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Around the World Blog Hop

by Joe Rotella November 17, 2014

Last week I was invited to join the “Around the World Blog Hop” by my dear friend and artist Terri Sproul. So today I get to share a little bit about me and my story by answering 4 questions! 1. What are you working on right now? For me, that question is tough to answer. In [...]

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To the Bat Mobile: Kid’s Project

by Carole Lassak October 6, 2014

Welcome to the Creative Paperclay® Halloween Link Up Party!! We have lots of exciting things to look forward to at our house. October is Chloe’s birthday month, and, of course, Halloween!! Together Chloe and I created this Halloween bat mobile using Creative Paperclay®. I cut bat shapes out of cardstock for our patterns. We rolled [...]

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Valentine Blog Hop

by Carole Lassak February 8, 2014

  Welcome to the Creative Paperclay Valentine Link Party!! You’ve arrived at Carole Lassak’s blog where I’m sharing this home decor Valentine wall hanging.   I used these materials to complete this piece: Creative Paperclay® modeling material Wooden frame ($1 from Michael’s ☺) Amazing Mold Putty Rose button and heart trinket from my stash Wood [...]

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Using Creative Paperclay®

by Carole Lassak December 13, 2013

Head on over to the Creative Paperclay® blog to see why I’m playing with this princess castle!! While you’re there, browse around. You’ll be sure to see some fab projects and learn more about working with Creative Paperclay®.

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Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2014 Is Coming!

by Joe Rotella December 10, 2013

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be participating as a JumpStarter in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2014, run by Nathalie Kalbach. If you’re not familiar with CJS, it’s a one-of-a-kind community event to inspire your creativity. Need help getting your creative mojo going in 2014? CJS can help. Throughout January participants get 23 videos from 21 featured artists. [...]

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Handmade Paper Treat Bag and Placecard

by Carole Lassak November 20, 2013

I love elegant parties and showers!! And what could spell elegance better than handmade paper. I made the paper following these basic papermaking instructions. This treat bag and place card are from one sheet of 8.5″ x 11″ paper. I used this pattern for the treat bag, and a 5″ x 3.5″ piece of the [...]

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Redheaded Fairy

by Carole Lassak November 8, 2013

  I love my redheaded fairy!! I used Creative Paperclay® modeling material to make her hair and face. You can read complete instructions on the Creative Paperclay blog.  

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Journal with Handmade Papers

by Carole Lassak October 20, 2013

Recently, I needed a quick, but impressive, gift. So, I turned to my growing collection of handmade papers. I made this gorgeous journal in just over one hour!! So easy.   This comes as a complete photo album kit from Arnold Grummer’s, but I made a few personalizations I’ll share the basic assembly instructions, and [...]

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Paperclay Roses

by Carole Lassak October 5, 2013

  Welcome to the Creative Paperclay Link Up Party!! Any one remember that song Paper Roses? Today I have PAPERCLAY roses. I used Creative Paperclay to make these Halloween roses. I love that the paperclay is so-o-o-o easy to work with!! Here’s how I made the roses and leaves for this Halloween tag. 1. Knead [...]

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Embedded Botanicals in Handmade Paper

by Carole Lassak October 2, 2013

Papermaking at my house is a family affair. My husband is a phenomenal gardener, so he provides me with a steady supply of botanicals. My grand-daughter is my Number One papermaking assistant. Papermaking is such a great activity for children of all ages!!   I made the paper for this project using standard pour method [...]

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Dried Leaf Jewelry

by Carole Lassak September 13, 2013

I’ve been busy during these last days of summer gathering leaves and petals, and pressing them using Arnold Grummer’s Garden Press. Drying botanicals is very easy and rewarding. I harvest the leaves early in the day, but after any dew has evaporated. The leaves are layered between absorbent sheets and stacked in the press. In [...]

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Fly Free Tag

by Carole Lassak August 8, 2013

  I love tags. They are so versatile. Tags can be used as a greeting card or tied to a special package. I made this handmade paper tag using Arnold Grummer’s Tags for Cards and Pages Template. I made the paper using these standard papermaking directions. I tinted the paper pulp with tissue tints and [...]

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Book Thongs for Your Summer Beach Reads

by Carole Lassak July 30, 2013

Hi!! I have a quick, easy and fun project. Even though I have several electronic gadgets for reading a book – Kindle, tablet, iPhone – I still like the feel of the paper in my hands. When I’m reading a real paper book, I need a way to mark my place. What is better than a handmade [...]

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From Plain to Patina

by Carole Lassak July 16, 2013

For the longest time I was too intimidated to try painting my castings. You see, I’m not an artist. I lived with art majors in college, and I definitely couldn’t do what they did with paint, pens, ink, charcoal, and all that other stuff that produced images. So, paint just wasn’t something that I considered. [...]

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Double Duty Christmas Ornament

by Carole Lassak July 8, 2013

Yes, you read that right, It did say Christmas. Yes, I know it’s July. But, Christmas is my favorite holiday, and I think about it year round. Today I’ll show you an accordion booklet that doubles as an ornament and a gift. I started with an Arnold Grummer’s Mini Zig Zag Book and a sheet of [...]

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Signboard with Resin Charms

by Carole Lassak June 29, 2013

I have a perpetual project to share with you. I have always enjoyed celebrating holidays and remembering special occasions. And, that is exactly what my signboard does. I’m always on the look-out for small items to mold and cast, and they are perfect for the signboard embellishments. The source for these cast items ranges from [...]

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Tchotchke Necklace

by Carole Lassak June 11, 2013

I created this piece of jewelry using Amazing Crafting Products. This necklace has lots of baubles and trinkets—many of them created from items I’ve molded using Amazing Mold Putty. There are reasons I molded these pieces rather than use the originals. First, I don’t own all the originals—the flower basket and the bee are from friends’ [...]

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Handmade Paper Bead Jewelry

by Carole Lassak June 5, 2013

  I love creating jewelry using unique components. And handmade paper is definitely not a common jewelry component. I made the paper with help from my grand-daughter using Arnold Grummer’s Papermaking Kit. I followed these basic instructions for making the sheets of paper. One of the hallmarks of handmade paper is the beautiful deckled edge, [...]

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Meet the Zing Electronic Cutting Machine and Make The Cut (MTC)

by Joe Rotella May 21, 2013

This show by Joe Rotella was recorded LIVE on Tuesday, 5/21/2013 at 9PM EST. Joe gives a demonstration of the Zing Electronic Cutting Machine and Make The Cut (MTC) – the software that drives the Zing. He focused on some of the features of the machine and showed some common features in the software. Links [...]

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Invitation Made with Handmade Paper

by Carole Lassak May 1, 2013

      What could be more special than an invitation made with handmade paper? A special invitation for a special occasion.   The base of this invitation and the heart are handmade paper using the techniques shown here. I used Arnold Grummer’s Papermaking Kit to make these papers. The base paper was tinted with tissue tints. [...]

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Studio Cloth Makes a Statement—Jewelry Style

by Carole Lassak April 26, 2013

The base of this statement jewelry piece is studio cloth!! I started by napkin collaging both sides of the studio cloth. Since studio cloth doesn’t ravel, there was no need to hem or finish the edges, so there was no excess bulk. After I had the piece collaged, I gave both sides a final finish [...]

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Birds on a Wire: Handmade Resin Paper

by Carole Lassak April 2, 2013

The birds in this piece are all rescue birds!! All of these birds were made from scraps that any normal crafter would have discarded. I rescued them from the trash bin and a life spent in a landfill. I never throw away ANY of my handmade paper—no matter how small the scrap. The papers were handmade [...]

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GoH at Gen Con 2013!

by Joe Rotella March 29, 2013

I’m excited and honored to share some exciting news. I’ve been asked to be a Guest of Honor (GoH) at Gen Con Indy this summer! Gen Con Indy is the original, longest-running, best-attended, gaming convention in the world. For more than 45 years, Gen Con Indy has set the trend in gaming and has broken [...]

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USArtQuest Dicrofibers Team with Spellbinders

by Carole Lassak March 18, 2013

Every since I saw the new Spellbinders line of Media Mixage elements in January at CHA, I’ve been dying to try them. And dicrofibers are the perfect companion. Dicrofibers come in a wide range of colors and add just the right amount of sparkle. I started by preparing the dicrofibers that would be the bottom [...]

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Trudy Sjolander Stamps and Papers: A Whimsical Photo Frame

by Joe Rotella March 8, 2013

Welcome to the “Friends of True’s – Swirly Spring” BLOG HOP! If you are here from Suzanne Dean’s blog, ScrapBitz, you are in the right place. If you just happened onto my blog you will want to head back to True’s blog, True’s Gifts From The Heart, where it all starts. There will be a prize [...]

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60th Anniversary Card with Want2Scrap Swirls Maxxi Girl Rhinestones – Silver

by Joe Morgan February 27, 2013

Recently, a colleague asked if I would make a 60th wedding anniversary card for her to give to some special friends. Here’s what I came up with. I decided on this design after doing a little research about 60th wedding anniversary ideas and symbols. I learned that the tradition of celebrating a 60th anniversary came [...]

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What It’s It Like To Teach Paper Crafting Classes

by Joe Rotella February 18, 2013

The Create & Craft team has really worked hard the last few months to plan our schedule for the first half of 2013. We’ve responded to calls for class proposals from shows by designing new classes, making samples, photographing them, submitting the paperwork and waiting for a response from show organizers. By the way, if [...]

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It’s great to be a Jumper!!

by Joe Rotella January 24, 2013

Wow!! I’m so excited!! I’m JUMPING today as part of the Creative JumpStart Summit 2013!!! Thank you Nathalie Kalbach for organizing this FANTASTIC online event!!! To signup (and you’ll get email with links to all the past jumpers): For more info: Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered into my special Creative JumpStart [...]

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Handmade Paper Spring Booklet

by Carole Lassak January 15, 2013

Now that Christmas and New Years are over, I’m ready for spring!! And my crafting thoughts are turning to spring, as well. I selected a variety of patterned papers, vellum, and a treasure envelope for the pages of my booklet. The papers were cut 6″ x 6″ to match my handmade paper cover. I used [...]

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Paper Casting Molds for Greeting Card Focal Pieces

by Carole Lassak January 1, 2013

For truly unique handmade cards, nothing beats using one of Arnold Grummer’s paper casting molds. These molds are so versatile—besides paper pulp, you can mold a variety of clays. For these cards I used Arnold Grummer’s magnolia mold, the dragonfly mold, trifold window cards, and Delight™ by PaperClay. I rolled out a small ball of [...]

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Chipboard Mini Ornaments

by Carole Lassak December 24, 2012

When I first saw these chipboard mini ornaments that Joe Rotella designed for Want2Scrap, I knew that I wanted to transform them into a holiday necklace using USArtQuest products. And what could be more festive than the twinkle and sparkle of mica flakes!! The first step was to paint both sides of each ornament with [...]

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Skeleton Leaf Ornaments

by Carole Lassak December 19, 2012

I am still in full-blown Christmas mode—making cards and decorations. Still need to start the baking!! I love the ethereal look of Arnold Grummer’s skeleton leaves, and wanted to use them in some way as a Christmas decoration. Some of the leaves I left natural. Some I painted with USArtQuest Perfect Pigment Acrylic paints. I [...]

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Cupcake Box (4 Cupcakes) – Linqto Saturday Crafts Fair

by Joe Rotella December 15, 2012

Today I hosted a one hour live web show as part of the Linqto Saturday Crafts Fair series and showed how you can make your own treat boxes. Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll post details about each treat box here on my blog. To stay connected and know when they are posted, please [...]

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Trio of Christmas Cards with Handmade Paper

by Carole Lassak December 4, 2012

The calendar says December, so that means that I am fully involved in all things Christmas. At the top of my list is Christmas cards. I always make my own, and this year I’m adding handmade paper made with Arnold Grummer’s Papermaking Kit to the mix.   For the first card I embossed a piece [...]

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Gold Gilded Angel – A Thrift Store Transformation

by Joe Morgan November 26, 2012

I love going to flea markets, thrift stores and recycle centers. I’m always on the lookout for pieces that are past their prime or out of style that could be transformed (or repurposed) in to something wonderful with a little crafty magic. When I saw this 7 ½” tall angel figurine I immediately knew it [...]

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Gilded Mini ZigZag Booklet

by Carole Lassak November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving is just past, and I’m moving on to Christmas. I made these two booklets using Arnold Grummer’s mini zigzag books to give as greeting cards.   For cover of the booklet on the right, I paired USArtQuest’s Duo Adhesive and Arnold Grummer’s Gold Dust particles. I daubed a foam wedge in the Duo and pounced it [...]

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Hello Kitty Mini Album

by Carole Lassak November 21, 2012

I was thrilled when I was asked to create projects using the new Hello Kitty line of scrapbooking papers and supplies that debuted exclusively at Michael’s on October 28. While I was fortunate to get a sneak peek of these great products, it was a rush to see them at my local Michael’s. For this [...]

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Using a Zing to Engrave a Mermaid in Scratchboard

by Joe Rotella November 17, 2012

For a segment on Scrapbook Soup TV, I worked collaboratively with Carole Lassak to design an “Inspiration Book” to highlight different techniques you could use with a Zing! One of the techniques we explored was engraving. First we had to choose a material to engrave – acrylic, vellum, metal, etc. We decided to try a [...]

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Wall Hanging made with Handmade Papers

by Carole Lassak November 15, 2012

  Welcome to this stop on the Arnold Grummer’s Holiday Blog Hop!! This wall hanging will bring just the right bit of spring and summer to my grand daughter’s room through the long, cold winter months ahead. The supplies I gathered were: metal coat hanger, scrap piece of cardstock, string, stapler, Great Tape, ribbons, tulle, [...]

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Retro Cookbook Mixed Media Album

by Joe Rotella November 13, 2012

I love the sound of the words “mixed media.” Just hearing it makes me think of all sorts of materials, textures, surfaces, and shines. I feel like I’m listening to the language of artists. Unfortunately, it can also stir up some feelings of “I have no idea what to do with that!” That’s happened to [...]

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Handmade Paper Table Setting

by Carole Lassak November 11, 2012

It’s definitely holiday season, and I’m thinking about all the great family dinners that we’ll be having. I wanted to create something special for our Thanksgiving table, and handmade paper is always special. Here’s what I created. I embossed a sheet of paper that I made using Arnold Grummer’s Papermaking Kit and these basic directions. [...]

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Autumn Wall Hanging from a Chipboard Leaf Album

by Joe Rotella November 10, 2012

I admit it. I’m not a big scrapbooker. I’ve made a few albums, but they are used more as journals or technique books than as scrapbooks. So, it might seem odd that I’ve designed albums for Want2Scrap. But I don’t always look at albums and see albums. Sometimes I see the pages as the start [...]

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Live Web Show, Monday, 11/12, 7PM EST with Susan Pickering Rothamel

by Joe Rotella November 7, 2012

I’m excited and anxious (in a good way!) to announce I’m hosting my first LIVE web show, Monday, 11/12, at 7PM EST. I will be joined by the very talented artist, Susan Pickering Rothamel. Sue is a role model, teacher, mentor and friend. And I’m delighted she will be joining me to show you the [...]

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Wood Frame with Gilded Chipboard Leaves and Rhinestone Swirls

by Joe Rotella November 4, 2012

It can be easy to look at chipboard embellishments and imagine how you would use them on a card or scrapbook page. But I think its fun to look at the same embellishments and find ways to use them to create home decor. When I designed the Leaves and Acorns Embellishments for Want2Scrap, I had [...]

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Hello Kitty Comes to Michael’s

by Carole Lassak November 2, 2012

If you’re a Hello Kitty fan you’ll want to check out the new line of products that debuted at Michael’s October 28. Here’s a peek of some of the great paper crafting and scrapbooking Hello Kitty items. I decided to upscale a garage sale clock Hello Kitty style. Here’s the clock that I started with. [...]

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Steampunk Clock Made From A Want2Scrap Chipboard Album

by Joe Rotella November 1, 2012

I’m not much of a scrapbooker. In fact, I’ve only done one scrapbook! I just can’t seem to focus on documenting my photos and experiences. I know I should, but it’s just not for me. I do love making home decor pieces though, and I especially love “altering” something – changing something from one thing [...]

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Gilded Christmas Tree Decoration

by Carole Lassak October 29, 2012

I know, I know—Halloween isn’t even here and I’m posting about Christmas. But, it’s not too early to start making decorations. For this piece I used the Christmas Tree mold from Arnold Grummer’s. These molds are great for paper pulp, but this time I used Creative PaperClay. I kneaded the clay and then pressed it [...]

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Scrappers Can Do It Too!

by Amy Day October 21, 2012

I hear it often, “I’m a scrapbooker so I don’t stamp.”  I’m here to tell you – YES YOU CAN! Whether it’s titles, embellishments, boarders, or backgrounds; stamps make a great addition to scrapbook pages.  While prepping for a Close to My Heart gathering for a group of scrapbookers, I set out to create a [...]

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Handmade Paper Casting Jewelry

by Carole Lassak October 15, 2012

  This is a great autumn project! I created a piece of jewelry from a a handmade paper casting. I used Arnold Grummer’s paper casting strainer, maple leaf mold, cotton linter squares, and copper sprinkles. Following the directions in the linter package, I used four linter squares—enough to cover the mold. I blended the linter squares with three cups [...]

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Pumpkin Iris Folding “How To”

by Betty Scott October 10, 2012

Iris Folding originated in Holland, where crafters made their designs using patterned paper cut from the inside of envelopes.  Today we will be using a lightweight paper.  You can also use wrapping paper, origami paper, foil and ribbon.   As you become more comfortable with this technique you will see your creativity come to life. [...]

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Not Just for Teachers

by Amy Day October 4, 2012

Google “Teacher’s Toolbox”; and you will find 100′s of examples of this cute, easy, and cheap way to store your smaller crafting supplies! I first learned about this organization technique from the awesome Julie Hutchison.  Her good friend, who happens to be a teacher, was coming in to town; and they were going to make [...]

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Beautiful Collage Frame-so easy a child CAN do it!

by Betty Scott October 1, 2012

This wonderful project is beautiful and simple.  It is a great gift idea that is inexpensive and from the heart.  If you are not looking for a gift then make this a rainy day or any day craft project.  Here, we are walking through the steps of “how to” with my own 5 year old [...]

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Halloween Is in the Air

by Carole Lassak September 29, 2012

I made this piece of black paper in the middle of the summer, and have been waiting, ever so patiently, to use it to make a Halloween card. Our hot, hot summer has given way to cooler temps. The crisp nippy nights make me think of Halloween. Here’s what I started with: the handmade paper [...]

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“Just Because” Gecko Card with Turquoise Glitter

by Joe Rotella September 26, 2012

(Click to see the full size card and see how it really sparkles!) I was surprised this weekend to open up the Fall 2012 issue of Just Cards magazine (by Scott Publications) to find they published one of my cards!! Submitting projects to magazines can be a fun and challenging way to get you to [...]

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For the Love Of Glitter Glue!

by Amy Day September 24, 2012

For some time, I’ve wanted reorganize my glitter glues.  I’ve been keeping my Stickles in a bag I purchased from Creative Memories, and my Martha Stewart glitter glues in basket in my craft room.  The Creative Memories bag worked well for awhile, but I grew tired of the bottles always falling over.  Not only did [...]

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September Card Club

by Amy Day September 19, 2012

Sadly, I only have one card to share this month (pout).  I realized on the Friday before card club that I had committed myself to not one, not two, not three, but FOUR things for Sunday!  I had to choose between card club, Grove City’s annual Soggy Doggy, watching the US Men’s National Soccer team [...]

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Stamp Your Heart Out – Part 2

by Amy Day September 14, 2012

Last week, we looked at several ways to store stamps.  This week we’ll look at how I’ve OCDed my stamps! First, you have to see my reference book.  I owe this idea to two fabulous crafters – Joe Rotella and Julie Hutchison.  My organization method is a combination of their ideas.  Whenever Julie gets a [...]

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Autumn Leaves Card

by Carole Lassak September 9, 2012

I hate to see the end of summer, but our weather here in Ohio is starting to feel like fall. So, I was inspired to create this autumn greeting card. I started with a blank card, handmade paper that I made using the Arnold Grummer Papermaking kit, and an embossing folder. To get the deckled [...]

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Get Your Kicks!

by Amy Day September 6, 2012

Back in April, my husband and I embarked on the trip of a lifetime!  Starting in Chicago, we drove half of Rt 66, ending in Amarillo, Texas.  (Later, we plan to fly to Amarillo and complete the 2nd half of The Mother Road.)  This vacation was by far the best I’ve ever taken.  We saw [...]

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StampYour Heart Out – Part 1

by Amy Day September 3, 2012

There are millions of stamps and just about as many ways to organize and store those stamps. You could store them on a shelf . . . You could store them in baskets . . . You could store them in drawers . . . You could store them in clear plastic containers . . [...]

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Matchbook Mini Album

by Carole Lassak August 29, 2012

This mini matchbook album is the perfect project to use small pieces and scraps of your handmade paper. I’ve been making handmade paper using the Arnold Grummer Papermaking Kit, and can’t bear to throw away even the tiniest scrap. I started with this lightweight chipboard matchbook. Next, I covered each page and the matchbook cover [...]

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Extra Scrappy!

by Amy Day August 27, 2012

Last OCD with Amy D, I showed you how I organize my smaller scraps, but what about the larger pieces?  And the pieces that cannot be cut down to 5×5 or smaller?  Originally, I kept a clear 12×12 folder for each color and carried all of the folders in this great bag.  It worked for [...]

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August Card Club

by Amy Day August 23, 2012

Happy birthday to you!  You live in a zoo!  You look like a monkey and smell like one too! August’s theme/technique was birthday cards.  Once again, the group out did itself with great, fun cards making it difficult for me to choose my four favorites.  I like to keep who made the cards a secret [...]

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I’m a Scrappy One!

by Amy Day August 15, 2012

It can be everyone crafter’s nemesis – scrap paper.  What do you do with it?  Keep it?  Throw it away?  Roll it up and smoke it?  Well . . . maybe not that last one . . . I use to just throw it away (gasp!).  That was until someone appealed to my OCD.  I [...]

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Handmade Paper Booklet

by Carole Lassak August 12, 2012

Handmade papermaking is so much fun!! And Arnold Grummer make is easy, too. When I started my paper factory one nice sunny morning, everyone got involved—my son Seth, daughter-in-law Joanna, and my two year old grand-daughter Chloe. Even my husband Steve, who generally shuns my projects couldn’t resist. We made lots of paper—all from recycled [...]

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Paper Is My Weakness

by Amy Day August 6, 2012

Yes, I have a shirt that says, “Paper is my weakness.”  That’s why OCD with Amy D needs several blogs just to show how I organize my paper! After last week’s blog, follower – TaffysMommy – commented about how she organizes her paper; and it made my OCD tingle!  TaffysMommy organizes her solid card stock [...]

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For the Love of Paper!

by Amy Day July 30, 2012

I like paper.  I like paper a lot.  OK, that’s an understatement.  I lllloooovvveeee paper!  I’m actually a bit of a paper whore, and I even have the shirt to prove it! Keeping my addiction organized is a challenge, but a challenge I face with open arms.  I love paper so much and have so [...]

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Want2Scrap Retro Bird Cards Using Graphic 45 Papers & ArtGlitter

by Joe Morgan July 27, 2012

  Want2Scrap is teaming up this week to bring you tons of inspiration using Want2Scrap,Graphic 45, and Art Glitter products!I used Joe Rotella’s Retro Birds from Want2Scrap to make the embellishments for my three cards. This set includes 5 birds, 2 branches, several nests (or moons) and eggs along with the sentiment Cloud 9. I painted the chipboard bird and incorporated a [...]

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Want2Scrap Ocean Album Using Graphic 45 Travelogue & ArtGlitter

by Joe Rotella July 27, 2012

Want2Scrap is teaming up this week to bring you tons of inspiration using Want2Scrap, Graphic 45, and Art Glitter products! With a combination like that, and the recent launch of my first set of products, I couldn’t resist using my Ocean Album for this hop. All the papers used in this project came from a [...]

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Oooohhhh Pppprreetttyyyy!!!

by Amy Day July 23, 2012

While cropping with my fabulous friend Carrie Layne, I couldn’t help but marvel at her paper organization and efficiency.  OK, by marvel, I mean I petted it and chanted, “Ooooohhhh, ppprrreeetttyyyy!!!” To make her scrapbooking easier, Carrie cuts her card stock into 4.5 x 6.5 pieces and organizes them by color.  When she needs paper [...]

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Arnold Grummer Design Team

by Carole Lassak July 21, 2012

I thrilled to let you all know that I am know a member of the Arnold Grummer design team. In the next few months I’ll be sharing papermaking ideas and projects with you. Handmade paper is fun and easy to make. Follow along and make the projects that the design team shares. Check out my design [...]

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Button Button Who’s Got the Button?

by Amy Day July 16, 2012

I’ll admit I’m not a button girl.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love the look of buttons.  Every time I see them on a card or scrapbook page, I think, “Wow!  Why don’t I think to use buttons more?”  So, when Shirley Wheeler put out a call to OCD with Amy D for how to [...]

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Booklet Fit for a Diva

by Carole Lassak July 11, 2012

I’m thrilled to be auditioning for the Arnold Grummer design team! Arnold Grummer has all the supplies you need to make your very own handmade paper. It’s fun and easy to make your own papers, and takes paper crafting to the next level. For this little booklet is for a special friend who—you guessed it—is [...]

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Welcome to OCD with Amy D!

by Amy Day July 9, 2012

Yes!  You read it correctly – Welcome to OCD with Amy D – a new weekly blog post all about organizing your crafting supplies!  In this case, OCD stands for Obsessive Crafting Disorder!  (OK, there’s a little traditional OCD involved as well.)  Sometimes I wonder what I love more.  Crafting?  OR  Buying and organizing crafting [...]

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Dethroning the Queen!

by Amy Day July 8, 2012

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been diligently working to dethrone the queen of unfinished projects! First up, a Technique Day album from 2 or 3 years ago!  Red Letter Journal offers Technique Day the 3rd Saturday of every month from 12-5pm.  For this Technique Day, we made a page each month to [...]

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Published Iris Folding Teapot

by Betty Scott July 2, 2012

The call came out for a project using recycled products.  I decided to do a teapot, (which is one of my favorite patterns). The next step was to find recycled material to accomplish this.  With everything in life, your projects always come out better using items you love.  So, the gift wrap I had saved [...]

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July Card Club

by Amy Day July 1, 2012

Can you believe another month has come and gone?!  The year is officially half over – AH!  As usual, I waited until the last minute to make my cards for card club.  Every month I swear I will not wait and every month I’m rushing to get things done the night or morning before card [...]

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Authentique Paper and Want2Scrap Inspiration Week!

by Joe Morgan June 29, 2012

Authentique Paper and Want2Scrap are teaming up this week to bring you tons of inspiration using Authentique Paper and Want2Scrap products! Make sure you visit these fabulous designers for even more inspiration! - Terre Fry - Elise Durenberger And be sure to check the Want2Scrap blog every day this week for even more project inspiration! They have a fantastic Want2Scrap [...]

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Gilding Using Metal Leafing, Duo Adhesive and a Rubber Stamp

by Joe Rotella June 28, 2012

The term gilding covers a number of decorative techniques for applying fine metal leafing (usually gold) or powder to solid surfaces such as wood, stone, or metal to give a thin coating of metal. Metal leaf, also called composition leaf or schlagmetal, is a thin foil used for gilding. There are many ways to apply metal leaf. In general, you need to [...]

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Mini Book

by Amy Day June 26, 2012

I simply enjoy making mini books to showcase events and to give as gifts.  Most recently, I made a mini book for my step-dad out of brown lunch sacks.  This technique is so much fun, and you can alter the direction and size to create multiple unique books.  To create this book, the openings of [...]

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June Card Club

by Amy Day June 23, 2012

I ABSOLUTELY loved this month’s card club theme!   I LOVE IT!  I LOVE IT!  I LOVE IT! June’s theme was card maps.  For those of you not familiar with card maps or page maps, they can help take your creativity to a new level.  They can also make your crafting easier and faster. A map [...]

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Post-it Note Holders

by Carole Lassak June 21, 2012

The plain pads of post-its on my desk looked so plain, I decided that I needed to help them make a statement. So, I designed these post-it note holders. These are quick and easy to do. The decorative possibilities are endless!! And I think these would make great remembrance gifts. I designed the pattern in [...]

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Happy Father’s Day!

by Amy Day June 17, 2012

I am blessed to have two great men to celebrate and remember today. My dad, Willie Lucas, passed away in 2000; and there is not a day that goes by I don’t think of him.  Even though my parents separated in when I was young, my dad was always there.  He called me every day, [...]

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Geisha Bookmark Tag With Mica Watercolors, Embossed Mica and Gilding

by Joe Rotella June 14, 2012

In early August, I’m offering 4 classes at Stampaway in Cincinnati, Ohio. One of those classes focuses on tags and I turned to Susan Pickering Rothamel from USArtQuest for advice. Just days after our chat, I received happy mail with lots of sample tags designed and created by Susan! The tags used all sorts of cool techniques [...]

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Embellished Tray

by Carole Lassak June 14, 2012

I began this project with a tray from McGuffey Woodworking. These trays are unique because the back piece is held in place with screws so you can easily position papers in the tray. I removed the back piece and painted the tray frame with Krylon Metallic Chrome spray paint. When the paint dried I spritzed [...]

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“Under The Sea” Party Invitation Tag and Elmer’s and X-ACTO Giveaway!

by Joe Rotella June 8, 2012

When I thought of Elmer’s I only thought of the white glue in the little bottle I used as a child. And when I thought of X-ACTO, I thought of a craft knife. That was it, until I received a Craft It! tote packed with crafting tools and supplies from the great folks at Elmer’s [...]

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Sweet Little Birdhouse

by Carole Lassak June 7, 2012

You know by now that I love three dimensional paper pieces. The file for this birdhouse came from a woman on one of my Yahoo groups. When I saw it, I knew I wanted to use Robin’s Nest paper to make it. She was kind enough to share the file with me. I cut all [...]

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Always Sparkle!
Viva Las Vegastamps! Mary Vogel Lozinak Link Up

by Joe Morgan May 26, 2012

Today is the Viva Las Vegastamps! Mary Vogel Lozinak link up and I’m happy to be participating! Be sure to go through the Linky and visit the blogs for lots of fun. And each Design Team member for VLVS! will have $10 to give away to one lucky commenter on their blog, as well as ANOTHER $25 [...]

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Mermaid Tag with PPA Napkin Collage, Artist’s Cement,Fibers and Mica Watercolor

by Joe Rotella May 24, 2012

In early August, 2012, in Cincinnati, Ohio, I’ll be teaching four classes at Stampaway -  one of the best stamp shows in the country. One class, Retro Deco Revival Art Tags, features 5 tags with 5 techniques using a variety of materials. This Mermaid Tag is the basis for one of the tags in that class. From [...]

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Time Machine
A Steampunk Shadowbox With Working Sprockets & Lights

by Joe Rotella May 21, 2012

Sometimes a project takes on a life of its own. That was certainly the case when I started to think about what I could submit to the Stampers’ Sampler Tempting Template challenge (June/July 2011, Volume 18, Issue 4, Pinwheel). I love 3D and interactive projects made with paper. I think it’s fascinating to take paper – a [...]

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Cherry Pie Mini Album

by Carole Lassak May 17, 2012

I created this mini-album using Robin’s Nest papers and embellishments and chipboard from Want2Scrap. I started with W2S’s 12×12 Decorative Sheet Style B Chipboard—a scalloped edge circle. I used a craft knife to cut the chipboard circle into pie-shaped wedges. I used Robin’s Nest Fat Brick Plaid and Valentine Strip paper to cover the front [...]

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by Amy Day May 12, 2012

Happy May Crafters!  Time for your monthly Red Letter Journal card club update! This month’s theme was chipboard.  To be precise, it was naked chipboard.  Participants could cover it with paper, paint it, emboss it, glimmer mist it, whatever tickled their creative fancy!  Of course, the Create & Craft team was on hand armed with [...]

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Mica D’Lights Night Light

by Joe Rotella May 10, 2012

Night light by day… Night light at night… On a recent trip to the Dollar Store, I came across night lights for $1! Night light kits sell on the web for $3 and up, so I knew this was a deal I couldn’t pass up. I was sure I could use the parts to make [...]

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Party Treat Tray

by Carole Lassak May 3, 2012

Anyone who follows my blog posts knows that I love three dimensional items. So does the crew at Create & Craft, so when Joe Rotella spotted this paper kit for a party treat tray at a dollar store, he got it for me to de-construct and turn into a paper project. Before I could de-construct [...]

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Man’s Tie Collaged with Napkins and Perfect Paper Adhesive (PPA) from USArtQuest

by Joe Rotella April 26, 2012

Earlier this week I was at lunch with Joe Morgan and Carole Lassak, and, as usual, we were talking about crafting. We work together at our “real job” (Delphia Consulting) and have lunch together every day. And because we all love to craft, we inevitably talk about ideas, projects, products, etc.  This time the topic [...]

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Black & White Pyramid Box

by Carole Lassak April 22, 2012

Welcome to Robin’s Nest Earth Day Blog Hop. Yes, there’s blog candy!! Each blog will pick a winner who will receive a package of the new mini dew drops. One grand prize winner will receive a Robin’s Nest Leather Binder. Simply to enter—just leave a comment on each blog!! This pyramid box is made from leftover [...]

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Elegant Card with Matching Presentation Box

by Carole Lassak April 19, 2012

I love bling and shine and glitter—and I got to combine them all with this project! The materials that I started with were Robin’s Nest Gold Fleur-de-li cardstock, Goldenberry Dew Drops, Daughter Mini Dew Drops, and chipboard embellishments from Want2Scrap. I started by coating the chipboard crown and flourishes with a thin coat of Duo [...]

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Spring Bird On Nest with USArtQuest Dicrofibers

by Joe Rotella April 12, 2012

I first saw Dicrofibers at a scrapbook convention. Susan Pickering Rothamel from USArtQuest was demonstrating how these fibers can be fused together to create exceptional textures for use on cards, in collages, etc. I was fascinated and immediately purchased the Cottage Garden set. Over time, I even purchased some additional sets. But, like many of my [...]

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Chipboard Album in Black & White

by Carole Lassak April 5, 2012

This project is a totally black and white one—done with the great selection of papers from The Robin’s Nest. I started with a chipboard album from Want2Scrap. I covered each of the pages with a different—all keeping with the monochromatic theme. After testing several adhesives, I discovered that the easiest way to adhere the papers was [...]

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