Clearsnap + Tombow

Hello and Welcome to the Tombow USA and Clearsnap Blog Hop! For this hop we swapped products that were made for each other: Tombow Adhesives and Clearsnap Foils! On this hop we will share easy, affordable and fun ways to use Clearsnap’s Designer Foils with Tombow adhesive as well as other fun ways Tombow and Clearsnap products work together. “Stick” with us for the next two days to be inspired!

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You probably got here from the Tombow blog but if you stumbled across my blog go the Tombow USA Blog (on Friday)/ Clearsnap Blog (On Saturday) to start!

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetNotebooks, journals and planner supplies are becoming a bit of an obsession for me – they may even be taking over my passion for making cards. Notebooks are of course relatively cheap but they are still fun and pretty easy to DIY and just one more way to put your craft stash to use. 

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetKeep it simple with plain cardstock or make it fancy with stamps and ink.

Here’s a quick look at how this notebook was created…

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetStart by cutting your cover cardstock to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. Layer with a stencil, add pigment ink and polka dots.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetStamp and emboss large floral image before blending on several shades of pink and purple inks. I started with Colorbox® Pigment Ink, added a few drops of IZINK for shimmer and then a bit more pigment ink layered over the top. More polka dots here too!

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetCut out and cover the back with a heavy coating of Tombow Permanent Adhesive Runner. What I thought was excellent about this tape is how well it stuck to the inked up surface. No issues at all, which I don’t think has ever happened with a tape runner before. Impressed!
Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetNow to bind the pages. Sandwich a stack of papers in between the front and back covers. Hold everything in place with binder clips. Then squirt on a heavy coating of Mono Multi Liquid Glue with the broad tip end.
Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetQuickly add tape to the edge and wrap. Secure in place until dry.

Look at the cute and chunky little notebook <3

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To win, visit and comment on the participating blog posts. You have until April 21 at 11:59 EST to comment. A winner will be picked randomly and announced on April 22 2015.

The prize includes: Tombow Xtreme Adhesive, NEW Tombow Adhesive Dots, Tombow Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive and the Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. Glitter – Gold Sparkle and Ruby Slippers, Designer Foils – Cherry
Friday:

Tombow USA Blog

Sabrina Alery – you are here

Beth Watson

Jennifer Priest

Daniella Hayes

Guest Designer Jennifer Loftfield

Jennie Garcia

Guest Designer Holly King

Latrice Murphy

Clearsnap Blog

Saturday:

Clearsnap Blog

Meihsia Liu

Latrice Murphy

Dana Tatar

Jennifer Priest

Suzanne Austin

Tami Sanders

Tombow USA Blog

April Inspiration Hop

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Hi and welcome to the April edition of the Inspiration Hop! Hopefully you’ve made it here from my lovely friend Rebecca’s blog, but if not you can find the entire hop list below.

I have one card and a tiny baby dress to share with you. A friend asked me to create this little combo for a friend of her’s that is welcoming a new baby girl into their life. I love that inspiration from one hobby can inspire another! The colors and elements in the card helped in selecting fabrics for the dress.

This card uses only products from the Main kit. So much great stuff this month from Elle’s Studio, Simple Stories and Crate Paper.

All the little details are my favorite part of cardmaking. The same goes for sewing. A pretty peek of polka dot lining makes it pretty inside and out.

And because I have so many great products leftover from this month’s kits that are destined to go unused, I am passing a little package of pretty to one of you. You can find my giveaway on Instagram – I’m @salery over there.

Be sure to visit Yana next and see what lovely things she has created for the hop!

Beshka Kueser

Brenda Weaver

Caylee Grey

Cindy Liebel

Diane Payne

Emily Spahn

Eunyoung Lee

Heather Leopard

Jessica Lohof

Jill Cornell

Jill Keller

Kasia Przybyt

Katie Ehmann

Laura Rahel Crosby

Magda Mizera

Melanie Blackburn

Michelle Wooderson

Michiko Kato

Rebecca Luminarias

Sabrina Alery

Yana Smakula

Waffle Flower Year 1 Blog Hop

1 Year Hop BadgeHello there lovelies! Waffle Flower Crafts is celebrating their 1 year birthday today with a blog hop. We are sharing our favorite products, the projects created with them and there is a giveaway on each stop of the hop. Let’s pop the cork and celebrate, shall we?! The entire hop list is below.

Waffle Flower
Katie Gehring
Lorena Cantó
Sabrina Alery – you are here
Tessa Wise 
Amanda Coleman
Mayline Jung

It was tough to just pick one stamp set as a favorite, but if we must, Loved is going to be the winner. It’s the first stamp set I bought from Waffle Flower. Two different card challenges were won using images from this set. Several of my favorite cards by other cardmakers also use this gorgeous stamp set. It’s definitely a must-have in the floral categories!

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetHere the Loved Stamp Set is paired with sentiments from the new Congrats stamp set and stamped in the new chalk inks. Shades 2, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15 from both the Spring and Summer palettes. Love this font, love those wispy florals and foliage!

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For this card, the background was given a quick watercolor splash before stamping over the top. The sentiments are embossed in gold and the bow was given a wash of gold also after embossing.

So what is your all-time favorite product from Waffle Flower Crafts? Leave a comment below for a chance to win Loved Stamp Set for your very own collection AND a copy of the new catalog. You have until April 15th for a chance to win. I will announce the winner on this same post and on instagram (@salery). Be sure that you are following Waffle Flower on all of the following:

Blog: http://waffleflower.com/blog

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/waffleflowercrafts/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/waffleflowercrafts/

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/waffleflowercrafts/

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/groups/2540006@N24/

Your next stop is the lovely and talented Tessa.

Waffle Flower Release – Day 3

 

Hi again! More projects today from the Waffle Flower Crafts release. These are most definitely some of my favorite products of this release and so very on trend. Layered gems and a 3D diamond die cut. How awesome, right?!

 

This card was very fun to create. I started by stamping the solid gems with chalk ink, and then added the outline with gold pigment ink. The borders were then stamped again in black and filled in with only the accent colors. And here is another fun font, which is one of my favorite things about Waffle Flower stamps.

Love this and am thinking about doing a more CAS version too with even more white space.

The 3D diamond die was turned into a planner clip here. It was cut from cardstock and then a back was added – trace the back side of the assembled gem and adhere to the back. To make it functional, the paperclip was hot glued inside for stability. And then it was all spray painted in gold. Fun!

Please visit the Waffle Flower blog for more info and ideas using these gemstone products and to plan your wishlist!

 

Earth Day – Indoor/Outdoor Clock

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April 22 is Earth Day and we are celebrating with a very special blog hop. Kunin Felt and Walnut Hollow, two “Made in the USA” companies committed to eco-friendly practices and quality products  partner  to bring  you indoor, outdoor home decor projects. It all began with Stephen Seymour Kunin in the 1960’s, “the Father of Craft Felts”. Now The Kunin Group, located in NH manufactures adhesive-backed, die-cut, embossed, and stiffened fabrics in several color and style options using their Eco-fi fiber. Kunin turns trash into treasure using 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Over six hundred million bottles end up in landfills each year, so far this year Kunin has recycled over 350,000, 000 and counting. This adds the value of environmental stewardship to the fun of making crafts.

Walnut Hollow® began as a small family-owned business in Dodgeville, WI in the 70’s. Walnut Hollow is committed to protecting the environment and replenishing natural resources. The company’s owners and employees have been since the beginning strongly committed to preserving natural resources through its raw materials consumption practices, production processes, recycling activities, and community involvement. The Ladd’s (owners and founders of Walnut Hollow) have planted more than 300,000 trees and shrubs on personal property in the surrounding area. Whenever possible, raw material is harvested from plantation and managed woodlands for the manufacture of their home décor items and wood surfaces. Through their manufacturing process no wood waste ends up in landfills, all is recycled. Walnut Hollow’s emphasis has always been to bring the best possible quality products to art and craft hobbyists.

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Both Walnut Hollow and Kunin have products that make me feel good about creating. Maybe it’s just the old “getting older and wiser” bit, but anymore, I am very conscious about the things that come into our home. Quality, origin, manufacturing processes, and impact on the environment beat out price and design but I do want those things too. It’s especially great when you do find all those qualities in a product – both of these companies make the cut!

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The clock that I put together for today’s hop was created out of necessity. The kid’s little friends from around the neighborhood are over after school most days and they all have specific times to be home. One is 5:00, another 5:45, and there are a few that get 45 minutes to play. During dinner prep, that is a lot or extra stuff for this mom to keep track off!

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Having this clock right in the front entryway will hopefully help them (and our own kids) learn to regulate their time. I’m all about allowing the kids to be independent! And when summertime comes around and it’s swimming and playing outside all day long, these outdoor friendly products can be moved to the right outside for the kids to keep their time.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetTo create, I first painted a base layer of colored paint on each panel of the clock. The clock hands are sprayed a shade of 14K gold.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetOver the base paint, two more layers of white paint were added. Just a hint of the color underneath peeks through.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetA little sanding action reveals a more of the under-paint and gives it that intentional distressed look which is great for indoor/outdoor items.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetAll these pieces work together to assemble the clock hands. Keep in mind that some of the parts are screwed onto the clock mechanism and will need to be removed before assembling.

 

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Next we’ll die cut some numbers from the felt. I use a Sizzix Big Shot and could cut through smoothly, on one pass, with only an added cardstock shim. If you do not own a die-cutting machine, cut the numbers by hand!

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Position and glue those numbers down. Hang and enjoy!

Supplies: Paneled Wood Clock + Clock Movement + Rainbow Classic Felt

Please visit the entire hop for more great Earth Friendly ideas:

Jennifer Priest
Sabrina Alery – you are here
Steph Ackerman
Debra Quartermain
Laura Kelly
Laura Bray
Marilyn Gossett
Abby Davis
Sue Eldred
Beth Watson
Walnut Hollow
Kunin Group