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Thursday, February 11, 2016

WHAT CRAFT ADHESIVE SHOULD I USE?

Hey Everyone! Ken here with Ken's Kreations!

One of the main question I get from new crafters when they start is what type of adhesive do I use. It is a question that takes me straight back to my nostalgic memories of when I first started in crafting. I received my first Cricut machine which was the Cricut Expression and soon after I was making projects using my Glue Sticks and Scotch Tape which i quickly realized was not very professional. So I looked for a solution, which I found in a now almost forgotten place. The Cricut Chat boards. There I kept hearing the word Xyron. What a funny little name, why would I want anything named Xyron? Well I soon figured out that this little name would be the answer to my question. 


So once I heard the funny little name I bought my first Xyron machine the Xyron 150 "X" Create-a-Sticker Machine, which is till my go to machine for adhesive. This little machine started my OBSESSION with Xyron and I never looked back. But I am getting ahead of myself. 

I LOVE Xyron so much it is the adhesive of choice in my craft room with the exception of my Scotch ATG . Everything else for my adhesive needs is Xyron, due to the fact that it is edge-to-edge adhesive? To show you all the Xyron can do I have decided to make a 2 video series going over the product family of Xyron. In this first video we will take a closer look at the adhesive family of Xyron. We will take a look at the  Create-A-StickersMega RunnerTape Runner and even how to get rid of the unwanted Xyron adhesive with the Adhesive Erasure. Let me show you my YouTube Video, and then underneath the video we will take a closer look at each product, what I use each individual product and any tips I have used!


Okay you know you want Xyron in your life now! Right? so if you are still asking you self some questions let's answer some with some bullet points and tips of each product! To purchase any of the products below either shop for the shopping list down below or click on ANY of the photos!



  • Replaces messy glues and other adhesives
  • A must have portable adhesive solution for crafters, moms, teachers and more
  • Applies an edge to edge acid free adhesive to items up to 1.5-inches wide and about the thickness of a nickel
  • Refill cartridges available; Easy to change. Permanent or Repositionable  
  • Perfect for die cuts, buttons, flat gemstones and so much more; measures 4 x 4 x 2
  • Uses Rub & Peel Technology to adhere the adhesive to your cuts
  • Use a Piece Tool or pen to trace around cut-out to release adhesive from cut before peeling top layer


  • Lightweight, portable machine for applying edge-to-edge adhesive to items up to 2.5-inches wide
  • New in 2010 - The XRN250 can now accept chip board and other items up to 1/16 inch thick
  • No batteries, electricity, or heat required
  • Includes 20-foot permanent adhesive cartridge; Refill cartridges available with either acid-free Permanent or acid-free Repositionable Adhesive
  • Measures 6 x 7 x 8 inches; 1-year limited warranty
  • Does NOT REQUIRE Rub & Peel Technology and unused adhesive rolls back into the cartridge 
  • To remove adhesive in between small cuts use a Pierce Tool and trace around your cut. (see video above)



  • Perfect for making scrapbook pages, photo greeting cards, labels, tags and more
  • Applies an edge-to-edge adhesive to flat items up to 5-inches wide including paper, photos, ribbons and more
  • No electricity, batteries or heat required
  • For making permanent or removable acid free stickers
  • Measures 8 by 8.5 by 5.5 inches; 1-year limited warranty
  • Does NOT REQUIRE Rub & Peel Technology and unused adhesive rolls back into the cartridge 
  • To remove adhesive in between small cuts use a Pierce Tool and trace around your cut. (see video above)


  • Convenient Disposable Sticker Maker
  • Compact, lightweight, disposable unit with components that can be recycled
  • Insert your item, pull the paper strip through and tear off
  • Make stickers up to 3-Inch wide
  • Measures 3.8 x 4.0 x 2.0 Inch
  • To remove adhesive in between small cuts use a Pierce Tool and trace around your cut. (see video above)
  • THIS IS A DISPOSABLE UNIT AND DOES NOT HAVE REFILLABLE CARTRIDGES




  • Ergonomically designed runner allows you to accurately apply a strip of acid-free permanent adhesive
  • Includes cartridge with one hundred feet of 1/2 inch dot pattern adhesive
  • Cap protects adhesive when not in use
  • Easy to change cartridge based system
  • Replacements available in 1/2" and 1/4" 100 feet permanent adhesive rolls.
  • Measures approximately 7.25 by 6 by 1.5 inches
  • TIP: When using the Mega Runner pull the runner along your project slowly and steadily. If not the Mega Runner may bunch at the tip of the machine and you will have to manually wind up your tape again. 



  • Xyron's new tape runner for 2011
  • Ergonomic design
  • Easy to change cartridge based system
  • Includes cartridge with forty feet of .31 inch wide dot pattern adhesive
  • Replacement cartridges tape runner refill comes with an additional 40 feet of dot pattern adhesive
  • Measures approximately 2 by 3.75 by 1 inch



  • This square eraser removes most adhesive residue
  • Acid free, quick and easily removes misplaced adhesives, non-toxic
  • Perfect for school and home projects, scrapbooking and paper crafts, and card making
  • TIP: Gently rub onto your project. Rubbing to hard will tear paper.
  • Measures 2 by 2 by 3/8 inches



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Thursday, February 4, 2016

FUN WITH CRAYOLA

Hey everyone! Ken here with Ken's Kreations.

When I was a kid I remember sitting in my living room watching the Toys'R'Us commercial with their famous jingle. You know the one I am talking about! If you don't know, then CLICK HERE. Well I remember telling myself back in the 80's, I don't have to grow up! I can always embrace my kid side and play with toys! And still at the age of 36 I still am living that promise and singing that song!


So for the past years I have always played with toys, but this past year I found a series of toys from Crayola that really sparked my creativity so much that I wanted to make some videos for you to enjoy with your kiddos. This is the first in the Kids Crafts & Toys Playlist Series that I have started on my Kens Kreations YouTube Channel. Let's take a closer look at both of these amazing art toys that are fun and creative!

CRAYOLA MARKER MAKER


Experiment with color by making your own custom markers using the Crayola Marker Maker. Create up to 16 markers with Wacky Tips that change the way color lays down on the paper. This interactive kit has everything you need to get started, including three ink bottles, two marker boxes, two measuring tubes, a mixing chart, tweezers, and enough parts to make 16 one-of-a-kind markers. Kids ages eight and up will enjoy making their own marker colors and trying out their colorful creations.

Like a scientist in the lab, kids can have fun in their very own color laboratory with the Crayola Marker Maker. Use the mixing guide to decide what colors you'll create or have fun coming up with your own. The Marker Maker factory puts your custom color into a unique marker that you'll enjoy using in your own artwork.

Creating your own unique and colorful markers is easy. Choose which inks to use, mix them together, and dip the marker reservoir into the measuring tube. The marker core will appear to magically fill with your custom ink color. After the core is completely filled, remove it from the tube using the tweezers and assemble the marker with a cap, tip, and plug. Complete your marker by attaching a personalized label and naming your custom color.
So what comes in the box? The Marker Maker, three 1-ounce ink bottles, two marker boxes, two measuring tubes, mixing guide, tweezers, and 16 marker-parts sets (barrels, labels, cores, tips, caps, and plugs). You can also get other exciting colors like Pastel Colors to expand your color library. 
CRAYOLA PAINT MAKER

Creating your own custom paint colors is fun, fast, and easy with the Crayola Paint Maker. This interactive kit comes with a mixing guide to help you create 15 unique paint colors--or even make your own. Name your color creations using the included labels and clean up easily with Crayola's paint strip technology, designed to prevent mess. The Crayola Paint Maker folds up easily for convenient storage and is designed for kids ages eight and up.


With the Crayola Paint Maker, kids can explore the fascinating world of color by developing and naming their own custom paints. An included booklet provides guidance on mixing and helps kids learn about color. Whether you like to experiment or keep things simple, this kit guides you through every step of the process. The set includes 15 paint pots and labels.
Create nearly endless color combinations with 75 color strips in three colors (red, blue, and yellow). Each color is imprinted onto a paper strip to help reduce mess. A brush and 10 sheets of paper are included so kids can experiment with their new color creations. Additional paint pots, labels, and paper are available in the Crayola Paint Maker Refill Pack (sold separately).
The Crayola Paint Maker features a fold-up design for easy storage and cleanup. The portable design is easy to carry for color creation on the go.

So what comes in the box? Well, Crayola Paint Maker, 15 paint pots, 2.5-ounce bottle of paint base, 75 color strips, 10 sheets of paper, 15 paint pot labels, color mixing guide, and paintbrush.

BUY CRAYOLA PAINT MIXER HERE

If you have not taken the time to be a kid again, now is the time!!

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

POLLY PLASTICS MOLDABLE PLASTICS REVIEW


Hey Everyone! Ken here with Ken Kreations

Well as many of you, as Christmas closes we do what all natural human beings do....we start working on our next year's Christmas lists. And at the top of my next year list is a 3D Printer. However I am excited to say that I did get a chance to work with another form of plastic this past week. Polly Plastics Moldable Plastic and Color Pellet Kit.


The Plastics Moldable Plastic and Color Pellet Kit gives you a world of potential in the palm of your hand, literally. You finally have the ability to make custom plastic pieces of art for any occasion and in any color including gold and silver and your can create any color! Create with color!

This Kit contains 10 oz of the moldable pellets plus 7 colors (blue, black, white, red, yellow, gold and silver). This is a great way to experience this amazing product and create any different colors you want. Look at all the different color combinations you can create!!


Plus the colors are colorants that are made in the USA. They do not purchase or produce any of their products in China or India. Enough of each color is included to easily color the entire 10oz of jar or more. You will easily find yourself buying more Clear Pellets before you need to buy the color pellets again. 

Now at first I figured this system would be tough to grasp, I mean you are molding plastic. However, included with you set is an Idea & Instruction Book that includes 12 colored pages on how to mix,make and mold your designs. The concept is fairly easy and after my first batch I was up and running with my second, third and fourth batch in no time! 

This system is easy to use. Melt the moldable plastic pellets with hot water at 150 degrees and wait for the white pellets to turn clear. They will clump together into the center. Sometimes I had to give them the courage to do this by moving them with a spoon. Once they have clumped together you can remove them from the heat and start molding, adding color and just having fun with it! 

This first thing I used them for was to make lego men using my Lego Silicon Baking Tray. Once I removed the clear pellets from the heat I followed the color instructions and added 5  yellow pellets and started to micx this together. Now during the mixture phase, my plastic started to harden too quickly. That is okay, simply put it back into the hot water to soften again and remove to start mixing again. Once the color has been evenly distributed through, place the plastic into the mold and let set up. You can speed this process up by placing into a cold environment. 

I followed the same process with the Han Solo Mold, except this time I used 10 silver color pellets. With this system you can make, mend & modify. Use it for crafts, art projects, home repair, model making, prototype, and so much more. No need for extruders, molds or epoxy systems. Everything you need is in this kit, except your imagination! 

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