Adventures in Card-Making

Finding rubber stamps on vacation

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Like most of you, I imagine, I am always on the lookout for crafts – tools, rubber stamps, interesting dies etc. Well, one day last week while on a vacation day, I wandered into a country store. “Just your kind of place,” my husband remarked. The merchandise was, for the most part, handmade. There were silk floral arrangements, quilts, plaques and mason jars. As I sauntered through the aisles I saw lots of pretty things and jotted down some ideas in my notebook. Then suddenly my cell phone rang. “Hey, guess what I found for you!” My husband exclaimed. “What?” I answered. “I’m your new favorite husband,” he went on. “Go over to the aisle with the large dog poster and half way down on the left side, you’ll see a giant bin full of rubber stamps.” Well, of course, I followed his instructions then and there. I spent the next 15 minutes going through the bin. I found wood mounted, discontinued SU stamps, some cling and even a Sizzix die cut that I hadn’t seen before. And, of course, I paid a discount price for my new treasures.  So, don’t overlook those shops on vacation and be sure to bring your significant other with you. You never know what you’ll find on vacation.

Happy Crafting,

~Sallie

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What is a crimper?

Dear Fellow Crafter,

“Corrugators” – that word sounds horrible, doesn’t it? Well, back in the day, this is what modern crimpers were called. I used to use crimpers all the time, but then forgot about them until I found them in a drawer while cleaning and re-arranging my craft room. Corrugators and crimpers (of today) consist of a set of rollers and a handle. The rollers can be of 5 different patterns You simply insert the paper and cardstock and roll it through. These tools can be used for foil, tissue paper, construction paper and card stock. Patterns vary between wavy lines and diamonds to hearts and bubbles. Marvy is the most recognized maker but Fiskar’s makes them too.

The biggest problem I had when using the crimper was making sure that the paper was inserted straight in the beginning. I found that if I put the paper in against one of the sides of the opening the side guided the paper.

So, what can you do with a crimper?

a) You can crimp your desired paper then punch or die cut for customized shapes.

b) You can add strips to your card for texture.

c) You can use in place of ribbon and finally

d) You can use I for galvanized roofing on a Sizzix die cut house.

Happy Crafting,

~Sallie