Ken Oliver’s The Best Craft Mat Ever Product Review Video

So you may have heard about this craft mat. I have so excited ever since I saw Ken sneak this at CHA and its finally available for purchase! Mine arrived today and I immediately tested it out…. My verdict is: Awesome!!! Here are few things to make note of:

  • It’s light grey. So it makes for a pretty background for filming and also for mixing colors on that mat itself. Since it is light, you can see the real colors…
  • It is non skid, non porous and non stick! The three nons! Fantastic.
  • Heat resistant up to 480 degrees. So grab those heat tools or even better, pop it in the oven and make me some cookies!

I also have the Ranger Craft Mat! That is a a great mat! I have both and will keep both! They both have very similar qualities (non stick, heat resistant, multi purpose, etc).  Here are the main differences I have found:

  • The size.  The Ranger mat is a tad bigger. The Best Craft Mat Ever measures at 16.5×15. The Ranger Mat is 15×18.
  • The color. The Best Craft Mat Ever is light grey. The Ranger mat is brown.
  • The surface.  The Best Craft Mat Ever is non skid. The Ranger mat is slick.
  • BOTH mats allow for ink blending (distress inks, dye/pigment inks, etc)

Here is a quick product review video I made so you can see it up close and personal. As I said in the video, I don’t think one is better than the other. I think they are both great and both have some differences that may appeal towards what you are looking for. So I have both and will keep both and I know that doesn’t help some of you wanting to decide between the two. LOL!

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If you are interested in purchasing either mat, I recommend the following stores:

 

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Video: Copic Coloring on Vellum

Hi there! Today I am here to share with you another card and video using one of my favorite stamps of all time. The Peony Cling Background stamp by The Ton. The Ton launched earlier this year and I instantly fell in love…. Their couture line of stamps are just gorgeous!  And they have evolved and released coordinating dies and super cool guilding (sequins, beads, confetti, etc)! HELLO! I’ve got two cards to share today. One took literally under 60 seconds to make (think mass production or oops, I forgot to make a card for this event I’m 30 minutes late for already)….

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Let’s start with the sparkly one…….  As I mentioned in the video, when I first saw this stamp, I thought it would a perfect stamp to stamp on Vellum, heat emboss with some glitter embossing powder and color with Copics! And a few weeks ago, Effie (owner/designer of The Ton and proud to call friend) sent me a card and it was…. Yup! Vellum, Copic and Embossing…. So this card is a spin on what she sent me and what I had envisioned in my mind… Her card is hanging up in my craft room. LOVE IT! Kept mine sentiment free so I can use this for any occasion. (TIP: When I adhered the vellum down with the multi matte medium, some of the vellum did crinkle a tiny bit. Next time, I will immediately put something heavy on it to keep that from happening)

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For the second card, I wanted to show you that Versamark doesn’t always have to be about heat embossing! It is a great ink pad to create a watermark or tone on tone image! Simply ink up your stamp with the Versamark, stamp and walk away! It’s that simple! All I did was stamp a sentiment (from the It’s Cray Cray stamp set) and round the corners…

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You can watch the video that showcases both cards by clicking HERE!

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Thank you SOO much for stopping by today! I hope you are having a great week! It’s hump day!!!!

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Stamp Nation Mystery Box: REVEALED – EXCLUSIVE COLLECTION

Stamp of Approval coming soon

All week long, Stamp Nation members have been receiving clues to a certain mystery sponsor! And today, the mystery was solved!The Mystery Sponsor is Catherine Pooler herself.

Allow me to  introduce to you this hand picked, exclusive collection called:

Stamp of Approval

There are very limited supplies of this first box, so be sure to get on the wait list.  Based on the response we’ve had so far, I’m afraid this is going to sell out fast. Stamp Nation members received the sign up first and now we are opening it up to you all. This is NOT a kit! This is an exclusive collection that was designed for this specifically and  will not be available in stores until 2016….

Click here to get on the wait list and learn more about this exclusive collection!

 

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StampNation Virtual Vaca Day 6

WOO HOO!!   StampNation California virtual vacation is well underway!!!   From the gold rush of the 1800’s, to the sunny summer skies that seem to last all year long, to the glitz & glam of Hollywood, this state is truly is golden. We could spend a month here and still not see it all. Let’s see what we can pack into a week visiting California.

Day 6:  In the heart of San Francisco is Postcard Row, across from Alamo Square comprising of 7 houses called, The Painted Ladies.They are known for their Victorian and Edwardian architecture as well as the use of 3 or more colors of paint to enhance their design features.  Our challenge is to use 3 or more colors on a project!

Here is a peek at the DT’s cards.

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We are highlighting the amazing Essentials by Ellen line from Ellen Hutson, so I am sure you will find some fun and creative ways  to put these products to use if you have them in your stash!  Thank you Ellen for sponsoring!!!

And what’s a vacation without a shopping spree???? There is also a discount to the Ellen Hutson store, for StampNation members only.

Speaking of sponsors, We also have a SURPRISE SPONSOR!!!!  Catherine will be dropping hints and clues all week long.  Watch for them on StampNation. It’s been fun seeing all the guesses….  

We would love to have you join us on our virtual vacation!  How?  Click here to learn more & join StampNation now! It’s only $9 a month, no strings.. You can cancel at any time… You will gain access to forums, challenges, videos, galleries, chats, and a ton of interaction with the lovely Sistahs! It’s a great place to be….

I hope you have enjoyed the sneaks into the virtual vaca! Today is my last day with a project for the vaca, but there is still one more day left of the vaca!!!!

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Video: Color Burst technique and GIVEAWAY

Hi there everyone! If you follow me, you know I love the Ken Oliver Color Bursts! I think they are fantastic! I have dubbed them the powder with power! Even Ken has started referring to them as that at times! Why? Because they are so darn powerful. A tiny little itty bitty drop of powder and bam……. :) I’ve been researching other ways to use the bursts and today I’ve got another video to share with you today along with a giveaway!!!! YUP! I’ve got the two colors I am using in today’s video to give away to one of you! Just leave me a comment on my youtube video, let Rafflecopter know you did (located at the end of this post) and you will be entered to win! Bonus entry if you leave me a comment here on my blog letting me know what you want to see from me in future posts/videos! EASY PEASY!

Alright! Today’s card!!!! You ready???? It may look pretty simple and ordinary at first glance:

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But the kicker of this card is the texture achieved by combing the Color Burst with… wait for it…. SALT!!!!

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See? A little bit cooler now isn’t it? SALT! We all have it in our kitchen! I just added some on and let it do its thing and I was amazed at the texture it left behind! I’ve got a video for you that shows you the entire process! Now, in complete honesty, I almost ditched this card (which you will see in the video)! The purple is very intense so I tried to use as little purple as possible, but that didn’t work out so well. It looked muddy and overpowering.. So I thought I ruined it but I kept working with it, adding water, moving the paper around to move the water, added more water, and so forth untiled I said to myself, WALK AWAY! And when I came back, and removed the salt from the cardstock. WOAH! It was so neat! And the little bit of yellow that remained? Gorgeous. It was like a glow of yellow. Just pretty!

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I wanted most of the background to show so  I chose this outline stamped image and heat set it with some white embossing powder and then left this card sentiment free! I can stamp a message on the inside later when I’m ready to send it out.

ONTO THE VIDEO! You can watch the video by clicking HERE…..

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Another video I recommend is one that my dear friend Julie Ebersole filmed for Hello Monday where she used salt with the Gansai Watercolors! You can see that post/video by clicking HERE! I loved that card so much, I commented that I wanted it and she is so stinkin’ sweet because guess what arrived in the mail yesterday! UH HUH! That card! Swoon… Here it is… I know!

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And remember… THE GIVEAWAY! Simply leave a comment over over in the video comments and come back here and let Rafflecopter know (at the end of the post) and you will automatically be entered to win. Bonus entry for leaving a comment here on my blog letting me know what you would like to see from me in the future (video ideas, techniques, etc). Winner will be announced in one week.

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To purchase the Ken Oliver Color Bursts, click on any of these recommended store links: Blitsy, Ellen Hutson or Amazon.

Goodies used in today’s card:

Remember, after you comment, be sure to let Rafflecopter know:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Video Hop: Masking and Distress inks with COUPON CODE to Ellen Hutson

Hi there! Today is a special day because I am celebrating a milestone for my dear friend, Laura Sterckx. She has reached 7,000 youtube subscribers over on her youtube channel so she has put together a celebratory hop and I am honored to be a part of it!!!! Congratulations Laura!  There are tons of sponsors and prizes so be sure to leave a comment on all of the VIDEOS to be entered…. Here is a look at the card I created in the video:

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To watch the video and leave a comment to be eligible for a prize, click HERE!

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Here is the list of all the hoppers:

The wonderful folks at Ellen Hutson have generously offered up a 10% discount on all storewide orders made between now and the end of the day June 26th! Just click HERE and enter coupon code VIDEOMANIA at checkout!

Here is a list of all the sponsors for the hop! Tons of prizes up for grabs. Remember, leave comments on the videos to be eligible!

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StampNation Virtual Vacation Day 4

WOO HOO!!   StampNation California virtual vacation is well underway!!!   From the gold rush of the 1800’s, to the sunny summer skies that seem to last all year long, to the glitz & glam of Hollywood, this state is truly is golden. We could spend a month here and still not see it all. Let’s see what we can pack into a week visiting California.

Day 4:  OOOHH! We are headed to Alcatraz, also known as “The Rock”. Remember the movie, The Rock with Sean Connery and Nicholas Cage??? I liked that movie!   Alcatraz Prison is located on a small island in the San Francisco Bay.  Put on your prison stripes and hop on the ferry with us to Alcatraz.

Here is a peek at the DT’s cards.

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We are highlighting the amazing Essentials by Ellen line from Ellen Hutson, so I am sure you will find some fun and creative ways  to put these products to use if you have them in your stash!  Thank you Ellen for sponsoring!!!

And what’s a vacation without a shopping spree???? There is also a discount to the Ellen Hutson store, for StampNation members only.

Speaking of sponsors, We also have a SURPRISE SPONSOR!!!!  Catherine will be dropping hints and clues all week long.  Watch for them on StampNation. It’s been fun seeing all the guesses….  

We would love to have you join us on our virtual vacation!  How?  Click here to learn more & join StampNation now! It’s only $9 a month, no strings.. You can cancel at any time… You will gain access to forums, challenges, videos, galleries, chats, and a ton of interaction with the lovely Sistahs! It’s a great place to be….

I’ll be back for Day 6 in a few days!

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StampNation California Vacation Day 3

WOO HOO!!  Tuesday was day ONE of the StampNation virtual vacation!!!  Where are we going all week? Well to California of course!   From the gold rush of the 1800’s, to the sunny summer skies that seem to last all year long, to the glitz & glam of Hollywood, this state is truly is golden. We could spend a month here and still not see it all. Let’s see what we can pack into a week visiting California.

Day 3:  We want you to be inspired by the Glitz & Glam of Hollywood. We want your card to sparkle and shine with this challenge.

Here is a peek at the DT’s cards.

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We will be highlighting the amazing Essentials by Ellen line from Ellen Hutson, so I am sure you will find some fun and creative ways  to put these products to use if you have them in your stash!  Thank you Ellen for sponsoring!!!

And what’s a vacation without a shopping spree???? There is also a discount to the Ellen Hutson store, for StampNation members only.

Speaking of sponsors, We also have a SURPRISE SPONSOR!!!!  Catherine will be dropping hints and clues all week long.  Watch for them on StampNation. It’s been fun seeing all the guesses….  

We would love to have you join us on our virtual vacation!  How?  Click here to learn more & join StampNation now! It’s only $9 a month, no strings.. You can cancel at any time… You will gain access to forums, challenges, videos, galleries, chats, and a ton of interaction with the lovely Sistahs! It’s a great place to be….

I’ll be back tomorrow for a sneak of Day 4. Wonder where we will be going….

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