Lacy Candle Shade

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

These one-of-a-kind candle shades are great gifts and so easy to customize to fit any color scheme.

Materials

  • Glass candlestick and votive cup
  • Cardstock: heavy white, Stampin’ Up! Whisper White
  • Heartfelt Creations Burst of Splendor Paper Collection (HCDP1 235)
  • Teardrop beads
  • Pearls: 4mm, 5mm
  • Iridescent yarn
  • Jewelry findings: headpins, jump rings
  • Battery-operated candle

Tools

  • Die-cutting and Embossing Machine
  • Heartfelt Creations PreCut Stamp Sets: Dahlia Cluster (HCPC 3548), Bold Leaf (HCPC 3547), Open Leaf (HCPC 3545)
  • Heartfelt Creations Dies: Classic Leaf (HCD 736), Decorative Lace Border (HCD 713)
  • Scor-Pal
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
  • Markers: Imagination International COPIC Amethyst V17, Mallow V15, Pale Lilac V12; Tombow Dark Olive 158, Asparagus 192; Stampin’ Up! Garden Green
  • Ranger Stardust Stickles Glitter Glue
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives 527 Multi-Use Glue, paper glue

Basic Supplies

sewing needle and white thread, round nose pliers, chain nose pliers, wire cutters

Directions

STEP 1

Adhere votive cup to top of candlestick with 527 Glue; let dry.

STEP 2

Die cut four Decorative Lace Borders from heavy white cardstock. Adhere together, end to end, to create a strip approximately 23-1/2” long. Cut two 1/2” strips from green paper. Adhere along length of lace border, 1” from top edge. Apply Stardust Stickles throughout middle of lace; let dry.

STEP 3

Using Scor-Pal, score every other scallop on lace strip. Turn strip over, score opposite scallops. Mountain-valley fold length of strip; adhere ends together to create a tube.

STEP 4

Run threaded needle through lattice holes of lace tube just below uppermost scallop, securing a 4mm pearl between each fold. Tighten thread to draw top closer; tie threads off to create small top opening.

STEP 5

Thread yarn through holes at bottom of lace tube, just above teardrop descenders. Tighten yard to draw bottom closer until shade fits your candleholder; tie yarn off.

STEP 6

Thread teardrop bead on headpin, followed by 5mm pearl. Using pliers, wrap headpin stem around jump ring, making a loop and trimming off excess wire if necessary. Using pliers, open jump ring to hang pendant from shade every other pleat, opposite of the teardrop descenders. Repeat around entire bottom of shade.

STEP 7

Stamp small Dahlia on Whisper White cardstock, color with COPIC markers and cut out. Apply Stickles as desired.

STEP 8

Apply Garden Green marker to Bold Leaf stamp; stamp on Whisper White cardstock. Apply Dark Olive and Asparagus marker to Open Leaf stamp; stamp over Bold Leaf stamp. Using Classic Leaf die, die cut/emboss two leaves. Apply Stickles as desired.

STEP 9

Adhere leaves to flower. Adhere flower to paper shade as shown.

STEP 10

Insert battery-operated candle into votive cup; place shade on votive cup.

Tip

  • For safety reasons, use only battery-operated candles to light this shaded lamp.

by Linda Kleman for Heartfelt Creations (www.heartfeltcreations.us)

Great Finds Friday: STAEDTLER® Triplus® Color Fibre-Tip Pens

Welcome to another Great Finds Friday, Crafters! Today, I’m going to show you four ways to use Triplus Color Fibre-Tip Pens from STAEDTLER. These versatile markers are a perfect tool for stampers, card-makers, and scrapbookers, as well as for kids and fine artists. The brilliant, environmentally friendly, water-based ink is ideal for watercolor techniques, detail work, and coloring larger areas. Unique Dry Safe technology ensures that the markers will not dry up, even if left uncapped for days. In a home where kids frequently help themselves to mom’s craft supplies, that means added peace of mind. Here are some recent holiday tags I made using cardstock, stamps, and Triplus Color Fibre-Tip Pens.

Outline + watercolor: For the Deck the Halls Wreath Tag, I used dark gray dye ink to stamp the wreath and sentiment onto cream cardstock. I stamped the top portion of the wreath again onto cream cardstock. Using the Triplus markers, I outlined the leaves in green, both bows in red, and the sentiment in red. I dotted each leaf with two additional shades of green. I dotted the berries red. Using a water-barrel brush, I blended the color directly on the cardstock, drawing the ink from the edges to the center of each section. For the sentiment, I simply ran the tip of the brush along the outline to create a soft watercolor effect. After letting the images dry, I detail cut the second bow and adhered it to the main image using two small foam dots. Finally I adhered the cream tag to a larger kraft tag and added borders using a ruler and the green marker I used to outline the leaves.

Stamp + detail: For the Silhouette Tree Tag, I colored the silhouette stamp with an aqua marker, huffed on the stamp to moisten the ink, and then stamped onto cream cardstock. I hand drew the outline using the same marker, then added a dot border.

Watercolor background: For the Warm Winter Wishes Tag, I scribbled small puddles of three different colors – soft gray, purple, blue – onto a non-stick craft sheet. Using a water-barrel brush, I picked up the soft gray ink and applied it in random strokes over the center of the cream cardstock tag. Next, I picked up and applied blue ink around the outer edges, leaving a bit of gray visible in the center. Finally, I picked up and applied purple ink around the blue. I used dark gray dye ink to stamp the sentiment and snowflakes, and highlighted the snowflakes with Ranger Stickles Icicle Glitter Glue.

Watercolor color lift: For the Season’s Greetings Tag, I wanted a more vintage effect, so I used dark gray dye ink to stamp the bells image and sentiment onto kraft cardstock. I detailed the bands on the bells with a bit of red marker (center of bell on left, top and bottom of bell on right). Next, I scribbled small puddles of gold, red, and green marker onto a non-stick craft sheet. Using a water-barrel brush, I picked up each color and applied it to the image. I quickly blotted the image with a paper towel to prevent the color from spreading and to “lift” some of the vibrant pigment in order to create a worn look. I repeated this process for the sentiment.

The first thing you’ll notice about these markers is the nifty, triangular shape. The easy-to-hold shape means no hand fatigue when you’re doing a lot of coloring. Triplus Color Fibre-Tip Pens are particularly good for little hands, too, and the water-based, natural inks wash easily from hands and most clothing. I’m a big believer in giving kids the opportunity to use great supplies to create their own art, and these kid-friendly features make it easy to let them explore their creativity.

The markers are available individually or in sets of 10 or 20 shades, and the box doubles as a helpful stand, keeping markers at your fingertips when your creative muse calls. I know I’ll be creating more tags this weekend. What will you create?

 

Until next time, happy crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Craft Ideas Online Editor (www.craftideas.com)

Pink Poinsettia Stocking

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Hang this beautiful paper stocking from your mantle or tree, or use it as a gift card holder.

Materials

  • Kaisercraft Beyond The Page MDF Stocking Garland
  • Heartfelt Creations Daphne Paper Collection
  • White cardstock
  • Embellishments: black circle/gold letter stickers, pearls, laces, pink ribbon, white feathers

Tools

  • Die-cutting machine
  • Dies: Heartfelt Creations Ornamental Add On; Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Oval LG and Floral Ovals, Shapeabilities Layered Poinsettia
  • Heartfelt Creations Pre-cut Stamp Sets: Holiday Script Background, Christmas Sentiment Circles, Peaceful Night, Holly Berry, Petite Poinsettia
  • McGill Paper Blossoms Tool Kit and Molding Mat
  • Circle punch, 1″
  • Ink pads: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Victorian Velvet, Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Delicata Golden Glitz, embossing ink
  • Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue: Diamond, Gold
  • Ranger Gold Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder
  • Liquitex Acrylic Gesso Surface Prep
  • Adhesives: Plaid All Night Media Pop Dots, Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Permanent Adhesive, Ranger Glossy Accents

Basic Supplies

paintbrush, sandpaper, heat tool

Directions

Size

6-1/4″x8″

Pink Poinsettia Stocking

1. Paint stocking with gesso.

2. Using stocking as pattern, cut main stocking and fold-down top panel from paper; adhere to stocking. Lightly sand edges; ink edges with Victorian Velvet.

3. Using Golden Glitz ink, stamp images on stocking.

4. Using Victorian Velvet ink, stamp flowers and sentiment circles on cardstock. Using Layered Poinsettia, die cut flowers; ink edges with Victorian Velvet and gently shape petals while assembling flowers. Apply Gold Stickles to petal edges and Diamond Stickles to petals. Adhere large pearls in flower centers.

5. Punch out sentiment circles with circle punch. Adhere L, Y, R, I, and C letter stickers to circle centers. Apply Gold Stickles to sticker edges.

6. Using embossing ink, stamp leaves on green paper. Using Ornamental Add On, die cut leaves. Heat emboss with Gold powder.

7. Die cut Classic Oval and coordinating Floral Oval from papers. Adhere together, matting plain oval with floral oval. Using Golden Glitz ink, stamp sentiment in center of panel. Adhere small flower to panel with Pop Dot.

8. Adhere lace and feathers to stocking with Fabric Fusion.

9. Adhere sentiment panel to stocking with Pop Dots.

10. Adhere leaves, flowers and letter stickers to stocking, using Pop Dots for dimension as desired.

11. Tie ribbon in bow; adhere to stocking with Fabric Fusion. Adhere pearl to bow center.

12. Adhere additional accent pearls to stocking.

by Sarah Miller for Heartfelt Creations (www.heartfeltcreations.us)

Jeweled Tree Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Craft four of these sparkling greetings from a single 12″x12″ sheet of glittery cardstock, then embellish with The Robin’s Nest Dew Drop “ornaments.”

Materials

  • Cardstock: The Robin’s Nest Canada Stripe, white, green, brown embossed
  • Papers: red diamond, lime green linen, sage green dot, Merry Christmas
  • The Robin’s Nest Dew Drops, assorted
  • Buttons, assorted

Tools

  • Die-cutting system and dot embossing folder
  • Unity Stamp Co. Baubled Branches Stamp
  • Green chalk ink pad
  • Adhesives: clear-drying liquid glue, double-sided tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

3”x6”

Jeweled Tree Card

1. Make 3”x6” side-fold card from Canada Stripe cardstock.

2. Cut 2-1/2”x3” green cardstock panel and 2-1/2”x2-3/4” red diamond paper panel. Center red panel on green; adhere layers together. Emboss paper with dot texture and adhere to card.

3. Cut 3”x1-7/8” lime green paper panel; notch one end and adhere to card.

4. Cut 2-1/2”x7/8” sage green paper panel; adhere to card. Detail cut sentiment from Christmas paper; adhere to card.

5. Stamp green branch image onto white cardstock; detail cut image. Adhere to card. Cut small brown cardstock rectangle; adhere to base of branch.

6. Using liquid glue, adhere buttons and Dew Drops to branch. Let dry.

Tip

  • Be sure to use clear-drying liquid glue with Dew Drops embellishments for best effect.

by Tonya Wilson-Trantham (www.creativeaddictiontopaper.blogspot.com)

Merry Christmas

With the holidays arriving so quickly, I decided to share a quick-and-easy holiday card that can be made within a few minutes.

Cut top-fold card base from white cardstock measuring 4-1/4″x5-1/2″. Stamp Hero Arts Dazzling Snowflake using Versamark on front of card.

Use makeup sponge to apply Blue STAEDTLER Karat Pastel Chalk and smear over Versamark image.

Trim edges of card 1/8″ on both sides of snowflake.

Ink up IndigoBlu “Looks Like Rain, Dear” deer stamp with Ranger Archival Ink Coffee and stamp over snowflake.

Ink up Hero Arts sentiment using same ink and stamp on top left corner.

Cut 4-1/4″x5-1/2″ from brown cardstock and mount to inside of front cover of card.

Accent with crystal gems.

A quick card to replicate and stock up for the holidays!

Suzz

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

Holiday Wine Tags

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create a variety of holiday wine tags to toast your favorite host or hostess.

Materials

  • My Favorite Things Primitive White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things My Favorite Felt: Wild Cherry, Gumdrop Green
  • Sequins

Tools

  • Die-cutting system
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Let’s Toast, Poinsettia, High-Rise Alphabet Lowercase
  • Craft glue

Directions

Joy Tag

1. Using Let’s Toast Die-namics Die, die cut one wine bottle tag from Primitive White Cardstock.

2. Die cut two large and two small flowers from Wild Cherry Felt using Poinsettia Die-namics Die.

3. Die cut letters j, o, and y from Gumdrop Green Felt using High-Rise Alphabet Lowercase Die-namics Dies.

4. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to assemble poinsettia layers and adhere.

5. Adhere sequins to poinsettia center.

6. Adhere poinsettia to top left side of bottle tag.

7. Adhere “joy” letters to bottle tag.

Other Holiday Tags

Once you know the basics of assembly, have fun creating themed wine tags for a variety of gift-giving occasions. Use the supplies listed below and the photo as a guide to create these holiday tags.

Brr! Tag

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Black Licorice
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Let’s Toast, High-Rise Alphabet Lowercase; Let It Snowflake
  • Other My Favorite Things supplies: Limeade Buttons; My Favorite Felt Bubblegum, Gumdrop Green

Happy Holidays Tag

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Black Licorice, Kraft, Sour Apple
  • My Favorite Things Stamps: Large Scale Backgrounds, Ornament Banner Builder, Sheet Music Background
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Let’s Toast, Jumbo Christmas Stocking
  • My Favorite Things Ink: Black Licorice, Sweet Tooth
  • Other My Favorite Things supplies: Electric Red Buttons

Let’s Celebrate Tag

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Steel Grey, Steel Blue
  • My Favorite Things Stamps: Birthday Sentiments, Timeless, Cooper Alphabet
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Let’s Toast, Stacking Stars
  • My Favorite Things Ink: Steel Grey
  • Other My Favorite Things supplies: My Favorite Felt Grapesicle

Thank You Tag

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Fuse Green
  • My Favorite Things Stamps: Plaid Background Builder, Big Greetings
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Let’s Toast, Fall Leaves
  • My Favorite Things Ink: Hot Fudge, Fuse Green
  • Other My Favorite Things supplies: My Favorite Felt Hot Fudge, Tangy Orange Button, Hemp Cord

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

 

Same Products, Different Ways

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Our Design Team members show how versatile our products are by creating two projects using all the same products but yielding a different result. One Design Team member has created a how to construct a card project while the other Design Team member has a photo tutorial for coloring the main image.

Materials

  • Cardstock: white, black, blue
  • Blending paper
  • Whimsy Stamps Winter Frost Designer Paper, 6″x6″ paper pad
  • Black sheer ribbon, 1″ wide, 18″ length
  • Self-adhesive gems, assorted colors

Tools

  • Whimsy Stamps Rubber Stamps: Winter Friends, Season’s Greetings Notables 7 Sentiment
  • Whimsy Stamps Dies: Layered Snowflakes Set, Notables 7
  • Circle punch
  • Imagination International COPIC Markers
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
  • Ranger Melt Art White Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE)
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Versamark Embossing Ink
  • Ultra-fine white embossing powder
  • Adhesives: Ranger Stickles Icicle Glitter Glue, paper adhesive, foam tape

Basic Supplies

scissors, paper trimmer, ruler, heating tool

Directions

Wishing You a… Happy Holidays Card by Jodi Amidei

1. Stamp Tuxedo Black image onto blending paper. Color image as desired using COPIC markers. Trim to 3-3/8″x3-3/8″, distress edges, and mat onto slightly larger black cardstock. Add VersaMark embossing ink to edges and onto corners of image in an non-uniformed pattern. Dip edges into white UTEE and heat to melt. Create two larger-sized backgrounds from patterned paper and black cardstock, treating edges in same manner. Cut strip of coordinating patterned paper approximately 1-1/2″ wide and mat to black cardstock; treat edges in same manner.

2. Die cut five large snowflakes from white cardstock. Cover each with VersaMark and then UTEE. Using tweezers to hold snowflakes, heat to melt. When cooled, reapply more VersaMark and another layer of UTEE to each snowflake. Heat again to create thicker layer. When cool, adhere gem to center of snowflakes.

3. Stamp sentiment onto cardstock using VersaMark. Apply ultrafine detail white embossing powder; heat to melt. Using circle punch, cut out center of sentiment and adhere to center of last snowflake.

4. Using photo as guide, assemble card onto 6″x6″ white top-fold cardstock base. Before image and snowflakes are added, wrap ribbon around background and tie at right edge into knot; fishtail cut edges. Adhere image and snowflakes using foam tape for dimension. Add sentiment in bottom left corner to finish.

Winter Wishes Card by Melissa Andrew

Using cardstock and Whimsy Stamps designer paper, dies, and stamps, create and assemble card as desired. Stamp Tuxedo Black Winter Friends image onto blending paper. Use COPIC markers and Winter Friends Photo Tutorial to color image. Embellish image with glitter glue.

Winter Friends Photo Tutorial

Follow this photo tutorial to color The Winter Friends image used in this project.

by Jodi Amidei and Melissa Andrew for Whimsy Stamps (www.whimsystamps.com)

Christmas Planner

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create a darling Christmas planner using cardstock, stamps, and My Favorite Things Die-namics. Two inner pockets are the perfect place to tuck receipts, plan purchases, and get prepared for the busy shopping season.

Materials

  • Notebook, 4”x5-3/4”
  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Primitive White, Jellybean Green, Red Hot, Steel Blue, Sweet Tooth, Kraft
  • My Favorite Things Kraft Envelopes, 4-3/8”x5-3/4”, two
  • My Favorite Things Hemp Cord
  • My Favorite Things Sweet Tooth Button
  • White brads, medium, four

Tools

  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System
  • My Favorite Things Stamps: Laina Lamb Design Journal It – Top Ten, Document It – December; Lisa Johnson Design Textile Backgrounds, Hearts and Stitches; BG Sheet Music Background
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Poinsettia; Laina Lamb Design Insert It – 3”x4” Insert, Accent It – Flags and Tags
  • My Favorite Things Clearsnap ColorBox Premium Dye Ink Pads: Jellybean Green, Hot Fudge, Black Licorice, Paver Red, Kraft
  • Circle punch, 3/4”
  • Scor-Pal Scoring Board
  • Adhesives: Scor-Pal Scor-Tape, paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Cut two 10-1/4”x6-1/8 Primitive White cardstock panels. Score both panels at 4-3/4” and 5-1/2” from left edge.

STEP 2

Using Scor-Tape, adhere panels together to make 20-1/2”x6-1/8” planner base. Remove front page of notebook. Cover top edge of pad with small piece of Jellybean Green cardstock. Wrap hemp cord length across top of notepad; adhere on back. Adhere notebook to center of planner base using Scor-Tape.

STEP 3

With flap closest to outer edge, adhere one Kraft envelope to each side of notebook as shown.

STEP 4

Cut two 5-3/4”x1-1/2” strips from Red Hot cardstock and two 5-3/4”x1-1/4”strips from Primitive White cardstock. Using Jellybean Green ink, stamp LJD Textile checked background onto Primitive White strips; mat to Red Hot cardstock. Adhere panels onto envelopes on side opposite of flap. Stamp LJD Hearts and Stitches using Hot Fudge Ink onto envelope flaps.

STEP 5

Punch four 3/4” circles from Jellybean Green cardstock; adhere circles onto envelopes as shown. Insert brad through center of each circle. To create closure, wrap hemp cord around brads and secure with bow.

STEP 6

Stamp Black Licorice “Christmas” sentiment onto center bottom edge of notebook.

STEP 7

Die cut Red Hot banner and Primitive White circle using Accent It – Flags and Tags Die-namics. Stamp Journal It – Top Ten “My Favorite Things” onto Primitive White die cut; let dry. Assemble and adhere die cuts to top right of notebook.

STEP 8

Die cut seven Insert It – 3”x4” from Sweet Tooth Cardstock. Stamp Black Licorice Journal It – Top Ten onto each die cut. Stamp titles using Document It – December with MFT Red Hot and Jellybean Green Ink. Cut 3-1/6”x4-1/16” Red Hot and Jellybean Green cardstock panels; mat to journal die cuts. Tuck into envelopes for later use.

STEP 9

Cut following cardstock panels: 4-1/2”x5-3/4” from Steel Blue, 4-1/4”x5-1/2” from Red Hot, 4”x5-1/4” from Kraft. Stamp Sheet Music Background using Kraft Ink onto Kraft Cardstock. Mat together and adhere to front cover.

STEP 10

Die cut Insert It – 3”x4” Insert from Sweet Tooth cardstock and stamp Journal It – Top Ten using Black Licorice Ink. Stamp Jellybean Green “Christmas” title on die cut. Cut 3-1/6”x4-1/16” Jellybean Green panel and mat to insert die cut; mat to sheet music panel on front cover.

STEP 11

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to die cut and assemble Poinsettia Die-namics flower from Red Hot cardstock and leaves from Jellybean Green cardstock. Die cut banner using Accent It – Flags and Tags Die-namics; stamp “Making A List” sentiment using Black Licorice Ink.

STEP 12

Adhere assembled flower on cover. Embellish flower with button tied with hemp cord bow. Tuck and adhere banner under button.

Tip

  • To view a video on My Favorite Things Die-namics Poinsettia Dies, click here.

by Inge Groot for My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.com)

Loopy Bloom Tree

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Christmas is just around the corner! Create a beautiful Christmas tree using My Favorite Things Die-namics dies, stamps, and cardstock to add a festive touch to your holiday décor.

Materials

  • Papier-mâché cone, 3-3/4”x11”
  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Jellybean Green, Smooth White, Electric Red, Kraft
  • My Favorite Things Jellybean Grosgrain Ribbon
  • My Favorite Things Hemp Cord
  • Pin, 3”
  • Clear rhinestones

Tools

  • Die-cutting system and My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Loopy Bloom, Christmas Ornaments, Star STAX
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Christmas Ornaments Stamp
  • My Favorite Things Clearsnap ColorBox Premium Dye Ink Pads: Electric Red, Jellybean Green, Berrylicious
  • My Favorite Things MIX-ables Sheer: Shimmer Mist, Sparkle Glitter Glaze
  • Adhesives: hot glue gun, liquid glue, glue dots, foam squares

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, pins, paintbrush or paper piercer

Directions

Project Preparation

1. Cut 20 Loopy Blooms from Jellybean Green cardstock.

2. Cut 16 ornaments from Smooth White cardstock (four of each shape) and 16 ornament toppers from Kraft cardstock.

3. Cut six mini tags from Kraft cardstock and six mini tags from Smooth White cardstock.

4. Cut 12 small poinsettias from Electric Red cardstock.

5. Cut two of second largest Star STAX from Smooth White cardstock.

Tree Assembly

1. Cut each Loopy Bloom die-cut in half lengthwise.

2. Using thin paintbrush or paper piercer, curl bottom edge of Loopy Blooms upward.

3. Hot glue length of Jellybean Green ribbon along bottom edge of papier-mâché cone.

4. Apply bead of hot glue above ribbon and begin to adhere curled Loopy Bloom halves. Adhere Loopy Blooms row by row. Do not overlap Loopy Blooms within each row. Trim die cuts as needed using scissors. Adhere each successive row of Loopy Blooms directly above previous row. Continue in this manner to within 1/2” of cone top.

5. Push pin through top of cone and hot glue small piece of Jellybean Green ribbon around cone top.

Ornament Assembly

1. Stamp and embellish ornaments as desired using Christmas Ornaments Stamp Set, clear rhinestones, and MIX-ables Glitter Glaze. Adhere ornament topper to each ornament and tie small hemp bow to each topper.

2. Stamp sentiments on mini tags and adhere rhinestone to each tag.

3. Adhere rhinestone to center of each small poinsettia.

Tree Topper Assembly

1. Score each Star STAX die-cut from each point straight across star.

2. Fold stars on score lines to form three-dimensional star.

3. Spray stars with MIX-ables Sheer Shimmer Mist; let dry.

4. Stack several foam squares together and adhere to center back of one star.

5. Push pin through center of stack of foam squares as shown.

6. Remove liner from top foam square and apply small amount of liquid adhesive to back points of other star.

7. Line these two stars up and adhere together. Apply small amount of pressure to points until glue dries.

Decorating The Tree

1. Adhere ornaments, tags, and poinsettias to tree as desired using hot glue gun.

2. Gently insert star assembly into top of tree.

Tips

  • Make different size trees for a stunning Christmas display.
  • Try making a tree using felt Loopy Bloom die-cuts.

by Debbie Carriere for My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.com)

Altered SPOOKY Letters

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create a one-of-a-kind Halloween home décor piece by altering wooden letters embellished with die cuts, paper flowers, floral picks, glitter, pearls, and much more. It’s perfect for displaying on a mantle, bookshelf, or any other place in your home during the Halloween season.

Materials

  • Wooden or papier-mâché letters, 4”x5″: S, P, O, O, K, Y
  • Bazzill Basics Cardstock: Black, Orange, White, Green
  • My Mind’s Eye Wicked Collection 6”x6” Paper Pad or Halloween-themed paper of choice
  • Prima Marketing Paper Flowers & Pearl Flourish
  • Maya Road Vintage Pearl Trinket Pins
  • Green chipboard letter stickers: m, a, g, i, c
  • Foam bats
  • Skull jewelry charm
  • Halloween floral picks: spider, witch’s broomstick
  • The Twinery Red/White Baker’s Twine
  • Jute twine or string: ivory, black
  • My Craft Spot Gray Seam Binding
  • Black plastic-coated wire
  • Wooden dowel, 3”

Tools

  • Xyron 5″ Creative Station with Permanent Adhesive
  • Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit by Xyron
  • Xyron Glue Stick For Corners
  • Xyron 3/16″ High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • Xyron 3/8″ High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • Xyron 1/2″ Double-Sided High Tack Tape
  • Xyron 3” Sticker Maker
  • Glue Gun
  • Provo Craft Cricut Electronic Cutting Machine: Spider Web, Circle, Clouds, 31
  • Dies: Sizzix Tim Holtz Sizzlits Decorative Strip Paper Rosette; My Craft Spot Tiny Banners and Toppers Metal Dies, Tiny Doilies Metal Dies, Ticket Metal Dies
  • My Craft Spot Halloween-themed Stamp Sets
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Memento Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black, Tangelo
  • Martha Stewart High Gloss Beetle Black Acrylic Paint
  • Sakura White Gel Pen
  • Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter: Crystal , Onyx

Basic Supplies

scissors, craft knife, pencil, sanding block, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface), tiny hole punch, black marker

Directions

Size

24″x5″

SPOOKY Letters

1. On covered work surface, paint wooden letters Beetle Black. Apply two or three coats on letters for opaque coverage. Let dry completely.

2. Trace wooden letters onto desired combination of Wicked papers; cut out letters using sharp craft scissors.

3. Run traced letter cutouts through Xyron 5″ Creative Station with Permanent Adhesive with desired patterned paper facing up. Peel off clear film and apply traced letter cutouts to wooden letters. Use sanding block to remove any excess patterned paper from edges of wooden letters if needed.

4. Cut spider web from Black cardstock using Cricut machine. Adhere web to wooden letter “S” as shown using Xyron 3/16″ High Tack Adhesive Dots on web tips. Tie seam binding into small bow; trim ends. Using Xyron 3/8″ High Tack Adhesive Dots, adhere bow and Prima Flower to center of web. Insert Pearl Trinket Pin behind bow. Adhere spider floral pick to web as shown with Clear Hold Adhesive from the Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit by Xyron.

5. Following manufacturer’s instructions and using photo as guide, create paper rosette from Green, Black, and White cardstock and Halloween-themed paper; stamp around outer edge of White cardstock rosette center with Black Halloween-themed sentiments. Tie black jute string into bow. Adhere bow and Prima Flower to rosette center using Xyron 3/16″ High Tack Adhesive Dots. Adhere paper rosette to wooden letter “P” using Xyron 1/2″ Double-Sided High Tack Tape. Die cut flag pennant from White cardstock; stamp “boo!” with Tangelo ink. Insert two Maya Road Vintage Pearl Trinket Pins and flag pennant behind rosette.

6. Die cut five small banners from mottled patterned paper and five slightly larger banners from black cardstock; mat together using Xyron 1/2″ Double-Sided High Tack Tape. Adhere green letter stickers to banners to spell “magic”; highlight letters with White gel pen. Punch two holes at top of each banner and thread onto red/white twine. Hang banner across top of the first wooden letter “O” using Clear Hold Adhesive from Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit by Xyron. Die cut two tickets from Orange cardstock; stamp Tangelo border and Black Halloween sentiments. Cut number “31” from Black cardstock; highlight with White gel pen. Let dry. Embellish bottom of letter “O” with two ticket stubs and number “31” using tape runner and foam tape from Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit by Xyron. Adhere witch’s broomstick using Xyron 3/8″ High Tack Adhesive Dots on top of number “31”.

7. Tie ivory jute string to spider floral pick and apply Xyron Glue Stick for Corners to string. (Note: Applying Glue Stick for Corners to jute string will help stiffen it, letting it adhere into looped shape.) Hang spider over top of second wooden letter “O”. Add Clear Hold Adhesive from Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit by Xyron if needed. Using Xyron 3/16″ High Tack Adhesive Dots and Xyron 3/8″ High Tack Adhesive Dots, create flower cluster on bottom edge of letter. Curl black plastic-coated wire around wooden dowel; remove dowel. Insert wire curls behind flower cluster using Xyron 3/16″ High Tack Adhesive Dots.

8. Cut 1-1/2” circle from yellow paper and two small clouds from White cardstock. Highlight moon with White gel pen and clouds with black marker as shown. Run two small black foam bats and yellow circle through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker with Permanent Adhesive. Peel off clear film strip and sprinkle yellow circle with Crystal glitter and foam bats with Onyx glitter. Adhere circle to upper left side of wooden letter “K” with Xyron 1/2″ Double-Sided High Tack Tape and adhere two small clouds using foam tape from Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit by Xyron over moon. Behind clouds, add foam bats adhered to curled black plastic-coated wire using glue gun.

9. Adhere Pearl Flourish and black rose to bottom of wooden letter “Y” using Xyron 3/8″ High Tack Adhesive Dots. Cut two small fishtail flag pennants from same patterned paper as used for letter “P” using scissors. Tuck pennants behind black rose as shown and adhere using Xyron 1/2″ Double-Sided High Tack Tape. Cut fishtail flag strip from mottled patterned paper; stamp black sentiment. Insert Pearl Trinket Pin embellished with flag sentiment strip and skull jewelry charm behind flower.

Tip

  • Apply the Xyron Glue Stick for Corners to a piece of jute or twine to stiffen the jute or twine, letting it take the shape you want.

by Marlene Gomez for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)