The New Cricut Maker Machine… Easy Press and more!

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Well Cricut sure have been busy… and so have we.  Summer vacations (I wish), getting ready for back to school and all those fun summer weddings and get togethers.  As most of you know  my son is  going to be homeschooled, so crafting is a huge part of our life.

No one said education had to be boring… right LOL

Even though he isn’t technically starting homeschooling till next year, we still do a lot of fun projects designed to help him learn and have fun and be creative all at the same time. Part of that is our abandoned art projects, which is so much fun to do with kids and teaches them to give freely and enjoy it.

Now I wish we had this new Cricut Maker, have you seen this beauty yet? It’s due for release TODAY !!!!. I checked out the video and almost  died when I saw that not only will it cut fabrics, but it’s also  cutting wood  as well as all the stuff we usually do on our Cricuts like paper and vinyl.

Interchangeable cutting heads and the separate pen holders too. I used to own a scroll saw many years ago and this looks like it’s going to do the same kind of fret work that I did back then…..  VERY cool.  Can’t wait to see this one roll out… !!! woohoo.  I think my stepdaughter in Australia  might like this one, she’s a big sewer.

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…and then they up the ante with the new Cricut Easypress..  think of all the fun shirts you can create for back to school.  Kids just love getting a new school wardrobe every year… and the money you can save and being unique… what kid doesn’t want to have something cool and unique.  I hate ironing, but this… I have to confess I think I’d use for every day ironing too lol.  I know this is something one of my DT girls would love, she’s big on HTV projects… I am so sorry Donna lol.  Hopefully you already saw that and won’t blame me haha.  It looks so cool though doesn’t it.

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May Crafty Awesomeness Challenge

Well  this year is zooming past… it’s May already and  what a month April was. I’m afraid I am a bit tied up with some personal business, but  hoping to get back in the swing of things really soon.

The ladies have been busy playing with some fun images by this months sponsor, Rick St Dennis MFT. Rick is well known for his fabulous, fun and dare I say not so “cute” style of images.  If you haven’t run across him yet, you should check them out.  If you like something a little different and are bored of unicorns and fairies..or just want something a bit but more on the dark side, he most definitely has those too.

This months prize is 2 digi of choice (no sets, sheets, or pdf coloringbooks) for 1 prize winner

So here we are,  this months DT projects .. minus one that is running behind *cough sorry lol.. I promise it’s coming.

Merrie J

DeeScraps

NanaDonna













I love the variety of images again this month.. Thanks ladies  🙂

Ok.. so last month we had a bunch of awesome entries in the Challenge sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps.. Thank you Jodie  🙂  and  the winner is ….

 

Congratulations Jacki D, Please contact me by May 15th to claim your prize  🙂  Don’t forget there is also Bugaboo stamps challenge that also runs monthly from the 15th of each month her eon the blog, we’d love to have you Bugaboo fans join us for that one too.

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.
  • **UPDATED – Winners must claim by the 15th of the month.  These posts are shared  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.  But please be patient as I do have some important family issues going on right now.

Abandoned Art Project – Readers Series

I had a fun idea for a new Bookmark Series to combine my CUP ( CraftsUPrint)  digital stamps by Gordon Fraser, with my Abandoned Art Projects.. doing something fun, and hopefully Inspiring people to read some of the classic literature that may not have crossed their path.
I was trying to decide on how to make my bookmarks when it hit me.. I could  pick classic tales  inspired by the images and add a short Synopsis to the back of each bookmark .. maybe inspire someone to hit the local library, or bookstore and check it out.

Now i am no literary  genius, so some of my book choices may be a bit obscure, based on books I have personally read.  Others will be pulled from the depths of Google based on search queries like “Pirate story book”  “traveler tales books” etc, ..and once I find a title I like.. I am going to see if I can pull up some fun info to go with it and  of course ..a Synopsis.  Wikipedia is such a fab place to get info on authors, artists, entertainers and  details on so many subjects… so Thank you Wikipedia for helping me further  the  cause of educating people on some great literature.

So here is the first bookmark in the series… Inspired by Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

































FRONT:

Image “Pirate Dude” by Gordon Fraser

Printed on Canson Mix Media

Colored with Crayola Color Escapes and blended with Isopropyl using a paper stump

Distressed with Tim Holtz distress Ink Pads in Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain & fossilized Amber

Back:

Synopsis courtesy of Wikipedia

Printed on Canson Mix Media

Stamped Image “Sailboat of Dreams” from LDRS

Distressed with Inks listed above

Both Layers were attached to a piece of raft Card using Zig Photo Tape, then Laminated using a Scotch TL901 lamintor and Scotch laminating Pouches.  A hemp Rope/twine will be added to the hole punched with a Fiskars 1/4 hole punch.

This will be added to our abandoned Art bucket  to be abandoned  in the coming months, and hopefully found and enjoyed by a book lover.

Stay tuned for the next in this series….

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Bugaboo Crafty Challenge No.2 ….and previous winner

Woot, thank you ladies for joining in last month for our first Bugaboo Crafty Challenge… lots of lovely projects. Thankfully random.org had the task of picking a winner instead of me.. and that winner is… haha not that easy… you’ll have to scroll down to find out 🙂

Before I get to that I wanted to also thank the DT ladies for another fabulous set of projects for this new challenge.

I pulled a fast one on them and offered them a chance to do their chosen image AND .. a mystery image project. Being the fabulous ladies they are, everyone took the plunge and accepted that challenge..so we all have 2 projects to share this month. One is our chosen image and the other was a mystery image, chosen by me that we all gave our own spin on.

First off here are the chosen project images…. well most of them oopsie…. Merrie and I are in the naughty corner this week lol.  We both got caught up with real life and  we’re running a bit behind. I got my  main project post done, but still have to finish up my post for the mystery  image…and Merrie got her Mystery image done and still has to finish up her posts.

They’ll all be there shortly… so be sure to  check back for active links 🙂  In the meantime  please enjoy the projects by DeeScraps & NanaDonna…

DeeScraps

MsWipz

NanaDonna

Merrie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DeeScraps

NanaDonna

Merrie

MsWipz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and now.. of course we have a winner from Challenge No. 1… and that is….

UNCLAIMED .. alternate winner posted in new challenge.

 

 

and of course.. as always .. here are the rules.

 

  • Must feature a Bugaboo Stamps image as the main image of the project.
  • You can  make any type of craft project as long as it falls within the guidelines of Bugaboo Stamps TOU ( Terms Of Use –  see site for details if unsure )
  • You must link back to the Bugaboo Image you used in your blog post, as well as to this blog challenge.
  • You have till the end of the following challenge to claim your prize ( 14th of each month ).  Unclaimed prizes will  be re-picked on the 15th, and a new winner notified.  ie : you win January..  winners picked on  Feb 15th…must claim by March 14th… if no one claims new winner drawn March 15th… NO EXCEPTIONS. winner’s will be posted on the blog, please be sure to subscribe for updates, or check back to see the winners.
  • Limit of 3 entries per person, can be entered in unlimited other challenges.
  • Prize: 4 single image digital stamps from the  bugaboostamps collection
  • Winner will be randomly selected, unless otherwise noted
  • I reserve the right to modify the rules as necessary at any point in the future.
  • Last, but not least… HAVE FUN !!!  that’s what it’s all about.. right?

Looking forward to more fab projects again this month  🙂

February 2017 Crafty Awesomeness Challenge

What fab entries we had last month; so many wonderful projects, thank you to everyone who joined in.  And of course a huge big Thank You to our January sponsor, KennyK Stamps.  Of course you all want to know…. who won the Digis.. right?

The Winner, chosen by random.org who gets their choice of 3 digis from the KennyK Stamps Store is…..
EDIT ***UNCLAIMED  –  New winner will be announced in March challenge post***

Talking of joining in… we have a new DT, please welcome Ms Merrie Jones who will be joining us for this Crafty Awesomeness Challenge and also our Bugaboo Crafty Challenge. As always we also have the usual crew….NanaDonna, DeeScraps and yours truly, MsWipz.

Our sponsor this month is Cute As A Button

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Digital Stamps Store

Cute As A Button Facebook Group

“Cute As A Button Challenge”

 

and here are our fun makes with this months DT image picks.  Please hop over and check out the projects and leave some love for the girls .. and me … I want to be loved….I’m cute AND adorable.. my husband says so …

OK, ok so maybe adorable is pushing it a bit.. but heh… every family needs a black sheep… right  🙂  BAAAAAaaa

Merrie

NanaDonna

DeeScraps

MsWipz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRIZE We will have  One random winner  who will receive 3 digital downloads from CAAB


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.
  • **UPDATED – Winners must claim by the 15th of the month.  These posts are shared  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.

“A little Tutti Frutti” humorous Valentines card

I’ve been wanting to color this one for a while, but was waiting for the right moment to hit…  I am a creature of mood, so an image has to “speak to me” for me to really get into creating with it. Sometimes it is instant and I know the second I see it exactly what I need to do with it… specially those ones that tickle my bad sense of humor.  Others I have to let them grow on me and I bounce ideas around and then it hits me…

This was one of those projects.  I had the main image and the fun paper  done and sat waiting for  the finishing touches.. when it hit me.  I was just gonna have to write me a poem  LOL.   I hope you like it.

This is my DT project for the February 2017 Crafty Awesomeness Challenge and was created with an image from Cute As A Button, who is the February Sponsor.  Come on over and join in and share your projects.

This is IMG00221 Chiquita by Cute As A Button she was print and cut on the Cricut Explore and colored with a mix of Zig Kurecolor and Chameleon Pens. I popped some Glossy Accents on  the grapes and necklace for a subtle 3D feel.  The patterned paper is one I found on Etsy by AT Art Digital and you may have seen my “Do you digital?” post last week or two about these.

I printed this on my Epson Eco Tank, and then trimmed that down with my wavy blade on my cutter.  I added a black layer behind for impact which also has a wavy edge and then mounted it all on a card base cut from a Craft Smith paper pad using Zig Photo Tape.  The Pineapple was one of the Michaels $1.50 stamps and I stamped, hand cut and colored that. Sentiment die, I think was  a cheapie import???  cut on my Sizzix Big SHot

and the poem.. yup….  the poem…. that was all me…. sorry, having a “moment”  LOL.

Let’s face it.. not every girls is flowers and hearts.  I’ll take a good laugh over a bunch of flowers any day of the week.

Love this image, reminds me of Carmen Miranda…. yup… I know..showing my age again lol.

Hope you like it  🙂

 

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Xyron have a DT call…. so tempted!

I ran across this DT call and thought I would share it for anyone interested.  Who wouldn’t want to be on a team like this????  Not only do you get wicked product to play with, they will actually pay you too… that’s crazy cool for any crafter. And the opportunity to promote your work and blogs.. and be seen on TV and in print… WOW ! I would have been happy just to get to play with new stuff .. I’m a sad sack lol.

….so here it is for all you crafty gals and guys…. Good Luck everyone, it’s a fantastic opportunity. The following information below was copied from xyron.com


Benefits of being on the Xyron Design Team include:

  • Free Product – both from Xyron and from partner companies
  • $50 cash payment per month for meeting monthly requirements
  • Exclusive previews of any of our upcoming products
  • Payment for projects published in print and/or online magazines
  • Featured across all Xyron social media channels
  • Links to your own personal blog
  • Private FB group for DT members only
  • Payment for projects used at trade shows and on-air
  • Opportunity to have your projects displayed on the Home Shopping Network
  • Xyron DT blinkie for your email and/or blog
  • Purchase Xyron products at wholesale to use in your classes, to sell at events, or for your own projects

Monthly Requirements

  1. Must have an active blog as well as Facebook and Instagram accounts
  2. Must promote Xyron projects across all social media channels
  3. Must create a minimum of two Xyron blog posts per month with step by step photo/video tutorials.

Email the following information to xyroncal@gmail.com

  1. Name, email, phone number, mailing address
  2. Short bio about yourself (No more than 200 words)
  3. Please link to three different projects with tutorial on your blog and/or YouTube channel.  At least one project must be DIY/kids craft/home decor.
  4. A list of any past or current design teams you’ve been on (if applicable)

Also answer the following questions:

  1. Which Xyron products do you own?
  2. How long have you been using Xyron?
  3. What is your favorite Xyron project and why?
  4. What is your favorite technique using Xyron products?

Email must be received by midnight, EST, January 29th, 2017. The new Design Team will be announced February 1st. Good luck to everybody – we can’t wait to see all the talent out there!

Finally got to set up my big portable draft table

Hubby’s Grandma is an interior designer and a couple of years ago she gave me her old portable draft table that she had when she was doing classes. She didn’t need it anymore and it had been sat in a corner gathering dust, so she thought I might be able to make use of it.  It’s big…which is great…. but I really didn’t have anywhere I could put it without taking up valuable space..so it sat in my closet instead lol.

Well ..I have a few wood projects I wanted to tackle and as some of you know, I live in an apt, so  no workshop any more. Pretty much no tools anymore either, dang but I miss my old crafty workshop back in the UK.  Anyways I finally bit the bullet and stopped “making do” without a bench.. I got a cheapie Black and Decker bench, cost me all of $30 at Walmart. I figured I could just fold it away in a closet when I wasn’t using it.

WRONG !!!

I put it together in the wee hours while everyone was asleep and  then had a genius moment… I could  use that as a base for the draft table… and just take the draft table off when I had wood projects to do… GENIUS..

I just dropped it in the corner of my bay window  so I have  some natural light.  ok so maybe not the most high tech fancy looking draft table.. but it works, it’s cheap and it can pack up in a closet at any time and doubles as a woodworking bench when needed.

It is also the perfect place to pop my WRMK Laser Square which I didn’t really have space to leave assembled…and my Bluetooth Cell Phone base.  Now I can make answer calls again when my lil man runs off with my cell phone to watch Youtube Kids in the bathroom lol. He’s all male, that kid will sit there for hours if you don’t make him get off the pot lol.

So now I have my work bench and a draft table and  a place with natural light to photograph projects AND a place for my Laser Square and  it didn’t cost the earth or take up a lot of room.
Happy clam .. now I just need to get rid of that dang Cat 5 cable and finish tidying up in here 🙂  Excuse the mess lol.
I still plan to use my little desktop easel I made  to do most of my coloring, but this is going to be really handy to have too.

Bugaboo Crafty Challenge No.1

Ok ladies and gents… here we go.. kicking off the start of the new Bugaboo Crafty Challenge with a quick set of rules.

  • Must feature a Bugaboo Stamps image as the main image of the project.
  • You can  make any type of craft project as long as it falls within the guidelines of Bugaboo Stamps TOU ( Terms Of Use –  see site for details if unsure )
  • You must link back to the Bugaboo Image you used in your blog post, as well as to this blog challenge.
  • You have till the end of the following challenge to claim your prize ( 14th of each month ).  Unclaimed prizes will  be re-picked on the 15th, and a new winner notified.  ie : you win January..  winners picked on  Feb 15th…must claim by March 14th… if no one claims new winner drawn March 15th… NO EXCEPTIONS. winner’s will be posted on the blog, please be sure to subscribe for updates, or check back to see the winners.
  • Limit of 3 entries per person, can be entered in unlimited other challenges.
  • Prize: 4 single image digital stamps from the  bugaboostamps collection
  • Winner will be randomly selected, unless otherwise noted
  • I reserve the right to modify the rules as necessary at any point in the future.
  • Last, but not least… HAVE FUN !!!  that’s what it’s all about.. right?

Ok .. so now  please meet the ladies  who will be your DT providing inspiration and fun projects each month.  We have the lovely Deescraps who is also a DT on our other monthly Challenge “Crafty Awesomeness”  which you are also welcome to enter.  that one starts on the 1st of each month and has  various sponsors throughout the year.  also joining me form the Crafty Awesomeness Challenge we have  NanaDonna… AND  now we have a new  DT to introduce  you to.  Ms Merrie Jones, who will be  jumping in to her first ever Blog..and her first DT team.  Woo hoo!  .. and the of course.. you got me, MsWipz.. sorry.. but you are stuck with me  again LOL

So first off  lets see what the ladies have this month….   some of our ladies “mentioning no names” couldn’t make their mind up lol… so they  are showing off multiple projects. Me and DeeScraps… we’re not so flighty lol.

Merrie

Merrie

Merrie

NanaDonna

NanaDonna

Deescraps

MsWipz




















 

I can’t wait to see all the fun projects you ladies and gents come up with..and of course.. make sure to check the the  Catch the Bug Challenge Blog  to see what other challenges you can enter them in to.  If you would like to enter, but don’t have any Bugaboo Stamps images yet.. be sure to check out the current Friday Freebie and New Releases. You are more than welcome to use the freebie,  or one of the half price New Releases in your challenge projects.


NEW ! Bugaboo Crafty Challenge starts this month

We have a new Challenge starting this month in addition to the two current challenges… so all of you Bugaboo fans will love this one.

This one is just for ….YOU

EVERY month the prize is Bugaboo Stamps
EVERY month you get to show off your Bugaboo creations
EVERY month you get to see our Bugaboo creations

It’s all about the Bug! ….so get your printer running and lets get ready to Bug out!

Big Shout out to the DT team… NanaDonna, DeeScraps and the new kid on the block.. our Virgin Blogger… Merrie.  Thank you ladies !!!

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