Cricut Mystery Box for April 2017

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Are you ready for the  new April Mystery Box from Cricut ? …if you always wanted to try out some of the fancier materials on your Cricut… like Faux Leather, window clings etc.. now is a great time to grab the mystery box.  Apparently the contents are supplies and tools again… and come with full instructions if you are new to specialty papers.

$100 value for $39.99

12×12 Vinyl sheets
Scraper & Spatula tools
Transfer tape sheets
Faux Leather
Designer Washi Tape
Window cling
Double sided Poster Board & Metallics
Full Instructions
** contents may vary depending on  availability

Some of you may have noticed the fun decals I made using Cricut Window cling and the Bugaboostamps images the other week…. See Post Here.  Now is your chance to grab some window cling and stamps and make your own 🙂  I had a blast with this  window cling and can’t wait to make more.

Free shipping to US and Canada with code CRICUTANNIVERSARY

Celebrate Cricut’s anniversary with 25% off Supplies! 

Time to burn your rubber stamps?

Not literally !! lol

I picked up this Walnut Hollow Creative Woodburner Pyrography tool at Michaels Stores with a coupon the other day on one of my bargain ventures..it’s just a cheapie one and comes with 4 tips.  I wasn’t sure if I would still enjoy it; or get to use it much, so didn’t want to spend too much… but it’s actually a nifty little tool. I haven’t done any pyrography since I was in my 20’s …. and it shows lol. But I think I’ll be having a play with this and all the wood blanks I seem to collect haha.

You don’t have to be a fab artist to enjoy pyrography there are a tonne of patterns available..and if you just want a quick way to get a design on your piece… grab your stamps and an ink pad.  Alternatively, use the method I showed in a previous post  to transfer the design using your printer and a laminating sheet.

I had a quick play and just used this W174 Patient Pup stamp I picked up on Christmas Clearance and a brown pad to stamp this lightly on the back of my desktop easel for a guide..gave it a quick wash of color with some markers when I was done.

another fun way to use all of those fab stamps in your collection… practise practise practise !

Attack the Scrap Bucket ! fun project for kids and grown ups

We’ve all seen those fun Magnetic word sets that you use on your fridge, or freezer .. here’s a way to make your own. Great project for crafty homeschoolers, teachers, business signs or people who need something a little bit different from the usual word sets.
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I was lucky enough to have some tails from Cohas (formerly ZiggBoard) Magnetic Sheets that I could cut into strips to make these letters and words.  You may have seen previous post where I started making letters and numbers for the lil man .. now we are progressing onto words and  so I got out my MFT Bottlecap letters die and off we went again.  I won’t lie… it’s a time consuming project… we all know it takes a lot  LOT of letters  to make up enough single letters to form a decent amount of words.ziggy_alpha3 I probably cut and assembled at least 10 sets of individual letters.. probably more  and I already cut out at least 8 sets to start forming word magnets. There are going to be a lot of letters you use A LOT and some you don’t use so much.. just store those for later.  As your kids vocabulary grows, you will be able to use those up to expand your set.  Anyone who is homeschooling already knows that it’s time consuming, but VERY rewarding and totally worth the time and money spent.

These dies are totally worth grabbing because you can use them for so many projects, both fun and educational for years to come.

Name tags, labels, cards, magnets,stickers …so many fun things.

Ok so what did I use?… pretty simple project.. as I said.. just time consuming

  • Cohas Magnetic sheet cut into strips
  • 110lb Card from my scrap box…I have a tonne of this from my Cricut Print & cut projects.  Now they are expanding the Print & Cut dimensions to fit almost a full 8.5×11 this will reduce my scraps… but even so..right now I have enough to make alphabet sets for half the neighborhood lol.
  • Mod Podge I use this to cover the strip first and attach the letters then add a coat on top to seal them in.
  • My Favorite Things Bottlecap Alphabet Dies
  • paint brush to apply the Mod Podge
  • TIME.. and Patience.. even if you just do a few strips at a time… it adds up to a decent set  fairly quickly

Of course if you are a good crafter who doesn’t have a pile of scraps lying around waiting for that “maybe one day project”.. you can always print your letters on printable Vinyl or adhesive label sheets and just cut it into strips. Less time consuming but I am determined to attack my scrap bucket  before this year is done!!! lol  Plus it is kind of fun letting him add a couple of strips at a time to the freezer, so he isn’t overwhelmed with a tonne of new words.

On a totally off topic random  thought.. just because we are on a sort of educational thing anyway.  We were in Toys R Us today and a lady was there, obviously overwhelmed by all the toys… she asked him how old he was. And I could tell she was hoping he was around the same age as someone she was shopping for.  Turns out she has a young relative flying in for Christmas and was struggling to find a  suitable gift.  She had a set of Power Ranger figures in her hand and asked him if he thought they were cool.  All she knew was the kid liked Super hero’s.  

Well hot damned if my little guy didn’t jump in like the Bloody Toy Ambassador for Toys R US.. and dragged that poor lady all over the store showing her everything he wanted for Christmas lol… with a toy review and running commentary all the way. We started with Five Nights At Freddy, hit the Educational aisle where he proceeded to tell her how great the squishy Body  kit was..and reeled off  all the body parts shown on the back of the box, dragged her off to see Grossery Gang and the yuck truck on another aisle… then onto Imaginext vehicles and buildings… followed by transformers and finishing up with Octonauts.

Poor lady haha.. he talked her ear off for a solid half hour I think while dragging her round the store haha.  She was  in awe of his knowledge… specially when he started naming all the body parts…  and yes  he is getting that for Christmas, he just doesn’t know it yet LOL. ‘His Big’ sister in Australia is getting him that. It will be a fun start to his homeschooling science learning.

So proud of my lil man… that is the second time this month he has helped someone out in toys R US who was having probs picking gifts.

and back on track again…

Now I know decent Magnetic sheet is not always easy to come by, but I have used this magnetic sheet for all sorts of fun projects myself … from picture magnets,  to Metal Die storage.   If anyone is interested in what I would call it a crafters grab bag those will be available early next year.  These will most likely be pre-cut ready to go pieces in various shapes and sizes.

Need something other than alphabets, numbers and words?  want to make picture blocks, fun gifts, organization tags….or just have some fun and attach fun crafty items to cards etc … or decorate your locker.  This magnetic sheet is awesome,  everyone should have a bag of this in their stash.

Here are a few  of the other items I have made in the past.. search for magnet on the blog or have a wander through the projects tab at the top of the page for details on those projects.  and expect to see more of these projects next year.. I have some ideas I am dabbling with.

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Cricut Cyber Monday Deals

Are you ready for some more deals??  Cyber Monday starts 11/28

Cyber Monday kicks off with a 15% discount on everything but Cricut Access PLUS free shipping  with code CYBERMONDAY

“Extra 15% off everything but Cricut Access + free standard shipping with code CYBERMONDAY”

** I couldn’t get the discount to apply to  the Air 2 when I tested this code…  so it’s either not active till Midnight, OR it’s excluded.  The information above comes directly from Circut’s Affiliate program… so I can only share what they share with us.  Previous deals listed excluded the Explore 2  ..BUT … have you seen that baby!!!  I want one so bad discount, or no lol  .. it’s still an awesome deal at the Sale price.

..and I just noticed this one…

“Cyber Monday Sale: Spend $50+, Get $15 Digital Credit
Get a $15 digital promo credit when you spend $50 or more on Cricut.com”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CraftsUPrint Friday Freebie – male card

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Tool Belt – Jumper Card Mini Kit by Mary MacBean is the Friday Freebie today.

“A toolbelt with tools on a jumper-shaped card. The kit has 3 sheets which include the card front, card back, insert, decoupage, sentiments and a gift tag. There are 3 sentiments – Happy Birthday, Happy Father’s Day, Best Dad – or a blank tag for your own message.

The finished size is approximately 7in x 7in. Instructions are included.”

 

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Spotlight Series Day 21, Amy – Chomas Creations

Who are you?

Amy Chomas the owner of Chomas Creations

 

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Chomas Creations Store

Chomas Creations Facebook Page

Chomas Creations Blog

 

 

 

 

Where are you?

Essexville, Michigan

 

What was the first product you ever had for sale?

It was the Chomas Creations mini gel pen holder for the original Cricut machine.  I have upgraded to pen and marker holders for even more machines as well as engraving tips too.

   Cricut Explore & Air Tools  

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 Marker Adapter

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Pen Adapter

Engraver

 Pazzle Cricut  Silhouette
 Cameo  Black Cat Lynx  Gazelle
 KNK  US Cutter  

 

If you could hang out with ANYONE in the world ….  who would it be?….and what is the one question you would want to ask them?

My grandma, I never got to meet her and people tell me I’m just like her.  I would ask her that, do I remind you of me?

 

What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without?  

My paper cutter!

 

If you got locked in an elevator for 6 hours.. who would you most like to be locked in with?

Dr. Josh Axe.  That guy knows a lot about health and I’m reading his articles all the time!

 

What’s your favorite color?

Turquoise

 

What was your favorite subject in school…?

Math

 

What is your best and worst personality trait?

My best?  I’m very outgoing.  My worst? I’m impatient!

 

When was your last REAL vacation and where did you go?

Florida June of 2016 🙂 First vacation in a long long time

 

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Engraving tip for the Silhouette

 

 

What is your favorite piece in the whole store?

I had no idea all the amazing things the Chomas Creations engraving tip could do until artists started sharing what they were doing with me.  I’ve seen metal clay art work, engraving on leather, engraving on dog tags and blanks, the possibilities are endless.

 

 

 

 

How many people work with/for you?

4, my husband and 3 of my kids

 

Favorite quote?

I’m not here to be average, I’m here to be awesome.

 

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Rice Krispie treats

 

What  job did you have BEFORE you started running Chomas Creations for a living?

Full time mommy!

 

When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?

I sing in the shower even when people are listening!

 

What is your most popular item in the store/shop?

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Engraving tip for the Silhouette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you weren’t doing what you are doing now…. what job would you have?  

I love health and anything to do with health, and I do run a side business of essential oils because that is now a hobby as mine as well.  I know I have that to fall back on.

 

How long have you been in business?

7 years this July!

 

When you get the midnight munchies… what do you grab?

Fruit

 

Would you go cave diving with sharks?

Heck yes!  As long as I knew how to dive lol!

 

Which decade do you think had the best music?

The 80’s for sure!

 

Have you ever been on a blind date…. and if so..  was it fun, or a nightmare?

Yes!  And I married him.  He was so not smooth and locked his keys in his truck,  and I thought I would never see him again.

 

What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax?

Reading

 

What should be written on your gravestone when you die?

She wasn’t here to be average, she was here to be awesome!

 

Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?

I can’t say I’m growing old gracefully as I’m fighting it every step of the way!  I take care of myself, watch what I eat, work out and do everything in moderation.

 

If you were a classic car…. what would you be?

A Pink Cadillac

 

What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere?

Anything by Pitbull

 

Who scared you most as a kid when you were being naughty.. your parents or the boogey man?

My parents, which is funny because they aren’t intimidating at all!

 

What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?

How kind hearted they all are and how willing anyone is to answer a question, or give an idea, or when needed offer support.

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Smart Bargains – Ribbon steals and deals WOW !

If you love ribbon..you need to check this place out. I was pretty surprised…. and pleasantly so I might add, to discover  a couple of new companies hidden away in the depth of my available affiliate programs.  This one instantly caught  my attention with a $10 coupon and the awesome deals I found in their smart bargain section…they should have called it Panda HAUL.. every crafter loves a good haul.
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“Smart Bargains are great deals on limited quantity jewelry-making supplies. Enjoy outlet store pricing on findings,gemstone beads, pearls, glass beads, tools and much more. Shop awesome assortments that are bargain priced to sell fast.”

I don’t know about anyone else, but I don’t have a huge selection of ribbons…. I buy a bit here and there as I can afford them  …. but this place.. crazy prices.. I saw ribbons as low as 8 cents a meter.

 

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The other thing I noticed is they sell it by the meter, or full rolls  🙂  I really liked this one, it would be fab for the vintage travel and Paris stamps I have.  1″ BurlyWood Color Eiffel Tower Printed Grosgrain Ribbons

It’s limited quantity and is available in various colors… 20 cents a meter..or $15.96 for 100 yards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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…or how about this… 7 cents a meter, $3.40 for 100 yards.

Grosgrain Ribbon, DeepPink, 6mm

 

 

 

 

 

Shipping seems reasonable if you don’t mind waiting a bit for your bargains…

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and I noticed this

 

 

Sign up and they email you a $10 off a $30 or more order…. so that would make your shopping spree even more fabtastic.  At bargain prices like these, that is a LOT of ribbon LOL.  But they do more than just ribbons, if you make jewelry, or like to add charms etc  to your craft projects… they have those too.  Or you can use that $10 off to grab some tools or extra goodies that aren’t on sale.

If you come to check this out later and can’t find this old post buried in the depth of the CC archive.. never fear.. I added them to my affiliate store list in the shopping  at the top of the page.  I think I might have to bust open the old piggy bank and see if I can shake up some pennies for this one.. There are some fab deal !

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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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The March Cricut Mystery Box & Trade in Deals

Here it is …. the March Mystery Box, grab yours while supplies last.

If you think this is all that Cricut have to offer for March.. think again… there are more great deals coming up later in the month..  TWO.. yes I said 2 more mystery boxes are planned for release this month   Releases are planned for March 2nd, 9th and the 16th…so be sure to check back for new posts, or subscribe to the blog to make sure you get the post updates 🙂

According to the guys at Crafts by 2 Crafts By Two,  their March mystery box 1 contained the following:

  • Cricut 12×12 LightGrip Adhesive Cutting Mat
  • Cricut Faux Leather, Boxwood
  • Cricut Faux Leather, Charcoal
  • Cricut Faux Leather, Espresso
  • Cricut Faux Leather, Walnut
  • Cricut Replacement Blades
  • Cricut Transfer Tape
  • Cricut Vinyl, Blush
  • Cricut Vinyl, Pebble
  • Cricut Window Cling, Purple
  • Cricut Tools, Weeder
  • Cricut Balloons!

Don’t forget there are coupons for Free Shipping and a 10% off  purchases too.

  • Get free shipping with no minimum purchase at Cricut.com  code MARCHMADNESS
  • 10% off Cricut.com purchases + free standard shipping (some exclusions) code HAPPYCRAFTING Ends 03/02/2013
  • Get 10% off your Cricut.com purchase, plus free Fed-Ex home delivery code CRAZY10 begins 03/03/0216

Can your old Cricut do THIS ….?

Cricut Gives Your Ultimate Cutting Precision

 

TRADE IN –  Cricut also have a trade in deal which starts today… trade in your old Cricut machines and get a new one.  Trade in offer begins 03/02/2016  ends 03/23/2016

 

 

 

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Almost time for the March Cricut Mystery Box

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Are we all ready for Cricut March Mystery Boxes? Only a few more days to go before the March Mystery box is revealed. Then a few more days before the guys over at craftsbytwo do their unboxing video. I love their videos, so much fun watching those two reveal the contents of the mystery boxes.

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If you are new to the whole Cricut Mystery Box thing, every month Cricut release what is referred to as a “Mystery Box” in their SALE section. This box varies in price and they give you a hint with the ARV of the contents, as you can see by the images above of previous releases.

These boxes can contain any of the Cricut Products, cartridges, machines, accessories, tools, paper, supplies etc. … no one knows till the boxes are received. Occasionally if the Mystery Box sells out, which it often does... so be quick if you want one…. they will add in a second mystery box for sale.

I have a feeling there are going to be some very happy Cricut shoppers this month…. 🙂  If any of you plan to order the mystery box though my links, first off..THANK YOU… and second.. be sure to come back and let me know what was in your box if you get it first 🙂

The March Mystery  box should  be added to the store on March 2nd 🙂 .. TWO DAYS !!!!

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