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!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Super Easy D-A-D Card

I love the Echo Park Father's Day 12x12 card stock papers so it was a no-brainer that I would use them on a card for my husband (who really is the greatest DAD of all time). Because I found it so easy to use the We R Memory Keepers Alphabet Punch Board (from HM Ben Franklin Crafts) on my Mother's Day card, I thought I'd use it again on this card.  With the addition of the Neat & Tangled Box die cut, I was able to quickly assemble my Father's Day card.  The curly 'wires' were made from mizuhiki paper cords (available from BFC or Celebrations) wrapped around a barbecue skewer. Some foam dots were used to adhere the letters.
One of the sheets of Echo Park papers had rectangles of printed Father's Day words so I simply cut out a rectangle and used it for the inside sentiment. I plan to add a photo of the 'Great Dad' next to the words. The back of one of the 12x12 sheets provided the grey-black color for the Alphabet Board punched letters. That was simple to make a special card for that special father!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Making My First Planner

 You might be surprised to learn that I've never made a planner (except a simple calendar with blank squares) despite their popularity at HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  I've just always been a disorganized free spirit who has the luxury (compliments of my husband) to do what I want when I want.  However, as I get older, I seem to be forgetting to do more things or not getting started on others.  Hopefully, this portable no-rules planner will keep my agenda more visible, I'll get more done and I'll get to buy more cute stickers.( I love stickers and have a collection that dates back to the 80's...I said it was for my son...heeheee!)  

I started by adhering some yummy, cute dessert stickers to the marble print cover and then I broke open the packages of Me and My Big Ideas stickers and Deco Pen.  It was easy and fun to pick just the right stickers....and I still have tons more.  The Deco Pen was similar to the type that I purchased in Japan. It has changeable cartridges but is more designed for a right handed person.  As a lefty I had to think backwards to get the words to appear right-side up. This planner seems perfect for me because the dates are not written in so I can change out the pages if I change my mind and I can even skip a whole month if I don't plan to do anything...LOL!  Hopefully, I'll get more creative and snazzy up my planner as I go along.....let's hope I keep it up at least to the end of the year!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Resin Candy and Flower Rings

 While in Japan, I purchased a resin ring mold set.  It was simple to fill the molds with UV resin and real candy balls (from BFC baking department) and heat setting the rings with a UV light. After removing from the molds, rough edges were filed with a glass nail file and then the undersides of the rings were touched up with a bit of resin before curing them under the UV light again.
 I also experimented with tiny dried flowers and found that they can easily be set in resin too.  These resin rings can be worn on your fingers or turned into pendants with hanging charms. (I'll show a sample of this when I complete one.) The resin and UV lamp are available at HM Ben Franklin Crafts but the mold may not be. You can find Padico resin soft molds online as well as many other interesting Padico craft supplies.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Asian Birthday Card/Notebook

This project started as a birthday card for my niece but evolved into a notebook/card.  Since she has lots of 'bright ideas' I thought the Studio G notebook would be perfect for her to jot down her great thoughts.  The simple lined tablet was very plain so I fancied it up with some KaiserCraft paper and a wooden charm.  I wanted the gold 'bright ideas' to still be visible so I used a circle die to cut an opening in the collage of Asian papers and Darice cherry blossom embossed vellum. I used some Inka gold paste (sold at BFC a while back) to bling up the wooden Japanese character circle (KaiserCraft). If your Inka paste is dried out (like mine was) just sparingly add some water and it will revive.  I plan to write my birthday greeting on the inside of the tablet. This simple card/notebook is a great gift and greeting all in one. I hope my niece will like it and the erasable Japanese marking pen set which she can use to write down her wonderful insights.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Super Simple 2017 Graduation Card (#2)

 I know that this card looks very similar to the last one I posted, but the black and white layout differs in sequence and direction.  I wanted you to see how easy it is to vary the look of the card so that if you are giving cards to many graduates in the same class, they won't feel that it is a 'cheap sale' card. I like that the sentiments (from the backside of the same card stock) are easily cut out and adhered to the inside of the card...easy-peasy!  Don't freak out if you have dozens of graduates and don't have time to make leis for all of them....they like cash anyway and don't really save cards, even handmade ones ;(  !!!!!!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Super Simple Owl Graduation Card (#1)

 I wasn't going to make any graduation cards this year because we didn't know anyone graduating in 2017.  However, I did spy some cute graduation 12x12 card stock, embossing folders and stickers at HM Ben Franklin Crafts and they just jumped into my shopping basket....LOL!
It took only a few minutes to whip up this card because the cute little Jolee's Boutique owl sticker was fully embellished with googly eyes, a sign, and a tasseled cap.  The message on the inside of my card was cut from the reverse side of the 12x12 Simple Stories graduation card stock.  The graduation cap embossing was done on white card stock but it would look good on gold or silver foil, too. If you have a lot of graduation cards to make this year, this style will make your card assembly line faster. Thank you for stopping by and please check back to my next post for a similar, but slightly different graduation card.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

More Candles B-day Card

 My almost-a-sister, Carol, is having a birthday soon so I had to make her a card.  I knew I wanted to use a vintage design birthday card stock that was in a 6x12 Sizzix pad (recently purchased from Market City HM Ben Franklin Crafts). This card stock set the mood and color scheme for the card. I love the humor of Art Impressions stamps so I chose one of 'older' ladies holding a giant cake with an overload of candles.  The sentiment is from AI, too and was stamped on a Spellbinder die cut label and attached to the scalloped (Sizzix die) card with a music note ribbon.
For the inside of the card I wanted to include another funny AI saying so I decided to test out a new Sizzix thinlet label die that I purchased at HM BFC.  I cut the label twice; once in pink vellum and once in green pearlized cardstock from Paper Accents. I offset the two die cuts to showcase the intricate floral design.  The words were stamped in black and embossed with NUVO powder on a scrap of pink vellum before cutting and attaching to the label.  I like the way this birthday card turned out because it is humorous, vintage looking, and just right for one of my very favorite people.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sympathy Card for a Strong Man

I enjoy making cards because I can tailor them for the occasion or person.  Recently, my neighbor lost her husband of many years.  He was a strong man who was also an intelligent, college educator.  For those reasons, I chose to make a sympathy card using a large tree paper die and cardstock with printed words.  The Impression Obsession  tree die was used on a grey Paper Accents pearlized cardstock.  Nuvo black sparkly embossing powder was used to heat emboss the words (Hero Arts stamp set) on a piece of silver grey vellum. This was a super simple card to make and I feel that it totally suits the spirit of wonderful friend and neighbor who will be missed.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Shadow Dancing Wedding Card

 This card was made for my son and his beautiful bride, Traci.  It came together rather quickly due to the new Xcut die, available at HM Ben Franklin Crafts. This window die has the ability to emboss and cut in one pass through the Big Shot.  At first I didn't think the folder would do what it promised but it did work well.  I suppose I should have cut the pearlescent mint green paper ( Paper Accents) separately from the pearlescent white card (from old stash) but I was afraid that they would be hard to line up later. (The green paper was not big enough to form the whole card.)  This double thickness of paper proved difficult to cut through requiring several passes through the machine, but I was patient and success was my reward!  
 Because the wedding colors were mint green and grey, I decided to die cut the couple (Marianne design) from a shimmer grey paper  (DCWV 6" paper pack) and adhere it to the back of the window. The bottom of the dress had to be trimmed so it would not block the hearts. Finally, a piece of vellum with sparkles was added to the inside of the card to give it a misty look and cover a handwritten message. I was very pleased with the outcome of this card and hope that it pleases the newlyweds too!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Lacey Die Cut Thank You Card

As promised, here is another card done with the same Xcut lacy floral bird die as the one used on the card in the last post.  This one started with die cutting the doily from pink vellum which looked okay with the Bo Bunny printed rose card stock, but it didn't stand out so I cut a second vellum piece from white vellum.  I didn't cut out the intricate part, just the basic shape using the outer die frame.  This added vellum helped to diffuse some of the design of the rose pattern and thus made the pink vellum design more eye-catching.  
Using the Impression Obsession 'Thanks' die on pearlized light green paper ( Paper Accents) made a graphically pleasing design, but it didn't 'pop' so I cut another 'Thanks' from dark green and adhered it underneath.  To make gluing the thin letters easier, I ran the die cuts through a Xyron sticker maker. Little pearl hearts and ribbon roses were added to complete the feminine look of this lacy doily die cut thank you card.  I hope that you will go shopping at HM Ben Franklin Crafts to see the new products arriving every day.  Happy Shopping and Crafting!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

MOM Card

 The starting point for this card was my love of the Echo Park printed card stock, 'Beautiful MOM'. It is a colorful and busy card stock so it was a challenge to show it on the card without overwhelming all the embellishments. I also wanted to play with a newly purchased crafting 'toy'...err...tool, mini Alphabet Punch Board, made by We R memory keepers. I was amazed at how easy it was to punch all the letters of the alphabet with this one tool that comes with a complete instruction booklet.  HM Ben Franklin also has a larger version to use on banners or signs.  I wish that We R memory keepers had a smaller alphabet maker because I was able to fit only three letters on a 6" card.  Perhaps the letters would be good for making monogram stationery gift sets. The bunnies were stamped with a WA NO IKI set (sold at BFC) and I feel that they add a whimsical feel to the card.  The letters were cut from Lawn Fawn paper from a pad called 'Watercolor Wishes' and stitching lines were drawn in with a color pencil. This was a very easy and fun card to make.  I hope that it inspires you to experiment with new craft tools and designs.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Lacy Die Cut (Mother's Day) Card

I am very attracted to the new Xcut paper dies and embossing folders, especially the intricate doily ones.  HM Ben Franklin Crafts has a good selection of these including this rectangular floral bird one. I thought that it would look good cut from a Bo Bunny 12x12 rose pattern card stock, but I was wrong.  The design of the paper detracted from the die cut detail so I cut another one from iridescent vellum and just used the interior portion over the Bo Bunny paper.
This subtle effect along with the ombre Heiko ribbon ( from Celebrations) resulted in a card that really pleased me.  I found the sentiment in a KaiserCraft paper pad and thought that it made the card suitable for many occasions, not only Mother's Day.
If you use this type of lacy die, you will probably need to run it through the Big Shot several times to get a clean die cut, but it's worth it.  To make the process less tedious, I recommend that you get a Spellbinders handled rolling brush to clean out the paper chads from the die.  Also, the Heiko ribbons come in many widths and colors. I remove the wire from the ribbons so that the bows will fall more naturally.  I think the wire is in the ribbon so that it can be shaped or gathered to form flowers.  In the next post, I will show you another card style using the same Xcut fancy die and some of the supplies photographed here.  Please visit again soon and leave a comment if you have some free time. Thank you for stopping to read this post.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Asian Folding Screen Card 3

Here is the third card in the series of folding screen cards.  This one would be suitable for a graduation or perhaps a yakudoshi (man's 42 or 60 year party).
 I happened to have the red ribbon on my (super messy) desk LOL! so I used it to give the feeling of a graduation cap tassel. Adding a gold foil die cut 'congrats' (Hero Arts) seemed perfect with the addition of a KaiserCraft sentiment die cut piece. Sparkly red acrylic stickers were the final touch to jazz up the celebratory card. Hip Hip Hooray to all graduates!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Asian Folding Screen Card 2

Basically, this card was made in a similar fashion to the one in the previous post, but it is more subdued.  I think it would make a good birthday card for a male recipient.  The printed card stock was from the KaiserCraft 6-1/2" square pad as were the die cut sentiments.
 For decoration instead of the wooden floral pieces, I used strips cut from scrap card stock.  This is another quick-to-assemble card which is sure to impress and please the recipient. I am a happy crafter!

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!