Stitches, Photography, and Chain

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 28 September 2014 at 11:57 am

A Bead A Day
Some shiny things really get attention! Lisa’s sharing some shiny silvery connectors that look like chain.

Artist Profile: Photographer Taerie Kelly
Taerie is a good example of how people can find their way from being crafters to accomplished artists. She has her first solo show starting this Friday!

Mini Canvas Making
Cherie’s working on some mini canvases to decorate her office.

Carmi’s Art/Life World
The summer goal of hand sewing twelve crazy cuffs was met with this salute to the fleur de lis!

Beading Arts
The final chapter of “Bored by Back Stitch” is now ready and available for download! The topic is “Textured Surfaces”, and features ways to include shibori silk ribbon, metal mesh ribbon, soutache braid, and candy bags in your bead embroidery work!

Crafting Links: Giveaways, Challenges, and Projects

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 21 September 2014 at 11:05 am

A Bead A Day
It’s craft night and Lisa’s looking for inspiration! If you have an abundance of quick and easy ideas, check out her post.

Resin Crafts Blog
It is amazing what you can cast in an ice cube tray…check out my super hero weapons!

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
See what Andrew and the rest of the talented participants made for the Festival Lights Challenge.

Giveaway & Baby Box Goodies
Catch the latest Crafty Princess Diaries podcast and get a chance to win a wonderful new beaded bracelet book.

Winter Note Card Made with “Joy” and Homemade Glimmer Mist
This card uses the prettiest glimmer mist Eileen has ever seen. Where can you buy it? You can’t. You make it yourself for mere pennies!

Beading Arts
Cyndi’s gathered up some of the best and most recent jewelry making and jewelry business advice for you from around the blogosphere!

Faith and Art
Cherie muses about faith and painting and growing in your craft.

Scrapping Projects, Jewelry Ideas, & Dollar Store Finds

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 14 September 2014 at 9:33 am

Snap out of it Jean! There’s beading to be done!
Jean reviews the wonderful new book by Jamie Cloud Eakin, Bead Play with Fringe, Techniques, design, and projects.

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Andrew does a recap of his recent trip out to Philadelphia for BeadFest.

A Bead A Day
Did someone say Sparkle? Lisa’s come up with a new mantra: sparkle, sparkle, sparkle! Join her as she obsesses over shamballa beads.

Carmi’s Art/Life World
The summer project of creating a dozen crazy cuffs is right on track. Number eleven is elephant themed.

Resin Crafts Blog
Halloween and resin go hand in hand if you shop in dollar stores!

Ornament Prototype
Crafty Princess is planning ahead for the holidays with this super simple sewn felted ornament project.

Is There a Clay Recipe Suitable for an Essential Oil Diffuser Pendant?
A reader was looking for a clay recipe to make essential oil diffusers. Read Eileen’s answer.

Beading Arts
Sometimes you just need to use up some leftovers! Cyndi has a cute earring project to share with you.

Blue Glass Sculpture
Cherie makes a blue glass sculpture for her home.

Scrapbooks, Canvases, and Necklaces

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 7 September 2014 at 2:55 pm

Carmi’s Art
I have a sweet resin project on Scrapbooking.com’s blog this week. Paper Embellishments with Jewelry Resin featuring vintage postcards.

Mini Canvases
Cherie makes some mini canvases for her office.

A Bead A Day
Ready for a crafty weekend? Lisa just discovered a crafty necklace project that inspires creativity!

Resin Crafts Blog
A good experiment in resin layering results in some one-of-a-kind “cubes of resin.”

Where to Find Cheap Unique Craft Supplies
I bet you have your own sources for inexpensive craft supplies. Here are some of my faves. Do you have any others?

Beading Arts
Cyndi has a review of a fabulous new book by Lark Crafts, called “Beading All-Stars”. All your favorite designers in one gorgeous package!

Guitar String Jewelry
Video podcast episode 4 including some “rockin” jewelry and a little fiber too.

Beads, Decals, Books, and Plumbing Turns Crafting

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Monday 1 September 2014 at 6:42 am

A Bead A Day
There’s always room for learning a new beading technique! Lisa’s getting ready to learn kumihimo! Stop by to lend some encouragement

Art Bead Scene
Take a peek inside the studio of Mary Harding, and be in with the chance to win some of her unique handmade beads!

Resin Crafts Blog
Jewelry grab bag to jewelry box top. Isn’t upcycling fabulous? Easily achieved with EasyCast and any items you have…not just for jewelry!

Do You Know How to Melt Lazertran Decal Images into Wood?
How to create large scale decaled wood objects with no decal edges.

Snap out of it, Jean! There’s beading to be done!
Jean reviews the new book by Tammy Powley, The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making, 2nd Edition, and it is great!

Resin Crafts Blog
How to use copper plumbing supplies to create pendants with resin.

Candy, Jewelry, Quilts, & Prizes

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Monday 25 August 2014 at 11:15 am

Resin Crafts Blog
How to make paperweights in bangle molds with resin. Trials and triumphs.

Mixed Media Anniversary Quilt: Finished!
Cherie finishes the quilt she made to celebrate her wedding anniversary.

There Is No Can’t
Doing whatever you want in the whole wide world.

The Artful Crafter Website Re-Launch Party
We’re so excited that we’re throwing a BIG party with BIG prizes. Come see our new home!

Beading Arts
Cyndi shares what became of her textured candy bag…a cuff bracelet! Just one more excuse to eat more chocolate!

Beads and Sparkles!

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 17 August 2014 at 10:06 am

Art Bead Scene
Check out Brandi’s art bead palette of the month!

A Bead A Day
Are you wearing sparkle today? Would you give up your exercise time to make something sparkly?

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Andrew shares the Reveal for the latest design challenge, Dark Bloom.

Craft Organizing
Tips for organizing or not organizing depending on how things go!

Resin Crafts Blog
Super easy coasters with resin and glitter!

How to Repair Beaded Fringe
Here’s how to DIY bead fringe repair or find a pro. BTW, craft repair is a very nice niche especially as a supplement to selling items you make from scratch.

Beading Arts
Cyndi has a review of Irina Miech’s new book, Finding Style. You’ll love all the new components that are available now!

Tools, Pockets, and Reviews

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 27 July 2014 at 4:07 pm

Art Bead Scene
Check out Ema’s new favourite tool - her wood-forming block for making curved metal components!

Resin Crafts
What could be cooler than miniature people at the beach?

Origami-Inspired Calling Card Holder Suits Gift or Credit Cards
This origami-inspired card holder had two large pockets on the inside and 2 “secret” pockets on the outside. It holds about 20 cards and fastens with an elastic ponytail holder.

Charlene Sevier
Book Review: The Complete Photo Guide to Making Jewelry (2nd Edition).

Beading Arts
Cyndi has been experimenting with bead embroidery and metal mesh ribbon!

Cupcakes, Cuffs, and Components

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 20 July 2014 at 9:05 am

Crafty Cupcake “Recipe” Calls for Styrofoam and Glue
Not only are they cute, these cupcakes are fun to make. They’re guaranteed to be sugar-free, gluten-free, calorie-free and cute as the dickens.

Carmi’s Art/Life World
It is wonderful to see how a bit of fabric ribbon and a button can be featured into a new beaded cuff.

Resin Crafts Blog
There are inexpensive bamboo tiles that can easily be turned into wearable jewels with some simple resin application techniques.

Beading Arts
With a few funky components and a little bit of wire, you can quickly have a new necklace!

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi is head-over-heels in love with a new book on reclaiming and upcycling textiles!

Beads, Maps, Summer, and Jewelry

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 13 July 2014 at 12:30 pm

Resin Crafts Blog
Wonder how to contain resin in an open back pendant? The how-to on the Resin Crafts blog should help!

Creative collaboration helps raise awareness and funds for a worthy cause.
Andrew participated in the Beads of Courage Design Challenge. Check out pictures from the Bead&Button Show and see images of his finished piece.

How to Make a Page Map Card Unique to You

Page maps, layouts, or sketches - whatever you call them - are a great way to: 1. Learn basic design principles; 2. Come up with a quick design on the spur of the moment; and 3. Observe how other artists interpret the sketch - honestly, no two are ever alike.

Art Bead Scene
Check out Kylie Parry’s beautiful post on summer inspiration!

Beading Arts
Note every project can be a smashing success…come see why!

Mixed Media Artist
Are you interested in wearable art? Cyndi has gathered a number of her tutorials that will move you beyond just jewelry!

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