March 16, 2007

Gotta Love It! { The Ultimate BLOG CANDY Book }

It's MY turn to offer some exciting BLOG CANDY!

This is a brand new beautiful book full of over 650 creative designs and tips!

  • Celebrate life's special occasions and holidays with keepsake creations
  • A variety of paper crafts to make for loved ones of all ages
  • Inspiration for cards, mini albums, tags, stationery, and more!
To win this wonderful book, "The Ultimate Paper Crafts Collection" by Paper Crafts & Stamp It! ~ all you have to do is leave a comment here on this post telling me your favorite papercrafting tip. Also, if you have a blog and want to share the link, that would be terrific! :)
To celebrate the first day of SPRING, I will draw and announce the lucky one on Wed, March 21st at 7 p.m. (CDT) Please spread the word ~ and don't forget to check back to see if you're the winner! Smiles, Pam :)

74 comments:

Erin K said...

My fav tip is: Buy good quality paper. It's tempting to get cheap cardstock and it never looks as nice on your project as the good stuff.

I do have a blog http://erinkcreations.blogspot.com

:)

Janeen (little01jd) said...

My favorite papercrafting tip is SAVE THOSE SCRAPS! I have found so many uses for them even when I did not know I would use them. Also, be sure to go thru them every now and then to clean out those small scraps you actually won't use.

Diane said...

I'm really new at this, in fact I just went to a Stampin' Up class last weekend, so I don't know if I have a favorite, or any tips yet. Maybe this book can help me out.

Allison said...

Super candy (since I don't always have a laptop at the ready)! Grins!

Y said...

Holy!!! That's is awesome candy!

Favourite tip...hmmm....oh got it...to do some water colouring (i.e. with an aqua brush) if you don't have the ink bottles, take the stamp pad press it together while closed. When you open it there will be a ink spot on the lid. If need to be add a bit of water but use as ink!

YM

shelly said...

hmmm... it's hard to pick a favorite but i think mine would have to be to score your paper first, then fold and burnish with the bone folder. It really makes your edge more crisp and professional looking.

Rosella said...

Wow! would love to win this blog candy!
I store my scrap pieces of paper in ziplog bags by color. That makes it easier to see if I have scraps of the color I am working with.

Jackie said...

Favorite tip...lets see, how about try it before you buy it. Its not always possible, but if you can stamp with a set or use a product before you buy it, it will help you decide if you really need it or not...:)

Laura said...

Fantastic giveaway!! Since I do a lot of iris folding and cutting with my x-acto knife, my tip would be invest in a glass mat if you use an x-acto. The knife just slides along the glass beautifully. And always keep new blades on hand - a sharp blade is a must.

Anonymous said...

Distressing using the distressing tool from StampinUp
Slonar@ns.sympatico.ca

Sue said...

hi! Thanks for your wonderful comment on my blog.. I'd love to participate in this draw.. and will post a link on my site.. :) I'm looking forward to seeing more of your cool work!

christie said...

This sounds like a really nice gift to be giving out!! I have a blog too:
http://imuststamp.blogspot.com/

doverdi said...

Awesome blog candy. My favorite stamping tip would be to place an old mouse pad underneath your cardstock as this helps give a better impression when stamping.

Jennifer said...

My favorite tip is: When trying something new with folds or cutting, use computer paper to make a mock-up. That way you don't waste your "good" paper learing where to cut, fold or score!
My Blog is:
www.doodleblog.typepad.com
Thank you for looking and sharing.
Jen

Heather (hbpuppy) said...

My best tip is to do what you like. Pick your favorite colors, your favorite images, favorite embellishments or whatever. If you love it than it will be more enjoyable to create. And, the receiver will trully be receiving a part of you.

Peggy said...

I'm a frugal stamper/card maker. I buy dbl. sided tape from Sam's club (I think it works great as a paper adhesive) And about once every other month, I check out the Dollar Store and Big Lots...I find last seasons paper in bulk, foam tape, die cuts etc... name brand stuff, marked way down.

check out my blogspot....
http://prdesigns.blogspot.com

Peggy in IL

Jessica (jessrose21) said...

My tip would be to buy a decent paper trimmer for as much as you can afford. It really pays off in the end so you're not buying one piece of plastic junk after the other! I recommend Dahle rolling trimmers. That book looks really good. Thanks for the drawing!

Nancy said...

I have a couple of ideas:

1. Cut out the Michaels, JoAnns, ACM coupons and keep them in your purse. They all take each other's coupons. If you don't "need" something, use the coupons to stock up on adhesives (which I never have enough of!)

2. Play with others -- either at a Stamp Camp or a scrap -- or online -- to see what other people are doing. I always get inspired by all of the gifted women out there!

3. When you make a card you really like -- make more of the same card. That makes it so much easier to share with others!

Thanks for this fun contest!

Nancy (directmailscrapper)

beiteversohumble said...

My best tip for papercrafting is: make sure to have lots of chocolate on hand, and keep the cats out! (They love to eat my cardstock and tangle up all my ribbon after pulling it off the rolls!)
Kathy

Adelina said...

Great blog candy! My favorite crafting tip is probably not that inspiring because I'm new to the craft. I just really like to sand the edges of my colored paper that is on a white background for an antique look. I also think brown ink and daubers do a great job of giving that antique look by browning the edges of your paper. I used it all the time. Here's my blog: http://wellsaidcards.blogspot.com/

Jackie said...

My favorite crafting tip is to always keep a digital camera with you when visiting far away stamp stores (and be sure to ask if they mind you taking photos) to take photos of the samples that inspired you to buy that stamp or embellishment!

mustangsarah said...

My Best tip:
Ink your stamps with versamark ink before using stazon. brillance or other inks that are difficult to come clean. Thi smakes clean up much easier!!!

The book looks awesome!!!

mustangsarah said...

My Best tip:
Ink your stamps with versamark ink before using stazon. brillance or other inks that are difficult to come clean. Thi smakes clean up much easier!!!

The book looks awesome!!!

Natasha said...

Wow! That book looks amazing!
My tip is when putting grosgrain ribbon flat on your card front, cut it a bit too long, then heat emboss it to set it and prevent it from fraying. Be careful though, don't want it to melt too much!

Dawn Mercedes said...

My tip would be...find a bunch of stamping friends and share stamp sets. That way, you don't have to buy every set that you like but you could borrow them from a friend! Save you money to buy paper, ink and embellishments! (The other essentials.) My blog is http://dawnmercedes.blogspot.com

Mary said...

My favorite papercrafting technique is to ink and tear the edges of my paper.

Mary said...

Oh you said tip not technique...lol...sorry! Ok, so my tip would be to use the best quality paper you can afford for your card base. I hate a flimsy card!

hutch ink designs... said...

My favorite tips is when your cutting out unmounted stamps on EZ mount to save the pieces of foam to use like pop dots. It works the same!

~K

Rose Ann said...

My favorite tip, is to check out the Scotch ATG gun. It's my very favorite adhesive, and after the initial expense...the refill rolls are super economic!

http://paperdelightz.blogspot.com

Peggy said...

A great tip I learned on SCS is to store embossing powder in a plastic storage container and when you need it, just place the paper over the container and spoon it over. All the leftover powder just stays in there!

Such a clever idea -- you should've seen the mess I made the first time I tried embossing. Blue glitter powder EVERYWHERRE!!!! :)

Cher said...

I use travel size baby wipes in a plastic case to wipe my stamps clean. They work great!
Cher
cher-k@pacbell.net

mjb coffee said...

One of my favorite tips is about Magic Mesh. Instead of paying an arm and a leg for Magic Mesh, I went to the hardware store and bought a roll of drywall tape and it works great, looks good, and costs pennies a yard.

Leah said...

oh gosh! pick just one tip? there are really some great tips that have saved me some grief in my crafting.. probably #1 for purchasing unmounted sets that need to be trimmed - buy the SU! scissors... they really do work, they are faster than regular scissors, don't get as gummy, and what a relief for your hands! I am not a demo & have been stamping for about 5 years.. I finally gave in & bought some.. I wish I did that a long time ago (and many stamps ago.. he he) :D

Donna said...

My favorite tip, discover by accident while doing a large quanitity of Holiday cards is to stamp your inside sentiment first that way if it doesn't come out crisp and clean....All is not lost just flip it inside out and layer some cardstock over the top of it no one will know you made a boo boo!

Another tip worthy of sharing ... For bulky embellishments flip the card inside out before mailing for added protection.

Nettie

Bonnie said...

Stay Organized...so when inspiration hits, you know what you want and where to find it!

Pam, these punches are so hard to get right now that you could be auctioning it off for big dollars!
It is very generous of you to be giving it away.

Anonymous said...

So many great tips!!! Can't think of anything that hasn't been mentioned especially the quality card stock and organization.
Ilene B

MiMi's Place said...

When I have strips of paper at the end of a project I get out my word window punch as start punching away. This uses my paper instead of wasting it and also gives me a ready supply of word window punch-outs to use on my cards and scrapbook pages. I just keep them all in a drawer in a hardware organizer that I "borrowed" from my husband's tool area. (I don't know how all those screws and other little thingies got on the work top!!!???!!!)

This is also something my 3 year old granddaughter can do. She loves to punch so it keeps her happy and occupied when she gets bored!

Nancy Clark

Beate said...

Nancy,
What a great blog candy question. I might have to use that on my next candy giveaway.
It's hard for me to think of a great tip.
I posted a tutorial on how to use an EK/Stampin' Up! corner punch to make scalloped borders. I love that idea. All you do is take the corner guide off and punch the edge of your cardstock with it.

Your new blog banner looks amazing! Thanks for this great blog candy.

Hugs and smiles
Beate
www.beate.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com

Susan Liles (susiestampalot) said...

that book looks delicious!!! i guess my latest tip is something a friend and i discovered last week. if you don't have a ticket corner punch, you can use a regular sized hole punch and just punch half of it into the corner! simple! here is my blog, too! It's so fun!!
www.susiestampalot.blogspot.com

Heather said...

What great candy.

My tip would be that whenever you use up a reinker, there is always some left in the bottle, fill the bottle up with crystal effects, then you have that color still that you can create with in the form of crystal effects. Just make sure to label the bottle as having the CE in it.

Heather Stevens

stampin_melissa said...

My tip is to be careful not to over embellish. I taught a class once with a husband and wife. The wife kept trying to out-do her husband and ended up having a train wreck of a card because she didn't stop embellishing. It was sad. I know it's hard to know where the line is, but it is there somewhere! LOL!

Selina said...

I think my favorite tip would be good quality cardstock...

Linda Shaw said...

My tip is that photo boxes make great boxes to store all your cards or embellishments. They are inexpensive, colorful, and can be labeled. Wishing you a Happy St. Patty's Day:) Linda SS

scfranson said...

Don't be afraid of mixing paper patterns, amazingly some of the prettiest combos come from a floral and stripe put together.
Claudia F.

loislane said...

My favorite tip would be to read all these tips. I found out some great info!!! I guess my favorite and not very original, I see, is to use good quality card stock! I've got some of the flimsy stuff. it really makes a big difference.

Thanh said...

My favorite tip was to stamp with a stamping pad underneath your image and paper... I know its not a must have, but I find its easier on the hands and gives a nice crisp image. Thanks for the great blog candy Pam!

Charmaine (CharmWarm on SCS) said...

I have to say I LOVE faux stitching! It just makes everything look better! :) Since I don't really sew or own a machine, this is a great way for me to get that look. Great blog candy!

Allison said...

Now that I have re-read my post, I never gave a tip. My fav papercrafting tip is to buy a little bit of everything (e.g. ink spots, mixed types of cardstock/patterned paper, embellishments)...you never know until you try something (especially color-wise) if you will like it or not!

Creative Expressions by Stephanie said...

Love your new Banner...noticed it right away...great job!

Yummy candy..hmmm. My tip is that I take my scraps and punch out the extra with what ever punched fit and put them all in a small baggie. Then when i am looking to accent a card I have all these co-ordinated punched out pieces:)

stampnthyme said...

Wow! This is a terrific book...I recently purchased a couple other books from PaperCraft...and they are just super! My favorite tip...lay out your designs on scrap paper before stamping on your cardstock...it gives a great opportunity to make sure the pieces all fit and come together. IT also helps you figure out the best way to embellish and place your layers before you glue the layers onto the cardstock. I do this when I going to stamp on material also...I make a sketch of the item to be stamped onto a piece of scrap printer papaer and then try out my design before stamping onto the actual piece I want to work with. Thanks for sharing your talent.
Barb g

Jami Speidel said...

Here's an organizational tip... Save all of your scrap ribbon in a clear glass jar. This way, when you need just a little piece of ribbon to finish off a card you'll know right where to look!

Terry Molineux said...

My favorite WAS the craft ink pad and SU's new cutter kit...using the perferator to make faux stitching it's a breeze but now I love the one that you use all the cuttings left over from mounting your stamps and place them randomly on the wood to make your own mosaic stamp....love it!

trulycanadiangirl said...

cool blog candy. my fav tip would be to uses baby wipes(alcohol free) to clean stamps. btw here is my blog addy http://onecanadianchick.blogspot.com/

J@cqueline's craft nest said...

Craft tip: To adhere a prima flower to your card with a brad. Lay your card on a soft paper piercing pad, prick a hole with a large punaise and the brad just fits in without distorting the cardstock.

Anonymous said...

My favorite tip is to store your paper scraps by color in zip lock bags. Then when I am stamping I go first to my scraps for those small pieces for layers, or for punching. No waste of that really good cardstock!

Love your blog. I've never won Blog Candy, so that would be fun!

teabear said...

I love your blog! My tips are about ribbon. I sort my ribbon & lace by color and store them in gallon ziplock bags. I keep those bags in a plastic bin, so when I need a certain color I just pull out the right bag. I also keep an old curling iron in the bin. It's a great way to give the ribbon a quick press if it gets a little wrinkled along the way--no need to haul out a regular iron. Pull the ribbon or lace through the curling iron quickly if it is more delicate, slowly if it's cotton.
~Tami

Julie said...

Great contest! I need to come back and read all these comments when I have more time - I can always use more ideas!! My tip would just be to have fun . . . don't stress too much about the little things or what others might say, if you love it that's all the matters!

Julie said...

Great contest! I need to come back and read all these comments when I have more time - I can always use more ideas!! My tip would just be to have fun . . . don't stress too much about the little things or what others might say, if you love it that's all the matters!

tyrymom29 said...

WOW nice blog candy!! My favorite Tip would be to take your time ...and enjoy doing it ..I find when im in a rush to do things it never comes out nice.SO now i will not stamp if I dont have lots of TIME!!! TFS!!!

Anonymous said...

Great question! I think my favorite tip is to enjoy and use what you have. I think using quality paper makes all the difference in the world.

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Julie said...

My tip is don't keep track of how much you spend! It might be bad for your health (heart)!! ;)
My blog is www.juliejeandesigns.com

foodpartyfun said...

Good quality paper paired with a great (not necessarily the most expensive) paper cutter is a must have for the start of a great card/scrapbook page or papercraft. Awesome Blog Candy! Thanks for a chance to win.

Pat

Mary Jo said...

I love this book. What a great choice for blog candy! My tip is to make more than one of each card you create while the supplies are out. But don't put a sentiment on it until it is time to use it. That way it can be used for a number of purposes. I wish I followed this tip more often.

Anonymous said...

Hi, great blog and candy. I'd have to say my favourite tip which a lot of people already said was to save your scraps and keep it organized so it's easy to find them when you need them. Thanks for sharing :)

~Chantale L~

Tami said...
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Tami said...

Great blog candy, and I love your blog! My best tip is to *try* to stay organized. I like to keep my Stampin Up paper scraps organized by color family that way I'm not always cutting into a full sheet.

Anonymous said...

My tip would be to keep a ruler/straight edge handy. I use my all the time to make sure things are centered.

Nancy said...

My favorite tip is to sprinkle powder onto the creative cling when cutting them out. It helps prevent the sticky from clinging to my scissors.
~Nancy Grant

Kathy foy said...

My favorite tip is to buy good paper. From experience I know the better the quality the paper the better your project looks

Gina Wrona said...

My favorite tip is to save all scraps no matter what size or color. Some of my best cards come out of the scraps, I always seem to find just the right size in color from a scrap, KWIM?

Angel said...

Just one tip? This is something some people may not know. I use a needle-threading helper (a small plastic device with a circle of thin wire on the end)to easily thread a little string through button holes. This little tool comes in handy for helping pull ribbon through holes and such too.

asela said...

OMgosh what a sweet thing to do. My favorite tip is just to share what you love with everyone. Helping out those who need it along the way.

Renee said...

My favorite tip is to save little pieces of ribbon in a jar so you can easily see it when you need just that little piece.
Also, just have fun and share what you love.
This is really nice give-away and very nice of you to do.
Thanks for the chance!
Rubber Hugs,
Renee

Maria said...

If you do a lot of projects, buy everything bulk or in value packs. . .bulk scrapbook paper, foam tape, glue, cardstock, envelopes, c. In the end, it'll save you a lot of money and it'll provide you with an endless supply of materials to make a lot of projects.

Would love to win that book! I love Stamp it and Papercraft!