Enter this week’s Goodreads Giveaway for a chance to win a copy of Zendoodle Coloring: Inspiring Zendalas, illustrated by Julia Snegireva.
Zendoodle Coloring: Inspiring Zendalas is not just a series of doodles; it’s a Zen-focused form of expression that brings out your artistic style. Noted artist Julia Snegireva has created 60 original mystical circles ready to color. Feel the stress melt away as you create one-of-a-kind artworks to display.
Don’t want to press your luck? Pre-order a copy now!
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By now, the sun has risen in at least every country in the world once and we are truly in 2015. Happy New Year, dear readers! Here’s to a magical 2015 full of happiness, success and more books!
Happy New Year from the SMP Craft team, readers!
The last time we wrote about Modern Calligraphy, Courtney went down the hand-written party invites road and Kerry featured the tips about shapes and curves. Well, it’s that time of the year again. I’m sitting down to write my holiday cards this weekend what with Thanksgiving over and done with (I know you’re still enjoying those leftovers!) and I turned to Molly Suber Thorpe for some guidance and I sure found it.
Our Freebie Friday this week is the DIY Confetti Greeting Cards project. The great thing about this project is that you can customize it any way you want to – for holiday party invites, birthday invites, or just Christmas cards!
Calligraphy is about creating something uniquely beautiful, whether to celebrate a special occasion like marriage or to use every day in the form of stationery. Now you can learn from Molly Suber Thorpe, an experienced expert how to master this fresh modern lettering style.
The first book to teach this bold new style breaks the calligraphy process down into simple steps so anyone can learn to create their own stunning wedding invitations, thank you cards, gift tags, and more. Starting with an overview of the supplies—from paper to ink to pens—you will learn how to form letters, words, and then phrases by following Molly’s clear step-by-step instructions, and by practicing with the provided templates. After mastering letter forms using a pointed pen and ink you can take it to the next level by learning how to use watercolor and gouache, or how to digitize your calligraphy.
The twenty projects in the book provide lots of inspiration for making your own and are grouped into three sections: weddings, entertainment, and personal stationery. With loads of ideas, practice exercises, and helpful tips, soon you will be turning out gorgeous script calligraphy pieces like the ones featured in wedding magazines and popular websites like Pinterest.
On Sunday, check out our Goodreads Giveaway for a chance to win your own copy! Can’t wait that long? You can buy one here:
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Last Friday we offered you a free project download but teased you a touch with images of other projects from 50 Pincushions to Knit & Crochet: Stash Your Sharps in Something Cute and Handmade by Cat Thomas. Now here’s your chance to have a go at all 50 projects and win a finished copy of the entire book!
Whatever your skill level, and whether the project is intended for yourself or as a gift for a fellow crafter, 50 Pincushions to Knit & Crochet offers something for everyone. Each pattern comes with:
- A Key that denotes the level of difficulty
- Beautiful color photographs of the finished pieces to show you what you should be aiming for
- Clear instructions for assembling
- Supplemental charts for clarity
Cat Thomas is a trained textile artist who has taught art and design for most of her career. She now designs, selling under the name of “Baban Cat” on sites such as Etsy and Folksy. Check out more about Cat Thomas on her blog.
Remember to enter the giveaway before you click off and if you simply can’t stand to wait–order the book now at your favorite retailer below!
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This week our featured Freebie Friday was A Felted Spectacle Glasses Case from CARNIVAL OF FELTMAKING by Gillian Harris, a really useful thing to have in your bag if you’re like me!
Add a splash of color and charm to your wardrobe or home by creating the delightful felt projects in Carnival of Feltmaking. In the follow-up to the successful Complete Feltmaking, Gillian draws on inspiration from the carnival atmosphere, featuring a diverse range oftwenty-six brilliant felt accessories and home items, like:
- a plush rose-trimmed evening bag
- a luxurious cowl-like scarf featuring
- a heavenly nuno-felted heart-shaped cushion
- a floral or oceanic pattern
- a sweet and adorable strawberry deerstalker hat for baby
Additionally, Carnival of Feltmaking contains an overview of equipment and materials, plus step-by-step breakdowns with close-up photographs of all the major techniques used in the book, including wet felting, 3D felting, needle felting, fine cobweb felting, and more.
The exuberant projects in this book showcase Gillian’s vibrant style and creativity, making this is an excellent resource for both newcomers and more-experienced fiber crafters looking for exciting inspiration.
Here’s your chance to win a copy of the book over on Goodreads:
Like what you see? Order the book today!
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