Trends for 2018

Dear Fellow Crafters,

There’s a famous quote from the movie “The Devil Wears Prada” in which one of the main characters says:

‘This… stuff’? Oh. OK. I see. You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select… I don’t know… that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean. And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent… wasn’t it who showed cerulean military jackets? I think we need a jacket here. And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff.”

While many of our crafts do not involve fabric, the fact is that trends influence our crafting into each year. The other “driver” is color. Pantone Institute says that Violet is the color of 2018. Many crafting professionals also indicate that the color trend will be combining pastel tones of metallic and glitter elements to create projects.

Paper crafting has  become a versatile craft which now offers quilling, origami, di-cutting, card making, stenciling, rubber stamping, water coloring, and adult coloring books as different options for crafters.

Several trends that developed last year will carry into 2018. They include

a) Paper Craft flowers: while there have always been silk flowers of all sizes and colors available for crafters, many of us like to create our own. I watched a fascinating program on HSN last year that featured Anna Griffin and a new die to use in making flowers. So of course…. I now make many mini flowers!

b) Personalization: Everyone, it seems, wants a personalized gift or home deco piece that makes an everyday item into something special.

c) Scandinavian style: This style encompasses not only wrapping paper and cards but 3-D paper houses, battery-powered tea light lanterns, sweaters, home décor and ornaments. I noticed it a lot at Christmas and liked the various colors which made interesting borders on my cards.

d) Geometric: Different shapes add texture and interest to paper crafting. Take a look in any Hallmark store these days – those cards are amazing.

e) Going natural: Several crafts have taken advantage of their surroundings by using leaves, feathers, wool, ribbon etc.

It’s going to be an interesting glittery violet year!

Happy Crafting,



Out of business

Dear Fellow Crafters,

When you see those words you generally think of retail outlets don’t you? You never expect that your favorite magazines are stopping publication! But that’s exactly what happened with two of my favorite craft magazines last month.

I have been a loyal subscriber to CardMaker since 2005. So you can imagine my dismay when I received a note from the editor informing me that they were closing publication due to being “unable to find enough loyal readers.” How sad is that! My remaining issues will be transitioned over to a magazine called “Country Sampler” – something I have never heard of.

So that was the first blow. Then the proverbial “shoe dropped” with the announcement that Quick Cards was also closing publication! The remaining issues will be transitioned over to a magazine called “Paper Craft Inspirations”. Interestingly, I subscribe on-line to this one! So all is not lost. It’s just sad. I have a feeling that American crafters have decided that British (UK) magazines are wholly better and forsaken, in some cases, the magazines which fueled their creativity in the first place. It’s extremely expensive to print a publication these days. There’s content, advertisers. printing costs etc. that have to be managed. While I love the free gifts that many of the UK-based magazines provide, readers should remember that the cost to produce their “freebies” are included in the cost of publication. Then of course, there’s the cost of shipping and the wait time. For instance, I received my last Christmas issue of Quick Cards 5 days after Christmas.

It will be a change for me to receive new publications and I suspect, many crafters will feel the same. I can only hope that the editors and staff of both these magazines will find new employment and creative environments. If you wait long enough, some of them may appear in your new magazines – one can only hope!

Happy crafting,



Adventures in Card-Making

Craft Fair Re-scheduled

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Little did I know, back in late October of 2017, that the craft/vendor fair I signed up for would be re-scheduled. I was ‘knee deep” in Christmas cards, planners, gift cards, ornaments and Mason Jar Luminaries. I had my signage ready, bought a festive table cloth, prices and hallmarks were done and the raffle gift made. I was set. AND THEN a snow/ice storm hit the state. The fair was re-scheduled to January!

Mild panic and depression set in. What was I going to do with all those Christmas cards etc.? I had enough cards to not only give to friends/family and sell for this year and next but cards for the year after. Luckily, I make cards for all occasions so the inventory was ok. After a few days I decided that I would go ahead with the fair in January (who wants to forfeit fees) and sell the Christmas “stuff” at 1/2 price nd feature some Valentine’s cards and other products. I turned to my Facebook group for advice on what to paint on my new signage. The members who responded were generous with their suggestions. I decided to make a sign of light blue with snowflakes on it. The words “snowflakes and prices are falling” was printed and some glittery die-cut snowflakes adorned the sign also.

At this point, mere days from the event, I can only shake my head and hope that the event turns out well. I’ll let you know.




How I solved _______________

Planner stamping (2)

Dear Fellow crafters,

Remember this post?

When I first started rubber stamping years ago, I stamped on every surface available! Wrapping paper, party paper napkins and tablecloths, magnets and of course greeting card blanks were fair game. I tried calendar stamping too but back then the stamps were very plain. So, with the newest fad of planners on the market, I thought I’d give it another chance. For those of you who are new to planner stamping, here’s a video just for you!

Happy Crafting,