God Bless America Pin

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Show your American spirit by wearing this patriotic pin this President’s Day. Kids can also create this pin for a fun school or scout activity.

Materials

  • Craft foam: red, white, blue
  • Bar pin, 1”

Tools

  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Blue Jay, Mendocino Red, Midnight Blue, Light Ivory, Black
  • Round paintbrush
  • Lowe-Cornell DES Stylus
  • Ultra-fine black permanent marker
  • Aleene’s FunCraft Foam Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, transfer paper, pencil

Directions

STEP 1

Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print.) Cut craft foam as indicated.

STEP 2

Drybrush edges of heart Mendocino Red, sign Blue Jay, and star Midnight Blue. Transfer lettering; trace with marker. Use stylus to dot letter ends Black and star Light Ivory.

STEP 3

Adhere pieces together as shown and bar pin to back.

by Karen Sippel

Bouquet of Love

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Forget to get your sweetie a Valentine’s Day gift? Don’t worry! Everyone loves roses and chocolates! In just under an hour, you can combine these two treats to create the perfect gift – a mouth-watering bouquet of chocolate roses.

Materials

  • Hershey’s Candies in colors of choice: Kisses, 22; Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, two
  • Clear cellophane wrapping paper
  • Iridescent mesh wire-edge ribbon in color of choice, 2” wide, 31” length
  • Craft wire, 20-gauge, 5 yards
  • Green floral tape

Tools

  • Wire cutters
  • Transparent tape

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

(Note: Materials listed are for 1 dozen roses.)

1.Cut twelve 3” squares from cellophane paper. From craft wire, cut twelve 10” lengths and three 18” lengths. Set 18” lengths aside.

2. For one rosebud, bend one end of a 10” length of craft wire into a small loop. (See Fig. 1.) Place loop at center bottom of candy kiss; bend wire over edge of candy kiss and down side. Place a second candy kiss, flat ends together, on top of first kiss. Center one 3” square of cellophane paper over top of rosebud; fold paper over rosebud, tightly wrapping paper around bottom of rosebud. Secure paper below rosebud by wrapping transparent tape around wire stem.

Figure 1

3. Wrap wire stem with floral tape. Make a total of 10 rosebuds in all.

4. For open roses, use a peanut butter cup for bottom of rose. Attach wire to peanut butter cup in the same way as rosebuds. Place flat side of candy kiss on top of peanut butter cup. In the same way as rosebuds, attach cellophane and wrap wire stem.

5. For spirals, wrap each 18” length of wire with floral tape. Tightly coil covered wire around pencil, leaving 7” uncoiled. Carefully remove pencil.

6. Holding rosebuds and roses together at different heights, twist stems together. Arrange spirals throughout arrangement; twist spiral stems around rose stems.

7. Cut two 15” squares from cellophane paper. Stack squares together. Place bouquet so that tops of roses are approximately 3” from one corner. Folding bottom corners of paper upward over stems, wrap paper around roses, forming a cone. Tightly wrap transparent tape around stem bundle to secure paper. Cut a 6” length from wire; tightly twist wire around stem bundle over tape.

8. Tie ribbon into a two-loop bow around stems; cut ribbon ends as desired.

by Soo Park and Mindy Han

Winter Memories Mini Album

While I’m definitely longing for spring, I am taking advantage of the cold weather to work on some snowy, wintry projects.

It’s Jill Cornell here today with a little mini album of my girls going sledding last year. The girls have bright pink and lavender coats and snowsuits, so I made my product choices based on those colors. Bright colors also help combat the drab winter grey this time of year! (I used the Girl Land Collection from Webster’s Pages for this album.)

I love creating quick and simple mini albums where my photos take center stage. I covered pages of the album with patterned paper and then punched snowflakes and added jewels and alphabet stickers as needed.

I also used phrase tags from Elle’s Studio and journaling cards from Webster’s Pages.

My daughter that is in lavender had various shades of purple on her pages.

And I brought out the pink with my other daughter in her favorite color. Before I covered each chipboard page with patterned paper, I machine-stitched the edges of the paper for extra texture.

I added a space for journaling at the end of the album. The girls just love looking through it and remembering a fun time sledding and making snow angels.

Happy crafting!

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

Butterfly Medley So Grateful Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Create this elegant, butterfly-themed card for any occasion using Heartfelt Creations’ new Butterfly Medley and Botanical Oval stamp sets and a coordinating die.

Materials

  • Cardstock: white, light blue

Tools

  • Heartfelt Creations PreCut Stamp Sets: Butterfly Medley (HCPC 3519), Botanical Oval (HCPC 3520)
  • Heartfelt Creations Decorative Butterfly Corner Die (HCD 730)
  • Die-cutting system
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
  • Prismacolor Colored Pencils
  • Paper glue or glue pen

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, detail scissors, craft knife and cutting mat, pencil, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

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

STEP 2

Die cut larger decorative butterfly corner from white cardstock. Adhere die-cut corner to upper right corner of card.

STEP 3

Stamp Tuxedo Black butterfly image onto white cardstock. Using photo as guide, color image using Prismacolor pencils. Detail cut image using scissors and craft knife. Adhere image to center of card base, overlapping corner die cut.

STEP 4

Stamp Tuxedo Black sentiment in lower right corner of card.

Tip

  • For extra dimension, stamp and color additional butterfly and adhere to main image along body only, leaving wings free and elevated.

by Emily Niehaus for Heartfelt Creations (www.heartfeltcreations.us)

Ribbon-Embroidered Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

These delicate, dimensional flowers might be popping up on more than a pillow sham once you learn how easy it is to do silk ribbon embroidery!

Materials

  • White pillow sham 16” square
  • Pillow form, 16” square
  • Silk embroidery ribbon, 4mm wide: periwinkle, 1-1/2 yards; creamy yellow, 1/2 yard; light avocado, 1 yard; lemon yellow, 1/2 yard; dusty purple, 3/4 yard; lichen green, 1/2 yard
  • Silk embroidery ribbon, 7mm wide: light pink, 3/4 yard; pale shamrock, 1/2 yard

Tools

  • Tulip Soft Matte Fabric Paints: Olive, Cool Blue
  • Ivy or leaf rubber stamp of choice
  • Chenille needles: #20, #22
  • Parchment paper, 15-3/4” square

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, sponge

Directions

Pillow

1. Handwash sham; lay flat to dry. Press. Insert parchment paper to protect back surface while stamping front. Place sham on flat work surface so opening is positioned vertically in back. Mix equal parts Olive and Cool Blue. Apply paint evenly to stamp with sponge. (Note: Practice on scrap fabric before stamping sham.) Beginning 2-1⁄2” from upper left corner and ending 3” from lower right side, stamp ivy on sham as shown in photo. (Note: Designer applied stamp several times to achieve results shown.) Let dry 24 hours before proceeding.

2. To thread needle, insert ribbon end through eye of needle, pulling through 3” length. Pierce 3” length with needle, about 1⁄2” from end. Pull back on opposite end until it locks securely around eye of needle. To secure ribbon, insert needle through fabric, leaving a 1⁄2” length at back. When taking first few stitches, catch the length with needle at back. When finished stitching design, tie a slip knot to secure ribbon at back. (Note: Do not drag ribbon from one design to next. Fasten off and begin next design with new ribbon.)

3. For periwinkle flowers, work seven petals using lazy daisy stitch. Make large creamy yellow French knot at center. (Note: Wrap ribbon around needle three times for French knots.) Make three avocado lazy daisy leaves.

4. For light pink flowers, make three lemon yellow French knots close together for center. Work nine light pink petals using straight stitch. Make three pale shamrock straight-stitch leaves.

5. For dusty purple bud clusters, make one group of five dusty purple French knots and one group of seven. (Note: Leave ribbon slightly loose to form “sloppy” knots.) Make random lichen green straight-stitch leaves around each knot.

6. Insert pillow form into sham.

Tutorials

Silk ribbon stitching only looks intimidating. Follow the tutorials below to find out just how easy it can be to embroider with ribbon.

Straight Stitch

To create a straight stitch, come up at A, then go down at B, keeping ribbon flat. (Note: May be taut or loose depending on desired effect.)

French Knot

Bring needle up through fabric; smoothly wrap ribbon once around needle. (Note: For this project, wrap ribbon round needle three times.)

Hold ribbon securely off to one side and push needle down through fabric at starting point.

Lazy Daisy

Bring needle up at A. Keep ribbon flat, untwisted, and full. Insert needle down through fabric at B and back up through at C, keeping ribbon under needle to form a loop. Pull ribbon through, leaving loop loose and full. To hold loop in place, insert needle through on other side of ribbon near C, forming a straight stitch over loop.

by Linda Wyszynski

 

Quick Valentines

It is just a few days until Valentine’s Day! Do you have your cards finished yet? If not, I have a quick and easy solution for you!

Before we get started with the project today, it is time to announce the winner of the Hampton Art prize pack!

The winner, as chosen by Random.org, is Gail Gray. 

Gail, please contact Kim at hamptonartstamps@gmail.com to claim your prize!

For all of you who may be like me and still need a few little cards or goodies for Valentine’s Day, how about these quick-and-easy cards?

These little 3-1/2″x3-1/2″ cards make perfect little gifts for the neighborhood children, your co-workers, or a fun little surprise to tuck into your husband’s briefcase or your own child’s lunchbox.

To make your own sweet greetings:

1. Cut black cardstock to 3-1/2″x7″. Fold to create a 3-1/2″-square card.

2. Trim printed paper to 3-3/8″x3-3/8″. Attach to card front. (This is such a great way to use up those printed paper scraps!)

3. Stamp image onto white cardstock with colored ink to match your printed paper.

4. Trim image and mat with black cardstock. Attach to center of card front with foam tape.

5. Using baker’s twine, tie a bow around the top folded end of the card. Secure bow with a mini adhesive dot.

6. Tie baker’s twine through the holes of a button and attach to the bow with another adhesive dot.

7. Cut and attach a 3-3/8″x3-3/8″ piece of white cardstock to the inside of each card. Stamp a sentiment with ink matching your printed paper.

8. Using an adhesive dot, attach a small chocolate to the inside of the card.

Supply List

  • Cardstock: American Crafts Black, Stampin’ Up! Whisper White
  • Designer paper: Authentique Lovely Collection Crush, Michaels Recollections Valentine’s Day
  • Stamps: Craftsmart
  • Ink: Tsukineko Memento Rhubarb Stalk, Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Worn Lipstick
  • Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon
  • Buttons: Buttons Galore and More
  • Adhesive: 3M Scotch Brand ATG Runner, Foam Tape; Glue Dots Adhesive Dots
  • Other: mini chocolates

I hope you enjoy making these little cards. Have a happy Valentine’s Day!

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

With Love Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Background stamps allow you to quickly create your own background paper for any project. Set off this pretty paisley with soft colors and plenty of bling.

Materials

  • Cardstock: dark purple, lavender, white
  • Lavender vellum
  • With Love rub-on
  • Light blue self-adhesive gem lines
  • Light blue ribbon

Tools

  • Paisley background rubber stamp
  • Purple metallic ink pad
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Craft punches: 1”, 1-3/8”, 1-3/4” circles; decorative corner
  • Heat tool
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Make 6-1/4”x4-1/4” dark purple top-fold card. Cut 6”x4” lavender and 6”x2-1/4” white cardstock pieces. Stamp purple paisley background onto white panel; emboss.

STEP 2

Adhere stamped panel to bottom of lavender panel; punch corners. Cut blue ribbon length to fit around layered papers; knot ribbon slightly off center. Wrap ribbon around panel, adhering ends at back. Adhere panel to card and gem strips to ribbon.

STEP 3

Apply rub-on to white cardstock; punch out with smallest circle punch. Punch medium circle from lavender cardstock and large circle from vellum. Mat circles together and adhere to card.

by Tami Mayberry

Beaded Heart Pendant

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

This beautiful Beaded Heart Pendant is the perfect quick-and-easy, last-minute gift idea for Valentine’s Day.

Materials

  • Red cardstock
  • Red/pink/silver micro-bead mix
  • Silver wire, 20-gauge
  • Silver jewelry findings: jump rings, two; bail; chain

Tools

  • Craft punches: heart, 2”; hole, 1/16”
  • Hammer
  • Wire cutter
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Aleene’s Crafting Adhesives: Clear Gel Tacky Glue, Paper Glaze

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, paintbrush, aluminum foil

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 4” cardstock square. Squeeze glaze onto foil and brush thick, even layer onto square; let dry completely. Punch two hearts from square and three hearts from remaining cardstock.

STEP 2

Punch hole at center top of each heart, aligning each heart with first for proper placement. Squeeze glue onto foil and use brush to apply to hearts; layer hearts together with glazed hearts facing outward.

STEP 3

Squeeze glaze onto top heart; sprinkle with beads. Gently press beads into glaze and tilt slightly to allow loose beads to fall away; let dry completely.

STEP 4

Use wire cutters to cut 4” length of wire for charm; fold in half and twist one side around other to create loop. Use needle-nose pliers to curl ends. Place charm onto cement surface and use hammer to flatten ends.

STEP 5

Attach jump rings and charm to pendant. Attach bail to jump ring. Insert chain through bail.

by Debbie Rines for Duncan Enterprises

Felt Photo Album Cover

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Embellish a photo album your loved ones can enjoy year-round as a fun alternative to chocolates and flowers this Valentine’s Day. Metallic threads and colorful beads add just the right amount of sparkle!

Materials

  • Purchased photo album for 4”x6” photos
  • Felt: purple, 7-1⁄2”x20”; pale pink, 4” square; hot pink, 3” square; fuchsia, 3” square
  • Kreinik Very Fine Metallic Braid #4, one skein each: Pale Pink, Magenta Sunset, Purple
  • Seed beads, size 11°, one package each: pink, magenta, lavender, purple

Tools

  • Beading thread
  • Needles: embroidery, beading
  • Iron and pressing surface
  • Therm O Web HeatnBond Iron-on Adhesive

Basic Supplies

detail scissors, craft knife, straight pins

Directions

Size

5-1⁄2”x7-1⁄8” (closed)

Cover

1. Place purple felt on flat work surface. Place album, opened flat and cover side down, in center of felt. Trace album onto felt; cut out, leaving 1⁄4” border at top and bottom and 3” to 4” border (for cover flaps) at each side. With felt right side up, mark front cover area with pins for design placement.

2. Print, cut out, and trace patterns onto paper side of iron-on adhesive. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print patterns.) Cut out, leaving 1⁄4” border. Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse paper shapes to felt as indicated and cut out; use craft knife or small, sharp scissors to cut out detailed center area. Remove paper backing. Fuse shapes to front cover area as shown.

3. Using one strand very fine braid in embroidery needle, blanket stitch around inside and outside edges of hearts with contrasting colors.

4. For sparkles around central design, use Pale Pink and Magenta Sunset in random order to sew sheaf stitches. Sew three parallel stitches, then come up at center behind middle stitch. Slide needle behind stitch to left, wrap around front of all three parallel stitches, and take needle down again at center behind middle stitch. (Note: This will pull outer stitches in to center.)

5. Stitch individual beads to ends of sparkles, using one color of bead per sparkle, and along unstitched heart edges, using one color of bead per heart. Stitch a cluster of beads to each corner of front cover. Sew radiating Magenta Sunset straight stitches out from bead clusters.

6. To finish, place felt right side down. Replace album on top of felt. Fold and pin cover flaps to inside and close album to check fit. Cover should be snug but should allow album to close easily. Remove album.

7. Sew a Magenta Sunset running stitch around album cover, 1⁄4” from edges, sewing through both felt layers as needed. Remove pins; insert photo album.

by Cindy Gorder

Charming Crochet Charm Bracelet

February is the month dedicated to love and romance. All things sweet, pretty and lovely are often given as gifts on or around Valentine’s Day. This year, why not create a few pieces of charming and romantic jewelry to really get in the mood? Make one for yourself as well as one for each of your favorite friends! Using charms, Swarovski Crystals, and the most basic crochet technique, a single chain stitch, you too can recreate this fun and personalized charm bracelet!

SIZE

approx. 8”

YOU’LL NEED

materials

  • CRYSTALLIZED Swarovski Elements: Crystal, Bicone, 4mm; Vintage Rose, Cubes, 8mm, two; Assorted Colors: Pearls, 4mm, 10; 6mm, eight
  • Beadalon Satin Gold 7-Strand Bead Stringing Wire
  • Nunn Design Antique Gold findings: Small Textured Cable Chain; Headpin, 2″; Mum Flower Charm; Small Jump Rings, two; Large Jump Ring; Vetri Beaded 14 Oval; Vetri Glass

tools

  • Judikins Diamond Glaze Adhesive
  • Patterned paper, small scrap
  • Beadalon Tools: Round-Nose and Flat-Nose Pliers, Wire Snips
  • Crochet hook, size G

directions

1  Pass headpin through 4mm crystal, and 6mm pearl as shown. Use round-nose pliers to create loop at top of pin, wind excess length around top of bicone to create bead cap.

2  Pass half of remaining pearls and crystals randomly onto beading wire. Create slip knot in end of wire and chain two; pull first bead up chain three more. Pull up additional beads one at a time, and chain random number of stitches until chain is approximately 8-1/2” long, secure end. Repeat with second half of beads, secure end.

3  Cut 8-12” length of chain. Braid crocheted chains and textured chain. Use pliers to open large jump ring, secure all six ends of chains and top loop of dangle in jump ring before closing ring.

4 Use pliers to open small jump rings; place on loops of charms. Attach charms to bracelet and close jump rings. Trace Vetri glass onto patterned paper, trim and adhere to center of Vertri Charm. Cover surface of paper with Diamond Glaze and adhere glass over top. Set aside to dry completely.

Design and photography by Keri Lee Sereika (www.pinklemonade.typepad.com)