Wednesday, October 22, 2014
A small, medium & large paper cone.
Red acrylic paint
Martha Stewart glue & fine red glitter
1 yard 1” black ribbon
1/4 yard 1/2” black ribbon
2 yards of white marabou
2 packs of Darice clear square rhinestones
E-6000 glue & glue gun
1. Paint the cones with red acrylic paint. Set aside and let dry.
2. Once completely dry...take the Martha Stewart glue and apply on cone. From there, coat in glitter. Sprinkle off excess. Set aside and completely dry.
3. Take your black ribbon. Wrap around the middle of each cone. Glue the ribbon with E6000. Let it dry.
4. Place rhinestones on card stock paper in square formation. Cut paper around the rhinestones to create the buckle.
5. Take white marabou (or a boa) and cut to fit the bottom of the cone. Use up top! Glue on and then dry!
A small, medium & large paper cone.
Christmas paper with 10-12 sheets of paper
Martha Stewart Glitter Glue
Red Acrylic Paint
1. Paint the cones with red acrylic paint. Set aside and let dry.
2. Take the scrapbook paper and cut into strips.(3”long by 1/2” wide for the large cone), (2 1/2” long by 1/2” wide for medium cones) (and 2” long by 1/3” wide for small cones).
3. Make a loop with the paper strip. Glue gun.
4. Glue each loop, on to the cones. Let dry.
5. Coat the wooden start with Martha Stewart glitter glue. From there, sprinkle gold glitter and shake off excess.
6. Enjoy your new paper holiday tree!
* 50% off Paper Mache Cones until October 27th, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Use your favorite fall fabric collection and these simple hoops to make a festive and fun wall decor! Change your look every season quickly and easily! Use Soft and Bright batting to give your fabric some body and the hoop art some depth!
• 14” or 18” wooden embroidery hoop
• Fat quarter of fabric
• ½ yard of fusible fleece
• A bag of polyester fleece
• Iron on word* if you are creating the welcome pumpkin
• Aleene’s Tacky Glue
• Americana Gloss Enamel in complimentary color
• Masking tape or painters tape
• Cardboard larger than your hoop (a cereal box is great!)
• Pen or pencil
• Frixion pen, optional
1. Using the Frixion pen, trace the inner hoop onto the fusible fleece. Center the same hoop on your fat quarter and again with the Frixion pen, trace around it. Again with the inner hoop, trace it onto the cardboard. Cut out each. The marks made by the Frixion pen disappear when you iron on the fleece.
2. Using the tape, securely tape the cardboard to the inner hoop. Set aside.
3. Center the fleece circle on the fat quarter, matching it to the traced mark. Following the fleece manufacturer’s directions, fuse the circle in place. Don’t trim the excess fabric.
4. Mound the polyester filling in the center of the cardboard and hoop. Center the fat quarter/fused fleece circle on top of this mound. The fused fleece circle keeps the polyester filling from looking lumpy on the outside. (If the entire fat quarter was fused with the fleece, you would find it very difficult to close the hoop.)
5. Slowly put the outside hoop on, smoothing the edges of fabric and stuffing the little bits of stuffing back inside the inner hoop and pulling the fabric to tighten it. Every so often you should flip the pumpkin over to make sure you don’t need to add or subtract stuffing in different areas. Tighten the screw at the top of the hoop to secure it and turn the pumpkin package over.
6. Begin taping the fabric to the cardboard, gently pulling the fabric as you tape. The entire process feels like you are trying to stuff things in a suitcase and close it! I don’t think you can over-tape the fabric to the cardboard. When you are happy with the way it looks on the front and the fabric is securely taped on the back, remove the outer hoop.
7. Measure 3 lengths of twine or ribbon long enough to go around your pumpkin and allow you to tie a knot to create your pumpkin segments. Being mindful of any directional design on your fabric, tie each piece of twine in the back to create the pumpkin segments as shown. Paint the outer hoop or glue ribbon on to it. When the paint is dry, run a bead of glue along the outside of the smaller hoop (on top of the fabric). Put the outer hoop back on the pumpkin and tighten the screw.
8. Add leaves, flowers, etc. to hide the hoop screw.
Note: If you want to create the welcome pumpkin, you will need a word, a fat quarter, ½ yard of fusible fleece and a hoop. Make sure the word will fit into the size hoop you choose. Fuse the fleece to your fat quarter. Trace the outer hoop onto the right side of your fabric. Add 2” all the way around this circle and cut it out. Following the manufacturer’s directions, fuse the word onto the right side of your fabric circle. If you plan to paint the outer hoop, now is the time to do that. Centering the circle in the inner hoop, place the outer hoop on and tighten, pulling the fabric taut as you go. Tighten the screw as tight as you are able. Flip the pumpkin over and trim the excess fabric off the back. Trim the hoop with ribbon, etc. Cover up the hoop screw as desired with flowers, leaves, ribbons, etc.
* Lowest price of the season 50% off regular prices on Embroidery Hoops, Fabric Tac Adhesive $10.88 (reg $16.99), and Soft and Bright Batting 4 oz $4.88 (reg $6.99), and 30% off Fall, Halloween, and Christmas Bolted Cotton Fabrics on sale until October 27th, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
This will make 1- 72” or 2 - 36” runners
You will need-
• 3-6 colors of wool felt, 12”x18” sheets or 1/8 yard of each
• 2 ¼ yards of wool felt for under runner, optional
• Coordinating embroidery floss, embroidery needle
• Frixion pen
• Aleene’s Tacky Glue
1. Cut out the 2 leaves and use as templates. Trace 12-18 leaves onto each color of felt with the Frixion pen. (I use Frixion pens for so many sewing and crafting projects. Write, draw, mark-when you are done,a light touch with your iron over the ink and voila! The marks are gone!!) If you are more comfortable following a line, draw veins on each leaf.
Spritz the table runner or use steam to get the fold lines out of the jute/burlap runner. If desired, cut the runner in half.
3. Place the leaves in a pleasing design. Glue in place. Let dry and enjoy!
4. Place the leaves in a pleasing design. Do you want to use a centerpiece with this runner? Be sure to leave room in the middle for it. Glue in place.
Let dry and enjoy!
Quick tip: I found it easiest to embroider each leaf and then cut them out. There is more fabric to hold if you do it this way.
* Get the download printable for this project on our Craft Warehouse website here!
Friday, October 17, 2014
There is nothing like getting a handmade card! Handmade cards are something different. After all, what makes a more beautiful keepsake than a personalized handmade holiday card? This darling Santa card is a favorite with all our customers! It will be sure to be a favorite with anyone you send it to!
• PA-White A2 cards and envelopes
• PA- white, red, skintone, and black cardstock
• Darice- Sparkle Christmas pom poms (mixed bag)
• Tape runners and foam tape
• Fiskars- scallop edger scissors
• Wilton/ EK success Mustache/bowtie punch
• Uchida/Marvy- 1” circle punch
• Corner rounder
• Darice-1218-39 snowflakes and flourishes embossing
• Ellison/Sizzix- Texture Boutique embossing machine
• C2F- uniball signo white gel pen
• C2F- micron black pen
• Ranger- distress ink spun sugar
• Darice- foam blending pods
• OPTIONAL- Ranger- Stickels glitter glue-Diamond
1. Cut skin tone cardstock to 4 1/4” x 2”
Cut red cardstock to 4 1/4” x 1 1/2”
Cut white cardstock to 4 1/4 x 2 1/2”
Cut white cardstock to 4 1/4 x 1”
Punch skin tone cardstock with 1” circle punch
Punch 2 black cardstock with 1” circle punch
Punch white cardstock with mustache/bow tie punch
2. Use a white 4 1/4” x 1” cardstock strip and use the Fiskars scallop edger to cut a decorative edge along 1long side of this strip- this will be the trim on Santa’s hat.
3. Fit the edged trim white cardstock, the punched out mustache, and the white 4 1/4” x 2 1/2” cardstock into the snowflake embossing folder all at the same time by arranging the pieces so they are not overlapping or hanging out the sides of folder. Then run through the Texture Boutique to emboss.
4. Use 1 white A2 Card, 1 skin tone 4 1/4” x 2” strip cardstock,and 1 strip of red cardstock 4 1/4” x 1 1/2”. DRY FIT the skin tone strip, the red strip, and the embossed larger strip of
cardstock onto the front of the card before they glue- so they can see how it’s going to come together. Glue the red strip at the top of the card first. Then but the skin tone cardstock right up next to the red cardstock already on card and glue in place. finally layer the larger embossed snowflake white cardstock to bottom of card- this will overlap the skin tone layer a
5. Use the 2 black circle punches, 1 skin tone circle punch and DRY FIT these along with the embossed mustache and hat trim. BEFORE GLUING the face in place- give Santa some color! Use foam blending pod to apply a little pink ink to the apples of his cheeks, and go ahead and dust one edge of the skin tone circle punch out with the pink ink as well. The black circles get adhered with tape runner. Placing them close together helps with the cute factor- wide set eyes will give Santa a
‘crazed’ look. Add the nose and mustache with foam tape.
6. Use tape runner to add embossed trim to hat. This may overlap the eyes slightly.
7. Apply tape runner to the 2nd piece of red cardstock 4 1/4” x 1 1/2 and lay this over the top left corner of card at an angle- this is to be the long pointed end of Santa's hat- so adjust into an elongated triangle. Turn card over and use scissors to cut away the excess red cardstock hanging over the edges.
8. Finish- Glue dot a pom pom to end of stocking hat. Use black micron pen to add lashes, and use white gel pen to add highlights on eyes, and a couple of white freckles in the pink cheeks.
9. OPTIONAL- Add Stickels glitter glue here and there on embossed snowflake areas.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
There is nothing like getting a handmade card! Handmade cards are something different. After all, what makes a more beautiful keepsake than a personalized handmade holiday card? This darling hedgehog card will make anyone that you send it to smile!
Coloring Technique: Coloring images in with color pencils first- using a medium to heavy pressure and color in small circles. This will lay down your base color- and give a slightly waxy coat. Then use Tombow brush markers in same colors to layer over the top- the marker glides over the waxy build up allowing you to blend the marker with the pencil resulting in a blended finish that has depth. It’s fast, easy, and satisfying!
• PA-White A2 cards and envelopes
• PA- light blue cardstock
• PA- medium blue cardstock
• PA white smooth cardstock (for stamping/diecutting)
• tape runner and foam tape
• Darice red/white bakers twine
• EK success heart puffy stickers (or similar)
• We R Quick Stick tool
• We R Evolution die cutting machine
• Lawn Fawn- hedgehugs dies
• Lawn Fawn- hedgehugs stamps/ acrylic handles
• Versafine black ink pad
• color pencils (tan, brown, pink)
• Tombow brush markers (tan, light brown)
1. Cut light blue textured cardstock to 5” x 3 3/4”
2. Cut medium blue textured cardstock to 5 1/4” x 4”
3. Die Cut snowy hillside with stitched dies. (start with a 5 1/2” x 2” strip of smooth cardstock
4. Use a piece of white cardstock 3” x 2” and stamp the 2 different hedgehogs with black Versafine ink. Then color. First use color pencils (medium-heavy presuure- pushing hard enough in small circles so that you get a sort of waxy build up) color bodies light tan, and the quill area in brown. Can add a little pink on ears/cheeks) Now take similar color tan Tombow brush marker and color over the color pencil in same shade. The marker will blend with the color pencil resulting in a blended finish that looks professional! Repeat with the brown color on the quill area.
5. Next, position the stamped images and dies to be die cut. Use slightly tacky washi tape to secure die in place before die cutting.
6. Use 1 white A2 card, and 1 each of the light and medium blue cardstock and layer to card front using tape runner. Then wrap a double length of red and white bakers twine around card and tie on front. Use scissors to trim ends.
7. Use black Versafine ink to stamp the ‘sending hedgehugs’ to snowy hillside or stamp inside of card
instead. Use tape runner to layer snowy hillside diecut to bottom of card.
8. Finish!- Use foam tape to add stamped, colored, and die cut hedgehogs to card front. Add a mini
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Silky soft Cuddle fabric resembles real mink in touch. It has a soft short pile that is as soft as cashmere. It is the ultimate fabric for making blanket from babies to adults!
8 strips, 5 1/2” x 30”, of Cuddle
5/8 yd Cuddle for outer borders
1/3 yd Cuddle for 2 1/2” border
1/4 yd Cuddle for binding
You will need to purchase fabric for backing. We recommend 1-1/4 yards Cuddle
Finished Size 45”x55”
Sew the Cuddle strips together in your order of preference. The kit is designed to coordinate, so the order is purely your preference.
Trim the center of the quilt so that it is 30” wide.
Cut the 1/3 yard of border fabric into 4 strips each 2 1/2” wide. Stitch the borders to the sides of the quilt first, and then to the top and bottom.
Cut the 5/8 yd of Cuddle into 4 strips each 5 1/2” wide. Add to the sides first, and then to the top and Bottom.
Lay the quilt front and backing wrong sides together and pin liberally (insert batting if desired, but be sure to use a spray adhesive so it doesn’t slide). Quilt “in the ditch” or as your prefer.
Cut the 1/4 yard of Cuddle binding fabric into 2” wide strips. Seam these and add them to the quilt by stitching in a narrow seam, folding it over and under and then stitching down on the top or bottom side using a serpentine stitch.
HINTS: Use a walking foot and pin liberally — this fabric moves! The use of batting is optional — two layers of Cuddle may be all that you want or need — it will be heavy. We recommend a size 90 universal machine needle. It works well on the knit and is heavy enough to do the machine quilting to finish.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
· ¾ yard of burlap
· Fat quarter of fall fabric
· Iron on word by Decorating Your Life
· Buttons, leaves and other embellishments
· ½” dowel, finials to fit the ends of the dowel
· Americana Gloss Enamels Paint, brush
I started with a 27” cut of burlap. I pulled a thread near the edge of each long side to get it straight. Then I pulled threads from each edge to have ½” of fringe on each side. Next I folded down 1½” from the top to form a casing and stitched it in place. The burlap was creased and wavy so I heavily spritzed the entire piece with water, ironed it with high heat, leaving it to cool on a flat surface. You could use heavy steam to do the same. When it had cooled off, I cut the length off to make the banner 30” long.
Insert the dowel and determine your desired length. Mark the length and saw it off. Paint the dowel and finials. Set aside to dry.
I cut a fat quarter of fall fabric down to a 15” square. Before I permanently adhere any of the items to the burlap, I place them where I want them and take a picture. I spend a few minutes evaluating what I see in the photo, do some adjusting, take another photo, etc., until I’m happy with what I see. With the extra burlap I cut out a pumpkin shape. I pinned it in place again auditioning the placement of it with a photo. Using 6 strands of black embroidery floss, I stitched it in place using long stitches about 1/4”-1/2” from the outside edge of each pumpkin piece. I stitched the square with the pumpkin into place on the burlap with a button in each corner. You can fuse the cotton square onto the burlap with heat and bond ultra or glue it in place. I chose not to do that. You could fuse the pumpkin onto the cotton fabric and draw your stitches on using a black marker. If you opt to fuse rather than sew, remember it will take longer due to the rough, open weave of the burlap.
I fused the word “gather” onto the burlap following the manufacturer’s directions. I did find it took more than the 1-2 minutes they said. It was closer to 5 minutes, but keep an eye on it, checking the adherence every 30 seconds.
I chose to keep my banner fairly simple but you can decorate it with buttons, artificial flowers, more words, family names,-use your imagination!
You can hang this banner by tying a ribbon onto each end of the dowel, or have each end of the dowel setting into a hook or nail.
OPTIONAL: buy a half yard cut of burlap and cut your fabric square proportionally smaller. Just remember that the size of your “gather” word (or whatever word you choose) needs to fit with a few extra inches of burlap on either side. Your word and your fabric square should not be the same size. Your eye is happier looking at things that aren’t the same size. If they are, you can use a button, flower, etc. on either side of the word to make it look larger, as I did on the example.