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I would classify myself as an artist. It took me a while to finally accept that monicker, but that's what I am; AN ARTIST!!! I have a wonderful hubs that supports my "talents" in most all avenues, except maybe when the credit card bill comes in the mail...LOL And I have 4 great kids and 5 beautiful grandchildren that I love to pieces. Come on by and sit a spell and "STAMP 'TIL YA CRAMP!!! & "CROP 'TIL YA DROP!!!"

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Exploring my signature

I saw a lot of people were decorating their Cricut Explores.
I waited and looked at a lot of different designs and just could not come up
 with anything that suited me personally. 

If you know me....I not only 'think' outside of the box......
I create the box to think outside of....

I wanted to give it a name...but the best name for it was mine......CRYSTAL.
I like to think that I'm as smart as this machine/program.
So what better name than my own.

Here she is.........
wearing her infamous glasses.
I use a large sharpie and signed my signature on a piece of paper and then scanned it.
Uploaded it into Inkscape and created a SVG to upload into Design Space. 

Then I started creating my design.

The eyes are from Photo Booth Props and glasses are from Bits and Pieces cart.

The glue pen is from Cricut Everyday cart. 

Of course I altered all of the images to suit me. 
(outside of the box theory).
AND cut it all out of vinyl and adhered it to the top. 

I'm wanting to see a lot more signatures on you own personal Cricut machines. 
EXPLORE your own personality and let it shine!!!!

Until later, fellow Explorers..........Gotta split........TFL!!!!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Whooo's EXPLORING with Spectrum Noir markers???

After visiting the Scrapbook Expo last year in Duluth, GA. 
 I was really intrigued with the outline stickers that you can 
purchase to place on microfine glitter paper and then color with alcohol markers. 

I decided I could try to make my own.  They actually sold the sheets that you applied the microfine glitter to....to create more glitter sheets.  That was the easy part.  
I had some Stick 'n Hold for Crafts sheets.  Its a paper that has the adhesive in between two release paper.  I peeled off one side and applied it to some white card stock.  

Then I peeled off the other release paper to reveal the adhesive,  I applied diamond color microfine glitter to the adhesive rubbing it in really well with my fingertips.
Use a lot of pressure to flatten out the glitter and push it into the adhesive. 

Shake off excess and you have your base glitter sheet. 

Now, the stickers that they had were just outlines of  various images. 
 Nothing really that appealed to me personally,  
How was I going to create some fine line detail and then actually stick it on the glitter paper???

My Cricut Explore!!!!!!  
I found a free coloring page online and downloaded to my computer.  It happened to be a .png. 
I opened Design Space and uploaded it and then added it to my mat. 
Cleaned up all the negative spaces and then cut it using black card
stock.  Be vary careful removing it from the mat.....its fragile.

I used my 5" Xyron sticker maker to add the sticky on the back and 
I had an outline sticker.

So far, so good!!!!!

I used a small wallpaper seam roller to make sure that it was adhered really well to the glitter paper and then pulled out my Spectrum Noir markers and went to town coloring. 
Now, don't freak out if you get some specks of glitter on your marker.
I just took a paper town and wiped them right off.

It looks just like the product I was drooling over at the Scrapbook Expo.
Look how thin those black card stock lines are.

Why not buy it while I was there?  Well,  I knew I had the adhesive sheets already and microfine glitter is so readily available.  I knew I could create the sheets at home.  The stickers were the issue, but that is solved now.  I can create ANY image I wish with my Explore.

Until later, fellow coloring explorers.......Gotta split color......TFL!!!!!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

OH my goodness.....
I just received the email that I passed the test to become
 an Accredited Alcohol Marker Colorist 
w/ Spectrum Noir. 


I can't contain my excitement!!!!!

There will be lots of coloring in my near future!!!!

Until later, colorists..........Gotta split color........TFL!!!!!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Hubs RED card

I recently received some Spectrum Noir markers as a gift and 
it was love at first mark. 


So, of course,  I had to go buy all of the sets (6 pack) to complete my set.
Now, all the 24 pack marker sets are on my wish list.  
You hear that hubs........that would make a great 
Valentine's giftie for me!!!(teehee)

Below is a card I created for the challenge at Spectrum Noir blog.
This months challenge is RED.

I colored the truck image (from a retired Stampin' Up! set). 
I used DR5 & DR7 for the truck.  IG8 & True Black for the tires.
TB1 for the window highlight. 
PP3 & PP5 for the 'load' of hearts.

I hope he 'loves' it!!!!

Until later,  colorists.....Gotta split drive........TFL!!!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Exploring the EXPLORE

I was having a small issue trying to create the 'knock out test' for 
an image I wanted to put on my Explore with vinyl. 

Below the video will explain my dilemma and the solution.

Here is the final result.
I love how it turned out. 

The colors of vinyl I used are a metallic bronze and yellow.

You can get the vinyl from Expressions vinyl.  Look on the sidebar ----->
for the link to their website. 

It looks way more impressive IRL!!!

Until later, explorers............Gotta split......TFL!!!!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Hello You....yeah YOU!!!!

Stampin' Up! has two NEW catalogs
 coming out soooooon!!!!
Keep your eyes open for them.

Can I get a WOOP WOOP!!!!

 Lots of dimension!!! See below to see how I did it.

Card deets:
Whisper white card stock
Blushing bride card stock
"Painted Petals" stamp set (In new catty)
"Hello you" thinlits (In new catty)
Smoky Slate ink pad

I cut the words "hello" & "you" 3 times each out of Blushing Bride card stock
and then glued two together using multipurpose liquid glue 
(which gives you a little play time in order to get them lined up perfectly). 
Let that layer dry for just a small amount of time and then add the third layer the same way. It makes an instant chip board look.  

Using the larger flower from the stamp set on the bottom of the whisper white piece and then using smaller flowers worked my way up to the top by second stamping to remove 
some of the ink to create a lighter look.
I masked off the smaller stamp of 3 tiny flowers to have just one showing and I stamped it just above the end of 'hello' then I added a basic pearl.

Check back later for details on when the new catalogs will be out.
Its withing the next week. 
If you want to order one from me....you can click on the 
pretty pink wheelbarrow over there ------>>>
and it will take you to my website so you can order both of them. 

Until later, youzzzz.....Gotta split......TFL!!!!

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Charlie Brown Christmas

I love my Explore and all my Cricut machines and products.  
I get so excited when I get time to play in my studio. 

The year 2015 will be a year of more playing!!!!

I wanted to share our mantle for this year.....

It was a winner.....according to my 5 grandbabies (aged 2 yrs to 12yrs).  
They all loved it!!!
They knew immediately that it was Charlie Brown themed. 

I created most of the items with my Explore. (teehee)
I painted a sign from a stencil I created using stencil material. 
 Vinyl lettering on Lucy's booth.
Paper wrap on the candles.  Piano and music notes 
(which I attached using a strip of acetate) for Schroeders piano. 
Skates are paper also. 
 I purchased a football dog toy. 
I ventured out in the woods and cut down a pine sapling to create the tree.  
Snoopy's house is a birdhouse I painted and bought the miniature lights from the doll house section of Hobby Lobby. 
Woodstock's house was a miniature wooden decor piece. 

Hope you enjoyed seeing it at much as my grands did.

Now.....I need to figure out how to create a Leg Lamp for next year.....!!!!

Until later, Chucks.......Gotta split.......TFL!!!!