How I solved _______________

No mistakes

Dear Fellow Crafters,

One of my mantras is ” There’s no mistakes in rubber stamping just more ways to have fun!”

When I first started rubber stamping, back in 1995 ( I know, ancient times) and smudged a card or glued down an element crooked I used to freak out. I’m sure you’ve done the same. So here are some tips on how to correct your “goofs”.

  •      If your hand accidentally spreads ink where you don’t want it, glue an embellishment or tag on top.
  •      If the smudge is really bad, cut out the part of the card that is ok and glue onto a new background.
  •      Turn the card over and start again.
  •      If you smudge the hallmark on the reverse and you can’t fix it, attach it to a new card.
  •      UN-even layers can sometimes be fixed if you add an embellishment to the side that is slightly “off kilter” to ” fool the eye.”
  •      Add an embellishment, tag, butterfly, or any object on the opposite side of the goof so that it looks like it was intended.
  •      If a sentiment has been smudged , stamp the greeting again, layer it onto a coordinated cardstock and glue over the blurred greetings.


‘Til next time,


When I have time, I'l organize my _________________

Organizer tips for the Card Maker


Dear Fellow Crafters,

The start of a new year leads us to thoughts of organizing. So, once again we will tackle this timely topic. I have compiled an alphabetical list this year so feel free to share these with others.


Acrylic stamps.  I have to admit, when these first came on the market I was really hesitant to use them! I just didn’t see the point. Now of course I have quite a few. I first started stacking them in one of my Iris drawers, but the stamps became unwieldy so I ended up putting them in 3-ring binders. The stamp sets were placed in separate plastic sheet protector sheets which allowed me the ability to flip through to find the ones I needed. What was great too was that they did not spill out of the sheets.

Binders: Along with storing acrylic stamps, I used these to keep track of projects that need that extra “tweak” and I keep my finished cards inside them, filed according to theme.

Cardstock: I tend to keep the envelopes with the cardstock. I then know that I have envelopes that fit the cards. DCV stacks are kept intact so that the subtle differences of color or the different shades/designs will pop up at me. I keep loose sheets stored in a paper storage bin (purchased at Staples) by color and paper that has been cut into I store in plastic bags with the 11″x 7″ paper.

‘Til next time,


PaperCrafting 101

PaperCrafting 101- Markers

Dear Fellow Crafters,

My Adventures in card making this week is all about anniversary cards, since my 43rd wedding anniversary is on November 10th! That is also the birthday anniversary of the United States Marine Corps. Some of you may know, that my husband is a Marine Veteran of over 20+ years so that weekend is very special to us for all sorts of reasons.  I found a card sketch for the occasion that I could adapt the colors of the Corp (red and gold) with a Sizzix folder (of course) and a Spellbinder label die. My card is in the making stages right now, so I will hold off on telling you how it came out!

I will not be posting on November 11th, and this Paper Crafting 101 post is about a week early, but I know you will enjoy it anyway. The topic is markers.

Markers can be used in many ways with stamp designs. Some stampers like to color in their designs completely with bright, vibrant color. Others just add a touch of color. It depends on your style.

Copic Markers are relatively new to the stamping world. The Copic original markers are the perfect choice for blending, painting and tone control. They have a broad nib that offers coverage for larger areas. The other side has a fine nib for detail work. Rubber Stamp magazines usually feature articles using these markers.

For water-based markers, Tombow and Marvy are perfect choices. They both feature the dual-tipped nibs and are perfect for brushing on rubber stamps.

Sakura Gel Glaze Pens have a flowing permanent color that draws similar to embossing powder.

Wet Looks Embossing Markers from Marvy create raised and shiny artwork with or without rubber stamps.  You apply the marker to the paper. (For best results, use glossy cardstock). Pour on the embossing powder, and heat!

Hope you have as much fun as I do coloring those images.



To die for

Die Cutting

Paper Crafting 101 – To die for 10/28                            Picture

Dies can be used to cut everything from your favorite papers and cardstock to thin metals and light-weight wood. They can be used to emboss a border and used as a mask.
A die is a piece of metal that has been manipulated into a specific shape. The metal die can be wafer thin, perfect for use with paper, felt or fabric and the thicker ones can cut through dense material like cardboard. Some dies are simple shapes like circles, ovals, squares. Others are intricate shapes like lacy circles.
There are many die cutting machines on the market that do basically the same thing and use some of the same dies. Some are electronic and others are manual. The Cuttlebug by Provo Craft, The Grand Calibur by Spellbinders and the Sizzix Big Shot are a few of the machines. One of the main criteria that should govern which machine you buy (in addition to price) is how many times you will use it and what type of dies you are likely to buy. If you are a scrapbooker, then you will need a lot of labels, frames and titles. If, on the other hand, you are a card-maker, you will want a machine that makes a lot of frames, images and background paper.
To start, you make a “sandwich” of the cutting platform, the paper or other material, the die, and the top plate. You have to create the right pressure to cut the material.
Buy the dies you love and buy the simple shapes. In the beginning, I concentrated on embossing folders (Sizzix) and made my layered cards that way. I liked the Swiss dot folder, which I sanded and raised the dots on white-core paper. I then bought the various shapes – squares, ovals and rectangles. I discovered that I could make my cards into the simple shapes (like squares and rectangles) and the dies fit the shapes. Then I discovered Spellbinders and started buying their shapes. One of my recent discoveries is that the Sizzix Large circles work especially well with my Marvy Punch Circles, eliminated the need to buy more circles.
What folders and dies do you buy?
~ Ssllie