Wahooo…… I’m BACK …with a splash !!

Well I finally got time to really sit down and actually color, admittedly it was a quickie session… but I got to color and dang but it feels good. Here is a really cool image by Cute As A Button “Bathtub Mermaid” and as if you didn’t guess already… yup I gave my new Chameleon Pens Color Tops a whirl. Add on a splash of Sakura Gelly Roll for some glitz and glam and detailing.. and voila!

I mounted her on a ply wood art tile/canvas  using double sided sheets of adhesive tape and inked up the edges with 3 tones of Color Smart Ink pads.  I’ll add a protective waterproof layer before hanging her in the bathroom.

This is my challenge image for July for the Cute As A Button Challenge Blogspot… come on over and play

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Cricut Mystery Box for April 2017

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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
Faux Leather
Designer Washi Tape
Window cling
Double sided Poster Board & Metallics
Full Instructions
** 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.

Free shipping to US and Canada with code CRICUTANNIVERSARY

Celebrate Cricut’s anniversary with 25% off Supplies! 

Take a minute to stop and smell the.. daisies?

I love this image pretty-flower-girl by Bugaboo Stamps, so it was a no brainer when it came to choosing a DT image for this months Bugaboo Crafty challenge.  It’s a super simple, sweet image which I colored with Chameleon Pens and then cropped with one of my new In and Out dies by Gina Marie Designs Double Pierced In and Out Rectangle die set

The card background was done  with a stamp I had that matched the daisy in the image on a A2 card from a Michaels value pack. Of course I used my trusty Zig Photo Tape runner to attach it…
If you like the look of this die, check out my previous posts  on the front page showing off the fun Bonus cuts you can use to make some really cool frames.  If you are reading this post months down the road.. do a search for Gina Marie Designs and that should pull them up… or search the March 2017 archive.

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Guest Designer – Lil’ Man D “Thanks” card

The lil guy is getting in more craft projects than I am this past week lol…  here is a card I helped him put together for his grandparents who sent him a card and Toys R Us gift certificate for his 5th birthday, which is on Thursday.

Can you tell he likes Giraffes?   This time he painted up 4 giraffes and then chose the one he wanted to send to them.  We will make up some more cards with the others.  We added in one of the new frames that I have been  experimenting with using the Gina Marie Designs Dies in a previous post  Sneaky Peek.. You’ve been Framed !

 

Supplies:

 

DOUBLE PIERCED RECTANGLE IN AND OUT RECTANGLE DIES

LOOPY RECTANGLES DIE SET – GINA MARIE DESIGNS

“THANKS” clear stamp…. no idea what set it came with.. sorry LOL

Stampendous “PenPattern Giraffe”

 

Recollections Value Pack A2 card set

Zig Photo Tape Runner





H2o brush





 


Gansai Tambi Watercolor set






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Vintage portrait style watercolored magnet

Well.. what a mix of goodies ended up in this project… I think everything but the kitchen sink lol

This is a new magnet framed with the Gina Marie Designs combo die piece you saw in a post earlier today…  looks a bit different now though LOL.  It had a few layers of Tim Holtz distress ink, followed by two colors of DecoArt Metallic Lustre, a touch more distress ink…. then 3 layers of clear embossing powder.

The image is “Lavish” by Rick St Dennis, which is one of 3 new ones in this style that I picked up last night.  She is printed on Canson Mix Media 9×12icon and colored with Gansai Tambi Watercolors using an H2o Brush.  I mounted the image to a piece of  COHAS magnet using a commercial grade double sided adhesive tape and then attached the frame with Zig 2 Way Glue.

This one will be joined by the other two images who will be turned into magnets too and will be joining my Abandoned Art bucket and abandoned in the coming months.  If you want to lean more about abandoned Art there are links to several Facebook groups on the side of this blog.  It’s all about sharing the happy!

“Lavish” by Rick St Dennis

 

Gina Marie Designs dies

LACEY LATTICE RECTANGLE DIE SET – GINA MARIE DESIGNS

DOUBLE PIERCED RECTANGLE IN AND OUT RECTANGLE DIES – GINA MARIE DESIGNS 






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Bonus ….Custom cut frames with Gina Marie Dies!

Time to get busy and knock out some sample combos.. these dies are going to be so much fun.  They are fabulous as intended with the in and out cuts; but they are even better when you start doubling them up to make frames

… and even better when you start making combos.
 I had a quick play with some of my dies and came up with this one which I really like.  These frames are made up of :

MINI HEART LACE SQUARE DIE SET – GINA MARIE DESIGNS

and  the

DOT STUDS ON BOTH SIDES OF CUTTING LINE SQUARE – GINA MARIE DESIGNS

 

and then this image shows all THREE cuts
…and here is a sneaky peek at another combo…so stay tuned for more of these fun frames.  I wonder how many combos I can come up with without ordering any more new dies lol.  Although there are a few I might just have to grab to expand my frames capabilities lol.  These were made using my We R Memory Keepers Genius Ultimate Magnetic Platform on my Sizzix Big Shot

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Gina Marie Designs – In and Out die sets * BONUS CUT !

Now this is something  not everyone has figured out yet about these great dual stitch dies, so I figured I would share… there is actually a THIRD cut. That’s right.. you don’t just get TWO cuts  per die,  if you are sneaky…. you can pull out a 3rd  really cool and useful cut. Just by combing  two of the dies from the set, VOILA.. you now have 3 cuts.



Now let me just say this is not as effective on some of the dies.. specifically the rounded corner ones. as the corner angles are not set up to form a uniform curve on the sizes. Individually you have the perfect corner cuts.. but combined.. it’s not a cut that nests well… saying that if you wanted to do it.. you just get a 3rd funky frame cut.. which you may actually like…. not everyone wants that uniform look.


Ok so what dies am I referring to? not the regular stitched dies.. but the new ones.  Just pop “In and Out” into the search function and you will get to see all of the new  double stitched dies I am referring to.  Now I don’t have ALL of these..and I can’t guarantee that all of the designs will  work for this technique…but if you are buying them anyway for the double cut.. you might as well at least know that a 3rd cut is possible. 🙂


I  can’t show you the full image as it is for an upcoming DT project… but you can get a sneaky peek at part of it, which shows the  traditional inner cut.


Now here is the fun part…. if you nest two of the dies on your cutting plate .. you can see on the left the traditional use, which is the inner and outer cuts… BUT you now have a THIRD cut.  Nesting your dies  gives you this double stitched frame cut too.  I discovered this last year  with my first Dual Stitched dies and  use this 3rd cut a lotWhat a great way to get even more value from dies that are already fantastic value…

Here you can see what I meant about the rounded corner dies… still a cool cut specially if you wanted to decorate the corners, or just wanted something a bit different.  You still get your regular in and out cut.. but the frame.. that’s just a cool unexpected bonus.

These are the 3 sets I just got… now be warned ladies these pierced dies have TINY holes and they are a bit more pernickety than your average die.. but totally worth it for the look you get.  I am really hoping  that Gina Marie Designs release this dual stitch design in more stitches soon.. the larger stud dot  and  all of the various stitches they already have on singles… I am ALL OVER THAT.  I love these dual stitch dies ..  or In & Out as they are called on the GMD descriptions. They need a new name… In & out just doesn’t cover how cool these dies really are lol.

Now I personally found that these cut much better for me on my machine using my Magnetic Platform.  I have read a lot of people complaining about their sizzix Platforms, but I actually picked up a We R Memory Keepers Platform last year on clearance at my local Michaels and it’s fab.  I just run these fiddily dies through back and forth, turn it round and run it through again to make sure I have even pressure. Not all machines cut the same pressure all over.. could be anything from worn bearings, to worn plates..or as in my case last year .. a broken chassis inside that you have no idea is even broken till you strip it down. It worked, but had uneven pressure issues… anyhwo there is a whole post somewhere on here about my little fun and games with my Big shot last year and the Fabulous Customer Service by Sizzix.

As I was saying I just use that WRMK’s magnetic base on these.. I added a card layer below the die and it doesn’t effect the hold of the magnets at all..and then used the thicker top plate from the set.  If you are still having any probs with a clean cut.. be sure to run it through back and forth, rotate  the plates and run it through again..and then  if you have to.. and your project permits.. just rotate  it so the dies go through at an angle.. or 90’s if it fits…. and you shouldn’t have any issues.  The biggest problem is cleaning up the hundreds of tiny cut outs haha.. that stuff gets everywhere.

If you are interested this is the Magnetic Platform I use. QuicKutz® We R Memory Keepers™ Genius Ultimate Magnetic Platform set

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Thou shall hev a fishy on a little dishy…..

Ok..are you ready for this one? LOL.

I am a creature of moods and I already  kinda jumped the gun a few weeks ago and got over zealous and posted what ‘should’ have been my DT project. I  liked it so much I couldn’t wait to share, which is great.. except that left me needing to do a second project.  I was desperately trying to come up with  something I really wanted to do and of course ….I got sidetracked coloring Roosters and cutting cut files and all that other fun stuff… like you do LOL

So here I am, or was ….  half a day left to pull off a Project… and my lil guy wanted to go out. So off we went to Michaels and then Toys R Us and while I was there I picked up some stamps for him and some bits n bobs for me ….INCLUDING  something I had wanted to try for ages.

I had been wanting to make a Chipboard project and I found this great 2 pack of Chipboard albums for just $4.99 ..it was perfect. Well except I only had a few hours to actually pull it off lol.  So my apologies for the late showing… but I hope it’s worth it and you at least enjoy this crazy tangent head post.

Because I am not just going to show you  the project…

I’m going to share with you some of the origins of what inspired me to make it.  If you are British, some of it may be familiar… if you aren’t .. maybe you will learn something new.

Ok.. so here it is , this is the front cover of my ‘Album’  and I chose the smaller of the two Chipboard kits which measures approx 7×6.5.  My image this month is called Girlz – wiggle the bait

I covered it with a foiled ‘fish scale’ sheet from a DCWV I won called Coastal It has some fab papers in it..in fact I used  one of them in that other project too.

I  used Elizabeth Designs double side adhesive to attach it to the chipboard… just for speed since I have a 6 inch wide roll of it sitting here staring at me lol.I cut the paper slight over sized and used a punch to make matching holes to the chipboard.  popped it on .. smoothed it out and  tucked in the edges.. then I lined it with a matching sheet of Recollections 65lb card.

Image was cut on the Cricut and colored with Chameleon Pens… I used Zig Photo Tape to adhere all of the fishing themed  die cuts  from the Gina Marie Dies “Gone Fishing” set and the net is from the Gina Marie Lacey Lattice die set

What it  actually will be when I get the contents pages done….is a Recipe book…. for Fish. I have a friend who’s husband fishes… when he isn’t falling off  2 foot high walls and breaking bones that is… yes seriously he broke his pelvis fishing a few  years ago by falling off a two foot wall.  We jokingly refer to him as the $6 man, he has been rebuilt ..almost from scratch these past few years.

…and my friend…. well she loves to cook..and pin recipes and post them all over my Facebook feed at 3 am and gives me the munchies.. so I am dedicating this project to those two.  I left the top space blank as it will be personalized ..so for privacy reasons… I will add that later  🙂

The lyrics on the front of the book read:

Dance ti’ thy daddy, sing ti’ thy mammy,
Dance ti’ thy daddy, ti’ thy mammy sing;
Thou shall hev a fishy on a little dishy,
Thou shall hev a fishy when the boat comes in.

These were the lyrics for a show back in the 70’s  when I was growing up in the Northern part of the UK. It was called When the Boat comes in and starred James Bolam, a very well reknowned British actor who has starred in a bunch of great Tv series.  It was a period drama series set in post-World War I northeast England…and I grew up watching this.  I lived on the North East coast till I was about 8 years old, so  I have fond memories of the coast and all the small fishing villages… and the smell of Kippers smoking.

How I miss those Geordie tones!

anywho… this was the inspiration for my theme.

The inside pages where the recipes and such like will be is made of  the same 65lb card stock as the inside liner, in various hues of blue.   I’ll be adding in little fun facts, quotes and images and such to the pages as well as room to write, or stick recipes.  It’s kind of like a journal… but for recipes…with some fun facts and images thrown in.

So there you have it.. a Fun Fish filled Recipe book  with a touch of British Nostalgia thrown in.

 

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Cupcake thief foiled !! Cupcake Stand SVG

I had to fight off a cupcake thief to take this project photo…. nothing is safe in this house. I have always had a problem with having project photos photobombed by the li’l guy and his menagerie of toys and figures, but this one takes the biscuit.. .. well Chocolate Chocolate Muffin to be precise.  No that is not a typo, it’s a Double Chocolate Muffin….I can’t really blame him for trying to run off with it, they are yummy !

I had this fun little quick n easy  cupcake stand file to  make up, so I grabbed a Muffin the li’l guy made  and used that for my photo… damned if I didn’t see a set of sticky fingers run up and try and grab it right in front of the camera lol.
cup_muffinanywho….  this is a really simple cut file by Rae Carr over at CraftsUPrint… I doubled up my cut to make this gold glitter version… but if you have double sided paper, or are using plain card stock, you won’t need to do that.  I simply attached the two sections with tape  and assembled it.

I have an urge to recreate this in a multi-tiered version to see how it would  work out on a large scale.  It would be a fun one for kids birthday parties, school parties, Family get together, possibly done with a wipe-able platform for multiple use. …. so stay tuned for that one.

Very quick and easy project, simple materials, easy assembly… and definitely a good basic cut to have on hand.

Cut File – 671 Cupcake Stand 1 avaialble in various cut file formats
Card Stock – Gold glitter card, local Dollar Store
Tape Runner – Zig Photo Tape

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Note to self… crafting hauls….

Should really wait till you actually have time to craft!!! LOL  Sadly this little lot doesn’t even include the pens and such I ordered last month and still haven’t had time to play with properly .. but dang me and the lil man are gonna have fun next year  LOL.. I hope!

This little lot includes 3 Blitsy orders
Chameleon Pens from Hobby Lobby and refills and nibs order from Chameleon Pens
CraftingAbility order
Stazsh Up order
ScrapbookOutlet
Overstock.com
and an order of Cricut Blades that a special lady gifted to me 🙂

It also doesn’t include CraftsUPrint cutfiles and various artists digital stamps I might have grabbed this  month *grin

And I already put away 1 Scrapbook Outlet order of Gina Marie Designs Dies, Crafting Ability Order and a Blitsy order that I showed you sneak peeks at the end of last month..mostly pens.  I am making up for almost 8 months of virtually no craft shopping  🙂  MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ME !!!

I’ll be showing some of these a bit more closely in upcoming posts and projects..  but if you have any questions, leave a comment 🙂

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