Best of 2018 | Multiplicity Crafts Awards!!

Welcome to the 3rd annual Multiplicity Crafts Awards!!  I will be featuring my favorite paper craft tools and products of the year that I have tried! If you want to see my picks for 2017, you can click HERE. Click the item for more details about it (all products are linked for you). Now, let’s get this party started!!

Multiplicity Crafts 2018 Awards

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Best Overall Ink Pad: Lawn Fawn Premium Ink Pad

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Best Cardstock: Doodlebug Design “Sugarplums” Collection

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Cardstock is my favorite craft supply to purchase! I dream of, someday, owning my own cardstock company… one can dream, right?? 😉 I have to discipline myself not to buy ALL the cardstock! There are many beautiful designs out there, but I am going to pick Doodlebug Design as my favorite cardstock of 2018. Why? I used their Sugarplums Collection for my Christmas cards and was so very pleased with the quality and coordinating designs. But, it’s not just Christmas paper that they have – be sure to check out all the wonderful collections by Doodlebug Design! P.S. Their owner has a heart of gold, too!


Best Coloring Product: PrismaColor Premier Colored Pencils

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Look familiar? Probably because this product is a winner for the 2nd year in a row! Whenever I want to achieve high quality results with smooth blending, I always reach for my PrismaColor colored pencils. I did add more colors to my stash this past year, as well, and have really continued to enjoy this product!


Best Stamp Set: Maymay Made It “Big Time Sayings” Stamp Setmmibts

 

I was honored to be a part of Maymay Helm’s Instagram design team this past year. During my time there, I discovered the amazing quality of all her stamps. However, the one I reached for the most was “Big Time Sayings”. This stamp set is versatile, stamps nicely, and took my cardmaking to another level with the nice mix of large and small fonts/sentiments! Oh, and now she offers dies for this stamp set, as well. Highly recommended!


Best Adhesive: Scor-Tape Double-Sided Adhesive

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This amazing adhesive is a 3rd year winner, and for a good reason! It’s the most reliable adhesive I own (other than hot glue)! If I need to make sure something adheres strongly, I always reach for my Scor-Tape. I also love that it comes in a variety of widths, and a roll will last for a very long time.


Most Innovative Product/Tool: Craft Medly Precision Reverse Tweezers

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I never knew what I was missing out on until I purchased this handy tool! These tweezers are “reversed” (resting position is closed instead of open). They come in very handy when I need to hold something together to allow glue to dry or when tying bows. The fine/angled point also works for a variety of uses.


Most Useful Product/Tool: Fiskars Paper Trimmer

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Hardly a project goes by that I haven’t reached for my Fiskars Paper Trimmer! Lightweight, compact, and gets the job done. Cuts nicely with replaceable blades. This product also comes in various sizes and various blade types. Love it!!


Fan Award – Favorite Craft YouTuber: Koren Wiskman

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Recently, I conducted a poll asking other crafters to vote for their favorite craft YouTuber. The results are in, and the winner is… Koren Wiskman!! I am also a subscriber to Koren’s channel and enjoy her high quality videos, amazing workmanship, and fun personality! She has been cardmaking for well over a decade and brings lots of experience and ideas to her crafts. If you want to be inspired, go check out her YouTube channel HERE!


Did your favorite craft product or tool make the list this year? Or, do you have any recommendations of products that I should try? If so, please leave me a comment below… I’d love to hear from you! Thanks for stopping by today… Have a happy, crafty day!

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Quick, Big Announcement!

Did you hear the news??

My husband and I are expecting our first baby in August 2019!! After 17+ years of marriage, God has blessed us.

For this reason, my blog posts and YouTube videos will be scarce. Please patiently wait on me as I get through this first trimester. The top 2 ways you can help me are:

1.) Say a prayer for me! 🙂

2.) Catch up on previous blog posts and YouTube videos to keep all of my platforms engaged. I really appreciate it!

I appreciate each of you! Until next time!


Christmas Card Gallery 2018!

A few years ago, I shared a gallery of the Christmas cards I had made that year. This was back when my cardmaking skills were at a beginner level – haha! 😉 I still have lots to learn, but I enjoy the process of improving my craft as the years go by.

This year, 2018, I made over 30 Christmas cards! I know that may not be a lot to some, but it was the most I had made in a batch. I used the cutest papers and ephemera from Doodlebug Design for my cards this year. The card of mine I posted, however, is one that I watercolored. But, what I want to focus on is the handmade Christmas cards of other crafters!!

If you see a card you like, please let the creator know. Also, show them some holiday love by visiting their link and exploring their creativity! Enjoy the slideshow and Merry Christmas!

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Here are the links to all the cards pictured in the slideshow… I hope you enjoyed seeing all the creative cards made this year for Christmas!! 🙂

Adrianne Galvin

The Little Paper Tree

Multiplicity Crafts

Karen’s Kreative Kards

Crafter’s Castle

Didedi’s Crafty Corner

Dawn Lewis

The Joyful Soul Creates

Handbrand.RS

Fi’s Paper Craft

Gale Thompson

Julie’s Papercraft

Creative Pixie Designs

Pixel Maven’s Retreat


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Envelope Envy: 5 Ways To Dress-Up Your Envelopes

If you want some creative ideas how to dress-up your envelopes, I’ve gotcha covered! 😉 Today, I will show you 5 ways to take envelopes from “blah” to “brilliant”!! You can use these ideas to spruce up envelopes for wedding invitations, Christmas (or other holiday) cards, birthday cards, and so much more! I will give you a few basic ideas – but you can put your signature touch and creative ideas on each one!

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Option 1: Envelope Stamping & Coloring

If you have a few stamp sets (or even one), there’s so many ways you can decorate your envelopes. For this example, I used a waterproof ink (in case the envelope is in the rain). The ink I chose is Lawn Fawn’s ink in Jet Black. I used a stamp set from Whimsy Stamps to create a pattern of flowers on the envelope. Remember, you will want to leave the area where the address goes blank… I did this by masking it off with a scrap piece of paper cut in a rectangle shape.  I colored the flowers in with Copic markers – but you could also use colored pencils if you choose. If you want to use something that is not waterproof, you will need to use a fixative spray – but I didn’t want to hassle with that, so I just kept mine in all waterproof mediums.

Option 2: Envelope Embossing & Inking

There are so many embossing folders on the market – from elegant to whimsical! For dry embossing, all you’ll need is some type of embossing/die cutting machine (I used the Sizzix Big Shot) and the embossing folder of your choice. Take special care to only place the flap of the envelope in the embossing folder and not the entire envelope. After you dry emboss the envelope flap, you can take it a step further by inking it up with a waterproof ink… I used Memento Dew Drops along with my blending tool.

Option 3: Envelope Liners

You can line your envelopes with a lightweight 65 lb. cardstock or colored printer paper. You can choose a patterned paper, colorful paper, or even one you color/design yourself! I have provided a free printable envelope liner template to fit most standard A2 size cards (4.25 x 5.5″), whether it’s a flat flap envelope or a pointed flap – I have templates for both. Simply print the template, cut out, trace onto the paper you wish to line the envelope with, cut this out, and glue into your envelope. Super easy!

Click HERE for the pointed flap A2 envelope liner template.

Click HERE for the flat flap A2 envelope liner template.

Option 4: Envelope Backer

This idea is probably the fastest, easiest way to dress-up the outside of your envelopes. All you have to do is cut out a piece of colorful or patterned cardstock to line the back flap of your envelope and glue into place. It looks great alone, but you could take it a step further by stamping on it or adding stickers. The pop of color really adds a lot to your envelope!

Option 5: Envelope Sticker Seals

Whether you purchase stickers to use or make your own, this is a great way to add some appeal to your envelope. Being a crafter, I decided to make my own. Simply find some cardstock in a color/pattern that you like (maybe even glittery) and use a 1″ circle punch to punch out a circle. You can also stamp on paper, heat emboss, dry emboss, or color before punching out. Add glue to the back of the circle to affix to the envelope flap, or you can make your own stickers with a Xyron sticker maker! So many possibilities!

I hope these 5 ideas were helpful in making your outgoing “happy mail” even happier! Thanks for stopping by today. Don’t forget to follow this blog and my YouTube channel (shown below) for more great ideas. To see the above-mentioned ideas in action, visit my companion video below. Have a happy, crafty day!

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2018 Black Friday Craft Sales & Promo Codes!

Do you enjoy waiting in long lines, standing out in the cold, and being in crowded stores where everyone is contending for the best bargain?? If you answered with a resounding, “No” and would rather shop from home in your pajamas, then you’ve came to the right place! 🙂

I have some amazing Black Friday craft sales to tell you about – whether you’re shopping for yourself or the crafter in your life. Hurry and check out the deals below while supplies last!!

3-Day Black Friday Sale at Scrapbook.com

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This 3-day Black Friday sale runs November 23 – November 25, 2018.

Click HERE to check out the Sale!!

+ Scrapbook.com Exclusives Sale! Up to 50% OFF ALL!
+ COUPON CODE: $10 OFF any $70 Order with Coupon Code: HOLIDAY2018
+ FREEBIE 1: 6×6 Double Sided Adhesive Sheets – 5pk
+ FREEBIE 2: Clear Stackable Daubers – 3pk


2018 Holiday Planner Printable Freebie + Sale!

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Over at the Maymay Made It blog, there’s a 2018 Holiday Planner Freebie that you can print right from home! Please click the link HERE.

Also, there will be a sitewide Black Friday Sale at Maymaymadeit.com. Shop now and save!


Cash Back Rebates on Craft Purchases!


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Did you know that you can get rebates on many of your online craft purchases through Ebates!? It’s true! What’s more, you can sign up for FREE and be awarded with either a $10 Gift Card to Walmart or you can earn a $10 cash bonus!

I know it sounds too good to be true, but I can assure you, it’s legit! Just follow the instructions on their site to get started earning rebates. I have personally been using Ebates for a few years now and have earned gift cards to Walmart and J.C. Penney’s, along with referral bonuses and real checks in the mail!

Here’s some of the online craft stores offering rebates through Ebates:

(Click to be directed to shop, be sure to sign in through Ebates first!)

*Hobby Lobby     *Consumer Crafts     *Michael’s     *Craftsy     *Etsy

*Blick Art Materials     *Red Heart     *Ribbons.com     *Beadaholique

*Joann.com     *Cricut.com


Black Friday Sale at Joann.com!

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Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts Store is always open ONLINE!! Shop now and save! Plus, you can get 40% off any one regular-priced item with code: 40NOV


Consumer Crafts $2 Cardstock Sale!

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Stock up on your favorite cardstock during this special $2 Cardstock Sale at Consumer Crafts online store HERE.


Black Friday Sale at Thermoweb!

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Thermowebonline.com is offering 40% off on all products, plus FREE shipping on all orders over $40. Use promo code: THANKS18


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Cricut.com is hosting an awesome Black Friday Sale, featuring up to 80% off supplies! Plus, if you spend $50, you can get $10 digital! There are also many other great items on sale such as the Cricut Easy Press 2, the Cricut Maker machine, and so much more. Get FREE economy shipping to the U.S. and Canada on orders of $49+ with code: FREESHIP49


HUGE Black Friday Craft Sale on eBay!

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Shop eBay’s Black Friday Sale and save BIG TIME on many of your favorite craft brands. Brand new and deeply discounted items from top-rated sellers! Get these deals while they’re HOT!


I hope you can save money with these Black Friday offers! Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you would like to find me on social media, etc. please check out my link HERE for more info. Have a happy, crafty day!!

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Winter Rose Globe Ornament

Today’s project is perfect for the Wintertime and the upcoming Christmas season! We will be constructing a large paper rose – with bling, of course! We will place this beauty inside of a clear globe ornament, add a string & bow, and have a beautiful keepsake for years to come! Makes a wonderful gift for family or friends!

Winter Rose Globe Ornament

Supplies I Used:

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~Large Globe Ornament ~ Astrobrights Cardstock ~ Art Glitter Glue ~ Scissors

~Bone Folder ~ Paper Trimmer ~ Wooden Skewer ~ Sequins

~ Clear Embellishments ~ Glitter ~ Elmer’s School Glue ~ Paintbrush

~Memento Dew Drops Ink in Rhubarb Stalk ~ Ink Blending Brush

~ Poly-Fill (Cotton) ~ Baker’s Twine ~ Ribbon

Instructions:

Begin with 3 pieces of 65lb. red cardstock cut at 8×8″. Fold in triangles 3 times. (Please note: I have a companion video for this and it will make more sense once seeing it done). After folding, cut a half of a heart shape on all three folded pieces of red cardstock. On the first piece of red cardstock, cut away 1 petal. On the second piece of red cardstock, cut away 2 petals (keeping them joined). And on the third piece of red cardstock, cut away 3 petals (keeping them joined). You will keep all petals, even the ones you cut away. Connect each individual set of petals into a round shape by gluing them together. When finished, glue into place in size order. Embellish as desired. Complete this project by placing your winter rose inside of a clear globe ormanent with a bed of “snow” at the bottom. Add Baker’s Twine or ribbon to create a hanger.

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Are YOU a Craft YouTuber?

If you’re a craft YouTuber, craft blogger, or you have a craft social media outlet – then this post is for YOU! I have a couple of opportunities to share with you.

First off, I have a brand new group on Facebook called “Craft Collabs“. In this group, I will be hosting organized, bi-monthly craft collab events designed to help you grow your craft YouTube channel, craft blog, and/or craft social media accounts. During the “off” months, we will have fun, exclusive challenges, swaps, and more! A great place to make friends in the craft community. Participation is highly encouraged. Simply click the image below to be redirected to the group.

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Secondly, I have another great opportunity to share with all professional crafters. If you have craft products/companies that you love and would be happy to promote on your blog or YouTube channel, you can do so through affiliate links!

Most craft bloggers (as myself) are passionate about crafting and blog for the sheer joy of it. We must also have a means by which to earn some type of revenue while doing what we love. Sales generated through affiliate links are a way we can cover costs that come with product purchases, giveaways, etc.

If you are a craft blogger, why not Get paid for your great content! Click HERE to learn more about becoming an affiliated craft blogger!

Please let me know if you have any questions about either opportunity. Feel free to leave any questions for me in the comments section. I hope this post was/is helpful for you! 🙂


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