April 5, 2017 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 rackycoo. We hope you enjoy them!


Aye aye! by Nodsu

Strawberry Teacup & Bag Rest (adult language) by Mistress Jennie

Fabric moth by craftylittlemonkey

The Alchemical Basement Laboratory of Dr Morrison Hedwith – Eternal Pics by TheMistressT

Holding Space Shadow Box by custardfairy

The Meowniverse by loveandasandwich

Taco Bella by crafterdark

Hannah Cross Stitch by storerboughtcreations

Button holder hoopla by SonjaBoo

It’s a Circus, Just a Rich Pageant by kittykill

Minion Bob Easter Egg by rockingbearranch

Clowncat Mao by pottermouth

Doctor Who: Amy Pond "Curse of the Black Spot" Pirate Pond by BenaeQuee

My recent watercolour portraits (somewhat pic heavy) by FoxyBlue

18th Century Boy by Pleasantly Malformed

Tute Tuesday: Pixi Book Bag

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Whether you know them as Pixi or Little Golden Books, there is no doubt that you read them as a child. These books have stood the test of time and are past down from generation to generation. Craftster member KosmicGirl shares her tutorial for a Pixi Book Bag that can accommodate up to 10 books. This bag allows little ones to carry around their collection of these timeless classics. It is perfect for overnight trips to granny’s, the library or long car rides.

Looking for other ways to carry around your treasures? Check out our Purses, Bags and Wallets Board for easy to follow tutorials. Happy crafty Tuesday!

Getting Your Just Desserts

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You’ve been extra sweet lately, right? If yes, then you probably deserve a sweet treat as a reward. I pulled up five delicious looking desserts from the cooking board that will satisfy any sweet tooth. Give them a try!

Do you like peanut butter? Oh boy, then check out the size of this giant Reese’s peanut butter cup. It’s too big to even fit in this photo! patty_o_furniture made this for her daughter’s birthday, and was kind enough to include a link to the recipe in her post.

DreamChild556 made this yummy looking mint pie for St. Patrick’s Day, but I feel sure this would be a hit any day of the year.
Doesn’t a chocolate mousse cake sound tempting? Onyxnox added a little liqueur to give this treat a bit of a kick.
Mmm, Angel Food! This sort of light cake has always been a favorite of mine. patty_o_furniture baked this beautiful cake; it’s perfect!
If you’re tempted by all these confections but don’t have a lot of time, use Quantumphysica‘s recipe and try out this 7 minute chocolate cake, and bake it in a mug in the microwave. It’s a single serving of fun!

All of the above dessert posts include the recipe or a link to the recipe. Are you hungry now? Get your just desserts on the Craftster Dessert board, and satisfy that sweet tooth.

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Meatless Monday: Ricotta Biscuits with Fresh Herbs

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You have prepared the perfect meal but something is missing. You need a little side to kick the entree up a notch. Instead of serving the same boring roll, why not make up a batch up Ricotta Biscuits with Fresh Herbs. Craftster member Acadian Driftwood shares their recipe for these little gems that will compliment any salad, soup or main dish. Ricotta Biscuits are great for luncheons, picnics or an intimate dinner for two.

Our Cooking Board has recipes for every meal and occasion. Make your Monday happy and try something new.

Craftster Quickies: How to Make Faux Chocolate Easter Eggs

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In this episode of Craftster Quickies, kittykill teaches you how to make faux chocolate Easter eggs!

These not-so-tasty creations make great decor for Spring and gifts for holiday baskets, too!

Circus Fun For Everyone!

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Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages! Behold some marvelous circus-inspired crafts.  Witness the color, the pageantry, and the excitement! Here is a fun collection of crafts that embody the wonder that is the circus. 

I have fallen in love with this altered sideshow book by pottermouth. Although it’s tiny (only 2.5″ by 3.5″), it’s packed with sideshow attractions. And it’s interactive! In this sideshow, you can comb the bearded lady’s beard, put a hat on the pinhead, and tie the shoes of a conjoined twin. It’s a complete sideshow experience in miniature.

 

Have you ever seen a circus with performing bear as cute as this one? arimethia made this adorable costume for her son’s second Halloween.
And here’s another sideshow attraction you don’t want to miss: the spotted lady and her pet leopard. kittykill embroidered the act’s banner and the red bikini, and then assembled this wonderful 3D piece.
julibooli is ready to get into the act herself, with these colorful and fun rainbow fringed pants. Her striped shirt and top hat complete her circus look.
My apologies if you suffer from coulrophobia, the fear of clowns! I’m certain that these rather terrifying clown dolls by dingogirl66 aren’t doing anything to help with that. I happen to love their stripey shirts and rather disturbing clown faces. After all, nothing says circus like a menacing clown or two.

You’ll find these and lots more fun filled circus crafts filed under the Craftster tag “circus“. Step right up for more circus extravaganza!

Circus Side Show Mini Art Quilt

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The Strong Man at the circus knows that there is more to life than just flexin’ for the ladies. He uses those muscles to lift up his fellow circus performers. He has a strong shoulder to lean on.

CraftyMamaBee created this whimsical Circus Mini Art Quilt using vintage pictures of circus performers from the 1900’s printed onto fabric and the wonderful Strong Man out of felt.

Check out this quilt, along with other beautiful works of quilted art on the Quilting Board.

April 1, 2017 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 rackycoo. We hope you enjoy them!


Matchbox Circus ABCs by pottermouth

Not my circus…not my monkeys coin purse by isewcute by I Sew Cute

Circus bear by moriarT

Zoltar the Magnificent!! by thisbirdsabsurd

Mini Circus Scene by Mountains and Clouds

Lydia, The Tattooed Lady by kcli

Bubbles and Creepenstein Circus Clowns by dingogirl66

Wicked Circus Altered Tin – Traveling Freak Show by LimeRiot

Circus Fabric Art Book by artsycandice

Ally and Emmy by Nodsu

Steampunk Circus Freak Gold and Red Stripped Coat by Poofhawk

Side Show Circus Quilt : The ORIGINAL! by CraftyMamaBee

Leopold The Lion Tamer by AlwaysInspired

Circus book by amaryllisroze

A Melancholy Circus by rackycoo

@Home This Weekend: Rainbow Ribbon Hair Clip Holder

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This weekend, store your hairclips in a beautiful way with a rainbow cloud like this one, by dfabbric. All your accessories will be within reach when you attach them to the colorful ribbon rainbow. This is creative storage at its finest!

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Tute Tuesday: Mini Cork Board

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Is your memory a little fuzzy? Do you have to write everything down and keep it in plain sight? You are not alone. LimeRiot’s tutorial for a Mini Cork Board is the perfect craft for those of us who might need a little help remembering our appointments. You can also use the cork board for pictures of your besties, a place to hang your keys and other mementos. Customize your frame to fit your style and decor. Bling it out!

Looking for other ways to get organized? Check out our Tutorial Cloud for inspiration on your next project.

Triptychs: Art in Three Pieces

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Sometimes your art is so awesome it takes three canvases to contain it all. Enter the triptych, where three separate but equal parts combine to make one great work of art.

You know how much madness is contained in the story of Alice in Wonderland. One canvas was simply not enough, so Diver filled three with colorful scenes from the story.

There is three times the scary in this zombie triptych by LovelyMiss. Watch out: they’re coming for you! Take note at how each panel is hung by a tiny brain.
I love how sheepBlue designed this tree branch triptych to hang. It almost feels like you are looking out the window to view the silhouettes of the perching birds.
Something about this watercolor and charcoal dandelion triptych by lunamadre is so soothing. Perhaps it’s the tranquil colors and hazy outlines. Either way, I love this piece.
A triptych doesn’t always have to be a drawing or painting, as evidenced by this 3D assemblage by cackle, who created this art using three matchboxes of different sizes.

If you have some big ideas, maybe a triptych is in your future. It’s three times as fun as regular art!

Meatless Monday: Italian Stew

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Hey! Can someone tell Mother Nature that it is spring. Old man winter has overstayed his welcome. Oh well, what are you going to do? Make Italian Stew and craft the dreary day away! Craftster member JessicaH shares her recipe for easy Italian Stew using chickpeas, tomatoes, spinach and other tasty veggies and spices. Throw everything in a crockpot in the morning and by dinner time you have a delicious soup. For even more greens, serve it with a side salad and don’t forget to add a piece of artisan bread.

Don’t let this recent cold snap get you down. Our Cooking Board has a wide variety of recipes to warm you up. Stay toasty, my friends!

@Home This Weekend: Hot Hot Pads

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This weekend, heat up your kitchen with some hot hot pads. No, that extra “hot” is not a typo; these hot pads are literally steaming with hot men. Who has the hottest kitchen in town? TheMistressT! What’s cooking at your house?

March 22, 2017 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!


LED light up snowflake dress by violentjayne

Paw Patrol Dog Bowl Cake by redheadedblonde

Minnie blanket by storerboughtcreations

Raccoons collection by ThreeLittleCats

Stash Busting Hot Pads! Oh, They’re HOT All Right! (bountiful pics) by TheMistressT

Muggle Shirts by lindyv321

Steampunk altered tea tin by SonjaBoo

The Laboratory of the Nefarious Dr. Hedwith (gobs and gobs of pics) by bunny1kenobi

Fabric Animals Scrappy 4×6 Art by gozer

Urban Threads Tattooed Mermaid by Anya Kase

Small Harry Potter themed shrine by geekgirl1000100

Flying key block by craftylittlemonkey

Faery Rag Doll by LissyLou

Dark Knight Indeed by crafterdark

Undies and Boxers by dfabbric

Tute Tuesday: Chandelier Earrings

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Looking for an update to your spring wardrobe? Dress up that outfit with one of a kind Chandelier Earrings. Craftster member Rckfella shares her in depth tutorial for making this fun and fancy piece of jewelry. In the time it takes you to binge watch your favorite show, you can have a funky pair of earrings that are stylish and sassy; just like you!

You can create one pieces of artwork with tutorials from our Jewelry and Trinkets Board. Have fun and be bold because it looks good on you! Happy Tuesday!