Sunday, August 9, 2020

Japanese Paper Sample Cards

 These two cards were inspired by free sample cards I received from a vendor at a trade show years ago.  I didn't use the samples to make anything but I always intended to...hehehe!  Anyway, while sorting out my hoarded Japanese washi (embarrassingly large) stash, I had a light bulb moment and set out to make these cards.  First, I selected six paper swatches for each card and put the stiffest paper at the bottom.  Each sheet was dampened on the bottom edge before tearing to achieve the deckled edge.
Next the sheets were layered, trimmed and tacked at the top edges so that most of each sheet was free floating. This way the card recipient can tear off the papers to use on a project of her own.
 The words (Hero Arts) and Japanese characters (Mari and Me) were stamped on the cards using metallic inks before heat embossing with metallic powders  My wooden stamps are vintage and probably difficult to find, but you can discover lots of great ones at HM Ben Franklin Crafts. Make a paper sample card and give it to a crafter who might enjoy making a card using the washi paper sheets from your card....that's recycling!

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Sweet Summer Card

I like this new Blogger format even though the photos are gigantic....good for showing details but magnifies imperfections. LOL!  Anyway, I'm not sure why I like ant images, but these Whimsy and Lawn Fawn ones were so cute. (I once ate ants that were covering a chocolate covered doughnut...ewwww! Also I was at one time plagued by fire ants who somehow nested in my toilet...painful! So why do I still think ants are cute?) I created this card to use the images and to try out the new LF pivoting pop-up die.  I had to watch the Lawn Fawn video several times before I understood the mechanics of this unique paper gizmo.  The card was further inspired by the lovely fruit patterned paper by Bella Blvd.  My favorite part of this card (besides the awesome pivoting part) is the watermelon seeds on the front.  I thought long and hard on how to create them without applying wet black dimensional paint...a recipe for disaster on an almost finished card.  Finally, I came up with the idea of squirting some Glossy Accent onto black paper and using a pin to drag out a point on each seed.  After the seeds were dry, I cut them out and glued them down. Eureka!..fake watermelon seeds!  Well, that's all for today.  Be nice and you'll have a nice day!

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Sunny Days Ahead Card

Here is a shaker summer card I made to send hope for better un-virus days to come.  I wanted to use cheerful colors so I started with some Hero Arts reactive dye pads.  I smeared them on watercolor paper and then sprayed water on the paper.  When the colors blended as desired, I blotted the excess water.  To add a more water-splashed look I sprinkled on some water droplets, waited a few seconds and then blotted them up. After letting the dyed paper dry completely, I used the Whimsy frame die to cut out the windows, saving the inside pieces. A piece of acetate was glued behind the dyed watercolor paper frame.  
 I glued a thin foam sheet to a piece of card stock and cut out two more frames.  The two frames were glued together to make the wells that would hold the shaker pieces.  The cute 'My Favorite Things' images were stamped, colored with Copic pens, and either die cut or fussy cut out. The images were glued to the front of the card and the window pieces were glued in.
 Before gluing the top of the card down, some unicorn sequins (from HM BFC), Queen and Co. 'diamonds' and 'sugar' were added into the recessed areas.  This card makes me happy which was the reason for its construction. Hopefully, it will help lift the spirits of its recipient. I am sending you sunny smiles too, via my blog. Enjoy! (If you have time to spare, I would love a sunny comment from you.)

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Critters on a Roller Coaster Card

After the dreary Spring days  with the threat of the virus, I decided I needed to make a cheerful Summer card.  When I think of summer fun my mind centers on the State Fair, so I eagerly opened my Lawn Fawn  'Coaster Critters' sets and plunged ahead.  Starting with the cloud dies, I made paper masks and used them to block off  blue Distress Oxide ink that I pounced on watercolor paper.  Next I sprayed the inked cloud paper with water and blotted more.  The stamped and colored coaster structure was adhered to the bottom of the cloud rectangle.  Then the curved Lawn Fawn die was cut just above the coaster. The cut out portion was then glued into the slot so the background would be consistent.  The critters and vehicles were stamped, colored with Copic pens and die cut.
 Then the little My Favorite Things disks were glued behind the vehicles and the disk was glue to a square of blue cloud paper which was slipped into the slot.  I love how the cars slide cheerfully up and down the curve of the coaster. For an interactive card, this one was fairly easy to create and definitely will bring a smile to the face of the recipient.  I may make another variation of this card since I have extra stamped and colored parts.  Please visit this site again to see what I create. Smiles!

Friday, July 24, 2020

Washi Paper Upcycled Tins

I can't bear to throw away good but empty tins that once held tea, cookies or other treats, so every once in awhile I decorate them for future gift giving.  I like to use washi paper on these tins because it comes in large sizes (available at Celebrations or HM Ben Franklin Crafts) and are pretty plus pliable.  After measuring (twice) and cutting (once), I used double stick Heiko tape to secure the paper onto the tins. Sizzix circle die set is really a time saver and ensures a neat finished look.
 Gold paper was glued onto the top of this tin but the rim of the tin cover was left as is because it matched the washi paper.  I folded the small cranes and added LED resin to only the underside of the cranes to give them more strength but retain the washi paper look.
This Lupicia tea tin was simply decorated to hide the logos.  The woven purple burlap-like ribbon is a Heiko product from Celebrations. I think it really compliments the crinkled paper.
 Both the flowers and rabbit are resin pieces made with LED resin in silicon molds.  Because this tin has a lid that is hard to remove, I decided to attach a resin bunny knob.  Some ribbon and lace added to the sweet look of this reusable tin.  I plan to refill these tins with homemade cookies, handmade cards decorated with washi paper or maybe a package of loose tea.  Hopefully, the recipients will enjoy the contents and then use the tins as pencil/pen holders, paper clip storage, or fill them up and gift them to someone else. Now, that's recycling!

Monday, July 20, 2020

Twin Birthday Cards with Flip-Up Flaps

 My twin two-year-old grandsons love their books with lift-up flaps so I decided to make their birthday cards this year using my Lawn Fawn flap cutting die.  I wanted the cards to be colorful so I chose card stock from a Pebbles Birthday 12x12 pack.  Except for the 'It's Party Time' and 'Hope Your Birthday Is Rawr-some' sentiments and the big 2, the fronts are fairly plain even with added sequins.
 However, when the flaps are opened some happy creatures appear.  I hope my grandsons will be delighted with their birthday cards.  The animal images were stamped from Lawn Fawn, Avery Elle and Mama Elephant sets, colored with Copic pens, and cut with their matching dies.
 I mistakenly made the cards slightly larger than standard-sized envelopes. The only ones I had that barely fit the cards suffered from paper foxing stains.  Undaunted, I decided to try some new coloring techniques that  I saw on someone's blog.  Using Ranger Distress Crayons and a Plaid stencil, I colored in circles and misted them with water, hoping to create a distressed watercolor look.  I was somewhat successful and at least I did cover the foxing.  By adding a few sequins, I think I achieved a festive party look.  I hope my cutey grandsons smile when they see my cards.  They always make me smile when I see them so I'll do anything to see their adorable grins. Grandma love!

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Gemstone 'Laugh' and 'Success' Bracelets

These are two more bracelets that I made during the my stay-at-home Covid-19 vacation.  I really love the way they look and feel when worn.  The one on the left includes sterling charms, chain, and clasp. The gemstones are reticulated quartz which means they have tiny needle-like inclusions. The bracelet on the right has sterling charms and gold filled chain with clasp.  The gemstones on this bracelet are a little hard to identify.  I think the large stone is an agate and the smaller ones are moonstone or some kind of quartz with chatoyance.  I don't make jewelry as much as I do paper crafts because it is more time consuming and expensive, but the end product can give pleasure for generations. It's satisfying to think that these bracelets will probably last longer than me (and I probably will survive another 100 + years). LOL!