It’s shakey shaker window time again…

I just got a new batch of shaker windows in..  new shapes and sizes.  This time I have 3″ Square, 2.5″ round and some 2×3′ rectangles to add to the 3″ circles I already have.  I haven’t had a chance to bust them open and make any projects yet…. but expect to see some later this month. These are all 1/4 ” high as usual, so lots of room if you want to try out the fun shaker card games I make.

In the meantime…. leave a comment below telling me what new craft goodies you just got, or what you would make with these….and I’ll pick a random person and send you a mixed pack to play with.  And since I am feeling very nice and relaxed after my much needed mini-vacation… I won’t even restrict  it to US only entries this time.





































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 of course there is the recent arrival of the light box... I know  that would be really useful for  us, specially me with my aging eyes.

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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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“Blessed is he who comes ….

In the name of the Lord”

It’s new release time at Cute As A Button again…. and  this month my DT project is a super simple card for the boys. I colored this one up with my Chameleon markers and die cut it with  one of my new Gina Marie Designs dies, ” Loopy Rectangles” …and then attached it to one of the colored A2 size cards that I have from my  value packs form Michaels.  I love these cards, they come in so many great colors and designs and if you catch the sales you can pick them up at $5 a pack… great deal for 80 cards and envelopes.

“Flash Sale from April 10th thru March 15th.  Use coupon code RESURRECTION30 to receive a 30% discount on all new releases. ”

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April 2017 Crafty Awesomeness Challenge

Well… better late than never right?   I am sooo sorry it took so long to get this months challenge up… but I hope you enjoy the fab projects and …our April Crafty Awesomeness Sponsor.

It’s a double trouble  sponsor month.  Not only do we have our regular monthly Bugaboostamps challenge which starts on the 15th of each month….   this month, to celebrate the opening of the  the new store… We have Bugaboostamps.  So all you Bugaboostamp fans.. you have twice the chance to  show off your projects and win some free stamps.  This is of course an anything goes as usual.

If you haven’t already checked out the new store.. you really should.

Ok .. I am going to pop the previous winner in  a separate post which should be  up hopefully.. tomorrow??? assuming no more personal disasters strike this month. This challenge will run through till the end of the month as always… and of course I will extend the claim time for last months winners due to the late announcement this month.

so  moving on swiftly as I still have to   write my own project post too….. here are the fun projects the  DT team made up using  4 of the newly added Retiring bundles.   We got  4 to play with and all chose one… some of the ladies will be adding in additional projects throughout the month… so be sure to check back and see what they have been up to.

NanaDonna  had  AKV BBQ set and she  made these two cute cards  which you can  find over at her Blog  nanadonnascarddreams













Merrie had a set called  AKV Birthday Set and you can see her  cards over on her blog Made by Merrie














and then we have the  the lovely Ms DeeScraps who had the AKV earth Day set and she  made these  fab cards to share with you all over at DeeScraps Corner

















and lastly.. I will be sharing mine later today… sorry my lil guy is having a rough night and needs some mommy snuggles.  As usual guess who ended up with the religious set…AKV God set.  Now most of you already know.. It’s not “my thing”,  but I did actually have a lot of fun with this set and I love how they turned out.  I had to be the black sheep again and didn’t make cards lol…I made some bookmarks and they will be winging their way to Canada for a little girl  I know to abandon.


Well I hope you enjoy  this challenge again this month, looking forward to seeing  all of the fab projects and  I hope you enjoyed ours 🙂

rules .. we need rules….and prize details….

Prize:   4 Bugaboostamps of your choice…

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Rules:

  • Max 3 entries per person
  • No limit on how many challenges you enter project in
  • Must be a colored piece featuring some kind of image, rubber, clear, digital stamps.. hand drawn..whatever. Does NOT have to be a card.
  • No artist restrictions.. but we’d love it if you were using a sponsor image
  • Please watermark your images before linking, but if you choose not to… that is your choice.
  • Project must have been made/posted on your blog within the last 7 days prior to the start date of the challenge.
  • If you do not have a blog, you can still enter… but please do not post  your projects anywhere that requires registration to view, or comment.
  • Most importantly..you must have FUN while you craft…totally unenforcible rule… but heh.
  • **UPDATED – Winners must claim by the 15th of the month.  These posts are shared  on the blog, facebook, google+ and twitter feeds.  Please make sure you are subscribed to at least one of these so you don’t miss your chance to claim.
  • No porn, violence etc … do I really even have to say that ??
  • All submissions will require approval before going live,  if I am awake and at home… that won’t take long usually.

“Poppy Fairy” Matted art in Pencil

This one was a  lot of work, but I love how she turned out.  She was printed on a 9×12 piece of Canson Mixed Media Paper and colored with Crayola Color Escapes, the  new “Grown up Crayolas” as I like to call them.   She is part of the New Release collection for March over at Cute As A Button this month.  I added a black photo mat to this and will frame it  and gift it to someone.

Go check out all the fun new images and don’t forget to pop on over and check out the Inspiration Blog & Facebook Group for new challenges 🙂

 

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March Artists Challenge

Sorry guys and gals.. running a little late this month….

But lets get this party started… see if we can convince a few more of you to  put pen to paper..or mouse to pad..or finger to blood.. however you do your thing….  heh.. no judgement here..art is art right haha  Once you have seen a guy who caters his diet to produce poop of certain shades so he can paint with it.. and then people actually buy it… nothing and I mean NOTHING surprised me when it comes to  creative minds lol.

I forget the  name of the show, but it was some crazy show back in the UK late at night with.. two french guys and a couple of stick giraffe’s.. yeah don’t ask.. Pee Pee and po po I think they called them lol.. the giraffes that is. and then of course the chick with the biggest pair of boobs I have EVER seen… yeah  that was one crazy show… I am sure someone will know what I am talking about… it was like they traveled the world looking for the weirdest people and habits and lifestyles they could find..and trust,e .. they found A LOT of  them lol.

Anyone remember the show I am referring to?

anywho..  back on track.. thank you to everyone who  joined in last month… love seeing what new stuff you all come up with…. so.. what have I got for you this month?

“Up close and personal”

Inspiration for those that need it:

I’d love to see some nice tight close crop images….something for everyone to practice skin, hair, texture type techniques on, head shots or closer.  Whether your head is an animal, human, robot, alien or flora… or anything else you can come up with.

If you really want to be up close and personal..  how about a self portrait… show us how YOU see YOU… even if it’s not “realistic”

RULES

  • Each artist may enter up to 10 individual NEW digital stamp images per given theme.
  • Images can go on sale as soon as they have been entered into the challenge.
  • You may add single images, or link to a blog post with up to 10 images..but each image must be entered in the challenge linky individually.
  • You may showcase the images in color, or projects on your blog links should you wish to show off  inspirational images too.

Cricut February Mystery Box ..


The February Mystery Box from Cricut is available NOW.. don’t miss out  The ARV for this months box is $115.91 and you can grab yours for just $39.99.  Not all boxes are guaranteed to have the same  items in.. but they usually do, or are very similar.  from what I have seen this month you can expect, a cartridge, some pens, cartridge storage, rolls of adhesive foil & rolls of glitter vinyl.

so go grab yours now before it sells out!

Free shipping at Cricut with code LOVESHIP

10% off + free standard shipping with code LOVECRICUT (EXCLUDES AIR 2 and CRICUT ACCESS)

Cricut Explore Air $199 and under

Be sure to check back again  next month as I think there may be multiple mystery boxes on offer again  🙂  This is a great way for new machine owners to start building a supplies collection.

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February Artists Challenge

“You suck!!!”

 

No it’s not a statement, or an observation lol…. it’s the new Artist Challenge theme for February.

A  few ideas to tickle the palette..as always these are just for inspiration.. feel free to use any inspiration that reflects the theme, lots of room for artistic license 🙂

Lollipops
vacuum
Vampires
milk shake
hummingbird
lottery machine
tornado
Flowbee.. I know ya’all remember the Flowbee from the 80’s….fess up…. who bought one?

RULES

  • Each artist may enter up to 10 individual NEW digital stamp images per given theme.
  • Images can go on sale as soon as they have been entered into the challenge.
  • You may add single images, or link to a blog post with up to 10 images..but each image must be entered in the challenge linky individually.
  • You may showcase the images in color, or projects on your blog links should you wish to show off  inspirational images too.

Lets see what you got!

Bugaboo Stamps Friday Freebie “Seahorse” & Birthday Celebration

Perfect timing for anyone who is new to Bugaboo Stamps and wants to join in on our new Challenge on the 15th.  Grab your Freebie and come play… and of course don’t forget  to enter all of the other fun Bugaboo challenges on their blog too.

 

This week you can get this cute Seahorse free

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

.. and don’t forget to check out this weeks New Releases which are half price till the following New Release

…and as if that wan’t enough.. guess what.. it’s Bugaboo Stamps 7th birthday and they will be celebrating that too

Still not enough?? How about  $1 digis.. check out some of these cuties

Bye Bye 2016.. it’s been…interesting!

I think this card pretty much says it all… what a year that was.

The image is Olympic Runner from KennyK Stamps, colored with Chameleon Pens on Canson Mix Media. The background is inked out with Tim Holtz Distress ink and it was mounted on a glam gold glitter card.

A quick,fun New Year card for anyone who  just wanted to get as far away from 2016 as possible, as fast as possible.

HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!

This card is part of our current Crafty Awesomeness Challenge, which is sponsored by KennyK for the month of January.  Please come on over and join in… details at the top of the page.

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