Thursday, January 16, 2020

The 99 cents Quickie Birthday Card

 While passing the 99 cents card rack in HM Ben Franklin Crafts, I noticed a Sister Birthday card that reminded me that my sister has an upcoming birthday.  The graphics, colors and sentiment were appropriate for her but  the card was a bit generic.  To alleviate this problem, I first stamped one of my favorite Penny Black images on white marker paper with waterproof black ink. Then I colored and cut it out. The finished paper piece was adhere to the card with foam squares.  As you can see, the dog and leash were placed on the other side of the woman to better fit on the card.  I think my sister will like this card especially because of the little dog who reminds me of hers.  I hope this card has shown you that even if you don't have a lot of time and/or money, you can still craft a special card for that special person.  Check out the card rack at HM BFC and you might be inspired to create a one-of-a-kind card!

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Mickey Mouse Birthday Card

 This card was created for my husband who is a Mousekateer wanna be. He still sings the theme song from the fifties.  LOL!  I purchased the die around Xmas time from HM Ben Franklin Crafts, but of course I didn't get around to using it.  I decided if I changed the Santa cap from red to brown it could pass as a birthday card. Voila! a card for my hubby.  It was a little challenging to die cut out all the little pieces and glue them in but if I could find the patience to do it; anyone can.  A possible solution might be to color in the pieces rather than cut them out from different colored papers. I cut out the pieces for the gifts out of foil, but it doesn't show up in the photo.  Also I think that a different background paper might have shown up Mickey's face, gloves and shoes better.  I changed my mind on the color of the cap and scarf so I used Stampendous brown Fun Flock to cover it up and I think it was a great decision.  I added a little light grey Copic color to the gloves and shoes to tone down the super whiteness.  All and all, I think my Mousekateer will love this card that was made just for him.  M-I-C... See you real soon.... K-E-Y.... Why?... Because I like you!

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Cat Fortune Teller Card

 I couldn't decide which stamp set to use for this birthday card so I incorporated them both for the cat-loving birthday girl.  For the front I made a mini shaker crystal ball using the stamps and dies in the Lawn Fawn 'fortune teller tabby'.  It was a little difficult to make such a small shaker ball so next time I will just put Crystal Lacquer over the ball to give the look of a crystal ball. I think the swirly pattern of the background paper gave the card a mystical look which fit the theme.  The sentiment was heat embossed with copper (Hero Arts) powder over Brilliance copper ink.  For more sparkle I flicked on Liquitex gold ink and added Little B skinny copper washi tape around the border.
For the inside of the card I used the Avery Elle stamp set.  To make a triple decker grouping I masked off the row of cats and then stamped the next layer and masked that off before stamping the top layer. Because I didn't want the color of the cats to bleed through the card I used watercolor pencils.  Most of all the products used on the card were from HM Ben Franklin Crafts. Well, that's all for this card....two more birthday cards to go....and then onward to Valentine projects!

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Rainbow 2020 Calendars

Happy New Year!  This seems like the perfect time to create some bright, non-seasonal calendars.  I had four mini Vippies calendars left, a Japanese wood-block style rubber stamp, and a Colorbox rainbow ink pad which I decided to incorporate into this project.  Like the previous calendars I posted, these calendar bases were made simply from card stock ( white with little colored speckles). First I measured a piece 5"x 7" and marked on the 7" side (top and bottom) 1/2", 1-1/4", 2",  and 4-1/2" .  Then a bone folder and ruler were used to score between the marks.
Once the card stock piece is folded, use the rainbow pad to color the front panel. A piece of paper towel wadded up can be used to pat on more color or blend colors.  Apply ink to the stamp and stamp onto the side of the base that will show up the design best. Dust on shimmering pearl NUVO embossing powder and heat emboss.  Fold up the calendar base and attach ends with double stick Heiko tape.  Add color with color pencils and shiny/matte color dot stickers.
As with the other calendars, I plan to pass these out to friends or enclose in thank you cards.  I am so proud of myself....this is the first year I used up all of my calendars!  I bought less this year. Hahaha!  Hope your year is off to a bright and cheerful start. Smile everyday!

Monday, December 30, 2019

Quick Rustic Ribbon Christmas Card

When I spied this wide printed woven ribbon, I knew I had to get it for making cards and tags.  It was simple work to to apply Authentique Xmas card stock rectangles to a Kraft paper blank card.  I used thin strips of olive green textured card stock to separate printed card stock that was too similar in color tones.  The ribbon was cut and the edges of the rectangles frayed to add to the rustic look.  The cards are equally charming in a vertical or horizontal layout.  The wooden lazer cut star and bottle brush tree are both from HM BFC....great Xmas decorating stuff sold there!  Check us out! Happy Xmas Shopping and Decorating!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Local Style Cookies

 A few months ago I tasted some delicious furikake cookies and just knew that I needed to make local style cookies this Christmas.  There are so many local treats that can be added to a basic cookie base that it was hard to decide what to choose.  I finally settled on  crushed ginger senbei and mini yakko arare.  Although they sort of looked the same after baking, they definitely had tasty differences.
 After cooling the cookies, I packed them in( Great Lines Hawaii) stand-up zippered pouches purchased from HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  I used a Tepra label printer to make a professional looking label for each cookie pouch.  I hope you'll give the following recipe a try.

1-1/2 sticks salted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup toffee chips
1 cup crushed ginger senbei
1 cup mini Yakko arare


Mix together sugars and butter.  Add in egg and vanilla.  Sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Combine the dry ingredients and the egg mixture.  Mix in the toffee chips.  Separate the dough into two parts and add the senbei to one half and arare to the other.  Roll the dough into 1-1/2" balls about 15 per type.  Flatten each ball onto parchment lined cookie sheets and bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes.  Yield: 2-1/2 cookies  Enjoy!

Friday, December 20, 2019

Chocolate Dipped Treats

Looking for yummy, easy to make treats for Christmas gift giving?  For these chocolate dipped goodies all you need is a microwave oven, assorted dried items (coconut strips, pomelo slices, ika strips or li hing guava skins) and Ba Da Boom Ba Da Bing Dark Chocolate pieces. (I bought my chocolate from HM Ben Franklin Crafts.)

The chocolate can be easily melted in a coffee mug at about 7 power for 1 minute. Dip each piece and place it on a parchment lined cookie sheet.  If desired add decorative sprinkles before the chocolate dries.  A spoon will help you get the last bit of chocolate to drip over the fruit.  It will take about 1 hr. for the chocolate to harden enough for packing.  The Ba Da Boom Ba Da Bing chocolate tastes delicious and melts easily.  It also dries to a professional shiny finish.  My son's favorite dipped treat is the ika (sorry no photo) so I better get going and pack his gift box of homemade goodies so he gets it before Xmas. Yummy holidays to everyone working hard in blogland!

P.S. HM Ben Franklin Crafts has a new line of cellophane packaging that are really cute. Shown here are the clear mouth frog and clear stomach penguin. There are lots of other styles which are suitable for any occasion gift treats. I labeled the packs with The Tepra label maker which is sold at HM BFC.