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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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Vendor Spotlight: EK Success and K&Company

Reported by Sarah Moore

For me, Halloween is a holiday that can transcend traditional style and design. It’s an excuse to create something weird or silly beyond your usual tastes, to experiment with bizzare images and wild colors. I mean, when else can you mix lime, violet and orange… really?

I have to be honest… when I think of EK Success I would ALWAYS choose the Martha Stewart Crafts line for myself as a design match, but these fun K and Company designs are so family friendly and silly, I was really excited to play with them.

Our reporters are so talented… and this week you’ve seen some amazing designs. I decided to keep things super simple, and show you some really easy Halloween cards you can bust out in a day with your family. There is still plenty of time to get those Halloween cards in the mail!

These first two cards were created using the K and Company Tim Coffey Halloween Words & Icons Die-cuts. These retail for about $5.00 and boy do you get your money’s worth! 174 individual cut outs are inside this package. All of them cute and silly! Perfect for you or your kids!


Lookee here! I just glued these to a plain A Muse card base with dimensional adhesive. Done and done!


For this card I added a word sticker and some patterned paper from the same line… easy peesy!


This card is a tad more complex… I cut the Tombstone card base with my Cricut (it’s just a tag shaped card). I sponge inked the paper’s edges a tad and then glued the cutouts in place. I also added these wonderful tiny EK Success Sticko Letters. Love them! “Rick R. Mortis”… get it? Especially funny if you know my husband’s name is Richard R. Moore. 😉

I highly recommend the cutouts… they seem to be a wonderful value considering the vibarancy of the images and the quality of the cardstock.

Now let’s talk Punches. We’ve raved before here at Craft Critique about the new Slim profile Punch line By EK Success. Like are other reporters I agree that they cut like butter… even these tiny images… I used Stampin’ Up! papers here… so that’s a good test for a teeny detailed punch like this.


Ooh! And a little skull and bones! How can you resist!?! This image is dime sized and cut out perfectly!


And last but not least… let’s chat Jolee’s Stickers. I used my Cricut to cut this adorable treat bag, stuck on some high quality Jolee stickers, filled it will lollipops and BAM… DONE… high quality giftable.


In my humble opinion there is NOTHING wrong with making quick, simple designs like these. You can finish them in a day, not lose any sleep, and most of your friends will think you are a crafting goddess. Who has to know it was all stickers and cut outs?

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 EK Success Slim Line Medium Bats punch from EK Success Brands. You have until Sunday, October 18 at Midnight to enter.

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7Gypsies Binderie Punch

Reported by Amanda Talbert

I love to admire, covet, and buy scrapbook paper. I’m sure I’m not the only one. The problem with this, beyond storage, is how to use it. You see, I am not much of a scrapbooker. An entire scrapbook worth of work is a very long-term project and I do not have the attention span for it. That’s why I love mini albums and hybrid scrapping.

Putting together all the little things I have made so that I can turn them into a lovely gift or store them for perusing later can be a challenge. That’s where the Binderie by 7Gypsies comes in. As 7Gypsies says on their website, with the Binderie you can, “Bind it in style!”

I ordered my Binderie from Two Peas in a Bucket for $19.95 and it arrived very quickly. It came with the device and a starter kit that includes paper, bookboard, and binder rings for putting it all together.

The instruction booklet also had very nice pictures and descriptions to help me learn how to use the placement slider for getting nicely placed and evenly spaced punches. It was this spacking help that first intrigued me about the device. Watch the videos on this page to learn a little more.

I decided to really put the hole punching strength of this little baby to the test with my project. I went right for punching holes in CDs since I had some freebies around. I also felt pretty strongly that if the Binderie could punch through CDs without breaking them then it could do just about anything. I started with just a plain CD to see how it would go.

All I had to do was slide the CD in a push the little button on top and I had a very nice hole. The Binderie didn’t make a single grumble about going through the thick plastic, and the hole it made was very smooth and clean. I checked closely; there are no cracks radiating from the hole, and no chips anywhere in the plastic.

Once I was convinced the Binderie punch could handle the CD, I set out to do a little Christmas in July crafting. I covered CDs with lovely scrapbooking paper and diecut letters and then stuck them in the punch and let her rip.


After I punched holes in the CDs I strung raffia through them. I was a little worried that the edges of the holes would cut the thin raffia. I moved the banner I made quite a bit and there were no problems at all.


When I was making my banner I covered both sides of the CD with a layer or two of paper. In the closeup below you can see how nicely it punched.

I also made a small hanger for my daughter’s door with the same technique.


The Binderie takes 6 AA batteries or you can buy an A/C adapter for it. I used it with batteries. The paperwork that came with it say that it can punch paper, cardstock, bookboard, but that you shouldn’t try to punch acrylic with it. I tried paper, card, CD plastic, grungeboard, and cereal box. It worked on all of them.

Pros:

  • The Binder is compact and light-weight. You could take it along to craft just about anywhere.
  • The electrical operation triggered by the button on the top is much easier than having to manually punch a hole in something.
  • There are a wide variety of things you can punch.
  • The holes punched are round, smooth, and even.
  • You can punch one hole or two and with the slide out part of the unit you can evenly place as many holes as you want.

Cons:

  • If you don’t want to burn through batteries you will have to buy the A/C adapter seperately.
  • It can be a little difficult to get the hang of the slide out arm, it takes practice.
  • There is a set depth for hole placement. You can’t punch a hole out in the middle of anything.
  • The price for the Binderie from most of the sites I looked at is twice what I paid for it.

Where to buy:

If my 7Gypsies Binderie went missing, I would buy it again. I would buy it over and over if I had to. That’s how much I like it. I can hardly wait to try punching something else. Do you have any suggestions for me? I would love to let you know how it punches through all of your favorite craft things.

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