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Bella Crafts Quarterly.Happy Halloween Birthday!
Bella Crafts Quarterly™ is also celebrating with a fabulous prize!
Crafts Quarterly turned 1 this October and our birthday gift to you is a jam
packed blog hop with the craft-industry’s top craft designers. The designers were ask to create a Halloween project using some great products that were sent to them for free by our
sponsors: Westcott®, Rowlux®,Spellbinders® and ILoveToCreate.
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Since my nieces and nephews are very young, I wanted to create a Halloween monster that would make them giggle. This project is so simple to create.
I used the Spellbinders® Cane Weave, 3D embossing folder and white Bristol paper to create some texture and then cut it with the Superellipse Nestabilities® cutting die, also by Spellbinders®. Once the paper was cut, I folded it in half and cut it to make the mouth. Then, I attached the white embossed paper to the Rowlux® purple sheet with Aleene’s® Tacky™ 2-sided Adhesive sheet. Then, I trimmed the excess purple sheet with the scissors Westcott® so there was a thin border around the white paper. I used Aleene’s® Tacky™ glue to outline the edge of the white paper and applied the Tulip® Fashion Glitter®, Orange Jewel, to the glue. I created two triangles as fangs and attached them to the mouth.
While the glue was drying, I made the eyes by creating two different sized circles from the Bristol paper. I also used the adhesive sheet to attach the purple Rowlux® sheet to the back of the eyes and trimmed the sheet so there was a thin border around the white circles. I used Aleene’s® Tacky™ glue to outline the edge of the white paper and add lines inside the eyes and applied the Tulip® Fashion Glitter®, Orange Jewel, to the glue. I use the Black Fine Jewel to create the center of the eye.
Did you know that you can punch holes in a 5 by 7-inch flat canvas? Well, you need a strong hole punch, but it can be done. I painted the canvas black and then punched two holes at the top. Next, I punched five holes in in the bottom of the canvas and added crystals to the bottom holes.
I cut the Rowlux® green sheet slightly less than 5 by 7-inches and then used the Aleene’s® Tacky™ 2-sided Adhesive Sheet to attach the green sheet to the painted canvas. I cut out the orange hair using the Rowlux® orange sheet and attached that to the top of the green rectangle. I added the eyes and mouth to the green sheet with the adhesive sheet. Then, I attached the black ribbon to the canvas. What I like about the Rowlux® sheets is that they have a fun design and gloss that adds to the fun of the monster.
Your little ones will love this type of Halloween monster for their bedroom door.
Love flowers? Yes, me too. So, when Schiffer Publishing asked if they could send me a free book, Fresh Floral Jewelry by Wendy Andrade, to review, I was delighted.
The first thing that struck me about the book was the quality of the book itself. Yes, I love digital, but the quality construction of this book really stood out to me. I noticed the high quality of the paper and printing immediately. You will too. The projects in this book are sophisticated, so the book construction really adds to the subject matter. The layout and photography are wonderful as well.
We often talk about mixing mediums in art, but Wendy Andrade takes it to a whole new level by adding fresh flowers to her beautiful designs. This book is great for those who love to make jewelry and those who love working with flowers. It’s the best of both craft worlds.
Like most jewelry-making books, the book does a great job of explaining the different materials and techniques that are used in the projects of the book. The book is broken out into the different seasons and flowers which you find throughout the year. They even give you the names of the flowers that are used in each project.
The step-by-step photographs and instructions in Fresh Floral Jewelry are easy to understand. The project instructions are well written and some even include patterns to follow. Many of the techniques will be easy to master and once you are familiar with the techniques, you will be able to use different color wires and flowers to really make the jewelry your own.
These 32 individual projects are statement jewelry pieces that will really add to a simple dress. As you will see by these beautiful photographs that are in the book, these projects are perfect for proms, dinner parties and even weddings.
With all the different colored jewelry wires in stores these days, you will be able to create a custom piece of jewelry that will work with any dress.
Make sure to visit the Schiffer Publishing website at ShifferBooks.com and check this book out for yourself. You’ll be happy you did.
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It is always fun to make chocolate-chip cookies and Pillsbury just made it more fun for me. They now have gluten-free chocolate-chip cookie dough. So, I can make cookies in a snap.
While they are delicious, my goal was to make cookies for a photo shoot. The cooking took very little time and I was ready to take my photographs as soon as the cookies cooled. I wanted to share my top tips for photographing your baked goods so these cookies, while they lasted, were my photographic subject for the day.
Photographing food is an art and if not done right, it can look unappetizing. Many stylist have tricks they use to make the food in magazines look wonderful. You do not have to go to great lengths to share your home-baked goods with your friends on the internet.
Here are my five tips for photographing your baked-goods for the internet.
- Get in close. You want to make sure your baked items are front and center as I did with these cookies. There is no mistaking that the cookies are the main subject of this photo.
- Photograph your best baked item. Pick out the baked goods that look the best and work with them. If it means that it is only one cookie, then work with the one cookie. After all, if the baked item doesn't look great before you take the photograph, it will not look great after you take the photograph.
- Avoid cluttered backgrounds. You want your friends to focus on the food and not what you have on your table or kitchen counter. A simple background will help you keep your baked-goods the star of the show.
- Photograph in natural light when possible. Natural light brings out the beauty of the subject and you won’t have to worry about adjusting the light balance of too yellow a light from kitchen lights.
- Keep shadows light by making sure your light source is filtered. If you are photographing your work near an opened door and you are getting shadows that are too harsh, move your photo shoot father away from the door so the light isn't as strong. The stronger the light, the harsher the shadows.
For more of my tips on photography for crafting, make sure to pick up the FREE digital copy of Bella Crafts Quarterly and read my Photo Talk™ column inside every issue.
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Warmer summer weather is here and it's time to
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You will learn how easy it is to create this fun handbag. It started out as an inexpensive canvas bag from my local craft store and in a few steps, it was a movie-star that was ready for its c
You will also find how easy it is to make this fun summer necklace. It is the perfect accessory for your summer outfits.
There are a slew of projects, craft-business related articles and interviews with professional-craft designers.
Did I mention that the digital version of the magazine is FREE to read online and to download? Pick up your copy now - and share the link with a friend so they can pick up their free digital copy too!
This handmade Mother's Day gift card was create with a brand-new rubber stamp line. These new rubber stamps will have you saying, "WOW". The die-cut circle on this Card uses Ann Butler's new stamp line by Unity Stamp Company. They are celebrating the launch of these stamps with a blog hop.
Make sure to visit all the blogs in this hop for some great ideas.
The die-cut circle on this card uses Ann's new stamps. There is a 50%-off coupon deal for anyone ordering the stamps between May 2 and May 6, 2013 at midnight CST. The coupon code is Unity5.
These stamps are very versatile, as you can see in the examples in this hop, and you can create a ton of different looks with each stamp set.
To create the pattern on the die-cut circle, I just placed all the stamps onto an acrylic-stamp base and then inked the stamps. The stamped pattern was created in seconds. Make sure to color the edges of the circle. While I used one color to stamp the design, you can use several colors.
This card is a perfect Mother's Day gift card for your Mother's Day gift. It's quick and easy to make. The card design is a great way to break out of the rectangle box that we normally use for cards. Off-setting the die-cut circle will give your card an up-scale look. A look that is sure to please your mom!
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Ah, the lazy days of summer! As you may know, I am a co-owner of Bella Crafts Quarterly. It's a craft magazine that you can read online or download for free. While there is a charge for the print version, the digital is free to read. The digital version is not a free sample - or free trial. It is the full magazine and the digital version is free to read online.
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Craft your own little zoo with this wonderful craft book. It is sure to be one of your favorite craft books of all time.
When I was asked if I wanted to review this fun craft book, I jumped at the chance. Who wouldn’t? They had me as soon as I saw that adorable cover and the inside of this craft book delivers as well.
There are 25 delightful animals that you can make with Myko’s easy-to-follow instructions. The first part of the book has everything you need to know about the craft materials you need to the basic craft instructions that will be used on all 25 charming animals – 26 if you count the fact that the little horse can be made into a unicorn. There is also a resource list in the back of the craft book that will help you find everything you need to make these little cuties.
Unlike other craft books, there is even a Tips and Troubleshooting Guide that will aid you in crafting.
Some of the endearing pompom creatures you can craft are birds, bunnies and kittens as well as an elephant, ladybug, teddy bear, pony, turkey and more.
Make sure to check out this delightful craft book today! You will be glad that you did.
About the Author:
Myko Diann Bocek grew up on a small farm in Delaware where she raised a menagerie of animals, and this childhood experience influences her work as an artist. She creates animals out of pompoms and needle-felted details and sells them through her Etsy shop (etsy.com/shop/MykoBocekStudios). Her work has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens and Celebrate 365.
Adventures in Pompom Land:
25 Cute Projects Made From Handmade Pompoms
By Myko Diann Bocek
$17.95 US; Paper
All in color; 8 X 10
On Monday April 8, I will guest post on Bella Craft Quarterly’s™ Blog. My post will discuss my 5 Top Tips for successful crafting. This PowerPoint presentation shows the highlights from the post. And, yes - I know the tips are out of order - but that is to keep you on your toes. lol.
The post can be found on the Bella BLOG page on Monday April 8. Make sure to leave your tips for successful crafting in the comments below the post on the Bella BLOG.
Spring into Spring!
Spring crafting is a time of renewal and simplicity. The fresh green of new leaves are found in faux pearls and ribbons. Even the glass in this project has a tint of green.
Get back to crafting by creating this fun project for your kitchen spices or bathroom cotton balls. This easy spring craft is a welcomed jewel in any room of your house or on your office desk. It makes a great gift as well. And, it really is an inexpensive spring craft project.
You can use any of the spring trendy colors to alter the lid of the jar. I loved the soft green spring colors, so that I why I decided to use them. This would be a fun party or dinner favor. Just add a battery-powered tea light and your guest will love their little gift.
While I purchased this jar for around three dollars, you can recycle baby jars or jelly jars. Do you use larger jars? They would work as well. The instructions to make this fun jar can be found in the spring issue of Bella Crafts Quarterly™.
There are so many great spring ribbons out this year. It will be hard to choose which one you will want to use, but you need to make sure the width of the ribbon matches the width of the lid.
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This quick spring craft is a great way to decorate your home for the spring season. All you need is a little bit of ribbon and a fabric flower and you are set to create.
Make sure to get the free instructions on my blog: Free Instructions
Cup-Sleeve Mini Album - Free Instructions in the current issue of Bella Crafts Quarterly. The magazine is free to read online and to download!
Easter Duct Tape Bunny Purse
This spring, you need a little duck to make a bunny! Don’t you love that Duct Tape now comes in so many great colors and patterns? I do too. So, I made this little Duct Tape purse as an Easter gift. Spring crafts are so much fun and this spring crafting idea is fast to make as well.
While you craft the bunny’s face from a fabric flower, the whiskers are thin strips of Duct Tape.
The construction of the purse is from duct tape and then you use rubber-stamping inks to soften the plastic look of the duck tape.
Make sure to get the free project instructions listed here on my blog: Free Instructions
March 2013 Article
in Scrap and Stamp Arts Magazine
in Scrap and Stamp Arts Magazine
Make sure to pick up the March issue of my Art Smarts!™ article and learn how to create this background paper and how to stamp on metal!
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Who said you can't play with your food?
These heart-shaped pancakes are a perfect example of how you can add some fun into an everyday food. You can find out how to make the pancakes in our magazine - Bella Crafts Quarterly.
While they are gluten-free, you can make the heart-shaped wonders with your regular pancake batter.
Also, look for inexpensive fun dishes and matching napkins to plate your food. I found these dishes on sale during the winter. They were from a summer line and were reduced in price. However, the red in the dishes was also perfect for Christmas and Valentine's Day. The price for the dish was under two dollars because they were from their 4th of July collection.
Creativity comes in many forms - how have you been creative today?
Cre8time.org and the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show
We left the cold of the northeast thinking we would have sunny and warm weather at CHA. That did not happen this year. It was warmer in the northeast than at CHA. But that did not stop us for getting our work done.
The Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show is a very big event. This year, I hosted one of the tables at the Round Table event. My table event was entitled Photo Talk™ spoke to various participants about photography. It was fun answering many of their questions regarding photographing their crafts.
Theresa Cifali, Lisa Rojas, Ann Butler and I worked on a display for the Cre8time.org booth. Cre8time.org just launched and it is designed to promote crafting and to help people get back to crafting. Make sure to visit the website and check out their video.
— Cre8time (@cre8time) January 23, 2013
The Designer Showcase was on the main floor this year and this is a sneak peek of part of my work. Unconstructed furniture is a big trend in home décor and I had a desire to work in wire. That is when I came up with this wire dress, which doubles as a tea-light holder. We shipped the dress in two pieces.
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The gloves were created from a vintage sweater that was no longer wearable. I was able to create soft gloves with a winter-white look.
The bracelet and necklace are SUPER easy to create and a lot of fun to wear.
You can find step-by-step instructions to create these projects and more in our new magazine. The magazine is FREE to read online and to download. Just visit our website: http://bellacraftsquarterly.com/current-issue
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The Halloween issue
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ranked #8 on Magcloud’s Top 15 Popular Magazine.
That was our preview issue!
Our Winter Journey issue is now live.
Bella Crafts Quarterly™ is a beautiful #1 FREE downloadable craft magazine published by four of the craft-industry’s top professional craft designers, Carol Heppner, Ann Butler, Lisa Rojas and Theresa Cifali, who create quality projects and are knowledgeable Professional Craft Designers. All four of us are Design-Section Members of the Craft and Hobby Association.
Both the online and downloadable (digital) versions of the magazine are available free. The print version is available for a fee at Magcloud.com.
What will you find in Bella Crafts Quarterly?
- Artist to Artist – Interviews with our industry’s creative professionals
- Blog Star – Creative bloggers share their experiences
- Craft Projects – Craft projects designed to inspire
- Crea8time.com – A quick project to help readers reconnect with crafting
- Photo Talk – Taking your photographs to the next level
- Lessons with Lisa – Crafting advice to make a difference in the crafter’s life
- Live Links – Our digital versions contain live links to send readers to products used in projects
- Socially Sensible – Social Media advice to help your business
- Sponsored Craft Projects – Craft projects brought to you by the industry’s manufacturers
- Trending Thoughts - Trend and topical advice from Professional Craft Designers
Join us in our crafting journey through winter!
- Learn how to take better photographs of your jewelry projects.
- Make this lovely necklace for your holiday parties. It is easy to make and our magazine leads you right to Prima Bead and all the pieces you need to make the necklace. The instructions also teach you how to use crimp beads.
- Make this wonderful candy cane vase with Velcro® Brand One Wrap®. There is a surprise in the center of the vase and ONLY you will know what it is.
- These Marvelous Mugs are perfect for sipping hot chocolate while you wear altered gloves – SO PRETTY!
- Bake some tasty GLUTEN-FREE cookies.
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We have a lot of craft ideas for the winter months:
upcycled gloves, a super easy and inexpensive photo frame ornament, rubber-tamping projects, winter jewelry, candle holders... candy cane vase... gluten-free cookies Artist Trading Cards and a Christmas stocking pattern -- there is something there for everyone.
We're giving away a Cricut Mini to one lucky winner.
All the details of how to enter on Page 6 of the free download of our craft magazine.
We also have have Artist to Artist and Blog Star articles for inspiration.
And if you or you know someone in the craft industry, we have craft business articles - tips to photograph jewelry, social media myths busted, organize your rubber stamps.
It's free to download and to read online.
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I’m often asked to review products and books and a company will send me the product or the book. This time, it is the Complete Photo Guide to Beading by Robin Atkins.
This book had me when I looked at its beautiful cover. It boasts more than 650 photographs and it delivers. However, it delivers far more than that. It is a wonderful resource guide for the novice, as well as the expert crafter.
This book teaches readers beading techniques through the projects in the book. The reader than can take these techniques and use them in future projects. The instructions are well written, understandable, and the accompanying photographs really help the crafter understand the technique used.
The Complete Photo Guide to Beading by Robin Atkins would be a wonderful Christmas gift for yourself or your favorite crafter. It is one book that they will use and keep in their craft library for years to come.
As a blogger, I am asked to review different products and publications. I was thrilled when Cricut™ contacted me and asked me to test their new Cricut™ Mini. The Cricut™ Mini is a portable, lightweight cutting machine that easily traveled with me around the house. Having a laptop, I work in different areas of my home and the Cricut™ Mini was a dream to take along in my journey.
I even took the Cricut™ Mini to my mom’s when I went to visit her. I loved that I did not have to drag dies with me. I just brought the machine and the paper we would use.
When I received the machine, I loaded the Cricut™ Craft Room Software, which is on the Cricut™ website, and then I hooked the Cricut™ Mini to my laptop. It was a very easy process. The Cricut™ Mini comes with pre-loaded graphic but you can also purchase other graphic on their website.
Needing a quick Thanksgiving card, I used the free images that came with the machine. It was a breeze to create this card. Like you, I do not have a lot of time for crafting for myself. Therefore, having a machine that can help me create a card in seconds was a joy.
They even have samples online for some great Thanksgiving ideas.
The machine uses 8.5-inch paper and the software will tell you the cutting setting and pressure setting you need for the paper you select.
This machine is able to cut a variety of different materials (i.e. vinyl, craft foil, fabric) and has hundreds of shapes. They have many designs and cutting cartridges available for download on Provo Craft’s Project Center. The cutting knife is super easy to change.
My card was made in seconds. I just picked out my design; put the paper into the machine, pressed cut (in the software) and the design was cut. I just glued the cut shapes and text to the front of my card. Added some crystals and the card was made. It could not have been easier.
Make sure to visit the Cricut™ website and check out the Cricut™ Mini. I love it and you will too. Black-Friday Door Buster
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