The New Cricut Maker Machine… Easy Press and more!

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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.

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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.

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…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.

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Quickie Grad Card & a fond farewell to KennyKStamps

I had a request for a last minute graduation card last week, and this was what I made her. I already knew the perfect image for it, “Graduation Girl” by KennyK the young lady in question looks just like her. So I grabbed that… and a few more * whistles innocently. Hey Cmon.. the store is closing … and they are such a deal… and I had a few spare bucks in my paypal…. How could I NOT go shop the closing down sale and grab as many as I could before they are gone?? what am I .. crazy, me an lil man love our KennyK’s ??? LOL

Ok so here it is.. it’s a super simple card Image was print and cut on the Cricut, then colored with Chameleon pens and a detailer.  Mounted on a panel of this cute Preschool type paper with apples and math  on it… and mounted on a simple top fold card.  The inside had a  simple sentiment and  a money pocket added..and I used these fab foiled star and balloon stickers that I have in my stash from Walmart that I got on clearance.  Absolutely love those foiled stickers, so useful.  I added a few more balloons and stars to the edge of the envelope.


Be sure to drop over and check out the fab closing down sale and Facebook party over at KennyK stamps…

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Velvet Paper detail on over edge tree card

I don’t know why exactly, but I loved this design the minute I saw it and had to grab it. This is one of my recent CUP cut files by Judith Henry called “Seasonal Tree Silhouette”

This is a super simple card… I just took the design, cut the card base and inked it up in this old letter style background using a couple of text stamps I have.  I added on the green foliage layer which is cut from 65lb Recollections green card and then popped a beautiful velvet paper cut tree on top using black SEI velvet paper (see below)  which you can pick up at Michaels in black or red. Velvet paper is great for these intricate cuts, the paper cuts like a dream on my Cricut Explore and I love using this. Add on the fact it just feels so dang cool and adds a little extra something something to your cards. The design does come with birds too, but I chose not to add those to this project… but you can see them on the original design.

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Currently the 12×12 Velvet paper is available online at Michaels for $1 per sheet instead of $1.99.

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Metal framed chalkboard sign…Cheers Easy!

This is one project that definitely won’t be going in the Abandoned Art box…  I’ll be hanging this one above my craft desk.  Not because it is a fantastic project.. but because it has sentimental value!  Cheers Easy is something my brother used to say.  Steve at Crafting Ability sent me a sample of the new Slate chalkboard vinyl to play with and I had been sitting on it waiting for the right project to come along.  It’s like the original Black Chalkboard vinyl that you can find on Cohas.com ( formerly known as Ziggyboard which you may have seen on various projects on the blog ).. but this one is a deep rich gray color and has a slight sating texture to it….and I am loving it.

The Cohas chalk vinyls cuts like a dream, clean up really nice and easy, so fabulous for signage which needs to be updated… but it’s also great for people like me who  can’t do cursive or fancy writing.  This particular one is just done with rubber stamps and chalk paint, but  you may have seen in previous posts where I have run this vinyl through my Cricut Explore and  written and drawn on it using Gelly Roll Pens, chalk pens and such.

Anyway… the ArtMinds metal plaque was a clearance item at one of my local Michaels.. under $3, I buffed the ornate edges with a DecorArt metallic Lustre Wax called “Black Shimmer” also on clearance at the same store…. that was $3.99 a pot and I picked up 6 pots in various colors.  Cut to size a piece of the Slate Chalkboard vinyl and applied that

… then popped on one of my favorite KennyK images from last year “Old time Bartender”. He is colored with a mix of Chameleon Pens, Zig Kurecolor and Tim Holtz distress pens by Ranger.  I did him as a Print & cut on my Cricut Explore. with the intention of making him a 3D decoupage image.. but decided to go with a single layer in the end.

Fun quick little project  for anyone needing customizable signage..or just a fun piece of wall decor.

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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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Perfect packaging for small gifts and stocking stuffers

What a cute way to wrap small gifts… specially those standby gifts for unexpected visitors, or small tokens of appreciation to  delivery drivers, colleagues etc.

  • candy
  • cookies
  • silk scarf
  • perfume/cologne
  • stocking stuffers
  • Blind bag toys
  • jewelry
  • lipstick
  • tree decoration
  • cash
  • Craft Supplies  .. and so much more

This is a great one sheet cut design… only one seam to glue or tape; really quick to cut and assemble…   tie  off the end, stuff, tie off the other end… and decorate as desired.  I actually added a reinforcement band  to mine, for looks and because it will be holding something a bit bulky.  Of course you can make these in any size you want, you can supersize it by splitting the design and using two glue tabbed sections instead and cutting each one on a larger sheet.

Fab way to wrap up  paint brushes, crafters pens and pencils, ink pads, embossing powders, stamps and other small items.  I like to hide presents on the tree as well as under it, so this is perfect for people like me  who like to keep a few hidden presents in plain sight.  These look to be the perfect size for those seasonal stamps at Michaels which we usually grab for the little guys collection.  Fimo Polymer clays would be fun in something like these too… and I bet this would be fab for making small craft kit gifts for kids too.  So many uses 🙂

This is a CraftsUPrint file by Rae Carr  called “175 Christmas Cracker Box”  I cut it on a 12×12 sheet of Craft Smith from their Silver Foil pad.  This particular cracker measure 10 inches in length and  is about 2 1/4 inch  squared.  The main storage area before it starts to curve  in is approximately 3 and a half inches. But of course, you can modify the cut file dimensions to suite your needs..as I did by unlocking the file dimensions if needed.

rae_crackerboxI added in the green glitter card band and  some matching ribbon ties, a few bells and some die cuts …  very easy file to assemble and decorate… and perfect for those of  you who find wrapping paper and tape to be like attempting brain surgery lol.

Love this file, definitely one I will be using a lot next year…. I am already planning ahead for next years projects.. * sigh  haha.  The fun thing is because of the design it could be used all year round, not just Christmas..it kind of looks like a big wrapped candy.

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Quick n easy last minute Christmas cards…

I picked up a bunch of new cut files last night ..and despite the shenanigans of the day….

..for those of you not on my Facebook.. 50 degree drop in temps, broken window all in one day… not fun

BUT … despite all that I did actually get to  knock out some quick last minute cards.

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These are so quick and easy to put together and very quick CAS, clean and simple cards …and the files are so easy to  tweak to suit your needs.

so here you go..  I have a few more in progress… but here are the 4 I knocked out earlier. I’m having a glitter card session, for a little holiday glam.  Cut Files are from CraftsUPrint Designers.

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This one is a “bow” cut file by Lyn Simms.  It’s a 3 piece cut file, which comes in various formats.  Mine is a SVG file and I did mine on black Velvet Paper. It has a soft flexible feels to it so won’t get damaged in transit. This velvet paper cuts like a dream on the Cricut Explore and just looks so cool.

I added in a black and Green contrast strip which I ran through a striped Darice embossing folder on my Big Shot.

Added in a  black and White floral pattern from my Recollections Black & White paper pad. Mounted it all on a basic Recollections card from a multi pack.

Popped on a glitter card sentiment… and Voila…one quick  fun Holiday card.

 

 

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CHRISTMAS BELLS OVER THE EDGE 2 by Apetroae Stefan

Another really classy, quick card  you can zip through really quickly if you  need a last minute card.  I adjusted this in Design Space to accommodate a square base, but that is one of the great things about these cut files. they are so versatile, putting  your own spin on a basic template is so easy.

I just cropped this design and removed the score line to make it fit a square background. It’s cut on a Silver Glitter card stock and mounted on a black base.  Very quick and classy card which looks great with or without sentiments and embellishments.  This is definitely a timeless design that you can use year after year with so many variations… it will never get old.

 

 

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Another Classy CAS card by Apetroae Stefan  “christmas-bells-over-the-edge-4”
…again I modified this to suit a square base, but this time I kept it more like the original template and the score line wraps around the back of the card about half an inch.

More glitter card and black… sorry, I love these high contrast color combos on simple cards.

Again no sentiment for me, but you could easily add one and swap out the black for some acetate, or another color.  Super quick to make, justa  quick cut, fold, tape to insert.. VOILA !!!  of course I didn’t forget to make you a card !!! *angelic face

 

 

 

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And lastly.. for now at least… this super simple Poinsettia design.  Poinsettia Floral Card by Judith Henry-Grammys Designs

The cut file comes in 4 parts: base, background, flower and circle frame.

I went with another classy black and gold combo.  Love how this one turned out  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

I still have 11 more new cut files to go… so expect to see more of those  soon…  I love these quick and simple  designs, specially the over the edge ones, they work extremely well with my digital stamps  to create fun and interesting cards.

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http://www.craftingability.com/product/2mm-fine-tip-2-way-glue-pen

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Super simple wooden easel effect

This was another one of the recent cut files I bought from CraftsUPrint by Designer Clive Couter  “Artists Easel Card”. The sample on the site was very feminine, so I decided to try something different.  I went for a super simple look.   The cut file is really quick and simple .. just 3 cuts, 5 folds and a couple of spots of glue..and voila! one easel ready to decorate. I chose to keep it simple and added a handful of die cuts …. but you could be as simple, or as fussy with the decor as you like.

Nice versatile design that could be used for cards, signs, seating arrangements and so much more.  Throw on some chalkboard vinyl and some chalk pens and it would be a great one for kids, or teachers…. homeschooling awards, So many possibilities!

Materials for this one are super easy… 110lb card stock, some ink pads, glue and some die cuts.  This would be a fun and easy projects for the kids too.  Add a photo or drawing and send it to Grandma ..or pop it on a shelf with an inspirational quote.
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Super Quick Birthday Card – Scrapper’s Delights Draco

Sometimes you just need a super quick, but fun card. Scrapper’s Delights Draco is one of those images that you can use for a variety of fun messages. He has this expression that just lends itself to sarcastic retorts…. or maybe that is just my warped mind. What I love about this collection is the pre-shading make him a super quick color …IF you want him to be.

This one is a super quick, 4 color pencil card… and my home made alcohol blender pen. No need to be delicate with this.. so if your coloring isn’t fabulous.. or you haven’t even started yet. This is something you can easily do and get results with, it doesn’t call for perfection at all with this technique.

Color in roughly and blend it to death.. there are no lines that have to be stayed in.. you can blend right out of them if you want to… yeah fab project for kids lol.

I just added the sentiment and borders… printed him and slapped some color on…. blended …. inked edges …. foam mounted him onto a card with some Zig Photo Tape. VOILA !!!

Picking out a font probably took longer than coloring and assembling this card LOL.
So here he is .. this is Draco 1 from Scrappers Delights …scrappers_fossil_spotlight_wmd

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Unity Stamps Happy mail arrived !!!!

Well I managed not to scare the neighbors by running out to the mailbox looking like a disaster… but when I saw the “delivered in/at mailbox” alert ..I wasn’t doing more than throwing on some clothes and mascara and I was off!.

I did manage to wait till I got back in the apartment before diving in though… very unlike me with happy mail lol.
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.. So I know you are all dying to see which stamps I won….  so I won’t drag this out too long.  I have to say,  these are not stamps I would usually buy…BUT .. that is the reason these are absolutely PERFECT !   I have limited sentiment stamps and when I need one… yup…. never have one that suits.  These are perfectly timed too, because tomorrow is hubby’s birthday and me and the little guy haven’t made his card yet.   Isn’t it funny when someone you have never met, knows what you need more than you do lol… great choice Unity, thank you 🙂

so .. here they are, our first Unity Stamps to add to our collection .. this is the “Love is Grand” sentiment set from Unity Stamps.

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When I first opened the packet I thought ..oh …ok, they are sheets I need to cut up, but Nope…..  all the work is already done for you.  These sheets are pre-scored for easy separation.  Nice touch.. like that a lot 🙂
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unity4I’m off to dig out some ink pads and  stamp these in my book… I keep a huge sketch pad where I stamp all of my rubber stamps.  It’s a quick way to flip through pages and see what I have, when I am looking for something for a particular project.   Specially useful for the unmounted ones for a quick reference.

Stay tuned…. we’ll be working on some cards for hubby later and I’ll share them later today or tomorrow  🙂

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