Wahooo…… I’m BACK …with a splash !!

Well I finally got time to really sit down and actually color, admittedly it was a quickie session… but I got to color and dang but it feels good. Here is a really cool image by Cute As A Button “Bathtub Mermaid” and as if you didn’t guess already… yup I gave my new Chameleon Pens Color Tops a whirl. Add on a splash of Sakura Gelly Roll for some glitz and glam and detailing.. and voila!

I mounted her on a ply wood art tile/canvas  using double sided sheets of adhesive tape and inked up the edges with 3 tones of Color Smart Ink pads.  I’ll add a protective waterproof layer before hanging her in the bathroom.

This is my challenge image for July for the Cute As A Button Challenge Blogspot… come on over and play

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Fairy Topper Notebook

I made this cute Fairy topper design  Fairy on Fancy Background No.3 into a notebook cover for my friends little girl.  It’s a full 8.5 x 11 comb bound scribble pad  and I will add her name to the scroll on the front.  Another gorgeous Lyn Simms design for the little fairy lovers  in our lives.

You can find this file in various cutting machine formats at CraftsUprint

 

Unity Stamp co. bookmarks for the Abandoned Art Bucket

I wanted to have a quick play before bed last night/this am ..I have had these stamps sitting here staring at me LOL. I had an old paperback of hubby’s sat here on my desk for a while now too. He no longer wanted it and I didn’t want to waste it..so it was a toss up between upcycling it, or finding a new home for it. I am sure it was a fabulous story… but upcycling won.

I see this as a fitting tribute to the author who will now be enjoyed by a potential 322 people if I were to  use the complete book to make bookmarks for Abandonment projects. That’s a pretty good audience, even if they only get to read snippets of it.  Even if I had given it away complete….I doubt it would have ever reached that many people.

I may try that idea next….. like the old Where’s George site for $ bills. I could do a “WheresJim.com” and see how far a book travels; assuming of course the book is by an author called Jim, like this one.  It might be fun to do it with a kids book… hmm, idea to tuck away for when I have some spare time  🙂

I have a bunch of stuff to take care of between now and tomorrow night. A new month is coming and that means Lots of projects and new challenges to be set up and winners to be picked.

So.. quickie description…

One page ripped in half… inked up with Ranger Distress ink pads
Stamps were inked with Good ol Craft Smart Dye ink
Colored with a mix of Zig Kurecolor and a ranger Distress pen.. feather has a touch of Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust
Mounted on Kraft card stock with Zig Photo Tape
laminated on a Scotch TL901 using Scotch laminating pouches
Trimmed up with my new Swingline guillotine ( see previous post)
Hole punched using a Fiskars 1/4 punch
Boho /shabby ribbon was a gift from a friend who was de-stashing

Stamps are Part of the Story & Scattered Pieces

 

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“A little Tutti Frutti” humorous Valentines card

I’ve been wanting to color this one for a while, but was waiting for the right moment to hit…  I am a creature of mood, so an image has to “speak to me” for me to really get into creating with it. Sometimes it is instant and I know the second I see it exactly what I need to do with it… specially those ones that tickle my bad sense of humor.  Others I have to let them grow on me and I bounce ideas around and then it hits me…

This was one of those projects.  I had the main image and the fun paper  done and sat waiting for  the finishing touches.. when it hit me.  I was just gonna have to write me a poem  LOL.   I hope you like it.

This is my DT project for the February 2017 Crafty Awesomeness Challenge and was created with an image from Cute As A Button, who is the February Sponsor.  Come on over and join in and share your projects.

This is IMG00221 Chiquita by Cute As A Button she was print and cut on the Cricut Explore and colored with a mix of Zig Kurecolor and Chameleon Pens. I popped some Glossy Accents on  the grapes and necklace for a subtle 3D feel.  The patterned paper is one I found on Etsy by AT Art Digital and you may have seen my “Do you digital?” post last week or two about these.

I printed this on my Epson Eco Tank, and then trimmed that down with my wavy blade on my cutter.  I added a black layer behind for impact which also has a wavy edge and then mounted it all on a card base cut from a Craft Smith paper pad using Zig Photo Tape.  The Pineapple was one of the Michaels $1.50 stamps and I stamped, hand cut and colored that. Sentiment die, I think was  a cheapie import???  cut on my Sizzix Big SHot

and the poem.. yup….  the poem…. that was all me…. sorry, having a “moment”  LOL.

Let’s face it.. not every girls is flowers and hearts.  I’ll take a good laugh over a bunch of flowers any day of the week.

Love this image, reminds me of Carmen Miranda…. yup… I know..showing my age again lol.

Hope you like it  🙂

 

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Decorated MDF Inspirational Frame

Well this is a new one on me…

I have always liked the look of journaling and bible decorating; but since I don’t journal..and I don’t do the Bible thing…. and I don’t really think it would look the same if I stamped  the HTML Bible, which is the only one I own lol.. this was my own take on the idea.  And yes, that is a real thing.. Google it.. it’s a book for Computer geeks who build websites etc.

anywho.. as I said, this is my alternate take on the whole journaling, bible stamping thing….

I took an Art Minds  12 x 12 MDF frame that I picked up at Michaels a year or so ago, coated it in diluted Mod Podge and  stuck  a sheet of Christmas text on it from a paper stack book I just picked up in the sales at Michaels.  It’s from the Recollections Christmas – Pinecone Lodge Paper pad ..I stamped it with Stazon Ink and a stamp I also picked up in the after Christmas sale which was a Poinsettia stamp and die set by Stampendous.  I had already stamped and colored it so I  took that copy and scanned it into my graphics program, then did a print and cut on my Cricut Explore to  add the  colored layer.  These have been sprayed with Mod Podge sealer which really makes the colors pop on printed images, if you are printing on a regular flat card stock like the Georgia Pacific, or Neenah 110lb.

I cut the believe sentiment in two layers; one black and one red to match the coloring on the poinsettias and the main image using a Momenta Die I picked up on clearance at Hobby Lobby…and of course my trusty old Sizzix Big Shot.

The Image is IMG00374 -377 Faith Fairies Bundle – Bible Journaling Bookmark Digital Digi Stamp by Cute As A Button and I printed it on Canson Mixed Media paper then colored her with Chameleon Pens.  I stamped a border  of ferns around her using Black Ranger Archival Ink and Green Crafts Smart inks and the Hero Arts Fern stamp I picked up….again.. yup..in the Christmas sales at Michaels.

This is my  project for the new Cute As A button Blog Challenge, we’d love to see you join us.

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Humorous Christmas Card ..getting ready for 2017

This is a Bugaboo Stamps Friday Freebie, if you didn’t grab it..you still have a few days left to get it before the new Freebie comes out.  It’s called “Winter Penguin Trio”  I am still playing with Christmas images… nothing like getting a head start on next 2017 cards lol.

I knocked up a super quick and simple card. It’s just a single fold on an 8.5×11 sheet of Black card, the image was printed on Canson mixed Media and colored with Chameleon pens. I added the inside sentiment to the bottom of the photo, just so you get the intended humor.  The image is foam popped on a sheet of Darice foam and the sentiment is a die cut from a Momenta die I picked up on clearance at Hobby Lobby last week.  I cut it on black card then rewrote the sentiment with a Zig Chalk Pen.  Tore up the edges and sponged on a blue ink edging.bug_penguin_trio

Supplies:

Recollections 65lb card -Black
Canson Mixed Media Paper 7×10
Chameleon Pens
Zig Chalk Marker Dual tip – white
Momenta “Believe” die – Hobby Lobby clearance
Craftsmart Dye Ink Pad  –  Light Blue
Darice Adhesive foam sheet
Zig Photo Tape

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Perfect packaging for small gifts and stocking stuffers

What a cute way to wrap small gifts… specially those standby gifts for unexpected visitors, or small tokens of appreciation to  delivery drivers, colleagues etc.

  • candy
  • cookies
  • silk scarf
  • perfume/cologne
  • stocking stuffers
  • Blind bag toys
  • jewelry
  • lipstick
  • tree decoration
  • cash
  • Craft Supplies  .. and so much more

This is a great one sheet cut design… only one seam to glue or tape; really quick to cut and assemble…   tie  off the end, stuff, tie off the other end… and decorate as desired.  I actually added a reinforcement band  to mine, for looks and because it will be holding something a bit bulky.  Of course you can make these in any size you want, you can supersize it by splitting the design and using two glue tabbed sections instead and cutting each one on a larger sheet.

Fab way to wrap up  paint brushes, crafters pens and pencils, ink pads, embossing powders, stamps and other small items.  I like to hide presents on the tree as well as under it, so this is perfect for people like me  who like to keep a few hidden presents in plain sight.  These look to be the perfect size for those seasonal stamps at Michaels which we usually grab for the little guys collection.  Fimo Polymer clays would be fun in something like these too… and I bet this would be fab for making small craft kit gifts for kids too.  So many uses 🙂

This is a CraftsUPrint file by Rae Carr  called “175 Christmas Cracker Box”  I cut it on a 12×12 sheet of Craft Smith from their Silver Foil pad.  This particular cracker measure 10 inches in length and  is about 2 1/4 inch  squared.  The main storage area before it starts to curve  in is approximately 3 and a half inches. But of course, you can modify the cut file dimensions to suite your needs..as I did by unlocking the file dimensions if needed.

rae_crackerboxI added in the green glitter card band and  some matching ribbon ties, a few bells and some die cuts …  very easy file to assemble and decorate… and perfect for those of  you who find wrapping paper and tape to be like attempting brain surgery lol.

Love this file, definitely one I will be using a lot next year…. I am already planning ahead for next years projects.. * sigh  haha.  The fun thing is because of the design it could be used all year round, not just Christmas..it kind of looks like a big wrapped candy.

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Cricut Luggage ..travel in style!

Have you seen the Cricut Luggage?  I am sorry I can’t bring myself to call it a bag, or storage, or  cart …. this looks too classy….it has to be luggage lol

If you are a Cricut crafter who has to travel a lot to retreats, shows etc  and you want to do it in style.. you have to see these.  Or if you are a looking for a gift for the Cricut Crafter who has EVERYTHING…, and we all know there are a few of those haha.  Check these out…. or as my 4 year old says …

“Check these Bad Boys out !”

cricutluggageDesigned in a stylish, but classic tweed, for use at home or on the go! “These premium crafting bags are thoughtfully designed to provide organization and storage for your Cricut machines and craft supplies”

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Rolling Craft Tote

 

• Easy rolling premium craft bag
• Multiple compartments, pockets and detachable storage
• Specially designed to hold rolls of vinyl, iron-on and more
• Multi-directional wheels roll in any direction
• Machine and supplies sold separately

 

 

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Machine Tote

 

• Thoughtfully organized
• Conveniently designed to stack with Rolling Craft Tote
• Side pockets, compartments and sturdy double-snap handle
• Soft padding for added protection
• Machine and rolling tote sold separately

 

 

 

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Shoulder Bag

 

• Thoughtfully designed for mobility
• Padded section for laptop or tablet
• Holds 12”x12” materials
• Inside zipper pocket

 

 

 

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rolling Craft Tote +Machine Tote Combo

 

Includes:

• Rolling Craft Tote, Tweed
• Machine Tote, Tweed

 

 

 

 

Sadly me and my Cricut are pretty stationary..but if I was travelling a lot.. these would definitely be on my wish list.   I love the classic tweed look.

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Super simple wooden easel effect

This was another one of the recent cut files I bought from CraftsUPrint by Designer Clive Couter  “Artists Easel Card”. The sample on the site was very feminine, so I decided to try something different.  I went for a super simple look.   The cut file is really quick and simple .. just 3 cuts, 5 folds and a couple of spots of glue..and voila! one easel ready to decorate. I chose to keep it simple and added a handful of die cuts …. but you could be as simple, or as fussy with the decor as you like.

Nice versatile design that could be used for cards, signs, seating arrangements and so much more.  Throw on some chalkboard vinyl and some chalk pens and it would be a great one for kids, or teachers…. homeschooling awards, So many possibilities!

Materials for this one are super easy… 110lb card stock, some ink pads, glue and some die cuts.  This would be a fun and easy projects for the kids too.  Add a photo or drawing and send it to Grandma ..or pop it on a shelf with an inspirational quote.
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Floral overlay border edge acetate card

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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Sizzix Big Shot

 

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.

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