July 27, 2010

Just Kicking Back A Little Blog Candy To Give Away!!! A Complete Set Of Cri-Kits Gel Pens!

This is  a double post with two seperate projects using the Cri-Kits Gel pens. You see I made the card and loved these little pens so much I wanted to show you another project today! First we will make the card and I will follow up immediately with these beautiful antique looking tags so you can see how easy it is to make.
Thought I would try a little western this week! HeeHaw! This is an easy card to make and I learned a new technique using gel pens and the nifty holder for my Cricut.
Here are the items I will use for this card. Notice I am using the little gel pens and the holder by Cri-Kits.  This company asked me to test their pens and see what I could design with them. And let me tell you it was so much fun and you know me.... I even included my bloopers so you could learn from my mistakes!

Cri-Kits is not affiliated with Provocraft but the holder was designed to use in the Cricut machine. I want add a little disclosure here as it is my understanding Provocraft will not allow us to attach anything to the Cricut and still retain our warranty. So owning a Cricut and my Expression I used it on my little bug as the warranty has expired. My photos will show it on the Expression as I was demonstrating it from my kitchen and then went back and cut/wrote from my little bug. I would also say that when my warranty expires I would not hesitate to use this as it worked very well. But for now I will err toward the cautious side when it comes to my Expression.
These are nifty little pens, they write so easily you will love it.  Some lucky follower is going to win a set of pens complete with its holder! All you need to do is leave a comment at the end of this post to qualify. And keep watching as they gave me more than 1 set to give away!!! Yeah for Blog Candy
Let's get back to work, this is the design. Again, I make two cards at a time as I do not want to waste any paper and I can increase my supply a lot faster!
See this is how you would lay this out for you cut. I am giving directions as if you did this all on one machine.
The way it works is that the holder fits into the assembly just like the needle assembly. It has a magnet on the end and then every pen has a little piece of metal on the tip.
The little pens fit easily into the holder as as you put it in it just grabs and stays in position.
It is now ready to be placed in the same position as the blade housing.
Before you cut your item use the hide contour to remove all the little details. Then cut your piece but do not unload the mat.

Select the Return To Design. Go back to the design. Insert the pen holder where the blade housing goes. I left the outline on the boot as I wanted it to show. In the future I won't as it would be much easier than the glaring bloopers I got. First notice these are practice sheets below, and I suggest if you are a mechanical klutz like me practice a few times on taking that blade housing out and placing the pen holder in without moving the complete assembly. Take you time also and do it right, I was in a hurry and boy what a mess I made!

First cut, I moved the entire housing while balancing the phone and screwing the assembly in. I moved it a good 1/8 of an inch but was impressed with how well the pens worked. I wrote with blade set on 6 pressure on 3.
The second time I was good except I wrote first then cut but forgot to change my pressure back up to 5 with a card stock, and I was a hair off.
This is the cut I kept. I decided that I wasn't going to do the outline as that is really difficult and because the line is a pen marking it wasn't really accomplishing much of an outline. The reason I wanted the pen was for the detail in the boot and that is PERFECT! So I am a happy camper with my cut/write and went on to complete my card.
I used my Score Pal and let me remind you that when you are scoring cards of these type draw you back to the front so that you do not weaken the front any further.
I glued on the boot, and then the letters.
Placed paper in the inside to write sentiments on.
And then I used one of the gel pens to place little black dots on the letters for more definition. I think it turned out pretty cute and am thrilled with my Cri-Kits and can see the unlimited potential for creating.


On to te second project. Aren't these tags beautiful? I needed a tag for a gift and thought I would try my new Cri-Kit Gel Pens again and boy and I glad I did. These are so unique and so easy to make, you will just have to try it yourself! I got my new Summer In Paris cart and fell in love with the bike. It has so much detail I just couldn't imagine getting a clean cut each and every time so this was the PERFECT SOLUTION.


First I designed the tag on my Gypsy.
Then I added a page and place my cuts on the tags where I wanted them. Notice some of the items are tips and off the tag just like I want them is how I place them.
Then I added the phrases I wanted to cut on another page.
Now look how easy it is to put the pen together.... see the magnet on the tip, just inset the pen in the casing and viola' it is together. Just place in you blade assembly in the Cricut just like the blade.
See you can shake it and it doesn't come out! So easy... oh don't forget to place a little scrap paper under the pen so you won't make any marks on your paper.
I placed it on my Expression this time and it worked so smooth I just love my new Cri-Kits Gel pens!
Now I did experiment with the pressure. Three of my tags the pressure was set on two and on the other three, the pressure is set at three and you can see the difference. I liked both but have a better idea of which way to set depending on the look I am trying to achieve.
See how I place the paper, thats all you need to do to prevent marking the paper. Click RETURN TO DESIGN. Change out to the blade without removing the paper. Then cut your tag.
Don't forget the name Cri-Kits as you will definately want a set for yourself to create with.
The one on the left is pressure setting of 3, on the right 2. You can see how both are effective depending on your use.
I then tried inking for the first time and know that I will just get better at this with time. Thanks of Elizabeth at 217 Creations I need more ink supplies; my friend the enabler! I am a slow learner Elizabeth so be patient!
Now don't these look cool? I love my Cri-Kits Gel Pens! They have opened a new world of crafting!
I then placed gromets in each tag.
Added my ribbon and I was done!!! That easy. Don't you just love these tags?
Do leave a comment for your chance to win a complete set of Cri-Kits Gel Pens and Holder (includes Holder, Regular and Neon, Metallic, Glitter, Pastel and Swirl Pens). All you need to do is make a comment by Saturday 8PM on 7/31/10 and watch for the announcement on Sunday morning by 8AM on 8/1/10. It's that easy! Everyone is a winner at Shes A Sassy Lady this is your Sassy Kickin Back Gypsy File and your Sassy Kickin Back DS File.
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107 comments:

GrannyCharlotte said...

Would love to win these. Great project. TFS.

Connie said...

I've seen these on other blogs. They look great and so much fun. Would love to have these! Love you project!! I'm such a cowgirl at heart! Thanks for sharing.

Melissa said...

Wow! Great card and tags! Those pens were perfect for both projects and I would love to have a set to try out! Thanks for the chance to win!

www.disneydreamerdesigns.blogspot.com

Beatriz Farquhar-Guzman said...

Amazing!!!! thanks for sharing this new toy!
Your card is just amazing, beautiful! Happy Tuesday!

Sammibug said...

Awesome projects, and the gel pens and holder are awesome!

Kraftychick said...

Great tutorial! These are great pens and I'd love to win a set! Thanks for the chance!
jackie

Carrie said...

Thank you for the great tutorial! I would love to win these - I have seen so many people use them and I would love to try them out! Thank you for the chance to win!

Leanne said...

Oh Shelia I love your card and the tags!! Great tuturial on how to use these to!! I would love to try these out!! Thanks for the give away!!

Precious Memories Scrapbooking & More said...

great projects! I watch your blog all the time, I would love a set of those pens... they look like fun to play with! xxx, Staci

mforquer said...

Sheila - oh great project!!! Love that boot with the designs - I have really been wanting these pens to try out! So thanks for the chance to win!!
MelissaMade

goatesgirl said...

these look like so much fun!!

jennyplace2 said...

Love your cards, the gel pen give them the final touch they need. Great job.

wurmple said...

Love the cards and would love to try out the pens. Thanks for the chance.

PamH said...

I love what you did with the gel pens! You make it look so easy. I would love to win some, thanks for the chance!!

Bobbi said...

Such a cute card but I have to say I love the tags you did. For a first time at inking, you did a great job as they look beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win some of these, I have been eyeing them up but have to wait to get some.

Audrey Frelx said...

Sheila, the card and tags are great!!! And, yes, the cricut pens are awesome! I love using them too!

I love how you organize your tutorials.

Thanks for sharing!

Elise-Lucie said...

I find it so hard to find good gel pens. These look wonderful. You are so talented!

shari said...

Awesome card and tag. I especially love the tag, that bike is so cute. Thanks so much for the chance to win these great pens. Shari (cricutrookie)

Michelle said...

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, I would sooooo love to win these pens!!!!
I think that they are awesome!

I really like how the bike turned out. I too have the Summer in Paris Cartridge and yeah I really like the intricated designs but, they don't always cut goood at small sizes. So, this is a great way to be able to achieve the look you want. I wish Provo Craft would have designed something like this as well. You'd think they would have.

Take Care and thanks again for yet another chance at a great giveaway!!!

Michelle said...

I'm going to send a link for this too my own blog and to my facebook I hope that's okay with you. I figured I'd share the love.

Take Care,
Michelle

Happy Dot Crafts said...

Your projects are amazing and the detail taken to show everyone step by step is so awesome.

These pens look very cool! Would love to give them a try :)

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Those look like so much fun... would love to win them.. CUTE projects

jenny said...

Love your card and the tags so much! Would love a chance to win to win these awesome pens! Thanks for sharing...wonderful job!!!

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the Cutting category today [27 Jul 12:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Cathy H. said...

These pens look so easy to use. I would love to try some! I especially love your tags, they are lovely!! Thanks for the chance to win.

flowerdisco said...

I have all of them and I do like how they perform.

Cher~ said...

I'd love to have the whole set. They do open a whole new world don't they? Maybe next time you could do the outline with your Cricut markers and the details with your Cri-Kits???? Hmm?? Something else to try. :-)

Kristy said...

Cute! I've been wanting to try these out. You are such an enabler! ha ha ha ;)

Candie said...

Hi. Your card and tags are awesome. Thanks for the opportunity to win the pens. I have been wanting them for a while.

candie dot schaal at gmail dot com

Candie

Candie said...

Hi. The cards and tags are very cute. I would love to win the pens-thanks for the opportunity.

Candie

KarenLinPA said...

I want ... no, I NEED all those gel pens! I like the look much better than the mini Sharpies that I have for the Cricut. These are a finer line & work so well for background detail.

spage said...

These pens look AMAZING !!!!!

tinkerbug said...

Thank you for the give away, it is very gracious of you. Thank You Chai Dackermann

momof30728 at hotmail dot com

Debbie said...

You are just too darn creative Sheila! So cute!

Jodie R said...

Sheila, I am so glad you didn't see my face when I was reading your post! My mouth was open the whole time! These projects are AWESOME!! These pens really look cool! I can't wait to see what else you do with them. You could even design your own background paper! What a cool idea! Very nice!

SnOwEy16 said...

Love your projects. Thanks for sharing them with us. These pens love amazing and so fun to play with. Thanks for the give away.

SnOwEy16 said...

I love your projects. Thanks so much for sharing them with us. These pens look amazing and so fun to work with. Thanks for the giveaway.

Amy said...

Oh wow! Great demo. I have been wondering what all the hupla was about - now I have to run buy a set next week if I don't win them here. lol

Love it!

Amy said...

Love this file! I have been dying to try these pens, but have not been able to purchase them yet. Thanks for the chance to win!

debbiebakk said...

Wow you really put alot of thought and effort into all your projects. Love the new Cri-cut gel pens would LOve to win these. I really like the Summer in Paris "bike tags" you did. I will have to try this when I win them TFS

Ladybug said...

That is definitely one nifty invention and I would love to win a set of these li'l gems.

Thanks for the chance! :-)

p.s. love your project!!

Marilyn said...

Beautiful projects with the pens. It looks wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing with us and thank you so much for the chance to win!
Marilyn
flowerfarm at goskywest dot com

patti said...

WOW!!!! Would love to win these. Thank you for the chance.

Marionment said...

All I can say is wow! I would love to be a winner. Thanks for sharing

Kendra-Sue said...

I would love to win a set of these. I've been using the sharpies with a pencil holder method. It works but it isn't as neat and exact as these would be.

Theresa said...

Wow, I need that!! hehe I would like to try them on the princess eyes from Dreams Come True cart. If I don't win can you try it for me? Great projects and thanks again for your time and energy to school everyone!! Theresa

rhonda said...

I would really love to give these a try. They look like they would be a great way to create more beautiful crafty gifts!

ottersln said...

This is a great idea. I love the tags and all the possibilities of this product.

Chelle said...

I really like the look that the pens gave on the tags...and your inking is great! I've been eyeing these pens for a while, but I'm on a spending freeze...maybe I'll get lucky and you'll pick me...
misha_113 at yahoo dot com
stampinchelle on the mb

June said...

WOW love the card and the tags!!!!! Thanks for showing the details on these pens!!! Thank you so much for sharing and for the chance to win!!!

VeronicaA said...

Your projects are just awesome! I love them both but the tags are my absolute favorite. That was a great idea to use the pens on an image with an immense amount of detail. Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win. Thanks also for the warranty reminder. Veronica. vballen@Comcast.net

Nana Jo said...

I am going to have to check out what you are up to more often - looks like you are very talented. Have never played with the pens but looks like a great way to add texture. Thanks for the chance to win.

Pick me lol

Amy said...

What a col kit to have. Looks fun. Thanks for the chance to win. amywooten2010@gmail.com

Lisa said...

OMG, those projects are absolutely fantastic. Love the tags. I've been tempted to buy these pens but just keep putting it off. Thanks for the chance to win.

Mom of 2 Monsters said...

Wow, these pens looks like a lot of fun to use. Thansk for the chance.

Becky Roper said...

I love the western theme and the tags with the bicycles. Great job!

Cokie Pop Paper Boutique said...

Awesome giveaway. Love those boots :)

TeacherMom said...

These are awesome!!! I love your projects using them. Opens up sooooo many more possibilites with our crafting!! Thanks for sharing them with us (along with the mistakes so we can see it's not just us!!) Thanks for the chance. Keeping my fingers crossed.
gaudet5 at rogers dot com

juelt@comcast.net said...

Great giveaway - but if I don't win - i'm out gunning for some pens!! I have a baby bug - i can leave it with pens and my expression to cut!! The world is my oyster!

4kids4 said...

Wow...great projects! Thanks for all the detail. And the chance to win!

sconn0925 at yahoo dot com

Myrna said...

I think the chance to win these pens is awesome.
It would open up the door to so many more possibilities with crafting.
Have been a follower for awhile now.
Myrna

imgrandmanow said...

These look like such fun, thanks for the opportunity to be in the drawing.

Michelle said...

Your blog is one of the many blogs that I follow but, your one of the few that I check up on everyday. You are an inspiration. Thank You.

These pens are super cool and I would love to win this whole set of them. Thank you for the awesome give aways!!

Flamenco92627 said...

Wow, love the tutorial. The western card is adorable! Thanks for the chance to win.

Anonymous said...

Who is Laura D and she says...

So you are kickin' up your boots and kickin' back!! A great card!

The pens look awesome. Would love to work with and own them. It would be great to use something different.

CathyinMN said...

Sheila, I love your blog. So many wonderful ideas and projects. I wish I was half as creative as you. Your design team is great, too. What a wonderful give away! I would love to have these gel pens. I have a lot of the pens by PC for the Cricut, but I think the gel pens would have a much finer line and have a lot more versatility.

Monalisa said...

This is SO cool. I just have to have a set. The ladies at crop night will be so jealous.

Pesky said...

Great job showing us how they work. I will check the price on pens - looks like fun! TFS!
doris.doze@necam.com

pruttybird said...

These are just too cool. Would love to win these!!! Thanks ...

Anonymous said...

It was so helpful getting all the settings you used. I have got to get these. It just opens up a whole world of possiblilities for us scrappers.
tookienurse@comcast.net

Amy said...

These are awesome!! I would love to win a set. I am thinking of all the wonderful things I could create with that little pen. Thanks for the chance to win!!

scalder said...

Way cool tutorial!! Now I get it a Cricut machine. UM, guess they don't work unless you have a cricut though??? However, my BFF has one I could play on with these little gems!!! Thanks for the chance to win something new!!

Sandiecris said...

Loving these gel pens and really want to win sme :-)

Maria said...

Great tutorial!!! I would so love to win a set of these!
Thanks for the chance.

Staci said...

I would LOVE to win this!! THanks for the chance and good luck to everyone!

Staci.Chapman1@gmail.com

Staci said...

I would LOVE to win this!!! Thanks for the chance and good luck to everyone!!

Staci.Chapman1@gmail.com

Staci said...

I would LOVE the chance to win this!!! Thanks for the chance and good luck to everyone!!

Staci.Chapman1@gmail.com

Laura said...

I would love to win these. I want to try these so much.

thanks

Sue said...

Would love to win; thanks for the chance.

Anna said...

these look like a blast!!! Thanks for the opportunity!

BAHGL said...

I have heard of these but never seen them in use! THANK YOU!! I LOVE them and now I need some!
Alecia

**Treefrog** said...

Oh I soooooo want some of these pens, they look like sooooooo much fun!!!! Thanks for the oppurtunity and love the projects you did, Love the tags with the bike you made I would totally love to make some of those. TFS and good luck to all!
mccadesmom at gmail dot com

Java Jen's Creations said...

Wow!! You put a lot of time and effort into these projects! Thanks so much for sharing these with us!! I would love to try these pens! Thanks for the chance to win them!

Deanne Gutierrez said...

These are just great - thanks so much for sharing!

Deanne G
dgutierez1@msn.com

RavensFan said...

I've had my eye on these pens for a while, but have not purchased any yet. Thank you so much for the chance to win a set of these cool pens!

Linda
RavensFan
laxmom3@msn.com

Anonymous said...

Would love to win the pens - as always - love the card and tags.

KFiscus

Anonymous said...

Would love to win the pens - as always - love the card and tags

KFiscus

Dallas Freyer said...

These look really cool. I've seen them on other blogs, but not in this detail. Thanks for sharing so much, I really think I "need" them. LOL

dallasfreyer@sbcglobal.net

Claudia said...

Oh wow, I'd love to try these!

Anonymous said...

I really need these pens I want to try them with my Christmas Cartridge that I'm going to win Thanks in advance

Marilyn said...

Wow, these pens look like such a great addition to the Cricut. Thank you for sharing!
Marilyn

Anonymous said...

I love the cards and tags.. the pens are awesome if I don't win I need to find the pens.. Thanks
for sharing the goodies with us...

vicki-russell@ouhsc.edu

MelKilMD said...

Those are so neat! I really like the fine line (instead of the thick marker) for the delicate details!

Melinda

ksqueenb said...

Love these pens. They add so much detail. The tags are really cute. Thanks for sharing.
Lisa

Melanie Mason said...

Wow what a great giveaway .. have really wanted to try these but havnt been able to get the money together... would be great to win them! thanks so much for the chance and i love how you used them!

paperscissors said...

what a great and honest demonstration of what and how these can can be used to create! your tags look fab with the bike cut!!! and thanks for the heads up about the warranty that is not always forth coming!

Michelle said...

Love your tages!!! and, I would love to get some of these pens. They write a much thinner line then the cricut markers do and I like them too but, sometimes a girl needs a thinner line...

Thanks so much.

Larelyn said...

OMG - how cute are these projects. I didn't think I'd be interested in these gel pens, but you sure changed my mind. Great tutorials, Sheila. Thank you sooooooo much.

Anonymous said...

i love the gift tags,in particular! What a great combination of accents. You are too smart!

Mary Jean said...

thanks for showing us how to use these!! I love the tags! Just think of the Christmas tags!!!

Valerie said...

Wow this is really cool Shelia. Your pics really show the detail. Thanks for showing your work.
lastamper at aol dot com

Janee said...

Ohh these are so cool. These are now a much have in my collection. Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring.

-janee
http://stealthdiva.blogspot.com/

Coachfans said...

WOW! I am glad you shared because I had no idea. I am still learning. I'll be sure to visit often to learn more.

DORCAS said...

THis is so neat. I didn't know this could be done. FUN!!!

Wildflower Scraps by Jasmin said...

What a great give-a-away! You are so sweet to share; thanks for the examples of the projects you made. Good Luck everyone!

nikki said...

I seriously doubt the last comment will win, but I'll give it a try!! Maybe someone else will post after me :)

Maria L. said...

Thank you for the chance come on lady luck look my way lol.

MariaReyes1 cricut MB