Monday, April 13, 2015

"Creative Scarves" book review and giveaway!

Today is the first day of a special 5-day blog tour to celebrate the release of my friends' new book, Creative Scarves. I'm super happy to be part of the tour - and YOU will be super happy for the opportunity to win a signed copy of the book, plus a $100 gift card to shop at Dharma Trading, where you can buy loads of awesome art and craft supplies! This prize drawing is open to international folks, too!

creative scarves by tiffany windsor
Tiffany Windsor, her sister Heidi and her grand niece Savannah have put together an amazing array of gorgeous ideas for creating scarves.

Sewing, painting, braiding, beading, stamping, crocheting, doodling and dying - there's something here for everyone. Some scarves you make from scratch and some are ready-made scarves that you customize with all kinds of fun techniques.

The projects are split into seasons, and each one has loads of photos and tips to help you get the best results, plus there's a section that shows you lots of fashionable ways to knot, twist, wrap and wear long, narrow scarves.

I love scarves all year round. I tend to dress mostly in dark solids - a scarf is just about the only place I wear much color or patterns. I only have a few, but this book has inspired me to make more!

Of course I started with something really easy - one of the winter scarves in the book is made from fleece with fringe - fleece doesn't fray when cut. I had this super soft black and white houndstooth fleece - I sewed a long strip of it into a narrow tube, and cut another piece into long 1" wide strips with a pinking blade. I placed 3 strips into each end of the tube and cinched it with some black embroidery floss. I stitched a black button through each end to secure the strips.

fleece houndstooth fringe scarf lisa fulmer

I love that it's nice and long, but only thick up at the top where it counts - to keep my neck warm. Having long fringe at the ends keeps it lightweight. I'm stitching off-season here, but I'm glad I started with something easy. Now I'm feeling pretty confident to try something a little more involved from the spring or summer section so I can wear it right away!

There are 19 more designers and bloggers on the tour - their links will pop up at the bottom of my post as the week goes on. The full schedule is on Tiffany's blog. Be sure to enter to win the awesome prize - have fun!

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Monday, April 06, 2015

Spring flowers handmade greeting cards

spring flowers handmade greeting card lisa fulmer

It's the first Monday of the month - time for a new blog hop with the Designer Crafts Connection! This month our theme is all about flowers - so I made some spring greeting cards using a flower die-cut, pretty papers and some gorgeous lilac trim.

Look for the DCC logo on each designer's blog in their sidebar to hop through and see what everyone created - happy spring!

handmade greeting card

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Monday, March 02, 2015

Happy National Craft Month!

no sew fabric patchwork wall panel lisa fulmer

March is the best time of's National Craft Month! Look for the #nationalcraftmonth hashtag on social media to find loads of fabulous projects, tutorials and inspiration.

Friday, February 27, 2015

20 Ways to Inspire with Bella Crafts Quarterly - Weeks 8-11

The weeks are just flying by - let me get y'all caught up with the #20waystoinspire projects I've been posting over on the Bella Crafts blog each Monday! Click the caption under each image for more details.

button ball lisa fulmer
Week 11 - Button Ball

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Creating a little sunshine with Offray Ribbon

offray ribbon sunshine art panel

This month, the Designer Crafts Connection is having fun with ribbon in a craft challenge sponsored by Offray Ribbon. We were each sent a selection of colors and styles - I received satins and sheers in lemon yellow, white and lime green.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Our favorite craft tools - Designer Crafts Connection blog hop

how to make a paper tassel with fringe scissors

I have more favorite craft tools and supplies than I can count, so I just decided to close my eyes and pick one! Fringe scissors are popular in the craft stores now, but I got mine old-school style from a mail-order catalog. Shredding scissors have been around forever for destroying old checks and receipts. Now they are so fun for making paper tassels!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Smoothfoam beach sign

smoothfoam beach sign

It's super easy and fun to distress Smoothfoam with paint and a skewer to make it look like a weathered wood gate at the beach. This beach sign made with a 12" Smoothfoam disc is in my book, Stylish Craft Foam Projects. It's just what you need to go with your shell collection!