Friday, May 28, 2021

Come Make a Stamp Chuckie With Me!

Have you used a Stamp Chuckie with your MISTI or Stamp Platform?

You may be asking...."What is a stamp chuckie?"  I am sure a few of my friends are reading this blog right now about to text me and ask me if I've gone crazy and if I've started to imagine new products for stamping.

Nope, I have not and yes this is really a thing.  

Now, a stamp chuckie is used with a MISTI or stamp platform and instead of using your hand to rub the door of the stamp platform you use the handheld apparatus to smoosh the door down.  It gives you more pressure than your palm.  

I'll show you!

This is my handmade chuckie or helper for my stamp platform.

Supply List to make your own 

  • Candle or Jar lid
  • Gorilla Glue or E6000
  • CTMH ink refill
  • ModPodge
  • Circle Furniture moving pad

it is made of a yankee candle lid, I took the plastic pc off the lid, colored the lid by painting it with ModPodge and I mixed a few drops of a Close to My Heart ink refill in it to make it look like sea glass.  I then glued a furniture slider that had a felt covering on the bottom so that it wouldn't scratch my MISTI.

Furniture slider looks like this.  You can find them on Amazon or even at the .99 only store.

I got this idea from a video that Nancy Stamps put on YouTube, check her out, she shares a lot of great ideas.  

Trying out my tool.

I used Distress Oxide black soot and a close to my heart stamp set. (Bear Hugs)

Especially with stamps that are solid, its important to rub the outside of your MISTI when you press down on the stamp to get a really good impression.  This new tool helps with that.  

Don't want to make one?  There are commercial versions as well.  

Thanks for making a Chuckie with me!

Do you have any other ideas for these or any tips/tricks stamping?
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Monday, May 24, 2021

Come Prime Your Stamps With Me!

 Prime your stamps with me!

Do you ever get a brand new set of clear stamps and they do not stamp well?

its not you, or your stamps, or your ink.  During the manufacturing process of clear stamps a thin layer of something is applied to the surface of the stamp.  Sometimes that causes a stamp to stamp a blotchy image the first few times you use it.

I am going to show you a few ways to prime your stamps so that you do not have this issue.

It is best to get into the habit of priming your stamps the first time you use them.  

There are a few ways to prime your stamp.  Try them all and see which way you like?

Lets prime those stamps!

1. Versamark

I saw this tip from Jennifer McGuire and it really is a cool trick.  Check her out on YouTube as she is a wealth of knowledge.

You can stamp once with a Versamark ink pad and your stamp should stamp clearer.

Simply stamp on a scratch piece of paper, wipe off the excess versamark with your hand and it should be primed.  

The left side was primed with Versamark.  You can see the right side has more of a spotty look.  

I will definitely be using this way to prime my stamps in the future.

2.  Try using an eraser.  It will erase that top film that often stays on your brand new stamps.  I think it turns out great and its super fast.  Just give your stamps a quick erase and you should get a nice clean stamped image.

3.  Nail File

I did not try this because I just don't like scratching up my stamps.  Some people use a nail file and gently file down the top of the clear stamp.  I have ruined some of them before so I just do not prefer this way at all.

4.  You can just keep stamping on a scratch piece of paper until you get a clear image.  

Sometimes you have to try multiple methods.  Not all stamps are made the same way so if you don't get a perfect impression the first time, try another method to prime your stamps.

Now you have a few ways to prime your stamps.  Most of the time you have to prime all clear stamps.  Initially you may think your stamps or ink is bad but that is not the case.  

How do you prime your stamps?  Leave a comment below and let me know.  I am always looking for new tips and tricks.

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Come Craft Distress Oxides With Me!

Come Craft Distress Oxides With Me! 

For Mother's day my husband always asks what I want.  It is almost always a crafty item that I've been wanting but something I wouldn't just go out and buy.  When my kid moves out and becomes her own person I probably won't buy things for myself anymore LOL its just something we do.  I do the same for Father's day and he gets something he wants.  Its really just an excuse to buy things.  His is never "crafty" LOL

This year I chose Distress Inks because I love them but buying a ton of them would be expensive.  I bought mine at Joann mostly because they had a door buster for 50% off.  I also bought some colors on Amazon, at Michaels, and you can also find some of them at my Close To My Heart website for purchase.

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You can check out my organizing distress oxides for an idea on how I personally organize mine but this blog is going to be about using them.  

Its so easy!  They blend so nicely you cannot mess up!

I bought the Tim Holtz blending kit and it comes with some really cool stuff.  A mini ink blender, some ink blender pads, a mini water bottle, tags to practice on, an instruction booklet, and 3 distress oxide inks.  Now if you want to learn more about the inks vs the oxides, check out my distress inks blog post.  For this blog I am focusing on using the oxide inks.

 My favorite colors are blues/greens so the first ones I wanted to try out were the colors Broken China and Peacock Feathers.

I started off the tag on the glass matt and in a circular motion simply blended the colors onto the mat back to the tag.  You do not want to use the same blending pad for different colors. You can, I just prefer to keep them separate so that the colors don't mix up. I have been told that you really don't have to clean your stamps off as well when using these oxides as the ink will wipe right off your stamp. 

These two colors blended beautifully and you cannot see where one color starts or one ends.  If you do get any harsh lines simply keep blending.  I cannot express how easy it was to blend these.  Its like the color stays on top of the paper so it moves around easier than regular ink pads. 

Next I dribbled water on top.  I didn't even use a squirt bottle but check out how the color lifts up and gives this tag so much more dimension.

Then I used a stencil from Tim Holtz to build up another layer.  I used the color Faded Jeans for the top layer and I loved the way it turned out.  This is definitely going in one of my Beetle scrapbook layouts.

I could honestly blend for hours and make such adorable tags.  Next I used Picked Raspberry, Dried Marigold, and Squeezed Lemonade.

I dribbled water with my hand over the tag and it lifted the color all by itself.

And then used another stencil to finish off the mixed media look.  I used the color Antique Linen with the stencil so it was a naturally lighter color.  I blew the image up a bit so you can see the stencil effect.  It was slight but still very beautiful on this tag.

Stamping with Distress Oxides!

Since I LOVE these new inks, I wanted to find out if they performed with my CTMH stamps.

I used the Fossilized Amber and Rusty Hinge Distress Oxides.  They performed great.

Lets stamp on black paper.  

Regular inks do not stamp well on black paper because the ink absorbs into the paper and they are usually water based.  Just inking the outsides of your card would look great with these inks.  It is more of a chalky look.  

Did you know you can emboss with this ink too?

I tried it and it worked nicely.  For the top pic I used silver embossing powder by Izink bought from HSN.

The next pic I used clear embossing powder by Izink to show the color of ink underneath.  The technique is great and I need to brush up on my embossing skills. 

As I continue on my Distress Oxide journey I will post additional blogs.  This was actually the first time I've blended with Distress Oxides and I have found them to blend much easier than traditional ink pads.  I am hooked!  You will be too when you try them.

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Store Your Distress Oxide Inks with Me!

Organize Distress Oxides With Me!

 I've recently purchased a lot of Distress Oxide Inks. 

Close to My Heart does have a selection of them available on my shop:

Distress Oxide™ Ink Pads | Close To My Heart 

The big box stores have them as well but if you are my VIP you get credit on your purchases!

I love them!

I've been learning a lot from YouTube and have I love the storage solution I have.

I found this old wooden cassette tape holder at Goodwill, painted it teal, and I use it for my ink pads.

As you can see I again ran out of room but I am a hoarder so I just cannot help it, I love ink!

I found a document online that has all the colors and names of each Distress Oxide.  I printed this out on label paper and had my Cameo cut out stickers.  I applied them upside down because I want to store my inks upside down. I have been told that you do not need to store them upside down but I just do.

You can get your own copy here:  Organize Your Ranger Products (

They have lists upon lists of their products and I love that.

I then saw a youtube where someone used velcro to apply the blending foams to the bottom of the ink pads and that way you always have one available to use.  I found the velcro fastener dots at the dollar tree in the craft section and they were the perfect size.  I just used the hard side because the ink blenders have the soft side of velcro already there.

I might just apply them to every ink pad so that I can blend and I am not searching for a blending foam.

Next, I was looking for a solution to use when I go to crops.  I don't like having stuff falling all over the place in my crop bags so I checked out Totally Tiffany.  She has buddy bags for pretty much any item in your craft room and I love them.  They are plastic, sturdy, and see through.  I found the Erma bag that holds these perfectly and bought a couple.  I should have them soon.  It has a velcro closure and a little handle for carrying.  This should secure my inks so that I do not have to worry about them falling all over the place inside my cart.  

I purchased mine on Amazon but check out the Totally Tiffany website for great organizational ideas and all her buddy bags! Totally Tiffany EZ20 Buddy Bag EDNA - Rib, Transparent

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I have totally gotten into these oxides and will be posting a blog on them shortly.  For now, organizing all of them has been fun!

Thanks for organizing Distress Oxides with me!

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

3D Print with ME!

 Come 3d Print With ME!

I am not a great 3d printer person.  In fact I've only had it for a little over a year and its not a fancy one.  I just wanted to try it out.  I'll list the model below so that you can look it up if you would like.

Not long ago I bought one of those huge tape runners from Goodwill and I was so excited it was less than 1.00.   It was missing the inside piece that holds the tape on but it still works.  I checked on and found a model someone posted and printed it.  It works perfectly now!  Yay!

I 3d printed the yellow pc that holds the old tape on when it is used.  

I then decided I just wanted to print some fun stuff so I printed the following items since I had everything fired up.

A beetle cookie cutter

Some peace signs I may use as earrings


These peace signs were super small so I'm going to use them as scrapbook embellishments or I may use a couple as stud earrings.

This is something you put over a coffee cup and sprinkle powdered sugar or cocoa on top of milk.  It creates a really cute design on your morning coffee

I named my chicken Hei Hei so I had to print a image out.  I was going to use it as a stencil but then decided it was too cute to mess up with ink.

3D printing is really kinda fun, there are so many models available.  I do not know how to design models and have not even explored it.  It takes a while to print things but its so addictive.

I have even printed a pen holder for my Cameo 4.  It can be quite useful.

The model of 3d printer I have is called a XYZ Da Vinci 3d printer I bought it at Best Buy for under 200.00.  It takes only spools of filament that are designed for it unless you buy an attachment.  It does pretty well and I have not had a lot of issues with it.  I think its a great first time 3d printer.  

I hope you like my little blog about my 3d prints.  Leave me a comment if you have any questions.

Thanks for 3d printing with me.


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?

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