Cricut Cyber Monday EXTENDED !!

If you thought you had the missed the Cyber Monday deals.. guess what… it’s been extended !!! AND Get a $15 digital promo credit when you spend $50 or more on Cricut.com

Clearance items as low as $1
Machines starting at $139
up to 50% off cartriges
50 off Cuttlebug folders

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Explore Machine + Cuttlebug Machine – color coordinated bundle

Free Shipping – No Order Minimum with codes FREESHIPNOV

Get $14.99 Flat Rate Shipping to Canada on all orders $50+

Extra 10% off (excludes Access and Explore 2) + free standard shipping with code HOLIDAYDEALS

Cricut November Mystery Box (Special Black Friday Edition)

Refer a friend to Cricut – friend gets $25 off an Explore machine, referring customer gets $25 digital coupon code when their friend purchases an Explore machine. Not applicable on Explore Air 2 machines.
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Cricut Cyber Monday Deals

Are you ready for some more deals??  Cyber Monday starts 11/28

Cyber Monday kicks off with a 15% discount on everything but Cricut Access PLUS free shipping  with code CYBERMONDAY

“Extra 15% off everything but Cricut Access + free standard shipping with code CYBERMONDAY”

** I couldn’t get the discount to apply to  the Air 2 when I tested this code…  so it’s either not active till Midnight, OR it’s excluded.  The information above comes directly from Circut’s Affiliate program… so I can only share what they share with us.  Previous deals listed excluded the Explore 2  ..BUT … have you seen that baby!!!  I want one so bad discount, or no lol  .. it’s still an awesome deal at the Sale price.

..and I just noticed this one…

“Cyber Monday Sale: Spend $50+, Get $15 Digital Credit
Get a $15 digital promo credit when you spend $50 or more on Cricut.com”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And the Spotlight Series Giveaway winners are…….

winnersOk… here is the list you have all been waiting for…. first off congrats to all of the winners…. and commiserations to those of you that didn’t win THIS TIME.

There are still more chances to win ..I still have a 5 pack of Chameleon Pens and a Set of Ocean themed Gina Marie dies up for grabs…. so be sure to enter those if you haven’t already done so.  If you aren’t already subscribed to the blog, or a follower on Facebook… you may miss out on future giveaways.

Oh and you missed out on THIS too….  I decided to have a random Subscriber pull for the heck of it..sooo… just for fun and to say thank you I wanted to pull a subscriber and invite them to  show off their crafting skills….AND …. answer the Spotlight Questions we just saw all of the guests complete.  I had to laugh when I saw who Random.org pulled for this one…I love this lady, both as a crafter and a person-ality…and boy does she have personality.   I can’t think of anyone who is more perfectly suited to this that YOU….. Shannon Abblitt.  

Now the question is …. Will you do it? will you be our first Crafter Spotlight Guest?  I will email you later today when I send out all the winner emails for the giveaways…I hope you say yes  🙂

Anywho.. bring on the winners !!!!!

Winners were picked using the Random.org widget

Emails will go out later today ( about 12 hours from now ) and you have 48 hours from when I send them to respond and claim your prize and then your claim will be forwarded to the sponsor for prize delivery…. so consider this a head start because I got through picking/verifying winners faster than I anticipated.

A Huge Thank you to all of the spotlight guests who took part in this fun series and to any future Spotlight Guests who want to join in and keep the series going….  bust me a message on Facebook  🙂

Big, BIG  Thank you to: 

Crafting Ability / Ziggyboard

 Chameleon Pens

NanaDonna

for sponsoring prizes.

****Unclaimed Prizes will be repicked with random.org****

ALL PRIZES ARE NOW CLAIMED!!!!

Spotlight Series Day 1: Amanda Byron – Faery Ink – $25 Gift Cert. to Faery Ink

WINNER: Shannon Abblitt  ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 2: Janice – Scrapper’s Delights – $15  Store Gift Voucher

WINNER: Heather B  ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 3 – KennyK Stamps 3 digis of winners choice

WINNER: Heather Brow  ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 4 – Carol Clarke, CUP Designer  £15/ $20 CUP Gift Voucher

WINNER: Tee Hall ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 5 – Betty, Simply B Stamps  a $10 Gift Cert

WINNER:  #1  DEE ** CLAIMED**
WINNER:  #2  2nd Chance Drawing winner Victoria Rowson 
 ** CLAIMED**
WINNER:  #3 2nd Chance Drawing winner Kemly Sc 
** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 6 – Heidi, 2 Cute Ink Digital Stamps  6 month Stamp Club Subscription

WINNER: Dee ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 7 – Rick St dennis MFA – Original piece of artwork

WINNER: Donna M Cervantez ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 8 – Gina Marie Designs – $20 Gift Cert

WINNER: ****2nd Chance Winner – Joyce  ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 9, Lisa- Bloobel Stamps  Small Mystery Paper Craft pack

WINNER: Donna M Cervantez  ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 10, Samantha – My Little Paper World  Small Mystery Paper Craft pack

WINNER:  ****2nd Chance Winner – shartl  ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 11, Naz- Sasayaki Glitter 3 stamps of winners choice

WINNER: Jenn ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 12, Jodie -BugabooStamps  $30 gift certificate

WINNER: Lucy Gregg  ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 13, Julia Spiri – Stamps By Julia Spiri 2 image of winners choice

WINNER: Donna M Cervantez ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 14, Conie Fong – Conie Fong Art

 

50% coupon off entire store

WINNER:  2nd Chance Drawing Winner JaneyG ** CLAIMED**

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$10 gift certificate

WINNER: Kate  ** CLAIMED**

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1 digital stamp  of their choice.

WINNER: KT Fit Kitty  ** CLAIMED**
WINNER: Nicky  ** CLAIMED**
WINNER: Victoria Rowson ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 15, Francesca -Cute As A Button 2 free digis, 1 clear rubber stamp & craft goodies.

WINNER: Linda Tagg ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 16, Rae – CUP Designer  Cut File  of choice

WINNER: MichelleVata  ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 17, Andrea – SheepSki Designs 3 Digis of winners choice

WINNER: Donna M Cervantez ** CLAIMED**

 

 Spotlight Series Day 18, Nikky – Polkadoodles  3 digital stamps of winners choice

WINNER: Nicola Gold ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 19, Nikki – Limited Run Stamps $10 Store Gift Cert

WINNER: Linda Tagg  ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 20, Sherri- My Besties  signed Coloring Book

WINNER: Farrow Mascoe ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 21, Amy – Chomas Creations Mystery Craft Kit Box

WINNER: thealteredpaper ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 22, Michelle- Pink and Main $15 Store Credit

WINNER: Erica Bruton ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 23, Bennett Klein –  Prima Say it in Crystals Border Mega Pack

WINNER: shartl ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 24 –  Alyce, Kit and Clowder $15 gift Certificate to Kit & Clowder

WINNER: Lucy Gregg ** CLAIMED**

 

 Spotlight Series Day 25 – Christine, Penny Blossom 6 digis of winners choice

WINNER: Geesje Boutkan ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 26, Me, Myself & I  Shaker Windows and game card accessories

WINNER: 2nd Chance Drawing Winner Maranda M. 
** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 27 – Sarah, StarStampz 2 digis of winners choice

WINNER: Dee ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 28 , Marcella – Power Poppy $20 gift code

WINNER:  2nd Chance Drawing Winner Holly Stahly ** CLAIMED**

 

 

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How to clean and restick old Cricut cutting mats

These are  questions that comes up a gazillion times with Cricut Explore users…  how do I clean my mats and what can I do to make them sticky again?

Condensed version for impatient peoples in a hurry:

 

  • Scrape off stuck card/paper with old credit card, or Cricut scraper
  • Clean mat with warm soapy water, leave to dry

    Congratulations… clean mats again.

 

  • Take gross old mat, scrub with Isopropyl alcohol and an old face clothe.
  • Rinse and leave to dry
  • Apply thin coat of Kuretake Zig 2 way glue
  • Wait till  glue turns from blue to clear

    Congratulations… sticky mats again.

However if you mats are creased, or sliced .. it’s just time to buy some new ones. I always have a stash of spare mats, I grab them when Cricut have sales 🙂

Now here’s the longwinded version for anyone who cares lol.

… well  here’s the answer to at least one of your problems.   First off let me just say that the mat I tested this on was “NASTY”  lol.  I had thrown it in a corner as no longer viable as a cutting mat and  it was in my pile of old mats I use for  various other things…. like protecting surfaces while I cut, glue, paint etc.  They may not be much use on my Cricut, but they are useful enough to keep for other purposes.

Usually when I “clean” my mats..I use an old credit card to scrape off any card or paper that is stuck to the mat and carry on my merry way.  When they get too grungy I run them under warm water with a bit of soap and a terry face clothe, when those two options no longer produce workable results… they are  relegated to the “other uses” pile.

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So.. onto the no longer sticky problem… CraftingAbility sent me  this rather handy little glue stick in my latest package. It comes in various tip sizes depending on what your needs are.  This particular one is the  Zig Memory system 2 way glue  with the Jumbo 15mm tip.  My mat was gross….  cat hair, old paper residue, dust ..you name it, that had got suck on it over the months lol.  I have 4 cats  who just love to sleep on my craft space… so my good mats hang on a hook on the wall.  The old ones however get thrown in a stack..and since I am usually using the back side of them. I’m not overly concerned with what sticks to the front. Even when they lose their usefulness for cutting, they are still sticky enough to pick up all that crap.

 

So.. I grabbed an old mat to try this out with… I have heard a lot of great things about this glue, but I won’t lie… I really wasn’t expecting much as far as results go.  I’ve never had a 2 way glue that worked that well, so I was expecting it to be ….ok, but nothing great.


Warm water, soap and a rag weren’t going to cut it with this mat, so I grabbed my trusty bottle of alcohol and threw it on the mat.  Like magic all the crud was coming off….I was quite impressed by that, even if I wasn’t expecting great results with my mat experiment.  I figured the best way to tell was definitely to work with the cleanest old mat I could;  so I scrubbed it clean with alcohol, rinsed it off and left it to dry. Funnily enough it actually had a touch of tacky still on it after the alcohol cleaned it all up.  But definitely not enough for a run through my Cricut.

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So now we are left with a clean-ish old mat.  You can still see the designs that scored into the mat from previous projects, but it was actually green again lol.  At a quick glance it almost looked like a new mat… score!

 

Ok so these  2 way glues, how they work is first off… you need to prime your glue.  The tip is dry when it arrives and priming it is very simple. Press the tip up and down on a scrap of paper.. you will see the tip nearest the body start to turn blue.  Don’t get too over excited and pump it like crazy…. that blue is the glue soaking down to the tip.  Once it has soaked all the way to the tip, you are ready to Rock n Roll.

Now one important thing to remember, DON’T get glue where your Cricut rollers go along the sides. I just masked mine off with a bit of scrap car to test this out on a section of the mat… but if you are doing a mat entirely, you might want to use some masking tape.  The glue goes on blue when wet, simply apply and wait till it turns clear… and VOILA.. sticky mats again.

cricut_mat2I have to say ….I am suitably impressed with this glue.  It’s sticky enough for anything I use on a regular basis…. 110lb card stock  etc.  It doesn’t leave any residue on the back of my project after removal.  I think I have to give this one a thumbs up.

Good Job Kuretake, yet another fab product to add to my growing collection of Zig craft supplies.  Only problem is I have a pile of about 15 old mats I now need to clean off and reapply sticky to lol.

If you are still unsure about this glue… stay tuned for two more uses I found for it while I was playing around… I know I for one will be keeping a bottle of this in my stash from now on 🙂 along with the new tape runner I also got to play with in this box.

 

 

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ReallyColor….or Really Cool ?

I ran across these guys and my curiosity got the better of me… I think I might have to try this one out myself.  For $3.99 for a credit pack, I’m definitely up for giving this one a shot.

Now before we get into this.. let me state quite clearly A this is one of my new affiliates I signed up with, so YES I will be compensated if anyone tries this… and B.. I haven’t tried it YET myself, so I can’t vouch for the quality…. but it looks really cool. Like most of these type of services, it does  make a difference  in results, depending on the quality of images you send to them… so bear that in mind and pay attention to their recommendations.

The concept behind this is that you upload/send a photo to ReallyColor and they turn it into a line drawing/coloring page for you.  I have to say the prices are pretty impressive if  you can get the results you want from the pictures you choose.  Prices start at 29 cents an image.

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One of the things I really like about this is:

Can I make small edits to my coloring page?

Yes. There is an editor built into the conversion tool. Spend as little or as much time on your final coloring page as you wish. You can make small improvements like delete lines under eyes, quickly click away unwanted spots, or spend time making everything perfect. The free drawing feature allows you to fill in lines in your coloring page, or “hand draw” text, stick figures, or whatever impressive free-style drawing you come up with yourself.”

That alone is a great incentive to give this a shot.. but then I read this too.. and I like the idea of my images not being stored, unless I want them to be.

Do you store my images and completed coloring pages?

No. Once you complete your coloring page, it will be available for download right there as well as be sent to the email address you give us for your own safekeeping. However, if you decide to share your coloring page on Facebook or other social media directly from the ReallyColor web site by clicking our SHARE button, that photo and coloring page will remain on our servers in order for your post to be able to successfully link back to the ReallyColor web site. If you simply share the image of your coloring page as an attached photo in a social media post, that coloring page will not be stored on our servers in any way.

“Who can see my photo?

Once your photos have been uploaded and you have downloaded and received your coloring pages, your content is removed from our servers. We do this for your privacy and security. However, if you decide to share your coloring page on Facebook or other social media directly from the ReallyColor web site by clicking our SHARE button, that photo and coloring page will be viewable by anybody who clicks on the link in your post. If you simply share the image of your coloring page as an attached photo in a social media post, that coloring page will not be stored on our servers in any way.”

I am not absolutely sure, but it sounds like you  get a guestimated result before you use the credit?  if anyone  tries this before I get a chance to…. please let me know if you get the chance to preview the image, or just get a score and can change your mind about which image to use….if the photo you chose isn’t producing the results you wanted.

“Can you tell us whether or not our original image will turn into a good coloring page?

Our conversion tool now offers a new, sophisticated scoring tool custom-built by our image science team. It will analyze your original photo when you upload it and assign to it a quality score between 1 and 100. This should set your expectations prior to continuing the conversion process. A score above 50 is usually pretty good.”

Updated Sketch Challenge News

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February 1st the Bi Weekly Sketch challenge will become the “Monthly Sketch Challenge”.

 

We had a bit of a restructure of the challenges on the message board and it was decided that the Bi-weekly would become monthly like all of the other challenges. It will continue in a similar format as before, with 4 sketches and a set of Ad colors/photo inspiration and 1 or 2 extra credit ideas.

 

Each month our volunteer host will provide sketches for everyone to work from. These sketches are guidelines only, so you can flex them to suit your needs and style. As always the idea is to have fun, try something new and enjoy the company of fellow members. We’d love to have you join us on this, or one of the 5 other monthly challenges on the message board.

To end out the Bi-weekly our Host NanaDonna has provided the following challenge

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Extra credit – Color an image and use it on your card.

Extra credit – #2 Make your own background paper with whatever method you want. Bohek like Sandy introduced
us to a few week ago, or shaving cream paper, ink refills, watercolor there are so many ways to create some
great papers.

and Deescraps has provided us with these great Ad Colors for inspiration

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We’d love to have you join us, all levels and styles welcome.











Bi Weekly Challenge 21 October- November 3rd is up and running

Our current Bi-weekly challenge is hosted by Valeriesc; feel free to hop on over to the message board and join in, or just hangout with the ladies taking part in this challenge.

There are 4 sketches and 2 EC’s (Extra Credits) and a set of Ad colors provided by Deescaps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extra Credit:

#1 Use only 2 colors and no shades of the colors. (Example: Red & Blue – no pinks or light blues with the red & blue colors)

#2 Use something that is recycled on your card besides lace or buttons.

 

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Bi Weekly Challenge 7-20 October is up

The current challenge is now posted over on the message board… 4 sketches and 2 Extra Credits. Come on over and  join us  if you want….  and don’t forget we also have our 5 monthly challenges running too.

 

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EC #1 Create your own image and matching verse/sentiment …and use it in one, or more of the 4 sketches provided. It doesn’t matter if you draw a flower, a stickman..or go all out Picasso on us.. just give it a try. Pens, pencils, digital.. any combination of… just have some fun and try and draw something and combine it with a fun new sentiment. Trust me I can’t draw for toffee… so you are not alone.
EC #2 Choose ONE option from each group and complete your card in ONLY those choices.. you must use ALL 5 choices.

Group 1 Black or White
Group 2 Silver or Gold
Group 3 Spots or Stripes ( pattern and/or texture)
Group 4 Jewel colors – Emerald, Sapphire, Ruby, Amethyst or Amber (deep green, blue, red, purple or orange .. think gothic medieval colors )

Group 5 Main image – choose from Flower, Reindeer, lion, penguin, fish, pumpkin or mouse. This image can be colored any way you choose.. you do not HAVE to use your color choices for the image. Those are for the main card background.

Summary: You are choosing 3 colors, one pattern/texture and an image.

….and our Ad colors for this challenge courtesy of DeeScraps are: