Hand-carved Valentine


I was so excited to demonstrate hand-carving Smoothfoam sheets at the Craft & Hobby Association trade show this month. It was fun to show craft retailers and designers just how easy it is to cut Smoothfoam into intricate shapes. This hand-carved Valentine is actually pretty easy to make…once you try your hand at carving Smoothfoam, you’ll be hooked like me!

hand carved smoothfoam valentine


12″ square Smoothfoam Scrapbook Mount sheet
1″ thick scrap sheet of Smoothfoam
12″ square cork tile – The Board Dudes
Sulky Stick’n Carve Printable Transfer sheets
Black FolkArt Chalkboard Paint
Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue
DecoColor Paint Pens – opaque white, blue, red, yellow, orange
Hot Wire Foam Factory Hot Knife & Mini-Scroll Table
Paint brush
Picture hanging hook


1.  Draw the words “Be My Valentine” on paper to fit centered within an 8″ square, allowing a 2″ border all the way around. Add a large winged heart and two smaller hearts to the drawing as shown. Scan the drawing into your computer and then print it out on one 8-1/2″x11″ transfer sheet. Peel the backing release paper and apply the transfer sheet to the center of the 12” Smoothfoam sheet. Draw, scan and print out a second heart (to layer on top of the winged heart) on another transfer sheet and apply it to the Smoothfoam scrap piece. Leave the transfer sheets on the foam to cut through.

be my valentine design

2.  Use the hot knife tool to poke a pilot hole in the Smoothfoam sheet in each area which will be cut out.

carve smoothfoam hot knife

3.  Carefully carve out the Smoothfoam sheet with the mini-scroll table. You will need to unthread and insert the wire into each pilot hole to make each interior cut. Cut out the extra heart piece too. Peel the transfer sheets off the foam when you’re finished cutting.

4.  Carve border lines and doodles to the carving and heart with the hot knife tool.

painted hand carved smoothfoam

5.  Paint the carving and heart black. Let dry before adding one more coat of paint.

paint pens carved smoothfoam

6.  Color in your carving and heart with paint pens and then glue the heart on top of the center of the carving.

7.  Glue the carving to the cork tile and glue a picture hanging hook to the back, or display on an easel.


Chevron pattern bulletin board


I don’t know about you, but life in my household is hectic.  We needed a place to corral the most important notes. Voilà! A chevron pattern bulletin board that packs a visual punch. No more lost notes!


You will need:
12″ x 12″ Smoothfoam scrapbook page mount
Plaid Folk Art Multi-Surface Paints – Jonquil Yellow and Medium Grey
Frog Tape Shape Tape – Chevron
4 flexible magnet discs with adhesive (hardware store)
Sponge brush
Non-stick scissors

1.  Paint the Smoothfoam sheet yellow. Allow to dry 24 hours for the paint to fully cure.

2.  Mark the Smoothfoam sheet at every inch on both the top and bottom. Cut a 14″ piece of tape and peel off one side of the liner. Center it between the 1″ and 2″ marks. Once positioned, peel off the the second half of the tape and press firmly, wrapping the excess over the edges.  Repeat this procedure across the surface, placing the tape every other inch while being certain that the zigzag of the chevron pattern lines up.

3.  Paint the spaces between the tape grey.  As the yellow is so vibrant, you will likely need 2-3 coats of gray to cover the yellow completely. Allow the paint to dry an hour between each coat. On the final coat, allow the paint to dry 24 hours.

4.  Peel away the tape. Magic! Perfect chevron pattern!

5.  Add the adhesive magnet discs to the back and your bulletin board is ready to go on the fridge!

Burlap heart wall hanging


February is the month for love…and this burlap heart wall hanging is a lovely way to enjoy Valentine’s Day every day! Printed burlap along with distressed scrapbook papers look great together. Read on and I’ll show you how to make this Valentine’s wall hanging.

burlap smoothfoam love panel

You will need:

12″ Smoothfoam scrapbook mount
3-1/2″ Smoothfoam half-heart
Printed burlap (fleur de lys pattern)
Pink cardstock
Scrapbook paper with large focal image (I used “Dear Jane” by DCWV)
1-3/4″ alpha stickers or diecuts  (“LOVE”)
1 yard jute twine
Brown distress ink pad
Cosmetic wedge sponge
Glue gun with low melt glue sticks
Craft glue
Ribbon (for hanging) or easel

1.  Cut a 16″ piece of burlap, lay it printed side down and place the Smoothfoam panel in the center. Wrap the foam with the burlap, keeping it taut as you glue the burlap down. Snip off the corners to reduce the bulk for mitering. Glue an 11″ square of burlap over the folds to finish the back side of the panel.

2.  Trim a 6″ square of burlap so the design is centered, and wrap it around the Smoothfoam heart. Glue the edges to the back and trim off excess bulk. Set aside.

3.  Cut the focal image paper to an 11″ square and color the edges by pouncing the wedge sponge on the ink pad, then smudging the ink on the paper.

4.  Center and glue the paper to the front of the board on top of the burlap, then hot-glue the heart to the board.

5.  To make the banner, cut four 3″ x 3″ triangles from pink paper. Chalk the edges of  each triangle pennant with the ink and sponge, then fold the base of each pennant over the jute twine and secure with glue. Adhere a letter to each pennant to spell “LOVE.”

6.  Drape the banner across the front of the board and pin each end of the jute twine to the board. Secure each pennant to the board with glue.

7.  Adhere a 10″ length of ribbon to the back side of the board with hot glue if you want to hang it – or place your Valentine’s wall hanging on an easel to display on a shelf or mantel.

No-sew felt cell phone pouch


This sweet little cell phone pouch was one of our Make & Take projects that we shared in our booth at the 2014 Craft & Hobby Association Mega Show. So many “tweets” that come from attendees sharing what they see on the show floor is what inspired my design! This cute pounch is handy for other items too, and is easy enough for older children to make. It would make a cute sweet treat bag for Valentine’s Day!

Smoothfoam felt cell phone pouch

You will need:

2” Smoothfoam ball, cut in half
Kunin Classic Felt – Candy Pink, Brilliant Blue, Flower
Buttons in assorted colors
3/8” wide ribbon
Fabri-Tac Glue
Scissors, craft knife
4” circle template
Ruler, pencil

1.  To create the bird embellishment, cut a 4” circle from blue felt. Cut two 2” hearts from the flower felt for wings. Cut two petal shapes for feet and a ¼” triangle for the beak from the orange felt. For the bag, cut a 6″ x 9″ piece of pink felt plus some flowers.

2.  Place the half-ball, round side down, in the center of the blue felt circle. Bring the circle edge up over flat side of the ball and secure with glue, holding in place for 5 seconds. Then bring the opposite edge of the circle up and glue. Fold and tuck the rest of the fabric snugly and glue it to the ball; let dry.

3.  Fold the 6″ x 9″ pink felt in half to 4-1/2″ x 6″. Glue two sides, leaving the top open. Cut a length of ribbon long enough to hang the pouch around your neck and glue each end of the ribbon into the inside top corners of the pouch.

4.  Glue piece of ribbon across bottom front of the pouch and add buttons. Glue the points of the heart wings to the back of the ball. Center the ball on the pouch and glue in place. Glue on his feet, beak and a stack of buttons for each eye. Glue flowers to the ribbon strap.

Napkin decoupage photo holder

Isn’t this just the cutest block on the block? This napkin-decoupaged photo holder was one of our Make & Take projects that we shared in our booth at the 2014 Craft & Hobby Association Mega Show.

Smoothfoam napkin decoupage Photo Cube

You will need:

3″ Smoothfoam cube
Four 1″ Smoothfoam balls
Decorative paper napkins
Floral wire – 18 guage
Silver mini-brads
¼” wide grosgrain ribbon
DecouPage Sealer
Black Patio Paint
Large, soft brush
Small, soft brush
Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Scissors, craft knife

1.  Push a toothpick into each 1” ball to use as a handle, then paint each ball with black patio paint. Set aside to dry.

2.  Separate the layers of a napkin and remove the printed layer to work with. Cut two 3” square pieces for the top and bottom of the cube. Cut the rest of the printed layer into long, 3″wide strips. Wrap one strip around two sides of the cube, gently adhering with with decoupage sealer, then continue with more strips to cover the other sides, and adhere the 3” squares to the top and bottom. Insert a toothpick into the base of the block if handling the cube with fingers becomes too sticky. Let dry.

3.  Glue a black ball to each corner of the base of the block, let dry.

4.  Wrap a strip of ribbon around the top edge of the block, about ½” down from the top edge and secure to the foam with sequin pins. Use a craft knife to make 3 tiny pilot holes in the ribbon on each side of the cube, then insert a mini brad thru each hole in the ribbon with a dab of glue.

5.  To make the wire heart, wrap one piece of wire twice around a paint bottle, leave 2″ at each end and twist the ends together. Slide the coil off and gently pull out the top part of each loop to create the heart shape.  The coils will overlap at the center to create a slot to hold a photo. Make a pilot hole in the center of the top of the cube, add a few drops of glue and push the wire into the cube.


Faux canvas wall plaque with free downloadable


This lovely wall plaque with the look of canvas was one of our Make & Take projects that we shared in our booth at the 2014 Craft & Hobby Association Mega Show.  I designed this image with a photo I took at the beach and some inspiring words. You can download my image or create your own!

Smoothfoam Faux Canvas Wall Art

You will need:

Smoothfoam scrapbook mount sheet, cut to 7-1/2” x 10”
Craft Attitude Inkjet Printable Film
Elmer’s Extra-Strength Glue Stick
Dimensional glue dots
Helmet starfish
½” wide burlap ribbon
Sequin pins
“Cherish” beach image* – click here to download
Computer and inkjet printer

1.  Print out your image in reverse to fill an 8-1/2″ X 11″ Sheet of Craft Attitude film, following the package directions. Our free downloadable image above is already in reverse.

2.  Cover the entire surface of the Smoothfoam sheet with a smooth layer of glue stick. Little “bumps” of glue need to be smoothed out or they will show.

3.  Lay the sheet of film on the counter, printed side facing up. Flip the Smoothfoam sheet over, glue side down, center it in position and press it gently on top of the film.

4.  Flip the plaque back over and gently rub and press the film (keep liner in place) against the Smoothfoam, smoothing out any creases.

5.  With your fingernail or a straight pin, carefully peel back one corner of the top liner of the film, then slowly peel the liner all the way off.

6.  Gently smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles in the film. It will not smear because the ink side of the film is against the glue side of the foam.

7.  Spread glue around the outside edges of the Smoothfoam, then fold and press the excess film over on to the edges. Snip off the overlapping corners of film.

8.  Adhere the starfish on top of the plaque with a few glue dots. Use small sequin pins to attach burlap ribbon around the edge as a frame.

*  ©Julie McGuffee – you have permission to download this “Cherish” beach image for your own personal use only, not for resale. 

Sequin pendant


This sparkly “disco ball” sequin pendant was one of our Make & Take projects that we shared in our booth at the 2014 Craft & Hobby Association Mega Show. The 1″ Smoothfoam ball is perfect for earrings, mini ornaments and lamp pulls, too.

Smoothfoam sequin pendant

You will need:

1″ Smoothfoam ball
Black sequin trim – 24″ length
2” eye pins
Focal bead and dangle
¼” wide black ribbon – 1 yard
Aleene’s Fast Grab Glue
Sequin pins
Toothpick, large straight pin
Small brush
Jewelry pliers – flat and round
Craft knife

1.  Push a toothpick thru the center of the 1” ball to use as a handle. Brush glue over the entire surface of the ball.

Wrap Sequins on Smoothfoam ball

2.  Anchor one end of the sequin trim to the opening at the top of the ball with a sequin pin. Wrap the sequins around the entire surface of the ball. Twirling the toothpick with one hand while wrapping helps this process.  Make sure the thread side of the sequin trim lays against the ball. Use a straight pin to gently push strands together as you wrap. Pin the opposite end of the sequin trim up against the hole at the bottom to secure. Carefully remove the toothpick so it doesn’t end up getting glued to the inside of the ball, then set aside to dry.

3.  Attach the dangle to the loop on the eye pin then place the focal bead onto the eye pin.  Push the eye pin up thru the center of the ball from the bottom, then use the round pliers to make a loop at the top. Thread the ribbon through the top loop and knot the ends to finish.

Elegant fabric egg ornament


These lovely fabric-covered foam Easter egg ornaments were one of our Make & Take projects that we shared in our booth at the 2014 Craft & Hobby Association Mega Show. Learn how to make this homemade Easter decoration below.

smoothfoam fabric covered egg ornament

You will need:

4″ Smoothfoam egg
Cotton fabric – torn into long 1″ wide strips
Sheer wired ribbon
Large-hole beads
Embroidery floss
U-shaped floral pins
Ball-head straight pins

1.  Insert a floral pin at each end of the egg. Leave the “u” ends of each pin sticking out about an inch from the surface.

2.  Hold the end of a fabric strip at the bottom of the egg, then wrap it tightly around the length of the egg from top to bottom, going through the floral pin at each end. This will keep the fabric strips from slipping sideways. Overlap the strips slightly. When the egg is completely covered, cut the end of the strip at the top and secure with a straight pin.

3.  Use a 6” long fabric strip to make a hanger at the top. Push the strip under the floral pin then tie the ends together.

Bow4.  To make a bow at the top, fold 1 yard of ribbon back and forth every 6″ to create 3″ loops , ending with tails that are a bit longer than the loops. Push the folded ribbon under the floral pin at the top of the egg, then push the pin down all the way into the foam to anchor the folded ribbon at the center. Ruffle the loops and tails.


5.  For the beaded tassel, cut a skein of embroidery floss in half. Pull one strand from the half-skein and tie it around the fold at the top. Pull the ends of this strand through a large-hole bead and slide the bead down over the top of the tassel. Tie the tassel to the floral pin at the bottom of the egg, then push the pin up into the egg so it is flush with the surface and the tassel hangs down.

Cherry-topped mason jar


This was one of our Make & Take projects that we shared in our booth at the 2014 Craft & Hobby Association Mega Show. Fill it up with sweets for someone special!

Smoothfoam Mason jar sweets

You will need:

2″ Smoothfoam ball (cut in half)
1″ Smoothfoam ball
Mason jar
White braided cord trim
May Arts baker’s twine
Little B cupcake stickers
Aleene’s Fast Grab Glue
AdTech Cool Temp Glue Gun
Foam glue sticks
1-½” scalloped circle punch
1/8″ hole punch
Tape, craft picks, straight pin
Red craft paint or paint marker
Scissors, craft knife

1.  Push a craft pick into the 1” ball to use as a handle. Paint the ball red. Let dry.

2.  Cut about 34” of cord. Before cutting, wrap tape around the cord then cut thru the center of the tape to prevent the cord from unraveling.

3.  With the lid on the jar, use the glue gun to glue the half-ball on top of the lid and the red ball to the top of the half-ball. Use the paint brush to cover the surface of the half ball with a generous coat of Fast Grab glue.

4.  Starting on top of the lid (base of the half ball), attach one end of the cord to the half ball with a straight pin then wrap the cord around the half ball. Tuck the opposite end under the red ball at the top and secure with a pin.

5.  Punch a scalloped circle from white card stock, then punch a small hole near the edge for the tag. Wrap bakers twine a couple of times around the rim of the lid then add the gift tag.  Embellish the gift tag with a 3D cupcake sticker.


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