Monday, May 3, 2021

Distress Inks

 Come use Distress Inks with me!

The other day I found myself at Michaels and thought to myself, I need a present for myself.  I had just watched a youtube about it from Betz Golden and wanted to try it out on a card I had made.

I decided I needed some distress ink.  Instead of full size I remembered one of my friends had some small inks in a container.  I found them!  I got these colors and this tin to store them in.

I was looking for something to put on the back of this bus card.  It has shimmer but you really cannot see it and I wanted it to pop.

I used the spiced marmalade and mustard seed to get the look below.  The background was made by smooshing the ink pads directly onto the card and moving them around a little.  I also sprayed it with a bit of water and rubbed it with a tissue to get get a more mixed look.  I really love how it turned out and will be making more cards with that fun tie dye background look.

The next card I decided to make is for a friends birthday.  She has a blue beetle like mine so I used the peacock feathers and salty ocean inks.  Again just rubbing the ink pads directly on the card, no special blending tool was used on this.  I sprayed with a fine mist of water and rubbed it with my finger.  The background turned out super pretty.

I decided to paper piece a beetle on the front of the card and add a foil accent inside that say Happy Birthday.  I added some fun 40s since she is turning 40 this year! I used a sentiment from CTMH a long with Bluebird exclusive ink from CTMH to match the card.

The distress ink blends quite easily.  One of the ink pads seemed a bit dry but I added a squirt of water and it seems to perk right up!  I really like these tiny inks.  

Another technique you could try is dropping droplets of water on top of the inked card.  This makes slightly distorted lighter colored drop marks.

Last but not least, do you own a water brush?  Well you should.  This allows you to water color with any water based ink.  Meaning these inks or even the close to my heart inks will allow you to watercolor and this pen can be used over and over. You can either smoosh your ink pad on a glass matt and pick up the ink with the water brush, or go directly onto the ink pad.  I do caution going directly onto your ink pad because you do not want to dilute your ink pad.

To purchase a water brush click here

Leave a comment for me!  How do you use your distress inks?

💓 Imginbugcrafter

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Monday, April 5, 2021


 Come Craft With Me!

My Craft Room!

Yes, I said my craft room.  I am going to show you the good, the bad, and the ugly of my craftroom.  

Its not usually clean but I am organized and everything has its place.  I feel like I just have too much but I LOVE it.  Its far from perfect but its mine.  Its my absolute favorite place in my house.  Its under constant contraction and likely will never be up to my expectations.

I am hoping this blog will get me to clean it up so that I can take pics for you. :)

I'll start with my favorite organization techniques that I have found.


I feel like we all have thousands of stamps.  I used to stamp them all in a binder and I would name and number each page with the same on a drawer.  I got really sick of that method and having to stamp everything, clean it, and then organize it.  

Google Keep

I found Google Keep.  What I love about this app is that I can take a pic of my item, name it, put in key words (like dog), tell myself where it is located in my craft room, and that way when I'm shopping I can look for it and stop myself from buying duplicates.

For instance I did a search in my app "dog" and everything I own that is dog related comes up and it even tells me which # of drawer the stamp is in so that I can find it. 

I have dies, stamps, inks, re inkers, stickles, nuvo drops, printer ink names, and basically all my craft supplies in this app because I always have my phone with me and I can easily see if I have it already.

This cute doggie stamp set is available on the CTMH website.  Check it out by clicking HERE

My Drawer system looks like this.  I label every drawer with the theme and a drawer # so that if I am looking for a dog stamp, I go into google keep and find the one I want to use, then I can find the drawer number in my google keep app and find the stamp I'm looking for easily.

Now for the bad and the ugly.  I am a Close to My Heart Maker and I have become obsessed with their stamps.  Especially the stamp of the month (ITS ONLY 5.00 OR FREE if you order enough or become a VIP).

These are my CTMH stamps cataloged this way, the drawers under them are numbered and cataloged as well.

Then I have these drawers under my desk which are cataloged and numbered.

I could say I've collected these for the last 25+ years so that is why I have so many, BUT......  I got rid of tons of stamps a couple years ago.

I guess its time to go back through my stash and get rid of what I don't use.  I don't need all these.  


 I have 2 over the door shoe hangers that I put all my punches in.  Again, I got rid of some of them a couple years ago and this way I can see what I have.  These are also cataloged in my google keep app!

Ink Storage

I recently bought the Best Craft Organizer - PortaInk Dual Swivel Traveler - Ink Pad Storage.  I bought this at the Best Craft Website (click here)

I bought the PortaInk Dual Swivel Traveler Ink Pad Storage and 4 of the marker buddies.

It swivels, there is storage at the top (I added a tin to the top).  I really like it as it holds a lot of inks.  Its double sided and I can put a ton of markers in the marker buddy as well.  Each marker buddy holds 24 markers and this contraption will hold 48 ink pads.  I have Closet to My Heart Ink in mine, but the Stampin Up pads fit perfectly in it as well.  

Speaking of Ink, You MUST try the CTMH ink pads.  I wish I had found them when i first started crafting because I have wasted so much money on ink.

A few awesome things about this ink:

  • The ink pad is connected inside the lid so your pads are always stored upside down and they stay juicy.
  • The lids are magnetic so you really do not even need a ink holder, you could just stack them and the magnets keep them together.
  • The colors are nice an vibrant.
  • Water based so you can use them with spray bottles to get a fun effect.
  • We also have non water based inks but I have not had any issues once they are dry coloring over them.
  • We sell matching paper, ink, and reinkers.  You will only have to buy this ink pad once.  Get a reinker so that it stays juicy and you are all set.  
I fell in love with these inks so I have bought most of the colors.  I won't have to buy any more ink now.

Check it out by clicking HERE

Desktop Tools

Pen/Tool Holder

I have a lot of desktop tools.  One of them is this awesome pen holder I got at the Dollar Tree but instead of Pens it holds my tools.  Scissors, tweezers, a few brushes, picks, whatever I use a lot so that I have them handy.  I sat it on top of this lazy susan that I got at Tuesday Morning and it works out perfectly to hold my desktop tools.

Clear 2 drawer set

I bought these at the .99 only stores for 3.99 each.  I store my small ink pads, sprays, embossing pens, pencils, waxes, and some markers in them.  They are clear so I can see what is in them.  The risers I bought at Dollar Tree for 1.00 each.  I store my Spectrum Noir markers underneath with the Spectrum noir Marker Trays.  They can be found on Amazon (click here)

Cameo and drawers

So much storage can be found at Goodwill and second hand stores but you have to be patient.  I found this cart there and it fits my Cameo perfect and allows me to have all kinds of drawer storage for stencils, Cameo blades and items, Mint with accessories, paints, pastels, etc.
Don't mind my dog blankets at the bottom, they love to sleep there!

Paper Storage

I found this awesome paper tower at Goodwill.  My husband actually found it for me.  Awesome right?  I labeled the paper slots so that I can quickly find what I am looking for.  It has a metal pc on the outside and I glued magnets to my shaker bits and they fit perfectly on my paper tower.  I can also see what I have and take them to a crop!

I  store 8.5x11 inch paper in my Kellax cube.

Xyrons refill storage is in a Kellax Cube while the machines are sitting near my desk on another piece I found at Goodwill.  I have Xyrons on that shelf, Spellbinders, color street nail strips, cup turner, minc, lots and lots of stuff.

Ribbon & Bling Storage

I have this cute wall hanger and decided to use paint buckets for my bling.  I have jars of buttons and some tape up there.  

Sticker holder

I bought a 4 tiered shoe rack and some clippy things from ikea.  I bent down all the shoe prongs except the top one (I use that as a basket).  I hung the clippy things from each prong and it holds my stickers for me.

Finished Card Drawers

When I finish cards I store them in this old metal cataloger I got at Goodwill.  My dad used to have these in the cotton gin for Farmers and they would sign in and our their cotton trucks.  When I saw them, I had to buy them for my room.

Project Boxes

I have these 12x12 project boxes that are normally for paper storage.  I use them to store my HTV, 651 Vinyl, and any project I am currently working on.

Right now I have the following:
  • Disney (2 actually)
  • Cruise
  • HTV
  • Vinyl

This helps me when I feel like scrapbooking I pull out the bin I need, get some paper out and I'm ready to roll.

When I am making t shirts I can pull out my HTV bin and quickly look through the colors.  

Now for the ugly, I know what is up there.  Its just alot of stuff.
Card kits, magazines, blank cards and xyron refills.  I should make it prettier but I don't have it in me.

I have other areas of my craft room but those are my faves.  I hope it helps you decide on your own organization.  

I really need to go through things and get rid of stuff.  It is so hard to let go of things.

If you have any fun organizational ideas, leave them in the comments! I am always looking for ideas.

Happy Scrapping 💓

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Laser Printing and Foiling

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Brother Laser Printer and Foil HL-L2315-DW.  And a few Social Media Influencers I follow that you don't want to miss!

As you know I have recently gotten into foiling with the Minc machine.  It uses glue or toner to adhere the foil.  I realized quickly that I really wanted to be able to design my own files to foil. For that I needed a laser printer.  Laser printers are not that cheap so I started doing a lot of research because I REALLY wanted to do this.

If you are not aware, there is a YouTube influencer named Nancy Stamps.  She is the foiling queen and if you are interested in foiling, she is the ONLY person you should be paying attention to.  She also has a group on FB called Foiling Snobs Club.  Its where I have gotten all my printer tips.  Nancy uses a Brother laser printer and honestly every tip I have gotten has been from her or her group.  I found her initially by watching a video from Simon Hurley who is another one of my absolute favorite YouTube influencer.

You can follow Simon Hurley Create here on FB or here on Instagram
You can follow Nancy Stamps here on FB or here on Instagram
If you are interested in the Foiling Snobs Club, you can find it here.

One more person that I follow for great ideas is Betz Golden.  I met her at the Paper Collage at a crop once and she was so nice.  Now if there is something I want to learn about, she is one of the first profiles I look at.

Betz Golden on FB here
Betz Golden on Instagram here

You really need to check them out because they have the best ideas.

Now for the fun part!  Below is the printer I bought and a couple things I have printed/foiled.

I made this background with a beetle image I had, I plan on using this in my Beetle scrapbook.

In the Foiling Snobs Club FB page they had this file, so I downloaded it and printed it out then foiled it.  This will be used as card fronts.

The cool thing is that I can use the reverse now.  I can easily print a page of paper that is all toner and adhere the  foil on it to use at a later date.  I learned this tip from Nancy Stamps and I could watch her tutorials all day long.

I printed out a few different designs so I could foil them!  See below, the possibilities are endless!

I am going to use these all for card fronts.  I printed out the images and foiled without any issues!

The coverage is perfect!  I cannot wait to make some cards with my newly foiled paper!

If you have any questions, put it in the comments!  I hope this inspires you to start foiling!

Friday, March 12, 2021

Close To MY Heart Embossing Pens and the Glue Quill Pen used with the Silhouette Cameo 4

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We are going to play with the CTMH Embossing Pens and the Glue Quill Pen.

I am eager to find out how the Glue Quill Pen holds up to the Heidi Swap Pen that I did a post on previously.  I cannot wait to get some embellishments ready to use.

You can use these pens without an electronic cutting machine, but my handwriting is TERRIBLE, so I used my machine to create the images.  If you have good handwriting the same techniques could be used freehand or even with a stencil.

You will need the following items in order to Craft With Me:

Silhouette Cameo 4 (Click here to buy)
Silhouette Cameo Pen Holder (Click here to buy)

I have had the Close to my Heart embossing pens laying around outside of their packaging for at least a year and a half and never have used them.  I got concerned of them drying up but guess what, they are not dry at all!  

I have also had the Glue Quill pens for around 6 months but they are in the original packaging and unopened.

CTMH embossing pens

The pens come in a pack of 3 different widths.  I used the fine tip for this project.

I used the embossing pens in my Cameo 4 machine with the pen holder to draw out the images I wanted to emboss with the Pen.  

The embossing ink came out steadily without any additional pressure.  I simply put them into my pen holder and they drew perfectly the very first time!

I then had my Cameo 4 cut the images out of the paper so that I could easily emboss them.

The images below were all embossed and came out awesome.  I had a few rookie mistakes but that was due to the embossing itself and not the pens.  I would recommend using an anti static bag before putting the embossing ink on your paper, this helps with any static.  I obviously forgot that step!

The images turned out so pretty and the embossing pens wrote very nicely without any gaps.  The pens were very moist and the embossing powder had no issues sticking to the embossing ink. 

Glue Quill Pen

The Glue Quill Pens come in a set of 2 or you can buy a Glue Quill Kit.  The kit comes with some images for your electronic cutting machine, glitters, and instructions.  The kit will work with almost any electronic cutting machine on the market.

I used the glue pen with my pen holder in my Silhouette Cameo 4 machine just like I did with the embossing pens.  Then I sprinkled glitter all over the images and got the cutest blue beetle and silver donut!



After using the Heidi Swap Glue pen in a previous post, I decided to try out foiling with the Glue Quill Pen.  I was really hoping for better results.

I got way better results and I highly recommend the Glue Quill Pen!
It is really juicy and requires NO priming.  I then ran the image and foil through my Minc and it turned out great!

I am extremely impressed with the CTMH embossing pens and the Glue Quill Pens.

I will be using these again in the very near future.  They were easy to use and again required NO priming.  You would be able to easily letter with both of these products as well.

If there is a crafting product you want to see me play with, let me know by leaving me a comment.

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💓 Jennifer

Monday, March 8, 2021

Foil With Me Again!

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Transfer Gel Duo and some paper printed with Toner ink and ran through my Minc

I bought some transfer gel due from amazon and tried it out.  This Duo gel will work with the Minc (hot foil) as well as through your manual die cutting machine.  I will try both and show you the results.

Items used:

Minc Foil
Deco Foil Transfer Gel DUO
Manual Die cutting machine

First I tried foiling with my Minc.

Look at the great results!

I used this stencil from Park Lane.

This is what my stencil looked like after applying the transfer gel duo.

I lifted the stencil off and let it dry completely clear.

After it dried I applied the foil and ran it through my Minc.

Below are a few other stencils I used.  I am not sure where I got them but some of them came from The Dollar Tree.

Next, I will use my Sizzix Sidekick to get the duo gel to transfer.

It works, no heat needed!  The foil isn't as smooth but if you wanted to use your manual die cutter you could.  Its best to use cutting plates that are not scored up because you will be able to see the scoring in your foil.

Simply run the foil covered due gel transfer through your machine and peel the excess foil off.

Paper printed with toner ink

I have been trying some of my black papers to see if they were printed with toner ink and will take foils with my Minc.

I got this perfect paper in my mystery box from the Paper Collage and it turned out perfect for my VW Beetle scrapbook.

This paper was black and white.  I covered it with teal foil and ran it through my mink.  Now it matches my VW Beetle book perfectly.  I cannot wait to use it.

I tried another sheet that was printed with toner ink but it had really fine detail and most of it was covered up.  It still turned out super fun.  I might use it as a die cut for VW beetles or something.

I will keep posting as I find new techniques.

Leave a comment if you want to see new ways to foil or know any that I have not posted.

Come craft with me!

💓 Jennifer

Thursday, March 4, 2021

The Paper Collage

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At the Paper Collage  
My favorite craft store in the valley.  If you live in AZ its worth your while to head over and meet Pam the owner.  Pam and her daughter run the store and are always so nice and happy to greet her customers.

I have done multiple crops and classes at her store and she has a huge workshop area to sit people.

She carries her own line of stamps and papers that are adorable and the best quality!

One of the items she usually carries is called a mystery box.  I have bought 2 and I am hooked.

The mystery box is currently $20.00.  It includes a random selection of items and will state the theme on the outside.  For the online shoppers, it can be found on her website.

The mystery box I bought was called black & white.  Below you can see what was included in the box I bought.

If you are into storage, the box it comes in is a sturdy 12x12 box (worth keeping)

The box included the following items:

  • 3 rolls of cute black and white ribbon
  • 1 bunch of white roses
  • 1 bag that would be great for crops, even has a pen holder on the back
  • 1 8.5x11 sheet of glitter paper
  • 6 12x12 sheets of patterned paper, that can be foiled with toner foil :)
  • A couple 12x12 solid sheets of black paper
  • A couple 8.5x11 solid sheets of paper
  • 1 Zig metallic marker
  • 1 Zig Cocoiro pen
  • 1 Zig Cocoiro pen refill
  • A couple sheets of black and white stickers

Its quite a value for 20.00 and I really love that everything goes together.

Check our the Paper Collage, its located at:

The Paper Collage
16671 N. 84th Avenue, Suite 130
Peoria, AZ 85382
(623) 398-8300

Come Craft With Me!

💖 Jennifer

Distress Inks

 Come use Distress Inks with me! The other day I found myself at Michaels and thought to myself, I need a present for myself.  I had just wa...