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 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 (


You Are My Anchor Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Create this cute card to tell a friend what a big impact she’s made on your life.


  • Cardstock: My Favorite Things Nightshift Blue, X-Press It Blending Card
  • Lily Bee Design Double Dutch Collection 6”x6” Paper Pad
  • Silver brads, six


  • Die-cutting system and My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Sentiment Strips, Simply Scallops Medium
  • My Favorite Things à la modes Collection You Anchor Me Stamp Set
  • Acrylic block
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
  • .Too Marker Corp. COPIC Markers: E00, E11, Y21, E31, E33, R05, R08, R37, B95, B97, B99, C00, C1, C3, BG70, BG72, 0.25 Black Multiliner, Opaque White
  • Newell-Rubbermaid Prismacolor Colored Pencils
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive; X-Press It Foam Tape, 1/2”

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil, toothpick, paper piercer and mat



Make 4-1/4”x5-1/2” navy top-fold card.


Cut 4”x5-1/4” red patterned paper panel; adhere to card.


Die cut navy scalloped border strip.


Cut 4”x2-3/8” blue gingham paper panel; mat on 4”x2-5/8” navy cardstock panel. Center scalloped border strip along back bottom edge of mat; trim ends. Adhere to lower half of card as shown.


Stamp image onto Blending Card; trim to 2”x3-7/8”. Using photo as guide, color image with markers. Using toothpick and Opaque White marker, dot shirt with polka dots. Add grass using Multiliner; color ground with colored pencils. Mat image on navy cardstock.


Pierce six holes in image panel for brads, using photo as guide. Insert brads.


Die cut one sentiment strip from Blending Card scraps. Stamp “You Are” onto one flagged end; trim. Stamp “My Anchor” onto remaining flagged end.


Adhere image panel to card using foam tape; adhere sentiments under edge of image as shown.


  • Use a toothpick and an opaque white marker to create easy polka dots on the shirt.

by Michele Boyer (

Burlap and Butterflies Pillow and Table Runner

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Something other than a sack made from burlap? You bet! Stamp butterflies onto burlap to create this pillow and table runner, plus learn the trick to cutting straight, even edges on burlap fabric!


  • Natural burlap fabric, 36” or 45”-wide, 2 yds.
  • White cotton fringe, 4” long, 3-1/4 yds.
  • Pillow form, 16” square


  • Stamps: butterfly, fern
  • Plaid Apple Barrel Colors White Acrylic Paint
  • Fabric-painting medium
  • Glaze sponge
  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, iron and pressing surface, ruler



Pillow, 16” square; Runner, 21”x35”

Pillow/Table Runner

1. Apply adhesive to cut edges of burlap; let dry. Wash burlap in hot water without fabric softener. Press to remove wrinkles.

2. For straight-edge cutting guide, pull two threads across width of burlap; cut along line. Measure 18” from straight edge and pull two threads across width again for 18”-wide fabric piece.

3. For pillow, cut two 18” squares from burlap. Cut 21”x35” rectangle for runner, using same thread-pulling method for straight edges.

4. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to mix paint with fabric-painting medium. Use sponge to apply paint to stamp. Stamp runner and one pillow square. See Tip.

5. To assemble the pillow, pin fringe around edges of stamped pillow square, with fringe ends toward center. (Note: Gather fringe slightly in corners to prevent puckering.) Pin remaining square to pillow.

6. Sew pillow together with 5/8” seams, leaving 12” of one side open for turning. Trim corners close to stitching and turn right side out. Insert pillow form; slipstitch opening closed.

7. Zigzag or overcast stitch around runner edges. Press 1” to wrong side along 35” edges; straight stitch in place. Pin fringe along 19” edges, wrapping ends around to back side; topstitch in place.


  • Practice stamping on scrap burlap. Mark center with pin. Press stamp firmly, then lift straight up; do not rock from side to side.

by Barbara Matthiessen

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 (

XO Tin Star and Tag

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Down-home charm transforms a tin star into a sweet, subtle patriotic display. Hang it in remembrance this 4th of July and leave it there year-round.


  • Tin star, 7-3/4” across
  • Stampin Up! Cardstock: Very Vanilla; Chocolate Chip
  • Paper: white printer-weight, red/brown dot, cream/brown text
  • Clear button
  • Hemp
  • Brown/crème gingham ribbon


  • Stamps: flower, alphabet
  • Stampin Up! Classic Stampin’ Pads: Chocolate Chip, Early Expresso
  • Sponge dauber
  • Tag punch
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, needle



Trace one section of star onto white printer-weight paper and cut out for pattern. Cut five from either dot paper or text paper. Turn pattern over and cut five from remaining paper. Sponge Chocolate Chip ink along paper edges. Adhere to star.


Cut and adhere two 4” ribbon lengths into loops. Cross loops and adhere to center of star.


Trace button onto brown cardstock and cut out slightly inside traced line. Adhere cardstock to back of button; poke holes with needle or similar tool. Tie hemp through holes. Adhere button to star.


Stamp Early Expresso flower on cream cardstock; punch with tag punch. Stamp Chocolate Chip “XO” over flower. Sponge same ink along edges. Mat tag on dot paper. Tie tag to star with hemp.

by Lindsey Botkin

Chipboard Inspirational Décor

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Transform chipboard and printable film from Grafix into an inspirational accent piece. Personalize with names, phrases, words and more!


  • Grafix Chipboard Squares: White , five; Black, three
  • Grafix Silver Metallic Foil Board, 10”x13”
  • Grafix Computer Grafix Clear Adhesive-Backed Film
  • Assorted black-and-white ribbons


  • Computer and inkjet printer
  • Heat tool
  • Stamps: Hero Arts Music Background, Old Letter Writing, Zig Zag, Canvas Stripes, Lattice Background; Hampton Art Flourish Background
  • Clearsnap Smooch Spritz Pearlescent Accent Spray: Cherry Ice, Gingersnap, Sun Kissed, Limolicious, Splash, Grape Burst
  • Clearsnap ColorBox Pigment Ink Pads: Frost White, Black
  • Clearsnap Top Boss Embossing Powder: Black, White
  • Clearsnap Color Catcher Spray Box
  • Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry Paper Glue

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, hole punch




step 1

Stamp Frost White and emboss White three Black chipboard squares as follows: first square Flourish Background, second square Music Background, third square Old Letter Writing.

step 2

Stamp Black and emboss Black three White chipboard squares as follows: first square Canvas Stripes, second square Lattice Background, third square Zig Zag.

step 3

Print “CREATE” in font of choice, sized to approximately 1-1/2” to 1-3/4” tall, and spaced so that letters can be cut out in 2” squares, on Clear Adhesive-Backed Film Sheet. Let ink dry, then cut out letters in 2” squares.

step 4

Cut six 2”x2” squares from remaining White chipboard squares. One at a time, place 2”x2” White chipboard squares in Color Catcher and spritz each with a different color of Smooch Spritz; set aside to dry.

step 5

Adhere letters to “Smooched” chipboard squares. Cut six 2-1/4”x2-1/4” squares from Silver foil board; mat “Smooched” squares on foil board squares.

step 6

Adhere matted letter squares to centers of 4”x4” chipboard squares as shown to spell “CREATE”.

step 7

Mark and punch two holes on both sides of 4”x4” chipboard squares for “R”, first “E”, “A”, and “T”. Punch only right side of “C” and left side of second “E”.

step 8

Cut ten 8” ribbon lengths. Thread ribbons through punched holes to tie letters together.


by Tami Sanders for Grafix (

Eiffel Tower Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Use stamps, die-cut felt, and a rolled muslin flower to decorate a trendy burlap pillow cover with French-vintage style.


  • Pillow form
  • Fabrics: burlap, 1 yd; black felt, one sheet; muslin scraps; white cotton scrap
  • Ivory lace
  • Pearl stick pin
  • Jeweled button


  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System and Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz Fleur de Lis & Eiffel Tower Die
  • Sewing machine and cream thread
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Stamps: Wood-Mounted Paris Mark E2-1463, Postes Francaise J1-1075, French Collage V2-1674; Cling-Mount Cirque Alphabet CMS065
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Acrylic Grid-Blocks
  • Black permanent ink pad
  • Adhesives: fusible web, fabric glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins, iron and pressing surface, pressing cloth, sewing needle



Measure pillow form. To create cover, add 3” to height and length of pillow form and cut two panels of that size from burlap.


Cut white cotton piece 4” less than height and length of pillow form. Using photo as guide, stamp designs onto fabric using black permanent ink; leave space in word for die-cut Eiffel tower. Cover design with pressing cloth and heat set ink.


Iron fusible web onto back of felt sheet. Die cut Eiffel tower from felt. Remove paper backing and fuse tower to stamped panel, creating “A” in “PARIS.” Stitch letter in place, if desired.


With wrong sides together, sew burlap panels together along three sides using 1-1/2” seam. Insert pillow form and machine-sew last side closed.


Beginning on one side, pull several threads from unfinished edge of burlap to create fringe. Continue around pillow until all sides are fringed.


Tear and roll long strip of muslin into flower shape, securing with fabric glue; let dry. Adhere or sew button to flower center; adhere or sew flower to pillow near upper right corner of stamped panel.


Tear additional muslin strip; cut lace strip to same length. Fold lengths in half and adhere or sew to pillow below edge of flower. Insert stick pin into pillow as shown.


  • Look for other stamp themes like botanicals, animals, or text for your pillow designs. Try stamping designs in color, or dye burlap and/or muslin before creating pillow cover.

by Debi Adams for Sizzix (

Great Finds Friday: Spellbinders 3D M-Bossabilities™ Embossing Folders

Welcome to Great Finds Friday! Today we’re going to look at new 3D M-Bossabilities Embossing Folders from Spellbinders. They were a huge hit at last winter’s Craft & Hobby Association Show in Anaheim, California! Everywhere I looked, crafters and shop owners were walking around with beautiful make-n-take projects from the Spellbinders booth.

Before I tell you more about this fun, new way to emboss, I want to announce the winner of our 6/7 Great Finds Friday giveaway. The winner of the Close To My Heart new-product pack, as chosen by, is: Kailee B. Congratulations, Kailee! I will be contacting you via email for your mailing address. Thanks to Close To My Heart for sponsoring this giveaway.

Now, on to today’s featured find! 3D M-Bossabilities Embossing Folders offer crafters a realism and level of detail in their embossed creations unlike anything else offered in the market. Designs literally jump off the page and can be easily enhanced with a variety of coloring mediums, including inks, watercolor paint, pigment powders, glitter, and more. The six designs featured in this line are so striking on their own, though, that they are even stunning left in their natural state for projects from cards to scrapbook pages, gifts, and home décor. Folders measure 5”x7” and include the following designs: Basket Weave, Creative Cogs, Delightful Daisies, Framed Labels Eighteen, Ornamental Swirls, and Shell Beauty. (Look for an amazing use of the Shell Beauty 3D M-Bossabilities embossing folder by Spellbinders’ design team member Darsie Bruno in the July 18th Craft of the Day; more on that later.)

Spellbinders’ design team member Candy Rosenberg created the lovely fall frame shown below for the Spellbinders booth at CHA. I selected this piece for publication in the new Fall 2013 issue of Crafts ‘n things because it’s such a unique combination of paper crafting and photo display. (A big part of attending the CHA Show is getting a first look at new products and projects to feature in the magazine.) Candy used the Delightful Daisies embossing folder for this project and accented her embossed paper with chalk and ink before adding even more dimension with button flower centers.

For a chance to win your own 3D M-Bossabilities Delightful Daisies Embossing Folder from Spellbinders, visit our site and click on the Giveaways tab. Contest entry is free, but you must register on the site to enter. This contest ends on July 31st. Five embossing folders will be awarded to lucky winners. Look for our Win it! logo online and in the magazine for a sneak peek at the many product giveaways available.

While on our site, be sure to sign up for the free Crafts ‘n things Newsletter, which will deliver Craft of the Day and Crafts ‘n things Weekly information to you via email. Each issue of Crafts ‘n things Weekly is free during the week it’s live and contains 10 projects covering a variety of crafting techniques. Take a peek at the newest issue here.

In addition to four print or digital issues per year, subscribers to Crafts ‘n things get the added bonus of unlimited access to all archived issues of Crafts ’n things Weekly, as well as to two years’ worth of back issues of the print/digital magazine.  That’s A LOT of craft ideas! Plus, subscribers will receive an “all access pass” to our extensive online project vault, all for $24.99 per year. Click here to become a subscriber today so you don’t miss a minute of inspiration.

I’ll leave you with a little more autumn inspiration, our Fall 2013 magazine cover.

Happy Crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff

Strawberry Card & Gift Box

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


June is unofficially Strawberry Month, so let the colors and flavors of the season inspire a delicious card and gift combination.


  • Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury Cardstock: White, Grass Green, Cherry Red
  • Lily Bee Design Christmas Cheer 6”x6” Paper Pad
  • Rhinestones: medium yellow, small red
  • May Arts Red/White Baker’s Twine


  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Dies: (Shapeabilities) Square Petal Top Box LF-012, Anemone Flower Topper S5-067, Donna Salazar Bitty Blossoms S5-050; (Nestabilities) Decorative Elements Lacey Squares S4-295, Classic Squares LG S4-126, Long Classic Rectangles LG S4-142, Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles LG S4-143
  • Gina K. Designs Stamp Sets: Sweet Strawberries, Vogue Vases 2
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
  • .Too Marker Corp. COPIC Sketch Markers
  • Art Institute Glitter Ultrafine Crystal Glitter
  • Adhesives: Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Scor-Pal Scor-Tape, 1/8” and 1/4″

Basic Supplies

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



Card, 4-1/4”x5-1/2”; box, 2-3/4”x2-3/4”x1-1/4”


1. Make 4-1/4”x5-1/2” white top-fold card.

2. Cut 4-1/4”-square red cardstock panel; score horizontally every 1/8”. Adhere to card, 1/4” from bottom edge.

3. Cut wide strip of desired patterned paper and mat on white cardstock, leaving narrow border at top edge only. Adhere to card front, 1/4” from bottom edge.

4. Adhere strip of 1/8″-wide Scor-Tape along top edge of patterned strip, sprinkle with glitter, and tap off excess. (Note: Apply glitter over printer paper, tap excess onto paper, fold, and carefully return excess glitter to jar for future use.)

5. Wrap twine twice around card front and tie bow at right side.

6. Die cut/emboss Bitty Blossom flower shapes from white cardstock. Shape with fingers and adhere layers together using liquid glue; let dry. Adhere flower to twine bow; adhere yellow rhinestone to flower center.

7. Stamp strawberry image onto white cardstock, color with markers, and die cut into square, cutting through portions of image that extend beyond edges. Use photo as guide.

8. Adhere strips of 1/8″-wide Scor-Tape along sides of stamped square; sprinkle with glitter.

9. Stamp strawberry image again onto white cardstock; color portions of image that extend beyond edges of original die-cut image square. Detail cut pieces and adhere to main image.

10. Die cut/emboss green cardstock Lacey Square; layer and adhere squares to card using foam square. Place foam square beneath extended image pieces if needed.

11. Cut narrow 4-1/4”-long red cardstock strip; adhere to bottom of patterned paper strip.

Inside of Card

12. To finish inside of card, cut wide red cardstock strip; adhere inside card, 1/4” from bottom edge. Cut patterned paper strip, mat on white cardstock in same way as card front, and adhere inside card.

13. Stamp image and sentiment onto white cardstock, color, and die cut/emboss into long rectangle. Die cut/emboss green scalloped rectangle. Layer and adhere rectangles together; adhere inside card using foam squares.

Gift Box

1. Die cut/emboss box and tag from white cardstock. Fold box on scored lines and adhere sides.

2. Adhere strips of 1/4″-wide Scor-Tape along top and bottom edges of box, sprinkle with glitter, and tap off excess.

3. Die cut/emboss box accents from patterned paper. Adhere accents to box sides; adhere small negative-space pieces to bottom of tag. Stamp sentiment on tag; adhere two small rhinestones to end.

4. Die cut/emboss two Anemone Flower Topper layers from red cardstock and patterned paper; adhere to box top so box will still open.

5. In same way as card, make and adhere white Bitty Blossoms flower to larger flower layers.

6. Tie tag to box with twine, tucking edge under flowers.


  • Transform the card design into a wrap for homemade strawberry jam for June gift-giving. Visit Pick Your Own (dot) Org to find local strawberry farms if you don’t grow your own.

by Michelle Woerner (

Darkroom Door Winner!

Hello, crafters! Suzanne Czosek here with you today to announce the winner of the Darkroom Door prize package announced on my June 11th blog post, where I introduced you to this creative Australian company and their gorgeous photo-inspired products. Here’s an image of the prize:

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest. The winner, as chosen by, is Naomi, who said: “Absolutely fabulous examples of how to use Rachel’s products!!  Would love to be able to win some of them!!”

Congratulations, Naomi! We will be contacting you via email with more details.

Thanks for stopping by!

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (