Freebie Friday: Modern Calligraphy

18 Apr

‘Tis the season for celebrating weddings, graduations, religious holidays—and the end of a VERY long winter! Today we are giving you a little insight into the art of calligraphy. Calligraphy is about creating something uniquely beautiful while adding a handmade, personal touch.

Today’s FREEBIE DOWNLOAD: the fine art of modern calligraphy.

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Modern Calligraphy is the first book to teach this bold new lettering style—all with a modern twist. This book breaks the calligraphy process down into simple steps so anyone can learn to create their own stunning wedding invitations, thank you cards, gift tags, and much more!

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Starting with an overview of the supplies, you will learn how to form letters, words, and then phrases by following clear step-by-step instructions, and by practicing with the provided templates. After mastering letter forms using a pointed pen and ink you can take it to the next level by learning how to use watercolor and gouache or how to digitize your calligraphy.

 

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Freebie Friday – Embroidery Pattern

11 Apr

It has been such a rainy week over here at SMP Craft HQ. These April showers are no joke! But they’ve also given us some great inspiration for projects. (Did you see Courtney’s quilted laptop sleeve?) For today’s FREE PATTERN DOWNLOAD we pulled this embroidery pattern of adorable umbrellas from Helen Winthorpe Kendrick’s Stitch-opedia.

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This book describes in detail hundreds of different embroidery stitches. Each stitch includes close-up detailed color photographs, a full-color working diagram, and accurate written instructions. If this sounds like the book for you, make sure you visit our blog on Sunday to enter our Goodreads giveaway! Can’t wait until Sunday/not a gambler? Check out the links below to buy your very own copy today!

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Freebie Friday: 2 FOR 1 California Poppy and The Bachelor Button

4 Apr

 
TGIF. It’s been a rough week. Happy Hour 2 FOR 1, here we come…

But before we go, we’re passing along the 2 FOR 1 spirit to all of you. This Friday’s FREE PATTERN DOWNLOAD includes TWO thread designs: The California Poppy and The Bachelor Button from 100 Lace Flowers to Crochet by Caitlin Sainio.

100LaceFlowerstoCrochetBachelorButton“The flowers are light, lacy and oh so colorful. Flowers bring a warm feeling to a home. The real ones only last a week or two. With Caitlin’s book, you get to enjoy them for as long as you like” —Paula Moilver, Examiner.com

“Oh, are you going to love this book! I’ve read, reviewed, and used other crochet books that feature floral motifs—but this one is special…. This collection is stunning, extremely detailed, and beautifully displayed to entice emergency crocheting…. You’ll definitely find inspiration in this book—but you’ll also find exquisitely photographed samples, finely written patterns, and clear graphics so you can attain success with every stitch.  And, color everywhere!  Sainio has interpreted nature’s floral colors in her own fabulous way.” —CraftGossip.com
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We guarantee TWO is never ever enough, so buy the book so you can spread the Spring bloom all year long!

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Free Project of the Month: Laptop Sleeve from Quilt-opedia

2 Apr

April showers may bring May flowers, but it sure makes things difficult for those of us lugging around our portable devices! But look what I have for you. The perfect FREE PROJECT to protect your laptop or iPad from the elements. Laptop sleeve

This is just one of the 30 fabulous projects you’ll find in QUILT-OPEDIA by Laura Jane Taylor, on sale now!

Quilt-opedia is the only quilting reference you’ll ever need. (You know it’s true because it’s right there on the cover!)

For both hand and machine quilting, Quilt-opedia uses clear step-by-step illustrations to walk you through the very beginnings of choosing materials, preparing and cutting fabric and the intermediate and advanced techniques like adding edgings and displaying your finished quilt. Useful tips are found throughout to help avoid common mistakes. A directory of quilt blocks contains loads of ideas for variations, joining methods, and embellishments. Plus, invaluable instructions are given for how to draft blocks to fit the preferred size measurements of any project, big or small.

 

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Freebie Friday: Cherry Blossom from 75 Flowers For Cake Decorators

28 Mar

Spring is here! Which is why it is currently raining out side. If it were a Saturday, I’d be curled up on the couch with a book, some tea and cake.

Cake makes everything better and today we have a FREE PROJECT from the recently released 75 FLOWERS FOR CAKE DECORATORS by Helen Penman that makes a perfect cake topper or icing on your cupcake! I don’t think you have to be a cake decorator to enjoy them!

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75 Flowers for Cake Decorators by Helen Penman

Astonish your party guests with amazingly lifelike flowers to top off a cake or cupcake. Learn how to create a lush bouquet of blossoms—from simple blooms, like daisies and hydrangeas, to the elegantly exotic, such as irises and orchids. Whether you’re using fondant or modeling paste, making piped, pulled, or freehand flowers, stenciling or using brush embroidery, all the techniques are covered in clear easy-to-follow directions paired with step-by-step photographs. Organized by medium, each flower is  presented in an “exploded” view that clearly shows all the individual flower components and how they all fit together.

Crucial cake-making skills and recipes are given, like how to prepare cake tins or how to choose a cake shape and side designs. Plus there’s troubleshooting advice to help bakers create balanced flower designs or whip up a batch of identical cupcakes. 75 Flowers for Cake Decorators ensures that bakers of any level will learn how to master all the components to make a showstopping culinary masterpiece.

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