Copic Christmas Contest! Win Set of Copic Markers for Christmas

And the Winner IS…..
Kathy M. who wrote:

The basic set. I haven’t been able to start collecting Copics yet and that would be a great starting point. Thanks for the chance to win.

Sending Kathy out her Copic Markers Now!

Hi all- hope all my Ameri-friends had a GREAT Thanksgiving!
I think can safely say the Christmas Craft season has started! have been experimenting and playing with Copic Markers the last couple of weeks and really enjoying them :-)
I will be running weekly contest uuntil Christmas and this week you ave a chance to win a set of Copic Markers.

Pick a favorite and you have a chance to win !
How do you win one of the Copic Markers sets below? You can enter 2 ways.
1) Comment on your Blog and link to this page – pick a favorite set of Copic Markers from the list below and then tell me why you love it and what you might do with it.
2) Pick a Copic marker set of from list below and make a comment on this post.
Simply tell me which set from the choices below you would like to win, what you might do with it and why. ( you need to include an email address so I can contact you )

A few conditions. Contest is open to anyone in United States and Canada.
Contest is over Monday Dec.3 at Midnight.
In the event your prize is not available for shipping or out of stock I may ask you for a second choice or offer similar prize i.e gift certificate.
Winner will be announced and contacted for shipping details. If after 7 days I don’t hear back from you a second winner will be chosen and first place prize is forfeited.
How many times can you enter? You can enter once a day til contest closes. If you enter more than twice in a day your second comment will be deleted and excluded from contest.
I THINK I have covered everything. Good Luck every one.

Here are the Copic Markers and Supplies you can win- Just pick a favorite and tell me why you want it!

1. Copic Markers Ciao Craft Kit, Baby

2. Copic Markers Ciao Craft Kit, Natural

3. Copic Markers 9-Piece Ciao Manga Set, Primary

4. Copic Markers 9-Piece Ciao Manga Set, Muted

5. Copic Ciao Markers Basic Set, 12-Piece

6. Copic Markers 9-Piece Ciao Manga Set, Pastel

7. Copic Markers 6-Piece Sketch Set, Floral Favorites I

8. Copic Markers 6-Piece Sketch Set, Sea and Sky

9. Copic Markers Sketch Marker 6/Pkg Perfect Primaries

10. Copic Markers 6-Piece Sketch Set, Bold Primaries

11. And just for fun and to make it more complicated…pick any THREE of the following Copic Coloring Guide books to win as one of your choices. ie. Choose EITHER marker set OR set of books :-)
Pick any 3 from the following 5 Books to win :
Copic Coloring Guide
Copic Coloring Guide Level 2: Nature
Copic Coloring Guide Level 3: People
Coloring Techniques for Card Making (Annie’s Attic: Paper Crafts)
Copic Markers Shadows and Shading

Contest is over Monday Dec.3 at Midnight. Winner will be chosen with “And the Winner is.. ” WordPress plugin which randomly picks from all comments. Enter everyday to increase your chances of winning!

New Machine from Lifestyle Crafts ( Quickutz): Evolution Die cutting, Embossing and Letterpress

Well… have very mixed and RESERVED feelings on this one. I got sucked into coveting Quickutz “Love” electronic die cutting machine– a “manual” die cut machine with a motor- and that was a DISASTER. Next came the long anticipated QuicKutz Epic 6 . another BOMB . Mine lasted 2 weeks before handle fell off and my LSS looked at me with two heads when i tried to return. Still waiting for the 12 inch version of the Epic we were promised.

I loathe the Epic 6. The ONLY redeeming factor about it – the 2 plates to use for embossing and die cuts. There were only 2 of them.. as opposed to Cuttlebug and the 3 plate system that I could never follow.

I pretty much never use my Epic for die cuts- I use them for kids classes.. however I use often for embossing. The broken handle drives me crazy but not enough to go buy another machine. Looking at the new Lifestyle Crafts Evolution I can’t see a compelling reason to buy- especially at the 119.00 mark. OUCH.

A Cuttlebugwhich is a little workhorse once you figure out the different plates works great and right now at Amazon is 49.00 AND free shipping.
Sizzix’s Sizzix Big Shot is about 59.00. Still used 3 plates but a very solid build.

The new Lifestyle Crafts Evolution is priced at 119.00. Not sure what it does differently- I don’t see people clamouring to do their own letterpressing.
I am totally perplexed as to why Quickutz ( Lifestyle Crafts) keeps changing their branding and coming out with machines that don’t work or are too little too late.
The Silhouette was a great machine 6 years a go- cutting edge ( pun intended!). They just keep re-working the same machine over and over again. Oh- I know lets add an SD slot ( useless) lets make it wider ( The Cameo) 6 years later the Cameo is STILL the same machine as the Silhouette- same cutting force, same blade, same insides- just larger cutting area.
I don’t mean to trash Quickutz- I have been a fan of MOST of their products for along time- they just seem to be WAY off on what their customer base is looking for in cutting machines and seem to have lost direction.

How likely are you to buy the new Lifestyle Crafts Evolution?

Think I Might Hate my ATG Gun….

Yay or Nay?
Scotch ATG 752 Adhesive Applicator

Think I MIGHT actually hate my ATG gun- the one that every RAVES about. I wanted to love and i have TRIED to love it. The roll of adhesive gets stuck—- constantly. I find it heavy and bulky and the glue kind of rolls up and gets all over the place.
I bought it when everyone else bought it about a year ago and thought I could get used to it. I feel guilty for not using it- I really wanted to join the ATG gun bandwagon and I spent a ridiculous amount of money on it. It sits on my craft table unused and making me feel bad. FLY Lady would tell ne to give it away- it is neither useful OR makes me smile :-)

To be honest I started out scrabooking in 2001 and was a Creative memories consultant and loved their tape runner- the original one. I always liked tape runner style of adhesive for my card making and scrap booking. The only one I ahve found that comes close to the CM tape runner is Tombow Mono and E-Z Runner which might be my favourite of the two however you can’t refill them- so I pretty much stick to the Tombow….

Am I the only one???? Do you LOVE or hate your ATG gun????

Do you have any cutting file suggestions? I would love to hear your ideas for cutting file designs- please either post in comments section or email me.

Useful Links:
Create-A-Face software

buy make the cut

Printing Your Own Scrapbook Paper- Use Make the Cut to Print your Own Scrapbooking Paper!

Yudu CardShop from Provocraft from Makers of Cricut

This is basically a mini letter press. Just out this week I have still not seen in stores- apparently you will be able to buy on HSN.
You can buy on HSN HERE for 59.95 this week.
Personally I much prefer Lifestyle ( formerly Quickutz) Letterpress Starter Kit
which looks sturdier and more professional than the Yudu Cardshop.

The kits comes with VERY basic stuff- ink, squeegee, screen design, black ink and 3 colour ink pad- this looks VERY basic to me. Big complaint seems to be that you can’t make your own screens (Tho I think you could make with vinyl cut out maybe? )

Yudu card shop letter press cricut provocraft

Best Scrapbook Supplies and Reviews of Scrapbooking Tools – Favorite Scrapbook Tools- Best Card Making Scrap Book Tools and Supplies

I have been scrapbooking and card making since 2003. There have been some activity gaps over the years but I love paper crafting and it will always be a passion for me.
I am compiling a list of must have tools for the fledgling scrapbooker. Below are what I consider essential tools for scrapbooking. I have also made suggestions for what brand I think is the best scrapbook tools no scrapbook enthusiast or card maker should be without. Did I miss some? Do you have a favourite scrapbook tool you cant live without? Please post in comments section!

If you are on a budget these are the basic tools to start with:
Scrapbook Essentials:
Album ( I recommend 12×12)
Good quality pen/marker for journalling. I like basic black to start. I also find I grab a nice blue or pink often.
Paper Trimmer
Corner rounder
Craft scissors
Scrapbook Paper
Adhesive for mounting photos and embellishments.

List of Best Scrapbook Tools and Reviews

What Are The Best Scrapbook Albums?

There are 3 main types of scrapbook albums.

Post-bound albums: My favourite to use is Pioneer. There a inexpensive and look great. They come in wide variety and can be found where most scrpbooks supplies are sold including Micheal’s, Hobby Lobby, Joann Crafts, etc. I like these because you can slide coloured or patterned card stock in to use as background paper- and you can move around your pages easily. Something that is near impossible with strap hinge scrapbook albums

Strap-hinge albums: These albums have flexible plastic straps in the cover that run through wire loops embedded in each page. Main brands are Westrim and 12 x 12 Coverset. Quality wise they are expensive but I like the best. The advantage to strap hinge albums is they lay nice and flat when open and air high quality, They are a pain in the neck tho for expanding pages and forget about moving pages around! You have to buy Creative Memories products through a rep ( similar to Tupperware or Pampered Chef) and may not be accessible to some people.
Amother downside is you have to “wallpaper” coloured cardstock or print if you wants something other than white, black or neutral as background.

3-ring binders or D-ring binders: Are very popular- I don’t like the look of them myself but they are economical and easy to use. The D-Ring also lets pages lay flat. Two brands are Hiller and We R Memory Keepers . I have been very happy with We R Memory Keepers. They work just like standard binder.

Best Pens and Markers for Scrapbooks and Cards

Best scrapbook tools can be pretty subjective but I have used ALOT of different products . Markers and pens are used for both enhancing designs/stamps and for journalling. If you are just starting out it can be very very overwhelming. I would keep things simple or you will get frustrated.
Any good quality acid free pen with fine tip is great to get you started. Pick up some colours if you would like to get fancy. A lot of people love gel pens because they show up well on coloured paper.
Bold tip markers can be used to accent pages. If you love to play with markers by all means go ahead.
If you think you might get into stamping and using markers for shading and serious accenting- especially ig tou plan on making cards then right now the hot markers to get are Copic. You can get the more expensive Copic Sketch markers or more affordable Copic Ciao.
I have several of these that I pick up. The sketch are refillable and the quality of both is superb.
I enhance my marker collection with believe it or notBic Mark-it Markers. I love the colour selection and compared with price of Copics can’t go wrong! If you are starting out I would invest in a set of the Markits and then you can build your Copic selection up.

Best Paper Trimmers for Scrap booking

Some things you don’t skimp on and a paper trimmer is a scrapbook tool that you will use most often- get a good one! . This will be your most used tool so don’t hesitate to invest in one or more of these. I have several different brands and was long obsessed with find THE perfect paper trimmer!
I LOVE Making Memories Trimmer and if I had to pick one this would be it. It is extremely well made and sturdy. I love the metal work surface and using magnetic ruler. Self sharpening blade is amazing. It is fairly heavy and some might not like this if taking to crops- for me I find INVALUABLE.

I also have one of the most popular , Fiskars and Fiskars Portable Paper Trimmer
Both are good and easy to pack along when taking to crops.

Another great paper trimmer for scrapbook making and cards is if you;re looking for best scrapbook toolsPurple Cows 12-Inch Two-In-One Scrapbook Combo Trimmer
It is also a lttiel on the heavy side but a great tool. It works as both guillotine style paper trimmer and rotary blade. You can cut thick cardstock and chipboard with this easily, One of the best features of this trimmer is Purple Cows Interchangable Blades. Cut straight, deckle, scallops, etc and more perfectly straight . I LOVE this paper trimmer as well.

Best Craft Scissors for Scrapbooks and Card Making

Cant have enough of these as they get lost all the time :-). Invest in pair of decent quality scissors that you will only use for your paper. Small ones are easier to manage. A good buy is Cricut 7-Piece Tool Kit for Cricut Cutting Machines. I bought mine at Wal-Mart for $10.00. You dont have to use with Cricut cutting machine!
It comes with 7 tools including great pair of scissors, boning tool ( for scoring and making folds in cards) various hooks and scrapers- perfect for lifting off tiny stickers or removing mistakes. This was a really good investment and woudl highly recommend.

Best Scrapbook Paper

There are zillion brands. Make sure they cardstock you use is think enough to hold weight of your scrapbook embellishments. You cant go wrong with Bazzill cardstock and Core’dination for solid colours.
There are so many great quality printed papers but a few stand out. I love pretty much anything by Basic Grey. The quality is fantastic and I love their designs. I usually buy paper packs from them. My favourite designs have been the Basic Grey 12 Inch by 12 Inch Sultry Collection Pack and I love their Halloween paper pack- Eerie Collection Pack (basic grey )
. they have GORGEOUS Christmas collections in particular Jovial Collection Pack (Basic Grey)

Other paper companies known for their high quality prented scrapbook papers are My Mind’s Eye
Die Cuts With a View have some nice designs and you can pick up pretty cheap using a coupon at Micheal’s , etc.

Best Adhesives for Scrapbooks and Card Making

You need adhesive if you are going to scrapbook. There are several type- glue stick, tape runners, adhesive tape, dots and squares.
If you are only goin to get one a tape runner is by far the best bang for your buck.
This is highly personal but some names pop up over and over. I personally likeE-Z Runner
tape runner. I find they glide wonderfully and a great price!
I also use Tombow Mono and like that they are refillable ( EZ runner is not) and like Tombow Mono Adhesive Roller Applicator (62130) I pick up the refills often with craft coupons.

If you want to invest in top of the line most people will swear by a Scotch ATG
, originally designed for picture framing. Some people find these buly and heavy. Long term the price cant be beat however it is a big investment if just starting out so you might want to hold out. If you are serious about your scrapbooking then this is for sure the one to get. I write more about the Scotch ATG
on my post.

Nice to Have Scrapbook Tools- The Next Step

I use my BasicGrey rub-on roller
Basic Grey Rub-On Roller

Basic Grey Magnetic Precision Mat

Basic Grey Precision File Set

I think the Circle Cutting Systems from Creative Memories is the best and I use the ovals more than circles and consider them to be one of the my favorite scrapbook tools

Chalk Ink for inking edges: Chestnut Roan ColorBox Fluid Chalk Inkpad
ColorBox Fluid Chalk Inkpad Alabaster
ColorBox Fluid Chalk Inkpad Charcoal

Nice fir Journalling and colour:
American Crafts Slick Writers

Signo Uniball White Pen

Creative Memories Corner Rounder

Cuttlebug Embosser and Die Cutter. I use this more for embossing than anything else- the folders are cheap and have HUGE impact. Not sure I could live without! For sure one of my favorite scrapbook tools.

Any more to add?

What do you think are the best scrapbook tools?


Your Favorite Scrapbook Tools?

What are the best Best Card Making Tools?