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Thursday, March 23, 2006

AllCrafts.net Crossword Puzzle - Computer Printer Terms

Computer Printer Terms Crossword

All about a computer crafting favorite. Try our crafts crossword puzzle.

Categories: Crafts Crosswords, Newsletter
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New Projects in Easter Crafts

Easter Crafts is all-new! Here's some of the free projects added:

Dying Eggs Naturally
Botanical Eggs
Ukrainian Easter Eggs
Paper Mache Eggs and More
Painted Eggs
Easy Batik Egg Art
Decoupage Eggs
Decorating Wooden Eggs
Raggety Eggs
White House Easter Egg Roll
Basic Egg Decorating Tips
Family Photo Eggs
Quick Chicks Painted Egg
Antique Crackle Eggs
Dancing Eggs
Feather Eggs
Dramatic Decoupage Eggs
Washi Eggs
Eggshell Candles
Faux Finish Easter Eggs
Feathery Egg Table Arrangements
Decoupage Easter Eggs with Punches
Decorating with Eggs
Engrave an Egg
Soft Marshmallow Eggs
Painted Easter Egg Express
Balloon Easter Egg Candle
Tie Dye Easter Eggs
Paper Mache Easter Basket
Paper Easter Basket
Crocheted Basket
Tole Painting Easter Basket
Easter Basket Liner
Mini Easter Basket Halves
Easter Basket Fridgie
Easter Chick Basket
Spring Styrofoam Basket
Grown-up Easter Baskets
3-D Star Baskets
Easter Basket Earrings
Easter Egg Baskets
Printable Easter Basket
Macrame Easter Basket 
Betsy Bunny
Angelic Bunny Pin
Itty-Bitty Easter Bunny
Scene in a Can
Chenille Bunny
Buster Bunny
Terra Cotta Bunny Ornaments
Sock Rabbit Mother and Bunnies
Barnyard Bird
Busy Barnyard Brood
Easter... Oops!
'Cheeper' by the Dozen
Necktie Bunny
Bunny Box Trio

Bunny Jelly Bean Jar
Beaded Bunny Earrings
Hunny Bunny Frame
Precious Peeps Baby Quilt
Bunny Dangler
Crochet Bunny
Bunny Windsock
Chiquita the Chick
Easter Bunny Cake
Bunny Doll
Spring Bunny Napkin Rings
No-Sew Felt Bean Bag Chick
Plastic Egg Bunnies
Bunny Bear Tote
Straw Hat Bunny
Juggling Easter Bunny
Easter Finger Puppets
Easter Bunny Hat
Baby Duck Cap
Mini Bunny in a Pot
Knit Chick
Envelope Bunny
Dishtowel Bunny
Cross Stitch Spring Bunny
Plastic Canvas Baby Bunny
Paper Twist Bunny
Clothespin Lambs
Easter Cards to Print
Crochet Easter Eggs
Easter Egg Factory
Easter Wreath
Springtime Lampshade
Cross Bookmark I
Easter Tree
Eggshell Mosiac
Crochet Jelly Bean Duck
When will Easter be this year or next year?
Victorian Easter Egg Ornament- Crochet Paper Candy Hyacinths
Easy Easter Tree
Pastel Egg Wreath
Faux Easter Chocolates
Candy Topiaries
Springtime Patchwork Vase
Easter Egg Vase
Bumble Bees
Egg Carton Ideas
Easter Bracelet
Tulips Arrangement
Peeps Cottage
Peeps Easter Wreath
Easter Mini Beaded Banners
Egg Tree Topiary
Easy Egg Tree
X-stitch Easter Towel
X-stitch Lilies Bookmark
Printable Easter Cards

Categories: Easter Crafts, Holiday Crafts, Newsletter
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AllCrafts.net Arts & Crafts Book Review Basic Jewelry Making

AllCrafts.net Arts & Crafts Book Review
Basic Jewelry Making: All the Skills And Tools You Need to Get Started. (Spiral Bound)

Why aren't more jewelry books like this one? "Basic Jewelry Making" has page after page of large, close-up photos of each step in a technique or project. It is spiral bound so it lays flat as I compare my wire wrapping with the one in the photo. Incredible. Each page has about 3-6 photos. The text is in the step by step captions underneath each photo.

There are three main sections to this book:

  • Working with Beads
  • Beads with Wire
  • Bending Silver and Gold Wire

The introductory section explains the tools and materials you will need to get started. There are large photos of each tool and material. The first technique illustrated is essential in creating great-looking beaded jewelry - crimping. The photos give a clear view of how to do it and what the finished results should look like. The project that follows walks you through each step of creating a simple necklace with a clasp. The finished piece looks very professional. The next few projects in this section illustrate more techniques, including an elegant floating crimp. Using elastic cord, crimping on silk cord, and making polymer clay beads, are also helpful and are a nice bonus.

The next section of this book, Beading with Wire, is a comprehensive course in intermediate techniques. Here's where I learned lots of new ideas. This chapter focuses on working with headpins, loops, dangles and wire wrapping. A complex necklace separated by wire-wrapped loops is fantastic and each step is shown with photos. The final project lets you have fun with just wire by making a nice wire-wrapped pendant.

Once you've mastered these techniques, you're ready to play with the big boys. The last section, Bending Silver and Gold Wire, will show you how to make gallery quality pieces. The tools and materials section is full of pictures and explained thoroughly. All of this material was new to me, and quite interesting. From sterling silver and gold wire, you bend and hammer it into earrings, bracelets and more. The finishing techniques add that extra pizazz to your jewelry. From these lessons, you can go in many creative directions.

I was really struck by the quality of the instructions in this book. The photos are large and close-up and the captions are detailed and helpful. I've learned some of the secrets to the beautiful jewelry that I've seen at fine craft shows. "Oh, so that's how they do that," I thought more than once while reading and examining the photos. By far, one of the best jewelry making books on the market today.

Categories: Beading and Jewelry-making, Crafts Book Reviews, Newsletter
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AllCrafts.net News

We announced our 5th year celebration last month and it's still going strong! Our winner of the quilting books did not respond to our email, so we'll be selecting another winner this week. Check your inbox! We're holding a Celebration Sweepstakes, with a new prize each month. Current subscribers to this newsletter are automatically entered, but if you'd like to update your info, use the entry form.

Enter to win a $200 gift certificate from CraftCuts.com. On their web site you can choose unpainted or painted wooden letters and shapes in dozens of sizes, over 1,700 different fonts, and numerous thickness options. These letters can be integrated into your favorite craft projects. They are also great for every wall of the home including kid's rooms, nurseries, family rooms, living rooms, and kitchens. In addition to wood letters they offer a full selection of vinyl lettering and craft boards. See their idea gallery for phrases and pictures. Also offered are kids puzzles, mirror wall letters, and much more. CraftCuts.com truly allows you to customize your home or craft project.

Completely customized Easter Bunny Letters. Create and view online.

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Thursday, March 16, 2006

How to make a Spool Knitter

Here's a great way to introduce kids to knitting. First, let them make their own spool knitter. Directions for using it are at the bottom of the project. Added to Knitting projects.

Categories: Knitting and Crochet
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Making Cards with Stencils

A quick tutorial on using those elegant brass stencils to make a thank you card. Added to Card Making.

Categories: Paper Crafts
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Crochet Doll Face Potholder

We've had several requests for this pattern in our forums. It's a nostalgic pattern you may remember from Grandma's kitchen. Added to Crochet projects.

Categories: Knitting and Crochet
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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Plastic Canvas Harry Potter Decorations

Create Gryffinfor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff or Ravencrest tissue box, coasters and magnets. Hogwarts, here we come! It's in pdf format. Added to Plastic Canvas projects.

Categories: Plastic Canvas
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Painted Leprechaun Wreath

Paint some Irish charm for your front door. Added to Painting and Holiday Crafts .

Categories: Holiday Crafts, Painting
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Sunday, March 05, 2006

Baby Baby Baby Card

Cute, quick and adorable - that's a good card for a new baby! It's in Adobe Acrobat format. Added to CardMaking.

Categories: Paper Crafts
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How to Draw a Doll Face

Great article on how to design a doll's face. Geared to cloth dolls, but the principles are good for all designs.

Categories: Doll-Making
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Friday, March 03, 2006

Handprint Shamrock

Simple scissors craft for your preschoolers to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Added to Holiday Crafts.

Categories: Holiday Crafts, Kids Crafts
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Mini Bunny in a Pot

Here's a cute and easy classroom or Sunday School project for Easter. A cute bunny peeks out of a tiny flower pot. Added to Easter Crafts

Categories: Easter Crafts
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