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Felt your own cute mini pumpkins, perfect for Halloween!

Check out this how-to on flickr!

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Here's a project especially for CO+K member Knitten Kitten!

Check out this knitting pattern for making an adorable knitted kitten.

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We're happy to tell you that Snippets 12, The Day Of The Dead Issue is now online for you to read

In this issue we've got interviews with Melora from Rasputina, the Crafty Chica, Baking With Medusa, Adrienne King from the Friday The 13th movies,and roller girl Toni Carr. We've also got a costume competition, so if you're dressing up, make sure to enter your photos! Read it now >>

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This is one of those recipe books where you get hungrier and hungrier, the more you flip through the pages. Cupcake Magic by Kate Shirazi may be a small but it's stuffed full of baking goodness.

I'm not a fan or recipes that call for long lists of ingredients, and this book caters exactly to my whim, with a number of "Low-Faff" recipes, designed to make baking cupcakes easier. There is also a selection of "High-Faff" recipes too, for times when you are in the mood to make something extra special. For example, a Bollywood cupcake, covered in rich fondant and embellished with glittering icing flowers.

There's certainly a cupcake for every occasion in the book, with each recipe pictured in mouthwatering detail. Celebrate Valentine's day with a super sexy Bite My Cherry or Cupid Cupcakes. Even just the name of the Carrot Cupcake with Honey Cream Cheese Frosting is enough to send you running for the baking supplies. If you're looking for something a bit different, then this book's savory cupcake selection might suffice, with weird and wonderful combinations like Ricotta & Smoked Salmon or Bacon & Cheese cupcakes.

Once you've gobbled down a plate-full of cupcakes, you even make yourself feel better with the knowledge that a donation will be made to the Battery Hen Welfare Trust from your purchase of the book.

You can pick up a copy of this book from Collins & Brown.

Order a copy for only £6.00. Call 0870 787 1613 and quote reference CH1068

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If you end up with lots of left over clay after projects, then you'll love this how-to for making swirl beads out of clay scraps!

Check out the how-to here >>

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We've added a new feature that lets you keep up to date with what you're Cut Out + Keep friends have been doing! One you're logged in, click the Friends button in your user bar to see if your friends have posting any new projects, commented, added friends or have been blogging.

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The Bead Maker by Mary Maguire is a great book for all those bead-crazy crafters out there. Sometimes it's easy to forget that you can actually make beads yourself, as their something you use to make other things, but as this book will teach you, there are dozens of ways to make your own.

The book includes a variety of techniques for making your beads, such as embroidery, molding, felting and papier mache. The beads are also made from a wide range of materials including clay, candy foil, plastic, paper and natural items like spices, shells, stones and seeds. My favorites were the embroidered Clever Cubes, adorable Dabbling Ducks and the Spotted & Striped felted beads.

Making your own beads is a great way to save money, recycle and be creative from the complete start to finish of your project.

Pick up a copy of the book from Collins & Brown.

Order a copy for only £12.00. Call 0870 787 1613 and quote reference CH1069

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Halloween has come to Cut Out + Keep and we've got hundreds of spooky craft projects to get you inspired and prepared for the day. Some of our favorites include Little Pumpkin Cupcakes, a Bat Costume, some Gruesome Knitted Eyeballs, a disgusting looking Brain Specimen Shot, Felt Jack O Lanterns, the Cheescloth Ghost, gory buy tasty Skull Crushers, make-up techniques for creating Fake Bruises, a Giant Spiderweb, beautiful but deadly Spider Web Earrings and this technique for Carving a Pumpkin. Check them all out here and happy spookings everyone!

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The frock has always been an important part of any woman's wardrobe and Fabulous Frocks by Jane Eastoe and Sarah Gristwood is a homage to the garment.

The book is an exploration of the dress throughout the years, from the elegance of 1930's starlet red carpet couture, to the ease of hippie dresses in the 1970's, to the harder-edged punk and constructed styles of Gaultier and Westwood in the 90's.

With ever changing hemlines, seasons and fashions, there have been hundreds of styles throughout the years, each captured on the pages of this physically substantial and inspiring book. If you can't get enough of that little black dress, then you may want to cuddle up with book and flip through each page of designer eyecandy.

You can pick up a copy of the book from Pavilion.

Order a copy for only £20.00. Call 0870 787 1613 and quote reference CH1067.

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These papercraft star books are adorable and would make a perfect Christmas gift.

Get a head start on your present making and learn how-to on Making Mini Scrapbooks.

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