Road trip recap: The 2015 CHA Mega Show

Every January, the CHA Mega Show brings together a world of craft enthusiasts, from manufacturers to retailers and designers. This year’s show was a crazy flurry of activity, and I thought I’d share a few highlights from the show. As always, my report is never comprehensive – it’s just a compilation of trends, ideas and people who caught my eye.

On my way to the show, a layover at the Denver airport brought a chance encounter with designers and artists Jill Mackay and Laura Kelly, who were also on their way to the show. Jill was introducing her new Light Seeds at the show, a peel and stick LED sticker that lights when used in conjunction with conductive ink, paint or tape. Wow!

Faces from the CHA Show - Laura Kelly and Jill Mackay.

Laura Kelly, left, and Jill Mackay.

Once in Anaheim, we caught the tail end of the The Special Event, a conference and trade shows for those involved in staging special events. The displays ranged from chair rentals to beautifully dressed banquet tables and entertainers for hire. It was no surprise that photo booths were a hot item.

Amazing tablescape at The Special Event in Anaheim. CraftsnCoffee.com.

A dramatic tablescape at The Special Event.

Beuatiful truffles rolled in edible glitter! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Gorgeous & glittered chocolate truffles!

Photo booths for rent at The Special Event. CraftsnCoffee.com.

We were photo bombed!

And then it was show time for CHA, where our first stop is always the FloraCraft booth. This Michigan company is the number-one fabricator of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, and I love to see the new ideas in the booth. Check out this fancy, rotating wall made with discs. I think this topped last year’s wall of cones.

The rotating wall of discs of STYROFOAM Brand Foam at the 2015 CHA Show. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Eye-catching! The rows of discs rotated as the lights changed colors.

Designer Dondi Richardson always has a crowd waiting for her make-it and take-it sessions.

Designer Dondi Richardson in the 2015 FloraCrat CHA Show booth. CraftsnCoffee.com

Designer Dondi Richardson.

We made our own Valentine’s Day cards at the make-and-take table in the Designer Showcase.

Make your own Valentine's Day cards at the Designer Showcase at the 2015 CHA Show. CraftsnCoffee.com

Our DIY Valentine’s Day cards.

A few hot trends and products that I noted included:

  • Pops of metallic gold were everywhere.
My Mind's Eye - CHA Show 2015. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Pretty pops of gold in the booth for My Mind’s Eye.

  • People can’t get enough of marquee lights.
New marquee light kits from Heidi Swapp. CraftsnCoffee.com.

DIY mini marquee lights with Heidi Swapp’s new kits.

  • Heidi Swapp had two big hits, as her new products included mini, DIY marquee light kits and the Minc Foil Applicator.
Heidi Swapp introduces her new Minco Foil Applicator.

Heidi Swapp’s new Minc Foil Applicator.

  • Geometric shapes and prints were on display, from gems to polka dots.
Geometric paper sculpture at the CHA Show. CraftsnCoffee.com.

A geometric paper sculpture at the CHA Show.

  • Arrows are another popular design motif.
  • Chalkboard paints and surfaces continue to be hot.
Chalky Finish Paints by Krylon. CraftsnCoffee.com.

A new line of Chalky Finish Paints from Krylon.

  • It appears that everyone still loves mason jars.
  • Demand continues to grow for electronic cutting machines, like the Cricut.
  • Crafts and technology continue to merge, and at least one booth showcased a 3-D printer. Jill Mackay’s Light Seeds were a hit, and there were new Circuit stickers, too.
  • One trend that’s not high-tech are old fashion planners. These organizing notebooks were showcased by numerous designers and manufacturers.
  • Jen Hadfield from Tater Tots & Jello introduced her new Cottage Living collection.
Jen Hadfields new Cottage Living line. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Jen Hadfield showed us her new Cottage Living line.

Cottage Living by Jen Hadfield - new at 2015 CHA Show. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Cottage Living by Jen Hadfield.

  • The creative displays in the yarn booths are always a marvel. This year’s displays included #Scarfie from Lion brand and Yarnia from Spinrite. (I loved the yarn booths last year, too.)
#scarfie by Lion Brand at 2015 CHA Show. CraftsnCoffee.com.

#scarfie by Lion Brand.

Yarnia display by Spinrite at CHA Show. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Yarnia by Spinrite.

  • I had to stop and admire these mosaics from The Beadery. I’m trying to track down the designer to see if she’ll share her tutorials with Crafts ‘n Coffee.
Mosaics by The Beadery. CrafsnCoffee.com.

Mosaics by The Beadery.

This year, we participated in the Blogger Networking Event sponsored by FaveCrafts, and had an action-packed evening meeting dozens of bloggers.

CHA blogger networking event with FaveCrafts. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sponsors of the annual FaveCrafts’ Blogger Networking event.

Dow and STYROFOAM Brand Foam sponsored the Blogger Networking event at CHA. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Norma & Emelie, ready & waiting for the crowd of bloggers.

FaveCrafts' Blogger Networking Event. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Three favorite bloggers at the event — Jen of 100 Directions, Carolina from Always Expect Moore, and Angie from The Country Chic Cottage.

Vicki O'Dell, the Creative Goddess. CraftsnCoffee.com.

I was happy to see Vicki O’Dell, the Creative Goddess.

(FaveCrafts is offering this free e-book with projects from all of the event sponsors.)

And of course, no craft industry trade show is complete without a visit with Ms. Mod Podge, right?

Ms. Mod Podge.

Mr. Mod Podge himself!

We wrapped up the show with a night out with editors Annie Ryder and Dawn Gehring from Craft Ideas magazine. After dinner, we all indulged at the Popbar – gelato on a stick, dipped and drizzled in chocolate, and then topped with nuts, coconut, sprinkles, or what have you. Uhm, yes, please!

The Popbar! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Gelato on a stick at the Popbar!

It did rain in southern California while we were there, but we had a few glorious moments of sunshine. And even though it rained, it wasn’t the frozen rain we had back at home.

Beautiful blooms at the 2015 CHA Show in Anaheim. CraftsnCoffee.com.

You don’t see this in Cleveland in January!

Brrr! January in Cleveland. CraftsnCoffee.com.

This is Cleveland in January!

The CHA Show is always an energizing whirlwind!

What do you think of these trends? Have you noted them as well? Are there other trends you’re watching that I didn’t list? Thanks so much for sharing your observations.

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Behind the scenes at a craft blog photo shoot

Have you noticed the fresh, new headers on Crafts ‘n Coffee and on our Facebook page? I am excited about this update, and thought I’d share how it all came together. Dina from Studio Rossi is the amazing photographer whose work you often see on Crafts ‘n Coffee, and we worked together closely to create a series of new images that celebrate crafting year-round. You’ve only seen a few of the images so far, and here’s a sneak peek at all of them.

Be sure to follow Crafts 'n Coffee! So many fabulous DIY ideas!

It all started with the coffee cups, because this is Crafts ‘n Coffee. I want a friendly, sit down and stay a while feel for the blog, so the coffee cup is part of who we are. I began by scouting options for different coffee cups (mugs really) for each season and holiday.

CraftsnCoffee.com has tons of year-round craft ideas!

The original Crafts ‘n Coffee cup is in the upper left.

Dina and I talked through each shot, and how we wanted each photo to inspire people to craft and create, and to showcase the possibilities for crafting and decorating with STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. We wrote up a list of supplies for each shot, and I hit the stores, and went through my own stash, too.

Behind the scenes of a craft blog photo shoot.

Packing up the boxes and bags of props and supplies.

Then, I packed it all up and stuffed my car full and drove to the studio.

Behind the scenes of a craft blog photo shoot. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Don’t forget the STYROFOAM Brand Foam!

During our first meeting, we roughed out each shot. And then I had another shopping list of last-minute items needed to fill in each shot.

Behind the scenes at a craft blog photo shoot.

We walked through the options for each shot. I always pack more than we need, but I like being ready for anything.

There were a few last-minute props to make, too.

Need a fun shape for crafting? Just cut it out from a sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Last minute, we decided we needed different shapes for the spring, patriotic, and Halloween shots.

Painted props from a craft blog photo shoot. Here's how it's done! CraftsnCoffee.com.

It’s late, but the props are painted and ready to dry overnight.

We were ready to go, and we worked right though the year, starting with the January shot. For each shot, Dina checks the gray balance with an OPTIcard.

Behind the scenes at a craft blog photo shoot. CraftsnCoffee.com

The OPTIcard, propped up on the mug, checks the gray balance in the shot.

Here’s the final image. You can see it’s a lot bigger than what you saw on the blog last month. One of our challenges was to create photos that could work in many different formats, from the very long and skinny blog header, to the Facebook header, and in much larger sizes, too.

Fun wintertime header for CraftsnCoffee, a craft blog. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Here’s the final image for winter. Did you notice it last month?

Here’s how the image appeared in the header.

CraftsnCoffee.com -- a favorite for year round crafting & creating!

Here’s how the image is cropped to fit the blog.

Are you ready to think spring? These are the initial supplies for the spring photo. I always include more than we’ll need, so we don’t have an “oh, I left that at home” moment.

Think spring! Craft supplies on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Initial supplies for the spring photo.

Spring is partially staged.

Behind the scenes at a craft blog photo shoot. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Every item is carefully placed, sometimes over and over again.

And here’s the spring image that you’ll see in a month or two on Crafts ‘n Coffee. I think it’s one of my favorites.

Spring! Lots of springtime ideas on the craft blog CraftsnCoffee.com.

Springtime header for Crafts ‘n Coffee.

Occasionally, as we were working on a shot, we realized that we needed a few more props, and we’d craft on the spot.

Behind the scenes at a craft blog photo shoot. Cute Easter ideas, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Making a few, last-minute props for the Easter photo.

Here’s the set.

Behind the scenes at a craft blog photo shoot. Cute crafts! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Easter – in process.

And the final Easter shot.

Sweet, DIY Easter Crafts on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Regular readers of Crafts ‘n Coffee might recognize a few of these projects.

How about a summer preview?

Behind the scenes at a craft blog photo shoot. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Thinking of summer in the middle of winter.

This is the final image I’ll use during the summer months.

Beautiful, beach crafts and home decor ideas on CraftsnCoffee.com.

It’s in the single digits today, so I like to think ahead to when I’ll use this photo.

Fall is also one of my favorite photos. It all started with these supplies.

Behind the scenes at a craft blog photo shoot.

Designer Patty Schaffer made the No-Sew Plaid Pumpkins.

Every image is staged several times, swapping in and out different props.

Behind the scenes at a craft blog photo shoot. CraftsnCoffee.com.

What will stay and what will go?

It all came together in this final shot for fall.

Beautiful Fall crafts to DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

I love how this shot turned out.

So far, we all have our favorites, and almost everyone has chosen something different. Which photo is your favorite?

Be sure to follow Crafts 'n Coffee! So many fabulous DIY ideas!
Happy crafting.

Sharon

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DIY a golden, glittering String Art Heart (no hammer needed)

I have another easy, no hammers and no pounding (ie, no smashed fingers) String Art Heart tutorial today. This Gold & Glittering String Art Heart is a little more free form, and definitely more sparkly than the original. Patty Schaffer and I put our heads together on this one to find a string that would make it special, and this sequin studded, metallic yarn was the perfect choice. Kids like string art, too, so share the love and make it a family time Valentine’s Day craft.

Easy -- no pouding & smashed fingers! Pretty, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Gold & Glittering String Art Heart, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” x 12” x 1” block*
  • Fabric, 18” x 18” piece
  • Brass escutcheon pins, 1”
  • Double-sided tape
  • Scrap paper, 11” square
  • Glitter yarn (Patty used Enchant from Premier Yarns in the color King’s Crown)
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; ruler

*If you have a larger sheet, here’s how to cut it to size.

Love this idea -- String Art made with gold yarn with sequins. Beautiful! CraftsnCoffee.com.

The sequins in the yarn add sparkle.

To make a Gold & Glittering String Art Heart:

1. Wrap the fabric around the foam square, folding neatly at the corners, and using double-sided tape to secure the fabric to the foam. If needed, pin fabric to the back to help hold it in place.

2. Make your heart template:

  • Fold the 11” x 11” scrap paper in half.
  • Draw half of a heart.
  • Hold the paper up to a window or a light box and trace the other half of the heart on the blank half of the paper.
  • Open the heart template and determine how you will position the nails. Patty’s nails are spaced ½” apart.
  • Make dots along the heart where the nails will go.

3. Center the template on the fabric-covered foam block, and temporarily tape in place. Push the nails into the foam block, using the dots on the heart template as a guide. Keep the nails straight up and down (not angled), and keep the height of the nails even.

4. Once all of the nails are in place, carefully remove the paper template.

Easy String Art Heart Tutorial. Love the gold sparkle, too! CraftsnCoffee.com.

First, outline the heart. Then, wrap your yarn up & down, and all around. Each time you wrap around a nail, go all the way around to help hold the yarn in place.

5. Knot the glitter yarn around a nail, and trim off the tail. Going from nail to nail, outline the heart first, wrapping completely around each nail before moving on to the next. Wrapping the yarn all the way around a nail will help hold it in place and keep it from slipping.

6. Once the heart is outlined, randomly wrap the glitter yarn around the nails, going from side to side, up and down, and diagonally. Be sure to wrap around each nail at least once, and more often as needed to fill in the heart. Keep going till you’re satisfied with your pattern. Tie off and knot the glitter yarn when completed. Snip thread of glitter yarn from skein.

Don’t you love the sparkle?

Sparkling String Art Heart! And easy, too -- no hammers and no pounding. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Gold & Glittering String Art Heart by Patty Schaffer.

The original String Art Heart is also stunning, and I really can’t choose one over the other. I’m just twice as happy now that I can share two different ways to make a String Art Heart.

Really -- no pounding, no smashed fingers! Easy way to make string art on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Both of these are easy -- no hammers, no pounding! Tutorials on CraftsnCoffee.com.

What do you think of adding a little glitter to string art? Are you adding gold accents to you home?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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How to make a Button Heart Mosaic

This Valentine’s Day Button Heart Mosaic is so pretty, you’ll be tempted to display it year-round. Patty Schaffer created this beautiful button mosaic with creamy white buttons in all different sizes. She then mixed in a little lux with flashes of gold that put it right over the top. It’s sort of like working a puzzle, fitting in the right button in just the right spot. Another project for TV craft night!

Button-Art-Heart2 I want to share a few more photos of these pretty details.

Pretty Button Heart looks like a mosaic. I love the touches of gold. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Button Heart Mosaic by Patty Schaffer.

There are two reasons for using the sequins: First, they add pretty sparkle; and second, the holes in the buttons are too large for the sequin pins, and the smaller holes in the sequins help to hold the pins in place.

A beautiful button heart with flashes of gold. CraftsnCoffee.com.

The flashes of gold put this over the top!

To make a Button Heart Mosaic, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” x 12” x 1” block*
  • Fabric, 18” x 18” piece
  • Double-sided tape
  • Buttons: Assorted sizes of white buttons; several gold buttons
  • Gold sequins, 8mm
  • Gold sequin pins, #8 (3/4”)
  • Floral pins with white pearl heads, 1-1/2” (Note: Patty trimmed these to 1” lengths; if you can find 1” pearl head pins, use the shorter pins.)
  • Tools needed: Scissors; wire cutters

*You can also cut a larger sheet to size with our cutting tips.

To make a Button Heart Mosaic:

1. Wrap the fabric around the foam square, folding neatly at the corners, and using double-sided tape to secure the fabric to the foam. If needed, pin fabric to the back to help hold it in place.

2. Starting with the larger buttons first, arrange your buttons in a heart shape. Fill in gaps with the smaller buttons. Don’t start to pin them on yet, so you can easily move them around till you like the arrangement.

I love button crafts! Prettiest Button Heart Mosaic over on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Patty pinned on the larger buttons using sequins and sequin pins. The smaller buttons and gold buttons are pinned on with pearl head pins.

3. Once you’re happy with your heart shape and the arrangement of the buttons, pin them on:

  • Pin on the larger buttons using gold sequin pins and gold sequins.
  • Pin on the smaller buttons and gold buttons with pearl head pins. (Note: If needed, trim ends of pins so that they don’t stick out the back.)

4. Fill in blank areas with additional buttons. (Because the buttons aren’t glued down, it’s easy to rearrange as you go.)

Love this button heart and the flashes of gold, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

I think this is too pretty to put away after Valentine’s Day. You can always use a different color for the background fabric, too.

For another Valentine’s Day button craft, check out Patty’s Sweetheart Button Wreath.

How to make a button wreath on CraftsnCoffee.com

Sweetheart Button Wreath by Patty Schaffer

You’ll also find links to a video all about making button crafts, including this Button & Button Flowers Wreath.

Simply stunning! One of my favorite button wreaths! CraftsnCoffee.com has the tutorial.

Button & Button Flowers Wreath by Patty Schaffer.

Patty designs for the button company Blumenthal Lansing, too, so it’s no wonder that she’s a whiz at creating with buttons. What button crafts have you made?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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How to make a Valentine’s Day Deco Mesh Topiary

Crafts ’n Coffee readers love crafts made with mesh ribbon. In fact, the Deco Mesh Christmas Topiary was one of the top crafts in 2014. Which got me thinking about how easy it would be to transform the Deco Mesh Christmas Topiary into a Valentine’s Day Deco Mesh Topiary. Mission accomplished! Today, I’m sharing the Valentine’s Day Deco Mesh Topiary I made, following Patty’s original tutorial, and adding a few different embellishments. I’m sharing my tips, so you can learn from my process.

DIY a Deco Mesh Topiary for Valentine's Day. CraftsnCoffee.com.
Here’s the original Deco Mesh Christmas Topiary. Both topiaries use red and white mesh ribbon, and changing up the embellishments transforms it from Christmas to Valentine’s Day.

Deco-Mesh-Topiary-Tutorial-2

To make your Valentine’s Day Deco Mesh Topiary, you’ll want to follow Patty’s basic tutorial. And then, here’s what I did to change it up from the original.

Supplies to DIY a Deco Mesh Valentine's Day Topiary. CraftsnCoffee.com.

I used 20″ wide mesh ribbon with thin, sparkly ribbons woven through the mesh.

Mesh Ribbon

  • I used a mesh ribbon that had thin, metallic ribbons woven through the mesh, instead of an open weave. I like that this mesh ribbon has a little more “bling.” On the downside, it was 20” wide, so I had to cut it in half for the 10” wide widths. This leads to loose ends, and I’ve had to trim my topiary a couple of times. If you want to avoid this mess, look for rolls of mesh ribbon that are 10” wide.
How to cut deco mesh. CraftsnCoffee.com.

I cut my 20″ wide mesh ribbon into two, 10″ wide strips. It wasn’t hard to do, but it made for loose ends on the finished topiary. If I had to do it again, I would go with the 10″ wide mesh ribbon.

  • One other change I made is that I cut my lengths of mesh ribbon 8” long, about an inch longer than Patty. I had an easier time rolling up my ribbon when I had a little extra length.
How to make a Deco Mesh Topiary. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Roll an 8″ length of Deco Mesh into a tube, and then cinch it in the middle with wire.

Dowel Rod & Pot

  • I used a ½” diameter dowel, about 20” long, for the stem. I think it might look better with a wider dowel, but this is what I had on hand. I painted it red, and then added some red glitter, too.
  • I happened to have a red metal pot leftover from a Christmas poinsettia and it was the perfect size for my topiary. It’s 7” wide at the top and about 6-1/2” tall.
  • I filled the pot with a 4” ball of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, and wedged in scraps till it all fit snugly. I topped off the pot with a mix of white paper shred and iridescent basket shred. Adding a few red, glittered hearts on top is optional.

Now, for the embellishments:

Valentine's Day decorations for a Deco Mesh Topiary. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Here’s what I used to decorate my topiary — floral picks, duct tape, and glittered hearts.

  • I substituted white, glittered hearts for the red ornaments. You’ll need about 16 – 20 hearts to decorate your topiary. Here’s how to add the hearts:
    1. Remove the wires from wooden floral picks. Wrap the picks in red duct tape. (You could also paint them red. I just happened to have the duct tape handy and didn’t want to wait for paint to dry.)
    2. Insert a pick into the back of the heart, remove the pick, add a dab of low temp glue, and insert the pick again.
    3. Insert the pick into the topiary.
A DIY heart pick for Valentine's Day. CraftsnCoffee.com

I wrapped the green floral picks with red duct tape so they would be less visible. You could also paint them.

The red & white color scheme works for both Christmas and Valentine’s Day. I’m wondering now if you could make the embellishments removable, and swap them out for the holidays. Perhaps you could even add a little something blue in the summer and make it a patriotic topiary. Hmm . . .

Make a Deco Mesh Topiary for Christmas OR Valentine's Day! CraftsnCoffee.com.

How would you make this into a Patriotic Deco Mesh Topiary?

Here’s another version – a St. Patrick’s Day Deco Mesh Topiary.

Easy St. Patrick's Day decoration -- a Deco Mesh Topiary. CraftsnCoffee.com

St. Patrick’s Day Deco Mesh Topiary by Dondi Richardson.

Patty and I have been scheming a few more Valentine’s Day crafts, and I think you are going to love what she’s sharing next. Please be sure to stop by later this week.

Is everyone snug and warm inside today? If you’re in the middle of this winter storm, stay inside, fire up the glue gun and get crafting!

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Three cheers for this Valentine’s Day Pompom Wreath

Patty Schaffer is back today with more Valentine’s Day décor – a Valentine’s Day Pompom Wreath. I’ve made pompoms before and they’re an easy DIY, plus, they’re so much prettier than the packaged pompoms in stores. There’s no comparison, really. The pompoms aren’t the only reason I love Patty’s wreath – check out her enchanting embellishments, too. Next time you sit down to your favorite TV show, bring along your yarn and get started on this Pompom Wreath.

Valentine's Day Pompom Wreath by Patty Schaffer on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Perfect embellishments for a Valentine's Day pompom wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Aren’t these sweet? Patty used purchased embellishments for a fast finish to the wreath.

Love this aqua stag -- he's the perfect accent on a pink, pompom wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

The stag is the perfect accent, don’t you think? I love the pop of aqua on the wreath.

To make a Valentine’s Day Pompom Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” wreath
  • Scraps of fabric or felt (to wrap the wreath)
  • Yarn in three different colors and finishes (Patty used light pink, dark pink, and a sparkling pink)
  • Glittered cardboard hearts (Patty’s are from Making Memories)
  • Valentine stamp sticker (Patty’s is from Martha Stewart)
  • Deer figurine
  • Acrylic craft paint in turquoise
  • Low temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; paintbrush

To make a Valentine’s Day Pompom Wreath:

1. Cut the fabric or felt into 1-1/2” wide strips, and wrap around the wreath. Secure the ends with pins.

2. Make pompoms from a variety of yarn. Patty’s wreath had 30 pompoms: 11 light pink; 10 dark pink; and nine sparkly pink.

Patty graciously supplied her template for making the pompoms. To use the template:

  • Cut two templates from chipboard or a heavy plastic.
  • Sandwich a length of yarn between the templates; it should be long enough that the ends extend beyond the template.
  • Wrap the yarn around and around the template, the fuller the better.
  • Slide scissors between the templates and carefully snip the yarn along the outside edge.
  • Pull up and tie tightly the length of yarn that was sandwiched between the templates, forming your pompom.
  • Remove templates.
  • Trim any uneven lengths.

3. Glue the pompoms to the wreath, covering it completely.

Cute, and made for each other. DIY Valentine's Day Pompom Wreath on CraftsnCoffee.com.

These two are made for each other.

4. Glue glittered cardboard hearts at about the 5:00 position on the wreath. Add the Valentine stamp sticker.

5. Paint the deer turquoise and let dry. Glue the deer to the inside curve of the wreath.

6. Knot together the ends of a 6” length of yarn. Pin and glue to the back of the wreath for a hanger.

DIY Valentine's Day Pompom Wreath. See tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Valentine’s Day Pompom Wreath by Patty Schaffer.

Patty makes the prettiest Valentine’s Day Wreaths. She also made this Valentine’s Day Yarn Wreath for Crafts ‘n Coffee readers.

Easy Valentine Yarn Wreath tutorial with XOXO banner and glittered hearts. CraftsnCoffee.com

Valentine Yarn Wreath with XO banner by Patty Schaffer.

Or perhaps you remember her Paper Roses Wreath?

Gorgeous wreath made with paper roses & dusted in glitters. CraftsnCoffee.com

Paper Roses Valentine Wreath by Patty Schaffer.

Don’t miss her Love Letters Valentine’s Day Wall Hanging from earlier this week, too.

Book page hearts + LOVE letters = this pretty, Valentine's Day Wall Hanging. CraftsnCoffee.com

Love Letters Wall Hanging by Patty Schaffer

Have you noticed the new headers here on Crafts ‘n Coffee? Earlier in January I featured a new header with snowmen, and today I’m using our Valentine’s Day header. What do you think?  We wrapped up 2014 with a photo shoot to create new images for the old header here on Crafts ‘n Coffee. I hope to share a little behind-the-scenes look at our photo shoot sometime soon.

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Book page hearts + love letters = Valentine’s Day décor

Book page hearts, love letters and flashes of gold? How romantic is this Valentine’s Day Wall Hanging? Designer Patty Schaffer cut up old books to make the hearts, and then added touches of gold – beautiful! Here’s what else I like – she custom cut the heart from a sheet of foam, so she could make it the size and shape she liked best. So, you can do the same and make it smaller, larger, or any shape heart you like. Read on for Patty’s tips.

Book page hearts + LOVE letters = this pretty, Valentine's Day Wall Hanging. CraftsnCoffee.com

Love Letters Wall Hanging by Patty Schaffer

To make a Love Letters Wall Hanging, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” x 12” x 1” sheet
  • Paper:
    • Pages from an old book
    • Patterned scrapbook paper (to cover the heart)
    • Gold paper
    • Pink glittered cardstock
  • Leafing Pen in Gold (Patty used a Krylon Leafing Pen)
  • Ribbon (for hanging)
  • Glue dots
  • Double-sided tape
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife and a bar of soap or an old candle OR StyroCutter® Plus*; straight pins; heart punch; sharp pencil

*Note: You can cut the foam sheet with a serrated knife, and waxing the knife blade with a bar of soap or an old candle will make the cutting smoother. Or, do what Patty did and use the StyroCutter® Plus. This handheld tool has a hot wire tip that heats up and cuts right through the foam – clean & easy!

Beautiful details from this romantic, Book Page Heart Valentine's Day Wallhanging. CraftsnCoffee.com.

You’ll gently fold the hearts on top, so they almost look like they’re fluttering.

To make a Love Letters Wall Hanging:

1. Design your heart shape on scrap paper or old newspaper, and cut out. Patty’s heart is 12” wide and 8” tall. Pin the pattern to the foam sheet and trace around the heart with a sharp pencil, scoring the foam. Cut out the heart using a serrated knife or the StyroCutter Plus.

2. Cover the front and sides of the foam heart with patterned paper:

  • Cut 1-½” wide strips of patterned paper to cover the sides.
  • Snip ½” slits into the top edge of each strip, making little tabs.
  • Adhere the strips around the sides of the heart using double-sided tape. Bend tabs over onto the front of the heart.
  • Trace around the heart on the reverse side of your patterned paper. Cut out the paper heart and tape onto the front of the foam heart.
  • Note: If needed, you can also use a paper adhesive to help hold the pieces in place.

3. Punch out hearts from the book pages. Cut out some freehand hearts, too, so that you have an assortment of sizes. Outline the edges with a gold Leafing Pen.

4. Randomly adhere the book page hearts to the foam heart with glue dots. Carefully fold up the sides of the hearts in the top layer so they stick up a bit.

Beautiful gold details on book page hearts. CraftsnCoffee.com

You’ll outline each heart in gold, and add a few hearts cut from gold paper, too.

5. Punch out five hearts from the gold paper, and freehand cut five smaller hearts from the book pages. Adhere the five gold hearts around the wreath. Adhere the smaller, plain book page hearts on top of the gold hearts.

5. Freehand cut L, V, E and a heart for the O from the pink glittered cardstock. Adhere to the heart.

I LOVE this Valentine's Day wall hanging made with book page hearts. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Patty cut the letters from pink glittered cardstock.

6. Pin and glue a ribbon hanger to the back.

Book page hearts + LOVE letters = this pretty, Valentine's Day Wall Hanging. CraftsnCoffee.com

The gold accents add so much!

Isn’t it beautiful? And like I said, I love that you can make this any size you like. Have you ever used a StyroCutter Plus?

I’ll have another new Valentine’s Day craft from Patty tomorrow. See you then!

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Dreaming of penguin crafts? Here’s how to DIY your own

Did you know that today is Penguin Awareness Day? Which is all the reason I need to feature an adorable penguin craft. Not that I need a reason – just about any day is a good day to make a penguin, right? This little penguin is catching a few winks in his icy bed, and designer Debra Quartermain named him Penguin Dreams. Because you can never have enough cute penguins, I’ve included links to a few other penguin crafts here on Crafts ‘n Coffee, too.

Really cute penguin craft. No sewing, too! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Penguin Dreams by Debra Quartermain.

To make a Dreaming Penguin, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Balls, one each 2-1/2″ & 1-1/2″
    • Block, 12″ x 10″ x 1-1/4″
    • Egg, 2-1/2″
  • Textured snow paint
  • Felt:
    • Yellow, small piece (beak & feet)
    • 5” x 10” pieces of white & black plush felt (head & body)
  • Red fleece fabric, 6″ square (hat)
  • Plaid cotton fabric, 6″ square (blanket)
  • Blue pompom, 1″
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Sequin snowflake
  • Iridescent glitter
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Optional: Powdered blush
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; candle stub or bar of soap; fine-line black permanent marker; sharp pencil; ruler; compass; needles; straight pins
So cute, and easier than you think to DIY. Make this penguin without sewing! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Don’t you love the details, from the pompom hat to the glittering snowflakes on his blanket?

To make a Dreaming Penguin:

1. Wax the serrated knife blade with a candle stub or bar of soap. Cut an 8″square from the foam block. Trim the edges to make jagged points, shaping an “iceberg” that’s about 6” square. Glue the 2-1/2” foam ball to one side of the iceberg.

2. Paint the iceberg and snowball with textured snow paint. While wet, sprinkle with glitter. Let dry.

3. Cut a small slice from the 1-1/2” ball; this will be the head. Cut a small, lengthwise slice from the foam egg; this will be the body.

4. Cut the felt and fleece as follows:

  • Cut out patterns, and cut felt pieces as indicated.
  • Cut a 4” circle from both the white and black plush felt. Cut the black circle in half for the wings.
  • Place the foam egg, flat side down, on the black plush felt. Trace a large oval around the foam egg, extending 1-1/2” all around the egg.

5. Center the head, rounded side down, on the circle of white, plush felt. Wrap felt around to the flat side of the ball and pin in place. Adjust so that the front is smooth and the felt is gathered evenly all around. Glue in place to the back of the ball.

6. Repeat Step 5 to cover the foam egg with the oval of black, plush felt. Glue the 4″ circle of white, plush felt to the rounded front.

Such a sweet sleeping penguin! DIY it on CraftsnCoffee.com.

You’ll push your needle right through the foam ball to make the eyes. It’s just a single stitch – easy.

7. Stitch the eyes:

  • Thread embroidery needle with two strands of floss and secure at the back of the head.
  • Push the needle through the ball to the front.
  • Sew two small straight stitches for eyes, 1/2″ apart, in center of face.
  • Push the needle through the ball to the back of the head, and knot and clip threads.

8. Glue long edges of upper and lower beak pieces together. Glue beak to center of face directly under eyes. Optional: Use fingertip to blush cheeks.

9. Place hat right side up on work surface. Apply a line of glue along straight edge of hat; sprinkle with glitter and let dry. Dot the blue pompom with glue and sprinkle with glitter; let dry.

10. Fold hat in half, wrong sides facing in, and glue along the curved edge. Glue pompom to hat tip. Glue the hat onto the penguin’s head, keeping the seam to the back. Add a snowflake to the front.

11. Assemble penguin:

  • Fold each wing in half, wrong sides facing in.
  • Glue folded corner of wings to shoulders, straight edge up.
  • Glue feet and head to body.
  • Glue penguin to snowball at slight upward angle.

10. Optional: Draw snowflakes on blanket fabric using glue, and sprinkle with glitter.

11. Glue blanket between wings (refer to photo). Lightly sprinkle glitter on penguin.

If you’re like me and you love a sweet penguin craft, then be sure to see the roundup of penguin crafts that I shared previously.

make a penguin

South Pole Penguins by Kathleen George.

Now would be the time to scout for clearance Christmas socks and gloves, so you’re ready to make these Penguin Ornaments for next Christmas.

These are adorable! DIY the Penguins from a sock or mitten and an egg of Styrofoam brand foam. CraftsnCoffee.com.
Have you ever “met” a penguin? I remember meeting one once, and it was amazing to be so close. However, the staff handling the penguin was very clear about not standing behind the bird. I guess they can get a little messy!

Happy penguin crafting.

Sharon

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You’ll love this DIY Snowman – he’ll rope you in!

I’m wrapping up snowman week with a snowman all wrapped up in cotton cord. He’s designed by Kathleen George, who has created some of the most popular snowmen here on Crafts ‘n Coffee. Kathleen’s snowman faces always have a ton of personality, which brings these frozen figures to life. (And speaking of Frozen, Kathleen is the mastermind behind the tutorial to DIY Olaf the Snowman from the movie Frozen.) Here’s how to make this cute, Cord-Wrapped Snowman. (And if you’re a fan of twine, I think that would look fabulous, too.)

A fun snowman craft from Crafts 'n Coffee. He's all wrapped up in cotton cord.

Cord Wrapped Snowman by Kathleen Goerge.

To make a Cord-Wrapped Snowman, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: one each 3”, 4” and 5” balls
  • White cotton cord, ¼” dia., approx. 25 yd.
  • Doll-size top hat
  • Felt: Cranberry and a scrap of rose
  • 9mm black bead eyes, two
  • Wooden dowel, 3/16” x 1″
  • Acrylic paint in orange
  • Pearl cotton thread in dark red
  • Flat wood-tone buttons, four
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; ruler; straight pins; masking tape; utility knife or pencil sharpener; small, flat paintbrush; compass

To make a Cord-Wrapped Snowman:

1. Wax serrated knife with an old candle or a bar of soap. Cut a small slice from the top and bottom of the 4″ and 5″ foam balls. Cut a small slice from the bottom of the 3″ ball. Glue balls together to build your snowman shape.

2. Wrap your snowman in cord:

  • Start along the bottom of the 5” ball.
  • Use the thick, white craft glue, and glue the cord in place as you wrap.
  • If needed, use straight pins to help hold the cord in place while the glue dries.

3. Add the arms:

  • One inch from one end, knot together six, 11” lengths of cord.
  • Braid cords together, and tightly wrap the opposite end in masking tape.
  • Using the point of the scissors, make a hole in each side of the middle ball for the arms. Refer to the photo for placement.
  • Squeeze a dab of glue in each hole. Insert the taped ends into the holes.

5. Sharpen one end of the wooden dowel to a point with the utility knife or a pencil sharpener. Paint dowel orange and let dry.

So clever -- wrap up your snowmen in cotton cord. The body is made with 3", 4" and 5" Styrofoam balls. CraftsnCoffee.com.

This gallant snowman tips his hat.

6. Make the snowman’s face:

  • Using photo as a guide, glue on black beads for the eyes.
  • Center the blunt end of the nose under the eyes, and push into the foam head. If needed, add glue to secure.
  • Cut two, 1/2″ – 3/4″ circles from rose felt for cheeks. Glue cheeks to face.
  • Glue dark red pearl cotton onto the face between the cheeks, forming a smile.

7. Accessorize the snowman:

  • Tie an 18″ x 2″ strip of cranberry felt around the neck.
  • Glue buttons down center front of the middle ball.
  • Glue top hat on an angle to the head.
  • Optional: Glue one hand to hat brim as if he’s tipping his hat.

I’m sure you’ve admired Kathleen’s snowmen before. In fact, she designed the five favorite snowman crafts here on Crafts ‘n Coffee. You’ll find links to the tutorials in this post.

I can't choose just one -- these are all adorable snowmen!Here are the other two snowmen featured this week. Do you have a favorite?

Mixed Media Snowman (left)

Paper Cube Snowman (right)

The cutest DIY snowman crafts on CraftsnCoffee.com.

The Paper Cube Snowman (right) is from Monday, and the tutorial for the Mixed Media Snowman (left) was featured yesterday.

How has your winter been? Are you building snowmen? Or is it too cold to go outside where you live? Maybe you’re on the beach and building sand castles instead?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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A sweet snowman craft made with paper, wool and foam

It’s a week of snowman crafts. Today, award-winning designer Rebekah Meier is sharing her Sweet, Mixed Media Snowman. Rebekah designs beautiful mixed media art, and just this week at the CHA Show, she won the hot new product award in the Fabric & Needlecraft category for her Fabric Elements product line. Congratulations, Rebekah! I’m honored that Rebekah also designs with STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. Here’s her tutorial to DIY a Sweet, Mixed Media Snowman.

An adorable Snowman DIY by Rebekah Meier. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sweet, Mixed Media Snowman by Rebekah Meier.

To make a Sweet, Mixed Media Snowman, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Balls: 3-1/2″ and 1″
    • Block: 18″ x 4″ x 4″
    • Cone: 3″ x 2”
  • Wool roving fiber: natural; orange
  • Paper:
    • Pink decorative paper, 12″ x 12″
    • Cream card stock
    • Vintage snowman image (search online for a free image)
  • Cream lace trim, 1″ x 18″
  • Cream organza ribbon, 1-1/2″ x 1 yd.
  • Mother-of-pearl buttons, two small
  • Chenille stem in silver
  • Glitter:
    • Ultra-fine pink iridescent glitter
    • White iridescent glitter glue
  • Corsage pins with black heads, seven
  • Cosmetic blush
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Foam mounting tape, squares, or dots
  • Tools needed: Scissors; deco-edge scissors; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; pencil; ruler; round paintbrush; round wooden toothpicks; felting needle*; sewing needle & cream button thread

* Note: Felting needles are extremely sharp; use caution. The higher the needle number, the finer the needle and the smaller the hole left in the project.

I love this DIY, Mixed Media Snowman by Rebekah Meier. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Would you make your Mixed Media Snowman in pink, or would you use a different color?

To make a Sweet, Mixed Media Snowman:

1. Measure and mark a 4” square on the foam sheet. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin, and then cut a 4” cube from the foam sheet.

2. From the pink paper, cut two, 4-1/2″ x 8-1/4″ strips and one 3-3/4″ square. Overlap and glue together the two short ends of the 4-1/2″-wide strips, creating a 4-1/2″ x 16-1/4″ strip. Score and fold ½” from the top edge of the strip, making a sharp crease along the length of the strip.

3. Wrap the paper strip around the cube, with the ½” fold at the top. Position the strip so that the ends overlap at the back. Pinch the paper at the corners, and then remove the paper strip and fold crisply at each corner.

4. Glue the strip around the cube. Clip the corners at the top, and fold the ½” tabs down and glue in place. Glue the paper square to the top. Wrap and glue the lace trim around the cube.

Cute image featured on Rebekah Meier's Mixed Media Snowman. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Search online for free, snowman images you can use. Notice the details Rebekah added to her image.

5. Cut out a snowman image. Using deco edge scissors, cut out a cream mat, slightly larger than the snowman image. Decorate with buttons and glitter glue. Let dry, and then adhere to the front of the cube with foam tape.

6. Place a small amount of wool roving on the 3-1/2” ball and felt in place, inserting the needle numerous times through the fibers and into the foam ball. Once the fibers are locked into place, continue to add roving, felting it as you go, until the ball is completely covered.

7. Glue two toothpicks halfway into the bottom of the ball. Apply glue to the exposed ends and insert into the top of paper-covered cube; let dry.

8. Sew gathering stitch along one long edge of the organza ribbon; pull thread and gather tightly to create a ruffle. Wrap ribbon around the snowman’s neck and tie off threads.

Love this snowman face! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

You’ll use a little roving to make the carrot nose, and the eyes and mouth are made with corsage pins.

9. Blush the snowman’s cheeks and insert pins for eyes and a mouth. For nose, wrap and glue small amount of orange wool fiber around the tip of a toothpick, forming a carrot. Insert and glue the nose into the face.

10. Insert toothpicks into the foam cone and 1” ball and use as handles. Paint the shapes with white glue, and sprinkle with pink glitter. Work over a box lid or newspaper for easier clean up. Let glue dry. Pick and glue the ball onto the tip of the cone.

11. Pick and glue the hat onto the snowman. Glue a silver chenille stem around the edge of hat.

Here’s another mixed media project Rebekah’s shared with Crafts ‘n Coffee readers – her trio of Sparkling, Vintage Snowmen.

So sweet. Felted with bamboo fiberfill instead of wool roving -- great idea for felting novices. CraftsnCoffee.com.Rebekah also designed the Sparkling Snowman in this vignette.

Beautiful, DIY Paper Trees and Sparkling Snowman. You can leave up this scene all winter long. CraftsnCoffee.com

For a different medium, you might try her Pastel, Paper Clay Snowman.

There's a step-by-step tutorial for this snowman on CraftsnCoffee.com. You can do it!I hope you’ll swing by Rebekah’s blog and congratulate her on her award. While you’re over there, take a peek at her beautiful mixed media art. I love that her new Fabric Elements line will make it easy for anyyone to create a mixed media masterpiece.

Here are the cheery snowmen I’m featuring this week, and the cutie in the middle is up tomorrow.

The cutest DIY snowman crafts on CraftsnCoffee.com.

The center snowman is scheduled for tomorrow.

See you then!

Happy crafting.

Sharon

 

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