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Xyron Creative Station …

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Hello and Happy Monday, My CR8TiV Kittens ! Life has been SOo… hectic lately but it’s finally settling down to where I can stop procrastinating about this post and as Larry the Cable guy would say … Git Er Done ! L0L

So today I want to share with you guys a Birthday present I got for myself. I always do quite a bit of research before I buy anything and I’ve done quite a bit of oogling googling about the Xyron 510 Creative Station. Of course right off the bat I loved that it’s called CR8TiV Station.😛 L0L

But what the Xyron 510 Creative Station is  … is it’s a sticker maker, laminator, and a magnet maker. You do have to buy separate cartridges to do each of those things but you get a Permanent Adhesive cartridge to start with when you buy the Xyron 510. It applies a strong adhesive to the back of anything you place into the machine.

The machine does not require electricity or batteries … it’s a manual self crank machine. I really love the Xyron 510 bcuz as a Card maker you sometimes have intricate die cuts that are hard to get adhesive on. Most just use a glue like the Tombow Mono-Liquid Adhesive or just rub a glue stick over it. But sometimes the glue oozes out the die cut and the glue stick isn’t sticky enough to keep the die in place.

Well, with the Xyron 510 you just pass it through the machine and the intricate die cut will immediately become an adhesive die cut. You can take photos, intricate die cuts, card backing that you’re going to adhere to a cardbase, ribbon, strips of fancy scrapbook paper you wanna make into washi-tape like strips, etc. The Permanent Adhesive cartridge will put a strong adhesive on one side turning it essentially into a sticker.

Another great thing about this is if you wanna use Deco-Foil … Run your die cut through the Xyron 510 or as I call it the X510 but put your die cut in face down so the adhesive goes on the front of the die cut instead of the back. Then peel off the plastic sheet and lay the die cut down on a sheet of Deco-Foil. Use a bone folder or old credit card to rub it all smoothly. Then gently peel off the Deco-Foil and you have a Foiled Die Cut without the process of printing in a Laser Printer and running it through the Laminator or using the Deco-Foil toner pen.

Many of you who follow me on Facebook and Instagram (Facebook.com/MYTCR8TiV@MYTCR8TiV) know that I am a Artist and I often draw many things. I know many have asked why I don’t have an Etsy shop or online shop and my 1st Etsy attempt didn’t work out as I wasn’t really ready for it. But I’ll have a online shop soon in the future.

But another reason I like the X510 is that they have a Laminator cartridge which applies a clear laminate on both the top and bottom of the item you put in. They also have a Laminate/Adhesive cartridge which laminates the top and puts adhesive on the bottom. I am hoping to get both those cartridges as the possibilities are endless for me at least. I can make cute handrawn stickers with a glossy finish or I can laminate my ATC “Artist Trading Card” or Art Prints without having to go to my local Office Supply store and have them laminate it.

Then there’s the Magnet cartridge which adheres a thin magnet to the back of your project. You can turn photos into magnets, a drawing into a magnet, etc. I am sure it is possible to put your item through the laminating cartridge then again through the magnet cartridge so you have a glossy film over the front and magnet on the back. Like I said the possibilities are endless on this.

If you are a Crafter or even an Artist … I highly recommend the Xyron 510. They have a larger one I believe it’s the Xyon 900 which will take wider items like posters but the Xyron 510 I believe can take up to 5″ widths. But it’s an awesome machine to make adhesive labels for your mason jars, your cupcake/cookie box labels, and able to make customizing a lot easier without a computer or electricity.

Definitely don’t think that the Xyron 510 will disappoint and with Craft store coupons like from JoAnns and Michaels the cartridges are affordable. JoAnns sells the cartridges for $19.99 but with coupon you can probably get it for $15 or less. I hope that the 1st handful of items I put up the next time I reopen my Etsy store will be some handrawn stickers, magnets, and a few laminated prints.

 

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Chromatix are Chroma-tastix !!

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Hi, Everyone ! This is a Part 2 to my previous review on the Chromatix markers. So far I have been using them for a few stamped card images but also trying them out on Coloring books. These markers definitely are comparable to Promarkers. The color layout is so smooth like Promarkers and they hide your marker strokes very well. But mostly they are AWESOME for Coloring books.

One thing I will have to note is that they do bleed so try not to color too close to the line or it will bleed over the edge of that line. Here are two(2) coloring book examples I did using the Chromatix markers. One is a regular Children’s coloring book with the brown flimsy paper and the other is a page from an Adult Coloring Book.

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Example #1 : Children’s Coloring Book page

Look how smooth the Chromatix color is laid down. I don’t think anyone would believe me when I say it was done in marker. Most markers like Crayola will bleed terribly on these coloring book pages but the Chromatix do bleed out but if you’re careful it’s not noticeable.

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Example #2 : Adult Coloring Book page

I just love how smooth the color looks. They work great for both coloring pages !! One important tip is to place a sheet of cardstock behind the page you are coloring as the color will show through the other side “bleed”. If you have those coloring books where it’s double-sided make a copy of the other side of the page so you can still color it. With the Children’s coloring book I picked a page that the other side just has a maze, puzzle or something that won’t be wasted.

If you like Promarkers I really recommend trying these markers out and if you are into the Coloring book craze add these markers into your coloring palette. I am sure you will not regret it ! I love these markers !! They don’t smell very strong, colors smoothly, blends well, and gives you a good variety of colors to chose from. I prefer just using them straight without blending with the blender marker but really give these markers a try !!

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Chromatix .vs. Promarker …

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Hi, CR8TiV Cats ! Happy Monday ! (∩u∩) Today I want to share my review of the Chromatix blending marker set. I found a 30 color set for $29.99 at Marshalls and intrigued to give them a try. Here is what the entire set looks like arranged in ROYGBIV order …
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I tested them out on the cardstock I normally use for card bases and artwork. One tip I highly suggest whenever you buy any set of markers is to make a swatch of the colors. These Chromatix markers don’t have color numbers or names and the cap color is not accurate to the actual color so a swatch for this is a MUST-HAVE. Below is the swatch I created. I used a solid heart stamp to see how it’ll look if used with stamps and also colored a block above to see the actual color.
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They bleed very easily on any type of paper it seems. Also getting colors to blend together was sorta difficult. They didn’t blend together too well but if you stick with the general LMD “Light-Medium-Dark” rule of blending these markers will work well. If you look at the swatch it looks like each color is in sets of three(3) or four(4) colors of the same spectrum. So it’s quite easy to pick out a Light Blue, Medium Blue, and Dark Blue to do a blending Ombre.

As far as the Blending marker that comes in this set it doesn’t seem to work very well. If you look in the lower left corner of the color swatch photo I used the Chromatix blender marker, a Q-Tip with Rubbing Alcohol, and a Promarker Blender marker. Oddly the Promaker blender marker turns to a yellow-ish color. I dunno if you can see it in the photo but it has streaks of yellow. The Q-Tip dipped in Rubbing Alcohol seems to blend it very well.

I haven’t tried the Distress markers but the barrel of the marker looks a lot like the Distress markers but these markers compare to Promarkers like if Promarkers had made a skinny version of their markers these are what they feel like. The ink flows out the same and the color layout is very similar to them as well. I’ll color a coloring book page and psot them up on Instagram to show you how they work for coloring books.

If you are going to use them to color stamps just a fair warning they will stain your stamps. My clear heart stamp I used for the color swatch turned yellow in color and won’t clean back to the clear color it once was. But it will still stamp and work like normal just stained a yellow color. Overall I think this is a great set to have when you want to learning about blending colors and just a set for coloring coloring books with.

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Stamp & Scrapbook Expo …

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Hello, Everyone ! Hope you are having a great weekend ! Aside for the rain these past few days it’s been a great week and the weekend has started off pretty positive as well. Today I attended the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center and if you noticed I scratched out the Stamp from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo.

The Expo was great and there were so many inspiring projects but there weren’t too many stamp vendors to really validate the Stamp part of the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. It seemed more Scrapbook oriented. Stamp companies where are you ? Definitely need more stamp companies like LawnFawn, HeroArts, MamaElephant, Ellen Hutson, My Favorite Things, Avery Elle, etc. More stamp companies need to register for this expo so that the name of Stamp & Scrapbook can live up to it’s name.

I mainly shopped the most at the Stamps of Life booth but to be honest everything was pretty expensive. $120 dollars dissolved so quickly and not much freebies either. This was my first time attending a Expo specifically for Stamps & Scrapbooking but I’ve attended other Expos such as the Japan Expo which my Dad did a few shows at and when the LA Auto show rolls in town we try to go check it out.

Often times from attending those Expos we go home with a tote full of freebies like keychains, lanyards, magnets, pens, etc. I was kinda expecting more from this Stamp & Scrapbook Expo to give out more freebies but only freebie I got was a glue stick and a ink pad from the Stamps of Life booth for my purchases. I really hope that next year more stamp companies step up to the plate and give the Stamp part of Stamp & Scrapbook Expo more meaning.

Now on to the review part … Like I said above I spent most of my money @ the Stamps of Life booth since they were pretty much the only worthy stamp selling booth aside from Judith’s rubber stamps. Which were priced pretty reasonably ! I bought two(2) flower stamps for about $15.

But my review isn’t about that stamp. My review is about the Stamps of Life ink pad. They are made by Color Box under the Stephanie Barnard brand. I picked out the color Candy which is a soft cotton candy pink color. The ink pad is really great !! It stamps very clean and clear with no smearing or smudging. The color is also very vibrant ! I could see myself buying more of her ink pads in the future.

As for the stamp sets I purchased … I cannot say how much I adore the Stamps of Life stamps. If you read my previous blog post about her subscription plan if you haven’t subscribed yet … do it ! Every month is like Christmas when you go to your mailbox and find her monthly stamp set awaiting in your mailbox.

Her stamp sets always stamp beautifully without requiring any priming. What I mean when I say Priming is sometimes *new* stamps don’t take ink very well and either you have to rub a pink eraser over the image so that it will scuff and make ink adhere better.  Works like a charm every time !! But with the Stamps of Life stamps you don’t need to take that extra step. Just ink up and stamp away !!

I also bought some dies which I am eager to try as well. I purchased the Stitched Rectangles die and the Grid die set which I will definitely post up a card made with these dies soon. So stay posted on my Facebook page @ Facebook.com/MYTCR8TiV or follow me on Instagram @MYTCR8TiV

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Copic markers on a budget + Memento .vs. VersaFine !

Hi, Everyone ! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. Today I wanna share with you the Spectrum Noir Aqua markers and also share a ink pad comparison between the Memento ink pad and the VersaFine which are both made by Tsukineko but equally different. So let’s start with the ink pad comparison first.

Below is a comparison example I made. Memento ink is on the left and VersaFine is on the right. It says that VersaFine is best for Fine Detail stamping. The stamped impression definitely is darker and more crisp than the Memento ink but my Memento ink pad is pretty worn but I keep it inked. I think VersaFine does give you a better impression with better clarity in detail.

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Even when my Memento ink pad was *new* I remember some clear stamps the impression was a bit hazy looking like in the picture sample above. The clear stamps I used  are fairly *new* and only been used once before this. I think I’ll be using the VersaFine more often when I want clearer stamped images or using a stamp that has lots of detail in them.

Now on to the Copic markers on a budget. I just purchased these markers called Spectrum Noir Aqua markers which are water-based. I didn’t seem to get them to work with a water brush too well although I have seen tutorials on YouTube where they have watercolored with these markers. I prefer to use them straight as markers.

I had purchased one copic marker using a coupon from Michaels. It’s RV11 which is a very soft cotton candy pink color which I use for coloring cheeks on characters. I was in Love with the copic marker and wished … No wait dream to own all the Copic marker colors. But unless I won the lotto that’s not gonna be an easy dream to achieve.

I know I’ve been told I can just buy them one by one using coupons but I don’t have the patience to buy one by one.😛 Now I came across these Spectrum Noir Aqua markers at my local JoAnn’s store. The idea of watercolors + markers intrigued me and since I had a 50% off coupon they were only $15 compared to $29.99 regular price.

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I had originally only purchased one(1) pack which is the Floral set which includes a pretty nice variety of colors but it was missing Blues. Blue is my favorite color and it’s a color I tend to reach for most often. So I went back and bought the Primary set which has Four(4) shade of Blue. Unlike the Copics these markers do not have a Chisel nib. It has a Brush nib like the Copics and a fine point nib which I like better than the Chisel tip.

Below I made a color swatch chart for you guys to see the colors as they really are. The colored caps on the markers aren’t accurate to what the real colors are. One that kinda bugs me but no too much is the fact that the colors are really close to each other that it kinda seems like you’re getting doubles of some colors. Like the Rose Pink and Blossom are real similar. You can actually get the Rose Pink color by layering Blossom on top of each other.

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The same goes for the Primary set. Scarlet and Crimson are too similar in color along with Magenta and Red Violet, Orchid and Heather, Jasmine and Gold, Sunflower and Yellow, etc. If you look at the two(2) sets … Floral and Primary you’d think you got doubles of the color just under different names.

I like the fact that I know have a pretty decent ROYGBIV Spectrum of colors to work with. I honestly can say these perform just as well as Copic markers and to me they make great Copic beginners markers to practice Copic techniques until you can graduate and afford the actual Copic markers. But if you’re on a impossibly tight and limited budget like myself where having a large stash of Copics doesn’t seem possible then these are really the budget friendly replacements. Plus you don’t really need a Copic Blender marker or any blender marker since these are Spectrum Noir Aqua Water-based markers. All you need is water and a paintbrush or a water brush.

I’ll give the watercoloring attempt another try. But when I last tried it didn’t seem to pull any color and I was using the Pentel Aquash waterbrush. I’ll try using a regular paintbrush and see if that works better. Overall I really like these Spectrum Noir Aqua markers. I think with my next coupon I’ll try getting a set of the regular Spectrum Noir markers. JoAnn’s carries the six(6) pack but they’re only in single color sets. So Six(6) shades of Reds or Blues or Purples or Greens or Greys. I’m interested in the Blues, Pinks, and Turquoise set since they are colors I use most often.

 

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Instax 25 or Polaroid Snap … Opinions ?

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Hello, everyone ! So I need your opinions and feedback. If you own either of these cameras please comment with your review and/or opinions about them. My Birthday is not too far away and I’m hoping to ask the Birthday fairy for one of these cameras. I’ve been eyeing more towards the Instax 25 but I also like the fact that you can save your photos on the Polaroid Snap via Micro SD card where as the Instax 25 is instant print with no memory feature.

I originally seen but didn’t care much about the Instax cameras. Not until a crafting company showed a planner which apparently is a huge craze right now but they showed a daily planner being used as a daily scrapbook using Instax photos. Each day was marked by a Instax photo taken that day and a small paragraph about the day.

I’m all for journals and diary entries. I’ve kept journals and diaries all my Life and I currently don’t have a daily journal/diary but I do have a prayer journal which I write my daily prayers in. (=~=”) I’m kinda bad at remembering to write in it everyday. But I am deeply loving the idea of a photographic journal/diary compared to a written one.

So I am hoping that the Birthday fairy will be kind enough to grant me my Birthday wish … Well, my Birthday wishes since I have a few other items on my wish list too like the Mini Misti stamping tool, Money to buy a few stamp sets online, Some Cutting dies, and a few other things.

But trying to decide whether the Instax 25 or Polaroid Snap has got me befuddled and perplexed. I like the Instax 25 and have read many suggesting it over the Instax 8 but I grew up playing with my Dad’s Polaroid camera so I kinda wanna stick with the Polaroid memories and be loyal to the brand. But the Polaroid Snap is a bit more pricier than the Instax 25 which is roughly about $80 whereas the Polaroid Snap is $99.99 just a few dollars more but $100 is a little harder to say yes to over $80.

Which one … which one ?!? If you own either of these cameras … please, share you opinion and/or review of it below to help me decide which I should ask for.

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Distress Inks … Destress Inks !

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Happy Monday, Everyone ! (>~<) I really need to get into the habit of at least blogging once a week and not once a month. But I’m always caught up with creative projects and tasks. But I am most active on my Facebook account so be sure to LIKE MY FACEBOOK page. In case you don’t know where or how to look … here’s a direct link below ↓

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If you do follow me on my Facebook page I recently posted that I got my first set of mini Distress ink sets. The colors I got are … Spun Sugar, Scattered Straw, Ripe Persimmon, Crushed Olive, Evergreen Bough, Tumbled Glass, Shaded Lilac, and Dusty Concord. I was told it’s more money worthy to buy the full size pads than the mini ones as they’re pretty dry and less saturated with ink unlike the full size pads.

I went with the mini pads as I had so many ink colors I wanted to try that I was having a hard time picking which One(1) color full size pad to buy as my 1st. So I went with the mini set but I have to say I agree that the mini ink pads are pretty dry and difficult to ink up a blending tool. The mini inks are great for watercoloring use and traveling just to do some minor inking on the go.

But my overall opinion of these Distress inks is … (♥⌂♥) I adore them !! I can’t wait til I have some extra funds to purchase the full size pads. I got my eye on this eBay listing where they are selling 22 Full sized Distressed ink pads for $74.99 +$7.00 shipping. Check it out … http://www.ebay.com/itm/121386141573?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

I honestly think that Distress inks is another Must-Have item for a Cardmakers toolbox just like Tuxedo Memento ink, Acrylic blocks, an other supplies essential to a Cardmaker. If I were to give you a list of essential items I own that I cannot imagine being without is … The Fiskars Paper trimmer, Prismacolor Colored Pencils, Promarkers, Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, Fiskars Compact Stamp press, and of course my vast clear stamp collection.

I just recently organized my clear stamps and I was blown away by how many stamps I had collected over time with the thanks of Sales and coupons from stores like JoAnns and Michaels. But I think my in-store stamp purchases are now limited and I’m going to have to start shopping online as selections are getting slim at my local craft stores.

I will update and post again when I get full size pads and can tinker with more juicy ink pads. But I mainly use the Distress inks for adding color to the background of my cards. I don’t have any background stamps and I can’t seem to get my embossing folders to ink nicely like some people on Pinterest can. Distress inks helped fill in the plain white areas of my cards.

Go to my Facebook page to see cards I’ve made with my mini Distress ink cards. I am hoping to get larger pads soon and hopefully get some Mama Elephant Stamps sets and some more Floral stamps as I love flowers and can’t seem to have enough Floral and Critter stamps. (∩≈∩”)

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*Free* Digital Easter Stamps …

Hello, Everyone ! Hope your Monday is CR8TiV !! (n_n) So the countdown to Easter has begun and I wanted to give you all something special for Easter. I couldn’t think what I could give since my last several attempts to do giveaways on my Facebook page sadly failed and did not go well.

A group of my friends helped me think what I can give back to my fans, online friends/followers, and anyone who’s reading my blog, viewing my Art posted on Facebook and Instagram. Hmm … what can I give you for Easter ? A friend then suggested … you draw well so why not create some Easter images people can use for coloring pages, cards, etc.

(n_n) So that’s what I have decided my Easter gift to you all will be. I have never done digital stamps before nor know exactly what they are. I don’t have any Art editing software besides the MS Paint that comes with my computer. Hopefully someday in the future I can be in a better spot in my Life that I can do YouTube tutorials and do digital art like some I’ve seen.

(♥⌂♥) I do someday dream to own a Cintiq for that sole purpose but not unless I won the lotto or my personal business that I run with my husband takes off and becomes prosperous. But I am currently waiting for some funds that will allow me to start taking Graphic Design classes @ PennFoster.

I am very eager and excited to start my Life on that path. It is an Associates Degree course so if I continue with it and graduate. I will be the 1st person in my family to have a College degree. If it’s not too expensive I’d like to up that Associates Degree to a Masters. I Love drawing and Graphic Designing.

I was making Signature Art for a MM0RPG forum way back in the day and people often sad to me I have great potential in Graphic Design. So I am eager to dip my feet into that water and see how it goes. I can tell you one thing though … you don’t really need a expensive editing software to make great digital art !

Back in the day when I was making Signature banners for the forum all I used was MS Picture It software. I still wish that software existed today but it was a Windows ME software on an old laptop I had. It was very easy to use and I liked using it a lot !

Anyways before I start rambling *(¬⌂¬”) A little too late for that* Here are the *Free* Digital stamps that you are welcome to use as you like for coloring book pages for the kiddos on Easter to Cards … etc. If you use them could you please credit me somewhere. I’d appreciate that … Thanks and Enjoy !!

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Spring into SALEs … (n_n)

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Hello, Everyone ! Hope your Monday is going well so far. How was your weekend ? Mine was pretty great ! I took advantage of a sale going on @ JoAnn’s. If you are a cardmaker or into paper-crafting now is the time to head over to JoAnn’s. They are having a 30% off sale on all paper-crafting supplies, 30% off on all dies and accessories, 25% off Cricut supplies, and Darice Embossing folders are 6 for $10 !!

If you live in California … well, Los Angeles in particular. I made the extra trip to go to a JoAnn’s in Torrance in the Del Amo Fashion Center. They’re pretty huge and got everything well in stock. My local JoAnn’s which is in Glendale are terrible at keeping things in stock, workers aren’t all that helpful nor have pleasant attitudes, and there’s always only 2 checkers. I was surprised to see at the Torrance Jo-Ann’s every register was occupied by a worker.

Anyways I haven’t been very active on my Facebook or Instagram or Blog. (┬_┬”) Sorry about that ! It’s just lately I haven’t created anything worthy of sharing with you guys and I’ve kinda been consumed with tinkering with my Cricut Cuttlebug. (n⌂n’) In case I didn’t share it with you guys. My husband got me the Cricut Cuttlebug v2 in Black for Christmas.

I have a Sizzix BigShot which my Sister got me long ago but I misplaced all the important parts to it like the cutting plates and platform folder. So I have the machine but not the parts and I didn’t wanna go buy *new* ones bcuz I have them somewhere in this house. But my husband got me the Cuttlebug and I’m loving it !! I’m learning *new* tricks, techniques, and ways to use it via YouTube my favorite learning institute.

If you don’t know what the Cricut Cuttlebug v2 Black is or even seen nor heard of a Black Here’s a photo of what it looks like below

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It’s the same as the regular Cricut Cuttlebug just in this sleek Black color instead of the Cream and Lime green color they usually come in. My husband got it for under $60 *Approx. $55* I’ll post the link here where he bought it from http://cartridgesandmore.com/shop/cricut-machines/cricut-cuttlebug-v2-embosser-and-die-cutter-black/

It comes with the A plate *Base platform* and two(2) B plates *Embossing plates*. If you’re going to die cut with the Cuttlebug you’ll need to purchase a C plate and now is the best time to grab one at JoAnn’s since Cricut products are 25% off. I got my C plate yesterday and it’s definitely a *MUST-HAVE* if you are going to due cut with the Cuttlebug !!

I have tried using shims from layers of Cardstock, Fun Foam sheets, Cardboard, etc. But was unable to get complete clean cuts from my dies. I tried it with the C plate last night and it cuts great ! If you don’t want your C plate getting cut up … place your die face down. So the cutting blade part is always facing a B plate. For example … your sandwich *layers* would be A plate + B plate + Cardstock + Die + C plate … So the die will cut into the B plate and leave the C plate clean. You can also do it the other way around … A plate + C plate + Cardstock + Die + B plate and face the cutting blade part facing up.

I kinda wish I had kept one B plate clean but while trying to figure out how to get the B plates to die cut I’ve gotten both B plates cut up and scarred already. (┬ ┬) But I can always get replacement plates in the future. As far as Embossing goes websites all suggest using the rubber Embossing mat ? I just cut up an old mouse pad to a size of the Cuttlebug plate and it works just fine. Also heard you can buy something from a hardware store called Plumbers Gasket which works too.

I wish I wasn’t so lazy to share with you my recent craft store hauls but wasn’t sure if you’d be interested in knowing what I bought. Let me know in the comments below if you’d be interested in craft store haul posts. Once I get my train of thought on track I’ll start posting things again on Facebook and Instagram. For now I’ll post occasionally when I’ve made something worthy of sharing.

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The Stamps of Life – Stamp club review

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Hi, CR8TiV Kittens ! We’re almost through the week and tomorrow is Friday !!! YAY !! Hope you have marvelous things planned for your weekend. So I believe I posted not to long ago that I have joined two(2) monthly stamp subscriptions. One is by Paper Wishes “Hot off the Press stampers club” and the Stamps of Life stamp club by Stephanie Barnard. I’ll create a review for the Paper Wishes stampers club some other time.

Today I wanted to focus on the Stamp of Life stamp club. I pay $12.83 a month … SUPER affordable and about the price of one stamp set ! I received my first stamp set in January which was a pretty sweet way to start off 2016 if you ask me. The stamp set is the Bandage stamp set. If you’re not a stamp club member you can still purchase these stamps separately from her online store @ http://www.thestampsoflife.com/shop/ClearStamps-AllStampSets/ She has so many goodies in her store and all at such affordable prices.

So below ↓ is picture and an example of what I had create with the stamp set and the stamp set itself.

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Isn’t that nurse kitty the cutest thing ever ? I kinda love the fact that I am originally a handrawn artist so if there’s a stamp image I do not have or there is no such stamp … I just create my own !! Plus I think the handrawn look gives your cards a more personal touch than everything being stamped images.

So let me tell you my personal review about the stamps … I LOVE THEM !! They stamp crisp clear images right off the packaging. Most … well, I should say some stamps take a bit of priming before they can stamp crisp clear images. By priming you either have to stamp them multiple times on scraps of paper so they’ll coat with ink properly or give them a gentle scuff with an emery board so they’ll ink up right.

The Stamps of Life stamps require none of that !! I had not used my bandages stamp set, yet. Thankfully I didn’t have anyone with boo boos or requiring a Get Well card. Although I could just make them ahead of time in case. But I gave my stamp set a go last night and that was stamped right off the packaging. I didn’t prime them or anything ! Just stuck onto my acrylic block and inked up with my Tuxedo Black Memento ink.

The Bandage stamp set was from last month “January”. This month for February, I got a Hippo stamp set. No offense, Stephanie. But I wasn’t very fond of the hippos. But that’s where you need to get a little CR8TiV. I was looking at this stamp set and wondering what I can do with Hippos and a CR8TiV light bulb went on. I thought I’d do a CR8TiV twist on the stamp set and to me they kinda looked like Bears than Hippos.

So below ↓ is the picture of the stamp set and my CR8TiV twist of turning the Hippos into Bears. I used a Darice Forest Embossing folder to add in the Forest trees. There’s no sentiment added to it, yet ! Until I find a use or need for this card I’ll add one on later. I first stamped the images and them embossed the card. I did my best to color it in to hide some of the embossed areas.

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I didn’t do any masking but rather what I did was just wipe off the bits of ink on the areas of the stamp I did not want such as the Hippos tail and toes. I think it turned out quite nice and gives you a great example of stretching your stamps and showing you that you don’t have to go with the theme of a specific stamp set. Mix and Match and be CR8TiV.

Overall if you’re a cardmaker I highly recommend joining the Stamps of Life stamp club. It’s SUPER affordable and every month will be like Christmas as you anticipate the *new* stamp set that is to arrive in your mailbox. If there’s ever a stamp set you don’t like place it into a box and create a CR8TiVity box for a youngster or friend who you think might be interested in cardmaking or papercrafting. They can also be donated to local hospitals or art classes. Go check out the Stamps of Life … I’m sure there’s something there that’ll tickle your fancy.

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