I have acquired a couple of new products over the past weeks that I am really enjoying using and wanted to share them with you. They range from an embossing machine to a new form of adhesive and I have made some fun things with these items!
First, and probably my favorite, is the Cuttlebug. It is a die cutting and embossing machine. At first I didn’t think I would really use it because I have the Cricut, but after watching a bunch of YouTube videos on it, I realized it might come in handy. And it really has! The machine itself comes with one embossing folder and I bought a couple (ok a bunch!) more. I even looked at YouTube to see if you could use other brands of embossing folders and die cuts in this machine and you can, so now I have even more options! Here is what the Cuttlebug looks like:
Here are some examples of what it can do: This is a letter I cut from the Cricut and then ran through the Cuttlebug with one of my embossing folders.
This is an example of a background paper you can create by running a piece of plain paper through the Cuttlebug with an embossing folder and then using distress ink on the raised parts to create a two-toned background.
These are some examples of embossing folders for the Cuttlebug.
I have been using the Cuttlebug a lot and I will write a blog soon about how to use it and other company’s die cuts and embossing folders.
The next item that I bought was an ATG gun. ATG stands for Advanced Tape Glider. It is definitely an investment – it cost about $35 – $40 at AC Moore or Michaels. However, I got mine for $8.01! I used the 50% off coupon and then I had a $10 gift certificate from AC Moore rewards. It was worth the investment. I believe the refills are $10, but I used another 50% off for that. It last so much longer than the little tape dispenser that I had been using. It is big and bulky and does take some getting used to. Make sure you save the directions on how to reload the tape. I’m not sure if the refills come with directions (I assume they do, but just in case….). Here is what mine looks like:
Another product I have bought recently are Stickles. They look like GLitter glue, but are easier to use. I bought regular and the distress sets and I like the regular better. The distress stickles aren’t as sparkly as the regular. I have used them on a couple of pages recently to accent things. For this layout, I highlighted the lightbulbs on the string of lights, the green stripes on the candy canes and the red berries in the holly leaf paper.
If you are tired of your frames for pictures or even your pictures having just plain square edges, this next product gives a different look. It’s from We Are Memory Keepers and it’s called a Corner Chomper. They have several different versions and each “chomper” has two different edges that it creates. The one that I have has a scallop and a cloud edge. I have been trying to get the 1/2″ and 1/4″ corner rounder, but my AC Moore always seems to be out of it. Here is the one I have: The picture on the right uses the scallop corner chomper. You can see the slight difference between that picture and the picture on the left, which is a regular picture. If you look at the pictures I posted from the Stickles example, you can see the effect the cloud punch has on the holly paper.
The last new product that I want to talk about are Perfect Pearl Mists. These mists alter the color of your piece and give it a nice shiny, glittery look. For an album I did recently, I used distress inks to color a tag, but I thought it needed a little shine. So, I used the Perfect Pearl mist called Perfect Pearl and then the heat gun to help dry it. Sometimes you need to let it sit under a heavy book for the night so that the paper flattens out again. Here’s a picture of the completed tag: And here is what the product looks like: