I’ve been sewing all of my life, having learned at my mom’s sewing machine when I was very young. Although I grew up watching my mom sew clothes, my passion for sewing is less about fashion and more in the craft and home decor type of project.
Pocket Scrapbooking is all the rage in the crafting community. Are you looking for a way to document your life without needing to spend hours upon hours of time decorating scrapbook pages? Pocket scrapbooking is what you need. I recommend it to everyone.
I have been an avid pocket scrapbooker for the last 3 years. I first dabbled in pocket scrapbooking because traditional scrapbooking was intimidating to me. A layout seems so big compared to my favorite craft of card making. Pocket scrapbooking offered a larger size project on a smaller scale….which sounds contradictory, of course. What I’m trying to convey is that each of the little pockets can be considered an individual canvas. Each pocket allows you to create a new little project and all of the smaller elements in conjunction create a larger masterpiece. You can create a large scale project, but by creating it one small piece at a time.
The introduction of the Close To My Heart brand to the pocket scrapbooking scene brought another level of ease to scrapbooking. With coordinated designs and one central location to purchase, plus the expertise of a consultant and quality that CTMH is known for, you are sure to discover a new love of the concept!
I got a chance to work with Close To My Heart’s “Picture My Life” Laughing Lola pocket scrapbooking kit. Continue Reading →
If you are not already familiar with this product, then you are going to love the Niji Splash Ink line of paints developed by artist Karen Elaine Thomas for Yasutomo.
Karen has developed a system for mixing vibrant colors that are versatile and permanent. I love painting products that can be used in a variety of ways and this product is so versatile that it actually is a great basic investment for my many crafting needs. Continue Reading →
I recently bought myself a “We R Memory Keepers Washi Tape with Dispenser” to hold my collection of washi tape. I was going to purchase just the dispenser but found this fabulous deal and had to have it. The dispenser alone is currently about $20 but for about $32 it can be purchased with a really nice selection of 20 rolls of washi tape already included. The price of the tapes alone made this a great deal. I usually pay between $3 to $5 for a roll of washi tape. These tapes are great quality and buying them in the kit was a tremendous saving. It was like getting the dispenser for free! (This kit has been sold in Costco several times for $20-$22, but it is still a fabulous deal even at $32.) Continue Reading →
Most of us who crochet tend to look to the internet when we are searching out new ideas or inspiration. In this age of Pinterest, Ravelry, and a tremendous amount of crochet video tutorials on YouTube, sometimes it’s hard to imagine what a crochet book might offer that the internet does not.
In the book “Rustic Modern Crochet: 18 Designs Inspired by Nature” by Yumiko Alexander, the benefit is found in the innovation of the designs and patterns. Continue Reading →
The Tulip Dual-Tip Fabric Markers are the first fabric makers I have used and actually been happy with the results. The dual-tip allows you to use them for a variety of projects, and the neon colors are so vibrant and fun. These markers have a permanent ink that does not need to be heat set. Just wait 24 hours and it is safe for machine washing.
Working with the extra fine tip (shown below) is just like using a regular pen. Continue Reading →
The Crystal Katana by Crystal Ninja has been making a big splash in the craft world since it was a “Hot 20″ award winner at the Craft & Hobby Association’s 2013 winter show. [Disclosure: Craft Critique's owner/editor Nancy Nally was a judge for the Hot 20 awards.] When I first looked at it myself I have to admit that I was not impressed despite all of the hype. I thought, how could this little tool change my crafting world? Well, was I completely wrong!
The Crystal Katana has a wax tip that allows you to pick up crystals, beads, buttons, pearls and even small pieces of paper! After trying it, I am in love! The other end has a needle tip that allows you to adjust placement once a small item (like a rhinestone) has been attached to a larger object. There is also a foam pad that is perfect for holding your embellishments and picking them up off from.
I wanted to test it out on an actual project, so I looked through my craft stash and found some flat backed rhinestones to attach to a letter M. I worked with Ranger Glue n’ Seal (because it has a brush built in to the lid) and in small sections. Continue Reading →