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Tim Holtz Idea-ology Sanding Block

Reported by Martha Bonneau

When I received the Tim Holtz Sanding Block in a swap that I participated in, my first thought as “great, what am I going to do with this? I’m perfectly happy using the random sanding blocks and bits of sandpaper I steal from my husband’s workbench in the basement!” But while working on a project one day I found myself out of random bits of of pillaged sandpaper, and decided to give the Sanding Block a try. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised, and now find that this tool is a staple on my scrap-table. The tool itself is simple enough; it consists of a rubber block that the sandpaper wraps around. The paper is secured by 2 spikes (concealed at each end) that securely hold the sandpaper in place.


The tool itself fits perfectly in the palm of my hand, and is very comfortable to use. It makes sanding textured surfaces and edges very easy, plus no more scraping my knuckles like when using random pieces of sandpaper! Because the sandpaper is wrapped around the Sanding Block, you can apply as much, (or as little), pressure as needed to get the effect you desire. I layered these paper flowers, and with just a couple of passes of the Sanding Block I was able to distress all of the layers.


Pros:

  • Ergonomic and easy-to-use.
  • Smaller size than sanding blocks found at hardware store, certainly small enough to toss in scrapping tote.
  • Spikes securely hold sandpaper in place, which makes it easy to sand textured surfaces and edges.

Cons:

  • Only comes with one piece of sandpaper. It would have been nice to have at least 1 additional piece of sandpaper included.
  • When I first opened the package, the product had a very, very strong smell and it took several days of letting it air out for it to diminish.
  • It would be nice to have a cover that fit over the sandpaper portion of the tool so it wouldn’t scratch other items in my tool-kit (or my fingers when reaching down into my scrapping tote!)

The Tim Holtz Idea-ology Sanding Block has a MSRP of $5.99. I have found the Sanding Block at my local craft store as well as on-line.

Do you use Tim’s sanding block? Or do you try to get away with random bits of leftover sandpaper? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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Vendor Spotlight: EK Success – Martha Stewart Crafts Halloween

Reported by Martha Bonneau

Every year as Halloween approaches, I start stalking my local Michaels to see if the Martha Stewart Crafts Halloween items are in yet. Martha never lets me down; she always has the best (and spookiest!) items. If you are at all familiar with the items in the Martha Stewart Crafts line for EK Success you know that, for the most part, everything is super cute with a vintage touch here and there. What makes the Halloween line stand out for me is that cute goes out the window and they go much darker…think skulls, and bats and spiders oh my! One of the stand-out products for me this year is the patterned paper pad:


In this pad you get 24 double-sided sheets of paper in an assortment of designs. These are quality, heavy-weight papers with added details such as flocking, embossing and glitter. I love that these papers have so many elements on them that you can cut out and use in a variety of ways like labels, tags and embellishments. There are even 4 templates provided on the back of the packaging to help you create paper decorations…I think that’s a great (and green!) idea.


I admit it, I am a sucker for cupcake liners; I love to use them in my papercrafting projects. As someone who has a lot of cupcake liners in my stash, I have to say I buy the Martha Stewart Crafts ones every season as I love the designs she comes up with…plus they coordinate perfectly with all of the papercrafting items in the line, which makes them easy to use. I created this altered book using papers from the paper pad (the skeleton and the labels are cut from the patterned papers), some of the fabulous cupcake liners and layered stickers. I am sure those liners are fabulous with a cupcake in them too!


Another aspect of the products in the Martha Stewart line is that they are versatile enough to use on many different types of projects… you don’t necessarily have to be a papercrafter to enjoy these products. I used the spiderweb die-cut felt ribbon as an embellishment on these simple fleece scarves. I just used some fabric glue to adhere it into place and there you go… perfect scarves for a night of trick-or-treating.

Of course you can’t write about Martha Stewart Crafts without mentioning the glitters, and oh, what wonderful glitters they are!



I received a set of 6 glitters in complementary colors for Halloween that come with their own little tube of adhesive. Why do I love these glitters so much (and this is coming from a non-glittery girl)… first of all, the colors are the best and they complement the rest of the line perfectly. Secondly, the texture is wonderful as it is very, very fine. A little bit goes a long way so even though the containers in the Halloween assortment look small, you will get a lot of use out of them. Each of the containers has a shaker top and is very easy to use. You can use the adhesive that comes in the package or any other adhesive you would normally use to adhere glitter. I was surprised at the precision of the tube of adhesive that came with the glitter set as I could even use it to write with.


Another of my favorites are the edge punches
For this review I received the Fence edge punch. The punches are a great way to add a decorative border to your cardstock or patterned paper. I found this punch very easy to use; it didn’t take massive amounts of pressure to make a punch, and the cuts were clean and precise. I own quite a few of the Martha Stewart Crafts punches and have been very happy with all of them. I made this card by accenting the edge of the paper with the Fence punch, the spider is cut from one of the sheets of patterned paper in the pad and then accented with some of the glitter.


Pros:

  • Full range of products that coordinate through design and color.
  • Great designs!
  • High quality, everything has the look and feel of quality.
  • Not just for the papercrafter, all kinds of crafters will enjoy these items.
Cons:
  • Hard to find unless you have a Michaels in your area, Wal*Mart and Archivers carry some of the line but not all of it.

I had a great time tapping into my inner ghoul with Martha Stewart Crafts Halloween line from EK Success… let us know what you think!

EK Success has generously donated some of the products featured in the weeks reviews to give away to our great readers! Please leave your comments on this article to win a Martha Stewart Crafts – Mini 6 pack Halloween glitter set from EK Success Brands. You have until Sunday, October 18 at Midnight to enter.
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Claudine Hellmuth Studio Sticky-back Canvas

Reported by Martha Bonneau

When I first saw Claudine Hellmuth’s Studio line at Summer CHA last year, I was immediately drawn to her Sticky-back Canvas. Claudine was doing demonstrations using the Sticky-back with her Studio line of acrylic paints, and was making the most wonderful little flowers for her make & take. While talking with her we discovered that there were many uses for the Sticky-back. It could be painted, sewed, stamped on, used with a resist, etc., and the best part is the fact that it is sticky-back…that’s right, when you are done embellishing it, you simply peel off the back and adhere it to your project!

As a scrapbooker I don’t do a lot of painting, but I do like to sew, and that is where I have had the most fun using the Sticky-back. Because it comes in 2 sizes, 12 x 12 and 8.5 x 11, it is easy to run it through your printer if you have an image you would like to use. I used an image from Kitschy Digitals Woodland Stuffies kit…I simply printed it onto the Sticky-back, cut out the image, peeled off the backing, and sewed it onto a canvas tote-bag. Because of the stickiness, there was no need to pin the image in place as it stayed put while sewing it on. The image printed crisp and clean, and was very vibrant.

I have also used it on a couple of scrapping projects. I scanned a vintage pattern and printed it out on the Sticky-back to create this mixed media piece.

I also created my own self-adhesive alphabets to use on my layouts. I like these instead of the little paper alphas you can buy on sheets because the canvas gives them more texture. They do not fray around the edges when cutting them out, and the adhesive is strong enough to keep them adhered to a project.

I did another project using the Sticky-back and Claudine’s Multi-Medium. After cutting out a vintage image I used the Multi-Medium to adhere it to the Sticky-back, cut it out with pinking shears, and adhered it to the cover of a mini-album. I use lots of layers and textures in my projects and the Sticky-back allowed me to bring a fabric texture into a sewing inspired project.

Pros:

  • Self adhesive!
  • Able to use with many different media
  • Adaptable to papercrafters, painters, sewers
  • Claudine’s blog always has a wealth of wonderful ideas on how to use her products

Cons:

  • Difficult to find locally, I have usually only found it on-line

Where to buy:

Have you used Claudine Hellmuth Studio Sticky-back Canvas? We’d love to see your projects… link us up in the comments, and we’ll check you out!

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