Inspiration: Shakespeare Banner

Andrea from the Snapping Monsters blog is a girl after my own heart. I love incorporating literary quotes and images in my art work, she stamped out quotes from Shakespeare onto inked, stencils and embellished die cut pennant shapes for a wonderful banner. See more photos over on her blog.

-Heather…

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Isabel is sharing a fused bead pattern tutorial on her blog, Craftosaurus (I love that blog name!). I think it is a fun project that lets anyone be creative and make something really cool, no matter what their craft skill level.

Not only are fused beads fun for kids, they are still fun for adults. They are great for a …

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Tutorial: Hanging hand towel

Tutorial: Hanging hand towel

Fat Quarter Shop shares a tutorial on their blog, The Jolly Jabber, showing how you can make this hanging hand towel for your kitchen.  The towel has a topper that can be buttoned around a stove handle or other horizontal bar.  There’s also a bonus tutorial at the end of the post showing how to make …

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ice cream necklaces

Melanie of “Artzy Creations” is sharing her “Ice Cream and Popsicle Necklaces” tutorial with us.  She made them for kids, but I’ll bet that older teens would like them.  Melanie is a Seattle wife and mom who loves crafting and sharing her projects.  She has an excellent tutorial with a pattern template for us to download.  These are so cute …

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I absolutely love Hummingbirds. We have several types that visit our house.  Some even stick around throughout the entire year. They are amazing beautiful little birds that dash in and out for a little bit of nectar. It is such a funny experience to have one buzz around your head. Grilles-point-de-croix created this …

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I can’t help but to giggle every time I answer my friends with the expression, “totes.” I am instantly turned into a teenage girl and want to start talking about nail polish and boys.  Chris Carey along with the gang over at Tutsplus.com created this fab pattern and tutorial for you to make your own Totes Awesome Totebag. I …

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party food

If you’re trying to eat right, planning a party can be a bit of a challenge. But, Meatified has come to the rescue with a fabulous roundup of 50 Healthy Party Food Recipes for people who are eating paleo, primal, grain free, and/or real food diets. There are plenty of fab appetizer ideas here, ranging from marinated olives and spiced …

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Tutorial: Lace trimmed pencil skirt

Tutorial: Lace trimmed pencil skirt

Lisa from Mabey She Made It shares a tutorial at The Ribbon Retreat showing how to make this gorgeous lace trimmed pencil skirt. Stripes of stretch lace trim embellish the simple pencil skirt made from a stretch knit.  It’s a dressy skirt that’s also comfortable to wear. She also shows it worn with a simple t-shirt for a more casual look. …

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learn to knit love to knit giveawayRemember the other day when I said I was going to catch up on giveaways? It was a total lie.

I’m a few weeks behind on picking winners, and even longer behind on mailing things, so please be patient and I’ll get to it as I can, I promise. The last weeks before a book deadline are crazy, and it’s …

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curbappeal1

Upkeep on your home is a never-ending task.  One of the most important things to stay on top of when it comes to the beauty of your home is it’s initial curb appeal.  It is the first impression that people have of your home upon arriving, so why not make it (and keep it) the best it can be.   …

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Tutorial: Summery Bandana Bunting

Tutorial: Summery Bandana Bunting

Crafts Unleashed shows how you can make this Summery Bandana Bunting.  Flags made from the points of bandanas are sewn to a length of pom pom trim.  It’s quick and easy to make, and would be a cute decoration for an outdoor summer party.  5 bandanas will give you 15 flags for your bunting.  Get the tute

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metalcuffbraceletheader

This metal cuff is made using a soft pliable metal called Tooling Metal. It is a great medium to work with as it can be indented to create amazing texture to your pieces. For the full tutorial and info on where to get it from check out this blog Say Things With Color.

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caron united facebook contestI told you earlier this month about Caron’s new yarn United, which is a made in the United States yarn (though made of imported fibers), a small portion of the sale price of which goes to the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation.

To further support charitable knitting and crochet, Caron is currently running a contest where people can share …

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How to Make a Duck Tape Pencil Case
This is such a fashionable pencil case, it is hard to believe it is so simple to make. Follow along with this step-by-step tutorial shared by Sarah, from While They Share, and you can make one too. All you need is some colorful duct tape, a fabric scrap, a piece of Velcro, and some scissors and a ruler. You can …

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1692-Garden-Apron-1This pretty apron is made from 5 fat quarters, plus a 1/2 yard of fabric for the top (bib) and lining.  Sew4Home has a tutorial showing how to make it.  It was designed to make the most efficient use of the fabrics, with very few scraps left over.  Their version is made from a stack of Amy Butler florals, and would be …

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Here is sketch number 4!

Craft Gossip Summer of Sketches 4 - July 28

This is a good sketch for using portraits to highlight someone special! Both Vernell and I happened to use it for All About Me pages.

Vernell

Craft Gossip Summer of Sketches 4 - Vernell Clouden

 

Francine

Craft Gossip Summer of Sketches 4 - Francine Clouden

 

Follow our linked names to get more info and detail shots of our pages.

Leave a link to your layout if you use the sketch!…

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washitape

Washi Tape is a staple among crafters, and you most likely have more than enough in your stash.  It’s a very versatile product and can be used for so many different craft projects, not just scrapbooking and paper projects.  Today we are bringing you 6 tutorials for types of jewelry you can make with washi type.   Look through our …

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Tutorial: No-sew duck tape mustache pillow

Tutorial: No-sew duck tape mustache pillow

Amy from Joyful Daisy shows how to make a duck tape mustache pillow, no sewing required.  It’s stuffed just like a pillow, but the “fabric” is made from strips of duck tape.  She designed the pillow as a present for her son to give to a friend who was having a mustache themed birthday party.  The mustache is a fun …

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Technique: Reflection Stamping

Visit Gina K Designs and learn how to do a reflection stamping technique, this works so well with images in water. Click here for a how to video tutorial.

-Heather…

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Alex Veroneli: sexy or sexist?

by Scarlett Burroughs


Aurifill's Alex Veroneli sexist

Alex Veroneli – who represents the U.S. division of Aurifil Threads – claims to be the bad boy of the sewing/quilting world. Abby of While She Naps shares her thoughts on Alex’s online behavior. If you only have time to read one blog post today, make it this one.

Thanks goes to Denise Felton, former Needlework Editor at …

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