Father’s Day Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Greet your golf-loving dad with a handmade card this Father’s Day. The layered papers add great texture, as do the button “golf ball” and twig signpost.


  • White blank card, 5”x6-1⁄2”
  • Purple/Blue paper: checked, sponged, dotted
  • White embroidery floss
  • White button, 5⁄8”
  • Twig, 1⁄8” diameter, 5” long


  • White gel pen
  • Cutting mat
  • Needle
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, craft knife


(Note: Use photo as guide throughout.)

step 1

Open card; trim 3⁄8” from each front edge, except fold. Cover inside back of card with purple/blue checked and card front with purple/blue sponged papers.

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 grass border pattern from purple/blue dotted paper. Adhere grass to front of card.

step 3

Trace flag window pattern on front of card. Open card and use craft knife to cut out “window”. Outline window and front of card with white pen.

step 4

Using white floss and working from back to front, sew stick and button to card front; knot floss ends inside card.

step 5

Transfer lettering to inside back of card with white pen so only “Dad” is visible through window.


  • Modify patterns slightly to create sailboat window card, floating along on rolling, blue waves. Or, cut grass from green crinkle paper for added texture.

by Shauna Berglund-Immel

Dad’s Day T-shirt

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Kids will have as much fun making this special Father’s Day gift as they will enjoy the giant hug from Dad when he receives it.


  • Cotton T-shirt in appropriate size
  • Fabric paints in choice of color(s)


  • T-shirt transfer paper, 2 sheets
  • Shirtboard, cookie sheet, or newspaper

Basic Supplies

scissors, paintbrush, paper plate (for palette), iron and pressing surface, computer with printer 



Follow manufacturer’s directions to print and iron the following on one sheet of transfer paper for front of shirt: “Of course my kids don’t walk all over me. . .” Use remaining sheet of transfer paper to print and iron the following for back of shirt: “They just have me in the palms of their hands!”


To make the front of the shirt, place shirt board, cookie sheet, or newspaper inside T-shirt. Pour puddle of paint on palette. Have child sit in chair and paint bottom of foot and toes, spreading paint evenly. Repeat same for other foot. Help child place feet onto T-shirt; press across top of toes and feet for full impression. Lift child off shirt and wash feet immediately. Repeat same for each child, changing paint color for each child. Let dry completely.


To make the back of the shirt, pour puddle of paint on palette. Paint palm of hands, spreading paint evenly. Place child’s hands onto T-shirt and press firmly for full impression. Lift child’s hands off shirt and wash hands immediately. Repeat same for each child, changing paint color for each child. Allow paint to dry 24 hours.


Follow manufacturer’s directions to let paint cure before washing.


  • Turn this shirt into a keepsake by adding each child’s name next to their hand prints and the date to the bottom of the shirt.

by Alessa Giampaolo Keener

Baseball Pedestal

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Does Dad have an autographed baseball he treasures from years ago? Use Krylon paint, a candlestick, and some vintage baseball paper to create a pedestal to showcase his special memento.


  • Wooden candlestick, 9” tall
  • Wooden 6” square, 1/8” thick
  • Vintage baseball paper
  • Black Rub-on alphabet letters
  • Black electrical tape
  • Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Spray Paint: Flat Ruddy Brown, Gloss Black
  • Krylon Short Cuts Gloss Red Pepper Brush-on Paint


  • Handsaw
  • Découpage medium
  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, paintbrush, sandpaper, soft cloth, newspaper (to cover work surface)


(Note: Allow paint to dry before applying next color.)

step 1

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to spray paint candlestick Ruddy Brown.

step 2

Using photo as guide, paint candlestick cup top and bottom edge, top edge of center section, and base Red Pepper.

step 3

To create bat handle grip, wrap electrical tape around upper portion of center candlestick section as shown in photo.

step 4

Cut 2” corner from wooden square (home plate). Sand rough edge; wipe with soft cloth. Spray paint entire square Black; let dry.

step 5

Trace home plate on back of vintage baseball paper. Draw line 1/8” inside tracing line; cut on inside line. Apply rub-on letters to paper edge to spell “home” as shown. Adhere baseball paper to home plate using découpage medium; let dry.

step 6

Adhere candlestick to center of home plate.

by Colette George for Krylon (www.krylon.com)

Girl In Garden Bezel Necklace

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Add a touch of sparkle and vintage charm to your wardrobe with this pretty, spring-themed bezel necklace. The wire-wrapped hobnailed pendant holds a darling antique image encased in clear resin to create a piece with layers of dimension.


  • Graphic 45 Secret Garden Collection Posy Patch Paper
  • Spellbinders Media Mixáge Rectangles One Bezels
  • Wire: Beadalon 7-Strand Silver-Plated Nylon-Coated; Artistic Wire Silver-Plated, 24-Gauge
  • Beadalon Findings: Spacers, Crimp Tubes, Jump Rings, Wire Guardians
  • Bead Shoppe Findings: Hook Clasp, Silver Spacers, Silver Ball Spacers, Silver Filigree Ball Spacers
  • Halcraft USA Bead Gallery Faceted Glass Beads (Michaels): Sapphire & Ruby Crystal, 8mm; Lavender/Blue Crystal, 6mm and 8mm
  • Small silver ball-head straight pins


  • Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine
  • Spellbinders Media Mixáge Rectangles One Dies
  • Susan Lenart Kazmer ICE Resin
  • Pliers: round-nose, chain-nose
  • Wire cutters
  • Crimp tool
  • Thick, white craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, disposable mixing cup, wooden craft stick



18″ long

Step 1

Center girl/flower image from Posy Patch paper inside Rectangles One #3 die; die cut/emboss image. Adhere image inside Rectangles One #3 bezel using craft glue; let dry.

Step 2

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to mix ICE Resin in disposable mixing cup. Using craft stick, drip resin inside bezel until resin domes. Let resin dry completely for six to 12 hours.

Step 3

Wrap silver-plated wire diagonally around upper right and lower left portions of bezel and secure wire around top loop; trim excess wire with wire cutters.

Step 4

Add one 6mm lavender/blue crystal bead to a small ball-head straight pin. Wrap wire that extends past bead around round-nose pliers and wrap twice to create a loop. Trim excess wire with wire cutters. Make 67 total.

Step 5

Cut two 24″ lengths of nylon-coated wire and string beads onto first length in following order: silver ball, spacer, 8mm sapphire bead, 8mm ruby crystal bead, spacer, silver ball, spacer, 8mm lavender/blue crystal bead, spacer, silver ball, spacer, 8mm sapphire bead, 8mm ruby crystal bead, spacer, silver ball and four beads from Step 4. Repeat sequence four times on each wire length.

Step 6

To one strand, add silver ball, spacer, 8mm sapphire and ruby crystal bead, spacer, silver ball, spacer, 8mm lavender/blue crystal bead, spacer, silver ball, spacer, 8mm sapphire and ruby crystal bead, spacer, silver ball, nine beads from Step 4, silver ball, spacer, silver filigree ball spacer, spacer, 6mm lavender/blue crystal bead, spacer, silver filigree ball spacer, spacer, silver ball, crimp tube. Repeat on other strand.

Step 7

Thread wire guardian with end of one strand and insert opposite end of wire guardian through bezel loop. Thread wire through second crimp tube and silver filigree ball spacers.

Step 8

Crimp tube with crimp tool; trim excess wire with wire cutters.

Step 9

Add wire guardian and clasp hook to end of one strand. Crimp tubes and cut excess wire. Repeat on other end with second piece of clasp.

Step 10

Open a large jump ring with pair of chain-nose pliers. Thread with eight beads from Step 4 and add to top bezel loop in center of beaded strands.

Step 11

Add a jump ring with one bead from Step 4 to bottom bezel loop.


  • Customize the bezel design with your favorite patterned paper or theme, or embed alphabet letters or a small photo to further personalize this design.

by Darsie Bruno for Spellbinders (www.spellbinderscreativearts.com)

Darkroom Door

Hi, crafters. Today I am sharing a blog post featuring Darkroom Door. They are a company I design for and I love the variety of products that they offer. Here is an overview of the company and the founders:

Darkroom Door was founded in 2007 by professional photographer Rachel Greig and graphic designer Stewart Yule. While traveling throughout Europe in their blue Kombi van, Stewart and Rachel brainstormed an idea that would combine their love of art, design and photography into a range of art rubber stamps and paper products for the stamping and papercraft industry. From humble beginnings in Rachel’s photography studio, Darkroom Door moved its headquarters in 2009 to a larger studio and warehouse where they design, manufacture and distribute Darkroom Door products within Australia and export to more than 18 countries worldwide.

Rachel has a Bachelor of Visual Arts degree, majoring in photography. She has worked with many magazines as a photojournalist and photography editor. With a love of all things paper, Rachel turned her photographs into a range of quality handmade greeting cards which have sold worldwide for over 15 years. Rachel’s photographs have also been featured on home-ware products for Jason, NZ. Her work has won many photographic and papercraft awards and has been featured in several art exhibitions. Rachel teaches workshops in photography and rubber stamping at conventions and stores worldwide. View her website here: http://www.rachelgreig.com.au

Stewart has over 15 years graphic-design experience, specializing in both advertising and publishing. He has worked with clients such as Jaguar, Revlon, Foxtel, Chanel, Accenture and Scholastic Australia. He has also designed many novels and picture books in children’s publishing. Stewart was awarded The Australian Publishers Association Best Designed Children’s Picture Book for 2008 and shortlisted for 2010.

Some of the products provided by Darkroom Door includes Rubber Stamps, Photochips, Montage sheets, Wordstrips, Filmstrips and Alphastrips.  Many of the products feature Rachel’s photography and they are beautiful.

I love that the collections encompass the different products and feature the same images. Here are photos of the Sydney collection:

The Rubber Stamps:

The coordinating Photochips:

The Montage

The Filmstrips:

 The Wordstrips that go along with the collection:  

I love that you have the flexibility to pull together elements from the stamps to the cardstock items, and that it’s so easy to mix and match.

The Wordstrips and printed images make it simple to create a card quickly. and the stamps allow you the ability to mix in your own inked images with different colors.

Here is a project created with the Sydney Montage, Filmstrips and Wordstrips:

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Products Featured:

Darkroom Door – Sydney Photochips, Sydney Filmstrip #1, Sydney Montage, Journey Word Block Stamp SetFun & Games Stamp Set; .Too Marker Corp. COPIC Markers; Advantus Tim Holtz Idea-ology Plaquettes, Hinge Clips and Metal Word Bands; bottlecap, chipboard book

Here is another project I made using a mix of stamps and a photo image:


Products featured:

Darkroom DoorPhotoBooth – Ladies, DarkRoom Door – Vintage Office; twine; Advantus Tim Holtz Idea-ology Philosophy Tags, Brads and File Label Holder

Rachel at Darkroom Door has graciously offered up a Darkroom Door prize package valued at $78.30.  It includes:

Bright Blossoms Vol 1 Rubber Stamps

Bright Blossoms Vol 2 Rubber Stamps

Bright Blossoms Montage, Photochips, Filmstrips and Wordstrips

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post before June 17th at 11:59 PM CST.  We will randomly select a winner to receive this wonderful prize package! The winner will be announced on the morning of June 18th.

Thanks for stopping by!

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

Chenille Bedspread Cat Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Turn an old chenille bedspread into a decorative pillow. Use your favorite car, dog, or teddy bear pattern and sew a vintage menagerie!


  • Chenille bedspread
  • Cat pattern of choice
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Gold or black buttons, two


  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Needle

Basic Supplies

scissors, straight pins



Position pattern on bedspread to determine placement of design.


Follow pattern instructions to cut and sew pillow, leaving opening for stuffing. Stuff pillow firmly; hand-sew opening closed.


For eyes, sew buttons to face.

by Karen Smith

Earring and Necklace Holder

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Easily locate jewelry at a glance while avoiding the hassles of lost earrings or tangled necklaces. Both kids and adults can create this quick-and simple holder to beautifully display and organize their jewelry.


  • Three yellow jumbo craft sticks
  • Black plastic screen, 4-3⁄4” x 5-3⁄8”
  • Heart-shaped brads, six
  • Wire, 24-gauge
  • Yellow satin ribbon, 1/4″ wide, 24″ length


  • Drill or hand drill with 5⁄64” bit
  • Wire cutters
  • Transparent tape

Basic Supplies

pencil, scissors, ruler, old magazine



For top craft sticks, use pencil to make a mark 3⁄4” from each end of two craft sticks, 3⁄8” from one long edge. Place sticks on top of magazine and drill holes through mark. (Note: Adult supervision is needed when using a drill.) For bottom craft stick, use pencil to make a mark 1-3⁄16”, 2-1⁄4”, 3-11⁄16”, and 5” on remaining craft stick, 1⁄4” from one long edge; drill holes.


For necklace holders, wrap an 1⁄8” section of wire around shanks of four brads just behind heart. (Note: This allows space between brad and craft stick in order to hang necklaces.) Center screen to back of bottom craft stick, covering holes. Push brads through front of craft stick and screen; open brads to secure in place.


Center screen to back of one top craft stick, covering holes; tape in place. Align remaining top craft stick, so screen is sandwiched between and holes are aligned. Push brads through holes; do not open brads at this time. Tie ribbon ends into a 2” wide bow with 2” long tails; cut ends at a slant. See photo. Place ribbon between brads and adjust so bow and loop meet as hanger. Open brads to secure in place.

by Barb Chauncey

Family Reunion Invitation

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Save the date! Come one, come all to the best family reunion ever! Your event is a personal statement – your invitations should be, too.


  • White blank card*, 5”x6-1⁄2”
  • Papers: red, white, dark blue, red/white/dark blue plaid
  • Red satin ribbon, 1⁄8” wide, 10” length


  • Black fine-line permanent pen
  • Acid-free glue stick

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, craft knife



Place card with fold at top; trim 1” from right and left sides of card front. Cut 4”x5” rectangle from plaid paper; adhere to center of remaining card front.


Cut 5”x6-1⁄4” rectangle from solid red and 4”x5” rectangle from solid dark blue. Center and adhere red piece to inside back, leaving 1⁄8” white card edge at each side. Center and adhere dark blue to red.


Using craft knife, cut 1-3/4”x1-1/4” window into center top portion of card front. (Note: Be careful not to cut card back.) Write or use computer to print inside information on white. Trim and adhere to center of solid blue paper inside card so family name shows through front window. (Note: Adjust size of window if family name is too long to fit.)


Draw squiggle line down white card front borders with permanent pen. Tie ribbon bow and adhere to card front as shown.

by Susan Cobb

Bless My Bloomers Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Blooming with color, this whimsical pillow is embroidered with all the fun inhabitants of a garden and will be the perfect addition to your summer décor.


  • Muslin, 11”x18”
  • Cotton fabrics, coordinating spring solids and prints of choice
  • The Warm Co. Warm & Natural Needled Cotton Batting, 11”x18”
  • DMC Six-Strand Embroidery Floss: 310, 367, 780, 817, 839, 844, 3350, 3362, 3821, 3834, 3835, 3852, 3853, 3862
  • Fairfield Processing Poly-Fil Stuffing


  • Pink chalk or powdered blush
  • Embroidery needle
  • Sewing machine and matching thread

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, transfer paper, straight pins, iron and pressing surface



Cut the following from fabrics of choice: back, 16”x23”; top strip, 2-1⁄2”x18”; bottom strip, 2-1⁄2”x20”; right strip, 2-1⁄2”x13-1⁄2”; left strip, 2-1⁄2”x16”; bow, 1”x12”.


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 design to muslin.


(Note: Use two strands floss and backstitch, except where noted differently, to embroider design.) Backstitch as follows: Rabbit and shovel handle, DMC 844; “Bless My Bloomers”, whiskers, shovel loop, bees and solid line on bee bodies, dotted line around bees, and ladybug outline, DMC 310; eyes (French knots) and nose (satin stitch) DMC 310; star on rabbit, third flower from left and dashed lines on bees, DMC 3852.


Backstitch ladybug dots/circles, DMC 817; watering can handle, sides, checkerboard, spout outline, radish outline, and right flower center, DMC 3834; watering can spout, watering can top and bottom, spout dots (French knots), left flower, and inner radish lines, DMC 3350.


Backstitch carrot and second flower from left, DMC 3853; right flower, DMC 3835; left flower center, DMC 3862; center of second flower to left of shovel, DMC 839; center of third flower from left, DMC 780.


Backstitch stem/leaves on left flower and third flower from left and carrot top, DMC 3362; stem/leaves on second flower from left, and right flower, radish top, and ground line, DMC 367; sunflower, DMC 3821.


To assemble, sew fabric strips to muslin, with right sides facing, in the following order: top, right, bottom, left. Trim as needed; press.


Use small straight stitches to attach small fabric scrap to ear. Tie fabric bow; sew to rabbit. Blush cheeks.


Sew pillow front to back with right sides facing, leaving 3” opening for turning. Turn right side out and stuff. Whipstitch opening closed.

by Melinda Brooks

Great Finds Friday: Close To My Heart

Welcome to Great Finds Friday! Today we’re going to look at some fun new products from Close To My Heart, maker of beautiful stamps, inks, papers, embellishments, tools, and more. First, I want to announce the winners of our 5/31 Great Finds Friday giveaway. The book winners, as chosen by Random.org, are:

Felicity Jordet won Put Your Stamp On It: Stationery, Aprons, Totes, and More

Amy Fearday won Stamp It! DIY Printing with Handmade Stamps: 45 Projects + 200 Motifs

Laura won I Heart Stationery: Fresh Inspirations for Handcrafted Cards, Note Cards, Journals & Other Paper Goods

Congratulations, winners! I will be contacting you via email for your mailing addresses.

Now, on to today’s featured find! Late May/early June is an incredibly busy time in my home because I have school-aged kids. We have end-of-the-year parties, field trips, concerts, and games, and it seems like we’re always in need of a quick gift for a teacher, coach, or parent helper.

Because shopping for gifts can become time-consuming and expensive in a hurry, I decided to make this handmade “thank you” gift for one of my daughter’s teachers. I simply covered a recycled cocoa canister with Chantilly Collection paper from Close To My Heart, added some of their unique embellishments, and filled the canister with the teacher’s favorite candy. I know this teacher loves to read, so I also created a pretty bookmark to go with the treat. Both projects came together in about 30 minutes, great when you have multiple kids and multiple teachers to thank.

To finish the canister, I adhered Hollyhock Zipper Lace (my new favorite trim!) around the top edge and tore a strip of polka-dot For Always Textiles fabric to make the bow. I used mini adhesive dots to secure both embellishments, and trimmed them with the new Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors. The scissors get right between the zipper teeth, and I didn’t have to worry about them sticking to my adhesive. The label is perfect for a teacher gift because it’s a Close To My Heart Chalkboard Shapes sticker! Write on them with Close To My Heart’s Chalk Marker to add trendy chalkboard style to any project.

For the bookmark, I wanted it to have real textural appeal, so I cut a 15” length of Close To My Heart Burlap Ribbon and folded it in half. I cut a 1-1/4”x7-1/2” strip of Cotton Candy cardstock, which coordinates with the Chantilly paper, and adhered that inside the layers of burlap using a tape runner. Next, I cut a “v” from the ribbon end opposite the fold. I used the scissors tip to make a small hole through the layers near the fold and inserted an 8” length of hemp baker’s twine from the Mini-Medley Accents Wooden Collection through the hole to make the streamer. I finished the bookmark with a crocheted flower and a metal button from the Mini-Medley Accents Antiqued Gold Collection, a strip of the Zipper Lace, and a strip of the torn For Always Textiles fabric.

I hope you enjoyed today’s projects and this peek into some of Close To My Heart’s new products for spring and summer crafting. Please visit them online at www.closetomyheart.com for product information, projects, tips, and more.

Close To My Heart is giving away the prize collection shown below to one luckyCrafts ‘n thingswinner! The collection includes a sheet of Chalkboard Shapes stickers, a Chalk Marker, a roll of Hollyhock Zipper Lace, and a roll of Burlap Ribbon. Retail value of this prize is $18.80.

For a chance to win, simply leave a comment here telling me the best handmade gift you ever received.  We’ll announce the randomly-selected winner here in the next Great Finds Friday post on June 21st.

Happy Crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff