Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Japan Hobby Show Dried Flower Resin Crafts

 Recently, I attended the Japan Hobby Show and was drawn to a booth with a giant inventory of dried flowers. The flowers were being made into beautiful projects. The above ruler and plastic tray are two examples that I purchased to show you what can be made with resin and some creativity.
 Here's a keychain I made using the new LED resin I was given as a free sample.  I should have put less flowers in the oval and bought more  blank keychains....duh?  I did buy a lot of dried flowers and greenery though. ;)  The new LED light and resin should be available soon in our BFC stores....I hope.  I think you could activate the resin with your own LED light but this one has a timed light.  The new LED resin hardens very quickly.  I look forward to new resins products being developed in the future....more creative fun! 

Friday, May 18, 2018

Mother's Day Card with Cameo

 Although I don't have a mother or mother-in-law to send this card to, I do have a daughter-in-law who is expecting so this will be for her.  The inspiration for the card started with an embossing folder that I acquired from a magazine.  Many foreign paper crafting magazines sold at Barnes and Noble have dies, stamps and embossing folders packaged with their publications.  I think this is an excellent bargain as the magazines also show examples of what to do with the paper crafting tools.  Anyway, I started by embossing a piece of pearlized vellum paper (from HM Ben Franklin Crafts).  I layered this over some rose printed Bo Bunny card stock which was adhered to a light pink 5-1/2" square card base.  Lawn Fawn script words were stamped on a strip of paper and added to the card along with a fancy ribbon and a faux cameo. 
 This close-up shows the cameo which is actually an earring with the back broken off.  I have a collection of real cameos, but I do like to search for bits and pieces in garage sale bags or online sites. For just a few dollars, it's surprising what you can get to decorate your craft work. Now what shall I do with the other earring?....a box top decoration? resin jewelry? ...fun just to imagine!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Resin Charm Kits

 I thought you's be interested to see the resin charms I've made using the kits sold at HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  First off, I love the resin kits because they have EVERYTHING you need to complete the project except for the resin and UV lamp (plus some toothpicks and parchment paper).  The Fruit Jar charm was made with the new resin designed to work well in silicon molds. Even though this kit did not have English directions, I was able to put the charm together fairly easily. (I have made a few kits previously so I do know the general steps.)  I ended up with a few 'extra' fruits so I just piled them onto the jar.  The goldfish charm did have English instructions so it was a snap to put this one together and it came out almost exactly like the one on the packaging...so proud!  I may use these charms for purses or perhaps I will change out the ball chains and add 24" necklace chains and give them as unique jewelry gifts. What do you think? I think, if you try them, you too will get hooked on making resin charms.  Give them a try for some crafting fun!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Star-Gazing Sweethearts Card


 Continuing my quest to find and use dies and stamps that have not yet had a maiden voyage, I discovered this super cute Lawn Fawn set 'Upon A Star'hidden under some other supplies in my messy craft area.  All of the Lawn Fawn products used for this card were purchased at HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  I started the background for this card by spraying a piece of watercolor paper with Tim Holtz Distress sprays and sprinkling on some Ken Oliver Color Burst powders and sprayig again with water. The excess ink was blotted with a paper towel, hence the patterning along the edges of the paper. Once the paper was dry, I stamped the stars using silver ink and heat embossing with silver powder.  The fox and bunny were stamped in blue Memento ink, colored with Ciopic pens,die cut and adhered to the card with foam dots.  Because I cut the watercolored panel too small, I cut a silver paper to make a second border. I think I like this look more! Yay, for happy accidents!  On the inside of the card I stamped one of the sayings from the Lawn Fawn Lucky Stars stamp set that mades it perfect for an upcoming special occasion. (Shhhh! It's a secret!)

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Sew Sweet Birthday Card

 I have so many pieces of scrap printed paper piled on my craft desk, that I am always trying to find new ways to use them up.  Some of the pieces looked like fabric so I thought it would be fun to piece them together like a quilt. I simply glued triangles and rectangles onto a piece of card stock slightly smaller than my card base. Next I stamped and die cut sewing images from a Lawn Fawn set. To add more cuteness I stamped a face onto the pincushion, glued on some buttons and wrapped embroidery floss around the spool.  Finally, I stamped "It's Your Birthday "onto a piece of ribbon.  Test your ink before stamping as some inks will bleed on certain ribbons. This card was fun to make and will be perfect for my quilt-sewing friend. I am certainly going to make this card or similar ones again because I really enjoyed 'quilting' with my paper scraps.  Hope you liked this post enough to post a comment...I love hearing from you!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Yummy Cupcake Die Cut Card

The Sizzix die set (purchased from HM Ben Franklin Crafts) that I used to make this luscious card was in my box of craft supplies to use.....someday.  Well, someday is finally here and I am really glad that I tried the die out.  It was easy to use and resulted in a fun-shaped card for many gift giving occasions.  I decided to use the paper scraps from my desktop pile so the card was virtually free.  I stuck to the look on the Sizzix packaging but moved the twine bow banner and used Bo Bunny Pearlescent Paint to fill in the die cut holes.  I also rubbed a little paint on the frosting piece and sprinkled on some fine crystal glitter.  On the cherry I added Glossy Accents to give it a shiny surface.  The 'just for you' words were printed on the banner using one of the teeny stamps from the Lawn Fawn set. Oh yes, you can position the cupcake die on a folded piece of card stock so that when it is run through the die cutting machine the fold will remain intact or you can just cut two pieces out and glue the top portion.  This die set even has a piece to cut sprinkles!  Whether you are making a card for a child or adult, this die set is one you will use often....I know I plan to make another one soon!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Boy's Day Koi Tray

 I was immediately attracted to this 17" wooden tray which I saw in HM Ben Franklin Crafts. In my mind it reminded me of lacquer trays I admired in Japan.  It was simple work (my husband did it...LOL!) to spray paint the tray with Design Master glossy black spray paint (from BFC).  Hubby said he sprayed, sanded and then sprayed it again. (Is it no wonder that I keep him around?) I traced the tray bottom onto the Photo Play 'Paper Crane' Koi Pond 12x12 card stock.  I carefully kept trimming until the paper fit perfectly in the tray. Because the tray is so long I had to cut two strips and align the fish design.  Don't overlap the strips or they will show up as a lump.  I recommend that you either spray the backs of the strips with Elmer's Spray Adhesive or run them through a Xyron Adhesive Machine.  After adhering the koi design paper to the tray I applied Glossy Accents medium to the top adding a sheet of lacy blue Japanese paper and covering with more Glossy Accents.  Crumpled tissue paper would give a similar effect of textural interest.
The koi design seems perfect for Boy's Day, but there are many Japanese patterned papers available at HM Ben Franklin Crafts which would make gorgeous trays.  These decorated trays are good for holding keys, wallets, pens, etc. but would be lovely as a centerpiece holding multiple globe vases of gardenias or goldfish.  Party favor snack bags of goldfish crackers or Swedish fish candy would be fun to offer from this tray at the end of your Boy's Day party.  Hooray, for boys!