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    Celebrating 100 Posts – A Year in Review

    Monday’s Christmas ornament tutorial marked Craftcore’s 100th article. Wow, 100 already! I thought this would be a good time to look at the stats and see what posts have received the most attention. Here are the highlights from 2013. We are looking forward to bringing you more posts as we shift into 2014! Easy To Make Lyric Wall Art by Michelle How to Make an Origami Box out of Scrapbook Paper by Angela Easy Bumblebee Gluing Activity for Toddler Children by Angela Sheep Cotton Ball Art by Angela Paper Roses by Michelle How to Calculate How Much Fabric You Need for a Simple Quilt by Angela How to Make a…

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    Cupcake Liner Pom Pom Centrepieces Revisited

    A while back, I wrote a tutorial on how to make cupcake liner centrepieces.  I loved the look of them, but as they sat on my kitchen table among my other wedding prototypes, I noticed a fatal flaw: the finishing nails, due to the small size of the head, are not all that secure.  For longevity, this is an issue: I found that some of the liners started to fall off, while the nail stayed in the ball. It was time for Cupcake Liner Pom Pom 2.0: Thumbtack Edition! Supplies You’ll Need Styrofoam Balls (I used 3″) Flat Shiny Thumbtacks (Cheapest ones in silver I could find were at Walmart)…

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    Apply now for the Puces POP Fall Four Day Edition

      Puces POP was born in 2004 with the desire to bring together the extremely talented scene of designers, crafters and artists that Montreal harbours in one marketplace. Puces POP keeps growing! In response to the record number of shoppers who came out for last year’s fair during the festival (it was crazy!), we’ve decided to expand to 4 full days of crafty madness! Crafters, designers, artists, and makers of all types are welcomed to apply (it’s free!), whether you’ve applied a dozen times before, or it’s your first time ever! All applications will be carefully reviewed by the Puces POP jury to select the line-up for the fair, which changes for…

  • Food,  Recipes

    Spinach and Pepper Scrambled Eggs

    My go-to quick and easy breakfast is scrambled eggs. With the addition of a few extra veggies and spices, scrambled eggs jumps from ordinary to extraordinary. Ingredients two eggs tablespoon of milk handful of spinach leaves, chopped finely 1/3 of a pepper (I used yellow), diced 1 stick of celery, diced salt and pepper to taste Vegetable seasoning, to taste Whisk eggs and milk in a bowl. Mix in spinach, pepper, celery, and spices. In a greased, medium-low heated pan, cook until no liquid remains. I usually make these scrambled eggs at the same time as I’m preparing my salad for lunch that way I can dice my vegetables for…

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    Frequently Asked Questions Expanded

    There’s no reason to be afraid of submitting an article to Craftcore. Our content management system is powered by WordPress, a tried-and-true platform that’s easy to use for beginners and experts alike. I’ve added a new section called Writing Centre to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section of the site that covers formatting your articles, adding images, and much more. If you still have questions, please submit your questions by contacting us. If you don’t have an account yet, join up and get crafty!

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    Chickpea and Quinoa Chili

    With the chilly weather upon us, it’s a great time to warm up with a delicious bowl of steaming chili.  This recipe replaces kidney beans with chick peas and adds ingredients such as jalapeno pepper and quinoa.  This recipe is a variant of Gingerbreadgirlz’s delicious Quinoa Chili. Ingredients 1 cup uncooked and rinsed quinoa 2 cups water 1 pound extra lean ground beef 1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, chopped 4 tsp garlic, minced 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped 1 tbsp chili powder 1 tbsp ground cumin 1 single serving can of V8 tomato juice 2 (540mL/19 ounce) cans chickpeas, drained 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped 1 red…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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!

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    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…

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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…

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    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…

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    Hard-Boiled Egg and Celery Salad

    I try to eat salads often as a healthy filler food, but green lettuce gets boring fast. This salad is a no-lettuce salad that is full of flavour. Adjust the amounts to your taste. This makes one snack-sized salad. Ingredients 1 hard-boiled egg, sliced 2 stalks of celery, diced half a cucumber, sliced then halved half an orange sweet pepper, diced 2 green onions, diced Italian dressing Step 1: combine ingredients; toss to coat with dressing. Step 2: eat! To make this salad even more filling, try topping it with nuts or hemp seeds.

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    Review: IKEA wall storage rack BYGEL

    I hate when my craft desk’s tabletop gets too crowded, so I purchased the BYGEL rail from IKEA to attach small plastic containers to the wall that are easy to remove when using supplies. Isn’t this storage solution cute in addition to functional? I trusted my fiancé to surprise me with the bin colours for me on his way home from work, and they look cute in my craft room. I use mine to store my soft-tipped markers, ink pens, sharpies, staplers, tape, and scissors. The best part of this storage system is that the bins are easily detachable. The bottoms are flat so you can take the entire bin…

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    Cheeseburger Macaroni

    This week’s Pinterest adventure is about pure comfort food: cheeseburger macaroni. I repinned this recipe from my friend Lea (who you should follow on Pinterest, by the way), and we made this together one night at her place to start off a long night of crafting. This recipe comes from Kevin & Amanda‘s yummy-looking food blog. (I just love the comments peppered through the recipes. So cute.) The common ingredients means there’s little chance that you’ll have to run to the store for an elusive ingredient. Yay! All you need is hamburger meat, taco seasoning, diced tomatoes, beef broth, elbow macaroni, and salt and pepper to taste for the base.…

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    Thread and Bobbin Storage Rack

    For years, I kept my wound bobbins in a clear plastic case and my thread spools in yet another case, and this was good enough. But when I began quilting, I started collecting both polyester and cotton threads. This was when the confusion started: Does this particular bobbin match my cotton spool or my polyester spool? Is this bobbin the exact shade of blue as the spool in my hand? It can be hard to tell at a glance! I purchased a thread rack earlier this year to store my threads on the wall instead of on a box on my desk. The pegs are meant just for threads, but…

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    Section View Launched

    Here are Craftcore, we are trying to make the site as easy to browse as possible. While we were dividing up the content into sub categories like tutorials, inspiration, reviews, and before & after, all the home decor articles were lumped together with food articles, and there was no easy way to refine the results. Take a peek at Section view! It’s now nestled between “Articles” and “Columns” in the main navigation menu. It lists the main core sections of Craftcore: Home, Food, Fashion, Paper Craft, Kids, and Community. We have categorized all previously submitted articles into one of these new sections. Make sure when you submit new articles that…