Foil Mates – The latest craze!

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Are you familiar with Foil Mates? They are one of the newest products by Gina K introduced at Creativation. If you are not familiar with this product, let me introduce you!

Foil mates are a quick and easy way to add shine to any of your projects. All you need is a hot laminator and the fun Foil Mates.  These Foil Mates come not only in backgrounds, but invitations and sentiments as well.  The laminator that is recommended is from Thermoweb and is on sale now along with the actual Foil Mates!

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Now what is also great about these, is that you can use the negative part of the Foil Mates as well to create more stunning cards, so nothing gets wasted! You will get 10 sheets of 5.5″ x 8.5 Foil Mates (5 sheets of each design.)

I have attached a link to the PDF instructions so that you can print them out and have at your fingertips! You can also see the video that was live on FB earlier today or on You Tube.

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Flowers on Mother’s Day

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With Mother’s Day right around the corner we will start to see lots of flower ads. I told my husband that this year I wanted the kind of flowers that would last forever! He looked at me quizzically and responded “you want fake flowers?” Kinda I said. I told him I would send him a link to the flowers I wanted.

Don’t get me wrong, I love real flowers, but I would much rather see my husband or my son spend money on something I can enjoy all year long. Real flowers will be gone after a week, but the flowers I can create with this Sizzix die cut will live on through my crafting.

Of course my family knows I am a crafter, but they have no idea what I have or what I want, so why not give them a little help this year! All Mother’s Day items are 15% off over the next two days so you better drop your hints fast!

Here are some of the items on my list: 

Do you get craft supplies on Mother’s Day? Leave me a comment and let me know what you want this year.

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Why join a Facebook Group?

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Traditionally, a blog was a place to share your creation and crafty projects. Many crafters created blogs to not only showcase their projects, but also provide information on how those projects were created.  You could subscribe to their blog and when a new post was created, you would be notified or you would check your subscription feed.

While this is a great landing page, it is not as interactive as Facebook and you don’t even need to be at your computer anymore! You can easily tie your facebook page to your smart phone which most of us carry all the time!

While there are many crafting groups out there it is sometimes hard to know what groups to join. While members are called facebook “friends”, the people in these groups are still strangers, not “real friends” right?  Well that may be the case for most groups, but not for a group I have been fortunate enough to be a part of, Stamp Junkies! From the moment you join this group you are welcome with open arms. The Admins are friendly and keep the group drama free.

Most groups have rules, or guidelines that the admins wish you to follow. These guidelines help members to understand what types of posts are acceptable and help control the theme of the group. Groups like Stamp Junkies don’t allow selling or destashing on their page, but freely provide or allow members to post alternative pages that do.  They not only support and promote their own group, but their members as well. It is more than a group, it is a community!

Stamp Junkies  recently celebrated their two year birthday! They have become a community for beginner stampers as well as seasoned ones. A community where you can interact with shop owners such as Gina K from Gina K Designs or Effie C from The Ton.  It is a place to learn and share freely without fear of negativity! So if you are a member of this group, get involved, share your projects and make a friend! And if you are not a member, what are you waiting for?

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National Scrapbook Day – May 6, 2017

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You don’t have to be a scrapbooker to be excited about this! National Scrapbook day is May 6th. There are so  many festivities and giveaways planned that you won’t want to miss. Not only will there be festivities, but you will also see many companies having sales! Many bloggers and You Tubers get in on the action as well, including myself. I will be participating in a Video Hop creating a fun scrapbook page. So make sure you are subscribed to my channel.

If you are a card maker, mixed media designer or just a crafter in general then this is for you!

Scrapbook.com will be hosting 5 different challenges. Here are some of the themes. Be sure to click on the links to see all the details of the challenges and the prizes they will be offering.

My birthday Celebration link up starts on May 1st and these themes fit perfectly into my Mood board. Be sure to link up and participate in my giveaways as well!

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Now if there are any supplies you need to get ready for this party, there is currently a “Stock up on Staples” sale going on right now where you can save up to 50% on select items. Here are just a few:

Dazzle Caddy Storage for Stickles (44% OFF)

Umbrella Crafts Adhesives (Individuals 40% OFF!)

Umbrella Crafts Page Protectors Variety Pack (50% OFF)

Sizzix Big Shot (33% OFF)

Umbrella Crafts Paper Trays (20% OFF)

Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy (30% OFF)

Umbrella Crafts Acrylic Blocks (50% OFF)

Scrapbook.com Black Pen (50% OFF)

Here are some of my essentials:

Happy Shopping!

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FTC – Fun To Craft?

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No FTC does not stand for Fun To Craft. They are the initials for the Federal Trade Commission. Now you might ask, well what do they have to do with Crafting? If you use affiliate links…a lot!

So what is an affiliate? It is a company that you have signed up with to promote their product. Bloggers and influencers use affiliate links in their post and when readers click on these links and purchase a product from that store, the blogger/influencer gets a small percentage of the sale at no EXTRA cost to the reader.

Many bloggers use affiliate links and companies, such as shareasale.com to help manage their links and support their channels, including myself. I want to be able to blog and create videos on the most up to date products, and that does cost money. I don’t make a fortune, but every little bit does help…at no EXTRA cost to my readers. Additionally, some companies also give their designers a special coupon code for their readers that offers a % off their purchase. The Designer may get a small % of that purchase at no extra cost to you.

With the increase usage of affiliate links in Social Media, the FTC recently put out a statement to remind influencers and brands to clearly disclose relationships. On instagram or social media, it can be as simple as stating “affiliate link” next to your URL. If you have a resource page that lists products that you use and recommend it could be something like “This page contains affiliate links. If you purchase, I will get a few bucks.” I have provided a link to that statement for your convenience.

Most craft bloggers use the product that they recommend and are not trying to trick you into purchasing a product. Let’s face it. This hobby can be a bit addicting, and if your social media friends can give you a tip on a good product, or recommend a sale at a store, the store should give them a little something for the referral, don’t you think?

So when you see these affiliate links, don’t feel that we are trying to deceive you, perhaps enable you, but not deceive. If the information was helpful and it does lead you to purchase that product or service, click on that link, you may save a few extra bucks as well as help out a fellow crafter.

So leave me a comment and let me know if you found this information helpful. Would you like more information on this topic in future posts? I would love to hear from you.

Happy Shopping!

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To Pre order or Not to Pre order?

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With the excitement of new product and wanting to be the first to get it, many people choose to pre order. What this means is they pay up front to be put on a list to get the product once the product is sent to the on line shop. While this can be great if there is enough product sent to support the pre orders, but not so great if they run out before they get to your “pre order.”

This became evident with much of the new product released at Creativation.  The new Tim Holtz Distress Oxides had such a high demand, many people were left “in holding” awaiting new shipments.  Many people became frustrated as the shops they pre ordered from ran out of the product while other shops now had it in stock.  I unfortunately was one of those people.  I ordered the full set in February and just recently got my notification of shipment. I considered canceling my order and purchasing from shops that had the product available now, but instead ended up just waiting it out. Part of me wanted to see how long it would really take…

Now with the recent news of the delayed release of the Tim Holtz Stamping platform, many are once again playing the waiting game. But this time it is a bit different.  The delay is not due to demand, as all stores will be experiencing the delay. It has to do with the recent news of My Sweet Petunia’s awaited patent on the MISTI which was just issued.  Many manufacturers copied the design of the MISTI and gambled that the patent would not come through.  According to My Sweet Petunia, “two companies accepted the MISTI design as unique” and withdrew their product from the market.

What follows is the letter from Tonic regarding the referenced issue:

Dear Valued Customer,

Tonic is very excited to launch the new Tim Holtz Stamping platform, however we need to inform you of a delay in the launch of this product.  As you may be aware My Sweet Petunia (MSP) have been granted a patent on their Misti Stamping Platform.

While we do not consider our Tim Holtz Tonic Studios Stamp Platform to be an infringement of this patent and its claims, we do not want to expose our customers to any legal action from MSP in the event that they sell our product.  The ongoing protection and sustainability of the Tonic brand and our products are paramount to our ongoing relationship with all our retail partners.  

Our attorneys are working on this case and we expect to have a resolution within the next 4 weeks.  We apologize for this inconvenience but we fully expect to be able to ship to you within the next 6 – 8 weeks.

We will be giving updates as we work with all parties to resolve this matter and hope to give you more information soon.

We appreciate your understand and patience in this matter.

Kind regards,

Tonic Studios USA

The invention of the MISTI is an amazing story! If you have not heard it, you can hear it over on the So Suzy Podcast entitled: MIHM-Iliana Myska from My Sweet Petunia . I personally love the MISTI and have the regular size as well as the mini.  I plan on ordering the newest product, Creative Corners from My Sweet Petunia as they are currently on sale, along with everything in her shop today through the Sunday April 16th, 2017. Scrapbook.com also has the original, mini and Memory MISTI on sale.

I had no intentions of purchasing the Tim Holtz Stamping platform as the MISTI’s worked great, but was sent one from the manufacturer because I do use many of the products in the Tim Holtz line.  I did a video to introduce the Stamping platform which you can see here. The version I have is a 1708e. Tonic has indicated that they plan to release 1707e in place of the original model. They have not said what the differences in the two models will be. I guess we will just have to wait and see.

Butterfly theme craft supplies

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I don’t know about you, but I don’t like bugs…but I do love butterflies! My watermark and blog signature even has butterflies. I know I am not alone. There are so many crafters out there that love to create using a theme of butterflies. You can go on Pinterest and find beautiful projects using these little beauties.

Well, if you are a lover of butterflies, you are going to love this! Currently you can get 15% off all Butterfly theme’d products. This ends April 12th at midnight, so you still have some time!

Here are a few of my favorite!

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