Saturday, September 29, 2007

Crop a Dile Madness

You have bought a Crop a Dile, are you using it to it's full potential?
Maybe you have seen it and have wanted one but it looks to intimidating.
Hopefully, I can help!

First off, this is what your Crop A Dile looks like from the side view.

The two little outer parts are the punches. One side is a 1/8th size and the other is a 3/16th size.

If you look closely on the sides of your Crop A Dile (CAD), you will notice that the sizes are etched into the metal.

You will also notice that just under your punch part...there is a slider thing...that is called a 'depth gauge'. You can use that to set a particular depth to whatever you are punching so that you don't have to 'eyeball' it each time.

Say you want to make 4 holes down the side of something. Eyeball it the first time, adjust the depth gauge and then tighten it. Now, it is set for every hole you want to punch.
The 'setting' eyelet/snap part is the 'nose' of the CAD. If you look again, you will notice that there is a base and a top. When setting your eyelets and snaps make sure that the base is on the bottom. You will also notice that there is a little picture etched on the metal showing which part to put the eyelet on.

Now, look at the little black revolving discs on the nose part of your CAD. You will notice that there are numbers and letters on the sides.

You will use these combinations of letters and numbers depending on what you are doing.

As I said before, the center part of your CAD is the setter. The black squares are actually rotating cubes that allow you to access four different settings and four platforms. These cubes have different numbers and letters on them. Just pull gently outwards....and swivel to the correct setting.
Here are the different settings:

A-1 Setting the 3/16" eyelets and extra large eyelets and snap flare (like WeRMemorykeepers)
B-2 Setting the 1/8" round snap setter (medium eyelet and snap flares)
C-3 Setting 1/8" eyelets (small eyelets and snap flares)
C-4 Actually, someone said this worked better than C-3, but haven't tried it yet
D-4 Flat Setter (cone shaped flare)

A-2 Dry embossing (yep, you heard that right)

If you have your CAD, take it and a piece of scrap paper and play with the different settings to get used to them.

You do not have to wrench on the handle, that is the beauty of this tool, it sets with a simple squeeze. It really doesn't take that much pressure.
Ok, We have pretty much covered WHAT the CAD is let's see what you can DO with it!

Here are some ideas that I have found. The examples here are just things I experimented on. I basically just started punching holes in if you play with yours and come up with something please share with me !!

Things to do with the CAD!!!!

Use it to punch holes in acrylic frames, make more holes in your husband's leather belts, punch holes in four coasters at once to make those cute coaster boxes and you can even punch holes in canvas panels.

Add a little 'fun' to denim: shoes, tote bags and jeans! Try dressing up a denim jacket or blouse.

When punching holes in 20 index cards or multiple sheets of cardstock, use a binder clip to hold them in place while you punch your holes. The Crop a Dile also punches thru cardboard and cork.

Punch thru tin cookie cutters to make cute little ornaments, add eyelets to those tin buckets and lunch pails that you alter.....and add holes in magazines to put in 3 ring binders.

Dry embossing!!! How fun!! You can make all kinds of designs, even a PICKLE!
So as a final recap, you can use your CAD for the following:
Tin, canvas, cork, denim, T-shirts, ribbons, Tennis Shoes, Leather, Dog collars, Acrylic,
CD cases, purse straps, chipboard, index cards, cardstock
paper, magazines,
I am sure there are a TONS more things I haven't thought of or tried, yet! So, I am off to find more things to do with the Crop a Dile. In the meantime, if you think of something, please let me know.
Have a great day!!!

Friday, September 28, 2007

OCTOBER SPECIALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WOW OH WOW!!!!!!
A Celebration, TAC BAGS, Color and Savings galore...OH MY
Do we have LOT going on during the month of October.

First, let me tell you about TAC's
October Celebration
formerly called Jubilee and before that, StampFest, where our hostesses earn DOUBLE the hostess gifts and DOUBLE the items at half off!
For those of you that are familiar with our StampFest or Jubilee, this is the same program only just for ONE with two catalogs each year, TAC changed things up a bit.
Here are the details for those of you that may not be familiar with this program and a refresher for those that know about it :-)

During the month of
October ONLY

With just a $100 qualifying order/party, (orders, before tax and shipping) the hostess will receive TWO level A hostess sets and TWO (and this is ANYTHING in the catalog) items at half price, plus you and your guests will receive DOUBLE the GWP (Gift with purchase) bonus stamps with just a $30 order.

For a $200 order/workshop: The hostess will receive TWO Level A hostess sets and FOUR items at half price plus you and your guests will receive DOUBLE the GWP stamps.

For a $250 order/workshop: The hostess will receive TWO Level A, TWO Level B and FOUR items at half price, Plus the TAC grab bag (details further down) plus guests receive DOUBLE the GWP stamps

For a $300 order/workshop: The hostess will receive TWO Level A, TWO Level B and SIX items at half price, plus guests receive DOUBLE the GWP's.

For a $400 order/workshop: The hostess will receive TWO Level A, TWO Level B and EIGHT items at half price plus DOUBLE the GWP's.

For a $500 order/workshop: The hostess will receive TWO Level A, TWO Level B, TWO Level C and TEN items at half price plus DOUBLE the GWP's.

For a $750 order/workshop: The hostess will receive FOUR Level A, FOUR Level B, TWO Level C, TWO Level D and FOURTEEN items at half off.

For a $1,000 order/workshop: The hostess will receive EIGHT Level A, EIGHT Level B, FOUR Level C, FOUR Level D and TWENTY items at half price PLUS DOUBLE the GWP's.

What an absolutely GREAT time to have a party, a catalog party or to put in your own personal order and receive so many benefits!!!!
If you would like to host a party at your home, stamp club, or another location.....just send me an e-mail and put TAC PARTY/ORDER in the subject line.

And, that's not all going on in October!!!!!

Totally Terrific TAC-Bags!!!!

For a limited time only and while supplies last these bags can be ordered for just $15.95 each.
The bags are full of unmounted images from TAC. You will also receive the Creative Cling for mounting. A great bargain and a surprise since you won't know what the stamps will be till they arrive.

Also, if you become a NEW Angel during October you will receive one of these TAC BAGS, FREE, with your kit.

Hostesses can receive one of these FREE with a $250 FUNshop as well as all the other promotions from TAC in October.

That's not all!!!!


"Crazy for Color"

I know you aren't able to make this flyer larger but wanted you to at least see the flyer! I will upload a larger format, when I can, or can send you one via e-mail.

These are 3 different paper packs that are full of color. Along with the paper packs you will also receive a Word stamp set that includes 30 words.

Here is what you will receive in the Crazy for Color Kit

Oct-2007 Kaleidoscope Kit $34.95

V-825 Kaleidoscope Brites Paper Collection
V-920 Kaleidoscope Girlz Paper Collection
V-921 Kaleidoscope Boyz Paper Collection
Kaleidoscope Wordz Stamp Set (30 word stamps)

What a FantasTAC deal! The paper collections alone are worth $33.85 So what a great deal to get all three paper collections and a stamp set. Offer ends October 31st.

AND IF THAT ISN'T ENOUGH!! ( I am beginning to sound like those TV ads....and that's not ALL)

Stamp of the Month and Vintage Stamp Set

Both stamp sets can be ordered with a $30 order. The Stamp of the Month is called "Days like This" and can be yours for $5.95

The vintage set is called Mini Bold Posey and is $2.95.

AND, because being an Angel is just more fun.....why not join my team in October!!

For those signing up as a demonstrator in the month of October, you will not only receive a TAC BAG full of stamps, in addition to your new recruit kit, (which is $150 but valued at over $300), you will also receive $50 extra in T-coded stamps, your choice!

E-mail me to ask me how!!

Last but definitely NOT least....the new Fall Supplement is up on the TAC website!!!! The images are Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you see something you LOVE and just have to is the they will ONLY be available until the end of December, then the new catalog will be coming out.

Downloadable PDF page

You may also go to my personal online TAC website and view them or purchase them there.

Just a reminder, if you would like all the fun goodies that come with hosting a party or your $100 order, you must contact me as a demonstrator.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!!!

Thursday, September 27, 2007


If you have been waiting and waiting, like I have, for the new Fall Supplement fromTAC, it is now up.

Here are just a couple of the Halloween sets in the new supplement:

If you are getting ready to start your Christmas cards, you will find some really cool stamps as well.

To see all the new stamps, you can go to and click on promotions and then Fall Supplement. You can click on each stamp set link.

If you would like to order some of the new Fall stamps, just e-mail me at or
OR better yet, have a party and earn DOUBLE the hostess benefits (only in October)....and DOUBLE the half off items and get some of these fun stamps for 1/2!!!!!

You can also go to register and then order these items under products/fall supplement.
Have a wonderful day!!!!

Monday, September 24, 2007

WAG-the other side

Oh gosh....what fun!!!! Now that I am home and somewhat rested up, I can share the photos of the projects we did last weekend at WAG.

Binder Clip holder, Canvas Panel and Coaster purse

Snowman gift tag, Coaster Memo hanger, Fall Card and Luggage tag
GWP and Business card holder, Halloween card/box and GC purse

Christmas Card, Jumbo Clip, and Z Card

Tent Topper card and Photo album

Friday, September 21, 2007

Dyson has gone pink

Wow....did you hear the news??? 5 minutes for Mom is giving away a pink Dyson vacuum cleaner. All you have to do is go leave a comment and link back to your blog. Easy??? Wouldn't it be fun to actually LOVE to vacuum?

I would LOVE to win it.....but would be just as happy if someone I knew won it! I'll come borrow it...LOL So hurry on over and enter the contest!!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


WAG is over for yet another year and from the comments that were made and e-mails and
phone calls I have received, it was a success!
I drove over to Salem, OR on Thursday morning as we had to get set up for the weekend. One of my co-coordinators, Channie, came in that afternoon, also. Lori Beck and Andee White showed up not long afterwards.

We decided to go out to the Olive Garden for dinner. OH MY GOSH!!!! YUM YUM!!! I haven't been to Olive Garden since my last experience at another WAG event where a fly ended up in my pasta...ewwwww. This time, it was a lot of fun and the food was so good!

Friday morning, the plan was to meet by 11:30am, in the conference room, if you wanted to go shopping. I think we had 10 of us in two different vehicles. Big hint for next year, beat LORI to the ribbon!!! LOL

Of course, we HAD to go to lunch we headed for IZZY's....for their pizza, buffet and salad bar...YUM.

Then, we were OFF to go SHOPPPPPPPING!!! If you have never been on a group shopping expedition, you are missing out! Especially if you have several enablers in your group.

Our first stop was StampNCat Studio in Salem, OR. She is so great to us every year. She gave us a coupon and also had a make n take for all of us to do. She has a great variety in her store and also has lots of classes. You can even sign up for her newsletter....which is always a treat to read! Tell her Char sent ya ;-)

Then we headed on over to Craft Warehouse, where I found some things to throw in my basket....good gravy. Those girls are such enablers....LOL Warehouse is a good name for it! I could have spent hours in that store.

By then, it was time to head back to the hotel and get the evening started. There were introductions, challenges, games and just fun sharing!

I had them each make their very own 'designer' trash bag to put their scraps in. Here are some photos:

Somehow I missed a few people and their bags. :-(

On Saturday, we did 15 Shoebox projects and there were four demos. I will share the projects in another Blog.

Then, we had four demos Baggie books by Chan Dalrymple, Crop A Dile by Char Wilson, Party in a Bag by Kelly Eiseman and Watercolor Technique by Heather Schantz.

There were drawings throughout the day for prizes (including paper packs, stamp sets, a Sizzix Die, 2 Crop A Diles and 2 Totally Cool Totes....and Bea Rosenleaf donated 3 wonderful altered frames for prizes and a great tin with cards....I didn't get photos of if any of you have those photos...please e-mail me and I will update this blog.

The finale`was the raffle for the Vituri bag. And, Chan D. won. She was so excited as she goes to the CK convention every year and like she says..."It's all about the BAG" Sorry I didn't get a photo of that.

Here is "Vanna" selling tickets for the raffle!
WAG was officially over at 5pm, Saturday night.....and some of the gals had to head for home. didn't end there LOL
Some of us were staying over another night. So, those that were hungry headed to the Olive Garden for dinner. TWICE in one still my heart! Others stayed back at the hotel and played!
I didn't get more photos because the FOOD came....LOL
Afterwards, we went back to the hotel and stayed up and 'some' of us just goofed off, visited and did techniques.

Stacy Hinton and Lori Beck modeling the "Big Girl Panties"

Sunday morning, we said all of our goodbyes....but some of us die hards went out for breakfast....sort of a 'tradition' at WAG.

It was wonderful spending time with other Angels from WA, OR, ID, MT and just having fun and getting to know each other better.
We have already started planning next year's WAG!!!! ;-)