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Crafty sales & Facebook Live

Birthday sale

Flora and Fauna will have a big birthday sale this weekend – I was one of their first guests, so I thought you might want to know! (The peek above is a card coming later this week with Mermaid Animals!) Sale starts tomorrow, Friday – Monday (3/16-3/19), get 20% off everything using code: birthday

Ink and reinker sale

Ellen Hutson – 20% off sale on ink pads & reinkers with the code “inky18”….time to stock up for your cards! My recommendation: Avery Elle dye inks work with Copics, did you know that? They’re also the soft squishy pads, so they can sometimes ink up your stamp better. Below is a comparison between three of the colors.

Facebook Live last week

I created a copic-colored flower on Facebook last week….using Ellen Hutson


This has been a fun challenge so far – check my instagram to see my entries, and jump in anytime to start sharing yours too! Watch the hashtag to see what other creative folks are posting.

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Unboxing: Gemini Junior from Crafters Companion

Unboxing Gemini Junior by Sandy Allnock


Unboxing: Gemini Junior from Crafters Companion

I don’t typically do unboxing videos – but with a big item like this, and a fresh new box, I figured I’d give it a shot. Big ups to Crafters Companion for sharing this with me so I can share it with you! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The card is pretty simple – a border on the front, nested red “love” sentiment, and a red panel inside. The backside of the sentiment portion is covered with white cardstock to keep it clean.


  • Dimensions: Height 5.4″, Width 10.6″, Depth 7.6″
  • Weight: 10.16 lbs
  • Pass through time: 10 seconds
  • 110V/120V power requirements

Overall thoughts

I’m impressed with the functionality – for those who want to do fancy digital things and projects connected to your computer, this is likely not something you need. But if you’re a basic person like me, and want something that 1) fits in your craft room (ha!) and 2) does really nice clean diecutting and embossing….I can definitely recommend the Gemini Junior.

My only negatives are rather silly things: it has no handle on top like other machines, so it’s a 2-handed carry job. (If you plan to haul it to a crop, you’ll need to make a separate trip. And it’s slightly heavy, so if you’re single and have trouble lifting 10lbs, you might want help getting it put in place. But the handles are VERY comfortable to carry it by. And I like the fact that it’s heavy so it’s not going to “walk” across the shelf it’s going to sit on, like my old machine (which has fallen off completely a few times!)

Thumbs up!


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