Video: Adding Dimension to Cards + GIVEAWAY

Hi there. Today’s video is a bit different than my other videos. It’s more like a crafty service announcement. :) I’ve received lots of questions about why I use craft foam instead of foam tape for adding dimension to my cards. Here’s why…

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Over the year, I have been noticing that cards sent through the mail with lots of foam tape pieces don’t hold up well. So the engineer in me wanted to do a bit of research. I sent two cards to myself (the mail lady thought I was a bit crazy). One card had a panel with foam tape strips behind it and the other with craft foam. The card using the craft foam for dimension held up much better in the mail. The one using foam tape was bent and had creases. Proof! So for large panels, I use fun foam.

When I purchase my fun/craft foam, I cut it into pieces slightly smaller than a standard note card so they’re ready to go. When adhering the fun foam to a card, I use a tape runner (and also squirt some Multi Matte Medium with a fine nozzle under the corners), Stick-It or Scor-Tape (aka Be Creative Tape).  There is adhesive backed fun foam on the market, but I have found that it doesn’t always die-cut well.

Fun foam can also be used with your dies. They make great embellishments and can even be heated with a heat gun to be made smaller. I usually use THIS white foam but I have found THIS multi-color pack that I like as well. The colors in it are actually pretty!

I do still use my big roll of foam adhesive tape for adding small pieces. I really like it and it lasts forever.

I hope this gives you a better explanation of why I use craft foam for dimension of large pieces on my cards. I put a lot of time and love into my cards and I want to make sure they get to the recipient in good shape!

GIVEAWAY

I have THREE prizes for a luck winner: a pack of white craft foam, a pack of colored craft foam, and a huge roll of foam adhesive – - all of my favorites! (I love to share.) For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 6/30/15 telling me what your favorite adhesive is. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

SUPPLIES

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New Products + GIVEAWAY

Hello! I have been getting emails asking when the newest Simon Says Stamp products would be available… and what I thought of the newest ink colors. I will have a video tomorrow showing a close look at inks and how they compare to existing colors. In the meantime, here is a look at the new colors

Tomorrow’s video will also show a fun technique I used on 10 (!!!!) cards. Here is a peek…

So stay tuned! The video will be up early on Friday.

In the meantime, if you are interested in seeing the new products, you can find them HERE… or in the thumbnails below. I will say – that the Large Grid Paper Pad is something I have wanted for a long time. Be sure to check it out!

GIVEAWAY

So I ordered a bunch of the Large Grid Paper Pads for myself… and got an extra for a lucky winner. For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 6/17/15 telling me your favorite product in this release. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

NEW PRODUCTS

Here are the new SSS products. (Affiliate links used. Product disclosure can be found here.) Enjoy!

Video: WPlus9 Product Close-Up Video + BIG Giveaway

Hi! I am back with yet another Product Release Close-Up Video… this time covering the new WPlus9 products. I don’t normally do these often, but right now there are several releases from companies that I think are worth looking at.

I know all these new products can be overwhelming, so I am hoping that these videos help you better understand what each product has to offer and if any products need to come home to you. :) And with each release video, I do giveaways so you have a chance to win new things, too. I will have only a couple more release videos in the next few weeks… I promise to get back to normal craft videos soon. :)

Today’s video gives a close look at the newest WPlus9 release. And – again – I got a bit of help from my 9-year-old son, Colin.

[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.]

The new Wplus9 products are available at Simon Says Stamp, Ellen Hutson, WPlus9, and Butterfly Reflections.

In the video, I had a bit of help from my son, Colin. He is 9 and came into my office and took over my video camera. I think his card is clever and wanted to share it with you! He used the new WPlus9 Happy Mail set… and added his own baseball. The bunnies are playing catch! Clever.

CHECK IT OUT

In the video, I also shared a few cards made by some talented artists on the WPlus9 team. Be sure to check out their blogs: Maureen Merritt, Kelly Latevola, and Kara Vrabel. (Thank you for letting me share your work!) Also, Dawn from WPlus9 continually shares amazing work on her blog HERE. I can’t recommend it enough.

GIVEAWAY

When emailing with my friend Dawn (the owner of WPlus9 – she is a gem), I mentioned I was doing this video and she offered to give a $50 gift certificate to her store for one lucky winner!!!! For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 6/9/15 telling me your favorite product in this release. (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. Thanks for sending me these products for the video, WPlus9! And as always – I was not paid or asked to do this review. Never.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), WPlus9 (WP9), etc.

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VIDEO: Product Release Close-Up Video: Lawn Fawn + GIVEAWAY

Hi! As I warned you, there are lots of great products coming out this week. :) My hope is that by doing videos on these new releases, you can better decide if any of the products are right for you. (And – again – don’t hate me if you like them all – I didn’t design them! LOL)

Today’s close-up video gives a look at the newest Lawn Fawn release. Lawn Fawn always delivers the best of products… and their inks are wonderful.

[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.]

Great products, huh? You can find them at Simon Says Stamp, Ellen Hutson and Lawn Fawn.

Oh – and stay tuned for a video coming soon with these little guys…

INK SWATCH DOWNLOADS

I have a free Ink Swatch Download for these Lawn Fawn Inks – just click HERE. To see my complete list of Ink Swatch Downloads and how I create and store them, head over HERE.

To learn more about the Lawn Fawn Ink properties, check out THIS video. Truly, this is an “all around good guy” ink!

GIVEAWAY

I have a stamp set and coordinating die from from the new Lawn Fawn release for one lucky winner! For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 6/8/15 telling me what your favorite product is from this release. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” some time after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

PRODUCTS MENTIONED

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Video: Product Release Close-Up: My Favorite Things + GIVEAWAY

Hi! I am going to start by giving you a little warning. :) I have a several Product Release Close-Up Videos coming in the next few days. I don’t normally do these often, but right now there are several releases from companies that I think are spectacular and worth sharing. My hope is that these videos give you a closer look at the products and help you decide if any of the products are right for you. (And don’t hate me if you like them all – I didn’t design them! LOL)

Today’s video gives a close look at the newest My Favorite Things release. I will say that the products from My Favorite Things just seem to get better and better each month. Not sure how they manage that – impressive!

[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.]

My goodness – so much good stuff! And by the way – as always – My Favorite Things did not ask or pay me to do this video – I did it in hopes of helping all of you decide if any of the products work for you.

The products are available now at My Favorite Things and Simon Says Stamp.

In the video, I had a little help from my son, Colin. He is 9 and enjoys making cards with me. (There is something about age 9 – our older girls loved cardmaking at that age, too.) He usually isn’t around when I work (I try to only work in my craft room when he is at school), but he was there when I was finishing up this video and wanted to play along. Here is the card he made for his teacher using the awesome Penguins in Paradise stamp set. Isn’t it fun?

GIVEAWAY

I have a stamp set and coordinating die from from the new My Favorite Things release for one lucky winner! For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 6/6/15 telling me what your favorite product is from this release. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” some time after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

PRODUCTS MENTIONED

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Video: More On the Clean Color Real Brush Pens + GIVEAWAY

Hi! After sharing my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen videos the other day, I received a lot of questions… so I decided to create another. I hope it is helpful!

[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.]

As I mentioned, this is my third info video on the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens… intended to answer many questions I have received. The first gives a basic intro to the pens (HERE) and the second shows 6 ways to use them (HERE). Be sure to check those out if you have not already. (And by the way – as always – I was not paid or asked to do these videos. I just truly like the product.)

In the video, I also mentioned that I store my pens in a handy, inexpensive container that is 6″x6″x6″ and can stored vertically or horizontally. I am so glad to be able to grab them and go!

Using a small hole punch, I created a dot of the color to adhere to the pen’s cap. I finished it off with a coat of Glossy Accents. This color coding makes it SO much easier for me to find the color I want.

COLORS

I purchased all 80 of the colors available so that you can get a closer look at the colors. (Scroll down for the free ink swatch download.) Please know that you don’t need all 80. (Unless, of course, you think you will use them a lot, lol. I have definitely gotten my money’s worth. These bad boys are even going on vacation with me in a few weeks!) You can get a handful of colors and mix and blend to form new colors. (Click to make bigger.)

The colors I reach for most often are: 200, 021, 025, 020, 052, 050, 041, 045, 302, 036, 031, 042, 030, 080, 082, 090, 091, 071, 064, 062.

INK SWATCH DOWNLOAD

If you would like to create ink swatches like I share here, you can download THIS file. Just print it on watercolor paper (or whatever paper you prefer), add the color and trim them down.

SOURCES + COST

There are a few places you can get the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. Keep in mind – there is a high demand for them right now, so they are out of stock at many stores. Stores are waiting on the manufacturers to get them more.

  • Simon Says Stamp has packs and individual markers coming soon – very soon!
  • Ellen Hutson has packs and all individual markers.
  • Amazon has several packs. The pricing on their packs is lower than other stores because I believe they are coming direct from the manufacturer… from Japan. Shipping will take some time and the prices will flux based on demand.
  • Dick Blick (a wonderful online art store) has some packs and some of the individual markers.
  • Hallmark Scrapbook and Crafts also has a few of the packs. I have not personally ordered from them but have talked a lot with the owner and they seem wonderful and supportive of the industry. I have also spoke with many of my readers who have had great experiences with them.
  • There are a few other online art and marker stores that sell them individually. Be careful – I just had a bad experience with one. I recommend the ones I mentioned here. :)

These markers are a little more than $3 a piece. This is much less than a Copic Marker, but more than many watercolor markers. Keep in mind that these markers can be used in mutiple ways to get multiple looks. Therefore, I feel the price is good. Purchasing the pens in packs helps keep the cost down a bit.

PACKS

Many people have asked which colors are included in each pack. Here is a list. Keep in mind that there are 80 colors available, but the biggest pack is 60. The remaining 20 need to be purchased individually if you want them all. (Click store abbreviations next to the product name for links to products – Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Amazon (AZ), Dick Blick (DB).)

  • 4 pack – pale (DB): 21 Light Carmine, 036 Light Blue, 052 Bright Yellow, 081 Light Purple
  • 4 pack – pop (DB): 025 Pink, 031 Cobalt Blue, 041 Light Green, 051 Lemon Yellow
  • 4 pack – pure (DB): 022 Carmine Red, 030 Blue, 040 Green, 050 Yellow
  • 4 pack – deep (DB): 027 Dark Pink, 035 Deep Blue, 043 Olive Green, 061 Light Brown
  • 6 pack (DB): 010 Black, 082 Purple, 022 Carmine Red, 032 Persian Blue, 040 Green, 052 Bright Yellow
  • 12 pack (SSS | EH | AZ | DB): 010 Black, 022 Carmine Red, 025 Pink, 030 Blue, 031 Cobalt Blue, 041 Light Green, 040 Green, 050 Yellow, 060 Brown, 070 Orange, 081 Light Violet, 091 Light Gray
  • 24 pack (EH | AZ): 010 Black, 022 Carmine Red, 025 Pink, 026 Light Pink, 030 Blue, 031 Cobalt Blue, 032 Persian Blue, 041 Light Green, 040 Green, 043 Olive Green, 044 Deep Green, 045 Pale Green, 050 Yellow, 052 Bright Yellow, 060 Brown, 062 Dark Brown, 070 Orange, 071 Flesh Color, 072 Beige, 080 Violet, 081 Light Violet, 090 Gray, 091 Light Gray, 092 Blue Gray,
  • 36 pack (EH | AZ): 010 Black, 021 Light Carmine, 022 Carmine Red, 025 Pink, 026 Light Pink, 030 Blue, 031 Cobalt Blue, 032 Persian Blue, 041 Light Green, 040 Green, 043 Olive Green, 044 Deep Green, 045 Pale Green, 050 Yellow, 052 Bright Yellow, 060 Brown, 062 Dark Brown, 070 Orange, 071 Flesh Color, 072 Beige, 080 Violet, 081 Light Violet, 090 Gray, 091 Light Gray, 092 Blue Gray, 028 Pale Pink, 035 Deep Blue, 046 Mid Green, 047 May Green, 064 Oatmeal, 065 Mid Brown, 067 Mustard, 093 Green Gray, 094 Gray Brown, 095 Dark Gray, 096 Mid Gray
  • 48 pack (SSS | EH | AZ): 010 Black, 021 Light Carmine, 022 Carmine Red, 025 Pink, 026 Light Pink, 030 Blue, 031 Cobalt Blue, 032 Persian Blue, 041 Light Green, 040 Green, 043 Olive Green, 044 Deep Green, 045 Pale Green, 050 Yellow, 052 Bright Yellow, 060 Brown, 062 Dark Brown, 070 Orange, 071 Flesh Color, 072 Beige, 080 Violet, 081 Light Violet, 090 Gray, 091 Light Gray, 092 Blue Gray, 028 Pale Pink, 035 Deep Blue, 046 Mid Green, 047 May Green, 064 Oatmeal, 065 Mid Brown, 067 Mustard, 093 Green Gray, 094 Gray Brown, 095 Dark Gray, 096 Mid Gray, 024 Wine Red, 023 Scarlet Red, 036 Light Blue, 037 Cornflour Blue, 038 Peacock Blue, 042 Turquoise Green, 051 Lemon Yellow, 061 Light Brown, 063 Ochre, 066 Dark Oatmeal, 082 Purple, 083 Lilac
  • 60 pack (SSS | EH | AZ): 010 Black, 021 Light Carmine, 022 Carmine Red, 025 Pink, 026 Light Pink, 030 Blue, 031 Cobalt Blue, 032 Persian Blue, 041 Light Green, 040 Green, 043 Olive Green, 044 Deep Green, 045 Pale Green, 050 Yellow, 052 Bright Yellow, 060 Brown, 062 Dark Brown, 070 Orange, 071 Flesh Color, 072 Beige, 080 Violet, 081 Light Violet, 090 Gray, 091 Light Gray, 092 Blue Gray, 028 Pale Pink, 035 Deep Blue, 046 Mid Green, 047 May Green, 064 Oatmeal, 065 Mid Brown, 067 Mustard, 093 Green Gray, 094 Gray Brown, 095 Dark Gray, 096 Mid Gray, 024 Wine Red, 023 Scarlet Red, 036 Light Blue, 037 Cornflour Blue, 038 Peacock Blue, 042 Turquoise Green, 051 Lemon Yellow, 061 Light Brown, 063 Ochre, 066 Dark Oatmeal, 082 Purple, 083 Lilac, 001 Fl. Yellow, 002 Fl. Orange, 003 Fl. Pink, 004 Fl. Green, 020 Red, 027 Dark Pink, 029 Geranium Red, 033 Persian Green, 034 Dull Blue, 048 Emerald Green, 053 Yellow Green, 084 Deep Violet
  • Remaining 20 – Available individually and not in packs (SSS | EH | DB): 200 Sugared Almond Pink, 220 Tea Rose, 202 Peach Pink, 222 Pink Flamingo, 230 Pale Rose, 260 Deep Red, 049 Green Shadow, 400 Marine Green, 303 Shadow Mauve, 302 Haze Blue, 803 English Lavender, 068 Deep Brown, 075 Brick Beige, 098 Pale Dawn Gray, 069 Blush, 900 Warm Gray 2, 901 Gray Tint, 097 Pale Gray, 099 Cool Gray 1, 902 Natural Gray

GIVEAWAY

I bought an extra 12 pack of Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens to give to a lucky winner! For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 5/31/15 telling me if you prefer watercolor or other forms of coloring. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

SUPPLIES

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