Saturday, July 13, 2019

Wedding Reception Photo Frame and Table Vase



Remember when I said I'd show you what I made using my Daiso purchases?  Well, here's what I did with the all white photo frame.  First, I rubbed the surface of the frame with gold metallic paste. HM Ben Franklin Crafts sells several brands of gold rubbing paste so you should check it out. 

This photo shows how the gold paste highlights the scrolls on the frame.  Next, I glued (with Beacon 3-2-1) on various flowers and some butterflies cut out from colored vellum. 
A little lace was added to showcase the flowers. 
The butterflies were made by stamping (Hero Arts) and embossing the wings before die cutting.  Nuvo crystal white embossing powder was used to give the iridescent look..
The same butterflies were used to decorate the table vases.  Probably fresh flowers will be used and not the artificial hydrangeas (from HM BFC) in the photo.  Although, I really think artificial flowers are very realistic these days. The table markers were simply made by stamping the Sizzix Table and No. onto white paper circles. The elegant hand blown vase is also from HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  I've tried to keep this reception simple because there was a real wedding earlier and the costs keep mounting.  Wish me luck in pulling off all of the festivities and leaving everyone still smiling!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Panda Bear Gift Bag

 Do you recognize the Daiso $1.50 textured bag?  It's amazing how easy it is to jazz up the surface with the humorous Whimsey panda stamps. I started by using a Lawn Fawn scallop square die to cut some leftover crinkle washi paper.

Next, I stamped the bamboo images on the panels with olive green Momento ink (available at HM Ben Franklin Crafts). The words were stamped with the same ink and cut into labels.
 The bears were stamped on watercolor paper because I hoped the colors would bleed and look more ...ahhh...'Asian'? However, Copic pens require a steady hand especially black pens.  I reverted back to my trusty watercolor pencils....scribbled a little and 'painted' with a wet brush....just like small kid play time.
 I couldn't resist making a matching tag with the funniest image.  I found a weird cording?yarn? in my ever-growing stash of fiber stuff and it seemed perfect for this tag.
This project didn't require many supplies but produced a fancy, cute bag for a special gift for that special person.  Okay, head on over to Daiso to get these bargain priced wonderfully textured gift bags and enjoy crafting you own one-of-a- kind 'cuter than a panda butt' bag!

Friday, July 5, 2019

Daiso Items For Crafters

 Have you shopped at Daiso....where practically everything is priced at $1.50?  I never fail to find a multitude of amazing items for crafting.  I plan to use the wooden boxes to house a bag of coffee and a mug plus maybe some cookies for a unique Xmas gift.  The pastel plastic trays will make a good holder for a gift of make-up. BTW the make-up sold at Daiso is really quite good comparable to some high priced department store brands.
 All lovers of washi tape will go nuts for the $1.50 rolls...even the wide ones!  Besides the cool designs there are canvas washi tape holders with clear windows. Washi collectors will also like the plastic  washi tape dispensers.
 I'm very fond of Japanese paper covered tablets especially the ones with string binding. These can be dressed up with stamped designs or other Japanese print papers.  In this photo is a cool textured white picture frame which can easily be gilded with gold paste and then fancied up with flowers and ribbons.  The colored twine will possibly be used for braided bag handles.
I love the floral plastic trays and have already used them to be the base for gift baskets.  The round faux laquer trays are also going to hold some Xmas goodies.  I was excited to discover the real bamboo trays at Daiso because I knew they would be perfect under homemade soap...avocado?
                                      

As I was leaving Daiso, I spotted some lovely textured bags with corded handles.  I can already envision these decorated with Japanese paper and some Asian stamped designs.  Please return to this site where I will post the finished crafts.  Lots of Xmas crafts to complete...get started!

Monday, July 1, 2019

Lemonade Shaker Card


Nothing says summer more than lemonade, so when I discovered two sets of lemonade themed stamps and dies in my stash, I was super excited.  I guess I was saving them for the day when I realized that they would be marvelous together.  I started the card by applying water diluted Distress Oxide inks to a watercolor paper panel for the front of the card.  Next, I used the Pink Fresh bottle die to cut an opening in the watercolored panel.  Before double sticking a piece of acetate to the back of the cut out bottle, I traced the opening on to a sheet of foam the same size as the watercolor panel.  I also traced the bottle shape onto the card front so that I would know where to place the shaker stuff and the front panel.  I put double stick tape all around the bottle opening and the edges of the watercolored panel but only removed the tape protector around the bottle.  Before sticking down the front panel, I stamped and die cut the straw.  The bottom of the straw was glued down so that it would be inside the bottle and the top part was cut off and glued to the outside of the bottle.  A pile of Queen and Co. yellow sugar and clear ice sprinkles plus green sequins were placed in the traced outline of the bottle on the card front.  Then I carefully pressed down the bottle shape with the acetate window and then removed the double stick protectors from the edges of the watercolor panel.

The My Favorite Things girl image was stamped on marker paper and colored in before paper piecing her dress. She was adhered to the card on foam pop up pieces.  The citrus fruit slices were stamped and die cut before adding them to the card.  I know my explanation is a bit lengthy but hope you can understand it. Write to me if you need more clarification.  I'd love to hear from you.  Hope your summer is refreshingly sweet!



Thursday, June 27, 2019

Summer Beach Card

 As soon as I saw the Hero Arts beach sets demonstrated on the Joy of Crafting TV show, I knew I had to purchase them.  They didn't disappoint me as they were easy to use and resulted in a very 'oceany' scene.  For the base of my stamping I used a matte white card stock which may have been too slippery for unicorn white Hero Arts stamping ink. After several tries, I blotted it off rather than heat embossing it. I ended up using the cloud dies (the die set matches the Hero Arts images) on a misty white vellum paper and attaching it to the card.  The inks I used for the waves and sky were Versamark colors.  I had a little trouble with the sand embossing powder because I tried to use a sand colored ink as a base for the embossing powder. It didn't stick very well and so there were a few 'bald' spots which I filled in with Copic markers. The girl image (My Favorite Things) was also colored with Copic markers and then cut with the matching dies. The 'thinking of you' sentiment was heat embossed with brass Hero Arts powder.  The mini shells were glued down with 3-2-1 Beacon glue.  The Hero Arts stamp and die sets are must purchase items for local crafters....so many tropical projects...so little time!

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Dino-Mite Dinosaur Gift Bag

I love using decorated gift bags instead of wrapping gifts in the traditional way with paper and ribbons.  This one started with a plain green bag (from HM BFC) and was whipped up in fifteen minutes.  First a 6x6 square of printed card stock (from the So Puny Doodlebug Designs 12x12 paper pack) was adhered to the front of the bag with double stick tape. Next, the Avery Elle 'I Lava You' was stamped on the cloud above the volcano. Then, all the die cuts (including the Dino-Mite one) were affixed with foam squares.  For added interest, I placed a strip of DB dinosaur washi tape along the top of the bag just below the serrated edge.  Since I still have lots of stickers, I think I'll make a fancy tag to match the bag...no need for a card! Making 'So Puny' themed bags is the perfect way to replenish my happy goodie  bag stash...they'll be there when I need them.
P.S.  Okay, here's a matching tag that I whipped up in less than ten minutes.  Using my faithful Little B tag die, I cut a base from a sheet of 6x6 Doodlebug Designs paper pack.  To make the dinosaur and words stand out, I used the back side of the leftover paper from the 6x6 sheet.  The dinosaur image was just a plain sticker that I added foam dots to and dusted with cornstarch before removing the backs of the foam dots. This is an easy way to make pop-up die cuts from stickers...economical too!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Upcycled Sliding Cookie Box


 I like baking cookies almost as much as I like eating them, so after I devoured the La Tour shortbread cookies (coconut) I saved the box.  I knew eventually I would get around to decorating it to house my own baked goods.  The new Doodlebug Designs 'So Puny' 12x12 papers and die cuts were perfect for this project.  I didn't even measure the paper, simply traced around the box and cut with my Fiskar desktop paper cutter.  The paper was attached to the sides of the box with double stick tape.  The top of the box with the clear window was embellished with die cuts from the DD packs.
For more interest I added fine crystal glitter to the sugar bag and fake sprinkles (from BFC resin department) to the cookie.  Upcycling sturdy boxes by decorating them gives me a head start on packaging my holiday baking.  All the supplies (except for the empty box) can be purchased at HM Ben Franklin Crafts. Hurry down to the stores before the good stuff sells out!