Keepsake Cake Serving Set

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Cutting the cake at your wedding is a popular time-honored tradition. Create this Keepsake Cake Serving Set to add a tone of elegance and flair to this special moment.


  • Metal cake knife and server set
  • Clear glass plate, 6-7⁄8” diameter
  • Pebeo Porcelaine 150 Oven-Bake Enamel Paints: Parma, Ivory, Citrine, Opaline Green, Malachite
  • White sheer ribbon, 7⁄8” wide, 1⁄2 yard (optional)


  • Paintbrushes: flat shader, #4; liner; filbert, #4 or #6
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Oven and oven thermometer

Basic Supplies

newspaper (to cover work surface)



Knife, 12” long; server, 9-3⁄4” long; plate, 6-7⁄8” diameter.


1. Wash knife, server, and plate in warm, soapy water. Dry thoroughly.

2. Wipe surfaces to be painted with rubbing alcohol. Let dry. (Note: Practice techniques on paper before beginning.)

Knife & Server Set

1. To paint flowers on knife and server, dip one tip of flat shader brush in Parma and other tip in Ivory. With Ivory to outside, stand brush on edge, apply pressure, and make an “m” motion. Bring brush back up on edge and lift. Full flowers have four petals; vary flowers with one, two, or three petals as desired. Use tip of liner to dot centers Citrine and to paint Parma, Ivory, and Citrine bands around top of handles.

2. For leaves and vine, pull main vine with liner dipped in Opaline Green. Dip one tip of filbert in Opaline Green and other tip in Malachite. With Opaline Green to top, stand brush on edge, apply pressure, and quickly turn, pull, and lift brush to left or right depending on desired direction of leaf. Use liner and Opaline Green to connect leaves to main vine and add curly tendrils.

Cake Plate

1. For cake plate, turn plate over to paint on back side of plate. Paint flowers in same way as knife and server, but paint centers first so they will show from front of plate. Full flowers have five petals; partial flowers have three petals.

2. Paint vines and leaves in same way as knife and server. For border, use flat shader to paint three Parma lines as shown at each clock hour position. Add three horizontal Ivory dots along rim between purple lines.


1. To set paint, place painted items directly on middle rack of cool oven. Set oven to 300°; use oven thermometer to monitor temperature. (Note: Paint will brown if oven is too hot.) Once temperature is reached, bake pieces for 35 minutes. Turn off oven, open door, and let pieces cool gradually. Once cool, remove pieces from oven. Pieces are now food-and dishwasher-safe.­

2. If desired, tie ribbon bow around server handle.


  • Paint is not permanent until baked. If unhappy with design, wash off and start again.

by Sandy Kucyk

Doily Wedding Invitation

Spring and summer means wedding season and the Summer 2013 issue of Crafts ‘n things is full of wedding inspiration. From reception centerpieces to bridesmaids accessories and wedding favors, brides are sure to find a variety of ideas to make their wedding vision complete.

It’s Jill Cornell here today to share a simple, stylish wedding invitation idea that is so easy to duplicate. (For complete instructions, visit page 58 of the Summer 2013 issue of Crafts ‘n things). This particular invitation is displayed in a Nimbus Transparent Display Frame to create a special keepsake for the bride and groom. Visit to order. (Look for another fun idea using these frames in  Melony Bradley’s April 5 blog post.)

The text was designed and printed at home and then stamped with a doily image. A light ink color provides a subtle texture in the design. Patterned paper strips, including a punched doily border, provide a splash of color when adhered to a neutral woodgrain background paper.

Be sure to pick up your copy of the Summer 2013 issue of Crafts ‘n things for more gorgeous bridal projects!

Happy crafting!

Jill Cornell from Blessed Scrapper (

Ribbon-Embroidered Jewelry Bag

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Personalized with the bride’s initial, this beautiful ribbon-embroidered jewelry organizer is a gift that every bride is sure to love.


  • White fabrics: moiré, 1⁄4 yard; satin, 1⁄2 yard; medium-weight fleece, 1⁄4 yard
  • Silk embroidery ribbon, 4mm wide: pale grass green, 3⁄4 yard; periwinkle, 1 yard; light pink, 1 yard
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss: Light Pink, Avocado Green
  • White satin ribbon: 5⁄8” wide, 3⁄4 yard; 3⁄8” wide double-sided, 1⁄2 yard
  • White satin twisted bias cord, 3⁄16” diameter, 1-1⁄2 yards
  • Lavender/pink multicolored seed beads
  • Hook-and-loop tape, 1⁄8” wide, 2⁄3 yard


  • Sewing machine and white thread
  • Chenille needle, #22
  • Air-soluble marker

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, straight pins


Embroidering the Bag

1. Cut a 9”x13” rectangle from moiré fabric. Slightly round edges of one 9” end (will become front “flap”).

2. Print pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) To make initial pattern, draw 1-1⁄4” to 1-1⁄2” tall initial on paper. Use air-soluble marker to transfer initial and floral motifs to rounded end of fabric, centering initial between motifs.

3. Click HERE to print the Ribbon Embroidery Tutorial to use as a reference. Thread needle. Insert ribbon end through eye of needle, pulling through 3” length. Pierce 3” length with needle, about 1⁄2” from end. (See Fig. 1) Pull back on opposite end until it locks securely around eye of needle.

Figure 1

4. To secure ribbon, insert needle through fabric, leaving a 1⁄2” length at back. When taking first few stitches, catch the length with needle at back.

5. When finished stitching design, tie a slip knot to secure ribbon at back. (Note: Do not drag ribbon from one design to next. Fasten off and begin next design with new ribbon.)

6. For initial, use Light Pink floss and chain stitch to embroider letter, working from bottom to top. For stems, use Avocado Green and stem stitch. For buds, use periwinkle silk ribbon and lazy daisy stitch.

7. For spider web rose, use Light Pink floss for base and light pink silk ribbon for rose. For leaves, use pale grass green silk ribbon and lazy daisy stitch. Attach beads with white thread, sewing through each bead twice.

Sewing the Jewelry Bag

1. For lining, cut one 9”x13” rectangle from satin fabric and one from fleece. Set aside.

2. For pockets, cut three 8”x9” rectangles from satin fabric and three 3-1⁄2”x8” rectangles from fleece. Fold each satin pocket in half to measure 4”x9”; mark center. Open and place fleece rectangle on center line, just inside 1⁄2” seam allowance. Fold satin again; pin along folded edge.

3. Cut three 8” lengths from hook-and-loop tape. Center and sew “soft” half of each tape strip along back folded edge of one pocket. Cut a 9” length from 5⁄8”-wide ribbon; sew to pocket front over hook-and-loop tape stitching, sewing close to ribbon edges. Set pockets aside.

4. For lining, mark 9”x13” satin rectangle at 4”, 4-3⁄4”, 8-1⁄8”, and 9” points along 13” edges, measuring from straight edge up toward rounded edge. Sew remaining hook-and-loop tape halves to lining just below 4”, 8-1⁄8”, and just above 9” marks.

5. Place one pocket at top edge (opening downward) and one at bottom edge, matching hook-and-loop tape; pin to secure. Mark 1⁄2” from bottom of remaining pocket. With hook-and-loop tape facing up, align pocket marking with 4-3⁄4” marking on lining. Sew bottom seam of pocket, stitching twice for added reinforcement. Fold pocket up, aligning with hook-and-loop tape. Baste or stitch around edges of lining/pockets for stability.

6. Baste fleece rectangle to wrong side of embroidered front. Cut two 9” lengths from 3⁄8” wide ribbon. Pin one length to center front. Set aside remaining length.

7. Pin straight edge of bias cord around front of bag; sew in place. Place front/fleece and lining together with right sides together; pin to secure. Sew together just inside cording seam line; leave bottom open for turning. Clip corners and trim seams; turn right side out. Slipstitch opening closed.

8. Fold bag into thirds and mark center point of front; unfold. Center remaining ribbon length 4” from bottom edge of front on right side; pin to secure. Fold again to check ribbon placement. Sew in place through all layers of fabric. Fold bag and tie ribbon to close.

by Linda Wyszynski and Annette Calhoun

Beaded Unity Candle

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Add a touch of elegance and sophistication to your wedding ceremony with this sparkling Beaded Unity Candle.


  • Clear glass cylinder vase, 3-1⁄2” diameter, 8-3⁄4” tall
  • White floating candle
  • Rub-on wedding sentiment of choice
  • Bead Treasures Crystal Oblong Czech Glass Bead Mix (available at, sku #410704)


  • Deckle decorative-edged scissors
  • Ultra-fine iridescent glitter
  • Thermo O Web PeelnStick Double-Sided Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, tray, water



Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply rub-on transfer of choice to upper center of vase as shown.


Use regular scissors to cut two long strips of desired width from adhesive to fit around top and bottom of vase. Trim one long edge of each with decorative-edged scissors. Remove backing and adhere to top and bottom of cylinder, aligning straight adhesive edges with top and bottom of vase and overlapping short ends. Add small pieces of adhesive to fill any gaps as needed.


Remove remaining backing. Holding vase over tray, sprinkle bead mix over adhesive. Gently tap off excess and use fingers to press beads to adhesive. Repeat until all adhesive is covered. Sprinkle glitter over beaded areas; tap off excess.


Fill vase with water to just above sentiment; place floating candle in vase.


  • For a subtle yet different effect, change the color of glitter to match your wedding colors.

by Dawn Gehring

With Love Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Background stamps allow you to quickly create your own background paper for any project. Set off this pretty paisley with soft colors and plenty of bling.


  • Cardstock: dark purple, lavender, white
  • Lavender vellum
  • With Love rub-on
  • Light blue self-adhesive gem lines
  • Light blue ribbon


  • Paisley background rubber stamp
  • Purple metallic ink pad
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Craft punches: 1”, 1-3/8”, 1-3/4” circles; decorative corner
  • Heat tool
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler



Make 6-1/4”x4-1/4” dark purple top-fold card. Cut 6”x4” lavender and 6”x2-1/4” white cardstock pieces. Stamp purple paisley background onto white panel; emboss.


Adhere stamped panel to bottom of lavender panel; punch corners. Cut blue ribbon length to fit around layered papers; knot ribbon slightly off center. Wrap ribbon around panel, adhering ends at back. Adhere panel to card and gem strips to ribbon.


Apply rub-on to white cardstock; punch out with smallest circle punch. Punch medium circle from lavender cardstock and large circle from vellum. Mat circles together and adhere to card.

by Tami Mayberry

Watercolor Coffee Filter Roses

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


You can create these gorgeous watercolor roses in any shade. Each one is made from four inexpensive coffee filters, then painted with Sakura of America Koi watercolor paints.


  • Sakura of America Koi Watercolors (tube)
  • Cone coffee filters, four per rose
  • Printer paper
  • Floral wire, 20-gauge
  • Green floral tape


  • Paintbrush
  • Wire cutters
  • Glue stick

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, ruler, bamboo skewer, measuring spoon, newspaper (to cover work surface), poster board (optional), hair dryer (optional)


(Note: This project was inspired by a project on the Martha Stewart Show, but has been simplified.)

Making Roses

1. Print two copies of patterns onto printer paper. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print patterns.) To create sturdy pattern templates, use glue stick to adhere one set of patterns to poster board before cutting out pieces on black lines. Keep second set of patterns intact to use as placement guides.

2. Place petal shapes onto four coffee filters as shown. Trace petals and lightly number with pencil near base. Cut out petals, cutting through both layers of coffee filter. (Note: Because coffee filters are thin, several filters may be cut at once to save time; be sure filters are facing the same direction and keep numbered pieces together in plastic cups or bags for future use.)

3. For each flower, cut seven 2-1/2” lengths of floral tape; set aside. Cut 15” wire length for stem.

4. To assemble rose, begin with petal #1. Poke wire down between right-hand petals until 5” length extends above petals. Loop wire tip around and poke back down through base of right-hand petals. Pinch loop slightly and gently tug wire down to secure first petal and prevent it from sliding up and down stem.

5. Fold right-hand petal inward and roll to coil entire piece around stem. Secure base of petal with shorter end of wire.

6. Add petal #2 in same way. Poke wire down between right-hand petals. Arrange petals so they fill empty spaces between first petals. Roll and secure with piece of floral tape. When applying tape, stretch piece while pulling to get good, tight hold around base.

7. Add petal #3 in same way as petal #2.

8. Petal #4 needs to be separated first. Gently tear along bottom of petal to make flat strip, then wrap strip around rose and secure with tape.

9. Get two #5 petals and two #6 petals. (Note: Since these petals weren’t cut on fold, there are two of each one.) Fan out four pieces like a hand of cards. Place rose in center and wrap petals around rose. Secure base with tape.

10. Repeat Step 9 using two #7 and two #8 petals.

11. If desired, wrap entire stem in floral tape for more realistic look.

12. Starting with outer petals, fan out petals, bending gently backward from base.

Painting Roses

1. Blend small amount of paint with approximately one tablespoon of water on palette. Paint petals, starting at center and working outward. (Note: To save time, dip entire rose in base color rather than applying with brush.)

2. Add second color while rose is still wet. This color needs to be more concentrated than first color; add water to paint with brush rather than tablespoon. Run tip of brush along edge of each petal to deposit color.

3. Hang rose upside down over protected surface; hanging preserves shape of petals. Allow rose to dry for at least three hours; to speed drying, use hair dryer on low setting.

4. Once rose is dry, shape petals by placing skewer behind petal and rolling petal backward.


by Maureen Wilson of for Sakura of America