Sunday, December 8, 2019

Yeti Tuck-In 2020 Calendar

I am quite pleased with how these calendars turned out and they were so easy to make!  I started by stamping the Yeti images (Lawn Fawn stamp set from HM Ben Franklin Crafts) in dark blue Memento ink onto white marker paper.  Next I applied crystal Scribbles onto the Yetis and sprinkled them with  Martha Stewart iridescent hair-like glitter. Once the Yeti were dry, I used the LF dies to cut them out.
While the Scribbles was drying, I cut out the calendar bases.  I picked double-sided card stock and cut out 3"x 8" strips.  Next I started on the left of the length and marked at 1/2", 1-1/4", 2", and 5" on both the top and bottom of the strip.  Using a bone folder, I scored the strip at the markings. Then the piece was folded and pleated. The 1/2" tab was adhered to the back with Heiko double sided adhesive tape (from HM BFC).
To make the back of the calendar more finished, I used the dies to cut out the Yeti shapes from the matching printed  card stock. (Be sure you die cut the Yeti on the right side as they are similar but not identical.)  Before attaching the Vippies calendars to the base, I stamped the words (from the LF stamp set) 'The Best Is Yeti To Come".  I thought this sentiment was perfect for this calendar.   

I used foam adhesive tabs to secure the Yetis to the calendars.  The Yetis remind me of my cute and cuddly twin grandsons who ARE identical.  This coming year will certainly be the 'best' with another Yeti to arrive in late May! (My second son's first child!).  I hope that you will try making this style of calendar which you can 'Tuck-In' to hostess gifts, give to co-workers or even attach as tags to Xmas gifts.  Be creative and stay happy all year long!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Thank You Hugs Card

 With all the festivities around the corner, I decided I should get a jump on my thank you cards before I get too busy.  I like to mail out my Xmas gift thank you cards before New Year's Day....a childhood habit encouraged by my mother.  The Mama Elephant stamp and die sets that I purchased from HM Ben Franklin Crafts seemed like a perfect choice.  I used my dependable Lawn Fawn 'Hugs' die to cut out the word from foil or pearlescent paper and used a small stamp to print 'Thank You' on a matching paper.
 I used double stick Heiko tape to adhere the front printed panel to the card and then used a small Sizzix circle die to cut out the circular opening.
Small squares of foam adhesive were added to the back of each  Copic colored die cut image so they would have some dimension.
 A colored pencil line was added to ground each pair of huggers.
 As you can see by changing up the pattern paper, image and colors many different cards can be created.
 I am happy that I will be able to send out my thank you notes before the start of 2020. Well, onward to  Yeti calendars to give out to friends. Check back to see what I am talking about.  Jolly Holiday Crafting!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Sky's The Limit Birthday Card

The holiday season has begun and my crafting is lagging behind.  Remembering that I needed a birthday card for a 1 year old and a wedding card made me hunt through my stash of handmade cards. Happily, I found a suitable wedding card so I just had to whip out a birthday card.  Because the party is being held at the Pacific Aviation Museum, I decided to hunt for the Dandelion Designs stamp set I purchased years ago.  My memory was accurate and the set was just right for this card and paired well with the Lawn Fawn stamp and die set that I acquired recently.  I stamped the images on marker paper and colored them in with Copic pens before fussy cutting them out.  I embossed the Lawn Fawn cloud images onto the pearlized card blank.  I wanted the clouds to show on the front of the card so I left a big border by die cutting the LF scalloped rectangle of printed card stock smaller than usual.
To make the child's name standout, I die cut the X-cut letters from blue foil paper.  They were then run through a Xyron sticker maker to apply adhesion.  On the inside of the card I used the images from the LF set and used the die set to cut them much easier than fussy cutting!  I like that the clouds show on the inside and outside of the card.  I hope this card gave you some ideas of how to put together an easy birthday card. Okay, onward to Christmas crafting!

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Snow Globe Tags

 As soon as I found the Lawn Fawn snow globe tag die set at HM Ben Franklin Crafts, I knew that I would have fun making Xmas tags with it.  Next to the die set I spied the cute Stampendous cling stamps.  They were only $3.49 so I grabbed a few designs.
 If you've made shaker elements before, you should have no problem assembling the snow globe. I die cut the inner layer from red sheet foam.  This gives a raised area for the sequins and 'snow' to move around.  Clear acetate was glued with 3 in 1 Beacon glue to the back of the die cut green circle of glitter paper.
 The birds and dogs were colored with Copic pens.  I like that the globe tag has its own hanging hole for the twine.  If I could make one change to the tags, I would color the Santa caps a different color so they would stand out more from the background.  Perhaps I could make the tags a light blue instead of red ....ah, next time.  I know I'll be using this snow globe tag die set for many other occasions.  There are other non-Xmas small inexpensive mice stamps available at HM BFC which would be adorable in the snow globe tags.  I have the perfect Valentine tag in m mind's eye....can't wait to show it to you IRL!

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Autumn 2019 Family Newsletter Card

 Every autumn I try to create a card or calendar to go with my family newsletter.  This year we just returned from Japan so I have less time than usual to get everything together and in the mail.  To keep it simple, I decided to rely on the beauty of washi paper with leaves embedded in the fibers that I purchased from a Japanese craft store.  To tear the paper in a desired shape with wispy fibrous edges, I used a wet paint brush to draw the shape and used a straightedge plus fingers to gently pull.  I punched the leaf shape (EK Success) from a crinkled Japanese paper that had some sparkly foil bits. After rubbing some metallic paste to the surface of the leaf, I decided that there weren't enough foil bits so I added more with glue and NUVO gold leaf foil.  I'm not sure when or where I bought the stamp set which includes the Emily Bronte saying, but it is perfect for the newsletter that I am writing that will contain some leaf shaped photos. I am happy that the card is natural looking, autumnal, and easy to replicate. Well, onward to finish the rest of the cards.....each one will be a one-of-a- kind just like my friends and family!

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Woodland Fox with Lemonade Tag/Card

 A dear friend of mine is enduring some major rehab due to a stroke so I wanted to make her a card and attach it to some edibles.  Since I was in an autumn state of mind, I decided to use my Lawn Fawn die set to make this cute fox tag/card.  This set can make three different animal cards with hugging arms.  The dies cut out all the parts even for the eyes and  easy to put together the animals with a little Beacon 3 in 1 glue (available at HM BFC)
 Rather than have the fox holding a heart, I made a glass of lemonade mini card using a Whimsy stamp set. I stamped the sentiment, "when life gives you lemons" on the outside of the card and  "make lemonade" inside the card.  I really feel this saying is appropriate for my friend who is courageously doing her best to return to normal.
 The inside of the card and the back of the fox provide lots of room for a message.  I added twine so that the tag could be attached to the get well goodies I am delivering.  For added cuteness, I used a Copic pen to make rosy cheeks and glued on a sweet flower.
I love the words that came with the Mama Elephant stamp set (see below), "Hand Crafted Hugs enclosed"and I thought that they paired well with this hugging fox card/tag. Of all the autumn dies I've invested in, I think this Lawn Fawn one is the cutest and most useful.  I like that it can make three different animals a fox, a raccoon and a reindeer. The folded arms add dimension and can 'hold' a calendar, photo or shaker element. Think of the possibilities! Come on, get crafty for the holidays!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Autumn Blessings Tree Card

 The IO (Impression Obsession) tree die is one of my favorites. I think I use it at least once every autumn.  This year I chose to make it more tree-like by cutting it out from a woodgrain paper that sort of looked like a wooden floor.  To hide the lines between each plank of wood, I smudged on some brownish-grey ink after the tree was cut out.  Somehow, the salmon colored paper with musical notes (from DCWV Autumn Melody pack) seemed just right for embossing with the leaf design (free from Papercraft Magazine).  The musical notes and raised leaf design are barely visible, but I think they really add to the overall look of the card.  To balance out the design, I added a die cut maple leaf (die also free from Papercraft  magazine) that was rubbed with copper metallic paste and flecked with gold ink.  The copper heat embossed words (TPC stamp) were made with Nuvo embossing powder (available at HM BFC). I am very happy with the quiet look of this card as it is sort of what I visually imagine falling leaves sound like in the early morning.  Gosh, I wish we had a real fall season, but I guess then I'd be grumbling about raking up leaves. LOL!

Monday, November 4, 2019

'Dream Big' Magnetic Coaster Calendars

My Vippies calendars just arrived so I started thinking about what I would do with them this year.  I had already purchased a large package (50 I think) of coasters from our Celebrations store (next to the HM BFC Mapunapuna store) so I decided to use them as the base for the calendars. 
Because I have so many calendars to make for an upcoming event, I decided that they had to be simple.  I decided to use the Penny Black 'Dream Big' die because I think everyone needs to set their goals beyond what they can possibly imagine achieving.  The words were cut out of a Tim Holtz gold foil paper from a pack.
For the base cover paper I used sheets from Me and My Big Ideas 'Mambi' 12x12 pack.  There are some great designs in this set, some with gold glitter.  I chose the marble sheets because then each calendar would be different.  Each 12x12 sheet yielded nine 3-5/8 squares which were glued onto the coasters (double sided tape could also be used).  Edges of the papers were trimmed close to the coasters before the gold sentiments, calendars and magnet sheets (on the back) were adhered.
Some of the covered coasters were not as sparkly as I desired, so I flicked on some gold Liquitex paint (before adding the words and calendars) and added a few adhesive backed acrylic gems.  I think by keeping these calendars simple, I won't get 'burnt out' while making multiples and will have more time to spend on other holiday creations.  Keep smiling while crafting throughout the 'jolly holly' season!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Up-cycled Autumn Gift Bag

Fall is the start of the holiday season during which there are lots of gatherings requiring hostess gifts.  I like giving baked goods in decorative gift bags.  The Hawaiian Airlines snack bag I received while on my last flight was a nice quality with great woven ribbon handles....perfect for up-cycling into an autumn gift bag. At HM Ben Franklin Crafts I purchased a really attractive hedgehog ribbon which I cut to size, removed the wire supports and glued to the bag on both sides. For the veined leaf (which is covering the HA logo), I used the dies that came with a recent Papercraft magazine.  I flicked (with a stencil brush) some gold Liquitex paint onto the solid paper leaf before gluing on the veined leaf.  I didn't spend a lot of time  decorating this bag because my baked goods are the real gift....right?  I truly believe that presentation makes the present even more delicious.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Going Batty Halloween Card

 I love the Penny Black cat and Whimsy Stamps bat images and thought they would look great together on a card.  However, I didn't want to fussy cut them out so I decided to try masking the images and laying Distress Oxide inks over them.  I started with a rectangle of watercolor paper and stamped the cat onto it before applying Nuvo black sparkle heat embossing powder. After setting the powder with a heat gun, I stamped the image on a piece of scrap paper and cut it out to form a mask.  While holding down the mask, I stamped the bat image to the side and heat embossed powder onto it too.  Keeping the masks in place, I blotted some Distress Oxide inks around the images and sparingly spritzed some water onto the inks until I was satisfied with the colors.  After the paper was dry, I used a stenciling brush (see photo below) (purchased from HM BFC) to flick on the Liquitex silver ink (also purchased at HM Ben Franklin Crafts) before moving the masks.  Next, I colored in the images with Copic pens. It was simple to put this card together with double stick tape and foam dots behind the K and Co. die cut sentiment.  Covering images with masks (not the bat one on the cat LOL!) is a good way to protect the images while working on the background and really cuts down on the intricate fussy cutting.  Give this technique a try on your upcoming holiday cards. Happy Holiday Crafting!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Ugly Dolls in Upcycled Treat Bags

 I spied these two 'Ugly Dolls' in HM Ben Franklin Crafts and knew that I had to get them for my twin grandsons.  I had been planning to decorate and upcycle some Hawaiian Airline food bags . They had the potential to be a perfect match with the Ugly Dolls.
I wrapped washi tapes around the bottoms of  each bag and glued on colorful K and Co. die cuts to cover up the airline logo.
  To match the Ugly Dolls I found some puffy, googly eyed stickers in my Halloween stash and stuck them on.  That was it...done!  Even though my grandsons are too young to beg for candy or dress up as monsters, I think they'll enjoy the toys as much as I enjoyed making treat bags for them.

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.