Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Sizzix Die Cut Birthday Card

 After spending some time organizing my 12x12 printed papers, I decided it was time to 'play' with a newly purchased (from HM Ben Franklin Crafts) Sizzix die set.  Boy, this is a terrific set...15 dies, seven of them words!!!  The basic scallop card is beautiful and the other die frames are interchangeable to make untold variations.
 The paper I used was printed on both sides so it made coordinating prints a 'no brainer'.  I 'found', in my stash of embellies, little dots to add some interest.  The flowers were surprisingly easy to match with the card....my hoarded stash just happened to have a printed flower that looked like it was made from the same paper as the card....imagine that!  I really enjoyed making this card because it involved no coloring or fussy cutting AND it turned out better than anticipated. It was a good craft day!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Halloween Cookie Boxes

I happened to see a photo of some cupcake boxes I made a few years ago and realized that I haven't used that Big Pro die in a long time.  This Sizzix die uses one 12x12 double sided card stock sheet to make each box.  It was fun to use the new Doodlebug Halloween papers (sold at HM Ben Franklin Crafts) to mix and match the covers with the box bottoms.
 Rather than attaching a piece of acetate to the inside of the box lid, I decided to let the cellophane cookie bag protrude through the die cut opening.
This allowed the cookies to be protected by the box while giving me a chance to add a tag and embellishments.
HM Ben Franklin Crafts has a great assortment of Dress It Up Halloween buttons and Little B/Doodlebug washi tapes to decorate the cookie boxes.  The reverse side of the Halloween papers are sometimes plain so the washi tapes definitely can add a punch of color around the lip of the box cover.
The scalloped cut out portion of the box lids became the tags for the bagged cookie treats.
I used Mambi Halloween stickers (from BFC) to further decorate the tags.
Here are the delicious cookies that will go into the cookie boxes for friends and family.  The flourless chocolate cookie recipe is a Martha Stewart one and can be found on her website.  I hope all of you will have a sweet, dark and delicious Halloween!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Halloween Envelope

I meant to put this with the zombie brain card on the previous post but you know.......my old brain is going....maybe the zombies are nibbling on it....LOL!  Anyway, I wanted to show you how to use those less than pristine envelopes that are just too good to throw away.  I put my envelope 'seconds' in my Halloween supply box so I can mess it up with spooky stamped  images....a quick and money-saving trick.  I used red distress ink to make it extra gory. Beware that sometimes if your envelope 'blood' is too realistic the post office with rip it up....really, it happens.....can't they tell?  You might want to put this card in another envelope....*smile*!
I miss-stamped the 'zombie?' but I think this double image gives him some movement.  This zombie image and words are from a Pink Hippo stamp set. Another tip:  If your foam stamp (the big cat) is stored on something with texture it will pick up that texture and mar your future images. To undo this flaw, moisten the foam and heat it slightly with a heat gun.  I cleverly thought of this all by myself....pat, pat, pat on my back!  Happy Halloween!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Zombie Brains Card

The black and grey ombre Hero Arts ink pad did not appeal to me at first, but then I thought about Halloween and then it went on sale at Ben Franklin Crafts so it seemed like a 'sign' that I should get it. LOL! I made this card to showcase what can be done with the Ombre ink pad and the Hero Arts Kelly cling stamp background.  The weird zombie brain jar stamp (came on a sheet of unmounted images) is from Viva Las Vegas Stamps where you can find a huge assortment of unique Halloween themed stamps. I think my son will enjoy the humor of this card because he works in a medical lab that deals with projects involving brain disorders.
The shaker jar was made simply by cutting an acetate sheet the same shape as the stamped image and gluing the edges with Beacon 3 in 1 glue.  I left the top of the acetate (the jar neck) open and filled  the pocket with Martha Stewart micro beads before gluing the the neck closed. Does it look like the brains are talking?  Have a spooky Halloween!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Using Kuretake/Zig Brush Marker on a Quick Tag

 I couldn't wait to try out my new set of Kuretake/Zig brush markers so I grabbed other items I just purchased at HM Ben Franklin Crafts and decided to make a quick tag.  Since the pineapples in my yard are plentiful and sweet, I was inspired to make a simple tag with the new Avery Elle pineapple stamp and matching die set.  I really was anxious to get my hands on that 'aloha' die....hope they make a mahalo one too.  The markers worked like a dream...gliding on smooth and blending easily.  I love the marker brush tips because they are tiny but very flexible so coloring is super easy.  I also just purchased some Doodlebug rainbow colored washi tape for another project, but I needed more color on my tag so 'zip,' on went the washi tape. The finishing touch was a skinny rainbow Heiko ribbon that I purchased awhile ago at either BFC or Celebrations. Oh, I added a face to the pineapple with a Kitty Bee stamp and some  Stickles. The base for the tag was cut with a Little B die from a set. Okay, playtime is over for now....time to put away my toys. See you soon!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

"I'm Melting....." Treat Boxes

 These boxes were my take on those famous words uttered by the witch in the Wizard of Oz.  Remember how she ended up squished by the house?  I used a Lawn Fawn die to cut the mini milk carton boxes and decorated the house-like shapes with witch hats and feet (felt stickers from Ben Franklin Crafts...cover the sticky side with black card stock).  The sentiment on the hand-cut banner is from a CC Designs unmounted rubber stamp set purchased at BFC.  The boxes open from the top or bottom.  I stapled the tops closed and plan to use the Heiko Halloween stickers (BFC) to seal the bottoms after filling the boxes. These are simple treat boxes that only look like they were time consuming to create.  Hope you'll get started on making something special for your trick-o-treaters.  You're sure to get some big jack-o-lantern smiles!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Ombre Sewing Machine Card

 I think this ombre ink background is the most successful one I've made so far.  Perhaps it's the vintage-look fabric background stamp (Hero Arts) that helps to showcase the variation in blues.  Anyway, I thought the Paper Smooches images would fit well with the stamped background...I stamped the back of the card, too.  My wacky sense of humor made me give voices to the sewing machine and pin cushion.  The PS speech bubble dies made this easy to do.  I think the border of stamped stitching and glued on 'real' buttons adds to the overall look of the card.  This card is a perfect addition to my stash of cards for any occasion.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you've been inspired to check out the 'ombre' supplies at HM Ben Franklin Crafts.