June Crafty Awesomeness Challenge

Sorry for the delay…

First off a huge big thank you to last months Sponsor, Rick St Dennis and to all of you lovely ladies and gents who entered the May challenge.  There were lots of fab entries again last month.

The winner picked by Random.org was

Congratulations, please email me to claim your prize by June 15th.

June Challenge

The new Crafty Awesomeness challenge for is now active  and ready for more gorgeous projects.  This months the challenge I gave the DT team was to make a shaker card using a Gina Marie Designs Die.  Here are the cards  so far….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The prize for this new Challenge is a $10 gift certificate to Gina Marie Designs for one lucky random winner. If the winner happens to be using a Gina Marie Designs Die,  OR makes a shaker card I will add in a pack of shaker card windows too 🙂

So let’s see all these gorgeous new projects

Rules:

  • Max 3 entries per person
  • No limit on how many challenges you enter project in
  • Must be a colored piece featuring some kind of image, rubber, clear, digital stamps.. hand drawn..whatever. Does NOT have to be a card.
  • No artist restrictions.. but we’d love it if you were using a sponsor image
  • Please watermark your images before linking, but if you choose not to… that is your choice.
  • Project must have been made/posted on your blog within the last 7 days prior to the start date of the challenge.
  • If you do not have a blog, you can still enter… but please do not post  your projects anywhere that requires registration to view, or comment.
  • Most importantly..you must have FUN while you craft…totally unenforcible rule… but heh.
  • **UPDATED – Winners must claim by the 15th of the month.  These posts are shared  on the blog, facebook, google+ and twitter feeds.  Please make sure you are subscribed to at least one of these so you don’t miss your chance to claim.
  • No porn, violence etc … do I really even have to say that ??
  • All submissions will require approval before going live,  if I am awake and at home… that won’t take long usually.  But please be patient as I do have some important family issues going on right now.

 

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! 

Unity Stamps Shaker Game Card

It’s been a while since I made one of these… and I have a few new variations in mind, I just haven’t had time to do them yet. This is one I made for the Unity Stamps Facebook Group challenge which is currently ‘watercolors’. Unity (Show and Tell) using Warm inside

The circular frame is  made using a Gina Marie Designs Die “Mini Heart Lace die set”
These are the 3 inch circular windows, 1/4 inch deep  and the balls are approx 5 mm.  No foam padding needed as they are already deep enough, just fill and glue.. or glue and fill.. depending on what kind of shaker you are making.

Watercoloring was done on  Canson Mix Media 9×12  with Gansai Tambi watercolors & a BrushH2o 

 

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Cricut Window Cling Vinyl Decals

I haven’t played with window cling in YEARS.. but saw that Cricut had some so figured I would have a play with it.  I grabbed a black and what I thought was the  frosted.. but actually turned out to be a white one… oh well.. still cool to play with, I’ll pick up the frosted another time.  I had a quick play with some Bugaboo images to test it out.

Vinyl is not really my thing so I wasn’t too sure of the settings. I did a double pass on  the dot between vinyl and  Iron on on my Explore…. and it  worked pretty good.  It didn’t cut the backing paper and was pretty easy to weed with an exacto.  Some of the  more detailed portions can be tricky, but I just used a rounded point to hold the piece down as I peeled away the excess.  I may rack it up a notch to Iron-on and see if that helps.. but all in all I love how these came out for first attempts. 
I just put these on some spare photo frame glass I had kicking around because it is late and hubby would probably not be amused to wake up and find his car redecorated haha.  I didn’t clean the glass… since it was just test pieces..and I lost his eyes, so he has random spare parts for eyes lol.  I also spotted a stray piece tucked under  the baseball kids shoe after I took the pics, that is easy to remove with a sharp point.

The Stella and Gus “onepersontoannoy” is approx 6×4 inches and the “akv baseball batter” is approx 4×2 inches.  The Bugaboostamps store is transitioning..so no links for these until it’s finished I am afraid.

If you try this idea, be sure to read the TOU ( terms of Use ) for the artist who’s images you use… to make sure that this type of project is allowed.

 



You can buy the Window cling in a bunch of colors from  Cricut.com and it’s also available in a frosted glass effect.






My local Micheals.com carry a few colors of the window cling, usually black, white and frosted.. and online they have red too.

This was not what I actually intended when I bought this cling.. but it’s cool to now I have this option too.


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Cricut March Madness Box . 3 11/15 and …stuff

Are you ready for Box 3? The new box is SUPPLIES…. and we all need those right?

The contents of this box are  going to cost $34.99 and are valued  at $89.91 …. Ok so ..what is in the box.. by all accounts from what I can see.. so guarantees….BUT.. 2 rolls of window cling, 3 rolls of glitter vinyl, a roll of adhesive foil, 3 pearlescent paper sample packs in neutral, pastels and bold colors. All things I don’t have and really would like to play with… hurry up pay day. Quantities are limited so grab it while you can.


Cricut March Mystery Box #3 – Supplies

Free shipping at Cricut with code MYSTERYMARCH

Get $14.99 Flat Rate Shipping to Canada on all orders $50+

10% off + free standard shipping with code LOVECRICUT (EXCLUDES AIR 2 and CRICUT ACCESS)


Have you seen the Cricut Mint Machine Bundle…?  check out that price and all the goodies that come with it.  I am so coveting the new Explore 2… I would love one of these.   If you are totally new to Cricut, which is rare nowadays… but always a possibility..   There are so many cool things you can do with these machines…way beyond what Cricut even show you. Card making, scrapbooking, home decor, kids crafts, personalized clothing, gifts, packaging…… just  the tip of the iceberg.



We had one member on the message board who made all of the signs  for his re-enactment group.

Me.. I bought mine to make custom photo mats then got hooked ..and there is still a tonne of things I haven’t even tried yet.

One of my favorite  things about my Cricut is the aftermarket Adapters I bought,  which sadly are not available for the ONE.. but they are available for the Explore, Explore Air and Air 2 and those are  FANTASTIC. these are pen adapters for the Circut by a company called Chomas Creations and they allow you to expand the range of pens you can use in your Cricut.  For people like me..that is HUGE…it has opened up a whole new world of potential projects that I wouldn’t normally attempt because my handwriting is terrible and my calligraphy skills.. non existent lol.  But not just that..  that means I can draw with so many more pens than before…




One of my favorites and one of the most popular pins on my pinterest page is this.. the powder embossing done on the Explore. Yup.. POWDER EMBOSSING drawn on the Cricut.









This allows me to take  designs and instead of cutting them, I can draw them and emboss them.. LOVE LOVE LOVE this.  There are other embossing pens, including one I made myself.. but these Zig Embossing pens coupled with the Chomas Adapter.. SWEET !!!




















Anyone who is a regular on here knows how much I love my Zip pens.. and  most all of them will work in my Cricut with the adapter… with the exception of the  big chalk pens. But that is ok…. because I can outline on the Cricut then trace over it with my bigger pens when I want to do chalk signs.  Way better than anything I could ever achieve by hand.





And of course.. the ..  how could I not share what is probably my favorite paper to use on the Cricut.. this stuff is AWESOME.



It cuts beautifully, looks and feels amazing and gives a little extra something something to projects.



These projects were done with Black Velvet paper, but it comes in a bunch of other colors.. including white, which I love to print and color digital stamps on.


















Did I mention stencils…  check out this etched glass beer stein I made a couple of years ago using a stencil I made and cut on the Cricut. This was for one of our message board challenges. I  Just cut my stencil from vinyl, slapped it on..slapped on etching cream and voila.. a fun beer mug  🙂

 









…so by now, if you are new to the Cricut….you are probably beginning to realize the Cricut can do a lot more than just use images on cartridges and on Design Space Access…. Yup you can upload your own designs or designs purchased elsewhere. Card templates, toppers, digital stamps.  I’ve  got a confession… I don’t subscribe to Access, I own probably 10 cartridges.. and I use my Cricut to make a lot of cool projects.   So if the price of Access, or the designs not being to your taste is something that was holding you back ..  never fear… this machine still has a lot to offer.

Print and Cut is fantastic, and when the DS3 ( Design Space update) comes out soon… it’s going to be even better.  I for one.. can’t wait.  DS3 has so many cool new features… admittedly there are still some things I would love to have added on…  because I am used to having them in my graphics programs.. but it’s not a big deal to do it externally and then upload them.

Check out some of these fun projects done using Cricut Print and cut…

KennyK Stamps key holder

3D layered Cute As A Button Slate Wall Plaque

 

 

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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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It’s been a crazy month…. update news!

updatesSome of you already know from the Crafting Circle Facebook Page that October was a CraZEEEEE month here  and may have noticed the slow down in posting recently… but thankfully most of that is  taken care of now and aside from the unpacking reorganizing and some maintenance work that needs to be done this month….. I’m back on track and raring to go again.  November will be a crazy month for great deals just in time for Christmas..so I’ll be updating banners and affiliate shopping pages etc. this month and hopefully we’ll find some great deals.

The new Blitsy store page just went up..  I am so excited about this years Blitsy Pyjama Party.  If you haven’t  ever attended one.. you really should try and join in..it’s a lot of fun, lots of great crafters, craft challenges and product info allll night long ..as well as some great Black Friday deals..and of course..THOSE SCISSORS… just one of the great things you can win at the PJ Party and possibly in your order.

I’ll be updating a lot of the affiliate banners, adding in some fab  new vendors too… some are affiliates..some will just be  vendors I really love to shop  at myself.  Be sure to check back throughout the month, or subscribe to the blog for email updates on  new posts etc.

I am cutting back on my DT  projects a bit and will be concentrating more on other avenues … so don’t worry ..there will still be lots of projects.. but more variety and  hopefully some fun new things to try.

I’ll be working on some fun Christmas gift and Decor projects with the lil guy in the next month so  I hope you enjoy those too.  He is 4 and a half now so we are starting to experiment more with new ideas….and of course Art Abandonment projects… we’ll be doing more of those in 2017 too.

For anyone who is interested.. maybe even some fun video spots in the  future..  We don’t do serious..so expect them to be lighthearted and fun….and probably MESSY !! lol

Oh.. and for anyone who is interested .. the shaker card windows / pouches probably won’t be available again till after Christmas.  There is one left on Ebay and I probably won’t be restocking these again on Ebay till the new year. …sooo if you wanted a pack between now and January you can PM me on Facebook and see if I have any available.  I’ve been planning to add some new shapes and sizes in  but  just haven’t had time.. so hopefully those will also be available in the New Year.

Ho Ho Ho..it’s Magic you nose!

Never believe, it’s not so … are you singing along yet ??? LOL

Sorry,  3:30 am  means it’s funny half hour….  that’s when all the crazy happens in this house, luckily I am the only crazy still awake… so I only need to amuse me LOL.

This is my new Crafty Awesomeness Project featuring the fab  Make it Snappy – Reindeer Trio   from Bugaboo Stamps our November Sponosr over at the Crafty Awesomeness Challenge.  It’s a super simple little Christmas card…   a few  die cut letters and some punched snowflakes set off this fun image and contrast with the plain black background.

Colored with Chameleon Pens and a touch of Gelly Roll Stardust and then a dusting of Ranger Distress inks applied with a brush for the  frame and soft background.
ca_bugaboo_nov_wmdChallenges Entered :

classicdesignteamchallenge

asnowflakespromise

unicornchallenge

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New Blog Post Addon -Slow Release Projects

I’m trying something new for this post, it’s a new addon I created for slow release posts. This post will gradually appear over a period of 24 hours and should display in it’s entirety by tomorrow night.  I am assured there are no side effects to this slow release technology.. so it will be interesting to see how effective it is.

This is my Freebie Friday Project for Scrapper’s Delights.  So grab your Freebie Friday Image and come join in on the Scrapper’s Delights Challenges. There are two challenges.. twice the fun and twice the chance to win!!! sd_ff_pixie_wmd

“Pixie Pan” is colored with Chameleon Pens and is the background for my shaker window. the shaker window is filled with tiny black and white dots. Musical Brads, flowers, pearl studs, an ivy cut file and some pink rhinestones surround a matching circular frame and the piece is mounted on a black foam padded base atop a hand striped pink base card.

 

Challenges:

 www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge

brownsugarchallenge.blogspot

alphabetchallengeblog.blogspot

cutitupchallenges.blogspot.com

crafting-with-friends.blogspot

qkrstampede.blogspot

3 inch circle shaker card windows for the iostamping globe

I had a lady inquiring about the shaker card windows I have, she has a die by iostamping that she could no longer buy windows for… well as it turns out, mine fit this die… so if you have a iostamping globe  die lying around unused.. now you can use them again 🙂
globedie
Just thought I would share the information; since it is not a die I own, so it’s not one listed onThe shaker card page as compatible.  Of course if you don’t already own it, you can pick that up too if it’s something you need in your collection.

iostamps snow globe

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