I don’t own a Silhouette… but I know a lot of you girls do so I thought I would share some of the steals and deals going on over at Swing Design.
You can save on allsorts of cool stuff from software upgrades to Designer editions, Vinyls, and some really cool bundle packs. There is also and instant 10% discount code available on the site… check for restrictions.
Here are a few of the deals going on right now, go check em out…. happy shopping !!!
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- Conical Wrap Panel
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- You can then isolate the placement stitch to create cut lines allowing you to cut fabric with your Silhouette electronic cutting tool. You can also use the embroidery lines as a cut file within Silhouette Studio to create intricate and colorful sketch designs.
- Advanced Rhinestone Features
- Allows you to create custom rhinestone shapes and view rhinestone designs with a photo-realistic preview. You can then place your rhinestones along a path, as a fill, or individually. You can combine multiple rhinestones to create unique patterns and adjust the spacing and orientation to your liking.
- Can use on up to 3 computers
Online Store $25 Gift Card
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- Card does not expire
Can not be discounted further with any coupon code.
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Welcome to the April Bugaboo Crafty Challenge, our monthly challenge for all you Bugaboo Stamps fans.
The ladies have been busy again this month and have some new projects to share.. so please hop on over and check them out. We have a mixed bag of styles again this month so I hope you enjoy them and share your own fun Bugaboo Stamps projects with us. If you are new to Bugaboo Stamps and want to join in… go grab a freebie, we’d love to have you.
The winner from the last challenge No.3 … chosen by Random.org is
8. Nick No.1
Congratulations Nick, please contact me via email to claim
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?
Well… better late than never right? I am sooo sorry it took so long to get this months challenge up… but I hope you enjoy the fab projects and …our April Crafty Awesomeness Sponsor.
It’s a double trouble sponsor month. Not only do we have our regular monthly Bugaboostamps challenge which starts on the 15th of each month…. this month, to celebrate the opening of the the new store… We have Bugaboostamps. So all you Bugaboostamp fans.. you have twice the chance to show off your projects and win some free stamps. This is of course an anything goes as usual.
If you haven’t already checked out the new store.. you really should.
Ok .. I am going to pop the previous winner in a separate post which should be up hopefully.. tomorrow??? assuming no more personal disasters strike this month. This challenge will run through till the end of the month as always… and of course I will extend the claim time for last months winners due to the late announcement this month.
so moving on swiftly as I still have to write my own project post too….. here are the fun projects the DT team made up using 4 of the newly added Retiring bundles. We got 4 to play with and all chose one… some of the ladies will be adding in additional projects throughout the month… so be sure to check back and see what they have been up to.
NanaDonna had AKV BBQ set and she made these two cute cards which you can find over at her Blog nanadonnascarddreams
Merrie had a set called AKV Birthday Set and you can see her cards over on her blog Made by Merrie
and then we have the the lovely Ms DeeScraps who had the AKV earth Day set and she made these fab cards to share with you all over at DeeScraps Corner
and lastly.. I will be sharing mine later today… sorry my lil guy is having a rough night and needs some mommy snuggles. As usual guess who ended up with the religious set…AKV God set. Now most of you already know.. It’s not “my thing”, but I did actually have a lot of fun with this set and I love how they turned out. I had to be the black sheep again and didn’t make cards lol…I made some bookmarks and they will be winging their way to Canada for a little girl I know to abandon.
Well I hope you enjoy this challenge again this month, looking forward to seeing all of the fab projects and I hope you enjoyed ours 🙂
rules .. we need rules….and prize details….
Prize: 4 Bugaboostamps of your choice…
- Max 3 entries per person
- No limit on how many challenges you enter project in
- Must be a colored piece featuring some kind of image, rubber, clear, digital stamps.. hand drawn..whatever. Does NOT have to be a card.
- No artist restrictions.. but we’d love it if you were using a sponsor image
- Please watermark your images before linking, but if you choose not to… that is your choice.
- Project must have been made/posted on your blog within the last 7 days prior to the start date of the challenge.
- If you do not have a blog, you can still enter… but please do not post your projects anywhere that requires registration to view, or comment.
- Most importantly..you must have FUN while you craft…totally unenforcible rule… but heh.
- **UPDATED – Winners must claim by the 15th of the month. These posts are shared on the blog, facebook, google+ and twitter feeds. Please make sure you are subscribed to at least one of these so you don’t miss your chance to claim.
- No porn, violence etc … do I really even have to say that ??
- All submissions will require approval before going live, if I am awake and at home… that won’t take long usually.
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.
Currently the 12×12 Velvet paper is available online at Michaels for $1 per sheet instead of $1.99.
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A while back I bought a bunch of these cute little wooden boxes .. the idea was to use them to A: decorate and B: for storing some of my loose pens. Well .. as you do, it just suddenly hit me. I had the perfect portable storage to take my pens anywhere, but of course being me.. I hate coloring flat. I built a super simple desktop easel last year using an offcut spare bit of shelving and two of my sons triangular wood blocks from his building set LOL.
Fabulous little thing.. I use it all of the time… but it’s not exactly idea if you want to work on odd surfaces like the park benches with the wire tops… but THIS.. now THIS would work. I have had my pens in this box for a few months now and it never even occurred to me till NOW lol. I have everything I needed to make a portable easel with storage for my pens.. all I had to do was throw a handle on it if desired and build the easel portion. Pff .. NO brainer lol.. TA DA !!! 5 minutes and one pack of popsicle sticks later and I have my portable easel which could be multi-positional if desired.
Right now I have a flexible band across the top holding extra pens.. but you could store pencil sharpeners, pre printed images or any extras in there as needed by adding an insert with elastic loops, or plastic pockets These boxes are plenty big enough for a 72 set of pencils and more if you were to include the top section by adding a strap. It can be done with any size box, but this one was already here and already filled so I chose to use this one for the project. It is approx 8.5×8.5 and 3/4 -1 inch deep at the bottom and 1/2- 3/4 inch deep at the top.
I cut 3 different lengths of Popsicle for different working angles and just stored them inside.. but if this were something you would use a lot you could easily add all 3 angles permanently by fixing them to the box with a nut and bolt and or use metal bars which you can find at the DIY store and just fold out the one you wanted ( think Swiss Army pocket knife lol )
I added a Popsicle to the top with a strip of commercial grade double sided tape to give the paper a resting place so I wouldn’t have to use pins on it to stop it sliding. I might replace that with a cute little wooden ruler I have once I cut it to size.
Just be sure to seal your box top to protect your wood and /or decor if you decide to fancy it up; and carry a spare piece of card or something to act as a barrier and give a little padding beneath your project. There are lots of options for decorating the top including a frame with a permanent perspex window, or a slide in .. hell if you wanted to get fancy .. you could make a cut out…frame in a sheet of perspex and pop a battery operated light inside..VOILA !!! portable light box included.
You can take this base project idea which will knock you back about $5 for the box and a couple of bucks for Popsicle sticks if you don’t have them…. and totally go to town and personalize your portable easel… make it as quick and simple or hi-tech and permanent as you want. Possibilities are endless.
….anywho.. maybe someone out there will have a need for a portable easel with storage and not want to spend a gazillion bucks on one… so .. here you go..something to think about next time you are aimlessly wandering the aisles, coupons in hand.
.. you are welcome 🙂
This is exactly the same kind of box I used in a previous project, with the big cockerel on it.. for anyone who saw that post
Vintage Cockerel Style Wooden Keepsake box.
Now lets me just say.. not ALL of these LDRS Creative stamps were $1 clearance stamps before anyone goes to look for one and finds it is full price. I did pick up a few full prices ones using the 25% Kit & Clowder Group discount which was running last weekend… but most all of these were $1 clearance stamps. There are some still left.. so if you love a great deal.. you should definitely check out what they still have before it’s all gone. I originally ordered two of the London stamps with the intention of gifting one of them to someone, but alas they were out of stock so only sent one and a refund was issued..sorry .. I’m keeping that one lol.
I’m one of those who really likes to see stamps physically before buying, but these were such a great deal..it was worth a shot. I loved these so much when they arrived..I ordered 11 more lol. They are mostly unmounted, but the two Dove Art Studio stamps are mounted and what I thought was really cool… the mount has the image on it too so you can see it through the Acrylic blocks 🙂
The unmounted ones I just popped some Zig 2 way glue on.
No it’s not a statement, or an observation lol…. it’s the new Artist Challenge theme for February.
A few ideas to tickle the palette..as always these are just for inspiration.. feel free to use any inspiration that reflects the theme, lots of room for artistic license 🙂
Flowbee.. I know ya’all remember the Flowbee from the 80’s….fess up…. who bought one?
- 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.
Lets see what you got!
I have to be honest; I rarely EVER use digital papers, but I liked this new store I found and she has a great sale on this weekend… so I figured I would share 🙂
I usually buy my paper, or decorate my own backgrounds…BUT … once in a while I have an idea and I don’t have the paper, and it’s something I either can’t do quickly and easily, or don’t want to take the time to create from scratch. Plus I have an Ecotank now so printing my own papers is not such a big deal… LOVE this printer lol.
And that is when I go on the hunt… usually I start off with google images as a quick place to source visuals. Once I see something I like, I track it down .. sometimes to an Etsy store, sometimes to Pinterest etc. I love it when it’s a direct hit to the store, so I don’t have to run around like a headless chicken in Pinterest circles trying to find the original source.
Sometimes I head straight for Etsy…. and tonight..I needed BANANA’s !!! I poked around and finally landed at this store AT Art Digital which apparently is run by by a lady named Tanya Kart. So I had a poke around, found the paper set I wanted.. and a few more, but was trying to be good. went to check out and saw this… 50 % SALE this weekend.
Well Why didn’t you say so !!! LOL
So yup I went back and grabbed the other ones I wanted too lol.
Now as with most collections, there are usually one or two that grabbed your attention and you really like.. one or two that are.. “yeah I can probably use that at some point”..and the .. “hmm probably never gonna use that”. And we all know that sooner or later that “never gonna use that” is going to be “OMG, that is just what I needed for this” Happens all the time lol.
So if you ever wanted to try out some Digital Paper, now’s a great time to grab some and save some pennies.. or grab a 2 for 1 deal.
I think it will be fun to have a few back up papers I can print at will…and maybe they will inspire some projects along the way.
I had to fight off a cupcake thief to take this project photo…. nothing is safe in this house. I have always had a problem with having project photos photobombed by the li’l guy and his menagerie of toys and figures, but this one takes the biscuit.. .. well Chocolate Chocolate Muffin to be precise. No that is not a typo, it’s a Double Chocolate Muffin….I can’t really blame him for trying to run off with it, they are yummy !
I had this fun little quick n easy cupcake stand file to make up, so I grabbed a Muffin the li’l guy made and used that for my photo… damned if I didn’t see a set of sticky fingers run up and try and grab it right in front of the camera lol.
anywho…. this is a really simple cut file by Rae Carr over at CraftsUPrint… I doubled up my cut to make this gold glitter version… but if you have double sided paper, or are using plain card stock, you won’t need to do that. I simply attached the two sections with tape and assembled it.
I have an urge to recreate this in a multi-tiered version to see how it would work out on a large scale. It would be a fun one for kids birthday parties, school parties, Family get together, possibly done with a wipe-able platform for multiple use. …. so stay tuned for that one.
Very quick and easy project, simple materials, easy assembly… and definitely a good basic cut to have on hand.
Cut File – 671 Cupcake Stand 1 avaialble in various cut file formats
Card Stock – Gold glitter card, local Dollar Store
Tape Runner – Zig Photo Tape
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