Sunday, October 13, 2019

Winnie-the-Pooh Birthday Card

 I collect bears and Winnie-the-Pooh is one of my favorites. My Pooh bear is rather 'loved' so I decided to make this card to his likesness.  I started with a clear stamp that I purchased in Japan but I'm sure there are lots of images to purchase online.  This one had a nice shaggy look which I enhanced with Fun Flock. I fussy cut the image (stamped on yellow card stock) and applied (with a glue pen) a mixed combo of yellow and brown flock.  For the red shirt I stamped the outline on red paper and fussy cut it out. The honey pot was fussy cut and embellished with Nuvo yellow lacquer.  Luckily, I had a bee print paper in my stash which was perfect for the background.
 I struggled to find just the right paper to use for the script words and ended up using a gold foil for the (Hero Arts die cut) 'happy' and a colorful scrap for the 'birthday'  The scallop edge for the card was produced with a Lawn Fawn die that was offset a bit to keep the fold intact.  To give the (Hero Arts die cut) 'birthday' more interest and dimension, I just glued the ends to the card and folded the inside of the word so that it would pop out.
 Although you can barely see it, I impressed a Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger design (Cuttlebug) onto the envelope.  I think matching the envelope with the card is a nice touch. I made sure to leave room for the name and address of the recipient and my return address.  I know that flocking images is an old school technique, but I hope that you will give it a try.  Afterall, something old can be something new again unless it's an old crafter like me.... I definitely need a time machine....LOL!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Cat In a Halloween Treat Bag

 This card is dedicated to Sophie, my son's cat, who believes she is human.  She's been known to snatch hamburgers and fries off the dining table and secretly unwrap and eat them under the bed.  I was planning to make a regular shaker card using a Halloween treat bag instead of making an acetate window.  However, I just purchased the Whimsey clear stamp set that had an image of a cat who looked like it was trapped.  My goofy mind decided that it was Sophie stuck in a giant stolen Halloween treat bag.
 I colored the image with Copic pens and fussy cut it out.  A little adhesive was placed on the paws, tail, and face. Sophie was stuck to the inside of the bag before adding some assorted sequins. The bag was sealed off and a ribbon tied on.  I stamped the saying on a piece of matching paper, heat embossed it with Nuvo black sparkle powder, cut the paper into a tag shape, and tied it onto the bag with twine.  The whole bag and tag were adhered with pop up foam dots.
 This is what the inside of the card looks like.  Funny that the card stock sheet I used for the front actually had a cat print on the reverse side.  After stamping the CC Designs sentiment in white and heat embossing it with Nuvo white powder, I added googly eyes and a strip of washi tape.  I really love the way this card turned out because it is almost exactly how I imagined it....that's rare!  Lots of the supplies including the treat bags (50 for $3.99) are from HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  Have a Happy Crafty Halloween but just make sure that your cat isn't getting into your craft supplies!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Candy Corn Resin Jewelry

Yes, candy corn is one of my favorite Halloween candies and I just learned that it is my son's favorite too....must be the bright colors and soft but not sticky texture.  Anyway, I figured out how to turn these iconic Halloween treats into jewelry with the use of the new LED resin available at HM Ben Franklin Crafts. It was so simple to insert a 3" piece of gold wire into the top of the candy and apply a drop of resin to the joint. After the resin is set (only takes a minute and there's no mixing), I applied the resin to the surface of the candy and set it.  I did it again to insure complete coverage. I've discovered that my finger is the best tool for this procedure.  Once the second layer of resin is set, jewelry pliers were used to form the wire wrapped loop.  A final drop of resin was applied to the tip of the candy and set to strengthen the wire wrapped joint.  For the bracelet, wires were inserted into both ends of the candy corn and loops were formed after resin was applied and set.  I hope you'll give these resin projects a try so you can wear them to your Halloween parties.  I have plans to make gummy bear jewelry next....if I don't eat all the candy first...LOL!
Tip: Realized that while on the wire the candy corn could be dipped into the resin in the bottle for coverage before hardening under the LED light.  This is a better method than spreading the resin with my finger. I dipped each candy corn twice and hardened the coating after each layer.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Halloween Bat Tonic Cards

This card was created because I love the Whimsey image so much that I inked it up almost as soon as I got the stamp set.  At first I was going to do a watercolored background but then I realized that I had a gigantic stack of Halloween papers that were begging to be used so I found two prints that worked well with the image. 
I also discovered in my Halloween box of stuff, a Tim Holtz web die that I had never tried after hoarding it for years.  I used it on silver vellum paper which was great looking but a bit of a bother to remove all the little cut out pieces.  Luckily, one pass trough the Big Shot machine yielded a web big enough for both cards. 
The images were colored with Copic pens and the edges of the circles were rubbed with lavender pigment ink.  The word labels were from my really old stash of Halloween stickers which need to be used up before the sticky backs dissolve...LOL!  For a little more color and sparkle, I added some Doodlebug Designs crystal dots. I guess I really am obsessed with all things Halloween as I have more card and projects rolling around in my head. I hope you'll visit again soon to see what I've created for this season of spooky happenings. 

Friday, September 27, 2019

Candy Corn Treat Boxes

I recently purchased a Whimsy Halloween stamp set featuring six different dressed up candy corn. It was so cute that I had to ink up the stamps and make something Halloweenish.  I decided on treat boxes for an up coming family gathering. I already had a Sizzix die set that makes a cute little box, just right for holding a small amount of candies (so parents won't be dealing with a sugar high).  
 Two boxes can be cut from one 12x12 printed card stock sheet.  I stamped each candy corn design five times so that yielded 30 box fronts to color with Copic pens and watercolor pencils.
 A variety of Halloween ribbons were strung through the die cut holes on top of the boxes and that was it except for filling in the candies.  I was very pleased to finish these party favors a month before they will be needed. Now onward to more spooky  creations.....Don't you just love Hallooooweeen?

Monday, September 23, 2019

Oh Happy Day Card

 There were two card-sized pieces of summery print card stock in my stack of scraps that I couldn't resist turning into cards before my autumn crafting begins.  It was so simple to double-stick tape down the printed card stock to a Paper Accent lime green card and use a Sizzix circle die to cut an opening in the card front.  Then I stamped the slipper image (Studio G sold at HM BFC for only $1.50) using hot pink ink and fussy cutting out the 'slippas'.  Foam dots were used to adhere the flip flops to the inside of the card.  Avery Elle stamps were used to make the banner and foam dots were  added to stick it down.  This card was super simple to create and will go into my card stash for birthday or happy mail thank you cards.  Don't forget to turn the circle punch outs into tags.... sunglass or popsicle stickers/buttons can be added for more cuteness.  Okay, only 3094 pieces of scraps left....LOL!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Craft Table Clean Up

 I finally got around to cleaning up the paper scraps on my craft table. It didn't take much time but I'm a procrastinator....big time...LOL!  After separating the papers in ziploc bags for prints, solids and hand-dyed pieces, I decided to play a little.  I found a tag punch on my desk...because it wouldn't fit in the overflowing I decided to use it.  It made the right size tags and even had a hole punch and eyelet setter.....gosh I didn't know that!  Hahahaha! I glued on buttons (cut off the shanks) to the edible design tags.
For the scraps of hand-dyed papers, I added some Paper Smooches sayings and sequins.  (The ties are some dyed raffia-like twine I purchased from a yarn shop in Japan.)
 I even found some Halloween and Xmas paper scraps in the enormous pile of  too-good-to-throw-away card stock on my cluttered desk.  I guess I haven't cleaned up in a loooong time....LOL!
 There were bits and pieces of twine, ribbon, stickers, and sparkly stuff on my desk so they got stuck on the tags too.
 I also found a mess of envelopes with foxing so they got spattered with Distress Oxide Inks (Tim Holtz) or soaked in watered down Ken Oliver metallic inks. The bottom row of envelopes were decorated with background rubber stamps that were inked up with Distress Oxide inks and stamped on water dampened envelopes then sprayed again. Voila!  Instant eye-catching envelopes that will announce the arrival of some special mail. (Be sure to open the envelope flap before letting the envelopes dry.)  (The Hero Arts words were stamped on some of the tag backs and heat embossed with Nuvo black sparkle powder.)  Most of the supplies can be purchased from HM Ben Franklin Crafts except for the paper'll have to make those yourself!