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About Tiffany Windsor

Born into an artistic, entrepreneurial family, it is no surprise that Tiffany has found success expressing her talents in many different arenas. As the daughter of Aleene Jackson, America’s beloved “Mother of Crafting” and inventor of Aleene’s Tacky Glue, Tiffany’s first love is expressing herself creatively. Tiffany is well known in the creative community as the producer and host of Aleene’s Creative Living Television show and editor of the companion newsstand magazine. She has made regular appearances on QVC and HSN and has authored numerous hard-cover and soft-cover books. She is an active member of the Craft and Hobby industry and co-director of the CHA SoCal Chapter. Tiffany is the founder of Cool2Craft, featuring an on-line creative community and popular YouTube channel. www.cool2craft.com - www.youtube.com/cool2craft

Deco Den Bling

DecoDen Bling

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Signature Marketing & Manufacturing, Inc. is proud to introduce its non-toxic, waterproof flexible, fast dry fun paste: DecoDen Bling.

DecoDen Bling is designed for all ages and is the new frosting art form. Decoden is a trend influenced by our friends in Japan, decoden or dekoden is a blend of two words: “Deco” is short for decorated and “den” is short for “denwa” or “phone” in Japanese. But this trend isn’t just for phones! The decoden craze has swept portable gaming systems, e-readers, fingernails, clothing and accessories.

The best thing about DecoDen Bling is that it’s 100% customizable. Everything you choose is completely up to you. The only limitation is your imagination.

  • Non-toxic, safe for kids
  • Comes in nine colors or create your own color on white
  • Bonds well to most surfaces including plastics
  • Dries fast and flexible
  • 4 oz pouch

More information for DecoDen Bling can be viewed at www.decodenbling.com

Craft Fail – When Homemade Goes Horribly Wrong – Book Review

Craft Fail Book by Heather Mann

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Now here’s a book I can relate to! Have you seen Heather Mann’s new book Craft Fail – When Homemade Goes Horribly Wrong. Filled with over 100 full-color photographs of hoped-for outcomes, this book provides a lot of laughs and sympathy for those “A for Effort” projects.

As a craft designer, I’ve had hundreds of craft fails, which thankfully have not made the pages of any published book, but it’s through those fails that I can completely relate to the home decor fails, fashion fails, holiday fails, kids crafting fails but mainly the food fails that are featured in this book. Maybe someday I’ll be able to make that perfect rainbow layered cake! In the meantime, I’ll know that there is a whole tribe of us out there that can laugh at our results!

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What we hope to achieve – a tempting rainbow cake! © Workman Publishing

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The reality for most of us! © Workman Publishing

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Leave a comment to this post for your chance to win this cool book! Comment deadline November 30, 2014. Random winner will be selected December 1, 2014.

Disclosure: Publisher provided me with a free review copy of this book. Opinions and confession of craft and cooking failures are my own. Link provided goes to my Amazon Affiliate account :)


 

Upcycled Jewelry – 35 Beautiful Ways to Reuse Everyday Objects

Upcycled Jewelry Bags, Belts and More - Linda Peterson

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When I heard my friend Linda Peterson had a new book coming out I knew it would be awesome! Everything she dreams up in her creative studio is awesome and her new book Upcycled Jewelry, Bags, Belts and More lives up to my grandest expectations. This book is packed with 35 beautiful ways to reuse everyday objects and with the turn of each page, I kept saying to myself “wow!” “awesome” “cool”. The chapters are divided into Simple and Chic, Big and Bold and Handbags and Accessories.

Linda definitely has me looking at discards completely differently. Did you know that you can transform a plastic CD spacer into sea glass earrings? How about a bicycle inner tube loop de loop ring? Or a soda-tab crochet purse? I want to try them all!

How can I possibly pick my favorites from this book! I’m in love with them all! But these plastic CD spacer faux sea glass earrings are the BEST!

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I’m really into crochet right now so this purse caught my eye. My first concern was who would ever drink all those sodas (they are SO bad for you) but when I learned you can actually buy soda tabs, I gave this project a thumbs up!

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I’m really into crochet right now so this purse caught my eye. (My first concern is who would ever drink all those sodas (they are SO bad for you) but when I learned you can actually buy soda tabs, I gave this project a thumbs up!

Disclosure: The publisher provided me with a preview copy of this book and the Amazon link is my affiliate link. The opinions and post are my own and Linda is a dear friend and an amazing designer :)

Visit Linda on her blog for more DIY inspiration and to enter her giveaway! Watch the book promo video on YouTube! And, visit our other creative crafty friends on the Upcycled Jewelry Blog Hop for more upcycled creative fun!


 

 

My 6 Essential Tips for Productivity

6 Essentials Tips for Productivity

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When asked to talk about this topic I had to chuckle because it took me weeks to fit it into my schedule. Honestly, there are days when I feel super productive and other days where I wonder where I squandered away my time. I used to be super proficient with multi-tasking. I’m not really sure when and where I lost that skill, but hey, things change.  An educated guess is that it’s because there is so much available at our fingertips at any given moment so let’s start with #1.

#1. Turn off the chatter. Both in your mind and on your computer. I found it very effective to schedule my social media time. It used to be that I would check in 10, 15, 20…. let’s just say… multiple times throughout the day. That was a time sucker! Now I limit my time to 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes at the end of the day with maybe sneaking in a few quick check-ins throughout the day. Since some of my creative design campaigns tie directly into my social media (ie. Blog Hops), I am “required” to check in on my social media. That’s fine, but I found that I really had to restrict my personal social time.

#2. Take baby steps from procrastination to productivity. I used to be very effective at pre-scheduling all my work. Then the pendulum swung the other direction and I would be burning the midnight oil trying to make a deadline. I tried all sorts of ways to prompt myself to just “get it done”. I’m an old fashioned girl and I found that even though I tried all sorts of electronic checklists and apps, honestly, a good old-fashioned checklist on a yellow pad is what works for me.  I write in pencil and put today’s date at the top and each day, I leave the things I did not finish and erase those that I did and change the date. One place, one list. Done.

#3. I work from my home office and design studio so there is even more discipline in trying to keep on track and not get distracted. Ooh! Look at the pretty flowers in the garden. Let me give my kitty some lovin’. Just like working in a “real” office, I set times for when I show up at work, eat my lunch and end my day (although that’s a tough one because I really think I am more productive at night). So make yourself up a do-able schedule and try to stick to it.  If you need to, schedule yourself some garden and kitty time.

#4. I love to organize. Anyone who has seen my design studio storage room knows this fact. The same applies for me with my office organization. I buy file folder trays 6 at a time and mark each one with the project I am working on. I find that I have to switch gears to different projects for different clients many times each day so it’s really helpful for me to be able to just grab the info I need right from the tray. I’m also addicted to notebooks. Whenever I start a new project, it gets a notebook with lots of pretty tabs. I find that I may need to change the tab topics as I get deeper into the job but I like to be able to grab my info quick. I also like yellow or white lined pre-punched paper for note-taking so that I can immediately pop those into my 3-ring binder notebooks.

#5. Reorganize. Take a look at where stuff is piling up around you. Even though I set up my systems of folders and trays and notebooks, I always seem to have a couple of go-to places where I just toss papers. I reserve some evenings when I sit down and go through those stacks and I assess and assign categories. But do it quickly. Don’t get caught up in thoroughly reading every single paper from beginning to end at this step or the next thing you know, it’s two hours later and, well, you’ve probably missed some other deadline.

#6. Share. Network. Repeat. Don’t be afraid to ask others how they have mastered their productivity. Share your ideas and keep your eyes open for others who might share their tips for how they are managing their work and businesses day-to-day. I have found that most people love to share their insights, advice and tips.

Growing your business? Have you heard about Kabbage.com? Kabbage provides small business loans in seven minutes or less, and is the leading online provider of working capital for go-getters. With so many tools and tricks out there to keep others productive, its great to see companies like Kabbage pride themselves on helping small businesses remain productive.

Holidays Made at Zazzle.com

Holidays Made at Zazzle.com

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Calling all my creative friends! With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about those hand-made gifts. If you’re like me, sometimes you just don’t have time to make completely hand-made items for everyone on your shopping list.

My solution? Zazzle.com. I create my own original artwork and upload it to a variety of blank surfaces. In this YouTube video, I share with you how to personalize an iPhone case and more to create perfect holiday gifts. It’s cool to transform your custom artwork into greeting cards, magnets, mugs, and much more. Use the code REELIOZAZZLE to get 15% off at Zazzle and even higher discounts on the products mentioned in this video.

Disclosure: Promotional consideration provided by Zazzle.com. Opinions and design selections are my own. I’m a Zazzle fan :)

Announcing the Cool2Cast eBook by Tiffany Windsor

Cool2Cast eBook by Tiffany Windsor

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As many of my creative friends know, one of my very favorite crafting mediums is Cool2Cast. I love it so much, I even put my name on it! With this casting medium, you can create pieces for embellishments, jewelry, home decor and more.Cool2Cast Jar 300x300 Announcing the Cool2Cast eBook by Tiffany Windsor Cool2Cast is very economical so you can make pieces one-at-a-time or by the dozen. If you have worked with silicone molds, candy molds, polymer clay molds and resin molds, you are going to love how you can use Cool2Cast to create cool new shapes. You can give the pieces added detail by embedding into them or embossing them.

I am SO excited to announce that I have teamed up with the team at Bella Crafts Quarterly to produce a NEW Cool2Cast eBook (watch my video announcement!) which you can purchase on-line and download and view as a pdf or purchase it from MagCloud in print format. This ebook is BIG! I can’t believe how much we actually stuffed into this ebook. With over 100 pages, I had the opportunity to get into every step of the basics of Cool2Cast.

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When I first started playing with Cool2Cast, I was immediately drawn to how awesome these pieces are to color with alcohol inks and they take stamping beautifully. Whether brushing, pouring or dipping into alcohol inks, you’ll be able to create some really unusual one-of-a-kind pieces.wreath e1414559231798 Announcing the Cool2Cast eBook by Tiffany Windsor

stamped flower embossed e1414559089842 Announcing the Cool2Cast eBook by Tiffany WindsorToday is the official kick-off to a 10-day book review blog hop. I am so very honored and delighted that my fellow creative friends will be featuring their own Cool2Cast projects and/or reviewing this ebook. I encourage and invite you to check out these blogs to find out more about the creative possibilities of Cool2Cast! But wait…there’s more!

Wednesday October 29, 2014 Marjolaine Walker www.marjolainewalker.com/blog/
Thursday October 30, 2014 Dana Joy www.gotjoycreations.blogspot.com
Friday October 31, 2014 Laura Bray www.laurabraydesigns.com
Saturday November 1, 2014 Roberta Birnbaum www.decorablesart.com
Sunday November 2, 2014 Vishu Reberholt www.fabnsassy.blogspot.com
Monday November 3, 2014 Steph Ackerman www.stephaniescraps.blogspot.com
Marjie Kemper www.marjiekemper.com
Linda Peterson www.lindapetersondesigns.com
Tuesday November 4, 2014 Larissa Pittman www.muffinsandlace.com
Wednesday November 5, 2014 Kristi Parker www.kristiscreativecafe.blogspot.com
Cindi Bisson www.fatcatcreations.blogspot.com
Thursday November 6, 2014 Beth Watson www.bwdesignstudio.blogspot.com
Rita Barakat www.ritabarakat.com
Susan M. Brown www.sbartist.com
Anita Scroggins www.theflamingochronicals.blogspot.com
 Friday November 7, 2014 Lisa Fulmer www.lisalizalou.com
Carmen Flores Tanis www.florestanisstudio.com
Suzann Sladcik Wilson www.Beadphoria.wordpress.com
Madeline Faiella www.madelinedesigns.typepad.com

To wrap all this up into a nice little package, I have assembled a Cool2Cast Starter Kit for a giveaway and the Bella Crafts Quarterly Team is delighted to also include a Cool2Cast eBook download! To enter this giveaway, just leave a comment on this blog post and let us know what Cool2Cast designs you are inspired to create! Comment deadline Saturday November 8, 2014. Random winner will be selected and announced November 9th.

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Craft Your Stash + Book Giveaway

Craft Your Stash Lisa Fulmer

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If you love crafting, you probably love to shop for craft supplies. If you’re like me, it’s a whole lot easier to keep adding to your stash than trimming it down. Well, thanks to my creative friend Lisa Fulmer, Craft Your Stash will help you transform your craft closet treasures into gifts, home decor and more. Lisa has definitely hit the target with this new book, which challenges you to use up the supplies you’ve got on hand.

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My stash has been growing and growing. I’ve done a good job of taking stock of it – I love organizing! But now it’s time to whittle away at it! In Craft Your Stash, you will find 19 imaginative stash-busting projects, each designed by Lisa to encourage you to dig in. Most of the projects call for basic tools and beginner-friendly construction.

Lisa has set up a week long blog hop to promote the book – the hop is wrapping up today but you can still visit her blog for all the details. You can purchase Craft Your Stash: Transforming Craft Closet Treasures into Gifts, Home Décor & More Craft Your Stash + Book Giveaway at my Amazon affiliate link, get signed copies at www.craftyourstash.com, ask for it at your local craft and book stores, enter Lisa’s giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget below or leave a comment on this post to win your very own copy! (Comment deadline: October 31st, 2014 – random winner will be selected and announced on November 1, 2014.)

stash button Craft Your Stash + Book GiveawayWay to go Lisa! So excited for this new book release! You have definitely sparked a desire in me to dig in, organize, and craft with my stash!

I’m delighted to join these other cool bloggers on today’s tour!

Sunday 10/5
Cool2Craft
Handmade Happy Hour
Ann Butler
Jader Bomb

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It’s a #MichaelsHaul

#MichaelsHaul

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As many of you know, my new creative friend Gavin is hooked on crocheting! He was first taught to crochet by his grandmother at the age of 7. Now this young teen is designing his own patterns and clothing that feature crochet components.

When Michael’s recently reached out to me to participate in their #MichaelsHaul campaign, I knew immediately that I wanted to share this adventure with Gavin. This kid has the most amazingly positive energy and has been pushing me for this past year to get going with my art center classes. He drops by the studio all the time just to chat, check out what I’m creating and always asking if I need any help so I wanted to reward him with a little shopping trip to Michaels.

We dreamed up a fun little sketch and visited our local Stevenson Ranch, CA store. Watch our #MichaelsHaul video by clicking here!

Our thanks to our local store staff and to Michaels for bringing a lot of sunshine and inspiration to a cool creative kid’s day!  I think he could have spent hours in the yarn aisle!


 

Vlog: #friDIY – Introducing Gavin

friDIY Blog Introducing Gavin

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When I moved my design studio to Piru, CA last year, I had the amazing good fortune to have this young man knock at my door. I was deeply immersed in designing for my new book (to be released in November) so I quickly moved in, set up temporary tables and was totally focused on getting the manuscript delivered on time.

Within a few days of working at the studio, a knock came on the front door and there stood a pack of teen boys inquiring about what I was doing. When I told them I was crafting, their “leader”, Gavin, was SO excited and asked when they could come in and craft.  Turns out that Gavin is a super-crafter and I am SO inspired by his creative aspirations.

I recently commissioned him to create some crochet bracelets for my retail handmade gift store and he is super excited to be able to come on camera in the weeks and months ahead to share his creative world with you! Here’s our quick #friDIY YouTube video visit from this afternoon.


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Tiffany Windsor and Heidi Borchers

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It’s been exactly a year since I moved from living right next door to my sister into my new home and studio about three hours away so it’s always a treat when my sis visits! Watch our YouTube video visit!

She has also been making ceramic and mosaic pieces to sell in my store so on this visit she brought along some new artwork and I asked her if we could visit on air!

If you are planning on visiting the San Luis Obispo, CA area, you will want to check out her classes at www.creativemetime.com. She offers classes at her awesome studio and also teaches at local retreats.