Jam Paper Gelli Print Card

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Jam Paper Gelli Print Card by Tiffany Windsor

My friends at recently sent me a cool collection of metallic foldover cards and envelopes and when I received them I knew exactly what I wanted to create! I had been wanting to try my new Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plates and this metallic paper looked like the perfect cardstock to use for this monoprinting technique.

Besides the fact that the metallic shimmer on this cardstock is beautiful, what I love about this cardstock is the weight. When working with paint, some cardstocks can wilt from the moisture of the paint but there was no problem with the JAM Paper metallic card stock.

You will want to check out my YouTube video to see the how-to steps on this project and head on over to to order your own collection of metallic card stock.

Once you learn this technique I can promise you that you won’t stop with just one card! But what’s so cool about the Gel Printing Plate is that you don’t need to clean it between each print. Just add more paint and re-print — time and time again.

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I love the idea of keeping the art of hand-written letters alive and these hand-made cards will inspire you to create by the dozen. Tie up a stack of cards with a pretty ribbon, add a sweet sentiment charm and you have the perfect hostess gift!

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Disclosure: provided cardstock and envelopes for this project. Design and comments are my own.  Links to Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plates are my Amazon Affiliate links.



Crafty Chica: Heart-to-Heart Convo with Kathy Cano-Murillo

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I recently had the chance to sit down for a few minutes with my creative friend Kathy Cano-Murillo. We discussed her new Dia de Los Muertos products (available at select Michaels stores) and chatted about her creative life while Kathy painted a heart canvas for the Cool2Craft studio. I first “met” Kathy when I interviewed her for my Inspired at Home radio series and had so much fun surprising her with a special hello from my mother Aleene. It’s rare for us to be able to sit down like this because we usually see each other at craft trade shows where our schedules are crazy-busy. Kathy’s creative wisdom is so sweet, yet life-changing and her creativity always inspires me!

And what a cool friend she is… it is SO cool that I have one of her original works of art to proudly display on my heart*art wall at the Cool2Craft studios.

I invite you to leave your hellos and greetings for Kathy on the YouTube video and please stop on by Kathy’s YouTube channel and her website and let her know that you watched this interview at Cool2Craft!

Watch Tiffany’s video chat with Crafty Chica: Kathy Cano-Murillo.

Filmed on location at MakeLab YouTubeSpace LA.



Memory Box by Candace Jedrowicz

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Candace found a discounted box in the wood aisle at Michaels craft store and rescued it.  Candace shares how to turn a box with a hinged lid into a fabulous, colorful memory box!

Julie Western is an amazing woman who lives her life to the fullest, sharing her creative brilliance in everything she does! I am privileged to be her friend.  She taught me tons of techniques as I began my adventures in crafting. Inking, embellishing, embossing, bead accents, fibers, charms, German gold paper trims. and mixed media were suddenly in my vocabulary and changed my clay-based creative world. Julie loves all things vintage, mermaid, Dia de los Muertos, Frida Kahlo, tea and fancy ladies. She throws wonderful themed parties with delicious foods and fabulous crafts and handmade party favors! Each invitation design is handmade with layered papers, fibers and charms. Julie’s thank-you cards are each a work of art. I’ve saved every one! She made my very first crown and gave a crown making book that rocked my world!  With 2000 miles between us now, and I miss her so. This is my Julie Shrine.

Watch Candace’s Memory Box YouTube video tutorial!


Aleene’s Tacky Tape Runner
Wood box with hinged lid
Sand paper
Ephemera – cards, tags, Artist Trading Cards, etc.
Embellishments – vintage buttons, fibers, beads, charms, etc.
Acrylic paint
Foam core board
Craft knife
Hot glue
Flat glass marbles

1. Sand the box.  Make a stain of 1 part paint to 3 parts water and stain the whole box.  Allow to dry.

2. Stand the box up so that it opens like a book.  Use Aleene’s Tacky Tape Runner to attach paper that will lay flat on the wood.

3. I used a purple velvet ribbon to cover the raised front edge of the box, but you can use beads or buttons or anything you like.

4. You can use small pieces of foam core board to angle any of the paper pieces on the inside.

5. Hot glue glass marble feet on the bottom.

6. To stand paper accents on the top of the box – trace the shapes on foam core board and leave an inch of board beyond the bottom of the piece.  Cut the foam core board out, score, but don’t separate the bottom inch of board.  Cut one additional 1/8″ of board the width of the backing.

7. Bend the board on the scored line to stand the main part upright.  Glue the 1/8″ strip with the foam side showing in the front in the void left by bending the board.  Now it will stand up on it’s own.

8. Glue the paper on the front – the extra piece in the fold adds 1/4″ of height, so you can cut more off the top or add embellishment to the bottom.  I did one of each technique on my top pieces.

9. Add your buttons, fibers and such and any other finishing details.  At the last minute I added a velvet flower on a bejeweled pin to the top.  It was an embellishment on one of her tags.  I put the pin through a crystal button, then tapped it into the wood.

Gypsy Tree Canvas by Candace Jedrowicz DIY Craft

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Gypsy Tree Canvas Candace Jedrowicz

Candace Jedrowicz is mesmerized by gypsy style.  It’s not surprising that she would turn to that soulful, expressive style to tell a story about her path. Using die cuts and doo dads, Candace shares a recipe for layered dimensional wall art.

Watch Candace’s Gypsy Canvas Wall Art YouTube video tutorial!


Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue
Aleene’s Original Tacky Pen
6″ x 6″ Canvas
Gypsy caravan photo from Wikimedia commons
Decorative Paper – I used an embossed paper as a key part of my design
Black craft foam
Die cutter and dies – Tim Holtz Mini Bird and Cage, Tiny Tabs and Tags, Mini Lock and Key Set and Branch Tree
Doo dads – I used a polymer clay face (push mold Art Doll Faces), Tulip Beads in a Bottle dots in several colors (make them ahead on waxed paper so they’ll peel right off) – or you can use anything you have to personalize
Metallic paste – copper
Lumiere paint – pink gold, blue, bronze and olive
Sand paper
Brown acrylic paint
Brown distress ink pad
Drill with 1/8″ bit
Needle tool
6″ piece of 20 gauge copper wire
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
Assorted fibers

1. Cut decorative paper to fit front and sides of the canvas.  Glue in place with a thin, even coat of Super Thick Tacky Glue.  Allow to dry.

2. Cut 1 tree of embossed paper and one from black craft foam.  Glue together with Tacky Pen.  Allow to dry.  very gently run a finger tip dipped in copper metallic paste over the top of the embossed design.

3. Cut a 1″ x 6″ piece of foam.  Position the foam on the Branch Tree die so that it just covers 1/2″ of the bottom of the die.  This leaves some foam sticking out, fold it over the top plate to avoid tearing.  Run it through the cutter.  Use a finger to paint olive Lumiere paint.

4. Cut a small tag from the Tiny Tabs and Tags die from foam and 1 from embossed paper.  Glue together,  Allow to dry.  Treat with copper metallic paste as you did with the tree.

5.  Paint your moon face with pink gold Lumiere.  Allow to dry.

6. Cut a foam key from the Mini Lock and Key Set and a cage and bird from the Mini bird and cage set.

7. Paint the key bronze, the birdcage copper and bronze and the bird blue with bronze beak and feet.  Glue the bird to the cage.  Allow to dry.

8. Sand the edges of the paper on the canvas until they are smooth and the canvas shows through.  Paint the exposed canvas with brown acrylic paint and spread a bit onto the papers.  Allow to dry.

9. Drill a hole in the center of the bottom of the canvas.

10. Fit the bottom of the tree into the strip of green foam and glue in place on the canvas using the Tacky Glue Pen.

11. Color the edges of the photo with distress ink and glue into place with the glue pen.

12. Add the foam key and Beads in a bottle dots with the glue pen.

13. Cut 12″ of assorted fibers.  Feed them through the hole in the small tag and tie.  Glue the tag in place.

14. Make a hole in the top of the bird cage with the needle tool.

15. Wrap the copper wire around the round nose pliers and crimp with the chain nose pliers to make  loop.

16. Slide the bird cage on to the loop, slide the wire ends through the hole in the canvas and bend the ends down to secure it.



Joy Jewelry Holder by Candace Jedrowicz

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Joy Jewelry Holder by Candace Jedrowicz

Joy, joy, joy!  Candace Jedrowicz sings about joy everyday!  Candace expresses joy through color and sparkle!  This jewelry holder is fun, easy and oh so brilliantly sparkly!  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Candace’s Joy Jewelry Holder YouTube video tutorial!


Wood plaque
Wood letters
Aleene’s Aliphatic Wood Glue
White acrylic paint
Paint brush
Picture hanger
Colored paper
Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue
1/4″ Dowel
1/4″ Drill bit
1/16″ Drill bit
Small cup hooks
Buttons, beads, trinkets, gems, tiles, etc.

1. Paint plaque and letters white. Allow to dry.

2. Cut colored papers to fit the letters. Glue in place using Tacky Glue. Allow to dry.

3. Drill 1/4″ holes on the bottom of the letters and the top of the plaque (where the letters will go).

4.  Cut the dowel pieces to fit the holes.  Put wood glue in the holes and on the dowel pieces.  Attach the letters to the plaque.  Allow to dry.

5. Attach buttons, etc. to the letters and plaque with the Tacky Glue. Allow to dry.

6. Drill 1/16″ holes in the plaque where you want the hooks to go. Screw the hooks in the holes.

7.  Turn the whole thing over  onto a folded towel and attach the picture hanger to the back.

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Delicious Looking Cake Mail by Candace Jedrowicz

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Cake Mail by Candace Jedrowicz

Candace Jedrowicz is about to change the way you think of postcards with just a grout sponge and caulk!  You won’t believe your eyes! Yes this faux cake is actually mailable!  Featured on Coo2Craft TV.

Watch Candace’s super cool Cake Mail YouTube video tutorial!


Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Grout sponge
Caulk – the white and brown are the actual colors it comes in
Disposable pastry bag
Craft knife
masking tape
Brown paint, if desired
Card stock
Bugle beads for sprinkles (optional)

1. Cut the grout sponge’s curved edges off, then stand the sponge on one long edge and cut at a diagonal to form 2 cake slices (Hubby cut mine with a table saw)

2. Lay one slice on it’s side.  Find the center and lay your ruler a 1/4″ to one side.  Cut along the ruler with your craft knife.  Repeat on the other side.  You want to cut about 1/4″ deep.  Don’t worry about cutting through the sponge at the narrow end, the sponge can be trimmed if necessary.

3.  Gently bend the slice to open the cuts you just made and cut the center out with scissors.  If you’re going to paint the sponge brown, this would be the time to do it.

4.  Lay the slice on the card stock and trace around it.  Stand the slice up where is and continue to trace around the bottom.  Cut out the shape.

5. Spread glue evenly on the card stock and attach it to the back side and bottom of the sponge and allow to dry.

6. Squeeze caulk into a pastry bag.  Snip the tip off the bag.

7. Lay the slice groove side up.  Lay tape along both sides of the groove.  Squeeze caulk into the groove.  Smooth it with your finger.  Remove the tape.  Allow to dry.

8. Hold on to the slice and squeeze caulk onto the top and back of the slice.  Use a finger to smooth and swirl the “icing”.  Sprinkle with bugle beads if desired.

9. Allow the icing to dry for at least 2 days before sending.

10. Address the card and write a small message on the thin end.  The post office will need lots of room to do their thing.

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Mixed Media Textured Box by Lisa Fulmer

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Mixed Media Crown Box by Lisa Fulmer
One of the many things I love about working with mixed media is texture, glorious texture! Mixed media is truly a no-rules license to play when it comes to experimenting with different techniques and materials to create interesting textures and layers. I have decided to have some fun with the lid of a gift box and treat it more like an art canvas—layering metal, paper, sand, glass, and plastic together with some fun painting techniques. Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

  • Paper mache box 9″x9″x1.5″
  • Stiff cardboard
  • White gesso
  • Craft paints – brown, copper, gold
  • Sand  texture medium (a stucco medium would also work)
  • Palette knife
  • Paint brushes
  • Striping brush
  • Copper chisel-tip paint marker
  • Metal star embellishment
  • Acrylic (clear plastic) crown embellishment
  • Copper alcohol ink and felt applicator
  • White card stock
  • Pencil
  • Clear Gel Tacky Glue
  • Original Tacky Glue
  • Glass pebble
  • Copper self-adhesive metal tape
1.  Paint inside and outside of the box bottom with brown paint; allow to dry.
2.  Trim a piece of stiff cardboard to fit snugly inside the lid to give it extra stability; paint brown and allow to dry.
3.  Adhere cardboard insert inside lid with original Tacky Glue; paint inside lid and the outside edges brown; allow to dry.
4.  Paint top of lid with white gesso; allow to dry.
5.  Blend gold paint with texture medium and apply on top of lid with brush or palette knife; allow to dry.
6.  Use a striping brush to paint a 5″ square piece of cardboard with a gold/copper paint blend; allow to dry.
7.  Edge striped cardboard with copper paint marker and adhere to center of lid with original Tacky Glue.
8.  Adhere metal star to center of striped cardboard with original Tacky Glue.
9.  Trace crown shape on to white cardstock with pencil and trim out.
10.  Dab copper alcohol ink on one side of acrylic crown to create marblized effect; allow to dry.
11.  Adhere white cardstock to crown on inked side and adhere glass pebble on non-inked side with clear gel glue; allow to dry.
12.  Adhere cardstock side of crown to metal star with original Tacky Glue.
13.  Press self-adhesive metal tape around the outer edge of lid.

Day 19 of 31 Days of Halloween – Kitschy Pumpkin

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Kitshy Pumpkin by Candace Jedrowicz

It’s time to pitch some kitsch!  I LOVE kitsch!  I make kitschy art every chance I get!  Grab your buttons, charms, broken jewelry, beads, flowers..Well, just grab everything and lets get to gluing!


Wood pumpkin cut out (Thank you Hubby)
Acrylic paint – I used brown
Paper towels
Hot glue gun and plenty of glue sticks
Embellishments: buttons, beads, gems, shrink plastic pieces, odds and ends leftover from crafting, small chip board pieces, tiny toys, and anything else you can think of!

I used handmade clay buttons and skulls and polymer clay beads, small things that I’ve deemed to personal too throw away or use on art for sale.

This is my first kitschy piece.  I am in love with this style!  On of the coolest things on her is the big eye that moves when you turn it.I love it!
Paint your pumpkin with brown acrylic and wipe off with paper towels before it dries.Gather the things you might want to use.  Make sure there are tons of choices.I limited my choices to Halloween colors, but mostly orange.
Before beginning to glue, try things in different positions to get an idea of what will look just right for you.
I started by gluing my biggest piece – the flower.  Make sure your most important pieces will fit.The base layer will likely not be seen in the final version, so hold back the best stuff.
The second layer will be the larger pieces.Stop and look around the room now, did you miss anything cool that would work well on this piece?
The final layer will be smaller pieces and fill-ins.Don’t stop until it’s just right!My favorite things:  The Buddha eraser, the zombie coffee coffee cup, the shrink plastic chocolate postcard from the Field museum’s Chocolate exhibit – it was serendipitous that we were in Chicago when the exhibit was there, the key charm I received in a Halloween charm swap, and all the tiny clay skullies that I made years ago.

Boot Hill Pumpkins by Candace Jedrowicz

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One whole week of Halloween projects has me feeling over the moon!  This one is a spin off of my Fall Pumpkins project at Cool2Craft this week.  Hubby cut extra pumpkins and I think I could go on forever with the decorating ideas!


Fall Pumpkin Template
8″ x 16″ x 1″ thick piece of pine
Sand paper 600 grit
Paint – I used black acrylics
Decorative Paper
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

Print out the template, trace on wood and cut out.Paint black and allow to dry.
Sand the pumpkins lightly.
Cut decorative paper and glue on the pumpkins.I’ve had this paper for ages and have been guarding it carefully.  It’s glittery and I just love it!

This is a big step for me.  Do you have precious papers?  Papers that are too special to use for just any project?

Eyeball Ornaments by Candace Jedrowicz

Candace 31 Days Eyeball Ornaments

Eyeball Ornaments by Candace Jedrowicz

Eeek!  Eyeballs are big this year!  Literally!  I bought small ornaments after Christmas last year.  They were hot pink and I just knew I needed them for a future project and here it is!


Ornaments – round and smooth in various sizes
Acrylic paint – lime green, aqua and orange
Felt tip pens – lime green, pale blue, yellow and black
Paint brushes – round

Paint a large white circle in white and allow to dry.Paint a base iris color and allow to dry.
Using markers, vary the solid color with outlines and stripes.
Outline the white and the iris color with black marker.
Using at least on more color, blend the black outlines and and touch up the iris color to add depth.Add one or two dots of white paint for highlights.
Keep and EYE out for ornaments on sale this year!