Monday, August 21, 2017

Magic Color Floral Thanks Tags

 Why are these Magic COLOR tags?  There's very little color....but it comes....
 You just pull the arrow tab and it magically fills in the acetate with color.  The mystery of this effect is explainable if you dissect the paper mechanics involved with the Lawn Fawn die set.  I admit I had to go to the Lawn Fawn website to figure out how to use the die but it really isn't that hard except for an instruction avoidance person like me.
 It's so much fun to play with these magic color tags that I'm sure that I will make lots of Magic Color cards too.
The Hampton Arts stamps fit perfectly for printing on the acetate to fit the window, but there are many other stamp choices you could make.
 I thought the Paper Smooches stamped sentiment was just right for these tags...don't you?  Oh yes, the giant tag was cut with a Little B die and the pretty Heiko ribbons worked well with the colors magically revealed on the tags. The 'thanks' were cut with a Hero Arts die and black glitter Nuvo heat embossing powder was used on the Paper Smooches stamped sentiment on the back of the tags.  Be sure to get this new Lawn Fawn Magic Color Slider die set at HM Ben Franklin Crafts soon because they have already run out online. I know you'll love playing with this die set!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Wow! Expanding Pen Department at BFC and the Uncontest Blog Comment Winner!

Whoa!  Have you seen the pen department in HM Ben Franklin Crafts?  It is a new craft section for the stores and features pens from Japan including the famous Frixion brand.  These colorful Frixion pens come in ball point, markers, and highlighters all with the amazing friction erasers.  I absolutely love these pens and I'm thrilled that I can purchase them here in Hawaii.

Okay, onward to more good news..... It's time to announce the winner of the July un-contest for commenters to my blog posts.  As some of you might know, every once in a while I pick a winner from all the comments I receive in a randomly chosen month. This time KAREN, who writes her Have a Scrap Happy Day blog, is the winner of the prizes in the photo below, including a $25 gift card to HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  Congratulations Karen!.... and thank you to all of you who send comments to me.  I really appreciate your support.  Your kind words keep me going on days when I wonder if anyone is reading and enjoying my posts.  I truly love sharing information about what I purchase and how I use the craft items.  Happy crafting forever!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Panda with Bamboo Die Cut Card

When I spied the new In'spire paper dies from Spellbinders at HM Ben Franklin Crafts, it was impossible to buy just one. The panda die and bamboo one are just two of the many I scooped up and loaded into my shopping basket. I started with the Studio G black arched blank card and simply used the Kaiser Craft embossing folder and printed card stock paper (from pad) to make the background.  I love the way that the gold cloud paper matches the curves of the green embossed hill.  The sentiment square came directly from the Kaiser Craft printed die cut package.  This card is so simple; it practically created itself.  Please go check out the new assortment of Spellbinder dies and Kaiser Craft products at HM Ben Franklin Crafts and I know you'll be inspired too!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Ocean Themed Gift Bag

This gift bag was made in a similar fashion to the last one.  A blue bag was chosen and the Liquitex modeling paste was added using the TCW Nautilus stencil (from HM Ben Franklin Crafts),  To highlight and add shimmer to the raised design, fine glitter (Queen and Co) was added to the still wet stenciled pasted design. Because there was some smudging, I covered it with a light spritz of glitter spray and that camouflaged it.
The sea horse/sand dollar tag was constructed from die cut watercolor paper. The top of the sand dollar was folded before cutting and set just beneath the cutting edge of the Tim Holtz die to form a 'sand dollar' mini card.  Both the sand dollar and seahorse were colored with Tim Holtz Oxide dyes, sprinkled with Infusion dye powder and the sand dollar was rubbed with a bit of  Bo Bunny glitter paste. I found an 'ocean-like' yarn in my ever-growing stash of yarns which added the perfect 'seaweed' touch that I was trying to achieve.  Well, that's it for my ocean themed gift bag...hope you liked it.  Leave me a comment if you can. I LOVE hearing from you!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Stenciled Pineapple Gift Bag

 A blogger friend of mine,Yvonne (Do More With Less) Yam, featured lots of lovely, decorated gift bags in her recent post.  I decided I needed to build up a stash of ready-to-go decorated gift bags, too. Here is an example of what I made using a pineapple stencil ( Echo Park) I purchased from HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  Together with  Liquitex light modeling paste (also from HM BFC) I was able to create a raised texture which is very appealing to me.  First, I sprayed the back of the plastic stencil with Elmer's Spray Adhesive and then I adhered the stencil to the bag (from an economical BFC multiple bag pack).  With my finger I applied the modeling paste, carefully pulled up the stencil, and let the bag dry.
Next, I stamped onto watercolor paper and heat embossed the  Avery Elle pineapple design before die cutting it. I used Tim Holtz Oxide Inks and Infusion dye powder to color the image.  For the 'aloha' I used the Avery Elle die to cut two shades of green card stock and off-set them to give a shadow look. With the addition of raffia to tie the pineapple tag onto the bag, the any occasion pineapple gift bag was ready for giving. Hope that you will look at the amazing stencils sold at HM Ben Franklin Crafts and see what you can create with them.  Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Sweet Life Tropical Drink Shaker Card

 There is something addictive about making shaker cards so I just couldn't put away the Sizzix shaker card die that I used on my last posted blog card.  The die set that I purchased from HM Ben Franklin Crafts has a small die piece that makes the pocket for enclosing the easy!  I cut the card base from a 12x12 American Crafts paper from the Shoreline series...old stock. The fruit slice design front piece came from the Bo Bunny 6x6 Lemonade Stand paper pad and the Sweet Life word sign was fussy cut from a Doodlebug 6x6  paper pad called Fun in the Sun. I was happy to discover that I had just the right sequin colors of pink, green and yellow to match the fruit slice paper. I even put in some Queen & Co. clear diamond toppings to look like ice and so there would be more sparkle and shaking noise.  The umbrella in the drink was die cut from printed origami paper and the drink was colored with Copic pens and color pencils to highlight the embossed ice cubes made by the die. 
For the inside of the card I used the circle that was cut from the front and the gold foil paper 'celebrate' (cut with an Avery Elle die) was added.  This drink was also cut with one of the Cutter Bee dies from the set that I just couldn't pass up at HM BFC.....and I don't even drink!  I think this card is very refreshing and satisfied my need to shake, shake, shake!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Tropical Orchid Shaker Card

 This card was created for a new friend I met in Wichita. Hi Carla!  I wanted to send her a special thank you card for the hospitality and gifts she gave us during our short stay in her hometown.
I like to make shaker cards when I want a fancy effect but they are often too tedious.  The Sizzix die set that I used takes away much of the hard work.  First I used the largest square frame to cut the card base....just put the top edge of the die beyond the fold of the Kaiser Crafts card stock so the top fold will remain intact, forming the card. I used the largest circle to cut a piece of acetate to glue behind the front window.  The neat part of this die set is that it comes with a small piece that forms the channel for enclosing the sequins. (Use double stick tape to fasten several pieces behind the window to go all around the  inner square.) Put the sequin flowers from Eva's (Crafting This and That blog) Etsy site and my stash of Flower Soft down inside first before sealing them in with the upper windowed piece.  The orchids were simply made with the Hero Arts stamp and die sets on watercolor paper using Distress Oxide Inks.

The circle that was cut out from the front of the card was heat embossed with gold powder (NUVO) using a Taj 'mahalo' stamp.  I think this card was successful because the Kaiser Crafts 12x12 sheet (purchased at HM Ben Franklin Crafts) had  front and back designs which coordinated well with each other. The Sizzix die set (from HM BFC) really made forming the shaker card a snap and assures that I will be making more in the future. Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you'll visit again soon to see what other creations I whip up. Please leave a comment if you have time to hearing from you!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Unicorn Step Card

 I think unicorns are making a come back from the 70's. This makes me rainbows, hearts and unicorns. I guess I'm still a little girl in spirit.  Avery Elle has a delightful unicorn stamp set and matching die set which when paired with Doodlebug Designs 12x12 magical unicorns double sided card stock made this fantasy step card.
 This side view shows the folds of the step card that was easily die cut using the Sizzix die shown in a previous post.  The unicorn print on the card stock was so pretty I didn't want to cover it up.  I chose to cut the inner panels from gold flecked vellum so the design shows but makes a softer background for the unicorns and rainbows.  The sentiments from the Avery Elle stamp sets were stamped in gold and heat embossed with NUVO gold embossing powder (available at HM Ben Franklin Crafts).
 Here is a close up of the glittered unicorns.  I used Glossy Accents (Ranger) as the adhesive for the Martha Stewart (tinsel) and Queen & Co (pixie dust) glitters. The clouds were decorated with MS glitter flocking but sadly the photos don't show this textured effect.  The rainbows were colored with Prismacolor pencils (form HM Ben Franklin Crafts) and then covered over with Glossy accents before die cutting.
I hope that this card made you smile and remember the sweet days of your youth.  Let's encourage a new generation to believe in beautiful, magical images. Craft some smiles today!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Romantic Seaside Step Card

 As promised in my last post, here is another version of the step card made with the Sizzix die set.  This time I was going for an island vacation feel with romantic undertones (suitable for an anniversary card but not girly).  The base was cut from a 12x12 sheet from the Sage and Grace cardstock pack.  This Kaiser Crafts pack (purchased from HM Ben Franklin Crafts) contains both rustic and floral designs which makes it very versatile.
It was super easy to glue on torn bits of gauze paper (DCWV pack) smudged with a bit of gesso and add die cuts from the Kaiser Crafts Island Escape die cut package.
To further enhance the tropical look I stained some shell shaped wooden pieces (Sierra Pacific and Kaiser Crafts) and used Glossy Accents (Ranger) to glue on fine crystal glitter. Tiny genuine shells added a realistic touch of the seaside without overly weighing down the card. Finally, I added the sentiments stickers that came from the 12x12 papcket of Sage and Grace (Kaiser Crafts) papers.
 I like this view of the card (slightly opened) because all the embellishments can be viewed. It was so easy and fun to make this step card; I think I will make another one with a unicorn theme!!!!!!!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Die-Cut All Occasion Step Card

I've made step cards before but they always seemed to require too much measuring, cutting and folding. The Sizzix die set, Step-Ups (from HM Ben Franklin Crafts), makes it easy to cut out a step card with one simple roll of your die cutting machine.  Once I cut out the base from Kaiser Craft 12x12 card stock (Sage and Grace) (card stock 12x12 packet from BFC), I easily folded it and added the embellishments including a Jolee's Boutique vellum butterfly, paper roses and lace.
Also from Kaiser Crafts is a Sage and Grace stamp set (sold at BFC) which I used to make the floral bouquet (stamped with green Momento ink and colored in with watercolor pencils).  The sentiment badge came from the 6-1/2 x 6-1/2 Kaiser Crafts paper pad (purchased at HM BFC) and an Avery Elle word die was used to cut the 'celebrate' from copper colored foil.  The Sizzix step die card has so many possibilities that I think I'll use it again for my next card. I think you'll be surprised how easy it is to totally change up the look. Visit this site again to see my next step card and please leave a comment if you have some time to hearing from you!


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Baby Room Doorknob Sign/Baby Gift Tag

While I still had my baby themed supplies out I decided to make a gift tag that could also double as a doorknob sign for the baby room.  It was simple work to die cut three hangers using the Avery Elle Cheers die set (actually used for making wine bottle tags).  I cut three pieces (front print, back print and middle solid blue color) to make the hanger sturdier. Next I stamped the sentiment and heat embossed it with blue Nuvo embossing powder.  The cloud and moon were also stamped and embossed before die cutting with the items from the Echo Park Goodnight Moon die and stamp set (from HM Ben Franklin Crafts). The pieces were adhered to the hanger with foam stickies and  Studio G star stickers were added.
 An oval sentiment die cut from the Pebbles cardstock set (from BFC) was glued onto the back of the sign.  For a final touch a hole was punched at the bottom of the hanger and Heiko ribbons (sold at Celebrations) were tied on.  Oh yes, don't forget to cut through the ring so the sign can be hung on the doorknob of the baby's room/used for a tag on the baby gift. I am pleased that this tag was so easy to make and has a double duty as a sign for the baby's room.  This is probably one tag which won't be thrown away...YAY!!!!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Sweet Baby Card

As soon as I saw the Pebbles 'duckie' cardstock at HM Ben Franklin Crafts, I knew that it would make a really cute baby card for a baby boy soon to be born.  Since I was at HM Ben Franklin Crafts, I chose some matching Pebbles puffy stickers and another sheet of puffy Sticko stickers.  With the Taylored Expressions and Echo Park die sets, it was easy to cut out the frame from blue card stock and the words from pearlized cardstock (Paper Accents).  To add a little color behind the stickers I added die cut printed paper from an Echo Park cardstock pad. I used double stick Heiko tape to adhere the larger pieces and on the tiny strips of the frame I used Glossy Accents. (This is actually not a glue but works well on small pieces because of the small nozzle on the applicator.  Tip: If there are shiny spots after the solution dries, just apply some cornstarch.) This card came together very quickly and yet it looks like I spent a lot of time constructing it. Keeping cards simple is my new mantra because so many recipients don't even notice that they are handmade.  Do my lovingly made cards get thrown away with the wrapping paper???????

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Explosive News Card

As you can see, I am still playing with my new dyes, inks and powders. (See previous posts.)This background paper seemed perfect  for the birthday card I've been planning for my scientist son who owns two lovable striped cats.  I love the expression on the face of the Paper Smooches scientist rubber stamp image.  The Neat and Tangled cat images never fail to make me smile. Do you think the cat on the front of the card fainted because he saw the cat in the flask? I put the explosion sign on a wobble gizmo from Art Impressions so that it vibrates when shaken....hard to capture that in a photo. By using foil on the sign, it flashes and seems more like the words are exploding.  All the other parts are on sticky foam squares, The flask was cut twice....once in green paper and once in clear acetate so when assembled it looks like a glass flask....difficult to see in the photo.
 For the inside of the card, I decided to use some birthday die cut words that I had stored (hoarded) in my box of 'birthday' stuff. Is the other cat dancing ? I think my son will find the humor in this birthday card because he is wacky just like his mom. LOL!

Friday, June 30, 2017

It's a Card....It's a Tag....It's Both!

 Here is the third in my series of cards I made using my ink test pieces for backgrounds.  At first I was just going to make a tag, but then I liked the look of the tag so much that I decided to turn it into a card. I punched holes through both layers of the tag (one cut with a Little B tag die, the outer purple layer hand cut) and through the card too.  I was then able to use a piece of lavendar lace to tie all the layers (over the top of the card) together.
 This simple technique allows the recipient of the card to detach the tag and use it on another gift or gift bag.  I love it when my handmade cards can be used more than once...makes all the work seem worthwhile.  The die that coordinates with this stamp set is one of the older styles with a solid back.  This makes aligning the die with the image a little tricky, but it's still easier than fussy hand cutting.  If the white edge of the die cut image really bothers me, I color it a bit with a Copic color that blends in with the background.  That's my tip of the day!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Great Friend Card

As promised, I am posting another card using a piece of watercolor paper that I used to test some inks, sparkle sprays and stain powders. Again, I used one of the Mama Elephant rectangle dies....this one impresses stitching lines along the edge.  My Favorite Things stamps and dies are great because they are cute and simple to color...also they come with useful sentiments. Because of the background, this card is a one-of-a-kind that I will happily add to my stash of all occasion cards. Happy card crafting!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Hey, Sunshine Card

I've been testing some new dyes and stains, Distress Oxide, Infusions powder stains, and Altnew Ink Sprays to learn about their properties and interactions with each other.  I tested them out on moistened watercolor paper.  The results were very exciting as you can see below. I used one of the tests for a background of the card above which used My Favorite Things stamps and dies.
Although you cannot see the subtle shimmer of the sprays, they worked well to add a mystical touch to the papers. I especially loved the powders for the way they bled out giving a real organic feel to the colors.  The Tim Holtz Distress Oxides come in a tin with a cloth pad which is great for doing backgrounds but I hope they will eventually be available as ink daubers. Right now HM Ben Franklin Crafts does not stock these inks and stains, but I will recommend them to our buyers and hopefully you will see them for sale soon in BFC.  In future posts, I will show you other cards/tags that I made using the test pieces...never let any paper go to waste....LOL!