• Articles,  Community,  Crafty Q and A

    Meet the Craftcore Cats

    If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably noticed that I share photos of my cats getting all up in my crafty business.  Regardless of whether they are resting on top of my ironing board, draping themselves over my quilting fabrics, or standing right in front of my computer monitor while I’m trying to type up a tutorial for Craftcore, these cute kitties are impossible to ignore.  I would love to formally introduce you to my my clowder: I’m bursting at the seams (har-har) with cats, with 5 total in my furry family. I get asked from time to time to share a little about such-and-such a cat, so I put together this little guide…

  • Projects,  Taming Craft Room Chaos,  Videos

    VIDEO: Craft Room Tour

    In 2015, I posted a craft room reveal on my blog. My craft room lived in the smallest room of the house.  I loved the layout of the room, but I wanted to have more room to grow.  By 2016, I had a knitting machine and a desire to use more of my sewing machine collection more easily.  The room was just too small for the equipment I had in there.  I also wanted to move my office (basically just my computer and printer) from the dreary basement into my craft room too. Welcome to my new craft room!  I had a spare bedroom in my house so I converted the…

  • Crafty Q and A,  Taming Craft Room Chaos

    How do you store your work-in-progress sewing projects?

    Question: how do you store your work-in-progress sewing projects (WIPs)? I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that I sometimes take on more projects than I should at the same time.  I often have many sewing projects on the go, working on them in short bursts when my whim hits.  Sometimes I want to quilt!  Sometimes I want to sew clothes!  Sometimes I want to just cut into the fabrics and sew another time – that’s fine too!  This leads me to have quite a few projects on the go in various stages of completion. I try to keep my work in progress pile contained to a single box, lest things…

  • Community,  Pinterest

    Avoiding Pinterest Paralysis

    Not Every Idea is a Good Idea There are a lot of good ideas on Pinterest. There are also a lot of ideas that should either be left to the experts or that are altogether misleading. Sometimes the source material is not trustworthy, or sometimes someone has created a new description for a pin that is inaccurate or not representative of the content behind the link. Before pinning, check out the source website and read the comments on the original article to see if others have had issues replicating the project. Turn It Off Sometimes, it’s hard to stop. With Pinterest automatically loading more pins when you reach the bottom,…

  • Community,  Taming Craft Room Chaos

    What’s in That Fabric Stash?

    I’m guilty of not always remembering what fabrics I have in my collection. It’s wasteful, I know, to come home from the fabric store with an armful of white flannelette when I have almost a meter of it sitting on the top shelf of the craft room closet. If this is you too, it may just be the time to pull out the contents of your fabric stash and take stock of what you have. If you’ve read this Taming Craft Room Chaos column before, you may have seen my craft supply closet tour. I use clear plastic bins to organize the bulk of my fabrics, and while originally I…

  • Events,  Paper Craft,  Pinterest,  Tutorials

    Cupcake Liner Pom Pom Centerpieces

    I’ve always had a thing for cupcakes. There’s something innately cute about individually sized cakes with their often patterned paper liners and cute toppings. I originally found a tutorial for cupcake liner pom poms on Pinterest, sadly uncredited to its original source, but I tracked it down to Kara. Kara’s Party Shop blog features a tutorial for a beautiful table decoration: pom pom centerpieces! They are airy, soft and elegant, plus they have the added benefit of being inexpensive to make in comparison to buying flowers – artificial or otherwise. I didn’t have the supplies on hand, so this article shows my prototype cupcake liner ball and how I made…

  • Columns,  Featured Artists

    Michelle from Beauséjour Art

          1. Let us know a bit about yourself. By day I work behind the scenes of an online store for a major cellphone service provider. My days mostly consist of analysing people’s credit and preventing fraud (I like to think this could be my superpower!). When I’m not in the office I am usually enjoying the quiet nature of my riverside Montréal home. I also enjoy cooking, crafting and playing with my two ferrets Skittle and Belette. 2. What do you make? I like to dabble in a bit of everything. I could not say I make just one product, but yet multiple products for different aspects…

  • Events,  Paper Craft,  Pinterest,  Tutorials

    How to Make a Cardstock Envelope

    I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect envelope template to make cardstock envelopes for my wedding, but I hadn’t been able to find the perfect shape. While adventuring on Pinterest, I discovered the Craftastic Envelope DIY project by Never Homemaker. This blog inspired me to look at the envelopes from cards I’ve received and use them as a template to recreate their adorable shapes. I made my envelope in a moss green solid cardstock, but I can’t wait to make this envelope shape on a patterned cardstock for optimum sweetness!

  • Columns,  Paper Craft,  Tutorials

    ABC booklet annivesary gift

    It was my 5th year anniversary not so long ago with my boyfriend and I wanted to come up with a thoughtful gift that would be budget friendly and more meaningful than your average “hallmark” gift. I thought up of this booklet after seeing some abc cutouts for kids.   What you’ll need: ABC banners printed on cardstock Hole punch Binder rings Markers and pens           1. First I printed an alphabet banner I found on another crafting blog here: http://www.montcomom.com/2011/07/getting-crafty-with-nicole-free-abcs.html Using a hole punch I punched holes on the top ends where I’ll attach the binder clips and also made a back and cover from…

  • Columns,  Featured Artists

    Joanna from Cute Cartoon Portraits

      1. Let us know a bit about yourself Cartoonist, Illustrator, Animator, craftsperson… I just love to draw! My day job is as a Motion Graphics/ Visual Effects artist. I work mostly on movies and TV shows. In my spare time illustration keeps me very busy with custom logo designs, portraits, and cartoons. 2. What do you make? I specialize in custom cartoon portraits of YOUR pets, family, and loved ones. These portraits tend to have a stylized retro flare to them.     3. Where do you find inspiration? I find inspiration from the countless amazing artists out there on the internet! A great source for amazing videos is…

  • Columns,  Food,  Recipes

    Simple Peanut Butter Cookies

    With September halfway through and fall slowly creeping up on us, I tend to find myself craving warm home cooked meals and treats baked by scratch. Now not all of us can find the time or the ingredients on hand when that craving hits but here is a great classic recipe using what most of us should have on hand in the kitchen. Here is my simple version of those classic peanut butter cookies.     Ingredients: 1/2 cup Butter 1/2 cup Sugar 1/2 cup Brown sugar 1 Egg 1 tsp Vanilla 1/2 cup Peanut butter 1 1/2 cups Flour 1 tsp Baking soda 1/4 tsp Salt *Makes 2 dozen…

  • Columns,  Tutorials

    Felted Acorns

    Fall is my favorite season, well behind winter anyways and in my opinion it is never to early to start on some fall inspired crafts. I’ve seen needle and wet felting before and wanted to try it out for myself to make some hand felted acorns with some of the acorn caps I collected while up north on my vacation. These acorns are great for all kinds of uses, put them in a glass vase for great fall decor or even make a couple into a cute brooch or necklace! The great thing is this craft only takes a few simple steps.   What you’ll need: Merino wool Bar of…

  • Projects,  Taming Craft Room Chaos

    Clear Storage Unit Makeover Tutorial

    I love the storage possibilities of those clear plastic storage bins. However, as useful as seeing what’s inside a drawer can be, sometimes the mess is just too unsightly to look at every day. Why not create some paper covers that line the front of the drawer? I’ve got a pink, green, and brown theme going on in this space, so I continued that motif over with my paper choices. Supplies cardstock scrapbook paper, one patterned design and one plain (one sheet of patterned will do two drawers) paper cutter or scissors double-sided tape I used Gracious Living drawer units that have 13″x7″ drawer fronts, but you can adapt this…

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    Vanessa from CUTIFULbaby & CUTIFULmemories

    1. Let us know a bit about yourself I’m a young mom to a 15 months old baby girl. I studied & work in fashion design. I’m not married but I’ve been with my boyfriend for almost 10 years (already!!!) We have a dog & a rabbit (no, I’m not kidding!). I absolutely love cooking, crafting (of course!) and I think I’m a bit obsessed with my Iphone! Haha! That’s who I am!   2. What do you make? For CUTIFULbaby, I make baby toys & accessories:  soft baby cube, quiet book, headband, hair accessories, pacifier clips, toy strap, baby keepsake & nursery decor…and for CUTIFULmemories, I make custom digital…

  • Kid Crafts,  Toddler Town

    Coloured Shaving Cream Sensory

    Shaving cream is a smooth, bubbly play medium (with supervision, of course). Add an extra element of fun by adding some colour! Squeeze out a small pile of shaving cream on an easy-to-clean table top. Add a dollop of washable paint to the top of the shaving cream. You can use one colour or multiple colours for more mixing fun. After your child finishes making a mess on the table top, you can wipe it away with a damp cloth. If you want to keep a memento of the activity, you can place a piece of paper down on top of the mess and pull it straight up, creating a…

  • Fashion,  Pinterest

    Mint and Coral Taped-Triangle Nail Art

    In my Pinterest adventures, I keep stumbling across beautiful nail art. I’m envious of the intricate designs that some nail artists are able to create, but the problem is…as much as I love the look of painted nails, one, I bite my nails so my nails are weak and uneven, and two, I have never painted my nails as an adult! Ack! So, needless to say, this Pinterest adventure really took me out of my comfort zone. I’m a low-maintenance, no-makeup-not-even-lipgloss kind of gal. I wanted to try my hand at nail art after seeing pins like the ones that you can find in my Hair and Fashion pin board.…

  • Community,  Taming Craft Room Chaos

    Curtain Rod Ribbon Storage Idea

    In a previous Craft Room Chaos column, I reviewed a commercial ribbon storage solution. Before obtaining this system, I had created my own makeshift storage that is an inexpensive alternative. (Brace yourself for the terrible photo. I wasn’t expecting to be sharing it at the time it was taken!) The concept is similar to the ribbon shelf’s dowel system. I purchased the cheapest curtain rod that I could find from Fabricland. This thin metallic rod set me back $3.99. It uses small, utilitarian wall brackets, which is the biggest problem with this rod. There was only about half an inch clearance between the rod and the wall, meaning that I…