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Review | Ranger Foil Cardstock

Foil-CardstockI love working with Ranger products, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review this product. Ranger Silver Foil Cardstock has a shiny, mirror-like quality, and it’s sturdy enough to run through an embossing machine (such as the Big Shot).  You can use mediums like alcohol inks and acrylic paints to embellish its surface.

I decided  to go ahead and bring out my Big Shot – along with some dies, embossing folders, and some Prima chalk inks – to see how well they worked with the foil cardstock. You can see the results in the photos that follow. Continue Reading →

CHA Summer 2011 | Simple Stories

Simple Stories is one of the relatively new kids on the scrapbooking block. When I saw their booth I thought it was just another scrapbook paper company but then when I looked closer I saw that it was so much more. This company was created out of a necessity; to help get your memories in books quickly and simply. It is every busy crafter’s dream. Simple Stories offers 12″x12″ sheets that can be used for traditional scrapbooking or cut apart to fit divided page protector sleeves for quick and easy scrapbooking. There are a variety of sizes to fit the various sleeves available.

Their new collection, Generations, is all about family. With deep, dark colors and a family theme, this line would be perfect for documenting your family tree, new home, or just your family members.

Here’s an example using the collection on a traditional scrapbook pages and other projects.

Or you could cut apart the sheets and slip them into divided sleeves along with your photos for quick and simple memory keeping.

The 25 Days of Christmas Collection is perfect for holiday projects, especially countdowns. There are plenty of numbered stickers as well as papers.

Their Baby Steps line is great for making a baby book or projects. Whether you have a little boy or girl, the color palette is perfect for both genders. The papers are also designed for documenting all the milestones of your new bundle.
Happy Day is their birthday/party themed line and it features bright, fun colors. With birthday cakes, candles, and presents, this is going to work great for all those special days in your life.

Are you a scrapbooker? Does this faster and easier system appeal to your busy life? Which collection would you get the most use out of?

CHA Summer 2011 | Nikki Sivils

The Nikki Sivils booth debuted five new collections at the Craft and Hobby Trade Show last week. Each collection featured great patterned papers, sticker sheets, alphabets, and stamps available from Unity Stamps.

The My Lil’ Monster Collection featured monsters big and small with a dark red and teal color palette. It would be perfect for both girl and boy scrapbooking layouts.

With back to school right around the corner, it was no surprise to see the new School Is Cool line. With bright primary colors and school themed images, this cute collection was a must see.

The collection that really caught my eye and made me exclaim, “Yes!” when I saw it was the Get Well Soon line. You really can’t find many products in this theme usually and people generally make these cards and gifts for friends and loved ones. So, way to go Nikki! This cheerful collection has a great color palette of reds, yellows, and rich blues and also features stethoscopes, bandaids, and cute little germies.

It was apparent at CHA last week that the owl is still alive and continues to be a hot trend in paper crafting. The new You’re A Hoot line features the popular winged character as well as bright fall colors.
The one collection not shown is the holiday line, Gingerbread Land. It features non-traditional holiday colors such as pink and baby blue as well as gingerbread images.
So, what do you think? What theme of paper products are there not enough of? Are you still in love with the owl or do you wish he would just fly away already? We would love to hear what YOU think.

CHA Summer 2011 | Prima

Prima is a very well established company in craft and there’s a reason for it. Their products are always versatile, well made, and trendy. Not only do they produce flowers, flowers, and more flowers for all your crafting needs, but they have papers, ribbons, stamps, stencils, trinkets, and more.

Their entire booth was brand new products. Lots of flowers to see in every size, shape, and color.

Like I said, many flowers everywhere.

And if you like putting birds on things, then you are gonna love putting nests on things too, right?

Their resist canvas pieces are great for customizing with inks, sprays, or paints. And since they can be colored any way imaginable, they will match any project.

Their new Tiny Treasures metal charms are gorgeous in person. They are great for jewelry making as well as other projects. They are sold in a variety of styles.

And if they didn’t already create enough products, they now make tools! The new Comfort Craft Tools by Ingvild Bolme are ergonomic premium papercrafting tools for crafting in comfort. The new tools all feature a soft grip handle. The craft knife comes with four various blades which store right in the end of the tool, which is genius.

The new Multi-Distress Tool looks like a cheese grater or pedicure tool but it is great for detailed distressing on your projects and also includes a Rub On tip and bone folder.

The new Chalk Fluid Edger inks come in 24 colors and their ergonomic design eliminates getting ink on your fingers from the edges of your ink pad.

Also, not to be missed are their new resin and metal treasures which can be customized to your project. And now, what you all have been waiting for, the amazing sample projects from their booth:

We can’t wait to test drive the new Prima tools and bring you the results.
Are you a Prima fan? Love the new products? What would you like to see next from Prima?

CHA Summer 2011 | Jillibean Soup

Soup’s On! Jillibean Soup that is. Here’s a look at some of the things that they have simmering on the stove. Their new Spotted Owl Soup Collection featured, you guessed it, owls! The primarily blue collection features birthday and party themes. Check out these owls in party hats.

The Hearty Barley Soup Collection is their Valentine line and the primarily kraft colored line makes this extremely versatile and a crowd-pleaser.

And if you love the kraft color, then you will also love the Chilled Strawberry Soup Collection complete with strawberries, floral patterns, and bright greens.

Their new Blossom Soup Collection features bicycles and butterflies with bright springy colors.

If you love floral patterns, you will jump for joy when you see the new Homemade 6 Bean Soup Collection. With a rich colors and sewing theme, this will be popular with stitchy crafters. And I love that each collection also comes in a mini 6″x6″ paper pad, great for crafters who don’t scrapbook.

For all your fall themed projects, you will want to check out their Apple Cheddar Soup Collection. It is chock full of fall hues, apples, wood grain, and tree patterns. The Soup Labels that come with each collection are super cute. Each comes with blank labels as well as themed sayings for each collection.

For the holidays, the new Christmas Eve Chowder Collection will add penguins to the winter season. Reds and greens with a splash of light blue make this an attention grabber.

Their felt blossoms come in four different colors. And they also have jute flowers, buttons, ribbon and twine, that match their collections. Plus, they just released Corrugated Sheets which are 12×12 sheets of corrugated paper in four colors. No more pulling apart boxes for those projects.

And now a small sampling of their great project ideas.

So, what do you think? Which soup do you like the most?

CHA Summer 2011 | Silhouette America

With the long list of electronic die cutting machines on the market, it takes something truly amazing to grab people’s attention these days. Well, Silhouette America may have done just that. Like the Silhouette SD, their new Silhouette Cameo offers the ability to cut a wide variety of media from cardstock to fabric, create and cut your own designs, and use all your existing fonts. Oh and did I mention it is 12″ wide!?! This new machine will not be available until October and will be $299.99 MSRP.

Their new Fabric inks kits come with everything you need to get started inking up fabrics and clothes. The inks are also sold separately and come in ten colors. They can be mixed to create different shades and colors as well.

They’ve also added some colors to their existing palette of colors available in their premium and adhesive vinyls.

And their Heat Transfer kit makes transferring your images to clothing so simple. They have flocked as well as smooth materials sold separately. There’s even a printable heat transfer material!
We can’t wait to put this new machine to the Craft Critique test. What are your first impressions? Might this replace your current machine? Do you use their other materials like vinyl or heat transfer?

CHA Summer 2011: Sizzix

Sizzix is always on the cutting edge of the craft industry (yes, pun intended). With the popularity of their Big Shot machine, the new Vagabond and eClips machines, consumers are constantly awaiting new dies and cartridges. The new Framelits are the answer for stampers who don’t enjoy cutting out all those images. These sets include cling stamps and matching dies which can be used in the Big Shot or Vagabond machines.

The new Deco Emboss dies are going to be a huge hit with jewelry makers.

The new Ink-Its Letterpress dies make debossing with ink, simple and elegant.

And let’s not forget a peek at the new Alteration dies from Tim Holtz.

Here’s a look at some of the other amazing projects from Sizzix.

So what do you think? Which dies do you like the most? Are you a Sizzix user?