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3 May

Happy Pub Day! Create Your Own Collage, Draw People in 15 Minutes, and Pippa’s Magical Garden

What better way to pass the time on a less-than-idyllic spring day than by keeping your hands busy with THREE new craft books that go on sale today? We just can’t help ourselves. So let us help you draw, color, or cut & paste your way through the day…and maybe add a little decorative style to your home while you’re at it!

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First up: Create Your Own Collage: Cut, Color, and Paste Your Way to Fabulous Artworks and More by Lizzie Lees is packed with both colorful patterned pages and black and white printed pages that can be cut out, colored in, or customized and embellished, as well as pages full of stickers: everything you need to create your own collage masterpieces.

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There’s loads of ideas for getting the most out of the book, from making beautiful bird collages (like the one above!), to charming cityscape or nautical collages, to designs that can be used to create cards for your family and friends. Plus, some pages are perforated so they can be cut out, or folded and glued. There’s even two 4-page double-sided fold-out spreads inside for you to customize and display, so your home, office, or locker will be the envy of all!

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If drawing is more your jam, then you’ll want to pick up Draw People in 15 Minutes by Jake Spicer. By the time you finish this book you’ll have all the skills and the confidence you need to sketch people on the move or on the couch.

draw 2 draw1Professional art instructor Jake Spicer takes you through every aspect of drawing from life, from sketching bodies in a busy public space to drawing a model from real life or a photograph. Carefully crafted exercises break down the drawing process into easily digestible parts, while step-by-step tutorials demonstrate how you can create a full-length portrait in just 15 minutes. draw 4 draw 5With advice on everything from materials to use to how to get a person’s proportions right, including how to draw hands, feet, and fabric, this is the complete course for anyone who’s ever wanted to draw people. Suitable for all ages and skill levels, this follow up to Spicer’s Draw Faces in 15 Minutes is a step-by-step, learn-as-you-go book that encourages you to progress at your own pace. Beautifully illustrated, easy-to-follow chapters make it simple for anyone to create an amazing full-length portrait.

 

And last but (never) least, we have an exquisite new addition to your collection of adult coloring books: Pippa’s Magical Garden: A Coloring Book Adventure Filled with Fantastical Animals and Enchanting Gardens by Pippa Rossi is filled with magical creatures and wonderful plants for people of all ages to color.pippa 1

Enter through the castle gate and be swept away into a world filled with magical creatures and wonderful gardens. Be inspired by blossoming flowers and fantastical pumpkins and other vegetables. Encounter curious insects and beautiful birds, and visit the lake to catch a glimpse of the fish. pippasmagicalgarden_image91The garden is filled with many other animals too: there are hedgehogs, chickens, lobsters, dragonflies, grasshoppers, frogs, pigeons, and a rooster. pippasmagicalgarden_image97Team up with the stork and find the frog; meet the butterflies and all the other creatures, great and small, right out of the fairy tales of Pippa’s garden.

In the summer Pippa lives near her garden and lake. She works in the flower garden, vegetable garden, and the orchard, and she makes boat trips on the lake, which she reaches by walking down the steps from her living room.

The garden provides the flowers for the many bouquets that can be found in the artist’s rooms. Inside this book, complex flowers and plants are waiting to be filled with an abundance of colors.

Just as Pippa herself finds peace and tranquility in this paradise, you too will find stress relief and tranquility in Pippa’s Magical Garden. Better get your colored pencils, gel pens, or watercolors ready!

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Get your hands on one of these beauties asap!

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5 Apr

Happy Pub Day! DIY Temporary Tattoos by Pepper Baldwin

DIY Temporary Tattoos-17Is it summertime yet?! I am 100% ready to pack up my coats and sweaters and give these bare arms the spotlight again–not just because they’re in dire need of some UV rays, but also because I’m dying to show off my new treasure trove of temporary tattoos!

Officially on sale today, DIY Temporary Tattoos: Draw It, Print It, Ink It by Pepper Baldwin has everything you need to design and create your own personalized temporary tats. Thinking about trying a brand-new look, but without the commitment? Try out a design for a permanent tattoo, create a unique look for a special night out, or even design buzz-worthy wedding favors!DIY Temporary Tattoos-191

Comprehensive practical information explains how to draw patterns to express your individual style or adapt designs from the web, and shows you how to print your creation onto temporary tattoo paper.

Plus, inspirational galleries complete with QR codes cover a range of classic and contemporary tattoo themes, including Celtic symbols, animals and flowers, lettering, ships and mermaids, stars, and holiday motifs. This book has all the know-how you need to completely transform your look (even if it’s just for one night).DIY Temporary Tattoos-253DIY Temporary Tattoos-23

Get your copy now, available at your favorite online bookseller!

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15 Mar

Happy Pub Day! Mandalas to Crochet by Haafner Linssen

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Crocheted mandalas are having a moment! And it’s no wonder the lovely mandala is in vogue: one evening is often enough to begin and finish something eye-catching. Many crocheters make mandalas as a meditative activity, while others love them simply for the wonderful opportunities they offer for mixing colors and stitch textures. A new take on traditional shapes, like granny squares or hexagons, these attractive crocheted circles are causing a real buzz in the crochet community.

m2That’s why today we’re proud to publish Mandalas to Crochet: 30 Great Patterns by Haafner Linssen! Included are complete written and charted directions for a variety of types of circular designs, plus a range of creative techniques and ideas to make yours stand out from the crowd. With full patterns and inspiring photos, a review of crochet techniques, a discussion of materials, colors, finishing techniques, and lots of project ideas including bags, shawls, blankets, and pillows, this book guarantees many hours of happy mandala-making.

 

Buy yours today!

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1 Mar

Happy Pub Day! Romantic Country: A Fantasy Coloring Book by Eriy

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Are you all aboard the coloring book train by now? We definitely are, and so today’s the best because the whimsical, lighthearted romp-through-the-countryside coloring book Romantic Country: A Fantasy Coloring Book by Eriy goes on sale today! Eriy, a Japanese artist who uses an ink-dipped toothpick (yep, a toothpick!) as her primary drawing tool, has invented the magical world of Cocot, full of magnificent rural villages, prairies, forests, lakeside scenery and a beautiful towering castle that await you and your colored pencils.

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Inside are pages and pages of provincial delights for you to bring to life through coloring: delectable French pastries, magical forests filled with wildlife, charming town squares bustling with people-and so much more, sure to delight people of all ages. Plus, you can remove the folded perforated sheet at the back of the book and color a full-sized poster to adorn your wall!

Get your copy today!

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23 Feb

Happy Pub Day!

Today we’re proud to publish the second edition of the bestselling, must-have book for loom knitters! Like the previous edition, Loom Knitting Primer (2nd ed): A Beginner’s Guide to Knitting on a Loom with Over 35 Fun Projects by Isela Phelps contains everything you need to know about loom knitting, like gauge, yarn thickness, increasing, decreasing, color work, different cast on and off methods, and more. Plus, it includes Isela’s precise and easy how-to instructions, now newly updated, for making basic stitches and variations, and for using all the different types of looms currently in the market. The project section is also updated to include more specific information about the looms used, with a handy chart that includes their gauges.


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But what hasn’t changed is the straightforward information and the need for this book, making it the one to have for all loom knitters.  If you only purchase one loom knitting book, this is the one to get!

Buy your copy today!

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CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING Thursday morning, Astoria, Queens. Accessorizing with a lovely temporary floral tattoo she learned to make from DIY Temporary Tattoos: Draw It, Print It, Ink It by Pepper Baldwin!

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

Father's Day is less than three weeks away -- Sunday, June 19th in the U.S. -- just enough time to start prepping for what would make dear old pops feel loved....What dad, what MAN, wouldn't want to get a bright red tool box full of homemade BBQ, bacon, and chili flavored chocolate? Or a handmade Paracord hammock? Does he play golf?--hand dipped tees? Does he like to hike? Enjoy nature and the great outdoors? How about homemade beef jerky? Or does he enjoy watching sports--Remote Control Cookie? What about beer? One of the coolest new items coming out of Japan is a Frozen Beer Slushy Maker by Kirin Ichiban that perfectly pairs with the DIY black and tan soap! Scroll and click for more homemade DIY Father's Day gift ideas sure to make pappy happy! Hashtag #SMPCRAFT #DIYFATHERSDAY!

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