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We're getting crafty with the Silhouette Portrait in today's Craft Test by making a marquee bar sign, interchangeable bokeh lens and papercut butterfly specimen box. We're also giving our readers in the US & Canada a chance to win their own, just click below to enter!

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Claire J

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We head to Prestatyn in Wales to meet Claire who has been sewing for as long as she can remember.

How did you find CO+K and why did you join?

I stumbled across Cut Out And Keep when i was searching the internet for a pattern. I found a project for a Guitar bag on the website and then started to look around and loved the idea of people sharing their ideas and projects so i decided to sign up.

What projects are you currently working on?

I have a few crochet projects on the go at the moment - scarves and gloves as it is freezing here!

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Pretty Birds

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We chat to Virginia, give you a chance to win the book and learn how-to sew a hummingbird, robin and woodpecker.

HI! I am Virginia Lindsay, author of Pretty Birds and the designer and sewer behind Gingercake Patterns. I adore sewing and creating fun and simple projects. I live near Pittsburgh PA and I have 4 kids who inspire me everyday!

Ursula from Home Made by Carmona recreates the elegant home of Brooke Shields.

Brook Shields home is a beautiful mix of traditional elements while curating rich eclectic pieces. I love how moody her spaces are without feeling stuffy or antiquated. The style of her home can be achieved by employing dark colors on your walls, and mixing the new with the old. Don't forget to bring in a variety of materials from beautiful wood pieces, to marble, to lucite, and don't forget that bit of brass or gold accents! Use these projects as a place to start, as each of these elements can easily be customized to become the style found in Brooke Shields home.

Hi, I'm Zakkiya Hamza and I'm the illustrator,designer and founder of Inkstruck Studio. My work include realistic portraits in graphite and colored pencil, whimsical watercolor illustrations and brand design.All of my work follows the basic principle of keeping traditional art alive.Although I majored in architecture,art has always been a passion. Inkstruck Studio was born in March 2014 with the aim of turning my passion into profession.Every year I make a point to learn something new and this year I've decided to take up the challenge of learning modern calligraphy.All of what I have learnt is self taught with a lot of hard work and determination to go with it.

Outfit Details

  • Dress - Zara 
  • Heels - Gucci 
  • Bracelet - Hermés & Efva Attling 
  • Boho Necklace - Efva Attling chain attached to a Dana Levy hamsa hand

DIY Messy Boho Bun

Recreate the look with Hanna's messy boho bun tutorial:

Check out 'messy Boho Bun' on Cut Out + Keep

We're experimenting with a delicious bottle of Thunder Toffee Vodka for this week's CocktailHour and mixing up a toffee appletini, banoffee daiquiri and some toffee nut marshmallows.

Our Sidekicks are try out pigments from Shiro Cosmetics in this week's Craft Test and have created a range of gorgeous looks for you to try at home.

Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia • Visit Website »

The best thing about living in Slovenj Gradec is that it's a small, unknown middle-aged town that has everything you need – a town center with all the shops, museums, parks, historical buildings and the surrounding hills that provide a peaceful place for everyone.

Come behind the scenes at Running with a Glue Gun and tour Katie's toy-filled craft room.

My favorite thing about my space, is my two shelves that are covered with antique finds and craft supplies. When you walk into my craft room it's the first thing you see and really grabs your attention. I've always loved it when a friend or family member has walk into my craft room and has just gotten lost in the ''sight seeing'' of it all. The shelves and there contents, really describe my personality (in a nutshell) and just makes me happy to look at every time I craft.

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