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Do-it-yourself tutorials, marketing and crafting tips and how-tos from iCraft’s talented creators.


Are you looking for ways to drive more traffic to your iCraft shop in 2017? Or for ways to earn more online broadly?

It can seem overwhelming, but growing a following is one of the absolute best way to expand your online earnings as a crafter. While you can’t expect an email list of 10,000 overnight – if you take the right steps, building an online following is also 100% achievable.

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In my newest mermaid bikini that I have added to my shop I used Crochet Scale Stitch . Well, I have found that a lot of people become fascinated with this stitch and was eager to learn how it is achieved.

I am a self taught crocheter by way of crochet books, but I have also found a lot of help with Youtube videos and I want to share one with you that will describe how to achieve the stitch... Read more
It's no secret in my house that I have an addiction. However, I am surrounded by enablers. It's pretty harmless actually. I love pretty papers and colourful card stock . I can't get enough of it.

The problem is that my inventory far outweighs my production ability. So I try to place self imposed limits on myself. I want to make sure that I am really and truly maximizing the current papers I have,... Read more
Here is our all new, step-by-step photo guide to tying a long scarf into a turban. Esther, our model, is wearing one of our classic, very popular Long Tying Turban Scarves (See more of our products at Suburban Turban Headwear) . These come in a huge range of on-trend colours from neutrals to brights, jewel-like shades and more!) Step 1

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Artisangirl here again with part 2 of Fun Facts About Gemstones ! Check out my first article on Gemstones .

The first stone featured today is one of many in my private collection, although I haven't used it much lately in my creations:

Chrysocolla. ..A balancing stone that has the highest evolved form of the color turqouise. Believed to be an emotional balancer: connects Earth to Sky and brings peace... Read more
Last week we picked a few really big pumpkins at a local farm just outside the city.
Usually I like doing my own designs for carved pumpkins. But this time I decided to do some research to find inspiration and to do something different.

There is a ton of websites on the web offering great tips and free patterns from spooky to elegant to funny, so you could get your pumpkins Halloween ready in no time. Clip... Read more
Rubber Stamping has been around for hundreds of years . I tend to have a preference for red rubber cling stamps, but I’ve found myself reaching for my clear acrylic stamps lately by Close to My Heart (CTMH).

In fact, I have used them all on my most recent creations ! I've tried a lot of acrylic stamps before because they are easy to place. Since they are clear, you can look through your acryic... Read more
Once again its that time of year for gift wrapping and gift giving. How many times have you heard people say "good things come in small packages" !

Well here is an idea that I have been using for many years to make little packages for wrapping tiny gifts .

All you need is some greeting cards (used ones work just fine), a ruler, a pencil and some scissors. Almost all greeting cards are... Read more
As the year winds down, we gear up for the holidays. We shop, cook, wrap presents, bake, host and attend holiday parties, work events, and decorate the inside and outside of our homes. December is always a whirlwind of activity. Through it all we find ourselves with paper cuts from wrapping presents, flour in our hair, last minute RSVPs that make you re-jig the dinner table setting. And the dreaded mall parking... Read more
If you have not yet heard of Pinterest it is time to join the craze! I understand some of the hesitation. I even thought, "Not another thing!" when I first heard about Pinterest. Well, the reality is that it is making a difference for my personal blog traffic and it is doing wonders for crafters who rely upon word of mouth or sites like iCraftGifts.com to sell their products.

(An example of one of my... Read more
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