Warm Wishes Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Use embossing folders on cardstock or specialty holographic papers with amazing results. This card shows both types of paper after embossing, then the designs are tapped with a VersaMark ink pad and embossing powder to really accent the Snowflakes Embossing Folder. What a striking look!



Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil





1. Cut 5”x6-1/2” Black Suede paper panel for side-fold card; adhere to card front.

2. Following manufacturer’s instructions, cut and place 4-1/2″x6″ black cardstock panel inside the Snowflakes Embossing Folder and run through die-cutting machine. Trim embossed cardstock to 4″x5-1/2″.

3. Ink brayer with VersaMark ink by rolling it across pad until covered. (Note: You may also carefully ink the raised surface using the ink pad itself.) Very lightly roll brayer over embossed cardstock. Dust with White embossing powder, tap off excess, and heat set. Apply VersaMark ink again with brayer, dust with Kaleidoscope embossing powder, and re-heat to set. Mat panel on white cardstock with 1/16″ border and adhere to card center.

4. Use the Snowflakes Embossing Folder to emboss 3-1/2″x3-1/2″ Red Fireworks holographic paper and use method in Step 3 to heat emboss. Mat on Black Suede paper, then on white cardstock with 1/16″ borders and adhere on left of card front as shown.

5. Stamp and emboss “Warm WISHES” sentiment and snowflake onto 2-1/4″x5/8″ black cardstock strip using Snow Bird Small Stamp. Mat on white cardstock, then on Black Suede paper with 1/16″ borders. Adhere to card as shown using foam tape.

6. Adhere grosgrain ribbon on opposite corners of card front, tucking ends under Black Suede layer as shown. Tie grosgrain ribbon bow and adhere to upper ribbon using adhesive dot; cut ends in “V” as shown.

7. See the Embossing Folders free webisode at PaperWishes.com to see the inside of this card. It will air Oct. 9.


  • Very lightly rub the VersaMark ink pad over embossed designs to create tone-on-tone effects; create more vibrant results, as shown here, using layered embossing powders.

by Gail Booth for Hot Off The Press / Paper Wishes (www.paperwishes.com)


Peaceful Snowflake Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create stunning embossed backgrounds using My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies and Embossing Pad. It’s like getting two tools for the price of one!


  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Wild Cherry, Sweet Tooth
  • Aqua gems
  • Red/aqua baker’s twine


  • Die-cutting system and My Favorite Things Die-namics Jumbo Snowflake Die
  • My Favorite Things Embossing Pad Combo
  • My Favorite Things Inspired by Christmas Stamp Set
  • My Favorite Things Clearsnap ColorBox Black Licorice Premium Dye Ink Pad
  • Lifestyle Crafts QuickStik Precision Pick-Up and Placement Tool
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, liquid glue, foam tape, removable tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil




Peaceful Snowflake Card

1. Make 4-1/4”x5-1/2″ Wild Cherry top-fold card. Cut 4”x5-1/4″ Sweet Tooth cardstock panel.

2. Temporarily adhere Jumbo Snowflake die face down to Sweet Tooth panel with removable tape.

3. Place panel and die into die-cutting machine. (Note: Sandwich for ProvoCraft Cuttlebug machine is: A plate, B plate, thick embossing pad, cardstock with die temporarily adhered, second B plate.)

4. Run panel through die-cutting machine. Remove from machine and remove tape.

5. Using pick-up tool, adhere gems as shown with liquid glue. Stamp Black Licorice “Peace” sentiment at lower right corner of panel. Wrap baker’s twine twice around lower edge of panel; tie bow on left.

6. Adhere embossed panel to Wild Cherry card using foam tape.


  • Line inside of card with Sweet Tooth cardstock panel to make your holiday message easier to read.

by Barbara Anders for My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.com)

Great Finds Friday: Spellbinders 3D M-Bossabilities™ Embossing Folders

Welcome to Great Finds Friday! Today we’re going to look at new 3D M-Bossabilities Embossing Folders from Spellbinders. They were a huge hit at last winter’s Craft & Hobby Association Show in Anaheim, California! Everywhere I looked, crafters and shop owners were walking around with beautiful make-n-take projects from the Spellbinders booth.

Before I tell you more about this fun, new way to emboss, I want to announce the winner of our 6/7 Great Finds Friday giveaway. The winner of the Close To My Heart new-product pack, as chosen by Random.org, is: Kailee B. Congratulations, Kailee! I will be contacting you via email for your mailing address. Thanks to Close To My Heart for sponsoring this giveaway.

Now, on to today’s featured find! 3D M-Bossabilities Embossing Folders offer crafters a realism and level of detail in their embossed creations unlike anything else offered in the market. Designs literally jump off the page and can be easily enhanced with a variety of coloring mediums, including inks, watercolor paint, pigment powders, glitter, and more. The six designs featured in this line are so striking on their own, though, that they are even stunning left in their natural state for projects from cards to scrapbook pages, gifts, and home décor. Folders measure 5”x7” and include the following designs: Basket Weave, Creative Cogs, Delightful Daisies, Framed Labels Eighteen, Ornamental Swirls, and Shell Beauty. (Look for an amazing use of the Shell Beauty 3D M-Bossabilities embossing folder by Spellbinders’ design team member Darsie Bruno in the July 18th Craft of the Day; more on that later.)

Spellbinders’ design team member Candy Rosenberg created the lovely fall frame shown below for the Spellbinders booth at CHA. I selected this piece for publication in the new Fall 2013 issue of Crafts ‘n things because it’s such a unique combination of paper crafting and photo display. (A big part of attending the CHA Show is getting a first look at new products and projects to feature in the magazine.) Candy used the Delightful Daisies embossing folder for this project and accented her embossed paper with chalk and ink before adding even more dimension with button flower centers.

For a chance to win your own 3D M-Bossabilities Delightful Daisies Embossing Folder from Spellbinders, visit our site and click on the Giveaways tab. Contest entry is free, but you must register on the site to enter. This contest ends on July 31st. Five embossing folders will be awarded to lucky winners. Look for our Win it! logo online and in the magazine for a sneak peek at the many product giveaways available.

While on our site, be sure to sign up for the free Crafts ‘n things Newsletter, which will deliver Craft of the Day and Crafts ‘n things Weekly information to you via email. Each issue of Crafts ‘n things Weekly is free during the week it’s live and contains 10 projects covering a variety of crafting techniques. Take a peek at the newest issue here.

In addition to four print or digital issues per year, subscribers to Crafts ‘n things get the added bonus of unlimited access to all archived issues of Crafts ’n things Weekly, as well as to two years’ worth of back issues of the print/digital magazine.  That’s A LOT of craft ideas! Plus, subscribers will receive an “all access pass” to our extensive online project vault, all for $24.99 per year. Click here to become a subscriber today so you don’t miss a minute of inspiration.

I’ll leave you with a little more autumn inspiration, our Fall 2013 magazine cover.

Happy Crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff

Strawberry Card & Gift Box

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


June is unofficially Strawberry Month, so let the colors and flavors of the season inspire a delicious card and gift combination.


  • Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury Cardstock: White, Grass Green, Cherry Red
  • Lily Bee Design Christmas Cheer 6”x6” Paper Pad
  • Rhinestones: medium yellow, small red
  • May Arts Red/White Baker’s Twine


  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Dies: (Shapeabilities) Square Petal Top Box LF-012, Anemone Flower Topper S5-067, Donna Salazar Bitty Blossoms S5-050; (Nestabilities) Decorative Elements Lacey Squares S4-295, Classic Squares LG S4-126, Long Classic Rectangles LG S4-142, Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles LG S4-143
  • Gina K. Designs Stamp Sets: Sweet Strawberries, Vogue Vases 2
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
  • .Too Marker Corp. COPIC Sketch Markers
  • Art Institute Glitter Ultrafine Crystal Glitter
  • Adhesives: Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Scor-Pal Scor-Tape, 1/8” and 1/4″

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil, printer paper



Card, 4-1/4”x5-1/2”; box, 2-3/4”x2-3/4”x1-1/4”


1. Make 4-1/4”x5-1/2” white top-fold card.

2. Cut 4-1/4”-square red cardstock panel; score horizontally every 1/8”. Adhere to card, 1/4” from bottom edge.

3. Cut wide strip of desired patterned paper and mat on white cardstock, leaving narrow border at top edge only. Adhere to card front, 1/4” from bottom edge.

4. Adhere strip of 1/8″-wide Scor-Tape along top edge of patterned strip, sprinkle with glitter, and tap off excess. (Note: Apply glitter over printer paper, tap excess onto paper, fold, and carefully return excess glitter to jar for future use.)

5. Wrap twine twice around card front and tie bow at right side.

6. Die cut/emboss Bitty Blossom flower shapes from white cardstock. Shape with fingers and adhere layers together using liquid glue; let dry. Adhere flower to twine bow; adhere yellow rhinestone to flower center.

7. Stamp strawberry image onto white cardstock, color with markers, and die cut into square, cutting through portions of image that extend beyond edges. Use photo as guide.

8. Adhere strips of 1/8″-wide Scor-Tape along sides of stamped square; sprinkle with glitter.

9. Stamp strawberry image again onto white cardstock; color portions of image that extend beyond edges of original die-cut image square. Detail cut pieces and adhere to main image.

10. Die cut/emboss green cardstock Lacey Square; layer and adhere squares to card using foam square. Place foam square beneath extended image pieces if needed.

11. Cut narrow 4-1/4”-long red cardstock strip; adhere to bottom of patterned paper strip.

Inside of Card

12. To finish inside of card, cut wide red cardstock strip; adhere inside card, 1/4” from bottom edge. Cut patterned paper strip, mat on white cardstock in same way as card front, and adhere inside card.

13. Stamp image and sentiment onto white cardstock, color, and die cut/emboss into long rectangle. Die cut/emboss green scalloped rectangle. Layer and adhere rectangles together; adhere inside card using foam squares.

Gift Box

1. Die cut/emboss box and tag from white cardstock. Fold box on scored lines and adhere sides.

2. Adhere strips of 1/4″-wide Scor-Tape along top and bottom edges of box, sprinkle with glitter, and tap off excess.

3. Die cut/emboss box accents from patterned paper. Adhere accents to box sides; adhere small negative-space pieces to bottom of tag. Stamp sentiment on tag; adhere two small rhinestones to end.

4. Die cut/emboss two Anemone Flower Topper layers from red cardstock and patterned paper; adhere to box top so box will still open.

5. In same way as card, make and adhere white Bitty Blossoms flower to larger flower layers.

6. Tie tag to box with twine, tucking edge under flowers.


  • Transform the card design into a wrap for homemade strawberry jam for June gift-giving. Visit Pick Your Own (dot) Org to find local strawberry farms if you don’t grow your own.

by Michelle Woerner (www.stopandstamptheroses.blogspot.com)

To Honor Mom and Dad

Two very special holidays are celebrated in May and June – don’t forget to create special cards to honor mom and dad for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

It’s Jill Cornell here today to share a card idea for each holiday. For this Mother’s Day card, I created with bright colors in mind and let pretty teacups and flowers take center stage. Although Mother’s Day is now behind us, you could make this card for Mom’s birthday, too.

A few glittery accents in the form of pink sequin trim and a gold sequin help give the card a little glitz and glamour for mom. All supplies are from the Soho Garden collection by American Crafts.

And for Father’s Day, honor one of dad’s special skills or hobbies by creating a themed card. I created this card for a dad in mind who loves to grill! Other ideas might be camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, sports, reading and more!

There are some easy ways to make a card more fitting for dad: 1) create with masculine colors like orange, green, navy and brown; 2) use “earthy” embellishments such as stars, buttons, twine and staples. All supplies are from the Take a Hike collection by Simple Stories.

Whether you are creating a gift or buying a gift, a handmade card will show you put a little extra thought into making Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, or their birthdays, just a little more special!

Happy crafting!

Jill Cornell from Blessed Scrapper (www.jillcornell.blogspot.com)

Welcome Baby Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Celebrate the new arrival with a fun, five-minute card that incorporates both “boy” and “girl” product collections.


  • Bazzill Basics Paper White OP Cardstock
  • Bella Blvd. Baby Boy Collection Cute Cuts Paper
  • Bella Blvd. Baby Girl Collection Embellishments: Ciao Chip Stickers, Flags
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Adhesive Pearls
  • Whisker Graphics Pink Divine Twine


  • Paper Smooches A Little Lovin’ Clear Stamp Set
  • Acrylic block
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, clear mini dots

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil



Make 6”x4” White side-fold card. Cut slightly smaller Cute Cuts paper panel; adhere to card with patterned side up.


Adhere chipboard elephant sticker to left side of card. Adhere flag to card above trunk, tucking pin end behind chipboard.


Tie small twine bow and adhere to elephant’s ear using clear mini dot.


Stamp Tuxedo Black sentiment at lower right. Adhere three pearls beneath sentiment.


  • Using a 6” or 8” square of patterned paper, transform this same design into a quick mini album cover.

by Ashley Harris (www.ashleyharris.typepad.com)

Spring Has Sprung with Graphic 45

Some of you may have heard that Punxsutawney Phil (the famous Pennsylvania groundhog) predicted an early spring for 2013. Well, since I was born on Groundhog Day, and grew up in Pennsylvania, I feel it is my duty to predict an early spring as well. (For what it’s worth, neither Phil nor I have any weather-predicting abilities!) What I can do is share with you a spring project, which is a perfect way to fight off the winter blues!

I created this pretty, spring-themed card for display at the latest CHA event and wanted to give you the step-by-step directions for making one of your own! I used the new Graphic 45 Place in Time monthly Cut-Aparts for this project. You will need two sheets of the March paper to make this card.

1. Make a 5″x5″ black top-fold card.

2. Trim lavender cardstock to 4-7/8″x4-7/8″ and set aside.

3. Cut one piece of the green floral paper to 4-1/4″x4-3/4″. Cut a second piece to approximately 2″x4-3/4″. Adhere the two pieces to the lavender cardstock, overlapping to form a 4-3/4″ square. (Note: To create the 4-3/4″x4-3/4″ green floral panel, you need to combine two pieces of the printed paper. You will notice that the back of each Cut-Aparts sheet has three printed designs. None of them is wide enough to cut a 4-3/4″ square. You have to get creative!)

4. Wrap green ribbon and cream lace around the panel to hide the seam. Adhere the ribbon and lace to the back of the panel, and then adhere the panel to the card front. (Note: We will add a bow later.)

5. Trim black cardstock to 4-1/2″x3-1/4″. Trim lavender checked paper to 4-3/8″x3-1/8″ and then adhere it to the black cardstock mat. Adhere the panel to the card front as shown.

6. Adhere three pale lavender pearls to the upper right edge of the lavender panel. (Note: You can color white or cream pearls with alcohol inks or pens to match your paper.)

7. Trim black cardstock to 2-3/4″x3-5/8″. Trim lavender and cream floral paper to 2-5/8″x3-1/2″ and then adhere it to the black cardstock mat. Adhere the panel to the card front as shown.

8. From the second sheet of March Cut-Aparts paper, trim the bird image as shown. Mat the image with black cardstock.

9. Stamp a sentiment onto cream cardstock and trim to desired size. Using small circle punch, punch top corners of sentiment strip to add interest. Adhere the sentiment to the left edge of the bird image.

10. Adhere the image to the card front using foam tape.

11. Trim one postage image from the Cut-Aparts paper and tuck it under the lower right edge of the bird image, as shown.

12. Using green ribbon, tie a bow and adhere it to the card front as shown.

14. Use glue to adhere a few flowers and leaves to the center of the bow as shown.

15. Cut two pieces of cream cardstock to 4-7/8″x4-7/8″ and add to the inside of the card.

16. Decorate the inside with images cut from the March Cut-Aparts paper as shown.

Supply List:

  • Graphic 45 Place in Time Collection March Cut-Aparts Paper
  • Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper Heather, Butter Cream; American Crafts Black
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
  • Waltzing Mouse Spring Baskets Stamp Set
  • Really Reasonable Ribbon Trims: Green Satin Ribbon, Cream Crocheted Lace
  • Wild Orchid Crafts Flowers
  • Creative Charms Pearls
  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Mini Tabs Quartet Dies
  • Really Reasonable Ribbon Bow Easy Tool
  • Adhesives: 3M Scotch Brand Double-Sided Tape, Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares

I hope this card puts you in a springtime mood!

Gloria Stengel, Scraps of Life (www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com)


You Are Beautiful Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Create this gorgeous greeting using Imperial Gold dies, the newest shape-cutting technology from Spellbinders. Cut, emboss, stencil, and deboss in multiple layers with a single die template.


  • Stampin’ Up! Very Vanilla Cardstock, 8-1/2”x11”, two sheets
  • Melissa Frances Attic Treasures Collection 6”x6” Paper Pad
  • Melissa Frances Attic Treasures Collection Cream Pearl Embellishments
  • Decorative pearl stick pin
  • May Arts Champagne Silk Ribbon


  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Dies: Imperial Gold Circles One S4-390; Nestabilities Standard Circles Small S4-116 and Large S4-114; Grand Nestabilities Grand Rectangles LF-132
  • Spellbinders Junior Magnetic Placement Mat
  • JustRite Papercraft Amazing Paper Grace Just the Right Words Stamp Set
  • Ink Pads: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Pumice Stone, Tattered Rose; Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Adhesives: double-sided tape, foam tape, masking tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, small stiff-bristled paintbrush





1. Fold Very Vanilla cardstock in half to measure 5-1/2”x8-1/2”. Place Grand Rectangles #5 die template over folded cardstock so folded edge is just inside cutting line of die. Die cut/emboss card base.

2. Die cut/emboss damask paper using Grand Rectangles #4 die template.

3. Wrap damask panel with silk ribbon, adhering ends at back using double-sided tape. Adhere panel to card base using foam tape.

4. Die cut/emboss Standard Circles Small #2 and Large #4 die templates from damask paper; set aside.

5. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to position all pieces of Gold Circles One die template together on magnetic mat. (Note: Junior Magnetic Mat will begin shipping in mid-March; in absence of mat, tape pieces together on back using low-tack masking tape.)

6. Die cut/emboss Gold Circles One from Very Vanilla cardstock; after die cutting, you will have three separate pieces.

7. Using dry, stiff-bristled paintbrush and Distress Inks, add color to Gold Circles One pieces as desired.

8. Adhere large die-cut frame to bottom half of card using foam tape. Stamp sentiment inside frame.

9. Assemble remaining Gold Circles One and Standard Circles die cuts as shown, placing foam tape between each layer. Adhere finished piece to card using foam tape. Adhere pearls to die cuts as shown.

10. Tie full bow; adhere to card with double-sided tape. Insert stick pin through bow, hiding end behind die cuts.


by Linda Duke for Spellbinders Paper Arts

Butterfly Medley So Grateful Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Create this elegant, butterfly-themed card for any occasion using Heartfelt Creations’ new Butterfly Medley and Botanical Oval stamp sets and a coordinating die.


  • Cardstock: white, light blue


  • Heartfelt Creations PreCut Stamp Sets: Butterfly Medley (HCPC 3519), Botanical Oval (HCPC 3520)
  • Heartfelt Creations Decorative Butterfly Corner Die (HCD 730)
  • Die-cutting system
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
  • Prismacolor Colored Pencils
  • Paper glue or glue pen

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, detail scissors, craft knife and cutting mat, pencil, ruler



Make 4-1/4”x5-1/2” light blue top-fold card.


Die cut larger decorative butterfly corner from white cardstock. Adhere die-cut corner to upper right corner of card.


Stamp Tuxedo Black butterfly image onto white cardstock. Using photo as guide, color image using Prismacolor pencils. Detail cut image using scissors and craft knife. Adhere image to center of card base, overlapping corner die cut.


Stamp Tuxedo Black sentiment in lower right corner of card.


  • For extra dimension, stamp and color additional butterfly and adhere to main image along body only, leaving wings free and elevated.

by Emily Niehaus for Heartfelt Creations (www.heartfeltcreations.us)

Big Wishes

We have a few January birthdays to celebrate and I am always in need of birthday cards for this time of the year. I took a look at my Christmas stamps to see what could be used for a wintery birthday card.  This sweet holiday fairy is perfect for a girl card.

1. Stamp image onto white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink.

2. Color image using Copic markers. Start with lightest color and leave a slight gap before lines. Add layers of shading using the next two shades of the color and blend with the lightest pen.

3. Add additional shading to image using gold watercolor pencil. Add highlights with white gel pen. Add a touch of Stickles glitter glue to the berries; let dry.

4. Cut image out using detail scissors.

5. Cut white cardstock panel slightly larger than image; mat on blue cardstock. Adhere image with foam dots as shown.

6. Make blue top-fold card. Cut and layer white cardstock and blue/white paper onto card front. Adhere image panel to card.

7. Stamp sentiment using black ink on white cardstock; matte on blue cardstock. Adhere to card as shown.

8. Punch series of snowflakes from white cardstock. Adhere to card along right side of cardstock panel.


  • Penny Black Stamps: Wish Big, Fairy Holly
  • My Mind’s Eye Patterned Paper
  • Signo Uni-Ball White Gel Pen
  • .too Marker Corp. Copic Markers: E00, E02, E21, E33, E35, B00, B02, B05,Y28, Y00, Y11, YG03, YG05, YG07
  • STAEDTLER Karat Aquarell Watercolor Pencils
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
  • Cardstock: white, blue
  • Detail scissors
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Snowflake Border Punch

I hope this inspires you to look at your holiday stamps in a different way!

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (www.suzzstampingspot.blogspot.com)