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Colorful Plastic Storage with Duck Tape!

My craft room is in a process of change right now, to accommodate some old interests I’ve been spending more time on lately (like sewing) and some new ones (like knitting and jewelry).

I had an open space under the window that could take a new storage unit. I needed storage space for fabric and yarn. I found a unit the perfect size and configuration for my needs at my local Walmart – a 5 drawer Sterilite drawer unit.

sterilite-drawers

The two flat drawers on top are perfect for my thread and beading supplies, while the bottom larger drawers would be perfect for items like fabric and yarn. Continue Reading →

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Review | Duck Prism Adhesive Crafting Sheets

The Duck Prism Sheets (Swirl pattern) were a creative challenge that I was excited to try out. I didn’t have a project in mind when I started, but wanted to see what these metallic, adhesive sheets were capable of.Duck Prism Crafting SheetsI had seen Duck brand tape sheets in the craft stores, but these are different than the standard Duck Tape material.  They are thin and metallic, similar to a mylar ballon. Below you can see the thin adhesive sheet and backing (after I started cutting it up). Continue Reading →

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Project | Cross Stitch Card

Long before I was a scrapbooker, I was into cross-stitch. I’ve long been familiar with the concept of adding small pieces of cross-stitch to my paper crafting projects, but up until now I’ve not done it because combining Aida fabric with my paper projects takes extra steps to protect the fabric from fraying and adhere it.

But then this book from Annie’s Paper Crafts landed on my desk, and I discovered that there is a material that I’d never heard of before that makes it easy to make a cross stitch card: perforated paper.

Easy Cross-Stitch Cards coverThe book was Easy Cross-Stitch Cards & Tags, which contains 27 cross-stitch projects that are designed to be made with perforated paper and then finished into cards and tags using paper crafting supplies. Continue Reading →

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Books | Scrapbooking Mystery: Gossamer Ghost [Giveaway]

If you are a scrapbooker who is also into mysteries, then Laura Childs has the perfect series for you. The new addition of Gossamer Ghost this month makes a creepy total of 12 books in her bestselling Scrapbooking Mystery series of books.

The series centers around scrapbook store owner Carmela Bertrand, who has an unsettling habit of tripping over dead bodies in New Orleans’ French Quarter. Of course, she then has to solve the mysteries surrounding their deaths, earning her a reputation as an amateur crime solver. She does all of this in between running her successful store, Memory Mine, and attending all New Orleans most glittering society events.

Gossamer Ghost Continue Reading →

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Comparison | Painting Mason Jars

Painting-Mason-JarsMason jars are very trendy lately, and painting them has been catching on as well. But they aren’t the easiest surface to work with…how do you know what to use? I decided to buy a box of pint mason jars, experiment with various paint mediums, and share the results with Craft Critique’s readers to find out!

After experimenting over the course of doing this project, I learned a few tips that help to improve the results when painting mason jars.

The first thing I learned was that priming the jars can help with both the application and the final appearance of the paint if you are using an opaque paint (obviously for a transparent color, the priming would show). I used Krylon ColorMaster Primer in White to prime most of the jars that I painted below, placing them upside down on a scrap piece of 1×2 and standing outside to spray them. Then I propped the 1×2 against the side of my desk while the jar dried. One coat of primer was sufficient to provide a base for painting over. Continue Reading →

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