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How to Get your Acyrlic Blocks to Stick to your Stamps

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This has been an ongoing issue for me.  I had invested in the block collection and was only buying the clear mounted stamps.  The stamps kept falling off the blocks.  I’ve wasted countless pieces of cardstock and have ruined near complete cards due to inked stamps falling off in the middle of stamping.  It got to the point where I stopped buying the clear stamps.   I would avoid using them on a project, and when I  did, I didn’t bother with the block, only using my fingers or rolls of tape.

But!

It looks like that’s all about to change 😀  The trick is to NOT adhere to graphic sticker on to the stamp.  Just pull the stamps out of the sheet, take off the backing and that’s it.  Works like a charm and they are super clingy!  As for the graphic stickers – I’ve been sticking them to the inside of the case.

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An Expression of Love

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If you’re using the expressions thinlits you may experience a challenge getting the words out of the die without damage.  I heard of a great tip that works fantastic.  Use a piece of wax paper between your cardstock and the die.  Run the sandwich though your BigShot three (3) times.  You’ll get a nice clean cut and the word pops out of the die much easier.

Recipe:

  • Stamp set: Hearts a Flutter
  • Cardstock/DSP: Amore; Smoky Slate; Primrose Petals; Whisper White
  • Ink: Primrose Petals; Coastal Cabana; Strawberry Slush
  • BigShot: Expressions thinlits; Hearts A Flutter framelits
  • Embellishments: Smoky Slate Chevron ribbon; Tag a Bag accessory kit; Basic rhinestones
  • Adhesive: Glue Dots; SNAIL; Tombo Multi Liquid Glue; wax paper

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Thursdays Tips, Tricks, and Techniques

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Hello everyone! It’s a gorgeous, sunshiny day here.  Feels like the first one in ages and I can’t wait to get outside and enjoy it.  But first, I want to share this weeks technique.  It’s really cool!

Told ya!  How cool is that?? A card that looks like tiles!

I’m making my own version to post over the weekend.

My tip this week relates to colour theory. 

Having a background in art and design, I have taken several courses in colour theory and design principles.  Understanding colours and how they relate to each other; using the feelings they purport to invoke along with choosing combinations based on the impact they will have – to the viewer/wearer or the design itself is really fascinating and makes for a very interesting course.  So, if you get the chance, I highly recommend learning about colour theory and design principles.  Or.. come to think of it — stay tuned to my blog.. I think I might add a new section on those topics.

Anyway.. back to my tip.

Roy G Biv!

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A name easy to remember and an acronym for the colours in sequence in the rainbow.  It also help to remember when you’re placing multiple colours side by side on your card/scrapbooking projects.  These colours in sequence: red; orange; yellow; green; blue; indigo; violet; red; orange and so on..  whether backwards or forwards, you’ll have the most pleasing to the eye colour flow if you place the colours in sequence based on Roy G Biv.

A card example using Roy G Biv, made by a fellow demo, Carey Escobedo:

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Click image to visit Carey’s blog

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Stampin’ Up! Simply Pressed Clay

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I am case-ing! (To CASE: Copy And Share Everything)

I ordered the Simply Pressed clay, unfortunately it was back-ordered and I’ve been waiting (somewhat) patiently for it to arrive.

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Yesterday was the day I came home to find it sitting, waiting for me on my doorstep!!! Woohoo! And now — I can play with it!

Just add a drop of ink and knead into white clay to create any colour you like.

I wanted to show you some of the ways you can customize the clay using brads and glitter and of course the molds (which my sister has generously lent me until I order my own set) — thank you, Sis!! 😀

From the blog of a fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. Please take a moment to click on the image and visit her site.

Hopefully this image will spark your own creativity when you’re using the clay — I know my creativity has been sparked 🙂

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Tips, Tricks n’ Techniques Thursday

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Good morning to all my fellow crafty friends!!

This was supposed to post yesterday but I accidentally saved it as a draft.  So it’s tip, tricks n’ techniques on Friday instead.

Today I have a great technique video on triple stamping.  I also have a trick for making a custom-colour stamp pad and a tip to share.

You may recall, last week I mentioned a website called splitcoaststampers.  If you’ve had a chance to visit you’ll discover a whole community of stampers and paper crafters, along with an amazing tutorial section.  This video is another from the collection of theirs.

The technique isn’t new but it creates a beautiful card and is easy to recreate.

My trick this week involves ink refills and baby wipes.  Baby wipes have become a staple in my craft room.  From cleaning embossing folders and letterpress plates to wiping my ink pads clean after a particularly messy session — and now for creating custom-colour ink pads.  I’m including a short video on it, just incase you’re interested to see a visual.  The trick is simple: take a baby wipe; fold in half and half again; place on plastic plate or palette; add drops of ink from darkest to lightest until you’re pleased with the effect; ink your stamp like you would with a regular ink pad and then stamp.  That’s it!  I’ll be posting my creations using the triple stamping technique and custom-colour ink pads over the weekend.

My tip this week involves bakers twine and buttons.

Use a needle threader and large eye needle to thread your bakers twine through buttons and to “sew” onto your cards.  I use a book-binding needle and a needle threader from my sewing kit.  If you don’t want to sew the button on your card, you can still use the twine to create the sewn look and then use sticky dots to adhere the button to your card.

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