Explore machines starting at $134.99!

Valid 11/27: 50%* off supplies; *excludes New, bulk, bundles; + extra 20% off bulk applied at checkout!

Valid 11/27: Spend $50, get $20 digital!

 

Maker + Essentials Collection: $459.99 ($591.91 value)

Free shipping on orders $75 or more with code FREESHIPNOV!

Cricut Access Premium – Save 10% on all purchases at cricut.com.

Apology !! and updates

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

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 🙂

Perfect packaging for small gifts and stocking stuffers

What a cute way to wrap small gifts… specially those standby gifts for unexpected visitors, or small tokens of appreciation to  delivery drivers, colleagues etc.

  • candy
  • cookies
  • silk scarf
  • perfume/cologne
  • stocking stuffers
  • Blind bag toys
  • jewelry
  • lipstick
  • tree decoration
  • cash
  • Craft Supplies  .. and so much more

This is a great one sheet cut design… only one seam to glue or tape; really quick to cut and assemble…   tie  off the end, stuff, tie off the other end… and decorate as desired.  I actually added a reinforcement band  to mine, for looks and because it will be holding something a bit bulky.  Of course you can make these in any size you want, you can supersize it by splitting the design and using two glue tabbed sections instead and cutting each one on a larger sheet.

Fab way to wrap up  paint brushes, crafters pens and pencils, ink pads, embossing powders, stamps and other small items.  I like to hide presents on the tree as well as under it, so this is perfect for people like me  who like to keep a few hidden presents in plain sight.  These look to be the perfect size for those seasonal stamps at Michaels which we usually grab for the little guys collection.  Fimo Polymer clays would be fun in something like these too… and I bet this would be fab for making small craft kit gifts for kids too.  So many uses 🙂

This is a CraftsUPrint file by Rae Carr  called “175 Christmas Cracker Box”  I cut it on a 12×12 sheet of Craft Smith from their Silver Foil pad.  This particular cracker measure 10 inches in length and  is about 2 1/4 inch  squared.  The main storage area before it starts to curve  in is approximately 3 and a half inches. But of course, you can modify the cut file dimensions to suite your needs..as I did by unlocking the file dimensions if needed.

rae_crackerboxI added in the green glitter card band and  some matching ribbon ties, a few bells and some die cuts …  very easy file to assemble and decorate… and perfect for those of  you who find wrapping paper and tape to be like attempting brain surgery lol.

Love this file, definitely one I will be using a lot next year…. I am already planning ahead for next years projects.. * sigh  haha.  The fun thing is because of the design it could be used all year round, not just Christmas..it kind of looks like a big wrapped candy.

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Attack the Scrap Bucket ! fun project for kids and grown ups

We’ve all seen those fun Magnetic word sets that you use on your fridge, or freezer .. here’s a way to make your own. Great project for crafty homeschoolers, teachers, business signs or people who need something a little bit different from the usual word sets.
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I was lucky enough to have some tails from Cohas (formerly ZiggBoard) Magnetic Sheets that I could cut into strips to make these letters and words.  You may have seen previous post where I started making letters and numbers for the lil man .. now we are progressing onto words and  so I got out my MFT Bottlecap letters die and off we went again.  I won’t lie… it’s a time consuming project… we all know it takes a lot  LOT of letters  to make up enough single letters to form a decent amount of words.ziggy_alpha3 I probably cut and assembled at least 10 sets of individual letters.. probably more  and I already cut out at least 8 sets to start forming word magnets. There are going to be a lot of letters you use A LOT and some you don’t use so much.. just store those for later.  As your kids vocabulary grows, you will be able to use those up to expand your set.  Anyone who is homeschooling already knows that it’s time consuming, but VERY rewarding and totally worth the time and money spent.

These dies are totally worth grabbing because you can use them for so many projects, both fun and educational for years to come.

Name tags, labels, cards, magnets,stickers …so many fun things.

Ok so what did I use?… pretty simple project.. as I said.. just time consuming

  • Cohas Magnetic sheet cut into strips
  • 110lb Card from my scrap box…I have a tonne of this from my Cricut Print & cut projects.  Now they are expanding the Print & Cut dimensions to fit almost a full 8.5×11 this will reduce my scraps… but even so..right now I have enough to make alphabet sets for half the neighborhood lol.
  • Mod Podge I use this to cover the strip first and attach the letters then add a coat on top to seal them in.
  • My Favorite Things Bottlecap Alphabet Dies
  • paint brush to apply the Mod Podge
  • TIME.. and Patience.. even if you just do a few strips at a time… it adds up to a decent set  fairly quickly

Of course if you are a good crafter who doesn’t have a pile of scraps lying around waiting for that “maybe one day project”.. you can always print your letters on printable Vinyl or adhesive label sheets and just cut it into strips. Less time consuming but I am determined to attack my scrap bucket  before this year is done!!! lol  Plus it is kind of fun letting him add a couple of strips at a time to the freezer, so he isn’t overwhelmed with a tonne of new words.

On a totally off topic random  thought.. just because we are on a sort of educational thing anyway.  We were in Toys R Us today and a lady was there, obviously overwhelmed by all the toys… she asked him how old he was. And I could tell she was hoping he was around the same age as someone she was shopping for.  Turns out she has a young relative flying in for Christmas and was struggling to find a  suitable gift.  She had a set of Power Ranger figures in her hand and asked him if he thought they were cool.  All she knew was the kid liked Super hero’s.  

Well hot damned if my little guy didn’t jump in like the Bloody Toy Ambassador for Toys R US.. and dragged that poor lady all over the store showing her everything he wanted for Christmas lol… with a toy review and running commentary all the way. We started with Five Nights At Freddy, hit the Educational aisle where he proceeded to tell her how great the squishy Body  kit was..and reeled off  all the body parts shown on the back of the box, dragged her off to see Grossery Gang and the yuck truck on another aisle… then onto Imaginext vehicles and buildings… followed by transformers and finishing up with Octonauts.

Poor lady haha.. he talked her ear off for a solid half hour I think while dragging her round the store haha.  She was  in awe of his knowledge… specially when he started naming all the body parts…  and yes  he is getting that for Christmas, he just doesn’t know it yet LOL. ‘His Big’ sister in Australia is getting him that. It will be a fun start to his homeschooling science learning.

So proud of my lil man… that is the second time this month he has helped someone out in toys R US who was having probs picking gifts.

and back on track again…

Now I know decent Magnetic sheet is not always easy to come by, but I have used this magnetic sheet for all sorts of fun projects myself … from picture magnets,  to Metal Die storage.   If anyone is interested in what I would call it a crafters grab bag those will be available early next year.  These will most likely be pre-cut ready to go pieces in various shapes and sizes.

Need something other than alphabets, numbers and words?  want to make picture blocks, fun gifts, organization tags….or just have some fun and attach fun crafty items to cards etc … or decorate your locker.  This magnetic sheet is awesome,  everyone should have a bag of this in their stash.

Here are a few  of the other items I have made in the past.. search for magnet on the blog or have a wander through the projects tab at the top of the page for details on those projects.  and expect to see more of these projects next year.. I have some ideas I am dabbling with.

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Cricut Luggage ..travel in style!

Have you seen the Cricut Luggage?  I am sorry I can’t bring myself to call it a bag, or storage, or  cart …. this looks too classy….it has to be luggage lol

If you are a Cricut crafter who has to travel a lot to retreats, shows etc  and you want to do it in style.. you have to see these.  Or if you are a looking for a gift for the Cricut Crafter who has EVERYTHING…, and we all know there are a few of those haha.  Check these out…. or as my 4 year old says …

“Check these Bad Boys out !”

cricutluggageDesigned in a stylish, but classic tweed, for use at home or on the go! “These premium crafting bags are thoughtfully designed to provide organization and storage for your Cricut machines and craft supplies”

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Rolling Craft Tote

 

• Easy rolling premium craft bag
• Multiple compartments, pockets and detachable storage
• Specially designed to hold rolls of vinyl, iron-on and more
• Multi-directional wheels roll in any direction
• Machine and supplies sold separately

 

 

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Machine Tote

 

• Thoughtfully organized
• Conveniently designed to stack with Rolling Craft Tote
• Side pockets, compartments and sturdy double-snap handle
• Soft padding for added protection
• Machine and rolling tote sold separately

 

 

 

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Shoulder Bag

 

• Thoughtfully designed for mobility
• Padded section for laptop or tablet
• Holds 12”x12” materials
• Inside zipper pocket

 

 

 

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rolling Craft Tote +Machine Tote Combo

 

Includes:

• Rolling Craft Tote, Tweed
• Machine Tote, Tweed

 

 

 

 

Sadly me and my Cricut are pretty stationary..but if I was travelling a lot.. these would definitely be on my wish list.   I love the classic tweed look.

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Spotlight mystery box contents revealed.

Well now our winner has her prize and has had a chance to  go through it all and  check it out, I can reveal the contents.  Our lucky winner was Tee Hall  from The Altered Paper, you can check out her post about her prize here.

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Now those of you that were following the spotlight  know that I had requested a few specific items  to be included and that the box was the prize for the Amy Chomas Spotlight.  I matched the spotlight and prize sponsor for a reason, the Amy Chomas Adapters mean… you can use these pens on your Cricut Explore etc …and  one of these items I absolutely LOVE using on my Cricut.

ok so… let’s have a quick look see what Tee had in her box…
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The picture from top left to bottom right:

and now for the fun part… I have most.. but not all of these products myself.  For those of you who missed out on previous posts, I am going to add in  some links to some past posts. If you want to see more of the  product from Craftingability.com (ImageAbility) and projects made with them ..just do a search on the blog for “Zig” or “craftingability”.

This is where I get those Zig Kurecolor markers I love so much, you may have seen I recently had a giveaway for the skintone pack  and where I will be getting a set of Zig Clean Colors from soon I hope 🙂  It’s also where I bought my Gansai Tambi watercolors & Wink of Stella/Luna pens.

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One of my favorites has to be the embossing pens.  LOVE LOVE LOVE these pens and they work fabulously for writing and drawing in your machines using the Chomas Marker Adapter.
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Loving these Zig embossing pens

Zig Embossing pen

One BIG reason to consider the Cricut Air over the ONE

Spotlight Series Day 21, Amy – Chomas Creations

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..and then we have  the slate…. I LOVE this slate, but let’s face it.. my handwriting sucks and you can’t run this through the Cricut even with a fab adapter lol.  But there are so many ways to use this slate, it’s gorgeous…. you just have to think outside the box.   Stencils, transfer paper, stamping …or you can be like me and go totally in the other direction.  I love to do 3D decoupage layered images….  so my first project with this slate was this one.

New Hampshire Slate & 3D layered image wall plaque

 

 

 

And then of course we have the Magnetic”tails” as Steve likes to refer to them.  This was an extra item I asked to have included, it’s just a sample pack, end of rolls.. 2nds etc.

 

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Imageability make a  lot of Magnetic sheet products for commercial and  personal use including the calendar which was included in the prize box.   Now this  means there are end of roll pieces that aren’t big enough to use for that..BUT….. it’s perfect for crafters.

 

 

 

 

 

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Steve’s idea of end of roll “scraps” or “tails” make me laugh… and his idea of seconds…even more so.  I have bought retail products with more defects lol.   Bless his heart but  you can’t fault them for their Quality Control.

 

 

 

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I  have been trying to convince him to sell his “tail” oooo er missus !!  naughty girls… I mean his magnetic tails…  in a crafters grab bag of some sort.  They are perfect for  crafters who like to do magnets, or someone needing a way to store and display their metal dies.

 

 

If you are interested in a grab bag,  leave a comment and I’ll  pass them along so he can see if there is enough interest to make it worth them packaging these up and working out a deal for Crafting Circle readers to get their hands on one..  When Steve says  tails and seconds… We’re talking  minimum of 6×6 .. right the way up to 24x24inches.  Don’t get too excited ..the bigger pieces are not as common, but there would probably be a fair selection of sizes in a grab bag.

By his definition –

“Seconds, they have a scratch or bump on them.  Even something you can only see with a magnifying glass is a second.  I would say seconds are better than tails.”

I can honestly say his seconds don’t look like seconds to me …  and even the tails… if you are using them for projects and it’s going to be covered with a design or used for die storage….  no brainer.   I’ll take all the seconds and tails in a heartbeat… I have loads of fun projects they are great for.

It cuts like a dream on machines, die cutters like the Big Shot and by hand or with a  paper trimmer.   Check out some of the projects I have made with… his “tails”

Velvet studded Magnet KennyK “Tomboy Trouble”

Fridge Magnet Game with ZiggyBoard Scraps
Ziggyboard…. how I love you soooo
You may or may not remember one of the very first items I got from CraftingAbility was  the Memory System Collection,  that set contains a mix of pens  and I love it.  This is what prompted me to request the white chalk writer pen seen in the prize package.  My collection had a selection of those chalk pens with various tips .. but they can also be purchased separately, or in sets with specific tips.  I have my eye on the  writer top set.  Another great pen to use in my Cricut with the adapter.  You can see them in action on  the Collection review, see post link below.

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Hair made easy

Zig Memory System Collection review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the products mentioned in this post were provided for review purposes

 

Cracker style gift boxes

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This particular design is a single piece of card with only 4 flaps to  glue, so super fast and simple.  You could of course add to the design if you want to by dropping in some cutouts and adding in an acetate window feature.  I kept this one plain to show the original design, and also because the little man will be decorating these.

I can see me making quiet a few of these in the coming weeks, they cut real quick and  clean.  Very easy to resize to fit your gift needs.   These would be perfect for candy, cookies and other small gifts.

 

It works perfectly for these glass jars I picked up at the local craft store for about  $1, Lil man decorated these with clear backed stickers we picked up on sale at Hobby Lobby 50% off.  Super easy and cute  gift for grandparents, or of course you can make them too and they make great coworker gifts … They can be as simple or lavish as you want.

Great cut file and I shall definitely be back to see what else this designer has.  I’ll be adding a link in to the blog cut file section too, for anyone who needs cut files.
These files are free, but there is a donation button for those of you who appreciate some unique designs

The cut file I used for these boxes comes courtesy of:

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I used Cracker Box 4
Check out her free cut files, she has a tonne of really cool including 3D models, doilies, cupcake wrappers and more. Various formats available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

myscrapchick.com Black Friday Sale starts now

 

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I picked up a bunch of cool files the other week in the 50 cent sale.. That Pink Ticket deal is crazy.. there are over 1000 items on this store I think…. WOW

I used one of  mine, the chunky envelope over on the November Frankenstein Challenge on the message board.

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s designed for 3D/Decoupage cards, but it  is perfect for  making a note card set as a gift …

I found with the flat  design cards I could easy fit 10 cards and 190 envelopes inside this “Chunky Envelope”.  It’s super easy to adjust to the size you need too.

 

 

 

 

November Monthly Challenges on the message board.

For November we have

 

November Modern Day – I created Frankenstein Challenge –  Tis the season… let’s see your gift box/bag/container ideas for small gifts. Our pinterest boards have a tonne of cool inspirational ideas.

November 2015 Executioner Challenge – Hosted by Valeriesc …. learn the “One Sheet Wonder” technique  and come join us.

bugaboo_novabugaboo_novbNovember Bugaboo Stamp Members Choice Challenge  – This month you have the choice of two stamps from our challenge sponsor Bugaboostamps

 

 

 

 

KennyK November 2015 Card Challenge –  Coming up.. a Christmas themed digi..check out the freebie at our challenge sponsor KennyKdownloads.  Available Nov 1st, subscribers get  the monthly freebies early…

 

November 2015 Creative coloring card challenge  We choose a different digi artist each month to feature in our coloring challenge…. this month our featured image is from:

doodle dragon studios

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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