StazOn-stays on acetate, unless you need to wipe it off :)

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I have never bought this brand before, but had read that it was the best one for stamping on acetate.. so armed with my 40% coupon.  I went to Michaels to get some StazOn and happened to find one un-opened pack of Grafix Dura Lar on the shelf. Not sure if it was the thickness I was looking for, I was hesitant.. but a gals gotta try these things right  LOL.

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Now in my local store this is  kept with the art pads,  not near the inks, stamps and papercrafting section… and the front of the pad on Michaels.com is not the same as the pad I bought.  Mine looks like the one pictured left.  It is 9×12 and 0.05 thickness.

I didn’t think it was really going to stand up unassisted by a card frame… but I scored it anyway and damned if the  fully acetate, top folded card didn’t stand up just fine …. 🙂



 

Now the ink… that is definitely interesting.  I was not expecting it to smell of almonds, but sure as hell when I unwrapped it  I had a sudden flashback to my cooking class in school the year we made Christmas cakes.  It smells like Marzipan  LOL.  I was a bit dissapointed to find that almost all of the craft stores do not carry this ink in many colors, it’s mostly only available online…. Michaels only had Black and Brown.  BUT I just had a quick search and it appears you can get  Stazon Opaque  White at Joann, so I may have to take a wander over to my local store and see if I can pick that up while they have a good coupon available.

anywho..back to the StazOn ink on acetate

So you bit the bullet and bought some acetate and decided to try stamping on it using StazOn… looks great….dries almost instantly, doesn’t smudge.  Fantastic….And then it happens… you slip slide and blur your stamping *sigh  there goes a nice piece of acetate right?…. WRONG!

If you are new to Acetate, or StazOn like I am….and of course some of you are already old hands at this so will shrug and  think.. “what, you didn’t know that *rolleyes ”   lol

.. but for the rest of us .. “no .. we didn’t”.

Never fear, Walmart is your friend.  I have a $2 bottle of 91% Isoprpyl alchol from the pharmacy section that I use for all sorts of projects and as a blender sometimes for my alcohol markers.  Just pour some of that one and it will lift that ink right off and you can rescue that acetate and redo your stamp. Just bear in mind what you are using to wipe it off and don’t scratch your acetate

It works great on my shaker card windows too… so I can see me having some fun with this new ink 🙂

…..so if you mess up stamping on acetate with your StazOn…. you can clean it off and have a do-over.


From my quick little test.. THUMBS UP for StazOn, I like this ink a lot 🙂


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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Image – KennyK Stamps

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 🙂

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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.



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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 🙂

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 🙂 along with the new tape runner I also got to play with in this box.

 

 

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Sneaky Peek at the new Chameleon Skin Tones 5 pack

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I got my new Chameleon skintones in the mail this week.. I have had a quick play with them,  just to see how they are straight out of the pen, no blender…. and then I had a mix and match  blending session to see how they all worked together and see what combo’s I might like.

So far I have to say I am LOVING these new skintones.

It was the only minor let down for me in the original pack.. As a card maker using a lot of digital stamps with skin….the two skintones were cool…. they just weren’t quite “my colors”.   But now with the addition of this new 5 pack… OMG I love these. The 7 colors are fab,  NU0, NU00 and BR4 are my personal favorites and suit my style….some work great solo and others are definitely ones that need to be blended, or mix n matched with others… so much more variety  now with the additional 5 colors.

First impressions.. LOVE THESE.   They nailed the base color skintones  this time.  If you have the original 22 piece, I highly recommend you grab these 5 packs…or if you are feeling flush ..the expanded set.

I can’t wait to get the entire expanded palette …. I am specially eager to get my hands on some new gray tones.




These practice sheets feature  images from KennyK Stamps, they are perfect for practicing  the skin and hair techniques  on my Kit and Clowder coloring classes.

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Latest haul – Gina Marie Dies and extras

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My Gina Marie Dies arrived today from Scrapbook Outlet … I picked up 5 sets of single stitch dies.. 2 regular and 3 cross stitch patterns. I also picked up a “Welcome” die for a project and snagged a couple stamps and an embossing folder with a vintage key pattern which is rather cool.

Gina Maries dies are very reasonably priced so I thought I would give this brand a try.  I’d never heard of them till now and I know some of my message board ladies aren’t familiar with these either..so for anyone else who hasn’t seen these…. check them out 🙂

I listed the links below for the dies I got, but there are loads more really cool dies, stamps and folders  to check out.  I will definitely be back for more myself 🙂

Gina Marie X stitch Rectangle Die Set

Gina Marie X stitch Circle Die Set

Gina Marie X stitch Square Die Set

Gina Marie “Welcome” Die

Gina Marie Stitched Circular Die Set 

Gina Marie Stitched Rectangle Die Set

I only had time for a quick test on a couple of these…. the Welcome cuts beautifully and I shall be using that a lot this month for a project.   The stitched dies cut real nice too…. I just didn’t get to do much because….it’s my anniversary today and well… you know how it is… your love of crafting has to take a back seat to the love of your life.. right?   BUT he is back to work tomorrow….so all bets are off hahaha.  Look out for upcoming projects using these and I’ll do a review of sizes dimensions etc soon.

Lil’Inker Designs – Dual Stitched Rectangular Dies

NOTE: for those of you who use digital and physical stamps …I’ll be adding dimensions for the cutouts and panels in another post when I get the rest of the dies I want from here. If you need info. on these rectangular dies before then.. leave a comment below and I’ll get my measuring stick out just for you 🙂

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First Impression when I opened the envelope was.. wow .. that’s nice.  I am so used to getting things shoved in a jiffy envelope with an invoice…. it’s nice to have someone go that extra  to make a good first impression.  I almost felt guilty busting it open, even something as simple as some tissue paper and a label makes a nice impression.  So bear that in mind if you are buying these as a gift 🙂 … not that I am hinting at anyone,  because my man doesn’t read my blog *rolleyes


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Once you get over the guilty feeling of ruining the cute packaging….inside the package the dies are inside a zip lock style bag and mounted on a magnetic sheet… another nice touch.  I hate wrestling dies off that awful gluey stuff and tape some brands use.





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..and of course.. the important part.. the Dies.
This set contains 4 dies.  the largest, which is the A2 die is a single stitch die and then there are 3 nested double dies for that negative positive effect. ( see below for example of what you can do with these dies )

I bought these dies for several reasons… there are cheaper single stitch dies available…and there are double stitch dies available in the same price range.  But so far these are the only ones I have found that have this kind of versatility.

I like the fact I have an A2 sized stitched border. I love the fact that the dual edge giving the negative and positive is a great paper saver.  You get two cuts in one.

But what I really love about these is that if you combine two of the dies..you can also make a double stitched frame and depending on which dies you use.. you not only get the double stitched frame, you get the single stitched edge for images and the single stitched  cut out frames.

Now the real biggie for me.. is something I won’t find out till tomorrow when the other dies I bought arrive.  If these will mix and match with the other dies size wise…. I will be in heaven.  The combinations  available will be awesome.  So we shall have to wait and see if the other set has a similar ratio on their dies.

All I can say right now at this point is..I really like these dies. The combinations available with just this set alone are worth every penny.  Regardless of whether or not they  mix and match with my other dies…I will be grabbing a couple more of these sets in various shapes.. square , circular and oval I think were the choices.  And I think I saw some sets of dotted dies too, I have never tried those so would be curious to see the difference.

Ok here is a quick peek at a few combination cuts I made using these dies on some card scraps….just to give you an idea of the possibilities.  You will see these and  more used in some upcoming project posts..so be sure to check them out.

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Large Single stitch and Large double stitch combo gives you a double stitched  frame and a single stitch to stamp or decorate





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Using the largest double die gives you two useable pieces… an inner piece to  place images on and a stitched cutout  for framing pieces.


This would be fab for those of us who like to do vellum windows or shaker cards.



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And .. you can always offset  the smaller die in side of a larger die to create a variety of offset cutouts.  Of course, if you also buy the other shapes.. then you have so many more options for cut out frames. Which I am sure you will see soon, because I plan to buy the other shapes lol.

Now ..I also ordered some other dies.. which I am dying to try out with these too… which … if they work the way I hope are going to make these dies even more versatile.


In a nutshell…  would I recommend these dies…. hell yeah.

If you are on a budget like I am and you really want a set of stitched dies….Lil’Inker Designs would be the brand I  would say start with.   They give you the single and double stitched effect and give you the negative and positive stitches.  I can’t think of another set that does this.  I only got the one set this time, because I wasn’t sure that the double stitch effect I had wanted in another set of dies was possible and this is the first time I had seen or heard of  this particular brand.  Now I know it works…I am getting more of these dual stitched dies… no question.


Zig Embossing pen

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I have had these a couple of months and finally got to test them out. Some of you may remember last year I created my own super fine embossing pen  because I was frustrated at not finding anything fine that fits in my Cricut

… Well for all you peeps that aren’t up for creating your own.. here is your answer. Now please bear in mind… this won’t fit in the Cricut One…. and it doesn’t fit in the Cricut Explore regular pen holder.   BUT they do fit in the Explore original & AIR with an Amy Chomas marker adapter 🙂

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The possibilities are awesome… since you can write and  draw with the Cricut Explore, making your own embossed papers for projects is limited only by your imagination.

I like these pens a lot,  they are not  quite as fine as the ones I made….. but they are close enough, I wouldn’t hesitate to grab it and use it for projects over my own.

So all you lovely ladies and gents who have been wanting to add a touch of bling bling to your projects and don’t have the stamps you wanted… this may be  what you were looking for 🙂

Zig/Kuretake Supplies:
CraftingAbility.com –  they are currently adding more of the Zig catalog to the site store, so if you don’t see something on the site  drop them an email. 🙂  These guys are awesome.


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Zig Memory System Collection review

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First impressions of the Zig Memory System 48 piece Collection from CraftingAbility.com.

Seems like a pretty cool collection, nice variety of pen types nice packaging.

12 Calligraphy Markers
12 Writer Markers
6 Journal and Title Markers
6 Scroll & Brush Markers
6 Brushables
3 Writer Chalk Pastels
3 Calligraphy Chalk Pastels


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Ok, I just jumped right in and threw in a writer pen…. when it comes to my Cricut, I am in for a penny, in for a pound as they say. No point in pussy footing around, it’s either going to work great… or it’s going to turn my nice new pen tips to smush.  Only one way to find out.





Ok, so initial  impressions…. these pens will not work in the Cricut Explore with the standard adapter.

They will however work perfectly using the Amy Chomas Marker adapter.

SCORE Brownie points for that one Zig.


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I’m sure we are all familiar with the poem “daffodil”  by William Wordsworth.

I picked this one because it was a well know verse and if I am honest… it suited my pen color preference. I am nothing if not honest and a realist.



If you are going to test a set of pens out.. the first one you pick is the one you are least likely to use.  That way if it gets smushed….it’s not such a big deal right!

So I picked the green writer, it’s not a color I am going to use to write on my cards on a regular basis… trust me!

Now the thing with this  decision making technique is…. guaranteed the one you smush and think is no big deal… is the one you want NEXT week.

But as luck would have it… these pens are built pretty dang tough.  I have had markers with broader tips than these…smush like a pancake after a sentence or two.  Not these… even using the fine tip end, 2 verses in and it is still as good as new.  SCORE Brownie points for that one Zig.

 

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I wasn’t joking when I said a quick squiggle 🙂


The Calligraphy markers have a chisel tip, flat and thin and I am excited to try those properly… I just had a quick squiggle with all of the pen types.  It’s been years since I tried anything like that, and I will probably suck… but I’ve got all winter to practice getting my handwriting skills back on course.. Texas is heading for a very wet and cold winter by all accounts.

I deliberately picked up products last month that I knew I needed to work on my skills with.. like coloring pens and watercolor paints… knowing this winter would be a great time to  get back into lost skills and develop new ones.

 

These pens will work in perfectly to other projects I have on my todo list… like my Recycled Playdoh Journal and card making.

 

All of the pens are dual tipped.  The brush and Scroll markers are interesting too.  The Scroll ones have a kind of forked tip, definitely looking forward to playing with those ones. The variety of tips and colors in this pack is pretty cool, definitely a good kit for people like me who want to try new techniques and ideas. It’s also a great kit for anyone who handwrites on papercrafts and needs a good mix at a decent price.  At the regular price, these pens work out at less than $2 a pop.. with the CraftingCircle Exclusive deal… you are talking just over $1.50 a pen… that’s a dang good deal.  We all know how much  it costs to build up our pen collections.

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One of my personal favorites right  now, the pastel chalk markers.. these are soo cool.  At first I thought I had misinterpreted the description of these pens and they weren’t intended for dark papers afterall.  But watch this video…. this is pretty damned cool. My creative director was on hand …. sorry LOL


 

 

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Now something cool I noticed on the box..in the top  left corner at the back.. is this…it says BLENDABLE.  Now Steve mentioned something about this and a video… so I shall get that information and post it in a comment later.

 

 

 

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As you can see I got a bit distracted and just had to try those big chalk markers too…LOL


I just tested the Illumigraph and the giant orange marker with rubber stamps on the magnet and dark paper….  but enough of that, they will have their own post in a few days  🙂



VERDICT – I like these pens, I definitely need to brush up on my handwriting skills, too many years on computers has made me lazy. I’m looking forward to working with these over the winter months and hopefully I’ll be able to used these in our message board card challenges real soon. I found the scroll ones a bit tricky to use, but I am pretty sure that is more me than the pens, I just need to get used to playing with pens more than I have in recent years. Practice makes perfect right!

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ImageAbility Review box

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Ok ladies and gents.. today’s “mystery” review box from ImageAbility.Inc.  is….

….  an assortment of products from the Ziggyboard.com and www.craftingability.com

I swear  Steve over at ImageAbility can read my mind sometimes… well maybe not so much when it comes to the big Orange marker….trying to throw me a challenge there??  but heh… I am sure I can find a use for that too *grin.  I’m always up for trying something outside of the box… no pun intended :p

 

 

 

This box contained:

Zig Memory System 48 piece Collection
Some slate blanks
3 marker pens
Magnetic chalk Board “Scraps”.

Now when Steve at ImageAbility says he is sending Scraps, or Seconds for me to play with…. they are not my idea of scraps lol.  His version of “I grabbed some scraps and threw them in your box”  is not what you would expect lol.  These are good size pieces  and his idea of “flawed…”  …I have bought retail products at full price with more flaws  LOL.  The same can be said for the 12×12 sheets of chalkboard vinyl… hell if they looked like seconds to me.  I can only imagine what the “good stuff” looks like if these are scraps and seconds !

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First of all let me tell you, this magnetic sheet cuts like a dream… super easy to cut on my cheapie little Recollections Paper trimmer I picked up a few weeks ago as a backup.  Squaring up my “scraps” was a no brainer.  I took one of the “smaller”  scraps..and when I say smaller.. we are talking about 8 inches x 24 ish (…that’s some scraps there LOL )

 

 

It had one tiny flaw on the end which was easily trimmed off… and to be honest, I probably wouldn’t have even bothered if I was planning to use it as a backing for sticker magnets. It was a surface scratch…. nothing more.  But, I was testing out the ease of cutting and so I trimmed it off.  This also comes in a whiteboard finish; so a useful tool for keeping your projects organized when you have a lot of things on the go, not to mention it makes a great Magnetic note  board for the kitchen, office or garage.  Retail sheets come in a variety of sizes to suit all needs. Heck I want to decorate an entire wall in this stuff. If only I didn’t live in an apartment  LOL.

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..I can tell you now I am seriously considering running out to Home Depot with my pieces and finding a sheet of metal to attach to the end of my craft carts, so I can use this on there to hold my thin dies.  I so badly need a better way to store the ones I have.. this would be perfect. My carts don’t have solid ends.  I am pretty sure hubby doesn’t want to wake up and find our Fridge and freezer decorated in my dies.


If you have a solid surface to mount it, Ziggyboard also have flexible steel which feels like the regular magnetic sheet..and magnets stick to it, as opposed to this sheet which is Magnetic and sticks to steel.

 

 

 

On a side note.. all you Cricut users who have mats that are losing their sticky, www.craftingability.com have a  2 way glue stick that  should fix that problem.  I will let you know when I get mine and try it out on my nasty old mats.

 

slate

This slate is beautiful and I have it on good authority this is good old USA slate… not imported  🙂  I have always loved slate.. so  I was super excited to see these pieces in my box.  Probably far more excited than the mail man was haha.

 

Included was 2 coaster size pieces just under 4 inch squared, a 4×8 piece and a 5.5 x 8 ish piece.  Sizes may vary slightly obviously, this is a natural product.. handsplit New England slate.. LOVE IT !

 

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Next we have the 3 markers … the jumbo 15mm Orange Zig Posterman Waterproof which at first glance looks like it could be hiding pepper spray LOL
The 6mm light blue Zig Posterman Wet Wipe
…and finally the 6mm White Zig Illumigraph.

 

I’ll go into more detail on what they can be used on and  their specific uses etc  when I use them.. but if you can’t wait for that, feel free to hop on over to the Ziggyboard.com site and check them out.  Quick rundown.. the orange and blue are good for  chalkboard, windows, mirrors, ceramics and the white Illumigraph works on chalkboard, windows and lightboards..all have an ETC. after the list.. so I am sure there are more.

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….and the Piece de Resistance
The Zig Memory system 48 Collection.
this set inlcudes:

12 Calligraphy Markers
12 Writer Markers
6 Journal and Title Markers
6 Scroll & Brush Markers
6 Brushables
3 Writer Chalk Pastels
3 Calligraphy Chalk Pastels
Now the big test for the pens and Magnetic chalkboard will be

…. can the Cricut Explore cut this magnetic sheet and write with these pens?

I can tell you already the pens won’t fit in the regular adapter  that comes with your Cricut Explore (original), but if you have an aftermarket adapter, like the Amy Chomas  marker adapter… they fit perfectly.  I can’t vouch for the Air, or One machines, because I don’t have one.  But I believe the Air and original Explores are the same,  unless anyone knows differently.  And I have a feeling the Explore One has a different pen system …?

So… the big question… where to start??   so many cool things to try, which one do I play first?

I guess you will find out tonight which one I chose…. and stay tuned. The CraftingCircle Exclusive discount code will be posted tonight too.  This is just a teaser so you know what to look out for.

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I can give you a hint.. it’s an “odd” number,  it’s over 20% and the code will be valid for ALL products on the www.craftingability.com site…and we’re working on setting up a code for Ziggyboard.com too.   Why would you expect a “normal” anything from me ? of course it’s going to be an odd number…. so  have a look around www.craftingability.com and Ziggyboard.com and get ready to grab some deals with this exclusive discount.

All you pro crafters  who do shows, or have a shop should definitely check out the  Ziggyboard  site, they have a lot of good business products too.

This code will be valid through December 31 2015, or while supplies last ….and if you are eyeing up this pen set, I can tell you quantities are limited.

 

DISCLAIMER - Nothing like stating the obvious here... 
*The products mentioned above were provided free of charge for review purposes.
*No monetary compensation was received and as always, all reviews and comments regarding products on this blog are my own honest "personal" opinions whether products were supplied or purchased. <<<< SURPRISE !!!

Ziggyboard Mini Challenge

With all the goings on in November.. server issues, getting sick TWICE..I got a bit behind on this challenge. I had a couple of other pieces I wanted to get finished… but they will make an appearance in another project post soon.

So here are my 3 challenge pieces. The challenge was to make 3 gift items using the Ziggyboard kit’s we got to review….we being NanaDonna, Deescraps and myself.  It just so happens I am gifting two of them to my own household haha.

 

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#1 is a chalkboard I plan to hang up in my dining area.  I have a toddler so it’s perfect, or “Perdeft” as he says for  teaching him new words and  leaving messages on for each other.

This was a picture frame, glass removed and a sheet of 12×12 Ziggyboard adhesive chalk board vinyl mounted on a photo mat sheet I got at Michaels and cut to size.

 

The lettering at the top is cut on the Cricut and glued on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2 Super simple idea and another quick project.  This vinyl cuts like a dream on my Cricut Explore.

Just a quick scroll pattern with a central label block applied to a glass jar from the local craft store. Unfortunately I  did this one before I got my new   pens…..


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finished sign….

#3 There are a bunch of different reasons I love this one.   First off ….I left this Ziggyboard sheet intact backing and all, which means it is reusable if you clean it off.  And  that means I can run it through the Cricut to update a seasonal sign.

Did I mention running it through the Cricut.. yes I sure did.   Most chalk markers will not fit in the Cricut Pen Adapter, not even the Amy Chomas adapters which I love… at least not the pens I have.   And they have a pump and prime system which makes them unsuitable for that anyway

 

 

Img_3057a… BUT

as I have said before, my handwriting sucks..and I really can’t draw… but my Cricut can.  I  was  contemplating the various ways to get around my predicament… stamps, stencils, tracing…. and then I totally stumbled across some pens on a site in the UK when I was diddling around online.   I took a gamble, going by images alone.. and order them I did.  I am soooo glad I took a chance on these pens…. they are perfect for someone like me.

Img_3063aNow the only thing with these pens, they are the wet wipe style… so if you are looking for a permanent design… these are not  for you. But what they are perfect for… outlining BEFORE you use your Zig Posterman chalk board markers.

Img_3065aThese are an absolute godsend for someone like me… and you still get that hand drawn feel because you obviously have to go back over the design.  The permanents are so much stronger and bolder, you can definitely tell the difference. so it’s very easy to combine these two pens to complete a project. They both have their strong points and uses separately, but when combined and you throw a Cricut in the mix…. BINGO !!!  I love the versatility of this chalk board vinyl and with a little imagination and thinking outside of the box.. artist, or otherwise.. you can get great results.

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The  rollers on your Cricut may pick up and smear your design a bit if you are writing/drawing close to the edges and rollers… but that is no big deal since these are wet wipe and for a design pattern only.  All of that wipes off after you go over it with your permanents anyway 🙂

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The opportunities for me are so much broader now I found these pens… worth every penny… and surprising cheap and fast delivery from the UK. I am betting these pens become available here REAL soon which is fabulous for us Cricut Explore users who need a little help in the writing and drawing department.

 

Ok so these are the sheets.. but wait till you see all the cool precut shapes too.  If you don’t have a Cricut Explore or similar, never fear ziggyboard did the work for you.  You can get this cool adhesive Chalk Board in precut label packs.  You may have seen them in a review that Deescraps did a week or so ago, she labeled  her spices and her craft room and made some cool plant pot labels for her cuttings.

If you do a search of the blog for Ziggyboard, you will get to see all the cool things we have been doing with these kits since we got them. I love how versatile they are.

Now if I recall correctly.. and do not quote me on this… but I think I read that this stuff is dishwasher proof and suitable for outdoors, so when I get a chance….you bet I plan to test that theory.  We are heading into a wet and nasty winter according to reports, so I guess we shall see how it likes a good old Texas miserable winter.   I think maybe the heat cycle  on my dishwasher would prove too much…. but only one way to find out.  I don’t usually run my heat cycle /dryer anyways, but my son has a habit of flipping that switch when he is being “helpful”

Ok here comes the disclaimers......  

 

.... The vinyl adhesive chalkboard and Zig Posterman pen used in these projects were provided free of charge for review purposes.  The other products used were bought andpaid for out of my own pocket, or were things I had laying around the apartment. 

This post contains some affiliate links from which I will receive compensation for   purchases made using said links.

 

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