College Student Laundry Bag

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Has your college kid arrived home with a huge pile of dirty laundry? Create this fun laundry bag to tote their clothes back and forth to the dorm in style using your own handmade stencil.


  • Canvas or jersey laundry bag
  • Acrylic paints: blue, orange


  • Stencil paintbrush
  • Simply Stencils Stencil Blank, 8”x10”, two sheets
  • Picture glass, 8”x10”
  • Masking tape, 1” wide
  • Cardboard sheet, 17″x21″

Basic Supplies

scissors, craft knife, marker, metal ruler




Laundry Bag

1. Print and cut out pattern. Place pattern under each stencil blank and use marker to trace pattern. For cutting surface, cover edges of glass with tape and set on flat work surface. Place blank onto cutting surface and use craft knife and metal ruler to cut away openings. Cut star from one stencil blank and rectangle sections from remaining stencil blank; set star cut-out aside for later use. (Note: Cut stencils with a smooth continuous motion, rotating stencil instead of knife.)

2. To prevent paint from bleeding through fabric, insert cardboard inside laundry bag. Using photo as placement and painting guide, position star stencil on upper left side of bag so that top point of star is 5-1⁄2” from left side of bag and 6-1⁄2” from top edge of bag; paint star orange. (Note: If using different size laundry bag than noted above, adjust placement accordingly.) Position stencil to right of star so that inside points are touching; paint star orange. Stencil and paint one star below each star, upside down, so that four points touch in center.

3. For rectangles behind stars, position stencil around each star and shade outside edges of rectangle blue. (Note: Use back of stencil for top right and bottom left stars.)

4. Place masking tape along outer edges of rectangles, extending 1” beyond corners, to create border. Shade edges blue, positioning star cut-out over painted stars to protect surface.

5. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to heat set paint.


  • Show school spirit by personalizing your bag with school colors!

by Mary Ayres

Stamped Ribbon Grad Frame

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Create a special graduation keepsake for a loved one. An inexpensive frame and simple ribbon can be stamped to express your sentiments!


  • Flat wooden frame, 6-1⁄2″x8-1⁄2″
  • Cardstock: graduation-themed; leather texture, black
  • Black ribbon, 1⁄2″ wide, two each: 6-1⁄2″, 8-1⁄2″
  • Photo of choice


  • Stamps: diploma, graduation cap, lowercase alphabet
  • Wood primer
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Metallic gold ink pad
  • Adhesives: Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue, adhesive mounting squares

Basic Supplies

scissors, paintbrush, sandpaper, soft cloth



Apply primer to frame; let dry. Sand and wipe dust with soft cloth. Basecoat frame black.


Place frame front on back side of graduation-themed paper. Trace and cut around frame; adhere to frame.


Use alphabet stamp and ink pad to stamp “congrats” on both 6-1⁄2” and 8-1⁄2” ribbon lengths. Adhere ribbon around frame opening.


Cut two 2″ squares of leather paper; adhere back sides together. Use ink pad and diploma and graduation cap to stamp both images. Cut out images; apply mounting squares to back. Adhere cap and diploma to frame as shown. Insert photo.


  • To personalize your frame, stamp the bottom ribbon with the year or the graduate’s name.

by Debbie Rines for Duncan Enterprises

Gift Card Ideas for the Ladies

Welcome to the Crafts ‘n things Blog. Before we get started with the project today, it is time to announce the winners of the two $25 Inspired by Stamping Gift Cards!

The two winners as selected by are Emerald Perez and Barbara MacAskill! Thank you to everyone for all your kind comments. Emerald and Barbara, please contact Joanna ( to claim your prize!

As we get closer to May and June, many of us are sure to need gifts for the ladies in our lives. We may need a Mother’s Day gift, a wedding shower gift, or a graduation gift.

I made a card with a removable bookmark tag, but you can also add a gift card! The recipient can remove the gift card from the tag and still use the bookmark!

Tuck the bookmark and gift card into a decorated library card pocket.

Use stamped sentiments in a reading theme and attach a gift card to a local book store to the book mark. If you  have a friend or sister who loves tea or coffee, use tea-themed stamps and tuck a gift card to a local tea or coffee shop into the pocket.

Here is a look at the inside of the card where I stamped a reading-themed sentiment.

Supply List

  • Cardstock: American Crafts Coffee, Neenah Natural White
  • Designer paper: Graphic 45 A Ladies’ Diary Collection 8″x8″ Paper: Garden Stroll, Moment in Time, Fashion Plates, Ageless Beauty
  • Simple Stories Odds and Ends Memorabilia Pocket
  • Prima Fairy Belle Collection Flowers
  • My Favorite Things Well Read Stamp Set
  • Clearsnap ColorBox Graphic 45 Decades Dark Cashmere Antiquing Ink Pad
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Fishtail Flag Stax Die 
  • Really Reasonable Ribbon Champagne Chevron Striped Twill
  • Large manila shipping tag
  • Bow Easy Bow-Making Tool
  • Adhesive: Beacon Adhesives Fabri-tac Permanent Adhesive, 3M Scotch Brand ATG Tape Runner, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Tape

Gloria Stengel from Scraps of Life (

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?


  • 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 (