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.
Super excited to finally have my Chameleon Color Tops from the Kickstarter program a few months back. No big unboxing .. lil man tore into this box the second we got it haha. He likes Happy Mail as much as his momma does.
Ok..so for those who of you who don’t know what a Kickstarter program is.. a brief explanation. Kickstarter is used by companies to raise funds to get new products into production and I guess probably gauge the public’s response to an idea to see if it is worth continuing with before committing to Big $’s in production.
Anyone who was involved in this one will tell you… the public responded… in a big way lol. this project was open for funding for a month.. and met it’s initial funding goal in the first 2 hours of going live. If you are a Chameleon Pens fan… that would come as no surprise to you at all LOL.
Various reward levels are available to suit funding partners of all budgets. Funding commitments started at $10, all the way up to a whopping $400+ for those people who just wanted it all. Each funding level had it’s own rewards associated with it. Basically you select how much you want to pay in to fund the project and you get the rewards on offer for that level BEFORE they go on sale to everyone else. Much as I would have loved to go all out for the “LOT”, I just didn’t have the funds available to do that * sigh. But I did jump in and get my Color Tops… and then on top of the regular rewards there were also goal rewards. As funding offers flew in .. a new goal level reward was added in…so on top of my color tops… I also received a bunch of extra goal rewards. The detailer pen, an additional blender pen, extra tips and color cards… there was also free online classes offered which we all received when the funding period closed.
Ok so..what did I pay? and what did I get … a $70 pledge got me the full range of the brand new product “Color Tops” plus the extras mentioned above. If you know what tip to tip blending is, and already know the concept behind how Chameleon Pens work…. then this will be easy to understand. Instead of coloring with one color and achieving your tones with the blender tops on each pen…. you can now tip to tip blend EASILY, ACCURATELY AND ….in COLOR!!! yup. The exact way you blend with your current Chameleons using clear blender.. but in color.
I am not going to gab on forever about this right now… expect a new post real soon, probably with video. If I can find a quiet minute to make a basic one I will.
One Happy Crafter… thanks Chameleon Pens!!! comes as no surprise you blew the funding goals out of the water again this time. And for all of you who missed out on the Kickstarter again this time… The new products will be available soon 🙂 If you haven’t seen these pens before…and this is your first time hearing the name … WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN !!!! lol
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I wanted to play around with some new ideas for my Cricut Explore and Digital stamps so I knocked up this quickie little over the edge card. The base idea which I am sharing here has so many uses.. regular card, note card, gift card and money holder.
Because of the way I made it a short fold card you could easily add a sentiment/greeting down the inside edge.. like “Hey Girl” or similar for a casual hi, hello, hey there… to a gal pal. This image is Casual Girl, and I mirrored my image for this project.
This particular design was a test piece to see how it would cut on my Cricut Explore and I love the way it came out… so stay tuned throughout the month for a whole bunch of fun new designs and ideas using some of the Bugaboo stamps I have in my collection.
This girl is cut on 110lb Index Card and colored with Chameleon Pens. I designed this particular one as a single layer and imported it into Cricut Design Space.. but it’s also a great one to do my 3D layered Images on too.
Hoping to have a creative month with my little guy, get us back on track after a pretty dismal start to this month…
I was having fun playing with my Cohas adhesive Vinyl chalkboard again and made a sign to hang up outside of my kitchen. My lil guy can be a fussy eater, so I thought I would make him a fun menu so he could help meal plan. This is just a flat canvas panel, covered in chalkboard vinyl and a couple of strips of ribbon… and I added Beer and Barbeque Lady Digital Stamp, but colored the bottle to look like Ketchup. The image is colored with Zig Kurecolor markers.
I needed a break from cleaning up and had a play with some fun signs.. nothing major, just some fun signs with some fun images. I popped a square piece of Cohas Adhesive Chalkboard Vinyl onto an 8×8 wood canvas/blank and added some of the fun images I got from CraftsUPrint designer Gordon Fraser. These were watercolored using Gansai Tambi paints and H2o brushes on Canson Mix Media Paper.
It’s really easy to swap images in and out…. if you don’t want to keep a permanent image on it, just use a 2 way temporary bond glue. Great way to make motivational signs for yourself, or other family members. I just wrote on mine with blue and white Zig wet wipe Chalk Markers, which cleans right off with a wet rag. You could of course use a more permanent pen which they also make, that comes off with window cleaner. I deliberately didn’t prime my chalk pens, to keep it more rustic and not so intense.
This vinyl comes in 12×12 sheets, or pre-cut labels in various shapes. I like the 12×12 sheets because I can cut this on my Cricut Explore if I want something a bit fancy and also write on it on my Cricut.. because let’s face it, my handwriting sucks haha…. or pop it in a 12×12 Scrapbook page frame if I want something bigger. I have the labels too and they are awesome for labeling jars etc with my lil man as gifts.. lots of fun shapes.
When I want a more permanent sign, I confess I usually run it through my Cricut first to add the text..
Right now you can get access to the Treasure chest with a £15 order, plus £5 voucher on orders over £15 ( ends 27/3). 24 hour vault access and free mothers day clipart.. as well as the usual bonus game and entry into the Bob Pot Prize…
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The card background was done with a stamp I had that matched the daisy in the image on a A2 card from a Michaels value pack. Of course I used my trusty Zig Photo Tape runner to attach it…
If you like the look of this die, check out my previous posts on the front page showing off the fun Bonus cuts you can use to make some really cool frames. If you are reading this post months down the road.. do a search for Gina Marie Designs and that should pull them up… or search the March 2017 archive.
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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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The lil guy is getting in more craft projects than I am this past week lol… here is a card I helped him put together for his grandparents who sent him a card and Toys R Us gift certificate for his 5th birthday, which is on Thursday.
Can you tell he likes Giraffes? This time he painted up 4 giraffes and then chose the one he wanted to send to them. We will make up some more cards with the others. We added in one of the new frames that I have been experimenting with using the Gina Marie Designs Dies in a previous post Sneaky Peek.. You’ve been Framed !
A while back I bought a bunch of these cute little wooden boxes .. the idea was to use them to A: decorate and B: for storing some of my loose pens. Well .. as you do, it just suddenly hit me. I had the perfect portable storage to take my pens anywhere, but of course being me.. I hate coloring flat. I built a super simple desktop easel last year using an offcut spare bit of shelving and two of my sons triangular wood blocks from his building set LOL.
Fabulous little thing.. I use it all of the time… but it’s not exactly idea if you want to work on odd surfaces like the park benches with the wire tops… but THIS.. now THIS would work. I have had my pens in this box for a few months now and it never even occurred to me till NOW lol. I have everything I needed to make a portable easel with storage for my pens.. all I had to do was throw a handle on it if desired and build the easel portion. Pff .. NO brainer lol.. TA DA !!! 5 minutes and one pack of popsicle sticks later and I have my portable easel which could be multi-positional if desired.
Right now I have a flexible band across the top holding extra pens.. but you could store pencil sharpeners, pre printed images or any extras in there as needed by adding an insert with elastic loops, or plastic pockets These boxes are plenty big enough for a 72 set of pencils and more if you were to include the top section by adding a strap. It can be done with any size box, but this one was already here and already filled so I chose to use this one for the project. It is approx 8.5×8.5 and 3/4 -1 inch deep at the bottom and 1/2- 3/4 inch deep at the top.
I cut 3 different lengths of Popsicle for different working angles and just stored them inside.. but if this were something you would use a lot you could easily add all 3 angles permanently by fixing them to the box with a nut and bolt and or use metal bars which you can find at the DIY store and just fold out the one you wanted ( think Swiss Army pocket knife lol )
I added a Popsicle to the top with a strip of commercial grade double sided tape to give the paper a resting place so I wouldn’t have to use pins on it to stop it sliding. I might replace that with a cute little wooden ruler I have once I cut it to size.
Just be sure to seal your box top to protect your wood and /or decor if you decide to fancy it up; and carry a spare piece of card or something to act as a barrier and give a little padding beneath your project. There are lots of options for decorating the top including a frame with a permanent perspex window, or a slide in .. hell if you wanted to get fancy .. you could make a cut out…frame in a sheet of perspex and pop a battery operated light inside..VOILA !!! portable light box included.
You can take this base project idea which will knock you back about $5 for the box and a couple of bucks for Popsicle sticks if you don’t have them…. and totally go to town and personalize your portable easel… make it as quick and simple or hi-tech and permanent as you want. Possibilities are endless.
….anywho.. maybe someone out there will have a need for a portable easel with storage and not want to spend a gazillion bucks on one… so .. here you go..something to think about next time you are aimlessly wandering the aisles, coupons in hand.
.. you are welcome 🙂
This is exactly the same kind of box I used in a previous project, with the big cockerel on it.. for anyone who saw that post