Happy Fourth of July

I love The Fourth of July. When I was a child, “the 4th” was the best holiday of the year. All of my older siblings would come home for a long visit. We always had a huge picnic in the backyard, complete with icy cold watermelon. My brothers would place the watermelon in the creek to chill until lunch. We all attended the local parade and fireworks. Plus, our small town always had a carnival and festival. It was the best of times.

As an adult, I am proud of my relatives who have served our country. I especially thank my father (a World War II veteran) and my four brothers (two who are Vietnam veterans) for their military service. I created a card suitable for wishing them a happy Independence Day.

1. Make 4-1/4″x5-1/2″ brown top-fold card.

2. Cut 4-1/8″x5-3/8″ star paper panel. Distress edges with scissors and sponge with Venetian Lace ink. Adhere to card front.

3. Cut 4-1/8″x3″ brown cardstock panel. Cut 4″x2-7/8″ plaid paper panel. Layer and adhere panels together. Wrap red twill around center of panel and knot on right side. Adhere panel to card 1/2″ from bottom edge.

4. Using scissors, distress edges of bingo card; sponge with Venetian Lace ink. Adhere to top left corner of card on angle.

5. Die cut/emboss Nested Lacey Pennants #3 shape from brown cardstock. Die cut/emboss Nested Pennants #3 shape from blue star paper. Layer and adhere pennants together; adhere to card with foam tape.

6. Using Dark Cashmere ink, stamp sentiment onto cream cardstock. Die cut/emboss sentiment into Ribbon Banners #3 shape. Before removing shape from die template, use sponge to stencil openings with Venetian Lace ink, concentrating ink more heavily near ends. Remove template. Adhere sentiment to center of pennant.

7. Using Nestabilities Stars Five die set, die cut/emboss smallest star from red and white cardstock, next smallest star from red cardstock, and star #3 from dark blue cardstock. Adhere stars to the card as shown using foam dots. If desired, save one small red star to decorate matching envelope.

8. Tie twine through holes of cream button; adhere to twill knot using clear dot.

9. Decorate inside of card with strip of decorative paper. Stamp sentiment as shown.

Products used:

  • Paper: My Mind’s Eye Alphabet Soup; October Afternoon Modern Homemaker,  Report Card
  • Cardstock: American Crafts Rocky Road; Stampin’ Up! Very Vanilla, Night of Navy; Bazzill Basics Paper Maraschino
  • Jenni Bowlin Studios Bingo Card
  • Really Reasonable Ribbon Red Twill
  • StampingScrapping Stamp Sets: Design Label Accents, Design Fancy
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Dies: Shapeabilities Nested Pennants, Nested Lacey Pennants, and Ribbon Banners; Nestabilities Stars Five
  • Clearsnap ColorBox Graphic 45 Decades Antiquing Ink Pads: Venetian Lace, Dark Cashmere
  • Adhesives: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Tape Runner and Foam Squares; Glue Dots International Glue Dots

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

XO Tin Star and Tag

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Down-home charm transforms a tin star into a sweet, subtle patriotic display. Hang it in remembrance this 4th of July and leave it there year-round.


  • Tin star, 7-3/4” across
  • Stampin Up! Cardstock: Very Vanilla; Chocolate Chip
  • Paper: white printer-weight, red/brown dot, cream/brown text
  • Clear button
  • Hemp
  • Brown/crème gingham ribbon


  • Stamps: flower, alphabet
  • Stampin Up! Classic Stampin’ Pads: Chocolate Chip, Early Expresso
  • Sponge dauber
  • Tag punch
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, needle



Trace one section of star onto white printer-weight paper and cut out for pattern. Cut five from either dot paper or text paper. Turn pattern over and cut five from remaining paper. Sponge Chocolate Chip ink along paper edges. Adhere to star.


Cut and adhere two 4” ribbon lengths into loops. Cross loops and adhere to center of star.


Trace button onto brown cardstock and cut out slightly inside traced line. Adhere cardstock to back of button; poke holes with needle or similar tool. Tie hemp through holes. Adhere button to star.


Stamp Early Expresso flower on cream cardstock; punch with tag punch. Stamp Chocolate Chip “XO” over flower. Sponge same ink along edges. Mat tag on dot paper. Tie tag to star with hemp.

by Lindsey Botkin

Chipboard Inspirational Décor

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Transform chipboard and printable film from Grafix into an inspirational accent piece. Personalize with names, phrases, words and more!


  • Grafix Chipboard Squares: White , five; Black, three
  • Grafix Silver Metallic Foil Board, 10”x13”
  • Grafix Computer Grafix Clear Adhesive-Backed Film
  • Assorted black-and-white ribbons


  • Computer and inkjet printer
  • Heat tool
  • Stamps: Hero Arts Music Background, Old Letter Writing, Zig Zag, Canvas Stripes, Lattice Background; Hampton Art Flourish Background
  • Clearsnap Smooch Spritz Pearlescent Accent Spray: Cherry Ice, Gingersnap, Sun Kissed, Limolicious, Splash, Grape Burst
  • Clearsnap ColorBox Pigment Ink Pads: Frost White, Black
  • Clearsnap Top Boss Embossing Powder: Black, White
  • Clearsnap Color Catcher Spray Box
  • Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry Paper Glue

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, hole punch




step 1

Stamp Frost White and emboss White three Black chipboard squares as follows: first square Flourish Background, second square Music Background, third square Old Letter Writing.

step 2

Stamp Black and emboss Black three White chipboard squares as follows: first square Canvas Stripes, second square Lattice Background, third square Zig Zag.

step 3

Print “CREATE” in font of choice, sized to approximately 1-1/2” to 1-3/4” tall, and spaced so that letters can be cut out in 2” squares, on Clear Adhesive-Backed Film Sheet. Let ink dry, then cut out letters in 2” squares.

step 4

Cut six 2”x2” squares from remaining White chipboard squares. One at a time, place 2”x2” White chipboard squares in Color Catcher and spritz each with a different color of Smooch Spritz; set aside to dry.

step 5

Adhere letters to “Smooched” chipboard squares. Cut six 2-1/4”x2-1/4” squares from Silver foil board; mat “Smooched” squares on foil board squares.

step 6

Adhere matted letter squares to centers of 4”x4” chipboard squares as shown to spell “CREATE”.

step 7

Mark and punch two holes on both sides of 4”x4” chipboard squares for “R”, first “E”, “A”, and “T”. Punch only right side of “C” and left side of second “E”.

step 8

Cut ten 8” ribbon lengths. Thread ribbons through punched holes to tie letters together.


by Tami Sanders for Grafix (www.grafixarts.com)

Eiffel Tower Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Use stamps, die-cut felt, and a rolled muslin flower to decorate a trendy burlap pillow cover with French-vintage style.


  • Pillow form
  • Fabrics: burlap, 1 yd; black felt, one sheet; muslin scraps; white cotton scrap
  • Ivory lace
  • Pearl stick pin
  • Jeweled button


  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System and Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz Fleur de Lis & Eiffel Tower Die
  • Sewing machine and cream thread
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Stamps: Wood-Mounted Paris Mark E2-1463, Postes Francaise J1-1075, French Collage V2-1674; Cling-Mount Cirque Alphabet CMS065
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Acrylic Grid-Blocks
  • Black permanent ink pad
  • Adhesives: fusible web, fabric glue

Basic Supplies

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



Measure pillow form. To create cover, add 3” to height and length of pillow form and cut two panels of that size from burlap.


Cut white cotton piece 4” less than height and length of pillow form. Using photo as guide, stamp designs onto fabric using black permanent ink; leave space in word for die-cut Eiffel tower. Cover design with pressing cloth and heat set ink.


Iron fusible web onto back of felt sheet. Die cut Eiffel tower from felt. Remove paper backing and fuse tower to stamped panel, creating “A” in “PARIS.” Stitch letter in place, if desired.


With wrong sides together, sew burlap panels together along three sides using 1-1/2” seam. Insert pillow form and machine-sew last side closed.


Beginning on one side, pull several threads from unfinished edge of burlap to create fringe. Continue around pillow until all sides are fringed.


Tear and roll long strip of muslin into flower shape, securing with fabric glue; let dry. Adhere or sew button to flower center; adhere or sew flower to pillow near upper right corner of stamped panel.


Tear additional muslin strip; cut lace strip to same length. Fold lengths in half and adhere or sew to pillow below edge of flower. Insert stick pin into pillow as shown.


  • Look for other stamp themes like botanicals, animals, or text for your pillow designs. Try stamping designs in color, or dye burlap and/or muslin before creating pillow cover.

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

Strawberry Card & Gift Box

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


June is unofficially Strawberry Month, so let the colors and flavors of the season inspire a delicious card and gift combination.


  • Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury Cardstock: White, Grass Green, Cherry Red
  • Lily Bee Design Christmas Cheer 6”x6” Paper Pad
  • Rhinestones: medium yellow, small red
  • May Arts Red/White Baker’s Twine


  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Dies: (Shapeabilities) Square Petal Top Box LF-012, Anemone Flower Topper S5-067, Donna Salazar Bitty Blossoms S5-050; (Nestabilities) Decorative Elements Lacey Squares S4-295, Classic Squares LG S4-126, Long Classic Rectangles LG S4-142, Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles LG S4-143
  • Gina K. Designs Stamp Sets: Sweet Strawberries, Vogue Vases 2
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
  • .Too Marker Corp. COPIC Sketch Markers
  • Art Institute Glitter Ultrafine Crystal Glitter
  • Adhesives: Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Scor-Pal Scor-Tape, 1/8” and 1/4″

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil, printer paper



Card, 4-1/4”x5-1/2”; box, 2-3/4”x2-3/4”x1-1/4”


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

2. Cut 4-1/4”-square red cardstock panel; score horizontally every 1/8”. Adhere to card, 1/4” from bottom edge.

3. Cut wide strip of desired patterned paper and mat on white cardstock, leaving narrow border at top edge only. Adhere to card front, 1/4” from bottom edge.

4. Adhere strip of 1/8″-wide Scor-Tape along top edge of patterned strip, sprinkle with glitter, and tap off excess. (Note: Apply glitter over printer paper, tap excess onto paper, fold, and carefully return excess glitter to jar for future use.)

5. Wrap twine twice around card front and tie bow at right side.

6. Die cut/emboss Bitty Blossom flower shapes from white cardstock. Shape with fingers and adhere layers together using liquid glue; let dry. Adhere flower to twine bow; adhere yellow rhinestone to flower center.

7. Stamp strawberry image onto white cardstock, color with markers, and die cut into square, cutting through portions of image that extend beyond edges. Use photo as guide.

8. Adhere strips of 1/8″-wide Scor-Tape along sides of stamped square; sprinkle with glitter.

9. Stamp strawberry image again onto white cardstock; color portions of image that extend beyond edges of original die-cut image square. Detail cut pieces and adhere to main image.

10. Die cut/emboss green cardstock Lacey Square; layer and adhere squares to card using foam square. Place foam square beneath extended image pieces if needed.

11. Cut narrow 4-1/4”-long red cardstock strip; adhere to bottom of patterned paper strip.

Inside of Card

12. To finish inside of card, cut wide red cardstock strip; adhere inside card, 1/4” from bottom edge. Cut patterned paper strip, mat on white cardstock in same way as card front, and adhere inside card.

13. Stamp image and sentiment onto white cardstock, color, and die cut/emboss into long rectangle. Die cut/emboss green scalloped rectangle. Layer and adhere rectangles together; adhere inside card using foam squares.

Gift Box

1. Die cut/emboss box and tag from white cardstock. Fold box on scored lines and adhere sides.

2. Adhere strips of 1/4″-wide Scor-Tape along top and bottom edges of box, sprinkle with glitter, and tap off excess.

3. Die cut/emboss box accents from patterned paper. Adhere accents to box sides; adhere small negative-space pieces to bottom of tag. Stamp sentiment on tag; adhere two small rhinestones to end.

4. Die cut/emboss two Anemone Flower Topper layers from red cardstock and patterned paper; adhere to box top so box will still open.

5. In same way as card, make and adhere white Bitty Blossoms flower to larger flower layers.

6. Tie tag to box with twine, tucking edge under flowers.


  • Transform the card design into a wrap for homemade strawberry jam for June gift-giving. Visit Pick Your Own (dot) Org to find local strawberry farms if you don’t grow your own.

by Michelle Woerner (www.stopandstamptheroses.blogspot.com)

Darkroom Door Winner!

Hello, crafters! Suzanne Czosek here with you today to announce the winner of the Darkroom Door prize package announced on my June 11th blog post, where I introduced you to this creative Australian company and their gorgeous photo-inspired products. Here’s an image of the prize:

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest. The winner, as chosen by Random.org, is Naomi, who said: “Absolutely fabulous examples of how to use Rachel’s products!!  Would love to be able to win some of them!!”

Congratulations, Naomi! We will be contacting you via email with more details.

Thanks for stopping by!

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


A Face Without Freckles Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Create a one-of-a-kind card for your favorite little freckle face using an adorable stamp set and a variety of fun die-cut shapes.


  • Cardstock: My Favorite Things Hot Fudge, Whip Cream; X-Press It Blending Card; scraps of gold and yellow
  • October Afternoon 8”x8” Paper Pads: Sasparilla Collection, Farmhouse Collection
  • American Crafts Brown Brads


  • Die-cutting system and My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Circle STAX 1 and 2, Woodgrain Fence, Notched Tag
  • My Favorite Things Pure Innocence Collection Freckles Stamp Set
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
  • .Too Marker Corp. COPIC Markers: E00, E11, BV000, R20, YG93, YG95, Y21, E31, E35, W1, W3
  • Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write Marker
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive; X-Press It Foam Tape, 1/2”

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, detail scissors, ruler, pencil, paper piercer and mat



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


Cut three 1-1/4”x3” strips of blue diamond paper and adhere evenly spaced across top half of card front.


Cut and adhere 4”x1-1/2” striped paper strip to bottom of card front.


Die cut 2-7/8” STAX Circle from brown cardstock and 2-3/4” STAX Circle from yellow patterned paper; layer and adhere over blue diamond strips.


Die cut two Woodgrain Fence pieces, one from brown cardstock and one from woodgrain paper. Adhere woodgrain fence to cardstock fence, slightly offset. Trim to 4” long and set aside.


Die cut three yellow flowers and two gold flowers using Notched Tag die set. Position flowers on fence and pierce holes through all layers for brads; insert brads. Using a ruler and Chocolate Chip marker, draw stems and leaves for flowers. Set aside.


Stamp sentiment onto cream cardstock; trim and mat on brown cardstock. Adhere strip to card as shown. Adhere fence to card.


Stamp girl image onto Blending Card. Using photo as guide, color skin, hair, hair clip, and shoes with markers. Stamp pants onto denim paper; detail cut pants and adhere to main image. Stamp shirt onto floral paper; cut out and adhere to image. Detail cut entire image and adhere to card over fence and circle, placing foam tape beneath head to level layers.


  • Look online for COPIC coloring tutorials for different skin and hair color combinations.

by Michele Boyer (www.papercuts.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com)

Garden Markers

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Stamp clay garden markers to keep track of your plants this year while adding a touch of class to your garden décor.


  • Oven-bake polymer clay, in color of choice
  • Copper wire: 10-gauge, 36” lengths, two; 18-gauge, 24” length
  • Bead of choice, 1⁄4”


  • Stamps of choice (designer used script wording, dragonfly, flowers, and grass)
  • Metallic rub-on finish, in color of choice
  • Acrylic brayer or rolling pin
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven
  • Clay-dedicated pasta machine (optional)

Basic Supplies

toothpick, craft knife, pliers



Follow manufacturer’s instructions to condition clay; roll to 1⁄4” thickness. For each sign, cut two rectangles of desired size (1-3⁄4”x2” shown in photo); shape edges as desired by pressing with fingers


Stamp one rectangle. Indent wording of choice with toothpick. Apply rub-on finish.


For stake-style marker as shown on right in photo, press 10-gauge wire length against remaining rectangle, leaving portion of wire above and below rectangle. Place stamped rectangle on top, matching edges; press together. Apply additional rub-on finish to sides.


For double hanging-style marker as shown on left in photo, slide bead onto 18-gauge wire length. Position and press wire length against two remaining rectangles, leaving portion of wire above and below rectangles and small portion with bead between them. Place stamped rectangles on top of rectangles, matching edges; press together. Apply additional rub-on finish to sides.


Bake at 265° for 25 minutes. Let cool. Use pliers to shape wire as desired.


For hanging post, use Figure 1 as guide to shape post from 10-gauge wire. Hang marker.

Figure 1

by Linda Welsh-Peterson

Bunting Flag Necklace

Recently my friend, Ann Butler, sent me these fun stamps from her new stamp line “Faux Quilting” from Unity Stamps. I love to stamp on fabric and decided they would be perfect for creating patterns on scrap pieces I found in my stash.

I gathered some fabric, a new stabilizer I am trying out called Phoomph for Fabric from Coats and Clark, some Staz-on ink, and an iron.

The stamps are available in a variety of patterns. I used the 1” stamps “Diamonds and Plaid” and “Leaves All Over.” To stamp, simply mount the stamps on an acrylic block. Apply Staz-on ink and stamp onto fabric several times.

Once I started stamping, I got the idea to create a bunting flag necklace. So I stamped onto the fabric several times. Keep the stamped images close together so that you will have plenty of room to cut out triangle shapes for the bunting flags.

Phoomph is very easy to use. Simply peel the top layer of paper away and apply to the wrong side of the fabric. Phoomph is a double-sided adhesive fabric stabilizer. I used it for the necklace to give the bunting flags more body since I was creating a necklace. I left the back side of the paper on. Make yourself a simple bunting flag template by cutting out a simple triangle shape from a scrap piece of cardstock, cardboard, etc. I used the Phoomph packaging.

Use the template to trace and cut out several bunting flags.

To finish the edges, use a sewing machine and thread to sew a straight stitch on the edges. Sew directly through the fabric, stabilizer and paper on the back. I used black thread for contrast. Use a heavy-duty hole punch to punch two holes for stringing on the edges of the bunting flags.

Decide how long you want your bunting flag necklace to be. Cut a length of black satin cord and string on bunting flags by inserting one end through the right hole on the flag and working front to back, then back to front. Once I got my bunting flags strung on the cording, I decided that they needed to be a little heavier so they would stay in place while being worn on a necklace. I glued pennies to the back of each one using tacky glue.

To complete the bunting flag necklace stamped with Ann Butler’s Unity Stamps, attach a looped finding on the end of the satin cording.

Live Life Creatively,




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

Great Finds Friday: Books

Welcome to Great Finds Friday! Before we take a look at some fun craft books on the market, and give them away to three lucky readers, I want to announce the winners of the Zoom Creative Products prize package offered on the May 10th blog post. The winners of the Coloring Glitter Kits, as chosen by Random.org, are:

Terry Fowler, Sharon Gullikson, April Lopez and Shirley Hutchins

The winners of the StickPiction Magical Glitter Craft Kits for kids are:

Natasha Poteraj, Marilyn Tucker, Nancy Siebert and Donna W.

Congratulations, winners! I will contact you with more prize info via email.

Zoom Creative Products has generously offered Crafts ‘n things readers an exclusive 50% discount on any order placed through June 30th! When you place your order, enter coupon code cnt and hit “apply” to get the discount.

Now, here are three craft titles available in your local book or craft store that will introduce you to the art of hand-carved stamps. Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win; winners will be announced here on June 7th.

Put Your Stamp On It: Stationery, Aprons, Totes, and More by Meagan Lewis, Chronicle Books, (www.chroniclebooks.com), ISBN: 9781452115719.

Stationery lovers, paper crafters, hand-printing enthusiasts and anyone looking to make personalized gifts will love the simple, colorful projects found in this book. From hand-stamped gift wrap, journals, and cards, to towels, totes, aprons, and hair accessories, each project is presented in the author’s engaging, easy style. Filled with templates and extra tips, Put Your Stamp On It is a great reference for beginners and experienced hand-carvers alike. The author includes excellent guidance on materials and tools, how to clean and care for hand-carved stamps, how to create your own custom color palette, and more. Artsy and inspiring chapters include Decorations, Gifts, Accessories, and Organizers. Project #13, the whisk-stamped Kitchen Apron, belongs in every crafty girl’s kitchen! Put Your Stamp On It retails for $19.95.

Stamp It! DIY Printing with Handmade Stamps: 45 Projects + 200 Motifs by Jenny Doh, Lark Crafts (www.larkcrafts.com), ISBN: 9781454703990.

Author Jenny Doh, former editor of Somerset Studio magazine and President and Founder of www.crescendoh.com, invites every crafter to expand the creative horizon through the versatile art form of stamping. In the opening chapter, Basics, Doh writes: “With a single stamp, you can customize stationery, embellish a tote bag, create a card, or personalize wrapping paper. You can design wedding invitations, print on T-shirts, or make unique placemats for your kids. You don’t have to take a single art class or know how to sketch. All you need is a stamp, ink, and a surface.”  In addition to giving great tips and techniques for rubber stamping, Doh also teaches that it’s easier than you think to carve and work with custom stamps.  The eclectic motifs included in the book, approximately 20 each from Jenny’s hand-selected group of contributors, can be used in countless ways on countless surfaces. Stamp It!  retails for $19.95.

I Heart Stationery: Fresh Inspirations for Handcrafted Cards, Note Cards, Journals & Other Paper Goods by Charlotte Rivers, Universe Publishing, an imprint of Rizzoli New York (www.rizzoliusa.com), ISBN:9780789324887.

I Heart Stationery presents work by stationery-industry designers from around the world, showcasing a number of different processes including screen printing, block printing, letterpress, hand illustrating and more. Block printing is the process of inking a design that has been carved into wood, linoleum, cork, rubber, vinyl or foam. Rivers tells readers that the art form originated in China and India and has been used for centuries to print images and patterns onto fabric. Gather all that knowledge and use it to create your own modern, hand-carved stamps, using the designs in this book as inspiration, or visit the blogs and websites of the included designers to purchase these texture-rich, visually exciting paper goods.  Rivers’ fabulous Resources section includes a list of suppliers for various techniques, popular blogs and online communities, tradeshows, and details of the contributors and where to find their crafts. I Heart Stationery retails for $24.95.

I’d like to send these beautiful books to three lucky winners! Leave a comment for a chance to win. We’ll announce the randomly-selected winners here on June 7th.

Happy Crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff