Polymer Clay Shamrock Pin (St. Patrick’s Day Craft!)

Polymer Clay Shamrock Pin - St Patricks Day Craft

This post has actually been around for a few years here on CTD…but I have added new photos and a step-by-step video tutorial for you!  Who doesn’t need another St. Patrick’s Day craft idea or a super-cute Shamrock pin? Wanna play? You’ll need: black polymer clay translucent polymer clay metal leaf (silver or gold is ok) alcohol inks in yellow and green mini heart-shaped cutter (found in the cake decorating aisle) 2 part epoxy resin (I like ICE Resin) Pin […]

Guest Tutorial from I’m Topsy Turvy: Carving Eggs with a Dremel

A big hello to first-time “Guest Dummy” Ashlee from I’m Topsy Turvy. She’s got great tutorials for the crafters, and cakes to DIE for. I mean really spectacular! Anyway, I love what Ashlee did with these eggs- and you all know that I LOVE my pistol-grip Dremel. Can’t wait to try these out myself! I published this post a few years ago, but It’s so fabulous it deserved a command performance! Last year I found this picture and story about […]

HSN: Behind the Scenes

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Hello, Crafty Friends! I just got back from my most recent appearance on HSN representing the 3 Birds Estate Collection. I shared some photos and behind-the-scenes action as it happend on my Facebook and Twitter accounts, but just in case you missed it, I wanted to share here, too. My trips are whirlwind and I forget to take pictures-but the process of preparing for live TV is actually pretty cool. First, did you know that some of the on-air guests […]

How-To: Shrink Plastic Flower Head Pins

Shink plastic flower headpins on recycled spool pincushion.

Spring has sprung early here in North Eastern Ohio, and we’ve got lovely flowers blooming outside. I wanted to bring some of that “spring” indoors to my crafting table. So I made some sweet little flower headpins! They are actually really easy. Let me show you how to make them! You’ll need: Clear shrink plastic (I used clear for that translucent look.) White glass headpins Alcohol-based markers (I used LetraSet ProMarkers) 2 inch flower punch (I used the “Whale of […]

Spring Craft: Easter Banner

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I created this banner for CraftsUnleashed last year- but I think it still is pretty rockin’!  If you’ve been online or reading magazines, you probably have noticed the trend of making banners to decorate or celebrate. I’ve “hopped” on the bandwagon for Easter (har, har!) and whipped up this simple but stunning decoration. However, this would be just as cute if it said “Spring” or “Celebrate.” I used: Black Magic Core-dinations cardstock (or your choice in 4 different colors) Nana’s […]

Easy 4-Leaf Clover Tee for St. Patrick’s Day

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Here’s another fun project I made for the CraftsUnleashed design team. You can find the supplies  at ConsumerCrafts.com at great prices! My family is part Irish, and we love to celebrate St.Patrick’s day with some corned beef and the “wearin’ o’ the green.” That means fun tee-shirts to wear to the parade! Today, I’ll show you how. You’ll need: tee shirt Tulip Glitter Fabric Spray paint in gold Tulip Fabric Spray Paint in primary colors Small paper heart doilies (available […]

Year of the Rabbit- 7 Crafts for an Auspicious Lunar New Year

From EnchantedLearning.com

Gung Hay Fat Choi- Happy Lunar New Year! This is the year of the rabbit, so I thought I’d scrape up some cute rabbit crafts to get you inspired! An even if you don’t particularly get into Lunar New Year- that’s OK. Consider these crafty ideas as a way to get a “jump” on your Easter and Spring crafts! For the little kids, there’s the ever-popular Bunny Mask from EnchantedLearning.com: Amigurumi is hot, hot, HOT right now, and what could […]

Paper Lantern Summer Party Craft

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Here’s a little goodie I posted over at CraftsUnleashed-blog- and I thought I’d share it here, too. You can whip up one of these beauties just in time for your Labor Day festivities! I have to admit that this wasn’t my original idea- I saw a project on Martha Stewart’s blog that used butterfly punch cut-outs on a purchased paper lantern and I thought it was super cute. I was tickled, too, because ConsumerCrafts.com sells these fabulous battery-operated paper lanterns […]

Recycled Can Brooches on CraftsUnleashed!

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When it comes to recycled crafts, I really kinda can’t help myself. I’ve got a bit of the magpie in me- I’m attracted to shiny things and I’m always trying to figure out how to use the little bits and bobs that attract me and reuse them into something fabulous. So now I’m using my Cuttlebug like a crazy person. (Watch out- if you’re in my house, the minute you are done with your soda I will snatch it from […]

Recycled Coffee Filter Flowers

Coffee filter blooms are a great recycling craft!

Yeah, I know this one is kinda an “oldie-but-a-goodie,” but I had such a good time making them today that I thought I’d share it here, too…just to remind you how much fun you can have with the garbage you generate! My recycled objects were all collected after breakfast: 5 or 6 coffee filters (per flower) egg carton (yields 12) cereal box Plus you’ll need some not-so-recycled objects, one each per flower: bamboo skewers chenielle stems button for the center […]

Recycling Your Plastic Eggs

Home made egg shakers are fun and decorative!

Well, here we are, Easter is over, and now we have copious amounts of those annoying plastic Easter eggs. (Well, actually we’re down a few because Ginger the cock-a-poo has discovered their charms!) But anyway, even if you don’t have scads on hand, they’re on sale everywhere for cheap, cheap, cheap! So here’s a coupla good reasons to get crafty with ’em! Make your own Egg Rattle Snake complete with rattler! If you’ve got a dremel or drill handy, this […]

Easter Banner up at CraftsUnleashed.com

Easter Banner made for CraftsUnleashed~

Every now and then I make a little craft that I’m particularly proud of…and today’s post on making Paper Easter Banners at CraftsUnleashed.com is one of them. I hauled out my Cricut and got me to cuttin’ some circles and letters and BAM! In about an hour I had me this cutesy banner to hang on my mantle: I think it’s A) pretty, and B) is something you could make at home without a Cricut– and probably with the papers […]

Fabrege Egg Swap

OK, so we didn’t really swap fabrege eggs… we made Artist Trading Cards inspired by them. I got these last week on Wednesday, right before we headed out of town for a funeral. I apologize for being late to my wonderful swap-ees, Trish, Katherine, and Agnieska (from Poland!) These are gorgeous, and now I have to find a clever way to display them next Easter. I only hope that my swap partners were as pleased with my polymer clay ATC’s. […]

Springtime Crafting – Make a Birdbath

So I spent this morning raking out beds, uncovering little shoots of spring. My crocus are blooming, and the tulips and daffys are over 1/2 up. It won’t be long until they bloom, too. So with all of this spring springing up around me, my thoughts have turned to garden crafts and yard art. First up: we need a birdbath! I found a super simple version on FamilyCrafts.com: Patricia’s Pots also has a how-to, with a slightly different design: She […]

Three Recycled Plastic Easter Egg Craft Ideas

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Well, here we are, Easter is over, and now we have copious amounts of those annoying plastic Easter eggs. (Well, actually we’re down a few because Ginger the cock-a-poo has discovered their charms!) But anyway, even if you don’t have scads on hand, they’re on sale everywhere for cheap, cheap, cheap! So here’s a coupla good reasons to get crafty with ’em…. Make your own Egg Rattle Snake complete with rattler! If you’ve got a dremel or drill handy, this […]

Polymer Clay ATC’s – Eggs

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I’m in a swap at my CPS group, and our theme was Faberge Eggs. I played around with several ideas, but since I’m on a polymer clay kick, well, I thought I could make it work. I also used some lovely German Scrap from ArtChix and some rhinestones to finish them off. Whaddaya think? To create them,  I marbled a sheet of clay,  cut it onto the egg-shape and  then added the coils with liquid clay. After curing, I applied […]

Sew Your Own Easter Basket

You can file this one under “sewing Easter baskets for Dummies”- it’s that easy. These are made from placemats, a little webbing, and a whole lotta crafty! Click on over to J Caroline Creative! and get the tutorial. These would be so cute customized for each child with their favorite color, initial, or character. (My Sweet Boy would love a Spider-man Easter basket.) Thinking of it that way, these could then be reused as tote bags. What fun!