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Editor’s Note.......................... 7 Keeping It Organized ........... 8

Bits & Pieces .......................... 87

No matter what your budget or style,

Put those little bits of ribbon and pieces of

discover dozens of storage and craft

paper you find around your craft space to

space ideas from the following stores:

good use.

Hardware Store


Craft Store


Upcycled Packaging ............ 109

Retail Superstore


Breathe new life into old packaging for

Specialty Home Store


fun gifts and cards.

Thrift Store


Dollar Store


Try It All! ............................. 130 Put all of these practical solutions to use in

DIY Stamping ........................ 54

one project.

See several clever ideas for making a stamp from found items.

Index.................................... 129

DIY Embellishments ............ 69 Save money and find new ideas for making your own embellishment focal point.

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Keeping It Organized HARDWARE STORE A home improvement store can be a girl’s best friend when it comes to creating a crafty space that’s both practical and pretty. With simple tools like a miter box, miter saw, and screwdriver plus some elbow grease and ingenuity, there are endless possibilities for solutions you can build yourself. Polish it up with paint to match your mood and you’ll never want to leave your handcrafted girl cave ever again! p.10

CRAFT STORE Rather than hide the fact the craft store is your favorite, embrace it for all the clever options available for storing your stash. While you’re picking out the latest and greatest new supplies, don’t overlook all the cute and practical storage and organization options a few aisles over. From premade cabinets and containers to unfinished wood pieces you can personalize, doll up your creative space with a wide range of fun and functional décor. p.16

RETAIL SUPERSTORE With a little imagination, a walk through your favorite superstore (like Target or Walmart) will yield all sorts of practical ways to organize your craft area. Scour the kitchen, electronics, and closet organization departments for inventive storage solutions for every craft supply in your stash. And instead of taking the item at face value, consider how you can transform it to your creative space specifications. p.22


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SPECIALTY HOME STORE From IKEA to HomeGoods, specialty home stores offer a variety of storage solutions that can be repurposed or personalized at minimal cost. When your creative area is a corner of the family room, you’ll need to be sure it enhances your home décor. With a little paint, fabric, and your favorite patterned paper, you can create a cohesive and productive crafty space. p.28

THRIFT STORE The saying about one person’s trash being another one’s treasure has never been more applicable in our world of crafty storage. If you look at a simple jar and envision a paper-wrapped holder for hand punches, you’re an upcycler at heart and this space is just for you. Everyday items can be adapted for creative and budget-friendly organization, so give them a second look before sending them to the recycle pile. p.34

DOLLAR STORE These days you can find dollar bins everywhere you shop, and of course there are entire stores devoted to dollar-priced items. If you look at these thrifty treasure troves with an eye for the possibilities, you’ll get more bang for your crafty buck on storage solutions. From glassware and trays to hangers and pill boxes, you can store ink, embellishments, and tools with penny-wise style. p.43

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Pretty and Practical Paper Projects Now that you’ve got your crafting space planned and organized, keep the momentum and get creative with your stash. In fact, go beyond your stash with tips and tricks to make the most out of do-it-yourself options for embellishments and stamping, plus clever ways to use scraps and repurpose packaging. Turn the page to find pages overflowing with practical solutions for every paper crafting project!





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DESIGNER TIP Use a serrated knife to cleanly cut the foam pool noodle.

Absolutely Incredible Card

Make a Wish Confetti Card

Designer: Kelly Griglione STAMP: Foam Pool Noodle

Designer: Tina Amato STAMP: Pencil Eraser

1 Make card from cardstock; deboss. 2 Cut end off pool noodle; cut in half to create stamp. 3 Stamp pool noodle repeatedly on cardstock rectangle in clockwise pattern. 4 Stamp sentiment on panel and adhere to card with foam tape.

1 Make card from cardstock. 2 Stamp dots on card with pencil eraser. Note: Stamp with the lightest color first. 3 Stamp sentiment on cardstock, trim, and adhere to card with foam tape. 4 Adhere sequins to card.

Finished size: 4¼" x 5½"

Finished size: 5½" x 4"

SUPPLIES: Cardstock: (white) Crafter’s Companion Clear stamp: (sentiment from Frankly set) CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Dye ink: (Daffodil Delight, Bliss Blue) Stampin’ Up!; (Raspberry Fizz) Papertrey Ink; (Tuxedo Black) Tsukineko Template: (debossing Sunshine) Papertrey Ink Other: (foam pool noodle)


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SUPPLIES: Cardstock: (Whisper White) Stampin’ Up! Clear stamp: (sentiment from Sentiment Signs set) Papertrey Ink Dye ink: (Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, Basic Black) Stampin’ Up! Accents: (sequins) Darice Other: (pencil with new eraser)

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DESIGNER TIP Use a toothpick to separate feathers and avoid ink clumps.

Sending Lots of Hugs Card

Falling for You Card

Designer: Melania Deasy STAMP: Feathers

Designer: Ashley Harris STAMP: Dominoes

1 Make card from cardstock. 2 Paint feathers and stamp on cardstock rectangle. 3 Stamp sentiment on panel; emboss. 4 Adhere panel to card with foam tape. 5 Adhere twine bow and rhinestone to card.

1 Make card from cardstock. 2 Paint dominoes and stamp on cardstock. Let dry and trim into rectangle. 3 Adhere stamped panel to card. 4 Stamp sentiment on cardstock, trim, and adhere to card. 5 Trim stamped domino, adhere rhinestones, and adhere to card with foam tape.

Finished size: 5½" x 8"

Finished size: 4" x 6"

SUPPLIES: Cardstock: (Ash) American Crafts; (white) Neenah Paper Clear stamp: (sentiment from Truly Appreciated set) Hero Arts Watermark ink: Tsukineko Embossing powder: (white) Hero Arts Paint: (Chinese White) Sakura Accent: (rhinestone) Hero Arts Fibers: (cream jute twine) May Arts Other: (feathers)

SUPPLIES: Cardstock: (white) Bazzill Basics Paper Clear stamp: (sentiment from Autumn set) Kelly Purkey/Simon Says Stamp Dye ink: (Onyx Black) Tsukineko Paint: (Picked Raspberry, Broken China) Tim Holtz/Ranger Industries Accents: (rhinestones) Queen & Co. Adhesive: 3L Other: (dominoes)

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DESIGNER TIP Experiment on scrap paper with different types of nail polish—some may not dry well or cover a stamped image completely.

Ikat Hello Card

You Are Loved Card

Designer: Alyssa Scritchfield DIY Embellishment: Nail Polish Dots

Designer: Chan Vuong DIY Embellishment: Vellum Butterfly

1 Make card from cardstock. 2 Stamp diamonds and hello there on

1 Make card from cardstock. 2 Trim cardstock and adhere; round corner. 3 Trim wood veneer strip; adhere. 4 Stamp are loved on vellum; die-cut banner and adhere. 5 Die-cut banner from vellum and adhere. 6 Die-cut you from cork; adhere. 7 Die-cut butterflies from vellum; fold, layer, and adhere. 8 Thread button with floss and adhere. 9 Adhere dots.

cardstock; emboss hello there. Die-cut rectangle and adhere with foam tape. 3 Drip nail polish and let dry. Finished size: 4¼" x 5½"

Finished size: 4" x 5½" SUPPLIES: Cardstock: (Berry Sorbet, white) Papertrey Ink Clear stamps: (hello there from Strictly Sentiments 2 set) Wplus9 Design Studio; (diamonds from Irresistibly Ikat set) Papertrey Ink Dye ink: (Hawaiian Shores) Papertrey Ink; (Charcoal, Soft Granite, Soft Pool) Hero Arts; (Angel Pink, Cantaloupe, Dandelion, Tangelo) Tsukineko; (Worn Lipstick) Tim Holtz/Ranger Industries Pigment ink: (Onyx Black)Tsukineko Embossing powder: (clear) Stewart Superior Corp. Dies: (rectangle from Stitched Mats: Rectangles) Lil’ Inker Designs Other: (nail polish)


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SUPPLIES: Cardstock: (white) Taylored Expressions; (white embossed) Simon Says Stamp Vellum: (red, orange, yellow) Clear stamp: (are loved from You set) Simon Says Stamp Pigment ink: (Onyx Black) Tsukineko Accents: (dots) My Mind’s Eye; (button) Fibers: (linen thread) Hillcreek Designs Dies: (You; Paulina Butterfly) Simon Says Stamp; (banner from Countdown Details set) Papertrey Ink Tool: (corner rounder punch) We R. Memory Keepers Other: (cork) Lifestyle Crafts; (wood veneer) Simon Says Stamp

DIY Embellishments

Just the Way You Are Card

You Make Me Smile Card

Designer: Brenda Weaver DIY Embellishment: Flower

Designer: Angela Mansfield DIY Embellishments: Rosettes with Clay Buttons

1 Make card from cardstock. 2 Trim patterned paper and adhere. 3 Stamp sentiment block on cardstock; cut out and adhere with foam tape. 4 Cut leaves from patterned paper; fold and adhere. 5 Loop twine and adhere. 6 Brush spray ink on cardstock; cut out and adhere. 7 Adhere dots.

1 Make card from cardstock. 2 Stamp sentiment; emboss. 3 Die-cut

rosettes from patterned paper; assemble, spray with color wash, and adhere. 4 Mold buttons from clay, following manufacturer instructions. 5 Apply primer and medium to buttons; adhere. Finished size: 4¼" x 5½"

Finished size: 4¼" x 5½"

SUPPLIES: Cardstock: (white) Papertrey Ink Patterned paper: (black tribal stripe from Atlantic 6x6 pad) Studio Calico; (green circles from Hey You 6x6 pad) BasicGrey Clear stamp: (sentiment block from Always Adore set) Ali Edwards/ Technique Tuesday Dye ink: (Crumb Cake) Stampin’ Up! Specialty ink: (Mint Green shimmer spray) Heidi Swapp Accents: (dots) BasicGrey Fibers: (natural twine) Papertrey Ink

SUPPLIES: Cardstock: (Tide) Hero Arts Patterned paper: (music) Clear stamps: (sentiment from Made with Love set) Hero Arts Specialty ink: (Vibrant Turquoise color wash) Ranger Industries Watermark ink: Tsukineko Embossing powder: (gold) Finishes: (white primer) Liquitex; (gold pearl medium) Ranger Industries Adhesive: Glue Dots International Die: (rosette strips #32781) Lori Whitlock/ Silhouette America Other: (clay, button mold)

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DESIGNER TIP Start with larger wood veneer pieces and add smaller ones to help fill in the spaces.

Tell You Happy Birthday Card

Grateful Triangles Card

Designer: Windy Robinson

Designer: Mandy LaCroix

1 Make card from cardstock. 2 Cover cardstock square with adhesive and glitter. Mat with cardstock; adhere. 3 Adhere wood pieces. 4 Die-

1 Make card from cardstock. 2 Trim cardstock panel. Stamp wood planks and sentiment. 3 Stamp diamonds on patterned paper. Trim, cut in half to make triangles, and adhere. Adhere wood tree. 4 Tie on twine. Adhere pearl. Adhere panel to card.

cut banner from cardstock. Stamp sentiment, fold, and adhere. Finished size: 5½" x 4¼"

Finished size: 4¼" x 5½"

SUPPLIES: Cardstock: (white) Papertrey Ink; (black) Doodlebug Design; (Rock Candy) Bazzill Basics Paper Clear stamp: (sentiment from Banner Sayings set) Simon Says Stamp Pigment ink: (Onyx Black) Tsukineko Accents: (glitter) Martha Stewart Crafts; (assorted wood icons) Studio Calico Adhesive: 3L Die: (Folded Banner) Simon Says Stamp


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SUPPLIES: Cardstock: (cream) Papertrey Ink; (green) DCWV Inc. Patterned paper: (assorted scraps) Close To My Heart Clear stamps: (woven diamond from Happy Harlequin set; sentiment from Signature Greetings set) Papertrey Ink; (wood plank from Dolled Up set) My Mind’s Eye Dye ink: (Cocoa) Close To My Heart Pigment ink: (Latte) A Muse Studio Accents: (wood tree, pearl) Close To My Heart Fibers: (natural jute twine) Papertrey Ink

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Sail Away Card

Floral Thanks Card

Designer: Courtney Kelley

Designer: Heidi Sonboul

1 Make card from cardstock; round one corner. 2 Stamp sentiment. 3 Die-cut cloud from patterned paper; adhere. 4 Border-punch patterned paper strips; adhere and stitch. 5 Stamp boat on patterned papers. Fussy-cut and adhere. 6 Adhere dots.

1 Make card from cardstock. Trim patterned paper panel; round corners and adhere. 2 Spray cardstock with color wash; let dry. Stamp stripes. Die-cut tag. 3 Die-cut hole reinforcer from cardstock; adhere to tag. Tie on twine. Adhere with foam tape. 4 Paint dots with end of paintbrush. 5 Fussy-cut flowers and leaves from patterned paper; adhere with foam tape. 6 Stamp thanks. Fussy-cut; adhere with foam tape.

Finished size: 4¼" square

Finished size: 4½" x 5½"

SUPPLIES: Cardstock: (kraft) Bazzill Basics Paper Patterned paper: (assorted from Seen & Noted 6x6 pad) Pebbles; (orange polka dot from 9 to 5 8x8 pad) October Afternoon Rubber stamps: (boat, sentiment from Bon Voyage set) Taylored Expressions Pigment ink: (Onyx Black) Tsukineko Accents: (dots) My Mind’s Eye Dies: (cloud from Cloud Duo set) Taylored Expressions Tools: (corner rounder punch) We R Memory Keepers; (border punch) Fiskars

SUPPLIES: Cardstock: (white) Michaels Patterned paper: (blue floral, flowers/ leaves from Special Delivery 6x6 pad) Heidi Sonboul/GCD Studios Clear stamps: (thanks from Simply Tags: Everyday set, stripes from Texture Tiles: Be Cool set) Avery Elle Pigment ink: (black) Clearsnap Specialty ink: (blue color wash) Studio Calico Paint: (peach) Martha Stewart Crafts Fibers: (natural jute twine) Michaels Dies: (tag, hole reinforcer from Simply Tags: Everyday set) Avery Elle Tool: (corner rounder punch)

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A Special Friend Jar & Tag

You’re So Cool! Card

Designer: Heather Campbell ITEM: Spice Jar

Designer: Meghan McMillan ITEM: Bubble Wrap

1 Affix tape to jar. 2 Die-cut tag, flowers, and leaves from cardstock. 3 Stamp tag and sentiment on tag die cut. 4 Stamp flowers and leaves on corresponding die cuts. Adhere to tag. 5 Tie tag to jar with ribbon.

1 Make card from cardstock. 2 Die-cut frame from cardstock. 3 Stamp sentiment on frame; emboss. 4 Adhere bubble wrap behind frame and adhere to card with foam tape. 5 Stamp igloo on cardstock, color with marker, and fussy-cut. 6 Adhere igloo to card.

Finished sizes: jar 2" x 5½" x 2", tag 2½" x 1¼"

Finished size: 4¼" x 5½"

SUPPLIES: Cardstock: (white) Papertrey Ink Clear stamps: (scalloped tag from Fillable Frames Additions 2 set; flowers, leaves from Mini Blooms set) Papertrey Ink; (sentiment from Miss You So Much set) Studio Calico/Hero Arts Dye ink: (Hawaiian Shores, True Black) Papertrey Ink Pigment ink: (Strawberry, Pink Lemonade, Mojito) Impress Rubber Stamps Sticker: (striped tape) Bella Blvd; (floral tape) Freckled Fawn Fibers: (teal ribbon) Avery Elle Dies: (tag from Fillable Frames #9 set; flowers, leaves from Mini Blooms set) Papertrey Ink Other: (spice jar)


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SUPPLIES: Cardstock: (white) Papertrey Ink; (black) Michaels Clear stamps: (igloo, sentiment from Critters in the Snow set) Lawn Fawn Dye ink: (Tuxedo Black) Tsukineko Watermark ink: Tsukineko Embossing powder: (white) Michaels Color medium: (blue marker) Copic Adhesive: Therm O Web Die: (photo frame from Instant Photo Frames set) Taylored Expressions Other: (bubble wrap) Dollar Tree Stores

Upcycled Packaging

Hello Opportunity Card

Floral Birthday Box

Designer: Hannah Lee ITEM: Plastic Covering from Key Packaging

Designer: Trinh Arrieta ITEM: Cell Phone Box

1 Make card from cardstock. 2 Stamp hello opportunity on card. 3 Trim packaging; paint keys. Let dry. 4 Adhere packaging to card.

1 Adhere cardstock and patterned paper rectangles to box. 2 Die-cut and deboss tag from packaging. Stamp sentiment. 3 Adhere tag to box. 4 Die-cut flowers and leaves from cardstock. Stamp corresponding images on die cuts. 5 Adhere die cuts to box. Note: Adhere small flower with foam tape. 6 Adhere rhinestone.

Finished size: 5" x 7"

Finished size: 2¾" x 4¾" x 1"

SUPPLIES: Cardstock: (white) Neenah Paper Clear stamp: (hello opportunity from Saying Hello set) Ali Edwards/Technique Tuesday Dye ink: (Tuxedo Black) Tsukineko Paint: (Dab of Yellow) Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger Industries; (Clover, Red Pepper, Silver) Ranger Industries Other: (plastic covering from key packaging) Tim Holtz/Ranger Industries

SUPPLIES: Cardstock: (Robin’s Egg) Bazzill Basics Paper Patterned paper: (black/white chevron from Park Bench 6x6 pad) Fancy Pants Designs Clear stamps: (assorted from Ruby Rose set) Papertrey Ink Dye ink: (Butter Bar, Soft Pool, Soft Granite) Hero Arts; (Tuxedo Black) Tsukineko Accent: (rhinestone) Hero Arts Dies: (flowers, leaves from Ruby Rose set; tag from Tag Sale #3 set) Papertrey Ink Other: (triangles patterned paper from stamp packaging) Studio Calico; (cell phone box) Apple

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Paper Crafts Practical Solutions for Paper Crafters, Vol. 2  

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