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Monday, November 26, 2018

Chomas Creations adjustable holder for the Maker

I needed a cute card for my mom's birthday and I think this turned out just that way! I used the Chomas Creations adjustable marker holder for the Maker with my favorite white gel pen, the
This was a free design from Cricut Design Space and all set to draw and cut.  Happy Birthday Explosion Card
Notice how I moved the rings to the side of where the pen was drawing to avoid smears.  Want to try anything you have seen in the Chomas Creations store?  Use the coupon code november18 at checkout to save 10% off your order!  www.amychomas.com

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Happy birthday card with Chomas Creations adjustable marker holder

Sometimes we need super simple when it comes to projects and that is what this is.  Of course you could jazz it up with a ribbon or some craft goodies but I like the way this looks right now.  Read till the end for a Chomas Creations coupon code!
Both of these products are in my store!  I used my favorite white pen to do this project called the Uniball Signo and it fits in the Chomas Creations adjustable marker holder.  

Now a little hint on fonts and getting this to work in your Cricut Maker.  Notice I have 2 fonts here.  The top one is an open type font.  It will cut or draw exactly like you see it.  It will NOT fill in.  The birthday is a single line font, and will also draw like you see it. This was actually a file in the Cricut store.  You can find fonts called skinny fonts or journaling fonts that will look close to single line as well on most font sites.
Now for the attach feature.  If you have not had a lot of experience with the Cricut software, it tries to put every single thing you put on the mat in the upper left hand corner.  You have to work around this.  What I have done here is created a rectangle.  You then need to select everything shown, right click on it, and click on attach.  Make sure the writing is set to write.  Also notice that I didn't want to cut this so while the rectangle is set to cut, I did not put the blade in. This was a refolded card.  You could always cut your own too.  Also notice I do not have the rectangle exactly in the corner but out to the first set of lines.  That is because that is where the machine always starts and if I had it all the way in the corner it would move my design out to that spot.  
To adjust the height of the pen in the machine I use a popsicle stick. One will come with your adjustable marker holder. I do this after the mat is already in the machine.

I did move all the rollers over, which is easy to do, so that they did not smear the white ink. 

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Monday, November 05, 2018

Embossing metal sheets with the Cricut Maker & Explore

Did you know with a stylus in the Chomas Creations adjustable pen holder and a Chomas Creations embossing mat you can emboss on thin metal sheets?  Oh yes you heard that right!  I got this design in the Cricut Design Space store.  They have some that are perfect for embossing, or what they are made for, writing.  Keep in mind no design you pick is going to fill in. This set up will also work for the entire line of Explore machines.

Here is a video so you can see it in action!

Here is the set up in the Maker, which will also work in the entire line of Explore machines.  I added the embossing mat to my existing Cricut mat.  This was a brand new mat, if you have an old one handy you can always clean it but may need to add more sticky to the mat.
Its easy to get the piece of metal to stick, just add a bit of adhesive in each corner.  Notice I didn't use much.

Make sure you flip your design in Design Space if it includes a font like this design did.
I used a piece of Scotch Brite to do a light sanding and really make the design pop.

Be careful as the edges of this can be sharp.  I did fold them over for this design.  

Here is a closer look at the tool in the machine.  Notice it is on the left side in the Chomas Creations adjustable pen holder.  I did select write so that it would use the tool on the left side.  Notice the engraver is on the right side.  I did not use it in this design but I needed the clamp to close.

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Friday, November 02, 2018

Are you ready for some football with the Chomas Creations adjustable holders

Football fun!  One of the hardest things for me to find is sports paper that I like.  So I make my own!
I drew the football background with the Chomas Creations adjustable marker holder and the white Signo Uniball gel pen. The design was a Studio download.  With the white pen it is easiest to keep it away from the rollers on your machine and keep your speed down to 1 and your thickness at 1 as well.
The journaling was done with the Chomas Creations adjustable marker holder and a metallic gel pen called Scribble Stuff by the Write Brothers.  I picked them up at Target.  The font is Lettering Delights thin font Sporty.
I needed something to embellish my page (boy embellishments are hard to find!) so I made the embossed stars with a stylus in the Chomas Creations adjustable pen holder and an embossing mat.  This is a thin metal sheet from Ten Second Studios.  I used a speed of 3 and a thickness of 20.  Make sure your metal sheet is secure on your mat color side down.  I just use double sided tape.  Set your height of your stylus after your mat is already in the machine.  These are nesting stars from a Studio download.
Keep in mind you can also do this with the Cricut & the Cricut Explore machines as well, you just need the proper Chomas Creations tools.
I cut out the stars using regular scissors and gave them a light sanding to make the lines in the stars pop!  The title is from a Studio download.
Here is the completed page!  Along with my football star!

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