Erin is a craft addict who loves to do something creative every day. She shares her love of all things artsy on her blog and in the classes and events she teaches at. Erin is a freelance artist, designing for top manufactures and has had many of her projects published in various magazines and books. She considers it a blessing to be able to call her passion "work".
Everything's coming up roses when you make these gorgeous crêpe ribbon flowers! Part one of two, this lesson from craft addict Erin Bassett teaches you how to fold, sew, and paint your ribbon. Select a patterned crêpe ribbon that is thin, flexible, and delicate, then fold and sew the ribbon into a circle with needle and thread to create your flower’s petals. Paint the ribbon's edges, and then spray your whole flower with glitter mist and add color accents.
Who needs April showers? Make your own May flowers with these cute and easy crêpe ribbon flowers! Part two of two, this lesson from craft addict Erin Bassett teaches you how to finish your project by using crêpe paper and an i-top to make a medium-sized (22 mm) decorative brad. Paint the brad with glitter mist, repair cracks in your crêpe paper, then punch the brad through the center of your flower. Fluff up your petals for extra dimension, and bring on springtime no matter the weather!
Fabric flowers can be made into personalized jewelry or hair accessories, and are perfect for bridesmaid gifts or to accent your work outfits. They are also quick and easy to make at home! In this lesson, Erin Bassett demonstrates how to transform synthetic fabrics into beautiful floral designs in seconds, using only a lit candle. Caution: because this lesson uses an open flame and the singeing of a synthetic material, Erin encourages you to work in a well-ventilated area, with water nearby.
Are you not content to just fill a scrapbook? Make your own scrapbook from scratch! In this exclusive Curious lesson, crafting expert Erin Bassett teaches you how to fold, cut, and glue paper to make a colorful and original tiny book. You'll need a 12-inch square piece of paper, a scoring board or ruler, scissors, and glue. You can even paint or decorate your paper before making your book to add a specific color or design.
Got some leftover cardstock lying around, or perhaps some old scrapbooking paper? How about a giant stack of magazines about to be recycled? Repurpose any of these by making paper beads by hand! Erin Bassett shows you how to cut the papers, as well as a trick to begin rolling your paper into a tight bead—all that’s needed is your paper and some Mod Podge or other gel medium to hold it all together. Give a tired magazine a new life by turning it into a totally green fashion statement!
Mixed media art projects are a great way to exercise creativity and come up with dynamic and one-of-a-kind creations—so learn how to transfer photos at home, using only a printed label and some hairspray! Erin Basset demonstrates how to print your label and transfer the image onto a shipping tag using a brayer (or for the non professionals, the lid to the hairspray), as well as how to add some sparkle to your creation by painting your tag with shimmer paint before transferring your image.
Some say that letter writing has become a lost art; so add some art to your greeting cards by creating your own custom cardstock with glimmer mist! In this lesson Erin Bassett teaches you how to use Saran Wrap, a piece of cardstock, starch, and different colors of glimmer mist to make a unique design that can never be duplicated, every time. With infinite color combinations, your creative options are limitless! Short on time? Erin even has instructions for speeding up the dry time by hours.