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A Copic Marker Alternative – Twin Touch Markers

Posted by on Sep 27, 2011 in Haul, Product Review | 0 comments

Like lots of you out there, I myself could not imagine paying nearly $5 for any marker, Copic or otherwise, but really wanted to get that beautiful color they give. I searched high and low for other alcohol marker alternatives and found Shinhan Twin Touch markers, made in Korea. Most places in the U.S. sell them for $2 and under each. Right now I believe there are 163 colors in total and the markers are very similar to Copic. Most places are clearancing their current stock of Twin Touch markers right now, i.e. Dick Blick and Jerry’s Art-a-rama, as Shinhan is releasing their new refillable and brush versions of their markers within the next few months.

I really did not want to wait and plan to just replace with a refillable one when my color runs out. I am quite happy with them. You can take a look in the video. The second half of the video is me coloring one of our stamps. Very comparable.

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DIY homemade cling rubber stamp storage

Posted by on May 28, 2010 in Haul, Organizing, Tutorials | 0 comments

I recently received an order from River City Rubber Works (click here to see the stamps).  They sat on my desk for a few days and I just looked at them like gollum on the Lord of the Rings – my precious…  It was time today that I actually put them away to be productive this weekend as I just can’t seem to create in chaos.  I just couldn’t figure out what to do with them so I piled them up and threw them in a plastic bin where I was storing my completed cards and there just happened to be one of my laminated dividers at the front and one of the stamps just stuck to it and stick really good. I tested them out and figured it out.  Thirty minutes later, they were pretty much all organized and ready for a binder.  I decided to make a video.  Maybe it will help others.

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Review: Singer Pixie Craft Sewing Machine

Posted by on May 23, 2010 in Haul, Product Review | 1 comment

While searching Big Lots yesterday looking for the Cuttlebug embossing folders/die cuts that they have on clearance (which I did not find), I came upon this cute little sewing machine made especially for crafts such as scrapbooking and papercrafting, etc.  I have two give it 2 Thumbs up!  I never realized how much a little stitching could add to a card.  I did a video review yesterday of it along with a few haul items from Big Lots which is below.  After I was done with the video, I played a bit with it before I got back to organizing my workspace and I really love it.  It’s a really basic machine but sometimes simpler is just better.  Please take a look below.

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just another haul – Life on the Scrappy Side

Posted by on May 7, 2010 in Haul, Store Review | 0 comments

TGIF! I get so excited for Friday as its actually my Saturday. My work week is Sunday through Thursday. I have lots of card making planned today with my new papers I got yesterday.   When I order from a new store, I think I will start doing a review on them – the good, the bad, and the great!

I ordered from Life on the Scrappy Side.  Its a webstore and prices are very reasonable, most a lot cheaper.   Overall I am a happy shopper but I do have two minor complaints.  She has a lot listed in her store but I am unsure as to the fact that she actually has them in stock.  I ordered very early in the week, a Tuesday (4/27/10).  I would have hoped that it would have arrived by the weekend allowing for a day or two for packaging and the 2 days priority shipping.  I needed to complete a card box for someone who is carrying my cards and ended up having to do all the tab cutting by hand.  When I emailed for an update, I was informed that she was waiting on the cutting pads to arrive.   While not a major complaint in the grand scheme of things as she did get the order to me in about 9 days which on the craft store shipping/receiving meter is quite good, the reason I went to a small business is because I had hoped for quickness.   I would have liked to have known that there might be a wait, but I will know for the future and either e-mail before hand or expect it.

My only other complaint is my paper was 12×12 and just barely fit into the priority box it came in and I mean just barely and I don’t know if it happened while it was being packed or whether the pressure I had to use to get my hands into the box to peel the paper packs out did it, but the corner of the papers was slightly dog-eared or bent up.   It is a pet peeve of mine.  I keep my pattered paper quite nice and hate when that happens because it renders that corner kind of unusable for cards as you can never get it stuck down quite good enough or it wants to curl back up.  For what I paid for shipping for the flat rate large box, the box was not that heavy and probably could have been put into a standard shipping box and shipped regular priority for the same.

Overall though, I would order again though but just know what to expect in the future.

To see what I got, check out:

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