Author Archive | Maria Soto

Review | Ranger Foil Cardstock


I 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.

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Review | Crystyler 12 by Norma Rapko

I love working with crystals, so I was very excited to try out the Crystyler 12 tool from Walnut Hollow by designer and inventor Norma Rapko.

This fun tool will allow you to add crystals to embellish just about anything you feel needs some sparkle.  I just had to try it on different surfaces! This tool makes it easy to fill in small and large areas with crystals faster. Before this, I used to pick up each crystal one at a time by hand to place on the glue areas of all my projects. It took me a long time to just work on one item alone doing that.

Below you will find photos of four projects I made. Each item was embellished with this tool and crystals, and it only took me about two hours to add the crystals on all four objects. Of course, I had to add the glue, then the crystals, but it was still a lot faster and I can’t wait to continue using these products in many future projects.

For my first project I embellished my daughter’s simple phone case. She asked that I add a music note using crystals. I wanted to cover the entire case with crystals but her style is very simple, and so she specifically asked me to do a simple design.

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Book Review | Modern Mod Podge by Kimberly Mueller

Modern Mod Podge

I love Mod Podge. I have used this product for many years. I have home decor projects that I made with it years ago, and I still display them at my home.  I have never used a book as a guide before so when I received the book “Modern Mod Podge” by Kimberly Mueller (published by Annie’s Crafts), I couldn’t wait to see what new ideas I could play with from it. As soon as I took a look at the cover, I knew what two projects I wanted to try right away!

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