Friday, September 22, 2017

Portrait of a Lady Gift Box

 When I first saw the 'Portrait of a Lady' line of Graphic 45 papers and embellishments, I fell in love with them.  They are so romantic....perfect for any season!  I also was drawn to a Cutter Bee box die that is also sold at HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  Together they made a very feminine gift container.
 The box die packaging shows the box tied up with a bow but I thought a flower would be nicer.  I glued the Hero Arts blossom right onto the box handles because the box can also be opened from the bottom.  Graphic 45 offers a lot of matching die cut pieces.  The one that I chose was a little too large for the front of the box so I simply trimmed it down and glued it with Beacon 1-2-3.
If you are wondering what gift I will put in this dainty box.....well, you'll have to read my future posts to find out!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Autumn Friend Shaker Tag


 I was planning to make a card using the autumn image in the Dandelion Designs 'seasons' stamp set, but the image was too small so I decided to use it on a tag.  I paired it with the Cutter Bee leaf die that I also purchased at HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  I die cut the leaf from the front of the tag (Little B tag die set) which was made from a sheet of Lawn Fawn plaid card stock. The girl in a kimono was colored with Copic pens and fussy cut. The sentiment also came in the DD stamp set.
 I cut two more tag shapes...one from tan card stock and another from printed origami paper.  These were attached to the back of the tag front after it was made into a shaker element and filled with tiny leaf sequins.  For the final fall touch I added raffia ties so the tags can be attached to some holiday goodies.  When I receive my Vippies 2018 calendars, I will add them to these tags so the recipients will have an additional gift after the goodies are eaten.  I love a gift within a gift...don't you?

Thursday, September 14, 2017

More Bookmark Calendars

 Here are two more bookmark calendars (minus the calendars which still have not come in the mail).  They both use the larger Santoro stamps which I purchased at HM Ben Franklin Crafts. As in the previous post, the images were fussy cut by hand and raised a bit with sticky foam dots.  This allows the sequins to move around easily.

 Again the backs have inspiring sayings from the Paper Smooches 'Spreading Sunshine' stamp set. Don't forget to attach some pretty yarns or ribbons to the bookmark just to add the element of fun.  I can't wait for my Vippies calendars to arrive so I can finish off these bookmarks and start working on my other holiday projects. Keep crafting and smiling!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

A Calendar Becomes a Bookmark

 While cleaning up my craftroom (well actually just moving things around) I 'found' a stack of vinyl bookmark sleeves and a booklet of printed adhesive strips that fit them perfectly. The long shape of the bookmark paired well with the larger Santoro stamp images.  I knew that they would make beautiful tuck in gifts especially if they had a calendar attached.
I had some lovely heart-shaped sequins ( from Eva's Etsy site) which I poured into the front of the bookmark before sealing the top with double stick tape.  I love the shaky-shake sound of the sequins which makes the twirling the yarn even more fun....I really wear down my bookmarks so it's good that this one is sturdy.


Here is the back of the bookmark which I enhanced with a saying from the Paper Smooches 'Spreading Sunshine' stamp set. I used the die for the set to cut the rectangle for the saying. The addition of decorative fancy yarns completed the look. I order my mini calendars from Vippies (but I haven't received my 2018 order yet.

 If you don't have the DCVW adhesive border strips, you can easily use a paper trimmer to cut some cardstock to fit the bookmark sleeve.  I don't remember who I purchased the vinyl bookmarks from but it was ordered online...hope that helps.  I think this gift add-on can be used first as a calendar (tie it somewhere) and then eventually used as a bookmark....does anyone read real books anymore?  Well, you could use it to mark your place in your planner.....sweet!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Anniversary Toast Card

I needed an anniversary card ASAP so I used a minimalist approach. Recently, I saw a ready-made birthday card involving toast.  I filed the idea away for later use and my crazy mind came up with this anniversary version of the card.  Luckily, I had this Paper Smooches 'Wake Up' stamp set...so cute!  I started with a double-sided printed Authentique card stock which had a very vintage feel to it....perfect for this card.
It was simple work to stamp the toaster and images, adding the eyes and arms. Coloring with Copic pens was a 1-2-3 you're done job. The toasts on the front of the card were fussy cut and raised on foam sticky squares.
 At first I planned to hand print the words, but my handwriting is .....well, ugly!  I remembered that I had a Tepra label printer (from HM Ben Franklin Crafts) so I could easily print out the words I needed.  Type...type...type...and the label sentiments were done!  The label tapes have adhesive backs so that makes them even easier to apply.
 This card was super easy and fast to complete. I'm excited to mail it off and I know that it will get there just in time for their anniversary. YAY!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

When Life Gives You Limes

You know the saying, "When life gives you lemons....make lemonade"?  Well, life gave me limes (only 4 this year from a new tree) so I made lime curd (also known as lime butter).  The limes aren't the prettiest, but the curd is deeeelish!  Anyway, to decorate the jars to give away I wanted to use cloth or paper that was greenish but I couldn't find just the right soft fabric.  I did find some neutral colored washi paper in my hoarder's stash, but it was badly foxed (reddish dots).  I decided that rather than throw out the handmade fibrous paper I would try to dye it. I first dampened the paper with water, crumpled it, and applied assorted dye inks and powders.  It worked!  I was very pleased with the color that matched with the Heiko raffia ribbon and successfully covered up the foxing.  My aging stash of washi paper will be definitely get the dye treatment so it doesn't go to waste. Please try recycling and upcycling..... I think you'll be pleased with what you can achieve.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Party Favor Treat Box with Calendar

 Usually I wait until November to start thinking about a  party favor design for our family holiday get-together. Recently, I saw a Lawn Fawn die set at HM Ben Franklin Crafts that seemed perfect for my needs.  Using card stock sheet from a Sizzix 6x12 paper pad, I was able to cut out the box and the inside photo frame. Because our party group is a mix of young and old, males and females, I plan to keep the boxes neutral in design.  The calendar on the cover was ordered from Vippies who carry them in assorted sizes...I used the smallest one.  I was going to embellish the top of the box with cute/sparkly stuff but decided that the men in our gathering would probably be happier with 'yay' cut from gold foil card stock (DCWV). The die set also comes with a 'thanks' die which would be great for other occasions.
 I plan to put Big Island shortbread cookies in the favor boxes but lots of other cookies or candies would fit.  To personalize the boxes, I will use my Japanese camera (which takes mini Polaroid-like photos) to snap a shot of each guest before the dinner.  Then I will include the photo frame  in the box with some double stick tape so the guest can tape in their photo.  I hope that each recipient will enjoy the treats, use the calendar and put items like paperclips or buttons in the empty box.  I'm amazed at how quickly this project came together because of the wonderful Lawn Fawn die set.  I hope by sharing my calendar treat box early this year you can get a head start on your party favors, too.  It really is enjoyable to share my hand crafted projects when I am not pressed for time to complete everything during the holidays.  Happy Early Holiday Crafting!
P.S. The photo on my sample box has a piece of vellum over it to protect the innocent who would likely dislike that MOTHER used it without their permission. LOL!