Cricut 12 Days of Christmas Flash Sale extended! coupons & project ideas

If you still haven’t picked your Cricut Explore up..  you still have time.  Cricut extended their flash sale and you can pick up an Explore Machine, or Bundle and still get it before Christmas if you order by the 16th.


Deals on the Explore start at $139, there is a deal for every budget…  Shop now and  have yourself a Very Merry Cutmas!  Deals and Coupons  below
Explore’s aren’t just for the ladies… we’ve had guys on our Message Board too…  Guys who do reenactment and  want to build signs and  props for their events.  Model builders who want to customize their projects with their own vinyl decals, stencils or printable decorations. Woodworkers and  toy makers who  need unique designs to personalize items. so many uses for this machine as well as the  card making and scrapbooking people  usually think of.

Fabulous tool for  Crafty Homeschoolers  and teachers too.  So many Fab designs and things you can use in your daily lessons..personalized reward stickers, labels,  decor,  and so many neat ways to  brighten up Essays, reward charts, certificates, calendars, work books ….and more.

Have a chef in the house? Create fun personalized aprons and storage containers with Vinyl products.

Cricut Design Space has 1000’s of images and fonts available for those of you who prefer digital access over cartridges. **Not All Cartridges are available in Design Space… and Cricut Access

Need something more Unique… they have you covered there too.  Import your own files for Print and cut to add your hand colored digital stamps to your projects, turn them into easy 3D Decoupage designs, make your own stencils and upload your own templates to create stunning card designs, boxes and envelopes using files purchased by fab designers on CraftsUPrint, Dreaming Tree and similar Cut File stores.

Create  one of a kind Scrapbook covers and pages, or framed artwork like this:

Don’t have a Large Format Printer to  print out super Sized digital Stamps for your project ? Cricut has you covered.  This little lady is printed on a sheet of  11×17 Neenah card stock.
kk_toontimeWant to make  intricate cut  layered cards? vellum flowers?  gift boxes….  here’s a quick peek at some of the past projects you can find on the blog.  Everything from Chalk board vinyl and chalk pens, boxes, intricate cuts, 3D layered images, fabric painting, powder embossing…


Make your own magnets with printable vinyl and Magnetic sheet ( also available as pre-cut shapes, perfect  for  gluing your cut projects to).

Draw and Write on Fabric with fabric pens, Create designs for Powder Embossing on the Cricut, love  the Chalk Marker look? .. sorted.  The Adapter I use lets me do it ALL.

Aftermarket Pen and marker Adapter from Chomas Creations  allows you to utilize a wide range of pens for embossing, drawing, fabric design etc.  These Adapters are not available for the Cricut ONE as it utilizes a single cut/writing head feature.  The engraving adapter is available for all Cricut Explore Machines.  My marker Adapter is a permanent fixture in my Explore  🙂
The possibilities are endless.. so grab your Cricut Explore and supplies and get ready to start off  2017 in style…

Cricut December Mystery Box –   rumor has it this has a  lot of really cool foil in it and some Cartridges…

30% off most supplies at Cricut  Stock up  now, once you get started you won’t want to stop.  Great deals in Supplies, bulk buys and clearance.

Extra 10% off everything (excluding Cricut Access and Explore 2) + free standard shipping with code 12DAYS

Home & Family have a promotion  on Facebook right now, including  promo code Hallmark16 for 20% off .  No  details on any exclusions, so you will just have to give it a try.. but it probably excludes Air 2 and Cricut Access?

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Ziggyboard Challenge – Chalkboard Vinyl kits

Logo_r_seyZiggyboard chalkboard vinyl comes in a variety of  formats, precut labels and 12×12 sheets for use on die cutting machines like Cricut, Silhouette, and other popular brands. The vinyl can also be cut with scissors, punches, die cutters, paper cutters, and other crafting tools.

According to the product page, it is good for indoor and outdoor use too.

We were thrilled to receive 3 review kits from, which is part of the ImageAbility, Inc. family. I know this matters to some people too… All Ziggyboard sticker products are made in the United States.

There are allsorts of cool products in this line beyond the kit we got.  This one in particular caught my eye  Magnetic adhesive ziggyboard  and is going on my Christmas list to Santa. This would be awesome for organizing all of my metal dies.  I live in an apartment, so finding good storage solutions for all of our crafting stuff….well let’s just say it’s a challenge all in it’s own lol.

Talking of challenges….

Myself and 2 of our veteran message board members, NanaDonna and Deescraps all received a kit that contained:





(20)  12×12 inch sheets of matte black adhesive blackboard  vinyl.








A  silver fine chalk pen

A fine tip white chalk marker





A multi pack  of precut blackboard vinyl adhesive labels.






Now for the fun and games, as part of our review we decided we’d have a little fun with this project.  We agreed upon a mini challenge…. so our challenge is to make 3 gift items. Christmas is coming and  this is a great product to use with, or without kids.  But if you have kids, there are so many cool things they can make for friends, or grandparents etc.

We’ll each be doing our own separate projects and reviews too, but we figured a mini challenge would be a fun way to test the kits and do something practical and fun at the same time.  I’m really looking forward to seeing what the ladies come up with for the challenge ….and for their individual projects.

This is something I have never used before and it looks like something me and the lil man can have a lot of fun with together.  I love that my lil guy likes to craft, so anytime we can work on projects together is cool.  He is 3 and a half and at that perfect age where  he has no inhibitions about what goes where, or being bound by conventional ideas.. he’s a hoot to craft with!

I’ve already started on a couple of  the challenge projects, one is for the lil man and one is for hubby and me.  I haven’t quite decided on the 3rd yet….and even though I am making these for us, they would make really cool personalized gifts too.

There are so many cool projects on pinterest…. if you haven’t tried this adhesive blackboard vinyl yet, go check it out.

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Shutterfly…. One very very Proud Momma

First off let me tell you.. Shutterfly is an affiliate program on this site.. purchases made through the links do earn commission.  BUT  I was a customer Looong long before I became an affiliate, as you will be able to tell as you read this post lol.  I only choose affiliate programs I either use, or have an interest in using personally.

Shutterfly is an online photo service that sell everything from mouse pads to throw blankets.  I have to say when I first started shopping with them I was a bit  hesitant about the quality  of product I would receive.. but I was impressed.. as you can tell lol.

As I said I have been a customer for a long time.. over 3 years now.  I can’t even begin to tell you, or show you EVERYTHING I have had from them.. but I’m going to try and show you a good selection.  Our family are used to seeing the latest haul from Shutterfly 🙂 and I often get multiple copies of books and  mouse pads etc to send as gifts to the grandparents, Great Grandparents etc.  Stay tuned for photo mat projects in the future, I have a tonne of prints that still need to be framed !!

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Flat cards, Tri fold cards,  Single fold cards, note card sets ..I’ve had them all !!!  You have noooo idea how many different card designs I have had.  I love these cards!  Daddy always gets his birthday and fathers day cards from Shutterfly.





Mugs…. lots of mugs.  this one was for My mom… from the little guy on his first Christmas.  She came to visit from Scotland and meet him for the first time.

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I have to admit I was not expecting my calendar to be as great as it was, despite having ordered loads of stuff already and everything was always great quality….I dunno, I gues syou just don’t expect much form calendars right LOL…I was very impressed by the quality of the calendars.








OOh  I have lost count of how many mousepads I have ordered. Anyone with a computer has a mousepad with my kid on it.

I got one for myself..and hubby took one look at it, said “oh that’s that for me… thanks honey” and there went my mousepad  *rolleyes














Posters, love the posters…I frame mine like the large prints 🙂


Labels.. great for when you send mail to family ..




…and of course prints… OMG  the prints!!! lol  I have had everything from  the regular 4×6 all the way to the 16×20’s.  This is one of my all time favorites and I have it printed on Lustre /Pearl paper at 16×20.  One of the main reasons I bought my Cricut Explore was to make custom photo mats to mount  my huge collection of Shutterfly prints  🙂cowpoke

But my favorite has to be the books…. My all time favorite I think has to be the “I love you A thru Z” book I made of my lil man when he was still a baby. This one I made with all my photos in sepia Tone.  Usually when I make books I leave them text free, I like to add my own handwritten notations and extras like ticket stubs and such.. a bit like scrapbooking.. but on this one the text was all done on Shutterfly.

It’s a great little book and you can personalize you ABC sentiments like I did.  This was a standard photo book, not a template….the ABC idea was just something I thought would be cute.

They have lots of page layouts available to choose from, or you can customize your own..and a really cool feature is the 2 page spread where you can print  one picture across the two pages.. super cool for those Extra special picture. Be sure that important picture parts aren’t along the seam unless you choose the premium lay flat style books.

..and yes that is my big old pregnant belly on the front lol.  You can’t tell by this picture, but I looked like I ate someone *grin


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I’ve also had:

Pen organizer: Grandpa has that one on his desk at work
Notepads: I still can’t bring myself to use it, it looks so cool.
Jewelry Box:  Grandma  got one of these… these were very impressive.



All customers enjoy your choice of one free 16×20 print, one reusable shopping bag, one magnet or two 8×10 prints plus 50% off additional prints, reusable shopping bags and magnets with promo code PICKONE at checkout  Begins 10/10/2015 ends 10/11/2015

All customers enjoy $20 off one qualifying merchandise order of $20 or more with promo code FIRSTGIFT at checkout Begins 10/08/2015 ends 10/13/2015