Be Merry Card

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Combine chic paper tape and an easy watercolor technique to craft this merry-and-bright greeting.

Materials

  • White cardstock: textured, smooth
  • Queen & Co. Trendy Tape Vertical Stripes Teal

Tools

  • Punches: corner rounder, assorted circles
  • Printworks Stamps: Star Snowflake (B3845), Be Merry (A2764)
  • Black pigment ink pad
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Markers: Ranger Tim Holtz Evergreen Distress Marker, Imagination International COPIC Yellow
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Water-barrel brush
  • Tiny stapler
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil, heat tool

Directions

STEP 1

Make 4-1/2”x6” top-fold card from textured white cardstock; round bottom corners.

STEP 2

Cut 4-1/4”x4” textured white cardstock panel; round bottom corners. Apply diagonal tape strips across panel as shown; trim tape even with panel edges. Adhere panel to card.

STEP 3

Stamp sentiment and four snowflakes onto smooth white cardstock, leaving space between images; heat emboss with clear powder.

STEP 4

Lightly trace snowflakes with Evergreen marker; use water-barrel brush to blend color, creating watercolor look. Color stars with yellow marker. Punch snowflakes into circles of assorted size; overlap and adhere to card along top of taped panel. Highlight stars with Glossy Accents; let dry.

STEP 5

Cut sentiment into small, notched flag; staple to upper left corner of card.

Tip

  • For a glitzy version of this card, use metallic tape and outline snowflake images with glitter glue instead of marker.

by Linda Beeson (www.pkod.blogspot.com)

Joyeux Noel Card

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Beautiful shades of teal and burgundy put a new spin on the traditional tones of the season. Lush, layered accents from Ruby Rock-it’s Joyeux Noel Collection give this card vintage-look elegance in an instant.

Materials

  • Burgundy cardstock
  • Ruby Rock-it Joyeux Noel Collection: Paper Pack, Layered Accents, Diecut Silhouettes, Bling, Trim
  • Trims: white scalloped lace, gold cord
  • Teal/gold silk poinsettia

Tools

  • Sewing machine and dark teal thread
  • Border punches, two of choice
  • Modeling paste
  • Plastic dot-pattern mask
  • Chalk inks: dark teal, burgundy
  • Beacon Adhesives 3-in-1 Glue

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil, sponge dauber, palette knife

Directions

STEP 1

Make 6”x5-1/4” burgundy top-fold card.

STEP 2

Cut 5-1/2”x4-3/4” teal damask paper panel and sponge edges with teal chalk ink. Using sewing machine, stitch around panel edges. Adhere panel to card.

STEP 3

Cut 5-1/2”x2” burgundy print paper strip, punch both long edges with first border punch, and sponge edges with burgundy ink. Adhere across bottom of teal panel.

STEP 4

Cut 5-1/2”x1-1/2” gold print paper strip, punch both long edges with second border punch, and sponge edges with burgundy ink. Wrap gold ribbon around center, adhering ends at back. Adhere strip to card.

STEP 5

Place mask over random areas of card and apply modeling paste using palette knife. Remove mask and let paste dry completely.

STEP 6

Cut lace to fit across top of card; adhere in gentle swag.

STEP 7

Using photo as guide, sponge edges of layered accents and silhouette with burgundy ink. Adhere elements to card as shown.

Tip

  • Use modeling paste with plastic masks and stencils to create interesting texture on cards and other projects; let dry completely after application.

by Lisa Novogrodski (www.lisas-livingincolor.blogspot.com)

Cocoa Daisy Giveaway Winner!

Happy December, Crafters! It’s time to announce the lucky winner of the Stargazing Kit offered by Crafts ‘n things blogger, Jill Cornell, in her last blog post on November 19th. Read more about Christine Drumheller and Cocoa Daisy monthly kit club here. Whether you’re just into scrapbooking or love all aspects of the paper world, Cocoa Daisy has something for everyone. Plus, their blog contains tons of great ideas to inspire you, so take a look!

As chosen by Random.org, the lucky winner of Cocoa Daisy’s Stargazing Kit is Kim R.

Congratulations, Kim! We’ll contact you via email for your mailing address.

We’d also like to thank Christine Drumheller of Cocoa Daisy for sponsoring this month’s giveaway and to Jill for acquainting us with her club, too! Please visit their websites for more information and oodles of fun and creative paper-crafting ideas.

Happy Crafting!

Linda Homan, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff

Cardinal Greetings Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Recreate the feel of a walk through winter woods with this sparkling, embossed card.

Materials

  • Cardstock: white, kraft
  • Studio Calico Wood Veneer Bird
  • Red/white baker’s twine

Tools

  • Provo Craft Cuttlebug Die-Cutting System and Distress Stripes A2 Embossing Folder
  • “Season’s Greetings” sentiment stamp
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
  • Imagination International COPIC Markers: Black, Red, Orange
  • Stampin’ Up! Dazzling Diamonds Glitter
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, foam dots, clear dots, Sakura of America Glue Pen

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil, wire cutters, scrap paper

Directions

Size

4-1/4”x5-1/2”

Cardinal Greetings Card

1. Make 4-1/4”x5-1/2” kraft side-fold card.

2. Cut slightly smaller white cardstock panel; emboss panel with Distress Stripes texture.

3. Stamp sentiment as shown.

4. Using photo as guide, highlight embossed “branches,” a few at a time, with glue pen; sprinkle with glitter. Tap off excess glitter onto scrap paper and return to container.

5. Continue applying glue and glitter until background panel is complete.

6. Using wire cutters, snip legs from wooden bird. Color and shade bird with markers. Adhere to background panel with clear dots.

7. Wrap twine several times around base of panel, tying bow at right side. Adhere panel to card with foam dots.

Tip

  • Flip embossed panel horizontally to create snowy ground effect.

by Cary Eldred

Jeweled Tree Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Craft four of these sparkling greetings from a single 12″x12″ sheet of glittery cardstock, then embellish with The Robin’s Nest Dew Drop “ornaments.”

Materials

  • Cardstock: The Robin’s Nest Canada Stripe, white, green, brown embossed
  • Papers: red diamond, lime green linen, sage green dot, Merry Christmas
  • The Robin’s Nest Dew Drops, assorted
  • Buttons, assorted

Tools

  • Die-cutting system and dot embossing folder
  • Unity Stamp Co. Baubled Branches Stamp
  • Green chalk ink pad
  • Adhesives: clear-drying liquid glue, double-sided tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

3”x6”

Jeweled Tree Card

1. Make 3”x6” side-fold card from Canada Stripe cardstock.

2. Cut 2-1/2”x3” green cardstock panel and 2-1/2”x2-3/4” red diamond paper panel. Center red panel on green; adhere layers together. Emboss paper with dot texture and adhere to card.

3. Cut 3”x1-7/8” lime green paper panel; notch one end and adhere to card.

4. Cut 2-1/2”x7/8” sage green paper panel; adhere to card. Detail cut sentiment from Christmas paper; adhere to card.

5. Stamp green branch image onto white cardstock; detail cut image. Adhere to card. Cut small brown cardstock rectangle; adhere to base of branch.

6. Using liquid glue, adhere buttons and Dew Drops to branch. Let dry.

Tip

  • Be sure to use clear-drying liquid glue with Dew Drops embellishments for best effect.

by Tonya Wilson-Trantham (www.creativeaddictiontopaper.blogspot.com)

Merry Christmas

With the holidays arriving so quickly, I decided to share a quick-and-easy holiday card that can be made within a few minutes.

Cut top-fold card base from white cardstock measuring 4-1/4″x5-1/2″. Stamp Hero Arts Dazzling Snowflake using Versamark on front of card.

Use makeup sponge to apply Blue STAEDTLER Karat Pastel Chalk and smear over Versamark image.

Trim edges of card 1/8″ on both sides of snowflake.

Ink up IndigoBlu “Looks Like Rain, Dear” deer stamp with Ranger Archival Ink Coffee and stamp over snowflake.

Ink up Hero Arts sentiment using same ink and stamp on top left corner.

Cut 4-1/4″x5-1/2″ from brown cardstock and mount to inside of front cover of card.

Accent with crystal gems.

A quick card to replicate and stock up for the holidays!

Suzz

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

Stitched Holiday Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Simple stitched details on a holiday card say how much you care. Spread the holiday cheer by sprucing up your season’s greetings to family and friends.

Materials

  • Cardstock: white, red chevron textured, light green Swiss dot textured
  • Ribbon, red, 2” length
  • Silver brad
  • Contrasting all-purpose thread

Tools

  • VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine
  • Ornament Punch, 1-1/2”

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, ruler, scissors, pencil

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 8-1/2”x5-1/2” red cardstock rectangle; score at 4-1/4” to make 5-1/2”x4-1/4” top-fold card.

STEP 2

Cut 2-1/2”x3-1/2” white cardstock panel and 2-1/4”x3-1/4” light green cardstock panel. Notch bottom edge of white and green cardstock to create flag shape as shown.

STEP 3

Punch ornament into green cardstock as shown.

STEP 4

Lay green flag on top of white and lightly mark position of ornament opening.

STEP 5

Cut 2” length of ribbon. Position ribbon in center of marking.

STEP 6

Set VIVO™ Create & Repair Machine for straight stitch. Thread top of machine and bobbin with all-purpose thread in color that contrasts cardstock. Carefully stitch top and bottom of ribbon in place. (Note: The presser foot will guide cardstock evenly while stitching.)

STEP 7

Backstitch at beginning and end of stitching to help secure thread in place. (Note: Backstitching is done by reversing a few stitches on top of machine stitches at beginning or end of a line of machine sewing.)

STEP 8

Open card and lay flat. Position both flags flush to top edge of card fold as shown; sew straight stitch at 1/4” and 3/8” from scored fold line across top of flags.

STEP 9

Remove card from machine. Trim thread tails.

STEP 10

Pierce hole for brad placement in center of ornament ribbon; insert brad. Re-fold card.

Tips

  • The more slowly you sew, the more control you will have guiding the cardstock while stitching.
  • Want to learn more about the VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine? Click here to view a video for information and other helpful basic sewing information.

by SINGER® (www.singerco.com)

Cocoa Daisy Kit Club & Giveaway

Hello Crafts ‘n things friends! It’s Jill Cornell with you today, and I am continuing my blog series where I interview a kit club owner. It’s a great way to learn more about these scrapbooking and paper crafting clubs plus have the opportunity to win that month’s kit!

Today, we’re going to meet Christine Drumheller, the owner of Cocoa Daisy.

1)      When did you start your kit club? And what made you decide to go into business?

Cocoa Daisy was founded about seven years ago by Tricia Canonico. I first joined Cocoa Daisy, as a subscriber, in 2007.

I tried out when Cocoa Daisy had a Design Team call, made the team, and about six months later, Tricia asked me to start creating the project kits. I loved coming up with ideas for the project kits and putting them together! Soon I was joining Tricia on her trips to CHA, so I got a good idea of how much work goes into putting together the main kit. Well, fast forward to 2010. I found myself having to leave my marriage of 11 years, with no work history for the last eight because I’d been a stay-at-home mom. At that time, Tricia happened to be pregnant, moving to another state, and planning to close things down here at Cocoa Daisy. I approached her and said I wanted to do it! I was terrified… leaving a marriage, moving in with my parents, and starting a business all at the same time. That was the worst, most stressful summer of my life! But, I knew I had to give it a try because it was the perfect scenario for me. I’d be doing something I love and I’d also be home with the boys.

My background in graphic design from before I became engaged, including 10 years’ experience as a Composition Manager, gave me the confidence to jump in and pray that God had placed this opportunity in front of me for a reason.

It’s been an amazing three years! Learning as I go, always trying to make changes and improvements, working to get the kits out on time and to give my 100% to customer service has been more than stressful at times, BUT I wouldn’t change a thing!

2) Do you offer subscriptions? What does a subscription entail?  

Yes, we offer subscriptions! We offer 6 month subscriptions to our Main kit, which is more for the traditional paper crafter/scrapbooker, we offer a Day in the Life kit subscription for those that enjoy working in a project life style format and we also offer a Stamp subscription which is the perfect accompaniment to our other subscriptions or for anyone who enjoys stamping. We also offer a 3 month subscription option, where you can sign up for 3 months by paying for all three months in advance with no auto renewal. It’s a great option for those wishing to give a kit club a try or if you are concerned about committing for 6 months.

When you sign up for a subscription you are guaranteed the monthly kit, early access to any add-ons or special project kits and all your add-on purchases will ship free with your subscription. We are also running a special promotion right now, subscribe to either the Main kit or Day in the Life kit and receive a free “Orion” or “Milky Way” November add on. New subscriptions will begin with the November kit.

3) Do you offer a one-time purchase option? 

Yes! You can purchase the main kit or the Day in the Life kit as a single purchase. You can also purchase any of the stamps from our Stamp Subscription as single purchases.

Here is an example from Christine Drumheller:

4) Do you ship internationally?

Yes we do, Main kit shipping to Canada is $13.50 all other international is $20.00; Day in the Life kit shipping to Canada is $9.00 all other international is $14.50

5) Do you offer add-ons? 

Yes. Every month we offer two main add-ons and a patterned paper add-on that coordinate with the Main and Day in the Life kits. Our Day in the Life kit can also be ordered as an add-on. We offer a monthly Project Art kit add-on for those that enjoy mixed media/art journaling. Occasionally we offer special project kit add-ons, like this month we have a Christmas Day in the Life kit to help you record your Holiday moments in the project life format and we also have a Document December mini album kit.

6) What does a typical kit look like (i.e. how many sheets of cardstock? patterned paper? alphabets? embellishments)? Describe it for us. 

Every Main kit has 8-9 sheets of patterned paper, 4 sheets of cardstock, 1-2 alphabets and lots of embellishments! Rather than include just a couple full packs of embellishments we prefer to create goodie bags for each kit with a wider range of embellishments.  Each kit also includes a 3×4 custom letterpress card and stamp or stamp set.

Every Day in the Life project life kit has 12 exclusive cards designed by Stephanie Wheeler, 12 cards designed by Eve from Evalicious, 4-6  4″x6″ cardstock and/or lined cards, exclusive stamp set, flair, wood veneer, two 3″x4″ letterpress cards, at least one alpha sheet, and various other embellishments.

Here is a card example from Christine Drumheller:

7) What sets you apart from the competition? Do you offer exclusives?
Our kits are very cohesive and being the mom of boys I try very hard to make sure that each month’s kit is “gender neutral”. The paper and embellishments can work together in a number of different ways which gives our kits great versatility. The other thing that sets us apart is our excellent customer service. I value each and every one of my customers and strive to give them the consideration and service that I would expect. People work hard for their money and I want to make sure they feel good about spending it at Cocoa Daisy. I want each customer to enjoy opening their Daisy box when it arrives on their doorstep :)

Yes, we have exclusives! In fact this month’s kit includes the most exclusives we have ever had in a kit. We are now designing our own patterned paper and each kit has two sheets of exclusive Cocoa Daisy paper in it, we have an exclusive 3″x4″ beautiful letterpress card, flair (this month it is from Panda 8 Designs), a set of page tabs from Evalicious, wood veneer, stamp set, and this month we even have a gorgeous 6″x6″ custom stencil from Crafter’s Workshop which coordinates perfectly with the kit.

Here is a look at the Day in the Life kit:

8) Do you appeal to a wide range of papercrafters? Who is your audience? (Scrapbookers, project lifers, card makers, altered and mixed media artists?)

We have something for everyone! Our Main kit can really be used for everything but is primarily for those who choose to scrapbook in the traditional format. Our Day in the Life kit is perfect for anyone who prefers to scrapbook in a project life format. For our mixed media customers we offer a Project Art Starter kit, perfect for anyone wishing to pursue art journaling (the Starter Kit even includes admission to Ronda Palazarri’s introduction to art journaling class) and then each month we offer a different Project Art add on. And for card makers and stampers we offer either a stamp subscription which includes three different stamp or stamp sets each month.

9) Do you have a design team? How can subscribers and others find inspiration with your kit? 

We have an amazing design team! We have design team members that create in all these styles; clean and linear, messy and artsy, lots of layers, project life, art journaling, mini books, a little bit of everything really. We always post lots of great ideas on our blog, Facebook, instagram and of course on our message boards. In fact, we just had our annual online crop this last weekend and the Design Team out did themselves with all the challenges, examples and classes that were posted. You can check out the challenges and classes here.

Here is an example from design team member, Alissa Fast:

10) Link us up with your website, blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, etc. 
Website: http://www.cocoadaisy.com

Blog: http://www.cocoadaisy.com/blog

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CocoaDaisyKits?ref=hl

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/cocoadaisykits/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CocoaDaisyKits

Instagram: @Cocoadaisykits

We are thrilled to offer our November kit “Stargazing” to one of your readers. Thank you Jill for inviting us to be a part of your blog post and letting us share a little bit about Cocoa Daisy!

And now the giveaway! To enter, leave a comment on this blog post by 3:00pm EST on December 2 for a chance to win November’s Cocoa Daisy “Stargazing” Kit. The winner will be announced on December 3rd.

Happy Crafting!

Jill Cornell from Blessed Scrapper (www.jillcornell.blogspot.com)

Thank You Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Craft this card as a creative way to thank neighbors and friends who are always sharing the bounty of their garden with you.

Materials

  • Jillibean Soup: Jellybean Green Note Card, Baby Carrots Paper, Etched Flowers Wood Buttons, Thank You Wooden Flag
  • Textured cardstock: dark brown, gold, orange, light green, black
  • Wooden skewer
  • May Arts Ribbons: Solid Ivory/Green Checkered Ribbon, 7/8”; 400 Yard String Burlap Ribbon in Ivory, Natural

Tools

  • Xyron Adhesives: Mega Runner, 1/4” Double-Sided Tape, Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit Liquid Adhesive, 3/8” Adhesive Dots, 3/16” Adhesive Dots
  • Die-cutting machine and carrot die of choice
  • Brown ink pad

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 3-3/4”x5” dark brown cardstock panel. Cut 3-5/8”x4-7/8” Baby Carrots panel; ink edges brown. Mat panels together using Xyron Mega Runner.

STEP 2

Cut 4-1/4” length of checkered ribbon. Wrap around dark brown panel, securing with Xyron 1/4” Double-Sided Tape. Adhere panel to note card using Xyron Mega Runner.

STEP 3

Cut 2-1/2”x1-1/4” strip from green side of Baby Carrots paper. Dove-tail cut right side to create flag shape; ink edges. Adhere flag to gold cardstock with Xyron 1/4” Double-Sided Tape, insetting 1/8” from straight edge. Trim gold cardstock to 1/8” around flag shape to mat.

STEP 4

Using Xyron Mega Runner, adhere flag to card over top of ribbon as shown.

STEP 5

Adhere wooden “Thank You” flag to center of green flag using Xyron 1/4” Double-Sided Tape.

STEP 6

Cut skewer to desired length. Wrap Ivory burlap ribbon around skewer in criss-cross pattern and secure on back side using Xyron 3/16” Adhesive Dots. Tie bow at top of skewer. Adhere skewer to left side of green flag as shown using additional Xyron 3/16” Adhesive Dots.

STEP 7

Using die-cutting machine, die cut three carrots and all layers from cardstock. Adhere layers together using Clear Hold Adhesive in Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit by Xyron. Adhere carrots to card over flags and skewer with Xyron 3/8” Adhesive Dots.

STEP 8

Thread Natural burlap ribbon through Etched Flowers Wood Button; tie bow in back. Using Xyron 3/8” Adhesive Dot, adhere button to right side of card.

Tip

  • Create your own wooden sentiment flag by substituting chipboard, acrylic, or cardstock stamped with “Thank You.”

by Courtney Lee for Xyron (www.xyron.com)

Holiday Shimmer Cards

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Send handmade winter greetings that sparkle with Grafix Funky Film. Best of all, you won’t need any adhesives! Make traditional, trendy, or modern style cards with this easy-to-use film. 

Materials

  • Grafix Funky Films, assorted colors
  • Cardstock: blue, gold, black

Tools

  • Sentiment stamps of choice
  • Circle punch, 1/2”
  • Black ink pad
  • Fine-tip black permanent marker

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler

Directions

Traditional Card

1. Make blue 5”x5” square top-fold card.

2. Punch two circles from Silver Sequins Funky Film to make snowman. Peel off paper backing; adhere snowman to card front center.

3. Cut 2-1/2”x5-1/2” strip of Mini Silver Stars Funky Film. Cut waves on one long side to create snowdrift. Remove backing and adhere to bottom of card; trim edges.

4. Cut two small rectangles from Cherry Red Funky Film. Cut slits into one short side to create fringe. Adhere to snowman as shown to make scarf. Cut carrot-shaped nose from Orange Sparkle Funky Film. Adhere to card front. Add buttons and eyes with black permanent marker.

5. Stamp or write sentiment in upper corner. Hand-draw simple snowflakes with black marker.

Trendy Card

1. Make gold 5-1/2”x4-1/4” top-fold card.

2. Using marker, draw line from one side of card to the other, curving downward. Draw second line across card, crossing the first line and curving upward. Stay within top third of card front

3. Using punch, create 9-10 circles from various Funky Film sheets. Remove backing and adhere circles to card front, evenly spacing below drawn lines.

4. Draw small black rectangle atop each circle to create ornament top.

5. Stamp or write sentiment in lower right corner.

Modern Card

1. Make black 4-1/2”x6” side-fold card.

2. Cut six triangles, two each from Silver Brush, Gold Brush, and Copper Brush Funky Film. Make first pair of triangles 1” tall, second pair 1-1/2” tall, and third pair 2” tall.

3. Stagger triangles on card front to form tree shape as shown. Leave space in center between triangle stacks to mimic tree trunk. Make right stack slightly lower than left, leaving 1/4” gap between triangles in stack.

Tips

  • Trace around dime and cut out the circles if you don’t have a 1/2” punch.
  • To make perfect triangles, cut Funky Film into squares, then cut squares in half diagonally, corner-to-corner.
  • Visit Grafix’s YouTube channel for a video demonstration of this project.

by Maureen Wilson for Grafix (www.grafixarts.com)