It’s shakey shaker window time again…

I just got a new batch of shaker windows in..  new shapes and sizes.  This time I have 3″ Square, 2.5″ round and some 2×3′ rectangles to add to the 3″ circles I already have.  I haven’t had a chance to bust them open and make any projects yet…. but expect to see some later this month. These are all 1/4 ” high as usual, so lots of room if you want to try out the fun shaker card games I make.

In the meantime…. leave a comment below telling me what new craft goodies you just got, or what you would make with these….and I’ll pick a random person and send you a mixed pack to play with.  And since I am feeling very nice and relaxed after my much needed mini-vacation… I won’t even restrict  it to US only entries this time.





































Unity Stamps Shaker Game Card

It’s been a while since I made one of these… and I have a few new variations in mind, I just haven’t had time to do them yet. This is one I made for the Unity Stamps Facebook Group challenge which is currently ‘watercolors’. Unity (Show and Tell) using Warm inside

The circular frame is  made using a Gina Marie Designs Die “Mini Heart Lace die set”
These are the 3 inch circular windows, 1/4 inch deep  and the balls are approx 5 mm.  No foam padding needed as they are already deep enough, just fill and glue.. or glue and fill.. depending on what kind of shaker you are making.

Watercoloring was done on  Canson Mix Media 9×12  with Gansai Tambi watercolors & a BrushH2o 

 

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Abandoned Art – drops 5,6 & 7 DFW TX

We dropped a few pieces tonight while we were out on a store run.. 3 more of the plaster rounds 🙂  Lil man was happy, he got a “secret mission AND M&M’s … mommy just got tired and sweaty lol.  We have 6 more pieces ready to drop later in the week…. a card, magnet, stamped tile, 2 more PoP rounds and a coaster.

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We dropped  the glass jar with flowers on the self serve scales at a post office near the store.

This was the only one we managed to get a picture in situ…. without looking suspicious lol

 

 

 

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This sunflower went on the counter of an apartment complex laundry room 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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and this  pooch was  popped beside a flower pot outside of a local veterinary office.  It probably won’t  get seen till Monday…. unless a passerby notices it, as it’s tucked behind the pot facing the office door.  It looks a bit different to this picture after it was sealed.. the colors are a bit different.more subtle.. but this is  the general idea.

 

 

 

 

 

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Abandoned Art “Team N” Drop1 – DFW, TX

WOOHOOO… we snuck out and made our first drop near the mailboxes at an apartment complex in the DFW area of TX. It was too dark to take pictures without alerting everyone to the fact we were there .. I don’t need to be explaining this one to local PD at 9 PM haha
But this is what we dropped. Lil man had a blast on our “secret mission”
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It is a  Plaster of  Paris round, stamped with rubber stamps and Stazon ink.  Colored with Adironack inks and Ranger Distress pen and clear coat lacquered with Mod Podge Acrylic Sealer.  The back was  covered with a felt disk using rubber cement glue.  More details on this project can be found here for anyone who wants to give this a try, great project for adults and kids to make stamping & coloring on Plaster of Paris
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Zig Kurecolor Alcohol Markers & Giveaway

It seems to come up a lot lately in some of the cardmaking and coloring groups I am in on Facebook… lots of people are trying out the  Zig Clean Color Markers, but few know about the Zig Kurecolor set.  Since I am a huge fan of the Zig Kurecolor markers I have, I thought I would share this info for anyone who might be interested.

I had been struggling to find a skin tone  that suited my style and budget when I ran across these on the CraftingAbility website. I already had the set of Memory System Markers and loved the tips on those… so when I saw that Zig had alcohol markers with the same  fine tip, I grabbed some to try.

The brush tip on the  Zig Kurecolors isn’t like most brush tips I have tried, it’s a bit fatter, rounder and and not so stiff and I love it.  Add in the fab fine tip and … the fact I finally FINALLY found my color. SOLD !!!!

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I am not a huge fan of pinky/orange faces… it reminds me too much of girls who can’t find the right foundation makeup.  Just personal preference, each to their own.  I picked up 3 pens to try and get a good skin combo and  the one I  absolutely can’t live without … Pale Beige #731.

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Image – KennyK Stamps

Now Zig do two types of Zig Kurecolor….refillables, much like the Copic, Spectrum etc… and one that is not marketed as refillable.. but TOTALLY is and really would be another great selling point if they were marketed as such.  The pens are slimline, so won’t hold as much ink as the ones marketed as refillable.. but they are super quick and easy to fill, so I am not worried about that at all.

No replacement tips for these ones.. since they aren’t marketed as refillable, however that is not to say that the replacement tips wouldn’t work in these, I just haven’t had any to try… but you know I will  give it a shot when I do lol.  But they do come with my two favorite tips and so far, I have had no need to replace them anyway and I am not the most delicate of people when it comes to markers.

Zig seem to have very durable tips that have held up to my scribbling and Cricut Explore perfectly.  They also play nicely with other alcohol markers I have and I am definitely one to mix and match my pens.  So if you have other alcohol pens, but just can’t find the right skintones for your tastes, or feel like you are missing some colors you would like.. or you really just need different tips..check these out.

Me, as soon as I can, I’ll be  buying every single one of them lol.  I just have to decide between the dual tip refillables and these Manga pens I currently have…and really like.

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The Refillable version comes in two versions of dual tip.. the twin and twin ‘s’ .   I believe all Kurecolors come in the entire color range, but don’t quote me on that.

The Twin pens ( twin and twin’s’ ) also have replacement tips which can be purchases in packs of 10.  Please check the details on these as not all tips can be used on both pens .  I’m hoping to get my hands on some of these myself soon to try, and if and when I do… I’ll be sure to let you all know.  One of these, not sure which model yet, will be available on special order for anyone interested..( 10 days or less) I’ll let you all know as soon as they are listed, or you can sign up for their newsletter. Because I’ll be grabbing some myself to play with 🙂

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and then of course there are the refills… 25ml in whatever colors  you need.  If you fall in love with the 731 like I did, I highly recommend you buy these in multiples ..lol I can tell you it’s hell when you run out and have to wait for refills.  I have 3 now and happy as a clam. I am soo not running out of that color again lol. Refills come in single color, or sets ..I believe it’s sets of 10, or 12 to correspond with the pen sets.





The color range is not as vast as Copic, but with 136 pens in the range ( 135 colors and a blender pen),  plus tip blending capabilities….there is more than enough color variety for most peoples needs …and budgets.   I just got my mits on a set of the Hair and muted tones manga pens… so  expect to see projects  and a review of those soon too.


I think I read somewhere that these inks are also suitable for paint guns.. so I’ll be giving that a shot too. I know my other alcohol inks worked in it.
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Ok and now for the fun part…. CraftingAbility.com have very kindly supplied a 12 pack set of the Manga skintone colors for one of you lucky peoples!

The set contains the following colors:

Pale Beige, Vanilla, Ivory, Champagne, Light Bisque, Rose Beige, Flesh Colour, English Rose, Blush, Pale Blush, Pink Haze and Porcelain.

You can enter  here by commenting on this post and telling me why you would like to try these. One random lucky person will get their hands on this 12 pack set.



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CAS Cute gothic chick card

I got my Scrapper’s Delights “Edie” image mounted on a card…  just a clean and simple card to contrast against the image.

I layered a light green,  over dark green Recollections card stock for the card base, popped the corners with a Fiskars rounded corner on the green  and a Martha Stewart punch on the image.  I popped on a cute little green stitched ribbon and simple bow.. done.  I used my Xyron mega runner 1/4 inch ta

Suitable for a bunch of occasions, so I haven’t added a sentiment till I need one.  If you missed the previous post, this image was colored with CraZart pencils and a home made alcohol blender pen with a smidgin of Ranger Distress pen in places.scrappers_delights_Edie_wmd

Bugaboo Bear Easel Card

Just a quickie card that could be for any occasion… I  popped a “Imagine” sentiment on this one as an inspirational desk piece for someone. It’s a bright cheerful card with popped elements for depth.  I trimmed the front edge shorter with a wavy blade on my cutter, because I didn’t want to decorate that space.

This is also my March card for our March 2016 Bugaboostamps/Executioner Combo Challenge

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  • Card Base Sizzix Circle Stand Ups Movers/Shapers Die, X-Large
  • Card Base cut on Recollections Card
  • Sentiment cut from scrap card using an unknown Die sentiment I picked up on clearance
  • Image from BugabooStamps “Theodore Flowers”
  • Colored with Chameleon pens and Ranger Distress markers
  • Butterfly dies are part of a die and stamp set, unknown brand and popped on Darice Adhesive foam and the smaller ones are a punch.
  • Flowers are  from Paint Shop Pro shapes tool and popped on foam

 

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Latest haul – Gina Marie Dies and extras

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My Gina Marie Dies arrived today from Scrapbook Outlet … I picked up 5 sets of single stitch dies.. 2 regular and 3 cross stitch patterns. I also picked up a “Welcome” die for a project and snagged a couple stamps and an embossing folder with a vintage key pattern which is rather cool.

Gina Maries dies are very reasonably priced so I thought I would give this brand a try.  I’d never heard of them till now and I know some of my message board ladies aren’t familiar with these either..so for anyone else who hasn’t seen these…. check them out 🙂

I listed the links below for the dies I got, but there are loads more really cool dies, stamps and folders  to check out.  I will definitely be back for more myself 🙂

Gina Marie X stitch Rectangle Die Set

Gina Marie X stitch Circle Die Set

Gina Marie X stitch Square Die Set

Gina Marie “Welcome” Die

Gina Marie Stitched Circular Die Set 

Gina Marie Stitched Rectangle Die Set

I only had time for a quick test on a couple of these…. the Welcome cuts beautifully and I shall be using that a lot this month for a project.   The stitched dies cut real nice too…. I just didn’t get to do much because….it’s my anniversary today and well… you know how it is… your love of crafting has to take a back seat to the love of your life.. right?   BUT he is back to work tomorrow….so all bets are off hahaha.  Look out for upcoming projects using these and I’ll do a review of sizes dimensions etc soon.

Shaker Card Windows back on Ebay early January

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Things weren’t as crazy hectic as I thought they would be, so I’ll be relisting the shaker card windows a bit earlier than expected. I will update the links on the side panel when I relist them.


For all you new to Cricut and card making… here is a brief look at shaker cards. Now a lot of people use recycled packaging and acetate sheets. We had a challenge to do  shaker cards earlier in the year and everyone struggled to get them built without everything sticking to them


…. so that is how I ended up sourcing out a supplier and then decided to share,  since I wasn’t the only one having problems finding windows.


The idea is basically like making a snow globe on a card, or if you are adventuress like me…. I came up with a new concept..GAME cards. Those are really cool and fun to make.
The game cards are like those old hand held games we had as kids, where you roll it around till the balls fall in the holes.  A small pack of balls is included with the windows in case anyone wants to try this.  I have some new colored plastic ones now too, which are great for the kids cards.


These particular windows are 3 inch diameter circles and a 1/4 in height. They have a flange to glue them down.. so no more building up layers of foam to get the height and worrying about things sticking to the adhesives…. or trying to hide the edges. You can mount these in two different ways.. over  with a frame or under….through a cut out depending on your style of card 🙂


Here are a few quick sample cards…  so you get a better idea of what I am referring to.  You can see the original posts about making these shaker cards HERE

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As September draws to a close…

It’s been a busy month… lots of cool challenge over on the message board..and just a few more days and we’ll start all over again with new  monthly challenges.

September Creative Coloring Challenge – Featuring a NanaVic  stamp

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September KennyK Challenge – Featuring Miss Fortune

   EDIT :and a last minute addition just before the end of the challenge.

 

September Frankenstein Challenge –  Frankenstein themed containers

 

   
I am the Executioner Challenge – Iris folding

 

 

Bugaboo stamp challenge  – Round is a shape!

 

 

and of course we have the always popular Bi Weekly challenge cards  🙂   here are just a few  of the cards we have seen in September.. please visit the message board for more.