Giraffe Clay Zoo Friend

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Creative play and working with their hands is a great way for children to develop and “stretch” their imagination. Always a favorite attraction at the zoo, just think of the fun your child will have “on a safari” after creating this adorable giraffe.


  • Polyform Sculpey Bake Shop Oven-Bake Clay: Black, Brown, Green, Tan, White


  • Old or promo credit card (for cutter)
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Oven thermometer
  • Oven

Basic Supplies




5” tall


Adults, help kids when baking clay in oven.


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 giraffe, roll large Tan oval (body), small Tan oval (head), and five Tan logs (neck and legs). Press head on neck, neck on body, and legs on body. Use photo as guide. Smooth clay. Roll four small Black balls (hooves); press onto bottom of legs.

3. For base, roll flat Green square. Press giraffe on square.

4. For spots, roll small irregular-shaped Brown balls; flatten and press onto giraffe.

5. For mane, roll Brown log; press along neck and part of head. See photo.

6. For ears, roll one small Brown oval. Cut in half widthwise; press to top of head on each side of mane.

7. For eyes, roll two tiny White balls and two tiny Black balls. Press Black balls on White balls; press eyes on head. For eyelids, roll one small Tan oval; flatten. Cut in half lengthwise; press over top of eyes.

8. Use toothpick to make holes in front side of head for nostrils.

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

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Boxes for Boxing Day Giveaway!

In my December 26 blog post Boxes for Boxing Day, I announced a giveaway by Green Sneakers which offered one lucky reader a chance to win their awesome Box Templates Mega Kit. Each entrant only had to leave a comment on my post by Tuesday, January 8, 2013. Well, it’s time to announce that lucky winner…

The winner, as selected by, is: Linda on the Prairie. 

Linda on the Prairie, I will be contacting you by email for your mailing address. I appreciate all your wonderful comments!

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (

Chilly Snowman PJs

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Br-rr… it’s cold outside! Paint these fantastically fashionable pajamas to keep your child toasty warm this winter.


  • Light blue child-sized pajamas
  • Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Paints: Licorice, Orange Poppy, Teal Green, Periwinkle, Wicker White


  • Plaid FolkArt Textile Medium
  • Plaid Bottle Top Tip Writers (30728)
  • Paintbrushes: #4 flat, #6 round
  • Iron and pressing surface

Basic Supplies

cardboard, newspaper (to cover work surface)



Print and cut out pattern; transfer to pajama top. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to mix textile medium with paints. Insert cardboard scrap inside pajamas to prevent paint from bleeding through. Use flat brush to paint Wicker White and Licorice checked border.


Use round brush to paint head Wicker White, nose Orange Poppy, hat Teal Green, and scarf Periwinkle. Following manufacturer’s instructions, use bottle top tip writer and Licorice to paint details, outlines, and lettering.


When dry, mix a drop of Licorice with Wicker White to make light gray; spatter paint painted areas of top. Let dry 48 hours; heat set with warm iron.

by Kirsten Jones

Winter Sparkle and Adhesive Giveaway!

Hello there! Hope your new year is off to a great start. Today, I have a few projects to share that feature products from Therm O Web and to top it off, they have donated a fabulous assortment of adhesives for one lucky reader to win (and who couldn’t use some free adhesive?!).

All you need to do to be entered in the drawing is leave a comment on this post by Tuesday, January 22, 2013. Winners will be announced here on January 23.

There is nothing like adding a little sparkle and shimmer to help brighten up a dreary winter day. My first card was easy to make, but hard to photograph… hope you can see the subtle shimmer of the Glitter Dust spray. I created the sentiment using my computer and printed it onto white cardstock. The hearts were stamped in gold ink and then I created a heart-shaped stencil out of scrap paper by folding it in half and cutting out half a heart – exactly the way I learned to make them in kindergarten. I placed the stencil over the card and sprayed with Gold Glitter Dust.

This wedding card was created using a new type of adhesive from Therm O Web called iCraft. I love how easy it is to punch or die cut sheets of this adhesive. It also comes in circles or as a roll of tape in various widths. The adhesive is super thin so it doesn’t add any extra bulk to your project.

Here is how I made the flower… after die cutting a bunch of petals from an inexpensive crepe paper roll I picked up at a party store,

I ran a glue stick over the end of each petal and sprinkled on a bit of vintage glass glitter. Using a glue stick rather than a liquid adhesive, you get just a light dusting of glitter on the edge of each petal.

Before you know it, you have a whole bunch ready to go.

The iCraft circles make a perfect base for each layer of petals. Peel off the protective sheet on top of the circle to expose the adhesive

and start adding petals.

Create two more layers of petals with an iCraft dot in between each until you are happy with the way it looks – don’t mind too much about the center, as that will be covered. I used two sizes of hearts to create the petals.

Notice how the flower is still on the backing sheet of the original iCraft dot… essentially what you have created is a flower sticker. When you are ready to attach the flower, all you need to do is peel the flower off the backing sheet and adhere it to your project. I added some ribbon and a brad to cover up the center.

To create the glittered flourishes, die cut the shape from a sheet of iCraft. Attach the back to the card, peel off the protective covering from the front, and sprinkle with glitter.

I love how this lets you apply glitter so precisely… it would be almost impossible to get a liquid glue to follow such a detailed pattern.


  • Glitter Dust, iCraft Dots and Sheets, SuperStik Glue Stick – Therm O Web
  • Vintage Silver Glitter – Art Institute Glitter
  • Heart stamps – Karen Foster Design
  • Heart dies – Papertrey Ink
  • Flourish die – QuicKutz
  • Pearl brad – K&Company
  • Gold gem brads – Karen Foster Design

Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered into the giveaway.

Thanks for stopping by today. Until next time – Happy Crafting!

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (

Life is Good Mini Album

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Create a Countryside Evening mini album to use as a small brag book, or gift it to a friend or family member.


  • Chipboard mini album, 6”x6”
  • Heartfelt Creations Countryside Evening Paper Collection (HCDP1 229)
  • Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper Cream, smooth white
  • Antique gold eyelets
  • Want2Scrap White Adhesive Pearls: Individual, Swirls
  • White pearl bead string
  • Cream crocheted lace trim
  • Navy sheer ribbon


  • Heartfelt Creations PreCut Stamp Sets: Melodious Songbird (HCPC 3511), Antique Lantern (HCPC 3512), Open Vintage Floret (HCPC 3500), Mini Vintage Floret (HCPC 3502), Leaf Medley (HCPC 3405)
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Dies: Shapeabilities Foliage, Nestabilities Labels Twenty-Six
  • Heartfelt Creations Dies: Decorative Blossom Corner (HCD 729), Timeless Amour (HCD 728), Vintage Floret (HCD 727), Decorative Metal Fixtures (HCD 725), Layered Scalloped Posy (HCD 717)
  • McGill Paper Blossoms: Tool Kit, Molding Mat
  • Ranger Ink Pads: Archival Jet Black; Tim Holtz Distress Stormy Sky, Weathered Wood, Bundled Sage
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Bundled Sage Marker
  • Adhesives: Plaid Mod Podge, 3M Scotch Brand ATG714 Runner, Art Institute Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive, foam dots

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, hole punch, eyelet setter, sponge dauber


1. Cover chipboard album pages with desired Countryside Evening papers; adhere paper with Mod Podge. Let dry. Punch hole in upper left corner of each page in same spot; attach eyelets. Ink page edges Weathered Wood.

2. Using Jet Black ink, stamp eight small flowers from Open Vintage Floret set onto white cardstock. Stamp small and large flowers from Mini Vintage Floret set, eight each, onto white cardstock. Die cut all flowers with coordinating dies.

3. Using Jet Black ink, stamp seven leaf branches from Leaf Medley Set onto white cardstock; die cut with coordinating die.

4. Using sponge dauber, color flowers Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky. Color leaves Bundled Sage; detail with Bundled Sage marker.

5. Shape all flowers and leaves using Paper Blossoms tool kit and mat. Layer and adhere flowers together at center to create full blossoms.

6. Die cut two small and two large Decorative Blossom Corner shapes from cream cardstock.

7. Create album pages as follows:

Cover: Cut sentiment label from patterned paper, lightly sponge edges with Weathered Wood ink. Double mat sentiment on green paper and cream cardstock; adhere with foam dots. Adhere several flowers and leaves as shown; add pearls and pearl swirls.

Page 1: Cut two different-size panels from coordinating patterned paper. Die cut Labels Twenty-Six shape from cream cardstock. Sponge all paper edges Weathered Wood. Die cut Layered Scalloped Posy shape from cream cardstock. Adhere all pieces as shown. Adhere lace trim, flower, leaves, pearls, and pearl swirl as desired.

Page 2: Trim and adhere one large decorative corner cut in Step 6, adhering edges only to create pocket. Cut image from tags patterned paper; sponge edges Weathered Wood. Stamp Jet Black Melodious Songbird sentiment. Wrap ribbon around top of panel, adhering ends at back. Tie small ribbon bow; adhere to ribbon. Adhere lace to panel beneath ribbon. Mat panel on cream cardstock. Adhere flower and pearl as shown. Place tag in pocket.

Page 3: Cut green patterned paper panel. Die cut Labels Twenty-Six shape from cream cardstock. Sponge all paper edges Weathered Wood. Die cut Decorative Metal Fixtures decorative corner and Vintage Floret decorative shape from cream cardstock. Adhere all pieces as shown. Add flowers, leaves, and pearls.

Page 4: Cut image from tags patterned paper. Stamp Jet Black sentiment; sponge edges Weathered Wood. Mat on cream cardstock and adhere to page. Adhere lace trim along left panel edge. Trim and adhere one small decorative corner cut in Step 6. Add flowers, leaves, and pearls.

 Page 5: Trim and adhere remaining small decorative corner cut in Step 6, adhering edges only to create pocket. Cut sentiment tag from patterned paper; sponge edges Weathered Wood. Die cut small Layered Scalloped Posy border from cream cardstock. Mat sentiment tag onto cream cardstock; adhere scalloped shape to right edge. Die cut small Layered Scalloped Posy decorative shape from green patterned paper; adhere to tag as shown. Adhere lace over paper seam on tag. Add flowers, leaves, and pearls. Place tag in pocket.

Page 6: Trim and adhere remaining large decorative corner cut in Step 6, adhering edges only to create pocket. Add flowers, leaves, and pearls as shown. Cut image from tags patterned paper. Stamp black sentiment and mat onto cream cardstock. Adhere lace trim along top edge. Place tag in pocket.

8. Place all pages on ring. Tie ribbon, lace trim, and pearl trim into bow and attach to ring.

by Angelica Turner for Heartfelt Creations (

Snowman Tea Towel

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Appliqué this cheery snowman tea towel to liven up your winter décor. His smiling face is sure to melt the hearts of your guests over a nice warm cup of tea.


  • Blue/white checked tea towel
  • Fabric scraps: white, blue, orange prints
  • Two-hole buttons, two each: black, 1/4”; red, 9/16”
  • Four-hole buttons: white, 11/16”, four
  • Embroidery floss: black, red, white
  • Red grosgrain ribbon, 1/4”, 1 yard


  • Iron-on adhesive scrap
  • Matching threads
  • No-fray solution
  • Freezer paper
  • Air-soluble marker
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

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



Print and cut out pattern. Draw snowman and scarf on dull side of freezer paper; cut out. Iron shapes to wrong sides of fabrics.


To prepare appliqués, clip inside points or curves, almost to paper. Use side edge and tip of iron to press seam allowance over freezer paper. For points, press fabric over point first, then press each side to make clean, sharp point. Trim excess fabric at front. When cool, pull back appliqué seam allowance; remove paper. Re-press appliqué.


Pin snowman to towel 2-1/2” from bottom edge. Needleturn stitch around snowman; sew to scarf.


Trace nose onto paper side of iron-on adhesive; cut out 1/4” from traced line. Iron to wrong side of orange fabric; cut out on lines. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse nose to face.


Use matching floss to sew black buttons to face (eyes) and red buttons down center of body.


Draw smile on face with air-soluble marker. Use two strands of black floss to sew running stitch along line. Make two straight stitches for eyebrows.


Cut 1”x6” blue scarf. Apply no-fray solution to long ends; let dry. Fringe 1/2” at each short end; tie strip in loose knot. Adhere knot to snowman’s scarf as shown.


Use four strands of white floss to sew buttons (snowflakes) around snowman, making two or three stitches from each hole for rays.


Cut ribbon length to same width as towel. Tie bow from remaining ribbon; trim ends in “V”. Apply no-fray solution to all cut ends; let dry. Adhere ribbon to towel, covering bottom edge. Adhere bow to ribbon.


  • Using freezer paper will create a template that sticks to the fabric, so it says in place as you turn up the seam allowance. Then, simply peel it off when you’re done! Your appliqué edges will be smooth and accurate. For extra stability, just add a little spray starch on the turned under seam allowance.

by Chris Malone

Sleigh Ride Vintage Distress Tag

Happy New Year! One of my New Year’s resolutions is to get more use out of my stamps that I love but don’t use often enough. I decided to pull out some wintery images to create a vintage tag.

1. Smear blue dye ink on a craft mat or acetate surface.

2. Smear gold metallic Distress Stain near blue ink on same surface.

3. Spritz with water until inks are watery.

4. Drag manila tag through inks until desired coverage is achieved; let dry.

5. Drag seam binding ribbon through inks; let dry.

6. Ink up script stamp with brown dye ink and randomly stamp over surface of tag. Repeat until covered.

7. Cut center from one paper doily. Place doily with open center over a second doily, masking the edges. Ink up damask stamp using brown dye ink and stamp damask through center of open doily; remove doily mask. Lightly sponge stamped doily edges here and there with brown ink. Adhere doily to tag as shown; trim edges.

8. Stamp image of little girls sleighing using brown archival ink onto white cardstock.

9. Smear blue dye ink on craft mat and pick up with waterbrush. Color images using waterbrush and dye ink. Let dry.

10. Shade and color rest of image using watercolor pencils and waterbrush; let dry.

11. Cut out image using detail scissors; adhere image to tag.

12. Stamp sentiment using brown ink. Cut into pieces. Sponge edges using brown dye ink. Adhere sentiment to tag.

13. Attach ribbon and charms to tag.


  • Hero Arts Stamp – Old French Writing
  • Artistic Outpost Stamp – Sleigh Ride
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Stain – Tarnished Brass
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads – Walnut Stain, Peacock Feathers
  • White paper doilies, two
  • Manila tag
  • White cardstock
  • Detail scissors
  • Glue Dots Int’l. Glue Dots
  • White seam binding ribbon
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Idea-ology Baubles Pearls

I hope you get a chance to pull out some of your favorites and sit down to some inky time! Happy Crafting,

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (

Elegant Jewelry Set

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Silver and sparkles make this set classy and sophisticated. It’s easy to make and stresses basic crimping techniques.


  • Glass beads: gray pearls, 8mm, 11; clear firepolish, 6mm, 20
  • Beadalon 49 Professional Series Bead Stringing Wire, .018mm, 1 yard
  • Beadalon Silver Crimp Beads: 1.3mm, 36; 1.5mm, two
  • Beadalon Silver Findings: Lobster Clasp; Extension Chain, 2″ length; Head Pins, two; Ear Wires, two


  • Crimping tool
  • Wire nippers
  • Round-nose pliers

Basic Supplies




Necklace, 18″ long; Earrings, 1″ long


1. Cut wire length in half. Holding lengths together, string 1.5mm crimp bead. Thread wire ends through clasp and back through crimp bead. Use crimping tool to tighten crimp bead to secure.

2. String 1.3mm crimp bead, 1″ from one wire end. Use crimping tool to tighten crimp bead. String beads as follows: clear, gray, clear, 1.3mm crimp. Tighten crimp bead.

3. String 1.3mm crimp bead, 2-3⁄4″ from other wire end. String beaded sections, 2-3⁄4″ apart on both strands.

4. Holding strands together, string remaining 1.5mm crimp bead, 1″ from last beaded section. Thread wire ends through extension chain and back through crimp bead. Tighten crimp bead.


1. String one gray and one clear bead onto head pin. Use round-nose pliers to bend loop after clear bead; trim wire. Attach loop to ear wire.

2. Repeat for remaining earring.

by Katie Hacker

Victorian Sachets

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Who looks forward to laundry day? It’s the lucky crafter who knows that with every load she’ll have another dryer sheet for making these sweetly-scented sachets!


  • Recycled fabric softener sheets, two
  • Victorian-themed rub-on transfers of choice
  • Trim of choice, 14” length
  • Pearl string, 3mm, 7” length


  • Rose petals, lavender buds, or scented batting (filler)
  • Iron and pressing surface
  • Sewing machine with matching thread
  • Acrylic varnish
  • Therm O Web HeatnBond Lite Iron-on Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, needle



Sizes shown are 2-1/2” square and 2-1/2”x4”. (Note: Materials listed are for one sachet only.)


1. For small sachet, cut three 3-1/2” squares from fabric softener sheets and one 3-1/2” square from iron-on adhesive. (Note: For large sachet, cut same number 3-1/2”x5” rectangles instead.)

2. Fuse iron-on adhesive to one fabric softener sheet square/rectangle; remove paper backing. Apply rub-on transfer to adhesive side of sheet; fuse additional sheet on top of design.

3. With right sides together, sew fused sheets to remaining sheet with 1/4” seam, leaving one side open. Turn right side out; stuff with filler of choice.

4. Turn under raw edges and stitch closed. Hand sew trim around edges. Tie bow from pearl string; stitch to sachet.

5. Apply light coat of varnish over design. Let dry.


  • Add a drop or two of scented essential oil to batting.

Other Options

  • Embellish sachets with fabric paint.
  • Create different shaped sachets.

by Yvonne Lord

Winter Welcome Sign

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


These four little snow buddies are dressed in their best to greet visitors with a warm winter welcome! 


  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Balls, 2-1⁄2”, four
  • Basswood sheet (sign), 1⁄4” thick, 6”x24”
  • Children’s mittens, two each: blue, black
  • Flannel fabric, 6”x12”
  • Buttons, 4-1⁄2” diameter, four each: red, black
  • Black beads (eyes), 3⁄16”, eight
  • Artificial holly berries (noses), four
  • White snowflakes, 3⁄4” diameter, 22
  • Toner Crafts Fun Wire, 18-gauge, 12” length


  • Plaid Apple Barrel Acrylic Paints: White, Bright Red, Black, Christmas Green
  • Paintbrushes: Round, Series 35-S, #5; Flat, Series 45-S, #8; Shader, Series 15, #12
  • Markers: EK Tools White Woodcraft Marker, black fine-tip permanent marker
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Drill with 3⁄16” bit
  • Beacon Adhesive Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, newspaper (to cover work surface)



6” x 24”


1. Cut out pattern. Drill holes in sign as shown. Basecoat sign Christmas Green.

2. For faces, basecoat plastic-foam balls White. Drybrush cheeks Bright Red. Adhere noses and eyes to faces. Use black fine-tip permanent marker to draw mouths.

3. For bodies, lightly stuff mittens with fiberfill. Adhere heads to bodies.

4. For scarves, cut four 1-1⁄2”x12” strips from flannel; wrap around necks. Create fringe on short ends of scarves. Adhere two black buttons to each blue mitten and two red buttons to each black mitten.

5. Transfer lettering to sign; trace with white marker and outline with black marker. Thread wire through holes; twist ends at back to secure. Adhere snowmen to sign and snowflakes to bodies and sign.

by Paula Bates for The Dow Chemical Co.