The ultimate paper craft multi-tool – Take Your Pick

The Stampin’ Up! Take Your Pick tool is a bit like the Swiss Army knife of paper crafting! Do you struggle to pick up sequins, paper accents and other small objects? Do you struggle to release card stock from dies and die cuts? Do you struggle to remove the backing from Tear & Tape? If so, the Take Your Pick tool is for you! It can help with these and many other applications.

What is the Take Your Pick tool?

The Take Your Pick is a multipurpose pickup and precision tool which simplifies fiddly paper crafting tasks. The basic tool is double-ended with a tacky putty tip at one end for picking up stubborn sequins and small accents, and a changeable tip at the other. This tip accommodates a mini spatula, paper piercer or one of two styluses for scoring or shaping.

What else?!

If that’s not enough for you, the putty is also available as a pack of two refill tips and you can purchase a die brush tip which comes with foam pads to help remove small pieces from dies!

How much?

The Take Your Pick tool is just £9! Putty refills are £3.25 (pack of two), and the Die Brush Tip is £8.25 (brush and two foam pads). Which means, you can get all three for just £20.50! That’s such a bargain for a tool as useful as this – I wouldn’t be without mine.

Where can I buy it?

Use the links below to purchase your Take Your Pick tool now and see how easy those fiddly jobs become!

Already have one?

Do you already have the Take Your Pick tool? If so, I’d love to hear which fiddly tasks you use yours for. Why not email me?

Questions?

If you have any questions or comments about the Take Your Pick tool, or anything else, please leave them below or email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

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Happy crafting, h x

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The content of this Blog, Youtube video, website, or other internet, or written medium is the sole responsibility of Helen Chapman as an Independent Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator (UK) and the use of and content of classes, services or products offered is not endorsed by Stampin’ Up!® My original designs are displayed for your enjoyment and inspiration. Please do NOT use any of my original designs for publication, contests or anything that may be in competition with me or Stampin’ Up!®

Honey Bee Clipboard

Welcome to the fourth, and final, instalment of my Stampin’ Up! Honey Bee Stamp Set Showcase. If you have missed the first three posts you can find them here… part 1, part 2 and part 3.

This week I wanted to feature something a little different. I can’t be the only person who can never find their notebook? It lives on my craft desk and ends up underneath all sorts of things so I decided it needed a ‘place’. I bought a number of blank clipboards a while ago and realised that I could clip my notebook in and hang it up. Then I’d always know where to find it when I needed to see what was next on my ‘to do’ list. However, I wasn’t going to clip my gorgeous Bird Ballad DSP notebook to a boring brown clipboard was I?! No, it just had to be the Golden Honey DSP which you can get for FREE with a qualifying order during the Sale-A-Bration promotion! For more details, see here.

Let’s make it…

Firstly I chose one of the black and gold patterned papers from the Stampin’ Up! Golden Honey DSP pack. These papers are so luxurious! I measured the clipboard and adhered the paper. I needed to do this in sections so you can see the join at the top. I put the join here as it will mostly be covered by the notebook and the focal pieces are at the bottom. You could try harder to match the pattern but I was happy with this. I rounded the corners with a craft knife.

I then created the flower embellishments using the Daisy and Medium Daisy Punches. These were cut from Gold Foil Sheets. The centres of the flowers is Basic Black cardstock cut out using the 0.5″ Circle Punch. I adhered the flowers to the DSP using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Next I created the sentiment piece. I used the 2″ and 2.25″ Circle Punches to cut out pieces of Gold Foil Sheet and Basic Black cardstock respectively. I the used the Detailed Bee dies to cut a detailed bee from Basic Black cardstock and the honeycomb from Gold Foil Sheet. Remember to keep the little hexagons! The sentiment piece itself was created by heat embossing in Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder onto Basic Black cardstock and cut out using one of the Stitched Rectangle dies. I layered everything together using Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive and adhered it to the DSP using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The final touch was to adhere a few of the Gold Foil Sheet hexagons onto the DSP and I was ready to clip in my notebook and hang on my craft room wall. I can’t promise I’ll never lose my notebook again but I’ll certainly have a very pretty clipboard!

Next time…

I hope you have enjoyed my Honey Bee stamp set showcase. I have certainly enjoyed creating the projects and sharing them with you. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below or email me at: helen@papercraftlife.com

My Stamp Set Showcase for February will feature the super-cute Stampin’ Up! Bonanza Buddies stamp set.

If you would like to purchase any of the items used in today’s project (or any other Stampin’ Up! products) simply click the links below and you’ll head straight to my online shop.

Happy crafting, h x

Product list…

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The content of this Blog, Youtube video, website, or other internet, or written, medium is the sole responsibility of Helen Chapman as an Independent Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator (UK) and the use of and content of classes, services or products offered is not endorsed by Stampin’ Up!® My original designs are displayed for your enjoyment and inspiration. Please do NOT use any of my original designs for publication, contests or anything that may be in competition with me or Stampin’ Up!®

Golden Honey DSP Card

Hello and welcome to the third instalment of my Stampin’ Up! Honey Bee Stamp Set Showcase. If you missed the previous posts, you can find them here… part 1, part 2. This week I really wanted to make a card using the gorgeous Golden Honey Speciality DSP which you can earn for FREE with a £45 spend during the Sale-A-Bration event! If you would like more information about Sale-A-Bration feel free to email me: helen@papercraftlife.com or shop now.

Let’s make it…

The card base is created from Whisper White thick cardstock and I have followed this with a layer of Basic Black cardstock. The main card front is a piece of Whisper White cardstock which I have stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink with the two flower images from the Stampin’ Up! Honey Bee stamp set. Alternatively, you could use a piece of the DSP which has a very similar design.

I have cut three circles from the DSP using the 2″ circle punch and adhered two of them directly to the card front. The sentiment is stamped onto Whisper White cardstock and cut out using the Stitched Rectangles. A larger Stitched Rectangle has been cut out of Basic Black and these have been layered together. However, I have offset them to give a slightly different effect.

The third DSP circle is adhered to the sentiment piece. I have also cut out a piece of Gold Foil Sheet using the Classic Label punch. The cut out was then snipped in half and both sections adhered to the back of the sentiment piece. The whole piece was then adhered to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The black, white and gold foil combination from the DSP has been carried throughout the card and gives a sophisticated look. I think this card is really simple and effective and would be perfect for those people who are not so keen on bright colours.

Next time…

I hope you have enjoyed this blog post. Please join me again next week for another project featuring the Stampin’ Up! Honey Bee stamp set. In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments you can leave them below or email me at: helen@papercraftlife.com

If you would like to purchase any of the item used in this project (or any other Stampin’ Up! products), simply click the links below and you’ll head straight to my online shop.

Product list…

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Honey Bee Watercolour Gift Tag

Hello and welcome to part 2 of my Stampin’ Up! Honey Bee Stamp Set Showcase. If you missed last week’s post, you can find it here.

As many of you will know, I love creating gift tags, lots of gift tags! Recently I have been making a lot of tags with watercolour elements. I know that a lot of people are wary of water-colouring but if you start simple you can create stunning projects and, the more you practice, the better you will get. With that in mind I wanted to explain how I created this gorgeous Honey Bee gift tag with a watercolour background.

Let’s make it…

I start by cutting out my basic tag shape. For this I trim a piece of Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper to 2″ x 4″ and use either the Scalloped Tag Topper or Delightful Tag Topper punch for the top, and the Detailed Trio Punch for the bottom corners.

Next I stamped the bee image and the sentiment in Stazon Jet Black ink. It is important to use the correct type of ink at this stage because anything water-based will smudge when you apply the water.

The first step in creating the watercolour wash is to apply the water to the paper. I like to use quite a thick brush at this stage but you can experiment to see what you find easiest. You need to apply a reasonable amount of water but don’t completely flood the paper. Again experiment until you achieve the desired result.

I then press my smallest Clear Block (A) into the required ink pad so that it becomes a mini pallet. In this case I used Pineapple Punch. Pick the ink up off the block using an Aqua Painter and touch it onto the wet watercolour paper. The ink will quickly transfer and start to spread. Keep applying the ink until you achieve the required shade. I then leave it to dry naturally but you can use a heat gun if you’re in a rush (be careful though as it may move the water and ink around).

Stampin’ Up! Honey Bee Watercolour Gift Tag by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

As I finishing touch, I have used a length of Pineapple Punch Grosgrain Ribbon.

As with most things in crafting, the key here is not to be afraid to experiment. Try different brushes, different amounts of water and different amounts of ink until you are happy with the results. The great thing about tags is that they are a small, less intimidating canvas and if it doesn’t work you have only used a small amount of paper. You’ll get the hang of it sooner than you think and then you can move on to bigger projects or colouring images rather than just creating a background wash.

Next time…

I’ll be back next week with more inspiration using the Stampin’ Up! Honey Bee stamp set. In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments, please leave them below or email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

If you would like to purchase any of the items featured in this project (or any other Stampin’ Up! products), simply click the links below and you’ll head straight to my online shop.

Happy crafting, h x

Product list…

Product List