Crafts U Print Friday Freebie 04/15

CUP_04_15The Friday Freebie over at CraftsUPrint is this fab Luxury Easter Egg Mini Kit by Carol Smith. For anyone new to Craftsuprint .. a quick run down. Craftsuprint is a hub for card designers and cut file designers and card makers who are looking for designs to use.

The cut files are in multiple formats for all the top cutting machines.

Everyone who makes a purchase is also added to the list for the Crazy 5 minute game and the option to play other games, which gives you a chance to win all sorts of prizes, free downloads, and even win the value of your purchase.

It’s a fab site, with a gazillion awesome designers, card kits and cut files. Be sure to check it out ūüôā

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Alcohol, pencils and a cute dino = bad humor :)

I was playing around with the pencils again on this cute new release from Scrapper’s Delights. ¬†His name is “Gus” …. the inside of the card, reads “I figured if anyone would know.. it would be YOU!”



Gus comes in two forms, you can use him as a dragon..or a dinosaur which is a fabulous deal. ¬† He’s a fab image for an older person…. or ¬†kids… heck everyone loves dino’s and dragons.. right?

Love this little character, only thing is I think I should have left the shading off from around the sentiment… I changed track part way through and I don’t think that worked out so well.. ¬†maybe a redo in the future to see. ¬†But I love playing with the pencils and alcohol…and I can definitely see more Gus in my future.. and definitely have to try him as a dragon too.

It’s another one of those cards that really looks better in person…he’s really rather cute:)

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Challenges: TBD


BRAND NEW TODAY Scrapper’s Delight New Releases

Lookie what just hit the Scrapper’s Delights Store… NEW RELEASES ¬†2 sets of brand new image themes…and the cutest lil guy ever!! ¬†He is so coming home with me ūüôā

First off there are these fab Eskimo inspired images…. see store for complete collection


…..then they have these fun jungle images too,¬†see store for complete collection

and let’s not forget this adorable guy..I soooo have to get Gus.. he is too piggin cute


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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 Рscraps 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 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 ūüôā

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

… 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.


Recycling Old playdoh into unique embellishments Part I

If you have kids, this is probably a familiar sight.

That dreaded mush of  Playdoh  that is barely distinguishable as  the original bright fun colors it once was.

Now it’s just…. kind of like old socks….no longer that sparkling white after years of¬†use and abuse



Well never fear…. Playdoh is cheap enough, specially if you manage to snag a deal on it around Black Friday like we did a few years ago. ¬†Splash out and get your kid some new Playdoh, they will love you for it…. and you get to make some cool new crafting embellishments. ¬†What makes it even cooler is your embellishments will be one off, unique creations and if your kids or grandkids are crafty… this is something you can do with them too. ¬†A great crafting time and a valuable lesson in recycling ¬†“trash” into treasure.


Now for this project tutorial… I am using some molds I bought a year or so ago. ¬†These are sugar icing molds I believe, except for the alphabet one which if I recall correctly is a Mod Podge mold designed for use with some glue sticks they also produce for mold making purposes.

But never fear… if you don’t have molds like these, you don’t have to run out and buy them. ¬†Check the toy box I bet you have things in there that have potential..and your house is a virtual gold mine for ¬†items that can be used. ¬†You are a crafter…. I will lay bets you have at least one rubber stamp or embossing folder in your supplies that has a design that ¬†will work.


Don’t forget that it’s not going to look much of anything ¬†untill it hardens and you can paint it.. so use your imagination when choosing ¬†mold designs.

PoPNow if you are a thrifty crafter, you may already know that plaster of Paris is damned
expensive when bought at crafting stores…. usually it’s a small bag and barely enough for a project or two. ¬†Well let me tell you a secret…. DIY stores carry 25 lb bags for around $15, so check your local stores. ¬†This is a great way to buy P of P if you have kids, teach, or plan to make larger projects. ¬†It sets super quick and ¬†then it can be painted with a variety of different paints and finishes. ¬†One day I may write about my escapades back in the UK and the giant eggs made of plaster. ¬†That is a whole post on its own and a project for the brave LOL



The other thing you can use if you don’t have old Playdoh around and don’t want to mess with P of P …. is Fimo or similar polymer¬†clay, which come in a ¬†huge variety of colors….including glow in the dark. ¬†OMG that was so cool back in the day when I made my own Jewelry beads. ¬†Fimo is¬†one you had to bake in the oven…. some of the others may, or may not require baking, so check first.


anywho…. sidetracked again…. LOL


All you need to do is fill the molds with the crappy old Playdoh and I use an old Credit Card, or gift card to scrape off the excess. ¬†The less excess the better, then you won’t have to do so much clean up on the edges later once it dries…. and then leave it to dry. ¬†The first time I tried this; I turned them out onto a sheet of card, but they dried funny as the card absorbed moisture and warped a bit in the process.



These molds are not super deep, so turning them out on a glass board, or ¬†other non porous surface is a bit challenging too if the playdoh is very soft and moist. ¬†So this time, ¬†I am going to exhibit some rare patience and leave them to dry in the molds ….or at least partially before turning them out LOL. ¬†I did not smooth the back sides of these down intentionally, so there was more purchase for glue to achieve a good solid bond later.

Now I am pretty sure if you are impatient like me…. you could probably speed up the drying process by baking this in the oven like Fimo. ¬†If you google baking Playdoh there are a gazillion posts on the subject.

Come back for the 2nd part of this tutorial next week when I take my hardened Playdoh pieces from these molds… and some pieces you haven’t seen yet….and turn this ugly mush into something really cool.


War and Peace – “Playdoh Edition” To be continued …… later this week !!! ¬†That should give you plenty of time to find some old Playdoh and some cool things to use as molds…. and maybe even get some pieces drying while you wait.

Coming up in part II
 A variety of molded pieces and decorating ideas to turn your Playdoh from grubby, to gorgeous.  

Coming up in Part III  Р Project sample gallery, ideas for using your gorgeous new embellishments.    Lots of cool ideas for unique Christmas gifts.