An excerpt from Ink, Red, Dead, newly revised and expanded, by Joanna Campbell Slan. (Grab it before the price goes up to $9.99! Go to http://tinyurl.com/inkred ) "You need a Diet Dr Pepper?" asked Dodie as she set one at my elbow. "You read my mind," I said. "Whatever it is that's bothering you, Sunshine, you'll feel … [Read more...] about Monday's the Last Day to Get INK, RED, DEAD Absolutely Free!
You can download Ink, Red, Dead for FREE from Oct. 5 thru 7 (Saturday through Monday) by going to http://tinyurl.com/inkred Here's the deal: As long as you keep spread the word and tell your friends about my free offers, I'll continue making my books available for FREE for a limited time! An Excerpt from Ink, Red, Dead Note: The new revision is book length with craft "how to" information and … [Read more...] about Ink, Red, Dead Will Be Free for Three Days!
Now that you have a plethora of long, skinny triangles, it's time to make your beads. For the next step, you'll need: 1. A lot of wooden toothpicks or skewers. They have to be ROUND, not squarish. These will be used as spindles. You'll wrap your paper beads around the toothpicks to shape them. 2. A block of Styrofoam. As you finish your beads, you will stick the toothpicks into the Styrofoam so that they can rest and … [Read more...] about How to Make Paper Beads, Part II
Sure, you could recycle those old magazines, but some of the colors are too pretty to waste. Why not turn the pages into paper beads? Here's how-- 1. Start by carefully choosing your paper. Remember, you'll be wrapping strips of paper, winding them on top of each other, to get a bead, so not all the original image will show. It's a bit tricky. I suggest you start with a solid color, or nearly solid, like the paper on the right. Also … [Read more...] about How to Make Paper Beads
In my newest Kiki Lowenstein short story, she runs short of craft supplies and ideas. But Kiki never fails her customers, so she came up with a wonderful "make and take" project--inchies! Inchies are one inch by one inch pieces of original art. Typically they are collage art, but that's not always the case. What's so wonderful about inchies? Making them will... Stretch your creative muscle, Use up odd scraps of paper, Encourage you … [Read more...] about How to Create Inchies — and What to Do With Them When You're Done!
The portions in most restaurants are far too large for me, so I always ask for a carry-out container. Sadly, most of these are made of Styrofoam, or polystyrene, a product that takes nearly forever to breakdown in our landfills. So I've been searching for ways to reuse my Styrofoam containers, and this idea is so simple and easy that I can't believe I didn't think of it before! Since I love potted plants and vases full of flowers, I often find … [Read more...] about Upcycle Styrofoam into a Great Coaster