New Product Alert! Modern Surrealist ColorBox Surfacez Inks!

Very excited to unveil the new Modern Surrealist​ line of Clearsnap Inc.​ ColorBox Surfacez Ink! This versatile and vibrant line of ink is incredibly durable and designed to add color to a variety of different materials including non-porous surfaces such as plastic, glass, ceramic, vinyl and more! We will be demonstrating the line at the 2016 Craft & Hobby Association​ Mega Show! Check them all out HERE!

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Paradise Pink

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Passion Purple

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Tiki Teal

35017 Bahama-Blue

Bahama Blue

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Gecko Green

35019 Charming-Chartreuse

Charming Chartreuse

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Y.O.L.O. Yellow

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Beyond Black

This fabulous new collection of inks are perfect for stamping and daubing onto all sorts of creative projects! For more information visit Clearsnap online today!

 

Plan the Ultimate Disney Party with Paperless Post

logoI was recently inspired by Paperless Post to dream up my ultimate Disney theme party! Paperless Post now offers a wonderful and wide assortment of party invitations centered around all your favorite Disney characters! Click HERE to browse through them all!

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My son was a huge fan of the movie Cars when he was little. And my friend’s little boy whose birthday is coming up is deep into the Cars obsession now too!  As I imagine it, the ultimate Cars party for him would definitely start off with this awesome Cars themed online invitation from Paperless Post:

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That way we could get the word out fast and invite all of our friends and family! Next up, I’d tackle the decorations and activities! I found some really fun stuff to decorate with online such as these eye catching checkered flag banners and road floor runner. At Toys R Us I found some awesome Lightning McQueen 4 Wheelers for the kids to drive on the pretend road. I think I’d also use some sidewalk chalk to create curvy swirvy roads on the patio for the kids to drive on. Maybe even add in an obstacle course with some cones and these cool road signs! And if the kids get tired, they could take a pit stop in the “rest area” on these cute Lightning McQueen sofa and chairs, also from Toys R Us!

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Surely all of this action will make the kids hungry, so I’d load up the pit stop with tons of yummy food and snacks! Wilton makes a really cute Lightning McQueen cake pan and their site also features great tutorials on how to make these fun drivers license cake and Cars cookies. For a personalized touch, I’d put the birthday boy’s picture and details on the drivers license cake! I would definitely have fun making these, in addition to the stoplight brownies and this cool racetrack cake I found on ehow.com. That’s a lot of sweets, so to balance out the menu I’d also offer apple race cars (also from ehow.com) for the fruit lovers in the group! No doubt the kids will get really thirsty with all this racing action, so I’d plan to refashion this Cars toy chest into a cooler, by lining it with plastic and filling it with lots of ice and water bottles!

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And of course there would be lots of deluxe Cars party favors such as this assorted pack, also from Toys R Us!

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This is going to be one lavish party that he’s sure to never forget! Next time you’ve got a special party to plan, check out the awesome assortment of invitations on Paperless Post! You’ll even get 20 FREE COINS to get started when you sign up online! So pop on over to Paperless Post today to begin planning your next enchanting event!

Wearable Flower Garden with ImpressArt Metal Stamps

Today I am excited to share my latest creation from the silversmithing classes I’ve been taking down here In San Miguel de Allende. I created this sterling silver “florero”.

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It makes a beautiful accessory when filled with water and used to display flowers. It can be worn as a necklace or displayed in the home or office!

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I created this piece with the help of ImpressArt’s Newsprint Lowercase Letter stamps. It features the Oscar Wilde quote, “a flower blossoms for it’s own joy.” It’s a really beautiful and powerful quote open to all sorts of interpretations! sc1316-3mm

I highly recommend ImpressArt for all of your customized metal stamping projects! Visit their site today to view their wide assortment of letter stamps, design stamps, metal stamping tools and accessories!

AdTech High Temp Precision PRO Glue Gun Product Review

Greetings fellow glue gun enthusiasts! Today I am super excited to tell you all about one of my favorite new tools, the AdTech Hi-Temp Precision PRO hot glue gun!

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Crafters, hold onto your hats, THIS is the glue gun we’ve ALL been waiting for!!! Brought to you by Adhesive Technologies, the pioneers who invented the original hot glue gun, this new model features a handy Precision Nozzle for fine detail!  Gone are the days where you had to break out the liquid glue for fine detail work! This convenient new precision nozzle gets into all those tight and tricky spots so it’s perfect for all your crafting needs!

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Another fabulous feature of the Hi-Temp Precision PRO is the sturdy base which allows you to keep the tool upright and ready to go! Plus it features AdTech’s snazzy new logo and a bright green Two-Finger Trigger which allows for optimal application control!

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I decided to put this baby to the test by writing out the word “hello” in hot glue, which I then covered in glitter. The effect was awesome! Super easy to do and very clean results! I definitely plan on incorporating this method into some of my hand made cards!

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Next I tried my hand at applying some ultra tiny detailed embellishments onto some 2″ clothespins. I used the Hi-Temp Precision PRO to apply tiny daubs of hot glue to the back of some faux pearl trim. Each tiny daub was perfectly placed with the Precision Nozzle and the Two-Finger Trigger allowed me to accurately control the amount of hot glue dispensed!

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Loving my pearly little clothespin so much, I decided to create some more and challenge myself to apply some rhinestones individually! Notice the perfectly sized round drop of hot glue ready to accept the next little stone!

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Here are my two adorable little embellished mini clothespins, perfect for holding papers or as a quick gift for your friends at the office! The AdTech Hi-Temp Precision PRO hot glue gun made this project super easy, fun and well crafted! I can not recommend this tool enough! The precision and control allows you to conveniently use hot glue on projects where previously hot glue was not an option! It’s an absolute “must have” for serious crafters!

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Designed for smooth lines and small dots, the AdTech Hi-Temp Precision PRO hot glue gun is available at retail at Michael’s stores and on Amazon US. And if you happen to be a retailer who would like to carry this new item in your store, you may order it wholesale from Notions Marketing.

Looking for more fresh hot creative project inspiration? LIKE AdTech on Facebook, where we share tons of fun project ideas for all occasions! And be sure to click “get notifications” to have our creative project idea posts appear in your news feed!

Modern Surrealist featured on MSNBC Show: Your Business

I’m pleased to share this segment from the MSNBC TV program Your Business, sponsored by American Express OPEN.

During the episode my fellow craft industry colleagues and I share our favorite digital tools to help you run your small business.

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We filmed the piece at the 2015 Craft & Hobby Association Mega Show, and I thank the CHA for giving me the wonderful opportunity to promote my business on this very informative show!

To get more great tips and tricks to enhance your business, access a wide array of videos targeted specifically towards entrepreneurs in various industries by clicking HERE. Wishing all of my fellow entrepreneurs much success in all your business endeavors!