Ask The Experts: Tips for Your Tools

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Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Paper Trimmers

Q: The edges of my cardstock and patterned papers are jagged and torn when I cut them.  What is wrong with it?

A:  When the papers you are cutting begin to have this look to the edges, it means it’s time to change the blade on your paper trimmer.  A new blade should take care of this happening.

Aleene's Tacky Spray


Q: What would I use spray adhesive for on my projects?

A:  Spray adhesive is great to hold down a stencil on any project including paper ones to keep it secure on the item and prevent the paint or other medium you are using from going under the stencil.  It is, also, handy to have to place intricate cut die cuts on a project.

Dylusions Ink Spray Lemon Zest

Q: Any suggestions on using spray inks?

A:  They are great to use to create unique backgrounds on cards and scrapbook pages.  Also, use them with a stencil for a different look.  It’s a great way to add color to wood, canvas and even clay.

American Crafts Velvet White Ribbon

Q: Is there a way to give white ribbon an aged look?

A:  Brew a cup of your favorite tea or coffee and allow the ribbon to soak in it.  For a darker color soak it longer and for a lighter color soak it less time.  Hang the ribbon up to dry and it is ready to use.



Q: What is dry embossing?

A:  There are two forms of dry embossing that are most used.  The first is using a stencil and an embossing stylus tool and the second one is done by an embossing folder or die and die cut/embossing machine.

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About Peg

Peg Rounds lives in East Moline, Illinois with her husband and best friend, Kevin and their son Josh and 2 dogs. She was an elementary school teacher turned stay at home mom, and later a home school mom. Over the years, she designed cakes on the side and went to school to become a certified chocolatier. She always has loved to craft since she was young and it was something that she wanted to be doing, but set it aside due to her busy life. After 15 years of doing cakes she decided it was time to stop and focus more on her family. She began doing layouts, then cards and it went from there. Before she knew it, next to spending time with her family, she spent every free moment creating something and blogging about it. One thing led to another and here she is today! Check out Peg's blog, Peg's Crafting Corner to see what else she has been up to!

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