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Vendor Spotlight: Stampendous Chunky Glitters

Reported by Christina Hammond

If you are a crafter of any kind, undoubtedly, you have a stash of glitter.  Glitter makes everything better, no?

I, honestly, have so much glitter that I have to hide it from my glitter-phobic husband.  I have glitter stashed in so many places, I often forget what I have and just go buy more.  The different kinds of glitter out there are amazing, too.  There are shiny glitters, glass glitters, matte glitters, fine glitters and chunkier glitters…  and the colors?  OH MY!

I thought I had seen it all until I got a selection from Stampendous.  They sent me the BEST, the CHUNKIEST glitters I have ever seen!  I was sent Crushed Glass Glitter, Shaved Ice chunky glitter, and Fragments

To be truthful, the chunkiest of the “glitters” isn’t really a glitter – it’s fragmented mica flakes that have been dyed.  And they are so pretty just to look at. 

To show you the difference in sizes.

I loved just looking at the glitters in the jars, they were that pretty- but I had a hard time finding something to do with the fragments.  It was so chunky that I couldn’t think of an application for it.  In the end, I took a cheap IKEA glass lamp and added a band of the mica using sparkle ModPodge.  It added a nice rustic, earthy tone to an otherwise boring lamp.  It is hard to tell here, but the mica is naturally slightly translucent, so the flakes glow when lit from behind.


Here I took a ribbon flower hair clip and applied the shaved ice around the edges.  My little girl loves anything glittery, so she really loves it.  It really sparkles now!

For a little something different, I applied silver Crushed Glass Glitter to the inside of a small cookie cutter to hang on the Christmas tree.  This crushed glass is so reflective and shiny, that I think it’s going to really sparkle once hung on the tree.

Pros:

  • the color are amazing!
  • the number of options, variations, and types of Stampendous glitters will keep you busy
  • I really liked the big wide jars, easier to pour product back into

Cons:

  • The mica is so big you might have a hard time thinking of ways to use it
  • you’ll have glitter everywhere!
  • you’ll quickly learn you don’t have enough things in your house to apply glitter to



Have you tried Stampendous chunky glitters? What’s your favorite type? What would you make with it?


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CHA Summer 2011 | Ribbon & Trim

CHA was full of fabulous ribbons and trim.  Everywhere we turned there was ribbon!

Maya Road had an amazing collection.

The textures were beyond scrumptious. Zipper ribbon, petals, flowers, and more frills and ruffles than one could ever dream of!

 The colors and textures were amazing!

The ways we could use all this ribbon is endless!

The frayed edges on the ribbon used in the flowers here give such a textural look to these tags.

So much texture! 

Another booth with new ribbons, trims, and even netting was Webster’s Pages. Their new Tinsel trims are unique, fresh, and come in four cheery hues and are available by the yard.

The colors and sparkle in these ribbons brings so much interest to these pages.

Netting and ruffles… a perfect combination for airy flowers!

We saw so much ribbon out there, it was hard to pick our favorites.  What is your favorite ribbon trend you’ve seen so far?

CHA Summer 2011 | Great Kids Projects from Grant Studios

While at CHA, I was on the lookout for great kids projects, and I came across them at the adorably cute Grant Studios booth. The first product that caught my eye was the My Studio Girl line of craft projects for ‘tween girls.  IMG_0043Everything you need to create your own little doll is included in one kit.  Fabric, needle, thread, embellishments.  Even a little pet for her pocket!IMG_0049The Dress-Up Doll kits contain a finished doll, but she needs clothes!  Everything you need to create her costume is in the kit – I know a little girl who wants Mommy to get her the princess kit!  SmileIMG_0048The My Studio Girl line also includes a “Make Your Own Sew Cute” pet.  IMG_0046Can’t you just see these being made at a Slumber Party and then sitting on a bed in your ‘tweenies room?IMG_0047Finally, Grant Studios debuted their new line of puffy, reusable stickers called Taggles Dress Up Stickers.  Taggles are like paper dolls, but in sticker form.  IMG_0044You can dress the girls with all kinds of trendy clothes stickers, reposition them and decorate with them.IMG_0045There is even an impossibly cute website the girls can play with too!IMG_0091
We loved these new lines for the tween girl.  What would your girl love to make?