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)

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)

Monochromatic Rustic Pallet Wall Art

I love all the monochromatic DIY projects I have been seeing everywhere. I first noticed this trend appearing in paper crafts like card-making a few years back. At first, it looked odd to me. Where was the bold contrast I was so used to seeing? Lately, I have seen a lot of pillows, tote bags, and even wall art completed using this new trend.

When Walnut Hollow introduced their new line of rustic pallets, I was smitten. I have been collecting larger reclaimed pallets, rescued from junk yards and even dumpsters, for quite some time. Oh, I had grand plans to create coffee tables, signage, shelves, and other projects someday. But for some reason, the large pieces of wood never really inspired me to take on such huge ventures. Noticing the pallet craze and the rustic pieces that savvy recyclers and crafters were creating, Walnut Hollow came up with this amazing line that includes a round wood clock, pallets in several sizes, and even arrow signboards.

For this project, I used the 14”x24” rustic pallet. To make this project you will need basic supplies.

Since these are “rustic palettes,” I skipped sanding the wood. I began by deciding on a sentiment and cutting the needed letters from the matboard. Then I carefully arranged them on the pallet.

 Then I glued each letter down using the tacky glue to my rustic pallet wall art.

To add a motif or two to your design, trace a heart on the Elmer’s Foam Board. I did hearts in two sizes, but you can die cut hearts or even use wooden ones instead for this.

Cutting foam board with an X-ACTO knife can be tricky. First, score rather lightly as closely as possible on the traced lines. Go back and cut a little deeper. Finally, cut the lines again, this time attempting to cut all the way through the foam board. If needed, sand any rough edges of the cut heart shapes with a sanding block.

The rest is easy! Spray several light coats of white paint to the wall art. It took two cans to get the opaque white look I tried to achieve here. But I loved the result. Monochromatic Rustic Pallet Wall Art!

Live Life Creatively,

 

 

 

 

Melony Bradley (www.mel-designs.typepad.com)

Fall Thank You Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Make everyday paper-and-embellishment collections look more seasonal by adding custom die-cut shapes in the colors you want to highlight.

Materials

  • Cardstock: white, dark blue, orange, rust, brown
  • Anna Griffin Gabbie by Maude Asbury Collection 6”x6” Cardstock Paper Pad
  • Anna Griffin Gabbie by Maude Asbury Collection Stickers: 3D Art Stickers, 3D Title Stickers
  • We R Memory Keepers Aqua Baker’s Twine
  • Jute twine

Tools

  • Provo Craft Cricut Cutting System and Creative Memories Cheerful Seasons Cartridge
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, foam squares

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, detail scissors, ruler, pencil, stapler and staples

Directions

STEP 1

Make 6”x6” white side-fold card. Cut 6” dark blue cardstock square; adhere to card front.

STEP 2

Cut 5-3/4” floral paper square; adhere to card front.

STEP 3

Cut 5” ledger paper square and 5-1/4” aqua tone-on-tone paper square. Layer and adhere squares together. Cut 5”x1” green oval paper strip; adhere to top of ledger paper square.

STEP 4

Following manufacturer’s instructions, cut three fall leaves and/or branches from orange, rust, and brown cardstock. Adhere die cuts in upper left corner of ledger paper panel. Tie twine into bow around panel as shown.

STEP 5

Adhere dimensional flower sticker to leaves using foam squares.

STEP 6

Detail cut flower and leaf motif from patterned paper and adhere to bottom right corner of ledger paper panel.

STEP 7

Loop baker’s twine through small dimensional tag sticker. Adhere sticker to panel as shown using foam squares. Staple twine to panel as shown.

STEP 8

Adhere panel to card with foam squares.

Tip

  • If you don’t own an electronic cutting system, substitute silk leaves for the die cuts.

by Aly Dosdall for Anna Griffin (www.annagriffin.com)

Celtic Knots Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

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

Materials

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

Tools

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

Basic Supplies

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

Directions

Size

7-1/8”x5-1/2”

Celtic Knots Card

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tip

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

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

Peaceful Snowflake Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

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

Materials

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

Tools

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

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

4-1/4″x5-1/2″

Peaceful Snowflake Card

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tip

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

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

Felt Flower Hair Clips

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create sweet hair adornments for your little girl by dressing up snap hair clips with felt flowers.

Materials

  • My Favorite Things Felt: Razzle Berry, Blu Raspberry, Grapesicle, Sour Apple
  • My Favorite Things Sweet Tooth Buttons
  • Snap hair clips, six
  • Self-adhesive rhinestones, two
  • My Favorite Things Hemp Cord

Tools

  • Die-cutting machine and My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Large Rolled Rose, Pretty Posies, Flower and Leaf Trio, Royal Leaves
  • Glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

(Note: Make two of each type flower.)

step 1

Die-cut two Large Rolled Rose shapes from Razzle Berry felt, two sets of Flower and Leaf Trio shapes from Blu Raspberry felt, two sets of Pretty Posies shapes from Grapesicle felt, and six large and six medium Royal Leaves from Sour Apple felt.

step 2

Roll two Razzle Berry roses. Starting at outer edge, use fingers to roll felt towards you. Using glue gun, apply glue to bottom edge to secure flowers.

step 3

Use glue gun to adhere three Blu Raspberry flower layers together, from largest to smallest. Repeat to make second flower. Adhere self-adhesive rhinestones to flower centers.

step 4

Repeat Step 3 for Grapesicle flowers. For flower centers, thread two buttons with hemp cord; tie into bow. Adhere buttons to flower centers using glue gun.

step 5

Use glue gun to adhere one large and one medium Sour Apple leaf to base of each flower.

step 6

Open snap hair clip and adhere flower/leaf combination using glue gun. (Note: Open hair clip before adhering flower to prevent clip from being glued closed.)

Tip

  • Make additional flowers, of one type or multiple types, to decorate a headband or cuff bracelet.

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

Home Sweet Home Twine Frame

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

The natural feel of the twine, the autumn-inspired colors, and the home-themed sentiment on this frame are reminiscent of the fall season. Xyron’s high-quality adhesive products make it easy to create!

Materials

  • Hobby Lobby Bare Cardboard Frame, 8”x10”
  • Cardstock: yellow, white
  • KasierCraft Miss Empire Collection Paper Pack
  • Canvas Corp. Burlap Flower
  • May Arts Gingham Ribbon
  • Natural twine

Tools

  • Xyron 9″ Creative Station with Permanent Adhesive
  • Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots, 3/16”
  • Xyron Double-Sided High Tack Tape, 1/2”
  • Die-cutting system and Cheery Lynn Designs Dies: Build a Flower #3, Embellishments #2, Stacker Flower #5
  • Close To My Heart My Acrylix Home Sweet Home Stamp Set
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Vintage Photo Ink Pad
  • Clearsnap Smooch Pumpkin Accent Ink
  • Tattered Angels Suede Glimmer Mist
  • Elmer’s X-ACTO Craft Knife
  • McGill Paper Blossoms Tool Kit and Molding Mat
  • Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

8”x10”

Frame

1. Cut desired paper to fit front of frame and run through Xyron 9” Creative Station to apply Permanent Adhesive.

2. Peel clear sheet from adhesive-backed paper and run paper through Creative Station again so both sides have adhesive.

3. Adhere one side of paper to frame front, leaving clear sheet in place. Cut excess paper from center of frame using craft knife. Peel clear sheet from frame.

4. Starting at top left corner, run twine straight down edge of frame; press twine firmly in place. Trim twine even with frame edge. Repeat to cover entire frame front with twine.

5. Spray canvas flower with Suede Glimmer Mist; let dry. Accent edges of flower with Pumpkin Smooch ink; let dry.

6. Die cut Stacker Flower #5 blooms and Build a Flower #3 petals from white cardstock and run Paper Blossoms ball tool over back to give petals dimension. Stack and adhere layers together with Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots.

7. Color all cardstock petals with Pumpkin Smooch ink; let dry.

8. Die cut three or four yellow cardstock Embellishments #2 sunburst shapes; fold and roll to create center of flower. Adhere to cardstock flower using liquid glue; let dry.

9. Use liquid glue to adhere handmade cardstock flower to center of canvas flower; let dry.

10. Apply Xyron Double-Sided High Tack Tape across bottom of frame and adhere ribbon as shown.

11. Tie ribbon into loopy bow. Use liquid glue to adhere bow and flower to corner of frame; let dry.

12. Cut desired paper to fit frame. Place paper behind frame opening and carefully stamp Vintage Photo sentiment in open area. Secure paper in frame.

Tip

  • Use same instructions to cover a square wooden vase with paper, twine, and ribbon. Make several blossoms in same way and adhere to wooden dowels for stems before inserting into vase. Secure flowers to stem ends using Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots.

by Lori Williams for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Floral Favor Boxes

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Use a Lifestyle Crafts basket die set to make darling favor boxes perfect for every occasion; simply change paper and embellishments to suit the event theme.

Materials

  • Cardstock, scraps
  • Papers: Close To My Heart Chantilly Paper Packet, Anna Griffin Silver Damask Paper
  • White tissue paper
  • Eyelet Outlet Brads: Aqua Sparkle, Pearl

Tools

  • Die-cutting system and dies: Lifestyle Crafts Basket, Spellbinders Donna Salazar Rose Creations
  • Circle punch, 1/2”
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Brilliance Silver Ink Pad
  • Ranger Stickles Stardust Glitter Glue
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry Paper Glue, glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring board, scissors, ruler, pencil, paper piercer and mat, sponge dauber

Directions

size

2-1/2”x2-1/2”

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to die cut box and lid from desired paper. Fold and assemble box, adhering tabs with paper glue. Let dry.

STEP 2

To create paper rosette, cut 1”x8-1/2” paper strip. Score strip every 1/4”. Accordion fold strip, adhere ends together, and push shape flat. Weight with book.

STEP 3

Punch two 1/2″ circles from cardstock scraps. Use glue gun to adhere one circle to back of rosette. Pierce hole through center of second circle and insert brad. Adhere circle to front of rosette, and rosette to box, using glue gun. Highlight rosette edges with glitter glue; let dry.

STEP 4

To create tissue flower, die cut multiple blossom layers from six to eight layers of tissue paper. Separate tissue layers and carefully sponge edges with silver ink.

STEP 5

Layer blossoms onto pearl brad, working from smallest to largest sizes. Reverse direction of some blossoms to create fuller flower. (Note: Die creates hole in center of each layer; if hole is not visible, pierce with piercing tool.)

STEP 6

Gently ruffle petal edges with fingers. Adhere blossom to box using glue gun.

Tip

  • For playful kids’ party favors, use bright papers and swap dimensional stickers for floral embellishments.

by Roberta Wax (www.creativeunblock.com)

Because I Care Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Show someone how much you care with this pretty, floral-patterned card adorned with a delicate filigree butterfly. Lacey, scalloped edges and a sweet sentiment will warm their heart.

Materials

  • Bazzill Basics Paper Peach Cardstock
  • Kaisercraft These Days Collection Papers: Family, Generation, Reunion, Tradition
  • Kaisercraft Ivory Adhesive Pearls

Tools

  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Dies: Borderabilities Card Creator A2 Scalloped Borders One (S5-182), Shapeabilities Les Papillions Two (S4-395)
  • JustRite Papercraft Hugs & Kisses Sentiments Stamp Set
  • Clearsnap ColorBox Stylus
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Memento Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black, Potter’s Clay
  • .Too Marker Corp. COPIC Light Peach Marker
  • Beacon Adhesives Advanced 3-in-1 Glue

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil, low-tack masking tape

Directions

STEP 1

Make 6”x4-1/2” peach top-fold card.

STEP 2

Cut 6”x4-1/2” striped paper panel. With stripes placed perpendicular to cutting line of die, die cut/emboss bottom edge using A2 Scalloped Borders One #7 die. With marker, outline scalloped edge. Adhere panel to card.

STEP 3

Cut 6”x3” peach dot paper panel. Die cut/emboss bottom edge with #4 and #5 border dies, placing dies side by side on paper to create nested effect before cutting; see tip. Adhere to card.

STEP 4

Cut 6”x2” blue paper panel; die cut/emboss bottom edge with #5 border die. Adhere to card.

STEP 5

Cut 6”x1-3/4” small floral paper panel; die cut/emboss bottom edge with #6 border die.

STEP 6

Die cut/emboss Les Papillions Two butterfly shapes as follows: #2 shadow shape from peach cardstock; #2 filigree shape from Tradition paper. To stencil, leave paper in shadow die and use sponge dauber to apply Potter’s Clay ink through openings.

STEP 7

Layer and adhere butterfly pieces to card as shown, placing adhesive under body sections only and leaving wings free. Color two pearls with marker; adhere one to butterfly’s body and one to upper left corner of card.

STEP 8

Stamp Tuxedo Black sentiment at lower right. Color three pearls with marker and adhere to card beneath sentiment.

Tip

  • Use painter’s tape to hold coordinating die templates together, such as A2 Scalloped Borders One #4 and #5 dies. Lay taped pieces onto paper, and then cut/emboss.

by Darsie Bruno for Spellbinders Paper Arts (www.spellbinderscreativearts.com)