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Think Spring

Enjoy an “egg-excellent” Easter!  

Dear Fellow Crafters,

As the weather turns warmer and flowers start blooming, everyone starts thinking Spring! The retail outlets have been selling Easter bunnies (candy and plush) for weeks now and we+’ve all seen the newest fashions in clothes so let’s talk spring cards and sentiments.

“Do all things in love”.

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”

“Breathe. Let go. Remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”

“Easter is the only time of year when it’s perfectly safe to put all your eggs in one basket.”

Butterfly card









Enjoy spring!



Tissue Paper Flowers in 5 steps!

Dear Fellow Crafters,

When I was a teenager, one of my friend’s mother taught us how to make flowers using Kleenex. Back then you could only buy nasal tissue is white. Luckily I found tissue paper was a great substitute.

Fast forward to 2017 and an article in Issue 172 of Cardmaking and Papercraft. The good news -the only things you need are tissue paper, floral wire and scissors.

1. Choose what color flower you want to make, then cut squares of tissue paper. Each large flower (about 6″ across) uses 6 10″ square sheets and each small flower (about 4″ across) uses 6 7″ square sheet.

2. Lay the paper on top of each other and fold like a fan. Make each fold about 1″ wide. Using a ruler or bone folder make a strong crease.

3. Wrap a piece of floral wire around the center of the folded paper making sure to leave a long piece to act as a stem.

4. Cut around the ends of the folded paper to shape the petals. The easiest way is to do it all at once.

5. Carefully push the layers apart to form the flower.

Creativity · Pursuit of Happiness · trends

National Craft Month

Dear Fellow Crafters,

This article taken verbatim from the site says it all!


Ever since you were a kid, you’ve known that making things is fun. Paper mache monsters, fluffy pompoms made from wool, knitted jumpers, making your own decoupage boxes and decorations – and who said that fun had to stop just because you grew up? Craft Month is all about celebrating crafty little hobbies that keep you occupied on those gloomy days.

Whatever your chosen craft is – and there’s certainly plenty to choose from – make sure you celebrate it this month and get ready to get stuck into what your creativity can come up with.

The History of Craft Month
Craft month was created back in 1994 by the Craft and Hobby Association. Intended to help everyone rediscover the joy of crafting, it’s a month that’s all about learning new crafts, finding a new favorite handy hobby or perhaps revisiting a hobby you used to love back in the day.

In this month, crafters get together and get their hand’s dirty sticking, sewing, knitting, cutting, pasting, coloring, painting – and they are sure to tell you that there are very few better ways to explore your creativity that just letting loose and making whatever your heart tells you to.

How to Celebrate Craft Month
This is a great opportunity to start-up a new hobby, tell your friends and family about one that you already have, or even introduce your kids to something crafty.

If you do have kids, get them off their game consoles and the TV by letting them get messy with glue, glitter, pipe cleaners, colored paper – make sure you stick the masterpieces up on the fridge!

Even if you don’t think you are especially artistic, there’s never any harm in giving things a go. Maybe this month, instead of buying cards for birthdays or anniversaries, channel your inner artist and make some of your own. Making your own gifts to give to friends and family is a great idea too – and always appreciated. Remember – it’s the thought that counts!

If you don’t really fancy getting crafty yourself, you could always visit your local craft markets and pick up some beautiful handmade items from local traders. Jewelry, knitwear, cards, decorations, scrapbooking equipment, sculptures, materials, customized shoes, hand-stitched clothing, homemade baked goods – there’s always something for everyone.



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Too Much Stuff!

Filing “freebies”

Dear Fellow Crafters,

I have a dilemma. I have a bunch of cling rubber stamps with and without dies and some paper to match/ coordinate. All of these items are “freebies”. For those of you who subscribe to those great paper craft magazines published overseas, you know what I’m talking about.

I love my free gifts but how should I store them? Some crafters have suggested that you break up the set, labeling which magazine they came from. Some suggest that the paper should just be filed with your regular cardstock. Then there’s the question of the magazine. Do you file the magazine’s separately with the free gift or with others in order?

I finally decided to buy a binder with clear plastic sleeves. Each sleeve has a space for the article from its original magazine with the different ideas for the free gift, the gift complete with its paper or dies or stamps. I then made an index for the front of the binder with the magazine title, gift title and small representation of the gift. I’m still not sure if this is the way to go for filing “freebies” but it seems to work. Now I just have to remember where to put the binder!

Happy Crafting,


PaperCrafting 101

The accordion

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Now, I know what you’re thinking -what has an accordion got to do with paper crafting? Well, this card actually is an accordion folded card.

I have always like cards that featured containers: flower pots, pocket cards, Christmas stockings, boxes etc. Before I got involved in die-cutting I had (still do) have rubber stamps that could be manipulated into a container. For instance, I have a large present stamp whose lid can be cut off so that balloons can “float” out of it. Last year I became obsessed with gatefold and side-step cards. So when I found this video from Splitcoast Stampers I knew that it was one to share. Enjoy!