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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“Brianna Blaster” Steampunk Scrapbook Album Cover

LOVED making this…. Another one of the fab cut files I picked up with my winnings over at CUP the other week.. well actually, technically it’s two lol. I swiped elements of another steampunk card by the same designer and added them in to this project showcasing her clock design.  You’ll get to see that one and more details later this week.

I am not totally sure if this will end up as an album cover or if it may end up in a shadow box frame… we shall see. Details and supplies are below the image.

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The page is a 12×12 sheet from a Neutral Solid color pad by Craft Smith. I inked up the background using the larger cog cut out and a Craft Smart Dye ink pad.. very quick and haphazard..it’s intentionally patchy for the overall effect…. so a very easy technique for steampunk backgrounds.

 

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Image is “Brianna Blaster” by KennyK
Clock is  a Craftsuprint  file by Tina Fitch “Clock Hanger Topper”

 

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challenges:

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http://darkndaring.blogspot.co.nz/

http://avenue613.blogspot.com/

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Oversized humorous Christmas Card for Tea Drinkers

More fun oversized cards… this one features “Mad Hatter” by Cute As A Button.  I have had my eye on coloring this digi since the first time I browsed the store.  Such a fun image  and a lot of fun to color…who doesn’t love the Alice in Wonderland’s Hatter?

I’m British and a total tea monster, I would be attached to my teapot intravenously if possible. I discovered pretty quickly after moving to the US that Electric Kettles were not the norm…and I had to find a solution to that problem REALLY quick.  I discovered that 12 cup coffee pots work perfectly for people like me lol.  I just throw in 2 Tea bags and off it goes…. stays hot without getting that nasty film on it like a traditional teapot too 🙂 Finding a coffee pot without a 2 hour cut off can be a challenge though lol.

I have to admit I have relegated a fair few coffee pots to the coffee maker in the sky over the last few years lol.  I’m a bit tough on coffee pots *sigh

So when I  went searching for a fun sentiment/quote for this image… I did a search for “tea” and up this one popped… PERFECT !!!  It is absolutely me.

I am not a huge fan of the whole big family celebration thing…. much to my IL’s disgust lol. I prefer to spend my holidays, specially Christmas just me and my hubby and son.  He is a lot like me and 18 adults all yapping at each other isn’t much fun for a little guy..or his mommy lol.

So when I saw this quote… well hell…. there it was ..  I had to do my oversized Christmas card.  I had just ordered some cool new dies that would go perfectly with it.  I must admit, personal preference…I think next time I would stamp the background in black, not white… but it still looks cool.
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  • Card Base Craft Smith Solid color 12×12 Pad
  • Background Stamps were a mix of Teacups  which I got free on a magazine last year, a pocket watch which I picked up in Michaels and  a harlequin stamp that I got  in a mix bag on Ebay.. and some hearts from a  valentines collection…stamped with white Momento Ink.
  • Image  Cute As A Button Mad Hatter, printed on Canson Mix Media and colored with Chameleon Pens, Zig KureColor Pens, Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Pens and some CraZart pencils and a home made blender pen.  Mounted on Darice Foam pad with Zig Photo Tape
  • Flourish  is made up of 3 Gina Marie Designs Die Sets  and some  berries from a Michaels Christmas Garland.  Die cuts were made on Recollections Card Stock in various shades of green & brown on Sizzix Big Shot
  • Quote by Robert Godden –  Goodreads.com

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Recycling Old playdoh into unique embellishments Part I

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If you have kids, this is probably a familiar sight.

That dreaded mush of  Playdoh  that is barely distinguishable as  the original bright fun colors it once was.

Now it’s just…. kind of like old socks….no longer that sparkling white after years of use and abuse

 

 

Well never fear…. Playdoh is cheap enough, specially if you manage to snag a deal on it around Black Friday like we did a few years ago.  Splash out and get your kid some new Playdoh, they will love you for it…. and you get to make some cool new crafting embellishments.  What makes it even cooler is your embellishments will be one off, unique creations and if your kids or grandkids are crafty… this is something you can do with them too.  A great crafting time and a valuable lesson in recycling  “trash” into treasure.

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Now for this project tutorial… I am using some molds I bought a year or so ago.  These are sugar icing molds I believe, except for the alphabet one which if I recall correctly is a Mod Podge mold designed for use with some glue sticks they also produce for mold making purposes.

But never fear… if you don’t have molds like these, you don’t have to run out and buy them.  Check the toy box I bet you have things in there that have potential..and your house is a virtual gold mine for  items that can be used.  You are a crafter…. I will lay bets you have at least one rubber stamp or embossing folder in your supplies that has a design that  will work.

 

Don’t forget that it’s not going to look much of anything  untill it hardens and you can paint it.. so use your imagination when choosing  mold designs.

PoPNow if you are a thrifty crafter, you may already know that plaster of Paris is damned
expensive when bought at crafting stores…. usually it’s a small bag and barely enough for a project or two.  Well let me tell you a secret…. DIY stores carry 25 lb bags for around $15, so check your local stores.  This is a great way to buy P of P if you have kids, teach, or plan to make larger projects.  It sets super quick and  then it can be painted with a variety of different paints and finishes.  One day I may write about my escapades back in the UK and the giant eggs made of plaster.  That is a whole post on its own and a project for the brave LOL

 

 

The other thing you can use if you don’t have old Playdoh around and don’t want to mess with P of P …. is Fimo or similar polymer clay, which come in a  huge variety of colors….including glow in the dark.  OMG that was so cool back in the day when I made my own Jewelry beads.  Fimo is one you had to bake in the oven…. some of the others may, or may not require baking, so check first.

 

anywho…. sidetracked again…. LOL

 

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All you need to do is fill the molds with the crappy old Playdoh and I use an old Credit Card, or gift card to scrape off the excess.  The less excess the better, then you won’t have to do so much clean up on the edges later once it dries…. and then leave it to dry.  The first time I tried this; I turned them out onto a sheet of card, but they dried funny as the card absorbed moisture and warped a bit in the process.

 

 

These molds are not super deep, so turning them out on a glass board, or  other non porous surface is a bit challenging too if the playdoh is very soft and moist.  So this time,  I am going to exhibit some rare patience and leave them to dry in the molds ….or at least partially before turning them out LOL.  I did not smooth the back sides of these down intentionally, so there was more purchase for glue to achieve a good solid bond later.

Now I am pretty sure if you are impatient like me…. you could probably speed up the drying process by baking this in the oven like Fimo.  If you google baking Playdoh there are a gazillion posts on the subject.

Come back for the 2nd part of this tutorial next week when I take my hardened Playdoh pieces from these molds… and some pieces you haven’t seen yet….and turn this ugly mush into something really cool.

 

War and Peace – “Playdoh Edition” To be continued …… later this week !!!  That should give you plenty of time to find some old Playdoh and some cool things to use as molds…. and maybe even get some pieces drying while you wait.


Coming up in part II
 A variety of molded pieces and decorating ideas to turn your Playdoh from grubby, to gorgeous.  

Coming up in Part III  –  Project sample gallery, ideas for using your gorgeous new embellishments.    Lots of cool ideas for unique Christmas gifts.

 

 

Cricut Design Space…updates??

I just logged in and found some changes..  
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…at a quick glance the first thing I noticed is the upload feature is combined so now jpegs and vectors all upload in the same place.. AND … you can now upload pattern fills!!! so I am assuming there is also now a fill feature? I will look see shortly.

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The other thing I noticed is the grid.. the mat has an alignment grid, which hopefully came with a snap to or some other positioning aids ?? we shall see. I  wonder what else is new.. time to go explore with my Explore 🙂