Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
The inspiration for this project started from the cover picture on the Sizzix French Fry die cutter. In the picture the French Fry box had a beaded handle which would be a great way to present a small gift to a beader. Taking it a step further this project incorporates a completed bracelet into the handle. The Hello Kitty friend, ‘Kathy’ bunny die cutter was used on white felt to add a warm fuzzy texture to this project.
1) 6”x12” yellow cardstock
2) 3”x 4” white felt
3) Two black seed beads
4) Tiny amount of pink wool roving or felt
5) One flower rhinestone
6) Scrap paper (light blue, plaid, matching paper for tag)
7) Two pipe cleaners (yellow, white chenille)
8) Clear drying glue
9) Merikan double stick tape
10) Black stamping ink
11) One beaded bracelet
1) Sizzix French fry box die cutter
2) Sizzix ‘Kathy’ (Hello Kitty’s friend) die cutter
3) 1-3/8”x 2-1/4” scallop-edged rectangle punch
4) Small round hole punch
5) Studio G small Easter clear stamp set
1) Die cut the box from the cardstock and tape it together.
2) Die cut the bunny from the felt (remove the eyes and nose) and glue it to the box.
3) Die cut the dress and flower from the plaid paper and glue them onto the felt.
4) Die cut the sleeves from the blue paper and glue them onto the bunny.
5) Glue the seed beads into the eye holes.
6) Make a small nose from the pink wool or cut a small piece of felt and glue it in place.
7) Glue the rhinestone to the flower.
8) Cut out the rectangle from scrap paper and stamp it with the words.
9) Glue the tag to the side of the bunny.
10) Punch holes in the box for the handle.
11) Wrap one pipe cleaner around the bracelet to attach it to the other pipe cleaner.
12) Insert the handle ends into the box holes and cut the excess if necessary.
Tip: Besides candy you can fill the box with one giant decorated cookie, an assortment of beads, small handmade note cards, or paper crafting embellishments.
Pink Flower Bead Bracelet
This bracelet was designed for the Bunny Treat Basket project, but it is fashionable enough to give as a gift for any occasion. You may not be able to find the exact beads but it will be easy to purchase similar ones. Although this bracelet is low in cost, it would make a delightful Mother’s day gift especially if it is crafted by the mother or grandmother’s child.
1) !2” flexible beading wire
2) Two crimp beads to fit the wire.
3) ½”French bouillon wire covering (cut in two pieces)
4) One floral silver plated clasp
5) Four 5 or 6 mm pink Swarovski bicones
6) Five 4 mm pink fresh water pearls
7) One 3/8” lt. pink faceted glass heart bead
8) Four 6 mm lt. pink fresh water pearls
9) Two silver plated 10mm leaf beads
10) Two ½” glass flower shaped beads
11) One 5/8” dark pink heart shaped bead
12) Four silver plated bead caps
13) Two lampworked floral beads ½”- 5/8” long
1) bead crimper
2) wire cutter
1) Pass one end of the wire through one crimp bead, ¼” of French wire, the hole in the clasp and then back through the crimp bead.
2) Use the crimping tool to squash the crimp bead.
3) String the beads and caps onto the wire (consult the photo for order) covering the excess wire.
4) When the bracelet reaches the length you want (7 to 7-1/2” is average) string on the crimp bead and French wire cover, then go through the clasp toggle.
5) Pass the wire back through the crimp bead and some of the beads.
6) Pull the wire and then crimp the bead and cut off the excess wire.
1) Make sure that the wire can pass through the smallest bead hole. The wire has has to pass through the end beads twice. (Pearls have very small holes.)
2) The crimp bead size has to match the wire diameter or it will slip. (The crimp bead size needed is usually on the beading wire spool.
3) String smaller beads near the toggle end of the clasp so that they will fit through the clasp.
When playing with my new 'toys' I discovered that some of the Martha Stewart punches also emboss. The owl punch is really cute because the rings around the eyes are embossed when you punch out the owl. The floral edge punch that embosses flowers as the edge is cut makes a very professional card from a plain card blank. I didn't like the shape of the MS punches at first because they are a bit unbalanced, but now I realize that the square shape actually makes them easy to arrange upright on a shelf. I'm anxiously waiting for more cupcake punches to arrive at BFC because they were gone by the time I got to the store.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
In thirty minutes the Craft Green and Win Green contest will end and tomorrow I will announce the winners of the gift certificates. I hope that you took the time to enter and will check back to this blog or our craft club website to see if you won. For our first online contest we were pleased with the quality of the entries and surprised that most of the contestants entered photos of their work digitally. It truly is becoming a computerized world and we are proud that our company is making an effort to keep up with the changes.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
To make this card I started with a blank white card and used the Martha Stewart daisy edge punch to decorate the front flap. Next, I stamped the back of a piece of colorful origami paper (thin ones work best) using light colored ink and one of the doll stamps. The kimono part of the stamped design was cut out and run through a Xyron (print side up). You could use a glue stick if you don't have a Xyron machine. Stick the kimono onto the card and carefully stamp (using black ink) the doll design over the cut out kimono. Cut out a 1" strip (long enough to go all the way across the card) of the same origami paper. Stamp the strip with the cherry blossom border stamp if desired and glue or tape the strip inside the card so that part of it shows below the punched edge. With dark green ink, stamp the bamboo design three times on the card (masking the doll to protect it). Color the bamboo with green, yellow, and brown color pencils and shade in shadows for the doll and bamboo. Lastly, stamp a birthday message in black ink. The wish stamp came from a Hero Arts clear set, but you could use whatever appropriate stamped message you need.
I hope that you will try to make this card. (Click on the photo to see a closeup of the card.) It is a good way to use up origami scraps and making a greeting card set using the four dolls would be a great gift or craft fair item.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The phone strap (or purse pull) was cute and I thought that it would be a good add-on to a card for someone going to Vegas. (Giving someone 'lucky' money for a trip is a Japanese custom.) The card in the photo (click on it to enlarge) started from a blank green card whose front was trimmed with a Martha Stewart daisy edge punch. Next, I cut a piece of pink washi paper from a 12 x12 sheet that had some silver and gold designs on it. It might be attractive to tear the washi paper instead of cutting it. I stamped the round cherry blossom design from the Hero Arts Clear Stamps Asian frames set onto the washi paper. (I used gold Brilliance ink and gold embossing powder.) I cut a single strand of pink Mizuhiki cord into four pieces and slipped them through the jump ring of the phone strap. Then I tied a loose knot with the Mizuhiki and the strap. After crinkling the Mizuhiki into a design I attached a glue dot to the back of the knot and placed it on the card.
In the photo is a green frog bracelet that I made years ago. It seemed to match the card and I wanted to say that I was mistaken and that I did make a green bracelet before. I think this bracelet would be 'lucky' for those who believe in frog luck. You might still be able to find the enameled metal frog beads at Ben Franklin Crafts or the staff may be able to order them for you. The lampwork beads that look like frog eggs are also from BFC. The bicone crystals used in the bracelet are the color-changing ones but light green or peach crystals would work just as well. Well, keep crafting to keep your mind off the economy. Hurry and send in your entry to our contest to win a $100 gift certificate. (Learn about the contest at http://www.bfcraftclub.com/ .)
Sunday, March 1, 2009
In my next blog entry I will show you my 'lucky' bracelet that I designed for a March St. Patrick's Day project. Remember: "It's great to be lucky, but hard work always makes you luckier."