Thursday, July 20, 2017

How to Transform Plain Pocket Cards with Stamping

Are you a project life fiend? Do you have oodles and oodles of 3x4 cards sitting around? It's easy to take these cards from ho-hum to wow!

Grab some stamps and let's use these cards! You can easily personalize these cards by adding images, words or phrases as I did.  Or try adding a subtle pattern to the background with a light or versamark ink. It's 

This 3x4 card was pretty bare - just a blue background with a few white phrases.  I thought these phrases would work well with soon-to-be-had camping photos, as my son will be attending several Boy Scout camps this summer.  I pulled a few clear stamps from the Feel Free set by Kerri Bradford and grabbed my brand spankin' new Tim Holtz stamp platform.

To use the platform, I lined my stamps up on my card.  Once I was satisfied with their placement, I  lowered the clear top to grab the stamps. Small magnets hold your paper in place so you can stamp multiple times, if needed, or make multiple copies -- which is so amazing because if your first image doesn't turn out complete or dark enough you can reink and restamp easily.

Before I stamped I treated my card with the Perfect Crafting Pouch, and then needed to restamp the image again since I was too impatient to do a test stamp first. I was pretty happy - the tiny print on the bottom isn't as crisp, but I put that down to operator error (i.e. pressing too hard).

After stamping with archival ink, my platform looked like this:

I grabbed my bottle of the Best Cleaner Ever and a paper towel.  One small squirt on the paper towel was enough to clean the extra ink off the stamps as well as the platform.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

How To Scrap Colorful Photos

Tracy here today with a very colorful layout. These two photos had a lot of bright colors in them and kind of intimidated me. I wasn't sure what colors to pull from the photos so I decided to try them all.

I started with a plain white piece of cardstock and picked out a stencil and several different ink pads. I just randomly sponged ink on the stencil moving it around the paper. I also did some random stamping using black ink around the page and added some navy blue splatters.

I added the photos and then dug through my stash for some embellishments. I finally settled on a few word stickers and some wood veneer that I inked. And of course I used some of the Best Glue Ever for the wood veneer. It really holds so well and you can use so little so it's very economical. Then using my Cricut I cut the title and used more of the Best Glue Ever  along with the No Clog Writing Cap . Using that cap makes it so easy to adhere skinny little letters to your layout. You can get the tiniest drop of glue on those letters so it won't seep out the side and if it does it dries clear so you don't have to worry about it. I also added some washi tape to the top and bottom corners of the page. 

I was worried the background might be too busy for the photos but I think I like how it came out.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

How To Make A Wonderful Bracelet That is Quick and Easy

Charity here with a tutorial for how to make this wonderful bracelet that is quick and easy.  I love costume jewelry. When this fun piece showed up in a box from my Grandmother I knew right away it was destined to become something NEW!
~ Forget Me Not ~
 The bezels had a resin or epoxy substance with glitter in them. A bit of concentrated heat from the heat gun had them popped right out. They had yellowed and looked grimy. 
 Step 1: Dab the top of the bezel with pigment ink.
Step 2: Place paper over a lightly padded surface, press bezel onto paper.
Step 3:Cut out inside of inked frame to use for a pattern. Press into bezel to trim any high edges.
Step 4:Trace pattern onto script cardstock.

Step 5: Use a dab of the Best Glue Ever to tack the paper down to the bezel. This ScraPerfect glue is so versatile it is perfect for attaching the cardstock to the metal.
Step 6:Pour gloss medium onto bezel, add heart and diamond dew drops. To place these items use Embellie Gellie. It helps put small items EXACTLY where you want them!
Step 7: Leave to cure for 24 to 48 hours.
To string the bracelet use elastic cord. Measure the width of the wrist plus one inch for tying fasteners. Bead, tie, and add fasteners to the end.
Cardstock and Dew Drops are from The Robin's Nest.
 Wear your new bracelet or give as a gift.
This dramatic bracelet is sure to please where ever it goes!
Stop by my blog Scrappin' Chaos for a list of supplies.

Scrap On!


Monday, July 17, 2017

The Best Cleaner Ever Vs. Gum -- Round 2

I don't what I did to suddenly become a gum magnet.  Seriously.  I went to put these shoes on last week and discovered I'd stepped in a huge wad of chewing gum.  Again.  Yuck.  Just yuck.

Not only that, but it was all dried and hard. Did I mention it was thick? Cleaning fresh gum was easy,  you can see the my video with fresh chewing gum here.  but could the Best Cleaner Ever work as well on really hard gum?

I grabbed my bottle sprayed it all over the gum and let it sit for about 15 - 20 minutes.  Taking a clean paper towel, I rubbed the gum and got a lot of it off with a swipe.  With removing gum or adhesvies, I prefer to use a paper towel so I can easily throw it away.

After a few swipes this is where I stood:

So I sprayed it again and left for about 30 minutes, at which point all the gum came off easily, except for some in the grooves of the sole.  This photo was taken after giving it one last spray of the Best Cleaner Ever.  I twisted the end of a paper towel to get into the grooves and remove the remaining glue.

And tada! All clean!  And with the Best Cleaner Ever it took minimal effort on my part, just patience to let the cleaner do it's work to loosen the gum.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

How to Use Foil On Your Card

Hey there ScraPerfect Fans!
Lisa here today to share a fun foiled graduation card with you. I used the school colors of black, orange and white for this card:

I gathered my supplies:
white cardstock
palette knife

To start with, I took a stencil and added the Best Glue Ever using a palette knife. 

I removed the stencil and let it dry. When the glue is dry, it will be tacky.

I placed a piece of the orange Transfer Foil on top of the glue and rubbed using my fingers. Sorry I don't have a photo of this, it didn't turn out. Here is the result:

I used the Perfect Crafting Pouch to remove any stickiness the glue left behind. 
I added this to a few layers of cardstock and stitched in place.

I stamped using embossing ink

and added embossing powder. I heat embossed it:

I didn't like the results, so I added a few thin glue lines using the Best Glue Ever with the No Clog Writing Cap attached. I let it dry:

Finally, I added 2 strips of ribbon and the "Congrats" sticker.
The Best Glue Ever is perfect for adding ribbon to your projects. If you let it dry, it's tacky enough to hold ribbon and the glue doesn't seep into the ribbon!

Here's another look at my card:

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your day with us!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The importance of choosing the best and most reliable adhesive

Hello and welcome to our crafty corner of the world today!  Shelly here - but instead of a project, I am going to share a lesson learned the hard way  ....

Take a look at this picture and guess what it is......

This is stacks of layouts that all have pieces and elements and photos falling off the page.....

I have been scrapbooking for about 15 years and I always chosen adhesives that were marketed especially for scrapbooking - "acid free". "permanent", etc.  But when flipping through some of older albums recently, to my horror I discovered pages that were literally falling apart!  Not all adhesives are created equal!

The adhesive you use is SO VERY IMPORTANT in your memory keeping and I am so happy to have found Best Glue Ever!  This ONE glue DOES IT ALL!

Best Glue Ever is truly permanent and with the No Clog Writing Tip precision application is a cinch!

Check out these videos to learn all about Best Glue Ever:

I hope you all have a creative weekend - - as for me, I will be locked away re-creating scrapbook pages!

Don't let this happen to you!!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Happy Birthday How-To for Making a Pretty and Feminine Card

Hello~Kathy here from Create.365 with a pretty Happy Birthday card using ScraPerfect products and inspired by sketch #220 @ the Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge.

Gathering my supplies, I started with an A2 sized top folding kraft cardstock card base and some old patterned paper from Basic Grey. The diecut doily frame is from Darice and I cut it from both coral cardstock and vellum. (I changed my mind while designing and never did use the CM oval cutting tools that are pictured below, lol.)

The banner I handcut from kraft according to the sketch and ran it thru the floral Cuttlebug embossing folder. I then brushed the white Memories ink pad across the raised design to highlight the flowers. I adhered the banner to the card front using mini foam dots for a bit of dimension.

To make the small paper layered flowers, I used an old Stampin' Up punch with the coral cardstock, the patterned paper and the vellum. (a trick to punching vellum without it getting jammed is to punch it the same time as another paper.)

I layered the 3 different blooms using the Best Glue Ever with the No Clog Writing Cap and the Embellie Gellie tool. I layered the one on the front with sequins and a teeny tiny rhinestone. But I would never attempt to do all that without the help of the Embellie Gellie tool!

Using Versamark ink and Platinum embossing powder, I stamped Happy Birthday on the diecut coral oval for the inside of the card and the "Tiny Miracles..." sentiment on the vellum oval for the card front. When heat embossing on vellum it is especially important to use the Perfect Crafting Pouch before stamping to eliminate static cling and powder sticking in all the wrong places. (I just gotta tell you how much I love and use this Pouch! I have tried 3 different products that were supposed to solve embossing static and this is the only one that I've found truly works! The others either make a mess all over your hands or smell overwhelmingly like baby powder-yuck!) The Perfect Cleaning Cloth then removes any remaining powder residue that may be left behind once your embossing is cooled down.

The vellum frame was layered on top of the coral frame using the Best Glue Ever and adhered to the kraft banner on the card front using mini foam dots. The vellum oval was adhered using the same glue by hiding it under the "miracles" embossing and letting the dots of glue dry first so they are practically invisible.

The vellum sprigs were diecut using a Spellbinders die and adhered with the Best Glue Ever under the layered flower -as were all the sequins I placed around the frame.

I made one more flower for the card inside, but kept it much flatter this time, only using 2 layers and one tiny sequin.

Thanks for sticking around with me to see how this card was designed and completed! Until next time, happy crafting with ScraPerfect~

Friday, July 14, 2017

How To Make Flowers for A Delightful Sunshine Layout

Charity here with a post on how to make flowers for a delightful sunshine layout. I like to give my projects the personal touch of matching embellishments. For this one pager I was able to coordinate my flowers with my title as well as my background cardstock, all from The Robin's Nest.
~ Hello Sunshine ~
This layout began with a 2.5" strip of dark grey cardstock stiched to the far side of my background paper. I added strips of washi tape and then three layers of patterned grey cardstock to mat the photo.
 I stitched these layers down then added two ephemera cards. The card tucked under the photo I cut in half to offer multiple focal points.
 Now that my basic layout was ready I made the flowers. The sticker set was just the right colors for my theme. I punched two sets of the same flower in a similar print and one of the smaller flowers in a contrasting color. I stacked the larger flowers with the petals opposite of each other. The small flower went on top with a Dew Drop for the center.

   To hold these layers of flowers together I used the Best Glue Ever. This super strong yet fantastically flexible glue from ScraPerfect is wonderful for hand made flowers.
I punched flowers from yellow cardstock to coordinate with the ephemera cards. The smaller centers are topped with dew drops in a contrasting color.
 Embellie Gellie made it super easy to place dew drops at the flower centers and with the cork chevrons.

For a little variety I added a pre-made flower as the center of each flower cluster. The final touches of wood leaves and chipboard vines are held of with just a drop or two of BGE.
The ephemera cards were perfect for accents as well as a title. They had just the right hues and delicately flourished letters.
The blues and yellows of the flowers add to the elegant look of this one page layout. Their mild tones create the perfect foil for this poignant black and white photo.
 Stop by my blog Scrappin' Chaos for a list of supplies.

Scrap On!