Stuff I Like: Tim Holz knife

Welcome to another Sunday edition of “Stuff I Like”.  You can find all the previous editions {here}. It’s been awhile since I did one of these, so I actually have a few to post!  So look for them over the next few Sundays!  Today I want to talk about the kraft knife ever!  And the best part – it’s totally cheap!

Tim Holtz Retractable Knife

So I have used a few different brands of craft knives over the years.  Before this one, I used the SU version.  While it is nice – it has a terrible case.  I’m forever losing the lid, the blade is *out there* without the little tube thingy it comes in, etc etc.

Well, the other day I picked up one of these to give it a whirl.  The retractable option is what attracted me originally.  And it will NOT disappoint you!  It is a really nice size, it’s light, it is FULLY retractable, and the blade is quite small.

Why do those things matter?

I’ve had issues in the past with wanting to cut something very small and not being able to get in there with the kraft knife I had at the time.  This knife has a small blade that is easy to get into even the tiniest of spaces!  It’s really sharp and just cuts the smallest things!  I love that!

The retractable part really speaks for itself.  I don’t have to fret if I can’t find the lid because you can retract the blade and then the sharp point isn’t just sitting out there.  This is great in case one of my boys wanders into my craft room – they won’t see a shiny, sharp object lying out!

And since a picture is worth a thousand words – I’ll just share one!  I cut the key out with this craft knife – it’s a tiny key, and it was NO problem with this little gadget!


Where to get one:

Gina K Designs: and the best part – they are under $5!

Best Ribbon Rack EVER – revisted

In case you missed my first post about the BEST RIBBON RACK EVER – I thought I would repost about it.  I also got several requests for the measurements of the rack itself, as well as questions about what ribbon rolls will fit on the rack.  So, here’s a more comprehensive review!  I hope this answers any of your questions – and if not, ask away!  I promise, this thing is everything I would ever want in a Ribbon Rack.  Absolutely wonderful – and functional!

So here is the original photo: this is how it will come to you, minus the ribbon and the cuttlebug!

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This is the original photo of the rack painted and filled:

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Here is that same pic with the measurements added:

Those measurements are:

width: 19 13/16 inches

knob to knob width: 21 1/2 inches

depth inside the rack: 3 1/2 inches

depth outside (the frame): 4 3/8 inches

width of each column: 8 3/8 inches

height of rack: 20 5/8 inches (this one was left off the photo – oops!)

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And just to show it fits all ribbon rolls – here it is with several different brands of ribbon.

The first several are PaperTreyInk, then Stampin Up! wide stitched grosgrain, SU 1/4 in grosgrain, and even the large plastic rolls from May Arts!  See – every kind!  And there is still almost a fingertip of room behind those!

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So there you have it!  Let me know if there is anything else you’d like to know about these beauties!  Here’s the info about purchasing them.

Price: $65

Shipping & Handling: $22.50

Paypal preferred/check accepted

Now, like I said, there are at least 10 racks ready to go.  If you are local, please email me first about picking one up to avoid shipping charges.  If you are not local, please email Tom (trjorg@tx.rr.com) about purchasing one.  He will let you know if he has one ready for you or if you will have to wait for one to be made.

And I just want to assure you that these are top-notch.  I hope that you all know by now that I am really committed to only endorsing products that I truly adore.  This is absolutely the best ribbon rack I’ve ever seen.  Not only is it functional, but it’s lovely too!  Now I realize that it’s not every-one’s cup of tea – but if you want something functional that also looks great in your room, this is it!

Enjoy!

BEST Ribbon Rack EVER!

So this is what I have been waiting to share with you….I am so so excited to show you this! I talked a little about this a few weeks ago. My friend Jenn got this amazing ribbon rack this summer – her Dad made it for her! Well, Matthew asked her about getting one made for me – and it turned into an idea of making them to sell. So here’s the exciting part – Tom (Jenn’s Dad) has decided to sell them through my blog! He’s got at least 10 made and ready to go already! (And I have a few on hand if there are any local ladies that are interested.)

So you want to see what I am so excited about?!?!

Ok, here’s how the rack will look when you get it. There is such attention to detail – it’s got half rods so that you don’t have to take EVERY roll off to get to one in the middle. Extra details on the knobs and the edges. Very sturdy – and the dowels are suitable for every ribbon roll I have! Just skinny enough to fit all rolls and still sturdy enough to take the weight of the ribbons. And here it is!

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The cuttlebug is just there for size referencing.

And I chose to paint mine white – this shot is just to show off my awesome Painter’s Pyramids!  I got these at CHA – they had a booth.  I was walking along and saw them and freaked!  I saw these in one of Matthew’s Handyman magazines months ago and told him I needed some for my crafting, lol!  I totally accosted the guy at the booth and he gave me a pack!  SCORE!  I love them!

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And here it is all filled up with ribbons!!  Now, I just have mine sitting at the back of the table with my sewing machine, etc.  It does not come with mounting paraphernalia, Tom felt that it was too heavy to mount.  I think if you get it mounted into the studs, you would be fine.  But that’s up to you!

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Isn’t that FABULOUS?!?!?  Now, here are the details if you are interested in purchasing one of these beauties!  After I get all that out, I’ll go over a few painting tips in case you are interested.

Price: $65

Shipping & Handling: $22.50

Paypal preferred/check accepted

I believe they are being shipped via UPS (I will double check on this though!)

Now, like I said, there are at least 10 racks ready to go.  If you are local, please email me first about picking one up to avoid shipping charges.  If you are not local, please email Tom (trjorg@tx.rr.com) about purchasing one.  He will let you know if he has one ready for you or if you will have to wait for one to be made.

And I just want to assure you that these are top-notch.  I hope that you all know by now that I am really committed to only endorsing products that I truly adore.  This is absolutely the best ribbon rack I’ve ever seen.  Not only is it functional, but it’s lovely too!  Now I realize that it’s not every-one’s cup of tea – but if you want something functional that also looks great in your room, this is it!

Painting Tips:

1. Use a semi-gloss paint.  I used some left over trim paint from when we painted our house.  I did at least 3 coats, I’m sure if I had primed it first – I would not have needed to do that many.

2. Stuff something (cotton balls, kleenex, etc) in the holes before you paint.  This will keep paint from getting glopped in the holes and then making the rods hard to insert.

That’s about it!  Please ask away if you have any questions!  I really hope that you are all as impressed with this as I am – I totally love mine!

Quick Monogram Stamp Buying Guide

Ok – I have been asked several times what Monogram stamps I recommend starting with, so I just figured I’d write a post about it!  I guess this also qualifies as *Stuff I Like* because I love these suckers! (All product names and photos are linked for you to find the items easily online.)

For Multiple Cards with the same letter, etc:

Monogram Stamper Kit

Product Details:

  • Times New Roman Font (95 pt and 50 pt)
  • Four interchangeable designer borders and centers
  • Reversible ink pad (one side pre-inked with black ink)
  • Works with Curlz, Damask and Special Occasions Kits

I like this stamper if you are going to do multiple cards with the same letters, borders, and ink color.  If you were working on wedding things or something – this is perfect.  Because it’s self-inking – you can stamp a lot easily.

For small card sets:

DIY Monogram Stamper Kits (1 5/8):  these come in several fonts – and it’s really your preference which you like.  I’ll link to them all – they have an older version, not much of a difference in them, just packaging and the way the alpha is stored.  The newer versions also come with a few more centers with sentiments, not just letters to use.  I’ll show both options….although some no longer come in the old version.

Curlz Font: New Version 

Special Occasions Font: New Version and Old Version

  

Damask Borders (These are specifically for making one letter monogram cards): New Version and Old Version


I also highly recommend the tiny alpha – it’s fabulous for writing whatever you’d like around the border area of the round stamper – so so fun!

Small Letter Set

So to start out – I’d choose a font and buy one of the DIY kits (or the larger automatic stamper if you want it for mass production) and the small letter set to get started.  I hope this helps!

You can find all these product at The Stamp Castle – and there is a tutorial on SCS on  how to treat them if you have trouble getting clean images.

Stuff I Like: Spica Glitter Pens

Ok, let’s try this again!  I have no idea what just happened to the entire review I just wrote up!

Welcome to another Sunday (or Monday) edition of “Stuff I Like”.  You can find all the previous editions {here}.  Today I want to talk about Spica Atyou Glitter Pens by Copic.  They are fun, easy to use, quick drying and sparkly!

Spica atyou Glitter Pens by Copic

I love these!  They are really great for adding just a touch of sparkle to whatever you are working on.  They come in a variety of colors.  I prefer the 12 pack as it comes in a clear *wallet* to keep them contained.  I’m all about containment!  When you write with these, they do have a bit of colored ink as well as glitter.  So you could use them alone or on top of anything you have just stamped or written.  They also dry very quickly.

I prefer these to glitter because I do not like messy things.  I hate having gritty embossing powder or bits of glitter all over after I complete a project.  (Not that you’d know this by looking at my terribly messy stamp room!)  I didn’t bother trying to get a picture of these in use…..while it would show the colors, it’s just too hard to photograph glitter and sparkle!  These are more subtle than actual glitter, but trust me – in person they have a lot of sparkle!  What girl doesn’t like sparkle?!?  Especially sparkle that isn’t messy!

Where to get them:

I got mine at Gina K Designs – I prefer them in the set with the wallet as she sells them because they are less likely to get misplaced that way!

**I aplogize for the lack of description and such with this – I’m just irritated about having to rewrite the entire post!**

Stuff I Like: New Canvas by Palette

Welcome to another Sunday (or Monday) edition of “Stuff I Like”.  You can find all the previous editions {here}.  Today I want to talk about New Canvas ink by Palette.  It is the best white ink pad I have found to date.  But first, the disclaimer:

**These are not products that I was asked to endorse in any way. While they might be things that are carried by companies I do design work for – they are just things that I love and want to share the benefits of with all of you. So please rest assured that I am absolutely honestly in love with these products. I do not rave about anything I do not use every day myself, ok?**

New Canvas by Palette 

Ok, this is by far the best white ink I have found.  The Palette inks are a hybrid ink made by Stewart Superior.  You can read about their capabilities {here}.   First I’ll show you a sample of all the white inks I have – I think it speaks for itself!

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supplies: riding hood red cardstock; inks left to right: Colorbox Chalk Alabaster, VersaMagic Cloud White, Palette New Canvas, Stampin’ Up! Craft White, and Stazon Opaque White. 

So that pretty much sums it up, huh?  I love that it stamps the brightest white of any of my inks.  The Stazon was the closest, but it takes awhile to dry.  Palette dries pretty quickly – and it gets brighter white as it dries.  The only drawback is that it is a little light when you first stamp it.  But as it dries, you can see it getting whiter and whiter.   I love that it even shows up on light cardstock colors.  Here are a few links to New Canvas on various cardstocks: Blue BayouBerry Sorbet, and  Cool Caribbean.

Where to get it:

I got mine at Papertrey Ink.

You can also get it at several other online stores: Ellen Hutson, All That Scraps, and Eclectic Paperie.

I also highly recommend you get the reinker – I like to keep mine well-inked for the best white coverage!  Most of the listed stores also carry the reinkers.  I got mine at All That Scraps

Stuff I Like: Clearbags.com

A while back I did a blog giveaway and asked where you buy your envelopes. I got a lot of different recommendations. And yes, I did read/sort through them all! And after comparing prices – and selection – clearbags.com is who I decided to order from. But first – the disclaimer!

**These are not products that I was asked to endorse in any way. While they might be things that are carried by companies I do design work for – they are just things that I love and want to share the benefits of with all of you. So please rest assured that I am absolutely honestly in love with these products. I do not rave about anything I do not use every day myself, ok?**

Clearbags.com – Envelopes, Crystal Clear Boxes, etc.

Envelopes:

I’ve been using Columbia envelopes that I got in bulk a looong time ago for my classes. Personally I use SU envelopes. I love the ultrasmooth quality. However, they don’t have the widest selection in sizes. Especially because I love what is called the 4-bar size (3.5 x 5) and you can only get those through SU if you get them with notecards as well.

Many of you suggested Clearbags.com and after viewing their selection and prices – I decided to give them a whirl. I was a little hesitant because I really like nice quality envelopes – I know that is silly to some people. But I figure I put that much into the card – at least the envelope can be nice too, right? This site has some pretty inexpensive options – so I was pleasantly surprised to find they were also really nice quality!

Basically, I went through their site and ordered the minimum quantity (50) of each kind that I wanted to try. Here are my thoughts on each kind I ordered….(The #’s are clickable and will take you to that particular item – in the order they were in the shipping box).

#E230 – 4 Bar (5 1/8 x 3 5/8) – Linen – White – $3.95 for 50 envelopes – I found these quite nice, a linen textured envelope. (#E220 – Same envelope only in the A2 size – $5.00 for 50 envelopes)

#EC201 – A2 (4 3/8 x 5 3/4) – White – Basis – made from sustainable forests – $7.07 for 50 envelopes – I think these are ok – nice quality, squared off flap, but not worth the $ unless you are really into the environment.

#E5301 – 4 Bar (5 1/8 x 3 5/8) – Bone White – Astrobrights – $2.05 for 50 envelopes – I found these to be great – cheap! – envelopes, squared off flap, bone white is a gray-white. (#E5202 – same envelope only in Bright White in the A2 size – $3.15 for 50 envelopes)

#E130 – 4 Bar (5 1/8 x 3 5/8) – White – Premium Paper Envelopes made from 10% recycled content – $2.95 for 50 envelopes – I found these to be a good quality envelope, traditional triangle flap – good price. (#E120 – same envelope in the A2 size – SAME price! $2.95 for 50 envelopes)

#EF20 – A2 (4 3/8 x 5 3/4) – White – Mohawk Options 100% recycled, etc. – $5.00 for 50 envelopes – I found these to be the most comparable to SU ultrasmooth white envelopes – same smooth texture, squared off flap, although perhaps a tad thinner.

#E730 – 4 Bar (5 1/8 x 3 5/8) -White – Mohawk Deckled Envelopes 30% recycled content – $9.00 for 50 envelopes – These are nice, thick, textured envelopes with a deckled edge along the squared off flap. However, I think they are pretty pricey for everyday use.

#E150 – (3 11/16 x 2 11/16) – White – Premium Paper Envelopes made from 10% recycled content – $3.50 for 50 envelopes – these are nice and thick, with a triangle flap. Made for a 3.5 x 2.5 card – not a mailable size.

#E180 – (5×5) – White – Premium Paper Envelopes made from 10% recycled content – $5.10 for 50 envelopes – I like the size of these – made for a 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 (or so) card. They are a nice quality envelope with a squared off flap.

Now these are only the envelopes I tried. It’s a pretty good variety of what they carry though. Some of the brands have many colors and sizes available. Some only come in white and vanilla. They also have a wide variety of clear envelopes as well.

I also tried their Crystal Clear Boxes. I found them to be identical to the ones sold at PTI and other sites. What I love about theirs is that you can get them in other sizes. I purchased several sizes for the A2 cards – so I can put however many cards in a gift set that I want. For the typical size (4 1/2 x 1 x 5 7/8) you get 25 boxes for $9.75. That works out to .39 per box! I was also able to order some for the 4 Bar notecards I like to make – I put 5 or 6 cards and envelopes in this size – (3 3/4 x 5/8 x 5 3/16). They were $7.50 for 25 boxes (.30 per box). I was also sent clear circle stickers to “seal” the boxes shut with. I’m not sure if they always send these or not, but I got enough for all my boxes and they were free.

Where I shopped:

www.clearbags.com
They had great prices, great variety, decent shipping charges, and I got them pretty quickly too! Overall – I am very impressed with them. I will definitely be ordering my envelopes from them in the future!

Stuff I Like: EK Success Millennium .05 Black Pen

Welcome to another Sunday edition of “Stuff I Like”. You can find all the previous editions {here}. Today I want to talk about the best marker/pen ever. And the best part – I have a coupon for you to get one FREE! First the disclaimer:

**These are not products that I was asked to endorse in any way. While they might be things that are carried by companies I do design work for – they are just things that I love and want to share the benefits of with all of you. So please rest assured that I am absolutely honestly in love with these products. I do not rave about anything I do not use every day myself, ok?**

EK Success Millennium .05 Black Pen – Zig Memory System

My sister Kimberly first introduced me to this wonderful pen. She kept telling me how awesome it was. How she did all her journaling on her scrapbook pages with it. How it wrote so smoothly – it was the only pen she would write in cards with. And of course, I didn’t hear a word of it. So then she just bought me one and made me use it. Once was all it took! Seriously – best pen ever! Now I have them strategically placed all around my house – one in the ‘junk’ drawer, one at my laptop, one at my desktop, one on my stamp table, etc.

When I paper scrapped, I wrote all black journaling in this pen. (They do make them in other colors as well, this is just the one I use most.) I rarely write in a card with any other pen. It is so smooth and easy to write with. And it has a nice feel to it. The black is always a nice solid line without looking overtly like you wrote with a marker. But it has the smooth, inky feel of a marker. Does that make any sense?

I have tried the .01 and I didn’t like it as much….it was tooo skinny of a point. The .05 is just perfect! I also use it on my cards sometimes. Like {here} when I drew the image out a bit – I used this pen! First I colored the extended image and then I drew the lines in with my Zig Millennium. Worked perfectly! That’s about it!!! Want to know how to get one free? Read on!

Where to get one:

Scrapbookpal.com – I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. I love this store! They have SUPER fast shipping – and they ship out the SAME day you order! Every time! I can order something and it’s at my door in 2 days! And if you spend more than $25 – shipping is free!

Most craft stores will have them as well. Just remember – the .05 (it will have an 05 in white on the black end of the cap) is the one I am recommending!

Now – if you would like to try this awesome pen for FREE, here’s how!

Go to Scrapbookpal.com.

Purchase *anything*!

Add the coupon code freepen on the view cart page (Just type freepen into the box for coupons and click *add to cart* and the free .05 Black Millennium pen will appear! You do not need to add it to your card first!)

That’s it! And in case you need help finding something to purchase – I buy my Mono Multi (you know – best glue ever!!!) there as well as my Nestabilities! (They even have a good price on Zip Dry for those of you who prefer that!) Just remember – FREE shipping if you spend over $25! I love this cause I hate to pay for shipping!

Tomorrow I have my second attempt with the Copic Ciao markers to show you – I even tried shading this time!

Stuff I Like: Koh-i-noor Woodless Pencils

Welcome to another Sunday edition of Stuff I Like. You can find all ‘Stuff I Like’ posts {here}. This week: Koh-i-noor Woodless Pencils – they are amazing!! First the disclaimer:

**These are not products that I was asked to endorse in any way. While they might be things that are carried by companies I do design work for – they are just things that I love and want to share the benefits of with all of you. So please rest assured that I am absolutely honestly in love with these products. I do not rave about anything I do not use every day myself, ok?**

Koh-i-noor Woodless Pencils

I’m sure you have probably noticed that I use these a lot now. They are really fabulous! Very smooth, rich texture and they blend like a dream. I had prismacolor pencils before – these are heads above as far as blend-ability and color. They have a richer color in the end than prismas do. My only complaint is that I wish there were more colors available! They are also quite inexpensive as far as coloring paraphernalia goes. Usually they run about $16 – not too bad!

To use these, you need Odorless Mineral Spirits (although I’ve heard some people use baby oil with them – I’ve not tried that so I do not know) and something to blend them. I use blending stumps. I prefer {these} as they come in 3 different sizes so you have options when it comes to coloring a large or small area. I also had someone recommend using one end for each color family (like one end for reds/oranges, one end for greens, one end for blues, etc). I began doing this and it helped so much! No more sanding ALL the time and no more repeated wiping of the stump to get the color off. It will also make your stumps last for a loooong time!

Now, to show you how these look – I did a little comparison. All using the same cardstock, the same image, and the same ink. (I use palette noir with mine. I also prefer Papertrey white cardstock with them as well.)

The first was done with SU reinkers and a niji waterbrush. This has long been my preferred method. My tutorial on this is {here}.

The second was done using SU markers and a niji waterbrush. This is a new technique I saw on Cambria’s blog. You can find more info {here}. (My tip for this technique is to not try with a detailed image like this one. It seemed to work better on a bit larger image – I’ll show another try at it later this week.)

The third was done using the koh-i-noor woodless pencils, OMS and blending stumps.

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Now – can you see how much more the color pops with the koh-i-noor pencils? I do like the watercolored look of the reinkers as well, but wow – the koh-i-noors are so vibrant! (All of these were done on SU watercolor paper – as the marker technique has to be done on wc paper.)

Where to get them:

Koh-i-noor Woodless Pencils:

I got mine at Gina K Designs – {here}.

They also sell them at Dick Blick {here} – but they are out of stock. (But they do sell individual pencils there if you ever need a replacement of one – good to know!)

I have seen them at Michael’s as well.

Odorless Mineral Spirits:

Again – I got mine from Gina K – {here}.

And again – they sell it at Dick Blick {here} – however it looks like it is a big can?

Also I found it in a small bottle at Inky Antics {here}.

It should be available at most art supply stores as well.

Blending Stumps:

Now I have heard that you can use a q-tip if you do not have these. But really – they are not too expensive, give a lot more precision with the pointed tip, and will last quite awhile.

Mine are from Gina K Designs – {here} – I prefer these as they come in 3 sizes.

Inky Antics as a few options – {here}.

And I found them at Art Supplies Online – {here}.

I assume they can also be found at art supply stores like Michael’s as well.

Ok – I hope that comparison was helpful! A few things happening this week!

Gina K Designs will have a new release on the 24th! Sneak Peeks start tomorrow – be sure to check Gina’s blog {here}.

A Day in the Life of a Dirty Girl – Dare to Get Dirty Challenge week kicks off tomorrow! You can find all the info, challenges, chat threads and more {here}!

Stuff I Like: Niji Waterbrush (small)

The Niji Waterbrush.  I love it.  First the Disclaimer:

**These are not products that I was asked to endorse in any way. While they might be things that are carried by companies I do design work for – they are just things that I love and want to share the benefits of with all of you. So please rest assured that I am absolutely honestly in love with these products. I do not rave about anything I do not use every day myself, ok?**

Ok – so I know I have shared this before.  But seriously, it’s the best waterbrush out there.  And I used to really love the one SU sells.  But these are fabulous!  I only use the small one, but there are other sizes.  Anyway, they have great  “water release mechanisms” or whatever that would be called.  In other words, they are really fabulous.

I use mine with reinkers.  I purchased mine on ebay, but I have found them at several other stores.  Some local stores might carry them, but I have not seen them at any of the chains here (Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or JoAnn’s).

Where to get it:

Like I said, I got mine on ebay.  Here are two other stores I found them at:

Gina K Designs

 Ellen Hutson, LLC