Unity Stamps… just a little teenie weenie haul…

 Quick peek at some of the fun things  coming up on the blog   for the end  of Feb/March

..and probably April…. LOL

.. ok ok I have been a bit bad this month… but heh… I had a dry year last year for crafty goodness ….and I am making up for it.. well was..I am now on a self imposed crafty goodness ban till late april.. lol.

But here is my Unity haul from a recent sale, plus I won a sweatshirt from them on one of the Facebook Live sessions..and that arrived  too.  Now these may not all be on sale still, but Unity have great sales promotions all the time… so if you see something you like, just add it to a wish list, and next time they have sales.. check and see what is on sale from your wish list.

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There is a new sale going on this week, plus new bundle kits and deals… check em out  🙂

If you are on Facebook, try and catch one of the Unity Stamp Co Facebook Live sessions.. fun demos and tutorials with the girls and some fab giveaways  during the Live feed too.

Spotlight Series Day 24 – Alyce, Kit and Clowder

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Who are you?  

Alyce from Kit and Clowder Online Colouring Classes www.kitandclowder.com

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Where are you? 

Australia!

 

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously

Just over two years ago when I turned Kit and Clowder from just my blog to our online colouring class website. Well, I was probably taking it still seriously before then making many many design team cards but I never dreamed that I would be doing this now with our classes 🙂

 

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

I am so chicken! I would be like Phoebe in Friends where she went to get a tattoo and only got a dot before she pulled out hahaa! I don’t even know what I would get – a cat?

 

What was the first product you ever had for sale? 

Our Skin and Hair class although both the content and the format has changed drastically since the launch!

 

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Who is your inspiration/muse?

My inspiration is everyone who forms Kit and Clowder. I would not be doing this if it weren’t for all of the Clowdies that are part of our group. When I am feeling down I know that I can feel inspired and uplifted by flicking through our Facebook Group and seeing everyone’s work, and also when people post non-craft related stuff. It makes me feel excited that people like to share their lives with us and makes me want to share back.

 

How many people work with/for you ?

Just me 🙂 But Jon, Mr Clowdie, is my sounding board behind the scenes. I also have some really close friends that I have met since doing this that I know I can discuss about any topic/run through any idea and they 100% support me and tell me if my ideas are bad! 🙂

 

Name your favorite cartoon?

Oh my… everything Disney? Does Pixar count as cartoon? If we are going movie I would say Wall-e.. but if it’s cartoon tv it is Pokemon

 

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

ELSA! Or Anna! Or Belle! Or Cinderella! Or Rapunzel! Or Pin Manager!

 

 

 

Which decade do you think had the best music?

90s!!! Spice Girls! hahaaa!

 

What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax

I like to read, sing, or play computer games with Jon 🙂

 

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

Cat – fluffy cat wanting lots of cuddles and food

 

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

I sing in the shower, not in the shower, and frequently get caught out by the postman.

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

Our Skin and Hair Class

 

 

 

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

Probably Angel from Buffy hahaa! No I haven’t drawn him hahaa!

 

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

Joss Whedon and we would talk all things Buffy/Angel/Firefly/Avengers 🙂

 

What’s your favorite color?

It changes all the time! I like Purple and Aqua at the moment 🙂 But I really love all colours and having bright colours around makes me feel happy 🙂

 

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Would you go cave diving with sharks?

Uh not this question!! I am currently being persuaded into this for our Honeymoon O_O Sharks are one of my big fears and I think if I saw a Great White I would pass out in the water. I would say no but I think if I don’t say yes I won’t be getting married haha.

 

 

 

What was your favorite subject in school…?

English – I wanted to be a writer and I looove reading

 

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

Disneyland! We went last year while teaching our US Retreats and it was the BEST!

 

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

Yes but I would be so scared! hehe! It really intrigues me because I feel there are so many stories and encounters for there not to be some sort of truth?

 

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

I have a bad habit of getting the coffee/chai latte sachets and halving them so I can get more drinks to keep me full! So I have many many of those to try and stop me eating everything in the house. But I usually still do – biscuits and chocolate 🙁

 

What is your favorite piece in the whole store? nature

Our new Elements of Nature class – I think it is our most professional class and also flowers and nature are really forgiving for people to colour. Skin and Hair is our most popular class but the actually topic itself is much harder so I think sometimes it’s nice for people to take a break and colour some flowers for some great results 🙂 I also love our Monthly Colouring Class as I feel that it really challenges me to come up with the content and I see the best results in this class. I see people improve the quickest here as they are challenging themselves.

 

Favorite quote?

If you are not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you aren’t doing anything very innovative – Woody Allen

 

What’s your guilty pleasure ?

Disney. everything.

 

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

Interior Architect

 

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

Christmas – I love getting presents for people and get so excited to give them 😀 I can’t sleep on Christmas eve.

 

 

 

 

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

Our Technique Classes take about 2-3 months of straight working on them from concept, writing the material, colouring samples, filming, editing, and putting the actual classroom and graphics together. It’s a really long process! It takes longer now than when I first started as I still do our one on one feedback daily which takes a few hours, plus our monthly class, and all of the admin work. So a Technique class probably takes about 4-5 months now.

 

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

So many! I love all Taylor Swift 🙂 And anything cheesy hehe

 

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

I love how supportive everyone is. I feel that people go out of their way to help one another and to make me feel welcome in their lives. I feel that I don’t have customers but I have friends and I’m so lucky to have met so many of our members now and know that we have a real friendship. I feel extremely lucky.

 

Kit & Clowder June Create & Learn is out + Free Bonus Class

Have you seen the  new June Create & Learn Classes  at Kit & Clowder yet?  This month’s class includes yet another fabulous free bonus class.  This one teaches you to color metal objects.  Once again Alyce Keegan has created some fabulous new classes for markers and pencils.
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What do you get each month?

  • Lifetime access + No Time Limits Once a class is yours, even if that month is over, you will still keep access forever
  • Video TutoriaCovering each technique in depth – (approx. 2-3 hours)
  • Step by Step Print Booklet Covering a breakdown of each technique (approx. 15-20 pages)
  • 50% off class digital stamp of the month
  •  Colour conversions for popular brands
  • Alternative colour schemes Two alternative colour schemes to show you how to apply the techniques with other blends
  •  Techniques are chosen by YOU! We pick our techniques from our class questionnaire for members each month
  • One on One Feedback If you are part of our Technique Classes you can upload for one on one feedback
  • Prizes  Challenge each month in our Facebook Group where you can win prizes just for colouring!

 

 

Magic Slider Card Tutorial by Christina@Card Making Magic

A while ago I saw a fab  magic card, couldn’t for the life of me remember where though…. and then one of the girls in the facebook group shared her version of  the card.. it was awesome sauce!

Anywho, I went trolling around looking for some fun card tutorials to share with everyone and  share the love…  heh I have ZERO problems with promoting other crafters and bloggers. I have no need, nor desire to pretend I suddenly had a fab new idea and try and reinvent the wheel, when someone else has already made a fab tutorial and deserves some recognition  🙂
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And tonight I want to share Christina from Card-Making-Magic.com’s Magic slider card, because I know it caught quite a few peoples eye when a  magic  card appeared on the group recently and a lot of people were interested in finding out how to do these.

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So Check out Christina’s magic card tutorial… and don’t stop there… she has a tonne of fabulous  tutorials, both on this site and the Flowers, Ribbons and pearls blog.




April Kit and Clowder Create and Learn Classes +Bonus !

WOW…. another fab set of Create & Learn classes from Alyce Keegan over at Kit & Clowder. New classes are available on the 15th of each month, so grab these while you can.

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and a bonus…

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MyScrapchick – ALL SVG’s Updated….Free Belly Box File

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Some of you may have already seen previous posts about Myscrapchick.com and the fab files you can get there… along with her awesome 50 cent deals.

Well all you SVG users, good news…. I just got an email informing me that all of the SVG files are now updated. Better score and cut lines and all sized perfectly for Design space import.

Note for existing customers: ” Feel free to download any previous purchases to get these updated SVGs. There is no time limit on downloads”.

SVGs import at correct size to Design Space.

Each and every SVG in our store will now import to Design Space at the correct size with no resizing needed. You won’t have to look up the measurements elsewhere. Also note: Design Space users can use the files in the “SVG” folder. (The svgDS folder has now been eliminated.)

Better score/dash lines.
Each group of dash lines (like the fold line on a card) has been combined into a single object, instead a billion tiny pieces. Just click on any part of the dash lines on a pattern piece and the entire set of dash lines is selected. You can choose to either cut or score those fold lines in Design Space.

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STEP by STEP for Design Space.. All you newCricut users will find this useful

 

 

 

 

 

FREE FILE ALERT ….



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FREE BELLY BOX FILE



Last year I was lucky enough to receive an unexpected and very much appreciated gift card to Myscrapchicks from a friend who shops there, just in time for a fab 50 cent sale.






If you haven’t ever checked out these files… hop over and grab the Free Belly Box File they have available.  These files are great and so much fun.  If you design for kids and grand-kids, you will love these… and you ladies who do the  chunky cards with a lot of embellishments will love the chunky envelope file.  I actually used that one myself to make a 10 card – note card set… I resized the file to fit my notecards and it mailed to a friend in a jiffy perfectly.

I can’t even begin to tell you about all the different boxes and envelopes and  fun designs on here… you really have to just check it out for yourself 🙂   and be sure to  sign up for their Freebie Friday newsletter and keep an eye out for 50 cent sales alerts.  I try to share them on here when I can…. so feel free to subscribe to my blog too so you can get alerts on new posts…and of course so you can comment on the posts…. if you want to 🙂

There is also a sale on the other belly box designs, check out some of the selection in the image below..aren’t they fab

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All images courtesy of myscrapchick.com

February Kit & Clowder Create & Learn Class available now

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Kit and Clowder – February Create & Learn Class



WOW…..  all the hints in the Kit and Clowder Facebook Group about this months class had me super excited….BUT it didn’t prepare me for the real thing.   I am so excited to have a go at this months classes.  I see a few late nights in my future LOL.



Featuring images from the fabulous Molly Harrison at The Fantasy Art of Molly Harrison.  Her Etsy store is filled with fantastic images of fairies and dragons and …Witches.  I know I’ll be grabbing a bunch of Witches for my  witchy pals.





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And let’s not forget this months bonus..Free background classes when you purchase this months Create and Learn Class. 





LissyBee Stamps February 2016 Giveaway

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Want to win a set of these gorgeous stamps?

One lucky winner will get their hands on one set of six beautiful, crystal clear stamps from the Lissy Bee Stamps, Bee My Friend, collection.

Also grab your copy of the Elisabeth Bell Creative eBook contains a free digital stamp, a bonus free digital stamp and a simple drawing tutorial (which you can also use as a digi’) to help bless your creative finesse.

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.

 

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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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Whimsy Stamps Video Tutorials

I’m not quite sure how I got on the subscriber list for the newsletter, but I’m glad I did.  I sign up for a lot of things in the process of  getting info for various posts.. just part of the job LOL

But I got my newsletter today  and it has some great stuff in it, including a free image for subscribers AND links to some great video tutorials.  Since I am just starting to hand color, these will be really handy, even if I’m not using the same coloring media.

If you struggle with your coloring, check them out ….  even if you don’t hand color, check them out.  Lots of great project ideas in there too..

Whimsy You tube Channel Videos.

Christmas is coming up fast, check out this Video for

Special guest Andrea shows how to create a custom candle using our Lizzy Love collection Patty’s Party rubber stamp.


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