Friday, September 21, 2012

Adhesive 101 Special

My good friend and fellow demonstrator, Donna Wizniuk, came up with a great special for the end of September, and I decided to borrow her idea and offer you the same deal!  It's called Adhesive 101.  Here's how it works:

We all use adhesives, but we often don't think to order them, so this special allows you to stock up on them, plus get a free spool of ribbon with the September Back to Spool Stampin' Up! special.

You'll get the following adhesives (the ones I use the most):

  • glue dots
  • stampin' dimensionals
  • 4 x SNAIL adhesive refills OR 1 SNAIL adhesive + 2 refills
  • multipurpose liquid glue
  • 2-way glue pen
  • sticky strip
  • spool of stitched satin ribbon in your choice of colour (Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple or Summer Starfruit)
***Regular price for all these items would be $78.19 with tax and shipping, but you'll get it all for only $55!***

This offer is valid until Tuesday, September 25.  Please contact me by Tuesday to let me know which option you would like (SNAIL refills or adhesive + refills) and what colour stitched satin ribbon you'd like.  (This offer is not available through online orders because the discounted price is my own special offer, and not from Stampin' Up!  Offer is only available to those in my immediate area, otherwise a $9.95 shipping fee will apply for other Canadian residents.)

Here's the 101 portion of the special: the adhesive education portion! 

Be sure and check out page 177 for uses on all the adhesives SU sells.
Glue Dots - the thing I use glue dots for the most is attaching buttons, ribbon bows, chipboard pieces.....great for attaching small, light weight pieces. 

Stampin' Dimensionals
- used to POP IT UP, I use dimensionals on 90+% of the projects I make!

SNAIL Adhesive
- SNAIL is my GO TO adhesive. I always use it for adhering layers, cardstock to cardstock(or pattern paper).'s new and improved, watch your next order(the roll on the dispenser is now blue, was white).  It applies much better(full coverage), and seems stickier. 

Multipurpose Liquid Glue
- I reach for liquid glue when adhering pieces that may need positioning or when there are several layers of something you need to have lined up evenly.  Being it is a liquid and needs time to dry, it allows you slide time.  This means you have time to adjust the pieces you are layering.  It also works great for adhering chipboard.  A word of caution, though, when applying, use sparingly.  When you press to adhere, excess will surface from the sides, and will be visible once dry.  Tombow mono is a very strong adhesive, it is more cost effective than double sided tapes.  If you don't mind the liquid aspect, the drying time........this adhesive is a GREAT choice.  I also use it on my clear mount stamps to make them stick to the clear blocks better.  Just apply a thin coat of it to the back of the stamp and let it dry.  The stamp becomes "tacky" and sticks really well to the blocks!

2-Way Glue Pen
- I LOVE this adhesive for attaching glitter.  It dries clear and can be used for lightweight tiny pieces where it is hard to attach SNAIL.

Sticky Strip - Sticky Strip is the TOUGH one.  I use it when I want to be sure something is going to STICK, and stick for a long time.  It's great for heavier weighted projects, 3-D items, party favours (treat boxes), home decor, textured or glossy surfaces.  CAUTION: once you have something in place using Sticky Strip you will not have much success in trying to reposition.  Once it's down, it's down!  The option of changing your mind isn't really an option.

Thank you, Donna, for this great idea! 


Merry Minis!

This card is one that I prepared as a make & take for our large group meeting last weekend.  It is a CASE of a card that was apparently shown at Convention (I wasn't there, but I was sent a photo of a similar card to make for this event). 
I LOVE the new Merry Minis stamp set with matching mini punches.  They are so cute!  This card also used the new Festive Paper Piercing Pack, which includes a whole bunch of ornaments.  A trick for this card is that for the sentiment tag, you can use the top of the mini Christmas tree punch to make the little "v's". 


Blessings to you,

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Just For Fun, Just Believe!

I actually had time today to do some stamping JUST FOR FUN!  How novel!  I decided to participate in a Splitcoast Stamper colour and sketch challenge (I combined the two).  So the colours this week were Lucky Limeade, Pink Pirouette and Primrose Petals.  Here's the card I came up with:
I used the Just Believe set, and I included some In Color designer series paper, embossed with the new Lacy Brocade embossing folder.  I made the flowers sparkly with some Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

Thanks for reading!

Blessings to you,

Friday, September 14, 2012

Card Box Instructions

I just wanted to post some instructions on how to make the card box that my Stamp and Scrapbook Club ladies made this week since a few people couldn't make it to the club, and they'll need to know how to make it with their supplies!  Hopefully many of you will also find it useful.
There is a great tutorial for this box on Erica Cerwin's blog here (scroll down a bit for the box tutorial).  Here are the supplies you'll need:
  • cardstock (Cherry Cobbler here) - 7 x 11" and 6 x 7"
  • designer series paper (Be of Good Cheer here) - 3-3/4 x 4-3/4" and 2-1/4 x 6-1/2" (2) for decorating the box.  Score the two longer strips diagonally from the top at zero.  Cut the diagonal line so the paper will fit on the side of the box.  You will need to flip one of the sheets of paper and score the opposite side so that the same pattern will show on each side of the box (see photo below).
  • designer series paper - 1-1/2 x 12" and 1-1/2 x 6" for band (glue the strips together and wrap them around the box)
  • Simply Scored tool with diagonal plate 

 To make the bow, you'll need a half-sheet (6 x 12") of designer series paper, cut into the following:
  • 6 x 1" (8)
  • 5 x 1" (4)
  • 4 x 1" (1)
There's a tutorial here on Splitcoast Stampers, but for an easier way to get the bow pieces in loops, check here

The cards are pretty straight-forward.  I wanted to keep them simple so the ladies could finish them and the box with envelopes in a couple of hours.

Here are the supplies for the cards:
  • card bases (Gumball Green and Cherry Cobbler here) - standard 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", scored at 4-1/4"
  • Very Vanilla - 3-1/4 x 4-1/2" (one per card)
  • designer series paper (Be of Good Cheer here) - 1-1/2 x 3" (one per card)
  • ribbon (Cherry Cobbler polka dot scallop, Gumball Green stitched satin and 7/8" cotton ribbon here) - about a 4" section per card
  • rhinestone jewels
Adhere the Very Vanilla cardstock piece to the card base.  Adhere the designer series paper to the bottom of the Vanilla piece.  Cut the ends of the ribbon into "v's" and glue it across the top of the designer series paper. Stamp your image at the top of the Vanilla piece (any assorted Christmas stamps will work).

For the envelopes, you will need 7-3/4" squares of designer series paper (one per card).  Use the Simply Scored tool with the diagonal plate.

Score the first side at 3-1/8".  Rotate the paper 180 degrees and score the opposite side at 3-1/8".

Turn the paper 90 degrees and score at 4-1/8".  Rotate another 180 degrees and score the opposite side at 4-1/8".

Snip out the corners where the scored lines intersect.  You may need to fold the scored lines to see them clearly on the designer series paper.  You can use paper snips or a 1" square punch as shown.

Fold the flaps and snip off the top part of the front flap.  Adhere the edges of the front flap and glue the flaps together.

And that's how you make the box, bow, cards and envelopes!  Please feel free to comment or contact me if you have any questions. 

Blessings to you,

Friday, September 7, 2012

Evergreen Glimmer

I love the new Evergreen stamp set in the Holiday catalogue.  I recently saw this card by Heather Cooper, and I fell in love with it, so I had to CASE it.   
The card base is Cherry Cobbler.  I stamped the Woodgrain background on some Very Vanilla cardstock in Soft Suede ink, then swiped the ink pad over the edges of the vanilla paper.  I used the Labels Framelits with the Big Shot for the Always Artichoke, Champagne Glimmer and Very Vanilla layers.  The tree is stamped in Always Artichoke, then I embossed the words over the tree with gold embossing powder.  Finally, there are some dots of Cherry Cobbler dazzling details over the tree with a rhinestone jewel at the top.  Some Cherry Cobbler seam binding finishes off the card. 

Thanks for stopping by!