Monday, February 17, 2020

Peek-a-Boo Valentine Cards

 I wasn't going to buy any more Valentine dies but this Avery Elle one at HM BFC caught my eye because I wondered what I could create with it.  It was so basic that I knew it could be used for many Valentine cards in the future.  Since my upcoming trip made my time limited, I decided to keep it simple....let the card stock do all the decorating.  For these two cards it was important that the inside design complimented the outside. I chose a conversation heart design and matched it with stickers. The little fox is a sweet surprise for the recipient.  I rounded the corners of both cards with a corner- rounding tool. 
The second card is a tribute to the most popular  Valentine gift (besides diamonds). My old stash contained some Martha Stewart  stickers which reminded me of wrapped chocolates which I thought matched the card stock.   Besides these simple cards, I plan to used this die to make shaker cards and cards with animals peeking out and hanging onto the heart openings.  Won't that be cute?....well maybe next year I'll get started on my cards earlier. LOL!

 P.S. Don't forget to get some Valentine washi tape to decorate cards and envelopes!

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Valentine Hug Cards

 When I saw these Whimsy stamp images and sentiments, I knew I had to get the set.  It was so simple to whip up these cards.  I started with a rectangle of watercolor paper which I misted with water. Next I placed an acetate heart stencil (made by die cutting an acetate sheet over the moistened paper and blotted on some Distress Oxide inks.  Don't worry if the inks bleed outside of the heart. When the inks were mostly dry, I sprinkled on some big drops of water.  The rabbits were stamped on marker paper with waterproof ink, lightly colored in with Copic pens and fussy cut out. Once everything was dry, the sentiment was stamped on, the rabbits attached with foam dots and then the watercolor paper was adhered to a card blank.
 For this card I basically did the same thing but flicked gold Liquitex ink onto the background.  Both cards were sweet and simple which means I can make lots of them for ALL my sweeties.  The images in this stamp set can be used for many occasions so send hugs out to everyone all year long!

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Valentine Resin Hair Accessories

 Looking for something unique to make for your Valentine?  How about creating some heart-shaped resin hair accessories?  These are a cinch to make and will cost you very little.
 This one started with an unfilled metal heart on a stretch elastic band.  (I think I got it from HM BFC resin department).  It was so simple to mix some white resin colorant powder (available at HM Ben Franklin Crafts) with LED resin (also from HM BFC) and pouring the resulting liquid  half way into the heart cavity.  Next, I set the resin with an LED lamp (from HM BFC) and then added the pressed flowers and a layer of clear resin. After this layer was hardened, the one-of-a-kind floral hair decoration was complete.
For a young girl, this piece is very doable.  The heart piece, on a stretch band that already had rainbow colors and sparkles, was purchased from Daiso (only $1.50!) The pretty stickers also came from that wonderland of $1.50 bargains...Daiso!  It is simple enough for a child to make...1) put stickers on 2) cover top surface with LED resin and 3) set under LED lamp with an automatic timer...from HM Ben Franklin Crafts of course!  These hair pieces are so easy to make you can make a bunch to give to all your sweethearts. Use them in place of a ribbon on a small box of jewelry and you'll really make someone smile!

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Valentine Bear with Bouquet Card

 This card came together rather easily probably because there was little coloring and no fussy cutting.  I had the tiny hearts background die from last year (purchased from HM Ben Franklin Crafts) and used it on a Pebbles printed card stock.  This die cut piece was attached to a red Paper Accents blank card.  The Hero Arts bear images were colored with Copic pens and cut out with the matching Hero Arts dies.  A red heart was cut out using a Spellbinder's die and stamped with white Versa Mark ink before heat embossing with Nuvo white embossing powder.  The heart with sentiment was adhered  to the card and then the bears were put in place with sticky foam dots.  That was it...easy peasy.  I think Valentine's Day cards should be simple and LOVE!

Saturday, February 1, 2020

The Year of the Rat Valentine Card

 This card started out as a Valentine's Day card but other than the heart confetti this card can be used for any occasion, even Halloween.  Because I just remembered that the start of the Chinese Year of the Rat starts soon, I dubbed this card 'The Year of the Rat Valentine Card' LOL! I love the goofy look of the rat ad the fact that he is next to a big hunk of cheese but prefers sweets.  For the cheese I used the Whimsy die to cut yellow foam sheets, one thick and one thin on top.  The thicker foam made great cavities for the heart confetti (from HM Ben Franklin Crafts).  It was difficult to cut the thicker foam but I was successful after several passes through the Big Shot.  A sheet of clear acetate was glued behind the top thinner sheet of yellow foam.  The whole block of yellow foam cheese was glued onto a red card blank.  I like the Whimsy 'Sweet' die cuts because it makes the script word really pop and can be used on many different cards.  This die, the cheese one and the printed paper pad came from the February Whimsy Paper Door pack.  The rat and sweets were colored with Copic pens and embellished with Scribbles white sugar, Bo Bunny chocolate pearlescent paint and Crystal Lacquer. ...the photo doesn't show the yummy glossy-ness.  I think I'll catalog this card into my all occasion file as whatever I decide to write inside will determine its use.  Have a SWEET Valentine's Day and Year of the Rat!

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Upcycling a Cord-handled Box

 Like a small child, sometimes I am more intrigued with a box than its contents.  This box (from Nature Republic's Fukubukuro event) was a very sturdy one with a lovely corded handles, so I just HAD to re-purpose it into a gift box. Since my sister's birthday is coming up I thought I should make a very feminine, flower studded box. It was simple to apply (with double stick tape) checkered paper to the front and back of the box.  The green sides of the box were nice enough to leave un-papered but I had to add a few flowers to the side to cover the store logo. 

 Most of the paper flowers came from my old stash of K and Co. sticker blossoms.  The pretty lace was purchased from Daiso.
 The script words were die cut from Tim Holtz foil with Hero Arts and Dienamics dies.
 I had to unstring the cord handles to apply the dotted pink paper (which was actually the backside of the green checkered card stock).  The pink lace as well as the white one were used for camouflaging the gaps between the papers.  I liked the way that this upcycled project turned out and if I ever get another similar box, I plan to turn it into a purse or cottage because of the shape.  I think my sister will like this box especially after I fill it with birthday goodies!  Upcycling will make you feel good that you aren't adding to landfill...YAY!

Friday, January 24, 2020

Kissing Booth Valentine's Day Card

I just love the Avery Elle Market stand stamp set.  I can envision so many possibilities for it.  Because it is Valentine card time, I decided to use the 'Kissing Both' and 'Free Hugs' word stamps. 
The pig and cow were made with the Avery Elle Peek-a-Boo stamp and die sets.  There were many other animals and hooves/feet to use too. 
 To fill in the empty space on the card, I rummaged through my copious supply of Valentine ephemera (paper stuff that hoarders collect) and located the CRUSH die cut (K and Co,) and love tickets (maker unknown). It's exciting to make a tiny dent in my Valentine paper stash. I am happy with the way this card turned out because it's sweet and funny just like my Valentine hubby. LOL!  Create a Valentine card for your Valentine love! SWAK!