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Free downloads from Never Been Stitched

January 07, 2014, 11:29 am  Posted by Amanda Carestio
 

Click the links below to download a free low-sew project from Never Been Stitched to share with your readers. From left to right:

Fun Fringe Scarf: Made of repurposed t-shirts and knotted fringe, this project uses only a single seam.

Shirt Skirt: Turn a boy’s shirt into a girl’s skirt (or a skirt for you!) with this simple project.

Monster Tissue Cozy: Start cold season right with a trio of too-cute felt cozies.

 
 
 
 
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Free Pretty Paper Poinsettia Project

November 21, 2013, 08:00 am  Posted by Linda
 

If you’re like me, you can’t resist having poinsettias in the house for the holidays. Year after year I find myself picking up several plants around Thanksgiving time. Usually a couple for the hearth of the fireplace, one for the dining room table, and another for hubby’s desk at his office. What I always seem to forget is how sad they sometimes look by the time Christmas rolls around. Whether it’s too much water, not enough water, a light exposure issue, or placed too close to a heating vent, my poinsettias sometimes look a little worn and tired.

Jeffery Rudell, paper artist and author of Paper Blooms, has a beautiful alternative—paper poinsettias. Yup, come December 31, they’ll still look bright and perky. Going to a party and need a hostess gift? A pretty paper poinsettia would make a great one.

While it may look complicated, Jeffery assures us that, “The poinsettia is an easy project. The leaves and red petals (bracts) are essentially the same shape, though they vary to some degree in size. The leaves and bracts do not need to be cut with precision. The truth is, the more inexact these pieces are, the better and more natural your poinsettia will look. Granted, a realistic poinsettia bush does require a rather large number of pieces, but some simple skills, a little assembly line, and some patience is all that is required for success.” Sounds like a good holiday project to do with the kids! How-to instructions are here.

 
 
 
 
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Free Fast ‘N Easy Halloween Project

October 21, 2013, 08:00 am  Posted by Linda
 

I love Halloween, and I love Halloween decoration ideas—especially if they’re simple and clever. Susan Wasinger, author of Artful Halloween, hits both of those nails directly on the head. For example, her Black Doily Spider Web project is one of those “Now why didn’t I think of that?!” ideas. Armed with doilies, readily (and inexpensively) available at yard sales, and a can of black spray paint,  you’re all set to adorn your dining table—or with the addition of a bit of string, your curtains—with delicate doily webs.

If you have a get-together planned, these webs are sure to impress. Click here for the project instructions.

Oh, and look closely–see those cute little spiders? They’re also in Artful Halloween–so much scary cuteness in one book!

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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Meet the Craft-a-Doodlers!

September 17, 2013, 09:00 am  Posted by Becky
 

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Last month, our newest bundle of joy, Craft-a-Doodle debuted to immediate success and delighted response from happy readers. Doodling is a popular trend, and the book was a sincere pleasure to publish, but most importantly, each and every contributing artist is extraordinary. Their beautiful doodles run the gamut from silly to surreal. What fun it is just to leaf through, before even picking up a doodling utensil of your own! Without further fanfare, let us introduce the Craft-a-Doodle artists:

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Hanna Andersson, also known as iHanna, is a Swedish artist, journalist, and self-proclaimed notebook junkie who enjoys blogging about her creative adventures. To learn more about Hanna, visit her website.

Hanna Andersson

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Julie Armbruster

 

 

 

Julie Armbruster.is a New Jersey native currently residing in Asheville, North Carolina. Her mixed media paintings have been displayed in galleries throughout the East Coast and as far as Venice, Italy. Go to Julie’s website to see more of her work.

 

 

 

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Free Great Mini Pumpkins Project

September 12, 2013, 08:00 am  Posted by Dawn Dillingham
 

Fall is only days away and Halloween is just right around the corner, start the new season off right by making these Great Mini Pumpkins. Once you’ve finished using them for decor, they can double up as pin cushions!

If you enjoyed making this project, check out Heart-Felt Holidays for lots of other felt crafts for the holidays!

 
 
 
 
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The Great, Big Bead&Button Book Giveaway!

May 20, 2013, 06:07 am  Posted by Nathalie Mornu
 

If you’ve been to Bead&Button, you know how amazing this event is: beading royalty around every corner, exciting classes, happy crowds, funky hair color, zillions of products to choose from. (Oh, and miles of corridors to walk…grin!)

So many Lark Jewelry & Beading authors are going to be at the show! In celebration, we’re giving away one great big set of 20 books—all of these were written by Lark authors attending B&B 2013. Here’s what one lucky winner will receive:

To enter for a chance to win these 20 books, simply leave a comment on this post by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 27, 2013. One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries on May 28, 2013. Click here for the official rules.

The 20 books are:

 
 
 
 
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Stamp It! Sneak Peek

May 09, 2013, 08:00 am  Posted by Linda
 

 You may have noticed that the printmaking aesthetic has become very popular. But many people find traditional printmaking methods inaccessible due to the necessary equipment. Well good news: you can achieve a stylish, modern hand printed look with stamps! Stamp It offers up creative options for making your own stamps using readily available household materials (like erasers, potatoes, and found objects) and materials available at your local art and craft store (rubber stamping bases and simple carving tools).

A thorough how-to section walks crafters through the fundamentals of transferring images as templates for designs, cutting and carving stamp designs, and inking and coloring techniques—all with step-by-step photos. A collection of 45 projects demonstrates the many possibilities to “stamp your life”. With a single stamp you can personalize stationery, embellish a tote bag, print on a T-shirt, or customize wrapping paper.

 

Ten top designers, each with a unique style, have created 200 original motifs that can easily be used to make stamps for hundreds of customized projects, so you don’t even have to know how to sketch—score!

 
 
 
 
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50% Off Bookbinding & Journaling Books

February 13, 2013, 10:14 am  Posted by Nicole McConville
 

Lark was a pioneer in the world of book arts, publishing the classic reference Cover to Cover back in 1995. In the more than fifteen years since its publication, bookbinding and journaling have become a mainstay in the craft world. Whether you’re simply looking for a special place all your own to record personal reflections and visual ideas or you are excited by the idea of incorporating these crafts into your existing repertoire, a handmade book or journal can be a really valuable tool for unlocking your creativity. Now is a great time to add some of these books to your craft reference library or give as gifts to the bibliophile or journaler in your life. Now through February 17, BN.com is offering up select bookbinding and journaling titles at 50% off!

Journal It!

Making Handmade Books

The Decorated Journal

Eco Books

Mixed Media Books

The Weekend Crafter: Books & Journals

500 Handmade Books

Lark Studio Series Handmade Books

Masters Book Arts

Cover to Cover

Making Books That Fly

Mixed Media Journals

To access ALL of the Lark books available at 50% off during this BN.com sale just click HERE.

 
 
 
 
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50% Off Collage Books

February 13, 2013, 10:14 am  Posted by Nicole McConville
 

I am a HUGE lover of collage. I also happen to be a practitioner of the craft. Because of collage’s diversity in styles, materials, and techniques, I think it’s a perfect entry point for anyone wishing to dabble in a new creative endeavor or add collage elements to an existing technique arsenal. Now through February 17, the books featured below will be offered at 50% off through BN.com. What better time than the holidays to encourage someone in your life–or yourself!–to explore something new.

The Collage Workbook

Scraps

Masters: Collage

To access ALL of the Lark books available at 50% off during this BN.com sale just click HERE.

 
 
 
 
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50% Off Books – Indulge Your Sweet Tooth

February 13, 2013, 10:13 am  Posted by Nicole McConville
 

Oh, the indulgence of a beautifully iced cupcake, the enticement of a just sliced piece of cake or perfectly flaky fruit pie that brings to mind memories of family recipes, or the close-your-eyes bliss that comes from an artfully crafted chocolate truffle! For those of us with a bit of a sweet tooth, desserts are a lot more than mere sugar, butter, and flour. They are magical moments of happiness, wrapped up in a pretty package. They are smile-making treats to be gleefully enjoyed alone or generously shared with friends. Now through February 17, some of our sweetest, most delectable books will be offered at 50% off through BN.com. What better time than the season of Valentine’s Day to give the gift of a happy belly.

A Year of Pies

Cake Ladies

Decorating Cookies

Fairytale Cakes

Sweet Confections

The Artful Cupcake

To access ALL of the Lark books available at 50% off during this BN.com sale just click HERE.