Friday, July 22, 2016

No Bow Gift Wrap

 When mailing gifts it seems senseless to make fancy bows which will probably not survive the journey. To resolve this problem, I decided to use some magnets for decoration on gifts that were going to be mailed. The magnets were made simply by stamping a cute image and sentiment onto a square of watercolor paper, coloring it, and then cutting a similar sized cardboard.  I used spray adhesive (Elmer's from BFC) to adhere the pieces together and then sprayed the top with a non-gloss protective coating (also from HM Ben Franklin Crafts).  A Crop-a-Dile (We are Memory Keepers) corner cutter (purchased at BFC) was used to round the corners.  Finally, I glued on super strong magnets (from BFC) to the backs of the pieces. By attaching a metal paperclip to the ribbons on the packages, the magnets are easily attached and removed for use on a refrigerator. I love the snarky images and sayings on the Taylored Expression stamps and I feel these magnets add to the gift more than a smashed bow. Send some smiles across the miles!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Quick and Easy Mini Travel Album

 I couldn't believe how quickly this mini album came together.  The Sizzix die set, Essential MIni Album, had all the parts to die cut  the pages, spine, and page decorations.
 Perhaps the hardest part was choosing the printed card stock.  The DCWV Travel Stack made the deciding a little easier because they all sort of coordinated. I chose turquoise Paper Accent card stock to do the basic album. The dies even cut out the holes to string the ribbon!  Sometimes it is a blessing to have boxes of ribbons to chose from because it is exciting to find just the 'right' one for a project. (All you hoarders don't be ashamed.)
I put some printed card stock on the inner pages to add embellishments, photos and trip ephemera like ticket stubs. Of course I left some pages plain for journaling. The slide frames on the cover were only tacked down and will probably be filled in with some mini photos or perhaps the trip dates and destination. I am planning to take an erasable pen and a mini double stick tape dispenser on my trip so I can fill in my album as I travel. Often when I return from a trip I am pooped and forget the details of what we saw and did....old age...LOL!  I hope that you will shop at HM Ben Franklin Crafts and invest in this Sizzix die set. I know that you will find many uses for it besides a travel album.  It might be useful for making a mini recipe collection or a gardening journal with pockets for seeds.  Happy Creative Crafting!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Paperclip Gift Card Tags

 I enjoy making unique tags.  They are quicker to create than cards and can serve the double duty of a gift decoration and gift card/message holder (or even a money holder...the frog one may bring good luck for someone going to Las Vegas).  For these tags, I thought it would be fun to include some decorated paperclips.  Whether or not you give money/gift card, the paperclips are just a cute add on.
 I used the Sizzix mini favor bag die to cut the pouch from double-sided card stock (that matched the Dress It Up buttons) (monkey paper- Doodlebug Design, frog paper - Bella BLVD, ice cream - American Crafts)  I also cut a label (the die is from the same set) and stamped it with a Paper Smooches sentiment. After punching a hole on the top of the bag, I attached a ribbon (blue and rainbow ribbon are Heiko and the polka dot one is from American Crafts).  There are lots of styles and sized of paperclips at office supply stores and I simply glued  Dress It Up buttons (shanks snipped off) onto them.  The buttons were from HM Ben Franklin Crafts as was the 527 glue (dries fast and clear).
I can't resist cute buttons so these tags provided a reason for my shopaholic tendencies. Now I just need to find more matching double-sided card stock.....LOL!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Yarn Cupcake Tags

 While in Japan I purchased a small cupcake card that had yarn wrapped all around like frosting on the cupcake.  When the yarn was unwound, there was space to write your message on the cupcake.  I thought that this clever item would make a unique tag and be a way to give a little something (a yard of specialty yarn) to the person receiving the tag.
It is a really simple tag to make.  First you need to make the base tag from sturdy white card stock. Then cut the two cupcake liners (front and back) from crimped ( used Fiskar paper crimper) card stock and punch out two red circles using a 3/4" punch (EK Success). The Paper Smooches 'just for you' stamp was curved and used to stamp on one of the red 'cherries'.
Next, glue the parts to the base tag and write your message on the tag.  To 'frost' the cupcake, insert the yarn end into the bottom slit and wind the yarn around the tag and finish by inserting the other yarn tail into the top slit.
To make the cupcake look like it was in a glassine pastry package, I placed it into an envelope (Snippets 3-1/2" square) purchased from HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  A piece of twine (Doodlebug Designs) was attached to the envelope holding the cupcake tag.
If you want to make one of these yarn cupcake tags you can use the template below to trace the tag base on your card stock.  The finished tag should be approximately 3"x 2".  Besides giving a unique tag, enjoying these 'cupcakes' have no calories and help to use up all those yarns leftover from lei making. Happy crafty baking!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Panda Message Tags

 This panda message tag to hang on a bag or box was inspired by one I saw in Japan.  The Japanese one featured a cat and was a notepad of hanging message tags. I purchased the Taj wooden panda stamp from Taj Clubhouse in Ward Center.  I first stamped the image on sturdy watercolor paper, colored the cheeks, and cut it out.  Next I made a rectangle from the same watercolor paper and glued the top-half of the panda onto the top of the rectangle. I cut around the top half of the panda and that was it!  A message can be written on the tag before it is hung on a bag or box. Later the tag can be re-purposed as a bookmark.
 This popcorn box container was purchased at HM Ben Franklin Crafts (party department) and came in a set of five.  The 'thanks' letters were cut from a printed scrap using the Hero Arts Fancy Letter Dies.  I'm not sure where the sweet treat label came from...it was just in a messy pile on my desk....heeheehee!
 If you make a bunch of these tags you will be ready to give an impromptu gift to anyone.  I'm sure that you can find many stamps with suitable images for this project.  Happy gift giving!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Cat Card II - Happy Birthday

 My son has two grey cat sisters who are remarkably different.  One is bold and mischievous; the other is shy and well-behaved.  I thought it would be fun to use the Tim Holtz stamp set to make my son a wonky birthday card. I used the Misti to align the cats and a computer to print on the PS die cut thought bubbles.
 I liked the way this card turned out and it was super easy...a purrrfect card!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Cat Card I - Sympathy

 This card was made for a loving cat owner who recently had to euthanize his sweet cat.  I remember that his cat enjoyed looking out the kitchen window to watch the birds or squirrels on the nearby tree.
 I thought it would be poetic to use dies to make a card that looked like the cat is now on the tree looking wistfully at her kind owner in the house.  The Spellbinder and IO dies made the card a snap to make.
 For  the sentiment I used my new toy, 'Misti', to help align the Hero Arts stamped words then I heat embossed them with silver powder. The Misti will be in the HM Ben Franklin Craft stores very soon so you too can purchase and enjoy this unique stamping tool.  I hope this post has encouraged and inspired you to create cards anytime you want to express and send heartfelt messages.