Easy Gifts to Make

Gather your fabric scraps, art journaling pens, embellishments and paper, and create easy homemade gifts. Enjoy a fun day playing with mixed-media materials and deciding which of our creative handmade gift ideas you want to try.

Make These Polymer Clay Ornaments!

‘Tis the season for all things holiday, including decorations. If you love unique ornaments, especially ones that are personalized, I have such a great project for you! I just finished making painted polymer clay ornaments that are featured in the November/December 2017 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, and they’re so fantastic—luminous and textured and gorgeous.…

Handmade Card Ideas To Say Thank You

There are many ways to work art into our daily lives. I found one last night, when I was thinking about a small token of appreciation I want to give to a few people that have not only been advocates for me and my creative endeavors, but have enthusiastically agreed to humor me in a…

Ruth Rae's inspiration, part 2: Fabric gift bag

Watching Ruth Rae's Art Dress video got me thinking about how versatile a fabric muslin is. In this video, Ruth transforms ordinary muslin into a work-of-art dress embellished with free-motion stitched words, plus a collage, ruffles, and more. The finished project is stunning. But it's also achievable. As with all of Ruth's videos, she takes…

DIY Holiday Project: Shisha Ornaments

Embroidery was one of the first crafts I learned growing up. I've gone back to it at various times throughout the years, but I have to admit it's been a while since I've even picked up an embroidery needle and thread. But when I saw the Shisha Ornaments project in the brand new DIY Holiday…

We Love Handmade Gifts! Let’s Make it a DIY Holiday

One of the beautiful things about creativity and expression is that they can’t be contained to a single outlet. Mixed-media artists truly embody this concept. We like to play, and while we may fall into certain patterns with our use of color or our stylistic choices, we know that we have unlimited ways to say…

Last-Minute Gift-Making Ideas for Your Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m pleased to tell you my older daughter loved the accordion-fold book I made and sent to her at college (and the Harry Potter stamps, too). I’m also embarrassed to say that I don’t have anything for my younger daughter who still lives at home-but the day isn’t over yet! Looking for…

Handmade Ornaments for Baby and More

In our office right now we are fairly bursting with babies. Two staff members just welcomed their first grandchildren and two more staffers are expecting. Needless to say, handmade gifts for baby are on my mind. Use a purchased bezel like this one by Kristen Robinson or start with an heirloom locket to make handmade…

Easy Holiday Art Projects to Start Now: Mixed-Media Pasta Box Frames

The other day I was flattening an empty pasta box for the recycling bin when I thought, “Gee, that little oval window must be good for something.” Photo frame of cousins from Christmases past, made from a pasta box. So, instead of recycling the box I carefully cut off the front, reserving it for a…