Great Finds Friday: November Craft Books Winners!

Welcome to another Great Finds Friday, Crafters! It’s time to announce the winners of the new craft books reviewed in the last Great Finds Friday post on Nov. 8th. If you missed that post, read more here about these beautiful new sources of crafty inspiration available at bookstores now. Congrats, winners! I will contact you for your mailing addresses shortly.

Five lucky winners will each receive a copy of All Things Paper: 20 Unique Projects from Leading Paper Crafters, Artists, and Designers by Ann Martin, Tuttle Press, ISBN: 9780804843669, $16.95.

Winners are Deborah, LilliGe, Angie, Joe and Samantha.

Five lucky winners will each receive a copy of The Sparkle Factory: The Design and Craft of Tarina’s Fashion Jewelry and Accessories by Tarina Tarantino, Running Press, ISBN: 9780762446896, $23.00.

Winners are Sandy, Stephanie, Lisa, MaryBeth and Mary.

Two lucky winners will each receive a copy of Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars: 75 Exquisite Paper Designs to Fold, Cut, and Curl by Ayako Brodek and Shannon Voigt, Kodansha USA, ISBN: 9781568365220, $25.95.

Winners are Joanne and Angela.

Be sure to read today’s Great Finds Friday post to get a sneak peek at some of our favorite “sparkle & shine” holiday crafting products.

Until next time, happy crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Online Editor (www.craftsnthings.com)

DIY Coloring Placemat

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Keep little ones entertained at the Thanksgiving table with a coloring placemat made at home in just minutes!

Materials

  • American Crafts Cardstock: Vanilla, Dark Kraft

Tools

  • Silhouette CAMEO Electronic Cutting Machine and Sketch Pens
  • Silhouette Shapes: Pumpkin and Hay Scene (#12988), Grass Border (#39667)
  • Paper adhesive

Directions

Size

12”x12”

DYI Coloring Placemat

1. Using Silhouette Studio software, create placemat design. Place scalloped border around design.

2. Load CAMEO with sketch pen and Vanilla cardstock.

3. In Studio software, select all portions of design except scalloped border. Open the cut settings window, choose Silhouette Sketch Pen and click cut. When complete, replace pen with cutting blade. Do not unload mat.

4. In Studio software, select scalloped border. Click cut. When panel is cut, remove from CAMEO and adhere to Dark Kraft cardstock.

Tip

by Jeana Goodwin for Silhouette America (blog.silhouetteamerica.com)

Advent Calendar

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Count down to Christmas with this interactive Advent Calendar filled with hidden surprises.

Materials

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Gumdrop Green, Wild Cherry, Primitive White
  • Kraft paper or paper grocery bag
  • Advent items (to use as filler)

Tools

  • Die-cutting machine
  • My Favorite Things Stamps: Document It – Holiday Traditions, Sheet Music Background, Max Alphabet
  • My Favorite Things Premium Dye Ink Pads: Black Licorice, Electric Red, Gumdrop Green
  • My Favorite Things Die-Namics LLD Accent-It Dies: Flags & Tags, Holiday Traditions Elements
  • Paper crimper
  • Adhesives: strips, foam dimensional tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, stapler

Directions

Size

2-1/2”x4”

Advent Calendar

1. Using My Favorite Things Die-Namics Holiday Traditions Elements, die cut 25 circles from Primitive White cardstock. Die cut 13 Wild Cherry and 12 Gumdrop Green flags using My Favorite Things Die-Namics Flags & Tags. Use paper trimmer to cut 25 panels of kraft paper measuring 4-1/4”x5-1/2”.

2. Using Black Licorice ink, stamp each kraft panel with Sheet Music Background.

3. Stamp each Primitive White circle with the “Dec” sentiment, using Gumdrop Green ink for 12 and Electric Red ink for 13. Using Black Licorice ink, stamp numbers 1 through 25 on each circle with Max Alphabet stamps.

4. On back of kraft panel, apply adhesive strip along one short side. Apply second strip halfway up long side from corner of first strip. Apply third adhesive strip in center of opposite long side.

5. Remove backing from short side adhesive strip and adhere short ends together to form cylinder.

6. Remove backing from second strip and press end of cylinder closed. Fill cylinder with desired Advent items (candy, bible verse, etc.)

7. Remove backing from third piece and press packet closed in opposite direction as first end.

8. Reinforce each end by crimping 1/2”.

9. Repeat Steps 4-8 for all kraft panels.

10. Staple one Accent It Flag to end of each container.

11. Adhere Accent It Holiday Traditions stamped circle to top of each flag using foam tape.

Tip

  • To hang Advent Calendar containers on a tree or banner, add a loop of string around the foam tape before adhering the medallion to the container.

by Amy Rohl for My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.com)

Turkey Treat Box

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Fall party guests will smile when they see this adorable treat box filled with candy!

Materials

  • Cardstock: American Crafts Chestnut, Cranberry, Mustard; Simple Stories SNAP Color Vibe Yellow Dot/Chevron
  • Self-adhesive black enamel dots

Tools

  • Silhouette CAMEO Electronic Cutting Machine and Turkey Pillow Box Shape
  • Adhesive runner or adhesive of choice

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, computer

Directions

Size

4″x5″

Turkey Treat Box

1. Gather supplies. Trim cardstock as follows: Chestnut, 6-1/2”x7”; Chevron, 4”x3-3/4”; Cranberry, 2”x2”; Mustard, 2”x2”.

2. Place papers on Silhouette Cutting Mat as shown and load into CAMEO.

3. Open Silhouette Studio software on computer. Ungroup Turkey Pillow Box Shape parts and move each piece to correspond with the placement of papers on the mat in Step 2.

4. Choose the “cardstock” setting in Silhouette Studio and click cut. Remove papers from CAMEO when complete.

5. Assemble pillow box, adhering side flap closed and folding along dotted lines to create top and bottom. Adhere chevron tail feathers to back. Adhere facial features to front and lightly flip up edges of chest “feathers”.

6. Fill with treats.

Tip

  • Googly eyes can be used in place of enamel dots, if desired

by Jeana Goodwin for Silhouette America (blog.silhouetteamerica.com)

Holiday Shimmer Cards

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Send handmade winter greetings that sparkle with Grafix Funky Film. Best of all, you won’t need any adhesives! Make traditional, trendy, or modern style cards with this easy-to-use film. 

Materials

  • Grafix Funky Films, assorted colors
  • Cardstock: blue, gold, black

Tools

  • Sentiment stamps of choice
  • Circle punch, 1/2”
  • Black ink pad
  • Fine-tip black permanent marker

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler

Directions

Traditional Card

1. Make blue 5”x5” square top-fold card.

2. Punch two circles from Silver Sequins Funky Film to make snowman. Peel off paper backing; adhere snowman to card front center.

3. Cut 2-1/2”x5-1/2” strip of Mini Silver Stars Funky Film. Cut waves on one long side to create snowdrift. Remove backing and adhere to bottom of card; trim edges.

4. Cut two small rectangles from Cherry Red Funky Film. Cut slits into one short side to create fringe. Adhere to snowman as shown to make scarf. Cut carrot-shaped nose from Orange Sparkle Funky Film. Adhere to card front. Add buttons and eyes with black permanent marker.

5. Stamp or write sentiment in upper corner. Hand-draw simple snowflakes with black marker.

Trendy Card

1. Make gold 5-1/2”x4-1/4” top-fold card.

2. Using marker, draw line from one side of card to the other, curving downward. Draw second line across card, crossing the first line and curving upward. Stay within top third of card front

3. Using punch, create 9-10 circles from various Funky Film sheets. Remove backing and adhere circles to card front, evenly spacing below drawn lines.

4. Draw small black rectangle atop each circle to create ornament top.

5. Stamp or write sentiment in lower right corner.

Modern Card

1. Make black 4-1/2”x6” side-fold card.

2. Cut six triangles, two each from Silver Brush, Gold Brush, and Copper Brush Funky Film. Make first pair of triangles 1” tall, second pair 1-1/2” tall, and third pair 2” tall.

3. Stagger triangles on card front to form tree shape as shown. Leave space in center between triangle stacks to mimic tree trunk. Make right stack slightly lower than left, leaving 1/4” gap between triangles in stack.

Tips

  • Trace around dime and cut out the circles if you don’t have a 1/2” punch.
  • To make perfect triangles, cut Funky Film into squares, then cut squares in half diagonally, corner-to-corner.
  • Visit Grafix’s YouTube channel for a video demonstration of this project.

by Maureen Wilson for Grafix (www.grafixarts.com)

Handmade Autumn-Themed Shadow Box

I am an avid lover of shadow boxes. It’s so easy to add depth to projects when creating handmade shadow boxes. If you’re looking for a Fall craft to celebrate the season, here is a Handmade Autumn-Themed Shadow Box that’s easy and fun to create.

Materials and Tools for Handmade Autumn-Themed Shadow Box

  • Walnut Hollow Basswood Canvas, 10″x10″, (#29471)
  • DecoArt Americana Lamp Black Acrylic Paint 
  • Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting Machine and Bigz Dies: Bird, Flower Layers
  • Beacon Adhesives: Fast Finish Decoupage, Gem-Tac 
  • Fairfield Polyfil Fiberfill
  • Fabric, scraps
  • Black wool felt, scraps
  • Patterned papers with scallop edges: black/white polka dot, self-adhesive cork with script font
  • Wooden block, 1″
  • Assorted embellishments: self-adhesive pearl rows, gem stone rows, flower centers, decorative stick pins
  • Inkjet fabric sheets or rubber stamps, ink, and muslin scraps
  • Wire, 18-gauge, 10″ lengths
  • Foam brush, paintbrush, wire cutters
  • Scissors, sewing machine and thread, needle and thread, ruler, paper trimmer

I started by painting the unfinished box Lamp Black. Even though you will be covering most of the handmade shadow box with decorative papers, you want to start with a nice evenly-coated black canvas.

 To découpage the box, measure the sides and insert of the basswood canvas and cut the papers to size using the paper trimmer. I usually cut the papers about an 1/8” smaller than the actual measurements, which makes it easier to découpage. Use the découpage medium and a foam brush to apply the papers to the sides and insides of the box. If you want to cover the back as well, feel free to do so.

Coat the back of the papers with the découpage medium with the foam brush, as well as the surface you will be applying it to. Smooth out any air bubbles with your fingers, being careful not to tear the découpaged papers.

To create the die-cut flowers which will embellish your shadow box, use die-cut machine, flower layers die, and fabric scraps in Fall-inspired colors. Stack them together and use a little glue to hold in place. As an option, you can pin them together before sewing.

Let the glue dry and then use the sewing machine and thread to stitch the flowers in place in a freeform motion.

Create a fall-themed sentiment by typing it into a word processing software program and then printing it out on inkjet fabric sheets. As an option, you can stamp on muslin scraps with alphabet stamps or an Autumn-themed sentiment with black ink.

As the focal point for my Handmade Autumn-Themed Shadow Box, I chose a black crow. Die cut the crow using the bird die-cut and black wool felt two times. Using the sewing machine and thread, sew the sentiments on one of the bird die-cuts.

Use the sewing machine and thread to stitch the bird together, leaving about 2” open at the bottom for stuffing with the fiberfill. Cut two 5″ lengths of wire for the bird legs. Use a little glue to secure to one side of the felt bird.

Use needle and thread to whipstitch the opening of the bird closed. Adhere the wooden block to the back of the bird. This will give a dimensional effect as the crow will be standing in the Autumn-themed shadow box.

Now here comes the fun part! Putting your Handmade Autumn-Themed Shadow Box together! Adhere the flowers to the inside of the shadow box on the sides, as desired. Embellish further with the self-adhesive gem stone rows and flower centers. Adhere the wooden block to the center of the box so the crow stands up inside the shadow box.  If you wish, embellish the crow further by adding some decorative stick pins.

Use your imagination and materials you have on hand to create your own unique Autumn-themed Shadow Box. Happy Fall!

Live Life Creatively,

Melony Bradley (www.mel-designs.typepad.com)

Poinsettia Wreath

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create a gorgeous Christmas wreath with My Favorite Things Die-namics dies.

Materials

  • Green foam wreath, 12” diameter
  • Dried Spanish moss, green
  • Cardstock: My Favorite Things Red Hot, Gumdrop Green, Fuse Green; deep blue glitter
  • Zebco Omniflex Monofilament Fishing Line, 4-lb.
  • Green covered florist wire
  • Red self-adhesive gems
  • Offray 1-1/2”-wide plaid ribbon, 24” length

Tools

  • Compatible die-cutting and embossing system
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Poinsettia, Let It Snowflake
  • Adhesives: hot glue gun, craft glue

Basic Supplies

straight pins, wire cutters

Directions

STEP 1

Spread hot glue on foam wreath in sections; adhere Spanish moss until wreath is covered.

STEP 2

Wrap fishing line around wreath snugly, but not tightly, to hold moss; tie to secure.

STEP 3

Die cut and emboss five poinsettias from Red Hot cardstock, one large (with 2 different size petals) and four small (with same size petals). Die cut stamens from Gumdrop Green cardstock and centers from Fuse Green cardstock. Assemble poinsettias and embellish centers with gems. Die cut 10-12 leaves; set aside.

STEP 4

Tie ribbon into bow; trim edges. Hot glue ribbon on left side of wreath, securing with straight pins into wreath.

STEP 5

Arrange poinsettias and leaves over wreath and ribbon as shown; hot glue into place.

STEP 6

Die cut three medium and two large snowflakes from glitter cardstock. Cut five 3” lengths of florist wire; adhere to back of each snowflake. Apply dab of hot glue to bare end of wire and insert into wreath among poinsettias.

Tips

  • Gently shaping the poinsettia petals and leaves with fingers adds dimension and creates a more natural look.
  • Two bags of Spanish moss give excellent coverage for a wreath.
  • Don’t have red gems? Clear gems can be “colorized” with markers.

by Barbara Anders for My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.com)

Autumn Wreath

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Fall is a favorite time of year, with leaves falling and friends stopping by for cider. This bright, cheery fall wreath will welcome guests to your home.

Materials

  • Paper: Core’dinations Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection, Imaginisce Bushel o’ Fall Collection
  • Imaginisce Bushel o’ Fall Collection Bling and Die Cuts
  • Thin cardboard
  • Paper doily, 6” diameter
  • Raffia
  • Burlap (for hanger

Tools

  • Xyron 9” Creative Station
  • Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit
  • Xyron Teresa Collins Stapler
  • Provo Craft Cricut Cuttlebug and Polka Dot Page Embossing Folder
  • Imaginisce i-bond Glue Gun Tool and glue sticks

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, ruler, sandpaper, scissors

Directions

Size

16” diameter

Autumn Wreath

1. Cut 5”x5” patterned paper square. Roll into cone shape; adhere with Xyron Teresa Collins Stapler or hot glue gun. Repeat to make 15 additional cones from assorted patterned papers.

2. Cut 5”x5”cardstock square. Emboss using Cuttlebug. Lightly sand raised pattern, then roll into cone shape. Adhere with Xyron Teresa Collins Stapler or hot glue gun. Repeat to make 5 additional embossed cones from assorted cardstock.

3. Cut 5”x5” cardboard square; run through Xyron 9” Creative Station. (Note: This is a great way to recycle a cereal box, etc.) Leaving center open area smaller than doily, dry fit cones around cardboard in desired pattern. When desired placement of cones is achieved, firmly press cones to cardboard to adhere in place. (Note: More cones can be created and added to fill in gaps if necessary.)

4. Fold raffia on itself several times; trim and nestle between cones. Secure with hot glue gun.

5. Using doily as reference, cut patterned paper circle smaller than doily; adhere to center of doily with tape runner from Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit. Stack several layers of adhesive foam squares from Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit in open center of wreath. Adhere doily to foam squares.

6. Embellish doily with die cuts and gems; adhere with foam tape from Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit.

7. To create hanger, cut strip of burlap to desired length; tie into bow. Adhere burlap to cardboard back.

Tip

  • Rolling papers into cones is a simple task when you use a Xyron Teresa Collins Stapler.

by Cari Locken for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Stitched Burlap Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Make sending greetings a special experience for everyone with this cute card. Family and friends will appreciate your personal touch.

Materials

  • Pale blue cardstock
  • Burlap, scrap
  • Lace, scrap
  • Assorted rust buttons, three
  • Contrasting all-purpose thread

Tools

  • VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine
  • Fabric adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 8-1/2”x5-1/2” cardstock panel.

STEP 2

Cut 4-1/2”x2” burlap strip and 4-1/2” length of lace.

STEP 3

Position burlap on right edge of cardstock, 3/4” from bottom of cardstock. Tuck lace under top edge of burlap strip, overlapping by 1/2”.

STEP 4

Set VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine for straight stitch. Thread top of machine and bobbin with all-purpose thread, in color that contrasts with burlap. Carefully stitch 1/4” from edge along all four sides of burlap. (Note: The more slowly the card is sewn, the more control you will have guiding the cardstock while stitching. The presser foot will help guide the cardstock evenly while stitching.)

STEP 5

Backstitch at the beginning and end of the stitching to help secure the thread in place. (Note: Backstitching secures machine stitching so threads do not become loose and pull out. It is done by reversing a few stitches on top of or just next to those machine stitches at the beginning or end of a line of machine sewing.)

STEP 6

Remove card from machine. Trim thread tails.

STEP 7

Fold cardstock in half to make 4-1/4”x 5-1/2” side-fold card.

STEP 8

Adhere buttons to burlap as shown.

Tip

  • Want to learn more about the VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine? Click here to view a video for information and other helpful basic sewing information.

by SINGER® (www.singerco.com)

Great Finds Friday: New Craft Books

Welcome to Great Finds Friday, Crafters! Today’s Great Finds are three new craft books that have me so excited for holiday gift-giving. They’re all filled with inspired, creative designs that my friends and family members will enjoy and use. I’m also excited because I get to give these books away to 12 lucky Crafts ‘n things blog readers just in time for holiday crafting!

All Things Paper: 20 Unique Projects from Leading Paper Crafters, Artists, and Designers by Ann Martin, Tuttle Press, ISBN: 9780804843669, $16.95. Step inside the studios of paper artists around the world inside All Things Paper. From home décor designs like the Phone Book Letter Holder to the Citrus Slice Coasters, techniques are varied and intriguing. I think my favorite project in this chapter is the Sticky Notes Notepad Holder, which features a hand-stitched, beaded cover; no more boring yellow pads for me. Fashion accessories include a lush Tiger Lily Fascinator, those chic-and-tiny hats worn by the royals, and an eco-chic Everyday Tote Bag made from brown paper grocery bag handles. Jewelry designs include an assortment of beautiful pendant designs you won’t believe are crafted from paper, as well as an excellent quilling tutorial and a necklace crocheted from paper yarn. Who knew?! Cards and a lovely journal finish out the correspondence section.

The Sparkle Factory: The Design and Craft of Tarina’s Fashion Jewelry and Accessories by Tarina Tarantino, Running Press, ISBN: 9780762446896, $23.00. One-time model and makeup artist Tarina Tarantino is better known for her famous global jewelry, accessory, and cosmetic brand of the same name. In her new book, she shares the design secrets behind 20 of her most coveted pieces including statement earrings, cocktail rings, hair jewelry, stretch cuff bracelets, and more. As she tells her personal story, she also shares her tips and advice on everything from finding inspiration and materials, to freeing your inner designer, wearing jewelry, and displaying it in your home. Tarantino’s pieces have been worn by top Hollywood stars and featured in top women’s magazines. The Paris Apartment Cocktail Ring is one of my favorite designs for two reasons, simplicity and sparkle. Artist Tarantino describes her inspiration: “Taking a simple ball of clay and turning it into a couture fashion cocktail ring in minutes is instant fashion gratification at its best! The secret of this project is the swirling of the clay colors to create beautiful patterns and designs. No two rings are ever the same!” With just a few supplies, you can create custom baubles for all the women on your gift list.

Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars: 75 Exquisite Paper Designs to Fold, Cut, and Curl by Ayako Brodek and Shannon Voigt, Kodansha USA, ISBN: 9781568365220, $25.95. From delicate, intricate snowflakes to bold, colorful sunbursts and unique stars, readers will discover countless ways to use the core techniques of origami, kirigami, and quilling to create pieces that make perfect home accents, holiday decorations, package toppers, and other personal, paper-crafted gifts. Fully illustrated in vivid color, the book provides experienced and new paper crafter alike the information, tools, and basics they need to get started, beginning with a gallery of 75 designs. Each section is ordered by level of difficulty, so you can build your skills with each new project. I am creating snowflake garlands for my living room windows now, so I’ll be ready for winter when it shows its frosty face. There’s nothing more beautiful than pretty paper snowflakes hanging in a warm, cozy room.

For a chance to WIN one of these wonderful craft books, leave a comment on this blog post before November 22nd. Tell me your favorite thing about the upcoming winter holidays. Winners will be announced in the next Great Finds Friday post then.

Good luck and happy crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Online Editor (www.craftsnthings.com)