Stencil and Masks - What's The Difference?

To kick off the K.I.S.S.ing Class (that's Keep It Simple Sparkly) I thought we would take a quick look at Masks and Stencils and find out what's the difference between the two. For something that many of us use so often, it can be a little bit challenging to wrap our heads around what is a mask and what is a stencil. Masks and stencils are amazingly fabulous art tools that help you reproduce a particular pattern, image, design or... Read more →

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Testing 3 Minc Mediums (Ink, Spray & Paste) over 3 Popular Sprays!

Today I'm conducting a little experiment and testing 3 Minc mediums produced by Heidi Swapp - the Minc Reactive Screen Ink, Minc Reactive Mist & Metallic Texture Paste, over 3 popular brands of spray - both sparkly and not sparkly. For my test, I decided to use the extremely sparkly Time Travel Teal - Starburst from Lindy's Stamp Gang, Teal Color Shine from Heidi Swapp and the Cracked Pistachio Distress Spray Stain from Ranger and Tim Holtz. Between these 3... Read more →

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Which Electronic Cutter is Best for Me? A Comparison of 5 Popular Machines

So I'm looking for a personal electronic cutter and honestly finding the whole thing a bit confusing, so to help me (and hopefully some of you all as well) I've created a comparison table so it's easier to see what the differences are! First what am I looking for specifically, what do I want to do with it? I'm looking for one machine that can: Cut paper Cut fabric - to make flowers or t-shirt logos Cut Matt board or... Read more →

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Olloclip - Perfect for Artists and Crafters!

OK you may not have noticed, but for a while now I've been attempting to improve my photography of my projects so you all get a better view of what I'm doing. It's baby steps and a slow process as I figure out what works for my shaky hands and my not so fancy camera. A lot of what I do is detailed work - but you've all been missing out on that - so I've been looking at ways... Read more →

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Making Memories Precision Paper Trimmer: Fixing the squeak & removing rust!

Wow - it's amazing what you can achieve when you have no option. I recently noticed that my much loved Making Memories 12 x 12 Paper Trimmer was making a horrid squeaking noise. When I had a look, not only was it squeaking but the guide blade was totally RUSTY - yes you read that right rusty. I live in rather a hot and humid North Queensland (Australia), but it's not like I took my trimmer outside - this was... Read more →

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Basic Stamping Kit for Cardmaking Beginners

When you first start card making it can be a little overwhelming. There are just so many supplies, options and styles these days that knowing where to begin and what to buy can be a little daunting. So I've created a list of items any stamper should have in their basic stamping kit - these items allow you to have a go at most techniques and achieve a wide range of stamping 'looks'. As you try more things you will... Read more →

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