Peaceful Snowflake Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create stunning embossed backgrounds using My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies and Embossing Pad. It’s like getting two tools for the price of one!

Materials

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Wild Cherry, Sweet Tooth
  • Aqua gems
  • Red/aqua baker’s twine

Tools

  • Die-cutting system and My Favorite Things Die-namics Jumbo Snowflake Die
  • My Favorite Things Embossing Pad Combo
  • My Favorite Things Inspired by Christmas Stamp Set
  • My Favorite Things Clearsnap ColorBox Black Licorice Premium Dye Ink Pad
  • Lifestyle Crafts QuickStik Precision Pick-Up and Placement Tool
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, liquid glue, foam tape, removable tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

4-1/4″x5-1/2″

Peaceful Snowflake Card

1. Make 4-1/4”x5-1/2″ Wild Cherry top-fold card. Cut 4”x5-1/4″ Sweet Tooth cardstock panel.

2. Temporarily adhere Jumbo Snowflake die face down to Sweet Tooth panel with removable tape.

3. Place panel and die into die-cutting machine. (Note: Sandwich for ProvoCraft Cuttlebug machine is: A plate, B plate, thick embossing pad, cardstock with die temporarily adhered, second B plate.)

4. Run panel through die-cutting machine. Remove from machine and remove tape.

5. Using pick-up tool, adhere gems as shown with liquid glue. Stamp Black Licorice “Peace” sentiment at lower right corner of panel. Wrap baker’s twine twice around lower edge of panel; tie bow on left.

6. Adhere embossed panel to Wild Cherry card using foam tape.

Tip

  • Line inside of card with Sweet Tooth cardstock panel to make your holiday message easier to read.

by Barbara Anders for My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.com)

Another Look at Kit Clubs Winners!

Happy September, Crafters! We hope that all of you in the U.S. enjoyed the long Labor Day weekend. We’re here to announce the winners of the monthly kit clubs offered on Jill Cornell’s blog post on August 27th. For more details about The Card Kitchen and Gossamer Blue, read Jill’s post here.

The winner of The Card Kitchen monthly kit is Cheryl Norton. Congratulations, Cheryl! We will contact you for your mailing address.

The winner of the Gossamer Blue monthly kit is Debbie House. Congrats, Debbie! We will contact you for your information, as well.

Visit the Crafts ‘n things blog and the Crafts ‘n things Facebook page often for more contests, product information, tips, and creative inspiration.

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff

Floral Favor Boxes

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Use a Lifestyle Crafts basket die set to make darling favor boxes perfect for every occasion; simply change paper and embellishments to suit the event theme.

Materials

  • Cardstock, scraps
  • Papers: Close To My Heart Chantilly Paper Packet, Anna Griffin Silver Damask Paper
  • White tissue paper
  • Eyelet Outlet Brads: Aqua Sparkle, Pearl

Tools

  • Die-cutting system and dies: Lifestyle Crafts Basket, Spellbinders Donna Salazar Rose Creations
  • Circle punch, 1/2”
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Brilliance Silver Ink Pad
  • Ranger Stickles Stardust Glitter Glue
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry Paper Glue, glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring board, scissors, ruler, pencil, paper piercer and mat, sponge dauber

Directions

size

2-1/2”x2-1/2”

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to die cut box and lid from desired paper. Fold and assemble box, adhering tabs with paper glue. Let dry.

STEP 2

To create paper rosette, cut 1”x8-1/2” paper strip. Score strip every 1/4”. Accordion fold strip, adhere ends together, and push shape flat. Weight with book.

STEP 3

Punch two 1/2″ circles from cardstock scraps. Use glue gun to adhere one circle to back of rosette. Pierce hole through center of second circle and insert brad. Adhere circle to front of rosette, and rosette to box, using glue gun. Highlight rosette edges with glitter glue; let dry.

STEP 4

To create tissue flower, die cut multiple blossom layers from six to eight layers of tissue paper. Separate tissue layers and carefully sponge edges with silver ink.

STEP 5

Layer blossoms onto pearl brad, working from smallest to largest sizes. Reverse direction of some blossoms to create fuller flower. (Note: Die creates hole in center of each layer; if hole is not visible, pierce with piercing tool.)

STEP 6

Gently ruffle petal edges with fingers. Adhere blossom to box using glue gun.

Tip

  • For playful kids’ party favors, use bright papers and swap dimensional stickers for floral embellishments.

by Roberta Wax (www.creativeunblock.com)

Because I Care Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Show someone how much you care with this pretty, floral-patterned card adorned with a delicate filigree butterfly. Lacey, scalloped edges and a sweet sentiment will warm their heart.

Materials

  • Bazzill Basics Paper Peach Cardstock
  • Kaisercraft These Days Collection Papers: Family, Generation, Reunion, Tradition
  • Kaisercraft Ivory Adhesive Pearls

Tools

  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Dies: Borderabilities Card Creator A2 Scalloped Borders One (S5-182), Shapeabilities Les Papillions Two (S4-395)
  • JustRite Papercraft Hugs & Kisses Sentiments Stamp Set
  • Clearsnap ColorBox Stylus
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Memento Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black, Potter’s Clay
  • .Too Marker Corp. COPIC Light Peach Marker
  • Beacon Adhesives Advanced 3-in-1 Glue

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil, low-tack masking tape

Directions

STEP 1

Make 6”x4-1/2” peach top-fold card.

STEP 2

Cut 6”x4-1/2” striped paper panel. With stripes placed perpendicular to cutting line of die, die cut/emboss bottom edge using A2 Scalloped Borders One #7 die. With marker, outline scalloped edge. Adhere panel to card.

STEP 3

Cut 6”x3” peach dot paper panel. Die cut/emboss bottom edge with #4 and #5 border dies, placing dies side by side on paper to create nested effect before cutting; see tip. Adhere to card.

STEP 4

Cut 6”x2” blue paper panel; die cut/emboss bottom edge with #5 border die. Adhere to card.

STEP 5

Cut 6”x1-3/4” small floral paper panel; die cut/emboss bottom edge with #6 border die.

STEP 6

Die cut/emboss Les Papillions Two butterfly shapes as follows: #2 shadow shape from peach cardstock; #2 filigree shape from Tradition paper. To stencil, leave paper in shadow die and use sponge dauber to apply Potter’s Clay ink through openings.

STEP 7

Layer and adhere butterfly pieces to card as shown, placing adhesive under body sections only and leaving wings free. Color two pearls with marker; adhere one to butterfly’s body and one to upper left corner of card.

STEP 8

Stamp Tuxedo Black sentiment at lower right. Color three pearls with marker and adhere to card beneath sentiment.

Tip

  • Use painter’s tape to hold coordinating die templates together, such as A2 Scalloped Borders One #4 and #5 dies. Lay taped pieces onto paper, and then cut/emboss.

by Darsie Bruno for Spellbinders Paper Arts (www.spellbinderscreativearts.com)

Great Finds Friday: Meet the Mice!

Welcome to Great Finds Friday! Have you met the mice yet? If you missed Crafts ‘n things blogger and Stampendous!® design team member Sue Czosek’s post on July 23rd, you missed the cutest, the kindest, the most stampable little critters this side of a meadow. These new images, available in wood-mount and Cling Rubber™ stamps, are the newest licensed designs available from Stampendous!®.

©2013 Ellen Jareckie and House-Mouse Designs®

House-Mouse Designs® is the creation of Vermont-based artist Ellen Jareckie. Her characters — Amanda, Monica, Mudpie, Maxwell, and Muzzy, along with their friends — all have distinct personalities and each of them will delight the recipients of your holiday and everyday greetings.

Ellen Jareckie – House-Mouse Designs® Artist

New designs for fall and winter are available in local shops and at favorite online retailers now, as well as on the House-Mouse Designs® site and the Stampendous!® site, where orders are always filled by independent retailers. Here’s one of our favorite new Christmas-themed images in a wood-mount stamp. It’s called Whee Flight and shows wee Monica playing Santa Claus. We love all the coloring possibilities offered by these darling and detailed images.

 ©2013 Ellen Jareckie and House-Mouse Designs®

And here’s a fun Halloween card Sue created using the Cling Rubber™ House-Mouse Designs® Trick or Cheese stamp, featuring Mudpie. This image measures about 3″x3″ and is USA-made.

©2013 Ellen Jareckie and House-Mouse Designs®

For a chance to WIN a House-Mouse Designs® Trick or Cheese Cling Rubber™ Stamp from Stampendous!®, just leave a comment on this blog post by 11:59pm EST on Thursday, August 15th, telling me your favorite House-Mouse Designs® character. Two lucky winners will be announced in the next Great Finds Friday post on August 16th.

Happy Stamping!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff

CHA Week

I love when CHA time arrives because there are always sneak peeks of new products and exciting news being shared. CHA stands for The Craft & Hobby Association, and the two big CHA trade shows each year give manufacturers an opportunity to introduce their new product lines to craft store buyers, independent shop owners, and professional craft designers all in one place. I am thrilled to be sharing some fantastic news here on the Crafts ‘n things blog. Here is the official announcement from Stampendous:

Stampendous is pleased and proud to announce that  we’ve received the license to produce House-Mouse Designs® images as rubber stamps. In addition to our quality wood-mounted stamps, these designs will now be available for the first time in Cling Rubber. Now you can get even more of your favorite images by artist Ellen Jareckie in “easy-to-store” cling stamps. House Mouse images for Fall and Holiday are already winging their way to your local rubber stamping and scrapbooking stores, as well as your favorite online retailers. These images will also be available July 20 on our website at  www.stampendous.com  where your orders are always filled by independent  retailers.

I am lucky enough to be part of the Design Team at Stampendous and had access to some of the new cling stamps being released. I created a few cards to share with you.

My first card is one of the sweet Halloween images. The little mouse in his dinosaur costume is just too cute! I stamped the image in black water-resistant ink. I colored the images using watercolor pencils and a waterbrush. I added a hint of crystal micro-glitter to the candy corn and the scales. I decided to make him look like a dragon with my choice of colors.

I then laid the die template I chose over the image and traced the edges of the die onto either side of both tails. I removed the die template and cut out just the tails with detail  scissors. I folded the tails inside the cutting edge of the die temple and die cut the shape around my colored image. Next, I sponged the side and top edges of the die-cut image with a mix of green and blue dye ink. I sponged brown dye ink along the bottom.

Mount the image onto a brown cardstock panel slightly smaller than the outer edges of the die cut; the brown shows at the corners of the die-cut shape. Mount the layered piece onto green cardstock cut slightly larger than the brown layer.

Cut card base from brown cardstock and layer green cardstock and orange patterned paper on top. Cut a strip of brown cardstock, attach it across the top, and tie with striped twine.

Adhere the image piece to the card with foam dots.

Product:

  • Teresa Collins Haunted Hallows Paper
  • Cardstock: brown, green, white
  • May Arts Twine
  • Stampendous House-Mouse HMCR02 Dino Treats Stamp
  • Spellbinders – Label Die
  • Inks: Ranger Archival Jet Black; Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Vintage Photo; Tsukineko Memento Pear Tart and Blue Bahama
  • STAEDTLER  Karat Aquarell: Watercolor Pencils, Waterbrush
  • Stampendous Micro-Glitter Crystal
  • Signo Uni-Ball White Gel Pen
  • Glue pen

For the second card, I took a Christmas image and turned it into a birthday image.

I stamped the image using black water-resistant ink and colored with watercolor pencils. I added a few polka dots to the packages using a white highlighter, after I had finished blending my colors.

I cut the image into a rectangle and distressed the edges. Next, I mounted the main image onto brown cardstock. Layer onto another layer of white cardstock and distress the edges. Create card base from brown cardstock. Add a layer of white cardstock and distress the edges. Attach chevron background paper over the white cardstock. Tie ribbon with button accessory onto card. Adhere the main image to card with foam dots.

Products:

  • Cardstock: brown, white
  • Stampendous Stamps: House-Mouse HMCR06 Gifts Galore, Soaring Sentiments
  • May Arts Twine
  • Ranger Archival Inks: Jet Black, Viridian
  • STAEDTLER Karat Aquarell: Watercolor Pencil, Waterbrush
  • Signo Uni-Ball White Gel Pen

This week, the Stampendous Design Team is sharing House-Mouse projects all week long. Hop over to the Stampendous Blog every day this week for more inspiration! And watch for a fun House-Mouse giveaway coming to Great Finds Friday on theCrafts ‘n thingsblog next month.

Happy Inking!

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (www.suzzstampingspot.blogspot.com)

Kit Club Winners!

Hello Crafts ‘n things friends! It’s Jill Cornell here with you today to announce the lucky winners of the “A Closer Look at Kit Clubs” blog post contest. In my last post on July 16th, I announced that I would be profiling a few scrapbooking and paper crafting kit clubs in coming months. The first two clubs, Frog Dog Studio and Scrapbook Circle, are each giving away this month’s kit! Be sure to click this link to get all the details about both of these fun and inspiring kit clubs.

The winner of the Frog Dog Studio kit is Amy. The winner of the Scrapbook Circle kit is Jennie. Both winners were chosen using Random.org. Congratulations, Amy and Jennie! We will contact you by email with more information about your prizes.

Here’s another peek at both kits. The kit below is from Frog Dog Studio.

The Scrapbook Circle kit is shown below.

Thank you to everyone who left a comment on the post. Until next time, happy crafting!

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

 

Great Finds Friday: Fiskars Amplify Mixed Media Shears

Welcome to Great Finds Friday! Today, I’d like to introduce you to a brand-new product from Fiskars, maker of the famous orange-handled scissors we all know and love. Now, Fiskars has married innovative Amplify™ technology to their unique design to create an amazing new line of tools for mixed-media crafters.

Fiskars Brands, Inc., has one of the most enduring histories in the craft industry. Established in 1649, Fiskars is the oldest company in Finland. Yes, you read that correctly. . . 1649! To read more about their history, and their many modern achievements, visit their site. Learn how and why those famous handles got their color, too.

The “Original Orange-Handled Scissors” celebrated their 45th anniversary last year. First introduced in 1967, they provided the home seamstress and professional alike a lighter and more comfortable design.

In my home, and at Grandma’s house, they were known as “the good scissors” and were off-limits to the kids. I can’t tell you how grown-up I felt the first time I bought my own pair of orange-handled scissors. And I’ve guarded them with my life, just like Mom and Grandma.

I’m now the proud owner of several pairs of Fiskars scissors, including the new Amplify Mixed Media Shears. These premium shears are designed for cutting extra-thick mixed-media materials like chipboard, corkboard, canvas, vinyl, leather, magnet, and more.  They also cut fabric and ribbon, so I don’t have to switch scissors midway through a project.

Amplify Mixed Media Shears are available in three sizes for cutting in tight spaces (6”), all-purpose cutting (8”), and large-scale projects requiring long, clean cuts (10”). All shears include a sheath to protect the blades and all come with a lifetime warranty.

Here are photos of the 6” and 10” shears, as well as the protective sheath that comes with each pair. The sheath takes a little fine-motor coordination to remove, so little hands are less likely to come into contact with the blades, but they are very sharp and should be kept in a safe place.

Another thing that makes these shears so unique is that they sense blade separation as you’re cutting, and the design mechanism forces the blades back together to cut cleanly through thick materials. The tool does the work, saving strain on your hands and making every project more enjoyable to create.

Purchase Fiskars Amplify Shears at JoAnn Stores now, or on the Fiskars customer service page. Shears retail from $24.99 to $39.99 and come with a lifetime guarantee. If you’re a mixed-media crafter, you may never need to buy another pair of scissors.

Watch for more information about Fiskars Amplify shears, including an exciting announcement, in early September on the blog as we celebrate National Sewing Month.

Happy Crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff

Happy Fourth of July

I love The Fourth of July. When I was a child, “the 4th” was the best holiday of the year. All of my older siblings would come home for a long visit. We always had a huge picnic in the backyard, complete with icy cold watermelon. My brothers would place the watermelon in the creek to chill until lunch. We all attended the local parade and fireworks. Plus, our small town always had a carnival and festival. It was the best of times.

As an adult, I am proud of my relatives who have served our country. I especially thank my father (a World War II veteran) and my four brothers (two who are Vietnam veterans) for their military service. I created a card suitable for wishing them a happy Independence Day.

1. Make 4-1/4″x5-1/2″ brown top-fold card.

2. Cut 4-1/8″x5-3/8″ star paper panel. Distress edges with scissors and sponge with Venetian Lace ink. Adhere to card front.

3. Cut 4-1/8″x3″ brown cardstock panel. Cut 4″x2-7/8″ plaid paper panel. Layer and adhere panels together. Wrap red twill around center of panel and knot on right side. Adhere panel to card 1/2″ from bottom edge.

4. Using scissors, distress edges of bingo card; sponge with Venetian Lace ink. Adhere to top left corner of card on angle.

5. Die cut/emboss Nested Lacey Pennants #3 shape from brown cardstock. Die cut/emboss Nested Pennants #3 shape from blue star paper. Layer and adhere pennants together; adhere to card with foam tape.

6. Using Dark Cashmere ink, stamp sentiment onto cream cardstock. Die cut/emboss sentiment into Ribbon Banners #3 shape. Before removing shape from die template, use sponge to stencil openings with Venetian Lace ink, concentrating ink more heavily near ends. Remove template. Adhere sentiment to center of pennant.

7. Using Nestabilities Stars Five die set, die cut/emboss smallest star from red and white cardstock, next smallest star from red cardstock, and star #3 from dark blue cardstock. Adhere stars to the card as shown using foam dots. If desired, save one small red star to decorate matching envelope.

8. Tie twine through holes of cream button; adhere to twill knot using clear dot.

9. Decorate inside of card with strip of decorative paper. Stamp sentiment as shown.

Products used:

  • Paper: My Mind’s Eye Alphabet Soup; October Afternoon Modern Homemaker,  Report Card
  • Cardstock: American Crafts Rocky Road; Stampin’ Up! Very Vanilla, Night of Navy; Bazzill Basics Paper Maraschino
  • Jenni Bowlin Studios Bingo Card
  • Really Reasonable Ribbon Red Twill
  • StampingScrapping Stamp Sets: Design Label Accents, Design Fancy
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Dies: Shapeabilities Nested Pennants, Nested Lacey Pennants, and Ribbon Banners; Nestabilities Stars Five
  • Clearsnap ColorBox Graphic 45 Decades Antiquing Ink Pads: Venetian Lace, Dark Cashmere
  • Adhesives: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Tape Runner and Foam Squares; Glue Dots International Glue Dots

 Gloria Stengel from Scraps of Life (www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com)

Mambi Sunny Summer Days Winner!

Hello, crafters! Alice Golden with you today to announce the winner of the Sunny Summer Days Giveaway offered on my June 18th blog post. I created a fun birdhouse-and-mini chairs set that featured new summer-themed products from Me & My BIG Ideas. The folks at Mambi generously offered to give one lucky reader a chance to win a variety of summer-themed products.

All you had to do for a chance to win was to leave a comment telling me about your favorite summer spot. The winner of this amazing prize package, as chosen by Random.org, is Laura Perez. Laura wrote, “My perfect spot for summer is in the shade in my backyard with a book!” Other favorite spots included the beach, the pool, the lake, as well as assorted parks, playgrounds, and camping sites. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest.

And congratulations, Laura! We will contact you via email for your mailing information.

Until next time,

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