Chilly Snowman PJs

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Br-rr… it’s cold outside! Paint these fantastically fashionable pajamas to keep your child toasty warm this winter.

Materials

  • Light blue child-sized pajamas
  • Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Paints: Licorice, Orange Poppy, Teal Green, Periwinkle, Wicker White

Tools

  • Plaid FolkArt Textile Medium
  • Plaid Bottle Top Tip Writers (30728)
  • Paintbrushes: #4 flat, #6 round
  • Iron and pressing surface

Basic Supplies

cardboard, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Print and cut out pattern; transfer to pajama top. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to mix textile medium with paints. Insert cardboard scrap inside pajamas to prevent paint from bleeding through. Use flat brush to paint Wicker White and Licorice checked border.

STEP 2

Use round brush to paint head Wicker White, nose Orange Poppy, hat Teal Green, and scarf Periwinkle. Following manufacturer’s instructions, use bottle top tip writer and Licorice to paint details, outlines, and lettering.

STEP 3

When dry, mix a drop of Licorice with Wicker White to make light gray; spatter paint painted areas of top. Let dry 48 hours; heat set with warm iron.

by Kirsten Jones

Snowman Tea Towel

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Appliqué this cheery snowman tea towel to liven up your winter décor. His smiling face is sure to melt the hearts of your guests over a nice warm cup of tea.

Materials

  • Blue/white checked tea towel
  • Fabric scraps: white, blue, orange prints
  • Two-hole buttons, two each: black, 1/4”; red, 9/16”
  • Four-hole buttons: white, 11/16”, four
  • Embroidery floss: black, red, white
  • Red grosgrain ribbon, 1/4”, 1 yard

Tools

  • Iron-on adhesive scrap
  • Matching threads
  • No-fray solution
  • Freezer paper
  • Air-soluble marker
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, needle, iron and pressing surface, straight pins

Directions

STEP 1

Print and cut out pattern. Draw snowman and scarf on dull side of freezer paper; cut out. Iron shapes to wrong sides of fabrics.

STEP 2

To prepare appliqués, clip inside points or curves, almost to paper. Use side edge and tip of iron to press seam allowance over freezer paper. For points, press fabric over point first, then press each side to make clean, sharp point. Trim excess fabric at front. When cool, pull back appliqué seam allowance; remove paper. Re-press appliqué.

STEP 3

Pin snowman to towel 2-1/2” from bottom edge. Needleturn stitch around snowman; sew to scarf.

STEP 4

Trace nose onto paper side of iron-on adhesive; cut out 1/4” from traced line. Iron to wrong side of orange fabric; cut out on lines. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse nose to face.

STEP 5

Use matching floss to sew black buttons to face (eyes) and red buttons down center of body.

STEP 6

Draw smile on face with air-soluble marker. Use two strands of black floss to sew running stitch along line. Make two straight stitches for eyebrows.

STEP 7

Cut 1”x6” blue scarf. Apply no-fray solution to long ends; let dry. Fringe 1/2” at each short end; tie strip in loose knot. Adhere knot to snowman’s scarf as shown.

STEP 8

Use four strands of white floss to sew buttons (snowflakes) around snowman, making two or three stitches from each hole for rays.

STEP 9

Cut ribbon length to same width as towel. Tie bow from remaining ribbon; trim ends in “V”. Apply no-fray solution to all cut ends; let dry. Adhere ribbon to towel, covering bottom edge. Adhere bow to ribbon.

Tip

  • Using freezer paper will create a template that sticks to the fabric, so it says in place as you turn up the seam allowance. Then, simply peel it off when you’re done! Your appliqué edges will be smooth and accurate. For extra stability, just add a little spray starch on the turned under seam allowance.

by Chris Malone

Sleigh Ride Vintage Distress Tag

Happy New Year! One of my New Year’s resolutions is to get more use out of my stamps that I love but don’t use often enough. I decided to pull out some wintery images to create a vintage tag.

1. Smear blue dye ink on a craft mat or acetate surface.

2. Smear gold metallic Distress Stain near blue ink on same surface.

3. Spritz with water until inks are watery.

4. Drag manila tag through inks until desired coverage is achieved; let dry.

5. Drag seam binding ribbon through inks; let dry.

6. Ink up script stamp with brown dye ink and randomly stamp over surface of tag. Repeat until covered.

7. Cut center from one paper doily. Place doily with open center over a second doily, masking the edges. Ink up damask stamp using brown dye ink and stamp damask through center of open doily; remove doily mask. Lightly sponge stamped doily edges here and there with brown ink. Adhere doily to tag as shown; trim edges.

8. Stamp image of little girls sleighing using brown archival ink onto white cardstock.

9. Smear blue dye ink on craft mat and pick up with waterbrush. Color images using waterbrush and dye ink. Let dry.

10. Shade and color rest of image using watercolor pencils and waterbrush; let dry.

11. Cut out image using detail scissors; adhere image to tag.

12. Stamp sentiment using brown ink. Cut into pieces. Sponge edges using brown dye ink. Adhere sentiment to tag.

13. Attach ribbon and charms to tag.

Products

  • Hero Arts Stamp – Old French Writing
  • Artistic Outpost Stamp – Sleigh Ride
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Stain – Tarnished Brass
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads – Walnut Stain, Peacock Feathers
  • White paper doilies, two
  • Manila tag
  • White cardstock
  • Detail scissors
  • Glue Dots Int’l. Glue Dots
  • White seam binding ribbon
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Idea-ology Baubles Pearls

I hope you get a chance to pull out some of your favorites and sit down to some inky time! Happy Crafting,

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (www.suzzstampingspot.blogspot.com)

Winter Welcome Sign

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

These four little snow buddies are dressed in their best to greet visitors with a warm winter welcome! 

Materials

  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Balls, 2-1⁄2”, four
  • Basswood sheet (sign), 1⁄4” thick, 6”x24”
  • Children’s mittens, two each: blue, black
  • Flannel fabric, 6”x12”
  • Buttons, 4-1⁄2” diameter, four each: red, black
  • Black beads (eyes), 3⁄16”, eight
  • Artificial holly berries (noses), four
  • White snowflakes, 3⁄4” diameter, 22
  • Toner Crafts Fun Wire, 18-gauge, 12” length

Tools

  • Plaid Apple Barrel Acrylic Paints: White, Bright Red, Black, Christmas Green
  • Paintbrushes: Round, Series 35-S, #5; Flat, Series 45-S, #8; Shader, Series 15, #12
  • Markers: EK Tools White Woodcraft Marker, black fine-tip permanent marker
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Drill with 3⁄16” bit
  • Beacon Adhesive Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Size

6” x 24”

Sign

1. Cut out pattern. Drill holes in sign as shown. Basecoat sign Christmas Green.

2. For faces, basecoat plastic-foam balls White. Drybrush cheeks Bright Red. Adhere noses and eyes to faces. Use black fine-tip permanent marker to draw mouths.

3. For bodies, lightly stuff mittens with fiberfill. Adhere heads to bodies.

4. For scarves, cut four 1-1⁄2”x12” strips from flannel; wrap around necks. Create fringe on short ends of scarves. Adhere two black buttons to each blue mitten and two red buttons to each black mitten.

5. Transfer lettering to sign; trace with white marker and outline with black marker. Thread wire through holes; twist ends at back to secure. Adhere snowmen to sign and snowflakes to bodies and sign.

by Paula Bates for The Dow Chemical Co.

 

Snowmen Fall From Heaven

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

As swirling snowflakes welcome in the new year, create this cross-stitch reminder that all snowmen fall from heaven!

Materials

  • Ice Blue 14-count Aida, 12” x 14”
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss

Tools

  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

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

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size/Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 6-1/2”x8-1/8”; stitch count: 92 w x 114 h

Snowmen

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key

2. Stitch design centered on fabric.

by Carolyn Manning

Winter Pup Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Package this cute, flag-embellished card with some homemade New Year’s biscuits and cookies for your favorite pooch and her owner.

Materials

  • White cardstock
  • Bella Blvd. Winter Wonder Collection Papers: Blizzard, Borders
  • Bella Blvd. Winter Wonder Collection Just Write Journaling Stickers
  • Bella Blvd. Winter Collection Flags

Tools

  • Sewing machine and white thread
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, foam tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

STEP 1

Make 4-1/4”x5-1/2” white top-fold card.

STEP 2

Cut 4-1/4”x5-1/2” white cardstock panel. Cut 3-3/4”x5” Blizzard paper panel; adhere to center of cardstock panel. Use sewing machine to straight stitch pink paper edges. Adhere panel to card.

STEP 3

Adhere sled journaling sticker to card with foam tape.

STEP 4

Cut 4-1/4”-long mitten border paper strip; straight stitch long edges and adhere to card with foam tape.

STEP 5

Adhere dog sticker to card with foam tape.

STEP 6

Insert flag pin through foam tape behind mitten border strip; make sure pin head does not extend beyond edge of card.

Tip

Visit the AllRecipes.com site and enter “dog biscuits” in the search bar to find great recipes for homemade treats.

by Kathy Martin for Bella Blvd. (www.bellablvd.net)

Quick & Easy Holiday Gifts… It’s Never Too Late!

We all need them, don’t we??? Well, I know you think those “holiday gift-giving times” are over now that Christmas is past… however, you may find that you have a few “forgotten friends” that you had meant to give a gift to and you don’t want to wait ’til next year!!! I thought I would share with one of my “go to, quick & easy” gift ideas:

A Double Chocolate Mint Cocoa Gift Kit

Not only is it festive, but it’s “Winter-themed” vs “Christmas-themed”!!!  As you can see, the ingredients are simple and relatively inexpensive. Two packages of cocoa, a baggie filled with chocolate chips, and four starlight mints… if there are still candy canes available, they make a great addition in place of the mints… but you can get the mints year ’round… so no worries if your local shops are out of candy canes already!

So to begin, you slip all of your kit ingredients into your clear bag. See how cute my mints look all lined up?? ***TIP: Use a bit of adhesive or a glue dot and STICK THEM TO THE COCOA PACKET!!!! :) Keeps ‘em looking all cute and in a line!!!

Once you have placed all your kit ingredients into your bag, seal it up and make a paper topper. To do that, simply cut a piece of cute paper 3″x the width plus 1/4″ of your clear bag. My bag was 6-1/4″ wide, so I cut my paper 3″x6-1/2″. Fold it in half and staple it over the top of the clear bag. Next, the fun part – EMBELLISHING!!!

As you can see, I have used two different types of ribbon here. I first wrapped a length of Ivory Grosgrain around the bottom edge of the paper topper and glued it in place. I then layered on a cute red-printed ribbon from October’s Monthly Ribbon Club Pack and then glued it in place. And then I tied my bow using the Ivory Grosgain again with the help of the handy dandy Bow Easy Tool.

 And you know me and my fetish for embellishments… it was cute with the dual ribbons and the bow but oh why not throw a totally cute Snowman Button from Buttons Galore & More onto the center of the bow for that perfect finishing touch? :) I hope you like this little guy, cause you may be seeing a few more projects with him or his friends over the next few weeks! I mean, Christmas may be past, but we have a WHOLE LOT OF WINTER left for crafting!!!

Happy Holidays to all, and a very Happy New Year, too!

by Keri Lee Sereika (www.pinklemonade.typepad.com)

Snowman Cocoa Hugger

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

This whimsical snowman can’t wait to wish someone a Merry Christmas with a scrumptious chocolate hug! After all, who doesn’t like a nice warm cup of hot cocoa on a cold winter’s night.

Materials

  • Glass pint jar with lid
  • Craft foam: white, one sheet; brown, green, orange, scraps
  • Fabric of choice, 2”x18”
  • Cocoa mix

Tools

  • EK Success Zig Memory System Millennium Markers: Pink, Blue, Green, Brown
  • Black fine-tip permanent marker
  • Small stencil brushes, four
  • Beacon Adhesives Kid’s Choice! Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, ruler

Directions

Size

6-1⁄2” tall

Snowman

1. Cut out patterns. Cut craft foam as indicated. (Note: Use long, smooth strokes when cutting foam and turn foam instead of scissors as you cut.) Remove jar lid and trace onto white foam; cut out.

2. Use bullet tip of pens to shade edges of foam. While ink is still wet, use stencil brush to blend and shade toward center. Shade snowman with Blue, nose and trunk with Brown, and tree with Green. Drybrush cheeks with stencil brush and Pink pen.

3. Transfer details to face and lettering to foam circle. Use black marker to draw details. Fill in eyes, draw eyebrows, and outline foam pieces with wiggly lines. Trace over lettering as shown.

4. Adhere foam circle to lid. Adhere nose to snowman and trunk to back of tree. Place rubber band around jar. Position snowman’s arms under rubber band. Slide tree in between snowman’s hands. Spot glue hands to tree using rubber band to secure until glue dries.

5. Tie fabric around neck, knot, and cut fringe at ends. Remove rubber band and fill jar with cocoa mix

Other Options

Use brown craft foam to make a gingerbread jar hugger. Fill with gingerbread mix and a cookie cutter or mulling spices.

by Barbara Matthiessen

Winter Wishes

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Adorable, easy-to-paint wooden snowmen can be displayed or reused throughout the winter season.

Materials

  • Midwest Products Co., Inc. Basswood: 3/16”x3/8”x24”, 1/8”x3”x24”
  • Glossy royal blue gift bag
  • White cardstock
  • Papers: black-and-white gingham, blue-and-white snowflake print
  • Small black brads, 18
  • Black alphabet stickers
  • Black-and-white gingham ribbon

Tools

  • Drill with bits: 1/16”, 3/16”
  • Midwest Products Co., Inc. Easy Cutter Tool
  • Acrylic paints: white, black, orange
  • Black dye ink pad
  • Adhesives: paper glue, glue gun and glue sticks, Plaid Paper Mod Podge

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, black fine-tip marker, fine-grit sandpaper, foam brush, round paintbrush

Directions

Prepare Wood

1. Cut three 4-1/2” lengths from wide basswood strip. Cut one 6” length from same piece for tag. Cut two corners from 6” piece to create tag shape; set aside.

2. Cut three 4” lengths from narrow basswood strip. Cut three corners from remainder of same piece for snowman noses.

3. Sand all pieces. Using round brush, paint 4-1/2” pieces white, 4” pieces black, and noses orange. Let dry.

4. Cut three 3”x2-1/2” gingham paper pieces. Adhere pieces to top half of each white snowman for hats. Adhere black wooden hat bands across snowmen as shown; let dry.

5. Using drill and 1/16” bit, drill four holes for mouth and two holes for eyes in each snowman. Insert brads; bend ends at back to secure. Adhere nose to face. Draw eyebrows with marker.

6. Cut three 2-1/2”x1-1/2” white cardstock strips; ink edges and adhere to hats.

7. Ink bottom edges of snowmen.

Card

1. Make 5”x6-1/2” white side-fold card. Cut 5”x6-1/2” snowflake paper panel; adhere to card.

2. Adhere snowman to center of card using glue gun.

3. Cut three 5” ribbon lengths; adhere two lengths to top and bottom of card. Knot remaining length in center; adhere beneath snowman’s chin.

4. Apply stickers to white cardstock to spell “Winter Wishes.”

Tag

1. Trace basswood tag onto back of snowflake paper; cut out paper tag and adhere to wood tag using Mod Podge and foam brush. Let dry. Ink tag edges.

2. Using drill and 3/16” bit, drill hole in top of tag.

3. Adhere snowman to center of tag using glue gun.

4. Cut two 5” ribbon lengths. Thread one length through hole in tag; knot ends together. Knot remaining length in center; adhere beneath snowman’s chin.

5. Apply stickers to white cardstock to spell “to” and “from.”

Gift Bag

1. Cut 4”x5” snowflake paper panel; ink edges and adhere to gift bag.

2. Adhere snowman to center of snowflake paper using glue gun.

3. Cut 6” ribbon length. Knot center and adhere beneath snowman’s chin.

4. Apply stickers to white cardstock to spell “For You.”

Tip

Adhere a magnet to the back of the snowman before adhering to surface with double-sided tape. Recipient can add it to the fridge for a fun winter decoration.

by Melony Bradley for Midwest Products (www.midwestproducts.com)

Do You Love Sketches?

Welcome to the Crafts ‘n things Blog. Before we get started with the sketch tutorial today, it is time to announce the winners of the Graphic 45 prize packs!

The winners of the two prize giveaways, as chosen by Random.org, are:

Anne Schilling (Place in Time Collection)

Rosslyn Gale (Nutcracker Sweet Collection)

Please contact Gloria Stengel to claim your prize! (stengelgloria@gmail.com) Please note, if the prize winners do not claim their prizes by the end of December, the prizes will be put back into the “prize bin” for a future give-away.

Do you love sketches? I am talking about the kind that you use as a “map” for planning cards or scrapbook pages. Do you love the idea of sketches, but simply cannot seem to make them work for you? Maybe you have never tried a sketch before. Well, now is your chance. I have created a sketch for the Crafts ‘n things Blog with step-by-step directions!

1. To print the sketch, right click on the image and select Print. You can also Copy the image and place it into a program such as Photoshop. You may want to size your sketch to “real dimensions” prior to printing.  If you place the image into Photoshop, you have the ability to size it before printing. For this sketch, size it to 5″x5″. That way you can measure each element for precise placement. Once you get the hang of using sketches, you may skip this step.

Here is the card we will be making, using the sketch as a guide.

2. Cut dark blue cardstock to 5″x10″. Score at 5″ to create a top-fold, 5″x5″ card base.

3. The sketch shows the next layer to be a printed paper and to be slightly smaller than the card front. I like extra layers so I added one layer of kraft cardstock and then the designer paper.

4. Trim kraft cardstock to 4-7/8″x4-7/8″. Do NOT attach the next layers to the card base until we add ribbon in step 8.

5. Trim blue designer paper to 4-3/4″x4-3/4″. Attach to the kraft panel.

6. The sketch shows the next layer is a vertical layer approximately 4-1/4″x3-1/2″, and rests slightly right of center. Again, I like extra layers; therefore, I have added a panel of dark blue cardstock behind the newsprint designer paper.

7. Trim dark blue cardstock to 4-1/4″x3-1/2″. Trim newsprint designer paper to 4-1/8″x3-3/8″ and attach it to the dark blue panel. Attach these panels to the one created in step 5, approximately 1″ from the left edge.

8. The sketch now shows that there is a thin “band” at the bottom of the card. I decided to interpret that band as ribbon.

9. Wrap a 7″ piece of cream lace around the kraft panel and affix ends to the back. Wrap a 7″ piece of blue-and-gold ribbon around the center of the lace and affix to the back. (I use single-sided tape to attach the ribbon).

10. Attach this series of panels to the card front. Your ribbon is now sandwiched between the card base and the first panel.

11. The next layer, according to the sketch, is the horizontal layer measuring approximately 2-7/8″x3-5/8″. I have once again added a panel of dark blue cardstock behind the snowflake-print designer paper.

12. Trim dark blue cardstock to 2-7/8″x3-5/8″. Trim snowflake-print designer paper to 2-3/4″x3-1/2″ and attach it to the dark blue panel. Attach the panels to the card front, approximately 1/2″ from the left edge of the card base.

13. Looking at the sketch, we can see that the next layers are the small “tags” to the right of the “image” panel. Trim two banner shapes using a die-cut template or free hand with scissors from designer paper. Stamp a sentiment with black dye ink onto kraft paper and die cut or punch it into a label shape.

14. Tuck one of the banner shapes under the bottom right edge of the snowflake panel. Set the other banner and the sentiment aside.

15. The last layer is your image. You may stamp an image, trim out a pre-made image from designer paper, use a photograph, or use another item. Your image should be approximately 3-1/8″x2-1/8″. Attach the image to dark blue cardstock, trimmed to 3-1/4″x2-1/4″.

16. Tuck the second banner shape and the sentiment under the right edge of the image. Then attach this panel to the left side of the card, approximately 1″ from the left edge of the card base.

17. The sketch shows three “dots” in the upper right corner of the newsprint designer paper. Glue three small gold rhinestones to your card front, as indicated. 

18. The sketch contains three flower shapes at the bottom left edge. You can interpret this in many ways and do not need to add flowers to your project. For the sample, tie a double bow with the blue-and-gold ribbon. Using fabric glue, attach the bows to the left edge of the ribbon you wrapped around the card in Step 9.

19. Tie a double bow from cream twine and attach to the top of the ribbon bow.

20. Trim the shank from a snowflake button and glue it to the top of the stack of bows. Add a medium-sized gold rhinestone to the center of the snowflake.

21. Your card is now finished to the specifications of the sketch. If you wish, you could also decorate the inside. Trim a piece of kraft cardstock to 4-7/8″x4-7/8″. Stamp sentiment with black dye ink. Adhere the kraft cardstock to the inside of the card.

22. Trim a piece of dark blue cardstock to approximately 1-3/4″x4-7/8″. Punch one long edge with an icicle border punch and attach to the top of the kraft cardstock.

23. Trim a piece of the snowflake designer paper to 3/4″x4-3/4″ and attach to the punched strip. Your card is now ready to mail.

I hope that this tutorial helped you to see sketches in a new light. If you have never used a sketch before, I hope you will try this one and share your creation in a comment here on the CnT Blog.

Feel free to check my sketch gallery for more sketches.

Here are a few other sketch sites for you to try:

Got Sketch? (gotsketch.blogspot.com)

Mojo Monday (mojomonday.blogspot.com)

Page Maps (www.pagemaps.com)

Supply List:

  • Cardstock: American Crafts Storm, Bazzill Basics Paper Kraft
  • Papers: Echo Park Paper Co. Times & Seasons Collection 6″x6″ Paper Pad, Graphic 45 Place in Time Collection January Cut-Aparts
  • Stamp Sets: Papertrey Ink 2009 Holiday Tag Collection, HamptonArt/7 Gypsies Time Pieces
  • Ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Antique Lace
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Fishtail Flag Stax, Mini Tabs Quartet
  • Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Natural Bamboo Cord, Charlotte Natural Crochet Lace; May Arts Navy/Gold Ribbon
  • My Mind’s Eye Fine and Dandy Collection True Blue Bling Rhinestones
  • Michaels Glitter Snowflake Button
  • Tools: Bow Easy, Martha Stewart Crafts Icicle Border Punch
  • Adhesive: Beacon Adhesives Fabri-tac Fabric Glue; 3MScotch Brand ATG Runner, Foam Mounting Tape

Have a blessed Christmas. I will be back on December 31st with another post. We will be talking about adhesives.

Gloria Stengel from Scraps of Life (www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com)