Saturday, June 23, 2012


Do you remember these two sketches from my June newsletter?

Well I just received my first challenge card from Carole.  Here is her version of the sketch:

This card features the retired stamp set Aint Love Grand.  Thanks for sharing with us Carole!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Techniques- Product Talk- Embossing Buddy

Hey Girls!  I've got great news for you! 
The Embossing Buddy, which has been unavailable since last September, is now in stock and ready to be ordered!
I use the Embossing Buddy EVERYTIME I emboss, to ensure I get a crisp clean image and no stray specks.Click Here to order Embossing Buddy from Stampin' Up!
This little tool is very inexpensive, yet makes a HUGE difference when heat embossing.  
Why get frustrated by little flecks of embossing ending up in spots other than your stamped image?  Why waste paper and embossing powder redoing because of the specks?
Simply purchase the embossing buddy, rub it over your cardstock to remove the static before you start- easy!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Don't Blink...

Today is my birthday,and reflecting back on the past year,then I found this video, and I thought this a fitting has a wonderful message for everyone....check it out....

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Tutorial- Product Talk- Tombow Adhesive

Adhesive is very important to us paper crafter's.   

I’m asked frequently what kind of adhesive I use, and I am ALWAYS willing to toot the horn for my  favourite adhesive:   Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue -Stampin’ Up! item number 110755, $5.25.  

When I tried the Tombow Liquid Glue I was in heaven because it is forgiving- it gives you a moment to shift your layers right where you want them by sliding them, allowing for perfect placement, and if you happen to get a dot of glue on your paper you can wipe it off and the excess always dries clear. 

 Also, you will not see any warping of your paper and your projects will not fall apart.    

The glue bottle has a large (bottom) and small (top) applicator tip.   I always use the small one.

There is a photo below showing how little of the glue is needed. 

  All you need is the thinnest of lines of glue 1/4″ in from the edge.  The biggest mistake (in my humble opinion)  you can make with this stuff is using too much- which won't hurt your project, just your pocketbook. 

 Also, this glue goes a long, long way and is very cost effective.   I personally have made over 300 swap cards from one bottle- now that is cost efficient!

Try it - order a bottle today- I bet you will be hooked like me!

Here is the specifications published by Stampin' Up!:

Multi-purpose Liquid Glue

Features & Benefits: 
-Latex rubber acrylic resin adhesive
-Adhesive can be both permanent or temporary depending on how it is applied – see FYI
-Works great for adhering card stock or Designer Series Paper to chipboard 
-Dries clear
-Excellent for adhering Stampin’ Glitter to surfaces
-Dual-tipped applicator: use small tip for precision placement and wide tip to cover larger areas
-.875 oz.

Multipurpose Liquid Glue is temporary or permanent. To use it as a temporary adhesive, allow it to dry 
before adhering. To use it as a permanent adhesive, adhere it when wet. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tutorial- Product Talk- Tips and Tools for Papercrafters

Here are some common tips and tricks shared by my fellow demonstrators: 

Adhesive Remover
This small and inexpensive tool is a must! Never worry about messy glue residue again with this great tool.You can remove unwanted adhesive (except tape) quickly and easily!

Builder Wheels
When rolling three wheels at a time, the middle wheel maygive stampers difficulty. If you’re having trouble getting a clear image, besure--first of all--that the wheels are well inked. Place your index finger ontop and in the middle; and you may even need to lay your free hand on top forextra pressure - much like larger stamps. 

Perfect Placement of Stamped Images
Use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to place animage exactly where you want it, every time. This handy tool allows for fastand precise stamp placement. 

White Gel Pen
Occasionally an older gel pen will appear to lose its steadyflow. If it still has liquid, you can clean the tip thoroughly with an alcohol wipe first.Also, try sitting on it for a few minutes! If your stamp space is cool or damp,the heat from your body will help the pen flow better!

Burnish Every Project
Your glue will have greater “staying power” if you flip over the layers and rub the back with a bone folder! It doesn’ttake much time, but it gives a longer-lasting effect.

Clear-Mount Stamp Storage
Save the large rubber piece from which you punch out theclear mount stamps. Return your stamps to their “place”--this way they willstay put in the case and you can see (at a glance) which ones are missing!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Scrapbooking -A Tale of Two Bucks

Here is a sample of a page I made featuring my oldest grandson Richard and my youngest son Jesse.

The deer heads are dies that I purchased while on a business trip to Wisconsin- I think the fit perfectly with this page. All cardstock and embellishments on this page are not from Stampin Up (just using up some of my old supplies)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Product Talk-Floral Framelit Dies & Daydream Medallion Stamp Set

I absolutely LOVE that Stampin' UP! is now coordinating stamp sets ad Framelit dies! 

Of course, I also love that the inks match the card stock, which matches the ribbon, which matches the brads! 

I also LOVE that  stamp image in the catalog that has a blue outline has a coordinating punch?  And, if it has a red outline, it means that there is a coordinating Framelit! Easy coordination! 
Daydream medallions 126467L  Floral frames 127012L
The new Daydream Medallions and matching Floral Frames Framelits are a perfect example ! 

Here is a sample using the New 2012-2014 In Colors showing what you can do: 

There are many new Framelit Dies in the new Idea Book and Catalog on page 191: 

Labels Framelits- coordinates with: 
                                                      Apothecary Art pg 102
                                                      Memorable Moments pg 139
                                                      From My Heart pg 139

Apothecary Accents Framelits- coordinates with: 
                                                                           World Treasures pg 98
                                                                           Layered Labels pg 103

Bitty Banners Framelits- coordintaes with: 
                                                                Bitty Banners pg 134
                                                                Blue Ribbon pg 33

Hearts Framelits- coordinates with : 
                                                    Take It To Heart from last mini catalog

Floral Framelits- coordinates with: 
                                                    DayDream Medallions pg 117