Kids Crafternoon: A bit of a peak at my new series {+ fabulous giveaway}

by kath_red on 05/07/2011

in Books, Kids Crafts

I am super duper hyped up excited to be able to finally show you the first two books in series of kids craft books I have been working on for Hardie Grant Books. Hardie Grant are a lovely Australian publisher who are well known for their beautiful lifestyle, design and cook books and have sort of recently begun to delve into the craft book scene. You probably already know of them through Pip Lincoln’s Meetmeatmikes books. So I was really excited that they were interested in working with me on their series of craft books for kids. The series is called Kids’ Crafternoon and to start with the first two books in the series are just out – Papercraft and Sewing. Two more books will be out later in the year – Beading and Felting. Isn’t that awesome!

I worked on the book as the editor, bringing together a great bunch of crafters and designers who contributed some wonderful and creative projects to the books. So many creative contributors who I will tell you about a little later – some these folks will be showcasing parts of the book in the coming weeks too – Plus there will be a blog tour later in the month where you can see even more.

You can get your hands on a copy from Booktopia (here and here + more sneak peaks) and at readings too. (Also Amazon UK stocks it too I think)

Hardie Grant are generously offering a copy of each of these books to three whipup readers – isn’t that exciting! So please leave a comment to be in the running – you have 72 hours to enter! Thanks so much for all your great comments. Congratulations Candace, Sadie and Lilly you have been contacted via email.

Let me tell you about the covers – Papercraft cover image the Owl popup card by Larissa holland and the Sewing book cover is Limby the button eye dude pattern by Lizette Greco + Grecolaborativo. However this cover story is a little sad, Lizette’s wonderful Limby doll’s disappeared in the mysterious postal system – never to be seen again. So at the last minute I whipped up a few samples using Lizette’s pattern and tried to recreate the feel of her limby’s as faithfully as I could – to be used in the photoshoot – and there they are on the cover – Lizette’s dolls made by me. Here are Lizette’s Limby dolls here and find out a little more about their story here – I love Barry the limby bear – don’t you?

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1 Chel July 5, 2011 at 4:22 am

Fantastic. I have two nephews who would love these!

2 Bec Clarke July 5, 2011 at 4:45 am

Oh wow I think I have to get those books, they look amazing. Congratulations on a great achievement.

3 Sharonnz July 5, 2011 at 4:49 am

They look GREAT! Perfect for Kiwi winter crafting!

4 Emma July 5, 2011 at 4:58 am

These books look fantastic – well done! We just spent an afternoon making some chai tea and some bath tea bags from one of your fantastic whipup newsletters for kids!

5 Jan Quigley July 5, 2011 at 5:01 am

I’m a sewer really but those little paper owls are very appealing. There are some great Aussie books coming out at the moment. Thank goodness for blogs where we can see them.

6 Julie July 5, 2011 at 5:49 am

These books look brilliant. I am often doing craft activities with groups of children and these look as if they are full of inspiration.

7 Cass Ward July 5, 2011 at 6:02 am

Congratulations. I have two crafty daughters who would love these books

8 Cyndy Scherer July 5, 2011 at 6:10 am

Wow, these look like fun:) Cyndy

9 Helen July 5, 2011 at 6:11 am

Wow – these look gorgeous – as I sit at the computer the floor is covered with felt, glue and thread – the afternath of a frenzied sewing session before school this mornning by my 9 year old twins! They would LOVE these books.

10 jen July 5, 2011 at 6:42 am

my seven year old would love these…actually I would love these my seven year old would have to fight to get a look in.

11 Jodie Holt July 5, 2011 at 6:44 am

FAB! These books look awesome – the kids in my class would love these projects!

12 Odette July 5, 2011 at 6:53 am

Perfect for the summer, my daughter will love to try those projects.

13 fabiana July 5, 2011 at 6:54 am

great book, I’d love to win :-)

14 Abbington July 5, 2011 at 7:01 am

They look awesome! I think they would make fabulous birthday presents for the kids’ friends, and I love that they are something that both boys AND girls would love doing!

15 Heidi July 5, 2011 at 7:30 am

Ohhh I would love to have these to use with my daughter! Thank you !!

16 Heather July 5, 2011 at 7:37 am

Oh wow! my kids are totally on board the softie bandwagon so these books would be perfect!

17 betz July 5, 2011 at 7:42 am

Well done! This series looks amazing! My kids would so love these. Thanks for the give-away!

18 Sarah July 5, 2011 at 7:44 am

Those books look great! I wish they were available in the US right now! It’s crafty camp around here this week.

19 Katarina Johansson July 5, 2011 at 7:46 am

The owls are lovely! Would be nice to have and take out for my son and his friends to make when they are together here! :)

20 Jess July 5, 2011 at 7:56 am

Those owls just set my heart all a flutter! I would love to give them a home.

21 Hana July 5, 2011 at 7:57 am

Wow Kathreen! Just imagining how much fun I would have with my little ones with these two books in my clutches! Oh, and I love the name of the series… crafternoon! Will be adopting that one.

22 Randi July 5, 2011 at 7:57 am

What a great set of books – I’d love to own them!

23 Jane July 5, 2011 at 8:01 am

How lovely! Forget the kids…I want to play with them myself :)

24 di July 5, 2011 at 8:01 am

Very excited to see that they are in print! Although there are heaps of inspiring kids projects on line nothing beats having a great selection in a book for them to look at and choose from and be inspired by!

25 Melissa W July 5, 2011 at 8:04 am

Oh these look great! I have loved working on projects from your fabulous quilt book from the moment I bought it so I’m sure I’d love these books as well.

26 Julia K July 5, 2011 at 8:07 am

These look fabulous! I would love them for my two boys!

27 Lilly July 5, 2011 at 8:08 am

Those books look so good! Thanks a lot for the chance.

28 C July 5, 2011 at 8:09 am

I have always enjoyed the artwork of children…these books look wonderful and I am especially taken by the Limby Gang…I am also sad to hear about the loss of this little gang…

29 Filambulle July 5, 2011 at 8:10 am

Omg they look great. Bravo!!
(my offer is also on for those beauties…)

30 Filambulle July 5, 2011 at 8:12 am

(and now I feel ashamed of my dreadful english: My offer is valid for these beauties too. I love books)

31 nelleke July 5, 2011 at 8:14 am

these look great. very curious to see the other too as well.

32 Jacqui July 5, 2011 at 8:20 am

Neat! I love that you’ve branched out from the traditional sewing book to crafts that might not normally get covered in a kid’s book. And Barry the limby bear, who could not love a toy named Barry, especially such a cool one!

33 Catherine July 5, 2011 at 8:20 am

What a perfect time of year for a fun crafty giveaway for kids! I would love to check out these books with my sons. Thanks for the chance!

34 Darcy July 5, 2011 at 8:38 am

What a great series – looking forward to seeing them in person!

35 JennW July 5, 2011 at 8:43 am

I would love to win these books for our kids.

36 Melinda July 5, 2011 at 8:47 am

I have an 8 year old son who loves creating with paper, and wants to learn to sew. He would so love to have these books for inspiration.

37 Kat B July 5, 2011 at 8:47 am

The books look like so much fun! This is the sort to crafting I am looking forward to doing with my daughter. Very exciting :)

38 Jenny July 5, 2011 at 8:58 am

would be great to use this books this summer…

39 Marcie July 5, 2011 at 9:06 am

Can’t wait to get my hands on this series! Looks fantastic, Kathreen. Haven’t done too much papercraft with my kids yet, so that could be a great resource. Once again, you’ve outdone yourself! Thanks for bringing the crafters and designers together!

40 Catherine July 5, 2011 at 9:22 am

These look great! I’m sure my little girl would love some of these projects. :)

41 Naomi Ruth July 5, 2011 at 9:30 am

Oooo, this sounds like exactly what I’ve been looking for! My eight year old son has been pestering me to teach him to sew! Thanks for introducing the books!

42 vonda July 5, 2011 at 9:32 am

Oh my. I can’t wait to get a copy for my kids. Lots of creative fun.

43 sangeetha July 5, 2011 at 9:33 am

Fab – hope to win

44 Mary July 5, 2011 at 9:34 am

The books look WONDERFUL! Congratulations!

45 carole burkhardt July 5, 2011 at 9:37 am

great books… 3 kids who’d love them and a school fool of kids who could benefit from the ideas within!

46 Esther July 5, 2011 at 9:37 am

These books look like such fun. I’m LOVING those Limby dolls, how sad that they got lost!

47 heather July 5, 2011 at 9:37 am

serious awesome-ness!!! Love those Owls.

48 Silvia July 5, 2011 at 9:39 am

Very cool books! :)

49 Jaki Richardson July 5, 2011 at 9:45 am

Brilliant. and Australian. All good. Will be buying these as soon as I can. Lovely.

50 Addie July 5, 2011 at 10:04 am

These books look like so much fun!

51 Daydream Kate July 5, 2011 at 10:04 am

I keep toying with the idea of a birdcage filled with crafted birds. The photo above makes me want to do that even more.

52 sylvie July 5, 2011 at 10:04 am

Wonderful giveaway! Who can resist crafts books?

53 Kelli July 5, 2011 at 10:20 am

Lovely new books! Congratulations.

54 Ashley July 5, 2011 at 10:22 am

congrats on your new books!

55 Kate July 5, 2011 at 10:29 am

Congratulations, the books look lovely!

56 Bellen July 5, 2011 at 10:35 am

Love the idea of papercrafting for kids – probably stuff we all have at home.
Congrats on the new books.

57 beth troncoso July 5, 2011 at 10:47 am

the books look great. how exciting! (bethtroncoso at gmail dot com)

58 jessicac July 5, 2011 at 10:50 am

My niece would have so much fun, and it would be an excuse to break out my Hello Kitty sewing machine!

59 Jennyroo July 5, 2011 at 10:51 am

These would be amazing! I have three little crafty boys I could share them with!

60 Dell July 5, 2011 at 10:56 am

These would be a great addition to our craft library.

61 Silja Rice July 5, 2011 at 10:56 am

Just love the pictures already. The books look like a lot of fun.

62 gen July 5, 2011 at 11:11 am

Inspiring! I’m itching to get into one and create…

63 tara July 5, 2011 at 11:12 am

this would be great for art projects at school!!!

64 Anita July 5, 2011 at 11:16 am

These books look like they are perfect for me and my nearly seven year old daughter.

65 Anneliese July 5, 2011 at 11:29 am

Congratulations! The series looks just fabulous and I’m sure will be very popular. Thanks for sharing.

66 Ilona July 5, 2011 at 11:32 am

These books are looking perfect for a long summer holiday here, with 4 kids in the house. When it’s sunny they play outside mostly, but here in Holland that’s no certainty, nice weather. Not even in summer ;)

67 Ann July 5, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Congratulations on getting those beautiful books published! And the next two sound great also! I would love a copy of the papercraft book to share with my son :-)

68 Danielle July 5, 2011 at 12:14 pm

How cute! I would love to win these – we are expecting our first next month and I’m looking for some kid crafting inspiration!

69 Lindsey July 5, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Looks like lots of fun stuff for my little people!

70 Shanea July 5, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Wow, these look great!

71 Bridgett July 5, 2011 at 12:16 pm

These books look wonderful. Congrats!

72 Annette July 5, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Wow, the books looks lovely!

Many greetings from Germany

73 Amy July 5, 2011 at 12:20 pm

I have two kiddies that I’m sure would love to make the projects in these books. Thanks for the chance to win!

74 sheila July 5, 2011 at 12:27 pm

My kids would go nuts for these books-they look lovely!!

75 Claudia July 5, 2011 at 12:28 pm

These look like so much fun!

76 Amie July 5, 2011 at 12:34 pm

These look really fun!

77 Emily Flippin Maruna July 5, 2011 at 12:38 pm

What great looking books! We’d love to win!!!

78 Vicki K July 5, 2011 at 12:44 pm

What great fun it must have been for you to gather and go through all these great projects – the covers have a fresh and inviting charm about them!

79 Jessee M July 5, 2011 at 12:45 pm

This would be perfect for when I have a house full of little ones!

80 Jenni July 5, 2011 at 12:46 pm

What beautiful AND clever books! My 10-year-old daughter is a craft-enthusiast, and I know she would love to try out some of the ideas in them (and I with her!)! We are excited that there will be FOUR! Congratulations!

81 Gina July 5, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Congrats on the books! My kids would love these!!

82 Robin McEver July 5, 2011 at 12:49 pm

These books are so cute! I would love to have them!!! Congrats to you! Thanks for the chance to win!


83 Claudia July 5, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Nothing better than introducing crafts at an early age – thanks for making it possible with such beautiful books!! Can’t wait till the others come out…

84 amy jupin July 5, 2011 at 1:03 pm

ack! i love these books! please enter me in the giveaway!

85 RachelM July 5, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Wow these look brilliant, thanks for the chance to win!

86 Deb July 5, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Oh my- I would love to add copies of these to my library- I am an elementary teacher and I usually teach quite a bit of art!

87 Beth July 5, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I know you are not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover but in this case I can’t help it!

88 Jo July 5, 2011 at 1:28 pm

The books seem beautifully done. It will be fun to take a closer look.

89 Fifi July 5, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Awesome…..I don’t have children of my own but I’m always crafting it up with my nephews and now my baby nieces. ☺

I would ♥ to win this!! Thank you for the chance!

90 skye July 5, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I love these books… they’d be so much fun to do with my girls!

91 Audie July 5, 2011 at 1:34 pm

My daughter just looked at the books on the computer screen and told me she wanted them!! Looks like I need to get them now!

92 Aline July 5, 2011 at 1:35 pm

The cover photos make me want to break these books open and have craft day everyday! Fantastic inspiration.

93 Jenny July 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm

What a great giveaway! I would love to have this for these long summer days with my kids. How fun!

94 Melissa July 5, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Love Larissa’s work! I imagine this book is fabulous if the other crafters are even half as talented! Thanks for the offer.

95 Lu July 5, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Great!! Cool books!!!
I’m still learning to sew, and I love it!!!

96 Deana July 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm

My 2 favorite hobbies…sewing and papercrafts! As a teacher and mom, these books would be a great resource. I look forward to more!

97 April July 5, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Those books look wonderful!

98 steph July 5, 2011 at 2:07 pm

So cool! I like the series name- kids crafternoon sounds like the best part of the day!

99 Kristen W. July 5, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Oh my goodness, my daughter would love this!

100 Kelly July 5, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Wow! These books look awesome!

101 sarah July 5, 2011 at 2:33 pm

my kids and i would have so much fun with those books!

102 Pink Stitches July 5, 2011 at 2:37 pm

I would love to own these books! They’re great! Thanks for the opportunity!

103 Coco July 5, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Wow, what a generous giveaway! Count me in!

104 Samantha July 5, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Wow- these are both so cute. I think my 6 year old and I would have a blast with either one.

105 Buffy Scott July 5, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Wow! That is fabulous. I would absolutely love to win a copy, especially of the sewing book. I have five littles and I just know they’d love to have a sewing project book that was just for them :)

106 Megan B. July 5, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Oh my goodness, I would love love LOVE these books. I’m a kid at heart and love doing crafts like these! Thanks for the chance to win!

107 kv barn July 5, 2011 at 3:22 pm

wonderful! we have a house full of boys and we love makng toys!!!

108 Mellissa July 5, 2011 at 3:27 pm

I am always looking for artsy things to do with my kids and the kids that I babysit over the summer. we would love these!

109 Lisa July 5, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Knowing our luck with British summers, I’m sure there’ll be plenty of opportunities to stay in and get crafting this summer break! :D

110 katie July 5, 2011 at 3:34 pm

These look great! I have four kids, these would get a lot of use :)!

111 carmen s. July 5, 2011 at 3:35 pm

wonderful! i’d love to get one of these and experiment with my boys!

112 Noelia July 5, 2011 at 3:36 pm

OMG! I`ve never tried to sew toys so this will be inspiring!

113 Deedra July 5, 2011 at 3:47 pm

A HUGE congrats on this! I wish you amazing success!!! I would love to win one of these books as I have 3 children who are crafty like their mama!

114 Ingrid July 5, 2011 at 3:56 pm

We’re in our first week of summer holidays, and either of these books would get us off to a good start! (save my sanity, I mean).

115 yolanda July 5, 2011 at 3:59 pm

all those proyects seems to be delicius! I`m sure my two little owls will love them! come on, send us a copy to Spain!!

116 Andrea July 5, 2011 at 4:03 pm

These look wonderful. My 3 little ones would really enjoy some of these projects (if not all :))

117 Ana July 5, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Wow…I LIKE this. A LOT! Never enough of genious ideas!

118 Aleta July 5, 2011 at 4:17 pm

would love to have one of these – I have four little girls who love to craft!

119 Mary July 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm

My 8 year old daughter would love these….she already steals all my japanese craft books for ideas and would love something more focused for her skill level : )

120 Karen July 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Wow, I can hardly wait to get my hands on these books! I can think of lots of little people to share the crafty fun with. Thank you for the generous giveaway!

121 Amy July 5, 2011 at 4:27 pm

I’m not sure who would enjoy these more…my son or me!!!

Crafting by Candlelight

122 Joy July 5, 2011 at 4:34 pm

These are great. I would love them.

123 se7en July 5, 2011 at 4:59 pm

These look totally brilliant!!! You have been so busy!!!

124 nomnom July 5, 2011 at 5:11 pm

this is a great givaway – i’d love to win it and make things with my gdaughter – thanks

125 Mary Bruno July 5, 2011 at 5:33 pm

My little girl and I would have hours of fun with these books!

126 Joanna July 5, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Great giveaway!!! I have two little boys I would love to have these books for!! So fun!!!!

127 Kristy - Hopeful Threads July 5, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Oh I would love to win these books! Working on a month of family sewing projects, so the sewing book would be especially perfect! Thanks for the chance!!!

128 Amy P July 5, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Your books look amazing. Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

129 Rachel July 5, 2011 at 6:41 pm

please enter me in your fabulous giveaway ~ thanks !!!

130 ale balanzario July 5, 2011 at 6:45 pm

This is a great giveaway!! thanks for the opportunity!

131 Bron July 5, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Congratulations..they look great and what mum wouldn’t want a copy to keep chn entertained?
Thanks for sharing.

132 Liz M July 5, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Oh wow – these would be brill for what will undoubtedly be a wet British summer!

133 Jasmine July 5, 2011 at 7:53 pm

yes please <3

134 Barbara July 5, 2011 at 7:53 pm

count me in :)

135 Sally Gardner July 5, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Would love it. Might keep me sane in the school holidays about to start!

136 Sherri S. July 5, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Congrats! They each look lovely…fingers crossed!

137 Marcia Coventry July 5, 2011 at 7:58 pm

My eleven year old daughter would love these. She uses her internet time to find origami plans!

138 Samantha July 5, 2011 at 8:00 pm

What a great way to spend quality fun time with your kids- especially on a winters afternoon!!! They look amazing and definatly on my list of books to buy!!!

139 Amy July 5, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Beautiful books. I can’t wait to start crafternooning with the kidlets!

140 Jackie July 5, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Thank you for the great giveaway

141 Anthony July 5, 2011 at 8:02 pm

These books look amazing. My girls would LOVE doing these activities!

142 Stacy July 5, 2011 at 8:03 pm

I love crafting with my kid! these look great ~ Congratulations on publication!

143 Lillian Pang July 5, 2011 at 8:16 pm

They have such a beautiful cover. Im looking forward to seeing the rest.

144 Tonni July 5, 2011 at 8:24 pm

These look terrific!! Can’t wait to see them LIVE IN-PERSON!

145 Stephanie July 5, 2011 at 8:27 pm

How cute do those books look? I have two girls who would love to peruse them!

146 Rebecca July 5, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Thank you so much for the chance to win this. These books look amazing. I would love to read these. Thanks again.


147 figfoster July 5, 2011 at 8:31 pm

I look after two little girls whose parents are drug addicts.They don’t get much attention at home. When they come to my place we do all sorts of activities, from reading aloud (currently The Magic Faraway Tree) to picking and arranging foliage. Even learning to crack nuts so the nuts don’t break becomes a great adventure. They feel so proud of themselves when we co-create something, like a little bird made out of soft soy candle wax from the bottom of some candles – ‘Bird’ is a cult object kept in a safe place and visited regularly. The girls keep special momentoes in my ancient Holly Hobby music box. N and J are 7 & 8 and we’d love to try the beautiful projects in your book.

148 Hannah July 5, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Fantastic crafty and beautiful things. I’m already planning what to make with my little cousin!

149 Louise July 5, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Yes please, this would be great for the school holidays! I have my fingers crossed! Thank you so much :)

150 Yoddy July 5, 2011 at 9:11 pm

The books look wonderful. I would love to play with them.

151 Claire July 5, 2011 at 9:21 pm

They look fantastic, congrats! I’m in Australia so it should be pretty easy to find them!

152 Fairlie Pritchard July 5, 2011 at 9:22 pm

What cute books!! Would love to use them with my Grade 5 class :) – we make gifts for mother’s and father’s day. This year for mother’s day we got some plain scarves and sewed colourful buttons on them. The kids have to write comments on their own reports and this by far was the favorite activity of the semester. The real gift to their mother’s was that they can all now sew on a button – boys and girls!

153 Iva July 5, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Both look great.
Thank you for this giveway!

154 Nicole July 5, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Congratulations! Your books look beautiful. Hardie Grant do a lovely job of presenting and printing their books. And you thought of the ideas for them. They’d be a wonderful addition to my ever growing collection of crafty books.

155 Daniella July 5, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Oh my, I would love to win your lovely books!!

156 Jaime July 5, 2011 at 10:19 pm

What great books, I’d love to share them with my little girls.

157 Callie July 5, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Those books have such fun projects! Cant wait to look throught them!


158 Maria Hoekstra July 5, 2011 at 10:34 pm

I would love to have one of these books. So sweet! I have a little girl and many cousins that would love to give these crafts a try.

159 kiley July 5, 2011 at 10:39 pm

I would love to use these books with my kiddos! Thanks for the chance!!!

160 Skooks July 5, 2011 at 10:51 pm

I would LOVE a chance to win these!!

161 Elizabeth Thornley July 5, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Congratulations! These look lovely and will be great to share with the kids in the Library where I work here in Canada!

162 Nichole Anne July 5, 2011 at 11:03 pm

OMG! These books absolutely amazing and so inspiring! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

163 Beth Mason July 5, 2011 at 11:05 pm

My daughter would LOVE to make these things during boring (and not always sunny) summer days!

164 Kirsten July 5, 2011 at 11:08 pm

They look fantastic!!! YES please!!!

165 Laura July 5, 2011 at 11:23 pm

Wow – what lovely concepts and beautiful covers. This looks like the right project at the right time. Best wishes for continued success!

166 Mindy July 5, 2011 at 11:26 pm

I have a passel of grand kids who would love to get their hands on these books! They love any type of craft and we are always looking for new ideas.

167 Lionesslady July 5, 2011 at 11:37 pm

These look fantastic – thanks for the opportunity to win! Love love love the paper owls!

168 Hilary July 5, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Lovely! I’m especially intrigued by the sewing book.

169 sara July 5, 2011 at 11:44 pm

your book looks fab. three cheers for craftanoons.

170 kate lee July 5, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Congratulations! My daughter and I would love a copy of each book. And happy 40th – it just keeps getting better and better!

171 Kelly G in ATX July 6, 2011 at 12:05 am

Came over through Larissa’s blog…love your blog and the books look super cute!

172 Karen July 6, 2011 at 12:08 am

I am judging a book by its cover but those owls are super cute and I would totally covet this book until I had one of my very own.

173 Kel July 6, 2011 at 12:10 am

My kids would love these! I would, too! :)

174 sonja July 6, 2011 at 12:11 am

I’m always looking for new ideas for crafts and this looks like a fantastic resource.

175 Wendy July 6, 2011 at 12:20 am

Sewing, papercrafts; swoon.

176 Jodie July 6, 2011 at 2:04 am

Thinking the papercraft one looks good!

177 Katie July 6, 2011 at 2:05 am

I would absolutely love to grab a copy of this book. My kids would have so much fun with it. My daughter has little craft parties so she would be ecstatic! Thanks for the opportunity to win one!!!

178 Sarah July 6, 2011 at 2:17 am

This looks beautiful!

179 Sofia July 6, 2011 at 2:19 am

I’m having a crafty birthday party next week, I would love the sewing book! It would also be a perfect birthday present, hint hint Mummy!

180 Casey Jenkins July 6, 2011 at 2:35 am

These look amazing!! I am a primary school teacher and this year we just introduced weekly craft sessions and the children, boys included, love it. These would give us some fantastic ideas to use in the classroom. I can’t wait to have a look at one :-)

181 Sandra Fox July 6, 2011 at 3:22 am

How extremely fabulous. I love the look of these books. Perfect for kids and also the inner-child of us grown ups!

182 Aimee Marsh July 6, 2011 at 3:30 am

Those books look like they were a lot of fun to make and will provide hours of enjoyment for my children. Congrats!!!

183 Mrs Smith July 6, 2011 at 3:33 am

Crafty kids are dripping with awesomeness as is this lovely book.
How ace ‘twould be to turn my, wintry, sick-of-being indoors, crabby kids into utterly entertained, crafty kids.

184 Iona July 6, 2011 at 3:52 am

School holiday timing is perfection for us! Just missed a birthday but a must remember for Christmas.

185 Siona Karen July 6, 2011 at 4:45 am

They look like great fun, would love them!

186 RubyEleanor July 6, 2011 at 5:20 am

I made the spotty lizard with 2 girls one day with great results. I love your designs and it really does make for happy kids who feel fulfilled to make something that looks good.

187 Caroline July 6, 2011 at 5:49 am

How lovely! I would love to own those books!

188 Helen Chandler July 6, 2011 at 5:54 am

Oh, these look like so much fun! Way to go!

189 Jennifer Rolfe July 6, 2011 at 6:27 am

What fantastic books, would love to win a copy! x

190 ainslie July 6, 2011 at 6:45 am

Congratulations Kathreen! Loved your whip up book, so no doubt these will be excellent two. I have to little crafters who will love them!

191 AnneH July 6, 2011 at 6:47 am

The books look lovely – thanks for the chance to win!

192 Alicia July 6, 2011 at 6:48 am

I’d love one! obsessed and a little girl who loves fabrics and colours.

193 rebecca huff July 6, 2011 at 6:54 am

They look great! hope I get one! I have six daughters who love to sew!

194 Rachel July 6, 2011 at 7:15 am

Very excited about this – would be awesome to share this with my daughter while the babies are sleeping.

195 Mandy July 6, 2011 at 7:18 am

They look fabulous! Would love to get some inspiration for activities with my 3 children.

196 Melbourne Mummy July 6, 2011 at 7:25 am

I saw these books and could already imagine my daughter and I having a lovely girls day together – sitting side by side at the dining table, me teaching her how to sew, just as my mother did for me many moons ago. An age old way of spending time together, and learning the joy of creating something all by yourself.

197 Cindy July 6, 2011 at 7:26 am

These look like a whole lot of fun! We’d love them!

198 Kylie chapman July 6, 2011 at 7:39 am

My goodness! How cute are those books! I’d love to win them to share with the little people in my life! :o)

199 tonya lemos July 6, 2011 at 7:40 am

These look great! The owls WOW so colorful and fun looking. They look like must have craft books for my little one!

200 Gwen July 6, 2011 at 7:40 am

Whip up action packs have saved my sanity this summer! More craft books would rock.

201 robin July 6, 2011 at 7:50 am

how cool! I’d love to be entered for a chance to win!

202 Kristine July 6, 2011 at 8:21 am

they sound fantastic – a great go to book for kids to go to when mother’s inspiration runs dry.

203 Carly July 6, 2011 at 8:34 am

They both look gorgeous – my boys have *just* reached the age where crafting can take over an afternoon. It’s beautiful to see them being inspired by others’ projects, and getting all excited about following a pattern and seeing something cool take shape. Congrats and thanks for the opportunity to win!

204 amy kakkuri July 6, 2011 at 8:41 am

these look SO fun!

205 Amy July 6, 2011 at 8:43 am

These books look really amazing. I’ve got two kids who would love to spend some time on the projects. Plus, I’ll be teaching local sewing workshops to kids soon, and am looking for more project ideas and inspiration!!

206 Tonya July 6, 2011 at 8:44 am

My children love crafting with paper. Some times I have to hide the scissors (joking)! More wonderful craftspiration!

207 Holly Schultz July 6, 2011 at 8:51 am

These are fabulous! My boys are getting into “stitching”, as they put it. Love all the fun ideas.

208 liz kettle July 6, 2011 at 8:53 am

These look wonderful! I would love to win and share these with my DIL and grandkids.

209 Stephinie July 6, 2011 at 8:55 am

As Action Pack lovers, we know we would LOVE these as well. Many congrats on your new duo of books… can’t wait to see inside the pages :)

210 Anna July 6, 2011 at 8:57 am

These look amazing kathreen! Can’t wait to see more.

211 Sadie Fox July 6, 2011 at 9:25 am

WOW! I would love a copy of either! How cool. We call our after school and summer time crafting in our house “crafternoons”! FUN! Any chance they will be available on Amazon US?

212 Maladroit July 6, 2011 at 9:30 am

Goooo Larissa! So excited to see her work on the cover of the Papercraft book.

I would love to have these books and especially to explore sewing with my youngest daughter. I’m lucky if I get a straight line when I try to sew anything without instructions!! Thanks for the opportunity.

213 Pam July 6, 2011 at 9:46 am

Great ideas for these books.

214 Leilani Van Hoomissen July 6, 2011 at 10:15 am

They are so cute. My uber crafty daughter would love them.

215 Maryam July 6, 2011 at 10:21 am

Ooh! This looks like a lot of fun :)

216 Carrie July 6, 2011 at 10:29 am

Beautiful covers. I can only imagine the treasures inside!

217 Shara July 6, 2011 at 10:43 am

I would love to win your wonderful book!

218 tena July 6, 2011 at 10:58 am

These look so fun!

219 kellie July 6, 2011 at 10:58 am

these are gorgeous! my daughter will be in heaven when she sees the ideas in these books!

220 Becky Reames July 6, 2011 at 11:02 am

I can’t wait for these books! Winning or purchasing them they look wonderful. I am always on the lookout for new crafting books for kids with projects in them that might interest my crafty children. Beautiful!

221 Autumn July 6, 2011 at 11:03 am

Oh wow! I’m sure these books are worth paying int’l shipping for, if I don’t win. I can’t wait to see what’s inside.

222 Tara M July 6, 2011 at 11:24 am

Super great idea-these look like very fun books!

223 Jennifer Almonte July 6, 2011 at 11:25 am

these books will give me great projects to work on with my little daughter. cannot wait to see them. i already want more, more, more!

224 Paola July 6, 2011 at 11:46 am

This is a great giveaway, i can sure use if for my kiddo.
Thanks for the opportunity

225 Marsy July 6, 2011 at 12:05 pm

These look like tons of fun. Can’t wait to see them in person.

226 Tammy Huffaker July 6, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Oh, I can’t wait to see these books!!! I really hope I win!!! :)

227 Jen Beck July 6, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Lovely. Cannot wait to purchase!!!

228 jackie July 6, 2011 at 12:52 pm

They look wonderful! Congratulations!
: )

229 Lolita July 6, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Those creations are so colorful and fun and nothing is better than something someone took the time to make.

230 Beth July 6, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Sounds like great fun!

231 erika July 6, 2011 at 1:05 pm

oh, i have an 8 year old girlie who would be thrilled to own your books! thank you!!

232 Homebirth Mama July 6, 2011 at 1:33 pm

What a wonderful giveaway! My little ones loves to craft, each and every day. We are always looking for new and exciting ideas. These would be a fantastic addition to the start of our first homeschool year! Thank you for your generosity :) Have a beautiful day!

233 Jennifer H July 6, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Would *love* to win these! They look like SO much fun!!!
Thanks for the chance!

234 Samy V. July 6, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Awesome! Definitly gonna have these on hand win or not! Have so many little ones in the fam and not to mention im planning a yearly toy donation to the womens shelter.. soo im pretty exicited for these upcoming projects, God bless you all!

235 SzQb July 6, 2011 at 2:02 pm

These look great – can’t wait to see them in person!

236 Kayla Roth July 6, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I have 4 little kids that are ages five and younger, I am CONSTANTLY needing ideas to do with them and help them explore their creativity! These look so fabulous, thank you for a chance to win them!

237 Courtney July 6, 2011 at 3:05 pm

really perfect ideas for books; i can’t wait to see more of them!!!

238 Jen July 6, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Looks like a lot of fun! Maybe I could add some whimsy to my wedding centerpieces! Thanks for sharing your talents.

239 Jowyn Jenson July 6, 2011 at 3:38 pm

the sewing book looks awesome. crossing fingers i win.

240 Stephanie King July 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm

These are amazing! My kids would love these! (I promise to share!)

241 Eva Fernandez July 6, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Oh… I have two little kiddos, I’d LOVE any of the books, they seem to have lots of entertainment for the too-hot-to-be-outdoors summer afternoons we are having here.

242 sara July 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm


243 Margaret B. July 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm

thank you for offering such a lovely give-away!

244 Rossichka July 6, 2011 at 5:36 pm

What a great opportunity to have these wonderful crafty books! I can’t resist to take the chance… Congratulations on your work!

245 Mandy July 6, 2011 at 6:24 pm

My grandchildren and their crafty Mama would love these books for the school holidays!

246 Tam July 6, 2011 at 6:44 pm

These would be perfect for the school holidays or sick days during winter!

247 Ruth Hill July 6, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Please enter me! The sound great!

248 olivia July 6, 2011 at 7:16 pm

these books sound amazing

249 Beverly Wingate July 6, 2011 at 7:26 pm

WOw I have pre-oredered both of them on and you bet I WANT them. I plan crafts for youngsters and I know these would inspire my mind and also keep my great nephew and niece busy when they visit. Sign me up!

250 rkokes July 6, 2011 at 7:59 pm

these books look awesome!!!

251 jojoebi July 6, 2011 at 7:59 pm

these look great! Do your kids have time to do boring stuff like clean their room?

252 Kristie Brock July 6, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Thanks for this opportunity. The books look great! I certainly would enjoy a copy!

253 Michelle July 6, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Three of my favorite things… my kids, papercrafts, and sewing!

254 denise July 6, 2011 at 8:51 pm

These look amazing! So many fun afternoons coming!!

255 Tricia C. July 6, 2011 at 8:57 pm

The books look wonderful; my daughter and I would love to delve into them. Thanks for the chance to win!

256 Carolyn July 6, 2011 at 9:03 pm

These books look GREAT!! I have two mini-me’s that would have a lot of fun with these books!

257 Michelle July 6, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Congrats! I love receiving your newsletters, always full of so much information and crafty goodness, thanks :)

258 Kirren July 6, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Hi! The books look amazing! Lots of quality time with my 3 beautiful girls in those books. I am probably too late to win one, even though it is never too late to do craft! Have a good day all you crafters!! :)

259 mandy July 6, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Way to go! I’m very excited to check out the new books.

260 Anna Walker July 6, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Gotta be in it to win it! These book might actually motivate me to try something crafty with the kids…Just gorgeous!

261 Pip July 6, 2011 at 11:57 pm

They look amazing. I cant wait to get my hands on a copy!

262 Rowena Sutton July 7, 2011 at 12:13 am

How good do these look!!!! And the owls, spectacular. Looking forward to be able to do some more fantastic craft, always looking for help with ideas and these both look prettty good.

263 Sue July 7, 2011 at 12:45 am

These look perfect for me and my little niblets! Luv!

264 Nicole July 7, 2011 at 12:46 am

Those books look alot of fun, I know my boys would have a blast!

265 Erin July 7, 2011 at 1:18 am

What a good idea for a series of books! My kids would love them, especially my daughter :)

266 kelly July 7, 2011 at 1:23 am

congratulations on some wonderful books. they both look fantastic and it is always fun to get the kids involved in making!

267 Caity July 7, 2011 at 3:17 am

CONGRATS and how wonderful! These books look awesome – I don;t have kids, but may have to borrow some so I can play!

268 Gill Watson July 7, 2011 at 3:21 am

These look great books!

269 Janelle July 7, 2011 at 3:25 am

I just had a baby girl so this book will come in handy in a few years! Thanks for the chance to win!

270 Susan July 7, 2011 at 4:35 am

These books look fantastic I can’t wait to get my hands on them!

271 Jane July 7, 2011 at 4:55 am

Ooh, they look fantastic! Love the covers.

272 Sam July 7, 2011 at 5:34 am

I’m a teacher, so those books would be a wonderful addition to my craft corner for loads of arty kids to pore over for years to come

273 catherine July 7, 2011 at 5:45 am

they look just fabulous! i’ve realised I need to get my daughter her own craft books so my own stay safe!!

274 amy July 7, 2011 at 7:59 am

I’m just getting into crafting, and look forward to doing it with my soon-to-be preschooler!

275 Aimey July 7, 2011 at 8:33 am

Beautiful books, as a mother of two and Girl Scout leader these would be wonderful to have!

276 Lisa July 7, 2011 at 11:24 am

These look like super fun books!

277 Candice July 7, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I cannot think of a better way to spend a rainy summer “crafternoon” than holding back overzealous creative impulses to take over while my kids craft an inventive project, then wait for them to FINALLY lose interest and allow me to get my hands on their supplies. The highlight is always proudly showing Dad what the (ahem) kids made today!

278 amorette July 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm

these look like they would be so much fun, and full of great ideas! sad story about the postal loss- i always worry about that when i send anything, esp. handmade.

279 Pamela July 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm

these are great! Hope I’m still in time!

280 Pallavi July 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Great book.. I’d love to win :D

281 Kathy July 7, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Lovely! Both books look full of good ideas. :)

282 maryellen July 7, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Beautiful! I love that winking owl!

283 kristi July 7, 2011 at 6:57 pm

So excited about these books, Great Job!

284 Lucie July 7, 2011 at 9:44 pm

These books look amazing. Would love to try some ideas from them.
Lucie (

285 Holly July 7, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Such cute projects!

286 Erica S July 7, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Just gorgeous! yes please!

287 Amy Oun July 7, 2011 at 10:18 pm

So much fun! My kids are too young for these right now, so I will just have to make some stuff myself until they’re old enough. :)

288 Pam Pike July 7, 2011 at 10:36 pm

I would love to win these. I have 3 grandchildren that love to craft. Sharing these books with them and crafting the projects with them would be a special treat!

289 Mary July 7, 2011 at 10:59 pm

What cool books…we’ve been having kids camp and sewing each afternoon….look like great ideas to try!!!

290 Stacie July 7, 2011 at 11:20 pm

These books look like so much fun!

291 SarahC July 7, 2011 at 11:31 pm

OH for DARING, I would adore to get my hands on these copies. And congrats to you on getting these published :)

292 Alicia Maxwell July 8, 2011 at 12:02 am

These books look like so much fun! I love papercrafts.

293 Deidre July 8, 2011 at 12:15 am

These books look lovely! Thanks for the chance to win!

294 Caroline Stephens July 8, 2011 at 1:20 am

Enticing covers. Can’t wait to see what is hiding inside. Caroline Stephens

295 Ritu July 8, 2011 at 2:09 am

Would love to introduce my daughter to sewing so that she can get her skills up early (unlike me!). The whole series sounds fantastic.

296 Virginia Mason July 8, 2011 at 2:47 am

What a gorgeous duo of books. Lovely crafty ideas for my children to be involved in during the holidays.

297 Kylie Carberry July 8, 2011 at 5:43 am

Looks fantastic, we love paper crafting!

298 Kristen Lorenzen July 8, 2011 at 10:26 am

I love these books! My children are 7,8 & 10 and we live for crafts!!!!

299 Patsy July 8, 2011 at 11:59 am

really awesome, my kids would love it

300 Nonna July 8, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Not only adorable for this grandmother – but for my daughter and granddaughters too!
a great way to bring 3 generations of crafters together Thanks!!!!

301 Kim July 8, 2011 at 12:16 pm

These look wonderful! My kids would love these – my daughter is just now learning to sew.

302 Jak, Dee and Kids July 8, 2011 at 12:35 pm

These look wonderful — perfect for summertime (or anytime!) fun!

303 Kati July 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm

These look amazing! I might even share them with my boys. : )

304 Deborah July 8, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I love the concept and the look of the books and would be fighting the kids off the make the projects in them!

305 Julie July 8, 2011 at 5:58 pm

I would love these to use with my wee boy!! yes please! They look amazing.

306 Trish July 8, 2011 at 7:12 pm

I would love to use these books as a craft at my job!

307 Denise July 8, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Oh, I hope I am in time for the giveaway! These books are adorable! They look like they would be great fun. :)

308 tracy July 8, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Love craft books, my daughter wants crafts everyday

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