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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:




When I have time, I'l organize my _________________

Organizing- W-Z

Dear Fellow Crafters,

You knew the day would come when this popular series would end and today is the day. We have reached the last of these alphabetical tips.

wood mounted rubber stamps can be store on shelves, in clean VHS tape cases or plastic drawers.

X – it off! Celebrate each time you accomplish small things by crossing off  the things on your Craft To Do List.

Y – Whatever your organizational plan or style is, make it a system that works for you. Whether color-coding, sorting by theme, organizing by season or occasion, make sure that the system makes sense to the way you craft.

Z– Find a special antique box or basket to hold embellishments. These add zen to your collection of tools and supplies.

~Til next time,


Mod Podge

Mod Podge Part 1

Dear Fellow Crafters,

This month we’ll take a look at the classic matte finish, how to prepare surfaces and the basic tool kit. In Part 2 of this series, we will discover the basic matte finish.

First a brief word about how to prepare surfaces. No matter what finish you use always let a coat dry before you add another layer and when you’ve completed the project, ALWAYS allow it to dry 24 hours before using.

1. Test a small area on your project to be sure Mod Podge will adhere. Glass, tin and wood need extra attention in their preparation. If using glass, remove surface oils by washing and drying with a lint-free cloth. Older tin needs a 50/50 vinegar and water solution and a wire brush to clean rust spots. Unfinished wood needs sanding with fine-grit sandpaper. You can also paint the wood with acrylic paint.

2. if adhering fabric, wash, (no fabric softener), dry and iron. Use a brush to paint a light layer of Mod Podge onto the fabric. Let the fabric dry. You will be able to cut the fabric and the edges will not fray.

3. Plan your design. At this point, nothing is glued down so you are free to move the elements around.

4. Using the formula of your choice, brush Mod Podge onto the surface. It is better to use a little more than not enough. Lay the material down and smooth out the material with your fingers. Use a brush to wipe away any excess Mod Podge. Allow to dry 20 minutes before applying next coat.

5. You can sand again and wipe if you wish.

6. Add embellishments with either craft glue or Dimensional Magic Mod Podge.

Basic Tool Kit

Mod Podge Formula     Squeege     Brayer     Paper Towels

Paper or plastic plate   scissors,     craft knife and self-healing mat

water basin    brushes (foam are best) craft glue   ruler   pencil or pen   Sandpaper (variety of grits) and steel wool (extra fine to fine.)

     Please see Part 2 tomorrow.

‘Til next time,