Friday, January 18, 2019

Valentine 2019 Calendar/Card

As promised, here are larger versions of the previously posted mini-calendars. These accordion pleated Valentine calendars have 4"x 4" front faces.
I started with 4" x 10-1/2" strips of double sided card stock. These are scored  at 4", 8", 9" and 10".  After folding the accordion pleats the last edges are sealed with double stick tape.
This cute Penny Black  hedgehog postman was colored with Copic pens and fussy cut.  Two envelope stickers were added to balance out the calendar.
For this calendar I used a Mama Elephant stamp image which I cut with a matching die. I think the simple graphic background helps to make the saimin-eating cats stand out.
I happened to find a pink heart doily in one of my Valentine stash boxes.  It was the perfect backdrop for the two hedgehog lovers.  A little Wink of Stella sparkled up the roses...unfortunately this was not captured by the camera's eye.  These calendars are perfect little Valentine gifts to mail with sweet messages written on the backs.  They are also an excellent way to use up leftover card stock and my slowly dwindling supply of Vippie calendars. I guess I will be making Easter calendars next. LOL!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Mini Valentine 2019 Calendars

Yup, I still have leftover Vippies calendars because I didn't make my usual Xmas calendar party favors.  But not to worry, I can include these with my Valentine cards.  Click on the images to see them close up.  They are simple to make and require only a few supplies.  I start with a 9" x 3-1/2" strip of printed cardstock.  From the left, I score at 3.5", 7", 7.75", and 8.5" .  Then it is a simple matter to fold in the pleat and double stick it closed.
 The cute animal images were stamped on marker paper (from HM Ben Franklin Crafts) and fussy cut.  (The Hero Arts raccoon set has a matching die set.)  I sparingly colored with Copic pens and added some Bo Bunny pearlescent paint, red Stickles, heart sequins, and twine.  I might try making larger versions of this project so I can use up my larger sized calendars and then they can double as Valentine calendars and cards.  Hugs and Hearts to you!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Shopping at Daiso

Have you been able to shop at our new Daiso store in Pearl City?  Don't let the line to get in discourage you because there are so many fabulous items almost all for $1.50 each. Yes, that's right practically everything is only one dollar and fifty cents!  I bought lots of dishes (porcelain and glass), kitchen items and storage items. I forgot to photograph them and already put them to use. Here are the stationery items I selected. The three plain white bags with the colorful twine handles ( for only $1.50) are a great bargain for crafters who like to decorate bags.  I love the Japanese print note pads and unique origami paper....can you believe they are only $1.50?  I even got stockings, wash cloths and zippered plastic pouches that I plan to fancy up with fabric, paper or stamped images.  I went  twice to the store in the few short days I was in Honolulu and I purchased in total three Daiso shopping bags of fantastic bargains.  Don't worry there are still new items coming in constantly. You never know what you'll find at the Daiso store but it is sure to be a good deal. Happy Diaso Shopping!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Smile Tokidoki Calendar Card

 As soon as I saw the Tokidoki Origami paper pack selling at HM Ben Franklin Crafts, I knew that I HAD to have it!  There are so many colorful pages of Tokidoki designed origami paper and even some black and white ones to color.  I wanted to make a simple thank you card with a calendar bonus.  (Calendars were purchased from Vippies.) I resorted to my old standby Sizzix XL Stand up circle die to cut the card base and used simple Sizzix circle and square dies to cut the background pieces. (Sorry I forgot to photograph the square dies.)
 The gold foil 'Smile' word was cut using a Lawn Fawn die and glued only on the bottom edge.  The Tokidoki paper pack also has directions for folding the crane in case you've forgotten (like me) or need to learn how to make one.  These cards were easy and fun to make. I really like that the Tokidoki designs are so cheerful and appropriate for the whole year.  There were two different  Tokidoki design origami paper packs sold at HM BFC, so I think I'll treat myself to the other pack. LOL! Happy 2019 Crafting!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Holiday Thanks Card

 Before I put away my holiday craft supplies, I always try to make my thank you cards.  This year I wanted something different but quick. A round card was something I haven't made in awhile so using the Darice wreath shaped die (purchased from HM BFC but didn't get around to using) seemed a good choice.  This card was made completely with dies and didn't require coloring.  The card base is formed from two Sizzix scalloped circles that were glued on the top.  I tried using my Xyron adhesive machine but I think a little Beacon 3-2-1 glue is a little easier to adhere all the little die cut areas of the wreath and  words.  A little cute character below the thanks would be sweet (maybe next time) but I wanted to crank these out since I am running a little late this year.  What a way to start out 2019 huh?

Friday, December 28, 2018

Upcycled Xmas Cookie Box

 A few years ago I discovered panettone bread in a box at Ross,  It was a huge loaf that made excellent bread pudding. Amazingly, the bread stays fresh for a very long time and can be frozen.  This year I found mini panettone bread in the cutest boxes.  I couldn't bear to toss the boxes after devouring the contents so in defense of my hoarding gene, I  decided to upcycled them. (That's a fancy way to say decorate and repurpose.)
I found some striped card stock in my overflowing stash of Xmas papers and used it around the sides.  I added stickers, die-cut sentiments, sequins, and ribbons. 
It was so easy to turn a throw-away to a keeper, usable for holding my baked goods.
 I even decorated the bottom with the reverse side of the striped card stock.  Most of the supplies used were from my seemingly bottomless Xmas crafting stash.  The scalloped felt ribbon is a Martha Stewart product and the green ribbon with gold edging is a Heiko item from Celebrations.  I really like the gold glitter snowflakes from Sierra Pacific (sold at HM BFC)...there are so many snowflakes in that small vial! I hope that you will try upcycling your empty food boxes while you still have your Xmas supplies out. The holiday season will be rolling around again before you know it, so start decorating now. You'll be so happy next year when you find finished boxes, cards, and tags!

Monday, December 24, 2018

Multi-Colored Holly Christmas Card

I love playing with dyes on watercolor paper.  It's fun to sprinkle Color Burst powder pigments (from HM Ben Franklin Crafts) on damp paper and then spray on more water to see what amazing color blends appear.  I thought it would be fun to use my new Darice Holly die (purchased at HM Ben Franklin Crafts) to cut out some colorful holly.  Layered on some softly glittered silver paper, I think that the holly has a very festive look. (Sorry, I was not able to capture the special effect because of the camera flash on the card.)  
I used the Hero Arts die to cut the 'Christmas' out of green foil card stock (DCWV). For the inside of the card (not shown) I stamped the Lawn Fawn 'merry' in silver ink and heat embossed it with NUVO embossing powder.  This card was fairly easy to execute except for applying the sticky adhesive to the back of the holly.  I used the Xyron machine and it was a bit tricky to position the holly exactly.  Maybe next time I will use a spray adhesive. This card is for all of you in blogland.  I want all of you to know how much I appreciate your visits and comments. I wish the best to you this holiday season and hope that 'Santa' is generous to you because I know you've been 'GOOD' all year!