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Card: Stamped & Embossed "Thank You"

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When I was growing up I remember my mother insisting that we write our thank you notes for our Christmas gifts during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. This was very wise of her because it kept us from procrastinating and/or not writing them at all. Nowadays we have the ease of email and can often send a thank you note immediately after receiving the gift. This is nice, but I try to send a paper thank you note as soon as possible, too. After all, the gift giver took the time to pick out the gift or to perform the thoughtful deed, so I am happy to take the time to send them a handwritten thank you note for their efforts.

Today's project is a simple thank you card that won't take you very long to make, but it still lets that special person know how much you appreciate their kindness.

For this particular card, I mostly used Close To My Heart supplies (see my disclosure page for more information). Let's first look at the "recipe" in order to gather …

A Cutting Commentary: Blades!

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Even as a child I would complain about "dull scissors". Remember those imposter scissors they gave us to use in elementary school? Rounded ends, no real blade edge, simply pieces of cheap metal shaped to look like a pair of scissors. Those scissors created nothing but frustration in my hands! Now, these many years later, I rejoice in being able to select and use paper cutting tools that actually cut paper! Since we can select the cutting tools we want to use as adult crafters, why do some people still buy dull or inefficient blades? I think it is because they don't know what options are out there (just like me when I first was learning)!

This blog post looks briefly at various paper cutting options. From traditional scissors to die cut options to cutting plotters. I will tell you about some of my favorites and the reasons why they made my list.

Let's start with the obvious: scissors! When thinking about cutting paper, "scissors" is probably the first thing…

A Sticky Situation: Adhesives!

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Moving onto a “sticky topic”...let’s talk about adhesives! Yes, that was corny, but when I started paper crafting I got myself into a few “sticky situations” (okay...that’s the last of the corny for this posting) not knowing the correct adhesives to use for various projects. I used stick school glue on some of my first projects, and quickly learned how difficult it is to control the application of the stick glue on delicate paper pieces. This caused me to look into adhesive options and I learned so much! To share what I learned, here are five of my favorite adhesives and my reasons why.

Tombow Permanent Adhesive  - This tape runner is my “go to” adhesive when I want to attach paper-to-paper elements on my scrapbook pages or cards. It goes on easily, is not messy, and gives me a moderate amount of control. You can buy refills for your dispenser, too!
To attach sequins or other small embellishments to paper I use Art Glitter Adhesive Glue. I like that it dries matte clear and dries quic…

Paper!

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I love paper! I love the smell of it, I love the feel of it, I love how versatile it is, and I love how you can create something with it that will put a smile on someone’s face.

There are so many different kinds of paper and when I first started out in paper crafting I found the assortment of paper types daunting. Not only are there many types of papers, but in each type there are a variety of weights, textures, and applications of use.

Here are a few things I’ve learned about paper often used in crafting. Please note that I won’t be covering all paper types in this blog post, such as commercial printing papers or rag paper, so if you are looking to be a counterfeiter I guess I won’t be of any help. Let me know in the comment section if you have any questions or “lessons learned” about paper.

Decorative/Patterned Paper: I have used all sorts of paper as “decorative” paper such as foils, gift wrap, repurposed envelopes (security envelopes often have such pretty patterns on the inside), …

Welcome!

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Hi, my name is Rebecca. I am a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, and friend. I am also a paper crafter! Join me as I take you through my world of paper crafting.  Be sure to check out my Supply List page for some of my favorite supplies. My blog posts start with the basics (paper, adhesives, cutting tools) then progresses into making various projects. I will be posting paper crafting projects from start to finish, along with how-to instructions and coordinating links to supplies.

Of course, as you will see, I also enjoy sharing anecdotes of my daily living, too. I hope you enjoy the ride. Please be sure to subscribe and leave comments/questions in the comment section!

Happy Paper Crafting!
Rebecca