Valentine Candle Jar

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Burn this candle to show your loving thoughts are aglow for that special someone who warms your soul!

Materials

  • Glass items: recycled quart jar, votive candle holder with lid
  • DecoArt Liquid Rainbow Glass Paints: Burgundy Blast, Fuchsia, Tickled Pink
  • DecoArt Liquid Rainbow Black Liquid Leading
  • Burgundy ribbon, 1⁄8”, one yard
  • Buttons, one each: hot pink, 3⁄4” ; pink, 1⁄2” ; light pink, 1⁄2”
  • Red votive candle

Tools

  • DecoArt Liquid Rainbow Styrene Painting Blank

Basic Supplies

scissors, masking tape, straight pin

Directions

STEP 1

Print and cut out pattern. Tape pattern to underside of leading blank; trace lines with leading. Repeat for two “sets” of hearts. Let dry 1-2 hours.

STEP 2

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fill in: one heart Tickled Pink; two hearts Fuchsia; two hearts Burgundy Blast. (Note: Use pin to pop large air bubbles.) Fill in candle holder lid with Burgundy Blast; let dry 24 hours.

STEP 3

Carefully peel hearts from blank; apply to jar. Cut three 12” lengths from ribbon; tie around jar and trim ends at angle. Adhere buttons over knot; let dry. Insert candle holder into jar and candle into holder.

Other Options

  • Place hearts on window, mirror, vase, or any glass surface.
  • Make other holiday decorations in same way. Use coloring book pictures as patterns.

by Sandy Parpart

Love Grows Here Pressed Flower Picture

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Seeds of love are the best kind to plant! Let everyone know love is in your home with this elegant embroidered display.

Materials

  • Wooden frame, 5”x7”
  • Off-white solid cotton fabric, 5”x7”
  • Cardboard, 5”x7”
  • Brown craft paper
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Assorted pressed flowers and leaves

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive, Therm O Web Acid-free Mounting Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, medium-grit sandpaper, damp soft cloth

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.) Transfer heart and lettering to fabric center.Use two strands floss to stem stitch lettering.

STEP 2

Follow mounting adhesive manufacturer’s instructions to adhere cardboard to back of embroidered fabric. Arrange flowers as desired; use small amount of fabric adhesive to adhere to fabric. Place finished piece in frame.

STEP 3

To give a “distressed” look to new frame, apply several coats of black paint; let dry. Lightly sand frame edges until desired look is achieved.

STEP 4

To give back side a finished look, cut a rectangle from brown craft paper slightly larger than frame back; adhere in place. Use medium-grit sandpaper to trim excess paper from frame. Gently wipe paper with dampened cloth. (Note: Paper will dry taut.)

by Mary Ayres

Photo Valentine Cards

When my three boys were younger, each year when Valentine’s Day rolled around, I tried to come up with a card that was easy to make in multiples, fun yet inexpensive, and most importantly, met their requirement for something that was not too girly.

Since it was the one time of year I could usually count on my boys to pitch in and “get crafty” with me, the annual ritual of planning and assembling cards for the boys to bring to school was something we all looked forward to. Over the years, there have been candy airplanes, cards made with playing cards, and lots of stamped cards, but the one that seemed to be the biggest hit (and has been pretty popular on Pinterest) is this photo card:

I had seen a few variations of this card online and thought it seemed like something that would be fairly easy to recreate. The year we made this card, my two older boys were in middle and high school and no longer exchanged cards with classmates. My youngest son and I started out with a mini photo shoot in the backyard one day after school. There were some pretty funny outtakes!

We finally settled on this pose – it had the right combination of a good expression on Jack’s face plus enough room for the lollipop and message in the sky above.

The text was added using photo-editing software, but you could substitute a stamp, sticker, or handwritten message using a Sharpie marker. We cut out pieces of red cardstock to use as a mat and trimmed the bottom edge using a decorative border punch (kids love punches!). Two tiny holes were punched with a thumbtack on either side of the lollipop stem and it was tied on using paper floss. We also added an adhesive dot right behind the lollipop to keep it from moving. We worked assembly-line style and I tried to let Jack do as much of the work as possible. This would also work well with other types of small treats such as a pencil or marker.

One thing I have learned from crafting with my boys over the years is to let go of my perfectionist tendencies… in the end, what does it really matter if the photos aren’t trimmed precisely or there are some ragged edges on the card? We had fun, and the memories we have of spending time together will last a lifetime (and are nice to look back on, especially now with a house full of teenagers!).

Supplies:

  • Epson Premium Presentation Matte Photo Paper
  • Fiskars Apron Lace Border Punch
  • Karen Foster Design Scrapper’s Spools (available in a variety of colors)
  • Therm O Web Medium Craft Zots

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (www.alicegolden.com)

Watercolor Coffee Filter Roses

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

You can create these gorgeous watercolor roses in any shade. Each one is made from four inexpensive coffee filters, then painted with Sakura of America Koi watercolor paints.

Materials

  • Sakura of America Koi Watercolors (tube)
  • Cone coffee filters, four per rose
  • Printer paper
  • Floral wire, 20-gauge
  • Green floral tape

Tools

  • Paintbrush
  • Wire cutters
  • Glue stick

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, ruler, bamboo skewer, measuring spoon, newspaper (to cover work surface), poster board (optional), hair dryer (optional)

Directions

(Note: This project was inspired by a project on the Martha Stewart Show, but has been simplified.)

Making Roses

1. Print two copies of patterns onto printer paper. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print patterns.) To create sturdy pattern templates, use glue stick to adhere one set of patterns to poster board before cutting out pieces on black lines. Keep second set of patterns intact to use as placement guides.

2. Place petal shapes onto four coffee filters as shown. Trace petals and lightly number with pencil near base. Cut out petals, cutting through both layers of coffee filter. (Note: Because coffee filters are thin, several filters may be cut at once to save time; be sure filters are facing the same direction and keep numbered pieces together in plastic cups or bags for future use.)

3. For each flower, cut seven 2-1/2” lengths of floral tape; set aside. Cut 15” wire length for stem.

4. To assemble rose, begin with petal #1. Poke wire down between right-hand petals until 5” length extends above petals. Loop wire tip around and poke back down through base of right-hand petals. Pinch loop slightly and gently tug wire down to secure first petal and prevent it from sliding up and down stem.

5. Fold right-hand petal inward and roll to coil entire piece around stem. Secure base of petal with shorter end of wire.

6. Add petal #2 in same way. Poke wire down between right-hand petals. Arrange petals so they fill empty spaces between first petals. Roll and secure with piece of floral tape. When applying tape, stretch piece while pulling to get good, tight hold around base.

7. Add petal #3 in same way as petal #2.

8. Petal #4 needs to be separated first. Gently tear along bottom of petal to make flat strip, then wrap strip around rose and secure with tape.

9. Get two #5 petals and two #6 petals. (Note: Since these petals weren’t cut on fold, there are two of each one.) Fan out four pieces like a hand of cards. Place rose in center and wrap petals around rose. Secure base with tape.

10. Repeat Step 9 using two #7 and two #8 petals.

11. If desired, wrap entire stem in floral tape for more realistic look.

12. Starting with outer petals, fan out petals, bending gently backward from base.

Painting Roses

1. Blend small amount of paint with approximately one tablespoon of water on palette. Paint petals, starting at center and working outward. (Note: To save time, dip entire rose in base color rather than applying with brush.)

2. Add second color while rose is still wet. This color needs to be more concentrated than first color; add water to paint with brush rather than tablespoon. Run tip of brush along edge of each petal to deposit color.

3. Hang rose upside down over protected surface; hanging preserves shape of petals. Allow rose to dry for at least three hours; to speed drying, use hair dryer on low setting.

4. Once rose is dry, shape petals by placing skewer behind petal and rolling petal backward.

Tip

by Maureen Wilson of MadeByMarzipan.com for Sakura of America

Love Memories Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Create a very personal Valentine for your other half with this subway art-inspired card. Look for two more cards using Scrapbooking Attitude Inkjet Film in this week’s Crafts ‘n things Weekly on Feb. 6th.

Materials

  • White textured dot cardstock
  • Avatrex Scrapbooking Attitude Inkjet Film, 8-1/2”x11”, one sheet

Tools

  • Computer and inkjet printer
  • Elmer’s X-ACTO Tools: 12” Rotary Paper Trimmer, Metal Ruler
  • Elmer’s CraftBond All Purpose Glue Stick

Basic Supplies

fine-tip black marker

Directions

STEP 1

With textured side out, make 5-1/2”x8-1/2” white side-fold card.

STEP 2

Use computer to format desired word art, using photo as guide. Use assorted fonts and sizes. Select most important words and change font color to red; add heart dingbats, if desired.

STEP 3

Read Scrapbooking Attitude package instructions. Print mirror image of words onto glossy side of Attitude sheet. Wait to remove backing paper.

STEP 4

Apply even layer of glue stick to card front. Peel backing from Attitude sheet. With an assistant, hold printed (glossy) side of film 1” above card and visually center image. With assistant’s end still held up, place your end down onto paper, lightly pressing onto glue. Smooth image, working toward assistant’s end.

STEP 5

Gently smooth to eliminate any air bubbles. If bubbles appear, insert straight pin into them and smooth to flatten. Let dry completely.

STEP 6

Using rotary trimmer, cut film even with card front.

Tip

  • Use this idea to create memorable anniversary cards, graduation announcements, and milestone birthday cards.

Craft Marketing Connections, Inc.

Stamped Garden Gift Set

Stampendous introduced their Winter CHA release just a few weeks ago, and I was lucky enough to create a few projects using the new Cling Flowers stamps. How about a giveaway of one of the new Stampendous stamps?  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post by February 14th and I will randomly select one person to receive one of the new Cling Flowers stamps from Stampendous.

The flowers are gorgeous, and they inspired this gardening set which is perfect as a Mother’s Day or birthday gift.

Here is a side view of the box:

1. I started with a leftover box from clementines. It was easy to cover with a coat of white acrylic paint.

2. Stamp Stampendous flower images (Morning Glory, Nasturtium, Carnation, Violets, Sweet Peas, Seed Catalog) onto white cardstock using Jet Black water-resistant ink. Stamp Violets twice.

3. Color flowers using STAEDTLER Karat Aquarell watercolor pencils and a water brush. Let dry.

4. Tear cardstock around flowers. Sponge edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

5. Cut tissue paper to fit sides of box. Stamp Seed Background onto tissue paper repeatedly using Jet Black water-resistant ink. Adhere tissue paper to sides of box using Zip Dry Paper Glue. Sponge edges of box using Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

6. Follow manufacturer’s directions to apply Fast Finish Decoupage over surface of tissue paper; let dry.

7. Adhere colored flowers onto sides of box with Zip Dry Paper Glue.

The clay pots close-up:

1. I bought two clay pots from the store and, since it was off-season, I actually got a good deal on them.

2. Paint fronts of clay pots with white acrylic paint. Let dry.

3. Stamp flowers of choice, one each, onto tissue paper using Jet Black water-resistant ink. Color images in same way as flowers for box. Let dry. Tear tissue around images.

4. Adhere stamped, colored flowers onto fronts of clay pots using Zip Dry Paper Glue. Follow manufacturer’s directions to apply Fast Finish Decoupage over each surface to seal image.

5. Apply VersaMark embossing ink around edges of tissue paper and along top of rim on first clay pot. Sprinkle wet ink with Stampendous Fran-tage Chunky White Embossing Enamel; heat emboss enamel. Quickly, while enamel is still hot, sprinkle same areas with Fran-tage Lavender Glass Glitter.

6. Repeat Step 5 with second pot.

Here are the plant markers close-up:

1. Die cut three Labels Twenty-Two shapes from white cardstock.

2. Stamp flowers (Nasturtium, Carnation, Sweet Pea) onto labels using Jet Black water-resistant ink.

3. Color images in same way as flowers for box. Let dry.

4. Sponge label edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

5. Apply brown Tim Holtz Distress Stain to three wooden plant stakes. Let dry.

6. Adhere labels to tops of stakes. Tie green fiber around stakes beneath labels.

7. To finish gift set, stamp Botanical Blooms Background using lavender ink onto full sheet of tissue paper. Assemble gift set as shown.

Products:

  • Stampendous Stamps – Botanical Blooms Background CRR162, Seed Background CRW088, Seed Catalog CRR161, Morning Glory CRP185, Carnation CRP186, Nasturtium CRP187, Sweet Pea CRP189
  • White tissue paper
  • STAEDTLER Karat Aquarell Watercolor Pencils
  • Water brush
  • Ink pads: Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black, Lavender; Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Vintage Photo Ink; Tsukineko VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Vintage Photo Stain
  • White acrylic paint
  • Beacon Adhesives – Zip Dry Paper Glue, Fast Finish
  • Die-cutting system and label die of choice
  • White cardstock
  • Green fiber
  • Wooden plant stakes, three
  • Stampendous FREG021 Chunky White Embossing Enamel
  • Stampendous FRG05C – Lavender Glass Glitter
  • Recycled wooden fruit box

Don’t forget, leave a comment to win your own Stampendous Cling Flowers stamp. Happy Stamping and Good Luck,

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

Love Goblin Valentine Box

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Keep this fun-loving monster happy with a mouthful of valentines! This easy-to-make mailbox will be loads of fun for all the kids in the classroom this Valentine’s Day.

Materials

  • Recycled rectangular tissue box (remove plastic)
  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Shapes: 1-1⁄4” balls, two; 2” egg
  • Floracraft Dry Foam Mug Inserts, 2-5/8”x3-3/4”, two
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Lamp (Ebony) Black, Snow (Titanium) White, Bright Green, Grape Juice, Royal Fuchsia; Glow-in-the-Dark
  • Flat wooden shapes: two small circles, 17 small hearts
  • Craft foam: white, purple, fuchsia
  • Chenille stems, two each: pink, lime, orange, yellow, purple

Tools

  • 1⁄8” hole punch
  • Adhesives: thick craft glue, glue gun and glue sticks

Basic Supplies

pencil, scissors, ruler, paintbrushes, paper plate (for palette), transparent tape, large nail, hammer, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Note

Adult supervision is needed when using a glue gun and nail.

1. Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access patterns, select the link, then download and print items.) Follow directions on patterns.

2. On covered work surface, paint the pieces. (Note: Allow paint to dry between coats and color changes.) Use Titanium White to basecoat tissue box (body). Paint body Bright Green, wooden circles (pupils) Lamp Black, foam balls (eyes) Glow-in-the Dark, cylinders (legs) and hearts Royal Fuchsia, and egg (nose) Grape Juice.

3. To make the arms, use hole punch to punch a hole in hands where indicated by “x” on pattern. See photo. Use nail to punch a hole at each side of body. Thread chenille stem through hand holes and center; fold in half and twist chenille stem together. Push chenille stem ends through sides of body. Secure ends with tape inside body.

4. To assemble the monster, see photo. Adhere teeth to inside of “mouth”. Adhere feet to bottom of legs. Adhere legs to bottom of body and hearts to body as desired. Use glue gun to adhere pupils to eyes and eyes side-by-side to top of body. Adhere nose to front of body below eyes.

5. Make the hair. Wrap each chenille stem around pencil, one at a time. Remove from pencil and stretch to measure 6”. Curl top ends of hair in a circle. Twist bottom of hair ends together. Use glue gun to adhere hair behind eyes. Let dry. Arrange hair as shown.

Tip

  • Replace foam legs with recycled frozen juice cans; wrap cans with fuchsia craft foam.

by Sandy Parpart

Valentine Keepsake Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

A tea bag-folded card is a unique and lovely way to tell your special Valentine, “I love you.” Plus, you’ll love how easy it is to get beautiful results with this technique!

 

Materials

  • White card with envelope, 6-1⁄2”x5”
  • Paper: green stripe, pink stripe, vellum dot, rose dot, white

Tools

  • Computer and printer, or black fine-tip permanent marker
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Cut card to measure 6”x4”. Place card on flat work surface with fold at top. Cut a 3-7⁄8”x5-7⁄8” rectangle from green stripe paper; center and adhere to card front. Cut a 3-5⁄8”x5-5⁄8” rectangle from vellum dot paper; center and adhere to green stripe paper.

STEP 2

Cut the following: eight 1” squares from rose dot; eight 1” squares from pink stripe; four 1” squares from green stripe. Fold squares into kites as shown in Fig. 1.

STEP 3

For eight-point star, cut 1” circle from rose dot (flower base). Place rose dot kites into a circle with long points together (Fig. 2); adhere on back side to flower base. Fold each pink stripe kite into a half kite (Fig. 3); adhere half kites in a circle on top of star to form a flower (Fig. 4). Mat flower on white paper.

STEP 4

Mat green stripe kites (leaves) on white paper. Use a computer or handwrite “Love causes all things to grow.” on a white rectangle; mat on rose dot, then on white. Adhere flower, leaves, and message to card front as shown.

Tip

  • Adhere a gem to the center of flower for added sparkle.

by Amy Gustafson

Have I Toad You?

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Have I “toad” you lately that I love you? Stitch this adorable toad cross-stitch as a fun way to let that someone special know exactly how you feel.

Materials

  • 14-count pale yellow Aida cloth, 9”x11”
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss
  • The Gentle Art Sampler Threads 6-Strand Gently Overdyed Embroidery Floss
  • Weeks Dye Works 6-Strand Hand Overdyed Floss
  • Buttons: toad, heart

Tools

  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 2 strands (unless otherwise indicated)
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size/Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 4”x6”; stitch count: 57 w x 84 h

Toad Design

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

2. Stitch design centered on fabric.

3. Hand sew buttons to design using two strands GA Sampler: heart, #304 Red Medium; toad, #3362 Pine Green Dark.

4. Finish as desired.

by Nicole C. McNaught for Serenity in Stitching

Shabby Chic Key Rack

I am not an expert wood worker by anyone’s definition, but if I can do it myself using a hand saw and hand-drilling tool, I’m in business. Sometimes I take on larger projects, enlisting the help from my dad who will use his table saw and high-powered drill for heftier drills. When I saw some similar simple key racks in a high-end catalog, I immediately knew that this was a simple wood-working project I could tackle all by myself.

To create this project, you will need some wood slats and wood strips. I found these at my local craft store. The wood slats were precut and measure approximately 3½”x6”. If you need a longer key rack since you have a lot of sets of keys to hang, I would suggest purchasing a 3½”x¼”x 24″- long strip and hand cut it down to the desired length. The strips I used are really ½” square dowels that I cut to measure 6”. I also used a ½”x¼”x6” strip of wood to attach the hanger to the back of the rack (more on that later).

As mentioned, use a hand-cutting saw and a surface such as a wood plaque to cut the pieces down to the sizes listed above. You will need to sand all cut pieces thoroughly.

Use strong glue such as Gem-Tac by Beacon Adhesives to adhere the cut square dowel piece to the bottom of the plaque as shown.

For the back, adhere the ½” strip to the back top part as shown. This will add thickness to the do-it-yourself key rack that will allow you to insert a screw.

Once the glue has set, paint the front of the assembled wood pieces black. I used Lamp Black by DecoArt’s Americana Acrylics line.

 For the cute little birds, I used Sizzix’s Caged Bird Die (think it is still my favorite) and the Bigshot to die cut birds from fabric scraps.

I didn’t use the cage part of the die, only the bird and wing. To make the birds fit nicely on the key rack, I trimmed the tail and the legs and branches off.

To add a scrappy mixed-media look to your birds, use a sewing machine and thread to sew free-form lines around the birds and wings.

By now, your painted black wood pieces should be dry. Use a candle and rub the surface randomly. Paint the entire key rack white. I used Snow White by DecoArt’s Americana Acrylics line. You will need about two coats.

 Once the final coat is dry to the touch, sand the surface. Areas where the wax was applied will easily chip away to reveal an aged surface.

I decided to découpage the sewn fabric birds to the rack in lieu of adhering them since I wanted a nice flat surface. Either way will work, you can use fabric or tacky glue or whatever else you have in hand. I also dolled up my birds with a little bling in the form of self-adhesive rhinestones. You can also use the flat-backed variety and adhere them on yourself.

Of course, your little do-it-yourself key rack will need a fun sentiment. I added mine to the bottom, under the square dowel piece.

I like to recycle and love to use pop top cans as hangers for my wall creations. For this, I simply used a hand drill to drill a small hole and attached the pop top with a large-head but short screw.

The hand drill was also used for making holes for the key hooks also known as “cup hooks.” I purchased silver ones from a hardware store that are 7/8” long. They were perfect!

I love making these do-it-yourself key racks, because it is a terrific way to use up your favorite fabric scraps. It’s also simple and relatively very inexpensive to make these and they can be used to hang reading glasses, scissors, or anything else you seem to constantly misplace.

Live Life Creatively,

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