Martha Stewart CraftStudio: Crafts Without Mess! [Daily Freebie]

Martha Stewart CraftStudio: Crafts Without Mess! [Daily Freebie]

However dramatic the stories about her extra-curricular activities and personality are, Martha Stewart remains the undisputed queen of crafts.

But the last time I did anything crafty was back in high school when I ditched three periods and headed for the beach — so I wasn’t horribly enthusiastic when Martha Stewart CraftStudio popped up on our radar. Color me shocked though, because it’s pretty darn awesome — especially for kids, and people who actually know what they’re doing.

The interface is slick, very pretty (especially on a Retina display) and super-simple to use. Want to move an element around, rotate or scale it? Simply drag or pinch-to-zoom, even with text; couldn’t be easier. Add photos, glitter, stamps, stickers or punch holes in the paper — it’s all there.

Once you’re done you can print your craft, email it, share it on Facebook or Twitter, save it as a photo on the iPad or have it printed at Snapfish.com — which is probably part of the reason the app is temporarily free (the app will be $5 after the July 4th weekend).

And yes, there are five extra themes to buy at $2 a pop. But the app comes with four free themes, which are way more than enough to keep a crafter busy for weeks. Pretty good for a free app.

Martha Stewart CraftStudio: Crafts Without Mess! [Daily Freebie]

My craft, which only illustrates my utter lack of craftiness.

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Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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