Wednesday, January 21, 2015

How to make a washi tape heart on book spines for a Valentine's Day decoration

It seems like altering books and arranging them in fun ways is really popular right now. I have always arranged and enjoyed my shelves of books. As a hug fan of washi tape my growing collection inspires me to make more crafts with it. So combine those 2 elements and this is what I came up with: a heart created with washi tape on the spines of books. These happen to be little blank sketchbooks with not very exciting covers-perfect for embellishing with washi tape.
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I also used my Valentine washi tape to decorate a box patchwork style.
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Red, white, pink washi tape
a collection of books sketchbooks are great but since washi tape comes off easy you could use virtually any book
scrap paper

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Step 1: Place books with the spines up between 2 heavy elements to secure them in place
Step 2: Make a heart template out of scrap paper to fit within your book spine area.
Step: 3: Trace lightly the heat shape on the spines
Step 4: Place strips of washi tape on the spines using the pencil lines as your guide.
               In my case I used washi tape with a white background and pink/red designs for the heart      and more solid background red/pinks for the outside area around the heart.

Love Washi tape and looking for a great book filled with tons of pretty washi tape projects check out:

Washi-tape-book 101-ideas
 Washi Tape: 101+ Ideas for Paper Crafts, Book Arts, Fashion, Decorating, Entertaining, and Party Fun!
Courtney Cerruti

If you have never heard of washi tape, get ready to enter a bright new world of paper crafts! Originating in Japan, washi paper is stronger than wood-pulp paper making it perfect for use in projects like origami and scrapbooking. The tape is low tack and slightly transparent, in a mix of adorable colors and patterns, and a brilliant way to make all of your crafts even better. Perfect to use for parties. See how to create invitations, gift wrap, and goodie bags. Holidays have never been more colorful with ideas for ornaments, window adornments, and even garland.

Decorations for your home and office are easy and inexpensive when you use washi tape. Wall d├ęcor, borders and lampshades can become unique works of art and give your home a personal touch. You can even use washi tape in fashion. Dress up your glasses, shoes and jewelry using these simple ideas and designs. And because it's safe to use on delicate items, washi tape is great for personalized gifts like vases and photo albums. Washi Tape by Courtney Cerruti offers 101 amazing ideas that will make this new craft tape your new favorite thing. It's safe to use almost anywhere and great fun for children!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Me and Jane Doe Amineko hangin' in the Lion Brand Booth at CHA Show 2015

Jane Doe Amineko and I had a great time at the Craft and Hobby Show this year. The photo op in the Lion Brand booth with the giant knit hashtage was THE photo op of the show!

If you need to crochet up your very own amineko and then take fun photos grab yourself a copy the adorable book:


 Hello My Name is Amineko follows the journey of Amineko the Crochet Cat and his crocheted friends as they eat, sleep, and have lots of fun and adventures. The book comes with complete step-by-step photography and instructions for creating an Amineko of your very own and personalizing this cute cat with different facial expressions, clothing, and even bedding. Hundreds of color photographs tell the adorable tales, and mischief, that Amineko and his friends find themselves in, with complete instructions for knitting adventures of your own.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Connect two animals prompt from Creative Doodling and Beyond book and kit

Simple art prompts can "render" (yes pun intended) some amazingly cute and silly images. Try this idea for combining two animals in one doodle from the Creative Doodling & Beyond Doodle Book & Kit.


More about the Walter Foster book and kit:



Stephanie Corfee

Artists of all backgrounds will love seeing the world through a
doodler’s eyes thanks to this fun and fanciful doodle book and kit. In
addition to a 40-page project book packed with more than 20 inspiring
prompts and projects, this kit comes with a selection of colorful art
tools designed to help anyone turn their doodles into expressive works
of art!

Creativity prompts provide imaginative ideas to spark fresh
inspiration, while doodling exercises and projects provide
easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for creating original doodled
designs and crafts. Artists will learn doodle number and letter
compositions, whimsical borders, flowers, faces, clothing, and unique
patterns and shapes. Fun techniques, including doodling with closed
eyes, progressively growing a doodle, creating repetitive motifs, and
incorporating rhythm into a composition add to the whimsical nature of
the book. From doodling crazy critters and creating scroll-like motifs
to designing easy gift tags and a personalized seek-and-find game,
artists of all skill levels will find loads of ideas and creative
inspiration to help feed their doodling addiction.

The included materials provide all the essentials for practicing every prompt,
technique, and project inside the project book. With the professional
quality drawing pencil, sharpener, eraser, 8 colored pencils, 8
fine-line markers, loose-leaf drawing paper, lined paper, colored
cardstock, and poster paper included in this portable, magnetic-closure
kit, artists are fully equipped for easy, on-the-go creativity!

Stephanie Corfee is a full-time freelance artist and designer
living in Malvern, PA. She has worked in advertising and marketing and
previously owned her own wedding gown design studio. Today, Stephanie
enjoys the creative freedom that comes from owning her own business
while doing what she loves. She has a colorful, bohemian personal
aesthetic and loves creating fun, whimsical art for children. Visit

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

How to make a morning dove nest basket from the Audubon Birdhouse Book

Are you a fan of birds? I am and I actually have mourning doves regularly nest in my yard. I actually call them my "squeakie doves". They kind of squeak. I never thought of helping them out in their nest building as they seem to like above my motion sensor lights which they build over every couple of years and a few times in an empty vase on a high shelf in my back yard. But here is a tutorial from the book Audubon Birdhouse Book: Building, Placing, and Maintaining Great Homes for Great Birds on how to build a wire mesh nesting basket if you would like to give them some help in your yard.



Click on these pages from Audubon Birdhouse Book: Building, Placing, and Maintaining Great Homes for Great Birds to enlarge and read the step-by-step tutorial on how to make a mourning dove nesting basket.

More about the Voyager Press book:


Audubon Birdhouse Book:

Building, Placing, and Maintaining Great Homes for Great Birds


A visit to almost any home or garden center presents birders with numerous cute and colorful contraptions that are sold as bird homes. But the fact is, many of these products provide anything but a safe refuge for your feathered friends.

Produced in association with the National Audubon Society, Audubon Birdhouse Book explains how to build and place functional DIY bird homes that are safe and appropriate for more than 20 classic North American species, from wrens to raptors. Each of the easy-to-build boxes and shelves within is accompanied by cut lists, specially created line diagrams, and step-by-step photography, making the projects accessible to those with even the most rudimentary woodworking skills. In addition, this practical and beautifully presented guide is packed with color photography and information about the bird species covered—including titmice, chickadees, nuthatches, phoebes, swallows, waterfowl, and even kestrels and owls—to help the reader properly place and maintain the homes to attract birds. And because these projects are the product of years of experience and field-testing, you can be sure you’re getting the best advice regarding proper design, safe construction materials, and correct home placement to mitigate exposure to elements, pests, and predators. Finally, beyond the birdhouses, you’ll find out how you can contribute to the larger birding community and even enhance your birding experience with the aid of new technologies.

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Monday, December 29, 2014

NY Giants and New England Patriots Eye Makeup from the book 500 Eye Makeup Designs

Happy Football Finals Season! To "kick off" this sports extravaganza and show my team spirit I thought I'd share 2 of the cool eye make up ideas from the football team section in 500 Eye Makeup Designs: Inspired and Inventive Looks for Mood and Occasion. I am from New England so I always root for my home team The New England Patriots and I will definitely be trying out this awesome red, white and blue eye make up to show my team spirit.

More about the new book
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500 Eye Makeup Designs:

Inspired and Inventive Looks for Mood and Occasion


Kendra Stanton

500 Eye Makeup Designs is a collection of gorgeous eye looks for every occasion! From everyday "work-looks" that never get boring, to fantasy-inspired eye shadow with glitter and rhinestones, this guide provides amazing looks for breaking out of the neutral eye shadow-black mascara rut. Filled with designs for every skill and patience level, you can play up your most important feature with looks from different eras, a perfect smokey eye, theatrical looks, and even wild nature-inspired looks! With 500 Eye Makeup Designs, you'll always have the stunning look. 

Kendra Stanton is a nationally renowned make-up artist and beauty blogger. Her work can be seen on seen on the covers of Fast Company, Los Angeles Magazine, and in the pages of Muse Magazine, Runners World, The New York Times and many others. Kendra now serves as a freelance makeup artist and has worked for companies such as Estee Lauder, Aveda, and Clay de Peau. She serves as a beauty ambassador for and is a regular beauty expert featured on a local Portland morning show. Kendra's blog,, is the witty girl's guide to honest beauty. It focuses on reviews and teaches women things about make-up they never heard from their mothers. Her blog is an extension of her passion to empower and educate women to look their best at any age.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Prim and Proper at Craftcation

Did you miss me?

I know it's been awhile since I've posted here. But hey, what can I say. Here is a little goodie I spotted at #craftcation14. It is a little decoration made of felt that says "Prim &Proper" and the girl who was wearing it said she was anything but...!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

How to make a beer can pin cushion from the book Beer Crafts

I purchased this energy drink just because I loved the art on the can. I can't tell you how long it's been sitting in my fridge as I don't drink energy drinks. But when I saw the tutorial on how to make a pin cushion from a beer can featured in the new book Beer Crafts: Making the Most of Your Cans, Bottle Caps, and Labels.
 I had a few other cans that I have been saving to craft with but the pin up girl was the clear choice for this project.
The project in Beer Crafts used a ribbon around the top but I used half of a zipper that I thought tied in nicely with the aluminum can.

I also switched it up and gathered my fabric around the batting with an elastic band and poked it in the top opening of the can before hot gluing it in place.

More about the Andrews McMeel Publishing book:
Beer Crafts: Making the Most of Your Cans, Bottle Caps, and Labels
 Shawn Gascoyne-Bowman

"A synthesis of two outstanding hobbies — making things and drinking — Beer Crafts is the answer to the age-old question of what to do with those 99 bottles of beer on the wall.
While author and crafter extraordinaire Shawn Bowman would like to think she came up with the idea on her own, inspiration really came from her eight-year-old daughter, who spent a summer obsessed with making jewelry out of her parents' discarded bottle caps. Finding the note on her desk, “My crafting involves you to open a beer,” the author had what can only be called an epiphany: “ALL crafting should involve me opening a beer.” She raised her daughter’s allowance, and set down to writing this book. But first, she opened a beer.
Beer Crafts shows you how to repurpose not just the caps but also labels, bottles, and even cans into useful, hip, and quirky items — from attention-getting (if not downright sexy) garter belts to the classic crochet beer can hat, to beer bottle tags, to refrigerator magnets, and more. The projects are super fun, easy to make (even for a first-time crafter), and most of the supplies are things you probably already have on hand or chilling in the fridge.
Beer Crafts has jewelry and accessories for guys and gals. From cowboy hats made from beer case boxes and masculine bottle label belt buckles and wallets to flowery bottle top flip-flops and cute-as-a-button beer cap headbands, there’s a little something for everyone — even beer can jackets for the family dog! Beer bottles themselves get dressed up with insulating crochet cozies and fancy charm necklaces, ending all arguments over whose drink is whose, when they’re all clearly marked “mine”! There are even funky home decor projects, including candle holders, patio lanterns, bird feeders, and a memo board. And with plenty of beer quotes and trivia, Beer Crafts is recommended bar reading for those who don't craft.
Tie one on — then braid it, glue it, and embellish it — with Beer Crafts."

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Recycled magazine page font Father's Day card

Have you missed me? I know it's been a while. I've been blogging every day at Craftside and Craft Gossip Recycling. But today I'm back to give you a fun Father's Day Card tutorial on how to make recycled magazine (or book catalog) letters used to make a Father's Day card using an idea featured in the book Creative Lettering: Techniques & Tips from Top Artists.
I had an old catalog that I thought would work great for cutting up these little block letters.

What made it so easy was that the books were all about the same size rectangle and this font is very boxy. I cut out each book cover first. I chose book covers for each letter that the title would still be exposed even when I snipped out parts to form the letters. It took a few different tries as I ended up using all white background covers so they would coordinate and stand out against the black background paper
I glued the letters down to the card and added two strips of scrapbook paper to make a "shelf". I also kind of had to giggle in that one of the books is Water Paper Paint and another is 1000 Creative Re-use. Nothing like re-using paper images of the words to make another word!

If you are like me and love type and lettering you will love Creative Lettering: Techniques & Tips from Top Artists.

More about the Lark Crafts book

Creative Lettering: Techniques & Tips from Top Artists
Jenny Doh
" Hand-lettering techniques are a popular and visually dynamic way to add textual elements to crafts, from journals to mixed-media art. Sixteen accomplished contributors—including calligraphers, painters, collagists, card makers, fiber artists, and graphic designers—give their personal perspectives on lettering. They all offer their favorite tools, how they use them, their signature technique with step-by-step instructions and photos, and an alphabet sampler of their own font. Gorgeous gallery images of each contributor's work are also included.
Contributors include:
Andy Ainger   •   Francois Begnez   •   Flora Chang   •   Barbara Close   •   Philippe Debongnie   •  Karyn Denten   •   Aimee Dolich   •   Lisa Engelbrecht   •   Pam Garrison  •   Stine Kaasa   •   Rhianna Lederman   •   Martha Lever   •   Linda Schneider   •   Jessica Swift   •   Madeline Tomkins   •   Lori Vilegen   •  
Jenny Doh is the former Editor-in-Chief of Somerset Studio magazine and the President and Founder of Jenny serves regularly as keynote speaker across the nation to deliver messages related to creative passion, authentic leadership, effective communication, and focused compassion. For her leadership in publishing and the art and crafting community, Jenny was recognized by Folio magazine as one of the top 40 leaders within the publishing industry. Jenny is the author of several books, including Hand in Hand and We Make Dolls (both Lark). She lives in Santa Ana, CA."
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