Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A New and Neat Product!


I shared awhile back that I am a Kitchen Designer for Lowe's.  (If you are curious, here is a link to a handful of my designs.)  I wish I worked on commission, but I don't.  So I am sharing this with you because it's cool and useful for many applications.

Why didn't they think of this earlier? 

I have to say that many of the new countertop laminates aren't like the ones granny had, (and my first love will always be granite) but here is a laminate that would be useful in other rooms--craft rooms, class rooms, play rooms, waiting rooms, industrial (rooms?)--you get the idea...

Drum roll please...

You are probably saying, "What's the big deal Gale?"  Well, I'm glad you asked.  These are samples of the new Formica dry erase board laminates that can be used horizontally (countertop) or vertically on a wall.  Think of it, a countertop/tabletop that kids (or non-kids) can color on that can be cleaned (sterilized even for waiting rooms?).  The example on the left is Formica Color Book/Markerboard in Gloss Finish #9315-90.  The one on the right is my favorite; Formica ImagiGrid/Markerboard in Gloss Finish #9313-90.  I think I will get a sheet of it (instead of ordering a top) and adhere it to the top of my craft desk and auxiliary tables.  It's too new for me to have the pricing for various sheet sizes, but I can tell you that as a countertop my store will charge $14/sq ft furnish and deliver or $24/sq ft installed.


These are Formica "Chalkables" in either Black 3037-CK or Gray 3036-CK.  Way better than chalkboard paint as it is cleanable without damaging it.  Don't know if I will get any, but I'm sure it would be useful for many folks in design, education or fun.  I checked on the price point and my vendor doesn't have it yet, but we sorta think it will be the same as the Markerboard.

So there you have it, my "pay it forward" moment of the day!

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Gale's Gallery XXX Part II: Simon Says Create! Event--Create 'n Takes

Hello again!

As promised, here is a look at some of the create 'n takes from the Simon Says Create! event last weekend.  All of the products that are available (some were sneak peeks) are linked below if you're in a shopping mood!  Due to my slow learning curve (and large product listing) they are linked to Simon Says Stamps, but these and other products are available for browsing at the store links down the right margin.  These help support the blog at no cost to you whatsoever....

Let's start in the back and go L-R:  If you click on photo you can see a larger image.

Chibitronics Battery-operated light up card.  The candle lights up.  This is a lot less complicated than I originally thought and fun!

Wow! Double-sided adhesive with glitter stripes.  I just guesstimated the widths as they were about to close for lunch when there was finally a seat at the table.  Stamps from Wow! "Born to Sparkle" set.

Cas-ual Fridays Die-cut thanks, stamp "Full on Floral" background, make a 1" split, flip that middle piece over to show plain side, pop up with foam tape.

Newton's Nook Birthday card using Copic Markers and "Newton Loves Cake" stamp set and dies.

Concord & 9th Features their new super simple "Floral Fill-In" patterned papers and stencils that work together allowing for you to choose any color combo you want.

Sizzix Easy and cute Cupcake Fold It! die card.

Middle row L-R:

Gelli Plate Do it yourself print making plate usable with any paints, dyes or whatever.  These tags were made with Distress Oxide Inks.

Sizzix Happy Birthday Drop In Die set.  This set is reasonably priced and easy once you get the hang of it.

Right At Home Layered floral stamps from their "Bunny Hugs" set.

Lawn Fawn  Scalloped Box Pop Up Die on Perfectly Plaid cardstock.  Stamped with Versamark Onyx black ink using "Elphie Selfie" set and colored in with Copic markers.

Waffle Flower Ink blending on Misti tool with Stitched Cacti stamp set.

Mama Elephant  Big impact with just blowing watercolors through a straw.  Stamped with "Hello Friend Wishes" set.

Hero Arts  Peacock Layer Stamps and Die set using Hero Arts coordinating ink cube pack.

Sugar Pea Designs  Stamping on fabric bag with Walnut Stain distress ink (and it didn't leak through!)  The stamp set we used was a sneak peak, but I linked similar ones below.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention some of the other great tables that didn't have open seats at the right time for me:  Neat & Tangled, WPlus9 and Altenew to name a few.

As they say, a great time was had by all!  Hope you enjoyed my first post using Inlinkz!

Until next time,