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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My latest happy mail. Zig Kuretake Manga Art goodies

I saw something on a live video from CHA that I wanted to try out; I had no idea what they were using on the demo as far as pens and tips went, but I figured I wanted to try it bad enough.. so I grabbed ALL of them lol. Typically these pens are used for Manga art and inking in illustrations, but I saw them or…. something like these used for something else entirely and I wanted to have a play.

Admittedly I will probably use them for the intended use as well.. now that Steve over at CraftingAbility popped in a few extras for me to try out. I wasn’t expecting a beginners guide to drawing Manga to be tucked into my order and a new Manga Pen I haven’t tried yet… but heh.. why not .. LOL.


I had a quick flick through the booklet and it has some easy beginner examples and guides .. some info on drawing faces, clothing folds, shadows and highlights and lightsource so all the basics we learn in drawing and coloring. So, maybe I’ll have a little play with that. I don’t draw by any stretch of the imagination.. but even I like to doodle now and then. Usually when I am on the phone chatting haha..I am notorious for doodling on anything at hand haha.

Now bear in mind I have not used an ink pen in YEARS.. so it will take some practice to get used to working with ink again.  But I am excited to play with these and then try out that idea I saw at CHA.  I have quite a few different Zig Kuretake products, as you know if you are a regular …  some bought, some provided free of charge for testing and to provide projects for review….and so far.. I have not been dissappointed in anything. Seriously.. I refuse to say something is great if I don’t like it…so when I say I like it or LOVE it as is most often the case… I mean it.  Now anyone who is a regular knows I like to experiment and play with allsorts of ideas, and that I love trying new techniques..so  take into account your own personal styles and  tastes when  picking products.. what suits one does not suit all.

Ok so what did I order...everything on this page lol…



I picked up the pen nib holder… can’t do much without one of those lol. It’s a nice lacquered wood with a rubber grip.  I have to admit I am not a big fan of pens with rubber grips usually, but this one is nice and comfy and I don’t feel like I am getting stuck on it when I move my fingers around like some.  I have hypermobile joints and sometimes my hands lose grip when they flare up…. but  just playing with it out of the packet.. it seems to be something I’ll work fine with.  It’s not too fat , nor to thin and the rubber grip is smooth.. haha I sound like I popped out of Goldilocks and the three bears ..oops






I picked up a pack of each of the nibs to test them out, since I really didn’t know which ones would work best for what I have in mind, plus a selection of nibs would be useful for a few other things I had in mind… all of which you will see in posts coming this month.. maybe even a few short vids for a bit of fun.










I’ll share more on the Manage Drawing guide and Manga Flexible Pen in another post.

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Finally got to set up my big portable draft table

Hubby’s Grandma is an interior designer and a couple of years ago she gave me her old portable draft table that she had when she was doing classes. She didn’t need it anymore and it had been sat in a corner gathering dust, so she thought I might be able to make use of it.  It’s big…which is great…. but I really didn’t have anywhere I could put it without taking up valuable space..so it sat in my closet instead lol.

Well ..I have a few wood projects I wanted to tackle and as some of you know, I live in an apt, so  no workshop any more. Pretty much no tools anymore either, dang but I miss my old crafty workshop back in the UK.  Anyways I finally bit the bullet and stopped “making do” without a bench.. I got a cheapie Black and Decker bench, cost me all of $30 at Walmart. I figured I could just fold it away in a closet when I wasn’t using it.

WRONG !!!

I put it together in the wee hours while everyone was asleep and  then had a genius moment… I could  use that as a base for the draft table… and just take the draft table off when I had wood projects to do… GENIUS..

I just dropped it in the corner of my bay window  so I have  some natural light.  ok so maybe not the most high tech fancy looking draft table.. but it works, it’s cheap and it can pack up in a closet at any time and doubles as a woodworking bench when needed.

It is also the perfect place to pop my WRMK Laser Square which I didn’t really have space to leave assembled…and my Bluetooth Cell Phone base.  Now I can make answer calls again when my lil man runs off with my cell phone to watch Youtube Kids in the bathroom lol. He’s all male, that kid will sit there for hours if you don’t make him get off the pot lol.

So now I have my work bench and a draft table and  a place with natural light to photograph projects AND a place for my Laser Square and  it didn’t cost the earth or take up a lot of room.
Happy clam .. now I just need to get rid of that dang Cat 5 cable and finish tidying up in here 🙂  Excuse the mess lol.
I still plan to use my little desktop easel I made  to do most of my coloring, but this is going to be really handy to have too.

CraftsUPrint Cricut SVG cut file Catch up!

I had a bunch of new files before Christmas that I didn’t get to  make up….so I decided to play catch up and zipped through a few of them tonight. One of them was already cut, another was already made up..I just didn’t get a chance to photograph it.  The other two I had made up, but messed up … so these were remakes and I actually like these versions better anyway LOL.

Now bear in mind I get SVG’s because I have a Cricut Explore, but most of these designers design in multiple formats for various cutting machines.  So when I refer to design space or Cricut,  that doesn’t mean you can’t use these cut files too…check and see.

Also… just an FYI, these files are not always as standard.  I  import them into Design Space and tweak them a little to suit my own needs. Changing cut areas to write, duplicating layers and using the contour tool to remove the cut outs etc to create a solid background on layers…  moving score lines to give a 3/4 fold etc.  So please bear in mind most of these files come with a center fold and are  set up for cutting, not writing.  If you are new to the Cricut, you may not know how  to modify things like that yet… never fear..it’s not rocket science.



Ok first one  was a remake… I originally started with a watercolored background in the cutouts, looked great but I bombed it when I stuck in on the inside… so take 2.. has a vellum insert and some cute pink ribbon detailing.  I scalloped the card on my paper cutter for a softer edge.

This cut file is: floral card 2 by Clive Couter, I have a few of his designs and really enjoy using these.

Next is a  simple little hello card. I had pre-cut this on green glitter card with the intention of using a Christmas design, but Christmas is long gone… so I just switched out that idea and  used a stamp from one of the new Layering sets by Hampton Arts.  I die cut the circle with a die from some Steampunk gears I picked up on Ebay.  It is stamped with Stazon and colored with Zig Clean Color… and a simple little “Hello” die sentiment, again an Ebay buy.

 

This cut file is from: over-the-fold-cards-1 by Lyn Simms

The next one was  done on black card using  a Zig chalk pen and pencils and I added an oversized die cut sentiment. I also flipped it on it’s side.  You will need a Chomas Adapter to use the Zig pens to write and draw on your Cricut Explore.

 

This cut file is: floral-over-the-edge-5
by apetroae-stefan

This one I duplicated the layer, welded  the holly leaves and  then  moved the score line to create a half fold hard.  I would probably have added in some red cabochons for the holly berries… but to be honest.. I have no idea where I stuck them lol.

 

 

 

This cut file is: over-the-edge-christmas-holly by  apetroae-stefan


 






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“Catch of the Day” fun fishing themed card

I picked up another fun new cut file in my latest traipse over at CUP,  Tri-Fold Scalloped Top Card by one of my favorite SVG designers, Rae Carr.
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I recently picked up some new Gina Marie Dies “Gone Fishing” and  I had  grabbed this fun image from Bugaboo Stamps called Girlz – wiggle the bait to go with them.  Well as it happens, I have been waiting for  just the right project to use the paper stack I won from DCWV a few months back.. and this was it!  It’s a gorgeous paper stack called Coastal, filled with all sorts of cool  card sheets.. including some pearl foiled and printed linen pages. cup_fishies2 cup_fishies3
I added in a dual stitched frame  using my Lil’Inkers dies and added the catch of the day chalkboard look using a Zig Chalk Pastel Pen.  The inside  net was created using the lattice portion of the Gina Marie Lacey Lattice die set I got a month or so back.  The fish was colored with Tim Holtz Distress ink pads, as was the chalk board frame and the nets and rod.

The base card was cut from a Craft Smith solid color card stack on my Cricut Explore and the image was printed on Canson Mixed Media, then colored with Chameleon Pens.

Adhesives for this project were Zig Photo Tape and Zig 2 way glue.

I was naughty….this was supposed to be my DT project for the new Bugaboo Stamps Challenge starting on the blog in January… but I was impatient to share it.  Soooo…. guess I’ll be doing another project this weekend lol.

Be sure to subscribe to the blog, or follow me on Facebook etc if you want to be alerted to the new challenge.  All you Bugaboo Stamp fans, get your creative juices flowing..  this one is exclusively for Bugaboo Stamps Projects and prizes are sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps every month.  Woo Hoo.. we love our Bugaboo Stamps, so the DT team are a bunch of happy little clams…. and ….we have a new DT  joining us for the Bugaboo Challenge too  🙂

Slightly off topic and I will be posting about this tomorrow  too.. I just had a quick peek  to see what new Gina Marie Dies are available and saw some fab deals on some Deep Red Rubber Stamps ..I was drooling over the vintage ones… specially at those prices.  They will be fab for my vintage/steampunk backgrounds.  AND for any of you old Cricut Explore owners who never got the Bluetooth Adapter... I also saw they have a handful of them available .. $10…… so if you always wanted one.. now’s the time to go grab one, they don’t have many in stock.

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3/4 fold Christmas card

Really quick n simple 3/4 fold card that could be used for a variety of things….money card, gift card holder, or a fun 3/4 fold Christmas card… with matching envelope.

Image was printed on 110lb Georgia Pacific Index card, colored with my usual mix of Chameleon, Zig Kurecolor  and some Ranger Distress Markers…with a touch of Wink of Stella for some glam.
pixie_dust_wmdThe inside of the card was then lined with a glitter card stock.. nothing fancy, just dollar store card .. but it gives a  touch of glam and glitz to the card and strengthens the design for mailing if necessary.  The 3/4 edge was punched with a Martha Stewart Punch by the name of Aspen.  a co-ordinating strip was added to a matching envelope along with some matching snowflakes.

This image is a Scrapper’s Delights Image “Winter Elf Digi

I really like the Tim Holtz “Tumbled Glass”  pen for ice and snow effects and for adding a touch of color and shading to white fabrics etc. on images.

To turn it into a cash/gift card/ticket holder etc.. simply  glue/tape down the top and bottom edges of the 3/4 fold…and Voila…. insta pocket.

Supplies:

 

This is my Mid Month Inspiration Project over at Scrapper’s Delights Challenge Blog…. be sure to drop by and check out the DT projects…  and if you have a good eye for detail, you might even be able to pick up a free digi.

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February Bugaboostamps/Executioner combo challenge

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Pocket Card Project

The challenges  were restructured and the bugaboostamps and executioner challenges were combined into Bugaboostamps/Executioner Combo Challenge

The rules are simple….use any bugaboo image and no single fold standard cards allowed.. lol.

I’ve seen a few of these pocket cards lately on the Kit & Clowder facebook group so I hunted down some sleeves and had a go.  This one will be winging it’s way to my grandaughter in Australia.

These are Avery Trading Card pouches which I picked up at Walmart for  less that $4 a pack of ten.  The images were colored with a mix of  Zig Memory System and Ranger Distress pens.   I cut my cards to 2.5x 3.5  so they were easier for the lil lady to get out of the sleeves… there is about 1/4 inch give on these.

It’s a fun project and a great way to mail cards overseas instead of standard letters, (you tuck a note or letter behind the center image)…. these can easily be put in an album  and collected over the years… awesome gift for grandparents  who don’t live close by  and they fold up to easily fit in a small padded jiffy envelope, so cheap to  mail 🙂

I definitely want to try more of these  🙂

Friday Freebie at CraftsUPrint.com CUP…. Butterfly Card

I just had to make sure you didn’t miss this one, I know we have a lot of ladies who love butterflies 🙂  This is a Gatefold Mini Kit by Ann-marie Vaux

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Lilac Butterfly Thank You 3D Gatefold Butterfly Mini kit

 

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October – I am the Executioner – Card Challenge!!!!

Our monthly Executioner challenge is designed to learn and try new techniques you may not have done before. This month the challenge set by our October Host NanaDonna is to create a Diamond Fold and/or Drape fold card, two techniques I personally haven’t tried before.

Here are my two challenge pieces..I did both techniques.  I found the diamond fold one tricky to begin with, but I think with a little practice this one would be a real quick and easy but very effective technique to use.

Come on over and join us for some challenges on the message board.. we have 5 monthly challenges and our regular Bi Weekly card challenge.



















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