Velvet and Acetate fairy layers birthday card

This is one of my latest  cut file purchases ..isn’t she cute.  I decided to go with a bold contrast look and  chose silver glitter for the card base, an acetate window and black velvet paper over 110lb card stock to create this cute card. The Fairy topper was cut on the Cricut Explore from a CraftsUPrint cut file.   The texture on this card is quite cool…. smooth acetate, fine textured glitter  card and then the lush velvet… makes for a great tactile card.

Details and links to supplies below.


Fairy Background Topper Silhouette by Lyn Simms

Cut on the Cricut Explore

SEI Black Velvet Paper 12×12 sheets in Michaels Specialty paper section

110lb Georgia Pacific Card Stock from Walmart

Adhesives used were Zig Photo Tape & Zig 2 way glue

The Acetate sheet is 9×12 Dura -Lar pad from Grafix Arts

Silver Glitter card is from a 3 pack at a local Dollar store, surprisingly good quality and sturdy enough for  card bases. 🙂

The No.5 is cut on the Cricut Explore

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Metal framed chalkboard sign…Cheers Easy!

This is one project that definitely won’t be going in the Abandoned Art box…  I’ll be hanging this one above my craft desk.  Not because it is a fantastic project.. but because it has sentimental value!  Cheers Easy is something my brother used to say.  Steve at Crafting Ability sent me a sample of the new Slate chalkboard vinyl to play with and I had been sitting on it waiting for the right project to come along.  It’s like the original Black Chalkboard vinyl that you can find on Cohas.com ( formerly known as Ziggyboard which you may have seen on various projects on the blog ).. but this one is a deep rich gray color and has a slight sating texture to it….and I am loving it.

The Cohas chalk vinyls cuts like a dream, clean up really nice and easy, so fabulous for signage which needs to be updated… but it’s also great for people like me who  can’t do cursive or fancy writing.  This particular one is just done with rubber stamps and chalk paint, but  you may have seen in previous posts where I have run this vinyl through my Cricut Explore and  written and drawn on it using Gelly Roll Pens, chalk pens and such.

Anyway… the ArtMinds metal plaque was a clearance item at one of my local Michaels.. under $3, I buffed the ornate edges with a DecorArt metallic Lustre Wax called “Black Shimmer” also on clearance at the same store…. that was $3.99 a pot and I picked up 6 pots in various colors.  Cut to size a piece of the Slate Chalkboard vinyl and applied that

… then popped on one of my favorite KennyK images from last year “Old time Bartender”. He is colored with a mix of Chameleon Pens, Zig Kurecolor and Tim Holtz distress pens by Ranger.  I did him as a Print & cut on my Cricut Explore. with the intention of making him a 3D decoupage image.. but decided to go with a single layer in the end.

Fun quick little project  for anyone needing customizable signage..or just a fun piece of wall decor.

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Marvelous Molds – Silicone Mold Sale & 25% coupon

I know some of you caught my last post about the new Silicone Molds I found…. well if you wanted to try them..NOW is the time.  I just got an alert that there is a 25% discount, free shipping on orders over $50 …..AND some designs are on sale.

These are the silicone molds designed for cake decorating with fondants and marzipan AND other crafts, like Plaster of Paris, polymer clay, resin etc.  SO if you love to upcycle, mixed media, make altered art and create with ephemera. this might be of interest.  This is not just about decorating wedding cakes anymore… they carry a variety of designs from lace, texture, flowers, sea shells and ribbons.. all the way to boats, fish, and skulls. mm_sale_banner

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Happy Mail….Spice up your life with some “zig-a-zig-ah”

Soooo…. all you closet 90’s Spice Girl fans… are you singing yet? lol…. was too cool of a post title to pass up on that one lol..and so appropriate…I had the ultimate “Zig a Zig Ah” moment when I opened this one up.

As mentioned in the previous post about Gina Marie dies… I had some tough choices to make with my little spending spree .. this time the Zigs won out.  That is not to say the Expanded Chameleon Pens set is off the table…. it’s just  biding its time hahaha.

So regulars on the blog are well aware of my love of Zig Kurecolor pens  .. I only have a handful of colors out of the 130 something color range. Have.. let me rephrase that, HAD…. only a handful….I now have TWO handfuls lol.  As some of you are also aware, I do review products for ImageAbility now and then and they also sponsor prizes on the blog…but let me  just say I do also buy my own and they get  treat just the same.  What you get is my opinion based on my preferences and my style and my experience when using them…nothing more, nothing less.

This time I scored both my own purchase… and a few extras kindly  added in by the CraftingAbility  team.. thanks guys  🙂 I love surprises in my happy mail.

…so the important stuff….what did I get?  Well for starters I picked up 14 new colors in  my Kurecolor pens.  Now for those of you who haven’t seen these in previous posts, these are not the refillable version… these are the Zig Manga Kurecolor pen version with the fine tips… but .. between you and me.. you can refill them and they are the same colors as the refillables… so you can order refills too.  I love the tips on these, the fact that they are slimline and that they fit in the Cricut adapters I have, should I ever feel the need. ….so this is my pen of choice when it comes to the Zig Kurecolors.  Although these do not have replaceable tips… technically.. lol..I find the Kurecolor tips to be VERY durable.. so that is not really a big concern of mine.

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  • Light Gray
  • Pale Gray
  • Warm Gray 1
  • Warm Gray 5
  • Blue Gray 1
  • Marine Green
  • Mid Green
  • Green Shadow
  • Nutmeg
  • Light Brown
  • Pink Haze
  • Blood Red
  • Carmine Red
  • Burnt Sienna

 

 

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  • Bimoji Marker pen – fine tip
  • Mangaka Marker Set – 3 tip sizes. these were a very welcome suprise as I use these type of detailer pens a lot. and this set has 3 tip sizes… so I will definitely be playing with these.
  • Another surprise in my packet was this Twin Black tips set – if you ever saw the Memory system kit I have… these are the same tips selection..but all black. Scroll, brush, fine, writer,calligraphy and chisel.  Each pen has two tips..either two of the same in 2 sizes, or 2 different tips. Definitley a welcome surprise for someone like me who likess to draw and write on the Cricut.  these have  definitley been  the better pens as far as durability goes for that purpose as the tips don’t seem to be affected at all, unlike other pens I have used on it.
  • Then we have one of my favorites…if you ever saw my post on embossing pens you have seen one of these. When I got mine I could only get my hands on a dual tip fine & chisel pen… so this time I ordered the writer as it has two sizes of writing tips.  What I love about these and a lot of the Zig pens is that they work perfectly with my Amy Chomas Pen & Marker Adapters and are awesome for embossing on my Cricut.  ImageAbility decided I needed to brush up on my hand writing skills I think because Steve kindly upgraded me to include the full set of Zig Embossing Pens.  The full set includes the writing tips, the calligraphy tips as well as the fine and chisel and the scroll and brush tips.  I guess I best get practicing LOL
  • Black Fabricolor twin tip Pen

 

Now I couldn’t place an order without  grabbing some Photo Tape Refills.. I LOVE this tape runner.  My Xyron Megarunner is fabulous for most paper craft projects, but I find this Zig Photo Tape to just have a little extra something, something for things like the foam sheets… and regulars know I love to pop my foam sheets on a lot of projects.

….also included in this image is a couple of different sizes of the 2 way glue.  I have the big applicator tip, but wanted to try out some of the smaller tips  too.

And something that has me very excited…. double sided tape.  Steve kindly threw in a reel of the commercial grade tape they use in another branch of the business after listening to me moan about wanting a really heavy duty tape for my foam  and needing something that came in wide reels.  It’s always handy to know a man who knows a man …. so I will be testing this out too.  I threw a quick 1 inch strip on a piece of card and foam and so far, as I can tell… I could probably stick myself off the ceiling with this stuff lol.  I need wide tape in big quantities at an affordable price… so 3 sheet packs just don’t cut it for me.  I have one other  reel I just ordered and should be here by Monday… I picked it up at a discount online and  it’s 6 inches wide.

It will be interesting to see how they compare since one is marketed for commercial use and one is marketed for craft use.  My biggest pet peeve is I really want it to  have release paper on both sides… but I guess I can always add my own secondary release paper to these rolls.  Stay tuned for updates on these tape reels later in the month if you have been looking for similar products.zig_adhesive
Then  I found the extra goodies I wasn’t expecting.. I found a canvas tote bag, which is perfect for the Fabricolor pen I ordered. And something   that had been mentioned in a recent email and was definitely of interest to me…. a ChalkFlex sheet and white wet erasable chalk marker.  Now this is a bit different to the original chalkboard vinyl I reviewed last year and have used in various projects since… this one isn’t black.  It’s a really deep slate gray and has a subtle texture to it.  Really looking forward to trying that one out.

 

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almost forgot to include this one…. this is one of the wet erasable Chalk Pens, to go with the chalk board sheet.

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….and there we have it… that is today’s happy mail from CraftingAbility.com and Cohas.com  ..time to get busy and have some playtime me thinks.  Stay tuned for more posts and projects and a closer look at some of these new pens in action.

Some products in this post were provided free of charge for review & project purposes.

Kit & Clowder September Create & Learn-boys boys boys!

Once again Alyce Keegan has pulled off another fab set of  Create & Learn classes… this time we have one for the boys.  Although, as always the techniques learnt can be used with ANY image to create some fabulous backgrounds.

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AND to make things even better, this month there is a free class for  student.. a fab  class on  coloring wood.  Be sure to check the Create & Learn classes this month.

 

kc_bonus_class..and of course you can join the “Clowdies”  over on the Kit & Clowder Facebook Group for social, sharing, advice, support and …..general craziness… come on over!!!

Abandoned Art Project ~ Pencil on velvet paper

So I was playing around again… super simple project, a framed Sherri Baldy image done on velvet paper and mounted without glass in a plain frame.  I’m not sure where or when this one will get abandoned, but hopefully some young lady will find and enjoy it 🙂

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For you crafty peoples who want to know details so you can try this idea yourself….

Image is Fancy Pants Little Pixie
Colored with Good ol’  CraZart pencils
Paper is SEI velvet coconut white
Printed on an Epson Eco Tank

I removed the glass and popped it in the middle of the layers so the person who finds it can put it on the front if they prefer.

 

Challenges entered:

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CAAB DT New Release Project “Touch from the Master”

This was my pick of the new release stamps for Cute As A Button this month and my first project as a CAAB DT, “Touch from the Master”.

I decided to go with a 3D layered image.  I double matted it and put it in a 16x 20 inch frame.  This will be a gift for a neighbor, who I am sure is going to love it.

I kept this project pretty simple, so as to not detract from the subject and so it would suit the recipients style.

You can find this and the other April New Releases here in the CAAB store.

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For this project I used the following:

Image  “Touch from the Master” which is layered in 5 layers, with the left hand being the final,  highest layer.

Image Coloring This was a mix of Zig Kurecolor, Ranger Distress pens and Ranger Distress inks. The inks were dry brushed on as a final detail, to create some texture to the robes and to create ground shadow.

Sentiment has some subtle shading on the “Touch”,”Master’s” and “Healing”,
inner mat was inked using the Ranger Distress ink pad.

Matting and frame were in my stash.

Thanks for looking, hope you like her 🙂   ~ MsWipz

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Mixing it up a bit – Digital Tweaking!

Some of you already know that I was so Hand-coloring phobic last year and my coloring was all done digitally. Here’s a mixed piece I did in the wee hours of this morning.

The Original Image was colored by hand and then I imported it into my computer to watermark it ….and got a bit carried away lol. Now if you are going to do this, I recommend Scanning your image in. I wasn’t planning to do this… so mine was just from a photograph, but you get the idea.

One of the things I love about my new Epson Eco Tank printer, is not having to worry about printing out large full color images… and running out of ink LOL.

It’s very quick and easy to go from this:
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To THIS ……cutebuttonwmd_frmd

Just a wave of the magic wand,  drop shadow,  and some of the presets like add borders and texture effects… and Bingo!!…  your image is now framed and ready to print.

  • Image –  Cute as a Button “Moving Day”  colored with Chameleon Pens, Ranger Distress Pens and  Zig Memory System writers. Printed on 110lb card stock
  • Digital Addons – I worked in my trusty old Jasc Paint Shop Pro7, it’s a great program for beginners and you can still pick up a copy on Ebay at a decent price now and then.

Don’t be afraid to mix your techniques and ideas when crafting… it’s a lot of fun and handy when you don’t have the physical papers, or embellishments at hand.

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Michaels Sizzix Sale & Coupon..how could I resist !!

I just picked up a replacement Sizzix Texture Boutique, a set of standard cutting plates for my Big shot and a Lifestyle Crafts Genius magnetic platform system that was on clearance. I’m not going to turn my nose up at a $50 magnetic extended platform for $14.99 …

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I picked up a couple of new stamps for the lil man and some silver pearl studs stuff that I can throw in my “sadly lacking” bling bucket, that were on clearance at 75 cents a pack.

Michaels have 25% off Sizzix products and a 20% coupon that includes Sales items… so I’m a happy camper.

I was seriously tempted to swing by Joann and take advantage of their 50% off Cricut Products.. but I was good.

Recycling Playdoh Part II

Ok, this recycled Playdoh project just keeps growing lol…. I started off with a very basic idea.  But I keep finding cool things to experiment with and me and the lil guy are having a lot of fun. This idea is so versatile and  great for kids and adults alike…and the perfect project for you crafty parents and grandparents to do with your kids.

When the kids want to “help” and you are thinking Noooo not in my craftroom.. never fear. This is a great  project for them to “help you” keeps them occupied and happy and learning new things, whilst giving you blanks to decorate.

So, before this gets any bigger and  out of hand.. here are the basic ideas of  what I have tried so far.  I am sure there will be future posts with other new ideas, but if I don’t draw a   line somewhere this post will never happen haha.  And if this one never happens… I will never get to the project pieces post…. and I am sure some of you want to see some actual finished pieces… right?  Not that all you crafty creatives need to see what I do, you will be too busy creating masterpieces.

molds2Anywho…. obviously if you read the first post…. you saw the silicon molds.  They can be a bit hit and miss and I recommend leaving them in the mold to dry out before popping them, but I got some cool butterflies out of them.  These ones I tried with pigment ink and embossing powder for a metallic shimmer.  Obviously if you take more time you can get a lot more detailed.. but I just jammed an ink pad on mine for all over coverage and embossed.   Some of them were double embossed to bring out the detail.  If you don’t  powder emboss.   You can get a similar effect by painting these and then rubbing a metallic  paint across the raised areas with your  finger.

Next !!

Ok the next thing I tried was embossing folders, most of us already have them…if you don’t Darice do some really cool ones and there are always deals on them.  It’s easy enough to pick up a folder for a couple of bucks.

I started off doing this manually, flattened out the playdoh roughly by hand then threw it in and used a rolling pin to squish it.  This gives you a fairly thick piece and the embossing hold great on these.

playdoh_boutique_2Later on I decided to bite the bullet and try this through my old Sizzix Texture Boutique Machine. depending on the shims you use you can vary the thickness from paper thin to about the same as doing it by hand.  The paper thin tends to be quite tricky, as it will actually perforate the Playdoh in some areas… but this would be awesome for the old vintage  tattered lace effect.

I’m going to try this with some “good” white Playdoh too so I don’t have to base coat it. Just a rub  over the design for contrast should do the trick.  It’s so thin it’s almost translucent.so I am excited to try this on the single color Playdoh.  My son loves cranking the Boutique so this is another great one for the little kids to help with.  I threw mine on a baking sheet and it was dry in a day or two.

playdoh_boutiqueRemember if you paint these the moisture will  make it flexible again till it dries out again. This is helpful if your piece curled as it dried.  I painted one and it is currently sitting between two shims to dry out again and that should stop it curling up so much.
Depending on the project you may want it flat, or the curling may actually enhance the look… so it’s very versatile and there are no “wrong” ways to do this.

 


playdoh_plunger_cut 2Here’s a great one for the kids to get involved in.  These are actually Fondant Icing plunger cutters, found in the cake decorating section of Hobby Lobby.  I saw these on my last big Craft Shopping Expedition and figured at $3 a set, I was going to grab a bunch to try out with the lil man.  AWESOME BUY !!! he had a blast with these.  they have limited designs so I’ll be Ebay shopping for new designs after Xmas.

playdoh_plunger_cut 3I was actually  playing around with these while he made Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles…. but he decided it looked cool and he wanted to try.  So now I have a craft assistant to help me make project blanks.  I barely got more than a handful done before he hijacked my project…. and as you can see my the picture above…. he was cranking them out like a production line lol.

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And here they are all ready to dry out ..  mine are on the right in the mushy green… his are all the left hand colorful ones , since he got to  use all the good Playdoh that he had been modelling with lol.  Did I mention that yesterday was his first REAL modelling with Playdoh… he actually modeled .. not just cookie cutters and hulk smashed it.

SOOooo Proud .. I shall probably show you that in another AWWW post 🙂 He made all 4 TMNT’s ( Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)  by himself  while I cooked dinner… I just rolled up the balls for heads and bodies and eyes etc …. and rolled stringy pieces for arms and legs and left him to it.  I was shocked and  thrilled when I walked back and saw 4 “baby turtles” as he calls them LOL.  He is learning to roll the balls himself too which is great.

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…another thing I picked up in the cake decorating section was this silicon fondant mat.. this worked great too.

All you ladies who got hooked into the sugar crafting and cake decorating craze  years ago and then tossed it all in the back of the cupboard to collect dust.. now you have something to do with it all LOL.

Don’t forget if you don’t have kids and playdoh.. Polymer clays are perfect for this too.

Ok so here are some sneek peek pics of projects in progress…  nothing overly complicated. This is easy stuff that can be done in a few hours once all of your Playdoh is  dry and ready to decorate with.

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You may have already seen… my aged journal.  I am loving this piece and I got some great advice on aging from a lady in Australia while hanging out at the Blitsy Black Friday Pajama Party.

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My son’s frame for grandma is staying as is… I think its “Perdeft” as he would say LOL  .. since a lot of this Playdoh came from Grandma I thought it would be nice to make that the focus of the project.  We just have to find a good sentiment to stamp in the middle on the Ziggyboard … then he is done.

 

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Very easy .. this is a simple MDF frame from Michaels I had lying around.  The Playdoh was glued on and then the whole thing was spray painted

…. full details will be available in the finished piece coming soon.

 

 

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