Velvet Paper detail on over edge tree card

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.

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Currently the 12×12 Velvet paper is available online at Michaels for $1 per sheet instead of $1.99.

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CraftsuPrint New Friday Freebie & GUESS WHO is a new designer

The new CUP  Friday Freebie is out !! just in time to make up your Valentines cards.  This is 8×8 love heart valentine mini kit  by Carol Smith

…. and guess who I found on the CUP site as a new designer….  not one….. but TWO of the big  names in SVG Cut files; Bird’s SVGs and Dreaming Tree (3DSVG).  That is right, you can now find and buy their cut files on CUP.  So  not only do get the fab cut files, you also get all the add on extras that purchasing through CUP affords you .. like free game play, the chance to win Bob Pot money, access to the vault and treasure chest with required purchase.

If you are new to your Cricut Explore you probably don’t know who these guys are.. but you should and you will  LOL  If you are ready to move on to more than just Cricut Cartridges.. and see what your machines are really capable of…  you definitely should.

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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.

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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
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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:

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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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Bird’s SVG Freebie Christmas Tree Card File Project

I decided to play with my Cricut last night, so no coloring on this one.  This was a freebie I picked up over at Bird’s SVGs last year.  If you haven’t seen their freebie files, you should hop on over and check them out.  It’s a super quick card to make, two tree layers and an embossed card background.. and a die cut sentiment…a slip slap of glue and tape

…. DONE !!
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“Happy Holidays” Sentiment Die – Gina Marie Designs
“More Swirly Trees” Christmas Tree Cut File by Bird’s SVG
Zig 2 Way adhesive
Zig Kuretake Photo Tape
Recollections Card Base
Recollections Black Card Stock
Glitter Card from a local Dollar Store
Green Gelly Roll Pen for sentiment
Darice Embossing folder

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Roving Reporter – Shopping Gina Marie Designs Dies by Merrie

Hi! My name is Merrie and I am doing a ‘roving reporter’ write up for CraftingCircle.

Last spring I was lucky and won a Gina Marie Designs ‘Sympathy’ die in a give-a-way on the CraftingCircle blog. It cut paper like butter, so I decided to see what else they had in their line. Imagine my surprise when I found out their store was in Michigan- and only half an hour from my son’s house. ROAD TRIP!

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Scrapbook Outlet store front

Scrapbook Outlet
5357 Alpine Ave
Comstock Park, MI 49321

Due to personal reasons I wasn’t able to go until a few weeks ago.  So, with my son, his girlfriend and her mother in tow- I headed to The Scrapbook Outlet. I was hoping to meet Gina herself. Unfortunately she wasn’t working that day, so I asked them to pass on a ‘hi’ from our group.

The store is small, but chock full of paper, stickers, stamps and of course dies! I must admit I did not check out the rest of the merchandise that closely. My focus was the GINA MARIE dies. I headed for them like a homing pigeon.
image2 image3It was hard to narrow it down, but I finally picked out 10 (my budget).

However, I have my eye on more of them and know what to tell my son he can get me for Christmas!

 

I made a card with 2 of the dies I got- tree frame and buck and die. I hope you like it.
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Thank you Merrie for sharing your haul,  looking forward to seeing what you get  next visit and also all of the upcoming projects  🙂   – MsWipz

Ancient Egypt Pop Out Stepper Birthday Card

I decided against a Halloween themed card for this image …and went for something totally different.  The  “twist” was to do a pop out, or stepped card and I just happened to have a cut file for step cards that I had picked up last year from Rae Carr on Craftsuprint.  It needed a little modification to fit in with my Egyptian theme… but the file was exactly what I needed for this.

The front of the card is very unassuming, all the action is on the  inside.  This was one of my supersized cards… the card base and stepped insert were cut from 11×17 card..so  this resulted in a hefty 8.5×11 card…. Kewl !!!

The front was a printed 8.5×11 sheet that I colored with  a mix of Chameleon and Zig Kurecolor pens..and a touch of Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Ink pens.  The edges were distressed with Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads.  Very “rustic” coloring to keep in the ancient theme. The background was dry inked ( fat brush and inkpads)  for a worn and weathered look.
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The inside stepper was cut to form a pyramid shape and was also dry inked to give a sandstone type look to it.  The lettering was done using  My favorite things, Die-namics Bottlecap dies. The palm trees were from another Scrapper’s Delights  collection and worked perfectly for this project.

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I just cut the pyramid shape out of the palm image, so that it wasn’t bulky behind the pyramid.  The sky was also dry inked using Craft Smart ink pads.  The base was printed on white card and cut to fit the pyramid stepper base.

….so there we have it.. a quick, fun, old age humor card

 Supplies used:

11×17  110lb Neenah Index card for base and  stepper insert
8.5×11 regular inkjet paper for the cover image
Recollections card in muted tones for the lettering
8.5×11 110lb index card for the Birthday sentiment

Inside images printed on 8.5 x 11 110lb index card

Mummy – The Mummy
Palm Trees –  Jungle Palms

Colored with:

Chameleon pens

Zig Kurecolor ( full color range)

Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Pens

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Stepped Pop out Cut file by Rae Carr modified to make a pyramid.


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This was cut on my Cricut Explore, but comes in a variety of formats to suit various machines.

 

 

 

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The Mummy Image used is the current Scrapper’s Delights Fan Group Progressive Challenge Freebie Friday available for free as part of the Progressive Challenge on Facebook and also in the store at 50% off for anyone who doesn’t qualify for the free image, but wants to participate.

 

Scrapper’s Delights Blog Challenge too, for even more chances to ….and of course you can also enter in the win.

Challenges entered:

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cardsgalorechallenges.

worldwideopendesignteamchallenge

thepapernestdollschallenge

 

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Another star studded line up from Gina Marie Designs

I’ve been a bit distracted lately catching up after the spotlight series… and it looks like they snuck in a whole new bunch of fab Gina Marie Designs dies !! I swear I was on there only a week or so ago… I am in soo much trouble lol.  Check out these new dual dot stitch stars coming out in August.
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As you may know we already have a giveaway underway with some of the fab new oceanic themed dies.. shells, anchor and coral… but have you seen the rest?  It’s crazy… just the beach/ocean theme alone is bountiful… and I didn’t even get the shark, or the sand dollar in the sneaky peek gallery below !

…some of these are already available, some are set for an August release.

and then I looked more… and I found  these beauties!  I  am seriously enamored by so many of these fab dies…. and at these prices…. I could shop for a week and still not get done *sigh

You will find these AND more in the NEW DIES section and don’t forget to  enter  the Gina Marie Giveaway to try and win a set of dies too 🙂

….and check out those loopy dies…. how cool would those be on your projects?  I was alerted to those when I saw a fab card  posted over on another blog stampartpapel.com  LOVE these loopy frames and the project is  really pretty.

If you haven’t already seen  the Gina Marie Designs Dies… you are  in for a treat 🙂

Life’s a Beach- shaped card project

This is my latest card featuring the Scrapper’s Delights new Freebie Friday image “Beach Babe Digi Stamps 2”  The challenge for us as DT’s, was to make a shaped card and /or not use designer pattern paper.  I took my image and combined it with another fun Scrapper’s Delights Image “Jungle Palms”, framed it with a circle and  printed it out on a full 8.5×11 sheet.  Scored and folded the sheet and then lined it with a contrasting sky blue card.

I stamped some white clouds on the inside using Stazon ink and then  I cut around the image by hand and  the straight edges with a wavy cut blade on my Fellowes Paper trimmer.

The image was colored with a mix of Chameleon Pens and Zig Kurecolor.  Sentiment is a stamp from Michaels seasonal stamps and  the shells were cut on gold glitter stick from a dollar store using Gina Marie Designs dies  ( if you missed it.. make sure you check the giveaways section for a chance to win a set )

And so here she is…. my Beach Babe.  Thanks for dropping by  🙂

MsWipz


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Scrapper’s Delights Facebook Group

Scrapper’s Delights Store

Scrapper’s Delights Challenge Blog

You still have time to grab your image and enter the Facebook and challenge blog challenges… com one over and join the fun.

 

 

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Bugaboostamps Friday Freebie – Rudolph Presents..and more

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Rudolph Presents

…..another cute Friday Freebie from Bugaboostamps .  This week we have Rudolph Presents..such a  fun image and perfect if you are already  cracking on with those Christmas card projects.
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Deal of the day is Coffeegirlz, you can pick her up for just a dollar… yes ma’am just $1 today.

 

 

 

 

 

also for you bargain hunters…. I found a couple of other freebies lurking on the Bugaboo site.. but you are going to have to go check it out and find these yourself lol…  don’t worry they are pretty visible if you are checking out the site.

….. Look who I found for free!!
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Spotlight Series Day 8 – Gina Marie Designs

Who are you?  Gina Marie – Gina Marie Designs

 

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Online Store

Physical Store Address:

Scrapbook Outlet
5357 Alpine Ave
Comstock Park, Mi 49321

 

Where are you?

Michigan

 

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?

I have been designing since I was little

 

What was the first product you ever had for sale?

I created an embossing folder first for resale.

 

What is your favorite piece in the whole store?

My favorite design is my great heron die

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GREAT HERON DIE SET



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who is your inspiration/muse? 

I like all companies.  I think everyone has something that I like and that inspires me.

 

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

Firebird

 

How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?

5 minutes.  I only pre design and I give instructions to my artist to interpret my ideas since I am not a good designer

 

If you suddenly changed careers and went to work at Disney…what character would you want to be?

An evil villain

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When you are working, what is the view from your window like 

I have 40 acres and I sit and watch my goats while I work

 

<<Administrative creative license..yes I know..it’s NOT a goat  LOL – MsWipz

 

 

 

How many people work with/for you ?

I have a few helpers, but one employee Dawn

 

What should be written on your gravestone when you die?

I do not believe in wasting money I will be cremated

 

Name your favorite cartoon?

I love all Disney movies

 

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

Myself I do a lot on my own

 

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

Ice

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Favorite quote?

I love spiritual quotes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s your guilty pleasure ?

Video games

 

What  job did you have BEFORE you started  drawing/designing for a living?

I cocktailed and bartended in Vegas before chasing my dreams

 

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?

Kevin Costner…I wouldn’t ask any questions probably just stare 😉

 

What’s your favorite color? 

Sparkle haha!

 

What was your favorite subject in school…? 

Band

 

If you were getting a tattoo… what would it be?

My next tattoo will be a bracelet

 

What is your best and worst personality trait? 

I believe in being honest

 

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AHOY & SHIP WHEEL METAL DIES

 

 

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

 

We do a lot of little ones but my last relaxing one was a cruise in the Caribbean with my husband.

 

 

 

If you got offered a weekend in a haunted  house/castle etc.. would you say yes?

Absolutely

 

If you were a Cluedo Character, who would you be?

Ummm what’s that?

 

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

Probably a waitress

 

How long have you been in business?

Technically 9 years

 

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

I love distressing inks

 

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WOLF HOWLING IN MOON

 

 

 

What’s your favorite horror movie?
I love many

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you were reincarnated…who would you have been in a former life.

I do not believe in reincarnation

 

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

No

 

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

All my dies have been very successful for my business

 

Who was your first celebrity crush…and have you drawn them?

Johnathan Taylor Thomas – no

 

What is the one question you are really glad I didn’t ask ….and dare you answer it anyway? Lol

Who I’m voting for…lets just say I would never vote for Bernie or Hillary

 

What’s your favorite event, or holiday of the year?

Family reunions and gatherings I have a big family

 

Would you go cave diving with sharks?

No I am afraid of sharks

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COMING LATE JUNE – SHARK DIE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If your parents had named you something else… what would you have picked?

Something Celtic I love things from other countries

 

Which decade do you think had the best music?

90s

 

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

Yes a few.  Most were interesting

 

What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax

Relaxing in a hammock

 

Do you secretly watch WWE wrestling when no one is around?

No way too fake

 

If you were offered a trip to the moon, would you go..and if so .. which of your images/products would leave on the moon??

No interest

 

Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?

I have good genes so I think I will get lucky

 

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

I like lots of music

 

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

My mom

 

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

How creative and thoughtful they are

 

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