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.
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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.
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.
…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.
Cricut sure are trying to get us set up for winter with some fab new toys to keep us busy once the summer is over and we get done with back to school, wedding and summer projects. Then the weather starts to cool and we have more time indoors. It’s right on target for when most of us start thinking about the fall holidays and Christmas gift projects we have to get stuck into over the coming months.
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.
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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…
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.
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 🙂
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”
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.
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.
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