Sunday, June 26, 2022

Making Jewelry Is A Craft Too!!!

 Welcome to Crafter's Castle!

Crafting means different things to different people.  It could be cardmaking, papercrafting, upcycling, home decor, knitting, painting, candlemaking, making jewelry....and so much more.  Some of us only do one craft, and others, like me, do many different crafts.  That is what Crafter's Castle is all about....a place to learn about a variety of crafts and get inspiration.  It's a place where you might get introduced to a craft you haven't tried yet or may not have even known about.  Whatever your craft interests are, I hope you get inspired here.

So with that said, today's post is about making jewelry.  Nothing fact you can even get kits to get you started.

Yesterday I posted a video on making ocean theme necklaces (or the same supplies can also make earrings) using a few supplies from PandaHall Selected.   It can be as simple as adding a pinch bail and chain to an open back bezel pendant......or step it up by adding a charm to that....or taking it even a step farther by adding non-toxic ArtResin.  It just depends on what you have and what you're comfortable with.

Watch that video by clicking HERE

The previous week I made moon & star earrings using a kit from PandaHall Selected.  It comes with everything you need to make these will still need pliers (which most of us have around the house).  It's so easy and even comes with a sheet of examples to get you started and a few instructions.

Watch that video by clicking HERE

And if scroll back on my YouTube channel to April 30 and May,  7 you'll find 2 more videos on making jewelry.  

Making jewelry for yourself or for gifts is such a rewarding thing to do.  Most people that haven't tried it yet may feel that it is too complicated or requires too many supplies.  But making jewelry can be as simple as buying a kit  And to help you out you will find discount codes (and links) in the description box below each of these videos on YouTube.

What will I be making next?  I'll give you won't be jewelry 😊 You'll have to watch my blog to see what's next....OR....better yet, subscribe to my YouTube channel, Janie - The Craft Princess,  and click the little bell next to the SUBSCRIBE button so you don't miss anything!

Thank you all so much for stopping by and....


Sunday, June 5, 2022

Cardmaking Inspiration For You!!!

 Hi everyone!

June always makes me think of Summer.....but here in Montana we have been having more rain than sunshine.  I'm not crazy about rain, but I'm not complaining because I haven't had to water the lawn so far this year and it's nice and green 😊 on to the cardmaking!

This weekend I put up two very short cardmaking videos to inspire you....links are below to the videos, as well as some pictures.

For these cards I used the Heart Shape and Lines cutting dies

For the first card I used all of the pieces of the die set, and my scraps from my Prima Marketing Rose Quartz paper pad and Old Rose 111# cardstock from Paper Temptress It's a great way to use those scraps that I know all of us hang onto 😊

For the second set of cards I only used the main cutting die and NOT all the additional dies. This technique is great to mix and match, especially if you want to make several cards. The more cards you make and the different papers you use will give you more pieces to mix and match. For those two cards I used an old scrap from my stash, and Teal BASIS 80# cardstock from Paper Temptress.

If you would like to watch this 4 MINUTE video CLICK HERE

And in my other short video for the weekend I show how I made this fun, and pretty, interactive card using the InLoveArts Creative Simple Sash 3D cutting dies and 6" Starry Sky Background Paper from InLoveArts

To see the card in action, as well as how I put the window shutter element together, you can CLICK HERE to watch that short video

And here are some discount codes for you....
InLoveArts Discount Code: Janie (25% off over $39 Exclude Die Cutting Machine)
Paper Temptress 20% off disount code: JANIE20 or janie20 (works both ways)

You might also like these videos if you missed them over the past couple weeks....

Leave me a comment letting me know which is your favorite project 😊

Thanks for stopping by and.....
Happy Crafting!!!

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Hello Spring....or Summer!

 Sorry it's been a while....there is still a lot going on and some days I don't even know what day it is.  So remembering to post is something I really need to work on.  

Thank you for your patience 💗

I love home decor projects and lately have been working with some Rustic DIY Maker Boxes from Little Rockies Rustic.  Katie has some wonderful kits.....some are monthly subscriptions and some you can just buy anytime.  I love that even though they come with everything you need.....pieces already cut, paints, brushes, glue, can still add your own flair to them.

I made this Welcome sign a few weeks ago.  Watch and see how I made it and what I added and techniques I used.

You can watch this video HERE

And here is the sign I made in today's video.  I used my favorite technique to get that weathered look (you'll see that in the video), and added the  butterfly, and made the banner side says SPRING and the other side says SUMMER.  I love adding my own touch to things like this.

You can watch this video HERE

You can see more of what Little Rockies Rustic has by clicking HERE

Here are some other things I've doing.
Jewelry making with supplies from Beebeecraft.

This first one I used resin

And the second one I kept simple enough for beginners

You can find those videos on my YouTube channel....

I hope you stop by.  I have a variety of videos....something for everyone 😊

Happy Crafting!!!

Thursday, April 14, 2022


Don't miss out!!! Tomorrow, Friday April 15th, is the last day to enter my giveaway for a chance to win a $50 gift code to InLoveArts 😊💗

***See video for details***

You can visit InLoveArts by clicking HERE
And here is a 25% off discount code for you.... Janie


Sunday, April 10, 2022

I'm Back & Sharing What I've Been Up To

 Hello everyone.  I'm sorry I've been MIA in March, but dealing with the loss of my husband and trying to keep our business going has been overwhelming.  I have been trying to get back into crafting a little at a time and it has been theraputic.

I'm not sure how many of you still visit my blog or YouTube channel, so if you do please leave a comment below letting me know that you are still here.  Thank you 😊💗🤗

In March, other than my Tuesday 2 Minute Tips & Tricks, which seem to be my top viewed videos, I also did....

Adults & Crafts Paint Pouring Kit Unboxing

The Adults & Crafts kits are great for those that want to try out a new craft without having to spend a lot of money to get started.

Creating With Non-Toxic Resin From ArtResin

I love this resin!!!  Because it's non-toxic (more info on that in my video) you don't have to wear any special protective gear, just gloves so you don't get it on your hands.

But April looks like it's going to be a busy month on my YouTube channel, Janie - The Craft Princess 

This is what I have that is public at the writing of this blog post but there will be more as the month goes on.

Cardmaking Fun With A 3D Pop-Up Center

Paint Pouring With A Straw Technique

InLoveArts 4 Year Anniversary Giveaway!

Quick & Easy Masculine Card Using A Stencil

Adults & Crafts Candle Kit Unboxing

I have more videos scheduled all month, of course including my Tuesday 2 Minute Tips & Tricks, so be watching for them!

As you can see, I do a variety of videos....something for when leaving your comment below, please tell me which videos you like best.  And if you don't watch my videos, please tell me what you would like to see here on my blog.  I know I can't please everyone, but I want to do my best.

Thank you all for stopping by and....

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Giveaway Winners!!!



Sorry for the delay.  I have been dealing with a loss.

Winner of the prize given away by 

Janie - The Craft Princess

Denise Bryant

Winners of the prizes given away by

Paper Temptress

Artful Creations By Tracie



Winners, please send me an email with your mailing address by March 13th to claim you prize.

For security reasons, the email address is in the ABOUT ME tab beneath the Crafter's Castle banner.

Thank you all so much watching my YouTube videos and being so supportive of what I do.  I appreciate you all so much.  Congratulations on winning!!!

Happy Crafting!!!

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Giveaway Info & Rules

 Giveaway Info & Rules

for my secret giveaway in one of my videos

The giveaway is open from

February 12 - 19, 2022


One prize will be given by Janie - The Craft Princess and will consist of a pack of 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" samples of several of her favorite cardstocks, papers, and ribbons from Paper Temptress.

The other TWO prizes will be surprise packs directly  from Paper Temptress!  She is so genersous 💗

You MUST be 18 years or older

You MUST have an address in the United States

due to shipping costs (sorry)

You MUST watch the video that has the secret giveaway in it.  And since it's "secret" you will need to find it on your own.

You MUST visit Paper Temptress (click here) and look through her online shop and find a product she sells that you love.  Then you Must come back here and leave the name of the that product in the comments before the giveaway deadline.

Winners will be randomly chosen after the giveaway ends, and will be announced in THIS be sure to come back!

Any prizes not claimed by March 5, 2022, will be forfeited by that person and another random drawing will be held for that prize.

Thank you all for playing along and....