WOYWW & Gelatoes VS Gel Sticks

Howdy folks! I have no project to share with you today. BUT, since it is What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday here is a shot of my desk:

 

I have a lot of things started. I went to a crop Friday and scrapped 8 layouts! I might need an embellishment or two on some and I want to photograph them before I put them in my album so there they sit. I have some stamped backgrounds I have been making ready for future cards and I have my Gel Sticks AND Gelatos out. After the tutorial I did on Faber Castell Gel Sticks/Gelatos 2 weeks ago Faber Castell sent me some real Gelatos (look at me with “big girl” supplies) and I decided to try them out next to the less expensive Gel Sticks they also manufacture. They say they are formulated differently, well, they are both lovely products but YOU be the judge. Here in this video I will bust these Gelatos out of the package and try them out side by side with the Gel sticks:

Interesting…Please remember that I am not a chemist or scientist and I have no knowledge of the chemical make-up of either product (although they assure me that both the Gel Sticks and Gelatos are non-toxic) I am judging them on their feel, performance, look and working characteristics.

***Edited to add that I spoke with a lady from Faber Castell and she said that they worked with chemists to improve the gelatos (that were inspired by the kids Gel Sticks) so that they would not fade over time. Also they chose the colors in the gelato line to reflect current color trends. I will add lightfast info as it becomes available.***

Pros to the Gelatos are: More colors: 22 regular shades and 6 metallic. The 4 pack ($10) comes with a brush and clear stamp. (I have more brushes than Carter has pills so it is not a biggie for me-I’m even worse in the stamp department LOL!) I also like how they list the color name on the cap. They are sold in packs color families to coordinate with the other products in the Design Memory Craft line marketed to papercrafters to take the guesswork out of matching.

Cons to the Gelatos: Price. The 2 packs are $3.99, 4 packs (with brush and stamp)are $9.99 and the full 28 pack is $59.95

Pros to the Gel Sticks: They seem every bit as good as the Gelatos. The coverage is great, they are smooth and creamy and they blend well. You can’t beat the price at about $1 each! I bought the 12 pack of regular colors on Amazon for $11 and the 6 metallic for $7. You can get them for less if your local Joanns has them and you use a coupon too!

Cons to the Gel Sticks: Color range. There is only 18 colors and they are not labeled on the tube.

Thanks to Faber Castell for sending me the samples to review. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Love is in the Air {and freebies too!}

I hope you all had a lovely holiday! Today out Christmas decorations come down and I get geared up for Valentines day, I just love the red and pink pretties around this time of year!  Here are some Valentines made with my new Love Grows digital stamp set from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff:

Stamps: Love Grows Here set: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff

The stamps in this kit are so fun and easy to cut out too (I usually avoid fussy cutting but these were quick and easy to cut!

Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Die Cuts: Cricut (wild card cart)

Here is a look at the cards close up:

I used the Wild Card Cricut cart to make this fun card and envie:)

Tip: when coloring an image you plan to trim closely color outside of the lines, it's quicker and looks nicer!

I'll send this card to Mom to thank her for the wonderful Christmas goodies!

Now for the freebies! With all of the wonderful gifts I got for Christmas I need to send some Thank You cards so here is a thank you stamp to thank you for visiting mu blog, you can resize it to fit your circle punches so trimming is a breeze! I am also throwing in the little vintage labels I used on the bird card cuz I love a bit of vintage in my valentines! Click the picture to download!

Here is this weeks freebie, click to download, enjoy!

I have my Monday crew the day off so they could enjoy the holiday with their families, be sure to check back next monday as we are adding a new designer to the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff team! Until next time Happy Crafting!

Were off to see the wizard, and hop with Creative Cuts too!

Yahoo, it is time for another blog hop with Creative Cuts and More! If you just hopped over from Steph Zerbe (what an awesome project!) you are in the right place! If you are starting here make sure you hop over to the Die Cut Diva blog (where you can get a coupon for 15% off!) so you don’t miss any of the fabulous prizes! This month’s giveaway is a Halloween castle album kit, be sure to sign up at the Die Cut Diva blog for your chance to win! This month out theme is Halloween and I wanted to do something a bit out of the box with Creative Cuts and More’s Dress and Tux boxes, there not just for weddings anymore!

Die Cuts: Creative Cuts and more, Stamps: (dog) Pink Persimmion, (Title) Inkadinkado, All others: The Stamping Ground

Die Cuts: Creative Cuts and more, Stamps: (dog) Pink persimmon, (Title) Inkadinkado, All others: The Stamping Ground

That is a lot to get into one photo  so here are the favor boxes closer up:

For Dorothy I used the dress box in blue and hand-drew an apron, cut out and added it with stamped elements.

I'll get you my pretty, and your little dog too! For Dorothy I used the dress box in blue and hand-drew an apron, cut out and added it with stamped elements.

I used a rust colored tux box wrapped with fluffy yarn to make the cowardly loin.

I used a rust colored tux box wrapped with fluffy yarn to make the cowardly loin.

Are you a good witch, or a bad witch? Glenda is my favorite! I used the Angel diecut and trhe dress box cut from pearly pink cardstock to make her! Did you know the actress who playes Glenda was 51 when she played the part, I'll have whatever she's having!

Are you a good witch, or a bad witch? Glenda is my favorite! I used the Angel diecut and the dress box cut from pearly pink cardstock to make her! Did you know the actress who plays Glenda was 51 when she played the part, I'll have whatever she's having!

Oil Can! Here is the tux box again. Tip: when stamping on pearlessect cardstock besure to heat emboss it to prevent smearing!

Oil Can! Here is the tux box again. Tip: when stamping on pearlessent cardstock be sure to heat emboss it to prevent smearing!

If I only had a brain...Why does this sonk keep playing over and over again in my head?

If I only had a brain...Why does this song keep playing over and over again in my head?

Don't forget the ruby slippers! These were cut from Metallic red cardstock, I stickled the buckles and glued them on.

Don't forget the ruby slippers! These were cut from Metallic red cardstock, I stickled the buckles and glued them on.

Here are the Die Cuts I used:

Dress box

Tux Box

Witch

Buckle #01 set

Baby Shoe

Angel

Hot Air Balloon

I also used Stickles Glitter Glue on the shoes and Glenda boxes.

Now that you have seen my project check out Jen’s fabulous creations! Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy hopping and crafting too!

Patriotic Decor (and another hidden freebie)

Want a quick little something to spruce up your mantle before the 4th of July? Here is a set that is so quick to make using the Patriotic Card Kit and Patriotic Quilt Stamp from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff:

Stamps and papers: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Clipboard, box: AC Moore, Tin: Dollar Tree, Ribbbon: Target

Stamps and papers: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Clipboard, box: AC Moore, Tin: Dollar Tree, Ribbbon: Target, Markers: Bic Mark It

Here are some close up shots:

Here is a close up of the box, I painted it buttery yellow before embellishing

Here is a close up of the box, I painted it buttery yellow before embellishing

I die cut the flowers with my Ellison Daisy die from red, white and blue cardstock and curled the petals before adhereing with hot glue.

I die cut the flowers with my Ellison Daisy die from red, white and blue cardstock and curled the petals before adhering with hot glue.

The cool thing about the clipboard is that the papers and stamped element is just clipped, not glued on so you can redo it for each holiday!

The cool thing about the clipboard is that the papers and stamped element are just clipped, not glued on so you can redo it for each holiday!

This is quick and cheap to make, the stamp is $1 and the card kit is $2 but remember they are digital so you can print them as many times as you want! The clipboard and round box were from AC Moore for $1 each and the tin container with a candle was from the dollar tree. A decor piece for $6, not bad huh?

I used my Bic Mark-It markers to color the stamped image (Adobe Orange, Summer Melon, Rambunctious Red, Prairie Berry, Oceanview Blue, Misty Blue, Deep Sea Blue and Midnight Navy). I like to color a section with a lighter shade then outline it in a slightly darker shade so it will blend plus it is quick! I also used a Prismacolor marker {Brick White) for the white stripes and outlined it in Tiki Hut Tan. All the Bic Mark its can be found in the 36 pack, I get mine at Sam’s Club for $13 (yep, I’m a frugal crafter!) BTW I have no affiliation with the Bic company 😉

Before we check out the offerings of my fabulous designers I just wanted to tell you that I will be away from my computer from Sunday the 28th to Tuesday the 30th so if you need stamps ASAP please order them by Saturday. Orders places Sunday-Tuesday will be emailed on Wednesday the 1st.

Now on to the designers! Remember one of our “Rockin” DT members has a stamp to give away today, just check out these crafty blogs to find it:

Margie

Katt

Row

Melissa

Janet

Olena

Kim

Tracey

Tamara

Cindy (June Guest DT)

Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

Card Kit Freebie!

I am a hybrid crafting kinda girl. I love the flexibility of digital but I still love to get my hands dirty with traditional supplies. When I make cards I usually just use scraps leftover from other projects. I love digital paper but I wouldn’t want to print out a full sheet just for a card, ink is expensive you know. So I designed some printable card kits. each kit has enough paper and embellishments for 3 cards. Just print, trim and glue it to a pre-folded card, add a stamp and you’re done.  I made this kit in a school theme for my lovely blog readers just in time to make end-of-the-school-year teacher cards. All of the pattern paper and elements came from one printed sheet. Take a look:

these 3 cards were made with the freebie cardkit printed once, the middle card uses the freebie digital stamp (Lindsay's Stamp Stuff) other rubber stamps are by Inque Boutique.

these 3 cards were made with the freebie cardkit printed once, the middle card uses the freebie digital stamp (Lindsay's Stamp Stuff) other rubber stamps are by Inque Boutique.

Here is a closer look at the digital stamp. I colored it with colored pencils and blended it with a pointy Q-Tip and goo-gone:)

Here is a closer look at the digital stamp. I colored it with colored pencils and blended it with a pointy Q-Tip and goo-gone:)

Here is the card kit sheet:

Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Card Kit Freebie (download links below)

Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Card Kit Freebie (download links below)

Here is a digital stamp I made to coordinate with this kit but if digi-stamping isn’t your cup of tea you can use a stamp from your stash.

Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Digital Stamp Freebie (download link below)

Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Digital Stamp Freebie (download link below)

Download the printable card kit here

Download the digistamp here.

here is a preview of the other card kits available at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff:

Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Card Kit: Elegant Black and Cream

Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Card Kit: Elegant Black and Cream

Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Card Kit: Birthday

Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Card Kit: Birthday

Here is the same Elegant kit but without the color. You can print this on white or whatever color of cardstock you like and save on ink!

Here is the same Elegant kit but without the color. You can print this on white or whatever color of cardstock you like and save on ink!

Since this id the first time I am offering the kits I’d love your feedback, let me know what you think 😉 The kits will be $2 each and you can print them as many times as you like!

Have a great Memporail Day, thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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