Bargain Hunting on Ebay again

I was taking a break and perusing Ebay again looking for some bargain deals for me and the  little guy to add to our wishlist… and ran across these goodies, so thought I would share them for  anyone interested.  A lot of these are from overseas sellers, so expect a wait  to get your goodies.  There were  so may great finds added to our wish list, but here are just a few of them.

Embossing Folders by  seller 15oceaneshop

There are a lot of fun new designs to choose from and I didn’t see anything priced over $2 in this batch.  Great way to pick up a bunch of designs if you are new to embossing, or if you just want to bump up your design stash.

I particularly like this one… no surprise there really since  I love the Steampunk and vintage stuff so much.  Some of you may remember my adventures in Playdoh a while back… I love embossing folders like this… they make great image presses for Playdoh or Polymer Clay projects too.  I am very into  multifunctional crafts lol… I like to get my moneys worth out of things we buy… so if I can find more than just the traditional purpose for them.. all the better  🙂

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Talking of Multifunctional… I love Silicon molds,  these are  great for  icing and confectionary of course, as most are intended.  BUT … they are also great for Plaster of Paris, Polymer Clay and Embedding Resin projects.  Someone asked me once if they could be used for Paper clay projects.. I still don’t have an answer to that one.. but I am probably gonna try it one day  LOL.

I found a bunch of cool molds that would be  fun to play with…. these particular ones were listed by homesale_sky and  this is just a handful of the really cool molds that caught my eye.  These would be great for decorating mix media, upcycled projects or jewelry making.

I also found some really cool metal dies which are definitely going on  my wish list…

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Bubbles/ circles
Our Ebay wish list is growing …. lol.

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Be Beautiful – layered card with watercolor effect

This is my latest project and features  an image by Cute As A Button “Wedding Day” and a bunch of  things from my latest craft hauls.  This is my December Inspirational Project  and also  my No. 3 Sketch with extra credits for the Message Board Sketch Challenge.   Some of the ladies and I are old friends from the Cricut Message Board days and this is a continuation of an old challenge on there. It’s a just for fun  monthly sketch challenge and all are welcome to come hang out and play.

I wanted to try something I’d been playing with the other week, the watercoloring with printer ink.. but expanded on the idea by including some of the new Zig Kuretake Manga ink I just got.  I picked  this particular ink for the fact it was water based, so I knew it would dilute and work with this technique.  It is a fast drying ink that becomes waterproof once dry and  smudge free with Alcohol markers.  Exactly what I need!  I also picked up a Fine H2o brush in this packet…  I have tried cheap versions of these which work.. ok.. but this one is definitely a much higher quality.
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I gave the image a color wash with just water and the printer ink, then I slowly layered in a diluted ink to add in more depth and shadow.   It has a very subtle color because I  diluted it and then absorbed the excess as I worked,  but straight out of the bottle.. this is black as black can be. If you let it soak in instead of absorbing  it … the colors are also more pronounced.

The reason I picked up this ink is because  Artists all have their own style of drawing, some use thinner lines than others and that effects the amount of ink you have to pull from the printed image.  I have a gorgeous set of  Gansai Tambi watercolor paints I could have used..BUT  I wanted to experiment… PLUS these inks are waterproof once dried AND I can use the ink with various writing/drawing tools.

k let’s face it.. I just wanted to play with something new lol.  Wait till you get to see the other bottle of ink I picked up….

I added in some really subtle color on the image using my Chameleon Pens
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This image was printed on  a Canson Mixed Media sheet  through the Epson Eco Tank.

ok.. now onto  the card itself.  I am not really  a fussy card maker..  but I do like to play around with ideas and try new things out, so now and then I’ll get a bit “fluffy”.

I had some fab new dies from Gina Marie designs I wanted to try out and so I mixed it up with some of those, some GM’s from a previous order, a die from my latest Blitsy order and some  Cheapie imports from Ebay.  And then I  had a play with my Martha Stewart punches….  for good measure.

Starting at the back and working forward..

Silver Glitter card stock,  local dollar store
Blue Recollections Card Stock  with  Martha Steward border punch set. If you want a continuous border, these punches all come with cutting instructions and sizes so you can get perfect  borders.  For this project I  wanted to play with an off cut pattern, just to add a little interest to the background.
White 110lb index Card
Blue Recollections Card Stock
Image is popped on a layer of Darice Foam
Image is die cut with the new Mini Hearts Square set from Gina Marie Designs

On top of that are 3 cuts from the Gina Marie Flower Branch Die.. 2 were inked with a blue pad..one darker than the other for  some contrast and pearl cabochons were popped in the smaller centers for some subtle bling.

The butterfly and beautiful  cuts are from Gina Marie
The “Be” sentiment is from Blitsy
….and finally the small leafy sprigs came from Ebay.

I used  a mix of glues and tapes… details and links for the products used can be found below for anyone interested.

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And now for the details:

Image  –  Cute As A Button “Wedding Day”

Recollections 65lb card from Michaels
Lawn Fawn Scripty”Be”sentiment Die Blitsy

Gina Marie Designs “Beautiful” sentiment  & Butterfly Set Scrapbook Warehouse
Gina Marie Designs Mini Hearts Square set Scrapbook Warehouse
Gina Marie Designs Flower Branch Scrapbook Warehouse


Leafy sprigs My regular Ebay Seller
Martha Stewart Border & Corner Punch Set ….Michaels  used to have them or you can get them on Ebay


Chameleon Pens  - ChameleonPens.com
Glitter Card Stock  - Local $ store , 3 sheets for $1.99 silver, gold & green
Recollections card - Michaels

Fine tip H2o Brush CraftingAbility.com
Manga Ink CraftingAbility.com
Photo Tape CraftingAbility.com
2 Way glue Crafting Ability.com

Neenah White  110lb card stock -Amazon
Canson Mixed Media 7x10 pad Amazon
Pearl Cabochons Amazon
Darice Adhesive foam


Card Challenges entered:

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Floral overlay border edge acetate card

This is one of the new  CraftsUPrint  cut files I picked up and made into an acetate panel card.  It’s another cut file by Tina Fitch called Swirl Sided Card and it is available in various cutting machine formats. I cut this on my Cricut Explore using Recollections Black card for the background and  110lb Index stock for the swirls.  I bet it would
look gorgeous with black velvet paper on White too.

I scored this at an offset so that I could add in an acetate window and bottom border, then added in some  small punched flowers with pearl centers.  Then I finished it off with a sentiment die from my recent Ebay Haul, again in 110lb white card stock.

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What I love about these style of cut files is that they are very flexible and can be used in various ways, not just the way the original file comes.  I moved the score line and added a window to this one with a base strip.  But I also ran a quick test piece through my Cricut to show you  how you can switch it out from cut to write and achieve effects like this too.
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This is  a Zig Embossing writer pen, they don’t fit the original  pen holders for the Cricut… but they work fantastic in the Chomas Creations  Adapters I have. This is the Marker Adapter and so far it has fit all of my Zig pens  from my Memory System Collection and the embossing pens. That means it also fits the Zig Chalk Writer pens….which I love.  You can see some pictures from past projects below this post. Please Note…. the Adapters do not fit the Explore ONE as it has a different holder and housing from the Original Cricut Explore, the Air and ..possibly the Air 2.  These adapters are available for a variety of machines, so if you have something other than an Explore… check the  site and see if your machine is one of them.  There is however an Engraving tip for the Explore ONE.

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I didn’t powder up this sheet so you can see some stray embossing powder…. That was deliberate.

A. it was  a test piece… and B. It gives me the perfect excuse to  show  people who are new to embossing powder  what to expect…and  how to avoid this.   If you are embossing projects, you need to coat your paper with a resist prior to stamping, or writing with embossing inks.  You can buy special little powder puffs, but I find Johnson’s baby powder works just as well.   Simply dust a thin coating over your paper before you emboss.  I use an old makeup brush, or an old face clothe… sometimes just my hand.

 

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Anywho… just thought I would show you a few extras while I shared my latest card.  With all the new Cricut owners again this holiday, I thought it was a good time to show off  some of the fab cut files that are available to machine cutters and also some of the cool accessories and extras that you  may not have seen before.

Details on where to get the products used in this post are listed below.  If you have questions about something specific… feel free to add a comment  🙂

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Products Used:

Cut File Swirl Sided Card by Tina Fitch, available at CraftsUPrint.

Small flower die is a cute little insert that comes with the Gina Marie Designs  X Stitch Rectangle Die set.

Pearl Cabochons are sold as nail bling .. but these and the rhinestone and studs I have are great for crafting projects too.  I linked to a previous post  that has all of the details on this bling.. for anyone interested. Also if you do a search for Rhinestone, it pulls up a bunch of past projects that they have been used on.

Acetate sheets  25 sheet pad 9×12″  by Dura Lar

Sentiment Die Sentiment die set

Recollections card – Michaels
Chomas Creations Cricut Explore Adapters 

Cricut Explore die cutting Machines

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Zig Embossing pen can be  bought as single or in a multi tip pack with chisel, Calligraphy, brush, scroll and writer tips for hand applications too.

Latest Die Haul from Ebay

I got my latest set of dies from  this morning.. the slow boat from China .. is getting much quicker  LOL

I recently discovered from a friend who is a die Designer  that  some of the Cheap dies are rip offs of other die designers products, so I try to be really careful with what I buy and so far I don’t seem to have picked up any of her designs…   but she has found them  for sale other places and I can imagine these designers are losing a lot of money… so if it doubt.. support your favorite designers.  A few extra pennies to keep these fab designs  flowing our way.. totally worth it.

We all love cheap craft  supplies, but I wouldn’t intentionally buy a knock off ..  that is just wrong to me and we need to support these designers and manufacturers who bring us such fab goodies.

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anywho.. here is my latest haul.  I don’t have a huge amount of dies so try and fill in with some cheapies when I see things I like and will use frequently… and of course who can resist a few sentiments and holiday designs?  These new gears and clock face will be perfect with my KennyK Stamps steampunk projects

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Big thank you

To those of you who have, or will be shopping using affiliate links and the shopping tab at the top of this blog… every little helps and I hope you are finding some fun new deals and products.
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I’ll be adding in some  Black Friday deal posts  for anyone interested.  Super excited to see what they are all offering  🙂  I saw some cool deals on  the Cricut program…so if you know anyone looking for a machine this Christmas…  point them in this direction for Black Friday deals.

But most of all Thank you..and Happy Thanksgiving…. and come back and share your steals and deals you picked up in the sales.. I love seeing what people  buy 🙂

Cheap dies and Shrinky Dink…. surprisingly pleasing to the eye.

When you are on a budget…and a very tight one…. sometimes you just have to give things a try and hope that cheap doesn’t always equate to “crap”.  Now don’t get me wrong, these imported dies are most often NOT of the same ilk as the big brand names you are used to… BUT for the price… they are pretty dang good.  They probably won’t last as long, but you should easily get your money’s worth out of them.  As you all know I am not a huge flowery cutesie kinda gal, so I’m not going to be using and abusing these as often as some people would.

I ran these through my Big Shot on regular card and on Shrinky dink without any problem… well I say no problem, my Big Shot ( ok..it was probably me lol ) accidentally realigned one of my dies over another and when I ran it through .. you could tell it had bent the back of the die … BUT I have to say in all fairness it still cuts perfectly.

Ok ..sooo here it is a very CAS test card with my new dies.  The flowers were cut on Shrinky Dink and shrunk, then colored with Chameleons and a rhinestone centered glued in place. If you want a smoother look to your coloring.. color THEN shrink.

The foliage was cut on 110lb scrap card stock and has embossing for veins… you just can’t see it in this photo.

Butterfly is a spare Gina Marie Designs cut from the “Butterfly & Beautiful Die set”  that I had and thought suited the 3D nature of this card.
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See this sellers store for more dies

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Challenges:

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Bloobel Stamps “Heart Moustache” Oversized Card

When I say Oversized… he is OVER sized lol. Just as well no one is getting their hands on this one, or I would have a heck of a job finding an envelope for him… LOL

This card measures in at a whopping 7 by 11 inches ….and I love it.  I left room at the bottom for a sentiment…. or humorous quote, when I decide what I want on there.

I  think this was the first Bloobel digital stamp that I ever laid eyes on a few months ago…and I have been coveting him for months.  I finally bit the bullet and grabbed him last week.  There is something very Dapper about this “young” man that just appealed to me and my British background.

Anyways …. I was good this time and actually took some progress pics too, I really wanted to show off these fab papers before they got covered up in layers.

I will add a list at the end of all the products used…. but here he is…. “Heart Moustache” in all his vintage “dapper” glory.

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Bloobel Stamps –  Heart Moustache
Colored withZig KureColor Markers
Printed on Georgia Pacific 110lb Index Card Stock
Edges inked and smudged with Ranger “Tim Holtz” Walnut Distress Ink

Background paper

Striped Velvet Paper  –  This is an SEI Velvet paper from  craftadvantage

Vintage  paper –  hand made using Ranger Archive Ink on Recollections Card Stock, edges distressed with Ranger “Tim Holtz”  Walnut & Fossilized Amber.

Stamps are from my random collection of new and used stamps and I used too many to list, so don’t expect names ..sorry.  If you see a specific stamp  you want details on I will do my best to share that info. Some were from Michaels, some were from Ebay.   Some of the Ebay ones were unmounted, so I don’t know who made them….or what they are called.

Wrought Iron effect corners were done by stippling Ranger clear embossing ink on a sheet of paper with an old 2 inch paint brush and then embossed with Recollections Clear embossing Powder.

Main card base is from a pack of 11×14 Poster Board from a dollar store, scored and folded.

Vintage and velvet layers are mounted on Darice adhesive foam sheets

Glues  – I used a mixture of Tombow Aqua, Xyron Mega runner and a hot glue gun

Well I think that about covers it, if I forgot anything ..fee free to leave a question in the comments  🙂  I hope you liked the card..it was a fun one to make.

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Quick Easter Card Project & Giveaway

It’s a quick and simple card… with lots going on.  This is also my Sketch No1 card for our current  Sketch Challenge over on the message board.  Scroll down to the bottom of this post to see how you can win a set of these Gina Marie bow dies for yourself.

Window Die Spellbinders Oval
Window Vellum Paper from Ebay
Embossed card – Darice Swiss Dots
Card base and Bow Recollections greeting card set & card  stock
Image – Easter Bunny from 2CuteInk
Sentiment StampMichaels holiday stamps from $1.50 bins
Sentiment Stamped with Ranger Archival Ink Pad
Bow background strip cut on a Fellows  paper trimmer with wavey edge blade
Bow Gina Marie Bow die
Insert – scraps from a Recollections Book
Glue Xyron Tape runner
Image & embossed dots
colored with a mix of Chameleon Pens, and a home made alcohol mix

 

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My creative Mojo took a vacation this month; lots of family issues etc., but I was determined to get out of my funk…and new dies definitely help challenge me and kick me out of my funk. Expect to see a lot more projects posts now through the end of the month as I recapture my elusive Mojo.

Scrapbook Outlet very kindly sent me a set of bow dies to play with….and not only that, they sent me a spare set.  One of you lucky peeps can get your hands on a set of these bows, just by leaving a comment below.  I’m afraid  this is a US only  giveaway, sorry Internationals…

Leave your comment below  before Midnight March 31st Texas time and a (ONE) random winner will be picked on April 1st from all comments using Random.org widget, or similar.  You can share this with your friends from the Crafting Circle Facebook or Twitter or Google+  posts, but you must leave your comment here to be in with a chance to win.  Winner will be posted here on April 1st and you will have 48 hours from the time your name is posted to claim this, or another winner will be picked.

 

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This is just a fun giveaway thanks to ScrapbookOutlet’s generosity…. all comments will be pending review, so please don’t worry if it doesn’t show up instantly.

STAY TUNED For a second Gina Marie Die up for grabs later this month… maybe even later this week.  If you don’t want to miss out, be sure to subscribe to the blog 🙂

ScrapbookOutlet  has a great range of dies in the Gina Marie line… I already have some of the stitched dies  that I bought last month and will be adding to my collection as and when I can.   I’m looking forward to trying my circle stitched dies out with the shaker card windows ( link for those is on the side bar for anyone interested ) to make some new game cards. This is a fab range of dies at VERY affordable prices.  Check out the gallery below for a sneakey peek at the kind of  dies you can find in the Gina Marie range.  The Gina Marie range also includes some fab rubber stamps and co-ordinating stamp & die sets

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… and be sure to check out the blog of  AJ Bodine  .. this is the lady who does the  card Designs you see on the ScrapbookOutlet site… aren’t they fab.

 

Engraved Vellum Windows —- purely accidental LOL

I was actually trying to cut this pattern out, but my first attempt to cut the vellum ripped it up a bit, so I dialed it back a few settings and the results were this really cool, almost engraved effect. This will make fab transparent backgrounds and envelope windows.vellum_insertI did this on my Cricut using a cut file I bought at CraftsUprint last year. The Cricut Explore  was set to vinyl and then the outline recut at light cardstock to get the square cut and this particular Vellum Paper is some I bought on Ebay last year. You can buy 17, or 29lb and I chose the 29lb because I wanted one that was suitable to print on with an inkjet too. You may have seen some of the printed pieces last year in older #vellum posts.

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Shaker Card Games Window kits

If anyone is interested,  I have shaker card windows for sale.  These are 3 inch diameter, 1/4 inch high circular windows with a flange for gluing and come with a bonus baggy of balls.. Packs of 10.  US addresses only…. unless you are desperately in need of some ..in which case  holler at me over on Facebook in a PM and I will see what I can work out Approx. 40 balls included and a mix of 4mm metal and 6mm colored plastic to create these fun game cards.

If you aren’t familiar with Shaker cards, or are just curious about this new game card concept…Examples and tutorials can be found here. 

Available on Ebay Shaker Card Windows.

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