Friday, June 26, 2009

Podcasts and more

A few months ago I discovered craft podcasts. Took me long enough... I'd been missing out on a great resource! While working on projects, Pandora. com has long been my pal - it's a pretty wonderful free music site, but lately I find myself browsing the backlog of podcasts (also free) that each of the following sites offers... all different and well worth the listening time. There are interviews with people who craft for a living, many are book authors, and also discussions about the opportunities that abound in online and live marketplaces. Soon you'll be familiar with the various interviewer styles; perhaps you'll choose a favorite, or maybe you'll be like me and listen to them all every chance you get.

Craftypod.com Diane Gilleland's Podcast and blog all about Making StuffCraftsanity.com Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood's Blog and podcast for those who love all things handmade
Hellocraft.com Tina Seamonster's podcast... The future of making is in your hands.And one more: Craftcast.com Alison Lee's podcast motto is Listen. Learn. Create!

Now then, since it's Friday, let's have some more freebies...

The brand new summer issue of Canada's Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine is available as a free download. Tips for using brads and taking outdoor photographs are just two of this issue's hot topics.

For Keeps Creative Paper from Australia is another magazine that's available in an online format. I like it very much as it often features paper filigree, along with lots of other paper techniques. A hefty portion of their budget must go toward photography because the beauty shots really stand out. Scroll down to this badge on the right sidebar and click:You'll have your choice of magazines... Creative Weddings, Down Under Quilts, Creative Expressions, Beads etc, or For Keeps Creative Paper. Nice!

Recently I came across a very nice site and free e-book to tell you about; it's called The Art of Quilling and features simple quilling patterns and tips that are perfect for beginners.

And lastly, you might remember the cake card I made for the May issue of CardMaker Magazine. If you're in need of a wedding card design, a friend noticed that the pattern is now available for download at a nominal cost via ePatternsCentral.
Have a great weekend, everyone; I hope you'll get a chance to create!

8 comments:

SisterDG said...

Thank you so much for including me in this great roundup! Your quilled cake card is absolutely stunning.

Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood said...

Thanks for the lovely mention. Your paper art is amazing! I've been wanting try paper quilling for a long time. I need to move it up on my to-do list. Thanks for the inspiration!

Charlotte Canup said...

Ann -- you find so many creative sites and share them with your readers. I am honored (and tickled pink) to be included. Thanks!

craftcast said...

Hi Ann~
Thanks so much for including CRAFTCAST!
I also want to try paper quilling!!!
You've got me inspired to give it a try.
~Alison

Ann Martin said...

Thanks so much, everyone! I hope you'll find quilling to be as much fun as I do.

Sonya said...

Ann, I LOVE your blog!! I don't know how I haven't found it until now! Thanks to Inna I have. Each post is a visual feast for anyone who loves paper art and is full of inspiration for the mojo. Your quilling work is beyond beautiful and is gacefully elegant. I would have entered your challenges if I had known about them! I have subscbd. and the next one I will give it a try. I would like to add your blog to my links sections and to post a hightlight if that is ok.

Ann Martin said...

Sonya, thank you so much! A link and highlight would be very kind of you. I'm such a fan of your beautiful quilling too. I need to put my thinking cap on about a new challenge soon.

Stefani said...

As you know, Ann, I've long been a fan of most of the podcasts you mention (and will soon check out the others) - but Pandora! I just discovered Pandora a couple of months ago. I've never been one to listen to music at my day job because I hate the commercials on radio and never wanted to set up CDs because I was afraid I'd be distracted.

I love Pandora - it's genius!

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