Thursday, July 30, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Ties That Bind
A Collaboration of Love
All proceeds from this book go
to Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF)
Click the link below to get a preview
and order your copy today!
Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery Check out a A Floral-tasticly good project from the new book- Kanzashi in Bloom
The Artful Crafter Do you know what a bead board is? No, not the kind you nail to the wall. LOL. http://the-artful-crafter.blogspot.com/2009/07/bead-stringing-boards.html
The Impatient Crafter Madge shares a couple of sneak peeks of some mixed media jewelry she's created to wear to the CHA Show!
Vickie Howell-Craft.Rock.Love 25 Signs that you love to create!
About Family Crafts Is it too early to start thinking about Halloween crafting? How early do you start your Halloween planning?
About.com Cross Stitch Can You Stitch and Ride? Connie barely can and she wants to hear what your situation is - be sure to read the comments and add your own.
Cathie Filian Whip up a custom belt buckle with a little paper, creativity and Dimensional Magic.
Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world This week at Craftside there are tutorials on how to do recycled paper napkin casting, make a movable fighting girl element, an interview with Norma V. Toraya author of Paper Puppet Palooza, a video on how to die cut and needle felt a bookmark from a recycled wool sweater and how to create a window for pressed botanicals in your gathering journal.
Crafty Princess Diaries If you have always wanted to make your own crafting video but didn't think you had the techie know-how, then you'll love this new free software the Crafty Princess recently discovered.
Mixed Media Artist If you get inspired by seeing fabulous work by other artists, check out some of the fabulous profiles that Cyndi has posted!
Naughty Secretary Club Jen takes some of her favorite free embroidery patterns on the net and transforms them into plush dolls.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I use....label A., B., or label C. ?
Monday, July 20, 2009
The Artful Crafter Eileen shows you how to make a multi-strand fiber bracelet.
The Crochet Dude Drew reviews the new Simplicity Rotary Cutting Machine - offers up a free crocheted project using fabric strips - and he's giving away a Rotary Cutting Machine to one lucky commenter!
The Impatient Crafter Madge shows you how to make a quick and easy Altered Chinese Paper Lantern in her first post on Kid/Teen Crafts for I Love to Create!
Vickie Howell-Craft.Rock.Love Check out Vickie's free pattern for a knitted lace, iPhone cozy!
Crafty Princess Diaries Have you thought about taking your craft hobby to a different level? Tammy has some thoughts to consider before crossing over the hobby/professional line.
CraftyPod SisterDiane is thrilled to unveil her new ebook, Weaving Un-Loomed: Simple Ways to Weave Cool Things.
Cross Stitch at About.com Have fun trying out these new free Candlewicking patterns Connie's sharing. If you use one, send in a photo to show it off!
Mixed Media Artist Using two very different book pages, you can create a found poem for an altered book...or just because!
Naughty Secretary Club Jen shares clever and crafty uses for suitcases that have nothing to do with holding clothing. Side tables, laptop cases and portable craft studios oh my!
Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery Drink Mermaids take the plunge into some silver paint and get transformed into some swimmingly fun necklaces inspired by the wonderfully innovative book- A Charming Exchange.
About Family Crafts I need your help! Be the first to submit a photo of this completed craft and be featured on the Family Crafts site!
Alexa Westerfield a.k.a. Swelldesigner Alexa shares the mentall process behind creating a post on her swell craft blog
Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world Craftside's got a how-to's on bleaching photos and juxtaposing images, a mixed-media journal out of a wide variety of recycled materials and a video with Scatha G. Allison where she shows the incredible designs from her book Jean Therapy. Be sure to answer the day's questions to be entered to win a free book!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
As many of you know I've been part of an art doll project to help raise money for Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) . It's a collaborative project with the help of almost 100 amazing artists. Our goal is to raise $10,000 dollars by the end of September which is Ovarian Cancer Month. At the end of September a lucky individuals' name will be drawn and they will win the amazing art doll. I know many people who hope to win her just so they can donate the doll, since not every body has room for her. We still need your help we are at $2311. There are several ways you can help:
- Vote for the project to be featured on the cover of this magazine. The exposure would be great and this takes less than a minute of your time. Voting ends, Fri 24 Jul 09.
- Buy tickets to win the doll- tickets are 1 of $5 or 6 for $20. The drawing will be 30 Sep 09.
- Make a donation
- Share with your friends and family. Print bookmarks or fliers HERE to help us spread the word.
- And last but not least purchase a Ties That Bind book. You can view some of the pages of the book HERE! It's a 7x7 book with 68 pages of beautiful art, quotes and inspirational stories
Friday, July 17, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
About Family Crafts As a parent, one of the biggest crafting dilemmas you may face is what to do with all the wonderful masterpieces your child creates. How do you display each piece so it gets the attention it deserves?
Cathie Filian When you need a crafty break - whip up this quick and easy snack of homemade hummus and baked bagel chips.
Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world This week at Craftside there is the latest episode of Look, Learn & Create featuring the fabulous cloth doll artist, Patti Medaris Culea, a fun vegan recipe for Frushi (fruit sushi), a how-to on making a tennis ball training tool, and an Illustrator tutorial to make a digital word ATC and as always a bunch of questions that if you answer you are entered to win a free book!
Crafty Princess Diaries Have you thought of starting your own craft weblog? Here is why crafting rocks when it comes to niche blogging.
Cross Stitch at About.com What do you do with odds and ends of embroidery floss? Read these ideas and share your own.
Mixed Media Artist Do not fear...making altered books will not cause lightning to strike you!
Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery Dada Mosaic, or is it surreal? You be the judge.
The Artful Crafter If you’re a polymer clay beginner or just want a quick professional looking project, use molds!
The Crochet Dude See a sneak peek video of Drew's new pattern line that launches August 1st!
The Impatient Crafter Madge shares the 411 on how she made a gorgeous crystal, rubber and exposed wire collar inspired by African jewelry.
Vickie Howell-Craft.Rock.Love Vickie's 10 Craft Tips for Busy Parents!
Friday, July 10, 2009
Update: Click HERE to view all of my finished felt banners
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
We have a chance to get our ovarian cancer charity project on the cover of a northern CA magazine. All we need is votes. Our project benefits the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
Only one vote per email is allowed, please use any emails you have. A confirmation email will be sent immediately to the emails you use...you must confirm the vote from each email address.
Monday, July 06, 2009
This puts things into perspective:
While the focus today, tomorrow and for the next God-knows-how-many-days will be the death of a pop culture icon; while many will mourn, wail and quite literally make fools of themselves over it and while as many will speak endlessly about it, allow me, if only for a moment, to remind us all that others have died this month; others whose lives were cut short; others who leave behind loved ones and whose families will dearly miss them; families who'll suffer with much more dignity and honor than we'll be exposed to on the tube in the coming days.
Yes... it's true... we've suffered a great loss... but forgive me while I tell you that I'm not talking about the king of pop music.
These American military members died in Iraq this month:
Sergeant Justin J. Duffy
Let's remember and honor this day those whose deaths are truly impacting.
Sunday, July 05, 2009
Stuffed 8 Ball Zucchinis
Hubby planted a new (to us) variety of zucchini plants this year called 8 Ball Zucchinis. They seem to be growing much better then regular zucchini. 8 balls are called that because they're suppose to be picked when they're about the size of a hard ball. They're perfect for stuffing. We've also found them to be a bit sweeter then regular zucchini.
Here's my recipe-keep in mind I used what I had on hand, it can be easily adapted and changed as desired.
- 1/2 lb. Turkey Sausage
- 1 medium onion diced
- 1 Box of Zatarains Rice Pilaf
- Zucchini Pulp removed from centers.
- Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes
- 1/2 tsp. of Curry Powder
- 1 C. Grated Cheese (I used cheddar and Jack)
Cut stem side tops off--for the non-stem side, trim a little off to make a flat base on the rounder ones. Scoop out pulp, leaving a 1/4-inch shell and set aside to use later. Brown sausage and drain, saute onion and zucchini pulp. Cook rice pilaf as directed when done add in sausage, onion, zucchini pulp and seasoning. Mix well and when rice mixture has cooled some add grated cheese and mix well.
Fill shells. Sprinkle each stuffed shell with grated cheese. Place stuffed 8 balls in a pan lined with foil and sprayed with Pam cooking spray. Bake at 350° about 20 minutes, or until zucchini is tender.
Saturday, July 04, 2009
The Artful Crafter Eileen suggests you go shopping for craft supplies in your jewelry box and closet. Make an old accessory into something new and fresh.
The Impatient Crafter Madge shares the clip from her recent appearance on Lifetime TV's The Balancing Act for Beadalon.
Vickie Howell-Craft.Rock.Love Learn how to finger knit with Vickie's step-by-step how-to, featured on the CRAFT website!
Crafty Princess Diaries Tammy shows off her cool new sewing cabinet that was surprisingly inexpensive.
Cross Stitch at About.com Why no knots in Counted Cross Stitch? Find out why and how to secure your floss in alternate ways.
Mixed Media Artist Cyndi reports on her experiences with using the new CopprClay. This stuff rocks!
Naughty Secretary Club Thinking about starting up your own craft business? Jen has a few suggestions of things you might consider first. Plus learn how you can take a Crafty Business Seminar with Jen from anywhere in the world!
Cathie Filian It is summer and that means beach & pool time! Visit Cathie Filian's blog to learn how to stotch up a terry beach throw.
Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world At Craftside there is a bling-tastic video on hand lettering with Lisa Engelbrecht, from the new book The Crafter's Devotional a how to make a leather book cover and flag cuffs made from a book cover, an "actual size" silver heart using PMC, and a fun snack recipe.
Friday, July 03, 2009
Thursday, July 02, 2009
6. Go to Layers > Properties and set Opacity to 35-60 (the level of opacity depends on how light or dark your background is-the above sample was set at 50 opacity) OK out of window.
How to Create an Alt Key Copyright Symbol
© - Hold down the ALT key with your left hand and use your right hand to enter the numbers 0169 on the number pad. Release the Alt key and the symbol © will appear.