Black Friday Deals from Cricut

Shop Black Friday Deals from Cricut!

 

Wahoo.. it’s time to go grab your Cricut deals again… time to stock up on some supplies, maybe even treat yourself to one of the fab new machines and accessories….  like the Cricut Maker, Lightbox or press…

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Valid 11/23: $30 off Cuttlebug machines

Valid 11/23: 50% off supplies (excludes New, bulk, bundles)

Valid 11/23: Special machine pricing: Cricut One available for: $134.99, Cricut Air available for: $149.99, Cricut Air 2 available for: $199.99 

50% off supplies

Spend $50, get $10 digital

Black Friday Mystery Box available for $24.99 ($68 value)! Launches at 9PM EST on 11/22, available while supplies last.

Valid 11/23: Cricut Bags starting at $29.99

 

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ARE YOU READY? 03/1 ….Cricut March 2017 Mystery Box 1 of 4..

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 !

Box No 1 only available *03/01/17 – 03/07/17

 

March Madness Mystery Box No.1 2017 

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
  • Cricut Balloons!

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

 

 

Coupon Codes and deals

 

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Are you ready for a new Cricut Mystery Box..or TWO !!!

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.”

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 USA Customers


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.

Cricut Cyber Monday Deals

Are you ready for some more deals??  Cyber Monday starts 11/28

Cyber Monday kicks off with a 15% discount on everything but Cricut Access PLUS free shipping  with code CYBERMONDAY

“Extra 15% off everything but Cricut Access + free standard shipping with code CYBERMONDAY”

** I couldn’t get the discount to apply to  the Air 2 when I tested this code…  so it’s either not active till Midnight, OR it’s excluded.  The information above comes directly from Circut’s Affiliate program… so I can only share what they share with us.  Previous deals listed excluded the Explore 2  ..BUT … have you seen that baby!!!  I want one so bad discount, or no lol  .. it’s still an awesome deal at the Sale price.

..and I just noticed this one…

“Cyber Monday Sale: Spend $50+, Get $15 Digital Credit
Get a $15 digital promo credit when you spend $50 or more on Cricut.com”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Confessions of a Chameleon Pen owner

confession time…

As a lot of you already know, I love my Chameleon Pens, but I haven’t really ever taken the time to really get to grips with the whole blending chamber thing… I use other methods to achieve the results I want.  BUT… earlier this week I found myself sat in an apt with no computer, no internet and no tv.. NADA Just a crate, a magnifier light some pre-printed images and my pens… and my desk top easel balanced on my knees.

…and very spotty 4G service on my phone.

Sooo.. guess who went through all of her pens testing them out and playing with blends.. <<< THIS GAL. Well let me just say it had it’s pros and cons…

Pros..it’s actually pretty dang cool… It’s really not rocket science and with a bit of patience and practice… it’s pretty quick and easy to get results.  The blending function  actually promotes a more relaxed style of coloring as you have to be patient and  not rush into it willy nilly scribbling away like a mad thing lol…even a 5 second blend..it’s just that subtle pause in the mania of things.  It gives you time to actually look at the images you are coloring  and take time to see where the shadows  and  highlights should be and just take it easy and chill.  I kinda needed that after the last few crazy months.  I think I’d kind of lost the enjoyment in coloring lately  as it was all about “having to get it done”  instead of just doing it for the pure enjoyment.

Cons.. I waited a year to find that out and some of my original set pen chambers were dry…and my clear blender refill was at the other apt. ( some of you know I am in the process of moving )

But I did have two of the newer 5 pen packs too so I did get to play. Considering my lack of desk, or proper seating and the fact it’s my first REAL time actually doing this… I am impressed.

Now I really want to get my hands on the full set… AND a lot of refills for my clear blender. As soon as I got home, I cleaned out the new bottle I had refilling all the dry chambers I could… so now I need to get more to finish up my set.

Just goes to show that sometimes you really should try, try, and try again…. and not just give up when it doesn’t quite work out the first time.

This was my tester piece

I did this one with the new gray tones pack I won … it’s a Power Poppy digital stamp.  I shall be playing with this a lot more now and incorporating it into my usual style. Excited to see how well the techniques compliment each other on a single piece.
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I don’t feel so bad about tackling that gorgeous coloring book that came with these pens in my prize now.  WHEN I have time.
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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 Week 1 is complete….

Wow.. what a fab first week… Thank you sooo much to everyone who took part in the Spotlight challenge this past 7 days … all you fab artists and designers ….and  of course to all the visitors who stopped by to check out all the Q&A’s and leave such lovely comments for the artists and designers.
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Soooo ready for week 2? I have some more fab artists and designers lined up and I just added two more artists to the lineup this month. Thanks for  joining in ladies….

Marcella from Power Poppy

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and Christine from Penny Blossomscropped-small-vintageheader

Ok.. let’s  keep this party rolling…. NEXT !!!!!

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If you ran across this post after the event is over.. you can catch all of the spotlight guests, projects and the Intro post in the tab at the top  of the page… or right here.  SPOTLIGHT

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Faery Ink WIP project for a budding hairdresser

I’ve been playing around a lot lately (.. as you may have noticed lol), with various new pens, pencils and paints etc and lots of different artists.  This is just a WIP, there is absolutely no. …no ..NO ..way I could managed a  new project for every spotlight, but I can share my WIP’s, colorings and  showcase the images I have, or want to have in my collection.

Make sure you swing by the  main intro post  and  this of course is Faery Ink…. my Day 1 spotlight guest 🙂

This is one I started playing with last week “Bella Spring Magic“,  obviously things have  been a bit crazy hectic round here..<<INSERT STAGE LAUGH and major understatement HERE.  but I wanted to try out my new Zig Kurelcolor and Chameleon pens sets.  I just recently got the Chameleon Skintone set from their new extended palette and the Kurecolor Hair and muted tones pack… loving  both of these pen sets.

Throw in a little Tim Holtz Ranger Distress, Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust and a wizz over with some white & clear Wink of Stella… and we have a twinkle twinkle fit for a little girl I know in Canada who just became a big sister last month

…. and just happens to be a blonde.  I shall post the finished card later when it is done… 🙂
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Funny Story:  Aforementioned young lady also has, or should I say HAD lovely long hair too…. which trust me her mom waited FOREVER for it to grow. The morning of her maternity photo shoot a few months back…. her daughter went in the bathroom and hacked chunks of it out with scissors.

Her reasoning, she “wanted to look pretty for the photoshoot” LOL
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Fast fwd a few hours later; so they get home and my friend goes to do something in the kitchen…. next things she knows, her daughter has once again decided to go at her hair. Now this is a kid who has had access to scissors for play and craft for well over a year with no incidents at all…. well not with scissors anyway…. lol…. we shall leave it at that haha.

Let’s just say I consider myself highly fortunate, my son and her daughter were born at the same time…. we were on a pregnant chicks board and that is how we met… .and I have not had to deal with half the things her daughter has got up to.  She’s a wee monkey at times lol.

Anywho, back to the hair, we have come to the conclusion that after having her first “real” haircut a few weeks earlier… she was probably role playing at being a hair dresser.

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Its shall grow back…. I’m just waiting to find out what her next escapade will be  LOL.

Thank you Faery Ink for this fabulous image, I think I have the perfect CraftsUprint card base cut file for this one… 🙂

 

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Spotlight Series Day 1: Amanda Byron – Faery Ink

Who are you ?  Amanda S. Byron, Faery Ink

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Store: FaeryInk.com
Facebook Group: Faery Ink Group

 

Where are you ?  Ashland, Ohio, USA

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?
I’ve drawn since I was very little. I sold drawings of Jessica Rabbit in 4th grade and ‘bubble letter’ names with flowers and such in middle school lol. I started selling web graphics and drawing tutorials in 2003, digital stamps in 2013. I’ll let you know if I start taking anything seriously haha 😉

What was the first product you ever had for sale?
As far as digital stamps, I made a bunch of stuff to put up before I opened shop. I like to prepare ahead usually.

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What is your favorite piece in the whole store? 

 

That would be like choosing between my kids lol. Instead I’ll pick one I really like but have never seen used:

 

 

 

Who is your inspiration/muse?
My kids, my little nieces, nature, mythology, Art Nouveau, Mucha, Waterhouse, books like the Discworld series, Alice in Wonderland, Chronicles of Narnia, Grimms’ Faerytales, Tim Burton, 80s cartoons like Rainbow Brite, Strawberry Shortcake and He-Man (lol), sci-fi/fantasy genre books and movies, World of Warcraft. I draw inspiration from everything =)

How many people work with/for you?
I have a great design team but I don’t have anyone working ‘for’ me =)

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Sweets, hip hop and gothic/steampunk flavored video games lol

What was your favorite subject in school…?
English, Social Studies and Art. I love learning so I can’t pick just one =P

If you were getting a tattoo… what would it be? 
I have two in mind, one a heart with wings for my mom, the other an art nouveau style celestial goddess.

If you were reincarnated…who would you have been in a former life?
One of my first internet aliases was “Cleopatrawasuglybutpowerful” so I’ll go with Cleopatra lol.
I think Shirley MacLaine claims to have been her in a past life, so I’m probably wrong haha.

What is your most popular item in the store/shop?
Well, this one has been the most downloaded:

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But she was free, so if I disregard free or discounted images it would be a tie between these two:

 

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What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without?
My Wacom tablet. I mean I have had to live without it before, but I hated it!

What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax
Coloring, reading, walking.

What should be written on your gravestone when you die?
Finally, she walks on the shores of Tír na nÓg.
(Though I don’t actually want to be buried lol)

How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?
It definitely varies, but I would say on average – 5 or 6 hours to concept sketch, rough draft, final, ‘inking’, and coloring with Copics.

What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?
I meet a lot of crafters and have found that they are some of the most kind-hearted, generous folks I’ve ever known. Absolutely lovely people.
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