Spotlight and Reject Shop Hauls March 2018

Hello Fellow Alchemists,

Today I am sharing my Spotlight and Reject Shop Hauls for this month. Spotlight surprised me by having some things I actually wanted for a change but not what I was actually after. The Reject Shop, while their selection is small,  it is dangerous!

Spotlight has been ho hum for me for a while, prices have become very high and their paper craft  range seems to have shrunk. When I was in there they had no KaiserCraft 6.5″ stacks at all and barely any other Kaiser products. On a side note some of their pricing is out of line with other KaiserCraft retailers. Ranging from a dollar or two more to five or six dollars more for a 12″x12″ paper kit. That being said I still managed to snag a couple of bargains with the Heidi Swapp products and the Zing Embossing powder.

The Reject Shop has also shrunk their art and craft sections but what they do have has been packing a mighty punch. The fanciful collection is divine, all those mermaids fairies and unicorns. Twig & Twine is quite nice with a few random pieces of paper in the paper pad that you have to wonder over like the flag signing one. I wish I had seen the Glasshouse paper pad as the die cuts are so pretty.

Having the co-ordinating packs makes crafting with the papers a lot easier as you have ready made embellishments ready to go. My current website header is a pop up box I made using the Fanciful die cuts and some of the stickers as well. I didn’t have the paper stack at the time so had to use other papers from my stash. If you would like to see more photos of the card head over to the Arty Crafty Alchemy page on Facebook.

Hope you enjoyed seeing what I bought, go create some magic!

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

Easy Clean Tim Holtz Stamp Platform

Hello fellow Arty Crafty Alchemists,

Today I am sharing with you how to make an easy clean Tim Holtz Stamp Platform using an Inkssentials Craft Sheet, a paper trimmer and some tape. Of course if you watch the video you will see me do things the somewhat hard way but you will get the idea!

I decided to do this to make cleanup a lot easier. The plastic surface is nice but it’s very slick so things move around easier and get messy faster on it. You can also see the black smudges from some Archival Jet Black… I have found since adding the craft she I have much less movement when the magnets are on top. Some of my projects were sliding around with the two magnets before adding the mat.

We don’t need the ruler! At the time I thought I would make the craft sheet go to the edges but in the end as you see I went with the 8.5″ size. Which is the size of the measuring tape at the top, lol.

Don’t forget to make sure the tape goes all the way to corners! When you don’t do this the corners lift very easily and get caught on your clothes. They curl up and get messy until you have to redo the whole thing. This happened to me with the mat when I stuck it to a board for crafting on. However now it gets a new life on my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform.

This is a good way to recycle an old dingey mat rather than throw it out plus I have more pieces if I need them. They are not economical to buy in Australia so it’s much better for me to just use this old one than cut up a brand new one…

Thanks for watching

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

The Hedgehog Hollow Box February 2018 with a Twist

Hello fellow Alchemists,

Guess what was in my mailbox when I got home today? My February 2018 box from The Hedgehog Hollow full of Lawn Fawn goodness. When I was watching Creativation videos,  I stumbled upon Alexandra’s YouTube channel and watched a few videos, then I saw a video for a huge announcement and had to see what was happening. So when the announcement was made for a box that would feature a different company every month I was intrigued and decided to sign up.  I thought it was a good way to try products from a different companies especially as most of them I wouldn’t buy because prices in Australia are super high for craft items.

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Scrapbook.com Haul Video March 2018

Hello fellow Alchemists,

Welcome to my brand spanking new arty crafty space :). Come join in for some arty crafty hauls like today’s video, upcoming product reviews and tutorials as well as some general arty crafty goodness. This channel has been started to get myself back into the swing of creating again as I have had over a year of not really doing much and I love to create!

Recently I did at scrapbook.com order. Living in Australia  means it takes a good while to get to me, my parcel took around two weeks to arrive! There was one thing I bought that I forgot to show you as it was mixed in with my sisters part of the order so scroll down after the video to see what it was.

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