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Are you ready for the new April Mystery Box from Cricut ? …if you always wanted to try out some of the fancier materials on your Cricut… like Faux Leather, window clings etc.. now is a great time to grab the mystery box. Apparently the contents are supplies and tools again… and come with full instructions if you are new to specialty papers.
$100 value for $39.99
12×12 Vinyl sheets
Scraper & Spatula tools
Transfer tape sheets
Designer Washi Tape
Double sided Poster Board & Metallics
** contents may vary depending on availability
Some of you may have noticed the fun decals I made using Cricut Window cling and the Bugaboostamps images the other week…. See Post Here. Now is your chance to grab some window cling and stamps and make your own 🙂 I had a blast with this window cling and can’t wait to make more.
Are you ready for Box 3? The new box is SUPPLIES…. and we all need those right?
The contents of this box are going to cost $34.99 and are valued at $89.91 …. Ok so ..what is in the box.. by all accounts from what I can see.. so guarantees….BUT.. 2 rolls of window cling, 3 rolls of glitter vinyl, a roll of adhesive foil, 3 pearlescent paper sample packs in neutral, pastels and bold colors. All things I don’t have and really would like to play with… hurry up pay day. Quantities are limited so grab it while you can.
Have you seen the Cricut Mint Machine Bundle…? check out that price and all the goodies that come with it. I am so coveting the new Explore 2… I would love one of these. If you are totally new to Cricut, which is rare nowadays… but always a possibility.. There are so many cool things you can do with these machines…way beyond what Cricut even show you. Card making, scrapbooking, home decor, kids crafts, personalized clothing, gifts, packaging…… just the tip of the iceberg.
We had one member on the message board who made all of the signs for his re-enactment group.
Me.. I bought mine to make custom photo mats then got hooked ..and there is still a tonne of things I haven’t even tried yet.
One of my favorite things about my Cricut is the aftermarket Adapters I bought, which sadly are not available for the ONE.. but they are available for the Explore, Explore Air and Air 2 and those are FANTASTIC. these are pen adapters for the Circut by a company called Chomas Creations and they allow you to expand the range of pens you can use in your Cricut. For people like me..that is HUGE…it has opened up a whole new world of potential projects that I wouldn’t normally attempt because my handwriting is terrible and my calligraphy skills.. non existent lol. But not just that.. that means I can draw with so many more pens than before…
One of my favorites and one of the most popular pins on my pinterest page is this.. the powder embossing done on the Explore. Yup.. POWDER EMBOSSING drawn on the Cricut.
This allows me to take designs and instead of cutting them, I can draw them and emboss them.. LOVE LOVE LOVE this. There are other embossing pens, including one I made myself.. but these Zig Embossing pens coupled with the Chomas Adapter.. SWEET !!!
Anyone who is a regular on here knows how much I love my Zip pens.. and most all of them will work in my Cricut with the adapter… with the exception of the big chalk pens. But that is ok…. because I can outline on the Cricut then trace over it with my bigger pens when I want to do chalk signs. Way better than anything I could ever achieve by hand.
And of course.. the .. how could I not share what is probably my favorite paper to use on the Cricut.. this stuff is AWESOME.
It cuts beautifully, looks and feels amazing and gives a little extra something something to projects.
These projects were done with Black Velvet paper, but it comes in a bunch of other colors.. including white, which I love to print and color digital stamps on.
Did I mention stencils… check out this etched glass beer stein I made a couple of years ago using a stencil I made and cut on the Cricut. This was for one of our message board challenges. I Just cut my stencil from vinyl, slapped it on..slapped on etching cream and voila.. a fun beer mug 🙂
…so by now, if you are new to the Cricut….you are probably beginning to realize the Cricut can do a lot more than just use images on cartridges and on Design Space Access…. Yup you can upload your own designs or designs purchased elsewhere. Card templates, toppers, digital stamps. I’ve got a confession… I don’t subscribe to Access, I own probably 10 cartridges.. and I use my Cricut to make a lot of cool projects. So if the price of Access, or the designs not being to your taste is something that was holding you back .. never fear… this machine still has a lot to offer.
Print and Cut is fantastic, and when the DS3 ( Design Space update) comes out soon… it’s going to be even better. I for one.. can’t wait. DS3 has so many cool new features… admittedly there are still some things I would love to have added on… because I am used to having them in my graphics programs.. but it’s not a big deal to do it externally and then upload them.
Check out some of these fun projects done using Cricut Print and cut…
KennyK Stamps key holder
3D layered Cute As A Button Slate Wall Plaque
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Ok.. so who is ready for round 2 of the 4 March Madness Mystery boxes ?? the next mystery box is out tomorrow..and if you love Anna Griffin.. keep reading. It’s another good one, specially for the new crafters out there who are still building up their tools and supplies. It doesn’t matter if you don’t own a Cuttlebug, these will work in any embossing /die machine that embosses.
LIMITED AVAILABILITY.. so be ready to grab it if you want one. All boxes may not contain the exact same contents.
You can grab yours for just $34.99.( EDIT: Cricut updated the price) If you need embossing folders and borders, you may want to grab this one.. it’s Cuttlebug embossing folders and borders. A2 size and 5×7 folders and folder/border sets. If you love Anna Griffin, this one may be for you … BUT guess what, I see a 5×12 ..yes FIVE by TWELVE folder .. in this collection too.
Coupons, codes and deals… Be sure to check out the Clearance area while you are there.. there are folders starting at 50 cents..
That’s right it is March Mystery Box Madness time again..and the first of 4 mystery boxes is out March 1st !!!! Last year there was all sorts of fun goodies in the March Madness Boxes.. I wonder what we have this year…?? I dunno..it’s a MYSTERY !! But they did slip out a few details… so grab em while they are hot !
Quantities are limited and available only while supplies last
Box No 1 only available *03/01/17 – 03/07/17
Are you ready for some more fun goodies from Cricut at amazing prices??? Tomorrow’s box would appear to be digital goodies??? priced at $29.99… how cool is that. If you regularly follow these mystery boxes, you just know it’s going to be worth a LOT LOT more than $29.99.
AND .. the sneaky peek says its all BRAND NEW
“29.99 price point – all brand new, unreleased Digital content”
so that eliminates the worried of getting something you already own?? right?
March Madness Mystery Box No.2 Will add links as they are released if still avaialable Box No 2 only available *03/08/17 – 03/14/17
March Madness Mystery Box No.3 Will add links as they are released if still available Box No 3 only available *03/15/17 – 03/21/17
March Madness Mystery Box No.4 Will add links as they are released if still available Box No 4 only available *03/22/17 – 03/28/17
Last year there were 3 boxes and this is what they contained…
March mystery box 1 contained the following:
This is a list of the contents of a box I saw. I missed out last year, but I may well be grabbing them this year if I can juggle…. the prices are even better than last year too. As always the box contents may vary but more often that not, they contain the same or similar items in each batch.
Cricut 12×12 LightGrip Adhesive Cutting Mat
Cricut Faux Leather, Boxwood
Cricut Faux Leather, Charcoal
Cricut Faux Leather, Espresso
Cricut Faux Leather, Walnut
Cricut Replacement Blades
Cricut Transfer Tape
Cricut Vinyl, Blush
Cricut Vinyl, Pebble
Cricut Window Cling, Purple
Cricut Tools, Weeder
March mystery box 2 contained the following: 4 cartridges and a universal overlay
March mystery box 3 contained the following: A LOT of folders, the box I saw contained 33 Cuttlebug folders, the Rosette Kit, and the Embossing Plus folder. It was valued at $165 and was available for $29.99
Woot, thank you ladies for joining in last month for our first Bugaboo Crafty Challenge… lots of lovely projects. Thankfully random.org had the task of picking a winner instead of me.. and that winner is… haha not that easy… you’ll have to scroll down to find out 🙂
Before I get to that I wanted to also thank the DT ladies for another fabulous set of projects for this new challenge.
I pulled a fast one on them and offered them a chance to do their chosen image AND .. a mystery image project. Being the fabulous ladies they are, everyone took the plunge and accepted that challenge..so we all have 2 projects to share this month. One is our chosen image and the other was a mystery image, chosen by me that we all gave our own spin on.
First off here are the chosen project images…. well most of them oopsie…. Merrie and I are in the naughty corner this week lol. We both got caught up with real life and we’re running a bit behind. I got my main project post done, but still have to finish up my post for the mystery image…and Merrie got her Mystery image done and still has to finish up her posts.
They’ll all be there shortly… so be sure to check back for active links 🙂 In the meantime please enjoy the projects by DeeScraps & NanaDonna…
and now.. of course we have a winner from Challenge No. 1… and that is….
UNCLAIMED .. alternate winner posted in new challenge.
and of course.. as always .. here are the rules.
Must feature a Bugaboo Stamps image as the main image of the project.
You must link back to the Bugaboo Image you used in your blog post, as well as to this blog challenge.
You have till the end of the following challenge to claim your prize ( 14th of each month ). Unclaimed prizes will be re-picked on the 15th, and a new winner notified. ie : you win January.. winners picked on Feb 15th…must claim by March 14th… if no one claims new winner drawn March 15th… NO EXCEPTIONS. winner’s will be posted on the blog, please be sure to subscribe for updates, or check back to see the winners.
Limit of 3 entries per person, can be entered in unlimited other challenges.
Prize: 4 single image digital stamps from the bugaboostamps collection
Winner will be randomly selected, unless otherwise noted
I reserve the right to modify the rules as necessary at any point in the future.
Last, but not least… HAVE FUN !!! that’s what it’s all about.. right?
Looking forward to more fab projects again this month 🙂
We went out for dinner and I decided to swing by Michaels just to grab a frame and check out clearance..and OMG I am so glad I did. I almost changed my mind.
I just had one of the best hauls ever…..
For the first time Michaels have started doing Grab Bags at the local store.. at least it’s the first time I have ever seen it. I have seen small ones at Joann before, mostly stickers and embellishments.. but I am talking SWAG BAG grab bags .. lol.. these are their large bags.
I wasn’t going to grab one because I had the lil guy with me and people had pretty much ripped them all open to see what was inside..and it would have been hard to grab one without dropping everything and keeping an eye on lil man. But while I was at the register I went ahead and grabbed one since they were right next to it and the cashier was someone I know well enough ( yes I shop there too often LOL ) to trust him to keep an eye on my kid for 2 seconds !
Now I confess I picked up this particular one because I saw something it it I had wanted to try..and that alone was worth the price of the grab bag LOL. Mambi paper, I had seen it on Christmas clearance but wasn’t ready to grab something I hadn’t used before and wasn’t sure of, when I had plenty of other things to spend on. But this bag was ripped open and it had 4 packs of it on show.. so heh… what am I ..a saint?? that was at least $40 worth of paper.
so here is my $4 grab bag from Michaels..
4 packs of 9×13 (24 sheet) Mambi Paper
22… yes 22 pocket/purse calendars for 2017 which will be great for Abandoned Art projects with some quick fun decoration.
27…TWENTY SEVEN canisters of Scentsicles… lol not sure what to do with all those.. but heh.. I am sure I will think of something. the containers might be useful for decorating if nothing else.
A pair of knitting needles
2 black pom poms which I forgot to add to the picture.
a pack of rhinestone letters and a metal sentiment
2 silver block letters ..about 4-5 inches high
so at least $100 worth of goodies at original prices.. for FOUR DOLLARS !!!
Then… we move on to bag #2 this was the stuff I actually picked up myself..
12×12 undecorated wood frame
2 packs of Chipboard albums ( big and small album in each pack )
clearance wood stamp
clearance cling stamps X8….8 Hampton Arts cling stamp sets
4 undecorated frames for the lil man.
Would you believe both bags… cost me just under $33 and contained at least $200 worth of goodies at original pricing. Between the grab bag, the clearance pricing and the coupons… THIRTY THREE DOLLARS !!!
I have to say I am thrilled to see Michaels doing the grab bags instead of dumping all the left over Christmas stuff that didn’t clear. Not just because it is such a fab deal for people like us who do multi crafts and who do abandoned art and kids art… but because I HATE WASTE. So good on Michaels for trying to find a better way to dispose of their unsold holiday stuff!!! and give customers a great deal… some of us really appreciate it. ME ME ME ME ME ME ME
Anywho.. one very happy camper… just a shame that hubby works a double tomorrow. I think if he was single shift, I’d go back for another grab bag. I am not sure if this is a storewide thing, I know it is being done in another store near by… but I would definitely check and see if your local store is doing them if you are running by one.
If you swing by and find a grab bag, be sure to share your haul ..I would love to know what everyone else got 🙂
January Mystery Box is out.. US & Canada boxes again
… make sure you grab the right one. Allegedly….cartridges, vinyl and pens appear to be the contents, but contents can vary… it’s a mystery !!! Grab it while you can.. Value is $135.90 .. for only $39.99
What a cute way to wrap small gifts… specially those standby gifts for unexpected visitors, or small tokens of appreciation to delivery drivers, colleagues etc.
Blind bag toys
Craft Supplies .. and so much more
This is a great one sheet cut design… only one seam to glue or tape; really quick to cut and assemble… tie off the end, stuff, tie off the other end… and decorate as desired. I actually added a reinforcement band to mine, for looks and because it will be holding something a bit bulky. Of course you can make these in any size you want, you can supersize it by splitting the design and using two glue tabbed sections instead and cutting each one on a larger sheet.
Fab way to wrap up paint brushes, crafters pens and pencils, ink pads, embossing powders, stamps and other small items. I like to hide presents on the tree as well as under it, so this is perfect for people like me who like to keep a few hidden presents in plain sight. These look to be the perfect size for those seasonal stamps at Michaels which we usually grab for the little guys collection. Fimo Polymer clays would be fun in something like these too… and I bet this would be fab for making small craft kit gifts for kids too. So many uses 🙂
This is a CraftsUPrint file by Rae Carr called “175 Christmas Cracker Box” I cut it on a 12×12 sheet of Craft Smith from their Silver Foil pad. This particular cracker measure 10 inches in length and is about 2 1/4 inch squared. The main storage area before it starts to curve in is approximately 3 and a half inches. But of course, you can modify the cut file dimensions to suite your needs..as I did by unlocking the file dimensions if needed.
I added in the green glitter card band and some matching ribbon ties, a few bells and some die cuts … very easy file to assemble and decorate… and perfect for those of you who find wrapping paper and tape to be like attempting brain surgery lol.
Love this file, definitely one I will be using a lot next year…. I am already planning ahead for next years projects.. * sigh haha. The fun thing is because of the design it could be used all year round, not just Christmas..it kind of looks like a big wrapped candy.
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The December Mystery Box is available…. and you can grab yours now as part of the Cricut 12 days of Christmas promotion. I say Box.. what I really mean is BOXES! Oh Canada…. Oh Canada,… you get your own special 12 Days of December Mystery Box this month.
…. make sure you order the right one!!!
There is apparently a Canadian and a US version available and the difference appears to be in the cartridges.. licensing and all that fun stuff I guess. From what I can tell .. all you gals and guys that love foil and glam are gonna love this new mystery box..LOOK AT THAT ARV $154.89
Both versions appear to come with 9 rolls of adhesive foil and 2 cartridges… the US one supposedly has one cartridge that is not available in Cricut Access… and Canada get two unavailable in access cartridges. Although this may vary ??
“The December Mystery box is full of festive supplies and captivating cartridges.”
I know we have a lot of new Cricut owners after the fab Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales who you may not know about the Mystery Boxes yet. Congratulations on your new machines .. now be prepared to grab some goodies to go with it. Every month Cricut release a Mystery Box..and it is exactly that…. a mystery. Well it is till yours arrives, or someone tells you what came in theirs lol. Trust me ..someone will LOL … but then the problem you have is making sure you grab yours before it’s gone. These boxes are very popular and the deep discount ones can fly out the door before you can say YES PLEASE.
They will vary from month to month in both value and contents. The great thing about being a new Cricut owner is that you are highly unlikely to be getting duplicates you can’t use…. so if you want to build up your cartridge collection, this is a great way to get started.
Even if you get a duplicate… there are groups dedicated to mystery box swaps so you can alwys find someone who has something you want from a previous box.
ok… so enough.. go grab your boxes.. make sure you pick the right one.. and be sure to use your extra discount coupons for an even better deal.
Check out some of my latest project posts for some fun things you can do with your Cricut Explores… if you don’t have one, you are missing out on some fun fun crafting. Have an old Expression? I still have mine… but it is NIGHT AND DAY compared to the Explores. I have an original Explore, for me I have to have the pen and blade independent… and if you see some of my project posts.. you will know why 🙂 But if you aren’t as crazy as me… The One is fabulous machine.
I have my eye on upgrading to the Air 2 after Christmas… we shall see *grin
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