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Take a Look Inside WEDDING PAPERCRAFTS

March 15, 2016, 11:00 am  Posted by Brita Vallens
 

We can’t wait for the release of our upcoming title Wedding Papercrafts! With spring finally on the horizon, wedding planning season is at its peak, and the beautiful and unique DIY papercrafts included in this book are sure to inspire. See below for a sneak peek of some of the projects included in the book, and preorder your copy here.

 

Paper Wisteria Branches

Designer: Kathryn Godwin

Inspired by beautiful, lush cascades of wisteria vines, this unique backdrop is a statement piece that will add simple elegance to any wedding venue.

Paper Wisteria Branches

 

Cascading Butterflies

Designer: Jessica Fediw

Adorn chairs with a cascade of paper butterflies to make an elegant statement at a wedding reception.

Cascading Butterflies

 

Vintage Wallpaper Envelope Seals

Designer: Valerie Lloyd

Add pretty accents to invitations and thank-you notes with these heart-shaped vintage wallpaper seals.

Vintage Wallpaper Envelope Seals

 

Recycled Book Page Flower

Designer: Kimberly Bart

Recycle old books and give them a new life by making flowers to attach to gift boxes, napkin rings, place settings, and more.

Recycled Book Page Flower

 

Make-Beautiful-Music-Together Centerpiece

Designer: Sandi Genovese

This three-dimensional centerpiece folds flat for convenient storage after the big event, but makes a spectacular display by simply pulling the front cover around to meet the back cover.

Make-Beautiful-Music-Together Centerpiece

 

Starburst Cake Topper

Designer: Brita Vallens

This elegant, shimmering, Art Deco–inspired cake topper adds an extra layer of personalized charm to wedding reception festivities.

Starburst Cake Topper

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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Wedding Papercrafts – Free Project!

February 24, 2016, 11:00 am  Posted by Brita Vallens
 
Invitation from Wedding Papercrafts

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In celebration of the upcoming release of Wedding Papercrafts, we’re offering a free download of the Paper-Cut Garden Vine Invitation template from the book.

With just a craft knife, some sketch paper, and a backing cardstock in a color to match your scheme, you can create a beautiful, one-of-a-kind keepsake wedding invitation to impress your guests. If you don’t currently have a wedding to plan, consider making these invitations for an “It’s Finally Spring!” get-together.

Find the instructions and template for creating the invitation below, and pre-order your copy of Wedding Papercrafts at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or IndieBound.

 

 

 

Materials & Tools:

• Download: Paper Cut Invitation Template

• One sheet of regular copy paper

• One sheet of colored cardstock, at least 9 x 9 inches (22.8 x 22.8 cm)

• One sheet of white sketch paper

• Craft knife

• Metal ruler

• Cutting mat

• Craft glue

• Small, soft paintbrush

• Tape

Instructions:

Wedding Papercrafts Cover1. Copy the invitation design template onto regular copy paper. Cut the template outline from the copy paper and lay it over the white sketch paper. Use tape to affix the template to the sketch paper to keep it in place as you cut. Be sure to use a cutting mat to protect your work surface.

TIP: If you’ve never used a craft knife before, practice working with the template, cardstock, craft knife, and cutting mat first.

2. Cut along the lines of the design template, using firm pressure to ensure that the blade is slicing through both the thin copy paper and the slightly heavier sketch paper. Take your time and be sure to keep your fingers away from the blade. You can rotate the paper as you go to make cutting in different directions easier. As you move from piece to piece, position the blade below the surface of the two layers of paper on the last cut to “pop” out the paper pieces.

3. When you finish cutting the entire template, gently move your hand over the copy paper to feel the grooves made by the blade to make sure you haven’t missed any lines before removing the design template.

4. Lift the copy paper template from the sketch paper. If a few pieces of the cutout still remain, rescore the lines with your craft knife and gently pull the pieces out. Clean up any jagged or unclean lines with the blade of the craft knife.

5. Using a metal ruler to guide the craft knife, cut the colored cardstock backing 7¼ x 5 ¾ inches (18.4 x 14.6 cm).

6. Brush a thin layer of glue on the back of the paper cutting and affix it to the colored cardstock. Let the card dry, then place it beneath a stack of heavy books to ensure it lays flat.

 

 
 
 
 
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Christmas Cookies to Inspire Joy

December 09, 2015, 10:00 am  Posted by Brita Vallens
 

Lark Crafts CookiesIt’s no surprise that cookie baking is such a popular activity during the holiday season: cookies are fun to make with friends and family, they make great gifts, and they’re a delicious dessert for holiday meals.

I went a little crazy with a tried and true sugar cookie recipe this past weekend (see the cookie explosion below). I cut letters from the cookie dough and decorated each one with frosting and Christmas-colored sprinkles. It was fun, relaxing, and, I have to admit, it really did put me in the holiday spirit.

If you’re looking for some wonderful cookie recipes and decorating ideas for the holiday season, check out Decorating Cookies, by cookie connoisseur Bridget Edwards. The book includes more than 60 recipes and designs for adorable—and delicious—cookies. From cute, smiling Santa Claus cookies and Menorah cookies, decorated in blue and gold frosting, to snowflake-laden gingerbread cookies, you’re bound to have fun baking and decorating the cookies in Decorating Cookies. Order your copy here.

 
 
 
 
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Fall Preview Friday: Sew Sweet Creatures

May 22, 2015, 09:00 am  Posted by Brita Vallens
 

I can’t wait for the release of our upcoming title Sew Sweet Creatures! The book contains instructions for creating 16 adorable plush projects—each with its own accessories.

 

Anna the Snuggly Llama has a hat, blanket, and booties, Samuel the Superhero Pig is ready to save the day with his cape and mask, the Adventurer Bear has a backpack and camera for his travels, the Owl and Pussycat are ready for a peaceful sleep with a cloud pillow and their favorite book, and Petula Lark, the “mod chick” has go-go boots, a poncho, and a cute retro cap. These are just a few of the cute projects included in this book.

 

Sew Sweet Creatures will be available in the fall and you can pre-order the book HERE. In the meantime, check out a few images from the book below and visit the designer’s websites to see what they’re currently up to!

 

Adventurer Bear

Adventurer Bear by Jessica Fediw

 

Mod Chick

Mod Chick by Suzie Millions

 

Owl and Pussycat

Owl and Pussycat by Aimee Ray

Snuggly Llama

Snuggly Llama by Mollie Johanson

 

Superhero Pig

Superhero Pig by Laura Howard 

 
 
 
 
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Crafters Guide Cover (3)This weekend, I’m hoping to finally start painting my new bedroom. It’s a task I’ve been putting off for a while, but I’ve finally resolved to get it done this weekend. Jessica Swift’s The Crafter’s Guide to Patterns has been supplying lots of inspiration for the decoration of my new space, and I’m looking forward to getting the painting done so I can start adding my own patterned and colorful accents to the room.

 

While I’ve decided to keep the room simple with plain white walls for an airy, open feel (there’s nothing like a crazy move to make you crave simple, clean, open spaces!), I’m hoping to add bursts of color and patterns through furnishings, home décor items, and artwork on the walls.

 

The Crafter’s Guide to Patterns includes a whole chapter on filling your home with your own patterns. There are tips for applying your patterns to walls and floors, a tutorial on stenciling a border on a wall, and printing on tiles for a floor or walls.

 

An “In the Home Gallery” offers tons of inspiration for applying patterns to food trays, vases, wallpaper, and fabrics.  Check out a few of the images from the “In the Home” section of the book below and buy your copy of The Crafter’s Guide to Patterns by Jessica Swift here.

 

In the Home Gallery page 1

 

 

Stenciling

 

 

Tiles

 
 
 
 
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Crafters Guide Cover (3)One of my favorite titles this season is The Crafter’s Guide to Patterns by Jessica Swift. I am a big fan of bold, colorful patterns, and this book is jam-packed with them.  Jessica’s comprehensive instructions and the beautiful photography will have you wanting to get started creating your own patterns right away.

 

The first section features information and tips on sourcing inspirations for patterns, creating mood boards, choosing colors, and developing motifs, patterns, and layouts. Section two is full of project tutorials for applying your own patterns to a variety of surfaces and objects, like tiles, gift wrap, stationary, and fabric.

 

The book also includes Jessica’s interviews with five inspiring designers. After the cold, gray winter we’ve had, I’m starving for color, and can’t wait to try my hand at some of the projects in this book.

 

Check out a few images of my favorite projects from the book below, and be sure to check out Jessica’s blog as well. In celebration of the book’s release, she’s giving away four copies! Simply leave a comment on her blog post by this Sunday, April 12th for a chance to win. You can also enter to win on Jessica’s Instagram account.

 

Packaging from CGTP

 

 

Patterned Floor CGTP

 

 

Printed Gift Wrap from CGTP

 

 

Printing on Tiles from CGTP

 

 
 
 
 
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Lark Crafts DIY: Latvian Easter eggs

April 03, 2015, 15:00 pm  Posted by Brita Vallens
 

My favorite Easter activity is coloring eggs. My father’s side of the family is Latvian, and every year I make traditional Latvian Easter eggs with my sister, great aunt, and grandmother. This year, I had a special kitchen buddy—Ernie. My sister’s 9-month-old Australian Shepherd is, like most dogs, very interested in any and all food prep, but Ernie seemed particularly fascinated by the Latvian Easter egg preparations.


ERNIE 2

 

Latvian Easter eggs are colored using dyes derived from all-natural materials—we color ours usingonion skins. It’s a really popular Latvian Easter egg-coloring method. The onion skins give the eggs a really beautiful earthy, rusty-red color and dried spices, herbs, leaves and/or flowers, wrapped or pressed around the egg and covered and held in place by the onion skins before boiling,  can result in really interesting shapes and patterns. You can also scratch the eggs after dying to create intricate designs.

 

What you’ll need:

Onion Skins

Nylon Stocking, Cheesecloth or, in a pinch, paper towels

Vinegar

Rubber bands (if using cheesecloth or paper towels)

Scissors

 

Optional:

Sharp tool for etching

Leaves, flowers, or other natural materials to create extra patterns on the egg

Vegetable oil or butter

 

First, collect a good amount of yellow onion skins. We bought a whole bag from the local grocery store, but some stores actually sell bags of just the skins.

 

Onion Skins

 

If you’d like to experiment with creating patterns using leaves and flowers on the egg, wrap them around the eggs first. (My sister and I dripped a little hot wax onto the egg to help keep the flowers and leaves in place before wrapping with the onion skins.)

 

Flower on Egg

 

Next, wrap the entire egg in onion skins (you can wet them first to make it easier to wrap them around each egg), then wrap each egg tightly with cheese cloth or paper towel and wrap each with a few rubber bands to keep everything in place while boiling. You can also use nylon stockings to create little bags for each covered egg. Simply cut pieces of the stocking big enough to cover each egg, place the egg in the stocking, pull the fabric tight around the egg to keep the onion in place and tie the stocking off at both ends.

 

Wrap onion skins around the egg

 

Place the eggs in a pot, add cold water and a little vinegar, and bring to a boil. Cook the eggs for 10-15 minutes. You’ll notice that the water will turn a red/orange color as the dye from the onion skins is extracted.

 

When the eggs are done, let them steep in the water for a few more minutes, then remove them from the water and let them cool. Use scissors to remove the rubber bands and the cheesecloth/paper towel/stocking and onion skins to reveal the color and patterns created by any plants. Peeling back the fabric and onions to reveal the color and patterns is the best part of the process. Use a sharp tool to scratch patterns into the egg if you like, then rub the eggs with vegetable oil or butter to give them a nice shine.

 

Dyed Eggs

 

Our eggs ended up with a lighter color (we could have used more onion skinsto make them darker) and a few of the leaves and flowers we added made interesting designs. We started to add a few etchings to the eggs with the point of some small scissors as well.

 

Ernie approved. Happy Easter!

 

Ernie with Eggs

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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Get outdoors this spring with Shed Decor!

April 02, 2015, 09:49 am  Posted by Brita Vallens
 

coverSpring may be here technically, but the current weather in NYC definitely leaves a lot to be desired. I can’t wait until I can partake in sunny alfresco lunches, picnics in the parks and warm walks around the city.

 

In the meantime, before the nice, warm weather arrives, I’ve been perusing Shed Decor to get some ideas and plans ready for the rehabilitation of a garden shed at my dad’s house upstate. It’s in need of some serious refurbishment, and Shed Decor offers tons of ideas, tips, and inspiration for transforming any shed into a comfortable, organized space.

 

My favorite sheds profiled in the book are those that have been transformed into amazing studios and work spaces. Check out pictures of a few of them below, and order your copy of Shed Decor here.

 

Shed Decor pic 1

 

 

Shed Decor pic 2

 

 

Shed Decor Pic 3

 
 
 
 
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9781454708827_ccvr9781454708834_ccvrCome fall, the Don’t-Get-Caught Doodle Notebook and I’m-So-Bored Doodle Notebook will be available in paperback — just in time for the beginning of the school year! At a glance, these titles look like ordinary composition notebooks, but take a look inside and you’ll see that the pages are full of fun and games to entertain: doodles to color or complete, games to play, activity prompts, and more.

 

Don’t-Get-Caught even includes fake class notes and instructions for creating secret codes, and I’m-So-Bored features tons of doodles, funny caricatures, and silly multiple-choice quizzes. Even adults will find these notebooks entertaining and amusing.

The paperback editions of The Don’t-Get-Caught Doodle Notebook and I’m-So-Bored Doodle Notebook will be available in August. Pre-order your copies today!

 

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Fall Preview Friday: Beaded Chain Mail Jewelry

March 06, 2015, 10:00 am  Posted by Brita Vallens
 

Welcome back to Fall Preview Friday! Each Friday this spring, our Lark editors will be sharing previews of our upcoming titles for Fall 2015. Check back each week to get the latest scoop on what’s coming soon with these sneak peeks from Lark Crafts.

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Chain mail jewelry pieces are gorgeous, but they are even more impressive when beautiful beads are added to the mix! We’ve got some great news for all of the chain mail jewelry fans out there: Dylon Whyte’s bestselling Beaded Chain Mail Jewelry will be available in paperback this August.

 

Beaded Chain Mail Jewelry

 

The book features 26 stunning projects designed by author and chain mail-crafter extraordinaire, Dylon Whyte. There’s the “Drops of Jupiter” necklace, featuring hand-made beads with specs of glittering gold in them, or the elegant “Flower Mail Choker & Bracelet”, made with rich cobalt blue glass roller beads. Whether you’re a seasoned chain mail jewelry crafter, or a novice looking for a great introduction to the craft, you’ll want to get a copy of this book. Pre-order your copy today!