PaperCrafting 101

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Dear Fellow Crafters,

This is so cool!

~Sallie

 

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PaperCrafting 101

How to wean yourself from Pinterest

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Don’t panic! I’m not suggesting a full on escape. What I have discovered is that I spend an inordinate amount of time surfing and not enough time actually crafting! So many new ideas, so many things to try etc. It’s easy to get addicted to Pinterest, as evidenced by the number of “pinoholcs” out there. Old pins never die and never fade away.

So what can we do about this?

  • Set up a schedule – now I know I just finished suggesting that we ease off on this (see post January 2nd) but this case might just be an exception -“Less is more” kind of thing.
  • Try pinning at night – after dinner unless you’re  fan of two tv shows “Jeopardy” or “Wheel of Fortune”. Pinning could be useful for that hour immediately proceeding these shows if you are trying to escape the drama and angst of politics these days. Saturday mornings are good times to pin (maybe while waiting in the car for your children’s activities o end. Another opportunity is early in the morning, say between 6-7:30 am.

Happy Pinning,

~Sallie

 

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US vs UK

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Let’s be honest here – those of us in the United States are not always adept at translating mm to inches and pounds to cents (or it dollars?) See what I mean? There are handy conversion guides, luckily for us, all over the internet. Now I’m sure you’re wondering why this is important. Well, I’ve been subscribing to several British craft magazines and their instructions are always in mm.

So I got tired of trying to translate or worse yet, guess, at what sizes my cards should be or how much I was really spending at a favorite on-line UK craft store. So here are some links that may help you:

https://www.poundstodollars.co.uk

https://www.theunitconverter.com/millimeters-to-inches-conversion/106-millimeters-to-inches.html

https://www.craftstash.co.uk/inspiration/uk-vs-us-card-sizes-explained

~Sallie

 

PaperCrafting 101 · Tutorial

Hoop Cards

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Ok, I admit it – I love embroidery hoops! While not a sewer, I instead use the blank canvas to create fantastic cards for all seasons. I suppose the hoop reminds me of a wreath – which I also love for basically the same reasons.  Anyway, I thought I would share what I recently found on the Sizzix site.

Happy Paper Crafting!

Sallie

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PaperCrafting 101

Tips for crafters

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Some tips for you…

  • A good card is one that’s tailor-made for its recipient.
  • Embellishments are the perfect way to transform your card, just don’t use to many. Less is more.
  • Coordinate color, texture, and pattern.
  • Be creative in your designs. Use sketches.
  • Use crisp cardstock or paper to prevent fibers from stretching or breaking.
  • Place wax paper or parchment between your die and cardstock to help you get a clean cut.
  • Place die toward the edge of the cutting mat to get a cleaner  cut.
  • Use a “pokey tool” to remove negative space from the die cut.
  • Use a fine glue pen, spray adhesive or white glue taken from a glue stick and applied to a cocktail stick to adhere die cuts to cardstock.
  • When organizing boxes of craft material, label all four sides of the box.
  • Keep tools in the same place.
  • To avoid sticky scissors that go blunt, try a pair of serrated edged scissors with a non-stick coating. You can also clean scissors with a nail varnish remover.
  • Glue guns are super tools to use when you have heavier embellishments or when making 3D items. Many come with stands and come in high or low temperature settings. Practice makes perfect when learning how to use them.

Happy Crafting,

~Sallie