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Adhesives and Measurements

Happy 1st Friday of 2019! I hope you have something fun planned for the day. The snow is all but gone and the temperatures are a little warmer here in Bisbee. It’s hard to tolerate 17 degrees Fahrenheit when you are used to putting on a sweater for anything under 80 degrees Fahrenheit!

  I got a little ahead of myself at the end of the last blog. I was supposed to talk about adhesives next, but I said I would talk about measurements. So, today I will do both!

This comparison of adhesives is on page 213 of the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.


The best way to learn about different adhesives and what they are used for is to look at page 213 in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. I recommend going to https://www.stampinup.com to get a better view of this page. I usually use the Multipurpose Liquid Glue because when I first lay something down, I can “wiggle” it to be straight for a second or so, before the glue sticks. Also, the liquid glue is the strongest adhesive and I like my projects to stay together!

Measurements to Make a Card

Today I will share with you the standard measurements for cards made in the United States. Cardstock is 8 1/2 x 11 inches or 12 x 12 inches. The 12 x 12 inch is generally used for scrapbooking so I will only be talking about the 8 1/2 x 11 inch cardstock here.

First you take one 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet and cut it in half at the 5 1/2 inch mark along the 11 inch side. This gives you 2 card bases once you fold them in half along the 8 1/2 inch side.

The next step is to make layers.

The black sheet represents the 1st layer and measures 5 1/4 x 4 inches. Each successive layer will measure 1/4 inch less . So the 2nd layer will measure 5 x 3 3/4 inches.

The most simple card has one or two layers.

This cute card with this hoppy frog is an example of a 2 layer card. If you add a colored cardstock and use some colored pencils you can make a card like this:

You can do anything!

This particular stamp set, So Hoppy Together, is free with a $50 purchase from Stampin’ Up! during Sale-a-bration. There are other free products with each $50 purchase. Go to my store and shop the Annual Catalog or the new Occasions Catalog. Then look at the Sale-a-bration brochure for the free product.

If you want to purchase items to make your first card, you will need: a Stampin’ Trimmer (item # 126889), Paper snips (#103579), Whisper White cardstock (#100730), Happiness Blooms cardstock pack (#148802), Multipurpose Liquid glue (#110755) or Snail Adhesive (#104332), clear blocks to put the stamp on, E (#118484) and B (#117147) and Memento Black Ink (#132708). This will allow you to get 2 free products! There are several free stamp sets as well as Butterfly Designer Series paper and foil cardstock.

In the next blog I will discuss the Stampin’ Up! ink and how to go about stamping!

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Cutting Paper to Make Cards

Sunny Snowy Arizona!!

Good Morning!! Well the snow melted completely and is now back. Its very peaceful outside. Inside it is cozy and warm, just the right feeling to be making cards. Check out my facebook page to see some of the cards I have recently made.

So once you get some good quality paper, you’ll want to have the right tools to cut it. It is important to invest in a paper-cutter that makes good clean cuts without snagging your paper. What do you need?

Guillotine style paper-cutter

I am partial to the guillotine style paper-cutter. Mine is an old one from my college days, but I have recently purchased a new, lighter weight one from a hobby store. I like it because I can cut two or more pages at once and still get a clean cut. I also feel I can see the measurements better.

Stampin’ Up!  Stampin’ Trimmer

I also have a Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Trimmer (item #126889), which some prefer for all their paper cutting. This one cuts with a blade that you move down from top to bottom. It is important to keep your blade sharp. I only cut one paper at a time. There is also a scoring function. This is a good cutter to have when making fun-fold cards or 3-D projects. 


You also need several types of scissors. A larger pair of scissors is helpful at times, but I more often use the smaller scissors. You will need 2 pair, one to cut paper and one for cutting ribbon. The paper dulls the scissors over time. This makes cutting ribbon difficult, so it is helpful to have a pair dedicated to ribbon. The paper scissors are useful for “fussy” cutting, which means to cut out a stamped image.  Stampin’ Up! Paper Snips (the black handled scissors pictured above) are item # 103579.

So that is the scoop on cutting paper.  The next post will discuss measurements for cards, so gather up all your cutting tools. Soon we will start making cards. Again, visit my Facebook page to see cards I have made recently and visit my store today!