Red, White, & Blue Anklet

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Create this patriotic anklet to celebrate America’s birthday in style! Show your patriotism by wearing this red, white, and blue anklet to backyard barbeques, parades, fireworks displays, or any other Independence Day festivities.


  • Beads: 12 silver star beads, 12 blue tube beads, 11 red tube beads, 24 white seed beads, 2 silver round beads, 2 silver crimp beads
  • Beadalon 7-Strand Bead Stringing Wire
  • Silver findings: lobster claw clasp, two jump rings, 1-1/2” headpin, 1-1/2” eye pin


  • Pliers: round-nose, crimping

Basic Supplies

tape measure



For dangle, thread: white seed bead, blue tube bead, white seed bead onto headpin. Use round-nose pliers to wrap wire end around headpin.


Thread star bead onto eye pin. Use round-nose pliers to wrap wire end around eye pin. Attach headpin with beads onto end of eye pin. Attach jump ring onto top of eye pin. Set dangle aside.


Measure around ankle for anklet length; cut bead wire to length. String crimp bead on wire length, leaving 1/2” on end. Insert wire through lobster claw clasp and back through crimp bead. Use crimping pliers to squeeze crimp bead.


String beads on wire as follows: silver round, beaded dangle, red tube, two white seeds, blue tube, star. Repeat pattern (omitting dangle) nine times (or more).


To finish, string: red tube, two white seeds, blue tube, silver round. String crimp bead and jump ring on wire end; bring wire end back through crimp bead. Use crimping pliers to squeeze crimp bead. Trim excess wire.

by Sandy Parpart

Great Finds Friday: Spellbinders 3D M-Bossabilities™ Embossing Folders

Welcome to Great Finds Friday! Today we’re going to look at new 3D M-Bossabilities Embossing Folders from Spellbinders. They were a huge hit at last winter’s Craft & Hobby Association Show in Anaheim, California! Everywhere I looked, crafters and shop owners were walking around with beautiful make-n-take projects from the Spellbinders booth.

Before I tell you more about this fun, new way to emboss, I want to announce the winner of our 6/7 Great Finds Friday giveaway. The winner of the Close To My Heart new-product pack, as chosen by, is: Kailee B. Congratulations, Kailee! I will be contacting you via email for your mailing address. Thanks to Close To My Heart for sponsoring this giveaway.

Now, on to today’s featured find! 3D M-Bossabilities Embossing Folders offer crafters a realism and level of detail in their embossed creations unlike anything else offered in the market. Designs literally jump off the page and can be easily enhanced with a variety of coloring mediums, including inks, watercolor paint, pigment powders, glitter, and more. The six designs featured in this line are so striking on their own, though, that they are even stunning left in their natural state for projects from cards to scrapbook pages, gifts, and home décor. Folders measure 5”x7” and include the following designs: Basket Weave, Creative Cogs, Delightful Daisies, Framed Labels Eighteen, Ornamental Swirls, and Shell Beauty. (Look for an amazing use of the Shell Beauty 3D M-Bossabilities embossing folder by Spellbinders’ design team member Darsie Bruno in the July 18th Craft of the Day; more on that later.)

Spellbinders’ design team member Candy Rosenberg created the lovely fall frame shown below for the Spellbinders booth at CHA. I selected this piece for publication in the new Fall 2013 issue of Crafts ‘n things because it’s such a unique combination of paper crafting and photo display. (A big part of attending the CHA Show is getting a first look at new products and projects to feature in the magazine.) Candy used the Delightful Daisies embossing folder for this project and accented her embossed paper with chalk and ink before adding even more dimension with button flower centers.

For a chance to win your own 3D M-Bossabilities Delightful Daisies Embossing Folder from Spellbinders, visit our site and click on the Giveaways tab. Contest entry is free, but you must register on the site to enter. This contest ends on July 31st. Five embossing folders will be awarded to lucky winners. Look for our Win it! logo online and in the magazine for a sneak peek at the many product giveaways available.

While on our site, be sure to sign up for the free Crafts ‘n things Newsletter, which will deliver Craft of the Day and Crafts ‘n things Weekly information to you via email. Each issue of Crafts ‘n things Weekly is free during the week it’s live and contains 10 projects covering a variety of crafting techniques. Take a peek at the newest issue here.

In addition to four print or digital issues per year, subscribers to Crafts ‘n things get the added bonus of unlimited access to all archived issues of Crafts ’n things Weekly, as well as to two years’ worth of back issues of the print/digital magazine.  That’s A LOT of craft ideas! Plus, subscribers will receive an “all access pass” to our extensive online project vault, all for $24.99 per year. Click here to become a subscriber today so you don’t miss a minute of inspiration.

I’ll leave you with a little more autumn inspiration, our Fall 2013 magazine cover.

Happy Crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff

Strawberry Card & Gift Box

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


June is unofficially Strawberry Month, so let the colors and flavors of the season inspire a delicious card and gift combination.


  • Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury Cardstock: White, Grass Green, Cherry Red
  • Lily Bee Design Christmas Cheer 6”x6” Paper Pad
  • Rhinestones: medium yellow, small red
  • May Arts Red/White Baker’s Twine


  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Dies: (Shapeabilities) Square Petal Top Box LF-012, Anemone Flower Topper S5-067, Donna Salazar Bitty Blossoms S5-050; (Nestabilities) Decorative Elements Lacey Squares S4-295, Classic Squares LG S4-126, Long Classic Rectangles LG S4-142, Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles LG S4-143
  • Gina K. Designs Stamp Sets: Sweet Strawberries, Vogue Vases 2
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
  • .Too Marker Corp. COPIC Sketch Markers
  • Art Institute Glitter Ultrafine Crystal Glitter
  • Adhesives: Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Scor-Pal Scor-Tape, 1/8” and 1/4″

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil, printer paper



Card, 4-1/4”x5-1/2”; box, 2-3/4”x2-3/4”x1-1/4”


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

2. Cut 4-1/4”-square red cardstock panel; score horizontally every 1/8”. Adhere to card, 1/4” from bottom edge.

3. Cut wide strip of desired patterned paper and mat on white cardstock, leaving narrow border at top edge only. Adhere to card front, 1/4” from bottom edge.

4. Adhere strip of 1/8″-wide Scor-Tape along top edge of patterned strip, sprinkle with glitter, and tap off excess. (Note: Apply glitter over printer paper, tap excess onto paper, fold, and carefully return excess glitter to jar for future use.)

5. Wrap twine twice around card front and tie bow at right side.

6. Die cut/emboss Bitty Blossom flower shapes from white cardstock. Shape with fingers and adhere layers together using liquid glue; let dry. Adhere flower to twine bow; adhere yellow rhinestone to flower center.

7. Stamp strawberry image onto white cardstock, color with markers, and die cut into square, cutting through portions of image that extend beyond edges. Use photo as guide.

8. Adhere strips of 1/8″-wide Scor-Tape along sides of stamped square; sprinkle with glitter.

9. Stamp strawberry image again onto white cardstock; color portions of image that extend beyond edges of original die-cut image square. Detail cut pieces and adhere to main image.

10. Die cut/emboss green cardstock Lacey Square; layer and adhere squares to card using foam square. Place foam square beneath extended image pieces if needed.

11. Cut narrow 4-1/4”-long red cardstock strip; adhere to bottom of patterned paper strip.

Inside of Card

12. To finish inside of card, cut wide red cardstock strip; adhere inside card, 1/4” from bottom edge. Cut patterned paper strip, mat on white cardstock in same way as card front, and adhere inside card.

13. Stamp image and sentiment onto white cardstock, color, and die cut/emboss into long rectangle. Die cut/emboss green scalloped rectangle. Layer and adhere rectangles together; adhere inside card using foam squares.

Gift Box

1. Die cut/emboss box and tag from white cardstock. Fold box on scored lines and adhere sides.

2. Adhere strips of 1/4″-wide Scor-Tape along top and bottom edges of box, sprinkle with glitter, and tap off excess.

3. Die cut/emboss box accents from patterned paper. Adhere accents to box sides; adhere small negative-space pieces to bottom of tag. Stamp sentiment on tag; adhere two small rhinestones to end.

4. Die cut/emboss two Anemone Flower Topper layers from red cardstock and patterned paper; adhere to box top so box will still open.

5. In same way as card, make and adhere white Bitty Blossoms flower to larger flower layers.

6. Tie tag to box with twine, tucking edge under flowers.


  • Transform the card design into a wrap for homemade strawberry jam for June gift-giving. Visit Pick Your Own (dot) Org to find local strawberry farms if you don’t grow your own.

by Michelle Woerner (


Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Has a catchy tune ever inspired you to paint? Carolyn Bacon took it one step further by painting her patriotic inspiration on the actual sheet music itself.


  • Patriotic sheet music
  • Plaid FolkArt Artist Pigment: Night Sky, Titanium White, Red Light, Pure Black, True Burgundy, Yellow Light, Van Dyke Brown, Yellow Ochre, Asphaltum, Burnt Umber, Blue Thunder


  • Scharff Brushes, Inc. Paintbrushes: Angler, series 155, 1⁄8” 1⁄4”; Short Shader, series 130, #2, #4, #8; Liner, series 455, #0
  • Plaid FolkArt: Blending Gel, Glazing Medium, Clear Acrylic Spray Sealer
  • Craft mounting board

Basic Supplies

pencil, paper towel, tracing paper, newspaper (to cover work surface)



1. Attach sheet music to craft mounting board. Cover work surface. Spray with Clear Acrylic Sealer three times; let dry between coats. Print pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) When sheet music is dry, trace background flag pattern lightly.

2. Lightly paint red stripes Red Light mixed with Glazing Medium. Do not paint white stripes. Let dry. Spray again with sealer. Trace pattern lightly.

Painting Notes

1. Use large shader for basecoating larger areas. Blend and shade with the smaller shaders or with angler brushes. Use liner for detail and line work.

2. Since Blending Gel extends drying time you can shade, blend, pat blend, and make highlight strokes and reflections. You can also achieve a transparent look. Do not mix gel with paint. Pick up Blending Gel on your brush, blot on a paper towel. Pick up color and paint a section at a time.

3. Highlighting and shading are blended in.

Capitol Building

Basecoat Pure Black. Use liner brush to place highlights with Titanium White. See photo for location. Place thin shadow under building using Glazing Medium.

Statue of Liberty

Basecoat Pure Black. Use liner brush to place Titanium White highlights. Place shadow underneath using Glazing Medium.


Drumhead: Mix Titanium White + Burnt Umber, basecoat entire area. Shade corners with Asphaltum. Reinforce dark shading with Burnt Umber.

Top Band – front and back: Basecoat True Burgundy. Use Van Dyke Brown to darken back band in the corners and outside edges of front band. Lighten center front with Red Light. Reinforce light area with Red Light + Yellow Light. Highlight front band Titanium White. With a liner, use Red Light on edge of rim.

Drum Sticks: Basecoat Yellow Ochre. Use Asphaltum to streak. Place Titanium White highlight on head. Made a shadow on drumhead and band with Asphaltum.

Drum Side: Basecoat Night Sky. Darken under rim and outside edges with Night Sky + Blue Thunder. Lighten center of area with mix of Titanium White + Night Sky. Blend into dark sides. Reinforce the light several times, making mixture lighter each time. For trim, make squiggle line with light blue mix. Paint “1776” Pure Black.

Wires: Base Yellow Ochre. Highlight Titanium White in the top where it crosses over the band. Use Titanium White to highlight Yellow Ochre circles. Paint holes in band Pure Black.

Bottom Band: Paint same as top band, darkening behind the firecrackers and horn.


Basecoat top circle with mix of Titanium White + Burnt Umber. Lighten rim with Titanium White. Paint wick Pure Black. For white stripes, base Titanium White, then darken sides of each stripe Night Sky. Basecoat red stripes Red Light, darken with True Burgundy, and lighten center Yellow Light. Use Asphaltum for shadows underneath.


Basecoat Yellow Ochre. Use Asphaltum for dark shading inside the bell end, under rim, lower part of curve, and where horn overlaps itself. Blend Yellow Light into curve. Use Titanium White for highlights. Use Asphaltum for shadows underneath.


When completely dry, spray with sealer.

by Carolyn Bacon

Denim Star Placemat and Napkin

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Add a splash of patriotic color to picnic tables with these easy-to-make placemats and napkins.


  • Red placemat, 12”x18”
  • Red dinner napkin, 18” square
  • Denim fabric, 1⁄6 yard
  • Red Felt, 6” square
  • Thread: navy rayon embroidery; all-purpose navy, white
  • White embroidery floss
  • White star buttons, 1⁄2” across, four


  • Sewing machine
  • Needle
  • Pellon: Wonder-Under Iron-on Adhesive Regular, Heavy-duty; Sof-Shape Tear-away Interfacing; Stitch-N-Tear Stabilizer
  • Pressing cloth (optional)

Basic Supplies

scissors, iron and pressing surface, straight pins


(Note: Materials listed are for one placemat and napkin.)

Step 1

Wash placemat, napkin, and denim without fabric softener. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply interfacing, then regular iron-on adhesive, to back of denim. Apply heavy-duty iron-on adhesive to one side of felt.

Step 2

Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Cut stars and hearts as indicated. Position three stars and hearts on left side of placemat, and one star and heart in one corner of napkin. Remove paper backing; fuse shapes in place.

Step 3

Using two floss strands, blanket-stitch around hearts. Use white thread to sew button to center of each heart.

Step 4

Cut squares from stabilizer to fit over design areas; pin in place on back. Using navy rayon for top thread and navy all-purpose in bobbin, satin stitch around stars.

by Angie Wilhite

Summer Birdhouse & Giveaway

Hello there! Alice Golden with you today sharing a bright and colorful project that was also really inexpensive to make. I found the birdhouse and Adirondack chairs at a craft store in the unfinished wood section and spent less than $5 for all three (gotta love coupons!). A little paint and “wallpaper” turns them into a cheery birdhouse retreat that can add a bit of summer fun to your home décor.

The paper and stickers are from Me & My BIG Ideas. This little set made its way across the country to be displayed in their booth at the most recent Craft & Hobby Association show in California. Today, the folks at Mambi have generously offered to give one lucky reader a chance to win a variety of summer-themed products, including those used to create this set.

To be entered in the drawing, simply leave a comment telling me about your favorite summer spot by Monday, June 24, 2013. Winners will be announced here on June 25th.

In our backyard, we have two Adirondack chairs that sit under a willow tree that we planted when our boys were babies. The tree has grown right along with our kids and is now over 30 feet tall and provides just enough shade on a hot summer day to make the perfect spot for sitting with a cold drink and good book.

Just thinking about how much I love sitting outside on a beautiful day with a great read almost makes me want to stop what I’m doing and head out there now… but I guess I should finish this blog post first.

After painting the chairs and birdhouse with acrylic craft paint, I cut strips of paper to fit the various sections, inked the edges, and then adhered them to the painted wood using découpage glue.

For the front of the house, I created a template out of printer paper in order to figure out where to cut the circular opening and then used this to cut the patterned paper. I added a few additional die-cut pieces to decorate the opening and embellished it with dimensional stickers. I also cut a piece of paper to use as a welcome mat on the front step.

Using papers from the same paper pad meant that all the colors and styles went together, but this would also be a fun project to make using assorted paper scraps. The edge of the roof is finished with strips of paper that I trimmed with my pinking sheers (an old pair of sheers that is used for paper only - I have a newer pair for fabric). Couldn’t resist adding a tropical touch with the glittered palm tree sticker.

Even the back of the house gets jazzed up since I thought this would be a fun centerpiece for the table on our porch and wanted it to look good from all angles.

The roof sections took a bit of extra time because each strip of paper had to be cut on an angle at each end, and they all turned out to be slightly different sizes, so had to be measured and cut one at a time.

The top of the house was painted yellow, and I wrapped orange-and-white baker’s twine around the base where it met the pink section. This provided a nice transition and also helped cover up any painting imperfections. A bright, glittery sun sticker tops it off.

Originally, I was just supposed to make the birdhouse for Mambi, but when these adorable mini chairs caught my eye at the craft store (for only $1 each), I couldn’t resist.

One piece of paper was used for the back of the chairs, and then that piece was cut into strips to fit the slats.


  • Me & My BIG Ideas Sunny Summer Days PADX-231: paper pad and assorted stickers
  • Wooden birdhouse and chairs (available at craft supply store)
  • Plaid Mod Podge Découpage Medium
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Spiced Marmalade Ink Pad

Here’s to spending lots of time in our favorite spots this summer!

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (

Darkroom Door Winner!

Hello, crafters! Suzanne Czosek here with you today to announce the winner of the Darkroom Door prize package announced on my June 11th blog post, where I introduced you to this creative Australian company and their gorgeous photo-inspired products. Here’s an image of the prize:

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest. The winner, as chosen by, is Naomi, who said: “Absolutely fabulous examples of how to use Rachel’s products!!  Would love to be able to win some of them!!”

Congratulations, Naomi! We will be contacting you via email with more details.

Thanks for stopping by!

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (


Cross-stitch Kitty Napkin

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


A kitty in a teacup? What a charming idea! Cross-stitch this simple and quick design onto a napkin to add a little something special to your next tea with friends.


  • Ivory 14-count Aida cloth napkin
  • DMC Six-Strand Embroidery floss


  • Tapestry needle, #24

Stitch Type

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

Basic Supplies



Size / Stitch Count

  • Approximate finished size is 2”x2”; Stitch Count 29 w x 28 h


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. Count up 10 stitches diagonally from one corner of napkin. Use two strands of floss to stitch design on chart.

3. Backstitch stems on cup with one strand 3345. Work all other backstitch and French knots with one strand 310.

by Lois Winston

A Face Without Freckles Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Create a one-of-a-kind card for your favorite little freckle face using an adorable stamp set and a variety of fun die-cut shapes.


  • Cardstock: My Favorite Things Hot Fudge, Whip Cream; X-Press It Blending Card; scraps of gold and yellow
  • October Afternoon 8”x8” Paper Pads: Sasparilla Collection, Farmhouse Collection
  • American Crafts Brown Brads


  • Die-cutting system and My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Circle STAX 1 and 2, Woodgrain Fence, Notched Tag
  • My Favorite Things Pure Innocence Collection Freckles Stamp Set
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
  • .Too Marker Corp. COPIC Markers: E00, E11, BV000, R20, YG93, YG95, Y21, E31, E35, W1, W3
  • Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write Marker
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive; X-Press It Foam Tape, 1/2”

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, detail scissors, ruler, pencil, paper piercer and mat



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


Cut three 1-1/4”x3” strips of blue diamond paper and adhere evenly spaced across top half of card front.


Cut and adhere 4”x1-1/2” striped paper strip to bottom of card front.


Die cut 2-7/8” STAX Circle from brown cardstock and 2-3/4” STAX Circle from yellow patterned paper; layer and adhere over blue diamond strips.


Die cut two Woodgrain Fence pieces, one from brown cardstock and one from woodgrain paper. Adhere woodgrain fence to cardstock fence, slightly offset. Trim to 4” long and set aside.


Die cut three yellow flowers and two gold flowers using Notched Tag die set. Position flowers on fence and pierce holes through all layers for brads; insert brads. Using a ruler and Chocolate Chip marker, draw stems and leaves for flowers. Set aside.


Stamp sentiment onto cream cardstock; trim and mat on brown cardstock. Adhere strip to card as shown. Adhere fence to card.


Stamp girl image onto Blending Card. Using photo as guide, color skin, hair, hair clip, and shoes with markers. Stamp pants onto denim paper; detail cut pants and adhere to main image. Stamp shirt onto floral paper; cut out and adhere to image. Detail cut entire image and adhere to card over fence and circle, placing foam tape beneath head to level layers.


  • Look online for COPIC coloring tutorials for different skin and hair color combinations.

by Michele Boyer (

Bingo Markers Watchband

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


B-I-N-G-O! You’ll be the big winner after making this fun bracelet-watch from antique-looking, wooden bingo markers.


  • Watch base
  • Wooden bingo call markers, eight
  • Beads: red E, 10; silver small crimp, six
  • Beading cable, size .015, 20” length
  • Silver chain, 2” length
  • Magnetic ball clasp


  • Wire cutters
  • Crimping tool
  • Drill with 1⁄16” bit

Basic Supplies

sandpaper, tack cloth



Drill hole through each marker. Sand and wipe dust with tack cloth.


Cut cable length in half; thread two crimp beads onto one length. Insert end through loop on watch base, then back through crimp beads in opposite direction. See Figure 1. Use crimping tool to crimp beads, leaving 1” wire tail.

Figure 1


Thread one E bead between each four markers onto cable, starting and ending with E bead. Thread cable through silver-chain end link and one half of magnetic clasp. Thread crimp bead onto cable; crimp bead and trim excess cable.


Repeat steps to make other half of watchband on remaining cable length.

by Barbara Matthiessen