Sunday, September 14, 2014

Double Tag Birthday Card

This card came together very slowly, probably because I usually struggle with masculine cards.  Since I recently purchased some Little B die sets from HM Ben Franklin Crafts, I decided to start with them. This card is for my son and these days we mainly communicate by texting, so I decided to incorporate a Hero Arts cell phone stamped image onto the card. (Yes, he has a purple phone!)  I was still playing with inks and watercolor paper from a previous project so I searched through my background stamps and found a Hero Arts number and symbols one that I thought matched the cell phone image.  Using the largest Little B tag die in the set I cut one tag from black cardstock and one from the stamped dyed watercolor paper.  Before taping (with Merikan) the two tags together, I trimmed the watercolored tag so that a black frame would show.  Oh, the cell phone stamp set includes many texted words bubbles and icons.  To give the phone a more realistic look I covered the face with acetate film and toned down the white with a grey Copic pen.
Here are the backs of the tags.  The sentiment in the corner is from a Mambi chalkboard sticker set (shown in a previous post).  The gold words were die cut from leftover foil wrapping paper using dies from another Little B die set.  The black tag back is an ideal surface for writing a birthday greeting in opaque white marker.  (I should have used black chalkboard paper :( .....next time.)  To add movement to the card, I linked the tags with a small ball chain (found in my junk pile, but probably available at BFC).  The chain is great for attaching the card to the gift.  Finally the saying on the smaller tag is from Funny Bones and the 'Time For Presents' stickers are from my birthday sticker stash but could be made with a Dymo label maker.
Hopefully my son will enjoy receiving this unorthodox birthday card.  He is at that age of revelation that we all arrive at eventually.....being older means assuming more responsibility.  When did I get old enough to have a son THAT old!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Magnetic, Reusable Chalkboard Tags

I'm still playing with my Sizzix 'Life Made Simple' die sets. This time I am using them to make tags with the smaller size card dies.  I put tiny (but strong) Sierra Pacific magnets in between the front and back tag pieces.  By doing this the recipient of the tag can cut the twine and use the tag as a magnet or if she is making a Project Life type album, the card can be written on and slipped into a pocket.
This close-up shows the Doodle Bug sprinkles I used to embellish the tag.  I love the opaque but shiny look of these little adhesive dots.
 On this tag I used  Studio 112 flower dot stickers. They are so cute and so inexpensive that they will definitely make you 'smile'.
 All of these tags made use of my seemingly unlimited supply of scraps.  This alone is a great reason to make tags, but I love making them because they are fast and fun.
 If you use chalkboard paper for the back of your tag, they can be erased and reused again and again.  A message can be written on the tags with chalk or bistro pens and then the magnetic note can be left on the refrigerator.
All of the supplies for these magnetic chalkboard tags can be purchased at HM Ben Franklin Crafts. I think your friends would love to receive a gift with a magnetic chalkboard tag that they can reuse or display, or put in an album.  (Remember to keep the magnet tag away from your credit cards.)  I hope this post has been of interest to you.  It is always my desire to make your visit to this blog enjoyable. Please visit again and leave a comment if you have the time.  I love hearing from you!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Summer Soda Cap Card

The hot days of summer can really make a cold bottled drink hit the spot.  That refreshing feeling (captured in the 'vintage-look' Hero Arts clear stamp set) plus the papers in the American Crafts 'Shoreline' 6x6 pack and Crate Paper 's 'The Pier' 6x6 paper pad, inspired this card.  As in the card shown in the previous post, I used the Sizzix Life is Simple die set so that this card can be sent to someone who can then put it in her Project Life album (the bottle cap may not fit).
 I didn't tape all around the striped card so photos, tickets, receipts, etc. can be inserted and saved.  I don't know why I could only find a beer bottle cap (heh-heh-heh) to use on this card, but a pretty soda cap would be better.
To raise up the magnet (so it will be flush with the top edge of the cap) I used Martha Stewart clay epoxy (comes in different colors and used to make mold shaped jewelry charms).  A very tiny Sierra Pacific magnet was taped inside the card front and card base.  These magnets are sold at HM Ben Franklin Crafts and are super strong so they can hold the bottle cap magnet onto the card and your refrigerator too!  I like to put a little gift in with my cards and this magnet is just the perfect pretty 'gift' embellishment.
I am pleased with this card so I plan to make more....keep some and send some.  This will be a good start to my Project Life album.  You should consider doing cards like these and swapping them with your crafty friends sort of like the ATC (artist trading cards) which were popular to collect and trade a few years ago. Thanks for visiting today.  Please leave a comment if you have some free time. I really enjoy hearing from you.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

End of the Summer Fun Card



 As summer draws to a close once again, I find myself pulling out all my summery papers, dies, and stamps in the hopes of capturing one last fleeting memory and to savor the sunshine days a bit longer.  The duo of Dandelion Design stamp sets and the Sizzix Life Made Simple die sets seemed to be a perfect pairing because of their child-like simplicity.  I folded a 12x12 sheet from the Pier pack (Crate Paper) and tucked the fold just inside the large die (rectangle with rounded corners) so that when cut the card base would be formed.  Then the Laugh die was used to cut a sand colored sheet.  This piece was adhered to the front of the card along the edges.  The DD images were stamped, colored with Copic pens and fussy cut before positioning onto the card.  Pop-dots were used to raise up the figures and small shells from Ben Franklin Crafts were used as 3-D embellishments.
I had a few extra stamped images so I glued them inside the card.  Because the 12x12 sheets used for the card was printed on only one side, there is a good blank surface for writing a greeting/message.  This die cut card was a snap to make and can be changed up easily with other characters or animals.  As you can see the Life Made Simple dies are not only useful for Project Life albums.  Imagine them used to die cut tags, magnets, place cards, etc.  Well, I think I have a few more days to crank out summer crafts....I'll post them soon!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Book Bonanza at Ben Franklin Crafts

I love craft books!  They give me so many great ideas.  Recently, while shopping at HM Ben Franklin Crafts, I discovered a bonanza of really terrific craft books.  If you have a passion for putting little gifts in little boxes you will love these three books. Each one contains a variety of 30 easily popped out boxes that fold simply and are printed inside and out. (You can even color the black and white designs if you desire.)  I know that you will love this series of books because they are an economical source of boxes that can remain flattened for storage until you need them.
When I read craft books, I tab them with Post-Its to mark ideas that I want to come back to read again.  As you can tell these three books had lots of super ideas and recipes (for soap).  (Some of the tabs are folded behind the book on interactive cards.)  I really enjoy making cards that the recipient can play with....I'm such a kid....and this soft cover book has some card styles that I haven't encountered before.  I've been a long-time soap maker so I really didn't need another book of how-to and recipes, but some of the soaps shown in this book were so luscious I had to get the recipes for mint chocolate, lavender clay, cafe latte, lemon poppy seed muffin and more.  With all the chalkboard crafting supplies at BFC this DIY book was of real interest to me. In it I found a wealth of unique, useful craft ideas for organizers, lunchboxes, and decorative objects that incorporate chalkboard paint, paper or stickers.

These last two books are real beauties.  Washi tape is so popular, inexpensive, and fun that it seemed natural that someone would make a book like this.  The author, Jenny Doh, is really clever and has created some cute and appealing washi crafts...love the gift wrapping ideas, decorated light switches, and  up-cycled containers.  The final book that I eagerly picked up at BFC was one on origami.  I have many, many, MANY! origami folding books (my son also loved making folded paper items) so I certainly didn't NEED another one.....oh but this one is so beautiful....and I haven't seen some of the folded objects before...really!  Notice how many tabs I put in this book!  I definitely plan to make some of the office organizers....beautiful and useful....and made from paper.  I hope that you will take some time to browse through the HM Ben Franklin Crafts craft book 'library'.  I know you will find a book with a new idea or technique to enhance your crafting skills.  Reading and creating are good for your brain and your soul.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Tea Tin Recycled into.......Tea Tin?

Yes, you read this post title correctly......I turned a used tea tin into a new tea tin!  Soon after I finished a tin of strawberry cream tea (Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf ), I purchase some Teavana blueberry pineapple blended loose tea.  The tea is sold in a bag by weight which is a little inconvenient for easy access.  Since I saved the tea tin (couldn't throw away such a good container) using my craft supplies to redesign it for the blueberry pineapple tea was a no-brainer.  I started by peeling off as much of the label from the old tin as I could.  (A little acetone a.k.a. nail polish remover aids in removing sticky residue.)  Next I applied distress inks (Tim Holtz) to a piece of watercolor paper that ws sprayed with water and taped to my work surface (to keep the paper from warping).  After the paper was dry, I stamped the tea time images with Memento black ink.  I adhered the trimmed, stamped paper to the tin with Merikan tape.
 To the top of the tin I glued (Beacon 3 in 1) a Martha Stewart doily tag and added a Mambi chalkboard sticker. The bottom of the tin was decorated with a punched cardstock circle and Mambi stickers too.  The blackboard stickers are perfect for this project because they can be written on with chalk or chalkboard markers (Marvy Uchida) erased and re-written when you change out the tea.
All of the decorating products were purchased at HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  The Mambi stickers were my favorite new purchase because each package has 5 sheets but cost under $6 so they are a real bargain!  The BFC stores also have a line of Sticko blackboard labels which are sold by the single sheet for around $2.  The Sizzix tea time set has a very vintage romantic look and also comes with matching dies.  I think for the next tin I recycle I will put a die cut teapot image on the top.  Thanks for reading this post and now it is time for a tea break.   Mmmmm!  I need some scones.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Romantic Anniversary Card

Usually I make humorous cards for my husband, but for our anniversary this year I decided to surprise him and create a romantic card.  The Spellbinder dies I purchased recently from HM Ben Franklin Crafts were perfect for this purpose.  I could have stamped and heat embossed the sentiment right on the card but after die cutting the intricate design I decided not to take a chance of stamping a poor image.  I stamped the TPC sentiment on a paper cut with a Sizzix die.  I used gold ink and embossing powder even on the edges of the die cut label.
 Since my sister is celebrating her anniversary a few days after mine and I had all my supplies out, I decided to make her a card too.  For hers I chose more feminine colors (not sure if the colors used for my husband card were both romantic and masculine LOL!).  I think the colors of this card work better together than the first one. I just love the intricate cuts of the Spellbinders dies and don't even mind that it took several passed through my Big Shot to get a clean die cut because it is so romantically vintage.
Here is a close-up of the roses and leaves I made using the Spellbinders die set. This is a fabulous set because not only does it make gorgeous roses in three sizes but there are also dies for leaves that emboss the veins. Love this die set!
For my sister's card I used the Petaloo flowers (from Ben Franklin Crafts) because they are flatter for mailing. The new Petaloo flowers at the store are so gorgeous and really add the vintage, romantic look I love....sort of shabby, chic.....like us....LOL!
Oh yes, I almost forgot to mention that I found a new tool at Ben Franklin Crafts. This Spellbinders tool has a rolling brush and two other tips that help to clean out the chads (little bits of punched out paper) from the dies after cutting. It is very effective and time-saving. Thanks for stopping by to see what I've been creating and please leave a comment or ask a question if you desire.  I love hearing from you. Create a crafty world!