Great Finds Friday: CHA Summer 2013 Hot List Part I

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 first of our two-part, exhaustive look at what’s new, hot, and enticing, from trends and tools to inks, stamps, and more.

First, we did a little trend spotting. Remember when washi tape was the hot new thing? We still can’t get enough. Whether you call it washi, masking, or decorative, it’s tape-tastic, with much variety.

Scotch, for instance, has shipping, masking, washi, and “magic” tape you can write on, in playful patterns and colors. We cooed at: Little B’s darling tapes, stickers, adhesive labels, and intricately cut sticky notes; We R Memory Keepers cool chevron-cut tape; and boy-centric designs from Queen & Co. There’s more at Doodlebug Design, My Mind’s Eye, Bazzill Basics Paper, and others.

Love dies? Love stamps? Love dies that match stamps? You’re in luck. There are dies to create pop-ups (Art Gone Wild, Ecstasy Crafts, Sizzix), movement (Stephanie Barnard/Sizzix® Flip-its), boxes, bags, and more.

We’re loving Spellbinders new Nestabilities® Enchancing Elements, which cut, emboss, deboss, and stencil, enhancing existing dies in the line. There are also new embossing folders, embossing plates ideal for Media Mixáge, and hat pin bezels. Check out the Web site for inspirational videos.

Dies are now sophisticated enough to make the most intricate cuts. Explore dies and stamps by Elizabeth Crafts (we’re ga-ga over the ribbon-cut Christmas tree), Penny Black (see delicate birds perch on a branch), Hot Off the Press, Impression Obsession, Taylored Expressions, and others. Lifestyle Crafts has wonderful nesting dies, embossing folders, letterpress plates, and more.

A close cousin to dies, stencils are also plentiful; they are great for backgrounds and various techniques. The Crafters Workshop has many sizes, including big and bold; Ranger’s Dyan Reaveley and Tim Holtz contribute funk and grunge; Dreamweaver, a long-time leader with brass stencils, has shapes perfect for Zentangle designs, paste, ink, chalk, etc., plus adorable die/stencil combos.

What crafter doesn’t love tools and storage? We found some doozies. We R Memory Keepers wowed with its Fold-Down Craft Table. It’s a wall unit with a chalkboard and storage. No, it’s a desk. No, it’s both! Don’t even get me started about the stylish wall shutters for cards, photos, etc. The company continues innovating with Punch Boards, like the Envelope Punch Board, which scores envelopes in just a few turns and punches. The new boards make it easy to create boxes and bags. Check the Web site for more cool tools.

The new Sizzix Sophisticut is the cutest thing. Shaped like a purse, it sits on your desk, all demure, but pop open the doors and you have a lean, mean cutting machine. Although limited in scope (it only cuts steel-rule dies, has a limited 3”-wide platform and doesn’t emboss), it is so darling and lightweight you might not care.

Sizzix introduced a magnetic base for its standard cutters and added more delightful dies for everything from weddings, parties, and home baking, to baby, boxes, and bags, not to mention Tim Holtz yumminess.

Want to emboss an entire 8-½”x11” piece of cardstock? Craftwell’s eBosser does it at the push of a button. Large embossing plates are fun, fun, fun.

Xyron’s new 3” Disposable Sticker Maker gives 20 feet of permanent adhesive. Also new: Double-Sided High Tack (as strong as red liner tape, but hand tear-able) and Adhesive Dots. Need a crafty gift? Check out Teresa Collins Class Kit in her signature pink box with magnetic closure. It has a sticker maker, adhesive eraser, tape runner, double-sided tape, foam squares, and clear dimensional glue/glaze. You’ll want to use up everything just for the box.

Imaginisce’s new i-rock Pro has a vacuum suction to pick up and place hot-fix gems, plus an LED light for visibility. Also new: a reverse-tension tweezer with LED light and the Score ‘n’ Pierce, a four-pronged retractable piercing tool.

We saw a prototype for Layer Creator, a tool designed by Cindy Echtinaw for Spellbinders for no-measure layering. And although it has nothing to do with stamping, we are intrigued by Bottle Cutting Inc’s Kinkajou bottle cutter that lets you turn bottles into goblets, dishes, and more.

Check out part II of this CHA Recap in Great Finds Friday on August 30th to read about inks, dyes, paper, and stamps. Visit the companies mentioned in the Resources list for more information on new products.

RESOURCES

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 (http://www.creativeunblock.com/)

Mambi Sunny Summer Days Winner!

Hello, crafters! Alice Golden with you today to announce the winner of the Sunny Summer Days Giveaway offered on my June 18th blog post. I created a fun birdhouse-and-mini chairs set that featured new summer-themed products from Me & My BIG Ideas. The folks at Mambi generously offered to give one lucky reader a chance to win a variety of summer-themed products.

All you had to do for a chance to win was to leave a comment telling me about your favorite summer spot. The winner of this amazing prize package, as chosen by Random.org, is Laura Perez. Laura wrote, “My perfect spot for summer is in the shade in my backyard with a book!” Other favorite spots included the beach, the pool, the lake, as well as assorted parks, playgrounds, and camping sites. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest.

And congratulations, Laura! We will contact you via email for your mailing information.

Until next time,

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

 

Summer Birdhouse & Giveaway

Hello there! Alice Golden with you today sharing a bright and colorful project that was also really inexpensive to make. I found the birdhouse and Adirondack chairs at a craft store in the unfinished wood section and spent less than $5 for all three (gotta love coupons!). A little paint and “wallpaper” turns them into a cheery birdhouse retreat that can add a bit of summer fun to your home décor.

The paper and stickers are from Me & My BIG Ideas. This little set made its way across the country to be displayed in their booth at the most recent Craft & Hobby Association show in California. Today, the folks at Mambi have generously offered to give one lucky reader a chance to win a variety of summer-themed products, including those used to create this set.

To be entered in the drawing, simply leave a comment telling me about your favorite summer spot by Monday, June 24, 2013. Winners will be announced here on June 25th.

In our backyard, we have two Adirondack chairs that sit under a willow tree that we planted when our boys were babies. The tree has grown right along with our kids and is now over 30 feet tall and provides just enough shade on a hot summer day to make the perfect spot for sitting with a cold drink and good book.

Just thinking about how much I love sitting outside on a beautiful day with a great read almost makes me want to stop what I’m doing and head out there now… but I guess I should finish this blog post first.

After painting the chairs and birdhouse with acrylic craft paint, I cut strips of paper to fit the various sections, inked the edges, and then adhered them to the painted wood using découpage glue.

For the front of the house, I created a template out of printer paper in order to figure out where to cut the circular opening and then used this to cut the patterned paper. I added a few additional die-cut pieces to decorate the opening and embellished it with dimensional stickers. I also cut a piece of paper to use as a welcome mat on the front step.

Using papers from the same paper pad meant that all the colors and styles went together, but this would also be a fun project to make using assorted paper scraps. The edge of the roof is finished with strips of paper that I trimmed with my pinking sheers (an old pair of sheers that is used for paper only - I have a newer pair for fabric). Couldn’t resist adding a tropical touch with the glittered palm tree sticker.

Even the back of the house gets jazzed up since I thought this would be a fun centerpiece for the table on our porch and wanted it to look good from all angles.

The roof sections took a bit of extra time because each strip of paper had to be cut on an angle at each end, and they all turned out to be slightly different sizes, so had to be measured and cut one at a time.

The top of the house was painted yellow, and I wrapped orange-and-white baker’s twine around the base where it met the pink section. This provided a nice transition and also helped cover up any painting imperfections. A bright, glittery sun sticker tops it off.

Originally, I was just supposed to make the birdhouse for Mambi, but when these adorable mini chairs caught my eye at the craft store (for only $1 each), I couldn’t resist.

One piece of paper was used for the back of the chairs, and then that piece was cut into strips to fit the slats.

Supplies

  • Me & My BIG Ideas Sunny Summer Days PADX-231: paper pad and assorted stickers
  • Wooden birdhouse and chairs (available at craft supply store)
  • Plaid Mod Podge Découpage Medium
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Spiced Marmalade Ink Pad

Here’s to spending lots of time in our favorite spots this summer!

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

Fishing Fund Jar

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Make saving pennies fun for your favorite fisherman! Stickers with a fishing theme make decorating quick and easy. Add a few pennies and give to Dad for Father’s Day!

Materials

  • Ball: Wide Mouth Quart Mason Jar, Gold Wide Mouth Jar Band
  • Wooden items: rectangle tags, 1-1⁄2”x2-1⁄2”, two; rectangle, 1⁄2”x1”
  • Paper: stripe, coordinating parchment
  • Dimensional stickers: fishing gear, fishing sentiment
  • Artistic Wire Permanent Colored Wire: Black, 18-gauge, 27” length

Tools

  • DecoArt Oak Gel Stain
  • 3M Scotch Craft Stick Permanent Adhesive Glue Stick

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, ruler, paper towel, pencil

Directions

STEP 1

Apply stain to tags and jar band; wipe excess with paper towel and let dry. Cut 4”x12-1⁄4” parchment paper strip; adhere around jar. Cut 3-1⁄2”x12” striped paper strip; center and adhere to parchment strip.

STEP 2

Using photo as guide, attach dimensional fishing gear stickers to jar. Adhere fishing sentiment to small rectangle; adhere rectangle to jar as shown. Adhere additional fishing gear stickers to tags.

STEP 3

Curl wire around pencil, leaving 3” straight at both ends. Wrap wire around jar neck; twist ends together. Thread tags onto wire ends; twist to secure. Screw band onto jar.

by Cindy Groom-Harry and the CMC Staff

Upscale Your Dollar Store Finds

If you’re like me, the clearance aisle and the dollar aisle at any department or craft store is like being let loose in a candy store. I always manage to find something that takes my fancy and that I believe I can “do something with.” It’s typically a piece that I describe as having “good bones” – meaning it is smartly designed, robust, and useful but typically in need of a special “something extra.”

This frame is just that. It is a well-made plastic frame that takes three 2″x2″ photos. It stands up well and it has a certain charm – but that soccer ball at one end just didn’t do it for me. I don’t have kids who play soccer and I’m not a soccer player anymore – though I did play in school – so this frame needed a touch of magic to make it mine.

The photos are easy – whenever I do a photo project I always end up with lots more photos printed than I will actually use so I keep a stash of photos in my craft cabinet. These small images of my cat Molly are leftovers from recent projects so I chose three that would look good together – they have similar color schemes and they are varied in zoom – I find a mix of close-ups and longer shots usually works well in multi-photo frames like this.

Next up was some text to break up the very black area of the frame. I didn’t know if rub-ons would work on plastic but there are lots of things I don’t know will work until I try them. Turns out that rub-ons work really well!

Finally it was time to deal with the soccer ball – I wanted something big enough to cover it and to make the frame work- the answer was a huge fabric flower. I pulled it apart to remove the bit that pokes through all the pieces which is used to connect it to the flower stalk. I did this because I needed a relatively flat back to glue to the frame. Of course as soon as you pull a fabric flower apart like this, it is now in lots of pieces! I used Fabri-Tac  glue to glue the flower back together. Fabri-Tac is thick and grabs fast so it is ideal for gluing flowers.

Once the glue was set, I used E6000 to glue the plastic back on the flower to the frame – although Fabri-Tac would have done just as well.

So, an inexpensive frame now has place of pride in my home and I have a couple more of these frames ready for re-purposing when I’m in need of a fast, unique gift.

So now, what have you found recently that was inexpensive but had “good bones?” What did you do to make it your own?

  by Helen Bradley (www.craftinggoodness.com)

Wishy Washi Tape

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression wishy washy, right? It means you’re a little undecided, not quite committed, just not sure. That’s why the name of the company I’m introducing you to today is certain to make you smile. Wishy Washi Tape offers so many chic, trendy and affordable tapes that you don’t have to commit to just one. Isn’t that great?!

The tape collection shown above is called Around the Neighborhood. I think it’s one of my favorites, though it is truly impossible to pick just one. A 32-foot roll of tape is $2.75. Visit www.wishywashi.com to see more. Here are a few more favorites that I thought were really unique:

This collection is called Spot and would be perfect on anything that needs a little dose of happy.

Wood Grain is the name of this collection; each “finish” is available in wide or narrow versions. Wouldn’t this be perfect for “guy” cards and gifts?

This collection, designed by artist Yoko Inoue, is called Graffiti. Each roll contains almost 50 feet of tape and is priced at just $3.50; the six-roll combo pack is $19.50. You could place one strip of this across a blank card, stamp or handwrite “hello” and pop it in the mail in about five minutes. I love that!

Stacey Janning, owner of Wishy Washi Tape, shares some great information on the company’s Web site about the history of washi tape, including its environmentally-friendly properties. Be sure to check out the “What Is Washi Tape?” section of the site here: http://www.wishywashi.com/what-is-washi-tape

The staff at Wishy Washi Tape also maintains an ultra-cool Pinterest board filled with inspiring project ideas. http://pinterest.com/wishywashitape/washi-tape-projects/

I’m going to leave you with a list of easy ways to incorporate washi tape into your crafting, plus a fun contest.

10 Super-Easy Ways to Washi:

  • Food flags (cut tape and wrap around top of a toothpick)
  • Gift tags (apply one or more strips across bottom of a manila shipping tag)
  • Mini bud vases (wrap tape around any recycled glass bottle; tie with baker’s twine bow)
  • Pretty packages (dress up white or kraft gift boxes with tape strips)
  • Die cuts (apply tape strips to cardstock; die cut heart, flower, star, etc.)
  • Office supplies (dress up binder clips, file folders, even pens and pencils)
  • Jumbo monogram (buy huge papier-maché letter at craft store; cover with tape)
  • Journal cover (add tape strips; stamp “Journal” or name with permanent ink)
  • Party favors (put treats in glassine bag, add one strip of tape and a cute sticker)
  • Stylish storage (wrap tape around recycled cans; fill with pens, make-up brushes, etc.)

Wishy Washi Tape is giving away a Small Polar Bear Animal Tape Dispenser (the large polar bear is shown above), plus a few rolls of tape, to one lucky winner on our blog. All you have to do for a chance to win is to leave a comment on this blog post by April 25th with your favorite way to washi. We’ll announce the winner on April 26th.

For tape dispenser ordering information (in case you just can’t wait), here’s a link: http://www.wishywashi.com/product/animal-tape-dispensers

Happy Taping!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff

CHA 2013: The Hot List, Part II

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

March is National Craft Month! Kick off this month-long celebration of all things crafty with Part II of our recap of new paper-crafting products introduced at the Winter CHA Show.

 by Roberta Wax (www.creativeunblock.wordpress.com)

What’s hot in paper crafting? Here’s the scoop, fresh from the Craft & Hobby Association trade show held in January in Anaheim, California.

Becky Higgins’ Project Life easy scrapbooking system got much buzz. The no-stress system requires no glue, no scissors, no tools, and is “designed to help anyone and everyone get their pictures into a book.”

Picking up on the scrapbooking vibe, camera images, especially vintage and retro styles, were everywhere, from paper, stamps, and stencils to chipboard, wood, and other embellishments. We love the designs from American Crafts, Dear Lizzie, Maya Road, Simple Stories, Studio Calico (shown here), Amy Tangerine, Kaisercraft, Lawn Fawn, BasicGrey, Prima, Hero Arts (shown here) and others. Crate Paper has a nifty photo overlay (shown here) that gives an ordinary photo a trendy Instagram look.

Mini rulers are the cutest thing to come out of the schoolhouse since my third-grade crush! Tim Holtz’s Idea-ology offers a clever ruler binder kit, ruler ribbon, and a ruler-filled background stamp. Maya Road has mini rulers and Little Yellow Bicycle offers canvas ruler-marked tape.

We love the bold, graphic typography, especially with a vintage flair, popping up on stamps from 7gypsies (shown here), Hero Arts (shown here), Stampers Anonymous, Stampendous! (shown here), etc.

Washi tape, still yummy and plentiful, now comes in sheets you can cut, punch, die cut, etc. We found sheets at Lifestyle Crafts and We R Memory Keepers, fun tape-looking stamps from Hero Arts and Penny Black, and Scotch Brand decorative masking tape from 3M.

If you put all the bling shown at CHA in one room, you’ll need sunglasses. (We’re so thrilled with all the bejeweling that we’re devoting an entire article to jewels in the Fall 2013 issue of Crafts ‘n things). Besides jewels in every size, shape and color, there’s new corrugated glitter cardstock, neon glitter, and glitter tape from American Crafts; die-cut glittered papers from Anna Griffin; jeweled paper from Hampton Art Stamps; rhinestone and vinyl glitter sheets from The Buckle Boutique, and glitter and glitter glue galore from Ranger, American Crafts, WOW, Stampendous!, Martha Stewart Crafts and others.

If your stamp style is the polar opposite of cute, take heart! There are stamps that celebrate that aesthetic: Art Gone Wild (zombies, hipsters, and geeks), Inky Antics (worldly women, shown here), Dylusions (couture, eclectic, sayings, shown here), Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 (funny sayings), The Greeting Farm (sassy girls), JudiKins (a human skull you dress up with bowties, top hat, mustache), and more.

Mixed media crafters can enjoy a variety of paints, sprays, inks, etc., including Imagine Craft’s Tsukineko Memento Luxe, Tattered Angels Naturally Aged Paint Systems (create stone, metal, or wood looks), Kroma (crackle medium), Clearsnap’s non-wicking Crafter’s Ink, and new chalk and pigment colors, etc.

Other cool stuff includes: Ad Tech’s upcoming Gloodle, a precision-tip liquid glue dispenser with snap-on interchangeable tubes; CraftDragon’s hot foil machine for  leather, cards, acrylic, etc.; pen/marker storage systems from Crafter’s Companion and Art Bin; Eclectic Products’ E6000 spray adhesive; new tools and retro colors for Faber-Castell’s Gelato water-soluable pigment sticks; Lawn Fawn’s variegated baker’s twine; WOW! embossing powders, and so much more.

RESOURCES:

Ad Tech www.adhesivetech.com

American Crafts www.americancrafts.com

Anna Griffin www.annagriffin.com

Art Bin www.artbin.com

Art Gone Wild www.agwstamps.com

Basic Grey www.basicgrey.com

Buckle Boutique www.thebuckleboutique.com

Canvas Home Basics www.canvascorp.com

Cheery Lynn Designs www.cheerylynndesigns.com

Clearsnap www.clearsnap.com

Core’dinations www.coredinations.com

Craft Dragon www.craftdragon.co.uk

Crafter’s Companion www.crafterscompanion.com

Craftwell www.craftwellusa.com

Die Cuts with a View www.dcwv.com

Doodlebug Designs www.doodlebug.ws

Dreamweaver Stencils www.dreamweaverstencils.com

Ecstasy Crafts www.ecstasycrafts.com

Faber-Castell www.fabercastell.com

Gourmet Rubber Stamps www.gourmetrubberstamps.com

Hampton Art  www.hamptonart.com

Heartfelt Creations www.heartfeltcreations.us

Hero Arts  www.heroarts.com

ICE Resin www.iceresin.com

Imagine Crafts www.imaginecrafts.com

JudiKins www.judikins.com

KaiserCraft www.kaisercraft.com.au

KellyCraft™ Innovations LLC www.kellycraftinnovations.com

Kroma www.kromacrackle.com

Lawn Fawn www.lawnfawn.com

Lifestyle Crafts www.lifestylecrafts.com

Little Yellow Bicycle www.mylyb.com

Maya Road www.mayaroad.com

Paper Smooches www.papersmoochesstamps.com

Penny Black www.pennyblackinc.com

Plaid www.plaidonline.com

Project Life by Becky Higgins www.beckyhiggins.com

Ranger www.rangerink.com

7gypsies www.sevengypsies.com

S.E.I. www.shopsei.com

Silhouette www.silhouetteamerica.com

Sizzix www.sizzix.com

Spellbinders www.spellbinderspaperarts.com

Stampendous! www.stampendous.com

Stampers Anonymous www.stampersanonymous.com

Studio Calico www.studiocalico.com

Scotch (3M) www.scotchbrand.com

Tattered Angels www.mytatteredangels.com

The Greeting Farm www.thegreetingfarm.com

The Crafter’s Workshop www.thecraftersworkshop.com

Tim Holtz www.timholtz.com

We R Memory Keepers www.weronthenet.com

Westcott www.westcottbrand.com

WOW! www.wowembossingpowder.com

CHA 2013: The Hot List, Part I

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

March is National Craft Month! Kick off this month-long celebration of all things crafty with a two-day recap of new paper-crafting products introduced at the Winter CHA Show. Look for Part II on Thursday.

by Roberta Wax (www.creativeunblock.wordpress.com)

What’s hot in paper crafting? Here’s the scoop, fresh from the Craft & Hobby Association trade show held in January in Anaheim, California.

First, let’s check out new products, then do some trend-spotting.

You’d think Spellbinders would run out of ideas by now. Not so. Working with ICE Resin’s Susan Lenart Kazmer, they now offer jewelry bezels and metal blanks with dies to fit. Designs include hearts, triangles, rectangles, and more. There are metal texture plates and a super-strong embossing machine, the Artisan X-plorer. We were also wowed by the 3D M-Bossabilities (which creates super-deep dimension) and the exquisite Imperial Gold dies; both are shown here. Check the website for great videos.

Can we have too many dies and embossing folders? Apparently not. Everyone, it seems, has dies and embossing folders to make frames, pop-up cards, tri-folds, boxes, shapes, etc. Dies are also getting more intricate, as seen in the designs of Cheery Lynn Designs (shown here), Sizzix, Lifestyle Crafts, Ecstasy Crafts, and others.

Sizzix, for instanceoffers everything from Thinlets™ (wafer-thin dies in simple to complex designs) and ScoreBoards™ (extra-large dies for chipboard or mat board) to Pop ‘n Cuts™ (3D pop-ups) and Stephanie Barnard’s Flip-it Dies™ (scores and cuts so a piece of the card “flips” or moves). Coming soon is a glam makeover for the Big Shot, which will come with an extended multipurpose platform.

Hate “fussy cutting” images? Get dies that coordinate with stamps, such as 7gypsies, Graphic 45, Hampton Art, Doodlebug Design, Echo Park, Heartfelt Creations, Hero Arts (shown here), The Greeting Farm, Lawn Fawn and more. Lifestyle Crafts’ new dies include a milk carton, lattice-work basket (shown here), and file drawer, while Paper Smooches’ Hot Spots offer unique mix-and-match options, shown here.

Tim Holtz added to his Ranger Distress line as well as his Stampers Anonymous stamps (we’re wild about Blueprints!), Ideo-ology elements and Sizzix Movers & Shapers dies. Distress Paint is a fluid, water-based acrylic paint with a dabber top. Like Distress Inks and Stains, they react with water and work on paper, wood, metal, glass, plastic, etc. They have a matte finish and yes, you can stamp with them.

Silhouette’s Portrait electronic cutter is the little sister to the Cameo. The smaller size is ideal for card-makers and those with limited space.

Craftwell’s electronic (that’s right, no cranking), large-format eBosser handles a whole  8½”x11” sheet of paper or cardstock and has large embossing folders to turn out embossed tri-fold or A9-sized cards. A unique mechanism holds the plates in place so you can start the machine, go feed the cat, and the plates stay put.

Love tools and gadgets? Head to We R Memory Keepers for the Envelope Punch Board and the Interfold Envelope kit, the Corner Mounter (creates corner slits to hold photos or layers), the Tab Punch (shaped tabs), and the Card Punch (creates 3”x4” card or photo shapes).

KellyCraft’s Get-It-Straight™ Laser Square uses a laser light to help align images. We also went ga-ga for Westcott’s tiny scissors, great for detail cutting.

Core’dinations, which makes the fun and exceedingly alterable colored-core cardstock, introduced Shattered, designed by Tim Holtz, with crackle lines already added. Also new this show was David Tutera’s three-step system to make card-making so easy even my brother could do it. Buy the coordinating pieces (base layer, overlay, and embellishment) and you have cards in minutes.

Stencils (and masks) abound. Besides the varied designs from Gourmet Rubber Stamps, Judikins (shown here), The Crafter’s Workshop (shown here), Dreamweaver, Plaid, Stampendous!, etc., check out Ranger’s oversized Dyan Reaveley funky designs and the whimsical stylings of Claudine Hellmuth, both shown here. Reaveley’s fun female silhouettes include both the outside with the cut-out shape, and the cut-out itself, for a dandy mask.

Reaveley’s 9”x5” thin acrylic block is custom made for her Dylusions Couture Collection Clear Stamps, but the block’s wavy edge is a perfect template for journaling lines or borders, too.

Look for more new products, and a complete Web resource list, in Thursday’s Craft of the Day!

Brand New Birthday Collection Giveaway!

Hi there! Alice Golden back with you today to share a project created for the Karen Foster Design booth at the Craft & Hobby Association trade show that took place in California last month. Karen Foster Design is known for their wide variety of themed crafting products and this project features papers, stickers, and embellishments from their fun, new Birthday Collection. In addition, they have donated a fabulous assortment of these products for one lucky reader to win!

All you need to do to be entered in the drawing is answer the following question in the comments section of this post by Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Winners will be announced here on March 6th.

“What is your all-time favorite birthday treat?”

(Mine is my great-grandmother’s chocolate cake).

Now, onto crafting! The base of this project is one of Karen Foster Design’s popular 3-D Countdown Calendars, which is a set of 25 mini drawers that can be used in lots of different ways, in addition to counting down to a special occasion. I thought it would make a fun party decoration – the drawers could hold favors for the guests to take home, or be used as part of a game or scavenger hunt to hold clues – lots of possibilities!

I started by covering the front of each drawer and sides of the box with papers from the Birthday Collection.

Then came the fun part – adding assorted decorations to each drawer.

I really like using things that add texture, such as these colorful brads,

as well as adding dimension with stickers or foam adhesive.

I might have gone a bit overboard with the glitter glue, but couldn’t help myself.

My favorite embellishment would have to be these new Party Bubble Brads – I especially liked the balloons, which I tied with Scrapper’s Spool Floss.

Supplies

  • Karen Foster Design: 3-D Countdown Calendar, Birthday Collection Papers, Cardstock Stickers, Birthday Lil’ Stack Sticker, Party Time Stacked Statement, Crazy Coil Brads, Scrapper’s Spool Floss, and Party Bubble Brads
  • Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue in assorted colors

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So glad you stopped by today. Until next time – Happy Crafting!

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (www.alicegolden.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.

Materials

  • 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

Tools

  • 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

Directions

Size

5-1/4”x7-1/8”

Card

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.

Tip

by Linda Duke for Spellbinders Paper Arts