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Flower Soft

Reported By: Julie Campbell


One of my favorite ‘finds’ at the Summer CHA show was this really interesting product called Flower Soft by Katy Sue Designs. Flower Soft is new to North America, but apparently has been around in Europe for a while now.

So, what is Flower Soft? Flower Soft is a type of embellishment that looks like tiny sprinkles. It is spongy to the touch, but maintains it’s shape even after being pressed. You can use Flower Soft as an accent for card making or scrapbooking, as it is acid free. The site even suggests using this product to make miniature plants for a doll house.

Flower Soft comes in a variety of mixed and solid colors. Each jar is 30 mL and goes a long way! To apply, simply apply glue to where you want to add the product and shake a small amount of Flower Soft over the area. Flower Soft carries a brand of PVA glue that I really like. It has a fine tip, so the glue goes just where you want it to go. It dries quickly and becomes clear after a few minutes.

Below is a picture of what my project looked like during application. Apply it as you would glitter and just tap off the excess and return it to the jar.

One of the things I love about Flower Soft is that you don’t have to use it only for flowers. As you can see, I applied Nut Brown to my moose to create fur.

Stamps by Cornish Heritage Farms (Ed the Moose, Tag! You’re it!, & Little Gal sets)
Printed paper by: October Afternoon, Basic Grey Here is another example using the Sweet Pea Flower Soft mix:

Stamps by Cornish Heritage Farms (Silhouette Blooms, Friend Centers)
Printed paper by Basic Grey

One of the things that first drew me to Flower Soft was the possibility of using it with my highly detailed stamp images to give my projects extra color and texture. I used a combination of Christmas Green, Spring Mix, and Sweet Pea mix.

Stamps by Cornish Heritage Farms (Streams of Living Water – Thomas Kinkade line, Script Essential Expressions)
Printed paper by Cornish Heritage Farms

Pros:

  • This product is acid free and safe to use for scrapbooking
  • It comes in a variety of mixed and solid colors
  • Compact jars will last a long time
  • Flower Soft can be used for more than creating flowers.

Cons:

  • Even though Flower Soft comes in a lot of colors, I love it so much that I would like to see even more varieties in the future
  • This product can be difficult to find in brick and mortar stores.

In conclusion, I think Flower Soft is a fun, unique new embellishment that can be used for a multitude of craft projects. It’s easy to use and inexpensive. Have you tried Flower Soft or have any additional questions about this product? I’d love to hear from you! Please leave me a comment on this post.

Avery T-Shirt Transfers

Reported By: Julie Campbell

Are there any 80’s children out there who remember when ringer Tee’s and cut off jeans were the latest fashion? Growing up, I loved anything made from iron-ons and proudly sported my favorite cartoon character or TV personality on my shirts. Why not become nostalgic and share some of that fun with your own family with Avery’s T-Shirt Transfers!

Avery has a full line of do-it-yourself products that are really easy to use. There are now T-shirt Transfers for both light and dark fabrics. These two products are very different from each other, so make sure you read the directions thoroughly before applying. Avery recommends turning garments inside out and washing in cold water to keep colors looking their best. Below is a chart that explains some of the differences between the products:

Light T-Shirt transfers are transparent, so any pigment in your fabric will show through your iron-on. I recommend only using white or ivory fabrics with this product so that the colors from your transfer will remain true. The Light T-Shirt Transfer is placed upside down before ironing, mirroring your image. This is especially important to remember if you’re transferring any text onto your fabric!

Dark T-Shirt transfers are opaque and have a bright white background. You have to trim your transfer very closely because any negative space will be white once ironed on. The Dark T-Shirt Transfers are placed face-up and are NOT mirrored. I have found that after several washings, the pigment from your fabric will start to bleed through any white area on your design.

There are a lot of ways to create an image for your transfers. Avery Transfers are compatible with Ink Jet printers and there are downloadable free templates and clip art images from avery.com. One of my favorite things to do is to stamp directly onto the transfer sheets. I made my son a custom T-shirt using iron-on letters, rubber stamps and markers. I’ve had good luck with dye-based inks and markers. Copic markers are not a good choice because the alcohol in the ink ‘eats away’ at the transfer sheet.

Rubber Stamps: Proud Eagle by Cornish Heritage Farms
Markers: Stampin’ Up!

Of course, there are a lot of other things that you can do with iron-ons. I love taking my children’s artwork and scanning them onto the computer. Once they’re uploaded, simply print them out onto a Transfer Sheet! I made this bag with some of my son’s early artwork, and I think it would make a great gift for a teacher or grandparent!

Pros:

  • Transfer Sheets come in packages for both light and dark fabric.
  • Avery’s new Color Shield™ formula ensures crisp, long-lasting image quality and the brightest colors – even after washing.
  • Unprinted iron-on transfer sheets feed easily through most inkjet printers.
  • Free downloadable images are available on the Avery website.
  • You can create your own images by using rubber stamps and markers.

Cons:

  • The Light T-Shirt Transfers are transparent, so any pigment in your fabric will show through and alter the colors in your transfer.
  • The Dark T-Shirt Transfers are opaque, so any “negative” areas in your design will become bright white once applied. (Designs must be carefully & closely trimmed.)
  • When using a Dark T-Shirt Transfer, any white areas that are part of your design may fade, allowing the color of the fabric to bleed through.

I think fabric transfers are a fun, versatile product that kids of all ages will love! They have stood the test of time and are a great creative outlet. With a little practice and imagination, I think you will love this product too! I would give this product a rating of 7 out of 10.

So what are you waiting for? Avery Transfer Sheets can be found at your local Wal-Mart stores or at any office supply store near you. 8.5″ x 11″ Dark Transfer Sheets (3 pack) retails for around $10. A similar pack of Light Transfer Sheets retails for around $6. (Larger packages are available and are more economical if you are planning on trying out several projects.) Let your child’s imagination run wild and create a fun project that they will wear with pride! Have you tried Avery’s products? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Leave us a comment and tell us about some other creative uses you have found for fabric transfers.

ScrapOnizer ToolBox

Reported by Julie Campbell

The Scraponizer ToolBox made it’s debut at CHA this year and is quickly becoming one of the hottest storage items to hit the craft world. Made of acid-free, durable poly-vinyl, this crystal clear organizing system is a great way to clean up your craft space!

ScrapOnizers are compact and easy to store in a variety of ways. They can be stored traditionally (vertically as shown in the photo) and can also be stacked horizontally on a shelf. They are also compatible with hanging letter filing systems, which makes clearing your work space very easy.

Each ScrapOnizer Starter Kit comes with:

  • White tagboard box (similar to a magazine organizer)
  • Self-adhesive labels
  • 4 clear cases (1″ w x 12″h x 10″d)
  • 4 individual cavity trays:

– 5.5″ X 8.75″ (2 cavity tray)
– 3.75″ X 8.5″ (3 cavity tray)
– 5.5″ X 4.25″ (4 cavity tray)
– 2.5″ X 4.5″ (8 cavity tray)

I use my ScrapOnizer to organize all of my small paper crafting embellishments, but this system can be used to organize just about anything. (Some of the really creative ideas I saw at CHA included a babysitting kit and a Lego organizer for kids.) Since this system is so light weight and impact resistant, it’s easy to pack a few cases in a bag to take to a crop or stamping event.

With the special “Snap-Lock” design, ScrapOnizers store your items in self-sealing compartments. The trays and cases have a “tongue and groove” like system, so even small items stay in the proper compartment.

One of the things I love about this system is how easy it is to customize it to coordinate with your style or decor. In the picture below, the company demonstrates how they transformed a plainToolBox simply by applyingscrapbooking paper and a few embellishments.

Pros:

  • Clear cases make it easy to locate stored contents.
  • Material is light weight & impact resistant.
  • ToolBoxes can be customized to coordinate with your space.
  • Tongue & Groove design keeps small items from migrating.

Cons:

  • Not ideal for items you reach for daily. (I prefer to have my “essentials” right at hand instead of in a closed container on a shelf)
  • I would also like to see a pattern included with the ScrapOnizer to make it easier to cover the tagboard box with patterned paper.

The ScrapOnizer Toolbox system retails for $24.95 (USD). You can also purchase additional cases ($15.50 for 4 cases) and cavity trays ($11.25 for 4). You can find a local retailer HERE. Some online retailers include Scrapbooks.com, Scrapbook.com, and Stamping Bella.

I think the ScrapOnizer is a really innovative idea and can be used to organize just about anything! On a scale of 1-10, I would give this product an 8. If you own this organizer, I would love to hear about what YOU use it for and what your opinion is of this new system!