Who’s ready for some crafty Black Friday deals and holiday fun?

Ok.. so I know a lot of people will be snoozing and sleeping off that big old Thanks Giving Dinner.. but there are still those of us who are gonna be awake and raring to get stuck in to some holiday fun… so I’m gonna share some deals and events in a bunch of posts for those of you who will still have a few hours left in you!!

 

Starting off with… the Blitsy Insiders Pyjama Party !!! woohoo… this will be my third year attending this online event.  It’s so much fun… hanging out with the lovely ladies of Blitsy and of course all of the crazy crafty ladies who  are in their PJ’s and ready to have some social  and shopping fun.   The party is a product showcase, giveaway, social and shopping extravaganza.

Once a year you get to hang out, shop  win some cool stuff, meet a tonne of like minded crafty people ..and if you are lucky… get your hands on one of the elusive ..oh so  coveted pairs of Golden Scissors.  Not only are these scissors awesome… but if you happen to be one of the lucky people to win a pair at the event and the pre TG events… or in your order… you are in with a chance to win the ultimate…. $1000 Blitsy Shopping Spree.   who doesn’t want that?

Check out all the great deals you could score even without a free $1000…. not that any of us would complain at seeing our name come up for that one.. right? lol

If you aren’t a Blitsy insider and you have’t been entering the giveaways or RSVP’d for the party yet…. head on over and  get signed up…grab your jammies and don’t be late !!!!

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CraftsUPrint – Crafty Bobs Biggest Ever Deals

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These deals are automatically added to your cart when you reach  the spending target.  If you  like cut files for your various cutting machines, or are looking for card kits to make… you should check this out.   I have quite a lot of cut files from CraftsUPrint Designers and I love them.  You may have seen a few  of them in past projects…or seen the Friday Freebies I post each week.

…. and did you know Craftuprint sell more than just card kits and cut files? Check out the cardmaking and papercrafting supplies too…and they even have needlework..

Deal 1 – spend £5 and get….

  • £5 worth of Product
  • FREE Sassy Cheryl CU4CU Clipart
  • FREE ‘Win your money back’ Game Play
  • FREE Bingo Play
  • FREE Weekly download
  • FREE Gold Star Earnings

 

Deal 2 – spend £10 and get….

  • £10 worth of Product
  • FREE 10xA4 Teddy Die Cuts
  • FREE 24 hour vault access worth £20
  • FREE Sassy Cheryl CU4CU Clipart
  • FREE ‘Win your money back’ Game Play
  • FREE Bingo Play
  • FREE Weekly download
  • FREE Gold Star Earnings

..and there are more deals for a £15 or £20 purchase… check it out.  Don’t forget to  grab your Friday Freebie while you are there…and the vault..  definitely check out the vault.. it has some fab designs in there for those of you who get 24 hours of vault access.

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Latest Haul – New Zig Pens

I picked up a handful of new pens to try out.   By now you all know I love my Zig pens.. these came from a different supplier, I picked these ones up from Blitsy as I was looking to  try out their service…and of course hoping for a pair of the most coveted Golden Scissors.

Alas .. no golden Scissors this  time

… but I have 3 more orders coming…. so you never know.  Last night’s sleepover was fun… I am tired  today, but it was totally worth it haha.

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so .. here is what I picked up.

Some of the Clean Colors I have been wanting to try… I picked 4 colors I thought I would use most.  I thought these would work great for the Power Poppy Stamps.

2 Chalk Writers ..I had chalk pens  in my Memory System kit, but the white one had different tips to these. I love these chalk pens and the fact they fit in my Cricut Explore with the Chomas Adapters… is totally awesome.

I also picked up some metallics Black, Silver and Gold .. these are also writers and have the fab fine tips I love…AND fit in the Cricut.

I spotted a Millenium Pen and had to give those a  try too..it is like a fine technical drawing tip… much like Precise V5 or the detailer pens.

and last… I grabbed a couple of packs of Daubers.

Looking forward to playing with these … so stay tuned for some projects and more indepth look at these soon.

You still have time to go grab some great deals.. Free Shipping on orders over $29.99 AND

new faster shipping/processing times too…. 🙂

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It’s been a crazy month…. update news!

updatesSome of you already know from the Crafting Circle Facebook Page that October was a CraZEEEEE month here  and may have noticed the slow down in posting recently… but thankfully most of that is  taken care of now and aside from the unpacking reorganizing and some maintenance work that needs to be done this month….. I’m back on track and raring to go again.  November will be a crazy month for great deals just in time for Christmas..so I’ll be updating banners and affiliate shopping pages etc. this month and hopefully we’ll find some great deals.

The new Blitsy store page just went up..  I am so excited about this years Blitsy Pyjama Party.  If you haven’t  ever attended one.. you really should try and join in..it’s a lot of fun, lots of great crafters, craft challenges and product info allll night long ..as well as some great Black Friday deals..and of course..THOSE SCISSORS… just one of the great things you can win at the PJ Party and possibly in your order.

I’ll be updating a lot of the affiliate banners, adding in some fab  new vendors too… some are affiliates..some will just be  vendors I really love to shop  at myself.  Be sure to check back throughout the month, or subscribe to the blog for email updates on  new posts etc.

I am cutting back on my DT  projects a bit and will be concentrating more on other avenues … so don’t worry ..there will still be lots of projects.. but more variety and  hopefully some fun new things to try.

I’ll be working on some fun Christmas gift and Decor projects with the lil guy in the next month so  I hope you enjoy those too.  He is 4 and a half now so we are starting to experiment more with new ideas….and of course Art Abandonment projects… we’ll be doing more of those in 2017 too.

For anyone who is interested.. maybe even some fun video spots in the  future..  We don’t do serious..so expect them to be lighthearted and fun….and probably MESSY !! lol

Oh.. and for anyone who is interested .. the shaker card windows / pouches probably won’t be available again till after Christmas.  There is one left on Ebay and I probably won’t be restocking these again on Ebay till the new year. …sooo if you wanted a pack between now and January you can PM me on Facebook and see if I have any available.  I’ve been planning to add some new shapes and sizes in  but  just haven’t had time.. so hopefully those will also be available in the New Year.

It’s time again!!! Blitsy PJ Party

blitsyCome on over and join in this years event. Blitys sleepover Event – Black Friday I attended last year for the first time and it was fun, and I met a lot of cool people too.  Aside from the great atmosphere, the chance to check out loads of great deals ..there are of course… The GOLDEN SCISSORS !!!!

A chance to win a pair of golden Scissors, also puts you in the running to win a $1000 shopping spree .. one lucky winner  from all of the golden scissors winners will be picked on Christmas day.

So come on over and join in the fun,   RSVP now  and get your Jammies ready!!

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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

Bugaboo “Autumn Kidz” Velvet over the edge card

Some of you caught a WIP look at this on Facebook, but here she is.. all finished up and matted, popped on foam and overhanging the stitched frame.

She’s colored with Chameleon Pens and a touch of Zig Kurecolor and Marvy Detailer. sections of the image were cut in to overlap the frame while the main image remained behind the frame.  I am sure it has some fancy technical name, but heck if I know what to call it haha…I just know it’s cool. A couple of the smaller detached details were fussy cut and added to the frame where they should be in the original.

Both layers are foam padded for depth and the image is printed on Velvet Paper…. combined it gives the  card a lush soft feel.

Links and supplies listed below for anyone interested.

First off a close up through my Magnifier light to show off that lush velvet texture. Traditional blending styles will not work with this…. so if you are the type who has to blend to perfection, this is not the paper for you.  It works great with pencils too, but it does have a soft grainy effect look to it….so it may not suite everyone.  Me….I LOVE this paper… it suits my style and tastes perfectly.

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..and here is the finished card, Very CAS ( clean and simple ). I don’t like to add sentiments to cards till I plan to use them; unless I already know who the recipient is, or the occasion. Quite often I just want to  use it as a note card, so I  keep them sentiment free.  I’m sure you have probably noticed that I am not a big fan of making overly fussy cards either and prefer to highlight the image and  in some cases humorous text.  It’s just my style….

bugaboo_autumn_card_wmd..anywho .. there she is… my Autumn Kidz.  I love these muted colors which is funny because hubby and I have argued color schemes and furniture since the day he moved in.  He is all about the browns… and I am all about the black furniture lol.

He must be rubbing off on me  LOL

Supplies

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Lil’Inkers dual stitch frame

Something I never mention, my scissors.  LOL I confess I do not own any “craft” scissors except the little pair that came with my Cricut tool kit.  I actually do most of my intricate cutting with.. erm.. hair dressers scissors lol.

I have an old pair of Triumph Mastercolor scissors from back in my UK days… these must be at least 20 years old and have NEVER ever been sharpened lol.  LOVE these scissors.  I have another set I use too… but I’d have to dig them out to figure out what they are lol.

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challenges:

corrosivechallengesbyjanet.blogspot

lilpatchofcraftyfriends.blogspot

abitmoretimetocraft

animalfriendschallenge

http://cardmaniachallenges.blogspot.com/

sasayakiglitter.blogspotl

http://avenue613.blogspot.com/

livelaughstamp.blogspot

http://die-cut-divas.blogspot.com

digistamps4joy

deliciousdoodleschallenge

Fridge Magnet Game with ZiggyBoard Scraps

I needed a break from the all this Spotlight Series and card making for an hour or two, so I decided to play with some of my ZiggyBoard Magnetic Sheet scraps and the new die set a friend sent me last month.

I’d been eyeing up a letter set so that was perfect timing and I can’t thank you enough for that fab gift package you sent. The glue you sent with it is fabulous for this project too 🙂 Lil man and I are so lucky 🙂

Just wanted to share a project I am doing with this 🙂

I took my ZiggyBoard Magnetic sheet and cut it on my Fellowes trimmer, this cuts like a dream on paper trimmers, cutting machines like my Cricut Explore.. but it also die cuts easy in the Sizzix Big Shot and of course…. as you can see….with Scissors. So many fun things you can do with Ziggyboard… My fridge has all sorts of fun stuff on it now 🙂

But this is something I had wanted to do for a while .. so here’s a quick look at it.  I had a bunch of spare letters left over after doing my “oversized” Christmas Card  which I posted yesterday as my DT card for the new Crafty Awesomeness Prize Challenge…   and this was a perfect way to use up some of the excess letters.  I shall just keep cutting more and stashing them away when I have scraps to use up.

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ziggy_alpha2ziggy_alpha3Voila.. fridge game for me and my son.  We can learn letters and words and leave messages for daddy… or he can leave messages for us.  What a fun way to use up scraps  🙂

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Blitsy – new affiliate program news

Blitsy Brings You The Best In Crafts at Up To 70% Off
Last year I had a lot of fun at the Blitsy Pyjama Party, I didn’t win any of the coveted golden scissors… but I met a lot of fab new crafters and had a blast. Saw lots of cool new products and techniques too. I just got accepted to their affiliates program WOOT !! … here are some of their current deals for anyone interested.

$5 planners

Stamp & stencil sale

New Tim Holtz EVERYTHING !

Don’t forget Blitsy will take  comptitor 40% coupons too.

Check out some of their  current deals ..and of course.. don’t forget they have their  Video channel with loads of fab projects and ideas and new products.

 

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favecrafts.com Terrific Titanium Scissors Set Giveaway

westcott-scissors-package_Category-CategoryPageDefault_ID-1116807“Enter to win the Terrific Titanium Scissors Set! One lucky winner will receive three Westcott Titanium Scissors from Westcott (8 inch, 5 inch, 4 inch). The deadline to enter is December 27, 2015 at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

The Titanium Bonded scissors offer sharp blades that are great for cutting through layers of fabric or
paper. These high performance scissors are 3 times harder than stainless steel, allowing them to stay sharper, longer. Whether you’re looking for scissors that have a microtip, bent handle, straight handle or are fine cut, you’ll find exactly what you need in this collection.”

 

 

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