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Sunday, March 29, 2009

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

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Sunday, May 04, 2008

CraftBuddy.com Craft Angels Update

Here's an update from CraftBuddy.com on Craft Angels --

Everyone at Craftbuddy.com is growing more excited by the second about our first HAIN donation, which is coincidentally, today! There are numerous amounts of cap/sweater/blanket/bootie sets, and also memory boxes, that were sent out; the result of several crafters' labor of love, crafted from the generous supply contributions of others. The generosity that is coming from this group of crafters is truly amazing and we can't show our appreciation enough for those who made and donated the items, as well as those who provided supplies for the items to be made. We are always searching for more crafty folks to make items, donate yarn, or if you prefer just feel free to Browse the site and see what your fellow crafters are up to. If you are interested, please stop by CraftBuddy.com - the CraftBuddy Craft Angels Link is on the home page. Thank you!

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Rosie O'Donnell's Crafty U Book Review

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Rosie O'Donnell's Crafty U
100 easy projects the whole family can enjoy all year long

The new family crafts book by Rosie O'Donnell, Crafty U, is a comprehensive book of good-quality ideas and projects with large full-color photos and clear directions.

Every project has a gorgeous and large photo to show the final result. I find this is helpful to get the kids excited and to help them pick out a project. The directions are clear and laid out nicely. It's easy to see what materials you need.

With 100 projects, there are good variety of classic crafts and new ideas. They're organized into several themes - Everyday, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, and Rainy Day. The Easter ideas were adorable and not too hard to do. The Halloween decorations and costumes are especially fun, too.

The projects are not rated by age, but are simple enough for five-year-olds and up, with help. They're clearly meant to be done together, kids and parents. Any areas that a grown-up must do is clearly marked.

Big thumbs up for this fun and well-done family crafts book.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

CraftBuddy Craft Angels

Dozens of crafters at CraftBuddy.com, a social networking site for crafters, have teamed up to donate hand crafted items to Heavenly Angels In Need, or HAIN. This organization was created to help families of premature babies who are in need. Preemie outfits, whether crocheted, knitted or sewn, are a popular item to donate. The CraftBuddy.com Craft Angels page has more information. The Craft Angels Coordinators mention that donations of materials are also welcome and are available to crafters who want to help.

CraftBuddy.com is a social networking site for crafters launched last year. There are lots of ways for crafters to connect on this site. Start your own blog, chat with other crafters, list your craft show, post your finished craft project pictures, and more. CraftBuddy has a friendly forum for all types of crafts and other fun topics.

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

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Saturday, February 03, 2007

New Projects in Plastic Canvas Crafts

Plastic Canvas Crafts is all-new! Here's the free projects added:

Plastic Canvas Instructions

Plastic Canvas Stitches

Bumble Bee Memo Holder

Valentine Mailbox

Heart and Angel Pattern

Aloha Tissue Box Cover

3-D Christmas Ornaments

Xmas Tree Light Bulbs

Magazine Holder for binder

Computer Shaped Desk Set

Reindeer Door Hanger

Welcome Red Hat

Four Seasons pins

Color Wheel Picture Frame

Pack or Troop Numbers in Plastic Canvas

Fred the Frog Light Switch Cover

Autumn Window Hangers

Floppy Disk Holder

Sweetheart Bears Cake Topper

Blank Tissue Box Patterns

Fun with the Leaf Stitch

Plastic Canvas Race Car

Itty-Bitty Easter Bunny

Panel Footed Box

Patriotic Pinwheel Napkin Ring

Christmas Stocking Ornament

Soccer Ball Key Chain

Trick or Treat Bag

Munchy Mummy Basket

Halloween Tissue Holder

Pin of the Month 2000

Candy Cane Railroad

Spooktacular Magnets

Plastic Canvas Lunch Box

Fashion Doll Furniture

Plastic Canvas Purse

Baby Door Hanger

September Horse Chart

Chenille Ladybug Pattern

Small Plastic Canvas Box

PC Sailboat Key Holder

Chinese Take-Out Box

Baby Shower Patterns

Nascar Patterns

Flags of the World - plastic canvas

Business Card Holder - Plastic Canvas pdf

Fashion Doll Coat Hanger

Christmas Gazebo

Spongebob Squarepants Pattern

Miniature Easter Basket Halves

Wind Chime Plastic Canvas Spinner

Military & Armed Forces Patterns

Train Ornament

Tree Ornament

Ladybug Landing Pin

Martian Mask

Cowboy Boots Patterns

Baby Block Jingle Toy

Bunny Bear Tote

Lotsa Love Tote

American Flag Bookmark

Hunny Bunny Frame

Print Blank Cross-Stitch Graphs

Harry Potter Patterns pdf

Watermelon Table Set

Patriotic PC Patterns

"Hanging Around" Lightswitch Cover

American Flag Bookmarks

Plastic Canvas Calendar

Football Teams Charts

Nativity Christmas Ornaments

Autumn Leaves Pencil Holder

Apple Coaster

Valentine Coaster

Flag Coaster

Picket Fence Wall Basket

St Patrick's Day Door Hanger

Plastic Canvas Baby Bunny

Bingo Dabber Magnet

Four Seasons Coasters

Paper Doll

Window Picture Frame

Star Tree Topper

Friend Bookmarks

Sneaker and Shoes Keychains

Race Day Coasters and Mug Set

Flamingo Pin

Ornament Coasters

Support our Troops Ribbon

Train Engine Tissue Box Cover

Small Pocket Bag pdf

Eyelash Yarn Bag pdf

Picture Frames pdf

Shapes Bookmarks

Snowman Ornaments & Gift Tags

Chunky Alphabet Magnets

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Simply Sensational Scrapbook Cards Review

Simply Sensational Scrapbook Cards Simply Sensational Scrapbook Cards

Enjoy creating special keepsake greeting cards for all types of occasions? Learn to use family photos, from current to vintage, and your paper-crafting tools in Simply Sensational Scrapbook Cards.

The card projects are for those of us who like to play with papers, punches, ribbons, glues and embellishments. They celebrate the recipient in such a thoughtful way that they're sure to be treasured.

If you are a beginner, the first sections are a great introduction to cardmaking, and if you are an experienced scrapbooker or cardmaker, you'll probably pick up a technique or two. The card projects are also full of neat techniques and designs. Unlike some cardmaking books, the author discusses her design decisions. She doesn't assume that you will blindly follow her design, and instead encourages you to use your own materials.

There are 10 various card projects included and a few envelopes and a presentation box. The cards range from simple folds to elaborate multi-panel cards and miniature albums. The instructions are step-by-step with lots of photos and extra tips.

For many of the designs, the author shows how it can be adapted to other occasions. An extra section at the end shows ideas to adapt the card projects to scrapbook pages.

There's a lot of ideas and techniques packed into 10+ card-making projects, and any cardmaker will enjoy this book.

Simply Sensational Scrapbook Cards

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Saturday, January 20, 2007

Valentine's Day Crafts Updated

Valentines Day Crafts is all-new! Here's the free projects added:

Valentine Cards Crafts

Lovely ribbon weaving card

Printable Valentine's Day Cards

Heart Potpourri Card

Beanie Valentines

Printable Valentines Cards

Winnie the Pooh printable Valentines

Beaded Valentine

Valentines Envelopes

Calico Cards

Printable Valentine Box

Love Notes Card/Booklets

St. Valentine's Day Card

Pop-up Valentine's Card

Printable Kids Valentines

Valentine Photo Card

Handmade Valentine Cards

Dancing Hearts Card

Valentine's Cupcake Cards

Scherenschnitte Heart

Embossed Rose Card

Valentine Swans (pdf)

Ribbon Embroidery Rose Card (pdf)

Love Tags Card

Pom-Pom Heart Card

My Valentine Cards Scrapbook Page

Heart Bookmark Card

2 Hearts Card

Kernels of Love Card

Valentine's Day Gifts and Decorating

Make Valentine's pretzels

Textured Heart Kitchen Set - Crochet

Heart Towel Border - cross stitch

Decoupaged pot

Valentine's Soap Balls and Bubble Bath

Heart Quilt made with lace doilies

Valentine Sachet - cross stitch

Valentine's Heart Wreath

Victorian Heart Wreath

Valentine Candle Caddy

Cupid Doll

Satin Heart Box

Etched Glass Valentine Frame

Heart and Angel Pattern - Plastic Canvas

Beaded Heart Earrings

Crochet Valentine Earrings

Double Heart Wreath

Rose Petal Napkin Rings

Valentine Candles

Valentine Rose Pen

Silk Jigsaw Puzzle Heart

Cupid Poop

Keepsake Rose Hearts

Long Stemmed Sweets

Printable Fabric Quilt Pillow

Scented Doily Sachet

Lit Heart Boxes

Valentine Mailbox

Valentine Gift Sachets

Love Coupons

Heart Mosaic Trivet

Mini Fabric Heart Basket

Scented Bath Oil

Cherish Scrapbook Kit

Wire Heart

Dried Flowers Candle

Sweetheart Bears Cake Topper

Mommy's Valentine Scrapbook Page

Printable Romantic Dinner Set

Valentine CD/DVD Labels

Mosaic Heart Box

Crochet Heart Doily

Printable Valentine Applique

Valentine Iron-ons

Lotsa Love Tote

Applique Hearts Patterns

Love Beads

Heart Knitted Socks

Knitted Heart Dishcloth

Lace Heart Bookmark

Felted Heart Pillow

Heart Wall Basket

Cookie Bouquet

Valentine Gift Box

Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids

Valentine Necklace

Heart Pinwheels

Valentine's Games from the Past

Valentine's Candy Bracelet

Framed Heart Peyote Pattern

Beaded Valentine Day Heart

Valentine Wreaths

Fingerprint Hearts

Heart Stamp Roller

Valentine Party Straws

Valentine Party Games

Sweetheart Necklace

Tissue Paper Flowers

Panda Bear Valentine Mailbox

Valentine Butterfly

Cupid's Arrows

3-D Heart

Valentine Card Fan

Felt Heart Characters

Conversation Heart Pencil Toppers

Valentine Heart Button Covers

Valentine Clipart and images

Valentine's clip art

Victorian Valentines

Valentine Flowers clipart

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Thimbleberries Big Book of Quilt Blocks Book Review

Thimbleberries Big Book of Quilt Blocks

If you are a fan of antique quilts, country quilts, or Thimbleberries quilts, this book is for you, unless you already own the first five Thimbleberries block of the month series. For everyone else, this beautiful book is a superb collection of five quilts, containing 60 different blocks.
And it is a beautiful book. I have many quilt books - I wish they were all designed so well. The quilts, blocks, and instructions are laid out with clarity and simplicity. images, both photos and diagrams, are large and uncluttered.
Each quilt is shown in a lovely country setting with an interesting description of the quilt and the blocks. Many quilt books stop there, but this book also includes a photograph of the entire quilt and a large photo of each quilt block. The fabric list also shows a photo of each suggested fabric. I love the photos.
The directions for each block are illustrated with handy diagrams that show block construction.
The quilts were designed to be non-intimidating, completed a block per month. And the quilt blocks get more complex further into the book. They serve as a fine quilting course, with a little help from a how to quilt book. There are quilt directions included, but a complete beginner may need more help.
The first quilt is called "Month by Month." Each block represents a different month of the year. I think a pillow made from the block for their birth month would be a thoughtful gift for just about anyone. The blocks would also be nice as slipcovers for living room throw pillows to change out each month or season.
Me, I like villages. I collect them, and fill my knick-knack shelves with little houses. The second quilt, "Thimbleberries Village," is perfect for me. With blocks like "Main Street Manor," and "Log Cabin Lane," that I can cap off with "Sunlight" and "Apple Orchard," how can I resist?
I have several friends and relatives who feed the birds (and squirrels) year-round. The third quilt, "Safe Haven," is full of birdhouses in a vertical style.
Next, you can stitch pieced blocks of tulips, bleeding heart, lilies, and daisies in the fourth quilt, "A Quilter's Garden." It's remarkable how these five quilts are so alike in style but differ in execution and design. The garden quilt is set on point, the birdhouse quilt blocks are vertical blocks, while the village quilt has an asymmetrical layout.
"Pansy Park," the fifth quilt, has blocks on point in a dramatic setting. The description calls it an important quilt and an heirloom quilt. The formal layout and lavish borders suit it very well.
For traditional-style quilters, this book deserves a place in your library. I enjoyed it thoroughly - great quilts presented very well.

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Monday, October 16, 2006

New Projects in Christmas Crafts

Christmas Crafts is all-new! Here's the free projects added:

Christmas Ornaments Crafts
Christmas ornaments from greeting cards
Cinnamon-Applesauce Ornaments
Pine Cone Christmas Tree & Reindeer Candy Canes
Poinsettia Ornament
Unique Ornaments
Puzzle Wreath Christmas Decoration
Shades of Christmas - cross stitch
German Paper Stars
Hardanger Wintertide Ornament
Origami Ornament
Peter Penguin Ornament
Santa Ornament
3D Wreath Ornament
Santa Star
Gleaming Glass Christmas Ornaments
Make a Wish Tree Top Doll
Gingerbread Ornaments
American Flag Glass Ball Ornament
Wooden Christmas Ornaments
Angel Pot Ornament
Plastic Canvas Handprint Elf Ornament
Plastic Canvas Train Ornament
Plastic Canvas Tree Ornament
Crocheted Stocking
Crocheted Penguin Ornament
Crochet Gingerbread Man
Crochet Angel Wreath
Crochet Christmas Card Ornament
Ski Hat Ornament
Angel Bear Ornament
Knitted Striped Christmas Stocking
Candy Cane Knitted Ornament
Wreath Knitted Ornament
Starburst Ornaments
Santa Penguin Miniature Ornament
Clay Gingerbread House Ornaments
Beaded Tree Decoration
Beaded Star & Icicle
Baby's First Ornament
Chef & Nurse Ornament
Drinking Straw Ornaments
Vintage Postcard Ornaments
Beaded Ornament Hooks
Crystal Swirl Ornaments
Angel Doily Ornament
Pom Pom Bear
Sugar Ornaments
Jingle Bell Angel
Puppy Ornament
Christmas Kitty Ornament
Eyelet Angel
Golden Tree Top Angel
Patriotic Christmas Ornaments
Gingerbread Baby Ornament
Quilted 3-D Xmas Ornament
Crochet Christmas Ball
Birdhouse Ornament
12 Days of Christmas Ornaments
Crochet Popcorn Garland
Crochet Angel Ornament
Pleated Ribbon Poinsettias
Tassel Angels
Gathered Tulle Angel
Crocheted Santa Ornament
Santa Tree Skirt
Tulle Angel
Crochet Tapestry Angel
Christmas Wishes Ornaments
Crochet Christmas Glitter Tree Skirt
Elegant and Easy Christmas Tree Skirt
Wrapping and Cards Ideas
Christmas Village Card
Silk Screen Christmas Cards
Stamped Christmas Cards
Gallery Glass Cards
How to Wrap a Present
The Perfect Holiday Letter
Pop-up Tree Card
Beaded Star Card
Glitter Bead Cards
Pop-Up Xmas Card
Vellum Poinsettia Card
Warm Winter Wishes
Easy Candy Cane Card
Christmas Box Set
Merry Ornament Card
Stitched Holiday Cards
Snowman Card & Bookmark
Snowman Tri-Fold Card
Ribbon Bow Tree Card
Cross-Stitch Bookmark Card
Iris Folded Christmas Cards
Printable Christmas Cards
Snowman Christmas Card Display Clips
Christmas Tree Card Holder
Christmas Gifts Card
Dried Floral Package Toppers
Holiday Mini Scrapbook
Decorating and Gifts Crafts
Solo Cup Light Ball
Solo Cup Snowman
Christmas Tree Air Freshener
Advent Mural
Wooden Happy Lighted Snowman
Bargello Pine Trees Stocking - needlepoint
Rose Pomander
Quick Christmas Painting
Xmas Mystery Quilt
Christmas Angels 1986-2005 - x-stitch
Candy Cane Railroad Plastic Canvas
Holiday Decorating for Pennypinchers
Christmas Mystery Quilt
Melting Snowman
Pine Cone Napkin Rings
Creating a Holiday Card Archway
Designer Christmas Tree
Christmas Cat Pillow
Gifts in a Jar
Styrofoam Snowman
Snowman Rock Salt Bucket
Gingerbread Candleholder
Angels Rejoice! Mobile
Beaded Christmas Tree Earrings
Basket of Lights
Striped Christmas Stocking
Candy Cane Covers
Block Snowman
"Hands" Christmas Wreath
Safety Pin Beaded Christmas Tree
3-D Stars
Special Sisters Christmas Page
How To Decorate a Christmas Tree
Christmas Pocket Advent Calendar
Wood Scrap Snowman
Christmas Whirligig
Bath Towel Santa
Santa Basket
Countdown to Christmas Wreath
Crochet Poinsettia Coasters
Christmas Card Placemats
Crochet Candle Candy Jar
Advent Tree
Dipped Spoons
Gingerbread Man Wreath
Plastic Canvas Reindeer Door Hanger
Xmas Tree Lights Sign
Crocheted Three Wise Men
Christmas Door Knob Cover
Embroidered Mantle Scarf (PDF)
Snowman Shelf Doll
Christmas Potholder
3-D Paper Christmas Tree
Printable Xmas Wreath
Wooden Melting Snowman
Alumninum Can Christmas Tree pdf
Wood Corner Hanger Santa
Candy Cane Lane Quilt
Wooden Waving Santa
Joyful Penguins
Drinking Straw Christmas Tree
Snowmen Topiary
Advent Mural
Pony Bead Santa
Pony Bead Snowman
Christmas Colored Popcorn
Snowman Nativity
Cinnamon-Apple Wreath
Candy Cane Planter
Lace Snowflakes
Tomato Cage Christmas Tree
Let It Snow Foam Hanger
Bleach Bottle Santa
Paper Mache Reindeer
Snowman "Poop"
Giant Candy Cane
Felt Holiday Calendar
Santa's Special Night Shadowbox
Crystal Snow Votives
Gingerbread Birdhouse
Snowman Banner
Jingle Bell Bracelet
Cinnamon Stick Angel
Snowman Bubble Ball
Paper Plate Snowman
Embroidery Floss Wreath Pins
Log Cabin Christmas Tree Quilt
Advent Paper Chain
Easy Wine & Gift Bags
Christmas Stocking Tree Stand
Holiday Pet Collars
Santa Hat Chair Back
Glass Block Lights
Reader's Digest Xmas Tree
Printable Holiday Church
Printable Advent Calendar
Christmas Elf Dolls
Holiday Accordian Banner
Painted SantaScape
The Stockings were Hung...
Chubby Snowman Stool
Ho Ho Ho Holiday Shelf
Christmas Cookie Jar
Stenciled Xmas Centerpiece
Christmas Gourds
Scented Pine Cones Basket
Vintage Santa Wallhanging
Crazy Quilt Stocking
American Christmas Ornament Cross Stitch
Crochet Cone Christmas Tree
Crochet Santa Boot
Easy Holiday Purse
Applique Holly Table Runner and Placemats
Poinsettia Wreath Quilt
Holiday Placemats and Napkins
Wool Felt Applique Christmas Stockings
Crochet Santa Mittens
Crochet Santa Hat
Triple Point Table Runner
Crochet Christmas Stocking Pin
Crochet Three Wise Men
X-stitch Christmas Cardinal Wreath
Felt Candy Pillow
Christmas Time Clock
3-D Cross Stitch Santa
Patchwork Felt Holiday Placemats
Jingle Bell Wreath
One Stroke Holly Days Box
Painted Snowman Welcome Sign
Yard Snowman
Yard Reindeer
Christmas Fun
The Annual NORAD Tracks Santa Claus Website
Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus
A Christmas Story
Printable Santa Hat
Santa's Candy Sleigh
Packaged Candy Sleigh
Christmas Crackers Categories: Christmas Crafts, Newsletter
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Pixifun Photo Key Ring Maker Set

Looking for a memorable gift or party favor? Try this fun computer crafts set. Everything is included to make 6 high quality key rings from your images or photos. They're reasonably priced, and pretty easy to make.

Here's what the set includes:

  • 6 clear plastic key ring blanks
  • 18 printable sticker inserts
  • 2 printer test sheets
  • 1 alignment test sheet
  • Software on CD
  • Instruction manual

I was surprised at how nice my finished key rings looked. They looked store-bought, except they had pictures of my family in them. The photo area is a clear glossy plastic square, and the attached key ring is silver. They seem sturdy and well-made.

This craft kit is very straight-forward and includes step by step instructions. First, you install the software from the CD. This went smoothly for me. The computer requirements are modest and should work on older computers - Windows 95 or higher and 64 MB RAM.

The software is easy to use, for photo software. First, you pick the paper size. The included sticker inserts are on paper size A5, which can print six key rings at once. The paper can be cut in half to make size A6, but I didn't try that.

The software opens to a screen showing 6 blank spots, that can fit 2 photos each. Then you use the import feature to bring in your photos. There are many options to adjust your photos. You can add text and shapes to the images. The software includes 200 backgrounds and clipart images to further enhance your creations.

As with most computer crafts, you must take some time to work out how to do each of these things. The instruction manual covers each option, but you can try them all out to see how they work. There is a multiple-undo feature, so you can remove any changes that you've made.

If you are already comfortable using image software like Adobe Photoshop Elements, I would use that first. Size your photos to 40mm x 40 mm to fill the square with some overlap that will be trimmed off when you print. That worked great for me.

After you're happy with your photos on-screen, you can print a test page. The kit contains 2 printer test sheets. The software automatically sets your printer to the correct paper size. I put the small A5 test sheet in my printer paper tray and printed on their test sheet. The kit comes with a clear overlay to help you verify the alignment. If the boxes on the overlay match the photos underneath, then your printer should print correctly on the sticker inserts.

Everything looked great, so I put in the sticker paper and printed away. Now, the easy part - I peeled the sticker off the sheet and folded it in half. This created a flat double-sided mini-photo that fit inside the key ring. I clicked the cover into place, and, wow, it looked great!

Just like printing address labels, you do not have to print out all 6 sticker inserts at once. The software lets you pick which spots on the stickers to print. For my first try, I made just one key ring. For the next five key rings, I skipped the first box that I'd already printed. I put photos in the remaining five spots and it printed fine.

Like most computer crafts, getting the image just how and where you want it is the only tricky part. The rest was simple and fun. Personalized photo key rings would make memorable holiday gifts, party or wedding favors, and great promotions for your arts and crafts business.

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Friday, September 29, 2006

AllCrafts.net All About Yarn Word Search

How's your yarn stash? See if you have all of these types of yarn! Print out our crafts word search puzzle. Categories: Crafts Crosswords, Newsletter
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Cardmaking Updated with New Projects

Cardmaking is all-new! Here's some of the free projects added:
Cardmaking Techniques Any Shape Cut-Out Pop-up
Pop-up Greeting Cards
Embosssing Cards with Stencils
Customizable Recognition Certificate
Block Print Cards
Pocket Idea
A talking mouth pop-up card
Hidden Message Card
Watercolor Crayon Resist
Pergamano
How to Cut Foam Core
Pyramid Pop-up Cards
Stenciled Sunflower Stationery
Hinged Sketchbook Greeting Card
Smashed Petal Paper
Revolving Door Card
Silk Screen Christmas Cards
Hidden Message Card 2
Shaker Cards
Collage Cards
Kaleidoscope Card
Photo Flip Card
Poetic Prints Pleated Scroll Card
Shrink Plastic Card and Earrings
Shaving Cream Marbled Cards
Millefiore Embellished Greeting Cards
Spackling Compound Cards
Color Wash Card
Suitcase Card
Torn Paper Dog Card
One Stroke Painted Card
Fimo Clay Candy Card
Golfer Card
Instant Fake Tan Card
Christmas Cards
Gallery Glass Xmas Cards
Glitter Bead Xmas Cards
Christmas ornaments from greeting cards
Warm Winter Wishes
Beaded Star Card
Vellum Poinsettia Card
Stitched Holiday Cards
Christmas Village Card
Easy Candy Cane Card
Stamped Christmas Cards
Merry Ornament Card
Snowman Card & Bookmark
Christmas Ornaments Card
Snowman Tri-Fold Card
Ribbon Bow Tree Card
Cross-Stitch Bookmark Card
Printable Christmas Cards
Printable Valentine's Day Cards
Love Notes Card/Booklets
Calico Heart Cards
Handmade Valentine Cards
Lovely ribbon weaving card
Printable Valentine's Day Cards
Valentine Swans (pdf)
Beanie Valentines
Printable Valentines Cards
Winnie the Pooh printable Valentines cards
Beaded Valentine
Valentines Envelopes
Heart Potpourri Card
Printable Valentine Box
Ribbon Embroidery Rose Card (pdf)
St. Valentine's Day Card
Pop-up Valentine's Card
Printable Kids Valentines
Valentine Photo Card
Handmade Valentine Cards
Dancing Hearts Card
Valentine's Cupcake Cards
Scherenschnitte Heart
Embossed Rose Card
Stamped and Stitched Card
Hanging Valentine Card
Love Tags Card
Pom-Pom Heart Card
Print Valentine's Day Cards
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Wedding Photo Thank You Card
Paper Mini-Rose Decoration
Stamped Wedding Shower Invitation
Printable Bridal Shower Invitations
Printable Wedding Cards
Wedding Cards to Print
Rubber Stamped Wedding Card
Wedding Bouquet Gift Card
Happy Wedding Day Card
Just Married Card
Wedding Invitations and Ceremony Programs
My Invitation
The Knot Complete Guide to Wedding Invitations
MS Publisher Wedding Invitation Template
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Rose and Ribbon Wedding Set
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Printable Love Cards
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Printable Cards & Stationery
Printable Winnie the Pooh Cards
Birthday Cards
Woven Ribbon Birthday Card
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Spring Birthday Cards
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Halloween Cards and Party Invitations
Halloween Party Invitation
Spook Much Halloween Card
Bewitching Invitation
Ghost Invitation
Halloween Party Invitation
Eyeball Invitation
Spooktacular Invitation
Beaded Halloween Card
Free Halloween Clip Art
Beaded Halloween Party Invitation
Printable 3D Jack O'Lantern
Printable Halloween Cards
Father's Day Card Making
Super Dad Card
3-D Fish Father's Day Card
Printable Father's Day Cards
Number One Dad
Gone Fishing Father's Day Card
Mother's Day Card Making
Flowers in a Vase Mother's Day Card
Pop-up Carnation Card for Mom
Pop-Up Mom's Day Card
Printable Mom & Grandma Cards
Mother's Day Printable Cards
Envelopes and others
Printing Sheets of Envelopes
Envelope Liners
Book-Style Card Storage Box
Vintage Envelopes
Printable Envelopes
Button Clasp Envelope pdf
Tissue Paper Envelopes
Quilling
Beginner Quilling (PDF)
Quilling Gallery
How to Quill
Basic Quilling Shapes
Filigree Fancies
Quilled Lollipop Card
Flower Pot Quilling Card
Lavender Posy Quilled Card
Origami & Paper Folding
Printable Origami Paper
Printable Origami Turtle
Printable Origiami Goldfish
Printable Origami Cicada
Origami Rose
Iris Folding
Tea Bag Folding Lessons
Folded Crane Origami Card
Origami Boxes
Iris Folded Christmas Cards
3-D PaperCrafts Printables
Origami Diagram Search

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Homemade Halloween Costumes E-Book Review

Homemade Halloween Costumes Ebook
Growing up, I never wore a store-bought costume. Nor did I wear an elaborately-sewn homemade costume. My strongest Halloween memories are my mom brainstorming a creative costume out of next to nothing. Rarely did my sister and go out trick or treating as the latest trendy character. We were more likely to show up as a television set. My mom's inguenity and creativity had a big impact on who I am. I still love Halloween, and I was tickled by this Halloween Costumes ebook that I found recently.

I've seen many Halloween costumes books. Most have color photos and are sold in the big bookstores. This book is a homemade family affair, like I remember Halloween with my family. It is in pdf format to read or print from your computer. You can download it today. I print the pages that I'll need when I need them.

There aren't many color photos with the costumes, though some have simple diagrams. Some have links to websites to show you the idea. Since you'll be making most of the costumes from items you already have or can easily get, your costume will have its own unique flair. Reading these pages of costumes, I felt like I was listening to my mom and her sisters figure out my costume this year.

There are more than 90 different costumes listed in alphabetical order with a table of contents. They range from people to characters to objects, to plays on words and animals and occupations and more. Just read the table of contents to your kids and you'll be on your way to a happy Halloween.

The costumes are very child-friendly and safe. Many are based on a sweatshirt and pants or leggings. They use simple supplies like posterboard, cardboard boxes, and basic craft supplies like paint, pom-poms, and pipe cleaners. One high-tech innovation that I like is how they suggest taking a playing card to the copy center and having it blown up to blueprint size to make a Queen of Hearts costume. This technique is used in a few ideas and costs just a few dollars. If that's not available to you, they do suggest alternatives.

There are a few extra ideas in this book for last minute costumes, sibling costumes, face painting, papier-mache masks and Halloween treats. Plus, this e-book comes with two extra books. One is on face painting. It includes a few popular designs with step-by-step photos and instructions. The second bonus is Halloween Food for Kids, with recipes and party foods.

If you're looking for a great resource for making easy homemade costumes for your kids, you'll enjoy this book. The Halloween memories from making your own costumes are priceless, and this book makes it easy. Happy Halloween!

Find out more at their website.

They've also just released an entire book on face painting.

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Holiday Crafts at AllCrafts.net


Last issue, we updated Halloween Crafts. Christmas Crafts will be next issue. Did you know we have sections for other holidays? Visit Valentine's Day, Easter Crafts, and Holiday Crafts for lots of fun craft projects and ideas.

One of this years hottest trends is personalizing your children's rooms or nursery with Wooden Letters. CraftCuts.com offers unpainted or painted letters in over 1,700 fonts, dozens of colors and almost any size. These letters are perfect for your home, kids room or nursery.

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Saturday, September 16, 2006

AllCrafts.net Crafts Books Titles Word Search

We've revamped the Crafts Book Reviews section on our website. Can you find words from the Crafts Books Reviews Titles at AllCrafts.net? Print out our crafts word search puzzle. Categories: Crafts Crosswords, Newsletter
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New Projects in Halloween Crafts

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

Halloween Crafts and Decorations Our Friendly Ghost

Halloween Candy Box

Halloween Garden Flags

Cheesecloth Ghosts

No-Sew Pumpkin Soft Sculpture

Taking Great Halloween Photos

Pumpkin Vases

Boo-ti-ful Bushes

Monster Spider and Web

Dracula Soap Dispenser

Quick Halloween Quilt

Luminaria

Crackle Pumpkins

Mummy Hands

Ghostly Halloween Windsock

Imogene Witch - cross stitch

Spooktacular Magnets - plastic canvas

Pumpkin Patch Craft Pumpkin

Bat and Pumpkin Mobile

Halloween Box

Glow in the Dark Spider Web

Halloween Wood Lawn Figures

Haunted Halloween Tombstones

Countdown to Halloween Banner

Witch Crash

Loom-Knit Pumpkins

Crochet Pumpkin Granny Square

Trick or Treat Pop-Out Puppet Pail

Front-Lawn Frank

Glow in the Dark Mural

Black Magic Cat

Halloween Lanterns

Velcome Hat

Creepy Crawlies

Jolly Jack-o-Lantern Wreath

Trick or Treat Bag

Free Halloween Clip Art

Mini Ghosts

Haunted Birdhouse

Dried Apple Shrunken Heads

Halloween Stamping

Paper Mache Pumpkin

Mini Halloween Quilt

Spook Much Halloween Card

Haunted Kreinik House

Eyeball Machine

Printable 3D Jack O'Lantern

Haunted Gingerbread House

Painted Wood Pumpkin

Pumpkin Placemat

Crochet Pumpkin Basket

Printable Halloween Cards

Balloon Spider

Gourd Candles

Halloween Garden Flags

Cat Patrol

Witches Brew Wreath

Friendly Scarecrow

Pumpkin Patch Teddy

Spider and Web Mobile

Painted Frankenstein Box

Painted Dunking for Apples

Giant Candy Corn

Glowing Crystal Ball

Halloween Centerpiece

Painted Tin Pumpkin

Pumpkin Votive Holder

Candy Corn Critters

Pumpkin Pinata

Ghoulies and Ghosties Quilt

Rattling Bones Wallhanging

Crochet Pumpkin Towel Ring

Candy Corn Faux Pumpkin

Fancy Glitter Faux Pumpkin

Candy Corn Place Setting

Creepy Chair Covers

Fimo Black Cat on Pumpkin

Black Cat Faux Pumpkin

Foam Halloween Garland

Beaded Halloween Card

Halloween Friends Cross Stitch

Halloween Friends Scrapbooking Layout

Crazy Bat Can Hug

Mummy Can Hug

Scarecrow Gourd

Pumpkin Harvest Birdhouse

Witch Doll

Halloween Soap Bars

Peekaboo Ghost Painting

Scarecrow Harvest Wreath

Frankenstein Lampshade

Pumpkin Magnetic Doll

Sculpey Candy Corn

Faux Caramel Apple

Spooky Cheesecloth Curtains

Craft Pumpkin House Numbers

Invisible Man Party Guest

Halloween Ornaments

Kids Halloween Crafts

Black Cat Banner

Pumpkin Lantern

Plastic Lid and Bag Ghost

Movable Mummies

Hairpin Ghost Necklace

Craft Sticks Haunted House

The Official Halloween Safety Game

Easy Halloween Wreath

Super Simple Halloween Crafts

Simple Halloween Spiders

Halloween Painted Rocks

Haunted House Treat Carrier

Mini Pumpkins

Halloween Batty Bats

Halloween Coloring Pages

Oatmeal Container Witch

Positive-Negative Pumpkin

Bobbity Bat

Ghost Necklaces

Halloween Witch Puppet

Spooky Pencil Tops

Spooky Fence Decoration

Halloween Pony Bead Projects

Spider Web Wall Hanging

Foam Mosaic Pumpkin

Sculpey Ghost

Felt Pumpkin People

Mini Broom Witch

Batty Witch Mobile

Candy Corn Keychain

Halloween for the Dolls

Pumpkin Patch Door Hanger

Strofoam Ball Pumpkin

Black Cat Pal

Bat Hand Puppet

Pumpkin Pins

Halloween Costumes

Printable Witch Hat

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Martian Mask

Face Paint Recipe

Halloween Spider Mask

Kids Domain Costume List

Lego Costume

Yellow Submarine Costume

Family Crafts Costumes

Dollar Stretcher's List of Frugal Halloween Costumes

Halloween Sewing

Masquerade Mask - Crochet

Homemade Halloween Make Up

Spooky Polymer Clay Bracelets

Quick Giant Bow-tie Pasta

Make Your Own Fairy or Butterfly Wings

Cardboard Box Costumes

Halloween Costume Ideas for Couples

Creative Costumes

GhostWriter

Easy Animal Costumes for Infants+

3 Blind Mice & the Farmer's Wife

Trick Or Treat Bag Instructions

Spider on Web Crocheted Pin

Ballerina Costume

Play Microphone

Fleece Pumpkin Tote

Lobster Costume

Chicken Costume

Baseball Costume

Jack O'Lantern Costume

Bumble Bee Costume

Halloween Iron-ons

Halloween Bib

Uncle Sam Costume

Baby Lion Costume

Duct Tape Candy Corn Treat Bag

Carrot Costume

Alarm Clock Costume

Poodle Skirt Costume

Mum Jack o Lantern Pin

Tin Man Costume

Pig on a Platter Costume

Dice Costume

Hershey Kiss Costume

No-Sew Witch Costume

Face Painting - Cat

Robot Costume

Lion Mask

Magic Glitter Wand

Jack O'Lantern Mask

Fairy Princess Hat

Skeleton Costume

Popcorn Costume

Halloween Bib

Painted Alien Costume

Halloween Treats & Parties

Halloween Gift Bag

Trick or Treat for Unicef

Pumpkin Party Favor Bag

Halloween Party Invitation

Ghost Lollipops

Goodies for Goblins

Halloween Recipes

Halloween Party Games

Printable Halloween Party Supplies

Halloween Cookie Tree

Slime Punch

Halloween Party Decorating

Old-Fashioned Halloween Party

Bewitching Invitation

Ghost Invitation

Halloween Party Ideas

Monster in a Jar

Eyeball Invitation

Scary Party Decor

Spider Cupcakes

Halloween Sound Files

Halloween Party Games

Spooktacular Invitation

Halloween Treat Bag

Crow Placeholders

Beaded Halloween Party Invitation

Ghost Lollipops Centerpiece

Happy Halloween Doll Cake

Haunted House Tiered Cake

Pumpkin Wine Glass Tags

Floating Apple Votives

Dead Man's Parts Game

Pumpkin Treasure Hunt

Mummy Gift Game

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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

AllCrafts.net Crafts Categories Word Search

New! Can you find all the crafts categories at AllCrafts.net? Print out our crafts word search puzzle.

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Quilting is Updated

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

Quilting Techniques and Tips

Beginner's Guide

Quilting Basics

Cheap and Free Lightbox Ideas

Figuring Setting Triangles for On-point Layouts

No-Waste Flying Geese

Fabric Calculator

Fabric Swatch Ring (.pdf)

Tip of the Week at Fons and Porter

Rotary Techniques

Stack and Slash

Quilt Bed Sizes

Quilter's News Network

Quilt Documentation Form pdf

Quilt Guild Fun

Quilt Guild Puzzlers

Quilt Guild Bingo Cards

Quilter's Word Search

Quilter's Fun

Paper Piecing

Paper Piecing Primer

Paper Piecing Slide Show

Foundation Piecing Online Lessons and Patterns

Learn to Paper Piece

Paper Piecing Tips

Borders and Finishing a Quilt

Easy mitered borders

Finishing your Quilt

Tying a Quilt

Binding with Piping

Quilt Care

Caring for Heirlooms

Quilt Care and Storage

Quilt Care Tips

Hand Quilting and Piecing

How to Hand Piece

Quilting in a Hoop

Making Your Own Templates

Hand Quilting with Multiple Needles

Perfect Your Hand Quilting Stitch

Applique

Fusible Machine Applique

Starch and Press Applique

Freezer Paper Needleturn Hand Applique

Dyeing Fabric

Fabric Dyeing

Dyeing Fabric in a Crock-Pot

How to Batik

Computer Quilting

Freeware to Help Quilters

How to Print on Fabric

Using Fabric Bitmaps in Quilting Software

Making Cotton Inkjet Fabric Sheets

EQ Lessons at Patchpieces

Electric Quilt Demos

Electric Quilt Palette of the Month Free Download

Quilt Racks and Hangers

Building a Quilt Rack

Quilt Hanger

Simple Quilt Rack

Lighted Quilt Hanger

Quilt Patterns and Quilt Blocks

Applique

Long May She Wave Wall Quilt

Easter Bunny Block

Palm Trees Applique Block

Patriotic Memorial Quilt

Scrappy Scotties

Simple Applique Shapes

Shoes and Socks Quilt

Day at the Beach Quilt

Candy Cane Lane Quilt

Ghoulies and Ghosties Quilt

Rattling Bones Wallhanging

Sunbonnet Sue

Easter Quilt and Pillow

Pieced Quilt Blocks

Train Quilt

Strip Doll Quilt

My Wedding Quilt

T-Shirt Quilt

Quick Halloween Quilt

Christmas Wreath

Flying Geese Basics

Faux Log Cabin

Pineberry Star Quilt Block

Beaded Quilt

Santa Face Block

Mini Halloween Quilt

Midnight Glow Mystery Quilt

Heart Quilt made with lace doilies

All About the Boy Quilt

Friendship Autograph Quilt pdf

8 Point Star Rag Quilt pdf

American Girl Period Quilts

Farm Friendly BOM

Charm Templates

Easy Cat Nap Quilt

Beginner Rail Fence Block

Trip Around the World

Bubbles Quilt

Jack in the Pulpit Blocks

Geese in the Corner Quilt pdf

Quilt in a Day - Garden Gate

Advent Quilt BOM

Tulip Hill Quilt

Stars and Strips Quilt

Crib Size Mystery Quilt

Southwest Stars BOM

Heartfelt Signature Quilt

Paper Piecing Spring Butterfly - Paper Piecing

Xmas Mystery Quilt

Bottle/Jar Quilt

Panda Foundation Piecing

Iris Foundation Piecing

Bamboo Foundation Piecing

Crocus and Daffodil Blocks

Castle Block

Paper Pieced Mini Blocks

Paper Pieced Morning Glory

Paper Pieced Toucan pdf

Beginner Heart Pattern

Flamingo Paper Pieced

Foundation Pieced Shamrock

Christmas Runner

Mini Paper Pieced Blocks

Stork & Bundle Block Flannel Shirt Block

Hawaiian Shirt Block

Log Cabin Christmas Tree

Computer Quilting

Faux Watercolor Quilt

Printable Fabric Quilt Pillow

Custom Made-by Labels

Vintage Santa Wallhanging

Holiday Create-a-Fabric

Medallion Anniversary Quilt

Treasured Memories Photo Quilt

Free EQ5 RJR Projects

Free EQ5 Marcus Brothers Projects

Quilt Block Libraries

1200+ Free Quilt Blocks

McCall's Quilting Free Quilt Blocks

State Quilt Blocks

'Strolling the Block' BOM

Sampler Block of the Months

BOM Archives

BlockParty

Applique and Foundation Pieced Blocks

Miscellaneous Quilt Patterns

Tumbling Block Tote

Quillows

Lace Mesh Bowls (pdf)

Clover Iron Travel Bag (pdf)

Fabric Bowls

Apple Butter Placemats

Quilted Spa Bag

Patriotic Picnic Basket

Fabric Gift Basket

NY State Star Table Topper

Strip-Pieced Tote

Crazy Quilt Stocking

3-D Xmas Ornament

Freedom Flag Wallet

Round Tuit

Coasters and Hanger

Quilted Table Ensemble

Quilted Headboard

Quilting Designs

Continuous Line Quilting Designs

Quilting Motifs

Maple Leaf Quilting Design

Quilting Designs

Baby Quilts

Precious Peeps Baby Quilt

Baby Shower Signature Quilt

Log Cabin Baby Quilt

Serger Quilt as You Go Baby Quilt

Hush Little Baby Quilt

Super Fast Nine Patch

Animal Crackers Quilt

Duckies Paper Piecing

3-D Pinwheels Baby Quilt

Nursery Windows Quilt

Giraffe Growth Chart

Baby Mystery Quilt

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Locker Hooking Craft Review

Locker Hooking Craft Review

An easy and relaxing craft that creates attractive, durable items.

Recently, while sitting in a waiting room cross-stitching, I noticed another woman doing a craft that I had not seen before. She was using an odd type of crochet hook, pulling loops of fabric through a rug hooking canvas. Locker hooking, she explained, and pointed me to the website of MCG Textiles, where she bought her hook and books.

Locker hooking is a simple craft that creates durable, attractive items, from rugs to purses and more. The two essentials are a locker hooking tool and rug hooking canvas. The other items can vary. A locker hooking tool has a crochet hook on one end and a large needle eye on the other. The crochet end is used to pull loops of your material through the holes in the canvas mesh. After you've pulled up a few loops onto the hook, then the needle eye, threaded with yarn or cord, is pulled through the loops, locking them in place.

I'm working on two locker hooking projects right now. The first is a hot pad, using fabric strips. It is the beginner project from this book by MCG Textiles. To create the fabric strips, I notched a yard of fabric every inch and tore several strips at once. To lock the loops, I'm using the cord from MCG Textiles. It is precut into handy one yard lengths. The edges of my rug canvas were turned under a few rows, and whip-stitched with a fabric strip, using the needle eye of the tool, to create a finished edge. The first row of locker hooking is the trickiest on this project. The first square in the lower right corner has 3 layers of canvas, because of the edge, and is partially filled with the whip stitching. The next rows were easier, and I became more comfortable with the up and down motion.

I've heard reports that fabric locker-hooked rugs still look beautiful after years of use and machine-washing. Looking at my little hot pad, I can believe it. It is very sturdy, and has a nice country style to it.

My second project in progress is a purse from this book by MCG Textiles and Lion Brand Yarns. This time, I'm using Lion Brand Homespun yarn as both the loops and locker yarn. I'm making the purse pictured on the front cover. The yarn locker hooking is a little easier than fabric, since the yarn is thinner than the fabric strips. It's creating a great nubbly texture, that also looks to be very sturdy. This is one yarn purse that will not stretch out or sag. The two pieces of the purse are made separately, then stitched together to form a simple purse. In the pattern, they embellish the top edges with an eyelash-style yarn, but I may use a ribbon yarn or continue with the Homespun yarn. We'll see when I get there.

I've also read about Australian locker hookers using rovings from their herds of sheep for the loops. I think this is wool fiber that's been washed, but not spun into yarn. Sounds interesting. Rovings are available in colors or natural from sheep farms online.

Locker hooking is an easy, relaxing craft. Patterns are drawn on the canvas, so no counting of rows or stitches. Depending on the size of your project, it's easy to take along, and easy to put down when the need arises. I find myself picking it up in the evenings to relax. MCG Textiles has photos and instructions, plus all the supplies and books on their website.

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AllCrafts News - Confirm your newsletter subscription

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We're switching to a new email server for this newsletter, and we need your help. Since we've grown so much, we will be using a new service to send out this newsletter. To switch, we must confirm all 20,000 newsletter subscribers on our list. This week, please look for an email from us with the subject "Confirm your subscription to allcrafts." To continue to receive the newsletter, you must click on the blue link in the email. As a thank you, we'd like to give you 200 of our favorite fonts. If you have questions, please email me.

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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Back to School Supplies Crossword

Is it that time already? Try our crafts crossword puzzle.

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New Projects in Gardening Crafts

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

Stepping Stones

Build a Pond

Painting Terra Cotta Pots

Plant Markers

Backyard Weather Station

Forcing Bulbs Indoors

Find Your Gardening Zone by Zip Code

Printable Plant Tags & More

Indoor Fountains

Grow a Garden Maze

Easy Cold Frames

Pottery Bird Bath

Hanging Basket How-To

Creating a Butterfly Garden

Water Features for Small Spaces

Bat House Plans

Easy Raised Bed

Backyard Aviary

Pot Puppy

Indoor Worm Composting

Ladybug Stenciled Pot

Garden Stools

Garden Toolbox & Gloves

In the Garden Wall Cozie

Tin Flower Pot Hanger

Gardener's Storage Box

Mosaic Clay Pot BirdBath

Garden in a Can

Bee Happy Watering Can

Garden Bench Plaque

Smorgasbird Bird Feeder

Clay Pot Bumble Bee

Living Wreath

Bug Plant Pokes

Mosaic Pots

Faux Mosaic Garden Table

Leaky Hose Wreath

Unique Garden Gifts

Clay Standing Fountain

Garden Angel Plant Sign

Garden Signs

Clay Pot Garden Chimes

Mosaic House Number

Outdoor Cushion Cover

Pop Bottle Cloche

Big Daisy Garden Sign

Kitchen Herb Pots

Create Your Dream Garden

Container Gardening with Summer Bulbs

Rustic Garden Pyramid

Building a Raised Bed pdf

Classic Planter Box

Chair Planter

Pot Pals

Greenhouse Window

Mini Picket Fence Planter

Sponge Painted Zen Rocks

Miss Velma Yard Stake

Frog Rain Gauge

Cute Mosaic Stepping Stones

Embossed Metal Butterfly Stake

Crochet Plant Pot Cover

Seed Tray

Knittted Hanging Basket Liner

House Address Stepping Stone

Miniature Gazing Balls

Hanging Flower Fairies

Pizza Box Stepping Stone

Miniature Kids Garden

Hanging Birdbath

Wooden Garden Angel

Log Yard Animals

Sandcast Leaf Bird Bath

Willow Garden Edging

Bamboo Trellis

Grow a Coleus Standard

Printable Plant Gift Tags

Water Garden Fountain

Easy Water Fountain

Houseplant Topiary

Grow a Pineapple

Homemade Seed Packets

Cupboard Door Planter

Homemade Seed Tapes

Yard & Garden Stakes

Pop Bottle Irrigation System

Shell Herb Garden

Garden Umbrella

Sand Dollar Plant Markers

Halloween Garden Flags

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AllCrafts.net Arts & Crafts Review The Happy Hooker Crochet Book

The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller

Humble crochet is due for a resurgence. I know, I've said it before, but this book of modern crochet certainly shows it. The patterns in this book are fresh and different. If you're an experienced crocheting, you will be happy buying this book for the shapely sweaters, cool hats, unique baby items, and other interesting patterns.

If you haven't crocheted, or have just crocheted a little, this book is a comprehensive primer on exactly how to do it, how it differs from knitting, and what you need to get started. Not much is necessary, and there's a great explanation of different yarns and hooks.

Though I grew up with crochet, I enjoyed reading about the history of crochet and what types of item crochet makes best - lacy items and sturdy items, but not stretchy ones.

Crochet, through the years, has been taught from person to person. It's probably easiest to learn from someone else. But, if you can learn from a book, this book may be the one. The instructions are conversational and full of little tips. Different methods of holding the yarn and creating the basic stitches are also explained.

The instructions chapters start with a chain stitch, move into single crochet, then into types of double and triple crochet. Adding yarn, increasing and decreasing are also demonstrated. Fancy stitches like shell, popcorn, ribbing, spike stitch, and even granny squares are explained. Tapestry and filet crochet are shown, along with the afghan stitch. The instructions finish with all the info you need to finish a project - joining pieces, seaming, buttonholes, blocking, and more. It is very comprehensive!

Let's talk patterns. The designs are from a variety of the new breed of pattern designers, and they vary a bit in their styles. There are more than 40 patterns, sorted by category. Each pattern lists the weight of the yarn used, which is nice to see.

The scarves and shawls patterns are nice, and the hats are cool enough for teenagers and boys. The bags and totes are unique and mostly retro-modern.

I really liked the clothing in the Spring & Summer and Fall & Winter sections. The summer tops, halters, tanks and t-shirts, are very cute, and similar to what I've seen in stores. The often-requested crochet bikini is vintage style, and includes a carrying bag. The Fall and Winter sweaters are not boxy, and do not look homemade. Your favorite guy might even wear the jolly roger sweater. The "Unseamly Sweater" is shaped through changing stitch patterns. The only seams are at the underarms and armholes.

Patterns for accessories include a wide corset belt, fluffy bunny slippers, wire jewelry and more. Home, gifts and baby items are rather miscellaneous. The sock monkey baby set is a nice change from traditional baby layettes, while still being very cute.

Crocheters of all levels can find something to enjoy in this book. The instructions and reference are valuable to have on your shelf, and there are probably a few patterns for everyone. I even enjoyed reading it.

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Saturday, July 22, 2006

New Projects in Painting and Drawing

Drawing and Painting is all-new! Here's some of the free projects added:

How to Make a Pen and Ink Drawing from Stills
Draw and Color with Uncle Fred
Face Proportions
Face Shapes
Drawing with Watercolor Pencils
Sketchbooks from the Archive of American Art
Drawing a Barn - Renaissance Perspective
Color Pencil Challenge Lessons
Draw Online
Blind Contour Drawing
Cartoonster Animation Tutorial
How to Draw a Cartoon Character
Action Figure Flipbook
Colored Pencil Portrait
Drawing Paper Types
Contour Drawing
Drawing Portraits in Charcoal
Colored Pencils on Black Paper
Drawing Ships
How to Draw Star Wars
Learn to Draw NeoPets
Draw Egyptian Art
Drawing 101
Drawing Life Portraits
Draw Animated Characters
Draw a Realistic Horse
Draw Sagwa and Friends
Escher's Eye Pencil Exercise
How to Draw Hands
How to Draw Feet  
Beginning Decorative Painting
Watercolor Crayon Resist
Elegant Glass Painted Flutes
Wooden Cocktails Tray
Faux Mosaic Frame
Vineyard Wall Hanging
Cowboy House Number
Patriotic Flag Tray
Faux Finishing Tips
SantaScape
Pansy Planter
Angelic Bunny Pin
Gingerbread Boy Lamp pdf
Watercolor Sunflower
Bunny Pin
Basic Brush Strokes
One Stroke Rose Tutorial
Folk Art Sheep Chair
One Stroke Wedding Scrapbook Page
Everything's Coming Up Roses Tray
Checkerboard Bowl
Flower Garden Serving Set
Painting Carpet
Block Snowman
Violet Bouquet Goblet & Plate
Watercolor Gerber Daisies Pillow
Wooden Christmas Ornaments
Elegant Painted Box with Tassel
How To Glass Paint
How To Watercolor
BBQ Apron
Grill Master T-Shirt
Clay Pot Pokes
Basic Brush Strokes Tutorial
Shamrock Candy Dish
Ho Ho Ho Holiday Shelf
Hopscotch Mat
Painting Cutlery
Faux Moorcroft Pottery
Painting Carpet
Moose Crossing Toy Chest
Yard & Garden Stakes
Pumpkin Votive Holder
Painting Videos
One Stroke Eggs
Patriotic Birdhouse
One Stroke Holly Days Box
Pumpkin Pinata
Halloween Candy Box
Haunted Birdhouses
Cat Doorstop
Bushel Buddy
Painted Wood Pumpkin
1870 Milk Paint Formula
Daisy Penholder
FolkArt Paint Colors Charts
Painted Bibs
Homemade Chalkboard Paint
Painted Dunking for Apples
Corner Hanger Santa
Wooden Letter Bookends
Harvest Stool
Waving Santa
Melting Wooden Snowman
Painted Turkey Jar
Gingerbread Birdhouse
Painted Leprechaun Wreath
Painted Easter Egg Express
"Snowflakes for Sale"
One Stroke Baby Box
Americana Painted Bench
Painted Name Sign
Yellow Duckie Container
Patriotic Christmas Ornaments
Retro Patio Set
Simple Seed Apron
Red, White and Blue Birdhouse
Americana Step Stool
Faux Metal Fireplace Screen
Paint Your Mailbox
Beginner China Painting
Decorative Leaf Pins
Painted Poppy Cupboard
Painted Placemats and Box
Painted Cowboy Boots
Painted Springtime BasketLilac Wedding Set
Cherries Kitchen Set
Flower Vase Favors & Place Cards
Iridescent Swirl Vase
Big Daisy Garden Sign
Retro Beach Welcome Sign
Spring Bunny Hangers
The Stockings were Hung...
Tin Pumpkin
Frayed Flag on a Brick
Varnishing Guide
Kitchen Herb Pots
Barnyard Birdhouse
Fish Mobile
Chubby Snowman Stool
Candy Corn Critters
Butterfly Tiles
Painted Dog Dish & Placemat
Fish Painted Child's Chair
Stenciled Baby Shirts & Bibs
Blueberry Tray
Aged Blue Shelves
Painted Margarita Glass
Fall Leaves Crate
Christmas Cookie Jar
Stenciled Xmas Centerpiece
Stenciled Canisters
Chalkboard Mug
Painted Floral Lampshade
Vegetable Lazy Susan
One Stroke Baby Announcement
Red Hat Bowl
Christmas Gourds

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AllCrafts.net Arts & Crafts Book Review - Kathy Ross Crafts

Kathy Ross Crafts
Letter Shapes
Letter Sounds
Numbers
Triangles, Rectangles, Circles and Squares

Here's a delightful series of arts and crafts books to teach or reinforce letters, numbers, and shapes with your children. Kathy Ross is one of my favorite kids crafts authors, because the projects are age-appropriate and use common items. Most of the projects encourage further play and exploration, too. Best of all, they're always a hit with the kids!

Letter Sounds contains 29 different projects. Every letter is represented - from "Activity on an Anthill" to "Zipper-Bag Zoo Book." The last 3 projects use the entire alphabet. The final project uses and Altoids mint tin, a magnetic strip, construction paper and a hole punch to make a take-along letter builder in a box. Great for car trips and waiting rooms. Some of my other favorites inclued "Pear Print Penguins," "High-House Hat," and " Under an Umbrella."

Letter Shapes continues the theme - from Airplane A to Zinnia Z, with a few extra alphabet projects at the end. Each project is based on a pre-cut letter. If you're working with a group, they suggest using a die-cut machine. Most of the projects also include other words and images from that letter, which may give you more ideas to build on and talk about while making the project.

Numbers starts with a project for the numbers 1-10, but has several projects incorporating numbers - calendar markers, playing card counters, clock, cell phone, and more. I liked the "Bathtub Boat and Two of each Crayon Animals," which uses up the old crayons in the bin. "Seven-Day Story" also teaches the days of the week and encourages story-telling. "Gift-Bag House" helps kids learn their house numbers.

In Triangles, Rectangles, Circles, and Squares, each project focuses on one type of shape, and there are a five projects for each shape. Most are paper-crafts, with construction paper and glue. Each then uses one or two unique items from wiggle eyes to buttons. "Hairy Squarey" used an empty small pudding box as a decorated planter that grows grass seed. In triangles, we make a triangle handbell, triangle page markers and more. The square decorated post-it pad is a cute gift, too.

This series is great for those who need an introduction to letters, numbers and shapes, and those who could use a reinforcement. Beginning readers will also take to these creative projects and go far with them.


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Thursday, July 06, 2006

AllCrafts.net Crossword Puzzle - Barbie Doll Trivia

Barbie Doll Trivia Crossword
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Nature Crafts is updated

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

Wildcrafting & Nature Crafts

Wood and Twig Tray

Natural Wood Dyes

Painted Nature Shrine

Natural Kaleidoscopes

Fall Floral Wreath

Botanical Table Decor

Decorative Natural Balls

Cheerios Bird Feeder

Birdhouse Birdfeeder

Kitchen Windowsill Potpourri

Twig Coasters

Black Walnut Dye

Spanish Moss Wreath

Dried Apple & Nut Garland

How to Make a Grapevine Wreath

Homemade Plantable Paper

Easy Potpourri Pie Craft

Cinnamon-Apple Wreath

Pine Cone projects

Hanging Apple Potpourri

Natural Wreaths

Basket of Lights

What Tree is It?

Forced Flowering Branches

Rose Petal or Pine Cone Napkin Rings

Change the Coloring of Cut Flowers

Plant Dyes

Kids Nature Crafts

Scented Rocks

Twig Easel Craft

Easy Kids Nature Crafts

Make an Ant Farm

Sticks & Leaves Insects

Twig Vase

Potpourri Pinecones

Pine Cone Birdfeeder

Sand Art

Crystal Rock Garden

Backyard Weather Station

Bird Feeding Station

Nature Art Project

Rock Necklace

Sand Dough

Cooking with the Sun

Constellation in a Canister

Ocean in a Bottle

Homemade Weathervane

How to Whistle an Acorn

DIY Bug Box

Pressed Flowers Crafts & Preserving Flowers

Pressed Flowers Database

Pressed Flowers Candles

Decorated Kitchen Set

Cedar Shingle Flower Art

Pressed Flower Switchplate

Pressing Flowers with Waxed Paper

Framing Pressed Flowers

Pressed Flower Clock

Flower Pounding

How to Air-dry Flowers

Glowing Flowers

Microwave Dried Flowers

Lavender Wands

Pressed Flower Lamp

Pressed Posies Album

Pressed Flower Placemats

Leaf Pictures

Gourd Crafts

Gourd Birdhouse

Gourd Butterfly House

Rotary Power Tool Carving Gourds

Mini Gourd Easter Baskets pdf

Make Painted Gourds

Growing & Curing Gourds

Gourd Carving & Inlay

Make a Gourd Drum

How to Cut Gourds

Transfer Design to Gourds

Snake Gourd Rainstick

Paper Bag Gourd Lining

Make a Gourd Lamp

Gourd Paper

Embossed Gourd Jewelry

Colored Pencils on Gourds

Gourd Candleholder

Gourd Lid Stopper

Carved & Pyroengraved Gourd Tutorial

Wood-burned Gourd Easter Basket

Pyroengraving on Gourds

Gourd Purses

Gourd Cat

Pine Needle Rim Tutorial

Gourd Identification Chart

Seashell and Sand Crafts

Seaside Mail Organizer

Fishbowl Sea Candle

Seascape Gel Candle

Clam Shell Change Holder

Sand Dollar Plant Markers

Shell Herb Garden

Driftwood Door Handle

Seashell Wind Chime

Shell Mirror

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Fiskars ScrapBoss Starter Set & Stencil Sets Review

Fiskars ScrapBoss Starter Set & Stencil Sets
Embossing, Stenciling, and Cutting System

Fiskars, well-known for their scissors and paper punches, makes a great system for embossing, stenciling and cutting. It's super for scrapbooking and cardmaking. Everything in these sets works together. I have several of the sets, and thought you might be interested in this versatile system.

The first piece that you need is the Scrapboss. Measuring 12 inches by 12 inches, it's big enough for full-size scrapbook pages. Templates are fastened to it by repositionable pegs. Underneath, there's a storage tray to store templates and paper. It comes with 2 styluses, some stencils, and a project book. The Scrapboss can use any stencils and templates that Fiskars makes.

There's a smaller cousin, the Shapeboss. > It fits stencils and templates that are 9 inches by 11 inches and smaller. It comes with a stylus and some stencils. It does not have the storage tray. For the smallest sizes, try the Cardboss > or Mini ShapeBoss Set > The stencils listed on those pages both work on the Scrapboss and Shapeboss.

Embossing and Stenciling

Embossing and stenciling are very easy with this system. The laser-cut stencils come in two parts. First you lay the bottom piece on the Scrapboss, then the top piece. The top piece has grid lines and is marked, "top." Next I usually put a couple pegs in the corners to hold it securely in place. I position the paper, cardstock, or thin metal in between the two pieces and, start embossing. The styluses comes with different size tips. Smaller tips are better for detailed areas, while large areas can be finished quickly with the bigger tips.

The stencils come in a large variety, from abstract lines and letters, good for lots of pages, to holiday and baby themes. If you click on the small pictures on this page and this page, you can see the details of each one.

Sometimes I emboss right on a 12x12" scrapbook page and create borders and frames. I also make embellishments by embossing smaller pieces or copper pieces. I usually emboss before cutting them out. It's easier.

Another set that I use alot to make photo mats and embellishments for scrapbooking and cards are the Texture Plates >. They're made of hard plastic with holes at the top for the pegs. Each is two-sided, with a different texture on each side. The assortment pack is a great value and contains 6 double sided plates (12 designs) including hearts/ stars, lines/waves, bubbles/dots, squares/fabric, stones/bricks and wood/leaves.

I use the Texture Plates with the Shape Templates that I'll talk about later to create my own textured die-cuts. For example, I put the heart shape template on the Scrapboss with a hearts texture plate beneath it. I slide my paper in-between. I emboss inside the heart shape, creating a hearts texture. Then I cut out the heart shape. It's very cute! I also like to create titles this way, using the letter and number shape templates and the other texture plates.

Cutting

The Fiskars templates for cutting are designed for the ShapeCutter >. It's a very safe and accurate way to cut out clean shapes and letters. The cutting mat and shape templates fit the Scrapboss or Shapeboss and have holes to secure them with the pegs. Using the ShapeCutter is very simple. Hold the base of the ShapeCutter inside the template and follow around the edge. To cut a freehand design, I just look down at the blade and follow my traced line. The blade is adjusted by a knob on top for different paper thicknesses.

The ShapeTemplates are sturdy plastic with grid lines, and can be stored in a binder. They have several shapes on each one, and some have border designs along the sides. They come in many varieties > and letters and numbers. > There's also a set of Super Size ShapeTemplates >. On these, you can use the inside and outside of each shape, That's great for cropping a photo and creating a matching shape mat.

Overall, I use the Scrapboss alot in my paper-crafting. It's very versatile, and I can create many different looks, cards, and layouts.

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Friday, June 23, 2006

AllCrafts.net Crossword Puzzle

State Capitals 2 Crossword
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Patriotic Crafts Updated

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

General Patriotic Crafts Flag Holder
Patriotic Door Hanger
American Flag Glass Ball Ornament
"Quick Tuck" Styrofoam Wall Hanging Flag
Punched Flag Wall Hanging
Patriotic Crafts for Kids
Easy Old Glory Frame
Red, White and Blue Birdhouse
Patriotic Bunting
Flag Stepping Stone
Fireworks Apron
Flag T-shirt
Patriotic Wind Sock
Patriotic Doormat
American Flag Light Tree
Ribbon Pins
God Bless America Frame
Stars & Bars Tennis Shoes
Red, White & Blue Garland
Patriotic Votive Holder
Stars Mailbox
Stars & Stripes Shirt
Americana Pitcher and Glasses
Stars and Stripes Forever Centerpiece
Patriotic Napkin Rings
Patriotic Placemats
Patriotic Straw Mates
Patriotic Pencil Toppers
Patriotic Floorcloth
Fourth of July Paper Lanterns
4th of July Necklace
4th of July Earrings
Uncle Sam Earrings
Wooden American Flag
4th of July Birthday Party
Patriotic Candle Jar
USA Scrapbook Page
Patriotic Star Frame
Americana Step Stool
Patriotic Gel Candles
Clothespin Pinwheel
Flag Etiquette
Balloon Fireworks
Patriotic Clings
Beaded Liberty Angel
USA Beaded Keychain
Star Glasses
4th of July Chair Covers
Uncle Sam Napkin Rings
Patriotic Heart
Folk Art Flag
Patriot Bear with Bunny
Memorial Day Banner
Memorial Day Decoration
All American Anne Doll
Flag Ribbon Tote Bag
Red, White & Blue Drink Parasols
Cut a 5 Pointed Star in One Snip
Memorial Day Card
Memorial Day Flyer
4th of July Luminary
Printable Flag
4th of July Iron-on
4th of July Windsock
Patriotic Picnic Set (PDF)
All American Tin
American Flag Paper Model
Patriotic Apron
Americana Painted Bench
Patriotic Christmas Ornaments
Starry Candle Centerpiece
Independence Day Iron-ons
I Love America Wreath
Patriotic Macrame Bracelet
4th of July Party Kit
4th of July Decoupage Bowls
Wooden Spoon Napkin & Paper

Plate Holders pdf
Patriotic Picnic Bag pdf
Patriotic Beachwear
Patriotic Bunting
Flag Banner Red, White and Blue Crochet
4th of July Pin
4th of July Barbie Party Dress
Miss USA Doll Dress
Fourth of July Pot holder
Let Freedom Ring Windchime
Red, White & Blue Barbie Dress
Miniature Crocheted Flag
Patriotic Wreath
American Flag Afghan
Star Hotpad
Americana Scarf & Hat
Red White & Blue Bookmark
Americana Appliance Covers pdf
Americana Placemat & Coaster
Patriotic Ribbon
Large American Flag
Patriotic Pocket Wrap
Americana Knitting
Eagle Flag Chart
American Flag Socks
Red, White & Blue Pin
US Flag Chart
Knitted American Flag
Patriotic Preemie Layette
USA Scarf
Yellow Ribbon Flag Square
Patriotic Knitted Purse
Show Your Colors Sock Pin
American Flag
USA Needlework Charts and Plastic Canvas
Cross-stitch on linen
Needlepoint on canvas
Patriotic Stars and Stripes - GO USA
Patriotic Pinwheel Napkin Ring
Eagle Cross Stitch
Fourth of July Heart
Support our Troops Ribbon
I Love America Flag
Military & Armed Forces Patterns
Stars and Stripes Cross Stitch Chart
Remember - X-stitch
Twin Towers Cross Stitch
Old Glory Flag Pattern
Oval Flag
Patriotic PC Patterns
Happy Boom Boom
Patriotic Pinwheel Pin
Patriotic Flag Pin
Patriotic Star Pattern
Flag Coaster x-stitch
Patriotic Heart Chart
God Bless America Chart
American Flag Bookmarks
Made in the USA Chart
American Flag Quilting
Foundation Pieced Flag
Veteran's Pride Quilt
Flag Block
Crazy Star Flag
Paper Pieced American Flag Blocks
Long May She Wave Wall Quilt
Freedom Flag Wallet
Fireworks Block
Patriotic Picnic Basket
Union Star Quilt
Shooting Stars Quilt
Patriotic Swag
Paper Pieced Independence Day Quilt
United We Stand Quilted Ribbon
US Star Flag

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AllCrafts.net Arts & Crafts Book Review - Encyclopedia of Scrapbooking

Encyclopedia of Scrapbooking
Encyclopedia of Scrapbooking: The most complete guide to scrapbooking ever published

This could be a very short review because I can sum it up in one sentence - if you buy only one scrapbooking book in your lifetime, buy this book.

However, I suppose I must explain myself. While many crafts books claim to be encyclopedias, few are comprehensive enough to deserve the title. With more than 300 pages, the "Enclycopedia of Scrapbooking" covers all of scrapbooking. Not just definitions and pictures, most entries explain how to use the tool, idea or embellishment. I've found several techniques that I can't wait to try on my pages. Since this book is by Creating Keepsakes magazine, every other page or so contains great layouts using the techniques illustrated.

This comprehensive book starts with the very basics, the history of scrapbooking. Then it illustrates the many tools and materials you might need or want for scrapbooking. The pictures of each item are large and helpful. For more basics, the next section is Page Creation. They cover several essential techniques:
-cropping photos and mats
-using paper trimmers
-adhering photos
-handwriting titles
-using red-eye pens
-cutting templates and shapes

ver been intimidated by the selection of scrapbooking items and doodads in the craft store? The next 3 chapters are for you, and me, too. Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Embellishments covers every technique and material that I've seen used in a layout, and more than a few that I have to try. Trust me, it's all there.

From brads, chalks, conchos, eyelets, inks, mounts, mica, vellum, to watch crystals and everything in between, the quantity of information is outstanding. Each item explains how to use it, and shows you several layouts using the items.

his well-rounded book has a gallery of other uses for our scrapbooking toys, additional resources, and an appendix to cover technical stuff like archival quality, technology and organization.

ike scrapbooking? Want to try scrapbooking? Need a motivation to get started on those boxes of photos? The "Encyclopedia of Scrapbooking" belongs on your bookshelf, though I suspect mine will be out and read through again and again for good while.

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Saturday, June 03, 2006

AllCrafts.net Crossword - State Capitals 1

State Capitals 1 Crossword
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Baby Crafts - new section - free projects

Baby Crafts is all-new! Here's some of the free projects added:
Baby Shower Ideas and Gifts
Fabric Baby Gift Box
Baby Shower Themes
Baby Shower Invitation
Baby Umbrella Favor
Baby Parasol Favor
Roly Poly Candle Favor
Baby Favor Bags
Baby Heart Stick Favor
Baby Ceramic Favors
Hand Clay Pot Favor
Baby's Coming Cake
Crawling on a Cloud Cake
Baby Shaped Cake
Baby Blocks Cake
Baby Shower Games
Diaper Cake Instructions
Foam Baby Shower Invite
Baby Cards
Baby Baby Baby Card (pdf)
It's a Boy Card
It's a Girl Card
Baby Face Card
Baby Announcement
Ribbon & Buttons Card
Maternity Card
Christening Card
Congrats Diaper Card
Vellum Announcement
Photo Baby Announcements
Baby Onesie Card
Baby Quilts
Precious Peeps Baby Quilt
Baby Shower Signature Quilt
Log Cabin Baby Quilt
Serger Quilt as You Go Baby Quilt
Hush Little Baby Quilt
Super Fast Nine Patch
Animal Crackers Quilt
Duckies Paper Piecing
3-D Pinwheels Baby Quilt
Nursery Windows Quilt
Giraffe Growth Chart
Baby Mystery Quilt
Sewing for Baby
Baby Towel Bathrobe
Heirloom Stitches Dress
Halloween Bib Project
Baby Crib Bumper Pads
Touch & Feel Playmat
Appliqued Baby Bibs
Brocade Changing Pad
Fringe Fleece Baby Blanket
Washcloth Puppets
Simple Shade Tent
Stuffed Cat Pattern
Diaper Stacker
Sock Monkey Directions
Humpty Dumpty Doll
Terry Cloth Blocks
Baby Sling Directions
Diaper Bag Pattern
Crib Sheets Pattern
Newborn Sleeper Pattern
Heirloom Bonnet
3-Seam Baby Footies
Crib Dust Ruffle Pattern
Diaper Covers Pattern
Hooded Infant Towel
Diaper Pattern
Nursing Pillow
Shopping Cart Cover
Stroller Accessories
Travel Diaper Case
Baby Knitting
5 Hour Baby Sweater
5 Hour Baby Poncho
Knitted Baby Hoodie
Fiesta Tea Set (PDF)
Knitted Baby Socks
Newborn Adjustable Hat
Preemie Set
Baby Gift Set
Baby's Hooded Bath Towel
Basic Baby Socks
Knit Baby Hat & Sweater
Teddy Bear Pattern
Knitted Angel Baby Blanket
Angel Baby Knit Blanket
Jiffy Knit Baby Poncho
Knitted Bunny Pattern
Guideposts Knit for Kids  
Baby Crochet
Lace Border Baby Blanket
Baby Bottle Cover
Baby Shower Afghan
Musical Baby Bottle Cover
Crochet Teddy Bear pdf
Bear in Bunny Clothes
Animal Finger Puppets
Spring Baby Outfit
Woven Squares Afghan
Baby Zoo Afghan
Ruffled Sock Edging
Crochet Baby Booties
Crochet Baby Hoodie
Striped Baby Blanket
Lacy Blanket & Booties
Crochet Hat & Booties
Crocheted Baby Cap
Squares Baby Blanket
Baby Bubbles Blanket
Baby Blocks Afghan
Crochet Robe Set
Polka Dot Baby Blanket
Baby Cardigan & Blanket
Crochet Baby Jacket
Crochet Romper
Crochet Baby Sandals
Crochet Alphabet Afghan
Crochet Baby Rattle
Baby Scrapbooking
Baby Memory Book
Baby 8x8 Layout
Beautiful Treasure Page
Baby Toes Layout
Oh Baby 8x8 Layout
Baby's First Memories Page
Pregnancy Journal
Baby Homecoming Layout
Baby Boy & Princess Pages
Baby Shadowbox
First Snow Layout
Baby Name Page  
Needlework & Plastic Canvas for Baby
It's a Boy x-stitch Chart
It's a Girl x-stitch Chart
Embroidered Baby Shoes
Baby Block Jingle Toy
Baby Door Hanger
Baby Mobile
Embellished Crib Curtains
Baby Blocks Cross Stitch
Embellished Onesies
Baby Halloween Costumes
Easy Animal Costumes for Infants+
Baby Lion Costume
Baby Crafts
Baby Soap
Homemade Diapering Supplies
Baby Bib Birth Announcement
New Arrival Baby Pillow
Baby Changing Table
One Stroke Baby Box
Baby Sleeping Door Hanger
Bless this Child Decoration
Baby Name Slate
Foam Baby Door Hangers
Teddy Bear Heart
Painted Baby Album
Duckie Baby Shower Gift
Easy Clean Bibs
Stenciled Bibs & Shirts
Gingerbread Baby Ornament
Bitty Baby Bracelets
Painted Name Sign
Yellow Duckie Container
Footprint Stamp
Baby's First Ornament

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AllCrafts.net Arts & Crafts Review - Dazzling Bead and Wire Crafts

Dazzling Bead & Wire Crafts Dazzling Bead & Wire Crafts>
by Mickey Baskett

Great book for intermediate to advanced beaders and adventurous beginners.

Dazzling Bead & Wire Crafts is a book full of creative and different bead & wire projects. More than 50 projects cover the range from demure jewelry to purses to home accessories and gifts.

Many crafts books begin with a techniques section. There are many technques in this book, but they are part of the projects. Most of the projects contain an unusual idea or application that can be applied to other projects. The introduction is brief. The supplies section discusses and illustrates several non-traditional types of wire - armature wire, solder wire, buss wire, aluminum wire, and more. After a short section on tools, the projects begin. And the projects are exactly why you will like this book. They're fascinating.

Let's dive into some of my favorite projects in this book! A delicate pearl and wire choker uses pink colored wire to tremendous effect. A necklace for grandma uses scrapbooking supplies to frame photos of the grandchildren. Small jump rings are added to the frames to string them.

Polymer clay is used in several projects. In the Beads & Charms necklace, polymer clay is stamped with words inside bead charms and strung onto a necklace with wire wrapped beads. Polymer clay is used on an elegant headband. The clay is stamped and twisted head pins are inserted into each medallion. Polymer clay is also used in a few designs to create pendants.

Another unique element in these jewelry designs is the trendy bottle caps. In the Beaded Palms earrings, the edges of the bottle cap are punched and strung with seed beads.

In wirework, a homemade or store-bought jig can be used. Pegs are arranged so that you can bend and wrap the wire into intricate designs. This is used in one example to make a delicate wire twist bracelet. Between the wirework, pastel beads are wrapped in wire and seed beads. It's subtle but stunning. Another necklace design uses the jig to create delicate filigree.

Polymer clay and beads are used in a few projects to create unique purses. One is stitched from leather and others are made from various boxes.

The second section of the book contains projects for the home. The projects are varied and interesting:

-placemat trim
-glass charms
-hanging vase
-bell pull
-sushi set
-cocktail skewers
-key ring dangle
-ceiling fan pull
-decorated tins and boxes
-fish bowl trim
-bead mosaics
-suncatchers

There are more projects than I've listed, but these are some of the most diverse group of beadwork ideas that I've seen in awhile. With these ideas, you can use your beadwork skills to create gifts beyond necklaces, earrings and bracelets.

All of the projects have full page color photos. Many have patterns and diagrams, too. The table of contents and index are useful in finding projects quickly. Overall, this is an excellent book for those who like beads and wirework and are looking to expand their skills and ideas.


Outdoor Fun

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Friday, May 12, 2006

AllCrafts.net Crossword Puzzle

Wedding Fun 2 Crossword
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New Projects in Rubber Stamping

Rubber Stamping is all-new! Here's some of the free projects added:

Rubber Stamping Greeting Cards Christmas Cards
Stained Glass Card
Sachet Card
Confetti Heart Shaker Card
Embroidery Card
Frame Cards with Ornaments
Easter Card
Shaker Cards
Pocket Idea
Poetic Prints Pleated Scroll Card
Spring Birthday Cards
Frame Cards with Ornaments
Magic Mosaic Card
Embossed Rose Card
Picture Frame Cards
Wedding Place Cards
Graduation Card
Merry Ornament Card
Holiday Accordian Banner
Heart Potpourri Card
Stampin' and Scrapbookin'
Forever Roses Page
Stamped Background Papers
Class Reunion Layout
Sandcastle Lessons Layout
Mother's Day Layout
Elegant Journal Cover
Envelope Book
Altered Board Book
Little Altered Book
Attaching Altered Pages
Perpetual Calendar with Pockets
ATC - Artist Trading Cards
Oh la la ATC
Bead and Ribbon ATC
ATC Template (pdf)
Embossed ATC
Easy ATC
ATC Primer
ATC Book
Folded ATC
ATC Wall Art
ATC Binder
Stamping Everything Else
Suncatchers
Stamped Wrapping Paper
Cellophane Bags
Rubber Stamp Barrettes
Rubber Stamp a T-shirt
Homemade Stickers
Homemade Rubber Stamp Ink
CD Gift Case
Stampin' Snowglobe
Doggie Bandanna
Falling Leaves Place Setting
Stamping at Plaid Online
Classic Desk Caddy
Mini Fridge Magnets
Halloween Stamping
Stamped Spiral Notebooks
"Domino Art" Part I
"Domino Art" Part II
Tag Book Necklace
Wineglass Candle Lamp
Rollup Shrink Beads
Stamped Butterfly Mobile
Roses & Ribbon Tablecloth
Clay Jewelry
Duckie Baby Shower Gift
Magnetic Chalkboard
Recipe Book
Kitchen Canisters
Christmas Box Set
Lightswitch Cover
Stamped Cement Patio
3-D Dragonfly Pin
Rubber Stamp Techniques
Marbelized Background
Brayer Techniques
Stamping on Wood
Carving Your Own Stamps
Shadow Stamping
Painting with Powder
Stretching your Rubber
Tips for a Better Impression
Fabric Stamping
Stamping on PolyShrink
Stamping on Different Surfaces
Gel Pen Embossing
Hot Glue Seals
Layered Embossing
Rubber-stamped Candles
Stamping with Bleach
Foil Stamping
Frugal Rubber-Stamping Tips
Stamping Glossary
Stipple with Dye Inkpads
One Stamp - Many Looks
Ink Pad Basics
Serendipity Technique
Potato Prints
Stamped Paper Tole
Masking Techniques
Faux Postage
Faux Wood Grain
Making Multiple images
Using Versamark
Embossing Basics


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AllCrafts.net Arts & Crafts Review - Creative Computer Crafts

The Michaels Book of Needlecrafts Creative Computer Crafts: 50 Fun and Useful Projects You Can Make with Any Inkjet Printer
By Marcelle Costanza

Computer Crafts have really grown up! When AllCrafts.net began 5+ years ago, Computer Crafts was one of our original pages, but the book and project pickings were always a bit slim. Well, we updated that page a few weeks ago and it's full to bursting. This book is another example of how far computer crafting has come!

In the past, I've found that computer crafts books were hard to recommend. They often were outdated or not very useful because they gave directions for just one program and the projects were not so interesting. Well, I'm happy to find a book that I can heartily recommend. The 50 projects in this book will amaze you in their creativity, and the instructions are general enough to use with any good desktop publishing program.

Some of the projects do require special papers, and the appendix lists sources. Besides, how else could you make scratch-off tickets, stemware shrink charms, or decorative mirrors, to name a few? There are many unusual cards and fabric printing projects. They have great directions and lots of uses. Other projects are definite head-turners:

-Revolving Musical Carousel
-Baby Bib Birth Announcement
-Stained Glass Votive Holder
-Rainbow Easter Basket
-Transparent Pyramid Boxes
-Wedding Lights
-Matchbook Mints

There are three introductory sections to this book, covering interesting topics. The author of this book is a pioneer in computer crafting and explains her journey and the maturing of computer crafts in a very readable beginning. Next, she discusses computer crafts supplies. The explanations of different printers, scanners and software is detailed but not too technical. I like how she gives a range of suggestions for hardware - good, better, and best.

Once we've mastered a craft and invested in the tools and supplies, we often wonder if we can sell our crafts. The third chapter gives a thorough overview of where and how to sell your creative output. She speaks with experience, and crafters will enjoy such good info on this topic.

If you've got a hankering to turn out colorful and creative items from your inkjet printer, there isn't a better book out there. I'll have alot of fun with this one!

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Thursday, May 11, 2006

News From AllCrafts

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Saturday, April 29, 2006

Wedding Fun 1 Crossword

Wedding season has begun. Weddings are so much fun, we have more wedding words next issue. Try our crafts crossword puzzle. Categories: Crafts Crosswords, Newsletter
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New Projects in Floral Crafts

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

General Flower Craft and Arranging Learn to Make a Wreath
How To Create a Floral Display
Florist Bow
Easy Flower Arranging
The Language of Flowers
Christmas Wreaths
Free Floral Crafts at Michaels.com
Introduction to Floral Arranging
Long Stemmed Flower Stand
Bright Wreaths
Online Floral Design Classes
Floral Projects at Hobby Lobby
Wedding Flowers
Unity Candle Arrangement
Corsages and Boutonnieres
Rose Basket
Cascade Wedding Bouquet
Lilies & Roses Bridal Bouquet
Rosebud and Ivy Boutonniere
Floral Pew Bouquet
Floral Pew Bow
Rose Bridal Centerpiece
Crystal Romance Centerpiece
Flowered Flute Centerpiece
Round Rose Bouquet
Corsages
Head Wreath
Orchid Bouquet
Corsage Making Techniques
Love Knot BouquetBrides Floral Bouquet
Wedding Flowers at Michaels.com
Pretty-as-a-Package Topiary
Julep-Rose Centerpiece
Pew Decoration
Silk Flower Arranging
Coloring Silk Flowers
Halloween Centerpiece
Brilliant Bouquet
Springtime Patchwork Vase
Teacup Topiary
Double Heart Wreath
Pansy & Daffodil Wreath
Botanical Pots
Grapevine Chandelier
Sunflower Balls
Floral Flip-Flops
Flower Pens
Flowers in Oil
Daisy Crown
Berry Apple Wreath

Wreath Trees
White Roses Wreath
Pretty-as-a-Package Topiary
Easy Moss-Covered Wreath
Fresh Flower Arranging
Fresh Flower Wreath
Swagged Garland
Rose Pomander
Floral Wreath Centerpiece
Summer Flower Potpourri Bags
Flower Arranging at Ladies Home Journal
Tussie Mussie
Hanging Centerpiece
Pumpkin in Bloom
Keepsake Rose Hearts
Flower Pounding
Mom's Corsage Centerpiece
Floral Centerpiece Ideas
Formal Arrangements
Ikebana - Japanese Arranging
Dried and Pressed Flowers
Learn to Dry Flowers
Learn to Make Potpourri
Victorian Facial Scrub
Garden Basket
Ring of Roses
Flower and Leaf Press
Potpourri Lights
English Garden
Wreaths You Can Wear
Drying Fruit
Pressed Flower Lamp
Pressed Pansy Coasters
Rose Water
Rose Petal or Pine Cone Napkin Rings
Dried Flower 'Cake'
Floral Freshness Lamp
Hanging Garden
Sweet and Spicy Rose Potpourri
Easy Potpourri Pie
Lemon Leaf Swag
Sweetheart Wreath
Dried Flowers How-to
Pressed Flower Paperweight
Glowing Flowers
Decorated Soap
Lavender Crafts
Pressed Flower Suncatcher
Preserving Flowers

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AllCrafts.net Arts & Crafts Review - Michael's Book of Needlecrafts

The Michaels Book of Needlecrafts The Michaels Book of Needlecrafts- Knitting, Crochet & Embroidery

Well, this is a big book! More than 300 pages of knitting, crochet and embroidery. Truly, it is three books in one.

Each section begins with a comprehensive set of instructions for that craft. Large drawings show the stitches and other details. The knitting section covered one of my pet peeves - what if I can't get the yarn they use in the pattern? An article gives tips and ideas to make good substitutions. Each pattern has a color photo and sometimes a few. The patterns have summary info at the beginning - skill level, sizes, supplies and tools needed. I have one quibble with the book - the table of contents is very short and doesn't provide a list of the patterns. The patterns are listed in an appendix at the back.

The knitting patterns are varied. All the standards are included- afghans, hats, mittens, scarves, shawls, socks, sweaters and vests. Other patterns include a dog sweater and collar, Ipod holder, purses, wire jewelry, and purses.

I think crochet has become a hot craft, and the authors seem to agree. The crochet patterns are interesting and modern. Even though the arm warmers done in a fuzzy yarn look like hairy arms. And the Santa's stocking is rainbow-striped and has individual toes... I liked all the rest very much. The baby clothes look cute and probably work up quickly. The patterns also include hats, ponchos, purses, sweaters, tops, a backpack, pillow, shawl, and a jacket to name a few. The beach cover-up was stylish, and the crochet trim for a store-bought top was different.

The embroidery instructions are comprehensive. Many types of stitches along with bead embroidery, ribbon embroidery and hardanger are illustrated. Most of the projects are embellishments for pre-made items. They range from elegant to quirky and fun. Embroidered jeans and beaded tops are popular now and both are covered here. Many types of items go under the needle - mittens, napkins, pillows, purses, paper, sweaters, towels, and tote bags. A few of the purses are handmade, with the patterns included. The embroidered greeting card and scrapbook embellishments add dimension to your papercrafts.

The Michaels Book of Needlecrafts - Knitting, Crochet & Embroidery is a very solid and worthwhile book for your library. If you're already involved in one of the crafts, it's a great way to learn the others, while getting a good set of patterns.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

AllCrafts.net Crossword Puzzle

Basic Craft Supplies Crossword
All the essentials for crafting fun. Try our crafts crossword puzzle.
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Computer Crafts is Updated

New Projects in Computer Crafts

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

Printable Holiday Gift Boxes
All Occasion Printable Cards
Printable Crafts for Kids
Magnetic Accordian Address Book
Scavenger Party Kit
Microsoft Publisher Templates
Disposable Camera Skins
Pumpkin Party Favor Bag
Checkbook Cover
Graduation Party Kit
Printable Calendar
Printing Fortune Cookies
Printing Sheets of Envelopes
Printable Cards, Boxes & more
Printable Recipe Cards & more
Family Reunion Party Kit
Music Box Carousel
Make a Perpetual Calendar
Printable Holiday Church
Free Printable Stationery
Printable Advent Calendar
Printable Family Worksheets
Gift Box Templates
Printable Santa Hat
Printable Wine Bottle Labels
Print and Fold Dinosaurs
Printable Seed Packets
Electric Quilt
Freeware to Help Quilters
Free Sewing Software
Modern Sewing Online Customized Sewing Patterns
Fabric Calculator
Sock Knitting Calculator
Printing on Needlepoint Canvas
Print on Aida or Linen
Pixel to Stitch Charting Trick
How to Chart Hardanger
Bubble Jet Set Information
Printing on Fabric
HP Sewing & Quilting Projects
How to Print on Fabric
Baby Bib Birth Announcement
New Arrival Baby Pillow
Display Plates
Printable Barbie Doll Outfit
Thanksgiving Napkin Iron-on
Scrapbook Quilt
Printable Dollhouse Furniture Decorations
T-shirt Transfers for Moms
Christmas Potholder
T-shirt Transfers for Baby
Barbeque Apron Transfer
4th of July Iron-on
Thanksgiving Tshirt Iron-on

Printable Ceramic Decals
Printable Mousepads
Photo Transfer Basics
Digital Scrapbooking
Create a Digital Layout
Software Tutorials
Digital Scrapbooking Movies
All About Scanning
Printing Layouts
Restoring Black & White Photos
Photoshop Tutorials
Paint Shop Pro Tutorials
Cutting Photos into Shapes
Cherish Scrapbook Kit
Digital Scrapbooking Freebies
Free Elements
Free Page Kits
Printable Beach & Summer Pages
Printable Scrapbook Paper
Printable Cut-out Letters
Scrapbooking Printables by Theme
Printable Scrapbook Graphic Sets
Escrappers Free Embellishments
Shabby Princess Free Scrapbook Kits
Spaceraven Downloads
Free Kits at E-Scrape and Scrap
Scrapkitchen Freebie
Heather Ann Designs Free Kits
The Daily Scrap Freebies
Gaucho Girl Freebies
The Friday Freebie
Scrapbook Lady Freebie
Simple Scrapbooks Magazine Free Downloads Scrapbooking at HP
Free Fonts
Download Free Fonts
Font Freak
FreewareFonts.com
FontGarden
1001 Fonts
Font Face
Downloadable Fonts for Scrapbooking
Fonts for Kids
Fonts for Teachers
Kat's Fun Fonts
Fonts by Theme
FontSeek
Free Scrap-e-dia Fonts
Cropper's Cottage Fonts
Free Fonts at Two Peas in a Bucket
Scrap Girls
Free Clip Art
Microsoft Clipart
Avery Clipart

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AllCrafts.net Crafts Review - Freestyle Cordless Glue Gun

FreeStyle Cordless Glue Gun by Cold Heat

I had a great time testing out this cordless glue gun. It has several handy features and works very well.

Cordless Glue Gun

I was skeptical about the cordless feature, as some in the past have not worked as well as my corded version. Let me explain how the cordless action works on this glue gun. It is very similar to our cordless drill. The battery snaps into the bottom of the handle. To charge, it fits into a small charger which can be kept anywhere near an outlet. The charger flashes a green light while charging and then a steady light once charged. The initial charge took just a couple of hours. The instructions say the battery has no "memory effect" - it can be put back on the charger even if it's not fully discharged.

With the battery, the glue gun weighs less than 12 ounces. It feels very comfortable to hold and use. The glue gun has a trigger so glue only comes out when you need it, and a work light at the tip that illuminates exactly where you are working. The light can be switched from high to low intensity.

There's a clear window on top so you can easily see when to add another glue stick. This gun takes mini-size low temperature or all-purpose glue sticks. Cold Heat also sells glue sticks just for this gun, that they say will maximize battery life.

Right by the opening for the glue sticks, there are two small lights. One is a low battery indicator and the other is the PowerSave indicator. If you do not move the glue gun for eight minutes, it switches to this mode and stops heating the glue. As soon as you move it, it heats up again.

The glue heating time was very quick. The gun is well-made and easy to use. It does not drip when resting, which keeps your workspace much cleaner. The FreeStyle Cordless Glue Gun is packed with features and works great.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Valentine's Day Crossword

Guess the symbols and ideas of the holiday of love. Try our crafts crossword puzzle. Categories: Crafts Crosswords, Newsletter, Valentine's Day Crafts
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New Projects in Valentine's Day Crafts

Valentine's Day Crafts is all-new! Here's some of the free projects added:
Valentine Cards Crafts
Lovely ribbon weaving card
Printable Valentine's Day Cards
Kissing Pigs Card
Beanie Valentines
Printable Valentines Cards
Winnie the Pooh printable cards
Beaded Valentine
Envelopes
Calico Cards
Valentine Box
Love Notes Card/Booklets
St. Valentine's Day Card
Pop-up Valentine's Card
Printable Kids Valentines
Valentine Photo Card
Cast a Paper Valentine
Dancing Hearts Card
Valentine's Cupcake Cards
Scherenschnitte Heart
Embossed Rose Card
Stamped and Stitched Card
Hanging Valentine Card
Valentine Swans (pdf)
Ribbon Embroidery Rose Card (pdf)

Valentine's Day Gifts and Decorating
Make Valentine's pretzels
Textured Heart Kitchen Set - Crochet
Heart Towel Border - cross stitch
Valentine Heart Basket
Crochet heart
Decoupaged pot
Valentine's Soap Balls and Bubble Bath
Heart Quilt made with lace doilies
Valentine Sachet - cross stitch
Valentine's Heart Wreath
Victorian Heart Wreath
Heart quilt
Cupid's Arrow Party Favors
Valentine Candle Caddy
Cupid Doll
Satin Heart Box
Etched Glass Valentine Frame
Heart and Angel Pattern - Plastic Canvas
Beaded Heart Earrings
Crochet Valentine Earrings
Double Heart Wreath
Rose Petal Napkin Rings
Valentine Candles
Valentine Rose Pen
Silk Jigsaw Puzzle Heart
Cupid Poop
Keepsake Rose Hearts
Long Stemmed Sweets
Printable Fabric Quilt Pillow
Scented Doily Sachet
Fuzzy Heart Pillow
Valentine Mailbox
Valentine Gift Sachets
Love Coupons
Heart Mosaic Trivet
Mini Fabric Heart Basket
Scented Bath Oil
Cherish Scrapbook Kit
Wire Heart
Heart Keychain
Lotsa Love Tote
Valentine Door Hanger
Printable Romantic Dinner Set
Valentine CD/DVD Labels
Mosaic Heart Box
Crochet Heart Doily
Printable Valentine Applique
Valentine Iron-ons
Fabric Conversation Hearts
Applique Hearts Patterns
Love Beads
Heart Knitted Socks
Knitted Heart Dishcloth
Lace Heart Bookmark
Felted Heart Pillow
Heart Wall Basket

Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids
Valentine Necklace
Heart Pinwheels
Valentine's Games from the Past
Valentine's Candy Bracelet
Framed Heart Peyote Pattern
Beaded Valentine Day Heart
Valentine Wreaths
Fingerprint Hearts
Heart Stamp Roller
Valentine Party Straws
Valentine Party Games

Valentine Clipart and images
Valentine's clip art
Victorian Valentines
Valentine Flowers clipart

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Arts & Crafts Coupons - February 2006

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AllCrafts.net Celebration Sweepstakes

AllCrafts.net is celebrating our 5th year online! We've grown over the years - 20+ crafts categories and more than 200 pages in the website. We're holding a year-long Celebration Sweepstakes, with a new prize each month. Current email subscribers to this newsletter are automatically entered, but if you'd like to update your info, use the entry form.

Win this book package from How-to-Quilt.com in your choice of instant download or printed copies:

A Beginner's Guide to Quilting
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Rag Quilt in a Weekend!
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Quilt Mail Greetings
Send fabric greetings to your family and friends through the mail.

Quilt Mail Greetings for Valentine's Day
In just 7 easy steps and using fabric scraps from your stash or brand new fabric from the quilt shop, their Valentine's Day will be one to remember.

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Friday, January 13, 2006

Gemstones Crossword

Here's a good challenge for our jewelry-makers. Try our crafts crossword puzzle.

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Arts & Crafts Coupons

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40% off the regular price of one item with $20+ order. Code: january6111 Exp. 1/31/06

YarnCity
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Scrapbooking is all-new!

An overhaul was overdue for Scrapbooking at AllCrafts.net. Scrapbooking is a popular topic online. We've found hundred and hundreds of free scrapbooking downloads, articles, techniques and layout galleries.

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Shutterfly Review and Tutorial

We've just finished a comprehensive review and tutorial on using Shutterfly.com. Read it online.

Categories: Computer Crafts, Crafts Book Reviews, Newsletter, Scrapbooking
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Scrapbooking Comparison Shopping

Browse several stores at once. It's alot of fun.

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Firefox Search Plugin for AllCrafts

If you are using the Firefox web browser, you can add AllCrafts.net search to your browser. Search AllCrafts.net from anywhere.

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Monday, November 14, 2005

Free Custom Holiday Cards from VistaPrint


Free Custom Holiday Cards

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New Projects in Christmas Crafts

Christmas Crafts is all-new! Here's some of the free projects added:
Snowman Nativity
Beaded Ornament Hooks
Cinnamon-Apple Wreath
Lace Snowflakes
Candy Cane Planter
Crystal Swirl Ornaments
Tomato Cage Christmas Tree
Let It Snow Foam Hanger
Paper Mache Reindeer
Bleach Bottle Santa
Giant Candy Cane
Felt Holiday Calendar
Santa's Special Night Shadowbox
Crystal Snow Votives
Gingerbread Birdhouse
Snowman Banner
Jingle Bell Bracelet
Cinnamon Stick Angel
Paper Plate Snowman
Snowman Bubble Ball
Embroidery Floss Wreath Pins
Paper Plate Snowman
Sugar Ornaments
Easy Candy Cane Card
Jingle Bell Angel
Kids Christmas Crafts Ideas
Golden Tree Top Angel
Santa Hat Chair Back

Silver Bells Aluminum Wreath
Corner Hanger Santa
Melting Wooden Snowman
Waving Santa
Baby's First Ornament
Chef & Nurse Ornament
Drinking Straw Ornaments
Joyful Penguins
Snowmen Topiary
Vintage Postcard Ornaments
Pinecone Reindeer
Pinecone Bow
Easy Crochet Cotton Angel
Advent Mural
Countdown to Christmas Wreath
Pony Bead Santa
Pony Bead Snowman
Christmas Colored Popcorn
Vellum Poinsettia Card
Warm Winter Wishes
Puppy Ornament
Christmas Kitty Ornament
Advent Paper Chain
Holiday Pet Collars
Easy Wine & Gift Bags
Christmas Stocking Tree Stand
Eyelet Angel
Crocheted Stocking

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Newsletter Intro and Craft Coupons

Hello Crafters!

Welcome to the AllC rafts Update, the email newsletter of All Crafts.net, the Free Crafts Network. www.allcrafts.net

Changing your email address?
We've added a form to change your email address on our mailing list. It's on the same page as the forms to add and remove your emailing address. Click here.

Christmas Crafts Section
Though Christmas Crafts has always been one of our largest sections, we've found even more great new Christmas craft ideas. Visit the updated page - Christmas Crafts at AllCrafts.net

Wouldn't it be nice to knit gifts for the children this year? Time's running short, but some of the projects in the book review are easy and quick. They will definitely be remembered.

Do you need a gift for a quilter? Stash Envy is a funny book of essays about quilting. Even though I was in a hurry, I couldn't help reading it for 15 minutes in the bookstore. I laughed out loud.

 

Arts & Crafts Coupons

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Quilt Card Greetings

Looking for a small, fun project that will make your friends and family smile? Wouldn’t it be fun to spend time on a quilting project and send memorable greetings to your family and friends?

Quilt Card Greetings from www.How-to-Quilt.com

Quilt Card Greetings are perfect! Make them and mail them. Unique and memorable greetings for any celebration – birthdays, Valentines’ Day, Christmas, Chanukah or just to say “Hi.”

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AllCrafts.net Arts & Crafts Book Review - New Knits on the Block: A Guide to Knitting What Kids Really Want

New Knits on the Block: A Guide to Knitting What Kids Really Want
by Vickie Howell

I hesitated to review a knitting pattern book, since I cannot vouch for each pattern and patterns are essentially the book. But this book suprised me and charmed me. There are 25 projects for children. No sweaters and scarves, just costumes and toys and silly things for kids.

The projects are mostly beginner to intermediate. They're rated by how much time needed to complete the project. Here's some of the patterns included:

  • Fireman hat
  • Mermaid outfit
  • Unicorn hat
  • King's crown
  • Tool set with pouch
  • Super kid cape
  • Ancient Egyptian outfit
  • Knight costume
  • Pirate bath set
  • Alien tooth fairy pillow
  • Robot jammie bag
  • Hawaiian oufit
  • Viking costume
  • Sleeping bag

This book assumes that you can knit. The first chapter shows special techniques like felting (used in a wizard's hat) and how to knit i-cord. You may recognize the author from Knitty Gritty, a knitting show on DIY Network.

Ready to knit something unique for the kids in your life? I think you'll be pleased with this wonderful book.

New Knits on the Block: A Guide to Knitting What Kids Really Want

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Monday, October 24, 2005

AllCrafts.net Crossword Puzzle - Halloween



Halloween Crossword
Ghosts, and goblins, and things that go "Boo!" Try our crafts crossword puzzle. Categories: Crafts Crosswords, Halloween Crafts, Newsletter
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Hello from Wendy - Newsletter

The latest issue of the AllCrafts Update has been emailed. We'll summarize it for the blog. More info about the newsletter can be found here. The current issue is always available at http://www.allcrafts.net/news/

Christmas is coming...
The Christmas Crafts section at AllCrafts.net will be updated for our next email newsletter. Looking for a Christmas Craft? Do you have a great Christmas Crafts resource?

Gemini Dreams Beads is a large website for all things jewelry-making and beading. If we've inspired you with our new Beading page, this is a good place to get started. Their sale prices are great. Enjoy! Categories: Beading and Jewelry-making, Crafts Supplies, Newsletter
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AllCrafts.net Arts & Crafts Book Review - Make Money Making Scrapbooks for Others

Make Money Making Scrapbooks for Others: The Complete guide for Creating the Career of Your Dreams by Sue DiFranco

Wondering if you could work from home, doing the craft you love? Well, if you have a talent for scrapbooking, you may be in luck. This book is a thorough and encouraging guide to every aspect of starting and succeeding as a Custom Scrapbook Artist (CSA).

The 3 main sections of the book are: (1) Starting a CSA business, 2) How to be a CSA, and, 3) Marketing your business.

There are many issues to consider when opening a home-based business. From local zoning laws, to registering a business name and a domain name, a business owner needs to make careful decisions. There is excellent info in these chapters to guide you in starting your business right. The checklist at the end of the chapter is handy for any businessperson.

Once the basics of a business are covered, the book moves to the details of being a Custom Scrapbook Artist, and really begins to excel. This author is not afraid to tackle difficult issues head-on, and she begins with the thorny topics of copyright and supplies. Avoid the pitfalls when you are reselling scrapbook supplies in albums to your clients by reading this chapter. It's good info.

Many business crafts books give little attention to teaching pricing, while it is usually a craftsperson's first and recurring question. The pricing chapter considers the issue from different perspectives, giving you tools to apply to your marketplace.

I enjoyed the detailed example of arranging a client consultation - before the meeting, confirming the meeting, what to bring, and more. Being well prepared for working with your client and their photos will help make the entire album go more smoothly.

Marketing your business is the largest section of this book. No marketing experience is necessary - it begins with the basics. The next chapters provide enough business promotion ideas to last for years. Many of these techniques are applicable to any business. Here are some of the topics - "Almost" Free Marketing, Direct Mail, Publicity, and Paid Advertising.

After you've become a bit established, your business will be ready to try the more advanced techniques. She suggests ways of marketing to niches, and adding items and services. Plenty to keep your business humming along.

This book is up-to-date - websites and pay-per-click search engine marketing are discussed. There is an extensive reference section of vendors and groups to contact. A CD containing documents to help you in your business, including a sample contract, is included.

The tone of the book is encouraging while presenting a great deal of specific practical information. It covers many issues that I had not considered, including the tricky topics of supplies, pricing, and customer contracts. Many of the ideas and tips are helpful for any home-based business.

If you are considering this career choice, I highly recommend this book. You will return to it again and again - as you begin as a CSA, and while running your business.

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New Projects in Beading and Jewelry-making

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

Crimp Bead Technique
Beaded Jewelry Reference
Beaded Aqua Lariat
Egyptian Earrings
Stitch Markers for Knitting
Hollow Tube Beads
Hand Knotted Rosary Beads
Bead Charm Bracelet
#1 Dad Mini Beaded Banner
Beaded Key Chain for Mom
Candy Corn Keychain
Crayon & Pencil Beadies
Loom Beading Alphabet
Beaded Roses
Wire & Ribbon Necklace
Handbag Charms
Beaded Star Card
Beaded Hipster Belt
Beaded Tree Decoration
Loop Clasp Beaded Bracelet
Beaded Star & Icicle
Funky Fimo Jewellery
Moebius Bead
Beaded Flip Flops

Fashion Chandelier Earrings
Jeweled Drop Earrings
Floating Illusion Necklace
Beaded Pink Panther Ring
Wire Wrapped Gemstone Necklace
Beaded Poodle Dog
Beaded Valentine Day Heart
Beaded Christmas Tree
Beaded Crystal Lamp
Beaded Lighthouse Lamp
Photo Mobile
Cell Phone Charms
Beaded Tablecloth Weights
Bugle Bead Bracelet
Bead & Ribbon Bookmark
Bead Basics
Test Tube Tussie Mussie
Framed Heart Peyote Pattern
Basic Jewelry Findings
Right Angle Weave Bracelet
Beaded Mesh Pencil Holder
Art Clay Pendant
Memory Wire Bracelet

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Saturday, October 15, 2005

New - Buy text ads at AllCrafts.net

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Monday, July 04, 2005

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Here's animated arts & crafts headlines, automatically updated from the AllCrafts Update Blog


Arts & Crafts News & Projects

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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Gardening Crossword - AllCrafts.net Crossword Puzzle

This time of year, I can't get gardening off my mind. Here's a hint - drought tolerant landscaping starts with an X. Test your knowledge with our crafts crossword puzzle. Categories: Crafts Crosswords, Gardening, Newsletter
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New Projects in Kids Crafts

The Kids Crafts section is all-new!

KIDS CRAFTS PROJECTS ADDED

Flower and Leaf Press
Water Scope
Art Printables
Make Your Own Marbles
Braided Jump Rope
Flowers in a Vase Mother's Day Card
Kids Craft Recipe Factory
Clay Recipes and More
Garden in a Baby Food Jar
Kid Printables
Holiday & Seasonal Printables
Printable Solar System
Printable Dollhouse Items
Printable Dinosaur Models
Printable Haunted House
World Record Paper Airplane
Free Coloring Pages
Preschool Pages
Birthday Party Themes
Personalized Invitations to Print
DragonFly Pins
Plastic Egg Bunnies
Calendars
Calico Roses
Handprint Elf Ornament
Baby Food Jar Snowmen
Shoeprint Reindeer
Crayon School Box
Pipe Cleaner Bugs
Friendship Bracelet
Alien Cross-Stitch
God's Eyes
String Art Sailboat
Small Plastic Canvas Box
Hardanger for Kids
Jeans Pocket Pouch
Autumn Leaves Birds
Homemade Chalkboard
Autograph Book
Printable Paper Dolls
Photo Frames from CD Boxes
Homemade Puffy Paint
Dream Catcher
Holiday Pony Bead Patterns
Beaded Safety Pin Swaps Categories: Kids Crafts, Newsletter
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Patchwork Puzzle Balls Book Review

AllCrafts.net Arts & Crafts Book Review
Patchwork Puzzle Balls
by Jinny Beyer

Oh - these are too cute! First, there were fabric boxes and bowls - which I love! Now, try your hand at fabric balls.

Let me admit my bias - I like cute, clever projects. Jinny Beyer has done the math and laid it all out in clear steps. Plus, you can use up all those fabric scraps that you just can't throw away!

There are more than a dozen projects in this book and they are a good variety on this one theme. Since this book is by Jinny Beyer, the color schemes are inspiring and some of the projects make good use of border prints.

What will you do with fabric balls? Use them in home decor, for the children in your life, as cute baby gifts and more. The designs start simple and get sophisticated. The temari style balls would make a lovely gift, too.

Patchwork Puzzle Balls at Amazon.com. Categories: Crafts Book Reviews, Newsletter, Quilting
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AllCrafts.net Update - Lots of new free arts and crafts projects

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Hello Crafters!

Welcome to the AllCrafts Update, the email newsletter of AllCrafts.net, the Free Crafts Network. www.allcrafts.net

Just in time for summer, the Kids Crafts page is all-new! We've organized the page into categories, and added more types of kids crafts. There are many new ideas, plus some classic kid crafts listed. If you don't have any kids around at the moment, you may want to borrow one or two, because some of the project are so fun!

I'll post each article from this newsletter. Categories: Kids Crafts, Newsletter
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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

S&S Kids' Arts & Crafts Showcase

Kids Crafts Alert - I found this wonderful gallery of kids crafts projects here at S&S Crafts Supplies S&S Kids' Arts & Crafts Showcase!
S&S Kids' Arts & Crafts Showcase

They have an awesome selection of kids crafts - great for groups this summer. Lots and lots of Craft Kits Categories: Crafts Supplies, Kids Crafts, Newsletter
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Findings & Finishings Book Review

AllCrafts.net Arts & Crafts Book Review
Findings & Finishings: A Beadwork How-To Book
by Sharon Bateman


The opening chapters give a simple but thorough overview of beads, threads, wires, tools you'll need, and the basics of working with beads and wire.

True to the title, the strength of this book is her chapters on findings and finishings. These ending details can take your bead work from homemade to wow!

The photos and instructions are very comprehensive. This book includes at least 100 different techniques using purchased findings and ones you make yourself. All types of findings are covered:

* Head and Eye Pins
* Spacing Bars and Connectors
* Terminals
* Spacers
* Crimps
* Clasps
* Ear Wires
* Pins

Many of these ideas are very innovative. I was even more fascinated by the finishings chapters. They included some great ideas for edges, fringes and original beadwork on findings.

The photo gallery will inspire you to branch out from her ideas even more. Highly recommended to take your beadwork to a new level of expertise.

Findings & Finishings: A Beadwork How-To Book at Amazon.com
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Quilting Crossword - AllCrafts.net Crossword Puzzle

Think you know all about quilting? I can't say more - I'll give away some answers! Test your knowledge with our crafts crossword puzzle. Categories: Crafts Crosswords, Newsletter, Quilting
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Sewing at AllCrafts.net Updated

The Sewing section at AllCrafts.net is all-new! Lots of new books - isn't it time to clean out your old sewing books and try some new ones? You could even sell the older ones on Half.com.

All of the free projects have been updated. Lots of new free projects, too.

Here are the new projects added to the Sewing section.

Online Sewing Book
Pumpkin Placemat
Striped Placemat
Shower Curtain
Window Scarf
Slip-Covered Dining Chair
Duvet Cover
Pillow Shams
Measuring for Windows
Creating the Broomstick Look
Poncho
Machine Hems
Recycled Jeans Skirt
Fabric Lunchsack
How to Use a Serger
Buying a Serger
Serging Stretchy Fabrics
Serger Tips
Embroidery Machine Terms
Puff Embroidery
Sewing Machine Maintenance
Evening Bags
Autumn Tablecloth
Fleece Car Organizer
Serged Windsock
Fleece Ball
Wheelchair Tote
Online Sewing Lessons
Free Sewing Software
Lots of links to Juice Pouch or KoolAid purses and ideas
Clutch Purse
Online Sewing Lessons
Wheelchair or Walker Caddies
Casserole Tote
Serger Keyboard & Mouse Wrist Rests
Embroidered Mantle Scarf
Embroidery Jewel Boxes
Baby Towel Bathrobe
Gingerbread Man
Heirloom Stitches Dress
Humpty Dumpty Doll
Placemat Purse
Zipper Pocket for Handbags
Using the Ruffler Sewing Machine Foot
Gingerbread Man Wreath
Doll Pincushion
Doll Grocery Bag Recycler
Paperback Book Cover
Triangle Head Scarf
Patriotic Picnic Set
Reversible Sweatshirt Jacket
Gathered Strips Rag Rug
Scented Hanger Covers
Denim Place Mats
Golf Club Cover-ups Categories: Newsletter, Sewing
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Monday, May 23, 2005

AllCrafts.net Crossword Puzzle - Paper-Crafts Crossword

Think you know scrapbooking, rubber stamps and card-making? Test your knowledge with our crafts crossword puzzle.

Categories: Crafts Crosswords, Newsletter, Paper Crafts
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AllCrafts.net Arts & Crafts Book Review - Hip Handbags: Creating & Embellishing 40 Great-Looking Bags

Hip Handbags: Creating & Embellishing 40 Great-Looking Bags 

This book gives you the patterns & instructions to create seven basic handbag and shoulderbag types. Then the author shows you creative materials and embellishments that will inspire you to create a truly individual purse. Each variation is explained thoroughly. Several new techniques are shown in these projects.
All of the essential purse shapes are covered - clutch, tote, large purse, messenger bag, envelope and more. The patterns are in the text on graph paper. They're easy to scan into the computer and create any size.
This book begins with a great introduction on designing handbags. Just this section alone made me consider several projects. If you just want to dip your toes into making purses, the first few projects use ready-made purses.
Another chapter discusses fabric choices in depth and illustrates basic techniques like lining and pockets. These construction details help you customize your designs.
My favorite thing about this book is that this approach really teaches you to design your own bags. It is very clear how to follow one of the designs, but they also provide that extra information to help you if you stray away from the pattern, as I usually do…

Finally, if you would like to go totally hip with your bags, there's an outrageous photo gallery of the most modern of handbags.

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