Machine-Embroidered Framed Burlap Monogram

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create a beautiful framed monogram with your embroidery machine using Embroidery Designs from Five Star Fonts Embroidery.

Materials

  • Natural burlap fabric, 8″x10″
  • Cutaway embroidery stabilizer, 8″x10″
  • Black embroidery thread
  • Frame, 8″x10″ with 5″x7″ mat

Tools

  • Embroidery machine
  • Five Star Fonts Embroidery Swirly Embroidery Frame Design
  • Five Star Fonts Embroidery Runway Model Embroidery Font
  • Sulky KK2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, fabric marking pencil, steam iron and pressing surface, straight pins

Directions

STEP 1

Hoop stabilizer in embroidery hoop.

STEP 2

Remove any wrinkles from burlap by pressing with warm steam iron. Center burlap fabric over stabilizer in embroidery hoop, ensuring weave of burlap is straight when placed in hoop. Pin burlap to stabilizer keeping pins outside embroidery area.

STEP 3

Create monogram with embroidery software using Frame and Runway Model Font from Five Star Fonts Embroidery. Load embroidery design on machine and start stitching.

STEP 4

When design stitching is complete, remove embroidery hoop from machine and remove design from hoop.

STEP 5

Turn design to back and center mat over embroidery design.

STEP 6

Center cardboard frame backing over mat. Using fabric marking pencil, trace around frame backing on stabilizer.

STEP 7

Using sharp scissors, trim away excess stabilizer and burlap using trace marks as guide.

STEP 8

Lightly spray back of mat with temporary spray adhesive. Turn design to front and center mat over embroidered monogram frame. Press and smooth with fingers to adhere.

STEP 9

Insert matted design into frame; replace back of frame.

by Five Star Fonts Embroidery (www.fivestarfonts.com)

Great Finds Friday: Chic Home Dec, Fab Tools from FloraCraft®

Welcome to another Great Finds Friday, Crafters! Today, I’m going to share three exciting new creative options from FloraCraft®, makers of Make It: Fun® Foam. You’ll also get a chance to win a $50 FloraCraft® gift card, plus an opportunity to earn another $50 if a project you create with your prize gets published!

First, we have to take a look at the new three-piece Make It: Fun® Foam Tools set. I love craft tools, gadgets, etc., because I know great ones will make my creative process easier and more enjoyable. That gets me crafting more often, which is always good. This new tool kit includes three handy plastic tools for creating new shapes and textures out of craft foam. The Rasp has a rough side for gently smoothing the foam’s finish, rounding rough edges, and smoothing out cut marks. The easy-to-grip, serrated Knife smoothly cuts through foam. The Tuck & Scribe tool has a rounded end to etch patterns into foam, and a pointed end that is designed for tucking fabric pieces, felt, or ribbons into foam to create an all-over fabric finish without pins or glue. The tools are kid-friendly, too, and have a suggested retail value of $3.99 for the set of three. I think these would make ideal party favors at a crafty girls-night-in event!

One of my favorite new FloraCraft® products is the Design It:® LED Light Strand. You can add it to your dried and silk floral arrangements, even submerse it in a water-filled fresh arrangement. Place your completed floral design in a dark corner of your home to provide a soft light, or use it to bring a festive glow to the dinner table at holiday or everyday gatherings. These lights would be gorgeous entwined in evening reception table arrangements, too. Everything looks better by candlelight, and these tiny, sparkling, battery-operated lights give you that effect. Imagine them peeking out through pine boughs decorating your holiday mantle or bannister; because they have attached battery packs, finding a conveniently placed outlet is never a problem!  And battery packs can be refilled when needed for long-time use. The 34-1/2”-long LED Light Strand contains 15 warm white lights perfect for topiaries, plants, floral arrangements, and water-filled vases. Suggested retail price is $5.99. FloraCraft® also offers Design It:® LED Lighted Branches, not shown, as another creative illumination option; they retail for $7.99. You can learn more on the FloraCraft® website.

Design It:® SimpleStyle® Decorative Mesh from FloraCraft® bends easily and holds its shape, making it perfect for creating wreaths, bows, garlands, and other dimensional accents for home or special events. Metallic strands woven throughout provide extra sparkle to anything you drape, wrap, or tie with Decorative Mesh. Tie bows around chair backs for a festive event venue, loop and pin one or more colors together on a foam wreath form, or add mesh to wall hangings and gift packages. Crafts ‘n things Weekly featured this darling mesh-topped Gift Box Topiary in the October 9th issue; simply cover foam cubes with decorative paper and top with Decorative Mesh curls and bows for instant Christmas WOW! Decorative Mesh is available in 6” and 10” widths on 10-yard spools in the colors shown below. Suggested retail price is $6.99 and $7.99 respectively.

Remember to visit the www.makeitfuncrafts.com website for craft projects and the www.designitflowers.com website for floral arranging how-tos from the talented design teams at FloraCraft®, and learn more about the rest of their expanded product line. You’ll also find hundreds of easy, creative project ideas for decorating your home, gifting, entertaining, and engaging your kids in non-electronic fun.

For your chance to WIN the $50 FloraCraft® gift card, first register right now on the Crafts ‘n things  website so you don’t miss future issues of Crafts ‘n things Weekly and the Craft of the Day projects. Both are free to you, even if you haven’t subscribed to the magazine yet – and we’d love to have you as a subscriber. Next, leave a comment here telling me your favorite craft idea for holiday gift-giving. I’d love to hear from you! And be sure to LIKE Crafts ‘n things and FloraCraft on Facebook to get current news, tips, and even more great craft ideas at your fingertips.

One additional winner will win a mini prize pack of the Foam Tools, one LED Light Strand, and one roll of Decorative Mesh.

Both winners will be announced on our blog and our Facebook page on Friday, November 8th! Good luck and happy crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff (www.craftsnthings.com)

Congratulations Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create a special card for a special couple using intricate dies and beautiful papers from Ecstasy Crafts.

Materials

  • Cardstock: white, black
  • Ecstasy Crafts Joy! Crafts Paper Packs: Pearl Paper Pack (80110409), Wedding Design Paper Pack (80110555), Glitter Paper Pack (80110424)
  • Ecstasy Crafts Marianne Design White Adhesive Pearl Swirls (CA3101)

Tools

  • Ecstasy Crafts Nellie’s Press Boss Die-Cutting and Embossing Machine (NPB001) or any compatible die-cutting system
  • Ecstasy Crafts Joy! Crafts Dies: Open Up Pop-Up Church (60032001), Floral Flourishes Heart (60030005)
  • Ecstasy Crafts Marianne Design Creatables Anja’s Label Die Set (LR0241)
  • Adhesives: double-sided tape, glue pen, tiny foam dots

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

5-3/4”x5-1/2”

Card Front

1. Cut black cardstock to measure 11”x5-3/4”. Score at 5-1/2” and fold to create card base.

2. Cut 5-3/4”x5-1/2” white cardstock panel; adhere to card front with double-sided tape.

3. Cut 5-5/8”x5-3/8” panel from Birdcage Wedding Paper; adhere to card with doubled-sided tape, leaving a narrow white cardstock border visible.

4. Die cut two Hearts from white cardstock or Silver Pearl Paper. Adhere first heart to left side of card using glue pen. Using tiny foam dots, overlap and adhere second heart to card as shown.

5. Adhere Pearl Swirl to bottom left corner of card.

6. If desired, die cut Anja’s Label shape from white cardstock or Silver Pearl Paper, personalize sentiment using stickers or stamp, and adhere to card.

Card Inside

1. Cut Silver Pearl Paper to 11”x5-5/8” and die cut Pop-Up Church. This die is a panel die, as shown below, so be sure to cut paper to measurement specified; align paper carefully before cutting.

2. Adhere die-cut paper inside card, lining up center fold lines and leaving a narrow black cardstock border visible. Be careful not to glue or tape down church portion of die cut.

3. Cut Cake & Swirls Glitter Wedding Paper to 11”x5-5/8”, same as Silver Pearl Paper. Be sure cake design shows at bottom right corner of paper. Die cut Pop-Up Church and carefully separate paper panel along fold line. Adhere bottom portion inside bottom half of card; paper will fit nicely in and around church when card is opened.

4. To pop out the church, carefully crease on score lines where indicated to create dimensional church inside card.

5. Die cut two doves from Black Glitter Paper using Pop-Up Church die. Die cut two Hearts from Black Glitter Paper. Using photo as guide, adhere die cuts inside card as shown.

Tip

  • Carefully crease score lines on die-cut church and fold so church “pops out” from flat card base.

by Nancy Ste. Croix for Ecstasy Crafts (www.ecstasycrafts.com)

PenTouch® Gilded Rosette Frame

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Here’s a craft that gives a second life to old books. This gilded rosette frame would make a romantic wedding gift, or it could be a beautiful way to display heirloom photographs.

Materials

  • Old paperback books
  • Frame with wide edge
  • Pearl beads

Tools

Basic Supplies

scissors, hair dryer

Directions

(Note: Adult supervision and safety gear required if children will be using hot glue gun.)

Step 1

To make rosette, tear three pages at a time from book.

Step 2

Holding cap, shake PenTouch® pen before using. Press tip down several times to get ink flowing.

Step 3

Starting at long, un-torn edge of pages, draw spiral shape, circling inward counter-clockwise. Stay within edges of paper. Keep lines less than 1” apart. If ink flow slows, press down on tip again and keep drawing. Try to keep line thick.

Step 4

To cut out spiral shape, cut in center of line so edges on both sides of cut are gilded with PenTouch ink.

Step 5

Flip over spiral and use PenTouch to trace cut edge on back side.

Step 6

To turn spiral into rosette, begin rolling rosette from outer edge. Make center fairly tight. Once it is started, hold paper between two fingers, and roll it quickly using other hand.

Step 7

When paper is rolled, there will be a circle flap remaining at end. Add generous amount of hot glue to flap, and then press coiled center of rosette down. Pinch rosette between thumb and finger for a few moments while glue cools.

Step 8

Adhere pearl beads to center of paper flower for added dimension. Vary number of beads for interest.

Step 9

Repeat Steps 1-8 to create enough rosettes to cover entire frame.

Step 10

Use glue gun to adhere first rosette to frame’s edge. Continue to adhere rosettes to frame by placing them tightly together for full effect. Continue until entire frame is covered in rosettes.

Tip

  • Don’t worry about making your spirals perfect or your rosettes uniform. It looks better when the flowers are slightly different. You can get rid of any unsightly glue strands with a hair dryer.

by Maureen Wilson for Sakura of America (www.sakuraofamerica.com)

Ruby Rock-it At Last Giveaway

Hi there, Alice here today with another giveaway from the Australian company, Ruby Rock-it. Their brand-new At Last collection is filled with shimmery papers in lovely pastel colors that are perfect for wedding projects, but versatile enough to use in all sorts of paper crafting.

Ruby Rock-It will be giving one lucky Crafts ‘n things blog reader an assortment from the At Last collection. This includes a mix of their fun printed papers, as well as some beautiful embellishments.

To be entered in the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post by midnight PST on Monday, Sept 16, 2013, and if you have a recommendation for a favorite book, movie, or television show, I’d love to hear it. Winners will be announced here on Sept 17th.

I just finished another book by Kate Morton called The Secret Keeper and I enjoyed it… although not as much as The Forgotten Garden. I’ve been slowly making my way through James Clavell’s Asian Saga books, but I like to break that up with other books in between and I’d love to get some new ones to add to my reading list. I’m looking forward to reading your replies.

Okay… back to crafting!

The At Last collection is perfect for weddings and I created these cake boxes that could be used as a favor or favor/place card combo.

It was fun to mix and match the papers and die-cut borders. To create consistency between them, I added the same crinkled ribbon, die-cut stamped vellum tag, and glittered flower sticker on the top of each box. The boxes open up from the back, so the ribbon is decorative and functional; that’s how the box stays closed. The tag is tied onto the bow using paper floss.

To go along with the favors, I simply wrapped strips of paper around inexpensive clear votive holders and added a bride-and-groom sticker. The papers all have a subtle shimmer (which is really hard to capture in a photo). To add even more shimmer, I created a double-sided paper by covering the backside with a gold metallic paper that creates a beautiful glow once you add a lighted candle inside. These would be really easy and economical table decorations, and look great even without the stickers.

This collection isn’t just for weddings and showers. Here is a birthday card created with the same line.

The cut-out banner, cake, and metallic corners are all part of the Bella! Die-cut pack, and one of the things I love about this set is that each die cut is reversible; it’s the same shape in a different color palette or with different wording. How cool is that?

It would be so easy to create the cake boxes for a birthday celebration and swap out the bride-and-groom stickers on the candles for something birthday-related, or maybe even a monogram. They could work for bridal or baby showers too.

Thanks so much for joining me today. Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the drawing.

Supplies

  • Ruby Rock-It At Last patterned paper and embellishments
  • Green Sneakers Cake Box Template
  • Therm O Web Permanent Tape Runner, 1/4″ Foam Squares, SuperStik Glue Stick
  • Papertrey Ink Aqua Mist and Vellum Cardstock
  • Papertrey Ink Tremendous Tags Die
  • Papertrey Ink Little Labels Clear Stamp Set
  • Papertrey Ink Berry Sorbet Ink
  • Karen Foster Design Cornflower Scrapper’s Floss
  • Me & My BIG Ideas MambiStones Adhesive Rhinestones

Happy Crafting!

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (www.alicegolden.com)

Floral Favor Boxes

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Use a Lifestyle Crafts basket die set to make darling favor boxes perfect for every occasion; simply change paper and embellishments to suit the event theme.

Materials

  • Cardstock, scraps
  • Papers: Close To My Heart Chantilly Paper Packet, Anna Griffin Silver Damask Paper
  • White tissue paper
  • Eyelet Outlet Brads: Aqua Sparkle, Pearl

Tools

  • Die-cutting system and dies: Lifestyle Crafts Basket, Spellbinders Donna Salazar Rose Creations
  • Circle punch, 1/2”
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Brilliance Silver Ink Pad
  • Ranger Stickles Stardust Glitter Glue
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry Paper Glue, glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring board, scissors, ruler, pencil, paper piercer and mat, sponge dauber

Directions

size

2-1/2”x2-1/2”

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to die cut box and lid from desired paper. Fold and assemble box, adhering tabs with paper glue. Let dry.

STEP 2

To create paper rosette, cut 1”x8-1/2” paper strip. Score strip every 1/4”. Accordion fold strip, adhere ends together, and push shape flat. Weight with book.

STEP 3

Punch two 1/2″ circles from cardstock scraps. Use glue gun to adhere one circle to back of rosette. Pierce hole through center of second circle and insert brad. Adhere circle to front of rosette, and rosette to box, using glue gun. Highlight rosette edges with glitter glue; let dry.

STEP 4

To create tissue flower, die cut multiple blossom layers from six to eight layers of tissue paper. Separate tissue layers and carefully sponge edges with silver ink.

STEP 5

Layer blossoms onto pearl brad, working from smallest to largest sizes. Reverse direction of some blossoms to create fuller flower. (Note: Die creates hole in center of each layer; if hole is not visible, pierce with piercing tool.)

STEP 6

Gently ruffle petal edges with fingers. Adhere blossom to box using glue gun.

Tip

  • For playful kids’ party favors, use bright papers and swap dimensional stickers for floral embellishments.

by Roberta Wax (www.creativeunblock.com)

Wishing You Happiness Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Create this elegant, embossed greeting to express graduation or wedding wishes.

Materials

  • White cardstock
  • Brown button
  • Cream embroidery floss

Tools

  • Sizzix BIGkick or Big Shot Die-Cutting System or Texture Boutique Embossing System
  • Sizzix Textured Impressions Doily & Lace Embossing Folder Set
  • Stampin’ Up! Heard from the Heart Stamp Set
  • Rubber brayer
  • Ink pads: dark brown, aqua, metallic gold
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, craft knife, ruler, pencil, stamp cleaner

Directions

STEP 1

Make 5-1/2”x4-1/4” white top-fold card; set aside.

STEP 2

Cut 3”x4-1/4” white cardstock panel.

STEP 3

Using metallic gold ink, ink recessed side of Lace embossing folder. Carefully place cardstock panel cut in Step 2 onto inked surface. Close folder and follow manufacturer’s instructions to run folder through machine; remove cardstock and let dry. Immediately clean embossing folder with stamp cleaner.

STEP 4

Ink brayer with aqua ink; gently roll brayer over raised surface on cardstock panel and let dry. Clean brayer.

STEP 5

Adhere embossed panel to card ½” from left edge.

STEP 6

Stamp dark brown sentiment onto white cardstock. Trim sentiment to 5” long and adhere to card, aligning right edges.

STEP 7

Cut tiny slit in card fold 1” from left edge using craft knife. Insert embroidery floss through hole and wrap around card twice, running floss through button; cut and adhere end inside card.

Tip

  • For another look, emboss pearlescent white cardstock panel and adhere to card base for tone-on-tone texture.

by Debi Adams for Sizzix (www.sizzix.com)

Wedding Box

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Capture wedding day memories when you place keepsakes from your special day inside this beautiful personalized wedding box.

Materials

  • Walnut Hollow Large Lancaster Wooden Trunk, 9”x5”x5-1/2” (38219)
  • Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Paints: Wicker White, Licorice, Ivory White, Metallic Silver Sterling, Metallic Copper
  • Darice Wooden Ball Knobs, 1”, four
  • Color copy of wedding photo

Tools

  • Plaid FolkArt Down Home Brown Antiquing Medium
  • Plaid FolkArt Satin Artists’ Varnish
  • Paintbrushes: round, #5; flat, #12
  • Plaid Bottle Top Tip Writers (30728)
  • Plaid Mod Podge Découpage Medium
  • Wood glue

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, ruler, sandpaper, pencil, transfer paper, soft cloth, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Basecoat box Wicker White; sand lightly. Wipe clean with soft cloth.

STEP 2

Print pattern. Transfer heart pattern around sides of box bottom.

STEP 3

Paint the following: lid, wooden knobs, and top box section Metallic Copper; base and bottom of pattern Silver Sterling; hearts Ivory White. Let dry. Adhere wooden knobs to each corner of box bottom.

STEP 4

Transfer lettering to lid and names and wedding date to underside of lid. Use bottle top tip set and Licorice to add pattern details and write lettering. Spatter paint box and lid Licorice; let dry.

STEP 5

Trim photo to desired size. Following manufacturer’s instructions, use découpage medium to apply photo to lid. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to antique lid and box. Apply varnish.

Tip

  • To create a bridal bouquet keepsake display, adhere floral foam inside box, then arrange dried flowers and ribbon from the bridal bouquet as desired. The wedding couple’s name and date on the lid are the perfect background for this floral display.

by Kirsten Jones

Clay Flower Hair Accessories

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Wear your bridal or prom look from head to toe with these lovely clay flowers. Shown here as pretty barrettes and combs, the flowers can also be attached to shoe clips or a purse clasp for a coordinated look.

Materials

  • Staedtler FIMO Translucent Clay
  • Barrettes or combs of choice

Tools

  • Decorating chalks
  • Jacquard Products Pearlescent Powdered Pigment
  • Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

ruler, craft knife, paintbrush, oven, parchment-lined baking sheet, toothpick

Directions

Sizes

Flowers, 1⁄2”-3⁄4” diameter; Leaves, 1” long

Hair Accessories

1. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to condition clay. Roll into 3” long, 1⁄4” diameter snake; cut into 1⁄4” long sections. Roll each section into ball.

2. For rose center or rosebud, see Figure 1. Flatten ball and stretch into 1⁄4”x1” rectangle. Pinch right edge until thin and “ruffled.” Roll clay from left to right, forming “bud”.

3. For petals, flatten seven balls (for large roses) or five balls (for small roses); pinch edges to ruffle. Press petals one at a time to bud, proceeding in clockwise direction.

4. Dip paintbrush into chalk. Apply chalk to petals, working from outer edges toward petal center. Apply pearlescent powder to petals as desired. Trim bottom of rose flat using craft knife.

5. For leaves, flatten balls; shape into teardrops. Gently indent vein lines in leaves with toothpick. Shape as desired. Dust center with light green chalk and edges with dark green. Apply pearlescent powder as desired.

6. Place finished pieces on baking sheet. Bake at 265° for 35 minutes. Remove; let cool. Adhere to hair accessories as desired.

by Linda Welsh

Floral Heart Ring Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Delicate embroidered details accent this beautiful satin heart pillow to create the perfect keepsake of your wedding day.

Materials

  • Fabrics, 1/3 yd. each: ivory satin, unbleached muslin
  • Fairfield Industries Poly-fil Polyester Fiberfill Stuffing
  • Sheer ivory ribbon, 1/3 yd.
  • Light avocado silk ribbon, 3 yds.
  • Scallop-edge ivory bridal lace, 3/4 yd.
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss: Lavender Lt (#211), Pistachio Green Vy Lt (#369), Yellow Lt Pale (#745), Delft Blue (#800)
  • Plastic wedding rings, two

Tools

  • Chenille needles: #22, #24
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Sewing machine and white thread
  • Mechanical lead pencil

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins, iron and pressing surface

Directions

STEP 1

Cut two 12”x13” rectangles from satin fabric. Print pattern. Center pattern face down on wrong side of one fabric rectangle. Tape fabric, right side up, to light box or sunny window; use mechanical pencil to trace pattern. (Note: Inner heart line is seam allowance; do not trace.) Circles on pattern represent French knots; use very small dashes when tracing pattern onto fabric to ensure knot will cover pencil mark. (Note: Mechanical pencil draws much thinner lines than traditional pencil; floss must cover pattern lines.)

STEP 2

Sew zigzag stitch around raw edges of fabric to prevent raveling. Baste heart outline. Place fabric in embroidery hoop.

STEP 3

(Note: For all embroidery, use two strands floss and #24 tapestry needle. Use #22 needle for silk ribbon leaves.) Stem stitch Pistachio Green Vy Lt vines. Use silk ribbon to stitch lazy daisy leaves. For flower petals, wrap floss three times around needle to stitch Delft Blue French knots on solid circles, stitch Lavender Lt French knots on open circles. For flower centers, wrap floss two times around needle to stitch Yellow Lt Pale French knots.

STEP 4

To make pillow form, trace two hearts onto muslin; cut out hearts 1/4” beyond traced line. (Note: Sew with right sides together with 1/4” seams throughout.) Sew pieces together, leaving 4” opening on one side. Clip curves; turn right side out. Stuff with fiberfill. Whipstitch opening closed. Set aside.

STEP 5

Sew satin pieces together, 1/4” inside basted line, leaving 4-1/2” opening on one side. Clip curves; turn. Carefully press as needed.

STEP 6

Sew center of sheer ribbon length to center of embroidered pillow front. Place pillow form inside pillow; whipstitch opening closed.

STEP 7

Beginning at center top and using photo as guide, sew lace to pillow edge with scallops toward embroidered center. Tie rings onto ribbon.

Other Options

  • Use white or off-white floss and silk ribbon on white or pastel satin pillow.
  • Replace French knot flower centers with seed beads.
  • Stitch flower/vine design on bouquet ribbons.

Lasy Daisy Stitch Using Ribbon

To create the Lasy Daisy stitch using ribbon, bring needle up at A. Keep ribbon flat, untwisted, and full. Insert needle down through fabric at B and back up through at C, keeping ribbon under needle to form a loop. Pull ribbon through, leaving loop loose and full. To hold loop in place, insert needle through on other side of ribbon near C, forming a straight stitch over loop.

by Linda Wyszynski