Sneak Peek Video: Wood Textures Suite

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Here is a short 5-minute video introducing you to the Wood Textures Suite, that will be available June 1st.  This charming suite of products will add the rustic look to your projects.  It is a great option for masculine cards and projects.  And, the wood patterned paper stack will add that special design element for die cutting little crates to package treats for family and friends.

Here are two very different cards that I made using Wood Words stamp set that is part of this product suite.  The card on the left uses Copper Stampin’ Embossing Powder, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie markers, and some Linen Thread.  For the card on the right, I created a focal point by ruffling and sandwiching the Very Vanilla Lace Trim between two die cut ovals from Stitched Shape Framelits.  The lace is held securely in place with Fast Fuse.  Both cards have a homey, country flare that is sure to brighten someone’s day!

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!

Lisa

 

Want Squeaky Clean Stamps & Fingers?

Try The Absorber!  I first learned about this amazing product from Amanda Fowler at InspiringInkin.comI was intrigued by her 10-minute video which showed how well The Absorber worked on cleaning all kinds of stamps:  clear-mount, wood-mount and photopolymer stamps. Best yet, the Absorber is re-useable and will not transfer the wiped ink back to your hands. It cleans your stamps with just water, so nothing harmful will come in contact with your stamps.

 

Needless to say, I had to try it and … I loved it!  While I still use my Stampin Scrub to clean and condition my stamps, the Absorber is very convenient for wiping ink smudges off your acrylic blocks, your MISTI, your hands or your crafting table!  It is lint-free, so it is really wonderful for cleaning and drying your photopolymer stamps so they won’t lose their cling quality.

The Absorber is a synthetic cloth that stays damp when stored.  After a busy day of crafting, it may dry out sitting on your craft table.  Simply wet it under the sink faucet and squeeze out the extra water, and it is ready to use again!

Heeding Amanda’s warning to not waste my money on other similar products, I ordered The Absorber from Amazon because my local Wal-Mart did not carry it.  The cloth measures 27”x17”, which I easily trimmed into eight handy-sized pieces (about 7”x 8” each).  One piece is ready to use and is stored in a small plastic container on my desk.  The other seven pieces are stored in the original plastic tube for future use during a workshop.

I would certainly recommend The Absorber for your craft room.  It is so convenient and it eliminates the waste of baby wipes.  If you try it, leave a comment and let me know how you liked it!

For February orders, please use Hostess Code:  PUYMV63Y

Until next time, happy crafting!

Lisa

P.S.  A big thank you to Amanda Fowler at InspiringInkin.com for graciously allowing me to post her wonderful video!  

INNOVATION CORNER: Card Fronts

After 15+ years of paper crafting, I have a well-stocked craft room!!  LOL!!  It is certainly my happy place where I make lots and lots of cards.

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A trick that I have learned is to only make the card front in advance – because the card front takes the most time to create.  When I need a card, I look through my stash of card fronts – select the perfect one and then personalize the rest of the card for the recipient!  This provides me with a lot of flexibility!!

First, this provides me with the option to change the size of the card at a later date.  Most of the time, I make an A7-sized card – which is a typical size of a purchased greeting card.  There are times when I make an A2-sized card for a quick note.  And when making a birthday card or a sympathy card for the office, an A9-sized card is more appropriate because it provides more white space for my coworkers to write messages to the card recipient.

Second, this provides me with the option of using my computer to create and print the perfect message on the blank card base.  While I have lots and lots of sentiment stamps, there are many occasions that require something unique!  Composing the message on the computer helps me to organize my thoughts for a more complete and personal message.

And the last benefit, storing only card fronts requires half the storage space!  It only takes a few minutes to add a coordinating stamped image on the inside of the card blank, mount the card front on the card blank and to create the coordinating envelope.   Using this method of creating only card fronts, I never have to re-make a card or throw away a coordinating envelope!

To protect my stored card fronts, I purchase these 5”x7” clear plastic envelope sleeve from Clear Bags (100 bags for about $8).  These bags are archival quality, acid and lignin free, and USPS approved for mailing.

To help me remember what products I used when making those card fronts, I created this cheat sheet as a quick reference.  I simply jot down the products used and any tips for making the card front.  This makes my life easier when I finishing the card at a later date.  I simply store the cheat sheets, the card front and any duplicate card fronts in the same clear envelop sleeve.  Now I know exactly which stamps, inks and cardstock that I used and I can quickly stamp the coordinating images on the inside of the card and create a coordinating envelope.template-for-blog-photo-image-notes

Important tip:  Use the back side of the cheat sheet to:  1) annotate the card recipients – so that no one gets the same card twice; 2) record measurements of cardstock pieces – just in case you want to create the same card front again; and 3) document your inspiration for the piece – if you participated in a challenge or CASEed a particular card design from another crafter.

Click here to download a copy of the cheat-sheet.  It prints four on one sheet of computer paper.  I keep a stack of these cheat sheets on hand for the next time I’m creating in the craft room.

Until next time, happy crafting!

Lisa