Spring Welcome Mat

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

What better way to greet guests than with a smile? This easy-to-paint, smiling flower welcome mat is a great way to add a touch of spring to your outdoor décor.

Materials

  • Green doormat, 18”x24”
  • DecoArt Patio Paints: Cloud White, Sprout Green, Petunia Purple, Wrought Iron Black, Citrus Green, Fuchsia, Pansy Purple

Tools

  • Round scrubber paintbrushes: sizes #0, #4, #6, #14
  • Poster board, 18”x24”

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

STEP 1

For stencil, 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.) Fold poster board in half. Trace patterns onto poster board; cut out.

STEP 2

For flower, center stencil on mat, aligning bottom edges. Use #6 to stencil petal edges Petunia Purple. Use circular scrubbing motion to force paint into grooves in mat. Remove template. Use #14 to fill in petals with Petunia Purple. While still wet, use #14 to paint Cloud White along petal edges and Pansy Purple along flower head edges. Use #6 to paint flower head Fuchsia. While still wet, use #6 to paint flower head edges Cloud White.

STEP 3

Use #14 to paint cheeks and nose Pansy Purple and to add Cloud White highlights. Use #0 to paint eyes, smile, and border Wrought Iron Black.

STEP 4

For border, position leaf stencil as desired. Use #4 to stencil edges Citrus Green. Paint leaves Sprout Green and veins Wrought Iron Black. Add Fuchsia and Petunia Purple mini-flowers and dots around border as desired.

by Annie Lang

Doily Wedding Invitation

Spring and summer means wedding season and the Summer 2013 issue of Crafts ‘n things is full of wedding inspiration. From reception centerpieces to bridesmaids accessories and wedding favors, brides are sure to find a variety of ideas to make their wedding vision complete.

It’s Jill Cornell here today to share a simple, stylish wedding invitation idea that is so easy to duplicate. (For complete instructions, visit page 58 of the Summer 2013 issue of Crafts ‘n things). This particular invitation is displayed in a Nimbus Transparent Display Frame to create a special keepsake for the bride and groom. Visit www.amosadvantage.com to order. (Look for another fun idea using these frames in  Melony Bradley’s April 5 blog post.)

The text was designed and printed at home and then stamped with a doily image. A light ink color provides a subtle texture in the design. Patterned paper strips, including a punched doily border, provide a splash of color when adhered to a neutral woodgrain background paper.

Be sure to pick up your copy of the Summer 2013 issue of Crafts ‘n things for more gorgeous bridal projects!

Happy crafting!

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

Beaded Unity Candle

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Add a touch of elegance and sophistication to your wedding ceremony with this sparkling Beaded Unity Candle.

Materials

  • Clear glass cylinder vase, 3-1⁄2” diameter, 8-3⁄4” tall
  • White floating candle
  • Rub-on wedding sentiment of choice
  • Bead Treasures Crystal Oblong Czech Glass Bead Mix (available at www.hobbylobby.com, sku #410704)

Tools

  • Deckle decorative-edged scissors
  • Ultra-fine iridescent glitter
  • Thermo O Web PeelnStick Double-Sided Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, tray, water

Directions

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply rub-on transfer of choice to upper center of vase as shown.

STEP 2

Use regular scissors to cut two long strips of desired width from adhesive to fit around top and bottom of vase. Trim one long edge of each with decorative-edged scissors. Remove backing and adhere to top and bottom of cylinder, aligning straight adhesive edges with top and bottom of vase and overlapping short ends. Add small pieces of adhesive to fill any gaps as needed.

STEP 3

Remove remaining backing. Holding vase over tray, sprinkle bead mix over adhesive. Gently tap off excess and use fingers to press beads to adhesive. Repeat until all adhesive is covered. Sprinkle glitter over beaded areas; tap off excess.

STEP 4

Fill vase with water to just above sentiment; place floating candle in vase.

Tip

  • For a subtle yet different effect, change the color of glitter to match your wedding colors.

by Dawn Gehring

Boutique Knock Off Yo-Yo Display and Prize Winner!!

When I stumbled across a similar version of this adorable way of displaying handmade yo-yos, I was immediately inspired. It was a recent new product offered by a pricey upscale boutique, and the price was way out of my league. Fast forward two or three months later. I had just received my Summer issue of Crafts n Things magazine and ran across an ad for this innovative display frame, I immediately remembered the pricey yo-yo shadow box display frame. I set about making my own version of this pricey Boutique Knock Off Yo-Yo Display.

These boxes from Amos Advantage are perfect for displaying memorabilia such as ticket stubs, vintage photographs, collected seashells, and any other treasured items you would like to proudly mount and display. The special feature of these frames are two transparent, flexible silicone membranes which surround your exhibition items softly. In doing so, it gives the impression of your collection levitating inside the frame. In addition, you get both the front and back view of your collection. The frames are completely open with one side hinged. You place the object on the silicone membrane and close the frame. It is securely closed by a magnetic flap. The frames come in three sizes: 9-1/16″x7-3/32″x63/64″, a slender 12-7/32″x2-3/8″x63/64″, and a small 2-3/4″x2-3/4″x63/64″.

Creating my little yo-yo display frame was super easy. First I gathered some coordinating fabric fat quarters and buttons and set about sewing my yo-yos.  If you have never created yo-yos, there couldn’t be anything easier. Simply trace a circle to use as a template. The rule is to trace a circle that is twice the size of your finished yo-yo.

Thread a sewing needle and sew a long running stitch 1/4” from the edge of the circle. Pull threads together and form yo-yo with fingers. Pull the thread to the back of the center of the yo-yo and knot off. If desired, sew a button to the center of the yo-yo.

I used a dry adhesive such as foam squares to attach my yo-yos to the frame.

Here are a few more ideas for using these frames in your craft projects:

1. Create a Unique Wedding Gift- Save the invitation and mount it along with a painted monogram and some dried flowers or favors from the wedding reception. This will delight any bride to be.

2. Display your Garden- Gather flowers from your Spring Garden and press flowers using a handmade flower press. Display them in the frame in a pleasing manner to enjoy your flowers all year long.

3. Showcase Vintage Documents- Timeworn and treasured vintage documents such as marriage certificates, old photographs, well-worn award certificates, etc. are increasingly being proudly displayed as part of home décor. Show off your family history by mounting these treasured keepsakes in one of these frames.

“Nimbus Frames” can be ordered from Amos Advantage by clicking here.

WINNER ANNOUNCED

Several weeks ago, we announced that we were giving away a prize package containing Rit Dyes, a basswood box from Walnut Hollow, and more goodies that can be used to create this gorgeous Spring box filled with hand dyed and stamped ribbons.

The winner of the prize package sponsored by Rit Dye as selected by Random.org is Becky Garrison of Becky Garrison Paper Crafts! Thanks for your comments and I hope you check back here often for more exciting giveaways.

Until Then…

Live Life Creatively,

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

Beaded Woven Ribbon Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Invite spring into your home! Weave soft pink and chartreuse ribbons into an accent pillow to add a splash of color to your dècor, then highlight with a few beads for a bit of sparkle.

Materials

  • White cotton fabric (pillow back), 14” square
  • Offray Grosgrain Ribbon, 7/8”, 18 ft. spool: Chartreuse, Light Pink
  • Opal-lined E beads, 39

Tools

  • Pellon Fusible interfacing, 15” square
  • Fairfield Poly-fil polyester fiberfill
  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing needle and matching thread
  • Iron and pressing board

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins

Directions

Size

13-1/2″ square

Pillow

1. Cut fourteen 14” lengths from each ribbon color.

2. Place interfacing, fusible side up, on pressing board. (Note: Cut interfacing larger to allow for ribbons shifting.)

3. Place Light Pink ribbons horizontally across interfacing. Pin ribbon ends to interfacing.

4. Weave Chartreuse ribbons vertically through Light Pink ribbons, keeping rows straight. Pin ends to interfacing to secure.

5. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse ribbons onto interfacing. Remove pins; trim to 14” square.

6. Hand stitch beads across center of pillow front.

7. With right sides together, machine sew pillow front to back with 1/4” seam allowance, leaving 5” opening at bottom for turning. Trim corners; turn right side out and stuff. Hand stitch opening closed.

by Lisa Bychowski

Cross-Stitch Cookbook Bookmark

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

If you ever have problems marking your page in your cookbook, these adorable bookmarks are the solution. They also make wonderful gifts for a housewarming or bridal shower.

Materials

  • White 16-count Aida-cloth bookmarks, 2”x6-7/8”, two
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss

Tools

  • Tapestry needle, #26

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors, iron, pressing cloth or bath towel

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate finished size of design: 1-7/16”x5-1/4”; Stitch count: 23 w x 85 h

Bookmarks

(Note: Both bookmarks are made in the same way.)

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. Cross-stitch design centered on fabric using two strands of floss. To find center, fold bookmark in half, then in half again the opposite way. Mark center with contrasting thread.

3. Backstitch with one strand of floss. Backstitch letters with DMC 310 Black and stems with DMC 500 Very Dark Blue Green.

4. Press finished design from wrong side through a pressing cloth or towel. (Note: Pressing without a towel will flatten stitches and dull colors.)

by Pamela Kellogg

Make a Felt VW Bug

 

I have had a long love affair with the humble VW bug. My sister used to own a crimson one and we would spend hours happily tinkering with it on weekends together, fixing the engine and the brakes. Seriously, cars were very easy to work on in the days before they built pollution controls and computers into them.

I also have an ongoing love affair with felt and I have a few sheets of a delicious recycled felt from Kunin that is printed in bright pink with black polka dots. It seems like a perfect match – VW bug and pink-and-black polka dots. So here is my take on a felt plush bug of the automotive type.

Materials & Tools

  • Kunin Felt, 8-1/2″x11″: black, pink/black polka dot
  • DMC Black #5 Pearl Thread
  • Fiberfill
  • Tracing paper
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Pencil

Hand draw a VW bug or download my template from here: http://www.http-design.com/2013/03/free-vw-bug-pattern-download.html.

Fold the polka dot felt in half and pin the template to the felt. Cut out two car shapes.

Pin the wheel and window templates to the black felt and cut the two tires and two windows.

Flip the polka dot felt so the pink side faces up and pin the fender templates to it. Cut front and rear fenders.

Using only the front of the car, pin all of the black and plain pink pieces to the car. Sew on the windows using a straight stitch.

Sew around the top half of the wheels and the fenders using straight stitch. Add stitch lines to define doors and other elements marked on the template.

Pin both pieces of the car together – right sides out and sew around the edge using blanket stitch leaving a small area not sewn. Use this to fill the car with a small amount of fiberfill pushing it into the wheels and the front and rear of the car.

Finish sewing up the shape. Enjoy!

 by Helen Bradley (www.craftinggoodness.com)

Motivational Magnetic Board & MAMBI Giveaway

Happy first day of spring! Hope you are enjoying some warm weather today and looking forward to the change in seasons. I always seem to have lots on my to-do list when spring rolls around – getting back out in my garden, planning for the many celebrations our family has in spring, and of course, lots of spring cleaning.

Today, I thought it would be fun to share this magnetic memo board that was created for Me & My BIG Ideas using some brand new motivational stickers that have just been released. In addition to that, they have offered to give one lucky reader a chance to win a set of these new stickers.

All you need to do to be entered in the drawing is answer the following question in the comments section of this post by Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Winners will be announced here on April 3rd.

“If you could only make time for one hobby, what would it be?”

Good thing this is just a hypothetical question, huh? If I had to choose, I guess I would say stamping. Although photography, paper crafting, cooking, reading, and gardening would be close behind… followed by the hobbies I want to add like quilting, needlepoint, jewelry making… I’m so glad we don’t actually have to limit ourselves to just one!

Okay, back to today’s project. This is a combination shadow box/magnetic memo board that I found at a craft store. I covered the back with patterned paper and created an assortment of quote magnets to attach on the inside.

These felt flowers are stickers that were adhered to an adhesive-backed magnet. Stickers come in so many different shapes, sizes, and materials and make a really fun and easy way to create. You could also die cut flowers from felt and add stitching to make your own.

Buttons also make great magnets.

I really love the quotes that are on these new stickers – they would make great cards, scrapbook layouts, and home décor.

One way to add more emphasis to a quote is to cut apart each line or word.

Adding a double mat and epoxy stickers gives extra emphasis to the last line.

This is one of my favorite quotes.

Another option is to layer a quote sticker onto a tag. These can also be used as larger magnets and moved around as needed.

The frame around this quote is a sticker that is clear with black outlines… I added the color using Copic markers.

Pink wire was used to hang this quote. If you brush baby powder on the back of a sticker it will neutralize the adhesive so that it can be used more like a die cut.

I thought this would make a great gift for someone – maybe a new grad – or as wall art in a teen’s room. What do you think?

Supplies

  • Me & My BIG Ideas Patterned Paper and Stickers
  • Magnetic memo shadow box, adhesive-backed magnets – craft supply store
  • .Too Marker Corp. Copic Markers
  • Therm O Web Permanent Tape Runner, 1/4″ Foam Squares

Happy Spring!

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

Felt Chick Basket

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Who could resist creating this adorable Felt Chick Basket for Easter? Kids will love it, especially when filled with goodies on Easter morning!

Materials

  • Wool or regular felt: yellow, 3/8 yd.; white, 1/8 yd.; orange, scrap
  • Yellow netting, 1/8 yd.
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss: Light Lavender Blue (3840), Lemon (307)
  • Cording, 1/4”, 14” length
  • Buttons (two-holed), two each: white, 3/4”; black, 1/2”; yellow, 1”
  • Light blue satin ribbon, 7/8”, 18” lengths, two
  • Easter grass

Tools

  • White fusible woven interfacing, 3/8 yd.
  • White sewing thread
  • Embroidery needle

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins, iron and pressing surface

Directions

Size

11″ tall (with handle)

Basket

1. Print and cut out pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse interfacing to yellow felt. Cut six pattern shapes from fused felt. With wrong sides facing, pin long edges together one at a time; use three strands Lemon floss to blanket stitch pieces together. Place basket bottom on flat surface and press down on inside to flatten bottom.

2. Cut 4”x50” yellow netting strip; fold in half lengthwise. Use Lemon floss to sew basting stitch close to folded edge; pull thread to gather until length measures 18”; knot to secure. Pin gathered edge around basket top, butting ends together on back side. Blanket stitch over top of basket and gathered edge of netting. Separate netting layers for fuller look.

3. For eyes, use white thread to sew black buttons on top of white buttons under netting on one panel. For beak, cut 2” orange felt square. Fold square diagonally just above center. To attach beak to basket, use six strands of Light Lavender Blue floss to make two evenly-spaced French knots for nostrils, wrapping floss around needle three times for each knot.

4. For handle, cut 1-1/4” white felt strip; fold in half lengthwise. Place 14” cord length inside felt strip. Use three strands Light Lavender Blue floss to blanket stitch over felt edges. Sew handle ends to top basket sides. Use Light Lavender Blue floss to sew yellow buttons to basket, covering handle ends.

5. Tie ribbon bows around bottom of handles.

6. Fill with Easter grass to help basket hold its shape.

Tip

  • If necessary, create a basket base by cutting a circle from cardboard to place in the bottom of the basket.

by Mary Ayres

Sweet Friend Jar

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Wrap a jar with favorite papers, add some frilly embellishments, then fill with goodies for your sweet friend. This quick, cute, one-size-fits-all gift is sure to be appreciated – by your friend and your budget!

Materials

  • Glass quart jar with lid
  • Cardstock: Swiss dot, stripe, white, polka dot
  • White lace, 3/8”, 1/2 yd.
  • Pink polka dot ribbon, 5” length
  • Assorted buttons
  • Candy treat

Tools

  • Inkadinkado Clear Stamp Sets: Hearts, Chelsea Sentiments
  • EK Success Punches: Scallop Circle, 1-3/4”, 2-1/2”; Circle, 1-1/2″
  • Black ink pad
  • Permanent markers: bright pink, medium pink, white
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive, foam dots

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pin

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 13-1/2”x2-1/2” strip from Swiss dot paper and two 13-1/2”x3/4” strips from striped paper.

STEP 2

Stamp black “sweet friend” sentiment onto center of one 3/4” strip; adhere to bottom of Swiss dot strip. Adhere remaining 3/4” strip to top of Swiss dot panel

STEP 3

Punch four 1-1/2” circles from striped cardstock; dot outside edges with white marker. Cut circles in half; adhere across center of Swiss dot panel as shown. Adhere white lace to panel, just above top of circle halves.

STEP 4

Stamp black heart onto white cardstock; use photo as guide to color heart with markers. Detail cut heart image; set aside.

STEP 5

Punch 2-1/2” scalloped circle from white cardstock and 1-3/4” scalloped circle from polka dot cardstock. Using straight pin, pierce center of each scallop on both circles. Adhere heart to center of polka dot circle with foam dot, then polka dot circle to white circle. Adhere circle panel to jar over lace, above sentiment as shown.

STEP 6

Adhere buttons to jar as desired.

STEP 7

Tie ribbon and lace strips together into knot; adhere to lid. Trim ends.

by Lindsey Botkin