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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Kickin Off Christmas Blog Hop Day #2!!!

If you are back for day #2 of the Kickin Off Christmas blog hop, you are going to be one happy camper!!!  But sorry, you will have to read this post first and I'll post why at the very end, or somewhere in the middle, just somewhere on this post hehe!  And don't forget to read the post below this one from Day #1 of the blog hop if you haven't already for a chance to win the Chomas Creations micro Sharpie holder and a black micro Sharpie!
A lot of the blogs from the Kickin Off Christmas blog hop have new posts for day #2, so keep on hoppin!
Don't forget to post on each blog for more chances to win a Custom Crops $25 gift voucher to their store! 
Once again let's start with some inspiration!
Every year I have a tradition of getting a photo in front of the tree with all 4 of my kids!  And while it may not be perfect, and it is hard to get everyone to cooperate, and can get a bit stressful, it is worth it to see them chance through the years!
I started this page by designing the border in Design Studio with Winter Frolic and embossing that design on Ten Second Studio's metal sheets (colored side down) with the Chomas Creations embossing kit.  I then flipped the border over and sanded the debossed (raised) side of the image with a burnishing block.  This takes the color off the raised surface and leaves just the silver from underneath so it really POPS!

Next I cut out the title from Design Studio and layered that in a circle and added some Stickles to some of the letters.

The trees are designed with George in Design Studio to match the trees in my border, then I added Stickles to those as well.

Here is the completed page with me and my little angels! 

I also wanted to add a card with the all new, available for pre-order Chomas Creations ENGRAVING tip!  I've had a lot of questions on what the difference is between the engraving and embossing tip, so I figured I would answer that here!  You can also find more information on the engraving tip here... Chomas Creations engraving tip
The EMBOSSING tip is an aluminum tip that works with an embossing mat on paper, vellum, and metal sheets to emboss an image.  The tip is rounded to give the embossed look.
The ENGRAVING tip is an aluminum holder with a carbide tip.  The carbide is an extremely hard metal, and it is ground to a sharp tip so that you can engrave, or etch on different surfaces such as hard or soft metal, clear cardstock, acrylic, and I've even engraved on Core'dinations cardstock. 
Now here is the card I did!  I thought wouldn't it be cool to engrave a snow scene onto the front of a clear cardstock card, but I couldn't find a snow scene I liked to work with.  So I made my own in Make-the-Cut!  I did have some tree doodlebats, but still no hill.  So out came my Wacom tablet, and I drew my own hill and added the little trees to it!   Then I put the engraving tip in the Cricut, and set the pressure to max, and using multi-cut 2, I engraved (etched) the winter scene. 
The title is from Winter Frolic, and the papers are all Echo Park.

You should see these etched cards in person!!!
Now if you have read this far, you may just remember that I said I was going to do a give away somewhere on the blog, and here it is!!  If you came back for day #2 of the hop, leave a comment on what you think of the new engraving tip, and if you could think of another surface you would like to see it engrave on! 
One lucky person will be picked to win a Chomas Creations embossing kit!  This includes the mat and embossing tip!  And if you want to order before you know if you have won to be able to get the awesome sale, go ahead, and if you are chosen I will refund the cost of the embossing kit! 
Remember to leave contact info for me, and only one entry per person!  I will use a random number generator to pick a winner!
Don't forget today is the last day of the HUGE pre-Black Friday sale, pricing is as follow and end tonight at midnight!  And all prices INCLUDE shipping!
Mini gel pen holder with 10 pack of mini gel pens just $24

Mini gel pen holder with all 20 mini gel pens $27
Mini gel pen holder or mini Sharpie holder $19
Or both the mini gel pen & mini Sharpie holder for $37
Micro Sharpie holder (in silver) $18 and includes black micro Sharpie
Embossing kit (mat and tip) $30
Embossing tip (no mat) $18
Extra embossing mat $14
10 pack mini gel pens $5.50 or all 20 mini gel pens for $11
Also for all the Silhouette or Silhouette SD users, I didn't leave you out!
The mini gel pen & mini Sharpie holders are on sale for $19 each, or both for $37! And the mini gel pens also fit in the mini gel pen holder and those are on sale as well!

And here is the list of blogs for the hop, you may want to just do it all over again as there will be more new posts on the hop!  Next stop on the hop... Amber Holden: Staying Crafty

Amy Chomas: Amy Chomas (YOU ARE HERE)

Amber Holden: Staying Crafty

Donna Mundinger: Popsicle Toes

iCopic: iCopic

Maria McGuire: Believe Dream Create

Stephanie: SeaSteph's Creations

Penny Duncan:  Penny Duncan Creations

Susan Edwards: Busy with the Cricky

Linda: Cards by Linda

Jin Yong: Under A Cherry Tree

Calypso: Calypso Candy Craft

Dana Ansell: SVG-MTC files

Lori: Inking Yours

Samantha : Scrapmaster's Paradise

Like what you see? Leave a comment to let me know!


Barb A. said...

Beeeeeeeautiful etched cards. Thanks for sharing your talents.

Debbie said...

Love the etched layout. The engraving tip is awesome ! I am wondering if you could use it on Coordinations Cardstock?

SherriC. said...

Wow Amy, the engraving tip is amazing,it will be soooo fun to use!!!! I would love to see it with the co'ordinations cardstock....Thanks for the chance to win!!!
brodiec88 at hotmail dot com

bartlettpair said...

So lovely!! Beautiful job Amy!!! I was thinking that I could try te engraving tip on the and coredinations plastic. Be blessed!

Scrappinbutterfly said...

I love the layout. I don't really know what else you might engrave but I'm sure someone else will come along with bunches of ideas. Thanks for the awesome give away.
DianainNM MTC forum

Kris in Alaska said...

Etching cards??? Now you've got me intrigued! I had to click on your photos to see it close up and I LOVE it!! When can we see what you did with the Coredinations cardstock??? Please?? I'd love to win an embossing kit too! Such fun!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Julie said...

That is so cool, i just love your creations!

Charisma3103 said...

Wow what gorgeous cards and project so very pretty


Theresa said...

Your card is gorgeous.I really am going to have to order that tip!

1CardCreator said...

Wow, I love your LO and the card! The embossing kit and gel pens look awesome! ~Diane

Jennifer said...

It would be great for metal..something a little different then the embosing kit...which I do not have either..try to save my pay pal money to get it...now I will have to choose between the two!!Happy Thanksgiving...wooodsjen99@hotmail.com

ladybugstamper said...

This is an awesome product. I wonder if it would work on thin plastic/acrylic to give the etched glass effect?


Anonymous said...

That is so beautiful! Oh I want the embossing tip and the engraver!


DonnaMundinger said...

WooHoo Amy! Another fab product! Love the look on the clear card stock. Would probably try it on old Cricut and Cuttlebug packaging too. (Love to recycle!) xxD

corrie71 said...

Love the card.

Might sound strange but could you use the tip to "engrave" a pattern on icing using the cake machine?

Stephanie said...

Love both projects. Especially the etched card. Would love to try it.

Renee said...

Wow! Cool card. And what a neat idea. I must say I am stumpped by what you could engrave on with your cricut besides metal or glasas. Hey what about that thin balsa wood? Or is that stuff too thick? TFS! Can't wait to see what else you come up with.

Heather said...

Great LO!
ra6352 (at) gmail (dot) com

Breanne said...

Cool etching. It sounded neat just couldn't image it, so wonderful of an example love the snow scene. Just perfect for this time of year.

Cherylann's "Outta-My-Mind " said...

Adorable, the embossing just makes it pop. What a beautiful picture.
Cherylann (prinkles)

Sharry said...

Great engraving tips, thanks for sharing

Tabitha said...
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Tabitha said...

Love your green metal etching. Reminds me of art class in high school when we did that with a pointed stick on the metal. I would love to see more engraving on the Coredination's cardstock, with the raised parts sanded off. I love that paper. Thanks for a great hop and wonderful giveaways. You always have such wonderful ideas. Thanks for sharing and have a great Thanksgiving.
tabitha4cm at yahoo dot com

Bram_fam said...

WOW Amy! What a great card! I've been really trying to hold off on ordering any of the tips but you keep making more! I think I'm finally going to have to give in and at least get the first 2.

silvia said...

Oh My!!! Fabulous page and card!!

Amy said...

Love the look that the engraving tip makes on the clear cardstock. It's awesome! AS for another engraving surface, what about that thin wood that's like paper? engraved and inked would be uh-mazing I think! Thanks for the chance to win!

Josie0602 said...

Your layout is fabulous! I love it! The engraving tip sounds wonderful and although I cant come up with something to engrave that you havent already tried, I love seeing what you do with them!

jtg0398@sbcglobal dot net

joeygirl86 said...

OMG I looove this! Your lo is beautiful!! The embossing makes such a difference and your card is perfect! I love the trees! Great job ;)

Anonymous said...

Nice idea with the engaving tip. Does it need a different may?

I think you should try using metal tpae for engraving and it would already be self=adhesive.
neldacnm at yahoo dot com

Bobbi said...

That layout is adorable. I cannot get my kids to sit still long enough to get a good one in. I love the engraving on the card. I think it would work great on clay as well.

grier59 said...

I think I would like to try the embossing tip on foam sheets from Michaels. I think you could make some nice textured xmas ornaments .


susies1955 said...

The engraving tip is too cool. I don't know what else it can engrave on ...... maybe aluminum foils. :)
I'm a newby.......can't ya tell?

3Griffs said...

Love the engraving tip! I would use thin metal to engrave military dog tag embellishments, pet tags embellishments, etc.

Anonymous said...

Love the engraving tip. Now I'll have to start keeping an eye out for things I can engrave.
joelle _ j at rocketmail dot com

Anonymous said...

The engraving is amazing...I am not sure what else, besides trying the co'ordinations paper you could use it on, but I'm sure you will come up with some amazing ideas from your visitors.

simplybren said...

Love the layout and the card. Think the engraving tip is going to be a must have. Not sure what else to use it on but can't wait to give it a shot on acrylic.
simplybren at hotmail dot com

motherto3girls said...

Love the new engraving tool. What a great project and I also love your Christmas card. What great work.

You can find me at SJ or smsparkin {at} hotmail {dot} come

Dawn said...

Great cards and great ideas. As for other materials to engrave, what about shrinky dink plastic (before shrinking)then ink and shrink or as another said small metal charms to be used for embellishments or even jewelry.

Ola said...

We always take our picture in front of the tree... it always amazes me how much the boys change after one year!

Your cards are so gorgeous... I'm so amazed by the the engraving tip, I would love to try this out!

Thank you so much for sharing!!!

okj83 at live dot com

Annel said...

Oh Amy I would love to win my sis has the kit and she loves it. I love the photo of you and the kids.
I don't know what I would use it on but I would try lots of things.

Melissa said...

All I can say is "WOW" Amy! I was so taken with your LO and the engraving on the metal and then I scroll down to the acrylic card!

Where do you get the metal that you use in your projects? Do you sell that as well?

craftaholic said...

Love the etched card and I think the core-d-nation Paper would be a cool use with the etching! Tfs and Thanks for the chance!!

CathyinMN said...

Love the LO and the card! It would be cool to engrave glass, but I don't know that it would be possible with the Cricut.

Vanessa said...

Okay I am so excited. So just to clarify your saying with the embossing tool you can emboss any cricut cut??? Oh man that is awesome. I'm going to have to add this to my wish list for after christmas. Tfs, Vanessa at sumnne at yahoo.com

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GabyCreates.com said...

Beautiful work! I need the whole set for Cricut/Pazzles and Silhouette (yes, I have them all)!!
I wonder if it works on aluminum foil?

St. Petersburg Cricut CutUp (Veronika) said...

What a great job...love the engraving! Still not brave enough to try something like that.

n8tvtexan said...

oh WOW! That engraving tip is cool. Yet another item to add to my MUST HAVE list! LOVE the hills and trees on your card.

tzigane said...

love that etched card! so beautiful!

HeatherC said...

What a fun thing to use. Very cool.

lamerlisa@hotmail.com said...

wow very pretty!

thanks for the great blog. hop!


Penny said...

Very nice etching. Love the page layout.

Cindy Cade said...

Fun fun fun! I love adding texture to my creations. How will the engraving tool do on pop can aluminum???

Lesley from WI said...

Great projects. The LO is so cute!

Sheri said...

Love the cards.

Sheri said...

Love the card and the engraving.

Anna said...

Beautiful card, layout and picture. Thanks for the chance to win.
annadowdy at gmail dot com

Catherine said...

Wow! Just love these etched cards! Beautiful effect and it just makes the cards pop!

ottersln said...

This is a WOW card! Thanks for all the tips.

PattiG said...

I just got into the Coordinations paper so would love to see that.

Renee said...

OK I've been stalking your blog for what feels like forever and I just pulled the trigger and bought everythng! Still crossing my fingers that I win, but if not Santa is going to have lots of fun stuff to put in my stocking. Thanks for all the inspiration!


Loved the cards! Will you be able to engrave on brass? Will it engrave on the soda cans or is that to thin?

Can't wait to see more of the engraving!


Lynn said...

I love the embossing you did on the card. I'm sure it will work on metal and I think it will look great on it. TFS

Rissa said...

The etching on clear cardstock is sooo gorgeous!

Brianna said...

I love how detailed you were on this post. I use MTC software too, so it's nice to read of other cricut users who have found such a great resource. I can't wait to try the engraving and embossing tips on my machine!