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Imaginisce Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Imaginisce products… ¬†


Winner of the Imaginisce iRock Tool…


Jingle said…
I currently use self stick, but they don’t always have great adhesive. I do like how easy it is, though. This would be way fun and I love that they stick to fabric!

Winner of the Imaginisce iTop Brad Maker…


Adelle said…
I have not used the I top yet and would love the opportunity to play with some pretty fabric to top the brads. My girls would love for me to make those barrets…I didn’t even think about that option! ūüôā



Winner of the Imaginisce iBond Cordless Glue Gun…

billiejo said…
I haven’t yet tried the I-bond cordless hot glue gun, but I would sure love to! Many times when creating my altered projects, or mixed media, I get frustrated with the glues and want to use a glue gun, but never can because I seldom have power where I work. This will be a must have for me.

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Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: Imaginisce i-bond Cordless Hot Glue Gun

Reported by Erika Martin

Have you ever been at the mercy of your hot glue gun cord? I can’t count how many times I’ve swiped things off the table with the cord, couldn’t reach what I was doing, the cord wasn’t long enough to sit on top of the table because the outlet was JUST out of reach….or I’ve been teaching a class and have to set up stations around the room (away from our workspace) for people to use hot glue guns. There’s good news for us crafters!

Imaginisce has just released their i-bond Cordless Hot Glue Gun and they were so generous to send it along to me to try out alongside their new Garden Party collection.
Imaginisce lists the features of the i-bond on the packaging:
  • It’s cordless!
  • Uses 4 AA batteries (not included)
  • Lighted nozzle for easy application
  • Ergonomic design
  • Uses standard mini glue sticks (4″ x 0.28″ / 10 cm x .7 cm)
The packaging also includes 3 mini glue sticks to get started. That might not seem like a big deal to most crafters that have things like that on hand in bulk, but to be honest, I was SO glad they included them in the packaging because when I got started on my projects, I realized that my daughter had used up ALL of my glue sticks!
I created four projects using the i-bond:
  • Hanging Monograms for my bedroom
  • Altered CD mini book
  • Barrette
  • Jumbo paper clip bookmark
The i-bond was very easy to set up. It runs on 4 AA batteries and they’re easily put inside the handle of the gun. When I first opened the handle, I found the directions and nitty-gritty instructions folded up inside. I made sure to put those aside in case I ever needed them.
The bottom of the handle easily pops off and there are battery diagrams inside the handle and also on the outside of the handle bottom that shows which was to put the batteries in. Just pop the cap back on and you’re ready to go.

The gun has an on/off switch and a metal stand that swivels out from the barrel of the gun to help it stand up while you’re not using it.

When the gun is in the on position, the light on the nozzle is always turned on.

I’m so used to having a cord on my glue guns and the whole way through my projects, I kept thinking I needed to push a cord away or that I had to hold the gun in a way so as not to have the cord in the way. it’s so freeing to be able to not have to worry about that. I’m sure I’ll get used to that soon enough. *wink*

My first project was a set of Hanging Monograms for my bedroom. I’ve been collecting D & E monograms for a little while to make a huge collage above the bed my hubby and I share. His name is David and my name is Erika and I thought it would be cute to have our initials hanging up all over the wall behind our head board.

I used some of the double-sided paper from the Garden Party collection to cover my press-board monogram letters.

I used some of the ribbon from the same collection to make a hanger for my letters and used the i-bond to attach them.

The i-bond is great for attaching embellishments to all sorts of projects. I used it to attach my silk flowers to my letters.

And having that little light on the nozzle is really handy when trying to get glue in tight and dark spots, like under the knots of the ribbons that I tied around my monogram letters.

My second project was an altered CD mini book. I used a bunch of old CDs to create the “pages” of my book. They are sturdy and hold up really well for an album that’s going to get a lot of handling. I tried using the glue gun to attach the Garden Party paper to my first CD, but it created some bulky lines underneath the paper and I didn’t really care for the way it turned out, so I ditched that CD.

I decided to use a double-sided tape for the rest of the CDs and found that worked much better.

I used the i-bond to secure the embellishments on the front of my album, including the cardstock stickers that I used. I felt it was better to have them firmly secured with the hot glue.

On the inside pages of the mini book, I used some of the die cuts from the Garden Party collection to decorate the pages, but I thought it would be fun to give them a little bit of height and dimension, so I applied some glue with the i-bond and when I adhered them to the pages of the book, I got JUST the look I was going for.

In the midst of working on my mini-book, I noticed that the glue from the i-bond didn’t seem to be as hot or fluid as it was before. I checked the on/off switch to make sure the gun was still on. It was….but then I looked at the light on the nozzle and noticed that it wasn’t on at all. I changed out the batteries and everything was fine again after that.
This was a bit concerning to me as I’d only had the gun on for about an hour with brand new batteries and they’d run down in that amount of time. They were Kirkland brand batteries, so maybe it has to do with the brand/quality of the batteries. I replaced the Kirkland batteries with Duracell batteries and it will be interesting to see how long those last in the gun.
My third project was a barrette. My daughter had made a barrette a few weeks ago but it didn’t hold up, so I re-purposed the barrette clip to make a new one. I used the i-bond to create little loops out of Garden party ribbon and then glued them across the barrette clip.

I decided that I didn’t like the placement of one of the ribbons and tried to pull it off and had to really work at it. The glue and gun do a REALLY good job of securing items.
I put together a couple of silk flowers with Garden Party brads and glued them to the front of the barrette to finish it off.


My daughter was psyched to try it on and plans to wear it to school tomorrow.

My last project was a quick Jumbo paper clip bookmark. I used a 4 inch jumbo paper clip and put together two sets of silk flowers with brads (from the Garden Party collection) and set one upside down with the brad poking through the top of the paper clip. I was very generous with the glue so that the flowers wouldn’t slide down the paper clip when it was assembled.

I settled the other flower on top and pressed them together to secure them. Voila!

It’s important to note that while this is a hot glue gun, this glue gun is not a *high-temp* hot glue gun. If you are creating projects that require a high-temp hot glue gun, the i-bond isn’t the gun for that project. But, for all other projects using a mid-temp glue gun, the i-bond is the PERFECT gun for you! (Personally, I like to have one of each on hand.)
The i-bond Cordless Hot Glue Gun carries a MSRP of $15.99.
Pros:
  • Great price point for a heavy-duty glue gun
  • CORDLESS!!! WOOHOO!
  • Battery operated
  • Handy-dandy lighted nozzle
  • Uses mini glue sticks which are easily accessible – even the hardware story carries them!
  • Has a metal stand to rest on in between use
Cons:
  • Not a high-temp gun so if you’re looking to do projects requiring high-temp glue, the i-bond isn’t it
  • Not quite sure if this is a con yet, but the new batteries I put in ran out in an hour’s time – I’ll have to run the gun through a few sets of different brand batteries to find out if this is a matter of the gun using the batteries quickly or if it’s a matter of what brand batteries are used
The I-Bond Cordless Hot Glue Gun is available from Amazon.com.

GIVEAWAY!
Want to win this great product? Our friends at Imaginisce are giving away an iBond Cordless Glue Gun to one lucky reader. To win, just leave a comment on this blog answering any or all of these questions, we love to hear your opinions!


How about you? Have you tried out the new¬†i-bond Cordless Hot Glue Gun¬†yet? What’s would be your favorite feature if you haven’t?


You have until Friday, February 18th at 6pm CST to comment.

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Vendor Spotlight: Imaginisce i-bond Cordless Glue Gun and Garden Party

We are so excited and happy to introduce you to our new reporter and Mod Podge Queen, Amy Anderson. Amy has lots of crafty experience and we just know that you are going to love her as much as we do.

I’m the blogger behind Mod Podge Rocks. I was born from creative genes, so I’m carrying on the tradition. I have been knitting for 18 years, sewing for longer and decoupaging for just a few. I do all of these things on a daily basis, or at least as much as I can. In addition to Mod Podge, I love the color blue, dogs, reading, cold weather, funny movies, road rallies, yogurt, garden gnomes, sock monkeys, running, tattoos, being outdoors, buttons, snuggling and apparently blogging. Who knew I would love it this much?


Reported by Amy Anderson

I am more than pleased to review Imaginisce’s i-bond cordless glue gun.¬† I’m old enough to remember when everything, including phones, had a cord.¬† Even when the first phone went cordless, it was like talking on a brick.¬† Life was so inconvenient back then!¬† It’s really handy that the i-bond is cordless, especially since most of us like to have a glue gun in our crafty arsenal.¬† I decided the best way to test this tool was on a project, and as you would expect, I did something with Mod Podge.¬† My scrapbook paper and embellishment line of choice was Imaginisce’s new Garden Party:

It’s such a pretty paper stack, don’t you think?¬† This line comes with coordinating die cuts, brads, stickers, ribbons and paper flowers in soft shades.¬† I’m going to walk you through the frame tutorial as I review the product.

Gather These Supplies

Wood frame
Mod Podge Gloss
Imaginisce Garden Party paper and embellishments
Imaginisce i-bond cordless glue gun
FolkArt paint – Graffiti Pink (or coordinating color)
Scissors or craft knife and mat
Paintbrush
Ruler
Pencil or pen

Start with a standard issue wood frame.

¬†Measure and cut your papers – I went for the patchwork look, so I cut four separate sheets of paper (coordinating).¬† Imaginisce’s paper comes in 12″ x 12″ sheets and is nice and thick.¬† If you have issues with Mod Podging wrinkles, you won’t with this paper.

Basecoat your frame with a few coats and allow to dry.

Spread a medium layer of Mod Podge onto the frame and then place your paper down.  The paper went on nicely.  Allow to dry for 15 Р20 minutes.

Smooth the paper out with your fingers or brayer.¬† I have to say, this paper is very vibrant and I like it.¬† It also didn’t tear when I rolled over it with the brayer.¬† Yay!¬† Apply a top coat of Mod Podge and allow to dry.

Time for the glue gun!¬† This is where I get really excited – this glue gun is SUPER cool.¬† The i-bond operates on batteries (included) and warms up quickly.¬† It also has a headlight.¬† I didn’t understand why at first.¬† I’d never used a glue gun with a nozzle light before.

I started hot gluing on flower embellishments to test my gun.  I totally understood the headlight after gluing the first flower down.  It truly makes it easier to see where the glue is going.  I LOVE this feature.

I glued ribbon down on the back for a hanger.¬† The glue came out of the gun smoothly and with little stringing.¬† I don’t know what causes glue gun stringing, but I didn’t have many problems with the i-bond.¬† I was able to bead a thin line of glue quite easily.

The gun is lightweight and has an ergonomic grip, so it was easy to maneuver.¬† It fit in my hand quite nicely and didn’t cramp my wrist.¬† I think I’m in love.

The finished frame – Mod Podged and hot glued to perfection.¬† You’ll notice the vibrant colors of the Garden Party line.¬† It’s truly a gorgeous paper collection.¬† This might be a great Mother’s Day gift!

I know as crafters that we all have a lot of choices in tools and papers – and sometimes it’s difficult to discern good from poor quality.¬† From my experience with Imaginisce’s i-bond cordless glue gun and papers, I’m definitely going to be a repeat buyer.

Pros:

  • i-bond glue gun is lightweight and ergonomical
  • Nozzle light makes placement of glue easy
  • Pink color is delightful
  • Papers are bright and colorful and tear-resistant
  • Cute embellishments in a variety of types

Cons:

  • None, except distribution.¬† I can’t find these in my local big box craft stores but you can buy the
  • I-Bond Cordless Hot Glue Gun¬†from Amazon.com.





What do you love or hate about the glue gun you are currently using?  What would you make with this glue gun?

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