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

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 getting these products to me so I could do this video, MFT!) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), My Favorite Things (MFT), etc

 

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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. (WARNING: I heard someone mentioned that adding the Glossy Accents on top of the color dots actually changed the color of the dot. You may want to test first!)

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

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), Dick Blick (DB), etc.

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Video: SSS Product Release Close-Up Video + GIVEAWAY

Today I have a Product Release Close-Up video for you… giving a close look at the products in the newest Simon Says Stamp release and ideas on how to use them. (I only do this if I am inspired by and love an entire product release from a company. I am hoping it helps you decide if any of the products are right for you.) All the products can be found HERE and linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.

[To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE. Affiliate links used.]

You can see the whole collection HERE, or in the thumbnails below.

Stay tuned – I have a video coming tomorrow with ways to use a few of these products!

GIVEAWAY

Want to win a $50 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp (my treat!) so you can get some new products? For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/28/15 telling me your favorite of the new products. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

FEATURED PRODUCTS

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 the products, SSS!) 

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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Product Release Close-Up Video: Altenew + GIVEAWAY

Ask and you shall receive! Today I have a “product release close-up” video sharing a look at the newest Altenew release and ideas on how to use the products. I only do these videos if I like a release a lot (and if I get enough requests), and this one is a fabulous one. I also have a giveaway!

[Click HERE to watch on YouTube in HD.]

I hope this video was helpful in deciding if any of these products are right for you.

I encourage you to check out the Altenew Blog to see the other cards I shared in the video. (A big thanks to Jennifer and Tasnim for letting me use them!)

GIVEAWAY

I have a great giveaway for you today! One lucky winner will get THREE of my favorite stamp sets from this Altenew release! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 11/30/14 telling me your favorite product from this post. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

PRODUCTS MENTIONED

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