How I solved _______________

Gift shaped cards

Dear Fellow crafters,

I am really excited to share this post with you because I love presents! Yes, I know what you are thinking – who doesn’t love presents? Well, these “presents” are for shaping cards. You see, for as long as I have  been card creating, I have always tried to use different shapes for cards. I used to make pumpkin lace-up cards for my son’s class when he was in grade school. I made library return pockets for bookmarks and flowers in baskets and the list goes on. When I found a present rubber stamp with a “removable” lid I was soooo happy. So fast forward to 2016.

In issue 158 of Quick Cards  November 2016 http://www.cardmakingandpapercraft.com/blog/inside-quick-cards-158   there was a template for a present card. So I copied it and used it that year for my holiday cards. I was still on the hunt for something more permanent when I happened upon Crafters CompanionDie’sire Create a Card Accordion Card – Christmas Present Square Accordion Die.  It was great but I had to buy  an overlay also or stamp around the edges. It did make for an interesting card though.

The BEST present was a  Sizzix Dies Stephanie Barnard Framelits Fold-Its Gift which I found by accident while scrolling though Pinterest and I bought it that night! Finally, a die that can be made for all occasions with all different bow and paper colors. I am now in Crafting Heaven!

Happy crafting,

~Sallie

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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

tools

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

Biggest Challenge

Styrofoam

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Sleigh and Reindeer

Have you ever tried crafting with Styrofoam? I tried using it when making my Sizzix sleigh and reindeer displays for the craft fair last year. The initial results were down right pathetic! I have since learned a few tricks in handling this versatile product.

One of my mistakes was trying to cut up one of the sheets with scissors. I have since learned that a serrated knife, hacksaw, floral knife or x-acto knife work much better.

Since the base was white already, I had decided to glue faux snow onto the “plank.” I initially used school glue but it was runny and didn’t work well. Imagine my surprise, when I found Styrofoam Glue the other day! In the end, I used ModPodge and sprinkled the snow (bought in a bag at Michael’s) all over the plank. The sleigh sat on top of the “snow covered ” display with a mini Dollar Store Christmas tree and several small packages “presents” inside. The die-cut Prancing Deer completed the scene.  Problem solved. I only wish I’d seen that glue earlier!

‘Til next time,

~Sallie