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Craft Book Review: Paper to Petal

By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

Paper to Petal Book

The world of paper flowers may never be the same with Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell’s Paper to Petal officially on the market. The flowers shown in this book put real flowers to shame. With countless folding, cutting, and decorating techniques, you’ll be able to create the perfect bouquet for any occasion. No more running to the florist all the time, and no more leaving dead flowers in a vase for much longer than you need to. This book has everything you need to create the perfect homemade floral decor for any occasion. It’ll last much longer than real flowers, and you don’t have to sacrifice beauty.

Crepe Paper Flowers

Just opening the book up will bring a smile to your face. You’ll find 75 beautifully photographed paper flowers that will inspire you to create right then and there. The colors are eyecatching and so well coordinated, and the flowers are displayed differently, giving you plenty of new ideas for your future creations. From garlands, to napkin rings, to place cards, you’ll find exactly the right flower you’re looking for in this book.

White Pine and Japanese Paper Peony

The book is laid out in 5 different sections, to help you easily find everything you need to get started. The Flowers includes beautiful photographs with ideas, uses, and staging for all of the paper flowers and suggestions for where to use them. The Materials gives you detailed information about everything you might need from paper types to stems and notions. (Lots of the materials can be found at CreateForLess). Skills is where you’ll find all of the techniques you need to cut, fold, and glue your flowers. How-to’s includes different flower types includes beautifully photographed step by step instructions that are clearly laid out and easy to understand. At the end of the book, you’ll find Templates, with every petal and piece included to scan and cut to give you the perfect flower every time.

Even just as a coffee table book, Paper to Petals is a stunning edition to your craft book collection.

Scrappy Flower Hat Pin

By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!


Celebrity Craft Professional Mark Montano’s latest book the Big-Ass Book of Bling is full of enough projects to cover you in bling from head to toe! You can find so many more projects in addition to this hat pin! Visit our friend Mark Montano’s website and Youtube Channel for even more crafty and DIY bling ideas!




Mark Montano's Scrappy Flower Hat Pin Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

This is a simple gift to make someone who likes to wear hats.  You could also wear it on a blazer or without the long pin, it could make a super cool little brooch.  I used a few little scraps of leather and vinyl that I just couldn’t throw away. Hey, you never know when you’ll need something right?



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Smash Book Review

By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools.

Friends, crafters, fellow diyers, I have a confession to make.

See, I’m a dyed in the wool (or cotton), glitter under my fingernails, fourteen kinds of glue currently in my possession crafty girl. I sew, I weave, I cut I glue. I’ll put my hand to almost anything that sparks my eye. I have border scissors and paper punches and digital cutters and jars of buttons. I love to craft craft craft.

But I do. Not. Scrapbook.

The Smash Journal- perfect for non-scrapbookers. Find out more at ThinkCrafts.com

I know, I know. What kind of crafter does not scrapbook? I’ve tried, I really have, but I just can’t get myself into the scrapbooking craze. It’s not that I wouldn’t like to have a beautiful scrapbook. I would. I’ve got two kids who are only getting bigger and I’d really love to have some beautifully made books that display all those little moments I don’t want to forget.

But I just can’t do it.

The best gift anyone ever gave me when my babies came along was an almost complete, homemade, Baby’s First Year mini scrapbook. All I had to do was add photos and dates. It was brilliant. The perfect thing for a non-scrapbooker who wishes she was… which is what I love about this Smash Book.

Why the Smash Journal is the perfect un-scrapbook. ThinkCrafts.com

The pages are already full of texture and color, although not too much, and the pre-made words, stickers and add-ins mean that I don’t have to think, I just have to add. Add a photo. And a funny quote, add a few words and bam, I’ve got a scrapbook. Colors are already coordinated, the pen is also a glue stick, and the work is pretty much done for me.

Find out more about the world's easiest scrapbook. ThinkCrafts.com

My kids are a few weeks into their summer bucket list and, with the help a funky iPhone photo app that sizes and filters my photos and a simple printer, I’m well on my way to recording this summer in a way I never have before, in a scrapbook.

The Smash Journal - A scrapbook for busy people

I might be a convert .

Find out all about this un-scrapbook to record your moments on the go. ThinkCrafts.com

But only if it continues to be this easy!

Craft Book Review: Sweet & Simple Handmade

By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

Sweet & Simple Handmade by Melissa Wastney

Often, the most beautiful pieces are the most simple. Constructed with classic materials without a lot of flash, those items are the ones that get handed down between siblings or generations. Children aren’t meant to wear elaborate clothing, and the toys they hold dearest are usually the least expensive. Sweet & Simple Handmade by Melissa Wastney is full of beautifully constructed clothing and toys for children from infants to teens. Each piece is lovingly designed with a child’s needs in mind, from corduroy pants made to fit through a growth spurt to a warm winter coat, pictured below that can be made with materials best suited for your child.

Hooded Winter Coat - Sweet & Simple Handmade

Sweet & Simple Handmade includes pattern pieces and step-by-step instructions for each piece in the book. It includes knitwear as well as sewing and has patterns and clothing ideas for every season. The instructions are easy to follow, with clear sketches of each step along the way. There are even tips included for upcycling old pieces into new ones that children will love. It also includes tips on getting the little ones involved with the different projects throughout the book. Even if you’re not ready to start crafting, the book itself is absolutely beautiful to just look at. The colors and patterns of the materials used are inspiring and the finished projects are so fun to look at.

Check out more C & T publishing books here and make sure to read their blog for more beautiful creations!

Craft Book Review: Super-Cute Cookies by Chloe Coker

By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and has aspirations to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

Want to make bakery decorated cookies?  You can.  It’s easy.

Super-Cute Cookies

With a few simple cookie recipes, some decorating tips and just a few DIY tools you can create beautiful, professional looking cookies, guaranteed to wow anyone. Super-Cute Cookies is full of step by step tutorials with pictures to show you how easy it can be to create a cute cookie masterpiece. The first part of the book has tips and definitions of key terms to make your decorating go as smoothly as possible. From the perfect recipes to correctly covering your cookie with icing, every question you have will be answered.


From there, Chloe Coker gives clear instructions for building a cute cookie for any occasion. Each project has photos and directions to help you every step along the way. While each tutorial has step by step decorating instructions, each cookie can still be created with your own personal touch. Many of the  cookies are free to decorate with whatever color and design suits your personality best. With so many helpful tips, you’ll be decorating super cute cookies on your own in no time.

Free Stuff Friday Winners!!


This Monday morning, we’ve got 2 very lucky winners of an autographed copy of Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons! Congratulations to… Ginny and Karee!

Machine Embroidery in 6 Lessons

The winning answer to “What was the best meal you ever had?” is…

Ginny: “My moms french dip!! My favorite..mmm..”

Karee: “Quite honestly it was the turkey sandwich after 24+ hours of active labor. Best darn turkey sandwich ever.. a close second was going to Ruth Chris Steak House 5 months pregnant and rolling out after LOL”

Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week.  Check back on Friday for your chance to win!!

Book Review: Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons

By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and has aspirations to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

Machine Embroidery in 6 Lessons

Do you have an interest in machine embroidery but haven’t a clue how to get started? This is the book you need to get your custom machine stitching underway. The book starts from one of the hardest parts– finding the right machine. It goes through, step by step each feature that embroidery machines have, and how you can benefit from them. As you add features, the price goes up, so you can learn what features the machine you can afford has. From there, learn about the basic supplies that you will need to get to stitching. This way, you can leave the craft store confident that you’ve gotten everything you need.

After you’ve learned about the tools you need, Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons takes you through the step-by-step process of designing, placing, and stitching your pattern. It quickly becomes obvious that each lesson in the book is crucial to making your machine embroidery the way you want. Each tip and trick will save you a lot of heartache and issues in the future. There is even a lesson on how to properly hoop your fabric so that the design ends up exactly where you want it! It comes with industry standards for placement of embroidery, and tips for making sure your hard work ends up looking fabulous.

One of my favorite things about this book is the 12 point checklist written in the back. It’s a perfect reference tool for machine embroiderers,  no matter how experienced you are. Instead of flipping through the book every time, you’ll only have to look at one page and know that you’re completing every step. The book also comes with handy machine embroidery tools including an angle finder, centering ruler, target ruler, and target stickers. The book teaches you how to use each and what they do.

If you’re even considering learning to machine embroider, take a look at Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons. Stop by on tomorrow for your chance to win an autographed copy!

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