Saturday, July 31, 2010

Recipe: Homemade Glue Dots

Aleene's Tack-It Over & Over
Reynolds Release Aluminum Foil (2 sheets)
2 or 3 half-sheets of cardstock, cut length-wise, stacked layers
Scotch tape

Tear off a piece of aluminum foil large enough to wrap around the 2 or 3 layers of cardstock cut into half long-wise. Fold over sides and ends. Tape on backside. Smooth foil flat on top (I rolled a wooden brayer over mine.) Dot foil with Aleene's glue about 1 inch apart (make dots about the size of a pea) in rows and let dry flat. When glue dots are dry, place another piece of aluminum foil over the top (I reused a long piece of non-stick UPS direct thermal label backing paper over my glue dots), roll all up, and rubber band all the layers together. It's easy to stick in a pocket of my craft bag to take with me to stamping/crops. To use: open by un-rolling a small row of glue dots, place item over glue dot and lift up. It's ready to put it in place on your card or scrapbook page.

Tip: If you should use these dots as not only glue but as popdots between stacks of something such as punched flowers and after constructing the stack, a bit has squeezed out and is sticky, then dust with a bit of talcum powder on the end of a paintbrush. No more tacky!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Devotion: Greedy Guts

“You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
~ Exodus 20:17.

I was shocked the first time I looked into the advance copy of the rubber stamping magazine I was published in at the envy I felt looking at all the wonderful ideas. I wanted all the ideas to be my ideas. I was jealous of the inventiveness God had given the other card crafters. Whew, I had the greedies BAD!
Ephesians, chapters four and five, have been my life verses for many years. In chapter five, it says that a greedy person is an idolater (v. 5). I had become a bit proud of myself! Through the word of truth, He showed me that I should put off the sin of selfish pride and thank Him instead for the gifts of grace he has apportioned to each artist--crafter. As a dearly loved princess, I want to be an imitator of my Daddy King; gentle, kind, and good; not a beady-eyed, self-important braggart I was in the danger of becoming if I continued to think of myself more highly than I ought (Philippians 2:3).

Prayer:Thank you, Heavenly Father, for your wise distribution of talents and for my portion of your abundant creativity. Forgive me as I put off greed, purify me from it, and clothe me with humility and the other graces of a princess. Amen!

Today’s Tip: “Ugly is easy to come by and hard to get rid of.” ~ Sandy Lyman Clough.