Craft Your Stash + Book Giveaway

Craft Your Stash Lisa Fulmer

Craft Your Stash Book by Lisa Fulmer

If you love crafting, you probably love to shop for craft supplies. If you’re like me, it’s a whole lot easier to keep adding to your stash than trimming it down. Well, thanks to my creative friend Lisa Fulmer, Craft Your Stash will help you transform your craft closet treasures into gifts, home decor and more. Lisa has definitely hit the target with this new book, which challenges you to use up the supplies you’ve got on hand.

Stash wall - Cool2Craft studio

Tiffany’s Craft Stash – Cool2Craft Design Studio

My stash has been growing and growing. I’ve done a good job of taking stock of it – I love organizing! But now it’s time to whittle away at it! In Craft Your Stash, you will find 19 imaginative stash-busting projects, each designed by Lisa to encourage you to dig in. Most of the projects call for basic tools and beginner-friendly construction.

Lisa has set up a week long blog hop to promote the book – the hop is wrapping up today but you can still visit her blog for all the details. You can purchase Craft Your Stash: Transforming Craft Closet Treasures into Gifts, Home Décor & More at my Amazon affiliate link, get signed copies at, ask for it at your local craft and book stores, enter Lisa’s giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget below or leave a comment on this post to win your very own copy! (Comment deadline: October 31st, 2014 – random winner will be selected and announced on November 1, 2014.)

hoard stash craft repeatWay to go Lisa! So excited for this new book release! You have definitely sparked a desire in me to dig in, organize, and craft with my stash!

I’m delighted to join these other cool bloggers on today’s tour!

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Handmade Happy Hour
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Spellbinders Industrial Desktop Organizers

Spellbinders Industrial Style Desktop Organizer 300

Spellbinders Industrial Style Desktop Organizer by Lisa Fulmer


Ready to gear up for work? Spellbinders Media Mixage Aluminum Sheets are nice and thick – they really hold an embossed pattern beautifully. The Creative Cogs design is a natural fit for the smooth, shiny aluminum and the rough texture of the silver paint. This desktop organizer set would be a sleek addition to anyone’s workspace. Watch my YouTube video tutorial where I share my tips and techniques!


Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-cutting Machine
Spellbinders Media Mixage Aluminum Sheets
Spellbinders 3D M-Bossabilities Creative Cogs Folder
Unfinished wood desktop organizers
Silver craft paint
White gesso
Gloss medium
Industrial-strength adhesive
Black paint marker
Metal embellishments
Paint brush
Stencil brush
Black duct tape (optional)
Black solvent inkpad (optional)
Metallic silver paper (optional)

1. Sand all the wood surfaces, then prime with a coat of white gesso; let dry.

2. Blend silver paint with gloss medium (50/50) and paint the surfaces with the first coat using a large, flat brush in long strokes. The medium will add shine to the paint and also help to retain the brush stroke texture; let dry.

3. Use a short, stiff stencil brush to pounce a second coat of silver paint (100%) on top of the first coat. The stipple effect mixes nicely with the brushstrokes to make the wood look like scratched up metal; let dry.

4. Color the edges of the wood with a black paint marker.

5. Emboss several aluminum sheets through the Grand Calibur with the Creative Cogs design. Decide which areas of the wood you want to cover with tiled, embossed aluminum. Trace and trim out the shapes you need from the aluminum a tiny bit smaller than the surface area to avoid exposing any sharp metal edges.

6. Glue the aluminum pieces into position – press and rub firmly, then place a small weighted object on top while the glue dries.

7. Glue metal embellishments as desired.


–          Ink the raised areas of the embossing with black

–          Cover sides with black duct tape instead of silver paint

–          Cover sides with silver metallic cardstock instead of silver paint


Spellbinders Statement Ring & No-Sew Fabric Cuff

Spellbinders Ring & Cuff 300

Spellbinders Statement Ring and No-Sew Cuff

Designed by Lisa Fulmer featuring A Gilded Life from Spellbinders®

Create your own touch of Parisian style with this fleur-de-lis statement ring, made from a bronze-tone bezel filled with sparkly beads. The fleur-de-lis is my most favorite symbol and décor element – I Spellbinders Logo 2014even have one tattooed above my heart! Finish adorning your lovely hand with a no-sew fabric and canvas cuff, embellished with dimensional metal buttons. I inked up the die to lightly color and deboss the canvas with a delicate pattern in just one pass through the Grand Caliber machine. Watch my YouTube video tutorial to learn how to make this beautiful combo.

Designed by A Gilded Life Studios for Spellbinders, this beautiful new line of bezels, dies and more is bursting with royalty and bold romance.


Small Fleur bezel
Vintage Brocade die
Artisan Explorer or Grand Calibur diecutting machine
Heavy duty clippers
Small faceted beads
Heart bead
Flat-back crystals
Ice Resin
Beading pliers – round and flat nose
Heavy gauge wire
Raw canvas
Cotton fabric
Rotary trimmer
Dye ink pad
Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Adhesive
Iron and pad
Straight pins
Grosgrain ribbon
Grommet and tool
Elastic cord
Needle and thread

Spellbinders Statement Ring designed by Lisa Fulmer

Spellbinders Statement Ring designed by Lisa Fulmer


1.  Clip off the loops at each end of the bezel.

2.  Fill the bezel with small faceted beads.

3.  Prepare the resin according to the manufacturer’s directions and fill the bezel with resin.

4.  Place a heart bead in the center on top of the faceted beads and set aside.

5.  Before the resin is completely set and dry, place some flatback gems on the resin while it’s still tacky to accent. Allow to dry completely.

6.  Wrap some wire around your finger to determine the proper length and trim.

7.  Feed each end of the wire through the holes from the back of the bezel and make small loops at each end. Angle the loops with the pliers to nest in close to the edge of the bezel.

8.  Use flat-nose pliers to pinch the ring wire in at the top (on the back of the ring) and then smooth out the circle as needed to fit comfortably on your finger.


Spellbinders Vintage Brocade No-Sew Fabric Cuff designed by Lisa Fulmer

Spellbinders Vintage Brocade No-Sew Fabric Cuff designed by Lisa Fulmer


1.  Lightly rub an almost-dry stamp pad over the die.

2.  Place the die on the magnet sheet attached to a base plate, then place a strip of canvas evenly on top.

3.  Add the blanket and the embossing plate on top and run it through the machine.

4.  Take out the printed canvas, trim around the design as needed and heat set the ink with an iron.

5.  Trim a piece of fabric about a half inch larger than the canvas all the way around. Lay the fabric wrong side up, then place the canvas on top right side up. Press in some seams to fold up over the edges of the canvas on the two long sides.

6.  Glue the seams in place and let dry. Glue some thin grosgrain ribbon on top to accent the edges.

7.  Trim and miter the corners of the ends of the cuff and glue them down. Pin to hold in place while they dry.

8.  To make a closure, punch a hole at one end and insert a grommet. Loop a piece of elastic cord through the grommet with a knot in the back.

9.  Sew on some decorative buttons, placing one button at the other end of the cuff to loop the cord around.


Paper Flower Corsage with Spellbinders Die-cuts

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Spellbinders Paper Corsage Lisa Fulmer

This flower corsage is actually quite versatile – you can pin it to your lapel, use it on a gift package, or embellish the lid of a box or jar with it. I combined three different sets of Spellbinders dies to create this one-of-a-kind paper flower corsage.

Watch my Spellbinders Paper Flower Corsage YouTube video tutorial!


Spellbinders Grand Calibur diecutting machine
Spellbinders Nestabilities Majestic Elements – Opulent Ovals die set
Spellbinders Shapeabilities – Foliage Two die set
Spellbinders Shapeabilities – Spiral Blossom One die set
Green and yellow cardstock
Crinkly handmade art paper
Glitters – green and yellow
Small paintbrush
Craft glue
Buttons, small bead and bling
Pencil and small cylindrical vial

1.  Die-cut a medium solid oval from green cardstock and a smaller lacy-edge oval from yellow cardstock – glue the yellow on top of the green oval, off-center to create a base for the corsage. Die-cut some of the smallest ovals to use as accent leaves.

2.  Die-cut two spiral blossoms from crinkly art paper. Starting with the outside end, wrap one spiral around a pencil. Keep the bottom edge of the spiral flush against itself and add a little glue in a few spots as you coil it around the pencil to create a tight bloom. Slide it off the pencil and let dry.

3.  Make a larger bloom with second spiral by wrapping it around a small vial (I used my glitter container) instead of a pencil.

4.  Die-cut a variety of leafy foliage vines from the green and yellow cardstock. Brush glue on the leaf tips and sprinkle glitter over the glue.

5.  Stack and glue 3 buttons together with a smaller one on top, then glue the stack inside the hole of the larger bloom. Add glitter to the tips of the petals.

6.  Glue a small bead inside the center of the smaller bloom.

7.  When all the glitter and glue is dry, arrange the blooms, accent leaves and vines on the oval base as and glue into place as desired.

8.  Glue on some crystal bling accents in a few places; glue a pin finding to the back if you plan to wear it.

P Spellbinders Paper Corsage Lisa Fulmer


Embossed Foil Art Panel with Spellbinders 3D M-Bossabilities

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Embossed Foil Art Panel Lisa Fulmer

The textural symmetry of this art panel is just as inspiring to me as all the words on the metal tags! I love things that are even and orderly, but I also love things that are rough and distressed. I really enjoyed working with the Spellbinders craft foils in their 3D embossing folders. The foils come in lovely colors that take the patterns of the embossing folders beautifully.

Watch my Spellbinders Embossed Foil Art Panel YouTube video tutorial!

Spellbinders Grand Calibur machine with Grand Raspberry plate
Spellbinders Premium Craft Foils
Spellbinders 3D M-Bossabilities embossing folders
11″x14″ wood art panel
White gesso paint
Metallic silver acrylic paint
Iridescent acrylic medium
Paint brush, sea sponge
Sanding block
Metal wire (thin gauge)
1-1/2″ circle punch
Mini brads, 1/16″ hole punch
Dimensional glue dots, contact adhesive
Mini screw eyes, large jump rings
Round metal-stamped tags
Jewelry pliers
Small nail and hammer

1.  Paint wood panel (top and sides) with one coat of white gesso; let dry.

2.  Paint over the gesso with one coat of silver blended with iridescent medium (approx. 3 parts medium to 1 part paint); let dry.

3.  Dab more silver paint over wood panel with sea sponge to create texture; let dry.

4.  Trim and emboss twelve 3-1/4″ squares of foil in desired colors with Basket Weave embossing folder. Lightly sand the top of each square to highlight the texture.

5.  Punch holes in each corner of all 12 squares and insert brads, then distress the squares lightly with a sanding block.

6.  Gently wrap some of the squares with metal wire  (a 25″ length will go around one square 4 times).

7.  Arrange the squares evenly on the wood panel and adhere in place with 5 glue dots (one in each corner plus one in the center).

8.  Emboss a darker contrasting foil using the Shell Beauty embossing folder, then punch out 12 circles from the detailed areas. Sand the circles lightly to highlight the texture.

9.  Glue one circle to each square on the panel with contact adhesive, let dry.

10.  Use a hammer and small nail to make starter holes in the wood panel at the bottom of each circle, then twist in a screw eye.

11.  Use jewelry pliers to attach a metal stamped tag to each screw eye with a jump ring.

P Embossed Foil Art Panel Lisa Fulmer



Spellbinders Media Mixáge Pendant by Lisa Fulmer

Media Mixage Pendant Lisa Fulmer 300x150

Media Mixage Pendant Lisa Fulmer

I’ve developed a new penchant for pendants…I am head over heels in love with Spellbinders’ bezels and foils in the Media Mixáge line. I really like contrasting the distressed gold and bronze tone of the metal bezels with more delicate pink papers, beads and foil.  The painted glass focal beads in the dangle look great with the sparkle and shine of the glittery glaze inside the bezels.

Watch my Media Mixage Pendant YouTube video tutorial!



Spellbinders Media Mixáge Oval Bezels
Spellbinders Media Mixáge Oval Dies
Spellbinders Media Mixáge Interlock Texture Plate
Spellbinders Media Mixáge Foil
Spellbinders Media Mixáge Ephemera Paper
Spellbinders Artisan Explorer machine
Assorted large focal beads
Assorted small spacer beads
Assorted metal charms
Two 15″ lengths of thin silk ribbon
Jump rings, eye pins, head pins, clasps
Jewelry pliers and snippers
Clear metal/contact glue
Clear glaze or resin
Clear craft glue
Wood skewer
Sanding block
Clear glitter

1.  To make a long rolled paper bead, cut a 2″x 6″ tall, skinny triangle from a patterned sheet of ephemera paper. Starting at the flat end, roll the paper snugly around a skewer, adding a little clear craft glue as you go. Rub a little glue around the outside the the bead to seal, slide off skewer and let dry. Make two paper beads – one for each side of the pendant.

2.  Use metal/contact glue to adhere a flat round clasp finding to the back of the large oval on the long side, so the oval can hang horizontally, let dry.

3.  Die-cut an image from the ephemera paper with the smallest oval die, glue the paper inside the oval bezel and let dry, then apply a thick layer of glaze or resin on top and float a couple tiny beads at either end of the oval bezel. Let dry until clear and hard.

4.  Die-cut a piece of colored foil with the largest oval die, then emboss it on the texture plate. Lightly sand the embossed pattern on colored side so some of the silver underneath shows through to accentuate the pattern. Glue it inside the largest oval bezel, let dry.

5.  Glue some larger charms and beads on the foil inside the oval bezel, let dry, then apply a thick layer of glaze or resin on top of the embossed foil, filling in around the charms and beads. Sprinkle glitter lightly on top and let dry until clear and hard.

6.  Thread one end of one ribbon through one side of the large oval and glue the ribbon tail (about 1.5″) to itself, let dry, then string a paper bead with 2 small accent beads down close to the bezel loop, over the glued area. Trim the ribbon end to a sharp angle to thread it through the smaller accent beads. Repeat on the other side.

7.  Attach large focal beads and smaller spacer beads as desired above and below the small oval bezel to create a decorative dangle, then attach the dangle to the bottom of the large oval bezel.

8.  Tie the opposite ends of each ribbon to one half of a clasp with a tight double knot and secure each knot with a drop of clear craft glue.

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Cool New Products for Kool Tak—Special CHA segment

Kool Tak Love Tag Beth Watson 300x150

Kool Tak Love Tag Beth Watson 300x150

I had a great time visiting with designer Beth Watson in the Kool Tak booth at Winter CHA. She showed off techniques for using three great products that I think are must-haves for cardmaking, scrapbooking and mixed media!

KoolTak Foil and Sparkles available at!

KoolTak Foil and Sparkles available at!

•  Layer Plus Tool — a handy L-shaped clear acrylic ruler that makes it easy to perfectly align elements in your project

•  Shiny Transfer Foil Sheets — these are easy to rub on to any dry adhesive for a lovely foiled finish and they come in lots of different colors

•  Sparkles — a cool combo pack of glitter, micro beads and seed beads in a variety of color palettes

Watch Beth Watson’s Kool Tak demo video!

Kool Tak Materials:

Layer Plus Tool
Ultra Clear Adhesive Sheet – 8” x 10
Premium Extreme 1/8”
Premium Extreme ½”
Premium Extreme 1”
Sparkles in Silver or Gold
Shiny Transfer Foil Sheets in Holiday or Spring Blossom
Clear Foam Adhesive Pads

Other supplies:  Manilla Shipping Tag 3 ¼” x 6 ¼”; Crate Paper Fourteen Collection in Sparks & Darling; Clearsnap Fluid Chalk Ink in Chestnut Roan; Crepe Paper Streamer in Pink; ¼” Ribbon in White; Tulle Ribbon in Red; Embroidery Floss in White and Needle; Scissors; Piercing Tool; Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die – Mini Paper Rosettes (2 Sizes); Sizzix Bigz Die 1” Circles; Big Shot Machine; Bone Folder.

1. Crumple tag, straighten and ink all over with Chestnut Roan.

2. Line up 1” wide Premium Extreme with bottom edge of tag, trim and peel liner paper.  Fold over cut edge of crepe paper and pleat.  Trim and fold over edge to finish.

3. Cut a 4” x 4” square out of the Ultra Clear Adhesive Sheet, cover with Darling Paper. Trace heart and cut out with scissors or put through your die-cutting machine using a heart-shaped die.  Peel back the liner and attach to tag. Trim excess overhang on the one side.

4. Measure and cut a 3 ¾” length of ½” wide Premium Extreme. Cut a notched tail at one end of the strip of tape. This will be the overhang. Attach the strip flush to the left edge of the tag using Layer Plus Tool for straight placement, leaving a ½” overhang.

Kool Tak Foil5. Immediately apply Shiny Transfer Foil, grey side down/color up, with your finger or a bone folder, to the back of the notched overhang, where the adhesive is exposed. Then, remove the paper liner from the tape on the front of the tag and cover the whole strip with the same Shiny Transfer Foil you just used.

6. Die cut Rosette from Sparks Paper, fold and attach ends with 1/8” wide strip of Premium Extreme to create tube.  Cut 2” long strip of 1” wide Premium Extreme and place sticky side up on work surface. Gather top of rosette in fingers, while pushing in at top and out at bottom. Once flat, attach to Premium Extreme, flip over and burnish with bone folder for a complete bond.

Kool Tak Glitter7. Die cut 1” Circle from Ultra Clear Adhesive Sheet, and attach it to the center of the front of the rosette. Peel off the liner, pick up the rosette and push the adhesive circle into a little plate filled with Sparkles glitter or micro-beads or threading beads, or a combination of any of these. Press firmly for a good bond. Shake off excess.

8. Tie bow with ¼” ribbon and attach to center of circle with a Clear Foam Adhesive Pad.

9. Peel liner from the back of the rosette and attach to tag using Layer Plus Tool for exact placement.

10. Line up Layer Plus Tool along top edge of foil strip and pierce 8 holes with piercing tool.  Repeat along bottom edge. Thread white floss on needle and stitch XOXO using pierced holes.  Secure each end to back of tag with 1/8” strip of Premium Extreme – do not peel liner.

11. Tie a 12” length of tulle ribbon through hole at top of tag.


Reversible Mini Scrapbook Board—featuring Perfect Pearls, Mists & Powders from Ranger Ink

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Ranger Mini Scrapbook Board Blue Lisa Fulmer

Even Dad would appreciate a couple scrapbook layouts of his favorite vacation trips! Just “man it up” a bit by using darker colors, distressed textures, minimal embellishments, and a smaller overall size. This reversible photo board can lean on a bookshelf or against a pencil cup on his desk. Heavy illustration board can be found in art supply stores and trimmed to size with a box-cutter blade.

Watch my Reversible Mini Scrapbook Board YouTube video tutorial!


White heavy illustration board – cut to 5”x7”
Perfect Pearls powders in desired colors
Perfect Pearls Mists in desired colors
Perfect Medium pad
Perfect Medium pen
Craft glue
Tape runner
Cosmetic sponge wedge
Themed rubber stamps
Themed die-cut paper borders
Solid cardstock in desired colors
Paper trimmer
Washi tape
Metal charms


1.  Lightly spray one side of the board with Perfect Pearls mist, then sprinkle Perfect Pearls powder in a complementary color on top.Ranger Mini Scrapbook Board Lisa Fulmer close up

    TIP:  Use a clear or pale mist to retain the color of the powder, or experiment with blending a mist color with a different powder color.

2.  Use cosmetic sponge to swirl and rub the color into the board, then pounce the sponge across the top to create additional texture while the surface is still damp. Allow to dry.

3.  Repeat for the other side of the board.
    TIP:  Decide on your photo and theme first, then choose Perfect Pearls colors and texture effects to match.

4.  Wrap all four sides of the board with washi tape.

Ranger Mini Scrapbook Board Lisa Fulmer close up reverse5.  Distress and/or color the die-cut paper borders by rubbing a little Perfect Medium on the surface (or drawing lines with the Perfect Medium pen) and then brushing Perfect Pearls powder across the top.

6.  Glue each border along the bottom edge of each side of the board; allow to dry.

7.  Stamp an image(s) with Perfect Medium into position on one side of the board to surround the photo. Immediately brush Perfect Pearls powder over the top of the stamped area, then brush away excess powder. Repeat for the other side of the board.

8.  Trim and mat your photo with 1-2 layers of solid cardstock; adhere with tape runner into position on the board; repeat for other side.

9.  Embellish each layout by gluing metal charm(s) into desired position.


The Latest from Prima Marketing – Special CHA segment

Prima Woodcuts Mushrooms Leaves 300x150

Prima Woodcuts Mushrooms Leaves

When you think Prima, you probably think flowers, right? That’s what I was thinking when I went to see them at Winter CHA, but when I visited with artist Jamie Dougherty in their booth, I walked right past the flowers and fell in love with their new woodcuts and canvas sticky-back letters. Jamie shows how easy it is to add color to adorable little wooden die-cuts of mushrooms, planes, leaves…so many cute shapes that come in wood divider trays you can alter. Yay for no-waste packaging! She also shares a technique for painting their new canvas letters that have a resist pattern built right in to the surface…so cool!

Watch the Prima CHA Special Feature YouTube video tutorial!

Suncatching Windchimes with Spellbinders Media Mixáge Metal Blanks

Spellbinders Suncatching Windchimes Lisa Fulmer 300x150

Spellbinders Suncatching Windchimes Lisa Fulmer

This was my first time making my own wind chime and it was really fun! The metal blanks actually make a nice little tinkling sound when they hit each other and it sparkles nicely in the sun. It looks pretty cute hanging inside too—it’s a great way to use up leftover beads.

Watch Lisa’s Suncatching Windchimes with Spellbinders Media Mixáge Blanks video tutorial!



Spellbinders Media Mixáge metal blanks with matching dies
Artisan Explorer die-cutting and embossing machine
Spellbinders Media Mixáge texture plates
Alcohol inks and applicator
Craft paint
Decorative papers
Craft glue
Clear gel glue
Chipboard (or metal) gear
Acetate (plain and printed)
Glitter glue
Adhesive rhinestones
Parchment paper
Thin clear elastic beading cord
Regular and heavy-duty hole punches
Assortment of beads
Crimping beads and pliers
Round-nose pliers
Jump rings and eye pins
Decorative ornament hook

There are many shapes of metal blanks in the Media Mixáge line from Spellbinders to choose from, with matching dies to cut and emboss papers and foils to decorate the blanks. Decorate your blanks in any of the following ways:

  • Paint the blanks with alcohol ink or glitter glue
  • Die-cut papers or printed acetate to glue on one or both sides of the blanks (use the clear gel glue for adhering acetate)
  • Embellish with adhesive rhinestones
  • Emboss with a texture plate

Punch a small hole at the top of each blank, if needed, and thread some clear thin beading cord through each one and close it with a crimping bead (make the cords the same length so the blanks will clink on each other in the breeze). Add a couple larger beads to cover the little tail. You can also place a crimping bead up further on the cord to float some smaller beads. Instead of crimping beads, you can opt to tie the cord around a jump ring that you’ve attached to the blank, then tuck the knot inside a larger bead on top.

For the hanger, paint a chipboard shape of a gear with craft paint. To give it more rigidity so it holds the weight of the metal blanks and beads, glue it to a circle of acetate. After that’s dry, punch tiny holes at the end of each spoke and another set of holes about halfway up each spoke.

Thread each cord through a hole, add a flat bead and tie it off in a double knot.  Add a couple drops of clear gel glue inside the bead to secure the knot. Put an eye pin through each of the inside holes in the gear, then use round-nose pliers to make a loop on the end of each pin and attach all 5 pins to a jump ring. This will keep everything hanging straight on an ornament hanger.

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