Adventures in Card-Making

Paper Crafting 101 – Punch Happy

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Craft or paper punches for use in rubber stamping are available in a wide range of shapes and sizes. Punches vary from tiny, intricate designs to large bold shapes. In Part One of this post, I’ll talk about punches in general and some ways you can use punches. In Part Two, we’ll get into the different manufacturers and the type of punches they make.

The most common punch is the table punch. You place the punch on a hard, firm surface, place the paper inside and press down firmly. If a punch stops cutting clear shapes, they may need sharpening. Punch  a sheet of aluminum foil several times to sharpen the punch. You can also use wax paper to lubricate. The more intricate the shape of the punch, the more force is required to punch a clear shape.

In the beginning, I amassed a great many little punches: apples, stars,hearts etc. My collection grew when I visited The Great American Stamp Store in Westport CT. I was overwhelmed by the choices! There were so many small and big punches as well as stamps and paper products.

Here are a few uses for paper punches:

1.  Cut 3 or 4 green hearts to make shamrocks.

2.  Punched out circles make buttons

3.  Confetti

4.  Flower petals

5.  Background paper

In Part Two, we’ll explore the different shapes such paper corner, basic, extra-large multi-shape, border punches, squeeze punches, lever, and the ones I’ve bought.

‘Til next time,





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Dear Fellow Crafters,

Today, I thought we could explore the subject of eyelets. To be honest, I absolutely loved this tool for a while, but then as time went on, forgot about it! While doing research for this post, I discovered it all over again! There are several tools on the market that do the same thing but in different ways. The two major types are the ones you use with a small hammer and the one that is all complete.. I have used both but found that the automatic one is easier for me.

You can use an ordinary hole puncher and regular eyelets from a hardware store. These will be standard size circles of gold, silver and brass. You can also buy specially made punching tools and eyelets found in your local craft store. The advantage of buying these is that sometimes you will find a kit containing the tools and some eyelets and you can use the eyelets anywhere on your project and not be limited to the placement due to the puncher length.

Eyelet 1

The directions are as follows:

  1. Decide where you want your  hole to be on your card. Be sure that you have a craft mat under your work! Your table will thank you. Take the metal tool with the hole punching insert and firmly press a hole in the paper. If you are not strong enough, the small hammer will help. The hole that is punched will be smaller than the usual hole punched by a hole puncher.

Place one of the eyelets on the front side, turn the page over. Exchange the parts in your tool to the ball point edge and place it in the eyelet and hammer it flat. Done!

The second type tool is the Instant Setter. This tool, one of many on the market, is made by Making Memories. It comes with the setting mat, a magnetic head for easy tip changes, and adjustable handle. and a metal box to store it in. Full instructions are also enclosed.  It sets the following sizes: 1/16″, 1/8″, 3/16″. With this tool,you can punch and set an eyelet, and use with the Making Memories Stamping Die Set.

To set an eyelet:

  1. Replace the hole punch tip with the coordinating size setting tip.
  2. Slip an eyelet into the hole and hold it in place as you turn the page over.
  3. Hold tool vertically and press straight down on the eyelet until you feel it click.

You may need to press the eyelet one or more times to achieve the desired result.

Ways to use eyelets

  • Attach vellum
  • Corner of picture mat
  • in the hole of a tag
  • borders
  • ends of a hammock

accents on journal blocks

“Til next time,


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Paper Crafting 101- Organizing (Too much stuff!)

Every once in awhile, usually after a card-making session, I look around my craft room and say to myself, “Sallie, you have too much stuff! You need to organize!” Sometimes I do put things away where they belong. It’s when I can’t find something I “just saw” that I get in the frenzied organizing state.
Over the years, I have picked up some hints and after trial and error, have developed a method of organizing my crafting tools etc. Please feel free to use these hints and email me at if you have others.
I will be offering these on an on-going basis so please watch for them.
~ Sallie

Organizing My Stuff
• Keep in easy reach
• A wire basket or wood box that is large enough to house all the items together works well
• Roomy clear totes work for traveling
• Dedicated divided drawers that are stackable work well also.
• Obviously, shelves come to mind, but oftentimes there is no “extra” space.
• Categorize book titles so you know what you have
• Stacking them beneath a window seat or work bench works ok
• Glass jars – like jam or peanut butter work well – you can see what you have and they are decorative also
• Paper punched buttons should be categorized by color and put in zip-lock bags
Craft Knives:
• Special drawer or lined box works well
• Keep blades inside protective sheaths