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Silhouette Mint – My thoughts about it

Good evening guys. On today’s post I want to talk a little about the Mint which was on my wish list. Why I decided to put it on my wish list? Well because I’m a crafter and what crafter wouldn’t like to be able to create their own stamp in the comfort of their own home. Hehe, well yea that was the main reason. I watched a few videos on youtube about it and I just had to have it. So I received it on christmas but didn’t really play with it until like a week or two after the holidays (busy playing with the kids toys :p)

  
So lets now move on to that day. I opened the box and loved how small and lightweight the machine was. I love that I could leave it right next to my computer and that it didn’t take up much space. As for instructions, pretty straightforward. Insert the disk, download, plug and turn on. The software includes a few free images but I decided to create my own only because I had two stamps included with my mint so I wanted to make the most out of them. If you have the silhouette software for portrait , the mint software is the same just slightly different options. I created my Happy mail v’s sweet ideas stamp and clicked send. Once you click send the software tells you when to insert and how into the mint. Once I slid the stamp in the machine it took seconds for it to print out (AMAZING!!!!) How cool!

 
Ok, now for the ink part. That is probably one of the downsides I have about the mint. The stamp is meant to hold ink so you can’t just use an ink pad(like how you would with clear or rubber-stamps) and stamp  away. You have to add ink directly to the top of the stamp and wait for it to soak in. Then after about 5 minutes you stamp on paper to get rid of the excess ink. After that your stamp is good to go for about 50 stamps.

 
Yea yea it sucks but hey YOU GET TO CREATE YOUR VERY OWN STAMP!!!!!! After that you add your stamp to the wooden block to make it easier for you to use. I found that you can stamp fine without the wood piece I also experimented with another brand of refillable ink (from work) and found that it worked like a charm. (That means you can save a few bucks and buy non silhouette black refillable ink) Why did I experiment with the ink? Well because I plan to send my cousin a stamp and had to find an ink I can send her so that she can use to refill the stamp after it runs out of ink.

 
 So overall thoughts? Love the Mint. Its fast and easy to use. It’s not perfect but then perfect would be too boring lol. The size and weight is ideal especially for my limited desk space. I hate that I can’t just stamp it on an ink pad but I can live with that. It just means I can take it with me and not have to worry about carrying an ink pad for it (just gotta make  sure to refill it :P) Almost forgot to talk about pricing of the stamps. So I’ve read that people feel the stamp is pricey but I don’t think people realize what it really cost to order a custom stamp, not to mention the wait time( ughhh hate waiting) shipping cost and the time you spend looking out the window waiting for the mailperson to bring your package.

If you’re debating on getting one I recommend you do your research and check out some youtube videos. The price of the Mint is reasonable and I’m sure you will get a good use out of it.Let me know if you got a Mint and what you think about it. Would also love to hear any tips. Well thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

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Mommylhey planner goodies!

Hi everyone!!!!

I’m so excited to share with you the goodies I received from my good friend Lhey. You all know that she is the creator and owner of Mommylhey. She is such an amazing person and I’m blessed to have her as a friend. She has such a wonderful personality and is such a kind person, not to mention super talented!!!!  She has tons of beautiful stamp sets and now carries her own line of sticky pads but she isn’t stopping there. She recently sent me some happy mail with some of her new washi tape that she designed. WHAT!!!! YES!!!! Her own washi tape!!!!!!! She also sent me her own glitter pens. GLITTER!!!!! Oh and they also double as an ipad/iphone pen. YUP!!!!!! I couldn’t wait to get started with my new supplies so yesterday morning I decided to plan out this week using my new mommylhey washi tapes and pen.

 
  

When I decorate my pages I always like to start with washi tape and then add all my stickers. I then stamp away using my V’s Sweet Ideas Planner stamps and a few of Mommylhey stamps. I have about five V’s Sweet Ideas planner sets and I find myself always using all of them.

 

Cow stamp created using Silhouette Mint. The cow image was purchased from the silhouette store and I added the saying.

Hopefully before the end of the week I will do a Mint review post.

  
Now, let me just talk a little about Mommylhey’s washi tape and pen. I love the washi tape because its the perfect amount of adhesive. I also like that it is not as thin as some of the washi tapes I have used before. Her designs are super cute but the black and white stripes with the flowers is my fave.

I just love the pens. I believe it is the standard point size but I will double check with Lhey. It writes smoothly and I just love the vibrant colors it comes in.

Here are some photos of this weeks decorated pages using some vintage stickers that I created, Mommlhey washi tape and some stickers from the vintage rolls that I have available in the shop.

Below you will find Mommylhey’s link as well as my online shop’s link.

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Mommylhey Link

V’s Sweet Ideas Shop Link

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“Technique Tuesday” VSC Challenge #38

Good morning lovelies! It’s September 1st and we have a new challenge. Can’t believe it’s September and my oldest starts 3rd grade in a few days. Sometimes I jut want to tell time to slow it down and take it easy. 

So this month we are focusing on techniques. The design team and I used several of our fave and some new techniques to create our September challenge project. 

For my cards I used several techniques. For the first one I decided to try out the no-line water coloring technique. I really loved the look and will definitely be trying this technique out more 

   
   
Stamps used : V’s Sweet “Coffee Break” and “Birthday Wishes”

For the second card I dried emboss the images in silver and then watercolored it. After watching the talented Kristina Werner masks a card the same way I wanted to give it a go. The silver embossing really gives the card elegance. Love how it came out.

   
 
Stamp set used: V’s sweet “Birthday wishes”

V’s Sweet Challenge Blog 

I hope I have inspired you to join us this month and can’t wait to see the different types of techniques. Don’t forget to give the creative team some love and head on over to their blog. Happy Crafting!!

“Anything goes” VSC challenge #37

Good morning!! So it’s been about a week since we came back from our family trip and I am slowly trying to get back into the groove of things. We have a new challenge over at our Challenge blogg. Our theme for the month is “Anything goes” so let’s see all those gorgeous projects. 

For this month’s challenge I made a tag. To make this tag I used my “Birthday wishes” stamp set and colored in the balloons using Tim holtz markers. I then popped it on a tag from Speigalmom. I distressed the edges with Tim holtz ink and added may arts ribbon on top of the tag. I also decorated one of the itty bitty bags available in the shop and stamped the word celebrate and happy birthday on the bag. On the back of the tag I adhered a gift card. 

   
   
This was fun and easy to make for any occasion. Hope you liked my tag and I would love to see your projects on our challenge blog 
Supplies used 

V’s sweet “Birthday wishes” stamp 

V’s sweet May arts satin ribbon

V’s Sweet Whiskers graphics itty bitty bag

V’s sweet versa brilliance ink galaxy gold

SpiegalMomScrapShop tags 

5th Anniversary Scrap Party of SpiegelMom Scraps!!

  

Hello everyone and welcome to the 5th Anniversary Scrap Party of SpiegelMom Scraps!!  Jody, aka SpiegelMom, brought us all together to celebrate and party with all of you!  We have some fantastic fun planned for you, including prizes for all the challenges being introduced by each blogger.  Jody has rounded up some wonderful prizes for the challenge winners from Marion Smith Designs, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, V’s Sweet Ideas (Vanessa and Nicole are with us today), Shimmerz Paints, May DesignsWillowfields Etsy Shop and American Crafts!!

To play along here’s what you need to do:

  1. Create a project based on any challenge introduced during this hop.
  1. You may enter one challenge or do them all!
  1. Link it up on this pageunder the appropriate InLinkz linky tool. You may link up a blog post with your newly created project (no back linking) OR use your Instagram account and link that up!  Cool right!!
  1. Have fun and share the challenges with your crafty friends.  Sharing is caring and you can win another prize just for sharing!  The blog hop and challenges are open July 10-17that midnight CST.
  1. Winners will be announced on July 20thon the SpiegelMom Scraps website

Now, here’s the entire Scrap Party Line Up for you.  After you hop the blogs, there’s a special bonus hop over on 3 YouTube Channels, starting at SpiegelMom Scrap’s channel ! Don’t miss out on that, there’s a fabulous prize for hoping there also!!

SpiegelMom Scraps Blog – Jody   http://spiegelmomscraps.com/

V’s Sweet Ideas – Vanessa            http://www.vssweetideas.com/

Charity – SMS Sparkler’sDT         http://scrapfaire.blogspot.com/

Ka – Special Guest Designer         http://stampingsmilesdesigns.blogspot.com/

Lou – SMS Sparkler’sDT                http://punknscrap2.blogspot.com/

Nicole – V’s Sweet Ideas                http://sweetdesignzz.blogspot.com/

Kat – SMS Sparkler’sDT                http://kraftykat9.blogspot.com/

SpiegelMom Scraps YouTube      https://www.youtube.com/user/SpiegelMomScraps

Teresa Huckle                                https://www.youtube.com/user/craftinmommaML

Charity                                              https://www.youtube.com/user/scrapfaire

Hey Guys! First I want to thank you for hoping along. We have some fabulous prizes and some amazing projects to share with you.

My challenge is the Planner Crazy Challenge

For this challenge Jody provided me with some awesome goodies that I used to decorate my planner. I had a fun time decorating and it didn’t even take me long to do.

I used some Array of Aqua Spiegelmom sequins on the side – Similar sequins (Blue Lagoon)IMG_9105

Made a butterfly magnet using the Pink paisley veneer shapes

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I also made a bookmark on twine using another Pink Paisley wood veneer

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I added some SpiegelMom cork chevrons

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I decorated the edges with gold and white doilies from SpiegelMom

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I enjoyed using all these products from SpiegelMom

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Ok guys I hope I have inspired you to spice up your planners and don’t forget you can pick up all these great goodies at SpiegelMom. Now it’s time to head on over to Charity’s Page!

SpiegelMom Scraps Blog – Jody   http://spiegelmomscraps.com/

V’s Sweet Ideas – Vanessa            http://www.vssweetideas.com/   <——–YOU ARE HERE

Charity – SMS Sparkler’sDT         http://scrapfaire.blogspot.com/

Ka – Special Guest Designer         http://stampingsmilesdesigns.blogspot.com/

Lou – SMS Sparkler’sDT                http://punknscrap2.blogspot.com/

Nicole – V’s Sweet Ideas                http://sweetdesignzz.blogspot.com/

Kat – SMS Sparkler’sDT                http://kraftykat9.blogspot.com/

SpiegelMom Scraps YouTube      https://www.youtube.com/user/SpiegelMomScraps

Teresa Huckle                                https://www.youtube.com/user/craftinmommaML

Charity                                              https://www.youtube.com/user/scrapfaire