Sunday, January 30, 2011
This is my husband's Year of the Rabbit so I was pleased to find some colorful Chinese New Year products in Ben Franklin Crafts. I also discovered a great Sizzix die for a Chinese take-out box. The die is for the Pro machine so it takes a 12x12 cardstock sheet for each box. I chose paper from a K and Co. cardstock designer specialty pad which seemed to have just the right Asian look and colors. If you need to make lots of boxes for party favors, I would suggest cutting them from plain red cardstock and then hand stamping an Asian design all over with gold ink. I put some raffia in the box ( fake noodles) added the pencils for chopsticks and the other items as the food. (See packaged products in bottom photo.) You could include some real fortune cookies. Even if you're not having a Chinese New Year party, this simple favor would be great for a retirement or birthday party. Remember, if you don't own a Sizzix Pro Machine, you can borrow the Ben Franklin Crafts die cutting machine if you buy your paper from the store. Happy Chinese New Year!
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
The 12x12 papers are very attractive and many of the embellishments coordinate with the papers.
The items in the bottom photo are from the K and Co. line. There are lots of packages with an enormous amount of die cuts. My favorite die cuts are the ones with old fashion vintage-look designs. I plan to make some Valentine cards to imitate the fancy stand-up ones that I've seen in antique stores. The package of sticker embellishments that I particularly love is the one which has mini-snow globes with Valentine designs inside. I hope that these photos entice you to shop at Ben Franklin Crafts for the best choice of Valentine craft products.....but hurry because lots of them are selling out. Valentine's Day is such a sweet occasion to craft something to let that special someone know that you are thinking of him/her. Candy is nice, but a handcrafted gift or card will be treasured for years.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
I spotted the sets of Darice push pins (thumbtacks) at Ben Franklin Crafts (see bottom photo) and I knew they were going in home with me. I had no idea what I was going to do with them but they were so cute and colorful I knew I would think of something. This is what came out of my never-turned-off craft mind. I've made Post-It pad holders before using an acrylic picture frame turned upside down and know that they make quick office, teacher,or hostess gifts. I thought that the square of foam that comes with the push pins would fit well on a 4x6 frame along with the note pad and pen; they did but that left very little of the decorative paper visible. By using the Tim Holtz On the Edge paper die, I was able to add a little interest and height to the background paper. The added height of the paper didn't allow it to slip into the picture frame, but it does leave room for embellishing which makes the notepapd holder more attractive. A little adhesive backed Velcro piece (cut from a long roll) added to the pen and just above the foam square is a neat way to keep the pen handy. Oh, the background paper came from a K and Co. paper pad and was chosen because of the design and the fact that it was double sided paper so the back of the note pad holder would be attractive too. Finally, the tie-dyed flowers were chosen because they match the 'Age of Aquarius' paisley print paper. The possibilities of notepad holders you can make using these Darice pushpins and your imagination are endless, and because of the low price of the materials they would make terrific craft fair items. Hope you like this idea. Happy Crafting!
Saturday, January 15, 2011
In a previous post I showed you some vintage-looking products by Melody Ross that I found at the Mapunapuna Ben Franklin Crafts. Well, they started me on a whole new craft search for products which have that 40's, 50's, or 60's look. I found some really great Hero Arts clear stamp sets with sewing themes that made me nostalgic for the 'old days' when we actually sewed our own clothes. These stamps together with the other products shown below helped me to make the two versions of basically the same card. I think the use of the muslin cards (Paper Arts) really added to the sewing theme because the paper has a texture like fabric. The background papers were from DCWV (I think) paper pads and chosen for their old fashion look and colors. The Melody Ross chipboard labels were the perfect match with the Hero Arts stamp words. I stamped the fashion lady on thin tissue-like Japanese washi paper so that it would look like the paper patterns that we, old-timers used to cut out fabric pieces for sewing garments. For a pop of color I stamped the tape measure stamp on bright yellow paper because tape measures of 'olden days' were always yellow. Textural interest was added with Hero Arts fabric lace ribbon (just came out with the Valentine items) plus a button on one card and a flower head pin (K and Co. Valentine line) on the other. Although I used the Sizzix die to make the polka dot paper rick rack, you could glue on real rickrack to get the same effect. The stamped image of the sewing machine was colored and then antiqued with Distress Ink. I'm really happy with the outcome of the cards perhaps because they stir up so many happy memories of my childhood. It seems that I've been crafting something all my life.....we didn't have many TV shows, cell phones, or computers to occupy our time. I wonder what memories the future generations will have to hold in their hands and fill their hearts with pride. Teach someone to craft; give them a lifetime of beautiful memories.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Some of my friends who are new to papercrafting remarked that many of the projects in blogland are too difficult for a newbie or require too many supplies. This thank you card project is for them. I wanted to show them that with just a few supplies, you can create a card quickly and be proud of your efforts. I started with a plain folded blank card and used white ink (the pigment type that dries slower) to stamp the leafy foliage. Next I sprinkled white embossing powder over the wet ink. Using a heat gun, I melted the powder to form a more finished look. (You could just stamp with the ink and not emboss.) Also for a bit of sparkle I sprayed a little Shimmer over the card but this is also optional. Next I used the new Martha Stewart magnet butterfly punch that allowed me to punch out any place on my card. Finally, I made a mask from a small piece of scrap paper (punch out a butterfly on it) and alligned it under the buttlerfly punched in the card. Holding the mask in place on the inside of the card, I stamped the words 'thank you' multiple times in blue ink so that the buttlerfly image appears inside and outside of the card. Making cards like this one is the perfect beginning for those of you who are just learning to enjoy papercrafting. The new products like the MS magnetic punches keeps crafting exciting for even the pros. If you haven't started writing your thank you notes yet (like me) a card like this one can be produced by the dozens and yet each one will be slightly different because they are handmade with love. Send some love today!
Monday, January 10, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
These products (in bottom photo) are what I used to make my cards. (The blue pearl head pin was from my sewing kit.) Don't you just love the K and Co. Valentine head pins? That reminds me: You need to go now to check out the Valentine products (by Jolee's, K and Co., Martha Stewart, and others) that have arrived at Ben Franklin Crafts. They came in early and are going fast. When you go to use your 40% off coupon this weekend, take a look at the new Martha Stewart Valentine punches with a magnetic bottom which allows you to punch out designs any place and angle on your paper. Well gotta go and write more thank you notes. Please stop by again to see more crafting ideas for 2011.