Wooden Nativity Ornament

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

A simple Nativity is the perfect ornament gift to help reflect on the true meaning of Christmas!

 

Materials

  • Flat wooden items: small circle; three medium circles; two large circles; large oval; two XXL ovals; XXL triangle; XL star; two mini craft sticks; two craft sticks; five jumbo craft sticks
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Lemon Yellow, Lamp Black, Sable Brown, Milk Chocolate, Mocha, Orchid, Olive Green, Baby Blue, True Red, White Wash
  • DecoArt Dazzing Metallic Emperor’s Gold Paint
  • Hemp cord, 10” length
  • Raffia, small amount

Tools

  • Permanent markers: black dual-tip (fine and bullet); brown fine-tip
  • Thick craft glue
  • Drill with 3/32” bit

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, paintbrush, small stencil brush, paper plate (for palette)

Directions 

(Note: Adult supervision is needed when using a drill.)

1. Drill hole in one point of star. For stable, adhere jumbo craft sticks together side-by-side with ends even; adhere regular craft sticks to back at an angle for support. Let dry. Paint star Lemon Yellow, stable Milk Chocolate, triangle (stable top) Sable Brown, mini craft sticks (roof) Lamp Black, small and two medium circles (faces) Mocha, large oval (blanket) Baby Blue, one XXL oval (Mary’s robe) Orchid, remaining XXL oval (Joseph’s robe) Olive Green, remaining medium circle and large circles (halos) Emperor’s Gold. See photo. Drybrush cheeks on each face True Red; add White Wash highlight dots. (Note: To drybrush, dip stencil brush into paint, stroke on paper towel until almost dry, and brush surface in a circular motion.)

2. Refer to photo to add accent lines. Use bullet tip of black marker to dot eyes and brown marker to draw hair. (Note: Draw longer hair on sides of face for Mary.) Use fine tip of black marker to outline star, stable top, stable, halos, blankets, and robes; draw star rays, halo rays, blanket, and robe lines as shown.

3. To assemble the ornament, refer to photo. For Jesus, adhere small face to one end of blanket and medium halo to back. Adhere medium faces to front of one end of Orchid robe (Mary) and Olive Green robe (Joseph); adhere halos to back. Adhere Mary and Joseph to stable, 3/4” from bottom and 1/4” apart. Adhere Jesus to Mary as shown. Adhere stable top to stable, roof pieces to top and at each side of stable top, and star to center top of roof. (Note: Drilled hole of star should be at center top.)

4. Cut several strands of raffia into 1” lengths; adhere to bottom of stable. For hanger, thread hemp cord through star hole and knot ends together.

by Mary Ayres

Felt Snowman Bag

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

This cozy tote is perfect for all your little essentials. It’s fuzzy. It’s fun. And it’s oh-so-easy to make!

Materials

  • Wool felt: light blue, 1⁄2 yard; white, grey, scraps
  • White flat buttons, 1⁄2″, five
  • Black beads, 1⁄8″, six
  • Bright blue 6-strand embroidery floss
  • Black pearl cotton
  • Cardboard, 2-1⁄2″x8-3⁄4″ (optional)

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Beacon Adhesives Liqui-Fuse

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, clothes dryer

Directions

(Note: Use three strands floss for all blanket stitching and one strand pearl cotton for all stem stitching.)

1. Wet felt; dry in dryer for “crinkly” look. (Note: For best results, wet colors separately and wring out excess water before placing in dryer.)

2. Cut the following light blue rectangles: two 8″x9″ (front and back); two 3″x8″ (sides); 3″x9″ (bottom); two 1″x8″ (handles). Print pattern. Cut snowman (in one piece) from white and scarf from grey.

3. Use Liqui-Fuse to adhere snowman and scarf to front of bag. Transfer details. Blanket stitch around snowman edges and over scarf. Stem stitch mouth and arms. Use pearl cotton to sew beads to eyes, nose, and chest. Use floss to sew button to scarf.

4. Blanket stitch sides to bottom ends and front and back to side/bottom strip with right sides facing out. Blanket stitch across top edges of bag.

5. Fold handle in half lengthwise; blanket stitch along raw edge. Use floss to sew buttons to handle ends, attaching them to top front and back of bag, 2-1⁄2″ from sides.

Tip

To make bag stand, place cardboard rectangle in bottom of bag.

by Mary Ayres

Elegant Artist Trading Cards

Today, I want to share a set of Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) that I created for a Madonna and Child swap. They all started with the same technique.

I started with an old ledger background paper and a set of plastic snowflakes as my masks. Lay the snowflakes across the paper.

Spray the mist over the snowflakes:

Carefully remove the snowflakes and set aside. Let the paper dry.

Stamp the image using black archival ink . I selected the area of the snowflake to place my faces of my mother and child. I liked the play of the light and dark.

Cut the image down to size. The next step is to create a lovely shimmer over the image.

Ink up the entire surface of the image using VersaMark watermark ink. Cover the image with crystal embossing powder and heat emboss. After the image is embossed, it will look like this:

To add another layer of gloss, ink up the surface with VersaMark watermark ink again and heat emboss using clear embossing powder.

All of the images were taped to white cardstock. The cardstock was cut to standard ATC measurements of 2½” x 3½”.

To finish the ATCs, I used a variety of borders and embossing powders to add silver and gold details.

The first ATC uses a border punch and metallic foil tape. I attached it around the edges and accented with gems.

A few more variations using different colors, sticker borders, and embossing enamels:

 Products:

  • Stamps: Hero Arts ArtPrints Silent Night Holy Night, Inkadinkado Nativity 95633-Y
  • Stampendous Class Appeal Stickers
  • Ranger Archival Ink: Black, Coffee
  • Ranger Metallic Foil Tape
  • Stampendous Embossing Powder: Crystal, Clear
  • Stampendous Embossing Enamel: Aged Gold, Aged Silver
  • Tattered Angels Cornflower Daze Chalkboard Glimmer Mist
  • Signo Uni-Ball White Gel Pen

Happy Crafting!

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

Deer Friend Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Pack a little extra Christmas love into Santa’s sleigh with this cute card.

Materials

  • Cardstock: white, kraft
  • Bella Blvd. Christmas Wishes Collection Papers: Candlelight, Cute Cuts, Quadrants, Borders
  • Green button
  • White/multi polka-dot ribbon
  • Karen Foster Design Tan Scrapper’s Spool

Tools

  • Unity for Bella Blvd. Christmas Wishes Collection Deer Friend Stamp
  • ProvoCraft Cuttlebug Die-Cutting System
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities Dies: Classic Circles SM, Classic Scalloped Circles SM
  • Craft punches: corner rounder, small heart
  • Clear embossing ink pad
  • American Crafts Zing! Copper Embossing Powder
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, foam tape, clear dots

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, detail scissors, ruler, pencil, heat tool

Directions

STEP 1

Make 4-1/4”x5-1/2” white side-fold card. Cover card front with heart panel from Quadrants paper. Cut striped strip for card center; round bottom corners and adhere to card.

STEP 2

Die cut circles from green and yellow paper. Die cut scalloped circle from red paper. Adhere green circle over striped strip. Layer and adhere remaining circle to card with foam tape.

STEP 3

Stamp deer onto kraft cardstock; heat emboss with Copper powder. Detail cut image; adhere to circles with foam tape.

STEP 4

Detail cut white heart from Borders paper; adhere to yellow circle as shown.

STEP 5

Tie ribbon bow; adhere to card with clear dot. Thread button with tan floss, leaving ends long. Adhere button to bow with clear dot.

Tip

Stamp and emboss matching reindeer onto envelopes, gift bags, tags, and kraft wrapping paper. Add red adhesive gems to their noses, if desired.

by Sheri Feypel for Bella Blvd. (www.bellablvd.net)

Clay Snow Angel Ornament

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Sitting atop an ice cube, this little snow angel is trying to keep its cool! This ornament would make the perfect gift for that someone special!

Materials

  • Clear acrylic cube, 1” square
  • Oven-bake polymer clay: white, orange
  • Ultra-fine iridescent glitter
  • Black seed beads, two
  • Ribbon: gold, 1⁄4” wide, 6” length; iridescent, 3⁄4” wide, 8” length
  • Gold craft wire, 20-gauge, 4” length

Tools

  • Textured snow paint
  • Spray matte sealer
  • Pink chalk or powdered blush
  • Clay-dedicated pasta machine or rolling pin
  • Oven and parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Clay needle tool or toothpick
  • Eclectic Products E6000 Industrial-Strength Adhesive

Basic Supplies

masking tape, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to condition clay.

STEP 2

For body, roll a 1” ball from White; press into pear shape and press onto cube.

STEP 3

For legs, roll two 1-1⁄2”-long, 11⁄16”-diameter tapered logs from White. Shape wide ends into feet and press narrow ends against body at base so feet rest at sides of cube. Use toothpick or clay needle tool to press snowflake design in bottom of each foot.

STEP 4

For arms, roll two 9⁄16” White tapered logs. Gently flatten wide ends to 1⁄4” thickness. Pinch and pull gently on one side of each to shape thumbs. Press narrow ends against body at shoulders; arrange hands on cube.

STEP 5

For head, roll 7⁄8” White ball; press to body. Use clay needle tool or toothpick to position beads sideways into face for eyes. Draw, and gently press, smile below eyes, pinching slightly at center for open mouth; indent smile ends. Roll 1⁄8” orange ball for nose; press to face. Apply chalk or blush to cheeks.

STEP 6

For halo, twist wire to form small loop at end. Bend loop forward and insert halo into head. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake snow angel; let cool.

STEP 7

Cover cube with masking tape. Spray snow angel with sealer. While still wet, sprinkle with glitter; remove tape. Apply snow paint to halo. Tie gold ribbon into bow around neck. Tie remaining ribbon into bow and glue to back for wings.

by Shelly Comiskey

Happy Hanukkah Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Send holiday wishes with dimensional dreidels created with Sculpey clay. Stamping on polymer clay is easy and you can create embellishments in any color you choose.

Materials

  • Polyform Premo! Sculpey Clay: Denim, White
  • Cardstock: light blue, dark blue
  • Coordinating patterned papers, two
  • Light blue ribbon, 1/8” wide

Tools

  • Polyform Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine
  • Oven
  • Ceramic tile
  • Stamps: Lawn Fawn Happy Hanukkah Stamp, Northwoods Rubber Stamps Happy Hanukkah Sentiment
  • Tsukineko Ink Pads: VersaMagic Night Sky Chalk, StazOn Jet Black
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, 3M Scotch Brand Quick-Dry Adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, craft knife

Directions

Size:

5”x4-1/4”

Card

(Note: Start with clean hands and work surface. Good work surfaces include waxed paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean hands between colors. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275° F for 30 minutes per 1/4” of thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. Do not use microwave oven. Do not exceed above temperature or recommended baking time. Wash hands after use.)

1. Begin by preheating oven to 275° F. Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay.

2. For best results, condition all clay by running it through Clay Conditioning Machine several passes on widest setting. Fold clay in half after each pass and insert folded side into rollers first.

3. Mix 1/8 package of Denim and White clay to get Light Blue. Adjust proportions until desired color is achieved.

4. With Clay Conditioning Machine on #3 setting, roll light blue clay into sheet. Place sheet on ceramic tile.

5. Stamp black dreidel image five times onto clay sheet. Using craft knife, trim around dreidels. Bake as directed above. Allow to cool and set aside.

6. Make 5”x4-1/4” dark blue top-fold card. Cut 4-3/4”x4” dark blue patterned panel. Wrap ribbon around panel, 1” from bottom; adhere ends at back. Adhere panel to card front.

7. Stamp black “Happy Hanukkah” on light blue cardstock; trim and ink edges blue. Cut slightly larger light blue patterned panel; ink edges blue. Mat sentiment on patterned panel; adhere to upper right corner of card.

8. Use quick-dry adhesive to adhere dreidels over ribbon. Let dry.

Tip

Make extra dreidels and use them to adorn blue frames. What a great way to display your Hanukkah photos!

by Polyform Products (www.sculpey.com/)

Homemade Christmas Gifts In A Snap

December has blown in with the wind from the north and it’s a great time of year to show those we love just how much we love them by creating homemade gifts. Baking delicious homemade quick breads is a great start. Learning that presentation is everything is the clincher to the deal! Today I have a quick and easy Gourmet Bread Wrap to share with you. With just a few fun paper crafting projects and a few extra minutes, your gift goes from nice to AMAZING! :) And as an added bonus, I will even share with you my very own Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe – a crowd pleaser each and every time I bake it!

Size:

Approximately 4¾” wide

Materials

  • Cardstock: kraft, cream, black
  • Red satin ribbon
  • Prima Marketing Crystals & Glittery Leaf

Tools & Supplies

  • Gina K Designs Rubber Stamps: Holiday Greetings, Vintage Backgrounds, Vintage Borders
  • Clearsnap Fluid Chalk Ink Pads: Lipstick Red, Blackbird
  • Sizzix Bigz Dies by Tim Holtz Styled Labels
  • Krylon Copper Leafing Pen
  • Adhesives: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3-D Foam Squares; Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry Paper Glue

Directions

Step 1

Cut kraft cardstock to 4¾”x12”. Stamp Blackbird ink using hound’s-tooth background image. Wrap around center of wax paper wrapped bread loaf; adhere using Zip Dry Paper Glue. Tie a length of red satin ribbon around top third of wrap. Tie leaf stem in center of knot; bend wire to hold in place off to right side.

Step 2

Die cut cream cardstock using Styled Labels die. Stamp using Blackbird and Lipstick Red ink flourish image and sentiment respectively. Embellish image using crystals. Guild edge of die cut using Krylon Copper Leafing Pen. Adhere die cut to bottom third of wrap using 3-D Foam Squares.

Gourmet Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

 Ingredients

  • Yellow cake mix
  • Cinnamon, one tsp.
  • Nutmeg, ½ tsp.
  • Eggs, three
  • Oil, 1/3 cup
  • Bananas, four medium (approx two cups, mashed)
  • Chocolate chips, one cup

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour two loaf pans. Mix cake mix and spices in bowl. Blend eggs, oil, vanilla, and bananas in blender. Add to cake mix; stir until well mixed. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into prepared loaf pans. Bake until deep golden on top and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (approximately 30-35 minutes). Remove from pans and allow to fully cool prior to wrapping in waxed paper.

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

Wooden Menorah Set & Canister

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Your children will learn more about their Jewish culture when they create this traditional Wooden Menorah Set to light in celebration of Hanukkah.

Materials

  • Recycled potato chip canister, 9” tall
  • Wooden square blocks: 1”, eight; 2”, one
  • Loew-Cornell Woodsies: small teardrops, eight; large teardrop, one
  • Makin’s Clay Air-Dry Clay: White, Blue
  • Blue/white print paper, scrap
  • Blue cardstock, scrap
  • White birthday candles, nine
  • Metal washers: 1”, eight; 1-1/4”, one
  • Silver rickrack, 20” length
  • Blue ribbon, 12” length

Tools

  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Baby Blue, Admiral Blue, Soft Blue, Snow White, Primary Yellow
  • Black permanent marker
  • Silver pen
  • Hole punch, 1/4”
  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, paintbrushes, masking tape, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Menorah Set

1. On clean work surface, remove clay from package. To condition, roll clay separately in hands until soft, bending and rolling until pliable. If clay cracks, keep conditioning.

2. Roll four 1/2” balls of both White and Blue clay and one 1” ball of blue clay. Use candle to make hole in center of each ball. Let clay dry.

3. On covered work surface, paint small blocks Soft Blue, Admiral Blue, Snow White, and Baby Blue. Paint larger block Admiral Blue. Paint teardrops Primary Yellow.

4. Use marker to outline shapes and front of blocks.

5. Adhere small washers on top of small blocks and larger washer on larger block. Adhere clay balls on top of washers. Insert candles in clay.

Canister

1. On covered work surface, wrap masking tape around center of canister. Paint top of can Baby Blue and bottom of can Admiral Blue. Let dry. Remove tape. Paint center Soft Blue. Let dry.

2. Measure and cut 3” squares from both print paper and blue cardstock. Cut squares diagonally in half creating four triangles. Layer and adhere triangles together creating stars. Adhere stars on can using photo as guide.

3. Use silver pen to line edges of stars and center blue area. Cut rickrack to fit around center areas; adhere on can. Use silver pen to write “menorah” on can.

4. For handle, punch holes, 1/2” from top, on either side of can. Insert blue ribbon ends into holes; knot ends on inside.

by Melony Bradley

Joy Window Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Window cards are easy to make and add a fun element of surprise to any occasion.

Materials

  • White cardstock
  • Bella Blvd. Christmas Wishes Collection Papers: Christmas Love, Gifts Galore, Cute Cuts
  • Bella Blvd. Christmas Wishes Collection Stickers: Alpha + Bits, Miniature
  • Red/white gingham ribbon
  • Brown twine

Tools

  • ProvoCraft Cuttlebug Die-Cutting System
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Ovals LG Dies
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, repositionable tape, foam tape, clear dots

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, detail scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

STEP 1

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

STEP 2

Cut 4”x5-1/4” panel from dot side of Christmas Love paper; adhere to card front using repositionable tape.

STEP 3

Die cut #5 oval from center of card front. Remove paper panel.

STEP 4

Cut 6” twine length. Add “JOY” banner stickers from Miniature sheet around center of twine as shown. Adhere twine across window so letters drape across opening. Adhere dotted paper panel to card front with permanent adhesive.

STEP 5

Add photo corners from Alpha + Bits sheet to card front using foam tape.

STEP 6

Die cut #5 oval from gift side of Gifts Galore paper; adhere inside card behind oval opening.

STEP 7

Detail cut tree from Cute Cuts paper; adhere to inside of card, centered on oval, using foam tape.

STEP 8

Cut 8” ribbon length and tie bow; trim ends. Adhere bow to tree top with clear dot.

Tip

Use dies to cut card windows in unique shapes like stars, hearts, or animals, too.

by Alice Carman for Bella Blvd. (www.bellablvd.net)

Christmas Memories Album

The month of December is one of my favorite times of the year to document family memories. While many people create “December Daily” albums, I have an idea to share to keep your holiday season stress free while still enabling you to document those special times with family.

It’s Jill Cornell here today to share an album that I created last year of 31 favorite memories celebrating Christmas. (Complete supplies and instructions are available in the December 2012 issue of Crafts ‘n things magazine.)

The album I chose to use is by Fancy Pants Designs.  I was able to add a lot of journaling and tuck memorabilia into the pockets of the album.

I completed the title page last as I was creating the album and used my favorite family photo in front of our Christmas tree.

I kept the design very simple with minimal embellishments and allowed the photos and journaling to take center focus.

The album also included page protectors and I embellished on top of them, as well as what was tucked inside.

Every year we send out a Christmas letter and this pocket was perfect for holding it.

One of the memories I captured was baking with Grandma Mary, and I was able to give a lot of detail on the journaling card.

I love that I was able to include so many photos about new traditions.

One of the reasons I decided not to make it a “December Daily” album was because we sometimes had multiple activities on one day. And I also wanted to be sure I included everything important about the holiday season.

The girls cracked a DVD before we even got to watch it (I did get a new copy) and rather than throw it away, I decided to include the entire DVD in the album.

And at the very end, I included a photo to celebrate the New Year and wrote my thoughts summarizing the month.

If the thought of documenting December is causing you more stress during an already busy time of the year, consider how much you will appreciate looking through a mini album of favorite memories in 20 years. It will be worth it! Keep it simple and make it fun! Enjoy making new memories this month, creating new traditions and treasuring each and every moment together!

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