Welcome back to this week’s Best of the Web! With summer approaching, it’s time to kick your downtime in full gear with more crafting! This week’s features will surely provide you hours of entertainment with a cool range of crafty projects for all your crafting interests. Get crafty and find ideas, step-by-step how-to’s, and everything you need to satisfy your creative urge. If you’ve got items destined for the trash, take a lesson from these phenomenal sites to turn them into something beautiful!
Handmade Con Amor is a place to celebrate the sweet, simple life I share with my little familia in Mexico. I believe in handmaking my way to happy, in lazy afternoons, il dolce far niente, in dreams, gardens, smiles and sharing all the ups and downs, knicks and knacks of building a handmade, healthy home for my lovlies. My name is Claudia. I think in spanish, read in english (sometimes the other way around), and feel with every ounce of my heart. Welcome to my bilingual world made with love. – Claudia
Welcome to my odd, little world of paper toys, holiday cards, valentines, sun boxes, baskets and bags, origami and ephemera… all for you to make My goal is to help grownups and kids spend time together making things. It is my wish to amuse and delight. Enjoy. – Marilyn
With a house full of boys, you can always count on Heidi at Mom’s Crafty Space for all sorts of fun (and occasionally messy!) activities for the family, including outdoor play, recipes, home decor, homeschool ideas, and arts and crafts for all ages! – Heidi
Scrapbook Kits is a store dedicated to creating scrapbook kits that are different from the norm. We aim to cater to all levels of scrapbookers – from class kits for the beginners to designer kits for the advanced scrappers. Scrapbook Kits has all these and more, all in one place. Choose from monthly class kits with instructions, limited edition kits packed full of goodies, designer kits for those who feel more adventurous, pre-made layouts ready to add straight to your scrapbook album (all you need to do is add photos), and beautiful pre-made off-the-page items. But we don’t stop there. We also offer two monthly challenges (with prizes) to help inspire your creativity.
For those who need a little help with a layout design, we offer a monthly sketch challenge (uploaded on the first day of the month). And for those who crave a little colour inspiration, we offer a monthly inspiration photo challenge (also uploaded on the first day of the month). And now, with a new Facebook page, the fun and inspiration is about to be taken to a whole new level. – Julianne
Tamdoll’s Workspace is my Internet spot to share crafting adventures: works in progress, finished projects, some ideas and inspiration and sometimes my craft fails, too! You’ll find an eclectic mix of projects where I make unique accessories, fabric jewelry, knit and crochet projects of all kinds. Back in 2006 when I started the blog, my focus had been on making art dolls – that’s why the name is Tamdoll – the name has stuck! – Tammy
Since May 2011 my home on the web has been a little blog named “barbles…handmade with heart.” It’s a clean and simple blog showcasing my card designs and occasionally my attempts at photography. I craft from a messy spare bedroom in New Brunswick, Canada and regular cardmaking time is essential to my happiness. If you visit my blog, you’ll see card designs ranging from clean and simple to fun and cute with a few shabby chic and sometimes elegant designs thrown in for good measure!
Creating for challenges, blog hops, design team assignments and sometimes just for fun keeps me striving to improve my design skills and learn new techniques. Whenever I feel my creative mojo is lacking, I’ll host a “Barbles Challenge.” I provide a few of my personal photographs as inspiration and once I see the art other designers create in response, it doesn’t take long for my mojo to return! November is devoted to masculine-themed paper craft creations in honor of Movember – the month dedicated to men’s health. What started as a hobby has become a passion, and ultimately a release from daily stress. If you do stop by my blog, say hi. I’ll stop by your blog to do the same. – Barb
With the right tools, you can turn your recycled items into gold and showcase to your friends and family. Design gifts for birthdays and other events! With personalized pens, you can create a heartfelt message or greeting for a loved one. These pens also make great gifts and are wonderful for other crafting projects you may have in the future. We hope you’ve found inspiration with these great sites. Till next time, happy crafting!