About Joe Rotella

Joe learned to craft from his mom and loves detail and 3D work. His specialty is upcycling. Joe’s work has appeared in Scrap & Stamp Arts, Just Steampunk! and Somerset Studio Gallery magazines. He’s filmed a segment of Crafting at the Spotted Canary (on PBS) with Joy Macdonell, many segments for Scrapbook Soup TV (on PBS) and will be appearing in the new PBS/CreateTV show called "Make It Artsy." He has won Archiver’s One-of-a-Kind Wall Art contest (Ohio, August 2011). He’s served on the Viva Las Vegastamps! design team and currently serves on the Proxxon design team.

Making Connections – See You At CHA Blog Hop

Connecting Is My Favorite Part of CHA The Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) is a professional organization where creative arts and hobby professionals come together to learn, connect, innovate and succeed. Their largest event each year is the CHA Mega Show (January 7-12, 2016, Anaheim, CA). In the past, they also had a smaller [...]

By | December 11th, 2015|News|21 Comments

3+ Hours of Crafty Video Tutorials! Creative Jumpstart 2016

I'm excited to announce that I'll be participating as an artist in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2016! If you're not familiar with CJS, it's a one-of-a-kind online event to kick your creativity into high gear with the new year. It's a fantastic way to learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with artists and crafters [...]

By | December 4th, 2015|News|0 Comments

Announcing Extra Sticky Mat for Zing Air

Ever  needed a really sticky mat for your cutting machine? The wait is over! The new extra sticky Zing mats are now available from Create N Craft. The adhesive of these mats is over two times stickier that on the standard mats. The extra adhesive make these mats ideal for heavier or textured materials—chipboard, fabric, [...]

By | January 8th, 2015|News|0 Comments

Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2014 Is Coming!

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. [...]

By | December 10th, 2013|News|1 Comment

Demo: Zing Electronic Cutter & Make The Cut

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 [...]

By | May 21st, 2013|News|1 Comment

GoH at Gen Con 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 [...]

By | March 29th, 2013|News|0 Comments

What It’s It Like Teaching Paper Craft Classes

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 [...]

By | February 18th, 2013|News|14 Comments

It’s Great to Be a Jumper!!

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 [...]

By | January 24th, 2013|News|208 Comments

Live Web Show with Susan Pickering Rothamel

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 [...]

By | November 7th, 2012|News|0 Comments

Blog Hop Winners!!

Congratulations to "Lee in Texas" and "Yvonne" for winning prizes in the Viva Las Vegastamps! Blog Hop this past weekend!! Lee and Yvonne each won a $15 gift certificate from Viva Las Vegastamps! Check your email for details on how to claim your prize. Congrats again and Happy Crafting!        

By | January 3rd, 2012|News|0 Comments

USArtQuest Design Team Announced

I first met Susan Pickering Rothamel at a paper crafting convention about two years ago. I watched her create amazing piece after piece with the greatest of ease, all while talking to people visiting her booth. Since then, I've read her books, watched her DVDs and continued to visit with her at shows. She's delightful, [...]

By | December 20th, 2011|News|3 Comments

Swapper’s Day Finds!

Over the last few months, I've seen my crafting shift from card making to more 3D projects. I've also started using a variety of materials in combination with paper. I guess I've moved into the mixed media space. I've always liked lumpy bumpy artwork. I've always been more attracted to sculpture, pottery, carvings, art quilts, [...]

By | September 15th, 2011|News|5 Comments

Riley the Moose Comes to Ohio

A 5" square card made with Riley The Moose and Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL) For the first time ever, and for a very limited time, Riley is available in central Ohio! Riley is the adorable little moose recently featured in a two page article in Scrap & Stamp Arts magazine (March 2011) [...]

By | February 27th, 2011|News|0 Comments

Meeting Kari McKnight-Holbrook

Cloth Paper Scissors January/February 2011 Issue Handmade books and journals fascinate me. I love the different materials people can incorporate in a book, from the pages to the covers to the bindings to the embellishments. They are works of art that unfold before you as you turn the pages. I like how can [...]

By | February 18th, 2011|News|2 Comments

Congratulations Karel—You Won!

Karel Jennings Congratulations to Karel Jennings of Hilton, NY! She's the winner of our Your Story Package for participating the Getting Cricky Across the 50 blog hop hosted by Kristal Andrew. We selected our winner using and 60 was the lucky comment number. Karel's hobbies are reading, paper crafting, needle crafting and [...]

By | February 14th, 2011|News|10 Comments

Your Story Package Blog Hop Giveaway!

A Big Cricut Hello & Chirp to each of you! Welcome to the Cricky Across the 50 Blog Hop hosted by K Andrew of Getting Cricky! If you are here from Patricia Logan of MDN Creates then you are in the right spot. If you just arrived here and would like to start from the [...]

By | February 11th, 2011|News|265 Comments

We’re Back From CHA Winter 2011

After a week in Los Angeles, CA for the The Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) Winter Tradeshow, the Create & Craft team is back at home in Columbus, OH. And what a week it’s been! Folks took some great classes, learned some new techniques, connected with familiar friends, met great folks, did some shopping, and [...]

By | February 2nd, 2011|News|0 Comments

Barbara Trombley: The Original Glitter Queen!

Barb Trombley, The Original Glitter Queen Today at the CHA 2011 Winter tradeshow, I had the pleasure to meet Barbara Trombley, the original glitter Queen! Barbara was standing in front of a glittered butterfly, about 4 foot square, that had the most amazing shading I've ever seen! And there were rows and rows [...]

By | January 30th, 2011|News|1 Comment

Our Trip to Stampaway 2010

Our trip to Stampaway in Cincinnati allowed us to meet some fantastic designers (Amy Flowers, Joni Russell, Magdalena Muldoon), gave us the chance to learn some new techniques (mixed media collage, metal engraving) and inspired us to start hunting for some really cool ephemera.

By | August 14th, 2010|News|0 Comments

Iris Folding Versus Tea Bag Folding

Iris folding and tea bag folding are similar, but different While both are believed to have originated in Holland, they each have their own unique characteristic.

By | December 30th, 2009|News|0 Comments

Sure Cuts A Lot™ V2 for Macintosh Released

About 4 months after the launch of the eagerly anticipated Version 2 of Sure Cuts a Lot™ for Windows, Craft Edge (the publishers of SCAL) have released the Macintosh version.

By | December 2nd, 2009|News|0 Comments