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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 Mod Podge. 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?

Fiskars 4" Folding Scissors

 Reported by Christina Hammond
Fiskars 4″ Folding Scissors

Fiskars has come to my crafting rescue with their new 4″ folding Scissors.  For as long as I can remember, I have had a tiny pair of folding scissors attached to my keys, to my backpack zipper pulls, and in the tote for each of my projects. I used to buy them at the neighborhood hardware store from a bucket at the cash registers, usually for about a quarter.  Sadly, I haven’t been able to find them for years and I have lost all of my old ones.  I had been resorting to tossing cheap nail clippers into my bags, but this is not ideal because the blades can still catch and ruin delicate needlework.

I was so excited to find these at Michael’s that I did a little happy dance right in the aisle and bought them without a coupon (GASP!).  They are a bit pricey for my taste at $12.99.
Size compared with a quarter.  Compact!

The scissors are 4″ from the tips to the end of the handles.  The blades are less than 2″ long, perfect for quick snips of thread. 

Small, Sturdy and Useful

Right out of the package, the scissors are stiff and difficult to open and fold.  I have had them for a couple of weeks now and I can report that while still fairly stiff, the folding mechanism is getting easier and easier.  I would like to be able to open them one handed, eventually, as I am usually doing my knitting/needlework projects in the car while my husband drives or at the playground while the kids play and there is nowhere to set a project down to fiddle with scissors. 

The Blades:  Blunt Tips

I would say that these scissors are best suited for the yarn or needlework crafter.  I have tried to cut different papers with varying success.  Finely detailed work is out, for sure, because the blades are thick and blunt tipped.  I found that standard notebook paper cuts well, but tissue and thicker papers result in cuts that are not as smooth as many would desire.

Tips are protected when folded.

 Pros:

  • The size.  Small and compact.
  • Blades are small enough that they’re safe for airline travel.
  • The bright handles make them easy to spot.
  • Convenience for crafters on the go.

Cons:

  • Cost. MSRP is $12.99
  • Folding is stiff and difficult at times.
  • Sharp enough for quick yarn/thread snips, but don’t expect to cleanly cut your scrapbooking projects.   

Do you have a favorite “on the go” craft supply?  What do you think of these little folding scissors? Leave a comment and let us know!

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