Category Archives: Cards and Scrapping

Foam Alpha Stamps from The Paper Studio (Crafts Etc.)


Does anyone (over the age of 9) actually use foam stamps? I bought a basic alphabet set from Hobby Lobby for $7.99 just to try them out. I’m debating whether or not I want to invest in a good alphabet set from Stampin’ Up so I figured I would try a cheapo set just to get started using them.

The jury is still out on this one. I’m not sure if I like the finished look, but I don’t have anything to compare it against either. I may have to cough up the $40 and just buy a set.

The Scraparatus! From Karen Foster Designs

The Scraparatus Card

My birthday came early this year! At least, my birthday present did. My sister bought me this tool from Karen Foster Designs called The Scraparatus! (Technically, The Scraparatus! doesn’t have an exclamation mark at the end of the name, but this thing is so cool, it warrants one. So from now on, you will see me refer to the Scraparatus as The Scraparatus!). My sister bought the special edition HSN version that came complete with a nifty little carrying case to match.

The ScraparatusBasically the The Scraparatus! is an all-in-one punch, embellish, die-cut tool with it’s interchangeable tips. The kit comes with:

  • Scraparatus die-cutter tool, measures approx. 5-14″L x 3/4″W
  • 2 Hole-punches – 1/8″ and 3/16″ tips
  • 2 Eyelet splitters – 1/8″ and 3/16″ tips
  • 2 Eyelet rounder – 1/8″ and 3/16″ tips
  • 2 Dies – star and tag tips
  • 15-piece set of dinky dies with key chain
  • Stomper for die-cutting
  • Stomp pad – 3-1/2″ x 2-1/4″
  • Stomp stone – 3-1/2″ x 2-1/4″
  • Instruction sheet
  • Blue compact box

I’ve been wanting to invest in a tool like this simple because the hammer and punch/eyelet setter was just too loud and annoying (my downstairs neighbors will attest to this).

With The Scraparatus!, punching holes now only take 1-2 loud taps to punch a hole or set an eyelet rather than several loud taps. I no longer have to annoy my neighbors 🙂

The die-cutting feature is an added bonus. After using a few of the included wafer-dies, I’ve noticed these take a few more taps. Still, this is a neat little feature and they’re a perfect size for card making. Although I’m still a little self-conscious about my embellishing, I think I’ve become less of an annoyance with The Scraparatus!