Lunar New Year Fun

Have you checked out our newest offering, yet? Just in case you haven’t had a chance to flip through it, this week we’re sharing the Lunar New Year coloring page, in honor of the Year of the Rooster kicking off this Saturday, January 28, 2017.

Download and print for coloring fun: CraftyBranch_Winter2017_RoosterYear (pdf)

And make sure to check out the magazine for menu suggestions and links for your own Chinese New Year dinner.


A New Direction: Back to Childhood We Go!

Do you remember activity books as fondly as I do? If so, you’re probably loving the adult coloring book trend that is going strong these days, but I wanted more, I wanted something like a grown-up Highlights. Doesn’t that sound like fun?

Well, I wanted it, couldn’t find it elsewhere, so I made it myself and now I’m sharing it with you. Introducing….


Crafty Branch Activity Book for Grown-Ups

Inside you’ll find puzzles, printables, coloring pages, and much more. Downloadable, printable, and completely free.

You can create an account on issuu (and discover plenty of other interesting publications in the process) to download a copy, or click right here: Crafty Branch Winter 2017 (pdf)

My goal is to put out a new issue each quarter, though this one (being the first and requiring lots of important decisions) is coming out a bit later than I’d intended, so the next will be available towards the end of March. If you have any requests for what you’d like to see more of in the Spring issue, please comment or email to let me know!

Christmas In July Sale!


Let’s make some merry, shall we?!

Call it wishful thinking for cooler weather or blame it on my need to get some pre-Christmas holiday crafting done, but I’m in the unseasonable holiday mood and decided to share.

So here’s the deal (literally!):

  • Everything in the store is 25% off
  • From now until midnight EDT, July 31, 2016
  • Free shipping is still in effect for US destinations
  • You have to put things into your cart to see the discount show up

So go on, frolic and shop and get into the preemptive holiday spirit with me!

And stay tuned as I have a few more goodies coming up this month.

Hot and Fresh! Get Your Spark Kits!

Yes, the day has finally arrived, the Spark Kits are ready to order in our store, they even have their own category to make them easier to find.

The Spark Store is now open!

The Spark Store is now open!

As you can see, each kit is $24.95 USD with free shipping in the United States!

Each of the inaugural Spark Kits includes:

  • Five (5) top-fold A2 card bases (4 solid card stock, 1 patterned paper)
  • Five (5) A2 envelopes
  • Six (6) 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 papers (2 each of 2 solid card stocks and 1 patterned paper)
  • Three (3) 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 papers (white)
  • 14-pc Sentiment Stamp Set (by BoBunny)
  • Black pen (by Faber Castell)
  • Mini Pattern Trio Stencil (custom made for The Crafty Branch!)
  • Adhesive Runner
  • Two (2) Fluid Chalk Edgers (by Prima)

Supplies are limited, so order now before they’re all gone! And tell your friends!

All Aboard for Inspiration!

Despite a severe slow-down on the part of YouTube’s uploading system, I managed to get the first three videos up of the projects I shared with you last week of those non-card items from our Spark Kits!

Direct link for the feed readers: Origami Shirt Tutorial on YouTube

Direct link for the feed readers: How to Make and Embellish Fold-Over Gift Tags on YouTube

Direct link for the feed readers: How to Make a Tabbed Envelope Book

And if that wasn’t enough, we had a successful (more or less) go of the new setup for the Mid Week  Create Break live streams last Wednesday!!! I’d just picked up some pieces from the remnant table of our local home decor fabric store the day before and was itching to make a journal, so I pulled out the tools from our Bound & Determined kit and did a somewhat modified version of our Coptic stitch binding. I’m still finishing up the cover stitching (decided I wanted to top stitch all the way around) but the MWCB replay is available now.

Direct link for the feed readers: Soft-Cover Coptic Binding on YouTube

I’ll be doing another live stream next Wednesday (topic/project is yet to be determined) probably going back to the 9pm EDT time slot I was using for the Periscopes.