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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

TOOL TIME TUESDAY-Imaginisce Ribbon Cutter

Hi Blog Buddies!

Today's tool is the I-magicut by Imaginisce. It is a ribbon cutter & sealer. The portable, lightweight tool will cut & seal ribbon up to 3" wide. It takes 4 AA batteries and allows for smooth, easy ribbon cutting in seconds. It is great because it helps your ribbon keep from fraying when cutting.

Check out the video below:

It is said to retail for $24.99.

It should be coming soon to a craft store near you or online.

Hope you enjoyed this one.

Have a great day.

Monday, January 30, 2012


Or more...ribbon rolls- that is.

Ever want to just have a place for your most loved spools of ribbon to be close at hand?

Ever want to fit more than just a few rolls?

Ever want to just have simple access to your ribbon rolls-easy on/easy off ?

I think this tip may be for you!

Here it is...try a multi-trouser hanger. They are the kind with the swing out arms or open arms. They look like this specifically:

Open Arms:

Swing Out Arms Hanger:

With multiple arms, you can thread anywhere from 6-10 ribbon spools per arm depending on the size & thickness of the roll, of course.

Imagine being able to have your most beloved ribbons available at a quick glance, ready for grab & go craft time.

You can then hang this easily somewhere in your crafty space or even in your closet. It has a slim profile & won't take up too much space.

It would be portable too. You can take it from your closet or craft room to the table easily. You could hang it on a handle, door knob or even one of those purse hooks right off your work surface. Then when done, you can easily put it back up in your closet for storage.

Here's to hoping this is news you can use!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Another Crafty Creation

This time I was thinking function & fun.
Any guesses?

I scoured some flea markets, antique shops, boutiques and was able to find some of the cutest jars, mini plates & other fine pieces that inspired me to come up with what I am calling...


Without further ado:

I actually have a few different kinds of these stands. The B is for Baubles, Buttons & Bling. I thought it would be great to make unique stands that could hold small groupings of things you love. Anything from flowers to earrings to bangles & treats. I was hoping that the "B" would cover it all.

These would work wonderfully in any craft room, a side table, a night stand or even your bathroom counter filled with cotton balls.

Hope you tune in to see the others.


Hey Crafty Friends!

I know Christmas has come & gone but not in our hearts, right?

So with that in mind I thought, now that I have a spanking new camera I can take more pics of my creations & post them.

So without further ado, here's a Christmas mini I made:

(I think it needs a little blingage dangling from the spiral binding-how about you?)

Front Cover

Pages 1&2

Pages 3&4

Pages 5&6

Pages 7&8

Pages 9&10

Pages 11&12

Pages 13&14

Back Cover

The possibilities for photos, journaling & special mementos to fit into this album are a plenty.

Hope you enjoyed it.

I look forward to sharing more creations soon.

By the way, for those crafters who also have ETSY shops can you tell me if an item like this is something you would consider selling?

Love & appreciate hearing your feedback.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, January 27, 2012

FABULOUS FRIDAY FIND-Donna Downey's Goodies!

Hello Bloggers & welcome to this week's find!

This week I am sharing another CHA 2012 product coming soon.

This time it is from Donna Downey & it is her 12"x12" canvas sheets.

They look like this:

Don't they look darling?

Imagine all you can do! You can use these in conjunction with her canvas mini albums, in your die cutting machines or parts of them on your scrap pages & home decor projects.

I am certain you can come up with more ideas. They are so pretty that they are sure to spark your imagination.

They are currently not out in the market yet. They will be released for sale after CHA at the end of this month.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Hi Crafty Friends!

Today's tool is brought to you by: Xyron & it is the all new Teresa Collins Sticker Maker.

It looks like this:

Isn't it the cutest?

This portable, lightweight adhesive machine makes stickers out of anything you run through it. It is fantastic for ribbon, small embellishments & can accommodate anything up to the thickness of a nickel. It applies edge to edge adhesive completely & flawlessly. You simply insert your item in the opening & pull through the bottom. You tear off the strip with the adhered item then burnish over the entire surface before releasing the cover sheet & lifting off your item.

This particular one by Teresa Collins (who has partnered with Xyron) is going to be released for sale during Winter CHA Show 2012 & after.

I have a regular one & it works wonderfully. I really love my Xyron products.

I was not able to find the cost of this one but the regular models usually run anywhere from $8.99-$10.99. If you purchase them at the crafty stores like Michael's or A.C. Moore you can use your 40% or 50% off coupon when the item is not already on sale. They sell the adhesive refills as well.

It would definitely be a great investment. After all, we could always use good adhesive.

Monday, January 23, 2012

CRAFTING TIP OF THE WEEK (#124) Got Dilemmas Mailing Bulky Cards?

Have I got a quick tip for you!

Use CD or DVD mailing boxes depending on the height & width of your card. Just wrap your card in a lovely coordinating tissue paper, put a bow on it or tie a ribbon on it & slide it into the CD or DVD mailing box and it is ready to go.

Another option would be to use bubble mailers. Since they already have the bubble wrap lining in the envelope you would only need to place the card gently into the envelope.

Don't forget to mark it FRAGILE.

Hope this helps!

Have a great crafty day.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Fabulous Friday Find-Tim Holtz Totes

Hello Bloggers!

Today's find is the versatile, stylish Totes brought to us by the King of Crafts- Tim Holtz.

His fashionble totes are so good looking and functional tool.

You can get so much usage not just for paper crafting goodies but for stamping, knitting, felting & more. It measures 13"x14" which gives you plenty of room for everything from paper trimmers to rolls of yarn.

If you click on my title it will take you over to scrapbook.com where you can see & purchase one for yourself.

At the time of this post it was being sold at $34.99.

Hope you enjoyed this find!

Have a great weekend.

All the best & crafty goodness,


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

TOOL TIME TUESDAY-The Color Cutter by Painters

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today's tool is brought to you by Painters distributed by Elmer's Products (Elmer's Glue Fame) & it is called the COLOR CUTTER.

It looks like this:

This handy tool is a marker & cutter all in one! Yes, you read that right...it cuts & outlines at the same time.

It allows you to create a border as you cut. You should use it with a cutting mat of course because it does contain a blade.

It is great for making photo mats, borders and can be used in many other paper crafting applications.

Below is a HSN video demo. It was the only one I could find that really showed off the color cutters. I do not know if HSN is still carrying these but I do know that I found them at my local dollar store. So next time you are out & about at your local dollar store keep an eye out for these.

Hope you enjoyed this week's featured tool.

Come back for Friday's Fabulous Find!

Monday, January 16, 2012

CRAFTING TIP OF THE WEEK (#123) Goodness gracious, great balls of what?

Balls of styrofoam !

Hi Bloggers! Bet that title got you thinking.

Just thought you might be interested in learning how to make your own version of Flower Soft.

You know...that pretty little stuff that adds dimension to your projects. It looks like this:

You can make your own version of the stuff by simply taking mini styrofoam balls & rubbing them together over a large bowl making sure they are completely broken down in their smallest form.

If you want to color your styrofoam use a water based or latex paint. NO solvent paint.

Also, to glue your homemade flower soft you want to be certain you have a styrofoam glue.

This is one of those items that is more cost effective to make. 2 small balls can render a lot for a little money. I do believe you can find styrofoam balls @ the dollar store. One pot of flower soft can cost $8.

It is a neat concept & looks lovely on any project.

Now you can try it for less.

Hope you enjoyed this week's tip.

Friday, January 13, 2012


Okay, this isn't just any tissue...it is Tim Holtz's TISSUE ROLL.

Check this thing out!

A continuous roll of printed translucent tissue; the perfect accent for wrapping any surface. You can use it to create collages or layered effects. This tissue can be colorized with inks, paints, mists, pearls and more.

There is approx. 9 yards per roll & it is 12" wide.

The box contains a cutting blade (just like cling or plastic wrap)

If you click on my title it will take you right to where you can purchase this amazing stuff online.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

TOOL TIME TUESDAY--Martha Stewart Craft Station

Hi there!

Welcome to another tool time segment.

Today I am sharing with you Martha Stewart's CRAFT STATION.

The Craft Station offers endless possibilities for creativity. This all-in-one system from Martha Stewart Crafts makes hundreds of projects a breeze. LED light illuminates your projects making it easy to trace designs and align stamps for accurate impressions. Its' moveable ruler arm with blade offers smooth fluid movement making paper cutting neat and accurate. Plus, blade replacement is hands-free, quick and easy. With this tool you can emboss, deboss, stencil and more.

Check out the video below:

I have seen it range in price from $99-$164.99. You can order it online but I have yet to see it in local craft stores as of this pre-post.

Looks pretty cool though. Gotta love a tool that provides multiple functions.

Hope you enjoyed this week's tool.

Monday, January 9, 2012

CRAFTING TIP OF THE WEEK (#122) Crispy or Regular?

Hello Blog Buddies!

Thanks for stopping in.

Today's tip is all about your stamps.

Do you ever find that your stamps just aren't stamping crisp, clear or deep impressions?

Do you ever find that your stamps don't give off that finished look even when you use fresh new inks?

Do you ever find that you have to press often & deeply to etch your image on to your crafty surface?

If so, maybe your stamps need a little lift! I guess a regular image is okay but why settle for that when you can get a crisp image instead?

It is possible that your stamps have become dull & the rubber or acrylic affected by temperature changes.

To help keep them detailed & fresh do the following:

1-First clean the stamp well & let it dry.

2-USE an eraser over the surface of the stamp. Rub the eraser over the entire impression.

This is the kind of eraser you should use:

3-Use a dry, unused paint brush to remove all the erased debris.

4-Re-clean your stamp & let air dry.

5-Then stand back & watch your stamp liven up to perform just a bit better than it had before.

Have a great crafty week!

Friday, January 6, 2012

FABULOUS FRIDAY FIND-Tim Holtz Ideaology Cargo Case Tool Box

Hi Crafty Friends!

Today's find is Tim Holtz's Cargo Case Tool Box!

Look at this thing! This vintage inspired tool box has really nice hardware and metal base feet for durability.

Isn't it awesome? You can use it to store your ink refills, pads, alcohol inks, pearl mists & so much more. It has so much room that you can use this one to store some tools as well as adhesives & other specialty craft items.

If you wanted to store all your exclusive Tim Holtz product you could do that too! You would know where to find them because like his products, this case just screams Tim!

This Cargo Case measures approximately 13.75" x 7" x 7.5".

You can find it HERE.

Not only does this have the wow factor for looks but storage too. There is also a companion case which is smaller in size. Too cute!

Hope you enjoyed this find as much as I did.

Be back next week with more!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Digital Scrap Pages of My Memories Suite Album

Thanks for visiting today bloggers.

I wanted to share my digital album with you all. At the moment I am unable to get the entire album to scroll through the jpeg, movie or other methods so I am posting the individual layouts.

Hope it inspires you to try the My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software!

Click on my title bar above where it is linked & ready to take you over to the My Memories Suite website where you can check them out.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


Hello Crafty Friends!

Today's tool is brought to you by: SCOR-PAL.

It's is their STAY PUT KRAFT MAT.

YEP...you read right!

It is a kraft mat that does not skid, slide or move around as you craft. It has a special backing that will not wash away & allows your mat to stay on most surfaces without the use of adhesives or heavy items to hold it down. It is 15 3/4"x 19 3/4" in size so it covers a large surface area. You can use it with your glimmers, mists, inks, UTEE & more. Everything washes right off with warm soapy water.

Check it out HERE for $29.99.

If you are in the market for a new, non skid kraft mat-this might be the one for you!

Monday, January 2, 2012


Hello & welcome to this year's 1st crafting tip!

For this week's tip I simply wanted to let you know that if you are working with baking clay- you may want to invest in the silicone trays @ your local dollar store. They work really well for clay baking and are only a dollar!

You know the ones...they look like this:

In my research, I came across some options at the dollar store. Themed molds seem to sell during holidays like Halloween, Christmas, Valentines, etc... They seasonally carry pumpkin, Christmas tree & heart shaped silicone molds . You may get lucky & find other shaped molds for $1 and it would be a great investment. Especially if you create your own jewelry pieces and/or embellishments with baking clay like Sculpey.

Once you use it for crafting though you shouldn't use it for anything else.

Also, use a little PAM spray on the mold before placing your baking clay inside. It helps your piece release easier.

That's it for today's tip.

Now go have yourself a happy, crafty day!