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Holiday Gift Tags by Cynthia Schaffer

December 24, 2015, 10:20 am  Posted by Diana Ventimiglia
 

If you’re a last minute shopper like most people in my family, chances are you’re also in desperate need of a card or note to attach to that gift you just waited 45 minutes in line for. A quick, easy, and fun solution is a gift tag. With free-motion stitching goddess Cynthia Shaffer’s project below, you can easily make a pretty and festive gift tag to adorn all of those presents.

 

What you need:

  • Shipping tag, 2 3/8 x 4 ¾ inches (6 x 12 cm)
  • Scrap of red print fabric
  • Glue stick
  • Sewing machine with a free motion or quilting foot
  • Black thread
  • Acrylic paints in turquoise, orange and white
  • Small paintbrush
  • Black fine-tip permanent marker
  • One page of old book text
  • Black watercolor pencil
  • 10 inches (25.4 cm) of ½-inch (1.3 cm) wide black rayon ribbon

 

What you do:

1. Cut out random small shapes from the fabric and arrange them onto the tag.
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2. Glue the fabric shapes into place.

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3. Free motion stitch around the fabric shapes and then onto the tag.

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4. Using the fine-tip marker doodle on the tag around the stitched shapes.
5. With turquoise paint fill in some of the stitched and doodled shapes.

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6. Cut out small shapes from the book text and glue them to the fabric.
7. Free motion stitch the book text into place.
8. Paint the tag with orange and turquoise paint and blend in a messy manner. Note: I wasn’t liking the way this tag was turning out so I simply covered up all my previous doodling with the paint!

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9. Using the watercolor pencil, doodle around the stitched scallops and blend a bit with water.

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10. Attached the black ribbon tie the tag onto a gift.

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Cynthia Shaffer is a mixed media artist, creative sewer, and photographer. For more of Cynthia’s gorgeous work, check out her most recent Lark title, Simply Stitched Gifts, as well as any of her previously published Lark titles; Stash Happy Patchwork (Lark, 2011), Stash Happy Appliqué (Lark, 2012), co-author of Serge It (Lark 2014) author of Coastal Crafts (Lark, 2015).

 
 
 
 
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Two Prizes for Two Winners!

December 23, 2015, 14:22 pm  Posted by Lark
 

Our last giveaway of the year is a double-header! These are two separate giveaways, but your comment below will enter you into both! Just tell us what your crafting goals are for 2016 to enter. The contest is open to all residents of the US and Canada. Winners will be selected randomly on January 4, 2016. Good luck, and Happy Holidays from the Lark team!

Prize Pack 1

Yarn-032Chunky Knits: 31 Projects for You & Your Home Knit with Bulky Yarn
by Ashley Little

Dive needles-first into the cozy, lush, reach-out-and-touch-me world of chunky knits! Created by Ashley Little and a talented pool of designers, these 31 projects use one, two, and three+ skeins of chic bulky and super-bulky yarn. Featuring sumptuous cowls, lacy scarves, a draped waffle-weave throw, a cable-knit pillowcase, classic cream-toned cable mittens and a matching hat, plus clutches, jewelry, and other scene-stealing pieces, this on-trend collection is perfect for new knitters, as well as those looking for fresh inspiration.

One winner will receive:
One copy of Chunky Knits
Berroco Vintage Chunky yarn in Tide Pool
Set of 4 Blue Moon Button Art Corozo Intrigue Buttons (20 mm)
ChiaoGoo RED Lace Circular Needles in US 9 (5.50mm) with a 16″ cable

BONUS: Free Pattern! Download the Chunky Knits – Button-Up Slouchy Hat pattern here!

 

Prize Pack 2

Yarn-034Crochet Boutique: Hats: 25 Fresh Takes on Classic Crochet Hat Designs
by Rachael Oglesby

With their contemporary, fashion-forward spin on classic patterns, these 25 hats are sure to hook crocheters everywhere! Featuring popular author Rachael Oglesby’s signature style, the designs include an ombre-dipped beanie, a raffia boater hat, slouchy patterned stunners, and more. Some even have unisex appeal. In addition to crochet basics, Oglesby provides fun for intermediates, with dip-dyeing, cable work, multiple yarn colors, and wrapping. 

One winner will recieve:
one copy of Crochet Boutique: Hats
Madelinetosh  A.S.A.P. yarn in Edison Bulb
Boye crochet hook size Q (15.75 mm)

BONUS: Free Pattern! Download the Crochet Boutique Hats – Neon Pom pattern here!

 
 
 
 
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FREE Pattern plus GIVEAWAY!

December 21, 2015, 11:27 am  Posted by Lark
 

One+oneToday we’re giving away our first of three prize packs!

One + one = just two skeins of yarn! That’s all it takes to create these gorgeously wearable accessories, created by bestselling knitwear author Iris Schreier and 15 featured designers. Ranging from the delectable Star Stitch Shoulder Wrap to a reversible Double Eyelet Lace Cowl in luxurious cashmere, to a lacy Vineyard Shawl with beaded pearls and sequins, this chic collection includes 29 projects in all.  Many of the garments can be worn in a variety of ways, and the patterns are perfect for beginner and intermediate knitters.

This giveaway includes one copy of One + One Wraps, Cowls, & Capelets by Iris Schreier plus two skeins of luxurious TSCArtyarns Zara Hand-Dyed Yarn in the same colors as featured in the Old and New Shawl pattern that everyone can download for free right here! To enter, please comment below and tell us about your most recent crafting project! This contest is only available to residents in the US & Canada. The winner will be chosen at random from the comments below and will be notified on January 4th, 2016.

Happy Monday!

 

 
 
 
 
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CONTEST Announcement – Countdown to Christmas!

December 16, 2015, 10:08 am  Posted by Lark
 

Hi Friends!

Keep your eye on this space because we’ll be running THREE contests with some awesome prizes. Check back soon for more details on how to win!

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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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Millie Marotta – Coloring Book Superstar!

October 27, 2015, 15:24 pm  Posted by Lark
 

 

Millie Marotta-53 cropSophisticated and incredibly detailed illustrations for coloring have exploded onto the creative scene, appealing to a huge variety of people, both young and old. Millie Marotta is one illustrator who has been at the forefront of the phenomenon. Lark Crafts is the proud North American publisher of her first two coloring books, Animal Kingdom and Tropical World, and is now extremely excited to publish her third beautiful collection of illustrations to color in Wild Savannah, available wherever books are sold on April 2016. Pre-order a copy here!

 

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Millie, a 37-year-old illustrator and freelance artist, lives in the beautiful seaside town of Tenby in Wales. It was this closeness to nature that inspired her to develop an obsession with all things flora and fauna. The intricate patterns of her work capture this love, and her detailed designs are a natural fit for a coloring book. Amazingly, all her images for the books are drawn by hand!

 

 

Adults are rediscovering coloring as a simple way to engage in a creative activity. When we don’t have time to be creative from scratch, the drawings on the page give us a place to start. We’ve found that the simple act of coloring focuses the mind, helping us to reduce our anxiety levels and relieve stress. So, go on—give it a try! Coloring isn’t just for kids anymore. It’s for everyone!

Download a free coloring page from Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom here.

 
 
 
 
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Fall Preview Friday: Origami Furniture

May 29, 2015, 09:00 am  Posted by Diana Ventimiglia
 

Origami master, and best-selling author, Duy Nguyen creates the ultimate doll’s house using nothing but paper! Origami Furniture fashions complete sets of fabulous miniature furniture for every room, plus accessories.

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There are 25 projects in all, each including detailed and illustrated step-by-step instructions. Spruce-up your bedroom with an origami vanity set, or complete your living room with the perfect paper couch!

 

Pre-order your copy HERE. In stores September 2015!

 
 
 
 
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Cover to Cover 20th Anniversary Edition

May 19, 2015, 09:00 am  Posted by Diana Ventimiglia
 

Cover-to-Cover photo (3)Shereen LaPlantz’s Cover to Cover (1995) quickly became the definitive guide to art in the bookmaking community.  Twenty years later, the book is still holding its own as a go-to resource.

 

This special, beautifully revised 20th anniversary edition is now in full color, features updated photography and a fresh interior design.  A comprehensive basics section provides readers with all they need to know to get started.

 

Readers will learn, step-by-step, how to create, fold, assemble, and stitch a variety of books and journals. Some favorites include two-hold pamphlets, note books, and flutter books.

 

Be sure to order your copy of Cover to Cover 20th Anniversary Edition today!

 
 
 
 
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Coastal Crafts photoAhoy for Summer! Creative sewer and mixed-media goddess, Cynthia Shaffer takes us on a nautical crafting extravaganza with Coastal Crafts.

 

These beachy projects will bring the sea air to your home and make you want to stick your toes in the sand. Seashells, ropes, sea glass and a range of materials and motifs are all incorporated into the projects.

 

Readers will learn how to weather surfaces, make driftwood and cast sand, creating knotted jewelry, hanging jars and other pieces to celebrate summer all year long.

 

Check out some of our favorite projects below…

 

Stitched Fish Garland (2)

 This fish garland adds a seafaring touch to any space. Use it as a baby shower banner even!

 

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Knotted Coasters (2)

These knotted coasters are my favorite! The colors remind me of the ocean.  Give them as a gift or keep for yourself!

 

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Ocean pillowsLinen Seashell pillows are just the delicate accent you need to bring the sea to your home.

 
 
 
 
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“Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother’s love is not”

–James Joyce.

 

James you are quite right. There’s one thing I’ve always been confident about in my life, and that is that my mother will always be there for me. We’ve fought, we’ve laughed, we’ve shared clothes (well mostly, I’ve raided her closet without returning…sorry Mom!).  My mom is hands-down my best friend.

 

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With Mother’s Day this Sunday, I’ve been trying to think of something different to give my mom.  Something other than the usual candy or Dunkin Donuts gift card (she literally runs on Dunkin).  Flowers were the first thing that came to mind, but they’re a bit cliché and don’t last nearly as long as we’d like. But then I remembered the book Lark published in 2013, Paper Blooms by artist extraordinaire Jeffrey Rudell.  Paper flowers are such a perfect Mother’s Day gift! They’re colorful, easy to create, and last as long as you’d like.

 

In Jeffrey’s book, he gives readers 25 projects to dive into. So this Mother’s Day, I’m creating my own equally unique bouquet for my Mom. Below are just some of the beautiful pieces in Jeffrey’s book.

 

If you’ve been swamped with work or family, and looking for a great gift for Mom, look no further than in your desk drawer! And to all the mother’s out there, have a very Happy Mother’s Day!

 

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