Sunday, September 16, 2018

You Are Fabulous Thank You Card

 When we were younger, my sister and I would joke about my mother's flamboyant clothing and jewelry style, but now I find I am morphing into her. LOL! I have to resist choosing outrageous 'costumes' to just go shopping at the mall.  Anyway, this Penny Black image kind of embodies the inner me. (I've never owned frou-frou dogs though, as I am a former owner and trainer of German Shepherds.) I had fun making this card and stuck to my favorite colors pink, purple and aqua blue. It was simple to stamp the image on marker paper using the Misti stamping tool (purchased from HM Ben Franklin Crafts) to keep it positioned just right.  I colored the image with Copic markers and colored in the finer spaces with colored pencils.  For the background I used some grey blue lavender shades of Copic pens.  Then I covered the image with paper masks while I flicked my brush( dipped in Ken Olive silver metallic ink) over everything. For even more bling, I added some tiny pink/purple sequins and an eye-catching feather.  Making this card made me feel like I was strutting down Fifth Avenue! Hahaha!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Washi Paper Heart-shaped Resin Pendants with Pearls

On a previous post, I said I would try to make resin pendants using washi paper.  I think these were successful experiments.  I used the new LED resin and LED light. I was very pleased with the way the resin released from the mold and the smooth glassy feeling of the finished pieces. 
I placed a layer of colored resin in first and hardened it before adding the layer of clear with the washi paper that was cut to fit the heart mold.  It is hard to know how the resin will affect the washi paper color.  The upper left portion of the washi paper heart was pink but as you can see when it was encased in the resin it became a light grey (which actually looks better than the original color).
This green resin heart pendant was enhanced with three pearls which are only half way in the resin.  A whole strand of colorful drilled baroque pearls was purchased from HM Ben Franklin Crafts for under $10....a real bargain!  (The drilled holes are not visible in the finished piece.) I love the way the gold ink on the washi paper shimmers from within the resin pieces.The gold filled bails (from BFC) were affixed with resin and hardened under the LED light.  (Tip: I used Fun-Tak to hold the bail in place while hardening the resin.) Of the resins I've tried, I like this one the best because it hardens very quickly to a super clear, smooth finish.  Please continue to visit my blog site to see my latest creations and experiments. I would appreciate feedback too if you have time to leave a comment. Mahalo!

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Double Monkey Thank You Card

Two very dear friends of ours recently sent us a sweet 'grandparents' gift. Yes, my husband and I are finally GRANDPARENTS!  Our identical twin grandsons arrived two months early so it's been a tenuous five weeks but I am happy to say that they are doing very well and may even go home soon.  I designed this card to convey the cuteness of my grandsons...hopefully they won't be double-trouble monkeys!  To make the 'thank you' stand out, I die cut it from pink shimmer paper (DCVW available from HM Ben Franklin Crafts) but it was too light colored so I enhanced the pink with a Copic pen....yes, the shimmer still remains even after coloring.  The blue plaid card stock cut with the Lawn Fawn scallop square is supposed to represent a baby blanket.  To make the monkeys seem furry I stamped the image on watercolor paper and colored it in with Copic markers.  Because watercolor paper is very absorbent the ink bleeds making the edges fuzzy.  A final touch was the addition of Amy Tangerine blue epoxy hearts.  This was a very simple card but I hope it conveys my sincere thanks to our very thoughtful friends.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Kimono Silk Fabric and Pearls In Resin Pendants

 I've been experimenting with embedding antique silk kimono fabric in resin.  I started with a plain square silicon mold and the original UV light liquid resin.  Both of these supplies can be purchased at HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  First a thin layer of resin was put into the mold and hardened. Next a tiny swatch of kimono silk was laid on top and more resin was added. After hardening, the pearl(s) were place strategically  and more resin was dripped in to fill the mold before setting under the UV light.
 The top pendant photographed better than the bottom one but I think the bottom pendant looks more attractive in real life.  I used silk cording on the first resin pendant and like the way it blends in with the pendant.
 For this pendant, I decided to attach a silver plated chain.  It gives the resin jewelry a clean, more modern look.  All the metal findings were purchased at HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  I would have used sterling silver findings but the bails that were attached to both sides of the pendants (with resin) were not sterling so I decided to use silver plate metal findings to match. 

Here is a look at the closures for the jewelry.  I think the pearls on the end of the chains add a pretty, dainty touch.  Next, I plan to experiment with enclosing washi paper in resin pendants....imagine the possibilities!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Flower Planter Box Cards

 As soon as I saw the Sizzix rectangle box die set at HM Ben Franklin Crafts, I knew it would make a beautiful planter box card.  By using a 12x12 card stock sheet that looked like whitewashed wood, I thought I could imitate a real planter box.  I cut off the flaps so that the box looked more like a planter and less like a package.  I added the sentiment (Impression Obsession) die cut from blue card stock before 'planting the paper flowers'.  The colorful flowers were cut from all the scraps I had scattered on my craft desk....great way to use up scraps! The die set has lots of flower shapes so an assortment was created and I added a few enamel dots for accents.
 Here is another version that I made using woodgrain cardstock.  Flattened, the cards fit easily in envelopes for mailing. Your personal message can be scripted on the back of the planter box.
 The supplies for these cards are minimal because all you really need are the dies, faux wood cardstock and LOTS of colorful scraps.  Hope you'll have fun planting a paper flower box!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Fun With Stickers and Resin

I love the Doodlebug Designs stickers.  They've inspired me to create some cute resin items.  Using the UV resin available at HM Ben Franklin Crafts and small silicon molds (also sold at BFC), I put a thin layer of colored resin into the bottom of the mold and hardened it before inserting a sticker. Next, I added a layer of clear resin to fill the mold.  After setting the resin under UV light, I glued or attached with more resin the encased sticker onto a clip for hair or paper.
Here are a few more samples of the pieces I've made.  (Sorry the photo is not too clear.) I am excited to try other mold shapes and Doodlebug Designs stickers.  Oh, the file card is from the Doodlebug Designs card set and with the addition of the die cut (Lawn Fawn) 'hugs' seems like the perfect vehicle for sending a greeting and small gift. It's so nice to get 'happy mail' !!!!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Upcycled Airline Snack Bag

I was so happy with the transformation of the Hawaiian Airlines snack bag shown in my last blog post, that I decided to upcycle the other bag that I squirreled away in my tote during our recent trip to Japan.  Like with the last bag, I covered the bottom of the bag (below the fold) with printed card stock.  The pretty floral print I used was 'Hope' from Simple Stories.  I cut the 'Hooray' (using a Sizzix cake topper die) from silver foil paper (DCWV).  To cover the airline logo on the front and back of the bag I cut solid paper with Kaisercrafts floral dies. 
For the back of the bag, I popped out the flower petals and replaced them with a contrasting pink paper.  For the very tiny pieces I simply glued some extra pink paper behind the cut out parts.  On both the front and back of the bag, I applied dark pink Bo Bunny pearlescent paint dots to the center of the flowers.  I am extremely pleased to have two new recycled bags to add to my stash of gift bags and to be able to smile when I show them off to my husband!