1st Snow Mini Album

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Capture the beauty of the first snow of the season with this gorgeous mini album.

Materials

  • Maya Road 3-Ring Chipboard Tab Book, 8″x5″
  • Chipboard cut-outs: snowflakes, letters to spell “1st Snow”
  • Embellishments: chunky crystal glitter, fine transparent clear glitter, light blue gems
  • Burlap scrap
  • Thin natural twine
  • Ribbons: white, brown, white tulle

Tools

  • Xyron Adhesives: 1.5” Create-A-Sticker, 3” Sticker Maker, Clear Hold Adhesive from Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit, High Tack 3/8” Adhesive Dots
  • Embossing machine and embossing folder of choice
  • Background stamps of choice
  • Acrylic paints: light blue, white, brown

Basic Supplies

scissors, baby wipe, paintbrushes, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Remove pages from book rings. On covered work surface, paint all pages and snowflakes with light blue paint; let dry.

STEP 2

Paint chipboard letters white; let dry.

STEP 3

Place snowflakes in embossing folder; emboss.

STEP 4

Glaze snowflakes with brown acrylic paint, working it into the crevices with your fingers; wipe away with baby wipe. Let dry.

STEP 5

Using white paint, stamp each page to add dimension.

STEP 6

Run snowflakes facedown through Xyron 1.5” Sticker Maker. Rub backing, then peel to remove snowflakes. Sprinkle with fine clear glitter.

STEP 7

Run letters facedown through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker. Rub backing, then peel to remove. Sprinkle with fine clear glitter. Add chunky glitter as desired, adhering with Xyron’s Clear Hold Adhesive from the Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit.

STEP 8

Use seasonal stamped sentiments or die-cuts to embellish interior pages.

STEP 9

Fold burlap on itself; trim to desired size. Tie twine around burlap bundle; secure with Xyron’s Clear Hold Adhesive from the Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit. Adhere snowflakes, letters and bundle to cover with Xyron’s High Tack 3/8” Adhesive Dots. Adhere gems to snowflake centers.

STEP 10

Reassemble book. Cut ribbons into 3” lengths; tie on rings.

by Linda Neff for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Glitter Candlelight Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

With Ecstasy Crafts products, it’s easy to create this glistening holiday card to send warm wishes glowing with Christmas spirit to family and friends.

Materials

  • Ivory card, 4”x6”
  • Cardstock: heavy-weight moss green, Ecstasy Crafts Joy! Crafts Red Linen A5 (80990009)
  • Stickers: gold lines, Ecstasy Crafts Starform Deco Sticker Variety Sayings Christmas (362)

Tools

  • Ecstasy Crafts Nellie’s Press Boss Die-cutting and Embossing Machine (NPB001) or any compatible die-cutting system
  • Ecstasy Crafts Dee’s Distinctively Dies Candle Set (IME010)
  • Ecstasy Crafts Nellie’s Choice Christmas Rectangle Embossing Folder (EFE001)
  • Ecstasy Crafts Nellie’s Choice Holly Leaves Punch (FLP015)
  • Ecstasy Crafts Jewel Glitter Ritz Opaque Micro Fine Glitter: Fire Red (34MFP), Light Gold (32MFP)
  • Green pigment ink pad
  • Ecstasy Crafts Adhesives: Be Creative Double-Stick Tape, 40mm wide (BC40); Joy! Crafts 3D Foam Pads, 0.5mm (65000010), 2mm (65000003)

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, craft knife, tweezers, ruler, sponge dauber

Directions

Size

4″x6″

Glitter CandleLight Card

1. Emboss ivory card front using Nellie’s Christmas Rectangle Embossing Folder.

2. Die cut candle base from Joy! Crafts Red Linen Cardstock; set aside.

3. Remove one liner strip from 40mm double-sided tape; attach to red linen cardstock. Die cut wax dripping design and two flame sizes from cardstock/tape combination.

4. Add glitter to wax dripping design and large flame using the Fire Red Glitter and add Light Gold Glitter to smaller flame design. (Note: To add glitter, simply peel back tape liner, hold design near edge, and pour glitter over design. To burnish design, rub glitter with finger.)

5. Cut candle to 3″ height. Use back edge of scissors or tweezers to slightly curve cardstock from long edge to long edge to create dimension. Adhere candle to center of card front using 2mm foam pads in middle and 0.5mm foam pads near edges. (Note: This will allow candle to keep curve and appear dimensional.)

6. Adhere glittered wax drippings on top portion of candle as shown. Attach flame pieces to top of candle, first the larger flame using 0.5 mm foam pads and then the gold glittered flame using small piece of double-sided tape.

7. Punch three holly leaves from moss green cardstock; use sponge dauber to ink edges green. Adhere leaves to base of candle using 0.5mm foam pads.

8. Create gold line frame around card using sticker lines as shown in photo. Add “Merry Christmas” sentiment sticker on top left of card as shown.

by Marilynne Oskamp for Ecstasy Crafts Inc. (www.ecstasycrafts.com)

Let It Snow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

This elegant snowflake greeting card takes just minutes to make, but it will sparkle all through the holidays.

Materials

  • Cardstock: dark blue, white
  • Ecstasy Crafts Starform Deco Stickers: Silver Christmas Variety Sayings (362S), White Corners/Borders (1034W)

Tools

  • Ecstasy Crafts Nellie’s Press Boss Die-Cutting and Embossing Machine (NPB001) or any compatible die-cutting system
  • Ecstasy Crafts Joy! Crafts Dies: Ice Crystal #1 (60022018), Ice Crystal #2 (60022019), Ice Crystal #3 (60022020), Ice Crystal Edge (60022021)
  • Ranger Ice Stickles Glitter Glue
  • Double-sided tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, pencil, ruler, craft knife and cutting mat

Directions

Size

4-1/8”x5-3/4”

Let It Snow Card

1. Cut 4-1/8”x11-1/2” strip from dark blue cardstock; score and fold to create 4-1/8”x5-3/4” top-fold card.

2. Die cut one each of Ice Crystal dies, including Ice Crystal Edge border, from white cardstock. Add glitter to tips and centers of all snowflakes as desired.

3. Using double-sided tape, adhere die cuts to card front as shown in photo. Adhere border shape along left edge of card. Layer smallest die cut on top of medium die cut at upper right.

4. Adhere white wavy sticker border to top, bottom, and right side of card front, trimming length as needed using scissors and mitering corners. (Note: See “tip” for corner mitering instructions.)

5. Adhere “Let it Snow” sticker to bottom right of card front.

Tip

  • To miter the corners of your sticker border, overlap the border strips slightly as shown, and then cut at intersection with a craft knife, applying enough pressure to cut through the sticker but not enough to cut your card. Remove waste.

by Marilynne Oskamp for Ecstasy Crafts Inc. (www.ecstasycrafts.com)

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!

Materials

Tools

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

5”x6-1/2”

Card

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.

Tip

  • 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)

 

Celtic Knots Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Dry brushing is a perfect technique for enhancing and highlighting detail. Even when changing colors, you never use water, so it’s ideal for paper crafting. Layer colors to achieve your desired effect.

Materials

  • Stampin’ Up! Basic Black Cardstock
  • Kaisercraft Self-Adhesive Rhinestones: Round Yellow; Mx Square Lilac, Silver
  • May Arts Thin Gold Cord

Tools

  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Junior Replacement Plates Full Set (GC-011)
  • Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Grand Rectangles Dies (LF-132)
  • Spellbinders 3D M-Bossabilities Celtic Knot Embossing Folder (E3D-012) and Raspberry Spacer Plate (GC-012)
  • Royal & Langnickel #8 Sable White Bissell Brush
  • Acrylic paints: Delta Ceramcoat Lt. Ivory, AC Flesh, Woodland Night Green; DecoArt Americana Soft Sage; Plaid FolkArt Bayberry
  • NARCO Metallic Finger Rub-Ons Color Kit
  • Adhesives: Glue Arts GlueGlider Pro, 3M Scotch Brand Foam Mounting Tape

Basic Supplies

scissors, scoring tool, craft knife and cutting mat, old dishtowel, mini water mister

Directions

Size

7-1/8”x5-1/2”

Celtic Knots Card

1. Make 7-1/8”x5-1/2” black top- or side-fold card as desired.

2. Die cut/emboss two #4 and one #5 Grand Rectangles shapes from black cardstock.

3. Spritz one #4 die cut with water. Place misted die cut inside Celtic Knot folder, sandwich folder between Pink Embossing Plate B and Raspberry Spacer Plate D, and emboss.

4. Using dry brush technique, apply layers of color to raised embossed details until desired look is achieved. To dry brush, dip paintbrush bristle into acrylic paint, brush off nearly all paint onto dry towel in circular motion, and lightly apply to surface. Highlight random areas with metallic gold rub-on finish.

5. Spritz second #4 die cut with water. Repeat Step 3 to emboss design. Using craft knife, detail cut around embossed Celtic Knot; dry brush with acrylic paints. Highlight edges of shape with metallic gold rub-on finish.

6. Thread gold cord around center of Celtic Knot, adhering ends at back. Embellish center of knot with stacked Silver and Lilac square rhinestones. Embellish embossed panel with yellow rhinestones. Adhere knot to embossed panel using foam tape.

7. Mat embossed panel on #5 die cut using small bits of foam tape. Adhere panel to card front.

Tip

  • Remember, never use water on paintbrush even when changing colors or paper may warp.

by Linda Duke for Spellbinders (www.spellbinderspaperarts.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!

Materials

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

Tools

  • 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

Directions

Size

4-1/4″x5-1/2″

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.

Tip

  • 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: 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/)

Mini Dress Blank Books

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Perfect for family craft night, these personalized mini books can be created by each family member using a variety of blanks. Let the fun begin!!!

Materials

  • Spellbinders Media Mixáge by Susan Lenart Kazmer Dresses One Blanks (MB6-002), two
  • Cardstock: cream, black
  • Natural twine
  • Split ring
  • Small metal embellishment
  • Photographs

Tools

  • Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine (MMM-001)
  • Spellbinders Media Mixáge Dresses One Dies (MD2-002)
  • Spellbinders Media Mixáge Crackle Texture Plates (MT1-004)
  • Sentiment stamp of choice
  • Brown ink pad
  • Paint pens: black, silver
  • White gel pen
  • Crystal ultra-fine glitter
  • Label maker
  • Hole punch, 1/16″
  • Clear-drying craft glue

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, small paintbrush

Directions

Size

1-5/8”x2-1/8”

Mini Dress Blank Book

(Note: Instructions are for black book shown at bottom left. To create other books, substitute colored cardstock and coordinating paint markers.)

1. Using Artisan X-plorer machine, die cut/emboss four Dresses One #4 shapes from black cardstock and two from photographs.

2. Add desired journaling to black dress die cuts with white gel pen; let dry.

3. Punch hole in center top of each die-cut dress shape. Arrange die cuts as desired; thread twine through holes to create inside of book.

4. To create book covers, follow manufacturer’s instructions to texture two Dresses One #4 blanks using Crackle Texture Plates and Artisan X-plorer machine.

5. Using paint pens, free-hand random marks on textured blanks; see Photo 1. Let dry. Adhere metal embellishment to front cover as shown; let dry.

Photo 1

6. Use paintbrush to apply thin layer of glue to metal embellishment and outside of each book cover. Lightly sprinkle surfaces with glitter; shake off excess and let dry completely.

7. Stamp brown sentiment onto cream cardstock. Trim into banner shape as shown; adhere to front cover.

8. Using label maker, print sentiment; trim to size and adhere to front cover.

9. Thread twine ends through embellished blanks to create finished book. Tie split ring to book, tying twine in bow to secure.

by Richard Garay for Spellbinders (www.spellbinderscreativearts.com)

Seashell Soap

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Bring the enchantment of the sea to any bath with beautiful and fragrant handmade soap you can emboss using M-Bossabilities Embossing Folders and Craft Foils from Spellbinders.

Materials

  • Spellbinders Delicate Pastels Premium Craft Foils Assortment
  • May Arts Ivory Curled Edge Sheer Ribbon
  • Life of the Party Creative Soap Bar Kit

Tools

  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Raspberry Spacer Plate
  • Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Shell Beauty Embossing Folder
  • Microwave oven
  • Microwave-safe bowl
  • Non-stick cooking spray

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, measuring cup, measuring spoon, mixing spoon

Directions

Size

3-1/4”x2-1/2”

Soap

1. Measure inside bottom of soap mold and cut foil piece to same dimensions.

2. Place foil inside Shell Beauty embossing folder and emboss with Raspberry Spacer Plate and Grand Calibur machine.

3. Place foil inside mold with embossed area facing down. Lightly coat soap mold and embossed foil with non-stick cooking spray to make release easier.

4. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to melt soap. Add colorant and fragrance, if desired. Add less colorant for more pastel look; add more for deeper color. Use caution as melted soap is very hot when removed from microwave.

5. Carefully pour melted soap into mold and let set as indicated in instructions.

6. Once soap is fully set, remove from mold by gently pressing on mold. Gently lift edge of foil from soap and peel away.

7. If desired, tie soap bar with ribbon for decorative effect.

Tip

  • Lightly coat soap mold and embossed foil with non-stick cooking spray to allow for easy removal of embossed soap.

by Darsie Bruno for Spellbinders (www.spellbinderscreativearts.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.

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

Happy Crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff