Elmer's + X-ACTO Craft & Tell :: Blog Hop + Giveaways!

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Hello, hello!! Welcome!! You've just happened upon a gi-normous, weekend-long blog hop sponsored by Elmer's adhesive products and X-ACTO precision tools! My name is Amy Heller, and I was asked by Elmer's and X-ACTO to host a "Craft & Tell" party featuring their fantastic products! I decided to create an online party by asking some of my friends and fellow paper craft designers to take part in this fabulous event! I was fortunate to gather 9 SUPER talented women from all parts of the United States and who's experience in designing for the leading manufacturers in the paper crafting industry is second to none! Today and tomorrow the 10 of us are bringing you a blog hop FULL of inspiring ideas on how to use and get the most of the fabulous products specially created by Elmer's and X-ACTO for crafters like you and me!

PRIZES!
Elmer's has been exceptionally generous in their prize packages for this hop. We have 4 prize packs that we are giving away worth upwards of $400/retail total!!!

GRAND PRIZES (x2)
Two lucky hoppers will receive this incredible prize bundle exclusively from Elmer's + X-ACTO! Take a look!

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That's enough product to throw your own Mini Craft party!!

In EACH of the (2) GRAND PRIZE bundles include:
3  X-ACTO Retract-a-Blade knives
3  CraftBond Extra Strength Glue Sticks
3  CraftBond Tape Runners
3 Mini Bi-fold 9x12 Foam Board packs
1 Painters Markers pack
1 X-ACTO Decorative Edge Scissors pack  
1 Circle Cutter
1 X-ACTO Self-Healing Mat
1 Glue Dots pack
2 Photo Corners packs (various colors)
1 Gel Pens pack
1 Tacky Glue bottle
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$140/retail 

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Here's a look at what I will be giving away in addition to the Elmer's packages!  
Prize Pack #1

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1- XACTO Cutting Mat
1- XACTO Gripster
1- XACTO Circle Cutter
1- Elmer's Foam Board Pack
2- Elmer's Photo Corners
1- Elmer's Glue Spots
4 Gel Pens
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Approx. $50/retail (US)

PRIZE PACK #2

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1- XACTO RotaryTrimmer 
1- XACTO Scissors
2- XACTO Decorative Scissors
1- Elmer's Glue Spots
1- Elmer's Craft Bond
5 Gel Pens
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Approx. $50/retail (US)

So, you're asking yourself, how can I get my hands on some of this fabulous products? Well, it's pretty simple! All you need to do is:
Hop through all ten blogs on the hop and leave a comment on each blog. You have until 11:30PM, PDT (West Coast Time) on Sunday to comment- that gives you all weekend! :D Winners will be chosen and posted here on my blog on Tuesday. :)

Pretty simple, right? Well, then, how's about we get started!?

Here are my projects :D OA_Mini-Albums

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My first project was a set of two mini albums that I created for my son's teachers for the end of the school year. I used my scissors to hand cut all the paper on the interior pages of the book. I used myF Fabric and Paper Craft Bond Glue to adhere my patterned paper to the chipboard covers. Once dried, I used my X-ACTO knife to precision cut my apple shape around the perimeter of the chipboard. On the interior I used my Tacky Glue on envelopes that needed to adhere to laminated pages of artwork, and my tape runner (which I loved) on all my paper on paper adhereing.TrueFriends_LO_AH

Friends_Detail_AHHere, I really wanted to create a wave effect with my circle shapes that I created using my circle cutter. I created a large circle for a base behind the photo, then I created portions of circles to make a wave shape. It ended up looking more like bunting, but I really love the effect. I adhered everything on this page with glue sticks and my tape runner with the exception of my ric rack which I used the Fabric and Paper Glue and the clear buttons, in which I used the Tacky Glue, just to see if it would dry clear - and it really did! ;D)A_FatherHood_Card_AHFatherhood_Detailgrid_AH
For this card, I really wanted to test out the glue sticks. I used my circle cutter to create my base circle. Then trimmed with my rotary trimmer strips of paper that I then adhered with my glue stick onto the circle. Then I trimmed off the excess with my scissors and everything stiuck perfectly -even those tiny slices of green at the top and bottom of my circle. I also used tacky glue on my buttons and to keep my chipboard bead attached to the tops of the other buttons. Then I finished everything up with a tiny strip of ric rack that I used along the top and bottom edges of my card that I adhered with Fabric and Paper Glue.HappyDay_Card_AH HappyDay_FathersDay_Grid_AHHere I used X-ACTO decorative scissors around the perimeter of my card, glue spots under my buttons, and tacky glue for each layer of my paper. I also used the X-ACTO rotary trimmer for all my straight edges. As you can see I've sewn on all my layers. I'm always curious how different adhesive will work with my sewing machine. Some I need to watch, as they leave a lot of residue on my needle, but my needle came out clean:)

Rocket_Man_LO_AH RocketMan_LO_AHDetailGRIDHere's a fairly basic page, very typical of my style and how I would use these products on a daily basis. I created it using glue sticks, scissors, the rotary trimmer, decorative scissors, tacky glue, and fabric/paper glue, as well as gel pens

These products were such a pleasure to work with! I've some old favorites like my X-ACTO knife (which I've been a longtime user of (for close to 20 years!), and of course the self-healing mat(a must-have in any paper crafter's stash). But I have some NEW favorites as well. For example, these glue sticks are my new favorites! I used these on these projects extensively as well as a project for my daughter's school where we were binding books. I used these against the ones that the school provided, that constantly crumbled and clumped, and these worked so smoothly and without clumps, they were a dream to use for those books! :D

So now that you've made it through my post, it's time that you move on, but one more quick thing. I forgot to mention , there's another way you can throw your name into the hat for an EXTRA chance to win one of these fabulous prize packages. Elmer's and X-ACTO want to know what you thought of our blog hop!

Head over to the  Elmer’s and/or X-Acto’s Facebook pages, "like" them, then mention that you just hopped through our blog hop! Let them know how everything was! This will double your chances of winning one of our four fabulous prizes! ;D

Facebook
Elmer's : http://www.facebook.com/Elmers
X-Acto : http://www.facebook.com/XACTO

If you are a Twitter user, you can do the same thing by using the hash tags #CraftandTell as well as #CraftandTellBlogHop and naming @Elmers in your tweet.

Twitter
Elmer's : http://twitter.com/#!/elmers

Alrighty! It's time to pass you onto our next designer in our fabulous hop, the amazingly talented SUZANNE SERGI!! Thank you SO much for stopping by and participating in our hop! And thank you so much to Elmer's and X-ACTO for providing all of these wonderful products to myself and the rest of the blog hop team! Have fun