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.

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH | LF)

 

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(SSS | EH | LF)

 

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(SSS | EH | LF)

 

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(SSS | EH | LF)

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH | LF)

 

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(SSS | EH | LF)

 

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(SSS | EH | LF)

 

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(SSS | EH | LF)

 

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( SSS )

 

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( SSS | EH )

 

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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.

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH | AZ)

 

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH | AZ)

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SP )

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | MFT | AZ)

 

 

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

Here are links to the products I featured in the video. Click SSS for Simon Says Stamp or ALT for Altenew. You can also see them together HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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( SSS | ALT )

 

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( SSS | ALT )

 

 

 

 

2 Videos: Marker Watercolor + Release Close-Up + GIVEAWAY

Hello! Today I have TWO videos. The first has three cards… all showing more of the easy shimmer marker watercolor technique that I shared a few days ago. The second is a “product release close-up video” give you a close look at the newest and very awesome My Favorite Things release.

[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.]

I started off by die-cutting some square, oval, and rectangle Stitched Stax dies from My Favorite Things out of some Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock and stamped some adorable new MFT Jingle All The Way images in the center of them using Hero Arts Black Ink. This is a great ink to use when using watercolor because it is a permanent ink.

Want an easy way to get a shimmer watercolor look? Try using your Wink of Stella pen for watercolor instead of water. To color the image, I started by laying some color down to the outer edge of my image using some Tombow markers. Then I use my Wink of Stella marker to pull color to the center of the image. I like to work in small areas drying in between with my heat gun. I also find that tracing around the image with a black marker really makes the image pop and gives it a finished look.

Another fun element I used on this happy Santa image is an Action Wobbler. It is a spring with adhesive on both sides that can make your images come to life with movement.

Here’s a cool tip: I found that you can reactivate your Wink of Stella marker when the liquid of the marker runs out by adding water to the shimmer that is still inside. Woot! Perfect for this watercolor technique.

Oh – and you don’t damage your Wink of Stella by getting color on it. You can easily just scribble it off.

For the frames around my stamped pieces, I nestled the Stitched Stax die together like a puzzle and ran it through my die-cut machine. I find this really draws attention to the stamping.

Don’t have Tombow Markers? No worries. You can always use Distress Markers or any other watercolor marker. You can also substitute the Wink of Stella with plain water and a paintbrush. (All the products for these cards are listed at the end of this post.)

PRODUCT RELEASE CLOSE-UP VIDEO

Since this newest My Favorite Things release is so good, I decided to do another “product release close-up” video… sharing a close look at the product. I only do these videos if I like a release a lot. (Please note that I was not asked to do this video, nor paid to.)

[Click HERE to watch on YouTube in HD.]

Remember – if you shop HERE at My Favorite Things and spend more than $60, you get a free gift – the Christmas Tree Cut-Out die set.

GIVEAWAY

I have a great giveaway for you today! One lucky winner will get TWO stamp sets and TWO die sets from My Favorite Things! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 10/26/14 telling me your favorite product in this release.

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), My Favorite Things (MFT), and Amazon (AZ).

CLICK A SHOP:
( MFT | SSS )

 

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( MFT | SS )

 

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( MFT | SSS )

 

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( MFT | SSS )

 

 

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( SSS )

 

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( SSS | AZ )

 

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( AZ )

 

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(SSS | EH | AZ)

 

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(SSS | EH | AZ)

 

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(SSS | EH | AZ)

 

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( SSS | EH )

 

 

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( SSS | EH )

 

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( SSS )

 

 

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( SSS | AMZ )

 

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( SSS )

 

 

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( SSS | EH )

 

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(SSS | EH | AZ)

 

Video: Mama Elephant Product Release Close-Up + GIVEAWAY

I have a couple “product release close-up” videos for you this week. Today’s shows a close look at the newest Mama Elephant release and ideas on how to use the products. I only do these videos if I feel a release has a lot to offer, and this one does… including stamps, dies and 16 new inks! I also have a giveaway.

[Click HERE to watch on YouTube in HD.]

I will have several videos coming up with these products. Stay tuned. Oh, and please know that I wasn’t asked or paid to do this video. I just did it because I like the products and thought you might, too. If you want information on Mama Elephant’s 2 year anniversary, click HERE.

INK SWATCH DOWNLOAD

As I mentioned in the video, I have a free Ink Swatch Download for these inks – just click HERE and HERE. To see my complete list of Ink Swatch Downloads along with a video on how I use them, please go HERE. If you want to learn more about Mama Elephant inks, click HERE.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will get a stamp set from Mama Elephant! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 10/26/14 telling me your favorite product in this release.

PRODUCTS MENTIONED

Here are links to the products I featured in the video. Click a favorite store to find out more: Simon Says Stamp (SSS) or Mama Elephant (ME).

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | ME )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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( ME )

 

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( SSS | ME )

 

 

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( SSS | ME )