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Review | Xyron Mini Sticker Maker

I’m a big fan of Xyron products – my husband bought me the Xyron 510 (now known as the 5″ Creative Station) about eight years ago as a surprise gift for Christmas and I’ve pretty much worn it out. I use it to make stickers out of everything– from die cuts to vintage postage stamps to mailing labels.

One caveat to the 5″ machine is that if you are just making a few smaller stickers, you waste a whole lot of adhesive in the process.

That’s where the smaller Xyron sticker makers come in. The one I used for this project is the blue Mini Sticker Maker, which retails for $4.99.

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Review | Xyron Glue Stick

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I believe that Nancy (our Craft Critique angel) thought I lost my mind when I got very excited about reviewing a glue stick ! What she didn’t know is that I was after a glue stick which could cover corners for ages. I personally use a variety of glues – one alone doesn’t seem to be good to do it all. I do like to use glue stick to cover the front of my card with thin paper, and my tip for working with them is that you add the glue from the glue stick to the card base not to the paper you are trying to adhere.

Once you’ve applied the paper, you need to let it ‘cure’ for about 30 minutes under something heavy like a book, or even your craft mat should do the trick. There’s a good reason for doing that, since glue sticks tend to warp your cardstock and even extra sturdy stock might bend a little. Since you need to be quite generous with your glue stick to give it good adhesion for the paper to stick, I always felt that I made sure to go through all the corners but I used to put a blank sheet of paper under my card blank to avoid putting glue everywhere on my craft mat. Now that I have this Xyron glue stick – not anymore! Continue Reading →

Review | Scrapbooking and Papercrafting Adhesives

During a recent scrapbook room reorganization, I was alarmed to find my adhesive storage had overflowed. I clearly needed to purge what wasn’t being used.

But as I emptied my basket, I realized I used nearly every item in it, depending on the project. Some adhesives were meant for paper, some for ribbon, some for fabric, others to provide dimension, and still others that would act as a sealer, either glossy or matte. I needed them all.

So while I searched for a bigger storage basket, I thought it would be the perfect time for an article on some adhesive basics for scrapbookers, and papercrafters in general.

Tape

Tape for me is by far the go-to adhesive. If I was trapped on a desert island with my scrapbook supplies, I would want a never ending supply of permanent Tombow Mono Adhesive at my side. It took a little trial and error, but I finally found the perfect tape runner in this little blue package.

Sticky Thumb Adhesives

Reported by Wendy Jordan

Just like most of you, adhesive is a large part of my crafting, and what makes it so important is how sticky it is.
While at CHA in January, I stumbled upon The Sticky Thumb, a new adhesive company. They sell three products, an permanent adhesive roller, roller refills and adhesive dimensionals. Today, I am going to review the adhesive roller and the adhesive dimensionals.
Each roller comes equipped with 24 feet of double sided adhesive. The refill packages have two refills for a total of 48 feet. A package of dimensionals have 442 sticky dimensionals in it. I was impressed by that. That is by far the largest quantity package I have heard of.
Right away I liked how the roller fit in my hand. It has a contour shape that fit right into my fingers. The roller required little to no pressure while applying the adhesive to the paper.

You can see that is glided on very smoothly without any resistance or adhesive clumping in one area.

On a scratch piece of paper, I place a strip of adhesive down and stuck my finger to it. The paper stuck to my finger while I lifted the paper off of the table top. Once I lifted the paper, it stuck to my finger until I pulled the paper off of my finger.

Once I removed my finger from the paper, I folded the paper over the strip of adhesive to see if the adhesive was still sticky enough to hold paper. It adhered together and stayed adhered.
In a package of The Sticky Thumb dimensionals, there are three sheets, and to my surprise, each package is a variety pack. There are six different sizes, in squares and circles in one package.

The first sheet has two sizes of squares, 1/2″ x 1/2″ (12mm x 12mm) and 1/2″ x 1/4″ (6mm x 12xx).

The second sheet has 1/2″ circles and 1/4″ circles.

The third sheet has 1/4″ x 1/4″ (5mm x 5mm) squares and 3/8 x 3/8″(10mm x 10mm) squares.

The dimensional peeled off their backing without any hesitation. .

Once the dimensional was adhered, I was able to easily lift the protective backing off of dimensional with my fingernail.

Next I wanted to test how easy it is to refill the roller. The roller has a small “notch” at the very top of the roller that when you push, the roller opens up in half.

There weren’t any directions on the package of the roller or the refill, but it was clear to me that the empty roller just snapped out and the new refill popped right back in. Very simple to change the refill.
This project was made with colored aluminum and adhered to the metal box with The Sticky Thumb adhesive.
All of the small Easter eggs where adhered with The Sticky Thumb dimensionals.
All of the paper and embellishments were adhered with The Sticky Thumb roller and dimensionals.

The Sticky Thumb has a lot of the same great qualities that some of the other adhesives on the market have, but where The Sticky Thumb stands out above the rest, is the price. The retail price for The Sticky Thumb adhesive roller is $2.50, the refill package is $3.00 and the dimensional variety pack is $3.00.
A few of you may have been turned off when you read that the roller only had 24 feet of tape, but for $2.50 and a refill package has 48 feet of tape for $3.00, I think that makes The Sticky Thumb a good DEAL!! Some of the other 50 foot refills are near $5 or $6 for a refill. The dimensionals? When was the last time you paid $3.00 for 442 dimensionals? I never have.
Pros:
  • A contour roller that fits nicely in your hand
  • Little to no pressure while applying adhesive to your project
  • Strong enough to adhere metal to metal.
  • A variety of sizes of dimensional stickers for projects of any size
  • The price point is fantastic
  • The adhesive is acid free and photo safe

Cons:
  • You can order online, but not available in very many local stores
  • Having to change the roller more often due to the smaller roll
Overall, I am happy with The Sticky Thumb roller and dimensionals. I did change the roller twice as much, but it was nice that I wasn’t paying as much.
Do you think you will give The Sticky Thumb a try? Will you try it because of it’s fantastic price or because you also want to try its quality? Leave a comment and let us know!
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Scor-Tape vs. Redline adhesive

Typically, when I needed something to really stick, I reached for my redline adhesive. It did the trick, but it had some annoying habits (like the red liner sticking to my hands, my face, my cats, my kids, etc.).A few weeks ago, I was super excited to score some Scor-Tape. Now this isn’t a new product, and it’s widely available online, but I had just been too lazy to make an order.

Since I happened to have a roll of redline laying around, I thought I’d compare the two to see how they stood up in stickiness, price and convenience.

First up, when I say redline adhesive, I mean any of the super sticky double-sided adhesive that has a red backing paper. It’s sold under a few different brand names, like Terifically Tacky by ProvoCraft and Sticky Strip by Stampin’ Up. I’ve used both, and can’t say I’ve noticed a difference in the products.

Scor-Tape is distributed by Scor-Pal, the same people that brought us the wonderful scoring boards.

Both Scor-Tape and redline adhesive are double-sided, acid free, heat resistant, and are suited for embossing, glitter, microbeads, paper, foils, ribbon, metal and more.

These tapes are the serious workhorses of crafting. They are what I turn to when I’m making 3-D items, like goodie boxes, altering items, covering chipboard with fabric or paper, making pockets or envelopes, and when I want a nice clean, crisp line of glitter.

Redline adhesive is available in a variety of widths including 1/8, 1/4, 1 1/16 inches wide and 6×8 sheets. There may be more sizes out there, but those were the ones that came up most often in a Google search. Generally the rolls are five yards (15 feet) long.

Stampin’ Up’s Sticky Strip is a 10-yard roll that is 1/4 inches wide.

Scor-Tape is available in 27 yard rolls in 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1 1/2, 2, and 2 1/2 inch widths, as well as 6×6 and 8.5×11 sheets.

At first glance, you might think the prices for the two are comparable. Redline is about $3.25 for a 1/4 inch roll while Scor-Tape is $5 for a same width roll. But, the redline roll is only five yards, meaning cost per yard is 65 cents (or 69 cents per yard from Stampin’ Up). In comparison, the Scor-Tape roll is 27 yards, for a cost of 18 cents per yard. Big difference, especially if you’re using a lot of tape.

Here you can see the difference in how much tape is on a fresh roll of each. Scor-Tape is the white roll on the left.

Yea for cheaper prices and more tape on the roll (which means less trips to the store, or fewer online orders).For my comparison, I used a 1/4-inch wide roll of each.


First thing I noticed when adhering a piece of tape to my sample sheet was how easy it was to trim off a piece of Scor-Tape. In fact, there was no trimming involved; I could TEAR it.


Oh my word, this made me happier than tape should ever make a person. But I’ve had an ongoing struggle with cutting redline adhesive. Anybody else find themselves juggling a project, a roll of tape and a pair of scissors?
Scor-Tape is backed with paper, hence why you can tear it. Redline is backed with a plastic, film-like substance. There’s no tearing that stuff.

Next little thing that made me ridiculously happy–the Scor-Tape backing didn’t stick to me; I could get it straight into the garbage can without looking like a gesticulating fool. Thanks to good old static cling, the backing from redline adhesive is like a second skin.

I also found it was slightly easier to remove the backing from the Scor-Tape, once I had the tape in place, although it had its moments of frustration.
But how about performance, you know, does it stick? First up, I tried ribbon and embossing powder. Once I’d burnished the ribbon down, there was no moving it (at least not without damage to my paper and ribbon) with both the Scor-Tape and redline adhesive.
The embossing had some slightly difference results. I found that Scor-Tape had a smoother finish the more I heated it. No matter how I heated the redline adhesive, it never really lost the bumpy texture.
In the close-up below, you can see the difference better. I did hold the heat gun purposefully on the bottom section of both for about 15 seconds, seeing if I could damage the tape. My paper scorched, but neither tape melted or lost its shape.

I did notice when I picked up the paper, that both lines of tape cracked.

I then tried some gold leafing and glitter. Both tapes grabbed on well. I love using glitter with these tapes — it sticks really well and makes for a nice clean line of glitter.

One of may favorite uses for Scor-Tape is constructing fun 3-D items. Here I made a quick 2x2x2 little favor box. They’re so simple–start with a 6-inch square of cardstock; score at 2 and 4 inches.

Cut four slits, two on each side, up to your score mark.

Add Scor-Tape to the flaps like so:

Adhere the sides of your favor box. So cute and small.

Use Scor-Tape to add a handle, and add some decorations. You’re done! And with Scor-Tape, there’s no worry your favor boxes will come undone in the middle of your dinner party/birthday/wedding.

Next up, I made a card, putting in to use some fun glitter strips made with Scor-Tape. One think I learned while making this card — do your brightest colors of glitter first. I had some red seep into my yellow. But no worries, I layered another strip of Scor-Tape over the first yellow/red-glittered one, and added more yellow glitter. I was doubtful it would stick over the glitter, but it did great.

I also love my Scor-Tape for altering items. I had this mini MDF board clipboard in my stash. I thought it would be perfect to hold my menu planner in my kitchen, but it needed to be beautified.

When I use Scor-Tape to cover something with paper or fabric, I always make sure to put the tape right on the edges, so the paper or fabric won’t lift up. Here’s my clipboard with Scor-Tape in place.

And here’s my finished project, ready for this week’s menu.

Overall, I didn’t notice too much difference in the adhering properties of Scor-Tape and redline. The redline did have a bumpier texture when embossing powder was added and heated. But if that’s the look you want, great. I also only used one layer of powder, so it may smooth out with more layers.

It was really the little things like the ability to tear it and no backing static cling, not to mention value, that for me puts Scor-Tape at the top of the list.The only downside is that it’s harder for me to find Scor-Tape in my area; redline is readily available in the Big Box craft stores. But, Scor-Tape is easily found online through Scor-Pal and also Amazon.com.

Pros:

  • Both tapes are super sticky, double-sided and acid free.
  • Both can be used on a variety of surfaces.
  • Scor-Tape comes in more widths, a bigger roll and is cheaper.
  • Scor-Tape can be torn and the backing paper doesn’t stick to your hands.

Cons:

  • Scor-Tape can be tricky to find in a brick and mortar store, but it is readily available online.
  • Redline is more expensive, and comes in smaller rolls.
  • Redline cannot be torn, and thanks to static cling, the backing paper sticks to everything.

Which super-sticky double-sided adhesive do you prefer? Leave a comment and let us know!

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Vendor Spotlight: Imaginisce i-bond Cordless Glue Gun and Garden Party

We are so excited and happy to introduce you to our new reporter and Mod Podge Queen, Amy Anderson. Amy has lots of crafty experience and we just know that you are going to love her as much as we do.

I’m the blogger behind Mod Podge Rocks. I was born from creative genes, so I’m carrying on the tradition. I have been knitting for 18 years, sewing for longer and decoupaging for just a few. I do all of these things on a daily basis, or at least as much as I can. In addition to Mod Podge, I love the color blue, dogs, reading, cold weather, funny movies, road rallies, yogurt, garden gnomes, sock monkeys, running, tattoos, being outdoors, buttons, snuggling and apparently blogging. Who knew I would love it this much?


Reported by Amy Anderson

I am more than pleased to review Imaginisce’s i-bond cordless glue gun.  I’m old enough to remember when everything, including phones, had a cord.  Even when the first phone went cordless, it was like talking on a brick.  Life was so inconvenient back then!  It’s really handy that the i-bond is cordless, especially since most of us like to have a glue gun in our crafty arsenal.  I decided the best way to test this tool was on a project, and as you would expect, I did something with Mod Podge.  My scrapbook paper and embellishment line of choice was Imaginisce’s new Garden Party:

It’s such a pretty paper stack, don’t you think?  This line comes with coordinating die cuts, brads, stickers, ribbons and paper flowers in soft shades.  I’m going to walk you through the frame tutorial as I review the product.

Gather These Supplies

Wood frame
Mod Podge Gloss
Imaginisce Garden Party paper and embellishments
Imaginisce i-bond cordless glue gun
FolkArt paint – Graffiti Pink (or coordinating color)
Scissors or craft knife and mat
Paintbrush
Ruler
Pencil or pen

Start with a standard issue wood frame.

 Measure and cut your papers – I went for the patchwork look, so I cut four separate sheets of paper (coordinating).  Imaginisce’s paper comes in 12″ x 12″ sheets and is nice and thick.  If you have issues with Mod Podging wrinkles, you won’t with this paper.

Basecoat your frame with a few coats and allow to dry.

Spread a medium layer of Mod Podge onto the frame and then place your paper down.  The paper went on nicely.  Allow to dry for 15 – 20 minutes.

Smooth the paper out with your fingers or brayer.  I have to say, this paper is very vibrant and I like it.  It also didn’t tear when I rolled over it with the brayer.  Yay!  Apply a top coat of Mod Podge and allow to dry.

Time for the glue gun!  This is where I get really excited – this glue gun is SUPER cool.  The i-bond operates on batteries (included) and warms up quickly.  It also has a headlight.  I didn’t understand why at first.  I’d never used a glue gun with a nozzle light before.

I started hot gluing on flower embellishments to test my gun.  I totally understood the headlight after gluing the first flower down.  It truly makes it easier to see where the glue is going.  I LOVE this feature.

I glued ribbon down on the back for a hanger.  The glue came out of the gun smoothly and with little stringing.  I don’t know what causes glue gun stringing, but I didn’t have many problems with the i-bond.  I was able to bead a thin line of glue quite easily.

The gun is lightweight and has an ergonomic grip, so it was easy to maneuver.  It fit in my hand quite nicely and didn’t cramp my wrist.  I think I’m in love.

The finished frame – Mod Podged and hot glued to perfection.  You’ll notice the vibrant colors of the Garden Party line.  It’s truly a gorgeous paper collection.  This might be a great Mother’s Day gift!

I know as crafters that we all have a lot of choices in tools and papers – and sometimes it’s difficult to discern good from poor quality.  From my experience with Imaginisce’s i-bond cordless glue gun and papers, I’m definitely going to be a repeat buyer.

Pros:

  • i-bond glue gun is lightweight and ergonomical
  • Nozzle light makes placement of glue easy
  • Pink color is delightful
  • Papers are bright and colorful and tear-resistant
  • Cute embellishments in a variety of types

Cons:

  • None, except distribution.  I can’t find these in my local big box craft stores but you can buy the
  • I-Bond Cordless Hot Glue Gun from Amazon.com.





What do you love or hate about the glue gun you are currently using?  What would you make with this glue gun?

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CHA: ScraPerfect’s New Tools

Reported by Maria Del Pinto

The joy of adding small embellishments onto a project can be diminished by the difficulty in picking up and placing them onto the project.  One of the biggest problem in working with rhinestones, sequins, and other tiny embellishments is that they are hard to pick up.  Well at the ScraPerfect booth they had a tool to solve that problem!

Amy Roszak, the owner of ScraPerfect, is committed to develop tools to help you craft smarter.  Her new “Embellie Gellie” was created to solve the problem of picking up small embellishments.

Plus, it helps you place it in just the right spot.

The other product that caught our eye was the “Best Glue Ever”.  This glue dries quickly and clear. What makes it special is that it get tackier as it dries.  So you can use the glue for a variety of projects.  It can be used to attach charms, glitter, and other assorted items.

The fine tip is great to write out write out words and patterns on projects for use with glitter or foil.  The chart below give you an idea of some of the many ways you can use this glue.

At the ScraPerfect website, there is a video that shows different ways to utilized these products to make the most of them.

Another product on hand, was the “Perfect Cleaning Cloth”.  It removes fingerprints, dirt, and fibers from eye glasses, photos, crystals, camera lenses, dark colored papers, and more.  It was quite interesting to watch the cloth clean an “AB Crystal” bracelet without the use of liquid chemicals.  The shine that returned to the bracelet was impressive.

You may already be familiar with the rest of the ScraPerfect product line. If you are not, a quick visit to their website will give you more information.

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