Well.. what a mix of goodies ended up in this project… I think everything but the kitchen sink lol
This is a new magnet framed with the Gina Marie Designs combo die piece you saw in a post earlier today… looks a bit different now though LOL. It had a few layers of Tim Holtz distress ink, followed by two colors of DecoArt Metallic Lustre, a touch more distress ink…. then 3 layers of clear embossing powder.
This one will be joined by the other two images who will be turned into magnets too and will be joining my Abandoned Art bucket and abandoned in the coming months. If you want to lean more about abandoned Art there are links to several Facebook groups on the side of this blog. It’s all about sharing the happy!
You will need at least one set of in and out or dual stitched dies to make these.. but you could just use a plain die if you wanted a simple cut instead of two fancy ones. Just pay attention to where the cut lines are on your dies. I single stitched die would give you a simple inside to the frame but give you a stitched panel from the internal cut.. so you still get two usable pieces 🙂
I’ll pop in additional posts, as and when I have fun cut combos to share 🙂
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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The minute I saw this image I knew I had to have it….she is perfect for my sense of humor. This is my, rather late DT Project for this months Crafty Awesomeness Challenge. I can finally get access to my craft carts now the ceilings and carpets are in.
This is Bianca Doll Stamp, one of a bunch of really cool images by KaraDollStudio on Etsy. I printed her on Canson Mixed Media paper, colored with Chameleon Pens and then I scanned it into my software and added the sentiment and border. I then reprinted the colored version on the same Mixed Media Paper. I took a wet brush to add in some subtle shadow in the same way I did in previous projects using only the printer ink.
The main image is popped on foam and the background is made up of a lacy cut from Gina Marie Designs using the Lacy Lattice.
Glues and tapes:
Zig 2way glue
Kuretake Photo Tape
Commercial grade double sided adhesive tape **I was given this to try out because I was looking for something to work on my Darice foam… LOVE IT ! All of the glue and tapes used in this project came from CraftingAbility.com
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Here is a quick look at something I was experimenting with. This is a scanned copy of something I colored, then printed on craft canvas and then it was die cut using the Gina Marie Designs Lacey Lattice set ( link addded..sorry Dee lol ) I got recently. I testing out some new double sided adhesive I bought.
I like the look of canvas prints and this works just as well as buying the Inkjet canvas paper .. but doesn’t have the same coating on it which some canvas papers have that I personally find too glossy.
If you follow the blog you will have seen the recent 12×12 Steampunk page I did featuring “Brianna Blaster” from KennyK stamps and a Tina Fitch Craftsuprint clock cut file. The cogs that were used on that project for the background stencil and cog embellishments came from this kit, also by Tina Fitch. I personalized the cut file with some Gina Marie Dies.. using the lattice panel from the Lacey Lattice set I just bought and also added in a butterfly and sentiment, also cut from Gina Marie Dies.
Be sure to check out the recent post about weeding these intricate dies and the “crafters toothbrush” and a couple of card projects using these dies in a much softer project. Versatility is very important to me, I’m on a tight budget and need my supplies to work for their keep ….it’s got to be something I can use again and again and get a fresh look each time.
The cogs were given a metallic finish using Faber Castell Gellato’s and the gold layer of the butterfly was a split from some dollar store gold glitter card. I split the glitter layer from the card layer to give it a thinner, softer touch. I love the cog section of this cut file… it’s such a great pattern and so useful for so many other projects too. This one was cut from a SVG file on the Cricut Explore, but is available in other machine formats too.
Well as some of you already know… I picked up some new Gina Marie Dies this weekend. So, after showing you how easy the Lacey Lattice really is to clean with the Crafter’s Toothbrush, I thought I would show you a couple of quick cards.
The card on the left features dies from 4 Gina Marie Designs sets and the one on the right features 2 of the same die sets. Details below for anyone interested.
The card on the left also has a large flower which is cut on the Cricut from a CraftsUPrint cut file I picked up recently, with a beaded center and hand colored leaves … and a little rhinestone bling bling for the petite flower centers. The Lacey Lattice was also given a coat of Ranger Distress Ink “Picket Fence” and some Wink of Stella for a subtle vintage look. the small flowers also have a lick of Wink of Stella.
The card on the left features a lacy lattice cut as a nested die set…and the one on the right was cut using the dies separately and a black layer was used for a subtle contrast and to tie it into the black butterfly and offset text. I didn’t realize I had glued the text on a bit wonky till I took the photo.. DOH… practice makes perfect ..right LOL. The one on the right has a Darice polka dot strip border, which was highlighted with some pink rhinestones.
All in all a quick and easy card to make , specially if you like to use dies like these to combat the scrap bucket issue….and already have a stash cut and ready to go.
I had to laugh when I showed a friend a sneaky peek and got this response…
“Is this SAMANTHA??????? The one I have known for over a year now! LOL”
“They are gorgeous but they are different for you. I am lovin that softer side of you ha ha ha”
I just got a fab new Gina Marie Die today, well two actually and a few more on the way lol…. but that is a whole nother blog post. Today I want to introduce you to this one particular die. Ok, so what has that got to do with Crafter’s Toothbrushes I hear you mumble… and what the hell is a “Crafter’s Toothbrush” anyway!! something crazy, new and expensive that I just have to add to my craftroom??
Never fear….we shall get there…. be patient grasshoppers. This is more for the new crafter’s, but may be useful to some seasoned veterans who haven’t already discovered it.
I have to admit I did get a good giggle from the description… not only do I love Gina’s Designs and her prices are fabulous… but she’s honest to a fault lol.
“PLEASE NOTE! The inner lattice panel is VERY tiny and petite. That means you could need to shim or use a precision plate and that there will be LOTS of little pieces. I like to be honest about my products. It is a beautiful set and cuts great you just need to have knowledge to make it work best with your machine.”
Now we all have those dies that have the most gorgeous designs, but take forever to weed out the offcuts… well you might…. LOL .. NOT ME haha.
I have the almighty Crafters Toothbrush.
Ok enough messing around… a quickie video to show you all how quick and easy it is to clean up these gorgeous intricate cuts. My regular Sizzix cutting plates are shall we say a tad worn and as warped as I am….so you wouldn’t really see much, so I skipped right to the clean up.
I ran my new dies through my Big shot on said old and warped plates… no shims needed, using 110lb card stock. I popped them out of the Big Shot, now pay attention… this really helps.. DO NOT pop them out of the dies. If they pop out anyway.. not a huge deal.. but it’s quicker if you keep them in the dies. Specially if you didn’t get a good, clean all over pressure cut the first time round.
Flip that baby over die side up and here comes the Crafters Toothbrush … old, new, electronic, Colgate, mickey mouse .. who cares… grab a toothbrush and brush the back side of your dies…and watch those tiny pieces pop right out.
(no audio needed unless you have a toothbrush fetish ..I recorded this last night while everyone was in bed ..so no voice overs)
If you have a few reluctant ones… you can used the brush in an up and down motion to pop them out. For those overly reluctant ones that didn’t get enough pressure, I find a quick re-run through my Big Shot will fix that right up… then flip and continue with your tooth brush.
When all of your weeding is done… pop the cut out of the die and there you go.. one clean die cut lacy piece.. nice n easy 🙂
Always keep a toothbrush in your tool box…. 🙂
New Projects coming over the weekend with the new Gina Marie Designs dies that just arrived in the mail 🙂