I needed a break from cleaning up and had a play with some fun signs.. nothing major, just some fun signs with some fun images. I popped a square piece of Cohas Adhesive Chalkboard Vinyl onto an 8×8 wood canvas/blank and added some of the fun images I got from CraftsUPrint designer Gordon Fraser. These were watercolored using Gansai Tambi paints and H2o brushes on Canson Mix Media Paper.
It’s really easy to swap images in and out…. if you don’t want to keep a permanent image on it, just use a 2 way temporary bond glue. Great way to make motivational signs for yourself, or other family members. I just wrote on mine with blue and white Zig wet wipe Chalk Markers, which cleans right off with a wet rag. You could of course use a more permanent pen which they also make, that comes off with window cleaner. I deliberately didn’t prime my chalk pens, to keep it more rustic and not so intense.
This vinyl comes in 12×12 sheets, or pre-cut labels in various shapes. I like the 12×12 sheets because I can cut this on my Cricut Explore if I want something a bit fancy and also write on it on my Cricut.. because let’s face it, my handwriting sucks haha…. or pop it in a 12×12 Scrapbook page frame if I want something bigger. I have the labels too and they are awesome for labeling jars etc with my lil man as gifts.. lots of fun shapes.
When I want a more permanent sign, I confess I usually run it through my Cricut first to add the text..
Right now you can get access to the Treasure chest with a £15 order, plus £5 voucher on orders over £15 ( ends 27/3). 24 hour vault access and free mothers day clipart.. as well as the usual bonus game and entry into the Bob Pot Prize…
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This is a company that is totally new to me, I discovered them on Twitter and they have some adorable stamps…. they also have a challenge..and we all know how much we love challenges AND new goodies. More info on the challenge and how to get the free digital stamp so you can join in at the bottom of this post If you are new to this company too, this is a fab way to join in and maybe win some of these rubber stamps if you are interested in trying them out.
I was having a quick browse around and thought I would share some of the ones that caught my eye. As most of you regulars know by now, I have a son who is 5 tomorrow ( Where did time go) and we plan to homeschool. Creativity is a huge part of our learning process and the lil guy LOVES to craft. That being said I am always on the lookout for things for him to use and also things that can be used in “school” projects…. hey no one said education had to be boring… lol.
One of the first things that caught my eye were the backgrounds; these are perfect for both of us, both for card making and adding visuals to stories and essays etc later on as he learns to write his own stories.
I love backgrounds, but I am pretty picky and most of the ones I have are digital .. but I love these..
Forest Background T057
Treasure Map T054
Speedy Recovery Background U004
Space Scape U149
and then of course we have fairies .. sorry Merrie haha.. There are so many cool stamps at this store.. they come in foam mounted and unmounted. Categories galore… oh dear this could get me in trouble if the little guy sees these…No crafty budget right now.. but if he sees Dragons…. oh my !
I will be adding this one into the tab above for stamps.. it is currently called DIGIS.. but I think I need to update it to STAMPS, since I am finding more and more cute stamp companies who do physical stamps… So expect to see that updated soon.
ok I promised you details on the High Hopes March challenge..so here they are.
For your chance to win 2 FREE High Hopes Stamps.
You can enter this challenge to win rubber stamps using the free digital stamp provided, if you do not currently own any High Hopes stamps. There is a link to the freebies, you have two to choose from. You must use a High Hopes Image. Check the High Hopes Challenge post for more details and links to the free images.
I hope some of you join in, I think I will have a go at this one.. maybe see if my little guy wants to enter too…. he is a crafting machine lately LOL
The card background was done with a stamp I had that matched the daisy in the image on a A2 card from a Michaels value pack. Of course I used my trusty Zig Photo Tape runner to attach it…
If you like the look of this die, check out my previous posts on the front page showing off the fun Bonus cuts you can use to make some really cool frames. If you are reading this post months down the road.. do a search for Gina Marie Designs and that should pull them up… or search the March 2017 archive.
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Another fab selection of projects again this past month.. thank you to everyone who joined in. So are all you Bug fans excited about the new store that is coming?, I can’t wait to see it up and running. From the sneaky peeks I have seen, it’s gonna be awesome.
Big thank you to Jodi who is our sponsor for this fun new monthly challenge dedicated to all things Bugaboo Stamps.
Before I get to the winner from Challenge No.2 and .. an alternate winner for No.1 which was not claimed…I wanted to thank the DT ladies for another fabulous set of projects for this new challenge.
WINNERS !!! WINNERS !!!! WINNER !!!! You have till April 14th to claim. Please contact me at MsWipz to claim
Thank you for all the fabulous entries…. looking forward to another bunch of fab projects this month.
Here are the rules.
Must feature a Bugaboo Stamps image as the main image of the project.
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?
Are you ready for Box 3? The new box is SUPPLIES…. and we all need those right?
The contents of this box are going to cost $34.99 and are valued at $89.91 …. Ok so ..what is in the box.. by all accounts from what I can see.. so guarantees….BUT.. 2 rolls of window cling, 3 rolls of glitter vinyl, a roll of adhesive foil, 3 pearlescent paper sample packs in neutral, pastels and bold colors. All things I don’t have and really would like to play with… hurry up pay day. Quantities are limited so grab it while you can.
Have you seen the Cricut Mint Machine Bundle…? check out that price and all the goodies that come with it. I am so coveting the new Explore 2… I would love one of these. If you are totally new to Cricut, which is rare nowadays… but always a possibility.. There are so many cool things you can do with these machines…way beyond what Cricut even show you. Card making, scrapbooking, home decor, kids crafts, personalized clothing, gifts, packaging…… just the tip of the iceberg.
We had one member on the message board who made all of the signs for his re-enactment group.
Me.. I bought mine to make custom photo mats then got hooked ..and there is still a tonne of things I haven’t even tried yet.
One of my favorite things about my Cricut is the aftermarket Adapters I bought, which sadly are not available for the ONE.. but they are available for the Explore, Explore Air and Air 2 and those are FANTASTIC. these are pen adapters for the Circut by a company called Chomas Creations and they allow you to expand the range of pens you can use in your Cricut. For people like me..that is HUGE…it has opened up a whole new world of potential projects that I wouldn’t normally attempt because my handwriting is terrible and my calligraphy skills.. non existent lol. But not just that.. that means I can draw with so many more pens than before…
One of my favorites and one of the most popular pins on my pinterest page is this.. the powder embossing done on the Explore. Yup.. POWDER EMBOSSING drawn on the Cricut.
This allows me to take designs and instead of cutting them, I can draw them and emboss them.. LOVE LOVE LOVE this. There are other embossing pens, including one I made myself.. but these Zig Embossing pens coupled with the Chomas Adapter.. SWEET !!!
Anyone who is a regular on here knows how much I love my Zip pens.. and most all of them will work in my Cricut with the adapter… with the exception of the big chalk pens. But that is ok…. because I can outline on the Cricut then trace over it with my bigger pens when I want to do chalk signs. Way better than anything I could ever achieve by hand.
And of course.. the .. how could I not share what is probably my favorite paper to use on the Cricut.. this stuff is AWESOME.
It cuts beautifully, looks and feels amazing and gives a little extra something something to projects.
These projects were done with Black Velvet paper, but it comes in a bunch of other colors.. including white, which I love to print and color digital stamps on.
Did I mention stencils… check out this etched glass beer stein I made a couple of years ago using a stencil I made and cut on the Cricut. This was for one of our message board challenges. I Just cut my stencil from vinyl, slapped it on..slapped on etching cream and voila.. a fun beer mug 🙂
…so by now, if you are new to the Cricut….you are probably beginning to realize the Cricut can do a lot more than just use images on cartridges and on Design Space Access…. Yup you can upload your own designs or designs purchased elsewhere. Card templates, toppers, digital stamps. I’ve got a confession… I don’t subscribe to Access, I own probably 10 cartridges.. and I use my Cricut to make a lot of cool projects. So if the price of Access, or the designs not being to your taste is something that was holding you back .. never fear… this machine still has a lot to offer.
Print and Cut is fantastic, and when the DS3 ( Design Space update) comes out soon… it’s going to be even better. I for one.. can’t wait. DS3 has so many cool new features… admittedly there are still some things I would love to have added on… because I am used to having them in my graphics programs.. but it’s not a big deal to do it externally and then upload them.
Check out some of these fun projects done using Cricut Print and cut…
KennyK Stamps key holder
3D layered Cute As A Button Slate Wall Plaque
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Another quickie Bookmark featuring the Unity Stamp co stamp, “First love, first hero”. Text was from an old paperback book hubby was throwing out… waste not want not lol. I stamped it up and colored it in distress marker, then inked the edges using distress ink pads. I mounted it on a piece of card, also colored in distress inks and then laminated it and punched a hole in it for a ribbon. This is joining the growing Abandoned Art project bucket for our upcoming “mission”.
We had to go get new tires the other day and my lil guy.. much as he loves the dealership and checking out all of the cars and trucks..specially the trucks ( he is just like his daddy when it comes to trucks lol ) .. he gets bored after a while. So this time I decided to take along my portable easel box I showed you in a previous post earlier this week and watercolors in case they came in handy… plus it was a great way to test it out and see how well it worked out.
They have a seating area with comfy chairs, but also a large eating area with vending machines and coffee etc and part of that is a long bar area with bar stools…and lots of natural light from the big windows. So we sat down with some snacks and drinks and I started to color.. lol.. 2 seconds later as predicted “I want to color please mommy”
So here we go, these are 4 of the bookmarks he painted while we were waiting for our new tires. I had already stamped everything out on precut strips of Canson Mix Media Paper and they were in the easel box ready to go with the H2o pen. The easel box and the Gansai Tambi box are about the same size so easy to grab and go even without a bag.
I love this first Giraffe because he told me he was painting a rainbow on it too .. I love his imagination, but I am sure glad he explains what some of it is sometimes haha. Some of these will go to friends and relatives and others will go in the Abandoned Art box. The Giraffe is a stamp we picked up at Michaels last month. The father and daughter image is a Unity Stamp co stamp that I stamped up for me to color, but he hijacked it haha
The finished pieces were mounted on some plain Recollections 65lb card stock and then laminated and a hole punched for them. A little bit of ribbon and some beads and they will be all ready to go 🙂
This portable easel with storage is great .. he loved it so much he asked for one of his own so he could bring his pens along next time too. These boxes are small enough and light enough for a kid to easily carry around and if required .. you could easy pop on a carry handle or strap. Once his is finished, he will be able to decorate it as he wishes. He loves to paint wooden blanks and boxes, so I know whatever it is…. it will be UNIQUE haha
I don’t know why exactly, but I loved this design the minute I saw it and had to grab it. This is one of my recent CUP cut files by Judith Henry called “Seasonal Tree Silhouette”
This is a super simple card… I just took the design, cut the card base and inked it up in this old letter style background using a couple of text stamps I have. I added on the green foliage layer which is cut from 65lb Recollections green card and then popped a beautiful velvet paper cut tree on top using black SEI velvet paper (see below) which you can pick up at Michaels in black or red. Velvet paper is great for these intricate cuts, the paper cuts like a dream on my Cricut Explore and I love using this. Add on the fact it just feels so dang cool and adds a little extra something something to your cards. The design does come with birds too, but I chose not to add those to this project… but you can see them on the original design.
Sorry guys and gals.. running a little late this month….
But lets get this party started… see if we can convince a few more of you to put pen to paper..or mouse to pad..or finger to blood.. however you do your thing…. heh.. no judgement here..art is art right haha Once you have seen a guy who caters his diet to produce poop of certain shades so he can paint with it.. and then people actually buy it… nothing and I mean NOTHING surprised me when it comes to creative minds lol.
I forget the name of the show, but it was some crazy show back in the UK late at night with.. two french guys and a couple of stick giraffe’s.. yeah don’t ask.. Pee Pee and po po I think they called them lol.. the giraffes that is. and then of course the chick with the biggest pair of boobs I have EVER seen… yeah that was one crazy show… I am sure someone will know what I am talking about… it was like they traveled the world looking for the weirdest people and habits and lifestyles they could find..and trust,e .. they found A LOT of them lol.
Anyone remember the show I am referring to?
anywho.. back on track.. thank you to everyone who joined in last month… love seeing what new stuff you all come up with…. so.. what have I got for you this month?
“Up close and personal”
Inspiration for those that need it:
I’d love to see some nice tight close crop images….something for everyone to practice skin, hair, texture type techniques on, head shots or closer. Whether your head is an animal, human, robot, alien or flora… or anything else you can come up with.
If you really want to be up close and personal.. how about a self portrait… show us how YOU see YOU… even if it’s not “realistic”
Each artist may enter up to 10 individual NEW digital stamp images per given theme.
Images can go on sale as soon as they have been entered into the challenge.
You may add single images, or link to a blog post with up to 10 images..but each image must be entered in the challenge linky individually.
You may showcase the images in color, or projects on your blog links should you wish to show off inspirational images too.
Here is card No.1 of 2 for the newest Crafty Awesomeness Challenge which is sponsored by.. Sasayaki Glitter this month. The team got to choose two images.. so being a team of 4 .. we let two of the girls pick an image this month and the other two will choose next time. We’ve been friends so long now, that we know each other well enough to know what images we can all work with.. and which ones we can choose to give the others a nudge outside the box..without going too far… * cough haha that would be me LOL
So here she is… I say she, simply because I gave her pink toe nails and a pink bow. I have plans to make a few more of these in blue and gender neutral colors too, it’s just such a cute image and perfect for baby showers, 1st birthdays, gender reveals,announcements etc.