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Our Sidekicks are getting crafty with Sugru again and trying out their new colour packs for this week's Craft Test. Get crafty and make a phone case, knitting needle point protectors, rubber beads, footprint flip-flops, strawberry sunglasses, shoe aglets, kitty key covers, a cocktail ring, flower necklace and a sugar skull.

Want to try out some Sugru for yourself? We've got 8-packs to give away to three lucky winners, just click below to enter!

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Cook some traditional Biscochitos Christmas cookies with Kelsey in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Bake some Sticky Toffee Pudding Cupcakes with Cuckoo's Bakery in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Learn how-to triple stamp with Peg from Peg's Crafting Corner and then try making a triple stamped card.

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Cook traditional Scouse Stew with Jo from Liverpool, England.

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Crocheted Sea Creatures: A Collection of Marine Mates to Make (Knitted)

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We chat to Vanessa, give you a chance to win the book and learn how-to crochet a puffer fish.

I design and make crocheted accessories and am also a screen print artist. In my crocheted work, I like to use a combination of new and vintage yarns and threads. I love to mix natural fibres, such as wool, cotton and linen, as well as more unusual materials including metallic threads, wire and banana silk. My screen prints and illustrations are quite simple in style with blocks of colour and shapes behind a figurative subject. I mainly work with acrylics but also use emulsions. I enjoy lino printing as well. Recently, I have been working with the Guild of Master Craftsman Publications, producing a range of craft books which cover a variety of creative disciplines, including print making, knitting crochet and sewing, suitable for the beginner through to the advanced maker. I have also written projects for various craft magazines.

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We head to Calgary in Canada to meet Joanne who loves all kinds of crafts.

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

Through a friend that shared something on Facebook...I thought it was a super cool website because I love to craft and see what others have made

What projects are you currently working on?

I've started a couple paintings...one inspired by Disney's Tangled's lantern scene, and another that's a mash-up of Batman and Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night. I've also been doing henna tattoos and painting phone cases!

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Hey crafters!

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at CO+K HQ? This week we've joined Instagram so you can get a sneak peek of what we've been making, the cute animals we've been meeting and the adventures we've been having in the name of craft. Follow us @cutoutandkeep

Our car, Figgy had his 1st birthday with us.

We celebrated the 4th Of July by baking a pecan pie and you can find the recipe right here.

Jenny (CO+K's own Knittin' Kitten) & Dave came up for the weekend.

Our book was mentioned in the new issue of Simply Sewing Magazine.

We ate breakfast straight out of a frying pan at the Roseleaf

... which we topped up with cakes at Lovecrumbs.

Cat invented cocktails for Magnum Cream Liqueur while melting crayon art for Thread & Heather.

We visited Seymour, the adorable dog at our local coffee shop Odds & Ends.

There was an amazing lightening storm and Tom took these photos.

We watched Andy Murray at Wimbeldon with strawberry & goats cheese bruschetta.

Cat's been sketching Edinburgh with her new Chameleon Pens.

What have you been up to this week?

Happy crafting,
Cat, Tom & Crafterella

Britta recreates the rustic cosy style of Applejack from My Little Pony's kitchen-living room.

Applejack is the best My Little Pony (Friendship is Magic) character because she's so down to earth and family-oriented. Her home, from what I've seen in the cartoon and what I imagine, must be so cosy and relaxing, being filled with only natural materials and precious vintage heirlooms passed down through the generations. The projects I've chosen to style her room are for a kitchen-living room space, as that's where the family spends time together. Handmade really suits Applejack as she's used to working hard for herself to get results! I hope you enjoy sharing my little picture of a dream room with all the cosiness it offers.

Mel Macklin is a kitsch-smitten, fairytale-fancying, pop-femme picture-maker from Melbourne, Australia.

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