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 drawer..so 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 scraps....you'll have to make those yourself! 

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Turtles Swimming Together

 This is another card that got its start from the desire to use a sheet of paper from the Kaiser Craft 6-1/2" paper pad.  I think the underwater scenery sheet is just gorgeous and doesn't need much embellishment.  I simply stamped the Kaiser Craft words in white ink and embossed it with white Nuvo powder.  (Not sure why the color is off-white...perhaps the background paper color bled through.)  Anyway, it was simple work to stamp the turtles and color them in with different shades of green watercolor pencils.  Then they were fussy cut by hand and adhered with foam glue dots. 
 Also in the paper pad are some die cut pieces and tags that you can use to further decorate your  card.  I decided to use two of them, one inside the card and one on the envelope flap. (The envelope is actually white but strangely shows up in the photo as a shade of pink.) I hope you'll check out the Kaiser Craft ocean themed products at HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  I'm sure you'll be inspired to create some always popular nautical cards. Ahoy matey!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Curious Adventure Card

 The inspiration for this card was the pack of 6-1/2" Kaiser Craft paper.  The sheets were so pretty I could think of dozens of cards I wanted to create.  Together with the Kaiser Craft word stamps and die cuts plus the Darice large shell dies, this card was a snap to produce.  I love the Darice shell dies because they both cut and impress the shell surface.  The paper that I used were just dyed paper scraps from my desk...I never throw out pieces that might be usable in the future.  I applied a small amount of crystal glitter to both shells.  The words were stamped with dark blue ink and heat embossed with Nuvo dark blue embossing powder.  The seaweed was cut from green vellum paper using the Kaiser Craft stencil.  All supplies for this card came from HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  This super simple card is going into my card stash to be given to someone who is embarking on an adventurous trip.  Happy crafting and travels to all!

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Out of This World Birthday Card


My son's birthday is coming up and again this year I struggled to make a card that will be appealing to him but not too childish.  I tend to only purchase kid-type stamps that are somewhat masculine.  I started with the 'Beam Me Up' Lawn Fawn stamp and die sets.  After stamping all the images, coloring, and die cutting them, I adhered them (with foam sticky dots) to the background paper that I created with Hero Arts 'Star Light Star Bright' and an ombre ink pad.  I embellished the card with a little crystal sparkle Stickles here and there.  The words were stamped and hand cut out.  Oh yes, the cake and gift were glued under the light beam that was made by stamping and die-cutting vellum sparkle paper. Oh,oh, I found the colored googly eyes at HM Ben Franklin Crafts and knew that they would be perfect for this card. Anyway, this is my attempt at a 'young man' birthday card.  I hope he likes it...he likes monsters!
PS. I stamped the back of the card with a Jillian Vance stamp that says, "If you knew how much time I spent on this card, you'd NEVER throw it away". Hahaha! Are sons ever sentimental?

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Floral Resin Soap Dispenser


While shopping at Daiso for more items to turn into  Da--I--So Clever projects, I came across some clear plastic soap dispensers that were just begging for decorations.  Since I am a big fan of LED resin (no mixing and 1 minute hardening) and had some beautiful dried flowers (from Japan but you can press your own under books), I thought, "Why not apply the dried flowers to the bottles with the resin?" It worked! (Click on the photo to see the details better.)  I put a few dabs of resin on one face of the dispenser and arranged the flowers until I was satisfied. Then I applied more resin to the top of the floral arrangement and spread it around with my fingers.  Next, I wiped off any smudges and excess resin with a damp paper towel.  The dispenser bottle was placed under the LED light which I held over the bottle for about a minute.  I continued decorating all four sides of the dispenser and Voila! ...a beautiful gift for a flower-loving friend.  This quick method of decorating can be applied to many surfaces and stickers, buttons, or other flat items can be easily and permanently adhered with the LED/UV resin.  I hope you will give LED resin art a try....you'll soon become addicted to this versatile craft! Happy shopping at HM Ben Franklin Crafts and Daiso!

Friday, August 30, 2019

Happy Anniversary Shaker Card

 This card is being sent to my sister and her husband who have an anniversary just a few days after ours.  I wanted to make a Hawaiian-ish card since they live in WA and I wanted to remind my sister of her Hawaii roots.  I was short on time (as usual) so I decided to use a recently purchased Hero Arts Fancy die which makes a card seem complicated.  Actually the delicate cuts take only one pass through a Big Shot machine.  At first I thought that I would make a mostly white card with a light watercolored background but after using Distress Oxide ink pads and sprays the background became very dark. (I love playing with the Tim Holtz inks LOL!)  Since I used watercolor paper for the top and bottom of the shaker, it was easy to use watercolor pencils to add color to the delicate die cut top.  I stamped and embossed the words with silver ink and powder (sorry the silver sparkle doesn't show up well in this photo). The clear sword stamp is flexible so I was able to arrange the words in a curved shape, but I still had to cut off some of the coconut fronds so that all of the words would show.  A die cut acetate oval was glued behind the die cut scene. To create the channel behind the acetate, I cut another oval from a thin foam sheet and then cut out the interior leaving only an eighth inch border of foam which I glued (with 3 in 1 Beacon glue) behind the acetate oval.  In hindsight, I could have probably glued a thin cord behind the acetate to form the channel.  The whole shaker oval was adhered to a white oval card that was formed by cutting two ovals and double-sticking just the left edges.  Oh yes, don't forget to put the sequins in the shaker. I discovered that HM Ben Franklin Crafts has lots of really great sequin packs like the brilliant blue green one that I purchased...sorry my photo didn't capture the cool heart and leaf sequins. Well, that's it for this post...gotta write a message and send this card off to my sister.


Monday, August 26, 2019

Mickey and Minnie Anniversary Card

 My husband and I are from the generation that was glued to the TV when the Mouseketeer Show was on the the tube so it seemed appropriate that I should make him this anniversary card.  It started with the Disney 'True Love' die which I used to cut the intricate iconic characters from silver foil card stock (DCWV). Next I decided that I wanted the background to be retro polka dots that were a little distressed like us.  From my stash I found two papers that were suitable and I ended up layering the more colorful one on top of the yellow one with white dots (this was the card base).  I used 3 in 1 Beacon glue to adhere the characters to the card front. The next photo shows the shine of the foil better...it's really silver not grey.
 From Avery Elle I used one of the sentiments from the 'And Then' clear stamp set.  I really love this set because of the usable words in varied fonts.  I stamped the meaningful words and then used the heat embossed the Nuvo black sparkle powder.  Even though this card is super simple, I think it is one of my better cards and well suited for my hubby who is a sweet, simple man....the perfect Mickey for Minnie me!
P.S. Everything used on this card was purchased from HM Ben Franklin Crafts.
      M-I-C See you real soon....K-E-Y Why? Because I like you....M-O-U-S-E!