Annoucements

Month Long Special Offer In My Store!

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Hello, my crafty friends! I would like to mention an offer I am running in my eBay store. This offer is valid from April 10, 2017 and ends May 10, 2017. Here is how the offer works:

Buy $5-$15 worth of items, receive 1 free surprise item.
Buy $11-$20 worth of items, receive 2 free surprise items.
Buy $21-$30 worth of items, receive 3 free surprise items.
Buy $31+ worth of items, receive 4 free surprise items.

Surprise items are chosen at random. No special requests allowed. Total amount does not include any applicable sales taxes or shipping costs.

Remember, I list items to my store¬†on a weekly basis so there always something new to see. Thanks! Stay creative! And happy shopping! ūüôā

Link to my store (just in case the other links don’t work):¬†http://stores.ebay.com/craftyroseemporium/

 

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Books, Recommendations

My Recommended Craft Idea Books – Part II – Children’s Edition

Hello, my wonderful crafting friends! This is part two of my recommended craft idea books. This part focuses on children arts and craft books. I used to be a former teacher and these are some of the arts and craft books I have used in the art center of my classroom. I remember my former students having a blast¬†using the ideas I pulled out of these books. I hope you can use these arts and craft ideas in your classroom or with you children at home. Enjoy! Stay creative! ūüôā

Arts & Crafts Busy Book: 395 Activities by Trish Kuffner (Editor: Bruce Lansky)

This book is filled with tons of simple and entertaining arts and crafts for children of all ages. This book contains holiday projects and activities, recipes for making play dough and clay using everyday household ingredients.  The best thing I loved about this book is that it gave my former students a chance to show off their creativity and expressive themselves. I also noticed that these projects and crafts helped with their focus and helped them build their fine motor skills. I really suggest you check this book out. This book can be found on Amazon. The book can also be downloaded onto the Kindle.

Star Wars Origami: 36 Amazing Paperfolding Projects from a Galaxy Far, Far Away…¬†by Chris Alexander (Foreward: Tom Angelberger)

This books was a blast when I was substitute teacher for a 9th grade history class. I remember the teacher not leaving a lesson plan so I had to improvise. I pulled this book out of my emergency substitute teacher bag and handed out some paper. I projected the book onto the SmartBoard and had the students follow along. The students had blast! In the book you can create some of the famous characters in the Start Wars movies –R2-D2, Yoda, Boba Fett, and Princess Leia. I bought this book on Amazon.

The Toddler’s Busy Book: 365 Creative Games and Activities to Keep Your 1/2- to 3-Year-Old Busy¬†by Trish Kuffner

This book is by the same author of the first book I mentioned. This book is gear towards babies and toddlers. I used this book when I taught preschool children. This book contains a bunch of arts and crafts that keep boredom away while teaching children mathematics, motor-skills, and language development.  This book can be bought on Amazon and cheaper on eBay.

Draw 50 Animals: The Step-by-Step Way to Draw Elephants, Tigers, Dogs, Fish, Birds, and Many More…¬†by Lee J. Ames

I found 4 copies of this book at a book sale at my local library. I thought it was a good investment to purchase all 4 copies. Turns out I was right. I had included these 4 books in my substitute teacher bad and was able to use them when I had to fill in for a teacher for an entire week, there was always extra time at the end of each class period. I was able to distribute the books to groups of students who wanted draw. It was a big hit! I suggest you purchase a copy of this book. This book can be bought on Amazon. The book is also available on the Kindle.

 

Books, Recommendations

My Recommended Craft Idea Books

Hello, my crafty friends! Sometimes thinking of some creative crafty ideas can be a challenge (even after browsing thousands of Pintrest pictures). When I get “crafters block” I usually get ideas from crafting related books. I have a decent collection of crafting books that I have procured from thrift stores and garage sales over the years. I would like to share my top 5 favorite crafting idea books. I hope these books will spark some creativity within you! Happy Crafting! Enjoy! ūüôā

Stitch ‘N Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker¬†by Debbie Stoller

I found this book on a shelf at a thrift store. My first thought was “what a creative and funny title.” The author, Debbie Stoller, writes about a variety of topics related to knitting and crochets while pairing it wish lovely instructional illustrations and color photography. This book can be used by novice knitters and crocheters to the experienced. There is something for everyone in this book. You can find this book on Amazon. This book is also available on Amazon Kindle.

Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative No Matter How Busy you Are by Gregory Danny

I bought this book off of Amazon last year and I absolutely love it! Last year, I got super busy with life that I had put my love crafting on the back burner for about 5 months. This book made me realize that no matter how busy you get, there is always small ways to be creative. Being creative doesn’t have to involve something huge. The author, Danny, writes about how creating small projects, through visual creativity (or quick art), can be part of a healthy life. I bought this book on Amazon. This book is also available on Amazon Kindle.

Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Coloring Book by Johanna Basford

I know this isn’t really a craft idea book. But just hear me out…ok? This is one of my favorite adult coloring books of all time. I color in it when I am stressed, can’t sleep, and when I have “crafters block.” It seems like when I have a “block” I gravitate to my coloring book which gives me inspiration. By the time I color half of the coloring page, I have a list of craft ideas in my head. So, why not try this adult coloring book out…it helps me, it might help you as well! I bought this book from Michaels Craft Store. However, I believe it is a little bit cheaper if you buy it off of Amazon. Also, I use Prisma Premier Colored Pencils to color in my book.

The Complete Photo Guide to Cardmaking: More than 800 Large Color Photos by Judi Wantanabe

I absolutely love this book! It is such a great book to get ideas on card making using photographs. I think using photographs when card making makes cards more personal and the heart. This book provide beautiful illustrations, materials needed, and step-by-step instructions on how to put the card together.  You can get this book off Amazon. This book is also available on Amazon Kindle.

Sewing (5th Edition): Sewing For Beginners РQuick & Easy Way To Learn How To Sew With 50 Patterns for Beginners! by Kitty Moore

I consider myself a novice/beginner when it comes to sewing. Last year I learned how to use a basic sewing machine. This book was perfect for me and I was able to complete 2-3 of the sew projects in the book. The author, Moore, will teach you the basics to sewing. Along with the basics, it comes with easy-to-understand sew instructions. I bought this book on Amazon. This book is also available on Amazon Kindle.

Annoucements, Uncategorized

You’re going to LOVE this!!

Hello My Crafty Friends! I would like to make a surprise announcement… After some careful consideration, I have decided to start making handmade stickers. The plan is to create decorative stickers, functional planner stickers, and quote stickers. I was thinking of opening an Esty shop for this but have decided to sell them on my eBay store instead (for ease and simplicity).¬†

I don’t know exactly when I will start selling these handmade stickers but when I do, I will definitely let you know. ¬†Please stay tuned!¬†

To keep up-to-date on what I am up to, please check out and follow my social media platforms.

IG: @craftyroseemporium1

Twitter: @craftyrose1

And visit my eBay store to check out all the NEW listings!

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Crafting Basics, Uncategorized

Scrapbooking Essentials for Beginners

Scrapbooking is a wonderful way to show off your creativity and to preserve the memories. However, scrapbooking can also be overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. What do I really need? What are the essentials I will need?¬†Is this going to cost me a fortune? ¬†I suggest that you compile the essentials for scrapbooking and then build upon that. You can be surprised what you can create with just the basics. Happy Scrapbooking!

1> Photos: Photos are essential in scrapbooking. You can use a variety of photos that suite the theme of your scrapbook page. For example, you can collect some photos from your wedding/anniversary and create a wedding/anniversary themed scrapbook layout. I suggest that you avoid using original photos. It would be wise to print out a copy of the photo or use photo services online or in-store. I have used Walgreens and CVS, and Shutterfly to reproduce my photos.

2> Paper Trimmer: It is a good idea to have a quality paper trimmer on hand. I use three different sized paper trimmers: large, medium, and small/mini. Listed below are the paper trimmers that I used for scrapbooking.

Fiskars 12in Sure Cut Scrapbooking Paper Trimmer

Fiskars 9in Bypass Trimmer

Darice Mini Paper Trimmer

3> Journaling Pens: Part of scrapbooking is briefly journaling about the pictures that are on your layout. A good journaling pen is essential. I recommend black and white ink (to write on dark colored paper) for journaling. I recommend that you use a Pigma Micron Archival Black Ink Pen, Jelly Roll Gel Pens (click here for Jelly Roll white ink), and Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens.

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4>Adhesive:¬†Having some good quality adhesives is essential in putting together your scrapbook layouts. I suggest that you use a dry adhesive when scrapbooking. If you choose to use a wet adhesive make sure that it is photo safe. The dry adhesive that I use is double-sided tape. My favorite double-sided tape are: Aleens’s Double-Sided Tacky Tape and Scor-Pal Scor Tape¬†(this particular tape comes in a variety of widths).

5>Embellishments: In order to decorate you scrapbook layout, you’ll need some embellishments. Embellishments can take the form of 3D, flat stickers, glitter, tags, buttons, brads, ribbon…the embellishments are endless! If you have trouble putting together embellishments that go with the theme of your scrapbook layout you can purchase themed embellishments. You can find these embellishments are your local craft stores.

6>Scissors: A good pair of scissors in an essential for…well, for cutting things. I use two different types of scissors: all-purpose and craft precision. My all-purpose scissors are used for cutting paper, string, adhesives (although use a non-stick all-purpose scissors), fabric, etc. I use my craft precision scissors to cut paper that require me to make more intricate cuts such as cutting small die cuts and stickers. Here are the scissor brands that I use and that I suggest you invest your money into:

Martha Stewart Crafts Precision Scissors

Acme 7in Titanium All-Purpose Scissors 

EK Success Original 5in Cutter Bee Scissors

7>Scrapbook Album: You will need an album to hold all of your scrapbook layouts and memories. There are several types of albums to choose from. I like a 3-ring ring album. In addition to an album, you need to invest in some high quality, photo-safe page protectors. You can find these albums and page protectors at your local craft stores.

8>Cardstock and Printer Scrapbook Paper: One of the fun parts, in my opinion, is finding scrapbook paper that will be coordinate with the theme of your scrapbook layout. The best way to purchase a variety of different colors and styles of designer paper, without breaking the bank, is to buy paper packs (they usually have 45-60 pages of designed paper). These paper packs come in different sizes. My favorite paper pack collections are from the Recollection line created my Michaels and the The Paper Studio line created by Hobby Lobby.