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Review | Sizzix Thinlits Damask and Scallop Borders Die [Video]

Sizzix is synonymous with high quality in the crafting world. Their products are widespread and their reputation has been long built on producing quality products with partnerships with some of the biggest names in the business. Tim Holtz and Stampin’ Up! are two of the largest brands that Sizzix manufactures designs for.

I own quite a few products from Sizzix and many of them have been with me since I first started crafting back in 2009. A product that stands the test of time and is not constantly wearing out not only saves crafters money, but also helps us create memories to last a lifetime.

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CHA Summer 2013 | New Product Showcase with Erica Domesek [Video]

While at the Summer Create & Connect CHA Show is Las Vegas I had the pleasure of meeting with Erica Domesek.

Erica, founder of the innovative (DIY) lifestyle brand P.S.- I made this… gave me a fantastic tour of top 10 new products at the show. She was kind enough to share her ideas on how to use the products and also explained how some of them worked.

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Review | Fiskars Amplified Mixed Media Scissors [Video]

Fiskars is synonymous with quality. As a crafter I have many of their products in my craft space and I rely on these products on a daily basis. I never worry about them not being able to perform. From my paper trimmers to scissors, Fiskars has established themselves as a leader in the industry.

I currently own five pairs of Fiskars scissors including my Fiskateer scissors and my grandmother’s scissors that were passed down to me after her passing years ago. I use them daily while I’m crafting, or repairing a hem for my husband, or even opening all my lovely packages from my online shopping addiction habit.

When I was presented with the opportunity to review a pair of scissors from Fiskars I knew I wanted to do a bit more research on the topic. I rounded up all the scissors I own (ten pairs currently) and I did a little test. Some scissors are made for tight spaces. There are scissors for lefty’s like my husband. There are non-stick scissors for sticky substances and there are all-purpose scissors. Each of the scissors I own serve a different purpose and each of them are relied upon to do their job and do it right every time.

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Studio Sticky-Back Canvas

Reported by Erin Bassett
As someone who dabbles in mixed media projects, I was thrilled when I first found out about Claudine Hellmuth Studio Sticky-Back Canvas. Using the Sticky-Back Canvas allows crafters the ability to add the nice texture of canvas to projects that they wouldn’t easily be able to create with bolts of canvas fabric or stretched canvas art boards.
One of the first things I tested was how well gesso, ink, and Glimmer Mist took to it. -They all did so wonderfully. I tested them out by making a bookmark. I cut out a 1 1/2” x 4 3/4” piece of Sticky-Back Canvas and with my finger applied Studio Gesso on top of it. I then allowed it to dry for a few minutes, and then stamped on it with black Stazon ink.
After the ink was dry I sprayed it with two colors of Glimmer Mist. I love how the gesso resits the mist, but the canvas soaked it right up.
Next, I removed the paper liner on the back of the Sticky-Back Canvas and stuck it on a coordinating scrap of seersucker fabric I had.
The Sticky-Back Canvas adhered to the fabric really well, but I still added some decorative stitches with my sewing machine. Lastly, I frayed the edges of my fabric.
For my next project I wanted to see how well my Cricut Expression would do cutting out a design so I decided to make a flower pin.
The Sticky-Back Canvas cut very well using the standard Cricut blade. There was one little corner that I had to snip with my scissors, but other than that, my Cricut Expression cut through it like butter.
Once I had my flowers cut out I used Studio Acrylic paint to paint them and then I let them dry.
After they were dry I decided to run them through my Cuttlebug to see if it would emboss like paper would. Guess what? It does! On my first test one I just ran a piece of Sticky-Back Canvas (with the backing on it) through the Cuttlebug…it worked! For another test I cut out a flower out of Bazzill cardstock with my Cricut and adhered the Sticky-Back Canvas directly to the cardstock flower to give it some support. I then ran it through the Cuttlebug and it worked just as well. After embossing the flowers I rubbed brown ink over the top of them to further enhance the embossing.
You can see a video of how to make a flower pin like the one I made above.
Also, check out this video on how Tim Holtz uses Sticky-Back Canvas to create a brad with an Imaginisce i-Top brad maker.
  • Acid-free, non-toxic adhesive
  • Heat gun can be used on it
  • Many, many media can be used on in to decorate it
  • Can be cut with electronic & manual die-cut machines
  • Easy to sew through
  • The canvas is lightweight, so you may need to adhere it to something stiffer to support it.
  • Only comes in 8 1/2” x 11” and 12” x 12” sheets, so people who do larger projects will have to attach multiple pieces together to get the size they need.
Have you had a chance to play with Sticky-Back Canvas yet? Show us the link to your project…we’d love to take a look!
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