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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

Joe Rotella Presents at CHA Mega Show

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 [...]

By | January 9th, 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

Using Creative Paperclay®

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®.

By | December 13th, 2013|News|2 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

Redheaded Fairy

  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.  

By | November 8th, 2013|News|0 Comments

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

Not Just for Teachers

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 [...]

By | October 4th, 2012|News|7 Comments

For the Love of Glitter Glue!

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 [...]

By | September 24th, 2012|News|2 Comments

Stamp Your Heart Out—Part 2

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 [...]

By | September 14th, 2012|News|2 Comments

Stamp Your Heart Out—Part 1

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 . . [...]

By | September 3rd, 2012|News|4 Comments

Extra Scrappy!

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 5x5 or smaller? Originally, I kept a clear 12x12 folder for each color and carried all of the folders in this great bag.  It worked for [...]

By | August 27th, 2012|News|1 Comment

August Card Club

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 [...]

By | August 23rd, 2012|News|1 Comment

I’m a Scrappy One!

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 [...]

By | August 15th, 2012|News|1 Comment

Paper Is My Weakness

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 [...]

By | August 6th, 2012|News|3 Comments

For the Love of Paper!

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 [...]

By | July 30th, 2012|News|4 Comments

Oooohhhh Pppprreetttyyyy!!!

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 [...]

By | July 23rd, 2012|News|2 Comments

Arnold Grummer’s Design Team

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 [...]

By | July 21st, 2012|News|2 Comments

Button, Button—Who’s Got the Button?

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 [...]

By | July 16th, 2012|News|1 Comment

Welcome to OCD with Amy D!

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 [...]

By | July 9th, 2012|News|1 Comment