Sympathy card drawn with a Chalk Marker pen on the Cricut Explore

I adapted this CUP cut file to draw the design on my Cricut Explore, as opposed to cutting it.  Love this effect!

I imported the SVG file into Design space, created a duplicate and used the contour feature to create a cut file of the outline, I then switched the original from cut, to write and used a Zig  dual tipped chalk pastel marker pen to draw the design.  I added in some tiny pearl cabochons and a sympathy sentiment die by  Gina Marie Designs.

This would look great done in a black pen  on white then colored with markers too.
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I love the versatility of these over the edge card cut files.  This one I re-proportioned to create a square card, instead of the original rectangular card.

Cut File  OVER THE EDGE FLORAL BORDER 10 by Apetroae Stefan

Zig Chalk Pastel Marker ( requires the Chomas Creations marker adapter for use in the Cricut Explore..not available for the ONE)

Gina Marie Designs Sympathy die

Zig 2 way glue

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“Catch of the Day” fun fishing themed card

I picked up another fun new cut file in my latest traipse over at CUP,  Tri-Fold Scalloped Top Card by one of my favorite SVG designers, Rae Carr.
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I recently picked up some new Gina Marie Dies “Gone Fishing” and  I had  grabbed this fun image from Bugaboo Stamps called Girlz – wiggle the bait to go with them.  Well as it happens, I have been waiting for  just the right project to use the paper stack I won from DCWV a few months back.. and this was it!  It’s a gorgeous paper stack called Coastal, filled with all sorts of cool  card sheets.. including some pearl foiled and printed linen pages. cup_fishies2 cup_fishies3
I added in a dual stitched frame  using my Lil’Inkers dies and added the catch of the day chalkboard look using a Zig Chalk Pastel Pen.  The inside  net was created using the lattice portion of the Gina Marie Lacey Lattice die set I got a month or so back.  The fish was colored with Tim Holtz Distress ink pads, as was the chalk board frame and the nets and rod.

The base card was cut from a Craft Smith solid color card stack on my Cricut Explore and the image was printed on Canson Mixed Media, then colored with Chameleon Pens.

Adhesives for this project were Zig Photo Tape and Zig 2 way glue.

I was naughty….this was supposed to be my DT project for the new Bugaboo Stamps Challenge starting on the blog in January… but I was impatient to share it.  Soooo…. guess I’ll be doing another project this weekend lol.

Be sure to subscribe to the blog, or follow me on Facebook etc if you want to be alerted to the new challenge.  All you Bugaboo Stamp fans, get your creative juices flowing..  this one is exclusively for Bugaboo Stamps Projects and prizes are sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps every month.  Woo Hoo.. we love our Bugaboo Stamps, so the DT team are a bunch of happy little clams…. and ….we have a new DT  joining us for the Bugaboo Challenge too  🙂

Slightly off topic and I will be posting about this tomorrow  too.. I just had a quick peek  to see what new Gina Marie Dies are available and saw some fab deals on some Deep Red Rubber Stamps ..I was drooling over the vintage ones… specially at those prices.  They will be fab for my vintage/steampunk backgrounds.  AND for any of you old Cricut Explore owners who never got the Bluetooth Adapter... I also saw they have a handful of them available .. $10…… so if you always wanted one.. now’s the time to go grab one, they don’t have many in stock.

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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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CraftsUPrint Friday Freebie – soft tone Christmas Card

Check out this beautiful Christmas card kit, it’s a gorgeous soft color palette with beautiful florals, and this is the new Friday Freebie.   This one is sure to be a big hit with your friends and family.  I love this one because it has my favorite winter flowers on it..I love Poinsettias.. and it’s non traditional color scheme is just  fabulous.

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Santas Sleigh Card Front Kit by Julie Hutchings

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Zig Memory System Collection review

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First impressions of the Zig Memory System 48 piece Collection from CraftingAbility.com.

Seems like a pretty cool collection, nice variety of pen types nice packaging.

12 Calligraphy Markers
12 Writer Markers
6 Journal and Title Markers
6 Scroll & Brush Markers
6 Brushables
3 Writer Chalk Pastels
3 Calligraphy Chalk Pastels


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Ok, I just jumped right in and threw in a writer pen…. when it comes to my Cricut, I am in for a penny, in for a pound as they say. No point in pussy footing around, it’s either going to work great… or it’s going to turn my nice new pen tips to smush.  Only one way to find out.





Ok, so initial  impressions…. these pens will not work in the Cricut Explore with the standard adapter.

They will however work perfectly using the Amy Chomas Marker adapter.

SCORE Brownie points for that one Zig.


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I’m sure we are all familiar with the poem “daffodil”  by William Wordsworth.

I picked this one because it was a well know verse and if I am honest… it suited my pen color preference. I am nothing if not honest and a realist.



If you are going to test a set of pens out.. the first one you pick is the one you are least likely to use.  That way if it gets smushed….it’s not such a big deal right!

So I picked the green writer, it’s not a color I am going to use to write on my cards on a regular basis… trust me!

Now the thing with this  decision making technique is…. guaranteed the one you smush and think is no big deal… is the one you want NEXT week.

But as luck would have it… these pens are built pretty dang tough.  I have had markers with broader tips than these…smush like a pancake after a sentence or two.  Not these… even using the fine tip end, 2 verses in and it is still as good as new.  SCORE Brownie points for that one Zig.

 

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I wasn’t joking when I said a quick squiggle 🙂


The Calligraphy markers have a chisel tip, flat and thin and I am excited to try those properly… I just had a quick squiggle with all of the pen types.  It’s been years since I tried anything like that, and I will probably suck… but I’ve got all winter to practice getting my handwriting skills back on course.. Texas is heading for a very wet and cold winter by all accounts.

I deliberately picked up products last month that I knew I needed to work on my skills with.. like coloring pens and watercolor paints… knowing this winter would be a great time to  get back into lost skills and develop new ones.

 

These pens will work in perfectly to other projects I have on my todo list… like my Recycled Playdoh Journal and card making.

 

All of the pens are dual tipped.  The brush and Scroll markers are interesting too.  The Scroll ones have a kind of forked tip, definitely looking forward to playing with those ones. The variety of tips and colors in this pack is pretty cool, definitely a good kit for people like me who want to try new techniques and ideas. It’s also a great kit for anyone who handwrites on papercrafts and needs a good mix at a decent price.  At the regular price, these pens work out at less than $2 a pop.. with the CraftingCircle Exclusive deal… you are talking just over $1.50 a pen… that’s a dang good deal.  We all know how much  it costs to build up our pen collections.

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One of my personal favorites right  now, the pastel chalk markers.. these are soo cool.  At first I thought I had misinterpreted the description of these pens and they weren’t intended for dark papers afterall.  But watch this video…. this is pretty damned cool. My creative director was on hand …. sorry LOL


 

 

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Now something cool I noticed on the box..in the top  left corner at the back.. is this…it says BLENDABLE.  Now Steve mentioned something about this and a video… so I shall get that information and post it in a comment later.

 

 

 

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As you can see I got a bit distracted and just had to try those big chalk markers too…LOL


I just tested the Illumigraph and the giant orange marker with rubber stamps on the magnet and dark paper….  but enough of that, they will have their own post in a few days  🙂



VERDICT – I like these pens, I definitely need to brush up on my handwriting skills, too many years on computers has made me lazy. I’m looking forward to working with these over the winter months and hopefully I’ll be able to used these in our message board card challenges real soon. I found the scroll ones a bit tricky to use, but I am pretty sure that is more me than the pens, I just need to get used to playing with pens more than I have in recent years. Practice makes perfect right!

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ImageAbility Review box

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Ok ladies and gents.. today’s “mystery” review box from ImageAbility.Inc.  is….

….  an assortment of products from the Ziggyboard.com and www.craftingability.com

I swear  Steve over at ImageAbility can read my mind sometimes… well maybe not so much when it comes to the big Orange marker….trying to throw me a challenge there??  but heh… I am sure I can find a use for that too *grin.  I’m always up for trying something outside of the box… no pun intended :p

 

 

 

This box contained:

Zig Memory System 48 piece Collection
Some slate blanks
3 marker pens
Magnetic chalk Board “Scraps”.

Now when Steve at ImageAbility says he is sending Scraps, or Seconds for me to play with…. they are not my idea of scraps lol.  His version of “I grabbed some scraps and threw them in your box”  is not what you would expect lol.  These are good size pieces  and his idea of “flawed…”  …I have bought retail products at full price with more flaws  LOL.  The same can be said for the 12×12 sheets of chalkboard vinyl… hell if they looked like seconds to me.  I can only imagine what the “good stuff” looks like if these are scraps and seconds !

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First of all let me tell you, this magnetic sheet cuts like a dream… super easy to cut on my cheapie little Recollections Paper trimmer I picked up a few weeks ago as a backup.  Squaring up my “scraps” was a no brainer.  I took one of the “smaller”  scraps..and when I say smaller.. we are talking about 8 inches x 24 ish (…that’s some scraps there LOL )

 

 

It had one tiny flaw on the end which was easily trimmed off… and to be honest, I probably wouldn’t have even bothered if I was planning to use it as a backing for sticker magnets. It was a surface scratch…. nothing more.  But, I was testing out the ease of cutting and so I trimmed it off.  This also comes in a whiteboard finish; so a useful tool for keeping your projects organized when you have a lot of things on the go, not to mention it makes a great Magnetic note  board for the kitchen, office or garage.  Retail sheets come in a variety of sizes to suit all needs. Heck I want to decorate an entire wall in this stuff. If only I didn’t live in an apartment  LOL.

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..I can tell you now I am seriously considering running out to Home Depot with my pieces and finding a sheet of metal to attach to the end of my craft carts, so I can use this on there to hold my thin dies.  I so badly need a better way to store the ones I have.. this would be perfect. My carts don’t have solid ends.  I am pretty sure hubby doesn’t want to wake up and find our Fridge and freezer decorated in my dies.


If you have a solid surface to mount it, Ziggyboard also have flexible steel which feels like the regular magnetic sheet..and magnets stick to it, as opposed to this sheet which is Magnetic and sticks to steel.

 

 

 

On a side note.. all you Cricut users who have mats that are losing their sticky, www.craftingability.com have a  2 way glue stick that  should fix that problem.  I will let you know when I get mine and try it out on my nasty old mats.

 

slate

This slate is beautiful and I have it on good authority this is good old USA slate… not imported  🙂  I have always loved slate.. so  I was super excited to see these pieces in my box.  Probably far more excited than the mail man was haha.

 

Included was 2 coaster size pieces just under 4 inch squared, a 4×8 piece and a 5.5 x 8 ish piece.  Sizes may vary slightly obviously, this is a natural product.. handsplit New England slate.. LOVE IT !

 

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Next we have the 3 markers … the jumbo 15mm Orange Zig Posterman Waterproof which at first glance looks like it could be hiding pepper spray LOL
The 6mm light blue Zig Posterman Wet Wipe
…and finally the 6mm White Zig Illumigraph.

 

I’ll go into more detail on what they can be used on and  their specific uses etc  when I use them.. but if you can’t wait for that, feel free to hop on over to the Ziggyboard.com site and check them out.  Quick rundown.. the orange and blue are good for  chalkboard, windows, mirrors, ceramics and the white Illumigraph works on chalkboard, windows and lightboards..all have an ETC. after the list.. so I am sure there are more.

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….and the Piece de Resistance
The Zig Memory system 48 Collection.
this set inlcudes:

12 Calligraphy Markers
12 Writer Markers
6 Journal and Title Markers
6 Scroll & Brush Markers
6 Brushables
3 Writer Chalk Pastels
3 Calligraphy Chalk Pastels
Now the big test for the pens and Magnetic chalkboard will be

…. can the Cricut Explore cut this magnetic sheet and write with these pens?

I can tell you already the pens won’t fit in the regular adapter  that comes with your Cricut Explore (original), but if you have an aftermarket adapter, like the Amy Chomas  marker adapter… they fit perfectly.  I can’t vouch for the Air, or One machines, because I don’t have one.  But I believe the Air and original Explores are the same,  unless anyone knows differently.  And I have a feeling the Explore One has a different pen system …?

So… the big question… where to start??   so many cool things to try, which one do I play first?

I guess you will find out tonight which one I chose…. and stay tuned. The CraftingCircle Exclusive discount code will be posted tonight too.  This is just a teaser so you know what to look out for.

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I can give you a hint.. it’s an “odd” number,  it’s over 20% and the code will be valid for ALL products on the www.craftingability.com site…and we’re working on setting up a code for Ziggyboard.com too.   Why would you expect a “normal” anything from me ? of course it’s going to be an odd number…. so  have a look around www.craftingability.com and Ziggyboard.com and get ready to grab some deals with this exclusive discount.

All you pro crafters  who do shows, or have a shop should definitely check out the  Ziggyboard  site, they have a lot of good business products too.

This code will be valid through December 31 2015, or while supplies last ….and if you are eyeing up this pen set, I can tell you quantities are limited.

 

DISCLAIMER - Nothing like stating the obvious here... 
*The products mentioned above were provided free of charge for review purposes.
*No monetary compensation was received and as always, all reviews and comments regarding products on this blog are my own honest "personal" opinions whether products were supplied or purchased. <<<< SURPRISE !!!