Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks: Ink Pads


If you are like me, you love all of these new shows that end with the participants having a great new look on the outside. On the inside, they are the same person, but on the outside they have made a transformation from ugly duckling to beautiful swan.

How does this relate to stamping? Well, let’s talk about our stamp pads. When we first get them they are clean, well inked and beautiful for all to see. Something nice to look at. As the days go by we figure out the practicality of our stamp pads. Let’s focus on Basic Black because he is the one that takes a beating on a daily basis.

When you arrive at a workshop you have all of your supplies ready to go. You have neatly cut little piles of paper, a clean work area, beautiful stamps and your stamp pads. Those stamp pads that you use and abuse, day after day.

Have you taken a good look at your stamp pads lately? I know when I sat down to write this, I would have told you that there was nothing wrong with my stamp pads. I had just used them a day or two before at a party. Sure my Basic Black had a few stains on the case, but it wasn’t “that bad” or was it? I took “before the makeover” and “after the makeover” photos of my stamp pad. Now, I’m sure some of you are laughing at the thought of me photographing my stamp pad but, the “before” and “after” photos are the most enjoyable part of the makeover.

Look at your Basic Black pad. I know, I know, you see it everyday. Really look at it. How many stains do you have on the top? Do you have some stray little threads sticking out the sides. Did you spill ink over the side the last time you reinked it? How about the inside of the lid, how much ink is built up there? If it were not your own pad, would you think twice before picking it up?

Most colors clean up easily with a paper towel and a bottle of Stampin’ Mist.  For the black, I got what I could with the Stampin’ Mist and then I moved on the kitchen to use the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. If you don’t have one of those things, you should get one. It does wonders on cleaning up stamp pad cases, not to mention stained stamps.

Now that the case is clean, how is the pad “working” Do you ever find yourself “fighting” with your stamp and stamp pad to get a really good impression? Maybe it’s time to reink. It is so simple, and yet so easy to forget. You won’t notice it with a line art stamp, but when it comes to the stems from Spring Garden or the circle from Little Shapes, you start to realize that you really need to reink.

Have you ever reinked your pads? Don’t worry if you haven’t , the process is simple and painless. For the classic pads, I usually start in the middle of the pad, squeezing out the ink as I draw lines on the pad, back and forth. In the areas where the ink is absorbed very quickly you need to keep applying more ink to those areas until it sinks in much slower. I usually have to add a lot less ink to the corners because I rarely ink my stamps from the corners of the pads, but I do touch them up a bit.

When you are finished reinking, take a moment to wipe all of the extra ink off from around the edges and lid of your pads. A few minutes of cleaning and reinking will guarantee that your guests have a positive first impression of our products.

And finally, make sure you store the stamp pads flat (never on their ends). If you do not have the boxes that the stamp pads come in (by color family) find an organizational tool that allows you to store all of your pads flat. I use a case that I got in the hardware section of a local department store. When you go out to look for something, take a few stamp pads with you.


Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks: Organization

Did you know, on the bottom of each stamp pad is a sticker in four different languages stating the color of each stamp pad?

IMG_20170420_192740I put one on the front edge of my stamp pad lid.  This tells me the color name while it is stored in my color cady.


I then cut the ends off of a second label and place them on the side lid near the pad.  The reason I do this is so that when I am using multiple stamp pads I can quick see what color I am using.  Many of our stamp pads look the same while open.


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OnStage 2017 Swaps: High Tide

During OnStage 2017 I was received one of the most gorgeous swaps ever and got to create in a shoebox swap one of the most gorgeous swaps ever!  I know, I know you at thinking how can I saw two separate cards are the most gorgeous cards ever, but its true.  High Tide makes the most beautiful cards ever.  Every single detail makes a gigantic WOW factor.


On Friday night, several of us girls from the Fun n’ Crafty team participated in a Shoebox Swap.   A Shoebox Swap is when a person creates a certain amount of kits for the participants.  The kits include everything you need to create the cards.  You do the stamping and put the card together.  I love shoebox swaps!

My friend Kathy (and fellow Fun n’ Crafty team member) made this gorgeous card using High Tide.  There were so many fine details while making this amazing card.  I wish the photo did this card justice.  You might not be able to see the Clear Wink of Stella as the beam of light traveling to the right of the “blub” or on the left side of the sun.


I’ve added a few suggested items to help you make the these amazing cards.   Shimmery White Cardstock is a fabulous cardstock base to use for your background.  Sponge Daubers, Stamping Sponges, and Sponge Brayers are used to create the different dimensions.

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OnStage 2017 Swaps: Jars of Love

I was so excited to see that Jars of Love was being carried over into the 2017 – 2018 catalog. I really hope that as the holiday catalog is released we will again see some super cute holiday stamps that can be used with Jars of Love.

In the mean time, I’d like to share with you a card that I made as a swap using Jars of Love for OnStage 2017.


I also received two swaps using Jars of Love stamp set and Dies.

I hope that you are inspired with the swaps I have been sharing over the last few weeks.  My goal is for you to see an idea and run with it.  Whether you C.A.S.E. (Copy And Share Everything) the card exactly, use the same layout but completely different colors and stamps or a mix of the original card with a dash of your own creations.

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Tips & Tricks: Organization

All crafters want a sneak peak into other crafters spaces.  I am in the process of reworking my studio to make it more functional for classes, open crafting time and well lets be honest just for myself!

I love to use embossing folders – it gives such a great look and adds such a wow factor to my projects.  My embossing folders are not store in any special way.

I do use my super handy personal labeler (it’s so old!) and add the name of the folder on the front of the embossing folder.  I do this one for me – it let’s me flip through quickly to find a specific name.  I will admit they are not perfectly alphabetized, but close.

You might notice a little yellow dot on some of the folders.  Really, its for me.  It’s a quick way that I document when a folder, punch, die or stamp set is retired.

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2017 – 2018 Product Spotlight: Birthday Memories Suite


Wow, wow, wow is all I can say about this suite.  I wish I had photos of some of the displays made with this suite.  It was ah-may-zing!  The Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper, the Birthday Friends Framelits – oh my gosh wait until you hear about these!

The Birthday Friends Framelits were designed are you ready for this?  Birthday Friends Framelits were designed to be used to cut the shapes out of the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper and the stamped images in the Birthday Delivery photopolyer stamp set.  Can you believe it?

I stamped the Hip Hip Hooray sentiment in the banner of the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper and then used the banner famelit to cut it out.  I did the same thing with that cute little fox!  How utterly amazing is that?

This suite really needs to be the first thing on your wishlist for the June 1st!

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OnStage 2017 Swaps: Beautiful You

Lots of swaps were made for OnStage with the Beautiful You stamp set.  For that, I am grateful.  I don’t own this stamp set yet 🙂 After seeing all the beautiful swaps made with it, I have to admit Beautiful You is on my wishlist.  I am sharing these swaps with you in the hopes that you will C.A.S.E. (Copy And Share Everything) these ideas.  That they will give you a starting point to unleash your creativity!  The greatest honor a Demonstrator can receive is to see their work recreated.

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OnStage 2017 Swaps: Birthday Blooms

Just wanted to do a quick check-in and share two cards made with Birthday Blooms.    What I love about these two cards is that you really have to look twice to see that they are booth created with Birthday Blooms.