Birthday Butterfly

My sister’s birthday is coming up this month, and she has a green thumb and loves working in the garden. I decided, with the weather changing and the gardening becoming more pruning and cleaning up, that I would give her one last butterfly for the season.

I placed a beautiful stencil on my cardstock and sprayed over it with Glimmer Mist to give a soft gray shimmer background. Next, I stamped the butterfly image directly onto the background using water-resistant black ink.

I then colored the butterfly using a combination of purple and orange watercolor pencils and a waterbrush.

I added a hint of shading around the butterfly with gray watercolor pencils. I softened it with a waterbrush.

I stamped the sentiment across the top of the wings of the butterfly. Then I trimmed the image panel to fit my card front.

Finally, I punched two border strips from white cardstock and adhered them to the top and bottom of the image panel. As a last touch, I added tiny adhesive pearls to the borders.

Products:

  • Stampendous Jumbo Cling Trio Butterflies
  • Prima Flourish Stencil
  • EK Success Border Punch
  • Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink Pad
  • STAEDTLER Karat Aquarell Watercolor Pencils
  • Tattered Angels Silver SugarGlimmer Mist
  • Tiny white adhesive pearls
  • Waterbrush
  • White cardstock

Schedule some time to create this week. You deserve it!

Suzz

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

Autumn Canvas

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create an autumn-inspired mixed media canvas using My Favorite Things stencils, dies, and stamps.

Materials

  • Canvas, 6”x6”x1-1/4”
  • My Favorite Things Primitive Cream Cardstock
  • Advantus Tim Holtz idea-ology Old Dictionary Tissue Paper Wrap
  • Gold brad

Tools

  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Vagabond Die-Cutting System
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: LJD Fall Foliage, MPD Time Pieces, Layered Treat Tag
  • My Favorite Things Stamp Sets: LJD Fall Foliage, MPD Timeless
  • My Favorite Things MPD Houndstooth Stencil
  • Acrylic paints: DecoArt Traditions Quinacridone Gold, Ranger Claudine Hellmuth STUDIO Classic Teal
  • DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Medieval Gold Metallic Glaze
  • Ink pads: My Favorite Things ColorBox Premium Black Licorice; Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks Brushed Corduroy, Black Soot; Imagine Crafts Tsukineko VersaMark
  • Embossing powders: Hampton Art à la mode Gold, Stampendous! Fran-táge Aged Spice Enamel
  • Golden Heavy Gel Medium
  • Plaid Mod Podge Matte
  • Ranger Inkssentials Heat-It Craft Tool
  • Glue gun and Ad Tech Mini Size Glue Sticks

Basic Supplies

paintbrush, palette knife, sponge blending tool

Directions

Size

6”x6”x1-1/4”

Autumn Canvas

1. Tear tissue paper into assorted-size pieces and adhere randomly to all sides of canvas using Mod Podge; let dry.

2. Place stencil on front of canvas; apply even layer of gel medium using palette knife.

3. Remove stencil and allow gel medium to fully dry.

4. Apply assortment of paints and glaze to canvas. Let dry.

5. Add distressing by applying Black Soot Distress Ink to edges and front of the canvas.

6. Die cut two sets of leaves, sentiment strip, clock face, and clock hands.

7. Stamp clock face, hands, and sentiment using Black Licorice ink. Use sponge blending tool to apply Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to edges.

8. Stamp leaves using VersaMark ink. Emboss one of each type of leaf using Gold embossing powder and remaining leaves using Aged Spice embossing enamel; use heat tool to set. Use sponge blending tool to apply Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to edges.

9. Attach clock hands to clock face using gold brad. Adhere die-cut pieces to canvas as shown in photo.

Tip

  • Use decorated canvas as a unique photo display. Add a clip in the open area so you can change out seasonal family photos as often as desired.

by Mona Pendleton for My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.com)

Autumn Leaves Lamp & Shade

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Would you believe the lamp is actually a glass goblet? The shade is made from Bristol board, a type of paperboard found in craft and art supply stores. Make a different lamp for all seasons and special occasions!

Materials

  • Goblet, 2-1⁄2” diameter opening, 7” tall
  • White Bristol board, 8”x14”
  • Delta Stencil Paint Crème: Goldenrod Yellow, Garnet Red, Jungle Green, Christmas Red, Paprika
  • Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel (for painting on glass): Dark Goldenrod, Rooster Red, Hunter Green
  • Battery-operated tea light

Tools

  • Leaf and acorn stencil
  • Paintbrushes: stencil, 1⁄4” and 3⁄8”; round
  • Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel Surface Conditioner
  • Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel Clear Gloss Glaze
  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors or craft knife, pencil, paper towels, newpaper (to cover work area)

Directions

STEP 1

To make the shade, print and cut pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Use pattern to cut shade from Bristol board. If you prefer a shade with a straight edge or are using a different style stencil, cut pattern on dashed line.

STEP 2

Place stencil on shade. Starting with lightest color and working to darkest color, stencil leaves and acorns. Use some of each color on all leaves and acorns. Stencil stems with Garnet Red, Christmas Red, and Paprika. Reposition stencil as needed to fill bottom of shade with leaves and acorns. Set shade aside.

STEP 3

Following manufacturer’s instructions, apply conditioner to base and glass. Do not apply to stem. Paint base with two coats of Rooster Red, letting dry between coats. In the same way, paint outside of glass with Dark Goldenrod.

STEP 4

Cut one acorn design from stencil. Using single acorn and Dark Goldenrod, stencil four acorns around base. When dry, stencil portions of each acorn with Hunter Green.

STEP 5

Apply two coats of clear gloss glaze to outside of glass and base, letting dry between coats.

STEP 6

Overlap short ends of shade approximately 1⁄4”; glue to secure.

STEP 7

Place tea light in glass. Place shade on glass.

Tip

  • For a different look, purchase goblets with colored stems and bases. Leave the glass section unpainted.

by Dorris Sorensen

Because I Care Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Show someone how much you care with this pretty, floral-patterned card adorned with a delicate filigree butterfly. Lacey, scalloped edges and a sweet sentiment will warm their heart.

Materials

  • Bazzill Basics Paper Peach Cardstock
  • Kaisercraft These Days Collection Papers: Family, Generation, Reunion, Tradition
  • Kaisercraft Ivory Adhesive Pearls

Tools

  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Dies: Borderabilities Card Creator A2 Scalloped Borders One (S5-182), Shapeabilities Les Papillions Two (S4-395)
  • JustRite Papercraft Hugs & Kisses Sentiments Stamp Set
  • Clearsnap ColorBox Stylus
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Memento Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black, Potter’s Clay
  • .Too Marker Corp. COPIC Light Peach Marker
  • Beacon Adhesives Advanced 3-in-1 Glue

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil, low-tack masking tape

Directions

STEP 1

Make 6”x4-1/2” peach top-fold card.

STEP 2

Cut 6”x4-1/2” striped paper panel. With stripes placed perpendicular to cutting line of die, die cut/emboss bottom edge using A2 Scalloped Borders One #7 die. With marker, outline scalloped edge. Adhere panel to card.

STEP 3

Cut 6”x3” peach dot paper panel. Die cut/emboss bottom edge with #4 and #5 border dies, placing dies side by side on paper to create nested effect before cutting; see tip. Adhere to card.

STEP 4

Cut 6”x2” blue paper panel; die cut/emboss bottom edge with #5 border die. Adhere to card.

STEP 5

Cut 6”x1-3/4” small floral paper panel; die cut/emboss bottom edge with #6 border die.

STEP 6

Die cut/emboss Les Papillions Two butterfly shapes as follows: #2 shadow shape from peach cardstock; #2 filigree shape from Tradition paper. To stencil, leave paper in shadow die and use sponge dauber to apply Potter’s Clay ink through openings.

STEP 7

Layer and adhere butterfly pieces to card as shown, placing adhesive under body sections only and leaving wings free. Color two pearls with marker; adhere one to butterfly’s body and one to upper left corner of card.

STEP 8

Stamp Tuxedo Black sentiment at lower right. Color three pearls with marker and adhere to card beneath sentiment.

Tip

  • Use painter’s tape to hold coordinating die templates together, such as A2 Scalloped Borders One #4 and #5 dies. Lay taped pieces onto paper, and then cut/emboss.

by Darsie Bruno for Spellbinders Paper Arts (www.spellbinderscreativearts.com)

Monogrammed Bath Towels

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Personalize towels and other fabric accessories with this quick-and-easy spray paint technique.

Materials

  • Towel set, in color of choice
  • Simply Spray Stencil Paint!: Black (or color to coordinate with towels)
  • Coordinating ribbon, 1” wide, 2 yds.

Tools

  • Alphabet stencils, 2” tall
  • Stencil adhesive spray
  • Lightweight cardboard
  • Sewing machine and thread

Basic Supplies

scissors, paper towels, masking tape, washing machine and dryer, plastic tablecloth (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Wash and dry towels without fabric softener. Protect work area with plastic tablecloth.

STEP 2

Cut desired letters from stencil sheet, leaving at least 1/8” border. Apply stencil adhesive to stencil backs; position letters on towel. Apply masking tape to secure letters to towel and to mask off areas between stencils. Tape cardboard around edges of stencil to mask remaining towel areas.

STEP 3

Place towel on plastic tablecloth. Shake Simply Spray can well. (Note: Practice spraying on fabric scrap or paper first if desired.) Spray over top of stencil until desired coverage is achieved. Dab excess paint with paper towel. Remove stencils and let dry.

STEP 4

Turn ribbon ends under and sew to towels as shown.

for Craft Marketing Connections, Inc.

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/)

Fleurs Garden Pot

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Use stencils and Delta’s Texture Magic Dimensional Paint to transform an ordinary clay pot into extraordinary garden décor.

Materials

  • Clay pot and saucer, 6” tall
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Light Foliage Green, White, Antique White
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Hauser Dark Green, Antique Green

Tools

  • Stencils: floral background, small script alphabet
  • Delta Ceramcoat: Gel Stain Medium; Exterior/Interior Varnish: Matte; Satin Découpage Medium
  • Delta Texture Magic Dimensional Paint, Cashmere
  • Daler-Rowney Robert Simmons Expression Paintbrushes: Flat Wash, Series E55, 3⁄4”; Flat Shader, Series E60, #4; Filbert, Series E67, #4, #8
  • Palette knife
  • Dover Publications Redouté Flowers and Fruits CD-Rom and Book
  • Computer with printer
  • Stencil adhesive

Basic Supplies

sandpaper, soft cloth, ruler, pencil, masking tape, paper towels, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Sand pot; wipe dust with soft cloth. Mark 2-3⁄4”x3-1⁄2” rectangle below rim and inner rectangle, leaving 1⁄4” border. Apply masking tape along inside lines of larger rectangle to prevent seepage.

STEP 2

Use palette knife to apply Cashmere to pot, leaving rim unpainted. Adhere background stencil around pot; apply Cashmere to openings. Mix Light Foliage Green, Antique Green, and White to make green mix; basecoat rim and inside pot. Stencil “Fleurs” Cashmere.

STEP 3

Mix Antique White with White; paint inner rectangle. Use computer and CD-Rom to print Anemone clip art to fit inside inner rectangle; cut out. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to découpage Anemone to rectangle. Basecoat frame and saucer with green mixture.

STEP 4

Mix Gel Stain Medium with Hauser Dark Green; apply to pot and saucer, wiping excess with paper towels. Apply varnish.

by Barbara Greve

Welcome Friends Garden Sign

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Look closely! Use an old chair seat to create this welcome sign, or any sign, for your garden!

Materials

  • Vintage chair seat or wooden plaque, 15” square
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Lamp Black, Cadmium Yellow, Warm White, Olive Green, Leaf Green, Salem Blue, Sapphire

Tools

  • Stencils: floral vine of choice; lowercase alphabet, 1-1/2” tall
  • DecoArt Americana Gel Stain: wood stain of choice
  • Royal & Langnickel Paintbrushes: Crafter’s Choice Stencil, Series 1⁄4”, 3⁄8”, 1⁄2”; Golden Taklon Liner, Series 595, #1
  • Drill and drill bits
  • Sisal rope

Basic Supplies

sandpaper, soft cloth, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

If using vintage chair seat, remove old finish and sand. Apply stain to seat or plaque; wipe with soft cloth.

STEP 2

Stencil “welcome friends” with Lamp Black; shade top right side of letters Warm White. Let dry.

STEP 3

Stencil vines and flowers across top left and bottom right side of sign. Add additional vines and flowers as needed. Stencil leaves and vines Olive Green; shade undersides Warm White. Stencil flowers Salem Blue; shade centers Sapphire. Stencil dots in centers Cadmium Yellow. Use liner brush to paint Leaf Green vein through leaf centers. Let dry.

STEP 4

Drill two holes in top of sign. Insert two sisal rope lengths through holes and knot ends at top.

by Mary Ayres

Birthday Flowers Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Trendy pastels and delicate blossoms make this die-cut beauty from Spellbinders the perfect card for springtime birthdays.

Materials

  • Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury Cardstock: White, Wild Lilac
  • Melissa Frances Fifth Avenue Collection Pearl Paper
  • Want2Scrap Purple Self-Adhesive Gems
  • Offray Lavender Satin Ribbon, 5/8” wide

Tools

  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System
  • Spellbinders Dies: Shapeabilities Die D-Lites Flower Burst S2-007, Nestabilities Card Creator Fancy Ribbon Threader S5-135, Nestabilities Labels Four S4-190
  • Happy Birthday! sentiment stamp
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink Pads: Cantaloupe, Bamboo Leaves, Grape Jelly
  • Adhesives: Xyron Mega Runner; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L White 3D Foam Squares, 1/4”

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, sponge dauber

Directions

Size

5-1/2”x4-1/4”

Birthday Flowers Card

1. Make 5-1/2”x4-1/4” Wild Lilac top-fold card.

2. Die cut/emboss Fancy Ribbon Threader #4 shape from Pearl paper. Leaving die template in place, stencil opening using sponge dauber and Grape Jelly ink. Remove die template.

3. Weave ribbon through openings in die-cut panel and tie bow at bottom. Adhere panel to card with foam squares.

4. Die cut/emboss Labels Four #6 shape from white cardstock. Leaving die template in place, sponge band of Cantaloupe ink horizontally across center of cardstock. Sponge Bamboo Leaves ink across bottom and Grape Jelly ink across top. Remove die template. Adhere to card with foam squares.

5. Die cut/emboss Flower Burst shape from white cardstock. Leaving die template in place, stencil flower openings Grape Jelly and grass/leaf openings Bamboo Leaves. Adhere gems to two large flower centers.

6. Die cut/emboss Fancy Ribbon Threader #2 shape from white cardstock. Leaving die template in place, stencil opening Grape Jelly. Remove die template. Stamp Grape Jelly sentiment in center of shape. Adhere to card as shown with foam squares.

Tip

  • Die cut blossoms from black cardstock to create a chic silhouette effect.

by Theresa Momber for Spellbinders Paper Arts (www.spellbinderscreativearts.com)

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