So, let's talk about stamping first. Over-inking (which means getting the ink on the surface of your block, NOT just on your stamp!!) is the main cause for messing up any stamping. Anyone who has ever stamped anything has had this unfortunate occurrence, where you end up w/ink blotches on your good paper--and it's HEART-BREAKING!!! FINALLY, someone has come up with a solution for this. The company is Crafter's Companion and the product is their Rock-A-Blocks. The secret is in the design of the actual blocks & they make stamping just sooooo easy & mess-free, it's amazing. I personally am a "heavy handed" stamper, so I have to be VERY careful that I never have any ink anywhere on my blocks, (except for where it belongs, which is on my stamps!). But now that I have the Rock-A-Blocks, this is no longer a concern for me. They come in a set of 4 blocks. The sizes listed on the packaging are: 6 x 4", 6 x 1 1/4", 4 x 3", 1 1/2 x 1".
I wanted to mention a couple other things about the Rock-A-Blocks. They're going to help people who have trouble getting clear and consistent stamped images. They'll be very helpful for stampers who have trouble stamping larger images. Some stampers also find that holding flat acrylic blocks firmly enough to stamp a regular image can be difficult - particularly stampers with weak hands. The manufacturer, Crafter's Companion, recommends this product for people with dexterity problems. (Oh, I just can't say enough good things about these products, I am so enamored with them.)
Next up, the same company has another amazing product called the Ultimate Crafter's Companion. It's a self-contained, all-in-one, compact carry-case, which allows you to score, measure, trim, embellish & create boxes, shaped card blanks, envelopes & so much more... The unit encompasses all these different surfaces for scoring, embossing, it helps you make complicated cards & other projects in minutes, when they'd normally take hours to create. Are you ready??
Here's some of the functions of this unit:
- Card maker
- Envelope maker/scorer
- Box maker/folder
- Envelobox creator
- Decorative lines & corners
- Pop out & K-card creator
- Bow maker
- Built-in paper trimmer
- Storage compartments
***--PLUS, it includes the 2 1/2 hour DVD, which walks you thru using each portion of the unit, plus it's packed with step by step projects. And when I say step by step, I really mean it, because in her project tutorials, the instructor walks you thru the entire creation of the project, every step of the way. I appreciate that, because I see far too many tutorials that perhaps "assume" that the end user has more knowledge than what they may in fact have. I really like that in this DVD, they show the completed projects from beginning to end, with nothing skipped in the process.
People who don't even know HOW to make a card, can be up & running, making cards in just minutes. And for those who already know how to make a card, it just allows you to accomplish things so much faster, because it basically takes the step of having to measure most things out of your hands, so put away your rulers!!!
This tool is surprisingly lighter than it appeared to be at first & is a nice compact size. I like that everything is all self-contained within it---in other words, everything has a place/a nest that it fits into within the unit. Which is great, so you don't end up losing or misplacing parts of it here & there. It's compact enough to slip under your desk & is made to be able to take with you to crops or other crafting events.
I liked both of these tools so much when I saw them at CHA, I decided to stock a small amount of both, to make it easier for my MB folks and followers of my blog to get their hands on them at a fair price (see below the video for pricing & ordering information).
I want to thank one of my Cricut Message Board friends, ScrappinKitty for helping me out with this video (you can hear her in the video itself!!).
Editing here to add the other video I have from the day B-4 of these same products. Two of my other Cricut Message Board friends are observed in this new video trying out the product!! And what I love the most is the unscripted accident that occurs which actually results in a perfect end, all because of how this product, the Rock-A-Blocks actually perform!! Take a look at it please. (And thanks to Nilda & TerriKrafts for allowing me to film them there!!!)
Here's the pricing:
- The Ultimate Crafter's Companion: Total price, includes USA shipping with tracking: $56.05
- Rock-A-Blocks (set of 4 blocks--see sizes listed above): Total price, includes USA shipping with tracking: $21.27
P.S. If any of you are wondering why I've put the "Property of.." info/disclaimer at the beginning of this video, it's because people have been hijacking my previous videos, putting them on their own blogs/websites/other message boards with NO MENTION that they're the work of someone else, they've given me NO credit as the author, nor have they even put a link to my blog, showing where the videos came from. I was a bit shocked & hurt to find all this out, after I'd done all this work to try to put together all this information for my fellow Message Board folks & my blog followers. I've taken a great deal of my personal time to seek out these interviews, film them, edit them, do a written summary of them, upload them to You Tube & my blog, etc. I guess it wouldn't bother me quite so much if they would at LEAST credit me as the author (plus put a link back to the original post), but I can't stand that some folks are making it look like they're the ones who found out all this info!!!
Anyway, sorry for my rant, but I guess this was a big lesson in Blogging 101 for me. But it still shocks me. What I'm trying to accomplish in this ever-evolving & growing blog is to make it a place where we'll all hopefully learn some things along the way. I want to help ALL of us become better crafters, including myself. I absolutely LOVE to teach and I love to share. I just can't stand to have people take my work & claim it as their own...