Saturday, March 28, 2020

Easter Bunny Tags

 My stash of Easter paper scraps is overflowing and I needed tags for goodie bags so I came up with these.  Using the second largest die from the Little B tag set, I cut tags from various printed and dyed card stock.  The large size of the tags makes it ideal for writing a happy message.  The bunny die (Hero Arts) cuts out some adorable bunnies that had pop out ears, paws, feet and tails. (click on the photo for a close up).  I colored parts of the bunnies with Copic pens and colored pencils. Just the outer edges were glued down so that the bunny parts could be popped out.
 The Studio G stamp sentiment, "Did someone say chocolate bunnies?",was used on some scrap paper strips and glued down. The ribboned tags were tied onto some printed cello bags (from HM BFC).  I haven't filled in the goodies yet, but I hope that the recipients will be hoppin' for joy when the Easter bunny makes his delivery.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Easter Mini Treat Baskets

 My grandsons are too young for marshmallow peeps or chocolate rabbits, but 'grandma crafter' ME just had to make something Eastery for them.  I kept these mini paper baskets simple since I know that they will be thrown away after the treats are consumed.  (I plan to put little Kimi balls, Japanese treats that melt in your mouth, in the baskets because they look a little like eggs.)  I used the Lawn Fawn die to cut out two pieces for each basket. The 12x12 card stock was also from Lawn Fawn. I like the color and pattern of the card stock because it looks like a woven basket. Two baskets can be made from one 12x12 piece.  The felt stitched bunnies and carrots are actually stickers that I purchased from HM Ben Franklin Crafts. Tip: Rub a little cornstarch on the back of the rabbit ears that extend over the basket so they won't be sticky any more.
 I used an oval die (Sizzix) to cut the labels and stamped them with Studio G words.  I could have stamped and colored the eggs too but I found some Mrs. Grossman stickers in my ancient stash and used them to save time.  The store also sells the fake grass (in the Japanese packaging section of HM BFC).  If you need some sweet, quick Easter treat baskets (maybe for your co-workers or the kids at
pre-school), this might be the easy solution for you. Speedy crafting is happy crafting!


Friday, March 20, 2020

Easter Egg Shaker Card

 This is my first Easter card of the season.  It started with the purchase of Avery Elle stamp and dies sets (the little chicks). Because of the small size of the images, I intended to use them to make tags or gift bag decorations, but then I felt like making a shaker card and they seemed perfect for this use.  (The large resin bunny and Easter Egg Hunt sign were from HM Ben Franklin Crafts, too.)
I pulled out my egg dies (Spellbinders), bunny stamps ( Sister Stamps, discontinued), Easter Greetings  die (Impression Obsession), Lawn Fawn grass dies, and Sizzix circle dies.  The shaker egg part of the card was made by cutting three large eggs one from Doodlebug Designs printed paper, one from clear acetate, and one from thick sheet foam. The little colored and die cut chicks and flower sequins were placed on the card before the egg was glued down.
The Easter Greetings sentiment is one of my favorite die cut words because it is so fancy and delicate.  It is a little difficult to pop out the script without tearing it but it is so worth it. I used pearlized purple paper (DCWV) but foil paper looks good too. The Sister Stamp bunnies are my favorite Easter images because they are so-o-o- adorable especially the naughty one on the left of the egg.  I wonder why rabbits are associated with Easter eggs because we all know that they don't hatch out of them?......Chicks do!

Monday, March 16, 2020! Floral Resin on Wooden Products

 After finding these Daiso undecorated wooden items, I knew that I could 'pretty up' these $1.50 items easily with dried flowers and LED resin.  I purchased my dried flowers from the Japan Hobby Show, but with a little time you could easily press your own plants between tissue and some books.  The LED resin I used to adhere and protect the flowers is a no-mix, quick setting (about 1 min. under an LED lamp which can be purchased at HM BFC along with the resin) product.  This resin process makes decorating a cinch.
 This jar with a wooden cover is my favorite floral decorated resin project so far.  I plan to use this pretty container as a loose leaf tea caddy
 Here are two bamboo trays that I think will make excellent soap dishes or trinket trays.  I contacted the manufacturer of the LED resin and was told that the resin surface is not intended for food usage so be sure to tell the recipients or buyers. The tray on the right was totally covered with resin (about three coats applied with my finger LOL!) It turned out a bit too shiny so on the second tray I only coated the floral parts and left the rest of the bamboo surface natural.  I think this was a better idea.
I love the way these tea scoops turned out.  They were quick and easy to do and make nice add-ons to a gift of a tea caddy/tea. They would also look super as place cards/or favors at a party and you could even use a wood burner to personalize them. How '' are these resin projects? Send me a question or to hear from you!

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Kumquat Marmalade

What do you do when someone generous gives you a bowl of beautiful kumquats?  Well, you eat some and make the rest into marmalade!  The skin of the kumquat is so thin and sweet that it can be eaten as is. Slicing the fruit and removing the seeds makes it ideal for cooking with sugar and turning into delectable marmalade. Kumquats are fruits (like blueberries and ohelo berries) that contain enough pectin to gel after cooking without any additional ingredients besides sugar.

How to make kumquat marmalade:
1) Measure cut and seeded fruit. Place in medium sized pot.
2) Add 3/4 cup of sugar for every cup of fruit.
3) Add water just to cover fruit and sugar.
4) Boil on medium heat for approximately 20 minutes.
5) When mixture is slightly thickened ladle it into jars.
6) Cool marmalade and refrigerate. Enjoy!

P.S. The canning jars were purchased from the Piikoi Daiso store. Yes, they were only $1.50 each!

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Baby Shower Two Bunnies Card

 I bought the Whimsy Stamp set for Valentine cards but then I realized it would be useful for other occasions. Because of the umbrella, the bunny image seemed appropriate for a baby shower card. I started first with the Hero Arts raindrop die.  It takes a while to get all the little drops popped out but it's worth it to achieve the look with the silver sparkle card stock behind the blue card stock.  The bunnies in the umbrella were colored with Copic pens and fussy cut out.  This was a cutting challenge for me with my 'old lady' eyes.  The clouds were die cut from pearlescent vellum paper so that the Sizzix cloud images would be translucent and show the raindrops inside them.  I found the green 'BABY SHOWER' die cut in my bin of baby ephemera. To me it just fit in the card perfectly; so the card was DONE! I hope the parents-to-be will be happy with this 'made with love' baby shower card.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Miso Happy Thank You Card

As soon as I saw these Avery Elle stamp and die sets at HM Ben Franklin Crafts , I knew I HAD to buy them.  They are so perfect for lots of local cards, photo frames, etc.  It was so easy to to stamp the bowl image and add the words and smiling face.  Using the dies made cutting a no-brainer. Copic pens were used for coloring.  I 'discovered' an old Mari and Me wooden stamp with the Japanese characters which worked perfectly on the printed washi paper.  I wanted the bowl to stand out so I didn't heat emboss the black ink.  Maybe next time I'll heat emboss the characters with gold powder since the paper did have gold highlights.  Anyway, I do like the way this card turned out and I'm adding it to my stash of cards. Happy Mail might be coming your way!

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Thank You, You Fill My Cup Card

 I know that this looks like a Valentine card, but I made it to add to my stash of thank you cards.  The main images came from a Hero Arts clear stamp set.  I used the matching die set, too.  I think these sets can be used for many different occasions.  The blank card came from an old Hot Off the Press package (HM BFC may still carry it).  It shouldn't be hard to create your own pop-up card blank because it only requires folding the inner panel and adhering it to the inside of the flap.  The card set comes with a pattern to cut the front scalloped edge but after looking at the white edge, I decided that I needed to add some color and WASHI tape to the rescue!
 I knew that I bought the skinny width tape from Daiso (I think) for a reason.  It was a bit tricky to cover the wavy edge but washi tape is forgiving and wrinkles can be smoothed out with a fingernail. The additional sentiments came from other Hero Arts stamp sets.  All the pattern papers came from a Doodlebug 6x6 pack. I love that they coordinate and have small prints...some on kraft paper. I colored the images with Copic pens and added clear sparkle Stickles to the hearts. For added interest I sprinkled on Martha Stewart (from old set) tiny heart glitter.  Since we are between holidays, I am happy to be adding to my 'thank you' card collection, Crafting is so therapeutic!

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Blueberry, Ginger, and Coconut Yogurt Scones

 What do you do when you buy too many blueberries and don't want them to spoil?  You make scones!  I found a recipe on the internet and tweeked it a bit.  I really liked the results so I decided to share the amended version:

2-1/4 cup whole wheat white flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
6 T. butter
2 T. minced crystallized ginger
1 glass container Oui coconut yogurt plus 2-3 T milk
I generous cup of fresh blueberries
2 T. milk or cream and coarse sugar

In a medium sized bowl, mix the flour and sugar. Mix the baking powder, baking soda and salt in a small cup and add that mixture to the flour/sugar bowl.  Add in the ginger  (original recipe had only 1 T.) and cut in the butter. The original recipe had buttermilk but since I didn't have that, research told me that yogurt would be a good replacement so that went into the bowl.  I followed the original recipe and rolled out the dough added 1/2 c. blueberries and folded over the dough, then rolled it out again adding the second 1/2 c. blueberries and folding the dough again.  This was a bit messy and the blueberries still got squashed so next time I'll just mix in the blueberries after the yogurt when the dough is crumbly and moist. Add the 2-3 T. milk if the dough is too dry.  This recipe makes 15 -16 scones depending on if you cut round shapes or squares. Place the unbaked scones on a parchment lined baking sheet  and brush each one with cream or milk and sprinkle tops with coarse sugar. Bake the scones in a 400 degree F oven for 15 minutes. Enjoy!

Friday, February 21, 2020

Love-In-Their- Eyes Wedding Card

 I was working on Valentine cards when I found this die in my box of supplies.  I knew that it would make a great wedding card for an upcoming family event.  For I change, I decided to keep it color neutral....white and silver.  I layered several card stock papers (purchased at HM Ben Franklin Crafts) and then die cut the heart from silver vellum.  A little Beacon 3 -in -1 glue and double stick Heiko tape helped to put everything together. The supplies in the bottom photo were also from HM BFC. Check out their wedding department for some super ribbons and even wedding washi tape. Since we usually give monetary gifts, I like to create a card to show I put some thought into celebrating the happy event!

Monday, February 17, 2020

Peek-a-Boo Valentine Cards

 I wasn't going to buy any more Valentine dies but this Avery Elle one at HM BFC caught my eye because I wondered what I could create with it.  It was so basic that I knew it could be used for many Valentine cards in the future.  Since my upcoming trip made my time limited, I decided to keep it simple....let the card stock do all the decorating.  For these two cards it was important that the inside design complimented the outside. I chose a conversation heart design and matched it with stickers. The little fox is a sweet surprise for the recipient.  I rounded the corners of both cards with a corner- rounding tool. 
The second card is a tribute to the most popular  Valentine gift (besides diamonds). My old stash contained some Martha Stewart  stickers which reminded me of wrapped chocolates which I thought matched the card stock.   Besides these simple cards, I plan to used this die to make shaker cards and cards with animals peeking out and hanging onto the heart openings.  Won't that be cute?....well maybe next year I'll get started on my cards earlier. LOL!

 P.S. Don't forget to get some Valentine washi tape to decorate cards and envelopes!

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Valentine Hug Cards

 When I saw these Whimsy stamp images and sentiments, I knew I had to get the set.  It was so simple to whip up these cards.  I started with a rectangle of watercolor paper which I misted with water. Next I placed an acetate heart stencil (made by die cutting an acetate sheet over the moistened paper and blotted on some Distress Oxide inks.  Don't worry if the inks bleed outside of the heart. When the inks were mostly dry, I sprinkled on some big drops of water.  The rabbits were stamped on marker paper with waterproof ink, lightly colored in with Copic pens and fussy cut out. Once everything was dry, the sentiment was stamped on, the rabbits attached with foam dots and then the watercolor paper was adhered to a card blank.
 For this card I basically did the same thing but flicked gold Liquitex ink onto the background.  Both cards were sweet and simple which means I can make lots of them for ALL my sweeties.  The images in this stamp set can be used for many occasions so send hugs out to everyone all year long!

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Valentine Resin Hair Accessories

 Looking for something unique to make for your Valentine?  How about creating some heart-shaped resin hair accessories?  These are a cinch to make and will cost you very little.
 This one started with an unfilled metal heart on a stretch elastic band.  (I think I got it from HM BFC resin department).  It was so simple to mix some white resin colorant powder (available at HM Ben Franklin Crafts) with LED resin (also from HM BFC) and pouring the resulting liquid  half way into the heart cavity.  Next, I set the resin with an LED lamp (from HM BFC) and then added the pressed flowers and a layer of clear resin. After this layer was hardened, the one-of-a-kind floral hair decoration was complete.
For a young girl, this piece is very doable.  The heart piece, on a stretch band that already had rainbow colors and sparkles, was purchased from Daiso (only $1.50!) The pretty stickers also came from that wonderland of $1.50 bargains...Daiso!  It is simple enough for a child to make...1) put stickers on 2) cover top surface with LED resin and 3) set under LED lamp with an automatic timer...from HM Ben Franklin Crafts of course!  These hair pieces are so easy to make you can make a bunch to give to all your sweethearts. Use them in place of a ribbon on a small box of jewelry and you'll really make someone smile!

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Valentine Bear with Bouquet Card

 This card came together rather easily probably because there was little coloring and no fussy cutting.  I had the tiny hearts background die from last year (purchased from HM Ben Franklin Crafts) and used it on a Pebbles printed card stock.  This die cut piece was attached to a red Paper Accents blank card.  The Hero Arts bear images were colored with Copic pens and cut out with the matching Hero Arts dies.  A red heart was cut out using a Spellbinder's die and stamped with white Versa Mark ink before heat embossing with Nuvo white embossing powder.  The heart with sentiment was adhered  to the card and then the bears were put in place with sticky foam dots.  That was it...easy peasy.  I think Valentine's Day cards should be simple and LOVE!

Saturday, February 1, 2020

The Year of the Rat Valentine Card

 This card started out as a Valentine's Day card but other than the heart confetti this card can be used for any occasion, even Halloween.  Because I just remembered that the start of the Chinese Year of the Rat starts soon, I dubbed this card 'The Year of the Rat Valentine Card' LOL! I love the goofy look of the rat ad the fact that he is next to a big hunk of cheese but prefers sweets.  For the cheese I used the Whimsy die to cut yellow foam sheets, one thick and one thin on top.  The thicker foam made great cavities for the heart confetti (from HM Ben Franklin Crafts).  It was difficult to cut the thicker foam but I was successful after several passes through the Big Shot.  A sheet of clear acetate was glued behind the top thinner sheet of yellow foam.  The whole block of yellow foam cheese was glued onto a red card blank.  I like the Whimsy 'Sweet' die cuts because it makes the script word really pop and can be used on many different cards.  This die, the cheese one and the printed paper pad came from the February Whimsy Paper Door pack.  The rat and sweets were colored with Copic pens and embellished with Scribbles white sugar, Bo Bunny chocolate pearlescent paint and Crystal Lacquer. ...the photo doesn't show the yummy glossy-ness.  I think I'll catalog this card into my all occasion file as whatever I decide to write inside will determine its use.  Have a SWEET Valentine's Day and Year of the Rat!

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Upcycling a Cord-handled Box

 Like a small child, sometimes I am more intrigued with a box than its contents.  This box (from Nature Republic's Fukubukuro event) was a very sturdy one with a lovely corded handles, so I just HAD to re-purpose it into a gift box. Since my sister's birthday is coming up I thought I should make a very feminine, flower studded box. It was simple to apply (with double stick tape) checkered paper to the front and back of the box.  The green sides of the box were nice enough to leave un-papered but I had to add a few flowers to the side to cover the store logo. 

 Most of the paper flowers came from my old stash of K and Co. sticker blossoms.  The pretty lace was purchased from Daiso.
 The script words were die cut from Tim Holtz foil with Hero Arts and Dienamics dies.
 I had to unstring the cord handles to apply the dotted pink paper (which was actually the backside of the green checkered card stock).  The pink lace as well as the white one were used for camouflaging the gaps between the papers.  I liked the way that this upcycled project turned out and if I ever get another similar box, I plan to turn it into a purse or cottage because of the shape.  I think my sister will like this box especially after I fill it with birthday goodies!  Upcycling will make you feel good that you aren't adding to landfill...YAY!

Friday, January 24, 2020

Kissing Booth Valentine's Day Card

I just love the Avery Elle Market stand stamp set.  I can envision so many possibilities for it.  Because it is Valentine card time, I decided to use the 'Kissing Both' and 'Free Hugs' word stamps. 
The pig and cow were made with the Avery Elle Peek-a-Boo stamp and die sets.  There were many other animals and hooves/feet to use too. 
 To fill in the empty space on the card, I rummaged through my copious supply of Valentine ephemera (paper stuff that hoarders collect) and located the CRUSH die cut (K and Co,) and love tickets (maker unknown). It's exciting to make a tiny dent in my Valentine paper stash. I am happy with the way this card turned out because it's sweet and funny just like my Valentine hubby. LOL!  Create a Valentine card for your Valentine love! SWAK!