Monday, August 2, 2021

Winnie the Pooh Gift Bag

A Winnie the Pooh fan is having a birthday, so I wanted to make a special gift bag for her.  When I got this yellow L'Occitane  bag, it's color screamed "Winnie"!  Luckily, I had some Winnie the Pooh themed double sided card stock that I purchased from HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  I cut the papers into 8x8 pieces and adhered them to the front and back of the bag. 
I wanted to cover all the L'Occitane logos so I had to decorate the sides of the bag too.  I had leftover paper and ribbon so I used those along with some dimensional Winnie the Pooh stickers.
The paper cord handles of the bag were rather plain and unattractive, so I ripped them out and replaced them with some printed satin ribbons....better looking and easier to hold.
Even the bottom of the bag had a logo so I had to cover that too.  I used a funny Taylored Expressions stamp on a scrap of card stock to add some humor....hope she notices it!
Here is a better view of the other side of the bag that was decorated with another 8x8 cardstock, die cut words and sticker bees..  As a bee and honey lover, I can imagine myself as Winnie eating honey with a careful eye on the bees.  Hmm-mm-m-m  honey!


Thursday, July 29, 2021

Recently, I had the opportunity to pick some fresh lavender.  They smelled wonderful even after drying.  I decided to pair them with a Rubberstampede image (from my ancient stash).  I used 3 in 1 Beacon glue (also sold as Fabri-Tac) to glue the dried stems to the stamped panel (cut from watercolor paper) that was colored with watercolor pencils and Ranger Distress Inks.  Heiko gauze ribbon from Celebrations was tied into a small bow and glued down.  Small drops of Lavender scented essential oil (sold at HM Ben Franklin Crafts) was applied to the lavender sprigs and the ribbon. Heiko double stick tape (from HM Ben Franklin Crafts) was used to attach the watercolored panel to the purple card blank (Paper Accents from HM BFC).  The glue, color pencils and Distress Inks were also purchased at HM BFC.  I plan to tell the recipient of this card to cut the front off and use it as a sachet in a clothing drawer.  It's fun to design a card that has a double purpose.  This card was a simple pleasure to create and I hope it gives you some creative inspiration.


Sunday, July 25, 2021

Dinosaur Birthday Tags

As mentioned in the previous post, I had to rush and finish these birthday tags before the party.  I started with some birthday print double-sided card stock from my never-ending scrap pile.  (In hindsight, I should have just used plain white cardstock as the print was too colorful and overwhelmed the dinosaurs.)  Anyway, I used my faithful Little B giant tag die to cut two tags.  Next I found black sticker letters in my really old stash and used them to spell out the names.  A Lawn Fawn die was used to cut out the green hill and Darice (from HM BFC) felt sticker dinosaurs were applied.  Whimsy characters (actually dragons not dinosaurs) were stamped, colored and fussy cut before adhering them to the tags.  A little Scribbles sparkle was added to the dinosaur with the balloons and Nuvo white dimensional paint was added to the cake on the other tag.  Lawn Fawn birthday words were stamped on white paper and colored in with Copic markers before fussy cutting.
Like the twin birthday boys, I wanted the tags to be similar but different.  I wish I had more time to make some color changes but procrastination won out again. Oh well, the sweeties are only three so I think they will be more interested in what the gift bags hold than the tags tied onto them.  Hopefully, they will appreciate seeing their names on the tags. When you don't have time to make a fancy card, decorated tags can still make a gift look special.                                                

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Slimline Jellyfish Card

The summer heat inspired me to create an ocean themed card using Whimsy and Hero Arts products.  I used the elongated hexagonal Whimsy die set to cut both the card base and Whimsy slimline printed paper.  The largest die was positioned to the left of the folded edge of the blue card stock to result in the card blank. The Hero Arts jellyfish Bold Print stamp was used to stamp and heat emboss the jellyfish background.  I used a combination of light blue and sparkle embossing powder.  I liked the sentiment on the other Hero Arts Bold Print stamp and thought that it would help to balance off the long shape of the card.  I stamped it on clear vellum paper and embossed it with Nuvo brass embossing powder.  I cut out a band of the words and applied it to the card front.  I thought it would be easy to read the words but my husband had a difficult time understanding the message.  Maybe in the future I will use the stamped words for a full background or cut out the specific words to form the sentiment.  As a final touch, I used the Hero Arts jellyfish stamp (from the monthly kit) to stamp an image in blue permanent ink. This image was die cut with the matching die and colored in with purple Distress Ink.  To make a more jellyfish-ish look, I applied a little clear sparkle Scribbles paint.  Because I was so excited to try these new products, I forgot that I still have two three-year-old B-day cards to create before the end of the month... so I better get cracking.  Please visit this site again to see the result of my speedy dinosaur tag- card creations.


Saturday, July 17, 2021

Gift Card Holders From Scrap Papers

These days I seem to give more gift cards than ever before.  Perhaps the pandemic makes them easier (and safer) to give and use.  With all the variety of gift cards available now I was pleased to find a die set from Stampendous (at HM Ben Franklin Crafts) that I could use to help decrease my mountain of scrap papers.  Rather than make all the card holders the same, it was fun to see what I could create from a hodge podge of print and solid papers.
For each card holder I tried to leave a blank place inside for a message. If you look carefully you can see the corner slits where the gift card can be inserted. Because these gift card holders were meant to be used and discarded, I didn't spent too much time on them and added simple sticker embellishments.  My favorite holder is the lavender one because of the color and the artificial flower that was glued on the corner.  I tried to decorate the card holders so that they would be useable for a variety of occasions.  I really recommend that you get the Stampendous die because it is a good set that will inspire you to make use of your scraps.  Aren't you tired of making tags from your scraps?


Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Washi Tape Collecting

 Just a short post today for those of you addicted to washi tape like I am....big time!  I found two washi tape holders at Daiso in Hawaii. The first plastic one holds about 4-6 rolls at a time and has a serrated edge for cutting the tape.  For someone like me these cases are a bit small but they look great on a desk and can be stacked.  The canvas washi tape holder is more space saving and holds about twelve rolls which makes it suitable for journaling/card making on the go.  Not only are these washi products a mere $1.50 each at Daiso, the tapes are gorgeous and come in an amazing variety of sizes, colors, and designs.  Check out Daiso to add to your collection and become even more wonkers for washi me!

Friday, July 9, 2021

Slimline Butterfly Cards with Envelopes

I've been hooked on slimline cards ever since I discovered that it doesn't cost any more postage to mail this size envelope.  I think they look elegant and more interesting.  Anyway, the Tim Holtz stencil and stamp set seemed perfect for this style of card.  I started by applying Distress Oxide and Hero Arts oxide inks onto a piece of plastic wrap that was taped down to my desk.  Next I sprayed water on the inked plastic sheet and pressed watercolor paper onto the inks. I carefully lifted up the paper and gently blotted the excess ink.  I sprinkled water onto the inked watercolor paper and blotted again to reveal a distressed look.  I let the colored sheets dry overnight.
Using the Hero Arts Infinity rectangle dies I cut the panels and made folded card bases.  With the stencil I applied colored ink to reveal the patterned design.
Using a Misti tool (available from HM Ben Franklin Crafts) I was able to align the words just where I wanted them before applying embossing powder and melting it with a heat tool.  I stamped the butterflies using the Misti tool and was glad that I could re-stamp them several times to achieve just the color and look I wanted.  I used pink and silver embossing powder on the purple card and blue and copper on the green one.  It is a subtle look that doesn't really show up well in my photos.

I decided that regular business envelopes would not enhance the cards so I used my Whimsy envelope die set to make matching lined envelopes.  It's really is easy to do.  Perhaps the hardest thing was to find  color coordinating papers that weren't too thick.  I discovered that Japanese papers that come in large sheets are perfect for making envelopes.  Celebrations store (next to Mapunapuna HM BFC) has a pretty selection.  I think the extra effort to dye the papers before stenciling and stamping was worth it to achieve a unique one-of-a-kind card which can e used for any occasion.  Give it a try!


Monday, July 5, 2021

Band Theater Fold Birthday Card

This card is for a friend who I've known for decades.  We went to the same schools all the way through high school and ended up playing flutes in the McKinley H.S. band.  Choosing the colors for this card was a and gold!  I picked papers from two 6x6 paper pads and after die cutting ended up with pieces for two cards.  I stamped the Happy Birthday To You words on the black dotted paper and embossed them with silver heat embossing powder before die cutting the panel. 

Following the instructions on the Taylored Expressions theater fold die set, I assembled the card and added the stamped, colored, and fussy cut musicians plus the banner with the words, 'Strike Up the Band'.

When the card is fully opened the musical scene is revealed.  I ended up making this card vertical (despite the fact that the horizontal card can stand up) because the musical sheet stamp (Hero Arts) only fit vertically.  I love the theater fold format and I'm really pleased that I tied in the band theme and school colors into this card for the birthday girl....uh, lady.  Hopefully, this card will make my long-time friend remember all the fun times we had playing in school band.



Thursday, July 1, 2021

Theater Fold Surprise Birthday Card

Usually, I don't have trouble following construction instructions, but I must admit I had to watch the Taylored Expression video of the theater fold die card several times.  I did my own take on it and I think the result is pleasing. I started by choosing a flower print paper from a Taylored Expression 6x6 pad and a birthday gift sheet from a 6x6 pad that I purchased from HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  After using the theater fold die you will have pieces for two cards.  Oh yes, stamp and emboss the words before cutting the 2nd 6x6 sheet.  
I used a Whimsy stencil, Hero Arts stamp pad (from HM BFC) and Hero Arts blending brush to decorate the star background.  Next, I stamped the My Favorite Things image on marker paper and paper pieced the gift and girl's dress. I colored the girl with Copic pens before fussy cutting her out.     


When  fully opened the card is very 3D but still folds flat for mailing.

Here is a top view which reveals some of the construction.  Now that I figured out the assembly of the theater fold card, I'm sure that I will make more of them.  I have at least two more birthday cards to complete this month so check back to see how they turn out.  Hopefully, I will be able to take a bow after successfully finishing more cards using the applause-worthy theater fold die.


Sunday, June 27, 2021

Lucky Ball Caterpillar Birthday Card

 As young boys my sons were always tempted by money-eating toy machines offering plastic balls with mystery prizes.  It was cute to see them hope against hope for that elusive, much-desired toy.  When I saw the Mama Elephant stamp and dies sets, I knew they would make nostalgic birthday cards for both my boys.  One of my sons was also a bug enthusiast who raised many caterpillars into butterflies on our dining room table. I thought it would be fun to combine both of his boyhood passions into his birthday card this year. The ball machine had a center space for a message but I decided to turn it into a shaker element with a caterpillar in it.  Hero Arts had cute bug stamp and die sets so I used them to make it seem like the caterpillar was in the machine and a butterfly had hatched.  (You have to feed the caterpillar lots and lots of crown flower leaves for that miracle to happen!)  By mistake I stamped the images with non-waterproof black ink so when I tried to color them with Copic pens they smudged.  I fixed this problem with color pencils which gave the card a child-like coloring book style which I liked.  I used a Spellbinder die set to cut the words from gold foil paper and added 3D sticker stars for even more bling.  Hopefully, my son won't think this card is 'too cute' and it will bring back many happy childhood memories of wishing for that 'lucky ball' !  Maybe it's time to go to Vegas!!!!!

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Fairy and Butterfly Upcycled Container

This upcycled decorated container began as a cylindrical Crabtree and Evelyn soap box.  I liked the size and floral scent within the covered tube box.  Because I had recently seen a fairy card that really appealed to me, I decided to look through all my fairy crafting 'stuff'.  I discovered a barely used Hero Arts large die (from HM BFC...I think).  Usually, vellum cuts easily with detailed dies, but a thin vellum didn't cut well so I ran a thicker vellum through my Big Shot machine...several times.  I thought that the plum colored vellum looked just right on the Distress Oxide ink (HouseMart Ben Franklin Crafts) colored background paper that I made.  Measuring very carefully, I cut the background paper to fit the container, cutting the strip of paper for the cover from the whole piece so that the cover and bottom would match.  After gluing on the paper (Beacon 3 in1 glue), I also glued on the die cut fairy piece.

The back of the container looed so bare that I had to add something interesting.  I found a Spellbinder die and an a rubber stamp with a favorite saying so I used them on a leftover piece of hand dyed paper.  A butterfly sticker completed the look I wanted for the back.

I couldn't neglect the inside of the box especially because it had a few stains from the soap bars it once contained.  A thin botanical paper was a perfect fit and really dressed up the recycled box.
Here's a close-up of the fairy decoration showing the oval label and sparkly crystals that I added for a
little bling.


The top of the container needed a little decoration too, so I painted the rim with acrylic paint (to cover up the printed design of the original box and then glued on some fluffy flowers.  What do you think of the newly upcycled box?  Wonder what I'll put in it....maybe a gift of soap???  LOL!

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Father's Day Card 2021

My husband and I saw the movie, 'April Fools' early in our romance and quickly became entranced with the idea of frogs being the symbol for our relationship. When I saw the Hero Arts Hoppy Day stamp and dies sets it was a 'must have' purchase.  I thought that the frog image would pair well with the Lynda Kanase i-crafter die set which would provide a 3D scene.

In general, I stuck with the basic scene, coloring with Copic pens.  For the middle part with the swan, I cut off the bird and added a one-leg balanced frog that was stamped on Distress ink colored paper.  
This top view shows how the layered card was put together.  The section with the frog had the ends cut off and the panel was glued between the two other panels.  I used the Lawn Fawn die to cut the scripty words from foil paper.  I lost the apostrophe so I replaced it with a heart sticker (which also covered up an inky smear..heehee!).
Because the back of the card revealed where the Copic pens bled through the die cut scenery, I decided that a piece of light violet vellum would cover up the back as well as add a nice color. I used a scrap of leftover vellum to stamp and heat emboss the 'toadally awesome'.
Besides having our symbolic frog, I think this card really embodies my husband as a father.  He somehow manages to balance everything (work, family, and organizing our household) all while standing on one leg and being 'toadally awesome'!  He's the best father/grandfather to our boys and grandsons and me!  (I think I am his 'problem' child...hahaha!)


Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Boba Tea Shaker Card

As soon as I got the Mama Elephant Boba Tea stamp and die sets, I started planning out the card I wanted to make.  I didn't even have anyone in mind to send it to....hahaha! I thought that the Whimsy slimline die, embossing folder, and paper pack would work well for this card.  However, the paper was only 6x6 so I decided to cut little squares to place behind the opening.  I had some long-forgotten acrylic dots which reminded me of the tapioca balls that are in boba tea.  By making three individual shaker boxes I was able to make the card more interactive.  However, the acrylic dots were rather thick so I had to layer three strips of foam tape to form the shaker box before the dots would move around.  The thickness of the card made the sideview unattractive so I covered up the layers of foam tape with a skinny strip of pink cardstock.  I chose the woven pattern embossing folder because it looks somewhat like an Asian placemat.  A corner rounder was used at the last minute and it really pulled the whole card together.  I wanted to use the birthday saying in the stamp set but it didn't fit within the die cut 'boba' ball but now this card can be used for any occasion....just like I planned LOL!

Here is a close up of how I fixed the problem of the too thick shaker box. I think it was a good save.
This photo shows you how realistic the acrylic dots look as boba tea tapioca balls.

It's difficult to find envelopes for the slimline cards other than business ones.  For that reason, I decided to purchase the Whimsy slimline envelope die set.  It works very well and is easy to use.  There are three main parts and I just now figured out what the third big die is for.....making an envelope liner...DUH!  Oh well, I'll use it next time.  This set even has a bunch of address label dies and one for the stamp.  I think a fancy card deserves a fancy envelope so I make one when I have the extra time.  Here's to Happy Mail!


Friday, June 11, 2021

Bee Happy Bear Card

I've had an interest in bees ever since a hive decided to take up residence between the double walls of our house.  They built quite a large hive until it was evident that we had to remove them or risk the collapse of our side wall.  We tried smoking them out but that didn't work for long.  Bees are persistent insects.  Reluctantly, we resorted to poison but we felt really bad because we know that they worked so hard to build the hive.  To make up for the bee deaths, we decided to get involved in the Alan Wong Adopt a Bee Hive project at the U.H. of Hilo Agriculture dept.  We've pledged money to support the program which raises bees in box hives. We even have a hive with our name on it!  In return we learn about the progress of the bees and receive bottles of honey.  The honey is delicious!  Thank you bees!  
I made this card to honor the bees and even decorated the inside with my friends and their honeycombs.  I used the products below to decorate this card.  Leave a comment if you want to know more about a procedure or bee item.  You can leave a bee-utiful message too!  I love hearing from you!