Ask the Experts: Creative Craft Uses

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Avery Adhesive Wall Pocket

 Q:  What is a good way to store stickers and small chipboard pieces?

A:  The Avery Adhesive Pockets are a good way to keep smaller, easily lost items.  They attach easily to a wall, door or even a decorated piece of wood.

We R Memory Punch Boards

Q: Is there a way to make a liner for a handmade envelope?

A:  Yes, there is and it’s really easy.  Use the Envelope Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers to make the envelope and then make a smaller size that will fit inside of it for the liner.

Le Plume Blender

Q: How do you get ink off an area of a stamp that you don’t want in that color?

A:  A blender pen is a good way to lift off ink from a stamp that has one color already on it.  After you have used the pen to remove the ink that you don’t want, you can use a marker to add the chosen color.

Darice Argyle Embossing Folder

Q: Are embossing folders only used for backgrounds?

A:  No, they can be used as a focal point to a card or layout simply by cutting out a section of it or use it with a die and give texture to the shape cut out by using the die.

Paper Accents Chipboard Tags  

Q: Are there any fun ways other than ribbon to attach a tag to things?

A:  Try using the small decorative clothes pins, thin tags can be adhered to things like card stock using brads and 3-d adhesives help them stand up off the project and adheres them to it at the same time.

Graphic 45 Couture Tag Go Round

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Peg Rounds

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Graphic 45 Coture Tag Go Round Tag Go Round with Graphic 45 Paper

Do you enjoy making tags?  Do you like participating in tag swaps?  Create this beautiful tag go round in any theme you’d like and share your favorite art work with those around you.  You will have so much fun making the first one, you will want to create even more of them later on.

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Time to Get Organized

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DIY Cinch Organizer with Your Favorite Paper

The start of the New Year means it’s time to get organized.  We often purchase new containers to store our craft supplies in and organizers for other things, but what about the cards we make or even the photos we have developed, but not yet scrapped?  This pocket organizer is just what you need for that!

You can choose to use card stock or patterned paper to create the pockets.  Have a favorite double sided paper?  You can use that.  Is your favorite paper only one sided?  That’s ok; I’ll show you how you can use that, too.

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Chalkboard Pennant Banner

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Interchangeable Chalkboard Pennant Banner for All Occasions

DIY Chalkboard Pennant Banner

I love hanging the perfect banner for every occasion, but I don’t love going out and buying cheap banners every time. That’s why I love chalkboard paint. It’s so easy to create a unique banner that can say exactly what you feel, and it can go with any occasion you like. Just switch out the twine if you want to go fancy. Use baker’s twine for the holidays, maybe a sparkly ribbon for a fancy event or big celebration, and you’re all set. You can say exactly what you would like, and just erase for the next occasion.

Materials

What You Need:

How to Make It:

Second Layer

This craft is very easy. The hardest part is waiting for the paint to dry and cure. Just paint light layers of the chalkboard paint, drying for about an hour between layers. It took 3 layers on mine to create a nice, even coat.

Paint Sides

Flip your pennants over and repeat on the other side. Make sure every inch of the pennant is covered, including sides.

Let Dry

Let your pennants dry and cure overnight. This will make sure that the paint is ready for the chalk.

Season

Season each pennant by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk over the entire pennant. This will make sure that whatever you draw on the pennant will erase entirely between uses.

Easy Chalkboard Banner

Wipe the excess chalk off your pennants and tie them together. I chose to tie bows so that they would be easy to remove in case I wanted a longer or shorter banner in the future. When you have enough pennants, draw on your sentiment or phrase with chalk and hang!

Free Stuff Friday Winner!!

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We hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, and we want to keep that happiness going by giving away another prize! Congratulations to… Mary! Enjoy paper crafting with this prize pack!!

11.15.13

This fantastic pack includes lots of stickers and embellishments, chipboard and acrylic shapes, patterned computer paper, a card and envelope pack, and a ribbon swirls template!

The winning answer to “What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?” is…

“I love real mashed potatoes, lumps and all. No gravy.”

Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week.  Check back on Friday for your chance to win!!

 

Free Stuff Friday!!

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It’s another lovely Friday, so it’s time to give away another prize! One lucky winner will be receiving this Paper Craft Prize Pack!!

11.15.13

This fantastic pack includes lots of stickers and embellishments, chipboard and acrylic shapes, patterned computer paper, a card and envelope pack, and a ribbon swirls template!

Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week. We’ll pick the winners and contact them via email. Deadline is midnight tonight and the winner will be announced Monday. One entry per person please.

Question of the week: What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

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Ask the Experts: Starting Out

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FaberCastel Gelatos in Tropical

Q: What can Gelatos be used for?

A:  There are many uses for them.  Two of the most often used are for stamping by spritzing the stamp with water and then apply the Gelato and stamping the image onto card stock.  Another is by using your fingers to rub them on to create a background.  They give a watercolor look and are great to use for a project that you want to add some softness on.

  ColorBox Glitter Sprinkles

Q:  How can clear glitter be used?

A:  Clear glitter adds a great shine over an image that has been colored using colored pencils or markers.  Once the glue is dry, the colors show through the glitter.  It, also, makes a great shiny snow for winter.

Stickles

Q: What is the difference between some of the Stickles?

A:  Some of them are a distress stickle and they are not as shiny when dry.

Create Your Own Keepsake Book  Q:  I’d like to start a craft hobby, but I’m not sure card making or scrapbooking is for me.  What else is there?

A:  A lot of people enjoy creating things such as journals, albums and mini books using chipboard albums.  They can be decorated any way you like and can be kept for yourself or given as gifts.  Patterned paper, stamps, and embellishments such as flowers or die cuts are just a few things to add to the books to make them your own.

Retractable Craft Pick

Q:  My dies have a lot of small areas to them.  What is a good way to remove the pieces after the paper is die cut?

A:  A piercing tool or pick works great to remove those little pieces.  It fits into those hard to get areas without bending the design around it.

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