Cardinal Greetings Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Recreate the feel of a walk through winter woods with this sparkling, embossed card.


  • Cardstock: white, kraft
  • Studio Calico Wood Veneer Bird
  • Red/white baker’s twine


  • Provo Craft Cuttlebug Die-Cutting System and Distress Stripes A2 Embossing Folder
  • “Season’s Greetings” sentiment stamp
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
  • Imagination International COPIC Markers: Black, Red, Orange
  • Stampin’ Up! Dazzling Diamonds Glitter
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, foam dots, clear dots, Sakura of America Glue Pen

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil, wire cutters, scrap paper




Cardinal Greetings Card

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

2. Cut slightly smaller white cardstock panel; emboss panel with Distress Stripes texture.

3. Stamp sentiment as shown.

4. Using photo as guide, highlight embossed “branches,” a few at a time, with glue pen; sprinkle with glitter. Tap off excess glitter onto scrap paper and return to container.

5. Continue applying glue and glitter until background panel is complete.

6. Using wire cutters, snip legs from wooden bird. Color and shade bird with markers. Adhere to background panel with clear dots.

7. Wrap twine several times around base of panel, tying bow at right side. Adhere panel to card with foam dots.


  • Flip embossed panel horizontally to create snowy ground effect.

by Cary Eldred

Jeweled Tree Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Craft four of these sparkling greetings from a single 12″x12″ sheet of glittery cardstock, then embellish with The Robin’s Nest Dew Drop “ornaments.”


  • Cardstock: The Robin’s Nest Canada Stripe, white, green, brown embossed
  • Papers: red diamond, lime green linen, sage green dot, Merry Christmas
  • The Robin’s Nest Dew Drops, assorted
  • Buttons, assorted


  • Die-cutting system and dot embossing folder
  • Unity Stamp Co. Baubled Branches Stamp
  • Green chalk ink pad
  • Adhesives: clear-drying liquid glue, double-sided tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil




Jeweled Tree Card

1. Make 3”x6” side-fold card from Canada Stripe cardstock.

2. Cut 2-1/2”x3” green cardstock panel and 2-1/2”x2-3/4” red diamond paper panel. Center red panel on green; adhere layers together. Emboss paper with dot texture and adhere to card.

3. Cut 3”x1-7/8” lime green paper panel; notch one end and adhere to card.

4. Cut 2-1/2”x7/8” sage green paper panel; adhere to card. Detail cut sentiment from Christmas paper; adhere to card.

5. Stamp green branch image onto white cardstock; detail cut image. Adhere to card. Cut small brown cardstock rectangle; adhere to base of branch.

6. Using liquid glue, adhere buttons and Dew Drops to branch. Let dry.


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

by Tonya Wilson-Trantham (

Merry Christmas

With the holidays arriving so quickly, I decided to share a quick-and-easy holiday card that can be made within a few minutes.

Cut top-fold card base from white cardstock measuring 4-1/4″x5-1/2″. Stamp Hero Arts Dazzling Snowflake using Versamark on front of card.

Use makeup sponge to apply Blue STAEDTLER Karat Pastel Chalk and smear over Versamark image.

Trim edges of card 1/8″ on both sides of snowflake.

Ink up IndigoBlu “Looks Like Rain, Dear” deer stamp with Ranger Archival Ink Coffee and stamp over snowflake.

Ink up Hero Arts sentiment using same ink and stamp on top left corner.

Cut 4-1/4″x5-1/2″ from brown cardstock and mount to inside of front cover of card.

Accent with crystal gems.

A quick card to replicate and stock up for the holidays!


Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (

Holiday Wine Tags

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create a variety of holiday wine tags to toast your favorite host or hostess.


  • My Favorite Things Primitive White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things My Favorite Felt: Wild Cherry, Gumdrop Green
  • Sequins


  • Die-cutting system
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Let’s Toast, Poinsettia, High-Rise Alphabet Lowercase
  • Craft glue


Joy Tag

1. Using Let’s Toast Die-namics Die, die cut one wine bottle tag from Primitive White Cardstock.

2. Die cut two large and two small flowers from Wild Cherry Felt using Poinsettia Die-namics Die.

3. Die cut letters j, o, and y from Gumdrop Green Felt using High-Rise Alphabet Lowercase Die-namics Dies.

4. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to assemble poinsettia layers and adhere.

5. Adhere sequins to poinsettia center.

6. Adhere poinsettia to top left side of bottle tag.

7. Adhere “joy” letters to bottle tag.

Other Holiday Tags

Once you know the basics of assembly, have fun creating themed wine tags for a variety of gift-giving occasions. Use the supplies listed below and the photo as a guide to create these holiday tags.

Brr! Tag

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Black Licorice
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Let’s Toast, High-Rise Alphabet Lowercase; Let It Snowflake
  • Other My Favorite Things supplies: Limeade Buttons; My Favorite Felt Bubblegum, Gumdrop Green

Happy Holidays Tag

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Black Licorice, Kraft, Sour Apple
  • My Favorite Things Stamps: Large Scale Backgrounds, Ornament Banner Builder, Sheet Music Background
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Let’s Toast, Jumbo Christmas Stocking
  • My Favorite Things Ink: Black Licorice, Sweet Tooth
  • Other My Favorite Things supplies: Electric Red Buttons

Let’s Celebrate Tag

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Steel Grey, Steel Blue
  • My Favorite Things Stamps: Birthday Sentiments, Timeless, Cooper Alphabet
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Let’s Toast, Stacking Stars
  • My Favorite Things Ink: Steel Grey
  • Other My Favorite Things supplies: My Favorite Felt Grapesicle

Thank You Tag

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Fuse Green
  • My Favorite Things Stamps: Plaid Background Builder, Big Greetings
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Let’s Toast, Fall Leaves
  • My Favorite Things Ink: Hot Fudge, Fuse Green
  • Other My Favorite Things supplies: My Favorite Felt Hot Fudge, Tangy Orange Button, Hemp Cord

by Amy Rohl for My Favorite Things (


Seasonal Wreath

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Add some fun to your porch décor with this twine-wrapped wreath embellished for fall. Twine gives this project its great cross-seasonal texture and charm.


  • Foam wreath, 12”
  • Little Yellow Bicycle Acorn Hollow Collection: Chipboard Shapes, Journaling Cards, Stick Pins
  • Twine: cream, burlap
  • Brown ribbon
  • Green rick rack


  • Xyron Adhesives: Mega Runner, 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape, 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler



Using Xyron Mega Runner, apply adhesive around foam wreath.


Wrap burlap twine solidly around wreath form for 1-1/2” section, measured along outer edge. Leave 1” gap and cover another 1-1/2”. Repeat around entire wreath.


Wrap cream twine solidly around wreath form to fill in gaps.


Layer chipboard shapes and journaling cards onto wreath as shown using Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape and Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots.


Wrap rick rack and ribbon around wreath at bottom left; tie into bow. Add stick pins where desired.


Use cream twine to create loop at rear for hanging.


  • Change this wreath to match each season by removing the embellishments and adding new ones secured with new tape and adhesive dots.

by Sharon Callis for Xyron Inc. (

Stitched Holiday Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Simple stitched details on a holiday card say how much you care. Spread the holiday cheer by sprucing up your season’s greetings to family and friends.


  • Cardstock: white, red chevron textured, light green Swiss dot textured
  • Ribbon, red, 2” length
  • Silver brad
  • Contrasting all-purpose thread


  • VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine
  • Ornament Punch, 1-1/2”

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, ruler, scissors, pencil



Cut 8-1/2”x5-1/2” red cardstock rectangle; score at 4-1/4” to make 5-1/2”x4-1/4” top-fold card.


Cut 2-1/2”x3-1/2” white cardstock panel and 2-1/4”x3-1/4” light green cardstock panel. Notch bottom edge of white and green cardstock to create flag shape as shown.


Punch ornament into green cardstock as shown.


Lay green flag on top of white and lightly mark position of ornament opening.


Cut 2” length of ribbon. Position ribbon in center of marking.


Set VIVO™ Create & Repair Machine for straight stitch. Thread top of machine and bobbin with all-purpose thread in color that contrasts cardstock. Carefully stitch top and bottom of ribbon in place. (Note: The presser foot will guide cardstock evenly while stitching.)


Backstitch at beginning and end of stitching to help secure thread in place. (Note: Backstitching is done by reversing a few stitches on top of machine stitches at beginning or end of a line of machine sewing.)


Open card and lay flat. Position both flags flush to top edge of card fold as shown; sew straight stitch at 1/4” and 3/8” from scored fold line across top of flags.


Remove card from machine. Trim thread tails.


Pierce hole for brad placement in center of ornament ribbon; insert brad. Re-fold card.


  • The more slowly you sew, the more control you will have guiding the cardstock while stitching.
  • Want to learn more about the VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine? Click here to view a video for information and other helpful basic sewing information.

by SINGER® (

Great Finds Friday: November Craft Books Winners!

Welcome to another Great Finds Friday, Crafters! It’s time to announce the winners of the new craft books reviewed in the last Great Finds Friday post on Nov. 8th. If you missed that post, read more here about these beautiful new sources of crafty inspiration available at bookstores now. Congrats, winners! I will contact you for your mailing addresses shortly.

Five lucky winners will each receive a copy of All Things Paper: 20 Unique Projects from Leading Paper Crafters, Artists, and Designers by Ann Martin, Tuttle Press, ISBN: 9780804843669, $16.95.

Winners are Deborah, LilliGe, Angie, Joe and Samantha.

Five lucky winners will each receive a copy of The Sparkle Factory: The Design and Craft of Tarina’s Fashion Jewelry and Accessories by Tarina Tarantino, Running Press, ISBN: 9780762446896, $23.00.

Winners are Sandy, Stephanie, Lisa, MaryBeth and Mary.

Two lucky winners will each receive a copy of Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars: 75 Exquisite Paper Designs to Fold, Cut, and Curl by Ayako Brodek and Shannon Voigt, Kodansha USA, ISBN: 9781568365220, $25.95.

Winners are Joanne and Angela.

Be sure to read today’s Great Finds Friday post to get a sneak peek at some of our favorite “sparkle & shine” holiday crafting products.

Until next time, happy crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Online Editor (

DIY Coloring Placemat

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Keep little ones entertained at the Thanksgiving table with a coloring placemat made at home in just minutes!


  • American Crafts Cardstock: Vanilla, Dark Kraft


  • Silhouette CAMEO Electronic Cutting Machine and Sketch Pens
  • Silhouette Shapes: Pumpkin and Hay Scene (#12988), Grass Border (#39667)
  • Paper adhesive




DYI Coloring Placemat

1. Using Silhouette Studio software, create placemat design. Place scalloped border around design.

2. Load CAMEO with sketch pen and Vanilla cardstock.

3. In Studio software, select all portions of design except scalloped border. Open the cut settings window, choose Silhouette Sketch Pen and click cut. When complete, replace pen with cutting blade. Do not unload mat.

4. In Studio software, select scalloped border. Click cut. When panel is cut, remove from CAMEO and adhere to Dark Kraft cardstock.


by Jeana Goodwin for Silhouette America (

Cocoa Daisy Kit Club & Giveaway

Hello Crafts ‘n things friends! It’s Jill Cornell with you today, and I am continuing my blog series where I interview a kit club owner. It’s a great way to learn more about these scrapbooking and paper crafting clubs plus have the opportunity to win that month’s kit!

Today, we’re going to meet Christine Drumheller, the owner of Cocoa Daisy.

1)      When did you start your kit club? And what made you decide to go into business?

Cocoa Daisy was founded about seven years ago by Tricia Canonico. I first joined Cocoa Daisy, as a subscriber, in 2007.

I tried out when Cocoa Daisy had a Design Team call, made the team, and about six months later, Tricia asked me to start creating the project kits. I loved coming up with ideas for the project kits and putting them together! Soon I was joining Tricia on her trips to CHA, so I got a good idea of how much work goes into putting together the main kit. Well, fast forward to 2010. I found myself having to leave my marriage of 11 years, with no work history for the last eight because I’d been a stay-at-home mom. At that time, Tricia happened to be pregnant, moving to another state, and planning to close things down here at Cocoa Daisy. I approached her and said I wanted to do it! I was terrified… leaving a marriage, moving in with my parents, and starting a business all at the same time. That was the worst, most stressful summer of my life! But, I knew I had to give it a try because it was the perfect scenario for me. I’d be doing something I love and I’d also be home with the boys.

My background in graphic design from before I became engaged, including 10 years’ experience as a Composition Manager, gave me the confidence to jump in and pray that God had placed this opportunity in front of me for a reason.

It’s been an amazing three years! Learning as I go, always trying to make changes and improvements, working to get the kits out on time and to give my 100% to customer service has been more than stressful at times, BUT I wouldn’t change a thing!

2) Do you offer subscriptions? What does a subscription entail?  

Yes, we offer subscriptions! We offer 6 month subscriptions to our Main kit, which is more for the traditional paper crafter/scrapbooker, we offer a Day in the Life kit subscription for those that enjoy working in a project life style format and we also offer a Stamp subscription which is the perfect accompaniment to our other subscriptions or for anyone who enjoys stamping. We also offer a 3 month subscription option, where you can sign up for 3 months by paying for all three months in advance with no auto renewal. It’s a great option for those wishing to give a kit club a try or if you are concerned about committing for 6 months.

When you sign up for a subscription you are guaranteed the monthly kit, early access to any add-ons or special project kits and all your add-on purchases will ship free with your subscription. We are also running a special promotion right now, subscribe to either the Main kit or Day in the Life kit and receive a free “Orion” or “Milky Way” November add on. New subscriptions will begin with the November kit.

3) Do you offer a one-time purchase option? 

Yes! You can purchase the main kit or the Day in the Life kit as a single purchase. You can also purchase any of the stamps from our Stamp Subscription as single purchases.

Here is an example from Christine Drumheller:

4) Do you ship internationally?

Yes we do, Main kit shipping to Canada is $13.50 all other international is $20.00; Day in the Life kit shipping to Canada is $9.00 all other international is $14.50

5) Do you offer add-ons? 

Yes. Every month we offer two main add-ons and a patterned paper add-on that coordinate with the Main and Day in the Life kits. Our Day in the Life kit can also be ordered as an add-on. We offer a monthly Project Art kit add-on for those that enjoy mixed media/art journaling. Occasionally we offer special project kit add-ons, like this month we have a Christmas Day in the Life kit to help you record your Holiday moments in the project life format and we also have a Document December mini album kit.

6) What does a typical kit look like (i.e. how many sheets of cardstock? patterned paper? alphabets? embellishments)? Describe it for us. 

Every Main kit has 8-9 sheets of patterned paper, 4 sheets of cardstock, 1-2 alphabets and lots of embellishments! Rather than include just a couple full packs of embellishments we prefer to create goodie bags for each kit with a wider range of embellishments.  Each kit also includes a 3×4 custom letterpress card and stamp or stamp set.

Every Day in the Life project life kit has 12 exclusive cards designed by Stephanie Wheeler, 12 cards designed by Eve from Evalicious, 4-6  4″x6″ cardstock and/or lined cards, exclusive stamp set, flair, wood veneer, two 3″x4″ letterpress cards, at least one alpha sheet, and various other embellishments.

Here is a card example from Christine Drumheller:

7) What sets you apart from the competition? Do you offer exclusives?
Our kits are very cohesive and being the mom of boys I try very hard to make sure that each month’s kit is “gender neutral”. The paper and embellishments can work together in a number of different ways which gives our kits great versatility. The other thing that sets us apart is our excellent customer service. I value each and every one of my customers and strive to give them the consideration and service that I would expect. People work hard for their money and I want to make sure they feel good about spending it at Cocoa Daisy. I want each customer to enjoy opening their Daisy box when it arrives on their doorstep :)

Yes, we have exclusives! In fact this month’s kit includes the most exclusives we have ever had in a kit. We are now designing our own patterned paper and each kit has two sheets of exclusive Cocoa Daisy paper in it, we have an exclusive 3″x4″ beautiful letterpress card, flair (this month it is from Panda 8 Designs), a set of page tabs from Evalicious, wood veneer, stamp set, and this month we even have a gorgeous 6″x6″ custom stencil from Crafter’s Workshop which coordinates perfectly with the kit.

Here is a look at the Day in the Life kit:

8) Do you appeal to a wide range of papercrafters? Who is your audience? (Scrapbookers, project lifers, card makers, altered and mixed media artists?)

We have something for everyone! Our Main kit can really be used for everything but is primarily for those who choose to scrapbook in the traditional format. Our Day in the Life kit is perfect for anyone who prefers to scrapbook in a project life format. For our mixed media customers we offer a Project Art Starter kit, perfect for anyone wishing to pursue art journaling (the Starter Kit even includes admission to Ronda Palazarri’s introduction to art journaling class) and then each month we offer a different Project Art add on. And for card makers and stampers we offer either a stamp subscription which includes three different stamp or stamp sets each month.

9) Do you have a design team? How can subscribers and others find inspiration with your kit? 

We have an amazing design team! We have design team members that create in all these styles; clean and linear, messy and artsy, lots of layers, project life, art journaling, mini books, a little bit of everything really. We always post lots of great ideas on our blog, Facebook, instagram and of course on our message boards. In fact, we just had our annual online crop this last weekend and the Design Team out did themselves with all the challenges, examples and classes that were posted. You can check out the challenges and classes here.

Here is an example from design team member, Alissa Fast:

10) Link us up with your website, blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, etc. 





Instagram: @Cocoadaisykits

We are thrilled to offer our November kit “Stargazing” to one of your readers. Thank you Jill for inviting us to be a part of your blog post and letting us share a little bit about Cocoa Daisy!

And now the giveaway! To enter, leave a comment on this blog post by 3:00pm EST on December 2 for a chance to win November’s Cocoa Daisy “Stargazing” Kit. The winner will be announced on December 3rd.

Happy Crafting!

Jill Cornell from Blessed Scrapper (

Advent Calendar

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Count down to Christmas with this interactive Advent Calendar filled with hidden surprises.


  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Gumdrop Green, Wild Cherry, Primitive White
  • Kraft paper or paper grocery bag
  • Advent items (to use as filler)


  • Die-cutting machine
  • My Favorite Things Stamps: Document It – Holiday Traditions, Sheet Music Background, Max Alphabet
  • My Favorite Things Premium Dye Ink Pads: Black Licorice, Electric Red, Gumdrop Green
  • My Favorite Things Die-Namics LLD Accent-It Dies: Flags & Tags, Holiday Traditions Elements
  • Paper crimper
  • Adhesives: strips, foam dimensional tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, stapler




Advent Calendar

1. Using My Favorite Things Die-Namics Holiday Traditions Elements, die cut 25 circles from Primitive White cardstock. Die cut 13 Wild Cherry and 12 Gumdrop Green flags using My Favorite Things Die-Namics Flags & Tags. Use paper trimmer to cut 25 panels of kraft paper measuring 4-1/4”x5-1/2”.

2. Using Black Licorice ink, stamp each kraft panel with Sheet Music Background.

3. Stamp each Primitive White circle with the “Dec” sentiment, using Gumdrop Green ink for 12 and Electric Red ink for 13. Using Black Licorice ink, stamp numbers 1 through 25 on each circle with Max Alphabet stamps.

4. On back of kraft panel, apply adhesive strip along one short side. Apply second strip halfway up long side from corner of first strip. Apply third adhesive strip in center of opposite long side.

5. Remove backing from short side adhesive strip and adhere short ends together to form cylinder.

6. Remove backing from second strip and press end of cylinder closed. Fill cylinder with desired Advent items (candy, bible verse, etc.)

7. Remove backing from third piece and press packet closed in opposite direction as first end.

8. Reinforce each end by crimping 1/2”.

9. Repeat Steps 4-8 for all kraft panels.

10. Staple one Accent It Flag to end of each container.

11. Adhere Accent It Holiday Traditions stamped circle to top of each flag using foam tape.


  • To hang Advent Calendar containers on a tree or banner, add a loop of string around the foam tape before adhering the medallion to the container.

by Amy Rohl for My Favorite Things (