Free Pattern, Pillows, Pipe Cleaner Rings, and Easter Ideas

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 29 March 2015 at 3:39 pm

Art Bead Scene

Take a trip Inside the Studio with Erin and read how she work with clients to create special, OOAK pieces just for them.

Best Crochet Hook?

This video from the Crafty Princess discusses the various types of crochet hooks available.

New Pillows

Cherie makes some pillows to go with her new slipcovers.

Free ABCDiamond Cross Stitch Pattern

Connie has added a new freebie over at Connie Gee’s Designs that was inspired by motifs from antique sampler patterns. Since the design is full cross stitch only there are many options for stitching it up.

Pipe Cleaner Ring Tutorial

Here is a fun video showing how to make pipe cleaner rings…these are great for parties, fish extenders, etc….

Embossed Spring or Easter Card Designs

Embossing adds a special touch to cards. Eileen shares four examples with directions. Change the words for cards to welcome spring.

Beading Arts

Want a quick little project with big rewards? How about these cute bead and wire earrings?

Beads, Bargains, Glass, and Threads

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 22 March 2015 at 11:47 am

Art Bead Scene

Take a peek inside Heather Humblebeads’ studio, and see her new sgraffito inspirations!

From Dollar Store Plastic Bargain to Elegant Easter Eggs

How to transform inexpensive plastic eggs into lovely Easter ornaments. Place them on stands, hang them as ornaments or display several in a bowl or basket.

All About Glass Sculptures

Cherie has taken her glass sculpture obsession to a new level!

Comfy Quilt Cross Stitch Pattern

The free Comfy Quilt pattern was one of the first patterns Connie added. She chose her favorite colors for the design but it is easily changed to reflect your own color selections.

Bead a Pirate and Crush Some Yarn

This latest Crafty Princess Diaries Podcast is packed with fun crafting: beaded pirate dreadlocks, yarn love, knitting, and crochet.

Beading Arts

Have you fallen for the allure of twin beads yet?

Craft Tutorial, Shamrocks, and Stitching Storage

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 15 March 2015 at 9:08 am

Art Bead Scene

Check out what Dawn of La Touchables made in response to our monthly challenge - wow!

Organizing Embroidery Floss

Connie’s craft room may look like a disaster zone, but her embroidery floss is neat and organized at least - find out all about the floss storage options she uses.

Shamrock Card Embellishments

Here’s a versatile card technique to add to your card making toolbox. Use green paper to form lucky shamrocks or four leaf clovers. Use pastel to make pansies, violets or other simple leaf flowers. Use your imagination.

Craft Show Time!

See some simple craft projects to make that work great for craft shows in this new podcast episode.

Beading Arts

Cyndi shares a brand new tutorial for a bead embroidery pendant that lets the focal take front and center stage!

Crafting Link Love

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 8 March 2015 at 1:11 pm

Art Bead Scene

March Monthly Challenge is Haida Totems by Emily Carr. A Canadian artist, her art took on bright hues and bold brushstrokes of the Fauvist paintings she saw in Paris in 1910.

I Love Resin

A journal can be a walking momento if you add your own molded embellishments to it. Molding video on the blog too!

Carmi’s Art/Life World

Why not upcycle your old blanket into fingerless gloves? It is so fast and easy to do.

Cross Stitch for St. Patrick’s Day

It’s almost time for everyone to be honorary Irishmen and Irishwomen (unless, of course, you are already Irish - then you already have a great excuse to party). Connie has added a new free pattern in the spirit of the season and has suggestions for more great St. Patty’s Day-themed projects.

Lazertran Inkjet Decals on Wood

See how to piece decals for larger projects and how to “melt” a decal onto wood.

Peep Bunnies

I list ‘em every year but they remain popular! Peep bunnies made from felt.

Beading Arts

Are you anxious for Spring? Cyndi will help you get a jump start on your Springtime jewelry!

Freebies, Giveaways, Craft Challenges, and More

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Saturday 28 February 2015 at 2:54 pm

Art Bead Scene
Check out what Heather has been up to in her Inside the Studio post this week, and answer a question for the chance to win a $25 gift certificate from Humblebeads.

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Erin Prais-Hintz hosts a creative challenge through Halcraft called, Pretty Palettes. This month, Andrew was the Pretty Palettes Partner! Stop by and see what he made!

Peeptastic Center Piece
Love Peeps? Cherie has a new way to use them for your Easter table.

Carmi’s Art/Life World
Sharing supplies with friends is always a thrill when you organize a blog hop. This one was excellent as it feature beaded rings.

No Dog Snuggles but Lots of Crafting
In the latest video podcast, the Crafty Princess shows off some finished knitting, crochet, and shares some bead weaving ideas.

Holiday Craft Planning App
Anyone who hand crafts gifts and decorations for holidays or other special occasions needs to plan ahead. Handcrafted things take time. Download Eileen’s free spreadsheet.

New Free Pattern
Connie added a new free cross stitch pattern this week Also, check out the new additions to the Etsy shop.

Beading Arts
Cyndi shares how to construct a 3D crescent form, perfect for embellishing!

Jewelry Love Links

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Saturday 21 February 2015 at 10:43 am

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Andrew put together a kit inspired by the Color of the Year and Valentine’s Day. See what everyone made for the Marsala Valentine Challenge!

I Love Resin
The hearts are full and the resin is flowing. Check out even more projects from artists participating in this collaboration.

Wire Wrapping a Heart Pendant
The resin heart pendant that Eileen made for a collaborative showcase organized by Carmi Cimicata needed a finishing touch. Wire wrapping quickly turned a 1-inch pendant into a 2-inch one!

Beading Arts
When you’ve got a really special focal bead, you just don’t want to overwhelm it with embellishments. Here’s Cyndi’s solution!

Craft Challenge, Crochet, Knitting, & Resin

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Monday 16 February 2015 at 10:22 am

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Come see the inspiring designs people created for the Desert Sands Challenge!

I Love Resin
The unique art created by 25 different artists working in the same tiny bezel is a joy to behold.

EnviroTex Lite Pour-On: The Possibilities!
Looking at an entrancing butterfly-filled window pane created with Envirotex Lite Pour-On made Eileen consider using it for table top decoupage.

Beading Arts
Cyndi has made a whole boatload of crocheted boot toppers, and she shares her method this week!

Knitting Lingo
Knitting a baby kimono brings with it a whole new crafting language.

Gemstones, Paints, Beads

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 8 February 2015 at 9:54 am

A Bead A Day
Have you ever received a gift of healing through gemstones? Lisa shares her story and is on the lookout for a special finding.

Art Bead Scene
Check out what happened on Ema’s snow day!

Any Occasion Low Cost Gift Ideas to Make in Minutes
When you have a bunch of gifts to hand out and don’t want to break the bank, think of something clever, funny, or thoughtful which will fit in a handmade envelope. Here are Eileen’s Valentines for guy and girlfriends.

Paintings That Recharge the Spirit
Cherie works on paintings to help recharge her soul.

Beading Arts
Cyndi shares her first Bead Journal Project piece of the new year, along with a tutorial! She’s working on 3D forms this year.

Valentine Crafting, Resin Molds, & Bright Ideas

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Saturday 7 February 2015 at 9:54 am

A Bead A Day
Looking for a bright pop of color on a gray winter day? Lisa’s sharing her latest bead stash…hello NEON!

Winners & Frogging!
Winners are announced for the Crafty Princess Diaries Podcast, and there is some sad frogging news as well.

I Love Resin
If you would like to see a fabulous mold making project inspired by Paris, you will need to view part one and two of this post.

Art Bead Scene
Take a peek inside the Tesori Trovati Studio with Erin, and see where her fallow season has been leading her…into the world of mixed-media art!

Handmade valentine Gifts Galore
Eileen has gathered up her favorite handmade Valentine crafts, which have been created and published on The Artful Crafter over the past ten years.

Beading Arts
Cyndi shares the steps to making one of her free-form bead embroidered necklaces.

Here Comes the Bride
Cherie starts a series of paintings with brides.

Bracelets, Beads, Hearts, & More

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 25 January 2015 at 11:13 am

The Plans He Has for Us
Cherie ponders a favorite Bible verse in her creation of art this week.

Beads, Knitting, and Cuteness
Lots of crafting in the latest Crafty Princess Diaries Podcast, including bead weaving, knitting, crochet, ending with a cute photo montage of finished objects.

I Love Resin!
This step by step shows you how to make big buttons new pendants with resin.

Ornaments aren’t Just for Christmas Anymore
Eileen made a bunch of decoupaged wooden hearts and hung them on a Valentine’s tree.

Beading Arts
Cyndi explores using extra wide ribbon as a canvas for simple bead embroidery…and ends up with a cute bracelet!

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