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Happy Scatter March Releases!

I’ve been adding a few new items to the Happy Scatter Etsy Shop this morning…

Happy Scatter March 2015 Releases

There’s the ‘See A Rainbow’ Stencil:

Happy Scatter 'See A Rainbow' Stencil

Which looks so pretty when you sponge through some pigment ink using an ink blending tool:

Happy Scatter 'See A Rainbow' Stencil

There’s also a new wood veneer set, called ‘Fresh New World’:

Happy Scatter Fresh New World Wood Veneer Shapes

The diamond shape can be turned into a kite by tying some ribbon or twine through the hole at the bottom!

Finally there’s a ‘Picket Fence’ Spring Paper Pieces Set. This is a selection pack of the kinds of paper embellishments I offer, as it includes three 3×4″ die-cut cards, two journaling cards, and ten pieces of ephemera:

Happy Scatter Picket Fence Spring Paper Pieces

You can see I’ve gone with a spring / Easter / gardening / outdoors theme this month – can you tell I’m ready for the ready to get warmer so we can get back outside more often?!

Which item appeals to you? Are you ready for spring now?! I’ll be back tomorrow to share a spring-themed card using these bits and pieces.

Don’t forget to ‘like’ the Happy Scatter Facebook Page if you want sneak peeks of new items!

Bye for now,

Jennifer x

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Happy Scatter February Releases!

I’ve listed a few new goodies in the Happy Scatter Etsy Shop this morning!

Happy Scatter Etsy Shop February 2015 Releases

There’s the new Scattered Triangles Stencil:

Scattered Triangles Stencil at the Happy Scatter Etsy Shop

Some ‘Look At This’ 3×4 Die Cut Cards for general use:

Look At This 3x4 Die Cut Cards at the Happy Scatter Etsy Shop

And something new and fun – some Everyday Printed Cork Stickers:

Everyday Printed Cork Stickers at the Happy Scatter Etsy Shop

These stickers are all hand cut or punched with a craft punch. The images are printed onto paper then I heat-transfer them individually to each sticker. It takes ages but I think it’s worth it, what do you think?

All the new items this month were designed for ordinary-life layouts and occasions – they can fit all kinds of themes and uses!

Thanks for checking them out. I’ll be back sometime next week to show you a project I made with these, and to let you know who the Guest Designers are going to be! And don’t forget to ‘like’ the Happy Scatter Facebook Page if you want to keep up with sneak peeks and news!

Have a great day,

Jennifer x

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Heidi Swapp Minc Machine Unboxing and First Use!

My Heidi Swapp Minc Machine arrived, hooray! If you don’t know about this machine, it’s basically a foil applicator so you can make things shiny! I ordered mine from Create & Craft TV here in the UK, but they’ve sold out for now. I know several other places have it on order though, including Hey Little Magpie.

Frustratingly the Minc 6×6 pad and tags that I ordered at the same time have not been delivered yet, but I’m lucky that I have a laser printer, so I can use that, plus the tags that came with the machine, to play with while I’m waiting!

Heidi Swapp Minc Machine Foil Applicator Unboxing and First Use

As it’s such a new scrapbooking / papercrafting product I recorded a video of the unboxing and first use of the machine:

 

(You can also watch the video on YouTube HERE)

I have not sped up this video (like I sometimes do on my videos) because I want you to see how fast you can take this out of the box and put it to use! I did record the sound later as a voice-over though – the mic on my camera is not great and there’s generally a lot of noise in this house during the day.

Here’s a couple of tips for things I’ve learnt so far. These are the main points of the video but I’m putting them here too in case I talk too fast on the video.

Minc Machine First Use Tips:

1. The machine gives off an odour the first couple of times you use it, like when you’ve just cleaned the oven and the next time you use it it needs to burn off the smell. This odour disappears after a few uses (I’ve used it more times since the video).

2. Be careful when taking the foil sample that comes with the machine out of the plastic packet, I got the foil stuck to the sticky strip on the bag and wrecked some of it! Cut off the sticky tab first!

3. Have some really sharp scissors to hand, you can’t cut the foil with blunt scissors.

4. The rollers are much further into the machine than I thought they would be!

5. The static properties of the carrier sheet can grab the foil and make it move around when you are putting the foil and tag/item inside it. Double check the foil is covering the whole printed part of the item before you put it into the machine!

Also, the power cable is not very long – about 40″. I’m going to need another extension lead if I want to use this in the middle of my table, which is a bit annoying, but not a deal-breaker for me.

That’s the main points for now, I’ll be doing more videos with the Minc so make sure you subscribe to my YouTube Channel  so you don’t miss them! If you have any questions about the machine let me know and I’ll try to cover it in a future video.

Here’s the two tags:

Heidi Swapp Minc Machine Tags

They aren’t perfect but I’m getting a lot better the more I practice!

What do you think, would you like one of these machines? What foil colour would you choose to use first?

Have a great day,

Jennifer x