Zig Kurecolor Alcohol Markers & Giveaway

It seems to come up a lot lately in some of the cardmaking and coloring groups I am in on Facebook… lots of people are trying out the  Zig Clean Color Markers, but few know about the Zig Kurecolor set.  Since I am a huge fan of the Zig Kurecolor markers I have, I thought I would share this info for anyone who might be interested.

I had been struggling to find a skin tone  that suited my style and budget when I ran across these on the CraftingAbility website. I already had the set of Memory System Markers and loved the tips on those… so when I saw that Zig had alcohol markers with the same  fine tip, I grabbed some to try.

The brush tip on the  Zig Kurecolors isn’t like most brush tips I have tried, it’s a bit fatter, rounder and and not so stiff and I love it.  Add in the fab fine tip and … the fact I finally FINALLY found my color. SOLD !!!!

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I am not a huge fan of pinky/orange faces… it reminds me too much of girls who can’t find the right foundation makeup.  Just personal preference, each to their own.  I picked up 3 pens to try and get a good skin combo and  the one I  absolutely can’t live without … Pale Beige #731.

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Now Zig do two types of Zig Kurecolor….refillables, much like the Copic, Spectrum etc… and one that is not marketed as refillable.. but TOTALLY is and really would be another great selling point if they were marketed as such.  The pens are slimline, so won’t hold as much ink as the ones marketed as refillable.. but they are super quick and easy to fill, so I am not worried about that at all.

No replacement tips for these ones.. since they aren’t marketed as refillable, however that is not to say that the replacement tips wouldn’t work in these, I just haven’t had any to try… but you know I will  give it a shot when I do lol.  But they do come with my two favorite tips and so far, I have had no need to replace them anyway and I am not the most delicate of people when it comes to markers.

Zig seem to have very durable tips that have held up to my scribbling and Cricut Explore perfectly.  They also play nicely with other alcohol markers I have and I am definitely one to mix and match my pens.  So if you have other alcohol pens, but just can’t find the right skintones for your tastes, or feel like you are missing some colors you would like.. or you really just need different tips..check these out.

Me, as soon as I can, I’ll be  buying every single one of them lol.  I just have to decide between the dual tip refillables and these Manga pens I currently have…and really like.

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The Refillable version comes in two versions of dual tip.. the twin and twin ‘s’ .   I believe all Kurecolors come in the entire color range, but don’t quote me on that.

The Twin pens ( twin and twin’s’ ) also have replacement tips which can be purchases in packs of 10.  Please check the details on these as not all tips can be used on both pens .  I’m hoping to get my hands on some of these myself soon to try, and if and when I do… I’ll be sure to let you all know.  One of these, not sure which model yet, will be available on special order for anyone interested..( 10 days or less) I’ll let you all know as soon as they are listed, or you can sign up for their newsletter. Because I’ll be grabbing some myself to play with ūüôā

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and then of course there are the refills… 25ml in whatever colors  you need.  If you fall in love with the 731 like I did, I highly recommend you buy these in multiples ..lol I can tell you it’s hell when you run out and have to wait for refills.  I have 3 now and happy as a clam. I am soo not running out of that color again lol. Refills come in single color, or sets ..I believe it’s sets of 10, or 12 to correspond with the pen sets.





The color range is not as vast as Copic, but with 136 pens in the range ( 135 colors and a blender pen),  plus tip blending capabilities….there is more than enough color variety for most peoples needs …and budgets.   I just got my mits on a set of the Hair and muted tones manga pens… so  expect to see projects  and a review of those soon too.


I think I read somewhere that these inks are also suitable for paint guns.. so I’ll be giving that a shot too. I know my other alcohol inks worked in it.
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Ok and now for the fun part…. CraftingAbility.com have very kindly supplied a 12 pack set of the Manga skintone colors for one of you lucky peoples!

The set contains the following colors:

Pale Beige, Vanilla, Ivory, Champagne, Light Bisque, Rose Beige, Flesh Colour, English Rose, Blush, Pale Blush, Pink Haze and Porcelain.

You can enter  here by commenting on this post and telling me why you would like to try these. One random lucky person will get their hands on this 12 pack set.



US Only ( shipping costs again.. sorry)
Ends June 30th, 2016  –  winner will be drawn and announced July 1st.
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How to clean and restick old Cricut cutting mats

These are  questions that comes up a gazillion times with Cricut Explore users…  how do I clean my mats and what can I do to make them sticky again?

Condensed version for impatient peoples in a hurry:

 

  • Scrape off stuck card/paper with old credit card, or Cricut scraper
  • Clean mat with warm soapy water, leave to dry

    Congratulations… clean mats again.

 

  • Take gross old mat, scrub with Isopropyl alcohol and an old face clothe.
  • Rinse and leave to dry
  • Apply thin coat of Kuretake Zig 2 way glue
  • Wait till  glue turns from blue to clear

    Congratulations… sticky mats again.

However if you mats are creased, or sliced .. it’s just time to buy some new ones. I always have a stash of spare mats, I grab them when Cricut have sales ūüôā

Now here’s the longwinded version for anyone who cares lol.

… well  here’s the answer to at least one of your problems.   First off let me just say that the mat I tested this on was “NASTY”  lol.  I had thrown it in a corner as no longer viable as a cutting mat and  it was in my pile of old mats I use for  various other things…. like protecting surfaces while I cut, glue, paint etc.  They may not be much use on my Cricut, but they are useful enough to keep for other purposes.

Usually when I “clean” my mats..I use an old credit card to scrape off any card or paper that is stuck to the mat and carry on my merry way.  When they get too grungy I run them under warm water with a bit of soap and a terry face clothe, when those two options no longer produce workable results… they are  relegated to the “other uses” pile.

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So.. onto the no longer sticky problem… CraftingAbility sent me  this rather handy little glue stick in my latest package. It comes in various tip sizes depending on what your needs are.  This particular one is the  Zig Memory system 2 way glue  with the Jumbo 15mm tip.  My mat was gross….  cat hair, old paper residue, dust ..you name it, that had got suck on it over the months lol.  I have 4 cats  who just love to sleep on my craft space… so my good mats hang on a hook on the wall.  The old ones however get thrown in a stack..and since I am usually using the back side of them. I’m not overly concerned with what sticks to the front. Even when they lose their usefulness for cutting, they are still sticky enough to pick up all that crap.

 

So.. I grabbed an old mat to try this out with… I have heard a lot of great things about this glue, but I won’t lie… I really wasn’t expecting much as far as results go.  I’ve never had a 2 way glue that worked that well, so I was expecting it to be ….ok, but nothing great.


Warm water, soap and a rag weren’t going to cut it with this mat, so I grabbed my trusty bottle of alcohol and threw it on the mat.  Like magic all the crud was coming off….I was quite impressed by that, even if I wasn’t expecting great results with my mat experiment.  I figured the best way to tell was definitely to work with the cleanest old mat I could;  so I scrubbed it clean with alcohol, rinsed it off and left it to dry. Funnily enough it actually had a touch of tacky still on it after the alcohol cleaned it all up.  But definitely not enough for a run through my Cricut.

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So now we are left with a clean-ish old mat.  You can still see the designs that scored into the mat from previous projects, but it was actually green again lol.  At a quick glance it almost looked like a new mat… score!

 

Ok so these  2 way glues, how they work is first off… you need to prime your glue.  The tip is dry when it arrives and priming it is very simple. Press the tip up and down on a scrap of paper.. you will see the tip nearest the body start to turn blue.  Don’t get too over excited and pump it like crazy…. that blue is the glue soaking down to the tip.  Once it has soaked all the way to the tip, you are ready to Rock n Roll.

Now one important thing to remember, DON’T get glue where your Cricut rollers go along the sides. I just masked mine off with a bit of scrap car to test this out on a section of the mat… but if you are doing a mat entirely, you might want to use some masking tape.  The glue goes on blue when wet, simply apply and wait till it turns clear… and VOILA.. sticky mats again.

cricut_mat2I have to say ….I am suitably impressed with this glue.  It’s sticky enough for anything I use on a regular basis…. 110lb card stock  etc.  It doesn’t leave any residue on the back of my project after removal.  I think I have to give this one a thumbs up.

Good Job Kuretake, yet another fab product to add to my growing collection of Zig craft supplies.  Only problem is I have a pile of about 15 old mats I now need to clean off and reapply sticky to lol.

If you are still unsure about this glue… stay tuned for two more uses I found for it while I was playing around… I know I for one will be keeping a bottle of this in my stash from now on ūüôā along with the new tape runner I also got to play with in this box.

 

 

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Happy Mail…. Some Bling Bling!!

I love these nail art rhinestones… they are perfect for a touch of bling on cards. ¬†I recently discovered that they also fit my ¬†“My Little Paper World” corner dies perfectly too. ¬†You can see that project ¬†featuring a Conie Fong image here. ¬†If you want some cheap bling and you aren’t worried about ¬†waiting for it to arrive, these kits from Amazon are a great deal. I have a few more on the way, but the first set arrived today. ¬†You can buy these individually if you have a specific need, but I wanted a mix of colors and shapes.. so I grabbed this 10 pack.

$8.99 for 15000 pieces, be warned.. great deal that these are… I am highly doubtful these packs contain anywhere near 15,000 pieces. But I’m not about to sit here and count them all LOL. ¬†for what you pay, compared to the regular crafters supplies… I don’t think you will be disappointed at all. ¬†Now these are ¬†SMALL.. ¬†and I do mean small, so if you have problems handling small items.. I ¬†highly recommend using some kind of tool with these. ¬† a friend of mine sent me a picker upper thing and these literally suck up into the end of the tube almost exactly.. so if you use this type of picker upper, watch out for glue on the tip ¬†when you place them ūüôā

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I also have what look like some cool stud style bling which would work great with my steampunk /vintage projects

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..and some rather cool looking pearl beads.
the pearl beads come in a pack of 1200 and various sizes. 3, 2 and 1.5mm  for :

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Chameleon new color Palette 5 packs & bundle in stock now!

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The new Chameleon color palette is available NOW !! ¬†30 new colors available in individual 5 packs for $26.99 ¬†….or pick up all 6 new sets in a bundle for $129.99

I just got the new skintone pack and I love it… look forward to some projects this week showing off the fab new skintones.

You may have seen the  quickie test  color I did with these recently.

 

 

 

 

 

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ReallyColor….or Really Cool ?

I ran across these guys and my curiosity got the better of me… I think I might have to try this one out myself. ¬†For $3.99 for a credit pack, I’m definitely up for giving this one a shot.

Now before we get into this.. let me state quite clearly A this is one of my new affiliates I signed up with, so YES I will be compensated if anyone tries this… and B.. I haven’t tried it YET myself, so I can’t vouch for the quality…. but it looks really cool. Like most of these type of services, it does ¬†make a difference ¬†in results, depending on the quality of images you send to them… so bear that in mind and pay attention¬†to their recommendations.

The concept behind this is that you upload/send a photo to ReallyColor and they turn it into a line drawing/coloring page for you.  I have to say the prices are pretty impressive if  you can get the results you want from the pictures you choose.  Prices start at 29 cents an image.

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One of the things I really like about this is:

Can I make small edits to my coloring page?

Yes. There is an editor built into the conversion tool. Spend as little or as much time on your final coloring page as you wish. You can make small improvements like delete lines under eyes, quickly click away unwanted spots, or spend time making everything perfect. The free drawing feature allows you to fill in lines in your coloring page, or ‚Äúhand draw‚ÄĚ text, stick figures, or whatever impressive free-style drawing you come up with yourself.”

That alone is a great incentive to give this a shot.. but then I read this too.. and I like the idea of my images not being stored, unless I want them to be.

Do you store my images and completed coloring pages?

No. Once you complete your coloring page, it will be available for download right there as well as be sent to the email address you give us for your own safekeeping. However, if you decide to share your coloring page on Facebook or other social media directly from the ReallyColor web site by clicking our SHARE button, that photo and coloring page will remain on our servers in order for your post to be able to successfully link back to the ReallyColor web site. If you simply share the image of your coloring page as an attached photo in a social media post, that coloring page will not be stored on our servers in any way.

“Who can see my photo?

Once your photos have been uploaded and you have downloaded and received your coloring pages, your content is removed from our servers. We do this for your privacy and security. However, if you decide to share your coloring page on Facebook or other social media directly from the ReallyColor web site by clicking our SHARE button, that photo and coloring page will be viewable by anybody who clicks on the link in your post. If you simply share the image of your coloring page as an attached photo in a social media post, that coloring page will not be stored on our servers in any way.”

I am not absolutely sure, but it sounds like you ¬†get a guestimated result¬†before you use the credit? ¬†if anyone ¬†tries this before I get a chance to…. please let me know if you get the chance to preview the image, or just get a score and¬†can¬†change your mind about which image to use….if the photo you chose isn’t producing the results you wanted.

“Can you tell us whether or not our original image will turn into a good coloring page?

Our conversion tool now offers a new, sophisticated scoring tool custom-built by our image science team. It will analyze your original photo when you upload it and assign to it a quality score between 1 and 100. This should set your expectations prior to continuing the conversion process. A score above 50 is usually pretty good.”

Blue Moon Scrapbooking Clearance Section Rocks!

 

ENABLER ALERT ¬†… LOL..oops sorry girls

If you, like me found you were sadly lacking in Christmas themed dies last year ¬†and wished you had more while you were crafting your little heart out. ¬†THIS you need to check out ūüôā ¬† I ran across this place… ¬†Bluemoon Scrapbooking.
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Ok Ok.. so maybe I am, yet again.. the last one to know about these guys.. but heh!¬†I was hooking up some new affiliates and updating some old ones. ¬†So¬†as I always do, I had a poke around… my motto is, if I don’t want to shop there why would anyone else. ¬†I don’t add affiliates I am not personally interested in.

But their clearance section… just the first page made me say oh heck yeah !

I could spend a small fortune in just the clearance alone. ¬†They have a tonne of clearance Christmas dies that I would love to get my hands on … checks these out….some of these dies are less than $3. ¬†I would love to grab some of the Halloween ones too… oh boy!

If you are in need of some dies for your collection, seriously check these guys out. ¬†They do way more than just dies,but that is what I was interested in and poking around at … so that’s what I’m mainly posting about ¬†LOL.

There are over 1500 items in the clearance… oh dear me..I am sooo in trouble LOL. ¬†If anyone purchases anything from here, please let me know what you grabbed in the comments and be sure to come back and ¬†let me know what you think of them. ¬†Obviously I will too, but I’m craft budget broke this month, so I won’t be shopping just yet..I really hope some of this stuff is still available when i have some spare cash….

Shipping is free on orders over $50

May apologies to my girls …ENABLER ALERT !!! lol, ¬†I found another fab die place for us …happy shopping ¬†!!!! haha

 

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Almost time for the March Cricut Mystery Box

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Are we all ready for Cricut March Mystery Boxes? Only a few more days to go before the March Mystery box is revealed. Then a few more days before the guys over at craftsbytwo do their unboxing video. I love their videos, so much fun watching those two reveal the contents of the mystery boxes.

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If you are new to the whole Cricut Mystery Box thing, every month Cricut release what is referred to as a “Mystery Box” in their SALE section. This box varies in price and they give you a hint with the ARV of the contents, as you can see by the images above of previous releases.

These boxes can contain any of the Cricut Products, cartridges, machines, accessories, tools, paper, supplies etc. … no one knows till the boxes are received. Occasionally if the Mystery Box sells out, which it often does... so be quick if you want one…. they will add in a second mystery box for sale.

I have a feeling there are going to be some very happy Cricut shoppers this month…. ūüôā  If any of you plan to order the mystery box though my links, first off..THANK YOU… and second.. be sure to come back and let me know what was in your box if you get it first ūüôā

The March Mystery  box should  be added to the store on March 2nd ūüôā .. TWO DAYS !!!!

Blitsy – new affiliate program news

Blitsy Brings You The Best In Crafts at Up To 70% Off
Last year I had a lot of fun at the Blitsy Pyjama Party, I didn’t win any of the coveted golden scissors… but I met a lot of fab new crafters and had a blast. Saw lots of cool new products and techniques too. I just got accepted to their affiliates program WOOT !! … here are some of their current deals for anyone interested.

$5 planners

Stamp & stencil sale

New Tim Holtz EVERYTHING !

Don’t forget Blitsy will take  comptitor 40% coupons too.

Check out some of their  current deals ..and of course.. don’t forget they have their  Video channel with loads of fab projects and ideas and new products.

 

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ooh yeah.. just ordered an air brush

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Nothing too fancy… ¬†but this is more than plenty for me and the little guy. ¬†He has shown a lot of interest in air brushing with the hand held and with air cans..and this will be much easier for him. ¬†Am I the only one with an almost 4 year old who will be air brushing haha.

My plan is to rig up an adapter to hold ¬†marker pens too.. so if I manage that..I’ll be sure to share the details later on. ¬†Last year someone ¬†gave me a brand new Testors compressor that they bought and never used.. and I have wanted to try air brushing for years. ¬†Super excited.

The kit I got has 3 tips .2, .3 and a .5 … so I am sure I will find something cool to do with it on my cards etc …

I got it on Ebay for $26.99 +Free shipping..

NEWS !!! Amy Chomas Engraver for the Explore ONE

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Engraved Sample on the Explore ONE – amychomas.com

Chomas Creations Facebook Page

Check it out  for all the latest news on the prototype development and answers to all your questions.

After the disappointment of finding out that the Explore ONE was not feasible for Pen and Marker adapters like the Original Explore and Air…due to it’s design. It’s fabtastic news to hear that the new¬†engraver is available for pre-order.

I love my Chomas pen and marker adapters and also have an engraver.

Don’t laugh, but I had to buy a spare original Cricut adapter because I never use it anymore and couldn’t find mine when I needed to do a pen review.. lol.
Yeah ¬†my Chomas¬†adapters¬†are a permanent fixture ūüôā ¬†They open up the range of pens¬†you can use to write and draw with your Cricut ..it’s awesome!

But never fear ONE users, the Cricut range of pens has improved dramatically since I bought my original Explore a year ago… so you have access to much finer pens than I did in the beginning ¬†ūüôā

Starting pre-orders in the Chomas Creations store! amychomas.com
Orders will be shipping on or before February 15th.

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