Thursday, April 26, 2007

Ink Meets Carpet and the Miracle of TAC's Stamp Cleaner

I swear that only about 6.5 seconds went by, but my Lily is a master at waiting for Mom's back to be turned. This is when I learned the Miracle of TAC's Stamp Cleaner. I was already a fan, but little did I know, this stuff could actually save a life (well, at the very least, a marriage.)
Anyway, if you have a little one at your house and she's seen you do "direct to paper" and decides to try "direct to carpet", here's what you do:

Spray the area with stamp cleaner. (It will look like the stain actually gets darker. Don't panic. It's just the color going to the surface of the carpet.)
Blot with a clean paper towel and repeat spraying and blotting until no color remains.
Rinse the area with a clean, damp sponge or wash cloth or use a spot carpet cleaner to remove all traces of stamp cleaner.

You can also use our cleaner to clean off your blocks and any other surfaces that have picked up a little ink. And your stamps? What do you know? It's great for those too!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Fabric Glittering

Yesterday's team time activity was so much fun! We glittered t-shirts and aprons with Angel wings. The Angel Company has some great fabric glue and beautiful glitter kits. This is a great project to do with your kids and you can glitter almost anything: hats, sneakers, backpacks. I can't wait to try this on some jeans! If you'd like to see detailed instructions, check out my Glittering Slideshow.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Memories on the Move

I was just looking at some of the photos next to my desk. I love those smiling faces, but it got me thinking . . . "That little chubby-legged crawler is now six!" I decided to go grab this project I made that is so easy to update with my latest favorite memory. I found this metal photo holder at a discount store near Valentine's day and I just added a little brown ink to make the sparkly red magnets match perfectly with the paper. Now I can update the photos on my desk as quickly as I can find that digital camera, chase them down, capture their cute smiles and then . . . .get those photos printed! (Singing badly: "Mamas don't let your babies grow up to be Jpegs . . .")

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Egg Hunt Mini Scrapbook

What could be more fun than sharing your memories? That's why I love mini scrapbooks so much. You are much more likely to carry and share your latest smiles when they are so cute and easy to slip in your purse.
I made this book as a thank you gift. My friend Annie throws a huge egg hunt at her house every year and I think she will love having this little book as a reminder of the fun we had this year. The size of the book is 4x6, so it was so easy to put together. Also, if she wants to add pictures, she can just punch a hole in the picture and place it inside.
I used Mulberry Meadow paper and pulled the purple, green and pale blue colors out for the pages. (We have a Matchmaker Cardstock Stack that is filled with colors that coordinate with TAC's papers.) For inks, I used Versamagic inks: Purple Hydrangia and Sea Breeze. You've got to try these inks. They are so soft and pretty! To hold it all together, I used a ring that I got from one of the kid's little activity books, but a book ring would work great too. Add a few ribbons and you're done!

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Bella Flor Photo Box

Happy Easter! I woke up early this morning (as Easter Bunnies often do) and I had a little time to put the finishing touches on this gift for my friend's 40th birthday. (Shhhh! Don't tell her--it's tomorrow!) I can't give her the gift of time, but I can help her preserve the memory of times spent with friends. Our families do everything together, so I'm filling the box with photos of all of us celebrating holidays and just having fun. I used Bella Flor paper and borrowed the button trick from my friend Jen Carter. (Thanks, Jen. Love your ideas!)

I hope your Easter is filled with good times with family and friends!

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Indexing Unmounted Rubber Stamps

I've been asked often about a process I teach that makes using unmounted rubber stamps even easier to use. It's called indexing, and when done during the assembly of new rubber stamps, you can see the actual image printed on the Creative Cling through your acrylic block.

The supplies include Kai or other sharp, sturdy scissors, Palette ink and your rubber stamp. Palette works well because it is fast drying and waterproof. Creative Cling, which comes with all stamps from The Angel Company(tm), has a sticky side, which adheres to the rubber, making a permanent cushion for the rubber image. The other side is a revolutionary surface like window cling, which allows you to mount the rubber stamp onto an acrylic block for stamping and remove for storage.

**UPDATE** See my You Tube Tutorial here.

Here are the steps:

Determine the sticky and cling sides of the Creative Cling, but leave the paper backing in place. Position the rubber onto the cling with the sticky side laying against the back of the rubber (the way in which the stamp will eventually be assembled.) Match up one corner so that the rubber and cling line up as closely as possible and cut out a notch. This willl serve as a guide through the rest of the process.

Lay the rubber on the work suface and pat the inkpad on top of it to apply ink to all areas of the image. Remove the paper backing from the cling side of the foam. Using the notch as a guide, lay the foam onto the inked rubber, to transfer the image. Press lightly with your fingertips to be sure that the entire image gets transfered.

Carefully pull the foam back and clean the ink from the rubber. Allow the cling to dry for a few moments.

Peel back the liner on the sticky side half way, starting with the notched edge. Carefully line up the rubber with the foam as closely as possible, using the notch as a guide. Remove the remainder of the foam.

With the rubber side facing up, cut out the images, being sure to hold the scissors at a 90 degree angle with the rubber. This ensures that the gray foam remains behind the rubber surface as a foundation.

Your stamps are now ready to use and even easier to position (and read) as you stamp your projects!