Thursday, January 28, 2010

Craft Super Show and CHA WInter 2010 pictures

OK I am coming up for air and I have some super fun Craft Super Show and CHA pictures to share with you!
First off, as stated in my previous post The Queen of crafts-Carol Duvall was in the Judikins booth at the Super Show and we had a bonus guest Mary O'Neil of Hot Potatoes, ah to be in the company of such great crafters!
OK, now for some real wackiness. Sarah Moore, The Editor in Chief of had Carol Duvall autograph her arm and was seriously considering having it perminantly made into a tattoo, so I just had to share mine with her from one serious crafter to another.
Now on to CHA. I always love seeing Margot Potter. She is so fun and has great energy. Also in the F +W booth was Katie Hacker. She has designed the most amazing line of jewelry components called Katiedids with Beadalion. You will positively love to design with these!
And the Pièce de résistance I got to meet and have a photo taken with Brini Maxwell! There will be more to come but that's what I have for you right now!

Monday, January 18, 2010

CHA Carol Duvall in the Judikins booth news and Crafty blogger links

If you are coming to the retail Craft Super Show, come and take the Customize your Greeting Card Album register here with me.


Class Description:

Saturday January 23

3-5 PM

Put your personal touch on a Card Album specifically designed to store, gently bind and display your cherished greeting cards that you've received or made. Crafters will get their groove on with Judikins stamps, inks, and glazes along with Sizzix dies using beautiful papers and embellishments from Creativity Inc.'s Autumn Leaves Collection.

In addition to my 2 classes (the Sweater Surgery Bird Necklace in previous post) the fabulous and talented Jeannine Stein

author of:

Re-bound cover

Re-Bound will be teaching a class.

Class description:

Learn how to make eye-catching and functional handmade books using recycled materials and the latest in scrapbooking and paper crafting supplies. Jeannine Stein, author of "Re-Bound: Creating Handmade Books From Recycled and Repurposed Materials" will show quick and easy ways to take every day objects and made them into one-of-a-kind books. Projects include a planner made from a decorative file folder, a two-sided mini book made from a vintage flash card, and a photo album made from food packaging. Come away with three books and countless new and exciting ways to use papers and embellishments.

This class is Sunday, Jan. 24th from noon 12-2 PM. The # is W0507 and here is the link.

And she will be doing the Make and Takes on Monday the 25th from 11 AM to 1 PM. in the Quarry booth #2144 where you can make this super cute book made from bingo cards and the inside pages are Montgomery Ward catalog pages and old ledger pages. The binding is a five-hole pamphlet stitch.


For the full CHA schedule of author signings and Make and takes see Monday's 2 posts at Craftside.

Also in fabulous fun CHA news:

Carol Duvall will be signing copies of her book

Paper Crafting with Carol Duvall

in the Judikins Booth #720 on Friday And Saturday

There will also be 4 fabulous demonstrators in the Judikins booth so you should definitely swing by and pick up some cool techniques and while your there do some shopping (This is where you can buy Greeting Card Albums!)

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
This week Craftside's got tutorials on how to make a paw print place mat, a tasty "bite" from the new book The Designer's Graphic Stew, how to sew a neckband into a neckline, all the CHA author details and how to make a scratching box for your cat.

About Family Crafts
Sherri shares a collection of craft projects, all made from fleece fleece fabric. You can make everything from Sleeved Blankets for yourself and your pet to simple hats and scarves.

Alexa Westerfield a.k.a. Swelldesigner
Get into the early Valentine spirit with these colorful and cute Valentine brooches!

Cathie Filian
Check out Cathie's CHA plans! Her new book 101 Snappy Fashions and her new product line will be unveiled.

Crafty Princess Diaries
Is it really possible to quit your day job and become a full-time crafter?

Cross Stitch at
Cutesy Cross Stitch not your style? Seeking stitches for your sarcastic friends and family members? Check out Connie's snarky stitchery patterns for a refreshing change of pace that avoids an X rating.

Farm Girl Roots, City Girl Style
Learn to make Linda's favorite baby-quilt standby--Baby Blocks.

Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter
It's Chipboard Week at The Impatient Crafter and Madge throws down an 80s inspired mixed media necklace for iLoveToCreate!

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi's shibori fabric is finished...and it was easy to make!

The Artful Crafter
Are you sometimes frazzled by all the demands for your time? Here's Eileen's plan to make more time for her art.

The Crochet Dude
Drew reviews Arctic Lace by Donna Druchunas, and enter to win some lace weight qiviut!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Sweater Surgery flowers as rings on gloves Inspired by a project from the eco-friendly book Refashioned Bags

Do you like to have a "hand" in your accessories?

I am sure you know by now I love to:

A. Repurpose everything
B. Customize and personalize everything

So that is what I did!

I took this great project from the book Refashioned Bags and personalized it Sweater Surgery style and instead of just adding a button I kicked it up a notch and in addition to the button I added some die cut flowers made from recycled wool felted sweaters.

Will you be at The Craft Super Show or the trade show that follows, CHA in Anaheim, CA
Jan 21-27th?

Than you can have some fun with me!

I will be teaching the classes:

-Customize your Greeting Card Album from 3-5 on Sat 23rd

This is part of the new retail show and that means anyone can come!

-Make a Recycled Sweater Bird necklace from 12-2 Monday the 25th

Room # 212B

This is the trade show so you have to be a member of the trade to attend.

-Doing a book signing of my book, Sweater Surgery in the Barnes & Noble 10-11 on Tuesday 26th

A Make & Take of these super cute button and sweater flowers with a book signing of Sweater Surgery in my Publisher's booth #2144
from 3-5PM also on Tuesday 26th

I look forward to seeing any and all of you there at any of these great classes and activities!


Hey and if you need more info about the super cool book:

Refashioned Bags: Upcycle Anything into High-Style Handbags

Faith Blakeney and Justina Blakeney

From the Publisher, Potter Craft:

"Reduce, Reuse, Refashion! Handbags are the ultimate accessory. Fortunately, you don't need a cookie-cutter designer bag to make a fashion statement. In today's greener, more fiscally responsible world, it makes a lot more sense–and is a lot more fun—to make your own. Whether your closet is already an amalgam of hand-made clothing and remastered mash-ups or you're diving into DIY for the very first time, bags are one of the easiest accessories to make over and require little more than a needle, thread, and everyday items you can find in the closet, garage, attic, or flea market. That's why the authors of 99 Ways to Cut, Sew, Trim & Tie Your T-Shirt into Something Special show you how to make boutique-ready bags on the cheap. The Blakeney sisters twist and weave, turn inside-out, and reappropriate just about anything and everything to fashion radical accessories with mad style and a message.

Refashioned Bags, you'll learn how to create carryalls, clutches, laptop bags, totes, and more. And all of them will get a unique look, whether from the use of an old wool sweater, an ex-boyfriend's neckties, extra shower curtains, dad's hand-me-down suit jacket, a quilt, an umbrella, or even a bath mat. Some of the inventive and one-of-a-kind bags you'll learn to make include:

• Boho Hobo Bag
• Sweater Computer Cozy
• Dapper Diaper Bag
• Dolce Doily Purse
• Le Zip Sac
• Tux Redux Bag And more!

Helpful diagrams accompany the step-by-step instructions, along with bonus crafting ideas, fun facts, and tips and tricks from top bag designers in the DIY field who work with, at times, unusual materials. By following just a few easy steps that require little more than cutting, folding, gluing, and basic stitching, you'll be able to add refashioned bag designer to your repertoire.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

It's not that I haven't been crafting, I just can't show you...yet

I have been being creative non-stop!
CHA is coming up and Plaid Enterprises asked me to put my crafty magic on some of their new products.

I want to say thank you to all the guests I have produced and all the authors who have shared their knowledge in fabulous books to give me a giant wealth of creative skills and techniques to pull from. These aren't fiber crafts so I have been using lots of the new techniques I have picked up more recently.


I promise to share with you as soon as I can. Or at least have a personal project to post about soon!

Monday, January 4, 2010

The first crafty links of 2010 get your craft on!

Yes, it's beautiful weather here Burbank but just 60 miles away there is snow in them there mountains. Just the way I like it!

Mixed Media Artist
Nikki Yeager shares her glue transfer technique with Cyndi's readers! Thanks Nikki!

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
The last week of 2009 Craftside has a tutorial on how to build a raised bed from recycled pallets, turn a greeting card into a mini sewn journal, some fun shadow photos, a green leopard Christmas tree to file away for next year and the winners of The 19 Days of Holiday Goodness Giveaways.

The Artful Crafter
Come one, come all - free decorator candles! The only catch is that you have to make them yourself, but that's half the fun. Here's how to make your own zero cost candles.

About Family Crafts
Print out and customize 2010 calendar pages. Choose from several designs.

Aileen's Musings
Aileen has a new digi postcard she's posted along with a freebie image. Find out what journaling and stuffed animals have in common...

Cathie Filian
Time to make room for 2010 magazines and cold storage 2009 issues. Make this cute magazine holder with a little paper and Mod Podge.

Crafty Princess Diaries
The Crafty Princess is planning to craft some black-eyed peas for the new year! Check out this simple and yummy recipe.

Cross Stitch at
Start a new ornament collection - join Connie and stitch a new one each month. The designs are abstract, so they are suitable for any holiday.

Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter
Madge shares some new advice for a new year!

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