Friday, June 10, 2011

How about a GiveAway!

Hello Friends! Today I am hosting a giveaway, review and quick tutorial.
The folks over at Cri-Kits contacted me just before I headed out on vacation asking if I would be interested in doing a review/giveaway and I said sure!

I'm still trying to get back to the swing of things at home and at the office and but wanted to make sure to get this party started.  I wasn't sure what to create and decided on a few items for Father's Day, a few things to inspire you guys.  I hope to do more with the pens and will be sure to share what other projects I come up with.  For now here are a three easy projects for you to try out.

I own both a Cricut and the Silhouette SD and so they were sweet enough to send me the Magnetic Holder for the Silhouette SD machine.  They also sent me the Pastel, Glitter, Metallic,  Reg. & Neon pens and the Swirls that is a total of 42 pens! Woowho how sweet are they to set me up with all this Cri-Kit fun!

Let's take a look, if you click on the photo you will see them in a larger size.
Here are the pens and the magnetic holder

This is the magnetic end of the pen, it is this magnet that helps hold the gel pens within the magnetic holder.

Here you see it inside the holder, easy to insert! The only trick here is to make sure that it touches the magnetic end so it holds it in place.

To load the holder you simply take out the blade carrier and insert the Cri-Kit Magnetic piece and lock. It is super easy!

In this photo I wanted to show you that the magnetic holder is taller than the blade carrier and so you have to be sure to leave the cover open.  Doesn't cause any issues, it simply doesn't give it that extra buffer to drown out the noise of the machine.  My hubby was sound asleep and it didn't wake him up, I simply closed my craft studio door :)

OK, on to the items I created again please excuse the simplicity of these as I was trying to get something on the blog within a few days of getting back into town.  I promise to share more projects soon!

So, I opened up my software and created a card using one that I had in my library then added the Dad Subway art to it also purchased from the Silhouette site. Here is a photo of the screen shot of the coloring page I laid out.

Once you set up your piece you will choose the cut button on the top left then the send to Silhouette window opens.  Choose cut settings at bottom right and then choose the Sketch Pen then cut.  The machine will draw instead of cutting.
The image above is a candy wrapper, I simply drew a rectangle then added the lines to mark the fold areas. Added the hammer and text and once printed I cut it out with my paper trimmer. I suppose you could use your machine but I didn't try that this time around.

Here is a card I printed using the blue pen for a tone on tone look.

Added a little ink to the edges, here you cold even add some embellishments to the card. You could also cut out that image then maybe add some of the letters with pop dots to give it dimension.  I will try that and post photos this weekend.

Here I created a page with a set of images cut them apart and they could be used as coloring pages. Imagine all the pages you could print out for the kids to have all sorts of fun coloring this summer!

Here is a close up of the candy wrapper, notice the dotted score lines. On this piece I used the metallic gel pen.

Hope this has given you a few ideas for some easy projects for Father's Day that the kids can help you with!

They have an embossing pen, I bet that would be a total blast! I'm going to be shopping for that one soon!

What did I think of the Gel Pens you ask?
1. Easy to load gel pens into the Silhouette SD
2. The Gel Pens draw smoothly and consistently
3. Didn't get any skipping of the Gel Pens
4. Great choice of colors, each set comes with 10 pens
5. Ink does not smear!

1. You can only draw outlines, if you want the images to be filled in you must go back in and color them in. You can do this with the actual Gel Pen or other markers, crayons etc.
2. The Gel Pen tips are the average pen size, if you want them chunkier then you would need to go in by hand and thicken the lines.

On to the savings and a giveaway!

The folks at Cri-Kits are giving you a 5% discount on any purchase over $30.00 So, if you don't want to wait and see if you won head on over to their site and use the code LOVESTOCREATE good till June 24th
Giveaway: You have a chance for multiple entries as follows. The following are worth ONE entry each, please be sure to leave ONE comment for each one that you do. You choose which entry you want to do or choose all :)
1. Become a fan of CRI-Kits on Facebook. 
2. Visit the CRI-Kits website and comment here on this post what product(s) you liked.

4. Bring a friend as a new follower to my BLOG. 
5. Pre-Order our MAR-Kits products (fine and ultra-fine Sharpie holders) from our site (this is set to arrive in the next couple weeks) and receive *TWO additional entries for the grand prize.  
Here is the Grand Prize
WINNER receives all 42 gel pens (10-Metallic, 10-Glitter, 10-Pastel, 10-Reg/Neon, 2-Swirls), and the Magnetic Holder

Giveaway starts NOW and ends on June 24th at 10pm CST

*One last note, the folks over at Cri-Kits are hosting a Summer Design Challenge click HERE to learn more!

If you have any questions feel free to drop me a line here, email, Facebook or via Twitter 
Have a great weekend! 

This Contest Is Now *CLOSED*


GoAgainstTheGrain said...

I follow Cri-Kits on facebook!

GoAgainstTheGrain said...

I love the metallic pens they have and that embossing tool kit looks so fun!

Erin Bassett said...

I'm now a FB fan. :)

Erin Bassett said...

I think I "need" the glitter & metallic pens!

Barbara said...

I'm a FB fan and also like the metallic pens would be good for
so many things. Love all your projects!

Unknown said...

I am and have been a Cri-kits facebook follower, I agree I love the Cri-kits but would like if they came in fine point and a more broad point so it would show up better.
Have a happy crafting day!!

Unknown said...

I hope I am now a follower of your blog your blog was a little different but I think I did it right!!

jonshepi said...

I am a fan of Cri-kits on FB

jonshepi said...

I would love to have the mark-its as well as all the gel pens and the holder of course! But I love all their products!

jonshepi said...

I am now following your blog!

Melanie said...

I am a fb fan.

Melanie said...

I like the metallic pens:)

Renee said...

I love the gel pens! You can never have to many of those, right? Thanks for the chance to win these goodies!!

Renee said...

I don't have FB; I am following them on Twitter! Thanks!!

Hillmi99 said...

I am a follower on FB now. Cri-Kits has some cute stuff

Hillmi99 said...

Oh, and I looooove the pens. Great idea. I am still new to scrapbooking so I love all the things you can do. Too awesome

Jeannie said...

I already follow Cri-Kits of FB. I just love the idea of the Sharpie holder! I have the holder for my Expression, but would love one for my Silhouette---great pens. Thanks for the chance.

Arlene said...

I've been wanting to enter, but I don't know how to use my Cricut! Or if these work on it. It's on my goal list for summer, though!

Jennifer Priest said...

visited the website - love the magnetic pen holder!!

Jennifer Priest said...

"Like"d CirKits on Facebook!!!

Jennifer Priest said...

Posted a link to your tutorial on my Facebook page :)

Bunnyfreak said...

I would love to have the embossing tool.

Bunnyfreak said...

I posted a link about the tutorial.

Lindzie said...

These look fabulous! Thanks for sharing. Yes, I am behind on your blog...