Cutterpillar Pro V3 Review & Revised Copic Chart

Hi everyone,

I feel like a review of the Cutterpillar Pro V3 is in order. I talked about it briefly in a past post, but now I can more accurately discuss it after having it for a few months.

The Cutterpillar Pro V3 is a great cutter. Its blade is sharp. I haven’t gotten any dull cuts. The fact that it doesn’t have a mechanism to hold down the paper is still annoying at times. Sometimes, if I am not careful, the paper does move a bit as I move the blade.

I did have to get mine replaced. It was never exactly the same width on both ends of the paper when I put them together. It was maybe .1-.2 mm off (I suck at reading rulers but if you look on the mm side of a ruler, it is about the space from one line/mark to the next line/mark). I know I didn’t move it anywhere or hold it by the bar so I don’t know what could have happened to make it suddenly crooked. Perhaps I was too excited when I first got it to notice that it was crooked to begin with. I did try fixing the ruler on top, but that did not work for me. Cuts still came out crooked. However, I emailed their support. It took a few days for a reply, but once I did, the process was pretty fast and simple. The person who worked with me was great and replied back quickly. She directed me to a rep who works with the company that ships the Cutterpillars. The rep emailed me a shipping label and exactly 7 days after I sent it, I got the new one in the mail.

I tried the new one out immediately. I must have the worst luck or something because my cuts still came out crooked. BUT it wasn’t as bad as my previous one, so I decided that I will just have to work with it. I notice that sometimes the paper slides under the ruler a tiny bit on the end that is closes to the cutter. Sometimes that helps make the cut straighter but sometimes it doesn’t.

I am a perfectionist so the fact that it is a tiny bit off gnaws at me every time I use it. It is a high expectation to have every single machine be 100% accurate, but at about $100-120 a machine, it is disappointing when you end up with a machine that doesn’t work exactly as stated. My Fiskars trimmer that led me to buy the Cutterpillar Pro because of its tendency to dull blades pretty quickly is actually able to cut exactly straight and it cost me $15.

Overall, the Cutterpillar Pro is a great cutter…if you end up with one that cuts accurately. I still like mine, but that one flaw puts it below my Fiskars trimmer. Nevertheless, their customer service/support is fantastic. If you have problems with yours, definitely email them. Maybe you will have better luck and get one that cuts perfectly.

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As of  06/03/14, I have edited a number of mistakes that were discovered on my Copic Marker Color Chart. Thanks to those who helped me catch them.

Please, if anyone else catches more, let me know!

Thanks for reading,

Hally

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Easy Way to Protect and Display Your Cards!

Not sure if crafty people have discovered this yet, but I went to Staples and found these 8.5 x 11 inch page protectors that were divided into four sections, making them 4.25  x 5.5 inch  per section. They appear to currently be out of stock on Staples.com, but perhaps you will have better luck in store, or try another site.

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I figured these would make great protectors for cards that you’ve done. Plus, if you’re the type to showcase them often to people, they are great to use as a catalog type of thing. These would also make great “reference pages,” so you can always look back at cards you’ve done and make more of them!

I’m using these to hold sample cards, so that when I try to sell cards it would be easy for people to skim through and see each card without worrying about them getting dirty or damaged! Or if I need a card for an occasion, I can just look through them and pick one that fits and make it!

The only thing you would have to remember is that these won’t hold A2 cards exactly. You will have to cut about 1/16th to 1/8th of an inch off the regular A2 size to fit them nicely.

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Another nice feature is that they have flaps on them so they won’t fall out easily! Brilliant, Martha Stewart. The flaps are the slightly darker strips in the picture below.

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All in all, these protectors make everything look so professional!

On another note, I bought a Cutterpillar Pro V.3! Luckily for me, I didn’t have to wait long to get it. 7Kids happened to have one in stock so I didn’t have to wait till April to get it!

I was getting frustrated with how quickly my Fiskars blades would get dull and how even with a new blade, the cut was never clean. I finally gave in and bought the Pro. I tried it out as soon as I got it and LOVE it. It really does cut crisply. It felt a bit awkward at first because there is nothing to hold the paper down, except your hand. However, because it so sharp, it almost feels like you’re cutting butter!

I can’t wait to start using it more!

Thanks for reading!

Hally.

(Click on images to enlarge).

A Cinch, a Journal, and Wine Chocolates.

For Christmas, I got a Cinch! Therefore I have been occupied with making books and trying to design the pages. It is seriously more time consuming than I thought!

I have done two books, both are a work-in-progress. Click on images to enlarge.

I call my first book an “I Love You” book because the theme is Love/Valentine. These are a few of the pages I have worked on so far that are more developed. I have about 7 or so more pages to go. I mainly wanted this book to be about memories. I want to be able to add photos and write down memories that are precious in the relationship. So far each page has some kind of pocket so I can add memorabilia.

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Love Book 1

Love Book 2

Love Book 3

Love Book 4

My second book is more of a personal journal. I decided that I wanted to create a journal that was similar to Smash journals where I could write and put random things that come to me for later references, such as craft ideas and quotes. I used various designer paper, blank paper, and lined paper (printed a template on cardstock). The first two images are of the front and back of the book.

I have decided to take my name off the front of the book and put a quote there instead. Hopefully having the quote in front of the book will inspire me to be more creative!

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The Cinch is pretty easy to use. It works great, but the one issue I have is that when I close the binding wires, they don’t come out round. They are more of  oval-ish circles with a dent in each ring, similar to this image here. I don’t know if it is me doing something wrong or if it is just how it is, but being a perfectionist it does bother me a bit. However, it does not affect the functionality of the book. I also noticed the machine does not close the wires together enough for sheets to not fall out of the rings (at least to me it does). Therefore, even after closing them, I have to manually push them closer together to ensure the sheets remain in place. Aside from that, the machine works well.

I also wanted to show a mini project I did for my mom. She wanted to make an interactive card that could hold those small chocolates that are shaped like wine bottles and contain 5% alcohol in them.

Here is what I came up with. You just pull out the slip of paper to see the sentiment, and behind it I’ve attached a box that can hold one of those wine bottle chocolates. The front looks like a tall gift bag, doesn’t it?! I thought it was so cute. It measures about 3″ x 1″ so it is pretty small.

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I’m sorry I’ve been away for these past few weeks. Even being on break, I don’t have time to write, and sadly school is about to resume again! But at least I’m not being lazy. I swear I have been preoccupied with creating things and thinking of things I want to do. I’ve begun to dabble a bit in digital crafting, specifically making printables. It’s a lot of work, but fun! Instead of buying all those fancy Smash tags and papers for my book/journal, I decided to save money by designing my own tags, cards, etc. Once I finish a good amount, I’ll post them up for you guys to use!

Get to crafting!

Hally

Black Friday Spree

So I’ve been a bit of a bad girl and went a little crazy on craft shopping this Thanksgiving/Black Friday. I told myself I wouldn’t spend, but who can resist those unbelievable holiday sales?! My family doesn’t do anything for Thanksgiving, so I was out the door waiting in line Thanksgiving evening with no regrets about missing the big family dinner like so many people do.

I ended up buying FOUR Cricut Cartridges from Joann. They were $20 each and we all know that is a decent price for these products nowadays. I got Type Candy Font, Winter Wonderland, Picturesque, and Elegant Edges. So far I have only explored a bit with Winter Wonderland. This cartridge requires the universal overlay to us, unless you have a Cricut Expression 2. Also, it appears that newly released cartridges do not contain the rewards certificate in them. I did not receive it in my Winter Wonderland box and have learned that Cricut forgot to include them when they sent the cartridges out. I have emailed them about this and am still waiting for a reply. If you did not get your rewards, calling or doing a live chat might be a faster approach than emailing them.

I also ordered two Sizzix die sets (Circles and Scalloped Circles), and a few other things from Joann. I’m still waiting for them to arrive. I also bought adhesive refills from Michaels – Buy one, Get one free, PLUS 30% off coupon. I wished I had gotten more refills when I went the first time because when I went back to get more, they were all gone.

Moreover, Staples had a sale on the Fellowes SATURN 2 95 9.5″ Thermal & Cold Laminator ($160) for $30! My order hasn’t come in yet, so I haven’t been able to play with it, but reviews on it have been positive. Fingers crossed that it doesn’t come damaged or I end up breaking it.

I finally bought a label maker as well. I’ve been putting it off because it is a rather expensive tool to have (thanks to those darn refill tape!). Alas, I decided it was time to get one…for no other apparent reason than wanting one. Best reason to get stuff, right?!  I decided to get the Brother PT-D200MA Label Maker ($40, on sale for $10) at OfficeMax. I’ve only printed one thing off and it worked splendidly. I ordered an adapter for it on Amazon a few days ago and got it today. Now, I can use my label maker without worrying about using a ton of batteries (it requires 6 AAA!).

Now, that the shopping spree period is over (for now) I can now go hide in my room and agonize over how much money I spent and wonder how I can stop myself from spending more money for Christmas.

Thanks for reading,

(Sincerely Poor)

Hally

Copic Marker Color Chart

EDIT: As of  06/03/14, I have edited a number of mistakes that were discovered on my chart. Thanks to those who helped me catch them.

Please, if anyone else catches more, let me know!

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So  my friend and I recently started talking about Copic markers. We have never used them before, but we have seen a lot of crafters (and artists) use them in their projects, and we are always amazed at the results they get. As such, we’ve been contemplating about starting our own little Copic adventure and seeing what we can do with these markers. I did a bit of research a few years ago on Copics, wondering whether I should get them or not, but I ended up settling with Prismacolor markers because of the cheaper price. However, I have decided it is time for me to bite the bullet, shell out some money, and try out a few Copics!

We’ve been doing some Copic research to see what is a good way to decide what colors to get first, what all those numbers on the caps mean, what are the specs of each type of markers (Original, Sketch, and Ciao), what paper is good, where we can get them at the best price, and etc. It is A LOT of information. After years of shopping for art and craft supplies, we know that it is always better to do research on a product before buying them. Saves us time and money.

Anyway, I’ve been trying to find a good chart to use as a color reference but I haven’t been able to find one that I like very much. The chart on Copic is nice, but then I saw a YouTube video on Copic markers comparison, where the person had the color #, blank area for color, and then the name listed. I really liked that one, but couldn’t find it anywhere on the site she mentioned. Therefore, I decided to do an act of lunacy, and make a chart similar to hers on MS Excel (which took me a while to figure out since I rarely use Excel). Yep, a beginner with no experience at all and little knowledge of Copics (and Excel), making her own chart of all the colors. It took me about 3 hours to do…Sometimes, I question the things I do.

I have decided to be nice and share my Copic chart with you. Just a WARNING, mine is not like the charts that show all the colors on a single page. Mine is 8 pages (single-sided) or 4 pages (double-sided) when printed out. It shows all the colors available thus far (to my knowledge).

I sorted it by colors, and listed out the color #, an area for adding colors, and the name of the color. I also left a few blank spaces at the end of each color section so you can add any new colors that may be available in the future.

If you find any errors in my chart, please let me know! I tried hard to make sure everything is accurate, so if I did something wrong or weird, let me know so I can fix it!

Copic Marker Chart

Also, here is a list of a few websites that I found useful when learning about Copic markers.

  1. Her Personal Experience and Tips: http://www.makeitcrafty.com/copic-markers-for-beginners.html
  2. Starter’s Tips: http://debbiehodge.com/2010/11/6-tips-for-copics/
  3. Blending Families: http://ilikemarkers.blogspot.com/2008/06/natural-blending-families.html
  4. Color Suggestions: http://colormecopic.blogspot.com/p/copic-color-lists-general-info.html

Thanks for reading!

Hally

Getting Organized!

Hi!

It’s been a tiresome few weeks but I’m finally making myself sit down and write this post.

One thing that I LOVE to do is organize! I find it really fun to do and I love how everything looks afterwards.

Recently, I purchased a new storage unit for my crafting stuff. I’ve seen it posted on Pinterest a few times, but never really looked into it till now. It’s called the “12” revolving four tray bin” and can be purchased at Harbor Freight for $20. I had a 20% off coupon so I got it for about $17. It took me about an hour to put it all together (with the help of another person) because there were like a ton of screws, washers, and hex nuts! However, it is pretty easy to assemble.

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Here is mine: (click to enlarge)

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I just LOVE this tray bin!

BUT I’m not done yet! Yesterday, I visited Goodwill to look for some craft bargains and came across this:

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I honestly had no idea what it was, but I liked how it moved out and swiveled. I bought it for $1.50 and when I went home….

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TADA! Embossing powder storage! But then I had another idea…

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Dylusions inks! It is the PERFECT size for holding the Dylusions ink bottles. Don’t they look cute stored in there?!

I’m so excited to have found such a good find! I’m planning on buying 1-2 more of these units in the future. Fingers crossed at finding another one at Goodwill.

I looked it up and learned it is called the Swivel Store Spice Rack and costs between $10-20.

Here is a video of the infomercial selling the product: http://www.qvc.com/Set-of-2-Swivel-Store-Spice-Rack-N-More-by-Lori-Greiner.product.H193046.html

Anyway, thanks for reading!

-Hally

 

 

Fun with Dylusions!

Guess what?! I visited Hobby Lobby last weekend and to my delightful surprise they had 2 sets of Dylusion ink sprays that Joann’s didn’t have! Of course, I immediately had to buy them, so now I have 12 of 18. Almost there!

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I haven’t had much time to use all the colors, but I did manage to experiment a bit with some of them.

But first, here are some tags I did with Tim Holtz Distress ink pads. In the first picture, I was focused on stamping, distressing, and collaging. In the second picture, I had some ink leftover on my work surface, and unable to waste them, took some more tags, sprayed more water on the ink and placed the tags right on them. I love the cool marble-like effect that was created! In the third picture, I went further by stamping with Versamark and embossing with white embossing powder. The last picture shows how I have kept my tags together. I bought the ring in a set of various sizes at Walmart for about $2, I believe.

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Here are some examples of me using the Crushed Grape and Vibrant Turquoise Dylusion ink sprays on some kind of cotton-like material that I found from work. I embossed some of them first then sprayed a bit of color on them, then sprayed water to dilute the color and make it spread around. The bottom two in the picture on the right were simply “dyed” by putting them in the diluted, excess ink I had on my work surface, no embossing. Overall, this was really fun to do because it felt like I was spraying on a t-shirt.

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So here are the colored versions of the butterflies from the Antique Flowers And Butterflies stamp-and-die combo set by Hero Arts and Sizzix. My favorite to color was the large one. I found the medium and little butterflies to be a bit of a struggle to color because there isn’t much room for color variation on their wings. I used sharpie pens and colored pencils.

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Below are some examples of me spraying some of my Dylusion inks on watercolor paper. waiting till it dried, stamping on the paper with my butterfly stamps, and then die cutting them. Don’t they look cool?! If you’re ever too lazy to color them by hand, you could always try this method of spray and die cut. Simple and quick.

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Here’s a card I made using some of the butterflies. The brown paper is thin (but pretty sturdy) chipboard that I got from work (LOVE it!).  It is thin enough to emboss and it doesn’t crackle! You can also use your dies on it (mine came out wonderfully). I so enjoy recycling materials from work.

Have a great day copy

Thanks for reading!

-Hally