Sunday, April 23, 2017

Tropical Photo Folders.

Recently, while perusing the graduation supplies available at HM Ben Franklin Crafts, I discovered some attractive photo folders in 10 packs. I picked the lauhala look because I thought local crafters would find it fun to decorate for graduations, weddings or other celebrations.  The stores also received a shipment of KaiserCraft products including a tropical line with dies, stamps, embossing folders, die cuts, printed card stock, and wooden pieces.  To simplify the decorating, I die cut the hibiscus and monstera leaves out of watercolor paper and painted them with Daniel Smith watercolors.
 I think this line of watercolors (sold at BFC) yields some amazing results and makes each die cut unique. It's fun to practice watercolor techniques on a small die cut.
To add to the folders, I adhered some KaiserCraft printed card stock to the left side of the folders and added the die cut (Avery Elle) 'aloha'. This allows a space for the person in the photo to write a message.
 Onto the lower right sides of the folders, I used Heiko tape to attach the die cut KaiserCraft words.
 If you are limited on time, you can just use glue dots to attach KaiserCraft die cuts to decorate the photo folders.  However you decide to embellish the photo folders, I think you will appreciate the simplicity of this useful, decorative project. Happy Graduation Season!
I just realized that a grandchild's photo in the tropical photo folder would make a great Mother's Day gift. Happy Mother's Day too!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Bunny Tea Time Thank You Card

 I am a big fan of the Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit stories (much to the annoyance of my boys who reluctantly listened to me read the books and only half-watched the videos) so of courseI love the Hero Arts images in the 'Welcome Home' clear stamp set with matching dies. Because the images are so petite, I needed a way to make them stand out.  The solution was to use the Spellbinders 'Contemporary Squares' die.  I cut two panels, one from pearlized pink cardstock (Paper Accents 5x7 pad sold at BFC) and the other from white watercolor paper.  The animal and teapot/tea cup images were stamped onto watercolor paper and die cut after coloring. Originally, I had planned to color everything on the watercolor paper with watercolors, but silly me, I forgot and used markers instead...they look okay anyway. The 'Thanks'(Impression Obsession) was also cut from the pearlized cardstock.  
For extra cuteness, I added some self-stick pearls which come on a sheet that can be cut apart in rows for easy application.  The mini half pearl stickers can be purchased in the HM Ben Franklin Crafts wedding department. I 'found' the pink pearl hearts in my bottomless stash drawer *wink*wink*.  The background floral paper came from a 6-1/2" square KaiserCraft paper pack. HM Ben Franklin Crafts will be carrying KaiserCraft papers in the future and I think you'll be thrilled by the selection. Lots of new items will be flowing into our stores so go shopping and give your crafting a boost!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Peek-a-Boo Shaker Egg Tag

 I first imagined this project as a card but then I realized that the largest egg die was pretty small, so it became a tag. LOL!  I came up with this design while reminiscing  about my favorite Easter memory, which was when my parents gave me a hollow sugar egg with a scene inside.  I started cutting out the egg card base by positioning the largest Spellbinder egg die slightly off the card fold so that the card would cut out in one piece.  Next I die cut another egg shape and die cut the  Sizzix circle window into it.  With the Darice daisy embossing folder, I impressed the egg shape with the window. A piece of acetate was glued behind the window and two foam sheet eggs were die cut.  Slightly larger circles (than the one used on the front) were die cut out of the foam eggs...this is so they won't show through the window.  The foam eggs with the windows were glued down onto the card front before adding the egg-shaped confetti and die cut 'chocolate' bunnies. A little lacy ribbon was added for decoration and to form the tag loop.
 I am obsessed with the Impression Obsession word dies like the 'Easter Greetings' because they are so beautiful and easily die cut the fancy delicate letters. I like that unlike stamping, die cutting isn't can't undo a botched stamping.  I plan to do this peek-a-boo egg again (perhaps next year) after I find a larger egg die. Instead of confetti I think I will fill the window with a scene (to recreate the one in the original sugar egg) and maybe I'll apply some superfine glitter to replicate the sugary surface of the real sugar Easter egg. I hope that you'll take the time to make some Easter memories for yourself and your loved ones.  Happy Easter!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Bunny with Eggs Slider Card

Wow!  Easter just sort of 'hopped' up on me. Hopefully, I will be able to get a few Easter crafts done before I have to go on to Mother's Day, graduation season and summer days!  I just got the Swing and Slide die set so I just had to incorporate it into a card with my Hero Arts fancy bunny die.  I started by using one of the dies to cut a channel. To disguise the channel, I glued in the cut out blue piece so the yellow channel wouldn't show.  
It was simple work to die cut and glue in the grass ( Impression Obsessions) and eggs (Spellbinders). The 'Easter Greetings' sentiment was also super easy to do using the IO die on Pearlized Cardstock (Paper Accents 5x7 pack) from HM Ben Franklin Crafts.
 The Little B butterfly sticker was a final touch to fill in the blank spot. I think it was just what the card needed. 
When I die cut the bunny for the card I used one white card stock and one brown.  I didn't realize that I was supposed to use the dies simultaneously . On one piece of white card stock, the die cut out a sweet bunny who could be colored in (color pencils and chalk) and its paws, tail and ears could be popped out to make the bunny more 3D.
In this close up you can see how adorable the dimensional bunny is. Just by itself it dresses up an embossed, edge-punched tag. Well, I gotta hop along so I can post a few more Easter crafts....jump back for a visit again and leave a comment if you can spare the time. Thanks!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Wrapping Up Shower Gifts

 Just a quick post to show you how I wrapped up some shower gifts.  I purchased the sakura (cherry blossom) bags from HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  The large sakura stickers that I used to fasten the thanks labels to the bags were also from BFC. The textured wrapping paper used for the gifts were from Celebrations (our store next to the Mapuanapuna Ben Franklin Crafts).  The printed ribbons were purchased at HM BFC.  I made the dres shaped boxes using a Big Pro Sizzix die. Some of the HM BFC stores may have it for you to use in the store if you purchase the paper. I decorated the dress boxes with sparkle netting and tiny flowers from HM BFC. I hope this post has given you ideas for making your shower or party a really special event.  You can trust HM Ben Franklin Crafts and Celebrations to have all the pretty goodies to help you wrap up your event in style!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Druzy Quartz, Crystal, and Pearl Necklace

 I wanted to make a very special gift for a very special son is marrying her!  Many of the gemstones for this necklace were purchased from HM Ben Franklin Crafts. By wire wrapping the beads with 24 gauge sterling silver wire and adding sterling silver curb chain plus a heart toggle clasp, I was able to complete this 24" necklace in a few hours.  I got the idea for this piece from two necklaces by two different jewelry artists whose work I admire.  By keeping the color palette neutral, I feel that it can be worn with many outfits without making TOO much of a statement. I hope that this post has given you some inspiration to make jewelry that can be simple and yet compliment worthy. Give it a try!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Sakura Wedding Shower Card

 I recently purchased some beautiful washi 12x12 sheets from HM Ben Franklin Crafts (the one shown is just one of many lovely prints) and planned to make some springtime cards.  However, I realized that I needed a wedding shower card so I decided to combine the two cards.  Here is the result. Since I didn't want to cover up the washi paper with layers of other papers, I embossed and die cut the vellum (with little gold and silver sprinkles) into a heart shape.  It adds a simple and appropriate touch for a shower card. The 'Best Wishes' were cut from gold foil paper (DCWV) using the X-cut die. Next I die cut the flower from pink vellum using the Spellbinder set and used DCWV shimmer gold paper (from the 6x6 pad) for the center of the flower.
This close-up of the embossed vellum sakura flowers shows the delicate beauty of the Darice embossing folder.
The label for the envelope (cut from gold foil) was made using a die from the 'Floral Berry Accents' set as were the leaves and flowers.
To fancy-up the envelope even more, I lined the envelope with a piece of extra printed washi. It was easy to trace the envelope onto the paper and then hand trim a little to get it to fit the envelope before using double stick tape to hold it in place.  This card would work equally well for an all occasion card, birthday, or even sympathy card with a change of sentiment.  I know that you could make a card like this, so go check out the gorgeous craft supplies sold at HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  You'll be glad you did! Happy Spring Shopping!