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A day late and a BIG Winner!!

So sorry for the delay but we are now announcing the winner of the fabulous Gina K Designs Foil Mates prize pack!!!  WOOO HOOO!!!

Thank you all for your support and comments.  It is so nice to hear from our readers and get them involved.  Without further ado, here is the winner:

~amy~ said...
How fun, love your projects!
I'd whip up a bunch of cards! Really intrigued by the backgrounds!
Congratulations Amy!!!  Be sure to check your email for happy mail!  

Stay tuned for the next review on the Stamp n Foil.    Spoiler alert:   SOOOOOOO cool and addicting!


Gina K Designs Foil-Mates by Therm O Web and a HUGE giveaway!!

{By Ashley Harris}

Hey there!  Welcome back from your weekend! If you are in the US I hope you had a fun and safe Labor Day.

Today I get the the pleasure of reviewing the Gina K Designs FoilMates by ThermoWeb.  I had so much fun playing with this.  I have to tell you that it can be quite addicting!

Here is a super quick video showing you how it is done:

Here is the final card that I made with the sentiment and the background:

This card seriously took me less than 15 minutes to put together including all of the foiling done.  

Here is a tag I created with the dies that are in the collection:

*Get your parchment paper at the dollar store.  You will save a ton!

*If you don't have a laminator or if it breaks (which mine did during the review) your flat iron will work in a pinch!  

What I liked:
* I loved the ease of use.  Takes no time at all.
* I loved that I could use inexpensive tools and products (parchment paper) and still get amazing results!
* I loved the variety of products available to use!

What I did not like:
*Sometimes the foil doesn't cover the entire image.  You will see black outlines.

Where and How Much:

MSRP:  $6.99 - $23.99

Now for the GIVEAWAY!!  So Therm O Web so generously donated this giveaway.  It is HUGE!!!
It retails for over $180!!

To enter leave a comment telling us what you would foil.  Winner will be announced next Wednesday.  Good luck!  


Hexi Patterns Background Stencils from Honey Bee Stamps

Teri Anderson |

Hi, everyone!
I'm here to talk to you today about the Hexi Patterns Background Stencils from Honey Bee Stamps
These stencils come as a set of four. You get four 6"x 6" plastic stencils with hexagon designs. These stencils are each unique, offering a different design of hexagons. You can use these stencils to make all kinds of backgrounds with inks, spray mists, stencil pastes and more!

What I liked:

*  The size. Each stencil is 6" x 6".  It's a good size. Plus you get four of them. You can use them to cover a card or piece the designs together to easily cover a scrapbook page. 
* They are made of a sturdy plastic and are not flimsy. They hold up to repeated applications of ink over them and are reusable (and clean-able). 
*  They are easy to store! The small size makes them perfect for being stored in a 6" x 6" album or in a file folder box. 
* The creativity. These stencils each have a honeycomb pattern. While it sounds repetitive, these stencils are not! What's cool is each one is vastly different in design. Plus you can use them on their own or you can use them together to make a project. 
* Stencils are  a great tool for those wanting to try mixed media. Take a stencil. Set it on paper. Sponge a little ink on top. Remove the stencil. You've done mixed media! It really is that easy. 

What I disliked:
* I wish I had more time to play with them. I love all the creative possibilities for these stencils and I would love to have more time to use them with a lot different materials (ie: stencil paste, glitter paste, etc.).  They are just so fun.

What I made:
Here I used just one stencil. I applied ink through it and then moved it over to the left, using the ink on my sponge to apply some more color. It's subtle but cool! 

Here I layered two stencils together. I applied a layer of ink with one stencil. Then I sat another on top, slightly off-setting it from the first design, and added another layer of yellow ink. 

Here I used one of the stencils in the most basic way: I set it on my card and applied ink through it. Easy peasy! 

And here's how all three of my projects look together. They are same and yet different. 

MRSP: $15.95

Honey Bee Stamps
Simon Says Stamp!
** Butterfly Reflections Ink

** indicates the best price of the above stores.

What do you think?
Are you a fan of stencils? When is the last time you've used one to make a card, scrapbook page or some other project?


Vicki Boutin Art Crayons from American Crafts

Teri Anderson |


By Teri Anderson

Vicki Boutin Art Crayons from American Crafts

Hi, everyone!
I'm here to talk to you today about the Vicki Boutin Art Crayons from American Crafts.
These crayons come in packs of eight, and there are three collections available: Warm; Cool; and Neutral.
They are essentially crayons for adults. You can use them on cards and scrapbook pages (and art journals too)!
They are oil pastel art crayons, which means they are super creamy.
And here's something cool about them: They can be used wet or dry. You can use them on their own or you can pair them with stencils and stamps!

What I liked:

* The size of these crayons. They aren't too big and they aren't too small. 
* A little bit of coverage goes along way. They are going to last awhile.
* The packaging! They come in a box, which has a plastic holder that holds the crayons safely. Love this because none were open broken when I opened the boxes. Plus the plastic is great for long term storage for one who doesn't like their crayons rolling around in a box.
* Great assortment of colors. 
* Good tool for those wanting to get their hands wet in mixed media. Affordable and easy to use! 

What I disliked:
* I wish I had even more crayons to work with. I loved the these ones and hope there will be more colors in the future! (Are you listening, American Crafts?)

What I made:

Here I scribbled the crayons onto watercolor paper and then spread the colors with water. Once the paper was dry, I die-cut the leaves from it. 

For this card, I cut a thank you word from some of the Vicki Boutin Mixed Media Foundations Paper and applied color to it with the crayons and water. The paper is 140lb and super study. The crayons took wonderfully to it. 

For this card, I drew lines with the crayons onto it to create the rainbow. I used my finger to spread the colors completely across the card. 

MRSP: $14.99


Simon Says Stamp!

American Crafts

** indicates the best price of the above stores.

What do you think?
Have you tried of the Vicki Boutin Mixed Media products? Have you done any Mixed Media before?