Meet Mike the Monster & Crafting Links

Blogged under Around the Web, amigurumi by Tammy on Sunday 21 December 2014 at 12:49 pm

I have finished Mike the Monster! This is a free Fresh Stitches pattern, and I made this as a gift for one of my nephews. You can get an up close look at him in episode 9 of my Crafty Princess Diaries Podcast.

After you watch my podcast, stop by some of these other crafting blogs for some creative ideas:

Carmi’s Art/Life World
This post features a resin bezels necklace that will out do any ugly sweater!

Peace Ornaments
Cherie makes ornaments for her family homemade ornament exchange.

Cupcake Liner Christmas Trees
Cute cupcake liner Christmas trees are everywhere. In learning to make them, Eileen developed some helpful techniques.

Beading Arts
Metal mesh ribbon holds so many possibilities for designing jewelry! Cyndi starts a new tutorial on Beading Arts.

Ornaments, Decoupage, and Silk Flowers

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 7 December 2014 at 10:13 am

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Want a look at what’s on Andrew’s work bench? Take a peek at all the resin ornaments he has been making lately!

Decoupage under Glass Using Holiday Theme Paper Napkins
Use holiday-themed napkins to make inexpensive decoupage plates for display or serving.

Beading Arts
Cyndi shares a tutorial on how to make a silk flower necklace, including links to making your own silk flowers!

Carmi’s Art/Life World

Elizabeth the first is the inspiration for this new necklace idea featuring vintage pink coloured pearls.

Blue Jean Baby
Cherie experiments with mixed media.

Paints and Pendants

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Tuesday 2 December 2014 at 1:35 pm

A Bead A Day
Are you inspired to create jewelry by the objects around you? How about a cornucopia bracelet?

Carmi’s Art/Life World
The pendant I have featured can be located on my computer in a file called “Resin Disasters.” How I saved it is on my blog.

Holiday Crafting with The Artful Crafter: Kids’ and Christmas Card Projects
Looking for little crafty gifts or something to keep the kids busy on a snow day? The Artful Crafter has just the thing!

Beading Arts
Cyndi’s got three copies of a brand new DIY magazine to give away…check it out!

Grace and Hope
Cherie thinks about grace and hope this week as she paints and even does the dishes!

Flowers & Holiday Decor Ideas

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 23 November 2014 at 12:53 pm

What can you say in 30 words?
Over the past year, Andrew has participated (off and on) in Erin Prais-Hintz’s 30 Words Thursday Project. Erin has selected entries from different participants of the challenge to create a book to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Art Bead Scene
Check out our Art Bead Palette Inspiration from Brandi and Zesty Frog!

Knitted Sampler
When you can’t figure out which knit stitch to use, why not use all of them?

Christmas Stocking Advent Calendar
This charming Christmas Advent Calendar will add to your holiday decor, delight kids of all ages, and be used for years to come.

Carmi’s Art/Life World
Who knew that scissors designed to shred your private papers could create gorgeous flowers too?

Beading Arts
Cyndi shows you how to combine some easy shibori silk petals into lovely flowers.

Children of God
Being God’s child was the inspiration for these prints.

Beads, Buttons, Flowers, and Silk

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Wednesday 19 November 2014 at 4:27 pm

BIG NEWS!
Andrew shares that he’ll be co-teaching two classes with his sister at the Bead&Button Show 2015 in Milwaukee! Check out pictures of their class samples!

Bears, Bunnies, and Birds!
Enjoy some cute amigurumi goodness with episode 8 of Crafty Princess Diaries Podcast.

Personalized Thanksgiving Clothespin Magnets
Use these cute clothespins as place cards for the kids at Thanksgiving dinner or clip them to gift cards or a few photos of each child. After Thanksgiving, the kids can use them to post their artwork on a magnet board or refrigerator or just hold papers together.

Carmi’s Art/Life World
The Happy Flappers Necklace with Fabric by Kelly Panacci features a new fabric line!

Beading Arts
Cyndi starts a two-part series on how to make some beautiful pleated shibori silk ribbon flowers!

Peace I Leave With You
Cherie reflects on John 14:27 and the topic of peace.

Loads of Crafting Links!

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 9 November 2014 at 10:13 am

Carmi’s Art/Life World
Decoupage has really come along way with the addition of new tissue papers…check out this hot pink, cheetah pattern reindeer head.

A Bead A Day
You’ve heard of sampler quilts and even a candy sampler, how about a Swarovski pearl sampler? Lisa was so taken with her sampler bead strand, she made it into a bracelet.

Acrylic Paint Stamping Technique
Pigment inks are the most common media for art stamping, but there are others. Eileen experiments with acrylic paint stamping as she starts designing her Christmas cards.

Beading Arts
Cyndi made some really fun new double-wrapped bracelets using Offray ribbon. Come see how it’s done!

More Mini Canvases

Cherie plays with some mini canvases.

Carmi’s Art/Life World
Have you had a craft fail? If you have, and could laugh about it, you’ll love this new book.

Art Bead Scene
October Monthly Challenge Recap of Entries.

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Check out what Andrew and other participants of the Inspired by Reading Book Club made in response to “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman.


Bat Out o’ Hell Halloween Treat Basket

Make cute Halloween treat baskets using Eileen’s Bat Out o’ Hell basket template and design.

Beading Arts
Have you seen Michelle Mach’s new book, “Unexpected Findings”? It’s a lot of fun…

What Is Failure?
Cherie contemplates hope and failure with her latest print.

Podcasts, Palettes, Poscards, Paints, and Pendants

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 26 October 2014 at 4:52 pm

Jewelry artists tackle the same materials and come up with creative results
Andrew hosts design challenges on his blog. Check out the different approaches each participant took in the reveal for the Royal Feather kit!

A Bead A Day
Is it possible to live a sparkly dream? Lisa says, YES! She’s sharing some exciting Swarovski news this week.

Art Bead Scene
Color Palettes featuring the Art Beads of Margit Boehmer. Bright, Beautiful and not to be missed!

Postcard Art Inspired by Desiderata
Is anyone not inspired by Max Ehrmann’s Desiderata? Eileen signed up for a postcard art Desiderata theme swap and couldn’t stop at just one.

Episode 7: Addicted to Amigurumi
Enjoy some amigurumi goodness in this seventh video podcast from the Crafty Princess Diaries.

John 3:16 and Art
Cherie uses the Bible verse from John 3:16 as inspiration for art.

Carmi’s Art/Life World
A pocket watch becomes a pendant with Pebeo paints, a rub on and resin.

Beading Arts
Cyndi has a fabulous Czech bead giveaway going on this week! All are welcome to join in!

I’m 87; That’s Good, Right?

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Saturday 25 October 2014 at 4:39 pm

Top 100 Art blogs

An infographic by the team at Rebates zone

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Wrap Bracelets, Bottle Caps, and Sparkle

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 19 October 2014 at 11:27 am

Homemade Halloween Cupcake Topper
Make these darling Halloween cupcake toppers to delight the kids. Just grab the free printable and have fun.

Art Bead Scene
Art Bead Scene Editors take the October Monthly Challenge using Milton Avery’s painting Autumn as inspiration.

A Bead A Day
Think it’s okay to go crazy with sparkle? Lisa does too! Stop by A Bead A Day to see her latest find!

Taking a Fall Drive
Cherie uses the colors of fall as inspiration for some new pictures.

Beading Arts
Learn how to make the very popular wrap-style bracelets that you see everywhere these days!

Carmi’s Art/Life World
Fun saying in resin filled bottle caps will make you smile today.

Haloween, Up-Cyle, Scarves, & Buttons

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 12 October 2014 at 3:04 pm

Carmi’s Art/Life World
Up-Cycle That 50’s Purse With Epoxy Clay!

Halloween Craft Ideas
Halloween is fast approaching. Here are some crafty ideas sure to delight trick-or-treaters of all ages.

Another Scarf?
Watch episode 6 of the Crafty Princess Diaries Podcast.

Art Bead Scene
Take a peek at some of Tari Sasser of Clay Buttons’ beautiful handmade buttons.

Embracing Hope
Cherie paints pictures centered on the theme of hope.

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