Friday, December 15, 2017

Year of the Dog Mini Calendars

Although I don't like making multiples, I did want to make a 'tuck-in' to mail with our family holiday newsletter.  These are for friends who we think of all year, but with whom we don't always exchange gifts.
 The Dandelion Designs' Year of the Dog stamp set (purchased at HM Ben Franklin Crafts) seemed perfect for this mini calendar because it was simple and so many of our friends are dog owners.  I started with KaiserCraft 12x12 printed Asian design card stock (also from HM BFC).  These sheets will make four calendars (five if the design is not in one direction).  First I cut 3"x 8" strips and then marked them across at 1/2", 1-1/4", 2" and 5".  Fold the strips so that the bottom can be accordion folded and the last tab overlaps the back.  A scoreboard would be ideal and easier for this part.
 This side-view shows how to assemble the calendar base and use double stick tape to attach the back flap.  The mini calendars (1-1/2" x 1-5/8") were ordered from Vippies.  The dogs were colored with Copic pens and fussy cut by hand. (My favorite scissors for fussy cutting is a Fiskar mini.) The words were stamped and heat embossed with Nuvo black sparkle powder.  I chose lightly printed KaiserCraft papers to make these calendars so that the red character stamp would show up. I think you should try making multiple mini calendars because they are so easy and require very few supplies.  These little calendars fold up flat for mailing and are fun to give out to spread holiday cheer.  Craft some happiness for this wonderful time of the year!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Xmas Tags for Food Gifts

 These tags started with some cute Whimsy Stamps and Lawn Fawn circular dies.  It was simple work to die cut the scalloped circle from colored card stock and the inner stitched circle from white marker paper.
I colored the images in with Copic markers and then made a plain paper mask to cover the image while applying the background color (I used Distress ink on a blender).
 For added sparkle I applies glitter, Glossy Accents on the chocolate, and sticker holly or Santa hats.
Before double-stick taping the circles together, I glued the ribbon loop in place. I kept these tags simple and left lots of writing space on the back because these will be attached to my food gifts of hot chocolate mix plus marshmallows, graham crackers with a chocolate bar and marshmallows, or a homemade pie. Tag up some fantastic food gifts for friends/family who will certainly be delighted with an edible holiday gift this year!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Vintage Christmas Gift Bag and Tag

 Whenever I see vintage Christmas papers I get excited because they remind me of my childhood.  It was a time when children and adults sent Xmas cards with sweet images and greetings.  Gifts were wrapped carefully with pretty papers and tied with shiny ribbons.  Today it just seems simpler to tissue wrap a gift and present it in a glossy store bought holiday bag.  To feel like I at least attempted to wrap gifts for special friends and relatives, I decided to use the special 12x12 decorated Xmas papers I purchased at HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  By angling the Authentique and Bo Bunny sheets, I was able to show off the lovely colors and prints on the front of a plain Kraft bag.
This close up of the Authentique vintage image reveals how I distressed the edge by rubbing with a moistened finger.  I really like the white printed burlap (DCWV) because it gives the bag additional texture.  My stash of vintage buttons was the source of the buttons used.  (Whenever you see a jar of interesting buttons at a garage sale or collectible shop, you should purchase it! Old buttons have so many craft possibilities.)
 The leftover paper scraps made a charming tag that included more buttons, a Petaloo blossom (from BFC) and vintage tag cut from an Authentic paper.  The burlap part of the tag was cut with a Sizzix Tim Holtz die because the burlap was quite thick.  You can easily cut the burlap sheet with scissors if you don't own the die.  I was pleased to use the Heiko ribbon (from Celebrations) because it has a vintage, rustic color and texture.  Oh yes, the ribbon on the bag also came from HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  It has a great woven embroidered look.  I plan to make many more gift bags and tags because these were so easy and fun to make.  Also, I can leave them folded up until needed and even take them on trips to have an instant gift wrap that won't be a roughed up by airport inspection.  I hope this post has inspired you to play with pretty papers and embellishments to craft your own Xmas bags and tags.  Enjoy this holiday crafting season!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Spinning Polar Bear Holiday Hugs Card

I've been having fun playing with the new Ken Oliver Color Burst powders and Liquid Metals.  Although there are countless ways you could use these products, I chose to show how a color applied watercolor paper background panel could really enhance a simple card.
I started by first randomly adding some colors to a water sprayed piece of watercolor paper and swirling them until I was pleased with the results. I let the colored papers dry as I proceeded to make the rest of the card.  For each card I needed two 8"x5-1/2"panels of white card stock folded in half and one more panel of the same sized pearlized vellum paper.  I put all three pieces together (the vellum on the outside) and folded them in half, trimming the edges as needed. 
Next, I used a 2" circle die to cut the opening in both card stock pieces at the same time.  I stamped the front and back of the bear on white marker paper and colored them in with Copic pens. I used the matching Lawn Fawn dies (purchased at HM Ben Franklin Crafts) to cut them out. I glued a piece of twine between the two die cut bears and glued the twine within the circles of the card stock base, adding double stick tape to the rest of the card edges.
For the outside of the card I matched up the folded vellum sheet and traced the 2" hole onto it before lining up the circle die.  After cutting the circle in the vellum, I ran the vellum piece in the embossing folder through my Big Shot machine.  I used double stick tape to adhere the embossed vellum to the card base before adding the die cut (from DCWV foil paper) 'Holiday Hugs'(Sizzix). (I ran the words through a Xyron sticker maker to apply some adhesive and dusted the card with cornstarch to remove unwanted stickiness.) Finally, I added the trimmed to size dried color panel to the back of the card.  I love the brightness of the first card, but I think the paler second card allows me to write a message more easily.  Perhaps a white pen or silver one will show nicely on the darker colors.  I wish that my photography showed the subtle shimmer of the metallic liquid inks but I guess you'll have to try them out for yourself.  Time to go holiday shopping at HM Ben Franklin Crafts!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Singing Penguins Xmas Card

The Lawn Fawn "Here-We-Go-A Waddling" Xmas stamp and die set is probably my favorite one this year.  Paired with a landscape LF  die and a house print card stock by BellaBlvd this card came together really easily.  To make the snow covered hills more realistic I used Paper Accents Pearlized Cardstock.  Because this cardstock is slippery, I sprinkled the words and notes with embossing powder and used a heat gun to melt it onto the card.
Here is another version of the same card.  I can't decide which one is more appealing.  Which do you prefer?
This time I remembered to cut (with the LF die) the gift card slots into the inside of the card front before adhering the landscape frame and penguins with adhesive foam squares.  I will be giving more HM Ben Franklin Crafts gift cards this year mostly because they are so easy to purchase, mail, and I think the stores have something for everyone.  Also, I love turning my Xmas cards into gift card holders with the use of the Lawn Fawn easy!  Enjoy this Xmas Crafting Season!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

3D Xmas Tree Card

Sometimes when I purchase a package of 12x12 papers, there are a few sheets that are really meant for scrapbooking (which I don't do).  Rather than waste them, I try to incorporate them into my card making.  This 'deer' designed sheet (Paperhouse Christmas Cheer)TOLD me to use it with the 3D Sizzix tree die (from HM Ben Franklin Crafts)!
 The 3D tree that folds flat for mailing can be made with two or three parts glued on. I wanted a fluffier tree so I added three layers of the Authentique card stock.
For the inside of the card ( Bo Bunny Fa La La Holiday Hoot), I incorporated the extra pieces of the 12x12 deer sheet. Because I forgot to cut the Lawn Fawn card holder in the front flap of the card, I cut it into a scrap piece and glued that onto the card. The LF card holder dies (available at HM Ben Franklin Crafts) are a must have for those of us who are indecisive gift givers. Oh yes, the Mambi stickers are a super easy way to add sentiments to any holiday greeting card.  Hope this post has stirred your imagination and excited your crafty fingers to start working on some 'sure to please' handmade creations. 'Tis the season to Craft!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Polar Bear and Reindeer Bookmark/Tags

 I couldn't wait to try out the Lawn Fawn tag/bookmark stamps and dies.  I also wanted to test out the new Ken Oliver Color Burst powders and Liquid Metals.  The solution was to test out the colors on some watercolor paper and turn the resulting tests into tags/bookmarks.
 Although my photos don't show up the products very well, I think both the powders and liquid metals are gorgeous and just a little packs a punch.  The Liquid Metals have a lovely pearly iridescence and gorgeous swirling blendable colors. I love the powders too because the bottles have  very tiny applicators that allow you to sprinkle the potent colors exactly where you want them.

To use these tags as bookmarks simply don't glue down the paws.  I chose decorative yarns from my stash of fibers that I've collected over the years.  If you are giving a planner for a gift, the bookmark/tags are the perfect add-on.

In the future I will do more projects with the new  Ken Olive products. Just a little burst of color can add so much to your paper crafting,  Please come back to this blog site to see what holiday crafts I create this year....gotta get busy crafting!