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The Earth Laughs in Flowers by ANDREA BUDJACK Instructions begin on page 18.


your step-by-step guide to crafting with style





SPRING HAs sprung 6 6


Bloom & Grow


1-2-3: Banners to Celebrate Create cheery, sewing-optional banners (in felt or fabric) for any occasion.


Springtime Décor


You've Been Framed!




How It’s Made: Patchwork Apron

Sew your fabric scraps together to make a one-of-a-kind patchwork apron a little girl will love. 90

Going Green




Inside out

4......................On the Cover 8.....................Editor’s Letter 11........................Giveaways 66.....................Subscriptions


In THE coming months we will move from the chilliness of March into the warm beginnings of Summer. The flowers are starting to bloom, with the trees sprouting leaves, the first buds burst to blossom. This issue is packed with projects that feel like the freshness of spring!

editor’s letter

We have birds, butterflies and felt flowers a plenty! If you love flowers then check out page 20 and create your own sumptuous bouquet. If birds are your passion, the vintage bird in a jar on page 44 will delight you. We just absolutely LOVE the butterfly collection frame on page 50. There is so much to make that I am sure that like me you will be raring to create! We would like to see what you have been making and share it with our readers, email your projects to michelle. Happy springtime,



"Marking the change of seasons is good for our souls . . ."


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As a fan of all tools and gadgets we were keen to get our hands on the fantastic i-top tool by Imaginsce. The tool makes customised brads, the perfect way to create embellishments that match you projects perfectly. The tool can be used with paper, fabric, photos and much more. The i-top tool can also create customised magnets too! The tool is easy to use and the punches are an ideal extra to make the whole process less fiddly. Visit the website and check out the tutorials and the idea gallery to see the beautiful projects that you can create with your i-top.


We just love the beautiful vintage bling by Bazzill Basics. The favourite amongst scrapbookers for cardstock Bazzill continue to diversify their lines. The vintage buttons are an ideal element to adorn any project, everything from a knitted jumper to a scrapbook album. With 12 different varieties to choose from you will be spoiled for choice! www.



Copic marker pens are a musthave for any serious crafter who likes colouring – especially rubber stamping enthusiasts! The markers are alcohol-based, fast drying and acid-free. Better still, the colours can be mixed on the surface, or layered over each other for professional blending. Traditionally used by fine artists, the pens are becoming a favourite for crafters. With such a comprehensive colour choice they really do have every colour you could ever want! If you want professional looking coloured projects these are the pens for you. Also because they are alcohol based they will dry on almost any surface.


We really love all the gorgeous shabby chic vintage items in the lines by Jenni Bowlin Studio. The favourite has to be these cute and versatile bingo cards. With over 40 different designs you will be able to find one that matches your project perfectly. They lend themselves well to being altered and embellished. The larger ones are sold singly and measure 5”x7”, the minis come in sets and measure 2.5”x3.5”. If you like Jenni’s look why not also check out her monthly kits.

We would love to show some of your favourite finds, bargains and treasures. Why not email us and tell us what you have found! handmade@ redline publications.


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Spring really is here! Whilst blog-watching this month, flowers is everywhere. They vary in design and are

being made from a real mix of materials, from paper to fabric, to cupcake cases and old sweatshirts! The flowers created are suitable for so many projects from fashion to home decor and everything in between.


3 Wendy Vecchi has been

www. homegrownhospitality.typepad. com

Stephanie Ackerman has been inspiring us all with distressed paper roses.

creating beautiful grunge board foliage with her lovely stamps.


5 Emma Trout has been altering

2 Deena Ziegler has been jazzing

up clothes with simple felt flowers, buttons and sequins.


Tim Holtz has been making quick and easy canvas flowers with the new Distress Inks.

See page 20 for our tutorial on how to make your own handmade flower.

and dressing up the ‘color me crazy’ range of flowers from Petaloo.

Bloom & Grow

Anything and everything to do with flowers, from stamped florals to altered flower pots, from appliquĂŠd roses to wall art, felt/ribbon flowers, and everything in between.

Flower Wall Hanging by courtney kelley


Hanging is 8 x 6” Patterned paper: Studio Calico; Staple, paint: Making Memories; Hemp cord: DMC; Fabric: Moda; Buttons: Autumn Leaves; Die cut ticket: Jenni Bowlin Studio; Stamps: Prima; Ink: Ranger; Poly-fill, beads, hole punch: Craft supply; Wooden flower: Plaid; Other: Sand paper

This hanging is the perfect size for a girl’s room door hanger – for personalization, you can swap out the buttons with a name tag.


Cover each petal with paper by spraying the petal with adhesive, setting patterned paper on top, smoothing out the bubbles then cutting around the petal with a sharp knife. Sand the edges down and ink them brown.


Stamp “bingo” and a notebook pattern on the petals using a light-coloured ink.

3 Hand cut an oval from patterned

fabric; stitch the oval to a cardstock oval the same size. Before stitching all the way around, stuff it with poly-fill.


Stitch two buttons to the middle of the fabric oval, then glue the entire oval piece to the centre of the flower.

5 Paint wooden beads and string them

onto hemp cord, tying knots around each grouping. Staple a die cut ticket onto the hemp cord between some of the beads.


Punch a hole on both sides of the flower then knot each end of the hemp cord through the holes to create a hanging.


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Leave this hanger out after the season ends; its pretty colour scheme and cheery flowers will bring a bright spot to your yearround décor.

Card is 3 x 6 ¼” Cardstock: Bazzill Basics, The Paper Company; Ribbon: Michaels; String: Papertrey Ink; Felt:; Fabric: Fabric supply; Chipboard mat: Craft supply; Pearls, jewels: Kaisercraft; Stamps: Autumn Leaves (leaves, stem), Papertrey Ink (sentiment); Ink: Tsukineko; Die cut machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft flower dies by Provo Craft and Sizzix, Small Tag die by Sizzix, scalloped tag die by Spellbinders (die cut from felt)

Cover a piece of chipboard with white cardstock and die cut it into a scalloped tag; ink the edges.


5 Layer concentric flowers die cut


Knot ribbon around the middle of the card and tie the ends in a bow.

Mat a floral fabric block on blue cardstock, then attach it to the scalloped cardstock tag.

3 Stitch three ¾” wide strips of

patterned fabrics onto the bottom of the floral fabric piece and place die cut scalloped-edge felt strips at the top of the fabric strips.

4 Stamp leaves and stems on the top of

the floral fabric piece.

from felt and pearls on the tops of the flower stems.

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Die cut a tag from cream cardstock, stamp a sentiment on the tag, embellish the sentiment with jewels and tie the tag to the ribbon bow using string.


To finish, thread ribbon loops through the top of the card to make a hanging. 19



Box is 3 ¼ x 2 ½” Box: Cough drops container; Cardstock: Prism; Ribbon: American Crafts; Flowers: Prima; Fabric: FabricLand; String: We R Memory Keepers; Acrylic tag: Tim Holtz; Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms; Ink: StazOn; Glitter spray: Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels; Clear glaze: Glossy Accents by Ranger; Corner rounder: Martha Stewart Crafts

If you smudge your stamping or don’t get the placement right on your first try, you can remove the ink with StazOn stamp cleaner and restamp.

BOX Stamp a script background on the lid of a small white box using permanent ink, then stamp a quotation on the inside of the box.



Adhere a cluster of leaves to the left side of the box lid and add a fabric flower to the top of the cluster.

3 Stamp "Mother" on a piece of green

cardstock, adhere it to the back of an acrylic tag using a clear glaze; trim the excess and tie to the flower using string.


To finish, glue ribbon around the edge of the box. 21

You can change the intensity of the colour by adjusting how much mist you spray on.

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FLOWER Cut white cotton into strips 1 ½� wide and about 3-4’ long. Spritz all over with a glitter spray, like Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels.


2 Fold the fabric in half, wrong sides

together, and press.



3 Starting at one end, roll the fabric up. Bunch it in some spots as you go to add variety.


Stab-stitch the raw edges together at the bottom until the rose is held together securely.

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5 Sew a running stitch along one edge of a 1 ½ x 8 ½” piece of velvet ribbon. Pull tight to form a circle (you’ll have an opening in the middle).


Hot glue a circle of coordinating felt on the wrong side of the ribbon to cover the opening.



Adjust the “petals” of the rose to get it looking how you want, then hot glue or sew it in place on the right side of the ribbon.

To coordinate your circle of felt to the flower, simply spray white felt with the same shade of Glimmer Mist.


Flower Headbands BY ANA CABRERA


Seal the edges of your flower petals with a clear glaze, or by heating them with a flame or embossing gun.


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Flowers are about 5 ½” across Headband: Goody; Satin: Fabric supply; Felt, beads: Craft supply


Cut 4-6 concentric circles from satin, with the largest being about 5 ½”. 26



Using a hand-held lighter (or candle flame, or heat embossing gun), heat the edges of each circle until they melt slightly and curl.

3 Starting with the base (largest) circle, hot glue the circles together, large to small.

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Glue rhinestones or beads to the centre of the topmost flower.

5 Hot glue the flower to a headband.

Glue a felt circle to the back of the base flower (either before or after gluing it to the headband) to give the flower more support. 27

Butterfly Headband by GRACE TOLMAN


To get the placement of your flower just right, put the headband on, decide where you want the flower, then take the headband off and hot glue the flower in place.



Headband is 5 ¼ x 5 ¾” Patterned paper, flourish transparency, decorative brad, crocheted flower, felt trim: GCD Studios; Headband: Beauty supply

1 Make ¾” angled pleats on a 3” wide strip of floral paper to create a circle; glue a punched floral paper circle to the back of the circle for stability.



Distress the edges of the paper circle by folding up the outside edge of each pleat.




3 Set a butterfly brad through the centre of a crocheted flower.


Layer a flourish transparency and the crocheted flower in the centre of the pleated paper flower.

5 Measure and cut a piece of felt trim as long as a headband, back it with patterned paper then hot glue it to the headband.


Hot glue the flower embellishment to the headband. 31


If you’re looking for a way to set an extra-special mood for someone’s birthday, this is it! A sweet triangle banner will lend a festive air to any room; make several and hang them across the ceiling, or simply attach them to a shelf or mantle. Keep it simple with felt triangles, or go all out with fabric and topstitching – turn the page to see which version best suits you.

Banners are 6 x 8 ½” Felt, fabric: Fabric supply; Ric rac: Close To My Heart, vintage; Iron-on adhesive: HeatnBond; Other: Sewing machine, thread



VERSION 1: Felt Banner

1 Cut triangles from sheets of felt, using the template on page 117. 2 Use tacky glue to adhere the felt triangles to ric rac or other ribbon.


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Add big felt letters to spell someone’s name if it’s their birthday, or any other sentiment you want to put front and centre.



VERSION 2: Fused Fabric Banner


Cut a rectangle of HeatnBond, then a piece of decorative fabric just larger, and then a piece of coordinating lining fabric just larger than that. (Keeping the fabric larger than the fusible interfacing will help keep the adhesive from getting on your iron.)

2 Follow the HeatnBond or iron-on adhesive instructions and iron the three pieces together. 3 Cut out triangles from the layered pieces, either freehand or using a template. 4 Stitch along a piece of ric rac, catching the triangles as you go. Pin the triangles in place

before you stitch if you need to. 36

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To make this a no-sew banner, simply use tacky glue to adhere the triangles to the ric rac.



This pretty fabric banner is durable and long-lasting. If both sides will be visible, forego the lining fabric and sew decorative fabric triangles together.

VERSION 3: Topstitched Fabric Banner

1 Cut triangles from decorative fabric and lining fabric. 2 Place right sides together and stitch around the triangle, leaving a 1 ½� opening

along the top edge.

3 Clip the tip of the triangle and turn right side out; press. 4 Topstitch around the two long edges of the triangle. 5 Stitch along a piece of ric rac, catching the triangles as you go. (Pin the triangles in place before you stitch if you need to.)


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Springtime DĂŠcor



We love these ways to welcome spring into your home.

When the paint is almost dry, use your finger to rub some of it off; the original colour will show through, giving your frames a vintage look. Frames are 4 Ÿ� square Frames: Michaels; Nest, eggs:; Patterned paper: Jenni Bowlin Studio; Metal keys, twill: Vintage; Velvet ribbon: Maya Road; Flowers: Prima; Floss: DMC; Buttons: Making Memories; Die cut tags: K & Company; Ink: Ranger; Paint: Kaisercraft


Remove the glass and frame backings from each of three gold frames. Paint the frames with one coat of white paint.


Cut out sheet music paper to fit the frames, and glue to the backings.

3 Arrange flowers, keys, ribbon, or a nest and eggs in the centre of each of the papers.


Ink the edges of three die cut sentiment tags and tuck them into each embellishment.

5 Put the frame pieces back together to finish. 41

Bloom & Grow BY holly hanks



Paint a wooden CD container using cream paint; let dry and place floral foam and Spanish moss inside.


Paint chipboard flowers using a variety of springtime colours. Sprinkle clear glitter on the paint before it dries. Once dry, apply a clear glaze over the glittered flowers. Repeat the glittering and glazing to create a thick coat.

3 Glue the flowers to the tips

of several dowels, glue glittered chipboard leaves to the middle of the dowels, and set the dowels deep inside the floral foam.


Box is 14 ¾ x 5 x 6” Box: Michaels; Patterned paper, chipboard (flowers, letters, tag), journaling spots, glitter: Pink Paislee; Flowers: Prima; Jewels: Martha Stewart Crafts; Paint: Plaid; Glitter glue: Stickles by Ranger; Adhesive machine: Xyron 900; Dowels, moss, fluffy chicks, floral foam: Craft supply

This box would make a lovely table centrepiece for Easter dinner, but is also wonderful for everyday springtime décor.

Cover a large chipboard label with woodgrain paper; cut off the excess with a craft knife. Embellish the border with jewels and a line of blue glitter glue.

5 Add a chipboard tag,

chipboard letters, a die cut tag embellished with glitter glue, and flowers to the large label.

6 Glue the entire piece to

the front of the box to finish.


Vintage Bird in a Jar BY EMELINE SEET


Jar is 2 ½ x 3 ½” Jar: Craft supply; Patterned paper, ribbon: Webster’s Pages; Flowers: Prima; Glitter glue: Stickles by Ranger; Other: Vintage sheet music paper

1 Wash and dry an empty jam jar. 2 Cut out botanical and bird motifs from patterned paper; add

glitter glue to the pieces and let dry.

3 Glue a strip of cardboard to the back of the bird paper piece, allowing the piece to stand in the jar without gluing it down.

4 Glue the remaining paper pieces to the outside of the jar. 5 Cut two flowers, freehand, from vintage sheet music and layer on top of the jar. Cut two 2” circles from patterned paper, fold each in fourths and glue the middle creases to the top of the jar. Use your fingers to press and puff the flowers when the glue has dried. Add a small millinery flower to the centre.

6 Embellish the edges of the jar lid with ribbon and trim.

This jar was inspired by Emeline’s childhood experience of catching butterflies in jars so she could examine them close-up. With this project, you don’t need to worry about letting anything go… or poking holes in the lid. 45

Arrange butterflies on a frame as if they are taking flight.

Spring Butterflies Frame BY ELLEN SOSNOSKI


Frame is 9 ¼ x 11” Frame, ribbon: Scarlet Lime; Patterned paper: Kaisercraft; Lace: Craft supply; Acrylic butterflies: Pageframe Designs; Jewels: Heidi Swapp; Chipboard letters: Doodlebug Design; Ink: Ranger; Glitter spray: Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels

Squeeze some pink alcohol ink onto an acrylic butterfly, let dry.


bodies. Repeat steps 1-4 to create several butterflies.

Hold the butterfly with pliers (or a similar tool) and heat it up with an embossing gun.


5 Spray your frame with coloured glitter

3 Bend the butterfly wings while the acrylic is

Adhere butterfly patterned paper to the frame backing piece and add “Spring” letter stickers; replace.

warm; let cool.


Punch a butterfly from patterned paper (or use a die cut), bend the wings and glue to the acrylic butterfly. Add jewels for the

spray; once dry, add a lace bow.

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Glue the acrylic butterflies to the frame to finish.


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Frames are 7 ½” square Frames: Hobby Lobby; Patterned paper: Jillibean Soup; Chipboard birds: Magistical Memories; Embossing punch: EK Success; Twigs: Craft supply; Other: Sandpaper


Cut chipboard to fit inside a frame; cover it with patterned paper.


Punch strips of patterned paper with a zigzag punch, bend up the edges and dab ink on the bent parts. Adhere the punched strips to the inside edges of the frame.

3 Trace a chipboard

bird on the back of a patterned paper block and cut it out; attach the bird paper to the front of the chipboard bird and smooth the edges with sandpaper.

Magistical Memories offers these chipboard birds attached to chipboard branches, so if you don’t want to use a real twig, you will still be able to recreate this adorable project.


Add the bird to the inside of the frame using several layers of foam adhesive.

5 Glue a twig underneath the bird using a hot glue gun, then adhere cut out paper leaves and flowers to the twig.


You've been Framed!

Butterfly Frame BY nancy doreen


We love fixed-up antique frames, framed pieces that you’ve made, and decorated frames.

Frame is 12 ¼ x 10 ¼” Frame: Vintage; Patterned paper: GCD Studios; Spray paint: Color Place; Other: Sandpaper

1 Remove the glass and backing from a frame. 2 Using even strokes, spray paint the frame white. Let the

frame dry thoroughly, and sand over a few places to distress.

3 Spray a coat of crackle paint and let the frame dry. 4 Adhere damask paper to the frame backing, then arrange

cut-out paper butterflies onto the damask paper using foam adhesive; bend the wings around a paint brush for a pop-out effect.

Nancy says, “I love the look of classic butterfly collections, but I don’t have the heart to hurt any actual butterflies. So I came up with an easy, harmless way to make my own collection using pretty paper and an altered frame.”

5 Trim sentiments from patterned paper (or type up your own) and glue them below each paper butterfly.





If you can’t find two frames that fit inside each other, try painting a single, wide frame two different colours instead.

Frame is 8 x 10” Frames: Vintage; Patterned paper: Bam Pop; Ribbon, staples, chipboard letters, paint: Craft supply; Glitter glue: Stickles by Ranger


Find a small frame that fits inside a larger frame, then paint both using bright coordinating colours. Let the frames dry.


Cut out birds from patterned paper and detail them with a touch of glitter glue.

3 Cut a piece of bird and cloud paper to

fit the small frame; embellish with gold and coloured glitter glue.


Adhere the cut out birds to the piece of bird and cloud paper using foam adhesive and place inside the frame; place “fly” chipboard letters on the bottom right corner.

5 Take the backing out of the large frame, set the smaller frame inside the large frame, and replace the large frame’s backing.


Staple ribbon to a square scrap of chipboard and tape it securely to the back of the frame to hang. 53

Together Forever BY TIFFANI SMITH


Choose any word or short phrase you love – a name would look great, too.

Die cut 2-3 versions of each letter from different papers. This will give you options to play around with as you go, and allow you to make an extra poster to give as a gift.


Choose a few coordinating papers to die cut letters from.


Die cut the letters “Together Forever” from your chosen papers using a Silhouette and a font you like.

3 Apply adhesive to the letters

Frame is 16 ½ x 20 ½” Frame: Ikea; Patterned paper: My Mind’s Eye; Die cut machine: Silhouette by QuicKutz; Poster paper: Craft supply; Permanent adhesive: Xyron 5” Creative Station

using a Xyron Creative Station, and place the letters on a piece of posterboard cut to fit inside a frame. Use a ruler to keep your letters straight.


Place the posterboard paper inside the frame and hang.


Turquoise Deer Frame by BREE TETZ


tip: Accenting a frame is a perfect way to show off those oneof-a-kind buttons.

1 Paint a frame turquoise, let dry, and adhere a piece of floral paper to the back of the frame.


Stack several small cupcake liners together, fringe the edges of the liners with scissors, and place a button in the centre; glue the entire stack to the right side of the frame.

3 Embellish the edges

of the frame with buttons, then glue a chipboard deer to the inside of the frame.

Frame is 5 ¼ x 7 ½” Frame, cupcake liners: Craft supply; Patterned paper, chipboard deer: Sassafras; Buttons: Vintage; Paint: Americana

Bree loves to up-cycle frames from vintage and thrift stores – as you go thrifting, look at the shape of things and try to imagine them in a different colour or finish. 57

Album in a Frame BY KATE RYSKAMP


Kate created the heart closure on this frame by trimming a coat hanger with wire cutters and bending it into a heart with pliers.


Frame is 7 x 6� Frame, lace, spray paint, batting: Craft supply; Cardstock, embellishments: Close To My Heart; Fabric: Moda; Other: Metal hanger

1 Spray paint a vintage frame and let it dry. 2 Cut out hearts from decorative fabric and batting. 3 Sandwich each of the hearts cut from batting between two fabric hearts, right sides facing out. Pin in place and stitch together around the edges.


Make 5-7 hearts and line them up. Overlap each heart slightly at the edges and zigzag stitch them together.

5 Glue a photo to each heart and add a small embellishment and several strips of journaling. Sew on some scrunched up vintage lace for added texture.

6 Once you have finished embellishing your strip of hearts, insert a piece of cardstock into your 60

painted frame. Glue the left heart into the centre of the frame. Now when you fold up the strip of hearts (accordion style), you should have a stack of hearts in the centre of your frame.


Bend a hanger into a heart shape using wire cutters and pliers. Use another part of the hanger to bend and form a small hook.


Drill a hole on the left side of the frame to insert the hook. Bend the hanger on the backside and glue in place.


To keep the wire heart in place on the right side of the frame, sew a long skinny tube of fabric and run a small strip of elastic through it. Pull it through the cardstock on the right side, loop it through the wire heart and secure on the back with glue or tape.

10 Pull the wire heart over and hold in place with the hook. 61

White Number Frame by EMELINE SEET


take note This gender-neutral frame would fit right in with just about any child’s room décor, and would be a cute way to incorporate a number or letter motif. Frame is 5 ¼ x 7” Frame: Craft supply; Letter stickers, chipboard (flourish, frame): American Crafts; Paint: Making Memories; Sealant: Claudine Hellmuth


Paint a frame with two layers of white paint; allow the paint to dry between coats.


Place a chipboard frame and a chipboard flourish on the glass of the frame.

3 Arrange number stickers around the border of the frame,

then spray sealant on the stickers to make the artwork more permanent.


Somebody Please Do the Laundry BY KATIE WATSON 64

Frame is 11 ½” square Frame: Ikea; Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket, Daisy D's; Chipboard: Cosmo Cricket (clothesline), Jillibean Soup (corrugated letters), Maya Road (letters), Pink Paislee (scroll); Paint: Making Memories; Spray paint: Maya Road; Clothespins, flashcard: Vintage

1 Remove the glass and backing from a black frame, distress the edges by sanding, and apply a few strokes of red acrylic paint around the edges.


Cover the bottom half of the frame backing with clothesline paper and the top half with a vintage flashcard.

3 Lightly sand the black

corrugated chipboard letters, then arrange them with red painted chipboard letters to spell “Somebody please do the laundry.”


Trace a chipboard scroll on the back of gingham paper, cut out and glue to the chipboard scroll.

The positive and negative chipboard letters of "laundry" aren't just cutely chaotic, they also stretch your crafting pounds.

5 Add a chipboard clothesline to the scroll.


Hot glue clothespins to opposite sides of the frame and clip the chipboard scroll in place.


Replace the frame backing and hang.



Party decorations, special gifts, invitations, cards, and thank yous.

Cupcake Birthday by KATE RYSKAMP


Card is 5 x 6Ÿ� Patterned paper: 7 Gypsies, American Crafts, Close To My Heart, Heidi Grace Designs, Scenic Route Paper Co.; Buttons: Vintage; Brads, flowers, stickers, stamps, ink: Close To My Heart; Ribbon: Close To My Heart, craft supply; Fabric: Marcus Fabrics; Felt, popsicle sticks: Craft supply; Glitter glue: Stickles by Ranger; Punches: Fiskars, Marvy Uchida

Cupcake Card: 1 Using the templates on page 81,

cut the base and cupcake bottom from cardstock and the frosting from patterned paper.

2 Fold the base back at the bottom

and top, as indicated by the dashed lines.

3 Print party information and adhere it to the base, between the two folds.


Emboss lines into the bottom of the cupcake front. Embellish the top with glitter glue, a flower, a tag, and a stick pin.

5 Glue the cupcake bottom to the

bottom fold of the base and the frosting to the top fold of the base. Your card will open frosting first, then the bottom opens down to reveal the base piece and the party info. 69



Crown is 4 ½” tall

1 Fold one sheet of craft felt in half. 2 Trace the crown shape (using the

template on page 80) on the folded felt and cut out both layers.

3 Repeat so you have two crown pieces.

4 Layer the crowns together and

topstitch around the edges, twice if desired.


Add buttons, jewels, and ribbon to the crown.


Measure on a child’s head and add 3-5” elastic lace to the back; stitch around both sides.

take note

For a fun gathering activity, make crowns for each guest and let them glue jewels and sequins to their own crowns. 71


Cupcake toppers: Toppers are 2� across


Create the topper bases by punching scalloped circles from coordinating papers.


Punch smaller circles to add another layer.

3 Embellish the centres with stamps, jewels, brads, and flowers.


Adhere popsicle sticks to the back of the bases.

For step-by-step instructions on how to make this colourful birthday banner, go to page 42.



4 ½”

Banner, enlarge 150% Crown , full size

4 ½”

place on fold of fabric


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Cupcake invitation, full size


3 ¼”


4 ¼”



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Goodie Cups by Kay sibley


These cups can do double duty at many occasions – filled with a sweet treat, they make a perfect place card to let your guests know where to sit; then they can take the cups home as party favours afterward.

Cups are 3 ¼ x 2” Cupcake wrapper templates: The Cutting Café; Cardstock: Bazzill Basics, Papertrey Ink; Patterned paper: Doodlebug Design; Ribbon: Papertrey Ink, Michaels; Jewels: 3 Birds Design, Doodlebug Design; Letter stickers: Adornit; Label stamp, ink: Papertrey Ink; Scalloped scissors: Fiskars (large), Provo Craft (small); Die cut machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft (Nestabilities Labels One by Spellbinders); Clothespins: Loew Cornell; Party cups: Wilton


Download a cupcake wrapper template from (click on “Cupcake Wrappers” on the left menu). Print the inside wrapper on the back of patterned paper and the outside wrapper on the back of cardstock. Cut out, using scalloped scissors for the top edges.


Layer the two wrappers and stitch them together, just below the scalloped edge of the cardstock wrapper.

3 Adhere the stitched wrapper around a party cup; the edges will overlap.


Wrap ribbon around the middle of the cup and tie the ribbon into a knot.


Die cut a label from white cardstock, stamp a label in the middle and add a name with letter stickers. Glue a jewel to the top.


Fasten the label to the top of the treat cup using a mini clothespin.

7 Fill up the cup with your favourite treat.


Old-Fashioned Birthday Invitations by KATIE WATSON


Invitations are 3 ½ x 3 ¾ Chipboard cupcake album: Maya Road; Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye, Pink Paislee; Tulle: Fabric supply; Ballerina charms: Cake supply; Letter stickers: Pink Paislee; Pens: Sharpie, Uni-Ball Signo; Decorative scissors: Fiskars


Take apart a chipboard album and use each page as an invitation.


Cover one side of the invitation with floral paper and doodle around the border. Print party information, cut into strips, and adhere.

3 Add flourish paper to the bottom of the other side and doodle around the border.


Cut a frosting-shaped piece of polka dot paper, doodle around the border, and adhere it to the top of the invitation.

5 Apply letter stickers spelling the recipient’s name at the bottom of the frosting paper.


Srunch up the middle of a rectangle of tulle, tie it with string, and glue it to the top of the invitation; glue a ballerina in the middle.

take note The front of this invitation is so adorable it could double as room décor for the recipients; just add some ribbon to hang. 79



Cards are 4 x 5 ½” Cardstock: Core’dinations, Jillibean Soup; Patterned paper: Jillibean Soup; Brads: American Crafts, Making Memories; Cupcake stamp: Stampin’ Up! (Simple Birthday Thanks); Ink: Tsukineko; Die cut machine: Wizard by Spellbinders (Sizzix embossing folders)


Cut several note cards from kraft cardstock and emboss a textured background on them.


Stamp a cupcake/note on kraft cardstock, cut it out, and adhere the piece to the bottom of the note card.

3 Stamp the cupcake again on patterned paper

and red cardstock; cut out the pieces and set brads through the frosting. Adhere the pieces on the top of the sentiment using foam adhesive.

The details on this card are darling – there’s a little bit of distressing on the cherry to make it look dimensional and delicious. 81

Friends Gift Set BY Kristen Swain


Curl the edges of the flowers and the wings of the butterflies down around a thin dowel or a pencil to give your stamped pieces more dimension. Frame is 7 ¾ x 8”, Card is 4 ¾ x 6 ¾” Frame: Provo Craft; Cardstock: The Paper Company; Patterned paper: Bo Bunny; Floss: DMC; Ribbon: Michaels; Buttons: Darice; Jewels: Prima; Stickers: Making Memories, Scenic Route Paper Co.; Stamps: Bo Bunny, Close To My Heart; Glitter glue: Stickles by Ranger; Border punch: Martha Stewart Crafts; Decorative scissors: Fiskars; Fonts: Lucinda Handwriting, Monotype Corsiva

Frame 1 Working quickly so it doesn’t dry, apply a thin

Card 1 Make a card base from kraft cardstock;

coat of decoupage to the front of a wooden frame and lay facedown on a piece of green patterned paper. Smooth out any bubbles and trim the excess (including the window) with a craft knife.

round the top right corner.


3 Layer blocks of green paper and plaid

Sand the edges to make them smooth; ink them brown.

3 Stamp flourishes in brown on the top right and bottom left corners.


Stamp flowers and butterflies on shimmery green cardstock; cut out. Decorate them with glitter glue.

5 Cluster the stamped pieces over the flourishes, along with jeweled flourishes and a bow with a button.


Stamp the same flourishes that you used on the frame on a block of green patterned paper. paper, round the top right corners, and adhere them on the card front.


Punch brown paper with a scalloped border punch and layer two pieces at the bottom.

5 Tie pink ribbon in a bow around the

bottom and stitch on a button. Stamp and cut out another butterfly and more flowers then adhere them on the card below a sticker sentiment.




Little girls can’t wait to grow up

– and helping out in the kitchen is an all-time favourite grown-up activity. Help her dress the part with this darling patchwork apron, pieced together with scraps from your stash and some bias tape. Setting the rows at angles gives the apron a fun twist; you may just need to make a matching one for yourself.


Fabric, bias tape (3 yards): Fabric supply; Other: Scissors, sewing machine, rotary cutter, pins


Patchwork Apron

This colourful apron is a great way to utilize small pieces of fabric that you just don't have the heart to throw out!

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Cut (49) 3� squares of fabric in various colours.


Place two squares right sides together and sew down one side with a 3/8� seam. Press the seams open.


Sew another square to one of the squares, continuing until you have a row. Press all seams open.


Create 1 row of 4, 1 row of 5, 3 rows of 6, and 2 rows of 7.


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For added durability, quilt along some of the patchwork lines before sewing on your bias tape.

5 Sew the rows together in the order pictured on page 95. Press seams open when you’re done.

6 Trace apron front on your lining fabric and cut. 7 Match up, wrong sides facing, and pin



Beginning at one top corner, sew bias tape around the sides and bottom edges of the apron (but not across the top). 88

Patchwork Apron

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Cut a 17 x 3� piece of lining fabric and sew four squares to each short end. Press seams open.

10 Fold waistband in half, right sides facing, and sew along the long open end, leaving a space in the centre open (on the lining fabric), large enough to fit the apron inside. Turn and press.

11 Trim off the excess fabric at the top of the

apron. Centre the waistband on the front of the apron (sandwiching the apron inside), pin in place. Topstitch around the waistband to finish and enclose the apron front.



Beautiful projects that incorporate recycled materials, whether it’s junk mail, the packaging from your favourite scrapbook product, or something else.

Things to Do Notebook 90


take note

Because the binding on this notebook is removable, you can add more paper bag pages to this notebook.

Notebook is 4 x 6� Transparency: Hambly Studios; Paper clip: Craft supply; Stickers: American Crafts, Love, Elsie, Sassafras; Paint: Making Memories; Corner rounder: Round-It-All by Zutter; Binding tool: Bind-It-All by Zutter


Layer two pieces of cardboard together, round the right corners, and embellish the front piece of cardboard with a transparency, paint, a flower embellishment, and stickers.


Cut several pages of notebook paper from brown paper bags and round the right corners of each piece; place the pages between the cardboard pieces.

3 Use a binding tool to punch holes on the left edge of the notebook, set a binding wire through the holes, and close the binding wire.

4 Embellish the pages with a tab sticker and a paper clip. 91

Recycled Embellishments BY ASHLEY CAWTHRA


Embellishments are 1� across Cardstock: Packaging from various products; Book print: Vintage; Floss: DMC; Buttons: Craft supply; Punches: EK Success (hearts), Martha Stewart Crafts (starburst)


Punch starbursts from product packaging and hearts from book pages, then adhere them together.

2 Stitch buttons to the middle of the punched hearts.

These embellishments would look great on journals, cards, layouts, magnets, and more. You can use virtually any scraps you have from other crafting to make these.



Wallpaper Card by VALERIE MANGAN

Card is 6” square Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Patterned paper: My Little Shoebox; Ribbon: May Arts; String: Martha Stewart Crafts; Punches: EK Success (scalloped circle), Stampin’ Up! (border); Wallpaper samples, book print: Vintage


Punch the left edge of a lined paper block using a notebook border punch, then stitch it to the front of a kraft card base.


Punch several scalloped circles from book print paper. Arrange the circles, a rectangle of floral wallpaper, and some lace on the card front and stitch everything in place.

3 Cut out a bird and flowers

from another piece of wallpaper and stitch the pieces to the front of the card.


Stitch French knots in the centre of each of the flowers.

Your past home décor adventures can come in handy – any leftover fabric or wallpaper samples can easily be made into fabulous cards.



Baby Skirt & Leggings by KATE RYSKAMP

Turn a thrifted women’s sweater into a cute pair of baby leggings and a skirt.

For a tutorial on how to add a gusset to the crotch (very helpful if baby’s still in nappies), visit our blog ( simplyhandmade) and click on “Tutorials.”


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Sweater (women’s medium): Thrift store

Leggings: Lay sweater flat and cut the arms off at the armpit, straight across (parallel with the cuff), following the fabric line.



Cut approximately 3-4” down on the seam of each arm.

3 Pin the arms together and serge. This forms the crotch seam.



1 Lay sweater flat and cut a rectangle through

both front and back layers, approximately 1-2” in from each side, depending on the size of skirt you want. You will have two rectangles, with the bottom edge of the sweater being the bottom edge of your skirt.


Turn right sides together and serge the short edges together.

If you don’t have a serger, stitch a straight line to hold the seam and zigzag stitch the edges to finish.

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3 Cut a strip from the remaining pieces

5 Serge the waistband to the skirt, leaving


Wrap elastic around the child’s waist, snug but not stretching. Cut it just to fit and insert through the waistband. Sew the ends of the elastic together, making it about ½” shorter.

(above where you just cut, from the back of the sweater if the front is decorative) that is about the width of the sweater and 2-3” tall. Fold in half, wrong sides together. This is your waistband.

Pin the waistband to the top of the skirt so the open ends face up and line up with the top of the skirt. The short ends should meet in the back, overlapping just slightly. You will need to pleat the skirt as you go.

about 1-2” open at the back to insert elastic. Stretch your waistband a bit as you serge since it is a different length than the skirt.


7 Serge the waistband closed. 99


This corrugated cardboard is from a mailer; what a great way to put it to good use! And the kraft backdrop would look great with any colour scheme. 100

Banner is 27 x 9” Ric rac, hole punch: Craft supply; Floss: DMC; Felt: Kunin; Other: Corrugated cardboard


Create a triangle template from scrap cardstock, then use it to cut five triangles from corrugated cardboard.


Cut out “Happy” letters from felt and stitch each letter to a cardboard triangle using red floss.

3 Punch holes through the top corners of each triangle. 4 Use embroidery floss to stitch along a piece of ric rac then thread

the ric rac through the holes at the top of each triangle to hang.





You’d see these things on boutique shelves – here, we walk you through how to make them yourself.

To create the cozy on the right, fold the felt side over in step 3 and fold your pieces in half with felt sides together in step 6.

Cozy is 3 x 5” Felt, fabric, button: Fabric supply; Floss: DMC

1 Using the templates on page 117,

cut out felt pieces and blanket stitch around the edges.


Pin a 12 x 3” piece of fabric and a 12 x 3” piece of felt together.

3 On each short end, fold the fabric side over ½”; fold it over again ½” and sew it in place with two lines of stitching. Fold in the end of the pink

felt strip before sewing the back top border down.


Cover a button with your lining fabric. (If you don’t have a button-covering tool, look for them online or at craft and hobby stores; or you can simply use a regular button.)

5 Stitch a felt skull, a heart, and a covered button to the felt.


Fold the entire piece in half, fabric sides together, and blanket stitch around the edges.


Bracelet by Dustin NAKAMURA


Bracelet is 3 ¾ x 1” Acrylic bracelet: Creative Imaginations; Tiles: KI Memories


Adhere a different tile to each section of an acrylic bracelet.

If you don’t have these cute tiles, adhere any small embellishment to this bracelet, and cover it with clear glaze to achieve a shiny finish.


Magnetic Alphabet Board by tracey taylor


Tracey couldn’t use magnets on her stainless steel fridge, so she came up with this project to give her daughters a place to play with magnets.


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Magnetic board is 18 x 11 ½” Cookie sheet, chipboard sheets, paint primer, spray paint: Craft supply; Patterned paper, journaling spots, stickers: Jillibean Soup; Cookie cutter, present frame: Making Memories; Stick pin: Maya Road; Ribbon: Michaels; Flowers: Bazzill Basics; Felt: Sassafras; Chipboard: American Crafts, Bo Bunny, Cosmo Cricket, Pink Paislee; Acrylic (arrow, owl): Clear Scraps; Baubles: Stamping Bella; Jewels: Kaisercraft, Prima; Charms: Melissa Frances, My Little Bit of Whimsy; Stamps: myStamp BOX, Sassafras, Unity Stamp Company; Ink: StazOn; Embossing powder: Stampendous!; Marker: Sharpie; Clear glaze: Glossy Accents by Ranger


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Create an entire alphabet by following these steps for each letter:

1 Add a letter sticker or chipboard letter to a small die cut journaling spot or punched shape. 2 Embellish the journaling spot with a charm, jewels, or sticker (something that coordinates with the letter). 3 Cover the entire journaling spot with clear glaze and let it dry completely. 4 Glue a chipboard square and a magnet to the back of the journaling spot.


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Alter the cookie sheet:


Spray paint a metal cookie sheet with white primer, let dry. Spray with a coat of white paint, adding coats if necessary. Glue several skinny strips of red patterned paper around the inside edge of a cookie sheet. Stamp a design in green around the bottom edge. Place the magnets on the cookie sheet to display. 110






Skull Cozies, enlarge 140% Banners to Celebrate, enlarge 140%

3” 6”



8 ½”


Handmade Buttons BY Tessa Ann Watte’


Turn the page for a simple how to, or search online for button-making tutorials. To score a set of these very buttons (and a variety of other styles), visit Tessa’s Etsy shop:


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Buttons are 1" across Clay: Fimo; Glossy sealant: Craft supply; Other: Parchment paper, craft knife, embossing tool, awl, paintbrush


Punch a 1� circle from cardstock to use as a button template.



Roll your base colour of clay out to slightly less than 1/8� thickness. Lay the circle on top and cut around it with a craft knife. This is your button.

3 Roll blue clay out to the same thickness.

Draw or trace a flower using the fine end of an embossing tool.

4 Cut out the design using a craft knife. 5 Smooth the edges with your fingers. 6 Follow steps 3-5 to make a green heart.

This is also a fun way to make pins and hairclips; just leave off the holes and glue them to the appropriate backing.





Layer the heart, flower, and button together and pierce two holes through the centre with an awl or your embossing tool.


Bake the clay according to directions on the package.


Apply clear sealant to the button using a small paintbrush; let dry.

We used Diamond Glaze here, which works great for decorative buttons, such as on a purse or bag. For buttons that you plan to wash, look for a waterproof sealant. 115

inside & out

message // holder // the finishing touch

SOMETHING FOR YOU by Mandy Starner


Card is 5� square Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Patterned paper: BasicGrey; Ribbon: Offray; Stamps: Purple Onion Designs (sentiment), Target (letters); Punches: BasicGrey (notch), Fiskars (border)


Create a tri-fold card from kraft cardstock.

2 Cover the top flap with floral paper,

then punch the bottom edge of the top flap using a border punch.

3 Adhere a damask die cut and a

butterfly die cut on the right side of the top card flap.


On the inside portion of the card, punch notches that will hold the corners of a gift card.

5 Close the card and wrap polka dot ribbon around the middle.


To finish, stamp a sentiment on the bottom right corner of the card base.


THANK YOU by Tanis Giesbrecht



Add a lined paper piece to a pink cardstock block; distress the edges and adhere the entire piece to a light pink card base.


Apply a border rub on and a rub on sentiment to the bottom of the lined paper piece.

Card is 4 ¼” square Cardstock: Core’dinations; Patterned paper, rub ons: Little Yellow Bicycle; Dimensional heart sticker: American Crafts

3 Stitch a dimensional heart sticker to pink

cardstock, cut it out, and layer it on the left side of the card.


Mat another lined paper block on pink cardstock, apply a rub on sentiment and a border rub on to the top of the lined paper, then adhere the entire piece to the inside of the card base.




Card is 5 ¼ x 4 ½” Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket; Paper flowers, leaf: Prima; Flowers: Handmade from yarn and floss; Chipboard flowers: ColorBox; Jewels: Darice; Buttons: Favourite Findings, craft supply; Paint, glitter spray: Shimmerz; Font: Unknown


Cut two pieces of tan cardstock into connected circles, then cut scalloped circles from polka dot paper and kraft cardstock.

2 Sandwich the scalloped circle pieces

between the connected circle pieces to create a card base.

3 Adhere jewels on the border of the tan circle on the card front.


Cover three chipboard flowers with various patterned papers, add clear paint to the flowers, and attach them to the front of the card.

5 Crochet flowers from yarn and

floss and set them on the chipboard flowers along with buttons.


Tuck a leaf behind the left side of the large chipboard flower.


Print a sentiment on a cream cardstock strip, stitch around the border, and adhere the sentiment to the inside of the card.


Spray glitter on paper flowers, then adhere the flowers and jewels to the right of the sentiment. 123



Card is 5 ½ x 4 ¼” Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Patterned paper, jewels: Doodlebug Design; Transparency: ShortCuts; Stickers: Creative Imaginations, Doodlebug Design, Making Memories; Border punch: Stampin’ Up!; Corner rounder: EK Success

Round the corners of a floral paper block and attach it to the inside of a transparency card base.


Knot ribbon around the bottom edge of the cream cardstock block and set letter stickers on the ribbon.


5 Round the top corners of a cream

Make a photo corner from cherries paper, punch the longest edge using a border punch, and add the photo corner to the bottom right edge of the card base.

3 Round the top corners of a cream


cardstock piece and place stickers on the cardstock; add the cardstock block to the inside of the card, behind the cream cardstock block on the card front.

cardstock piece, apply letter stickers and a cherries sticker to the centre, and place the entire piece on the left side of the card. 125

THINKING OF YOU by Laura Davis


Card is 3 ¾ x 5 ½” Cardstock: Bazzill Basics, LCI Paper Co., Target; Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket; Tag, heart: Making Memories; Ribbon: Offray; Button: Buttons Galore & More; Rub on sentiment: Pebbles; Digital owl: The Rusty Leaf (Little Hooty Owl brushes),


Mat a red patterned paper block on green cardstock; adhere it to a brown shimmery card base.


Add white cardstock to the inside of a metal tag rim, thread ribbon through the top of the tag, and attach a button to the bow using string.

3 Print an owl onto white cardstock, then cut it out; place a heart on the owl and adhere the owl to the tag using foam adhesive.

4 Attach the tag to the front of the card. 5 Apply a “thinking of you” rub on to the bottom right edge of

a white cardstock block and attach the cardstock block to the inside of the card base.


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the nursery – beautiful

projects for your baby! n Once

upon a time... perfect

gifts for your Prince or Princess n Quick

& easy quiet books

and MUCH


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