Tuesday, December 31, 2013


So we all like saving a little money.  I have noticed that Tim Holtz uses those silicone craft sheets when he's inking edges on cards, tag, embellishments etc.  Well I went to the local craft store and was surprised that those super thin brownish colored sheets come 1 to a pack and are about $17 a piece..well no way is this girls spending that. Even with the 40% coupon your still paying over $10.  So off to the local Dollar store.  Here in the cooking supplies aisle I find those super thin cutting mats.  They usually come 2 in a pack and they are kind of an opaque white color.  Perrrrfect!!!!  AND it's only a DOLLAR!!  So I grabbed a few and headed home.  They work great.  I inked my blending tool and started inking the edges of a tag. Beautiful.  Plus they washed up real well with just water.  Bet you could just wipe with a wet wipe too.  So there you go....if you really don't want to invest in the silicone pad right now, these dollar store cutting mats work great.  I'm going to try using them for putting together embellishments with various glues too and see how they hold up.  
                                 HAPPY CRAFTING!

I slipped a piece of paper under the open 1 on the right
to show you how translucent they are.

Monday, December 30, 2013


Well do I have a tip for you!  While reading one of my British card magazines one of the ladies stated that she uses those toe separators for pedicures and use them with ink or ink pads to shade edges on her cards!  When cut they provide a little handle for you to hold on to and the end piece is rounded just right to use on circle or curved edges.  They are inexpensive and can be washed up too.  I got some in a gift package and they do work pretty well.   Bonus for me was that mine were free! Yea!  Give it a try and thanks to Lesley Pyle from Leyland UK


Thursday, December 19, 2013


Wow....Christmas!  I have been busy making the cards and the tags and then I mailed all the cards and forgot to take the pictures!  What a Faux Pas!  I had some pretty cool folds on these cards.  I have not used all my tags yet so here are some of those.
Oh wait I just found 2 lonely Christmas cards that have not been sent yet.

Aren't they cute?  Both are Northwoods stamps and both are on one of my fancy fold cards.  I cannot remember where I got the ideas but they are not my original folds.  If I ever figure out who designed these folds I will surely give them the credit.  All I remember is that they were both very very easy.  If anyone is interested in how I did them just let me know and I'll try to do a tutorial for them. are the tags.  I made a ton and it is so easy to use only scraps for these.  I save everything.