Creativity · Pursuit of Happiness · trends

National Craft Month

Dear Fellow Crafters,

This article taken verbatim from the site says it all! First published in 2018:

Sallie

Ever since you were a kid, you’ve known that making things is fun. Paper mache monsters, fluffy pompoms made from wool, knitted jumpers, making your own decoupage boxes and decorations – and who said that fun had to stop just because you grew up? Craft Month is all about celebrating crafty little hobbies that keep you occupied on those gloomy days.

Whatever your chosen craft is – and there’s certainly plenty to choose from – make sure you celebrate it this month and get ready to get stuck into what your creativity can come up with.

The History of Craft Month
Craft month was created back in 1994 by the Craft and Hobby Association. Intended to help everyone rediscover the joy of crafting, it’s a month that’s all about learning new crafts, finding a new favorite handy hobby or perhaps revisiting a hobby you used to love back in the day.

In this month, crafters get together and get their hand’s dirty sticking, sewing, knitting, cutting, pasting, coloring, painting – and they are sure to tell you that there are very few better ways to explore your creativity that just letting loose and making whatever your heart tells you to.

How to Celebrate Craft Month
This is a great opportunity to start-up a new hobby, tell your friends and family about one that you already have, or even introduce your kids to something crafty.

If you do have kids, get them off their game consoles and the TV by letting them get messy with glue, glitter, pipe cleaners, colored paper – make sure you stick the masterpieces up on the fridge!

Even if you don’t think you are especially artistic, there’s never any harm in giving things a go. Maybe this month, instead of buying cards for birthdays or anniversaries, channel your inner artist and make some of your own. Making your own gifts to give to friends and family is a great idea too – and always appreciated. Remember – it’s the thought that counts!

If you don’t really fancy getting crafty yourself, you could always visit your local craft markets and pick up some beautiful handmade items from local traders. Jewelry, knitwear, cards, decorations, scrapbooking equipment, sculptures, materials, customized shoes, hand-stitched clothing, homemade baked goods – there’s always something for everyone.

 

 

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Biggest Challenge · cards · trends

Are you stuck?

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Are you stuck trying to wrap presents for the guys in your life? Designing cards and/or gift wrap for guys is a challenge at any time of the year. Luckily “there’s an app for that” -SERIOUSLY not! (At least I don’t think so)

Anyway, I checked into some sites and found that actually the holiday color trends of the season are pretty straight forward and easily adaptable for guys.

One of the trends is getting back to nature. White, red, gold, silver and green will always be a part of Christmas decor. This year the muted hues of the forest take center stage.

So here’s what I’ve learned:

  • Bring Frosty the Snowman into the picture. I have always loved snowmen and try to make at least one card with snowmen (just ask one of my best friends).
  • Real foliage like pine cones and dark colored leaves.
  • Wood either painted or natural.
  • Holly -lots of holly
  • Plaid ribbon
  • The look of corduroy
  • Earthy colors.

See below for card and/or wrapping ideas.

~Sallie

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Adventures in Card-Making · trends

Large backgrounds

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Lately, rubber stamp and die-cutting companies have introduced card-sized images to create entire card fronts. This trend in the rubber stamp field is nothing new, but die cut enthusiasts are somewhat dismayed especially if the design is an abstract.

Large background stamps and embossed images can turn plain cardstock into interesting patterns, fill in white space with interest, create a quick and easy card all while challenging your creativity.

Here are some hints and tips to get you started;

  • Try different colored inks, layering techniques, embossing powder and colored paper.
  • Use a Brauer to get all the “nooks and crannies” of the large stamp.
  • Use word stamps or embossing folders as backdrops and frames.
  • Use ink to match up your own paper for a custom look.
  • Use part of the design as a border for the inside of your card.
  • Use different colored paper when embossing..

Happy Crafting

~Sallie

Creativity · Pursuit of Happiness · trends

National Craft Month

Dear Fellow Crafters,

This article taken verbatim from the site says it all!

Sallie

Ever since you were a kid, you’ve known that making things is fun. Paper mache monsters, fluffy pompoms made from wool, knitted jumpers, making your own decoupage boxes and decorations – and who said that fun had to stop just because you grew up? Craft Month is all about celebrating crafty little hobbies that keep you occupied on those gloomy days.

Whatever your chosen craft is – and there’s certainly plenty to choose from – make sure you celebrate it this month and get ready to get stuck into what your creativity can come up with.

The History of Craft Month
Craft month was created back in 1994 by the Craft and Hobby Association. Intended to help everyone rediscover the joy of crafting, it’s a month that’s all about learning new crafts, finding a new favorite handy hobby or perhaps revisiting a hobby you used to love back in the day.

In this month, crafters get together and get their hand’s dirty sticking, sewing, knitting, cutting, pasting, coloring, painting – and they are sure to tell you that there are very few better ways to explore your creativity that just letting loose and making whatever your heart tells you to.

How to Celebrate Craft Month
This is a great opportunity to start-up a new hobby, tell your friends and family about one that you already have, or even introduce your kids to something crafty.

If you do have kids, get them off their game consoles and the TV by letting them get messy with glue, glitter, pipe cleaners, colored paper – make sure you stick the masterpieces up on the fridge!

Even if you don’t think you are especially artistic, there’s never any harm in giving things a go. Maybe this month, instead of buying cards for birthdays or anniversaries, channel your inner artist and make some of your own. Making your own gifts to give to friends and family is a great idea too – and always appreciated. Remember – it’s the thought that counts!

If you don’t really fancy getting crafty yourself, you could always visit your local craft markets and pick up some beautiful handmade items from local traders. Jewelry, knitwear, cards, decorations, scrapbooking equipment, sculptures, materials, customized shoes, hand-stitched clothing, homemade baked goods – there’s always something for everyone.

 

 

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