Video: Ink for Beginning Stampers + GIVEAWAY

I am often asked which inks I recommend for new stampers. This is a tough question and I have spent a lot of time thinking about it over the years. And today? I finally have an answer…

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Affiliate links used. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

I consider three things to be important when considering ink for a new stamper: the quality, the colors, and the ease at which you can get good, solid results. Today’s inks are great on all three counts! In my video, I suggest “a collection of beginner inks” that includes Lawn Fawn and Ranger Dye Inks. Both of these inks are new and have impressed me big time.

The Lawn Fawn colors are rich-yet-muted-mid-tones. The Ranger colors are bright-and-primary. Together? A great collection of 20 inks. (I left out black inks from this – was just focusing on the colors.)

Be sure to watch the above video to understand more about these inks and how they work. And *please* remember – there are lots of other inks I love just as much as these! So be sure to watch THIS video about my other favorite inks. For example – I *love* Hero Arts Shadow Inks, WPlus9 Inks, various pigment inks, etc. and use them most. I adore their unique colors. However I felt the inks I share today are a great place to start to get basic colors. Then you can starting adding in the other great ink lines! (The more the merrier, huh?)

Please check above for a comparison between the colors. Keep in mind that every computer screen is different.

By the way, if you would like to better understand the difference between ink types, check out THIS video.

INK SWATCH DOWNLOADS

In the video I show ink swatches for these inks. You can find all of my free Ink Swatch Downloads and a how-to video HERE. (For the Ranger Ink Swatch Download, click HERE. For the Lawn Fawn Ink Swatch Download, click HERE.)

GIVEAWAY

Time to share the inky love! One lucky winner will get a $50 gift certificate (donated by me) to Simon Says Stamp so you can try out any inks you want. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/15/15 telling me your favorite type of ink. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

SUPPLIES

Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. A big thank you to Lawn Fawn and Ranger for these inks. Opinion and review is completely my own.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Lawn Fawn (LF), etc.

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Video: No-Clog Fine-Tip Adhesive Solutions

Hello! Today I have a video I have been promising for some time now – my suggestions for no-clog fine-tip liquid adhesive.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Affiliate links used. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

For a long time now, I have used Ranger’s Glossy Accents and Multi Medium Matte for my cards. However, I have also wanted to find a fine-tip applicator to use with them. So for the past few months I have bought and tested many options. Many. And I finally feel comfortable with my suggestions on what I feel works best.

NO-CLOG

In the video, I talk about a few tricks to simply keep your bottles from clogging. There are two options I have found work well:

  • “Burping” the bottle before adding the cap.
  • Adding a plastic tag fastener in the nozzle instead of a cap.

Both of these options work well. And it is always important to store the bottles upright.

NO-CLOG & FINE-TIP

I also share some options for fine-tips… for more precise application:

Supposedly there is a chance that these tips can rust. I had that happen with other applicators I tried, but not these. So far, so good… and I have been using them for months now. You can also clean your parts once and awhile with the Best Cleaner Ever. (I have not done this yet, but they say it works. This is a great safe cleaner – I use it to clean stencils off, etc.)

Please keep in mind that these are what work for me and I am sure other crafters out there have had different experiences. I hope that you can share yours – good and bad – in the comments below.

And a few people asked why I don’t just use glue pens, etc. instead for easier application. I have found that they don’t hold as well in the mail. Therefore, I stick with the adhesives mentioned here. They are strong.

I hope this info was helpful!

SUPPLIES

Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Amazon (AZ), etc.

 

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Video: Copic Markers + Distress Ink + Giveaway

Welcome! Today’s video shares how to add color to your stamped images using Copic Markers and Distress Inks. This method saves me a lot of time and gives good results.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Oh my… aren’t these new You Make My Tail Wag and I Knead You stamp sets from My Favorite Things the cutest? I love that they released both at the same time… keeping both the dog people (like me) and the cat people (like most of my friends) happy! The images are perfect for the technique I shared today – mixing Copic Marker coloring with Distress Ink shading.

I started by quickly coloring the cat and dog with light brown Copic Markers. After cutting out the images, I applied Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges, which gives quick shading. That extra step really brings the images to life.

For the cat card, I added Copic colorless blender on his tummy to lighten up that area and cut slits around the cat’s paws to hold the string that I wrapped randomly around the card. I also applied Ranger’s Multi Matte Adhesive to the end of the string to make it curl up. To tie it all together, I stamped a coordinating yarn image repeatedly on to the note card… and used a playful sentiment.

OK… so this dog card? It cracks me up big time. I just love that you can see the back of the dog on the inside of the card! On the front of the card, I clear heat embossed the Paw Print Background and added a faux-stitched green border cut with an Inside and Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle die.

Look at that cute image on the inside. So fun! And check out the good shading I got with Distress Inks on that dog‘s behind. :) It would also be fun to have him hanging on a window card or on a tree branch. Oh – and for you cat people (hee), the cat set has a sleeping kitty with front and back images so you can create a similar card.

Fun, huh? My Favorite Things knocked it outta the park with these sets! Be sure to check out their whole new release HERE. Lots of good stuff!

ADDITIONAL COPIC MARKER INSPIRATION

  • THIS post shares basic info on Copic Markers. It is an old post but the info stays the same!
  • THIS video focuses on Copic coloring.
  • THIS video shows a Copic colored background.

GIVEAWAY

I have a My Favorite Things stamp set and die set to giveaway to a lucky winner! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 3/12/15 for your chance. Good luck. (Winner’s name will be randomly picked and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

SUPPLIES

Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Amazon (AZ), etc.

 

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My Favorite Non-Crafty Things + GIVEAWAY

During My Favorite Crafty Things series, several people asked if I would be doing a list of favorite non-crafty things. I have wanted to do this for awhile (I have an on-going list of what I wanted to share) and thought it was time. Most of my things are pretty practical and all about making life easier… so maybe you will find something helpful here, too! (Affiliate links used in some cases.)

COOKING & EATING

I will be honest – I am not a fan of having a billion gadgets in my kitchen. (Who has the room or money anyway?) But there a few key things that help me a lot.

  1. Set & Forget Programmable Slow Cooker (Crockpot) – This guy has changed our lives. In fact, we even have two of them. A couple times a week, we create TWO batches of healthy crockpot meals at once. One crockpot holds our dinner for that evening and the other holds a meal we will put in the freezer for another time. The price is great and I love that you can program it so you don’t have to worry about a thing. I can’t recommend enough.
  2. Aroma Digital Rice Cooker – This is another “program and forget” kitchen device we couldn’t live without. It is great to have along with the crockpots. (We normally use basmati rice.)
  3. Skinnytaste – Most of the healthy crockpot meals we make are from the Skinnytaste recipe site. Our favorites? Santa Fe Chicken and Sesame Honey Chicken (with added broccoli). Both are tasty and reheat well.
  4. Egg Cooker – This seems so very silly but is so very awesome. In minutes you have perfectly cooked, easy-to-peel eggs. We use this a lot.
  5. Fruit Infusion Pitcher - I know many people struggle to drink a lot of water. When I find myself getting tired of plain water, I break out this guy. Add any fruit or cucumbers and you will be amazed how good it is. I drink at least two pitchers a day.
  6. Shakeology – Almost every day I have a Shakeology shake. These are tasty (and I am picky when it comes to shakes) and nutritious and help keep my tummy settled and happy. I know a lot of people who have lost a lot of weight with these. (I instead use it as a healthy snack. It has completely eliminated my sweet tooth.) My favorite is the Chocolate Shakeology with a couple tablespoons of PB2 Powder (healthy peanut butter) and water or almond milk. (It tastes like a Reese Cup shake. For real.) I also love the Vanilla Shakeology with a handful of frozen fruit, half a banana and water. These shakes have been awesome for me. If you are interested in finding out more, you can contact my non-pushy and encouraging friend, Amy HERE.
  7. Soft Cookies – So we are pretty strict about cooking and eating healthy meals at home. However, I also like to treat my family to homemade treats now and then. My kiddos love soft cookies. Wanna know an easy trick I learned from my Grandma? Put a few pieces of bread in the cookie jar. The cookies will stay amazingly soft. You’re welcome. :)
  8. PackIt Freezable Lunch Bag – Our family takes packed lunches to school. This lunch bag is great as you freeze the whole thing and it keeps the food cold for a long time. So very cool.
  9. Nalgene Water Bottles – Finally! I finally found a water bottle that doesn’t leak. Perfect for the kid’s lunches.
  10. Sistema Containers – You may have seen that I use these in my craft room for many things, but I also have more-than-I-care-to-count for kid’s lunches. They are the perfect size and easy to open.

ORGANIZING

Not every part of my home is organized, but I do have some parts figured out. :)

  1. OXO Containers – I adore the OXO Containers for our dry goods in our cabinet. It is nice to get away from lots of half-empty boxes and be able to load several boxes into one container. (Note: I only use plastic containers for dry foods and never put them in the microwave.)
  2. Brother Label Maker – Ah… my partner in organizing. I can’t recommend this guy enough. Be sure to check out THIS video where I show how to conserve the amount of tape you use. Also, be sure to get THIS adapter to save on battery use.
  3. Erin Condren Planner – I have shared my love for this planner many times, including in THIS post and video. I keep it practical and useful and it has completely improved my productivity, happiness and stress-level. It simply makes me happier. I like many things about this particular planner, but I know there are many great ones out there.
  4. Cordless Pivot Vac – I am very impressed by this little cordless vacuum. I use it in my craft room and kitchen and car and more. It holds power well, empties easily, and doesn’t break the bank. I am impressed.
  5. Zipper Pouches – So I will admit – I have more of these in my house than I care to tell you. :) I use them for craft kits, kid’s toys, errand-running-stuff, my planner, school paperwork, kid’s art stuff – - everything. They are handy and durable. (The price on Amazon varies a lot. Sometimes they are only $2.00 and sometimes they are higher. May want to keep an eye on them and buy a bunch when the price is low.)

OTHER

Just have a few other random things you may like…

  1. Ad Block – If you like surfing the web, visiting blogs, peeking in on Facebook, etc. and are tired of ads, try installing Ad Block. I love it. I never have to see an ad… watch ads on YouTube (YES!) or anything. Can’t recommend it enough. It is like magic.
  2. Bouqs – If you ever send flowers to loved ones that are far away, I recommend checking out The Bouqs. Their flowers are so “real” – not a cheesy, sad arrangement that sometimes you get with big online flower sites. Unique, lovely flowers. There are no hidden service charges and ordering is simple. (Use THIS link and get a free bouquet – worth $40 – with purchase.)
  3. Happy Instagram – If you are like me and find Facebook a bit discouraging (somewhat full of complaining, depressing, political stuff) and instead want to find a happy place that uplifts, I would recommend Instagram. There is one account on Instagram in particular that is so very happy – the photos of Harlow and Sage. Just trust me – it is worth a visit to see these happy dogs who love each other so very much. (You can find me on Instagram, too.)
  4. Kapok Pillow – My physical therapist recommended this pillow as a great one – good for your neck. The price is good and there aren’t the nasty chemicals you find in other pillows. You can also take out part of the stuffing to make it lighter if you want. I have been thrilled with it.
  5. Oils – First, let me start by saying that I was a HUGE skeptic of oils. HUGE. But after the suggestion of many and out of complete desperation, I decided to try them. Thanks to the oils, I no longer have allergy problems. I quit allergy shots… which I had been getting 3 every week or so for 29 years. All I do is diffuse the oils into the air once a day and I am good. Not sure if they will work for you, but they worked for me. OH – and my family doesn’t get nearly as sick as we used to since diffusing Thieves. That stuff is amazing. If you want to know more about all this stuff, my friend Kristina is the one to ask. She can help you with anything.

So there are a few products I love outside of the crafty world. I would love to hear what you are finding helpful in your life these days.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will get a $50 gift certificate to Amazon! For your chance, just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 12/21/14 telling me about something you have found that is non-crafty that you love. Good luck! (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

Note: I have many winners to pick from the giveaways in My Favorite Crafty Things series. This takes me a lot of time to do this, so I will be slowly picking and contacting winners over the next several days. I will be posting all winner info on the Winners page. Thanks for your patience.

Affiliate and product disclosure can be found HERE.

My Favorite Crafty Things 2014: KITS & SUCH + Discount Codes + Giveaways

We have reached the end of My Favorite Crafty Things 2014! Today’s topic is our last… and it covers kits, fun accessories, etc. Please note – I have lots of new discount codes – be sure to check them out.

For the past several posts, I have been sharing my favorite crafty products of 2014. Each day has a different topic with lots of videos, big giveaways (see below) and even store discounts.

  • Studio Calico is offering a FREE card kit (Walden kit) with a new subscription and FREE shipping on your order (up to $99). Use the code “FREEJMG” by 11:59pmEST on 12/26/14. (That free shipping works on all products, including stamps and inks, etc.)
  • Birch Press Design is offering my readers 30% off your entire purchase with the code “mcguireink30″ by 11:59pmEST on 12/14/14. (I love their card stands!)
  • Freckled Fawn is giving you your first kit for FREE! Just subscribe to the OHDEERME Embellishment Kit Club and use the code “JMsub” during checkout. Code must be entered at checkout is good until 11:59pmMST on 12/18/14 or while supplies last.
  • Sakuralala is offering 15% off with the code “jmink” until 11:59pmEST on 12/24/14. (Their accessories are my fave!)
  • Pipsticks Sticker Subscription is offering one month FREE when you sign up for any 6 or 12-month subscription. Use the code “INK11″ at checkout before 11:59pmEST on 1/1/15.
  • Kiwi Crate, Koala Crate, Tinker Crate, and Doodle Crate – get $10 off by using my links. (Click on each name to check out. Their kits are awesome for kids ranging from ages 3 to 16.)
  • Erin Condren has great planners. Visit HERE and register for $10 off your life planner.
  • Organize More is offering 10% off storewide with the code “JMDEC14″ until 11:59pmEST on 12/15/14. (I featured their products earlier in this series.)

This video is on kits, planners, accessories and more…

[To watch on YouTube, click HERE.]

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And I wanted to mention: As always, I was not paid by these companies to include these products or to promote them. I just really like the products and thought you might, too.

That is it for My Favorite Crafty Things 2014. Thank you for joining me! You can see the complete series HERE. For my lists from 2013, click HERE.

GIVEAWAYS

Giveaway time! Today’s prizes are fabulous, thanks to several of my favorite companies. I have giveaways for FIVE more lucky winners. You could win one of these prizes:

For your chance, just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 12/16/14 telling me if you have ever used a crafting kit. Good luck! (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

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My Favorite Crafty Things 2014: ORGANIZATION + Discount Codes + Giveaways

Welcome back to My Favorite Crafty Things 2014. This is the last day of “normal crafty products” for this series… with only a bit next week focused on kits, stationary, etc. Because of this, please note that some of the discount codes end very soon. However! I did add a few new discount codes – be sure to check them out.

For the past several posts, I have been sharing my favorite crafty products of 2014. Each day has a different topic with lots of videos, big giveaways (see below) and even store discounts. 

  • Simon Says Stamps is offering my readers 15% off the products I feature (shown HERE) using the code “JFAVES″ until 11:59pmEST on 12/5/14.
  • Ellen Hutson is offering my readers 10% off site-wide using the code “jensfav14” until 11:59pmEST on 12/7/14. (Includes in-stock items.)
  • My Favorite Things is offering my readers 10% off site-wide using the code “FAVORITE” until 11:59pmEST on 12/7/14. (Excludes products in the “brand new” category.)
  • Twig & Linen is offering 20% off using the code “jmfav” until 11:59pmEST on 12/10/14. (My favorite place for personalized stamps – see HERE!)
  • NEW!!!!! Organize More is offering 10% off storewide with the code “JMDEC14″ until 11:59pmEST on 12/15/14.
  • NEW!!!!! Birch Press Design is offering my readers 30% off your entire purchase with the code “mcguireink30″ by 11:50pmEST on 12/14/14. (I love their card stands!)

This video on organization is a bit different than the others in this series. There was just too much to include here, so I have links to several other videos where you can find more info. I hope this works ok – I felt this was the best way to present it.

[Affiliate links used. To watch on YouTube, click HERE.]

Here are links to videos giving a closer look at the mentioned organization and storage systems:

If you are interested in any products, click on one of the abbreviations under the product images… SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AZ for Amazon, etc. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found HERE.

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I will be back next week with a few last things for My Favorite Crafty Things 2014. You can keep up to date on all the topics HERE. For my lists from 2013, click HERE.

GIVEAWAYS

Giveaway time! Today’s prizes are fabulous, thanks to several of my favorite companies. I have giveaways for FOUR more lucky winners. You could win one of these prizes:

  • $60 gift certificate to Organize More!
  • $50 gift certificate to Amazon.
  • Three Tim Holtz Distress Ink Tins and one Mini Distress Ink Set from Ranger.
  • 12 Distress Markers from Ranger.

For your chance, just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 12/10/14 telling me your favorite crafting organization tip. Good luck! (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)