The Revolution Love from Quickutz is Coming!


I CANNOT what for this- the new QuicKutz: The Revolution Love machine will be released in the Fall. It was just showcased at craft show , Summer CHA show in Chicago. This will be sure to set scrapbooking and card making world on its ear…. if they can tear themselves away from Cricut and Silhouettes long enough.

I can practically here all the scrapbookers scrambling to sell their Cuttlebugs on ebay :-)
Now I know why I see the Revolution on sale everywhere. My local scrapbook store are selling theirs for for 75.00 Canadian, regular price is 119.95.

I LOVE my Cuttlebug and not sure I can abandon it so easily.

Video of Quickutz revolution Love Die Cut Machine for Scrapbooking and Card Making

What is all the fuss about the Quickutz Revolution Love Machine?

It is has a 9 inch wide opening, which is fabulous enough. This would make the largest cutting area for dies and ( hopefully) embossing folders on the market now and the Quickutz Cookie Cutter dies are making so much more sense now.
Not too mention some really neat dies that will utilize the HUGE space on the new Revolution.

Quickutz Revolution Love Works with all Dies!

the Quickutz Revolution Love will work with ALL dies! You wil be able to use all your Quickutz, Sizzix, Cuttlebig and Spellbinders dies with this new scrapbook tool. All the features of a Cuttlebug with larger workspace . I will be in heaven!
I am hoping the system will not require all different shaped pads like Cuttlebug has ( and that they don’t warp). The one thing I do like about current Revolution is the magnet system and how easy it is to put in a die. I wonder if it will be as easy to use with other dies and if you will be able to emboss.

No- all of this and there is still more- the Quickutz Revolution is motorized!!!! No cranking. I feel bit woozy.

The price will be at the 159.00 range and most retailer are offering free shipping. It weight just under 5 lbs, which isn’t bad seeing as it has a motor.
The main draw back I see is NOISE. It seems very loud and not great for late night scrapping.
I also wonder if it is acse of too little too late. With Provocraft’s Cricut firmly planted in top spot as most coveted craft and scrapbook tool- Is the Revolution Love too late?

Many on-line scrapbook stores are pre-ordering them for customers. Despite reservation i am tempted.

Different Types of Ink for Rubber Stamping


When you walk into a scrapbook store or down the aisle of your local craft store you can be overwhelmed by the different types of ink. What kind of ink should I buy for rubber stamping or making cards?
Here is a list if different types of ink used when using rubber stamps for cards, scrapbooks and other crafts and how to use the inks.

Dye-based Inks for Stamping: How to Use

Dye-based inks are the most popular and commonly used for everyday stamping. Because they are water-based they are washable but are permanent once they are stamped on paper and dry (you can use a heat gun to “set”)
You can use dye inks on all types of paper including glossy or coated . Dye based inks will often contain some kind of solvent ( usually alcohol) to speed drying process.
Dye based inks are also good for painting over with watercolour paints ( using marker on cd method or watercolor paint) as they dry fast and won’t smear.
They are not great to use for embossing- they dry too quickly. Use a pigment dye instead.
Most dye inks are acid free . If you are not going to emboss then your best choice for stamping is to use a dye based ink.

Popular brand of dye ink are : Memories, Adirondack Dye Ink Pads, Fluid Chalk Ink Pads are considered to be “dye” based inks. Ancient Page Dye Inks and Tim Holtz Distress Ink Stamp Pads

Common Brand of Dye based Ink Pads for Stamping

Color Box Fluid Chalk Petal Point Ink Pad BLOSSOM PASTELS Tim Holtz Distress Ink  Pad: Ancient Page Waterproof Dye Stamp InkPad: Coal

Pigment Ink for Stamping: How To Use

Pigment based inks differ from the usual normal dye-based inks. They are thicker, richer and fade resistant. They have a slow drying time which make them excellent for embossing. If you use on glossy paper you have to emboss , pigment ink will not dry properly on coated paper and will smudge.
The colours in pigment inks are rich and vibrant and work well on matte papers and good for embossing on any paper. Pigment inks don’t fade when embossed.
Brilliance inks are a pigment based ink however they dry quickly and I don’t recommend for embossing. These are good inks for edging cards and coloring backgrounds. The viscous texture comes form glycerin, which is why they are slow drying and will not work on plastic or metals. They do work well on vellum.

Popular pigment based inks for stamping and embossing are Versacolor Pigment Ink Pads, Cat’s Eye Ink Pads, Petal Points and ColorBox Pigment Inks.

Alcohol Inks for Stamping and card making: How To Use Alcohol Inks

The standard alcohol inks for for using when makig cards or stamping are Tim Holz Adirondack alcohol inks.
They will only work on glossy or coated paper, metal, plastic or other non-porous surfaces. You can get stunning results with these. They are mostly used for interesting backgrounds.

Using Fluid Chalk Inks with Cards and Rubber Stamping

Chalk inks are technically a dye based ink but they behave more like a pigment. They are fast drying.

Free Mother’s Day Card Stamping Ideas


Here is a list I have complied of free ideas for nice Mother’s Day cards to make with stamps, etc.

If you have an idea you would like to share- please comment with link or email me info with pic and I will post.

Handmade card idea : http://stamping.thefuntimesguide.com/2007/04/mothers_day_card_1.php

Interesting Mother’s Day Card Idea using brayer: http://craftblog.craftybutterfly.co.uk/2007/02/mothers-day-card.html

http://www.making-greeting-cards.com/mothers-day-greeting-cards.html

Cute one for kids to make : http://www.daniellesplace.com/html/mothersday.html

simple and cute : http://sbarber77.blogspot.com/2007/05/mothers-day-card.html

using “faux” ribbom technique http://cheryl-weightymatters.blogspot.com/2007/05/mothers-day-card.html

Bubble paper Mother’s Day card : http://crafts.kaboose.com/mothersday-bubble-paper.html

Another nice one for kids : http://crafts.kaboose.com/mothersday-fun-stripes.html

Very pretty and can easily adapt to different colors : http://mypaperworld.blogspot.com/2008/03/mothers-day-card.html

Few ideas here : http://papersunshine.blogspot.com/2007/05/mothers-day-cards-and-more.html

Really cute idea here :http://stampwithdiane.blogspot.com/2008/04/mothers-day-mini-scrapbook.html

Sweet floral design http://willowsmumsmusings.blogspot.com/2008/02/mothers-day-card.html

“Painting” or Coloring with Pencil Crayons and Mineral Spirits On Stamp Images

I prefer this method to almost any other. It gives you the same control of detailed color that you might get from water color pencils however the effect is more intense and rich color and even more blendability. Some people call this Gamsol and Pencil Crayon method or Magic coloring method of applying color to stamp images. Some swear by baby oil ( I don’t) and others use Goo Gone ( which does work very well and non-toxic)

Here is what you need to create beautiful color on your stamps using pencil crayons and odorless mineral spirits (OMS) .

colored pencils and mineral spirits supplies

A- Container and sponge for odorless mineral spirits
B-
Prismacolor colored pencils

or other High Quality Colored pencils ( If you don;t have these are great to – I would get a pack of 24 or 48 I think more is just to much and unnecessary)
C- Bottle of odorless mineral spirits – sometimes called Gamsol or OMS
D- Smoother grit( feel free to experiment with different papers) watercolor paper
E- Hot cup of tea ( or coffee)
F- Stamp. In this case I use B Line Designs Large Bouquet
G- Sandpaper for stump
H- 2-3
Gray Paper Stumps

find at any art supply store or buy online here
I- Cotton ball for chalking background.
J- Artist’s or Stamping chalk to color background

Step 1 Organize Your Workspace
Make sure you have proper ventilation when working with mineral spirits odorless or other wise. Do NOT have any candles around or use heat gun near the mineral spirits.

Step 2. Chalk your paper.
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This is optional. I use this technique on water color paper and find the white to stark and will usually use a sepia toned chalk. If you are using colored card stock or other don’t bother.

Step 3. Stamp Your Image
I used a stamp from B Line Designs, Large Bouquet. I use Memories Black. Any quality dye based ink fine.
stamped image b line designs bouquet

Step 4. Lay Down Color With Colored Pencils
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This require a bit of technique and practise. Put color down in “darker” areas and using the mineral spirit soaked stump you will drag color- the same way you would do with water color pencils. I put down my dark colours first. The lightest,. If you go too dark you can use an eraser to lift of SOME of the color. Too light you can add. I especially enjoy blending the different colors. Leave white/light spot for highlights to create dimension.

Step 5. Blend Colors with Stump and Pencil Crayon
color with stump and mineral spirits

Dab your stump in mineral spirit soaked sponge and use as a paint brush to blend color and drag color. Use one stump for dark colors and another for lights and maybe another for blacks, etc You can also remove color fro your stump with sand paper. Experiment a bit to get just the right amount of mineral spirits on your stump.

This is the most fun of the whole process! the colors are just so rich and dazzling. They pop off the page. You will have a lot of fun mixing and blending and shading your stamp images with his technique.

Continue to work with colors on your stamp image.
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6. Mount your image onto card, scrapbook page, etc.

Finished Stamp Image- Using Colored Pencils/ Pencil Crayons and Mineral Spirits To Add Color

Finished Stamp Image- Using Pencil Crayons and odorless mineral spirits