Great Finds Friday: Sparkle & Shine

Welcome to Great Finds Friday! Today’s finds are all about the dazzle! Add sparkle and shine to your holiday greetings, gifts, and gatherings using these five fun products.

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Glitter

Festive Berries is one of my favorite glitter shades for holiday crafting, but you’ll find 23 more in this gorgeous line. Use Distress Glitter with Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder, Wonder Tape and other Ranger adhesives to add vintage sparkle to your paper and mixed-media projects.
www.rangerink.com

 

Tsukineko Delicata Ink Pad

This beautiful metallic gold ink will not tarnish or lose its luster over time, making it a perfect choice for cherished handmade greetings.
www.tsukineko.com

 

Wishy Washi Tape Glitter Tape

Use it to decorate cards, scrapbook pages or even your packages and gift tags this holiday season. Sparkle is always in style!
www.wishywashi.com

 

American Crafts Spark Tinsel Glitter

Because one type of glitter just isn’t enough for a “sparkle & shine” list, look for Spark Tinsel Glitter in a variety of holiday-happy shades.
www.americancrafts.com

 

May Arts Reindeer Cut-Out Satin Ribbon

More shine than sparkle, this sweet embellishment will add just the right touch of Christmas wonder to a variety of creative projects.
www.mayarts.com

Happy holiday crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Online Editor (www.craftsnthings.com)

Cocoa Daisy Kit Club & Giveaway

Hello Crafts ‘n things friends! It’s Jill Cornell with you today, and I am continuing my blog series where I interview a kit club owner. It’s a great way to learn more about these scrapbooking and paper crafting clubs plus have the opportunity to win that month’s kit!

Today, we’re going to meet Christine Drumheller, the owner of Cocoa Daisy.

1)      When did you start your kit club? And what made you decide to go into business?

Cocoa Daisy was founded about seven years ago by Tricia Canonico. I first joined Cocoa Daisy, as a subscriber, in 2007.

I tried out when Cocoa Daisy had a Design Team call, made the team, and about six months later, Tricia asked me to start creating the project kits. I loved coming up with ideas for the project kits and putting them together! Soon I was joining Tricia on her trips to CHA, so I got a good idea of how much work goes into putting together the main kit. Well, fast forward to 2010. I found myself having to leave my marriage of 11 years, with no work history for the last eight because I’d been a stay-at-home mom. At that time, Tricia happened to be pregnant, moving to another state, and planning to close things down here at Cocoa Daisy. I approached her and said I wanted to do it! I was terrified… leaving a marriage, moving in with my parents, and starting a business all at the same time. That was the worst, most stressful summer of my life! But, I knew I had to give it a try because it was the perfect scenario for me. I’d be doing something I love and I’d also be home with the boys.

My background in graphic design from before I became engaged, including 10 years’ experience as a Composition Manager, gave me the confidence to jump in and pray that God had placed this opportunity in front of me for a reason.

It’s been an amazing three years! Learning as I go, always trying to make changes and improvements, working to get the kits out on time and to give my 100% to customer service has been more than stressful at times, BUT I wouldn’t change a thing!

2) Do you offer subscriptions? What does a subscription entail?  

Yes, we offer subscriptions! We offer 6 month subscriptions to our Main kit, which is more for the traditional paper crafter/scrapbooker, we offer a Day in the Life kit subscription for those that enjoy working in a project life style format and we also offer a Stamp subscription which is the perfect accompaniment to our other subscriptions or for anyone who enjoys stamping. We also offer a 3 month subscription option, where you can sign up for 3 months by paying for all three months in advance with no auto renewal. It’s a great option for those wishing to give a kit club a try or if you are concerned about committing for 6 months.

When you sign up for a subscription you are guaranteed the monthly kit, early access to any add-ons or special project kits and all your add-on purchases will ship free with your subscription. We are also running a special promotion right now, subscribe to either the Main kit or Day in the Life kit and receive a free “Orion” or “Milky Way” November add on. New subscriptions will begin with the November kit.

3) Do you offer a one-time purchase option? 

Yes! You can purchase the main kit or the Day in the Life kit as a single purchase. You can also purchase any of the stamps from our Stamp Subscription as single purchases.

Here is an example from Christine Drumheller:

4) Do you ship internationally?

Yes we do, Main kit shipping to Canada is $13.50 all other international is $20.00; Day in the Life kit shipping to Canada is $9.00 all other international is $14.50

5) Do you offer add-ons? 

Yes. Every month we offer two main add-ons and a patterned paper add-on that coordinate with the Main and Day in the Life kits. Our Day in the Life kit can also be ordered as an add-on. We offer a monthly Project Art kit add-on for those that enjoy mixed media/art journaling. Occasionally we offer special project kit add-ons, like this month we have a Christmas Day in the Life kit to help you record your Holiday moments in the project life format and we also have a Document December mini album kit.

6) What does a typical kit look like (i.e. how many sheets of cardstock? patterned paper? alphabets? embellishments)? Describe it for us. 

Every Main kit has 8-9 sheets of patterned paper, 4 sheets of cardstock, 1-2 alphabets and lots of embellishments! Rather than include just a couple full packs of embellishments we prefer to create goodie bags for each kit with a wider range of embellishments.  Each kit also includes a 3×4 custom letterpress card and stamp or stamp set.

Every Day in the Life project life kit has 12 exclusive cards designed by Stephanie Wheeler, 12 cards designed by Eve from Evalicious, 4-6  4″x6″ cardstock and/or lined cards, exclusive stamp set, flair, wood veneer, two 3″x4″ letterpress cards, at least one alpha sheet, and various other embellishments.

Here is a card example from Christine Drumheller:

7) What sets you apart from the competition? Do you offer exclusives?
Our kits are very cohesive and being the mom of boys I try very hard to make sure that each month’s kit is “gender neutral”. The paper and embellishments can work together in a number of different ways which gives our kits great versatility. The other thing that sets us apart is our excellent customer service. I value each and every one of my customers and strive to give them the consideration and service that I would expect. People work hard for their money and I want to make sure they feel good about spending it at Cocoa Daisy. I want each customer to enjoy opening their Daisy box when it arrives on their doorstep :)

Yes, we have exclusives! In fact this month’s kit includes the most exclusives we have ever had in a kit. We are now designing our own patterned paper and each kit has two sheets of exclusive Cocoa Daisy paper in it, we have an exclusive 3″x4″ beautiful letterpress card, flair (this month it is from Panda 8 Designs), a set of page tabs from Evalicious, wood veneer, stamp set, and this month we even have a gorgeous 6″x6″ custom stencil from Crafter’s Workshop which coordinates perfectly with the kit.

Here is a look at the Day in the Life kit:

8) Do you appeal to a wide range of papercrafters? Who is your audience? (Scrapbookers, project lifers, card makers, altered and mixed media artists?)

We have something for everyone! Our Main kit can really be used for everything but is primarily for those who choose to scrapbook in the traditional format. Our Day in the Life kit is perfect for anyone who prefers to scrapbook in a project life format. For our mixed media customers we offer a Project Art Starter kit, perfect for anyone wishing to pursue art journaling (the Starter Kit even includes admission to Ronda Palazarri’s introduction to art journaling class) and then each month we offer a different Project Art add on. And for card makers and stampers we offer either a stamp subscription which includes three different stamp or stamp sets each month.

9) Do you have a design team? How can subscribers and others find inspiration with your kit? 

We have an amazing design team! We have design team members that create in all these styles; clean and linear, messy and artsy, lots of layers, project life, art journaling, mini books, a little bit of everything really. We always post lots of great ideas on our blog, Facebook, instagram and of course on our message boards. In fact, we just had our annual online crop this last weekend and the Design Team out did themselves with all the challenges, examples and classes that were posted. You can check out the challenges and classes here.

Here is an example from design team member, Alissa Fast:

10) Link us up with your website, blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, etc. 
Website: http://www.cocoadaisy.com

Blog: http://www.cocoadaisy.com/blog

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CocoaDaisyKits?ref=hl

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/cocoadaisykits/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CocoaDaisyKits

Instagram: @Cocoadaisykits

We are thrilled to offer our November kit “Stargazing” to one of your readers. Thank you Jill for inviting us to be a part of your blog post and letting us share a little bit about Cocoa Daisy!

And now the giveaway! To enter, leave a comment on this blog post by 3:00pm EST on December 2 for a chance to win November’s Cocoa Daisy “Stargazing” Kit. The winner will be announced on December 3rd.

Happy Crafting!

Jill Cornell from Blessed Scrapper (www.jillcornell.blogspot.com)

More Kit Clubs and Giveaways

Hello Crafts ‘n things friends! It’s Jill Cornell with you today, and I am continuing my blog series where I interview two kit club owners. It’s a great way to learn more about these scrapbooking and paper crafting clubs plus have the opportunity to win that month’s kit!

First, let’s meet Noel Fabbri, the owner of Noel Mignon – with fabulous monthly scrapbooking and Project Life-style kits.

1) When did you start your kit club? And what made you decide to go into business?  

I started making kits in the Fall of 2006, so it has been seven years now. At the time, I had three little boys at home (my oldest son was 5 and my twins were 3). I had been immersed in all things “baby” for years and found myself really missing adult interaction, and my job, which I had left upon the birth of my oldest son in 2001. After interacting in the online forums of many of the larger scrapbook sites, I decided at first to just open a small online shop, carrying the lines that I most liked to work with. I am lucky that my husband is a “tech guy”, so he built a website for me, I got all my business paperwork taken care of, and off I started on my journey. Scrapbook kits were just emerging at the time, and so I thought I would have a go at that, and seven years later…here we are. The process of designing the kits has really become a passion for me and one that I thoroughly enjoy each and every month!

2) Do you offer subscriptions? What does a subscription entail?  

Currently, I offer 6-month subscription spots for my large, monthly kit. The monthly fee also includes USPS priority shipping, or an $11.50 credit toward international shipping per month. Subscription spots for the January–June kits are currently open, and can be secured HERE

3) Do you offer a one-time purchase option? 

I always hold a handful of kits each month, for anyone who wants to pick one up.

Here is an example from design team member, Virginia Tillery:

4) Do you ship internationally?

Yes

5) Do you offer add-ons? 

I currently offer a smaller Project Life-type kit each month, which coordinates with the colors and themes I have working in the big kit. I also occasionally offer a class kit, which I also currently have available. This class is a Halloween Mini Album kit/class hosted by our DT member Cassandra Cyr.

6) What does a typical kit look like (i.e. how many sheets of cardstock? patterned paper? alphabets? embellishments)? Describe it for us.

BIG…lol!  My kits always have 20 pieces of patterned paper with 5 matching cardstock sheets. I always include one Thickers alphabet, and one smaller cardstock-type alpha. While I do not have my own stamps (which seems to be a trend), I always include a set from the top designers (Amy Tangerine, Dear Lizzy, Jenni Bowlin, etc…). I also like to incorporate a “staple” item each month, be it a mist, an ink, a pen…, items that you can add to your arsenal of scrap tools. I include lots of embellishments each month, from ribbon, to stickers, to washi tape, to enamel dots. My embellishment list is usually comprised of 20-25 items, and I like to have it vary from month to month, so the kits don’t feel like a rerun of the last one.

Here is an example from design team member, Julie Bonner, using the Union Square kit:

7) What sets you apart from the competition? Do you offer exclusives?

I would say the size and value of the kits is what sets me apart. I am also going to say the way I coordinate items. I have gotten lots of very nice emails and notes about the way I put them together, which I think sets my kits apart from the others. I think they are the perfect way for people who live in an area without a great LSS (local scrapbook store), or who just don’t have time to get out to the store, to have a beautiful box of supplies arrive at the door and to be assured that the one kit they purchase from me is going to be more than enough to last until the next one arrives.

8) Do you appeal to a wide range of papercrafters? Who is your audience? (Scrapbookers, project lifers, card-makers, altered and mixed media artists?)

I seem to be geared most towards the tried-and-true 12″x12″ scrapbooker. The people who love to crop and just want to grab their kit bags and know they can make 15 LO’s (or more) with their one kit. . . although, the kits are very versatile, and they lend themselves beautifully to mini album making. You will always have leftovers, which are perfect for whipping up some cards. There is really more than enough included to choose your own path with the supplies.

9) Do you have a design team? How can subscribers and others find inspiration with your kit? 

Yes, I have a wonderful design team and have always been very lucky with the designers who have agreed to share their talents while using my kits. Currently, my team is comprised of Virginia Tillery, Julie Bonner, Gretchen McElveen, Veronica Milan (Chic Tags), Cassandra Cyr, and Christie Engel Welch (Two Chicks Designs).

Here is an example from design team member, Gretchen McElveen:

10) Link us up with your website, blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, etc. 
The website address is http://noelmignon.webvanta.com/
You can find us on our blog http://noelmignonlayouts.blogspot.com/
We actually have 2 FB pages.  This one is to receive updates and information https://www.facebook.com/groups/274195092712236/
And then we also have a FB member forum, and would love to have you join us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/noelmignonmembers/
The twitter feed is found here https://twitter.com/NoelMignon
I am still working on an Instagram account, but that should be up very soon!
And finally, our Pinterest Boards can be found here… http://www.pinterest.com/noelmignon/

I would like to offer up one of your readers a chance to sample one of my Project Life kits. This one is called “Union Square”, and it features beautiful, brand-new product from MME, Amy Tangerine, Fancy Pants, Crate Paper, and more! Thanks so much to Jill for including us in her write-up! : )

And now the giveaway! Leave a comment on this blog post by October 14th at midnight for a chance to win the Union Square kit from Noel Mignon! The winner will be announced on October 15th.

Next, let’s meet Trina Craig, owner of Citrus Twist Kits, and get to know more about her monthly scrapbooking and “Pocket Life” kits.

1) When did you start your kit club? And what made you decide to go into business?

I started Citrus Twist Kits in May 2012. I come from a long line of female artists and after my mom passed away in January of 2012, the idea for CTK was born. We both shared a love of scrapbooking.

2) Do you offer subscriptions? What does a subscription entail?

We offer our Main and PL kits as subscriptions. Our minimum length subscription is 3 months. The Main kit is $32.50 per month for a 3-month subscription and $30.50 per month for a 6-month subscription (plus shipping). The PL kit is $18 per month, plus shipping. We call our PL kits “Pocket Life.”

Here is an example from Citrus Twist Kits’ design team:

3) Do you offer a one-time purchase option?  

Our Main kit is offered as a one-time purchase at $35 (plus shipping). Our PL can be purchased one time as a past kit, if we have past kits in inventory.

4) Do you ship internationally?

Yes. All international shipping is $19. Subscribers can include add-ons and store items in with their kit shipment at no additional shipping cost.

5) Do you offer add-ons?

Yes! We offer 1 coordinating patterned paper add-on, a solid paper add-on, an embellishment add-on (1 for scrapbookers and 1 for PL’ers), and a full kit add-on. All the kits coordinate with the Main and PL kits, except for the full kit add-on.

6) What does a typical kit look like (i.e. how many sheets of cardstock? patterned paper? alphabets? embellishments)? Describe it for us.

Our typical main kit has 8 sheets of patterned paper and 4 solids, plus lots of embellishments. We offer great value for the amount of product our subscribers get. Our typical PL kit features a 6″x6″ paper pad plus lots of other goodies.

Here is an example from Citrus Twist Kits’ design team:

7) What sets you apart from the competition? Do you offer exclusives? 

Our customer service is top notch. We love to give the kind of customer service that makes people happy. We also offer exclusives including flairs, stamps, wood veneer, PL cards, and a special, handcrafted vintage embellishment included in with each main kit.

8) Do you appeal to a wide range of papercrafters? Who is your audience? (Scrapbookers, project lifers, card-makers, altered and mixed media artists?)

We do appeal to a wide range of papercrafters, including card-makers. Many of our subscribers get both the main and PL kits together.

9) Do you have a design team? How can subscribers and others find inspiration with your kit?

We have a 12-person design team of which almost half are international. They play with our kits and give our blog readers and their own blog readers lots of inspiration with the art they create with their kits.

Here is an example from Citrus Twist Kits’ design team:

10) Link us up with your website, blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

www.citrustwistkits.com 

http://citrustwistkits.blogspot.com 

And now the giveaway! Leave a comment on this blog post by midnight on October 14th for a chance to win October’s Citrus Twist Monthly Kit AND the Pocket Life Kit. One winner for each kit! Winners will be announced on October 15th.

Trina would also like to offer a new subscriber special for those who sign up on or before October 31st: a free welcome packet of Citrus Twist Kits stamps (set of 3 stamp sets total). Just mention Crafts ‘n things in the comments at checkout to get the trio of stamp sets.

Good Luck and Happy Crafting!

Jill Cornell from Blessed Scrapper (www.jillcornell.blogspot.com)

Great Finds Friday: CHA Summer 2013 Hot List Part II

Create-n-Connect, the summer trade show sponsored by the Craft and Hobby Association, tantalized crafters with a tempting array of nifty new artsy toys and inspiration.

Here’s the second installment in our two-part, exhaustive look at what’s new, hot, and enticing, from trends and tools to inks, stamps, and more. Grab a pen and paper because you’ll want to start your holiday wish list now!

At Ranger, Tim Holtz introduced 24 Distress Glitters, which sparkle like mica; 12 new Distress Markers; and Distress Watercolor Cardstock made specifically to handle wet inking techniques. Create your own rainbow stamping pad with spray mists using Dyan Reaveley’s Ink Spray Pad, an oversized, blank foam pad. Ranger’s latest inklings are Wendy Vecchi’s waterproof Archival Inks in vintage colors that coordinate with Distress Inks. Ranger describes the palette of colors as “inspired by a vintage country garden.” The inks are permanent, so you can stamp with them, and then use water-based inks (such as Distress) right over the designs.

Clearsnap brought SurfaceZ, a fast-drying, multi-surface, permanent ink; new ColorBox Archival dye colors; a cleaning pad; Spritzers quick-drying dye spray; Art Screens stencils; blending tools; Smooch foam Accent Tips for precision coloring; and more.

Faber-Castell’s Gelatos Kit is a great introduction to these creamy, blendable, water-soluble color sticks. The kit comes with 10 Gelatos, mister, instruction book, sample of surfaces, and more. Mixed-media journal cards have a watercolor texture and are sturdy enough to withstand wet mediums without warping.

Tombow’s new Fun Doodling Kit is a great gift for a budding artist, while the Blending Kit comes with blender, palette, spray mister, and guide showing how to get the most from Dual Brush Pens. Also, soft-lead, wax-based Irojiten Colored Pencils now come in sepia tones.

We are beguiled by Milk Paint lead-free powder by Imaginisce. Just add water and mix. Mix only what you need, or store leftover liquid for about a week in the ‘fridge.

DecoArt has chalkboard paint for porous and non-porous surfaces, plus new Clear Chalkboard Paint that turns any acrylic-painted surface into a chalkboard.

Want the chalkboard look without the paint? We saw lots of stickers, tags, and papers, including Authentique’s Irresistible papers and Prima’s La Tiza Chalkboard Paper Flowers (shown here, great with colored pencil, inks, metallic pastes, etc.).

Rustic and vintage paper and embellishments are abundant, including: Bo Bunny’s kraft bags, paper rolls, pleated burlap, etc.; Hemptique’s Bamboo baker’s twine (shown here), May Arts’ well-stocked ribbons (including new elastic ribbon); Maya Road’s colored burlap and fabric tape; new products from Canvas Corp, etc. Or go bright with Tulip One-Step Spray Dye Kit (spray bottles are pre-packaged with powder that you dissolve in water, shown here).

We’re intrigued by Bazzill Basics Paper Tarnished Tissue. It’s lightweight but strong enough to take inks, sprays, chalks, and even dry embossing and punching. We also love the company’s Pleated Papers and Antique Paper Tape.

We wouldn’t forget stamps. Tim Holtz has more holiday images in his popular blueprint series, and his new line of old-school apothecary designs are so very Tim. (Do check out his blog to see all the vintage goodness, including his fabulous show booth.)

Sweet and sassy more your thing? Find both at Art Impressions (chubby babies to sassy old ladies and gents, as well as scene-stealing trios that make delightful tri-fold cards), Some Odd Girl (cute to quirky with some nice teen/tween images), Something Tattered (romantic, French-inspired clear stamps destined for weddings and elegant stationery, shown here), and Whimsy Stamps (demure to risqué), to name just a few.

Impression Obsession added 300 images to its already extensive line, including beautifully detailed Gary Robertson scenes (shown here), lovely cowboy silhouettes and phrases, Cover-a-Card backgrounds, and some nice teen-centric silhouettes. House-Mouse Designs stamps are new at Stampendous! Art Impressions and Hero Arts have stamps that help support Operation Write Home, a non-profit that sends handcrafted cards so military personnel overseas can write home; a new Art Impressions set is shown here.

Paper, paper, paper! So good, so plentiful! Anna Griffin’s holiday line runs from retro ’40s colors to the elegant silver and gold Winter Wonderland Collection. Authentique has cute puzzle pieces in the holiday Joyous Collection. BoBunny’s Zip a Dee Doodle Collection, shown here, features hand-drawn designs. Carta Bella’s cowboy/cowgirl themes, from Echo Park Paper Co., will make you say giddy-up.

Kaisercraft’s Basecoat papers look like wood, brick, linen, etc. WorldWin can’t be beat for variety, from textures and shimmers to Cut Mates (specially designed for crisp die cutting) and Tube (slightly coated to handle inks, mists, etc., with no soak-through).

As for embellishments, mustaches, cameras, and chevrons are still popular design motifs. Doodlebug Designs Pixies, shown here, are colorful picks for cards, pages, cupcakes, etc., while Sprinkles are bright, round, glossy stickers. Piddix photo images are sized just right for bezels and already coated so you don’t have to worry about bleeding, while Bazzill Basics Paper alterable metal tags are great for jewelry.

Did you miss part I of this CHA Recap? Check out the August 16th Great Finds Friday blog post. Visit the companies mentioned in the Resources list for more information about new products.

RESOURCES

American Crafts www.americancrafts.com

Anna Griffin www.annagriffin.com

Art Gone Wild www.agwstamps.com

Art Impressions www.artimpressions.com

Authentique www.authentiquepaper.com

Bazzill Basics Paper www.bazzillbasics.com

BoBunny www.bobunny.com

Bottle Cutting Inc. www.bottlecutting.com

Canvas Corp. www.canvascorp.com

Clearsnap www.clearsnap.com

Craftwell www.craftwellusa.com

DecoArt www.decoart.com

Doodlebug Design www.doodlebug.ws

Dreamweaver www.dreamweaverstencils.com

Echo Park/Carta Bella www.echoparkpaper.com

Ecstasy Crafts www.ecstasycrafts.com

Elizabeth Craft Designs www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com

Faber-Castell www.designmemorycraft.com

Hemptique www.hemptique.net

Hot Off The Press www.hotp.com

Imaginisce www.imaginisce.com

Impression Obsession www.iostamps.com

KaiserCraft www.kaisercraft.com.au

Lifestyle Crafts www.lifestylecrafts.com

Little B www.littlebllc.com

May Arts www.mayarts.com

Maya Road www.mayaroad.com

My Mind’s Eye www.mymindseye.com

Penny Black www.pennyblackinc.com

Piddix www.piddix.com

Prima www.livewithprima.com

Queen & Co. www.queenandcompany.com

Ranger www.rangerink.com

Scotch www.scotchbrand.com

Sizzix www.sizzix.com

Some Odd Girl www.someoddgirl.com

Something Tattered www.somethingtattered.com

Spellbinders www.spellbinderscreativearts.com

Stampendous! www.stampendous.com

Stamper’s Anonymous www.stampersanonymous.com

Taylored Expressions www.tayloredexpressions.com

The Crafter’s Workshop www.thecraftersworkshop.com

Tim Holtz www.timholtz.com

Tombow www.tombowusa.com

Tulip www.ilovetocreate.com

We R Memory Keepers www.weronthenet.com

Whimsy Stamps www.whimsystamps.com

World Win Papers www.worldwinpapers.com

Xyron www.xyron.com

by Roberta Wax (www.creativeunblock.com)