Thursday, April 27, 2017

Asian Folding Screen Card 1

The base for this folded card was made with a Sizzix die that I discovered in a clearance bin at HM Ben Franklin Crafts in many amazing finds there.  Sizzix makes a lot of folding card dies so I just had to find one that would accommodate the cranes in the circle.  Using KaiserCraft printed card stock from a 6-1/2" square pack, I die cut the red inner panels.  After applying them to the black card base with double stick tape (Heiko), I decided that the card looked like an oriental folding screen.
 By adding the KaiserCraft wooden pieces (painted with cream colored acrylic) to the corners of the cards, I thought that it looked even more like a folding screen...yay!  The double crane circle was stamped on white marking pen paper and heat embossed with NUVO glitter noir powder before die cutting with a KaiserCraft die. Embossing the design with powder made it easy to color in the design with gold and silver Wink of Stella markers and a red color pencil.  After the colored, stamped crane image and sentiment die cuts (from the KaiserCraft paper pad) were added to the folded card...Voila! It was done! Be sure to visit HM Ben Franklin Crafts to see the new line of KaiserCraft paper products. I know you'll want some when you think of all the wonderful things you will be able to create. Happy Shopping!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Tropical Photo Folders.

Recently, while perusing the graduation supplies available at HM Ben Franklin Crafts, I discovered some attractive photo folders in 10 packs. I picked the lauhala look because I thought local crafters would find it fun to decorate for graduations, weddings or other celebrations.  The stores also received a shipment of KaiserCraft products including a tropical line with dies, stamps, embossing folders, die cuts, printed card stock, and wooden pieces.  To simplify the decorating, I die cut the hibiscus and monstera leaves out of watercolor paper and painted them with Daniel Smith watercolors.
 I think this line of watercolors (sold at BFC) yields some amazing results and makes each die cut unique. It's fun to practice watercolor techniques on a small die cut.
To add to the folders, I adhered some KaiserCraft printed card stock to the left side of the folders and added the die cut (Avery Elle) 'aloha'. This allows a space for the person in the photo to write a message.
 Onto the lower right sides of the folders, I used Heiko tape to attach the die cut KaiserCraft words.
 If you are limited on time, you can just use glue dots to attach KaiserCraft die cuts to decorate the photo folders.  However you decide to embellish the photo folders, I think you will appreciate the simplicity of this useful, decorative project. Happy Graduation Season!
I just realized that a grandchild's photo in the tropical photo folder would make a great Mother's Day gift. Happy Mother's Day too!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Bunny Tea Time Thank You Card

 I am a big fan of the Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit stories (much to the annoyance of my boys who reluctantly listened to me read the books and only half-watched the videos) so of courseI love the Hero Arts images in the 'Welcome Home' clear stamp set with matching dies. Because the images are so petite, I needed a way to make them stand out.  The solution was to use the Spellbinders 'Contemporary Squares' die.  I cut two panels, one from pearlized pink cardstock (Paper Accents 5x7 pad sold at BFC) and the other from white watercolor paper.  The animal and teapot/tea cup images were stamped onto watercolor paper and die cut after coloring. Originally, I had planned to color everything on the watercolor paper with watercolors, but silly me, I forgot and used markers instead...they look okay anyway. The 'Thanks'(Impression Obsession) was also cut from the pearlized cardstock.  
For extra cuteness, I added some self-stick pearls which come on a sheet that can be cut apart in rows for easy application.  The mini half pearl stickers can be purchased in the HM Ben Franklin Crafts wedding department. I 'found' the pink pearl hearts in my bottomless stash drawer *wink*wink*.  The background floral paper came from a 6-1/2" square KaiserCraft paper pack. HM Ben Franklin Crafts will be carrying KaiserCraft papers in the future and I think you'll be thrilled by the selection. Lots of new items will be flowing into our stores so go shopping and give your crafting a boost!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Peek-a-Boo Shaker Egg Tag

 I first imagined this project as a card but then I realized that the largest egg die was pretty small, so it became a tag. LOL!  I came up with this design while reminiscing  about my favorite Easter memory, which was when my parents gave me a hollow sugar egg with a scene inside.  I started cutting out the egg card base by positioning the largest Spellbinder egg die slightly off the card fold so that the card would cut out in one piece.  Next I die cut another egg shape and die cut the  Sizzix circle window into it.  With the Darice daisy embossing folder, I impressed the egg shape with the window. A piece of acetate was glued behind the window and two foam sheet eggs were die cut.  Slightly larger circles (than the one used on the front) were die cut out of the foam eggs...this is so they won't show through the window.  The foam eggs with the windows were glued down onto the card front before adding the egg-shaped confetti and die cut 'chocolate' bunnies. A little lacy ribbon was added for decoration and to form the tag loop.
 I am obsessed with the Impression Obsession word dies like the 'Easter Greetings' because they are so beautiful and easily die cut the fancy delicate letters. I like that unlike stamping, die cutting isn't can't undo a botched stamping.  I plan to do this peek-a-boo egg again (perhaps next year) after I find a larger egg die. Instead of confetti I think I will fill the window with a scene (to recreate the one in the original sugar egg) and maybe I'll apply some superfine glitter to replicate the sugary surface of the real sugar Easter egg. I hope that you'll take the time to make some Easter memories for yourself and your loved ones.  Happy Easter!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Bunny with Eggs Slider Card

Wow!  Easter just sort of 'hopped' up on me. Hopefully, I will be able to get a few Easter crafts done before I have to go on to Mother's Day, graduation season and summer days!  I just got the Swing and Slide die set so I just had to incorporate it into a card with my Hero Arts fancy bunny die.  I started by using one of the dies to cut a channel. To disguise the channel, I glued in the cut out blue piece so the yellow channel wouldn't show.  
It was simple work to die cut and glue in the grass ( Impression Obsessions) and eggs (Spellbinders). The 'Easter Greetings' sentiment was also super easy to do using the IO die on Pearlized Cardstock (Paper Accents 5x7 pack) from HM Ben Franklin Crafts.
 The Little B butterfly sticker was a final touch to fill in the blank spot. I think it was just what the card needed. 
When I die cut the bunny for the card I used one white card stock and one brown.  I didn't realize that I was supposed to use the dies simultaneously . On one piece of white card stock, the die cut out a sweet bunny who could be colored in (color pencils and chalk) and its paws, tail and ears could be popped out to make the bunny more 3D.
In this close up you can see how adorable the dimensional bunny is. Just by itself it dresses up an embossed, edge-punched tag. Well, I gotta hop along so I can post a few more Easter crafts....jump back for a visit again and leave a comment if you can spare the time. Thanks!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Wrapping Up Shower Gifts

 Just a quick post to show you how I wrapped up some shower gifts.  I purchased the sakura (cherry blossom) bags from HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  The large sakura stickers that I used to fasten the thanks labels to the bags were also from BFC. The textured wrapping paper used for the gifts were from Celebrations (our store next to the Mapuanapuna Ben Franklin Crafts).  The printed ribbons were purchased at HM BFC.  I made the dres shaped boxes using a Big Pro Sizzix die. Some of the HM BFC stores may have it for you to use in the store if you purchase the paper. I decorated the dress boxes with sparkle netting and tiny flowers from HM BFC. I hope this post has given you ideas for making your shower or party a really special event.  You can trust HM Ben Franklin Crafts and Celebrations to have all the pretty goodies to help you wrap up your event in style!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Druzy Quartz, Crystal, and Pearl Necklace

 I wanted to make a very special gift for a very special son is marrying her!  Many of the gemstones for this necklace were purchased from HM Ben Franklin Crafts. By wire wrapping the beads with 24 gauge sterling silver wire and adding sterling silver curb chain plus a heart toggle clasp, I was able to complete this 24" necklace in a few hours.  I got the idea for this piece from two necklaces by two different jewelry artists whose work I admire.  By keeping the color palette neutral, I feel that it can be worn with many outfits without making TOO much of a statement. I hope that this post has given you some inspiration to make jewelry that can be simple and yet compliment worthy. Give it a try!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Sakura Wedding Shower Card

 I recently purchased some beautiful washi 12x12 sheets from HM Ben Franklin Crafts (the one shown is just one of many lovely prints) and planned to make some springtime cards.  However, I realized that I needed a wedding shower card so I decided to combine the two cards.  Here is the result. Since I didn't want to cover up the washi paper with layers of other papers, I embossed and die cut the vellum (with little gold and silver sprinkles) into a heart shape.  It adds a simple and appropriate touch for a shower card. The 'Best Wishes' were cut from gold foil paper (DCWV) using the X-cut die. Next I die cut the flower from pink vellum using the Spellbinder set and used DCWV shimmer gold paper (from the 6x6 pad) for the center of the flower.
This close-up of the embossed vellum sakura flowers shows the delicate beauty of the Darice embossing folder.
The label for the envelope (cut from gold foil) was made using a die from the 'Floral Berry Accents' set as were the leaves and flowers.
To fancy-up the envelope even more, I lined the envelope with a piece of extra printed washi. It was easy to trace the envelope onto the paper and then hand trim a little to get it to fit the envelope before using double stick tape to hold it in place.  This card would work equally well for an all occasion card, birthday, or even sympathy card with a change of sentiment.  I know that you could make a card like this, so go check out the gorgeous craft supplies sold at HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  You'll be glad you did! Happy Spring Shopping!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Bunny Gift Bag

 When I saw the Paper Smooches bunny card die, I knew I had to have cute and so many possibilities!  Although this die set is called, " Bunny Card", I decided I wanted to fashion a gift bag.  Starting with a 5"x 8" pre-made bag (from HM BFC), it was easy to adhere a white felt bunny with pink felt inner ears and a felt nose.  The lashes, whiskers, and upper mouth were cut from black construction paper and glued on.  For the grass I used the Impression Obsession die and cut only the tips of the grass so that the grass border would be wide enough to stamp the words on.  The words were from the Paper Smooches Critter Card Puns stamp set. I curved the words before stamping to make them more whimsical.
 As a final cute element, I glued on a pom pom for a tail in the back of the bag.  This bag was super simple to construct so it would be easy to make multiples for Easter party goodie bags.   I know this die set will be a favorite of mine for many Easters to come and I already have plans for a cute bunny many little time...sigh!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wrap-Around Silver Plated Bracelets

 I saw a bracelet like these in an art gallery shop on the east coast and I thought, "I could make it", but I bought it anyway  so I could inspect it.  These bracelets are for gifts and to sell in MY LOCKER box in Hilo. (Ask an employee at HM Ben Franklin Crafts if you don't know about the MY LOCKER program where you can sell your handmade crafts.) It was pretty easy to assemble the bracelets using silver plated stringing wire, curved silver plated tubes and assorted stones, Czech glass beads, shells, pearls, and silver plated or pewter beads. Almost all of these parts were purchased at HM Ben Franklin Crafts.
Here is what the bracelet looks like unwound and unclasped.  Depending on the size of the wearer, the bracelet can be wound around the wrist and fastened or fastened then slipped over the hand. The photo below shows how I organize the metal parts.  By slipping the plastic bags (I put them in bags if they come in hard to open packages) over a metal shower curtain ring, I am able to easily see the part I need and retrieve it without searching through a pile of little bags.

I am very proud of my 'copy-cat' bracelets and I plan to make more.  They look great worn and help to use up the loose assortment of beads that I often end up with after finishing other jewelry projects. I think, if you are a crafter with basic jewelry making skills and tools, you will be able to make bracelets like these. Give it a try!  Happy Crafting!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Fran, You Are a Winner!

                                                            Look at what Fran  won!

For those of you who are regular readers of this blog, you know that every once in awhile when the mood strikes me, I have an 'uncontest'.  I pull the comments from a certain time period (this time it was Jan. 1st - Feb. 29) and randomly select one of the comments.  If you left more than one comment during this time period, you get more chances.  The winner this time is Fran who writes the Little Paper Studio blog. Congrats! from HM Ben Franklin Craft Club. I hope you enjoy the prizes and will have fun using the HM Ben Franklin Crafts gift card. Thank you for being a reader of this blog!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Cat Kokeshi Dolls Thank You Card

 I recently read Marie Gamber's (Inky CreationsWith Marie) post and learned about making a 'bokeh' background and decided to give it a try.  Since I just received a very interesting kokeshi doll for a birthday gift, I opted to test out Marie's technique on a one layer card using an old Mari and Me kokeshi cats rubber stamp.  First on watercolor paper, I stamped and heat embossed the design using black Momento Ink and Nuvo Glitter Noir powder. Then I applied the Distress Inks (Dusty Concord, Dried Marigold, Broken China) directly onto the background.  I used a Q-tip cotton swab to color in closer to the dolls. With the same swab dipped in alcohol, I touched various places on the background to leave 'water spot' marks. The cats were colored in with Copic pens. I think that the watercolor paper absorbed the inks too quickly so next time I will try a slicker marker paper, but for a first try I am very pleased with the look of this card.  Don't be afraid to try new is too short to always be afraid of making mistakes.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Resin Butterfly Charm Tags

 These tags were embellished with the butterfly resin charms that I showed in a previous blog post. By attaching them to a Little B die cut tag the ball chain can be also used to clip onto a gift bag.  I started by lining up the folded edge of a color coordinated card stock with the top of the die so that when run through a Big Shot machine the folded edge won't be cut.  This will allow the tag to serve as a card and a message can be written inside on the smooth surface.  I used a yellow and white sheet so that when the impressed design (made with Darice embossing folder) was sanded the yellow color showed up. To give the tags more interest I added a die cut (X-cut) butterfly or flower.  These dies purchased from HM Ben Franklin Crafts have pop-up parts that add some dimension.  The 'thanks'(Taylored Expressions) were cut from gold foil paper. The resin butterflies made with the L'Bell resin were filled with real dried flowers or iridescent foil. (see previous post for a close up. I hope this post has given you some new creative ideas. Please leave a comment if you have time..I enjoy your encouragement.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Resin Charm Cards

Here is what I did with two of the resin charms I showed you on my last post. I first embossed the white washi paper (with gold and silver speckles) using a Darice cherry blossom folder (purchased at HM Ben Franklin Crafts).  I used double stick tape (Heiko/Merikan) to attach the embossed strip to the printed washi paper. Using a 1/8" hole punch I made an opening through both sheets. The chain or cord was inserted through the hole and the chain/cord was taped and secured behind the washi papers. Double stick tape was used again to fasten everything to the card base made from Paper Accents 8-1/2 x 11 pink muslin card stock (from BFC).
 Finally, I added the stamped sentiments which were made using a Mari and Me thank you character stamp or Dandelion Design sweet Girl's Day stamp. The other two stamps in the photo below were used inside the cards. In following posts I will feature other resin items and projects. Please return again to see them. Happy belated Girl's Day!
P.S. Don't forget to tell the card recipient that the charm can be removed to use on a bag or keychain.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Resin Charms from Fukubukuro Box

 Here are a few resin charms I made recently using the parts included in the Fukubukuro box (Resin Special Box sold at Market City BFC).  At only $29.88, it is a real bargain for crafters who enjoy working with the UV light resin. In the box there are many resin molds, colorants, embellishments, findings, etc.   Even though the box has instructions, they are in Japanese.  However, the diagrams are well done and easy to follow.  If you want to learn more, I would recommend that you take one of the make it-take it resin classes (about $5) offered at Market City and Mapunapuna BFC and/or try one of the smaller kit resin projects sold at the stores.  This Resin Special Box is packed in the 'Fukubukuro style' which means that not every box will have the same items, but they do have everything needed to make a dozen or more pieces and all you need to supply is your own UV resin and light.  I plan to use these charms as add-ons for Girl's Day, Thank You or Birthday cards. I will show you what I mean in my next few posts.  Thanks for visiting this blog site and come back soon!
Tip: To file down the rough edges on the charms I use a diamond nail file.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Washi Paper Wedding Card

 I almost forgot to make a card for a wedding that we will be attending soon. Amazingly, I got it right on the first try, mostly due to my husband's K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple Sweetheart) advice.  HM Ben Franklin Crafts has lots of 12x12 washi sheets to choose from, but if you have lots of scraps (like me) you can work with those.  The Sizzix square die set makes it easy to cut out the washi paper squares with out measuring.  To cut the fibrous white cover paper and leave a deckle edge, I placed a ruler down and moistened the edge area before pulling the paper upward. My card photo doesn't show the sparkle of the embossing powder (gold enchantment NUVO) used on the stamped (Mari and Me) happiness character, but it does compliment the gold fibers in the washi papers.  I decided to add some washi paper scraps to the envelope so it would coordinate with the card. Hopefully, this post will encourage you to whip up a card even though you may think you don't have enough time,,,you do!

Here is a close up view of the heat embossed 'happiness' character....pretty yeah?

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Out To Lunch Birthday Card

 I know lots of over the hill folks for whom this card would be suitable (including loopy old me...LOL!).  I really like the vintage image and inside sentiment from Viva Las Vegas Stamps. I paired them with a DCWV glitter birthday card stock, buttons (real and paper) and a ribboned die cut (Spellbinders) paper label. Unfortunately the shimmer of the paper, embossed words and buttons made getting a good photo nearly impossible.
 Here is another color version of the same card.  I was planning to border the image with buttons but that was too visually heavy so I opted for a few and drew in some stitches instead.  The new button Xcut die was purchased from HM Ben Franklin Crafts and makes it fun to add lots of buttons without the weight.  I had some cute real buttons that added some texture and interest.
 I wonder if the recipients of these cards will get the humor of being 'out to lunch'? These days everyone seems to be and some even take their dogs with them.....hahahaha!