Shell jewelry is probably the hottest fashion trend in Hawaii. If your gift list is long but your funds are lacking, you'll easily be able to make these earring in a few minutes and at a fraction of the price that they sell for in boutique stores. All you need is a pair of pliers to bend the ends of the hoops after you string on the shells and beads. Voila! You have instant earrings. You literally can make dozens in minutes.
If you have a bit more skill with the jewelry pliers you can make these in minutes too. The teardrop wire shapes have rings for hanging the chains and earwires. All you need are head pins to attach the shells/beads to the chain and then use a jump ring to attach the chain to the ring in the teardrop.
Ben Franklin Crafts has many beautiful strings of shell and gemstone beads and a great variety of jewelry findings for earrings. The hardest part of making earrings will be making a decision of what to buy. I know that you can solve your girlfriend gift dilemma by making shell jewelry. They'll love it and you won't break your budget. Go on visit HouseMart BFC and get what you need. It's not too late; you can do it!
This rather simple card front hides the surprising inside. It started with the Sister Stamp Minoru image, colored with Copic pens and a paper pieced kimono. Onto a simple striped card (cut with the card frame Sizzix die), a wreath (made from a mini Xmas garland), a Anna Griffin dimensional sticker, American Crafts white glitter tape, and some holiday ribbon were added.
When this card is opened up, moving 'eye-candy' catches your eye. The two peppermint candies (miniature Xmas tree decorations from Ben Franklin Crafts) really do move as they swing from the golden pipe cleaner arch.
The Naughty or Nice oval was cut from an Authentique 6x6 sheet and inked with a Studio G stamp (only $1.25! at Ben Franklin Crafts).
The Absolutely NO Peeking stamp is also a Studio G product. From House Mart BFC, Xmas washi tape and American Crafts pom pom trim were added to the gift card pocket. Can you guess what kind of gift card I'm slipping into the pocket?
This side view shows the four pop-out areas made with the multi-tier 3D Sizzix die. This die requires that it be used with the matching card die shown on the package. The tiers allow for a multitude of design elements. I used Authentique stickers (from the 12x12 Xmas sheet) on two of the tiers. (Cornstarch was dusted on the back of the stickers after they were adhered to the tiers to prevent sticking when the card is closed.) If you intend to mail this card via the U.S. postal service, add only flat pieces to your card so it will lay flat when closed or you will have to mail it in a pouch. My card was a bit bulky...but festive...LOL! I plan to hand deliver the gift.
All of these fantastic supplies (and more not shown) were purchased at House Mart Ben Franklin Crafts. I encourage you to check out all the holiday crafting goodies available now at BFC. I know you will be as delighted as I am every time I shop there. Thank you so much for visiting this blog site. I am grateful for your support and encouraging comments.
Today I'm showing you the inside of my card first because that's how I started this card. Well, actually this card started with a new die (label, Funky 3D pop-up) I purchased at Ben Franklin Crafts. It is one of those dies that fit into the basic card shape die allowing you to cut many different pop-up cards simply by switching out the center pop-up part. After cutting the reindeer pattern paper (Authentique) upside-down ...TWICE, I decided to listen to the crafting gods and go with the flow. I reversed the card to show the dot pattern, cut up one of the 'mistake' cards and tape down the reindeer paper sections.
I think the result was a 'happy' mistake. The only problem was that the Sister Stamp image that I colored did not stand out against the reddish reindeer paper. Since there was lots of room on the platform made by the pop-up label, I decided to make another pop-up part and adhere the SS image to it. To further enhance the image I add a glittered scalloped circle in the background. The glitter paper is from an American Crafts 6x6 paper pad (from BFC) and easily cuts with a paper punch. The SS image was colored with Copic pens and the kimonos were paper piece from the cutest pack of origami paper I found at BFC. The Studio G reindeer stamp with sentiment was punched out and colored with ink and chalk. The Santa with sleigh is a sticker from an Authentique 12x12 sheet and was added to give a surface for writing a message.
After finishing the inside of the card, I decided to keep the front simple so I added Doodlebug Xmas washi tape (lots of styles at BFC) and a panel of Authentique card stock. Authentique stickers from a 12x12 sheet were easy and fun add-ons.
This close-up shows the AC ribbon and the bell charm zipper pull that I added for a little whimsy and to hint at the Japanese girl images inside the card. Also adding a zipper pull is a nice 'little' gift to someone with whom you don't exchange Xmas gifts.
The side view shows the width of the pop-up platform and the small pop-up stand that I made and adhered to the back of the reindeer image.
Here are the terrific supplies I used to make my first Christmas card of the season. (I forgot to include the Studio G stamp reindeer with the sentiment.) All of them were purchased at Ben Franklin Crafts and make me excited, speeding up my crafting. So many projects in my head and so little time to get them done. I think I was in the same predicament last year and I vowed to start seasonal crafting earlier....sigh. Hope your 2013 crafting has a light at the end of the tunnel! Thanks for making a stop here today. If you have time, I'd love a comment......every one is a precious energy boost.
I wanted to do another quick autumn card because...well, Thanksgiving is almost here and I still haven't mailed out my family newsletter that I am intent on sending BEFORE turkey day. Also I wanted to showcase the new Sizzix stand up card die that I purchased at Ben Franklin Crafts. It's a great die and features a beautiful curvy pop out top.
To accent the top portion I found two labels on a page in the DCWV Autumn paper pad. I cut these out and sprayed them with Mister Huey's gold color mist before attaching them to the card. The front label was adhered with pop-dots and the inner one was taped on with Merikan double stick tape.
The impressed Martha Stewart die cut leaves were rubbed with Metallic Lustre before they were added.
The feathers from BFC were glued down and for a touch of humor I lightly stamped the words, "Gobble, Gobble, Gobble".
Here is a close up of the gold brad that I attached to the gold trimmed woven ribbon (from BFC). To tone down the shine of the brad I rubbed it with the Metallic Lustre...yes, it works on metal too! Fianlly, I rubbed the inside edges of the card with brownish ink for a vintage look and used the Mister Huey's gold mist here and there for a bit of sparkle.
Since I showed products used on this card in previous blog posts, I just photographed the Sizzix die, Mister Huey's color mist, and DCWV paper pack. I hope this post has enticed you to take a look at the amazing new dies now being sold at Ben Franklin Crafts. They are so simple to use and make card designing a creative pleasure. Thank you for your interest in my blog. I hope you will be a frequent visitor. Happy Holidays!
Here is another card made with a postcard panel from a 12x12 Tim Holtz all occasion pad, using the Sizzix Flip-It Scallop Square die (purchased from Ben Franklin Crafts). This is what the die cut card looks like flat for mailing.
This photo shows a close-up of the crackled scallop edge that I made using Tim Holtz Distress crackle paint (antique linen). After the paint dried,I rubbed on some TH distress ink (dauber) and Metallic Lustre. to emphasize the crackle. For the bright gold edge of the postcard I simply applied (with my finger....real hi-tech) some Inca Gold paste paint.
The Flip-It feature of the die allows the card to stand up for display. Adding some faux turkey feathers made the card more interesting without extra weight.
I found an old Hero Arts stamp which had an appropriate sentiment. To age the panel I sanded the edges and rubbed on more Metallic Lustre and sprayed some gold Mister Huey.
This card had to be backed because I got it so wet with spraying and painting that the card warped and split apart at the folds. To fix this problem I taped the card together before adhering the die cut backing with Merikan double stick tape.
These are some of the supplies I used to make this card. Most if not all the products used were from House Mart Ben Franklin Crafts.
The two faux postcard Flip-It cards (see previous post) can be paired together with artificial garlands (from BFC) to make a centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table. If you have a really big table you can make several cards and angle the images/sentiments so every guests has something pretty/inspirational to look at during dinner. If appropriate, some of the panels could include photos of the guests during previous Thanksgiving celebrations.
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog site during this busy time of the year. I hope I have given you ideas to help make your holiday season a beautifully crafted one. Happy Thanksgiving!
I really like vintage postcards and dies that turn paper into interactive cards so of course when I saw this new Sizzix die at Ben Franklin Crafts, I knew I wanted to pair it with the vintage Thanksgiving paper from a pad of Tim Holtz all occasion sheets. The trouble with the paper was that it lined up the postcards in a row. This seemed too boring so I cut three of the postcards out and angled and glued them on a piece of scrap paper before cutting them with the inner part of the die. With a little hand trimming I glued the patchwork postcards to the die cut card.
Next I smudged the edges of the center piece with Inca Gold cream paste and used stick glue to adhere Stampendous gold Fran-tage embossing powder before melting with a heat gun. I lightly sprayed over the melted embossing powder with Mister Huey's gold. The final step for the front was to glue (3 in 1 Beacon)
on a sprig of an artificial garland that was rubbed first with a little Inca gold paste.
on a sprig of an artificial .
After gluing on the artificial sprig, the card became top heavy so I die cut another card from a printed Kraft paper (Graphic 45) and taped (Merikan double stick) it to the back of the card, trimming out the inner part first.
The sentiment was stamped on an altered tag that was die cut from a piece of textured yellow card stock. After stamping, the edges were rubbed with Distress ink ( Tim Holtz dauber) and embossed with gold Fran-tage.
All of these supplies used on this card were purchased from (House Mart) Ben Franklin Crafts. At first I intended to just use this card for a greeting but after making another similar one, I realized that they would make great table centerpieces. Please return to this blog site to see what I mean. I think you'll like this idea to spruce up your Thanksgiving table. See you soon!
I wanted to make a gift for someone who loves the Japanese story, Totoro. While in Japan I found some Totoro origami paper in a pack of 6x6 sheets. I thought that the pack had just the one design but there were only four sheets of this design in the pack. Wanting to conserve my supply, I decided to use just one sheet on both the pencil case and journal. I found a beautiful scrap of real marbled paper (hoarded so long that the bugs had made holes on parts of the handmade sheet...sigh) which I felt would look well with the origami paper and give the gift a rich look.
I used Merikan double stick tape (from Ben Franklin Crafts) because it doesn't warp the paper. The ribbon was adhered with 3 in 1 Beacon glue. The opening for the snap in the Totoro paper was made by aligning the paper and pressing to mark the position of the snap. Then it was a simple matter to punch a hole with a regular paper hole punch. There was even enough of the marbled paper to cover the pen which was included with the Sierra Pacific unlined journal.
Here is what the journals and colored pencil sets look like before being decorated. Notice that the pencil set even has a sharpener in the cap.....so neat and reasonably priced. You can make a bunch of these gifts for party favors, office grab bags, teacher gifts, etc. and not go broke.
Oh, I wanted you to see just some of fantastic ribbons I found at Ben Franklin Crafts. These rustic ribbons will give your crafts a shabby chic look. My Totoro set has an autumn feel, but with a change up of paper you can make Christmas journals or sketch books to use all year long. Happy gift crafting!