Tuesday Tip- Cardmaking 101: Using Liquid Glue in Cardmaking

Glue-tip-defaultToday's tip video is in response to a question I received from a reader regarding the use of liquid glue in cardmaking. 

So, today I'm sharing some tips that have worked for me.  Do I ever make a big, sticky mess?  You betcha!  But, if I'll stick to my own advice, it usually works out for the best.

Here's the video with the tips...

You can see the tips for using liquid glue in cardmaking on You Tube. 

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Tuesday Tip- Cardmaking 101: Cutting Card Stock for the Inside of Your Cards

 paper-crafting-tipToday's card making tip is one that you are more than likely using already but if you're just getting into the craft or just curious about what I do, let's talk about cutting card stock for the inside of your cards.  Many times, I'll wait until I'm ready to send the card to finish the inside. It's so nice to find that it's all ready to go when needed.

Here's the video with a few ideas on finishing the inside of your handmade cards.

You can see the video on my You Tube channel here.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Keep a stack of Very Vanilla and Whisper White card stock cut at 4" x 5 1/4" for the insides of your cards.
  • Stamp a coordinating image on the Whisper White or Very Vanilla to decorate the inside of your cards.
  • You can get four pieces from one sheet of card stock.
  • Save the cut strips for stamped sentiments.
  • Save wide strips from other projects to use on the inside of your cards.  You can trim these to fit in length.

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Tuesday Tip Product Review- Love Today Planner Kit from Stampin' Up!

  PlannerThe new Stampin' Up! Love Today Planner is the subject of the tip video this week with a little product review for you.

A planner is a must for me to keep organized and my daily to-do lists...how about you?

Take a look and see what you think...

You can see the Love Today Planner Product Review video on You Tube HERE.

Here are some of the planner details:
This is an all-inclusive kit with has everything you need to create a customizable yearly planner.

* No dates are printed, so you can start when you want.
* Write, stamp, or draw your own.
* Printed Night of Navy/gold foil binder with gold metal corner accents.
* Binder size: 7-3/4" x 8-3/4"
* Includes Night of Navy 2-ring binder; 12 divider pages; calendar pages; 4 photo protector pages (hold six photos each), 5" x 7"; page lifter, 3" x 8-1/4"; printed and gold foil accent stickers; sticky notes.
* Refill kit available (sold separately).

Here are the links to the products mentioned in the video. 

This planner will help keep you on schedule and give you a creative outlet!  I am really enjoying mine and especially love the binder.  Washi Tape would be fun to use and accent borders or create different sections.  Or, keep it as simple as you like.  The Love Today Planner from Stampin' Up! is a great organizer and if you keep a planner, give it a try!


Tuesday Tip- To Snip or Not to Snip?

Tip-6-13-snipsThis week's tip is a very basic one regarding our super scissors in the Stampin' Up! Catalog, Paper Snips. 

Notice that I have two pair of scissors in the photo?  There's a big, important reason for that... HUGE!  If you are not aware of this, I promise you, this tip will save you lots of frustration, time, and ribbon!

If you are a seamstress and/or work with fabric, you are probably already aware of the topic of this video tip.  I hope you are and you can say, "I know that, Lisa!" But, just in case you are not aware, I felt compelled to share it because it can make a big difference in your crafting!

Here's the video with THE tip...I hope you'll take a few minutes to watch...it's less than 3 minutes!

Now, if you were not aware of this, I hope this will make a huge difference for your in your paper crafting and cardmaking!  Do you have scissors dedicated to cutting just ribbon and fabric?  I'd love to know!

 

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Expert cutting even in small areas. Thin, precision-ground stainless steel tips cut to end of blade.

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* Comfort grips

Remember, you'll need two!  Mark one pair with ribbon or fiber and you'll be ready to roll!

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Dress Up Those Note Pads with Your Stampin' Up! Supplies

Customized-sticky-notes-1Did you know that you can easily "dress up" your note pads and sticky notes with your Stampin' Up! supplies?

Today's project and video tutorial is a companion to the project seen here and a variation of the wood crate with the image stamped and embossed directly onto the crate.

Just about everyone uses sticky notes and how fun it is to add a little pizzazz with your stamps, inks, and dies.  Take a look at the video and then give it a try!

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Tuesday Tip- It's No Mistake! Variations in Stampin' Up! Paper

No-mistake.blog-post-imageStampin' Up! has some beautiful designer paper and today's tip describes some variation in some of the collections that I originally thought was a mistake!  Here are some note cards made with some of the paper.

Rest assured, there is no mistake about it as you'll see in the video below.

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Many of the collections have coordinating card stock packs that contain  three colors found in the specific collection.  These carry the names of the coordinating cardstock packs so there's no guess work about what you need to order!

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Tuesday Tip- Stampin' Up! Catalog Information

We are on the road today but I wanted to share some information on the upcoming Stampin' Up! Catalog information.

Here's a quick video:

You can still order from these two outgoing catalogs through the evening of May 31, 2017.  The new catalog goes LIVE on June 1, 2017 at NOON, MT.

Please let me know if I can help you or if you have questions!

Have a great Tuesday!


Tuesday Tip- Making Envelopes for Handmade Cards

IMG_5103.jpgHappy Tuesday, everyone, and welcome to this week's tip on making envelopes for your handmade cards.  If you have used the envelope punch board extensively, you are more than likely familiar with this information.  But, if you are new to envelope making and do not have an Envelope Punch Board, this may be helpful for you.

I created this envelope for this graduation card.  Take a look at the video to see how I determined the size envelope to make.

The Envelope Punch Board is a nifty tool for not only envelopes but also boxes and treat wraps...

The possibilities are numerous!  It's a tool that you will find helpful for many projects!

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Thanks for checking in today. I've been trying to fight off a nasty head cold so I haven't felt much like crafting lately...shock, I know!  I should be back in full swing soon. I'll have some things to share so be sure to visit throughout the week.  In the meantime, try your hand at creating envelopes and other fun projects with your envelope punch board!


Make a Sunflower with the Easter Medallion Thinlits

SunflowersThis week's paper crafting tip is how to make a sunflower with the new Eastern Medallion Thinlits from Stampin' Up!  These thinlits are none like I've ever worked with in paper crafting! Beautiful and versatile; there are so many combinations.  I've just barely covered the tip of the iceberg!

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Today's tip is a video tutorial showing you how I've constructed a sunflower with these medallions and the help of the Layering Circles and Layering Ovals Framelits Dies. Let's take a look...

Here are the supplies mentioned and used in today's project video tutorial for making sunflowers with the Eastern Medallions.

 

 


Tuesday Tip: A RAK Card for Someone Special

Make-a-card-RAK-1Today's tip for a RAK card for someone special was inspired by my mom many years ago.  With four children (I am the oldest), she always found a way to do something special for each of us.  When I was in high school and going through busy days, tryouts for this and that, or just for no reason at all, I would find a note on her special stationery or little gift in my zippered pencil pouch in my notebook during the first class of the day.  It ALWAYS made the day so much better.  It was a connection to home, the place where I was loved  unconditionally, and nurtured and supported. 

With that in mind, I was inspired to create these cute little cards that have space for a quick note, hand drawn heart, or just a "Love, Mom" (or Grandma or, in my case, Honey.)  

Here's the video for this idea but you can make these with any supplies you have on hand.

Here's a list of a few of the supplies that I used in the video:

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Do you have any ideas for RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) using your card making supplies?  Have something special that you so for your children or grandchildren?  Please share in the comment section below...I'd love to be inspired by you! 

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Tuesday Tip- Rubber Stamping 101: Lining Up Those Photopolymer Stamps

Lining-up-photopolymer-stampsPhotopolymer Stamps from Stampin' Up! are great to work with and today I have a tip for helping to line these up on your clear blocks.

Photopolymer stamps are completely clear and help to give you the perfect placement when stamping.  Whenever this option is available, I prefer the photopolymer over our clear mount or wood mount which are both made from red rubber.  While these are exceptional stamps, I just prefer the photopolymer for the ease of placement.  Every stamper has their own preference and the photopolymer stamps are my first choice when making my purchases.

Take a look at the video tutorial below for today's Rubber Stamping 101 tip for lining up your stamps.

Here are some clear blocks and supplies such as seen in the video:

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Grid Paper
$11.00

Want to see another tip for when using photopolymer stamps? Click HERE.

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Tuesday Tip- Cardmaking 101: About Stamping Sponges

Sponges.blog-post-imageGood morning and welcome to this week's tip about Stamping Sponges.  After receiving a question regarding the sponges from a You Tube viewer, I decided to address the inquiry in this weekly format.

Stamping sponges are simple, low tech tools that can produce dramatic results in your cardmaking  and paper crafts.  Pair these with our Stampin' Up inks and you can create beautiful works of art.  Whether sponging edges of a die cut, card stock layer, or card base, you'll add a touch of unexpected color.

The question presented was regarding cleaning or washing of Stamping Sponges.  Take a look at today's video for my take on this...

Stamping Sponges and Stampin' Up! Ink Pads are a great combo.  See your options below and click the links for more information.  Shopping today?  Let me know if I can help you!

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Tuesday Tip- Rubber Stamping 101: Marvelous Markers

Tipsmarkers.blog-post-imageThere are many marvelous ways to use Stampin' Up! Markers in rubber stamping in card making and today I'll share a few.  There is a Stampin' Write Marker for each of the colors in the main Color Collections( except Whisper White and Very Vanilla)  as well as one for each In Color.  It's a great way to have all of our wonderful colors at your fingertips.  

Each marker comes dual tipped...a brush tip and a fine point tip.  The ink lasts for a long while but you'll want to store on the sides rather than in a vertical position.

Let's take a look at today's tip video for more ideas...

Lisa's Inkings:

  • Best to color with the side of the brush tip as to keep the it in tip top shape.
  • See another time saving tip for using markers HERE.
  • Our Stampin' Write Markers and our Classic Stampin' Pad colors are the same!  Coordination of products makes crafting a breeze!

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You can also purchase markers in separate color families if you wish.  Purchasing as listed above will give you the carrying case for all of your markers.  There is room for your In Color Markers, too.

I hope these Stampin' Write Marker tips were helpful and you will enjoy using these on your paper crafting projects!


Tuesday Tip- Rubber Stamping 101: First Time Use of Photopolymer Stamps

Tuestip228If you love using photopolymer stamps, this tip will be helpful in preparing your stamps before first use.  The ease and convenience of using these photopolymer stamps in your paper crafting and card making is great.  But, there is a step that I like to take before using my new stamps for the first time.

Let's take a look at the tip video and then we'll talk a little more about it.

If you've ever used photopolymer stamps, brand spankin' new out of the box, you may have possibly noticed an uneven image when stamping.  I've found that if I do the VersaMark trick as seen in the video, I seldom have this problem.  Do I forget sometimes? You bet I do!  I will just clean my stamp and go through the process of inking in VersaMark before giving it another try.

It's a fact that your photopolymer stamps will most likely get stained from your inks.  It's ok.  Just clean after each use and it will be good and ready to go for the next time.  Want to minimize that staining?  Try the VersaMark trick first.  While it doesn't prevent all staining, I've found that it does indeed minimize it.

Here's another tip for anytime you are using photopolymer stamps.  Use a Stampin' Pierce Mat as a cushion.  It will give you even pressure and ink coverage and also protect your work surface.

Below are the products mentioned today.  Simply click the links to shop.

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For two more Rubber Stamping 101 tips see one here with a markers tip and here for an ink tip.

Give this VersaMark trick a try! I hope you've found this Rubber Stamping 101 tip for photopolymer stamps helpful and I'll see you in the next post.


Tuesday Tip- Framelits/Thinlits Storage; Putting It Back Together

Puzzle.blog-post-imageThe picture above is my usual thought about storing my framelits and thinlits back in the original packet.  These beauties arrive from Stampin' Up! so neatly tucked in their pouch.  After one use, it's pure madness for me to fit the pieces all back together. 

I know some will tell me to use magnet sheets to organize and store.  I've thought about this many times and still considering it.  But, the pouches are perfect for me when traveling back and forth between Texas and Missouri. 

Today's tip is super basic and super simple but saves me loads of time IF I remember to do it when the framelits or thinlits arrive all neatly packaged.  If I don't, I tell you it's madness.

So if you store your thinlits and framelits like me, try this simple but tried and true method to put the pieces of the puzzle back together.  Your organization and storage will be much easier and neater!

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Thanks for tuning in for today's tip for framelits and thinlits storage and hopefully, it will save you the time and frustration that is saves me!