Fiskars Amplify Shears Winners!

As National Sewing Month comes to a colorful, creative close, it’s time to announce the lucky winners of a pair of NEW Fiskars Amplify™ RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears.

Amplify RazorEdge Fabric Shears are designed to cut thick and heavy fabrics. These premium fabric shears feature ultra-sharp blades ideal for all-purpose cutting tasks. Perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting tasks, the shears sense blade separation and force the blades back together to cut cleanly through heavy materials. This amazing innovation in scissors technology means that sewing and quilting enthusiasts can expand creative boundaries and work with more adventurous materials than ever before.

The winners, as chose by Random.org, are Diana and Sharon! Congratulations, ladies! I will contact you via email for your mailing information.

Wishing you many happy sewing hours to come!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things (blog.craftsnthings.com)

Susan’s Garden Magnet Board

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

For a garden that will bloom year round, start with a fabric-covered MAGPANELS Frame-Sized Magnet Board. Create realistic paper flowers with Susan’s Garden dies by Susan Tierney Cockburn and back them with magnets. Switch the flowers whenever you want!

Materials

  • MAGPANELS DIY Framed Magnet Board, 11″x14″
  • MAGPANELS Magnets
  • Off-white silk fabric with textured stripes or fabric of choice, 15″x18″
  • Ribbons: assorted styles in 1/8″, 3/8”, 5/8” widths; wired, 1-5/8″ wide
  • Frame for 11”x14” piece

Tools

  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
  • Sizzix Susan’s Garden Dies by Susan Tierney Cockburn: Helleborus, Plumeria, Dahlia, Hardy Geranium, Cattleya Orchid, Narcissus, Bougainvillea*
  • Sizzix Susan’s Garden Tool Kit by Susan Tierney Cockburn
  • Sizzix Susan’s Garden Shaping Mats by Susan Tierney Cockburn
  • Adhesives: double-sided tape, 1/4″, 1/2″; Tombow Power Tabs; Eclectic Products E6000 Spray Adhesive

*Paper, cardstock, pens, and other supplies specified with each Susan’s Garden flower die

Basic Supplies

fabric shears

Directions

Size

11”x14”

Susan’s Garden Magnet Board

1. Following MAGPANELS’ instructions and using spray adhesive, cover magnet board with fabric. Wrap fabric to back of board 2″ on all sides, making sure fabric is smooth and taut. Adhere ends at back of magnet board; let dry.

2. Using photo as guide, apply strip of 1/2″ double-sided tape across top of magnet board, 3″ down from the top edge. Cut nine lengths from assorted, non-wired ribbons. Adhere one end of each ribbon length to tape so ribbons are randomly spaced and tails dangle freely.

3. Using photo as guide, create casually hand-pleated band of 1-5/8”-wide wired ribbon and adhere to double-sided tape strip, covering narrow ribbon ends. (Note: Extend ends of pleated ribbon to wrap to back at left and right side of magnet board, same as fabric.) Adhere ends at back of magnet board.

4. Using 1/4″ double-sided tape, attach 5/8″-wide ribbon across pleated band, adhering ends on back of magnet board. Using second strip of 1/4″ double-sided tape, attach 3/8″-wide ribbon to center of 5/8″ ribbon, adhering ends at back of magnet board.

5. Following instructions and supply lists that come with each Sizzix Susan’s Garden die, create realistic paper flowers. Allow time for adhesive to dry. Use Power Tab to adhere each flower to a magnet.

6. Place magnet board into frame. Position magnets in a pleasing arrangement so panel looks interesting when the magnets are not in use. Use magnets to hold photos, tickets, memorabilia, cards, and more.

Tips

  • Magpanels Frame-Sized Magnet Boards come in four sizes that match standard-size frames (5”x7”, 8”x10”, 10”x13” and 11”x14”). Your garden can be smaller than the project sample if you need one that fits in less space.
  • Magnet board looks best when at least two flowers are “parked” along the pleated ribbon band; make plenty of magnets if you want flowers there all the time.
  • The collection of Susan’s Garden flower dies is extensive, with dozens of choices beyond the ones shown. Like in a real garden, you can choose dozens of different varieties or stick to a smaller number of favorites (daisies and roses; nothing but poinsettias; only orchids!).
  • To change the garden each season or for special occasions, attach the ribbons with temporary tape and switch to different flower-topped magnets and ribbons.
  • If you want the option of switching the collection of magnets, but do not want to change the ribbons: Use only tone-on-tone ribbons in shades of white and ivory or another neutral palette.
  • Omit the frame; display on a decorative tabletop easel.

 by Judi Kauffman for MAGPANELS (www.magpanels.com)

Fall Candy Jar / Table Décor

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

If you’re someone who smiles when the Halloween candy appears in the stores, you’ll love creating this cute-and-easy candy jar to hold your favorite treats. The only problem you may have is numerous trips back to the store to replenish the candy!

Materials

  • Quart-size Mason jar
  • Craft felt: orange, light green, purple, black
  • May Arts Ribbons, 1-1/2” wide: Rust/Black Iridescent (405-15-36), Wired Faux Burlap (445-15-32)
  • Small white buttons
  • Treats of choice

Tools

  • Xyron Creatopia with Fabric Adhesive
  • Xyron 1.5″ Sticker Maker
  • Xyron 3” Sticker Maker
  • Xyron 3/8″ High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • Xyron 1/4″ Double-Sided High Tack Tape
  • Provo Craft Cricut Cuttlebug Die-Cutting System
  • Sizzix Dies: Bigz Branch with Leaves & Flower, Bigz Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Florals, Sizzlits Vintage Lace

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

STEP 1

Using 3” Xyron Sticker Maker, apply adhesive to Rust/Black ribbon and attach around the center of jar.

STEP 2

Die cut Vintage Lace border from black felt; run through the Xyron 1.5” Sticker Maker. Adhere border around jar along center of Rust/Black ribbon.

STEP 3

Run purple, orange, and light green felt sheets through Xyron Creatopia with Fabric Adhesive Cartridge; die cut vines from light green felt and flowers from purple and orange felt. Peel off paper backing and apply to jar over ribbon as shown. Using Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots, apply buttons to centers of flowers.

STEP 4

Wrap burlap ribbon around top of jar; tie into bow. Adhere bow to jar using Xyron 1/4″ Double-Sided High Tack Tape.

STEP 5

Fill jar with your favorite seasonal treat!

Tip

  • Die cut additional flowers from leftover, adhesive-backed felt and store them for future projects; just don’t remove the backing paper until ready to use.

by Gini Williams Cagle for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Warm Wishes Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Use embossing folders on cardstock or specialty holographic papers with amazing results. This card shows both types of paper after embossing, then the designs are tapped with a VersaMark ink pad and embossing powder to really accent the Snowflakes Embossing Folder. What a striking look!

Materials

Tools

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

5”x6-1/2”

Card

1. Cut 5”x6-1/2” Black Suede paper panel for side-fold card; adhere to card front.

2. Following manufacturer’s instructions, cut and place 4-1/2″x6″ black cardstock panel inside the Snowflakes Embossing Folder and run through die-cutting machine. Trim embossed cardstock to 4″x5-1/2″.

3. Ink brayer with VersaMark ink by rolling it across pad until covered. (Note: You may also carefully ink the raised surface using the ink pad itself.) Very lightly roll brayer over embossed cardstock. Dust with White embossing powder, tap off excess, and heat set. Apply VersaMark ink again with brayer, dust with Kaleidoscope embossing powder, and re-heat to set. Mat panel on white cardstock with 1/16″ border and adhere to card center.

4. Use the Snowflakes Embossing Folder to emboss 3-1/2″x3-1/2″ Red Fireworks holographic paper and use method in Step 3 to heat emboss. Mat on Black Suede paper, then on white cardstock with 1/16″ borders and adhere on left of card front as shown.

5. Stamp and emboss “Warm WISHES” sentiment and snowflake onto 2-1/4″x5/8″ black cardstock strip using Snow Bird Small Stamp. Mat on white cardstock, then on Black Suede paper with 1/16″ borders. Adhere to card as shown using foam tape.

6. Adhere grosgrain ribbon on opposite corners of card front, tucking ends under Black Suede layer as shown. Tie grosgrain ribbon bow and adhere to upper ribbon using adhesive dot; cut ends in “V” as shown.

7. See the Embossing Folders free webisode at PaperWishes.com to see the inside of this card. It will air Oct. 9.

Tip

  • Very lightly rub the VersaMark ink pad over embossed designs to create tone-on-tone effects; create more vibrant results, as shown here, using layered embossing powders.

by Gail Booth for Hot Off The Press / Paper Wishes (www.paperwishes.com)

 

Great Finds Friday: Tape It & Make MORE with Platypus Designer Duct Tape

Welcome to Great Finds Friday! Today finds me in a bit of a sticky situation. . . I can’t decide what to make next from Richela Fabian Morgan’s fantastic new book Tape It & Make MORE: 101 More Duct Tape Activities.

While some of you might think that duct tape crafting is for kids or your hardware store-loving other halves, I want to talk about how versatile this inexpensive and nearly indestructible crafting material really is. And it’s a blast to work with, whether you’re creating duct tape pouches for storage needs, cute and trendy accessories, or costumes for Halloween. Keep reading and you could win your own copy of Tape It & Make MORE, plus a gorgeous roll of Platypus Designer Duct Tape!

Morgan’s new book features a wonderful introduction that covers basic tools you’ll need to become a serious duct tape crafter, as well as tips for tool care and hints on creating your own duct tape “fabric.” Whether you have access only to solid-colored tapes, or you look online or in stores for beautiful patterned tapes like those from Platypus Designer Duct Tape, you’re guaranteed crafting success if you follow these easy, photo-illustrated project instructions.

Here’s a look at some of the patterns available from Platypus Designer Duct Tape; visit their website www.designerducttape.com to find many more, including cool duct tape kits.

Within the 10 project-filled chapters, Morgan provides inspired looks ranging from Accessories (like earrings, brooches, slippers, even duct tape shoelaces!) to Housewares (shower caddy, napkin rings, shoe mat, and the coolest wall umbrella holder – no more water dripping all over your entryway!). Other chapters include: Cushions, Pads, Mats, and Pillows; Decorative Stickers; Bags and Cases (think cool, trendy tablet holder); Flowers, Fruits, and Plants (no green thumb required); Toys (kids will love these handmade creations); Costumes (Halloween’s coming, plan a unique costume this year with creative duct tape style); Holiday (decorations, ornaments, hostess gifts); and Just for Fun (I’ve already made five Reusable Hot Beverage Sleeves using these instructions; we have a bit of a Starbucks “problem” in our house).

For a small investment, you can create countless duct tape gifts for upcoming holidays. Who doesn’t love to save some cash while creating something unique and delightful for family and friends?

For a chance to win your own copy of Tape It & Make MORE, leave a comment on the blog telling us the name of your favorite roll of tape from the Platypus Designer Duct Tape website. Five winners will each receive a copy of the book and a randomly chosen roll of Designer Duct Tape.

Winners will be announced in the next Great Finds Friday post on October 11th.

Good luck and happy taping!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff

Trick or Treat Greeting

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

From a spooky ghost, creepy cobwebs, and mystical witch to a jovial pumpkin and smiling moon, this Trick-or-Treat Greeting is loaded with all types of Halloween fun!

Materials

  • Charles Craft 14-count Wheatstraw Aida, 17”x12”
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss
  • Kreinik Mfg. Co. #4 Braid

Tools

  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

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

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 11″x6″; Stitch count: 155 w x 84 h

Trick or Treat Greeting

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.

3. Finish as desired.

by Ursula Michael

Fall Thank You Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Make everyday paper-and-embellishment collections look more seasonal by adding custom die-cut shapes in the colors you want to highlight.

Materials

  • Cardstock: white, dark blue, orange, rust, brown
  • Anna Griffin Gabbie by Maude Asbury Collection 6”x6” Cardstock Paper Pad
  • Anna Griffin Gabbie by Maude Asbury Collection Stickers: 3D Art Stickers, 3D Title Stickers
  • We R Memory Keepers Aqua Baker’s Twine
  • Jute twine

Tools

  • Provo Craft Cricut Cutting System and Creative Memories Cheerful Seasons Cartridge
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, foam squares

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, detail scissors, ruler, pencil, stapler and staples

Directions

STEP 1

Make 6”x6” white side-fold card. Cut 6” dark blue cardstock square; adhere to card front.

STEP 2

Cut 5-3/4” floral paper square; adhere to card front.

STEP 3

Cut 5” ledger paper square and 5-1/4” aqua tone-on-tone paper square. Layer and adhere squares together. Cut 5”x1” green oval paper strip; adhere to top of ledger paper square.

STEP 4

Following manufacturer’s instructions, cut three fall leaves and/or branches from orange, rust, and brown cardstock. Adhere die cuts in upper left corner of ledger paper panel. Tie twine into bow around panel as shown.

STEP 5

Adhere dimensional flower sticker to leaves using foam squares.

STEP 6

Detail cut flower and leaf motif from patterned paper and adhere to bottom right corner of ledger paper panel.

STEP 7

Loop baker’s twine through small dimensional tag sticker. Adhere sticker to panel as shown using foam squares. Staple twine to panel as shown.

STEP 8

Adhere panel to card with foam squares.

Tip

  • If you don’t own an electronic cutting system, substitute silk leaves for the die cuts.

by Aly Dosdall for Anna Griffin (www.annagriffin.com)

Fall Leaves Table Runner

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Tired of looking for just the right table runner to match your décor? Design your own using basic sewing instructions and stamping techniques. The possibilities are practically endless!

Materials

  • Fabrics, 2 yards each: unbleached muslin; cotton or poly-cotton, light green or color of choice
  • Sage cording, 4 yds.
  • Sage tassels, 3” long

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Stamps: ivy leaves, birch leaves
  • DecoArt Acrylic Paints: Terra Cotta, Antique Gold, Hauser Light Green, Dazzling Metallic Emperor’s Gold
  • Fabric pencil, or dressmaker’s chalk

Basic Supplies

scissors, yardstick, T-square, straight pins, iron, paintbrush, paper plate, paper towels, container with soap and water

Directions

Size

12”x60”

Table Runner

1. To sew top of table runner, use yardstick, T-square, and fabric pencil, to measure and mark a 13”x61” rectangle on muslin fabric; cut out. See Figure 1. To shape each end into a point, trim away corners as shown.

Figure 1

2. Using top as pattern, cut one backing from green fabric and one lining from muslin.

3. Place backing, right side up, on work surface. See Figure 2. Pin cording to edges of backing so cording faces inward, and cording overlaps at one edge. Pin one tassel, tassels facing inward, to each end. Using zipper foot, sew cording and tassels to backing.

Figure 2

4. Pin muslin layers to right side of backing. Use zipper foot to sew back and front together, leaving an 8” opening at one side for turning.

5. Turn table runner right side out. Whipstitch opening closed; press.

6. Use paintbrush to apply paint to leaf stamps. See Stamping Tips below. Apply paint in a thin, even layer. Practice stamping on fabric scrap until you are confident about the amount of paint and pressure to use. Stamp all leaves using the same paint color at one time. Wash stamp with mild soap and water and dry thoroughly before changing colors. Repeat stamping/cleaning/drying process until all paints have been used.

Tip

  • Instead of making a table runner from scratch, give an old one new life by embellishing with stamped designs, new tassels, or other trims.

Stamping Tips

  • If the stamps include more than one size leaf, apply paint to one leaf at a time, stamp design, then wash and dry stamp before changing leaf size or color.
  • Here’s an easy way to arrange your design. Paint three or four leaves, both birch and ivy, using each color of paint, onto paper. Cut out paper leaves and arrange on table runner. When satisfied with arrangement, pin leaves in place to use as a painting guide.
  • In case of a misplaced paint drop or slip of the stamp, change design slightly and add a leaf to cover the mistake.

by Connie Matricardi

Aqualicious Jewelry

Leather jewelry is one of the biggest trends to surface in the fashion world in recent times.  No longer the domain of punks, bikers, and Goths, leather jewelry is now mainstream.  It’s a chic-and-trendy jewelry style that has been embraced by both celebrities and the general population alike.  Popular in both men’s and women’s jewelry, this trend just keeps getting hotter!

With its soft, natural feel against your skin, leather is an ideal stringing material for bracelets. But combined with a sprinkling of beads, leather jewelry takes on a whole new look and adds a new dimension to your jewelry designs.

This bracelet and earrings set combines color and texture using Silver Creek Leather Sof-Suede Lace and a simple braiding technique to create a two tone bracelet with a hint of sparkle and matching earrings in either black or aqua – the choice is yours.

Materials

  • Silver Creek Leather 3/32” Sof-Suede Lace: Aqua, Goth Black
  • Rhinestone cup chain: small, medium
  • Black Kashmiri bead, 18mm
  • 3-hole silver end connector bars, two
  • Fancy 3-hole silver end connector bars, two
  • Silver ribbon clamps, 6mm, 10
  • Silver jump rings, 4mm, 18
  • Silver eye pin
  • Silver hitch and ball clasp

Tools

  • Pliers: round-nose, flat-nose, chain-nose
  • Wire cutters
  • Toothpick
  • Bulldog clips
  • Beacon Adhesives 527 Multi-Use Glue 

Step 1

Cut three 16” lengths of each of the Aqua and Goth Black Sof-Suede lace.  Line up the ends of the three Aqua pieces and place them in the bulldog clip.  Braid the three pieces together evenly until you reach the end.

Step 2

Trim the ends and place a ribbon clamp over the braid.  Hold the ribbon clamp by the sides so that the laces stay in place and then use the flat nose pliers to gently but firmly close the clamp over the laces.

Step 3

Repeat Steps 1 and 2 with the Goth Black Sof-Suede Lace.

To Make The Earrings

Step 4

Decide whether you want to make the aqua earrings or the black earrings and work with that color braid.  Measure 3” from the folded edge of the ribbon clamp and place a bulldog clip on the other side of the mark. Cut the laces and then secure them with a ribbon clamp as before.

Step 5

Use the chain-nose pliers to create an opening in the top of the braid near one end of the ribbon clamps.

Push the first rhinestone of the small cup chain through the hole and close the gap.

Step 6

To determine how much cup chain you need, hold the two ribbon clamps together so that they form a teardrop shape. Wrap the chain around the teardrop and then cut the chain one link longer than the braid. Apply adhesive with the toothpick to the back of several cups of the chain and press them firmly down the middle of the braid.

Repeat until you are about five cups from the end of the braid. Open the braid as before and push the last link of the chain through to the other side. Carefully apply adhesive to the back of the last few cups.

Step 7

Connect the two ribbon clamps together with a jump ring. Connect the first jump ring to the earring wire with a second jump ring.

Step 8

Make a second earring to match.

To Make The Bracelet

Step 9

Cut two 2” pieces of each of the laces and use ribbon crimps to secure the ends firmly in place.

Step 10

Cut two 2” pieces of medium rhinestone cup chain. Place the last link of one end of a piece of cup chain into an end cup; use the flat-nose pliers to gently press down the claws over the rhinestone. Repeat on each end of the two chains.

Step 11

Use jump rings to attach the braided lace to the outside of the two fancy 3-hole connector ends and the cup chains to the middle holes. Attach the other ends of the braided laces and cup chains to the plain 3-hole connector ends.

Step 12

String the Kashmiri bead on the eye pin and turn a simple loop.

Step 13

Open the eye loops of the Kashmiri bead and attach one to each of the two fancy end connectors.

Step 14

Connect one half of the clasp to each end of the bracelet with jump rings.

by Myléne Hillam for Silver Creek Leather (www.silvercreekleather.com)

Fall Banner

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Welcome fall with a festive banner made using Die-namics dies and richly colored cardstock from My Favorite Things.

Materials

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Hot Fudge, Sour Apple, Kraft, Tangy Orange
  • My Favorite Things Sour Apple Buttons, seven
  • My Favorite Things Hemp Cord
  • Green glitter cardstock
  • Paper: corrugated, patterned
  • Heavy jute cord (for hanging)

Tools

  • Die-cutting system and My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Jumbo Fishtail Flags STAX, 1/4″ Rosette, High-Rise Alphabet, Lisa Johnson Designs Fall Foliage, Mix & Match Banners, Open Simply Scallops Trio, Mini Doily Circles, Circle STAX
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Vintage Photo Ink Pad
  • Scor-Pal Scor-Pal Scoring Board
  • Adhesives: tape runner, foam tape, glue gun and sticks, Scor-Pal Scor-Tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, sponge dauber

Directions

Size

32″x4-1/2”

Fall Banner

(Note: Use photos as guides throughout.)

1. For each pennant, die cut largest Jumbo Fishtail Flag STAX die from corrugated paper, next smaller die from Hot Fudge cardstock, and next smaller die from patterned paper. Die cut smallest Open Simply Scallops Trio die and Mini Doily Circle die from corrugated paper. Die cut fourth smallest die from Circle STAX large set from scrap paper. Die cut two 1/4″ Rosettes from contrasting patterned paper.

2. Die cut letters to spell FALL from green glitter cardstock using High-Rise Alphabet dies.

3. Die cut seven Mix & Match Banners pennants from corrugated paper.

4. Die cut two each of three leaves from Lisa Johnson Designs Fall Foliage die set.

5. Sponge edges of die cuts with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, except Hot Fudge cardstock layer and scrap circles.

6. Trim 1/4″ from long edge of both 1/4″ Rosette die cuts and accordion fold on scored lines.

7. Continue until both strips are folded.

8. Apply two pieces of Scor-Tape to both ends of one strip.

9. Adhere two strips together, overlapping ends. (Note: Strips should now form circle.)

10. Flatten circle and apply heavy bead of hot glue around center opening, approximately 1/2″ from center.

11. Working quickly, adhere scrap circle over hot glue, keeping it centered and smooth. Allow glue to set and cool completely.

12. When set, flip medallion over and apply hot glue in same manner to front, approximately 1/4″ from center.

13. Working quickly, adhere Mini Doily Circle die cut to center of medallion and smooth with fingers.

14. To assemble pennant, adhere patterned paper, Hot Fudge cardstock, and corrugated layers together with tape runner. Trim Open Simply Scallops Trio die cut to width of largest Jumbo Fishtail Flag STAX layer and adhere with foam tape. Adhere medallion to pennant with hot glue. Repeat for all six pennants.

15. Score leaves through center and shape with fingers. Using photo as guide, arrange two sets of leaves and adhere together with hot glue; tie hemp cord into bow around stems. Adhere one set to each outer pennant. Adhere letters to four inner pennants with foam tape. Tie buttons with hemp cord and adhere to Mix & Match Banners. Arrange in correct order, starting with small pennant, then alternating large and small.

16. Flip banner over, face down, maintaining correct order.

17. Make 1″ loop from heavy jute cord and secure with tape; apply heavy bead of hot glue to back of first mini pennant.

 

18. Quickly adhere jute cord in hot glue; allow to set and cool.

19. Run heavy bead of hot glue on first large pennant and quickly adhere jute cord. Leave approximately 1/4″ between pennants to allow for draping when hanging.

20. Adhere jute cord to rest of pennants in same manner until complete.

Tip

  • If score lines on 1/4″ Rosette die cuts are not deep enough, try shimming with a sheet of cardstock.

by Barbara Anders for My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.com)