FXOEE Precision Craft Glue Comparison

Below are the glues I compared and their prices. I appreciate the company that makes FXOEE Precision Craft Glue to allow me to try it out and compare it to the other glues I normally use.

Here’s the link for FXOEE glue on Amazon. https://amzn.to/3yGahsJ

4 oz glue price comparison on Amazon:

FXOEE $10.99

Bearly Art $16.99

Art Glitter Glue $17.82

Simon Says Stamp Tacky Glue $4.99 ( could only find it on the Simon website and only in a 2 oz bottle)

Tombow Mono Aqua 1.69 oz glue at Joanns (Amazon only sold in lots of four bottles) $5.99

The FXOEE glue comes with four pins, as well as an orange stopper cap and two pins. This is more than comes with any of the other glues.

When comparing the glues on black cardstock, all of the glues were shiny except the Simon Says Stamp, and it was less shiny.

The glues performed the same on gray cardstock.

On textured cardstock, all glues performed the same as on black cardstock. I also cut apart the textured cardstock and put a swatch of glue inside (waited for it to dry) and then pulled it apart and in this instance, the FXOEE glue seemed to hold more than the other glues.

I put a swatch of the glue in strips of white cardstock and tried to rip them apart.. The FXOEE glue the same as the rest of the glues. I put a swatch of glue on the outside of the strips I cut, and they all appeared a little shiny, even though we normally are told they are clear when dried.

The Simon Says Stamp Tacky glue is a PVA glue and I’m don’t think the others are, and am not sure if that will make the dried product appear differently, but I thought it was note worthy.

All in all, I found the FXOEE Precision Craft Glue to perform as well as Art Glitter Glue, Bearly Art Glue and Tombow Mono Aqua Glue. The only difference between the FXOEE glue and Simon Says Stamps Tacky Glue, is the Tacky glue is a PVA glue and appeared a little less shiny than the other glues.

Pinwheel Tower Card w Mica Powder Embossing Powder

I wanted to make a card that matched the gift box I made for my girlfriend that just retired from banking.

A viewer had asked me to make embossing powder with mica powder so I did that. You’ll need 4 parts clear fine embossing powder to 1 part mica powder in the color of your choice. I use mica powder from the Hippie Crafter. If you aren’t clear on those measurements, it would be 4 teaspoons of clear embossing powder to 1 teaspoon mica powder. If you want less, use 2 teaspoons of embossing powder and 1/2 teaspoon mica powder. Mix them really well, as you want to make sure you get the color from the mica, and the shine from the embossing powder. NOTE: I just made up these measurements, as I wanted to make sure you have more embossing powder in your mix than I used, and I hope this gives you enough of the mica color..if it doesn’t, simply add more mica…

To use it, rub your embossing pouch (filled with either baby powder or corn starch) over the page you’ll be embossing, and then stamp with either a matching ink (to the mica powder) and then Versamark ink, and then pour the embossing mix you made onto the stamped image, then dump the excess off, the heat set it. I heat set starting under the paper to melt the mica powder and embossing powder so it doesn’t just blow off…and once I think I’ve got it well heated, I heat from the top to set the image.

To make the card, I used pink cardstock, and cut the first piece to 5 3/4 x 4 1/4″. Score on the 5 3/4′ length, at 3/4″, 1 1/2″, 2 1/4″ and 3″. Fold and burnish the scores. My bone folder is from Fiskars and is no longer made, but you can find it on ebay, link: https://tinyurl.com/2p9f487m

Fold the scores into a box and put tear tape or wet glue (I used Tombow Mono Aqua Glue) along the last panel then hold the “box” in place until it sets up.

You’ll need three pieces of the same cardstock that are 2 3/4″ by 4 1/4″. You’ll take the first one of these and lay it on the box so it buts up to the panel that sticks out from the box. Then you’ll turn the box one turn and lay the next panel on that side of the box and turn the box one last turn and lay your last box. To layer them with patterned paper, you’ll need 3 pieces of 2 1/2″ x 4″ (as one of your panels is the one you’ll write your sentiment on,) and on the shorter ends, line those with 1 3/4″ x 4″. You’ll need 4 of these.

I used a die that cut “Congratulations” and I cut three of these and then laid them on Sticky Specks that allows me to adhere very thin die cuts to projects. Link: https://tinyurl.com/bd4ncafe

I laid the Congratulations die cuts (in purple so they’d show up better) on the edges of the panels and then added a small white pearl where the dot of the “i” would be in congratulations. I also added three of the small white pearls to the page I heat embossed a sentiment on.

Cute Suitcase Gift Box 3 1/4″ x 4 5/8″ x 1 3/8″

I saw a video made by Linda Barker for a similar box…here’s the link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icZRCaEk27I

I bought a cute bracelet for my girlfriend’s retirement from Etsy and needed packaging for it.

Etsy shop for Morse Code bracelet: https://tinyurl.com/3ehsurz6

I used pink scrapbook paper from American Crafts link: https://tinyurl.com/ypazx39f that I use for all 3d projects. I really like this paper.

Bottom of box: Cardstock measuring 10 1/8 x 8 3/4″ on the 10 1/8″ length, score at 1 3/8″, 2 3/4″, 7 3/8″, and 8 3/4″ turn to the 8 3/4″ side and score at 1 3/8″, 2 3/4″, 6″, 7 3/8″

Top of box : 9 5/8 x 8 3/8″ score on 9 5/8″ length at 1 1/4″, 2 1/2, 7 1/8″ and 8 3/8″ then turn to the 8 3/8″ length and score at 1 1/4, 2 1/2″, 5 7/8, 7 1/8″.

Handle: 5 3/4 x 1 1/2″ Scoring: on the 1 1/2″ length score at 3/4″ on 5 3/4″ length, score at 3/4″ and 1 1/2″ and then turn it around to the other end and score at 3/4 and 1 1/2″. Fold in half on the 1 1/2″ length and then put tear tape inside close the the edge and glue the fold shut. Fold the two outer scores up and fold the two inner scores, down, so it looks like a handle, then take your corner rounder and round the ends.

Decorator Paper Cover for box: 10 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ Four circles punched to either 1 1/4 each or 1 1/2″ — if you use the 1 1/2″ circles they will probably meet each other on the top and bottom of the box…but are easy to score at 3/4″ and then turn so that score is horizontal and score again at 3/4″…when you use the 1 1/4 punch, you’ll need to hand fold them in the center as it’s almost impossible to score them in half. Once you fold them in half once, burnish them, and then the second fold going the opposite direction, you’ll fold and then cut them in half, so you’ll have left, 1/2 of a circle with a fold in the center of it.

Fold and burnish all score lines on top and bottom of box, then on each corner there are four boxes that are scored. On the 10 1/8″ length of the bottom of the box, you want to cut on the first score lines up to the second score line and the second score line beside the first one you cut, cut up to the second score line. Cut out the first set of boxes (from the first cut you made) and then cut out the bottom box (from the second cut you made) and cut an angle on each side of the one box that’s left behind and you’ll do this to all four corners, making sure to cut the long center piece that’s left behind on an angle on both ends (only up to the first score line). Do the same cuts to the top of the box on the 9 5/8″ length. Put tear tape on the back of the small tab on each corner and put tear tape on the front of the long center box near the edge of the paper. Remove the backing to the tear tape and fold in one corner flap making sure the corners are even, and once both sides of the box are folded, you can go to the other end of the box and do the same thing, then fold in all of the longer center sections. If your tear tape doesn’t hold, add some wet glue. If you have any places where you can’t easily fold your flaps in, that means you didn’t cut out either the sides on an angle and you’ll need to do that so the box is put together properly. After the box is done, rub inside with a bone folder to ensure the sides are as flat as possible. Fold the top of the box exactly like you did the bottom.

Put the box together. Then take the decorated paper you have for the cover of the box, and lay it right above the spot where the top and bottom meet and then slowly wrap the paper around the box, making sure to fold it tight on each corner. I turned the paper over and scored on those folds, and then it fits the box better. Before removing the paper, put tear tape near the end of the paper on the underside, and adhere the paper to itself, but not to the box…this way the box can be reused.

I took the four circles I cut in half and using Tombox Mono Aqua glue, glued them to the corners of the box, making sure the straight side of the circle lines up with the edge of the decorated paper. Take the handle and using a hole punch, punch holes on either end of the handle and then place it where you want it on the box and make a mark through the holes you made, then remove the decorated paper from the box, and punch holes over the marks you made. I took a 5 3/4″ x 1″ piece of copier paper and used a long scallop punch and punched both sides of it then used Tombow Mono Aqua glue and adhered it to the handle. I added tear tape to the back of the two end flaps of the handle and put matching brads through the holes I made and then removed the backing of the tear tape, adhered the end flaps to the decorator paper. I made sure the backs of the brads were flat and then put the paper around the box. I added a decoration to the front of the box link: https://tinyurl.com/2h4xmpaa

Chalkola Acrylic Painting Wood Buoy

The nice people at Chalkola sent me this set of 32 acrylic paints. They came with a plastic palette, a palette knife, 16 different brushes, and a sponge.



I bought this wooden buoy and decided I didn’t like the faded colors. I really like orange and navy blue, and thought it would be fun to repaint the buoy. I used a 3/4″ brush by Robert Simmons and mixed Indian Yellow and Vermillion Red to create the orange color, and to make navy blue, I used Ultramarine Blue, Mars Black, Paynes Gray and white. The set came with a navy blue, but I had already used the entire tube on a lamp.

The paints are really nice, cover with one coat and look great. I have been using these to repaint bird houses, lamps, and the back of a large periwinkle painted stand. I wanted to share a video of Lake Erie at sunset, as I find it so relaxing and it’s truly helping me not think about my arthritis. I hope you enjoy it too.

What’s Up With Darice Studio 71 Alcohol Markers?

I’ve stored these Darice Studio 71 Alcohol markets on their sides, and the tips fray and the ink seems to almost bubble on the tip. If any of you know what would cause this issue, I’d love to know what I’ve done wrong. I have not added alcohol to them, they’ve done whatever this is, all on their own.


Hippie Crafter Watercolor Cards + Discount

The kind people at Hippie Crafter sent me a set of 36 watercolors that come in a metal palette and are offering my viewers a 10% discount on Amazon using the code hippiecrafter10.

To make the cards, I used a #5 Grace Art brush from Amazon link: https://tinyurl.com/2pypn68y to paint the cards on Arteza watercolor 5 x 7″ cards link: https://tinyurl.com/mxuuwyud. The stamp I used is from Simon Says Stamp Orchid Rose Bouquet link: https://tinyurl.com/2ekvmzvd that was in their February 2022 card kit. I stamped it in Gina K Amalgam Ink in Black and then covered it with clear embossing powder and heat set the design. The first card, I painted the background in an orange color and after I finished the background, I took a bib that I keep on the arm of my chair, made it wet with water and then dabbed the background orange color so it isn’t so vibrant. Don’t try this with regular cardstock, since I’m using watercolor paper, it holds up to this technique and doesn’t pill.

I finished painting the cards, then made a sentiment strip with black ink embossed with clear embossing powder then heat set, and layering it on foam tape onto the cards. I really liked the way they turned out, and these watercolors are nice…they blend well and are really vibrant.

Remember, to get the 10% discount, you need to go through Amazon and type in hippiecrafter10 for the 10% discount on hippie crafter products.

DIY Embossing Folder Storage

I made this video a long time ago and Rich just got around to editing it. I’m sorry I’ve been so slow at uploading new videos, but I haven’t been really healthy, and not up to crafting. I do apologize and will try to put up one video a week this summer.

Part of this design was made by Sam Calcott in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ncbUXVlWYc

To make storage for 6 x 4 1’/2″ embossing folders: This box should hold 15 embossing folders.

Cardstock (the same color) : 1 measures 8 3/4 x 5″ score on the 8 3/4″ side at 2″ and 6 3/4 and on the 5″ length, score at 2″.

The second sheet is 8 3/4″ x 8 1/4″. Score this piece on the 8 3/4 length, at 2″ and 6 3/4″ then turn to the 8 1/4″ length, score at 2″.

Cutting the papers: 8 3/4 x 8 1/4″ piece .You want it so the 2″ and 6 3/4″ scores are vertical and the 2″ score is horizontal and near the bottom. Snip up to the 2″ score near the bottom of the paper on both vertical score lines and then cut across the horizontal 2″ scores to cut out the corner boxes, making sure you cut out the score lines. Fold and burnish the score lines. 8 3/4″ x 5″ piece, holding it the same way you held the first paper, cut up to the 2″ horizontal score line on the 2″ and 6 3/4″ vertical scores, cutting away both score lines so you have what looks like a thin upside down “v”. Glue the pattern piece that is 4 5/8 x 2 7/8″ onto the section that isn’t cut. I used Bearly Art Glue to glue this paper in place.. Fold and burnish the scores and then with the designer paper facing up, put glue on the two boxes we cut out and then fold the ends in so the scores create a 90 degree angle. I add clothespins to the corners where I folded in the glued pieces until the glue has taken hold. Take the 8 3/4 x 8 1/4″ piece and add wet glue to the underside of the flap you cut out and lay this into the bottom of the box we just made with the other sheet. Once it’s glued together, add glue to the outside of the sides of the box and lay the long side to it and lining up the bottom of the side piece with the bottom of the box. Use a ruler to rub the sides and bottom to ensure they’re well glued together.

You need decorated paper. I used Graphic 45 Blossoms link: https://tinyurl.com/2m42zd8j one piece 4 5/8 x 2 7/8″ If the pattern has a direction, make sure it is face up on the 4 5/8″ length.

Top Closure Lid: I adjusted these measurements so the lid is wider and should work better than mine. Use same color cardstock as you used for the box above.

8 1/2″ x 5 1/8″ score on the 8 1/’2″ length at 1 1/2 and 3 1/2″. Round the two corners that are farthest away from the score lines . I used the Kadomaru Pro Corner Rounder.

Designer paper for top 1 3/4 x 4 5/8″ with pattern facing the corner rounds on the 4 5/8″ length. I used tear tape and wet glue to adhere this piece between the two score lines.

Two pieces for the sides that are 6″ by 1 1/4″ glue to sides of the box with the pattern facing the top of the 6″ length.

Designer paper for front 4 5/8″ x 4 5/8″ Pattern should face up and you need to round the two bottom corners. Put magnets about 1″ from bottom (where corner rounds are) and 1″ from sides on back of designer paper then glue the designer paper to the front of the flap. Glue the top of the back of the lid to the back of the box up to the first score line….also use tear tape for more durability. Then add the back of the magnets inside the box so they line up with the magnets on the lid.

I added another piece of plain colored cardstock inside the box for more stability. The dimensions are 1 3/4 x 5 ” and for under the top 5″ x 4 3/4″ and two pieces for the sides 6 1/4 x 2″ and one piece for inside the front of the box 4 5/8″ x 2 7/8″.

I added some embellishments from the Graphic 45 pack to the front.

Great Nephew Finn’s Lighted Door Wreath

I wanted to make a wreath for our new great nephew’s bedroom door. The theme of his room is galaxy, and it was so much fun finding space themed items.

Products used:

Hot glue gun: https://tinyurl.com/38rdkbt8

Dollar Tree wreath form: https://tinyurl.com/2p85cbpt

Astronaut (for center of wreath) link: https://tinyurl.com/wzctwyxs

Space themed cupcake toppers (glued around outside edge of wreath): https://tinyurl.com/27a

Battery operated light string link: https://tinyurl.com/ycyjzmcw

More Space Themed Cupcake Toppers: https://tinyurl.com/yc3e98w7

a popsicle stick

Scrabble Letters to spell name: I used an old Scrabble game for my letters, but if you don’t have an old game, here’s a link to places you can buy them. https://tinyurl.com/2kkejye8

Shooting star navy blue fabric with gold stars 1/2 yard (I bought it at Joanns, but couldn’t find the same pattern in their online store. This is the closest I could find) https://tinyurl.com/5yf8bd3u

Arteza rotary trimmer–out of stock…go to a fabric store and ask which rotary trimmer they recommend or try this one from Dollar Tree https://tinyurl.com/3t5d5u8k

Cutting mat for rotary trimmer (to save money if you’re only using it for this project, buy cutting mats from Dollar Tree: https://tinyurl.com/yc2pubbd

I cut the fabric with the rotary trimmer in widths of 1″ to 1 1/2″ and found the 1″ width worked best. After they were cut, I hot glued the fabric to the wreath form, making sure to add hot glue to the wreath form to start and laying the fabric onto the hot glue on an angle. Whichever side you start your gluing is what I call the “inside”, and it’s where your going to make sure you glue on this side only, so your other side is clean and flat (no glue bumps.)

Once the wreath is covered with fabric, I used a craft knife to jab a hole in the inside of the wreath….near the top so I have room for the astronaut at the bottom. I took a popsicle stick and trimmed one side to a point and pushed the stick into the hole I made in the inside of the wreath. I added hot glue to the end of the stick to make sure it stays inside the wreath and waited for it to dry. Once it was dry, I glued Scrabble letters that spelled Finn onto the popsicle stick and had Rich cut off the excess popsicle stick before I glued down the “F” so there was no stick showing. I bought astronaut cake toppers and chose the standing astronaut to glue into the center bottom of the wreath. They’re really lightweight, so no need for more than hot glue to hold it in place.

I took the cupcake toppers I bought and removed the sticks from them and layers some with foam tape in between to give them some dimension then laid them around the wreath until I was happy with the way it looked, then hot glued them in place. I wrapped the light string around the wreath and FINN and then took a small piece of the same fabric I covered the wreath with, and wrapped it around the battery pack, then hot glued the fabric to the back of the wreath. I wanted to make sure you could pull out the battery pack if necessary, so basically made a loop out of the fabric, large enough to hold the battery pack and hot glued it together at the top then hot glued the fabric loop to the back of the wreath behind the word Finn.

Unveiling the Album for Baby Finn

I used a pre-made album that I bought from MayMayMadeIt.com. I’m sorry the video is so shaky, but I didn’t have my tripod with me on the trip, so had to hold the camera and did the best job I could, but it wasn’t great…

The theme for Finn’s room is space/galaxy and the room colors are navy blue and gray. I bought a gray album and then lined a lot of the photos with a navy blue layer. Since the album was 6″ wide, and photos are normally 6″ wide, I had to cut down the photos to fit….I added a layer of color beneath each photo, so cut the photos to 3 1/2″ tall by 5 1/2″ wide and then the colored layer under, was 3 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ ….sometimes I had to cut the photos smaller to fit the space.

Album: 49th and Market 6 x 8″ gray album link: https://www.scrapbook.com/store/fam-fa-31832.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=product-feed-shopping&utm_content=fam-fa-31832

White waterfall for “from beginning to Finn” photos: I used watercolors and painted each piece navy blue 1″ in on all four sides so it matched the album colors. https://www.maymaymadeit.com/collections/49-and-market/products/49-and-market-foundations-waterfall-enclosure-6×8-white

Embellishments for Album: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B093GZL6L6?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details

Papers used: I used mostly these papers including the 1-12 month recap tags..this pack also includes a bunch of stickers and I placed those throughout the album and made sure to add glue to the backs to ensure the stickers didn’t come off over time–Simple Stories Boho Baby link: https://www.maymaymadeit.com/products/simple-stories-12×12-boho-baby-collection-kit?_pos=1&_sid=0e842ca8d&_ss=r

First Edition, It’s a Boy: https://www.joann.com/first-edition-fsc-12×12-paper-pad-its-a-boy/17240482.html

The metal letters that spell his name I had in my stash and don’t know where I bought them, sorry.

The die I used for creating the navy blue ornate pockets came from Aliexpress and is no longer available, but any large corner die will work for that. After I cut the navy blue ornate corner die, I laid it onto a gray piece of cardstock so two sides of the pocket were on the edges of the cardstock, then I traced the wavy edge with a pencil and fussy cut the entire piece out and then glued them together so you can’t see through the pocket. I put tear tape on the bottom edge and the straight side edge and then glued it into the album so I had a good place for the month by month info. I punched a hole in each of the month tags and ran ribbon through the hole and then put a circle paper clip on it to attach a photo if they wanted. link: https://tinyurl.com/y38r6cjs I cut the patterned papers for the back and front covers to 5 1/2 x 7 1/2″ and then laid them on a navy blue layer that is 5 3/4″ x 7 3/4″

I used white Thickers anywhere I wanted raised foam letters like “from beginning to Finn” link: https://tinyurl.com/yb6dakb2

Although this is a pre-made album, you still have to glue it together. I chose to decorate the pages first, and then glue them into the album. I put tear tape on the tabs inside the album and then glued the pages over the tabs. I show the unboxing of the album in this video and hopefully, you can see how you glue the pages inside. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItbseX-4dRk