New cut files, lacy bands, cityscape, dots and backgrounds

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..

This is Cityscape City Skyline, Night Sky for card and vinyl  by Tina Fallon, mine is cropped slightly at the ends….  so  check the link for the complete image.

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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

DOUBLE PIERCED CIRCLE IN AND OUT CUT DIE SET

and  the

MINI HEART LACE CIRCLE DIE SET

..and A Power Poppy Image “Dancing with Daffodils” which I colored with Chameleon Pens.  I attached it all with Zig 2 way glue..yay for no wet warp!  lol

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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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“Poppy Fairy” Matted art in Pencil

This one was a  lot of work, but I love how she turned out.  She was printed on a 9×12 piece of Canson Mixed Media Paper and colored with Crayola Color Escapes, the  new “Grown up Crayolas” as I like to call them.   She is part of the New Release collection for March over at Cute As A Button this month.  I added a black photo mat to this and will frame it  and gift it to someone.

Go check out all the fun new images and don’t forget to pop on over and check out the Inspiration Blog & Facebook Group for new challenges 🙂

 

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Guest Designer – Lil ‘ Man D – Thank You card and Bookmark

You may have seen  my posts on Facebook last week about my lil man and his first watercolor project…. well he was at it again tonight  🙂

My little man was given an early birthday present last weekend by a lady who works with hubby, so this is her Thank You card and a little book mark for her to use in her Bible, or other reading matter.  Now it goes without saying, since he is only 4 …. that he had a little help …SURPRISE !! lol.  But the painting is all him.

He may be a crafty wee soul, but  this mommy isn’t ready to let him lose  with a laminator and glue all by himself .. my sanity is questionable at the best of times .. but not THAT bad haha.  Unlike someone we won’t mention by name who’s grandson glued himself up trying to apply “lotion” to his legs whilst visiting her craft room last week lol…. sorry.. I am still giggling over that one .. my bad.

The images he colored are :

Image #13 – Heart Ants – by Sasayaki Glitter & a section cropped from Pure Prairie Bouquet by Power Poppy.

The card and bookmark were colored using Gansai Tambi watercolors and a Zig Kuretake H2o brush.

The card  is a hot pink 5×6.5″ from a multicolor pack at Michaels
A background layer of rough cut 65lb black Recollections card from the value packs
The image is printed on Canson Mix Media Paper on my Epson Eco Tank and also had a rough cut edging. I added the sentiment “There is beauty in creation” and a border to the image before printing.  This was also foam popped on a Darice adhesive foam sheet and attached using a double side tape. The card layers were  attached with Zig Photo Tape and the Sentiment which was a cheapie import die was attached with Tombow Aqua.

The Book mark is backed with a light tan 65lb card  with a hint of a border showing behind the image cut from the front, and I attached a tassle from a value pack at Michaels. I added a cute little bead  that I got  in a happy mail package from Francesca at Cute As A Button when she very kindly shared her destash items with the DT team 🙂  It says “Always” on one side and “Believe” on the other… pretty appropriate for a Bible Bookmark.

I hope you like it

🙂 One Proud Mommy

Finally..I completed my set of Chameleon Pens ..WOO HOO

I managed to pick up the last 10 of my missing colors just before Christmas and so I have been pushing myself to practice using these pens…. the way they were intended to be used lol.

I confessed previously, that I really haven’t used the blending chambers as much as I probably should have in the year I have had them..so now, I am determined to do  more with that side of their functionality.

The last two packs I needed were floral and warm tones;  so I picked out two of my new Power Poppy images  that I haven’t colored yet, printed them on Canson Mixed Media paper and had a play.  I am quite pleased with these…. they have a soft, almost vintage botanical catalog/book feel to them. I avoided the overly bright modern and strong look I usually favor & kept these two muted.  These were colored with a  mix of pens from the whole set, NOT just the two latest color packs.

I did pop in a shadow  outline effect using my H2o detailer brush and the printer ink from the image.

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Image: ROSE AND CHAMOMILE DIGITAL STAMP SET


Chameleon Pens:

PK2 Dusty Rose
RD5 Burgundy
OL3 Olive Green
BL4 Cornflower Blue
BL2 Baby Blue
OR3 Tangerine
YO2 Mellow Yellow
pp_oak_smImage:  OLIVE AND OAK DIGITAL STAMP SET
Chameleon Colors:

BR5 Bark
BR1 Taupe
NU4 Caramel
OR3 Tangerine
YO2 Mellow Yellow
OL3 Olive Green
GR1 Green Apple

 

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December 2016 “Crafty Awesomeness” Prize Challenge & November Winner

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It’s that time of the month again… New sponsor, new prizes, new projects and of course… NEW WINNER!!!  So lets jump right in with a big HUGE  thank you to Jodie at BugabooStamps for sponsoring our last challenge. AND agreeing to sponsor a new Bugaboo Monthly Challenge here on the blog, which will start in January !!!  woot hoo

The Prize Winner Picked by Random.org is……  UNCLAIMED.. new random winner coming soon.  I will announce that in a separate post along with the bonus winner.  UPDATED WINNERS POST !!!

Please contact me to claim your prize.

This month  your sponsor is actually .. yours truly  🙂  I wanted to do something a bit different this month. The Instructions to the DT team were… any Digital Stamp Image… with a Gina Marie Designs Die… which was a pretty safe bet that we could all do this one. Since I found Gina Marie Designs and got the ladies hooked.. we’ve all got a bunch to play with LOL.   And who doesn’t have stamps from all these guys and gals??

Prize:

…so the Prize on offer this month is: One Random Winner gets to choose between the following prizes …choice of

$10 Scrapbook Outlet Code  ( Gina Marie Designs )

$10 ImageAbility.Inc code ( choose between CraftingAbility.com or Cohas.com )

….or your choice of a $10 code/ gift cert to one of our awesome sponsors stamp shoppe:

Rick St Dennis
Cute As A Button
Bloobel Stamps
Sasayaki Glitter
Power Poppy
Bugaboo Stamps
KennyKstamps

If the winning project features a digital image from one of the sponsors listed above,  OR a Gina Marie Designs Die, or ImageAbility product..I’ll bump it up to a $15 prize.  So be sure to include that info and links to them on your blog posts so I can see what you used for the bonus 🙂

So here we have the DT Projects,  gorgeous projects as always ladies.

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Dee Vee

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NanaDonna

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I’m running behind  on my project this month… sorry ladies !! so I’ll be sneaking mine in later today..HOPEFULLY after they come and do my new carpets *rolleyes. ALL DONE !!
 

Rules:

  • Max 3 entries per person
  • No limit on how many challenges you enter project in
  • Must be a colored piece featuring some kind of image, rubber, clear, digital stamps.. hand drawn..whatever. Does NOT have to be a card.
  • No artist restrictions.. but we’d love it if you were using a sponsor image
  • Please watermark your images before linking, but if you choose not to… that is your choice.
  • Project must have been made/posted on your blog within the last 7 days prior to the start date of the challenge.
  • If you do not have a blog, you can still enter… but please do not post  your projects anywhere that requires registration to view, or comment.
  • Most importantly..you must have FUN while you craft…totally unenforcible rule… but heh.
  • Winners will have 48 hours to claim after their name is announced on the blog, facebook, google+ and twitter feeds.  Please make sure you are subscribed to at least one of these so you don’t miss your chance to claim.
  • No porn, violence etc … do I really even have to say that ??
  • All submissions will require approval before going live,  if I am awake and at home… that won’t take long usually.

 


Well Hell… I didn’t know you could do THAT with a printer


I was playing around with some of my new  pens when I had a “moment”  ..it was one of those 3 am .. “I wonder what would happen if I….” moments that some of you have become used to on this blog.

If you have never tried this… you really should.  Some of you are so way beyond me in coloring skills and watercoloring.. so  this is more of a  technique project that an actual finished piece project. Obviously  to make a stunning piece you really need  to  take a bit more time  than I am going to on this video… but it will give you a good idea of what you can achieve.

The concept is the same as coloring with any other media..you still need to pay attention to your shadows and highlight placement.  But this is something  you can do no matter what your budget and get some really cool  pieces.   For these projects I am using Canson Mixed Media  paper pads, an Epson Eco Tank Printer and an H2o brush/fine art brush and plain tap water  and a  small artist brush.  Then you can, if you want add in additional  coloring media..such as pencils, inks, pens… to  take it up a notch.  I mainly use Chameleon Pens and Zig Kurecolor.. but will also be adding in a few extra and will note what I use by each image in future posts.  I have a few more samples I will share in follow up posts when finished 🙂

No matter what your skill level, this is something cheap and fairly quick to do and even a total novice can achieve some cool  finished projects.

Ok..so here we go…. here’s a  video to show you just how quick and easy this technique can be.  No Fancy nails, no fancy set up… just a down home quicky video… probably complete with a running commentary background from my 4 year old “director”  ** By the time I got to finish up the video etc ….My mini-me is tucked up fast asleep..but I am sure he will show up in future videos. He has been in a few previously…. did I mention we don’t do serious? lol

You will get used to him appearing in these videos..at least the audio…he’s a bit of a ham and hijacks all of my projects lol.  We  REALLY don’t do serious…. 🙂

ok ..so video first followed by a bunch of quick samples.

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This is an image I found on Digital Tuesday before I even knew digital stamp artists existed – digitaltuesday.blogspot.com

A quick splash of Chameleon Pens RD4 Crimson Red and voila..instant pop.

 

 

 

 

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This is A KennyK Stamps Image… and one of my favorite characters to color Brianna Blaster

A splash of subtle color on this one, again with Chameleon Pens.

NU00 – Nude
BL3 – Sky Blue
PK3 – Bubble Gum

 

 

 

If you enjoyed this idea and decide to try it out, I would love to see what you do with it.  I’m going to play around with some color prints too ..just because I can..and I am curious to see how the colored ink reacts… so expect to see more  of this idea in future.

 

 

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Confessions of a Chameleon Pen owner

confession time…

As a lot of you already know, I love my Chameleon Pens, but I haven’t really ever taken the time to really get to grips with the whole blending chamber thing… I use other methods to achieve the results I want.  BUT… earlier this week I found myself sat in an apt with no computer, no internet and no tv.. NADA Just a crate, a magnifier light some pre-printed images and my pens… and my desk top easel balanced on my knees.

…and very spotty 4G service on my phone.

Sooo.. guess who went through all of her pens testing them out and playing with blends.. <<< THIS GAL. Well let me just say it had it’s pros and cons…

Pros..it’s actually pretty dang cool… It’s really not rocket science and with a bit of patience and practice… it’s pretty quick and easy to get results.  The blending function  actually promotes a more relaxed style of coloring as you have to be patient and  not rush into it willy nilly scribbling away like a mad thing lol…even a 5 second blend..it’s just that subtle pause in the mania of things.  It gives you time to actually look at the images you are coloring  and take time to see where the shadows  and  highlights should be and just take it easy and chill.  I kinda needed that after the last few crazy months.  I think I’d kind of lost the enjoyment in coloring lately  as it was all about “having to get it done”  instead of just doing it for the pure enjoyment.

Cons.. I waited a year to find that out and some of my original set pen chambers were dry…and my clear blender refill was at the other apt. ( some of you know I am in the process of moving )

But I did have two of the newer 5 pen packs too so I did get to play. Considering my lack of desk, or proper seating and the fact it’s my first REAL time actually doing this… I am impressed.

Now I really want to get my hands on the full set… AND a lot of refills for my clear blender. As soon as I got home, I cleaned out the new bottle I had refilling all the dry chambers I could… so now I need to get more to finish up my set.

Just goes to show that sometimes you really should try, try, and try again…. and not just give up when it doesn’t quite work out the first time.

This was my tester piece

I did this one with the new gray tones pack I won … it’s a Power Poppy digital stamp.  I shall be playing with this a lot more now and incorporating it into my usual style. Excited to see how well the techniques compliment each other on a single piece.
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I don’t feel so bad about tackling that gorgeous coloring book that came with these pens in my prize now.  WHEN I have time.
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WOW…. a whole week without posting??? me??? what happened! lol

Apologies, I got so caught up with looking for a new place to live and juggling finances I totally got behind on my posts… BUT.. I am making up for it tonight/ this am..with 3 new projects.

First off..  here is a CAS card featuring a Power Poppy Image  “Flowering Branches” which I colored  using my Chameleon Pens, very soft by my usual style lol…then Die cut out with a Gina Marie Designs X stitched Frame die. Mounted with Zig Photo Tape on a card base  that was embossed with a Darice 5×7 Dots folder and then  the over hanging portions of the image were layered on top from a second print out and colored.

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Challenges:

 

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morgansartworld.blogspot

creativecraftcottage.blogspot

Layers, layers and more layers … & that was just the background!

If you ever have an idle moment and have never tried this.. you should give this a shot lol. This will keep you out of mischief….and so will reading this epic length War ‘N’ Peace blog post haha.

7 layers for the frame, tag on another one if you include the fancy corner.. 2 layers for the butterfly and another 6 layers for the  bouquet…. THAT’S A LOTTA LAYERS lol.

But when it really comes down to it.. the worst part is getting everything on straight, oh and deciding which flowers come  to the front and need the most layers lol.   I have to say of all the 3D projects I have done, this image was probably the easier  when it came to  figuring out how to cut the layers.

7 Print and cut sheets on my Cricut later…  and I have the start of my card.  I colored one completely, I like to do that as a reference when I come to build the actual project… plus it gives me a colored piece to use on another project later ..score!

So I colored one… then started  working out my layers while the Cricut was cutting two silhouettes out for sandwiching between the bottom two layers.  Normally I pop my 3D projects with Darice adhesive foam sheet, but I wanted this one to be a bit more subtle…so I sandwiched a few black sheets in for a little additional depth. The final layer of a single flower is missing off this photo.. DOH

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Once I had all my  Cricut cuts done, I started to hand cut away the pieces I didn’t need on each layer.  When I am doing a one off project, I just fussy cut by hand after cutting the main image.  If I am doing multiples I make cut files for my Cricut.  So I fussy cut  my top 5 layers  and then started to color each layer, starting with  the  top.  when I use Darice foam I tend  to to color around the edges of  the  layer below a bit so it won’t show  when assembled..but with subtle layers like these I just  ink up the white edges with a marker.

Once I had it all trimmed up and colored.. next came the hard part… what to mount it on. Now I  like to take a photo, or scan and import it into my graphics program at this point..for several reasons.  A: I like to be able to grab a cuppa and sit back and just look at it and see where I missed blending, coloring etc… for some reason I have a more critical eye  when viewing it that way. B: I like to play around with layout ideas and rather than waste time cutting and trying ideas and potentially wasting a lot of  card…  the girls on the message board will tell you.. me and pattern paper .. not a good mix lol.  I envy you ladies who can pick and mix and match patterns and colors with ease.  I am not sure if it’s my limited choice of papers, or just that it’s not  ever been my taste..but  good lord it’s like pulling teeth lol.

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I started off simply by  putting my original coloring on a white  piece of card and the 3D layers on a black piece… but liked them both for different reasons.. so that was no help lol. So my next move was layers and frames/borders.  I just kept tweaking and adding borders to my image in a graphics program till I started to get a look I liked.

This was my digital rendering

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Once I had a basic idea of how I wanted the frame to look…. that is when I grabbed my cutter and some black and white card and started cutting all those layers.  When I got them all cut, I  took a sheet of 11×17 white card and scored it to make my card base and started layering on the cuts to build the frame (unglued at this stage).  Then it happened…. for some reason it just felt flat, so there I was digging around in my paper cabinet looking for my Black and white collection.  Funnily enough the polka dot paper is the first one I tried … 4 patterns later.. yup I was back to Polka Dots lol.  It just seems classy to me, I did a curtain fold card last  year  in the polka dots and it looked great… so dots it was!

I attached that to the card base with a half inch overlap  at the top, which gives a nice neat look to the top and back of the card. and then came that  time … yes THAT time…  the one where  I always end up gluing all my frames down  skewy.  I blame it on my computer glasses, they aren’t designed for crafting haha.  Just as well for the most part I like to  have my frames tilted on projects lol.  But for this one I needed straight and centered and all that fun stuff…. It’s not perfect, but I think it came out pretty good.  I used my paper cutter to help keep me aligned…yay for paper cutters!!

Ok so all the base layers were on, the flowers layers were all cut, colored and assembled… so on they went.  I had an idea to add the butterfly, but wanted to do a ghost layer. So I actually cut two at once so that the black layer wouldn’t cut all the way through, it is more like a solid embossed layer.  Sometimes if I want to be funky, I do this  double layer cut so the  cutouts from one meld into other layer for a two tone embossed look… it’s kinda cool. Unpredictable at times so a touch of glue is necessary haha… but still looks cool and worth the extra effort.  I’ll maybe show that another time if anyone is interested.

So there was my butterfly…but where to pop it…. top right or bottom left????   I couldn’t decide so asked hubby…. his response… and I had to laugh.  “Top right, I always see Butterflies at the top of flowers… not at the bottom”  He is such a practical wee soul at times, no artistic license or sense from that direction lol.  So  on it went..where butterflies apparently should be lol.

pp_3dframed_watermarkedI didn’t have a particular recipient or occasion in mind, so I am  leaving that blank for now… hence the big space on the left.

So I thought I was done..YAY me.  But  the more I looked at it as I took the photos for this post… I couldn’t help but feel something was missing, it just didn’t seem quite balanced.

Enter Sammy and her fabulous Corner dies to the rescue.  I just happened to have that one single corner cut in my  cuts organizer… BINGO… now I am done!

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Hope you like it 🙂

Base card: Neenah 11×17 110lb Index card
Polka Dot Paper: Recollections Black & White Paper pad
Black and white frame layers: Recollections 65lb solid color packs
Fancy Corner:  My Little Paper World Corner Die  –  8 die set  (Group buy for US option available)
Image: COUNTRYSIDE BOUQUET DIGITAL STAMP SET by Power Poppy
Butterfly:  Gina Marie Designs Butterfly & Beautiful Die set
Colored with: Chameleon Pens
Glue:  Tombow Aqua & Zig Photo Tape
Cutting tools:  Cricut Explore, Sizzix Big Shot ….and scissors

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Challenges:

corrosivechallengesbyjanet.blogspot

lilpatchofcraftyfriends.blogspot

abitmoretimetocraft

creativecraftcottage

artimpressionsstamps 193-cards-to-die-for

livelaughstamp.blogspot

craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper

digistamps4joy

letscreatechallenges.blogspot.co.uk

September 2016 “Crafty Awesomeness” Prize Challenge

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Ok… lets roll out some winners for the August  Challenge….and July too.  Our July winner failed to claim …so we have a re-pick  🙂  Please be sure to claim your prizes, winners are announced at the start of each new challenge on the 1st of every month and winners have 48 hours to claim by sending me an email  at MsWipz

 

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The  new July Winner who will receive 3 digis of their choice from Cute As A Button is.

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17. Cicci Vid Pennan

 

Thanks to Francesca of Cute As A Button for patiently waiting for a new winner  🙂

 

 

 

 

Onto Our August Winners  there were two prizes up for grabs and they are:

 

Power Poppy Super Pack: 5 digis of choice to one winner chosen by the CraftingCircle DT team is:

30. Sue Pxxx

30. Sue Pxxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power Poppy Mini Pack: 3 digis of choice – winner to be picked by a random generator

7. Nicky G

7. Nicky G

 

 

 

 

 

 

A big shout out and thank you to Marcella at Power Poppy for  the fantastic images  and prizes.

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and of course it wouldn’t be a challenge without some fun inspiration from the Ladies.  oh … wait.. did I forget to tell you who the sponsor was.   Have a wild guess…. LOL

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I am sure I don’t need to tell most of you, this month’s sponsor is none other than our  favorite Queen of Quirky, Lisa Bloobel from Bloobel Stamps.  Be sure to check out the Bloobel Stamps Facebook Group and  the fab new challenge “Creative Design Laboratory” over on the blog.

If you like challenges and fancy something a bit different from the norm….you have to check this out.  You have a chance to become the  “Creative Expert”, or a “Blogger Expert” for the following month as well as pick up free digis.  It truly is a community challenge and a fab concept.

PRIZE: Up for grabs is a $10 gift cert for one random winner to the Bloobel Store, so get your entries in below. Looking forward to another batch of fab projects  🙂

 

Rules:

  • Max 3 entries per person
  • No limit on how many challenges you enter project in
  • Must be a colored piece featuring some kind of image, rubber, clear, digital stamps.. hand drawn..whatever. Does NOT have to be a card.
  • No artist restrictions.. but we’d love it if you were using a sponsor image
  • Please watermark your images before linking, but if you choose not to… that is your choice.
  • Project must have been made/posted on your blog within the last 7 days prior to the start date of the challenge.
  • If you do not have a blog, you can still enter… but please do not post  your projects anywhere that requires registration to view, or comment.
  • Most importantly..you must have FUN while you craft…totally unenforcible rule… but heh.
  • Winners will have 48 hours to claim after their name is announced on the blog, facebook, google+ and twitter feeds.  Please make sure you are subscribed to at least one of these so you don’t miss your chance to claim.
  • No porn, violence etc … do I really even have to say that ??
  • All submissions will require approval before going live,  if I am awake and at home… that won’t take long usually.

I will try and comment on as many submissions as possible, but please do not be offended if I can’t make it to every project, or just leave a quick thank you to let you know I stopped by 🙂

Let the Craftiness Commence!!!


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