I exploded Easter with this fun card filled with Gina Marie Designs die cuts. I have a bunch of new dies sitting on my desk ..along with a gazillion other things I haven’t even had a chance to pull out of their packaging and I decided I was going to get stuck in this week. I had no idea till I started just how well the dies I had were all going to pull together. If you are a regular Gina Marie Designs addict, you will most likely recognize most, if not all of these dies.. but for those of you who don’t, there is a list of supplies at the bottom of the post 🙂
Plenty of room for a sentiment if/ when needed too… just a fun, die crazy card… if you added a banner cut sentiment… that would make at least 7 GMD’s .. or a sentiment die too like the Happy Easter ..or 8 if you had the stitched sun from the stitched skies set.. which I don’t have YET !
I just finished up a few of the new cut files I got from CraftsUPrint the other week.. before the birthday shenanigans descended upon us LOL. What a week that was.. full of fun and games and Lego.. and cake… and a lot of Ice cream lol. But now it’s time to get back to my crafting and coloring.
Ok first up.. this is just a quickie plain card, no sentiment or foreground image.. but you could most certainly add them if and when you wanted to. I was just experimenting with inky skies and this fab new CityScape cut file I picked up. To be honest I have a larger project on the go right now using this… but it won’t be done for a bit. But this will give you an idea of how cool this CityScape is. cuts beautifully on my Cricut, even with all the window detail it has. There are some tiny nail bling rhinestones on this but they didn’t show up so well in this photo..
NEXT !! Lacy Ribbons 1 with spiral roses by Clive Coulter. This is a 3 cut set.. 2 ribbons and the spiral roses. I used one of the ribbons to create a background strip on this card along with one of the new frames I made with the new Gina Marie Designs Dies
Ok.. this one was just me playing with new stuff I have.. love this cut file, it reminds me of Morrocco for some reason… and I had some liquid pearls I picked up on clearance a while back.. so I was tinkering around. This is Compass Pattern by Lizzie Mayne I added some My little paper world stitched corners and some jade liquid pearls and lastly.. just having some fun with the latest batch of freebies I got in the Treasure chest.. who doesn’t love cup cakes huh? the base card is FANCY CARD 11 by Apetroae Stefan and the sentiment and cupcake are from the Treasure Chest Freebies you can select when you spend $15 or more ( $10 when on offer ) I only used the top two layers of the Decoupage .. so I still have the bottom layer for another project 🙂
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Are you ready for Box 3? The new box is SUPPLIES…. and we all need those right?
The contents of this box are going to cost $34.99 and are valued at $89.91 …. Ok so ..what is in the box.. by all accounts from what I can see.. so guarantees….BUT.. 2 rolls of window cling, 3 rolls of glitter vinyl, a roll of adhesive foil, 3 pearlescent paper sample packs in neutral, pastels and bold colors. All things I don’t have and really would like to play with… hurry up pay day. Quantities are limited so grab it while you can.
Have you seen the Cricut Mint Machine Bundle…? check out that price and all the goodies that come with it. I am so coveting the new Explore 2… I would love one of these. If you are totally new to Cricut, which is rare nowadays… but always a possibility.. There are so many cool things you can do with these machines…way beyond what Cricut even show you. Card making, scrapbooking, home decor, kids crafts, personalized clothing, gifts, packaging…… just the tip of the iceberg.
We had one member on the message board who made all of the signs for his re-enactment group.
Me.. I bought mine to make custom photo mats then got hooked ..and there is still a tonne of things I haven’t even tried yet.
One of my favorite things about my Cricut is the aftermarket Adapters I bought, which sadly are not available for the ONE.. but they are available for the Explore, Explore Air and Air 2 and those are FANTASTIC. these are pen adapters for the Circut by a company called Chomas Creations and they allow you to expand the range of pens you can use in your Cricut. For people like me..that is HUGE…it has opened up a whole new world of potential projects that I wouldn’t normally attempt because my handwriting is terrible and my calligraphy skills.. non existent lol. But not just that.. that means I can draw with so many more pens than before…
One of my favorites and one of the most popular pins on my pinterest page is this.. the powder embossing done on the Explore. Yup.. POWDER EMBOSSING drawn on the Cricut.
This allows me to take designs and instead of cutting them, I can draw them and emboss them.. LOVE LOVE LOVE this. There are other embossing pens, including one I made myself.. but these Zig Embossing pens coupled with the Chomas Adapter.. SWEET !!!
Anyone who is a regular on here knows how much I love my Zip pens.. and most all of them will work in my Cricut with the adapter… with the exception of the big chalk pens. But that is ok…. because I can outline on the Cricut then trace over it with my bigger pens when I want to do chalk signs. Way better than anything I could ever achieve by hand.
And of course.. the .. how could I not share what is probably my favorite paper to use on the Cricut.. this stuff is AWESOME.
It cuts beautifully, looks and feels amazing and gives a little extra something something to projects.
These projects were done with Black Velvet paper, but it comes in a bunch of other colors.. including white, which I love to print and color digital stamps on.
Did I mention stencils… check out this etched glass beer stein I made a couple of years ago using a stencil I made and cut on the Cricut. This was for one of our message board challenges. I Just cut my stencil from vinyl, slapped it on..slapped on etching cream and voila.. a fun beer mug 🙂
…so by now, if you are new to the Cricut….you are probably beginning to realize the Cricut can do a lot more than just use images on cartridges and on Design Space Access…. Yup you can upload your own designs or designs purchased elsewhere. Card templates, toppers, digital stamps. I’ve got a confession… I don’t subscribe to Access, I own probably 10 cartridges.. and I use my Cricut to make a lot of cool projects. So if the price of Access, or the designs not being to your taste is something that was holding you back .. never fear… this machine still has a lot to offer.
Print and Cut is fantastic, and when the DS3 ( Design Space update) comes out soon… it’s going to be even better. I for one.. can’t wait. DS3 has so many cool new features… admittedly there are still some things I would love to have added on… because I am used to having them in my graphics programs.. but it’s not a big deal to do it externally and then upload them.
Check out some of these fun projects done using Cricut Print and cut…
KennyK Stamps key holder
3D layered Cute As A Button Slate Wall Plaque
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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This is my latest project and features an image by Cute As A Button “Wedding Day” and a bunch of things from my latest craft hauls. This is my December Inspirational Project and also my No. 3 Sketch with extra credits for the Message Board Sketch Challenge. Some of the ladies and I are old friends from the Cricut Message Board days and this is a continuation of an old challenge on there. It’s a just for fun monthly sketch challenge and all are welcome to come hang out and play.
I wanted to try something I’d been playing with the other week, the watercoloring with printer ink.. but expanded on the idea by including some of the new Zig Kuretake Manga ink I just got. I picked this particular ink for the fact it was water based, so I knew it would dilute and work with this technique. It is a fast drying ink that becomes waterproof once dry and smudge free with Alcohol markers. Exactly what I need! I also picked up a Fine H2o brush in this packet… I have tried cheap versions of these which work.. ok.. but this one is definitely a much higher quality.
I gave the image a color wash with just water and the printer ink, then I slowly layered in a diluted ink to add in more depth and shadow. It has a very subtle color because I diluted it and then absorbed the excess as I worked, but straight out of the bottle.. this is black as black can be. If you let it soak in instead of absorbing it … the colors are also more pronounced.
The reason I picked up this ink is because Artists all have their own style of drawing, some use thinner lines than others and that effects the amount of ink you have to pull from the printed image. I have a gorgeous set of Gansai Tambi watercolor paints I could have used..BUT I wanted to experiment… PLUS these inks are waterproof once dried AND I can use the ink with various writing/drawing tools.
k let’s face it.. I just wanted to play with something new lol. Wait till you get to see the other bottle of ink I picked up….
I added in some really subtle color on the image using my Chameleon Pens
NU00, BL2, BG1 & GR1.
This image was printed on a Canson Mixed Media sheet through the Epson Eco Tank.
ok.. now onto the card itself. I am not really a fussy card maker.. but I do like to play around with ideas and try new things out, so now and then I’ll get a bit “fluffy”.
I had some fab new dies from Gina Marie designs I wanted to try out and so I mixed it up with some of those, some GM’s from a previous order, a die from my latest Blitsy order and some Cheapie imports from Ebay. And then I had a play with my Martha Stewart punches…. for good measure.
Starting at the back and working forward..
Silver Glitter card stock, local dollar store Blue Recollections Card Stock with Martha Steward border punch set. If you want a continuous border, these punches all come with cutting instructions and sizes so you can get perfect borders. For this project I wanted to play with an off cut pattern, just to add a little interest to the background. White 110lb index Card Blue Recollections Card Stock
Image is popped on a layer of Darice Foam
Image is die cut with the new Mini Hearts Square set from Gina Marie Designs
On top of that are 3 cuts from the Gina Marie Flower Branch Die.. 2 were inked with a blue pad..one darker than the other for some contrast and pearl cabochons were popped in the smaller centers for some subtle bling.
The butterfly and beautiful cuts are from Gina Marie
The “Be” sentiment is from Blitsy
….and finally the small leafy sprigs came from Ebay.
I used a mix of glues and tapes… details and links for the products used can be found below for anyone interested.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
I’m trying something new for this post, it’s a new addon I created for slow release posts. This post will gradually appear over a period of 24 hours and should display in it’s entirety by tomorrow night. I am assured there are no side effects to this slow release technology.. so it will be interesting to see how effective it is.
“Pixie Pan” is colored with Chameleon Pens and is the background for my shaker window. the shaker window is filled with tiny black and white dots. Musical Brads, flowers, pearl studs, an ivy cut file and some pink rhinestones surround a matching circular frame and the piece is mounted on a black foam padded base atop a hand striped pink base card.
…another one of my new cut files from my latest haul at CraftsUPrint. I modified the cut piece afterwards to change it up and use my acetate. I bought the acetate sheet with this type of design in mind, so when I won the Bob Pot … and saw these fab over the edge cut files.. yeah .. come to momma !
I have a bunch of different designs..so I’ll be making quite a few of these this week as I bought some of them with specific projects in mind.