When I saw the Jillian Vance Design stamp and die sets, I knew I had to purchase them to make a birthday card for my son, who recently got married at the Edison and Ford Museum in Naples, Florida. He is a research scientist whose work sometimes requires the collection of statistical data so I thought the circuit board background was a good starting point. I stamped the circuit board design with silver ink, sprinkled the wet ink with Nuvo silver embossing powder, and heat embossed it. Using the light bulb dies, I was able to make a simple shaker card with foam tape under the acetate.
I liked the sentiments that came in the stamp set and decided they would work well on the Lawn Fawn banner die cuts. (This set is a very useful one because the die cut banners can be stamped and then folded to give more dimension to your cards.)
The inside of the card seemed too plain (even for a 'boy' card)so I stamped a bit of the circuit board design here and there, leaving room for a message. I hope that you too, will 'Shine Forth' and do some bright idea crafting! If you have some spare minutes, please leave a comment about what you are crafting or what you hope to see on this blog. Thank you!
Recently while in Japan, I purchased a pack of origami paper strips with instructions to fold stars. HM Ben Franklin Crafts has for many years sold similar kits to make iridescent wishing stars to fill in a jar. The stars were easy to fold. I didn't include the cords that came with the kit because I wanted to use fancy braided ones with the metal findings.
Although the instructions were in Japanese, I was able to follow the numbers and complete the stars using 9-1/4" x 3/4" strips. This kit was convenient because the assorted strips of paper were already cut to the desired width. You can of course cut your own strips from large origami sheets purchased at our Celebrations store in Mapunanpuna. After folding the stars I brushed on LED resin (available on line from Padico). Because the curing time is so short (about 1 min.), it was easy to brush each top, bottom, and sides several time and set the resin. (Work over parchment paper for easy clean up.) Attaching the bell cap finding (from HM BFC resin department) is a little harder because it needs to balance on the very top of the star. I discovered that applying a small dot of resin on the top of the star and hardening it provides a good base to then attach the bell cap. If the stars end up with some rough spots, you can smooth them out with a glass nail file. I hope this post has encouraged you to try the new resin projects ( no messy mixing of resin chemicals). Just imaging all the resin projects you can create. Visit this site again to see more!
While in Japan I purchased an origami paper pack that had English instructions for folding a kimono and included a folded sample. I thought it was pretty simple and I felt confident that I could make the folded kimono. My first attempt turned out fairly well despite the fact that the paper pack contained slightly smaller papers than the one that was used to make the sample. Since my niece, who is quite adept at the Japanese language will be celebrating a birthday soon, I decided to use the kimono on her card. A circle die cut from a shimmery, crinkled white paper became the moon backdrop. A Japanese character birthday phrase was stamped on a cherry blossom print rectangle that was layered over gold foil paper. The final touch was the addition of delicate cherry blossom stickers. The translucent stickers really give the feel of the cherry blossoms we saw on our trip. (I wish I had purchased another pack of cherry blossom stickers...next time.)
This inner sentiment really expresses how I feel about my my niece.
After finishing the card, I set it down on a drop of water which made a boo-boo so I wrote 'oops!' but then I had the idea to cover the mistake with the extra petals. Next time I won't point out the flaw and just cover it up....hahaha!
Here is the origami paper pack (12 6x6 sheets and a sample kimono).
Hopefully you can blow up these instructions and follow them to make your own origami kimonos.
The wooden sentiment stamp I used was from Hero Arts. The other one with the Japanese characters is from my ancient hoarder collection and I can't even remember where I bought it from about 25 years ago. Some of my rubber stamps will be antiques someday unless my kids put them in the garage sale of the century. LOL! Visit this site again to see what other crafty things I make with the items I purchased in Japan. See you soon!
As usual I needed a baby boy card...uh..yesterday so I whipped this one up the day after we returned from Japan. Luckily, I store all of my baby crafting supplies in one giant box so it was easy to find fun items to use. I chose a Doodlebug Designs stamp and die set because it was cute and well....if I chose the right paper, I wouldn't have to do any coloring. This was a great time saver. I used a Lawn Fawn banner die to cut the aqua piece used to hold the Simple Stories brads, the Heiko tri-colored ribbon and stamped, die-cut baby elephant.
For the inside of the card I used an old Stampendous stamp with a sentiment that I love. I fussy cut the scalloped oval. The die-cut baby animals were adhered with foam dots. This was a super easy card so....yes, you CAN make a baby card in under 30 minutes! Happy speedy crafting!
When I saw the Lawn Fawn 'Be Hap-pea stamp and die sets, I knew I had to get it to make cards for my twin grandson's and their parents. (I wish I had discovered the LF sets while the boys were still 'in the pod'.) Anyway, since this is the first Mother's Day for my hard working daughter-in-law I thought I'd use the pea in the pod theme for her card. I also discovered the Sizzix emboss and cut folder (at HM Ben Franklin Crafts) that made the card base. Not only did the folder cut the opening it also embossed the pretty floral design and stripes. Sorry that the embossing doesn't show up well in the photo.
I think the stamped and die cut script 'hap-pea' is very cute and pretty. It works well with the 'mother's day' script stamp which I had in my misc. word stamps stash. Both the die cut banners on the front and inside were made with the Lawn Fawn 'fancy folded banners'die set. This is a very useful set and makes 3-D folded banners which really 'pop' on the card. I'm pleased with the outcome of this card especially since it matches the bright can-do attitude of my daughter-in -law. Happy Mother's Day to all the loving mothers out in blogland!
Yes, I do make a Boy's Day Card every year. We have a lot of boys in our family now...two sons and two grandsons! Some years I make duplicate cards for my boys, but this year I'm rushing so I'll tell them to go look at my blog site...LOL! (I don't think they save my cards anyway...can you see the mom tears?) This year I decided to dig deep into my stash of Boy's Day stamps (quite a collection gathered over the years) and found a Taj wooden handled one and a Dandelion Designs set. With the use of the Whimsy die, it was easy to make a layout with the fussy cut Copic colored images. Leather sewing cord was used for the fishing line. For some reason the traditional May 5th date (fifth day of the fifth month) has been altered from Boy's Day to Children's Day. I think this is unfair because the girls still have their own special day. Does anyone know why this change was made? In any case, I hope you have a delightful Boys Day!
HM Ben Franklin Crafts now carries Mama Elephant stamp and die sets! I've always loved this brand but the cute separate stamp and die sets can be pricey. That's why I was so excited to see these combo sets at a reasonable price. They even come with several appropriate sentiments. I chose this set because the balloons are usable for many occasions and the animals are sweet. The background was made with Ken Oliver dye pigment powders. I love playing with these colors and water on watercolor paper. This experiment resulted in a background piece that reminded me of a celebration. I discovered an ink pad, Versafine Onyx Black (from HM BFC) that works really well for heat embossing even on an uneven watercolor paper surface. I used this ink for stamping the sentiment and all the other images. Embossing the images makes coloring them much easier and neater. I cut off the balloon strings and replaced them with thin black wire so they would be longer. Finally, I attached the strings with Beacon 3 in 1 glue and applied Crystal Accents over the balloons. The 'sprinkles' were tiny heart confetti (Martha Stewart). This was an easy to make card that can be used for many occasions especially for graduation or bon voyage. Have a great summer!
This card was super easy to make because I 'found' the already die cut and colored rabbit in my 'Easter stuff' box. I guess I made it but didn't use it last year. Anyway, this is what I made with the Hero Arts bunny die cut and some Spellbinders die cut eggs. I love making the eggs because they use up paper scraps that are overflowing my craft desk. The IO Easter Greetings die is one of my favorites because it cuts well and is so artistic. I also have too many flower embellishments so I am making an effort to use up as many as I can on every project. This time I added some K and Co. flowers that were in the bottom of my flower stash box. Oh yes, the background was rescued from a boo-boo card. "Waste Not...Want Not" is my crafting motto!
This sweet bunny basket was created to hold some Cranberry Pumpkin Seed Rice Krispies Treats. It was an easy container to make because the base was a Ripple Board Tray Box (from HM BFC) that was decorated with die cuts made using a Paper Smooches set. I forgot to show the back of the basket which has a cotton puff tail. A printed cello bag from HM Ben Franklin Crafts holds the wrapped treats and the pretty wired spring ribbon is also from my favorite craft store.
Here's a view of the Cranberry Pumpkin Seed Rice Krispies Treats. The printed pre-cut wax paper was purchased from a Daiso store in Japan, but maybe it can be found in our Honolulu Daiso stores. I used the basic recipe on the marshmallow package, but you can find various Rice Krispies Treat recipes on many web sites. Be sure this Easter you make something sweet for some bunny you care about!
Graduation season is just around the corner so I decided to check out graduation items at HM Ben Franklin Crafts. I found some cool Darice tropical plant embossing folders and a graduation die set. I used the die set to to cut and emboss the caps and diplomas. I added tassels made from embroidery floss and added Heiko ribbon to the scrolls to give the card more dimension and interest. The 'congrats' was cut with a Hero Arts die.
Of course graduation cards should include a gift card or monetary gift so I used the Lawn Fawn die to cut the slots on embossed rectangles which I attached to the inside of each card. This was an easy card which can be produced quickly so you can certainly make multiples in various school colors. The 'fake' flip flop rock is also from HM Ben Franklin Crafts. I thought it was cute and very 'local'!
I wanted to get this card in the mail quickly so I decided not to do any coloring or fussy cutting on it. I started by die cutting the pink frame (Whimsy Stamps) and passing it through the Sizzix embossing folder to impress the delicate floral pattern.
This close-up shows the embossed design better as well as the sweet Sticko baby stickers (from HM BFC). I love the tri-colored Heiko ribbon (from BFC or Celebrations)...the perfect baby ribbon. The little 'It's a GIRL' tag is from the baby decoration department in HM Ben Franklin Crafts. I've forgotten where the 'Little Miracle' die cut sentiment is from but came in a pack....maybe from Echo Park? The printed card stock background is from a K and Co. 8x8 pack. I actually remembered to stamp 'handmade with love' on the back of the card. I recommend that you purchase the Lawn Fawn set so that you can personalize your special card creations. Happy Spring Crafting!
After posting two waterfall tags, I decided to try my hand at a DOUBLE waterfall Easter card. I wasn't sure how to do it but I figured two waterfalls going in opposite ways might work.
I decorated the squares that were attached to the main piece with bunnies, chicks and die cut eggs. The bunnies were images from Sister Stamp sets and the chick images came from an Ai stamp set.
The yellow dots were punched out and decorated with Lawn Fawn stamps. To balance out the card I glued on some Martha Stewart daisies.
The 'happy easter hunny bunny' Dandelion Stamp message and the 'Some Bunny Loves You' (Studio G) were stamped in purple ink and heat embossed with Nuvo powder. Oh yes, the waterfall slider parts were attached with flower shaped brads. This card would be fun for a child to play with because it is sort of like a flip book. Even I enjoy sliding the panels in and out...hope I don't break the waterfalls...LOL!
I enjoyed making the waterfall ice cream tag (see previous post) so I decided to use the same Sizzix die set to make an Asian style waterfall tag. Instead of using the ice cream dies in the set, I used three stickers from my overflowing box of Japanese stickers.
I used the same Little B tag die to cut two tags, one black and one printed. I trimmed the edges of the printed tag so that when glued together the black tag, it would make a border. Because it is white in the back, it also provides a good surface for a message.
The arigato (thank you) and Japanese character stamps are both Mari and Me products (old wooden style). Embroidery floss was used to make the red tassel and tag hanging loop.
As a last embellishment, I folded two origami cranes from gold paper and glued them to the tag. I think they added a touch of gold and interest.
Oh yes the stamped words and characters were stamped in a slow drying dark blue ink and dusted with Nuvo black sparkle heat embossing powder. (I couldn't find my black stamp pad so I substituted since the ink wouldn't show under the powder.) Tip: Always use slow drying ink for embossing so that the powder will stick.
I was pleased with the outcome of this tag especially since it will be good for use on a bag containing omiyage (thank you gifts brought home from a trip). If you have lots of Japanese stickers/seals and printed Japanese card stock (KaiserCraft pad is the perfect size for the dies.) you should really give this project a try. It's so easy to craft an elegant Asian waterfall tag!
The Sizzix waterfall die set excited me because I usually make waterfall cards by measuring and folding but this set seemed to be a quick trick. However, the set did not contain instructions so I had to look it up on the Sizzix website. The instructions and video for a card were easy enough for me to follow and make this ice cream waterfall tag.
I changed quite a few things. I wanted to make a colorful, yummy thank you tag so I used a Little B tag die to cut a Doodlebug Designs card stock with a frozen treats pattern. The Hero Arts 'thanks' die was used to cut out the word from blue card stock.
The 'pull here' Lawn Fawn stamp was applied to a small punched out circle and glued to the striped twine. A Newton's Nook stamp was used to print the words, 'You make life sweet' on the die cut pull out tab.
After die cutting scoops of ice cream from ice cream -like card stock, I added some heart/dot sprinkles and 'chocolate chip' Bo Bunny pearlescent paint.
I found some square green brads in my old stash of decorative brads so they were used to adhere the waterfall base piece to the tag. I thought the tag needed a border so I added thin striped washi tape. I also used washi tape (Doodlebug Designs) that matched the card stock to cover the brad arms in the back of the tag.
I think this tag will look great on a special thank you goodie bag. Adding a fancy tag like this really shows the recipient how grateful you are and you can write a message on the back too. However, if you prefer, don't write on the tag (use a post-it ) so that it can be recycled to another gift bag.....then your handcrafted tag won't be one-and-done then into the trash. OH NO!