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Review | Close To My Heart My Acrylix Spritz Cleaner

My Acrylix Spritz Stamp Cleaner and brush by Close To My Heart

I’m always on the lookout for new stamp cleaners that work well, so I was itching to try this My Acrylix Spritz Cleaner from Close To My Heart with my existing Close To My Heart Acrylix stamps and also with other manufacturers’ ones. I’m also intrigued by the Scrubber Brush, which is sold separately in their catalog (I prefer this since I think it’s best not be frog marched into buying stuff we don’t want when everything is put in a kit ). The Scrubber feels really sturdy and has a plastic cover so that it doesn’t get dusty or stain something inadvertently after a stamp cleaning session. Continue Reading →

Review | Xyron Glue Stick

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I believe that Nancy (our Craft Critique angel) thought I lost my mind when I got very excited about reviewing a glue stick ! What she didn’t know is that I was after a glue stick which could cover corners for ages. I personally use a variety of glues – one alone doesn’t seem to be good to do it all. I do like to use glue stick to cover the front of my card with thin paper, and my tip for working with them is that you add the glue from the glue stick to the card base not to the paper you are trying to adhere.

Once you’ve applied the paper, you need to let it ‘cure’ for about 30 minutes under something heavy like a book, or even your craft mat should do the trick. There’s a good reason for doing that, since glue sticks tend to warp your cardstock and even extra sturdy stock might bend a little. Since you need to be quite generous with your glue stick to give it good adhesion for the paper to stick, I always felt that I made sure to go through all the corners but I used to put a blank sheet of paper under my card blank to avoid putting glue everywhere on my craft mat. Now that I have this Xyron glue stick – not anymore! Continue Reading →

Vendor Spotlight: SRM Stickers

Reported by Fabrizio Martellucci

When I heard about the opportunity to review SRM stickers, I jumped at the chance as soon as I saw them. Their fun designs and transparent backing all around the motifs makes them the ideal choice for cardmakers and scrapbookers alike.

Stickers are mess free

Now I know that most of you are quite happy to use stamps and inks, but there’s also some crafters out there who can’t be asked to get mucky, and I’m completely with you there. So you need SRM stickers to add that special sentiment to your cardmaking or a lovely bandana across your layout with no mess or smudgy ink in sight.

SRM stickers have over 27 categories

I really enjoy the SRM Categories as they seem to have a sticker with cute words and funky images for nearly every occasions. They have more than 27 categories, so you’ll be spoilt by their choice and find exactly what you need for your cardmaking and scrapbooking.

If you need inspiration they have two blogs attached to their main site: SRM BlogSusan’s SRM Blog

Stickers can be used for quick card making

I’ve promised my editors that I would create six cards to show you how fun cardmaking can be and QUICK ! I like to call these SRM Stickers ‘ the no ink required stamps’ as the finished result is nice and crisp as well as standing out some lovely white cardstock (I use Stampin’ Up! Whisper White).

They are perfect to use your scraps just a big of layering using a focal point and a lovely sentiment, you’re done. They’re quite good value too; I found them of very good print quality. You need to handle them with care when pulling them from the backing though as if you pull them too quickly they can tear. So be mindful when peeling them off.

Here are some cards I made using their newest stickers:

Pros:

  • Good print quality
  • Fantastic choice of themes
  • Transparent around the motif so that the sticker melds with the paper used

Cons:

  • If you’re not careful the sticker can tear when pulling it from the backing paper
  • Sentiments are all in black print, would like to see the same sentiments in a choice of colours
  • Style is very modern but would like to see some vintage and old-fashioned fonts being used
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing what you can do with stickers making cards especially if you don’t like stamping. Let me know how you’re getting on with your card making and you’ll be able to say ‘ Look Ma’ No Ink’ ! LOL

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