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‘Tis the season for Vellum

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Vellum is a translucent but not clear (like acetate) paper that is fragile but very versatile. It can be used in a variety of ways and lends an elegant “air” to many cards such as Mother’s Day or weddings that are coming up in the next few days. The following article (with pictures) will illustrate what I mean:

https://www.cardmakermagazine.com/newsletters.php?mode=article&article_id=5187&f=1

Happy Crafting

~Sallie

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Glue Dots

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Are you confused by the different types of Glue Dots? I was until I read this article!

http://blog.gluedots.com/inspiration/glue-dots-international-unveils-new-glue-dots-packaging?tp=i-H43-6o-Yye-2yJSv2-1o-yfa-1c-2yJqhf-1nVjq8

Enjoy,

Sallie

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Tissue Paper Flowers in 5 steps!

Dear Fellow Crafters,

When I was a teenager, one of my friend’s mother taught us how to make flowers using Kleenex. Back then you could only buy nasal tissue is white. Luckily I found tissue paper was a great substitute.

Fast forward to 2017 and an article in Issue 172 of Cardmaking and Papercraft. The good news -the only things you need are tissue paper, floral wire and scissors.

1. Choose what color flower you want to make, then cut squares of tissue paper. Each large flower (about 6″ across) uses 6 10″ square sheets and each small flower (about 4″ across) uses 6 7″ square sheet.

2. Lay the paper on top of each other and fold like a fan. Make each fold about 1″ wide. Using a ruler or bone folder make a strong crease.

3. Wrap a piece of floral wire around the center of the folded paper making sure to leave a long piece to act as a stem.

4. Cut around the ends of the folded paper to shape the petals. The easiest way is to do it all at once.

5. Carefully push the layers apart to form the flower.

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Getting wrapped up..

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Making your own designed wrapping paper and bags gives your present the “hand-made-by-me” look and says you cared enough to put your love and best wishes into your gift.

It’s easy to get started. All you need is ink (I use dye ink) rubber stamps, plain craft paper (measure first for fit) and permanent markers.

When I first started back in 1995, dye ink only came in the color black but now you can buy red, green, purple and a “gazillion” other colors.

Start with a theme. I usually use non-intricate images like stars, bells, candy canes, gingerbread boys, greetings. Ink up your stamps and stamp either in a coordinated fashion or haphazard way, whichever way you choose. You can also only stamp sentiments like Merry Christmas in a mixture or red and green ink. One Tip – make sure when you wrap your present that the images are right side up! One of the simplest ideas is to use pre-printed scrapbook paper for smaller gifts.

Bags are easy to make. You can emboss them with snowflake embossing folders and mount appropriate images on top, such as a giant snowflake, snowman, tree etc. I found out the hard way that those glossy type bags (from the dollar stores) really are glossy and don’t take to ink well. A plain lunch bags works just as well. Please follow the link below for a tutorial:

http://www.bing.com/videos/search? q=christmas+gift+tags+make+your+own+with+rubber+stamps&&view=detail&mid=FD279C73BA00BABDB09DFD279C73BA00BABDB09D&FORM=VRDGAR

..and don’t forget the tags:

https://caregiversactivitysource.com/crafts-creative/stamp-your-own-wrapping-paper/

 

And lastly, if giving a bottle of wine use a bottle gift tag – like mine ( which are in sale!) this week. If interested, please email me.

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Happy gift wrapping!

~Sallie

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Scrumbling

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Awhile ago, I ran across this term “scrumbling” in a craft magazine. I had no idea what it was but it sounded intriguing. Since I color a lot in adult coloring books and also use markers in my cards, I thought I’d research it. Instead of going to Pinterest (no, it’s not my search engine!) I went to the video. Here is what scrumbling is:

https://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=tvfxk4y0s3M

Enjoy,

Happy scrumbling (er, crafting),

~Sallie