Spring Welcome Mat

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


What better way to greet guests than with a smile? This easy-to-paint, smiling flower welcome mat is a great way to add a touch of spring to your outdoor décor.


  • Green doormat, 18”x24”
  • DecoArt Patio Paints: Cloud White, Sprout Green, Petunia Purple, Wrought Iron Black, Citrus Green, Fuchsia, Pansy Purple


  • Round scrubber paintbrushes: sizes #0, #4, #6, #14
  • Poster board, 18”x24”

Basic Supplies




For stencil, print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print patterns.) Fold poster board in half. Trace patterns onto poster board; cut out.


For flower, center stencil on mat, aligning bottom edges. Use #6 to stencil petal edges Petunia Purple. Use circular scrubbing motion to force paint into grooves in mat. Remove template. Use #14 to fill in petals with Petunia Purple. While still wet, use #14 to paint Cloud White along petal edges and Pansy Purple along flower head edges. Use #6 to paint flower head Fuchsia. While still wet, use #6 to paint flower head edges Cloud White.


Use #14 to paint cheeks and nose Pansy Purple and to add Cloud White highlights. Use #0 to paint eyes, smile, and border Wrought Iron Black.


For border, position leaf stencil as desired. Use #4 to stencil edges Citrus Green. Paint leaves Sprout Green and veins Wrought Iron Black. Add Fuchsia and Petunia Purple mini-flowers and dots around border as desired.

by Annie Lang

Floral Welcome Sampler

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Are you a cross-stitcher who also loves to garden? We have the perfect project for you! Make this sampler and get ready for the planting season to come.


  • White 14-count Aida cloth
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss
  • Panoramic frame


  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands
  • French Knot: 2 strands (wrapped two times)
  • Quarter Stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, iron and pressing surface, pressing cloth


Size / stitch Count

Approximate finished design size: 2-9/16”x10-3/4”; stitch count: 150 w x 35 h

Welcome Sampler

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. To find center, fold fabric in half and in half again; mark with contrasting thread.

3. Use two strands of floss to cross-stitch and one strand to backstitch designs as shown on chart. Stitch quarter stitches where blue and gray meet near end of watering can spout. Use two strands for French knot (bird’s eye).

4. Press design from wrong side through pressing cloth as needed. Frame as desired.

Other Options

  • Stitch design on towel.
  • Use waste canvas to stitch design on tote bag or café curtain.
  • Use a single motif on a fingertip towel.

by Alice Okon

Bird Hut

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


With a cozy little perch to sit upon and plenty of seeds to nibble on, this hut is a bird’s idea of paradise! Paint clay pots to create an inviting retreat for all your feathered friends.


  • Clay pots: 3-1⁄2”, 4-1⁄4”
  • Clay pot saucer, 6”
  • Wooden items: ball knob, 3⁄4”; large oval (sign), 2” long; dowel, 1⁄8” diameter
  • Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Paints: Licorice, Kelly Green, Thicket, Calico Red, Real Brown, Tapioca
  • Black cording, 3 yards


  • Fender washer, 1-1⁄2”
  • Steel nut, any size
  • Drill with 1⁄8” masonry bit
  • Plaid FolkArt Crackle Medium
  • Plaid FolkArt All-purpose Sealer
  • Paintbrushes: shader, flat
  • Black fine-tip permanent marker
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, ruler, masking tape, scrap wood, sponge scrap, newspaper (to cover work surface)



6-1⁄2” tall (not including hanger)

Bird Hut

1. Drill holes in center of saucer, ball knob, and just above rim on 4-1⁄4” pot. (Note: To prevent cracking, apply masking tape inside pot at drill-hole point. Hold scrap wood piece behind hole while drilling. Do not push drill through pot; allow bit to work its way through pot.)

2. On covered work surface, basecoat saucer Kelly Green, clay pots Calico Red, sign Tapioca, and ball knob Real Brown. Sponge paint saucer Thicket. Use shader to paint 1”x1-1⁄4” Black door hole as shown. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply Crackle Medium, then Real Brown topcoat to 3-1⁄2” pot.

3. Print and cut out pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Transfer details. Use black fine-tip permanent marker to trace sign lettering and details, and to draw shingles on roof (Figure 1) and wavy border around door hole. Apply sealer.

Figure 1

4. For perch, cut 3” length from dowel; insert end into hole in door hole. Adhere sign to roof.

5. Cut cording in half; fold each length into halves. Holding cording folds together, tie knot 2” from fold. Thread cording ends through hole in knob, then 3-1⁄2” pot, 4-1⁄4” pot, and saucer. Thread cording through fender washer; tie double overhand knot 6” from end. Thread cording through nut, then tie another double overhand knot. Trim cording ends.

6. To fill, place feeder horizontally on work surface, slide knob toward hanger, place seed inside bottom pot, then flip saucer up to keep seed inside. Adjust hanging cords by sliding knob down next to roof top. To release more seed, slide knob up, then lift bottom pot.

by Barbara Matthiessen


For most of us, when we start to see the flowers bloom we know spring has arrived. Here in Southern California, the ice plant is blooming in huge purple swaths everywhere you look. I always know that spring is here when I see the ice plant start to bloom in March. To celebrate the coming of spring, I have a very “flowery” card to share.

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

2. Trim yellow cardstock to 4-1/8″x5-3/8″ and adhere to the card front.

3. Trim floral paper to 4″x5-1/4″ and adhere to the card front.

4. Using a die-cutting template or border punch, cut scalloped borders from orange cardstock and pink dot papers. Trim borders to 4-1/4″ long and ahere to card as shown.

5. Tie pink dot ribbon around the card front as shown, knotting on the left side of the card.

6. Stamp scripture sentiment onto white cardstock with brown dye ink. Trim out with a die template. Use dimensional adhesive to adhere sentiment to a larger die-cut shape cut from orange cardstock. Adhere to the upper left corner of the card with dimensional adhesive.

7. Die cut a large scalloped heart from yellow cardstock. Die cut a plain heart from pink dot paper. Adhere hearts together, decorate with white adhesive pearls, and adhere to the lower right corner of the card as shown.

8. Die cut a small scalloped heart from orange cardstock. Die cut a plain heart from yellow floral paper. Adhere hearts together, decorate with white adhesive pearls and heart, and adhere to the lower right corner of the card as shown using dimensional adhesive.

9. Line the inside of the card with white cardstock.

Supply List:

  • Cardstock: American Crafts Peach, Yellow; Stampin’ Up! Whisper White
  • Designer paper: My Mind’s Eye Miss Caroline Howdy Doody Collection 6″x6″ Paper Pad
  • Ink: Colorbox Archival Mudslide
  • Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Scripture Collection 7
  • Die-cutting system: Spellbinders Grand Calibur
  • Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Hearts, Classic Scalloped Hearts, Labels One, Labels One Small; My Favorite Things Wonky Scallops Border
  • Pearls: Want2Scrap, Prima
  • Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon
  • Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, 3M Scotch Brand ATG Runner

Thanks for looking!

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

Springtime Bird Card

Sue Czosek here today with a mixed-media spring card for you. The flowers aren’t quite blooming yet, but spring is on the way. We have a lovely weeping cherry tree in our front yard with a nest left over from last year in it. This image reminds me of what will be happening in the next few months and offers a little encouragement as we go through our last few snow showers.

1. Stamp the nesting bird using black ink on white cardstock.

2. Die cut a circle from scrap paper just larger than main image.

3. Place circle over image and center. Trace circle around the image except for tail area; remove circle. Detail cut tail just up to circle edges. Position die, cutting edge down, over stamped image, leaving tail on top of die template. Die cut circle around image. If you don’t have a die-cutting machine, just trace and cut out circle by hand.

4. Color the image with watercolor pencils and waterbrush. I color my image with the colors first and then use the waterbrush to soften the edges of the pigment. After it dries, I come back and add shading where needed.

5. Make kraft top-fold card. Cut blue damask paper slightly smaller than card front. Distress paper edges; sponge edges with brown dye ink.

6. Cut corrugated cardboard strip. Tie twine around cardboard.

7. Stamp sentiment onto damask paper scrap; trim to size. Distress paper edges; sponge with brown dye ink.

8. Sponge edges of image circle using blue and brown dye inks.

9. String buttons on twine.

10. Assemble card as shown.


Happy Spring Stamping!

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

Spring Tulip Centerpiece

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Blooming tulips are a sure sign of spring! Bring the season indoors with this easy-to-make floral centerpiece.


  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam: wreath, 12” diameter; disc, 8” diameter
  • Silk Flowers: yellow tulips, four stems; purple grape hyacinth, five stems; lavender lilac, four stems; white lily of the valley, five clusters; pussy willow, nine stems; pink wax flower, one stem
  • Artificial greenery: variegated ivy, four stems; medium leaves, 12
  • Green sheet moss
  • Sponge mushrooms, two
  • Bulb with foliage, 11” tall
  • Small bird’s nest
  • Small bird eggs, 1/2” long, two
  • Yellow mushroom birds, 2-1/2” long, two
  • Yellow plaid ribbon, 1-1/4” wide, 3 yds.
  • Green felt, 9”x12”


  • Floral wire
  • Floral U-pins
  • Wooden floral picks, 3” long, six
  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, ruler, wire cutters



18” tall


(Note: Apply glue to all stems before inserting into arrangement. Use photo as guide throughout.)

1. For base, trace disc onto felt; cut out. Remove plastic veins from leaves. Adhere leaves to disc around sides, overlapping disc at top and bottom edges. Adhere felt circle to bottom of disc over leaves.

2. Cover wreath with moss, wrapping with wire to secure. Attach wreath to base with U-pins and picks; adhere to secure.

3. Insert six pussy willow stems diagonally into disc at front of wreath base. Insert remaining pussy willow stems in same way behind wreath, extending 20” above base.

4. Insert tulips in front and back of wreath. Adhere the following: mushrooms (slightly overlapped) to lower right side of wreath; bulb to bottom mushroom; purple hyacinth stems to bulb; nest to top mushroom; one bird in front of nest; moss and eggs inside nest.

5. Cut a 6” and 24” length from ribbon. Adhere 6” length to top right side of wreath as shown. Make bow from 24” length; adhere to lower back side of wreath. Tie remaining ribbon into multi-loop bow and adhere to lower left front of wreath. Trim ribbon ends in “V” shape. Adhere remaining bird to top of wreath near ribbon.

6. Fill in space around bows with ivy, lily of the valley, and wax flower stems. Insert and adhere lilac stems into lower right side of wreath in front and back. Adhere moss to arrangement as needed to conceal glue.


  • After covering wreath with moss, spray moss with watered down green acrylic paint to brighten color.

by Edwin R. Smith

Top 5 Spring Paper Crafting Collections

March is here, which means, like most of you, I’m in the mood for spring crafting!

It’s Jill Cornell here today to share a collection of my top five favorite spring paper crafting collections. Spring evokes visions of soft colors, florals, butterflies, baby animals, and rainbows and umbrellas, among other things. (These are in no particular order – just five of my favorites!)

1) Vintage Bliss by Simple Stories

This collection is anchored by a whitewash woodgrain print and includes pastel colors set with a beautiful chevron stripe, umbrellas and butterflies. Simple Stories expanded their embellishments with this latest release and is now including brads, dimensional stickers and other embellishments in their collections.

2) New Beginnings by Webster’s Pages

Perfect for Easter, spring and new babies, this collection includes baby animals, puffy clouds and Easter eggs in Webster’s Pages signature detailed style, along with clean and simple patterns such as plaid, polka dots and hexagons. Embellishments include beautiful trims and cameos, plus new washi tape styles and small patterned bags.

3) Lucky Charm by Dear Lizzy for American Crafts

Navy blue and neutral kraft complement other soft colors in this new release by Elizabeth Kartchner for American Crafts. Text prints, arrows, florals and Dear Lizzy’s signature mason jars make a delightful spring collection when paired with American Crafts’ huge array of embellishments – clothespins, flair, brads, buttons, tags and more.

 4) Mint Julep by BasicGrey

BasicGrey’s new spring release features beautiful florals on a background of mint green, which is proving to be a popular color this spring. The collection includes whimsical deer and butterflies among Basic Grey’s vast line of embellishments, like these woven fabric labels.

5) Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper

Maggie Holmes’ debut collection for Crate Paper is simply stunning. Musical notes, doilies, clouds and florals are done up in a vintage, dreamy twist. The collection includes new-to-Crate Paper embellishments – fabric frames, resin flower clips, clothespins and more.

I don’t know about you, but these collections are inspiring me to create!

Welcome, spring!

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

Happy Spring Every Bunny!

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Stitch this smiling bunny greeting to welcome your guests with a wish for a Happy Spring!


  • 32-count Antique White Jobelan
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss
  • Decorative fabric of choice
  • Foam board
  • Craft batting
  • Cream cording


  • Needle and dental floss
  • Beacon Adhesive Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler


Size/Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 2-5/8” x 7-1/4”; Stitch count: 42 w x 114 h

Happy Spring

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. Stitch design centered on fabric over two threads. Trim stitched project to

3. Backstitch with 1 strand DMC 869 Hazelnut Brown, Vy. Dk all bunny and chick details, butterflies, balloon, and flower stamens. Backstitich flower stem using 1 strand DMC 3815 Celadon Green, DK. Stitch French Knots with 1 strand (wrapped two times) DMC 869 Hazelnut Brown, Vy. Dk for bunny eyes, chick eyes, and flower stamen tips.

4. Cut batting to measure 4-5/8”x9-1/4” and foam board to 4-5/8”x9-1/4”. Adhere batting to foam board. Center stitched project over batting; turn over.

5. Use needle and dental floss to zig-zag stitch opposite edges together at back of foam board to secure.

6. Cut 29” length from cording; adhere to edge of stitched project. Cut 4-5/8”x8-1/4” rectangle from decorative fabric; adhere to back of foam core.


  • To create a door hanger, adhere ends of 8” cording length to top back corners of project.

by Gail Bussi

Whimsical Spring Birdhouse Triptych

Since I am hoping spring will come early this year and we will start to see the birds building their nests in the trees soon, my project today showcases a trio of birdhouses.

First, it’s time to announce the three lucky winners of the Stampendous! Color Fragments giveaway! Thanks for all your enthusiastic comments on this post: http://blog.craftsnthings.com/?p=3762. I will be contacting the winners via email.

The winners are: Cheryl Hutcherson, Larissa Heskett, and Natasha Poteraj. Congratulations!

Now, on to the birdhouse triptych!

 1. I started with a triptych template.  Trace the template onto white cardstock; cut and score cardstock as indicated.

2. Stamp house image onto white cardstock using black ink. Cut out the house.

3. Using brown ink, stamp text/eggs background over the smaller bird house and the entire triptych. Repeat until covered.

4. Spritz blue Glimmer Mist across the triptych and small house; let dry.

5. Sponge edges of the house and triptych with brown dye ink.

6. Stamp birds onto white cardstock as shown using black ink. Cut birds out using detail scissors. Sponge birds with orange and brown dye inks; set aside.

7. Using black ink, stamp trees and branches with nests onto triptych panels. Color nests and background eggs with brown watercolor pencil and waterbrush.

8. Using black ink, stamp rulers onto white cardstock. Sponge with orange and brown dye ink. Trim and adhere rulers to fit base of each triptych panel.

9. Stamp sentiment along bottom of ruler using black ink. Repeat across all rulers.

10. Ink edges of triptych, including inner folded edges, with black ink.

11. Stamp “TWEET” and “ROBIN” sentiments onto white cardstock using black ink. Cut out and sponge with orange dye ink. Adhere sentiments to triptych as shown.

12. Adhere house, bird’s nest, and birds to triptych with foam dots.


Here’s sending you a touch of spring!

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