A “Clearly Cool” Blog Hop with Creative Cuts and More!

Don’t you just love the monthly bl0g hops with Creative Cuts and More? I love to see what the rest of the Design Team Divas have in store, and it’s fun to win prizes along the way! If you have jumped into the blog hop here be sure to start at the beginning by visiting the Die Cut Diva blog. This month’s theme is acetate (clear plastic), it is one of the trendiest products around and you can get nearly all of the die-cuts that are available at CC&M cut with this stuff (I’m talking hundreds folks!) Here is what I made with die cut acetate:

Die cuts: Creative Cuts and More, Ink: Ranger, Stamp: Inkadinkado, font: DB boho Frames (lettering delights/scrapnfont), jewels: Doodlebug

Die cuts: Creative Cuts and More, Ink: Ranger, Stamp: Inkadinkado, font: DB Boho Frames (lettering delights/scrapnfont), jewels: Doodlebug

We are not talking flimsy transparencies here, Creative Cuts and More offers various thicknesses of acetate such as a medium thickness perfect for these Purse bags:

Cute acetate bags from Creative cuts and more, they come clear, I colored these with Alcohol ink ;)

Cute acetate bags from Creative cuts and more, they come clear, I colored these with Alcohol ink ;)

Here is a closer look:

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To color the bags I used Ranger Alcohol ink (this stuff should be a staple in every craft room!) to dab color to the inside of the acetate bags before assembling. Tip: Instead of buying an ink applicator and felts I made my own by taking a small wooden block (you can get a pack of small wooden child’s alphabet blocks from the dollar store or snag one from your kids toy box ;) and then I glued Velcro (the rough hook side) to the 4 flat sides of the block.  I bought white felt at the craft sore when it was 10/$1 and cut it into 1″  squares and they will stick to the Velcro block and you can have 4 colors going at once and your fingers stay clean holding onto the remaining 2 sides!

Hook 3 stars together to make a cute wall hanging!

Hook 3 stars together to make a cute wall hanging!

I also used alcohol ink on the wall hanging. I used 2 sizes of star die cuts and punched holes with my crop-a-Dial before adding eyelets and fiber to hook them together. Tip: Use the larger sewing eyelets that come in two parts and the back side of the project was look just as good as the front. They are called 1/8″ eyelets but they are larger than the scrapbook ones, they fit the hole made with the larger punch on the Crop a dial perfectly.

I printed the frame on an inkjet transparency, you can use regular dye based markers and ink on them, for regulare acetate and trancepariencies try solvent inks and markers!

I printed the frame on an ink-jet transparency, you can use regular dye based markers and ink on them, for regular acetate and transparencies try solvent inks and markers!

The pretty clear transparency frames featured on these projects I made by printing on an ink-jet transparency right on my home printer. I used the font DB boho frames and DB Boho Banners. The Believe stamp is by inkadinkado and I stamped with regular dye based ink (stampin up) on the transparency. Tip: If you want to stamp on regular acetate or a regular transparency use Solvent ink such as Staz-On or plain old acrylic paint. I used my famous “hot glue dew drops” (another great used for alcohol ink!) to embellish these pieces as well as some Doodlebug adhesive jewels. Ready to shop? Here is a coupon for 16% off over at Creative Cuts and More: acetatebloghop0809.

Ready for more clear creations? Then hop over to Stephany’s blog to see her awesome acetate!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

2 New Cards {2sketches4you}

Happy Friday folks! I got a chance to play with the sketches from 2sketches4you and here are the cards I came up with:

Paper: MME, DCWV, Digi-stamp" Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Rubber Stamp: SU!, Lables: Scrapnfont, die cuts: Cricut, Ribbon Dollar Tree

Paper: MME, DCWV, Digi-stamp" Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Rubber Stamp: SU!, Lables: Scrapnfont, die cuts: Cricut, Ribbon Dollar Tree

I used Laura’s Sketch 30 as well as the versatile bonus sketch. I printed the cupcake digital stamp on yellow cardstock and colored them with prismacolor pencils (see yesterdays post for a tutorial) then trimmed it and adhered it with foam tape. On the other card I cut a flourish with my cricut but I didn’t like the color so I flipped the paper over and inked it with whispers vanilla ink then I added one of my crocheted flowers, a ribbon and a stamped sentiment.

This card was made with Laura's Sketch #30

This card was made with Laura's Sketch #30

This card was done with Kim's bonus sketch.

This card was done with Kim's bonus sketch.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Good deals on paper and fonts!

Just a quick post tonight (LOST is on in 15 minutes and a girl has her priorities!) but I will have a super cool project for you tomorrow. I wanted to pop in and tell you that the SIStv Boutique is having a huge sale on their paper, the stuff regularly .75 cents is 25 cents! Hambly overlays are a buck and their speciality paper is on sale too! There is some very cute Cosmo Cricket paper I may have to get! Sistv also has cool scrapbook shows that you can watch for free (new episodes this week yay!) and a few digital freebies to grab as well. Check them out here. As for the fonts I am a huge fan of the doodlebats by Lettering Delights ans they are having a sale over at scrapnfonts until next Tuesday. The doodlebats are great for cutting on the cricut if you have SCAL software or just printing to use like rubber stamps. I purchased DB Ladybird Notes, DBjournal Flourishes, DB Artsy, and DB flower Power. That adds to my large collection of doodlebatfonts! Sign up for the newsletter too so you can find out about sales and when they have freebies. It’s LOST time folks, see you tomorrow and happy crafting!

Customize it with your Cricut!

My husband and I were in Target the other night looking for lamps for our 4 year old daughters. We found black metal clip one ones for $10. They’re sturdy so we wont have to worry about them knocking them over and braking them but man were they dull looking! No fear, a little self adhesive vinyl (that I scored for free at my local sign shop) and my Cricut and we fixed that! I used my Sure cuts a lot software (that lets me cut any font on my computer!) and the fort DB Animal Occasion from scrapnfonts.com (on sale now for $1.50)! The Cricut Cart Zoobaloo has cute animals on it too that would work and lots of places have them on sale right now! (see end of post for sales!)

stickers made with Cricut, SCAL software and DB animal Occacion font

stickers made with Cricut, SCAL software and DB animal Occacion font

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The flower fonit is DB Pretty Patals from scrapnfonts.com

The flower font is DB Pretty Petals from scrapnfonts.com

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This project is easy. Stick the vinyl (with the backing on) to the mat and set your pressure to 3 and cut like you would anything else. Remove the vinyl around the cuts you have made then you can peel and stick but if your design is intricate stick a piece of clear contact paper over the sticker and rub over it firmly so when you peel up the contact paper the sticker comes up as well then press the contact paper (with the sticker attached) to the lamp and rub over it and peel of the contact paper and the sticker should stay on the lamp. Try it, it’s easy! This is a great way to position vinyl on walls too plus the contact paper is way cheaper than the Cricut Transfer tape (and it works like a dream!) You can by vinyl made for the Cricut but for this project it is nice to have bits of several colors so ask your local sign shop if you can have their vinyl scraps…they will probably gladly give them to you!

I’ve seen some good sales on Cricut cartridges lately:

Customcrops.com most on sale for $29 til midnight tonight (usually $40)

AC Moore $39 in store this week

Micheal’s Thanksgiving day 6-9pm $29 in store

Please leave a comment if you know other places that are having sales, I’ll be skipping the sales due to my spending diet and that I am completely fulfilled buy what I can cut using SCAL!

Till next time happy crafting!

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