Rock-a-Block Acrylic Blocks by Crafter’s Companion

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I first heard about this new item when I saw it demonstrated on HSN a week or two ago. Here is a photo of them, and the LINK from the HSN presentation:

As you can see on the HSN link, the HSN price is $19.95 and the Event Price was $17.95 for all 4 blocks. You can also see that they SOLD OUT. Which is kind of rude, since I was thinking of buying some…but whatevs…

Anywizzle, I decided to do some research and see if I truly need these thangs. I’ve become quite an avid acrylic stamper, using them both in my scrapbooks and to make cards. Lawd knows I can’t afford a Slice right now, but maybe this new goody could tide me over til I can open a secret credit card and sneak a Slice into the house without hubby noticing.

So based on the HSN demonstration, I was really impressed. They made it look so easy to just “Rock….Your Block!” The male, un-scrapper host even tried it and, wowzers, if he didn’t make the perfect stamped image on his first try! But I wasn’t born yesterday, or even the day before. I know they have a way of making those TV demos look like it’s so super dooper easy to use something, then you buy it, get it home, and can’t repeat their success. I mean, how do you think EK Success sold so many Blade Runners and those stupid plastic templates?

Shee-ite! You ever try to actually work one of those things? They made it cut like butta’ on TV, but you try it at home and all you have is a bunch if ripped, fuzzy, crumpled paper. And a Blade Runner sticking out of your scrap room wall after you hurled it across the room. You understand why I’m skeptical, no?

Off to do some research. First stop, the home of the British company who manufactures the Rock-a-Block, the Crafter’s Companion WEBSITE. Here’s their pic of the RaB:

And here is kinda how you use them (photo also taken from the Crafter’s Companion website):

Here is their blurb about the product (yep, again from the CC website):

“Brand new from Crafter’s Companion – an innovative and unique stamp mounting system designed to make stamping easy and to ensure you get perfect results every time.

The new Rock-a-blocks are designed to work using a combination of the rocking action, coupled with the innovative depth gauge (the ‘runners’) to give even pressure to the application of ink to the surface to give you perfect stamped impressions every time.

The new Rock-a-blocks come packaged in a set of four including 6”x4”, 6” x 1½” , 4”x3” and 1”x1” so they will work with all of your different stamp sizes.”

The price shown on the Crafter’s Companion website for the same 4 blocks is £14.99. Color me Not British (except I like to say “Mum” and “water closet” and “pram” just to piss off my friends; they say, “Who’re you, Madonna?” and we all have a bit of a laugh….ahem, I digress…). Color me Not British, but I don’t know what the hell that price translates to. Anybody??

In search of reviews and discussions, I found THIS, THIS, THIS, and THIS. Oh yeah, and THIS and THIS too. I went to my trusty source for craft product reviews, CRAFT CRITIQUE, but couldn’t find a review of the Rock-a-Block. They say you can e-mail them with review requests, so I e-mailed them of course, cuz I’m a pest that way. If you would also like them to review this system, feel free to drop them a line (psstt! maybe if they hear from more than one person, and from someone other than a blogger with “obsession” in her name, they will take the request more seriously…thanks!).

And you’re going to be so happy with me, you’ll put me on your Christmas card list, ‘cuz I found a demo video for ya’! It’s from HSN (a different presentation than the one I saw), with that cutie Todd Newton who used to be on E! channel. Here is the LINK.

So, whadya think? You likee?

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7 Comments on Rock-a-Block Acrylic Blocks by Crafter’s Companion

  1. morineko
    November 3, 2008 at 4:09 pm (5 years ago)

    I never saw the Blade Runner on TV, but it worked fairly well for me. However, I am left-handed and most cutting tools do not work well with left-handers at all.

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  2. Erica Hettwer
    November 3, 2008 at 4:18 pm (5 years ago)

    Quickutz made some of those, too. They sold them with foam and a die so you could make stamps of all your Quickutz shapes and fonts. :D

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  3. Dana
    November 3, 2008 at 6:58 pm (5 years ago)

    It does look like the ones from Quickutz…they were really cheap. I have a bunch I bought on eBay. Never thought of using them with my other stamps!

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  4. iamderby
    November 3, 2008 at 7:05 pm (5 years ago)

    I own these Erica. They are ok. But if I could do it over I wouldnt buy them. I use them on occaison, but mostly I have gone back to my regular acrylic blocks. I bought mine from papertrey ink for around 20 bucks. So the HSN price isnt that great considering their shipping is kind of high.
    Pros: even pressure allover the stamp, really helps with larger or images with a lot of opaque parts, doesnt require lots of pressure.
    Cons: be careful when you ink, or you will get ink on the rockers. A little harder to line up due to the whole rocking thing. YOu cant go back over your line because it will fuzz. Purple color is irritating.

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  5. Eileen
    November 4, 2008 at 2:06 pm (5 years ago)

    That was exciting! What a find! I don’t stamp very much because I’m one of those sloppy people that can’t stamp without leaving a border….when there isn’t one. The video was great….I was ready to buy…full steam ahead…then I read Derby’s post………..screech!

    Great find. Great research!

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