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.

Shop new arrivals from Cricut!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.

 

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Cricut Mystery Box – MARVEL SUPERHEROS!!! and a Trade up deal

Oh YEAH !!  Now this is a mystery box I need to own…. Have you seen what’s coming up in the new Cricut Mystery Box for April 2017.  That’s right, on top of the regular April Box which is supplies… see previous mystery box post… there is now this fab new box this month.

Marvel Digital Cartridges.  Yup from what I can tell there will be 3 digital sets valued at approx $69.99 for … $39.99.  So if you, like me have a little Superhero fanatic, this would be a great one to grab.  *Please note that the content is all cutting images – no printable images

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Time to trade up to a newer model Cricut, looking to retire your old Expression?? grab your trade up deal with this $50 off deal and see what all the fuss is about with the Explore Print & Cut feature.  You will LOVE it!

and Vinyl & Iron-on is on sale  30% off too…. why are you still here???? lol

Vintage Cockerel Style Wooden Keepsake box.

Well this sure was an interesting departure from the card making for me. I had a lot of fun ..and let’s be honest, a lot of crude humor moments with this one.  Just be glad I didn’t do a Video Tutorial or Facebook Live with this one. Sometimes my humor is on the level of a 8 year old boy..   what can I say… some things are just always gonna be funny…. specially at 3 am LOL.

Anyways…. humor aside, I picked up these cheap wood boxes at Walmart on my milk excursion the other night.  I also picked up something I had seen a few times before and ALMOST picked up .. but never did.  I grabbed some Iron on Transfers from the fabric sewing section.  Now most of you will have probably seen these before so will know what I am talking about.. those of you who don’t… these are  sheets  with multiple designs on them. You cut out the one you want and iron it onto fabric and use it as your pattern/guide to embroider images.  They are cheap, and reusable… and come in a gazillion designs of all themes and sizes.

I picked up some cockerels/roosters, chicks and chickens…. chooks to you Aussies.  A set of vintage cars and a set of butterfly and flower designs.   Each sheet usually has about 10-15 or so designs depending on what you buy and these cost me 97 cents a sheet in Walmart.  Designs are limited in my Walmart, but the company has a tonne of designs to choose from.

I am not going to bore you with step by step explanations.. it’s pretty simple… iron on the pattern.. I drew the checkered background with a ruler … color with pencils.  I drafted out a color scheme first for visual reference.. stain, age, wax  or seal  & photograph.  Line if desired….DONE !!!

I plan to add some metal corners to this one, but I don’t have them yet.. I also have a second box which I am currently converting into a place to store my Zig pens..stay tuned for that one.

Supplies

Medium –  Wood blank
Design – Iron on transfer Aunt Martha’s – colonialpatterns.com

Pencils – I used my new Crayola Color Escapes premium pencils
Misc.  – Distress ink, ink pads  tim Holtz alcohol inks, distress pads and Craft Smart black Dye ink pad , candle wax, heating tool and old face clothe, Ruler, Iron

I definitely plan to do more of these…  The vintage car one looks  like it could be very cool for some manly gifts  and I shall be checking out more patterns.

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Day 10 of Cricut.com 12 Days of Christmas deals

If you need spare blades.. grab them quick ..the Day 10 deal is discounts on the bulk supplies..and the 10 pack of German Carbide premium blades is already out of stock.. but they still have a 5 pack of German Carbide for $26.99 instead of $64.95

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Gold Dust Glitter Iron on Vinyl…..usually $94.67 .. now $26.99

Lots of vinyl deals available for you ladies who like to do  Home Decor and fabric designs.
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CraftsUPrint Friday Freebie – Ladies Night!

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Celebratory Month – Ladies Night kindly donated by Kim Blundred

Each Celebratory Month Mini Kit contains 4 sheets: A base sheet An insert sheet A decoupage layers sheet A tags and months sheet The kit is designed for use with an 8×8 card blank to create a shaped card.

The main image has a curved label on the oval base.

There are a choice of months – January through December – and a choice of sentiments that can be decoupaged.

There are also tags for you to place as you choose with a variety of sentiments.”




If you are new to Craftusprint you should also check out the awesome cut files by designers like Rae Carr who is one of this months Spotlight Series guests and Joan Clarke, who is also a Spotlight Series guest  and makes these fantastic “on the shelf” cards.


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Spotlight Series Day 24 – Alyce, Kit and Clowder

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Who are you?  

Alyce from Kit and Clowder Online Colouring Classes www.kitandclowder.com

Kit & Clowder Facebook Group

Kit & Clowder Blog

 

 

Where are you? 

Australia!

 

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously

Just over two years ago when I turned Kit and Clowder from just my blog to our online colouring class website. Well, I was probably taking it still seriously before then making many many design team cards but I never dreamed that I would be doing this now with our classes 🙂

 

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

I am so chicken! I would be like Phoebe in Friends where she went to get a tattoo and only got a dot before she pulled out hahaa! I don’t even know what I would get – a cat?

 

What was the first product you ever had for sale? 

Our Skin and Hair class although both the content and the format has changed drastically since the launch!

 

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Who is your inspiration/muse?

My inspiration is everyone who forms Kit and Clowder. I would not be doing this if it weren’t for all of the Clowdies that are part of our group. When I am feeling down I know that I can feel inspired and uplifted by flicking through our Facebook Group and seeing everyone’s work, and also when people post non-craft related stuff. It makes me feel excited that people like to share their lives with us and makes me want to share back.

 

How many people work with/for you ?

Just me 🙂 But Jon, Mr Clowdie, is my sounding board behind the scenes. I also have some really close friends that I have met since doing this that I know I can discuss about any topic/run through any idea and they 100% support me and tell me if my ideas are bad! 🙂

 

Name your favorite cartoon?

Oh my… everything Disney? Does Pixar count as cartoon? If we are going movie I would say Wall-e.. but if it’s cartoon tv it is Pokemon

 

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

ELSA! Or Anna! Or Belle! Or Cinderella! Or Rapunzel! Or Pin Manager!

 

 

 

Which decade do you think had the best music?

90s!!! Spice Girls! hahaaa!

 

What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax

I like to read, sing, or play computer games with Jon 🙂

 

If you were reincarnated…who would you have been in a former life.

Cat – fluffy cat wanting lots of cuddles and food

 

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

I sing in the shower, not in the shower, and frequently get caught out by the postman.

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

Our Skin and Hair Class

 

 

 

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

Probably Angel from Buffy hahaa! No I haven’t drawn him hahaa!

 

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

Joss Whedon and we would talk all things Buffy/Angel/Firefly/Avengers 🙂

 

What’s your favorite color?

It changes all the time! I like Purple and Aqua at the moment 🙂 But I really love all colours and having bright colours around makes me feel happy 🙂

 

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Would you go cave diving with sharks?

Uh not this question!! I am currently being persuaded into this for our Honeymoon O_O Sharks are one of my big fears and I think if I saw a Great White I would pass out in the water. I would say no but I think if I don’t say yes I won’t be getting married haha.

 

 

 

What was your favorite subject in school…?

English – I wanted to be a writer and I looove reading

 

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

Disneyland! We went last year while teaching our US Retreats and it was the BEST!

 

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

Yes but I would be so scared! hehe! It really intrigues me because I feel there are so many stories and encounters for there not to be some sort of truth?

 

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

I have a bad habit of getting the coffee/chai latte sachets and halving them so I can get more drinks to keep me full! So I have many many of those to try and stop me eating everything in the house. But I usually still do – biscuits and chocolate 🙁

 

What is your favorite piece in the whole store? nature

Our new Elements of Nature class – I think it is our most professional class and also flowers and nature are really forgiving for people to colour. Skin and Hair is our most popular class but the actually topic itself is much harder so I think sometimes it’s nice for people to take a break and colour some flowers for some great results 🙂 I also love our Monthly Colouring Class as I feel that it really challenges me to come up with the content and I see the best results in this class. I see people improve the quickest here as they are challenging themselves.

 

Favorite quote?

If you are not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you aren’t doing anything very innovative – Woody Allen

 

What’s your guilty pleasure ?

Disney. everything.

 

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

Interior Architect

 

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

Christmas – I love getting presents for people and get so excited to give them 😀 I can’t sleep on Christmas eve.

 

 

 

 

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

Our Technique Classes take about 2-3 months of straight working on them from concept, writing the material, colouring samples, filming, editing, and putting the actual classroom and graphics together. It’s a really long process! It takes longer now than when I first started as I still do our one on one feedback daily which takes a few hours, plus our monthly class, and all of the admin work. So a Technique class probably takes about 4-5 months now.

 

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

So many! I love all Taylor Swift 🙂 And anything cheesy hehe

 

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

I love how supportive everyone is. I feel that people go out of their way to help one another and to make me feel welcome in their lives. I feel that I don’t have customers but I have friends and I’m so lucky to have met so many of our members now and know that we have a real friendship. I feel extremely lucky.

 

Kit & Clowder June Create & Learn is out + Free Bonus Class

Have you seen the  new June Create & Learn Classes  at Kit & Clowder yet?  This month’s class includes yet another fabulous free bonus class.  This one teaches you to color metal objects.  Once again Alyce Keegan has created some fabulous new classes for markers and pencils.
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What do you get each month?

  • Lifetime access + No Time Limits Once a class is yours, even if that month is over, you will still keep access forever
  • Video TutoriaCovering each technique in depth – (approx. 2-3 hours)
  • Step by Step Print Booklet Covering a breakdown of each technique (approx. 15-20 pages)
  • 50% off class digital stamp of the month
  •  Colour conversions for popular brands
  • Alternative colour schemes Two alternative colour schemes to show you how to apply the techniques with other blends
  •  Techniques are chosen by YOU! We pick our techniques from our class questionnaire for members each month
  • One on One Feedback If you are part of our Technique Classes you can upload for one on one feedback
  • Prizes  Challenge each month in our Facebook Group where you can win prizes just for colouring!

 

 

Spotlight Series Day 4 – Carol Clarke, CUP Designer

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Who are you ?

Carol Clarke, I’m a self employed Artist & Designer, wife, mum of 3 & grandma of 6!

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Where are you ?

I live and work in a village in  Nottinghamshire.  My commute is horrendous … I roll out of bed, stagger down the stairs …. and settle down with my laptop …. absolutely awful I know …. but I mostly manage to get to work on time every day! lol

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?

 It was around 2006 when I first offered designs for sale but I had been cardmaking for a long while but couldn’t find any designs I liked so I had been drawing my own for a long while …. other cardmakers saw them and wanted to know where to buy them so around 2006 I started putting them on CDs to sell …. and it blossomed from there!!

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What was the first product you ever had for sale?

My earliest products were listed on eBay and those listings are long gone …. but this is the 1st item I offered for sale on Craftsuprint in 2009

“Dressing the Tree”

 

 

 

 

Favorite quote?

My Grandma said ‘Never mind the dust it will still be there when the children have grown up’  She was so right!!

 

 

What’s your guilty pleasure ?

chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate!

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What is your favorite piece in the whole store?

“Old Man Ken on the Beach” reminds me of my Dad who will be 90 this year and he always wore a string vest and rolled his trousers up on the beach when I was a child.

 

 

 

How many people work with/for you?

Me, me and only me …. unless you count my hubby who keeps me well supplied with coffee throughout the day! lol

 

What  job did you have BEFORE you started  drawing/designing for a living?
 I was a doctor’s receptionist and secretary

 

What’s your favorite color?

Pink …. and I love it even more if it’s got polka dots on it!

 

What was your favorite subject in school…?

I loved art but I had to give it up in the 3rd year as my parents thought needlework would be a better O Level to take.  They were right in that I not only got an A in Needlework but I went on to make my children’s clothes on an old Singer Treadle sewing machine (and knitted/crocheted all their woollies too) which saed me lots of money when they were small.   but it’s ironic that I went on to make my living from Art! I did go back to school and Art College as an Adult returner once my children were older and took 3 GCSE’s and an A level in Art …. getting A’s in all of those too!

 

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

Oh YES …. unfortunately for anyone who is listening!

 

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

This Carousel card has been very popular with customers

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

My sticky tape putter onner thingy (otherwise known as an ATG!)

 

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

Chocolate, love the stuff …. and I’m sure midnight calories don’t count … they don’t … do they???!!

 

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

It varies from but My On the Shelf Cards was the longest at over a year to get from my head to fruition.  They normally start with an idea or question …. like … Is it possible?   I wonder if I can?  How can I do that?   Will this work? etc

 

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

Looking over the decking and the garden to the fields at the bottom of the garden and then the Derbyshire hills in the distance … we get cows trimming any plants that dare to grow too high! lol

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

My parents!!

 

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

I love Christmas … I have 3 children and 6 grandchildren and it’s a magical time of year especially when viewed though the eyes of a child,

 

Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?

oOOooooo disgracefully … of course!!

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

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3D on the Shelf Card Kit – Little Rambler Lady Martine

Would you go cave diving with sharks?

No No NO!!

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

I love to walk.  I am lucky to have lovely countryside on my doorstep and I walk a minimum of 2 miles every day.  I call it my green stress buster!

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

It has to be my Original concept On the Shelf cards I have now drawn and uploaded nearly 1900 of them …. And my favourite is always my newest one and today that is a little Irish Dancer. irish  but I also love my older ones like Santa santa  and the fun ones too

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CUP Friday Freebie – Carol Clarke 3D Shelf Card

3D on the Shelf Card Kit – Gardening Old Man Clive

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If you haven’t seen CraftsUprint before… or you just haven’t seen Carol’s shelf cards, you need to check this out. Carol is one of my fave Designers on CraftsUPrint ( CUP ), she has a fantastic range of “on the shelf” cards.


These are so fun and Carol is  always ready to  work on special requests if  she hasn’t made what you need already.  I bought some of them last year and love them.

CraftsUPrint have ready to cut and assemble card kits and cut files in various formats for you ladies with cutting machines.   Fantastic for you ladies who just got machines and want to play with some fab card designs.



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DIY lightbox .. what a difference the dollar store can make :)

I got so fed up of the crappy lighting in our apartment and my pictures never looking realistic/accurate color-wise. I confess to being very lazy in my photography.. shame on me. BUT I built a DIY quickie light box out of a cardboard box with the top side removed and some silver glitter card stock from the dollar store. Throw in  45 degree-ish lighting from my clip on magnifying desk lamp with daylight bulb and some white paper for the background…… and voila.. No more excuses and lazy pictures 🙂

From this….

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To this…..  the colors are way more accurate  🙂   It’s been so long since I used any kind of “studio” lighting….I am a bit rusty, but for a junk box, $2 of glittery card and some  Duck Tape…. I’m not complaining lol.  Priscilla by Hannah Lynn  now looks even more fab than ever 🙂 A few tweaks here and there and I should be sorted 🙂 NOW …I can go finish off her edges and get her layers glued Priscilla_wmd






























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