DIY Rubber Stamps Tutorial

DIY Rubber Stamps Tutorial

First make a line drawing. If this is your first ever stamp-making project you might want to keep details to a minimum and stick with thick, wide lines. This will make it easier when it’s time to carve. You can either color in the areas you plan to carve with your drawing (this will be the space that doesn’t get inked) or the areas that will print so it will look more like your final piece as your carving it – just decide ahead of time and stick with it.
Ok, so I thought it was insanely cool when I found this out – The Speedball material will actually pick up the outline of your drawing…no tedious tracing needed! Put your drawing face down on the material and rubbing the back with something smooth. Martha would surely use a boning tool here…but if you don’t have one, the back of your lino cutting tool works too – just make sure you don’t have the sharp attachments on yet! Also take care not to move the drawing once you have started transferring the image.

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The Story Of Being Crafty

About half way through watching The Story Of Stuff, I had exactly the feeling of being on a train headed in a direction I didn’t intend to go. The choices I thought I had been making all along about my career, my purchases, my home, were not really mine at all. The options I saw to choose from were only things that were put intentionally on the train I was riding, headed in someone else’s chosen direction, a faint chugging sound always in the background “more, more, more, more.” Make more to buy more…Whoa. Where are we going?

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Thrift Store Find – Egg Cups

My favorite section is the glassware section. It is always full of funky mugs, retro champagne glasses, and other treasures that are usually very inexpensive and full of personality.
The other day while walking through my local thrift store, I found these small, lovely, perfect ceramic containers (they look a little larger than typical egg cups to me – maybe pudding cups? Maybe I’m using them upside down? lol) These little beauties have so much potential. At just 98ยข each – I purchased all six – what a bargain!

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Craft Business: What’s In A Name?

So you have a great idea, beautiful products, and are super excited to get started selling your crafts. You are about ready to welcome your “baby” to the world and might be starting to ask…hey, what are we going name this thing? Here are a few things to consider when you are naming your creative business: 1. Does it have personality? A creative business should have a name that attracts people, puts them at ease,…

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Making An Inspiration Binder

Take about 10 minutes every day to be conscious of the shapes, colors, themes around you. Take pictures of those things you see when you are taking a walk outside or while browsing in a funky little shop you love. Clip articles and pictures from magazines. Draw the shapes you see in the plaster on the ceiling or cracks in the sidewalk. Don’t worry too much about how these will fit together by theme… This is more about capturing things that you are drawn to. If you ever created a vision board this process may seem similar.

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Educational Craft Ideas For Kids

Mathematical Craft Projects – LoveToKnow Crafts Mathematical craft projects can be a wonderful way to teach a child about important concepts without resorting to flash cards and tiresome worksheets. … crafts.lovetoknow.com/mathematical-craft-projects Kids Recycling Craft Project With Tin Buckets From The Eco Lounge Edda Shea is the author of Kid Craft Project: a website for people who enjoy crafting with their kids. It is an online directory that sources the best ideas for kid craft projects….

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Enjoy the Thimble Pleasures In Life

I have been sewing since I was about 12 years old when my mother thought putting me in a sewing class would be a wonderful way to keep me from bouncing off the walls one summer. I have been sewing, but I have never fully mastered my machine.
If ever something breaks, makes a funny noise, or even gets a little dusty, I am the first one to call the sewing machine doctor to get some professional TLC. I feel I am pretty good at lots of things, but there are some things just better left to the experts…If my chest was sounding a little funny, would I perform open heart surgery? No, of course not. I would leave the technical trickery to the experts. Which is just what I did a few weeks ago when my machine whirred, angrily groaned, and came to a stop.

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Picture Perfect Products – Photographing Your Crafts For The Web

It is easy to see that few things are as important online as good, high-quality, detailed pictures. Whether you are selling your art or crafts on sites like Etsy, Ebay, or Amazon or just showcasing your work for friends on Facebook, there are some secret tricks of the trade I have learned in my professional career that can help you make photographs of your crafts look really professional.

Gear that will help you to photograph like a professional:

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How To Make A Flannel Rag Doll

How To Make A Flannel Rag Doll

What you will need:
* Fabric for the body – you will need about 1/2 – 3/4 yards skin colored fabric
* A needle and thread (and a sewing machine if you have one – speeds this project along considerably!)
* Yarn for the Hair
* Fabric to make clothes and accessories
* Down or soft stuffing (softer the better – this will give your finished doll a relaxed, whimsical look)
* Fabric Paint for the details of the face
* Fabric glue for the hair
* (optional) I used a zipper foot on my sewing machine to allow for better maneuverability

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