Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Wedding Thank You Card

The wedding of my youngest son took place last weekend.  It was a beautiful affair designed by the bride and aided by her mother.  For all the work she did and hospitality she shared, I wanted to send 
my son's mother-in-law a handmade thank you card. The wedding colors were dark green, gold, and white so I chose them for the card. The symbol throughout the wedding was a butterfly because that is our family 'mon' (Japanese crest). When I 'discovered' the butterfly and floral die/embossing folder in my stash, I knew they were perfect to use on this card. (I believe I got this set from a craft magazine.) 

  I made two versions of this card just to play with the layout. The printed floral paper from a Kaiser Craft pad (available at HM BFC) is slightly different on each card. I wanted the light green parchment paper to stand out more on the top card so I rubbed the embossed portion with gold metallic rub-on paint (from Ben Franklin Crafts).  The 'thank you' was die cut from gold foil paper and adhered easily because it was run through a Xyron sticker maker. The butterfly dies were used to cut the gold base parchment and perforated frosted parchment top.  The tiny white flowers are vintage ones I found in an antique shop...always be on the look out for pretty bargains.  I think both card versions turned out very well and are suitable for special thank yous. The second card will be added to my thank you card stash which gets depleted so quickly.  Everyone is so generous and kind to me!

Friday, March 15, 2019

Puffer Fish Birthday Card

 When I saw the Avery Elle puffer fish stamp and die sets in the red tag clearance bin at the Hilo Ben Franklin Crafts, it was a no-brainer that it would be coming home with me.  The KaiserCraft Deep Sea decorative paper (from HM Ben Franklin Crafts) was used for the sea urchin-like background, but I miss measured the dimensions so I had to make another version of it with bubbles in the background to see if it would look better.
 I think I like the placement of the pieces better on the larger size card, but I like the sea urchin background better. My favorite part of the stamp set is the sentiment which fits nicely on a Lawn Fawn die cut banner. I used a Lawn Fawn circular die to cut the candle print paper which came from a Dandelion Designs 12x12 paper pad (Hip Hip Hooray?)
 The Avery Elle stamp and die sets also had a fierce but funny shark which I colored with Copic pens and inserted into the card with the birthday greeting.  I enjoyed making these cards because they were easy (very little coloring or cutting). They will be kept in my birthday card stash and be good for most of my oldie but goldie friends. LOL!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Pineapple Thank You Card

 Because pineapples are such a popular icon now, I considered purchasing the Sizzix die for awhile before I decided I couldn't resist it.  I thought I could use the die to make charming thank you cards to send to my mainland friends. The bumpy texture on the fruit was made with a Sizzix embossing plate that I discovered in the red tag clearance bin at HM Ben Franklin Crafts in Hilo. (I got lots of bargain items including dies, stamps, inks and even Ken Oliver pigment powders!)
 The pineapple print paper (Dandelion Designs) oval was cut with the die from the same Sizzix set.  After stamping the 'Mahalo" on yellow card stock paper, it was fussy cut and glued onto the oval.
 Unfortunately, I didn't think of where I would write my message as the texture on the fruit made it difficult to write on.  I decided to use an oval die from my Spellbinders set to cut two yellow ovals and join them at their tops to form a card to write my thank yous.  When I make this card again, I will stamp in light brown ink a texture to mimic the rough pineapple skin.  This will allow for a large smooth writing surface.  In any case, I did like the final look of the pineapple card and I think it might make a good stand up card for a table at a baby luau or local wedding.  I can imagine the menu and/or seating list printed on a paper and attached to the card. Remember that pineapples are the symbol of hospitality in different cultures so this die is a useful one for many occasions. Enjoy the sweetness of a crafty life!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Out of this World Card

This card was started because of the desire to experiment with the Yupo paper and Ranger Alcohol Inks that I saw on the Joy of Crafting.  The beauty of the inks on the non-tree paper is breathtakingly 'out of this world', so of course a space themed card seemed appropriate.

First, I sprayed the paper with Isopropyl alcohol and then dripped some ink on it. After the Ranger inks dried, I flicked on some silver Liquitex ink.  I die cut the circular track and stamped the Lawn Fawn images on marker paper. After coloring the images, they were die cut with the LF dies.
The My Favorite Things tab was adhered to the astronaut and to a card stock piece inserted behind the circular track.  Actually, a small round sticky foam piece could be used instead of the MFT plastic tab. This set up allows the astronaut to go around the track and spin around.
The sentiment was stamped on a Lawn Fawn die cut banner. The planets, rocket and banner were adhered to the card with sticky foam dots.
If there was one thing I would change about this card, it would be to make a second inked Yupo paper to put behind the circular track so that it would not be as noticeable a the solid blue of the card blank.  I'm definitely going to use the Yupo paper and alcohol inks again because of the luscious colors that can be achieved. I see beautiful ocean scenes in my future cards. You should give this technique a try. I know you won't regret experimenting with the explosion of colors that will delight your eyes.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Beautiful Day Bicycle Riding Slider Card

It's not a beautiful day in Hilo...it's pouring!  To combat the dreariness of the day, I decided to make a happy springtime card.  I've had the Lawn Fawn 'bicycle built for two' stamp and die sets for awhile (maybe from last spring...heeheehee) so it's about time I used them to make a card.
Rather than having a static scene, I decided to use an Ellen Hudson slider die to cut a channel in the grass. By attaching a My Favorite Things replenishments piece between two thin sticky foam pieces and dusting the back of the foam piece with cornstarch, I was able to attach the bicycling pair to the slider piece. The weather changed the lighting in this room so this photo is a bit 'overcast'.
The clouds were made by cutting out masks using the Lawn Fawn cloud dies. The masks were then placed on the damp watercolor paper card base before applying the blue distress ink with a scrunched up paper towel. Oh yes, the grass was cut with a Lawn Fawn die.  The sentiment came from the same LF set and this set also has the parts to make a lovely wedding card. My favorite part of the the card is that the dies cut out every thing including the spokes of the bicycle!  After finishing this card, I feel more springy and the rain has stopped....yay!  Crafting makes you happy and chases the gray clouds away.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Girl's Day Shadow Box Card

Even though I don't have any daughters or granddaughters, I still like the Japanese tradition of celebrating Girl's Day on March 3rd (third day of the third month). Eating pretty, sweet mochi is my favorite part of the day.
I also love making shadow box cards. They remind me of dioramas I used to make for the library book competition....miniature scenes were my thing.  Lawn Fawn's shadow box die set makes it super easy to produce the frame work.  I used a Kaiser Craft printed double sided card stock because it had a sweet cherry blossom design. 
All the images and the sentiment came from a Mari and Me wooden handled stamp that's been in my collection for years.  I stamped the kimono part on a piece of printed origami, fussy cut it out and glued it on to the girl before fussy cutting her out.  Copic pens were used for coloring the rest of the pieces before they were attached to the die cut green paper pieces.
The neatest part of this card is that it folds flat for mailing.  I think you'll have fun making shadow boxes too.  Look for the Lawn Fawn die set in HM Ben Franklin Crafts. Oh yeah, don't forget that you can attach a mini calendar to the back of the card.....if you have any calendars leftover...LOL!
Happy Girl's Day!

Saturday, February 23, 2019

"Omiyage' Bringing Home a Gift of Thanks

Local folks know that when you return from a trip it is customary to bring home gifts for family, friends, and those who helped to make your trip enjoyable.  This gift is called an 'omiyage'. I really should make decorated 'omiyage' bags before I go on a trip....but you know how time doesn't allow this.  Therefore, after returning from the Tucson Rock and Gem Show I had to make a quick bag and tag. These were inspired by the Japanese minimalist style and used just a few sheets of origami paper.
I used a Sizzix circle die set to cut the 'o'  and wrote in the rest of the of the word freehand. Using a die from my frequently used Little B tag set, I did a similar design on the tag which I will use on plain handled bag. The 'o' could be cut with oval dies but I felt the circle 'o' had a more Asian look.

I hope this post has inspired you to make simple, quick 'omiyage gift bags and tags.  They really only take a few minutes and will make the recipient feel very special and know that you are grateful for them.  Okay, go use up those origami paper scraps!