New cut files, lacy bands, cityscape, dots and backgrounds

I just finished up a few of the new cut files I got from CraftsUPrint the other week.. before the birthday shenanigans descended upon us LOL. What a week that was.. full of fun and games and Lego.. and cake… and a lot of Ice cream lol. But now it’s time to get back to my crafting and coloring.

Ok first up.. this is just a quickie plain card, no sentiment or foreground image.. but you could most certainly add them if and when you wanted to. I was just experimenting with inky skies and this fab new CityScape cut file I picked up. To be honest I have a larger project on the go right now using this… but it won’t be done for a bit.  But this will give you an idea of how cool this CityScape is. cuts beautifully on my Cricut, even with all the window detail it has.  There are some tiny nail bling rhinestones on this but they didn’t show up so well in this photo..

This is Cityscape City Skyline, Night Sky for card and vinyl  by Tina Fallon, mine is cropped slightly at the ends….  so  check the link for the complete image.

Lacy Ribbons 1 with spiral roses by Clive Coulter.  This is a 3 cut set.. 2 ribbons and the spiral roses.  I used one of the ribbons to create a background strip on this card along with one of the new frames I made with the new Gina Marie Designs Dies


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..and A Power Poppy Image “Dancing with Daffodils” which I colored with Chameleon Pens.  I attached it all with Zig 2 way glue..yay for no wet warp!  lol


Ok.. this one was just me playing with new stuff I  have.. love this cut file, it reminds me of Morrocco for some reason…  and I had some liquid pearls I picked up on clearance a while back..  so  I  was tinkering around.  This is Compass Pattern by Lizzie Mayne   I added some My little paper world stitched corners and some jade liquid pearls
and lastly.. just having some fun with the latest batch of freebies I got in the Treasure chest.. who doesn’t love cup cakes huh?  the base card is  FANCY CARD 11 by Apetroae Stefan and  the sentiment and cupcake are from the Treasure Chest Freebies you can select when you spend $15  or more ( $10 when on offer )  I only used the top two layers of the Decoupage .. so I still have the bottom layer for another project  🙂

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Don’t lose your keys ..or you get a spankin!

 Ok.. this one is for the  Club KennyK  new challenge.  RED HOT !

It’s 4:30 am so I am not going to go on forever about all the things’s pretty self explanatory… its a round wood blank, some cup hooks .. silver lattice was done with a wax and then sealed with mod podge in a satin finish.  Chain came from an old pair of my thigh highs.. DON’T ASK !!! lol

and the turtle key chain was chosen for me by my son… yes I know it stands out like a sore thumb.. but he loves it and I love it because he chose it for me… and it’s better than the Lego hotdog he was gonna get me haha.

This is a combo image  featuring “Val Ventura” &  “Jayne Jettpack”  and it’s a combo I have been wanting to do since I saw them side by side on a coloring practice sheet I was doing… I couldn’t resist, I finally had to go do it haha.

The image was print & cut on the Cricut Explore and then colored with Zig Kurecolor alcohol markers and a touch of tumble glass distress Marker by Tim Holtz & Ranger.  Some of the subtle shading is lost on these pics, I’ll try and add a few better ones  later when I wake up. The image was cut 3 times, edges were colored up and glued in layers for strength using Zig Photo Tape, but only the top layer was colored.. and then popped on some black foam for depth.

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Cricut 12 Days of Christmas Flash Sale extended! coupons & project ideas

If you still haven’t picked your Cricut Explore up..  you still have time.  Cricut extended their flash sale and you can pick up an Explore Machine, or Bundle and still get it before Christmas if you order by the 16th.


Deals on the Explore start at $139, there is a deal for every budget…  Shop now and  have yourself a Very Merry Cutmas!  Deals and Coupons  below
Explore’s aren’t just for the ladies… we’ve had guys on our Message Board too…  Guys who do reenactment and  want to build signs and  props for their events.  Model builders who want to customize their projects with their own vinyl decals, stencils or printable decorations. Woodworkers and  toy makers who  need unique designs to personalize items. so many uses for this machine as well as the  card making and scrapbooking people  usually think of.

Fabulous tool for  Crafty Homeschoolers  and teachers too.  So many Fab designs and things you can use in your daily lessons..personalized reward stickers, labels,  decor,  and so many neat ways to  brighten up Essays, reward charts, certificates, calendars, work books ….and more.

Have a chef in the house? Create fun personalized aprons and storage containers with Vinyl products.

Cricut Design Space has 1000’s of images and fonts available for those of you who prefer digital access over cartridges. **Not All Cartridges are available in Design Space… and Cricut Access

Need something more Unique… they have you covered there too.  Import your own files for Print and cut to add your hand colored digital stamps to your projects, turn them into easy 3D Decoupage designs, make your own stencils and upload your own templates to create stunning card designs, boxes and envelopes using files purchased by fab designers on CraftsUPrint, Dreaming Tree and similar Cut File stores.

Create  one of a kind Scrapbook covers and pages, or framed artwork like this:

Don’t have a Large Format Printer to  print out super Sized digital Stamps for your project ? Cricut has you covered.  This little lady is printed on a sheet of  11×17 Neenah card stock.
kk_toontimeWant to make  intricate cut  layered cards? vellum flowers?  gift boxes….  here’s a quick peek at some of the past projects you can find on the blog.  Everything from Chalk board vinyl and chalk pens, boxes, intricate cuts, 3D layered images, fabric painting, powder embossing…


Make your own magnets with printable vinyl and Magnetic sheet ( also available as pre-cut shapes, perfect  for  gluing your cut projects to).

Draw and Write on Fabric with fabric pens, Create designs for Powder Embossing on the Cricut, love  the Chalk Marker look? .. sorted.  The Adapter I use lets me do it ALL.

Aftermarket Pen and marker Adapter from Chomas Creations  allows you to utilize a wide range of pens for embossing, drawing, fabric design etc.  These Adapters are not available for the Cricut ONE as it utilizes a single cut/writing head feature.  The engraving adapter is available for all Cricut Explore Machines.  My marker Adapter is a permanent fixture in my Explore  🙂
The possibilities are endless.. so grab your Cricut Explore and supplies and get ready to start off  2017 in style…

Cricut December Mystery Box –   rumor has it this has a  lot of really cool foil in it and some Cartridges…

30% off most supplies at Cricut  Stock up  now, once you get started you won’t want to stop.  Great deals in Supplies, bulk buys and clearance.

Extra 10% off everything (excluding Cricut Access and Explore 2) + free standard shipping with code 12DAYS

Home & Family have a promotion  on Facebook right now, including  promo code Hallmark16 for 20% off .  No  details on any exclusions, so you will just have to give it a try.. but it probably excludes Air 2 and Cricut Access?

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“Brianna Blaster” Steampunk Scrapbook Album Cover

LOVED making this…. Another one of the fab cut files I picked up with my winnings over at CUP the other week.. well actually, technically it’s two lol. I swiped elements of another steampunk card by the same designer and added them in to this project showcasing her clock design.  You’ll get to see that one and more details later this week.

I am not totally sure if this will end up as an album cover or if it may end up in a shadow box frame… we shall see. Details and supplies are below the image.


The page is a 12×12 sheet from a Neutral Solid color pad by Craft Smith. I inked up the background using the larger cog cut out and a Craft Smart Dye ink pad.. very quick and’s intentionally patchy for the overall effect…. so a very easy technique for steampunk backgrounds.


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Image is “Brianna Blaster” by KennyK
Clock is  a Craftsuprint  file by Tina Fitch “Clock Hanger Topper”


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Comb Bound Notepad with die cut floral cover

I was playing with one of my new CUP (CraftsUPrint) cut files I picked up with my Crafty Bob Crazy 5 minute Game winnings and decided to make another notepad.  This one will join my growing Abandoned Art project bucket.  I love the contrasting colors on this one, it’s very cheery and reminds me of Texas blue skies and the beautiful wild Sunflowers that are blooming all around us.

The covers are Recollections card stock, as are the two layers of cut out design. It has approx. 40 pages and is bound with a plastic comb binding.

The design is Floral Background Stencil with Mats and is available in various cutting machine formats.  Such a fun cheery cut design and suitable for all sorts of projects, lantern panels, card backgrounds,  decorative boxes.. so many options.





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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.




Imagination Crafts Facebook Giveaway

Imagination Crafts Facebook  are giving away a great bundle of goodies… AND they do International Shipping.. BONUS !  Check them out 🙂 Some of these are brand new products, not even released yet….


This giveaway is rather special. Not just because it’s full of fantastic Imagination Crafts’ products, but also because it contains one of the BRAND NEW, not yet released, Starlights paints. Lots of you asked for a white Starlight & your wish is our command. One lucky crafter is going to one of the first to try the new PEARL Starlight!!!
The giveaway contains the following:

8 pots of Starlights,
4 pots of Sparkle Medium,
4 pots of Silkies
A pot of Alchemy Wax
2 pots of MDF paint
1 bottle of Magipaint Glaze (Brand new release!!)
5 stencils
2 packs of Art-Cutz
2 technique DVDs
2 MDF boxes (as seen on Hochanda)
1 spatula
1 brush

Total retail value £118.00



Is there Life after Cricut Message Board ?


It’s almost Christmas and I am sure a lot of lucky girls and boys will be unwrapping a new Cricut Explore in a few days.  As with any new toy, we all have questions… but where do you go for help?

Cricut closed their own message board in June of this year, much to the dismay of many users…. but never fear….. Cricut help is still out there. Thousands of users are willing to share their knowledge and ideas, tips and tutorials all over the web.



Two new message boards sprang up from the ashes of the old Cricut Message Board … our own, Crafting Circle ….which was started to keep the bi weekly card challenge group  alive and give it a new home.  There was also the Unofficial Cricut Board,  started by another group of Cricut members.  Both boards are still running 6 months later and are open to new members who need help and advice, or just want to hang out with fellow crafters and share projects.





Crafting Circle is not exclusively Cricut…. so you ladies and gents who own other machines are more than welcome to hop on over and join us.  We have sections for all kinds of crafts, however at this point…. the majority of members are  Cricut users.  But the other areas will only grow, if you come and participate and develop them… so feel free to hop in and start new discussions.




There are facebook groups, blogs, Youtube channels and websites dedicated to sharing Cricut knowledge with other users.  Whether card making, or scrapbooking is your thing….or you bought your Cricut to make unique home decor, tshirts,  stencils….and a gazillion other things you can do with this machine…there are still places and people for you to learn from.


No matter what your taste, style or budget…. trust me…. someone out there has the answer to your questions.  If you don’t have your Cricut yet and just want to explore the possibilities of which machine to buy, or you just like to check out all the creations for inspiration…. somebody  can point you in the right direction.


I  don’t post reviews and information on other machines, simply because …..I don’t own one.   If that changes…. then so will my blog posts, but for now my blog is mainly centered around  Cricut and my Sizzix Big shot …and other non paper crafts.

When the announcement was made to close the official Cricut Message Board, a  member very kindly compiled a list of places to get help.  You can find a copy of that list HERE on our message board, it’s available to non members too.  We’d love to have you join us if you would so desire, but it isn’t necessary to access the information.



If you are looking for a  place to hangout and get ideas, learn from fellow crafters and try new ideas and techniques… come on over and join us on the Message Board.  Most areas require registration and new members are under post moderation for a short period, this is simply to deter spam from ruining our board like many others, including the late Cricut Board.



We have 5 monthly challenges as  well as our long running Wednesday Bi Weekly Card Challenge. The Bi weekly is a sketch based challenge with Extra Credit ideas and Ad Colors.

Modern Day – I created Frankenstein Challenge is a monthly challenge that is not card related…  past challenges have included gift boxes, shirt decorating, Halloween containers and  the like.

We have a regular sponsored coloring challenge, Creative Coloring Card Challenge….  which is sponsored by the Awesome KennyK.

We have another sponsored card challenge, Bugaboo Stamp Members Choice Challenge with the awesome Bugaboo stamps as our sponsor and  members vote for their favorite.

We have a 3rd coloring challenge, Creative Coloring Card Challenge ….this one features a different digital artist each month.

And last, but not least we have our I am the Executioner – Card Challenge!!!!, this one is to lean new card styles and techniques.


so all you knew Cricut owners.. Welcome to the family 🙂

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Ziggyboard Mini Challenge

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…..

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finished sign….

#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



Img_3057a… BUT

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.

Img_3063aNow 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.

Img_3065aThese 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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