Cricut March Madness Box . 3 11/15 and …stuff

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.


Cricut March Mystery Box #3 – Supplies

Free shipping at Cricut with code MYSTERYMARCH

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

10% off + free standard shipping with code LOVECRICUT (EXCLUDES AIR 2 and CRICUT ACCESS)


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  ūüôā

 









…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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My latest happy mail. Zig Kuretake Manga Art goodies

I saw something on a live video from CHA that I wanted to try out; I had no idea what they were using on the demo as far as pens and tips went, but I figured I wanted to try it bad enough.. so I grabbed ALL of them lol. Typically these pens are used for Manga art and inking in illustrations, but I saw them or…. something like these used for something else entirely and I wanted to have a play.

Admittedly I will probably use them for the intended use as well.. now that Steve over at CraftingAbility popped in a few extras for me to try out. I wasn’t expecting a beginners guide to drawing Manga to be tucked into my order and a new Manga Pen I haven’t tried yet… but heh.. why not .. LOL.


I had a quick flick through the booklet and it has some easy beginner examples and guides .. some info on drawing faces, clothing folds, shadows and highlights and lightsource so all the basics we learn in drawing and coloring. So, maybe I’ll have a little play with that. I don’t draw by any stretch of the imagination.. but even I like to doodle now and then. Usually when I am on the phone chatting haha..I am notorious for doodling on anything at hand haha.

Now bear in mind I have not used an ink pen in YEARS.. so it will take some practice to get used to working with ink again.  But I am excited to play with these and then try out that idea I saw at CHA.  I have quite a few different Zig Kuretake products, as you know if you are a regular …  some bought, some provided free of charge for testing and to provide projects for review….and so far.. I have not been dissappointed in anything. Seriously.. I refuse to say something is great if I don’t like it…so when I say I like it or LOVE it as is most often the case… I mean it.  Now anyone who is a regular knows I like to experiment and play with allsorts of ideas, and that I love trying new techniques..so  take into account your own personal styles and  tastes when  picking products.. what suits one does not suit all.

Ok so what did I order...everything on this page lol…



I picked up the pen nib holder… can’t do much without one of those lol. It’s a nice lacquered wood with a rubber grip.  I have to admit I am not a big fan of pens with rubber grips usually, but this one is nice and comfy and I don’t feel like I am getting stuck on it when I move my fingers around like some.  I have hypermobile joints and sometimes my hands lose grip when they flare up…. but  just playing with it out of the packet.. it seems to be something I’ll work fine with.  It’s not too fat , nor to thin and the rubber grip is smooth.. haha I sound like I popped out of Goldilocks and the three bears ..oops






I picked up a pack of each of the nibs to test them out, since I really didn’t know which ones would work best for what I have in mind, plus a selection of nibs would be useful for a few other things I had in mind… all of which you will see in posts coming this month.. maybe even a few short vids for a bit of fun.










I’ll share more on the Manage Drawing guide and Manga Flexible Pen in another post.

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Sympathy card drawn with a Chalk Marker pen on the Cricut Explore

I adapted this CUP cut file to draw the design on my Cricut Explore, as opposed to cutting it.  Love this effect!

I imported the SVG file into Design space, created a duplicate and used the contour feature to create a cut file of the outline, I then switched the original from cut, to write and used a Zig  dual tipped chalk pastel marker pen to draw the design.  I added in some tiny pearl cabochons and a sympathy sentiment die by  Gina Marie Designs.

This would look great done in a black pen  on white then colored with markers too.
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I love the versatility of these over the edge card cut files.  This one I re-proportioned to create a square card, instead of the original rectangular card.

Cut File  OVER THE EDGE FLORAL BORDER 10 by Apetroae Stefan

Zig Chalk Pastel Marker ( requires the Chomas Creations marker adapter for use in the Cricut Explore..not available for the ONE)

Gina Marie Designs Sympathy die

Zig 2 way glue

Cricut Explore 

Be sure to grab your Friday Freebie at CraftsUPrint

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Crayola Color Escapes 72 count Pencil set ..SCORE !!

Well….I did it, I ordered a set…. well actually …….I ordered TWO sets  lol
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I spotted these a few months ago and shared the info on here and Facebook… but at the time, I didn’t have spare funds to try these out.  Well I decided I was going to jump in and grab a set and since they were priced lower than I remembered and they offer free shipping on orders over $30… I grabbed a second set.  Oh and Thank You Crayola for the 10% discount you emailed me while I  was  filling my cart lol.

I am not a brand snob…. I currently color with CraZart pencils, which cost a whopping $8 or so at Walmart..AND I LOVE THEM.  So I guess a set of “Grown up “Crayolas is a step up and progress.  Who am I kidding, I will still color with my CraZart pencils…. I love them lol.  I am the queen of Mix and Match Media, these will play very nicely together I am sure LOL


But I now have another 72 pencils to add to my coloring  repertoire. It will be interesting to see how these  handle the specialty papers I like to use with the CraZart pencils, like the velvet paper.

So if you are just starting out with adult coloring, or crafting, have older kids who love to color and wanted something a little more “classy” looking than the regular ..need a crafty gift. Maybe you just wanted to try something new, but without the hefty price tag of some of the “artist” brands of pencils * rolleyes

Check these out… they are, or were as far as I am aware only available at Crayola.com or Amazon.com and to be entirely honest, I was half expecting Amazon to be the better deal…. WRONG. …  not this time. When ordering 2 sets,  and by some hocus pocus and trickery….of which I am still not entirely sure lol….  I managed to get both sets for a grand total of…..

Hahaha.. nope not gonna tell you, go check it out for yourself….but it’s a great deal.   Add 2 sets to your cart and if you get the same deal I did.. with free shipping and the 10% discount code they emailed to me..and the “?? where the heck did that come from discount”  I paid less than $35  including taxes and shipping for two sets  ūüôā

…and the regular price is $22.49 per set + taxes + $6.49 in shipping on orders less than $30.. still a fab price.

Free Shipping with $50+ Crayola order

Super excited to get my hands on these and have a play….:)  I have been wanting a set for months and every time I have some spare money, they were out of stock… but not anymore !!!  WOOT

For those of you who prefer Amazon because you get special  bonus points etc.  Here is a link to the Amazon Deal which is  probably a better option when you are only buying one set and have Prime and/ or an Amazon Points card. The Crayola deal with Free Shipping and no taxes is also available through this link.

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Cricut 12 Days of Christmas Flash Sale extended! coupons & project ideas

If you still haven’t picked your Cricut Explore up.. ¬†you still have time. ¬†Cricut extended their flash sale and you can pick up an Explore Machine, or Bundle and still get it before Christmas if you order by the 16th.

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Deals on the Explore start at $139, there is a deal for every budget… ¬†Shop now and ¬†have yourself a Very Merry Cutmas! ¬†Deals and Coupons ¬†below
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Explore’s aren’t just for the ladies… we’ve had guys on our Message Board too… ¬†Guys who do reenactment and ¬†want to build signs and ¬†props for their events. ¬†Model builders who want to customize their projects with their own vinyl decals, stencils or printable decorations. Woodworkers and ¬†toy makers who ¬†need unique designs to personalize items. so many uses for this machine as well as the ¬†card making and scrapbooking people ¬†usually think of.

Fabulous tool for ¬†Crafty Homeschoolers ¬†and teachers too. ¬†So many Fab designs and things you can use in your daily lessons..personalized reward stickers, labels, ¬†decor, ¬†and so many neat ways to ¬†brighten up Essays, reward charts, certificates, calendars, work books ….and more.

Have a chef in the house? Create fun personalized aprons and storage containers with Vinyl products.

Cricut Design Space has 1000’s of images and fonts available for those of you who prefer digital access over cartridges. **Not All Cartridges are available in Design Space… and Cricut Access

Need something more Unique… they have you covered there too. ¬†Import your own files for Print and cut to add your hand colored digital stamps to your projects, turn them into easy 3D Decoupage designs, make your own stencils and upload your own templates to create stunning card designs, boxes and envelopes using files purchased by fab designers on CraftsUPrint, Dreaming Tree and similar Cut File stores.

Create  one of a kind Scrapbook covers and pages, or framed artwork like this:

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Don’t have a Large Format Printer to ¬†print out super Sized digital Stamps for your project ? Cricut has you covered. ¬†This little lady is printed on a sheet of ¬†11×17 Neenah card stock.
kk_toontimeWant to make ¬†intricate cut ¬†layered cards? vellum flowers?¬† gift boxes….¬† here’s a quick peek at some of the past projects you can find on the blog. ¬†Everything from Chalk board vinyl and chalk pens, boxes, intricate cuts, 3D layered images, fabric painting, powder embossing…

 

Make your own magnets with printable vinyl and Magnetic sheet ( also available as pre-cut shapes, perfect  for  gluing your cut projects to).

Draw and Write on Fabric with fabric pens, Create designs for Powder Embossing on the Cricut, love  the Chalk Marker look? .. sorted.  The Adapter I use lets me do it ALL.

Aftermarket Pen and marker Adapter from Chomas Creations ¬†allows you to utilize a wide range of pens for embossing, drawing, fabric design etc. ¬†These Adapters are not available for the Cricut ONE as it utilizes a single cut/writing head feature. ¬†The engraving adapter is available for all Cricut Explore Machines. ¬†My marker Adapter is a permanent fixture in my Explore ¬†ūüôā
The possibilities are endless.. so grab your Cricut Explore and supplies and get ready to start off ¬†2017 in style…

Cricut December Mystery Box – ¬† rumor has it this has a ¬†lot of really cool foil in it and some Cartridges…

30% off most supplies at Cricut¬† Stock up ¬†now, once you get started you won’t want to stop. ¬†Great deals in Supplies, bulk buys and clearance.

Extra 10% off everything (excluding Cricut Access and Explore 2) + free standard shipping with code 12DAYS

Home & Family have a promotion  on Facebook right now, including  promo code Hallmark16 for 20% off .  No  details on any exclusions, so you will just have to give it a try.. but it probably excludes Air 2 and Cricut Access?

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Cricut 12 Days of Christmas Deals – Day 3

December 2016 ‚ÄúCrafty Awesomeness‚ÄĚ Prize Challenge & November Winner

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It’s that time of the month again… New sponsor, new prizes, new projects and of course… NEW WINNER!!! ¬†So lets jump right in with a big HUGE ¬†thank you to Jodie at BugabooStamps for sponsoring our last challenge. AND agreeing to sponsor a new Bugaboo Monthly Challenge here on the blog, which will start in January !!! ¬†woot hoo

The Prize Winner Picked by Random.org is……¬†¬†UNCLAIMED.. new random winner coming soon. ¬†I will announce that in a separate post along with the bonus winner. ¬†UPDATED WINNERS POST !!!

Please contact me to claim your prize.

This month ¬†your sponsor is actually .. yours truly ¬†ūüôā ¬†I wanted to do something a bit different this month. The Instructions to the DT team were… any Digital Stamp Image… with a Gina Marie Designs Die… which was a pretty safe bet that we could all do this one. Since I found Gina Marie Designs and got the ladies hooked.. we’ve all got a bunch to play with LOL. ¬† And who doesn’t have stamps from all these guys and gals??

Prize:

…so the Prize on offer this month is: One Random Winner gets to choose between the following prizes …choice of

$10 Scrapbook Outlet Code  ( Gina Marie Designs )

$10 ImageAbility.Inc code ( choose between CraftingAbility.com or Cohas.com )

….or your choice of a $10 code/ gift cert to one of our awesome sponsors stamp shoppe:

Rick St Dennis
Cute As A Button
Bloobel Stamps
Sasayaki Glitter
Power Poppy
Bugaboo Stamps
KennyKstamps

If the winning project features a digital image from one of the sponsors listed above, ¬†OR a Gina Marie Designs Die, or ImageAbility¬†product..I’ll bump it up to a $15 prize. ¬†So be sure to include that info and links to them on your blog posts so I can see what you used for the bonus ūüôā

So here we have the DT Projects,  gorgeous projects as always ladies.

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Dee Vee

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NanaDonna

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I’m running behind ¬†on my project this month… sorry ladies !! so I’ll be sneaking mine in later today..HOPEFULLY after they come and do my new carpets *rolleyes. ALL DONE !!
 

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‚Äôd love it if you were using a sponsor image
  • Please watermark your images before linking, but if you choose not to‚Ķ 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‚Ķ but please do not post ¬†your projects anywhere that requires registration to view, or comment.
  • Most importantly..you must have FUN while you craft‚Ķtotally unenforcible rule‚Ķ but heh.
  • Winners will have 48 hours¬†to claim after their name is announced on the blog, facebook, google+ and twitter feeds. ¬†Please make sure you are subscribed to at least one of these so you don‚Äôt miss your chance to claim.
  • No porn, violence etc ‚Ķ do I really even have to say that ??
  • All submissions will require approval before going live, ¬†if I am awake and at home‚Ķ that won‚Äôt take long usually.

 


Cricut Black Friday Deals are coming…are you ready?

Ok..so who is ready for some Cricut Deals? ¬†If you are totally new to Cricut you are in for a treat…. but I would imagine most all of you are already well aware of the Cricut Explore range of cutting machines.

The possibilities are endless… wedding decor and invites, Vinyl decals, Tshirt decorating, card making… home decor, gifts.. whatever you ¬†are into. ¬†There are so many projects on this blog that include the Cricut Explore’s functionality ¬†.. like the ¬†3D layered image mounted on a slate base… or ¬†the card projects, scrapbook pages and framed art.¬† I can cut, write and draw.. and if you like specialty pens… ¬†you can do fab things with fabric pens, embossing pens and more.

This machine cuts velvet paper, vellum, shrinkydink, card, vinyl and so many more ¬†crafting media .. and the new upgrades to Design Space that are coming… oh baby. ¬†I am so excited … and did I mention the Cricut Explore Air 2 that just came out? ¬† I have the original Expression and an Original Cricut Explore… but this Air 2 …. oooh lllllaaaa la.. yes please !!!

 

Here’s a list of the upcoming deals and coupons you can expect ¬†for Black Friday…. ¬†I will add more ¬†and some Cyber Monday deals in the next day or so.

 

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September Crafty Awesomeness **NEW Winner Drawn**

Our winner failed to claim so we have a  fresh random draw

..and the winner is ….. someone who will hopefully claim her prize…. so if you know her, be sure to give her a nudge as she has 48 hours to claim……..

Congratulations to Gale K  please contact me via this email  link within 48 hours to claim your prize.  Send email to MsWipz 

53. Gale K

 

Digi Artists Challenge September – November 2016

SEE UPDATES to the Challenge here  

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Wow… Last quarter’s maiden Artist Challenge ¬†got off to a slow start, I think everyone was either shy…or playing their cards VERY close to their chest. ¬†But what a finish huh? ¬†As a brand new concept and challenge, it’s natural that it will take time to pick up and gather momentum…but I had such a blast seeing all the fab Shakespeare inspired images…which of course by now are, or should shortly be available in the respective Artists stores… so be sure to check those out.

and the winners are… EVERYBODY… artists and crafters alike. ¬†So congrats to ¬†everyone on some fantastic new digis ¬† <<INSERT APPLAUSE SOUND HERE …… LOL

This is a challenge for Digi Stamp Artists to play with new ideas, have some friendly competition and get the ¬†creative juices flowing. ¬†It’s a fun community art¬†event which we hope will be a quarterly ¬†occurrence. ¬†It’s a new spin on the ¬†old card challenge idea… ¬†but now our favorite artists get to ¬†play.

New artists are welcome too, if you are a new digi artist trying to get established and meet a fab group of established artists  and mentors, or an existing artist in need of some fresh fun ideas.  Come on in, the water is great.

Now onto the new challenge…. I ummed and agghed and ummed some more while trying to decide on a new theme. ¬†It’s perfectly timed for a Christmas theme….BUT… all the artists usually have one of those running independently anyway..

The idea behind this challenge is to break out of the comfort zone and ¬†so..without further ado. ¬†The new theme is….

“In a state”

 

deadline midnight Central time November 30th, 2016

This is open to anything related to the theme ….and how you interpret it. ¬†It’s pretty loose so there should be lots of room for ¬†personal style in this one again.

I shall give a few ideas to show the flexibility of this theme ..and then you can run with it however suits you.  

State of mind
State of shock 
Texas themed
New Hampshire themed
Messy
State flower
State animal
State flags
State of emergency
State of confusion
State of undress <<<< someone will go there  LOL
Garden State
State of the Union
State fair

For those of you who like to draw characters, there are opportunities to practice facial expressions and body language.

For the quirky ones¬†among¬†you… again plenty of fun expressions to be had.¬†

For the saucy ones… well no need to guess where you are going

For those of you who love animals, nature, floral and¬†such… there ¬†are plenty of ways to make that work too.

If you want to play and are stuck for ideas… you can always hit me up….I am full of crazy ideas lol.

SEE UPDATES to the Challenge here  

RULES

  • Each artist may enter up to 10 individual images per given theme.
  • Images must not be made available for sale¬†until the end of each challenge period. ( December 1st ¬†for this one )
  • You may add single images, or link ¬†to¬†a blog post with up to 10 images..but each image must be entered in the challenge linky individually.
  • You may showcase the images in color, or projects on your blog links should you wish to …but challenge entries must be watercolored black and white lineart format.

So get your thinking caps on … let‚Äôs do this”

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