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Monday, December 27, 2010

Michael's Coupon 50% off

Good through 1/1/2011  [link]


Artists Calendars for 2011

Cross Stitch Calendar
A printable color calendar for 2011 includes plenty of room to keep track of appointments, stitching sessions, and other events. And it even has a monthly stitching project to work on.

Desktop Calendars
For the miniatures enthusiasts, a beautiful twelve month calendar of terrific projects themed to the season of the year. Print it off, it's the perfect size for your desk.

Artist Quotes for the Year
Get inspiration from artists' quotes the whole year round with this free, printable Painting Calendar for 2011. The calendar features quotes by, among others, Van Gogh and Picasso. It also features a handy tick-box for keeping track of which days in a month you painted (or not).
The above info was found on 


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Win - Ultimate Scissors Collection from Fiskar

Enter to win before February 11th, 2011 [link]


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Perfect Printing Pouch Giveaway

Contest Ended - No Winner

Have you seen the Perfect Printing Pouch? I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this little gem. What a great invention and I am kind of kicking myself for not thinking of it myself. – Oh well! At least I have one now.

So what is it you ask? Here is what it does:
    * STOPS bleeding & smearing of wet inks
    * DRIES inks instantly in a viariety of applications from inkjet printing on vellum to over-stamping pigment inks
    * ANTI-STATIC BAG for glitter & embossing powders
    * RELEASE AGENT for polymer clay and other modeling compounds when using stamps & molds
    * DEACTIVATES stickers, sticky tapes, and other adjesives
    * Neat & tidy to use.  Design keeps hands powder-free with scant residue on work surface.
    * Environmentally-friendly.  Made in a variety of colors from recycled materials.
    * Held upright, this Perfect Printing Pouch is designed for smaller projects.
Thanks to Scraperfect, Craft Connection is giving one away for free. Here is how to enter:
First entry:
Watch a Scraperfect video on and comment there about what you learned or found interesting and then leave a comment here that you did so.

To win additional entries:
  • Follow Craft Connection on Facebook and leave an additional comment here.
  • Follow Craft Connection on Twitter and leave an additional comment here.
  • Blog about this offer and leave a comment here with your link.

A winner will be chosen using Contest ends Thursday, December 2nd 2010.

The Perfect Printing Pouch was provided free of charge for a review and giveaway from Scraperfect.
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Monday, November 22, 2010

Free Gift of Thanksgiving - 2

A set of six napkin rings to download and print. A fun craft to do for the holiday and with children. Get your free download. [link]

If you download this file, I would appreciate a thank you in return by following my blog.!/pages/Craft-Connection/168691424752


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Nora Jones - New Album - Featuring

Nora Jones new album Featuring is available for purchase as of November 16th. I received a copy of it for review. The album is a creation that took a decade to create. Each title is a collaboration with a variety of popular artists. Reading through the tracks it is a who’s who in the music industry.

Artists and crafters tend to like to listen to music as they create. This album would serve the purpose of setting a creative mood well. It is easy to listen too and rather calming.  If you close your eyes, it sounds like the musicians are right there beside you playing without any fancy technology altering the performances.

The track list is as follows:
1. Love Me – The Little Willies
2. Virginia Moon – The Foo Fighters featuring Norah Jones
3. Turn Them – Sean Bones featuring Norah Jones
4. Baby It's Cold Outside – Willie Nelson featuring Norah Jones
5. Bull Rider – Norah Jones and Sasha Dobson
6. Ruler Of My Heart – Dirty Dozen Brass Band featuring Norah Jones
7. The Best Part – El Madmo
8. Take Off Your Cool – OutKast featuring Norah Jones
9. Life Is Better – Q-Tip featuring Norah Jones

10. Soon The New Day – Talib Kweli featuring Norah Jones 
11. Little Lou, Prophet Jack, Ugly John – Belle & Sebastian featuring Norah Jones
12. Here We Go Again – Ray Charles featuring Norah Jones
13. Loretta – Norah Jones featuring Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
14. Dear John – Ryan Adams featuring Norah Jones
15. Creepin' In – Norah Jones featuring Dolly Parton
16. Court & Spark – Herbie Hancock featuring Norah Jones
17. More Than This – Charlie Hunter featuring Norah Jones
18. Blue Bayou – Norah Jones featuring M. Ward

Norah Official Site:

This item was provided free of charge for my honest review of the products through the One2One Network.  


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Avery Makes Holidays Easier

Who needs a team of elves when you’ve got a sleigh-full of free holiday templates from Avery!

Just in the nick of time—personalize your address and shipping labels, gift tags, invitations and more.

To get started: just download the all new Avery Wizard 4.0 software. Then add the free holiday designs (separate download) and you're on your way! [link]


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Paper Crafts Magazine Deal 2 for 1

1-year subscription to Paper Crafts for only $19 -- and send a FREE gift subscription to a friend. That's two subscriptions for the price of one![link]


Monday, November 15, 2010

Dazzles e-book from Paper Wishes

Paper Wishes is offering a free gift of Thanksgiving. An e-book about Dazzles. It includes projects, videos and printable designs. Download yours for free [link]


Carol Doak’s FREE Keepsake Frame Block projects

Carol Doak's Keepsake Frame Cards are now available in stores, and to give you a jump on your handmade holiday greeting projects, Carol Doak has provided an array of holiday themed block patterns for free download.[link]


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Elmer's X-ACTO Walmart Sweepstake

Enter the crafting memories sweepstakes for a change to win 2 $500 Walmart gift cards and an Elmer's/X-ACTO prie pack.  [link]
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Free Gift of Thanksgiving

The holiday season is upon us and we begin to think of all the reasons to be thankful. Here is my free gift to you to say thank you for reading my blog. In this file you will receive two thank you cards to print out and use to say thanks to those you cherish and love. Take a moment to thank someone with a hand written note. Or create a gift pack of cards and give them as a thank you gift. Either way, spread the gift of a thank you! [link]
If you download this file, I would appreciate a thank you in return by following my blog.  



Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Story Time for Me

 Are you looking for a creative solution for a child in your life? How about a book that can read its self to them online. Or you could choose to create a special version with their picture and name enclosed. Use the link to gain credit for two free books. [link][

 Product review & giveaway disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."]


T-shirt Crafts DIY

Looking for some great inexpensive gift ideas? How about a DIY solution using a t-shirt and transforming it? Here are some great free ideas on how to change a t-shirt into some really neat options.This is green and a recycling idea all in one! Just click the image below for a free download.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Blissdom '11

I would really love to take my blog to the next level and this conference would be a good tool to get it there. I want to go to BlissDom ’11 with One2One Network


The Hive

Proud bee in the TheHIVE

Connect with other crafters. A new Arts and Crafts community for sharing iteas, techniques and conversation. [link]


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

7 cool tools giveaway from

You can enter once a day. Each time you buy something you are entered. If you want to enter without buying, you can. You have to follow directions for mail in entries.


Saturday, October 16, 2010

Free Stuff

I love free stuff. You should know that about me. It is the thrill of the find. Well, I found a new helpful site. You know all those free offerings companies are making on their Facebook pages? Well somone smartly decided to create a site about it. Here is the link for Free Stuff on Facebook. Enjoy! {link}

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Elmer's Enter to Win

  •    Grand Prize – One lucky winner will receive and Elmers/X-ACTO Prize
          Pack that includes one of each item in the Elmers CraftBond and X-ACTO
          Designer Series line ($219 retail value), PLUS two (2) $500 gift cards – one
          to spend, and one to shop with a friend!
     •    Runners Up – Ten lucky winners will each receive a $25 Walmart gift card.
          Can you imagine the amount of scrapbooking you could do with all that? I
          mean the possibilities are endless.



Thursday, October 14, 2010

Twitter Party


Trick or Treat!

We enjoy trick or treating with the kids. It is a fun time to get out and see our neighbors. Candy is generally give, we sometimes get small toys instead. Either way, the ids love it and it brings our neighborhood closer together.

For your own ideas visit

This post is an entry into a contest held by Hershey’s Halloween prize pack as a member of the Mom Bloggers Club.


Best Glue Ever - Enter to Win

I just heard about this amazing product called Best Glue Ever. It appears a lot of effort and requirements went into the making of this product. If you would like to try it, you can enter to win a bottle here:

and if you want to buy it go here:


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

50% OFF Martha Stewart - HURRY

Michaels is offering Oprah Show viewers 50 percent off any one Martha Stewart Crafts® item.
Oprah Show viewers can download the in-store coupon before 11:59 p.m. CT on Wednesday, October 6, 2010. The in-store coupon can be redeemed at any Michaels location between October 5, 2010 and October 16, 2010. This coupon overrides any current Martha Stewart Crafts sale offer.


Saturday, October 2, 2010

Craft Deal of the Day Sites

A great resource for craft deals.



Thursday, September 30, 2010

Artbeads Contest What Inspires You? Necklace Contest What Inspires You? Beading Contest

Artbeads is proud to announce their first ever ‘What Inspires You?’ jewelry contest! The theme of’s first beading contest is to let beading artists share their inspiration with others. There are two categories, necklaces and other beaded designs for this contest. Voting will be open to the public to determine the top 3 winners in each category. A picture of the inspiration and design will allow the voters to see how each entry is represented.

The Grand Prize Winner in the Necklace and Beading contests will each receive a $500 Gift Certificate, the 2nd Place winners will each receive a $250 Gift Certificate and the 3rd Place winners will each receive a $100 Gift Certificate.

This is a contest of originality, design, and vision. All entries MUST be an original design. At least 50% of the beads and components in a submitted entry must be purchased from Participants must upload one picture of their design and one of picture of their inspiration. This contest is open to beaders worldwide, aged 18 and older.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Free Bead Tutorial

Lark Books is offering a free tutorial for the Helixa Necklace. This is a design offered in the book One Big Beautiful Bead. [link]


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Butterfly Party Package

Looking for a way to create your own birthday party theme? You can purchase a digital party package and create your own celebration. Print as many or as few as you need. They are even customizable if you desire.

This cute birthday party theme is pink and orange butterflies! Adorable, bright and sure to make anyone smile.

This party package includes:
Flat 5x7 invitation
Folded 5x7 invitation
Folded 5x7 Thank You note
Party Hat
Cup Cake Wrapper
Purse box for crafting or take home goodies
Avery 5160 labels for addresses or name tags
Place cards or food labels

You can purchase it from V-Studios Artfire store. [link]
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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Giveaway - Jewelry Design Challenge Book

This Give Away Has Ended - #30 won and has been contacted.    Follow Lark Jewelry & Beading on the new Lark Crafts blog for great interviews, free projects, and interesting perspectives:
Lark Books is offering one Craft Connection reader a signed copy of Jewelry Design Challenge.
Here is how you get one (1) entry:
  • Leave a comment about this give-away. (no duplicates please)

Here is how you can score up to three (3) additional entries:
  • Subscribe to Craft Connection by joining Google Friends on the right hand bar. Leave an additional comment to let me know you did it!
  • Blog about this give-away and include a link so your readers can enter to win too. Come back here and leave a comment to let me know you've done it with a link to the post.
  • Follow Craft Connection on Facebook . Come back here and leave a comment to let me know you did it!

Hurry and Enter Now!

You have until Thursday, September 23, 2010 at midnight Eastern to get your entries in! One winner will be selected randomly through and announced here on Friday, September 24, 2010.
Good Luck Everyone!

This offer  has been provided by Lark Books  free of charge with no additional requirements or endorsements necessary.
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Jewelry Design Challenge - Book Review

A simply ingenious concept to invite thirty artists to use the same tools and materials to create one piece of jewelry. - with a little twist - you can add one additional wild card. This is a throw back to college design challenges and I am sure many that participated felt that way during their process. Were they limited by the challenge or inspired? You can see for yourself in Jewelry Design Challenge presented by Lark Books. As a reader, you benefit by stepping through the process as they create as well as hearing their comments, feelings and opinions on the  process. What a great look into the creative process, I hope they continue this as a book series.
Jewelry Design Challenge: 10 Materials * 30 Artists * 30 Spectacular Projects (Lark Jewelry Books)


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Artfire Pro Deal

ArtFire is offering a limited number of people the chance to lock in a never-before-seen $5.95/month rate. In order for us to offer you this deal we need at least 20,000 members, including you, to opt-in for the exclusive $5.95 rate. Don’t miss your chance to lock in the best deal in e-commerce. Once this deal is over, it’s not coming back. If you have any questions please see the terms that apply to this deal. [link]
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Monday, September 13, 2010

Daily Give-away

Celebrate National Sewing Month with great daily prizes from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores®! Enter each day for more chances to win!
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Paperlicious is Delicious

I am impressed. I ordered the image above to try from Paperlicious. It arrived packaged neatly and well protected. Once opened the stationary was packed in a neat clear plastic box and included the note cards and envelopes. The envelopes included my return address which isn't always available these days. These would make great gifts for a teacher, neighbor, house warming present, for a new mom and many more. While I like the idea of sending hand written notes of encouragement or thank yous, I can't say I am good at remembering to do so. Now, I have less of an excuse with these cute notes in hand!

Paperlicious Website [link]

They have a lot of designs to choose as well as products but if you'd like to give them a try here is a current deal I don't think you can pass up:
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Seed Bead Creation

A bead stringing project made from a variety of different sized beads.
Similar beads can be purchased at Art Beads

TOHO™ Bead Round 6/0 Higher-Metallic Blue/Purple Iris 8g Bag

4.5-5mm Bright Mix Potato Freshwater Pearl Strand

Similar Silver beads
Miyuki 8g Metallic Galvanized Silver Delicas

Disclosure: some of the materials for this bracelet were kindly provided free-of-charge by 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. 

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Fiskar Enter to Win

The lucky winner will receive all four trimmers

Entries for sweepstakes valid through October 10, 2010.

Learn more about the SureCut™ Paper Trimmers


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A to Z Crochet - Book Review

This has got to be one of my most favorite books. Why? Because you don't just read it cover to cover and walk away from it. It is useful, it is a resource, and I find myself referring to it time and time again. You see, I am a crocheter, but I don't crochet constantly so I forget stitches. A to Z Crochet is a great tool to remind me how to do a certain stitch. The pictures are helpful and show progressive steps. If there is more than one way to do something, you can bet it is explained.  This book is offered in both a softcover (which I have) and a hard cover from Martingale & Company. [link] Not surprising, this is one of their best sellers!
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Monday, August 9, 2010

Join the DMC Club

And enjoy the DMC Club advantages...

* Take advantage of the free designs, specially reserved for members
* Talk to stitchers worldwide on the DMC message board
* Receive the DMC monthly newsletter [link]


Saturday, August 7, 2010

Whitey Board

This has got to be one of the coolest new products around! A white board that is a huge sticker and MUCH less the cost of regular white boards. The cool factor also comes from the fact that you can cut it to shape to stylize your space.


Friday, July 9, 2010

75% Off Sale of Craft Books

75% off great craft books [link]


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Giveaway - Digital Scrapbooking Imagery

This Give Away Has Ended

Nicole Marie by Design is offering two Craft Connection readers the opportunity to receive three free graphics. Her designs are modern and tastefully designed. Please visit her Etsy shop and see her current designs.

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

Here is how you can score up to three (3) additional entries:
  • Subscribe to Craft Connection by joining Google Friends on the right hand bar. Leave an additional comment to let me know you did it!
  • Blog about this give-away and include a link so your readers can enter to win too. Come back here and leave a comment to let me know you've done it with a link to the post.
  • Follow Craft Connection on Facebook . Come back here and leave a comment to let me know you did it!
  • Visit Nicole Marie by Design and come back here to let me know the most interesting product you found!

Hurry and Enter Now!

You have until Thursday, July 15, 2010 at midnight Eastern to get your entries in! Two winners will be selected randomly through and announced here on Friday, July 16, 2010.

Good Luck Everyone!

This offer  has been provided by Nicole Marie by Design  free of charge with no additional requirements or endorsements necessary.
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