3D M-Bossabilities from Spellbinders

Hello Crafts ‘n things community! Spellbinders is thrilled to be sharing a tutorial using our new 3D M-Bossabilities with you on the blog today! Spellbinders entered the craft and hobby market in 2003 and we’ve been innovating ever since. This newest product is no exception!

You’ll love the realistic, sculpted surfaces and dynamic letterpress capabilities. These folders measure 5″x7″ in size and are perfect for A7 size cards. They even produce amazing pieces for “fussy cutting”! Take a peek at our brief tutorials below and fall in love with the unique, new Spellbinders® 3D M-Bossabilities™.

This card was designed by Spellbinders Blog Team member Heidi Blankenship. She’s featured E3D-003 Delightful Daisies. Heidi also used a letterpress technique to get the dazzling golden effect on her card.

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Instructions:

Lightly mist the front and back of the paper to loosen up the fibers in the paper.  This will give you an even deeper and crisper emboss.

Next, use a brayer to apply the Golden Glitz ink to the 3-D Embossing Folder for prefect coverage of the ink.  If you do happen to get some ink in an area that you don’t want, simply use a Q-tip to remove the ink.

The 3-D Embossing Folder is a little bit thicker than the M-Bossabilites™ folders so the sandwich is a little bit different.  Starting from the bottom up, layer the plates in this order:  B Embossing Plate, 3-D Embossing Folder and D Adapter Plate.  You will use this sandwich for both the larger plates and junior plates.  Once you have your plates lined up, run them through the Grand Calibur.

Next, use a Q-tip with Memento™ Desert Sand and Rich Cocoa inks to add some darker colors and shading to the daisies, butterfly and banner.  Then use Rich Cocoa ink to stamp the flourish and StazOn® Timber Brown for the sentiment.  The stamp set CL-04390 Butterfly Dreams is a CHA Release from JustRite Papercraft.

Layer Posh Milk Chocolate for a mat behind the embossed paper and then add some gold metallic string and beads to dangle on the side. Adhere it to a Champagne Metallic card base. To finish off the card I added a clear glaze and pearls to the flower centers and the body of the butterfly.

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Garden Markers

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Stamp clay garden markers to keep track of your plants this year while adding a touch of class to your garden décor.

Materials

  • Oven-bake polymer clay, in color of choice
  • Copper wire: 10-gauge, 36” lengths, two; 18-gauge, 24” length
  • Bead of choice, 1⁄4”

Tools

  • Stamps of choice (designer used script wording, dragonfly, flowers, and grass)
  • Metallic rub-on finish, in color of choice
  • Acrylic brayer or rolling pin
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven
  • Clay-dedicated pasta machine (optional)

Basic Supplies

toothpick, craft knife, pliers

Directions

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to condition clay; roll to 1⁄4” thickness. For each sign, cut two rectangles of desired size (1-3⁄4”x2” shown in photo); shape edges as desired by pressing with fingers

STEP 2

Stamp one rectangle. Indent wording of choice with toothpick. Apply rub-on finish.

STEP 3

For stake-style marker as shown on right in photo, press 10-gauge wire length against remaining rectangle, leaving portion of wire above and below rectangle. Place stamped rectangle on top, matching edges; press together. Apply additional rub-on finish to sides.

STEP 4

For double hanging-style marker as shown on left in photo, slide bead onto 18-gauge wire length. Position and press wire length against two remaining rectangles, leaving portion of wire above and below rectangles and small portion with bead between them. Place stamped rectangles on top of rectangles, matching edges; press together. Apply additional rub-on finish to sides.

STEP 5

Bake at 265° for 25 minutes. Let cool. Use pliers to shape wire as desired.

STEP 6

For hanging post, use Figure 1 as guide to shape post from 10-gauge wire. Hang marker.

Figure 1

by Linda Welsh-Peterson

Little Lamb Shower Centerpiece

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Plastic-foam shapes, some ribbon, and a few yards of fun-to-use loopy chenille are all you need to create this shower show-stopper. After the shower, Little Lamb becomes a cherished nursery memento – a sweet reminder of the very first party thrown in baby’s honor!

Materials

  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Shapes, one each: egg, 2-15⁄16”x3-1⁄16”, 3-7⁄8”x5-7⁄8”; disc, 1” thick, 10” diameter
  • White jumbo loopy chenille, 4-1⁄2 yds.
  • Tulle, 45” wide, color of choice, 1⁄2 yd.
  • Ribbon: satin, 3⁄8” wide, color of choice, 1⁄3 yd.; baby-print satin or grosgrain, 7⁄8” wide, color of choice, 2 yds.; organdy, 1-1⁄2” wide, color of choice, 1 yd.
  • Wooden items: craft stick, one; dowel, 1⁄4” diameter, 18 inches long
  • Pink animal nose, 12mm
  • Black animal eyes, 9mm, two
  • Gold jingle bell, 3⁄4”
  • White cloth-covered floral wire, 9” length

Tools

  • Pink powdered blush
  • Floral pins
  • Low-temperature glue gun or thick craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, ruler, handsaw, cotton-tip swab, metal nail file

Directions

STEP 1

For lamb body, cut one two-yard length from loopy chenille. Pin one end of chenille length to narrow end of large egg; narrow end of egg becomes lamb’s chest. Coil chenille around body to cover, spot gluing as you go. Pin free end of chenille to wide end of body to secure. Set body aside.

STEP 2

For head, cut one-yard length from loopy chenille. In same way as body, cover smaller egg for head; narrow end of egg becomes lamb’s face.

STEP 3

To join head to body, insert one half of craft stick into center side of head. Remove craft stick; coat one end with glue and re-insert glued end into head. Insert opposite end of craft stick into body. When pleased with angle of head, remove head/craft stick assembly from body. Apply glue to end of craft stick and re-insert into body. Set head/body aside.

STEP 4

For legs, cut four 4-1⁄2” lengths from wooden dowel and four 8” lengths from loopy chenille. Each leg is made in same way. Adhere one end of chenille to one end of dowel. Spiral wrap chenille around dowel, spot gluing as you go. Leave 3⁄4” unwrapped at end of each leg.

STEP 5

To attach legs to body, apply thin layer of glue to exposed dowel; push legs into bottom of body so legs rest at slight outward angle from body. Legs should be about 1-3⁄4” apart where they join body. Front legs should be inserted about 2” behind chest area; back legs should be inserted about 1” from rear of body.

STEP 6

For face, use scissors to trim chenille loops from 2-1⁄2” diameter circle. Be careful not to clip too much or the wire inside the chenille will be exposed. Adhere eyes and nose to face. Use cotton-tip swab or finger to apply blush to cheeks.

STEP 7

For ears and tail, cut three 6” lengths from loopy chenille. Fold each length in half; twist ends to secure. Adhere two lengths, 2-1⁄2” apart, to top of head for ears. Adhere remaining length to back of lamb for tail. Ears should curve downward toward face; tail should stand up straight. Set lamb aside.

STEP 8

To make the base, cut one 32” length from baby-print ribbon. Adhere one end of ribbon to edge of plastic-foam disc. Wrap ribbon around disc; adhere free end of ribbon to secure. Center and adhere lamb to top of base.

STEP 9

To finish base, use metal nail file to tuck finger-gathered tulle into base under and around lamb.

STEP 10

For lamb’s collar, wrap and adhere 3⁄8” wide satin ribbon around neck; trim ribbon ends as needed. Adhere jingle bell to bottom of collar, left of center.

STEP 11

For ear bow, cut 8” length from baby-print ribbon. Fold ribbon into 3”-wide two-loop bow with 1-1⁄2” tails and center loop. Cut floral wire into three 3” lengths. Twist one floral wire length around center of bow; trim wire ends and adhere bow to ear as shown.

STEP 12

For base bow, tie organdy ribbon into 6”-wide four-loop bow with two 3” tails. Wrap center of bow with floral wire; trim wire ends. From remaining baby-print ribbon, tie 4”-wide four-loop bow with two 3” tails and center loop. Wrap center of bow with remaining floral wire. Wire baby-print bow to center of organdy bow, twisting wire ends to secure; trim wire ends. Adhere bow to base on left side of lamb.

by Muriel Spencer

Baby Jar Animal Favors

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

These baby elephants, giraffes, and monkeys are ready to help celebrate the arrival of your little one!

Materials

  • Baby food jars, three
  • Felt: 9”x12” sheets: yellow, blue, brown, tan
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Curling ribbon: 12” lengths, three each: blue, yellow, pink
  • Thread: black, white
  • Black seed beads, six
  • Assorted plastic baby trinkets
  • Candy

Tools

  • Sewing machine
  • DecoArt Antique Lace No-Prep Metal Paint
  • Powdered blush
  • Chenille stems
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives Gem-tac Permanent Adhesive, glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

scissors, sponge, needle, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Favors

(Note: Materials listed are for set of three.)

1. Remove labels from baby food jars; wash and let dry. On covered work surface, sponge lids Antique Lace; set aside.

2. Cut out patterns and felt as indicated. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print patterns.) Machine or hand stitch coordinating pieces together with white thread, leaving small openings for stuffing. Stuff pieces; stitch openings closed. (Note: Stuff body pieces firmly in order for characters to stand upright.)

3. Use black thread to sew beads to faces for eyes and monkey’s nose. Apply blush to animals’ cheeks and monkey’s ears, hands, and feet.

4. Use glue gun to adhere the following: elephant’s ears to head and arms to body; giraffe’s neck to center back of arms. Use craft glue to adhere body and feet to jars. Wrap chenille stems around body pieces to hold in place while drying. Adhere spots to giraffe’s neck.

5. For each jar, tie center of three ribbon lengths together and curl ends. Tie trinkets to ribbon centers; adhere to jar lids. Fill jars with candy.

Baby Shower Games

Check out the list below for a few fun games to play at your next baby shower.

  • Measure the Mother-To-Be: Place spools of ribbon and scissors at tables. Ask guests to each cut a length that they think will fit perfectly around the mom-to-be’s belly. The closest length wins.
  • Diaper the Baby: Divide guests into pairs. Provide each pair with a baby doll, diaper, and doll clothing. The teams must diaper and dress the dolls using only one hand. The fastest dressers win.
  • Candy Count: Fill a plastic baby bottle with small candies. Have guests guess the number of candies in the bottle.
  • Stork Bingo: Photocopy and pass out blank bingo cards. Have guests fill in squares with items they think the mom-to-be will receive as gifts. As gifts are opened, guests mark items on cards until someone marks off a row (Bingo).
  • New Wardrobe: Place a onesie or baby shirt at each place setting, and fabric paints in center of table. Guests decorate a new “wardrobe” for baby. (Insert cardboard between layers of clothing to protect back sides while painting.)
  • Baby Name Race: Provide guests with paper and pen. See who can come up with the most names in one minute. Do girls’ names, then boys’ names.
  • Advice for the New Mom: Decorate a sheet of paper with a “baby theme” (footprints, duckies, etc.). Have guests write advice to the new mom. Place all sheets together in a nice scrapbook for her.

by Debbie Kolehmainen

Bunting Flag Necklace

Recently my friend, Ann Butler, sent me these fun stamps from her new stamp line “Faux Quilting” from Unity Stamps. I love to stamp on fabric and decided they would be perfect for creating patterns on scrap pieces I found in my stash.

I gathered some fabric, a new stabilizer I am trying out called Phoomph for Fabric from Coats and Clark, some Staz-on ink, and an iron.

The stamps are available in a variety of patterns. I used the 1” stamps “Diamonds and Plaid” and “Leaves All Over.” To stamp, simply mount the stamps on an acrylic block. Apply Staz-on ink and stamp onto fabric several times.

Once I started stamping, I got the idea to create a bunting flag necklace. So I stamped onto the fabric several times. Keep the stamped images close together so that you will have plenty of room to cut out triangle shapes for the bunting flags.

Phoomph is very easy to use. Simply peel the top layer of paper away and apply to the wrong side of the fabric. Phoomph is a double-sided adhesive fabric stabilizer. I used it for the necklace to give the bunting flags more body since I was creating a necklace. I left the back side of the paper on. Make yourself a simple bunting flag template by cutting out a simple triangle shape from a scrap piece of cardstock, cardboard, etc. I used the Phoomph packaging.

Use the template to trace and cut out several bunting flags.

To finish the edges, use a sewing machine and thread to sew a straight stitch on the edges. Sew directly through the fabric, stabilizer and paper on the back. I used black thread for contrast. Use a heavy-duty hole punch to punch two holes for stringing on the edges of the bunting flags.

Decide how long you want your bunting flag necklace to be. Cut a length of black satin cord and string on bunting flags by inserting one end through the right hole on the flag and working front to back, then back to front. Once I got my bunting flags strung on the cording, I decided that they needed to be a little heavier so they would stay in place while being worn on a necklace. I glued pennies to the back of each one using tacky glue.

To complete the bunting flag necklace stamped with Ann Butler’s Unity Stamps, attach a looped finding on the end of the satin cording.

Live Life Creatively,

 

 

 

Melony Bradley (www.mel-designs.typepad.com)

Retro Thanks Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Express your gratitude to someone who made you feel special with a fun retro “thanks” card.

Materials

  • Cardstock: pink, blue, purple
  • Coordinating patterned paper: floral, stripe
  • Blue flower brads, large

Tools

  • Stamp: thanks
  • Clearsnap ColorBox Lavender Fluid Chalk Ink
  • EK Success Paper Shapers Whale of a Punch Retro Flower Punch, Large
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Make 5-1/2”x4-1/4” pink top-fold card.

STEP 2

Cut 4”x5-1/4” piece from blue cardstock; adhere to card front. Cut 2-1/4”x5-1/4” piece from floral paper; adhere to top portion of blue cardstock. Cut 1-5/8”x5-1/4” piece from striped paper; adhere to bottom portion of blue cardstock.

STEP 3

Punch two flowers from pink cardstock and one from purple cardstock. Adhere flowers centered on card front over paper seam as shown, starting at left side. Attach brad to center of each flower.

STEP 4

Stamp sentiment on pink cardstock; trim and adhere to bottom right corner of card front.

by Melanie Douthit

Potted Baseball Player

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Fill this Potted Baseball Player’s head with gift cards or treats and you’ll have the perfect coach’s gift! Or, use this fun little guy to hold silverware at your next baseball party.

Materials

  • Terra cotta items: 8” pots, two; 10” saucer
  • DecoArt Patio Paints: Geranium Red, Cloud White, Antique Mum, Sprout Green, Wrought Iron Black, Pinecone Brown, Citrus Green
  • Black craft foam, 2mm, 9”x12” sheet

Tools

  • Robert Simmons Expression by Daler-Rowney Paintbrushes: size 8 flat shader; sizes 12, 5, 3 pointed round; size 0 liner; sponge brush
  • Painter’s tape, 1” wide
  • Beacon Adhesives Kids Choice! Glue

Basic Supplies

paper, pencil, scissors, ruler, paper plate (for palette), paper towels, transparent tape, transfer paper, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

  • Print and cut out patterns. Follow directions on patterns. (Note: Apply two and possibly three coats of paint to each surface, allowing paint to dry between coats.) For base, turn saucer upside down; use sponge brush and Sprout Green to paint bottom and outside surface of saucer on covered work surface. Use Cloud White to paint bottom and outside surface of one pot (body) and rim of other pot. For head, use Antique Mum to paint remaining portion of pot with white rim.

STEP 2

  • Paint the base by applying two coats of Citrus Green to saucer rim and rim ledge; allow paint to dry between coats. For grass blades, fill or load liner brush with Citrus Green; starting at rim ledge, pull brush up and away from rim. Continue to paint grass blades around entire saucer, applying strokes in different directions and overlapping into each other.

STEP 3

  • For body, turn white pot upside down on work surface. To create shirt stripes, apply painter’s tape vertically to body, spacing each piece approximately 1⁄2” apart; use pencil to lightly trace along edges. For shoes, place transfer paper between pattern and rim of pot; trace pattern onto rim so bottom edges are aligned. In same manner, transfer arm pattern onto body so arms are centered to shoes and aligned with top edge of body.

STEP 4

  • To paint the body, see photo. (Note: Apply two coats of paint as needed, allowing paint to dry between coats.) Paint Pinecone Brown mitt, Antique Mum hands, Cloud White baseball, and Wrought Iron Black shoes. Use Geranium Red and shader brush to paint stripes on shirt and sleeves; use liner brush to apply curve lines on baseball. Use Wrought Iron Black and liner brush to outline sleeves, hands, mitt, and baseball; apply stitch lines on baseball curve lines. Use Geranium Red and shader brush to paint a collar line around top of shirt as shown.

STEP 5

  • To paint head, see photo. For face, place transfer paper between pattern and side of pot; trace pattern onto pot. To paint hair, turn pot upside down. In same manner as grass, fill or load liner brush with Pinecone Brown; starting at rim ledge, pull brush up and away from rim. Continue to paint hair strands around entire pot applying strokes in different directions and overlapping into each other. Let dry. Turn pot right side up. Paint eyes Cloud White. Use Wrought Iron Black to paint pupils and inner mouth. Let dry. Use Geranium Red to paint nose and tongue. For cheeks, load #12 round brush with Geranium Red and tap brush straight up and down a few times on paper towel to work paint into bristles; gently tap brush to each end of smile. Use Cloud White and liner brush to highlight dot eyes, cheeks, and nose. Use Wrought Iron Black and liner brush to outline eyes, nose, smile, and chin line.

STEP 6

  • To assemble, turn head pot upside down. See photo. Place hat brim on pot ledge, centering brim to face; use pencil to mark ends of brim on pot. Remove brim. Apply glue to pot ledge between pencil marks; allow glue to set for a minute or two. Adhere brim in place. Let dry. Turn head right side up. Apply glue along bottom edge of body; adhere bottom of body to top of base. Apply glue to top of body; adhere bottom of head to top of body.

by Annie Lang

Blooming Dies & Butterflies Canvas

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Use Spellbinders multi-faceted dies to craft custom, garden-inspired wall art that blooms with amazing texture and subtle metallic shimmer.

Materials

  • Canvas Corp. Canvas Home Basics Design Stretched Burlap Canvas, 10”x10”
  • Cardstock: brown, cream, black solid; cream, blue patterned metallic
  • Patterned papers: blue, cream, burgundy, green
  • May Arts Burlap: Tan Twine, Green Twine, Green Ribbon

Tools

  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Shapeabilities Dies: Celtic Motifs S5-163, Les Papillions S4-371, Botanical Swirls and Accents S5-146
  • Ranger Liquid Pearls Gold Pearl Dimensional Paint
  • Antique brown ink pad
  • Blue mica flakes
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, cosmetic wedge sponge

Directions

size

10″x10″

STEP 1

With Celtic Motifs #2 centered inside #3, die cut/emboss four shapes from assorted papers and metallic cardstock. Before removing die template from each piece, sponge ink through openings to stencil design. Cut three motifs in half. (Note: Set aside extra pieces for future project or coordinating card design.)

STEP 2

Die cut/emboss Celtic Motifs #3 from cardstock, one black, one cream, and two brown. Cut cream and brown motifs in half.

STEP 3

Die cut/emboss Botanical Swirls and Accents leaves and brackets, three or four each, from green paper.

STEP 4

Die cut/emboss Les Papillions #1 and #2 butterflies from burgundy papers; stencil ink through template openings.

STEP 5

Using foam squares, assemble and adhere die-cut motifs to create four flowers as shown.

STEP 6

Create flower centers from coiled tan twine using Fabri-Tac adhesive; let dry.

STEP 7

Using photo as guide, cut and adhere green twine lengths to canvas for flower stems and grass. Adhere leaves and brackets as shown. Adhere flowers to tops of stems. Let dry.

STEP 8

Cut and adhere green burlap ribbon across bottom of canvas, clipping edges to wrap corners. Let dry.

STEP 9

Use gold paint to dot base flowers through openings in upper flowers, creating dot border around outer edge of each flower.

STEP 10

Adhere butterfly bodies to two flowers using foam squares, leaving wings free. Highlight bodies and wings with gold paint; let dry.

STEP 11

Adhere mica flakes to top of canvas for sky; let dry.

Tip

  • Look for the Spellbinders Celtic Motifs sister set, Celtic Accents, to expand your design options with an intricate knot border, tags, and additional design elements.

by Candy Rosenberg for Spellbinders (www.spellbinderscreativearts.com)

Bead and Craft Foam Flag

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Celebrate the Memorial Day holiday! Here’s a quick-and-easy project to make that’s great for any patriotic celebration.

Materials

  • Craft foam: blue, white
  • White iridescent cording, 112” length
  • Pony beads: 49 red, 42 white

Tools

  • Hole punch, 1/8”
  • Beacon Adhesives Craft Foam Glue

Basic Supplies

paper, pencil, scissors, ruler, transparent tape

Directions

STEP 1

Print and cut out pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Follow directions on pattern.

STEP 2

Cut blue craft foam to 2-3/4” square. To make the flag, see Figure 1. Use hole punch to punch nine holes in blue foam where indicated by dots. Cut seven 15” lengths and one 7” length from cord. Wrap a small piece of tape around each cord end and twist tape into points. (Note: The tape makes it easier to thread cording through holes and beads.) Thread both ends of each 15” length through bottom holes of square from back to front, then thread ends through loop formed by cord, and pull cord ends tight. See photo. Thread seven red beads and six white beads onto each cord group alternating colors, beginning and ending with red beads. Repeat same for remaining cord groups. Remove tape. Knot ends of each cording group 4” from bottom edge of blue foam square.

Figure 1

STEP 3

For hanging loop, thread each end of 7” cord through top holes of blue foam square from front to back. Knot cord ends at back to secure. See photo. Adhere star to center front of blue foam square. Let dry.

by Mary Ayres

Great Finds Friday: Books

Welcome to Great Finds Friday! Before we take a look at some fun craft books on the market, and give them away to three lucky readers, I want to announce the winners of the Zoom Creative Products prize package offered on the May 10th blog post. The winners of the Coloring Glitter Kits, as chosen by Random.org, are:

Terry Fowler, Sharon Gullikson, April Lopez and Shirley Hutchins

The winners of the StickPiction Magical Glitter Craft Kits for kids are:

Natasha Poteraj, Marilyn Tucker, Nancy Siebert and Donna W.

Congratulations, winners! I will contact you with more prize info via email.

Zoom Creative Products has generously offered Crafts ‘n things readers an exclusive 50% discount on any order placed through June 30th! When you place your order, enter coupon code cnt and hit “apply” to get the discount.

Now, here are three craft titles available in your local book or craft store that will introduce you to the art of hand-carved stamps. Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win; winners will be announced here on June 7th.

Put Your Stamp On It: Stationery, Aprons, Totes, and More by Meagan Lewis, Chronicle Books, (www.chroniclebooks.com), ISBN: 9781452115719.

Stationery lovers, paper crafters, hand-printing enthusiasts and anyone looking to make personalized gifts will love the simple, colorful projects found in this book. From hand-stamped gift wrap, journals, and cards, to towels, totes, aprons, and hair accessories, each project is presented in the author’s engaging, easy style. Filled with templates and extra tips, Put Your Stamp On It is a great reference for beginners and experienced hand-carvers alike. The author includes excellent guidance on materials and tools, how to clean and care for hand-carved stamps, how to create your own custom color palette, and more. Artsy and inspiring chapters include Decorations, Gifts, Accessories, and Organizers. Project #13, the whisk-stamped Kitchen Apron, belongs in every crafty girl’s kitchen! Put Your Stamp On It retails for $19.95.

Stamp It! DIY Printing with Handmade Stamps: 45 Projects + 200 Motifs by Jenny Doh, Lark Crafts (www.larkcrafts.com), ISBN: 9781454703990.

Author Jenny Doh, former editor of Somerset Studio magazine and President and Founder of www.crescendoh.com, invites every crafter to expand the creative horizon through the versatile art form of stamping. In the opening chapter, Basics, Doh writes: “With a single stamp, you can customize stationery, embellish a tote bag, create a card, or personalize wrapping paper. You can design wedding invitations, print on T-shirts, or make unique placemats for your kids. You don’t have to take a single art class or know how to sketch. All you need is a stamp, ink, and a surface.”  In addition to giving great tips and techniques for rubber stamping, Doh also teaches that it’s easier than you think to carve and work with custom stamps.  The eclectic motifs included in the book, approximately 20 each from Jenny’s hand-selected group of contributors, can be used in countless ways on countless surfaces. Stamp It!  retails for $19.95.

I Heart Stationery: Fresh Inspirations for Handcrafted Cards, Note Cards, Journals & Other Paper Goods by Charlotte Rivers, Universe Publishing, an imprint of Rizzoli New York (www.rizzoliusa.com), ISBN:9780789324887.

I Heart Stationery presents work by stationery-industry designers from around the world, showcasing a number of different processes including screen printing, block printing, letterpress, hand illustrating and more. Block printing is the process of inking a design that has been carved into wood, linoleum, cork, rubber, vinyl or foam. Rivers tells readers that the art form originated in China and India and has been used for centuries to print images and patterns onto fabric. Gather all that knowledge and use it to create your own modern, hand-carved stamps, using the designs in this book as inspiration, or visit the blogs and websites of the included designers to purchase these texture-rich, visually exciting paper goods.  Rivers’ fabulous Resources section includes a list of suppliers for various techniques, popular blogs and online communities, tradeshows, and details of the contributors and where to find their crafts. I Heart Stationery retails for $24.95.

I’d like to send these beautiful books to three lucky winners! Leave a comment for a chance to win. We’ll announce the randomly-selected winners here on June 7th.

Happy Crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff