New cut files, lacy bands, cityscape, dots and backgrounds

I just finished up a few of the new cut files I got from CraftsUPrint the other week.. before the birthday shenanigans descended upon us LOL. What a week that was.. full of fun and games and Lego.. and cake… and a lot of Ice cream lol. But now it’s time to get back to my crafting and coloring.

Ok first up.. this is just a quickie plain card, no sentiment or foreground image.. but you could most certainly add them if and when you wanted to. I was just experimenting with inky skies and this fab new CityScape cut file I picked up. To be honest I have a larger project on the go right now using this… but it won’t be done for a bit.  But this will give you an idea of how cool this CityScape is. cuts beautifully on my Cricut, even with all the window detail it has.  There are some tiny nail bling rhinestones on this but they didn’t show up so well in this photo..

This is Cityscape City Skyline, Night Sky for card and vinyl  by Tina Fallon, mine is cropped slightly at the ends….  so  check the link for the complete image.

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Lacy Ribbons 1 with spiral roses by Clive Coulter.  This is a 3 cut set.. 2 ribbons and the spiral roses.  I used one of the ribbons to create a background strip on this card along with one of the new frames I made with the new Gina Marie Designs Dies

DOUBLE PIERCED CIRCLE IN AND OUT CUT DIE SET

and  the

MINI HEART LACE CIRCLE DIE SET

..and A Power Poppy Image “Dancing with Daffodils” which I colored with Chameleon Pens.  I attached it all with Zig 2 way glue..yay for no wet warp!  lol

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Ok.. this one was just me playing with new stuff I  have.. love this cut file, it reminds me of Morrocco for some reason…  and I had some liquid pearls I picked up on clearance a while back..  so  I  was tinkering around.  This is Compass Pattern by Lizzie Mayne   I added some My little paper world stitched corners and some jade liquid pearls
and lastly.. just having some fun with the latest batch of freebies I got in the Treasure chest.. who doesn’t love cup cakes huh?  the base card is  FANCY CARD 11 by Apetroae Stefan and  the sentiment and cupcake are from the Treasure Chest Freebies you can select when you spend $15  or more ( $10 when on offer )  I only used the top two layers of the Decoupage .. so I still have the bottom layer for another project  🙂

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Christmas card with Black Velvet Poinsettia panel

I love how this one turned out …   this is another one of my CraftsUPrint cut files  from a recent purchase.

I used the single panel for this design and cut it from SEI Black Velvet Paper. I adhered it to a sheet of Canson Mix Media and colored the panel with Zig Clean Color markers I trimmed it to size and inked the edges. I made a 5.5×8.5 card base with 110lb card stock with a black boho cut layer and a red and white polka dot layer and popped the image topper on that. I added a corner die cut by My Little Paper World.

What I love about this design is that the negative left after the main cut on my Cricut Explore is equally stunning and would be perfect for another project, or to make a matching envelope. I hate wasting paper.. but specially this Velvet lol..so it’s fabulous for this type of project..
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Currently the 12×12 Velvet paper is available online at Michaels for $1 per sheet instead of $1.99.

Crafts U Print Cut file “DL Filigree Framed Foliage Z card

Cricut Explore

Zig Clean Color pens ( water based )

Zig Photo Tape

Zig 2 way glue

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LDRS Happy Mail – $1 Clearance Rubber Stamp deals

Now lets me just say.. not ALL of these LDRS Creative stamps were $1 clearance stamps before anyone goes to look for one and finds it is full price.  I did pick up a few full prices ones using the 25% Kit & Clowder Group discount which was running last weekend… but most all of these were $1 clearance stamps.  There are some still left.. so if you love a great deal.. you should definitely check out what they still have before it’s all gone. I originally ordered two of the London stamps with the intention of gifting one of them to someone, but alas they were out of stock so only sent one and a refund was issued..sorry .. I’m keeping that one lol.

I’m one of those who really likes to see stamps physically before buying, but these were such a great deal..it was worth a shot.  I loved these so much when they arrived..I ordered 11 more lol. They are mostly unmounted, but  the two Dove Art Studio stamps are mounted and what I thought was really cool… the mount has the image on it too so you can see it through the Acrylic blocks  🙂

The unmounted ones I just popped some Zig 2 way glue on.

I would say this is the last craft haul for the year….

BUT.. Grandma just sent me a Joann Gift card lol.

I had a quick run through Michaels on Wednesday night and Hobby Lobby yesterday… I guess today it’s Joann day haha

anywho.. here’s a quick look at what I picked up, got some great deals.mini-spree

I finally got my 12×12 frame for my Brianna Blaster project…. I inked it up in black and brown last night  for an old distressed look using a Craftsmart Black Dye Ink pad and Ranger Tim Holtz Distress ink pads in Burlap and Walnut. Michaels don’t appear to be carrying  the larger ink pads anymore. Little man picked out a small wood frame for one of his projects.

I also picked up 4 packs of 6×6 canvas panels board for the lil guy to use with the Gelli Plate we just got.  In the Christmas  Sale  section we found a 3 pack of fondant rollers which will be fun to play with. they have 3 Christmas designs on them.

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I grabbed a few reels of ribbon,  some Celebrate It Tempo sheer black…  and a skinny lace in green that I use for lacing up cards like this.




And then I also grabbed 3 sets of clear stamps.. all on clearance andstampendous_skaters 2 of  them have matching dies.  I have been wanting this Stampendous Poinsettia one and when I saw it down to less than $5..I had to grab it.  Then we grabbed this one for the little guy, it is another Stampendous  called Skaters also under $5





and lastly this little set by Inkadinkado Warm Wishes.





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I also snatched up a couple of wood mounted stamps, the Patient Puppy was also on sale for under $5 and the fFern….I got 50% off with my coupon.



Of course I had to stock up on Recollections card too since it is on the buy 5 for $10 deal again.

And to make matters even better the young lady also  tacked on a 30% off everything code for me too.  So that little haul from Michaels cost me just $66 instead of over $130 at regular price.

Then we have  Hobby Lobby… I got the two oversized sentiment dies by Momenta Believe & Dream on clearance for $5.99 each and  hubby and I each grabbed a set of the Chameleon pens  with the 40 % off coupons.  SCORE !  I have now completed my Chameleon set…   minus the fabulous case..which I would have loved.

..   but such is life.  $74  haul for only $46 .. can't complain at that.

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Layers, layers and more layers … & that was just the background!

If you ever have an idle moment and have never tried this.. you should give this a shot lol. This will keep you out of mischief….and so will reading this epic length War ‘N’ Peace blog post haha.

7 layers for the frame, tag on another one if you include the fancy corner.. 2 layers for the butterfly and another 6 layers for the  bouquet…. THAT’S A LOTTA LAYERS lol.

But when it really comes down to it.. the worst part is getting everything on straight, oh and deciding which flowers come  to the front and need the most layers lol.   I have to say of all the 3D projects I have done, this image was probably the easier  when it came to  figuring out how to cut the layers.

7 Print and cut sheets on my Cricut later…  and I have the start of my card.  I colored one completely, I like to do that as a reference when I come to build the actual project… plus it gives me a colored piece to use on another project later ..score!

So I colored one… then started  working out my layers while the Cricut was cutting two silhouettes out for sandwiching between the bottom two layers.  Normally I pop my 3D projects with Darice adhesive foam sheet, but I wanted this one to be a bit more subtle…so I sandwiched a few black sheets in for a little additional depth. The final layer of a single flower is missing off this photo.. DOH

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Once I had all my  Cricut cuts done, I started to hand cut away the pieces I didn’t need on each layer.  When I am doing a one off project, I just fussy cut by hand after cutting the main image.  If I am doing multiples I make cut files for my Cricut.  So I fussy cut  my top 5 layers  and then started to color each layer, starting with  the  top.  when I use Darice foam I tend  to to color around the edges of  the  layer below a bit so it won’t show  when assembled..but with subtle layers like these I just  ink up the white edges with a marker.

Once I had it all trimmed up and colored.. next came the hard part… what to mount it on. Now I  like to take a photo, or scan and import it into my graphics program at this point..for several reasons.  A: I like to be able to grab a cuppa and sit back and just look at it and see where I missed blending, coloring etc… for some reason I have a more critical eye  when viewing it that way. B: I like to play around with layout ideas and rather than waste time cutting and trying ideas and potentially wasting a lot of  card…  the girls on the message board will tell you.. me and pattern paper .. not a good mix lol.  I envy you ladies who can pick and mix and match patterns and colors with ease.  I am not sure if it’s my limited choice of papers, or just that it’s not  ever been my taste..but  good lord it’s like pulling teeth lol.

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I started off simply by  putting my original coloring on a white  piece of card and the 3D layers on a black piece… but liked them both for different reasons.. so that was no help lol. So my next move was layers and frames/borders.  I just kept tweaking and adding borders to my image in a graphics program till I started to get a look I liked.

This was my digital rendering

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Once I had a basic idea of how I wanted the frame to look…. that is when I grabbed my cutter and some black and white card and started cutting all those layers.  When I got them all cut, I  took a sheet of 11×17 white card and scored it to make my card base and started layering on the cuts to build the frame (unglued at this stage).  Then it happened…. for some reason it just felt flat, so there I was digging around in my paper cabinet looking for my Black and white collection.  Funnily enough the polka dot paper is the first one I tried … 4 patterns later.. yup I was back to Polka Dots lol.  It just seems classy to me, I did a curtain fold card last  year  in the polka dots and it looked great… so dots it was!

I attached that to the card base with a half inch overlap  at the top, which gives a nice neat look to the top and back of the card. and then came that  time … yes THAT time…  the one where  I always end up gluing all my frames down  skewy.  I blame it on my computer glasses, they aren’t designed for crafting haha.  Just as well for the most part I like to  have my frames tilted on projects lol.  But for this one I needed straight and centered and all that fun stuff…. It’s not perfect, but I think it came out pretty good.  I used my paper cutter to help keep me aligned…yay for paper cutters!!

Ok so all the base layers were on, the flowers layers were all cut, colored and assembled… so on they went.  I had an idea to add the butterfly, but wanted to do a ghost layer. So I actually cut two at once so that the black layer wouldn’t cut all the way through, it is more like a solid embossed layer.  Sometimes if I want to be funky, I do this  double layer cut so the  cutouts from one meld into other layer for a two tone embossed look… it’s kinda cool. Unpredictable at times so a touch of glue is necessary haha… but still looks cool and worth the extra effort.  I’ll maybe show that another time if anyone is interested.

So there was my butterfly…but where to pop it…. top right or bottom left????   I couldn’t decide so asked hubby…. his response… and I had to laugh.  “Top right, I always see Butterflies at the top of flowers… not at the bottom”  He is such a practical wee soul at times, no artistic license or sense from that direction lol.  So  on it went..where butterflies apparently should be lol.

pp_3dframed_watermarkedI didn’t have a particular recipient or occasion in mind, so I am  leaving that blank for now… hence the big space on the left.

So I thought I was done..YAY me.  But  the more I looked at it as I took the photos for this post… I couldn’t help but feel something was missing, it just didn’t seem quite balanced.

Enter Sammy and her fabulous Corner dies to the rescue.  I just happened to have that one single corner cut in my  cuts organizer… BINGO… now I am done!

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Hope you like it 🙂

Base card: Neenah 11×17 110lb Index card
Polka Dot Paper: Recollections Black & White Paper pad
Black and white frame layers: Recollections 65lb solid color packs
Fancy Corner:  My Little Paper World Corner Die  –  8 die set  (Group buy for US option available)
Image: COUNTRYSIDE BOUQUET DIGITAL STAMP SET by Power Poppy
Butterfly:  Gina Marie Designs Butterfly & Beautiful Die set
Colored with: Chameleon Pens
Glue:  Tombow Aqua & Zig Photo Tape
Cutting tools:  Cricut Explore, Sizzix Big Shot ….and scissors

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Bring on the clown…. BEEP BEEP!!!

Here’s a fun card…. it’s a slider card, but I won’t show you images of it open, as the message inside is personal…and not very PC haha.  There are a gazillion tutorials on making slider cards… it isn’t hard to find them if you fancy giving it a go.

Bonzo was print and cut on the Circut Explore, colored with Zig Kurecolor and Chameleon pens.

The slider frame has one of the My little Paper World corner die cuts, which you can see peaking out behind Bonzo ( Another group buy possibly coming up for anyone interested in purchasing Samantha’s dies and cutting shipping costs to the US ..PM me if interested )

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The sentiment is  part of the current Freebie Friday  package  for the progressive challenge over on the  Scrapper’s Delights Facebook group, and also available in the store.
The dots were just punched circles  using a green glitter stock and the slide tab  has that glitter card on the tip too.

And that lady’s and gents is the end of this show…. this is my last project as part of the Scrapper’s Delights Freebie Friday DT team.  I am stepping down and making room for a fab new DT member….  but never fear, I am still  going to be working with Nicky on the Monthly Challenge Team and Mid Month Inspirations.

This clown isn’t going anywhere  just yet  🙂

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This is  Circus Clown Bonzo In Car by Scrapper’s Delights.  He is part of the current Circus Bundle and can be purchases separately or in the bundle…. which by the way is on sale right now.

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Power Poppy “PURE PRAIRIE BOUQUET” matted art

I was lucky enough to get a copy of this digital stamp “Pure Prairie Bouquet” to play with from the New Releases over at Power Poppy.  It’s a gorgeous bouquet assortment  of flowers and for those of you who like to  work in authentic colors, Marcella even kindly supplied a guide  showing what all of the plants are (see below).  A quick scout around google images revealed all of these gorgeous flowers and foliage in their glory, now the hard part… picking the right color for those that come in multiple varieties LOL

I decided to start with the ones that only appeared to have one color ..and then worked my way through the rest one by one, picking the color choices I thought worked best in the overall project.

As usual my  pen selection was Chameleon and Zig Kurecolor, but this time my addon was a few pens from my Zig Memory System Collection… not the Ranger Distress pens  which I often use in collaboration.

So.. here it is… it’s in a simple black photo mat and will be joining the other pieces in my
“Abandoned Art” bucket to be dropped and hopefully bring a smile to some random stranger one day….if one of my friends doesn’t claim it after seeing it in my blog/facebook etc.

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Power Poppy New Release Digital Stamp “Pure Prairie Bouquet”

Check out the latest in the Instant Garden Series of Digital Stamps over at Power Poppy…Pure Prairie Bouquet.  A gorgeous mix of floral and wildlife, sure to bring a smile to anyone’s day.  If you love the Power Poppy Stamps too, you should grab this one for your collection.  I know it’s definitely going on my wish list  🙂

A bouquet of flowers with 3 friendship sentiments complete this beautiful new stamp by Power Poppy.

Be sure to check out all of the gorgeous projects  made with this new stamp while you are there for inspiration and color palette ideas.

Also..if you haven’t entered yet, Our Crafty Awesomeness Challenge for August is sponsored by Power Poppy, so you have a chance to win Power Poppy stamps here on the blog too. We have up for grabs two prizes this month:

  • Power Poppy Super Pack: 5 digis of choice to one winner chosen by the CraftingCircle DT team
  • Power Poppy Mini Pack: 3 digis of choice – winner to be picked by a random generator

so get your entries in…. you still have plenty of time 🙂
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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

 

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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 14, Conie Fong – Conie Fong Art

 Who are you ?

Conie Fong Art & Design

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When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?

I first started drawing seriously in Kindergarten. I spent a lot of time drawing and making crafts in my earlier years. I started designing seriously in 2011

 

What was the first product you ever had for sale? 

My first products I had for sale were ACEO reprints of fantasy paintings on ebay back in 2011. I sold fantasy and kitty paintings for a while and then became too busy.

 

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Emma and Ellie by Conie Fong

 

 

What is your favorite piece in the whole store?

My favorite digital stamp in my store is Emma and Ellie. This is a drawing of my 3 year old with her butterfly wings, favorite toy, and wash cloth that she can’t live without.

 

 

 

Name your favorite cartoon?

Cinderella.

 

Favorite quote?

“Beauty is within the eye of the beholder . ” Nothing fancy, sounds kind of boring huh? LOL

 

What’s your guilty pleasure ?

Eating chips

 

What was your favorite subject in school…?

My favorite subject was art. I took 2 drawing classes for fun and didn’t learn anything from them while I was in school. I wished I had taken human anatomy, portrait, and painting classes instead.

 

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

My last vacation real vacation was in Disneyland with my family!

 

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

NO WAY!

 

What’s your favorite horror movie?

I don’t like horror movies because they are all too horrifying! They are not real but they give me the creeps and shivers!

 

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

When I was living with my parents, I  used to sing in shower, bathroom, and everywhere in the house. I would only sing under blankets so no one can hear me when I was trying to  scream like Whitney Houston LOL. I don’t sing as much anymore. I only sing for my girl:) Now my girl sings everywhere in or outside of the house.

 

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Leilani by Conie Fong

 

 

 

 

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

Since the opening of my Etsy store, Leilani has been most popular.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

If I was offered  a fashion designer position for the runway, I would immediately accept!

 

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

I cannot live without my drawing tablet and and drawing pen.

 

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

Christmas and birthdays! Lot’s of fun and presents!

 

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??

No, I am not a risk taker.

 

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

I met a lot of talented artists and craft artists. Their  beautiful and unique art/projects inspire me everyday.  I love meeting new friends through my work.

 

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Lavender’s Blue by Conie Fong

 

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

Lavender’s Blue most resembles my personality. I was quiet and shy when I was young. As I get older, I try to be more outspoken and fun instead of being a boring person 🙂 .

 

 

 

 

 

What is your best and worst personality trait?

Worst personality trait- I am very clumsy and often drop things (like glass, wallet, milk!). I am also a perfectionist.  My best personality trait….Not sure if I have any LOL.

 

Would you go cave diving with sharks?

No, I don’t like sharks and don’t want to get eaten.

 

If you could hang out with ANYONE in the world ….  who would it be?….and what is the one question you would want to ask them?

I would want to hang out with my husband and my 3 year old.  I love doing everything together as a family.

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Feeling Fabulous by Conie Fong

 

 

Which drawing/product are you the most proud of?

I am most proud of Feeling Fabulous. This was the first image of digital stamp series ” My Little Sunshine” which are characters drawn based on my little girl’s fun and loving personality.

 

 

 

 

 

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