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Stella’s New Groove: Brandie Butcher-Isley’s Art Gives New Life to a Found Character

Collage work and mixed media art in general intimidate me. Mixed media appeals to me for a litany of reasons, but I’ve never done much to explore it myself. The few times I’ve set out to emulate some of the methods ...
by Dana McCranie
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Not Quite My Grandmother’s Crochet: The Priceless Legacy of Shared Crafting Skills

I have two skeins of light green yarn given to me after my grandmother’s death in 2005. She purchased the yarn with the intention of making a blanket for the child she hoped I would someday have. She passed in March 2005 ...
by Dana McCranie
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Confessions of a Craft Junkie: Top 5 Curses of Crafting

Recently I’ve discovered that being “crafty” has its problems. Sure, there are the obvious pleasures of being creative and having the ability to express oneself in a unique and tangible way. Yet, in this lifet...
by Dana McCranie
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Best Craft Magazine of 2010: Somerset Life

Have you ever had a friend that just always knows what you need, right when you need it? My friend Renee is that kind of friend. Renee brings me a little something special every time I see her, and whenever she comes to my door...
by Dana McCranie
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Embracing Individuality and Happy Accidents: How Craft Magazines Have Made Me a Better Artist

When I look back at what I’ve learned from craft magazines this year, I don’t think about one particular project. No one card or scrapbook page jumps out at me. What comes to my mind are techniques and principles th...
by Dana McCranie
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5 Reasons to (Still) Love Food Network Magazine

Last year Food Network magazine made quite the impression when it launched. Magazine industry critics and readers–including Magazines.com customers–raved about the new food magazine with the ‘Cook Like a Star&...
by Dana McCranie
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