The Cobweborium Recommendation of the Week: TONIC!

I was doing a little ‘housework’ on the blog here and realised that I haven’t done a ‘recommendation’ for simply ages.  So here I am putting that right with something I’ve just begun using (last week).

I ran out of my usual tacky glue (by Collall) – which didn’t bother me because I knew I had some more on my supplies shelf.  Except …  when I reached to get my other bottle, it wasn’t there.  I’d obviously already used it and forgotten.  tsk tsk.

An urgent dash to The Range (a store in the UK which sells practically everything, including crafty supplies) to get some more,  but when I got there, they had none.  Both Mr. Cobs and I searched the shelves but there was none to be found.  However Mr. Cobs found something else . . . Tonic Tacky Glue.  I looked at it, umming and ahing,  and in the end I decided I had nothing to lose, so bought a bottle to try it.

Tonic Tacky Glue

I’ve now been using it for a week and I can confidently, whole heartedly,  recommend it.  It’s an absolutely brilliant paper and card crafters glue.  It has a really great, very quick grab time, and you really don’t need much glue to form a great bond.

The bottle was ready to useso none of that tricky guess-work about cutting the end off the nib;  and, when you come to use it,  the hole is tinyBUT  don’t be tempted to make a bigger hole until you’ve tested it for a few days,  and then you’ll see exactly how little glue you actually need to do the jobs you need it to do.  Just a scrape of glue is all you need.  Literally, a scrape.

I like this glue so much that I know I’ll be buying and using more of this, and I can see it even replacing double-sided tape for a lot of my card making, (when matting and layering).  It grabs and it sticks, really well.

I’ve so far tried it on felt, wool, wood, plastic, paper and card, and it’s coped really well with all these things.

Tonic Craft Tacky Glue.  If you want to try it out in small first, The Range sell the smallest bottle for just 99p.  I bought the next size up, (which I think was double the size) for £1.99 – which makes it £2.00 cheaper than my normal brand of tacky glueNB … The Range is where I bought it from – but other crafty outlets are available, and you can even buy this on the internet in various places.

 a note:  I’m not paid to make recommendations and I haven’t been given any products to act as payment, or to encourage me to recommend them.  I will only recommend a craft product which I’ve actually tried and use myself, and found to be a great success in my own craft projects.

This recommendation is based only upon my own use of this product.  However … if you yourself already use this Tonic Craft Tacky Glue, then please do share your own experiences by posting them in a comment, and letting everyone else reading hear your own experiences with it.  Hearing from others helps us crafters to form an opinion, and I’m all for crafters helping crafters where they can!

(You can post a comment by scrolling to the top of this post to find the title … then drag your mouse just to the right of the title and you’ll see a little grey speech bubble which will turn deep red when you hover your cursor over it.  Click it and you can then find all the comments and the comment box.)

Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday ~

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Cheap as Chips Cosmetic Sponges – My Craft Recommendation of the Week!

Cheap as Chips Cosmetic Sponges They're for more than just your face!
Cheap as Chips Cosmetic Sponges
They’re for more than just your face!

As a crafter I’m only too aware of how us crafters can be convinced  (conned?  who said ‘conned’?  see me after school!)  – convinced into buying products that,  well … we could either do without or could buy something far cheaper which works just as well,  or sometimes even better.  Cheap cosmetic sponges are one of those things which I know from experience works just as well,  –  or,  for me at least,  far better than a well-known make, little wooden handled thing with the [costly] replaceable pads which is meant to be the crafters dream blending tool;  or some of the other expensive sponges that I’ve bought in the past which were ‘designed especially for crafters’.

I’ve been using cheap cosmetic sponges in the craft room for quite a while and find them far easier to use than any other option available.  I can control the pressure a lot easier.  I can add as little or as much of the medium I’m using as I want and where I want.   I can dab, swish, pat, splodge, circle, stripe, wipe, swipe and all manner of things which will all give a different effect or ‘finish’.

BUT .. please don’t go to your local supermarket or pharmacy and buy their pack of 6 for £2.99 or some other such ridiculous price.  Go instead to your nearest pound shop and find them in there for just a pound, and that’s for a lot more than half a dozen too! 

I currently buy mine (the ones the photographs) from Home Bargains (here in the UK).  The one pack cost me 99p and the other cost £1.  In the grey pack there are the traditional wedge shapes that we all know as being the ‘normal’ cosmetic shaped sponge.  In the other pack are the assortment of shapes – all of them very much useable.

The 'assorted shapes' pack, unpacked so that you can see them all clearly
The ‘assorted shapes’ pack, unpacked so that you can see them all clearly

You can see in the photo above one of the pads which I’d used two days ago.  (I saved it because I knew I was going to take photo’s for this recommendation).  The sponges from the red/pink bag are all different types, but you’ll be able to use every single one of them for various different projects.  And the best bit?  —> Because they’re as cheap as chips you don’t have to worry about trying to wash these out.  At £1 for so many, you won’t fret about throwing these away when they’ve outlived their usefulness.

But .. added to all this wonderfulness from a crafters point of view  –  … if you should find yourself out of make-up sponges – these are actually ok to use on your face too!  (see the photo below, for the information from the back of the pack).

Not just for crafting ...
Not just for crafting …

Please give them a try.  I honestly don’t think you’ll look back once you’ve tried them.

Thanks for visiting.  Please, have a look around while you’re here, and even perhaps leave me a comment or two so that I get to know you.  It’s so lovely to know who’s reading and what you’re interested in.  If there’s any questions you’d like to ask please ask away in a comment.  I’ll be more than happy to help if I can.

Have a really great start to your new week.

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N.B.  I have not been paid, either in money nor ‘goods’ of any sort to make this recommendation.  This is a personal recommendation based upon my own use of a product and my own experiences in using that product.

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