Who’s ready for Cyber Monday deals at Michaels? 11/27

Michaels is gearing up for cyber Monday with a fab 30% off your ENTIRE PURCHASE…and… FREE SHIPPING (ground shipping, oversized charges may apply)… with no minimum purchase.   So all you ladies who aren’t lucky enough to live in an area like me with a tonne of stores and be surrounded by all of this loveliness..now is your chance !!!



Epic Cyber Monday Deals! 30% Off Entire Online Order + Free Shipping (No Minimum)!

Coupon Code: CYBER30W INCLUDING SALE ITEMS (exclusions apply)

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Have you been checking out the fab deals running right now… tag on this added coupon for all the goodies not already on Sale too…and that makes for one heck of a fun shopping spree.  Coupon valid 11/27  so make sure you go window shop and check out all the goodies and get ready to rumble !!

Here’s a peek at a few of the papercraft deals going on in my area right now…

Altenew Holiday deals

How many deals could they possibly have on….. ANSWER…. LOADS !!!   check out the holiday deals over at Altenew right now.  If you are a fan of Altenew Products, don’t miss out on the chance to grab some great deals on stencils, sprays, inks, classes, Winter Holiday Products….
And if you are new to this brand, and you love stamping… you have got to check out their gorgeous stamp collections. If you love the layered stamp techniques, this is definitely one you won’t want to skip past.

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October 2017 Crafty Awesomeness Challenge

Well here we go again….. It’s almost time for  Halloween!  who’s ready ?

Well I thought I would try something different and threw down a little theme for my ladies… and of course my ladies threw it right back at me lol.  Thanks girls lol.. that is what I love about this DT team… we are exactly that A TEAM and we all take charge of our crafty destiny.

So I throw out Black on Black with one additional color if needed … and I get back….

 

..and this is why I love my ladies lol. Everyone is perfectly happy and comfortable enough with each other that bending the rules and doing as they please is totally cool…and so beautifully done too.

All teasing aside..  the black was just an idea I had since Halloween was approaching and we rarely see Black on Black and it was something I wanted to play with.   And let’s be fair.. not everyone is like me and would love a Black on Black wedding card, or sympathy card haha.  If you haven’t tried it… it’s definitely a fun one to play with.

I have visitors coming in from out of state…  and still caught up with jobhunting and such, but I will try and get my project done ASAP.  I did do one, but was too impatient and already posted it last week lol…so I need to make a new one for the challenge.

Ok… so winner announcement for the September Challenge.. will be posted later night.

And I am sponsoring this month’s prize…. which is>>>> a $10 Gift cert for

 

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’d love it if you were using a sponsor image
  • Please watermark your images before linking, but if you choose not to… 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… but please do not post  your projects anywhere that requires registration to view, or comment.
  • Most importantly..you must have FUN while you craft…totally unenforcible rule… but heh.
  • **UPDATED – 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’t miss your chance to claim.
  • No porn, violence etc … do I really even have to say that ??
  • All submissions will require approval before going live,  if I am awake and at home… that won’t take long usually.  But please be patient as I do have some important family issues going on right now.

Bugaboo Crafty Challenge No. 6

 

It’s time for a new Bugaboo Crafty Challenge…  Are you ready for some fun new DT projects?  The ladies have been busy again and yeah…. I’m still running behind  * rolleyes lol.  Mine will be up later today for anyone interested.

Lots of fun entries again last challenge, thank you to everyone who entered… random.org has picked a winner and that winner is……DRUM ROLL pullease…

Congratulations Kim S.   please email me  to claim.

Ok now onto the fun new DT projects, please drop by the ladies blogs and show them some love again this month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can’t wait to see  some more fab Bugaboo Projects… so get cracking, let’s see what you got.  If you don’t have any Bugaboo stamps yet.. go grab this weeks freebie and join in.

Big thank you to our Sponsor Bugaboo Stamps.

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 –  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…must claim by March 14th… if no one claims new winner drawn March 15th… NO EXCEPTIONS. winner’s 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… HAVE FUN !!!  that’s what it’s all about.. right?


HAPPY MAIL!! Chameleon Color Tops Kickstarter Kit

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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Bugaboo Stamps Friday Freebie… Fab for male cards!!

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.

Make your own portable mini desktop easel with storage

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

Vintage Cockerel Style Wooden Keepsake box.

Bugaboo Zen Meets Psycho-delic-ious

Don’t look at me like you never did it  before… We’ve all walked in and seen paper we just know we are never gonna use on a project.. but bought it anyway because it’s so darn fun. SO dammit..I’m gonna have some fun with my background on this one lol.  I’m not sure why I liked this so much..I am not usually a glittery  over abundantly colorful kind a gal really. Maybe it appeals to my  my nerdy galactic  side??  Sure I was a 70’s kid.. but trust me, I am not ….and never was enamored with the fashion of the era.

anywho…. It seemed to fit the card perfectly….at least in my warped mind haha.

Ok.. so keeping it simple.. this is the Flower Doodles 2 stamp from Bugaboo stamps and this was the mystery image I added in as a  challenge to the DT girls.  It has a Zentangle, mandala type feel to it… so perfect for all the adults coloring book fiends out there.  No .. not a typo…. some of YOU have friends…. some of us have fiends! Fun ones, loyal ones, lovable and cute ones.. but fiends all the same 🙂  This is just one of a bunch of fun coloring book style images at Bugaboo Stamps

ok so this was colored with..  an H2o ink wash using my Zig H2o fine brush, which I LOVE… and then Chameleon Pens. The dotted stitch die on the image is a Gina Marie Dot Stud.. SURPRISE !!! lol   and  the mini heart lace frame on the lower layer is also a Gina Marie Designs Die.  The card base is cut from a super lime slime green 65lb card from one of the Value Recollections packs at Michaels.  Zig Photo tape was used to assemble the card.   No sentiment… It’s more of a casual note card type than occasion card… but of course any sentiment can be added as needed.

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Subscriber Random Giveaway… Winner Alert!

I mentioned at the end of last year I’d be doing some random giveaways just for  blog subscribers..and here is the first one.. Woot hoo…  Up for grabs was a $20 AUS gift cert to Kit & Clowder.

So if you always wanted to take a class and weren’t sure….or you were saving up for a class… or you had no idea these even existed but always wanted to learn to color….guess what  *****edit 03/4 NOT CLAIMED, prize will roll over for another random subscriber draw  in the near future.  Please be sure to check your subscription emails ladies and gents .. 

Now you can !!! because you are the lucky winner of the first random blog subscriber giveaway.

If you are not familiar with Alyce Keegan & the Kit & Clowder classes already, you can check out the huge Facebook Group, or click on the image below to visit the main site.

Email me  @   craftingcircle.com <<click the link or hover for full address from the account you are subscribed with to claim your voucher !  You have till  March 3rd to claim

Hopefully you are all paying attention to the blog emails..as these subscriber giveaways are not posted on social media.. only on the blog and  via the subscription alerts.  This is just my way of saying thank you to those of you who follow the blog and is separate from the regular giveaways.

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 🙂

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