Pool Party Set

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Whether you have your own backyard oasis, or you’re hosting the fun at the local aquatic center, start planning your “cool in the pool” event with this colorful invitation and favor set.


  • Close To My Heart White Daisy Cardstock
  • Close To My Heart Surf’s Up Paper Packet
  • Close To My Heart Color-Ready Trinkets Wooden Shapes
  • Close To My Heart Bitty Sparkles
  • Close To My Heart My Creations Muslin Drawstring Bags (3-count)
  • Close To My Heart Trims: Burlap Ribbon, Natural Hemp, Paradise and Neutral Baker’s Twine Assortments


  • Provo Craft Cricut Expression Electronic Cutting System and Close To My Heart Artiste Cartridge
  • Close To My Heart My Acrylix Stamp Sets: Adventure USA, Just Chillin’
  • Close To My Heart My Acrylix Blocks: 1”x1”, 2”x2”, 2”x3-1/2”, 3”x3”, 4”x5”
  • Close To My Heart Exclusive Inks: Desert Sand, Ponderosa Pine, Sorbet Pads; Sorbet Re-inker
  • Close To My Heart Spray Pen
  • Sewing needle and beige thread
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, clear dots, liquid glue

Basic Supplies

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



invitation, 3-7/8”x5”; favor bag, 4”x6”


(Note: All Artiste shapes are cut NS or non-shift.)

1. Following manufacturer’s instructions, use Cricut machine and Artiste cartridge to cut 5” < t > + card (non-shift) twice from White Daisy cardstock. Cut second card in half; set aside one half for second invitation. Score and fold remaining card in half.

2. Mix small amount Sorbet re-inker with water in Spray Pen. Lightly mist cut cardstock panel; let dry.

3. Cut 1-1/2” < p > < o > < l > (non-shift) from gold B&T Duos paper. Cut 1-1/2” < o > from Surf’s Up Teal cardstock. These are background letters.

4. Cut 1-1/2” < p > from Sorbet cardstock. Cut 1-1/2” < o > < o > < l > from three different B&T Duos papers as shown. These are foreground letters.

5. Cut 1” < p > < a > < r > < t > < y > from Surf’s Up Teal cardstock. Remove letters and trim “negative space” into 3-7/8”x1-1/8” strip.

6. Use dauber to sponge all POOL letter edges and “party” strip edges Desert Sand.

7. Adhere background and foreground letters to misted panel as shown, offsetting letters slightly. Adhere “party” strip to misted panel 1/2″ from bottom edge.

8. Using beige thread, take two stitches at base of P and top of L to add interest; knot thread at back. Sew running stitch border along base of “party” strip; knot thread at back.

9. Sponge edges of two wooden birds with Desert Sand ink; let dry. Adhere to “O” using tiny amount liquid glue; let dry.

10. Cut 3-7/8”x3/8” Sorbet cardstock strip. Stamp series of Ponderosa Pine arrows as shown. Sponge strip edges Desert Sand. Adhere to misted panel over bottom edge of “party” strip; do not cover stitched border.

11. Adhere finished panel to card front.

Favor Bag

1. Using Sorbet ink pad, stamp Just Chillin’ sentiment onto bag, 1” from bottom edge. Stamp Ponderosa Pine tree image to left of sentiment. Let dry. Accent center of each treetop with Bitty Sparkles.

2. Cut 4-1/4”x3/4” strip from burlap ribbon. Using needle, weave six assorted baker’s twine lengths through ribbon as shown. Top row is White Daisy from Neutral Assortment; second and third row are Crème Brulee from Paradise Assortment, followed by one Sunset row, and two Lagoon rows. Trim twine ends. Adhere ribbon to base of bag using clear dots.

3. Fill bag and pull drawstrings closed.

4. Tie doubled twine around ribbon knot on each drawstring end; trim as needed.


  • Electronic cutting systems, like the Provo Craft Cricut, make it easy to create invitations. Set up machine to cut all required shapes, like the letters, at once, and then put invitations together assembly-line style.

by Close To My Heart (www.closetomyheart.com)

Tea Lantern

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Create a fun and simple way to display the beauty of nature with this pressed flower tea lantern.


  • Clear self-adhesive vinyl paper, 9”x10”, two
  • Assorted pressed flowers and greenery
  • Craft foam, two colors of choice, 1”x10-1⁄2”, four (trim); 1”x9-1⁄4”, one (handle)
  • Two brass paper fasteners
  • Battery-operated candle or tea light


  • Decorative-edge scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Thick craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler



Remove paper backing from one piece of self-adhesive vinyl paper. Arrange pressed flowers as desired on sticky side. (Note: Do not place flowers within 1” from edges of self-adhesive vinyl paper.)


Remove paper backing from remaining piece of self-adhesive vinyl paper and press onto first piece, covering flowers with side edges overlapping 1”.


Use decorative-edge scissors to trim one long side of each trim piece. See photo. Adhere one trim piece along one long edge of self-adhesive vinyl paper aligning edges. Repeat same for other end.


Form self-adhesive vinyl paper into a cylinder so trim pieces are on inside of cylinder; press together, overlapping edges of self-adhesive vinyl paper. Adhere remaining trim pieces onto outside of cylinder, sandwiching self-adhesive vinyl paper in between.


Use decorative-edge scissors to trim both long sides of handle. Use hole punch to make a hole in center of each short end of handle, 1⁄2” from edges. Use hole punch to punch two holes in center of one trim end, punching second hole directly opposite first. Use paper fasteners to secure handle to lantern.


Place lantern over battery-operated candle or tea light.

by Alessa Giampaolo Keener

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)


Summer Birdhouse & Giveaway

Hello there! Alice Golden with you today sharing a bright and colorful project that was also really inexpensive to make. I found the birdhouse and Adirondack chairs at a craft store in the unfinished wood section and spent less than $5 for all three (gotta love coupons!). A little paint and “wallpaper” turns them into a cheery birdhouse retreat that can add a bit of summer fun to your home décor.

The paper and stickers are from Me & My BIG Ideas. This little set made its way across the country to be displayed in their booth at the most recent Craft & Hobby Association show in California. Today, the folks at Mambi have generously offered to give one lucky reader a chance to win a variety of summer-themed products, including those used to create this set.

To be entered in the drawing, simply leave a comment telling me about your favorite summer spot by Monday, June 24, 2013. Winners will be announced here on June 25th.

In our backyard, we have two Adirondack chairs that sit under a willow tree that we planted when our boys were babies. The tree has grown right along with our kids and is now over 30 feet tall and provides just enough shade on a hot summer day to make the perfect spot for sitting with a cold drink and good book.

Just thinking about how much I love sitting outside on a beautiful day with a great read almost makes me want to stop what I’m doing and head out there now… but I guess I should finish this blog post first.

After painting the chairs and birdhouse with acrylic craft paint, I cut strips of paper to fit the various sections, inked the edges, and then adhered them to the painted wood using découpage glue.

For the front of the house, I created a template out of printer paper in order to figure out where to cut the circular opening and then used this to cut the patterned paper. I added a few additional die-cut pieces to decorate the opening and embellished it with dimensional stickers. I also cut a piece of paper to use as a welcome mat on the front step.

Using papers from the same paper pad meant that all the colors and styles went together, but this would also be a fun project to make using assorted paper scraps. The edge of the roof is finished with strips of paper that I trimmed with my pinking sheers (an old pair of sheers that is used for paper only - I have a newer pair for fabric). Couldn’t resist adding a tropical touch with the glittered palm tree sticker.

Even the back of the house gets jazzed up since I thought this would be a fun centerpiece for the table on our porch and wanted it to look good from all angles.

The roof sections took a bit of extra time because each strip of paper had to be cut on an angle at each end, and they all turned out to be slightly different sizes, so had to be measured and cut one at a time.

The top of the house was painted yellow, and I wrapped orange-and-white baker’s twine around the base where it met the pink section. This provided a nice transition and also helped cover up any painting imperfections. A bright, glittery sun sticker tops it off.

Originally, I was just supposed to make the birdhouse for Mambi, but when these adorable mini chairs caught my eye at the craft store (for only $1 each), I couldn’t resist.

One piece of paper was used for the back of the chairs, and then that piece was cut into strips to fit the slats.


  • Me & My BIG Ideas Sunny Summer Days PADX-231: paper pad and assorted stickers
  • Wooden birdhouse and chairs (available at craft supply store)
  • Plaid Mod Podge Découpage Medium
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Spiced Marmalade Ink Pad

Here’s to spending lots of time in our favorite spots this summer!

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