Tute Tuesday: Scrap Busting Artwork

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IMG_6937_zpsjip6bauv Let’s face it, as crafty people we hate throwing away anything. Who knows if we can use it for another project. Crafylittlemonkey shows us how we can use up those scraps to create one of a kind beautiful pieces of art. Her Scrap Busting Artwork is not only clever, but fun to create. This project is excellent for kids of all ages. The best part is that you don’t need to be an expert seamstress or artist. Anyone, at any skill level, can have fun with this technique.

Looking for other ways to use up those scraps? Check out our Tutorial Cloud for ideas and inspiration. Let go and be creative!

Let’s Monkey Around!

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blog3 Grab a pair of socks, and let’s monkey around! Sock monkeys have been around, delighting both children and adults, for a long long time. Leave it to Craftsters to take on a classic and make it so much more!

Sock monkeys have so much personality. Want to make some? Click here for a great tutorial by SunflowerSmiles. She included thorough instructions and several photographs to help you out. You can leave your monkey as is, or accessorize it and make it whoever you wish.

This little fellow is a true hipster, right down to his plaid shirt and bow tie. bobbiemay also gave him a nice little cap and some tight jeans for that perfect hipster look. blog2
craftylittlemonkey made this industrious construction worker and outfitted it in casual work clothes. She even gave it a little toolbox, filled with monkey-sized tools! blog1
Wait, this isn’t a sock monkey; it’s a SPOCK monkey! magicfan gave this guy all the characteristics of Mr. Spock, from his Vulcan features to his Enterprise uniform. blog4
Here’s everyone’s favorite nanny: Mary Poppins. She’s perfectly perfect in every way. noelle included all the important details: her sensible shoes, the umbrella she flew in with, and that magical carpetbag. Charming! blog5

Don’t you just love ’em? It was hard to pick from the zoo of sock monkeys posted on Craftster, so be sure to click on the tag “sock monkey” to see them all!

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Meatless Monday: Lemon Cornmeal Waffles

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68269_16Sep16_DSC09933 WAFFLES! Whew! Got that out of the way. Wait…WAFFLES and not just any waffle, Lemon Cornmeal Waffles! Nothing makes a morning like warm waffles and a nice cup of coffee. Bliss! Instead of making the same old waffles, Onyxnox shares her recipe which is a fresh twist that offers extra crispness and a touch of lemon. Top these tasty gems with fresh berries or homemade vanilla cream. Celebrate friends and family with a waffle bar party.There is happiness in those little squares.

Breakfast doesn’t have to be boring with recipes, tips and inspiration from our Cooking Board. Start your day off right!

Whooops!

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Handful of Projects

So I recently participated in a swap. My partner and I agreed to do horror movies (which we both loved) and unfortunately… the whole swap process turned into a horror movie, with me cast as the not-s-bright heroine that goes down the dark, rickety basement stairs in 6″ heels without a flashlight. Because there was a noise, and there was a news report about an escaped axe murderer in the neighborhood. Those were the levels of mistakes I was making. But you know what? It’s good to know you’re not alone when those things happen.

Did you know there is a whole board for projects gone awry? Crafters baring their souls and exposing their craft fails with humor and flair. And I admit that, while I felt bad for them, I also chuckled, because we have some amazing storytellers and people with great senses of humor…

Knit Hat Ooops This project by BeccaJaneStClair has very little text, but it pretty much sums it up perfectly – “Next time, measure as you go!!” I almost spit my coffee out when I read that and saw the picture. Thank you, BeccaJaneStClair, making my day, because I think we’ve all been there! On the up side, your stitches look lovely and even, and I’m sure your next attempt went swimmingly!
Sock Problems I don’t want to spoil the next story for you, because this is one you really need to read! KittenKaboodle had quite a time knitting this sock (um, yes, it’s a sock!) and was kind enough to share the story and a very important cautionary word for us all!
Stamp Gone Awry This craft fail by pops isn’t an uncommon one for stamp carvers, and always ends in a very head meet desk reaction. It’s so obvious afterwards, but sometimes in the heat of crafting… things just don’t go quite right. I agree with one commentor, though, I’d totally say it was on purpose and use it anyway!

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And some craft fails are subtle. I admit, this one took me awhile! On the surface, everything looks just fine, but the eagle-eyed cheerleader coach gently pointed out the error to by MargaretMayI, who had put in a very late night of crafting to make 15 of these (well, one of *these*, the rest were fine!). I can see this happening easily, after that many of them and as the evening wore on…

Some of my friends, I found out, have a mistaken belief that everything I do works out just fine, and they don’t want to try things because they won’t be as good as I am. My jaw hit the floor when I heard that, and I immediately corrected them. Of course I usually just share the things I’m most proud of! Not because I want to appear great, but because thought they’d be more interesting. What I found, as I started sharing more fails (cookies without flour, oh, that was fun!) was that people appreciated those posts just as much, and people commiserate with you and it makes everyone feel good (you get to vent and get sympathy, and others get to see people struggling like they might have). So share a fail, have a laugh, and keep encouraging each other!

@Home This Weekend: Curtains!

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blog This weekend, accent your windows, but still let the light in! Meadowlark made four gorgeous eyelet curtains for around $30, including the hanging hardware. What a difference this makes in her master bath. C’mon, you can do it too!

September 21, 2016 Featured Projects

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Every two weeks we pick our favorite 15 projects that Craftster readers have voted for with the “This Rocks!” button. Here are our latest picks which were lovingly and painstakingly chosen (so many amazing projects to choose from!), this time by kittykill. We hope you enjoy them!


1895 Victorian Dress (Simplicity 4156) by Supermutts

LOTR/Hobbit hat by vrlowe

Wedding cake toppers by ThreeLittleCats

Octopus Lights! by BrocadeLion

Dumbledore 2016 by pottermouth

A Parade of Hats, to take to the Calais Refugee Camp (picture huge!) by noodle-bug

Making something out of nothing, tute-ish with picture overload. by craftylittlemonkey

Dancing Harmony – Pic Heavy by StudioANF

After binge-watching Stranger Things by RandomlyGenerated

Pre Op / Post Op – Scrapbooking reall life by Reel Crafty Girl

Cthulhu, Wizards, Turtles, and Pokeballs by TkRain

Halloween Purse 2016 by gozer

Hazel Hedgehog by Homerof2

Tool Time Sock Monkey with accessories by craftylittlemonkey

Attack of the Killer Rabbit: Death Awaits by Calabaza

Tute Tuesday: Steampunk Paper Top Hat

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267987_30Jun12_Hat_Right Do you have a fancy event coming up? Maybe a homecoming dance or a costume party? Why not dazzle the crowd with a one of a kind Steampunk Paper Top Hat. Angelpojek shares her tutorial for a fun top hat that can be made in any size or design. This is a great project for recycled materials. This would also be a fun piece to wear at a wedding using invitations and a copy of the wedding vows. Once you have the steps down you can be your very own mad hatter!

Paper isn’t just for writing letters; you can update your wardrobe with other fun paper projects from our Papercrafts Board. Let your imagination fly and create crafty fun today.

On Being Foxy

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blog1 Let’s get foxy! There are so many adorable fox projects on Craftster that I just had to highlight a few of my favorites:

It would be easy to be foxy with a cute fox cowl, like this one, knit by Smeddley. Even her stuffed dog looks fantastic!

Isn’t this the cutest couple? These two sweethearts look they are caught by surprise. Although they look almost real, they are actually needle-felted by ThreeLittleCats. blog2
The fox in this painting by andralynn  is so happy to have found a friend in the dark; a little firefly has landed on his nose. blog3
PerfectlyBohemian made these adorable appliqued pillows for a friend’s nursery. I love the soft colors and that sweet sleeping fox. blog4
Don’t worry; no foxes were hurt in the making of this project! artsycandice created this faux taxidermy fox head out of plaster. Currently, it’s wearing pearls, but it’s designed to wear any neck accessory. What fun! blog5

Are you interested in getting foxy? Click on the Craftster tag “fox” to see more!

Meatless Monday: Pumpkin Spice Latte

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20638_28Aug14_PumkpinSpiceLatte-Craftster I am looking outside my window right now watching the rain fall. How I wish I could just sit here, listen to the rain and stitch all day. Unfortunately, I have to get going. I could go down to the local coffee shop and grab and fancy coffee drink, or I could stay in my pj’s and fix one in the comfort of my own house. Sweets4ever shares her recipe for the popular fall drink, Pumpkin Spice Latte. By using actually pumpkin in the recipe, the drink is extra creamy and full of flavor. It is the perfect treat for any day of the week.

Gather your friends and enjoy the season with autumn inspired treats from our Cooking Board. Happy food equals happy hearts!

@Home This Weekend: Octopus Lights!

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blog This weekend, prove you are the coolest on the block with some stunning octopus vanity lights. When BrocadeLion went to re-do her bathroom, she was deadset on finding some octopus lights to flank the mirror. When she couldn’t find what she wanted, she did what any die-hard Craftster would do: she made her own. Check out her post to find out how. Fantastic!

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Spellbinders’ New Prizm Die Cutter

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Our sponsor Spellbinders has done it again! They’ve made the sweetest little die cutter and some new fun dies.  At only 3″ wide, 4 1/2″ tall, and 8″ wide (including the handle!), this new Prizm die cutter is perfect for people who love making cards, ATCs, and other small  projects. Let’s take it for a ride! Prism1
prism5b “Love in Flight” is my favorite set of dies. I used this set to make a hanging art doll.  After using the Prizm to cut out the heart and wings, I used a head from an old photograph and cut out the body from scrap paper. I added a few 3D elements like lace, paper flowers in her hair, and a butterfly. A wire glued to the back serves as a hanger.
prism10 Here she is hanging on the wall in my studio. The dies also emboss, so the wings have really pretty feathered detail in them, and the heart is a little 3D, so it stands out from the background. I foresee lots of winged folk in my art for a while!
Who doesn’t love “Emojis”? It’s so great to be able to say what you feel without words, using these dies. This set includes a heart, tears, and sunglasses, so you can add fun details to the faces. I can think of hundreds of uses for these cute little guys. prism6b
I put together some emojis and made little cards with grey cardstock and a strip of washi tape. These cards can be used many ways; perhaps a little happy note in a lunch box. Here I used a couple as place settings, and one as a gift card. Sweet! prism4
prism8b Here’s a bright idea; how about a colorful bookmark to help mark your spot? The “Industrial 2” set is perfect for making an inspiring bookmark.
prism9 This project was so simple: just layer scrapbook paper, cut out the lightbulb and the word “inspire”, and assemble. Now you’ll never lose your place.
This die set, “Flight 2” has a ton of possibilities. I really liked the fluffy clouds, so I stamped words on them, added a little blue accent around the edges with a Copic marker, and attached them to some clips. prism7b
Keep your papers tidy with some cute office supplies. A pack of ephemera with a “dream” cloud clip will take you far! prism3

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SavThis new Prizm die cutter is so small, it can fit in my travel craft bag. Yes, I have a travel craft bag; a vacation isn’t really a vacation without art supplies handy! Having my Prizm packed with me will just add to the fun.
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Tute Tuesday: Bias Tape Hoop

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129980_09Sep16_DSCN0707 Embroidery hoops are the easiest and most inexpensive way to frame your embroidery or cross stitch. Many of us in the craft world dedicate entire walls to our wonderful hoop creations. Let’s face it, the same old wood hoop can be boring. Thanks to Pottermouth, you can add a bit of style to your hoops with her tutorial for Bias Tape Hoop. This is a great way to add a little more to the hoop and really make it stand out.

Looking for other ways to finish off a hoop or maybe learn a new stitch? Our Needlework Board is a great place for tutorials and inspiration. Create your own hoopla wall today!

Know Your Place

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blog2 Even though I have a Kindle (it’s great for travel), I still love reading an honest to goodness actual book. I have a nice little collection of bookmarks, displayed in a metal tin. I love a good bookmark! Here’s a lovely variety of handmade bookmarks to help hold your place.

It looks like a butterfly just settled on the pages of this book, but it’s actually the top of a beautiful bookmark by Anofeles.

alteredmommy created several sheets of paper cloth, and then cut them apart and sewed them together to create these crazy quilt bookmarks. Don’t they look like stained glass windows? blog3
Need to save your place in a book of horror? Who better to help than Edgar Allen Poe! Using a craft stick and an altered domino, Wendylynns Paper Whims made this tribute to the “King of the Macabre”. blog4
Onyxnox used die cut canvas and paper to create these pretty bookmarks. They have all sorts of interesting texture, including crackle medium and machine stitching. blog1
Ding dong, the witch is dead! I have always loved this ruby slippers bookmark. Looks like that wicked witch was squashed into a book instead of being crushed by a house! noooitaremybirthday sculpted the legs from polymer clay and then painted and glittered them to perfectly resemble those of the unfortunate witch. blog5

Bookmarks make great little projects, and are always welcomed as little gifts. Check out the many other bookmark ideas on Craftster, by clicking on the link “bookmark“.

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Meatless Monday: Buttercup Squash and Pear Soup

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78868_02Sep15_2015_08_30_-_Buttercup_squash_and_pear_soup I am a soup person. I could eat it all year long. My only problem is that I get stuck in a rut with the same recipes all the time. A girl can only eat so much broccoli and cheddar soup! Thanks to craftster member, dreadlocklove, I can try a new soup and use produce that is in season, not to mention local! Her quick and easy recipe for Buttercup Squash and Pear Soup is perfect for those early autumn days. You can pair this dish with an artisan bread and a side salad for a full meal that will satisfy your hunger. Don’t forget to save a little bit for lunch tomorrow!

No matter what kind of meal you are looking for, our Cooking Board is the spot for recipes, ideas and inspiration. If you decide to make the soup, save me a bowl, I’ll be right over!

@Home This Weekend: Chore Chart

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blog This weekend, whip your kids (and husband?) into shape with a handy chore chart! Each person gets their own category with their own fun chore attached. ThistleHill loves vintage trims, and she was able to use them in such a great way. What? I got vacuum again?!?