Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Purse Pull and Cell Phone Charm

Did I fool you?  I hope that you thought I was going bonkers and making  real candy into charms, but don't try to eat these candies.....they're made from Padico Mermaid clay (a Hearty like clay that  is waterproof). I purchased the chocolate and caramel colored clay in Japan but I recently discovered that the Padico clay company has an online site where you can order the clay. 
The fake Reese's Peanut Butter cups were shaped in plastic molds.  The larger mold came from Ben Franklin Crafts and the smaller one is a Padico product.  All the bead and findings were purchased from BFC .
Now you must be wondering: WHY did I make Reese's Peanut Butter Cups for my phone and purse charms? Well, my niece admired a cookie cell phone charm that I had plugged into my phone so I offered to make her one, too.  She asked if I could make a Peanut Butter Cup charm so I said I would try. (I made the bigger charm first but it was too big for a cell phone charm so I turned it into a purse pull and fashioned a smaller one for my niece's cell phone.)  I think I was pretty successful in making them look real.  My niece's favorite color is purple.  Can you tell?

I know that crafters are making fake sweets using the Hearty clay, but the items will melt if exposed to water so I recommend getting some of the waterproof Mermaid Padico Clay. You could of course spray the Hearty Clay sweets with a clear lacquer to make them waterproof but they tend to take on  a plastic-like sheen.  Anyway, I enjoyed making this gift for my niece and it will be nice to give her a 'sweet' gift that has no calories!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Easter Egg Tags

After cutting the eggs for the card in the previous post, I just couldn't stop cranking out eggs.  I decided that the largest size egg die would make terrific tags with just the addition of a ribbon through a punched hole.
I had an extra chocolate rabbit (read last post for how-to instructions) and eggs for the tag and combined it with a funny sentiment stamp I purchased from Viva Las Vegas Stamps.

For the vintage Peter Rabbit-like tag, I used a Rubber Baby Buggy Bumper stamp.  The image was stamped with brown waterproof ink on newsprint-like paper and colored with watercolor pencils.
The egg edge was distressed with TH tea dye ink.
I enjoyed making these egg tags because they were quick and easy.  Although the tags both used the same paper for the base, they have a totally different look because of the images and ribbons. I know that I'll be making more egg tags in the future using some of my other Easter images.  Hope you are having as much crafting fun as I am......I love the cuteness of Easter!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Easter Matchbox Tag or Gift Holder

I love little boxes, so when I found this Tim Holtz matchbox die at HouseMart Ben Franklin Crafts, it was a given that I would buy it.  I have another die that makes larger matchboxes, but this one is just perfect for housing a little gift or note.  I put a ribbon loop on the bunny girl matchbox because I plan to use it as a gift tag for an Easter gift.  I like that these matchboxes as only small pieces of card stock are required so I was able to again make use of my scraps...yay!
The TH die is a very clever one because the two die cut pieces fold so nicely and form a snug fit.  Although not absolutely necessary (except on the outside seam), I did put a few pieces of Merikan double stick tape here and there to form a more secure box.

As you can see from the photos I threaded the ribbon through a hole that I punched and secured the loop with a knot and a bit of 3 in 1 Beacon glue.  The bunny girl is actually a Darice sticker from BFC which I just stuck on the box because it was cute and perfect right out of the package.  Lots of sweet Easter stickers in the inexpensive set.

The rabbit waiter matchbox started with some card stock that had a vintage look so I decided to ink up an old Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers stamp.  The stamp image was too large for the box top so I inked up the words and image separately and stamped them to fit on the rectangle of  rough newsprint-like paper.  Then I used Derwent watercolor pencils (from BFC) to color the image and background.  I like working with watercolor pencils to achieve a retro look because I can keep adding color until I am satisfied. Once the panel was dry, I adhered it to the box with Merikan tape.

The bunnies in this photo were added for interest and color.  Aren't they adorable?  They are bottom weighted stuffed animals (seen in my last post) that I purchased from Ben Franklin Crafts. I think they would make adorable table decorations for an Easter luncheon.  Actually, decorated matchboxes would look great on the table as party favors/place cards.  I hope this post has provided you with some inspiration for your holiday festivities.  I would love it if you could spare the time to leave a comment about your Easter crafting plans.  Have a  Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Chocolate Rabbit Easter Card

I've waited a whole year to use the Tim Holtz rabbit die.  It was purchased last year after Easter along with the Spellbinders six eggs die.  I started this card with a lavender card base from a Paper Accent pack (sold at Ben Franklin Crafts).  No, actually I started the card by die cutting eggs....yay! using more scraps!  Next I die cut the rabbit from cardboard (thin chipboard) and covered it with chocolate glaze (a non-edible product from Padico, purchased in Japan)  You may be able to find the company online and purchase some from them or you can coat a brown rabbit with Crystal lacquer to achieve a similar effect.  The chocolate rabbit's ribbon was cut from sparkle paper with the die included in the TH set.  For more dimension, I rubbed Distress ink (in dauber top bottle) on the edges of the eggs.  There are numerous colors of ink to choose from so most papers can be matched.  The doily was stamped with the Dandelion Design words and affixed to the card with Merikan tape.  The green leaf sprigs were cut with the Tim Holtz die (from BFC) and adhered with  flowers and sticky back pearls cut in strips from a sheet I found in the BFC wedding aisle.
The two bottom-weighted bunnies were also found at Ben Franklin Crafts at an unbelievable low price.  They are in front of the TH cutting tray which I forgot to mention must be used with the repositionable magnetic rabbit die.  The photo below shows how the  adorable chick memo holder (from BFC) can be used to hold your special handmade Easter cards.  I hope you won't be like me and take you a whole year to use your Easter supplies, but if you do acquire a few at the end of the spring season just think of how much planning you can do before next Easter.  LOL!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Easter Pillow Boxes Created with a Cool Tool

Pillow boxes are one sheet wonders and with this new We R memory keepers tool you can make them easily to fit a variety of items.  Whether you tie them top to bottom or around the middle, a pretty bow is about all you need to make it ready to go.

Here is the tool that can make pillow boxes of many lengths.  It even comes with it's own bone folder and can punch out the finger notch.  As with the bag punch, this pillow box punch comes with excellent step-by-step instructions.
The cute bunnies are Sister Stamps and the funny sentiment is a Studio G product.  The banner was made using a Paper Smooches die. Even if you have a pillow box die, you will want this clever punch because it is portable and will help you use up some of your scrap sheets.  It will make some cute tiny jewelry boxes.  I had so much no-frustration fun with this cool tool that I plan to make a stash of boxes and keep them folded flat in storage so I can pull one out and decorate it whenever I need a quickie gift wrap.  You MUST get this punch....put it on your wish list now!  Thanks for stopping by....hope you enjoyed reading this post.  Leave a comment if you can spare the time.  I enjoy hearing from you.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Easter Bags Formed with a Neat New Tool

Once upon a time I used to make gift bags from recycled wrapping paper.  To this day I can't stand wasting pretty paper and so when I found this new gift bag punch by We R Memory Keepers at Ben Franklin Crafts, I immediately put it in my shopping basket.  I was worried that I wouldn't be able to figure out how to use the punch because I am mechanically challenged....big time!  Good News!  This tool is so easy to use (excellent instruction sheet inside) I made a bag on the first try.
Here are the bags folded for storage.  If you make a bunch of them you will always have quick wrapping ready for a last minute gift.
The bags can be made in three widths and various heights.  The tool set even has a bone folder and a way to make the holes for the handles.
The sweet image is a Sister Stamp that just came out for Easter and can be purchased at Ben Franklin Crafts. The kimono was paper pieced with origami paper. The clothespin (Sierra Pacific 12 pack) closure uses a Tim Holtz die cut vellum paper bow.   After Easter this decorated clothespin can be used for holding papers, mail, etc.  The sentiment is from a Studio G set (not shown in photo)....$1.25 at BFC.  The pearl embellishments are from a wedding pack I found in the BFC wedding aisle.  The pearls are on an acrylic sheet (must have at least 100) that you can cut and then easily arrange the sticky back string of pearls where you want them.  A wavy scissors was used to cut the top of the bag with the clothespin.  Okay, that's all for today.  Time to make more gift bags.....birthdays coming up soon and this time I'll be ready!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Once in a Blue Moon

After recently seeing many bloggers crafting with stencils, I decided to revisit this technique to make a wedding card.  I bought this crane Dreamweaver brass stencil years ago and loved it because of the Escher-like design.  Working on watercolor paper I applied embossing stencil paste to the stencil that was taped onto the paper.  Once the stencil was filled and leveled, I pulled it off the paper.  I sprinkled the raised, wet design with transparent crystal embossing powder. After rinsing off the stencil (the paste will stain it), I applied heat to the crane design with a heat gun.  In a few minutes the embossing powder will melt and the paste will be dry.  Next I brushed watercolors over the raised design and let the paper dry.  Two inch square embossed gold papers (I used wrapping paper scraps) were used to make the folded the cranes.  Finally a punched out blue vellum circle and the cranes were attached to the stenciled paste embossed panel.
I decided I wanted a less colorful card for the wedding so I did a version 2.  This card was easier to do because it didn't involve the embossing paste.  I simply embossed the crane stencil onto a washi paper (with encased real leaves).  I used an embossing plate and embossing pad in my Big Shot to quickly achieve the look without tediously hand embossing.  Washi paper is very fibrous so to achieve the torn bottom edge I applied a little water (with a small paint brush) where I wanted the paper to tear.  Sorry, the photo of the second card doesn't clearly show the embossed cranes but IRL the subtle effect is lovely.  I'm not sure which version I like better, but I am pleased with the outcome of both cards.  What do you think?