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Q. How can I hold my heat tool and the paper I’m trying to emboss at the same time?

A: As crafters we are always looking for ways to use other things for tools and one way to hold a heat gun is to use a doll stand by placing the tool in the stand and using a piece of ribbon or string to hold the opening closed.

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Q. What is a way of storing my embossing folders?

A: Photo storage boxes are the perfect place to keep the folders. Since they are about the size of a 4” x 6” photo they fit snuggly into the box without falling over.

Paper Accents Chipboard Pennants

Faber Castell Gesso

Q. If I use spray ink on a piece of chipboard it soaks in and looks awful. Is there a way around that?

A: Begin by coating it with Gesso before spraying the ink on it. It can be used to prime the surface so that the chipboard will take the ink easier.

Paper Accents Tag

Q. What can I use a tag for other than a gift?

A: Beautifully embellished tags can become a wonderful embellishment for a scrapbook layout, added onto a card or can become a card themselves. They make wonderful embellishments for wreaths and shadow boxes, too. Place them in a picture frame as a focal point and give them as a gift. They make especially nice framed wedding gifts.

Martha Stewart Flocking

Q. What are some uses for flocking?

A: You can use it to add a soft, fluffy texture to die cuts by placing it over the areas. Use them on shapes that have been cut out using a die such as a tree or lamb. They are great to give a flower a fluffy look and bats at Halloween look even spookier with a little flocking on their bodies. Make a snowflake fluffy by adding it or add a little texture to your patterned paper. These are only a few ideas of how to use them. The possibilities are endless.

Upcycled Checkers Game

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DIY Upcycled Checkers Game

Grab something old and turn it into a sparkling new checkers game! This DIY can easily be adapted to whatever you have on hand. From old art pieces to cardboard boxes and from your ever-growing button stash to bottle caps, you can create a pretty game you’ll love to play.

Upcycled Checkers Game
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By The Month Card Organizer

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Keep all your cards handy and organized by month with this DIY tutorial!

All of us have different ways of organizing the cards we’ve made, but what about having them organized as they are needed?  This By the Month Card Organizer is the answer to that problem.  Place the cards in the 12 pockets and have them ready to send as needed.

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While on Vacation Cards to Share

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While on Vacation Cards to Share

Are you going on vacation, but still want to let friends and family know that you are thinking of them?  Are you one that’s not into sending just a post card because you’d rather give handmade?  Create these fun “While on Vacation” cards before you leave and tuck them inside a suitcase with some envelopes.  When you’re on vacation take one out and drop it in the mail.

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Ask the Experts: The Best Supplies for the Job

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Adhesives

Q: What are the best glues for adding paper and embellishments to cards?

A:  There are several glues that a card maker should have in his or her supplies because each one does a different job.  The first type of glue (adhesive) should be a dry one such as a tape runner or adhesive tape gun.  These are especially used to adhere papers and card stock together because of their dryness which keeps the paper from buckling.  The next glue should be a wet glue or craft glue.  An example of this would be Aleene’s Tacky Glue.  Wet glues are used for embellishments and chipboard pieces.   Other types of useful glues are glue pens such as the Quickie Glue Pen by Sakura which can be used to adhere small die cut pieces and small embellishments.  It allows for repositioning of the item until the glue is completely dried, too.  Another handy one to have is adhesive sheets or a Xyron machine.  Both of these provide the dry adhesive on a sheet that allows the glue to be applied to the die cut with no mess.  One last type that should be kept on hand is double sided tape.  It allows for 2 items to be adhered together which provides a stronger bond for such things as cards with moving pieces or ones that will be open and closed repeatedly.

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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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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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