Sunday, November 10, 2019

Autumn Blessings Tree Card

 The IO (Impression Obsession) tree die is one of my favorites. I think I use it at least once every autumn.  This year I chose to make it more tree-like by cutting it out from a woodgrain paper that sort of looked like a wooden floor.  To hide the lines between each plank of wood, I smudged on some brownish-grey ink after the tree was cut out.  Somehow, the salmon colored paper with musical notes (from DCWV Autumn Melody pack) seemed just right for embossing with the leaf design (free from Papercraft Magazine).  The musical notes and raised leaf design are barely visible, but I think they really add to the overall look of the card.  To balance out the design, I added a die cut maple leaf (die also free from Papercraft  magazine) that was rubbed with copper metallic paste and flecked with gold ink.  The copper heat embossed words (TPC stamp) were made with Nuvo embossing powder (available at HM BFC). I am very happy with the quiet look of this card as it is sort of what I visually imagine falling leaves sound like in the early morning.  Gosh, I wish we had a real fall season, but I guess then I'd be grumbling about raking up leaves. LOL!

Monday, November 4, 2019

'Dream Big' Magnetic Coaster Calendars

My Vippies calendars just arrived so I started thinking about what I would do with them this year.  I had already purchased a large package (50 I think) of coasters from our Celebrations store (next to the HM BFC Mapunapuna store) so I decided to use them as the base for the calendars. 
Because I have so many calendars to make for an upcoming event, I decided that they had to be simple.  I decided to use the Penny Black 'Dream Big' die because I think everyone needs to set their goals beyond what they can possibly imagine achieving.  The words were cut out of a Tim Holtz gold foil paper from a pack.
For the base cover paper I used sheets from Me and My Big Ideas 'Mambi' 12x12 pack.  There are some great designs in this set, some with gold glitter.  I chose the marble sheets because then each calendar would be different.  Each 12x12 sheet yielded nine 3-5/8 squares which were glued onto the coasters (double sided tape could also be used).  Edges of the papers were trimmed close to the coasters before the gold sentiments, calendars and magnet sheets (on the back) were adhered.
Some of the covered coasters were not as sparkly as I desired, so I flicked on some gold Liquitex paint (before adding the words and calendars) and added a few adhesive backed acrylic gems.  I think by keeping these calendars simple, I won't get 'burnt out' while making multiples and will have more time to spend on other holiday creations.  Keep smiling while crafting throughout the 'jolly holly' season!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Up-cycled Autumn Gift Bag

Fall is the start of the holiday season during which there are lots of gatherings requiring hostess gifts.  I like giving baked goods in decorative gift bags.  The Hawaiian Airlines snack bag I received while on my last flight was a nice quality with great woven ribbon handles....perfect for up-cycling into an autumn gift bag. At HM Ben Franklin Crafts I purchased a really attractive hedgehog ribbon which I cut to size, removed the wire supports and glued to the bag on both sides. For the veined leaf (which is covering the HA logo), I used the dies that came with a recent Papercraft magazine.  I flicked (with a stencil brush) some gold Liquitex paint onto the solid paper leaf before gluing on the veined leaf.  I didn't spend a lot of time  decorating this bag because my baked goods are the real gift....right?  I truly believe that presentation makes the present even more delicious.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Going Batty Halloween Card

 I love the Penny Black cat and Whimsy Stamps bat images and thought they would look great together on a card.  However, I didn't want to fussy cut them out so I decided to try masking the images and laying Distress Oxide inks over them.  I started with a rectangle of watercolor paper and stamped the cat onto it before applying Nuvo black sparkle heat embossing powder. After setting the powder with a heat gun, I stamped the image on a piece of scrap paper and cut it out to form a mask.  While holding down the mask, I stamped the bat image to the side and heat embossed powder onto it too.  Keeping the masks in place, I blotted some Distress Oxide inks around the images and sparingly spritzed some water onto the inks until I was satisfied with the colors.  After the paper was dry, I used a stenciling brush (see photo below) (purchased from HM BFC) to flick on the Liquitex silver ink (also purchased at HM Ben Franklin Crafts) before moving the masks.  Next, I colored in the images with Copic pens. It was simple to put this card together with double stick tape and foam dots behind the K and Co. die cut sentiment.  Covering images with masks (not the bat one on the cat LOL!) is a good way to protect the images while working on the background and really cuts down on the intricate fussy cutting.  Give this technique a try on your upcoming holiday cards. Happy Holiday Crafting!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Ugly Dolls in Upcycled Treat Bags

 I spied these two 'Ugly Dolls' in HM Ben Franklin Crafts and knew that I had to get them for my twin grandsons.  I had been planning to decorate and upcycle some Hawaiian Airline food bags . They had the potential to be a perfect match with the Ugly Dolls.
I wrapped washi tapes around the bottoms of  each bag and glued on colorful K and Co. die cuts to cover up the airline logo.
  To match the Ugly Dolls I found some puffy, googly eyed stickers in my Halloween stash and stuck them on.  That was it...done!  Even though my grandsons are too young to beg for candy or dress up as monsters, I think they'll enjoy the toys as much as I enjoyed making treat bags for them.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Winnie-the-Pooh Birthday Card

 I collect bears and Winnie-the-Pooh is one of my favorites. My Pooh bear is rather 'loved' so I decided to make this card to his likesness.  I started with a clear stamp that I purchased in Japan but I'm sure there are lots of images to purchase online.  This one had a nice shaggy look which I enhanced with Fun Flock. I fussy cut the image (stamped on yellow card stock) and applied (with a glue pen) a mixed combo of yellow and brown flock.  For the red shirt I stamped the outline on red paper and fussy cut it out. The honey pot was fussy cut and embellished with Nuvo yellow lacquer.  Luckily, I had a bee print paper in my stash which was perfect for the background.
 I struggled to find just the right paper to use for the script words and ended up using a gold foil for the (Hero Arts die cut) 'happy' and a colorful scrap for the 'birthday'  The scallop edge for the card was produced with a Lawn Fawn die that was offset a bit to keep the fold intact.  To give the (Hero Arts die cut) 'birthday' more interest and dimension, I just glued the ends to the card and folded the inside of the word so that it would pop out.
 Although you can barely see it, I impressed a Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger design (Cuttlebug) onto the envelope.  I think matching the envelope with the card is a nice touch. I made sure to leave room for the name and address of the recipient and my return address.  I know that flocking images is an old school technique, but I hope that you will give it a try.  Afterall, something old can be something new again unless it's an old crafter like me.... I definitely need a time machine....LOL!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Cat In a Halloween Treat Bag

 This card is dedicated to Sophie, my son's cat, who believes she is human.  She's been known to snatch hamburgers and fries off the dining table and secretly unwrap and eat them under the bed.  I was planning to make a regular shaker card using a Halloween treat bag instead of making an acetate window.  However, I just purchased the Whimsey clear stamp set that had an image of a cat who looked like it was trapped.  My goofy mind decided that it was Sophie stuck in a giant stolen Halloween treat bag.
 I colored the image with Copic pens and fussy cut it out.  A little adhesive was placed on the paws, tail, and face. Sophie was stuck to the inside of the bag before adding some assorted sequins. The bag was sealed off and a ribbon tied on.  I stamped the saying on a piece of matching paper, heat embossed it with Nuvo black sparkle powder, cut the paper into a tag shape, and tied it onto the bag with twine.  The whole bag and tag were adhered with pop up foam dots.
 This is what the inside of the card looks like.  Funny that the card stock sheet I used for the front actually had a cat print on the reverse side.  After stamping the CC Designs sentiment in white and heat embossing it with Nuvo white powder, I added googly eyes and a strip of washi tape.  I really love the way this card turned out because it is almost exactly how I imagined it....that's rare!  Lots of the supplies including the treat bags (50 for $3.99) are from HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  Have a Happy Crafty Halloween but just make sure that your cat isn't getting into your craft supplies!