Monday, February 17, 2014

Winter will turn to Spring...eventually... Anniversary Celebration Day 8


It really has been fun reading all of your answers to the questions each day.  I got the message loud and clear that you don't like to put flowers on your cards primarily because of mailing issues. 

We're up to day 8 already - those boxes are getting pretty full...but there are still quite a few things left for me to add - so keep checking back and commenting each day.  I think the newsletter sign-ups are going smoothly - thanks to so many of your for joining the list.  Please let me know if you have any trouble when you fill in and submit the sign up form.


Today I added two more items to the boxes - one for the winter we are having and one for the spring that I hope will arrive soon!


If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will probably remember that I was on the Design Team for Creative Charms until they changed from a retail to a private label business.  I found some packs of one of my favorite sets of winter embellishments and it seemed appropriate to add one to each of the boxes.  Since it is such a snowy winter, let's celebrate it!


There are snowflakes, stars and some winter words in the set.  If you don't need the words, you can divide them up into tiny gems for non-winter projects! 

I used these sparkles on lots of projects - here are a couple that you may remember...

http://www.capadiadesign.com/2011/12/winter-decorations-with-creative-charms.html#.UwMTF4UUfks

You can read more about this project HERE.

http://www.capadiadesign.com/2011/08/christmas-with-creative-charms-sparkle.html#.UwMStYUUfks

The original post about this card is HERE.


I also had some of these amazing large sequin and jewel butterflies.  I had three colors so one goes in each box.  I have butterflies on my mind right now because my friend Joy has been trying out some cuts on the new Explore machine - check out her post and video HERE.  Can you guess the size of the butterfly at the top of this post?  I will have some more thoughts to share about the Explore tomorrow.

http://www.capadiadesign.com/2010/09/friendship-card.html#.UwMkLYUUfks

I know most of you won't want to use these butterflies on a card (though I did once - you can see the card HERE).  The butterflies are lovely to use for a package decoration or maybe inside an explosion box.  You could even make one of them into a hair ornament on a barrette.


Just a few more winter photos - this is not the deepest spot but you can see how the sidewalks in town are plowed.


Can you see the post with the red and white striped square at the top?  Do you know what that is?


These very tall markers are placed beside the fire hydrants so emergency services can locate the hydrants in the winter.  I am not sure if it is a law however, by custom, you are supposed to shovel out any hydrants that are on or near your property to be prepared in case of emergencies.

https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=1328224&c=ib&aff=230427&cl=100873

https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=1328224&c=ib&aff=230427&cl=100873

One more piece of news - True Stamp 2014 is coming up on April 5, 2014.  I participated in the first True Stamp event last year and it was great fun.  I also learned a lot about stamping.  Registration isn't open yet but if you click HERE you can sign up for the email notification list.  If you are on this list you will get notification of early bird registration opportunity with a HUGE discount - you have to be on the list to get the notification of the special price.

Now - back to the Blogoversary Celebration...

How do you play along in the blog celebration giveaway?


To enter for a chance to win one of the three boxes - see all of the details on the first blog celebration post HERE.  Then come back and get your comments in on this post.  Remember, if you sign up for the new newsletter (see the box at the top right of the page) I will be choosing one person from the subscribers as a box winner (you don't need to leave a comment here since I can see that list).


Today's question to answer in your comment is:

Many types of jewels and sparkly embellishments come with a sticky back.  Do you trust these to stick to your projects or do you add extra adhesive?  Are there any brands in particular that stick well or any adhesive that you can always count on to hold down a pesky little gem?  Share your favorites!

Well - it looks like more shoveling is the order of the day for Tuesday.  We will be getting yet another storm, most likely starting after my husband has gone to work.  At least it is good exercise!

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92 comments:

  1. I usually add a little glue or if they are large double -sided carpet tape. Then I know their not going anywhere.

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  2. We are having snow in Phila, too. Can't wait to see flowers and butterflies outside. I use the adhesive on the gem, if it seems strong; otherwise, I use Scotch quick-dry (red bottle) I just started a new glue, Tombo Aqua which is clear, and seems to work very well. It reminds me of Zip-dry, and it has two applicators (wide and pointy). The boxes look great.

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  3. Glue dots or glossy accents works for me!!

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  4. I don't have much experience with gems, but thanks to you, I have several sizes of Scor-Tape. Works great! Still on the hunt for the perfect liquid adhesive.

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  5. I think I have only used gems once to decorate something. I trusted the adhesive. Maybe I shouldn't have. I lake very few cards and I keep my scrapbooking simple.

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  6. I use a small dab of Tombow or other 2 in 1 glue to secure on 'bling' embellishments, gens, etc.

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  7. I love Prima and ZVA bling!!! If I buy some that doesn't adhere well, I use a little Zip Dry or Glossy Accents.

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  8. Love embellishments. Depending on distance my card will travel and by what means determines whether I add extra "sticky."

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  9. I love the sparkle of the jewels, but since I mail most of my cards I don't use them much.

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  10. I love everything sparkly! I do you ones with sticky on the back and other that don't. I usually trust the glue on the back on some items but it depends on the materials I'm putting them on.
    Kathy U:)

    kathy21361(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. I love flowers and butterflies on cards, but you're right, they do present mailing problems. Regarding adhesive. I don't trust the adhesive on the embellishments. I add Tombow Mono glue to them. I really like this adhesive.

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  12. I think most of the time I trust the adhesive on the gem I use. If I find a gem that I am using and it has lost its stickyness I will add a little from the Glue Glider Pro or from the ATG gun either one works very well.

    Luria

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  13. I always add extra glue to jewels or other items when used on my projects.

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  14. I personally like to use glue dots as my adhesive to hold embellishments. They stick good to so many things and are easy to use.

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  15. I like to use bling and usually I just use the adhesive that comes on the item. SOmetimes the little dot type circles from Michaels don't hang on forever, but usually I have no problem. I have some in my scrapbooks that have been there for years! Your winter pack is perfect for this year and the butterfly is a pretty "hope" too! Thanks for your boxes, it is fun to watch you fill them!

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  16. OMG! I love the cards. The embellishments are beautiful. I love them. I add 3M Quick Dry Tacky Adhesive to any embellishments that have a sticky back, just in case.

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  17. We have lots and lots of snow here in Minnesota, too. I feel your (shoveling) pain! I almost always use extra adhesive on adhesive backed items, and I always use Beacon's Gem-Tac. It holds those items perfectly, and I don't worry about them coming off in the envelope!

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  18. I don't use alot of jewels but I trust the adhesive on them.

    Jenny
    stine069@aol.com

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  19. I grew up in snow country, your pictures look very familiar. Out here on the prairie in northern Montana we think we have "quite a bit" of snow if we get 6 inches! I am pretty untrusting. Unless the adhesive on the back of a gem or other embellishment seems very sticky, I add more, either my ATG or some glossy accents. Haven't had any trouble with those! Stay warm, don't over-do the exercise...

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  20. Glossy accents is very dependable as is Scotch quick dry for items that are suspect.
    I am envious of all your snow. Here in Western Washington State we have gotten nothing! Lots of rain this month but no snow. I was hoping for a couple of snow days!

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  21. I trust the ones that come pre - sticky. I prefer those because I have thick fingers that don't like to cooperate. :) otherwise I use SU mini glue dots. If it's a big jewel I will use a bit of tape from my atg. That sticks really well. The best tweezers I have found that helps me work with those little embellishments is the tweezers that came with my serger. Large enough for my hands, small enough on the tip to handle just about anything.

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  22. Most of the time I use the adhesive that is on the bling, but I check it once in place to make sure. There have been times that I have pulled the bling back up and then used my own dots/glue, etc. I use all sorts of different adhesives, so really hard to choose one over another- really depends on the specific application. Happy shoveling- again- Diane!!

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  23. I have my Quickie Glue pinpoint roller pen handy for those tiny jobs! I usually don't have too much trouble with gems sticking, but am eager to hear if there's a brand others especially like.love your blog Diane!

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  24. Hi Diane, We are getting tired of saying we are ready for Spring! But hey, I am ready for spring. We had an ice storm last night, luckily I slid into work without a problem.
    I like the gems and jewels for cards. I mostly hand deliver my cards so it works. I usually trust the adhesive.
    Enjoying the Blogoversary!!
    Marilyn
    mrtooke@yahoo.com

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  25. Love the goodies you are adding!!!

    I have an I-Rock so use that for my gems mostly but love queen and Co. pearls. They stay put for me and so many colors!!

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  26. I use the adhesive on the gems. If they don't do the job, I use glue dots.

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  27. I use different adhesives for different materials, but if I want a Super stick to endur I use Scotch fast drying, its strong and doesn't leave a tell tale mark...I even ...I love the snow jewels, Snowflakes are one of my favorite things!!! Thanks for this chance to win, Im so excited....

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  28. I am a Bling Queen!! Projects are not finished until they sparkle!! I love the adhesive-backed gems, but I find I use Stickles more often than not. I have the I-Rock, but never use it.

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  29. Nice and sunny here in FL and warm enough for swimming! I test the gem to see I it is going to stick ok. If it doesn't, I use Tombow mono or Glossy Accents.

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  30. So many of the cheap brands the sticky stays on the plastic and the gem pops off. I use glossy ccents when that happens. Have not had trouble with Stampin'up gems.

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  31. I love bling but usually place a dot of Glossy Accents on the project to make sure it doesn't come off.. Love the bling added today.

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  32. On paper (such as a card or scrapbook page), I usually trust a sticky gem to hold. How much handling will it get? On other surfaces, I use Glue Arts Adhesive Squares or Scapbook Adhesives Crafty Power Tape (cut to size for the gem). Haven't tried glossy Accents but that might work too.

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  33. I lived half my life in upstate NY and still have family there. It's been a brutal winter. After 34 years in So CA, I still am loving every day here. I rarely trust the adhesive on embellishments and add my own Glue Dot. Thanks so much for all the info you share.

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  34. I LOVE bling...if it has adhesive on it already, I still add a dab of glossy accents. But my FAVORITES are the SWAROVSKI Hot Fix Flat Back! I trust that adhesive.

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  35. I use Want2Scrap bling, and it holds up quite well. When I need to adhere one without, I use Tombow, it has worked very well for me.

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  36. I usually go with the glue that is on the embellishment...My favorite is the big yellow ATG gun!!! for small things glue dots...I love there variety of sizes!!

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  37. A little extra help (adhesive) never hurts.
    kathylascala at gmail dot com

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  38. I only re-stick if it falls off before I get it in the page protector. I use what ever liquid glue I have handy.

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  39. I don't trust the glue on the back and always use a bit of glossy accents!

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  40. I am the bling queen in my scrapping group. I always add more glue or glue dots except when using Close To My Heart bling. That bling is totally awesome nothing like craft store bling. Just waiting for hubby to get back to work so I can purchase more. My first experience with CTMH bling was in November I bought a Christmas card kit. So easy and fun....
    I would love to spend a few days where you live with the snow you have. I know it is getting old for you and going to be a problem when it melts but it is so pretty. No snow here. Lets trade places for a week.....
    You shovel and I'll walk we must get our exercise in.
    Thank you I subscribed to your new news letter but haven't seen it yet.
    Linda in Stanwood

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  41. I find that using some liquid adhesive along with foam tape allows me opportunity to wiggle the embellishment a little to get it into the proper spot.

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  42. I use glue dots to stick down those kind of embellishments. If the glue dot is too large, I use a bit of two-way glue.
    Cassie

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  43. I use more adhesive along with foam tape. I try to sick things so they really stay. I love this butterfly........I love butterflies. Thanks again for a chance to win.

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  44. I typically will add an extra touch of two way glue or a glue dot just for good measure - but I also wont buy it again if the adhesive is not dependable.

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  45. I dont trust self stick anything. Never sticks for long or at all. I Add glue dots or a good strong wet glue like the best glue ever. I want it there forever.

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  46. Hi Diane, when I use gems, I usually just depend on the adhesive on it, but I do check and make sure its working, otherwise I use tombow glue, I love that stuff.
    Stay warm! Tina

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  47. I love bling, but not a fan of the self-stick. My favorite item to use is heat fix crystals that require a special heating tool to use (not the Imaginise Brand). I will also use Crystal Effects or hot glue on the backs of larger items to ensure they stick! I am like "gonescrappin", I want my embellishments to stay forever.

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  48. I usually add a Glue Dot or a dab of Tombow to my bling. Otherwise I find pearls and rhinestones around the house in the most unusual places when they have fallen off my cards. Many times I've found them stuck to my sleeve or on my pants. Now that looks funny.

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  49. If I can get the gem off the backing paper it is packaged on with consistency, then I don't add any extra adhesive. I usually only use them on my pages, so the sheet protector helps hold them on.

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  50. I like to glue my them myself. I know from using self stick gems at home they don't always stick.

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  51. It depends on whether I'm mailing or hand delivering. I would probably put either a glue dot or cut a piece of score tape. Is your butterfly 2"?

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  52. I have learned from experience not to trust the adhesive on the gems. I always add a little to help it out. I either use glue dots or Scotch quick dry. I have just started using gems from DCWV and they seem to hold pretty well. Time will tell.
    vballen at comcast dot net

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  53. we have as much snow as you. Hubby is snowblowing as I type. Ilike embellishments and Im sorryCreative Charms is no longer available .When they had their last sale I was not able to buy. I really liked what they offered. Sometimes I may use a little GLOSSY Effects.. that is good. DawnRI

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  54. I use an I-rock tool and also usually depend on the self stick bling to stick on cards.

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  55. I haven't had any trouble with the adhesive holding. I love the bling. lol

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  56. I love to use bling on pages and cards. Most of the time, I just trust the adhesive or use glossy accents to hold them in place.

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  57. I usually trust the sticky on the back of the shiny. On special projects I will add some glossy accents first to make sure they don't fall off too soon.

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  58. I've actually never worried about the glue on the embellishments not sticking. I've used Marcella and K & Company, and so far have not had any problems.

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  59. I love using jewels and bling on my projects, especially cards. I find that they don't always adhere real well especially on textured cardstock so I usually add a glue dot or 2. I haven't really found any to be better or worse than others, I just play it safe and add my own! A lot of the chipboard embellies that are glittery I find don't stick too well either and I always make sure I have about 2-3 boxes of the mini glue dots!

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  60. Zip Dry is my go to liquid adhesive. Works every time and dries clear. Use it on EVERYTHING!

    As I typed this I noticed the temp on the TV says 67 degrees. The sun shined most of the day and it was a good day to be outside. Hope you soon see days like this in your area!

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  61. IT depends on what I put the sparkles on. Cards usually will hold ok. If I don't think it will or it is a scrapbook page I add a tiny bit of Scott's quick Dry. Here in West Tennessee we have been lucky. Granted we don't get much snow WE GET ICE. I wish today's temps up to you. I just went to water in my little greenhouse. I'm dressed only in my work scrubs and it is 66 degrees at 5:30.

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  62. I usually add extra adhesive too. I love seeing all your winter pictures. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  63. I see how the adhesive holds before I decide weather or not to use glue, most sticky backs hold quite nicely.
    Janet

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  64. That snow looks pretty deep! We've been getting our share of it here in NW Ohio also. I'm ready to trade the ice skates for a bicycle.
    I usually use a drop of glossy accents in order to ensure that any little gems will stick to my cards or layouts.

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  65. Boxes look very interesting! I do not often use jewels, but like them. I use the adhesive on the gem. If it seems well attached, I go with that. If not, I use a little quick dry. Be careful while shoveling! Kathie Dobbins. Kdobbins194807 at yahoo dot com.

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  66. Mmm wouldn't I love to get a box! I usually just stick to the adhesive that comes with it, though I do like those little 3-d foam dots with adhesive on each side- they work surprisingly well!

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  67. I don't trust the glue backing so I put a little dab of Scotch quick-dry. No problems yet.

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  68. I don't trust the adhesive backing--I want my projects to stay together forever, so I use extra adhesive!

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  69. I haven't had any problems with the adhesive backing, but I did get a ton of loose rhinestones from a vendor at a Scrapbook Expo a couple years back. No adhesive on those, so I adhere them with Ranger Matte Accents. Works like a charm, er... gem! :-)

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  70. I also use extra adhesives to make sure nothing comes off or apart.

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  71. I usually will see if the adhesive backs seems strong enough, if not I will add a little glue to the back. I love using embellishments. Love your cards with all the bling.

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  72. I'm really looking forward to hearing about your thoughts on the Explore!
    I also own 2 circuits (1 &Expression) and now the Silhouette !! Gypsy etc..
    Quoting your blog " when is enough enough)!! True crafter "nevaaaaa ".. Is it great merchandising on there part or a great need to .. You never know.. 'This could be better!!"? Love your website!! First time commenting!! :)

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  73. I usually don't use extra adhesive, but if I do, it is Glossy Accents.

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  74. I do use embellishments that stick on, but I've never added extra adhesive, nor do I have a favorite brand. Not very interesting. carjo40@gmail.com

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  75. I love bling! I've never added any extra adhesive. A couple years ago, you posted an offer from a site that was selling lots of jewels. I purchased it and still have a few left. I can't remember what brand but they work really well. Thanks!! anticil at comcast dot net

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  76. I usually test the bling after application, if it sticks well, I'm good. If not, add adhesive. I almost always use bling every time! Gotta have it! Loving your boxes, fingers crossed :)

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  77. I usually trust the bling's own adhesive, but if it seems iffy I use a tiny glue dot. Love looking in the boxes - I've been out of pocket a bunch this past week, and seem to have missed a few posts. There is a lot more in there than the last time I looked.

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  78. I've always used the adhesive on the back of the bling. I've used many different brands and haven't noticed an issue.

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  79. I use them as they come out of the package. So far I've never had any problems. If I find bling with no adhesive, I use Aleene's tacky glue (love this thing).

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  80. So glad you are getting the Explore. You are such a big help to me. I found, you need additional adhesive for pre-glued bling. Now using Art Glitter Glue, very good.

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  81. I don;t think you are too obsessed! When you plan and create things you want them to turn out like you planned them, not crooked and sad. I bought a Zing because I just got fed up with the lack of precision with the cricut.

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  82. I usually don't have problems with gems, but if I do, I find a litte Glossy Accents works perfectly. I also have a collection of glue dots that come in handy a lot of times.

    Jo xx

    gijo109 at sbcglobal dot net

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  83. I am a fairly trusting soul so I usually just go with what came on the gem. I do collect gems I have to admit I love Bling! I have bling from many places and I really am not prejudice I will buy any that sparkle at me :)

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  84. I'm sorry you have so much snow! But I have to tell you, your pictures are amazing! I live in Sunny California - we don't see unless we drive up to the mountains, and we've had such a dry year! We haven't had any snow :-(
    I usually use zip dry or glossy accents to make sure my embellishments stay on - especially if they are on a card. If I'm embellishing something for myself, I usually trust the adhesive it comes with. My thought is, I can always go back and re-glue it if I need to!

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  85. If the adhesive does not work on the back of gems or other items, I use glue dots, CTMH bonding memories glue, or CTMH liquid glass.
    Rebecca
    rebccajholley [at] gmail [dot] com

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  86. I used to trust the sticky back, but after sending my mom a card and she told me that 4 out of the 5 gems came off, I've started to add glue to all my gems. I wonder if it had something to do with the cold that they popped off in the mail?

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  87. I don't use a lot of gems, but if I do find some that aren't sticking well I find that glossy accents works well.

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  88. I never thought about that... I trust most of the gems and pearls I put on my projects and the only time I recall adding adhesive is when I see evidence of slippage while I am creating... I think I may have to look into this...

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  89. I love antyhing that I don't have to use extra glue on. The easier the better.

    Hugs, Jenn Zeeb

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  90. I am a FB follower

    Hugs, Jenn Zeeb

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  91. I depends on how hard it is to get the embellishment off the packaging. If it pop right off I add a glue dot. If I have to struggle to get it off then I don't use additional adhesive.

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