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Embellishment Maker


” I am a page planning, embellishment making, die-cut assembling, paper cutting, acid-free testing, supply shopping fool.”

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Dear Fellow Crafters,

Sleigh and Reindeer

Have you ever tried crafting with Styrofoam? I tried using it when making my Sizzix sleigh and reindeer displays for the craft fair last year. The initial results were down right pathetic! I have since learned a few tricks in handling this versatile product.

One of my mistakes was trying to cut up one of the sheets with scissors. I have since learned that a serrated knife, hacksaw, floral knife or x-acto knife work much better.

Since the base was white already, I had decided to glue faux snow onto the “plank.” I initially used school glue but it was runny and didn’t work well. Imagine my surprise, when I found Styrofoam Glue the other day! In the end, I used ModPodge and sprinkled the snow (bought in a bag at Michael’s) all over the plank. The sleigh sat on top of the “snow covered ” display with a mini Dollar Store Christmas tree and several small packages “presents” inside. The die-cut Prancing Deer completed the scene.  Problem solved. I only wish I’d seen that glue earlier!

‘Til next time,



Adventures in Card-Making · New Websites to visit

Web Sites

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Over the holidays I found some new internet sites that you might be interested in.

HobbyCraft in the UK sells to us in the US so don’t be hesitant about ordering. Check out: http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk

Here’s another one: https://liagriffith.com -great videos too.

This next one needs no introduction, but for those of you who are die-cutters, check out Crafters Companion: https://www.crafterscompanion.com

Joanna Sheen is a featured crafter in many magazines:


I discovered Tonic Studios in a craft store:


Tailored Expression is another:


and finally, Ecstasy Crafts: https://www.ecstasycrafts.com

‘Happy Crafting,








What does I love you mean?

V2012-C (325) Lacy Valentine

“I love you” means that I accept you for the person that you are, and that I do not wish to change you into someone else. It means that I will love you and stand by you even through the worst of times. It means loving you even when you’re in a bad mood, or too tired to do the things I want to do. It means loving you when you’re down, not just when you’re fun to be with. “I love you” means that I know your deepest secrets and do not judge you for them, asking in return that you do not judge me for mine. It means that I care enough to fight for what we have and that I love you enough not to let go. It means thinking of you, dreaming of you, wanting and needing you constantly, and hoping you feel the same way for me.”                               ~ Jonathan Safran Foer