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whipped clay prayer candles

Whipped Clay Prayer Candles

These whipped clay prayer candles are extremely satisfying to make and a feast to look at. This project is a sneak peek from my upcoming book, and I asked my publisher if I could share and here we are! Decoden is the technical term and I have other projects with

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Day of the Dead Candelarias

Day of the Dead Candelarias

These Day of the Dead candelarias are perfect for your ofrenda. I know because I made this set for the one I’m building in my home this week! Candles are an integral part (more on that in a bit), but it’s dangerous to leave a lit candle burning all day

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Halloween Faux Succulent Gardens

I made these Halloween faux succulent gardens for a variety of reasons. First of all – I saw all the supplies at Dollar Tree and couldn’t resist. and I thought it would be a fun idea for a decoration that isn’t all about blood and gore. I like too, but

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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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5 Juicy Reads for Fall

By Kelsi Nymon of Más Corazón Mercado Special for via GIPHY Here are five juicy reads for fall that are perfect for alone time this fall season. Literally, take time to curl up with a good book, light a candle, brew up your favorite beverage and indulge in a

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die cutting machine

Tips, Tricks, & Faves of Die Cutting

By Jane Rudolfo Shouse Special for Hi there! My name is Jane and as a crafter, creative and maker, I am Juanitas Casita! I’m going to tell you my top ELEVEN tips, tricks and faves of die cutting!! But first, because I hear this a lot – electric die

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Reverse painted glass tutorial

Reverse Painted Glass: El Corazón

    I created this reverse painted glass shadowbox as part of the Michaels Community Classroom. In case you missed it, the class is now available on the Michaels YouTube channel!   I love this project because it’s so easy to make and all you need is a glass picture

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Kathy Cano-Murillo

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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!

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DIY Artful Pumpkins

I wanted to paint some artful pumpkins this year rather than embrace the traditional concept of fall. I bypassed the foam pumpkins at the craft store

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DIY Pumpkin Ideas

It’s pumpkin season! There is no better person to get inspiration from than my dear friend, Alexa Westerfield from SwellDesigner. She starts her DIY action as

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Craft Fail: I Suck at Gingerbread Houses

This one breaks my crafty heart. I’m finally stepping up tot he plate to admit that I SUCK at making gingerbread houses. You see, every year a local organization, The Neighborhood Housing Services of Phoenix, holds an event called Home Sweet Home. They invite people from the community to decorate

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Memories: Rock N Roll High School

When one of the most well-respected editors in the city asks you to write a first-person story for one of the biggest publications in town, you almost faint from the anxiety. That was my scenario, anyway. A few months ago, Amy Silverman, managing editor of Phoenix New Times offered me

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Tears, exercise, and popcorn!

This was one of those days that I’ll remember for a long time. So, you know how I’ve been on this weight loss mission? I have my food routine down pat. But it’s boring due to repetition. This morning I woke up and told Patrick, “I’m splurging on my points

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