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Crafty Chica Creates book

Preorder Crafty Chica Creates + $100 Giveaway!

It’s finally time to preorder Crafty Chica Creates! This is my twelfth book and it’s super special because it marks 20 years of Crafty Chica!!! This book is meaningful in so many ways, first of all – it’s by the original publisher who gave me my first book deal back

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Marinela cookies

Marinela cookies con chisme!

Cookies con chisme was a thing with my family, and when the Marinela brand invited me to join this Hispanic Heritage Month campaign I knew it was meant to be. Like me, my dad and mom had a sweet tooth. On Sundays, my dad would visit the swap meet, wheel

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craft supplies

Teach Road Safety At Home With These DIYs

Teaching kids of all ages about road safety is one of the most important things you can do as a parent. Car accidents are incredibly common every year, with about six million taking place in the U.S. alone. Thankfully, there are numerous crafts that you can do with your kids

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Top Fold CARD

Check out this top-fold card idea!

If you love papercrafting – you’ll appreciate this top fold card technique. I found it on YouTube from Lisa’s Stamp Studio and knew I had to try it ASAP. What I love is it offers a little surprise when it comes to opening the card. And if you are like

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pinata planter class

Piñata Planter

Here are the directions for those of you who signed up for my piñata party class! 1 piñata planter 1 cactus ornament 1 paint set (multi-surface paint does not require varnish) Paintbrush Mini succulent to go inside the planter Optional: Headpin, varnish DIRECTIONS: Wipe your planter free of any dust

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Vacation retreat ideas in Arizona!

Arizona has been my home for many years, but we’ve primarily stayed in the Phoenix area, what locals call “The Valley.” However, I don’t need to be so tied to the Valley and can work, write and create from just about anywhere. It’s made me curious about a second-home or

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Tips to Grow Your TikTok Account

Are you in need of tips to grow your TikTok account? I’m happy to share all I’ve learned. I’m currently a TikTok partner and with that comes a lot of helpful training from the TikTok team. I’ve applied all I’ve learned (as much as my schedule allows), and I’ve definitely

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Kathy Cano-Murillo

Let’s connect!

Hi, I’m Kathy, The Crafty Chica! My specialty is creative motivation. I’m an artist, author, and speaker and this is where I share my craft tutorials, artwork, articles, books, product lines, and workshops!

Let’s work together! Check out my services page HERE.

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I crashed in a balloon ride – and loved it!

Flying high in the sky – and then crashing down – in a hot air balloon ride certainly tops my 2016 adventures! At the time I agreed to do it, I honestly wasn’t sure if I’d really follow through. Ack, the fear! But I did it and here’s how it went

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Fringe benefits of curly Hair #craftychica #bighair #latinawriter

Fringe benefits: Livin’ that big hair life

The first time I recognized its power? Age nine. During that era, my mom spent hours every week perfecting a variety of looks on my head, embellished with ribbons and ornate barrettes. It didn’t stop there. Home girl made it her mission to match my dresses, knee socks and shoes. 

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Muertos Couple by Kathy Cano-Murillo

Emotional crafting to the extreme

This is where I bombard you with all the crazy stuff going on. Emotions are high, so I waited a while to put this post together. First off – the only way I know how to decompress is to make stuff. That’s why that picture is up there, I made

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