Adventures in Card-Making

Craft store sales

Dear Fellow Crafters,

If you’ve been anywhere near a craft store lately, you will notice that Fall-themed items are on display as well as Christmas! It seems that retailers are jumping the gun in pushing the seasons at us before we’re ready for them but many of us are delighted anyway.

It’s still to hot to craft in my state but new craft items are making their way onto shelves for our perusal. As for me, although I really wasn’t looking for anything, I found several embossing folders and die cuts along with jewelry items for sale. In one store, the sign boldly stated ” buy one clear, cling, rubber stamp at the regular price, the second is 60% off!”  Who could resist that! Another had 3-D stickers at 50% off  (older ones and newer Christmas ones) and paper stacks at 40% off.

At first I wondered if the store was going out of business or if they weren’t going to sell my favorite items but no, the store clerk assured me, that they were just clearing their shelves. How lucky for us!

Happy Paper Crafting,


craft stores

Craft Stores

Craft Stores

Dear Fellow Crafters,

     When I was getting ready to retire from my “day job” as a Senior Customer Service Rep for a large manufacturing firm, my co-workers started asking me which craft stores I shopped in. Now, they all knew I rubber stamped and die-cutted (is that a word?) because they had received greeting cards over the years. They didn’t really know where I shopped. My guess at the time (which proved correct) was that they wanted to give me some gift cards.

     I think we all have had that experience. My favorite “Brick and Mortar” stores are (in no particular order)  are Joanne, Michaels, Hobby Lobby and A C Moore. Each of these stores carry different inventory. For instance, my local Michaels, doesn’t carry a lot of rubber stamps, while Joanne’s does. Hobby Lobby carries different card stock and A C Moore has a lot of dies. Joanne’s carries Craft Magazines and Michaels does not. And the list of differences and similarities goes on.

     What motivates me to shop are several reasons – I’m running out of some particular item; I’ve got an occasion/holiday coming up; I’ve been commissioned by someone; a new die or stamp has been advertised.

     One tip for all of you is to set up an on-line account with your favorite store. A lot of time, that item you can’t find on the shelf is actually “on-line” and sometimes (Yeah!) it is on sale.  Please share your comments in the box below.

‘Til next time,


PaperCrafting 101

Paper Crafting 101

Paper Crafting 101 Jan. 13th 2014
Embossing Powder
Embossing powder is a fast melting powder compound that is applied to wet pigment ink and when heated (with a heat gun) causes a raised design to appear. The powder, usually sold in small jars with lids, can be found in most craft stores. There are many web sites you can research for directions on how to emboss. My tips are:
1. Be sure to liberally apply ink to the stamp image.
2. Sprinkle embossing powder all over the design.
3. Gently tip the paper up and tap off the powder onto a scrap paper and funnel it back into the jar.
4. Use a heat gun to heat the image until it melts. Leave the image to cool.
Type of Powder:
1. Standard Embossing Powder (EP) – if you’re a beginner – use this type.
2. Detail powder – use if you have an intricate image.
3. UTEE – is a large particle type of powder that is extra thick and usually used to create jewelry.
4. Transparent _ clear is one of these types.
5. Opaque – the color of the powder dictates the final color.
6. Puffs – creates a fuzzy image or snow effect.
Colors: Vary from black, white, clear and black detail and others. Semi-transparent (use with colored paper) colors range from antique gold and silver to gold or silver pearl. Opaque and hologram create other types of looks.
One of the best sources for embossing powder is Stampendous for more information. You can reach them at

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