Are you ready for a new Cricut Mystery Box..or TWO !!!

The December Mystery Box is available…. and you can grab yours now as part of the Cricut 12 days of Christmas promotion.  I say Box..  what I really mean is BOXES! Oh Canada…. Oh Canada,… you get your own special  12 Days of December Mystery Box this month.

…. make sure you order the right one!!!

There is apparently a Canadian and a US version available and the difference appears to be in the cartridges.. licensing and all that fun stuff I guess.  From what I can tell  .. all you gals and guys that love foil and glam are gonna love this  new mystery box..LOOK AT THAT ARV  $154.89

Both versions appear to come with 9 rolls of adhesive foil and 2 cartridges… the US one supposedly has one cartridge that is not available in Cricut Access… and Canada get two unavailable  in access cartridges.   Although this may vary ??

“The December Mystery box is full of festive supplies and captivating cartridges.”

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 USA Customers


I know we have a lot of new Cricut owners after the fab Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales who you may not know about the Mystery Boxes yet.  Congratulations on your new machines  .. now be prepared to grab some goodies to go with it.  Every month Cricut release a Mystery Box..and  it is exactly  that…. a mystery.  Well it is till yours arrives, or someone tells you what came in theirs lol.  Trust me ..someone will LOL  … but  then the problem you have is  making sure you grab yours before it’s gone.  These boxes are very popular and the  deep discount ones can fly out the door before you can say YES PLEASE.

They will vary from month to month in both value and contents.  The great thing about being a new Cricut owner is that you are highly unlikely to be getting duplicates you can’t use….  so if you want to build up your cartridge collection, this is a great way to get started.

Even if you get a duplicate… there are groups dedicated to mystery box swaps so  you can alwys find someone who has something you want from a previous  box.

ok… so enough.. go grab your boxes.. make sure you pick the right one.. and be sure to use your extra discount coupons for an even better deal.

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

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 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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Zig Kurecolor Alcohol Markers & Giveaway

It seems to come up a lot lately in some of the cardmaking and coloring groups I am in on Facebook… lots of people are trying out the  Zig Clean Color Markers, but few know about the Zig Kurecolor set.  Since I am a huge fan of the Zig Kurecolor markers I have, I thought I would share this info for anyone who might be interested.

I had been struggling to find a skin tone  that suited my style and budget when I ran across these on the CraftingAbility website. I already had the set of Memory System Markers and loved the tips on those… so when I saw that Zig had alcohol markers with the same  fine tip, I grabbed some to try.

The brush tip on the  Zig Kurecolors isn’t like most brush tips I have tried, it’s a bit fatter, rounder and and not so stiff and I love it.  Add in the fab fine tip and … the fact I finally FINALLY found my color. SOLD !!!!

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I am not a huge fan of pinky/orange faces… it reminds me too much of girls who can’t find the right foundation makeup.  Just personal preference, each to their own.  I picked up 3 pens to try and get a good skin combo and  the one I  absolutely can’t live without … Pale Beige #731.

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Image – KennyK Stamps

Now Zig do two types of Zig Kurecolor….refillables, much like the Copic, Spectrum etc… and one that is not marketed as refillable.. but TOTALLY is and really would be another great selling point if they were marketed as such.  The pens are slimline, so won’t hold as much ink as the ones marketed as refillable.. but they are super quick and easy to fill, so I am not worried about that at all.

No replacement tips for these ones.. since they aren’t marketed as refillable, however that is not to say that the replacement tips wouldn’t work in these, I just haven’t had any to try… but you know I will  give it a shot when I do lol.  But they do come with my two favorite tips and so far, I have had no need to replace them anyway and I am not the most delicate of people when it comes to markers.

Zig seem to have very durable tips that have held up to my scribbling and Cricut Explore perfectly.  They also play nicely with other alcohol markers I have and I am definitely one to mix and match my pens.  So if you have other alcohol pens, but just can’t find the right skintones for your tastes, or feel like you are missing some colors you would like.. or you really just need different tips..check these out.

Me, as soon as I can, I’ll be  buying every single one of them lol.  I just have to decide between the dual tip refillables and these Manga pens I currently have…and really like.

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The Refillable version comes in two versions of dual tip.. the twin and twin ‘s’ .   I believe all Kurecolors come in the entire color range, but don’t quote me on that.

The Twin pens ( twin and twin’s’ ) also have replacement tips which can be purchases in packs of 10.  Please check the details on these as not all tips can be used on both pens .  I’m hoping to get my hands on some of these myself soon to try, and if and when I do… I’ll be sure to let you all know.  One of these, not sure which model yet, will be available on special order for anyone interested..( 10 days or less) I’ll let you all know as soon as they are listed, or you can sign up for their newsletter. Because I’ll be grabbing some myself to play with 🙂

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and then of course there are the refills… 25ml in whatever colors  you need.  If you fall in love with the 731 like I did, I highly recommend you buy these in multiples ..lol I can tell you it’s hell when you run out and have to wait for refills.  I have 3 now and happy as a clam. I am soo not running out of that color again lol. Refills come in single color, or sets ..I believe it’s sets of 10, or 12 to correspond with the pen sets.





The color range is not as vast as Copic, but with 136 pens in the range ( 135 colors and a blender pen),  plus tip blending capabilities….there is more than enough color variety for most peoples needs …and budgets.   I just got my mits on a set of the Hair and muted tones manga pens… so  expect to see projects  and a review of those soon too.


I think I read somewhere that these inks are also suitable for paint guns.. so I’ll be giving that a shot too. I know my other alcohol inks worked in it.
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Ok and now for the fun part…. CraftingAbility.com have very kindly supplied a 12 pack set of the Manga skintone colors for one of you lucky peoples!

The set contains the following colors:

Pale Beige, Vanilla, Ivory, Champagne, Light Bisque, Rose Beige, Flesh Colour, English Rose, Blush, Pale Blush, Pink Haze and Porcelain.

You can enter  here by commenting on this post and telling me why you would like to try these. One random lucky person will get their hands on this 12 pack set.



US Only ( shipping costs again.. sorry)
Ends June 30th, 2016  –  winner will be drawn and announced July 1st.
Winner will be contacted at email used when commenting, be sure to use an email you check. You will need to respond from that email to claim 🙂

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New Shaker Card Giveaway – ends May 11th

Ok ladies.. it’s time for another shaker card giveaway.

Here’s your chance to pickup a 10 pack of 3 inch round, 1/4 inch high shaker card windows and a bonus pack of balls…. yes balls.  You will need those to try out the fab Shaker Window Game Cards I have posted in the past.  These Game cards are great for adults and kids alike…

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card_challenge_LaundryThere are a bunch of older posts on the blog for anyone who wants  more details and examples using these shaker window search results

All you have to do  to be in with a chance to snag a 10 pack of windows and the balls…is ….

1) Live in the US ( shipping costs ..sorry ) …. and ….

2) Leave a comment describing what project you plan to do with these if you are picked as the lucky one to snag them…. let’s share some fun ideas and inspirations 🙂

Giveaway ends May 11, 2016  .. one name will be selected randomly with the nifty random.org widget and their name will be posted on the blog May 12th and they will have 48 hours to claim it.

Winner will also be contacted at the email they provided when commenting..so please be sure to use the same one when claiming and use an email account you check regularly.  If you sign up with a bogus email… you won’t be able to verify you are the rightful winner… so just be warned LOL.

It is not unheard of for people to claim other peoples prizes…

Gina Marie Dies giveaways – 5 days left to enter

These giveaways end on March 31st .. so  be sure to leave your comments before then 🙂

…and if you like making shaker cards, be sure to check out the shaker card window giveaway for shaker card windows that runs until April 15th.

Giveaways are open to US  only.. sorry guys 🙂
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Ziggyboard Challenge – Chalkboard Vinyl kits

Logo_r_seyZiggyboard chalkboard vinyl comes in a variety of  formats, precut labels and 12×12 sheets for use on die cutting machines like Cricut, Silhouette, and other popular brands. The vinyl can also be cut with scissors, punches, die cutters, paper cutters, and other crafting tools.

According to the product page, it is good for indoor and outdoor use too.

We were thrilled to receive 3 review kits from Ziggyboards.com, which is part of the ImageAbility, Inc. family. I know this matters to some people too… All Ziggyboard sticker products are made in the United States.

There are allsorts of cool products in this line beyond the kit we got.  This one in particular caught my eye  Magnetic adhesive ziggyboard  and is going on my Christmas list to Santa. This would be awesome for organizing all of my metal dies.  I live in an apartment, so finding good storage solutions for all of our crafting stuff….well let’s just say it’s a challenge all in it’s own lol.

Talking of challenges….

Myself and 2 of our veteran message board members, NanaDonna and Deescraps all received a kit that contained:

 

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(20)  12×12 inch sheets of matte black adhesive blackboard  vinyl.

 

 

 

 

 

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A  silver fine chalk pen

A fine tip white chalk marker

 

 

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A multi pack  of precut blackboard vinyl adhesive labels.

 

 

 

 

 

Now for the fun and games, as part of our review we decided we’d have a little fun with this project.  We agreed upon a mini challenge…. so our challenge is to make 3 gift items. Christmas is coming and  this is a great product to use with, or without kids.  But if you have kids, there are so many cool things they can make for friends, or grandparents etc.

We’ll each be doing our own separate projects and reviews too, but we figured a mini challenge would be a fun way to test the kits and do something practical and fun at the same time.  I’m really looking forward to seeing what the ladies come up with for the challenge ….and for their individual projects.

This is something I have never used before and it looks like something me and the lil man can have a lot of fun with together.  I love that my lil guy likes to craft, so anytime we can work on projects together is cool.  He is 3 and a half and at that perfect age where  he has no inhibitions about what goes where, or being bound by conventional ideas.. he’s a hoot to craft with!

I’ve already started on a couple of  the challenge projects, one is for the lil man and one is for hubby and me.  I haven’t quite decided on the 3rd yet….and even though I am making these for us, they would make really cool personalized gifts too.

There are so many cool projects on pinterest…. if you haven’t tried this adhesive blackboard vinyl yet, go check it out.

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Cricut Machine.com Cricut Mat Sale 35% discount

Cricut Mats are on sale and there is a no minimum Free shipping Offer too ….use code OCT15 ** apparently this is only working with Credit Card Payments, Paypal is failing to  process the code… and this Free shipping offer is for  US residents only.

They also have some retired cartridges available in their “hard to find” section, including:

50 STATES CRICUT CARTRIDGE

CHRISTMAS CARDS CRICUT CARTRIDGE

ORNAMENTAL IRON CRICUT CARTRIDGE

 

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