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.





































Guest Designer – Lil ‘ Man D – Thank You card and Bookmark

You may have seen  my posts on Facebook last week about my lil man and his first watercolor project…. well he was at it again tonight  🙂

My little man was given an early birthday present last weekend by a lady who works with hubby, so this is her Thank You card and a little book mark for her to use in her Bible, or other reading matter.  Now it goes without saying, since he is only 4 …. that he had a little help …SURPRISE !! lol.  But the painting is all him.

He may be a crafty wee soul, but  this mommy isn’t ready to let him lose  with a laminator and glue all by himself .. my sanity is questionable at the best of times .. but not THAT bad haha.  Unlike someone we won’t mention by name who’s grandson glued himself up trying to apply “lotion” to his legs whilst visiting her craft room last week lol…. sorry.. I am still giggling over that one .. my bad.

The images he colored are :

Image #13 – Heart Ants – by Sasayaki Glitter & a section cropped from Pure Prairie Bouquet by Power Poppy.

The card and bookmark were colored using Gansai Tambi watercolors and a Zig Kuretake H2o brush.

The card  is a hot pink 5×6.5″ from a multicolor pack at Michaels
A background layer of rough cut 65lb black Recollections card from the value packs
The image is printed on Canson Mix Media Paper on my Epson Eco Tank and also had a rough cut edging. I added the sentiment “There is beauty in creation” and a border to the image before printing.  This was also foam popped on a Darice adhesive foam sheet and attached using a double side tape. The card layers were  attached with Zig Photo Tape and the Sentiment which was a cheapie import die was attached with Tombow Aqua.

The Book mark is backed with a light tan 65lb card  with a hint of a border showing behind the image cut from the front, and I attached a tassle from a value pack at Michaels. I added a cute little bead  that I got  in a happy mail package from Francesca at Cute As A Button when she very kindly shared her destash items with the DT team 🙂  It says “Always” on one side and “Believe” on the other… pretty appropriate for a Bible Bookmark.

I hope you like it

🙂 One Proud Mommy

Unplanned Michaels haul.. WHAT A DEAL !

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 🙂

I would say this is the last craft haul for the year….

BUT.. Grandma just sent me a Joann Gift card lol.

I had a quick run through Michaels on Wednesday night and Hobby Lobby yesterday… I guess today it’s Joann day haha

anywho.. here’s a quick look at what I picked up, got some great deals.mini-spree

I finally got my 12×12 frame for my Brianna Blaster project…. I inked it up in black and brown last night  for an old distressed look using a Craftsmart Black Dye Ink pad and Ranger Tim Holtz Distress ink pads in Burlap and Walnut. Michaels don’t appear to be carrying  the larger ink pads anymore. Little man picked out a small wood frame for one of his projects.

I also picked up 4 packs of 6×6 canvas panels board for the lil guy to use with the Gelli Plate we just got.  In the Christmas  Sale  section we found a 3 pack of fondant rollers which will be fun to play with. they have 3 Christmas designs on them.

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I grabbed a few reels of ribbon,  some Celebrate It Tempo sheer black…  and a skinny lace in green that I use for lacing up cards like this.




And then I also grabbed 3 sets of clear stamps.. all on clearance andstampendous_skaters 2 of  them have matching dies.  I have been wanting this Stampendous Poinsettia one and when I saw it down to less than $5..I had to grab it.  Then we grabbed this one for the little guy, it is another Stampendous  called Skaters also under $5





and lastly this little set by Inkadinkado Warm Wishes.





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I also snatched up a couple of wood mounted stamps, the Patient Puppy was also on sale for under $5 and the fFern….I got 50% off with my coupon.



Of course I had to stock up on Recollections card too since it is on the buy 5 for $10 deal again.

And to make matters even better the young lady also  tacked on a 30% off everything code for me too.  So that little haul from Michaels cost me just $66 instead of over $130 at regular price.

Then we have  Hobby Lobby… I got the two oversized sentiment dies by Momenta Believe & Dream on clearance for $5.99 each and  hubby and I each grabbed a set of the Chameleon pens  with the 40 % off coupons.  SCORE !  I have now completed my Chameleon set…   minus the fabulous case..which I would have loved.

..   but such is life.  $74  haul for only $46 .. can't complain at that.

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This is one of the new  CraftsUPrint  cut files I picked up and made into an acetate panel card.  It’s another cut file by Tina Fitch called Swirl Sided Card and it is available in various cutting machine formats. I cut this on my Cricut Explore using Recollections Black card for the background and  110lb Index stock for the swirls.  I bet it would
look gorgeous with black velvet paper on White too.

I scored this at an offset so that I could add in an acetate window and bottom border, then added in some  small punched flowers with pearl centers.  Then I finished it off with a sentiment die from my recent Ebay Haul, again in 110lb white card stock.

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What I love about these style of cut files is that they are very flexible and can be used in various ways, not just the way the original file comes.  I moved the score line and added a window to this one with a base strip.  But I also ran a quick test piece through my Cricut to show you  how you can switch it out from cut to write and achieve effects like this too.
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This is  a Zig Embossing writer pen, they don’t fit the original  pen holders for the Cricut… but they work fantastic in the Chomas Creations  Adapters I have. This is the Marker Adapter and so far it has fit all of my Zig pens  from my Memory System Collection and the embossing pens. That means it also fits the Zig Chalk Writer pens….which I love.  You can see some pictures from past projects below this post. Please Note…. the Adapters do not fit the Explore ONE as it has a different holder and housing from the Original Cricut Explore, the Air and ..possibly the Air 2.  These adapters are available for a variety of machines, so if you have something other than an Explore… check the  site and see if your machine is one of them.  There is however an Engraving tip for the Explore ONE.

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I didn’t powder up this sheet so you can see some stray embossing powder…. That was deliberate.

A. it was  a test piece… and B. It gives me the perfect excuse to  show  people who are new to embossing powder  what to expect…and  how to avoid this.   If you are embossing projects, you need to coat your paper with a resist prior to stamping, or writing with embossing inks.  You can buy special little powder puffs, but I find Johnson’s baby powder works just as well.   Simply dust a thin coating over your paper before you emboss.  I use an old makeup brush, or an old face clothe… sometimes just my hand.

 

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Anywho… just thought I would show you a few extras while I shared my latest card.  With all the new Cricut owners again this holiday, I thought it was a good time to show off  some of the fab cut files that are available to machine cutters and also some of the cool accessories and extras that you  may not have seen before.

Details on where to get the products used in this post are listed below.  If you have questions about something specific… feel free to add a comment  🙂

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Products Used:

Cut File Swirl Sided Card by Tina Fitch, available at CraftsUPrint.

Small flower die is a cute little insert that comes with the Gina Marie Designs  X Stitch Rectangle Die set.

Pearl Cabochons are sold as nail bling .. but these and the rhinestone and studs I have are great for crafting projects too.  I linked to a previous post  that has all of the details on this bling.. for anyone interested. Also if you do a search for Rhinestone, it pulls up a bunch of past projects that they have been used on.

Acetate sheets  25 sheet pad 9×12″  by Dura Lar

Sentiment Die Sentiment die set

Recollections card – Michaels
Chomas Creations Cricut Explore Adapters 

Cricut Explore die cutting Machines

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Zig Embossing pen can be  bought as single or in a multi tip pack with chisel, Calligraphy, brush, scroll and writer tips for hand applications too.

Chameleon Skintone Giveaway Winner Announced

 

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Thank you to everyone who entered the Chameleon pens giveaway as part of the Spotlight Series.. I am sorry you couldn’t all get a chance to try these fab pens out for free, but as in the Highlander “..there can be only one!”

 

and that one is…..

LINDA T, you have won the new skintone 5 pack. Please check your email….. you should have one from me 🙂

Congratulations Linda,  you will love these pens, can’t wait to see what you do with them 🙂

 

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And the Spotlight Series Giveaway winners are…….

winnersOk… here is the list you have all been waiting for…. first off congrats to all of the winners…. and commiserations to those of you that didn’t win THIS TIME.

There are still more chances to win ..I still have a 5 pack of Chameleon Pens and a Set of Ocean themed Gina Marie dies up for grabs…. so be sure to enter those if you haven’t already done so.  If you aren’t already subscribed to the blog, or a follower on Facebook… you may miss out on future giveaways.

Oh and you missed out on THIS too….  I decided to have a random Subscriber pull for the heck of it..sooo… just for fun and to say thank you I wanted to pull a subscriber and invite them to  show off their crafting skills….AND …. answer the Spotlight Questions we just saw all of the guests complete.  I had to laugh when I saw who Random.org pulled for this one…I love this lady, both as a crafter and a person-ality…and boy does she have personality.   I can’t think of anyone who is more perfectly suited to this that YOU….. Shannon Abblitt.  

Now the question is …. Will you do it? will you be our first Crafter Spotlight Guest?  I will email you later today when I send out all the winner emails for the giveaways…I hope you say yes  🙂

Anywho.. bring on the winners !!!!!

Winners were picked using the Random.org widget

Emails will go out later today ( about 12 hours from now ) and you have 48 hours from when I send them to respond and claim your prize and then your claim will be forwarded to the sponsor for prize delivery…. so consider this a head start because I got through picking/verifying winners faster than I anticipated.

A Huge Thank you to all of the spotlight guests who took part in this fun series and to any future Spotlight Guests who want to join in and keep the series going….  bust me a message on Facebook  🙂

Big, BIG  Thank you to: 

Crafting Ability / Ziggyboard

 Chameleon Pens

NanaDonna

for sponsoring prizes.

****Unclaimed Prizes will be repicked with random.org****

ALL PRIZES ARE NOW CLAIMED!!!!

Spotlight Series Day 1: Amanda Byron – Faery Ink – $25 Gift Cert. to Faery Ink

WINNER: Shannon Abblitt  ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 2: Janice – Scrapper’s Delights – $15  Store Gift Voucher

WINNER: Heather B  ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 3 – KennyK Stamps 3 digis of winners choice

WINNER: Heather Brow  ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 4 – Carol Clarke, CUP Designer  £15/ $20 CUP Gift Voucher

WINNER: Tee Hall ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 5 – Betty, Simply B Stamps  a $10 Gift Cert

WINNER:  #1  DEE ** CLAIMED**
WINNER:  #2  2nd Chance Drawing winner Victoria Rowson 
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WINNER:  #3 2nd Chance Drawing winner Kemly Sc 
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Spotlight Series Day 6 – Heidi, 2 Cute Ink Digital Stamps  6 month Stamp Club Subscription

WINNER: Dee ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 7 – Rick St dennis MFA – Original piece of artwork

WINNER: Donna M Cervantez ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 8 – Gina Marie Designs – $20 Gift Cert

WINNER: ****2nd Chance Winner – Joyce  ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 9, Lisa- Bloobel Stamps  Small Mystery Paper Craft pack

WINNER: Donna M Cervantez  ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 10, Samantha – My Little Paper World  Small Mystery Paper Craft pack

WINNER:  ****2nd Chance Winner – shartl  ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 11, Naz- Sasayaki Glitter 3 stamps of winners choice

WINNER: Jenn ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 12, Jodie -BugabooStamps  $30 gift certificate

WINNER: Lucy Gregg  ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 13, Julia Spiri – Stamps By Julia Spiri 2 image of winners choice

WINNER: Donna M Cervantez ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 14, Conie Fong – Conie Fong Art

 

50% coupon off entire store

WINNER:  2nd Chance Drawing Winner JaneyG ** CLAIMED**

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$10 gift certificate

WINNER: Kate  ** CLAIMED**

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1 digital stamp  of their choice.

WINNER: KT Fit Kitty  ** CLAIMED**
WINNER: Nicky  ** CLAIMED**
WINNER: Victoria Rowson ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 15, Francesca -Cute As A Button 2 free digis, 1 clear rubber stamp & craft goodies.

WINNER: Linda Tagg ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 16, Rae – CUP Designer  Cut File  of choice

WINNER: MichelleVata  ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 17, Andrea – SheepSki Designs 3 Digis of winners choice

WINNER: Donna M Cervantez ** CLAIMED**

 

 Spotlight Series Day 18, Nikky – Polkadoodles  3 digital stamps of winners choice

WINNER: Nicola Gold ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 19, Nikki – Limited Run Stamps $10 Store Gift Cert

WINNER: Linda Tagg  ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 20, Sherri- My Besties  signed Coloring Book

WINNER: Farrow Mascoe ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 21, Amy – Chomas Creations Mystery Craft Kit Box

WINNER: thealteredpaper ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 22, Michelle- Pink and Main $15 Store Credit

WINNER: Erica Bruton ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 23, Bennett Klein –  Prima Say it in Crystals Border Mega Pack

WINNER: shartl ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 24 –  Alyce, Kit and Clowder $15 gift Certificate to Kit & Clowder

WINNER: Lucy Gregg ** CLAIMED**

 

 Spotlight Series Day 25 – Christine, Penny Blossom 6 digis of winners choice

WINNER: Geesje Boutkan ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 26, Me, Myself & I  Shaker Windows and game card accessories

WINNER: 2nd Chance Drawing Winner Maranda M. 
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Spotlight Series Day 27 – Sarah, StarStampz 2 digis of winners choice

WINNER: Dee ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 28 , Marcella – Power Poppy $20 gift code

WINNER:  2nd Chance Drawing Winner Holly Stahly ** CLAIMED**

 

 

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Zig Kurecolor Giveaway Winner Announcement

and the lucky winner of the Zig Kurecolor Skintone 12 pack giveaway ….

Congratulations Janey G.

I shall email you later today to get  shipping details from you. 🙂

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I am  sure I am not the only one  wishing they were winging their way to my address  lol.   I just  found out this particular set is out of stock at the factory…. eek! If anyone is interested I will post an update when these will be  in stock again. See I told you these pens were good lol.

Chameleon Pens – New Skintone 5 Pack Giveaway

chameleon_logoChameleon Pens have joined us as a End of Spotlight Series Prize Sponsor.  If you missed the whole spotlight Series  last month…. you can find all of the Spotlight Series Guests & their fun Q&A’s as well as the main post for the Spotlight Series Giveaway with all the fab prizes up for grabs HERE.

Chameleon Pens; as you know if you are a regular blog visitor are one of my top two preferred pens for cardmaking and coloring my stamps & digital stamps.  I got a set of these skintone pens to play with from the recently released new color palette…and I am “in luuuuurrrv” You will have seen these used in my recent projects..shame on you if you haven’t been following my blog *grin.

I have to say I was and still am extremely impressed with the new skintone palette, specially NU00 Nude .. LOVE  that pen….. and now you have a chance to try them too.

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If you aren’t lucky enough to score a set for free….  these pens are available for purchase at Chameleon Pens and I’d be  a happy lil clam if you considered purchasing them through the links below, or throughout the  blog.

.. I earn commission on purchase made through my affiliate  links….every lil helps…. but even if you don’t …. here’s the run down anyway.

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The new expanded range comes in a gorgeous carrying case.  I was well impressed with the packaging on my original 22 pen set… but the new one  * sigh… one day you will be mine !!

 

 

 

If you already own the 22 pen  set, you can buy the expansion… I know all you online gamers just love that word “expansion”  which includes the new colors in the awesome carrying case.. with room to add in your original set …. totally rockin idea there  Chameleon 🙂
* may not be available everywhere just yet, check your region.

 

 

 

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If you are on a tight budget … of course you can always just grab the  new palette range in 5 packs.. either individually..or in the bundle deal they have available.

and if you are REALLY REALLY strapped for cash but still would love to try these.. guess what.. you can buy these pens individually too….. so that NU00 can still be yours.

 

 

 

 

But …. in the meantime, I have a set with someone’s name on them and you don’t even have to  leave a comment…unless you want to and that would be really cool too.  It helps me and the sponsors see which of the posts/offers are popular and whether it’s worth repeating similar offers/giveaways or not in the future.

So if you want to see more offers and giveaways…. say now, or forever hold your piece!!!

Big Shout Out to Chameleon Pens, not only for a fantastic product which I love…. but for giving me a chance to share this fab product with one of you!

I know, I know..get on with the giveaway details….  It’s very simple…………..

 

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click here and enter your email address and one lucky person is gonna be getting an email from Chameleon in August congratulating them on their new Skintone 5 pack.

Contest Ends July 31st 2016.
Winner will be notified via email on Aug 1st 2016

…and it’s open Internationally..yup that’s right Internationally 🙂

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New !!!! giveaways tab & current giveaways

I added in a giveaways tab at the top of the page, this is just for Crafting Circle giveaways. Since we have the End of Series Spotlight giveaway coming up in July and we have two current giveaways….I thought it might be a good idea to have a place they are easily accessible.

Current giveaways:

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We have a 12 pack Zig Kurecolor giveaway
Here Zig Kurecolor Alcohol Markers & Giveaway

 

 

 

 

 

 
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If you missed it when it was posted, this is your last chance to play along and win a pack of Shaker Card Windows ..ends May 31st, 2016

Fill in the blanks “saucy” Birthday Shaker Game Card
Here is the link to the original post, go leave your comment  🙂

 

Good luck everyone  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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