Thursday, March 31, 2016

CELEBRATE EARTH MONTH WITH GREEN KID CRAFTS!

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You can now save up to $35 on a Green Kid Crafts subscription. Act fast to lock in savings on a longer term subscription and get Discovery Boxes year-round for only $15.00 / month.

Use offer code GET1FREE at checkout to get $20 off a 6-month subscription.
Use offer code GET3FREE at checkout to get $35 off a 12-month subscription.

Sign up before April 17th and you'll start your subscription with their April Nature Discovery Box, which includes a paper making kit, a sunprint kit, a paper mache globe kit, a leaf-printed clay amulet kit and more!

Green Kid Crafts' award-winning Discovery Boxes pack a lot of fun and learning into affordable and convenient packages. Each box contains up to 8 STEAM science and craft kits, extension activities, and free online extras. 

Projects are designed for ages 3-10. Offers expire April 24, 2015.



Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Learn Calligraphy at Creativebug

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Learn Calligraphy with Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls 
This four-week course is perfect for beginners, including ample warm up exercises that will help you understand how to hold the pen and control the flow of ink onto the page. From there, you’ll learn how to form upper and lowercase letters in a modern style, and how to join them to create beautiful words and phrases. After you've mastered her first class, join Maybelle as she teaches you how to draw calligraphy on unconventional surfaces. 


Saturday, March 26, 2016

Learn To Sew Curtains and Duvets with Annabel Wrigley

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Get Sewing with Annabel Wrigley! 
In part 2 Annabel Wrigley shows you how to make curtains and duvets with instructions for managing multiple yards and matching up intricate pattern repeats. In this class you'll learn how to create a multi-paneled duvet cover with ties, a shower curtain, and a simple curtain for your windows, complete with a curtain rod pocket. This class is a great way for beginners to learn their way around a sewing machine!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Learn to Sew Home Decor with Annabel Wrigley

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Home Decor Sewing Classes 
Sewist Annabel Wrigley shows you several ways to make pillowcases, including a version for a standard bed pillow with a pretty edging. She also shows you three ways to make decorative throw pillows, including a basic envelope pillowcase, one with buttons and buttonholes, and a version with a zipper. Join Creativebug and Annabel as she shows you how to freshen up your home decor with this easy project. 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Last Week of Cricut’s March Mystery Box Madness

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Cricut March Mystery Box

It's the last week to grab the third March Mystery Box and celebrate March Mystery Box Madness! Cuttlebug much? You may after you get your box — we think you'll be "impressed." The value of this month's 3rd mystery box is $164.86, but Cricut has lowered the price to an unbelievable $29.99

Purchase it for yourself or as a gift and solve the mystery of what's inside! 


St. Patrick's Day bento box and snake craft!

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Celebrate the luckiest day of the year by making a fun St. Patrick’s Day lunch for your child! Little Passports has partnered with Wendy Copley, who has written Everyday Bento: 50 Cute and Yummy Lunches to Go. Wendy has designed this delicious St. Patrick's Day Bento Box packed with all the familiar symbols we see on March 17 — green foods, gold coins and a rainbow of healthy fruit! 

For the complete bento box ingredients and tutorial, visit Little Passports' St. Patrick's Day Bento Box blog post.

Little Passports has also partnered with Andrea Mulder-Slater, artist, blogger and co-founder of KinderArt.com., to bring us this adorable St. Patrick's Day snake craft. According to legend, Saint Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland in the 5th century by chasing them off the cliffs, straight into the sea. We think that sounds like the perfect introduction to a fun afternoon of crafting! 

To find Andrea's complete St. Patrick's Day snake crafting instructions, visit Little Passports' St. Patrick's Day snake craft blog post. 

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

New Class! Drawing Essentials with Molly Hatch

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Take your line drawings to the next level with this course on composition and color. Illustrator Molly Hatch teaches basic rules for adding depth to your drawings and crafting great compositions, including the Rule of Thirds and the Rule of Odds. Molly also shares several helpful exercises for creating rhythm and balance, plus a primer on adding perspective to your artwork. When used together, all of these essential drawing techniques will help you create a balanced, interesting composition.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Did you know? Creativebug Has Jewelry Classes!

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Bring Out Your Inner Jeweler with Creativebug's Jewelry Classes 

Our jewelry classes are sorted much like a well organized jewelry box; by type of piece (necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings), and by style (beaded, leather, metal and wire). We even have a section for you jewelry makers out there, full of easy-to-make projects for kiddos, teens, and adults. Of course as a Creativebug member your readers will enjoy unlimited access to all of our classes (jewelry and beyond) for just $4.95 a month.

Here's a Sneek Peak of Our Jewelry Classes

Talisman Necklace

Make a Talisman Necklace. In this workshop jewelry designer Alix Bluh will show you a simple crochet stitch for beading that offers endless options for customization by using different thread and bead combinations.


Ear Wire Basics

In her Ear Wire Basics Class, Shana Astrachan shows you techniques as well as the simple tools you will need to create three different styles. 


Boho Leather Cuff

Who doesn't love a Boho Leather Cuff? Elke Bergeron shows you how to take an old or thrifted belt and transform it into a modern leather cuff. You can keep the cuff unadorned or add a few rows of delicate beading to give it a boho vibe.


Kids Cricut Crafts: Paper Flower Necklace

For the kiddos, Annabel Wrigley teaches us how to make an adorable Paper Flower Necklace. In this class you'll learn how make the cut outs using the Cricut Explore and add touches like pom pom centers, and fringed details. 


...and much more!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Learn to Make This Hand-Stitched Applique Quilt Top

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Return to slow, thoughtful hand stitching with this pretty skill-building class taught by Carolyn Friedlander. With a nod to the symmetry and style of Hawaiian quilting, you will create your appliqué piece like a paper snowflake and arrange it on your fabric background. Carolyn teaches you how to baste your appliqué piece by hand, how to stitch inside and outside curves and points, and how to efficiently remove basting stitches. This technique is perfect for making individual blocks or larger designs for show-stopping quilts.


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

March is Wedding Month at Creativebug!

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Wedding Crafts and More at Creativebug

Whether you're getting ready to walk down the aisle, planning a birthday party for little ones, or simply want to add a touch of handmade beauty to your life, look no further than Creativebug's Wedding Craft Classes. Let us bring out your inner DIY goddess with our classes geared towards all types of crafters and makers. Of course as a Creativebug member you and your readers will enjoy unlimited access to all of our classes for just $4.95 a month. 
 
DIY Your Wedding, Dinner Party, Birthday, and More! 

Paper Flowers: Make a Wild Rose and Thistle Centerpiece

Make a Wild Rose and Thistle Centerpiece. Livia Cetti shares her technique for making wild roses and thistles out of tissue paper. From dip-dye bleaching the paper to attaching the petals and leaves with floral tape, Livia covers every step of the paper-flower making process.

Pom Pom Garlands

You will love making these Pom Pom Garlands by Hello Lucky! Dyed pale pink, these ethereal coffee filter pom-poms resemble cabbage roses, and they have a dramatic impact when hung in strands. Hang them in your living room, over your dinner table, or in your cocktail area for instant DIY delight! 

How to Make Preserves, Liqueurs and Infusions

Treat your guests to homemade Preserves, Liqueurs, and Infusions. In this class, Kelly and Sarah share six recipes for tasty preserves, all of which make perfect treats for your favorite foodies. From boozy concoctions to pickled veggies, each recipe is super-simple, quick-to-make, and requires a relatively short wait period before they can be consumed. 

...and much more!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

It's Here! March Daily Drawing Challenge with Pam Garrison!

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Join Pam Garrison for our March Daily Drawing Challenge!

Have you heard of Creativebug's daily drawing challenges? In January they kicked them off with Lisa Congdon's 31 Things to Draw, and the response was so positive that they've teamed up with other artists to continue this exciting theme. Their March Daily Drawing Challenge stars Pam Garrison. In this draw-along, Pam shares her playful, encouraging style, providing prompts and colorful demonstrations every single day for a month. Not only will you learn how to draw ordinary objects and add splashes of color, but you’ll also learn how to strengthen your creative muscles and develop a new habit. In addition to learning with Pam, we're encouraging our members to share their drawings on social media using the hashtag #CBDRAWADAY

Get social with Creativebug! Share your drawings on Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #CBDRAWADAY.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Rent preschool toys from Pley!

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Pley, the leading toy rental service, just added baby and preschool toys to their catalog. They offer dozens of educational toys from the best brands like LeapFrog®, vtech®, Lego® , Fisher Price®, and others. The little ones will enjoy playing with toys that can grow with them while parents can save money and avoid clutter. 


Rent Lettersaurus at Pley
Start renting from Pley now. Enjoy the savings and the clutter reduction.


Rent Count And Draw at Pley