Susan’s Garden Magnet Board

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

For a garden that will bloom year round, start with a fabric-covered MAGPANELS Frame-Sized Magnet Board. Create realistic paper flowers with Susan’s Garden dies by Susan Tierney Cockburn and back them with magnets. Switch the flowers whenever you want!

Materials

  • MAGPANELS DIY Framed Magnet Board, 11″x14″
  • MAGPANELS Magnets
  • Off-white silk fabric with textured stripes or fabric of choice, 15″x18″
  • Ribbons: assorted styles in 1/8″, 3/8”, 5/8” widths; wired, 1-5/8″ wide
  • Frame for 11”x14” piece

Tools

  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
  • Sizzix Susan’s Garden Dies by Susan Tierney Cockburn: Helleborus, Plumeria, Dahlia, Hardy Geranium, Cattleya Orchid, Narcissus, Bougainvillea*
  • Sizzix Susan’s Garden Tool Kit by Susan Tierney Cockburn
  • Sizzix Susan’s Garden Shaping Mats by Susan Tierney Cockburn
  • Adhesives: double-sided tape, 1/4″, 1/2″; Tombow Power Tabs; Eclectic Products E6000 Spray Adhesive

*Paper, cardstock, pens, and other supplies specified with each Susan’s Garden flower die

Basic Supplies

fabric shears

Directions

Size

11”x14”

Susan’s Garden Magnet Board

1. Following MAGPANELS’ instructions and using spray adhesive, cover magnet board with fabric. Wrap fabric to back of board 2″ on all sides, making sure fabric is smooth and taut. Adhere ends at back of magnet board; let dry.

2. Using photo as guide, apply strip of 1/2″ double-sided tape across top of magnet board, 3″ down from the top edge. Cut nine lengths from assorted, non-wired ribbons. Adhere one end of each ribbon length to tape so ribbons are randomly spaced and tails dangle freely.

3. Using photo as guide, create casually hand-pleated band of 1-5/8”-wide wired ribbon and adhere to double-sided tape strip, covering narrow ribbon ends. (Note: Extend ends of pleated ribbon to wrap to back at left and right side of magnet board, same as fabric.) Adhere ends at back of magnet board.

4. Using 1/4″ double-sided tape, attach 5/8″-wide ribbon across pleated band, adhering ends on back of magnet board. Using second strip of 1/4″ double-sided tape, attach 3/8″-wide ribbon to center of 5/8″ ribbon, adhering ends at back of magnet board.

5. Following instructions and supply lists that come with each Sizzix Susan’s Garden die, create realistic paper flowers. Allow time for adhesive to dry. Use Power Tab to adhere each flower to a magnet.

6. Place magnet board into frame. Position magnets in a pleasing arrangement so panel looks interesting when the magnets are not in use. Use magnets to hold photos, tickets, memorabilia, cards, and more.

Tips

  • Magpanels Frame-Sized Magnet Boards come in four sizes that match standard-size frames (5”x7”, 8”x10”, 10”x13” and 11”x14”). Your garden can be smaller than the project sample if you need one that fits in less space.
  • Magnet board looks best when at least two flowers are “parked” along the pleated ribbon band; make plenty of magnets if you want flowers there all the time.
  • The collection of Susan’s Garden flower dies is extensive, with dozens of choices beyond the ones shown. Like in a real garden, you can choose dozens of different varieties or stick to a smaller number of favorites (daisies and roses; nothing but poinsettias; only orchids!).
  • To change the garden each season or for special occasions, attach the ribbons with temporary tape and switch to different flower-topped magnets and ribbons.
  • If you want the option of switching the collection of magnets, but do not want to change the ribbons: Use only tone-on-tone ribbons in shades of white and ivory or another neutral palette.
  • Omit the frame; display on a decorative tabletop easel.

 by Judi Kauffman for MAGPANELS (www.magpanels.com)

Flowers & Frogs Magnet Board

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MAGPANELS magnet boards and Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks from Ranger are a winning combination. So many color combinations, so many possibilities! We went with rich fall shades and incorporated lots of dots and spots to match the flower stamens and the patterns on the frogs, but you can take this project in any direction you choose.

Materials

  • MAGPANELS Large Magpanel Horizontal
  • MAGPANELS Magnets, one for each frog and flower
  • BoBunny Press Blossoms Collection Natural Earth Pansy
  • Graphic 45 Typography Collection Papers, 12”x12”: Typography, Imagine
  • Flat-back frogs or other dimensional embellishments
  • Brass grommets, two
  • Rope, ribbon, cording, or push pins

Tools

  • Sequin waste or dot pattern stencil
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks: Cranberry, Terra Cotta, Sunset Orange, Mushroom, Pitch Black
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks Gold Metallic Mixatives
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Adirondack Ink Applicator
  • Grommet setter
  • Tombow Power Tabs Adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, newspapers and plastic bag (to cover work surface), rubber gloves, old shirt

Directions

Size

13-1/2″ x 11-3/4″

Flowers & Frogs Magnet Board

1. Spread plastic bag covered with newspapers on work table. Use protective clothing as needed, such as rubber gloves and an old shirt. (Note: Alcohol inks will stain; follow manufacturer’s instructions and work in a well-ventilated space.)

2. Place magnet board on newspapers. Working quickly, randomly apply alcohol inks to magnet board using ink applicator, covering majority of metal. (Note: Some silver metal should remain visible.) Apply Pitch Black and Gold last to yield most vibrant spots.

3. While ink is wet, press dot pattern stencil onto surface. Lift stencil and press to surface in another area of board to deposit color. Repeat as desired to create pattern and look of dotted texture.

4. Set grommets in holes at top of board. For hanging, insert rope, ribbon, or cord through grommets and knot ends, or use large push pins to hang board.

5. Adhere magnets to back of each flower and frog using Power Tabs. Use magnets to attach inspirational quote or note cards as desired. Quote and card are cut from patterned papers.

Tip

  • For a masculine look, use fish for magnets instead of flowers. Add a feminine touch by using a piece of lace for the stencil and only flowers for the magnets.

by Judi Kauffman for MAGPANELS (www.magpanels.com)

Flowers & Felt Magnet Board

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This project has a secret! Those clusters of flowers and buttons are actually magnets, waiting to be moved and put into use! Felt-covered MAGPANELS magnet boards are the perfect accent for any room. Swap colors to match any décor.

Materials

  • MAGPANELS Extra Large Magpanel Vertical
  • MAGPANELS Magnets
  • National Nonwovens WoolFelt: Pumpkin Spice, Copper, Mac ‘n Cheese
  • BoBunny Press Blossoms Collection, assorted colors: Bouquet, Dahlia
  • BoBunny Press Blossoms Collection Wildberry Lace
  • Vintage buttons and crocheted motifs
  • Large black grommets, two

Tools

  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System and Bigz Branch with Leaves Die
  • Grommet setter
  • Adhesives: Eclectic Products E6000 Spray Adhesive; Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive, Gem-Tac Embellishing Glue; Tombow Power Tabs

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size

14-3/8”x15-7/8”

Magnet Board

1. Cut 9”x18” Pumpkin Spice felt panel. Following manufacturer’s instructions and using spray adhesive, center and adhere felt to center front of Magpanel. Make sure fabric is smooth and taut; adhere ends at back of Magpanel. Let dry.

2. Cut two 4-1/4”x18” Copper felt strips. Adhere strips to sides of Magpanel, overlapping pumpkin felt edges 1/2”. Adhere excess fabric at back of Magpanel, neatly wrapping felt at rounded corners. Clip corners as needed to ease fit. Let dry.

3. Using small dabs of Fabri-Tac adhesive, cut and adhere four strips of crocheted lace to Magpanel; adhere vertical strips, then horizontal strips as shown. Cut lace lengths 2” longer and wider than Magpanel; wrap and adhere ends at back. Let dry.

4. Adhere included felt backing to back of Magpanel to hide raw felt edges. Let dry.

5. Using photo as guide, cut holes in felt and set grommets for hanging.

6. Die cut three branches from Mac ‘n Cheese felt. Adhere to Magpanel using Fabri-Tac adhesive; let dry.

7. Adhere magnets to back of each flower and large vintage button using Power Tabs. Adhere buttons to flower centers using Gem-Tac adhesive; let dry.

8. Cluster magnets in decorative arrangement at upper right and lower left sections of Magpanel when not in use.

Tip

  • No need for a lot of glue! A little bit is all that’s needed for attaching crocheted lace to the Magpanel and for attaching buttons to flowers.

by Judi Kauffman for MAGPANELS (www.magpanels.com)

Collector’s Easel Magnet Board

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A fabric-covered MAGPANELS Easel Magnet Board with coordinating magnets is the perfect way to display a changeable gallery of favorite photos and collectibles. This would be a wonderful item to make and sell! It’s also an easy, affordable gift.

Materials

  • MAGPANELS Easel Magpanel
  • MAGPANELS Magnets
  • Cotton fabric, in theme of choice, 1/2 yd.
  • Collectibles to make magnets (wood shapes, dimensional stickers, resin embellishments)

Tools

  • Eclectic Products E6000 Spray Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size

11-3/4”x13”

Step 1

Cut fabric slightly larger than front of easel. Following manufacturer’s instructions and using spray adhesive, cover front of MAGPANELS Easel with fabric. Make sure fabric is smooth and taut, taking special care at rounded corners, and that fabric extends slightly past bottom edge of easel for finished look. Clip fabric at bottom corners, if needed, to ease fit at easel base. Let dry.

Step 2

Adhere included felt backing to back of easel to hide raw fabric edges. Let dry.

Step 3

Adhere magnets to back of buttons, resin embellishments, dimensional stickers, and other themed items. Let dry.

Step 4

Use magnets to hold photos and collectibles for display.

Tip

  • As a gift for a sports fan or student, use the front of a T-shirt instead of fabric for a unique MAGPANELS Easel. Use a themed magnet to hold tickets to a game or concert.

by Judi Kauffman for MAGPANELS (www.magpanels.com)

 

Four-Season Magnet Board: Fall

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MAGPANELS are so versatile! Make a different paper collage and matching magnets for each season and have four times the fun.

Materials

  • MAGPANELS Medium Horizontal Magpanel
  • MAGPANELS Magnets
  • Rust cardstock, 12”x12”
  • Papers, 12”x12”: BoBunny Press Autumn Song Collection Autumn Song, two sheets, and Autumn Song Harvest, one sheet; Graphic 45 Typography Collection Imagine
  • BoBunny Press Autumn Song Collection Embellishments: Layered Chipboard, Jewels
  • BoBunny Press Wildberry Pansy Blossoms
  • Assorted fibers: ribbon, jute twine, etc.

Tools

  • Adhesives: double-sided tape, 1/4″; Tombow Power Tabs; low-tack temporary tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, craft knife and cutting mat, ruler, pencil, small paintbrush, talcum powder

Directions

Size

12-3/16”x9-3/16”

Magnet Board

1. Referring to photo for placement, cut two sheets of large leaf Autumn Song paper diagonally and adhere together using double-sided tape. (Note: Tape should be on front of paper.) Cut 3/8”x12” strip from left edge of dot-pattern Harvest paper. Place paper strip on tape over seam; trim edges. Adhere cardstock to back of collage for durability. Position magnet panel over collage; use craft knife and cutting mat to cut around magnet panel.

2. Use small paintbrush to lightly dust back of chipboard embellishments with talcum powder to deactivate adhesive. (Note: If powder is not available, back shapes with cardstock scraps to cover adhesive.) Using Power Tabs, adhere magnets to back of two or more paper flowers and three or more layered chipboard embellishments.

3. Position collage on front of magnet board, using magnets to hold it in position, or adhere at corners only with small pieces of low-tack, removable tape. Adhere jewels to collage front as desired.

4. Carefully cut holes in top edge of collage for fibers; holes should align with holes in Magpanel. Knot fibers together every few inches as shown in photo. Insert fibers through holes to hang board and tie into loose knot at back. (Note: Tying knot loosely will make it easier to untie when it’s time to change collage.)

5. Use magnets to hold art, tickets, notes, and more.

Tip

  • Create a different rounded-corner collage and coordinating magnets for the other three seasons or for any special occasion (birthdays, anniversaries, and other celebrations).

by Judi Kauffman for MAGPANELS (www.magpanels.com)

Desktop Box Organizer

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Get organized! Craft this elegant Desktop Box Organizer as a stylish way to keep your desk neat and clutter-free.

Materials

  • Wooden box, 5”x6”
  • Wooden oval plaque, 3”x4”
  • Grosgrain ribbon: lavender, 3/8”; white, 7/8”
  • Coordinating lavender and white patterned papers, two

Tools

  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Lavender, Magnolia White, Purple
  • Delta Stencil Magic Floral Border Stencil
  • Delta Blendable Stencil Paint Créme Floral Collection: Amethyst Purple, Dark Hunter Green, Jungle Green, Pink Carnation, Sunflower Yellow
  • Delta Adhesives: Sobo Craft & Fabric Glue, Stencil Adhesive
  • Decorative-edge scissors
  • Stencil brush

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, masking tape, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

On covered work surface, basecoat box and plaque Lavender; let dry and apply second coat. Paint plaque trim Purple.

STEP 2

Cut two 4”x5” rectangles and two 1-1/4”x6” strips from each patterned paper; trim bottom edge of strips with decorative scissors. Using photo as guide, adhere rectangles to center of each side of box; trim strips along top edge of each rectangle.

STEP 3

Cut 10” length from each ribbon; trim ends in “V”. Adhere lavender to center of white ribbon. Adhere vertically down center of box front, wrapping around to box inside.

STEP 4

Tape off desired section of stencil; apply Stencil Adhesive and press stencil onto plaque. For leaves and stems, start with Jungle Green and slowly blend in Dark Hunter Green. For flowers, paint center Sunflower Yellow. Start petal Carnation Pink and slowly blend in Amethyst Purple. Let dry; adhere plaque centered over ribbon on box front.

Tip

  • Use this box as a planter, or fill it with rolled towels and soaps for a bathroom organizer.

by Meggan Maravich

Cork Message Center

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Pretty and practical! Craft this cork message center as an organizational tool to keep track of your family’s messages.

Materials

  • Unfinished wood frame, 12”x12”
  • Off-white cardstock
  • Coordinating papers: light green, bright green, green check, orange check, stripe, large floral print, blue dot
  • Basic Grey Fibers
  • Coordinating buttons
  • Silver paper fasteners, medium, four
  • Eyelets: round silver, metal screw
  • Cup hooks, 7/8”, four
  • 3M Post-it Notepad, 1-1/2”x2”
  • Cork sheet, 1/4” thick
  • Heavy cardboard, 10”x10”
  • Thumbtacks
  • Pen

Tools

  • DecoArt Americana Wedgewood Blue Acrylic Paint
  • Blue ink pad
  • Hole punch: 1/8”, 3/16”
  • Corner rounder punch (optional)
  • Circle punches: 1-1/4”, 1-1/2”, 1-3/4”
  • Scoring tool
  • Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry Paper Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, paper trimmer, paintbrush, pencil, sandpaper, black marker

Directions

STEP 1

Remove backing from frame; lightly sand frame edges. Basecoat Wedgewood Blue; let dry. Lightly sand painted edges for aged look.

STEP 2

Trace and cut out frame shape from light green paper. Cut narrow strips from striped and checked papers; adhere across top, bottom, and sides of paper frame, overlapping ends. Cut 1-3/4”x11” piece from large floral print paper. Round left corner on strip if wood frame has rounded corners. Ink edges and adhere to left side of paper frame. Punch 1/8” hole and attach paper fastener.

STEP 3

Punch four 1-3/4” circles from bright green paper; sand edges. Punch four 1-1/2” circles from green check, and four 1” circles from blue dot paper. Adhere circles on top of each other. Evenly space and adhere circles across paper frame bottom. Punch 3/16” holes in centers of circles.

STEP 4

For pockets, cut 2-1/2”x3”, 2”x5”, and 2”x4” pieces from cardstock. Score lines 1/2” from bottom edges; fold to back. Cut 1-1/4”x3-1/2” and 1-1/4”x2-1/2” pieces from large floral print and stripe papers. Adhere across tops of wide pockets. Punch 1-1/4” circle from large floral print paper; adhere to center of narrow pocket. Punch 1/8” hole in center of each pocket; attach paper fasteners. Punch half circle from top centers of pockets. Adhere assembled pockets to right side and top of paper frame.

STEP 5

Adhere assembled paper frame to front of wood frame; sand edges. Attach cup hooks to holes in centers of circles at frame bottom edge. Attach metal screw eyelet to top left side of frame. Adhere notepad to left side of frame.

STEP 6

Sand edges of buttons. Insert fibers through two buttons and tie on top. Adhere three buttons to frame right side, above pocket. Adhere remaining buttons to thumbtacks. Attach fibers to pen, then to eyelet on frame.

STEP 7

For treasure tag, cut 3/4”x4” piece from orange check paper; trim two corners for tag shape and ink edges. Print “treasure” on tag with black marker. Punch 3-16” hole in tag top; attach eyelet. Tie fibers through hole, and tuck tag inside pocket.

STEP 8

Cut corkboard to fit 10”x10” heavy cardboard (or size to fit inside frame.); adhere to cardboard. Insert corkboard into frame and replace backing.

by Mary Ayres

Earring and Necklace Holder

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Easily locate jewelry at a glance while avoiding the hassles of lost earrings or tangled necklaces. Both kids and adults can create this quick-and simple holder to beautifully display and organize their jewelry.

Materials

  • Three yellow jumbo craft sticks
  • Black plastic screen, 4-3⁄4” x 5-3⁄8”
  • Heart-shaped brads, six
  • Wire, 24-gauge
  • Yellow satin ribbon, 1/4″ wide, 24″ length

Tools

  • Drill or hand drill with 5⁄64” bit
  • Wire cutters
  • Transparent tape

Basic Supplies

pencil, scissors, ruler, old magazine

Directions

STEP 1

For top craft sticks, use pencil to make a mark 3⁄4” from each end of two craft sticks, 3⁄8” from one long edge. Place sticks on top of magazine and drill holes through mark. (Note: Adult supervision is needed when using a drill.) For bottom craft stick, use pencil to make a mark 1-3⁄16”, 2-1⁄4”, 3-11⁄16”, and 5” on remaining craft stick, 1⁄4” from one long edge; drill holes.

STEP 2

For necklace holders, wrap an 1⁄8” section of wire around shanks of four brads just behind heart. (Note: This allows space between brad and craft stick in order to hang necklaces.) Center screen to back of bottom craft stick, covering holes. Push brads through front of craft stick and screen; open brads to secure in place.

STEP 3

Center screen to back of one top craft stick, covering holes; tape in place. Align remaining top craft stick, so screen is sandwiched between and holes are aligned. Push brads through holes; do not open brads at this time. Tie ribbon ends into a 2” wide bow with 2” long tails; cut ends at a slant. See photo. Place ribbon between brads and adjust so bow and loop meet as hanger. Open brads to secure in place.

by Barb Chauncey

Organizing Stamps

It seems like every year one or more of my resolutions involve organization. This year is no exception, and I have a fairly long list of projects to tackle. However, unlike my other resolutions to exercise more and lose weight, I really look forward to digging in to different areas around my house and straightening things out. There is something about looking in a drawer or closet and seeing everything neatly in its place that makes me happy.

A little over a year ago, I decided to find a new system for organizing my growing stamp collection. I’ve tried many things in the past, from narrow shelves to hold wood-mounted stamps to binders full of clear stamps to stacks of CD cases, but nothing seemed to work as well as I envisioned.

After a few false starts, I have finally come up with a system that is working really well… I can find what I need quickly, and it is easy to put everything back when I am finished. The best part is that I am actually using my stamps more often, as I no longer dread having to spend 20 minutes searching through binders and boxes to find what I want. I use one system to store my cling and clear stamps and another for rubber stamps.

Cling and Clear Stamp Storage

I was intrigued by the idea of using a Clip-it-Up but thought I would see if I could find a less expensive option. After seeing some examples online, I decided to try making my own using a shoe rack that I found on clearance as the base.

It wasn’t too difficult to create this… the most time-consuming part was moving all of my stamp sets into the clear pockets.

Bolt cutters helped snip off the extra parts, and rubber tips were hot glued onto the cut ends. (You can find more details about how I made it by reading this post.)

I thought I had come up with a great solution… until I had been using it for a few days… and everything started to get a bit wobbly to the point where the whole thing almost toppled over. I tried re-tightening the poles, but I finally had to admit that it just wasn’t meant to hold so much weight. This might be a great solution for storing other types of supplies, but the stamps were simply too heavy.

I wound up taking off the two upper tiers and just using the base…considering I spent less than $15 on it, I still think it was a good solution.

One benefit from my experiment was that I learned that I really liked storing my stamps this way and having them so accessible. I decided to spend the extra money to buy an actual Clip-it-Up system and have been thrilled with the results. I have been using this system now for over a year and can report that the two-tier model has been holding up extremely well… no more wobbling!

It is so easy to flip through each set and see what I have. For stamps sets that came in clear packaging, I simply added a clip to the top. For other sets, I placed the stamps on pieces of transparency that I found at an office-supply store and cut to fit these clear pockets from Tim Holtz.

Wood-Mounted Stamp Storage

One of my most favorite storage pieces – and biggest splurge – is this set of drawers from First Choice Products. You wouldn’t believe how much they hold without taking up a lot of space. I store all sorts of things in the drawers – embellishments of all kinds, ribbon, stickers, and wood-mounted stamps.

The 1” drawers are the perfect size for all but the very thickest of my stamps… I use the 2” drawers for those. A label maker is one of my favorite tools for organizing.

One of the best things about these drawers is that they can be pulled out and moved to your work area and then easily put back when you are finished.

Although nowadays I find myself using clear stamps much more frequently, I think of wood-mounted stamps as mini works of art and use them to decorate my studio. I found these vintage wooden crates at an antique store for about $10 each and use them as shelves to store some of my favorite images and ink pads.

The size of the opening is perfect to highlight some of my smaller stamps that might otherwise be overlooked in a drawer. If you have been stamping for any length of time, I bet you recognize some of these… I remember a time when that dragonfly from Magenta was on almost every single card I made.

I also remember when this quote was part of the background of almost every card I created. Having these stamps on display is kind of like visiting with old friends.

Hope this has given you a few ideas you might be able to use in your own craft space.

Until next time – Happy Organizing!

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