Best of 2017 | Multiplicity Crafts Awards!!

Welcome to the 2nd annual Multiplicity Crafts Awards blog!! In this blog, I will be featuring my favorite paper craft tools and products of the year! If you want to see my picks for 2016, you can click HERE. So, let’s jump right in, shall we?!

Multiplicity Crafts 2017 Awards


Best Pigment Ink Pad: ColorBox Pigment Ink Pad


This is a new category I’ve added, simply because pigment ink pads behave differently than dye ink pads. I’ve chosen ColorBox pigment ink pad as the winner this year because of the ease of use, versatility, color payoff, and nice color selection!

Best Dye Ink Pad: Tsukineko – Memento Ink Pad


This favorite of mine is a 2nd year winner for many reasons! First of all, it lasts a very long time without having to re-ink! I have had the SAME ink pad for a couple of years now and it’s still going strong! Also, I love that it is fast-drying on the paper… which is great for me since I tend to be accident-prone and could easily smear ink that isn’t as fast-drying.

Best Cardstock: Avery Elle The Everyday Collection


Cardstock makes me happy… a beautiful, colorful cardstock puts me over the moon!! 🙂 I must admit, cardstock is my crafty weakness. I love so many designs that it’s really tricky for me to only choose one as the winner; but with all things considered, I’m going to choose Avery Elle (The Everyday Collection). I found this collection very useful since the designs are simple yet colorful. I also found that the designs and colors matched nicely to compliment my creations.

Best Coloring Product: PrismaColor Premier Colored Pencils


I actually found a really good deal on eBay and purchased the PrismaColor Premier colored pencils on sale. I was amazed at the creamy quality of these pencils and how easily they blended. I use my white pencil to blend harsh pencil lines away.  I have truly enjoyed using these pencils over the past few months and feel that my art and coloring is enhanced by this amazing product.

Best Stamp Set: Whimsy Stamps “Bee-Cause” Clear Stamp Set


My first time to use Whimsy Stamps was in 2017. I was amazed at the crisp images I got with these quality stamps. Even the text which was in a thicker font stamped wonderfully; not to mention the images were adorable!

Best Adhesive: Scor-Tape Double-Sided Adhesive


Yes, this adhesive is a 2nd year winner! I simply love it because it does what it’s supposed to do. It has a very strong grip and is so versatile with it’s thin strip design. I have reached for this adhesive so many times when I need something reliable. It’s also great to use a strip of this and foil overtop – no machines required! It’s deceiving because it doesn’t look like there’s much on a roll, but it will last through several projects – no problem! Can’t say enough good about this product.

Most Innovative Product/Tool: We R Memory Keepers Laser Square and Mat


I must say, I don’t currently own one of these nifty tools but the usefulness of this – wow! I love this idea since I have a really hard time with placing things straight on my projects. I like that it keeps things stright horizontally AND vertically at the same time. Not only would this innovative tool be great for crafting, but it would also be nice to use on other household projects and even for hanging wall art that us crafters may make! Two thumbs up for this innovative product!!

Most Useful Product/Tool: Sakura Micron Pigma Micron Archival Ink Pen Set


I never knew a pen could be so useful as this!! I especially reach for my Micron 08 (0.50mm) pen because it’s a fine enough tip for details but broad enough for using on my Bible Art Journal without bleeding through the page. Also, when stamping – sometimes the image or font may not stamp perfectly… this pen is perfect for filling in the gaps in the ink. I also love this pen for sketching and writing on envelopes or in cards. I can even use this pen to outline a pencil sketch and erase the residual pencil lines without smearing the ink! It’s a high-quality amazing pen!

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… Happy Crafting!



A Beginners Basic Guide: Die Cutting 101

Die Cutting 101

Today’s blog entry is all about die cutting for beginners! I will be discussing the very basics of die cutting, the machines used to die cut, and will strive to answer your most pressing questions. If I leave any of your questions unanswered, please do not hesitate to leave me a comment.

The video posted at the end of this post will answer most of the questions beginner die cutters may have; however, I will also post it here in written form for those of you who prefer to read. So, let’s jump right into Die Cutting 101 class!

First off… What are dies?


Dies are usually made of metal and come in various sizes and shapes. They are most commonly used to cut into paper for a desired shape. They not only come in shapes, but they also come in text. They must be used with a die cutting machine (which we will go over later).

How do I prepare my new die for cutting?

Some dies are ready for cutting, straight out of the package. However, there are other types of dies that come with many pieces. In this instance, they are typically joined by a tiny metal wire and will come as one unit. You may leave them as one unit, however, it’s best to cut them apart using wire cutters.


Which side of the die will cut my paper?

On most dies, you’ll notice one side has a ridge and the other side is smooth. The side that will cut your paper is the side with the ridge/blade. When placing paper and the die in your machine, put the ridged/blade side down towards the paper you wish to cut.


Why are there tiny holes in my die?

This is a normal variant with most solid dies. The reason for the tiny holes is in case your paper gets stuck in the die. If this happens, simply use a die pick and poke through the tiny holes with it to release the paper.


How does a die cutting machine work?


Most machines will work the same – with minor differences for each machine. There are various machines on the market, but the two most popular are the Sizzix Big Shot and the Cricut Cuttlebug. Both machines work similarly with a manual handle crank. Again, most die cutting machines will work this way but you may also find some machines, such as the Crafter’s Companion Gemini, that work automatically with no manual handle crank. Typically, die cutting machines will both cut and/or dry emboss. In order to dry emboss, separate embossing folders are needed. Without going into embossing, please note that dry embossing is different than heat embossing. I have a blog entry all about embossing linked HERE if you’re interested.


Which die cutting machine is easiest for beginners to use?


I would have to recommend the Cricut Cuttlebug for beginners, and here’s why… The cutting plates are more simplified and easier to understand, as they are labeled “A”, “B”, “C”. The machine usually just comes with the “A” plate and two “B” plates – the “C” plate is a separate purchase and is not really necessary to get started. Another reason I recommend the Cuttlebug for beginners is because it is compact and perfect for smaller craft areas. Additionally, the retail price for a Cuttlebug is lower than it is for a Sizzix Big Shot or Crafter’s Companion Gemini. The Spellbinders die cutting machine is also an affordable option – however, I cannot vouch for the quality of it since I have not used this brand of machine. I can say, though, that the Cuttlebug is a durable machine that stood up to my “beginner mistakes” when I was first starting.


My machine makes popping/cracking noises… Is this normal?

Yes. This is totally normal. With extended use, the cracking and popping noises aren’t as evident but still present. This is simply the machine doing it’s job. The cutting plates will be fine and are created to withstand this pressure. However, in order to ease your mind, please note that the cutting plates for most all machines can be purchased separately. 😉


My die cutting machine handle is hard to crank… why?

There could be three possible reasons that come to mind… Firstly, it could be that your machine is new or hasn’t been used very often. In this case, the handle may not be as “broke in” or as loose/easy to crank. Secondly, it could be that what you are die cutting is too thick to go through the machine with ease. Most all dies can be universal and should work in various machines, but I suppose there could be an instance when the die may be too thick. However, if it’s not too thick but just being stubborn, I have found that putting the die in at an angle helps with this problem a bit. Additionally, it could be that your cutting plates are warped and it’s time to purchase some new ones. And lastly, it could be that your machine is broken. This is unlikely the case, but it is worth mentioning, just in case.

I hope you found this blog to be informative and helpful. Another very helpful resource for die cutting can be found over at’s link HERE. I would highly encourage you to check it out!

The video posted below will give you a better visual of all that was discussed in this blog, so please check it out. Don’t hesitate to leave me a comment if you have any questions. Happy crafting! 🙂




DIY Spring-Loaded Christmas Card!!

20171116_233231_wmHello everybody! It’s Maranda and I’m dropping by today with a quick and easy DIY Christmas card idea. This particular card will have a paper mechanism inside that will make the card, more or less, spring-loaded!! I’ll show you how to make it…

First off, you’ll need a few supplies (some are optional). Below I have all supplies linked to where you can purchase them if you wish. However, you probably have most of the supplies already in your stash.


Cardstock     Coloring Page     PrismaColor Pencils     Copic Markers

Paper Trimmer     Glue Dots     ATG Adhesive     Scissors

The easy-to-follow tutorial video shows you exactly how to make this adorable, fun card… and just in time for Christmas!! Enjoy the video below to see this spring-loaded card in action… thanks for stopping by the blog today!

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Quick Craft: Mini Paper Poinsettias

Quick Craft_Mini Paper Poinsettias

‘Tis the season to begin thinking about Christmas… and that means lots of fun crafts to make! In today’s blog, we’ll be making quick, cute mini paper Poinsettias! I actually won a giveaway where I received these cute paper flowers. But, I wanted to do something Christmas-themed with them… so, that was the inspiration for the Poinsettias!

I will have all of the products linked below that I used, as well as an instructional video. Some of the items are optional. Leave your flower sweet and simple or use lots of bling to jazz it up… the choice is yours!

Supplies Used:

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Paper Flowers     Copic Markers     Zig Glue Pen     Stickles

Glossy Accents     Spectrum Noir Brush Pen     1″ Circle Punch

The short video tutorial at the end of this blog entry will give you very easy step-by-step instructions. This craft is suitable for kids, beginners, or any level of crafter! Also, there are so many different ways you could use these cute mini Poinsettias. You could use them on cards, scrapbook pages, as paper clip toppers, or gifts. You could even use them as Christmas tree garland by hot gluing them onto a string, twine, or ribbon! Create them in a variety of shapes and colors… the possibilities are endless with a creative mind!

Please enjoy the video below ↓ ↓ ↓

Cricut Gives Your Ultimate Cutting Precision

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Black Friday When You Need It!!

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Hello everybody! I hope your week has gone well. I am dropping in right quick to let my readers know about an amazing craft sale going on!! Sizzix will be running a “Black Friday When You Need It” Sale every weekend until Black Friday!! They will also be having a huge Cyber Monday Sale! I will post the dates for you below, so be sure to mark your calendar for the following dates:

Black Friday When You Need It Sale– 10/19-10/22
Black Friday When You Need It Sale– 10/27-10/29
Black Friday When You Need It Sale– 11/3-11/5
Black Friday When You Need It Sale– 11/10-11/12
Black Friday When You Need It Sale– 11/17-11/19
BLACK FRIDAY SALE– 11/23-11/26
Cyber Monday– 11/27

As many of you know, Sizzix specializes in assisting you with awesome products for your craft room! They specialize in die cutting and embossing but also carry many other nifty items such as planner pages, paper pads, stamp sets, ink pads, idea books, jewelry findings, coloring books, sticker sheets, and much more!! Buy now and save!

Happy crafting!



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Masculine Card Idea//Old-Fashioned Truck

Earlier this year, I posted a blog all about Masculine DIY Card Ideas. Personally, I struggle with masculine cards because I always want to add sequins, pearls, ribbons, and girly colors! 🙂 But as I always say, it’s good for us to stretch ourselves outside the box sometimes to keep our artistic skills growing.

Even though I had written a blog about this very topic, I still found myself lost when it came time to actually make a masculine card! So, I reached out to my crafting friends on Facebook and they reinforced what I’d already written in my previous blog… which is to:

A.) Create a card based upon his interests/hobbies, etc.

B.) Keep it simple – not too many layers or embellishments

C.) Use “earthy” tones or colors found in nature

I guess I just needed a little reassurance that I was going in the right direction with my card. So, I sat down at my craft desk and came up with the card you see pictured below.


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Notice how I still incorporated pops of color in this card?? Just because it’s a masculine card doesn’t mean that it has to be drab and boring. Have fun with them! If you want to see how I made this card, I have all of the supplies I used listed below, as well as a full tutorial video! Happy crafting!

Supplies Used:

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Cardstock    Paper Trimmer    Craftin’ Desert Divas Digital Stamp (Pumpkins)   

Cutter Bee Scissors    Foam Tape     School Glue    Bone Folder    ATG (Glue Runner)   

Acrylic Block    Sentiment Stamp    Memento Ink      PrismaColor Colored Pencils    

Copic Markers     White Gel Pen     DoCrafts Artiste Dual Tip Watercolor Pens


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Survivor: Craft Edition/Part 2

GraphicDesignHello everyone! I’m back with Part 2 of Survivor: Craft Edition! This will be the final installment of this two-part series. If you didn’t see Part 1 yet, I will link it HERE. Basically, this series is all about surviving your crafting game when supplies or tools may be scarce. So let’s jump right in!


↑ How to survive with no STICKERS

Sometimes, a cute sticker adds the finishing touch to a card or envelope. But what if you don’t have a coordinating sticker on hand? Never fear… Xyron Sticker Maker is here!! (I know, that was cheesy). 😉 The Xyron can turn any cutout into a custom sticker. Too cool!

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↑ How to survive with no MOD PODGE

With gift-giving season (Christmas) coming up, you may want to decoupage your own handmade gifts. However, Mod Podge can be pricey. A great alternative is to make your own “Mod Podge” mixture using plain, white school glue and water. Add 1/3 water to 2/3 glue, mix, and that’s it! Note: This mixture is only appropriate for paper decoupage projects.


↑ How to survive with no Gesso

If you enjoy Bible Journaling or Mixed Media, then you probably have Gesso on hand. However, what if you run out or don’t have any on hand? In this instance, Acrylic Paint works very well. I heard this tip from Monica with Because Jesus Bible Journaling. I tried it and yes, it works very nicely!


↑ How to survive with no Gelatos

If you use Gelatos a lot but are looking for an affordable alternative, why not give Crayola Twistables Slick Stix a try?! I actually rave about them in my previous blog post HERE.

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↑ How to survive with no IMAGES

The perfect image is often the focal point of handmade cards. If you can’t quite find the right image to go with your card, try searching through old magazines or old calendars. If you find the images from magazines are printed on too thin of paper, you can easily back them with a little cardstock.


↑ How to survive with no WATERCOLORS

Watercoloring has recently gained more popularity than ever before! If you don’t have any watercolor paints on hand you can make beautiful watercolored paintings using Distress Inks! Simply “smoosh” ink onto acrylic block or palette, add water, and paint!

survivor acetate

 ↑ How to survive with no ACETATE

Let’s face it… acetate is VERY expensive, but used often when making shaker cards. If you’re looking for a more affordable alternative, try overhead projector transparencies. You can get them at most office supply stores or online.

survivor shaker 

 ↑ How to survive with no SHAKER ELEMENTS

If you enjoy making shaker cards, you probably have lots of sequins and other shaker elements on hand. But did you know that you can make your very own shaker elements using shaped punches, beads, and cutout images?? To read more, check out my previous blog post HERE and look under “Shaker Confetti” in the article.


↑ How to survive with no COLORED RIBBON

Did you know that you can customize your ribbon to match other elements on your card?? It’s true! I originally saw this idea on Gina K. Designs YouTube channel. Simply use ink to dye your white ribbon any color! It’s a good idea to heat set the ribbon with a heat gun before use – otherwise, it may take a century or two to dry! 😉

↑ How to survive with no STENCILS

You can easily make your own DIY stencils using your Cricut Machine!! Simply have your machine cut out a series of shapes from cardstock and use the negative leftover paper on your mat. I like to cut a whole page of little circles for an awesome looking stencil!



↑ How to survive with no CRAFTY INSPIRATION

To revive your crafty inspiration, follow this blog, of course!! 😉 I can also be found on social media with other images not shared here. I will provide links below:

Facebook          Pinterest          YouTube          Instagram          Bloglovin’

Thanks again for stopping by today! If YOU have any craft survivor tips, please feel free to leave them in the comments! I’d love to hear from you. Until next time, have fun and happy crafting!!

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