Finale & Season 4 Crafters

Can you believe we’re to the finals? A huge congratulations goes to Charlene and Deidre for making it this far! Good luck this week (voting open until 9 pm MST on Friday)!

The fantastically lucky winner of the $50 gift card to Magnificent Metal has been chosen and announced here. Congrats!

And now to announce the 10 auditioners that will be competing in Season 4 of So You Think You’re Crafty…

Kim @ A Girl and a Glue Gun with her Cardboard Clubhouse
Tina @ Simple. Inspired. Homemade with her Sunny Days Sunglass Holder
Emilie @ Emilie Handmade with her Super Absorbent Super Hero
Vanessa @ Tried and True with her Seat/Floor Cushion
Natalia & Whitnee @ Piece N Quilt with their Quilted Bed Runner
Kristin @ See Mommy Sew with her Summer Time Swim Suit
Heidi @ Hello Color with her Embroidered Slippers
Carrie @ Tao of Craft with her Rocket Ship Softie
Cheri @ I Am Momma – Hear Me Roar with her Leather Leaf Necklace
Mary Beth @ Addressing Spaces with her Time Worn Table

Congratulations ladies!!! I can’t wait to see what you com up with in the upcoming weeks!

However there were three that won’t be in this season. I hope that we’ll see
Amber @ A Bunny World (Chalkboard Word Magnets)

Kelly @ Make it Sparkly Mama (Packet of Posies Wreath)
Brenda @ Therapeutic Crafting (Cupboard Chalkboard)

in a future season. But in the meantime make sure you keep up with their great sites!


Craft #1 – Paper Cake Treat Boxes

This three-tier cake is made from paper. Each tier is made up of eleven individual paper cake slices that are attached to each other. The pieces come apart easily, so when the party is over, each guest gets to take a piece of cake home.

Fill each cake slice with candy or any other special treat. You could even fill each slice with money, which would be a fun and new twist on a money tree. (This would make a great end-of-year teacher gift…each child could make one or two slices and fill each slice with a special thank-you note.)

The cake makes a great centerpiece. You can use an infinite amount of color combinations based on the occasion. Imagine how beautiful the cake would look made out of white paper for a wedding! Make it out of pink or blue for a baby shower. Endless possibilities!
Craft #2 – Romantic Picnic Tote

If you are tired of the same dinner and a movie date with your spouse, here is a great idea for a special night together. A picnic… without that big, boxy picnic basket. Find a babysitter, pack up a nice dinner and put it in your beautiful picnic tote!

When you unsnap the top, you can see how nicely organized all of your picnic items are.

This is not just any tote, however. The sides of the tote snap in the back to easily access the items for your picnic.

There are elastic straps to hold your wine glasses (cute plastic ones from Walmart), pockets for your plates and silverware, and a pocket for your picnic blanket.

The picnic blanket has a waterproof bottom, which is easy to clean (a simple modification of the outdoor play mat). It is a great way to enjoy your spouse. And if you really want to keep it cheap, put the kids to bed and have a picnic in the backyard. Just the two of you!

The cute fabric is curtousy of Danielle from Draw String Studio.

Interview with Cheryl

Tell us a little about you and your blog.

I’m a 28 year old stay at home mom to two little boys, ages 3 and 1, and I love the days we spend together at home. I also love making stuff. I sew, craft, assemble, decorate, re-decorate, bake and build on a daily basis. Our house is messy and we eat too much carry out, but I love creating. My husband lovingly supports my projects and has the decency to wait until I leave the room before rolling his eyes at my latest hair-brained idea. My blog is an attempt to share my projects and maybe even make some connections with similar people.

I also have a shop,, where I sell many of my finished projects, custom items, and other little goodies.

How and when did you start crafting?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed making things. From braiding friendship bracelets out of embroidery floss until now, I’ve always been in the middle of something creative.

How often do you craft?

Every day! Naptimes are my chance to get crafty and I stay up way too late sitting at my sewing machine. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Where do you get your inspiration?

All over…stacks of pretty fabric, colorful paper, sprinkles, ribbons, yarn, polka dots, gingham, little chairs, dishes, spray paint, tools…I could lose myself for hours in flea markets, IKEA and antique and thrift shops. All of those pretty things send my mind racing with potential and new projects.

Of course, lurking around the blog world doesn’t hurt, either. There are so many creative and talented people out there!

What is your favorite medium to work in?

Fabric! I have stacks and stacks of it…I don’t think I’ll ever get through it all!

What is your guilty pleasure?

I have a serious sweet tooth. I could eat candy by the bagful.

What makes you smile?

The things that my boys find hilarious always make me smile. Their laughter is so sweet and full of life.

What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting)?

Buy more craft supplies!

Just kidding. I just enjoy spending time with my husband and boys.

Go check her out at her blog, A Pretty Cool Life!

Week 8 – Re-purposed

We’re down to our final 3. This week determines who will be competing in the finals. But before we get to that, lets see who won last week.
Deidre won again with the Flower Party Lights! Congrats Deidre!!! Those would be perfect at my little girls birthday party in a few weeks.
It’s so hard to say good bye at this point cuz I’ve felt like I’ve gotten to know the ladies well. But this week we have to let Cheryl go. Keep checking up on her awesome creations and gorgeous photos at A Pretty Cool Life. We’ll be getting to know a little bit more about her this Wednesday, too.
This weeks theme is Re-purposed. I even got into the action by turning one of my old shirts into a summer dress for Abbi. I’ll think about posting pictures, but it’s not near as great as this stuff :) Just like always, voting is open in the sidebar until Friday night at 9pm MST.
Craft #1 – Bubble Dress to Book Bag
It doesn’t get any easier (or cuter!) than this! All you have to do is start with a bubble dress. The one I used is perfect because it has a nice wide elastic waistband and the skirt is fully lined. That means when you’re finished, your book bag will have a secure opening and the inside will be fully lined, too. Because you’re using a bubble dress, the top and bottom of the bag are already nicely ruffled.

All you have to do is remove the top part of the dress from the waistband. I added a wide strip of canvas ribbon for the handle. The handle is the only part of the book bag that wasn’t made from the dress.
I covered the top of the bubble dress with iron-on vinyl to keep the sides from fraying. I used a Sizzix die to create the flower shapes. You can use whatever shape you want, but just make sure that you carefully place the fabric on the die so you can maximize the number of pieces you can cut. I removed the stitching from the black trim on the bubble dress neckline and flattened it out to make the centers for the flowers. I added some large white grommets to the waistband for a nice extra touch of color.

No kid likes summer homework, but it’s a lot more fun to tackle when she can tote her books around in this awesome bubble dress book bag! Or, use it as a beach bag or summer sleepover bag. If you want a small bag, use an infant-sized bubble dress. If you need a REALLY big bag, use a really big bubble dress! Have fun!
Craft #2 – Toddler Cardigan

I’m was so excited about this week’s theme because I had the perfect excuse to complete a project I’ve wanted to do for a while. Last winter I found this pretty Ralph Lauren sweater at a local thrift store.

I instantly pictured it as a toddler’s cardigan. I used a sweater we had on hand as pattern, and was able to use the sleeves in tact. I just cut them down from the shoulders. I was also able to reuse the hem from the sweater, reserved from the length I had to cut off.

I used some grosgrain ribbon as facing for the button placket.

I noticed some old pink lace and a button from my great-grandmother’s stash that I used to make a flower brooch…which fit with repurposing items.

And the result is this sweet little cardigan, ready for my toddler to wear in the fall.

Craft #3 – Ruffle Scarf

I picked up this wool suit jacket for 50% off at a total cost of $1.50!!!

Made from a mens wool suit jacket, this scarf provides a feminine flare to a classic accessory. The scarf is lined with a mustard colored cotton fabric to prevent itch and add color.

The tag on the front was originally on the inside of the suit jacket. It had the name of a nearby town printed on it, so I used it to give a more personal feel, add a little detail, and to remember it’s roots.

The most unique part of this scarf is the pocket, made from one of the existing pockets on the suit jacket, on the backside behind the tag. The pocket provides a great way to carry your wallet and cellphone when out shopping. It’s functional, beautiful, and warm. Perfect for fall!

Interview with Shilo

*you can still see this week’s challenge to vote here*

Tell us a little about you and your blog.
I started a family blog two years ago. Just a way of keeping track of all the little things that happen in our day to day life’s. My mom started her blog, Rosy Cheeks, which inspired me to start a craft blog also. I love sharing ideas with everyone in blogger land.

How and when did you start crafting?
Technically I started crafting when I was about 10. My mom was part of that 1980’s tole painting craze and she would have my brother and I baste all of her wood. But on a personal level it was when I was on bed rest with my oldest son. I was so bored, so I started scrap booking as away to entertain myself and it has been a hobby ever sense.

How often do you craft?
I usually craft a little each day. Even if it is just assembling charms for my latest swap while watching House or Top Chef. Once a month my mom, aunt, sisters and cousins have a crafty day that is an entire Saturday of food, fun and crafting. Even my 7 year old daughter, 4 year old niece and 6 year old cousin have started insisting on joining us with projects of their own that they work on.

Where do you get your inspiration?
All the wonderful blogs out there are a huge inspiration. I love seeing what others have made and then tweaking it to make it my own. Also my kids. Recently my 11 year old came to me and asked me to create something for him to display all of his scouting pins on. What a great idea! And I never would have thought of it, had he not asked.

What is your favorite medium to work in?
This on is hard, because there are so many. But I have to return to my original love and say paper .Although, lately fabric is a close second.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Oh no, I don’t want to admit this out loud…but I would say watching the shows 16 and pregnant or South Park while enjoying a diet busting sherbet float.

What makes you smile?
My Kids and my sweet hubby of 13 ears for sure! But also seeing a project I made enjoyed by someone. I recently made my kids and nieces and nephew fabric snakes…really easy, took like 15 minutes…but the played with them for days!

What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting)?
My hubby and I are movie watchers, we own more movies than I want to admit out loud. I also enjoy camping, 4 wheeling and being outside. I love to cook and bake, even though I will probably never master the mysteries art of the yeast bread….I think even my poor mom has given up on me!

Thanks for taking a minute to get to know me. Stop by and visit my blog if you get a chance!

Week 7 – Paper

Hey everybody! I hope your weekends were all fantastic. I spent the weekend at the Casual Bloggers Conference in Sandy UT. It was awesome! I have so many new ideas and stuff now that I can’t wait to get started on, so don’t be surprised if things start changing :) Don’t worry…it won’t be too drastic, and it probably wont really happen until the break between seasons. I went all by my lonesome and a few amazing ladies adopted me for a few of the classes. I’ve been following some of their blogs for a long time and some are new friends. Thanks to Darci (Londy Lou Boutique), Amy (The Quilting Diaries), Ashlee (Topsy Turvy Cakes), Michelle (A Little Tipsy), Kara (Creations by Kara), Michelle (Someday Crafts) and Char (Crap I’ve Made) for making me feel like I had friends and pretending I’m not a loser :)
I still haven’t figured out why blogger isn’t letting me do picture links (that maybe taken care off with one of my season break plans) so the archives still aren’t very pretty. I’m sorry…
So we had a giveaway for a $50 gift card this last week to Staker Sensations. The winner is…announced here.
Now to the results. This week Deidre was supreme with her Outdoor Playmat. Wasn’t that cool? Our new place has a giant tree in the backyard. That mat would be perfect for our fun back there. The tutorial will be up shortly.
But that means that someone gets sent home. That someone this week is Shilo. You’ve got to hand it to her, that Lemonade Stand was awesome. She’ll be posting more awesome stuff on her blog, so keep checking in at “Toad”ly Crafts.

This weeks theme wasn’t so much a theme as a medium…Paper. Enjoy! Remember, voting is open in the sidebar until Friday night at 9pm MST.

Craft #1 – Flower Party Lights

What little girl wouldn’t love this string of lights for their birthday party or strung across their bedroom?

Each little flower has a light in the center, creating an illuminated pink decoration. They are not only cute, but easy and quick to make.

Craft #2 – Animal Puppets
These animal puppets are a great addition to any bedtime story. You and your child can make up stories for hours and these puppets can be the stars!

They are made using punches and dies. If you don’t want to use them as puppets, you can put them inside shadow boxes and hang them on your child’s bedroom wall.

I used tiny lunch bags so the puppets are the perfect size for tiny hands. The three-dimensional eyes can really help a child’s imagination run wild!

Craft #3 – House Diorama
Did you ever make a diorama in elementary school? Why not take that idea of giving a picture dimension, and apply it to making a keepsake for your home or as a housewarming gift for someone you love?

I found a shadow box frame I liked, and then using cardstock paper and craft foam, made a diorama of this house. In the tutorial, I’ll show you the steps I took, so you can create your own. I printed out an 8×10 photo of the house, and then used it as a guide. I divided the house into layers, and then traced and transferred the layers to the paper. This was created using common scrapbooking tools and supplies, and an exacto knife.

Here in the cross-section view, you can get an idea of how the diorama is put together.

Pictures only tell part of the story. It’s hard to get a feel for it in the photo, but the details literally pop out, and create a striking art piece.

Consider creating a diorama and you will make a keepsake that will be cherished.

Craft #4 – Ruffle Notecards

These ruffled note cards would be the perfect addition to any gift for a flea market lovin’ girl. Perfectly imperfect, they’re made from a combination of new and vintage fabrics sewn to white note cards for a simple and lovely style.

Interview with Ann

*You can still see this week’s challenge and vote here! and don’t forget the Staker Sensations giveaway here!*


Did you all have fun getting to know Jessica a little bit better? And have you checked out her site lately? I love the graduation dress she made a few days ago. So fun!

Today we get to learn about Ann at DecoMod Studio.

1. Tell us a little about yourself and your blog. My blog is brand new. I have to make a confession. I am not a lover of blogging. I am not a lover of photography. I actually used to work as a wedding photographer and photo editor before the digital camera boom. After spending several years editing, downloading, organizing photo files… I got burned out. Now, I look at a digital SLR and think, “I’d rather just use the camera on my phone”. I do love to share fun and creative ideas back and forth with other artisans, and so…..I will blog.

2. How and when did you start crafting/blogging? I am sure this answer is the same for most of these talented ladies in the competition. I don’t even have memories of my first craft. That is how young I was.

3. How often do you craft? Never. This is why I entered the competition. I have a list a mile long of projects I would like to do, but I never get to them. I am thrilled about this competition because I am dedicating spare moments to something that I love to do. It is so refreshing.

4. Where do you get your inspiration? Furniture. It is true. I have a love obsession with furniture. In the wee hours of the morn, my husband has caught me up looking online at furniture. I love console tables made of metal and rare woods, and unique upholstered furniture with clean lines. Call me crazy.

5. What is your favorite medium to work in? I am a painter. I got my bachelor’s degree in fine art. My emphasis was painting.

6. What is your guilty pleasure? Diet Coke. Wait, no. I don’t feel guilty about that. It is just a pleasure.

7. What makes you smile? Well, my cute little kiddos… but I do have a place in my heart for really clever comedy.

8. What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting)? I like to read. I love historical literature and biographies. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.

Interview with Jessica!

As promised, this week I will be featuring the few crafters that I was wasn’t able to while we had no internet access. First up it’s Jessica from Running with Scissors!

1. Tell us a little about you and your blog. I’m the wife of a student that will graduate next month, looking forward to move on from student life and wish I could as easily move on from the student loans. We have one son who is 2 years old. I have a little etsy shop, mainly selling children’s items. I started my blog in 2007 to show my mom my projects since I lived on the other side of the country. For over a year I think she was the only one that looked at it. It’s just a little blog of my projects and ideas, and I try to share instructions and tutorials on things I think others may want to duplicate. It’s probably mainly sewing, but there are some crafts mixed in with painting, furniture makeovers, random stuff, etc. For a while I’ve been in a phase using freezer paper stencils with fabric paint on everything.
  1. How and when did you start crafting? My mom is very creative very talented, from a young age she’d include us in her projects and I think just watching her create so much from wedding gowns to stained glass windows, and even furniture, the passion for creating and projects rubbed off

  2. How often do you craft? daily pretty much. I do my best to restrict it to during naps or after my son’s asleep at night. There are very few nights when all the chores are done that I’m not working on a project. If I’m not able to actually work on one, I am usually sketching ideas.
  3. Where do you get your inspiration? anywhere really: other blogs, nature, magazines, a piece of fabric, childhood memories, wrapping paper, a cool color of spray paint, junk that needs a new life
  4. What is your favorite medium to work in? I get bored of one area, so I don’t know that I have a favorite. I try to switch it up between painting, crafty (paper/glue/ribbon/etc), woodworking. But most of the time I am sewing.
  5. What is your guilty pleasure? watching chick flicks
  6. What makes you smile? brownies, fresh flowers, appreciation
  7. What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting)? lay on the grass outside in warm weather and do nothing at all

Week 6 – Summer Time

Was anyone else having problems with Blogger this week? It was letting me sign into my dashboard, but I couldn’t do any editing to anything. Now it lets me in, but I can’t add picture links. Weird.
Anyway, everything in now caught up!! All the projects have been archived & all the tutorials are up (it doesn’t look very nice without the picture links, but I’ll change those as soon as blogger will let me)! THANK YOU all again for putting up with me while I’ve been moving. It turned into a way bigger deal than I had planned on.
Thank you especially to my crafters for dealing with the lack of email response. They’re amazing! I wasn’t able to get the interviews for Jessica or Ann up on time, so you’ll get to learn a little bit more about them throughout the week.
Before we get to the results I have some good news. We have a giveaway!!! Shannon at Staker Sensations is giving away $50 to her shop. If I won I’d get this:
We’ve been having a pretty fun “finding herself” stage with Abbi lately and this would come in handy. Get more details in the “giveaway” tab, or just click here.
This weeks voting was intense! The top 2 and the bottom 2 were very close, but the final results are in.
It looks like Shilo is the winner with her great Finger Print Pendant! The tutorial will be up shortly for that.
But that means we have to let Lynette go. For a woman that never considered herself crafty she did an amazing job!! Continue to check out her crafting adventures at Get Your Craft On.

So that leaves just 5 ladies in the competition. Here they are with their crafts from last week.

Finger Print Pendant by Shilo@ “Toad”ly Crafts
Felt Learning Mat by Deidre @A Craft A Day
Fab Science Lap by Charlene @eWillow
Periodic Table of Crafty-ness byCheryl @ A Pretty Cool Life

Discovery Toys by Chris @Pickup Some Creativity

This week’s theme is “Summer Time.” I thought that for sure by now we’d have summer weather here in Northern Utah, but it just doesn’t want to stop raining. Maybe this will help with it feel a little warmer. Voting ends on Friday at 9 pm MST, just like always.

Craft #1 – Outdoor Play-Mat

Every little baby needs a place to sit down outside without getting poked by the grass, wet from the dew, or dirty. Most of us moms use blankets that we end up having to wash all the time.

The outdoor play mat has a waterproof backing to prevent wetness and allowing for easy clean up. Just wipe it off!

Best of all, it’s portable! It fits nicely in the diaper bag or easy and light enough for little hands to carry.

Craft #2 – Lemonade Stand

I remember summer time as a kid and selling kool aid and cookes out in the yard to friends, neighbors and passer buyers.

My kids are the same way. They love selling stuff, cookies, lemonade…even rocks!

But it seemed like the hardest part of selling their wares… was setting up…finding a table, making a banner, getting the price in and having a sturdy area to set out all their cups, napkins and other fun stuff.

But with this cute stand setting up for the big sale is a breeze! It has a banner were you can spell out that special offering. And theres a sleeve just right for adding a price.

And with the bright colors you’ll attract the attention of all the customers.

When the kids are done, this cute stand comes a part for easy storage. The best part, it is all made with inexpensive materials from your local hardware store

Sun, shade & Lemonade…what a great way to spend summer.

Craft #3 – Seashell Wreath

Summer just wouldn’t be summer without a trip to the beach. Bring a little bit of the ocean back home with a fun seashell wreath.

This is also lovely for the destination bride. Change the ribbon to the color of the wedding party and create a meaningful keepsake.
Craft #4 – Summer Campout Kit
Kids will love this fun box of camping gear. It makes a fun addition to a summertime backyard campout.

Just fill the box with fun camping goodies. Your kids can snuggle under the fuzzy blanket and enjoy delicious Smores.

The box lid doubles as a Tic-Tac-Toe board. Use plastic glow-in-the-dark bugs as the game pieces, and keep score in the little score book.

What kid wouldn’t love making this and camping under the stars on a warm summer night?

Craft # 5 – Summer Romper

Oh what do you do in the summertime when baby needs something simple to wear?

I saw a sweet one piece romper in a store, and with that as inspiration, designed a new pattern for toddlers. Made with less than a yard of fabric, this little romper can be customized and accessorized in many ways. Here are just a few ideas:

With simple snap diaper access and buttons in back, this pattern can be for a girl or boy. The version for girls features elasticized arms, legs, and neckline. The boy version has a simple faced neckline, rolled hems for the sleeves, and tiny cuffs for the legs.
Made to be comfy and non-restrictive, the Summer Romper will help baby feel ready to play, despite the summer heat, all the way until nap time.

The PDF pattern will include two sizes, 18-24 months and 2T-3T. The tutorial will show you how to make a simple button placket and how to add easy facings. It can be put together in one afternoon. The design possibilities are almost endless. The pink example has a ruched panel. The boy version has a pocket and froggy applique. The third girly example has bias cut appliques. Recommended fabrics are woven shirting fabrics or soft thinner woven cotton fabrics.

The Summer Romper is a great way to keep your child comfy and stylishly cute during the hot summer months.