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Review | Tulip SuperBig One-Step Tie-Dye Kit

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Tulip Super Big Tie-Dye Kit

Tulip Super Big Tie-Dye Kit

Summer is coming, and what says summer more than tie dye?

The Tulip One-Step Super Big Tie Dye Kit provides almost everything you need to have a fun tie-dye party or project for an easy summer vacation kids craft project. The only thing you need to have on hand is the natural fiber item to dye, along with a large plastic zip lock bag, scissors and paper towels (or rags). These are items I usually have around the house, so it was no problem to get started on a project. Continue Reading →

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Chalk A Storage Bin with Cricut Stencil Vinyl!

[Disclaimer: Although I work for Cricut as a demonstrator, this product was independently purchased for my own use on a personal project that I was working on. Provo Craft has no knowledge of or input into this article. Some links in this article may be affiliate links that support Craft Critique if you make a purchase after clicking.]

Love the look of decorative chalk but are hopeless at freehand drawing and writing (like I am)? Maybe stenciling is the answer!

I bought this lovely tin basket at my local Michaels store, from their Make Market home decor collection, that is perfect for storing my oversized cards that I’ve made until they get used. But it had a (very trendy) chalkboard panel on the side.

If you know me at all, you know that doing freehand chalk work is absolutely not in my skill set! So how did I get such lovely looking chalking?

Make Market binI found the answer in a roll of the new Cricut Stencil Vinyl! The Cricut Stencil Vinyl is clear, and designed to be reusable. You can cut a stencil with your Cricut machine, stencil with it, and then save it to use again! Continue Reading →

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Review | Clover Pin ‘n Stow Magnetic Wrist Pin Caddy

Clover Pin & Stow Magnetic Pin HolderI recently had a chance to try out the Clover Pin ‘n Stow Magnetic Wrist Pin Caddy, and really like it. I found the Caddy to be a more convenient way than the more traditional pin cushion to hold my pins while pining my sewing project. If I am doing adjustments on my costume while using the mannequin, I prefer to not have to bend down to add a pin to my pin cushion. This product solved that problem!

The Pin ‘n Stow Magnetic Wrist Pin caddy was so easy to use. The green wrist part is adjustable and just slaps onto the wrist. It is also soft and quite comfortable to wear. Continue Reading →

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Book Review | Washi Tape by Courtney Cerruti

Washi Tape by Courtney Cerruti[Some links in this article may be affiliate links that help support the continued operation of Craft Critique if you make a purchase using them.]

Courtney Cerruti’s book “Washi Tape: 101+ Ideas for Paper Crafts, Book Arts, Fashion, Decorating, Entertaining, and Party Fun!” is full of quick and easy ideas for creating great projects with washi tape and decorative tape. 

The book begins with a short introduction to washi tape and examples of some of the different ways it can be used in DIY crafting. Courtney briefly reviews the various types of washi tapes on the market. She also touches on the decorative tapes that are sold with the washi tape name and those that are not, and points out the differences. It is brief overview but enough background to educate the reader about the tapes without taking up too much space in the book.

Washi TapeShe encourages the reader to try the various types and see which ones they enjoy working with. I have personally purchased both washi tapes and some of the new decorative tapes that are now available. Each type has good and bad features, and I use them according to the kind of project that I am creating.

After educating the reader on types of washi tape, the author explains what surfaces washi tape adheres well on, which lets the reader know that washi tape is not just for card making. Courtney also discusses which inks are good for writing on washi tape. The book includes ways to store tape, which is very helpful because once you get hooked on washi tape you will quickly build a collection!
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Upcycle a Skirt for Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! Earth Day is a great day to think about how to reduce, reuse, and recycle in our lives – and maybe save some money in the process, too!

I decided, in preparation for Earth Day here on Craft Critique, to head out to my local thrift store and see what I could find that could be repurposed or updated to be more useful.

The key to this kind of thrifting is to look at pieces not for what they are, but for what they could be. You’re not looking for pieces that are perfect. You’re looking for pieces that are perfect in their imperfection – meaning that they have solid bones that you can work with.

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Book Review | Mixed-Media Paint Box – Edited by Tonia Davenport

Mixed Media Paint Box coverMixed-Media Paint Box: Weekly Projects for a Year of Creative Exploration” is a collection of mixed media projects which were submitted by different artists to introduce the reader of a variety of techniques.  I came across this book while cruising the isles of my local bookstore and was so excited to locate such a great find. This book, published in 2010 by North Light Books, was published in the early rise of mixed media and features names such as Claudine Hellmuth and Kelly Rae Roberts that are now much more well known. Continue Reading →

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