Silent Night Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Capture the peaceful tranquility of a holy night with this Silent Night Card using Marinanne Design Dies and Glitter Ritz from Ecstasy Crafts.

Materials

  • Cardstock: heavyweight navy blue; lightweight black, white, green, navy blue

Tools

  • Ecstasy Crafts Nellie’s Press Boss Die-cutting and Embossing Machine (NPB001) or any compatible die-cutting system
  • Ecstasy Crafts Dies: Marinanne Design Creatables Horizon Winter Village (LR0284), Horizon Pine Trees (LR0283); Dee’s Distinctively Dies Mini Stars (IME086), Small Merry Christmas (IME087)
  • Ecstasy Crafts Jewel Glitter Ritz Opaque Micro Fine Light Gold Glitter (32MFP)
  • Ecstasy Crafts Adhesives: Be Creative Double-Stick Tape, 40mm wide (BC40), 5mm (BC5); Joy! Crafts 3D Foam Pads, 1mm (65000011)

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, ruler, tweezers, glue stick

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 10-1/2”x7-1/4” strip from navy blue heavyweight cardstock; score and fold to create 5-1/4”x7-1/4” side-fold card.

STEP 2

Cut one of each four colors of lightweight cardstock to measure 5-1/2”x7-1/2”.

STEP 3

Die cut village from white cardstock. (Note: Die is slightly smaller than width of cardstock. Cut village design to fit card at each edge.)

STEP 4

Place die at top of strip and cut out trees and hills from lightweight navy blue, green, and black cardstock. (Note: Die is slightly smaller than width of cardstock. Cut edges from design to allow it to fit on card.)

STEP 5

Using double-sided tape and aligning bottom edges, adhere black tree scene to card front on bottom edge of card as shown.

STEP 6

Align and adhere white village scene to card over black scene slightly lower than tree horizon, placing foam pads behind houses and trees to add dimension. Adhere remainder of white scene to card using double-sided tape; trim away bottom edge to fit bottom of card.

STEP 7

Repeat Step 6 for the remaining two pieces, using photo as placement guide.

STEP 8

Die cut Merry Christmas sentiment and attach to card using glue stick.

STEP 9

Remove one liner strip from 40mm double-sided tape; attach to white cardstock. Die cut two stars and add glitter. (Note: To add glitter, see tip below.) Adhere stars as desired to card front using foam pads.

Tip

  • To add Glitter Ritz, cut and adhere a strip of the Be Creative double-sided tape to cardstock; die cut stars. Peel back tape liner, hold design near edge using tweezers, and dip into glitter to cover entire star. Rub the glitter with your fingers to burnish the glitter to the cardstock (this will brighten the glitter even more). If there are any gaps, re-dip and re-burnish and then dust off access.

by Marilynne Oskamp for Ecstasy Crafts Inc. (www.ecstasycrafts.com)

Mini Koi® Watercolor Cards Plus Free Printable Template

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

These colorful cards are the perfect size to tape to a cupcake box or to hang on a gift bag.

Materials

Tools

  • Sakura of America Koi Coloring Brush Pens
  • Sakura of America Koi Coloring Brush Colorless Blender
  • Sakura of America Koi Water Brush
  • Computer and printer

Basic Supplies

scissors or paper trimmer

Directions

Watercolor Card

1. Click here to access free mini cards template. (Note: Depending on your printer’s ink, the ink may smear when colored over with Colorless Blender. Avoid coloring directly on printed areas, or use a copier to copy cards instead of printing them. Copier ink is less likely to smear.)

2. Trim piece of watercolor paper to 8-1/2”x11” to fit in the printer; print cards. (Note: Use watercolor paper to achieve best results.)

3. Follow Sakura’s Koi Watercolor Tutorial below to color images. Use Koi Coloring Brush pens to add color and Koi Coloring Brush Colorless Blender (filled with colorless ink) to blend shades together seamlessly.

4. When coloring is complete, cut out mini cards on black lines. Fold in half on light gray dotted line.

Sakura’s Koi Watercolor Tutorial

1. Trace letters on printed cards, using very light pressure to create a thin outline. Use coloring brush pens as you would regular marker. The flexible tip allows for fine or bold brush strokes.

2. Koi Coloring Brush pens can also produce a watercolor effect. Color portion of the picture. Use Colorless Blender to distribute color within shape. Messy lines look better when blended than straight ones.

3. To blend a new color, be sure to wipe the blender pen nib on a piece of scrap paper, or it may deposit unwanted color.

4. The blender pen can be used to “borrow” color from another area. Use blender pen to pick up some pigment to create lighter washes of color.

5. Add shading and dimension by depositing more colored ink over area that is already blended.

6. Use broad side of brush pen to draw border or fill in large areas. Go over it with the Colorless Blender to soften strokes and mimic watercolor paint.

7. Layer different colors to add depth to the image. Choose two shades in the same color family and overlap them. Use Colorless Blender to create a seamless gradient.

8. Fill in large areas by using Koi Water Brush to pick up and deposit color. Fill tube with water, then squeeze gently to release one drop. Pick up color with brush and blend it on the background.

Tip

by Maureen Wilson for Sakura of America (www.sakuraofamerica.com)

 

Cloud Clay Embellished Cuff

Burlap is a very popular fabric to be working with right now. It’s got a very natural feel and inspires a lot of creative possibilities. I’ve been making a lot of things with burlap and today I’ve got a project that combines burlap with Cloud Clay!

Now these are two media that you may not consider combining in the same project but, in fact, they go quite well together. One of the features of Cloud Clay is its ability to stick to itself so for this project I wanted to apply the Cloud Clay to the fabric and the solution was to sandwich the fabric between two pieces of Cloud Clay.

As soon as two pieces of Cloud Clay are pressed together they’re only too happy to stick fast. Here’s how to use this feature to make a cute Cuff with Cloud Clay accents:

To complete the project you will need:

  • AMACO Cloud Clay: White,  Red
  • Burlap
  • Felt in colors of your choice – I used grey and two shades of pink
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread

To begin, take a piece of burlap long enough to wrap around your wrist comfortably. Typically, you’ll want a little more than 8-9″ of burlap to start with. Pull some threads out of the burlap so the Cloud Clay can poke through the holes in the burlap and form a nice join with itself.

I pulled three long threads out of the middle of the burlap and then every eight threads on the short edge I pulled out another two threads. This gave me a nice even grid to work with. Depending on how coarse your burlap is, you may want to adjust the number of threads that you pull out. Basically, you need to make square holes smaller than the embellishments but large enough to get good adhesion for the clay.

Condition some White Cloud Clay so it is nice and pliable and then add a tiny piece of Red clay to it to make a pale pink color. Put some of this clay aside and add another small piece of Red Cloud Clay to the remaining pink clay and make a slightly darker pink clay. Continue until you have 3-4 shades of pink clay.

Pinch off small pea-size pieces of the colored Cloud Clay, roll them into small balls, and press them over the holes in the burlap, then flatten them slightly. Use a range of colors so you have a pattern of Cloud Clay pieces that go from light to dark and back again.

Now take some half pea-size pieces of Cloud Clay and roll them into balls. You’ll place these under the burlap directly under each of the Cloud Clay pieces and then press lightly to adhere them. Make sure the topmost flattened balls are nice and round as they’re the side that shows.

Because the Cloud Clay pieces are bigger than the holes in the burlap they won’t pull through it and the Cloud Clay pieces on the back will keep the pieces on the front in place and secure. Check that everything looks good and set aside to dry while you do the sewing.

For the cuff, take three pieces of wool felt and cut them into the lengths to use for the cuff. The inner piece (grey in this case) needs to be wider and slightly shorter than the outer pieces. You need to make the cuff large enough so that you can pull the cuff on and off your wrist without requiring a clasp but not so large that it falls off!

Start by sewing the gray felt into a circle to make the base of the cuff. Over the top of this add a piece of dark pink felt – it will be narrower and just a little bit longer than the grey felt. Sew it to the grey felt using small stitches and coordinating color thread.

On top of that, add another layer of lighter pink felt – it will be narrower and just a little bit longer than the previous piece of pink felt. Sew it in place.

Once the Cloud Clay on the burlap layer is dry, you can add it. Use small stitches and make a stitch over each of the burlap threads to make sure that the burlap won’t fray any further and to affix it to the felt layers below.

The finished cuff is a quaint and unusual mix of Cloud Clay, felt and burlap, a little bit chunky, and a lot of fun!

You could take this design idea a step further and instead of using small balls of clay, make your own molded embellishments by pressing small pieces of Cloud Clay into a mold. Place the molded shape on top of the burlap and press another piece of Cloud Clay to the back of it to make your piece is secure.

You can make your own molds using a molding compound and buttons or other found objects or you may find small molds used for candy making that will have nice design elements you can use.

by Helen Bradley for AMACO (www.amaco.com)

Loopy Bloom Tree

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Christmas is just around the corner! Create a beautiful Christmas tree using My Favorite Things Die-namics dies, stamps, and cardstock to add a festive touch to your holiday décor.

Materials

  • Papier-mâché cone, 3-3/4”x11”
  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Jellybean Green, Smooth White, Electric Red, Kraft
  • My Favorite Things Jellybean Grosgrain Ribbon
  • My Favorite Things Hemp Cord
  • Pin, 3”
  • Clear rhinestones

Tools

  • Die-cutting system and My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Loopy Bloom, Christmas Ornaments, Star STAX
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Christmas Ornaments Stamp
  • My Favorite Things Clearsnap ColorBox Premium Dye Ink Pads: Electric Red, Jellybean Green, Berrylicious
  • My Favorite Things MIX-ables Sheer: Shimmer Mist, Sparkle Glitter Glaze
  • Adhesives: hot glue gun, liquid glue, glue dots, foam squares

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, pins, paintbrush or paper piercer

Directions

Project Preparation

1. Cut 20 Loopy Blooms from Jellybean Green cardstock.

2. Cut 16 ornaments from Smooth White cardstock (four of each shape) and 16 ornament toppers from Kraft cardstock.

3. Cut six mini tags from Kraft cardstock and six mini tags from Smooth White cardstock.

4. Cut 12 small poinsettias from Electric Red cardstock.

5. Cut two of second largest Star STAX from Smooth White cardstock.

Tree Assembly

1. Cut each Loopy Bloom die-cut in half lengthwise.

2. Using thin paintbrush or paper piercer, curl bottom edge of Loopy Blooms upward.

3. Hot glue length of Jellybean Green ribbon along bottom edge of papier-mâché cone.

4. Apply bead of hot glue above ribbon and begin to adhere curled Loopy Bloom halves. Adhere Loopy Blooms row by row. Do not overlap Loopy Blooms within each row. Trim die cuts as needed using scissors. Adhere each successive row of Loopy Blooms directly above previous row. Continue in this manner to within 1/2” of cone top.

5. Push pin through top of cone and hot glue small piece of Jellybean Green ribbon around cone top.

Ornament Assembly

1. Stamp and embellish ornaments as desired using Christmas Ornaments Stamp Set, clear rhinestones, and MIX-ables Glitter Glaze. Adhere ornament topper to each ornament and tie small hemp bow to each topper.

2. Stamp sentiments on mini tags and adhere rhinestone to each tag.

3. Adhere rhinestone to center of each small poinsettia.

Tree Topper Assembly

1. Score each Star STAX die-cut from each point straight across star.

2. Fold stars on score lines to form three-dimensional star.

3. Spray stars with MIX-ables Sheer Shimmer Mist; let dry.

4. Stack several foam squares together and adhere to center back of one star.

5. Push pin through center of stack of foam squares as shown.

6. Remove liner from top foam square and apply small amount of liquid adhesive to back points of other star.

7. Line these two stars up and adhere together. Apply small amount of pressure to points until glue dries.

Decorating The Tree

1. Adhere ornaments, tags, and poinsettias to tree as desired using hot glue gun.

2. Gently insert star assembly into top of tree.

Tips

  • Make different size trees for a stunning Christmas display.
  • Try making a tree using felt Loopy Bloom die-cuts.

by Debbie Carriere for My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.com)

Altered SPOOKY Letters

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create a one-of-a-kind Halloween home décor piece by altering wooden letters embellished with die cuts, paper flowers, floral picks, glitter, pearls, and much more. It’s perfect for displaying on a mantle, bookshelf, or any other place in your home during the Halloween season.

Materials

  • Wooden or papier-mâché letters, 4”x5″: S, P, O, O, K, Y
  • Bazzill Basics Cardstock: Black, Orange, White, Green
  • My Mind’s Eye Wicked Collection 6”x6” Paper Pad or Halloween-themed paper of choice
  • Prima Marketing Paper Flowers & Pearl Flourish
  • Maya Road Vintage Pearl Trinket Pins
  • Green chipboard letter stickers: m, a, g, i, c
  • Foam bats
  • Skull jewelry charm
  • Halloween floral picks: spider, witch’s broomstick
  • The Twinery Red/White Baker’s Twine
  • Jute twine or string: ivory, black
  • My Craft Spot Gray Seam Binding
  • Black plastic-coated wire
  • Wooden dowel, 3”

Tools

  • Xyron 5″ Creative Station with Permanent Adhesive
  • Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit by Xyron
  • Xyron Glue Stick For Corners
  • Xyron 3/16″ High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • Xyron 3/8″ High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • Xyron 1/2″ Double-Sided High Tack Tape
  • Xyron 3” Sticker Maker
  • Glue Gun
  • Provo Craft Cricut Electronic Cutting Machine: Spider Web, Circle, Clouds, 31
  • Dies: Sizzix Tim Holtz Sizzlits Decorative Strip Paper Rosette; My Craft Spot Tiny Banners and Toppers Metal Dies, Tiny Doilies Metal Dies, Ticket Metal Dies
  • My Craft Spot Halloween-themed Stamp Sets
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Memento Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black, Tangelo
  • Martha Stewart High Gloss Beetle Black Acrylic Paint
  • Sakura White Gel Pen
  • Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter: Crystal , Onyx

Basic Supplies

scissors, craft knife, pencil, sanding block, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface), tiny hole punch, black marker

Directions

Size

24″x5″

SPOOKY Letters

1. On covered work surface, paint wooden letters Beetle Black. Apply two or three coats on letters for opaque coverage. Let dry completely.

2. Trace wooden letters onto desired combination of Wicked papers; cut out letters using sharp craft scissors.

3. Run traced letter cutouts through Xyron 5″ Creative Station with Permanent Adhesive with desired patterned paper facing up. Peel off clear film and apply traced letter cutouts to wooden letters. Use sanding block to remove any excess patterned paper from edges of wooden letters if needed.

4. Cut spider web from Black cardstock using Cricut machine. Adhere web to wooden letter “S” as shown using Xyron 3/16″ High Tack Adhesive Dots on web tips. Tie seam binding into small bow; trim ends. Using Xyron 3/8″ High Tack Adhesive Dots, adhere bow and Prima Flower to center of web. Insert Pearl Trinket Pin behind bow. Adhere spider floral pick to web as shown with Clear Hold Adhesive from the Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit by Xyron.

5. Following manufacturer’s instructions and using photo as guide, create paper rosette from Green, Black, and White cardstock and Halloween-themed paper; stamp around outer edge of White cardstock rosette center with Black Halloween-themed sentiments. Tie black jute string into bow. Adhere bow and Prima Flower to rosette center using Xyron 3/16″ High Tack Adhesive Dots. Adhere paper rosette to wooden letter “P” using Xyron 1/2″ Double-Sided High Tack Tape. Die cut flag pennant from White cardstock; stamp “boo!” with Tangelo ink. Insert two Maya Road Vintage Pearl Trinket Pins and flag pennant behind rosette.

6. Die cut five small banners from mottled patterned paper and five slightly larger banners from black cardstock; mat together using Xyron 1/2″ Double-Sided High Tack Tape. Adhere green letter stickers to banners to spell “magic”; highlight letters with White gel pen. Punch two holes at top of each banner and thread onto red/white twine. Hang banner across top of the first wooden letter “O” using Clear Hold Adhesive from Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit by Xyron. Die cut two tickets from Orange cardstock; stamp Tangelo border and Black Halloween sentiments. Cut number “31” from Black cardstock; highlight with White gel pen. Let dry. Embellish bottom of letter “O” with two ticket stubs and number “31” using tape runner and foam tape from Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit by Xyron. Adhere witch’s broomstick using Xyron 3/8″ High Tack Adhesive Dots on top of number “31”.

7. Tie ivory jute string to spider floral pick and apply Xyron Glue Stick for Corners to string. (Note: Applying Glue Stick for Corners to jute string will help stiffen it, letting it adhere into looped shape.) Hang spider over top of second wooden letter “O”. Add Clear Hold Adhesive from Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit by Xyron if needed. Using Xyron 3/16″ High Tack Adhesive Dots and Xyron 3/8″ High Tack Adhesive Dots, create flower cluster on bottom edge of letter. Curl black plastic-coated wire around wooden dowel; remove dowel. Insert wire curls behind flower cluster using Xyron 3/16″ High Tack Adhesive Dots.

8. Cut 1-1/2” circle from yellow paper and two small clouds from White cardstock. Highlight moon with White gel pen and clouds with black marker as shown. Run two small black foam bats and yellow circle through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker with Permanent Adhesive. Peel off clear film strip and sprinkle yellow circle with Crystal glitter and foam bats with Onyx glitter. Adhere circle to upper left side of wooden letter “K” with Xyron 1/2″ Double-Sided High Tack Tape and adhere two small clouds using foam tape from Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit by Xyron over moon. Behind clouds, add foam bats adhered to curled black plastic-coated wire using glue gun.

9. Adhere Pearl Flourish and black rose to bottom of wooden letter “Y” using Xyron 3/8″ High Tack Adhesive Dots. Cut two small fishtail flag pennants from same patterned paper as used for letter “P” using scissors. Tuck pennants behind black rose as shown and adhere using Xyron 1/2″ Double-Sided High Tack Tape. Cut fishtail flag strip from mottled patterned paper; stamp black sentiment. Insert Pearl Trinket Pin embellished with flag sentiment strip and skull jewelry charm behind flower.

Tip

  • Apply the Xyron Glue Stick for Corners to a piece of jute or twine to stiffen the jute or twine, letting it take the shape you want.

by Marlene Gomez for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Burlap-and-Fabric Tote Bag

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Carry your latest craft project or magazine in this handy and stylish tote accented with burlap. Choose from the wide selection of home décor fabrics available at most fabric and craft stores to create a look that’s just right for you!

Materials

  • Fabric: cotton decorator, 54″ wide, 1⁄2 yd.; coordinating-color burlap, 1 yd.
  • Flat buttons, 3⁄4″, 12
  • Piping, 4 yds.
  • Heavy cardboard, 3-3⁄4″x14-3⁄4″

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Iron and pressing surface (optional)

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins, needle

Directions

Size

18-1⁄2″x13″

Tote Bag

1. Cut two each of the following rectangles from cotton and burlap: 15″x20″ (bag/lining); 1-3⁄4″x17″ (handle/lining); 1-3⁄4″x5″ (side straps/lining). For pocket, cut one 6-1⁄2″x9-1⁄2″ rectangle from cotton and one from burlap.

2. Beginning and ending in a corner, sew piping around pocket front, 1⁄4″ from edge. Sew pocket front to lining, leaving 3″ opening along one side for turning. Trim corners; turn right side out. Hand sew opening closed.

3. Pin assembled pocket to bag front with bottom edge 5-1⁄2″ from bag bottom edge. Machine-stitch on top of piping, along side and bottom pocket edges.

4. Sew piping around two long sides and one short side of burlap strap fronts. Sew strap fronts to linings along piping stitching. Trim corners and turn straps right side out. Baste raw edges of straps to side of bag front (bottom edges of straps should be 3″ from top of bag; see photo).

5. Sew bag front to back along sides and bottom. Line up side and bottom seams at each corner and stitch 4″ straight across fabric, 2″ from corner seam (Figure 1). Trim corner 1⁄4″ from stitching. Sew front and back of bag lining together in same way as outside of bag, leaving 4″ opening in middle of one side.

6. Sew piping around top of bag 1⁄4″ from edge, beginning and ending on one side. Sew outside of bag to lining along piping stitching on top edge, matching side seams. Turn bag right side out through opening in lining. Hand sew opening closed.

7. Sew piping around burlap handles 1⁄4″ from edge, beginning and ending in a corner. Sew burlap handles to fabric handles along piping stitching, leaving 2″ opening along one side for turning. Trim corners. Turn handles right side out. Hand-sew openings closed.

8. Sew two buttons to end of each strap on front of bag. Sew two buttons to end of each handle, attaching them to top of bag front and back. (Note: Bottom edge of handles should be aligned horizontally with bottom edge of straps and vertically with pocket edges.)

9. To make hard bottom for bag, cut two 4-1⁄2″x15-1⁄2″ rectangles from burlap. Sew burlap rectangles together along two long sides and one short side. Trim corners and turn right side out. Insert cardboard rectangle. Turn under raw edges of burlap rectangles 1⁄4″ and hand-sew along edge. Place in bottom of bag.

Tip

  • Personalize your bag by adding an inital to the pocket using embroidered iron-on lettering.

by Mary Ayres

Pumpkin Welcome Sign

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Heavy sweaters, hot cocoa, and pumpkins from the garden are all signs that fall is here! Paint this festive pumpkin sign to welcome friends and celebrate this fun season.

Materials

  • Wooden items: plaque, 6-3/4”x15-1/2”; plywood or basswood, 1/8” thick, 6”x12”
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Antique White, Pumpkin, Poppy Orange, Black Green, Green Sea
  • Fall color silk leaves, two stems
  • Raffia
  • Black craft wire, 19-gauge, 25” length
  • Branch, 3/4” diameter, 24” length

Tools

  • Scroll saw
  • Drill with 1/8” bit
  • Wire cutter
  • Paintbrushes: flat; liner; shader, small, large
  • Checkerboard stencil, 1/4” and 1/2” squares
  • Sponge scrap
  • Brown antiquing gel
  • Satin varnish
  • Crackle medium
  • Wood glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, transfer paper, sandpaper, paper towel, old toothbrush, ruler, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Size

6-3/4”x15-1/2” (not including hanger)

Pumpkin Welcome Sign

1. Print and cut patterns along dashed lines. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print.) Transfer two pumpkins, two leaves, and outline of sign to plywood or basswood; cut shapes from wood. Sand all rough edges; remove dust with damp paper towel.

2. Drill holes in pumpkins and oval (sign) where indicated by “X” on patterns. Use Figure 1 as guide to drill holes in plaque.

3. Use flat brush to basecoat all surfaces of the following: pumpkins Pumpkin; plaque, sign, and leaves Black Green. Apply crackle medium to front and sides of plaque; set aside.

4. For pumpkins, use large shader brush double loaded with Pumpkin and Poppy Orange to shade sections. Paint stems Black Green. Use 1/4” square stencil and sponge to checker leaves with Green Sea. Use liner brush and Antique White to paint dots and broken lines/stitch marks on stems and leaves, close to edges. Use toothbrush and Black Green to lightly spatter pumpkins.

5. For sign, use 1/2” square stencil and sponge to checker sign with Green Sea. Transfer lettering to sign; use small shader brush and Antique White to paint letters. Use liner brush and Pumpkin to outline right edges and add dots to letters. Use liner brush and Antique White to paint broken lines/stitch marks on sign, close to edges.

6. For plaque, use flat brush and Antique White to paint over crackle medium. (Note: Use long strokes and paint each area only once for best results.)

7. Following manufacturer’s instructions, apply one coat antiquing gel to plaque and shapes. (Note: For a lighter antiqued look, apply one coat varnish before applying antiquing gel.) Apply one coat varnish to plaque and shapes.

8. (Note: Use photo as assembly guide.) Adhere leaves to pumpkins. To attach pumpkins and sign to plaque, cut 18, 10” lengths from raffia. Holding six lengths together, insert raffia into left hole in shape; thread through left front hole in sign. (Note: For easier threading, tape raffia ends together tightly; tape can be cut off after threading.) Insert raffia through remaining hole in back of sign and shape; tie bow in front to secure.

9. For hanger, cut two 4” lengths, two 6” lengths, and three 2-1/2” lengths from craft wire. Fold each 6” length in half and insert ends through holes in top of plaque from back to front, leaving 1” loops in back of plaque. Bend loops up so they are flat against plaque; wrap wire ends around loop to secure.

10. To attach branch, insert each 4” length through loop; wrap wire around branch and twist ends to secure. To attach leaves, hold stem against branch; wrap remaining wire around branch to secure.

Tips

  • Use pre-cut wooden pumpkins instead of cutting your own with a scroll saw.
  • For a year ‘round “Welcome” sign, make different embellishments to replace the pumpkins, such as turkeys, Christmas trees, hearts, shamrocks, bunnies, flags, etc.

by Linda Lover

Great Finds Friday: Chic Home Dec, Fab Tools from FloraCraft®

Welcome to another Great Finds Friday, Crafters! Today, I’m going to share three exciting new creative options from FloraCraft®, makers of Make It: Fun® Foam. You’ll also get a chance to win a $50 FloraCraft® gift card, plus an opportunity to earn another $50 if a project you create with your prize gets published!

First, we have to take a look at the new three-piece Make It: Fun® Foam Tools set. I love craft tools, gadgets, etc., because I know great ones will make my creative process easier and more enjoyable. That gets me crafting more often, which is always good. This new tool kit includes three handy plastic tools for creating new shapes and textures out of craft foam. The Rasp has a rough side for gently smoothing the foam’s finish, rounding rough edges, and smoothing out cut marks. The easy-to-grip, serrated Knife smoothly cuts through foam. The Tuck & Scribe tool has a rounded end to etch patterns into foam, and a pointed end that is designed for tucking fabric pieces, felt, or ribbons into foam to create an all-over fabric finish without pins or glue. The tools are kid-friendly, too, and have a suggested retail value of $3.99 for the set of three. I think these would make ideal party favors at a crafty girls-night-in event!

One of my favorite new FloraCraft® products is the Design It:® LED Light Strand. You can add it to your dried and silk floral arrangements, even submerse it in a water-filled fresh arrangement. Place your completed floral design in a dark corner of your home to provide a soft light, or use it to bring a festive glow to the dinner table at holiday or everyday gatherings. These lights would be gorgeous entwined in evening reception table arrangements, too. Everything looks better by candlelight, and these tiny, sparkling, battery-operated lights give you that effect. Imagine them peeking out through pine boughs decorating your holiday mantle or bannister; because they have attached battery packs, finding a conveniently placed outlet is never a problem!  And battery packs can be refilled when needed for long-time use. The 34-1/2”-long LED Light Strand contains 15 warm white lights perfect for topiaries, plants, floral arrangements, and water-filled vases. Suggested retail price is $5.99. FloraCraft® also offers Design It:® LED Lighted Branches, not shown, as another creative illumination option; they retail for $7.99. You can learn more on the FloraCraft® website.

Design It:® SimpleStyle® Decorative Mesh from FloraCraft® bends easily and holds its shape, making it perfect for creating wreaths, bows, garlands, and other dimensional accents for home or special events. Metallic strands woven throughout provide extra sparkle to anything you drape, wrap, or tie with Decorative Mesh. Tie bows around chair backs for a festive event venue, loop and pin one or more colors together on a foam wreath form, or add mesh to wall hangings and gift packages. Crafts ‘n things Weekly featured this darling mesh-topped Gift Box Topiary in the October 9th issue; simply cover foam cubes with decorative paper and top with Decorative Mesh curls and bows for instant Christmas WOW! Decorative Mesh is available in 6” and 10” widths on 10-yard spools in the colors shown below. Suggested retail price is $6.99 and $7.99 respectively.

Remember to visit the www.makeitfuncrafts.com website for craft projects and the www.designitflowers.com website for floral arranging how-tos from the talented design teams at FloraCraft®, and learn more about the rest of their expanded product line. You’ll also find hundreds of easy, creative project ideas for decorating your home, gifting, entertaining, and engaging your kids in non-electronic fun.

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One additional winner will win a mini prize pack of the Foam Tools, one LED Light Strand, and one roll of Decorative Mesh.

Both winners will be announced on our blog and our Facebook page on Friday, November 8th! Good luck and happy crafting!

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

Walkway Lights

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create a spooky entrance for trick-or-treaters while safely lighting the pathway to your door. It’s quick, simple, and can be ready in time for Halloween night!

Materials

  • Orange game cones, four (purchased at dollar store)
  • Battery-operated tea lights, four

Tools

  • Paintbrush
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Black marker

Basic Supplies

newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print.) Trace around pattern pieces to transfer designs onto cones using black marker.

STEP 2

On covered work surface, paint designs black. For pumpkin, paint outline and details only. Let dry.

STEP 3

Insert battery-operated tea light under cone.

Tips

  • Use glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint to add details or paint in designs!
  • Create fun “witch hats” by painting cones black and adding glow-in-the-dark highlights!

by Pam Sicely

Glitter Candlelight Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

With Ecstasy Crafts products, it’s easy to create this glistening holiday card to send warm wishes glowing with Christmas spirit to family and friends.

Materials

  • Ivory card, 4”x6”
  • Cardstock: heavy-weight moss green, Ecstasy Crafts Joy! Crafts Red Linen A5 (80990009)
  • Stickers: gold lines, Ecstasy Crafts Starform Deco Sticker Variety Sayings Christmas (362)

Tools

  • Ecstasy Crafts Nellie’s Press Boss Die-cutting and Embossing Machine (NPB001) or any compatible die-cutting system
  • Ecstasy Crafts Dee’s Distinctively Dies Candle Set (IME010)
  • Ecstasy Crafts Nellie’s Choice Christmas Rectangle Embossing Folder (EFE001)
  • Ecstasy Crafts Nellie’s Choice Holly Leaves Punch (FLP015)
  • Ecstasy Crafts Jewel Glitter Ritz Opaque Micro Fine Glitter: Fire Red (34MFP), Light Gold (32MFP)
  • Green pigment ink pad
  • Ecstasy Crafts Adhesives: Be Creative Double-Stick Tape, 40mm wide (BC40); Joy! Crafts 3D Foam Pads, 0.5mm (65000010), 2mm (65000003)

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, craft knife, tweezers, ruler, sponge dauber

Directions

Size

4″x6″

Glitter CandleLight Card

1. Emboss ivory card front using Nellie’s Christmas Rectangle Embossing Folder.

2. Die cut candle base from Joy! Crafts Red Linen Cardstock; set aside.

3. Remove one liner strip from 40mm double-sided tape; attach to red linen cardstock. Die cut wax dripping design and two flame sizes from cardstock/tape combination.

4. Add glitter to wax dripping design and large flame using the Fire Red Glitter and add Light Gold Glitter to smaller flame design. (Note: To add glitter, simply peel back tape liner, hold design near edge, and pour glitter over design. To burnish design, rub glitter with finger.)

5. Cut candle to 3″ height. Use back edge of scissors or tweezers to slightly curve cardstock from long edge to long edge to create dimension. Adhere candle to center of card front using 2mm foam pads in middle and 0.5mm foam pads near edges. (Note: This will allow candle to keep curve and appear dimensional.)

6. Adhere glittered wax drippings on top portion of candle as shown. Attach flame pieces to top of candle, first the larger flame using 0.5 mm foam pads and then the gold glittered flame using small piece of double-sided tape.

7. Punch three holly leaves from moss green cardstock; use sponge dauber to ink edges green. Adhere leaves to base of candle using 0.5mm foam pads.

8. Create gold line frame around card using sticker lines as shown in photo. Add “Merry Christmas” sentiment sticker on top left of card as shown.

by Marilynne Oskamp for Ecstasy Crafts Inc. (www.ecstasycrafts.com)