Beautify Your Stamped Cards with Creative Coloring

Stamping is one of the most versatile crafts around because there are so many different options that you can use to enhance even the most basic stamp. When you look at some colored stamped images, you may be overwhelmed by how beautiful they are. Some look like works of art that have been meticulously painted by tiny little brushes. For a beginner, or even intermediate stamper, they make look overwhelming. The truth is however, that coloring stamped images does not have to be difficult, and it does not require any special artistic skill. Chances are if you are already involved with stamping, you have enough creativity to color in your stamped images beautifully. There are a number of different tools …

Beat the Weeds and Save Time in the Garden

So often new gardeners are put off the idea of gardening by thinking about the time it might take, and the hard work involved. The popular idea of a low-maintenance garden is one of covering the space with decking and gravel, planted with a few grasses and pots of evergreens. However, I have discovered an ideal way to help thwart one of the most time-consuming chores in the garden – that of weeding. This came about almost by accident, as I have a cat who thinks that any uncovered ground is a glorious litter tray! I quickly had to find a way to cover up as much of the soil as possible, but soon realised that ground cover plants gave …

Beads – A Brief History

What do you think the earliest recorded use of beads is – is your first thought perhaps beadwork created by the Egyptians? Yes, there certainly were a lot of beaded items in Egyptian times, but beadwork has been found dating back to the Stone Age (the Upper Paleolithic period). Beads were added to rudimentary clothing; these beads were made of shells and ivory. Of course, the beads weren’t as finely crafted as later beads, but still, they were beads. So even in caveman times, men and women were interested in improving their clothing and appearance with the use of beads. The beads that we tend to think of as traditional beadwork are called seed beads – because of their small …

Beach Holidays for Fun in the Sun

Everyone loves beach holidays! The little ones can dig in the sand and splash in the lapping waves. The older ones can swim, get a tan, or just relax. The inquisitive types can explore for sea life, tide pools, and drift wood. The warm breezes and natural beauty are invigorating and restorative. Any trip, however, can cause discomfort if you do not plan well. Here are things you can do to make your beach holidays easier, safer, and more meaningful. In many parts of the world, people head for their beach holidays in the family car. When planning a trip, it’s always a good idea to give the car a good cleaning out first. This will give you more room …

Be An Exhibitionist: How to Show Your Roses

Now that you have a rose garden you are proud of, it’s time to take the next step and let others see the beauty of your roses. Rose shows and exhibits are exciting events where you get a chance to see how your roses stack up against other rosarians’. It doesn’t matter if you win — the experience alone will be fun, and you’ll learn a lot. Visit a Rose Show Before entering your own roses, visit a few rose shows to see how everything works. If at all possible, get permission to enter the preparation room to see what experienced displayers do before the judging begins. Get The Rule Book Get a copy of the rule book from the …

Battery-Powered-Tools, How to Get the Most From Them

Word Count: 854 Summary: Every year, more and more tools are developed that operate on batteries, freeing woodworkers from the constraints and annoyances of extension cords. Understanding how to get the most from your cordless tools, and how to select future purchases can help us get better performance from our tools while extending their life. Keywords: Battery Powered Tools, Tools, Woodwork, Woodworking Article Body: I remember a few years ago one of the sales people at my local hardware store told me they were expecting the arrival of new battery powered circular saw, I think it was a Makita. On hearing the phrase “battery powered circular saw”, I laughed out loud and told him to call me when the battery …

Basic Scrapbook Essentials

Many people would like to get started in the Scrapbooking hobby, but a lot of them are fearful to start because they think of the costs. They look at all the embellishments, patterned papers, and doodads and think that they aren’t creative enough to start. Well, this article will prove to those people you don’t need to spend a lot to make a scrapbook. You can make it as expensive or inexpensive as you want. Here is a “Must Have” starter list. Some of these items you may want to invest the extra money into so you get a good quality product. Scrapbook Starter Kit Paper Trimmer – this tool is one you will use the most so it is …

Basic Preparations for Canvas Work

To begin canvas work, you must first prepare a piece of canvas large enough to receive the design. ‘Large enough’ means the finished size of the design plus a margin of at least 5cm along each edge. When you are working with an uncharted design, finish size equals the dimensions of the drawing you will follow. When a design is charted, finished size depends upon the number of canvas threads called for by the chart in relation to the threads per inch in the canvas. If the canvas is too narrow, lengths can be joined to get the necessary width. Make a pattern of the prepared canvas – it will be need when it is time to block the worked …

Basic Embossing with Rubber Stamps

This is a simple technique using Rubber Stamps and Thermal Embossing that will add dimension to your cards and artwork. Nothing looks as elegant as a stamped image that has been embossed in gold and has rich color added to enhance your artwork. You can use rubber stamps and thermal embossing on many different surfaces such as paper, glass, wood, leather, tile and ceramic objects. It’s fun to experiment and create your own unique and individual sense of style. Don’t be timid and have fun. The following steps will teach the beginner where to start Embossing with rubber stamps takes practice and the more you do it, the better your results. Remember your art is unique to your personal style. …

Ballroom Dancing Has Never Been Hotter

Ballroom Dancing has never been hotter than it is now since Dancing with the Stars hit the air. Who knew that this show would be such a hit and that it would revive ballroom dancing the way that it has. Ballroom dancing is an enormously fun thing that you and your partner or a friend can do together. Ballroom dancing is a great way to spend some time together away from all of the normal everyday stress of life, that is what makes ballroom dancing such a fabulous thing to learn. Ballroom dancing is something that everyone can enjoy whether they are young or old, man or woman. Not only is ballroom dancing fun it is great exercise and after …

Backyard Bird–The Catbird

It’s quiet, now. Gone is the constant chatter, whistles and meowing sounds as you jump from branch to branch safeguarding your territory against all trespassers. Gone too is the uniformally gray body with the black cap and tail feathers, with just a smidgen of rust coloration under the tail coverts, that allows you to blend in with your natural habitat of dense undergrowth and thickets. They call you a skulker, a bird hard to see in the dense underbrush. Usually heard but not seen. Definitely NOT a backyard bird. Except in my backyard. Maybe it’s because my back yard is filled with trees and dense underbrush along the rear and side fences. Or maybe it’s because there is a wooded …

Backgammon – Three Basic Strategies

In very general terms, there are 3 basic strategies employed. You need to be able to switch strategies instantly as the course of the game unfolds. The Blockade This involves building a 6-thick wall of checkers, or at least as thick as you can manage, to block in the opponent’s checkers that are on your 1-point. This is considered to be the most suitable strategy at the start of the game. You can build the wall anywhere between your 11-point and your 2-point and then shuffle it into your home board as the game progresses. The Blitz This involves closing your home board as quick as possible while keeping your opponent on the bar. For example, if your opponent rolls …

Betrosexuals: A Poker Online Phenomenon

Word Count: 631 Summary: Learn more about Betrosexuals, a phenomenon whereby people present themselves as the opposite gender when playing poker online. Keywords: poker online Article Body: People wear all sorts of disguises at the poker table: weakness, strength, bluster, naivety. It’s the nature of the game. So it only makes sense that new forms of deception at the poker table would evolve as the popularity of the game’s newest innovation — poker online — spread. It’s no wonder then that, when you can’t see the person you’re playing against, there’s a good chance they’re not who they profess to be — like male or female. It’s an honest to goodness phenomenon, with its very own name — Betrosexuality: presenting …

Best Times for Bird Watching

Word Count: 429 Summary: One you have the birding bug, you will want to maximize your experience when it comes to sightings. Put another way, you will need to know the best times for bird watching. Keywords: bird watching, birding, birds, owls, sightings, tips, early bird, species, life lists Article Body: One you have the birding bug, you will want to maximize your experience when it comes to sightings. Put another way, you will need to know the best times for bird watching. Best Times for Bird Watching There is something to be said for the chase being most of the fun in life. If you have caught the bird watching bug, the chase is definitely going to be part …

Best Gift Ideas For Her And Him This Holiday Season

Word Count: 399 Summary: Holiday shopping can be crazy—there are too many crowds, too many cars on snowy or rainy highways, and too much shopping stress where there should be holiday fun. Remember when gift giving WAS fun? It can be again, with a little help from online coupons. Online coupons are your ticket to easy shopping and FUN gift giving this year. A single mouse click on a coupon could be your ticket to great giving. One of the big worries at holiday time is what to buy that special someo… Keywords: Article Body: Holiday shopping can be crazy—there are too many crowds, too many cars on snowy or rainy highways, and too much shopping stress where there should …

Best Gardening Gifts for All Occasions

There is nothing nicer than giving one of the best gardening gifts for friends and relatives who love nature and all its beautiful aspects right on their own backyard. The problem you may encounter is choosing the best gift there is for your loved ones. To ensure that your gift will be appreciated by the recipient and also your budget, here are some guidelines you should consider: In choosing the type of gardening gift, consider your budget. When your budget is holding you back from buying the best gift, don’t fret. There are garden accessories and gardening wear that would suit your fund. Gardening gloves, footwear and kneepads, may be bought in a variety of colors, texture, and material. You …