Crafting Around the Web

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Monday 4 May 2015 at 2:28 am

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton

Drop by and see all the Steampunk-inspired creations made by participants of the Amethyst Aether Special Challenge!

Art Bead Scene

Check out Claire’s interview with Dawn of La Touchables - fascinating and inspiring!

Adventures in Dog Sitting

Connie’s been dog-sitting and watching TV and, of course, stitching. Read a brief review of her latest project and be sure to check out the free patterns page for a new addition.

Sea Inspired Necklace Project

Mermaids, fish, and starfish plus lots of wonderful glass beads make up this easy to assemble sea-themed necklace design.

Baby Shadow Box

Make a sweet dreams shadow box for new parents or for Mother’s Day. Include baby’s name and date of birth, a lullaby or poem.

Packing For A Cruise

Here are some must haves for cruising.

Beading Arts

Cyndi experiments a bit more with beaded 3D pieces.

Craft Links Collection

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 26 April 2015 at 8:24 am

Connie Gee’s Designs

Connie shares a current WIP (work in progress) and has some tips on using quarter stitches and blending filament.

Art Bead Scene

Check out Mary’s fun tutorial using macrame and leather!

Quick Craft Update

Adorable amigurumi overload! Owen the Monkey and Blair the Bunny are ready for their new home. Come say hello to them before they move on their way.

How To Make A Pom Pom

Here is an easy video tutorial on how to make your own pom pom and ideas to use them.

Clay Cross Stitch

Have you ever heard of clay cross stitch? The words “unique” and “original” hardly do justice to clay artist Eva Stosic’s latest adventures in clay.

Beading Arts

It’s important not to overwhelm a great focal piece with too much embellishment when you’re making a pendant. Come see how Cyndi handled that in her latest bead embroidery piece!

Crafting Deadlines, Challenges, Fish Extenders, & Other Crafts

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Saturday 18 April 2015 at 9:46 am

Art Bead Scene Inside the Studio: Humblebeads

Heather gives us a peak into her studio while she’s prepping for a trunk show at the same time she has to keep up with regular orders. How do you cope when you have too many deadlines?

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton

Stop by and check out the fun projects that the participants of the Frenzied Motion Challenge made!

Fish Extenders and Finished Bags

Finally finished the Fish Extender Bags! Tappingflamingo also show some of the gift ideas she has come up with.

Butterfly Spring Card Design

“Hello.” Here’s a bright cheery butterfly spring card with die cut embellishments to brighten someone’s day.

Blue Glass Solar Lights

Cherie’s playing with blue glass again! She’s made some solar lights for the garden.

Beading Arts

Cyndi has compiled a links list of her tutorials for little seed bead components that are endlessly useful in her work!

Yarn Review and Bead Crochet

This video craft podcast is full of knitting, crochet, and beading! Take out your current craft project, and craft-along with the Crafty Princess.

Free Crafting Patterns, Projects, and Some Challenges

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Saturday 11 April 2015 at 8:43 am

5 Free Art Bead Jewelry Projects

Today Heather brings you a preview of the projects featured in the 2015 Bead Cruise Program.

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton

Winter is coming… actually, it’s spring, but the new season of Game of Thrones starts soon. See what Andrew created for a jewelry challenge that pays homage to the books and television series.

Connie Gee’s Designs

Prims are all the rage these days and Connie is fascinated with them. She’s added a new free pattern that is inspired by all the primitive designers she admires. It will have you “crowing” in anticipation of a quick finish.

Dazzle-It Rings: Great Beginner’s Bead Weaving Projects

If you’d like to try bead weaving, here’s a great way to learn. Look at the ring Eileen made in her first attempt.

Beading Arts

Cyndi has been experimenting with using multiple ribbons as a background for bead embroidery.

Video Needle Review

Learn the pros and cons of the Knit Picks Interchangeable Nickel Plated Needle Set.

Beads, Stitching, and Bunny Crafting

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Saturday 4 April 2015 at 9:53 am

Art Bead Scene

Check out our new challenge piece for the month ahead!

A Bead A Day

Enjoy seeing how beaders use the same supplies in their own unique ways? Check out this blog-hop reveal!

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton

Check out what the Inspired by Reading Book Club members made for their March selection, “Home” by Toni Morrison!

Sweet Harmony Cross Stitch Pattern

Connie has added another free pattern that is suitable for cross stitch on Aida, linen, stitching over one, or even needlepoint.

Beaded Crosses

Cherie makes crosses with beads and baubles. Her latest crafty obsession!

Thumbprint Bunny Tea Towel

Kids can help make these thumbprint bunny tea towels. They make charming housewarming gifts and fun keepsakes for grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Win a Free Knitting Book!

Show off your finished crafting objects and get a chance to win a copy of a new knitting book coming out this month!

Beading Arts

Have you ever tried making an orb shape to bead? It’s not as hard as Cyndi first thought!

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!

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