Sleigh Ride Vintage Distress Tag

Happy New Year! One of my New Year’s resolutions is to get more use out of my stamps that I love but don’t use often enough. I decided to pull out some wintery images to create a vintage tag.

1. Smear blue dye ink on a craft mat or acetate surface.

2. Smear gold metallic Distress Stain near blue ink on same surface.

3. Spritz with water until inks are watery.

4. Drag manila tag through inks until desired coverage is achieved; let dry.

5. Drag seam binding ribbon through inks; let dry.

6. Ink up script stamp with brown dye ink and randomly stamp over surface of tag. Repeat until covered.

7. Cut center from one paper doily. Place doily with open center over a second doily, masking the edges. Ink up damask stamp using brown dye ink and stamp damask through center of open doily; remove doily mask. Lightly sponge stamped doily edges here and there with brown ink. Adhere doily to tag as shown; trim edges.

8. Stamp image of little girls sleighing using brown archival ink onto white cardstock.

9. Smear blue dye ink on craft mat and pick up with waterbrush. Color images using waterbrush and dye ink. Let dry.

10. Shade and color rest of image using watercolor pencils and waterbrush; let dry.

11. Cut out image using detail scissors; adhere image to tag.

12. Stamp sentiment using brown ink. Cut into pieces. Sponge edges using brown dye ink. Adhere sentiment to tag.

13. Attach ribbon and charms to tag.


  • Hero Arts Stamp – Old French Writing
  • Artistic Outpost Stamp – Sleigh Ride
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Stain – Tarnished Brass
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads – Walnut Stain, Peacock Feathers
  • White paper doilies, two
  • Manila tag
  • White cardstock
  • Detail scissors
  • Glue Dots Int’l. Glue Dots
  • White seam binding ribbon
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Idea-ology Baubles Pearls

I hope you get a chance to pull out some of your favorites and sit down to some inky time! Happy Crafting,

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (

Winter Welcome Sign

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


These four little snow buddies are dressed in their best to greet visitors with a warm winter welcome! 


  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Balls, 2-1⁄2”, four
  • Basswood sheet (sign), 1⁄4” thick, 6”x24”
  • Children’s mittens, two each: blue, black
  • Flannel fabric, 6”x12”
  • Buttons, 4-1⁄2” diameter, four each: red, black
  • Black beads (eyes), 3⁄16”, eight
  • Artificial holly berries (noses), four
  • White snowflakes, 3⁄4” diameter, 22
  • Toner Crafts Fun Wire, 18-gauge, 12” length


  • Plaid Apple Barrel Acrylic Paints: White, Bright Red, Black, Christmas Green
  • Paintbrushes: Round, Series 35-S, #5; Flat, Series 45-S, #8; Shader, Series 15, #12
  • Markers: EK Tools White Woodcraft Marker, black fine-tip permanent marker
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Drill with 3⁄16” bit
  • Beacon Adhesive Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, newspaper (to cover work surface)



6” x 24”


1. Cut out pattern. Drill holes in sign as shown. Basecoat sign Christmas Green.

2. For faces, basecoat plastic-foam balls White. Drybrush cheeks Bright Red. Adhere noses and eyes to faces. Use black fine-tip permanent marker to draw mouths.

3. For bodies, lightly stuff mittens with fiberfill. Adhere heads to bodies.

4. For scarves, cut four 1-1⁄2”x12” strips from flannel; wrap around necks. Create fringe on short ends of scarves. Adhere two black buttons to each blue mitten and two red buttons to each black mitten.

5. Transfer lettering to sign; trace with white marker and outline with black marker. Thread wire through holes; twist ends at back to secure. Adhere snowmen to sign and snowflakes to bodies and sign.

by Paula Bates for The Dow Chemical Co.


Snowmen Fall From Heaven

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


As swirling snowflakes welcome in the new year, create this cross-stitch reminder that all snowmen fall from heaven!


  • Ice Blue 14-count Aida, 12” x 14”
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss


  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

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

Basic Supplies



Size/Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 6-1/2”x8-1/8”; stitch count: 92 w x 114 h


1. Print cross-stitch chart and key

2. Stitch design centered on fabric.

by Carolyn Manning

Winter Pup Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Package this cute, flag-embellished card with some homemade New Year’s biscuits and cookies for your favorite pooch and her owner.


  • White cardstock
  • Bella Blvd. Winter Wonder Collection Papers: Blizzard, Borders
  • Bella Blvd. Winter Wonder Collection Just Write Journaling Stickers
  • Bella Blvd. Winter Collection Flags


  • Sewing machine and white thread
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, foam tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil



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


Cut 4-1/4”x5-1/2” white cardstock panel. Cut 3-3/4”x5” Blizzard paper panel; adhere to center of cardstock panel. Use sewing machine to straight stitch pink paper edges. Adhere panel to card.


Adhere sled journaling sticker to card with foam tape.


Cut 4-1/4”-long mitten border paper strip; straight stitch long edges and adhere to card with foam tape.


Adhere dog sticker to card with foam tape.


Insert flag pin through foam tape behind mitten border strip; make sure pin head does not extend beyond edge of card.


Visit the site and enter “dog biscuits” in the search bar to find great recipes for homemade treats.

by Kathy Martin for Bella Blvd. (

Quick & Easy Holiday Gifts… It’s Never Too Late!

We all need them, don’t we??? Well, I know you think those “holiday gift-giving times” are over now that Christmas is past… however, you may find that you have a few “forgotten friends” that you had meant to give a gift to and you don’t want to wait ’til next year!!! I thought I would share with one of my “go to, quick & easy” gift ideas:

A Double Chocolate Mint Cocoa Gift Kit

Not only is it festive, but it’s “Winter-themed” vs “Christmas-themed”!!!  As you can see, the ingredients are simple and relatively inexpensive. Two packages of cocoa, a baggie filled with chocolate chips, and four starlight mints… if there are still candy canes available, they make a great addition in place of the mints… but you can get the mints year ’round… so no worries if your local shops are out of candy canes already!

So to begin, you slip all of your kit ingredients into your clear bag. See how cute my mints look all lined up?? ***TIP: Use a bit of adhesive or a glue dot and STICK THEM TO THE COCOA PACKET!!!! :) Keeps ‘em looking all cute and in a line!!!

Once you have placed all your kit ingredients into your bag, seal it up and make a paper topper. To do that, simply cut a piece of cute paper 3″x the width plus 1/4″ of your clear bag. My bag was 6-1/4″ wide, so I cut my paper 3″x6-1/2″. Fold it in half and staple it over the top of the clear bag. Next, the fun part – EMBELLISHING!!!

As you can see, I have used two different types of ribbon here. I first wrapped a length of Ivory Grosgrain around the bottom edge of the paper topper and glued it in place. I then layered on a cute red-printed ribbon from October’s Monthly Ribbon Club Pack and then glued it in place. And then I tied my bow using the Ivory Grosgain again with the help of the handy dandy Bow Easy Tool.

 And you know me and my fetish for embellishments… it was cute with the dual ribbons and the bow but oh why not throw a totally cute Snowman Button from Buttons Galore & More onto the center of the bow for that perfect finishing touch? :) I hope you like this little guy, cause you may be seeing a few more projects with him or his friends over the next few weeks! I mean, Christmas may be past, but we have a WHOLE LOT OF WINTER left for crafting!!!

Happy Holidays to all, and a very Happy New Year, too!

by Keri Lee Sereika (

Winter Wishes

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Adorable, easy-to-paint wooden snowmen can be displayed or reused throughout the winter season.


  • Midwest Products Co., Inc. Basswood: 3/16”x3/8”x24”, 1/8”x3”x24”
  • Glossy royal blue gift bag
  • White cardstock
  • Papers: black-and-white gingham, blue-and-white snowflake print
  • Small black brads, 18
  • Black alphabet stickers
  • Black-and-white gingham ribbon


  • Drill with bits: 1/16”, 3/16”
  • Midwest Products Co., Inc. Easy Cutter Tool
  • Acrylic paints: white, black, orange
  • Black dye ink pad
  • Adhesives: paper glue, glue gun and glue sticks, Plaid Paper Mod Podge

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, black fine-tip marker, fine-grit sandpaper, foam brush, round paintbrush


Prepare Wood

1. Cut three 4-1/2” lengths from wide basswood strip. Cut one 6” length from same piece for tag. Cut two corners from 6” piece to create tag shape; set aside.

2. Cut three 4” lengths from narrow basswood strip. Cut three corners from remainder of same piece for snowman noses.

3. Sand all pieces. Using round brush, paint 4-1/2” pieces white, 4” pieces black, and noses orange. Let dry.

4. Cut three 3”x2-1/2” gingham paper pieces. Adhere pieces to top half of each white snowman for hats. Adhere black wooden hat bands across snowmen as shown; let dry.

5. Using drill and 1/16” bit, drill four holes for mouth and two holes for eyes in each snowman. Insert brads; bend ends at back to secure. Adhere nose to face. Draw eyebrows with marker.

6. Cut three 2-1/2”x1-1/2” white cardstock strips; ink edges and adhere to hats.

7. Ink bottom edges of snowmen.


1. Make 5”x6-1/2” white side-fold card. Cut 5”x6-1/2” snowflake paper panel; adhere to card.

2. Adhere snowman to center of card using glue gun.

3. Cut three 5” ribbon lengths; adhere two lengths to top and bottom of card. Knot remaining length in center; adhere beneath snowman’s chin.

4. Apply stickers to white cardstock to spell “Winter Wishes.”


1. Trace basswood tag onto back of snowflake paper; cut out paper tag and adhere to wood tag using Mod Podge and foam brush. Let dry. Ink tag edges.

2. Using drill and 3/16” bit, drill hole in top of tag.

3. Adhere snowman to center of tag using glue gun.

4. Cut two 5” ribbon lengths. Thread one length through hole in tag; knot ends together. Knot remaining length in center; adhere beneath snowman’s chin.

5. Apply stickers to white cardstock to spell “to” and “from.”

Gift Bag

1. Cut 4”x5” snowflake paper panel; ink edges and adhere to gift bag.

2. Adhere snowman to center of snowflake paper using glue gun.

3. Cut 6” ribbon length. Knot center and adhere beneath snowman’s chin.

4. Apply stickers to white cardstock to spell “For You.”


Adhere a magnet to the back of the snowman before adhering to surface with double-sided tape. Recipient can add it to the fridge for a fun winter decoration.

by Melony Bradley for Midwest Products (

Do You Love Sketches?

Welcome to the Crafts ‘n things Blog. Before we get started with the sketch tutorial today, it is time to announce the winners of the Graphic 45 prize packs!

The winners of the two prize giveaways, as chosen by, are:

Anne Schilling (Place in Time Collection)

Rosslyn Gale (Nutcracker Sweet Collection)

Please contact Gloria Stengel to claim your prize! ( Please note, if the prize winners do not claim their prizes by the end of December, the prizes will be put back into the “prize bin” for a future give-away.

Do you love sketches? I am talking about the kind that you use as a “map” for planning cards or scrapbook pages. Do you love the idea of sketches, but simply cannot seem to make them work for you? Maybe you have never tried a sketch before. Well, now is your chance. I have created a sketch for the Crafts ‘n things Blog with step-by-step directions!

1. To print the sketch, right click on the image and select Print. You can also Copy the image and place it into a program such as Photoshop. You may want to size your sketch to “real dimensions” prior to printing.  If you place the image into Photoshop, you have the ability to size it before printing. For this sketch, size it to 5″x5″. That way you can measure each element for precise placement. Once you get the hang of using sketches, you may skip this step.

Here is the card we will be making, using the sketch as a guide.

2. Cut dark blue cardstock to 5″x10″. Score at 5″ to create a top-fold, 5″x5″ card base.

3. The sketch shows the next layer to be a printed paper and to be slightly smaller than the card front. I like extra layers so I added one layer of kraft cardstock and then the designer paper.

4. Trim kraft cardstock to 4-7/8″x4-7/8″. Do NOT attach the next layers to the card base until we add ribbon in step 8.

5. Trim blue designer paper to 4-3/4″x4-3/4″. Attach to the kraft panel.

6. The sketch shows the next layer is a vertical layer approximately 4-1/4″x3-1/2″, and rests slightly right of center. Again, I like extra layers; therefore, I have added a panel of dark blue cardstock behind the newsprint designer paper.

7. Trim dark blue cardstock to 4-1/4″x3-1/2″. Trim newsprint designer paper to 4-1/8″x3-3/8″ and attach it to the dark blue panel. Attach these panels to the one created in step 5, approximately 1″ from the left edge.

8. The sketch now shows that there is a thin “band” at the bottom of the card. I decided to interpret that band as ribbon.

9. Wrap a 7″ piece of cream lace around the kraft panel and affix ends to the back. Wrap a 7″ piece of blue-and-gold ribbon around the center of the lace and affix to the back. (I use single-sided tape to attach the ribbon).

10. Attach this series of panels to the card front. Your ribbon is now sandwiched between the card base and the first panel.

11. The next layer, according to the sketch, is the horizontal layer measuring approximately 2-7/8″x3-5/8″. I have once again added a panel of dark blue cardstock behind the snowflake-print designer paper.

12. Trim dark blue cardstock to 2-7/8″x3-5/8″. Trim snowflake-print designer paper to 2-3/4″x3-1/2″ and attach it to the dark blue panel. Attach the panels to the card front, approximately 1/2″ from the left edge of the card base.

13. Looking at the sketch, we can see that the next layers are the small “tags” to the right of the “image” panel. Trim two banner shapes using a die-cut template or free hand with scissors from designer paper. Stamp a sentiment with black dye ink onto kraft paper and die cut or punch it into a label shape.

14. Tuck one of the banner shapes under the bottom right edge of the snowflake panel. Set the other banner and the sentiment aside.

15. The last layer is your image. You may stamp an image, trim out a pre-made image from designer paper, use a photograph, or use another item. Your image should be approximately 3-1/8″x2-1/8″. Attach the image to dark blue cardstock, trimmed to 3-1/4″x2-1/4″.

16. Tuck the second banner shape and the sentiment under the right edge of the image. Then attach this panel to the left side of the card, approximately 1″ from the left edge of the card base.

17. The sketch shows three “dots” in the upper right corner of the newsprint designer paper. Glue three small gold rhinestones to your card front, as indicated. 

18. The sketch contains three flower shapes at the bottom left edge. You can interpret this in many ways and do not need to add flowers to your project. For the sample, tie a double bow with the blue-and-gold ribbon. Using fabric glue, attach the bows to the left edge of the ribbon you wrapped around the card in Step 9.

19. Tie a double bow from cream twine and attach to the top of the ribbon bow.

20. Trim the shank from a snowflake button and glue it to the top of the stack of bows. Add a medium-sized gold rhinestone to the center of the snowflake.

21. Your card is now finished to the specifications of the sketch. If you wish, you could also decorate the inside. Trim a piece of kraft cardstock to 4-7/8″x4-7/8″. Stamp sentiment with black dye ink. Adhere the kraft cardstock to the inside of the card.

22. Trim a piece of dark blue cardstock to approximately 1-3/4″x4-7/8″. Punch one long edge with an icicle border punch and attach to the top of the kraft cardstock.

23. Trim a piece of the snowflake designer paper to 3/4″x4-3/4″ and attach to the punched strip. Your card is now ready to mail.

I hope that this tutorial helped you to see sketches in a new light. If you have never used a sketch before, I hope you will try this one and share your creation in a comment here on the CnT Blog.

Feel free to check my sketch gallery for more sketches.

Here are a few other sketch sites for you to try:

Got Sketch? (

Mojo Monday (

Page Maps (

Supply List:

  • Cardstock: American Crafts Storm, Bazzill Basics Paper Kraft
  • Papers: Echo Park Paper Co. Times & Seasons Collection 6″x6″ Paper Pad, Graphic 45 Place in Time Collection January Cut-Aparts
  • Stamp Sets: Papertrey Ink 2009 Holiday Tag Collection, HamptonArt/7 Gypsies Time Pieces
  • Ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Antique Lace
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Fishtail Flag Stax, Mini Tabs Quartet
  • Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Natural Bamboo Cord, Charlotte Natural Crochet Lace; May Arts Navy/Gold Ribbon
  • My Mind’s Eye Fine and Dandy Collection True Blue Bling Rhinestones
  • Michaels Glitter Snowflake Button
  • Tools: Bow Easy, Martha Stewart Crafts Icicle Border Punch
  • Adhesive: Beacon Adhesives Fabri-tac Fabric Glue; 3MScotch Brand ATG Runner, Foam Mounting Tape

Have a blessed Christmas. I will be back on December 31st with another post. We will be talking about adhesives.

Gloria Stengel from Scraps of Life (

Penguin Bookmark

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Here’s a perfect, quick-and simple design to create if you’re new to cross-stitch or need a last-minute gift idea.


  • Charles Craft White 18-count Fringed Aida Bookmark, 1-7/8”x6-1/4”
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss


  • Tapestry needle, #26

Stitch Type

Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies




Print pattern and key.


Stitch design centered on fabric.


To find center of bookmark, fold in half and in half again in opposite direction. Mark center with contrasting thread.

by Charles Craft



Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Decemburrr is here! With snowflakes swirling about, this adorable snowman is sure to be the hit of your holiday décor.


  • Wichelt Imports 14-count Wedgewood Aida, 11”x12”
  • DMC: 6-strand Embroidery Floss, 6-strand Light Effects Floss
  • Kreinik Mfg. Blending Filament
  • Wichelt Imports Mill Hill Treasures Metallic Snowflake Embellishment, Crystal Seed Beads


  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands
  • Half Cross-stitch: 2 strands
  • Straight Stitch: 1 strand

Basic Supplies



Size/Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 4-1/8”x5-1/2”; stitch count: 58 w x 78 h


1. Print key and pattern.

2. Stitch design centered on fabric.

3. Embellish several stitches on snowman’s face and body with one strand Kreinik Blending Filament #032 (Pearl) with cross-stitches sewn over existing cross-stitches.

4. Sew one Mill Hill Metallic Snowflake #15001 with two strands DMC B5200 (Snow White) and one Mill Hill Glass Seed Bead #00161 (Crystal) for each snowflake. (Note: Snowflakes come four to package.)

by Janis Lockhart for Cross-Point Designs

Snowman Lawn Greeting

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Let it Snow! This cheery fellow is a fun way to greet your guests during the holidays with wishes for the winter season!


  • Metal bucket, 10” tall
  • Wooden items: fence post, 54” tall; plaques, 1⁄4” thick, 3”x10”, 3”x12”, 3”x14”
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: White, Pumpkin, Hydrangea Pink, Black, Opaque Yellow, Opaque Red, Rhythm in Blue
  • Fleece fabric: red, 3⁄4 yard; blue, 1⁄4 yard
  • Yellow rick rack, 5⁄8” wide, 32” length
  • Ribbon: green polka dot grosgrain, 1” wide, 18” length; yellow satin, 1⁄4” wide, 8” lengths, two
  • Buttons: red, white, 1⁄2”; white snowflakes, 3⁄4”, six
  • Artificial greenery, small amount


  • Delta Stencil Magic Whimsical Dot Alphabet Stencil Mania Stencil
  • Delta Stencil Magic Stamp and Stencil Sponges
  • Delta: Metal Primer, Exterior/Interior Varnish, All-Purpose Sealer
  • Hammer and nails
  • Adhesives: Delta Sobo Glue, masking tape

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)



Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply sealer to post and primer to bucket. Basecoat post and bucket White, small plaque Opaque Yellow, medium plaque Opaque Red, and large plaque Rhythm ‘N Blue.


For signs, position stencil on plaque; secure with masking tape. Stencil lettering White. Paint White wavy lines around edges and add White dots to Rhythm ‘N Blue sign.


Print pattern. Transfer details to bucket. Paint cheeks Hydrangea Pink and nose Pumpkin. Add Tangerine details to nose and paint eyes and mouth Black. Add White highlight dots to eyes and cheeks.


Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply varnish to signs and bucket.


For hat, position red fleece around bucket with 1” overlapping at back; glue in place. Roll up 3” to make cuff; glue hat to bucket and rick rack around cuff line. Stuff hat with plastic bags. Gather hat at top; tie green ribbon bow. Thread yellow ribbon through white button; tie bow. Glue button to green bow. For fringe, trim fleece above bow to 4”; cut 1”-wide fringe.


For scarf, tie blue fleece around bucket; knot and spot glue. For fringe, cut 4” slits, 1” apart, in scarf ends. Thread yellow ribbon through red button; knot and tie bow. Glue greenery to face, button to greenery, and snowflake buttons to greenery and scarf.


Using photo as guide, nail signs to post. Adhere bucket onto top of post.

by Cheryl Ball for Delta Technical Coatings, Inc.