Crafting Giveaways, Freebies, and Ideas

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 22 May 2016 at 10:18 am

Beading Arts

Cyndi is giving away a copy of a great book: 18 Beaded Jewelry Projects You Can Make in a Weekend!

Card Map: Things That Fly or Float

Download your choice of vertical or horizontal version of Eileen’s card map: things that float or fly. Think butterflies, bees, falling leaves or snowflakes. Then follow directions to make cards for many occasions.

Bargain Bead Box May 2016 Creations and What to do with Cruise Freebies

Jewelry creations made with May 2016 Bargain Bead Box from the Bead Box Bargains. Terry also shares an idea to use some of those freebies you get while cruising.


The Crafty Princess Diaries newsletter is back.

Diamond 20

So exciting - only five more to go! Stay tuned for info about the next free SAL. Cross stitch fun!

Snap out of it, Jean! There’s beading to be done!

Jean reviews Wee Garter Stitch, Must Have Knits for Modern Babies & Toddlers by Vickie Howell–it is sweet and cool, all at once!

Thoughtful Crafting Ideas

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 15 May 2016 at 1:59 pm

Buddy Guy Saying

How many times has something turned out even better than you expected? Stitch this free chart to celebrate an unexpected windfall.

Recreate Balance and Art in 2016

Eileen’s focus word for the year is ‘Recreate’ - to allow time for fun and feed her muse. What are your favorite forms of recreation? Are you doing them enough or are you punishing yourself like Eileen was?

Yarn Score!

See what the Crafty Princess picked up during her latest yarn shop visit!

Beading Arts

Cyndi is trying to decide which spark plug tutorial to write up first…want to make a suggestion?

Snap out of it, Jean! There’s beading to be done!

Jean reviews New Connections in Chain Mail Jewelry with Rubber and Glass Rings by Kat Wisniewski ! Superb book!

Sharing Some Crafting Links

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Monday 9 May 2016 at 8:34 am

Beading Arts

Cyndi shares how to make a sparkling pair of earrings using the simple Dutch spiral stitch!

Decoupage Originals of Old Photos

If you don’t want to save them for posterity, here’s how to decoupage the originals of vintage photos.

Doll & Craft Giveaway

Doll crafters, collectors, and non-doll crafters, the month of May means a giveaway!

Only 6 More Blocks to Go

Diamond 19 is posted and now we only have six more blocks to go in the SAL. Don’t worry though, there will be another SAL to follow!

Snap out of it, Jean! There’s beading to be done!

Jean reviews 60 Quick Cotton Knits The Ultimate Collection in Ulta Pima From Cascade Yarns ! See her blog for these airy, beautiful spring and summer cotton accessories in a myriad of colors which you can knit in a flash!

Mother’s Day Crafting Ideas & More

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Monday 2 May 2016 at 8:19 am

Dress Card for Mother’s Day

If you have or know a model mom who does her very best for her kids and sets an example you admire, tell her with a “priceless” dress card like this.

Make Bulky Yarn Out of Medium Weight Yarn

Using worsted weight yarn and a spool knitter, you can make bulky yarn that you can then knit with. A great stash buster!

Wire Headpins How-To

Learn how to make these easy wire headpins that have three wire loops on the end.

Beading Arts

Do you know how to stitch the Dutch spiral? It’s really not too hard…

Snap out of it, Jean! There’s beading to be done!

Jean reviews Quick & Easy Stitched Jewelry, 20+ Projects to Make, by Cathy Jakicic–it’s wonderful!

Upcycled Crafs and Freebies

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 24 April 2016 at 11:34 am

Upcycled Recycling Box

Do you recycle in the bathroom? Many people don’t, and it’s often because there’s no go place to put recyclables there. Here’s an easy upcycled box to hold items for recycling in the bathroom or anywhere else.

Crochet Designing

If you have the right tools and a little crochet knowledge, you can design your own crocheted afghan pretty easily.

Jewelry Creations Using Bead Box Bargain April 2016

I had a viewer ask me, “What do I make with the Bead Box Bargain shipment…well, here is what I made with the April 2016 goodies.

‘Ya Can’t Please Everyone, So Ya Got to Please Yourself’

Don’t compare your efforts with those of accomplished crafters and think you’re not good enough. If you give up, you’ll never get better. This is the voice of experience speaking.

Free Cat Trio Pattern

Like cats? Connie’s got a free pattern that will be perfect for you!

Beading Arts

Upcycling old plastic bracelet bangles into something fun and wearable has become Cyndi’s mission!

Snap out of it, Jean! There’s beading to be done!

Jean reviews Jeweler’s Enameling Workshop Techniques and Projects for Making Enameled Jewelry by Pauline Warg. Get the full basics on this wonderful technique and make something pretty!

Flowers, Beads, and Stitching Fun

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 17 April 2016 at 2:36 pm

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton

Take a look at what arrived in Andrew’s mailbox! An advance copy of Series 2400 of Beads, Baubles and Jewels! So exciting!

April’s Bargain Beads!

Tammy un-bags her April shipment of bargain beads.

Embellish a Tote Bag with Circles

Cover up the logo on a cloth bag (or a crafty mistake) by cutting out fabric shapes and applying them to the bag. Easy!

Watercolor Passion Flower Cards

Painting something several times teaches you a lot about the subject. How to make it a bit quicker with templates.

Comfy Quilt Pattern

The free Comfy Quilt pattern was one of the first freebies Connie added to the site. Check it out and be sure to look for all the other free patterns she offers.

Beading Arts

Do you have any old plastic bangle bracelets hanging around? Don’t throw them out! Let Cyndi show you how to quickly and easily upcycle them into something you’ll love to wear!

Snap out of it, Jean! There’s beading to be done!

Jean reviews the book More Lovely Knitted Lace Contemporary Patterns in Geometric Shapes by Brooke Nico. So pretty!

Crafts Around the Web

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Monday 11 April 2016 at 11:09 am

Draw a Map of Your Daily Route

Look at your routine in a new way by drawing a map of your route to work or school.

Embossed Aluminum Postcard Art

Embossed aluminum postcard art is made with inexpensive aluminum foil tape stuck onto scraps of card stock. Four examples using different techniques.

Interested in a great creative learning opportunity this summer?

Allegory Gallery is pleased to present: Creative Camp! This weekend intensive features workshops taught by Eva Sherman, Heather Powers, and Cynthia Thornton!

What Inspires Me When Making Jewelry

Having a hard time coming up with beading ideas? Terry Jeanette of the Tappingflamingo gives you some ideas…


Charms make for a great way to start jewelry designing just for the fun of it.

Beading Arts

Cyndi shows you how to finish up and “frame” a single block quilt.

Snap out of it, Jean! There’s beading to be done!

Jean reviews Play with Chain Mail: 4 Weaves = 20+ Jewelry Designs by Theresa D. Abelew. Lots of fun!

Free Journey Proverb Free Pattern

Graduation season will be here before we know it. Connie’s added a super simple free chart that will be great for making up in to graduation cards. It is also suitable for a friend who is moving or making a job change.

Craft Links!

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 3 April 2016 at 12:27 pm

Local Landmark Cutouts

Celebrate a favorite local landmark in your crafting by making a cutout of the shape of the building or a skyline.

Bead Unboxing

March means lots of green beads, which is the case with this unboxing video showing the March shipment of bargain beads.

Online Learning at CreativeLive

Eileen is a big fan of CreativeLive, especially since she received a free class: Watercolor 101 with Molly Murrah. Read how you could too. Choose classes in photography, crafts, art, design, business & more.

Diamond Seventeen

Connie’s added the next section of her free SAL. There’s still time to get in on it if you haven’t started yet!

Beading Arts

Cyndi is starting the painful process of de-stashing!

Snap out of it, Jean! There’s beading to be done!

Jean reviews the delicious, versatile recipe book, Change Your Sauce, Change Your Life ~Easy Plant Based Sauces to Blend, Whisk, and Shake~ from Positively Vegan by Kim Miles–it’s marvelous!

From My Crafting Peeps

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Wednesday 23 March 2016 at 4:36 pm

How to NOT Gain Weight On A Cruise

Today’s video is a tip…Did you know the average person gains 5 to 10 pounds on a 7 day cruise? Not me….Here is how I do it…

Tape Resist Painting

Tape resist painting is a classic project done with kids, but it’s fun for adults to try, too. Sarah made hers with painter’s tape and watercolors.

Teddy Bear Love

This video reviews both a cute crochet teddy bear pattern and the Craftsy class that comes with this pattern.

This T-Shirt Bag is No Slouch

How to sew a reversible t-shirt bag. This t-shirt bag is sturdier than the average t-shirt tote bag because it’s double-thick and has a reinforced bottom.

Beading Arts

Cyndi’s newest beading project looks like an alien spaceship!

Snap out of it, Jean! There’s beading to be done!

Jean reviews a fascinating book which delightfully combines two crafts into one beautiful craft to greet spring: Origami Jewelry!

Flashback to the Past

One of Connie’s favorite stitchers shares a project she created from a free pattern that is a blast from the past. And still available too.

Crafting Tutorials & Reviews

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 13 March 2016 at 12:57 pm

Clasps, Part 1

An easy tutorial on how to make a shepherd’s hook clasp for you jewelry.

Make a Washi Tape Rainbow

To celebrate National Craft Month and St. Patrick’s Day, Sarah experimented with making rainbows out of colored tape.

Some Bunny Time

The Crafty Princess reviews an amigurumi crochet bunny pattern.

Spring Cards: One Layout — 3 Variations

Copy a layout you like. Then make some variations. Eileen used a birthday card layout for a 25th anniversary card and a St. Patrick’s Day card. Think spring!

Beading Arts

Are you a fan of beaded beads?

Stacked Squares

Chanda stitched this model of the Stacked Squares pattern from the Connie Gee’s Designs Etsy shop - and she even dares to show off the back of the project. (It’s very neat.)

Snap out of it, Jean! There’s beading to be done!

Jean reviews the very thorough and extremely helpful book, Crafter’s Market 2016:How to Sell Your Crafts and Make a Living, edited by Kerry Bogert. It might change your life in a positive way!

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