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Martha Stewart Crafts HSN Sneak Peek

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While on our trip to NYC for the taping of the Martha Stewart Show Craft Hour, we got some very special sneak peeks during our tour of the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia offices. Not only did we get to see some upcoming ideas for new Martha Stewart Craft products but we also got to see some of the projects that will be tonight on HSN. Starting at midnight EST, you can watch Martha and Alex Perruzzi present some great deals on her popular tools, embellishments and unveil a few new kits.

Lucky you, the awesome craft staff at MSLO let us shoot some sneak peeks to share with our readers. They are a bunch of amazing artists and crafters, and their work is always inspiring, like these awesome projects that show off all the ways you can use the Martha Stewart Score Board

You can create a whole lemon-themed party complete with decorations, invitations, and favors so simply.

These great projects mostly feature the Aster Deep Edge punch and the ways in which it was used are just genius. This punch will be exclusive to HSN.

Create a gift box topper, garland, or card with this easy to use punch. And we just love the napkins designed with the help of this simple punch, freezer paper, and fabric paint.

This next set of projects is going to blow your mind. These are all created with the Martha Stewart Screw Punch. Yep, that’s right a simple little tool that just punches holes made all these amazing projects.

I could not get over how clever those fabric crafts are with just a screw punch, freezer paper, and fabric paint. Note to self, add freezer paper and fabric paint to shopping list, these were super popular supplies in their projects.

Remember how I said in my trend spotting report last week that lace is super popular right now? Well, it was very apparent at MSLO. These projects all use the Daisy Lace Deep edger punch, Vintage Doily Punch Around The Page, and the Scalloped Dot Square Punch Around the Page. The springy colors are very eye-catching.

The combination of the scoring with the score board and the punch on these straws are genius. And putting a bird on it always helps.

Simple party favors get all dolled up by just using these delicate designs on basic paper treats.

And the last set of projects are made with what I am predicting will be a very popular kit on HSN, the Pearl Embellishment Kit.

Using the punches and pearls together turn ordinary projects into extraordinary projects. 

Gorgeous headbands and barrettes made with all the different Martha Stewart pearls. Great for all those springtime ensembles.

Take an plain old box and turn it into something amazing by just adding self adhesive pearls.

Be sure to tune in tonight at midnight EST on HSN to see these as well as many other great projects, exclusive products, and great deals.

Crafty Holiday Gift Wrap

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year again, and once you are finished with all your holiday purchases, it’s time to get wrapping. Gift wrapping can be such a creative outlet, so go ahead and put those crafty items to use and jazz up those boxes this year!

Sure, I like traditional wrapping paper just like the next guy, but newspaper can work too—and can cost nothing.

Start with a plain wrapped box. I like to use the property sales section of the paper since it is all words and no pictures.

Next, simply add some bakers twine and some punched snowflakes. Here, I used the Martha Stewart Alpine and Himalayan snowflake craft punches, as well as her red and white bakers twine.

Another option would be to use those snowflakes directly on the newsprint and write the recipients name with marker.

Or jazz up this idea with some of the Martha Stewart glitter glue. Here I added the garnet, onyx and Carrara marble.

Look at all that sparkly glitter, with none of the mess!

Don’t like or have newspaper? Try some plain tissue paper. I like to double wrap my gifts in tissue so that none of the print from the box shows through.

You can decorate simply by adding a piece of your favorite patterned paper like I did here with a strip of last year’s holiday paper from Cosmo Cricket.

Or you can create a cool paper snowflake for the top that will wow anyone on your list. First, you will need six pieces of white copy paper cut 2″ x 2″.

Fold each piece on the diagonal.

Then you are going to use a ruler and mark one of the pieces like below, so that you will be making even cuts on each piece but not all the way through the top. Cut each piece using this first as a guide.

Next, open the pieces and begin gluing the centers together. I used Scotch Quick Dry Tacky Adhesive because, well, it’s quick. If you are using patterned paper or cardstock you will need stronger glue but for this light copy paper, I just held each in place for a few moments and they were set. The first piece with look something like this.

Then, flip it over and glue the next. You will alternate with each section.

When you are finished, your piece will look like this. Glue each of your six pieces—it may take a little time, this part took the longest at 15 minutes.

Finally, glue the petals together. I used a button in the center, adhered with my hot glue gun, to hold the whole thing together. You can tie it on your package, and the recipient can use it as an ornament next year. I know this may seem slightly tedious but the entire process took me about 30 minutes. And don’t the very special people in your life deserve a paper snowflake?

There are other really great crafty gift wrap ideas online. Here are just a few to inspire you:

Got a great gift wrapping idea of your own? Is there a tutorial on your blog you’d like to share? Using your crafty products in a cool way this holiday season? Share your ideas in the Comments Section—we would love to hear about it!

CHA- Tools : We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy

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In recent years, We R Memory Keepers has become pretty well known for their crafting tools like the Crop-A-Dile. Well, now they have developed a tool to make stitching on your paper projects simpler. They call it the Sew Easy.

Now you can add stitching to your projects without taking out your sewing machine or lugging one with you when you’re crafting on the go. Each Sew Easy Piercer makes a different pattern of holes and allows you many options for stitch design depending on how you thread the embroidery floss through the holes. You can also run your piercer in a variety of shapes, so you are not limited to straight stitches.

The Sew Easy stitch piercer (roller-type tool) creates indentations, or perforations, on your surface. Use the piercing mat to protect your dining table! Then with a handy needle that comes with your tool, and some Sew Easy floss, you can make some hand-stitched, groovy borders, focal areas and embellishments along the tracks that you’ve made. There are scallop, zigzag, and blanket stitches to name a few. There are 10 main floss color options and 6 different roller heads (three different stitches on each).

So, do you think the Sew Easy will make you add more stitches to your projects and make it easier?