Video: Liquid Adhesive Solutions Update + GIVEAWAY

Hello. Today’s video is an update for fine-tip, no-clog, adhesive solutions.

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My two favorite adhesives are Ranger’s Glossy Accents and Multi Medium Matte. Glossy Accents is a clear, strong adhesive that I like to put on top of embellishments for some shine. Multi Medium Matte is a very strong adhesive that dries matte. However, I find that changing out the tips of these bottles gives a better application and prevents them from clogging. I had done a video on this awhile back but wanted to update it as I get a lot of emails asking if these solutions still work.

For small bottles (such as the Mini Glossy Accents and Multi Medium Matte), I like to take the nozzle off with pliers and replace it with the Quilled Creations fine-tip nozzle. When placing the cap back on, press lightly. Pushing too hard may result in getting it stuck or damaging the needle. Also, I’ve found that the connector piece can come off, which I don’t mind at all, but it’s a personal preference.

For large bottles (such as the large Glossy Accents), I remove the nozzle with pliers and replace it with the Scraperfect No-Clog Writing Cap. I suggest wiping the tip off of glossy accents before placing the cap back on. I really like that the needle in the cap prevents clogging.

Another solution that is cost effective is placing a plastic hang tie (off of clothing) inside the applicator. No need for the cap and it prevents clogging as well.

There are many options out there (trust me – I think I tried them all!), but these have worked the best for me. Hopefully, one of these will work for you too!

GIVEAWAY

How would you like to win TWO Quilled Creations bottles, a Glossy Accents and a Multi Medium Matte? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 7/31/15 telling me your favorite liquid adhesive. (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 Simon Says Stamp Inks + GIVEAWAY

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I will be back tomorrow with a video using and featuring some of the newest products from Simon Says Stamp. However, I have been getting *a lot* of emails this morning asking about how the 12 newest colors of SSS dye inks compare to the older ones. In tomorrow’s video, I will give a close look at each color. But in the meantime, I thought I would share some images here.

But first, here are the newest Simon Says Stamp products:

Below are all the Simon Says Stamp ink swatches. I know these are not the best photos but I was in a hurry this morning. (I am guessing I am not the only mom spending 3.5 hours on average each day driving kids around to summer activities! OH MY.) But I am hoping that the photos will at least show how the inks differ.

If you are new to these dye inks and their properties, please check out THIS video for more info. To create your own ink swatches, head HERE.

GIVEAWAY

How would you like to win one of the new stamps and dies from this release? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 7/25/15 telling me which of the new SSS products is your favorite. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

See you tomorrow with more info, including ink swatch downloads for these new inks.

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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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