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Vendor Spotlight: American Crafts "this to that" Adhesive

Reported by Cassandra Darwin

I first heard about the this to that adhesives about a year ago when they were creating a buzz at CHA and on the blogs.  Since I am a known adhesive collector/buyer/hoarder… I knew that I had to get my hands on these new products!  I finally got my chance and am happy to go over all the ins and out of three different types of adhesives from American Crafts.  I’ll start with a quick video intro (click below to watch via the Craft Critique YouTube channel), then we can get into the product details and some project photos.

3 Pack Adhesive Runners
This multi-pack includes three different types of adhesive: solid, strip, and dot.  All three have permanent, acid-free adhesive and feature refillable cartridges.  These three runners pretty much cover 90% of my adhesive needs.  The runners are comfortable to hold and have a cap to keep them covered for storage.  However, I have to mention that the cap is clear and doesn’t stay on very well, so there is a good chance it will get lost.

I liked using the dot runner to apply to curves or on small pieces where a “strip” would hang off the edge.  The strip runner is great for doing short adhesive strips on square pieces for cards and scrapbooking.  And the solid runner is like the hybrid that you can use on almost any project.  The strip runner is a bit different from the other two, because it is not clear when it is applied (more like white paper) and it contains 16 feet of adhesive (where the other two runners have 32 feet) – you can see this in the video.

Foam Dots + Foam Tabs
To get some dimension, use the Tab (square) or Dot (circle) foam adhesive.  Both come in a variety of sizes so you shouldn’t have to do any cutting – just peel and stick.  This is so much easier than foam tape that you have to roll out and cut.  Both packages that I reviewed were 3 mm thick, giving just the right amount of dimension, but not so much that you couldn’t mail a card or get a scrapbook page into a page protector.  Foam Dots contain 275 foam circles and Foam Tabs contain 272 foam squares.

Double-Sided Tape
This is the one I was most excited about – a double-sided tape that doesn’t require a bulky dispenser or scissors.  You can tear it right off the roll!  The first thing I wanted to do was lay down a strip and apply glitter (see the video above for that).  It comes in a variety of widths, but I am specifically reviewing the 1/4 inch roll, which is 11 yards long.

I made this card using American Crafts cardstock (including the butterflies), Thickers, and This to That adhesives.  Smaller butterflies each have two Foam Dots, and the Strip Runner was used to piece the rest together.
I used the Double-Sided Tape with glitter here, and this card was pieced together using the Solid Runner.  A rubber cement eraser was used to get extra adhesive out of the holes in the red border.

Pros:

  • All three types of adhesive are permanent, archival, and acid free
  • Ease of use!  No scissors or special tools necessary
  • Prices seem to be right in line with other adhesives in the same categories



Cons:

  • I had a hard time finding these in my local stores, and I know that the big chain stores in my area do not carry them
  • Caps do not stay on the adhesive runners
  • “Strip” runner has less adhesive and is not clear when applied

GIVEAWAY!

Our friends at American Crafts have provided a prize pack for one of our lucky readers! Just leave a comment on this post answering the following questions to be entered:

Have you tried any of the this to that adhesives from American Crafts? What do you look for in an adhesive?

One comment per person, per American Crafts’ article, please. Contest will end on Saturday, August 13, 2011.

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Cassandra has been scrapbooking and stamping for more than 15 years. Paper is her passion, and she says that she grew up wanting to own a stationery shop. She describes herself as "crafty" and enjoys projects ranging from card making and photography to quilting and crafts for kids. She was previously in corporate marketing but now spends her days at home with her young daughter. You can read more about Cassandra's adventures in crafting at the fresh crafts blog.
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77 Responses to Vendor Spotlight: American Crafts "this to that" Adhesive

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    Regina aka Mrs. Ham August 10, 2011 at 7:06 am #

    I’ve never tried American Crafts adhesive. When I’m look for adhesive, the first thing I look at is price.

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    judean August 10, 2011 at 7:08 am #

    I love the AC Foam Dots/Squares the best! I can get them at my AC Moore, so that’s a plus! I look for adhesives that STAY stuck!

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    Lindy August 10, 2011 at 7:17 am #

    I’ve tried the Foam Dots/Squares to add dimension to my projects and really like them. I haven’t tried any of the others.

    Great review. T4S

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    catnap August 10, 2011 at 7:22 am #

    I haven’t tried the American Crafts adhesives yet. I’m impressed by the round dots that don’t have the material around them, so they’ll be quick and easy to pull off. With adhesives in general, it’s a matter of finding one that’s affordable but does the job. I always worry about my cards falling apart sometime down the road, especially if I’m recycling paper and pictures. I want them to stay stuck!

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    mescartes August 10, 2011 at 7:23 am #

    I already use the multi-pack adhesives. I prefer using the dot runner.

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    Cheryl Leong August 10, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    I’ve never tried this to that but heard of it long time ago.
    I look at the price and comfort for a tape runner.

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    stamp500 August 10, 2011 at 8:30 am #

    I would love to try American Craft’s adhesive.

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    Moi August 10, 2011 at 9:12 am #

    I’ve tried AC foam dots/squares and love them. Have heard amazing things about the dot roller adhesive from a few garden girls at tweopeas so I’d love to try it =)

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    Patchi August 10, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    I’m an “adhesive collector” too! I just bought this tape runner, so far no complaints. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Sue D August 10, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    Yes I have tried them and I like them I look for ease of use, able to keep items stuck together and price.

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    Tamara August 10, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    I have never used the this to that adhesive. I love that the double sided tape is easy to rip and apply. I use scor tape right now and it has the same properties.

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    janine August 10, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    Gosh, I’ve wanted to try this adhesive but, at one point in my crafting life, I gave up trying new adhesives and just started sticking (no pun intended) with the couple of brands that work for me every time: Scor Tape and Glossy Accents. Plus, at least with the Scor Tape, you get A LOT of tape for the money. I don’t know of any vendor that can match how much tape is on a roll for the low price, plus the quality of Scor Tape is outstanding.
    I used to be a hoarder of adhesives but realized how much money I was wasting because I always kept going back to my two favorites. I am willing, however, to give the foam dots & squares a try the next time I need to purchase them =) Thanks for the review!!

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    ShoppingTamii August 10, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    I have not tried them yet. To be honest, I love glue…it’s easy to use, and I don’t need to refill a dispenser. But I do on occasion use glue dots and foam dots, I would love to try their foam ones – I like that they come in different sizes in one package 🙂

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    wilcoxdesigns August 10, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    I look for ease in application, staying power and price

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    Jessica Y. August 10, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    I have never used american crafts adhesive…but always love to try something new (especially if they are freebie)

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    jjocarlson August 10, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    I have never use American craft adhesives. I look for Adhesive that is going to obviously hold what ever it is I am doing. Also price is an issue doesnt have to be cheap just reasonably priced.

    Joyce
    jjocarlson@yahoo.com

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    funkycrafter August 10, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    i haven’t tried this brand because it is not available anywhere i shop. my main requirements are that an adhesive go on easily and hold well. and i prefer refillable ones. don’t like having to throw away lots of plastics.

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    Jan Castle August 10, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    Great Video how to! I have not tried these adhesive, but would love to give them a try!
    Jan

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    Deb August 10, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

    I have not use these adhesives but would love to give them a try.

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    Kimmy August 10, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    I’ve never tried this brand before. I want to try the dots or squared for the added dimension. Also, the double-sided tape I have has “stuck” to everything else in that box and is now useless.

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    Anonymous August 10, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    I have not tried it yet but I look for easy to use and stay-ability! I do know that I saw it at AC Moore last week and almost got the double sided tape!

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    Kelly Massman August 10, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    I look for one that will stick permanently! Thanks!

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    Ladybug August 10, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    Nooooo, I’ve never had the opportunity to try the “This to That” adhesive. Would love to give it a “go”, tho!

    What do I look for in an adhesive? — something that will have “staying power”. 🙂

    Thanks so much for a chance to win some!

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    Judy August 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    I haven´t tried any of the AC adhesives but definitely plan to. The Dot runner is already in my basket and after watching this video I plan to try the 2-sided tape also. I always look a price and whether or not the adhesive will hold over time when choosing an adhesive to buy.

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    rossla1 August 10, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

    I love the American Crafts Foam Dots/squares – my local scrapbook store has all their adhesives. I always look for price, availability and the most important – do my pictures stay where I put them…..

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    Nitasha August 10, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    I have tried a couple of the tape runners and the double sided tape. I like the runners, but let me tell ya the double stick tape is AMAZING because I look for ‘sticking, staying’ power and it delivers! In a pinch, I used it to hem my son’s baseball pants and the tape lasted throughout the game and even through the washing machine! Now that’s my type of adhesive! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Rebecca Ednie August 10, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    I’ve not used this particular brand but when buying adhesive I look for 3 things: what the intended surfaces are, that it really sticks and never let’s go and that it is easy to apply.

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    Karen L August 10, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    I like the idea of the dot runner. I find myself not using my adhesive runners for small items or curved ones because of the problem of adhesive hanging off the edge so this would be terrific.
    Have to say that a cap that can be lost easily is a negative in my mind. I prefer an adhesive runner with a cap that is attached and can be snapped back (like my Tombow mono adhesive applicator).

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    Carrol August 10, 2011 at 2:44 pm #

    I have the tape runners and love them. These are the ones I reach for now. I didn’t know they made foam dots and foam squares. I’m going to keep my eyes open for these.

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    Katherine August 10, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    I’ve never used this to that adhesives. Am interested in trying them out. Always looking for good quality products.

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    aloha37 August 10, 2011 at 2:49 pm #

    I haven’t ever tried American Crafts adhesive. It looks good and I like the variety of runners. I find I like to have different ones for different uses and like that this offers choices. I also look for price so I would be willing to try these. I would love to win one too!

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    Patzee August 10, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    I’ve never tried “this to that” by American Crafts, but I’d like to give them a try. I look for permanent adhesives that are reliable and strong.

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    motherloves3 August 10, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

    I haven’t tried American crafts adhesive. I look for ease of application and how well the adhesive stays.
    Thanks for the giveaway
    motherloves3 at hotmail dot com

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    judy August 10, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    I have never tried American Crafts
    adhesive. I look for adhesives that
    stick well, go on easily and are reasonably priced because I use a lot.

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    Scrappy Rat August 10, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    I have used the American Crafts adhesives. They have been dirt cheap lately (is that not the norm? They cost about half of what I’m used to paying here.) and they’re definitely usable. I didn’t notice that the strip is shorter! I wonder why that is. I will likely stiick with the dotted kind anyway since that is usually my preference since it can stick just about anywhere.
    I demand that my adhesives are permanent…really permanent, on all sorts of paper surfaces, and I’ve found that the ones that actually work are fairly pricey. I’m still seeing how these hold, but so far they seem to do well on *most* surfaces. Unfortunately heavyweight specialty cardstock beat these, so I had to go back to my usual–the Creative Memories tape runner. So, I won’t stop keeping those on hand, but these are great to use on paper-to-paper jobs and can save the expensive stuff for when it’s really needed.

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    Jill August 10, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    I am an adhesive freak.Always trying different kinds and always looking for at least refillable and hopefully bigger refills. Disappointing that this only happens with the big clunky guns. Have not tried these yet.

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    Sandy August 10, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    Yes I have! I LOVE them! This to that adhesives are available at my local M’s. I look for real holding power, ease of use and adaptability – for use with different mediums. I sure would love to win some more!

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    Lindsey August 10, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

    I have not yet tried this to that adhesives. Adhesives that start repositional then dry permanent are very handy, I find.

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    Savannah O'Gwynn August 10, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    OH! I have never tried American Craft adhesive–I am not even sure they sell it at our store! Must get me some!! LOVE it:) THANKS for the review! sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com

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    Donna August 10, 2011 at 4:07 pm #

    I don’t think I’ve tried American Craft adhesives. I don’t recall seeing them in my area stores. I am always looking for the perfect adhesive. I want something with staying power that won’t make a mess or leave a spot on my project. Guess I’m trying to say that it dries clear. LOL!

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    Barb August 10, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

    I have never used American Crafts Adhesives. When I purchase adhesives, I look at the type of adhesive (permanent, temporary), ease of application and price.

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    CreatedByWendy August 10, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    Have you tried any of the this to that adhesives from American Crafts?…This is the first time I have heard of the “this to thst” adhesives or American Crafts, I used to work for Old America, they sold craft supplies, does that count? 😉

    What do you look for in an adhesive?…Super stickiness. I work with a lot of mircobeads and foils, so anything that can really hold on to any of those items, I’m all for it.

    I use pop-dots and foam tape on a lot of my ATC’s and cards. So anything that can hold up to that and not fall apart during sending is good too.

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    Gail August 10, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    I’ve never tried the American Crafts adhesive, but would sure like to!
    I like adhesives that STICK, and they have to be priced reasonably too.

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    Colleen August 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    I have tried the American Crafts adhesives. I really like the pop up dots, but I do not like the tape runners. They were okay for the first use, but I found the refills did not live up to my expectations.

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    Kayla and Samuel August 10, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    I have not ever tried “this to that” before, I usually just get whatever is cheapest since I’m not that picky. I like that the double sided tape is easy to use and that you don’t have to cut it. The foam squares and dots seem easy to use too, that is a must.

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    Kathy August 10, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    I’ve been using these foam dots for over a year now, and they have become my fave adhesive foam dots! I have the adhesive runners, and while I like them, they are not long (32 ft.) and run out too often for me, so I use my ATG gun for general gluing and use these AC ones for little spots and for ‘on the go’ scrapping. The runners are also more expensive than others for the yardage. They are great products!

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    BishopsMommie August 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

    I am a collector of adhesive, but dont think I have tried this will definitely look for it and give it a try..thanks for the review

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    Julie August 10, 2011 at 6:34 pm #

    I have not tried American Crafts adhesive. I currently use the glue runners but find they run out rather quickly. I can generally create 2-3 cards depending on the complexity for each runner. I don’t want to spend a fortune on adhesive but I want something that will stick as well.

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    SuZeQ August 10, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    Oh yes, I have tried this adhesive … and use it often. My most important requirement is that the adhesive actually sticks – and stays sticking. Price, of course, is an important factor as well.

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    Kiss my Paper Trimmer! August 10, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

    I havent tried the AC adhesive yet, but look forward to doing so. I always look at the price and the quality of an adhesive. Of course if it doesnt work, its not worth the price no matter what it is…

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    McStamper August 10, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

    I haven’t seen these in my area so have not been able to try them. My main concern with adhesive is that the item stays stuck.

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    kraftykittty August 10, 2011 at 10:01 pm #

    I also am an adhesive collector and these look very nice. My latest love has just had a jump in price, so I will be looking for these. I think AC Moore carries these, but not sure if they have the 3 pack. Thanks for the review.

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    Leisa August 10, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

    I haven’t seen this brand/types of adhesive, but am always looking for a good adhesive. Price is important and also ease of use – these look great 🙂

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    RedGem August 10, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

    I have not tried AC adhesive but mostly I look for good adhesion, but price is important as well.

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    Melody (lacyquilter) August 10, 2011 at 10:51 pm #

    I haven’t tried American Crafts. The most important thing to me in an adhesive is how well it holds. I do not want my cards falling apart. I also like the convenience of a tape runner, but I want it to be only 1/4″ wide and prefer a plastic tape rather than paper, because I’ve had too many tapes tear while using them.

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    ocm August 11, 2011 at 12:02 am #

    I didn’t know AC had adhesives!! I usually use tombow, but I like the variety offered here!

    : )

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    Pat August 11, 2011 at 12:03 am #

    I haven’t tried these adhesives, but would love to try them. I like the looks of the holder and it looks like it would be comfortable to use. Would love to know where I could buy some.

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    Kim C August 11, 2011 at 12:18 am #

    Yes I’ve tried the square foam dots and love them for when I need slightly higher dimension. They’re very sticky and good for all my needs! I look for adhesives which are reasonably priced and stay stuck!

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    Anonymous August 11, 2011 at 5:49 am #

    I have not used this brand of adhesive. One of the most important things when purchasing an adhesive is to have it available in the Craft store chain stores (Michaels, Joanne’s, etc.), as I do not make purchases online. Next is stickiness and price.
    Barb

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    Nana Jo August 11, 2011 at 6:36 am #

    I have not tried this glue but would love to try it. Price and how well it works are what I watch for.

    mmlmn at polarcomm dot com

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    Melinda AKA medialady August 11, 2011 at 7:19 am #

    I haven’t had the opportunity to try the AC adhesive but I would love to get a chance.

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    connie August 11, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    I have not tried AC adhesive. I look for value and one that sticks! T

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    Jamie August 11, 2011 at 9:02 am #

    I have not tried them but they look great:)

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    Barbara Burgess August 11, 2011 at 9:15 am #

    I have not tried American Crafts adhesive. I think it looks really good. I am an adhesive collector (always looking for the perfect one). When I buy adhesive, I look for one that is affordable and stays stuck! I have used other brands and they come unglued after a couple of months. This is not good! I would love to try American Crafts adhesive!

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    Anonymous August 11, 2011 at 9:53 am #

    I’ve haven’t tried American Crafts “this to that” adhesives, but would like to. You suggestion about using the tabs for curves is a good idea. I always end up with some sticking out and then have to fold over or remove.
    Gerry

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    Marionment August 11, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    I have tried the foam dots and I loved them!! They were so easy to use.
    marionment@msn.com

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    Iris August 11, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    I have not tried American crafts adhesives yet. I use double sided tape because it is permanent. I like glue runners but the brand I was using would dry out and the layers of my cards would fall off. For dimension, I love the little peel and stick dots but I am always running out, so I just keep a big roll of foam tape on my craft table and cut pieces as I need them.

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    Lori August 11, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    I’ve never tried this to that adhesive but I can’t wait to give it a go. I try to find adhesives that are easy for my kids to use, unless it’s a mom-only glue then it’s price and how well it adheres.
    lkziegler[at]gmail[dot]com

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    Shaaron August 11, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    I have used the foam dots and just love them for my cards. Have tried a couple other double sided tapes and not happy so will need to try American Crafts. I look for ease of use in most everything I use.

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    Jodee August 11, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    I haven’t tried American Crafts adhesive mostly because, like you say, it is a little hard to find. I look for a good price and a product that is easy to use and does what it is suppose to.

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    ann August 11, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

    I have not tried these yet. Just saw them in Tuesday Morning. Will have to go back and grab a pack now that I have read your review.

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    Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor August 11, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

    Great video! It is always nice to see something demonstrated rather than just standing in the aisle guessing which one to buy. I have never used American Crafts adhesive but I do know that all glues are not created equal. What I want in an adhesive, is one that will work easily and cleanly without a lot of fuss. One that will actually hold for the long term. Nothing is more frustrating than working hard on a card or something for a gift and hearing that it fell apart later on. And finally, I want it at a decent price. It shouldn’t cost me an arm and a leg, just to make something out of paper.

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    Beth August 11, 2011 at 8:53 pm #

    Glad to know I’m not the only adhesive junky out there! I’m using the strip runner and while it holds lightweight cardstock and dp well, it just doesn’t do the job with heavy cardstock like PTI’s. I’m still looking for an adhesive that compares to the Kokuyo brand. I sure wish they’d bring that back. That stuff did the job and didn’t cost a fortune.

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    Jamie S August 12, 2011 at 1:11 am #

    I haven’t seen this brand in my local store. I look for strong, durable adhesion.

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    Jessica August 12, 2011 at 6:38 am #

    I really like these adhesives. I especially like the blue one. If I get some adhesive where I don’t want it I can easily rub it off. And I love their dimensional dots. I use them all the time.

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    Aznewmom August 12, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

    Thanks for a chance to win. I’d really like to try this adhesive. I have been using another type and my things keep falling apart! I’m looking for something new!

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    Irene August 25, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    Love to try them. Thanks for sharing!