Category Archives: Stamping

Tool Tip Tuesday – Mouse Pad

If you have a mouse pad around, you can use it as a crafting tool! Here are a couple of ways to get some use out of a mouse pad.

A mouse pad can be helpful in the craft room!
A mouse pad can be helpful in the craft room!

Turning a mouse pad over so that the spongy side is facing up, and you’ve got the perfect surface to use for stamping with acrylic stamps which don’t have a built in cushion.

  • Place your paper on top of the mouse pad
  • Place the acrylic stamp on an acrylic block
  • Add ink to your stamp
  • Gently but firmly stamp your image, and remove
  • Voila! A great image!

A mouse pad can also be the perfect tool to use with a piercing tool. Those piercing tools are sharp and can quickly poke and gouge into your work surface. There are sets available which include a mat to use with a piercing tool, but they are usually small. By using a mouse pad, you’ve got a much larger protective piece to work on. So if you’re doing paper piercing as a decorative element, or you are just poking a starter hole for a brad, try out a mouse pad!

How have you used a mouse pad in your craft room?

Cheers to YOUR Artful Adventures!


How to Use Thin Cuts with Stamping

How to Use Thin Cuts with Stamping

Have you ever stamped something and wanted to cut it out, but didn’t want to do a bunch of fussy cutting? I’m sure most of us have! Yesterday, I showed you some cards where I used Close to My Heart Thin Cuts to cut some coordinating stamped floral images. I thought you may like to see exactly…Continue Reading

Stamping for All Occasions

Stamping for All Occasions

For some reason, it seems like I never have enough birthday cards! Sometimes it seems like I could just get by with a ‘Happy Birthday’ stamp and leave it at that. Just kidding! You know I couldn’t do that. Yet it brings up the question of selecting greetings if you are trying to make up…Continue Reading


Close to My Heart’s Stampaganza is here! This means that for every 2 stamp sets you buy at regular price, you will get the 3rd one of equal or lesser value for FREE! Whether you like to use stamps in card making, scrapbooking, journaling, planning, or to create texture in art journaling or mixed media, we’ve…Continue Reading