Friday, August 27, 2010

Adhesive Review

I used to love, love, love to use the Tape n'Roller. It was my go to adhesive and it pretty much would stick anything to anything. I stocked up on a bunch of refills and then I sort of felt guilty that I was a Stampin' Up! Demonstator and I didn't use their adhesive, so when they started to carry the Tombo Multi Purpose adhesive, I started to use that. Alas, that affair was short lived (just too messy!), but much to my dismay the Tape n' Roller has been discontinued!

Needless to say, I have been on a search for a new adhesive to use. I bought a cheap Scotch tape roller at the craft store first and I didn't like that one. It was constantly getting gummed up and it wasn't always applying adhesive when I thought it was. So I went to a different craft store to see what I could find. I ended up buying three different adhesives and here is what I think about them. By the way I am not being compensated for this review and no one actually asked my opinion, but I thought I would share with you anyway!

Here are the three that I bought:

Scotch Adhesive Dot Roller (different from the previously mentioned Scotch adhesive that I didn't like), Pioneer Photo Memory Fix and This To That from American Crafts.

I think the Scotch Dot Roller is great and I know that some people prefer dots to solid or strip adhesive, so if you do then you'll probably love this adhesive. It applies easily and holds well. The applicator does not get gummed up and it is refillable (which was important to me.) The display with the Scotch Dot Roller also had a tear pad with a mail in rebate which will make the roller free when I get my rebate back, so I figured why not? I would definitely buy this again, although at $6.99 it was a bit pricey.

The next is the Pioneer Photo Memory Fix. This one was so-so. I honestly bought this one because it was $2.99 and so I figured I would give it a try. It is a solid adhesive similar to Mono Adhesive and the previously mentioned Scotch that I didn't like. It was easier to apply than the Scotch tape roller, but it still required just the right wrist flick when you pulled up the applicator. It also had a tendency to gum up the applicator. Not my favorite, but I'd use it in a pinch. I guess you get what you pay for!

Finally, is the This to That from American Crafts. This was my favorite of the three. I don't remember what I paid for it at the craft store, but it is available from Two Peas with a refill for $4.99. I bought the Stripe, but it is also available in Dot and Solid. This one is closest to the Tape n' Roller and it holds really well and goes on easily. It is an opaque adhesive, so you can't use it with vellum or acrylic pieces. I may try out the other two types of This to That adhesive just to see what they are like (Two Peas has an assortment pack for $9.95.

So there you have it! Hope that helps a few of you!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

This week's 2 Sketches card

This week was a fun sketch from 2 Sketches 4 You! I also got the new Color Coach from Stampin' Up! and I really LOVE some of the combinations in the new color coach! I started out with one of the color combos that I loved: Pear Pizzaz, Rich Razzleberry and Tempting Turquoise. I used a piece of the new patterns paper in each of those three colors and then mounted them on a piece of Early Espresso card stock. I used a rub-on from the Chat Room Rub-ons (now retired) for the greeting. I just didn't want to deal with Craft ink or embossing on the dark cardstock ;).

I love how this card turned out! (If I do say so myself!) I will definitely be making a few more of these (and using up some more of my paper scraps).

By the way, I am doing a REALLY BIG giveaway right now! Read all about it here.

Materials for this card: Pear Pizzaz and Early Espresso cardstock; Brights Patterns and In Color Patterns DSP; Twill Tape; Fresh Favorites Buttons (retired, but you can win a pack in my giveaway!); Chat Room Rub-ons (Retired); Glue Dots.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Big Giveaway

A year ago this week I sat with my mom in her doctor's office while she got the news that she had breast cancer. My mom went through chemo, radiation and surgery and is now cancer free. To celebrate, my mom and I are participating in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in October. I also decided to walk because I have a three year old daughter and I hope that by participating in fundraisers like this one, my daughter's generation will not have to deal with breast cancer. My mom and I'll walk up to a marathon and a half over two days. We also have to raise $1,800.

In order to help me reach my $1,800 goal, I am offering a chance at a big prize to anyone who donates. I will also give another entry to anyone who blogs about my giveaway.

Here's how to enter:

  • Go here to donate and then leave me a comment that you made a donation.

  • Blog about my giveaway and leave me a comment with a link.

So what can you win? All of this! (All of these items are retired Stampin' Up! merchandise.)

  • 8 (new and unmounted) Stamp Sets: Wee Watercolors, Comfort Food, God's Beauty, Gently Falling, Yummy, Congrats, Botanical Blooms & A Little Somethin'
  • Accordion Book Kit
  • Chinese Take-out Box Kit
  • Tin with 7 sheets of flower self-adhesive die cuts
  • 19 6x12 Sheets of self adhesive die cuts (from various Simply Scrappin' Kits)
  • 5 White gable boxes ready for you to decorate
  • Stampin' Up! water Bottle
  • Bag of assorted chipboard pieces
  • Package of Fresh Favorites Buttons (I forgot to put this in when I took the pic)