'The Craftys' Awards Launches April 28, 2014, A New Event that Celebrates the Best in Craft

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Crafters compete for $3,000 in cash and more in prizes.

Musicians have the Grammys. Movie stars have the Oscars. Crafters now have The Craftys.

The Craftys is a new annual awards event that celebrates the best in craft across the United States. Like the Emmys or the Grammys, The Craftys is positioned to become the ultimate prize for crafters in many different disciplines. The Craftys’ Best in Show winner receives $1,000 and each category winner gets $200.

“Crafts deserve to celebrated as much as any popular American art form,” says Neil Gladstone, who co-founded CraftFoxes.com, the organization behind The Craftys. “There are great crafters and designers whose creations are rarely seen beyond the walls of their living room. The Craftys can help change that.”

Several companies are partnering with the inaugural event, including Red Heart Yarn, Nick Jr. (Nickelodeon), Blick Art Materials, We R Memory Keepers, Workman Books, FaveCrafts, LolliPics and Instructables.

“Red Heart Yarn is committed to celebrating crafters’ creativity in big ways,” says Carrie Leahew, Marketing Manager for Coats and Clark, a division of the world’s largest supplier of crafting products. “The Craftys have the potential to grow into a huge event for creators and the industry.”

Crafters can enter their best projects online at TheCraftys.com and fans can nominate their favorite makers through May 26. Entry categories include knitting, quilting, scrapbooking, jewelry-making and edible crafts. A special award will also be given to the Best Young Crafter under 18. Even craft enthusiasts have a chance to win a Crafty for the best DIY Pinterest Board or Best Craft Blog. The “Best of Show” award will be presented to one of the category winners for the craft that has it all – creativity, great design and that elusive “It” factor.

The Craftys is proud to introduce an acclaimed panel of judges:

Lasette Canady – Nick Jr.                                    
Andrea Zimmerman – Disney / Babble
Mark Montano – The Big-Ass Book of Crafts            
Brie Dyas – Huffington Post
Timothy Adam – Handmadeology                        
Wade Wilgus – Instructables    
Brett Bara – Manhattan Craft Room                
Simone Collins – FaveCrafts    
Rachel Faucett – Handmade Charlotte                
Dory Carr-Harris – PSFK
Amy Anderson – Mod Podge Rocks                
Perry A. Price – American Craft Council
Heather Mann – Dollar Store Crafts                        
Haley Pierson-Cox – Make: Craft

Plans are already underway for The Craftys to expand in 2015 and 2016 to include more sponsors and a live event. Visit TheCraftys.com to learn more.

About CraftFoxes.com
CraftFoxes.com has been a popular community site for crafters since 2010. Creative minds from around the globe come together on the site to meet, chat and share their ideas. Launched by Loren Lankford (formerly from Etsy), Neil Gladstone (formerly from MTV and AOL) and Lindsay Conner, author of Modern Bee, a book on quilt-making, CraftFoxes offers tutorials and a designer marketplace for a wide variety of crafts such as knitting, sewing, scrapbooking, baking and jewelry-making.

For more information about The Craftys contact: Neil Gladstone info(at)thecraftys(dot)com; Lisa Fulmer lisafulmerwrites(at)gmail(dot)com

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