The Designer Crafts Connection is a group of premier Arts & Crafts industry designers who have joined together to share their creativity and design talents, to support and promote crafts in general, introduce readers to new project ideas, innovative manufacturer products, new trends and techniques and ultimately inspire creativity in others.
Planners and Bible Journaling are two of the biggest new trends this year, so designer members were excited when asked if they'd like to receive product samples to create with from SRM Stickers. Not only clear stickers, SRM has a wide range of product for card makers, scrapbookers, general crafters and makers.
You can check the full product range here, but first look thru the projects DCC member designers have created for ideas and inspiration. You won't be disappointed....
We hope we've inspired you to be creative with SRM clear stickers and stamps. We've certainly had fun creating with them.
We love comments, so please let us know which projects you like and share some of your own ideas. If you comment here on this blog, we will pick someone at random to receive a mystery box full of crafty goodness! Good luck!
School is out and it's almost summer! Father's Day is just around the corner and it's time to start thinking about Independence Day celebrations! Bottom line - it's time to start making for dad and Uncle Sam. Here are some ideas to inspire...... you're welcome to share yours too!
and to celebrate this auspicious occasion, DCC is having a blog party with prizes to win and you're invited!
It's hard to believe that Mod Podge® is celebrating its 50th birthday this month!
There are very few products in the craft industry today that can literally say they have stood the test of time. In fact, if you think about it, Mod Podge has been around a lot longer than most of the craft store chains! It is obviously a winner that has stood the test of time and truly deserving of its own
National Day of Celebration!
Designer Crafts Connection designers have been busy creating with their favorite Mod Podge products and each one of us is sharing a Mod Podge product on our blog. PLUS there's a whole lot of excitement going on over at the Plaid Crafts Facebook page. Videos, competitions, giveaways........ did I say "giveaways"! Yep, DCC is having one too and you can win everything you see pictured below:
AND.... we will have not one, but TWO readers who will win this great selection of MOD PODGE products! Enter for a chance to win by commenting HERE. We would like to know which is your favorite Mod Podge product and which Mod Podge technique(s) featured by our DCC designers you like best. Enter to win by checking each of the following links, then come back here to comment and register with the Rafflecopter widget. You can also comment on the designer's blog - we all love feedback ❤
For our final blog hop in 2016, designers were invited to spark their creativity with Rinea®Double-Sided Paper Foil from Global Crafting. We loved the product so much we agreed to play again and came up with even more creative projects for you to enjoy!
Rinea paper-foil is a specialty crafting material imported from Germany. It is made up of two thin layers of colorful aluminum foil with a sheet of paper sandwiched between them. This creates paper-like sturdiness and stiffness with the shininess and
malleability of foil. It will maintain the shape however it is bent or
folded without wrinkling, making it ideal for a wide variety of arts and
crafts projects. The paper-like characteristic also makes it perfect for
embossing and die-cutting. It can easily be cut with regular, or decorative edge scissors and punches and textured with decorative paper crimpers.
Rinea foil paper
comes in many interesting color combinations including bold, pastel,
and metallic colors with glossy, matte and embossed finishes giving you lots of
options to play with. This is one of the most popular projects made with the foil, showing a combination of colors. You will especially love that each sheet of metallic foil has a color on each side! For example: Blue on gold, Red on gold, Green on gold, Pink on gold, Purple on gold, Silver on gold and Gold on gold.
Not just for holiday decorating, Rinea paper foil can be used for projects throughout the year. Check the gallery of ideas here then see what DCC member designers have created:
It's National Craft Month and we're kicking off our creativity this year with a blog hop for etchall®.
As you know, glass etching is an extremely popular way to up-cycle and personalize glass pieces, but did you know you can also use it to etch china, porcelain, marble and even slate? etchall is available as a crème, or a liquid, (dip'n etch). Both work equally well and, most importantly, both are RE-USABLE! Yes, this means you can use it multiple times! Use once, then put it back in the container to be used again and again and again.... how cool is that! It’s a wonderful, easy to use
product, perfect for home dec projects as well as up-cycling
- that is turning something plain into something classy. Neither the cream nor the dip has a noxious odor and the crème is creamy, not gritty. These products create a real, permanent etch, not fake, so it is very important to read the directions carefully. You can also check the website for more detailed information and in depth tutorials if you haven't used it before. Please note, the product is also ACMI certified.
You can use stencils to create an etched design on glass, or dip entire pieces into dip'n etch to turn a smooth shiny surface into an etched surface, perfect for either painting, or stamping designs, since the surface now has "tooth" (rough texture).
The following designers received samples of etching product to work with. Some of them are etchall Ambassadors and have used etchall before, and some are working with these products for the very first time. Follow the links to see their different ideas and techniques then use the special DCC code at etchall for a special discount when you order your own beginner set to work with. This offer is valid thru March 31st, 2017.
Can you believe it's almost Spring.... ! St Patrick's day is just around the corner then it's time to think about Spring cleaning - NOT, but it is the time of year to wake up your creative mojo. Here are some ideas from DCC members:
Each year Designers, Maker/DIY'ers, Buyers. Retailers, Suppliers Manufacturers, Distributors, Editors, Publishers and Bloggers attend Creativation (formerly the Craft and Hobby Association Mega show). This is the largest trade show in the US where visitors come to see all the new, creative products presented by manufacturers from all over the world. The show isn't open to the general public, so we thought we'd share a round up of blog posts about the show. These will give those of you who couldn't go to Phoenix, a sneak peak at some of the creative opportunities coming to your stores this coming year.
Each of us returned home with notes about the products we can't wait to work with and sometimes we received samples to try. After you've seen all the photos and read thru our posts, come back here and let us know which products you're most excited about in the comment section below. We may just select one of the comments at random and send you a box of a few new products to create with. Let's go.............
How do I love thee, let me count the ways...... Are you ready for Valentine's Day? Or still looking for some last minute ideas? Here are some quick'n EZ projects from your favorite designers that will be sure to make someone's heart flutter. Enjoy!
Designers love to be creative and we've created many projects over the years for our homes, magazines, books and manufacturers. So, before we put our creative hats on for 2017, let's take a quick look back at some of our favorite projects. Enjoy and let us know which projects are your favorites!