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Around the World Blog Hop

by Joe Rotella on 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 [...]

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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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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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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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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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):http://nathaliesstudio.us2.list-manage2.com/subscribe?u=67a83d729c610882c470bb72c&id=d8db98b276 For more info: http://nathaliesstudio.com/2012/12/20/creative-jumpstart-2013/ Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered into my special Creative JumpStart [...]

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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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Glazed Surfaces Catch My Eye – Happy Birthday Columbus!

by Joe Rotella March 22, 2012

click to enlarge photo Glazed surfaces always catch my eye. Seeing a photo, stamp or drawing under a translucent layer of color adds a rich, dimensional aspect to any project. If things are whitewashed or have a sepia glaze they look more “vintage.” That’s why I was compelled to pick up the Tin Bucket Perfect [...]

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“The Game Is Afoot” – Sherlock Holmes Inspired Steampunk Related Card

by Joe Rotella March 19, 2012

Are you familiar with steampunk? It’s a style that involves a setting where steam power is still widely used—usually Victorian era Britain or “Wild West”-era United States—that incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology, or futuristic innovations as Victorians might have envisioned them. Gaslight romance or gaslamp fantasy [...]

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Highlighting Textures With Prills in an African Mask
USArtQuest Blog Hop

by Joe Rotella March 12, 2012

To celebrate the launch of USArtQuest’s newest embellishment, Prills, they’re hosting a blog hop!  If you’ve come here from Sally Lynn MacDonald’s blog, then you’re in the right place. To start the hop from the beginning, please go to the USArtQuest blog. Become a follower of each blog and leave a comment on each blog to [...]

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Napkin Collage Cards Using Perfect Paper Adhesive (PPA)

by Joe Rotella March 8, 2012

About two weeks ago, the Create & Craft team and I taught a collage frame class at Red Letter Journals in Grove City, Ohio. The class was inspired by the Botanical Paper Napkin Collage Frame I posted by in January. While the class was well attended, some of my “regular” students didn’t sign up. Turns [...]

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Retro Style Card – Will Trade Coffee For Gossip

by Joe Rotella March 5, 2012

June Cleaver is going to pop out of one of my kitchen cabinets some day, I’m sure of it. I live in a 1950′s ranch with the original pink kitchen made by GE. Yup, the one you see at the start of the Tomorrow Land ride at Disney. That’s fine with me though, because I [...]

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Red-eyed Tree Frog Box With Mica D’Lights and Cut • Bond • Create

by Joe Rotella February 23, 2012

Sometimes ideas for a project float around in my head for weeks or months. Concepts float to the top, sink to the bottom, fade in or fade out. That was certainly the case for this project. Here are some of the random thoughts that came together to create this little box. My favorite electronic cutting [...]

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Absolut-ly Fabulous Card – Shaped Like A Bottle of Absolut!

by Joe Rotella February 20, 2012

From the first time I saw the TV show Absolutely Fabulous, I fell in love with it! If you aren’t familiar with it, Absolutely Fabulous, also known as Ab Fab, is a British sitcom created by Jennifer Saunders, based on an original idea by her and Dawn French, and written by Saunders, who plays the leading character. According to Wikipedia, the series [...]

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Lifelong Friends Assemblage

by Joe Rotella February 9, 2012

About a month ago, I used a photo stamp for the first time – Senior Ladies 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ (#8671) from Viva Las Vegastamps! – and created a card. Every time I looked at the stamp I imagined more and more about the two ladies it shows, sitting outside, side-by-side…. …They’ve known each other [...]

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Life’s A Beach Card with Sand from Cancun!

by Joe Rotella February 6, 2012

Last June, I was in Mexico for business and had just a few minutes to run to the beach and feel the water before heading back to the airport for the trip home to Ohio. In those short minutes, I couldn’t resist filling an empty water bottle with sand, knowing it might come in handy [...]

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Shimmering Koi Kimono With Mica and Gold Metallic Leaf

by Joe Rotella January 26, 2012

Sometimes I feel more like a collector than a crafter. I see things, new and old, and say to myself, “Ooo! That’s so nice! I know I can make something with that!” I buy it and then it sits—sometimes for weeks, months or even years. That was this case with the Kimono stamp #2545 I [...]

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Senior Ladies, Best Friends – A Card For Your BFF

by Joe Rotella January 16, 2012

Until this project, I don’t think I’ve ever used a “photo stamp.” You know the kind – stamps made from photographs rather than drawings. I’ve seen many that have interested me, but just didn’t know what to do with them or how to use them. That brings me to the pound of rubber I received [...]

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Paper Napkin Collage Frame and Perfect Paper Adhesive (PPA) from USArtQuest

by Joe Rotella January 12, 2012

I’m so excited to be sharing my first project as a member of the USArtQuest Design Team (DT)!  I first met Susan Pickering Rothamel at a scrapbook convention in 2009. She was demonstrating technique after technique all while answering questions from the crowd. I watched in awe. She made everything look so easy, I was [...]

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Blog Hop Winners!!

by Joe Rotella January 3, 2012

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!        

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Split Personalities, Psycho Spiral, Viva Las Vegas Blog Hop – Happy New Year!

by Joe Rotella January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!! To kick off the year with a bang, Viva Las Vegastamps! is hosting a blog hop! If you’ve come here from DeeDee Catron’s blog, Um Wow Studio, then you’re in the right place. To start the hop from the beginning, please go to the Viva Las Vegastamps! blog. If you like blog [...]

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USArtQuest Design Team Announced

by Joe Rotella December 20, 2011

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, [...]

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Circus Themed Card using Viva Las Vegastamps! and Creative Paperclay

by Joe Rotella December 19, 2011

A couple years back, I took a pottery class through the Lifelong Learning program offered by my city’s Parks and Recreation department. We learned to throw pots, work with clay slabs and even did some molding. Back then I used some small face molds to make embellishments for a clay bowl. When it came time [...]

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Creating A Collaged Frame With 3D Embellishments

by Joe Rotella December 15, 2011

I met Susan Pickering Rothamel a couple of years ago at a convention. I watched how easily she created beautiful projects with USArtQuest products and purchased a “starter kit.”  I bought her book, The Art of Paper Collage, and was so excited to start exploring the world of mixed media. I stared at the supplies [...]

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Season’s Greetings Side Step Card

by Joe Rotella December 5, 2011

I participate in a card swap at Red Letter Journals. On the first Sunday of every month, about two dozen card makers get together to learn a new technique and trade cards using the technique they learned the previous month. It’s a great way to learn new things, have fun and get some great cards! [...]

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Bowling Ball Spinner Card – Fiesta Lanes (Includes Pattern to Download)

by Joe Rotella November 21, 2011

Sometimes when I browse a collection of stamps, I look for stamps that will work well together to create a scene. When I found these three bowling stamps at Viva Las Vegastamps! I knew there had to be a fun way to combine them. It wasn’t too long before I realized a spinner card might [...]

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Shell Shaped Card Featuring a Glitter on Acetate Mermaid!

by Joe Rotella November 7, 2011

Glitter!  Most every crafter I know likes to add a little bling to their projects once in a while, and glitter is an easy way to do it. This little fact may surprise you; glitter was invented by an American cattle farmer named Ruschman during the 1930s! Although some sources say he invented the product [...]

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Halloween Treat Boxes and Tag – With A Free Pattern!

by Joe Rotella October 17, 2011

I’m not a big fan of horror stories, scary films, haunted houses and the like. They make my heart pound and I scare pretty easily. Maybe that’s why I prefer the spooky but fun approach to Halloween. When I saw the Eyes Inside Pumpkin stamp from Viva Las Vegastamps! it made me chuckle. The design [...]

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Halloween Lantern with Viva Las Vegastamps!

by Joe Rotella October 3, 2011

I’m so excited to be sharing my first project with you, as a new member of the Viva Las Vegastamps! Design Team (DT)! It was so hard to pick just one Halloween image from the huge variety of stamps Viva Las Vegastamps! has in their 15,000+ collection that I needed to come up with some [...]

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Pixie In A Bottle – The Upcycle Blog Hop and a Your Story Prize Giveaway!

by Joe Rotella September 17, 2011

Welcome to the Upcycle Blog Hop hosted by Tanya, the Scrappy Scavenger. If you’re doing the hop and are here from Dawn’s blog, Strawberry Delights, then you are in the right spot. If you just arrived here and would like to start from the beginning of the hop, please go to Tanya’s blog, the Scrappy Scavenger. [...]

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Swapper’s Day Finds!

by Joe Rotella September 15, 2011

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 in to the mixed media space. I’ve always liked lumpy bumpy artwork. I’ve always been more attracted to sculpture, pottery, carvings, art [...]

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M-113 Steampunk Clock

by Joe Rotella September 1, 2011

Over the past 6 months, we’ve been going to thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales looking for things we could incorporate in to our craft projects. I’ve been especially interested in wooden pieces that I could upscale using paper collage and stamping. One of our finds was a small battery operated clock in a [...]

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Creating a Letterblock Tray

by Joe Rotella August 16, 2011

It’s Margie’s fault. Maybe Joe Morgan’s too. I’ll tell you about Margie in a minute. As for JoeM… a while ago, he picked up a 7Gypsies Letterblock Tray at Archiver’s. It has sat, among all the other supplies we’ve collected for our crafting dreams and fantasies, waiting for the right moment to turn in to [...]

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Once Upon A Time…Illuminated Letters

by Joe Rotella May 27, 2011

Fate has a way of making things happen that are supposed to happen. Earlier this week I had to spend a day in Chicago and caught a flight back home to Columbus at the end of the day. When I got in line at position A1 (shoutout to Southwest!), I was surprised to see a [...]

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Riley the Moose Comes to Ohio

by Joe Rotella February 27, 2011

    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) and soon to be featured in another two page article in the April 2011 issue! [...]

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Meeting Kari McKnight-Holbrook

by Joe Rotella February 18, 2011

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 see and feel the different textures of the [...]

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Tim Holtz Inspired Challenge

by Joe Rotella February 17, 2011

K. Andrew over at Getting Cricky posted a challenge on her blog to create something in the altered style of Tim Holtz.  With only 1 night to work on our projects, Joe M., Betty and I sat down to crank out something completely free flowing. No planning. No fretting. Just  heart-to-hands creating. Here’s what we [...]

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Congratulations Karel – You Won!

by Joe Rotella February 14, 2011

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 Random.org and 60 was the lucky comment number. Karel’s hobbies are reading, paper crafting, needle crafting and sewing. She blogs at [...]

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Your Story Package Giveaway! Cricky Across the 50! Blog Hop

by Joe Rotella February 11, 2011

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 [...]

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We’re Back From CHA Winter 2011

by Joe Rotella February 2, 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 [...]

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Barbara Trombley: The Original Glitter Queen!

by Joe Rotella January 30, 2011

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 of glitter in all 100′s of colors and [...]

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Our Trip to Stampaway 2010

by Joe Rotella August 14, 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.

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Font Swatch Book Made With SCAL

by Joe Rotella April 15, 2010

Join our SCAL Club, in person in Columbus, Ohio or remote, and create a swatch book of your favorite SCAL fonts! Trade swatches with other SCAL users to discover fonts you can use to take your designs to the next level.

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Cupcake Card

by Joe Rotella January 3, 2010

Nearly everyone loves cupcakes, those pint sized servings of delicious cake covered in swirls of icing. We create this card, with “swirls” of embossed icing, to help celebrate Valentine’s Day.

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Hoo Hoo Hoo Who Loves You

by Joe Rotella January 3, 2010

A Valentine’s Day Card using a chocolate brown and pink palette with an owl as the focal point, asking “Hoo Hoo Hoo who loves you?”

Stamps are from Hampton Art and Inkadinkadoo.

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Iris Folding Versus Tea Bag Folding

by Joe Rotella December 30, 2009

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.

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Struggling To Create Tags Using Cricut® DesignStudio

by Joe Rotella December 30, 2009

A contest was recently posted where the basic requirement sounded simple:
Create a tag using Cricut® DesignStudio (DS) and the Cricut® Plantin SchoolBook font cartridge.

The end result? The limited functionality of DS combined with the limited shapes available on the Cricut® Plantin SchoolBook font cartridge made this tedious and time consuming. Worst of all, I had to change my design concept to fit the limitations of the software and cartridge.

When the possibilities are endless with Sure Cuts A Lot™, why would anyone use DS?

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Sure Cuts A Lot™ V2 for Macintosh Released

by Joe Rotella December 2, 2009

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.

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