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Easy Custom Glass Bead Magnets

Posted by Jennifer
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Materials:• Glass marbles (flat back)• Matte medium• Permanent stamping ink• Rubber stamp• Acrylic paint and brushes• Magnets (make sure they aren't wimpy magnets and can support the weight of the marble)• Super Glue It is important to note that when you're choosing a stamp, make sure to select a design that works in reverse and will fit the flat area of the glass marble. Stamps that have text will appear backward when you turn your stamp over. Rinse and dry your glass marbles to eliminate [Read More...]

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My take on a Fall Wreath -- Who needs directions?

Posted by Chaya C
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Nothing ushers in the holiday spirit quicker than doing seasonal crafts!  Living in Florida I have never really had a "real" winter.  All my life I have dreamt of a snowy wonderland, and in return I usually just get a few weeks of having 50 degree days.Winter in Florida is my favorite time of the year and nothing kicks it off better than searching for seasonal inspiration.  This year I walked around Jo-Ann's and found something to get me in the fall mood.  As soon as I came across the DIY wreath [Read More...]

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What inspires Margot Potter?

Posted by Jessica
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If you’re looking for no holds barred, uniquely creative point of view, may we introduce you to the incomparable and so-fun-to-talk-to Margot Potter -- a.k.a. the Impatient Crafter!Where do you look for inspiration?For me, it is everywhere. I will say my fave resource is vintage magazines – the colors, composition, the design. They never cease to get my creative juices flowing.When and where do you feel most creative?I need it to be quiet – not a lot of stimulation and not too much distraction – [Read More...]

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1,000 Nights Anniversary Card

Posted by Jennifer

When fellow OttLife Blogger Autumn asked me to create an Arabian Nights-themed card to celebrate her anniversary with her boyfriend, I was extremely flattered. It was a project with a challenge that I looked forward to.The theme was inspired by the middle-eastern part of Nick's heritage. Autumn used a Pinterest board to share some images that inspired her, then we got together so I could ask her some questions and get a better feel for the project. I gathered some samples of the new handmade [Read More...]

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A Seahorse Themed Thank You Card

Posted by Jennifer

Since buying my die cut machine I’ve been re-invigorated to keep creating cards. Knowing that I wanted one of my next cards to feature a seahorse theme, I headed out to take advantage of a great craft store sale and fill the gaps in my cache of materials. Having the seahorse in mind, I was excited when I came across a collection of colored jewels. The way they were arranged in the packaging, and the varying sizes and aquatic colors, were a natural inspiration for undersea bubbles.When creating [Read More...]

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Living Inspired: Thom O'Hearn

Posted by Autumn

By day, Thom O'Hearn is a book editor for Lark Crafts. His books cover everything from printmaking and paper crafts to ceramics and letterpress. They have been featured in such places as The New York Times, the Tate Modern Museum, Dwell, Design Sponge, Apartment Therapy, Urban Outfitters, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art's bookstore. When he's done making books for the day, he's often found on the potter's wheel, brewing beer, or reading. He lives with his partner Heather in Asheville, NC.When [Read More...]

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The Little Bookmark

Posted by Jennifer

It's been a few years since I last dabbled with polymer clay  (I made a set of Halloween miniatures that I bring out every year). I've been wanting to play with the clay again and had been looking for the right project when I came across instructions for a bookmark from polymer clay artist Donna Hiatt in the April 2012 issue of Polymer Cafe.This project was particularly appealing because it can be made by someone at any experience level. I adapted the construction a bit and used different sized [Read More...]

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Accordion-style Mother's Day Card

Posted by Jennifer

This accordion-style Mother's Day card was adapted from an article by Gretchen Goetz, Arts and Crafts Examiner for Examiner.com.Because I was creating this card for my mother, the butterflies and color scheme came easily. She was thrilled with the last card I gave her so I looked to it for inspiration. Like that card, the artwork in this card was primarily created with rubber stamps and colored pencil. I also die cut some custom shapes and used similar embellishments as before.The Examiner.com [Read More...]

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My 1st Week with My New Die Cut Machine

Posted by Jennifer

Excited just barely describes how I felt while I waited for UPS to deliver my new die cutting machine. I had seen infomercials on TV and passed various machines in the craft stores. I thought they looked like a lot of fun but I didn't buy one for years. I finally bought one after I started seeing so many beautifully designed handmade cards that were elevated to a whole new level by the cleanness of their construction thanks to die cutting machines.Being an artist and a natural with computers and [Read More...]

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A Very Special T-shirt Quilt

Posted by Autumn

We at OttLite are honored that so many of you have shared your special craft projects with us. Christening and prayer shawls, baby blankets, DIY wedding decorations, special occasion handmade cards, and more.This particular project came to us through the mail. Not email--the old-fashioned post office kind of mail. We were so touched by the story that we wanted to share it with all of you.Joyce from Dade City wrote that this memory quilt is made of blood donor T-shirts her husband had accumulated [Read More...]

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