Thursday, December 8, 2016

Sweet Embossed Tag Gift Bag

Using the same technique of dry and heat embossing from the previous post, I decided to try it on a piece of red striped card stock with silver ink.  The resulting look (sorry for the poor too shiny photo) reminded me of a peppermint marshmallow candy tin....yummy memories! I fashioned the embossed stripped Merry Christmas card stock into a giant tag (Little B die set).  I further embellished the tag with a Darice gingerbread man (HM Ben Franklin Crafts has lots of wonderful miniature ornaments to choose from) and some little Dress It Up Christmas mice buttons (cut off the shanks with shears).
I used the HO die from the Little B die set (from BFC) to decorate the lower corner of the bag to balance off the large tag. I thought that the Funny Bones sentiment stamp added the perfect touch and sentiment to the peppermint inspired gift bag.
If you don't mail out too many Xmas cards, you might enjoy using your crafting skills to create gift bags that include card tags. I really enjoy turning a simple white or kraft bag into a one-of-a-kind card bag.  Give it a try!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Embossed Traditional Christmas Card

For a change, I decided to make a traditional, old-fashioned-looking Christmas card.  I started it by dry embossing a striped green card stock with a 'Merry Christmas' Sizzix folder. Before running it through my Big Shot machine, I used a gold ink pad to ink up the indented side of the embossing folder. Next I quickly removed the embossed card stock and sprinkled gold sparkle embossing powder (Nuvo) on the wet ink before melting the powder with a heat gun. It was difficult to photograph and capture the subtle gold sparkle of the background and the way that the words flicker back and forth so I decided to share a second view of the same card.
The beautiful poinsettias are Petaloo products that I purchased at HM Ben Franklin Crafts. All the BFC items shown below (some used for the next posted project) were used on this dry and heat embossed card.  In a day or so I will post another project using this interesting background technique.  Please come back for another visit to this blog site and leave a comment if you have time.  I love hearing from you; it makes all the time crafting and posting worthwhile for me.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tri-fold Snowflake Card

 When I started to create this card, I had planned to add some deer, snowmen or penguins for extra interest, but when I finished the basic card, I loved it so much I decided to showcase it as is.  I think the secret for getting the best look from this die is to chose your card stock carefully. The one I chose was 'Flurry' from the My Mind's Eye Sugar Plum line which I purchased from HM Ben Franklin Crafts. One side of this paper has sparkly snowflakes and the other is subtle plaid.
The words were cut from paper in the DCWV Glitzy Glitter 6x6 pad.  The snow beneath the words were cut from Shimmer paper in a DCWV 6x6 pad.
 I recommend using sturdy card stock and running it back and forth through the die cutting machine because the delicate snowflake and words will rip when you are trying to remove the excess paper if the cuts are not clean. The glitter paper especially needs several passes through the machine because the paper has a thin rubber backing.
 I love the look of this card and the way that it stands up with its windowed layers.  A large snowflake was cut from glitter flecked vellum and glued onto the front snowflake.  With leftover card stock I cut a smaller snowflake (in the set) and glued it and an acrylic crystal onto the vellum snowflake.
 This card is so pretty; it could even be hung on your Xmas tree as an ornament. Besides the supplies below, you will need an extra long cutting pad because the die is bigger than the standard size. I know that I'll be using this snowflake card die for many years to's my new favorite!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Cookies in the Oven Tags

I immediately grabbed the Lawn Fawn 'sprinkled with love' stamp and die sets when I saw them in HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  I knew that I could turn the oven image into a really cool shaker tag by cutting out the window, gluing acetate film to the back of it, and using two die cut thin white foam pieces to form the cavity for the shaker elements. The stamped and colored cookies in the shaker oven added a bit of whimsy to the tag. 
 I liked that I didn't have to color much on the oven (just a little light grey here and there) but I felt the tags were not Christmasy enough so I added green acrylic crystals for the knobs, a shimmery Heiko ribbon and a bit of miniature holly garland.  If you shake the oven tags you will be able to read the message inside, 'homemade for you'. I will happily attach these tags to my homemade Xmas cookie bags....mmm-mmm-mmm cookies! Time to get out my favorite recipes and start baking!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Holiday Treat Card Holders

The Hero Arts coffee drink stamp set (from HM Ben Franklin Crafts) inspired me to make these gift card holders ( for S________ lovers).  It was easy to use the Hero Arts Ombre ink pads to stamp the cups in blended shades of green or red.  The banner tags were made from striped papers from the 6x6 American Crafts printed paper pad purchased at BFC. Even though the Paper Smooches tag die was a bit long, I easily altered it to fit the envelope. I let the top of the banner tag peek above the envelope to serve as the loop to attach the twine tie.
The card holder was made with a Tim Holtz Sizzix envelope die with fasteners. If you can't find this die anymore, you can substitute a purchased white manila envelope and stamp holiday motifs on it.
Here is a closer look at the toppings for the drinks.  I used Queen and Co. sugar and diamond sprinkles on a cream topping of Bo Bunny white pearlescent paint (comes in a squeeze tube) and added stamped holly sprigs (in the set) decorated with green Wink of Stella and red Stickles.
This was an easy project that can be tied onto a co-workers desk as a surprise Xmas gift.  It would also make a good decoration for a party favor tree.  Use your imagination to delight your special coffee loving friends. Craft a smile today!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Gingerbread Baker Tags

Spotting the Stampendous gingerbread man stamp and die set at HM Ben Franklin Crafts, really made me jump for joy!  Every year I try to at least craft handmade tags for my holiday baked goods(....not mailing out too many Xmas cards these days...ah, the electronic age...nothing gets saved and treasured).  Anyway, this set makes it easy to create the cutest gingerbread people which were quickly turned into tags with the addition of a punched hole and holiday twine.  I chose Doodlebug paper from a 6x6 pad because it had tiny prints which were perfect for the aprons. The paper and twine were both purchased at Ben Franklin Crafts....the best place in the islands to satisfy your crafting needs!  Happy Holiday Crafting!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Xmas Flip Around Gift Card Holder

 These days I mostly give gift cards ( for Ben Franklin Crafts, of course) for Xmas gifts.  I think I have an odd taste in gifts so I hesitate to trust my shopping skills.  Anyway, when I saw the Sizzix die set I was excited for the possibility of using it for all occasions.  It was so simple to cut out the printed card stock (love that Doodle Bug Designs 6x6 paper pad) and assemble the card with double stick tape.

 To disguise the gift card and make it match the flip card, I covered it with Doodlebug printed Xmas washi tape....lots to choose from at BFC.  The Little B dies were used to cut the foil paper (DCWV) words which were glued to the washi covered gift card.
Here is the back of the card. Little sprigs of artificial holly were glued to the tabs that hold the gift card onto the Xmas card.
This view of the flip side of the gift card shows the tab cut outs that secure the gift card in place.
I feel this Sizzix die set is one I will employ many times over the years because it is so basic and useful.  Included in this set are lots of word and floral dies that I did not use for this card.  If you have a crafty friend, this might make a great Xmas gift. Happy Xmas Crafting and Shopping!