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4 Tips to Use the Paper Doily Large Sizzlet Die #125592


Paper Doily Large Sizzlets Die #125592S

I love the intricate details of Paper Doily Large Sizzlet Die #125592 found on page 7 of the 2012 Occasions Mini Catalogue. It is the perfect size to fill the front of a Card.

You will create the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine "Sandwich" ~ Multipurpose Platform (Tab #2), 1 Standard Cutting Pad, Paper Doily Large Sizzlet Die #125592, the Card Stock or Designer Series Paper, the other Standard Cutting Pad and an extra sheet of Card Stock. The extra sheet of Card Stock acts as a shim to give a little bit more pressure that is needed to cut out the Paper Doily Large Sizzlet Die #125592.

When you run the "Sandwich" through the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #113439, go slowly and this will also help to punch it out.

Once you have the Card Stock or Designer Series Paper punched out, roll it in half (without creasing it) back and forth, this will loosen all of the pieces. Some may stick in the design, but all you have to do is poke them out with the Paper-Piercing Tool #116631 or the end of a pencil.

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Clear Mount Stamp Cases #119105 ~ 10 Storage uses for Clear Mount Stamp Cases


Clear Mount Stamp Cases #119105

If you look on page 205 of the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalogue, you will find that Stampin' Up! sells a pack of 4 Clear Mount Stamp Cases #119105.

What would you need 4 Clear Mount Stamp Cases for? You will be amazed at these 10 different uses. I bet you never thought of some of them.

1) To organize all of the Clear Mount Stamps that you need to make a Project. If they come from different Stamp Sets, you can store the ones that you are using in 1 Clear Mount Stamp Case.
2) If you are working on making a lot of the same Cards, you can put the completed Card is the sleeve, to use as a reference. Cut all of the pieces of Card Stock, Embelllishments etc. and store them inside. All you would need is the Card Bases and Adhesives to complete the Cards. The Clear Mount Stamp Case would fit easliy into your purse to take with you, to work on.
3) To store pieces of Ribbons, Baker's Twine, Hemp Twine or Linen Thread.
4) To store Mat Pack #105826 and Paper-Piercing Tool #116631.
5) To store Aqua Painters #103954 and Blender Pens #102845.
6) To store Stampin' Dimensionals #104430 and Sticky Strip #104294.
7) To store Embellishments such as Paper Daisies #119243 and sheets of Basic Rhinestones #119246, Basic Pearls #119247 etc.
8) Decorate the Clear Mount Stamp Cases #119105 and keep it in your purse, to store coupons or receipts.
9) To store all of your Simply Adorned Accessories.
10) To store a Family of 10 Stampin' Write Markers ~ In Colors, Brights, Subtles, Regals, and Neutrals.

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Decor Elements Applicator #114285 ~ Another Use For The Decor Elements Applicator?


Decor Elements Applicator #114285

We all know what the Decor Elements Applicator #114285 is for ~ right? It is great for applying and removing the Decor Elements, but did you know that there is another use for it ~ spreading Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

That's right. All you have to do is put a glob of Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 in the center of your project. Using the Decor Elements Applicator #114285, spread the glue thinly and evenly over the entire surface. 

Don't forget the wash the Decor Elements Applicator #114285 when you are done with soap and hot water.


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Anywhere Glue Sticks (#104045) Tool Tip


2 Pack of Anywhere Glue Stick #104045

 The Anywhere Glue Sticks #104045 comes in packs of 2, is very easy-to-use, affordable adhesive that works great when glueing paper to paper. Anywhere Glue Sticks #104045 work best when you generously coat the backs of both pieces of Card Stock so that you are sticking wet-on-wet surfaces together.

Another great use for Anwhere Glue Sticks #104045 is when decorating chipboard with Designer Series Paper. Use the Anywhere Glue Sticks #104045 to thoroughly cover the back of the Designer Series Paper and the surface of the Chipboard Piece. Apply the paper onto the Chipboard Piece, trim excess paper using Paper Snips #103579 and sand down the edges with a Sanding Blocks #103301.

The glue is in a rectangle-shaped tube, simular to a lip stick tube, as you need more glue you simply turn the knob. DO NOT expose too much glue, because it will collect on the sides and you will only waste it. Always clean the excess glue from around the tip before you replace the cap or it may become permanently stuck.

To prevent your glue from drying, store it in a reclosable plastic bag.

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Card Stock ~ 5 Ways to Keep Card Stock from Fading


Card Stock Compartment Unit

Many of you may not realize that Stampin' Up! Card Stock may fade or change color due to light exposure.

You left your Card Stock next to a window, you will clean it up later. You go back a little while later and you noticed that the Card Stock has faded.

This happened to a package of Old Olive Card Stock that I left on my desk in my Craft Room ~ right by my open window.

All wasn't lost. The top sheet was only faded on one side, so I was able to use it as a layer and show the good side.

For this Tip of the Week ~ Protect your Card Stock by
1) Closing a drape or blind if there is a window close by.
2) Don't leave a bright lamp shining directly onto your Card Stock.
3) Store your Card Stock in a Compartment Unit (as shown). You could probably find smaller Compartment Units.
4) You could store your Card Stock in Paper Holder 8 1/2" x 11" #105527 or 12" x 12" #105528 (see on page 226 of the 2011-12 Idea Book & Catalogue). Paper Holders will keep your Card Stock organized, but you still have to store them away from direct lighting to prevent the edges from fading.
5) Some of my customers keep their Card Stock in hanging File Folders in File Cabinets

Remember to keep in mind the Cards or Paper Crafts that you have already made. You want to protect them too.

Rubber Stamping Organization Tip ~ Craft Room



Many of you would be shocked to see that this is My Craft Room. I am always organized and ready to go, but this is a real mess. This is what happens when you make 115 Christmas Cards.

Many of you would like to get back into Rubber Stamping and Paper Crafting as your New Year's Resolution. Maybe your messy Craft Room is holding you back.

It is hard to believe that it only took about an hour to clean this mess up.

The secret that I am going to share with you is……

a place for everything and everything in its place.

It always stresses me out when I only have a little time to Rubber Stamp and I can't find anything. It takes so much time to search for what I need. This cuts into my stamping time.

You could be in the same situation. That why I suggest to organize your Craft Room.

I purchased those Plastic Colored Sweater Containers and I keep all of the supplies I need to make a project in it.  When I am finished stamping for the day, I return all of the supplies back to the Plastic Colored Sweater Container. This helps keep your Craft Room tidy. The next time that you have a little bit of time to Rubber Stamp, you won't have to look for your supplies. This way you will have more time to stamp.

Don't worry if you don't have a Craft Room and your are stamping on your dinner room table, these organization tips will still work for you.

Now turn off the computer and go tidy up your Rubber Stamping area, where ever it is.

Protecting Your Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die (#118138)

Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die

When you use the Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die #118138, be sure to run the die through the Big Shot so that the hinge is opposite the Big Shot Handle. This will help protect the hinge. Also, make sure that you are using Tab 1 when you use the multipurpose platform. This is to prevent your dies from breaking.

The tip will apply to using any Embosslits Dies

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Tip Of The Week – Photocopy Labels

I love to open my order from Stampin' Up! What do you think is the first thing that I do with my new stamp set? You would think that I start stamping. No! I photocopy the label that comes with each stamp set.

Every stamp set comes with a clear plastic label . You adhere the label to the wooden block after you mount the stamp to identify the stamp. I can't tell you how many times I get several stamp sets out to make a card and I use different stamps from each set. When I am finished I want to put the stamps back in the correct case. I used to have to get the catalogue out to see which set the stamp belongs to.That has changed.

If you photocopy the sheet of labels (before you adhere to the blocks) and place the copy in the case, you will know exactly which stamps go in which case. This will save you time. That leaves you more time to stamp.

Tip of the Week – Crystal Effects

Do you want to know how to affix one of the Sizzlits Snowflakes to a card front.


When you punch out a Sizzlits Snowflake Set #2 (#113449) using the Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (#113439), the snowflakes are very intricate and detailed. The centers are very small and someone asked me how you would affix them to a card. You can use a brad. The color would depend on the color of the card stock that you punched them out.

You can also use is a small dab of Crystal Effects (#101055). Crystal Effects works great as an adhesive to attach buttons and other heavier embellishments.

You can create amazing 3-D effect by applying a thick amount of Crystal Effects to a stamped image. You would color the image before you apply the Crystal Effects. It will dry completely within an hour, depending on how thick it is applied. It will leave a high-gloss, raised lacquered look.

Who knew what all was contained in this little bottle and about all of its uses.

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Tip of the Week – Inspiration Is Everywhere.

Finding inspiration in unexpected places.

Some lucky people can look at a blank card front or scrapbook page and know exactly what they are going to do. If you are like me it takes a little more effort to find inspiration.

Where can you look to find ideas to make a scrapbook layout fun? You don't know where to look for inspiration, it can seem like a difficult thing to find. All you have to do is look around you. Inspiration is everywhere. Take a look around the room that you are in. What catches your eye and makes you stop and notice it. Do you see an interesting pattern, shapes, or color combination? Why not allow those everyday images and patterns to help you create something to treasure? Now consider how you can take appealing aspects of almost anything and transfer it to your scrapbook page or card front.

Two of the best rooms in the house to start is in the Kitchen and Bathroom. Just think of all the products that contained in those 2 rooms. Companies spend a lot of money on packaging. They spend a lot of time on the details of placement of their product, the color combination and how to use shapes and designs to focus your attention. All of the work is done for you. Where they place a photo of their product, you place a stamped image or a personal photo. If they use a color combination that you like, with all of the colors Stampin' Up! offers, you can use a similar color combination. You can also include shapes such as circles, squares, rectangles or any punched shape. Where they put wording about the product, you can stamp a saying or include a journal entry.

Just because your page is an inspiration, that doesn't means that it has to be an exact match. You can change it by adding elements to create something that reflects your style. This may mean that you add an embellishment or ribbon.

No matter what you do, always experiment and have fun with your projects.