August 02, 2008


Just thought I would post some answers to frequently asked questions here.  I will update this often.

What trimmer do you use?
    I usually use THIS trimmer from Fiskars.  For the first time, I have a trimmer I love.  It is so wonderful.  There is a wire that shows where the cutting will be.  And, you don't have to swing out the arm for cardmaking since it's base is bigger.  I LOVE it.  You can see it in action in my video HERE.

What adhesives do you like?
    I like adhesives that go down in little dots, rub away easily, easy to refill and permanent.  All of these adhesives only need a little to hold things in place.  (I put about 3/4" of an inch on each corner of a photo.)  And you can move things with it (you have seen that in my videos).  There are 3 I like...

  1. American Crafts This to That Permanent (Refills HERE. Great price, goes on like butter - so smooth.)
  2. Tombow Monoadhesive Dot Permanent (Refills HERE.)
  3. Scotch Adhesive Dot Roller (Refills HERE. Lots on a roll, so the price is higher.)

What white cardstock do you use - the one you use for everything?  (Matting, stamping, Copics, scrapbooking)
    I REALLY like the Neenah cardstock HERE.  Great price, too.  LOVE it.

I am new to stamping.  What should I get?
    First, just be prepared.  Stamping is extremely additive. :)  Second, get some good inks.  I did a list of my favorites HERE.  As for stamps, you can try wood mounted or clear.  Clear has many advantages that are helpful to new stampers.  For more information, I would check Hero Arts website HERE.

How do you create your videos?
    Well... it took a lot of trial and error to get it just right.  I have it on a tri-pod that I have positioned over my head with a tri-pod arm.  For these videos, I use a good Canon HD digital camera I got a few years ago.  And, of course, iMovie - I am addicted to it!

What music do you play in your videos?
    That is my brother-in-law, Keith Chapman.  You can find out information about him and how to buy his CDs HERE.

Where can I take your classes?
      I teach locally at Stamp Your Art Out in Cincinnati and Simply Scrapbooks in Dayton.  (If you are interested in classes, please feel free to contact them.  Stamp Your Art Out is Connie at 513.793.4558 and Simply Scrapbooks is Vicki at  I used to travel to teach at big scrapbooking events.  But in the past few years, I have cut back on working significantly, so I only travel to shows such as CHA and rep shows.  I do not travel to stores often - it is so hard to say yes to some and no to others. :)

What type of colored pencils do you use?
    I use Prismacolor Colored Pencils.  You can see the specific brand HERE.  I love them - so high quality.  I caved in and bought all of the sets - they are worth it.