Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Japanese Fabric Craft Kit

 When I was in Japan, I was given this fabric craft kit...stylistic frogs?  I decided to try it even though the directions were totally in Japanese.  Following the numbered pictures, I succeeded in completing the kit with just a couple of fixable mistakes. What do you think?...pretty close to the one in the kit photo?
Here is a close up of the finished product.  It was an easy to execute project especially since all the parts and patterns were provided. The pieces cut easily due to sticky backed paper and were attached by poking them in with a  barbecue skewer. A little glue (I used 1-2-3 Beacon from BFC) was needed to secure the cording.
Here are some similar kits I purchased in Osaka.  I'm hoping that HM Ben Franklin Crafts will soon be selling these fabric craft kits with English instructions.  I think charms like these will pair well with resin charms already being sold at BFC.  Take some time to do some BFC craft shopping and see all the new items that are sure to spark your creativity.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Father-to-Be Day Card

 Usually I put all the colors and bling on the front of my cards but this time I wanted to surprise my quiet, dignified son so I kept the front plain and subdued.  The word stamp is an Inkadinkado product and the blueprint coffee cup is from a Tim Holtz Sizzix stamp set.
 Like his life will be in a few months (they're having twin boys) I filled the inside of the card with color, texture, shine and movement.  The cute doughnut kids are stamp images from Neat 'n Tangled
that were colored with Copic pens and fussy cut.  I do have the matching dies but I applied the sprinkles before cutting and the dies of course wouldn't work because the paper wasn't flat...duh?
Here's a close-up of the doughnut twins with the Bo Bunny pearlescent paint icing and the fake sprinkles (from HM Ben Franklin Crafts resin department). 
For the spilled coffee I colored the liquid with a Copic pen and then applied Glossy Accents to make it shiny.
The script words on the inside of the card were made using a Lawn Fawn stamp...lots of useful greetings in this set.  The above photo shows how popped-up the doughnuts are because I used the Action Wobble springs that I purchased at HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  These plastic springs can be trimmed down to hide behind the image and allow the piece to shake and jiggle.  The coffee cup was raised a little with the use of foam dots.  I hope you enjoyed looking at this Father's Day card and will take the time to make a card for all the special DADS in your life.  Thanks for stopping to read this post. Love to hear from you!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Boy oh Boy! Twins!

 Making a baby shower card for a couple having twins is difficult for TWO reasons: 1) There are hardly any images or embellishments designed for twins and 2) Making a pleasing layout with pairs always seems unbalanced; odd numbers work better.  It was a bit of a struggle to create this card but the result was pleasing.  I tried to keep the color scheme in blue and lavender to match the party favors but a little yellow was added in for contrast.  I used many rubber stamps from my collection of baby themed stamps most of which are retired.  (The Lawn Fawn crane is still available; I think.) Luckily, I had an old set of stickers which included the 'Boy oh Boy' one.  The umbrella paper was a lucky find too because it came from a pad of paper with mostly blue prints. I placed the cranes and bear heads on sticky foam dots to add some dimension. The glitter on the bundles were applied with the use of a glue pen.
 I had to decorate the inside of the card too since I had so many stamp images.  I fussy cut all of the images after coloring them with Copic pens.  The glittered 'TWINS' cardboard letters were from a sticker sheet that was so old I had to use glue to adhere the letters..hahaha!...I'm a hoarder with no sense of time aging my supplies. You can't see it in the photo but the bunny slippers have been embellished with Fun Flock which adds fuzz (easily applied with a glue pen). I liked the saying on the worded stamp but had to alter it to fit twins.  By affixing washi tape over the words I didn't want, applying the ink and then removing the tape before stamping on paper, I was able to isolate just the words I wanted.  Isn't that a neat trick? You're welcome!
 I couldn't resist decorating the envelope as well....had to use more of my stamp collection. LOL! Okay, now I'm ready to go to the baby shower....yahoo! Thanks for visiting this site. Leave a comment if you have some time to spare....love to get feedback!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Baby Shower Party Favor

 I spent so much time making the purse/cell phone charm that I had to cheat a little on the bear favor bags.  I bought them at HM Ben Franklin Crafts!  Yes, for very little money, I purchased the cutest blue bear bags....12 in a set. I couldn't resist them especially since they were the perfect size for the blue foil wrapped Hershey kisses. All the details on the bags would have taken me a least a day to put together.  The bear bags from BFC come in pink too for baby girl showers.
 Here is a close up of the finished bear/macaron phone/purse charm. Cute huh?
I also found at HM BFC, labels which say thank you to the party guests....another time saver.  Studio G purple twine was used to attach the labels to the bear bags. I'm happy to be done with the favors and looking forward to the baby shower party. Yay for babies!

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Whatcha Makin'?

 I dislike crafting multiples of anything...I get bored.  While working on these baby shower favors, I continually asked myself, "Why am I doing this?"  The answer was always because I love my son,  daughter-in-law and my soon-to-arrive grandchildren...twin boys!  My daughter-in-law enjoys the resin products we sell in HM Ben Franklin Crafts and edible macarons so I thought it would be fun to incorporate them into the favors.  Since I had only one resin gummy bear mold and one macaron clay mold, it took me a really long time to make just the basic shapes. Both the resin and the clay had to be hand-colored too.  After days of mixing, curing the resin in the UV lamp, air drying the Mermaid clay (a water-proof version of Hearty Clay), affixing the metal loop with resin, gluing the macaron together with more Mermaid Clay, and attaching the purse pull (telephone charm) with jump rings.... they were finished!
Here are some of the supplies I used to make the resin gummy bears.  The UV resin and powdered colorant are from BFC.  The mold and Padico extra fine glitter were purchased in Japan but you can probably find them online.
The Americana multi-surface acrylic paint I used to color the clay was purchased at BFC too. The Mermaid Puffy clay is a Padico product which can be purchased online.  I bought the macaron clay mold in Japan but I think you can find it online (www. floree.jp).
In the next post I will show the finished party favor so please visit again in a few days.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Magical Day Fairy Shaker Card

 I love shaker cards and I haven't made any in awhile so when I spied the line of fairy papers and fancy circular die by Kaiser Craft, I was inspired to make a fairy shaker card.  I used the die to cut a swirly circular piece from DCWV shimmer cardstock.  Then I cut another one from thin foam (available at HM BFC).  I used the die to make an impression on a piece of acetate so I could cut out the circle to glue behind the shimmer cardstock die cut to form the window.  Next I glued the foam die cut to the card front (printed Kaiser Craft paper on pink card blank) and added the Flower Soft and flower sequins into the depression.  After gluing the shimmer die cut over the foam, I added with foam dots the label (from the paper pack) and the stamped, colored, die cut fairy (from a Hero Arts set).  Paper flowers and pearly dots were added as finishing touches and to cover up  a boo-boo. LOL! I am pleased with the final look of this card even though I couldn't get a good photo of it due to the flashing on the shiny parts.  Note: The Flower Soft is a product sold ages ago at Ben Franklin Crafts. If you are a hoarder like me, you probably still have lots of it. The teeny flower sequins were ordered from Eva's online store, Simply Made in Hawaii. She sells lots of unique sequins and items that she creates. 
Thank you for visiting my blog site. I hope I've inspired you to make your own fairy shaker cards. Happy Magical Crafting!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Summery Ocean Themed Card

I saw this 6x6 Kaiser Craft paper pack and I thought that I really need to make some summery cards for a change.  I like that Kaiser Craft products (sold at HM Ben Franklin Crafts) coordinate together so I was easily able to combine the wood pieces with the coral stamp and lovely printed/shimmery paper.  The paper that I chose was a seaweed print that had glossy parts.  I wanted to make it like an underwater scene so I stamped the coral design in white ink in on the bottom third of the front. After sprinkling on white embossing powder, I heated it with a hot air gun.  This gave the card a nice coral like texture.  The Best Wishes tag was one of many from the paper pad so I just did a little distressing and tied it to two colors of twine. The final add-ons were stained wood pieces and teeny tiny shells.  It turned out to be a simple card which is subtle enough for a male birthday card....always good to have those in my stash.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Japan Hobby Show Dried Flower Resin Crafts

 Recently, I attended the Japan Hobby Show and was drawn to a booth with a giant inventory of dried flowers. The flowers were being made into beautiful projects. The above ruler and plastic tray are two examples that I purchased to show you what can be made with resin and some creativity.
 Here's a keychain I made using the new LED resin I was given as a free sample.  I should have put less flowers in the oval and bought more  blank keychains....duh?  I did buy a lot of dried flowers and greenery though. ;)  The new LED light and resin should be available soon in our BFC stores....I hope.  I think you could activate the resin with your own LED light but this one has a timed light.  The new LED resin hardens very quickly.  I look forward to new resins products being developed in the future....more creative fun! 

Friday, May 18, 2018

Mother's Day Card with Cameo

 Although I don't have a mother or mother-in-law to send this card to, I do have a daughter-in-law who is expecting so this will be for her.  The inspiration for the card started with an embossing folder that I acquired from a magazine.  Many foreign paper crafting magazines sold at Barnes and Noble have dies, stamps and embossing folders packaged with their publications.  I think this is an excellent bargain as the magazines also show examples of what to do with the paper crafting tools.  Anyway, I started by embossing a piece of pearlized vellum paper (from HM Ben Franklin Crafts).  I layered this over some rose printed Bo Bunny card stock which was adhered to a light pink 5-1/2" square card base.  Lawn Fawn script words were stamped on a strip of paper and added to the card along with a fancy ribbon and a faux cameo. 
 This close-up shows the cameo which is actually an earring with the back broken off.  I have a collection of real cameos, but I do like to search for bits and pieces in garage sale bags or online sites. For just a few dollars, it's surprising what you can get to decorate your craft work. Now what shall I do with the other earring?....a box top decoration? resin jewelry? ...fun just to imagine!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Resin Charm Kits

 I thought you's be interested to see the resin charms I've made using the kits sold at HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  First off, I love the resin kits because they have EVERYTHING you need to complete the project except for the resin and UV lamp (plus some toothpicks and parchment paper).  The Fruit Jar charm was made with the new resin designed to work well in silicon molds. Even though this kit did not have English directions, I was able to put the charm together fairly easily. (I have made a few kits previously so I do know the general steps.)  I ended up with a few 'extra' fruits so I just piled them onto the jar.  The goldfish charm did have English instructions so it was a snap to put this one together and it came out almost exactly like the one on the packaging...so proud!  I may use these charms for purses or perhaps I will change out the ball chains and add 24" necklace chains and give them as unique jewelry gifts. What do you think? I think, if you try them, you too will get hooked on making resin charms.  Give them a try for some crafting fun!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Star-Gazing Sweethearts Card

 Continuing my quest to find and use dies and stamps that have not yet had a maiden voyage, I discovered this super cute Lawn Fawn set 'Upon A Star'hidden under some other supplies in my messy craft area.  All of the Lawn Fawn products used for this card were purchased at HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  I started the background for this card by spraying a piece of watercolor paper with Tim Holtz Distress sprays and sprinkling on some Ken Oliver Color Burst powders and sprayig again with water. The excess ink was blotted with a paper towel, hence the patterning along the edges of the paper. Once the paper was dry, I stamped the stars using silver ink and heat embossing with silver powder.  The fox and bunny were stamped in blue Memento ink, colored with Ciopic pens,die cut and adhered to the card with foam dots.  Because I cut the watercolored panel too small, I cut a silver paper to make a second border. I think I like this look more! Yay, for happy accidents!  On the inside of the card I stamped one of the sayings from the Lawn Fawn Lucky Stars stamp set that mades it perfect for an upcoming special occasion. (Shhhh! It's a secret!)

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Sew Sweet Birthday Card

 I have so many pieces of scrap printed paper piled on my craft desk, that I am always trying to find new ways to use them up.  Some of the pieces looked like fabric so I thought it would be fun to piece them together like a quilt. I simply glued triangles and rectangles onto a piece of card stock slightly smaller than my card base. Next I stamped and die cut sewing images from a Lawn Fawn set. To add more cuteness I stamped a face onto the pincushion, glued on some buttons and wrapped embroidery floss around the spool.  Finally, I stamped "It's Your Birthday "onto a piece of ribbon.  Test your ink before stamping as some inks will bleed on certain ribbons. This card was fun to make and will be perfect for my quilt-sewing friend. I am certainly going to make this card or similar ones again because I really enjoyed 'quilting' with my paper scraps.  Hope you liked this post enough to post a comment...I love hearing from you!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Yummy Cupcake Die Cut Card

The Sizzix die set (purchased from HM Ben Franklin Crafts) that I used to make this luscious card was in my box of craft supplies to use.....someday.  Well, someday is finally here and I am really glad that I tried the die out.  It was easy to use and resulted in a fun-shaped card for many gift giving occasions.  I decided to use the paper scraps from my desktop pile so the card was virtually free.  I stuck to the look on the Sizzix packaging but moved the twine bow banner and used Bo Bunny Pearlescent Paint to fill in the die cut holes.  I also rubbed a little paint on the frosting piece and sprinkled on some fine crystal glitter.  On the cherry I added Glossy Accents to give it a shiny surface.  The 'just for you' words were printed on the banner using one of the teeny stamps from the Lawn Fawn set. Oh yes, you can position the cupcake die on a folded piece of card stock so that when it is run through the die cutting machine the fold will remain intact or you can just cut two pieces out and glue the top portion.  This die set even has a piece to cut sprinkles!  Whether you are making a card for a child or adult, this die set is one you will use often....I know I plan to make another one soon!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Boy's Day Koi Tray

 I was immediately attracted to this 17" wooden tray which I saw in HM Ben Franklin Crafts. In my mind it reminded me of lacquer trays I admired in Japan.  It was simple work (my husband did it...LOL!) to spray paint the tray with Design Master glossy black spray paint (from BFC).  Hubby said he sprayed, sanded and then sprayed it again. (Is it no wonder that I keep him around?) I traced the tray bottom onto the Photo Play 'Paper Crane' Koi Pond 12x12 card stock.  I carefully kept trimming until the paper fit perfectly in the tray. Because the tray is so long I had to cut two strips and align the fish design.  Don't overlap the strips or they will show up as a lump.  I recommend that you either spray the backs of the strips with Elmer's Spray Adhesive or run them through a Xyron Adhesive Machine.  After adhering the koi design paper to the tray I applied Glossy Accents medium to the top adding a sheet of lacy blue Japanese paper and covering with more Glossy Accents.  Crumpled tissue paper would give a similar effect of textural interest.
The koi design seems perfect for Boy's Day, but there are many Japanese patterned papers available at HM Ben Franklin Crafts which would make gorgeous trays.  These decorated trays are good for holding keys, wallets, pens, etc. but would be lovely as a centerpiece holding multiple globe vases of gardenias or goldfish.  Party favor snack bags of goldfish crackers or Swedish fish candy would be fun to offer from this tray at the end of your Boy's Day party.  Hooray, for boys!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Happy Bird-Day Card

 Here is the third of a series of birthday cards I made using the Sizzix happy birthday words die.  As with the previous two cards it was super simple to make because the die cut words occupy most of the card front.  I chose a printed feather pattern paper from a 6x6 paper pad and used a Xyron Adhesive machine to apply a sticky film to the back of the die cut words. Tip: Dust the card front with cornstarch to remove unwanted tackiness.)  I stamped the Santoro girl on a bird and used Copic pens to color the image. HM Ben Franklin Crafts has a good selection of Santoro stamps...you're sure to find one that you love.  I used the We R Memory Keepers Crop-a-dile corner clipper to round the card base (Paper Accents) corners.  Ben Franklin Crafts also has lots of different colored feathers so it was easy to find some to match my card. I pulled out some of the down feathers and glued them to the bird.
 Since I had a bit of the patterned paper leftover, I glued it into the envelope to fancy it up.  Funny how the little touches go a long way to make a greeting card extra special.  I hope my last three posts have demonstrated how easy it is to make many beautiful birthday cards using just one basic die. Give it a try!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Happy Unicorns Birthday Card

 Since unicorns are making a comeback (from the 70's), I decided that it would be fun to make my next birthday card (using the same die as in the last post) with the cute unicorn images from Mama Elephant.  For the 'Happy Birthday' die cut background, I chose a rainbow heart patterned card stock from the Doodlebug Designs 'fairytale' 6x6 pad (purchased at HM Ben Franklin Crafts).  Although you can't see the sheen of the pearlized card base (Paper Accents from BFC), I think it adds a lot to the overall 'shimmeriness' of the card. The unicorns required very little coloring (yay!), just some gold on the horns and silver on the hooves (I used Uniball Signo metallic pens which are available at HM Ben Franklin Crafts). For more unicorn beauty, I added sparkly crystal glitter and yarn tails (they have sparkly pieces in the yarn which don't show up in the photo).
 The Mama Elephant stamp and die set had  a good sentiment and other images so I applied them to the inside of the card. As with the unicorns, I adhered the images with foam dots.  As a final pretty touch, I decorated the envelope with Doodlebug Design washi tape...so easy to just wrap it around. I am pleased by how easily this card came together and I know just which birthday girl will enjoy it. Please visit this site again to see another very different birthday card made with the same wonderful Sizzix die.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Happy Hedgehog Birthday Card

In the coming months, I have a few birthday cards to make for friends and relatives.  Since I really love the Sizzix Happy Birthday word die that I purchased from HM Ben Franklin Crafts, I will try to use it in different ways for all the birthday cards I make in the coming weeks.  This die cuts very cleanly and when layered over a solid or moderately printed card stock (DCWV, Celebrations 12x12 pad) it makes an attractive backdrop for a stamped image (Penny Black). The finishing touches were Glossy Accents and crystal glitter added to the cupcake, foam dots under the hedgehog image, and a printed grossgrain ribbon.
I have a few funny stamps that I like to add to envelopes or the backs of my cards, like this one from Las Vegas Stamps (I think). Oh, this photo shows the Mama Elephant die set that I used to cut a panel for the inside (not shown) of the card. This die set is very useful for cutting pieces to cover up mistakes***wink***wink***!!! Since Sizzix also makes word dies for thank you and friendship cards, I may make some too, after I finish this series of birthday cards. Please come back for a lookie look at my future projects. Thank you for leaving your kind comments.