New Simon Says Stamp Inks + Papers… Video + Giveaway!

Hello! Recently Simon Says Stamp released their own line of dye inks and papers. I received a whole lot of questions about these inks (and how they compare to Hero Arts Shadow Inks), so I thought I would do a video showing a closer look.

As I mentioned in the video, the Simon Says Stamp Inks are made by the same USA company as the Hero Arts Shadow Inks that I have always loved. Therefore, they have very similar properties… which is a good thing! These inks stamp beautifully. The more colors the merrier, right? The SSS Inks offer bright and vibrant everyday colors… partnering nicely with the often more muted or soft Hero Arts colors. And both inks are from great companies with generous, industry-supporting, artist-cheerleading, positive people. Yay! I will be using them both here on my blog. I’m in love!

Here are swatches of the Hero Arts Shadow Inks and Simon Says Stamp Inks together. To find the inks, scroll down to the thumbnails below.

Note: These aren’t the best photos – I tried my best – I am not the best photographer. Also, computer monitors can cause them to be off. But I hope that between this and the video you can get a better idea of how the colors compare.

Oh my, this rainbow of colors makes my crafty heart so happy. It’s the simple things, right? :)

GIVEAWAY

Want to try out the new Simon Says Stamp Inks and Papers? For your chance to win my four favorite ink colors and a variety pack of the papers, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 12/10/13. Good luck! (As always, this giveaway is open to those overseas, too.)

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Video + Ink Comparison: Pigment and Dye Inks

Hello! As promised, I am back with a comparison of several newer inks: Hero Arts Shadow Inks, My Favorite Things Dye Inks and Memento Luxe Pigment Inks.

Hero Arts Shadow Inks (which include Soft and Mid-Tone) have been out for awhile, but many new colors have been released lately. They are a must-have dye ink for all stampers. My Favorite Things Dye Inks are a bit newer and have some nice, more intense colors. Memento Luxe Pigment Inks are the newest of the bunch and offer amazing results that I am loving. (NOTE: I only included these newer inks due to lots of questions about them. Please know that I still lovelovelove Distress Inks for techniques – my favorite!)

Instead of typing out a comparison, I did a quick video:

Here is a color comparison. I put all the Hero Arts Shadow, My Favorite Things and Luxe Inks together to make it easy to compare:

(Note: A couple of the newest MFT inks are not included in this comparison as they came out after it was created.)

Many people will ask which my favorite is. Honestly – it is up to you. Hero Arts Shadow Inks work well for all stampers as a basic, no-fail ink. Memento Luxe Inks are pigment and therefore need a bit more care, but give fabulous, solid results and works with embossing and on colored cardstocks. The My Favorite Things Inks are great for getting the results you want immediately. I would recommend trying different ones and deciding which you like best. Me? I will use them all. But this is my job and I need as many tools as possible. :)

People also have asked how the Memento Luxe Ink compares to the regular Memento. I like Luxe better for general stamping – especially of solid images.

By the way, I used my favorite Hero Arts background stamp on these ink swatches – the Leaf and Floral Background. I also used Neenah white cardstock for the tags, along with the Tim Holtz Tiny Tabs and Tags die. (This is an awesome die – cuts through many layers at once!) All these tags go on a ring together with all my other inks.

And a big thanks to my Kay for putting this together. She earned a little extra spending money for college… you all got an ink comparison… and I have my ink swatch ring! :)

Please leave an questions you may have below and I will reply to them here. Enjoy!

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Below are the products featured aboe. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH and for My Favorite Things, click MFT…

 

 

Tim Holtz Tiny Tabs & Tags Die (SSS|EH)

 

Vagabond Die Cutting Machine (SSS|EH)

 

 

 

 

Neenah White Cardstock 250 Sheets (SSS|EH)

 

Neenah White Cardstock 25 Sheets (EH|SSS)

 

Memento Luxe Rhubarb Stalk Ink Pad (SSS|EH)

 

Memento Luxe Love Letter Ink Pad (SSS|EH)

 

Memento Luxe Rose Bud Ink Pad (SSS|EH)

 

Memento Luxe Angel Pink Ink Pad (SSS|EH)

 

Memento Luxe Morocco Ink Pad (SSS|EH)

 

Memento Luxe Dandelion Ink Pad (SSS|EH)

 

Memento Luxe Olive Grove Ink Pad (SSS|EH)

 

Memento Luxe Pistachio Ink Pad (SSS|EH)

 

Memento Luxe Northern Pine Ink Pad (SSS|EH)

 

Memento Luxe Pear Tart Ink Pad (SSS|EH)

 

Memento Luxe Teal Zeal Ink Pad (SSS|EH)

 

Memento Luxe Bahama Blue Ink Pad (SSS|EH)

 

Memento Luxe Nautical Blue Ink Pad (SSS|EH)

 

Memento Luxe Danube Blue Ink Pad (SSS|EH)

 

Memento Luxe Elderberry Ink Pad (SSS|EH)

 

Memento Luxe Sweet Plum Ink Pad (SSS|EH)

 

Memento Luxe Lilac Posies Ink Pad (SSS|EH)

 

Memento Luxe Espresso Truffle Ink Pad (SSS|EH)

 

Memento Luxe Peanut Brittle Ink Pad (SSS|EH)

 

Memento Luxe Toffee Crunch Ink Pad (SSS|EH)

 

Memento Luxe Gray Flannel Ink Pad (SSS|EH)

 

Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black Ink Pad (SSS|EH)

 

Memento Luxe Wedding Dress Ink Pad (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Raspberry Jam Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Red Royal Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Bubble Gum Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Pale Tomato Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Fresh Peach Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Orange Soda Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Butter Bar Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Forever Green Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Field Greens Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Green Hills Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Tide Pool Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Pool Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Mint Julep Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Navy Blue Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Cornflower Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Stone Wash Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Grape Juice Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Passion Flower Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Cup O Joe Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Wet Cement Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Charcoal Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Soft Blossom Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Soft Pink Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Soft Cantaloupe Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Soft Yellow Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Soft Leaf Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Soft Olive Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Soft Green Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Soft Stone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Soft Pool Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Soft Sky Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Soft Lilac Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Soft Purple Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Soft Brown Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Soft Sand Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Soft Granite Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inktense Pencil Giveaway!

Hello!

One of the questions I get the most…

“Which Inktense Pencil colors do you use the most?”

Well, I talked to Heidi over at Simon Says Stamp and (since she is super cool) she put together three custom sets of my favorite colors. Yay! (And keep reading… I have some tips about these pencils for you. Inktense pencils are a unique pencil that are a cross between watercolor, paint and ink. Very unique. And very awesome.)

The first set is the Rainbow Collection. This has all the basic colors. You can use less water on your brush to make them more vibrant, or more water to make them softer. Love that option…

If you like “less bright” colors, check out the Jewel Tones Collection. Again, these can go darker or lighter…

And finally, we have the Brights Collection. These are fun, playful and trendy. And that grey in there is a must-have…

(Oh, and thanks to Sarah, Jana, Stephanie and Heidi for your input on these collections! And of course to Heidi for making them happen.)

If you want to see all of the Inktense sets, you can go HERE. I have the big momma set, but keep in mind this is my job. Otherwise I would have gone with one of the ones above. :)

And while I am talking about Inktense Pencils, there are a few things worth mentioning. First, don’t be intimidated if the color on the top of the pencil looks super dark. Any color can be made lighter or darker, depending on how much pencil you use and how much water you use. I took this picture while it was still very wet – you can see the color moving…

Also, Inktense Pencils can trick the eye. For example, the tip of this Mustard pencil looks very green. However, when you use it, the color is a gorgeous yellow…

Therefore, I recommend making ink swatches to help with making sure you have the right color for your project. Here is mine. I used a Tim Holtz die to cut the tags from my favorite watercolor paper and “painted” with my favorite water brush. And I keep in mind that each color can easily go lighter or darker…

Finally, if you wanted some videos and examples showing how to use Inktense Pencils, check these out:


Time for a giveaway! Leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 3/18 for your chance to win the Rainbow Collection of Inktense Pencils! Good luck. :)

 

 

New Fiskars Trimmer + BIG Giveaway!

There is one tool all crafters need more than anything else: A really good paper trimmer.

Today, I have a video sharing my favorites – including the new big momma Fiskars ProCision Trimmer….


Here are the products I feature…

The ProCision trimmer really is amazing. It is heavy duty, but does not sacrifice precision and fine cutting…


That blade? That blade cuts like butter. Even through many layers.


I have the Procision Trimmer sitting on my side desk and use it on every card. But I still have my ol’ favorite SureCut Trimmer right in the thick of things on my workspace. It is smaller and good for quick cuts while I am in crafting action…


I still love that wire guide. It is perfect for cutting out strips of already-stamped greetings. I know people have said the wire has frayed on them, but I have several of these trimmers and use them daily and it has never happened to me. (Fiskars has great customer service, btw!)


I know many people like guillotine-style trimmers. However, with kids around (and the fact that I am clumsy), I don’t feel comfortable with them.

So there you have it – the tale of two great trimmers.

* I was not asked to do this post by Fiskars. I did it because I finally found trimmers I love and wanted to share my discoveries. I get asked about trimmers quite often. *


And since I like to share, how about giving one of the big bad momma paper trimmers to a lucky winner? Just leave a comment here by Saturday at 11:59pmEST for your chance to win a Fiskars ProCision Paper Trimmer! Good luck.

I must enable…

So I have little-to-no creative juices right now. But I still had to pop in today to give you a heads up on a must-have that you have to move fast on. A few people have emailed asking me about this new product, so here goes…

Ranger just released a new set of limited edition Spring Distress Inks – Peacock Feathers, Squeezed Lemonade and Shaded Lilac. When I saw the colors, I knew I needed in Peacock Feathers. But I wasn’t sure on the other two colors. Until I played with them…

So Peacock Feathers it the perfect teal color. A little more green than Broken China. A little more blue than Evergreen Bough. To me, it is the color of the Caribbean ocean. Just perfect. (More on this in a moment.)

Then Shaded Lilac. I thought I could pass on this since I am not huge on purple. But I was wrong. It has a lovely blue tint to it. It is like a happy indigo that makes me want to color easter eggs. A fun color.

And finally Squeezed Lemonade. Yes, we all need a happy sunshine yellow and this fits the bill. A great color that will be great for watercoloring.

So, yes, we need these. We all need these…

And for those of you who emailed asking how the Peacock Feathers compares to the other blues and greens in the Distress Ink family, here you go… (fancy inking I did for you here, huh? ha.)

Told you it is perfect. The color difference is a bit more intense in real life.

And if these new colors weren’t fab enough, Ranger also just release reinkers for all of their special edition sets. First, they have reinkers for the Spring set above. I am over the moon thrilled about reinkers for the previous limited edition sets as I love Gathered Twigs from the Autumn set and Evergreen Boughs and Festive Berries from the Winter set. Yay for reinkers!

So there you have it. Love these inks. Oh, and I love to share. So…


Let’s give a set of the Spring Distress Inks away! Just leave a comment here by Wednesday at 11:59pmEST telling me your favorite Distress Ink color for your chance to win. Good luck!

 

Video: Hero Arts Frame Cuts + Giveaway

Happy Monday.

Today I have a video I put together for the fab Simon Says Stamp folks. In it, I show Hero Arts Frame Cuts. Frame Cuts are thin, open dies that match up with many of Hero Arts stamps. These dies are unique… here’s why…

Hero Arts has also put together a key showing which stamps match with which dies. You can find this download HERE. When shopping, look for the orange letter sticker on the top of the Frame Cut package. Then find the stamp with the matching letter sticker. These will match! Also, if you go to Simon Says Stamp and click on a Frame Cut set, you can scroll down to the ‘related products” and see the stamps that match.

Here are the matches:

You can see all the Frame Cuts HERE and find the matching stamps HERE at Simon Says Stamp.

In the video I talk about the plates needed for these thin dies. HOWEVER, if you already have a machine and plates that cut other thin dies on the market, then you are set! You will be able to use these the same way. If you need plates for your Big Shot to make thin dies work, check THIS bundle out. This set will give you everything you need for thin dies, embossing folders, etc. If you have a Vagabond, get THIS and you are set. Sizzix discontinued other plates (the universal ones) and these are the new replacements. The nice thing is that you can use long dies with these longer plates.


The sweet folks at Simon Says Stamp is letting me giveaway the Hearts Frame Cut set! Just leave a comment here by Thursday at 11:59pm EST. Good luck.

Hope this helps! Enjoy.