Note to self… crafting hauls….

Should really wait till you actually have time to craft!!! LOL  Sadly this little lot doesn’t even include the pens and such I ordered last month and still haven’t had time to play with properly .. but dang me and the lil man are gonna have fun next year  LOL.. I hope!

This little lot includes 3 Blitsy orders
Chameleon Pens from Hobby Lobby and refills and nibs order from Chameleon Pens
CraftingAbility order
Stazsh Up order
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and an order of Cricut Blades that a special lady gifted to me 🙂

It also doesn’t include CraftsUPrint cutfiles and various artists digital stamps I might have grabbed this  month *grin

And I already put away 1 Scrapbook Outlet order of Gina Marie Designs Dies, Crafting Ability Order and a Blitsy order that I showed you sneak peeks at the end of last month..mostly pens.  I am making up for almost 8 months of virtually no craft shopping  🙂  MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ME !!!

I’ll be showing some of these a bit more closely in upcoming posts and projects..  but if you have any questions, leave a comment 🙂

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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.

Oversized East Wind Humorous Birthday Card…

I went trolling through Etsy’s Digi Artists the other night in search of something “new” and different.  I needed to get back to my roots a bit and stray off the “cutesie” path for a bit. AND….I came across a couple of Artists, one of which I had heard of, but never colored…..and one I hadn’t heard of. Both of which had Images that instantly appealed to me, so I grabbed one from each to see if they worked with my grungier style… Here is the East Wind image “Aurora Warrior”.

What can I say… I am a bit of a tomboy and have always loved the “tank girl” tom boy thing.  You don’t have to be a Barbie, to be Sexah!
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This is an oversized card… I love making these 6 x12 inch cards..so much room to play and perfect for those  employee Birthdays where half the office have to sign it.  Anywho, there she is in all her glory.

I colored  the image with Chameleon Pens, Zig Kurecolor, Ranger Distress Pens and a touch of Marvy Detailer…. on a sheet of Canson Mix Media.

She is bordered with a dual stitched rectangular frame by Lil’Inkers on Recollections black card and the image was partially fussy cut to bring elements up and over the frame.  The main image lays behind the frame.  I love doing these up and overs..<< None technical term.  I must do a quick tutorial showing how I do them one day.

The green striped paper is one I made in PSP and printed out on a white 110lb card stock and added a thin black frame for contrast.

The sentiment is one straight from my own warped mind and inspired by the image. As regular visitors know, I like to have fun with my cards. The letters are cut on 110lb white card using a Bottle Cap Alphabet Die by MFT ( My Favorite Things) on my Sizzix Bigshot.

..AND NOW….

I want to give a big shout out to fellow card maker and blogger Shannon Abblitt  who has constantly amazed and inspired me with her fabulous cards… and who exposed me to so many Cool East Wind images, that I just had to give them a try.  Thanks Shannon 🙂

You should check out Shannon’s creations if you haven’t already seen them. Here are links to her blog and also to her creations available for purchase.

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And you can also find Shannon’s work in the Crafting Circle Craft n Chill Zone Facebook Group.
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Chameleon Pens 30 piece Expansion set available now

Come to Momma!!!!   I am super excited to see the new  30 piece expansion set is now available… This allows us 22 pen set people to expand our set to the full 52 …. and have that snazzy big case, without having to duplicate pens.   So if you have been waiting for the expansion kit… here it is.   Hubby has been put on alert that THIS is considered a suitable gift and show of affection lol.

That and a bunch of the refills….I love my Chameleons and I sure can tell which colors I use the most lol.  Believe it or not; despite the amount of coloring I do, I bought my set in November and STILL haven’t refilled …. but I do need to soon.

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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.



US Only ( shipping costs again.. sorry)
Ends June 30th, 2016  –  winner will be drawn and announced July 1st.
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Kuretake Photo Tape…. I’m in LOVE..Foamtastic !!!

Some of you may recall previous posts/facebook conversations where I expressed my frustration at finding an affordable solution to my foam padding issue.  I like to use it in sheets as opposed to dots etc.  I find  using it on larger areas behind an image, provides more support and a really nice feel.

Wet glues.. too wet… large areas=wet warp ….ugg, my other tape runner…  love it… but not strong enough for the foam.  But NOW…. I think I found one solution, well …. technically….it found me…. Kuretake  Photo Tape.

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I got this sent to me to play around with by my friends at ImageAbility.  Over the months we’ve discussed various crafting frustrations I have, they have a  wide selection of products through the various departments…  and I’m crazy enough to find a solution where it wasn’t intended lol.   I’m not sure he had this particular issue in mind when he sent it… but I am sooo glad he did.

At first glance I thought this was going to be another one of those 3 swipes you are out kinda little tape runners.   But on closer inspection… it  has as much tape as my big Mega Runner ….  32 meters (about 105 feet!) of 10mm wide tape.

The Kuretake Photo Tape dispenser is one of the small “in your hand” variety, but don’t be fooled… it’s got staying power.

I was convinced when I saw it that it would be just as hard to get it to work on foam as everything else I have tried… but I guess either the mesh design makes a difference, or the tape is stronger than I am used to.  I did a test piece when I first got it and  it’s stuck on their real good.

If you have been struggling with specific papers, card or  materials… and  your everyday tape runners just aren’t cutting it…. you might want to give this a look see.

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KuretakeAlso  in my latest box of goodies..and I will go into more detail over the next couple of days as I get to play with them all….

  • Kuretake 2 Way Glue.. apparently great for re-stickying old cutting mats too… can’t wait to test that out on my Cricut Mats, I have a tonne of old mats I keep for various purposes once they outlive their usefullness as cutting mats  🙂
  • Kuretake Zig Kurecolor Hair and Muted tones 12 pack ( I can already tell you … LOVE THESE !!! )
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry Colors, the new 6 pack of pearlescent /metallic water colors…. dying to try those !!!
  •  Kuretake Zig Kurecolor refill pack for Pale Beige No. 731  WOOT !!!

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Win the new Chameleon Pen Color Palette

OH YEAH ….. I am sooo entering this one… not only are my Chameleon Pens fantastic and I am dying to get my hands on the new colors.. I love doing dimensional projects, this contest is right up my alley.

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Club KennyK & Message Board Challenge piece.

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This card was so much fun to do.. I love playing around with various ideas and materials.. it’s part of the Club KennyK facebook Group Challenge and also one of our message board challenges.

This actually started life as a test “print and cut” for another project…. but I found it in my practice coloring pile this afternoon and decided to have some fun.


The main image is Brianna Blaster from KennyK.  She is colored with a modge podge mix of pens…





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–  is actually a home mix of Ranger Adirondack alcohol inks inside an old Kurecolor pen with some Chameleon pen shading and make up.  I am waiting for Kurecolor refills and it works well enough for now.  Hell who am I kidding.. I just estimated our refund … I’m going bloody shopping for more than refills at CraftingAbility.com as soon as that money deposits lol  haha



Main clothing  – Chameleon Gray and Red pens in varying tones



Highlights and shade and shadows … oh boy what didn’t I use…  this has Ranger distress pen in red, Zig Memory System chalk pen in gray, and writer pen in pink, Ranger distressed gray.. I am sure there was more.. but you get the idea lol.



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The frame, background, inside and envelope were done using a mix of rubber stamps… some of which I got in miscellaneous lots on Ebay dirt cheap. I know this shows only partial stamps, but if anyone is interested in seeing these stamps in full…  just holler and I will stamp them up and post a pic with details of any that were mounted and still have info on them.



Stamped with black and red Craftsmart Dye inks and a white momento ink. I inked the edges of the frame with black and red and also the envelope has some inking highlights in red too.

Center Panel is Ziggyboard adhesive chalk board vinyl ….I wanted to be able to personalize at will..either with wet wipe, or permanent  chalk markers.

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Back to school I go…I am now officially a Kit and Clowder student

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I just signed up for the Skin and Hair class.

after joining the facebook groups for KennyK and Kit and Clowder and seeing all the awesome coloring  on both sites and the impressive before and after work of students… I bit the bullet and jumped in and signed up.

Alyce Kreegan …aka “Teach” is really cool and I know the classes are going to be a lot of fun.  If you are new to coloring like me, there are lots of classes to choose from beginner and up.




If you are interested in developing your coloring skills too, you can see all the available technique and project classes here SHOP.

If you want to see the students and K&C followers work…. check out their Facebook Group

…..and you can see all the beautiful cards and projects  done by Alyce herself.. here on the Blog



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“Download Diva” from KennyK



I was coloring a cropped and blown up version of  “Download Diva” from KennyK on my practice sheets and all was going well

…then THE CHEEKBONES HAPPENED!! ugg.. the more I tried to fix it the worse it looked.  So I decided to stop procrastinating and signed up.

Poor Alyce…. she has a lot of work to knock me into shape…and I am very set in my ways LOL






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Chameleon Pens Sneak Peak – New color Pallette



Luckily for both of us…Chameleon pens are almost ready to launch their new color palette..WOO HOO. I am loving my Chameleon Pens, but I struggle to find any pens with the skin tones I prefer. By the look of things the new color range is pretty wicked… so expect to see  those when become available next month 🙂






This is the class I just signed up for


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– One on one personalised feedback on every image you colour with our class instructor (not just class images!)

– Video Tutorials – over 28 downloadable videos

– Exercise Sheets with over 24 cropped images from the class videos for you to practice on

– Booklet – 96 page print at home theory booklet with step by steps

– Study at your own pace with no time limits

– Discounts to all of our class sponsors – over 20 of the leading worldwide stamp and craft supply companies.

Join us to learn more about coloring skin and hair with tutorials in Copics, Spectrum Noir, Promarker, and more!

It’s been a rough week LOL

First of all, apologies for the lack of posts this week.   The lil man and I are sick and I’ve spent a lot of time in bed.  Hubby has been a real trooper and taken care of  the lil man while I caught up on some much needed sleep.  The lil guy seems to be in fine form and a runny nose and slight cough haven’t slowed him down at all….  Mommy not such great form LOL.

Anyways….  so my Epson workforce gave up the ghost and the power supply died a few months ago, so I have been using my large format stylus 1400 for print jobs the last few months… and now it finally seems to be giving up the ghost too and I am now finding myself in need of a new printer.

 

 

 

Finances are tight  but I need a good printer for projects and I am seriously considering one of the Epson Workforce Eco tank systems.  I love the fact that it is refillable without the hassle of resetting chips and off brand refills.  I had looked at the continuous ink systems (CIS) but didn’t fancy having to rig one of those up.

 

 

 

 

 

I think for card makers, specially those of us who are Cricut Explore users and utilize the print and cut feature a lot, or those of us who are CUP (Craftsuprint) members.. something like this would be awesome.  All things considered, when you figure in the cost of inks, this seems to be a pretty good  deal.

 

 

So my question is … has anyone got one of these?  I like Epson, it is a great quality brand as you can probably tell by what I am replacing, but the ink usage has always been a big bite for some people and HP is a lot easier to refill with generics.  This new Eco Tank system sounds like the perfect solution to maintaining the Epson quality and having to use non OEM inks for affordability.

So now the big question is .. which one do I look at, and how do I juggle finances to afford one… the lil guy is costing me a small fortune in toys lately  LOL   If I get one, I’ll be sure to come back and review it.  In the meantime.. if anyone has one or knows anything about these printers…. please feel free to leave a comment below.

This is the one I am looking at Epson WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank , maybe Santa Claus is feeling generous this year.  I need to do a bit more research and make sure it can handle 110lb card stock too.  My old Epson Workforce handled it just fine, so this shouldn’t be an issue.

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