One of my favorite months of the year is March, as it is International Craft Month.   For me, this is a great time to be creative, as well as learn new crafty skills. It is also a great time to encourage others to be creative.bee creative kick off badge

I’m thrilled to be Celebrating International Crafting Month, with many blogging friends who volunteered to share tips, tutorials, inspirational projects and simply help encourage everyone to be crafty.

I want to recognize and thank Timeless TreasuresAurifil, Fat Quarter Shop, Martingale, Dragon Threads, ASF Lighting/Beam N Read and The Wooden Bear for sponsoring this event.  They have generously donated many amazing prizes.


We have 20 prizes to giveaway and everyone can enter by simply visiting one or all of the blogs.  


While I’ll confess the project I worked on and wanted to share with you today, has photos captive on my camera that didn’t have an SD Card inserted when I took the photos. So, that project will have to wait to another day to be shared.  Still, I have a fun crafty product to share with you that I think is also extremely versatile and economical.


Inktense watercolor pencils are vibrant colored pencils that are fun to doodle, sketch and create with. You can lightly touch with a water brush, after you have sketched, to create a result of watercoloring.  These pens work great on paper, as well as fabric (just heatset).  Colors are amazing.


It is also fun to use stencils with your Inktense watercolor pencils.  For those that enjoy free-motion quilting, or wanting to learn, consider using a FMQ stencil, coloring in areas with Inktense pencils, setting them with a little water on a brush, heat set, then sandwich and free-motion quilt for an amazing look.

Don’t overlook how much fun it would be to use Inktense watercolor pencils with the Mandala designs, on fabric or paper.  Definitely check back this coming Saturday, when the Charity Fundraiser to benefit Cystic Fibrosis kicks off.  And, hopefully you’ll want to enter to win prizes in our virtual fundraiser, #StitchAlong, #DoodleAlong, #FMQAlong.   Of course, I’m hoping to see some cheerfully colored Mandalas, on fabric or paper, that could be colored with these pencils, or any marker (depending on what media you transfer the 12 Mandala designs to).  So many ways to be creative and have fun!

update:  Many are asking where they can find the Inktense water color pencils?  They are often available in various craft and art supply stores.  And, as an Affiliate thru Amazon, I also want to share that you can find a variety of Inktense water color pencil collections on Amazon.


I’m honored to have a variety of blogging friends that volunteered to help kick off the Celebration of International Craft Month today.  They will each be sharing a variety of tips, tutorials and inspirational projects on their blogs today. To clarify, this is not a traditional blog hop as they are all sharing insights on March lst.  And, you can claim an extra entry to win prizes by visiting one, or all, of these blogs.  Here is the list of blogs that are helping with this celebration:


note:  If you have problems viewing this table, please try a different internet browser such as Chrome.  Or see if you can use your – / + keys to reduce down the size of your display.

Sponsor Prize Winners

A bundle of Flora and Fauwn

TT Fabric bundle

This prize will be shipped by the sponsor to a US only winner.

 Prize #1  winner – Connie R
Dragon Threads Color My Garden: An Adult Coloring Book,  by Jane Sassaman


Small Summer Birds Scarf, designed by Julie Paschlis

signed summer bird scarf

This sponsor will ship these prizes to the respective lucky winners in the US/Canada

 Prize #2

winner – Vicki S


Prize #3

winner – Pauline Ann P.



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A bundle of Fons & Porter’s notions and book, with a estimated value of $75.  

This sponsor will ship the prize bundle to one lucky winner in US/Canada.



 Prize #4

winner -Linda H



ASF Lightware Solutions / Beam N Read Beam N Read personal lights are great tools for crafters.  One lucky winner will receive a BNR LED 6-3F 

6 LED beam n read

 Prize #5

winner:  Bea L.



The Wooden Bear


Five lucky winners will receive an A la Carte Pattern of their choice.


Five lucky winners will get to select a pattenlet of their choice.patternlet

US winners can select if they prefer a printed or electronic pattern.  International winners will receive electronic patterns.

 Prize #6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (Patterns a la Carte)


Collette, Donnalee, Peggy G., Gene B., Mary E

Prize #11, 12, 13, 14, 15 (Pattenlet of their choice)


Heather, Marian P, Carol, Donna L.,Trudy, San, Nancy





One lucky winner will receive a Mary Fons – Small Wonder thread with 10 small spools collections.

Aurifil will kindly ship this prize WW


 Prize #16

winner – MaryEllen



Martingale Striking Strip Quilts, by Kate Henderson

Snow Happy, by Robin Kinglsey

Here Comes Spring, by Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks

Jo’s Little Favorites, by Jo Morton

These books will be shipped by QuiltShopGal.  As I do not have any funds available to ship internationally, nor Postage Angels supporters at this time, these prizes will be limited to US Only winners.

 Prize #17

winner – PK Solberg

Prize #18

winner – Rosemary B

Prize #19

winner – Chris S.

Prize #20

winner – Carol S.



To enter to win a prize, simply visit one or all of the blogs participating in this kick off.  For each blog that you visit and leave a comment on their post for this event, you can claim an entry.  While it really only takes one entry to enter and win, many like to increase their odds of winning prizes.  I also like to think that the more blogs you visit, the more inspiration and fun you’ll find. And, I want to clarify that the bloggers that have helped to kick off this event are also eligible to enter the giveaway and win prizes in this event.  The only thing they can not do is claim an entry for visiting their own blog.

You have until March 13th to visit all of the participating blogs, just remember to claim all the entries you qualify for via the rafflecopter form below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Don’t forget to visit all the blogs that are helping to Celebrate International Craft Month by sharing tips, tutorials and inspiration on their blogs the lst of March.  You can also follow these blogs from My Creative Blog List.

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118 comments on “Let’s Celebrate International Craft Month – by sharing tips, tutorials, inspirational projects with a fun Blog Hop and Giveaways”

  1. This looks like fun! Is the project stuck on your camera one you made with the Inktense Pencils? I have them but haven’t really used them yet, just a little play.

    • Camera has a different project. Still haven’t found my SD Card, but was able to take more photos in daylight today via my phone. I’ll share it tomorrow. And, I’m shooting to share more insights on the Inktense Pencils next week, as part of the Charity Fundraiser for CF as they will be fun for coloring the Mandala designs on paper or fabric. Pull yours out and play. Not difficult to get going at all.

  2. Oh my, this looks like fun! I am excited to see the projects all these fabulous bloggers have to share. Thanks for hosting this great hop!

  3. I really like how you’ve focused your energy into specific causes this year. Celebrating creativity has always been your thing as well as mine, and I’m delighted to be out here with you shouting the benefits. Thanks for including me!

    • Bea, they just worked fine for me. So sorry you are having problems. Can you kindly try again. You should be able to hover and click over the blog name. If you still have problems let me know what browser you are trying and I’ll see if I can trouble shoot. There is also an embedded link within the rafflecopter form for each blog, so clarify if you are still having problems with the link on my post vs the link with in the rafflecopter widget.

  4. I’ve wondered about those watercolor pencils. Thanks for hosting this blog hop. Have fun settling into your new space.

  5. March is coming in like a Lion today! Thank you for this fun ride into March with some giveaways and quilty stuff! I giggled at some of those cuties from Wooden Bear.

  6. Where can I purchase Inktense pencils? Would love to know more about the Charity Fundraiser to benefit Cystic Fibrosis as I have a nephew with CF.

  7. I love my Inktense pencils too.
    Winning that 2nd prize would put me over the moon with happiness.
    (what??? I missed the math question captcha???)

  8. LOVE mandalas. Have a book on them. Need to make one of fabric, but colouring one would be a good start. These pens look really fabulous. Thanks!

  9. Darlene, it’s wonderful to meet you and explore your Blog.
    You’re right on time w/the Inktense Watercolor pencils as I’ve set out to design my quilt labels.
    Found a template or two at a local quilt show this past weekend and now I just need to color ’em.
    Thank you for sharing this product…I hope I can find it locally. Love that it can be heat set.

  10. Wow, that’s a lot of prizes! You did a great job of lining those up. It’s been fun to see all the crafty things that people are doing, quilting or not. I am thinking those pencils might work really well for a watercolor card stamping idea that’s been floating around in my head. Thanks!

  11. The watercolor pencils look interesting. Love the flowers you did. 🙂 Thanks for a chance to win such awesome prizes!

  12. Thank you for organizing the blog hop. I have learnt about different products , fabulous quilt ideas and most importantly what a wonderful fellowship quilters have. Happy Quilting 🙂

  13. I LOVE the water color pencils ideas!!! Never heard of them before, now I’ve got a new ‘want’ on my craft supplies wish list! Thanks for sharing!

  14. What a great idea! I don’t have these pencils, but I was thinking I could do the same thing with a stamp and play around filling it in with color with some FMQ

  15. What a great idea w/the pencils! I just bought some. I’ll have to see if I can be as successful! Thanks!!

  16. I will have to get some of those pencils, they look like a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing all of this fun stuff. vickise at gmail dot com

  17. Thanks for this fun bloghop. I’m enjoying seeing all the crafty idea. I have used my regular derwent watercolor pencils for a nice faux applique look. After coloring, I brush on a textile medium to make the colors permanent.

  18. I am having a lot of fun making 3 Eye Spy quilts for 3 different children – one in Canada – one in England and one in New Zealand – my family is spread around a bit.

  19. This sounds like sew much fun! I’m always looking for more ways to challenge myself and do new things in each quilting project!

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