Lisa Fulmer’s Craft Your Stash Book Review

Lisa Fulmer’s Craft Your Stash Book Review

It is true that I thought I had completely lost my craft-tastic mojo over the last year and that my run in with breast cancer did more mental and physical damage than I care to admit. Luckily my friends and family have been extra gentle with me. They even held back the look of horror when I donated most all of my craft studio supplies to a local art center. I knew they were sad for me but I assured them that I kept my favorite items such as glitter, paint and sewing supplies – just incase the crafter bug bit me again. In all honesty I thought I’d end up donating all of that stuff too. Deep down it seemed very possible that I would let go of crafting forever. That was until my friend and crafty sistah Lisa Fulmer sent me her very first craft book. I know it sounds crazy but a little craft light went off in my head when I opened Craft Your Stash. As I flipped through the pages I found myself nodding and saying “yes, yes, yes!”. Then I found myself pulling out the few boxes of crafting supplies I had stowed away and imagining all of the colorful possibilities. Lisa’s book motivates readers to organize and utilize everything they have in their crafty stash. I know for some, this sounds easier said than done but if I can do it, so can you! Lisa has a panache for demonstrating versatile techniques and adorable projects which you can replicate or in the words of  Fleetwood Mac – “you can go your own way”. Lisa’s book...
The Crafter’s Book of Clever Ideas: Awesome Craft Techniques for Handmade Craft Projects

The Crafter’s Book of Clever Ideas: Awesome Craft Techniques for Handmade Craft Projects

As many of you know, Cliff and I have had a rough go at the last 12 months, with the most notable low being diagnosed with a rare breast cancer at the age of 32 and almost dying from severe infection soon after. Luckily, sprinkled among our darkest days were some epic wins, such as the publishing of our very first book called The Crafter’s Book of Clever Ideas: Awesome Craft Techniques for Handmade Craft Projects. It’s safe to say that both breast cancer and the book have made us stronger, exceptionally grateful and even more hopeful for our future than ever before. We undoubtedly wouldn’t be as optimistic had it not been for the love and support from our friends, family and you! The happiest news is that we’re back from our blog sabbatical! Yup, we’re finally putting our glittery boots back on and kicking this crafty shindig into high gear! And what a better way to celebrate our creative resurrection than with our favorite creative bloggers and a massive book giveaway! About The Book We specifically wrote and designed The Crafter’s Book of Clever Ideas for hobbyists, crafty pros, families and DIYers alike. Among the 50 projects, you’ll find our He Crafted/She Crafted panache as well as a plethora of unique techniques, versatile projects, fun materials and of course glitter! The words we love to describe our style in this book are – kitschy, geeky and fun. Some might say it’s a craft battle royal where only one glittery victor can win. I like to think of it as a cheeky craft-off between two very loving people….. but...
Plaid Crafts Glittered Trophies with Lisa Fulmer and Cliff

Plaid Crafts Glittered Trophies with Lisa Fulmer and Cliff

One of my favorite parts about being in the craft industry is when a world class crafting company such as Plaid Crafts asks me and my two favorite crafters (Lisa Fulmer and Cliff) to demonstrate a fun project using their products! As you can tell from the photo we had a fantastic time filming our glittered trophy craft segment in the Plaid crafts booth at the CHA Winter show!  Now watch this video to see how we turned some plastic cups into some blingy trophies and how Cliff apparently wanted to craft and cuddle at the same time! Also click this link for some more amazing Plaid demonstrations by our fellow designer friends!   Craft...
Polymer Clay Valentine’s Day Hearts

Polymer Clay Valentine’s Day Hearts

This year Cliff and I have decided that we are adding polymer clay to our list of creative loves and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our new crafty passion than with  polymer clay Valentine’s day hearts. Cute, no? These wild style polymer clay hearts are great for beginners and polymer clay enthusiasts alike. We simply rolled out the clay and hand cut different shaped hearts. Then we used tiny balls for the marbled effect and small strips for the zebra effect. As you can see the variations are endless and highly addictive. Our only advice is to remember to add a string hole with a bbq skewer before you bake! Craft On....
5 Simple Christmas Stockings Crafts + Template

5 Simple Christmas Stockings Crafts + Template

Last week I whipped up some simple cute stockings for a TV segment using the below versatile stocking template – which is perfect for kids, adults and crafters of every level. Ohh and it’s only 99 cents to download!  Check out the recorded segment here if you want to see me in crafty action and if you want to see me say Christmas balls twice :) Then check out the examples below! Burlap and Ric Rac Simplicity is key when crafting for a dude, so it’s no wonder that a little burlap and green ric rac goes a long way. Burlap is forgiving so you just top stich it and you are done. Don’t forget to stitch on the ric rac first! No Sew Felt Stocking with Appliques Felt is normally the most forgiving of fabrics and this no sew felt stocking is so simple to create with just a little strong fusible interfacing (Stich Witchery) around the seams. Finish it off with some iron on appliques and you have a cute no fuss stocking. A Little Monogram Felt Stocking Top stich two red felt pieces (along with white piece and loop) and then personalize your little stocking with little felt iron on t-shirt letters. Simple, fun and perfect as a little gift and Christmas ornament. Mini Hot Chocolate Stocking This mini stocking fits a packet of Swiss Miss and marshmallows perfectly! If your sewing machine can handel a little plastic (never use the same needle on plastic and fabric) then simply trace the mini stocking onto a plastic bag then sew a tight straight stich along the template starting just...
Gluten Free Cocoa Crispy Coal Treats Recipe

Gluten Free Cocoa Crispy Coal Treats Recipe

As many of you know we are gluten free which means we are forced to eat rice crispy treats all season long while everyone else gets to chow down on a variety of cookies full of gooey chocolate peanut butter goodness. Not this year my friend! I decided to ward of the gluten free holiday blues by adding some a peanut butter pizzaz and a chocolate kick to the standard crispy treat. I call them the Cocoa Crispy Coal Treats! Ok, so they don’t look like black coal but when you put them inside a parchment paper christmas stocking anything can look like lumps of coal! Check out the parchment paper stocking DIY and other fun stocking crafts here. Cocoa Crispy Coal Treats Recipe Box of Cocoa Crispy cereal Package of marshmallows Half cup agave syrup One cup of peanut butter (We use Skippy natural) Greased pan Directions Bring agave syrup to a simmer then quickly stir in peanut butter, marshmallows and cereal. The trick is to stir fast to keep them from burning. Once it’s all mixed nicely pour into greased pan and wait for it to cool. The end result is gooey yummy peanut butter chocolate marshmallow goodness! Take that...