Book Review and Giveaway

As a craft Blogger, I am often asked to review products and books.  This week I would like to share a new book, “How to Make Stuffed Animals” by Sian Keegan.  

  • Quarry Books will giveaway one free copy of this book to one of my blog readers from the USA or Canada. 

Would you like to be the lucky person to receive this beautiful book?

  • Please leave your email address and message in my comments below this post between Sunday 23, 2012 and Saturday 29, 2012.  

  • The lucky person who will receive the giveaway will be announced on my blog on October 1, 2012. (A random number generator will be used in the giveaway).

The projects in this book are fresh and fun.  The book contains modern, simple patterns and instructions for 18 Projects.  Illustrated instructions for sewing 18 unique animals, including complete patterns.  The animals are designed with a clean modern aesthetic.

Projects are easy enough for beginning sewers. 

Learn how to make 18 stuffed animal projects with original sewing patterns and
illustrated instructions with this endearing new guide. With a complete overview of techniques and materials, “How to Make Stuffed Animals” shows that making these cuddly creatures is fun, addictive, and much easier than one would think. Anyone who has completed the most basic of sewing projects can master the projects in this book, and these cute creations can be used as decorative objects or the home or as great handmade gifts.

Inside, you'll find adorable animals like:
- A squirrel holding an acorn
- A grizzly bear
- A raccoon
- A horse
- A bird mobile
- Cute canines
- Furry felines
- And many more

Explore a comprehensive range of animals in a modern and simple style with How to
Make Stuffed Animals! 

  • Make sure to enter the giveaway by leaving your email and a message by posting a comment below!

Free Fall Craft Project Instructions for a Fabulous Bracelet

Congratulations to 
Ms Kaneka Chhim from California, 
the winner of the Crafty KT giveaway! 

Welcome to the Designer Craft Connection Blog Hop.

Crafty KT Sponsors
The KOOL TAK™ Manufacturer Challenge: 
Blog Hop.

September 8 to September 18 
the blogs of 12 professional and creative craft designers as they showed you how to create some great fall projects with Kool Tak™ products.

Visit the blogs in this hop by clicking forward on the Designer Craft Connections blog hop button.  The DCCBH button can be found in the side column of my blog.  

My fellow designers did an outstanding job on their projects and you will love their work.  One even created a video for you.  

After you visit all of our blogs, make sure to enter the giveaway.


which is valued just under $70.00

One lucky giveaway winner* who signs up for the Crafty KT newsletter will get:

Kool Tak™ 1 Layer Perfect (Use it for centering, piercing, and edge stitching) Tool
Kool Tak™ 1 Shiny Transfer Foil Sheets (Earth Tones)
Kool Tak™ Clear Foam tape ¼ x ¼ x 1/32” thick
Kool Tak™ Clear Foam tape 3/16 x 1/16 thick by 1.6 yards
Kool Tak™ Premium EXTREME 2 ½ x 27 yards

*Only those with a mainland USA shipping address 
are eligible to win the giveaway.

Contributing Blog Hop Designers

Make sure to visit these outstanding professional craft designers (below) to see their great ideas for fall.   Click on the Designer Craft Connections Blog Hop Linky in the right column of my blog to be transported around the blog hop.   Once you visit the blogs, make sure to enter in the great giveaway at Crafty KT.  The giveaway is what Craft KT supplied to all the designers in this hop.  

This is my idea for a fun fall bracelet! 

 Altered Bracelet by Carol Heppner
Fall is around the corner and this project will transform a plain plastic bracelet into a fun bracelet that will take you throughout the fall season.  This is a great way to update old bracelets that you already have around the house.

This bracelet was inspired by "Women of the Appian Way" article I wrote for Somerset Studio a few years ago.  

 The gold-platted leaf that is the focal point of this bracelet is from a Salvation Army find.  It was an old necklace that had see its better days and it was very inexpensive. 

You will be surprised to learn that it was attached to the bracelet with the Kool Tak™ ¼ x ¼-inch Clear Foam tape.  Yes, the tape is that strong and I didn't have to wait for glue to dry. 

The Layer Perfect helped me equally space the same square-shaped tape around the top and bottom of the bracelet.  This gives the bracelet a finished look.  Layer Perfect has equally-spaced holes to help you line up and position all types of things.  

Once I was ready to place the square-shaped tape around the bracelet, I just placed the Layer Perfect over the bracelet and rolled it around the bracelet.  It was easy peasy and allowed me to place the squares in just the right place.  

Kool Tak™ Layer Perfect Tool
Kool Tak™ Shiny Transfer Foil Sheets (Earth Tones)
Kool Tak™ Clear Foam tape ¼ x ¼ x 1/32” thick
Kool Tak™ Clear Foam tape 3/16 x 1/16 thick
Kool Tak™ Premium EXTREME 2 ½
White plastic bracelet blank


Place the 2 ½  Kool Tak™ Premium EXTREME tape around the center of the plastic bracelet and then add the tape to the top and bottom halves of the bracelet. Remove the protective paper on the tape to expose the sticky tape.

Randomly apply the gold foil on the tape.  Cover 90 percent of the tape with the gold foil.  Use the dark brown foil on the remaining 10 percent of the tape.

Place the 3/16 x 1/16 thick Kool Tak™ Clear Foam tape around the upper part and lower part of the bracelet.  Because this bracelet has a rustic look, the tape was applied in an uneven pattern.  Cover the tape with the black foil.  Use the brown tape on any remaining exposed areas of the tape.

Use the Kool Tak™  Layer Perfect Tool to mark where you will apply the ¼ x ¼-inch Kool Tak™ Clear Foam tape squares.  I used a fine-tip black marker in the Layer Perfect Tool holes to mark where I would place the squares.  For me, my measurement was every third hole in the Layer Perfect.

Apply the ¼ x ¼-inch Kool Tak™ Clear Foam tape squares in a diamond pattern around the top and bottom of the bracelet.  Place the black foil on the squares. Use the gold foil to cover any remaining exposed areas on the tape.

Apply the same tape squares in the center of the bracelet. Apply black foil on some of the squares and gold on other squares.  Add blue-colored crystals to the center squares.  I wanted a random look to my crystals, so I did not line them up perfectly. 

Use the ¼ x ¼-inch Kool Tak™ Clear Foam tape to attach the focal piece to the front of the bracelet.  You can use old pieces that you find in thrift stores or at flea markets or purchase a pretty charm from your local craft store. 

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September Fall Crafts

Designer Craft Connections September Blog Hop

Theme Material: Vintage
Project: Vintage Lace Pendant

The Designer Craft Connection Blog Hop is a group of Professional Craft Designers who come together each month to inspire you to create.

This month we are using old or vintage objects in our projects.  My project uses vintage lance and some old buttons from my button collection.

While I used the traditional soldering method to create my necklace pendant, you can use Ranger Ink supplies to create your pendant quickly.   Plus, their glass slide frames  
come with a pre-soldered ring on the top of the frame.  That makes life SO easy.

You can find Ranger Ink supplies on their website.

You will need Ranger’s 1" x 3" Polished Chrome frame (1) and glass slides (2), piece of vintage (or new) lace, buttons (2), jump ring (1) and glass glue.

Cut the piece of tape to fit the glass slides.  Slip the lace between the two glass slides and then place the glass slides into the frame.  Close the little flap on the frame.  Glue the buttons on the top of the glass frame and let the glue dry.  Once the glue is dry, you can use a jump ring to attach the pendant to any necklace. 

Make sure to visit the other blogs in this hop.  
Just click on the Designer Craft Connections Blog Hop button on the right.

Crafty KT is sponsoring
Manufacturer Challenge:
Fabulously-Fall Blog Hop

September 8 to September 18

Join 12 professional and creative craft designer bloggers as they show you how to create some great fall projects with Kool Tak™ products.  Click here to view the giveaway package.  
Make sure to enter the The Kool Tak™ giveaway, which is valued slightly under $70.00

Kool Tak™ 1 Layer Perfect Tool (This is an awesome tool!)
Kool Tak™ 1 Shiny Transfer Foil Sheets (Earth Tones)
Kool Tak™ Clear Foam tape ¼ x ¼ x 1/32” thick
Kool Tak™ Clear Foam tape 3/16 x 1/16 thick by 1.6 yards
Kool Tak™ Premium EXTREME 2 ½ x 27 yards

We will choose one lucky giveaway winner from those who sign up for our newsletter.  Make sure you share this with your family and friends.

Only those with a mainland USA shipping address are eligible to win the giveaway.

If you sign up for my new blog posts (right column under my photo), you will get an email notification when the Fabulously-Fall Blog Hop goes live. 

World Card Making Day Blog Hop.

Join me and other craft designers as we create wonderful cards on World Card Making Day, October 6, 2012. 

Read more about World Card Making Day.