CraftsUPrint Treasure Chest Bonus packs project, Vault and Friday Freebie

Some of you may have seen me post previously about the Treasure Chest items I got free with one of my  cut file orders. CraftsUPrint are actually mailing these FREE when you order over £15 ( currently on offer at £10 ) worth of files or card kits.  I have to be honest I wasn’t expecting them to be that great quality, cmon..it’s free right  lol.  But when they arrived I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the  sheets..AND the size.  I wasn’t expecting full A4 sheets either.. 15 of them.. and you get to choose the designs you want.

If you missed  my previous post, you can find details below

My Treasure Chest Freebies arrived…. impressed !




Well last night I finally had a moment to sit and play with them… and I made my son some fridge magnets for his word wall.. which incidentally is one side of my upright freezer lol. It’s situated near the dining room table so always in view of him when he is eating or playing.. mommy’s subtle way of keeping him learning no matter what he is doing.










He spends a lot of time playing with Playdoh or coloring etc at the table.. and of course it’s a great way for him to “earn ” snacks during the day.  If you missed previous posts about the Cohas Magnetic sheets (formerly known as ZiggyBoard) I use to make his  wall.. I added some of them to some cheap wood cut circles and some of them I just added the Magnetic strip straight to the back of them.
Now the link is to the commercial product, what I am actually using is what are referred to as “tails” and “seconds” so anyone who is interested in buying some of these for projects, let me know. These are perfect for making magnets, and letter walls and using as small magnetic chalkboards. I have allsorts of projects on the blog using this stuff and I love it (search magnet, or Ziggy on the blog). It cuts like a dream on my Cricut Explore, by hand, my paper cutter, My Sizzix Big Shot… so very versatile and lots of fun to be had. I also used it to hang my metal dies for easy grabbing.. LOVE this stuff.



Well CraftsUPrint also just added a new video about the treasure chest, so I figured I would add that in for anyone interested.  If you have kids who like to craft, or you want some fun card or project toppers.. check them out.  I grab a set every time I buy new cutfiles.. in fact, I’m off to get more when I finish up this post as I see some fun new cut files I need to grab.  These are great for  projects with my 4 year old too as the Treasure Chest also includes sticker sheets.

They have added in lots of new items too, check out the contents of the current Treasure Chest right now not only can you get access to the treasure chest with a £10 order, you also get access to the vault for 24 hours.. and that is filled with freebies too. Lots of great card kits.. and they are all yours.. you have 24 hours to grab them for free.

Right now.. these are part of the vault collection.. which includes card kits, toppers and digital papers

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and then of course, we can’t forget the Friday Freebie



3D Wedding and Romance Double Tri Shutter Card
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and lastly.. but definitely not least.. you of course get your free game AND a chance to win the Crafty Bob Pot. I have been lucky enough to win this twice now.. the last time was over $80 worth .. I had a blast choosing cut files with that win !.



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One Crafty Kid and a Gelli Plate = Craft Hour Fun

We started our craft hour with some bubble blowing paint project to make background papers.. but that was short lived after his second time of sucking, instead of blowing lol. He gets so excited sometimes he forgets not to swallow.. so after two mouthfuls of paint,water and dish soap mix.. we decided we had enough of that idea for the night..and moved on to the Gelli Plate.

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I bought a Gelli Plate at the Blitsy Sleepover last month and we just got a chance to play with it. I say we, since I bought this because A: I was enamored with some gorgeous Gelli Projects I had seen and B: It looked like a fab craft product for my son who is 4 and a half and loves to craft too. And what a hit this one was…. before we even got the paint on it he was enamored by the feel of it, but add in some paint and a roller and he was in LOVE ! There is nothing my kid loves more than making a mess with Acrylic paint lol.

He was painting on canvas when he was one and I have a wooden floor so I’ve always been totally cool with letting him do things like this. As the grandparent were told when they said I was “BRAVE” ….aint nothing that can’t clean up in the washer, or the shower.

Anywho….I wanted to show these off… we tried a few different ideas for adding texture and designs. Stamps work really well on these plates and he has quite a cool little collection growing of wood mounted stamps. BUT …. this is the one I loved the most… his hand prints !! I picked out my three favorites and I am going to mat and frame these…

If you have kids, or grandkids who like to craft with you and you haven’t tried these… I totally recommend grabbing one, even if it’s just one of the small ones.  This time of year is perfect because all of the leaves are dropping here, so tomorrow we are going to go for a walk and collect some to try out on the Gelli Plate.

I’m off to see how big I can get.. because we definitely want a bigger one..and maybe a round one too. These are way too much fun for him and me.  I love doing my own backgrounds and  have been wanting to try my hand at some Mixed Media with him. After trying these.. I know they will be a big hit in this house, with us and his crafty pals on play dates.  I can’t wait to see what he wants to experiment with for textures.

Tools used were just Acrylic paint, a brayer, a gelli  plate and a kid ..if you don’t have a small kid.. someone will probably let you borrow one lol.

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One happy mommy ….  with some new wall art for his gallery 🙂  We might even make some for the great grandparents.

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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.

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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
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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:

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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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Latest Die Haul from Ebay

I got my latest set of dies from  this morning.. the slow boat from China .. is getting much quicker  LOL

I recently discovered from a friend who is a die Designer  that  some of the Cheap dies are rip offs of other die designers products, so I try to be really careful with what I buy and so far I don’t seem to have picked up any of her designs…   but she has found them  for sale other places and I can imagine these designers are losing a lot of money… so if it doubt.. support your favorite designers.  A few extra pennies to keep these fab designs  flowing our way.. totally worth it.

We all love cheap craft  supplies, but I wouldn’t intentionally buy a knock off ..  that is just wrong to me and we need to support these designers and manufacturers who bring us such fab goodies.

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anywho.. here is my latest haul.  I don’t have a huge amount of dies so try and fill in with some cheapies when I see things I like and will use frequently… and of course who can resist a few sentiments and holiday designs?  These new gears and clock face will be perfect with my KennyK Stamps steampunk projects

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Comb Bound Notepad with die cut floral cover

I was playing with one of my new CUP (CraftsUPrint) cut files I picked up with my Crafty Bob Crazy 5 minute Game winnings and decided to make another notepad.  This one will join my growing Abandoned Art project bucket.  I love the contrasting colors on this one, it’s very cheery and reminds me of Texas blue skies and the beautiful wild Sunflowers that are blooming all around us.

The covers are Recollections card stock, as are the two layers of cut out design. It has approx. 40 pages and is bound with a plastic comb binding.

The design is Floral Background Stencil with Mats and is available in various cutting machine formats.  Such a fun cheery cut design and suitable for all sorts of projects, lantern panels, card backgrounds,  decorative boxes.. so many options.

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In Stock ! New England Slate & Gansai Tambi Pearlescents

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You may have seen my recent DT project featuring  the New Hampshire Slate & 3D layered image wall plaque…  (which incidentally won first place in the  anything goes challenge over at getcreativechallenges.blogspot … woot!) ….well Fab news, this slate is now available for purchase at CraftingAbility as a 3 pack. It comes in 12×8….  drilled or, undrilled depending on your needs.

These hand split slate panels are fantastic for all sorts of projects and this is a fantastic price for a 3 pack.  When you figure in the coupons listed below… EVEN BETTER !!

oh and did I mention… there is also a $15 coupon up for grabs at CraftingAbility if you send them a product/ project review and they publish it.  How cool is that.


“HOW DO YOU DO CRAFTING?

We will provide a $15.00 coupon if we publish your story on how you use your crafting products.

Stories should be a minimum of 250 words, no maximum. They should include a photo or a video showing how you use them, or your artwork or decorated item.”

 

“Use code Craft20 to save 20% on all orders! Or, for orders $75 and more, use CraftShips to receive free shipping!
Coupon codes CANNOT be combined. Only one coupon code per order.”

Undrilled Real Slate Art Board Set

Undrilled Real Slate Art Board Set

Worried you won’t spend $75  on slate  and the shipping would be too much….. haha don’t… because I have another snippet of news. First of all..their shipping is always reasonable and secondly, CraftingAbility sell a lot, LOT more than just slate. How about some Wink of Stella… we all love that little bit of Bling Bling… or some of the markers like the ones in my memory system set…2 way glue… it’s all there and more product is being added to the catalog all the time.  These guys are an authorized Zig dealer… if it’s not on the site yet… just email them.

6 Starry Color Gansai Tambi Watercolor Paint Set

6 Starry Color Gansai Tambi Watercolor Paint Set

 

 

Including the new 6 Starry Color Gansai Tambi pearlescent Watercolor Paint Set everyone has  been talking about in the cardmaking groups.

This is also the place I get “THOSE” pens everyone is always asking me about on the facebook groups….  that skin tone you all love… yup, it’s here too along with 135 more  fab alcohol pens in the range.

 

 

But before you rush off….stay tuned.. coming up soon my post on Zig Kurecolors.  I had it drafted up and ready to go…. but  held off publishing it because I have ..ANOTHER GIVEAWAY!!!! ….  yes  I do! Courtesy of CraftingAbility, One lucky winner will be playing with a 12 pen set of Zig Kurecolor skintones, which includes my favorite skintone No. 731 Pale Beige..and it could be YOU !

Make sure you  come back later for those posts… you won’t want to miss them.

Friday Freebies

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CraftsUPrint – BUGS AND DAISIES KLEENEX TISSUE BOX HOLDER by Janice Shehan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BugabooStamps AKV nurse- get better soon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facebook & newsletter Freebies

 

Kit & Clowder Facebook Freebies – there are always  lots of giveaways and free images at Kit & Clowder for group and class members.  Be sure to check out the Free class “Mindful Me ” too… fabulous class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Elisabeth Bell Newsletter Freebies

Scrapper's Delights _New challenge image every two weeks

Scrapper’s Delights _New challenge image every two weeks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cre8tive Hands Facebook Challenge Freebie & Member Freebie

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Scrapbook.com Sizzix Big Shot Plus Bundle Giveaway

Been eyeing up a new  Sizzix machine? well check this out… 5 yes FIVE winners will each get a $500 Sizzix Big Shot Plus Bundle. Hook me up… that’s a fab prize.  Good Luck everyone! Great giveaway Scrapbook.com.
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No purchase necessary. Only available to US Residents. The promotion begins on April 1, 2016 at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (“PST”) and ends on June 15, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. You can Enter the Giveaway Here or read all the fine print here.

Prizes:

EACH of the 5 Prizes ($500 value) will Include:

 

New Hampshire Slate & 3D layered image wall plaque

I was lucky enough to acquire some gorgeous New Hampshire slate from ImageAbility last year. I have been waiting for just the right project to use this on and I love how it turned out. This slate is normally sold for people who do Chalk Marker Art & Signage, but anyone who knows me.. knows I suck at drawing and my handwriting is equally unimpressive. Unlike the Ziggyboard, this will not fit through the Cricut so I can draw an outline to follow, as I have on previous projects. *grin

I was considering darkening the slate up a touch using some matte Modge Podge Acrylic sealer, but decided against that and went with the “au naturale” look instead.
I also considered a bunch of verse, sentiments, quotes etc. and in the end I chose this one, it seemed appropriate both for a crafter, and the image I was using.

My original plan was to mount this as a desk plaque, desk organizer type deal, but I didn’t have the  wood handy to make that right now…. so that will probably happen at a later date.  The image is multilayered and instead of my regular foam padding, I chose to use a black card stock to create a more subtle depth change.  I believe she ended up as 4 layers, instead of the original 6 layer I had planned ….due to the complexity of the image.
mighty_sword_wmdI colored one complete image to get a feel for how I wanted it to go colorwise, and then I began cutting my other images into each layer and coloring them as needed.  I liked the face on my original test piece so much, I used it for my 2nd layer.  the complete image was cut 4 times on my Cricut Explore and then I cut away the excess pieces on each layer by hand.

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This is my Inspirational Project over at Cute As A Button’s Facebook Group this month

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* This slate was provided free of charge for project review purposes.
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DT CALL Cre8tive Hands

Creative hands has an open DT call We are looking for crafty people who love to inspire others with their projects. We have a Bi-weekly Blog Challenge along with a Bi-weekly Facebook Progressive Challenge.

 

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Cre8tive Hands Facebook Group

 

Your responsibilities as a DT Member

  • Design four projects a month and have them done three days before the live posting date.
  • Post on your blog and advertise whenever possible about our Blog Challenges and Facebook Challenge.
  • Comment on your assigned number and inform us if there is a problem and you are unable to comment on a post.
  • Be part of the Team.
  • Take part in Blog Hops when they are scheduled

 

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What you get from us

  • Free Digi’s to use on your projects.
  • Access to the Digi’s in the shop and the freedom to do extra projects with them whenever you want.
  • Your designs will get a lot of exposure on our Blog, others Blogs, others Facebook accounts and our Facebook group.
  • The chance to work with a New and growing Group of awesome people.

 

What you need to do

  • Send your name, Blog address, email address to Jbirds2002@gmail.com
  • Send 2 projects along with your information.
  • Include the other DT’s you are involved with.

 

Good Luck!! Jules

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