Monday, 23 July 2012

Review: Crafts Beautiful Issue 244 (September 2012)

Sooooo, hello and welcome to my review of this month's Crafts Beautiful, which this month comes with a set of unmounted stamps for all occasions.

So, I'm sure most important to you all are the giveaways, which this month are:
  • Tickets to the Knitting and Stitching Show, London 11-14 October
  • Kidzcraft kits
  • Crafts4Kids Happily Ever After boxes
  • Sizzix Big Shot and Happi Bigz Dies
  • Trimmits/Berisfords starter set
  • Buster Books’ Things to Make and Doodle
  • Restrospot Baking Kit
  • Badge It! Maker
  • Stephanie Weightman cake-decorating products
  • Jewellery Making Starter Kit

There are also some money off vouchers for The Happy Days range at The Range and 20% off classes at London Jewellery School.

The layout of the magazine is slightly different this month, but not so different as to change the magazine altogether.  Articles and features are just in a slightly different order to the usual.  For example, Dawn Bibby's column is no longer at the back of the magazine, as in previous issues.  Instead, the back page now features Sara Nauman's Mixed Media Clinic, a new feature (I think).  Also, Dawn Bibby's column is more of a questions/agony aunt feature.

I've not yet had time to make anything from this issue (keep checking back this week for what I was up to at the weekend to take up all my time), but the ones I like most are:

  • Time for Tea – I am loving the little egg cosies made from scarps of fabric.  My previous attempt at egg cosies was not so successful, but these are so cute, I think I will just have to try again.
  • The homemade embosser in the baking section.  My sister makes cakes professionally, but I have never seen her do this, I'm not even sure if she is aware of the technique, but it is amazing.
  • Queen of Hearts - a cute crocheted beret and bootie set, which in fairness I will probably never make, but I've given my sister the pattern.  I think she may attempt it for my friend's twins, which were born on Sunday morning.  Welcome to the world Seren and Sienna.
  • On the Tiles – mosaic coasters, which make me want to try mosaic.
  • The Monochrome Cameo card in Timeless Style.  I am liking the current trend for cameos and in this monochrome style it looks really classy.
  • House to Home - some brightly coloured new home cards.
  • Cut Out and Keep – Nautical Designs, as I love the little boat designs, which are stamped, but look easy enough to draw. 

 Other features include:

  • photo-cards;
  • tuscan-inspired cards;
  • lily-motif cards, with free downloadable motifs;
  • the different ways stencils can be used;
  • flower card and gift box made using spellbinders flower dies;
  • cards for men;
  • gift set for dog-lovers;
  • stationary set;
  • quilled cupcake gift boxes;
  • china painting;
  • how to make (and decorate a lamp with) organza flowers;
  • daisy-design jewellery;
  • polymer clay roses;
  • fabric-covered storage boxes;
  • decoupage and decopatch; and
  • and interview with Leonie Pujol

Happy Crafting.


1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your review. It's very kind of you to give up your time to do it and to make all the effort.


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