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Posted 8/4/2011 by BrooklynsMama in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 8/4/2011 9:21:42 PM
what are your reviews?
I have some stampin up craft pads tht I really like. But, I really like the colors of the Jenni Bowlin ink pads especially for summer projects. Plus, I like the fact that I can buy the ink pads and the reinkers for about the same price as just the pads from stampin up.


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Posted: 8/4/2011 9:35:36 PM
I don't have any Jenni Bowlin inks, but I have loved any Ranger product I have tried. No reason you can't have both, go ahead and try them out.

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Posted: 8/4/2011 9:41:10 PM
I know alot about the Stampin' Up! a demonstrator. Not so much about Jenni Bowlin, because I live in her state and resent having to pay sales tax of an extra ten percent on anything I order from her site.

Do the JBS pads store themselves upside down?
What size are the JBS ink pads?
Does JBS offer matching cardstock and markers?


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Posted: 8/4/2011 10:17:11 PM
I have to say, I was a sucker and bought all the pads.
They are a good size, longer than a distress ink pad but very easy to handle in the hand.

The colors are pretty primary to be honest. I like the pads and think they are great quality but didn't see all the excitement over the colors.

As for the cost, I like to order online with free shipping and no added sales tax to avoid paying higher than retail. :>


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Posted: 8/4/2011 10:27:29 PM
The SU craft pads (not the classic) are a pigment ink (meaning they will not fade over time). Jenni Bowlin ink pads are water based ink (meaning they will fade over time) as will SU classic ink pads.

I find with pigment inks that I get a bolder image color (the color is more rich) than when I use water based inks.

I only have one JB ink and it is fine but of SU, JB and Memento I love my Memento inks the best. While they are not a pigment ink they are fade resistent, work with copics, have matching markers, reinkers and are much cheaper than SU and for me I get the best stamped image (especially fine detail images).

ETA: I don't like the paper (and neither does my Silhouette) so that is not an issue for me.

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Posted: 8/4/2011 10:59:09 PM
I love SU stamp pads. I have used them for 9 years and always keep coming back. I have Tim Holtz and use those a lot as well. I have some Memento too and agree they are very good too. However, I love the coordinating papers. For me, I make TONS of cards, and sometimes it is just so nice to not have to think too hard to coordinate. I really like the new color coach. I guess for me, I just reach so often for my SU pads that the cost is justified - kind of like when you divide the cost over each use, it gets less if you use it a lot.

You do have to pay shipping on SU and sales tax. So, I am not sure how that all factors in. I became a hobby demo when I decided to get all the line and quit once I had everything I wanted. I just signed up again to get a few new stamp sets, updated colors, papers, kind of stock up.


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Posted: 8/4/2011 11:18:46 PM
I have all the Jenni Bowlin pads and I ADORE them! I have many SU pads as well. I prefer JBS inks. They are the best dye ink pad for clear stamps I've ever used, except Memento inks are pretty good too. I was surprised they are as good as they are. I heard they are coming out with 12 new colors. They do need more colors though.
As far as the SU pads go, they are good too, although more expensive plus shipping, then usually waiting a while to get them. SU has a great selection of colors though. As far as matching markers, not a big deal to me. Nor is matching paper, etc. I am a mix it all up kinda girl anyway!


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Posted: 8/4/2011 11:28:27 PM
We carry the entire Jenni Bowlin 12 inks and reinkers in our store. They are a bit bigger than Distress pads (although smaller than Stampin Up). They discontinued 3 colors and came out with 3 new colors at Summer CHA.

She picked these colors to match with her patterned paper. If you're looking for Stampin Up "matchy matchy" look, try Distress Ink. They have matching inks and papers. You can also try Hero Arts Hues. We have their paper and ink pads along with matching ribbons, markers, buttons, paper flowers, jewels and pearls and envelopes.

And for the storing ink upside's not necessary on ink pads. Tim Holtz tells a story about him telling Ranger his ink pads need to be stored upside down, when they were first designing them. They gave him a deer in the headlights look and told him it wasn't necessary. Ink doesn't settle in the pads. When you squish the pads with the stamp, the ink is there.


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Posted: 8/5/2011 12:04:44 AM
I have never been a fan of Stampin up inks. But for color choice alone they have more to offer than Jenni Bowlin Inks.

That being said, I love my Jenni Bowlin inks. They work wonderfully on my clear stamps and the colors are very nice.

I believe in having a variety of inks on hand. So I have Distress Inks, Whispers Inks (great for dollar stamps), stazon, memento, colorbox chalk inks, tons of CTMH inks, adirondacks...etc There is an ink for every job.


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Posted: 8/5/2011 10:59:07 AM
I think I have decided to go with the Stampin Up Classic Brights Collection. The colors are around the same as the original Jenni Bowlin. I didn't like that Jenni Bowlin is already discontinuing some inks when it just feels like she came out with them. My original plan was to buy all the JB ink and then one reinker, but some are sold out places and won't be getting them back in.

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Posted: 8/5/2011 1:18:01 PM
I think you will be very happy with the SU ink pads.


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