Jolly Ol’ Elf Mini Album

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Make a gift album they won’t forget! Paper bags work well for albums because they provide built-in pocket details for tags, photos, and memorabilia.

Materials

  • White paper bags, 3-1/2”x6-3/4”x2”, two
  • Cardstock: The Robin’s Nest Cindy Lou Dot Glitter, Cindy Lou Stripe, Cindy Lou Who Presents; pale green, bright green, and white scraps
  • Holiday-themed paper scraps, assorted
  • The Robin’s Nest Dew Drops Christmas Collection (dd137)
  • Buttons, assorted
  • Trims: seam binding, lace, ribbon, rickrack
  • Silk flower

Tools

  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System and Tim Holtz Alterations On the Edge Scallops Die
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Seal Punch
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko VersaMagic Aloe Vera Chalk Ink Pad
  • Adhesives: clear-drying liquid glue, double-sided tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

6-3/4”x3-1/2” (closed)

Note: Ink all paper and paper bag edges Aloe Vera prior to assembly.

Album Base

1. Measure and mark first paper bag 1” from open end. Cut away 1”-wide strip on front layer of paper bag only.

2. Measure and mark second paper bag 2” from open end. Fold on line; unfold bag.

3. To create album base, place paper bags lengthwise and side by side on work surface with open ends of bags facing each other at center; bag bottoms should face up.

4. Apply double-sided tape to back of 2”-wide flap on second bag and slide flap into open end of first bag. Press bags together to secure adhesive.

First Spread

1. See Photo 1. Cut 4-1/4”x3-1/2” red striped paper panel; score and fold to measure 2-1/8”x3-1/2”. Adhere back of folded paper to bag bottom on left side. Unfold paper and adhere flower and green trim as shown.

Photo 1

2. Cut 6-7/8”x3-1/2” strip from green/red flourish paper. Adhere paper to front of first paper bag; this is hidden by longer strip in photo.

3. Cut 9-3/8”x3-1/2” strip from green/red flourish paper. Die cut one short end using scallops die. Score and fold strip at 4-5/8”. Adhere straight edge of strip to flourish paper beneath bag flap.

4. Adhere top and bottom edges of bag bottom to paper beneath, creating pocket.

5. Create small cardstock tag to slide into pocket. Adhere embellishment to die-cut page. Fold die-cut page to left.

Second Spread

1. See Photo 2. Cut 7-1/2”x3-1/2” red cardstock strip. Adhere to album base, sliding left end inside open bag and right end beneath bag flap on right. Adhere top and bottom edges of bag bottom to cardstock layer, creating pocket.

Photo 2

2. Cut 2-1/8”x3-1/2” green/red flourish paper strip. Adhere to bag bottom on right. Adhere braid trim to edge of paper as shown.

3. Create small cardstock tags to slide into pocket on right.

4. Fold die-cut page to left again.

Third Spread

1. See Photo 3. Adhere lace trim to edge of flourish panel covering bag front.

Photo 3

2. Create another cardstock tag to insert into pocket created by open end of bag.

3. Adhere embellishment to back of striped page at far left.

4. See Photo 4. Cut two 3-3/4”x4-1/2” green/red flourish paper panels; score each panel 1” from one short end. Die cut ends opposite folds. Fold on score lines and adhere flaps to top and bottom edges of left-hand album page, next to fold. Cut 3-1/2”x3-1/2” square of dot paper and adhere between flaps. Refold page.

Photo 4

5. Fold bag bottom to left to meet edge of striped page.

Fourth Spread

1. See Photo 5. Cut 9-3/8”x3-1/2” red/green leaf paper strip. Score and fold 4-5/8” from one short end. Adhere to last folded page of album as shown. Adhere green trim to left edge.

Photo 5

2. See Photo 6. To create fold-out dot page, cut 10-1/2”x3-7/8” dot paper strip. Score strip 3-1/2” from each short end; die cut short ends. Fold strip and adhere to last album page on three sides, leaving right edge open to create pocket.

Photo 6

3. Cut 3-1/2”x3” striped paper panel and adhere inside open page on three sides, leaving right edge open to create pocket. Add paper strip and embellishment to bottom of lower flap.

4. Create small cardstock tags to slide into pockets. Close page.

Covers

1. Open album to first spread. Fold striped paper panel closed and adhere Santa image and three red Dew Drops to front to create left side of front cover.

2. Cut 9-3/8”x3-1/2” dot paper strip; score and fold at 4-5/8”. Adhere paper to front and back of album on right side.

3. Cut 6-7/8”x3-1/2” red striped paper strip; adhere to back of album.

4. Cut two 12” seam binding lengths. Center and adhere ends to edges of front covers; let dry. Adhere lace and trim to edges of cover to hide seam binding ends; let dry.

5. Tie album closed as shown.

6. Using photo as guide, embellish right side of front cover.

Tip

  • Be sure to use clear-drying liquid glue with Dew Drops embellishments for best effect.

by Tonya Wilson-Trantham (www.creativeaddictiontopaper.blogspot.com)

Be Merry Card

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Combine chic paper tape and an easy watercolor technique to craft this merry-and-bright greeting.

Materials

  • White cardstock: textured, smooth
  • Queen & Co. Trendy Tape Vertical Stripes Teal

Tools

  • Punches: corner rounder, assorted circles
  • Printworks Stamps: Star Snowflake (B3845), Be Merry (A2764)
  • Black pigment ink pad
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Markers: Ranger Tim Holtz Evergreen Distress Marker, Imagination International COPIC Yellow
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Water-barrel brush
  • Tiny stapler
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil, heat tool

Directions

STEP 1

Make 4-1/2”x6” top-fold card from textured white cardstock; round bottom corners.

STEP 2

Cut 4-1/4”x4” textured white cardstock panel; round bottom corners. Apply diagonal tape strips across panel as shown; trim tape even with panel edges. Adhere panel to card.

STEP 3

Stamp sentiment and four snowflakes onto smooth white cardstock, leaving space between images; heat emboss with clear powder.

STEP 4

Lightly trace snowflakes with Evergreen marker; use water-barrel brush to blend color, creating watercolor look. Color stars with yellow marker. Punch snowflakes into circles of assorted size; overlap and adhere to card along top of taped panel. Highlight stars with Glossy Accents; let dry.

STEP 5

Cut sentiment into small, notched flag; staple to upper left corner of card.

Tip

  • For a glitzy version of this card, use metallic tape and outline snowflake images with glitter glue instead of marker.

by Linda Beeson (www.pkod.blogspot.com)

Joyeux Noel Card

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Beautiful shades of teal and burgundy put a new spin on the traditional tones of the season. Lush, layered accents from Ruby Rock-it’s Joyeux Noel Collection give this card vintage-look elegance in an instant.

Materials

  • Burgundy cardstock
  • Ruby Rock-it Joyeux Noel Collection: Paper Pack, Layered Accents, Diecut Silhouettes, Bling, Trim
  • Trims: white scalloped lace, gold cord
  • Teal/gold silk poinsettia

Tools

  • Sewing machine and dark teal thread
  • Border punches, two of choice
  • Modeling paste
  • Plastic dot-pattern mask
  • Chalk inks: dark teal, burgundy
  • Beacon Adhesives 3-in-1 Glue

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil, sponge dauber, palette knife

Directions

STEP 1

Make 6”x5-1/4” burgundy top-fold card.

STEP 2

Cut 5-1/2”x4-3/4” teal damask paper panel and sponge edges with teal chalk ink. Using sewing machine, stitch around panel edges. Adhere panel to card.

STEP 3

Cut 5-1/2”x2” burgundy print paper strip, punch both long edges with first border punch, and sponge edges with burgundy ink. Adhere across bottom of teal panel.

STEP 4

Cut 5-1/2”x1-1/2” gold print paper strip, punch both long edges with second border punch, and sponge edges with burgundy ink. Wrap gold ribbon around center, adhering ends at back. Adhere strip to card.

STEP 5

Place mask over random areas of card and apply modeling paste using palette knife. Remove mask and let paste dry completely.

STEP 6

Cut lace to fit across top of card; adhere in gentle swag.

STEP 7

Using photo as guide, sponge edges of layered accents and silhouette with burgundy ink. Adhere elements to card as shown.

Tip

  • Use modeling paste with plastic masks and stencils to create interesting texture on cards and other projects; let dry completely after application.

by Lisa Novogrodski (www.lisas-livingincolor.blogspot.com)

Holiday Tea Tin

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Upcycle tea and coffee tins and boxes into festive gift boxes for all ages!

Materials

  • Dark green cardstock
  • Doodlebug Designs Home for the Holidays Collection: 12”x12” Paper Pack, Sugar Coated Icon CS Stickers, Christmas Mini Bows Kit, Candy Cane Washi Tape
  • SRM We’ve Got Your Border Christmas Stickers
  • Maya Road Bottle Cap
  • Red tulle

Tools

  • Xyron Adhesives: 5” Creative Station, Mega Runner, 1/2″ Double-Sided High Tack Tape

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil

Directions

STEP 1

Using the tin or box as a pattern, cut papers and cardstock to cover sides of container.

STEP 2

Run papers through Xyron 5” Creative Station for an even distribution of permanent adhesive.

STEP 3

Adhere papers to container.

STEP 4

Adhere washi tape around top and bottom edge of container base and top edge of lid. Adhere sticker banner and medallion to lid.

STEP 5

Wrap tulle around container, securing with Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape.

STEP 6

Adhere Santa and snow stickers inside bottle cap. Adhere cap to container using Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape.

STEP 7

Following manufacturer’s instructions, create green bow, securing with Xyron Mega Runner.

STEP 8

Adhere bow to container with Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape.

by Yvonne Yam for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Christmas Mailbox Card

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Customize these nature-inspired Susan Louise fine art images using water-reactive inks and a fun technique that creates a realistic snowfall look. Layer multiple images to create beautiful dimension.

Christmas Mailbox Card

Materials

  • Susan Louise Paper Pics Christmas Set 4 Mailbox Image (see Tip)
  • Cardstock: gold linen, deep red, dark green
  • Papers: Prima Marketing Nature Garden Collection Fairy Godmother, white
  • Scrap paper
  • Red satin ribbon, 13/16” wide
  • Small red metal nailhead sticker

Tools

  • Die-cutting system and dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eleven Set, Impression Obsession Pine Bough
  • Large corner rounder punch
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks Pads: Iced Spruce, Frayed Burlap
  • Ranger Inkssentials Blending Tool and Foam Pads
  • Small water mister or water dish
  • Adhesives: adhesive runner, assorted foam squares, Eclectic Products E6000 Spray Adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil, cardboard box with no lid, paper towels, non-stick craft sheet, heat tool (optional)

Directions

Size

4-1/4”x5-1/2”

Christmas Mailbox Card

1. Make 4-1/4”x5-1/2” gold linen side-fold card.

2. Cut 3-1/8”x3-3/8” deep red cardstock panel; round corners with punch.

3. Die cut #6 label from patterned paper, #5 label from one Paper Pic image, and #4 label from second Paper Pic image. Use photo as guide. Die cut pine bough from dark green cardstock.

4. Cut 6” ribbon length.

5. Measure and lightly mark top and bottom edges of card front 1-5/8” from fold. Mark again 3/4” from first mark. Using adhesive runner, apply adhesive between marks along top and bottom edges; apply 2” of adhesive down center of card. Press ribbon to card; trim ends flush with card.

6. Using photo as guide and ink blending tool, apply Distress Inks to scrap paper to test inking technique. Working on craft sheet, ink foam pad and apply to paper edges in circular motion, starting off edge of paper and working toward center. Ink will be more concentrated around paper edges and fade in center.

7. In same way, first apply Iced Spruce Distress Ink to upper portion of large Mailbox Paper Pic, and then apply Frayed Burlap to lower portion. Apply inks in same way to smaller Mailbox Paper Pic. Ink edges of patterned paper piece with Frayed Burlap.

8. After inking, clean craft sheet. Place inked Paper Pics images onto craft sheet. To create snowfall effect, either spritz each image with water (for smaller dots) or dip fingers into water dish and flick water drops over surface of images (for larger dots). Keeping images level, place paper towel over them and press down to blot water until all water is removed; do not rub. Remove paper towel. Repeat water technique if needed. When pleased with effect, gently dry images with heat tool if needed.

9. Using adhesive runner, center and adhere red cardstock panel to back of patterned paper label. Adhere layered piece to center of card.

10. Place pine bough die cut inside cardboard box and spray back side with adhesive. Adhere shape over lower edge of layered papers.

11. Apply four large and two small foam squares to back of large Mailbox Paper Pic; remove backing and adhere to patterned paper label.

12. Repeat Step 11 to adhere small Mailbox Paper Pic to card as shown.

13. Adhere red nailhead sticker to center top of patterned paper label.

14. To finish inside of card, cut 5-1/8”x8-1/8” white paper panel; score and fold paper. Using adhesive runner, apply 3/4″-long line of adhesive to inside front of card near fold. Center folded paper inside card and press card closed to secure liner.

Tip

  • Paper Pics image is included as part of a set, but may also be ordered by the sheet. To order, email susanlouise@live.com or phone 608-206-6987.

by Penny Pierick for Susan Louise™ (www.susanlouisearts.com)

Pink Poinsettia Stocking

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Hang this beautiful paper stocking from your mantle or tree, or use it as a gift card holder.

Materials

  • Kaisercraft Beyond The Page MDF Stocking Garland
  • Heartfelt Creations Daphne Paper Collection
  • White cardstock
  • Embellishments: black circle/gold letter stickers, pearls, laces, pink ribbon, white feathers

Tools

  • Die-cutting machine
  • Dies: Heartfelt Creations Ornamental Add On; Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Oval LG and Floral Ovals, Shapeabilities Layered Poinsettia
  • Heartfelt Creations Pre-cut Stamp Sets: Holiday Script Background, Christmas Sentiment Circles, Peaceful Night, Holly Berry, Petite Poinsettia
  • McGill Paper Blossoms Tool Kit and Molding Mat
  • Circle punch, 1″
  • Ink pads: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Victorian Velvet, Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Delicata Golden Glitz, embossing ink
  • Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue: Diamond, Gold
  • Ranger Gold Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder
  • Liquitex Acrylic Gesso Surface Prep
  • Adhesives: Plaid All Night Media Pop Dots, Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Permanent Adhesive, Ranger Glossy Accents

Basic Supplies

paintbrush, sandpaper, heat tool

Directions

Size

6-1/4″x8″

Pink Poinsettia Stocking

1. Paint stocking with gesso.

2. Using stocking as pattern, cut main stocking and fold-down top panel from paper; adhere to stocking. Lightly sand edges; ink edges with Victorian Velvet.

3. Using Golden Glitz ink, stamp images on stocking.

4. Using Victorian Velvet ink, stamp flowers and sentiment circles on cardstock. Using Layered Poinsettia, die cut flowers; ink edges with Victorian Velvet and gently shape petals while assembling flowers. Apply Gold Stickles to petal edges and Diamond Stickles to petals. Adhere large pearls in flower centers.

5. Punch out sentiment circles with circle punch. Adhere L, Y, R, I, and C letter stickers to circle centers. Apply Gold Stickles to sticker edges.

6. Using embossing ink, stamp leaves on green paper. Using Ornamental Add On, die cut leaves. Heat emboss with Gold powder.

7. Die cut Classic Oval and coordinating Floral Oval from papers. Adhere together, matting plain oval with floral oval. Using Golden Glitz ink, stamp sentiment in center of panel. Adhere small flower to panel with Pop Dot.

8. Adhere lace and feathers to stocking with Fabric Fusion.

9. Adhere sentiment panel to stocking with Pop Dots.

10. Adhere leaves, flowers and letter stickers to stocking, using Pop Dots for dimension as desired.

11. Tie ribbon in bow; adhere to stocking with Fabric Fusion. Adhere pearl to bow center.

12. Adhere additional accent pearls to stocking.

by Sarah Miller for Heartfelt Creations (www.heartfeltcreations.us)

Noel Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create a quick-and-easy holiday card that showcases a simple, elegant die-cut bow.

Materials

  • Cardstock: mauve shimmer, dark burgundy, Die Cuts With a View Metallic Gold
  • My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found Christmas Paper: Peace, Noel
  • Self adhesive pearls
  • May Arts Gold Metallic String (SM30)

Tools

  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Machine
  • Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Whimsy Embossing Folder (ES-004)
  • Spellbinders Die Templates: Nestabilities Labels Thirty Three (S5-187), Classic Ovals SM (S4-112); Shapeabilities Font One – Uppercase (S6-009), Create-A-Flake Five (S4-404), Jewel Flowers and Flourishes (S5-143), Charmed I’m Sure (S4-399)
  • Krylon 18kt Gold Leafing Pen
  • Adhesives: foam tape, adhesive runner, adhesive dots

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, ruler

Directions

Size

6″x4-3/4″

Noel Card

1. Create 6”x4-3/4” mauve shimmer top-fold card.

2. Cut 5-3/4”x4-1/2” Metallic Gold cardstock panel; mat to card with foam tape.

3. Cut 5-5/8”x4-3/8” dark burgundy cardstock panel; mat to card with adhesive runner.

4. Cut Peace paper to 5-1/2”x4-1/4”; emboss using Whimsy folder. Adhere pearls to center of each round flower motif. Adhere to card with adhesive runner.

5. Using Labels Thirty-Three #4, die cut shape from Noel paper. Apply gold leafing pen to die cut edges; adhere to card with foam tape.

6. Using Font One – Uppercase, die cut letters N, E, and L from mauve shimmer cardstock. Using Create-A-Flake Five #2, die cut snowflake from Metallic Gold cardstock. Adhere all elements to card with foam tape as shown.

7. Using Jewel Flowers and Flourishes, die cut swirl from mauve shimmer cardstock. Adhere to right side of card with foam tape.

8. From Metallic Gold cardstock, die cut two each: Charmed I’m Sure pennant, Classic Ovals SM #2 and #3.

9. Place adhesive dot over hole in both pennants.

10. Fold ovals in half width-wise, wrong sides together (like a taco), and secure with adhesive dots.

11. To assemble half of bow, stack small oval atop larger oval, securing with adhesive dot. Adhere oval stack in place on pennant. Repeat for other half.

12. Loop Gold Metallic String through ornament and up toward card top; trim 1” beyond top of card.

13. Using foam tape, adhere both halves of bow to card, pulling string gently through center.

14. Add large pearl embellishments to center of bow and snowflake.

Tip

  • Use a knitting needle or dowel to gently round your bow elements. Simply pull each element across the rounded surface with your thumb riding lightly over top of the paper to aid in the curling.

by Spellbinders Paper Arts (www.spellbinderscreativearts.com)

DIY Rub-On Labels

Hello crafty friends, Alice here today sharing a few more details about a project I created for the Winter 2013 issue of Crafts ‘n things. I love to make homemade treats to give as gifts and am always looking for new ways to package them. When the folks at Grafix sent me some of their products to try, I was immediately drawn to the idea of creating a custom rub-on to use on holiday packaging. I loved the way these turned out and wanted to share a bit more about the process with you here.

The first thing you want to do is to design the image you want to turn into the rub-on. I used a computer to make mine, but the products also work with stamps and markers. However, keep in mind that they need to be printed in reverse, so stamped images with text won’t work. I think using a computer and inkjet printer is probably the easiest way to make these. I found some fun chalkboard labels and fonts online and used those to create my design. You can find all the details on that in the attached document at the end of this post.

Once I was happy with the way the label looked, I reversed the image and copied it to fill the page. Here is what they looked like on my computer:

After they were printed, I cut them apart and followed the manufacturer’s instructions to apply the film to the image in order to create the rub-on.

A wooden craft stick is the perfect tool to help work out any air bubbles after applying the film.

Then you need to cut out the rub-on following the outline as closely as possible so that the excess material won’t show around the edges.

From here on out, this works just like any craft rub-on. Peel off the backing and apply the rub-on to the container. I like Weck canning jars because the front of the glass is smooth and that makes it easy to apply the rub-on.

Once the rub-on looks smooth, carefully peel off the protective liner from the front.

And voilà! Custom packaging ready to be filled with holiday goodies.

Looks better all filled up, don’t you think?

Here is a peek at the other label I created for containers of my grandmother’s peanut butter fudge.

You know how magazines work several months in advance? Well, this project was created in early July… right around July 4th, and these cookies were something I made for our holiday bbq. Before the party, I pulled out all the ones with red sprinkles and used them for my photo shoot. Wonder if the cookies with blue sprinkles felt neglected?

This is my favorite sugar cookie recipe: The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies and I love this icing: Sugar Cookie Icing. You can download a pdf of the full project with instructions and a supply list, as well as a copy of my grandmother’s famous peanut butter fudge recipe HERE.

Thanks so much for visiting today. Hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful holiday season!

Happy Crafting!

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

Cocoa Daisy Giveaway Winner!

Happy December, Crafters! It’s time to announce the lucky winner of the Stargazing Kit offered by Crafts ‘n things blogger, Jill Cornell, in her last blog post on November 19th. Read more about Christine Drumheller and Cocoa Daisy monthly kit club here. Whether you’re just into scrapbooking or love all aspects of the paper world, Cocoa Daisy has something for everyone. Plus, their blog contains tons of great ideas to inspire you, so take a look!

As chosen by Random.org, the lucky winner of Cocoa Daisy’s Stargazing Kit is Kim R.

Congratulations, Kim! We’ll contact you via email for your mailing address.

We’d also like to thank Christine Drumheller of Cocoa Daisy for sponsoring this month’s giveaway and to Jill for acquainting us with her club, too! Please visit their websites for more information and oodles of fun and creative paper-crafting ideas.

Happy Crafting!

Linda Homan, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff

Whimsical Christmas Forest

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Transform foam triangles with colorful papers, unique trims, and glittery buttons to create a playful mantle scene.

Materials

  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Blocks, 12”x12”x1”, two
  • Holiday-themed papers, five
  • Ribbon, 1” wide, five assorted styles/colors
  • Adhesive pearls
  • Glitter buttons, assorted

Tools

  • Serrated knife
  • Wax candle or bar of soap
  • Adhesives: double-sided tape, liquid glue, clear dots

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Sizes

5-1/2”-11-3/4” tall

Trees

1. Run serrated knife across old wax candle or bar of soap. Cut five triangular tree shapes of assorted sizes from foam blocks. Use photo as guide.

2. Trace each foam tree twice onto desired paper; cut out paper trees and adhere to front and back of foam trees using double-sided tape.

3. Apply double-sided tape along edges of trees; adhere different ribbon to each tree to cover exposed foam.

4. Using photo as guide, decorate trees with adhesive pearls, trim, and buttons; adhere buttons with clear dots.

Tip

  • Cover trees in felt or burlap instead of paper for another look; replace pearls and buttons with metal brads or metallic sequins.

by Patty Schaffer for The Dow Chemical Co.
(www.CraftsnCoffee.com; www.StyrofoamCrafts.com)