DIY Bookmarks Competition for World Book Day

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How to make bookmarks for kids :: FineCraftGuild.com

The other day, we made a gazillion different designs for bookmarks for kids (and their moms, dads, grannies and friends). After an hour or two, our creative juices were really flowing and some awesome designs just popped out, some in a matter of minutes. Other bookmarks had more detailed designs.   Here’s the full story. […]

30 Valentines Day Crafts & Cards

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Valentines Day is just around the corner. In a day or two!! To help you make some creative Valentine gifts, here is an overview of our beautiful and fun Valentines. Find: craft tutorials for Valentine gifts; free downloadable templates for wrapping and cards; handmade Valentine card instructions; sweet recipes; gift ideas; and more lovely Valentine […]

Cricut Christmas Tree DiY

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Is it too early to post a Christmas tree? Noooo…?!! Never too early, right?! Last night I spotted this Cricut Christmas Tree on Pinterest, and it spurred me into immediate action. You know, some pictures just have that effect on me. I wanted one. photo credit: Cricut   Not having a Cricut here with me […]

A touch of Romance :: Wedding Decorating Ideas

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Halloween over. What are we going to hang up next?  Too early for Christmas gear, so how about a bit of romantic cheer? These simple, romantic vintage sheet music hearts are one such thing. image credit: Dreams and Weddings at tumblr Having eloped myself, one might think that I’m not so into weddings. Regarding some […]

How to Carve Stamps for Pro’s + an Easy Way for Kids

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Art journaling is really not one technique on its own. It is a soulful pursuit using almost any art making technique under the sun, ranging from drawing, calligraphy/cursive letters, painting, using markers, decoupage, stenciling, stamping, scrapbooking and other paper crafts, ceramics and beading. It’s all how you put it together to have meaning for you. […]

Art Journaling | Scrapbooking Video Tutorial

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HOT TIP OF THE DAY: Last day to enter. Anthropologie Necklace Giveaway (knockoff)! I WANT YOU TO WIN.   Scrapbooking Tutorial  In this free art | journaling | scrapbooking workshop by Dina Wakley you can learn  how to make a really artistic layered tag.     In this free online art video, you will learn […]

Lovely Scrapbooking Freebies

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These are just my colors & styles for summer: pastel greens with happy orange flowers! This scrapbooking set will make just the perfect summer stationary for me.  I’m sharing it with you, not because I’m about to send you a love letter. (I could… (smiles)). But because the kind folks at Pixels & Co are […]

Owl Birthday Party : Free Printables

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  Well, there’s no denying: besides sock monkeys, owls are very popular at the Fine Craft Guild (and the world at large). So, when I saw these stunning owl birthday party printables, I thought of you, and instantly thought to share ‘m.   Owl Birthday Party Here they are. Owl Invitations, Owl Gift Tags, Owl […]

Shabby Chic Burlap & Lace Valentines or Wedding Ideas

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I don’t know what got into me. I never write about weddings. I must be in a romantic mood today because these vintage shabby chic burlap and lace combinations just scream wedding receptions and Valentine decorations to me. The Best of Vintage Shabby Chic Being selective, let me show you the best of the vintage […]

Time for a Party 49

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Hello my blogging friends! Exciting day today. Lots of new projects to look at. Your DIYs, craft projects, knitting adventures, and home decorations. Honestly, it is SOOO inspiring to look at ALL of your projects, that I don’t understand why not EVERYONE IS LOOKING AT EVERYONE ELSE’S WORK?!! Try this. You might be soaked with […]

Scrapbooking Freebie: Clock Faces

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I promised you frequent scrapbooking ideas and freebies here at FineCraftGuild.com and I’m sticking to that promise. Today, I am featuring what-I-consider-to-be fabulous free printables for you: timeless vintage clock faces. Actually, they were vintage watch faces. I love them. So unique.  Somehow they tickle my creativity! ~   ‘…makes a great kitchen clock, and […]

Free Valentine Cards + Font

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Digital card making and scrapbooking on the ease: here’s just the perfect Valentines font for you.  It’s loaded with hearts, without being frilly. Just what you need for your guy! Perfect. Designed this font specifically for Valentines Day. Jules’s a firm believer in making your own Valentines Cards, and so are we. She is highly […]

Ribbons: 50 Ways to Use ‘m in Scrapbooking, Home Decor, Crafting, Fashion

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Ribbon: amazing what a little bit of it can do…. ! Ribbons have to be a #1 loved item in the shopping baskets of scrapbooking artists. They are just so fun and versatile, and a mere inch of the right trimming literally lifts an entire layout from flat and mediocre to show more dimensional zest […]

Calendar 2013 :: Free Embroidery Patterns

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What a fun idea! Embroider-along with this whimsical calendar pattern. Kelly from Craft Your Style offered a  hand drawn design for a January calendar page, complete with a tutorial for the various embroidery stitches used. photo credit | free embroidery pattern calendar 2013:  Craft your style   More Embroidery Patterns Calendars (free templates, downloads & […]

Free 2013 Calendar, Vintage

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Yesterday a reader commented that I did not provide her enough templates, ideas and freebies for her card making/scrapbooking hobby. I knew she was right. And I also knew that my newly planned scrapbooking series would indeed be welcomed! So for her/all scrapbooking-lovers, here is a scrapbooking / art card making / calendar making freebie […]

Calligraphy Workshop Gift

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I’m sooo excited!!  I got my first Christmas gift for the year from a fellow blogger and it’s something that touches my heart (or my soul… not sure yet…?!! But this stuff is soulful!)  Remember Melissa who made this fabulous dress, and gave us the free tutorial on how to make your own in just […]

Luxurious Gift Bags a la Hermès

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#3. Make a ‘Hermès Handbag’- inspired Gift Bag :: Free Template.   Difficulty: easy-moderate. For kind of gifts: books. bags, ‘precious’ feminine gifts for women or girls, larger presents. Photo Credit | By: Hermès.com. Next

Free Pop-up Angel Card

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  Set # 2 of Free Downloadable Cards If you like scrapbooking, you can embellish these free downloadable greeting cards. Others can just print, write and send ‘m.  These are darling Christmas Cards! 10 of them. This pop-up angel is my fave. Photo credit | Cards designed by Kristy Neales  Next

Happy Holidays Cards + Tags

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Set #8 in the series of free printable holiday greeting cards. Fun Holidays Cards + Tags ‘Amy is the Party’ designed a set of free family-style holiday cards for you to download. Click image to find all seven cards. Amy made matching holiday gift tags, which you can find at Creature Comforts. Photo credit : […]

Scrapbooking Supplies up to 50% off

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My sponsor just sends me an email: scrapbooking supplies up to 60% off! This is for the good stuff. Here are 10 scrapbooking supplies that I think are worth stocking up on/investing in now, to take advantage of the savings, while getting ready for that wonderful time of the best scrapbooking season of the year: […]

Circus in Town

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There’s a circus in town!! It’s a scrapbooking decoupage – circus variety, in a tiny altered tin box. None less exciting!! I caught her eyes… The clairvoyant told me to come hither and tell me my fortune. Scrapbooking delight. 10 out of 10. The muse, the art, the details of this tin alteration projects are […]

Haunted Birdhouses DIY

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* DIY Haunted bird houses * oH…Haunted Houses …. ahhhh….. oooh….   Today I’d like to feature a DIY project to make haunted bird houses. This Halloween decoration was made by Kelli & Kristi, twin sisters who blog at OllyJane. Their haunted houses are really gorgeous and original. A detailed tutorial is offered, but I […]

DIY Clothes Racks Dividers

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Just back from vacation and after having done a mountain of laundry, I crave ORDER. Clothes order. Everywhere order. I need a more organized life. Now. image credit: paperpartydesignco.etsy.com   OK. It’s not ‘that’ urgent, but I realize we all need organizing tools such as these dividers for your clothes racks. Besides organizational-neat-‘freaks’ and order-craving, […]

Back-to-School Notice Boards

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A Beautiful DIY back to school craft: Desirée, mom of three, and writer of ‘The 36th Avenue’ designed these Personalized Back-to-School Notice Boards for each of her kids,   The boards come with more features than I think I can remember: 0. Beautiful hand-painted and hand-embellished scrapbooked notice boards, made together with the kids 1. […]

Best Gift for Father s Day

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I have given you free Fathers Day Cards plus free bookmarks to download as my presents for your Dad. Now it’s your turn. Here are ideas for you to find him a ‘real’ gift. For the free ‘Fathers Day Cards’- series I identified 10 different type of dads, and designed a card for each type […]

Featured DIY Projects

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Top 5 of the Party   Creative solutions, beautiful crafts, and gorgeous DIY executions. That sums up last week’s Linky Party.  Sounds good in general, but the TOP 5  featured  projects I have for you today, are truly original.  What is striking is that these DIY projects are so different from one another: truly unique […]

Which Glue for the Job?

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Choose the Best Glue by Type of Craft, Art or DIY Project. Ever wondered which glue is best for your craft, art or DIY project? In this overview, I am comparing different glues and adhesives, and their uses. So, you’ll get all your sticky questions answered! I want to start with the all-time favorite glue […]

Story of Saint Patrick

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St. Patricks Day Craft, Stories,Templates & Freebies

  : fun culture note. This year Saint Patrick’s Day will be on March 17. (Silly me… I make it sound like that’s special, but it’s that day, every year!) Before I share with you our list of St Patrick’s Day crafts, let me share a bit about his life.   Was Saint Patrick even […]

Fast Gift to Make

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:: Handmade Valentines Gifts are Best :: This shirt folding board is a paper decoupage project I made years ago that I thought would make a fun scrapbooking Valentines gift for a person who has lots of shirts to fold … Like your dad, your husband, your papa?? And that is to make him a […]

Curly Grosgrain Ribbon for Valentines Day Wreaths

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Something nifty today: Curly grosgrain ribbon! So cute!   I happen to fancy doing this today. Besides making darling wreaths with them, curled grosgrain ribbon is ideal to embellish a bunch of creative projects I’m working on. You need ribbon too? How to Curl Grosgrain Ribbon The traditional recipe of baking curls has been around […]