Lucky Leprechaun Sign

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Everyone gets to be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! This charming painted leprechaun sign is a fun and easy project that’s sure to get your family and friends in the St. Paddy’s Day spirit!

Materials

  • Chalkboard with unfinished wooden frame, 7″x10″
  • Wooden items: heart, 1/8” thick, 4-1/2” across; round head plug, 1/2” diameter; teardrops, 1/16” thick, 2” long, two; rectangles, 1/16” thick, 1/2”x1”, two; craft spoons, two; jumbo craft sticks, two
  • DecoArt American Acrylic Paints: White Wash, Olive Green, True Red, Bright Green, Dark Pine, Gingerbread, Lamp Black, Mocha
  • DecoArt Emperor’s Gold Dazzling Metallic Paint
  • Green craft foam, 3-1/2”x4”
  • Green satin ribbon, 1”-wide, 1/2 yd.
  • Lime green iridescent pom-pom, 1”

Tools

  • Permanent markers: dual-tip (fine/bullet) black, green; extra-fine-tip opaque white
  • Ultra-fine iridescent glitter
  • Sawtooth hanger
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, ruler, paintbrush, hammer

Directions

size

Approximately 11”x19”

Leprechaun

(Note: Use photo and patterns as guides throughout.)

1. Print patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print patterns.) Transfer details, except face and ears, to heart. Paint head as follows: face Mocha, hair Gingerbread, collar and hat band White Wash, hat Bright Green. Drybrush edges of head with Dark Pine. Paint head plug (nose) Mocha. Transfer remaining details to head. Drybrush cheeks, nose, and inside ears with True Red. Dot cheeks White Wash. Draw eyes with bullet-tip black marker; draw smile and other stitch details with fine tip.

2. Transfer patterns to craft spoons (arms), craft sticks (legs), and rectangles (buckles). To make body, draw a horizontal line across one narrow end of chalkboard frame 2-3/4” down from top for waist; draw 1/2” wide vertical straps 1/2” in from each side. Paint as follows: hands Mocha, leggings and cuffs White Wash, shirt and sleeves Olive Green, overalls and tops of legs Bright Green. Paint bottom of legs and teardrops (shoes) Lamp Black. Paint rectangles (buckles) Lamp Black and Emperor’s Gold. Drybrush edges of body, arms, legs, shoes, and buckles with Dark Pine. Brush thin layer of craft glue over hat band, collar, and cuffs; sprinkle with glitter. Let dry.

3. Transfer pattern details to hands, reversing for right hand. Draw stitch details on overalls, arms, and legs with fine-tip black marker. Draw rounded uneven lines on leggings with bullet-tip green marker. Draw vertical lines on shirt and sleeves with fine-tip green marker. Transfer words to center of chalkboard. Using white marker, draw words and stitch line around chalkboard close to edge.

4. Transfer shamrock to green craft foam; cut out. Drybrush edges with Dark Pine. Dot with White Wash.

5. Adhere nose to face, head to top of body, arms to back of chalkboard, shoes to front of legs, and buckles to front of shoes. Adhere assembled legs to back of body. Adhere pom-pom to left side of hat. Adhere shamrock to hand on left. Let dry. Tie ribbon in a bow; cut ends in inverted “V”. Adhere bow to center of collar. Using hammer, attach sawtooth hanger to center top back of body.

Other Options

  • Use same pattern to create a Christmas elf in red and green. Make a matching ornament from craft foam.
  • For a simpler version, paint the chalkboard and adhere only the shamrock to it.
  • Instead of a sign, make a leprechaun photo frame for a proud Irish friend.

by Mary Ayres

“All You Need Is Love” Découpage House

Mod Podge is a great medium to use as a glue and sealer on your découpage projects.

It’s Jill Cornell here today with a tutorial I created for the Mod Podge Rocks blog. I took a simple papier-mâché house and transformed it into a little love nest home décor piece for Valentine’s Day. (I used the XOXO collection from American Crafts on this project.)

The most difficult part of the whole project was measuring and trimming the paper to fit the house. A craft knife is the perfect tool to make it easier. The Mod Podge was applied on the back of each paper piece and then smoothed down over the house. Then, I applied a coat of Mod Podge as a sealer. On the roof of the house, I also applied Mod Podge Dimensional Magic as an adhesive before I sprinkled the roof with shaved ice glitter. I also hot glued pom-pom trim to the roof.

This was a fun cluster of embellishments to put together. The house was wrapped with two different kinds of ribbon and then a flower was hot glued to the center. I also used a couple of stickpins to hold the die-cut tag in place.

The project took a few hours to make, but it would be easy enough to create an assembly line to make multiple houses. Please stop by the Mod Podge Rocks blog to see my complete tutorial.

Happy crafting!

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

Wool Felt Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Black and white accents are all the rage! Update your living room décor with this chic wool felt bird pillow.

Materials

  • Wool felt: white, 3/8 yd.; black, 1/4 yd.
  • Pillow form, 12” square
  • Black satin piping, 1-1/2 yds.
  • Black embroidery floss

Tools

  • Sewing machine and black thread
  • Needle
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins

Directions

Size

12″ square

Pillow

1. For pillow front and back, cut two 13” white felt squares. Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print patterns.) Cut materials as indicated.

2. Use photo as guide to free-hand cut and arrange black felt strips on front for tree branches, overlapping and trimming as needed. Place bird on branch close to center. Place leaves along branches. (Note: Edges of leaves should not be closer than 1” to edge of pillow.) Apply small dabs of glue under black felt shapes to secure to white felt before embroidering.

3. Use two strands black floss to blanket stitch around edges of bird and leaves, and over branches.

4. Pin and sew piping around pillow front, 1/2” from edge, beginning and ending in a corner; remove pins. Sew pillow front to back with right sides together along piping stitching, leaving 10” open at bottom. Trim corners; turn right side out. Insert form into pillow. Hand sew opening closed.

by Mary Ayres

Cross-stitched Iris Inspirational

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Stitch a special message to beautify your home at Easter and all year long. The gorgeous colors and art deco-inspired design remind us of stained glass!

Materials

  • DMC Charles Craft 14-count White Aida, 10”x12”
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss
  • Kreinik Mfg.: Blending Filament, Braid #8

Tools

  • Tapestry needle, #24

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: one strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands
  • French Knot: one strand (wrapped two times)

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 5-1/2”x7”; stitch count: 76 w x 97 h

Iris

1. To find center, fold cloth in half and in half again the opposite way. Mark center with contrasting thread.

2. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

3. Stitch design centered on fabric. Where indicated, use one strand Kreinik 091 Star Yellow Braid #8. Use one strand embroidery floss and two strands Kreinik 032 Pearl Facets Blending Filament where indicated.

4. Stitch French knots and backstitch with one strand DMC 3842 Wedgewood-DK, and flowers with one strand DMC 310 Black.

Tip

  • Instead of using matte board to frame, substitute coordinating colored ribbon (as shown in photo).

by Lois Winston

Spring Has Sprung with Graphic 45

Some of you may have heard that Punxsutawney Phil (the famous Pennsylvania groundhog) predicted an early spring for 2013. Well, since I was born on Groundhog Day, and grew up in Pennsylvania, I feel it is my duty to predict an early spring as well. (For what it’s worth, neither Phil nor I have any weather-predicting abilities!) What I can do is share with you a spring project, which is a perfect way to fight off the winter blues!

I created this pretty, spring-themed card for display at the latest CHA event and wanted to give you the step-by-step directions for making one of your own! I used the new Graphic 45 Place in Time monthly Cut-Aparts for this project. You will need two sheets of the March paper to make this card.

1. Make a 5″x5″ black top-fold card.

2. Trim lavender cardstock to 4-7/8″x4-7/8″ and set aside.

3. Cut one piece of the green floral paper to 4-1/4″x4-3/4″. Cut a second piece to approximately 2″x4-3/4″. Adhere the two pieces to the lavender cardstock, overlapping to form a 4-3/4″ square. (Note: To create the 4-3/4″x4-3/4″ green floral panel, you need to combine two pieces of the printed paper. You will notice that the back of each Cut-Aparts sheet has three printed designs. None of them is wide enough to cut a 4-3/4″ square. You have to get creative!)

4. Wrap green ribbon and cream lace around the panel to hide the seam. Adhere the ribbon and lace to the back of the panel, and then adhere the panel to the card front. (Note: We will add a bow later.)

5. Trim black cardstock to 4-1/2″x3-1/4″. Trim lavender checked paper to 4-3/8″x3-1/8″ and then adhere it to the black cardstock mat. Adhere the panel to the card front as shown.

6. Adhere three pale lavender pearls to the upper right edge of the lavender panel. (Note: You can color white or cream pearls with alcohol inks or pens to match your paper.)

7. Trim black cardstock to 2-3/4″x3-5/8″. Trim lavender and cream floral paper to 2-5/8″x3-1/2″ and then adhere it to the black cardstock mat. Adhere the panel to the card front as shown.

8. From the second sheet of March Cut-Aparts paper, trim the bird image as shown. Mat the image with black cardstock.

9. Stamp a sentiment onto cream cardstock and trim to desired size. Using small circle punch, punch top corners of sentiment strip to add interest. Adhere the sentiment to the left edge of the bird image.

10. Adhere the image to the card front using foam tape.

11. Trim one postage image from the Cut-Aparts paper and tuck it under the lower right edge of the bird image, as shown.

12. Using green ribbon, tie a bow and adhere it to the card front as shown.

14. Use glue to adhere a few flowers and leaves to the center of the bow as shown.

15. Cut two pieces of cream cardstock to 4-7/8″x4-7/8″ and add to the inside of the card.

16. Decorate the inside with images cut from the March Cut-Aparts paper as shown.

Supply List:

  • Graphic 45 Place in Time Collection March Cut-Aparts Paper
  • Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper Heather, Butter Cream; American Crafts Black
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
  • Waltzing Mouse Spring Baskets Stamp Set
  • Really Reasonable Ribbon Trims: Green Satin Ribbon, Cream Crocheted Lace
  • Wild Orchid Crafts Flowers
  • Creative Charms Pearls
  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Mini Tabs Quartet Dies
  • Really Reasonable Ribbon Bow Easy Tool
  • Adhesives: 3M Scotch Brand Double-Sided Tape, Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares

I hope this card puts you in a springtime mood!

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

 

Birthday Balloons Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Brightly stamped balloons and wishes for a happy birthday make this card the perfect greeting for that someone special.

Materials

  • Cardstock: pear green, pink
  • Paper: light green, light pink, pale blue
  • Dark pink ribbon, 1/8”

Tools

  • Stamps: “Happy Birthday” stamp of choice, Paper Salon Simply Ribbons Tailored Tin
  • Ink Pads: pear green, pink, sky blue
  • Sewing machine & pink thread
  • McGill Oval Paper Punch, 1-5/16”x1-13/16”
  • AdTech Permanent Glue Runner

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

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

STEP 2

Cut 4”x5-1/4” piece from pink cardstock; adhere to card front. Machine stitch around edges.

STEP 3

Stamp sky blue dotted ribbon on pale blue paper; stamp pear green rickrack on light green paper; stamp pink striped ribbon on light pink paper. Punch oval from each color, making sure stamped ribbon runs vertically. Overlap and adhere balloons to card front as shown.

STEP 4

Machine zigzag stitch from bottom of each balloon so they cross as shown. Tie ribbon bow; adhere below balloons where stitching crosses.

STEP 5

Stamp pear green “happy birthday” to card top.

Tip

  • Instead of stamping design, use coordinating patterned papers to create balloons.

by Melanie Douthit

Textured Clay Medallion

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

With color, texture, and design providing visual interest, this simple-to-make clay medallion is sure to attract the eye.

Materials

  • Polyform Sculpey Premo! Black Polymer Clay
  • Black rubber cord, 2mm, 30″ length

Tools

  • Rubber stamp of choice
  • AMACO Rub ‘n Buff Silver Leaf Metallic Finish
  • Round cookie cutters or circle template
  • Clay-dedicated items: knife, rolling pin, baking sheet
  • Needle tool
  • Acrylic brayer
  • Wooden skewer

Basic Supplies

cornstarch or talcum powder, waxed paper, ruler

Directions

Size

2-1/4″

Medallion

1. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to condition clay. Roll to 1⁄4″ thickness. Dust one side of clay and brayer with cornstarch or powder to prevent items from sticking.

2. Place clay, powder side down, on rubber stamp. Roll over clay firmly with acrylic brayer to impress texture on clay. Remove clay and place textured side up on waxed paper. Use cookie cutter or circle template to cut 2-1⁄4″ medallion with 3⁄4″ hole.

3. Roll scraps into 3⁄4″ ball. Gently roll ball into 1″ log; dust with cornstarch or powder. Pierce log lengthwise with needle tool, then insert skewer to enlarge hole. With clay still on skewer, roll over stamp to impress texture into clay. Hole will slightly enlarge when rolling.

4. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake items. When cool, lightly apply metallic wax with fingertip. (Note: Metallic wax is difficult to remove. Apply very sparingly, adding a second coat if needed.) Let dry.

5. Thread cord through medallion hole; tie overhand knot. Thread ends through bead; knot. Tie ends in overhand knot; trim ends.

6. For blue medallion, use 1⁄4 bar each of Polyform Sculpey Premo! Ultramarine Blue and White Clay, and 1⁄4 teaspoon black embossing powder for texture.

Tip

  • Try using mica powders to add a subtle hint of color and shine.

by Jenny Bezingue

Simple-To-Sew Party Purse

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

While this party purse is a perfect going-out companion, it’s also a great space saver for everyday use. Why not make one to take along to your next local craft show?

Materials

  • Fabrics of choice, 45” wide: outside, 1⁄6 yd.; coordinating lining, 1⁄3 yd.
  • Binding or ribbon in coordinating color, 46″ length
  • Hook-and-loop tape, 5” length
  • Cording, coordinating color, 1⁄16”-1⁄4” diameter, 54″ length

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Iron and pressing surface

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, ruler, straight pins

Directions

Size

5-1⁄2”x7-1⁄2”

purse

(Note: Use 1⁄4” seam allowance unless otherwise indicated.)

1. For inside lining, cut 5-1⁄2”x17” rectangle from lining fabric. Separate hook-and-loop tape; center and sew one side of tape to right side of fabric, 1⁄2” from one short end.

2. For back pockets on top half of purse, cut 5-1⁄2”x10-1⁄2” rectangle from lining fabric. For top hem, fold one end under 1⁄4”; press. Repeat. Sew hem in place. Repeat for bottom hem, but fold fabric over instead of under. (See Fig. 1.) Fold fabric so back of fabric measures 7-1⁄4” and front of fabric measures 2-1⁄4”; press fold. Sew a very narrow hem along folded edge. (See Fig. 2.) Pin side edges of back pockets to side edges of inside lining so top back pocket is 2” from top of inside lining.

3. For top pockets on top half of purse, cut 5-1⁄2”x9-3⁄4” rectangle from outside fabric or lining fabric. In same way as back pocket, fold and sew hems; fold fabric so that back of fabric measures 5” and front of fabric measures 3-3⁄4”. Press fold. (See Fig. 3.) Sew across pocket, 1” from folded edge. Pin side edges of top pockets to side edges of inside lining so top of pocket is 2-3⁄4” from top of inside lining.

4. Sew sides of back and top pockets to sides of inside lining.

5. For bottom pockets on bottom half of purse, cut 5-1⁄2”x10-1⁄2” rectangle from lining fabric. In same way as back and top pockets, fold and sew hems; fold fabric so back of fabric measures 6-1⁄4” and front of fabric measures 3-1⁄4”. Press fold. Pin side edges of bottom pockets to side edges of inside lining so fold of pocket aligns with bottom edge of inside lining. Sew sides and bottom of pockets to inside lining.

6. For outside of purse, cut 5-1⁄2”x17” rectangle from fabric.

7. Place outside fabric right side up on work surface. Center and sew second side of hook-and-loop tape to outside fabric, 1⁄2” from one short end.

8. For strap, pin ends of cording to each side of inside lining, 2” from top. With wrong sides facing, sew inside lining to outside fabric, catching strap in stitching.

9. Beginning and ending at center bottom of purse, sew binding or ribbon along all edges of purse, folding corners in to meet on an angle. (See Fig. 4.) Fold purse.

by Mary Webster

Dyed Hemp Wrapped Bottles

Recycled crafting remains one of my favorite types of crafts to participate in. Ever since I was bitten by the bug a few years ago, I look at everything I might be throwing away with possibility. Glass items are one of my favorite things to salvage since there are so many ways they can be upcycled into something unique.

When I recently received an assortment of hemp products from Hemptique, I fell in love with the rustic nature of the assorted hemps and twine in different sizes and types. I love the look of hemp wrapped bottles turned into vases, so I pulled out my Rit Liquid Dyes and chose some of my favorite colors to dye the hemp with.

I prepared a dye bath using the low water immersion technique and dyed the hemp using Purple, Tangerine, Aquamarine, and Fuchsia.

Once the excess water was removed from the hemp using an old absorbent towel, I allowed the hemp to dry thoroughly and set about wrapping around some recycled bottles that had been thoroughly washed and dried.

To make your own dyed hemp wrapped bottles, tuck the frayed end under the first two or three wraps so that it will eventually be hidden.

Continue wrapping, using a little tacky glue here and there.

I chose to wrap three quarters of this bottle with Purple-colored hemp and the remaining third Tangerine. Also note how different sizes of hemp were used to add interest to the surface.

Additionally, consider dyeing some strips of cotton muslin to make some beautiful coordinating embellishments for your bottle.

Tear 2” strips of muslin and knife pleat the center using a sewing machine and contrasting thread. This strips can be used to wrap into a coil to create a beautiful floral embellishment.

As an added touch, I used metal numbers to add a personalized flair to the recycled dyed hemp bottles. The numbers can be anything of significance, birthdays, street address numbers, lucky numbers, etc.

The next time you get ready to toss that bottle, consider grabbing your Rit dyes and some hemp and create your own magnificent dyed hemp vases.

Live Life Creatively,

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

Wine Bottle Lamp

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Save a wine bottle shared on a special occasion to create a beautiful and memorable light display. For a different effect, use soft twinkle lights to enhance the lighting.

Materials

  • Empty wine bottle with cork
  • Clear mini light strand, 20-count
  • Artificial grape bunch
  • Burgundy satin ribbon, 5/8”, 36” length
  • Gold wire, 18-gauge, 36” length

Tools

  • Electrical tape

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

STEP 1

Insert lights into clean, dry bottle. Run plug end of cord down bottle neck; tape on back. (Note: Make sure length of cord will reach electrical outlet.)

STEP 2

Wrap 18-gauge wire around bottle lip four times. Wrap tape over wire to secure to bottle.

STEP 3

Wrap ribbon over taped area. Catch grape stem in ribbon to secure to bottle; knot and trim ends.

STEP 4

Wrap remaining wire end around cork four times. Spiral wire off to one side of bottle and bend to create popping cork effect.

STEP 5

Plug in lights. (Note: Do not leave wine bottle light unattended.)

Tip

To create as a centerpiece, use a battery-operated LED light strand (with small battery box) instead of plug-in lights. Conceal battery box underneath grapes.

by Lisa Bychowski