Flowers & Frogs Magnet Board

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

MAGPANELS magnet boards and Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks from Ranger are a winning combination. So many color combinations, so many possibilities! We went with rich fall shades and incorporated lots of dots and spots to match the flower stamens and the patterns on the frogs, but you can take this project in any direction you choose.

Materials

  • MAGPANELS Large Magpanel Horizontal
  • MAGPANELS Magnets, one for each frog and flower
  • BoBunny Press Blossoms Collection Natural Earth Pansy
  • Graphic 45 Typography Collection Papers, 12”x12”: Typography, Imagine
  • Flat-back frogs or other dimensional embellishments
  • Brass grommets, two
  • Rope, ribbon, cording, or push pins

Tools

  • Sequin waste or dot pattern stencil
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks: Cranberry, Terra Cotta, Sunset Orange, Mushroom, Pitch Black
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks Gold Metallic Mixatives
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Adirondack Ink Applicator
  • Grommet setter
  • Tombow Power Tabs Adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, newspapers and plastic bag (to cover work surface), rubber gloves, old shirt

Directions

Size

13-1/2″ x 11-3/4″

Flowers & Frogs Magnet Board

1. Spread plastic bag covered with newspapers on work table. Use protective clothing as needed, such as rubber gloves and an old shirt. (Note: Alcohol inks will stain; follow manufacturer’s instructions and work in a well-ventilated space.)

2. Place magnet board on newspapers. Working quickly, randomly apply alcohol inks to magnet board using ink applicator, covering majority of metal. (Note: Some silver metal should remain visible.) Apply Pitch Black and Gold last to yield most vibrant spots.

3. While ink is wet, press dot pattern stencil onto surface. Lift stencil and press to surface in another area of board to deposit color. Repeat as desired to create pattern and look of dotted texture.

4. Set grommets in holes at top of board. For hanging, insert rope, ribbon, or cord through grommets and knot ends, or use large push pins to hang board.

5. Adhere magnets to back of each flower and frog using Power Tabs. Use magnets to attach inspirational quote or note cards as desired. Quote and card are cut from patterned papers.

Tip

  • For a masculine look, use fish for magnets instead of flowers. Add a feminine touch by using a piece of lace for the stencil and only flowers for the magnets.

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

Fall & Halloween Floral Décor

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Use Xyron adhesives to transform a plain papier-mâché box into seasonal décor that works not only for beautiful autumn days, but also for spooktacular Halloween night!

Materials

  • Papier-mâché box, 5”x5”x5-1/2”
  • Floral foam, 2”x4”x4”
  • Silk flower bunches: autumn mums/sunflowers, black roses
  • Orange berry stem
  • Halloween-themed 6”x6” paper pad
  • Coordinating Halloween-themed cardstock title
  • Orange glitter cardstock
  • Assorted metal mini gears, five
  • Black zipper rose with jeweled center, 2-3/4”
  • Black felt trim, 1/2” wide

Tools

  • Xyron Double-Sided High Tack Tape, 1/2”
  • Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots: 3/16”, 3/8”
  • Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit
  • Die-cutting system and jumbo flourish die

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, glue gun and sticks, wire cutters

Directions

Size

5”x5”x13”

STEP 1

Use glue gun to adhere floral foam into bottom of box.

STEP 2

Cut four 5”x5-1/2” sheet music paper panels to cover box sides.

STEP 3

Apply four strips of Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape to each face of box along edges. Remove liners from first side of box and press paper panel to surface. Repeat to cover all sides.

STEP 4

Cut four 5”x1” damask paper strips. Adhere strips around sides of box, very slightly above center, using Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape.

STEP 5

Apply continuous line of Xyron 1/4” Double-Sided High Tack Tape from Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit around top edge of box. Press felt trim firmly to tape while wrapping box; trim ends to just meet.

STEP 6

For autumn side of box, cut four 1” squares from orange text paper. Using Xyron 3/16” High Tack Adhesive Dots, adhere mini gears to squares as shown. Adhere gear squares to damask strip using Foam Squares from Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit.

STEP 7

For Halloween side of box, die cut flourish from orange glitter cardstock; adhere to box as shown using Xyron 3/16” High Tack Adhesive Dots. Mat cardstock title on orange glitter cardstock; adhere layers together using Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape. Adhere title to box using Foam Squares from Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit. Adhere zipper rose to box using several Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots. (Note: If weight of rose pulls it away from box, reattach rose using glue gun.)

STEP 8

To display autumn side of box, insert mums into foam. To display Halloween side of box, remove mums and insert berry stem and black roses. Check fit; trim stem ends of floral bunches as needed using wire cutters before inserting back into foam.

Tip

  • Unlike other double-sided liner tapes, Xyron Double-Sided High Tack Tape can be torn by hand and quickly applied to a variety of surfaces, saving you time.

by Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Pumpkin Sweatshirt

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

When the crisp autumn wind starts to whirl, this Jack -O’-Laughter sweatshirt will keep you warm and let everyone know you’re ready for a little Halloween fun! Use this same design to create a trick-or-treat bag or decorative door banner.

Materials

  • Sweatshirt, adult size
  • Cotton fabrics: burnt orange, 1⁄4 yard; gold, 6” square; brown, 3” square
  • Black pearl cotton
  • Brown four-hole buttons, 5/8” diameter, two

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Red fabric paint
  • Large stencil brush
  • Thermo O Web HeatnBond UltraHold Iron-On Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, tracing paper, pencil, ruler, iron and pressing surface

Directions

Note

Wash and dry all fabrics before beginning. Use photo and pumpkin pattern as placement and stitching guides throughout.

Pumpkin Sweatshirt

1. Cut 3” square, 6” square, and 10”x12” rectangle from iron-on adhesive. Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse squares to wrong sides of gold and brown fabrics. Fuse rectangle to burnt orange fabric.

2. Print and cut out patterns along dashed lines; transfer nose to gold fused fabric, stem to brown, and pumpkin outline to burnt orange. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print.)

3. Position pumpkin and stem on sweatshirt with top of stem 2-3⁄4” below top edge of collar; fuse pumpkin and stem to sweatshirt. Fuse nose to pumpkin.

4. Use tracing paper and pumpkin pattern to transfer eyes, mouth, and line below stem to pumpkin. Drybrush cheeks red.

5. Using one strand pearl cotton, blanket stitch around pumpkin, stem, nose, and mouth. For eyes, sew buttons to pumpkin, crossing thread to make an “X” in each eye.

Tip

  • The secret to a professionally crafted look is the quality of fabric you choose for your pumpkin. Skip the sale table and opt instead for a textured print or heavyweight solid fabric for best results.

by Mary Ayres

Great Finds Friday: Sewing Essentials Winner!

Happy Friday, Crafters! In honor of National Sewing Month, we’re here to announce the lucky winner of the Great Finds Friday: National Sewing Month Edition giveaway offered here on the blog on September 13th.

Guest blogger Jennifer Davey, www.bestillmycraftingheart.blogspot.com, presented an amazing assortment of goodies and gadgets from Clover and Creative Solutions that any sewing enthusiast would love! Plus, Jennifer is including one of her divine, handmade Pillbox Pincushions. If you missed the original post, click on the bold blue link above. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the fabulous products featured in the post:

The winner, as chosen by Random.org, is Trish Nicholls. Congratulations, Trish! We’ll contact you via email for your mailing address.

Watch for another great giveaway on Great Finds Friday, September 27th. Your kids will love it!

Happy Sewing!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff (www.craftsnthings.com)

 

Vintage Bumblebee Earrings

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Fusing glass is so easy when you use Diamond Tech’s line of Fuseworks tools! Create these vintage-looking earrings to celebrate the last days of summer!

Materials

  • Diamond Tech: Fuseworks Bug-A-Boos Fuse Art Decals, Opalescent White 90 COE Fusing Glass
  • Delphi Glass Gold Plated Round Cabochon Mini Links (85435), two
  • White oven-bake polymer clay, small amount
  • Gold findings, two each: headpins, earring wires

Tools

  • Diamond Tech Fuseworks Glass Cutter, Kiln Paper, Kiln; Studio Pro Running Pliers
  • Pliers: chain-nose, round-nose
  • Wire cutters
  • Acrylic paints: gold, black
  • Microwave oven
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven
  • Eclectic Products E6000 Industrial Strength Adhesive

Basic Supplies

ruler, soft cloth, oven mitts, craft knife, damp paper towel, scissors, container of water, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Size

3″

Earrings

1. To cut white glass, position on flat cutting surface with smooth side facing up. Starting on edge of glass and holding cutter firmly in one hand, push cutter gently and evenly across glass. Decrease pressure slightly as you reach the opposite edge of the glass; lift cutter off glass at end. Hold glass in one hand, with score facing up. With other hand, center score line in jaws of running pliers about 1/2” onto glass surface. Apply pressure to handles until glass separates into two pieces. Cut four 3/8”x3/8” squares from white glass. Clean and dry with soft cloth.

2. Cut 2”x2” from kiln paper to fit base of kiln. Place paper on kiln base. Arrange two 3/8” glass squares on top of kiln paper about 1/2” apart. Place another square on top of base square at 90º angle so corners of top square hang over sides of base square. Carefully place kiln base with glass on center of microwave oven. Place lid on top of base.

3. To achieve full fuse, microwave on high for 2-1/2 minutes. (Note: Every microwave oven and kiln will vary. If using a microwave with a lower wattage, keep the time consistent but increase the power.) When microwave time has expired, use oven mitts to carefully open lid. If glass is not fused to your liking, return kiln lid to base and place in microwave for 30 second intervals until fused. (Note: Glass is VERY hot. Be extremely careful and never touch the glass.)

4. When desired results have been achieved, use oven mitts to remove kiln from microwave oven. Set kiln on heat resistant work surface and let cool for 30-45 minutes. (Note: Do not leave the lid off the kiln for an extended period of time during this stage. Removing the lid may cause your glass to crack.)

5. While glass is cooling, create two mini beehives by rolling 1/2” balls of clay into cone shapes. Use craft knife to carve three horizontal lines around each cone. Insert headpin  through bottom center of each cone. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake beehives on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven. Let cool.

6. Once fused glass from kiln has cooled, remove fiber paper from back of glass by rubbing surface with damp paper towel.

7. Use scissors to cut out two bumblebee decals. Cut tiny slits around edges of each decal to help set on rounded surface. Place decals in container of water for 30 seconds. Slide backing paper off decal and set on cooled glass. (Note: The decal should slide off backing paper easily. If it doesn’t, let soak in container of water for 10-15 more seconds.) Use paper towel to pat moisture from decal and glass. Smooth out air bubbles with fingertip. Let dry thoroughly before firing.

8. Cut 2”x2” from kiln paper and place on base of kiln. Place two pieces of glass on top of kiln paper. Carefully place kiln in microwave oven. Follow fusing guide on decal packaging for best results when fusing decals. Use oven mitts to carefully open kiln lid after time has expired. If white residue appears on decal, return kiln lid to base and place in microwave for 30 second intervals until white residue disappears. (Note: Never touch the glass. Glass is VERY hot.) Let glass completely cool for 30-45 minutes before removing from kiln.

9. On covered work surface, paint each beehive gold. Let dry. Lightly paint with (1:1) mixture of black paint and water. Let dry for about 10 minutes. Drybrush beehives gold. Let dry.

10. Adhere each fused glass piece to front of cabochon link using glue. Let set.

11. Use chain-nose pliers to bend wire end on headpin in beehive to 90º angle. Grasp headpin with round-nose pliers and pull wire up and over top of round-nose pliers to form full loop. Cut excess wire off looped end on headpin using wire cutters. Open loop and attach onto bottom link on cabochon; close loop to secure. Attach earring wire to top link on cabochon. Repeat process for other earring.

by Lauren DiSanza for Diamond Tech (www.diamondtechcrafts.com)

Crocheted Animal Booties

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Your little ones will love these delightful animal booties! Just crochet and then whipstitch them to a purchased pair of infant socks.

Materials

  • Infant socks in coordinating color, 1 pair each
  • Sport-weight yarn (for elephant), 2.5 oz.: light blue, 1 skein; pale blue, 1 skein; black, small amount for facial features
  • Sport-weight yarn (for lion), 2.5 oz.: light yellow, 1 skein; yellow, 1 skein; white, black, light blue, small amount of each color for facial features

Tools

  • Crochet hook, size E/4 (3.50mm)
  • Yarn needle

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

Size

0-6 months

Special Technique – Loop Stitch

  • 1. Insert hook in st, wrap yarn counterclockwise around first finger of left hand, insert hook from right to left through both loops on finger; adjusting yarn to loop size called for in instructions, pull through st, drop loop, yarn over and pull through loops on hook. See Fig. 1.

 

Gauge

6 sc = 1”; 6 sc rows = 1”

Note

Do not join at end of each rnd unless otherwise indicated.

Elephant Booties (make two)

1. Starting at bottom of sole with light blue yarn, ch 21.

2. Rnd 1. Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch to end of row; working down opposite side on starting ch, sc in each ch. [40 sc]

3. Rnd 2. (2 sc in next sc, sc in each of the next 18 sc, 2 sc in next sc) two times. [44 sc]

4. Rnd 3. (2 sc in next sc, sc in each of the next 20 sc, 2 sc in next sc) two times. [48 sc]

5. Rnd 4. (2 sc in next sc, sc in each of the next 22 sc, 2 sc in next sc) two times [52 sc]

6. Rnds 5-7. Sc in each sc around. [52 sc]

7. Rnd 8. Working in front loop only for this rnd, sc in each st around; fasten off light blue yarn. [52 sc]

8. Rnd 9. Working in back loops of Rnd 7 for this rnd, join pale blue yarn with sc in next st, sc in each sc around. [52 sc] (Note: This round creates a ridge around bootie.)

9. Rnd 10. Sc in each of the next three sc, *(slip st, ch 3, 8 tr, ch 3, slip st) in front loop of next sc for ear*, sc in each of the next 44 sc, repeat between *’s one time for second ear, sc in each of the next three sc.

10. Rnd 11. Sc in each sc around, working in back loop of Rnd 9 at each ear. [52 sc]

11. Rnd 12. Sc in each of the next 12 sc, skip next 28 sc, sc in remaining 12 sc. [24 sc] (Note: This round creates the back of the elephant head.)

12. Rnds 13-14. To begin face, sc in each sc around. [24 sc]

13. Rnd 15. *Sc in next sc, skip next sc, sc in next sc; repeat from * around. [16 sc]

14. Rnd 16. Sc in each sc around. [16 sc]

15. Rnd 17. To begin trunk, *sc in next sc, skip next sc; repeat from * around. [8 sc]

16. Rnds 18-21. Sc in each sc around. Fasten off at end of Rnd 21. Weave in loose ends.

Lion Booties (make two)

1. With light yellow, ch 21. Repeat Rnds 1-7 of Elephant, dropping light yellow yarn at end of Rnd 7. Do not fasten off.

2. Rnd 8. Join yellow yarn in same st where light yellow yarn was dropped, ch 1, turn; working around bootie in opposite direction from Rnds 1-7, work 1/2” loop st (see Special Technique – Loop Stitch) in each sc around; join with a slip st in beginning st. Fasten off tellow yarn. [52 sts]

3. Rnd 9. Pick up light yellow, ch 1, turn; working around bootie in same direction as Rnds 1-7, sc in each st around. [52 sc]

4. Rnd 10. Sc in each of the next two sc, *(slip st, hdc) in front loop of next sc, (dc, tr) in front loop of next sc, (tr, dc) in front loop of next sc, (hdc, slip st) in front loop of next sc for ear*, sc in each of the next 40 sc, repeat between *’s one time for second ear, sc in each of the remaining two sc.

5. Rnd 11. Sc in each sc around, working in back loops of Rnd 9 at each ear. [52 sc]

6. Rnd 12. Sc in each of the next 12 sc, skip next 28 sc, sc in each of the remaining 12 sc. [24 sc] (Note: This round creates the back of the lion head.)

7. Rnds 13-14. To begin face, sc in each sc around. [24 sc]

8. Rnd 15. *Sc in next sc, skip next sc, sc in next sc; repeat from * around. [16 sc]

9. Rnd 16. Sc in each sc around. [16 sc]

10. Rnd 17. *Sc in next sc, skip next sc; repeat from * around. [8 sc]

11. Rnd 18. Slip st in every other sc around until four sc remain. Fasten off; weave in loose ends.

facial features

1. For elephant’s face, use black yarn to make one French knot for each eye and two straight stitches to define top of eye; see Fig. 2. Backstitch a U-shaped smile beneath trunk.

2. For Lion’s face, see Fig. 3. For each eye, work one chain with white and another chain with light blue inside it for iris; work two straight stitches with black for center of eye. Define top of eye with two straight stitches with black. For top of nose, work four chains on each side with yellow yarn, forming an upside down “V.” With black, satin stitch nose; backstitch mouth.

3. For whiskers, thread yarn needle with four strands of white yarn. Insert needle from side to side behind nose; remove needle. Knot ends together on each side of nose. Trim whiskers to length desired. Tack bottom of mouth to instep of bootie.

Finishing

1. Slip one sock into each bootie with toe at animal’s head. Turn sock cuff downward halfway to outside of bootie.

2. With yarn needle and coordinating yarn, whipstitch cuff to bootie, stitching between ribs of cuff; be sure to stretch sock cuff while sewing for a better fit.

by Sue Penrod

Celtic Knots Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Dry brushing is a perfect technique for enhancing and highlighting detail. Even when changing colors, you never use water, so it’s ideal for paper crafting. Layer colors to achieve your desired effect.

Materials

  • Stampin’ Up! Basic Black Cardstock
  • Kaisercraft Self-Adhesive Rhinestones: Round Yellow; Mx Square Lilac, Silver
  • May Arts Thin Gold Cord

Tools

  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Junior Replacement Plates Full Set (GC-011)
  • Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Grand Rectangles Dies (LF-132)
  • Spellbinders 3D M-Bossabilities Celtic Knot Embossing Folder (E3D-012) and Raspberry Spacer Plate (GC-012)
  • Royal & Langnickel #8 Sable White Bissell Brush
  • Acrylic paints: Delta Ceramcoat Lt. Ivory, AC Flesh, Woodland Night Green; DecoArt Americana Soft Sage; Plaid FolkArt Bayberry
  • NARCO Metallic Finger Rub-Ons Color Kit
  • Adhesives: Glue Arts GlueGlider Pro, 3M Scotch Brand Foam Mounting Tape

Basic Supplies

scissors, scoring tool, craft knife and cutting mat, old dishtowel, mini water mister

Directions

Size

7-1/8”x5-1/2”

Celtic Knots Card

1. Make 7-1/8”x5-1/2” black top- or side-fold card as desired.

2. Die cut/emboss two #4 and one #5 Grand Rectangles shapes from black cardstock.

3. Spritz one #4 die cut with water. Place misted die cut inside Celtic Knot folder, sandwich folder between Pink Embossing Plate B and Raspberry Spacer Plate D, and emboss.

4. Using dry brush technique, apply layers of color to raised embossed details until desired look is achieved. To dry brush, dip paintbrush bristle into acrylic paint, brush off nearly all paint onto dry towel in circular motion, and lightly apply to surface. Highlight random areas with metallic gold rub-on finish.

5. Spritz second #4 die cut with water. Repeat Step 3 to emboss design. Using craft knife, detail cut around embossed Celtic Knot; dry brush with acrylic paints. Highlight edges of shape with metallic gold rub-on finish.

6. Thread gold cord around center of Celtic Knot, adhering ends at back. Embellish center of knot with stacked Silver and Lilac square rhinestones. Embellish embossed panel with yellow rhinestones. Adhere knot to embossed panel using foam tape.

7. Mat embossed panel on #5 die cut using small bits of foam tape. Adhere panel to card front.

Tip

  • Remember, never use water on paintbrush even when changing colors or paper may warp.

by Linda Duke for Spellbinders (www.spellbinderspaperarts.com)

Under The Big Top

It’s hard to pinpoint just what I love most about the circus. Is it the color of the big top, the wonderful animals or the clowns and their antics? The circus itself is a minor miracle – it has survived the internet, the iPhone and Netflix. And while drive-in cinemas are no longer to be found, there are still circuses performing around the globe entertaining a new generation of kids.

To celebrate the circus, I have a project that you can make yourself or make with the kids. The clown and circus tent are made in AMACO Cloud Clay which is an air-dry clay that has a lovely suede-like finish and which comes in a heap of colors just perfect for this circus project. The wet clay sticks to itself so the pieces are easily assembled, and when dry, the pieces are astonishingly robust.

To complete the project you will need:

  • AMACO Cloud Clay: Green, Orange, White, Blue, Yellow, Black, Purple, Red, Orange
  • Recycled toilet roll or cardboard cylinder
  • Aluminum foil
  • Acrylic roller
  • Toothpicks
  • Scissors
  • Scallop scissors (optional)
  • Non-stick work surface

To condition the Cloud Clay, pull off a piece of clay large enough for the element you are making and knead it and pull and fold it until it is pliable and soft. Keep the remainder of the clay sealed in an airtight container. I double-bag mine, wrapping first in cling wrap, and then storing it in zip-lock bags. Start with the clown’s feet, shape some Red Cloud Clay to make his shoes. Break a toothpick in two and push one half into each shoe – you will use these to anchor his body.

Scrunch up some aluminum foil to make a sphere for his body. Cover the bottom of the sphere with an overlarge piece of Blue clay; pull some clay away from the body and cut it in two with scissors. Shape the clay to make his trouser legs. Cover the top of the sphere with a large piece of Orange Cloud Clay for his shirt. Press the completed body onto the toothpicks in his shoes, pressing everything firmly together and ensuring that everything is angled correctly so he stands upright.

Make two flattened teardrop shapes using White Cloud Clay for his hands – use scissors to cut the thumb and then curve the shapes to make one left and one right hand. Add some Orange Cloud Clay to his wrists to make sleeves and press the sleeves onto his shirt.

Roll a small egg shape from White Cloud Clay for the clown’s head. Add small pieces of Orange Cloud Clay for the nose and mouth and pieces of Yellow, White, and Black Cloud Clay for his eyes. The image shows how these pieces should be assembled. Press a toothpick into the eyes to make pupils.

Flatten pieces of Green Cloud Clay with your fingers for his ears. Cut around the ears with scallop-edge decorative scissors and press the ears onto the head. Press the head onto the body, ensuring that the clown still stands upright.

Press some Purple clay flat with your fingers to make a bow tie shape. Cut the edges with decorative scissors. Press the bow tie on the clown’s shirt. Finish his trousers with some buttons made from tiny flattened balls of Purple Cloud Clay.

To make the circus tent, roll a piece of Orange Cloud Clay flat using an acrylic roller. Cover a recycled toilet roll with the Orange Cloud Clay and trim away any excess clay. Roll some White Cloud Clay to a similar thickness and cut it into long flat strips. Press the strips of White Cloud Clay onto the Orange clay to make the stripes in the circus tent.

Roll some Orange clay flat and cut a half-circle of clay from it. Press into a cone shape, pull out the bottom edge of the cone to flute it, and sit it on the striped tent base. Make a small flag from Orange clay – roll it around a toothpick and press it into the top of the tent.

Set all the pieces aside to dry.

by Helen Bradley (www.amaco.com)

Ruby Rock-it At Last Giveaway Winner

Hi there, it’s Alice Golden here with you today to announce the lucky winner of the Ruby Rock-it At Last Collection Giveaway. The brand-new At Last Collection is filled with shimmery papers in lovely pastel colors that are perfect for wedding projects, but versatile enough to use in all sorts of paper crafting. This prize includes a mix of their fun printed papers, as well as some beautiful embellishments.

To be entered in this giveaway, all you had to do was leave a comment on this post by midnight PST on September 16 recommending a favorite book, movie, or television show. There was quite a huge response, and lots of great suggestions, but only one lucky winner’s name was selected. The winner, as selected by Random.org, is Naghma.

Congratulations, Naghma! We will be contacting you for your address by email shortly.

Keep reading the Crafts ‘n things blog for daily project ideas, inspiration, and other great giveaways.

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

 

Peaceful Snowflake Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create stunning embossed backgrounds using My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies and Embossing Pad. It’s like getting two tools for the price of one!

Materials

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Wild Cherry, Sweet Tooth
  • Aqua gems
  • Red/aqua baker’s twine

Tools

  • Die-cutting system and My Favorite Things Die-namics Jumbo Snowflake Die
  • My Favorite Things Embossing Pad Combo
  • My Favorite Things Inspired by Christmas Stamp Set
  • My Favorite Things Clearsnap ColorBox Black Licorice Premium Dye Ink Pad
  • Lifestyle Crafts QuickStik Precision Pick-Up and Placement Tool
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, liquid glue, foam tape, removable tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

4-1/4″x5-1/2″

Peaceful Snowflake Card

1. Make 4-1/4”x5-1/2″ Wild Cherry top-fold card. Cut 4”x5-1/4″ Sweet Tooth cardstock panel.

2. Temporarily adhere Jumbo Snowflake die face down to Sweet Tooth panel with removable tape.

3. Place panel and die into die-cutting machine. (Note: Sandwich for ProvoCraft Cuttlebug machine is: A plate, B plate, thick embossing pad, cardstock with die temporarily adhered, second B plate.)

4. Run panel through die-cutting machine. Remove from machine and remove tape.

5. Using pick-up tool, adhere gems as shown with liquid glue. Stamp Black Licorice “Peace” sentiment at lower right corner of panel. Wrap baker’s twine twice around lower edge of panel; tie bow on left.

6. Adhere embossed panel to Wild Cherry card using foam tape.

Tip

  • Line inside of card with Sweet Tooth cardstock panel to make your holiday message easier to read.

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