Floral Wool Frame

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Showcase an adorable fall photo with warm and feminine colors and a beautiful floral garland created with Spellbinders Media Mixáge Flowers One Dies. Media Mixáge Shields One Dies double as leaves.

Materials

  • Unfinished wooden frame in size of choice
  • Wool felt scraps, assorted colors
  • Coordinating cardstock
  • Decorative metal brads, three
  • Embroidery floss, assorted colors

Tools

  • Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine (MMM-001) and Metal Shim (MMM-203)
  • Spellbinders Media Mixáge Flowers One Dies (MD2-003)
  • Spellbinders Media Mixáge Shields One Dies (MD1-006)
  • Brown dye ink pad
  • Cream acrylic paint
  • Optional: Fabric paint pens
  • Embroidery needle
  • Adhesives: fabric glue, craft glue

Basic Supplies

soft cloth, sanding block, foam paintbrush, foam applicator

Directions

STEP 1

Using foam paintbrush, paint frame cream; let dry.

STEP 2

Sand frame with sanding block for a distressed looked; wipe with soft cloth.

STEP 3

Use foam applicator to apply brown dye ink to sanded frame edges; let dry.

STEP 4

Die cut four Flowers One Dies #2 shapes (with #1 being smallest die template) and five Flowers One Dies #1 shapes from assorted felt using Artisan X-plorer Machine.

STEP 5

Die cut two Flowers One Dies #2 insert shapes from felt and two Flowers One Dies #1 Insert shapes from cardstock.

STEP 6

Following manufacturer’s instructions and using photo as guide, assemble flowers and adhere with fabric glue; let dry. Embellish flowers with hand-stitched details using needle and floss, or draw details with fabric paint pens. If using paint pens, let dry. Insert decorative brads into center of large flowers as shown.

STEP 7

Die cut four Shields One Dies #2 shapes from green felt to create leaves.

STEP 8

Arrange and adhere assembled flowers and leaves to frame with craft glue as shown; let dry.

Tip

  • Use Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Metal Shim when cutting craft felt.

by Windy Robinson for Spellbinders (www.spellbinderscreativearts.com)

Haunted Halloween Birdhouse

Hello crafty friends, Alice here today sharing a fun project created for Me & My BIG Ideas using some of their new Halloween products. This started out as an inexpensive, unfinished wooden birdhouse from the craft store. After sanding down the rough spots, the top edges were painted lime green and the base was painted black. Since the sides and roof are covered with paper, only the edges need to be painted.

This particular style of birdhouse came with lots of windows (or maybe they are doors?) and I thought it would be interesting to figure out a way to add a light inside to up the spooky factor. Turned out a strand of Christmas lights was just the thing.

I drilled holes in the bottom of each section and pushed part of the string of lights inside. Then I attached the house to a cardboard box lid from the recycle bin, which covers up the extra cord. The box lid was painted black and a small opening was cut in the back to accommodate the plug.

A piece of vellum was layered over each window, which keeps the strand of lights from showing and also allows the mini bat (sticker) to look like it is flying out of the window.

One of the best parts about designing for a company is that you get to see new products before they hit the stores. One of the downsides is that you are often working with prototypes where each piece needs to be cut out by hand. So please don’t pay attention to my messy cutting job… this cute banner sticker is cut much more precisely in the final product!

The final version of this chipboard bat sticker is covered with black glitter (which I didn’t realize when I attached the plain black prototype… so picture this guy all blinged out). A craft knife can be used to cut a small slit in the perch for the bat to rest on.

It looks so much better all lit up, don’t you think?

Here is a peek at another side. Love the candy… one of my favorite things about Halloween, too.

And here’s a look at the back of the house. All of these papers are from a single paper pad.

This is one of the stickers in the new collection… I thought it made a fun “Welcome” sign to hang on the house.

Supplies

  • Me & My BIG Ideas Halloween 6″x6″ Paper Pad and assorted embellishments
  • Therm O Web: Permanent Tape Runner, SuperStik Glue Stick
  • Vellum
  • Acrylic craft paints: lime green, black
  • Strand of white lights

Happy Crafting!

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

Christmas Pillow Box

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create the perfect packaging for small gifts this holiday season!

Materials

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Primitive Cream, Kraft, Jellybean Green
  • My Favorite Things Wild Cherry Button
  • My Favorite Things Hemp Cord

Tools

  • Die-cutting machine and My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Square Pillow Box, Notched Tag, Jumbo Christmas Stocking
  • My Favorite Things Stamps: Stitched Stockings, Sheet Music Background
  • My Favorite Things Clearsnap ColorBox Black Licorice Premium Dye Ink Pad
  • Adhesives: hot glue gun, red-line tape

Directions

Size

2-1/2”x2-13/16”

Pillow Box

1. Die cut one Square Pillow Box from Primitive Cream cardstock, two leaves from Jumbo Christmas Stocking die from Jellybean Green cardstock, and one Notched Tag from Kraft cardstock.

2. Using Sheet Music Background stamp, stamp die-cut pillow box using Black Licorice ink.

3. Pre-fold along scored lines; add red-line tape to outer flap as shown.

4. Remove red-line tape liner and adhere sides together to form the box. Fold in top and bottom flaps.

5. Stamp “from: Santa” in Black Licorice ink onto tag. Create bow with hemp cord. Thread Wild Cherry button with hemp cord, securing ends at back. Using a hot glue gun, attach leaves, tag, bow, and button to the box.

Tip

  • Create a set of 24 pillow boxes to use for a unique Advent Calendar countdown idea this Christmas.

by Jodi Collins for My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.com)

Autumn Splendor Canvas

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Embrace the fall season by creating this inexpensive home décor piece on canvas purchased from the dollar store. It’s a super fun and easy project that even your children can do.

Materials

  • Canvas, 8″x10”
  • Chipboard shapes: alphabet letters, heart, leaves
  • Copper pearl gems

Tools

  • Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • Xyron 3” Sticker Maker
  • Acrylic paints: various autumn colors, dark red, turquoise
  • Stampendous! Glitter: Copper, Ice Blue

Basic Supplies

ruler, pencil, paintbrushes, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Gather supplies and lay chipboard letters and leaves on canvas to determine placement.

STEP 2

Run chipboard letters and heart through the 3” Sticker Maker. Lightly pencil a line across bottom section of canvas to align letters; adhere “SPLENDOR” chipboard letters to canvas using penciled line as guide.

STEP 3

Pencil another line above top of adhered letters; adhere “autumn” chipboard letters using line as guide.

STEP 4

On covered work surface, paint over chipboard letters and canvas using dark shade of paint, making sure to get in the corners and cracks of letters with smaller brush. Apply several coats until desired effect is achieved. Let dry.

STEP 5

Paint over entire canvas again with lighter shade and different color of paint. Apply only one coat so some of darker color shows through. Let dry completely.

STEP 6

Gently brush contrasting color (designer used turquoise) in various places around the canvas to add just small amount of color. Let dry.

STEP 7

Paint heart dark red; let dry. Adhere heart to letter “D” as shown in photo using Xyron 3/8″ High Tack Adhesive Dots.

STEP 8

Run chipboard leaves upside down through 3” Sticker Maker.

STEP 9

Sprinkle glitter over adhesive on leaves (designer used Copper color and Copper/Ice Blue combination). Gently press glitter down to ensure it’s completely adhered to chipboard leaf.

STEP 10

After leaves are covered with glitter, run them through the 3” Sticker Maker again with glitter facing up this time.

STEP 11

Adhere chipboard leaves to canvas as shown in photo.

STEP 12

To finish canvas, adhere pearl gems in various places using Xyron 3/8″ High Tack Adhesive Dots.

Tip

  • Run any paper or chipboard shape through the Xyron 3” Sticker Maker twice to make your own glittery embellishments.

by Cari Locken for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Eek! Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Patterned tags and cardstock circles are an easy way to embellish handmade cards for any occasion.

Materials

  • Neenah White Cardstock
  • We R Memory Keepers Black Widow Collection Papers: Cobwebs, Creepy
  • We R Memory Keepers Black Widow Collection Layered Chipboard
  • SRM Stickers We’ve Got Your Sticker Treats
  • Divine Twine Halloween Baker’s Twine

Tools

  • Circle punch, 1”
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, clear dots

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring board, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

4”x5-1/2”

Eek! Card

1. Make 4”x5-1/2” side-fold card from Cobwebs paper. Fold with black side to outside.

2. Cut two 2”x2-3/4” tags from striped side of Creepy paper; see Tip. Adhere tags to card as shown.

3. Punch two 1” circles from white cardstock. Adhere spider and “Eek!” stickers. Adhere circles to chipboard tag using clear dots. Cut and loop multiple lengths of baker’s twine through hole at top of tag. Adhere chipboard tag over paper tags as shown.

4. Adhere “happy halloween” sentiment sticker to Creepy paper. Trim sentiment to 4-1/2”x1/2”, notching ends to create banner. Adhere to card on angle below tags.

5. Adhere two chipboard photo corners to bottom right and upper left corners of card.

Tip

  • Cut tags from center section of Creepy paper to preserve die-cut edges to accent a future project.

by Celeste Brodnik (www.celestebrodnik.blogspot.com)

Witch Wall Hanging

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble – it’s time to make this wall hanging, on the double! Put a spell on all of your Halloween guests with this bewitching decoration.

Materials

  • Natural osnaburg, 1⁄4 yard
  • Cotton fabrics, 45” wide: black/brown plaid, 1⁄2 yard; orange solid, 1⁄8 yard
  • Black felt, 6” square
  • Wooden items: split eggs, 2-1⁄2” long (witch head), 7⁄8” long (bat body); ball (witch nose), 3⁄8” diameter; split ball (spider body), 1” diameter; holly leaves (bat wings), medium, two
  • Black grosgrain ribbon, 5⁄8” wide, 16” length
  • Black buttons, 1” diameter, two
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Quilting thread: ecru, black
  • Low-loft batting, 11-1⁄2” square
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Pumpkin curly raffia doll hair
  • Plastic wiggle eyes: 3mm, two; 4mm, two
  • Plastic spider ring, 2” across
  • Pull-apart spider web (or fiberfill stuffing)
  • Forked branch, 16” long
  • Wire: black, 19-gauge, 14” length; black floral, 6” length

Tools

  • Acrylic paints: flesh, black, white, red
  • Paintbrush
  • Embroidery and quilting needles
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Sewing machine and matching threads
  • Powdered blush
  • Air-soluble pen
  • Adhesives: double-sided tape, Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, ruler, tracing paper, straight pins, sandpaper, toothpick, cotton-tip swab

Directions

Size

11” square (not including hanger)

Center Panel

1. With pencil, mark a 6” square on osnaburg fabric. Do not cut out. Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print patterns.) Set hat patterns aside.

2. Using lettering pattern and air-soluble pen, line up pattern with pencil lines on fabric so spider line is 3⁄4” from left edge. Trace letters and spider line onto center panel. (Note: For easier tracing, tape pattern to window during daylight hours. Position and tape fabric over pattern; trace letters.)

3. Place panel in embroidery hoop. With two strands of black floss, backstitch letters and spider lines. Make French knots as indicated by dots on pattern. Cut out center panel 1⁄4” beyond pencil lines.

Wall Hanging

1. (Note: Sew with right sides facing in 1⁄4” seams. Press seams away from center panel. Use photo as placement guide throughout.) Cut a 1”x28” strip from orange solid fabric. Sew strip to one side of panel; trim even. In same way, sew strip to other side, then top and bottom, of panel. Top and bottom strips will cross over side strips.

2. For plaid border, cut one 2-1⁄4”x44” strip from black and brown plaid fabric. Sew to center panel in same way as orange strip.

3. For backing, cut an 11-1⁄2” square from plaid fabric. Place batting on flat work surface; smooth away bumps. Place backing, right side up, on top of batting. Lay center panel, right side down, on top of backing fabric. Pin layers together. Sew edges, leaving a 5” opening at bottom edge. Trim batting close to stitching; clip corners. Turn right side out; press. Fold in excess seam allowance at opening; whipstitch opening closed.

4. Using ecru quilting thread, stitch as close to seam as possible (stitch in the ditch) between the center panel and orange border. To make quilting easier, pin through center of border edges. Use black quilting thread to stitch in the ditch between orange border and plaid border. (Note: To save time, quilting may be done by machine.)

Witch

1. For nose, sand one side of ball flat. Paint nose and head flesh. (Note: To keep the nose from rolling while painting, use double-sided tape to hold it in place.)

2. For eyes, dip handle end of paintbrush into black paint and dot on face. (Note: Wide end of egg becomes forehead and narrow end becomes chin.) With white and toothpick, add a highlight dot to each eye.

3. For mouth, use handle end of paintbrush and red to paint two dots side-by-side about 3⁄4” below eyes. Use toothpick to pull dots to a point, making a heart; make lip lines on each side. Use cotton-tip swab to apply blush to cheeks and tip of nose. Adhere nose to face.

4. For hat, use pattern to cut materials as indicated. Sew hat pieces together, leaving bottom open. Clip curves and turn right side out. Stuff lightly with fiberfill.

5. For brim, cut slit in center as noted. Insert top of head through slit in brim so 3⁄8” of head is exposed above brim; adhere to secure. Fold back of brim to back of head. Adhere head to lower right corner of wall hanging. Adhere top of hat to brim.

6. For hair, cut four 4” pieces of raffia; gently pull curls apart. Fold each length in half and adhere folded end to head under hat. For bangs, adhere a small piece across forehead.

Finishing

1. Paint remaining wooden items and floral wire black. Set floral wire and spider body aside.

2. For bat, adhere 3mm eyes to narrow end of body. Adhere wings to back of body. Wrap black wire around pencil to curl; pull curls apart. Place one end of wire behind top of witch’s hat; sew in place with matching thread. In same way, tack top spiral to wall hanging. Adhere back of bat to wire end.

3. For spider, cut floral wire into three 2” lengths for legs. Adhere center of each length, evenly spaced, to back of body; bend ends of wires to curve. Adhere 4mm eyes to center top of body. Adhere spider to end of line, next to “for”.

4. For hanger, cut ribbon length in half. Fold one piece in half and place folded end 1” from top and 3⁄4” from right edge of wall hanging. Place button over fold and sew through both layers to secure. In same way, sew ribbon and button to left side.

5. Set wall hanging on a flat work surface; place branch 1⁄2” above top of hanging. Spot glue sides of ribbon to branch; knot ends of ribbon on top of branch. Trim ribbon ends into a “v”.

6. Stretch small amount of spider web across branch. Adhere plastic spider to left side of branch.

Tip

  • If you don’t sew, try making just the witch to put on a door hanger or plant poke.

by Chris Malone

Hope Candle Sleeve

This “Hope” Candle Sleeve is quick and easy to make and can be easily altered to create several different sizes.  Use it for part of a centerpiece or to illuminate your walkway.

Materials

  • Vellum, 8-1/2″x11”
  • Flameless LED votive candle, 2″

Tools

  • Clearsnap Rollagraph Hope Design Wheel & Handle
  • ScraPerfect Perfect Printing Pouch
  • Clearsnap Ann Butler’s Berry ColorBox Crafter’s Ink
  • Pink ultrafine glitter
  • Krylon Preserve It!
  • Velcro Mini Fasteners

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors

Directions:

Step 1

Cut 2”x11” vellum strip and run Perfect Printing Pouch over surface.

Step 2

Ink up roller evenly by rolling onto ink pad.

Step 3

Start on one side and run roller across vellum.

Step 4

Sprinkle glitter over ink; shake excess back into container.

Step 5

In well-ventilated area, spray vellum with Preserve It!; let dry.

Step 6

Wrap vellum around candle, overlapping ends 1/2”; trim.

Step 7

Place hook side of two Velcro Mini Fasteners on one vellum edge and three loop side fasteners on other edge; wrap around candle and fasten together.

by Ann Butler for Ann Butler Designs (www.creativitystirsthesoul.com)

Raven Feather Witch’s Purse

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create this eerie and elegant accent to decorate your home or your Halloween costume.

Materials

  • Burlap drawstring bag, 4”x6”
  • Vellum
  • Black netting
  • Ivory lace trim
  • Black feathers
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Jeweled spider earrings, one pair
  • Advantus Tim Holtz idea-ology Symphony Tissue Tape

Tools

  • Stampendous! Cling Raven Background Stamp (CRR152-R)
  • Ink pads: Imagine Crafts Tsukineko VersaMark; Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo
  • Stampendous! Embossing Powders: Fran-táge Aged Gold Embossing Enamel, Black Detail Embossing Powder
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Black Magic, Sunshine Yellow
  • Adhesives: clear dots, liquid glue, Scor-Pal Scor-Tape

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, heat tool, sponges, non-stick craft mat

Directions

Size

4″x6″

Purse

1. Using watermark ink, stamp raven image onto vellum. Heat emboss with black embossing powder. Tear vellum around image edges.

2. Sponge torn vellum edges with watermark ink; heat emboss with gold embossing enamel.

3. Sponge vellum with Distress Inks to create aged effect.

4. Layer black netting over burlap bag; adhere with liquid glue. Let dry.

5. Tear and adhere tape strips to upper right and lower left corners of vellum.

6. Cut 2-1/2” lace length. Place lace on non-stick craft mat and spray with yellow and black Glimmer Mist; let dry. (Note: Swipe ivory or white cardstock scraps through leftover Glimmer Mist to create unique backgrounds for a future project.)

7. Adhere raven image to netting and burlap bag using liquid glue; let dry.

8. Use black floss to tie several feathers together. Adhere bundle to bag using liquid glue; let dry.

9. Using Scor-Tape, adhere lace to bag as shown. If using pierced earrings, insert earrings through front of burlap bag and replace backs inside bag. If using clip-on earrings, adhere earrings to bag using several clear adhesive dots.

10. Spray edges of burlap bag and drawstrings with black Glimmer Mist; let dry.

Tip

  • Discount stores are a great resource for inexpensive costume jewelry like the spider earrings shown here.

by Suzanne Czosek (www.suzzstampingspot.blogspot.com)

Congratulations Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create a special card for a special couple using intricate dies and beautiful papers from Ecstasy Crafts.

Materials

  • Cardstock: white, black
  • Ecstasy Crafts Joy! Crafts Paper Packs: Pearl Paper Pack (80110409), Wedding Design Paper Pack (80110555), Glitter Paper Pack (80110424)
  • Ecstasy Crafts Marianne Design White Adhesive Pearl Swirls (CA3101)

Tools

  • Ecstasy Crafts Nellie’s Press Boss Die-Cutting and Embossing Machine (NPB001) or any compatible die-cutting system
  • Ecstasy Crafts Joy! Crafts Dies: Open Up Pop-Up Church (60032001), Floral Flourishes Heart (60030005)
  • Ecstasy Crafts Marianne Design Creatables Anja’s Label Die Set (LR0241)
  • Adhesives: double-sided tape, glue pen, tiny foam dots

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

5-3/4”x5-1/2”

Card Front

1. Cut black cardstock to measure 11”x5-3/4”. Score at 5-1/2” and fold to create card base.

2. Cut 5-3/4”x5-1/2” white cardstock panel; adhere to card front with double-sided tape.

3. Cut 5-5/8”x5-3/8” panel from Birdcage Wedding Paper; adhere to card with doubled-sided tape, leaving a narrow white cardstock border visible.

4. Die cut two Hearts from white cardstock or Silver Pearl Paper. Adhere first heart to left side of card using glue pen. Using tiny foam dots, overlap and adhere second heart to card as shown.

5. Adhere Pearl Swirl to bottom left corner of card.

6. If desired, die cut Anja’s Label shape from white cardstock or Silver Pearl Paper, personalize sentiment using stickers or stamp, and adhere to card.

Card Inside

1. Cut Silver Pearl Paper to 11”x5-5/8” and die cut Pop-Up Church. This die is a panel die, as shown below, so be sure to cut paper to measurement specified; align paper carefully before cutting.

2. Adhere die-cut paper inside card, lining up center fold lines and leaving a narrow black cardstock border visible. Be careful not to glue or tape down church portion of die cut.

3. Cut Cake & Swirls Glitter Wedding Paper to 11”x5-5/8”, same as Silver Pearl Paper. Be sure cake design shows at bottom right corner of paper. Die cut Pop-Up Church and carefully separate paper panel along fold line. Adhere bottom portion inside bottom half of card; paper will fit nicely in and around church when card is opened.

4. To pop out the church, carefully crease on score lines where indicated to create dimensional church inside card.

5. Die cut two doves from Black Glitter Paper using Pop-Up Church die. Die cut two Hearts from Black Glitter Paper. Using photo as guide, adhere die cuts inside card as shown.

Tip

  • Carefully crease score lines on die-cut church and fold so church “pops out” from flat card base.

by Nancy Ste. Croix for Ecstasy Crafts (www.ecstasycrafts.com)

PenTouch® Gilded Rosette Frame

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Here’s a craft that gives a second life to old books. This gilded rosette frame would make a romantic wedding gift, or it could be a beautiful way to display heirloom photographs.

Materials

  • Old paperback books
  • Frame with wide edge
  • Pearl beads

Tools

Basic Supplies

scissors, hair dryer

Directions

(Note: Adult supervision and safety gear required if children will be using hot glue gun.)

Step 1

To make rosette, tear three pages at a time from book.

Step 2

Holding cap, shake PenTouch® pen before using. Press tip down several times to get ink flowing.

Step 3

Starting at long, un-torn edge of pages, draw spiral shape, circling inward counter-clockwise. Stay within edges of paper. Keep lines less than 1” apart. If ink flow slows, press down on tip again and keep drawing. Try to keep line thick.

Step 4

To cut out spiral shape, cut in center of line so edges on both sides of cut are gilded with PenTouch ink.

Step 5

Flip over spiral and use PenTouch to trace cut edge on back side.

Step 6

To turn spiral into rosette, begin rolling rosette from outer edge. Make center fairly tight. Once it is started, hold paper between two fingers, and roll it quickly using other hand.

Step 7

When paper is rolled, there will be a circle flap remaining at end. Add generous amount of hot glue to flap, and then press coiled center of rosette down. Pinch rosette between thumb and finger for a few moments while glue cools.

Step 8

Adhere pearl beads to center of paper flower for added dimension. Vary number of beads for interest.

Step 9

Repeat Steps 1-8 to create enough rosettes to cover entire frame.

Step 10

Use glue gun to adhere first rosette to frame’s edge. Continue to adhere rosettes to frame by placing them tightly together for full effect. Continue until entire frame is covered in rosettes.

Tip

  • Don’t worry about making your spirals perfect or your rosettes uniform. It looks better when the flowers are slightly different. You can get rid of any unsightly glue strands with a hair dryer.

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