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 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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Make your own portable mini desktop easel with storage

A while back I bought a bunch of these  cute little wooden boxes .. the idea was to use them to A: decorate and B: for storing some of my loose pens.  Well .. as you do, it just suddenly hit me.  I had the perfect portable storage to take my pens anywhere, but of course being me.. I hate coloring flat.  I built a super simple desktop easel last year using an offcut spare bit of shelving and two of my sons triangular wood blocks from his building set LOL.
Fabulous little thing.. I use it all of the time… but it’s not exactly idea if you  want to work on odd surfaces like the park benches with the wire tops… but THIS.. now THIS would work. I have had my pens in this box for a few months now and it never even occurred to me till NOW  lol.  I have everything I needed to make a portable easel with storage for my pens.. all I had to do was throw a handle on it if desired and  build the easel portion.  Pff .. NO brainer lol.. TA DA !!! 5 minutes and one pack of popsicle sticks later and I have  my portable easel which could be multi-positional if desired.
Right now I have a flexible band across the top holding extra pens.. but you could store pencil sharpeners, pre printed images or any extras in there as needed by adding an insert with elastic loops, or plastic pockets   These boxes are plenty big enough for a 72 set of pencils and  more if you were to include the top section by adding a strap.  It can be done with any size box, but  this one was  already here and already filled so I chose to use this one for the project. It is approx 8.5×8.5 and  3/4 -1 inch deep at the bottom and 1/2- 3/4 inch deep at the top.
I cut 3 different lengths of Popsicle for different working angles and just stored them inside.. but if this were something you would use a lot you could easily add all 3 angles permanently by fixing them to the box with a nut and bolt and or use metal bars which you can find at the DIY store and just fold out the one you wanted ( think Swiss Army pocket knife lol )
I added a Popsicle to the top with a strip of commercial grade double sided tape to give the paper a resting place so I wouldn’t have to use pins on it to stop it sliding.  I might replace that with a cute little wooden ruler I have once I cut it to size.
Just be sure to seal your box top to protect your wood and /or decor if you decide to  fancy it up; and carry a spare piece of card or something to act as a barrier and give a little padding beneath your project.  There are lots of options for  decorating the top  including a frame with a permanent perspex window,  or a slide in .. hell if you wanted to get fancy .. you could  make a cut out…frame in a sheet of perspex and pop a  battery operated light inside..VOILA !!! portable light box included.
You can take this base project idea  which will knock you back about $5 for the box and  a couple of bucks for Popsicle sticks if you don’t have them…. and totally go to town and personalize your portable easel… make it as quick and simple or  hi-tech and permanent as you want.  Possibilities are endless.

….anywho.. maybe someone out there will have a need for a portable easel with storage and not want to spend a gazillion bucks on one… so .. here you go..something to think about next time you are aimlessly wandering the aisles, coupons in hand.

.. you are welcome   🙂

This is exactly the same kind of box I used in a previous project, with the big cockerel on it.. for anyone who saw that post

Vintage Cockerel Style Wooden Keepsake box.

Finally got to set up my big portable draft table

Hubby’s Grandma is an interior designer and a couple of years ago she gave me her old portable draft table that she had when she was doing classes. She didn’t need it anymore and it had been sat in a corner gathering dust, so she thought I might be able to make use of it.  It’s big…which is great…. but I really didn’t have anywhere I could put it without taking up valuable space..so it sat in my closet instead lol.

Well ..I have a few wood projects I wanted to tackle and as some of you know, I live in an apt, so  no workshop any more. Pretty much no tools anymore either, dang but I miss my old crafty workshop back in the UK.  Anyways I finally bit the bullet and stopped “making do” without a bench.. I got a cheapie Black and Decker bench, cost me all of $30 at Walmart. I figured I could just fold it away in a closet when I wasn’t using it.

WRONG !!!

I put it together in the wee hours while everyone was asleep and  then had a genius moment… I could  use that as a base for the draft table… and just take the draft table off when I had wood projects to do… GENIUS..

I just dropped it in the corner of my bay window  so I have  some natural light.  ok so maybe not the most high tech fancy looking draft table.. but it works, it’s cheap and it can pack up in a closet at any time and doubles as a woodworking bench when needed.

It is also the perfect place to pop my WRMK Laser Square which I didn’t really have space to leave assembled…and my Bluetooth Cell Phone base.  Now I can make answer calls again when my lil man runs off with my cell phone to watch Youtube Kids in the bathroom lol. He’s all male, that kid will sit there for hours if you don’t make him get off the pot lol.

So now I have my work bench and a draft table and  a place with natural light to photograph projects AND a place for my Laser Square and  it didn’t cost the earth or take up a lot of room.
Happy clam .. now I just need to get rid of that dang Cat 5 cable and finish tidying up in here 🙂  Excuse the mess lol.
I still plan to use my little desktop easel I made  to do most of my coloring, but this is going to be really handy to have too.

Humorous Christmas Card ..getting ready for 2017

This is a Bugaboo Stamps Friday Freebie, if you didn’t grab it..you still have a few days left to get it before the new Freebie comes out.  It’s called “Winter Penguin Trio”  I am still playing with Christmas images… nothing like getting a head start on next 2017 cards lol.

I knocked up a super quick and simple card. It’s just a single fold on an 8.5×11 sheet of Black card, the image was printed on Canson mixed Media and colored with Chameleon pens. I added the inside sentiment to the bottom of the photo, just so you get the intended humor.  The image is foam popped on a sheet of Darice foam and the sentiment is a die cut from a Momenta die I picked up on clearance at Hobby Lobby last week.  I cut it on black card then rewrote the sentiment with a Zig Chalk Pen.  Tore up the edges and sponged on a blue ink edging.bug_penguin_trio

Supplies:

Recollections 65lb card -Black
Canson Mixed Media Paper 7×10
Chameleon Pens
Zig Chalk Marker Dual tip – white
Momenta “Believe” die – Hobby Lobby clearance
Craftsmart Dye Ink Pad  –  Light Blue
Darice Adhesive foam sheet
Zig Photo Tape

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Chameleon Skintone Giveaway Winner Announced

 

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Thank you to everyone who entered the Chameleon pens giveaway as part of the Spotlight Series.. I am sorry you couldn’t all get a chance to try these fab pens out for free, but as in the Highlander “..there can be only one!”

 

and that one is…..

LINDA T, you have won the new skintone 5 pack. Please check your email….. you should have one from me 🙂

Congratulations Linda,  you will love these pens, can’t wait to see what you do with them 🙂

 

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Kit & Clowder 10k member Copic Giveaway

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If you aren’t already a member of Kit & Clowder .. WHY NOT??  lol  .. but if you aren’t .. and you color you should check out the classes and group.  Not only will you gain valuable information and support while learning to color… K&C wants to hook up one lucky winner with a set of Copic Ciao Markers too.

Swing by the Facebook Group and check it out, the group and classes are aimed at all levels. We even have some budding juniors 🙂

Kit & Clowder Facebook Group

Kit & Clowder Online Coloring Classes

Classes are available for pen. pencil, watercolor and mixed media …  in a variety of topics. Skin & Hair, Clothing, Animals, Nature, Monthly Create & learn.. so much to see, so much to learn !

Check out the Spotlight Series Giveaways which are ending tonight…. for a chance to win a Gift certificate to Kit & Clowder and a bunch more cool prizes.

 

Spotlight Series Day 19, Nikki – Limited Runs Digital Stamps

Who are you? 

Nikki  and My Store is called Limited Runs Digital Stamps

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Digital Stamps

Blog

Limited Runs Stamps Facebook Group

 

 

Where are you?

I live  in Toronto

 

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?

Drawing and designing is for fun, if you take it to serious it’s a job and jobs are boring 🙂

 

What is your best and worst personality trait?

Best – adaptable

Worst – I’m a girl, I keep him waiting ( he says it’s a worst one )

 

If you were getting a tattoo… what would it be?

No I wouldn’t get a tattoo, it would have to be a temporary one.

 

What was the first product you ever had for sale? 

These were posted around the same time and were one of the first I came out with.

 

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Name your favorite cartoon?

Calvin and Hobbs

 

If your parents had named you something else… what would you have picked? 

Veronica would have been fun, I could be a Roni 🙂

 

What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without? 

I couldn’t live without my pencils and markers

 

If you got offered a weekend in a haunted  house/castle etc.. would you say yes?

Sure it would be a Scream to go !!!

 

Who was your first celebrity crush…and have you drawn them? 

Christian Slater and nope, never drew him out

 

If you weren’t doing what you are doing now…. what job would you have?

This is my hobby, so it’s something to enjoy. I don’t think of it as a job.

 

What  job did you have BEFORE you started  drawing/designing for a living?

I’m an artist; so I work in a bar lol, just cause I was told that’s what artists do and working behind a desk would drive me insane. I like being on the move.

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Lady Primrose

 

 

 

What is your favorite piece in the whole store?

My favorite changes every time I colour an image in. Lady Primrose is the last one I did, so it’s my fave.

 

 

 

 

 

Who is your inspiration/muse?

Anything and everything, sometimes it could just be a shape I’m looking at

 

How many people work with/for you?

It’s a one lady show

 

What’s your guilty pleasure ?

Chocolate

 

What’s your favorite color?

Favorite colours change with my moods, I would say right now I’m ORANGE 🙂

 

What’s your favorite horror movie?

I love horror, but the one that is the most freakiest I’ve watched American Mary … Totally MESSED UP!!

 

How long have you been in business? 

7 years

 

What is the one question you are really glad I didn’t ask ….and dare you answer it anyway?

Lol

 

When you get the midnight munchies… what do you grab?

Cereal, I’m too tired to make something.

 

What’s your favorite event, or holiday of the year?

Halloween cause I can dress up and Christmas cause I love to decorate

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What was your favorite subject in school…?

Math and Art

 

When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?

Sing of course, but get busted doing it lol

 

What is your most popular item in the store/shop?
It varies on the time of year

 

When was your last REAL vacation and where did you go?

Not a really big traveler, we just staycation alot 🙂

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Shark Bait – Precolored

 

Would you go cave diving with sharks?

Sure it would be amazing

 

Which decade do you think had the best music?

Can’t decide, there is so much good stuff out there

 

Have you ever been on a blind date…. and if so..  was it fun, or a nightmare?

Yes and it was fun … ended up he was a great friend in the end, but a lot of laughter

 

What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax?

Read and Draw

 

What should be written on your gravestone when you die?

Someone else can think of what to put on it, I won’t care too much

 

Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?

Gracefully I hope, I want long hair and a huge hat 🙂

 

If you were a classic car…. what would you be?

Baraccuda

 

How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?

anywhere from an hour, till I’m happy with it

 

When you are working, what is the view from your window like?

This is a quick peak of what I see when I turn around from my desk. The shed my DH built with all my stained glass windows in it makes me smile every time I see it

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What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere?

Don’t let me down by the chainsmokers

 

Who scared you most as a kid when you were being naughty.. your parents or the boogey man?

My dad scared the boogey man away lol

 

Do you secretly watch WWE wrestling when no one is around?

NO

 

If you were offered a trip to the moon, would you go..and if so .. which of your images/products would leave on the moon??

It would be a blast to goto the moon and I’d leave something up there that was a OOAK

 

What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?

How much fun people can be when they finally relax

 

Which drawing/product are you the most proud of in your collection? 

The Little Mini Bird Collection; it’s a first for me to make a bunch of fun images that are all together

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Mini Bird Collection

unless you count all the cupcakes

 

 

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Candy For My Followers and Friends
Winner picked on June 28th when I turn 45 this year.

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End of Series Giveaways – Updates

Well… we are, over half way through the Spotlight Series.. so time to start pulling together all of the giveaway prizes on offer.  I will start listing them all here …. this list may change over the next two weeks…so expect edits on this post 🙂  This is just a fun giveaway and an opportunity for  the spotlight guests  and of course myself to thank you, the visitors, crafters, fans and group members for your interest and support of this Spotlight Series.spotlight_giveaway-sneaky

Each one will have its own giveaway page which will be opened for comments on the 1st  of July.

Once it is open for comments… you will need to enter each one you are interested in, individually.   All you have to do is comment on the giveaway post “I commented” AND have commented on the sponsors spotlight post.  So if you haven’t been leaving comments on the daily guest spotlights .. now is the time to play catch up LOL.  Not all spotlight guests are able to offer prizes;  so their spotlight may be sponsored by an external sponsor, but you will still need to comment on the spotlight to enter.

If it’s a non spotlight sponsor,  the giveaway post will have details on what you need to do to enter those.

Winners will be picked randomly and will be posted  here on the blog on/around the 15th of July.

Some are open to the US only, some are worldwide and will be duly noted on each giveaway.. please verify you are eligible to enter.

I reserve the rights to modify this list as needed before the official start date of the giveaways.

Prize list so far

**TBD  – To Be Determined

 

Additional Sponsor Prizes:

Keep checking back to see who & what else gets added to the list as we continue into the latter half of  the Spotlight Series 🙂

 

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Spotlight Series Day 12, Jodie -BugabooStamps

Who are you ?

My name is Jodie Mackrell. I am the owner and creator at Bugaboo Stamps

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STORE

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Where are you ?

I live in Saskatchewan, Canada…where you seriously freeze your tushy off in winter!

 

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously

16 years ago. I first began with JDS Clipart. A website i created and drew mainly for digitizers and embroiderers.

(I DREAD seeing my pictures from waaaay back then. lol. You know the saying..the more you practice the better you get )

Bugaboo is 6 years old!

 

What’s your favorite event, or holiday of the year?

Christmas. I love the lights, the music, and everyone seems a little nicer and friendlier….just leave out the fruitcakes!

 

Do you secretly watch WWE wrestling when no one is around?

No, but i used to! i loved when it was the warrior, randy savage, hulk hogan, bulldogs…lol..loved it!

(and sat down with a pail of ice cream too) oh those were the days….=)

 

Would you go cave diving with sharks?

Not even if you paid me. Hell I still don’t go out too far whether it be an ocean ,lake or anything due to seeing Jaws when i was a kid! lol

 

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What was the first product you ever had for sale?

Stick people..lol. Digitizers were crazy about them so when i first opened Bugaboo i brought a few  to the store

 

 

 

What  job did you have BEFORE you started  drawing/designing for a living?

I waitressed! (sometimes i sure miss the tips..lol)

 

If you were getting a tattoo… what would it be?

I have two =) one is the name and footprint of my son who was born too soon. the other i got a few months ago…a butterfly that says dream.

NEVER EVER AGAIN. lol. i think i have turned soft as i got older…lol.. i love it…but NEVER AGAIN….lol

 

What’s your favorite horror movie?

NONE..lol….when i was 10 yrs younger i couldn’t find a scary enough movie! Now you wont catch me watching them! I guess we become scardy cats as we get older sometimes!

 

When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?

no…i cant afford a new mirror

 

What is your best and worst personality trait?

I’ve been told my best trait is that i have a big heart and my worst….stubbornness..however i think it can be a good thing too no? =)

 

What is your favorite piece in the whole store?

that’s a hard one but id have to say this JJ digi. I had time to color her, which I don’t get to do often and I love how she turned out!

 

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Who is your inspiration/muse?

My inspiration is everywhere if i look up long enough…all around me, other digi companies, outside, my kids, its everywhere.

If you stop and take the time to notice that is

 

How many people work with/for you ?

A LOT..lol. I think we have 22 DT members, and we always have guest designers as well.

Then when you count the Bugaboo fans too (we simply must),

That’s alot..lol. You see …our customers work for us AND with us as well whenever they create something using Bugaboo. When they post it, blog it,

pin it, tweet it,.get published etc. if Its about Bugaboo, we’re getting our name out there =) Even our sponsors work with us, helping us spread the word about Bugaboo. Reviews and word of mouth, all of it. It helps and promotes Bugaboo. So I guess the answer is alot…lol

 

Name your favorite cartoon?

Im not sure..just NOT CAILLOU! lol

 

What’s your guilty pleasure ?
Chocolate and Vodka

 

What’s your favorite color?

pink and purple

 

What was your favorite subject in school…?

Art of course =)

 

If you got offered a weekend in a haunted  house/castle etc.. would you say yes?

Maybe. Im one of THOSE ghost people..dont believe it till I see it . wait…..can I leave the kids home? then hell yes…=)

 

If you were a Cluedo Character, who would you be?

LOL….UMMMM I had to look up what cluedo was…

 

If you suddenly changed careers and went to work at Disney…what character would you want to be?

I WANNA BE A PRINCESS…A PRINCESS! ANY PRINCESS….LOL

 

What is your most popular item in the store/shop?

 

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Who was your first celebrity crush…and have you drawn them?

My first was Patrick Swayze…and no I havent…yet. =)

 

If you weren’t doing what you are doing now…. what job would you have?

I would love to decorate!! I love to decorate and Pinterest drives me nuts…lol

 

How long have you been in business?

Bugaboo was 6 in January

 

What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without?

Mechanical pencils and paper. and i LOVE buying fresh new pads of paper and new pencils. If i found and collected all my pencils i bet id have about 200!

 

If you got locked in an elevator for 6 hours.. who would you most like to be locked in with?

My kids..which would make for a small elevator…BUT Im gonna pretend it would be Chris Hemsworth =P

 

If your parents had named you something else… what would you have picked?I

I like different things….so Id say something along the lines of Rain, Summer, Storm…

 

Which decade do you think had the best music?

80’s, 90’s, although i do love some of the golden oldies as well

 

Have you ever been on a blind date…. and if so..  was it fun, or a nightmare?

Nightmare…the guy was so shy he had like nothing to say…..was a loong dinner…lol

 

What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax

What? i get to relax? well….now i need to find something…=P

 

How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?

It depends..and I mean really depends..lol. Im one of those who have a million tabs open at once. While Im drawing an image, I can write 30 ideas down and the picture is still not done. I can get sidetracked real easy. And sometimes no matter what i do, I just cant get the awesome idea in my head to cooperate with my hands to bring it to life.

 

What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere?

Ex’s and Oh’s by Elle King

 

Show me the drawing you think most closely resembles you physically or personality-wise

Its a mix…lol

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…I look like JJ

 

 

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…but i think more like stella 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jodie

 

 

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Win a Prizm Machine & Die Bundle

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Three Lucky winners will receive a Prizm Machine and Assortment of Dies –  $100 Value!

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Nothing to It – a portable and lightweight machine that takes only two steps and a few minutes to cut and emboss amazing designs.

 

 

 

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