Sweet Friend Jar

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Wrap a jar with favorite papers, add some frilly embellishments, then fill with goodies for your sweet friend. This quick, cute, one-size-fits-all gift is sure to be appreciated – by your friend and your budget!


  • Glass quart jar with lid
  • Cardstock: Swiss dot, stripe, white, polka dot
  • White lace, 3/8”, 1/2 yd.
  • Pink polka dot ribbon, 5” length
  • Assorted buttons
  • Candy treat


  • Inkadinkado Clear Stamp Sets: Hearts, Chelsea Sentiments
  • EK Success Punches: Scallop Circle, 1-3/4”, 2-1/2”; Circle, 1-1/2″
  • Black ink pad
  • Permanent markers: bright pink, medium pink, white
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive, foam dots

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pin



Cut 13-1/2”x2-1/2” strip from Swiss dot paper and two 13-1/2”x3/4” strips from striped paper.


Stamp black “sweet friend” sentiment onto center of one 3/4” strip; adhere to bottom of Swiss dot strip. Adhere remaining 3/4” strip to top of Swiss dot panel


Punch four 1-1/2” circles from striped cardstock; dot outside edges with white marker. Cut circles in half; adhere across center of Swiss dot panel as shown. Adhere white lace to panel, just above top of circle halves.


Stamp black heart onto white cardstock; use photo as guide to color heart with markers. Detail cut heart image; set aside.


Punch 2-1/2” scalloped circle from white cardstock and 1-3/4” scalloped circle from polka dot cardstock. Using straight pin, pierce center of each scallop on both circles. Adhere heart to center of polka dot circle with foam dot, then polka dot circle to white circle. Adhere circle panel to jar over lace, above sentiment as shown.


Adhere buttons to jar as desired.


Tie ribbon and lace strips together into knot; adhere to lid. Trim ends.

by Lindsey Botkin

A Jar For Every Reason

Recycling isn’t just great for the environment. It is also a great way to exercise your crafty skills. I save interesting shaped containers and store them in a box for just the right occasion. This week it was a hostess gift that I needed and I needed it quickly. I had a plane to catch and I planned to buy some loose chocolates at my favorite shop at the airport, but I wanted something equally delicious to pack them in. Enter this small mason jar.

Now, I love to make things that take time – like knitting sweaters – but I also like to make things quickly and this mason jar was a quick project. It’s easy to make with things from your stash and even easier if you make things to use ahead of time. So, whenever I stamp things for one project – like the owl here – I usually stamp a few extra and tuck them away – just in case. So for this project, I didn’t even have to stamp the owl – but of course, you can do it if you like.

materials & tools

  • Mason jar
  • Light weight fabric, approx. 8″ square edged with pinking shears
  • Stamped image
  • Washi tape or ribbon
  • Scrap patterned paper
  • Decorative pin
  • Punches: circle and scallop
  • Tape runner or glue stick

This project is a simple assembly job. I have a range of circle punches and a large scallop punch so I can always make a quick embellishment with a stamped image and a larger scallop in pattern paper. Start by stamping your image and then punch it out using a circle punch. Punch a larger scallop from scrap patterned paper and adhere – tape is good because you don’t have to wait for it to dry – essential when you have a plane to catch!

Open the mason jar and place the metal insert on your jar. Cover with the fabric and then screw the lid back on carefully.

Adhere ribbon or washi tape to the edge of the jar lid – again tape it rather than glue it – and pin the assembled embellishment to the fabric. Fill the jar with whatever you like. Here I photographed the jar with some fabric flowers but it could be chocolates or other edibles or craft items like beads and baubles or even small toys – the possibilities are endless. You can use the jar yourself as storage or give it filled as a gift.

 by Helen Bradley (www.craftinggoodness.com)

Happy Spring Every Bunny!

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Stitch this smiling bunny greeting to welcome your guests with a wish for a Happy Spring!


  • 32-count Antique White Jobelan
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss
  • Decorative fabric of choice
  • Foam board
  • Craft batting
  • Cream cording


  • Needle and dental floss
  • Beacon Adhesive Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Stitch Type

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

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler


Size/Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 2-5/8” x 7-1/4”; Stitch count: 42 w x 114 h

Happy Spring

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 over two threads. Trim stitched project to

3. Backstitch with 1 strand DMC 869 Hazelnut Brown, Vy. Dk all bunny and chick details, butterflies, balloon, and flower stamens. Backstitich flower stem using 1 strand DMC 3815 Celadon Green, DK. Stitch French Knots with 1 strand (wrapped two times) DMC 869 Hazelnut Brown, Vy. Dk for bunny eyes, chick eyes, and flower stamen tips.

4. Cut batting to measure 4-5/8”x9-1/4” and foam board to 4-5/8”x9-1/4”. Adhere batting to foam board. Center stitched project over batting; turn over.

5. Use needle and dental floss to zig-zag stitch opposite edges together at back of foam board to secure.

6. Cut 29” length from cording; adhere to edge of stitched project. Cut 4-5/8”x8-1/4” rectangle from decorative fabric; adhere to back of foam core.


  • To create a door hanger, adhere ends of 8” cording length to top back corners of project.

by Gail Bussi

CHA 2013: The Hot List, Part II

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


March is National Craft Month! Kick off this month-long celebration of all things crafty with Part II of our recap of new paper-crafting products introduced at the Winter CHA Show.

 by Roberta Wax (www.creativeunblock.wordpress.com)

What’s hot in paper crafting? Here’s the scoop, fresh from the Craft & Hobby Association trade show held in January in Anaheim, California.

Becky Higgins’ Project Life easy scrapbooking system got much buzz. The no-stress system requires no glue, no scissors, no tools, and is “designed to help anyone and everyone get their pictures into a book.”

Picking up on the scrapbooking vibe, camera images, especially vintage and retro styles, were everywhere, from paper, stamps, and stencils to chipboard, wood, and other embellishments. We love the designs from American Crafts, Dear Lizzie, Maya Road, Simple Stories, Studio Calico (shown here), Amy Tangerine, Kaisercraft, Lawn Fawn, BasicGrey, Prima, Hero Arts (shown here) and others. Crate Paper has a nifty photo overlay (shown here) that gives an ordinary photo a trendy Instagram look.

Mini rulers are the cutest thing to come out of the schoolhouse since my third-grade crush! Tim Holtz’s Idea-ology offers a clever ruler binder kit, ruler ribbon, and a ruler-filled background stamp. Maya Road has mini rulers and Little Yellow Bicycle offers canvas ruler-marked tape.

We love the bold, graphic typography, especially with a vintage flair, popping up on stamps from 7gypsies (shown here), Hero Arts (shown here), Stampers Anonymous, Stampendous! (shown here), etc.

Washi tape, still yummy and plentiful, now comes in sheets you can cut, punch, die cut, etc. We found sheets at Lifestyle Crafts and We R Memory Keepers, fun tape-looking stamps from Hero Arts and Penny Black, and Scotch Brand decorative masking tape from 3M.

If you put all the bling shown at CHA in one room, you’ll need sunglasses. (We’re so thrilled with all the bejeweling that we’re devoting an entire article to jewels in the Fall 2013 issue of Crafts ‘n things). Besides jewels in every size, shape and color, there’s new corrugated glitter cardstock, neon glitter, and glitter tape from American Crafts; die-cut glittered papers from Anna Griffin; jeweled paper from Hampton Art Stamps; rhinestone and vinyl glitter sheets from The Buckle Boutique, and glitter and glitter glue galore from Ranger, American Crafts, WOW, Stampendous!, Martha Stewart Crafts and others.

If your stamp style is the polar opposite of cute, take heart! There are stamps that celebrate that aesthetic: Art Gone Wild (zombies, hipsters, and geeks), Inky Antics (worldly women, shown here), Dylusions (couture, eclectic, sayings, shown here), Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 (funny sayings), The Greeting Farm (sassy girls), JudiKins (a human skull you dress up with bowties, top hat, mustache), and more.

Mixed media crafters can enjoy a variety of paints, sprays, inks, etc., including Imagine Craft’s Tsukineko Memento Luxe, Tattered Angels Naturally Aged Paint Systems (create stone, metal, or wood looks), Kroma (crackle medium), Clearsnap’s non-wicking Crafter’s Ink, and new chalk and pigment colors, etc.

Other cool stuff includes: Ad Tech’s upcoming Gloodle, a precision-tip liquid glue dispenser with snap-on interchangeable tubes; CraftDragon’s hot foil machine for  leather, cards, acrylic, etc.; pen/marker storage systems from Crafter’s Companion and Art Bin; Eclectic Products’ E6000 spray adhesive; new tools and retro colors for Faber-Castell’s Gelato water-soluable pigment sticks; Lawn Fawn’s variegated baker’s twine; WOW! embossing powders, and so much more.


Ad Tech www.adhesivetech.com

American Crafts www.americancrafts.com

Anna Griffin www.annagriffin.com

Art Bin www.artbin.com

Art Gone Wild www.agwstamps.com

Basic Grey www.basicgrey.com

Buckle Boutique www.thebuckleboutique.com

Canvas Home Basics www.canvascorp.com

Cheery Lynn Designs www.cheerylynndesigns.com

Clearsnap www.clearsnap.com

Core’dinations www.coredinations.com

Craft Dragon www.craftdragon.co.uk

Crafter’s Companion www.crafterscompanion.com

Craftwell www.craftwellusa.com

Die Cuts with a View www.dcwv.com

Doodlebug Designs www.doodlebug.ws

Dreamweaver Stencils www.dreamweaverstencils.com

Ecstasy Crafts www.ecstasycrafts.com

Faber-Castell www.fabercastell.com

Gourmet Rubber Stamps www.gourmetrubberstamps.com

Hampton Art  www.hamptonart.com

Heartfelt Creations www.heartfeltcreations.us

Hero Arts  www.heroarts.com

ICE Resin www.iceresin.com

Imagine Crafts www.imaginecrafts.com

JudiKins www.judikins.com

KaiserCraft www.kaisercraft.com.au

KellyCraft™ Innovations LLC www.kellycraftinnovations.com

Kroma www.kromacrackle.com

Lawn Fawn www.lawnfawn.com

Lifestyle Crafts www.lifestylecrafts.com

Little Yellow Bicycle www.mylyb.com

Maya Road www.mayaroad.com

Paper Smooches www.papersmoochesstamps.com

Penny Black www.pennyblackinc.com

Plaid www.plaidonline.com

Project Life by Becky Higgins www.beckyhiggins.com

Ranger www.rangerink.com

7gypsies www.sevengypsies.com

S.E.I. www.shopsei.com

Silhouette www.silhouetteamerica.com

Sizzix www.sizzix.com

Spellbinders www.spellbinderspaperarts.com

Stampendous! www.stampendous.com

Stampers Anonymous www.stampersanonymous.com

Studio Calico www.studiocalico.com

Scotch (3M) www.scotchbrand.com

Tattered Angels www.mytatteredangels.com

The Greeting Farm www.thegreetingfarm.com

The Crafter’s Workshop www.thecraftersworkshop.com

Tim Holtz www.timholtz.com

We R Memory Keepers www.weronthenet.com

Westcott www.westcottbrand.com

WOW! www.wowembossingpowder.com

St. Patrick’s Day Gift Tin

It seems almost impossible to believe that we are already into March, doesn’t it? Today I’m here with a quick-and-easy idea for dressing up St. Patrick’s Day treats. My family is a big fan of Irish oatmeal, and I love that our favorite brand comes in a really cool tin. I thought it would be fun to upcycle these into packaging for homemade oatmeal cookies.

I started by adding some scrapbook paper circles to cover up the lid. Use the lid as a template and then trim by hand or die-cut (the largest size ring of the Spellbinders Nested Circle dies worked perfectly).

It took less than a minute to cover up the lid, but I think it makes it look so much better.

Also, the lid will come in handy if you plan on mailing the tin. Adding an adhesive dot to the bottom helps keep the ribbon in place.

A sticker makes a quick tag – just adhere it to a scrap of cardstock and trim.

If you want to spend a few more minutes, you can create a custom tag using an image stamped onto die-cut cardstock. Use foam adhesive under the shamrock sticker to add dimension and add a touch of bling with a self-adhesive rhinestone.

You can also add a border to the tin if you like. I didn’t want to cover up too much of the lettering on the front.

These tins are also fun to alter and are the perfect size to hold office or craft supplies… you can find an example of a travel themed tin I created HERE.

By the way, if you are looking for a delicious oatmeal cookie recipe, this has been my go-to recipe for the last few years – the only change I make is to use real butter instead of shortening: Grandmother’s Oatmeal Cookies.


  • Karen Foster Design – Shamrocks patterned paper
  • Karen Foster Design – Happy St. Paddy’s Day stickers
  • Papertrey Ink – Luck of the Irish stamp set
  • Close to my Heart – Clover Meadow ink
  • Me & My BIG Ideas – Icons Rhinestones Singles
  • Therm O Web – Permanent Tape Runner, 1/4″ Foam Squares, Zots

Until next time, may the luck of the Irish be with you!

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

Brand New Birthday Collection Giveaway Winner

Who doesn’t love to receive homemade cards and gifts for their birthday? Or, have a spectacular party decorated with beautiful homemade decorations? Hi there! Alice Golden here with you today for another special something – I have the exciting “task” of announcing the one lucky winner of the Karen Foster Design Birthday Collection Giveaway from my February 20th blog post!

All you needed to do to be entered in the drawing for this fabulous assortment of papers, stickers, and embellishments was to answer the question, “What is your all-time favorite birthday treat?” in the comments section of my post by Tuesday, March 5, 2013. I truly enjoyed reading about everyone’s favorite birthday treats. They all sounded so luscious – and all those wonderful desserts made me so hungry!

The winner, as selected by Random.org, is: Deborah Kind.

Deborah, I will be contacting you by email for your mailing address. Your kind comments are very much appreciated.

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

Beaded Watch Jean Charm

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Never be late again!! Keep track of time in style with this beautiful beaded butterfly watch charm for your jeans.


  • Silver watch face
  • Silver butterfly charm
  • Spring bracelet wire, 14” length
  • Assorted glass and silver beads


  • Chain nose pliers
  • Wire cutters

Basic Supplies




Gently bend one end of wire into small loop. (This will keep beads from slipping off wire.)


String one bead and butterfly charm onto wire. Continue adding beads for 5” of wire length.


Thread watch charm onto wire length. Continue adding beads until wire length is almost covered, leaving 1/2” at end.


Gently bend wire end into small loop.


Curl wire around belt loop.

by Chris Malone

CHA 2013: The Hot List, Part I

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


March is National Craft Month! Kick off this month-long celebration of all things crafty with a two-day recap of new paper-crafting products introduced at the Winter CHA Show. Look for Part II on Thursday.

by Roberta Wax (www.creativeunblock.wordpress.com)

What’s hot in paper crafting? Here’s the scoop, fresh from the Craft & Hobby Association trade show held in January in Anaheim, California.

First, let’s check out new products, then do some trend-spotting.

You’d think Spellbinders would run out of ideas by now. Not so. Working with ICE Resin’s Susan Lenart Kazmer, they now offer jewelry bezels and metal blanks with dies to fit. Designs include hearts, triangles, rectangles, and more. There are metal texture plates and a super-strong embossing machine, the Artisan X-plorer. We were also wowed by the 3D M-Bossabilities (which creates super-deep dimension) and the exquisite Imperial Gold dies; both are shown here. Check the website for great videos.

Can we have too many dies and embossing folders? Apparently not. Everyone, it seems, has dies and embossing folders to make frames, pop-up cards, tri-folds, boxes, shapes, etc. Dies are also getting more intricate, as seen in the designs of Cheery Lynn Designs (shown here), Sizzix, Lifestyle Crafts, Ecstasy Crafts, and others.

Sizzix, for instanceoffers everything from Thinlets™ (wafer-thin dies in simple to complex designs) and ScoreBoards™ (extra-large dies for chipboard or mat board) to Pop ‘n Cuts™ (3D pop-ups) and Stephanie Barnard’s Flip-it Dies™ (scores and cuts so a piece of the card “flips” or moves). Coming soon is a glam makeover for the Big Shot, which will come with an extended multipurpose platform.

Hate “fussy cutting” images? Get dies that coordinate with stamps, such as 7gypsies, Graphic 45, Hampton Art, Doodlebug Design, Echo Park, Heartfelt Creations, Hero Arts (shown here), The Greeting Farm, Lawn Fawn and more. Lifestyle Crafts’ new dies include a milk carton, lattice-work basket (shown here), and file drawer, while Paper Smooches’ Hot Spots offer unique mix-and-match options, shown here.

Tim Holtz added to his Ranger Distress line as well as his Stampers Anonymous stamps (we’re wild about Blueprints!), Ideo-ology elements and Sizzix Movers & Shapers dies. Distress Paint is a fluid, water-based acrylic paint with a dabber top. Like Distress Inks and Stains, they react with water and work on paper, wood, metal, glass, plastic, etc. They have a matte finish and yes, you can stamp with them.

Silhouette’s Portrait electronic cutter is the little sister to the Cameo. The smaller size is ideal for card-makers and those with limited space.

Craftwell’s electronic (that’s right, no cranking), large-format eBosser handles a whole  8½”x11” sheet of paper or cardstock and has large embossing folders to turn out embossed tri-fold or A9-sized cards. A unique mechanism holds the plates in place so you can start the machine, go feed the cat, and the plates stay put.

Love tools and gadgets? Head to We R Memory Keepers for the Envelope Punch Board and the Interfold Envelope kit, the Corner Mounter (creates corner slits to hold photos or layers), the Tab Punch (shaped tabs), and the Card Punch (creates 3”x4” card or photo shapes).

KellyCraft’s Get-It-Straight™ Laser Square uses a laser light to help align images. We also went ga-ga for Westcott’s tiny scissors, great for detail cutting.

Core’dinations, which makes the fun and exceedingly alterable colored-core cardstock, introduced Shattered, designed by Tim Holtz, with crackle lines already added. Also new this show was David Tutera’s three-step system to make card-making so easy even my brother could do it. Buy the coordinating pieces (base layer, overlay, and embellishment) and you have cards in minutes.

Stencils (and masks) abound. Besides the varied designs from Gourmet Rubber Stamps, Judikins (shown here), The Crafter’s Workshop (shown here), Dreamweaver, Plaid, Stampendous!, etc., check out Ranger’s oversized Dyan Reaveley funky designs and the whimsical stylings of Claudine Hellmuth, both shown here. Reaveley’s fun female silhouettes include both the outside with the cut-out shape, and the cut-out itself, for a dandy mask.

Reaveley’s 9”x5” thin acrylic block is custom made for her Dylusions Couture Collection Clear Stamps, but the block’s wavy edge is a perfect template for journaling lines or borders, too.

Look for more new products, and a complete Web resource list, in Thursday’s Craft of the Day!

C’est La Vie Misc. Me Life Journal

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Beautify the cover of your own BoBunny Misc. Me Life Journal with the elegant C’est La Vie Collection and new coordinating embellishments. Watch the video for complete tutorial and ideas on how to use your life journal.


  • BoBunny Misc. Me! C’est La Vie Life Journal
  • BoBunny C’est La Vie Collection Papers, 12”x12”: Ephemera, La Vie en Rose
  • White cardstock
  • BoBunny C’est La Vie Collection Stickers: Dimensional, Combo
  • BoBunny C’est La Vie Collection Embellishments: Jewels, Trinkets, Buttons
  • BoBunny Frosting Jewels
  • BoBunny Blossoms: Blush Daisy, Blush Dahlia
  • BoBunny Clover Lace
  • BoBunny Doilies, 4”
  • Natural twine


  • Martha Stewart Crafts Punches: Rose Leaf, Swirling Lace Punch Around the Page Set
  • Clearsnap ColorBox Chestnut Brown Chalk Ink Pad
  • Sewing machine and white thread
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, clear dots, foam tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, detail scissors, ruler, pencil, sponge dauber





1. Cut a 6”x6” piece of white cardstock and fold it into quarters. Sketch a curvy “U” shape from corner to corner on the outer edge of fold. Cut through all four layers, then unfold to see your custom bracket template. Use template to trace and cut out La Vie en Rose bracket piece; sponge edges with Chestnut Brown ink. Sew around edge, if desired.

2. Fussy cut around dress form bracketed tag from top right corner of Ephemera paper. Cut 4” doily in half and layer behind dress form element; adhere both layers to La Vie en Rose bracket.

3. Center and adhere La Vie en Rose bracket to cover using paper adhesive; if desired, use foam tape to add dimension. Adhere Clover lace to cover on either side of bracket as shown.

4. Adhere “capture the moment” sticker to left side of dress form tag; embellish with lace and jewels as shown.

5. Punch 8” lace border strip from white cardstock; adhere near bottom edge of cover. Adhere Clover lace over bottom edge of white strip. Adhere “make your own happy ending” dimensional sticker to bottom right corner of cover, just above white border strip.

6. Punch five leaves from green paper scraps; ink edges brown. Tie double bow with twine; adhere to bottom right corner of Rose bracket piece. Cluster and adhere blossoms and leaves over bow as shown.

7. Embellish cover with Trinkets, Buttons, Dimensional Stickers, and jeweled flourish as shown.


  • These instructions will help you decorate the cover of your Misc. Me Life Journal, but the inside is yet to be done! Follow BoBunny’s Blog Class each Monday in March for more ideas on how to decorate and use your Misc. Me Life Journal.

by Gabrielle Pollacco for BoBunny (http://www.bobunny.com/, http://www.bobunny.blogspot.com/)

Whimsical Spring Birdhouse Triptych

Since I am hoping spring will come early this year and we will start to see the birds building their nests in the trees soon, my project today showcases a trio of birdhouses.

First, it’s time to announce the three lucky winners of the Stampendous! Color Fragments giveaway! Thanks for all your enthusiastic comments on this post: http://blog.craftsnthings.com/?p=3762. I will be contacting the winners via email.

The winners are: Cheryl Hutcherson, Larissa Heskett, and Natasha Poteraj. Congratulations!

Now, on to the birdhouse triptych!

 1. I started with a triptych template.  Trace the template onto white cardstock; cut and score cardstock as indicated.

2. Stamp house image onto white cardstock using black ink. Cut out the house.

3. Using brown ink, stamp text/eggs background over the smaller bird house and the entire triptych. Repeat until covered.

4. Spritz blue Glimmer Mist across the triptych and small house; let dry.

5. Sponge edges of the house and triptych with brown dye ink.

6. Stamp birds onto white cardstock as shown using black ink. Cut birds out using detail scissors. Sponge birds with orange and brown dye inks; set aside.

7. Using black ink, stamp trees and branches with nests onto triptych panels. Color nests and background eggs with brown watercolor pencil and waterbrush.

8. Using black ink, stamp rulers onto white cardstock. Sponge with orange and brown dye ink. Trim and adhere rulers to fit base of each triptych panel.

9. Stamp sentiment along bottom of ruler using black ink. Repeat across all rulers.

10. Ink edges of triptych, including inner folded edges, with black ink.

11. Stamp “TWEET” and “ROBIN” sentiments onto white cardstock using black ink. Cut out and sponge with orange dye ink. Adhere sentiments to triptych as shown.

12. Adhere house, bird’s nest, and birds to triptych with foam dots.


Here’s sending you a touch of spring!

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