July 19, 2019

My Favorite And Most Used Adhesives & Glues For Cardmaking

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My Most Favorite
TomBow Multi Mono Liquid Glue - I use it for most everything I glue onto my cards. I love how it doesn’t dry fast, so if the card matting is a bit askew, I can peel it back up and fix it without ripping the cardstock. Once it dries it’s permanent. It doesn’t wrinkle paper. Link to Buy: https://amzn.to/2Yl4W97

Other glues & adhesives I keep on hand are:

  • Zig 2 Way Glue Pens / Link to Buy: https://amzn.to/2Y0Wszm
    ~ Squeeze and Roll Pen - I use this for thin words/letters or images like a line image.
    ~ Chisel Tip Pen - I use this for mostly for intricate background images.
  • 3L Scrapbook Adhesive Foam Square Black & White - I use these to give images or text on my card depth and dimension. The black is good for using on card bases that are a dark color and the white is good for light color card bases. I go through white the most.
    Link to Buy: https://amzn.to/32An6mq
  • American Crafts Sticky Thumb Foam Dots - I use these the same as the foam squares. Sometimes you just need dots instead of squares. Link to Buy: https://amzn.to/2xUwx1R
  • 3M Scotch Foam Mounting Tape - I use this for shaker cards or on cards that need a long continuous strip of foam. Link to Buy: https://amzn.to/2XZrOGP
  • Double Sided Tape - I use this for projects, like boxes or bags, that need a really strong bond and not have glue ooze out the sides. It’s really great for acetate or glitter cardstock. I have a variety of widths, but seem to use 1/4” the most. I have several brands - Scor Tape being the most popular, but usually any brand works. Link to Buy: https://amzn.to/2Soh3MT
  • Glue Dots - I use these for things I want to stick to a hard surface or plastic and still be able to peel it off. Example a butterfly die cut on a tube of lipgloss as a party favor. It will peel off clean and easily. Link to Buy: https://amzn.to/2XPk5A0
  • Glossy Accents - I use this for adhering heavy embellishments. I also use it to give an image a glossy glass look. It takes a while to dry. I have also used it to adhere German glass glitter to die cuts. It holds great. Link to Buy: https://amzn.to/2XT78F9
  • Xyron Sticker Makers / Link to Buy: https://amzn.to/2SyR0TD
    ~ Xyron 1.5” Sticker Maker - I use this for really thin small and tiny pieces or lettering. Some times the Squeeze and Roll glue pen doesn’t get the job done. Just run the die cut through and it has a layer of adhesive on the back. Simple!
    ~ Xyron Creative Station Lite - I don’t use this as much as the 1.5”, because I usually just use TomBow or a tape runner. When I do use it, it is for large die cuts that I’m going to add loose glitter or flocking powder to. The glitter doesn’t shed if you burnish it down and the flocking looks great!
  • Ad-Tech Permanent Crafter's Tape aka tape runner - I don’t really use a tape runner much because I usually use too much and run out mid project. But I do have a couple of these I my stash for just in case. They are good to use on papers that wrinkle easily with a wet glue. Link to Buy: https://amzn.to/2O4Nxxa
  • Pink ATG Tape Glue Gun - last but not least... I use this for bigger projects that need a strong bond that is flexible and not stiff and that is going to use a lot of adhesive. Such as mini book assembly, lots of party favor boxes or bags or party decor. You can certainly use it as an everyday adhesive, many do... I just don’t because of my wrist. In the long run, this is probably cheaper for refills than buying rolls of double sided tape. Link to Buy: https://amzn.to/32ZWRon
In conclusion... you need a wet glue, a tape type of adhesive and foam squares/dots in your stash.

January 30, 2019

My Favorite Crafty Items for Card Making

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10 of my favorite crafty items I use for card making.
  1. Cutter Bee scissors - I like these for fine detail and fussy cutting images. / https://amzn.to/2WxZ34G
  2. Honey Bee scissors - I like these for cutting foam tape and anything else that has adhesive because these scissors have a Teflon coating to keep the blades from gumming up when cutting anything sticky or adhesive. / https://amzn.to/2sVZ58F
  3. Mini Martha Stewart Scoring Board - I like using it to score my card bases and to score lines on anything else that needs a score line. 
  4. Foam Pop Dots / Foam Tape / Foam Squares - I have a a nice little variety of these. I have white and black foam squares and I have a roll of foam tape. These give your diecuts dimension instead of your cards looking flat. / https://amzn.to/2Se3AK6
  5. Tim Holtz ruler - I like this ruler because it has a center measuring ruler side to help you find the center point of something. Very useful for me. I use this a lot to make sure my card mat layers are centered. / https://amzn.to/2WDYCWu
  6. Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat - This is a new item to my favorites. I really, really love it! I even got the too kit with the scraper and guide. It repels most everything I have used on it and it makes blending Distress Inks and Distress Oxides a breeze. / https://amzn.to/2TnbAWx
  7. Paper Trimmer - I like the Tim Holtz aka Tonic Guillotine trimmer to cut many sheets at once. I like to use the Cricut paper trimmer for when I want to cut down my scraps and only one sheet of paper. / https://amzn.to/2Tp5l4j
  8. Cricut XL Scraper - I use this for burnishing cardstock down to my cutting mat, to burnish transfer tape to vinyl and to get a good contact between cardstock and glue. I seem to use it for everything, but a scraper. / https://amzn.to/2RWKYPs
  9. Speedball Brayer - I really like to use this tool for ink techniques and when not using it for ink, I like to use it to "steamroll" over my layered images to make sure everything gets a good contact. / https://amzn.to/2TlYo4b
  10. Bone Folder - I like to use my bone folder to get a nice sharp crease when I fold score lines on my card bases. I also use it for rub-ons. / https://amzn.to/2WuYpVy
Well, that is all I can think of as my favorite crafty items for card making. 

February 7, 2018

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It's All Fun and Games Until Someone Drops Their Ice Cream Card - Design Space Cut File

Look at the frowny face in that ice cream it says it all. HAHA!! The card was designed using all Cricut Access images and font. It's an A2 size - 4.25"x5.5" card. The ice cream is from the Trendy T-Shirts cartridge. I cut the ice cream pieces from watercolor cardstock and used Distress Oxide Inks to color it in. Colors used are Cracked Pistachio and Vintage Photo. Then I used foam pop dots to pop the ice cream up to give added dimension. The sentiment was written by my Explore Air 2 using the Cricut Access exclusive font - Kyden. The purple background is Distress Oxide Ink Wilted Violet on watercolor cardstock and splattered with water to make water spots. It's a cool effect.

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January 31, 2018

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Valentine's Day Heart Pencil Sliders - Cricut Design Space Cut File

Today's project was inspired by Tonya Brooks who is a member of our Cricut Explore and More Facebook group Design Team. She had designed some super cute candy cane sliders last year. Here is my take for Valentine's Day. A set of two cute heart shaped pencil sliders. They were designed using all FREE basic shapes from Cricut Access. This means you DO NOT need Cricut Access subscription to cut the file, just Design Space. These are designed to fit on a normal #2 pencil, and will fit snug on the pencils. The sentiments are not included because they used a font that needed Cricut Access. The sentiments are "You're so sharp" and "You're all write". You can use any sentiment you want. There are many more cute sentiments that will work for pencil Valentine's.

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January 26, 2018

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Eye Wanna Be Your Boo Valentine's Day Card - Design Space Cut File

Here's a super cute Valentine's Day card I designed using all Cricut images that are available in Cricut Access. Do you see the little eye peeping out of the tear of the center of the heart? Open the card and on the inside of the card is Splonk!! Isn't Splonk cute? Splonk from the Bump in the Night cartridge. The sentiment is written with my Explore Air 2 using a Ranger Perfect Medium embossing pen and then sprinkled with Ranger superfine Black embossing powder and then heat set with a heat gun.

I hope you like this super cute card. If you use my file, I'd like to see your card.

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January 19, 2018

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Butterfly Silhouette Sunset Card - Distress Oxide Inks

Today's project is a clean and simple card. It's similar to the other butterfly card I posted the other day. The sunset background is done with Distress Oxide Inks in Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade, and Wild Honey. The Distress Oxides blended nicely on the watercolor paper I used. Then I splattered water to get the water droplets on the background. The butterflies silhouette is from the Cricut cartridge Botanicals. It was a quick and easy card to do.

Thanks for looking!