Digital Images & Backgrounds GIVEAWAY!

This giveaway is closed, but you can always visit my Giveaways & More page for ongoing giveaways, freebies, coupons, and more! Winner announced at the bottom of this post.

Hello one and all… It’s Maranda, here, with a Digital Image GIVEAWAY just for you!! It is my way of thanking each of you for being loyal followers and readers of my blog!

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What Does the Winner Receive??

If you win, you will be e-mailed a zip folder with 14 full-color, printable backgrounds + 10 digital image jpeg’s in black and white, ready for you to color!

That is a total of 24 digital images/backgrounds altogether!! The images and backgrounds are from a variety of online digi stores and could be yours if you are the lucky winner!

How To Enter

Entering is simple. I have a Rafflecopter widget linked below where YOU CHOOSE how you want to enter. Of course, the more tasks you complete, the more entries you’ll get for the drawing. Do as many or as few tasks as you wish.

The giveaway will run from March 31, 2017 – April 7, 2017. The winner will be announced shortly thereafter. Open worldwide!!

Best wishes!! Enter while there’s still time!! Simply click the Rafflecopter link below… ↓↓↓

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The winner is Gilda M.!! Thanks to all who entered and congrats to our winner!!

Polka Dot CAS Card

Hi everyone! I hope your new year is going well thus far. For today’s project, we will be working on a polka dot CAS card. For starters, let’s define what a CAS card is… CAS stands for “Clean And Simple”. Basically, these types of cards don’t have a lot of embellishments or layers; they are very quick and easy cards to create. This is especially helpful if you are pinched for time or if you are mass producing a similar card.

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Supplies Needed:

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Solid Cardstock (for card base and sentiment)     Patterned Cardstock (for polka dots)    

1″ Circle Punch    Glue Runner     Glue Dots     Signo Gel Pen (in white)     Scissors   

Stamp Sentiment     Acrylic Block    Ink (you choose color)     Foam Squares    

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Etsy Grand Opening!

I am excited to announce that today is the Grand Opening of our Etsy shop!! So far, the shop consists of my Mom (Susan) and I. Since our shop just launched, we do not have everything listed yet – however, there are a few goodies on there already – so I’d love for you to go check it out at the link HERE.

There are a variety of items we are currently offering and plan to expand that in the near future. There will be even more great inventory added soon! Our prices are extremely reasonable which makes it more fun to shop, right? 🙂

We would like to invite everybody to visit our shop… Happy shopping!

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Announcement: The Scrapbook Blessings Club

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Hello all! Just a quick announcement…

As of September 1, 2016, I am honored to be the newest Design Team member with The Scrapbook Blessings Club! I will still have this Multiplicity Crafts blog and my YouTube channel as normal; that will remain the same. But, 2-3 times a month, I will be producing videos for The Scrapbook Blessings Club on my YouTube Channel.

I wanted to announce this so there wouldn’t be any confusion… I’m still here and we are still Multiplicity Crafts! 🙂 To check out The Scrapbook Blessings club website, click the link in the banner above.

Also, a little birdie told me that Cricut.com will be having a Labor Day Sale with some items marked at 75% off! Click the link to browse and see the savings!

And a friendly reminder that I just posted some new Giveaways HERE. Be sure to enter – and best wishes! Happy September!!

P.S. My first video with The Scrapbook Blessings Club will be the last weekend of this month and include a GIVEAWAY!!! 🙂

Paper Craft Tools 101

Okay crafters, class is in session! Let’s go over your crafting vocabulary and see how you score. Today, let’s go over some commonly used paper crafting tools.

When I first began paper crafting, I would actually have craft store workers look at me with a  clueless expression when I asked if they sold the Fiskar’s Stamp Press. 🙂

I’m not claiming to be the final authority on crafty terminology because I was once a newbie too… but after nearly six or seven years of consistently crafting, I’ve picked up some of the crafty lingo. You may easily know all of the terms listed below, but I thought this would be a fun blog to help us grow and learn together – whether an advanced crafter or a beginner! So let’s hop to it!!

↓Bone Folder ↓

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Bone Folder: A tool used to fold paper for a crisp crease. It’s called a “bone” folder since some are made of bone, but most are actually made of plastic.


↓Scoring Board↓

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Scoring Board: A board with grooves and a ruler used to score/crease paper where you want to fold it for a straight, measured, crisp fold. Used in coordination with a bone folder.


↓Stamp Press↓

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Stamp Press: A tool used in coordination with clear/cling unmounted stamps (stamps that are not on a wood block). The grid helps you align your stamp while the large surface is great for larger stamps to cling to.


↓Versamark Clear Ink Pad↓

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Versamark Clear Ink Pad: Used to watermark paper, create a tone-on-tone look, or as a sticky ink for embossing powders to cling to.


↓Washi Tape↓

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Washi Tape: Most of you probably know this one, but it is a paper-like decorative tape that can be used to decorate items (pencils, flower pots, etc.) or used in planners, on cards or in scrapbooks.


↓Distress Ink↓

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Distress Ink: Created by Tim Holtz, this unique ink is great to give your paper projects a distressed/aged look. These inks can also be used with a blending tool to make your own backgrounds for your cards. Additionally, you can watercolor with these inks or stamp with them. A versatile ink!


↓Flair Badges↓

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Flair Badges: These little paper embellishment circles are great to make wearable buttons out of. Or, they can also be used alone as decoration for your cards or scrapbook pages.


↓Copics↓

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Copics: Copic Markers are very popular in the Arts & Crafts world. They are permanent, alcohol-based markers that give the effect of a marker/paintbrush hybrid with their unique nibs. They also blend seamlessly with other Copics for a dimensional look to images that you color. Another very versatile product!


↓Ephemera↓

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Ephemera: Embellishments/decorations used on cards or scrapbook pages. Ephemera usually consists of something “collectible” such as a ticket or something that is usually discarded but is kept and treasured as a work of art. There are also packets of ephemera which can be purchased to give the same effect.


↓Layering Stamp Set↓

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Layering Stamp Set: A set of stamps which can be layered with various colors of ink for a 3-dimensional look.


↓Mini Misti↓

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Instead of trying to re-word what this tool is, SSS website puts it best by stating, this is the Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented. MISTI for short. Its simple hinge design provides consistent stamping. Place clear or cling stamp on the window/grid and close the door to stamp – perfectly aligned every time!


↓Embossing Folder↓

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Embossing Folder: A plastic folder used to dry emboss paper or cardstock using an embossing machine such as a Cuttlebug. Dry embossing will add a raised texture to the paper/cardstock. Click image for link.

Cuttlebug Machines found HERE


↓ATG Gun↓

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ATG Gun: An automatic tape, glue, or adhesive gun used to dispense strips of adhesive. You can get repositionable adhesive or permanent. Also called a Glue Runner.


↓Cricut Machine↓

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Cricut Machine: A versatile machine used to cut images, fonts, and items at the size and color you choose. Depending on the cartridge or digital download you select for your Cricut, you can even cut out patterns for making your own gift boxes or tags! Click image for link.

Cricut Machines and Starter Packages can be found HERE.


I hope this was insightful and showed some of the nifty gadgets and tools available in the crafting community. If you have any questions about anything or want me to define something not mentioned, please click the “Comments” word below this post and let me know!

P.S. Don’t forget to check out my Giveaways & Challenges page where I just posted some new coupon codes and giveaways! Feel free to share this blog! Happy Crafting!

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Pocket Letter Craze!

Example of completed Pocket Letter

Completed Pocket Letter

 

Pocket Letters have gained much popularity in the crafting world recently – and so, I thought it would be fun to go over Pocket Letter basics and share some ideas. For starters, the original idea for Pocket Letters began with crafter and YouTuber Janette Lane. You can find more great ideas at her website HERE.

Pocket Letters are a tidy, fun, creative way to share pen pal letters and “goodies” such as stickers, recipes, washi tape samples and other fun crafty items! Of course, it isn’t only limited to crafters, but tends to make more sense when taking part in a craft swap where you exchange Pocket Letters with a pen pal. There are craft swap groups on Facebook as well as Janette Lane’s website if you are interested in finding Pocket Letter pen pals.

The Basics:

The base of the Pocket Letter is simply a 9-slot baseball card holder sheet. I found mine at an office supply store, but you can find them at other places and online (see highlighted link above).

Usually Pocket Letters will follow a theme such as a color, character, event, holiday, or seasonal theme. This helps to inspire ideas to get you started. Some people decorate the front and back of their pocket letters. Personally, I just decorate the front – but it’s up to you. I decorate by inserting small cards of decorated cardstock into each panel. I have a sample template card to cut my 9 cardstock panels from.

Trace template 9 times with a pencil onto back of cardstock and cut out for Pocket Letter panel inserts.

The Goodies:

After you have your Pocket Letter made and decorated, it’s time to insert some “goodies” behind each panel! This is where it can get really fun! There are many ideas of things you could include depending upon the theme and who will be receiving the Pocket Letter. Below, I have listed some ideas of things you could include:

About Me – Note     Recipe     Stickers     Sequins     Project Life Cards     Mini Notepads     Gemstones

Your Business Card     Die Cuts     Hot Tea/Cocoa Packet     Magazine Clippings     Poem

Shaped or Decorated Paperclips     Mini Envelopes     Gift Tags     Gift Card     Washi Tape Samples

Baker’s Twine Samples     Buttons      Ribbon samples     Keychain with Charms     Coupons

Flat Makeup Samples     Perfume Samples from Magazines     Photos of Pets     Flat Wrapped Gum/Candy     

Extra Cardstock cards cut to PL size for your recipient’s next Pocket Letter     Mini Nail File    

Decorative Magnets or Small Magnetic Bookmarks     Small Chipboard Cut-Outs     Enamel Dots

Shaped Erasers     Mini Accordian Fan     Handmade Scrapbook/Card Embellishments

Packet of Flower Seeds     Scented Sachet Cards/Bags     Hair Ties/Barettes     Custom Gift Labels 

Hand-Tied Bow Assortment     Custom Address Labels     Mini Paper Banner     Fabric Samples 

Paint Chip Samples for Crafting     Small Baggy of Glitter     Handmade Jewelry     Handmade Zipper Pulls

 

To see a video of my very first Pocket Letter, check out the video posted below!

I HOPE THIS WAS HELPFUL!

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Quick Announcement!!

announceI’m so excited to announce that I have recently launched my NEW “Giveaways & Challenges” page here at Multiplicity Crafts! You can find the page on my menu options at the top of the screen, or by clicking HERE. This page also includes a few freebies too! I will be updating this page monthly, so set a reminder to check back in monthly! 🙂

I have actually won giveaways before and would definitely NOT consider myself lucky…Haha! So, it’s definitely worth a try for you to enter. Not only will I post my own giveaways on the Giveaways & Challenges page, but I will link to others. This will help promote other crafters also – we are a very loving community! If you have a craft blog, I will be happy to link to any giveaways or challenges you may be hosting. If you are interested or have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

My business e-mail is: multiplicitycrafts@gmail.com.