December Craft of the Month – Winner!

The December Craft of the Month Contest on CraftForum.com was “Holiday Baking.” This included anything edible, whether it was baking cookies, making candy, or even preparing Christmas dinner. The winning entry was selected via Random.org and the winner received a $50 Amazon Gift Card! Make sure you enter the next contest for your chance to win!

Congratulations Pinokeeo!

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzels

Ingredients:
- Baking Chocolate – I use Ghiradelli 100% Cocoa
- Almond Bark
- Peanut Butter Pretzels

I use a hammer to break up the chocolate into small chunks. Then I put the mixture of almond bark and chocolate into the microwave for about 1.5 minutes. As it starts to melt, I stir until it is mostly liquid. Then just dip and put each pretzel onto parchment paper. Let stand until chocolate is set.

Craft Forum at Craft Fairs

Our Craft Forum members made quite the impression at Craft Fairs this year.

JessicaLee spread the word about CraftForum.com with a simple sign.

So I made a 8×10 sign that was placed on my table.
I did have a few questions about it  and I do believe everyone that window shopped read it.

Pinokeeo made buttons!

She started with a design.

She made several copies.

 Then pressed them into buttons.

 

 Worn by a friend at the Craft Fair.

 Showing part of the booth at the craft fair.

Gma2rjc took a less conventional route to spread the word as a shopper at a Craft Fair.

“I carried this around with me and asked vendors if I could take a picture of it sitting on their tables. They all said yes and asked me what the picture was for. So I explained the contest and told them about the forum.”Contest! Craft Forum at Craft Fairs - 0 Amazon GC Prizes!-cf-art-shows-1.jpg

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Have you told your crafty friends about CraftForum.com?

November Craft of the Month – Winner!

The November Craft of the Month Contest on CraftForum.com was “Preparing for the Holidays.” Crafters begin their holiday preparations well before December and we thought we’d take a look at what they were making. The winning entry was selected via Random.org and the winner received a $50 Amazon Gift Card! Make sure you enter the next contest for your chance to win!

Congratulations Downrightart!

Victorian Boot Ornaments

1. Cut out shoe pieces with your boot template
2. Embellish the shoe with lace and buttons
3. Inside out the two pieces, front/back and leave an opening at the top
4. Stuff batting and hand sew the top

Contest! Craft Forum at Craft Fairs – $150 Amazon Gift Card Prizes!

Holiday craft fairs are the best! It’s the season of crafting, buying, selling, giving, and especially appreciating homemade wares at this time of year.

Will you be participating in holiday craft fairs this year? Will you be a seller, a buyer, a browser, or an enthusiast? Take this opportunity to spread the word about Craft Forum and you could win a $50 Amazon gift card!

Contest: Promote CraftForum.com at Craft Fairs

Prizes: Three (3) Winners will each receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card

How to Enter:

Make your own t-shirt, button, sign, flyer, card, etc. and take it to a craft fair.

Then take a photo of you wearing/sharing your CraftForum.com item.

Post the photo in this thread on CraftForum.com for your entry to win!

Rules:

Photo must clearly show evidence of an item with either “Craft Forum” or “CraftForum.com” having been at a craft fair. This may be a photo of you with the item, the item with craft tents in the background, the item next to the craft fair’s main sign, etc.

Up to 3 entries per person.

Only entries posted in this thread on CraftForum.com will count. Entries posted in this blog’s comments will not count.

Winners will be selected on December 20, 2010. Random.org will be used to select the winners among all valid entries.

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Share our wonderful forum with your fellow crafters! They’ll get in on the best crafting community, we will all gain new friends, and you could win a gift card to stock up on new crafting supplies.

Good Luck and thanks for sharing CraftForum.com!

October Craft of the Month – Winner!

The October Craft of the Month Contest on CraftForum.com was “Costumes.” Halloween, theater, playtime, any costume. The winning entry was selected via Random.org and the winner received a $50 Amazon Gift Card! Make sure you enter the next contest for your chance to win!

Congratulations Angela!

Hermione Granger Costume

I finished my daughter’s Hermione Granger robe today.
(Who is Hermione Granger? She is the girl in the Harry Potter movies)
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I started with a generic black halloween costume that I got at a thrift store for $4.99 and a fleece scarf.
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I removed the hood and cut part way down the front of the “robe”. I kind of made binding using the fleece scarf and covered my raw edges with that, which also added the Gryffindor-burgundy colour to the robe. I added buttons to try to create the illusion that this was holding the robe closed. I also printed out a Gryffindor crest onto a piece of iron-on transfer paper and created a patch with that. When my daughter tried it on, the sleeves were super short so together we decided to add some burgundy fleece to the sleeves for length, even though real Gryffindor robes don’t have colour on the sleeves. I wanted to add a strip to the bottom as well to just finish off the costume, but naturally, the store has no more scarves of that colour.

She will wear this with a white button up shirt with a collar and black pants. My daughter bought the “Official Harry Potter” tie herself, and we bought a wand to complete the outfit. She plans to put her hair into lots of little braids the night before Halloween so that she will have Hermione’s wavy, unruly hair. I think she is going to look great!
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Fall Wreath Tutorial

As I walked thru the Dollar Store the other day, I challenged myself to come up with a fall craft that would cost me around $5.00 dollars. That’s when I decided to make a Simple Fall wreath to go outside my door.

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September Craft of the Month – Winner!

The September Craft of the Month Contest on CraftForum.com was “Back-to-School.” The winning entry was selected via Random.org and the winner received a $50 Amazon Gift Card! Make sure you enter the next contest for your chance to win!

Congratulations Mamaslittlemonkeys!

Back-to-School Badge Reel

To explain, a badge reel is an ID holder, many school students as well as faculty have to wear them now. So might as well be ready for back to school with one!

The How-To:

August Craft of the Month – Winner!

The August Craft of the Month Contest on CraftForum.com was “Summer.”  The winning entry was selected via Random.org and the winner received a $50 Amazon Gift Card! Make sure you enter the next contest for your chance to win!

Congratulations JellyFishJelly!

Summer Tea Light Holders

Summer/beach tea light holders using cellophane, a glass, paper glue, and a tealight.

July Craft of the Month – Winner!

The July Craft of the Month Contest on CraftForum.com was “Patriotic Crafts”.  The winning entry was selected via Random.org and the winner received a $50 Amazon Gift Card! Make sure you enter the next contest for your chance to win!

Congratulations Weareborgswife!

Patriotic Play Blanket

That’s So Square

You may have noticed in a couple tutorials I’ve posted on here that I mention squaring your fabric. I don’t mean that you fold up your fabric, cut it into a square shape and you’re good to go. Squaring actually refers to making sure the warp and weft threads are exactly perpendicular to each other.

The way to square your fabric is to first, find the weft on each raw edge that runs all the way through from one selvage edge to the other. One way to do that is to make a small cut in the fabric and tear but I’ve found that that makes the edge pretty much unusable and makes the second part of squaring very difficult.

The way I square my fabric is as follows.
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