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Craft Store coupons, deals, and free offers

 Coupons for:
Michael’s  (  www.michaels.com )
AC Moore  ( www.acmoore.com )
Joann’s Fabric  ( www.joanns.com )
Hobby Lobby ( www.hobbylobby.com )
Deals and free offers at Dick Blicks Art supply (www.dickblicks.com)

Mark Montano

You really need to check out Mark Montano’s series of Big-Ass Craft Books as well as his others.

Check out his blog at http://markmontanoblogs.blogspot.com

This man has a great eye for other’s creative works which you can see at his blog.  His work is also quite unique.  Some of it is so easy you would wonder why no one else thought of it.  Other craft ideas are more complicated.  He has two BiG-Ass Craft books as well as “Pulp Fiction Perfect Paper Projects,” “The Big-Ass Book of Home Decor: More Than 100 Inventive Projects for Cool Homes Like Yours ,” “Dollar Store Decor: 100 Projects for Lush Living That Won’t Break the Bank ,” “Super Suite: The Ultimate Bedroom Makeover Guide for Girls,” “Pulp Fiction Perfect Paper Projects ,” “CosmoGIRL Cool Room: 35 Make-It-Yourself Projects ,” and  “The Big-Ass Book of Bling .”

When you check out his blog make sure you sign up for his feed and his email.

I believe he has recently finished shooting pictures for his next book.  Can’t wait.

Mark also has give-aways on Tuesday’s from Krylon and then there is Fiskar’s Fridays.

He has partnered with these companies who both have great products as well as great creative ideas on their Facebook pages and their websites so don’t forget to check them out also.

Enjoy the books and I hope they help you find your own inspiration for unique crafts.

marianne

Newspaper Basket or storage Box

by Ashley Weeks Cart

It was a gloomy, rainy Sunday here in Billsville, so while not ideal for an afternoon hike, absolutely perfect for a day spent inside crafting up a storm. A friend of ours had passed along a link to a DIY Newspaper Basket a few weeks ago, and I was obviously intrigued. This weekend was a great time to give it a go. I saddled up with the discarded Sunday Times, adjusted the directions slightly, and suddenly had a funky place to stash a pile of plastic bags I’ve been accumulating.

Materials: Newspaper Scissors Staples or glue

 

Directions: 1. Use scissors to cut the seam of the newspaper to create individual 12″x 22″ pages.

2. Fold each individual page lengthwise. First in half, and then in quarters, and then in eighths. The resulting strip should be about 1.5″ thick and 22″ long. I needed around 20 for my basket.

3. Begin weaving the strips together, using a staple or glue to secure as needed.

4. Continue weaving the strips to the size of your liking. I made by basket 5 strips x 5 strips.

6. For the sides of your basket, just fold the strips to a 90 degree angle and continue weaving. Go nice and slow, keep the weave tight, and again, use staples or glue as needed. You’ll need to probably attached strips to one another as you weave the diameter.

7. When you reach the ends of the newspaper strips, fold the ends down inside the basket and secure with staple or glue. I then used another strip of newspaper to border the top edge of the basket. My glue gun broke as I did this, so I used staples to secure. You could also edge with ribbon, if you really want to get fancy. Now go stash something in it!

Photo: Courtesy of Ashley Weeks Cart

Published: August 25, 2010
Filed Under: Tutorial.

Recycled cardboard boxes – for tags and business cards

I have been using Kleenex tissue boxes to make tags and business cards.  The kleenex box designs can make for interesting or pretty backs to the tags and cards.  The small pieces can not go thru your printer so I print stickers and then stick them on the cut box pieces.

I purchased a tag punch which makes even tags with a hole pre-punched.

I found this tutorial for using cereal boxes for business cards.  Boxes could also be used for tags.   Don’t have to utilize just cereal boxes.  Any boxes that can be cut to fit your printer would work;  cracker boxes, baking mixes, and more.

Cereal Box Business Cards

by Ashley Weeks Cart

Successful business is all about out of the box thinking – and what could be more out of the box than business cards handmade out of old cereal boxes?! If you’re looking for a card that will set you a part but won’t break the bank, cereal boxes make sturdy, unique canvases for your networking needs. Not so much a business guru, but want to grab the attention of that dream boat seated in aisle 2? Craft your own calling card that will truly knock the airline socks off that cutie.

Materials: Cereal boxes Scissors (even better, a paper cutter for straight edges) Printer Computer program like MS Word to format cards

Directions: 1. Munch on some of your favorite Wheaties, and save up those boxes. 2. Cut the boxes so that you have two rectangular “pages” on which to print your cards. (Using a paper cutter helps immensely in keeping all the edges straight). 3. In MS Word, format labels that are sized 3.5 x 2 inches (the traditional biz card) or whatever size you’d like your cards to be. 4. Create your cards’ content in the labels. 5. Often the rectangles from the cereal boxes are smaller than an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. Measure your particular rectangles and in ‘Page Setup’ insert your custom size. 6. To help make cutting easier, print the borders of the labels. 7. Now load your cereal box paper into the printer (making sure that the text will print on the blank cardboard side) and print away. (Sometimes you have to help *coax* this heftier stock through the machine). 8. Once you’ve printed, use the paper cutter to dice ‘em up into individual business cards. These cards are cereal killers – in a crushing the competition kind of way.

Photo: Courtesy of Ashley Weeks Cart

Published: March 24, 2010

Choosing A Color Scheme: Tips & Ideas

Choosing A Color Scheme: Tips & Ideas

One of the most challenging aspects of creating a beautiful piece of jewelry is choosing a color scheme that “works.” Whether you are going for a bold look, subtle, romantic, autumn inspired, or modern, it can be difficult to choose colors that convey the feeling you are trying to express and that work well together. We have all seen beautifully handmade jewelry pieces that would have been spectacular if the colors had not been a little “off.”
 
 
Golem Studios Ceramic Pendant
 
 
So how do you go about deciding on a color palette? The easiest way is to take whatever your focal bead is, and coordinate around it. For instance, if you are making a necklace around a gorgeous Golem Studios pendant, then look at what colors are present in the pendant itself and use those colors in your design. You can use red Toho seed beads, blue Czech glass beads, etc. Even if your focal is a solid color, use that solid color as your starting point and build around it.
 
 
Swarovski Color Carousel

If you are a fan of Swarovski Crystal, there is a great tool at your disposal: the Swarovski Color Carousel. Choose your main color, and this color wheel will automatically generate harmonious colors, contrasting colors, even the appropriate pearl color. As an example, I chose Siam as my main color and was then told that Ruby, Burgundy, and Garnet are harmonious colors. Erinite and Emerald are contrasting colors to Siam, and the appropriate pearl is Crystal Burgundy. Even if you are not using Swarovski Elements, you can use this tool to generate beautiful color stories.

Sample Color Palette

Other websites to check out include Kuler.adobe.com and Colourlovers.com. Both of these sites are free and offer thousands of color palettes for you to look through. The palettes have been sorted by theme, popularity, etc. so you can quickly narrow down your selections. There are so many choices in just these two sites alone, you will surely be inspired by a color scheme.

© Design Seeds

A third website to check out is Design Seeds. This site takes a photograph, picks out all the colors from it, and gives you a handy color swatch palette to work off of. Seeing the colors in the photograph is really inspiring and gives you a better idea of how they will work together. Once you have chosen your colors, you can then purchase beads to match. When picking out the beads, I like to have a separate browser window open with the color palette displayed so that I can easily see if the beads I am considering match my color scheme.

 
 
Another great way of arriving at a color scheme is to take a piece of fabric, scarf, shirt, or dress where you really like the colors and use those colors for your jewelry design. An added bonus is that if it is a piece of clothing you are working off of, and you know you look good in it, then you know your jewelry colors will look good on you too.

Finally, a tip I learned from a fellow crafter was to go to the paint store and pick up some paint chips. You can then use these to develop your color schemes. You might also find the free booklets offered at paint stores helpful too. These usually have “designer” schemes pre-arranged and you can pick out the one that appeals to you.

 
Hopefully these ideas and tips were helpful!  
– Julie

DIY Storage Systems for Crafts

DIY Storage Systems for Crafts

Posted by Melissa C on January 6th, 2012 at 02:39pm

 

My craft stash is a mess. I have a ton of supplies in random boxes throughout my apartment and I need to get a handle on gathering it all together in one place. I’m on a hunt to find decorative storage and organization tips from all you crafters out there on how to get my crafty treasures in order. This, my friends, is mission number one.

Mission number two is to spend as little money as possible on organizational systems. Why spend money when I can reuse what I already have to get myself organized? So today I bring you repurposed, upcycled, and crafty DIY storage ideas for all your craft supplies…so let’s get organizing!

 

Paper
linencardstock1 rect540 150x150 DIY Storage Systems for CraftsScrapbook paper storage solutions are easier to come by than you think! See if you have an old accordion file somewhere in the basement. If you do, you’ve got yourself one of the best scrapbook paper organizers out there!

Here’s a great way to keep your single scrapbook paper sheets organized. All you need is a collapsible sweater shelf and a few of these storage bins for paper, available at Cut Rate Crafts. Label the bins by color, paper theme, or whatever system works for you. I can’t wait to try this idea at home!

 

Beads/Embellishments/Small Things

Chances are you have the best storage devices for beads, embellishments, and other small items in your kitchen right now. When it p 101477277 150x150 DIY Storage Systems for Craftscomes to keeping small things organized, there’s no need to buy tons of little jars and bottles…simply browse around your kitchen for unused muffin tins, egg cartons, and ice cube trays.

Yup, these storage containers make scrapbook storage and organization a breeze…not to mention they stack up and store away easily to allow for a cleaner and clutter free workspace.

When it comes to the bigger small stuff, like scissors, tape, and glue, nothing works better than a multi-pocket shoe organizer. Who would have thought? These over-the-door shoe organizers are great for craft supplies.

100911 9578 150x150 DIY Storage Systems for CraftsFor those who enjoy the fine art of illustration and painting canvas boards, these shoe organizers are top-notch marker and paint bottle organizers. If you’d rather have your markers and colored pencils close at hand, this Water Bottle Supply Organizer is a great resource. Made from recycled plastic bottles, this storage system is cost effective and easy to make.

I also love this idea for organizing my colored pencils. I’m always on the hunt for ideas for making handmade greeting cards, so keeping my cardstock and colored pencils close at hand is a definite need. With this storage 245446248411244809 lNf8EwnO c 150x150 DIY Storage Systems for Craftssystem, I can clean out my recycling bin and satisfy my slight OCD problem to have all my colored pencils together with like colors. This just makes me happy. There’s no other way to put it.

 

Ribbons

ribbon+1+1 150x150 DIY Storage Systems for CraftsCan we discuss how brilliant this is? What a great way to keep all your ribbons organized and ready for crafting and wrapping! DIY ribbon organization is where I plan to start when it comes time to organizing my crafts. While this ribbon tote is a great idea, I also love this ribbon organizer! It’s so easy to make…all you need is a shoe box and some dowels. I definitely think I can manage that!

 

Yarn and Needles

IMG 4462 150x150 DIY Storage Systems for CraftsWHY did it take me so long to find this? What a great idea for storing yarns and knitting needles! This project requires a collapsible crate, a basket, or some receptacle you have that you are willing to recover with fabric.

If sewing isn’t really your thing, try this Yarn Storage Box, made with Mod Podge and unfinished wooden boxes. Not only does it provide ample storage for yarn and craft needles, but you can decorate it to match your home décor so you can store your supplies out in the open!

4501474758 51a878a726 150x150 DIY Storage Systems for CraftsNow, anyone who knows me knows I LOVE my coffee! Can’t start a day without it! But did you know that all those coffee canisters can be put to good use once the beans are gone? By attaching like-sized canisters together, you can create yarn storage solutions that are effective and decorative! Even if you’re not yo-yo for yarn, you can easily upcycle aluminum cans to help you organize your other craft supplies.

 

Fabric

IMG 6398 150x150 DIY Storage Systems for CraftsI absolutely am in love with these fabric storage cabinets! I love how colorful and organized that looks! All you would need here is some stiff cardboard to wrap your fabric scraps around. Then simply display them in an empty bookcase or cabinet.

 

So there you have it! A good handful of DIY projects to help you get organized for a new year of crafting! Not in the mood to DIY? Check out these awesome craft room organization ideas and products from Cut Rate Crafts. Many of the systems are available for purchase through the site…so you can get to organizing your creative mind ASAP.

Now, just because you’re storing and organizing doesn’t mean you have to disregard decorating! Your craft room can be useful and beautiful—just check out this tips on how to Decorate and Organize Your Craft Room. Ah, if only I had a craft room…

 

We want to hear your hints, tricks, and tips when it comes to craft storage and organization! Feel free to comment below and tell us what has worked for you! Happy crafting!

Organizing your Craft Supplies

Paper
linencardstock1 rect540 150x150 DIY Storage Systems for CraftsScrapbook paper storage solutions are easier to come by than you think! See if you have an old accordion file somewhere in the basement. If you do, you’ve got yourself one of the best scrapbook paper organizers out there!

Here’s a great way to keep your single scrapbook paper sheets organized. All you need is a collapsible sweater shelf and a few of these storage bins for paper, available at Cut Rate Crafts. Label the bins by color, paper theme, or whatever system works for you.

I have hanging shoe storage bags hanging on the doors of my studio.  I store surplus supplies in them. (Look for an upcoming post with pictures of my studio)

I use a pant/slacks hanger for rolls of ribbon.  This is hanging from the ceiling near my desk. (Picture will be included in upcoming post with pictures of my studio).