Heartfelt Bear Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Any day is the best day for hugs and kisses! Make this bear and pillow for a sweet someone in your life this Valentine’s Day.

Materials

  • Fabric: light pink print, 3⁄8 yard; bright pink print, 1⁄4 yard; white, 1⁄4 yard
  • The Warm Company Warm & White Needled Cotton Batting
  • Pillow form, 12” square
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Pink/white check ribbon, 5⁄8” wide, 3⁄8 yard
  • White jumbo rick rack, 2-1⁄8 yards
  • Flat white buttons, 1⁄2”, 11

Tools

  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Cool White, Baby Pink, Boysenberry Pink, Soft Black
  • Royal & Langnickel Paintbrushes: Natural Hair Bristle, #5; Crafter’s Choice Stencil, Series 1111, 1⁄4”; Royal Majestic Liner, Series 4595, #1
  • Stencils: alphabet; heart, 1/2”
  • Needle
  • Sewing thread: white, pink

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, straight pins

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 9” square from bright pink fabric. Stencil “Hugs and Kisses” using Cool White, spacing words 1⁄2” apart. (Note: Fill in stencil gaps with Cool White.)

STEP 2

Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access patterns, select the link, then download and print items.) For pocket, cut one heart from stenciled fabric, one from remaining bright pink fabric, and one from batting. Baste batting heart to back of stenciled heart.

STEP 3

Beginning and ending at bottom point of heart, sew rick rack around stenciled heart, 1⁄4” from edge. (Note: Sew through center of rick rack.) Sew fabric hearts together with right sides facing along rick rack stitching, leaving 3” opening for turning. Clip seam. Turn heart right side out and hand sew opening closed.

STEP 4

Cut two 12-1⁄2” squares from light pink fabric. Pin heart pocket to front of one square, lifting heart slightly at center so bear will fit in pocket. (Note: Bottom of heart should be 1-1⁄2” from bottom of square.) Use pink thread to sew buttons to heart pocket (through all layers) where indicated.

STEP 5

Beginning and ending in bottom corner, sew rick rack around front of pocket square, 1⁄4” from edge. (Note: Sew through center of rick rack.) With right sides facing, sew fabric squares together along rick rack stitching, leaving 10” opening along bottom. Trim corners; turn pillow right side out. Insert pillow form into opening; hand sew opening closed.

STEP 6

Using pattern, cut two bears from white fabric. Transfer mouth and eyes to one bear. Drybrush cheeks Boysenberry Pink. Dot eyes and line mouth Soft Black. Add Cool White highlight dots to cheeks.

STEP 7

Stencil Baby Pink heart for nose and one centered at end of each arm and leg. Shade heart edges Boysenberry Pink.

STEP 8

Pin bear pieces together with right sides facing. Stitch bear, 1⁄4” from edge, leaving 2” opening along outside edge of one leg. Trim seam and clip lines where indicated on pattern. Hand sew opening closed with tiny whipstitch.

STEP 9

Tie ribbon into bow; trim ends. Hand sew bow to bear under mouth. Place bear in pocket.

by Mary Ayres

Quick-and-Easy Valentine Cards

Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks away and creating a card for your loved one doesn’t have to be complicated!

It’s Jill Cornell here today with two card ideas that are perfect for kids or that special someone. The first card is 3-1/2”x6” which is a unique size that fits easily into a 5”x7” envelope.

The focal point on this card is the chipboard heart covered in tiny, jewel-centered flowers by Petaloo. A fun ribbon bow and simple rub-on sentiment make this card very quick! Add a machine-stitched border for extra texture.

For the second card, I covered the front with two patterned papers, two punched patterned paper borders, and this great “Bee my Valentine” chipboard sticker from We R Memory Keepers. Chipboard stickers are the perfect quick embellishment because they add a design element and dimension at the same time.

The sticker had holes on either end that I covered up with pearl brads from American Crafts.

These cards are so easy to duplicate for multiple people on your Valentine’s Day list. Happy crafting!

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

Clay Heart Necklace

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

A symbol of romance and courage, the heart is most often used to convey feelings of love. Create this stunning clay heart necklace as a meaningful gift to the woman in your life you care for most.

Materials

  • Oven-bake polymer clay, one package each: white, champagne, dark red
  • Mill Hill Creative Charms, heart, 2-1/2” wide
  • Black cording, 22” length

Tools

  • Loew-Cornell Clay Gun
  • Clay-dedicated pasta machine or acrylic brayer
  • Clay shaping tool
  • Heating pad
  • Parchment paper
  • Wire scouring sponge
  • Unglazed ceramic tile
  • Oven

Basic Supplies

ruler, craft knife, stylus

Directions

STEP 1

Press front and back of heart charm together; remove hanger.

STEP 2

Condition red clay; run through pasta machine at #6 setting. Cover front of heart with clay, gently stretching over edges. Trim excess at back with craft knife.

STEP 3

Place remaining red clay on parchment paper. Place back of heart on clay; trim around edges. Press back and front clay edges together, smoothing with fingers. Using fingers and clay shaper, gently press clay into form at back of heart. To create textured look, press wire sponge into front and sides.

STEP 4

For flowers, mix two parts white clay with one part champagne; roll into 1⁄4” diameter log. Cut fifteen 1⁄8” pieces from log. Roll into balls; flatten and shape into teardrop-shaped petals. Place petals on heart in clusters to form three flowers; curve petal ends up with clay shaper.

STEP 5

Insert 19-hole disk into clay gun. Place small amount white/champagne mixture into gun. Place gun on heating pad to warm for five to 10 minutes. (Note: Do not overheat or clay will begin to bake inside gun.)

STEP 6

Following clay gun manufacturer’s instructions, extrude noodles from gun. Cut seven 1-1⁄2” to 2” lengths from noodles for vines. Using clay shaper, press end of one length under one flower. Holding remaining end, gently twist vine, pressing to heart with clay shaper.

STEP 7

Cut remaining noodles into small lengths; roll into balls. Place seven to nine balls in center of each flower. Use stylus to indent remaining balls. Press onto heart in groups as shown.

STEP 8

Bake heart on parchment-covered tile at 265°F for 30 minutes. Turn off oven and let cool; remove. Replace hanger. Insert cording through hole; knot ends.

Other Option…

  • By simply changing the color of clay and style of charm, you can create an entirely different look for your necklace.

by Gail Ritchey

Valentine’s Day Wreath

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Ideal for your Valentine’s Day décor, dainty hearts and sheer lavender ribbon add a special touch of elegance to this unique wreath – the perfect way to greet guests this February 14th.

Materials

  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Wreath, 2” thick, 12” wide
  • White embossed flower paper
  • Round mirror, 7”
  • Dried moss
  • Lavender two-tone sheer wire-end ribbon, 2-1⁄2” wide, 3 yards
  • Feathers, three each: pink, purple

Tools

  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Baby Pink, Peony Pink, Wild Orchid
  • DecoArt Dazzling Metallics White Pearl Paint
  • Scallop decorative-edge scissors
  • Zipper-lock plastic bag
  • Beacon Adhesives Quick Grip All-Purpose Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, hammer, paintbrush, tweezers

Directions

STEP 1

Adhere moss to top and sides of wreath, covering completely. Place mirror in plastic bag. Turn mirror upside down on concrete surface; break with hammer. Using tweezers, carefully adhere mirror pieces to moss as shown. Wrap and twist ribbon around wreath, tying into bow at bottom right.

STEP 2

Print and cut out pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Use decorative-edge scissors to cut six hearts from paper. Drybrush heart surfaces Peony Pink and edges Baby Pink. Drybrush surfaces again with White Pearl. Drybrush details Wild Orchid.

STEP 3

Bend center of hearts upward, with edges back, to make them appear dimensional. Adhere feather to back of each heart; trim at bottom. Adhere hearts to wreath. Adhere extra moss to wreath as desired.

by Mary Ayres

 

Introducing Hampton Art Stamps

Welcome to the Crafts ‘n things Blog!  Today it is my pleasure to introduce you to Hampton Art Stamps! I have been working as a sample designer for Hampton Art since the fall of 2010 and joined their first-ever design team in the spring of 2012. They are a wonderful company to work with and I wanted to share more about them with all of you!

Since I first joined Hampton Art, they have added a steady stream of stamp licenses to their catalog!

Our Company
Hampton Art, founded in 1980 in picturesque Long Island, NY, has been inspiring stampers, crafters and papercraft enthusiasts for over 20 years. One of the earliest “art stamp” companies, Hampton has transformed over the years to become a complete provider of creative products such as stamps, inks, papers, kids’ crafts, stationery, scrapbooking supplies, and card making accessories for crafters of every age and skill level. We focus on working together with other companies through strong, personal relationships and licensing partnerships to consistently bring fun, inspiring products to market. We have a portfolio of brands including Hampton Art™, Studio G™, Diffusion, Ditto™, and our latest addition, Ki Memories®, acquired in 2012. Our products can be found via most national craft retailers at over 5000 stores across the US and Canada. We also ship to 20 different countries across the globe. Hampton was acquired by National Spinning Co, Inc. of Washington, NC, our current home, in 2008.

Our Principles
Hampton Art was founded on (5) principles of creativity, quality, integrity, fun, and a passion for excellence. We firmly believe in an environment that encourages fun, enjoys and shares a great sense of humor. Our most important goal is to make products that inspire everyone we touch to create and smile every day! We are always on the hunt for the next great brand or product to produce and we watch and listen to your suggestions. You are the ones that make our products come alive. You encourage us daily by the amazing projects you create and share with your friends and family. We are both grateful and humbled by the support that has allowed us to do this for the last twenty years.

Website:http://www.hamptonart.com/
Blog:http://blog.hamptonart.com/
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/HamptonArtStamps

Hampton Art has so graciously provided a prize to one of our Crafts n things readers!

To celebrate the latest Winter CHA 2013 release of Graphic 45 licensed stamps from Hampton Art, and to get you excited about winning that fabulous prize, I have created two cards for you!

This is a simple thank you card in perfect springtime colors.

I stamped the image and colored it with alcohol markers, then trimmed it out with circle dies.

The Hampton Art catalog also includes a full complement of pretty inks! I used moss green ink to stamp my sentiment.

I have also created a pretty friendship card with a sunflower theme.

Sunflowers just say “friendship” to me!

I once again stamped the image and colored it with alcohol markers, then trimmed it out with dies.

I finished off the inside of this card just to give it that extra-special “something” for an extra-special friend!

 Supplies:

  • Hampton Art Stamps: Graphic 45 French Country, Secret Garden; Celebrate and Thanks
  • Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper Java, Kraft; American Crafts White; Stampin’ Up! Whisper White
  • Designer paper: Graphic 45 French Country, Secret Garden
  • Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Graphic 45 Decades Antiquing Ink Photogenic, Venetian Lace, Dark Cashmere, Antique Moss; Clearsnap Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink Dark Brown, Lavender
  • Alcohol markers: .Too Marker Corp. Copic
  • Dies: Spellbinders Labels Four, Labels Four Small, Standard Circles Large; Butterflies Circles; Back to Basics Tags; My Favorite Things Fishtail Flag Stax, Fishtail Flag Layers
  • Button: Buttons Galore and More
  • Twine: DMC
  • Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon
  • Adhesive: 3M Scotch tape runner; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares; Aleene’s Tacky Glue; Beacon Adhesives Fabri-tac

Thanks for joining us today and make sure to leave a comment by February 8th for your chance to win the fantastic Hampton Art prize pack! The winner will be announced on February 11, 2013.

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

Friendly Footprints Slumberbag & Cooler

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Going to a sleepover with friends is sure way to cure the winter blues. Sponge stamps make this sleepover set a quick-and-easy project for kids of all ages – and they’ll be the hit of the party!

Materials

  • Nylon sleeping bag, any size
  • Cooler, any size
  • DecoArt Patio Paints: Summer Sky Blue, Citrus Green, Petunia Purple

Tools

  • Compressed sponge, 5”x6”
  • Paintbrushes: liner, pointed round, round scrubber, deerfoot stippler

Basic Supplies

scissors, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Print and cut out pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Cut sponge as indicated; expand in water and squeeze out excess.

STEP 2

For slumberbag, load top half of one sponge with Summer Sky Blue and bottom half with Citrus Green. Load remaining sponge, reversing color order. Use photo as guide to stamp slumberbag.

STEP 3

Let stamped footprints dry for one minute, then use scrubber brush to tap a second coat of paint on footprints, gently blending colors. Use liner to outline footprints and add toe lines. If desired, add movement lines and accent dots.

STEP 4

Stamp cooler in same way, using Citrus Green and Petunia Purple, and stippler brush to add second coat of paint.

Other Options

  • Use a fabric paint pen to personalize items with names.
  • Have sleepover guests “sign” items (using liner brush and paint or fabric paint pen) or write special messages.
  • Use same technique to decorate beach towels, tote bags, backpacks, blankets, or other surfaces.

by Annie Lang

Love Bear Clay Pot

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

This Love Bear Clay Pot is not only adorable and cute, but its message is one to spread to all this Valentine’s Day!

Materials

  • Clay pot (body), 2-1⁄2”
  • Wooden ball (head), 3⁄4”
  • Flat wooden shapes: medium circles (ears), 3⁄4”; large ovals (arms), 2”
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Camel, Country Red, Milk Chocolate, Gooseberry Pink, Honey Brown, Sea Aqua, Cadmium Yellow, Country Blue
  • Blue ribbon, 1⁄4” wide, 3⁄8 yard

Tools

  • Paintbrushes: round, #6, #8; soft round, #3; liner
  • Black fine-tip permanent marker
  • Beacon Adhesives Kid’s Choice Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, ruler, masking tape

Directions

Size

3-1⁄2”x4-1⁄4”

Love Bear

1. Basecoat body, ears, arms, and head Honey Brown; drybrush Milk Chocolate.

2. Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print items.) Transfer the following: face to head (with bottom of face 1⁄2” from bottom of head), paws to arms, lettering to body, legs to front sides of body.

3. Basecoat muzzle, paws, and heart Camel; top flowers Country Blue; bottom flowers Gooseberry Pink; leaves Sea Aqua. Drybrush cheeks Country Red.

4. Transfer remaining details. Use marker to draw buttonhole stitch and stitch lines around heart, muzzle, paws, and legs. Adhere head and arms to body, and ears to head. Use masking tape to hold pieces in place while drying.

5. Tie ribbon around neck; trim ends.

by Mary Ayres

Snowman Slate

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

The party’s tonight!!! Frosty just popped in with a friendly reminder about this winter-wonderland bash! Use this memo board to remember important events all season long.

Materials

  • Slate with wooden frame, 6-1/4”x8-1/2”
  • Cork sheet, 12”x12”, 1/8″ thick
  • Plaid Apple Barrel Acrylic Paints: Black, White, Valentine Pink, Berry Red, Harvest Orange, Regency Blue, Nutmeg Brown
  • Plaid fabric with torn edges, 2”x24”
  • Craft sticks, three
  • Toner Icy Silver Fun Wire, 18-gauge, 18” length
  • Snowflake confetti
  • White push pins, two
  • Chalk

Tools

  • Sawtooth hanger
  • Drill with 1/16” bit
  • Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Coating
  • Black ultra-fine-tip permanent marker
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

sandpaper, soft cloth, toothpick, pencil with new eraser, masking tape, paintbrush

Directions

Size

9″x12″

Snowman Slate

1. Drill hole in one corner of frame and in center of each craft stick. Sand lightly; wipe dust with soft cloth.

2. Basecoat frame Regency Blue and craft sticks White. (Note: Tape around inside edges of frame to protect slate from paint.) Use pencil eraser to add large White dots and toothpick to add small White dots as shown.

3. Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print items.) Cut shapes as indicated on patterns. Basecoat head White, nose Harvest Orange, and mittens Berry Red. Drybrush cheeks Valentine Pink; add White dots. Drybrush mitten edges Nutmeg Brown. Transfer details to face and mittens; trace with marker.

4. Place slate on flat work surface with drilled hole at bottom right. Adhere hanger to back of slate. Insert wire through hole from back to front. For snowflake, insert wire through craft sticks; fan out to shape. Curl ½” length at end of wire; pull remaining wire to back. Wind wire back around to front and wrap end around chalk several times.

5. Adhere nose to face, and face and mittens to slate. Wrap scarf around neck. Adhere snowflake confetti to snowflake and tops of push pins. Push one pin into each mitten.

Tip

  • If necessary, adhere cardboard to back of cork sheet for added stiffness.

by Barbara Matthiessen

Going Nuts Over Bunting

At the recent Craft and Hobby Association show in Anaheim, I wasn’t surprised to see that bunting is still big in the craft world. I saw it decorating booths and table spaces and made from all sorts of materials from paper to burlap.  Oh! and just so you know, burlap is also a big trend in the craft world. But I digress, back to bunting. Bunting is a fun way to add a seasonal decoration – think pink and red for St. Valentine’s Day crafting – and perhaps cut the bunting into heart shapes. Go green for a great St. Patrick’s Day craft project – though I would skip the clover shape unless you have a die-cut machine – that sounds more like hard work than fun. For July 4th, go red, white, and blue – you get the idea. And experiment with shapes… the pieces don’t have to be triangles. They can be rectangles, half circles – in fact, any shape you like and can cut out reasonably fast.

What you need

  • Felt, fabric or paper
  • Scrap paper for a template
  • Baker’s twine or string
  • Good scissors (you’re going to be doing a lot of cutting!)
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins

For my bunting, I used felt pieces in multiple colors. The color palette is mixed, but there are no really bright colors. Start by making a template for your bunting shape. I made a triangle and then because it was easier to cut a few at a time, I duplicated it so I had a few template pieces. Assemble your material – paper, fabric, or felt and start pinning the template and cutting the shapes.

I laid out the first few pieces on the table and measured them to work out how many triangles I would need. I had about 10 yards of baker’s twine (I needed a lot of bunting), so with 4 triangles laid out measuring a foot that meant I needed 4 x 10 x 3 = 120 triangles. So, I put on a good movie and got to work cutting.

Once the pieces are cut, stack them on the table, grab some pins and the twine and start pinning. I pinned about half the pieces, sewed them and then finished the rest.

Once pinned, you can sew them. I found the easiest way was to zigzag stitch on the sewing machine – it was quick and it will stand up to a bit of wear and tear. To allow for easier hanging, I left the first and last foot of twine empty and sewed the rest.

When I was done, as I was taking the bunting with me to the show, I cut a piece of recycled cardboard box into a yarn winder shape and wound the bunting neatly around it for safe storage. This stops it from getting tangled up and it actually looks wonderful all wrapped up as a cute little bundle.

You can make your bunting long or short, big or small. It’s a great way to use up little bits of paper you love and have in your stash and as a bonus you get to enjoy them all over again. Make mini bunting to decorate a card and super big bunting to decorate a window or your entire house. Draw on it, paint it, or even dye it! There’s so much you can do and you know what – bunting is one of those decorations that just makes people happy – it’s hard to have a bad day when there’s bunting hanging around.

by Helen Bradley (www.craftinggoodness.com)

Tiger Clay Zoo Friend

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Do you know a tiger’s roar can be heard over a mile away? Turn craft time into something educational for your kids! Discuss fun tiger facts while you spend quality time together making this cool clay cat.

Materials

  • Polyform Sculpey Bake Shop Oven-Bake Clay: Black, Orange, White

Tools

  • Parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Oven thermometer
  • Oven

Basic Supplies

toothpick, paintbrush with rounded end

Directions

Size

3″ tall

Note

Adults, help kids when baking clay in oven.

Tiger

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

2. For tiger, roll large Orange ball (head), two small Orange balls (ears), four Orange logs (legs), and skinny Orange rope (tail). Roll two small White balls (muzzle), four small White teardrops (paws), and one slightly smaller White teardrop (mouth).

3. Roll skinny Black ropes (stripes). Press stripes on legs and tail. Press legs together as shown in photo, rounding at top to create body. Press tail to back of body. Roll tiny Black triangles; press to ears and head; see photo. Press head on body, then ears and mouth on head. Indent ears and mouth using rounded end of paintbrush. For muzzle, press two White balls to top of mouth. For nose, roll tiny Black ball; slightly flatten and form into triangle. Press nose on top of muzzle. Use toothpick to add eye and muzzle holes.

4. Press paws on ends of legs. Use toothpick to add details on paws.

5. Position tiger on parchment-lined baking sheet. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake in oven. Let cool completely.

for Polyform Products (www.sculpey.com)