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.
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 🙂
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…
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.
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 🙂
…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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If you wanted to grab some deals.. now is the time. Check out the fab Cricut Clearance pricing on these folders.
Been looking to upgrade to an Explore, but not ready to spend out on a New Cricut Explore Air 2…. how about grabbing one of these great Explore Air deals.and of course you need to throw on a few codes too right..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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:
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.
Want 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 🙂
The possibilities are endless.. so grab your Cricut Explore and supplies and get ready to start off 2017 in style…
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Soooo…. all you closet 90’s Spice Girl fans… are you singing yet? lol…. was too cool of a post title to pass up on that one lol..and so appropriate…I had the ultimate “Zig a Zig Ah” moment when I opened this one up.
As mentioned in the previous post about Gina Marie dies… I had some tough choices to make with my little spending spree .. this time the Zigs won out. That is not to say the Expanded Chameleon Pens set is off the table…. it’s just biding its time hahaha.
So regulars on the blog are well aware of my love of Zig Kurecolor pens .. I only have a handful of colors out of the 130 something color range. Have.. let me rephrase that, HAD…. only a handful….I now have TWO handfuls lol. As some of you are also aware, I do review products for ImageAbility now and then and they also sponsor prizes on the blog…but let me just say I do also buy my own and they get treat just the same. What you get is my opinion based on my preferences and my style and my experience when using them…nothing more, nothing less.
This time I scored both my own purchase… and a few extras kindly added in by the CraftingAbility team.. thanks guys 🙂 I love surprises in my happy mail.
…so the important stuff….what did I get? Well for starters I picked up 14 new colors in my Kurecolor pens. Now for those of you who haven’t seen these in previous posts, these are not the refillable version… these are the Zig Manga Kurecolor pen version with the fine tips… but .. between you and me.. you can refill them and they are the same colors as the refillables… so you can order refills too. I love the tips on these, the fact that they are slimline and that they fit in the Cricut adapters I have, should I ever feel the need. ….so this is my pen of choice when it comes to the Zig Kurecolors. Although these do not have replaceable tips… technically.. lol..I find the Kurecolor tips to be VERY durable.. so that is not really a big concern of mine.
Mangaka Marker Set – 3 tip sizes. these were a very welcome suprise as I use these type of detailer pens a lot. and this set has 3 tip sizes… so I will definitely be playing with these.
Another surprise in my packet was this Twin Black tips set – if you ever saw the Memory system kit I have… these are the same tips selection..but all black. Scroll, brush, fine, writer,calligraphy and chisel. Each pen has two tips..either two of the same in 2 sizes, or 2 different tips. Definitley a welcome surprise for someone like me who likess to draw and write on the Cricut. these have definitley been the better pens as far as durability goes for that purpose as the tips don’t seem to be affected at all, unlike other pens I have used on it.
Then we have one of my favorites…if you ever saw my post on embossing pens you have seen one of these. When I got mine I could only get my hands on a dual tip fine & chisel pen… so this time I ordered the writer as it has two sizes of writing tips. What I love about these and a lot of the Zig pens is that they work perfectly with my Amy Chomas Pen & Marker Adapters and are awesome for embossing on my Cricut. ImageAbility decided I needed to brush up on my hand writing skills I think because Steve kindly upgraded me to include the full set of Zig Embossing Pens. The full set includes the writing tips, the calligraphy tips as well as the fine and chisel and the scroll and brush tips. I guess I best get practicing LOL
Now I couldn’t place an order without grabbing some Photo Tape Refills.. I LOVE this tape runner. My Xyron Megarunner is fabulous for most paper craft projects, but I find this Zig Photo Tape to just have a little extra something, something for things like the foam sheets… and regulars know I love to pop my foam sheets on a lot of projects.
….also included in this image is a couple of different sizes of the 2 way glue. I have the big applicator tip, but wanted to try out some of the smaller tips too.
And something that has me very excited…. double sided tape. Steve kindly threw in a reel of the commercial grade tape they use in another branch of the business after listening to me moan about wanting a really heavy duty tape for my foam and needing something that came in wide reels. It’s always handy to know a man who knows a man …. so I will be testing this out too. I threw a quick 1 inch strip on a piece of card and foam and so far, as I can tell… I could probably stick myself off the ceiling with this stuff lol. I need wide tape in big quantities at an affordable price… so 3 sheet packs just don’t cut it for me. I have one other reel I just ordered and should be here by Monday… I picked it up at a discount online and it’s 6 inches wide.
It will be interesting to see how they compare since one is marketed for commercial use and one is marketed for craft use. My biggest pet peeve is I really want it to have release paper on both sides… but I guess I can always add my own secondary release paper to these rolls. Stay tuned for updates on these tape reels later in the month if you have been looking for similar products.
Then I found the extra goodies I wasn’t expecting.. I found a canvas tote bag, which is perfect for the Fabricolor pen I ordered. And something that had been mentioned in a recent email and was definitely of interest to me…. a ChalkFlex sheet and white wet erasable chalk marker. Now this is a bit different to the original chalkboard vinyl I reviewed last year and have used in various projects since… this one isn’t black. It’s a really deep slate gray and has a subtle texture to it. Really looking forward to trying that one out.
almost forgot to include this one…. this is one of the wet erasable Chalk Pens, to go with the chalk board sheet.
….and there we have it… that is today’s happy mail from CraftingAbility.com and Cohas.com ..time to get busy and have some playtime me thinks. Stay tuned for more posts and projects and a closer look at some of these new pens in action.
Some products in this post were provided free of charge for review & project purposes.
Well as some of you already know… I picked up some new Gina Marie Dies this weekend. So, after showing you how easy the Lacey Lattice really is to clean with the Crafter’s Toothbrush, I thought I would show you a couple of quick cards.
The card on the left features dies from 4 Gina Marie Designs sets and the one on the right features 2 of the same die sets. Details below for anyone interested.
The card on the left also has a large flower which is cut on the Cricut from a CraftsUPrint cut file I picked up recently, with a beaded center and hand colored leaves … and a little rhinestone bling bling for the petite flower centers. The Lacey Lattice was also given a coat of Ranger Distress Ink “Picket Fence” and some Wink of Stella for a subtle vintage look. the small flowers also have a lick of Wink of Stella.
The card on the left features a lacy lattice cut as a nested die set…and the one on the right was cut using the dies separately and a black layer was used for a subtle contrast and to tie it into the black butterfly and offset text. I didn’t realize I had glued the text on a bit wonky till I took the photo.. DOH… practice makes perfect ..right LOL. The one on the right has a Darice polka dot strip border, which was highlighted with some pink rhinestones.
All in all a quick and easy card to make , specially if you like to use dies like these to combat the scrap bucket issue….and already have a stash cut and ready to go.
I had to laugh when I showed a friend a sneaky peek and got this response…
“Is this SAMANTHA??????? The one I have known for over a year now! LOL”
“They are gorgeous but they are different for you. I am lovin that softer side of you ha ha ha”
Crafters Corner have a big giveaway running on their Facebook Page, check out all the fab goodies up for grabs for one lucky winner… Of course if you don’t like free craft supplies and Happy Mail… by all means skip this post *grin
Well now our winner has her prize and has had a chance to go through it all and check it out, I can reveal the contents. Our lucky winner was Tee Hall from The Altered Paper, you can check out her post about her prize here.
Now those of you that were following the spotlight know that I had requested a few specific items to be included and that the box was the prize for the Amy Chomas Spotlight. I matched the spotlight and prize sponsor for a reason, the Amy Chomas Adapters mean… you can use these pens on your Cricut Explore etc …and one of these items I absolutely LOVE using on my Cricut.
ok so… let’s have a quick look see what Tee had in her box…
and now for the fun part… I have most.. but not all of these products myself. For those of you who missed out on previous posts, I am going to add in some links to some past posts. If you want to see more of the product from Craftingability.com (ImageAbility) and projects made with them ..just do a search on the blog for “Zig” or “craftingability”.
This is where I get those Zig Kurecolor markers I love so much, you may have seen I recently had a giveaway for the skintone pack and where I will be getting a set of Zig Clean Colors from soon I hope 🙂 It’s also where I bought my Gansai Tambi watercolors & Wink of Stella/Luna pens.
One of my favorites has to be the embossing pens. LOVE LOVE LOVE these pens and they work fabulously for writing and drawing in your machines using the Chomas Marker Adapter.
POSTS: Loving these Zig embossing pens
..and then we have the slate…. I LOVE this slate, but let’s face it.. my handwriting sucks and you can’t run this through the Cricut even with a fab adapter lol. But there are so many ways to use this slate, it’s gorgeous…. you just have to think outside the box. Stencils, transfer paper, stamping …or you can be like me and go totally in the other direction. I love to do 3D decoupage layered images…. so my first project with this slate was this one.
And then of course we have the Magnetic”tails” as Steve likes to refer to them. This was an extra item I asked to have included, it’s just a sample pack, end of rolls.. 2nds etc.
Imageability make a lot of Magnetic sheet products for commercial and personal use including the calendar which was included in the prize box. Now this means there are end of roll pieces that aren’t big enough to use for that..BUT….. it’s perfect for crafters.
Steve’s idea of end of roll “scraps” or “tails” make me laugh… and his idea of seconds…even more so. I have bought retail products with more defects lol. Bless his heart but you can’t fault them for their Quality Control.
I have been trying to convince him to sell his “tail” oooo er missus !! naughty girls… I mean his magnetic tails… in a crafters grab bag of some sort. They are perfect for crafters who like to do magnets, or someone needing a way to store and display their metal dies.
If you are interested in a grab bag, leave a comment and I’ll pass them along so he can see if there is enough interest to make it worth them packaging these up and working out a deal for Crafting Circle readers to get their hands on one.. When Steve says tails and seconds… We’re talking minimum of 6×6 .. right the way up to 24x24inches. Don’t get too excited ..the bigger pieces are not as common, but there would probably be a fair selection of sizes in a grab bag.
By his definition –
“Seconds, they have a scratch or bump on them. Even something you can only see with a magnifying glass is a second. I would say seconds are better than tails.”
I can honestly say his seconds don’t look like seconds to me … and even the tails… if you are using them for projects and it’s going to be covered with a design or used for die storage…. no brainer. I’ll take all the seconds and tails in a heartbeat… I have loads of fun projects they are great for.
It cuts like a dream on machines, die cutters like the Big Shot and by hand or with a paper trimmer. Check out some of the projects I have made with… his “tails”
Fridge Magnet Game with ZiggyBoard Scraps Ziggyboard…. how I love you soooo
You may or may not remember one of the very first items I got from CraftingAbility was the Memory System Collection, that set contains a mix of pens and I love it. This is what prompted me to request the white chalk writer pen seen in the prize package. My collection had a selection of those chalk pens with various tips .. but they can also be purchased separately, or in sets with specific tips. I have my eye on the writer top set. Another great pen to use in my Cricut with the adapter. You can see them in action on the Collection review, see post link below.