Cross-Stitch Cookbook Bookmark

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


If you ever have problems marking your page in your cookbook, these adorable bookmarks are the solution. They also make wonderful gifts for a housewarming or bridal shower.


  • White 16-count Aida-cloth bookmarks, 2”x6-7/8”, two
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss


  • Tapestry needle, #26

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors, iron, pressing cloth or bath towel


Size / Stitch Count

Approximate finished size of design: 1-7/16”x5-1/4”; Stitch count: 23 w x 85 h


(Note: Both bookmarks are made in the same way.)

1. 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.)

2. Cross-stitch design centered on fabric using two strands of floss. To find center, fold bookmark in half, then in half again the opposite way. Mark center with contrasting thread.

3. Backstitch with one strand of floss. Backstitch letters with DMC 310 Black and stems with DMC 500 Very Dark Blue Green.

4. Press finished design from wrong side through a pressing cloth or towel. (Note: Pressing without a towel will flatten stitches and dull colors.)

by Pamela Kellogg

Easter Sheep

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


For a fantastic last-minute decorating idea, create this Easter sheep with your kids and fill with flowers, candy, eggs, and grass for an adorable Easter dinner centerpiece.


  • Recycled box
  • White cardstock or construction paper
  • White curling ribbon
  • Wiggle eyes, two
  • Blue/white checked ribbon, 6” length
  • Silver bell, 1⁄2”
  • White cord, 4” length


  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: White Wash, Baby Blue
  • Black markers: fine-tip, medium-tip
  • API The Ultimate! Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)



Cut off top of box to desired height. (Note: Box height should be a minimum of 5-1/2” tall.) Round top edge with scissors.


On covered work surface, paint inside of box Baby Blue and outside White Wash. Let dry. Using fine-tip marker, outline rounded edges on top of box.


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.) Using fine-tip marker, draw outline and nose on head. Adhere wiggle eyes to head. Fold back flap on head and adhere to front of sheep.


Tie ribbon bow. Thread cord through bell and tie around bow’s center. Adhere bow with bell under head.


Cut curling ribbon into 3” lengths and curl using edge of scissors. Adhere pieces to sheep.


For legs, cut four 2-1/2”x3” strips from white paper. Use medium-tip marker to draw line on one long edge (hoof) of each strip. Roll strips into 3⁄4” tubes (legs) and adhere closed. Using scissors, make 1/4” snips around top edge of tube (side opposite of hoof) and fold paper down to create tabs for adhering to bottom of box. Adhere legs to bottom of sheep with black line on bottom for hooves.


  • Young kids can paint the sheep while you cut and curl ribbon. All they’ll have to do is glue!
  • Use a paper plate as a palette for paint or as an easier way for little kids to apply glue. Just give them a sponge scrap and have them blot glue onto ribbon ends.
  • Try cloud decorative-edge scissors to round the box top!

Another idea…

  • Pack your sheep with small travel items, candy, a deck of cards, mini perfume bottles, and other small gifts. Deliver to your local nursing home or to a local shut-in in your neighborhood!

by Mary Ayres

Make a Felt VW Bug


I have had a long love affair with the humble VW bug. My sister used to own a crimson one and we would spend hours happily tinkering with it on weekends together, fixing the engine and the brakes. Seriously, cars were very easy to work on in the days before they built pollution controls and computers into them.

I also have an ongoing love affair with felt and I have a few sheets of a delicious recycled felt from Kunin that is printed in bright pink with black polka dots. It seems like a perfect match – VW bug and pink-and-black polka dots. So here is my take on a felt plush bug of the automotive type.

Materials & Tools

  • Kunin Felt, 8-1/2″x11″: black, pink/black polka dot
  • DMC Black #5 Pearl Thread
  • Fiberfill
  • Tracing paper
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Pencil

Hand draw a VW bug or download my template from here:

Fold the polka dot felt in half and pin the template to the felt. Cut out two car shapes.

Pin the wheel and window templates to the black felt and cut the two tires and two windows.

Flip the polka dot felt so the pink side faces up and pin the fender templates to it. Cut front and rear fenders.

Using only the front of the car, pin all of the black and plain pink pieces to the car. Sew on the windows using a straight stitch.

Sew around the top half of the wheels and the fenders using straight stitch. Add stitch lines to define doors and other elements marked on the template.

Pin both pieces of the car together – right sides out and sew around the edge using blanket stitch leaving a small area not sewn. Use this to fill the car with a small amount of fiberfill pushing it into the wheels and the front and rear of the car.

Finish sewing up the shape. Enjoy!

 by Helen Bradley (

Mini Easter Basket Favors

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Use a cute die set to craft mini baskets and boxes for all occasions. Lattice insert and optional handle provide many options.


  • Cardstock scraps: yellow, teal, purple, light purple, olive green
  • Purple polka-dot or glitter paper
  • Flower brads
  • Easter grass
  • Candy filler of choice


  • Die-cutting system
  • Lifestyle Crafts Basket Die DC0458
  • Paper Source Stamps: Bunny Standing, Easter Egg Decorated Scallop
  • Clear embossing ink pad
  • White detail embossing powder
  • Gel ink pens, assorted colors
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry Paper Glue, low-tack tape, foam tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, detail scissors, ruler, pencil, fine-tip tweezers, paper piercer, heat tool



Size is 2-1/2”x2-1/2”x2” (without handle)


1. Place basket and handle dies on base cutting plate. Insert lattice dies into basket die template, if desired, and secure with low-tack tape to prevent shifting. For variety, die cut lattice on two sides or all four sides of basket.

2. Die cut basket and handle. Remove shapes from machine and use tweezers to remove any stray cut-outs.

3. Fold basket as indicated and adhere sides together; let dry.

4. Adhere handle ends inside top of basket on opposite sides, or attach handle using flower brads. Use paper piercer to poke holes for brads to prevent tearing.

5. Stamp bunny image onto yellow cardstock; heat emboss with white powder. Stamp and emboss egg images onto assorted cardstock scraps. Color images with gel pens as desired; let dry.

6. Detail cut images. Adhere images to baskets with foam tape, or place inside with grass and candy filler.


  • Spread a rainbow of color across your Easter table. Make each favor basket a different color, or replace candy with colored eggs.

by Roberta Wax (

Easter Magnet Fun!

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Simply recycle those Christmas goodie tins by spraying them with Design Master’s bright spring colors and let the kids (okay adults, too!) decorate them with Attitude magnets! 


  • Avatrex Magnet Attitude Inkjet Film and Magnetic Sheets, 8-1/2″x11″, two – three sheets each (Note: Magnet Attitude Package includes both film and magnet sheets.)
  • Metal tins: 3”-7” tall x approx. 4”-7” diameter, three
  • Digital images of spring candies, cookies, photos, etc.
  • Filler: spring-decorated cookies (in plastic bag), small gifts, green paper shred, & wrapped candy eggs


  • Computer and inkjet printer
  • Design Master: ColorTool Spray Color: White, Lavender, Coral, Robin’s Egg
  • Design Master Primer
  • Elmer’s X-ACTO Tools: 5” Precision Tip Scissors, Decorative Edge Scissors
  • Circle template (optional)
  • Elmer’s Multi-Purpose Spray Adhesive

Basic Supplies

large box for spraying paint, copy paper, pencil, newspaper (to cover work surface)



Coral tin, 7”x4”; lavender tin, 6”x5”; blue tin, 3”x7”


1. Print digital images of spring cookies, Easter candy, typed words, or appropriate names, and 3” square photo of child on copy paper to check size.

 2. Read and follow Avatrex Magnet Attitude package instructions to print mirror image of digital photos and words onto glossy side of Attitude sheets on inkjet printer. (Note: Words must be backwards.) Do not remove backing sheet.

3. In well-ventilated, newspaper-covered area, lightly spray inside large box printed side of one Attitude sheet with spray adhesive. Turn over Attitude sheet and carefully position on white side of magnetic sheet. Press and smooth Attitude backing paper. Then remove backing paper and smooth. Set aside to dry. Repeat to attach remaining images to other sheets.

 4. Use scissors to cut around each magnet shape to separate, then carefully detail cut each shape. For face photo, trace circle shape with pencil and cut out. For words, use decorative-edge scissors to cut out. Set aside.

5. In well-ventilated, newspaper-covered area, apply primer to all three tins. Let dry. Then spray tins White. (Note: Spraying tins White will brighten colors grayed by primer.) Let dry. Spray two light coats for each tin in desired color. Let thoroughly dry before attaching magnets.

6. Arrange magnets on tins and fill with goodies.

by Craft Marketing Connections, Inc.

Just Because Cards

Every so often, I enjoy sending a good friend a card completely out of the blue, for no obvious reason or occasion.

It’s Jill Cornell here today to share a couple of card ideas you can create to give to a special someone. For my first card, I used the brand-new “My Girl” collection from American Crafts.

I was inspired by the pink border sticker and polka dot butterfly to round the corners of both my sentiment card and the stamped cardstock element. The pink flowers were stamped with a blush pigment ink and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

For my second card, I used the “Dear Lizzy: Neapolitan” collection, also by American Crafts. I love the soft pink polka-dot vellum and distressed the edges by gently tearing with my fingers.

Mason jars are a popular image in paper crafting. Here, I took the Mason jar sticker and embellished it further by adhering it to a journaling card, wrapping it with ribbon, and securing a brad in the center.

The next time you are creating cards, consider adding a few “just because” cards to your stash!

Happy crafting!

Jill Cornell from Blessed Scrapper (

Magnificent Square Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Mix and match new Spellbinders Imperial Gold die templates to create intricate layered elements and elegant letterpress effects.


  • Cardstock: smooth white; Bazzill Basics Paper Prismatics Frosted Yellow, Cantaloupe, Whirlpool
  • Papers: light blue, leaf green, My Mind’s Eye Collectable Collection Notable Love This Devoted
  • Creative Impressions White Mini Brads


  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Junior Magnetic Placement Mat
  • Spellbinders Imperial Gold Dies: Gold Elements One S5-183, Gold Circles One S4-390
  • Spellbinders Majestic Elements Dies: Adorning Squares S4-389, Marvelous Squares S4-383
  • Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Grand Squares Dies LF-126
  • JustRite Papercraft For All You Do Vintage Labels Three Clear Stamps
  • Tsukineko Ink Pads: Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue, VersaMark Watermark
  • White embossing powder
  • Adhesives: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L E-Z Runner; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L White 3D Foam Squares: 1/4”, 1/2”; liquid glue

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, heat tool, paper piercer and mat




Magnificent Square Card

1. Make 5-3/4”x5-3/4” white top-fold card. Cut 5-3/4” square from light blue paper; adhere to card front.

2. Cut or die cut following paper squares: 4-3/4” Cantaloupe, 4-7/8” leaf green, Grand Squares #3 die template from white cardstock, 5-1/4” Whirlpool. Layer and adhere squares to card front.

3. Position Adorning Squares #7 die template in center of Grand Squares #2 die template on Junior Magnetic Placement Mat. Die cut/emboss shape from white cardstock; adhere to center of card.

4. Die cut/emboss Grand Squares #1 from Love This paper (green side). Adhere to center of white die-cut square.

5. Position Marvelous Squares #3 and Gold Circles One #6 in center of Adorning Squares #7 on placement mat. Die cut/emboss shape from Frosted Yellow cardstock.

6. Using VersaMark ink, stamp yellow die cut with frame and corner design as shown. Heat emboss design with white embossing powder. Pierce holes in four opposite sides and insert white brads as shown. Trim brad ends with scissors if needed. Adhere element to center of card.

7. Die cut/emboss Adorning Squares #4 from white cardstock. Adhere to card in center of yellow die cut.

8. Die cut/emboss four Gold Elements One Corner Border shapes from Cantaloupe cardstock.

9. Lightly apply Sky Blue ink to raised pattern of Gold Elements One Corner Insert template. Carefully position inked template in center of Gold Elements One Corner Border template on placement mat. Die cut/emboss corner element from light blue paper. Repeat three times to create four corner elements.

10. Layer and adhere light blue and Cantaloupe corners as shown and adhere to card with foam squares.

11. Lightly apply Sky Blue ink to raised pattern of Gold Elements One Accent LG Insert template. Carefully position inked template in center of Gold Elements One Accent LG Border template on placement mat. Die cut/emboss shape from light blue paper.

12. Die cut/emboss Gold Elements One Border Accent LG from Cantaloupe cardstock; cut element in half. With outer edge of each Cantaloupe die-cut half showing, adhere pieces to back of light blue element.

13. Pierce hole in center of layered element and insert white brad. Adhere element to card with foam squares.


  • Tap lightly when applying ink to raised pattern of die templates. If too much pressure is applied, ink will seep into deeper patterned areas of die.

by Judy Hayes for Spellbinders Paper Arts (

Happy Easter Chicks

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Cute little chicks are the perfect way to send wishes of joy and hope to your friends and loved ones for a Happy Easter!


  • Lilac cardstock
  • Paper: purple plaid, purple stripe
  • Purple rick rack


  • Stamps: Happy Easter, baby chicks stamp of choice
  • Ink pads: black, periwinkle
  • .Too Marker Corp. COPIC Markers: Golden Yellow, Violet, Crimson
  • Uchida Marvy Small Oval Clever Lever Craft Punch
  • Sewing machine and light purple thread
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: 3D Foam Squares; E-Z Runner

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler



Make 5-1/2″x4-1/4” lilac top-fold card. Ink card edges periwinkle; let dry.


Cut 5-1/4″x4” piece from stripe paper; adhere to card base. Machine zigzag stitch around paper edges as shown. Cut 5-1/2″x1-3/4” strip from plaid paper; adhere to card as shown in photo. Adhere rick rack to top and bottom strip edges; trim edges.


Use black ink to stamp chicks and sentiment onto lilac cardstock; let dry. Color chick image with markers.


Punch oval chick image; ink edges periwinkle. Adhere oval to card using foam squares. Trim sentiment as shown; ink edges periwinkle and adhere to card.

by Cindy Smith


For most of us, when we start to see the flowers bloom we know spring has arrived. Here in Southern California, the ice plant is blooming in huge purple swaths everywhere you look. I always know that spring is here when I see the ice plant start to bloom in March. To celebrate the coming of spring, I have a very “flowery” card to share.

1. Make a 4-1/4″x5-1/2″ orange top-fold card.

2. Trim yellow cardstock to 4-1/8″x5-3/8″ and adhere to the card front.

3. Trim floral paper to 4″x5-1/4″ and adhere to the card front.

4. Using a die-cutting template or border punch, cut scalloped borders from orange cardstock and pink dot papers. Trim borders to 4-1/4″ long and ahere to card as shown.

5. Tie pink dot ribbon around the card front as shown, knotting on the left side of the card.

6. Stamp scripture sentiment onto white cardstock with brown dye ink. Trim out with a die template. Use dimensional adhesive to adhere sentiment to a larger die-cut shape cut from orange cardstock. Adhere to the upper left corner of the card with dimensional adhesive.

7. Die cut a large scalloped heart from yellow cardstock. Die cut a plain heart from pink dot paper. Adhere hearts together, decorate with white adhesive pearls, and adhere to the lower right corner of the card as shown.

8. Die cut a small scalloped heart from orange cardstock. Die cut a plain heart from yellow floral paper. Adhere hearts together, decorate with white adhesive pearls and heart, and adhere to the lower right corner of the card as shown using dimensional adhesive.

9. Line the inside of the card with white cardstock.

Supply List:

  • Cardstock: American Crafts Peach, Yellow; Stampin’ Up! Whisper White
  • Designer paper: My Mind’s Eye Miss Caroline Howdy Doody Collection 6″x6″ Paper Pad
  • Ink: Colorbox Archival Mudslide
  • Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Scripture Collection 7
  • Die-cutting system: Spellbinders Grand Calibur
  • Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Hearts, Classic Scalloped Hearts, Labels One, Labels One Small; My Favorite Things Wonky Scallops Border
  • Pearls: Want2Scrap, Prima
  • Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon
  • Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, 3M Scotch Brand ATG Runner

Thanks for looking!

Gloria Stengel, Scraps of Life (

Snack Bags for Easter

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


All you need are paper lunch bags, assorted papers, and basic craft supplies to make delightful treat bags. Fill with Easter grass and jelly beans, colored eggs, or chocolates for a special springtime surprise.


  • White paper bags, 6” wide, two
  • Cardstock: light blue, light pink, yellow, orange, light purple, bright pink, bright purple, bright blue, white
  • Hot pink raffia


  • Punches: triangle; circle: 9⁄16” diameter, 1⁄4” diameter; corner flower
  • Snake decorative-edged scissors
  • Bright blue fine-tip permanent marker
  • EK Success ZIG 2-Way Glue Pen

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, stapler



(Note: Use photo as assembly guide throughout.)

1. For each bag, use snake scissors to cut bag to measure 6” tall. Use regular scissors to cut 5” square from light blue; punch flowers in each corner. Adhere square centered to front of bag. Draw wiggly border on bag around square with marker.

2. Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print patterns.) Cut flowers from yellow. Punch 9⁄16”-diameter circle from bright purple (bunny) and bright pink (sheep) and twelve 1⁄4”-diameter circles from orange. Adhere 9⁄16”-diameter circle to flower center and six orange circles around each center. Draw details with marker.

3. For each handle, cut three 10” lengths from raffia; knot lengths together at one end, leaving 1” tail. Tape end to work surface and braid 8-1⁄2” length; knot ends. Trim ends 1” past knots. Staple handle ends above knots to outside center top of bag sides.

4. Tie a bow from two strands of raffia for each bag; trim ends and separate strands; set aside.


1. Cut heart (head) and large circle (ears) from light pink and cut small circle (inner ears) from white. For nose, punch triangle from bright pink. For eyes, punch two 1⁄4”-diameter circles from bright blue. Transfer details to face; trace with marker.

2. Adhere bunny together as shown. Adhere bunny, purple-centered flower, and one raffia bow to bag.


1. Cut heart (head) from white and cut one small circle (face) and two half circles (ears) from light purple. Punch triangle (nose) from bright purple and two 1⁄4”-diameter circles (eyes) from bright blue. Transfer details to head; trace with marker.

2. Adhere sheep together as shown. Adhere sheep, remaining flower, and raffia bow to bag.

by Mary Ayres