Monday, 10 December 2012

Review: Crafts Beautiful

Soooo, the January issue of Crafts Beautiful has arrived.  In fact, I have had it a week already - now that is subscriber service!

Anyway, it is a nice change from everything Christmas-related and the magazine is invoking far distant memories of spring.

The freebie this time is a pack of bright spring papers and the feature with ideas showing you how to use them has some brilliant ideas for things other than cards.  I particularly like the gift bag and key cupboard.

I was quite interested to read Colette Smith's 7 Ways With Gilding, as this is a technique I have yet to try.  I may buy myself a kit if I get any money for Christmas or my birthday later in the month and that can then be a new year new craft, as with no wedding to plan and no Christmas to prepare for, I may have a bit of time on my hands (I'm not holding my breath on that one though).  Anyway, back to the magazine, this feature has some lovely designs and the effects of the Flitter Glu are amazing.

Staying with cards, I also like Kitty Frampton's bird designs in Take Flight.  The pink and blank colour schemes are also classy yet girly, and have given me an idea . . . 

Oh-So Vintage has some lovely butterfly and bird theme cards using ink blending and embossing, together with aged paper and doilies for that truly vintage look.

I must admit, I am quite confused by the knitted quilling.  I've read the article a few times and I'm still as confused as when I first looked at it.  It does look really good though, and quilling has never been my forte.  Maybe it could be my challenge for 2013?

I love Paper Petals - a project making paper flowers, which I think I will trying out.  I haven't tried this crafting technique yet as I thought you would need a specialist balling tool, but this project instead uses a knitting needle to curl the petals, and that I have at home, so keep your eyes peeled in the new year for some paper flowers from me.

Another project I want to try in the new year is the shoe bag in Buckle My Shoe.  As everyone I've seen recently knows that I lost my tap shoes for a week (don't ask how - it's a mystery to me how I managed to misplace a pair of shoes that practically jingle when you move them and have bright pink laces), so I think this bag would be ideal for me to keep them in.  I will make it in very bright colours so hopefully even if they end up somewhere strange I will still be able to find them.  Mine turned up on the parcel shelf in the car by the way!

Joanna Sheen has some handy hints and tips for using vellum and parchment in your makes.

The Craft Guide 2013 has oodles of hints and tips for crafting for the year ahead including what might be coming to the UK next year from the US and what trends are likely.

Enterprise Nation's Emma Jones also has some advice for those crafters wanting to make some money from their talent.  To all those that do, heed this advice - it is good!

There is also an interview with Queen of Craft, Martha Stewart and a colour guide to help you make the most of putting colours together.

The knitted kid's hat in Little Lamb is just adorable, and I might see if I can get my sister to knit me a Holly-sized one.  I doubt she will, but there is no harm in trying.

Other projects include:
  • birthday shaker cards
  • bright, die-cut birthday cards
  • fancy card inserts
  • Joanna Sheen decoupage
  • papercraft organisers
  • papercrafting using old maps and books
  • cards for men
  • cake boxes and cake-themed cards
  • party invites
  • key-themed makes, including cards, pencil caddy and an upcycled key cupboard
  • cosmetics, including how to use soaps, oats and essential oils to best effect
  • fabric book covers 
  • eBook pockets
  • silk painting
  • glass frosting
  • pin boards
  • paper covered tins
  • heart decorations
  • quilts
  • baby bunting
  • pottery decoration
  • applique
  • cake stands
  • lucky charms and
  • a chunky scarf.

There are also some fab giveaways this issue, including:
  • Tonic Studios dies
  • Graphic 45 bundles
  • American Crafts goody bags
  • a Sizzix vagabond
  • a Sheaffer calligraphy set
  • Design Library CD-Roms
  • Hunky Dory goody bags

I think this is definitely one mag to buy if you are getting a bit fed up of Christmas.

Happy Crafting!


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