8 Best Adhesives and When to Use Them

8 best stampin up adhesives and when to use them

snailSnail stands for “Simple, Neat, Affordable, In-Line”. It is my go-to adhesive for almost every project. It isn’t super strong, so I don’t use it for assembling 3D projects, but it is perfect for layering paper for cards and embellishments. The 2 things to remember when using it is to remember to flip open the cover, and that the little ridgy part is the top. Think of it as a grip for your finger so it doesn’t slip away when using it.

Tear and Tape
tearandtapeI love this stuff! It is a replacement for Sticky Strip if you’ve ever used that. It is as strong as sticky strip, which means it is the ideal adhesive for assembling boxes and 3D projects that need to hold up to any weight. The advantage of Tear and Tape versus Sticky Strip is that Tear and Tape can be torn rather than cut and the backing is easier to remove. All around, it is much more user friendly than Sticky Strip. If you’ve ever used Score Tape, Tear and Tape is pretty much the exact same thing and is about the same price.

Fast Fuse
fastfuseThis adhesive is fairly new to Stampin’ Up! It is sort of a cross between Snail and Tear and Tape. It’s in a dispenser much like that of Snail, but it is much stronger and is nearly as strong as Tear and Tape. Use this when you are working with something that just doesn’t seem to want to stay put with snail, but you also want the convenience of a snail-like dispenser. I think this stuff is a little pricey, so I use it somewhat sparingly.

dimensionalsThese are the little foam hexagons that add all of the dimension to your embellishments. They are also great for sticking things to pesky glimmer paper. They are pretty strong little guys and they are super affordable, so I use them like crazy and love them so much. The trick is to NOT pull off the backing before you attach them to your project. Pull a few off of the sheet, stick them to your project, THEN remove the backing on each of the dimensional you’ve added to your project. Also, the edges of the dimensional sheet are perfect for small things. Just snip a piece off of the edge and you have a mini dimensional!

Glue Dots
gluedotsOh how I love glue dots! You can use these for practically anything, but they are perfect for adhering ribbon and tiny embellishment pieces. The trick is to not try to peel them off of the backing strip first. Put your ribbon or paper up to the strip, press and pull away. The glue dot will be stuck to your ribbon or paper so you don’t have to deal with sticky stuff on your fingers.

tombowTombow is best for when you need to adhere something and have a little wiggle room. Lots of people love using it to put boxes together and even to attach paper to their cards. It’s very strong and has a somewhat slow drying time, meaning you have time to adjust the placement of whatever you are attaching. This glue is messy and can gloop out of the bottle really quickly, so I don’t like using it. I’m one of those crafters that can’t handle having sticky fingers!

2-way Glue Pen
2wayglueThis glue is called 2-way because if you adhere your paper together immediately after applying it, the bond is permanent. If you let the glue dry before adhering your paper together, it is a temporary glue. Some people apply this to the back of their clear mount stamps to get a better adhesion to their clear blocks. This also has a small tip, so it is easy to use on smaller pieces of paper.

Fine-tip Glue Pen
finetopglueThis is a new adhesive that is awesome! It is a liquid glue that comes in a bottle with a super teeny tiny tip – about the size of a needle – so that it can be used on the smallest of embellishments. It is perfect for adhering sequins or even die cuts that have very intricate details.

15% Off Stamp Sets


Stamp sales are the best sales! This week, Stampin’ Up! stamp sets are 15% off! The only exclusions are hostess sets, rotary stamps and bundled stamps (those are already discounted). Every other stamp set is included with no limits and no minimum purchase required!

I am also offering an extra bonus. If you use the hostess code 9CYQGXPW I will send a goodie to you in the mail and enter you into a drawing to win a $15 gift card! Make sure you don’t choose “no contact” when you checkout, otherwise I won’t be able to see your name and address to send you your goodie. If your order is over $150, there is no need to enter the hostess code.

Thanks for stopping by, and happy bargain shopping!

2015 Freaky Fridays – A Little Something Pillow Box Candy Holder

The 4th project of my Freaky Friday Halloween series is here! I’ve made a little change to the way the standard square pillow box usually goes together to make a fun candy holder.


Sorry for my cat (his name is Inky) getting in the camera. He loves this project so much! He was in the way while I was trying to take photos of it too!


Here is the video tutorial:

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Haunt Ya Later Card Candy Box – Freaky Friday Project #3


The third video in my Freaky Friday series is here! This is a combo card/candy holder. I used the “Haunt ya Later” stamp set and watercolored the images with my ink pads and an aqua painter.

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Basic Black Cardstock – 10-1/2 x 7
– With longer side at top, score at 1/2, 1-1/2, 2-1/2, 3-1/2, 4-1/2 and 7-1/2
– Turn so shorter side is at top and score at 1 and 6
Vellum is 3×1-3/4
White watercolor paper is 2-3/4 x 4-3/4

For the New Two 4×4 Wedding Card

One of my friends is getting married today! I made this card to give her. It uses some retired products, but the stamp set is still available. I thought it was extra special because after she is married, her last name will change to “New”!


The card base is 4″x4″, and I layered a 3-3/4×3-3/4 decorated piece of card stock on top with dimensionals. Since I don’t have a 4×4 envelope, I used some (retired) DSP and my envelope punch board to create a custom envelope for the card.

Supplies Used

Halloween Baker’s Box – 2015 Freaky Friday Project #2


Here is the second project in my 2015 Freaky Friday Halloween Series. It is a project that goes together easily with few supplies and little waste. It can hold quite a bit of candy and makes a great gift for coworkers, teachers or classmates.

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Sweet Hauntings Self-Closing Treat Box – 2015 Freaky Friday Project #1


It is time for the first of my 2015 “Freaky Friday” Halloween series. This is a self-closing box that is all gussied up for Halloween treat-giving. I’ve started to see these types of boxes popping up on Pinterest and other photo galleries. They are great because they can easily be opened and closed without tearing up the box. Here is the video tutorial:

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September Paper Pumpkin

If you are a paper pumpkin subscriber, you should have received your kit. Look at the tutorial video below for instructions and to see how cute this month’s project is! These are perfect for coworkers or classmates. And you can get the refill kit for $8 if you need more than 8.

Stamp Out Breast Cancer with Paper Pumpkin

If you are a current Paper Pumpkin Subscriber in the month of October, Stampin’ Up! will be donating $1 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. If you aren’t a current subscriber, sign up by October 10th and Stampin’ up will donate $2 to the Foundation on your behalf!


Stampin’ Up! clarified that the October kit will NOT be pink. I would guess that October’s kit will be Thanksgiving or Thankful themed. It seems that if there is a major holiday coming up, we will get a kit that features that theme the month before.

Thanks for stopping by!

The 2015 Holiday Catalog is Here!

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The new holiday catalog is finally here! I know it’s just September, but I am already excited about all of the Halloween and Christmas projects I want to make. Christmas always sneaks up on me and I never get as many handmade cards out to my family and friends as I had planned. I am going to try to get a head start this year and start making some Christmas cards this month.

This catalog has so many great stamp sets and projects! Click here to download a digital copy to look through. If you placed an order with me recently, you should have received a hard copy in the mail. If you didn’t receive a holiday catalog and would like one, please fill out this request form and I will get one to you!

We also have a few great weekly deals this week. I think I am going to stock up on rhinestones. I tend to use tons of those, especially on Christmas projects!

One Week Until the Holiday Catalog Launch!

The new 2015 Holiday Catalog launches one week from today! Woohoo! Check out a couple of sneak peek projects from the new catalog:



Also, we’ve got some new weekly deals starting today!