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!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Storage: Card Keeper

I found a plastic three drawer shoe keeper at Walmart and started keeping my cards in it. The top drawer holds all-occasion cards (mostly blank inside), the middle drawer – birthday, and the last holiday cards. The box on top holds the envelopes. If you slip the invitation sized (A2) cards inside the drawer with the fold towards the top, you can keep approximately 150 cards in each of these drawers.

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.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Diecut & Sticker Storage

I was looking for an easy way to store my extra diecuts, stickers, and assorted stamped images in one place. My husband worked in a computer warehouse and at that time brought me a bunch of extra CD envies home that they were going to throw out. I repurposed them to hold my extra bits and pieces in this shoebox. As I've been digging through some of my drawers in my craft corner for the extras that I've squirreled away, this box has gotten fatter and fatter, so much so that I think I'm gonna have to divide it into two – one for card bits and another for scrapbook ephemera.

Update: Since I have moved into my craft barn, this one box has bloomed into several more baskets full of goodies. (look under the label "craft barn" for a photo of a stuffed corner cabinet). I've divided them into my general ephemera that can be used on cards, journals, and atc's (artist trading cards) and then ones that are strictly acid-free scrapbooking embellishments.