It’s a great day for Cricut’s 12 days of Deals and a Flash Sale….Don’t forget to check out the Clearance and Sale section too. And if you have a Cuttlebug…. you can still pick up the Mystery Box if you hurry. A new one will be coming out… don’t miss your chance to grab this before it’s too late.
A lot of you already know that me and the lil man D are into something called Abandoned Art.. but this is something new to us. What a fantastic idea for a Christmas gift for the kids in your life. Some of these lil people are too young to involve in some of the charitable causes we would like to support like food kitchens and such.. but there is still a way to involve your kids in charitable giving at an early age.
This is a totally new Affiliate to me and I am so glad I ran across this one…. what a fun and unique way to involve the kids and teach them about giving.
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It’s the perfect Christmas gift box idea for kids who already have way too much of their own already.
I love this idea so much… If any of you decide to support these charities by purchasing these craft kits through my links, I am going to donate the money earned in affiliate fees from these kits at the end of each year. Every little counts and I think this is an idea that myself and Lil Man D would love to support. Please share this blog post as much as you can so we can reach as many people as possible.
Provide love and support to a homeless mother and her child.
Create a soft heart pillow and a memory match game that will warm the hearts of a mother and her child at a homeless shelter. Your gift will be used by Enchanted Makeovers to transform a shelter and promote creativity, self-expression, and worth.
Help a foster child reach for the sky and dream in bright colors.You will make an adorable cloud toy and colorful rainbow mobile for a foster child supported by Together We Rise. Your precious creations will bring smiles and happiness to a child looking for brighter days, making them feel on cloud nine.
Send fun and hope to a child in need with a personalized monkey toy.
You will design and customize a card and silly monkey toy for Operation Sock Monkey! Your special toy will be sent to a child struggling thru humanitarian challenges, and provide them hope for brighter days ahead.
Create a leash and treat bag to be given to an adopted dog!
You will make a fun dog leash and an adorable treat bag to be used by Friends of Homeless Animals to gift to an adopted dog. Your creations will be cherished by a forever family that adopts a dog from this animal shelter, helping them show love and care to their new furry family member.
Show our military friends that people from home are thinking about them and appreciate everything they do.
You will be making a card and keychain gift that will have an extra personal touch by using your handprint! Your handmade gifts will be used by A Million Thanks and sent to our troops stationed around the world. You will also create an American flag pin that they can wear proudly as they protect our country.
Make a special happy doll that will travel the world and be cherished by a child in need.
You will decorate a unique doll and a cute globe magnet that will be sent around the world via MSTERIO to be given to a child in need. Your unique creations will be enjoyed by multiple children during its travels, and then ultimately be given to a child that will truely cherish your special gifts.
Some of you already know from the Facebook etc. that I have been playing around with some new craft projects lately. Some of these are things I haven’t done in years… and really wanted to get back into and share with my son. He is a little too young right now to be doing these crafts himself, but I see the look in his eye when he is “helping” mommy and I can tell he is itching to be able to do some himself.
I try and make sure that a lot of my projects are things he can participate in… even at this age because as some of you know, I plan to homeschool him and creativity is a huge part of learning in this house.
So what have we been up to…. lots of experimenting…. as always haha. Let’s just say this mommy really should learn to wear latex gloves .. job hunting when your fingers look like Darth Maul… probably not the best idea haha. I just get engrossed in what I am doing and I am not the most diligently prepared crafter haha..I like to spend my time being creative, not getting ready to create… but at least have stopped crafting in my good clothes… there is hope for me yet!!!
One of the things we like to do is incorporate lots of different media, techniques and ideas into one project… boy do we !! lol so lately we have been playing with resins, and woodburning.
We’ll be using these various project ideas and techniques throughout the coming year.. so be sure to subscribe if this is something you have wanted to try, or if you are a mix media artist who loves to decorate boxes, create unique artwork and wall hangings… this is going to be a lot of fun.
I picked up a woodburning iron last year and haven’t had as much time as I would have liked…. till now to actually play with it and get in some practice. Now I get asked all the time, did you freehand that… NO… I cold only wish I was that artistic. So I know there are others out there who would love to be able to do projects like this, but feel that they don’t have the artistic skills needed.. WRONG …. you just need to think outside of the box … a really nice wooden box…or blank, or frame… or anything else you fancy having a go at.
I was going to hold off on this post for a while till I had some full step by step projects to share….. but when I ran across this company Rockler Woodworking and Hardware doing a Google search for Branding Iron alphabets… I had to…. not only sign up for their affiliate program, but I also found they do have a store near us and do classes and demo’s.. so you just know I am going to have to go check that out.
Now this company is mostly aimed at Woodcrafters.. which makes me drool since I no longer have any of the tools I used to have back in the UK… * sigh… BUT.. they also have a lot of cool products that are perfect for crafters like me…and that is why I am sharing this with you all.
They carry a range of Woodburning kits, including the alphabet irons I was looking for…. woot !! these alphabet sets thread into the iron just the same as regular tips.
They also have this gorgeous range of wood dyes that look perfect for an upcoming project next year. You may have seen the burnt and inked blanks already… I am dying to try these out for that technique. I have a few wooden boxes waiting to be played with that would be perfect for this.
So stay tuned for some fun and projects and tutorials early next year… maybe even a video or two or 100 lol
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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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Wahoo.. it’s time to go grab your Cricut deals again… time to stock up on some supplies, maybe even treat yourself to one of the fab new machines and accessories…. like the Cricut Maker, Lightbox or press…
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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.
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Are you ready for the new April Mystery Box from Cricut ? …if you always wanted to try out some of the fancier materials on your Cricut… like Faux Leather, window clings etc.. now is a great time to grab the mystery box. Apparently the contents are supplies and tools again… and come with full instructions if you are new to specialty papers.
$100 value for $39.99
12×12 Vinyl sheets
Scraper & Spatula tools
Transfer tape sheets
Designer Washi Tape
Double sided Poster Board & Metallics
** contents may vary depending on availability
Some of you may have noticed the fun decals I made using Cricut Window cling and the Bugaboostamps images the other week…. See Post Here. Now is your chance to grab some window cling and stamps and make your own 🙂 I had a blast with this window cling and can’t wait to make more.
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.
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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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..
A while back I bought a bunch of these cute little wooden boxes .. the idea was to use them to A: decorate and B: for storing some of my loose pens. Well .. as you do, it just suddenly hit me. I had the perfect portable storage to take my pens anywhere, but of course being me.. I hate coloring flat. I built a super simple desktop easel last year using an offcut spare bit of shelving and two of my sons triangular wood blocks from his building set LOL.
Fabulous little thing.. I use it all of the time… but it’s not exactly idea if you want to work on odd surfaces like the park benches with the wire tops… but THIS.. now THIS would work. I have had my pens in this box for a few months now and it never even occurred to me till NOW lol. I have everything I needed to make a portable easel with storage for my pens.. all I had to do was throw a handle on it if desired and build the easel portion. Pff .. NO brainer lol.. TA DA !!! 5 minutes and one pack of popsicle sticks later and I have my portable easel which could be multi-positional if desired.
Right now I have a flexible band across the top holding extra pens.. but you could store pencil sharpeners, pre printed images or any extras in there as needed by adding an insert with elastic loops, or plastic pockets These boxes are plenty big enough for a 72 set of pencils and more if you were to include the top section by adding a strap. It can be done with any size box, but this one was already here and already filled so I chose to use this one for the project. It is approx 8.5×8.5 and 3/4 -1 inch deep at the bottom and 1/2- 3/4 inch deep at the top.
I cut 3 different lengths of Popsicle for different working angles and just stored them inside.. but if this were something you would use a lot you could easily add all 3 angles permanently by fixing them to the box with a nut and bolt and or use metal bars which you can find at the DIY store and just fold out the one you wanted ( think Swiss Army pocket knife lol )
I added a Popsicle to the top with a strip of commercial grade double sided tape to give the paper a resting place so I wouldn’t have to use pins on it to stop it sliding. I might replace that with a cute little wooden ruler I have once I cut it to size.
Just be sure to seal your box top to protect your wood and /or decor if you decide to fancy it up; and carry a spare piece of card or something to act as a barrier and give a little padding beneath your project. There are lots of options for decorating the top including a frame with a permanent perspex window, or a slide in .. hell if you wanted to get fancy .. you could make a cut out…frame in a sheet of perspex and pop a battery operated light inside..VOILA !!! portable light box included.
You can take this base project idea which will knock you back about $5 for the box and a couple of bucks for Popsicle sticks if you don’t have them…. and totally go to town and personalize your portable easel… make it as quick and simple or hi-tech and permanent as you want. Possibilities are endless.
….anywho.. maybe someone out there will have a need for a portable easel with storage and not want to spend a gazillion bucks on one… so .. here you go..something to think about next time you are aimlessly wandering the aisles, coupons in hand.
.. you are welcome 🙂
This is exactly the same kind of box I used in a previous project, with the big cockerel on it.. for anyone who saw that post