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08/31/2013 22:09:00 PM
Bella Crafts Quarterly, Fall Chic By Bella Crafts in Bella Crafts Quarterly 40 pagesFREE to download and read onlineIn this Fall Chic issue, we get in-depth with projects that will show you how to work
08/07/2013 15:47:00 PM
It is always fun to make chocolate-chip cookies and Pillsbury just made it more fun for me.
06/01/2013 09:14:00 AM
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This handmade Mother's Day gift card was create with a brand-new rubber stamp line.
05/01/2013 12:43:00 PM
Ah, the lazy days of summer!
04/26/2013 15:05:00 PM
Craft your own little zoo with this wonderful craft book.
04/04/2013 11:02:00 AM
On Monday April 8, I will guest post on Bella Craft Quarterlys Blog.
03/26/2013 14:05:00 PM
Spring into Spring!
03/12/2013 09:49:00 AM
This quick spring craft is a great way to decorate your home for the spring season.
03/12/2013 09:26:00 AM
Easter Duct Tape Bunny PurseThis spring, you need a little duck to make a bunny!
02/12/2013 09:02:00 AM
Who said you can't play with your food?
01/25/2013 12:20:00 PM
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Celebrate Love -- with crafts.
01/07/2013 08:29:00 AM
Baby, it's cold out there!
12/07/2012 10:22:00 AM
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11/29/2012 12:29:00 PM
Im often asked to review products and books and a company will send me the product or the book.
11/19/2012 12:09:00 PM
11/02/2012 10:36:00 AM
Getting ready for Thanksgiving?
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The cards come with instructions how to get them ready
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10/12/2012 19:34:00 PM
Faux Leather Bracelet
I am very excited to take part in the Makin's Clay Blog Hop. My project is super easy to create. Fast to create too.
You know that individual water bottle that you are tossing into the recycle bin? Take the top and bottom off one bottle. Then, slip the cut bottle onto your wrist like you would a bracelet. Is it too large? Cut the bottle and tighten it as
10/12/2012 19:19:00 PM
After you get your FREE download of Bella Crafts Quarterly, make sure to read this great post!
What You Need to Know BEFORE Selling Your Crafts
10/12/2012 18:00:00 PM
Last Sunday, I had the honor of demonstrating the new Tulip ScreenIt at Michaels Arts and Crafts Store in Dickson City, PA.
Regina, from Michaels, was so helpful and I really enjoyed the time I spent with her. She made sure I was next to the front door and even brought additional boxes of the ScreenIt for the display.
It was so much fun to print my designs on the cotton fabric. I also
10/06/2012 04:30:00 AM
Happy Card Making Day!
Halloween is such a fun time. Try making this great card for your Halloween party. You can get the free instructions and downloads to make this card. It is a card that I created for Velcro.
When you are finished with that download. Make sure to come back here and get your free copy of our new craft magazine: Bella Crafts Quarterly. It's our Halloween issue.
10/04/2012 14:53:00 PM
I am thrilled
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Bella Crafts Quarterly is your inspiration for a creative life.
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e-readers. The digital
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10/01/2012 02:00:00 AM
Welcome to the October
Designer Craft Connections Blog Hop
This month, I created two Halloween wine labels for to use at Halloween.
These elegant Halloween
wine labels, that I made, can be found in the Bella Crafts Quarterly, a free
digital craft publication. Click here to visit the "Current Issue" page so you can download the free publication with my wine label article.
09/23/2012 22:33:00 PM
As a craft Blogger, I am often asked to review products and books. This week I would like to share a new book, How to Make Stuffed Animals by Sian Keegan.
Quarry Books will giveaway one free copy of this book to one of my blog readers from the USA or Canada.
Would you like to be the lucky person to receive this beautiful book?
Please leave your email address and
09/08/2012 00:00:00 AM
Welcome to the Designer Craft Connection Blog Hop.
Crafty KT Sponsors The KOOL TAK Manufacturer Challenge: Fabulously-Fall
Join us September 8 to September 18 and visit the blogs of 12 professional and creative craft designers as they show you how to create some great fall projects with Kool Tak products.
Make sure to ENTER the The Kool Tak GIVEAWAY HERE,
09/02/2012 04:38:00 AM
Designer Craft Connections September Blog Hop
Theme Material: VintageProject: Vintage Lace Pendant
The Designer Craft Connection Blog Hop is a group of Professional Craft Designers who come together each month to inspire you to create.
This month we are using old or vintage objects in our projects. My project uses vintage lance and some old buttons from my button collection.
While I used the
08/26/2012 20:34:00 PM
CraftyKT.com is sponsoring aKOOL TAK Manufacturer Challenge: Fabulously-Fall Blog Hopand you are invited!
Visit our blogs from September 8 to September 18 to find some great fall projects that you can create using the Kool Tak Layer Perfect and other great Kool Tak products.
During September 8 to September 18 just click on the Designer Craft Connections linky on the side column of my blog
08/05/2012 19:21:00 PM
The CHA Design Members hold their section meeting at the CHA summer and winter shows. This summer was no exception. However, before the start of our meeting, we were able to have some great products as door prizes for the CHA Design Members who attended our early morning meeting.
CHA Manufacturers are known for their generosity and the munificence gifts for the door prizes were breathtaking.
07/20/2012 11:34:00 AM
The excitement is building.....Hurry, join me and othersClick on the video below to learn about this great inspiring movement coming in January of 2013.
I'm so excited and you will be too!
Make sure to visit CHA on Facebook!
07/17/2012 04:50:00 AM
Once a year, the Craft and Hobby Association holds its annual summer show in Chicago and they ask twenty of their Professional Design Members to create a mixed-media dress for display in the main hall.
My entry, Enchanted Beach Dress is created from white Mulberry paper and a white silk scarf, which I batiked.
If you ever worked with Mulberry paper, you know that it tears quickly when wet.
07/02/2012 00:38:00 AM
Welcome to the Craft Connections First-Monday of the Month Blog Hop. This month is about Vacations and Crafting. If you missed last months blog hop post, you can check it out here!
Enchanting Vacation Necklace
There is something soothing and relaxing as you sit on the beach with a good book. The hint of sunscreen mixes in with clean ocean breeze. Our favorite vacation centers around
06/25/2012 10:03:00 AM
There is always that feeling. Its small and fleeting, but its always there. Its that tiny feeling right after you accept that special job or face a big project. Its a short moment of time. It always appears when a project is new to you. It comes right after that joy of hearing the word yes. Whats that feeling?
Thats the moment that you realize that you now have to achieve
06/21/2012 09:57:00 AM
There is a cooking show on TV that shows you how to alter packaged foods so they seem homemade. You can do the same in your crafting life. After all, who said crafting has to take hours? Altered art can take any form. Its just about changing appearances.
Recently, I fell in love with a bracelet from a local discount store. However, it just didnt have enough bling for me. I mean, who
06/11/2012 02:30:00 AM
Free Online Family History Research Guide
Why?Why would a craft blog have a Free Online Family Research Guide? Family-History Crafting is a fun way to preserve your history and teach other family members about their history. But, unless you know your history, you need to start somewhere.
As you start your research, you may find that your oral history (family lore) doesnt match with the
06/04/2012 01:50:00 AM
If there was one common thread among my ancestors, it was a love of the USA. This new home promised them opportunities that their former country could not. It promised jobs, land, and freedom.
Summer patriotic holidays were a chance to gather families, watch parades, and share a love of their new country.
My family didnt arrive in the USA on the Mayflower. So when I read
05/12/2012 02:00:00 AM
Metal-Stamping Vintage-Craft Frame
Impress Art Blog Hop
Add a touch of romance around your home with
this beautiful frame. Simple and quick
to create, it is the perfect summer addition to your home.
I was so excited when I received my Impress Art
supplies for this blog hop. They sent me
this great hammer that I saw at their booth during the Craft and Hobby
05/11/2012 01:30:00 AM
Gossamer wings and warm summer nights are the
inspiration for this ultra-feminine bracelet.
You dont have to worry about
knowing anything about making jewelry when you create this lovely piece. Its all about knowing the right products to
so simple to make that you can create one in every colored ribbon that calls
out to you.
05/09/2012 01:30:00 AM
I have a
little niece who loves playing dress up.
That includes wearing fun bracelets.
Inspired by summer and everything pink, I first designed this bracelet
with my niece in mind.
A garden fairy
dancing about on a warm summer evening, as fireflies encircle her hair like a
crown would surely love to wear this bracelet.
It is about fantasy, femininity, and pure delight.
05/08/2012 02:00:00 AM
Mixed-media is a very hot trend this summer. So, when the jewelry supply company, Cousin,
asked me to be their guest blogger, I knew that I wanted to create something
2012 Jewelry summer trend is that bracelets need to make a statement. They need to be bold and slightly over the
top. Look for items that mix fabric,
metals, and class.
bracelet is the
05/07/2012 02:00:00 AM
Monday of every month the Designer Craft Connection Blog Hop is where
Professional Craft Designers inspire you through our blog posts. Join us as we create a post that revolves
around one subject and each of the Professional Craft Designers in our group creates
a post about that subject. There are so
many great projects to inspire and captivate you.
05/04/2012 02:53:00 AM
What you need to know before selling your crafts.
Key Points to Remember
This past week we covered
some important elements that you should consider if you are going to sell your
crafts. The decisions you make can mean
the difference between making a sale or taking your crafts back home with you from
a craft fair.
05/03/2012 03:34:00 AM
What you need to know before selling your crafts.
Using Quality Materials
One of the main reasons you
are selling your crafts is to make money.
It is important to get the best price for your raw materials to lower
your cost so you can sell your crafts at a good price. However, if you use inexpensive materials
that look cheap, your finished
05/02/2012 02:44:00 AM
What you need to know before selling your crafts.
What You Should Know
Ever see a peacock in person?
His rich blues and purples mixed with a touch of green are beautiful to
behold. Hes designed to attract a
females attention. Nature gets it. Nature knows that color is important and so
should you when crafting.
As we discussed
05/01/2012 03:00:00 AM
What you need to know
before selling your crafts.
Know Your Market
When making crafts for
others, you must envision for whom you are designing that piece. Is your prospective client a mother who loves
dressing her little girl in creative clothing or decorating her childs room in
whimsical pieces? Is your prospective
client a young professional who
04/30/2012 03:33:00 AM
What you need to know
before selling your crafts.
Gift Card and Envelope Using Sizzix Dies
Its not everyday that I get
to attend a craft fair with my mom and nieces, so I was pretty excited as we
walked into the craft hall. After all,
craft fairs are a source of inspiration.
Thats where I had the idea of writing this series Craft-Selling
04/27/2012 01:49:00 AM
This is one of my favorite bracelets to wear and you will love it too. It's romantically rustic. You can get my instructions for this bracelet at cousins website.
04/25/2012 01:46:00 AM
Having bought a large gift for a baby shower, the pre-made bows at the store would look silly on top of the gift. I didnt know what to do. Then, I remembered those tissue paper flowers that are so easy to make. You can find instructions all over the internet.
Because it was a gift for a baby boy, I used shades of blue paper for the flower and green for the leaves on the bottom.
04/23/2012 01:41:00 AM
I love Facebook. It allows me to connect with my family and friends on a daily basis. It's fun seeing what is going on in their lives through their written posts and photos. It "ties" us together.
Through Facebook, I have located extended family, which allows our families to learn more about our histories and to reconnect. I have always enjoyed being with my cousins. Now, I have the joy of
04/20/2012 01:40:00 AM
My photograph for this Photo Friday is a little bracelet that I made with an old spoon. These are some of my favorite bracelets to make.
04/19/2012 01:34:00 AM
Needing an embellishment for a little girls gift, I decided to use a Butterfly die by Sizzix. I love this die because its so versatile. And, if you are going to invest in dies, you want to be able to use them in a lot of different ways. This is the same die that I used for the summer collage in Mondays post.
I glued the butterfly onto the white tag and used a pink ribbon to tie the tag
04/18/2012 01:30:00 AM
Make sure to pick up the June issue of Scrap and Stamp Arts for my Art Smarts! article on how to create Whimsy in your greeting cards and scrapbooking pages. This six-page article is jam packed with great information. Pick up a copy at your local store or from SSA online!
04/16/2012 01:31:00 AM
Give a spring and summer update to your little girls room with this fun project.
The entire project came together in minutes with a butterfly made from a Sizzix die. Pick out a few scrapbooking papers that coordinate with the colors of the room. Glue them onto a piece of cardboard and place them inside the frame.
Glue the butterfly to the papers. Add a fabric flower and some ribbon.
04/13/2012 02:25:00 AM
Forget Friday the 13th. Instead, check out one of my favorite pieces.
I love creating unique mixed-media collages.
This piece is about 4 by 4-inches and combines one of my digital collages and a polymer clay molding.
The clay is dusted with pigment powders for a bit of shimmer.
The base is a compressed paper, which makes the piece very light.
04/12/2012 01:17:00 AM
Midnight-Summer Fairys Bracelet
It was the warmest March on record here in the Northeast (for those who dont know, my husband is a meteorologist, so Im always aware of weather things). That was before we returned to a normal April. Still, I am dreaming of warm summer nights when fireflies light the darkness.
My longing for summer was the inspiration for this fun bracelet. It is a fusion of
04/11/2012 01:02:00 AM
Do you create craft projects that reuse everyday objects and materials? Are you very creative and love taking on a challenge? If so, celebrate Earth Month and enter Project ReMAKE.
Schick has joined forces with Amy Smart and Carter Oosterhouse (above) and Make Magazine to kick off Project ReMAKE.
It is an online contest that wants you to share your most creative ways to reuse everyday
04/10/2012 07:05:00 AM
Glitter Sneaker Project SheetSummer is coming up and I have a great new project sheet for you. These Glitter Sneakers will melt the heart of your little girl. And the great news for you is, they are simple and quick to create.
I made these for my niece and she loves how they sparkle in the sun. They are one of her favorite shoes to wear. You will love how easy they are to make with fabric
04/09/2012 01:32:00 AM
Style and DesignDo you love working in one medium? Many crafters do.
Or, are you more like me. Do you love working in many different mediums? You love the challenge of mixing mediums and techniques to create an unique piece of art?
As a professional craft designer, I work in a wide range of materials. One day I may be working with fabric paints or markers to create a childs wearable-art
04/06/2012 01:13:00 AM
The Making of An Easter Parade Bonnet Shared Pleasure
It is not easy finding small bunnies to place on the hat. So, we decided to use flowers instead.
While I used straight pins to anchor the bunny to the front of the hat, my six-year-old niece pushed the bunny cupcake toppers into the Styrofoam. She then added the Easter eggs by pushing toothpicks into the eggs and then the other end of
04/05/2012 01:07:00 AM
The Making of An Easter Parade Bonnet Prepping The Hat
My niece would be decorating the hat, but I wanted to make it an enjoyable experience for her. I also wanted to protect the hat so it could be used after the parade.
I went off to one of my favorite stores The Dollar Store. There, I not only looked for bunnies, but for something with which I could cover the crown of the hat. Thats
04/04/2012 00:45:00 AM
The Making of An Easter Parade Bonnet - The Challenge
You have to help me make an Easter Bonnet for my Parade, Aunt Carol. Yes, those are the words that will send a smile across the face of the most seasoned professional craft designer. Heres a chance to craft with my six-year-old niece. A thousand ideas float through my head as I ask her what she would like to create.
I want bunnies.
04/03/2012 04:47:00 AM
I come from a very talented family. My mom is an expert seamstress who made all of our clothes when we were growing up. She even made suites for my brothers and a tux for my dad. She has reupholster her favorite sofa a few times as well. She loves the sofas design and just cant part with the frame.
My mom and I get our talents from my grandmother, Juliana, and my grandfather, John.
04/02/2012 04:37:00 AM
This journal is simple and quick to make and is a great project for all ages.
The base is a manila folder to which poppy-red paper is glued. Inside pages are tied to the spine of the journal with matching ribbon.
Lace is glued to the front of the journal and then Tulip® Beads in a Bottle from ilovetocreate.com® are used to embellish the lace.
Tulip ® Glam-It-Up! Iron-On Studs
03/30/2012 04:15:00 AM
I received some of Cousins new Cousin Snap in Style and Make the Connection components from Cousin. Have to admit, it was a bit like Christmas to open the package and see all these beautiful jewelry pieces.
In seconds, I customized a Snap in Style necklace and bracelet to wear out to dinner that night. The necklace components just snapped together, making it simple and quick to interchange
03/29/2012 04:48:00 AM
While at the Craft and Hobby Association Winter Show, I was introduced the many great products by CraftGeek.
This fun punch creates that delicate lace edge around paper.
I tried it out and loved the ease with which I was able to create a lace-edge paper for a greeting card and a lace doily for a small gluten-free brownie.
The tool has guidelines that help you determine where to
03/28/2012 04:26:00 AM
The Internet is filled with a lot of creativity. Here, in alphabetical order, are my five favorite places to visit:
Betty Crocker - Purse Cake VideoBetty Crocker is the first major company to make gluten-free cake mixes. I may add a little extra gluten-free four (maybe a tablespoon or two) to the batter before trying to make these cake purses.
Cool to Craft - Cool to CraftThe name Tiffany
03/27/2012 04:33:00 AM
Pottery Barn is one of my favorite places to shop, so I thought I would share a fun item I picked up while shopping there.
The wire basket comes without any embellishment at all, which really caught my attention. I knew I would be able to embellish it in so many different ways and for many different occasions.
While I did purchase this basket, I would think they are easy to make providing you
03/26/2012 04:11:00 AM
One of my professional friends, Eileen Hull, has a great line of dies on Sizzix®. Her dies are created so you can use them in many different ways. Make sure to visit her Sizzix Spring Linky Party.
I needed a gift card and holder for my nieces birthday party, so I grabbed an old white gift box and made the folder and a gift card. I used dimensional bead paint to creat the white beads on the
03/23/2012 05:17:00 AM
Easter is fast approaching and this cute bunny purse is just ducky when you make it with Duct® Tape brand tape.
Use two 6-inch squares and three 1/2 by 6-inch strips of cardstock for the purse base. Cover the squares with pink duct tape and then sponge red alcohol ink onto the squares.
Attach the three strips of cardstock to the squares with pink duct tape.
The bunny is made by using Aleene's®
03/22/2012 05:47:00 AM
Have you ever wanted to create jewelry but just didnt know where to start? There is a new line of jewelry components that will have to creating your own customized jewelry pieces in seconds.
While at the winter Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show and Conference, I went to visit my friends at the Cousins booth. They gave me a tour of their new lines. That is where I fell in love with Snap
03/21/2012 04:18:00 AM
Some rubber stampers asked me how I get perfect images from clear rubber stamps. Apparently, some stampers are forced to use pigment ink, but long to use dye inks.
Heres my secret for increasing your chances of a perfect image and saving money at the same time.
I always make sure I wash and dry all stamps when I first take them out of the package. Many times, this will solve the problem.
03/20/2012 04:43:00 AM
Looking to give your childs room a little spring lift without having to spend hours on a craft project? All you need is some paper, ribbon, a bit of glue, some double stick tape, a flower head and a button.
This entire project was made with items that I already had around my studio, but you can use papers and other items that you already own.
The collage base is a green 12-inch scrapbook
03/19/2012 05:07:00 AM
I was sent the following email that I thought you would love to hear about:
March is National Craft Month!
When Creativity Knocks has teamed up with the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) to bring you a month of getting your craft on! Ana Araujo, When Creativity Knocks Designer, has created an "I HEART CRAFTS" tattoo image for you to use.
Grab your FREE PDF: http://whencreativityknocks.com/
03/15/2012 03:56:00 AM
Walk into a Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware store and you will find the latest trend in home décor. This look is heavy and solid. Weathered furniture gives the feeling that it has been around and passed down from our grandparents.
Heres a simple and quick accessory project that you can do in minutes. It can be done with items you have around your house. Just take a look at the books
03/14/2012 04:50:00 AM
While the wearable-art spring trends are all about bright colors, the new trend in home décor is a more masculine and heavy. Solid-looking furniture pieces are rich with embellishments. The woods are given more of a weathered finished. It is a substantial look that gives a feeling of longevity and stability.
You wont find strong oranges and poppy colors, but more of a neutral and
03/13/2012 05:37:00 AM
Are you a romantic? Do you love making jewelry? I have to admit, I love making my own jewelry and I am a lover of everything Victorian, Edwardian, or Renaissance.
When I heard about my friend and fellow professional designer, Terry Riciolis new book, Vintage Jewelry Impressions, I asked if I could do a blog post about the book.
Every professional designer has their own unique style and
03/12/2012 04:36:00 AM
Pick up the March issue of Scrap and Stamp Arts Magazine and read my new Art Smarts! article, Enchanting Scrapbooking.
This mixed-media scrapbook is a charming gift for the little princesses in your life. The article shows you how to distress the cover of an album as well as how to simple it is to create the fairy on the cover.
The fairy is made with forms by Polyform and polymer clay.
03/09/2012 05:20:00 AM
Pink is a favorite color among many of the women and girls in our family. So, use pink in a craft project and it is sure to be liked. Maybe it is the pink of the cherry blossoms that seem to fill our world or the pink of the tulips that bloom in our gardens, but whatever the reason we love pink.
When it came time to create my project for Viva Décors March blog post, I wanted to do
03/08/2012 04:34:00 AM
Candles can be very dangerous and you never want to use them close to paper. One day, I found these battery-operated tea lights and they opened up a world of possibilities. After all, they are safe to use around paper.
While I created the design on these little candle enclosures, you can use your favorite scrapbook or specialty papers. Just remember, you want to use paper
03/07/2012 04:11:00 AM
Gearing Up for Stamping Fun
Later this year you will be treated to a whole new way to create professional looking designs in your paper crafting. I was able to get a sneak peek at this fun new product at the Craft and Hobby Association 2012 Winter Show.
Inkadinkado® will have a new product called: Stamping Gear. Rubber stamps are placed on a plastic wedge that is placed on this green stamping
03/06/2012 04:47:00 AM
MARCH - NATIONAL CRAFT MONTH
Shamrock Green Necklace for St. Pats Day
It's National Craft Month and to help inspire you to craft, here is a simple craft that kids and adults can make for St. Pat's Day. Keep in mind that St. Pat's Day parades are fast approaching, so now is the time to think about what you are going to wear to the parade.
Celebrate St. Patricks Day in style this year
03/05/2012 04:54:00 AM
Spring BraceletWearable Art Spring Trend 2012: Substantial jewelry pieces are HOT! Join in the trend by making this beautiful bracelet for spring and summer.
Last week, I opened my email from Michaels Arts and Crafts stores loyalty program. Its a weekly email that announces sales of the week, along with showcasing some of the projects on their website.
I was pleasantly surprised that my
03/02/2012 04:23:00 AM
You might be surprised to learn that my favorite magazine is Inc. Well, my favorite magazine for which I dont write. Inc. is the only magazine I read from cover to cover. I pour over each and every page learning tips on how to grow my Professional-Craft Designer business.
The March issue arrived in my mailbox and I have started my monthly ritual of studying each and every page. One page
03/01/2012 04:16:00 AM
While at the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show and Conference, I was given this and other products from Purple Cow. These are products that I have never seen before.
Like most crafters, I enjoy embellishments. This fun product allows you to pin metallic shapes to your paper and fabric projects. They even pinned this metallic butterfly to a large canvas painting. It was easy to do
02/29/2012 04:21:00 AM
Life is always full of surprises. Thats what I love about walking the floor at the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) Trade Show and Conference. Chance meetings creates new bonds and working relationships.
I met all of my clients through CHA and enjoy working with them. And, last week I was working on a project for one of my clients. I was using their product to embellish a store-bought
02/28/2012 04:16:00 AM
Have you seen these new embellishments for scrapbooking and paper-crafting projects? I have seen these at my local craft store and they really captured my interest.
My contact at EKSuccess Brands is quoted: This month, one of our most exciting new collections is Jolee's Boutique Confections: Create colorful memories with special handmade touches to carry your theme through an event. Jolee
02/27/2012 04:03:00 AM
My husband is the business manager for my Professional Design Company, Carol Heppner, LLC.; because he is part of my company, he attends CHA with me.
After my meeting with another company at CHA, I receive a phone call from Paul asking me to meet him at the Purple Cows booth. The owners wanted to meet me. Purple Cows? I asked. I wanted to make sure I heard the name correctly.
02/24/2012 04:49:00 AM
This miniature mask pin appeared in an arts and craft issue of Belle Armoire by Stampington and Company. Because the mask was so small, it needed to a wire mesh support to keep its shape while baking. I do not remember the issue of the magazine, but they may still have back issue available.
After the article appeared and this tiny mask was returned, it found its home in a mixed-media collage
02/23/2012 07:36:00 AM
This year, the Designers Showcase was a two-day event at the Craft and Hobby Association Winter Trade Show and Conference. The CHA Professional Designer Section can purchase tables at the Designer Showcase event, which is set up in a room away from the maddening crowds of the trade show.
As the Professional Designers were discussing getting ready for the event, a representative from
02/22/2012 05:19:00 AM
Its the most wonderful time of the year! No, not Christmas Mardi Gras. Maybe its the colorful costumes or the imaginative floats. Maybe its all the creativity that I love. But my heart has always skipped a beat when thinking about masks.
The above mask was create for Somerset Studio using Rubber Moon images. I love the sense of whimsy that is provided by Rubber Moon.
The base of the
02/21/2012 04:19:00 AM
When I say the word, batik do you automatically think of fabrics? What if I told you that you can create beautiful batiks on paper? Seriously. You can. These hearts were created on rice paper using the batik technique, but could I could have easily used white scrapbooking paper and they would have looked just as great.
The dyes, you ask. The rich dyes I used were from Tulip®
02/20/2012 03:49:00 AM
How do you choose the colors you will use in your craft projects? As a designer, I am always choosing colors for my projects. Many times, the colors I choose depend on what look I am trying to achieve. If I need a clients project to look romantic, I need to choose romantic colors. If its for artwork on a package, that artwork needs to pop and get the customers eyes. I choose colors based
02/17/2012 04:23:00 AM
The heart is my favorite shape, so should it surprise you that I use it a lot in my work?
I love working in polymer clay and wanted to create a hanging wall pocket. I wanted an update version of a wall pocket using polymer clay instead of using ceramics.
This tiny little thing using upcycled necklace parts to hang around the house. You cut out the heart shape and use rubber stamps to create
02/16/2012 05:59:00 AM
WARNING: Do not raid your boyfriend, husband, or fathers closet looking for their favorite ties that you hate. Make sure they are really, really, really getting rid of that tie before you grab it and scurry back to your crafting den.
Once safe in your craft den
I mean room, you can create a great looking home décor project.
This heart was created with a tie that was out of style and had
02/15/2012 05:48:00 AM
Long after Valentines day is but a memory, this little project will be a fun addition to any room. Its a great way to celebrate spring and summer. This month's free project for Viva Décor is a collage with a stand using clothespins and aluminum flashing.
The stand can be used to display the collage or a favorite photograph. This is so quick and easy to make, you can create it as a project
02/14/2012 06:30:00 AM
At the end of January, I attended the Craft and Hobby Association winter trade show and conference. The show is filled with creativity and excitement. Vendors gather to show their newest products to retailers. As designers, we meet with manufacturers, editors, and publishers. This year, our Designer Showcase case was open to all CHA members.
While at the Designer Showcase, my friend,