Adhesives 101

Adhesives 101, sticky, adhere

Adhesives 101 – or how not to get stuck! Ever wonder which adhesive to use when? Then you’re in luck! Just follow the chart above and you’ll always have the right adhesive for the job. It’s a great time to stock up. For each $50 order placed now until March 31, choose a free Sale-A-Bration item. Contact me today to order your set of adhesives.

Fast Fuse, 129026

129026 Fast Fuse – love it. It’s my go-to adhesive for 3D items.

Snail Adhesive, 104332

104332 SNAIL Adhesive – the original. ‘Nuff said.

Fine Tip Glue Pen, 138309

138309 Fine Tip Glue Pen – for those teeny, tiny embellishments. And it can also add gloss when used as a ‘topper’!

Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Tombow, 110755, Adhesives 101

110755 Multipurpose Liquid Glue – the workhorse of adhesives. If you only have one adhesive, this is the one. It works for everything except ribbon.

Mini Glue Dots, 103683, Adhesives 101

103683 Mini Glue Dots – great for ribbon, and you can roll them up and use on intricate diecuts.

Tear&Tape, 138995, Adhesives 101

138995 Tear&Tape – another great option for those 3D items when you need that extra bit of hold. And no scissors needed, just tear off what you need.

Dimensionals, 104430, 144108, Adhesives 101

104430 & 144108 Dimensionals – regular or mini, these pop up an image. Stack them for even more dimension and variety.

Foam Adhesive Strips, 141825, Adhesives 101

141825 Foam Adhesive Strips – it’s shaker card time!

Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets, 144106, Adhesives 101

144106 Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets – turn a diecut into a sticker with these

You’ve Got a Friend in Me, Embossing Buddy

Embossing Buddy, 103083
This Buddy is not just for embossing!

I’m sure any of you who have done any heat embossing know that using the Stampin’ Up! Embossing Buddy on your paper before embossing helps prevent extra powder or glitter from sticking to your project (that’s straight from the Stampin’ Up! website). But did you know that you can use the Embossing Buddy to help you in other ways? One way is to neutralize adhesives that have managed to sneak into places where you don’t want it.

Yesterday I spent a lot of time die-cutting dozens of small pieces of cardstock and then adhering them to my projects using Multipurpose Glue. If you’ve ever used this glue on small pieces, you know that there may end up being quite a few little smudges of glue where you definitely do not want them. I found that my hands had developed some stickiness, there were smudges of dried glue on the grid paper under my projects, and just a bit of glue had peeked out from under those little pieces of cardstock. To top it all off, I managed to have some of the glue on my grid paper transfer itself to the backs of some of my cards.

Yikes! But not for long. My Stampin’ Up! Embossing Buddy rescued me and my projects! Once everything was put together and the glue had dried, I whipped out the Buddy and tap-tap-tapped it wherever I spotted some of that sneaky glue. In an instant all that stickiness was gone. There was a sprinkling of dust in some places where I tapped a bit too hard, but I was able just to blow it off or wipe it away with a tissue.

The Embossing Buddy is also useful when you’ve added some SNAIL or Fast Fuse adhesive to a spot where it shouldn’t have been. I’ve really appreciated having the Embossing Buddy around to tap-tap-tap away the stickiness from that adhesive. In those cases, the dust from the Embossing Buddy is not easily brushed away. But usually where I’ve put the adhesive, either intentionally or accidentally, is a spot that’s not going to show in the final project anyway.

I hope that this has given you some added appreciation for that little Buddy and will get it out on your work table a bit more often!

Watercolor Brusho Adds Gorgeous Color

Watercolor Brusho

Watercolor Brusho adds gorgeous color effortlessly, and each time you use it, it is unique!

Havent used Brusho before? Let me give you a few quick tips.

1) Wet your paper first. I used watercolor paper for this card, but you can use other paper, just use less water.

2) Poke 1 or 2 holes in the top of the Brusho container.

3) Start with the lightest color first.

4) Shake the Brusho sparingly over the wet paper. Spritz with water, wait a moment, spritz again.

5) Repeat step 4 until desired color.

6) Add different colors of Brusho as desired, repeating step 4.

7) Dry with heat tool.

I embossed the branch of flowers image first by stamping the image with Versamark and embossing with clear embossing powder. Then I started with the yellow Brusho and ended with the orange Brusho following the steps listed above. I love the washed watercolor look as well as the little specks of color dotted randomly across the surface.

Then I added the embossed cross from Hold on to Hope, a new stamp set and Framelit bundle available June 3 from the new Occasions catalog. I stamped and clear embossed another branch of flowers as well as a mum and die cut both, and adhered with rolled up glue dots.

I tied a piece of Very Vanilla Lace Trim and a piece of the Calypso Coral Shimmer Ribbon (free with a $50 purchase beginning in January) together with the gold 1/8 inch ribbon and used a glue dot to stick the whole thing on the card front.

And Tutti-fretting Adhesive-backed(!) sequins scattered on top finish off the card.

Watch for more projects coming up using the amazing watercolor Brusho!

Designer Series Paper

Designer Series Paper

Wow, the Designer Series Paper selection in the new Holiday Catalog is absolutely outstanding. Click on the photo above to watch a short video to see all of the gorgeous patterns.

What’s so great about Designer Series Paper you ask? The Designer Series Paper (affectionately known as DSP) is lighter weight than cardstock, and perfect for adding patterned layers to a project. Most DSP is double-sided, so you get two patterns for the price of one. Stuck for color inspiration? Pick your favorite pattern and use the colors from the paper as a starting point for your project. The DSP patterns and colors coordinate with stamps and cardstock for an easy way to get started creating. And last but not least, DSP is drool-worthy!

How To Custom Color Glitter with Wink of Stella

Stampin'Up!, custom color glitter with Wink of Stella, enjoy your day, Inside the Lines, birthday card, handtsamled, #peribeal, #papercraftingthreadsRemember that sneak peek from last week – the custom color glitter with Wink of Stella? Well, I went a little crazy and ended up making a set of four different cards.

The basic technique is super easy. Take a clear acrylic block, scribble on it with the Stampin’Up! Marker of your choice. Then pick up the color with a clear Wink of Stella brush and color away.

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TIP 1: Once you’ve used up the color on the block, wipe off the leftovers with a baby wipe before adding more marker. If you don’t, your marker tip will get all glittery.

TIP 2: If you’re not getting much glitter, gently squeeze the middle of the pen to get the glitter flowing again.

TIP 3: Brush the Wink of Stella tip on a paper towel until the glitter runs clear after each color.

True confession time, after I had my first panel done I decided I didn’t like the light color of my flower stems. So I colored over them with a darker green and now I love them.

It’s a little hard to see in the photo, but all of the Watermelon Wonder flowers are glittery, and so is the dragonfly. Who knew it’s kinda difficult to photograph glitter!

I’ll post the rest of the cards in the set over the next few days as well as the complete supply list.

It’s Always Tee Shirt Weather in Wisconsin


Wisconsin is under a winter weather advisory today, with sleet and snow. But as long as the temperature is above zero in Wisconsin, it’s tee shirt weather here.👕

Check out the Designer Tee Stamp Set (free with any $50 order) and Framelits available in the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog. Check out the projects in the video above!

Cheerful Tag

Cheerful tag
Cheerful Tag

Squee! I told myself I didn’t need the Tin of Tags or the Cheerful Tags Framelits Dies, but guess what? I did need them 😊

TIP: Dont be afraid to let the embellishments hang over the edge of the tag. It adds a lot of dimension.

And this sentiment is my favorite. Who wouldn’t want to tear open their present!

RGB Codes for In Colors 2016


RGB Color Codes
RGB Color Codes

If you like to craft with your computer as I do, it’s handy to have the RGB color codes to match the real deal exactly. So I’ve created a handy dandy chart that you can download for free – just click on the link RGB Color Codes and you’ll be ready to craft digitally.

Wink of Stella in Color

Wink of Stella in Color
Wink of Stella in Color

Here’s that closeup I promised from the last post. I used whisper white shimmer cardstock along with using the Wink of Stella pen as an aqua painter. And the Pool Party ribbon ups the glimmer and shimmer even more.

Stamp Carving 101

Stamp Carving 101

First you need some rubber! The full kit on the left above comes with everything you need to get started. And once you carve your first stamp, you’ll definitely want to carve more – the refill kit comes with more rubber and wood blocks to mount them on. Prefer clear mount instead of wood? More good news, as now there is another refill kit #137123 that contains just the rubber, and a 3 pack at that. Now there are three good reasons to try your hand at making your own unique stamp. Check out others’ ideas on Pinterest. And watch for Stamp Carving 102 coming soon, to see my latest creation and get some carving tips 🙂