Adventures in Card-Making · trends

Large backgrounds

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Lately, rubber stamp and die-cutting companies have introduced card-sized images to create entire card fronts. This trend in the rubber stamp field is nothing new, but die cut enthusiasts are somewhat dismayed especially if the design is an abstract.

Large background stamps and embossed images can turn plain cardstock into interesting patterns, fill in white space with interest, create a quick and easy card all while challenging your creativity.

Here are some hints and tips to get you started;

  • Try different colored inks, layering techniques, embossing powder and colored paper.
  • Use a Brauer to get all the “nooks and crannies” of the large stamp.
  • Use word stamps or embossing folders as backdrops and frames.
  • Use ink to match up your own paper for a custom look.
  • Use part of the design as a border for the inside of your card.
  • Use different colored paper when embossing..

Happy Crafting


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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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,


Adventures in Card-Making · trends

Wood embellishments

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Years ago, when I taught rubber stamping at my local Joanne’s, I always tried to incorporate the different departments into the paper crafting section. It boosted sales for the store and crafters liked exploring the different items that they could use for their paper crafting adventures. I would show the stampers how to use tiny bows or ribbon and how to stamp on candles (tissue paper and a heat gun). I also used tiny wooden embellishments. The fad disappeared and I forgot about wood embellishments until I started making my Mason Jar Luminaries. I mostly used wooden ornaments with the lid toppers but was suddenly surprised when I saw a card at my local Hallmark Store with a wooden dove on it.

It seemed that wood was making a comeback – wood was everywhere! Pinterest had cards with wood and Paper Craft magazines featured wood embellishments. So I checked out the wood section of my local craft stores, photographed some cards at Hallmark (for ideas) and scoured Pinterest boards. Some of the ideas are below.

Have fun crafting,


Here are two articles that I found really helpful:




Adventures in Card-Making · trends

Pinterest trends

Dear Fellow Crafters,

… so inquiring minds want to know – what is trending in Pinterest for the winter? Well, I did some research and found that some familiar fabrics and tools are making a comeback. Have you ever heard that old saying “everything comes back”? Bow-tied blouses are now back in style. I will be dating myself, but I wore them in the 70’s!  Also, a 21st century version of the light box is made now by Memory Keepers and sold on HSN. So here are some new (old) crafts to try:

Vintage wallpaper notebooks

Burlap mittens with gift cards

Lacy bows


Mr podge notebooks

Zipper jewelry

Candle art

Wood slice ornaments

Hoop art


Painted rocks