Saturday, September 25, 2010

Elmer's CraftBond and X-Acto Designer Series Review (for bzzagent)

It's so exciting to get a bzz campaign from anytime.  This campaign I am particularly excited about as a crafter.   Along with my own crafts, I have a crafty teenager that I homeschool, and she loves doing projects.

(I've done a gather post review with photos as Jasmine works on a project using the Elmer's CraftBond and X-Acto Designer Series products.  I hope you will click over and check it out:  )

Project With the Elmer's CraftBond and X-Acto Crafting Products (Bzzagent review and photo essay)

Below is a photo of all the products I rec'd in my bzz kit:
Elmer's CraftBond All Purpose Glue Stick, Permanent Tape Runner, Clear Glue Pen and assortment of sticky spots.  I also received 2 pairs of X-Acto Designer Series Scissors; Zig Zag decorative edge and Scalloped decorative edge, as well as a Corner Rounder Punch.

Now, let's review them!

Jasmine liked the Permanent Tape Runner the best over all the sticking stuff.  She even found she could round it and make a circle while gluing things down.  It's sure a neat product.  I can see using it for making gift wrapping super easy too.

I like the Designer Series Scissors.  I have a set of scissors such as this already, but they are small.  The larger ones like those in my kit were much easier to use since they could do a longer cut.

The Elmer's CraftBond glue stick is just like any other glue stick that you buy for school supplies.  However, I found that it has a tougher hold.  We are putting together trivia cards where we are gluing pieces together, then laminating them, and the papers held together much better with the glue stick provided in my kit.

The Double Sided Glue Pen is really nice.  One side as a wider flat strip of glue.  The other side makes a thin line of glue.   The downfall we found with it is that it leaves bumps on thin paper where the glue is.
 The Corner Rounder Punch is really nice!  It rounds the corners very nicely.  Jasmine messed with is on lots of papers.  She discovered that if she folded the paper in half and used it, it then opened up very nicely.  She made grandma a birthday card on cardstock using the tool.   I wish I had gotten a photo of it.  We did find that the Corner Rounder Punch does not work on super thin paper, like magazine pages.

 The Sticky Spots are very useful!  We are collecting postcards from all the states and putting them on cardstock in page protectors, inside of a lapbook.  It was so much easier using the thin sticky dots, just one on the back of a postcard to put it into the book.
We also found that the thicker sticky dots in the package work great for hanging up posters.  We live in a basement.  As homeschoolers, we have a lot of educational posters, but have not been able to hang them up on the concrete walls.  The thicker sticky spots worked wonderful, as you can see from the photo below:

 I hope you have enjoyed my review  :)


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

WIP Wednesday

Welcome to WIP Wednesday, hosted by Everyday Crochet.   Please click the button at the bottom on my post to post your own to her linky, or to click over and see what others have as WIP's.(work in progress)

Your WIP doesn't have to be craft related, it can be a book you are writing, landscaping you are doing, re-modeling, or anything.  Jump in and join the fun.  The linky stays up for a full week.

My first attempt at the toothbrush rug is bowing up.  I looked up how to online and found that I was putting my 2 extra stitches in the wrong places.  I will finish the one below and it will become a cushion for my chair.

I started on another toothbrush rug, this time made with t-shirts I had cut when I went through my t-shirt purse stage.  The strips are a little thin, so next time I will make them wider.  It is also bowing some, but not too bad.  I have a you think that making doll or Barbie rugs would be marketable?  I could make them about the same size, or a little smaller than what I have completed so far in the photo below.

I've done a little more work on the prayer shawl, still not even ready to switch to my 2nd color.  It will be a WIP for some time.

I didn't get anything more done on my strip quilt, but truly in hopes of getting the back on it this week.  I am on the lookout for zippers to finish up the strip quilt pillows I pictured a few weeks ago.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Giveaways Linky Tuesday

Please link up your current giveaway(s) below.

Please put in the prize, and the end date.  Also, link directly to the giveaway post.

If you don't host giveaways, feel free to list a giveaway that you know of.

Thanks!  Have fun and good luck.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Mailbox Monday Blog Hop!

IIt's Monday, and time to share what came in the mailbox this past week.  Click the button at the bottom of the post to head over to and share your own Mailbox Monday, or to check out what others have gotten in free this past week.

I'm trying now to cash in some places and get some things coming in the mail like gsn, msn, neilson, and the meantime, this is what I got in this past week.

Sports Illustrated, Time, People, and Entertainment Weekly magazines from hausernet

Car & Driver magazine (this came in Jasmine's name and we have no idea why)

Nature's Bounty gummy vitamins sample and coupon

Nicorette gum 20 box

Victoria Secrets catalog

$8.08 check from clixsense

coupon train

card telling us about the classes at the art center

Jerky Direct autoship

In my email:
$10 paypal from gather
$14 paypal from squidoo

What will next week bring?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

My First Blog Award!

Thanks to Marie Anne, of Everyday Crochet, for choosing to award me with this blog award.

The words stand for Recognizing Your Talent.

Now it's my turn to pass the award on to 6 other talented bloggers.   I have chosen to pass it on to:

Daph's Dark Little Corner--She does a great job making horror dolls.

Cafepress A Bit O Sunshine--She uses her writing talents to put together a lot of nice items.

Creative Tornado--a new blog, but she has some nifty stuff already.

Debs Crochet--She has projects in the works 24/7

My Frugal Family--another very talented gal that is always creating--and frugally too.

The Kansas Hooker--another multi talented gal.

Snag your awards, and pass it on!
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