Wahooo…… I’m BACK …with a splash !!

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.

This is my challenge image for July for the Cute As A Button Challenge Blogspot… come on over and play

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Lil Ms Muffet sat on her…

HA !!! you know you were expecting something sarcastic…. well NOPE .. not this time lol.
SURPRISE !!!!  Ok I confess I did  think about it, but couldn’t find anything suitable… funny yes, not very PC, yes…. suitable… Nope LOL

This is my DT project for the new October Challenge on the Cute As A Button Challenge Blog…“Ms Muffett”

Printed on Recollections 65 lb card stock and colored with Chameleon Pens and Zig Kure Color and a dusting of dry brushed Craft Smart Ink.  The edges were also inked up with Craft Smart ink pads in blue and black.

The card background is stamped using a bargain bin seasonal stamp from Michaels.  I love these $1.50 stamps they bring out for each season… they are fab for my lil man and I find myself stealing them for backgrounds lol. The sentiment is a die cut.. but for the life of me I can’t think who made it, I’ll add it into a supplies list later today. The sentiment was inked with black and blue inks, then I ran over it with a light blue Sakura Glaze pen which gave it a 3D relief and  added that finishing touch.

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Die Cut Vellum windowed feminine floral card

ooh aint that a mouthful …..

In a nutshell …..its a soft and girlie card, with lots of cool vellum on it….and some cool dies by Gina Marie Designs and Lil’Inkers and a cool cut file from CraftsUPrint Designer Tina Fallon a bit of Gelly Roll Stardust and rhinestone bling and a swipe of Chameleon pens… I’ll add links below for anyone interested in specifics.  This particular file was cut on my Cricut, but it is available in various formats for different Machines.

For those of you who are regulars here.. DON’T PANIC!!!!  I am also working on a really cool black and red gothic type verison of this ..I was not abducted lol.

cup_flower2_wmdedcup_flowers_wmdedVellum Paper  12×12 sheets from Michaels

Card base Recollections White card pack from Michaels

Stitched window Lil’Inker Designs Dual Stitched Rectangles

Large flowers Flower Ranunculus – Peony 3D Flower

Small flowers  Gina Marie Designs X stitched Rectangle dies, bonus center die cuts

Foliage Gina Marie Designs- Fern

Foliage Color  Chameleon Pens on vellum

Flower centers  rhinestone bling and beads.

Flower edging Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust pen

Glues and tape Zig Photo Tape and a white glue from www.quilling.com

Cut file format SVG cut on a Cricut Explore, various formats available.

Die Cut Machine for metal dies    Sizzix Big Shot

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Scrapper’s Delights Fan Group Challenge Friday Freebie DT Project

Wow .. I’m still in shock that I got invited to join this team …. I love doing these challenges, so it was a fab surprise to find that invite in my inbox.  Thank you 🙂

So here it is .. my  first Scrappers Delights Fan Group Challenge Friday Freebie DT Project.  I have been neglecting my poor old Cricut Explore lately and getting caught up with other ideas and projects…. but I really wanted  to  use this cut file again, so here it is.  I hope you like this project, it’s really quite a simple card to make and  this cut file is so versatile. I’ve used it for a few different projects in the past… male and female.  I wanted to keep it relatively clean, so  the sentiment is behind the image, you can see it better in the second image
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  • Card base is a CraftsUPrint cut file cup323867_1415 by Rae Carr.  This particular file has additional pieces that I didn’t use.  It’s cut on Dollar Store, glitter poster board card.  This was resized and cut on the Cricut Explore to make a 5×5 card.
  • Image is by Scrappers Delights and she is colored with a mix of Ranger distress pens, Zig Kurecolor and Zig Brushables from the Zig Memory System set..and a touch of Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust on the hair bands and slippers.  I also added some  blue Sakura Glaze on the hair for shine and texture.
  • Flowers are from Michaels
  • Sentiment is a die cut on blue Recollections card to match the trellis backing, cut on My Sizzix Big Shot.
  • Xyron Mega runner 1/4 inch adhesive


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Quickie Happy Birthday Card & Giveaway Reminder

Here’s a quick Birthday card I whipped up, with a matching envelope.  Very quick and simple birthday card, suitable for any age.

  • Card Base – Recollections Powder Blue 5×5 Square card and envelope set from Michaels.
  • Balloons & Stars stickers  – Stickos themed stickers – Walmart clearance 50 cents a pack
  • Center Panel – 110lb Card Stock Gina Marie X stitched Die with Fiskars Corner punch.
  • Panel padding – Popped on white Darice Adhesive foam pad from Walmart
  • Center Panel Text –  Double run through the Cricut Explore using a Zig Memory system Writer Pen and a white Sakura Glaze for a raised ghosting effect from my scraps bucket.
  • Balloon strings   Black sewing thread
  • Die Cut BowGina Marie bow die set (click here if you’d like to try and win one)
  • Glues – Xyron Mega runner & Tombow Aqua Mono Liquid Glue
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Latest Fave Craft giveaways… serious drool fest

Have you seen the current Favecrafts giveaways.. there are a tonne of them…… all sorts of cool prizes, for allsorts of different crafts.

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Seriously check out these cool prize packages on offer… this is just a small selection of the goodies up for grabs.

St Patrick’s Day Card

Well I couldn’t resist knocking up a quick card with my new Lil’Inkers dual stitch dies and the cute Bugaboostamps St Patricks Day Hedgehog digital stamp I bought. So here it is…

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  • The base card is from a multi-color Recollections pack
  • Lil’ Inkers dual stitch frame is cut on dollar store glitter card….kinda neat and very inexpensive when you can find it.
  • Single stitch mat is  from a Green Recollections pack – Feathered Greens with a stripe of Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust around the stitch edge. ( photo colors are a bit off on that..its more green than teal)
  • Image printed on my awesomely fab new Epson Eco Tank ** I AM SO IN LOVE
  • Image background Ranger Alcohol Adironack Inks with a cotton swab using Blender, Sunshine Yellow & Stream.
  • Image is  fussy cut for a double layer effect and  colored with a mix of Chameleon Pens,  Zig Kurecolor, Ranger Distress Pens and a touch of Wink of Stella White to glam up the hat buckle.
  • Ribbon  – Michaels bargain bin special
  • Entire piece popped on a sheet of Darice adhesive foam

 

Hair made easy

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KennyK – Download Diva

I am loving the blend of Chameleon and Zig Chalk Marker Writers so much, I am going to order the 6 pack so I can get my paws on a white chalk writer marker…. instead of using the calligraphy tipped one.

This was done with a Chameleon base and I intended to use the blue chalk marker as the highlight, but it actually ended up being darker than the base I laid down… but that worked out fine, as I just used it for low lights and added in white chalk marker for the highlights.

I think digitally printed skin tones and a mix of the Chameleon and Zig chalk Markers ….then Sakura and my multitude of gel pens…. throw in a little Wink of Stella and & Luna ..and I have my goto combo for coloring my KennyK‘s….and probably most of my other digis.  I have a tonne of them now too lol.

So I guess now I need to get some printed practice sheets knocked out … I’m pleasantly surprised by how easy hand coloring is with these pen sets…. admittedly very basic…. but still it’s hand coloring and I never thought I would ever be doing that with my abysmal lack of skills.  I always felt intimidated by all the pen sets and felt they were more suited to people who had already developed coloring skills …. but really… these pens are great for all levels.

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Chameleon Pens


If anything I think they are a great choice for beginners, because the of the confidence factor and the blending, since beginners won’t already have a vast range of pens at  their disposal.  As a beginner it’s very easy to get intimidated and quickly put off the idea of hand coloring if you struggle to get results. These pens really do help a beginner  gain confidence very quickly…and that makes you want to continue and keep improving, instead of throwing them in a drawer and giving up.  I shall persevere with learning to color skin tones better… but  at least now hair is a whole lot easier than it was.


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Zig Memory System Marker Collection



I discovered a bunch of other cool Zig pens which I now have on my Wish list… including some Embossing pens which should…. hopefully fit in the Amy Chomas adapter like the memory system pens do.  I can’t wait to get my paws on some of those and give them a whirl through my Cricut.

Some wood markers and wood stain markers… which will work great with my embossing on wood projects.







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Gansai Tambi Watercolors


…and I also eyeballed some cool water based pens which might compliment my Gansai Tambi watercolor set.

Happy Birthday to me…….. Happy.. oh hang on.. my birthday is still months away… hmm maybe a Valentines present… late Christmas….. just because you love me… whatever works lol.  I am sure hubby will be thrilled to shop for crafting supplies… NOT haha



….time to dig out that Exclusive coupon and go shop 🙂



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Shopping spree…. yeah ..another one lol

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I had a bit of a splurge at Michaels, Hobby Lobby and Dollar Tree the other day ….well two Michaels actually LOL

 

There are a whole bunch within driving distance and two on the way to the In Laws…. so I hit those again.

 

 

 

OMG the deals at Michaels right now ….almost everything I got in the first store was on clearance or sale…. and the I had a 50% coupon for a regular price buy.  THEN the little girl at the register pulls out a different coupon and says, “I got another one for you….” yeah it helps to be nice to retail workers….when you are an a$$hole, you only get to use your own coupons LOL.  So she pulls out a 30% off EVERYTHING….sales, clearance the whole shebang…. and adds that on 🙂

 

Shame the girl at the second store wasn’t so sweet…. but heh….It was all clearance and sales stuff there too anyway.

 

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Picked up a bunch of single sheet paper 7/$1 ….14 cents a pop…. I can handle that, specially with the extra 30% off lol.   And some of them were colored vellum too 🙂  There were a couple I wanted at the first store that were on clearance…. didn’t make sense to get them…but I picked them up at sales price in the second store.  Not all stores have the same clearance items.

 

 

I picked up a bunch of Wink of Luna pens….if you haven’t seen them already, check them out.. they are like Wink of Stella, but metallic.  Why the hell are they on clearance already??? not that I am complaining…. I would have grabbed more if I had the spare money this month.  I already spend a tonne of money already this month. I also got some wood frames to decorate, one of which you may have seen in the Grandma project.

 

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The Turtle is just a prop, my son thought I needed a lil something extra in my picture lol      … but he is available at all good Walmarts.

 

 

The Recollections card stock was on offer 5 for $10 again…. so I grabbed a bunch of that.

Martha Stewart corner and border punch sets… CLEARANCE… oh hell yeah.  My little guy loves to punch paper and these are so much easier for him to use than the others, but at $25 a set…. I have to budget for them and wait for coupons etc.  $12.99 on clearance, thank you very kindly!!

 

 

 

Christmas clear cling stamps, 50% off….  and the $1.50 cheapie stamps bins now have the Christmas ones …. I always grab  the cheapie stamps for the lil guys collection 🙂

 

I picked up a new Ranger Archival ink pad…. the big ones.. 50% off, thank you coupons LOL

 

I snagged some metallic card, holographic foil, a few plastic cutting mats for playdoh, candles and some pens to try in the Cricut from the DollarTree.com

 

I got the reindeer stickers, cork mats, felt ornaments and the White Sakura Gelly Roll pens at Hobby Lobby… all Christmas stuff was 50% off and the pens had a 40% off coupon.

The hole punch is a 2 inch throat one from Walmart, I picked that up for doing the shaker card  window game cards,  when I didn’t want to cut holes on the Cricut for that.

My Joann.com order will be here on Saturday…. Hallelujah!!! I can’t wait to try out my new embossing powders.

 

Looks like we are pretty well set for some serious crafting over the winter 🙂

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Adhesive Chalkboard Vinyl ~ Home Sweet Home sign

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ZiggyBoard Adhesive Chalk Board

 

Well here is my first completed project using the Ziggyboard chalkboard vinyl. I’m pretty new to this whole vinyl thing, so kept it simple. I’ve played with it a few times just because I had some that came with my original Cricut Expression… yeah I have had it sitting around that long LOL.

But I recently got a kit to review from Ziggyboard.com  Cohas.com who make this vinyl right here in the US. …and so did two of our ladies

…. and a mini challenge was GAME ON!!!

Now I am the first  to admit that I am at a distinct disadvantage here  lol.  NanaDonna is our HTV queen, so she is well used to working with this medium and Deescraps and NanaDonna both…. are just awesome crafters PERIOD.  I have learnt so much from these ladies over on the message board.

Ziggyboard 12x12 Adhesive Chalkboard Vinyl sheets

Ziggyboard 12×12 Adhesive Chalkboard Vinyl sheets

My biggest problem when faced with this challenge…. my handwriting and drawing SUCKS !!! I have spent so many years on a computer, I am surprised I know how to pick up and hold a pen anymore.

 

One day I will tell you a story about a 30 year old who forgot how to use a knife and fork.. yup that would be me lol…and sadly, it’s a true story haha.

Ok ….so now we have established my lack of ability in this department…. I’ll tell you how I got round it. Where I lack ability, I have imagination and problem solving in abundance.
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Zig Posterman Chalk Board Markers

 

Now the pens that come with these kits, sadly do not fit in the Cricut Explore Explore, not even with an Amy Chomas Adapter. You can remove the original adapter and jerry rig it with some tape to fit,  but the pen priming system makes it a no go anyway… strike one for me… no Bueno!  But does that stop me … oh hell noooo.

ok …. so do I cut a stencil…. possibly…. but it’s a one off project….. heh…. too much work and a waste of materials…. No Bueno

Do I print out my text and use a carbon paper to transfer an outline to follow…. that would work…. don’t have any…. No Bueno

Outlining on the Cricut Explore with Sakura Gelly Roll White Gel Pen

Outlining on the Cricut Explore with Sakura Gelly Roll White Gel Pen


LIGHT BULB MOMENT…..
 Sakura Gelly Roll White Gel pen for the win!!!!   so in it goes in my Amy Chomas adapter.  Now the ink on the chalkboard surface is a bit patchy…. so you may have to hit the Cricut button a few times to make it redo the text outlines.

Depending on if you want an outline to go over with the pens, or just an outline to use….you can pick and choose how many runs through you do with the pen.

I love this white pen, but find that it does seem sporadic even on regular card  and paper too. They aren’t designed for the Cricut…. so it’s just something I accept.  I have tried other white pens and  found them no where near as smooth.  It’s easy enough to go back and touch up any missed areas.  I did that with my ‘O’
Outlined and cut... ready to decorate and mount

Outlined and cut… ready to decorate and mount

 

The heart was cut out of the vinyl and a Red Adhesive Velvet heart  from Elizabeth Craft Designs was inserted, just for a little bit of texture and fun. You could cut out shapes and fill with photos or printed materials …. all kinds of cool possibilities to personalize your chalkboard projects.

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Stamping with Chalk pens

Now THIS is what I really do love about these chalk pens….. even though I suck at writing and drawing….  I don’t totally suck at Rubber stamping.  I used one of my clear cling stamps to make the scroll in the top right corner.  If you make a mistake, these can be cleaned off to start over even though it’s not a wet wipe chalk pen.

 Yup….  that is right…. you can ink up your rubber stamps and create beautiful designs. ….Never fear it washes right off.  So the next time you are cruising around Pinterest and looking at all the fab chalkboard vinyl  projects and thinking you could never do it… STOP!!!   …. Where there is a will, there is a way….

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ZiggyBoard Pre-cut labels

 

These ideas can be translated over to decorate ornaments, framed  art, labels, glassware…. and if you don’t have a cutting machine, never fear…  Ziggyboard Chalk Board Vinyl   Cohas.com Chalk Board Vinyl also comes in loads of precut shapes.

 

 

 

 

Supplies used in this project:

Cheap frame with glass removed
Ziggyboard Chalkboard vinyl 12×12 sheet
Sakura Gelly Roll Pen
Cricut Explore
Zig Posterman Chalk Marker Pen
Rubber Stamp
Adhesive Velvet
Amy Chomas Pen Adapter

…and an idea!

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