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Posted on September 21, 2017

Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies – Less Is More

Holidays / Special Days/ Paper crafting/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Hello stamping peeps! Thanks for popping in. I have a new tip today, Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies – Less Is More. I don't know about you, but sometimes I forget a rule of thumb I've heard forever about makeup; less is more! Did your mom ever tell you this? Perhaps you've told your own daughter this tip? Well, the same thing can apply to crafting.

Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies - Less Is More

Notice there are three different types of ribbon on the front of this card, but just small pieces of each type. I love ALL my ribbon, but it certainly goes farther if I don't always tie it around the entire card and end with a bow. Same thing holds for Designer Series Paper; sometimes less is more! I think the small piece of paper on this card actually works better than if a much larger piece had been used. Do you agree? Would love for you to leave a comment below and tell me your thoughts.

Here are the instructions, measurements and supply list for today's Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies – Less Is More project. If you need to order any supplies, click here to go to my online store. There are tons of great new products in the Holiday Catalog!


  • Stamp SetsGood Tidings (144870)
  • Card Stock –Tranquil Tide (144246); Pool Party (122924); Very Vanilla (101650); Pear Pizzazz (131201)
  • Stamp Pads – Tranquil Tide (144085); Pear Pizzazz (131180)
  • Misc. – Painted Autumn DSP (144613); Everyday Label Punch (144668); Tranquil Tide 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon (144136); Black Mini Sequin Trim (144259); 7/8” Striped Ribbon (144624); Black Rhinestone Jewels (144639); Stamping Sponges (141337); SNAIL Adhesive (104332)


  • Pool Party: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
  • Tranquil Tide: 1 7/8” x 5 1/2″
  • Very Vanilla:  2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
  • Pear Pizzazz:  scrap for Everyday Label Punch
  • Painted Autumn DSP: 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ (x2)


  1. Stamp sentiment in Tranquil Tide ink on Very Vanilla cardstock. Sponge edges with Pear Pizzazz ink using Stamping Sponges. Add Tranquil Tide ink in the lower right corner with the Stamping Sponges. Add Black Rhinestones.
  2. Using the Everyday Label Punch, punch out an image using Pear Pizzazz cardstock.
  3. Assemble the rest of the card.
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Posted on September 14, 2017

Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies – Clear Stamps Fall Off?

Paper crafting/ Stamping/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Hey stampers! I'm hearing lots of my customers are loving this weekly post about maximizing supplies and new tips. Today's topic is Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies – Clear Stamps Fall Off? I think I'm safe in suggesting that everyone has this problem from time to time. Our clear-mount stamps are designed to cling to our clear blocks but not so firmly that it would be difficult to remove them from the clear blocks.  These stamps are repositionable, so they need to be able to be removed easily.  However, your stamp should cling strongly enough to the acrylic block to allow you to stamp properly, getting a nice, crisp image.

I've tried all sorts of remedies and I have my top three to share with you today.

First, I bet you just might have one of these hanging around your office or workspace.

Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies - Clear Stamps Fall Off?

I have one in my car, in my craft room, in my office at work, and even in my eyeglass case! I wear contact lenses but the first thing I do when I get home from work is to nix the contacts and put on my glasses. Boy I sure hate peering out through smudged lenses and a microfiber cloth like this one does the trick! In my car it takes fingerprints off of my display panels. When my computer screen has too many fingerprints on it, a quick swipe of the cloth and they are gone.

In my craft room I use it to wipe off my clear blocks and also the label adhered to the stamp foam.

Second tip for pesky stamps not sticking is to take a small alcohol swab and run it over both the block and the label. This will remove hand lotion and any other oils that might have built up on the surfaces.

Finally, and I use this tip for my most frequently used stamps. I do it once, and I'm good to go from then on! I bet most of you have some Tombow Multipurpose Glue. If you don't, it seriously is my “go to” dream glue! It is inexpensive and dries CLEAR!

Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies - Clear Stamps Fall Off?

So how do I use it to make my clear mount stamps “cling” all the time? Use the fine tip end and put a THIN layer on top of the label on your stamp. (pic 1). Let it dry completely (pic 2). It's a bit hard to see here (multitasking and doing this post on my lunch hour), but the glue dries clear. It will feel a little tacky to the touch, but it will stick to the block every time.


Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies - Clear Stamps Fall Off?

Oh, one more idea for you; this one costs a bit more but also works very well.

This product is sold on Amazon (it comes from the UK I believe). Just cut pieces to fit onto your blocks and that also solves the problem!

Thanks for popping in today and I hope this Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies – Clear Stamps Fall Off? helps you in your crafting endeavors! If you've missed any of the other tips, start here and just scroll ahead through the posts.

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Posted on August 30, 2017

Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies – Wink of Stella

Paper crafting/ Stamping/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies – Wink of Stella

Hey Stampers! Hope you all had a great weekend and if you live in south Texas, please know my family and I are praying! Stampin' Up! has also posted on our demonstrator site that they are ready to help any demo adversely affected by the hurricane. I just love this company and their huge heart!

So, today's tip is for your Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. You have one, right?

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This fabulous tool lets you apply glitter preciously where you want it on a project.

Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies - Wink of Stella

Notice the sparkle on the daisies? Yep, Wink of Stella!

I use this great little tool all the time. And, sometimes I can see there is glitter solution in the barrel (I hold it up to the light and can easily see how much is left) but it won't come out. So, how do I get it out and not waste one little drop?

Unscrew the barrel and then take a pair of needle-nosed pliers and gently twist off the little, black ring. The inside barrel will come out and you'll have an opening in the barrel. Fill up the barrel about half-way with 91% rubbing alcohol. I like to use the 91% because it will dry very quickly! I don't like to wait to have a finished product! Insert the little insert back into the barrel and screw the brush back on. Put the cap on and give it a few good shakes. You'll now be able to get the rest of the glitter out of the tube!

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If you'd like to create today's card, here are the instructions. All the supplies may be purchased anytime at my online store.


  • Stamp Sets – Delightful Daisy (143669 ); Eastern Beauty (143675)
  • Card Stock – Perfect Plum (101889; Wild Wasabi (108641); Whisper White (100730); Crushed Curry (131199)
  • Stamp Pads – Perfect Plum (126963); Pear Pizzazz (131180); Crushed Curry (131173)
  • Misc. –Big Shot (143263); Garden Trellis Embossing Folder (143741) Wink of Stella Glitter Brush (141897); Stampin Dimensionals (104430); Daisy Punch (143713); ½ Circle Punch (119869);


  • Card Stock: Perfect Plum 8 ½ x 11, folded in half, Scrap for the daisies
  • Whisper White 3 x 4”
  • Wild Wasabi 3 ¼ x 4 ¼”
  • Crushed Curry scrap for circles


  1. Score and fold the Perfect Plum
  2. Run the embossing folder thru the Big Shot
  3. Stamp the daisies on the scrap Perfect Plum, then punch out
  4. Cut the daisies in half
  5. Using the scrap of Crushed Curry, stamp the circle image and then punch out
  6. Using Wild Wasabi ink, tamp the stem on the Whisper White
  7. Stamp the sentiment on the bottom
  8. Add Dimensionals to the bottom layer and adhere the layers together.
  9. Adhere the daisies on top of the stem. Adhere the circles to the daisies
  10. Add Wink of Stella


I hope today's post, Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies – Wink of Stella, taught you something and gave you a new project idea! If you missed last week's “fresh eyes” tip, you can read it here.


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