Sunday, October 19, 2014

Hello Kitty Wish Big Card

 After revisiting my Hello Kitty dies for my last birthday card, I couldn't resist making another one using the Mama Elephant scallop rectangle die and stitched rectangle die.  This is a simple top- hinged card (score the back scallop rectangle on the top edge and Merikan tape it to the front scalloped rectangle to make a card that has scallops all around).  For those of you who have forgotten, HK whiskers can be colored in with  a small tip marker and paper can be glued behind the eye and nose holes to make assembly easier.  I used printed paper from 6x6 American Crafts paper pads (purchased at BFC) but the pieces needed are so small I'm sure that you can find what you need in your paper scrap bin.  A Paper Smoochies word bubble die and sentiment were used to add more cuteness to the card.
Well, that's it for today.  In the next post I will show you the third Hello Kitty card I made....nice to have extras for my card stash box.  Come back and visit again!  Happy Crafting!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hello Kitty Beach Birthday Card

 I wanted to make a birthday card for a really sweet girl.  She has a sunny, summery personality and  loves Hello Kitty.  I was planning on moving all my old dies into my new (purchased at Ben Franklin Crafts) three-drawer wood topped rolling bin (a great work station for my Big Shot die cutting machine), so it was time to find my Hello Kitty dies.  I found them and remembered how sweet they are (Why have I neglected them?).  I also found three completed HK with sunglasses...woot! woot!..less work for me.  A die cut Spellbinders border seemed to be the perfect pairing with the HK figure and a beach blanket print paper from a Mambi 12x12 paper pad added a summer touch to the card (even though she is an October child).  For the birthday banner I used a clear stamp and die from Paper Smoochies.
Don't wait for clean up time to discover the craft treasures you already own. With a few new additions you can give a fresh twist (or curve) to 'old' supplies and even use up some  paper scraps.  I hope this card reminds you that Hello Kitty will live forever..... just like me.....LOL!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Halloween Cards for Project Life Album

I know it's hard to tell but these cards are in Project Life album sleeves (perhaps why the photos are a bit blurred).  I wanted #1 to finally get some of my photos in some sort of album and #2 use up some of the Halloween paper scraps and stickers I've amassed over the years.  With the Sizzix die sets that I purchased at Ben Franklin Crafts, I was quickly able to die cut many cards.  The raven card is actually a card (cut by putting the folded edge just under the cutting edge of the die) that can be sent as a greeting card to another Project Life album maker so she can put it into her album.  I love the raven cardstock by Kraft Corp which is sold at BFC along with the printed words of Edgar Allen Poe. Over the years of my children's childhoods I wish I had taken more photos but there were no cell phone cameras back then.  Alas, that time is 'never more'.  At least technology (and my husband) make it possible to scan camera photos to digitally reproduce them for my crafting use.
This is the backside of the top page.  Notice that I have a section for journaling on every page.  I tried to keep the pages fairly flat so the cards would fit in the pockets.
Like the raven, the cat was cut using a Tim Holtz die (one of my favorites for Halloween).  The moon was enhanced with Wink of Stella clear sparkle (too subtle for photo). The brush pens (which come in lovely colors) are now available at HM Ben Franklin Crafts. The cute row of mice was made with a Martha Stewart border punch.
I was very pleased with the ease that these Project Life pages came together and it seems that I may actually get my family photos organized and documented.  I certainly wish that I had taken more photos during everyday activities.  For those of you with young families remember that you will never say, "I wish I hadn't taken so many photos".   Photos you can always delete but time is fleeting and life is impossible to recreate.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Halloween Candy Boxes Made with a Paper Punch

 When I first saw the We R memory keepers candy box board punch (at HM Ben Franklin Crafts), I passed on buying it because I have a Sizzix die that cuts a similar one.  However, recently I saw on someone's blog that the board punch can do many different lengths of boxes from 4 to 12 inches long. That variety of sizes made it an instant 'buy it' decision. The longest box in the top photo is 12"and the smallest is 5".
The board punch works extremely well and comes with very thorough, but easy instructions so even a mechanically challenged crafter like me can make a box on the first try.  I used 12x12 double sided Doodlebug Halloween cardstock which is available at BFC for the basic candy box. Both sides of the cardstock are pretty so I was happy that I was abe to punch out two boxes from every 12x12 sheet.
The fun thing about these boxes is decorating them.  Doodlebug makes a matching sheet of sticker labels and banners which can be used to embellish the boxes or in photo/project life albums. I used ribbons from my stash....yup, I have a section just for Halloween ribbons....hoarder alert!
The cute felt stickers (Darice) are inexpensive ones from Ben Franklin Crafts.  I also bought the slick printed Halloween tape (not washi) from BFC.  If you need to make some Halloween candy boxes quickly, I think you should try the We R memory keepers punch board.  I know that you will enjoy this product and use it for upcoming holiday crafting.  I'm already planning my Christmas and Valentine boxes.  Who wouldn't want a little sweet treat for those occasions?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Halloween 2014 Treat Bags

This year I saw the cutest die for flat bottomed, gusseted, handled bags made by Lawn Fawn.  I knew that I could use this die for many occasions besides Halloween so I bought it.  While I was making this purchase I discovered the LF Halloween stamps and dies which definitely would work well with the bags.  I had some leftover Halloween paper (too plain and not quite card stock thickness) that seemed perfect for treat bags.  It was simple work to die cut, color the images with Copic pens and pop-dot them to the bags.
After completing these bags, I thought that they would make a unique holder for my annual family newsletter (which has not been annual in the past few years).  This year I plan to get a jump on the holidays by mailing out my newsletter and photo magnet in these Halloween treat bags....won't that be a spooky surprise?

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Halloween Treat Jars

After turning the berry basket into a Halloween treat basket, I started looking for other dies that could be used to hold treats.  I discovered the Sizzix jar and spoon die which I thought would be cute and could hold just the right amount of candy and/or small gifts.
The monster 12x12 Carte Bella card stock  I purchased at HM Ben Franklin Crafts had appropriate graphics and was of a weight sturdy enough for this project.  To make the jar and spoon more realistic I added a pieces of silver vellum to the jar top and spoon bowl  A cute monster button (with the shank cut off) was a fun addition to the candy jar spoon.
 From this photo you can see that I used clear acetate to form the side of the jar.  I also die cut acetate to go over the jar front and back to make them shiny like a real jar.  The 'hairy' ribbon is just some leftover lei yarn and the skull pick (red dye painted over the wood part) came from a cupcake Halloween decoration set. I think the fiberfill makes a spooky 'smoke' to stuff between the treats in the jar.  The paper (MME, I think) for this jar was a bit too thin for the project so I used spray adhesive to glue it to some cardboard before die cutting the pieces.
I think you will have lots of crafting fun if you purchase this die.  It would make sweet baby shower table favors or a unique gift box for a birthday present.  I know that your creative mind is already making plans of how to use  this wonderful Sizzix die from BFC.  Wouldn't it be a perfect gift for one of your crafty friends?  Okay, time to do some holiday shopping and crafting!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Halloween Treat Baskets

 When I bought the Sizzix Berry Basket die for Easter, I was planning to make bunny baskets but you know how time flies. LOL! Because it was a basic basket shape, I knew I would use it for other occasions....like Halloween!  This die takes a 12x12 cardstock (printed on two sides will make a more attractive basket).  I'm sure you have lots of Halloween card stock in your stash that will make great treat baskets.  The die cut is super easy to assemble and with the addition of ribbon and a sticker, you're good to go..... and give.
 Lots of candy fits in each basket so trick-o-treaters or friends will be thrilled to receive a Halloween basket of treats from you.  I plan to cello bag the basket of treats and tie it with a fancy twisty tie for presentation.  Of course you could include nailpolish, lip gloss, or other small gifts instead of (or with) the candy.
If you don't celebrate Halloween, this basket will make a good autumn (or Thanksgiving ) table decoration when filled with mini apples, pumpkins or even a cupcake!  Thank you for the time you spent reading my post today.  I hope you found it interesting and will return to read another post in the future. See you soon!