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Graphic 45 Little Women Giveaway Winner!

Thanks to all our readers who entered our National Scrapbook Day giveaway! Thank you to Graphic 45 for sharing your beautiful products with Craft Critique readers!

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Alicia Simon is the lucky winner of this classic Graphic 45 Little Women collection kit! Please check your email inbox for details on how to collect your prize!

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If you aren’t the lucky winner of this Graphic 45 collection, you can find it at A Cherry On TopAmazon, and Scrapbook.com.

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National Scrapbook Day Giveaway – Win Graphic 45 Little Women!

Welcome to National Scrapbook Day on Craft Critique! I’ve got a great giveaway to celebrate with thanks to Graphic 45 – and a simple layout that I hope will get you inspired to scrapbook today!

[Disclosure: Some links below are links to Nally Studios advertisers or are affiliate links that pay a commission at no cost to the reader when a purchase is made after a click.]

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This new Graphic 45 collection celebrates the classic book “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott. Every young girl who reads the story sees herself in one of the four sisters whose lives share the book’s pages. (Of course, I’m a Jo!) This gorgeous celebration of reading and storytelling is perfect for scrapbooking any number of childhood moments.

I chose a photo of my daughter reading with her daddy to share with this collection. This is an old photo, over ten years old, part of a stash of forgotten enlargements I recently rediscovered while cleaning my mess, I mean studio.

Graphic 45 Little Women layout

Supplies Needed:

The diagonal color blocking is a dramatic look. But it worked great – the photo of my daughter stood out brilliantly against the blue background and then the darker side of the photo stands out on the yellow print. The yellow paper balances the yellow on the layout by sitting opposite the yellow on my daughter’s pajamas.

I did the same color balancing with the pink & green, pairing the two pink elements on opposing sides of the diagonal divide and giving them green accents. The flower die is a Graphic 45 Staple and the layers work together beautifully! I used three graduated shades of cardstock (lighter on the bottom) to create the flower and give the illusion of shading.

The quote card was the perfect choice because it included the word “storybook) and it pulled the blue background print over to the other side of the diagonal.

So, are you ready for the giveaway? One lucky reader is going to win a Graphic 45 Little Women collection pack!

How To Enter: All you have to do to have a chance to be the lucky winner is leave a comment on this entry before 11:59PM US eastern time on Wednesday night, May 9th, 2018. Make sure you include your email address in the line reserved for it on the comment form (for your own protection, don’t put it in the text of the comment, where it will be visible to the public – just in the line labeled “email” in the form where only Craft Critique staff can see it). We will need it to notify you if you are a winner. Winners will be drawn by random drawing from all eligible entries. One entry per person. Sorry, US delivery addresses only.

But that’s not all! We’re giving away a different Graphic 45 collection on each of our Nally Studios websites today to celebrate National Scrapbook Day! Don’t miss your chance to win them all! Visit the links below to enter the giveaways on our other websites!

Thanks for sharing your National Scrapbook Day with Craft Critique and Nally Studios!

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Giveaway | Happy Birthday to Me and Mod Podge!

Today isn’t just my birthday (although that is cause enough for celebration) – something else special is having a birthday today. It’s Mod Podge’s 50th Birthday!

National Mod Podge Day

Mod Podge is celebrating all day today (Friday) with National Mod Podge Day, starting at 9am eastern. It will be filled with livestreams, projects, and giveaways. To get all of the details visit their special Mod Podge 50th Birthday page.

But why not get the party started here and now? It’s my birthday and I’ll giveaway if I want to!

Thanks to the wonderful and generous folks at Plaid, I’ve got a package of Mod Podge goodies to give away to one lucky Craft Critique reader!

National Mod Podge Day Giveaway

This package is a $50 value and includes:

  • 8 oz. Mod Podge Gloss
  • 8 oz. Mod Podge Matte
  • 8 oz. Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe Gloss
  • 2 oz Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium
  • Mod Podge Silicone Craft Mat
  • 7 piece Mod Podge Tool Kit
  • Mod Podge 4pc Spouncer Set
  • Mod Podge 4pc Foam Brush Set

HOW TO ENTER: To enter this giveaway, leave a comment below telling me what your favorite thing is to do with Mod Podge! Deadline for entries is 11:59pm eastern time on Sunday, May 21st, 2017. One entry per person. Sorry, US entries only. Winner will be chosen by random drawing.

Tour the 2017 Creativeworld Trend Show

One of the signature events of the Creativeworld trade show in Frankfurt, Germany in late January every year is its Trend Show. For 2017, the Creativeworld trend show was the event’s most expansive yet, featuring three themed display areas and multiple hands on areas for attendees to experience.

[Disclaimer: Messe Frankfurt and its Creativeworld show are a sponsor of this website.]

Creativeworld 2017 Trend Show

Source – Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Marc Jacquemin

One of the hands-on areas in the Creativeworld Trend Show is the reading area, where long tables are covered with a huge variety of craft industry publications from around the world for show attendees to peruse, enjoy, and learn from.

Creativeworld Trend Show Reading Area

Of course, the publications are in a variety of written languages. But as I noted in my Scrapbook Update article about the language barrier at the Creativeworld show, creativity is a common language. Even if you don’t understand the written language, there’s still much to be learned and appreciated from the pictures. (I’m pretty sure I confused the heck out of a flight attendant on a previous trip home from the show because I was flipping through a German language magazine and then asked her if she spoke English! But I just couldn’t resist grabbing a couple of magazines in the airport to soak up some German style!)

Craft Books

If you wanted to do more than look at the trends or pictures of other people’s work, there was plenty of chance to do that too. The workstation area hosted a variety of projects in different crafts that let show attendees put the trends they saw into action.

Creativeworld Trend Show Workstation

But the true heart of the Creativeworld Trend Show is the three large display areas that each focused on a different trend “style” for the next year, and showed examples of it in action. Here’s a look at them!

Trend: Whimsy

Whimsy is described by the Messe as “a trend full of contrasts”. It’s bright, colorful, and full of busy pattern.

Source – Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH

The whimsy style loves geometric shapes added over materials such as light wood, and using materials like perler beads to create ultra modern jewelry.

Perla Bead Necklaces

It’s color on color, pattern on pattern, combining to the edge of visual chaos.

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Whimsy is perfect for fabric artists of all kinds, who can stencil on and combine patterned fabrics.

Whimsy trend sewing

There’s also a touch of what the Messe calls the “bizarre” and “outlandish” in Whimsy, such as these animal statues.

Source – Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Marc Jacquemin

And strange combinations of things are part of the Whimsy trend as well…such as putting “eyes” on this knitted hat.

Source – Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Marc Jacquemin

The next Trend Show trend is almost the polar opposite of Whimsy…it’s called Thoughtful.

Trend: Thoughtful

Messe Frankfurt describes the Thoughtful trend as “delicate and modest”. It is neutral, light, and enhanced with subtle patterns.

Source – Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH

Soft pastel rose & blue, along with white, are a big part of the thoughtful trend. Delicate florals like those below are also a big part of the trend.

Creativeworld Thoughtful Trend

The delicate patterns aren’t just florals, though. There’s also simple line patterns such as on these bottles, and cross hatches.

Source – Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Marc Jacquemin

The third trend is almost somewhat of a blend of the first two…Imperfect.

Trend: Imperfect

This trend was labeled as “the new perfection” by Messe Frankfurt.

Source – Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH

Materials like denim, with hand stitching and hand cut shapes, rule in the Imperfect style.

Creativeworld Imperfect trend

In the perfect Imperfect world, even the patterns that cover items like notebook covers are hand drawn, leaving a feeling of creative spontaneity.

Creativeworld Imperfect trend

Brush painting is another way of creating a feeling of perfect imperfection, and translates to a variety of designs and projects.

Creativeworld Imperfect trend

First Impressions of Floradecora 2017

This year, in addition to the shows we’re used to seeing in Frankfurt at Messe Frankfurt the last weekend of January, show attendees visiting for the Creativeworld, Paperworld and Christmasworld were greeted with a new addition: Floradecora!

[Disclosure: Messe Frankfurt, which puts on Floradecora, is a sponsor of this website.]

Floradecora, designed as an additional draw for the seasonal buyers who attend Christmasworld and the craft and garden center buyers who attend Creativeworld, is all about flowers! For show attendees who were coming from parts of the globe buried in snow, walking into Floradecora was like getting an explosion of spring and summer to blow away the winter blues. (But I recommend bringing your antihistamine if you are an allergy sufferer, because all of these beautiful flowers crammed in the exhibit halls come with a hefty dose of sneeze inducing pollen!)

Floradecora 2017

It’s hard to call what you see on this show floor “booths” since the displays are like walking through a massive garden. Each company has brought their various cut and seasonal floral products to display in abundant glory for maximum. Why display a dozen tulips when you can display ten dozen in a rainbow of colors?

Floradecora 2017

Since Floradecora is something of a brand extension of Christmasworld, there were lots of holiday offerings to see. These poinsettias, of course, are a Christmas classic, available in many a store come holiday time. (Much of the U.S. thinks of these as potted plants but where I live in Florida, we can grow them outside. I still can’t get quite used to seeing porches full of pots of them at the holidays!)

Floradecora Poinsettia

It wasn’t just raw plants on display…there was also companies offering plants that were packaged, like these mini evergreen plants that were potted and decorated to look like Christmas trees for sale at the holidays.

And there was also fresh floral seasonal home decor items on offer. This gorgeous fresh evergreen wreath will look seasonal through the Christmas holidays but not look out of place continuing to hang through the winter in cold weather areas.

Floradecora 2017If you’re sick of winter and would like to see something a bit more spring-y….tulips were a popular offering at Floradecora, perhaps because of its vicinity to the Netherlands, home of the world’s most famous tulip fields.

Floradecora TulipsWho knew there were so many color variations of tulips?

Floradecora TulipsThere was also fancy versions of tulips on offer, including some with ruffled and frayed edges on them, and interesting color variations.

Floradecora TulipsJust like with Christmas, there were packaged plant options for spring on display as well. These spring bulb live plant offerings are right in line with the current craze for chickens in home decor.

Floradecora Spring FlowersAnd of course, there had to be plenty of the queen of all flowers, the rose! There were masses of them in all shades, hybrids and stages of bloom.

Floradecora RosesAnd yes, they smelled as good as they looked! If it weren’t for my allergies making my face turn into something resembling the great pumpkin, I could have spent all day just breathing in the beautiful smells!

Floradecora RoseEverywhere you turn at the show there are beautiful flowers for every occasion…there was also a huge display of these lilies in white.

Floradecora 2017Here in Florida, it’s popular to buy potted orchids to grow in homes, so I’m used to seeing them for sale in stores. But I’ve never seen quite this many – or this many different size options – in one place before. Those ones on the far right are huge!

Floradecora 2017

Not all of the flowers on display at Floradecora were in their natural state. I’d never seen glitter dipped roses before, but it seems like they would be perfect for a special occasion like a formal wedding.

Floradecora Glittered Roses

And some of the floral offerings weren’t natural at all! These roses by Primera were made of wax! These would be great where live flowers are unsuitable, and silks are impractical as well. They seem able to stand up to conditions that would crush or damage silks, and won’t move in the wind like silks will.

Floradecora 2017

The Primera roses come packaged in boxes, and are available in various quantities.

Floradecora 2017

The Primera booth had some absolutely gorgeous samples on display that showed off what could be done with the wax roses to create arrangements for a formal event.

Floradecora 2017

This was only the first year for Floradecora, and like Creativeworld has the past 7 years, it will surely grow and change as it matures in future years. I look forward to seeing how it develops!

A look at the Krylon 2016 Product Line

This year Krylon is introducing some fabulous new products for both indoor and outdoor home decor projects. They will still offer their traditional spray paints that we all know and love, but this year Krylon has added some fun new paints that allow crafters like me to be a bit more creative both indoors and out. The Krylon booth at a trade show I attended displayed some fun home decor project ideas.

The booth was created to look like a home with DIY home decor projects displayed booth inside the home and outside the home. When you first entered their booth, you were greeted by this creative display of DIY outdoor home decor projects that were done using various Krylon products.

The Krylon House

One of my favorite products is their textured spray paint line. The planters below are painted with the Krylon “Stone Coarse Texture” Spray Paint. I love how they make the planters “pop”.

Krylon Planters

The texture is hard to see in this picture, but it looks amazing in person. It feels like sand but with a slightly rougher texture.

Close up of the Planter decorated with Krylon Stone Coarse Texture Spray Paint

I found the best way to use the textured spray paint is to apply even coats and allow the piece to dry for around six to eight hours between coats. I found two to three coats gave me the best results. You may find that waiting for the paint to completely dry between coats (instead of just a few hours) will give you a much nicer result.

I used the textured paint to spray paint a plastic garden statue to make it look like metal. It worked really well for me.

Water cans painted with Krylon's Chalky Finish Spray Paint

Krylon is right on top of home decor trends in both their products and their color offerings. I have seen so many fun home decor projects on Pinterest featuring various chalky paints. I loved the DIY outdoor home decor watering can project displayed at the base of the garden that also does double duty displaying the house (booth number) address. It is a really fun outdoor home decor project that uses the Krylon “Chalky Finish” spray paint.

Being able to paint metal and get a similar “Chalky Paint” result is a real bonus and time saver for me. I am going to borrow the watering can idea and paint some of the planters that line the front of my house. I think I will also place some light-reflecting address numbers (which are easier to see at night) on them to make it easier for family and friends to find my house when they visit.

Outdoor Wicker Chair DIY Project by Krylon using the Colormaster Spray Paints.

If you have some outdoor furniture you want to give a face lift, then the Krylon “Colormaster Paint + Primer”series of spray paints is a great tool.

A close up of the finish on the Wicker chair painted with the Krylon Colormaster Spray Paint.

It adheres really well to a variety of materials and gives a nice opaque coverage. The wicker chair in the photo above was originally blue and was painted using the Krylon Colormaster paint. The Krylon Colormaster line is available in a wide selection of colors and is fairly easy to find in stores.

Wicker Baskets Painted with Krylon Spray Paint.

The Krylon Colormaster “Paint & Primer” line is perfect for use in indoor DIY home decor projects too. It adheres to a variety of materials, making it easy to use for accent colors in home decor projects. I have used this paint to cover a variety of objects in my home. I love how well the paint covers, and how it looks when used.

I have found that this paint can be layered to achieve a very opaque look. It depends on the base color. I have covered beige with only one coat but found dark blue to require a second coat to give full coverage.

The sprayer tip on this can is great. I found I did not have a sore finger after painting my project like I did with other spray paint products. Another thing that keeps me buying more cans of this paint is that I found I don’t have the worries of runs or drips with this paint.

This is wonderful paint to work with, as long as you follow the manufacturer’s suggestions for use. Each paint has directions on the can, and you can also find more information on the Krylon website.