Birthday Flowers Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Trendy pastels and delicate blossoms make this die-cut beauty from Spellbinders the perfect card for springtime birthdays.

Materials

  • Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury Cardstock: White, Wild Lilac
  • Melissa Frances Fifth Avenue Collection Pearl Paper
  • Want2Scrap Purple Self-Adhesive Gems
  • Offray Lavender Satin Ribbon, 5/8” wide

Tools

  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System
  • Spellbinders Dies: Shapeabilities Die D-Lites Flower Burst S2-007, Nestabilities Card Creator Fancy Ribbon Threader S5-135, Nestabilities Labels Four S4-190
  • Happy Birthday! sentiment stamp
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink Pads: Cantaloupe, Bamboo Leaves, Grape Jelly
  • Adhesives: Xyron Mega Runner; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L White 3D Foam Squares, 1/4”

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, sponge dauber

Directions

Size

5-1/2”x4-1/4”

Birthday Flowers Card

1. Make 5-1/2”x4-1/4” Wild Lilac top-fold card.

2. Die cut/emboss Fancy Ribbon Threader #4 shape from Pearl paper. Leaving die template in place, stencil opening using sponge dauber and Grape Jelly ink. Remove die template.

3. Weave ribbon through openings in die-cut panel and tie bow at bottom. Adhere panel to card with foam squares.

4. Die cut/emboss Labels Four #6 shape from white cardstock. Leaving die template in place, sponge band of Cantaloupe ink horizontally across center of cardstock. Sponge Bamboo Leaves ink across bottom and Grape Jelly ink across top. Remove die template. Adhere to card with foam squares.

5. Die cut/emboss Flower Burst shape from white cardstock. Leaving die template in place, stencil flower openings Grape Jelly and grass/leaf openings Bamboo Leaves. Adhere gems to two large flower centers.

6. Die cut/emboss Fancy Ribbon Threader #2 shape from white cardstock. Leaving die template in place, stencil opening Grape Jelly. Remove die template. Stamp Grape Jelly sentiment in center of shape. Adhere to card as shown with foam squares.

Tip

  • Die cut blossoms from black cardstock to create a chic silhouette effect.

by Theresa Momber for Spellbinders Paper Arts (www.spellbinderscreativearts.com)

Cuddly Bunny

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

After delivering all those chocolates and eggs, this bunny’s ready to relax – and let those long, floppy ears hang down! Quick-to-sew, he’s just the basket filler you’ve been looking for.

Materials

  • Cotton fabrics: white solid, 1⁄4 yard; light pink textured, 1⁄8 yard
  • Embroidery floss: grey, light pink
  • Bright pink grosgrain ribbon, 5⁄8” wide, 3⁄8 yard
  • White pom-pom, 2”
  • Fiberfill stuffing

Tools

  • Needle
  • Thread: bright pink, white

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, transfer paper, pencil

Directions

SIZe

10″ tall

bunny

(Note: Sew with right sides together using 1⁄4” seams.)

1. Print pattern and cut fabric as indicated. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Transfer details to body front. Use light pink floss to satin stitch nose. Use grey to stem stitch legs, mouth, and around nose, and to straight stitch eyes and toenails. Tie ribbon into bow; trim ends even. Sew bow to body front at “X”.

2. Sew white and pink ear pieces together, leaving top end open for turning. Turn ears right side out. Baste top of ears to head, spaced 3⁄4” apart. (Note: Bottom of ears should face away from bunny.)

3. Sew body front to back, leaving 3” opening on side for turning. Turn body right side out and stuff firmly with fiberfill. Hand sew opening closed. Use invisible stitch to sew pom-pom to bottom right side of body. Turn pink side of ears outward at bottom.

Tip

Fill bottom 2⁄3 of bunny with beans or popcorn seeds and remainder with stuffing. Use bunny as a door stopper.

by Mary Ayres

Mini Easter Egg

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Stitch this ornament on perforated paper or fabric, and then finish as a plant poke, a padded ornament, or place in grass on your Easter table. It will make a wonderful addition to your Easter decorations or a cherished gift.

Materials

  • White 14-count Aida, 10” x 11”
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss
  • Mill Hill Seed Beads: Heather Mauve, Citron

Tools

  • needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands
  • French Knot: 2 strands (wrapped two times)

Directions

Size/Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 3-5/8”x5”; stitch count: 51 w x 70 h

Mini Easter Egg

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. Stitch design centered on fabric. (Note: Red line indicates egg shape; do not stitch.)

3. Stitch beads where indicated on chart.

4. Finish flat or create as stuffed ornament.

by Joan Elliott

Easter Basket & Egg Hunt Invitation

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Invite family and friends to a fun Easter egg hunt with this quick-and-easy invitation. Little ones will enjoy gathering eggs in style with this matching Easter basket.

Materials

  • Cardboard or papier-mâché container: 4-3/4”x7-1/4” oval
  • Cardstock, 12”x12”: yellow floral, yellow/pink floral, pink patterned
  • Vellum: floral, 12”x12”
  • Ribbon: green, 1/2” wide, 1-1/2” wide; hot pink, 1” wide

Tools

  • Oval cutting system or templates
  • Computer and printer
  • Sewing machine with white thread
  • Needle and pink thread
  • Hole punch, 1/8”
  • Adhesives: 3M Vellum Tape; 3M Foam Tape; Therm O Web Super Tape, 1/4”

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, white copy paper

Directions

Invitation

1. Cut 5-1/2” high yellow floral oval cardstock and slightly smaller floral oval vellum. Adhere vellum to cardstock with vellum tape.

2. Cut 3” high oval opening from inside of layered oval; trim cutout to slightly smaller size. Separate cardstock from vellum in cutout. Print invitation saying on white copy paper; adhere between yellow floral cutout and vellum cutout so that saying can be read through vellum; trim edges. With sewing thread, suspend small oval in opening of large oval. Cut 1-1/2” green ribbon to 5” length; tie knot in center. Trim ends at slight angle. Adhere ribbon to top of invitation as shown.

Basket

1. For lining, trace box bottom twice on yellow floral cardstock; cut inside traced line. Measure height and inside circumference of box; cut yellow floral cardstock to fit. Set aside.

2. For tag, print “Place Eggs Here!” on yellow floral paper; cut to 2”x2-1/2”. Mat on pink floral paper with foam tape. Set aside.

3. Cut pink pattern paper into 1/2” strips, 1” longer than height of box and enough to cover box when aligned vertically. Cut floral pattern paper into 1/2”x12” strips; if strips are shorter than box circumference, overlap ends and adhere. Weave long floral strips through short pink strips, adhering each weave. Adhere woven sheet to box. Fold ends over edge and under bottom and adhere. Adhere linings inside box and on box bottom.

4. For basket handle, cut two 1-1/4”x9” strips yellow floral cardstock; adhere together with right sides out. If desired, machine zigzag stitch long sides of handle. Attach ends to inside of box as shown in photo. Adhere hot pink ribbon around basket edge. Insert 1/2″ green ribbon through hole on tag and tie in bow to handle. Trim ribbon ends at angle.

Tip

  • If strips slide around as you’re weaving, temporarily secure them to your work surface with low-tack tape or sticky notes.

by Karen Desmet

Motivational Magnetic Board & MAMBI Giveaway

Happy first day of spring! Hope you are enjoying some warm weather today and looking forward to the change in seasons. I always seem to have lots on my to-do list when spring rolls around – getting back out in my garden, planning for the many celebrations our family has in spring, and of course, lots of spring cleaning.

Today, I thought it would be fun to share this magnetic memo board that was created for Me & My BIG Ideas using some brand new motivational stickers that have just been released. In addition to that, they have offered to give one lucky reader a chance to win a set of these new stickers.

All you need to do to be entered in the drawing is answer the following question in the comments section of this post by Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Winners will be announced here on April 3rd.

“If you could only make time for one hobby, what would it be?”

Good thing this is just a hypothetical question, huh? If I had to choose, I guess I would say stamping. Although photography, paper crafting, cooking, reading, and gardening would be close behind… followed by the hobbies I want to add like quilting, needlepoint, jewelry making… I’m so glad we don’t actually have to limit ourselves to just one!

Okay, back to today’s project. This is a combination shadow box/magnetic memo board that I found at a craft store. I covered the back with patterned paper and created an assortment of quote magnets to attach on the inside.

These felt flowers are stickers that were adhered to an adhesive-backed magnet. Stickers come in so many different shapes, sizes, and materials and make a really fun and easy way to create. You could also die cut flowers from felt and add stitching to make your own.

Buttons also make great magnets.

I really love the quotes that are on these new stickers – they would make great cards, scrapbook layouts, and home décor.

One way to add more emphasis to a quote is to cut apart each line or word.

Adding a double mat and epoxy stickers gives extra emphasis to the last line.

This is one of my favorite quotes.

Another option is to layer a quote sticker onto a tag. These can also be used as larger magnets and moved around as needed.

The frame around this quote is a sticker that is clear with black outlines… I added the color using Copic markers.

Pink wire was used to hang this quote. If you brush baby powder on the back of a sticker it will neutralize the adhesive so that it can be used more like a die cut.

I thought this would make a great gift for someone – maybe a new grad – or as wall art in a teen’s room. What do you think?

Supplies

  • Me & My BIG Ideas Patterned Paper and Stickers
  • Magnetic memo shadow box, adhesive-backed magnets – craft supply store
  • .Too Marker Corp. Copic Markers
  • Therm O Web Permanent Tape Runner, 1/4″ Foam Squares

Happy Spring!

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

Colorful Neon Wall Letters

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Use Gelly Roll Moonlight Pens from Sakura to doodle on papier-mâché letters. It’s an easy project that allows you to personalize your space with custom text art.

Materials

  • Sakura of America Gelly Roll Moonlight Gel Ink Pens
  • Papier-mâché letters: A, R, T
  • Neon cardstock, assorted colors
  • Jewelry wire

Tools

  • Wire cutters
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

pencil, ruler, copy paper

Directions

STEP 1

Using pencil, draw random design on first papier-mâché letter (A) . Using Gelly Roll Moonlight Gel Ink Pens, fill in shapes with different colors. (Note: For contrast, leave some shapes bare.)

STEP 2

For second letter (R), use gel pens to write meaningful words. Emphasize meaningful words in different colors.

STEP 3

Use gel pens to draw concentric circles on last letter (T). Create varying effects by drawing various size circles in an overlapping design.

STEP 4

Measure sides and center cut-outs of each letter; cut paper strips to same dimensions. Adhere paper strips to sides and center cut-outs of each letter. Let dry.

STEP 5

Write “create” onto copy paper. Using written word as template, bend jewelry wire to follow shape of word. Trim ends with wire cutters. Adhere word to top of letters using glue gun.

Tip

by Maureen Wilson for Sakura of America (www.sakuraofamerica.com)

Chick ’n Stick

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Have you ever seen such a cute little chick, sitting on a stick? Make one to place in a potted plant, or to add to a little one’s Easter basket.

Materials

  • Wooden spoon, 12” tall
  • Plaid Apple Barrel Acrylic Paints: White, Black, Wild Iris, Lilac Dust, Strawberry, Pumpkin Orange, Canary Yellow
  • Mauve satin ribbon, 1/4”-wide, 6” length
  • Yellow feather

Tools

  • Paintbrushes: liner, flat
  • Black fine-tip permanent marker
  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, cotton-tip swab, toothpick

Directions

(Note: Let paint dry before painting next portion of project.)

1. Cut out pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Transfer jagged lines to spoon, continuing lines around back.

2. Basecoat top of spoon (chick) Canary Yellow, spoon handle (legs) Pumpkin Orange, and area between jagged lines (eggshell) Lilac Dust.

3. For cheeks, use cotton-tip swab to drybrush cheeks Strawberry. Dot eyes white. Use toothpick to add Black pupils. Paint beak Pumpkin Orange; highlight White.

4. Use liner brush to shade edges of eggshell Wild Iris. Mix equal parts Lilac Dust and White; highlight eggshell.

5. Use black fine-tip permanent marker to: outline eyes, beak, and eggshell; add eyebrows; draw details on beak and legs and cracks on eggshell.

6. Tie ribbon into a 1”-wide bow. Trim ends; adhere to top of head. Cut 2” from top of feather. Adhere cut end of feather to back of head, with 1” extending above head.

by Tammy L. LeBlanc

Springtime Bird Card

Sue Czosek here today with a mixed-media spring card for you. The flowers aren’t quite blooming yet, but spring is on the way. We have a lovely weeping cherry tree in our front yard with a nest left over from last year in it. This image reminds me of what will be happening in the next few months and offers a little encouragement as we go through our last few snow showers.

1. Stamp the nesting bird using black ink on white cardstock.

2. Die cut a circle from scrap paper just larger than main image.

3. Place circle over image and center. Trace circle around the image except for tail area; remove circle. Detail cut tail just up to circle edges. Position die, cutting edge down, over stamped image, leaving tail on top of die template. Die cut circle around image. If you don’t have a die-cutting machine, just trace and cut out circle by hand.

4. Color the image with watercolor pencils and waterbrush. I color my image with the colors first and then use the waterbrush to soften the edges of the pigment. After it dries, I come back and add shading where needed.

5. Make kraft top-fold card. Cut blue damask paper slightly smaller than card front. Distress paper edges; sponge edges with brown dye ink.

6. Cut corrugated cardboard strip. Tie twine around cardboard.

7. Stamp sentiment onto damask paper scrap; trim to size. Distress paper edges; sponge with brown dye ink.

8. Sponge edges of image circle using blue and brown dye inks.

9. String buttons on twine.

10. Assemble card as shown.

Products:

Happy Spring Stamping!

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

Clay Bunny Ornament

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

This bunny has been up to no good – stealing carrots from the garden again! But he’ll help spread some love by decorating those Easter baskets!

Materials

  • Polyform Sculpey III Oven Bake Clay: 1 pkg. each: Tan, Sweet Potato, Leaf Green
  • Craft wire, 22-gauge, 1” length
  • Pink satin ribbon, 1/8” wide, 7” length

Tools

  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: White, Pretty Pink, Black, Moroccan Red
  • Polyform Sculpey Glaze, Satin
  • Paintbrushes: liner, flat, shader
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven
  • Adhesives: Polyform Liquid Sculpey, one bottle; Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, craft knife

Directions

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to condition clay. Roll Tan into balls as follows: one 1” (head), four 1/2” (ears and feet), and two 3/8” (paws), and one 3/16” (nose). Print and cut out patterns. Use patterns as guide to shape ears, paws, and feet. Shape head into 1-1/2”-long egg shape.

STEP 2

Roll carrot-shape from Sweet Potato; press against work surface to flatten. Use craft knife to score fingers on paws and toes on feet. Roll Forest Green into two 2”-long snakes for scarf.

STEP 3

For hanger, fold wire length in half making loop in center; twist ends together. Apply liquid clay to ends; insert into top of head. (Note: Liquid clay acts as adhesive.)

STEP 4

Apply liquid clay to all bunny sections to be adhered together. Press ears to head; head to top of carrot; scarf to carrot below head (wrap around carrot and twist ends together at side). Press paws and feet to carrot; nose to face, then remove. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake. Dip in water to cool.

STEP 5

Use liner and Black to paint face as shown in Fig. 1. Drybrush edges of feet, paws, and ears White and center of ears, heels, toes, and paws Pretty Pink. Paint nose Pretty Pink and hearts on carrot and mouth outline Moroccan Red. Use liner and Black to paint remaining details as shown. When dry, apply glaze to entire surface.

Figure 1

STEP 6

Adhere nose to face. Insert ribbon through loop on head; knot ends.

by Dimples

Spring Tulip Centerpiece

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Blooming tulips are a sure sign of spring! Bring the season indoors with this easy-to-make floral centerpiece.

Materials

  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam: wreath, 12” diameter; disc, 8” diameter
  • Silk Flowers: yellow tulips, four stems; purple grape hyacinth, five stems; lavender lilac, four stems; white lily of the valley, five clusters; pussy willow, nine stems; pink wax flower, one stem
  • Artificial greenery: variegated ivy, four stems; medium leaves, 12
  • Green sheet moss
  • Sponge mushrooms, two
  • Bulb with foliage, 11” tall
  • Small bird’s nest
  • Small bird eggs, 1/2” long, two
  • Yellow mushroom birds, 2-1/2” long, two
  • Yellow plaid ribbon, 1-1/4” wide, 3 yds.
  • Green felt, 9”x12”

Tools

  • Floral wire
  • Floral U-pins
  • Wooden floral picks, 3” long, six
  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, ruler, wire cutters

Directions

Size

18” tall

Centerpiece

(Note: Apply glue to all stems before inserting into arrangement. Use photo as guide throughout.)

1. For base, trace disc onto felt; cut out. Remove plastic veins from leaves. Adhere leaves to disc around sides, overlapping disc at top and bottom edges. Adhere felt circle to bottom of disc over leaves.

2. Cover wreath with moss, wrapping with wire to secure. Attach wreath to base with U-pins and picks; adhere to secure.

3. Insert six pussy willow stems diagonally into disc at front of wreath base. Insert remaining pussy willow stems in same way behind wreath, extending 20” above base.

4. Insert tulips in front and back of wreath. Adhere the following: mushrooms (slightly overlapped) to lower right side of wreath; bulb to bottom mushroom; purple hyacinth stems to bulb; nest to top mushroom; one bird in front of nest; moss and eggs inside nest.

5. Cut a 6” and 24” length from ribbon. Adhere 6” length to top right side of wreath as shown. Make bow from 24” length; adhere to lower back side of wreath. Tie remaining ribbon into multi-loop bow and adhere to lower left front of wreath. Trim ribbon ends in “V” shape. Adhere remaining bird to top of wreath near ribbon.

6. Fill in space around bows with ivy, lily of the valley, and wax flower stems. Insert and adhere lilac stems into lower right side of wreath in front and back. Adhere moss to arrangement as needed to conceal glue.

Tip

  • After covering wreath with moss, spray moss with watered down green acrylic paint to brighten color.

by Edwin R. Smith