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[Giveaway Winner] Cricut Cake

It’s time to announce the winner of the Cricut Cake machine giveaway from May’s review!

And the lucky winner is…

Susan, who posted on 2010/07/24 at 12:19pm:

Put my name in for a chance to win. Love my E. Like you expressed, I would be one of those who is willing to wait for the price to go down before I would invest in a “Cake” machine. Thanks.

Congratulations to Susan on being the winner of a new Cricut Cake machine! Check your email for your notification and instructions from Scrapbook Update!

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Giveaway Winner: Echo Park “A Walk In The Park”

It’s time to announce the winner of the Echo Park Paper collection called “A Walk In The Park” [Two Peas] from the review that May wrote awhile back!

And the winner is…

Nora Latip, who posted on 2010/07/13 at 6:13pm:

Love Echo Park pprs but haven’t got a chance to grab any of the collections as yet!

Congratulations Nora! Check your email for a note from our editor to confirm your mailing information!

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Winner: Claudine Hellmuth Extra Time Medium

It’s time to announce the winner of the Claudine Hellmuth Extra Time Medium from May’s review!

And the winner of the random drawing is…

Jacquelin G on May 14, 2010 at 11:38 am, who said:

Love her products – can’t wait to try this!!!

Jacquelin, watch your email box for a notification email from Scrapbook Update about collecting your prize. And thanks to everyone who reads Scrapbook Update who entered!

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Review: Claudine Hellmuth Extra Time Studio Medium

I have found each product in the Claudine Hellmuth line for Ranger to be a good quality, and items that make a great base for my projects. From adding paint to a scrapbook layout to printing photos onto her Sticky Back Canvas, I have had very good experiences.

In February of this year Ranger introduced a new Claudine Hellmuth product called Extra Time Studio Medium. The idea is a simple one – adding some of this product in with her acrylic paint will extend the time you have to work with it by preventing the paint from drying as quickly. The label suggests using equal parts paint and medium, but I found good results with as little as half the amount of medium to the amount of paint.

Why would you use this? Well, any time you want the drying to slow on the paint – either on the project or just sitting out waiting to be used. I found it incredibly useful as I work and wrangle two preschool-aged children. I don’t end up with dry paint on my palette after I run and solve a problem with the kids – it remained useful even through delays and I really appreciated that.

Extra Time Studio Medium is water-based, safe, and non-toxic; and in addition to extending your working time with paint the packaging suggests this is a good product to use in blending multiple colors of paint, in drier climates, and for creating various paint techniques. The product says it’s for use with Claudine Hellmuth’s paints, but of course I tried (and had success) with other brands as well.

I tested the product a number of times over the last month, and in the right situations I’m finding it a tremendous resource. I covered a small frame with the Claudine Hellmuth Sticky Back Canvas, which is a staple product in my studio.

First I took the $1 frame apart, and then got the paint and medium mixed together. I used a purple paint by Claudine Hellmuth for this project.

Then I cut and folded pieces of the sticky back canvas to go around each side of the frame. I cut until I was fairly happy with the fit, then removed the backing and stuck the canvas down around my frame.

As you can see above, it’s not always perfect. That’s alright! Paint will be covering the canvas soon, and flaws can be forgiven. Once you are satisfied with the fit, coat the entire canvas surface with the purple paint mixture. Once the project dried (it did take 30 minutes or so) I coated it with Multi-Medium in Gloss to add shine, and to create an adhesive surface for rhinestones and pearls that dot the edges.

Finally, I added a flower to the bottom of the frame, replaced the glass & backing, and inserted a photo.

There is one downside to this product, and that is that when you’re ready for the paint to be dry, you’re going to need some patience. I suggest just setting the project aside and working on something else for a bit. This product is really so simple, yet it’s already saved me a lot of dry paint heartache, and I can see if I decide to produce multiple projects, or take on any variety of crafts where I want the paint to last it will prove invaluable.

Would you like to win some Extra Time Studio Medium to try out yourself?

Thanks to Ranger, Scrapbook Update has a bottle of Claudine Hellmuth Extra Time Studio Medium to give away!

How to Enter:

All you have to do to be one of the lucky winners is leave a comment on this entry before Midnight U.S. eastern time on Sunday night, May 16th. Make sure you include your email address in the line reserved for it on the comment form (for your own protection, don’t put it in the text of the comment, where it will be visible to the public – just in the line labeled “email” in the form where only Scrapbook Update staff can see it). We will need it to notify you if you are a winner. Winners will be drawn by random drawing from all eligible entries. One entry per person.

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Giveaway Winner: Eco Green Crafts

It’s time to announce the winner of the Eco Green Crafts paint giveaway from Earth Day 2010!

And the winner is…

Gwen L. on April 22, 2010 at 10:02 pm:

I just love the idea behind this group! I’ve been so intrigued since I started seeing posts and videos from CHA and would absolutely love to try their paints!

Congratulations Gwen! Watch for your email from our editor to tell you how to claim your prize!

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Eco Green Crafts Lives Earth Day Everyday (Giveaway)

Today is Earth Day, so everyone is talking and thinking “green”. What can we do to save the planet? But one crafts company lives and works by the principles of Earth Day everyday.

Eco Green Crafts debuted to heavy buzz (heavy enough to be a Scrapbook Update hot pick) at CHA Winter 2010. The company was co-founded by Julia Andrus and Susan Sepaniak. Andrus’s “green” motivation comes from being a survivor of a rare form of cancer, which lead her to believe we need to get rid of the toxins in our environment. As a dedicated crafter, she wanted chemically safe crafting supplies to use. Sepaniak brings to Eco Green a wealth of expertise about craft mediums, having formerly been Director of Product Development at Plaid.

The color palette introduced by Eco Green at CHA Winter 2010 was described to me as based on several influences: 1963 fashion colors, Royal French, Biblioteque, and Country French. Basic metals were also included.

Eco Green’s ink pads are an excellent example of the company’s commitment and attention to detail in their “green” mission. During my visit to their booth, I was told the inks are vegetable-based, the bottom of the case is made of recycled plastic, and that the rounded shape of the pads is designed to be ergonomically correct. Eco Green Crafts offers both dye and pigment ink pads.

The company’s stamps are cling-mounted rubber. Their “green” feature is that since they are unmounted, they save wood. The stamps’ designs are steam punk and vintage styled. Eco Green also offers beads that are made of recycled glass, a very intriguing concept.

In keeping with the natural theme of the company, their color names are almost all drawn from nature: mushroom, sky, butternut, coral, etc.

Noell Hyman of Paperclipping.com (my co-host on Paperclipping Roundtable) taped a really inspiring demonstration in the Eco Green Crafts booth in Anaheim with Julia Andrus:

If you are reading this via an RSS or email subscription and can’t see the video, please click here to view it.

Would you like to craft in an eco-friendly way? You can win some of Eco Green Crafts’ eco-friendly acrylic paints on Scrapbook Update!

We’ve got a selection of their metallics, plus zucchini and mushroom that will go to one lucky reader:

How to Enter:

All you have to do to be one of the lucky winners is leave a comment on this entry before Midnight U.S. eastern time on Monday night, April 26th. (Note: If you are reading this post via an email or RSS subscription, click here and it will take you to the giveaway on the  Scrapbook Update website where you can fill out the comment form at the bottom of the article to enter.) Make sure you include your email address in the line reserved for it on the comment form (for your own protection, don’t put it in the text of the comment, where it will be visible to the public – just in the line labeled “email” in the form where only Scrapbook Update staff can see it). We will need it to notify you if you are a winner. Winners will be drawn by random drawing from all eligible entries. One entry per person.

Good luck everyone! And happy “green” crafting!

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Giveaway: Donna Salazar Papers

One of the new trends in the scrapbook industry has been companies creating products that work with or coordinate with other company’s products. Die machines can use dies from multiple companies, and cardstock companies create coordinated lines for patterned paper manufacturers. When companies work together (either actively or passively) and create products that work together, it is good for the entire market. It enhances the value of both products to the consumer, and helps keep them engaged with the products.

Donna Salazar has been on the cutting edge of that trend by creating paper products that are intended for use with the products of multiple manufacturers. Previously Salazar has created products that extend several Zutter tools. At CHA Winter 2010, she introduced three new lines of papers that go with both Zutter products and several other product lines.

The Memory Mosaics line is intended to be compatible with Ranger’s line of Memory Glass and Frames, and also works as 4×6 panels with Zutter’s Dreamkuts Trimmer.

Salazar’s Trunk In The Attic line also works with the Dreamkuts, containing strip or panel designs perfect for cutting out on it:

A third line, Artistic Papers, is designed as a blank canvas for all the various color mediums that have been coming out lately as stamping has started to influence scrapbooking more: ink sprays like Smooch and Glimmer Mist, ink blenders, Glossy Accents and pens & ink pads. Printed on 80lb cardstock with black outline designs for adding color to, the paper is intended to stand up to the wet and dry cycles that ink-heavy techniques stress paper with.

If you’d like to try these papers out, keep reading! Donna Salazar is graciously donating a prize pack of each of these collections to Scrapbook Update’s readers! So, three lucky Scrapbook Update readers will get to play with one of these collections!

How to Enter:

All you have to do to be one of the lucky winners is leave a comment on this entry before Midnight U.S. eastern time on Friday night, April 9th. (Note: If you are reading this post via an email or RSS subscription, click on the title of this entry and it will take you to the giveaway on the  Scrapbook Update website where you can fill out the comment form at the bottom of the article to enter.) Make sure you include your email address in the line reserved for it on the comment form (for your own protection, don’t put it in the text of the comment, where it will be visible to the public – just in the line labeled “email” in the form where only Scrapbook Update staff can see it). We will need it to notify you if you are a winner. Winners will be drawn by random drawing from all eligible entries. One entry per person.

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Club Scrap Giveaway Winner

It’s time for the announcement of the winner of the Club Scrap giveaway of the June 2009 kit from May’s review of them. (Sorry for the delay – whoops!)

And the winner is…Melinda Wilson, at 4:56pm on 2/26/2010:

This kit looks great. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Congratulations, Melinda! Look out for your email from Scrapbook Update to verify your win and get your mailing information!

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