Of course you know that making sand art is a super fun party activity, but did you know that you can also create a festive pedestal platter for your party with Sandtastik’s Classic Colored Sand? Choose sand in the colors that match your home décor or party theme! The creative possibilities are endless! Visit Sandtastik online today to view the step-by-step project tutorial and shop their wide assortment of colored sand!
I am super excited to announce a brand new collection of shapes I designed for the Sizzix eShape Store! With my limited edition collection of steel rule dies for Sizzix nearing the end of their run, we’ve decided to make all of those shapes available in digital form for use with electronic cutters! And to commemorate the occasion, we’ve rolled out 25 BRAND NEW SHAPES to keep the crafting inspiration going!
Of the new collection we have a complete set of zodiac shapes which are perfect for last minute birthday cards and gifts! We also have hoop and chandelier earrings that you can cut and wear and a super cool three dimensional bow which you can use to embellish all sorts of fun projects! And don’t even get me started on the graffiti font and spray paint can! Insanely cute!
Here are some quick and easy greeting cards I created with the sneaker and unicorn shapes. For these I incorporated some adhesive holographic Duck Tape sheets and exotic paper from the USArtQuest One Pound Bag of Assorted Art Papers.
I’ll admit I used to shy away from electronic cutters, opting instead for the manual steel rule dies. Like a lot of crafters, at first I was intimidated by the technology and thought it would be hard to learn and use. Not so! I’ve been working with the Sizzix eClips2 with Bluetooth technology for the past few days and the transition could not have been easier! I now feel silly for waiting so long to take the leap into digital crafting! If you are like me and want to see just how easy it is to get started, check out this video tutorial:
Now I invite you to hop on over to the Sizzix eShapeStore to check out my entire collection of shapes! There is something there for everyone! And be sure to stay tuned to the blog for MORE cool inspiration projects coming soon!!!
Commemorate your impending bundle of joy with a plaster cast of your beautiful baby bump! Makes a perfect project to create with the father to be as a way of bonding before the baby makes her debut! Customize it with colored paint and embellishments to match the nursery decor! Visit Sandtastik online for the full step-by-step project tutorial!
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The Craftys, the awards that celebrate the best in DIY and craft across the United States, launched on Nov. 14, 2016 and will culminate in a livestream broadcast in February 2017 from New York City. The Craftys is positioned to become the ultimate prize for crafters in many different disciplines, including categories that span from traditional crafts such as knitting, sewing and scrapbooking to “Geek Crafts.”
The Craftys’ Best in Show winner receives $1,000 and each category winner gets $200. Launched in 2014, the annual event averages over 1,200 entries and 400,000 votes.
This year’s judging panel includes HGTV host Laurie March, world champion skater Tai Babilonia and bespectacled singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb.
“I love doing crafts with my kids, my friends, and even my new album cover looks kind of crafty,” says judge Lisa Loeb, whose most recent album is “Feel What U Feel.” “I’m happy to be a judge for The Craftys, which is a great way to celebrate creativity.”
In addition to traditional craft disciplines, ShurTech Duck Tape is helping to launch a new category for Duct Tape Crafts and Red Heart Yarn is sponsoring a Baby Crafts award, for those who make items for newborns and toddlers. Another new category is Geek Crafts, which includes cosplay costumes, fan DIY and handmade technology.
Several companies and organizations are partnering with event, including Darice, Red Heart Yarn, Tuttle Books, ShurTech Duck Tape, FaveCrafts, TueNight, the Craft and Hobby Association, Babble, Westcott, FoodStirs, Consumer Crafts and the Society of Decorative Painters.
“So many wonderful crafts are made every year that are only seen by friends of the creator. The Craftys are a great way to celebrate amazing work,” says Sarah Kubelka, Social Marketing Manager for Darice, one of America’s largest craft supply manufacturers.
Crafters can enter their best projects online at TheCraftys.com and fans can nominate their favorite makers through January 9, 2017. Entry categories include fashion, sewing, quilting, scrapbooking, home decor, jewelry-making and edible crafts. The “Best of Show” award will be presented to one of the category winners for the craft that has it all – creativity, great design and that elusive “It” factor.
The Craftys is proud to introduce an acclaimed panel of judges:
The Editors of Babble
Marisa Pawelko – Modern Surrealist
Yolanda Soto Lopez – All Crafts Channel
Marly Bird – Yarn Thing Podcast
Beth Kingston – Kingston Crafts
Vickie Howell – DIY Network / HGTV
Ed Roth – Stencil 1
Mark Montano – Big Ass Book of Crafts
Galit Lebow – FoodStirs
Amber Kemp-Gerstel – Damask Love
The awards event will be livestreamed in February 2017 from New York City.
Commemorate your beloved fur babies with this elegant shadow box, featuring photos and paw prints of your canine or feline friends! Makes a perfect sentimental addition to your home or office decor! Visit Sandtastik online for the full step-by-step project tutorial!