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Put Your Stamp On It
The Carve-a-Stamp Kitfrom Yellow Owl Workshop ($30) contains everything you need to carve and print your own custom rubber stamps. The kit includes: easy-to-follow instructions, 25 original templates, Carve-A-Stamp block with two sides for carving, carving tool with multiple blades, muslin keepsake bag, and an all-purpose ink pad for printing on paper, fabric, and more.
Crafting with Older Kids
The people behind the popular craft blog Everyday is a Holiday, Jenny Heid and Aaron Nieradka, believe that you should have no fears when it comes to crafting. Their easy-to-follow, step-by-step instruction manual details how to create unique and vibrant art journals and mixed-media crafts. In Mixed Media Masterpieces with Jenny & Aaron (Page Street Publishing, November 2013; $19.99), authors Heid and Nieradka walk crafters through mixed-media projects that will explore their creativity while expanding skills. The eye-catching projects are true to the author's quirky style and range from pieces of art to gifts to jewelry. Projects include an art journal page dedicated to favorite places, mini faux doughnuts to display in the kitchen or make into magnets, and a necklace with elements from favorite art journal pages. Crafts are divided into Painting, Making, Sculpting, Escaping into Mixed Media, and For the Love of Art Journaling.
Pack It All Up
When it comes to arts and crafts you need tons of storage for all of your tools and equipment. Storage boxes and bins take up too much space and can quickly become messy and unorganized. ZizzyBee Bags ($15.99-$19.99 for 3-pack) are a practical solution for DIY crafters to store all of their crafting supplies without taking up too much room in the house. The eco-friendly bags come in two convenient sizes with a zipper to keep things in place and a handle for hanging on hooks. The bags are also see-through so you can easily find what you're looking for but they can also be labeled to keep things well organized. The bags are washable and reusable so if your next art project gets a little messy -- no worries! Just wash out the bag and it's ready to be used once again.
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