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Cri-kit Gel Pen Blog Hop – Barn Framed Drawing

Hi there!  Welcome to the Cri-Kits Gel Pen and Joy’s Life stamps blog hop!  In this video, I use the Cri-Kits Gel Pens along with Lettering Delights Rustic Sketches and the Sizzix Eclips to create a great sketch.  The pens are great for making simple but detailed home decor.


Be sure to leave a comment about how you’d create with the Cri-Kits gel pens to be entered for a chance to win a pack of Cri-Kits Gel Pens and the winners choice of either a Cricut or Sizzix Eclips gel pen holder.  I’ll announce the winner on this post on September 1.  Good luck!


cmgarmywife03 says:
AUGUST 25, 2012 AT 8:26 PM
these look so awesome!!I would use these to make some awesome stationary with some cool cuts from my cricut.

Now go check out these talented ladies to see what they’ve created!

Joy: YOU ARE HERE (welcome!)

Lori: http://got2bcrafting.blogspot.com

Laura: http://www.laurascraftsandmore.com

Sarabeth: http://www.chroniclesofsarita.blogspot.com

Jeannie: http://www.polkacabana.wordpress.com

Nina: http://waffleflower.com

Amy: http://redheadedcrafter.blogspot.com

Jennie: http://earthyscrap.blogspot.com

Patty: http://craftykitten1.blogspot.com

Maria: http://joyfulstamper.blogspot.com

Ashley: http://marklandandmain.blogspot.com

Cyndy: http://arcyscraps.blogspot.com

Megan: http://thoughtsoftraveling.blogspot.com

Stacey: http://staceyscreativecorner.blogspot.com

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  1. Great project!

  2. Forgot to say how I wuld create with Gel Pens. I probably would get images and use them for my cardmaking

  3. I have a Cricut Imagine. I would use the pens to create those intricate details on cards I make 🙂

    Sheri R

    sherii at cfl dot rr dot com

  4. dolphin6859 says:

    I too would use them in my card making. I think it would be neat to have something that looks like I made a sketch.

  5. ladybugCarrie says:

    Love the barn! I am so impressed with the detail created by the Cri-Kit gel pens! I would use them to make cards and other projects. Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂

  6. I came, I saw (lots of lovely projects), and I hopped!

    Sheri R

    sherii at cfl dot rr dot com

  7. staceyscreativecorner says:

    Joy, this is lovely! What a great idea to do a sketch! It’s the perfect home decor item!

  8. crystalsnap says:

    I make a lot of cuts and titles for my scrapbook layouts. The pens would only enhance them more….. Love them.

  9. these are really neat… i would use them for scrapbooking layouts and making cards!

  10. Joy I swearing could listen to you all day, you make me smile everytime I watch your videos. 😀
    I would love to make “hand drawn” invites to my BIG birthday in a couple of months so they would be absolutely perfect to use.

  11. morefunscraps says:

    I would love to use them on some home decor projects since I just moved into my house and have no pictures up

  12. what a great tutorial and I love the idea of drawing the images! thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  13. I have a Silhouette SD and I’d love to try sketching with it. These machines are so awesome!

  14. I’m glad you are doing this hop. I wanted to try these pens but didn’t know what to do! I’d try and use them with scrapbooking. TFS the wonderful project idea!!! joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com

  15. That sketch is sooo cool!! I love that LD and Silhouette have specific designs just for using pens. 🙂 For once in my life I will be able to DRAW!! LOL!!

  16. What a great project!! Have seen such amazing projects using the cri-kit pens and would love to try this out with my cameo! Would give a go at journaling with it!
    Thanks for the chance to win and for sharing your awesome project!

  17. Wow!!! Great detail! I’d use the cri-kits gel pens to sketch some intricate drawings!

  18. lewistruth says:

    Way cool!! I didn’t know any of the machines did those great drawings! I bet the gel pens would be fun to make the faces of the Paper Play Cricut cartridge too! Fun stuff! TFS!

  19. polkacabana says:

    I can’t believe your machine drew that…ok..my mind is REELING seriously and furiously now! Great idea..I will come back and watch the video after I am done on the hop! Hugs and smooches…Jeannie

  20. What a neat picture you sketched with Cri-Kits! The detail is really nice. Enjoyed watching the tutorial!

  21. Tis drawing is stunning. What a great idea. I don’t know what I would do with the pens, there are so many great ideas out there! Maybe some sort of Halloween or Christmas wall decoration.

  22. Another great video Joy!!!!
    what a great project, TFS!!!!
    I love using my Amy Chomas gel pen holder, you can do so much with them….

  23. cmgarmywife03 says:

    these look so awesome!!I would use these to make some awesome stationary with some cool cuts from my cricut.

  24. This is so awesome–I love old barns and I like how you framed it. If I had these pens I would probably make a framed barn too. I also would make cards.

  25. Wow, what a gorgeous sketch, I love it framed!!! great project Super Joy!!

  26. This is sooo awesome… how cool are these pens?!?!?.. What would I create… well the possibilities are endless… but I am going to have to say Christmas items :))

  27. Love the barn! Would love to have a set of these to make crafts for friends and family.

  28. That is so cool, I have got to try this. Oh the possiblities! I would love to have aset of these, I didn’t know that they have this for my Cricut. Thanks for the chance to win.

  29. Joydee1963 says:

    Joy,That is very cool! I love to try these on my Cricut,Joy

  30. It’s just amazing the detail that you got from a pen and a machine. I have just got to try this. I have a Cricut and I think I am going to try this on some Christmas projects. Thanks for a chance to win.

  31. OH Joy! This is just beautiful. I would love them to make things with my Cricut. So pretty I can see a lot of use for this for Christmas.
    angel hugs

  32. Oh what Cricket fun! Sorry I missed the hop, but am going to go and check out everybodys projects anyways! Always fun to meet new people and see their creative style! Thanks for sponsoring this hop!
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  33. Hi – I have a silhouette that I would love to use for sketching anything! I often see drawing and sketching demos on the Internet and have not tried it yet. It would be great for making cards and personalized items! Thanks

  34. What a beautiful project! I’d love to give these pens a try. Thanks for hosting the hop!

  35. jksmitley says:

    I would love to try these pens! My daughter and I just watched the video and she kept saying “oh it’s beautiful!” I might have a mini-crafter on my hands!

  36. Thanks, Joy, for the great demonstration. I need to get some more sketches going! Well, summer’s over so I’ll see if I can wing it.


    1. Doug,
      It’s fantastic to hear from you! I think that your sketches are terrific. You’ve provided the ability for so many people to have great art that is not only beautiful but dynamic and fluid in the way that it can be drawn and used. I say, “THANK YOU!!” And…your art is framed and on my mantel. I love it!

  37. Jeannette Butler says:

    Cards, layouts for my grands’ albums, pictures – those are some of the ideas/places I could use those! I would chose the Cricut ones as I don’t have the Eclips. You are so creative! Your tutorials are so fun and informative! Thanks for doing it!!

  38. These look amazing! I’m a bit confused as to how you got the barn print to work in the machine? I have the Cricut. You mentioned you could use the Critcut instead, but how? I thought I could only use Cricut cartridges on their machine and their software…… confused but really liking what it does!!!

    1. Hi Melanie,
      You can use the Cri-Kit gel pens in a Cricut but unfortunately can’t use the Lettering Delights file with the Cricut machine. I hope that helps!

  39. The barn is awesome. I would use them on cards and other projects. Love your site. Would love to try these pens.

  40. Hi there it been awhile since I have let any comments…..I still visit from time to time….I am always amazed your projects are always so neat! I wanted to know how you feel about the Sizzix Eclips …..I thinking about buying one…how easy is it to use with svg files? and have you tried it with the Tim Holtz stamps where you can cut out what you have stamped?……I have the Cricut …but as you know you are limited to what you are allowed to cut…with out spending a fortune on cartridges! Any imput would be helpful…Thank you in advance Suzy-Q

  41. Ok I was able to see your videos on youtube about eclips…I have made up my mind…will be getting this machine…here soon! thanks again for the great videos and projects!

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