Sunday, October 13, 2019

Winnie-the-Pooh Birthday Card

 I collect bears and Winnie-the-Pooh is one of my favorites. My Pooh bear is rather 'loved' so I decided to make this card to his likesness.  I started with a clear stamp that I purchased in Japan but I'm sure there are lots of images to purchase online.  This one had a nice shaggy look which I enhanced with Fun Flock. I fussy cut the image (stamped on yellow card stock) and applied (with a glue pen) a mixed combo of yellow and brown flock.  For the red shirt I stamped the outline on red paper and fussy cut it out. The honey pot was fussy cut and embellished with Nuvo yellow lacquer.  Luckily, I had a bee print paper in my stash which was perfect for the background.
 I struggled to find just the right paper to use for the script words and ended up using a gold foil for the (Hero Arts die cut) 'happy' and a colorful scrap for the 'birthday'  The scallop edge for the card was produced with a Lawn Fawn die that was offset a bit to keep the fold intact.  To give the (Hero Arts die cut) 'birthday' more interest and dimension, I just glued the ends to the card and folded the inside of the word so that it would pop out.
 Although you can barely see it, I impressed a Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger design (Cuttlebug) onto the envelope.  I think matching the envelope with the card is a nice touch. I made sure to leave room for the name and address of the recipient and my return address.  I know that flocking images is an old school technique, but I hope that you will give it a try.  Afterall, something old can be something new again unless it's an old crafter like me.... I definitely need a time machine....LOL!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Cat In a Halloween Treat Bag

 This card is dedicated to Sophie, my son's cat, who believes she is human.  She's been known to snatch hamburgers and fries off the dining table and secretly unwrap and eat them under the bed.  I was planning to make a regular shaker card using a Halloween treat bag instead of making an acetate window.  However, I just purchased the Whimsey clear stamp set that had an image of a cat who looked like it was trapped.  My goofy mind decided that it was Sophie stuck in a giant stolen Halloween treat bag.
 I colored the image with Copic pens and fussy cut it out.  A little adhesive was placed on the paws, tail, and face. Sophie was stuck to the inside of the bag before adding some assorted sequins. The bag was sealed off and a ribbon tied on.  I stamped the saying on a piece of matching paper, heat embossed it with Nuvo black sparkle powder, cut the paper into a tag shape, and tied it onto the bag with twine.  The whole bag and tag were adhered with pop up foam dots.
 This is what the inside of the card looks like.  Funny that the card stock sheet I used for the front actually had a cat print on the reverse side.  After stamping the CC Designs sentiment in white and heat embossing it with Nuvo white powder, I added googly eyes and a strip of washi tape.  I really love the way this card turned out because it is almost exactly how I imagined it....that's rare!  Lots of the supplies including the treat bags (50 for $3.99) are from HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  Have a Happy Crafty Halloween but just make sure that your cat isn't getting into your craft supplies!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Candy Corn Resin Jewelry

Yes, candy corn is one of my favorite Halloween candies and I just learned that it is my son's favorite too....must be the bright colors and soft but not sticky texture.  Anyway, I figured out how to turn these iconic Halloween treats into jewelry with the use of the new LED resin available at HM Ben Franklin Crafts. It was so simple to insert a 3" piece of gold wire into the top of the candy and apply a drop of resin to the joint. After the resin is set (only takes a minute and there's no mixing), I applied the resin to the surface of the candy and set it.  I did it again to insure complete coverage. I've discovered that my finger is the best tool for this procedure.  Once the second layer of resin is set, jewelry pliers were used to form the wire wrapped loop.  A final drop of resin was applied to the tip of the candy and set to strengthen the wire wrapped joint.  For the bracelet, wires were inserted into both ends of the candy corn and loops were formed after resin was applied and set.  I hope you'll give these resin projects a try so you can wear them to your Halloween parties.  I have plans to make gummy bear jewelry next....if I don't eat all the candy first...LOL!
Tip: Realized that while on the wire the candy corn could be dipped into the resin in the bottle for coverage before hardening under the LED light.  This is a better method than spreading the resin with my finger. I dipped each candy corn twice and hardened the coating after each layer.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Halloween Bat Tonic Cards


This card was created because I love the Whimsey image so much that I inked it up almost as soon as I got the stamp set.  At first I was going to do a watercolored background but then I realized that I had a gigantic stack of Halloween papers that were begging to be used so I found two prints that worked well with the image. 
I also discovered in my Halloween box of stuff, a Tim Holtz web die that I had never tried after hoarding it for years.  I used it on silver vellum paper which was great looking but a bit of a bother to remove all the little cut out pieces.  Luckily, one pass trough the Big Shot machine yielded a web big enough for both cards. 
The images were colored with Copic pens and the edges of the circles were rubbed with lavender pigment ink.  The word labels were from my really old stash of Halloween stickers which need to be used up before the sticky backs dissolve...LOL!  For a little more color and sparkle, I added some Doodlebug Designs crystal dots. I guess I really am obsessed with all things Halloween as I have more card and projects rolling around in my head. I hope you'll visit again soon to see what I've created for this season of spooky happenings. 

Friday, September 27, 2019

Candy Corn Treat Boxes


I recently purchased a Whimsy Halloween stamp set featuring six different dressed up candy corn. It was so cute that I had to ink up the stamps and make something Halloweenish.  I decided on treat boxes for an up coming family gathering. I already had a Sizzix die set that makes a cute little box, just right for holding a small amount of candies (so parents won't be dealing with a sugar high).  
                                      
 Two boxes can be cut from one 12x12 printed card stock sheet.  I stamped each candy corn design five times so that yielded 30 box fronts to color with Copic pens and watercolor pencils.
 A variety of Halloween ribbons were strung through the die cut holes on top of the boxes and that was it except for filling in the candies.  I was very pleased to finish these party favors a month before they will be needed. Now onward to more spooky  creations.....Don't you just love Hallooooweeen?

Monday, September 23, 2019

Oh Happy Day Card

 There were two card-sized pieces of summery print card stock in my stack of scraps that I couldn't resist turning into cards before my autumn crafting begins.  It was so simple to double-stick tape down the printed card stock to a Paper Accent lime green card and use a Sizzix circle die to cut an opening in the card front.  Then I stamped the slipper image (Studio G sold at HM BFC for only $1.50) using hot pink ink and fussy cutting out the 'slippas'.  Foam dots were used to adhere the flip flops to the inside of the card.  Avery Elle stamps were used to make the banner and foam dots were  added to stick it down.  This card was super simple to create and will go into my card stash for birthday or happy mail thank you cards.  Don't forget to turn the circle punch outs into tags.... sunglass or popsicle stickers/buttons can be added for more cuteness.  Okay, only 3094 pieces of scraps left....LOL!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Craft Table Clean Up

 I finally got around to cleaning up the paper scraps on my craft table. It didn't take much time but I'm a procrastinator....big time...LOL!  After separating the papers in ziploc bags for prints, solids and hand-dyed pieces, I decided to play a little.  I found a tag punch on my desk...because it wouldn't fit in the overflowing drawer..so I decided to use it.  It made the right size tags and even had a hole punch and eyelet setter.....gosh I didn't know that!  Hahahaha! I glued on buttons (cut off the shanks) to the edible design tags.
   
                                     
For the scraps of hand-dyed papers, I added some Paper Smooches sayings and sequins.  (The ties are some dyed raffia-like twine I purchased from a yarn shop in Japan.)
 I even found some Halloween and Xmas paper scraps in the enormous pile of  too-good-to-throw-away card stock on my cluttered desk.  I guess I haven't cleaned up in a loooong time....LOL!
 There were bits and pieces of twine, ribbon, stickers, and sparkly stuff on my desk so they got stuck on the tags too.
 I also found a mess of envelopes with foxing so they got spattered with Distress Oxide Inks (Tim Holtz) or soaked in watered down Ken Oliver metallic inks. The bottom row of envelopes were decorated with background rubber stamps that were inked up with Distress Oxide inks and stamped on water dampened envelopes then sprayed again. Voila!  Instant eye-catching envelopes that will announce the arrival of some special mail. (Be sure to open the envelope flap before letting the envelopes dry.)  (The Hero Arts words were stamped on some of the tag backs and heat embossed with Nuvo black sparkle powder.)  Most of the supplies can be purchased from HM Ben Franklin Crafts except for the paper scraps....you'll have to make those yourself! 

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Turtles Swimming Together

 This is another card that got its start from the desire to use a sheet of paper from the Kaiser Craft 6-1/2" paper pad.  I think the underwater scenery sheet is just gorgeous and doesn't need much embellishment.  I simply stamped the Kaiser Craft words in white ink and embossed it with white Nuvo powder.  (Not sure why the color is off-white...perhaps the background paper color bled through.)  Anyway, it was simple work to stamp the turtles and color them in with different shades of green watercolor pencils.  Then they were fussy cut by hand and adhered with foam glue dots. 
 Also in the paper pad are some die cut pieces and tags that you can use to further decorate your  card.  I decided to use two of them, one inside the card and one on the envelope flap. (The envelope is actually white but strangely shows up in the photo as a shade of pink.) I hope you'll check out the Kaiser Craft ocean themed products at HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  I'm sure you'll be inspired to create some always popular nautical cards. Ahoy matey!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Curious Adventure Card

 The inspiration for this card was the pack of 6-1/2" Kaiser Craft paper.  The sheets were so pretty I could think of dozens of cards I wanted to create.  Together with the Kaiser Craft word stamps and die cuts plus the Darice large shell dies, this card was a snap to produce.  I love the Darice shell dies because they both cut and impress the shell surface.  The paper that I used were just dyed paper scraps from my desk...I never throw out pieces that might be usable in the future.  I applied a small amount of crystal glitter to both shells.  The words were stamped with dark blue ink and heat embossed with Nuvo dark blue embossing powder.  The seaweed was cut from green vellum paper using the Kaiser Craft stencil.  All supplies for this card came from HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  This super simple card is going into my card stash to be given to someone who is embarking on an adventurous trip.  Happy crafting and travels to all!

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Out of This World Birthday Card


My son's birthday is coming up and again this year I struggled to make a card that will be appealing to him but not too childish.  I tend to only purchase kid-type stamps that are somewhat masculine.  I started with the 'Beam Me Up' Lawn Fawn stamp and die sets.  After stamping all the images, coloring, and die cutting them, I adhered them (with foam sticky dots) to the background paper that I created with Hero Arts 'Star Light Star Bright' and an ombre ink pad.  I embellished the card with a little crystal sparkle Stickles here and there.  The words were stamped and hand cut out.  Oh yes, the cake and gift were glued under the light beam that was made by stamping and die-cutting vellum sparkle paper. Oh,oh, I found the colored googly eyes at HM Ben Franklin Crafts and knew that they would be perfect for this card. Anyway, this is my attempt at a 'young man' birthday card.  I hope he likes it...he likes monsters!
PS. I stamped the back of the card with a Jillian Vance stamp that says, "If you knew how much time I spent on this card, you'd NEVER throw it away". Hahaha! Are sons ever sentimental?

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Floral Resin Soap Dispenser


While shopping at Daiso for more items to turn into  Da--I--So Clever projects, I came across some clear plastic soap dispensers that were just begging for decorations.  Since I am a big fan of LED resin (no mixing and 1 minute hardening) and had some beautiful dried flowers (from Japan but you can press your own under books), I thought, "Why not apply the dried flowers to the bottles with the resin?" It worked! (Click on the photo to see the details better.)  I put a few dabs of resin on one face of the dispenser and arranged the flowers until I was satisfied. Then I applied more resin to the top of the floral arrangement and spread it around with my fingers.  Next, I wiped off any smudges and excess resin with a damp paper towel.  The dispenser bottle was placed under the LED light which I held over the bottle for about a minute.  I continued decorating all four sides of the dispenser and Voila! ...a beautiful gift for a flower-loving friend.  This quick method of decorating can be applied to many surfaces and stickers, buttons, or other flat items can be easily and permanently adhered with the LED/UV resin.  I hope you will give LED resin art a try....you'll soon become addicted to this versatile craft! Happy shopping at HM Ben Franklin Crafts and Daiso!

Friday, August 30, 2019

Happy Anniversary Shaker Card

 This card is being sent to my sister and her husband who have an anniversary just a few days after ours.  I wanted to make a Hawaiian-ish card since they live in WA and I wanted to remind my sister of her Hawaii roots.  I was short on time (as usual) so I decided to use a recently purchased Hero Arts Fancy die which makes a card seem complicated.  Actually the delicate cuts take only one pass through a Big Shot machine.  At first I thought that I would make a mostly white card with a light watercolored background but after using Distress Oxide ink pads and sprays the background became very dark. (I love playing with the Tim Holtz inks LOL!)  Since I used watercolor paper for the top and bottom of the shaker, it was easy to use watercolor pencils to add color to the delicate die cut top.  I stamped and embossed the words with silver ink and powder (sorry the silver sparkle doesn't show up well in this photo). The clear sword stamp is flexible so I was able to arrange the words in a curved shape, but I still had to cut off some of the coconut fronds so that all of the words would show.  A die cut acetate oval was glued behind the die cut scene. To create the channel behind the acetate, I cut another oval from a thin foam sheet and then cut out the interior leaving only an eighth inch border of foam which I glued (with 3 in 1 Beacon glue) behind the acetate oval.  In hindsight, I could have probably glued a thin cord behind the acetate to form the channel.  The whole shaker oval was adhered to a white oval card that was formed by cutting two ovals and double-sticking just the left edges.  Oh yes, don't forget to put the sequins in the shaker. I discovered that HM Ben Franklin Crafts has lots of really great sequin packs like the brilliant blue green one that I purchased...sorry my photo didn't capture the cool heart and leaf sequins. Well, that's it for this post...gotta write a message and send this card off to my sister.


Monday, August 26, 2019

Mickey and Minnie Anniversary Card

 My husband and I are from the generation that was glued to the TV when the Mouseketeer Show was on the the tube so it seemed appropriate that I should make him this anniversary card.  It started with the Disney 'True Love' die which I used to cut the intricate iconic characters from silver foil card stock (DCWV). Next I decided that I wanted the background to be retro polka dots that were a little distressed like us.  From my stash I found two papers that were suitable and I ended up layering the more colorful one on top of the yellow one with white dots (this was the card base).  I used 3 in 1 Beacon glue to adhere the characters to the card front. The next photo shows the shine of the foil better...it's really silver not grey.
 From Avery Elle I used one of the sentiments from the 'And Then' clear stamp set.  I really love this set because of the usable words in varied fonts.  I stamped the meaningful words and then used the heat embossed the Nuvo black sparkle powder.  Even though this card is super simple, I think it is one of my better cards and well suited for my hubby who is a sweet, simple man....the perfect Mickey for Minnie me!
P.S. Everything used on this card was purchased from HM Ben Franklin Crafts.
      M-I-C See you real soon....K-E-Y Why? Because I like you....M-O-U-S-E!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Cherry Blossom Boxed Note Card Set

 I finished another box of Diamond Bakery Cookies so of course I had to up-cycle the neat hinged box.  Since I had recently purchased some crinkled washi paper from Daiso ($1.50 per long roll), it seemed the perfect choice for covering the box.  The texture of the paper is very forgiving to wrinkles and sloppy edges.  For contrast I chose a cherry blossom print from my stash.  Unfortunately, I only had a 9x12 sheet so I could just cover the box top (inside and out).
Luckily, I remembered that I had a cherry blossom punch (an old Carl one) so I used it to cut the flowers. There was enough cherry blossom paper to punch out all of them.  The small blue squares were cut from the leftover Daiso crinkled paper with a small Sizzix square die. (The Daiso crinkled paper rolls also come in other colors....I got the pretty green and purple ones too.)
 I used both 3-2-1 Beacon glue and Daiso double stick tape ($1.50 per roll) to to put this project together.  The centers of the flowers were adhered with small foam dots so that the petals would still be loose and delicate like real cherry blossoms.  Well, I guess it's time to eat more Diamond Bakery cookies (lots of new flavors) and get more boxes to up-cycle!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Da....I....So Clever Citrus Gift

 Did you catch my Daiso pun in this blog post title?  Yes, this is another post featuring some super Daiso $1.50 items. The citrus sock and coin purse were my recent finds from our Piikoi Daiso store. I thought they would be a cute combo with the resin charm kit that I purchased awhile ago from HM Ben Franklin Crafts.
Here is a close up of the charm. I used a little too much green colorant on the top but I think this makes the yellow lemon slices show up more.  I wish this photo showed the side view of the charm because it has pretty cake layers.  I used LED resin with the LED light (takes only a minute to harden the resin) so this charm was a quick project. The kit has all the parts including the ball chain!
 With the sock rolled up and inserted into the coin purse, you can see that this combo of citrus items would make a sweet, unique little gift for a friend.  Below is a photo of the items purchased from Daiso and HM BFC.  Go and check out our Daiso stores to see what goodies you can find to turn into a Da...I...So Clever project.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Wish Big Grandson Birthday Card

 For the second twin grandson's card, I chose a Lawn Fawn box die.  This is a cute set that even provides additional pieces to make banners, the inside structure pieces, and other shapes.
I used Avery Elle stamp and die sets to stamp and cut the larger foxes.  They were colored with watercolor pencils.  A Lawn Fawn die was used to cut the grass from green card stock.

                                     
 The other animals with the instruments were stamped and die cut from Lawn Fawn sets. The banner and words are also made from LF stamp and die sets.
 This card can be folded flat for mailing. Hopefully, each twin will like his handmade card (or they can trade...LOL).  I'm already planning my cards for their next birthday. Just call me a proud grandma!