Amaretto Apricot Chews Cookies - Chewy oatmeal cookies flavored with Amaretto, diced dried apricots and chopped almonds and drizzled with Amaretto icing. - all-purpose flour, baking soda, margarine or butter (2 sticks), packed light brown sugar, sugar, egg, Amaretto, regular or quick cooking oats, snipped dried apricots, finely chopped almonds, sifted powdered (confectioners) sugar (for [...]
March is National Craft Month and to celebrate, I'm giving away a Brother ScanNCut2 Electronic Cutting Machine! There are lots of ways to enter and you can add additional entries every day! The more times you enter, the more chances you have to win!
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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®.
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 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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]