Hi Friends! I have a fun post for you today! Last week I was contacted by Polaroid and they asked me if I would like to review their new portable mini printer that prints 2″x3″ photos from your smartphone or tablet. I was a bit worried that I would not be able to figure out how to use it but it was actually very easy. I borrowed my hubby’s smartphone, downloaded the app and was printing in minutes! I had such a ball with this so I asked Polaroid if I could give a printer away on my blog and they said “sure!” You can read more about this printer here, I’d like to know what you like most about this printer and why you would like to win it, leave your answer in the comments and I will pick one lucky reader to win a printer next Friday. This is one of those products that I didn’t know I wanted until I used it. I think this would be such a fun graduation gift for a kid to take off to college since it is small and works with any smartphone. Also, it does not take ink, you just replace the paper like the Polaroid cameras from the “olden” days. See how much fun I am having with and learn how to use it in today’s video!
Video! (PS, I apologies for my giddiness, I was having too much fun with this!)
My Review/Things to consider before buying/Pros & cons:
The printer costs about $130 and each print will run you about 50 cents. A 50 pack of paper is $25 (30 pack is $15 and so on) but there is no ink to by because it is in the paper, or the printer is magic, who knows…
I think this is a great way to break the disconnect between taking photos with your phone and getting physical print because people seem to have a hard time getting photos off their phones. I also think this would be fun to take to parties because you can share an actual photo with someone and it’s a sticker! Very cool!
Cost: It is a $130 investment and you can only print 2″x3″ photos which will cost 50 cents a piece. The quality is better than a photo booth or my old instant Polaroid camera but not as good as a photo lab photo (then again, that could be the fault of my phone) It looks better than the Instax prints I have seen though but again, that is only MY opinion.
This won’t replace the need of a large home printer (it is not designed to) but it is a great on the go device. It was not something I thought I wanted but after having it a few days I am in love with it!
I am looking forward to bringing this with me to the stamp show in a couple of weeks, I think it will be fun to scrapbook those memories because we always have such a fun time:) Good luck to everyone who enters the giveaway, be sure to check out the Poloroid ZIP Printer product page on Amazon and then come back and let me know what you like best about it and how you would use it. Oh and if you have any trouble using it just hand it to one of your kids or grandchildren and they will have it printing pics in 30 seconds flat, heck if I can figure it out anyone can LOL! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Hi Friends! I just looked at my blog stats and I hit 4 million views today! Wow, thanks so much guys for helping me reach this milestone. In a time where people are saying that blogs are not relevant you have proved the nay-sayers wrong in fact my blog has never been busier, the last million views were gained in 11 months. I am so thankful for that:) Let’s go for another 4 million! Today I have a fast and frugal gift your kids can make for their classmates and teachers (or a gift teachers can make for their students) for the last day of school.
I used 1″x7″ clear cello bags from Papermart. These are the same kind of bags I use to package my earrings, greeting cards and watercolor paintings. They are FDA food safe and crystal clear. Other than that you need cardstock, adhesive (double-sided tape woks great and is easy for kids), stamps & ink, and a brad if you are making a pin wheel favor like mine. Watch the video to see how it is done.
Since I get asked this everyday by someone I will let you know what sizes of clear bags I keep in my studio for various packaging needs. You can package most things with just a few sizes.
1″x7″ – (used in today’s project) also good for chocolate pretzels or test tube looking favors.
16″x20″ – Large Matted watercolors (Actual size is 16 1/4″ x 20 1/16)
You may find other sizes more useful for your particular needs but I love that I can use these for both packaging food and crafts. If you end up ordering a lot of bags (over $200) you will get a 15% discount so it pays to stock up, maybe go in on packaging supplies with friends. I used to do that when I started out.
Thanks to Papermart for sponsoring this post and thanks to you for stopping by and helping me hit my 4 million views milestone! Happy crafting!
Howdy friends! I just got back from my kids elementary school band concert, it really means the school year is almost done when that rolls around! Last week when Kathy and Lorraine came over I talked them into filming a second AAC episode for you! I am not sure when the next one will be because I am “right out straight” until the Heirloom Stamp show. Speaking of that, I have winners to announce!!! The following people will get a free admission ticket to the Heirloom Production Show in West Springfield MA, don’t fret if you did not win you can still get discounted pre-sale tickets online for $6 each ($8 at the door) and while you are there you might want to sign up for one of my watercolor for stampers classes. I am so excited about meeting many of you at the show! If I had fewer than 12 people enter to win I was going to give some winners extra tickets but since we had many more than that each winner will get one weekend pass to the show. The winners are:
Winners, I have sent your email addresses (the one you used when leaving a comment here) to Heirloom and you will receive a custom printable ticket via email. I can’t wait for the stamp show!
And now, here is the latest Ask a Crafter, we got off to a rough start, well, what’s new right LOL!
I’d love to chat more by it is getting late and I need to chillax…OK it’s late, I normally don’t talk like the cool kids, well, like they did 5 years ago LOL! Have a great night and til next time happy crafting.
Hi friends! Let’s make a quick one layer card. I am using new Painted Butterflies and Halftone Hello stamps from Altenew and Lawn Fawn ink pads. You can use any type of dye ink and solid image stamp you like for this technique though. You will also need a pattern stencil of your choice, I used a quatrefoil design.
I made homemade sponge daubers I used in the video with bottle-caps and cosmetic sponges, you can find that tutorial here. The Rock ‘n Roll technique I showed you in the video is a great one for giving new life to a solid image stamp. Just make sure you ink the stamp up with the lightest shade of ink first so you don’t contaminate your ink pads. I hope you give this idea a try, and til next time happy crafting!
Hi friends! I have another marker review for you tonight. I was requested to try out the highly popular Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens by a viewer. As luck would have it Hallmark Scrapbook just got them in stock and asked if I wanted a set to play with, I love it when the crafty stars align! I am a bit of marker junkie so I always jump at the chance to try something new and with so many options available there is truly something for everyone. I am going to compare these markers to many of the popular brands. I forgot to try a tombow (one of my favorites) but I did after the fact and it blended about the same as a Whispers or LePlume marker. I left out Stampin Up! markers because I only own one and I bought it 10 years ago and while it still works it was pretty ragged…oh and it was red so it would not be a fair comparison as red is hard color to lift. SU! makes a fine marker though. Curious about these markers? Watch the video review!
As you can see I really liked these markers, but I think if you want to do any journaling or using the marker to ink up a stamp you will be better off with Spectrum Aquas because you get more for your money with them. I think the tips on the Kuretake pens will be longer lasting because they have real bristles instead of a felt tip brush end. I think they must have a marker pad on the inside because they do not leak, nor do you hear swishing of ink if you shake them. You can get a smoother blend by using a watercolor blending marker but I like the painterly look of the water-brush, to each her own. What do you think? Are you going to give these a try or stick with the watercolor markers you have. Let me know in the comments! Happy crafting!
PS I shipped all of my jewelry grab bags (sold out sorry) today and all USA orders should be received by Thursday! Thanks so much for your orders! Now I have room to make more jewelry, woohoo!
Hi friends! Just a quick post tonight because it is super late and I am running out of steam (yes, it happens LOL!) I wanted to share my vintage paint boxes with you, I have used my watercolor one consistently over the last 15 years and it is awesome, I have no idea how old it is (my mom found it at an antique shop long ago) but it is wonderful. My oil box is newer and not as good but still pretty awesome. I hope this gives you some ideas!
Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!
Hi friends! I don’t think I mentioned it here yet but I am now a contributor to Home and Garden for Mere Mortals! This is the sister channel to the uber popular Woodworking for Mere Mortals YouTube channel. I have been asked to create quick, fun DIY tutorials for them. My first project was a garden bench makeover that you can check out on the HGMM channel, feel free to subscribe, their is lots of useful info there. That is where I need your help. I am having a hard time coming up with home decor and Home DIY ideas. I need to come up with projects that appeal to a broader audience for that channel. My audience is 90% female and I think the audience on that channel is mostly male. I want to make projects that they will care about creating too. Any ideas? This is the project video I just made for HGMM, it is a super fun one to make with kids and cheap enough to make with an entire classroom or scout troop plus it can brighten up your lawn and garden.
Feel free to substitute cement for plaster of Paris for a more durable stepping stone.
You can find written instructions and step by step photos of the project at Home & Garden for Mere Mortals. Please leave a comment if you think of any home decor projects that might appeal to men and women, I have a few ideas but YOUR ideas always spark my creativity. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Hi friends! As promised I am sharing how I did at the higher end craft fair I exhibited at 2 weeks ago.
I had revamped my packaging and edited my booth so it did not look like too much of a hodge-podge. I stuck to my best sellers and left the rest behind. Since I changed my packaging on new products I took all my jewelry in my old packaging and put them in grab bags because in the past grab bags have always sold out.
I made some mistakes (one that const me money and sales!) and learned a few things from other vendors at the show including one question you need to ask before you agree to rent a table.
EEEK! The Large grab bags are sold out! I still have a few small $5 bags and a few Bow MAking jigs though. Thanks so much for making my day! What a happy email inbox I had today. It you have already ordered you are all set and will receive an invoice for the grab bags you wanted.
So, I have a lot of grab bags left and I really do not want them taking up real estate in my rented booth at The Schoolhouse Antiques Mall since my booth is only 6’x9′ so if anyone want to order them I will give you show pricing: $5 small ($10 value) or $10 large ($20-$50 value.) (Large is sold out, sorry:( )The grab bags have great stuff in them, they are ideal to separate up and give the items inside as gifts, they contain earrings, pendants, bracelets, necklaces, amulets, beaded bookmarks and rings. I grab-bagged them so I would not have to re package them with my new labels and honestly, I get more motivated to create when I have space in my booth! I will even give you free shipping if you are ordering in the United States. If you want to order one or a few of these email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and put “grab bag order” in the subject line. Just let me know how many of what size you want and I will send you a PayPal invoice. Also we just made a new batch of Bow Making Jigs and I will throw in a small grab bag with every domestic (USA) order. The bow jigs are $20 plus $6 US shipping via priority mail. *International order are also welcome but I will have to figure postage by weight and location.
I want to thank Volusion for sponsoring this video, thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Hi friends! I don’t know how it happens but sometimes I walk into my craft room and I swear that someone has ransacked it…then I remember that it was me not putting stuff away. So, today I went downstairs to work and I needed to clean the place up because I couldn’t think straight with all of the clutter. I did not really have the time to organize but I needed to and then I was very productive the rest of the day. I owe it to these inexpensive bin boxes that I found at Papermart:
They are meant to hold “parts” like wing-nuts, bolts and screws (hey, if they are meant for wing-nuts they are perfect for me!) so they were plenty sturdy for the craft supplies I needed to corral and because they are rectangle I can put a bunch on a shelf. I was having some issues with the “jewelry department” and whenever I pulled out satin cord or my box of findings I had to use my elbow to keep other stuff from being pulled off the shelf too. I love that I can grab a flat box off the stack and fold it up into a divided bin and I only have to make them as needed. Watch the video to see what I mean.
You will have to keep your eyes peeled for the new boxes I added to my shelf today (I filmed this video yesterday) they look pretty darn good for cardboard I must say! I actually ordered the boxes to make some decorated storage gift boxes for father’s day and I still intend too (fancier than my washi tape decorating LOL!) but for now they are making short work of my random bits and bobs that do not have a home in other containers I own. These containers work out to be about $1.21 a piece but they come 50 to a pack so if you do not need that many or you don’t have a friend to split an order with you could save boxes and make something similar. I used to save the boxes that 3 half gallons of soymilk came in from Sam’s Club to use as 12″x12″ paper storage until I could afford a better solution. Take the idea and run with it! I hope you found this useful and til next time happy crafting!