Embellished Ribbon Tote

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

An everyday canvas tote embellished with ribbon and lace makes a great gift or dolls up a book or beach tote. Other ornamentals such as flowers or buttons can be added for additional charm.


  • Canvas tote
  • Velvet ribbon
  • Lace
  • Coordinating all-purpose thread
  • Rhinestone button or flowers (optional)


  • VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine

Basic Supplies

scissors, tape measure, iron and pressing surface, straight pins, needle



Measure width of the tote from edge to edge; add one inch to measurement. Cut one length of each trim (lace and ribbon) from these measurements.


Fold under 1/2″ on each raw edge of trim to the wrong side. Press.


Position lace 1 inch from top edge of tote, pinning in place to secure.


Position ribbon on top of lace, centering horizontally; pin in place to secure.


Insert appropriate needle into VIVO™ Create & Repair machine for fabric to be sewn.


Set machine for straight stitch.


Thread top of machine and bobbin with all-purpose thread in color that matches or blends as closely as possible to color of lace.


Carefully stitch along edge on all four sides of velvet ribbon. Be sure to remove pins as you sew. (Note: The more slowly you sew the more control you have guiding the fabric while stitching.) The presser foot will help guide the fabric evenly while stitching.


Backstitch at beginning and end of stitching to help secure the thread in place. (Note: Backstitching secures the machine stitching so the threads do not become loose and pull out. It is done by reversing a few stitches on top of or just next to those machine stitches at the beginning or end of a line of machine sewing. )


Remove tote from machine. Trim thread tails.


For added embellishments, hand-sew rhinestone button or flowers in place.


  • If trying to choose between two colors of thread, opt for the darker color which will usually blend in better than a lighter color.

by Singer (www.singerco.com)

Leaf-Embellished Skirt

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Fall into fashion with a stitched autumn leaf-embellished skirt. You can choose a new skirt or spruce up one in your closet that needs a little something extra. Either way, you’ll have an updated item to wear this season!


  • Skirt
  • Solid cotton fabric, assorted colors, 1/4 yard each
  • Brown all-purpose thread, or contrasting color of choice


  • VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine
  • Die-cutting machine and leaf die (optional)
  • Fabric marking tool

Basic Supplies

scissors, straight pins



Freehand draw or locate leaf pattern. Determine desired number of final leaf shapes for shirt. Cut 3-4 leaves for each leaf shape from cotton fabrics. (Note: If die-cutting machine is available, leaves can be die cut from fabric.)


Group leaves in stacks of 3 or 4, layering colors. Pin together.


Using fabric marking tool, draw vein lines on top leaf in each stack.


Set VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine for straight stitch.


Thread top of machine and bobbin with brown all-purpose thread or with color that contrasts fabric.


Carefully stitch veins into stack of leaves. To turn, stop sewing with the needle down in the fabric, lift the presser foot and rotate fabric to the new direction, and lower the presser foot before beginning to sew. The presser foot will help you guide the fabric evenly while stitching. Sew slowly for better control when guiding the fabric while stitching.


Backstitch at the beginning and end of the stitching to help secure the thread in place. (Note: Backstitching secures the machine stitching so the threads do not become loose and pull out. It is done by reversing a few stitches on top of or just next to those machine stitches at the beginning or end of a line of machine sewing. To backstitch, position needle about 1/2″ from top edge of fabric. Stitch in reverse almost to the raw edge. Change to forward and stitch to the end of the fabric. Reverse and backstitch about 1/2″.)


Wash and dry leaves to add distressed details


Pin distressed leaves in place on skirt.


Using technique mentioned in Steps 6 and 7, stitch leaves in place following vein lines.


Trim threads. Enjoy your fabulous new skirt!


  • To learn more about the VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine, click here to view a video with details and other helpful basic sewing information.

by SINGER® (www.singerco.com)

Stitched Burlap Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Make sending greetings a special experience for everyone with this cute card. Family and friends will appreciate your personal touch.


  • Pale blue cardstock
  • Burlap, scrap
  • Lace, scrap
  • Assorted rust buttons, three
  • Contrasting all-purpose thread


  • VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine
  • Fabric adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler



Cut 8-1/2”x5-1/2” cardstock panel.


Cut 4-1/2”x2” burlap strip and 4-1/2” length of lace.


Position burlap on right edge of cardstock, 3/4” from bottom of cardstock. Tuck lace under top edge of burlap strip, overlapping by 1/2”.


Set VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine for straight stitch. Thread top of machine and bobbin with all-purpose thread, in color that contrasts with burlap. Carefully stitch 1/4” from edge along all four sides of burlap. (Note: The more slowly the card is sewn, the more control you will have guiding the cardstock while stitching. The presser foot will help guide the cardstock evenly while stitching.)


Backstitch at the beginning and end of the stitching to help secure the thread in place. (Note: Backstitching secures machine stitching so threads do not become loose and pull out. It is done by reversing a few stitches on top of or just next to those machine stitches at the beginning or end of a line of machine sewing.)


Remove card from machine. Trim thread tails.


Fold cardstock in half to make 4-1/4”x 5-1/2” side-fold card.


Adhere buttons to burlap as shown.


  • Want to learn more about the VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine? Click here to view a video for information and other helpful basic sewing information.

by SINGER® (www.singerco.com)

Floral Wool Frame

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Showcase an adorable fall photo with warm and feminine colors and a beautiful floral garland created with Spellbinders Media Mixáge Flowers One Dies. Media Mixáge Shields One Dies double as leaves.


  • Unfinished wooden frame in size of choice
  • Wool felt scraps, assorted colors
  • Coordinating cardstock
  • Decorative metal brads, three
  • Embroidery floss, assorted colors


  • Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine (MMM-001) and Metal Shim (MMM-203)
  • Spellbinders Media Mixáge Flowers One Dies (MD2-003)
  • Spellbinders Media Mixáge Shields One Dies (MD1-006)
  • Brown dye ink pad
  • Cream acrylic paint
  • Optional: Fabric paint pens
  • Embroidery needle
  • Adhesives: fabric glue, craft glue

Basic Supplies

soft cloth, sanding block, foam paintbrush, foam applicator



Using foam paintbrush, paint frame cream; let dry.


Sand frame with sanding block for a distressed looked; wipe with soft cloth.


Use foam applicator to apply brown dye ink to sanded frame edges; let dry.


Die cut four Flowers One Dies #2 shapes (with #1 being smallest die template) and five Flowers One Dies #1 shapes from assorted felt using Artisan X-plorer Machine.


Die cut two Flowers One Dies #2 insert shapes from felt and two Flowers One Dies #1 Insert shapes from cardstock.


Following manufacturer’s instructions and using photo as guide, assemble flowers and adhere with fabric glue; let dry. Embellish flowers with hand-stitched details using needle and floss, or draw details with fabric paint pens. If using paint pens, let dry. Insert decorative brads into center of large flowers as shown.


Die cut four Shields One Dies #2 shapes from green felt to create leaves.


Arrange and adhere assembled flowers and leaves to frame with craft glue as shown; let dry.


  • Use Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Metal Shim when cutting craft felt.

by Windy Robinson for Spellbinders (www.spellbinderscreativearts.com)

Ruby Rock-it At Last Giveaway Winner

Hi there, it’s Alice Golden here with you today to announce the lucky winner of the Ruby Rock-it At Last Collection Giveaway. The brand-new At Last Collection is filled with shimmery papers in lovely pastel colors that are perfect for wedding projects, but versatile enough to use in all sorts of paper crafting. This prize includes a mix of their fun printed papers, as well as some beautiful embellishments.

To be entered in this giveaway, all you had to do was leave a comment on this post by midnight PST on September 16 recommending a favorite book, movie, or television show. There was quite a huge response, and lots of great suggestions, but only one lucky winner’s name was selected. The winner, as selected by Random.org, is Naghma.

Congratulations, Naghma! We will be contacting you for your address by email shortly.

Keep reading the Crafts ‘n things blog for daily project ideas, inspiration, and other great giveaways.

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (www.alicegolden.com)


School Memories Book

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Make a “School Memories” book to hold school photos and milestone moments as a keepsake of your child’s grade school or even college years. Make it fast with adhesives by Xyron!


  • Simple Stories Red Sn@p Binder and Inserts, 6”x8”
  • Vintage book page
  • Pink Paislee Daily Junque Collection Chalkboard Stickers
  • School-themed cardstock stickers
  • Michaels Apple-Shaped Felt Frame
  • Assorted ribbon: white, yellow, striped
  • Hydrangea Hippo Rainbow Rick Rack Assortment
  • Buttons Galore & More Sunshine Yellow Buttons


  • Xyron Mega Runner
  • Xyron 5″ Create-A-Sticker Max
  • Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • White crayon (optional)

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler




School Memories Book

1. Following manufacturer’s instructions, run vintage book page through Xyron Create-A-Sticker Max. Peel page off backing and apply to center of binder cover. (Note: With Xyron Create-A-Sticker Max, there is no drying time, unlike découpage medium, and the texture of the vintage book page is preserved.)

2. Apply adhesive to back of felt photo frame using Xyron Mega Runner; adhere frame to binder cover as desired.

3. Adhere chalkboard sticker to center of photo frame. Adhere two school-themed stickers to chalkboard sticker. (Note: In place of school-themed stickers, write message or child’s name on chalkboard sticker using white crayon.)

4. Adhere buttons to felt frame as shown using Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots.

5. Wrap white and yellow ribbons and rick rack around binder cover and tie into bows, clustered at top. Tie smaller striped bow. Adhere bow and button to ribbon cluster using Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots.


  • Use Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots to hold buttons, bows, and other dimensional embellishments to any surface, from paper and plastic to wood and metal.

by Jennifer Priest for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Home Sweet Home Twine Frame

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

The natural feel of the twine, the autumn-inspired colors, and the home-themed sentiment on this frame are reminiscent of the fall season. Xyron’s high-quality adhesive products make it easy to create!


  • Hobby Lobby Bare Cardboard Frame, 8”x10”
  • Cardstock: yellow, white
  • KasierCraft Miss Empire Collection Paper Pack
  • Canvas Corp. Burlap Flower
  • May Arts Gingham Ribbon
  • Natural twine


  • Xyron 9″ Creative Station with Permanent Adhesive
  • Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots, 3/16”
  • Xyron Double-Sided High Tack Tape, 1/2”
  • Die-cutting system and Cheery Lynn Designs Dies: Build a Flower #3, Embellishments #2, Stacker Flower #5
  • Close To My Heart My Acrylix Home Sweet Home Stamp Set
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Vintage Photo Ink Pad
  • Clearsnap Smooch Pumpkin Accent Ink
  • Tattered Angels Suede Glimmer Mist
  • Elmer’s X-ACTO Craft Knife
  • McGill Paper Blossoms Tool Kit and Molding Mat
  • Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil





1. Cut desired paper to fit front of frame and run through Xyron 9” Creative Station to apply Permanent Adhesive.

2. Peel clear sheet from adhesive-backed paper and run paper through Creative Station again so both sides have adhesive.

3. Adhere one side of paper to frame front, leaving clear sheet in place. Cut excess paper from center of frame using craft knife. Peel clear sheet from frame.

4. Starting at top left corner, run twine straight down edge of frame; press twine firmly in place. Trim twine even with frame edge. Repeat to cover entire frame front with twine.

5. Spray canvas flower with Suede Glimmer Mist; let dry. Accent edges of flower with Pumpkin Smooch ink; let dry.

6. Die cut Stacker Flower #5 blooms and Build a Flower #3 petals from white cardstock and run Paper Blossoms ball tool over back to give petals dimension. Stack and adhere layers together with Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots.

7. Color all cardstock petals with Pumpkin Smooch ink; let dry.

8. Die cut three or four yellow cardstock Embellishments #2 sunburst shapes; fold and roll to create center of flower. Adhere to cardstock flower using liquid glue; let dry.

9. Use liquid glue to adhere handmade cardstock flower to center of canvas flower; let dry.

10. Apply Xyron Double-Sided High Tack Tape across bottom of frame and adhere ribbon as shown.

11. Tie ribbon into loopy bow. Use liquid glue to adhere bow and flower to corner of frame; let dry.

12. Cut desired paper to fit frame. Place paper behind frame opening and carefully stamp Vintage Photo sentiment in open area. Secure paper in frame.


  • Use same instructions to cover a square wooden vase with paper, twine, and ribbon. Make several blossoms in same way and adhere to wooden dowels for stems before inserting into vase. Secure flowers to stem ends using Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots.

by Lori Williams for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

The Great Outdoors Wooden Plaque

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Dollar-bin finds spark the imagination. Use Xyron’s New High Tack Double-Sided Tapes and Adhesive Dots to turn inspiration into a fabulous nature-themed gift.


  • Wooden plaque
  • BoBunny Press Trail Mix Collection Papers and Embellishments: Trinkets, Noteworthy Die Cuts
  • Ribbon: red plaid, Maya Road Burlap
  • Bells, two


  • Xyron 9” Creative Station
  • Xyron 3” Sticker Maker
  • Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Walnut Stain Ink Pad

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, sandpaper, sponge dauber, stapler



Trace wooden plaque onto a piece of wood-pattern paper and cut out.


Run patterned paper through 9” Creative Station; adhere to plaque.


Sand and apply Walnut Stain Distress Ink to plaque edges.


Pull die-cut lantern tag from Noteworthy package. Cut two small strips from rust and gold papers; notch one end of each strip and ink edges Walnut Stain. Staple strips to tag as shown. Use Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots to adhere metal trinket to tag.


Pull bear, oar, and bird label die cuts from Noteworthy package. Run shapes through 3” Sticker Maker; adhere to bottom of plaque as shown. Detail cut one lantern from patterned paper; run through 3” Sticker Maker and adhere to plaque.


Apply Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape to back of tag and “The Great Outdoors” die-cut banner. Adhere pieces to plaque, slightly puckering banner as shown.


Tie burlap ribbon around handle. Tie red plaid ribbon into small bow; adhere plaid ribbon and bells to burlap ribbon using Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots.


  • Use leftover papers and embellishments to alter several surfaces at once. Xyron adhesives work on a variety of surfaces; visit the website for more information.

by Stacy Rodriguez for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Great Finds Friday: CHA Summer 2013 Hot List Part II

Create-n-Connect, the summer trade show sponsored by the Craft and Hobby Association, tantalized crafters with a tempting array of nifty new artsy toys and inspiration.

Here’s the second installment in our two-part, exhaustive look at what’s new, hot, and enticing, from trends and tools to inks, stamps, and more. Grab a pen and paper because you’ll want to start your holiday wish list now!

At Ranger, Tim Holtz introduced 24 Distress Glitters, which sparkle like mica; 12 new Distress Markers; and Distress Watercolor Cardstock made specifically to handle wet inking techniques. Create your own rainbow stamping pad with spray mists using Dyan Reaveley’s Ink Spray Pad, an oversized, blank foam pad. Ranger’s latest inklings are Wendy Vecchi’s waterproof Archival Inks in vintage colors that coordinate with Distress Inks. Ranger describes the palette of colors as “inspired by a vintage country garden.” The inks are permanent, so you can stamp with them, and then use water-based inks (such as Distress) right over the designs.

Clearsnap brought SurfaceZ, a fast-drying, multi-surface, permanent ink; new ColorBox Archival dye colors; a cleaning pad; Spritzers quick-drying dye spray; Art Screens stencils; blending tools; Smooch foam Accent Tips for precision coloring; and more.

Faber-Castell’s Gelatos Kit is a great introduction to these creamy, blendable, water-soluble color sticks. The kit comes with 10 Gelatos, mister, instruction book, sample of surfaces, and more. Mixed-media journal cards have a watercolor texture and are sturdy enough to withstand wet mediums without warping.

Tombow’s new Fun Doodling Kit is a great gift for a budding artist, while the Blending Kit comes with blender, palette, spray mister, and guide showing how to get the most from Dual Brush Pens. Also, soft-lead, wax-based Irojiten Colored Pencils now come in sepia tones.

We are beguiled by Milk Paint lead-free powder by Imaginisce. Just add water and mix. Mix only what you need, or store leftover liquid for about a week in the ‘fridge.

DecoArt has chalkboard paint for porous and non-porous surfaces, plus new Clear Chalkboard Paint that turns any acrylic-painted surface into a chalkboard.

Want the chalkboard look without the paint? We saw lots of stickers, tags, and papers, including Authentique’s Irresistible papers and Prima’s La Tiza Chalkboard Paper Flowers (shown here, great with colored pencil, inks, metallic pastes, etc.).

Rustic and vintage paper and embellishments are abundant, including: Bo Bunny’s kraft bags, paper rolls, pleated burlap, etc.; Hemptique’s Bamboo baker’s twine (shown here), May Arts’ well-stocked ribbons (including new elastic ribbon); Maya Road’s colored burlap and fabric tape; new products from Canvas Corp, etc. Or go bright with Tulip One-Step Spray Dye Kit (spray bottles are pre-packaged with powder that you dissolve in water, shown here).

We’re intrigued by Bazzill Basics Paper Tarnished Tissue. It’s lightweight but strong enough to take inks, sprays, chalks, and even dry embossing and punching. We also love the company’s Pleated Papers and Antique Paper Tape.

We wouldn’t forget stamps. Tim Holtz has more holiday images in his popular blueprint series, and his new line of old-school apothecary designs are so very Tim. (Do check out his blog to see all the vintage goodness, including his fabulous show booth.)

Sweet and sassy more your thing? Find both at Art Impressions (chubby babies to sassy old ladies and gents, as well as scene-stealing trios that make delightful tri-fold cards), Some Odd Girl (cute to quirky with some nice teen/tween images), Something Tattered (romantic, French-inspired clear stamps destined for weddings and elegant stationery, shown here), and Whimsy Stamps (demure to risqué), to name just a few.

Impression Obsession added 300 images to its already extensive line, including beautifully detailed Gary Robertson scenes (shown here), lovely cowboy silhouettes and phrases, Cover-a-Card backgrounds, and some nice teen-centric silhouettes. House-Mouse Designs stamps are new at Stampendous! Art Impressions and Hero Arts have stamps that help support Operation Write Home, a non-profit that sends handcrafted cards so military personnel overseas can write home; a new Art Impressions set is shown here.

Paper, paper, paper! So good, so plentiful! Anna Griffin’s holiday line runs from retro ’40s colors to the elegant silver and gold Winter Wonderland Collection. Authentique has cute puzzle pieces in the holiday Joyous Collection. BoBunny’s Zip a Dee Doodle Collection, shown here, features hand-drawn designs. Carta Bella’s cowboy/cowgirl themes, from Echo Park Paper Co., will make you say giddy-up.

Kaisercraft’s Basecoat papers look like wood, brick, linen, etc. WorldWin can’t be beat for variety, from textures and shimmers to Cut Mates (specially designed for crisp die cutting) and Tube (slightly coated to handle inks, mists, etc., with no soak-through).

As for embellishments, mustaches, cameras, and chevrons are still popular design motifs. Doodlebug Designs Pixies, shown here, are colorful picks for cards, pages, cupcakes, etc., while Sprinkles are bright, round, glossy stickers. Piddix photo images are sized just right for bezels and already coated so you don’t have to worry about bleeding, while Bazzill Basics Paper alterable metal tags are great for jewelry.

Did you miss part I of this CHA Recap? Check out the August 16th Great Finds Friday blog post. Visit the companies mentioned in the Resources list for more information about new products.


American Crafts www.americancrafts.com

Anna Griffin www.annagriffin.com

Art Gone Wild www.agwstamps.com

Art Impressions www.artimpressions.com

Authentique www.authentiquepaper.com

Bazzill Basics Paper www.bazzillbasics.com

BoBunny www.bobunny.com

Bottle Cutting Inc. www.bottlecutting.com

Canvas Corp. www.canvascorp.com

Clearsnap www.clearsnap.com

Craftwell www.craftwellusa.com

DecoArt www.decoart.com

Doodlebug Design www.doodlebug.ws

Dreamweaver www.dreamweaverstencils.com

Echo Park/Carta Bella www.echoparkpaper.com

Ecstasy Crafts www.ecstasycrafts.com

Elizabeth Craft Designs www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com

Faber-Castell www.designmemorycraft.com

Hemptique www.hemptique.net

Hot Off The Press www.hotp.com

Imaginisce www.imaginisce.com

Impression Obsession www.iostamps.com

KaiserCraft www.kaisercraft.com.au

Lifestyle Crafts www.lifestylecrafts.com

Little B www.littlebllc.com

May Arts www.mayarts.com

Maya Road www.mayaroad.com

My Mind’s Eye www.mymindseye.com

Penny Black www.pennyblackinc.com

Piddix www.piddix.com

Prima www.livewithprima.com

Queen & Co. www.queenandcompany.com

Ranger www.rangerink.com

Scotch www.scotchbrand.com

Sizzix www.sizzix.com

Some Odd Girl www.someoddgirl.com

Something Tattered www.somethingtattered.com

Spellbinders www.spellbinderscreativearts.com

Stampendous! www.stampendous.com

Stamper’s Anonymous www.stampersanonymous.com

Taylored Expressions www.tayloredexpressions.com

The Crafter’s Workshop www.thecraftersworkshop.com

Tim Holtz www.timholtz.com

Tombow www.tombowusa.com

Tulip www.ilovetocreate.com

We R Memory Keepers www.weronthenet.com

Whimsy Stamps www.whimsystamps.com

World Win Papers www.worldwinpapers.com

Xyron www.xyron.com

by Roberta Wax (www.creativeunblock.com)

Another Look at Kit Clubs

Hello Crafts ‘n things friends! It’s Jill Cornell with you today, and I am continuing my blog series where I interview two kit club owners. It’s a great way to learn more about these scrapbooking and paper crafting clubs, plus you have the opportunity to win that month’s kit!

First, let’s meet Kimber McGray, who coordinates The Card Kitchen, to find out more about her fabulous card kit.

1) When did you start your kit club? And what made you decide to go into business?

September 2011. The kit club is owned by the owner of Jillibean Soup, Jill Yegerlehner. We saw a large need for a card kit club. With so many scrapbook kit clubs, we felt that it would be great to have another type of kit offering.

2) Do you offer subscriptions? What does a subscription entail?

Yes, we offer subscriptions for $22.99+$5.25 for priority shipping. The customer receives a kit mailed to their home. We have a 6-month commitment from the customer for the subscriber rate.

3) Do you offer a one-time purchase option?

Yes, we offer a one-time purchase option for $24.00+ $5.25 for priority shipping. The customer that wants to purchase a one-time kit can only purchase after all subscriptions have been accounted for. You have the chance of missing out on a kit if it sells out via subscriptions.

4) Do you ship internationally?

Yes, we do ship internationally at the current rate for shipping. No additional fees.

5) Do you offer add-ons?

Yes, we offer add-ons. A customer can order anything from the Jillibean Soup retail store and have it shipped with their kit for no additional shipping fee.

6) What does a typical kit look like (i.e. how many sheets of cardstock? patterned paper? alphabets? embellishments)? Describe it for us.

We do not include cardstock. We include 8 card bases and 8 envelopes, usually 8 sheets of 12″x12″ pattern paper. Many different stickers, die-cuts, buttons, ribbons, tags, embellishments to coordinate with the kit.

7) What sets you apart from the competition? Do you offer exclusives?

We do not usually do exclusives, but we have done a few exclusive die-cut items in past kits. We offer color photos plus instructions on how to create 8 cards with the kit and only the kit. We make sure that we don’t add items to our final projects so the customer can see what they can really make with the kit.

8) Do you appeal to a wide range of papercrafters? Who is your audience? (Scrapbookers, project lifers, card makers, altered and mixed media artists?)

We mainly appeal to card makers, but a scrapbooker or project lifer could easily use this kit for their projects.

9) Do you have a design team? How can subscribers and others find inspiration with your kit?

We have myself (Kimber McGray) and Amy Sheffer work with the kit each month plus one guest designer. We have a website and blog that we post to daily for inspiration.
http://jillibeansoup.typepad.com/thecardkitchen/blog_index.html. Here are a couple examples using the August kit from Amy Sheffer.

10) Link us up with your website, blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

Link to blog: http://jillibeansoup.typepad.com/thecardkitchen/blog_index.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Card-Kitchen-Monthly-Card-Kit-Club/225565447489990?sk=wall%2F

And now the giveaway! Leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win August’s The Card Kitchen Kit!

Finally, let’s meet Lori Gentile, owner of Gossamer Blue, and get to know more about her monthly scrapbooking and Life Pages kits. 

1) When did you start your kit club? And what made you decide to go into business?

I started Gossamer Blue in August 2012. It’s something I had wanted to do for many years. I love this industry and it has been a dream of mine to work for myself doing what I love most.

2) Do you offer subscriptions? What does a subscription entail?

We have two subscriptions. One is a scrapbooking kit subscription complete with 12″x12″ papers and embellishments and the other is a Life Pages kit subscription complete with 3″x4″ and 4″x6″ journaling cards and embellishments perfect for creating with divided page protectors. Each subscription includes exclusive Gossamer Blue products, including papers, journaling cards, and stamps, which I’m very excited about. The graphic designers are amazing and they really help make the kits special each month.

3) Do you offer a one-time purchase option?

I do offer a one-time purchase. This is dependent on if kits are left over for the month.

4) Do you ship internationally?

I do. I ship all over and it is very exciting to read international blogs and see Gossamer Blue kits in use in other countries.

5) Do you offer add-ons?

There are three core add-ons each month; a main kit add-on, an add-on #2, and a Bits & Pieces add-on. The first two are additional traditional scrapbooking supplies and include exclusive papers and products. The Bits & Pieces add-on always includes a 6″x6″ paper pad and a stamp set and is geared toward card makers and divided page protector scrapbookers. Starting in October, there will be add-ons for the Life Pages kit, as well.

6) What does a typical kit look like (i.e. how many sheets of cardstock? patterned paper? alphabets? embellishments)? Describe it for us.

The Main kit has 10 sheets of patterned paper, including 3 exclusive papers, 4 sheets of cardstock, an exclusive stamp set manufactured by Elle’s Studio, alphabets and full packs of embellishments. The Life Pages kit includes 24 exclusive 3″x4″ cards, 6 exclusive 4″x6″ cards, an exclusive stamp set manufactured by Elle’s Studio, embellishments and alphabets.

7) What sets you apart from the competition? Do you offer exclusives?

We have exclusive patterned papers, stamps and journaling cards. Both subscriptions include a set of cut files and a printable, both designed to coordinate perfectly.

8) Do you appeal to a wide range of papercrafters? Who is your audience? (Scrapbookers, project lifers, card makers, altered and mixed media artists?)

Yes. I believe the kits appeal to a broad range. There scrapbookers, project lifers, card makers, and art journalers as members.

9) Do you have a design team? How can subscribers and others find inspiration with your kit?

The design team is amazing! There are two teams; one for the Main kit and one for the Life Pages kit. There is a full gallery each month and each team member creates a blog post using the kits. We have challenges each month and even have a special album challenge for members where they can earn a free album! That’s a great incentive to use up kits!

Here is a project from design team member Jill Cornell using this month’s kit:

And here is one from design team member Emily Spahn:

10) Link us up with your website, blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, etc.


And now the giveaway! Leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win August’s Gossamer Blue kit!

Remember, leave a comment by Monday, September 2nd, at midnight to be entered for a chance to win either of these two beautiful kits! Winners will be announced on the blog on Tuesday, September 3rd.

Good Luck and Happy Crafting!

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