First off a huge thank you to Sasyaki Glitter who sponsored the March Crafty Awesomeness Challenge .. we had so much fun with your images Naz 🙂 looking forward to the next one.
Be sure to swing by the Sasayaki Glitter Blog and check out the challenge there too..
Ok..sooo the Winner of the Sasayaki Glitter prize picked by Random.org is NUMBER 7. I am extending the claim time till April 30th due to the lateness of this announcement.
Congratulations Dorothy S. Prize: 1 (non-coloured) digi of the winners choice from the Sasayaki Glitter Store
Please contact me via email <<click here to claim your prize.
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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Here is my second DT projects for the Crafty Awesomeness Challenge which is sponsored by Sasayaki Glitter this month . this is the same image my son watercolored for his thank you card.. it’s so piggin cute..and somehow Gina must be psychic. These fun ant dies from Gina Marie Designs were in my packet with my last order..just in time for this project.
This isn’t a die set I wouldn’t normally have ordered…. but they are fab for this image and I love how this turned out. They are one of those fun sets that you don’t know you need, till you get them.
Image is Image #13 – Heart Ants printed on Canson Mix Media 9×12 paper and colored with Zig Clean color markers
Ants are cut from 65lb black Recollections card using Ants Die Set by Gina Marie Designs
Flowers are acetate die cuts colored with Chameleon pens and some beads glued in the center.
The lattice is part of a set called 3 Trellis Mats by Clive Couter on CraftsUPrint, the set has a bunch of cuts so it’s a handy one to have for allsorts of projects. I cut these on my Cricut Explore using 65lb Recollections card.
Adhesives used were Zig Photo Tape and Zig 2 way glue
It’s that time of the month again…. the one we all like LOL
It’s challenge time and winners !!!
Ok first off.. a big thank you to Cute As A Button for sponsoring the February Crafty Awesomeness Challenge.. We have a winner for that AND a re-pick for the unclaimed January challenge prize sponsored by KennyK stamps. Thank you to everyone who entered.. looking forward to more fab projects again this month.
Congratulations you are our 2nd chance winner for January 2017 and the KennyK stamp prize of 3 digis of your choice from the KennyK Stamps Store. please email me to claim and include your image choices to pass along to our sponsor.
Congratulations, Please email me to claim your prize of 3 digital downloads from CAAB
MARCH MARCH MARCH
….. haha I just realized as I typed this.. how appropriate it actually is for this month.. and one of the images we are using for the DT projects.
This month we are sponsored by the lovely Sasayaki Glitter and the DT team chose these two fun images to play with. As you can tell… no one wanted to have to choose just one, so we did them both. The mystery projects will be released during the challenge month.. so be sure to come back and take a look.
Prize: 1 (non-coloured) digi of the winners choice from the Sasayaki Glitter Store
Max 3 entries per person
No limit on how many challenges you enter project in
Must be a colored piece featuring some kind of image, rubber, clear, digital stamps.. hand drawn..whatever. Does NOT have to be a card.
No artist restrictions.. but we’d love it if you were using a sponsor image
Please watermark your images before linking, but if you choose not to… that is your choice.
Project must have been made/posted on your blog within the last 7 days prior to the start date of the challenge.
If you do not have a blog, you can still enter… but please do not post your projects anywhere that requires registration to view, or comment.
Most importantly..you must have FUN while you craft…totally unenforcible rule… but heh.
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Here is card No.1 of 2 for the newest Crafty Awesomeness Challenge which is sponsored by.. Sasayaki Glitter this month. The team got to choose two images.. so being a team of 4 .. we let two of the girls pick an image this month and the other two will choose next time. We’ve been friends so long now, that we know each other well enough to know what images we can all work with.. and which ones we can choose to give the others a nudge outside the box..without going too far… * cough haha that would be me LOL
So here she is… I say she, simply because I gave her pink toe nails and a pink bow. I have plans to make a few more of these in blue and gender neutral colors too, it’s just such a cute image and perfect for baby showers, 1st birthdays, gender reveals,announcements etc.
This is one of my latest cut file purchases ..isn’t she cute. I decided to go with a bold contrast look and chose silver glitter for the card base, an acetate window and black velvet paper over 110lb card stock to create this cute card. The Fairy topper was cut on the Cricut Explore from a CraftsUPrint cut file. The texture on this card is quite cool…. smooth acetate, fine textured glitter card and then the lush velvet… makes for a great tactile card.
You may have seen my posts on Facebook last week about my lil man and his first watercolor project…. well he was at it again tonight 🙂
My little man was given an early birthday present last weekend by a lady who works with hubby, so this is her Thank You card and a little book mark for her to use in her Bible, or other reading matter. Now it goes without saying, since he is only 4 …. that he had a little help …SURPRISE !! lol. But the painting is all him.
He may be a crafty wee soul, but this mommy isn’t ready to let him lose with a laminator and glue all by himself .. my sanity is questionable at the best of times .. but not THAT bad haha. Unlike someone we won’t mention by name who’s grandson glued himself up trying to apply “lotion” to his legs whilst visiting her craft room last week lol…. sorry.. I am still giggling over that one .. my bad.
The card is a hot pink 5×6.5″ from a multicolor pack at Michaels
A background layer of rough cut 65lb black Recollections card from the value packs
The image is printed on Canson Mix Media Paper on my Epson Eco Tank and also had a rough cut edging. I added the sentiment “There is beauty in creation” and a border to the image before printing. This was also foam popped on a Darice adhesive foam sheet and attached using a double side tape. The card layers were attached with Zig Photo Tape and the Sentiment which was a cheapie import die was attached with Tombow Aqua.
The Book mark is backed with a light tan 65lb card with a hint of a border showing behind the image cut from the front, and I attached a tassle from a value pack at Michaels. I added a cute little bead that I got in a happy mail package from Francesca at Cute As A Button when she very kindly shared her destash items with the DT team 🙂 It says “Always” on one side and “Believe” on the other… pretty appropriate for a Bible Bookmark.
The February Mystery Box from Cricut is available NOW.. don’t miss out The ARV for this months box is $115.91 and you can grab yours for just $39.99. Not all boxes are guaranteed to have the same items in.. but they usually do, or are very similar. from what I have seen this month you can expect, a cartridge, some pens, cartridge storage, rolls of adhesive foil & rolls of glitter vinyl.
Oh what a project this one ended up ….this is the final mystery DT project for the January Crafty Awesomeness Challenge. A total 360 on the original vintage Hollywood idea, as it goes lol. I had a completely different project in mind; but after goofing that one up, I went back to my original idea on this single image set. Then I tried another idea; great concept, not enough time and missing some vital components …. and craft stores aren’t open at 3 am lol.
…so I diddled and I twiddled and then I had an idea… so here is the final piece. Glammed out in gold glitter card which I split to take just the top layer of to keep it light and not affect the lid. The canvas was also stripped down and then the canvas layer was attached to the lid. A bit of ink, a dab of glue.. swipe of tape here and there and a couple of ribbons.
and there it is, one gift box… works for either sex as a gift box.. which you can personalize with a matching tag and contents. I will leave that to your own imagination….it is 4:30 am .. you do NOT want to read about mine lol. This is when the crazy half hour starts lol…… so I shall refrain haha
I had to fight off a cupcake thief to take this project photo…. nothing is safe in this house. I have always had a problem with having project photos photobombed by the li’l guy and his menagerie of toys and figures, but this one takes the biscuit.. .. well Chocolate Chocolate Muffin to be precise. No that is not a typo, it’s a Double Chocolate Muffin….I can’t really blame him for trying to run off with it, they are yummy !
I had this fun little quick n easy cupcake stand file to make up, so I grabbed a Muffin the li’l guy made and used that for my photo… damned if I didn’t see a set of sticky fingers run up and try and grab it right in front of the camera lol. anywho…. this is a really simple cut file by Rae Carr over at CraftsUPrint… I doubled up my cut to make this gold glitter version… but if you have double sided paper, or are using plain card stock, you won’t need to do that. I simply attached the two sections with tape and assembled it.
I have an urge to recreate this in a multi-tiered version to see how it would work out on a large scale. It would be a fun one for kids birthday parties, school parties, Family get together, possibly done with a wipe-able platform for multiple use. …. so stay tuned for that one.
Very quick and easy project, simple materials, easy assembly… and definitely a good basic cut to have on hand.