Awesome Quilling Tool

Awesome Quilling Tool

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I think quilling is so beautiful and have tried a few basic projects in the past.  Many of the shapes start with a strip of paper that is usually coiled (by hand) around a slotted quilling tool.

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The problem is you often need to quill quite a few strips to create your designs or shapes, and this can get tiring/tedious.  This battery operated quilling tool called Quill Ease makes it so much easier and quicker!

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HERE is a quick video demonstrating how it works.

I will admit that when I first saw the product in the store, I thought it was a great idea but was afraid that it would not work as well as I hoped.  I was more than pleasantly surprised!

I should point out that since purchasing and trying the Quill Ease tool, I’ve discovered that there are several other motorized quilling tools on the market.  Because I’ve only tried this one, I am not in a position to say how this tool compares to the others.  And since I’ve so far only used this tool for a half hour or so, I am not in a position to say how it will hold up over time, but my initial impression is that I will enjoy using this very much and am already thinking of card ideas that I can’t wait to try!  Hopefully, I’ll have one or two to share soon….

If you are interested in quilling and have not yet tried it, there are quite a few video tutorials on YouTube showing how to create basic quilled shapes that can be used as a starting point for your  projects.  This was one of the first videos I had seed and had found it to be quite helpful.

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Congratulations!!!

Congratulations!!!  The MISTIs win!

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The CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) Mega Conference and Trade Show is going on in Anaheim, CA this week, and Iliana Myska, founder of the MISTI, won the 2016 Hot Product Award in the Paper Crafts category for her Mini MISTI and Mega Misti by My Sweet Petunia!!  Congratulations, Ilianna!!!  Click HERE to see all the finalists.

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Click HERE to see her facebook post.

I use my original MISTI all the time and LOVE it!  I’ve been hoping for a larger MISTI for scrapbooking and to accomodate more stamps for card layouts. The mini MISTI looks like a nice travel tool.  Two more great ideas!  (Click HERE to see my original post reviewing the MISTI.)

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(You can see the full posting from CHA HERE)

“The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA), the international trade association for the design, manufacture, distribution and retail sales of creative arts products, announced the category winners of its popular CHA Hot Product Awards. Manufacturers from all over the world submitted a record number of innovative retail products in this year’s competition. The judges of the CHA Hot Products–leading industry buyers, celebrities, bloggers and editors–selected the winners based on what makes the product unique; how the product will improve the crafter’s overall experience; and the interest and excitement the product generates for those outside of the crafting community. The CHA Hot Product Winners for 2016 are:

……. PAPER CRAFTS Mini MISTI and Mega MISTI by My Sweet Petunia, Inc., have a simple hinge design that provides consistent stamping for novice or experienced crafters and a platform for multiple stamp techniques that are impossible with traditional stamping mounts. Both products accommodate both red rubber cling stamps and clear stamps. (www.mysweetpetunia.com) “Congratulations to all the winners of the CHA Hot Product Awards,” said Mark Hill, President & Chief Executive Officer, CHA. “We are proud to recognize and showcase these outstanding innovations that have broad appeal for both experienced and novice makers. These Hot Product Winners, and all the submissions, will spark creativity and generate excitement and movement in the marketplace.”

…… The CHA Hot Products Winners were announced at the CHA Foundation Gala on January 10, 2016 during the CHA MEGA Conference & Trade Show in Anaheim, CA. The CHA MEGA Show, celebrating its 75th Anniversary, is the largest creative arts products conference and trade show in North America. CHA Hot Product winners, finalists, and all of the worldwide submissions are displayed in the Hot Product Showcase on the CHA MEGA Show exhibit floor. Attendees at the event can see these innovations firsthand and discover new ideas and business sources. The 2016 CHA Hot Product winners and finalists can be viewed here: http://www.chamegashow.org/events-and-features/hot-product-awards-finalists.

A New Use for an Old Tool – Card Making with a Sewing Gauge

A New Use for an Old Tool – Card Making with a Sewing Gauge

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I have had my sewing kit since high school home ec. class (I’m not going to tell you how old it is!), and one of the tools in it is a sewing gauge.   Recently, I discovered that this tool is very useful for making sure panels are straight on my cards.  I am usually a pretty good “eye-baller” but have a little trouble when positioning/adhering long, skinny panels that are kind of far from the edges (they always end up crooked!) or very small panels that have lots of space on all 4 sides (I have a hard time centering them). What is great about this tool is that once you determine how far away from the edge of the card you want your panel, you set the “sliding measure” and you can very quickly check all points on your panel to see if the distance from the edge is uniform.

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(Check two points on same side to see if the panel is straight.)

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(Check both sides to see if the panel is centered on right and left.)

A sewing gauge can be purchased in your local fabric store or online and is pretty inexpensive.  I’ve been using mine often; it has become one of my favorite tools!

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I’m Loving This Scoring Stylus – with my scoring board.

I’m Loving This Scoring Stylus – with my scoring board

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I just discovered a new tool that I love.  (I know…I’m not using it as it was intended, but…)

I have been busy making a BUNCH of cards (individual cards and sets) for a craft show in December.  I make my own card bases which requires a lot of scoring and folding.  I had been using a Martha Stewart Scoring Board with the bone folder/scoring tool that came with it.  After a while, my finger really started to hurt as I applied pressure to the top edge of the tool to score the card stock.  The problem is that the tool is fairly flat, and the edge digs into my fingertip with repeated use.  The other problem with this tool is that it is wearing out because it is made of plastic; I am not getting great score lines with it anymore.

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I had purchased and tried several replacement bone folder/scoring tools and had not really loved any of them. Some are too big to fit in the storage compartment on my score board.  Some have really sharp tips that cut my cardstock when I try to score it.  Some are too wide and jump out of the channels on the score board.  Others are just not real comfortable.

I was recently at the Scrapbook Expo in Somerset, NJ, and I discovered a tool for scoring that I really like – the Cricut Scoring Stylus.  It is meant to be used as an attachment for the Cricut Explore machine, but I just use it by hand with my scoring board.

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(I use it for hand-scoring with a score board.)

It is so comfortable because it is smooth and shaped like a pen.  I just started using it so I cannot speak about how long it will last, but the tip is metal, so I am guessing it will last longer than the plastic tools I’ve been using.  The tip is pretty pointy if you hold it straight up and down, but if you hold it at an angle like a pen and use moderate to light pressure, it works great.  And it fits in the storage compartment of my score board along with the bone folder so it’s always right there when I need it!

I still use the bone folder to flatten my folds, but this is my new score tool of choice!

You can check it out on Amazon.com (HERE).

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12 x 12 inch Tonic Guillotine Paper Cutter with Large Base – updated 3/15/16

12 x 12 inch Tonic Guillotine Paper Cutter with Large Base

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3/15/16 – This is an update from my original post.  

I had been told that these were no longer available when I first posted this in Dec. 2014, but they seem to be back!  I am seeing them in several places now:  on amazon.com HERE and on jet.com Here.

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This one has a 6 inch base with detachable extension arm to make it a 12 inch cutter.  This also seems to be available again on amazon.com HERE.  

I own both of these models, and they are both great cutting tools.  What I particularly love about the one with the 6 inch base and extension arm is that it takes up much less room on my desk or shelf than the 12 inch base model since the base is half the size; I attach the arm when I need it, and store it under the base when the 6 inch base is enough.  The smaller base also makes it so much easier to move around and use.

However,  it is worth noting (with both models) that the ruler along the top edge doesn’t go all the way to the right edge and starts at 3/4 inch.  My second complaint (with the 6 inch base model) is that there is a gap in the ruler along the top when the arm is attached so the ruler on the left end of the base ends at 6 inches and the ruler on the extension arm starts at 6 3/8.  When I need to trim things less than 3/4 inch or between 6 and 6 3/8 inches, I either need to grab another trimmer, or I need to subtract that amount from the width of the paper and cut off the difference – an inconvenience indeed!  However, I own quite a few trimmers, and I still find myself grabbing these trimmers first because they cuts so well, are so easy to use, and usually have the measurements I need! 

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ORIGINAL POST 12/2/1014

I have been looking all over for one of these trimmers.  (This is the one that Gina K (StampTV) said she used and used to sell through her site.  Check out the description and reviews at  http://stamptv.ning.com/page/our-amazon-store.)

They are now discontinued and extremely hard to find.  I just stumbled on one at http://www.nationalartcraft.com/subcategory.asp?cid=+311&gid=16&scid=1522 and placed an order. They have it listed at a discounted price of $45.50 (the original list price was $59.95), and with the shipping, my order total was $58.45.  According to Lobi in their customer service department, they have 2 more in stock (as of 12/2/14), and she confirmed that they are discontinued and will no longer have them when these go.  IT APPEARS THEY ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE AT THIS SITE (updated 12/26/14)

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