Great Finds Friday: Meet the Mice!

Welcome to Great Finds Friday! Have you met the mice yet? If you missed Crafts ‘n things blogger and Stampendous!® design team member Sue Czosek’s post on July 23rd, you missed the cutest, the kindest, the most stampable little critters this side of a meadow. These new images, available in wood-mount and Cling Rubber™ stamps, are the newest licensed designs available from Stampendous!®.

©2013 Ellen Jareckie and House-Mouse Designs®

House-Mouse Designs® is the creation of Vermont-based artist Ellen Jareckie. Her characters — Amanda, Monica, Mudpie, Maxwell, and Muzzy, along with their friends — all have distinct personalities and each of them will delight the recipients of your holiday and everyday greetings.

Ellen Jareckie – House-Mouse Designs® Artist

New designs for fall and winter are available in local shops and at favorite online retailers now, as well as on the House-Mouse Designs® site and the Stampendous!® site, where orders are always filled by independent retailers. Here’s one of our favorite new Christmas-themed images in a wood-mount stamp. It’s called Whee Flight and shows wee Monica playing Santa Claus. We love all the coloring possibilities offered by these darling and detailed images.

 ©2013 Ellen Jareckie and House-Mouse Designs®

And here’s a fun Halloween card Sue created using the Cling Rubber™ House-Mouse Designs® Trick or Cheese stamp, featuring Mudpie. This image measures about 3″x3″ and is USA-made.

©2013 Ellen Jareckie and House-Mouse Designs®

For a chance to WIN a House-Mouse Designs® Trick or Cheese Cling Rubber™ Stamp from Stampendous!®, just leave a comment on this blog post by 11:59pm EST on Thursday, August 15th, telling me your favorite House-Mouse Designs® character. Two lucky winners will be announced in the next Great Finds Friday post on August 16th.

Happy Stamping!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff

Tic Tac Snow Game

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Craft a little winter fun with Midwest Products’ wooden shapes, paint, and a foam snowflake stamp.

Materials

  • Midwest Products Co., Inc. Wooden Items: Craft Plywood, 1/4”x12”x12”; Basswood Sheet, 1/4”x3”x24”; Basswood Economy Bag
  • Midwest Products Co., Inc. Cellfoam 88, 1/8”x11-1/2”x11-1/2”
  • Wiggle eyes, 20
  • Button magnets, 19

Tools

  • Midwest Products Co., Inc. Easy Cutter Tool
  • Snowflake foam stamp
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Ultra Blue Deep, Orchid, Jack-O’-Lantern Orange, Snow White, Lamp Black, Winter Blue
  • DecoArt Glamour Dust Glitter
  • Beacon Adhesives Kids Choice! Glue

Basic Supplies

hand saw, paintbrushes, fine-tip black marker, craft knife and cutting mat, pencil

Directions

Size

12”x12”

Game

1. Use saw to cut ten 1-1/2” squares from basswood sheet. Use Easy Cutter to clip corners of each square.

2. Pull several 1/4” strips from Basswood Economy Bag. Cut six 3” lengths; leave two additional 1/4” strips uncut.

3. Paint five 1-1/2” squares Snow White. Using photo as guide, paint remaining squares Lamp Black on edges and Snow White in centers for penguins. Paint all 1/4” basswood strips Ultra Deep Blue. Paint plywood square Winter Blue. Let all pieces dry completely.

4. Print, cut out, and trace patterns onto Cellfoam as indicated. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print patterns.) Cut out pieces with craft knife.

5. Paint noses Jack-O’-Lantern Orange; let dry. Paint snowflakes Orchid; sprinkle paint with glitter while wet. Let dry.

6. Stamp Snow White snowflakes randomly over plywood square; let dry.

7. Adhere wiggle eyes and noses to game pieces, and use marker to outline pieces as shown.

8. Adhere 1/4″ basswood strips to board in grid pattern. Adhere snowflakes to board between strips. Adhere magnets to snowflakes and to back of each game piece. Let dry completely.

Tip

  • Paint the game pieces to look like zoo animals, dinosaurs, or anything else your kids love!

by Melony Miller Bradley for Midwest Products Co., Inc. (www.midwestproducts.com)

Be Welcome Be Warm

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Nothing warms the soul like a warm beverage on a cold winter’s day. Give guests a hearty and warm welcome with this beautiful cross-stitched greeting.

Materials

  • Wichelt Imports Antique Ivory 28-count Jobelan, 17 x 10”
  • Crescent Colours 6-Strand Hand-dyed Floss
  • Kreinik Mfg. Blending Filament

Tools

  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

  • Blended Needle: 1 strand floss/1 strand blending filament
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 10-3/4”x3-5/8”; Stitch count: 151 w x 52 h

Be Welcome Be Warm

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. Stitch design centered on fabric over two threads.

3. Finish as desired.

Tip

You can find hand-dyed Crescent Colours fibers online at www.everythingcrossstitch.com  and www.123stitch.com.

by Lynda Orme for Forever In My Heart

Winter Memories Mini Album

While I’m definitely longing for spring, I am taking advantage of the cold weather to work on some snowy, wintry projects.

It’s Jill Cornell here today with a little mini album of my girls going sledding last year. The girls have bright pink and lavender coats and snowsuits, so I made my product choices based on those colors. Bright colors also help combat the drab winter grey this time of year! (I used the Girl Land Collection from Webster’s Pages for this album.)

I love creating quick and simple mini albums where my photos take center stage. I covered pages of the album with patterned paper and then punched snowflakes and added jewels and alphabet stickers as needed.

I also used phrase tags from Elle’s Studio and journaling cards from Webster’s Pages.

My daughter that is in lavender had various shades of purple on her pages.

And I brought out the pink with my other daughter in her favorite color. Before I covered each chipboard page with patterned paper, I machine-stitched the edges of the paper for extra texture.

I added a space for journaling at the end of the album. The girls just love looking through it and remembering a fun time sledding and making snow angels.

Happy crafting!

Jill Cornell from Blessed Scrapper (www.jillcornell.blogspot.com)

Snowman Slate

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

The party’s tonight!!! Frosty just popped in with a friendly reminder about this winter-wonderland bash! Use this memo board to remember important events all season long.

Materials

  • Slate with wooden frame, 6-1/4”x8-1/2”
  • Cork sheet, 12”x12”, 1/8″ thick
  • Plaid Apple Barrel Acrylic Paints: Black, White, Valentine Pink, Berry Red, Harvest Orange, Regency Blue, Nutmeg Brown
  • Plaid fabric with torn edges, 2”x24”
  • Craft sticks, three
  • Toner Icy Silver Fun Wire, 18-gauge, 18” length
  • Snowflake confetti
  • White push pins, two
  • Chalk

Tools

  • Sawtooth hanger
  • Drill with 1/16” bit
  • Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Coating
  • Black ultra-fine-tip permanent marker
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

sandpaper, soft cloth, toothpick, pencil with new eraser, masking tape, paintbrush

Directions

Size

9″x12″

Snowman Slate

1. Drill hole in one corner of frame and in center of each craft stick. Sand lightly; wipe dust with soft cloth.

2. Basecoat frame Regency Blue and craft sticks White. (Note: Tape around inside edges of frame to protect slate from paint.) Use pencil eraser to add large White dots and toothpick to add small White dots as shown.

3. Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print items.) Cut shapes as indicated on patterns. Basecoat head White, nose Harvest Orange, and mittens Berry Red. Drybrush cheeks Valentine Pink; add White dots. Drybrush mitten edges Nutmeg Brown. Transfer details to face and mittens; trace with marker.

4. Place slate on flat work surface with drilled hole at bottom right. Adhere hanger to back of slate. Insert wire through hole from back to front. For snowflake, insert wire through craft sticks; fan out to shape. Curl ½” length at end of wire; pull remaining wire to back. Wind wire back around to front and wrap end around chalk several times.

5. Adhere nose to face, and face and mittens to slate. Wrap scarf around neck. Adhere snowflake confetti to snowflake and tops of push pins. Push one pin into each mitten.

Tip

  • If necessary, adhere cardboard to back of cork sheet for added stiffness.

by Barbara Matthiessen

Paper Bag Snowman

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Recycling brown paper bags has its advantages – especially when you create this sparkling snow friend!

Materials

  • Large brown paper bag
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Light Ivory, Charcoal, Dark Goldenrod, Tomato Spice
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Black craft wire, 36” length
  • Red/white plaid wire-edged ribbon (scarf), 1-1/4” wide, 15-1/2” length
  • Cedar sprigs, three
  • Twigs (arms), 2-1/2” long, two
  • Artificial red berry cluster
  • Raffia, three strands
  • Gold jingle bell, 13mm
  • Red buttons, 1/2”, three

Tools

  • Loew-Cornell American Painter Paintbrushes: Wash, Series 4550, 1/2”; Round, Series 4000, #3; Liner, Series 4350, #0; Deerfoot Stippler, 1/4” or 3/8”
  • Matte interior spray varnish
  • Glitter: Iridescent crystal glitter, DecoArt Glamour Dust Ultra-Fine Crystal Glitter
  • Black fine-tip marker
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil

Directions

Size

11″ tall

Snowman

1. Print and cut out pattern. Cut snowman from bag as indicated. Adhere edges of snowman pieces together, leaving top 5” open.

2. Basecoat snowman Light Ivory. Transfer details. Paint nose Dark Goldenrod. Dot eyes and mouth Charcoal. Use deerfoot stippler to drybrush cheeks Tomato Spice. Use liner and Light Ivory to add highlight dots to eyes, cheeks, and nose. Use black fine-tip marker to draw eyebrows and outline nose. Apply varnish to snowman; sprinkle with glitters. Let dry.

3. Stuff bag with fiberfill. Use paintbrush handle to stuff bottom areas. Adhere arms inside body and remaining edges together. Wrap scarf around neck, crossing and adhering at center. Adhere cedar sprigs and berries to scarf and buttons to body.

4. For hanger, wrap wire around pencil to curl. Twist ends around arms to secure. Tie raffia bow at top of hanger. Adhere jingle bell to bow.

by Susan Cousineau

Cardinal “Guest” Towel

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Bright and cheery, the flaming red feathers of a cardinal are breathtaking on a fresh blanket of winter snow. Stitch this beautiful cardinal towel to brighten your guests’ day and show them they are truly special.

Materials

  • White hand towel with 14-count Aida band
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss

Tools

  • Embroidery Needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands
  • French Knots: 1 strand (wrapped two times)

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

size / stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 11-1/4”x2-1/2”; stitch count: 158 w x 35 h

Towel

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. Stitch design centered on band.

3. Backstitch bird’s eye using 1 strand DMC 310 Black. Backstitch all other using DMC 801 Coffee Brown, Dk.

4. Stitch French Knot using 1 strand DMC 747 Sky Blue, Vy. Lt., wrapped two times.

by Pamela Kellogg

Snowman Doormat

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

While adding charm to your outdoor winter décor, this easy-to-paint snowman will greet your guests with a great big smile!

Materials

  • Black doormat, 18”x24”
  • DecoArt Patio Paints Outdoor Acrylic Paints: Hydrangea Blue, Petunia Purple, Fuchsia, Cloud White, Wrought Iron Black

Tools

  • Round scrubber paintbrushes: sizes #0, #4, #6
  • Posterboard, 18”x24”

Basic Supplies

scissors

Closeup

Directions

STEP 1

For stencil, print and cut out pattern. Fold poster board in half. Trace patterns onto poster board; cut out.

STEP 2

For snowman, center stencil on mat, aligning bottom edges. Use #6 to stencil snowman edges using Hydrangea Blue. Use circular scrubbing motion to force paint into grooves in mat. Remove template.

STEP 3

Cut out hat cuff section of template. Fit inside snowman outline. Use #4 to stencil upper and lower edges Wrought Iron Black. Paint hat sections Hydrangea Blue. While still wet, highlight Cloud White. Paint pom-pom Petunia Purple; highlight Cloud White. Paint nose and cheeks Fuchsia. Use #0 to paint eyes and smile Wrought Iron Black.

STEP 4

For border, position snowflake stencil as desired. Use #4 to stencil edges Hydrangea Blue. Use #4 and #6 to paint snowflakes Cloud White. Paint Fuchsia and Petunia Purple dots around snowflakes and hat as desired.

by Annie Lang

Snowman Candle Jar

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Winter usually brings snow… and soon snowmen will pop up everywhere throughout the neighborhood! Paint this adorable Snowman Candle Jar centerpiece to decorate your table and celebrate the winter season!

Materials

  • Glass items: quart jar, flower pot votive candle holder
  • Wooden teardrop, medium
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Black, Tangerine, Antique Rose, Antique White
  • Fabrics: green/tan checked, 1”x24”; green/tan/mauve checked, 6” circle
  • Black felt, 6-1⁄2” circle
  • Pine sprigs, 1”-2” long, six
  • Mauve beaded branches, 2” to 2-1⁄2” long, four
  • Mauve berry pick, 2” long
  • Jute twine, 22” length
  • Votive candle

Tools

  • All-purpose sealer
  • Black permanent marker
  • Liner brush
  • Adhesives: Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue, hot glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, sponge, paintbrush, sandpaper, soft cloth, rubber band

Directions

STEP 1

Wash and dry jar. Use sponge to apply sealer to entire outside surface; let dry. Sponge paint jar rim Black and remaining areas Antique White. Basecoat nose Tangerine. Sand nose edges; wipe dust with soft cloth.

STEP 2

Print pattern; transfer face to jar and details to nose. Drybrush cheeks Antique Rose. Paint eyes, eyebrows, lines under eyes, and mouth Black. Use liner brush to add White highlight strokes to cheeks and to add highlight dots to eyes and cheeks. Use marker to trace nose details.

STEP 3

For base, turn jar upside down. Apply craft glue around jar bottom, 1” from edge. Center fabric circle over jar; position rubber band over circle to gather. Let dry, remove rubber band, and tie twine around fabric. Return jar to upright position.

STEP 4

For hat, apply craft glue around jar rim. Cut 1-1⁄2” circle from center of felt circle. Center circle over jar; position rubber band over circle to gather. Let dry, remove rubber band, and tie fabric strip around felt.

STEP 5

Use hot glue gun to glue pine sprigs, beaded branches, and berries to hat as desired. Insert votive candle into holder and place holder in jar.

by Linda Bauer

Polar Bear Slippers

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Perfect for those chilly nights, these soft and furry polar bear slippers are a fun way to keep your feet cozy and warm this winter.

Materials

  • White (adult size) slippers
  • White polar fleece, 1/4 yard
  • Blue/white check ribbon, 1-3/8”, one yard
  • Two-hole buttons: black, 1-1/8”, two, 3/8”, four; white, 7/8”, four; blue, 5/8”, four
  • Silver jingle bells, 3/4”, two

Tools

  • Sewing needle & white thread
  • Polyester stuffing
  • Safety pins, two
  • Circle cutters or circle templates (optional)

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

(Note: All sewing is done by hand. For child-size slippers, reduce circle sizes.)

1. For each muzzle, cut 6” polar fleece circle. Sew basting stitch around circle, close to edge; pull stitches to gather. Stuff circle; pull thread ends tightly to form ball around stuffing and knot to secure. Sew large black button to smooth side of muzzle. Make two muzzles; with gathered sides down, sew to front of slippers, near toe.

2. For each ear, cut 3” polar fleece circle; cut in half. Place halves together with right sides together and sew running stitch close to rounded edges to join them, leaving straight edges open. Turn right side out, stuff, and whipstitch straight edge closed. Make four ears; sew to slippers above muzzles at sides.

3. For eyes, sew white, blue, and small black buttons on top of each other above muzzles.

4. Cut ribbon in half and tie bows. Sew jingle bell to center of each. Use safety pins to attach bows to slippers under muzzles. (Note: Remove bows before washing.)

by Mary Ayres