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The Martha Stewart Show: Impressions from the Audience

Reported by Dana Vitek and Sarah Moore

Before you read about our adventures with Martha be sure to enter the three amazing giveaways brought to you by Plaid, EKSuccess, and Provocraft

We were thrilled to get the invitation to visit the Martha Stewart Show live and in-person. Martha’s staff was amazing, and we got lots of special perks for being in Martha’s “Tech Section.” We got a special tour of the set, premium seating (we got a lot of camera time!), and permission to blog and tweet during the show.
Craft Critique hosted a tweetchat, which you can find here (#mscraftwk), which was fast-paced and very fun! Our friends from BurdaStyle, CRAFT, and Handwerk BKLYN joined in the fun from the audience.

Nora from BurdaStyle and Sarah from Craft Critique

The set was full of energy – staff members buzzing around making things look perfect, camera guys capturing all the right angles, and Joey Kola keeping the audience hopping during the commercial breaks. Between all the off-camera activity, the quick set changes, and our furious tweeting and blogging, it was almost bewildering at times. That hour sure went quickly!

Joey warms up the crowd before the show

The staff at the Martha Stewart Show couldn’t have been more gracious or accommodating. These kind folks always had their game-faces on, and we could tell that they all thrived on the fast pace and close quarters.

The studio is very large and spacious… bright too!
We were given a tour of the show floor. Here is Brooklynn Morris from Craftzine snapping some shots
Sneaking behind Joey during the tour!
Everything in the studio is usable… And so lovely.
Martha has all her Plaid paints very organized.
The view from where Martha stands. How about those bright lights?!?
Check out Martha’s shoes! Those are some high heels!

Last but not least we snapped a picture with Martha herself! She was super nice and cheerful and we were so grateful she took the time. We don’t have a copy of the pictures yet… But when we do we will post them here!
Thanks all for sharing in our adventures!


Sponsor Feature/Giveaway EKSuccess

Tuesday was the day! We were honored to have been invited to a special Crafts Week episode of the Martha Stewart Show. We were featured for being craft bloggers and seated in a special section of the audience. You can read more about our adventures this evening… now it’s time for another celebratory giveaway and sponsor feature! Read on to learn how you can win a huge prize pack from our sponsor EKSuccess.

Of course you know EKSuccess from their amazing line of Martha Stewart Crafts products, but there is so much more to EKSuccess. We wanted to make sure you knew about all their other brands.

If you love Martha Stewart Crafts, then you’ll love the full line of EKSuccess tools. Designed with the same dependable ingenuity as the MSC line, these punches come in hundreds of designs. Also be sure to check out the EK adhesives. Their 2-way glue is one of my favorites.

The Perler Bead line is fast becoming a classic kids craft. Now available in regular- or jumbo-sized beads, this line is affordable, unisex and imagination building!

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K&Company has always been a staple in the scrapbook industry. Their classic designs, are appealing to many a scrapper: dependable, lovely double-sided papers and embellishments. Then Smash walked in! This forward-thinking line is really youthful, energetic and unique. I especially love the Smash Stick, one side glue, one side pen…perfect for Smashing on the go!

Dimensions Needlecrafts creates needlework patterns: cross-stitch, crewel, needlework, felting and more. Wonderful designs in multiple genre.

Inkadinkadoo stamps and stamping tools are a must for any stamper. Hundreds of designs, embossing powders, inks and stencils suitable for all tastes.

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EKSuccess is also offering a generous “Best of EKSuccess Brands Prize Pack” for one of our lucky readers featuring items from all these lines and more! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post. We will select a random winner on Monday, October 10th.

A big thanks to all our sponsors. Tune in later today to read all about our trip to visit Martha Stewart in NYC.


Sponsor Feature/Giveaway: Plaid Crafts

Keep reading for a wonderful giveaway…

The Craft Critique team is in New York City to cover Martha Stewart’s newest season on the Hallmark Channel. This week is Craft Week, and we were invited to blog the show live during taping today at 10:00 am EST. Don’t forget to join us for our Tweetchat today during the show… prizes will be given, and our sponsors will be participating, available to answer your crafty questions about all things Martha and more!

We will be hosting a tweetchat today, Tuesday, October 4th starting at 10:00 am EST.
To participate in the Tweetchat just go to and enter hashtag #mscraftwk

Join me in thanking our next Martha Craft Week sponsor, Plaid. Plaid has been a staple in the industry for years, producing high-quality craft products in multiple genre. Their latest release of Martha Stewart Craft Paints is one of the most exciting paint products to come out in a long time. We love the color palate, and that the paints can be used on multiple surfaces, indoors or out, and are even dishwasher safe! Of course, the accessories Martha and Plaid designed for this line are also impressive: brushes, daubers and my personal favorite, a spray applicator!

Click on any of the images below to start shopping! Or visit Michael’s Stores nationwide

The glitter line is one of my favorites. This paint is perfect to glitz up all your holiday projects.

Can’t paint a straight line? Try the Stencils in the Martha line. Shapes, florals, letters… All Martha-approved and lovely!

How crazy cool is this striping brush? I’d love to try this on my scrapbook pages!

Need to cover a larger surface with an ultra smooth finish? Try the revolutionary spray painting kit. This turns any of the satin finish paints into spray paint:

Plaid is also generously offering Martha Stewart Craft prize packs for 2 of our lucky readers! To enter the giveaway just leave a comment letting us know what you would paint with these wonderful colors. We will select two winners on Monday, October 10th.

Be sure to “like” Plaid on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @PlaidCrafts.