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, 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 (


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.


  • 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 (

Darkroom Door Winner!

Hello, crafters! Suzanne Czosek here with you today to announce the winner of the Darkroom Door prize package announced on my June 11th blog post, where I introduced you to this creative Australian company and their gorgeous photo-inspired products. Here’s an image of the prize:

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest. The winner, as chosen by, is Naomi, who said: “Absolutely fabulous examples of how to use Rachel’s products!!  Would love to be able to win some of them!!”

Congratulations, Naomi! We will be contacting you via email with more details.

Thanks for stopping by!

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (


Darkroom Door

Hi, crafters. Today I am sharing a blog post featuring Darkroom Door. They are a company I design for and I love the variety of products that they offer. Here is an overview of the company and the founders:

Darkroom Door was founded in 2007 by professional photographer Rachel Greig and graphic designer Stewart Yule. While traveling throughout Europe in their blue Kombi van, Stewart and Rachel brainstormed an idea that would combine their love of art, design and photography into a range of art rubber stamps and paper products for the stamping and papercraft industry. From humble beginnings in Rachel’s photography studio, Darkroom Door moved its headquarters in 2009 to a larger studio and warehouse where they design, manufacture and distribute Darkroom Door products within Australia and export to more than 18 countries worldwide.

Rachel has a Bachelor of Visual Arts degree, majoring in photography. She has worked with many magazines as a photojournalist and photography editor. With a love of all things paper, Rachel turned her photographs into a range of quality handmade greeting cards which have sold worldwide for over 15 years. Rachel’s photographs have also been featured on home-ware products for Jason, NZ. Her work has won many photographic and papercraft awards and has been featured in several art exhibitions. Rachel teaches workshops in photography and rubber stamping at conventions and stores worldwide. View her website here:

Stewart has over 15 years graphic-design experience, specializing in both advertising and publishing. He has worked with clients such as Jaguar, Revlon, Foxtel, Chanel, Accenture and Scholastic Australia. He has also designed many novels and picture books in children’s publishing. Stewart was awarded The Australian Publishers Association Best Designed Children’s Picture Book for 2008 and shortlisted for 2010.

Some of the products provided by Darkroom Door includes Rubber Stamps, Photochips, Montage sheets, Wordstrips, Filmstrips and Alphastrips.  Many of the products feature Rachel’s photography and they are beautiful.

I love that the collections encompass the different products and feature the same images. Here are photos of the Sydney collection:

The Rubber Stamps:

The coordinating Photochips:

The Montage

The Filmstrips:

 The Wordstrips that go along with the collection:  

I love that you have the flexibility to pull together elements from the stamps to the cardstock items, and that it’s so easy to mix and match.

The Wordstrips and printed images make it simple to create a card quickly. and the stamps allow you the ability to mix in your own inked images with different colors.

Here is a project created with the Sydney Montage, Filmstrips and Wordstrips:

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Products Featured:

Darkroom Door – Sydney Photochips, Sydney Filmstrip #1, Sydney Montage, Journey Word Block Stamp SetFun & Games Stamp Set; .Too Marker Corp. COPIC Markers; Advantus Tim Holtz Idea-ology Plaquettes, Hinge Clips and Metal Word Bands; bottlecap, chipboard book

Here is another project I made using a mix of stamps and a photo image:


Products featured:

Darkroom DoorPhotoBooth – Ladies, DarkRoom Door – Vintage Office; twine; Advantus Tim Holtz Idea-ology Philosophy Tags, Brads and File Label Holder

Rachel at Darkroom Door has graciously offered up a Darkroom Door prize package valued at $78.30.  It includes:

Bright Blossoms Vol 1 Rubber Stamps

Bright Blossoms Vol 2 Rubber Stamps

Bright Blossoms Montage, Photochips, Filmstrips and Wordstrips

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post before June 17th at 11:59 PM CST.  We will randomly select a winner to receive this wonderful prize package! The winner will be announced on the morning of June 18th.

Thanks for stopping by!

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (

Great Finds Friday: Close To My Heart

Welcome to Great Finds Friday! Today we’re going to look at some fun new products from Close To My Heart, maker of beautiful stamps, inks, papers, embellishments, tools, and more. First, I want to announce the winners of our 5/31 Great Finds Friday giveaway. The book winners, as chosen by, are:

Felicity Jordet won Put Your Stamp On It: Stationery, Aprons, Totes, and More

Amy Fearday won Stamp It! DIY Printing with Handmade Stamps: 45 Projects + 200 Motifs

Laura won I Heart Stationery: Fresh Inspirations for Handcrafted Cards, Note Cards, Journals & Other Paper Goods

Congratulations, winners! I will be contacting you via email for your mailing addresses.

Now, on to today’s featured find! Late May/early June is an incredibly busy time in my home because I have school-aged kids. We have end-of-the-year parties, field trips, concerts, and games, and it seems like we’re always in need of a quick gift for a teacher, coach, or parent helper.

Because shopping for gifts can become time-consuming and expensive in a hurry, I decided to make this handmade “thank you” gift for one of my daughter’s teachers. I simply covered a recycled cocoa canister with Chantilly Collection paper from Close To My Heart, added some of their unique embellishments, and filled the canister with the teacher’s favorite candy. I know this teacher loves to read, so I also created a pretty bookmark to go with the treat. Both projects came together in about 30 minutes, great when you have multiple kids and multiple teachers to thank.

To finish the canister, I adhered Hollyhock Zipper Lace (my new favorite trim!) around the top edge and tore a strip of polka-dot For Always Textiles fabric to make the bow. I used mini adhesive dots to secure both embellishments, and trimmed them with the new Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors. The scissors get right between the zipper teeth, and I didn’t have to worry about them sticking to my adhesive. The label is perfect for a teacher gift because it’s a Close To My Heart Chalkboard Shapes sticker! Write on them with Close To My Heart’s Chalk Marker to add trendy chalkboard style to any project.

For the bookmark, I wanted it to have real textural appeal, so I cut a 15” length of Close To My Heart Burlap Ribbon and folded it in half. I cut a 1-1/4”x7-1/2” strip of Cotton Candy cardstock, which coordinates with the Chantilly paper, and adhered that inside the layers of burlap using a tape runner. Next, I cut a “v” from the ribbon end opposite the fold. I used the scissors tip to make a small hole through the layers near the fold and inserted an 8” length of hemp baker’s twine from the Mini-Medley Accents Wooden Collection through the hole to make the streamer. I finished the bookmark with a crocheted flower and a metal button from the Mini-Medley Accents Antiqued Gold Collection, a strip of the Zipper Lace, and a strip of the torn For Always Textiles fabric.

I hope you enjoyed today’s projects and this peek into some of Close To My Heart’s new products for spring and summer crafting. Please visit them online at for product information, projects, tips, and more.

Close To My Heart is giving away the prize collection shown below to one luckyCrafts ‘n thingswinner! The collection includes a sheet of Chalkboard Shapes stickers, a Chalk Marker, a roll of Hollyhock Zipper Lace, and a roll of Burlap Ribbon. Retail value of this prize is $18.80.

For a chance to win, simply leave a comment here telling me the best handmade gift you ever received.  We’ll announce the randomly-selected winner here in the next Great Finds Friday post on June 21st.

Happy Crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff

Ruby Rock-It Kinda Krafty Winner!

Alice Golden here with you to announce the lucky winner of the new Kinda Krafty Collection from Ruby Rock-It. This prize includes an assortment of their fun printed papers, as well as some terrific embellishments.

To be entered in the contest, all you had to do was leave a comment on my 5/7 blog post describing your ideal Mother’s Day celebration. From breakfast in bed, to time with family, to time locked away in your craft room, it sounds like you celebrated in style.

This lucky winner will be adding some style to her creative time with this fabulous and fun collection. The winner, as chosen by, is: Karen Ladd.

Karen told us that her ideal Mother’s Day celebration would be “sleeping in late and then getting my favorite dinner of crispy fried chicken and a strawberry custard cake for dessert!”

Congratulations, Karen! I will be contacting you by email for your mailing address.

Until next time, Happy Krafting!

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (

Ruby Rock-It Carnival Queen Prize Winner

Whether it’s the Ferris wheel, funnel cakes, games, or sugary cotton candy, everyone has special memories of a carnival. Alice Golden here with you today to announce the winner of the new Ruby Rock-It product line “Carnival Queen”.

In my last post on April 17, I introduced to you the Australian company Ruby Rock-It and explained that I had the wonderful opportunity to try out their new line of products. Their products include not only many wonderful papers and stickers, but they have a fantastic variety of paper and fabric die cuts, pockets, printed cards and stitched paper garlands, too. 

All you needed to do to be entered in the drawing for this fabulously fun carnival prize was to tell me your favorite thing to do, see, or eat at a carnival in the comments section of my post by Monday, May 6.

While my favorite carnival treat is cotton candy, I received a wide variety of favorites, from watching the crowd, to funnel cakes, to losing your voice from screaming on the Zipper ride! The winner of this prize pack said, “My favorite thing to eat is the cotton candy- but it has to be pink!”

The winner, as selected by, is: Heidi.

Heidi, I will be contacting you by email for your mailing address. Your kind comments are very much appreciated.

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (

Ruby Rock-It Carnival Queen Giveaway

Recently, I was given the opportunity to try out some products from an Australian company called Ruby Rock-It. In addition to papers and stickers, they have a fantastic variety of embellishments – all sorts of paper and fabric die cuts, pockets, printed cards and stitched paper garlands – that made it hard to decide which to try first.

Ruby Rock-It is sponsoring a giveaway where one lucky Crafts ‘n things blog reader can win their new Carnival Queen line. I think you will love all of the fun images that are incorporated into these products as much as I do.

Who doesn’t love a carnival or fair? Between all the rides, games, and interesting exhibits, not to mention the seemingly endless variety of tempting things to eat, there is usually something to make everyone happy. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite thing to do, see, or eat at a carnival by Monday, May 6, 2013. Winners will be announced here on May 7th.

My favorite carnival treat would have to be cotton candy. (We were at a festival in Maine last summer where I tried a version made from maple sugar and it was completely addictive).

I thought it would be fun to use this line to create a party set. These products could easily be adapted to all sorts of parties or showers, and they are versatile enough to be used on baby- or girl-themed projects too. (If you are looking for a similar line with bolder colors, check out the Ruby Rock-It Carnival King collection.)

The embellished picks come in several different varieties and I used them as-is to decorate cupcakes – doesn’t get much easier than that. They would also be adorable on the front of a card or gift bag.

Every single piece in the collection has wonderful detail. The ticket stubs in the background are included in the die-cut pack.

The popcorn bags were really easy to create using double-sided scrapbook papers and a box template. The hardest part was deciding which embellishments to add.

An easy party favor is a cellophane bag filled with candy or other treats and topped with paper. Staple the bag closed, apply double-sided tape to the paper and fold in half over the bag. I used foam adhesive under the die-cut embellishments to add more dimension.

This is a recycled tin that was covered with paper and decorated to become fun gift packaging.

It really doesn’t take long to add a few special touches that can have a big impact on your celebration. Let us know if you give some of these ideas a try.


Happy Crafting!

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (

Disclaimer: Please be assured that no cupcakes were wasted in the creation of this blog post.


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 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:

The staff at Wishy Washi Tape also maintains an ultra-cool Pinterest board filled with inspiring project ideas.

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:

Happy Taping!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff