Ask the Experts: Best Tools

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Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Martha Stewart Scoring Board

Q: I’ve lost my embossing tool that came with my scoring board and can’t find a replacement.  What can I do about that?

A:  You can use a stylus as a replacement.  Just make sure that the ball end of the tool fits into the grooves of your scoring board.

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Time for Tea: Tea Bag Holder

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Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Homemade Tea Bag Holder

The weather is getting colder, so many of us will be heating up our favorite teas.  This handy tea bag holder is helpful to store your favorite flavors or brands.  Keep it on the counter or your desk so it’s quick to grab when you want a hot cup of tea.

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Celebrate Halloween Banner

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Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Decorate for your Halloween Party with this cute banner

Halloween is fast approaching and it’s time to start putting out the first of the decorations for the year. Greet your guests or the trick-or- treaters this year with a fun Halloween themed banner.  It’s made even spookier with this great paper from Carta Bella!

Paper and Pennants

This banner was created using the Spooky paper kit by Carta Bella and the 4” x 6” natural chipboard pennant pieces by Paper Accents, but you can choose one from the great selection of pennants that Create for Less carries.

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Bunting and Garlands for Fall Decorating

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To me, nothing says “party” quite like a nice little garland. Even if you’re not planning on hosting any parties this fall, I would still highly recommend adding some bunting around your home just to add a little excitement. You’re going to be cooped up in there for quite a while, and everyone needs a little festivity in their lives.

Paint Chip Bunting Home Decor

Paint Chip Bunting

This cute striped banner can be made to match your home or to match seasonal colors. I think this paint chip bunting would be perfect for everyday decorating because it’s so simple. You can change it up however you wish, I think it could be really fun to add letters to the flags with coordinating scrapbook paper.

Interchangeable Chalkboard Pennant Banner for All Occasions

Chalkboard Banner

You could also create a banner that you can change for every holiday and season! Add a little chalkboard paint to some chipboard pennants and you’re ready to go.

DIY Fall Leaf Garland

Leaf Garland

If you’re ready to start celebrating fall, hang up some fun leaf garlands around the house. It’ll give you all of the beauty of fall leaves without the mud and dirt that can come with it.

Easy Halloween Banner with printable and tutorial at

“Boo” Halloween Bunting

You can also go the Halloween route with this fun printable banner idea. You can keep it simple, or add some glitter for a little extra oomph.

DIY Tutorial for a Fall Burlap Banner from

Fall Burlap Banner

I love the classic and rustic look of this burlap banner. Not only is it very easy to make, but it is so festive! I could also see creating a Christmas version of this banner with some trees, snowmen, stars, stockings, and other sillouhettes!

Ask the Experts

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By Scrapbooking & Card Making Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner


doll stand

Q. How can I hold my heat tool and the paper I’m trying to emboss at the same time?

A: As crafters we are always looking for ways to use other things for tools and one way to hold a heat gun is to use a doll stand by placing the tool in the stand and using a piece of ribbon or string to hold the opening closed.



Q. What is a way of storing my embossing folders?

A: Photo storage boxes are the perfect place to keep the folders. Since they are about the size of a 4” x 6” photo they fit snuggly into the box without falling over.

Paper Accents Chipboard Pennants

Faber Castell Gesso

Q. If I use spray ink on a piece of chipboard it soaks in and looks awful. Is there a way around that?

A: Begin by coating it with Gesso before spraying the ink on it. It can be used to prime the surface so that the chipboard will take the ink easier.

Paper Accents Tag

Q. What can I use a tag for other than a gift?

A: Beautifully embellished tags can become a wonderful embellishment for a scrapbook layout, added onto a card or can become a card themselves. They make wonderful embellishments for wreaths and shadow boxes, too. Place them in a picture frame as a focal point and give them as a gift. They make especially nice framed wedding gifts.

Martha Stewart Flocking

Q. What are some uses for flocking?

A: You can use it to add a soft, fluffy texture to die cuts by placing it over the areas. Use them on shapes that have been cut out using a die such as a tree or lamb. They are great to give a flower a fluffy look and bats at Halloween look even spookier with a little flocking on their bodies. Make a snowflake fluffy by adding it or add a little texture to your patterned paper. These are only a few ideas of how to use them. The possibilities are endless.

Upcycled Checkers Game

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DIY Upcycled Checkers Game

Grab something old and turn it into a sparkling new checkers game! This DIY can easily be adapted to whatever you have on hand. From old art pieces to cardboard boxes and from your ever-growing button stash to bottle caps, you can create a pretty game you’ll love to play.

Upcycled Checkers Game
What You Need:

Here’s How to Make It…

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By The Month Card Organizer

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Peg Rounds

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Keep all your cards handy and organized by month with this DIY tutorial!

All of us have different ways of organizing the cards we’ve made, but what about having them organized as they are needed?  This By the Month Card Organizer is the answer to that problem.  Place the cards in the 12 pockets and have them ready to send as needed.

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