Happy Mail….Spice up your life with some “zig-a-zig-ah”

Soooo…. all you closet 90’s Spice Girl fans… are you singing yet? lol…. was too cool of a post title to pass up on that one lol..and so appropriate…I had the ultimate “Zig a Zig Ah” moment when I opened this one up.

As mentioned in the previous post about Gina Marie dies… I had some tough choices to make with my little spending spree .. this time the Zigs won out.  That is not to say the Expanded Chameleon Pens set is off the table…. it’s just  biding its time hahaha.

So regulars on the blog are well aware of my love of Zig Kurecolor pens  .. I only have a handful of colors out of the 130 something color range. Have.. let me rephrase that, HAD…. only a handful….I now have TWO handfuls lol.  As some of you are also aware, I do review products for ImageAbility now and then and they also sponsor prizes on the blog…but let me  just say I do also buy my own and they get  treat just the same.  What you get is my opinion based on my preferences and my style and my experience when using them…nothing more, nothing less.

This time I scored both my own purchase… and a few extras kindly  added in by the CraftingAbility  team.. thanks guys  🙂 I love surprises in my happy mail.

…so the important stuff….what did I get?  Well for starters I picked up 14 new colors in  my Kurecolor pens.  Now for those of you who haven’t seen these in previous posts, these are not the refillable version… these are the Zig Manga Kurecolor pen version with the fine tips… but .. between you and me.. you can refill them and they are the same colors as the refillables… so you can order refills too.  I love the tips on these, the fact that they are slimline and that they fit in the Cricut adapters I have, should I ever feel the need. ….so this is my pen of choice when it comes to the Zig Kurecolors.  Although these do not have replaceable tips… technically.. lol..I find the Kurecolor tips to be VERY durable.. so that is not really a big concern of mine.

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  • Light Gray
  • Pale Gray
  • Warm Gray 1
  • Warm Gray 5
  • Blue Gray 1
  • Marine Green
  • Mid Green
  • Green Shadow
  • Nutmeg
  • Light Brown
  • Pink Haze
  • Blood Red
  • Carmine Red
  • Burnt Sienna

 

 

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  • Bimoji Marker pen – fine tip
  • Mangaka Marker Set – 3 tip sizes. these were a very welcome suprise as I use these type of detailer pens a lot. and this set has 3 tip sizes… so I will definitely be playing with these.
  • Another surprise in my packet was this Twin Black tips set – if you ever saw the Memory system kit I have… these are the same tips selection..but all black. Scroll, brush, fine, writer,calligraphy and chisel.  Each pen has two tips..either two of the same in 2 sizes, or 2 different tips. Definitley a welcome surprise for someone like me who likess to draw and write on the Cricut.  these have  definitley been  the better pens as far as durability goes for that purpose as the tips don’t seem to be affected at all, unlike other pens I have used on it.
  • Then we have one of my favorites…if you ever saw my post on embossing pens you have seen one of these. When I got mine I could only get my hands on a dual tip fine & chisel pen… so this time I ordered the writer as it has two sizes of writing tips.  What I love about these and a lot of the Zig pens is that they work perfectly with my Amy Chomas Pen & Marker Adapters and are awesome for embossing on my Cricut.  ImageAbility decided I needed to brush up on my hand writing skills I think because Steve kindly upgraded me to include the full set of Zig Embossing Pens.  The full set includes the writing tips, the calligraphy tips as well as the fine and chisel and the scroll and brush tips.  I guess I best get practicing LOL
  • Black Fabricolor twin tip Pen

 

Now I couldn’t place an order without  grabbing some Photo Tape Refills.. I LOVE this tape runner.  My Xyron Megarunner is fabulous for most paper craft projects, but I find this Zig Photo Tape to just have a little extra something, something for things like the foam sheets… and regulars know I love to pop my foam sheets on a lot of projects.

….also included in this image is a couple of different sizes of the 2 way glue.  I have the big applicator tip, but wanted to try out some of the smaller tips  too.

And something that has me very excited…. double sided tape.  Steve kindly threw in a reel of the commercial grade tape they use in another branch of the business after listening to me moan about wanting a really heavy duty tape for my foam  and needing something that came in wide reels.  It’s always handy to know a man who knows a man …. so I will be testing this out too.  I threw a quick 1 inch strip on a piece of card and foam and so far, as I can tell… I could probably stick myself off the ceiling with this stuff lol.  I need wide tape in big quantities at an affordable price… so 3 sheet packs just don’t cut it for me.  I have one other  reel I just ordered and should be here by Monday… I picked it up at a discount online and  it’s 6 inches wide.

It will be interesting to see how they compare since one is marketed for commercial use and one is marketed for craft use.  My biggest pet peeve is I really want it to  have release paper on both sides… but I guess I can always add my own secondary release paper to these rolls.  Stay tuned for updates on these tape reels later in the month if you have been looking for similar products.zig_adhesive
Then  I found the extra goodies I wasn’t expecting.. I found a canvas tote bag, which is perfect for the Fabricolor pen I ordered. And something   that had been mentioned in a recent email and was definitely of interest to me…. a ChalkFlex sheet and white wet erasable chalk marker.  Now this is a bit different to the original chalkboard vinyl I reviewed last year and have used in various projects since… this one isn’t black.  It’s a really deep slate gray and has a subtle texture to it.  Really looking forward to trying that one out.

 

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almost forgot to include this one…. this is one of the wet erasable Chalk Pens, to go with the chalk board sheet.

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….and there we have it… that is today’s happy mail from CraftingAbility.com and Cohas.com  ..time to get busy and have some playtime me thinks.  Stay tuned for more posts and projects and a closer look at some of these new pens in action.

Some products in this post were provided free of charge for review & project purposes.

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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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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