Washi Tape Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Use some of your favorite washi tapes to create adorable custom notecards.

Materials

  • Close to My Heart Colonial White Cardstock
  • American Crafts Washi Tape, assorted patterns

Tools

  • Silhouette CAMEO Electronic Cutting Machine and Pink Sketch Pen
  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, computer

Directions

Size

3″x3″

Washi Tape Card

1. Create 3”x3” White side-fold card base. Apply washi tape across card front.

2. Open the Silhouette Studio software. Using the rectangle tool, draw two squares – one measuring 3” and one measuring 2.75”. Open the heart shape and resize it to 2.135”x2.15”. Select all three shapes, open the align window and click “center.”

3. Select the inner, smaller square. Opening the line style window, choose dashed line. Select the larger, outer square and heart. Opening the cut style window, choose “no cut.”

4. Load CAMEO with sketch pen and white cardstock. In Studio software, open the cut settings window, choose Silhouette Sketch Pen and click cut. When complete, replace pen with cutting blade. Do not unload mat.

5. In Studio software, change the smaller square to “no cut” and the larger square and heart to “cut”. Open the cut settings window and choose textured cardstock. Click cut. When panel is cut, remove from CAMEO and adhere to card front.

Tip

  • If you don’t have washi tape, strips of scrapbook paper would work great too!

by Jeana Goodwin for Silhouette America (blog.silhouetteamerica.com)

Bouquet of Love

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Forget to get your sweetie a Valentine’s Day gift? Don’t worry! Everyone loves roses and chocolates! In just under an hour, you can combine these two treats to create the perfect gift – a mouth-watering bouquet of chocolate roses.

Materials

  • Hershey’s Candies in colors of choice: Kisses, 22; Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, two
  • Clear cellophane wrapping paper
  • Iridescent mesh wire-edge ribbon in color of choice, 2” wide, 31” length
  • Craft wire, 20-gauge, 5 yards
  • Green floral tape

Tools

  • Wire cutters
  • Transparent tape

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

(Note: Materials listed are for 1 dozen roses.)

1.Cut twelve 3” squares from cellophane paper. From craft wire, cut twelve 10” lengths and three 18” lengths. Set 18” lengths aside.

2. For one rosebud, bend one end of a 10” length of craft wire into a small loop. (See Fig. 1.) Place loop at center bottom of candy kiss; bend wire over edge of candy kiss and down side. Place a second candy kiss, flat ends together, on top of first kiss. Center one 3” square of cellophane paper over top of rosebud; fold paper over rosebud, tightly wrapping paper around bottom of rosebud. Secure paper below rosebud by wrapping transparent tape around wire stem.

Figure 1

3. Wrap wire stem with floral tape. Make a total of 10 rosebuds in all.

4. For open roses, use a peanut butter cup for bottom of rose. Attach wire to peanut butter cup in the same way as rosebuds. Place flat side of candy kiss on top of peanut butter cup. In the same way as rosebuds, attach cellophane and wrap wire stem.

5. For spirals, wrap each 18” length of wire with floral tape. Tightly coil covered wire around pencil, leaving 7” uncoiled. Carefully remove pencil.

6. Holding rosebuds and roses together at different heights, twist stems together. Arrange spirals throughout arrangement; twist spiral stems around rose stems.

7. Cut two 15” squares from cellophane paper. Stack squares together. Place bouquet so that tops of roses are approximately 3” from one corner. Folding bottom corners of paper upward over stems, wrap paper around roses, forming a cone. Tightly wrap transparent tape around stem bundle to secure paper. Cut a 6” length from wire; tightly twist wire around stem bundle over tape.

8. Tie ribbon into a two-loop bow around stems; cut ribbon ends as desired.

by Soo Park and Mindy Han

With Love Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Background stamps allow you to quickly create your own background paper for any project. Set off this pretty paisley with soft colors and plenty of bling.

Materials

  • Cardstock: dark purple, lavender, white
  • Lavender vellum
  • With Love rub-on
  • Light blue self-adhesive gem lines
  • Light blue ribbon

Tools

  • Paisley background rubber stamp
  • Purple metallic ink pad
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Craft punches: 1”, 1-3/8”, 1-3/4” circles; decorative corner
  • Heat tool
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Make 6-1/4”x4-1/4” dark purple top-fold card. Cut 6”x4” lavender and 6”x2-1/4” white cardstock pieces. Stamp purple paisley background onto white panel; emboss.

STEP 2

Adhere stamped panel to bottom of lavender panel; punch corners. Cut blue ribbon length to fit around layered papers; knot ribbon slightly off center. Wrap ribbon around panel, adhering ends at back. Adhere panel to card and gem strips to ribbon.

STEP 3

Apply rub-on to white cardstock; punch out with smallest circle punch. Punch medium circle from lavender cardstock and large circle from vellum. Mat circles together and adhere to card.

by Tami Mayberry

Beaded Heart Pendant

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

This beautiful Beaded Heart Pendant is the perfect quick-and-easy, last-minute gift idea for Valentine’s Day.

Materials

  • Red cardstock
  • Red/pink/silver micro-bead mix
  • Silver wire, 20-gauge
  • Silver jewelry findings: jump rings, two; bail; chain

Tools

  • Craft punches: heart, 2”; hole, 1/16”
  • Hammer
  • Wire cutter
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Aleene’s Crafting Adhesives: Clear Gel Tacky Glue, Paper Glaze

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, paintbrush, aluminum foil

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 4” cardstock square. Squeeze glaze onto foil and brush thick, even layer onto square; let dry completely. Punch two hearts from square and three hearts from remaining cardstock.

STEP 2

Punch hole at center top of each heart, aligning each heart with first for proper placement. Squeeze glue onto foil and use brush to apply to hearts; layer hearts together with glazed hearts facing outward.

STEP 3

Squeeze glaze onto top heart; sprinkle with beads. Gently press beads into glaze and tilt slightly to allow loose beads to fall away; let dry completely.

STEP 4

Use wire cutters to cut 4” length of wire for charm; fold in half and twist one side around other to create loop. Use needle-nose pliers to curl ends. Place charm onto cement surface and use hammer to flatten ends.

STEP 5

Attach jump rings and charm to pendant. Attach bail to jump ring. Insert chain through bail.

by Debbie Rines for Duncan Enterprises

Charming Crochet Charm Bracelet

February is the month dedicated to love and romance. All things sweet, pretty and lovely are often given as gifts on or around Valentine’s Day. This year, why not create a few pieces of charming and romantic jewelry to really get in the mood? Make one for yourself as well as one for each of your favorite friends! Using charms, Swarovski Crystals, and the most basic crochet technique, a single chain stitch, you too can recreate this fun and personalized charm bracelet!

SIZE

approx. 8”

YOU’LL NEED

materials

  • CRYSTALLIZED Swarovski Elements: Crystal, Bicone, 4mm; Vintage Rose, Cubes, 8mm, two; Assorted Colors: Pearls, 4mm, 10; 6mm, eight
  • Beadalon Satin Gold 7-Strand Bead Stringing Wire
  • Nunn Design Antique Gold findings: Small Textured Cable Chain; Headpin, 2″; Mum Flower Charm; Small Jump Rings, two; Large Jump Ring; Vetri Beaded 14 Oval; Vetri Glass

tools

  • Judikins Diamond Glaze Adhesive
  • Patterned paper, small scrap
  • Beadalon Tools: Round-Nose and Flat-Nose Pliers, Wire Snips
  • Crochet hook, size G

directions

1  Pass headpin through 4mm crystal, and 6mm pearl as shown. Use round-nose pliers to create loop at top of pin, wind excess length around top of bicone to create bead cap.

2  Pass half of remaining pearls and crystals randomly onto beading wire. Create slip knot in end of wire and chain two; pull first bead up chain three more. Pull up additional beads one at a time, and chain random number of stitches until chain is approximately 8-1/2” long, secure end. Repeat with second half of beads, secure end.

3  Cut 8-12” length of chain. Braid crocheted chains and textured chain. Use pliers to open large jump ring, secure all six ends of chains and top loop of dangle in jump ring before closing ring.

4 Use pliers to open small jump rings; place on loops of charms. Attach charms to bracelet and close jump rings. Trace Vetri glass onto patterned paper, trim and adhere to center of Vertri Charm. Cover surface of paper with Diamond Glaze and adhere glass over top. Set aside to dry completely.

Design and photography by Keri Lee Sereika (www.pinklemonade.typepad.com)

Valentine Candle Jar

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Burn this candle to show your loving thoughts are aglow for that special someone who warms your soul!

Materials

  • Glass items: recycled quart jar, votive candle holder with lid
  • DecoArt Liquid Rainbow Glass Paints: Burgundy Blast, Fuchsia, Tickled Pink
  • DecoArt Liquid Rainbow Black Liquid Leading
  • Burgundy ribbon, 1⁄8”, one yard
  • Buttons, one each: hot pink, 3⁄4” ; pink, 1⁄2” ; light pink, 1⁄2”
  • Red votive candle

Tools

  • DecoArt Liquid Rainbow Styrene Painting Blank

Basic Supplies

scissors, masking tape, straight pin

Directions

STEP 1

Print and cut out pattern. Tape pattern to underside of leading blank; trace lines with leading. Repeat for two “sets” of hearts. Let dry 1-2 hours.

STEP 2

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fill in: one heart Tickled Pink; two hearts Fuchsia; two hearts Burgundy Blast. (Note: Use pin to pop large air bubbles.) Fill in candle holder lid with Burgundy Blast; let dry 24 hours.

STEP 3

Carefully peel hearts from blank; apply to jar. Cut three 12” lengths from ribbon; tie around jar and trim ends at angle. Adhere buttons over knot; let dry. Insert candle holder into jar and candle into holder.

Other Options

  • Place hearts on window, mirror, vase, or any glass surface.
  • Make other holiday decorations in same way. Use coloring book pictures as patterns.

by Sandy Parpart

Love Grows Here Pressed Flower Picture

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Seeds of love are the best kind to plant! Let everyone know love is in your home with this elegant embroidered display.

Materials

  • Wooden frame, 5”x7”
  • Off-white solid cotton fabric, 5”x7”
  • Cardboard, 5”x7”
  • Brown craft paper
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Assorted pressed flowers and leaves

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive, Therm O Web Acid-free Mounting Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, medium-grit sandpaper, damp soft cloth

Directions

STEP 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.) Transfer heart and lettering to fabric center.Use two strands floss to stem stitch lettering.

STEP 2

Follow mounting adhesive manufacturer’s instructions to adhere cardboard to back of embroidered fabric. Arrange flowers as desired; use small amount of fabric adhesive to adhere to fabric. Place finished piece in frame.

STEP 3

To give a “distressed” look to new frame, apply several coats of black paint; let dry. Lightly sand frame edges until desired look is achieved.

STEP 4

To give back side a finished look, cut a rectangle from brown craft paper slightly larger than frame back; adhere in place. Use medium-grit sandpaper to trim excess paper from frame. Gently wipe paper with dampened cloth. (Note: Paper will dry taut.)

by Mary Ayres

Love Goblin Valentine Box

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Keep this fun-loving monster happy with a mouthful of valentines! This easy-to-make mailbox will be loads of fun for all the kids in the classroom this Valentine’s Day.

Materials

  • Recycled rectangular tissue box (remove plastic)
  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Shapes: 1-1⁄4” balls, two; 2” egg
  • Floracraft Dry Foam Mug Inserts, 2-5/8”x3-3/4”, two
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Lamp (Ebony) Black, Snow (Titanium) White, Bright Green, Grape Juice, Royal Fuchsia; Glow-in-the-Dark
  • Flat wooden shapes: two small circles, 17 small hearts
  • Craft foam: white, purple, fuchsia
  • Chenille stems, two each: pink, lime, orange, yellow, purple

Tools

  • 1⁄8” hole punch
  • Adhesives: thick craft glue, glue gun and glue sticks

Basic Supplies

pencil, scissors, ruler, paintbrushes, paper plate (for palette), transparent tape, large nail, hammer, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Note

Adult supervision is needed when using a glue gun and nail.

1. Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access patterns, select the link, then download and print items.) Follow directions on patterns.

2. On covered work surface, paint the pieces. (Note: Allow paint to dry between coats and color changes.) Use Titanium White to basecoat tissue box (body). Paint body Bright Green, wooden circles (pupils) Lamp Black, foam balls (eyes) Glow-in-the Dark, cylinders (legs) and hearts Royal Fuchsia, and egg (nose) Grape Juice.

3. To make the arms, use hole punch to punch a hole in hands where indicated by “x” on pattern. See photo. Use nail to punch a hole at each side of body. Thread chenille stem through hand holes and center; fold in half and twist chenille stem together. Push chenille stem ends through sides of body. Secure ends with tape inside body.

4. To assemble the monster, see photo. Adhere teeth to inside of “mouth”. Adhere feet to bottom of legs. Adhere legs to bottom of body and hearts to body as desired. Use glue gun to adhere pupils to eyes and eyes side-by-side to top of body. Adhere nose to front of body below eyes.

5. Make the hair. Wrap each chenille stem around pencil, one at a time. Remove from pencil and stretch to measure 6”. Curl top ends of hair in a circle. Twist bottom of hair ends together. Use glue gun to adhere hair behind eyes. Let dry. Arrange hair as shown.

Tip

  • Replace foam legs with recycled frozen juice cans; wrap cans with fuchsia craft foam.

by Sandy Parpart

Have I Toad You?

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Have I “toad” you lately that I love you? Stitch this adorable toad cross-stitch as a fun way to let that someone special know exactly how you feel.

Materials

  • 14-count pale yellow Aida cloth, 9”x11”
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss
  • The Gentle Art Sampler Threads 6-Strand Gently Overdyed Embroidery Floss
  • Weeks Dye Works 6-Strand Hand Overdyed Floss
  • Buttons: toad, heart

Tools

  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 2 strands (unless otherwise indicated)
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size/Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 4”x6”; stitch count: 57 w x 84 h

Toad Design

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

2. Stitch design centered on fabric.

3. Hand sew buttons to design using two strands GA Sampler: heart, #304 Red Medium; toad, #3362 Pine Green Dark.

4. Finish as desired.

by Nicole C. McNaught for Serenity in Stitching

Heartfelt Bear Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Any day is the best day for hugs and kisses! Make this bear and pillow for a sweet someone in your life this Valentine’s Day.

Materials

  • Fabric: light pink print, 3⁄8 yard; bright pink print, 1⁄4 yard; white, 1⁄4 yard
  • The Warm Company Warm & White Needled Cotton Batting
  • Pillow form, 12” square
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Pink/white check ribbon, 5⁄8” wide, 3⁄8 yard
  • White jumbo rick rack, 2-1⁄8 yards
  • Flat white buttons, 1⁄2”, 11

Tools

  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Cool White, Baby Pink, Boysenberry Pink, Soft Black
  • Royal & Langnickel Paintbrushes: Natural Hair Bristle, #5; Crafter’s Choice Stencil, Series 1111, 1⁄4”; Royal Majestic Liner, Series 4595, #1
  • Stencils: alphabet; heart, 1/2”
  • Needle
  • Sewing thread: white, pink

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, straight pins

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 9” square from bright pink fabric. Stencil “Hugs and Kisses” using Cool White, spacing words 1⁄2” apart. (Note: Fill in stencil gaps with Cool White.)

STEP 2

Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access patterns, select the link, then download and print items.) For pocket, cut one heart from stenciled fabric, one from remaining bright pink fabric, and one from batting. Baste batting heart to back of stenciled heart.

STEP 3

Beginning and ending at bottom point of heart, sew rick rack around stenciled heart, 1⁄4” from edge. (Note: Sew through center of rick rack.) Sew fabric hearts together with right sides facing along rick rack stitching, leaving 3” opening for turning. Clip seam. Turn heart right side out and hand sew opening closed.

STEP 4

Cut two 12-1⁄2” squares from light pink fabric. Pin heart pocket to front of one square, lifting heart slightly at center so bear will fit in pocket. (Note: Bottom of heart should be 1-1⁄2” from bottom of square.) Use pink thread to sew buttons to heart pocket (through all layers) where indicated.

STEP 5

Beginning and ending in bottom corner, sew rick rack around front of pocket square, 1⁄4” from edge. (Note: Sew through center of rick rack.) With right sides facing, sew fabric squares together along rick rack stitching, leaving 10” opening along bottom. Trim corners; turn pillow right side out. Insert pillow form into opening; hand sew opening closed.

STEP 6

Using pattern, cut two bears from white fabric. Transfer mouth and eyes to one bear. Drybrush cheeks Boysenberry Pink. Dot eyes and line mouth Soft Black. Add Cool White highlight dots to cheeks.

STEP 7

Stencil Baby Pink heart for nose and one centered at end of each arm and leg. Shade heart edges Boysenberry Pink.

STEP 8

Pin bear pieces together with right sides facing. Stitch bear, 1⁄4” from edge, leaving 2” opening along outside edge of one leg. Trim seam and clip lines where indicated on pattern. Hand sew opening closed with tiny whipstitch.

STEP 9

Tie ribbon into bow; trim ends. Hand sew bow to bear under mouth. Place bear in pocket.

by Mary Ayres