Great Finds Friday: November Craft Books Winners!

Welcome to another Great Finds Friday, Crafters! It’s time to announce the winners of the new craft books reviewed in the last Great Finds Friday post on Nov. 8th. If you missed that post, read more here about these beautiful new sources of crafty inspiration available at bookstores now. Congrats, winners! I will contact you for your mailing addresses shortly.

Five lucky winners will each receive a copy of All Things Paper: 20 Unique Projects from Leading Paper Crafters, Artists, and Designers by Ann Martin, Tuttle Press, ISBN: 9780804843669, $16.95.

Winners are Deborah, LilliGe, Angie, Joe and Samantha.

Five lucky winners will each receive a copy of The Sparkle Factory: The Design and Craft of Tarina’s Fashion Jewelry and Accessories by Tarina Tarantino, Running Press, ISBN: 9780762446896, $23.00.

Winners are Sandy, Stephanie, Lisa, MaryBeth and Mary.

Two lucky winners will each receive a copy of Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars: 75 Exquisite Paper Designs to Fold, Cut, and Curl by Ayako Brodek and Shannon Voigt, Kodansha USA, ISBN: 9781568365220, $25.95.

Winners are Joanne and Angela.

Be sure to read today’s Great Finds Friday post to get a sneak peek at some of our favorite “sparkle & shine” holiday crafting products.

Until next time, happy crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Online Editor (www.craftsnthings.com)

Great Finds Friday: New Craft Books

Welcome to Great Finds Friday, Crafters! Today’s Great Finds are three new craft books that have me so excited for holiday gift-giving. They’re all filled with inspired, creative designs that my friends and family members will enjoy and use. I’m also excited because I get to give these books away to 12 lucky Crafts ‘n things blog readers just in time for holiday crafting!

All Things Paper: 20 Unique Projects from Leading Paper Crafters, Artists, and Designers by Ann Martin, Tuttle Press, ISBN: 9780804843669, $16.95. Step inside the studios of paper artists around the world inside All Things Paper. From home décor designs like the Phone Book Letter Holder to the Citrus Slice Coasters, techniques are varied and intriguing. I think my favorite project in this chapter is the Sticky Notes Notepad Holder, which features a hand-stitched, beaded cover; no more boring yellow pads for me. Fashion accessories include a lush Tiger Lily Fascinator, those chic-and-tiny hats worn by the royals, and an eco-chic Everyday Tote Bag made from brown paper grocery bag handles. Jewelry designs include an assortment of beautiful pendant designs you won’t believe are crafted from paper, as well as an excellent quilling tutorial and a necklace crocheted from paper yarn. Who knew?! Cards and a lovely journal finish out the correspondence section.

The Sparkle Factory: The Design and Craft of Tarina’s Fashion Jewelry and Accessories by Tarina Tarantino, Running Press, ISBN: 9780762446896, $23.00. One-time model and makeup artist Tarina Tarantino is better known for her famous global jewelry, accessory, and cosmetic brand of the same name. In her new book, she shares the design secrets behind 20 of her most coveted pieces including statement earrings, cocktail rings, hair jewelry, stretch cuff bracelets, and more. As she tells her personal story, she also shares her tips and advice on everything from finding inspiration and materials, to freeing your inner designer, wearing jewelry, and displaying it in your home. Tarantino’s pieces have been worn by top Hollywood stars and featured in top women’s magazines. The Paris Apartment Cocktail Ring is one of my favorite designs for two reasons, simplicity and sparkle. Artist Tarantino describes her inspiration: “Taking a simple ball of clay and turning it into a couture fashion cocktail ring in minutes is instant fashion gratification at its best! The secret of this project is the swirling of the clay colors to create beautiful patterns and designs. No two rings are ever the same!” With just a few supplies, you can create custom baubles for all the women on your gift list.

Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars: 75 Exquisite Paper Designs to Fold, Cut, and Curl by Ayako Brodek and Shannon Voigt, Kodansha USA, ISBN: 9781568365220, $25.95. From delicate, intricate snowflakes to bold, colorful sunbursts and unique stars, readers will discover countless ways to use the core techniques of origami, kirigami, and quilling to create pieces that make perfect home accents, holiday decorations, package toppers, and other personal, paper-crafted gifts. Fully illustrated in vivid color, the book provides experienced and new paper crafter alike the information, tools, and basics they need to get started, beginning with a gallery of 75 designs. Each section is ordered by level of difficulty, so you can build your skills with each new project. I am creating snowflake garlands for my living room windows now, so I’ll be ready for winter when it shows its frosty face. There’s nothing more beautiful than pretty paper snowflakes hanging in a warm, cozy room.

For a chance to WIN one of these wonderful craft books, leave a comment on this blog post before November 22nd. Tell me your favorite thing about the upcoming winter holidays. Winners will be announced in the next Great Finds Friday post then.

Good luck and happy crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Online Editor (www.craftsnthings.com)

 

Great Finds Friday: “Tape It & Make More” & Designer Duct Tape WINNERS!

Welcome to Great Finds Friday! Before we get to today’s GFF post, it’s time to announce the five lucky winners of a book-and-tape prize package courtesy of Barron’s Educational Series, Inc., publishers of Tape It & Make MORE: 101 More Duct Tape Activities by Richela Fabian Morgan, and Platypus Designer Duct Tape. Each winner will receive a copy of the book and one roll of tape, our choice.

Potential winners were asked to leave a comment on the original blog post telling us their favorite roll of tape from the Platypus Designer Duct Tape website. If you missed the original post, read more about this idea-filled book and Platypus Designer Duct Tape here. The five winners are Carla, Laura, Linda, Samantha, and Diana.

Winners, we will contact you via email for your mailing addresses. Congratulations and happy duct taping!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff

Great Finds Friday: Tape It & Make MORE with Platypus Designer Duct Tape

Welcome to Great Finds Friday! Today finds me in a bit of a sticky situation. . . I can’t decide what to make next from Richela Fabian Morgan’s fantastic new book Tape It & Make MORE: 101 More Duct Tape Activities.

While some of you might think that duct tape crafting is for kids or your hardware store-loving other halves, I want to talk about how versatile this inexpensive and nearly indestructible crafting material really is. And it’s a blast to work with, whether you’re creating duct tape pouches for storage needs, cute and trendy accessories, or costumes for Halloween. Keep reading and you could win your own copy of Tape It & Make MORE, plus a gorgeous roll of Platypus Designer Duct Tape!

Morgan’s new book features a wonderful introduction that covers basic tools you’ll need to become a serious duct tape crafter, as well as tips for tool care and hints on creating your own duct tape “fabric.” Whether you have access only to solid-colored tapes, or you look online or in stores for beautiful patterned tapes like those from Platypus Designer Duct Tape, you’re guaranteed crafting success if you follow these easy, photo-illustrated project instructions.

Here’s a look at some of the patterns available from Platypus Designer Duct Tape; visit their website www.designerducttape.com to find many more, including cool duct tape kits.

Within the 10 project-filled chapters, Morgan provides inspired looks ranging from Accessories (like earrings, brooches, slippers, even duct tape shoelaces!) to Housewares (shower caddy, napkin rings, shoe mat, and the coolest wall umbrella holder – no more water dripping all over your entryway!). Other chapters include: Cushions, Pads, Mats, and Pillows; Decorative Stickers; Bags and Cases (think cool, trendy tablet holder); Flowers, Fruits, and Plants (no green thumb required); Toys (kids will love these handmade creations); Costumes (Halloween’s coming, plan a unique costume this year with creative duct tape style); Holiday (decorations, ornaments, hostess gifts); and Just for Fun (I’ve already made five Reusable Hot Beverage Sleeves using these instructions; we have a bit of a Starbucks “problem” in our house).

For a small investment, you can create countless duct tape gifts for upcoming holidays. Who doesn’t love to save some cash while creating something unique and delightful for family and friends?

For a chance to win your own copy of Tape It & Make MORE, leave a comment on the blog telling us the name of your favorite roll of tape from the Platypus Designer Duct Tape website. Five winners will each receive a copy of the book and a randomly chosen roll of Designer Duct Tape.

Winners will be announced in the next Great Finds Friday post on October 11th.

Good luck and happy taping!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff

Great Finds Friday: Books

Welcome to Great Finds Friday! Today, I’d like to tell you about three craft books that are on my project table this summer. To me, summer is the perfect time to try a few new techniques, to explore new surfaces and materials, and to carve out some creative time for myself. No time limits, no pressure, just play time. For a chance to WIN one of these great books, leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite thing about summer by 11:59pm EST on July 18th. Winners will be announced in the next Great Finds Friday post on July 19th.

MAKE HEY! WHILE THE SUN SHINES: 25 Crafty Projects and Recipes by Pip Lincolne, Hardie Grant Books (distributed by Rizzoli New York), (www.hardiegrant.com.au), ISBN: 9781742701318, retail value $29.95.

You will adore this book! Every colorful, happy-inspired project inside is a “make it just because you want to” idea, but all are functional and gift-worthy, too. None of the projects require a huge investment in tools or materials, so they’re perfect for your summer “try something new” time. And MAKE HEY! WHILE THE SUN SHINES is as much fun to read as it is to flip through, as you explore the fabulous photographs. Here’s an excerpt from Pip Lincolne’s “Amazingly Cute Gift Bags” project on page 16: “You will not believe how easy it is to carve your very own stamp. It honestly is. You will think you are an incredible crafty marvel…Your friends will think you are the cleverest ever and will demand presents all the time. But don’t blame me for that!” Lincolne’s style is part crafty friend, part encouraging instructor and 100% playful in her approach to crafting. In addition to the projects, which cover loads of techniques, you’ll find recipes, a reading list, a suggested playlist, and a great basics chapter. Spend your summer making hey!

Sew Up a Home Makeover: 50 Simple Sewing Projects to Transform Your Space by Lexi Barnes, Storey Publishing, (www.storey.com), ISBN: 9781603427975, retail value $19.95.

Dust off your sewing machine, take a critical look at which parts of your home need a little refreshing, and grab this how-to guide. Sew Up a Home Makeover includes 50 ways to elevate your home’s style and functionality with fabric and basic sewing skills. There are no complicated patterns or templates, and projects can be fully customized for your needs. As author Lexi Barnes explains, once you’ve lived in your home for awhile, things can begin to ”feel too familiar, or dated, or (gulp) boring.” Have you been there? I know I have. The first project I can’t wait to try is the Dreamy Duvet Cover shown on the book cover. Using a flat sheet, pretty fabric, buttons, and twill tape, I’m planning to transform the master bedroom from “final resting place of clean laundry” to peaceful oasis for Mom and Dad. Fabric is a little bit magic that way; it makes a big impact without too much effort or expense. Barnes also offers great design tips for budget-savvy crafters and would-be decorators, along with easy-to-follow project instructions.

Practical Origami: Folding Your Way to Everyday Accessories by the Editors of Shufu-no-Tomo, Vertical Inc., (www.vertical-inc.com), ISBN:9781935654407, retail value $19.95.

Presentation is everything when it comes to gifting and entertaining, and Practical Origami includes dozens of designs to entice your hands into the art of paper folding. Project categories include: Gorgeous Everyday Containers (including Sweets Box, Cookie Box, Deli Box, and more); Tabletop Decorations (including Chopsticks Envelope, Bunny Chopsticks Rest, Herb Pouch, and more); Gift Wrappings with a Japanese Twist (including various pouches and envelopes); Desktop Accessories (including book covers, CD Case, Pen Tray, and more); and Decorations for Every Season (including animals, flowers, and more). Decorate your own home or use your origami creations to house handmade gifts, creating two lovely gifts in one.

Remember, leave a comment on this post for a chance to win. Good luck!

Happy Summer Crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff

Great Finds Friday: Books

Welcome to Great Finds Friday! Before we take a look at some fun craft books on the market, and give them away to three lucky readers, I want to announce the winners of the Zoom Creative Products prize package offered on the May 10th blog post. The winners of the Coloring Glitter Kits, as chosen by Random.org, are:

Terry Fowler, Sharon Gullikson, April Lopez and Shirley Hutchins

The winners of the StickPiction Magical Glitter Craft Kits for kids are:

Natasha Poteraj, Marilyn Tucker, Nancy Siebert and Donna W.

Congratulations, winners! I will contact you with more prize info via email.

Zoom Creative Products has generously offered Crafts ‘n things readers an exclusive 50% discount on any order placed through June 30th! When you place your order, enter coupon code cnt and hit “apply” to get the discount.

Now, here are three craft titles available in your local book or craft store that will introduce you to the art of hand-carved stamps. Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win; winners will be announced here on June 7th.

Put Your Stamp On It: Stationery, Aprons, Totes, and More by Meagan Lewis, Chronicle Books, (www.chroniclebooks.com), ISBN: 9781452115719.

Stationery lovers, paper crafters, hand-printing enthusiasts and anyone looking to make personalized gifts will love the simple, colorful projects found in this book. From hand-stamped gift wrap, journals, and cards, to towels, totes, aprons, and hair accessories, each project is presented in the author’s engaging, easy style. Filled with templates and extra tips, Put Your Stamp On It is a great reference for beginners and experienced hand-carvers alike. The author includes excellent guidance on materials and tools, how to clean and care for hand-carved stamps, how to create your own custom color palette, and more. Artsy and inspiring chapters include Decorations, Gifts, Accessories, and Organizers. Project #13, the whisk-stamped Kitchen Apron, belongs in every crafty girl’s kitchen! Put Your Stamp On It retails for $19.95.

Stamp It! DIY Printing with Handmade Stamps: 45 Projects + 200 Motifs by Jenny Doh, Lark Crafts (www.larkcrafts.com), ISBN: 9781454703990.

Author Jenny Doh, former editor of Somerset Studio magazine and President and Founder of www.crescendoh.com, invites every crafter to expand the creative horizon through the versatile art form of stamping. In the opening chapter, Basics, Doh writes: “With a single stamp, you can customize stationery, embellish a tote bag, create a card, or personalize wrapping paper. You can design wedding invitations, print on T-shirts, or make unique placemats for your kids. You don’t have to take a single art class or know how to sketch. All you need is a stamp, ink, and a surface.”  In addition to giving great tips and techniques for rubber stamping, Doh also teaches that it’s easier than you think to carve and work with custom stamps.  The eclectic motifs included in the book, approximately 20 each from Jenny’s hand-selected group of contributors, can be used in countless ways on countless surfaces. Stamp It!  retails for $19.95.

I Heart Stationery: Fresh Inspirations for Handcrafted Cards, Note Cards, Journals & Other Paper Goods by Charlotte Rivers, Universe Publishing, an imprint of Rizzoli New York (www.rizzoliusa.com), ISBN:9780789324887.

I Heart Stationery presents work by stationery-industry designers from around the world, showcasing a number of different processes including screen printing, block printing, letterpress, hand illustrating and more. Block printing is the process of inking a design that has been carved into wood, linoleum, cork, rubber, vinyl or foam. Rivers tells readers that the art form originated in China and India and has been used for centuries to print images and patterns onto fabric. Gather all that knowledge and use it to create your own modern, hand-carved stamps, using the designs in this book as inspiration, or visit the blogs and websites of the included designers to purchase these texture-rich, visually exciting paper goods.  Rivers’ fabulous Resources section includes a list of suppliers for various techniques, popular blogs and online communities, tradeshows, and details of the contributors and where to find their crafts. I Heart Stationery retails for $24.95.

I’d like to send these beautiful books to three lucky winners! Leave a comment for a chance to win. We’ll announce the randomly-selected winners here on June 7th.

Happy Crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff

Great Finds Friday: Books

Welcome to Great Finds Friday on the Crafts ‘n things Blog! Before we take a look at some fabulous new craft books that have just been released, we want to announce the lucky winner of the Wishy Washi Tape prize package offered on the April 12th blog post. The winner is Ruby Thursday. Ruby told us that she loves to use washi tape to cover her phone case for a unique look she can change whenever she likes. Congratulations, Ruby! Please contact Stacey at tape@wishywashi.com to claim your prize.

Now, here are three new craft titles available in your local book or craft store that will inspire cute ‘n cuddly, warm ‘n fuzzy projects for home, gift-giving, craft fairs, and good causes close to your heart.

Adventures in Pompom Land: 25 Cute Projects Made from Handmade Pompoms by Myko Diann Bocek, Lark Crafts (www.larkcrafts.com), ISBN: 978-1-4547-0386-0.

Welcome to Pompom Land, where handmade wool pompoms are transformed into cute creatures of all kinds. All projects reference basic techniques explained in Pompom Making Essentials, which walk you step-by-step through the pompom-making process, as well as the basics of needle felting. Different textures, small felt details, needle-felted appendages, and the illusion of fluffy feathers, manes, and tails add to the appeal. Projects include precious birds, darling woodland inhabitants, farmyard friends, zoo animals, popular pets, holiday designs, and more. With the author’s guidance and just a few basic materials (wool yarn, wool roving, wool felt, and desired embellishments), you’ll soon be creating personalized, beloved pompom critters for all occasions. Adventures in Pompom Land retails for $17.95.

Crochet One-Skein Wonders: 101 Projects from Crocheters Around the World edited by Judith Durant & Edie Eckman, Storey Publishing (www.storey.com), ISBN: 978-1-61212-042-3.

When extra skeins of yarn are left over from knitting and crochet projects, it’s easy to collect quite a yarn stash. Editors Durant and Eckman scoured the crochet community to find the best crochet patterns using only one skein of yarn. The result is 101 gorgeous projects by well-known pattern designers from the U.S. and abroad. Projects hail from a wide variety of contributors, many of whom are bloggers, published designers, yarn shop owners, Etsy shop sellers, authors, and creative-industry professionals. Projects are organized by yarn weight and include scarves, shawls, hats, gloves, socks, bags, purses, jewelry, baby clothes, home décor, and amigurumi (Japanese-style crocheted stuffed toys). The book also includes clear stitch diagrams and a techniques glossary that will help even new crocheters succeed. Crochet One-Skein Wonders retails for $18.95.

Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond by Aimee Ray, Lark Crafts (www.larkcrafts.com), ISBN: 978-1-4547-0363-1.

In her first two Doodle Stitching books, Aimee Ray proved that doodling isn’t just for paper anymore. Now, she brings her irresistible art to a variety of embroidery techniques in a timeless resource for anyone with a needle and thread. The book’s 20+ projects feature a wide array of techniques beyond basic embroidery, all fresh and accessible and with extra motifs so you can personalize your creations. Techniques include cross stitch, redwork, crewel, sashiko, stumpwork, and more. Designs are delightfully modern and enhance a variety of surfaces including cloth, paper, canvas, and upcycled ready-made clothing. Don’t miss the Flower Hill Zipper Pouch (the perfect quick, creative, colorful accessory), the Butterfly Wrist Cuff (learn to tint fabric with crayons), and the Canvas Cuckoo Clock (the clock really works).  Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond retails for $14.95.

I’d like to send these three beautiful books to three lucky winners! Simply leave a comment that answers this question: “What new-to-you craft do you most want to try?” We’ll announce the randomly-selected winners here on May 10th.

Happy Crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff