Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Be Mine Valentine

If you are 'vintage' like me, you'll remember the thrill of the classroom Valentine mailbox.  You know, it was set up in every school room so that students could secretly 'mail' a card to a cherished or secret friend.  The Pebbles 12x12 printed card stock seemed perfect for this 'child spirited' Valentine card.  Simply made, I started with the Hero Arts die to cut a red floral heart (it has a space for the stamped words included in the set). I stamped in gold ink and heat embossed with gold iridescent powder. (Sorry, the photo does not show the sparkle of the gold letters.) To make the heart show up better against the colorful background I hand cut another plain heart from the red paper.  By using mini pop-dots to raise up the die-cut heart, I was able to create a shadowbox effect.
The final touch to this kid-friendly card was applying the Paper House 3D stickers.  I was surprised how nicely the stickers matched the paper even though they were not made by the same company. I plan to use the other stickers on similarly styled 'classroom mailbox' cards. Maybe I'll get one from my 'secret admirer' *wink*wink* !

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Heart Garland Card

 I know you are looking at this card and saying, "So plain".  However, please note that the hearts in the background are all linked and not only that.... they are made with one Martha Stewart punch!
Surprise!  The best part of this card is inside it.  I made a vellum pocket to hold extra hearts for the recipient to link into a garland.  (The lip  of the pocket was cut with a circle die and the pocket was adhered with double stick Merikan tape.) I think this is a fun way to use up Valentine card stock scraps and unique way to send a small gift to decorate a home or office. I will probably include some pretty twine to staple to the ends of the garland so it can be tied instead of taped in place.
The Recollections alphabet stamp set was purchased a long time ago and so I was happy that I finally found the perfect use for the ornate letters.  The Memento 'rose bud' ink pad was the ideal shade for a bright burst of color.  It takes about seven hearts to make a foot of garland so you can use that to determine how many hearts to send.  Also a 6" square card of printed card stock is needed to fit the 'LOVE' hearts on the front.  This is a simple project which can be altered for other occasions like birthdays and graduations; that will extend the use of the MS punch.  Thanks for visiting this blog site. Please leave a comment if you have the time.  I love hearing from you!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Lunchbox Love Notes

Oh, how I wish I could turn back the clock and make love notes for my children's lunchboxes, but truthfully I rarely made home lunches for them.  They weren't picky eaters and seemed satisfied with school lunches.  On a few occasions when I did put a 'secret' note in a field trip lunch or backpack for encouragement they seemed thrilled with the unexpected message. It is with nostalgia and to spur on those mothers with young ones still at home, that I show you this project.
It all started with the 12x12 Doodlebug printed card stock that I discovered at HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  The little squares just seemed to be begging to be made into mini cards and then I thought it would be cute to put them into a paper lunch bag or box.  Since I had a lunch box die which still hadn't had a maiden voyage through my Big Shot machine, I thought I'd give it a try.  There were lots of pieces so I kept it simple and only used a few of them and a silver Sharpie to add details. The box was made with a Sizzix pizza box die I have for my Big Pro machine.  However, the form is so simple I'm sure that a pattern is on some craft website or you can figure out how to make one.  By adding a window to the box top, I think the project turns into a splendid gift for a busy mom or wife.  (Adults would like the cute notes, too!)
If you are the busy wife or mother, you might like making these cards for yourself so you can have them ready to slip into a briefcase or lunchbox.  Don't forget to write a sweet message or words of wisdom....these are love notes right?  I had to laugh when I saw the images on the card stock because I think you might have to explain the typewriter, telephone, and phonograph record to the younger generation....LOL!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Valentine Candy Box Tags

I LOVE all the frou-frou that goes with Valentine's Day....the ribbons, lace, flowers, sweet images, sparkles, and CHOCOLATE!  I decided to give my sister some chocolate plus other goodies for her birthday which happens to fall close to Valentine's Day.  Of course I had to make an appropriate card.  I thought a gigantic Valentine tag would be fun.  I started with two different tag dies to see which would work better.  The large one is from Little B (a set found at HM Ben Franklin Crafts) and the smaller one is from Marianne Design. You might be wondering why I chose a striped card stock that doesn't look particularly Valentine-ish. (It does look a little like decorated chocolates...LOL!)  Well, on the reverse side is a vintage design of chocolate candy wrappers so this set off my brain to think that this card stock would be perfect.
Here is version two.  You can see that I used the doily-like dies (also from Marianne Dies) to cut computer paper into intricate shapes. I found that two sheets of paper together cut better and are easier to remove from the dies...plus you get two doilies and less little pieces to remove. To highlight the edges of the tags I used Little B washi on one and Darice trim on the other.  The bows were made with Heiko ombre ribbon from Celebrations (next to Mapunapuna BFC).
This photo shows the backside of the tags which were made with die cut vellum.  I attached them only by the tag hole so the printed card stock could still be viewed.  The vellum allows for a place to write a message/ greeting and gives the feeling of the inner paper liner sometimes found in a box of chocolates.
Also used on this project were a Spellbinders leafy vine die, CC Designs Cupid stamp, Doodlebug Designs heart jewels, and Sticko heart stickers.  These tags just make me feel girly-girl and in the mood for a celebration.  Go now....make something sweet for someone you love!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Valentine Cookie and Puzzle Holder

I was inspired to make this treat holder after seeing the simple instructions at the Hilo HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  Because I am intending to include a large iced shortbread heart cookie with the puzzle, I made the holder wide enough to accommodate them.  (Did you notice the card stock print is of heart-shaped cookies?) The measurements of the Pebbles card stock are 4-1/2" x 12", scored at intervals along the length at 4-1/2", 5-1/2" and 10".   
 If you are planning to include the puzzle, you can make the holder flatter. (Many schools do not allow sugary treats to be passed out in class.)  The red heart topper was made with a Joy Crafts die that was cut a bit to fit the holder.  A Hero Arts 'love' die was used to cut the DCWV foil card stock into an elegant script embellishment.
Inside the treat holder I used Little B washi tape to affix the mini zip bag containing the puzzle heart that is actually the cutout from the front of the holder.
 If you are only giving the puzzle with the treat holder, you should keep it together so that the holder doesn't look empty.  The Taylor Expressions heart puzzle die comes with some words to stamp but I like the ones in the Hero Arts clear stamp set that I just purchased at HM Ben Franklin Crafts so I printed sentiments on both sides of the heart.
There are lots of possibilities of what you could contain in this simple to make treat holder which can be re-sized for your needs. Also the variety of papers and embellishments you choose can make this project your own original creation. Hope you'll try making these sweet goodie holders and pass them out with 'love' on Valentine's Day. Happy Heart Day!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Valentine Goodies Now at HM Ben Franklin Crafts

Just a quick post today to show you just a few of the amazing products for sale at HM Ben Franklin Crafts in Hawaii.  I told myself, "No more Valentine card stock, but they were so-o-o cute.  I chose some made by Pebbles and Doodlebug Designs....love the sugar cookie and elephant designs.  Also in the photo are some Hero Arts dies and stamps that I couldn't pass up...love script with matching die, a floral heart die with words to stamp inside and some beautiful script sentiments.  From Paper House, I found 3D animal stickers, perfect for children's cards. Finally, my crafty eyes spied some Little B gold foiled washi tape that I HAD to have.  Oh, the book (Leisure Arts) you see is from HM BFC, too, and features hundreds of fabulous Valentine and wedding projects...easy yet elegant.  I hope I've excited you enough to make a stop at Ben Franklin Crafts to see what's going on for Valentine's Day. See you there!

If you visit the Hilo store, be sure to follow the handwritten  messages on the floor to find a beautiful Valentine's Day display. You'll see instructions for a super cute favor filled with heart-shaped candy. Take a look and get inspired for the big day! 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Mini Composition Book Birthday Card


I just received a new My Favorite Things stamp set and I was anxious to ink it up.  I also wanted to come up with an original birthday card that wouldn't be thrown in the trash after a few weeks.  (Can you believe that some people discard lovingly handmade cards?)  Mini composition tablets (3 in a pack for $1 at the dollar store) were just sitting on my shelf hoping that I would give them a new look so I thought, "Why not?" I started by stamping the girl image on a piece of watercolor paper (large enough to cover the tablet) and coloring it in with Copic pens.  Next I made a mask from some no design washi tape.  Since I didn't have any no print tape that was wide enough, I overlapped three strips on a piece of computer paper and then stamped the image with waterproof ink.  After cutting out the image, I ran the piece under water and rubbed off the computer paper on the back of the cut out tape image. This then became the mask used to protect the image from watercolors or inks applied for the background.
Before the back was colored with ink splatters, I stamped the 'happy birthday' in white ink and then applied white detail embossing powder. This was then heat embossed before the distress ink splatters were applied.  If not all the words are stamped clearly, you can brush off the powder and start again. Also after heat embossing, blank spots can be filled in with a white gel pen. I like the artsy look of the embossed words (Stampendous) and by stamping them sidewards,I think they really add to the overall free-spirit look of the birthday card.  After stamping on the Eiffel Tower and French words, the finished watercolor paper cover was lightly sprayed with a matte finish (to protect the design from damp hands) before it was glued to the tablet with Beacon 3 in 1 glue.  A craft knife and scissors were used to trim off the excess paper.
I plan to write a message inside the composition book to wish the recipient a 'happy birthday'.  I hope the birthday girl will keep this notebook card in her purse for those times when she needs a piece of paper and the cell phone won't do.  It is also my hope that she will look at the composition book card often and see every day as one for celebrating her life.  No one would throw this card away....would they?