Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Xmas Tags for Food Gifts

 These tags started with some cute Whimsy Stamps and Lawn Fawn circular dies.  It was simple work to die cut the scalloped circle from colored card stock and the inner stitched circle from white marker paper.
I colored the images in with Copic markers and then made a plain paper mask to cover the image while applying the background color (I used Distress ink on a blender).
 For added sparkle I applies glitter, Glossy Accents on the chocolate, and sticker holly or Santa hats.
Before double-stick taping the circles together, I glued the ribbon loop in place. I kept these tags simple and left lots of writing space on the back because these will be attached to my food gifts of hot chocolate mix plus marshmallows, graham crackers with a chocolate bar and marshmallows, or a homemade pie. Tag up some fantastic food gifts for friends/family who will certainly be delighted with an edible holiday gift this year!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Vintage Christmas Gift Bag and Tag

 Whenever I see vintage Christmas papers I get excited because they remind me of my childhood.  It was a time when children and adults sent Xmas cards with sweet images and greetings.  Gifts were wrapped carefully with pretty papers and tied with shiny ribbons.  Today it just seems simpler to tissue wrap a gift and present it in a glossy store bought holiday bag.  To feel like I at least attempted to wrap gifts for special friends and relatives, I decided to use the special 12x12 decorated Xmas papers I purchased at HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  By angling the Authentique and Bo Bunny sheets, I was able to show off the lovely colors and prints on the front of a plain Kraft bag.
This close up of the Authentique vintage image reveals how I distressed the edge by rubbing with a moistened finger.  I really like the white printed burlap (DCWV) because it gives the bag additional texture.  My stash of vintage buttons was the source of the buttons used.  (Whenever you see a jar of interesting buttons at a garage sale or collectible shop, you should purchase it! Old buttons have so many craft possibilities.)
 The leftover paper scraps made a charming tag that included more buttons, a Petaloo blossom (from BFC) and vintage tag cut from an Authentic paper.  The burlap part of the tag was cut with a Sizzix Tim Holtz die because the burlap was quite thick.  You can easily cut the burlap sheet with scissors if you don't own the die.  I was pleased to use the Heiko ribbon (from Celebrations) because it has a vintage, rustic color and texture.  Oh yes, the ribbon on the bag also came from HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  It has a great woven embroidered look.  I plan to make many more gift bags and tags because these were so easy and fun to make.  Also, I can leave them folded up until needed and even take them on trips to have an instant gift wrap that won't be a roughed up by airport inspection.  I hope this post has inspired you to play with pretty papers and embellishments to craft your own Xmas bags and tags.  Enjoy this holiday crafting season!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Spinning Polar Bear Holiday Hugs Card

I've been having fun playing with the new Ken Oliver Color Burst powders and Liquid Metals.  Although there are countless ways you could use these products, I chose to show how a color applied watercolor paper background panel could really enhance a simple card.
I started by first randomly adding some colors to a water sprayed piece of watercolor paper and swirling them until I was pleased with the results. I let the colored papers dry as I proceeded to make the rest of the card.  For each card I needed two 8"x5-1/2"panels of white card stock folded in half and one more panel of the same sized pearlized vellum paper.  I put all three pieces together (the vellum on the outside) and folded them in half, trimming the edges as needed. 
Next, I used a 2" circle die to cut the opening in both card stock pieces at the same time.  I stamped the front and back of the bear on white marker paper and colored them in with Copic pens. I used the matching Lawn Fawn dies (purchased at HM Ben Franklin Crafts) to cut them out. I glued a piece of twine between the two die cut bears and glued the twine within the circles of the card stock base, adding double stick tape to the rest of the card edges.
For the outside of the card I matched up the folded vellum sheet and traced the 2" hole onto it before lining up the circle die.  After cutting the circle in the vellum, I ran the vellum piece in the embossing folder through my Big Shot machine.  I used double stick tape to adhere the embossed vellum to the card base before adding the die cut (from DCWV foil paper) 'Holiday Hugs'(Sizzix). (I ran the words through a Xyron sticker maker to apply some adhesive and dusted the card with cornstarch to remove unwanted stickiness.) Finally, I added the trimmed to size dried color panel to the back of the card.  I love the brightness of the first card, but I think the paler second card allows me to write a message more easily.  Perhaps a white pen or silver one will show nicely on the darker colors.  I wish that my photography showed the subtle shimmer of the metallic liquid inks but I guess you'll have to try them out for yourself.  Time to go holiday shopping at HM Ben Franklin Crafts!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Singing Penguins Xmas Card

The Lawn Fawn "Here-We-Go-A Waddling" Xmas stamp and die set is probably my favorite one this year.  Paired with a landscape LF  die and a house print card stock by BellaBlvd this card came together really easily.  To make the snow covered hills more realistic I used Paper Accents Pearlized Cardstock.  Because this cardstock is slippery, I sprinkled the words and notes with embossing powder and used a heat gun to melt it onto the card.
Here is another version of the same card.  I can't decide which one is more appealing.  Which do you prefer?
This time I remembered to cut (with the LF die) the gift card slots into the inside of the card front before adhering the landscape frame and penguins with adhesive foam squares.  I will be giving more HM Ben Franklin Crafts gift cards this year mostly because they are so easy to purchase, mail, and I think the stores have something for everyone.  Also, I love turning my Xmas cards into gift card holders with the use of the Lawn Fawn dies......so easy!  Enjoy this Xmas Crafting Season!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

3D Xmas Tree Card

Sometimes when I purchase a package of 12x12 papers, there are a few sheets that are really meant for scrapbooking (which I don't do).  Rather than waste them, I try to incorporate them into my card making.  This 'deer' designed sheet (Paperhouse Christmas Cheer)TOLD me to use it with the 3D Sizzix tree die (from HM Ben Franklin Crafts)!
 The 3D tree that folds flat for mailing can be made with two or three parts glued on. I wanted a fluffier tree so I added three layers of the Authentique card stock.
For the inside of the card ( Bo Bunny Fa La La Holiday Hoot), I incorporated the extra pieces of the 12x12 deer sheet. Because I forgot to cut the Lawn Fawn card holder in the front flap of the card, I cut it into a scrap piece and glued that onto the card. The LF card holder dies (available at HM Ben Franklin Crafts) are a must have for those of us who are indecisive gift givers. Oh yes, the Mambi stickers are a super easy way to add sentiments to any holiday greeting card.  Hope this post has stirred your imagination and excited your crafty fingers to start working on some 'sure to please' handmade creations. 'Tis the season to Craft!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Polar Bear and Reindeer Bookmark/Tags

 I couldn't wait to try out the Lawn Fawn tag/bookmark stamps and dies.  I also wanted to test out the new Ken Oliver Color Burst powders and Liquid Metals.  The solution was to test out the colors on some watercolor paper and turn the resulting tests into tags/bookmarks.
 Although my photos don't show up the products very well, I think both the powders and liquid metals are gorgeous and just a little packs a punch.  The Liquid Metals have a lovely pearly iridescence and gorgeous swirling blendable colors. I love the powders too because the bottles have  very tiny applicators that allow you to sprinkle the potent colors exactly where you want them.

To use these tags as bookmarks simply don't glue down the paws.  I chose decorative yarns from my stash of fibers that I've collected over the years.  If you are giving a planner for a gift, the bookmark/tags are the perfect add-on.

In the future I will do more projects with the new  Ken Olive products. Just a little burst of color can add so much to your paper crafting,  Please come back to this blog site to see what holiday crafts I create this year....gotta get busy crafting!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Wobble Christmas Tags

 I got tired of fussy cutting the reindeer antlers for the AI  image (available at Ben Franklin Crafts) so I decided for the tags I would just stamp directly on white card stock and color the images in....much easier.

 On the snowman tag I didn't like the sentiment label as a rectangle so I tried taking it off but succeeded in ripping the edges. I liked the look because it coordinated with the deckle edge I cut with the scissors...a happy accident! I hope you'll try making some wobble tags to shake up your gift wrapping this holiday season.  Get crafty and give happy!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Wobbly Snowman Gift Card Hol

As with the previous gift card holder, I used the Lawn Fawn scene die to cut the frame from white card stock.  Then I sprayed the frame with adhesive and sprinkled on white sparkle glitter....instant snow scene! 

 I had enough of the 12x12 printed double sided card stock (from the previous card holder) to make another one that looks very different by just reversing the papers.  For the snowman I applied some coarse white glitter which shines even more than the glitter of the snow.  Little B and Jolee's stickers added a even more bling.
This close up shows how the wobble mechanism goes between the full image and the section of the arms with packages.  Sorry my photo doesn't show the wobble action.  This gift card holder was fun to make and hopefully will show the recipient that I gave more effort to their gift that just purchasing a gift card. HM Ben Franklin Crafts has several AI wobble Christmas stamp sets so go check them out and see what you can create. Happy Crafting!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Reindeer Wobble Gift Card Holder

 There are some friends and relatives who are hard to buy gifts for so I usually opt for gift cards. To seem less lazy, I make fancy gift card holders so they can see that I did put some thought into their gift.This year I found some adorable Art Impression wobble stamp sets at HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  This one had a reindeer butt stamp and a wobble mechanism included with the reindeer and sentiment.  I used a Lawn Fawn die to set up the scene that I cut from plain white card stock which I then sprayed with adhesive and sprinkled with glitter. This is an easy way to make your own sparkle card stock.
Here is what the gift card holder part of the card looks like. It is simple to do and because I used double sided printed card stock the parts matched.
Hope this gives you an idea of how the wobble mechanism attaches and shakes. Be sure to attach the clear side of the wobble to the card so that the white plastic side doesn't show.  (Guess who made a mistake the first time?) HM Ben Franklin Crafts sells extra wobble parts (small and large) so you can make lots of wobble butts. LOL!  May your holiday crafting make you shake with excitement!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Hedgehogs and Mushrooms Calendar Card

Here is another version of my autumnal calendar card. As mentioned in my previous post, I like to use images that are not holiday themed because the calendars will be used all year long.
Again I used a Penny Black stamp image.  I just love the PB hedgehogs. They are so easy to color with Copic pens.
 The Sizzix card die (an old one on a thick long platform) makes it super easy to cut multiple cards. A Sizzix circle die was used to cut watercolor paper upon which I stamped the image with waterproof Memento ink before coloring. The calendar was ordered from Vippies.
 I stamped the image on some scrap paper and cut out a mask to cover the image in the watercolor paper circle while I colored the blue sky and sprayed it with silver ink.  As with the card in the previous post, I cut the word 'Blessings' from copper colored foil card stock.  I purchased the Sizzix 'Winter Blessings' die from HM Ben Franklin Crafts Christmas section.  I hope you've enjoyed your visit to this site and will leave a comment if you have time. I enjoy hearing from you. Have a happy holiday crafting season!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Mushroom Girl Calendar Card

 When I saw this Penny Black Mushroom Girl stamp set, I knew I had to get it for my autumn calendar card. I like to make calendars with a fall theme because it sort of fits throughout the year unlike Xmas images.  The background paper is from my stash of double-sided card stock with trees or leaves (best to organize papers by subject).
 I colored the image with Copic pens (plus a little pink Stickles)  and masked it off before adding the blue sky that was sprayed with silver. The Blessings was cut from copper colored foil paper which was run through a Xyron sticker maker to apply an adhesive. To minimize the stickiness after adhesion I dusted it with cornstarch.
 The card die has a little flap that holds up the card front and makes a space for the Vippies calendar.
 Here is a view of how simply the card sets up into a calendar for a desk.
 As you can see the die for the 'Blessings' actually said 'Winter Blessings' but I cut off the winter part.  This die is now available at HM Ben Franklin Crafts in the Christmas craft section. I was very pleased with this project and will include these calendars with my family newsletters.  Hopefully, I will actually be early this year. Yay me!