Tute Tuesday: Art Doll

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Are you looking for a new way to show off your artistic side? Craftster member WingsofClay shares her tutorial for Art Dolls that will allow you to take your talents to the next level. These beauties are perfect for showing off art in a whimsical way. Create dolls in any form you wish. They do not have to follow a certain style. Whatever you are feeling; share it on the canvas of your doll. This is a great project for found art items such as bottle caps, buttons and scraps of fabric. Because there is not a set pattern, this tutorial is fun for kids to use their imagination and create their own doll.

Express yourself with a little help from our Tutorial Cloud. Learn a new craft or technique; and don’t forget to post it on our forum!

Simply Saints

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Even though I’m not Catholic, I love religious icons and art, so I was excited to see a few saints mulling around the boards of Craftster. And not just any depictions of saints, but saints of all types.

I can’t even tell you how much I love this bright and colorful kitschy quilt featuring many saints. humboldtcherry added several charms, milagros, and fabric flowers. Truly a piece of art!

vegebrarian created this adorable St. Lucia peg doll, even including her advent wreath crown and candles.
This painting of St. Lucy, also by vegebrarian, reminds me of the famous folk artist Howard Finster’s works.
PirateColey used a wooden box to create this shrine to Saint Anthony, the patron saint of lost things.
Isn’t she a doll? St. Rose of Lima, made by mommy2six is perfect for her little niece, who was named after the saint.

There are a few more saints and shrines to be seen on Craftster. Click here to find them.

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Meatless Monday: Kid Friendly Fruit Snacks

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It’s difficult cooking snacks that your child will enjoy and you feel good about feeding them. Store bought treats taste great, but have ingredients in them that make you shudder. Craftster member Redheadedblonde feels your pain and has created a recipe that both moms and kids will enjoy. Kid Friendly Fruit Snacks are made from simple fresh ingredients like apples and sweet potatoes. You can mix up the flavors by trying different fruits and spices. You don’t need a food dehydrator to make these yummy treats, you can use your oven at a low temp. Fruit Snacks aren’t just for kids, adults love them too!

Check out our Cooking board for other healthy recipes. Got a favorite meatless dish? Why not share it with the Craftster community. Have a yummy Monday!

@Home This Weekend: Designated Cutting Boards

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Have you ever cut something on a wooden cutting board, only to have it take on the unwanted flavor of previously cut garlic? This weekend, use this clever from craftylittlemonkey and do some woodburning to label your boards. Now, you’ll know whether it’s a “yes” or a “no” to use a particular board for cutting garlic or onions. No more transferred flavors!

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Tute Tuesday: Altered Journal Page

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It seems that everywhere you look you will see ways to “improve” your art journal. Improve? You don’t need improvement! You need inspiration! Craftster member Nooo has created this fun Altered Journal Page meant to remind you to relax and inspire your inner creative monster just waiting to jump out. This tutorial will show you different techniques that you can use to make every page of your journal your own. No need for fancy lettering or expensive die cuts. All you need is your imagination and craft supplies you already have on hand. Go against the norms and create a page just for you.

Being a skilled artist is not a requirement for creating an altered art journal. You have glitter and craftiness running through your veins! If you get stumped for inspiration, check out our Tutorial Cloud for tips. Have an amazing Tuesday!

Magic and Luck

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Magic is everywhere, if you just take the time to look around you. Presented here are some magical, and often lucky, things found on the pages of the Craftster forum.

Unicorns are definitely magical beasts, and this adorable crocheted unicorn by EmmaIrlamCrafts is just the cutest with its pastel rainbow main and sweet pink feet.

Are you in need of some extra good luck? Maybe you can find the single four leaf clover in this greeting card by PenolopyBulnick.
Everyone knows you can wish on a star. This mosaic lucky star by sheepBlue is on Lazy Susan, so it’s useful as well as beautiful (and lucky!)
If you are fortunate enough to come upon this sweet fairy made by pottermouth, she might just grant you a wish.
 Make your own magic with a Sailor Moon inspired wand. This one, by xMangoRose, is crocheted, so it won’t hurt so badly should you have to bop someone on the head with it.

Magic is all around, and sometimes, you can make your own luck. Stay crafty!

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Meatless Monday: Vegetarian Pasta Sauce

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Old man winter is kicking our butts! Who invited him to the party? Are you trapped inside, waiting for the snow and ice to melt? If you are, you might as well have a good meal. Craftster member prettyfred’s recipe for Vegetarian Pasta Sauce will warm you up. You can use it on a variety of pastas, both flour and vegetable. Add a few more tomatoes or paste for a pizza sauce that is out of this world. Save this recipe for summer time when your tomatoes will be fresh off the vine. Freeze or can the pasta sauce for next fall and winter. You can also add more spices depending on how hot you like your sauce. Cook up a large batch of pasta, invite your closest friends over and enjoy a crafty dinner party.

Don’t let winter get you down; cook up tasty dishes from our Cooking Board that will warm your tummy and your soul. Happy Monday!

@Home This Weekend: Tea Towel Pillows

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This weekend, make some brightly colored pillows out of souvenir tea towels. Using the tutorial from magsb80, one tea towel + one pillow form + a little sewing = one great accent pillow. What a fun way to add a pop of color!

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January 10, 2018 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!


Not a Creature Was Stirring… altered Altoid tin ornaments by fluffypants

Vinyl Record Animals by Acadian Driftwood

Christmas Spirit Snarky lady ornament by SonjaBoo

Matchbox Games by yzzilnoaj

Karisma Hat by AlishaMisha

A ridiculous amount of felt ornaments by craftylittlemonkey

Going Against the Grain with More Subversive Cross Stitch! by crafterdark

Dyed and felted scarves by Belladune

Figure Skating Dog! (a ton of pics) by TheMistressT

Make an Elf on a shelf doll…she’s watching! Step by step. by cmarion3

Calligraphy pen by barfusstanzen

BB-8 quilt by Eowynt

dizzy Acroneuria Abnormis by blupaisan

Since it’s that time of year. LOVE mixed media by Mlsocci74

Warlock Virus Shawl by Mistress Jennie

Tute Tuesday: Singlet Style Shopping Bag

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It’s time to say goodbye to the paper or plastic bag debate. Instead of bringing those bags home, why not take a one of a kind tote with you. Whether you are grocery shopping on a Tuesday or thrifting on a Saturday, the Singlet Style Shopping Bag is perfect for all of your needs. Craftster member queenofdiy shares her tutorial for this fold up totebag that doesn’t require a complicated pattern. If you have a plastic bag, you have the pattern! The best part about this shopping sack is that it takes up almost no room; just fold it up, stuff it in your purse until you need it. Not only is the tote good for shopping, but it can also carry your crafting supplies. Make a smaller version for a personalized lunch bag.

Accessorize your favorite outfit with tutorials from our Purses, Bags and Wallets Board. Put the funky in functional! Happy Tuesday.

Congrats! You’ve Won A Major Award!

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There’s nothing better than winning a trophy or ribbon for a job well done. Celebrate your win, and display your trophies proudly. Do you know someone who deserves a medal? Make them one!

TheMistressT used an “Expert Typist” pin and some ribbon and a charm to create this military style medal for her husband, a writer.

Needing trophies for her roller derby league, teaandcraft mounted dinosaurs and unicorns to a plastic base and spray painted them gold. These are all kinds of awesome!
sadlyharmless designed and painted an entire calendar full of “Grand Champions” and their trophies. The rhino on the right has won three major awards.
Are you an avid swapper here on Craftster? Perhaps you, too, deserve a “Swap Master” ribbon. craftylittlemonkey made this and other adult merit badges for all sorts of extraordinary accomplishments.
Here’s an idea I just love: TheMistressT used parts of old trophies to make wine stoppers. Wouldn’t a group of these look great on your bar?

So congrats to you for whatever you’ve done well, whether it be winning a big game, getting that promotion, or just managing to get out of bed on time today. You deserve an award!

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Meatless Monday: Egg Free Pasta

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It’s a new year and that means new cooking challenges. What are you dying to whip up? Soups? Cakes? Pastas? Making homemade pasta just got a bit easier with Julibooli’s recipe for Egg Free Pasta. This recipe is so easy to follow and requires very little ingredients. It is a great way to start your pasta making adventure. Once you have the technique down, you can add other herbs and spices for more dramatic flavor. You don’t need any fancy equipment to make this dish; just roll it out, cut it into different shapes and boil it up. Have fun with cookie cutters and create a variety of shapes for different holidays.

Cooking is fun with recipes, tips and inspiration from our Cooking Board. Get out there! Adventure is waiting for you!

@Home This Weekend: Painted Candle Holders

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This weekend, take plain wooden candle holders and jazz them up with paint! alwaysinmyroom painted each holder white and then added whimsical flowers and polka dots to make a set of one of a kind  candle holders that will brighten up anyone’s day.

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Tute Tuesday: Ceramic Planter from Money Bank

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Is the cold weather getting you down? Brighten up winter with a few indoor plants. Succulents are the easiest plants to take care of and they will look fabulous in a fun planter. Craftster member teaandcraft shares her tutorial for taking an everyday money bank and turn it into a Ceramic Planter. This tutorial is super easy but does require a bit of expertise with a drill. It is a great dollar store project that won’t hurt your wallet. For just a few bucks, you can have a snazzy new planter for your new green friend.

Stuck inside? Don’t get the blues, get to crafting with inspiration from our Tutorial Cloud. It’s a great way to start the new year off right. Happy Tuesday!

Everything’s Coming Up Roses!

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Happy 2018! As a UGA football fan, everything’s coming up roses today for me today, and the year has started out right. For those of you not in the know, the Georgia Bulldogs won the Rose Bowl last night and are now headed to the national championship next week. Go Dawgs! Now we’re seeing roses everywhere…

This beautiful rose looks so real, but Onyxnox made it from coffee filters, so it will always be fresh.

This rosy scarf was crocheted by aliis for her mom. What a great way to keep warm in chilly weather.
Smeddley used an interesting technique to create this “stained glass” rose out of tissue paper.
Aren’t these rosebud bath melts by EmmyFNWL so pretty? A nice relaxing bath sounds pretty great right now…
Not a rose, but a feisty little bulldog, screen printed on a t-shirt by luckdragon. (I could not help representing my team just one more time…)

Happy 2018, everyone. I hope this year will be coming up roses for you. Oh, and Go Dawgs!

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