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Denver Craft Ninjas – Best Projects of 2012

Everyone counts down their favorites at the end of the year and we felt that we couldn’t let the 2012 slip by without mentioning our favorite projects! It’s even better when we share them with experts that bring their passion to the project!


Domino Pendants
One of the REAL hits of 2012! This project inspired Ninjas to grab their own alcohol inks and make a million domino pendants until the cows come home!
We love when one project spawns many Ninjas to go home and get to craftin’!

Sugar Skulls
After three years of making and sharing this sugar skull project, we’re darn near experts! And so are you! Every time you do this project, you show better and better decorating skills! Even better, we’re so thrilled to see return crafters come with their families and share this rad event!

Sew It All Felted Sweater Mittens
Sew It All Magazine is an outfit with some real deal craftin’ ladies! And we had the honor of working with them and learning from them. I’ve broken out my mittens this winter and found them to be so darn warm and cozy!

Pinterest Tested Tie Dye Tights
Before our pal Amber hightailed it to Seattle, we got to play with this really fun tie dye tights project! If you love tights, this is the project for you to brighten up your collection and add a DIY splash to your wardrobe!

Canning with Helliemae’s
We love Helliemae’s! It’s just that simple. And when Ellen opened the factory’s doors to Ninjas to learn how to can chutney and make quick pickles, we fell in love all the more! The space was perfect for cooking up a storm and everyone left with tasty stuff.

Pasties with Ooh La La Burlesque
A little risque, a little naughty – hanging out with the rad ladies of Ooh La La Burlesque is a reminder that we can all use a little risque in our lives! Not only were these super talented burlesque mamas totally hilarious, but they were great teachers too!

Upcycled Jewelry with Colorado Bead Co. 
We have several love affairs with local crafty businesses…and Anne at Colorado Bead Co. is definitely one of them! Anne let us take over the joint and provided us with all kinds of lovely beads and baubles and taught us to make some really cool upcycled necklaces with soda cans! Is there anything they can’t do over there?

Felt Wreath
This project was a tedious and, at times, frustrating stuggle. But it turned out beautifully. And that’s the reward! Beauty! After seeing the project on Dig This Chick, we realized we had to try it!

We hope that, in the new year, you’ll try something new! We hope that in the new year, you’ll join us for all kinds of crafty good times at Three Kings Tavern! We’re planning and plotting and have some really cool partners lined up for 2013!
Happy New Year, Ninjas!

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Pinterest Tested #1 – Tie Dye Tights

For our first Pinterest Tested project, we wanted to do something simple, but fun too! Something practical that, if it turned out, would be usable!
I’d been eyeing this tie dye tights project:

You can find the original blog HERE! The directions seemed easy and the tights, in the post, seemed to turn out beautifully…so, it seemed like we should try our hands at it! Continue reading

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Pinterest Tested

If you’re anything like me, you love to meander on Pinterest. There are tons of inspiring project ideas that always get my creative synapses a-crackin’.

And that’s what it’s there for! To prompt you to try something new – and really, that’s what Denver Craft Ninjas is all about. We try to open up opportunities to learn, experiment, and walk away with a skill that empowers you to step further out in the realm of the crafty. It’s an adventure!

But sometimes Pinterest throws a lemon out there.
An example might be the concrete project I tested for Ninjas. I was desperate for it to work and figured the directions on Pinterest were going to lead me in the right direction. ALAS…

That’s why I’ve decided to start doing a feature called “Pinterest Tested”.
Basically, I’ll test a project on Pinterest with the help of my fellow Ninjas and we’ll post the results. A simple idea, but one that might inspire you to try out the projects too!

It’s bound to be a lot of fun and I hope that you’ll give us your feedback, your experiences, and suggest other projects for us to try in the comments. We want you to play too!

We’ll be posting our first project VERY soon…so keep an eye out!

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