The New Cricut Maker Machine… Easy Press and more!

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Well Cricut sure have been busy… and so have we.  Summer vacations (I wish), getting ready for back to school and all those fun summer weddings and get togethers.  As most of you know  my son is  going to be homeschooled, so crafting is a huge part of our life.

No one said education had to be boring… right LOL

Even though he isn’t technically starting homeschooling till next year, we still do a lot of fun projects designed to help him learn and have fun and be creative all at the same time. Part of that is our abandoned art projects, which is so much fun to do with kids and teaches them to give freely and enjoy it.

Now I wish we had this new Cricut Maker, have you seen this beauty yet? It’s due for release TODAY !!!!. I checked out the video and almost  died when I saw that not only will it cut fabrics, but it’s also  cutting wood  as well as all the stuff we usually do on our Cricuts like paper and vinyl.

Interchangeable cutting heads and the separate pen holders too. I used to own a scroll saw many years ago and this looks like it’s going to do the same kind of fret work that I did back then…..  VERY cool.  Can’t wait to see this one roll out… !!! woohoo.  I think my stepdaughter in Australia  might like this one, she’s a big sewer.

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and then of course there is the recent arrival of the light box... I know  that would be really useful for  us, specially me with my aging eyes.

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…and then they up the ante with the new Cricut Easypress..  think of all the fun shirts you can create for back to school.  Kids just love getting a new school wardrobe every year… and the money you can save and being unique… what kid doesn’t want to have something cool and unique.  I hate ironing, but this… I have to confess I think I’d use for every day ironing too lol.  I know this is something one of my DT girls would love, she’s big on HTV projects… I am so sorry Donna lol.  Hopefully you already saw that and won’t blame me haha.  It looks so cool though doesn’t it.

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Cricut Mystery Box – MARVEL SUPERHEROS!!! and a Trade up deal

Oh YEAH !!  Now this is a mystery box I need to own…. Have you seen what’s coming up in the new Cricut Mystery Box for April 2017.  That’s right, on top of the regular April Box which is supplies… see previous mystery box post… there is now this fab new box this month.

Marvel Digital Cartridges.  Yup from what I can tell there will be 3 digital sets valued at approx $69.99 for … $39.99.  So if you, like me have a little Superhero fanatic, this would be a great one to grab.  *Please note that the content is all cutting images – no printable images

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Time to trade up to a newer model Cricut, looking to retire your old Expression?? grab your trade up deal with this $50 off deal and see what all the fuss is about with the Explore Print & Cut feature.  You will LOVE it!

and Vinyl & Iron-on is on sale  30% off too…. why are you still here???? lol

The 3 C’s of Crafting .. Crazy, Cricut and Chomas

.. blend that all in with some Fabric pens and a Walmart bed sheet and what do you get.  Some fun experimentation again…. I love goofing off  LOL

Having a quick play with some new Fabric pens I got from CraftingAbility recently in my Cricut Explore. Drew this Flower Block by Bugaboo stamps on my Cricut with a Fabric pen and then colored it in with more fabric pens…same brand, different type and different tips. For this test piece I actually wanted a kind of rustic boho look.. so I didn’t sit down to color it up perfectly as it will be added to a project with a patchwork style. Plus I only have the black for outlining and then a red, blue, yellow, white combo pack for everything else. Definitely gave me a good idea of how they work and what I can and can’t do with these..so now I know what to order for additional colors and what type suits which kind of style and project.. Woot.
 
It’s amazing what you can do with an $8 Walmart bed sheet lol.  I think the bleed might have been less if I had put the bonda sheet stuff on first, but I appear to have mislaid that box in all of the past few weeks of madness here lol ..and I am not cutting up 600 thread count Egyptian sheets to see if they have a better bleed resistance lol.  Plus to be honest I kinda like it as it gives that had drawn, hand made look instead of the perfectly faked reproduction  look lol.

anywho… here it is in progress .. a bed sheet, 5 pens a Cricut Explore and a Chomas Creations Adapter…. and this cute little flower Block  from a set by Bugaboo Stamps.  I ironed it  after the outlining and again after the color..  just to stabilize the colors while I worked on it.

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Day 10 of Cricut.com 12 Days of Christmas deals

If you need spare blades.. grab them quick ..the Day 10 deal is discounts on the bulk supplies..and the 10 pack of German Carbide premium blades is already out of stock.. but they still have a 5 pack of German Carbide for $26.99 instead of $64.95

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Lots of vinyl deals available for you ladies who like to do  Home Decor and fabric designs.
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My First Flipbook Snail Mail Card

Most of these flip book snail mail cards I have seen are craft  themed to send to fellow crafters, but I did something a bit different.  It’s still crafting, but not paper crafting… this one is for a sewer 🙂

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Front Cover

I had fun doing this, even though I admit this was a second attempt, the first one was just way toooo bulky and  I had to change themes.  Originally the theme was going to be a leaving home/moving survival kit.  I also changed the base layout to this new one, which seems to have worked out better.

I will say that this is a project best shown in video, but unfortunately that isn’t possible right now with a houseful of people…. so the project is show in pics….  sorry !

Card base was made from two square Recollections cards joined to make a double flap book with only one taped seam.

  • Front Cover – Die cut patchwork using dies from some of my Sizzix Flip card sets, scraps and recycled buttons from old scrap clothing compliment this vintage style sewing image from Cute as a Button “Sewing Susan”. She is colored in Zig Kurecolor and Ranger Distress pens. I was tempted to color her shoes royal blue, as the recipient has a pair almost exactly like these that she wore to a vintage wedding…and her own,  but I decided not to.
  • Image1 – Inside flaps Left: Flap featuring Cute as a Button “Button Love”  colored with Chameleon, Zig Kurecolor, Zig Memory system Brushables and Ranger Distress pens.  Corners punched with a Fiskar corner punch design and the image was  dry brushed with Smart Craft inks. (Image 2 shows what is beneath the image flap) Right Flap: Patchwork scraps with a  Khaki fabric pocket to hold buttons, this is a pocket I reclaimed from an old pair of maternity pants… 🙂  It’s from the side leg/knee and perfect size for this project.  The recipient used to wear combat boots and camo’s,  so it’s the perfect fabric for the personal touch.
  • Image 2 – The stamp on the inside was triple stamped and  colored with Zig Kurecolor and distress pens..and yes the blurry image is intentional… my girl likes a glass of wine…. or two  LOL. The lacy edging on the sequin and bead pack is a Martha Stewart corner/border set punch and the bear is an iron on  patch.
  • Image 3 – The bear flips down to reveal two needles attached to the back.
  • Image 4 – The main flap opens to reveal a  mini CD pocket, this could  contain photos, images, video message etc. This is housed in a pocket that is one of my shaker card window frames that I had pre-cut on my Cricut. I just scored some folds and  used those flaps to  glue it to the base. The other page is just a patchwork stamp, colored in Ranger distress pens with a smile stamp and some silly eyes.. for fun.
  • Image 5 – This has a vellum window made from 29lb Vellum Paper  cut with a Gina Marie Stitched Rectangle Die Set  and sports a gold glittery Gina Marie Bow Die for decor and contains some felt pieces I die cut. The opposite side shows a letter which is folded and attached to the card.  The page is decorated with a sewing reel  and buttons stamps, colored with  Ranger distress pens.
  • Image 6 –  The letter is printed using a handwriting font, added in a second button stamp and some decorative corners and inked edges to match the Button Love” image
  • Image 7 –  Open letter to show folds, this was a fake letter for show purposes.
  • Back Cover –  Just a very simple  wavy edge bar with decorative corners, some label dies that came free with some cutting plates and a stamp from Michaels bargain buckets.

This flip book was fun to make, I learnt a lot from doing this project,  mostly that I don’t have nearly enough supplies LOL and that  a project like this can be adapted to so many other themes, not just paper craft swap mail.  I think it would be a fab card project for kids cards.  I may have to try one of those for my granddaughter next 🙂


DT CALLFlip Book Cards are one of the application requirements over at Cute as a Button’s current DT call.. for anyone interested  🙂

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Bloobel Stamps “Heart Moustache” Oversized Card

When I say Oversized… he is OVER sized lol. Just as well no one is getting their hands on this one, or I would have a heck of a job finding an envelope for him… LOL

This card measures in at a whopping 7 by 11 inches ….and I love it.  I left room at the bottom for a sentiment…. or humorous quote, when I decide what I want on there.

I  think this was the first Bloobel digital stamp that I ever laid eyes on a few months ago…and I have been coveting him for months.  I finally bit the bullet and grabbed him last week.  There is something very Dapper about this “young” man that just appealed to me and my British background.

Anyways …. I was good this time and actually took some progress pics too, I really wanted to show off these fab papers before they got covered up in layers.

I will add a list at the end of all the products used…. but here he is…. “Heart Moustache” in all his vintage “dapper” glory.

Bloobel_Dapper_1_finishedClick on the thumbnails below for a closer look at the project progress.

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Bloobel Stamps –  Heart Moustache
Colored withZig KureColor Markers
Printed on Georgia Pacific 110lb Index Card Stock
Edges inked and smudged with Ranger “Tim Holtz” Walnut Distress Ink

Background paper

Striped Velvet Paper  –  This is an SEI Velvet paper from  craftadvantage

Vintage  paper –  hand made using Ranger Archive Ink on Recollections Card Stock, edges distressed with Ranger “Tim Holtz”  Walnut & Fossilized Amber.

Stamps are from my random collection of new and used stamps and I used too many to list, so don’t expect names ..sorry.  If you see a specific stamp  you want details on I will do my best to share that info. Some were from Michaels, some were from Ebay.   Some of the Ebay ones were unmounted, so I don’t know who made them….or what they are called.

Wrought Iron effect corners were done by stippling Ranger clear embossing ink on a sheet of paper with an old 2 inch paint brush and then embossed with Recollections Clear embossing Powder.

Main card base is from a pack of 11×14 Poster Board from a dollar store, scored and folded.

Vintage and velvet layers are mounted on Darice adhesive foam sheets

Glues  – I used a mixture of Tombow Aqua, Xyron Mega runner and a hot glue gun

Well I think that about covers it, if I forgot anything ..fee free to leave a question in the comments  🙂  I hope you liked the card..it was a fun one to make.

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Embossing Velvet Paper with a stamp, ink and an Iron

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Some of you saw the butterfly Image I heat embossed on this paper with an iron.. it was just black.. no inks. But check this one out…. this is a new stamp I picked up on clearance tonight and this time I used Momento ink on the stamp before flipping the velvet paper on it and Ironing it. I didn’t damp the velvet down like you do when you are not using inks etc.

The white stands out beautifully against the velvet…I am soooo buying a stash of this in different colors in the New Year. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination….and your stamp collection.

I haven’t tried this idea with clear cling stamps, I’m not sure they are sturdy enough to take the heat of the iron…but I might test it out on something I don’t really use. If there were a reason not to give up on these old style rubber stamps .. this would be one of them for sure.

 

SEI velvet paper…I’m in love

I found some really cool velvet paper at my Michaels yesterday.  I got a surprise Michaels Gift card in the mail and decided to go see if I could pick up some card stock in a few colors I am low in….and just happened to take a look at their 10 for $10 sale. Unfortunately they only had 7 sheets and they only had black, but I grabbed all of the ones they had ….and a few sheets of something that reminds me of super fine chain mail. I also picked up a watercolor pad at 50 % off…. well technically, it’s a mixed media pad …. but it works for water colors.


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Heat stamped embossed velvet paper


This SEI paper is great, not only does it cut like a dream on my Cricut Explore, but it also works perfectly for another project I had been trying rather unsuccessfully on and off the last few months. Heat embossing velvet with an iron and rubber stamps. I tried a velvet adhesive paper and it wasn’t well suited to that idea at all. This worked great on my test scrap, so really looking forward to playing with that idea more







anywho… here’s a card I knocked up real quick. The image was print and cut on the Explore,  colored with Chameleon pens and a bit of gold glam from a Gelly Roll Stardust pen. The lower Poinsettia and one of the lower leaves is doubled up for a 3D look and mounted on foam adhesive dots.

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I am sooo buying more of this in a variety of colors, it’s beautiful paper to work with and the results are great.

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Fabric Crafting for the sewing impaired

I can’t sew for toffee, at least not with a machine…. but that doesn’t mean I can’t have fun with some of the gorgeous fabrics available.. right? Here are a few ideas for fun things you can try with fabric block panels, velvet and recycled fabrics.

Fabric Block Panels –  cards, memory box frames ….and more.
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Supplies

Fabric Panel
Fabric Heat Bond
Foam Sheet
Pens for embellishments * optional
Acrylic Sealer * optional
Scissors/cutting tools

 

 

The first panel I did as a tester, which you got a sneak peek at in a previous post is this cute panel from Loralei Designs ( << AFF. LINK ) .  This idea will work with any fabric you can iron heat bond on with, so you recyclers…. have a dig around in your closet for old fabrics before you throw out clothing.  Specially you ladies with kids; before you throw out that piece of clothing, or fabric that got stained beyond redemption.  It’s perfect to use on that favorite photo of your kid covered in peas,or spaghetti sauce. the stains will actually enhance the project   LOL

Later on in this post you will see a few ideas you can try to spice up plain fabrics too 🙂

 

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Ok, this is a super simple project… these panels can be used on cards, in picture boxes on the front of photo albums… all sorts of cool places you can use these.

 

Cut your fabric panel out.. this image is part of a panel from Loralei Designs  ( << Aff.Link ) originally had the border frame on it and was trimmed away at the end.  It just made it easier to trim the shape.  So lets get to the technicals…. this is  a very technical process…so play close attention.

 

 

 

  • Cut the panel to size
  • Cut a piece of Heat bond to size
  • Iron fabric to heat bond
  • Remove Heat Bond Backing Paper
  • Iron Fabric  on to a sheet of foam
  • Seal, trim and embellish as desired.
  • Mount on project

I like to spray mine with an acrylic sealer so that I can decorate it with Wink of Stella Glitter pens and glitter gel pens, without the worry of bleeding.  Plus it protects the fabric somewhat and also gives it a slightly stiffer texture and sheen.

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This one is mounted to a 65 lb card stock in a complimentary shade of purple. The Wink of Stella Clear glitter pen was  just enough bling without being OTT.  The edges were done in Wink of Stella Black glitter, but if you want the contrast between foam and the card base.. you can leave it showing.  These multi packs of foam come in so many shades, you may not want to hide it.

Very simple idea…. you can add a sentiment, or embellishment if you want to.  I would have added a ribbon or flower to the hat, over the image for a 3D feel if I had one that matched… but I didn’t have one.  Don’t be  afraid to experiment with texture and layers and 3D .. it can be a lot of fun.

Ok, here is the what NOT to do…. the first panel came out so nice, I cut out a second one.  It didn’t even occur to me that the acrylic spray was going to soak through into the card behind and lift the panel….DO NOT mount directly onto card stock if you plan to use the Acrylic sealer. Of course at the time I was more concerned with…. ‘iron it on to the card after spraying it’….lol

Well following the method used on the other panel, except for the foam backing….resulted in a  lifted fabric panel,so I removed it from the cardboard backing and attached it to a foam sheet  with glue instead.  I really like the spongy feel the foam sheets gives to these projects, so I don’t even know why I decided to try direct on card anyway lol.

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…so here she is salvaged and foam mounted.

This one I kept the fabric frame on, unlike the one above which was trimmed to the inner frame and cut around the pieces that overlapped the edge.

Now there is a story behind this one and it will also explain why I chose to put this one in a box frame, instead of on a card.

The minute I saw this image on my fabric panel, It hit me how much she reminded me of my friends mom, who sadly passed away suddenly a few years ago.  I think it was the attitude and the short spikey hair do.  Mrs B had some feisty LOL.  Well when I saw it,  I decide to go ahead and frame this one and I am going to give it to her daughter.  It’s a very simple project…. it’s just a  background paper with  text about  memories and such….which seemed appropriate.  I just added a  few small simple red flowers and it’s mounted in an 8×8 box frame.  The word imagine was a die cut that was glitzed with a WOS clear glitter pen.

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Super simple  project …. the possibilities to personalize are endless.  I have seen projects that used  fabric from a relatives outfit,  to frame or create a background for a photo of them wearing said outfit.   This would work great for a photo of a deceased loved one… or even just a memories frame of your kid in a favorite outfit.

The fabric panel doesn’t have to be the main focal point of the project.. but it can be.  There are soooo many fabric block panels out there, covering so many themes, in so many sizes… you can probably find one for any occasion, lifestyle etc.  Be sure to check the panel sizes….not the overall panel, but the block sizes  for each individual block if you have a particular project in mind.

I have a huge bucket of recycle material waiting for the right project… so expect to see more of this idea in the coming months.

Now while we are on the subject of fabric and recycling etc.. it may surprise some of you to know.. you can heat emboss on fabric too.  I tried it out on a piece of denim when I first started heat embossing….it’s kinda cool.  Obviously you have to bear in mind the fabric you are going to be doing this on, so don’t try it on flammable materials that will melt under the heat.  You can heat emboss on all sorts of materials.. I have tried it on wood too.. that was pretty cool.

Now I haven’t tried this ….YET…. but I am under the impression that the Cricut Explore will cut material quite nicely, specially if it is pre-bonded.  Think of the possibilities if you used the writing feature, even if you didn’t cut it out on the Cricut…..  you can create your own fabric design ….and then color it.  That is definitely something to try for a future project methinks. I have Amy Chomas adapters on my Explore, so my range of pen options is huge …and my home-made, super fine embossing pen would be great to test this out with.  Maybe you will see that in an upcoming project Post… we shall see.

Anywho… next…. Velvet embossing

I don’t have any velvet handy to recycle.. that’s on my list for the next Joann shopping spree.  I’ll hit the bargain bins for end of roll or scraps…. because I have been dying to try Velvet embossing.  All I have here right now is a sample pack of adhesive backed velvet sheets I just got in the mail last week from Elizabeth Craft Designs ( << Aff.Link) .. yeah you bet I tried it lol.  I have to say it has mixed results depending on the stamp you use for the design….some work better than others.  But I think the biggest problem for me,was the  ironing.  It seemed to move the  velvet around a bit in places and  that created a few bald spots which you can see in the photos. If you have an iron press, as opposed to a hand iron…. this probably wouldn’t be an issue.  Practice however would take card of that issue, I’m sure  🙂

It may have been the heat was too much in places…. or movement…. not too sure at this point. I liked the overall idea and effect, it just needs more practice.  One thing I had to try, because I found some of the stamps were just too busy to be embossed as is….and didn’t have enough impact…. I inked it first LOL.
Yup I know…. it’s a crazy idea since you would expect it to get all over the fabric/velvet… but it was surprisingly clean.  With patience and practice, I bet you could get a pristine stamp with no residual.  And there you have it, I was left with a velvet embossed image with a contrast outline.  Again a few bald spots.. but the idea is definitely worth further exploration.  I think if it was done on regular velvet fabric that the  problem would be resolved.

It’s hard to photograph this  to show how cool it really is.. but I hope you can at least get an idea from the pictures.

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Stay tuned for lots more fun fabric projects in the future … If you have any cool fabric projects you want to share…. leave a comment below, or hop on over to the message board and share your projects.   We love to see other people’s project pics. 🙂

 

If you are looking for Fabric Panels…. try Ebay or Amazon …. and your local fabric stores like Joann and Hancock Fabrics all carry great fabrics

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