Adhesives Galore!

Welcome to the Crafts ‘n things Blog. I hope all of you had a happy Christmas and that tonight you will safely ring in the New Year!

Today, I want to chat with you about adhesives. As a crafter and a designer, people often ask me which adhesive is my favorite. I am always stumped at how to answer that question. I have many “favorites,” depending on the type of project that I am creating. I thought I would give you a list of my favorites for each type of crafting in which I participate.

Tape runner

I use a tape runner for scrapbooking and basic card making. My “go to” tape runner is the 3M Scotch Advanced Tape Glider (ATG) Adhesive System.

The main reason that I use this tape is the cost of refills! The refills contain 36 yards of tape and can be found online for less than $2.00 per roll. Most tape runners either hold less tape for a higher cost, or they are not refillable. The Scotch ATG is easy to refill, and I also like the quality of the tape, especially how strong it is. I use it for all of my flat projects such as scrapbook layouts, cards, and mini albums. The size of the ATG “gun” is a bit off-putting at first, but it is lightweight and you do get the hang of it after awhile. I like this product so much that I actually have two of the gliders; I have a pink one and a red one!

The only con that I have found with this system is that the tape unwinds from the “wrong side” of the glider, simply because I am left-handed! I have gotten used to it, but that was an issue for me at first.

Double-sided tape

There are times when I need a stronger double-sided tape for mini albums and other dimensional crafts. For these projects, I like to use Scor-Pal Scor-Tape.

Scor-Tape is an incredibly sticky tape, making it perfect for creating boxes and mini albums or for use with foil, metal, and ribbon. Each roll is 27 yards long; available sizes include rolls in 1/8″, 1/4″, 1/2″, 1″, 1-1/2″, 2″, and 2-1/2″ sizes, plus 6″x6″ and 8-1/2″x11″ sheets. My favorite rolls are the 1/4″ and 1/2″ sizes.

Wet glue

I have always had a love-hate relationship with glue. I don’t like to get glue on my hands, but I have found that I need to use a strong, wet glue to adhere flowers, buttons, and other dimensional embellishments to my projects. I have many half-used bottles of glue in my stash as I have searched for my “go to” glue. The glue I like the best, is easiest to find in local stores, and is most affordable is Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue.

Aleene’s Tacky Glue comes in various sized bottles. I buy the large, 16 oz. size at my local craft store, and then transfer a small amount into a 2 oz. bottle that I keep on my craft desk. I like this glue because it is very strong, dries quickly, dries clear, and cleans up with water.

Fabric glue

There are times when I need to glue ribbons or other fabric items to my projects and the best glue I have found for that type of project is Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac.

This is another fast-grabbing, quick-dry adhesive which dries clear. I use it most often for gluing ribbon for my “double bows.”

The only con to this product is that you get “glue strings.” The manufacturer instructions say to put a dab of petroleum jelly onto the bottle tip to prevent the glue strings.

Foam tape

I love to add dimension to my projects and my favorite adhesive for that is Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares.

The foam squares are available in black or white. There are three packages that I like to use: the mixed size contains 217 squares, the larger size contains 126 squares, and the small size contains 308 squares. The adhesive back is permanent, easy to peel and stick, and safe for scrapbooking. I find the adhesive very sticky and strong.

Gel medium

My least favorite adhesive to use has always been the type of glue needed to create altered art and mixed media projects. This glue tends to be smelly, sticky, and messy! I recently found Liquitex Matte Gel Medium at my local craft store and fell in love with it!

I use this medium most often for adhering paper to wood or chipboard items, and for altering canvases. This gel dries to a satin, matte finish, and has great adhesive properties. There are other uses for gel mediums, but that is beyond my “pay grade” and I only use it as an adhesive.

Dimensional adhesive

I don’t use this adhesive very often, but there are times when I want to add clear dimension to a project or to attach metal embellishments. I use Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents, which is a three-dimensional, water-based, clear gloss medium for these types of projects.

You can use Glossy Accents under embellishments to make them stick or use it on top to protect and create a glossy surface.

I hope this takes some of the mystery out of adhesives. For a peek at how I use these adhesives, visit my blog!

Gloria Stengel from Scraps of Life (www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com)

Party Hats

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Add some pizzazz to your New Year’s festivities by donning these easy-to-make party hats. Perfect for any party, these hats will add energy and fun to your kids’ New Year’s celebration.

Materials

  • Recycled clear plastic tub (Designer used sherbet container.)
  • Paper plate, 9”
  • Print paper: purple or green
  • Cardstock or construction paper: yellow, pink, orange, lime green, lavender
  • White chenille stems, eight, 6” lengths
  • Hot pink feather boa
  • Ribbon, 20” lengths: lime green, orange, yellow, pink, purple, fuchsia, bright pink
  • Pom-poms, four each: hot pink, lime green
  • Glitter: pink or blue
  • White cording, four 30” lengths

Tools

  • Number stamps
  • Black inkpad
  • Decorative-edge scissors
  • Hole punch
  • API Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate! Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, sponge scrap

Directions

STEP 1

Use hole punch to punch holes on either side of tub edge. Insert cord lengths through holes; knot ends around top edge.

STEP 2

For hat brim, cut center from paper plate. Position plate over top of tub; adhere edges.

STEP 3

Cut 2-1/2”-wide print strips from paper and adhere around hat.

STEP 4

Use black inkpad and number stamp to stamp “2013” on cardstock. Use decorative-edge scissors to cut out numbers, forming squares. Use sponge scrap to apply glue on edges of squares. While still wet, sprinkle with glitter.

STEP 5

Bend ends of four chenille stems into coils. Adhere pom-poms on ends of coils. Adhere number squares on ends of other four chenille stems. Adhere chenille stems on front of hat.

STEP 6

Adhere boa around hat. Tie ribbon bow; glue on front of hat.

STEP 7

Measure and cut 20” ribbon lengths. Bundle lengths in center; tie knot. Adhere ribbon bundle on front of hat.

by Mary Ayres

Happy New Year T-Shirt

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

With New Year’s Eve quickly approaching, kids will enjoy making this fun and festive t-shirt to welcome the new year in style!

Materials

  • White t-shirt
  • Felt, light blue or light pink
  • Yellow rickrack
  • Clear star rhinestone
  • Orange pom-pom

Tools

  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Baby Blue, Ocean Blue, Wild Orchid, Pumpkin, Bright Green, Baby Pink, Royal Fuchsia, Yellow Light
  • Foam stamps: assorted, alphabet
  • API Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate! Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, paintbrush, sponge scrap, newspaper (to cover work surface), cardboard scrap

Directions

STEP 1

For hat shape, cut 7”-tall triangle from felt. Adhere hat onto center of shirt.

STEP 2

Insert cardboard scrap between shirt layers. Use alphabet stamps and paint colors of choice to stamp “HAPPY NEW YEAR” on shirt.

STEP 3

Use assorted stamps and paint colors of choice to stamp shirt as desired.

STEP 4

Measure and cut yellow rickrack to cover bottom of hat. Adhere rickrack on hat. Adhere orange pom-pom on top of hat. Adhere rhinestone on center of hat. Let dry.

STEP 5

Let shirt set for 72 hours before washing.

by Mary Ayres

Winter Pup Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Package this cute, flag-embellished card with some homemade New Year’s biscuits and cookies for your favorite pooch and her owner.

Materials

  • White cardstock
  • Bella Blvd. Winter Wonder Collection Papers: Blizzard, Borders
  • Bella Blvd. Winter Wonder Collection Just Write Journaling Stickers
  • Bella Blvd. Winter Collection Flags

Tools

  • Sewing machine and white thread
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, foam tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

STEP 1

Make 4-1/4”x5-1/2” white top-fold card.

STEP 2

Cut 4-1/4”x5-1/2” white cardstock panel. Cut 3-3/4”x5” Blizzard paper panel; adhere to center of cardstock panel. Use sewing machine to straight stitch pink paper edges. Adhere panel to card.

STEP 3

Adhere sled journaling sticker to card with foam tape.

STEP 4

Cut 4-1/4”-long mitten border paper strip; straight stitch long edges and adhere to card with foam tape.

STEP 5

Adhere dog sticker to card with foam tape.

STEP 6

Insert flag pin through foam tape behind mitten border strip; make sure pin head does not extend beyond edge of card.

Tip

Visit the AllRecipes.com site and enter “dog biscuits” in the search bar to find great recipes for homemade treats.

by Kathy Martin for Bella Blvd. (www.bellablvd.net)

Quick & Easy Holiday Gifts… It’s Never Too Late!

We all need them, don’t we??? Well, I know you think those “holiday gift-giving times” are over now that Christmas is past… however, you may find that you have a few “forgotten friends” that you had meant to give a gift to and you don’t want to wait ’til next year!!! I thought I would share with one of my “go to, quick & easy” gift ideas:

A Double Chocolate Mint Cocoa Gift Kit

Not only is it festive, but it’s “Winter-themed” vs “Christmas-themed”!!!  As you can see, the ingredients are simple and relatively inexpensive. Two packages of cocoa, a baggie filled with chocolate chips, and four starlight mints… if there are still candy canes available, they make a great addition in place of the mints… but you can get the mints year ’round… so no worries if your local shops are out of candy canes already!

So to begin, you slip all of your kit ingredients into your clear bag. See how cute my mints look all lined up?? ***TIP: Use a bit of adhesive or a glue dot and STICK THEM TO THE COCOA PACKET!!!! :) Keeps ‘em looking all cute and in a line!!!

Once you have placed all your kit ingredients into your bag, seal it up and make a paper topper. To do that, simply cut a piece of cute paper 3″x the width plus 1/4″ of your clear bag. My bag was 6-1/4″ wide, so I cut my paper 3″x6-1/2″. Fold it in half and staple it over the top of the clear bag. Next, the fun part – EMBELLISHING!!!

As you can see, I have used two different types of ribbon here. I first wrapped a length of Ivory Grosgrain around the bottom edge of the paper topper and glued it in place. I then layered on a cute red-printed ribbon from October’s Monthly Ribbon Club Pack and then glued it in place. And then I tied my bow using the Ivory Grosgain again with the help of the handy dandy Bow Easy Tool.

 And you know me and my fetish for embellishments… it was cute with the dual ribbons and the bow but oh why not throw a totally cute Snowman Button from Buttons Galore & More onto the center of the bow for that perfect finishing touch? :) I hope you like this little guy, cause you may be seeing a few more projects with him or his friends over the next few weeks! I mean, Christmas may be past, but we have a WHOLE LOT OF WINTER left for crafting!!!

Happy Holidays to all, and a very Happy New Year, too!

by Keri Lee Sereika (www.pinklemonade.typepad.com)

Happy New Year! Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Send wishes of well-being for the new year with this festive, handmade card.

Materials

  • Worldwin Papers ColorMates Cardstock: Textured Gray Ribbon, Smooth & Silky Blue
  • Worldwin Papers Translucent Vellum, Clear, 2”x4”
  • Reminisce Graduation Silver Swirl Shimmer & Foil Paper
  • Beadalon Artistic Wire Permanently Colored Copper Wire: Silver, 30-gauge, 12” length
  • Clear seed beads, 55

Tools

  • EK Tools ZIG: Emboss Marker, Memory System Opaque Writer
  • Silver embossing powder
  • Embossing heat tool
  • 3M Scotch: Vellum Tape, Acid-Free Double Stick Tape Pen
  • Fiskars: 12” Paper Trimmer, Two-Sided Craft Cutting Mat

Basic Supplies

scissors, craft knife, pencil

Directions

STEP 1

Make 5”x7” gray side-fold card, with stripes running horizontally. Cut 4-1⁄2”x6-1⁄2” blue rectangle; attach to center front of card using tape pen.

STEP 2

Cut 4-1⁄4”x6-1⁄4” Silver Swirl panel; use craft knife and cutting mat to cut 2-1⁄4”x4-1⁄4” opening into center of panel. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply vellum tape to blue rectangle, 1⁄4” from edges; press Silver Swirl panel in place.

STEP 3

Cut out pattern. Place Translucent Vellum over glass; trace with pencil. Trace pencil lines with embossing marker. Apply embossing powder; emboss with heat tool. Cut out glass. Use craft knife and cutting mat to cut slit above front rim of glass.

STEP 4

Write “Happy New Year!” with silver marker. Place glass on card in desired position; lightly mark bottom and top side edges of glass with pencil. Remove glass and apply vellum tape to area inside marks, trimming tape to fit. Press glass in place.

STEP 5

Thread seed beads onto wire. Bend and kink wire to look like champagne bubbles. Insert half of wire into glass through slit at top and drape remaining length over glass edge. Tuck wire end under frame and use vellum tape to secure.

by Cindy Groom-Harry for CMC Staff

Gems & Petals Thank You

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Be sure to show your appreciation to loved ones for that special gift with a beautiful, heartfelt “Thank You” card.

Materials

  • Cardstock: pink, white
  • Robin egg blue/white polka-dot paper
  • “Thank You” rub-on
  • Photo corners: pink, lime green, three
  • Pale lime green flower, 2”
  • Rhinestone frame stickers: lime, 2″ square; pink, 3-1/2″x5″
  • Pink/Dark pink button, 5/8”
  • Pink embroidery floss

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Tools

  • Sewing needle
  • Paper adhesive

Directions

Size

4-3/4″x5″

Card

1. Make white 4-3/4″x5″ top-fold card. Cut 4-3/4″x5″ polka-dot panel; adhere to card.

2. Adhere square gem frame to white cardstock; cut out around frame using photo as guide. Sew flower and button to center.

3. Cut slightly larger pink cardstock piece; adhere white panel to pink, and pink to card as shown. Adhere photo corners over three corners.

4. Apply “thank you” rub-on beneath flower.

5. Use photo as guide to cut apart rectangular gem frame and adhere around card edges

by Kathleen Paneitz

Boxes for Boxing Day!

Happy Boxing Day! In some parts of the world, today is a national holiday. Although there are already several different theories surrounding the origin of Boxing Day, I’d like to suggest a new one for us crafters. How about we celebrate by making boxes? Have you ever tried making a box from paper or chipboard or covering a paper-mâché box with paper? An even easier way is to start with a template. Green Sneakers is offering one lucky reader a chance to win their awesome Box Templates Mega Kit simply by leaving a comment on this post by Tuesday, January 8, 2013. Winners will be announced here on January 9.

Over the years, I’ve made lots of different types of boxes and many were created using a template from Green Sneakers. (If you’ve been making cards for any length of time, you probably already own one of their most well-known templates, the Kreate-a-lope envelope maker.) Here are a few boxes I created using templates from their Mega Kit… who says boxes have to be square?!

Boxes can be made in all sorts of shapes and sizes and can make any gift seem that much more special. The top two were made with templates from the Mega Kit and the bottom two were created using Green Sneaker’s Kreate-a-box template.

Green Sneakers has templates for bags, boxes, and a combo of both… kind of like a shopping bag with a lid.

Here are several more ideas for paper crafting boxes… most are made with a Green Sneakers template, but a few are Favor-It Boxes from Karen Foster Design or paper-mâché boxes that I covered with paper and embellishments.

(Photo collages created using Mosaic Maker from BigHugeLabs.com)

Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered into the giveaway.

Hope you have a great Boxing Day!

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (www.alicegolden.com)

3D Valentine Heart

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Use Heartfelt Creations’ innovative matching dies and stamp sets to create this incredible dimensional Valentine. The heart folds flat for mailing, then pops up to surprise the recipient.

Materials

  • Heartfelt Creations Timeless Amour Paper Collection (HCDP1 228)
  • Cream cardstock

Tools

  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System
  • Heartfelt Creations PreCut Stamp Sets: Passage To My Heart (HCP 3506), Timeless Sentiments (HCPC 3509), Mini Vintage Floret (HCPC 3502)
  • Heartfelt Creations Dies: Vintage Floret (HCD 727), Timeless Amour (HCD 728)
  • Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Paper Distresser
  • Dark brown dye ink pad
  • Markers: pink, green
  • Crystal ultra-fine glitter
  • McGill Paper Blossoms Tools: Molding Mat (159223), Tool Kit (459222)
  • Art Institute Glitter Products: Metal Glue Tip (352854), Designer Dries Clear Glue (159723)
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry Paper Glue, glue gun and glue sticks

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, small alligator clips, sponge dauber

Directions

Size

7”x5”

Valentine

1. Cut 7”x5” panel from corner of floral Timeless Amour paper, cutting corner that features faded shutter image. Distress and sponge panel edges with dark brown ink.

2. Stamp brown sentiment at center right of panel.

3. Stamp dark brown flourish heart image onto cream cardstock; trace swirl lines with pink marker and color background leaves green. Die cut image.

4. To create rosebud and leaves, follow step-by-step tutorial at: http://youtu.be/wF0ka1vdK7Q.

5. Die cut five decorative hearts from dark burgundy Timeless Amour paper; fold each heart in half with burgundy side to center. To create dimensional 3D heart effect, view video at: http://youtu.be/NvaBTCCSXF4.

6. Fit Designer Dries Clear glue bottle with metal tip; accent stamped heart image, rosebud and leaves, and background paper as desired with glue, then sprinkle with glitter. Let dry.

7. Assemble card as shown in photo, gluing dimensional heart pop-up over stamped heart.

Tip

Use a fast-drying liquid glue to adhere heart pieces together for 3D embellishment; use small alligator clips to clamp pieces together while drying.

by Emma Lou Beechy for Heartfelt Creations (www.heartfeltcreations.us)

Festive Holiday Frame

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Capture your Christmas memories with a photo of your family on Christmas day and display in this Festive Holiday Frame. 

 Materials

  • Cardstock or construction paper: red, white
  • Cardboard or chipboard, 8-1/2” square, 3”x8-1/2” strip
  • Christmas day family photo

Tools

  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

Size

8-1/2″ square

Frame

1. Measure and cut 8-1/2” white paper square. Cut out 3” square in center of frame (for photo opening).

2. Print and cut out patterns.

3. Measure and cut four 2-1/4” red paper squares. Fold squares diagonally in half. Cut star design from squares, placing line on fold, and cutting on dashed lines. Open up design and adhere on corners of white square, leaving 1/4” border on edges.

4. Measure and cut four 2”x3-1/4” red paper rectangles. Adhere rectangles between corner square designs.

5. Measure and cut 3”x9” white paper strip. Fold strip in half lengthwise. Cut four large heart shapes from folded strip, placing line on fold, and cutting on dashed lines. Open up designs and adhere on centers of red paper rectangles. See photo.

6. Measure and cut 2-1/2”x7” red paper strip. Fold strip in half lengthwise. Cut four medium heart shapes from folded strip, following directions above. Adhere medium heart shapes on center of white heart shapes. See photo

7. Measure and cut 2”x4” white paper strip. Fold strip in half lengthwise. Cut four small heart shapes from folded strip, following directions above. Adhere small heart shapes on center of medium heart shapes. See photo.

8. Tape photo inside opening on back of white paper square. Adhere white paper square to 8½” cardboard square.

9. To make easel for frame, cut 3”x8-1/2” cardboard strip. Bend strip 2” from end. Adhere 2” end, aligning top edges, to center back of frame.

Tip

Be sure to date your frame. Continue this as a Christmas tradition each year as you’ll love these precious mementos in year to come.

by Mary Ayres