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Monday, December 28, 2009

Unique Bracelet

This bracelet is a great idea for using up all your single beads or other beads you aren’t sure what to make with them. The Unique Bracelet utilizes a variety of beads that relate to each other visually either in size, shape or color. While you don’t have to use unrelated beads for this project, you can create this bracelet with all the same beads or related beads. Each option will result in a different look to your bracelet. The quality of wire you use as well as the color of the wire will result in varying visual options as well. more...


Sugar Scrub

Great for exfoliating in this harsh winter weather. Sugar scrub is great for gift giving and a very simple recipe good for children to make a professional looking gift. more...


Knitting or Crochet Contest

Redheart has a knitting/crochet contest to save the planet one project at a time. Contest runs from Jan1 - Mar 31, 2010. more...


Sunday, December 27, 2009

Free Digital Scrapbooking

ArtsCow offers a variety of free digital scrapbooking kits. more...


Jewelry Making Contest

Art Clay®, Metal Beads, Wirework & Chain
Be the next Grand Prize Winner and Internationally Published Designer-Artist in the Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Art Clay®, Metal Beads, Wirework & Chain Contest. Push the design envelope with metal creations, including Art Clay®, jumprings, metal beads, wirework and chain.

Ends Jan 12, 2010



Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Holiday Goody For You - $10 OFF Your Purchase!

With the holidays in full swing, we know how busy this time of year can be. That's why we want to do something for you. Goody Beads is giving you $10 OFF your purchase at No minimum purchase required. No strings attached. Buy as much or as little as you want. Just enter coupon code "FORME". One coupon per customer please. Offer expires 12/31/09. here...


Cardmaking Website - FREE

I just found a great website about cardmaking and it is FREE!!! There is also a free newsletter available.  Become a member and get access to hundreds of FREE CARD MAKING PROJECTS! Membership is FREE, and easy. There's no obligation of any kind. more...


Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas Present Requests

I was asked to make a few items as Christmas presents for a friend. Her request was for a necklace for a 10-year-old girl who likes pink and green. And then for a 4-year-old, a barrette and if possible could it contain her initial, the letter P.

I sketched a few ideas and made the following, (the necklace colors are more brilliant than indicated in the photo) I hope they are liked:


Beaded Bracelet - Great Company

I got my first order from Art Beads the other day.  I'll get on to what I made in just a minute.

You know when you have experienced a great company that cares. It isn’t because of the products, although they are great. It isn’t because of the delivery service, however that is great too because it is free. But often times it is what isn’t said but can be experienced.

My package arrived and upon opening it, I got the sense of great care and attention to my order. It was in the little things, the details. Individually bagged sorted beads that were labeled and wrapped in a beautiful purple tissue paper then sealed with a stylish sticker. All of which must have been packaged by hand with great care. This impressed me.

There are many options when it comes to ordering beads online but few with such attention to details. For this, I will order again and again from Art Beads.

Now on to my project. I ordered:

LMP-0042 - Matte Blue and White Roundels
FP-SAPLT8 - 8mm Czech Fire Polished Bead Light Sapphire  
SS-DISC - STG 3.25mm Spacer Disc                          
SS-SAU5 - 5.7mm Shiny Saucer Bead    

Disclosure: the above list of beads were kindly provided free-of-charge by, within the frames of blogging program. The author of this blog has not received any payment from above-mentioned company. This post represents only personal opinion of the blog author.  

Along with silver wire, which I had, I made a bracelet. My original intent was to make a stretch bracelet but not having enough beads to go the distance, I choose a wired link style bracelet. This design also works well for a variety of left over beads that relate to each other but don't exactly match.

I will post the instruction soon, but here is my creation:   

LInks to similar products:

Sterling Silver Beads

Glass Beads

An example of how to make this bracelet can be found at this link:



Sunday, December 20, 2009

Enter Plaid Contest

Fill out a short survey about Plaid products and be registered to win a Plaid gift certificate. 25 entries will be chosen. more...


Saturday, December 12, 2009

Design Your Own Fabric

This really has to be one of the coolest things available on the internet. You can design your own fabric and have it printed. And, you can do so in small quantities. Spoonflower has it's own design software on their website or you can upload your own design. Turn around is quick. There are weekly fabric design contests. more...


Friday, December 11, 2009

Hand Towel Sample - FREE

Receive a free hand size woven towel from Weavefield Mills Inc. 


Art Bead Winner

Thanks to everyone for participating in this fun giveaway! Unfortunately, it has come to an end and their can only be one winner. But everyone can be a winner by using a special 10% off discount code provided by Art Beads. Code: SCF10P-ARTBEADS-0424. This code expires on 12/31/09

Congratulations to the Winner!

Vickie Yin Gould from Detroit, MI

I'll be contacting you to ask you to please e-mail me at with your mailing address so I can provide your information to Art Beads and they can ship your gift to you soon! Enjoy.

The winner was selected randomly, using This giveaway was sponsored by Art Beads.


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

UHU Glue

Apparently UHU Glue offers a free sample of the month and craft project per month. This month's offering is glue and pieces to make magnets - you know the little glass gem kinds. more...


Saturday, December 5, 2009

Five Free E-Books

Holiday Greetings Christmas Crafters:

Get 'em while they're hot! FaveCrafts is bursting with new craft projects for the holiday season. We have put together Christmas crafts and goodies into 5 eBooks. Download and print a free craft eBook for crafting inspiration at your fingertips. This week's five free craft eBooks will help you craft the perfect decorations and gifts for your friends and family.

In the first eBook, Holiday Ideas for Gifts in a Jar, you can find 34 projects to give as gifts, decorate your home and make lovely desserts out of. Some of which include chocolate body scrub, a snowman cookie jar, s'mores in a jar and more. more...

In the second eBook, Homemade Christmas Gift Guide, you can find 65 pages of gifts organized by recipient such as bath mitts for mom, a t-shirt scarf for your brother, wine coasters for your husband and small gift exchanges. more...

In the third eBook, Santa's Guide to Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids, find 24 kid-friendly Christmas crafts including frosty the snowman stand, sparkle name stockings and easy ribbon wreaths. more...

In the fourth eBook, Creative Ideas for the Holiday Home from Creative Home Arts Club, find a great resource for using all of your favorite techniques to make holiday gifts and decorations. more...

In the fifth eBook, Quick and Easy Christmas Crafts, find over 25 great crafts including ornaments, kids' crafts, greeting cards, gift ideas and more. more...


Childen's Art Thank You Notes

A great idea for grandma or teacher. Make printed thank you notes out of art work. more...


Free Picture Frame Sample

Receive a free sample photo frame in 3 - 4 weeks.
Only one sample per household. more...


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Art Bead Gift Certificate Give-Away! - ENDED

This Offer has ended.

One (1) Lucky Craft Connection reader will win one (1) $25 gift card to Art Beads!

Here is how you get one (1) entry:
  • Leave a comment about this give-away. (no duplicates please)

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  • Subscribe to Craft Connection by joining Google Friends on the right hand bar. Leave a comment to let me know you did it!
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  • Visit Art Beads and come back here to let me know the most interesting product you found!

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You have until Thursday, December 10, 2009 at midnight Eastern to get your entries in! A winner will be selected randomly through and announced here on Friday, December 11, 2009.

Good Luck Everyone!

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Companies Promote Free Kids Programs

Looking for free activities for your children? There are a few options available that are companies are sponsoring. Lowes offers Build and Grow Clinics, Home Depot offer Kids Workshops, and Michael's offers The Knack which is a kids craft and activities program. Check out the links below:


Home Depot



Sunday, November 29, 2009

Free Rocky Water Sample

 Just Add Water!! And Watch Them Grow!! 

Use RockyWater Crystals to aid in growing and maintaining beautiful house plants, outdoor plants, and shrubs!  A single teaspoon of dehydrated polymers will yield 1 cup of crystals.



Free Stencil Ruler

Complete the form to receive a free stencil ruler.



Free Thank You and Kindness Cards

Receive free cards to hand out that say Thank You and Kindness.



Sunday, November 22, 2009

Mr. Picasso Head - Diversion

Create your own Picasso head - lots of options. A great website for a little daily diversion!  more...


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Snowflake - Fun Diversion

This is a fun website for a little diversion. Make your own snowflakes and then see them animated. more...


Friday, November 20, 2009

Oriental Trading Calendar 2010 - FREE!

Order Yours Today!

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The Oriental Trading
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  • A special money-saving offer for you each month!
  • New tips & idea starters to help you plan fun events all year long!
  • Shopping reminders for guaranteed holiday delivery.
  • Tons of unique dates to celebrate every month, such as "National Ice Cream Day!"


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Craft Magazines

Find deals on craft magazines. Here are a few examples:

Bead & Button
Bead & Button
Regular price: $29.95
Sale price: $21.95
Bead StyleBead Style
Regular price: $20.95
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Creative Kids
Creative Kids
Regular price: $24.00
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Creative Knitting
Creative Knitting
Regular price: $19.99
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Crochet !
Crochet !
Regular price: $19.99
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Crochet World
Crochet World
Regular price: $14.97
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Kid's Sticker Club

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    Free Stickers

    Free Stickers available daily, use the link below:


    Tuesday, November 10, 2009

    Craft Newsletters

    C&T Publising offers two craft related newsletter free:
    Fiber Arts Newsletter
    Papercrafts Newsletter
    These newsletter contain contest, project and more.


    Newsletters from Real Simple

    Free E-mail Newsletters

    Get the best of, from daily inspirational quotes to time-saving tips. Select any, or all, of the e-mail newsletters that you'd like to start receiving. We'll send you only what you've requested - no cluttering up your in-box.

    Weekly Tips
    Every Wednesday
    Lemonade as dish-washing liquid? Get surprising cleaning tricks, health advice, beauty secrets, clutter busters, etiquette musts, and more simple solutions for your everyday life. 

    Daily Finds Newsletter
    Every Monday through Friday
    Get a look at Real Simple editors’ favorite things, from lipsticks and throw pillows to cleaning products and movies. It’s something surprising delivered every day.

    Daily Thought
    Every Monday through Friday
    Sign up for the Daily Thought and get your daily dose of inspiring quotes and ideas to keep you motivated.

    Holiday Cookie Recipe of the Day
    New cookie and dessert recipes for the holiday season, including make-ahead recipes and quick-prep cookies, all thoroughly tested.

    Real Simple Weddings
    Every Tuesday
    Get your weekly delivery of wedding know-how: budget breakdowns, invitation wording, and bridesmaid duties. It’s weddings simplified for a busy bride.



    Monday, November 9, 2009

    Hopeful Art Offers Free Sticker

    You have the power to change the world.

    It's true. What you do and say affects the mood of everyone around you. And they, in turn, affect the mood of everyone around them, and so on. If you talk with just two people today who each talk with two people who each talk with two people, by the end of the day your actions could be affecting the way hundreds, if not thousands, of people feel. And that makes a big difference! Happy people are healthier, more easy-going and more rational than unhappy people. So by making just a few people happier every day, you help create a more peaceful world.



    Your are Beautiful

    Order a free sticker. To receive your Free stickers, send a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope to: This is an additional envelope (stamped) inside the envelope you send us.

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    Diamond Glaze Sample

    Diamond Glaze
    is a dimensional adhesive that dries to a clear glass-like finish. It securely holds vellum, Embossable Window Plastic, glass beads, glitter and many other mediums. Unlike other clear adhesives, Diamond Glaze™ is mixable with dye-based inks, watercolor, pearlescent pigments and more. Give it a try,  receive a sample follow the link.



    Friday, November 6, 2009

    New England Country Charm Craft Giveaway - Monthly!

    Every month New England Country Charm Crafts will give away a gift to a lucky winner!
    Fill out their form to enter.
    The winner will be drawn on the 28th of the month and notified by email.



    Free Newsletter available from Lion Brand Yarn

    New patterns, product alerts, special offers, knit and crochet lessons all delivered to your email address. Apply through the link below:


    Craft Sweeps

    FavCrafts is offering a free sweeps craft kit. This weeks offering is:
    Dimensions Punch Needle Bird On Branch Kit
    Dimensions Punch Needle Tool & Threader


    Thursday, November 5, 2009

    Four New Newsletters

    Brand New Newsletters available from FavCrafts:

    Hooked On Crochet from AllFreeCrochet - free crochet patterns, tips, tricks, lessons and more.
    Quick and Crafty from FaveCrafts - free craft projects, craft ideas, tips, patterns, contests and more.
    Quick and Easy Recipes from RecipeLion - free recipes, cooking tips, menu planning, contests and more.
            Quick and Healthy Recipes from FaveDiets - free healthy recipes,
            diet tips, menu planning, contests and more.



    Tuesday, November 3, 2009

    Better Homes and Gardens Newsletters - Free

    Choose your FREE newsletter(s) from Better Homes and Gardens:


    Sunday, November 1, 2009

    E-Book: Keeping Kids Busy


    E-Book: Soap and Cosmetics


    E-Book: 20 Vintage Crochet Patterns

    If you love to crochet, then this book is for you. The patterns in this book are easy to crochet and are top selling items at craft shows. These patterns also make amazing gifts for your friends and family.


    E-Book: 33 Interesting Craft Projects eBook

    This book includes 33 fun crafts, which are great for kids and adults.


    E-Book: 25 Easy to Make Homemade Jewelry

    Quick Crafty and Simple, Perfect for Yourself or Gifts- Find 25 amazing pieces of jewelry to keep for yourself or give as a lovely gesture.


    E-Book: Sewing for Beginners eBook

    Find 20 free sewing patterns and great resources for those learning how to sew, including guides to needles, caring for fabric and more.


    E-Book: Great Gift Ideas: Knitting and Crochet Patterns from Red Heart Yarn eBook

    Find 19 crochet and knitting patterns including afghans, scarves, hats, sweaters, bags and more. Find just the right project for your next autumn project.


    E-Book: Quick and Easy Christmas Crafts eBook

    Find over 25 quick and easy Christmas crafts for ornaments, home decor, kids' crafts, greeting cards and gift giving ideas. Crafts for every aspect of the holidays.


    E-Book: Faster Plaster eBook

    We're excited to share our 50 newest designs in this fun eBook format.


    E-Book: 25 Sewing Crafts from Bloggers eBook

     In this eBook you’ll find tutorials and patterns for everything from practical and budget-friendly clothing patterns, holiday projects, lovely bags and clutches, and decorations for your home.


    E-Book: Great Decor in a Flash Without a Lot of Cash eBook from Dow

    This new eBook from Dow Chemical Company is full of home decorating ideas using STYROFOAM™ brand foam. Find 29 craft projects for low-cost wall art and other decorative accents.


    E-Book: Fun with Fabric Dye eBook from Tulip

    This is the ultimate handbook for inspiration and instruction on a multitude of fabric dye techniques. Find 28 fabric dye craft projects organized by 18 dye techniques. Plus, find two "tie-dye" ceramics crafts.


    E-Book: Creative Ideas for the Holiday Home eBook from Creative Home Arts Club

    This eBook is a great resource for using all of your favorite techniques to make holiday gifts and decorations. Find 20 craft projects, organized by Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.


    E-Book: Garden Crafts eBook

    Garden Crafts eBook As summer approaches, you might want to spruce up your garden with some decorative flower pots or painted watering cans. What better way to get the latest crafting ideas than by using our FREE Garden Craft eBook?


    E-Book: Cheap and Easy Crafts Free eBook

    Cheap and Easy eBook If you are on a craft budget (and who isn't in the current economy?), have a look at this collection of 60 low-cost craft projects, sorted into categories such as needle craft, home decor, crafts for kids and more!


    E-Book: Free Crafts - Angel Crafts

    Free eBook: Angel Crafts featuring 45-Pages of our best Angel Crafts. Perfect for Christmas or any holiday! Bonus: Get the Quick & Crafty Newsletter for FREE! This brand new FREE eBook collection has everything from angel craft patterns and Kitchen Angel Crafts to Christmas Angel Crafts and Wire Angel Craft projects


    E-Book: 39 Low-Cost Kitchen Crafts

    Decorating the kitchen does not have to be expensive. With this collection of 39 low-cost kitchen crafts, you can create purely decorative accents or essential kitchen items, such as storage boxes, dishcloths or even a wall clock, that also perk up the space.


    Wednesday, October 28, 2009

    Free Craft Newsletters

    Sign up for free newsletters to be delivered to your email in box.
    Bead and Button, Bead Style, Art Jewelry, and Bead and Button Show.

    Enjoy a free earring project every month, sign up for the newsletter at


    Monday, October 26, 2009

    Creative Design ChartMaker

    This software application is perfect for creating design charts for Knitting, Crochet, Beadwork, Patchwork, and Cross Stitch. You can even make Graph Paper. Beginners as well as experienced designers will find this tool easy to use and a convenient way to create projects.

    Evaluation copy is free, 30 dollars to buy.


    Rubber Stamps

    Rubber Stamps is a finder tool to locate rubber stamping sets, individual rubber stamps, and stamping supplies. This tool also locates unique stamping articles that are perfect for scrapbooker's, cardmaker's, and paper crafter's. There are also hundred's of tips with each rubber stamp that can be used when working with any rubber stamp. These tips and ideas will make it possible to make unique handmade cards, personal ScrapBook pages, and boxes for any occasion that pack a special punch. You will also love the great archived newsletter offerings built within the finder tool.


    Easy Made Memories

    Easy Made Memories is a FREE and incredibly Easy-To-Use ScrapBook program that will turn your photos, videos, and audio clips into professional quality DVDs, complete with your own DVD disk and Cover graphics. Over 2000 scraps, die cuts, backgrounds, borders, and audio clips supplied free. Import The Movies from your digital camera, or narrate your scrapbook with your own voice and music.



    Photobie is:
    • A free software for photo editing, scrapbooking, animation, screen capture ...
    • A community of graphics enthusiasts, who are sharing their experties and artworks ...
    • A network of professionals providing software, graphics and web design services ...


    Free and Useful - Card Software

    Free and Useful provides high quality greeting and note cards for all occasions. These beautiful cards which feature scenes from nature are formatted and ready to print. Furthermore, they include original messages as well as quotes from Shakespeare and the Bible. Also included are useful forms to help you remember dates and assist in shopping.


    Post-it® Photo Card Software

    Want to have the most unique holiday card, announcement or invitation? Now you can make sure your greeting is proudly displayed with the Post-it® Photo Card that sticks practically anywhere!
    • Easy for you to create
    • Easy for them to display
    • Sticks practically anywhere
    With the easy to use software, you can create your own personalized card and print it out conveniently at home. Best of all, grandma won't have to go looking for the tape or tacks - just peel the liner and stick it up practically anywhere. And it removes cleanly to move it around or take it down. No more sticky residue or peeling paint.
    Get started with the FREE software that helps you organize all your photos, create your photo card and many other photo projects.



    CropMom is an online scrapbooking service that lets you create digital scrapbook pages, photo greeting cards and digital art using easy, drag-and-drop online scrapbook software. You can download your photo creations for free to share on the Web. Or you can purchase your scrapbook layouts as print-quality digital files for printing anywhere you’d like – on your home printer or at your favorite photo service.


    Stitch Color 2.0

    This program converts pictures in .bmp, .jpg or .gif format into counted cross stitch charts. It is not an image editing program, but you can Resize Your Picture, convert it to DMC colors, and reduce the number of colors used. After this you can print the counted cross stitch chart and the DMC floss list.


    Photo Mix

    Create scrapbooking layouts, digital collages, or calendars quickly and easily with PhotoMix. PhotoMix is very easy to use and it's even easier with our tutorials and templates. With PhotoMix you can make great scrapbooks, either quickly and easily - with templates, or creatively - with numerous graphics kits to choose from.


    Scrapbook Flair Software - Yours Free!

    •  Easy to use, simple and fun. Share your scrapbooks with family and friends.
    •  Make beautiful scrapbook pages from your digital photos in minutes.
    •  Free access to fabulous Backgrounds, Embellishments, and Design templates.
    •  New content added regularly.
    •  Intuitive photo editing capabilities (red eye, color/brightness adjustment, cool effects, etc.)
    •  Formats for all popular page sizes including 12" x 12" - 8" x 8" - 6" x 6" - 8.5" x 11".
    •  Imports over 40 image formats, print on most color printers.
    •  Software runs on: Windows XP, NT, 2000, ME & 98SE.
    •  Multilingual support. Also makes gorgeous Greeting Cards.
    •  This is FREE, all inclusive software (not a trial version) - there is no catch.
    •  Scrapbook Flair community site offers other cool scrapbook products.


    Wild Things!

    Free Software to Easily Design and Print Patterns for Hats, Bags & Other Fun Stuff Wild Things! is a fully functional FREE program for drafting patterns for hats, bags, wraps, and footwear. 

    All of the patterns in Wild Things print to the dimensions you specify.
    It even has embroidery design planning tools to aid you in creating unique accessories for yourself and others. You can specify the dimensions for each item to draft accessories for your needs.
    Wild Things! comes complete with a Help file to aid you in using the new tools as well as sewing instructions for each and every style that drafts.


    HP Daily Surprise

    The HP Daily Surprise brings you a calendar-full of creative ideas with a single click. This widget is available for free and currently works on both MAC and PC computers.


    Free Sticky notes from Sandy Paper

    To see the quality of our products for yourself, use this form to request sample. Your free sticky notes sample will come with our website URL imprint.
    Your sample will go in the mail tomorrow (or the next business day)!


    Tuesday, October 20, 2009

    Ultimage Craft Kit Contest

    Win the Ultimate Crafters' Kit from Elmer's Glue!
    Elmer’s® makes crafting easy. Elmer’s Craft Bond adhesives work right the first time, every time — and stay put for any project. Next time you’re getting creative, get Elmer’s.
    Three lucky winners will receive an Elmer’s Ultimate Crafters’ Kit packed with Elmer’s, Craft Bond and X-ACTO® craft supplies! More...


    Friday, October 16, 2009

    Free Digital Prints

    Looking for a place to print your digital photo prints for free? This site offers a collection of all the companies that offer free digital prints. Here...

    Free Photo Books

    Buy one get one free

    Receive a coupon for a free photobook

    One free 20 page soft cover photo book


    Tuesday, October 13, 2009

    Kid's Crafts

    How to Craft a Felt Scarf
    Fleece or felt scarves make great gifts and these scarves are quickly made in one afternoon. This is a great project for young teens to craft and wear or give to their friends as gifts. Consider making them in school colors to show team spirit. How about for a scouting project? They could also be made and donated to homeless shelters, making this craft a great outreach project. More...


    How to Cut a Paper Snowflake
    Traditional wintertime crafts include the cutting of paper snowflakes. Both young and young at heart enjoy watching the transformation take place, from plain paper into an exciting reveal of shape and wonderment. Not a winter with children around should pass that doesn't include this project. Can you remember being so amazed the first time you watched someone cut a paper snowflake? Passing along the tradition might be something you desire, but you can't quite remember how to fold the paper. More...


    How to Cut a Chain of Paper Dolls
    Cutting paper dolls is a favorite activity for children throughout the ages. Using basic materials, you can obtain a variety of differences quickly and easily. You can add another level of variety and creativity by altering the kind of paper and adding additional decorations to the paper dolls. Fill hours of time and imagination with this craft. You may remember cutting a chain of paper dolls from your childhood but may not remember the exact procedure. More...


    How to Craft a Pine Needle Bowl
    A pine needle bowl can be used as a fall decoration for a coffee table or centerpiece. Made from
    natural, found objects, this bowl can give any setting a natural, rustic look. This is an appropriate project to make with children--begin by taking a nature hike to collect the needles. Consider collecting some pine cones and nuts to add to the bowl or to be placed inside the bowl upon completion. There are no right or wrong ways to build this craft, and the end results are very professional looking, building the children's confidence, as well as making a thoughtful homemade gift.  More...


    How to Make Valentine Candy Flowers
    Making chocolate valentine candy flowers is easy and cost effective given the high prices of specialty chocolates.
    With limited tools you can have professional results. This craft is easy to do with young children, too! More... 


    How to Make a Paper Pinwheel Craft
    A paper pinwheel amazes young children
    in how you can take very simple items and turn them into something entirely different. You can use this craft to educate them on wind, movement and cause and effect actions. They'll enjoy these colorful personalized wind toys.  More...


    How to Color Noodles
    love to make crafts. Bright colors entice their minds and excite their creativity. Being able to explore, and make a bit of a mess, can develop their sense of independence. Making crafts is a learning experience. Working with glue and colored noodles is an inexpensive way to allow small children to express themselves and create a one of a kind masterpiece. 


    How to Craft a Foam Magnetic Bookmark
    Make a great craft for the reader in your life! This magnetic bookmark works well because it doesn't slip out of a book since the magnets hold the pages between the bookmark.
    Pages will not be lost ever again. Place the bookmark along the outside edge of the page, instead of the top, and it can mark the exact line where reading was stopped. More...


    How to Craft Sheets of Plastic From Paint
    Creating "plastic" from paint is a simple technique with a very unusual outcome. The sheet of dry paint can be used in many decorative applications
    . It is vibrant in color, flexible and stretches. You can cut it, punch it and stretch it around objects. The "plastic" is shiny and not at all like if you had just painted a surface. More...


    How to Make a Fimo Pin
    This craft project results in lovely items just right for gift
    giving. Working with an oven baked clay like Fimo is simple enough to use for a craft with children and professional enough to make items for a craft show. More...


    Great Website Finds

    Upload your design or illustration and if chosen, they will put it on different textiles and sell your products. You get a free store. More...

    Design your own fabric yardage and order it. Sample pieces available. Weekly design contests. More...

    Yes the motor company, takes papercrafting to an elite level and you can print them out and assemble them yourself. Amazing, you really need to take a look!




    Design the Next Glade® Scented Oil Candle Tin. Enter the contest for a chance to win $10,000 that you can use towards a home makeover! Over $20,000 in prizes!


    Creative Costume Party Craft Contest
    Entry deadline is February 15, 2010. So share your photos. It’s bound to be a costume ball!


    On Angels
    Deadline Nov 1, 2009
    Art submissions in the following six categories will be accepted for entry:  1. Painting,  2. Computer Graphic Art, 3. Sculpting, 4. Drawing , 5. Mixed Media and 6. Photography.


    Monday, October 12, 2009


    Free sample of thread
    Send a SASE and get a FREE skein, conversion chart, shop list and FREE sheet of charted designs!

    Free HP Paper
    Sign up for a free paper pack sample. You choose from a few options.

    Removable wall decorations. Fill out form for one free sample.

    Glue Dots
    Follow the request on the link above. An SASE is recommended but not necessary.

    Idea Paint
    Turns any surface into a dry erase board. Get a free 3x5 sample.


    Christian Crafts

     Advent Paper Chain
    There are many ways to count down to Christmas. There are songs about it. Retail has take a cue from the season and transformed it into a list of shopping deals for the holiday season. Each year at church, we take the month of December off from creating crafts about the children's bible stories and make Christmas themed crafts. The Sunday before the month of December, we usually make an Advent. This year, it was a paper chain.

    Secret Prize Soap Craft for Sunday School Children
    Secret surprise soap craft used to illustrate a Sunday school lesson about when God rejects Saul. The relationship was to illustrate the idea of inside and outside, how God sees all. This soap has a surprise toy inside.
    A game developed for the preschooler in mind. This craft results in a two player game that is compact, fun to play while using simple concepts. It is easily adaptable to other themes.

    Create a three dimensional Christmas Angel with simple materials that result in a great look.

    3D Paper Christmas Tree
    A Christmas Tree craft suitable for at home use or in Sunday School. Christian Tree information included.



    Looking for something different to carve onto your pumpkin? Maybe a bit more creative than a typical face? Here is a list of free pumpkin carving patterns and templates.
    A variety of Halloween printables available online for free.
    Halloween has gone to the dogs! Well at least the costumes. Here is a list of free patterns for pet costumes. 
    A list of free and easy Halloween costume ideas and patterns for young and old alike. You don't have to spend a lot of money to enjoy this year's holiday celebration.



    How to Use Filters in Photography

    Photographic filters are the most important tool for a photographer beyond his camera and lens. Filters can be used to alter the look of a photograph instantly. The change can be subtle or drastic. And in some cases, the image would not be possible without the use of a filter. The following guides will help you learn how to better use these camera accessories.


    How to Hold a Camera Steady

    Holding a camera steady is one of the most important techniques to learn while taking pictures. No matter the kind of camera you have, holding it steady will result in clearer compositions.


    How to Make Your Own Photography Backdrops

    Photography can be an expensive career or hobby. Knowing when and where to save time and money can be instrumental. Obviously, there are areas where you can save money, and background fabric is one of them. You can make your own backdrop, or background fabric, for studio shooting sessions.

    Basic Photography Vocabulary for Beginners

    Interested in photography? Don't know the lingo? Here is a basic 101 level list of terms to get you started conversing with the pros. 


    Photographer's Guide: An Exploration into How Your Camera's F-stop Works

    You have a single lens reflex camera but don't really know much about how it works. Here is a lesson plan to get you on your way to understanding how f-stops work.


    Holiday Ideas

     Creative Green Gift Wrapping
    This holiday season make your gift giving all about giving green. Don't stop at the gift itself but make the wrapping green too. You can spend a ton of money on gift wrapping, often times adding substantially to the gift price. Why not try some of these gift wrapping ideas to ease your budget and be more earth friendly.

    Family New Year's Eve
    This year, I am beginning a New Year's resolution for our entire family. We have small children and often don't really celebrate this holiday. Long past are the days of going out to dinner or festivities on this eve, in place we have stayed home with our children, celebrated early and sometimes even gone to bed early! I've come up with a new idea that will help us celebrate together, at home. It's fun, doesn't cost a thing, and I think this is one we will keep for years to come.

    Reclaim the Holidays
    The holidays are hectic. Everyone's schedule seems to get filled and the pressure to make lasting impressions can cause one to fret. The holidays should be about sharing, spending time together and enjoying each other's company. To do this, you don't need to buy an expensive gift or have everything just so to make a lasting impression. Take a deep breath and consider making a few changes this holiday season to ease the pressure and make it more enjoyable for everyone, including you


    Silver Metal Clay

    Basic tools needed to work with precious metal clay

    I recently took a PMC (precious metal clay) class. It was not my first experience with the medium and it will not be my last. I have begun collecting tools and supplies to be able to work with this medium on my own. In doing so, I have begun a list of the tools and supplies I like the most and the reasons why.


    Introduction to working with precious metal clay

    PMC is short for precious metal clay. Basically, it is a clay medium that has silver particles suspended within its make up. You can mold it and shape it into jewelry pieces as well as other applications. These applications seem to be only limited by your creativity. Be warned, it does dry out quickly and there is a bit of a learning curve to work with the clay because of it’s drying.



    Non-traditional ideas to add color to silver metal jewelry.
    Here is a list of kitchen items that could be useful for metal clay jewelry making.
    Everyone has their favorites, here is a list of the PMC tools I find most important.
    An art medium that combines traditional ceramics and jewelry making techniques in a unique way.


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