Great Finds Friday: STAEDTLER® Triplus® Color Fibre-Tip Pens

Welcome to another Great Finds Friday, Crafters! Today, I’m going to show you four ways to use Triplus Color Fibre-Tip Pens from STAEDTLER. These versatile markers are a perfect tool for stampers, card-makers, and scrapbookers, as well as for kids and fine artists. The brilliant, environmentally friendly, water-based ink is ideal for watercolor techniques, detail work, and coloring larger areas. Unique Dry Safe technology ensures that the markers will not dry up, even if left uncapped for days. In a home where kids frequently help themselves to mom’s craft supplies, that means added peace of mind. Here are some recent holiday tags I made using cardstock, stamps, and Triplus Color Fibre-Tip Pens.

Outline + watercolor: For the Deck the Halls Wreath Tag, I used dark gray dye ink to stamp the wreath and sentiment onto cream cardstock. I stamped the top portion of the wreath again onto cream cardstock. Using the Triplus markers, I outlined the leaves in green, both bows in red, and the sentiment in red. I dotted each leaf with two additional shades of green. I dotted the berries red. Using a water-barrel brush, I blended the color directly on the cardstock, drawing the ink from the edges to the center of each section. For the sentiment, I simply ran the tip of the brush along the outline to create a soft watercolor effect. After letting the images dry, I detail cut the second bow and adhered it to the main image using two small foam dots. Finally I adhered the cream tag to a larger kraft tag and added borders using a ruler and the green marker I used to outline the leaves.

Stamp + detail: For the Silhouette Tree Tag, I colored the silhouette stamp with an aqua marker, huffed on the stamp to moisten the ink, and then stamped onto cream cardstock. I hand drew the outline using the same marker, then added a dot border.

Watercolor background: For the Warm Winter Wishes Tag, I scribbled small puddles of three different colors – soft gray, purple, blue – onto a non-stick craft sheet. Using a water-barrel brush, I picked up the soft gray ink and applied it in random strokes over the center of the cream cardstock tag. Next, I picked up and applied blue ink around the outer edges, leaving a bit of gray visible in the center. Finally, I picked up and applied purple ink around the blue. I used dark gray dye ink to stamp the sentiment and snowflakes, and highlighted the snowflakes with Ranger Stickles Icicle Glitter Glue.

Watercolor color lift: For the Season’s Greetings Tag, I wanted a more vintage effect, so I used dark gray dye ink to stamp the bells image and sentiment onto kraft cardstock. I detailed the bands on the bells with a bit of red marker (center of bell on left, top and bottom of bell on right). Next, I scribbled small puddles of gold, red, and green marker onto a non-stick craft sheet. Using a water-barrel brush, I picked up each color and applied it to the image. I quickly blotted the image with a paper towel to prevent the color from spreading and to “lift” some of the vibrant pigment in order to create a worn look. I repeated this process for the sentiment.

The first thing you’ll notice about these markers is the nifty, triangular shape. The easy-to-hold shape means no hand fatigue when you’re doing a lot of coloring. Triplus Color Fibre-Tip Pens are particularly good for little hands, too, and the water-based, natural inks wash easily from hands and most clothing. I’m a big believer in giving kids the opportunity to use great supplies to create their own art, and these kid-friendly features make it easy to let them explore their creativity.

The markers are available individually or in sets of 10 or 20 shades, and the box doubles as a helpful stand, keeping markers at your fingertips when your creative muse calls. I know I’ll be creating more tags this weekend. What will you create?

 

Until next time, happy crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Craft Ideas Online Editor (www.craftideas.com)

Pink Poinsettia Stocking

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Hang this beautiful paper stocking from your mantle or tree, or use it as a gift card holder.

Materials

  • Kaisercraft Beyond The Page MDF Stocking Garland
  • Heartfelt Creations Daphne Paper Collection
  • White cardstock
  • Embellishments: black circle/gold letter stickers, pearls, laces, pink ribbon, white feathers

Tools

  • Die-cutting machine
  • Dies: Heartfelt Creations Ornamental Add On; Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Oval LG and Floral Ovals, Shapeabilities Layered Poinsettia
  • Heartfelt Creations Pre-cut Stamp Sets: Holiday Script Background, Christmas Sentiment Circles, Peaceful Night, Holly Berry, Petite Poinsettia
  • McGill Paper Blossoms Tool Kit and Molding Mat
  • Circle punch, 1″
  • Ink pads: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Victorian Velvet, Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Delicata Golden Glitz, embossing ink
  • Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue: Diamond, Gold
  • Ranger Gold Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder
  • Liquitex Acrylic Gesso Surface Prep
  • Adhesives: Plaid All Night Media Pop Dots, Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Permanent Adhesive, Ranger Glossy Accents

Basic Supplies

paintbrush, sandpaper, heat tool

Directions

Size

6-1/4″x8″

Pink Poinsettia Stocking

1. Paint stocking with gesso.

2. Using stocking as pattern, cut main stocking and fold-down top panel from paper; adhere to stocking. Lightly sand edges; ink edges with Victorian Velvet.

3. Using Golden Glitz ink, stamp images on stocking.

4. Using Victorian Velvet ink, stamp flowers and sentiment circles on cardstock. Using Layered Poinsettia, die cut flowers; ink edges with Victorian Velvet and gently shape petals while assembling flowers. Apply Gold Stickles to petal edges and Diamond Stickles to petals. Adhere large pearls in flower centers.

5. Punch out sentiment circles with circle punch. Adhere L, Y, R, I, and C letter stickers to circle centers. Apply Gold Stickles to sticker edges.

6. Using embossing ink, stamp leaves on green paper. Using Ornamental Add On, die cut leaves. Heat emboss with Gold powder.

7. Die cut Classic Oval and coordinating Floral Oval from papers. Adhere together, matting plain oval with floral oval. Using Golden Glitz ink, stamp sentiment in center of panel. Adhere small flower to panel with Pop Dot.

8. Adhere lace and feathers to stocking with Fabric Fusion.

9. Adhere sentiment panel to stocking with Pop Dots.

10. Adhere leaves, flowers and letter stickers to stocking, using Pop Dots for dimension as desired.

11. Tie ribbon in bow; adhere to stocking with Fabric Fusion. Adhere pearl to bow center.

12. Adhere additional accent pearls to stocking.

by Sarah Miller for Heartfelt Creations (www.heartfeltcreations.us)

Festive Pen-touch Doodled Ornaments

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Turn inexpensive glass ornaments into something unique using Pen-touch® Markers and acrylic paint. Personalize ornaments with the recipient’s name or pair simple designs with bright paint for a real “WOW” factor. The paint-like Pen-touch is easy to use and gives rich opaque results.

Materials

  • Clear glass ornaments

Tools

  • Sakura Pen-touch® Black Paint Marker
  • Acrylic paint
  • Empty egg carton (optional)

Basic Supplies

plastic straw, toothpick, scrap paper

Directions

STEP 1

Remove hanger/cover from top of ornament.

STEP 2

Pour small amount of paint into ornament, taking care not to get any on outside of ornament. (Note: Depending on size of paint bottle spout and ornament opening, it may be helpful to use a plastic straw as a funnel. An empty egg carton works great to hold ornaments as you work.)

STEP 3

Roll ornament to distribute paint as desired along inside areas.

STEP 4

Use plastic straw or toothpick to pop any air bubbles.

STEP 5

Replace the hanger/cover on top of ornament.

STEP 6

Sketch doodles on scrap paper to determine desired design.

STEP 7

Using sketch as guide, decorate outside of ornament using Pen-touch Paint Markers. (Note: The permanent, opaque ink gives a glossy finish that writes beautifully on glass. Regular permanent markers will not give the same opaque results as this valve action paint marker.)

STEP 8

Personalize ornaments with your favorite pattern, year, or names of family members. Journal favorite memories and add new ones each Christmas.

Tips

  • For this project, cheaper acrylic paint is better. Less expensive brands are thinner and spread more easily.
  • Clear glass ornaments can be found almost anywhere during the holidays, including most dollar stores.

Video

  • Click here or on the Sakura of America advertisement below for a video of this fun project.

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

 

Whimsical Christmas Forest

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Transform foam triangles with colorful papers, unique trims, and glittery buttons to create a playful mantle scene.

Materials

  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Blocks, 12”x12”x1”, two
  • Holiday-themed papers, five
  • Ribbon, 1” wide, five assorted styles/colors
  • Adhesive pearls
  • Glitter buttons, assorted

Tools

  • Serrated knife
  • Wax candle or bar of soap
  • Adhesives: double-sided tape, liquid glue, clear dots

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Sizes

5-1/2”-11-3/4” tall

Trees

1. Run serrated knife across old wax candle or bar of soap. Cut five triangular tree shapes of assorted sizes from foam blocks. Use photo as guide.

2. Trace each foam tree twice onto desired paper; cut out paper trees and adhere to front and back of foam trees using double-sided tape.

3. Apply double-sided tape along edges of trees; adhere different ribbon to each tree to cover exposed foam.

4. Using photo as guide, decorate trees with adhesive pearls, trim, and buttons; adhere buttons with clear dots.

Tip

  • Cover trees in felt or burlap instead of paper for another look; replace pearls and buttons with metal brads or metallic sequins.

by Patty Schaffer for The Dow Chemical Co.
(www.CraftsnCoffee.com; www.StyrofoamCrafts.com)

Christmas Garland

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

This simple but beautiful holiday-themed garland looks sophisticated, yet is easy enough for kids to make.

Materials

  • Bazzill White Cardstock
  • Echo Park Dots & Stripes Paper Collections: Metropolitan Ruby Red, Leaf; Candy Shoppe Raspberry
  • The Twinery Ocean Stripe Baker’s Twine

Tools

  • Xyron Adhesives: 3” Sticker Maker, 3/16” High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • Craft punches: circle, 2”; snowflake, 1-3/8”
  • Clearsnap Glitter: Winter Frost, Silver Lining

Basic Supplies

scissors, paper plates

Directions

STEP 1

Punch 12-20 circles from each color Echo Park paper. Sort into matching color pairs of main and back circles.

STEP 2

Punch 18-30 snowflakes from White cardstock.

STEP 3

Run snowflakes through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker. Rub very well, then peel.

STEP 4

Carefully remove snowflakes and lay with sticky side up on paper plate.

STEP 5

Sprinkle snowflakes with Winter Frost glitter, making sure to cover every snowflake completely, including the edges.

STEP 6

Run glittered snowflakes back through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker with glitter side up. Rub very well, then peel.

STEP 7

Adhere snowflakes to half of main circle centers, varying colors. Set pairs aside.

STEP 8

Press Xyron 3/16” High Tack Adhesive Dots on remaining main circles in random polka dot pattern.

STEP 9

Lay with sticky side up on paper plate; sprinkle with Silver Lining glitter. Tap off excess.

STEP 10

Run decorated circles through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker.

STEP 11

Lay several back circles 1” apart across work surface, in desired color pattern. Starting 6” from end, lay twine across center of back circles. Adhere decorated circle to matching color back circle and twine, pressing firmly. Repeat until all circles are adhered or desired length is achieved. Trim twine 6” beyond last circle. (Note: Increase starting and ending lengths of twine to 12” or more if intending to tie around column or post.)

Tips

  • Xyron makes it easy to add the glitter with very little mess, especially when crafting with children.
  • Make this garland as long or as short as desired by making more or less circles.

by Cristal “Pinky” Hobbs for Xyron Inc. (www.xyron.com)

O Holy Night

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Easy-to-cut, self-adhesive, and removable, Silhouette vinyl is the perfect way to add your favorite quotes and designs directly to the walls of your home and projects. To get your Silhouette Holiday Sale discount, visit www.silhouetteamerica.com/black between November 28 and December 8 and enter promo code CNT upon checkout.

Materials

  • Silhouette Vinyl Starter Kit
  • Ceramic tile
  • Picture easel

Tools

  • Silhouette CAMEO Electronic Cutting Machine and Designs: Nativity Wisemen, Star

Directions

O Holy Night

1. Load vinyl into the Silhouette Cameo without cutting mat. Select “Silhouette Vinyl” in media menu of cut settings.

2. Following manufacturer’s instructions, create and cut image in the Silhouette Studio software using Nativity Wisemen and star designs, plus font of choice for sentiment. After image is cut, remove vinyl from the Silhouette and peel away negative space, so all that remains on vinyl backing is design.

3. Cover vinyl design with section of transfer paper and smooth down using the Silhouette scraper tool.

4. Lift transfer paper off liner and arrange on tile. (Note: The vinyl design will be held in place making it easy to arrange on your tile.)

5. Rub vinyl firmly on clean, dry tile. Lift transfer paper, carefully making sure that all vinyl is stuck down.

6. Place tile on easel.

Tip

  • The vinyl starter kit contains all the materials you need to get started with vinyl décor, including four colors of premium vinyl, 10 feet of transfer paper, 10 vinyl designs, an instructional DVD, and Silhouette’s hook and scraper. Silhouette’s Premium Vinyl has a stronger adhesive for both indoor and outdoor use. It’s gentle enough for most indoor walls, but resilient enough to withstand the sun and weather.

for Silhouette America (blog.silhouetteamerica.com)

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

Christmas Planner

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create a darling Christmas planner using cardstock, stamps, and My Favorite Things Die-namics. Two inner pockets are the perfect place to tuck receipts, plan purchases, and get prepared for the busy shopping season.

Materials

  • Notebook, 4”x5-3/4”
  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Primitive White, Jellybean Green, Red Hot, Steel Blue, Sweet Tooth, Kraft
  • My Favorite Things Kraft Envelopes, 4-3/8”x5-3/4”, two
  • My Favorite Things Hemp Cord
  • My Favorite Things Sweet Tooth Button
  • White brads, medium, four

Tools

  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System
  • My Favorite Things Stamps: Laina Lamb Design Journal It – Top Ten, Document It – December; Lisa Johnson Design Textile Backgrounds, Hearts and Stitches; BG Sheet Music Background
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Poinsettia; Laina Lamb Design Insert It – 3”x4” Insert, Accent It – Flags and Tags
  • My Favorite Things Clearsnap ColorBox Premium Dye Ink Pads: Jellybean Green, Hot Fudge, Black Licorice, Paver Red, Kraft
  • Circle punch, 3/4”
  • Scor-Pal Scoring Board
  • Adhesives: Scor-Pal Scor-Tape, paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Cut two 10-1/4”x6-1/8 Primitive White cardstock panels. Score both panels at 4-3/4” and 5-1/2” from left edge.

STEP 2

Using Scor-Tape, adhere panels together to make 20-1/2”x6-1/8” planner base. Remove front page of notebook. Cover top edge of pad with small piece of Jellybean Green cardstock. Wrap hemp cord length across top of notepad; adhere on back. Adhere notebook to center of planner base using Scor-Tape.

STEP 3

With flap closest to outer edge, adhere one Kraft envelope to each side of notebook as shown.

STEP 4

Cut two 5-3/4”x1-1/2” strips from Red Hot cardstock and two 5-3/4”x1-1/4”strips from Primitive White cardstock. Using Jellybean Green ink, stamp LJD Textile checked background onto Primitive White strips; mat to Red Hot cardstock. Adhere panels onto envelopes on side opposite of flap. Stamp LJD Hearts and Stitches using Hot Fudge Ink onto envelope flaps.

STEP 5

Punch four 3/4” circles from Jellybean Green cardstock; adhere circles onto envelopes as shown. Insert brad through center of each circle. To create closure, wrap hemp cord around brads and secure with bow.

STEP 6

Stamp Black Licorice “Christmas” sentiment onto center bottom edge of notebook.

STEP 7

Die cut Red Hot banner and Primitive White circle using Accent It – Flags and Tags Die-namics. Stamp Journal It – Top Ten “My Favorite Things” onto Primitive White die cut; let dry. Assemble and adhere die cuts to top right of notebook.

STEP 8

Die cut seven Insert It – 3”x4” from Sweet Tooth Cardstock. Stamp Black Licorice Journal It – Top Ten onto each die cut. Stamp titles using Document It – December with MFT Red Hot and Jellybean Green Ink. Cut 3-1/6”x4-1/16” Red Hot and Jellybean Green cardstock panels; mat to journal die cuts. Tuck into envelopes for later use.

STEP 9

Cut following cardstock panels: 4-1/2”x5-3/4” from Steel Blue, 4-1/4”x5-1/2” from Red Hot, 4”x5-1/4” from Kraft. Stamp Sheet Music Background using Kraft Ink onto Kraft Cardstock. Mat together and adhere to front cover.

STEP 10

Die cut Insert It – 3”x4” Insert from Sweet Tooth cardstock and stamp Journal It – Top Ten using Black Licorice Ink. Stamp Jellybean Green “Christmas” title on die cut. Cut 3-1/6”x4-1/16” Jellybean Green panel and mat to insert die cut; mat to sheet music panel on front cover.

STEP 11

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to die cut and assemble Poinsettia Die-namics flower from Red Hot cardstock and leaves from Jellybean Green cardstock. Die cut banner using Accent It – Flags and Tags Die-namics; stamp “Making A List” sentiment using Black Licorice Ink.

STEP 12

Adhere assembled flower on cover. Embellish flower with button tied with hemp cord bow. Tuck and adhere banner under button.

Tip

  • To view a video on My Favorite Things Die-namics Poinsettia Dies, click here.

by Inge Groot for My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.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)

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.

For your chance to WIN the $50 FloraCraft® gift card, first register right now on the Crafts ‘n things  website so you don’t miss future issues of Crafts ‘n things Weekly and the Craft of the Day projects. Both are free to you, even if you haven’t subscribed to the magazine yet – and we’d love to have you as a subscriber. Next, leave a comment here telling me your favorite craft idea for holiday gift-giving. I’d love to hear from you! And be sure to LIKE Crafts ‘n things and FloraCraft on Facebook to get current news, tips, and even more great craft ideas at your fingertips.

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)