Mixing it up a lil’ with some fun new cut files.

Well there was a bit of everything in today’s crafty fun… Magnets, resin, Velvet paper, stickers, cut files, glue, enamel dots…and some window cling.  Not too bad for someone who hasn’t crafted for a while lol.

I was having fun with some new CUP files. These cut files make great backgrounds  and stencils for allsorts of projects.

Lizzie Mayne’s  Gears & Cogs Frame Card  …starting off with Captain Locke by KennyK, she’s a digital coloring I did  a while back  printed and mounted on silver foil paper and then a Cohas Magnetic Sheet cut  on the Cricut. I only used the front portion of the card file… but this comes in square and rectangle as full card files.

Lizzie Mayne – Cornish Grid 3. I had a lot of fun with this Black on Black project..Cohas Magnet Sheet, Black SEI Velvet paper, Black glitter resin Skull and some Black Gina Marie Designs enamel dots.  Nothing like mixing it up a lil’ haha.. but a pain in the hoo ha to photograph an all black project with various finishes haha

Lizzie Mayne – Dhalia Flower Mat Layer Stencil. This one was fun..I cut just one of the  3 layers in this cut file using  that fab velvet paper. Mounted it on card, then colored it with Zig Clean Color pens and a touch of Chameleon Pens.  I cut that out and sliced it in half …stuck it on this plain black envelope and then stamped some fun typewriter and text stamps in a faded white ink.
Just a fun way to decorate envelopes if you are sending a hand written letter, or just need an envelope and don’t want to be bo-ring!

Lizzie Mayne  –  Brick Wave Matt Layer Stencil.  Such a fun card to make.. it’s the perfect kinda project to do with the kids, or grandkids High contrast, super fast, super easy… cut file, some glue, envelope and a card and some fun stickers… and voila.. one High contrast cute card ready to go.  Makes a fun  card for any occasion.

Judith Henry- Lattice Hearts Embellishments. I cut this heart in Cricut Window vinyl and will be putting it on my new car… this is just one of the hearts included in the cut file.  I love how well this vinyl cuts on intricate designs and fine lines.


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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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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.


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.
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  🙂
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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CraftsUPrint Friday Freebie




Today the Friday Freebie over at CraftsUPrint is this adorable 3D snowman kit by Elizas Emporium.  You can see more Elizas Emporium  kits here

CraftsUPrint have  extended their “Big One” deals too..






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CraftsUPrint Friday Freebie – 3D Pop Up Box Decoupage Card



Before I run off to bed…. here’s the new Friday Freebie.. how cute is this.

SNOWMEN GALORE! 3D Pop Up Box Decoupage Card & Matching Envelope Kit by Janic Shehan, Tah-Dah Studio





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Acetate Tulip Border Card

Another one of the fab cut files I found on CUP and grabbed with my Crafty Bob Crazy 5 minute Game winnings is this “Border Edge Card 15” by Clive Couter, he has some great designs in this style and with a little nip and tuck they make the perfect borders for Acetate card. I have been wanting to try this for ages and when I saw his designs I knew they were exactly what I was looking for.

The CUP file was cut on my Cricut and then I used my trimmer to split the file in three pieces and the center part discarded. A 1/2inch score was put on the main panel to create the flap/hinge and the border was glue to the other edge of the acetate.

The image is by Cute As A Button “Wooden Shoes” and I knew as soon as I found this border, that this was the image I wanted to use for this card. She is colored with a mix of Chameleon, Zig Kurecolor and Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Pens.

This is my Inspiration Card over at the Cute As A Button Inspiration Blog this month… Thanks for checking it out 🙂





“Border Edge Card 15” by Clive Couter


This is the original file  which I split into sections to form the card base above.  A versatile design that can be used in various ways and projects  🙂








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CraftsUPrint Friday Freebie 06/17/2016


Oh  wow.. how cute is this one? I am so grabbing that for my collection.  This Noah’s Ark Rocker Card is todays Friday Freebie over at CraftsUPrint

The Animals Went in Two by Two Scalloped Rocker Card Kit  by Sue Way ~ Lily~Pickle Designs


“Noah’s Ark on the sea, with lots of cute wild animals. A fantastic fun bright wobble/rocker card that any little boy or girl animal lover would love to receive on their birthday.

Kit includes rocker card, scalloped pyramage, shaped insert, simple to make matching envelope front & back & seven sentiment tags with the greetings: Happy Birthday, Birthday Boy, Birthday Girl, Birthday Fun, Best Wishes & 2 left blank.

Everything you need to make a fantastic card!”




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Spotlight Series Day 16, Rae – CUP Designer

Who are you?  Rae Carr


CraftsUPrint Designer

Etsy Store




Where are you?


What is your favorite piece in the whole store?

Pretty layered butterfly shaped easel card


485 Butterfly Easel Card


What  job did you have BEFORE you started  drawing/designing for a living?

Electronic tech @ USPS

What’s your favorite color?


When was your last REAL vacation and where did you go?

I am on permanent vacation since 2004

If you got offered a weekend in a haunted  house/castle etc.. would you say yes?



707 Roses Mug Set




What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without?

My silhouette cameo and software






Would you go cave diving with sharks?

I am crackin’ up at this question!


904 Pretty Pink Dress Center Pop Out Card




If your parents had named you something else… what would you have picked?

Something more girly – I was named after an uncle







Which decade do you think had the best music?


What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax?


291 Fancy Aperture Step Card


Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?

I am old, but I am sometimes graceful!

When you are working, what is the view from your window like?

that would mean I have to actually clean it!

Which drawing/product are you the most proud of in your collection?

that is like choosing a fav child..impossible





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Quick and simple notecards

I had a project for a friend that involved 100 cards.. yes I said ONE HUNDRED. This was a mix of cards for various occasions .. birthdays, welcome cards, congratulations on a new baby .. all the usual kind of things you like to have on hand.

This project was a mutual thing, I wanted to practice my card making and not have a tonne of blog project cards hanging around and she wanted cheap but unique cards to send out. Win Win for both of us, she covered the cost of materials and so… we had a project !

One of the things we had to bear in mind was the materials.. as card makers we all know how much money we can pile onto just one card LOL. We forget about the hidden extras like foam padding, glues, printer costs etc…. and of course the inevitable Foobahs, where we have to start over from scratch and it ends up in the trash bucket.  And of course anyone who doesn’t craft is clueless to the time and money that goes into one card

.. let alone 100 LOLcard_project2

I have a set of rectangular dual stitched Lil’Inkers dies that played a big part in this project. She needed some simple “welcome” cards that were suitable for any age, sex or cultural background. These dies were perfect for a super simple but attractive card set, that not only look good, but also let me use up a bunch of my scrap card stock too.

This is a close up to show how I used the dies to make a nested rectangle background ….which I then mixed and matched in various color themes and added a “welcome” sentiment to.  The Welcome die was a Gina Marie, but is currently unavailable.
welcome_inkers_wmdI mixed these up between plain and simple die cuts and some hand stamp/ digital stamps and colored images. I think the set came out rather well.  Every card is unique and some were left sentiment free so she could pick and choose what occasions to use them for or just because they didn’t really need it.

These ones feature the Gina Marie X stitched dies and the Gina Marie stitched rectangular dies and some bugaboostamps that were just perfect for this set.  These one I used with a polka dot base card from Michaels, which is rather cute. The images are colored with pencil and blended with alcohol to give a soft almost watercolor, feel to them.


Of course I threw in a bunch of my project cards too, even though most of them were NOT quick and simple cards, I would rather someone got some enjoyment from them rather than have them gather dust on my shelves.  So she got hold of some of my past Bloobel stamps, Sheri Baldy, Scrapper’s Delights and Cute As A button project cards too.


The dual stitched nested dies is a great way to use up scrap card and build up a stash of nested frames… which you can simply add  a sentiment to or add in a center panel image of your choice.  Great way to use up your scraps bucket too, so keep those scraps and then crank out some blanks on your Sizzix Bigshot, or whatever you use… and put them in a box for projects like this.

They work great for smaller note sets too and I have a fab cut file for a chunky envelope from Myscrapchick which is perfect for those.  It was designed for the layered deep cards that  won’t fit in a regular flat envelope, but work perfectly for a 10 set of note cards and envelopes too ..and it makes a fab gift for someone. ** keep an eye out on my blog for discounts and sales at MyScrapchick  These are another great one to have on hand, I set my Cricut Explore off cutting these while I prepared dinner one night and I have a stack of precuts waiting to be assembles as needed.

Last year I made a Christmas card note set for a friend and mailed them to her in the chunky envelope inside a bubble envelope..and they reached their destination in perfect shape 🙂


Once you get started and have a theme/idea ..it’s really not such a huge task as it sounds when you say  100 cards.  You can make very pretty notecards sets quickly and without costing a fortune.  They make great gifts…. go on try it…. it’s fun and will put a smile on the recipients face 🙂

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Make it Crafty Challenge Card “Rosie to School”

I grabbed a couple of Make it Crafty digi’s last night to play with, here is one of them “Rosie to School”

I left my card sentiment free for now, so I could personalize it as and when needed.

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I entered this card in the Make it Crafty Masking Challenge

CAS-MASKING-Banner-new“Welcome to our eleventh Clean & Simple Challenge! The idea behind these challenges is to keep your cards simple, elegant and have one focal point, removing all the clutter. To achieve this, concentrate on nice clean lines, positioning your elements straight, keeping matted frames even around the edge, allowing for ‘white space’ to draw the eyes towards the main focus.”

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