With all the goings on in November.. server issues, getting sick TWICE..I got a bit behind on this challenge. I had a couple of other pieces I wanted to get finished… but they will make an appearance in another project post soon.
So here are my 3 challenge pieces. The challenge was to make 3 gift items using the Ziggyboard kit’s we got to review….we being NanaDonna, Deescraps and myself. It just so happens I am gifting two of them to my own household haha.
#1 is a chalkboard I plan to hang up in my dining area. I have a toddler so it’s perfect, or “Perdeft” as he says for teaching him new words and leaving messages on for each other.
This was a picture frame, glass removed and a sheet of 12×12 Ziggyboard adhesive chalk board vinyl mounted on a photo mat sheet I got at Michaels and cut to size.
The lettering at the top is cut on the Cricut and glued on.
#2 Super simple idea and another quick project. This vinyl cuts like a dream on my Cricut Explore.
Just a quick scroll pattern with a central label block applied to a glass jar from the local craft store. Unfortunately I did this one before I got my new pens…..
#3 There are a bunch of different reasons I love this one. First off ….I left this Ziggyboard sheet intact backing and all, which means it is reusable if you clean it off. And that means I can run it through the Cricut to update a seasonal sign.
Did I mention running it through the Cricut.. yes I sure did. Most chalk markers will not fit in the Cricut Pen Adapter, not even the Amy Chomas adapters which I love… at least not the pens I have. And they have a pump and prime system which makes them unsuitable for that anyway
as I have said before, my handwriting sucks..and I really can’t draw… but my Cricut can. I was contemplating the various ways to get around my predicament… stamps, stencils, tracing…. and then I totally stumbled across some pens on a site in the UK when I was diddling around online. I took a gamble, going by images alone.. and order them I did. I am soooo glad I took a chance on these pens…. they are perfect for someone like me.
Now the only thing with these pens, they are the wet wipe style… so if you are looking for a permanent design… these are not for you. But what they are perfect for… outlining BEFORE you use your Zig Posterman chalk board markers.
These are an absolute godsend for someone like me… and you still get that hand drawn feel because you obviously have to go back over the design. The permanents are so much stronger and bolder, you can definitely tell the difference. so it’s very easy to combine these two pens to complete a project. They both have their strong points and uses separately, but when combined and you throw a Cricut in the mix…. BINGO !!! I love the versatility of this chalk board vinyl and with a little imagination and thinking outside of the box.. artist, or otherwise.. you can get great results.
The rollers on your Cricut may pick up and smear your design a bit if you are writing/drawing close to the edges and rollers… but that is no big deal since these are wet wipe and for a design pattern only. All of that wipes off after you go over it with your permanents anyway 🙂
The opportunities for me are so much broader now I found these pens… worth every penny… and surprising cheap and fast delivery from the UK. I am betting these pens become available here REAL soon which is fabulous for us Cricut Explore users who need a little help in the writing and drawing department.
Ok so these are the sheets.. but wait till you see all the cool precut shapes too. If you don’t have a Cricut Explore or similar, never fear ziggyboard did the work for you. You can get this cool adhesive Chalk Board in precut label packs. You may have seen them in a review that Deescraps did a week or so ago, she labeled her spices and her craft room and made some cool plant pot labels for her cuttings.
If you do a search of the blog for Ziggyboard, you will get to see all the cool things we have been doing with these kits since we got them. I love how versatile they are.
Now if I recall correctly.. and do not quote me on this… but I think I read that this stuff is dishwasher proof and suitable for outdoors, so when I get a chance….you bet I plan to test that theory. We are heading into a wet and nasty winter according to reports, so I guess we shall see how it likes a good old Texas miserable winter. I think maybe the heat cycle on my dishwasher would prove too much…. but only one way to find out. I don’t usually run my heat cycle /dryer anyways, but my son has a habit of flipping that switch when he is being “helpful”
Ok here comes the disclaimers......
.... The vinyl adhesive chalkboard and Zig Posterman pen used in these projects were provided free of charge for review purposes. The other products used were bought andpaid for out of my own pocket, or were things I had laying around the apartment.
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