Heartfelt Felt Flower for Valentine’s Day

felt heart flower

For Valentine’s Day, a day of hearts and flowers, I was inspired to use a heart shape to make a big Valentine flower for my heart vase. Half of a Smoothfoam ball makes an ideal flower center – just add fun polka dot straws for a stem and there you have it!  Make a bouquet and tuck a love note into the back. Be Mine, Valentine!

You will need:
2” Smoothfoam ball
9” x 12” Kunin Felt Craft Cuts – 3 sheets Red, 1 sheet Candy Pink
Heart shape die (mine is for a Sizzix Big Shot machine)
Buttons – pink, white, red
Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue
Aleene’s Quick Dry Fabric Fusion
Fabric heart embellishments or stickers
3 paper straws
12” piece of 1/8” dowel
Scissors, clamp, craft knife

make red felt heart flower

1.  Cut the Smoothfoam ball in half and glue buttons to the round side with Turbo Tacky. Overlap to cover completely. Set aside to dry.

2.  Die-cut six red and two pink hearts.

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3.  Use Fabric Fusion to glue a 1-½” center line in each red heart. Fold in half, finger press.

4.  Use a clamp to hold each heart petal while gluing the next one. Repeat for all six. For pink hearts, glue along the entire edge, fold in half, finger press.

5.  Place the half ball round side down. Glue flower petals overlapping slightly, spacing evenly around flat end of ball.

6.  Cut the dowel in half. Insert into straws to join together and glue if needed. Glue straw to back of flower. Glue pink heart leaves overlapping at join of first two straws.

7.  Add fabric embellishments and buttons as desired. Trim stem to appropriate length.

Felt Heart Topiary

2015-01 Felt Heart Garland by Jennifer Priest 5

For Valentine’s Day décor, I created a fun felt garland for my mantle. The garland was cute but my mantle needed something more…

2015-01 Felt Heart Garland and Heart Trees by Jennifer Priest 2I created these mini heart-shaped topiaries using the leftover hearts from my felt project and Smoothfoam half-balls as the bases. I covered the Smoothfoam with paper flowers, but you can use buttons, sequins, or even glitter to cover the bases. Smoothfoam half-balls make great bases for all kinds of home and party décor projects – I hope this inspires you to decorate your mantle creatively this February!

Supplies:

3-1/4″ Smoothfoam half-balls
4-1/2″ Smoothfoam half-balls
Paper flowers
Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Craft Paint
Paint brush
Washi tape, assorted colors
Bamboo skewers, 1 per topiary
Ribbons & trims
Hot glue gun
Felt hearts, 2 per topiary
Sewing machine

Here’s how to create this project:

Directions:

1.  Lay the two felt hearts face to face, matching the edges together. Sew a straight line down the middle, bisecting the hearts. Set aside.

2.  Insert a bamboo skewer into the round end of the Smoothfoam half-ball, perpendicular to the flat side of the ball. Trim with wire cutters if the skewer is too long.

3.  Paint the base and skewer with acrylic craft paint. Allow to dry.

4.  Open the flaps of the heart and apply a bead of glue into one of the folds. Press the skewer into the bead of glue and allow to dry.

5.  Wrap the rest of the skewer in washi tape if desired.

6.  Glue flowers to cover the Smoothfoam ball base.

7.  Tie ribbons and trims to the skewers at the base of each heart.

Hair Clip Organizer

Hair Clip Organizer

What are little girls made of? I’m convinced they are made of accessories. And as a Mama, I’m constantly trying to find ways to organize and tame the onslaught of hair accessories that seem to take over the house.

Here’s a quick and easy hair clip organizer that might help you get all those hair clips under control. If you want to hang it, just pin or glue a loop of ribbon to the back. Alternately, you can lean it against the wall on the bathroom counter or bedroom dresser – I’ve found this allows my young daughter to reach it more easily to add her hair clips.

Supplies:

12” Smoothfoam Scrapbook Page Mount
14” square of fabric
Three 14” lengths of ribbon
Craft glue

1.  Lay the fabric square, right side down, on your work surface and place the Smoothfoam sheet in the middle of it.

2.  Fold the edges of the fabric over the edges of the Smoothfoam and glue in place. Make sure you pull the fabric tight as you wrap it. Set aside to dry.

3.  Place one ribbon in the center and one on each side of it, about 4” apart. Pull the ribbons over to the back of the sheet and glue in place. Allow to dry. Now just clip your clips on to the ribbons!

Framed Carved Heart

If this project looks familiar, it’s because it’s a variation of a project I did last year celebrating Valentine’s Day. I decided to update the design by carving very small letters and backing it with a piece of Rowlux for a stained glass effect. This was so fun to make that I might just have to make several for my friends and family!

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12″ Smoothfoam Scrapbook Mount – scrap piece
Sulky Stick’n Carve Printable Transfer sheets
Hot Wire Foam Factory – Hot Wire Tool
Folk Art Chalkboard Paint – Black
Paint pens – opaque white, red, blue
Permanent marker
Floating picture frame
Paint brush / Scissors / glue roller

You are welcome to download my artwork (JPG files) for your personal use; it is larger than letter size, so you need to save and print both halves, then tile them together. Click here for the top half, and click here for the bottom half.

1. Print the artwork on to the Sulky Stick’n Carve Printable Transfer Sheets. Cut the heart out and write “Crazy 4 You” in the center of the heart using the paint pen. Peel off the backing release paper and apply the Sulky sheet to the Smoothfoam piece.

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2.  Use the hot wire foam cutting tool to carve the heart and the words out of the Smoothfoam sheet.

3. Paint the Smoothfoam heart with the chalkboard paint. Let dry, Decorate with the paint pins.

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3. Use the Sulky heart pattern to cut out a heart shape from the Rowlux.

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4. Attach the blue Rowlux heart to the back of the Smoothfoam shape with the adhesive roller.Smoothfoam-Framed-Carved-Heart-4

5. To give it the floating effect, I used a bit of glue roller adhesive to attach the carved heart onto a floating frame.

Valentine Scrapbook Layout

I’m excited to share a Valentine project with you. I am trying to stay ahead of the holidays this year, so I am getting ready for Valentine’s Day NOW! I hope you enjoy this project and maybe it will inspire you to get a jump on your holiday décor, too.

valentine scrapbook layout

Supplies:

12″ Smoothfoam Scrapbook Page Mount
Patterned scrapbook papers
Black ink pad
MD Hobby & Craft aluminum sheet
Tin snips, paintbrush
Acrylic paint
Embellishments:  paper doily, crocheted flowers, brads, ribbon, black tag, rhinestones
Double-sided tape, foam tape
Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue
Die cut tag – black
Family photo or vintage graphic

I started by cutting and layering my papers, inking all the edges black and distressing a bit. Tape layers together and glue to the Smoothfoam sheet.

Trim your photo or Valentine graphic to fit on top of coordinating papers using foam tape. Ink the edges black.

Using tin snips, cut a rectangle of the aluminum sheet for behind the photo and adhere it with double-sided tape. Add the black tag and top with the photo.

Cut and paint a second piece of aluminum in the shape of a heart and adhere to project. Finish with embellishments as shown and glue a ribbon around the edges of the Smoothfoam sheet for a finished look.

How to Make Craft Stamps with Smoothfoam

One of my favorite things to make are background stamps – and with Smoothfoam, the possibilities are endless! It’s a great surface for carving stamps – I carved a different design on to each side of a cube, or you could also carve a sheet or block in any size.

Use your stamps to decorate fabric, cards, furniture, walls – or even make your own wrapping paper!

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Supplies:

One 5″ Smoothfoam cube
Wood-burning heat tool with assorted tips
Metal ruler
Paintbrushes, foam brush
Pens
Plastic tooth brush
Acrylic paint
100 grit sandpaper (optional for sanding any rough edges)

carve custom stamps on Smoothfoam

For the word “Art,” I used a pen to write the word backwards. Then I carved out the letters with a tapered tip of a heat tool. I also added some texture between the letters.

smoothfoam heat carved stamps

These holes were made by pressing into the Smoothfoam with the ends of a paintbrush, a marker and generic plastic toothbrush.

carve stamps from smoothfoam

I created these overlapping circles by firmly pressing a metal bracelet into the surface.

carve stamps from smoothfoam

These lines were created with the edge of a metal ruler.

carve stamps from smoothfoam

I drew the heart with a pen, then used the heat tool to carve out the shape and add the lines.

Happy Make-n-Takers in the Smoothfoam Booth at the CHA Mega Show

beach sign project CHA showOne of our make-n-takes in the Smoothfoam booth at the CHA Mega Show was a mini beach sign with the look of a weathered wood gate – inspired by a project in my book, Stylish Craft Foam Projects (click here for the full instructions). It’s always fun to share creative techniques with people – we sure loved talking to everyone who crafted with us!

Be sure to tell us whenever you make a project with Smoothfoam so we can give you a shout out!

Vintage-Inspired Hearts

How to Make Vintage Inspired Hearts

Supplies:

2-3/4″ Smoothfoam heart
Newsprint or a paper bag
Glue stick
Tim Holtz Distress Inks:  Vintage Photo, Fired Brick
Ink applicator
Mod Podge Gloss
Cream acrylic paint
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Chit Chat Word Stickers
Twine, scissors, paint brush
Glue stick, craft glue

Vintage Heart Collage 2

Glue paper to cover the heart, then paint it cream. Wipe off excess paint.

Rub Fired Brick ink over the painted heart and accent the edges with Vintage Photo Ink.

Press word stickers on the center of the heart and apply a coat of Mod Podge Gloss over the whole heart for added shine.

To hang as an ornament, poke a small hole through the top of the heart. Fold a 6″ piece of twine in half, thread bead onto twine.  Knot on both sides of the bead to keep in place. Add small dab of craft glue into hole and insert both ends of twine.

Vintage Inspired Heart Ornament with watermark

Getting ready for CHA!

We’re busy setting up our booth for the Craft & Hobby Association Mega Show this weekend – showing off lots of our great shapes and project designs. The newest shape is a fabulous fine art frame – lightweight, ornate and super fun to paint!

We also have lots of great make-n-takes planned, which we’ll share here on the blog soon!

Julie McGuffee (left) and Michelle Ohlsson

Julie McGuffee (left) and Michelle Ohlsson

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From left: Bill Ohlsson Jr., Scott Ohlsson, Michelle Ohlsson

So much to unpack for our project tower!

So much to unpack for our project tower!

Winter Igloo

smoothfoam IglooThis igloo is the perfect thing to create in wintry weather and Smoothfoam half-balls make it so easy. This is also a great project for teachers to do with their students to learn more about Arctic animals and how the Inuit people construct their homes.

Materials:

8″ Smoothfoam half-ball
DecoArt Snow-Tex
Craft knife, palette knife
Orange stick or paintbrush

Cut a door in the half-ball with the craft knife. Cover the half-ball with Snow-Tex using the palette knife. Cut an arch that fits around the door from a scrap of Smoothfoam. You can use a piece of a larger half-ball, a sheet or disc. Another option is to use small blocks and cut them to shape around the door.

Cover the arch with Snow-Tex.  Measure and indent the blocks on the igloo using an orange stick or the end of a paintbrush. Measure the rings first about an inch apart. Then mark off 2″ blocks around the bottom ring.  Work up adding more blocks above the others.