CreateNCraft Blog

Joe Rotella Presents at CHA Mega Show

By |January 9th, 2015|

Joe Rotella, Founder and Creative Director of Create N Craft, will be present a hands-on lab workshop at the Craft and Hobby Association’s 2015 Mega Show. Participants will use their own laptops while learning the elements of an effective web presence. Using an “apprentice approach,” Joe will guide CHA members through the five areas critical to the […]

Announcing Extra Sticky Mat for Zing Air

By |January 8th, 2015|

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, highly […]

Using Creative Paperclay®

By |December 13th, 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®.

Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2014 Is Coming!

By |December 10th, 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. I’m proud […]

Redheaded Fairy

By |November 8th, 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.


Demo: Zing Electronic Cutter & Make The Cut

By |May 21st, 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 mentioned in […]

GoH at Gen Con 2013!

By |March 29th, 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 attendance […]

What It’s It Like Teaching Paper Craft Classes

By |February 18th, 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 you […]

It’s Great to Be a Jumper!!

By |January 24th, 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 giveaway!!

Live Web Show with Susan Pickering Rothamel

By |November 7th, 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 magic […]

Not Just for Teachers

By |October 4th, 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 them […]

For the Love of Glitter Glue!

By |September 24th, 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 […]

Stamp Your Heart Out—Part 2

By |September 14th, 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 new […]

Stamp Your Heart Out—Part 1

By |September 3rd, 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 . . .

Wow, I started to […]

Extra Scrappy!

By |August 27th, 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 a […]

August Card Club

By |August 23rd, 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 as […]

I’m a Scrappy One!

By |August 15th, 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 now […]

Paper Is My Weakness

By |August 6th, 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 in […]

For the Love of Paper!

By |July 30th, 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 much […]

Oooohhhh Pppprreetttyyyy!!!

By |July 23rd, 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 for […]

Arnold Grummer’s Design Team

By |July 21st, 2012|

I am thrilled to let you all know that I am know a member of the Arnold Grummer’s 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 […]

Button, Button—Who’s Got the Button?

By |July 16th, 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 organize […]

Welcome to OCD with Amy D!

By |July 9th, 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 […]

Dethroning the Queen!

By |July 8th, 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 create […]

Iris Folding Teapot Card Published

By |July 2nd, 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 […]