Monday, July 4, 2022

Cat Birthday Cake Card

I made this simple card with the idea that it would be for a no frills or fancy pop-ups. Really, even my sons don't cherish my handmade cards. I doubt they've kept any of them.  Harrumph! Anyway, both my boys have two cats in their households. One cat in each pair believes she is human and entitled to all the goodies and comforts that we enjoy. Of course once I saw the clear stamps in the Ai set, I couldn't resist making birthday cards from the hilarious images and words.
I started by stamping with permanent black ink onto a white card blank that I made from watercolor paper.  Using my smaller stenciling brushes, I scrubbed on some Distress Oxide inks onto the background and then sprinkled it with water before blotting to create a splotchy look.  Next, I used Derwent watercolor pencils to color in the image before 'painting' with water.  I was so tempted to add sprinkles and glitter, but I refrained myself.  I hope the humor rather than the beauty of this card will add pleasure to my sons' birthdays. Here's to many, many more birthdays (and cards) for my wonderful sweet boys! (They are actually my young men...LOL!)


Thursday, June 30, 2022

Bee-Hapee Gift Bag

I love honey and have a high regard for industrious bees so I collect lots of bee papers, dies, stamps, and embellishments.  I have a friend who has 'Queen Bee' in her email address so I love giving her bee related craft items packaged in decorated bee bags. Here is the latest bag I decorated for her using a L'Occitane bag because of it's great golden yellow color.  I tried to just cover up the words on the bag but I got a little carried away and ended up covering almost all of the exterior of the bag.  Hahaha!  I started with a sheet of Disney Winnie-the-Pooh paper because of the honey comb design.  In my stash I found a cute bee ribbon (purchased at HM BFC) which I used to embellish the rim of the bag and made a bee bow with a Darice felt bee.
This close up shows the texture I added by impressing a hexagon in a texture plate. By cutting off the shank of the Darice bee buttons I was able to add more cuteness.
On the back of the honeycomb bag, I added a Whimsy stamped bear and bee hive.  They were stamped, colored with Copic pens, and fussy cut before adhering with foam adhesives.  The labels on the front and back of the bag were made from stamped words that were in the Whimsy set.
I loved the other bear image in the stamp set so I HAD to use it on at least one crafted item for my Queen Bee friend.  I chose to decorate a Sierra Pacific note pad with a magnetic closure.  
It was easy to cover the notepad with printed card stock (Doodlebug) and add the colored bear image plus the stamped words.  
I've found many 'bee items' to fill the gift bag for my sweet friend. I hope she'll appreciate the effort that went into its creation bee-cuzzzz she is truly the Queen Bee!


Sunday, June 26, 2022

To-Go Cup Gift Card Holder

I thought you might like to see the To-Go cup gift card holder I made to match the birthday card that I posted earlier. Because I didn't have any more of the hand dyed and stenciled paper that I created for the card, I searched my Hawaiian print papers for something that would match.  I found a paper, but it was too thin to use as a gift card holder so I cut an extra set from plain card stock and glued the die cut Hawaiian print paper to it.  Using Kraft-paper colored card stock for the other parts of the cup, I was able to create a card holder that pleased me.  I was happy that the Ai set has both the stamps and dies.  The dies even make impressions that add to the realism and there are word stamps included too!.  On the backside of the card holder you can see the gift card peeking out at the corners.  Amazingly, the gift card color matched the card holder too....can you guess what company logo is on the gift card?


Wednesday, June 22, 2022

A very special little boy is celebrating a 2nd birthday so I decided to make him a Spot birthday card to go with the Eric Hill Spot books we are giving him this year.  I remembered an old Sizzix die that I had to make step cards and thought it would be a perfect base for the images and die cut words.  The Spot clear stamps were from a set that came with a magazine I purchased from Barnes and Noble. They were stamped with permanent black Momento ink, colored with Copic pens, fussy cut, and adhered with foam adhesives. The balloons were enhanced with transparent glitter.
This side view shows how simple it would be to make this card even if you don't have the die....just some straight cuts and a corner clipper. I chose a balloon printed card stock that had a reverse side of colorful twisted banners so that the card and front panels could all be cut from one 12x12 piece of card stock. The word plaques were from a set of die cut pieces I found in my stash of birthday stuff.  I used the Lawn Fawn die cut numbers to cut out the foil '2'.  The 'Happy Birthday' words were also a stamp that came with the Spot stamp set. As a fan of the Spot books, I think the birthday boy will enjoy this card which can be put on display in his room. Here's to another great year of reading!

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Happy Dad's Day Card

Although my husband doesn't tell Dad jokes, he is a pretty funny guy. We love to make jokes about him!  I couldn't resist using the new Lawn Fawn stamp and die sets, You Goat This and Dad Jokes for his Father's Day card.  Word pun jokes are so lame that they're funny. The goats are really cute and easy to color....they'll be used on future cards for sure.
Included with the 'You Goat This'  stamp set are the words I used on the inside of the card.  The pretty mint green floral background paper is actually a sheet of origami paper I purchased from Daiso.  There are 60 assorted beautiful floral 6x6 sheets in a pack for only $1.50....a fantastic deal!  (I used dry tape  to adhere the origami paper sheets to the card.)  Whenever anyone was labeled the G.O.A.T.  I didn't understand what it meant and thought they were insulting the person. Hahaha! Rather than calling him an old goat, I decided to use this card to let my husband know that we all think he IS the Greatest Father of All Time!                                                     


Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Imagine Unicorns Card

I couldn't wait to make something with a sheet of Whimsy Rainbow Magic slimline card stock. The sheets are so pretty and colorful. I thought that they would pair well with unicorn stamps and since I hadn't inked up the Whimsy unicorn zebra stamp, it was the one I chose. I thought it would be fun to have the zebra  imagining himself as a unicorn.  I used Versa Magic dazzle ink to stamp the zebra, unicorns and 'imagine'. Then I heat embossed them with Nuvo black sparkle powder.  The images were colored with Copic markers and glittered up with transparent clear powder. They are really sparkly but it's not obvious from the photo.  The clouds were embossed with clear Dazzle ink and Nuvo turquoise powder.  I use clear Dazzle ink because if necessary the stamped image can be wiped off if flaws are seen after the powder is applied but before heating. I chose to frame the rainbow slimline card stock with lavender and found a matching slimline envelope (Paper Accents envelope pack at HM BFC).  This card was made just for fun but I can see using it as a graduation card, birthday card, or maybe even a retirement card. Imagine!


Friday, June 10, 2022

Simple Pearl and Gemstone Earrings

I was making two earrings for gifts so I decided to make two extra to sell in my locker box at Hilo HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  The hardest thing about making these earrings is choosing the pearls and gemstones to make matching pairs.  I use just one ball end gold filled head pin for each earring in the pair.  A needle nose plier was used to form the small loop (and wire wrap the excess wire) from which the earring will hang from the gold filled ear wire.  The other essential tool is the side cutting clipper (see lower left hand of tool set) Although I did buy this small amazing tool set from HM  BFC, for this simple jewelry project I really only used the two tools mentioned. I work over an empty open box from Big Island Candies which is set upon a folding TV tray in front of our flat screen TV. It's a simple but productive work area for me.  If you are looking for an easy craft project you should try making earrings. I think you will really enjoy making wearable crafts.


Monday, June 6, 2022

Bokeh Friendship Card

This simple card was inspired by the Whimsy Stamps paper pack called Bokeh Bliss. I loved the beautiful designs even though I had no idea what bokeh was. A Google search revealed that bokeh refers to the out of focus dots that a camera lens captures in some photos.  Anyway, I decided that most of the sheets in the 6x6 paper pad would pair well with this old Hero Arts wooden handled stamp, Design Block Happiness Grows. It was super easy to stamp the design onto the paper with clear ink and heat emboss it with silver embossing powder.  Using a Sizzix die, I cut out a square to fit on the 5" square card blank and used double stick Heiko tape to adhere it. The last step was to glue on the acrylic dewdrops.  This friendship card (good for many occasions) was a snap to make and I was able to make it and blog it in just two hours!  You know I'm going to make more and now you know what 'bokeh' means too!


Thursday, June 2, 2022

Welcome Little One Card

Since I had all my baby crafting supplies out and an extra piece of the printed card stock that I had leftover from the previous baby shower card, I decided to make a matching baby card. Also, I wanted to test out a new scallop frame die from Whimsy and I thought that this card would be enhanced by the fancy edging.  I started with a card blank with a shimmer finish. I intended to align the scallop die almost to the edge of the card fold so that the card would have a scallop hinge.  However, I cut through both layers and had to deal with two scalloped pieces.  The solution was to fold the top edge of the back piece and glue it to the front piece.  I think the resulting card is better than what I had planned.  It was simple work to use the smaller straight sided die to cut the printed card stock and adhere it to the scalloped card blank.  Also super simple was using the Echo Park word dies to cut the purple shimmer paper and glue them onto the card front.  

The cute giraffe was made using the Sizzix stamp and die set. I colored the giraffe with water color pencils and tied a pastel Heiko ribbon around her neck.  While going through my baby crafting supplies, I 'discovered' a really good word stamp that I forgot I had. It was a no-brainer to use it inside the card...jazzing it up with some Doodlebug dimensional heart stickers.  I think that it is fun to coordinate the shower card with the baby card....wonder if the parents will notice?  I imagine they'll be way too busy with the 'little one'....LOL!


Sunday, May 29, 2022

Sweet Potato Scones

These odd looking scones are my adaptation of a sweet potato scone recipe I found in Tea Time Magazine.  I replaced the pecans with chunks purple sweet potato. The recipe already had pureed sweet potatoes (I used white sweet potatoes for the puree.) which intrigued me.  I wanted the scones to be sort of like the ones I ate in Japan.  The recipe called for 1/2 cup heavy cream and more if needed. I ended up needing about 3/4 cup because the dough was so dry.  The resulting dough was rather heavy and play doh- like so I didn't have hope for the end product.  However, the baking aroma was enticing and the final scones were not only pretty and light, but delicious too! This time I added a sprinkling of nutmeg but I think in my next batch I will add chopped candied ginger instead of the powdered ginger which could not be tasted.  Experimenting with recipes is sort of a hobby for me. My husband says it's the scientist in me. I agree except that my experiments are edible...usually. LOL!

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Flower Petal Stenciled Card

Like the cards in the previous post, these were made by first making a background using Distress Oxide Inks (available at HM BFC) and then stenciling the petal design using a TCW stencil and Brilliance Inks.  As you can see, even though the cards were made in the same way with the same inks and dyes, the look varies even as you just tilt the card.  I love the changing colors and iridescence.  Sorry that you can't read the words on the second photo but when the card is tilted the other way you can.

I hope you'll check out the fabulous stencils sold at HM Ben Franklin Crafts and give the new stencil brush a try.  It will make you a stenciling maniac like me....LOL!

Oops!  I have the wrong stencil in this photo....too lazy to retake it...sorry.

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Hawaiian Plants Stenciled Card

These stenciled cards were fun and easy to make but very difficult to photograph.  They have a very interesting iridescence due to the use of the Brilliance inks.  They were started by applying Distress Oxide inks to thick Marker paper (from HM Ben Franklin Crafts) and sprinkling with water to cause spots.  Next Brilliance inks were applied through the stencil with the Hero Arts stencil brush. (This new type of stencil brush is so much better and easier to use than the old flat top stencil brush.)Finally, VersaMark Dazzle ink was stamped on the card fronts and heat embossing powder was applied. (I like the Dazzle ink because it stamps clear and is moist enough to sufficiently hold the Nuvo embossing power.

Since I was already making the birthday card for someone special, I decided to create another one for my 'thank you card' stash. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that the stencil is a TCW product sold at HM Ben Franklin Crafts. There were lots of gorgeous stencils on sale when I bought this one! With the new brushes and Brilliance ink pads, stenciling is super fun ......... give it a try!


Friday, May 20, 2022

Whisking You a Happy Birthday Card

This card was created for an 'oldie but goodie' girlfriend. We don't mention our birthday ages anymore...LOL! Art Impressions has a whole line of clear stamp images and sayings appropriate for old lady birthdays.  I chose this aproned cook because she kinda looks like me.  The original cook was holding a cupcake and holding a plate of cupcakes but I thought a birthday cake would be more appropriate so I colored and fussy cut the cake image and glued it over the plate of cupcakes.  Also I fussy cut the whisk and replace the cupcake with it.  I thought it was a good swap out.  I chose two sayings that matched the card and adhered them to the plaid card blank (from a boxed card set purchased at HM BFC).  The images were colored with Copic markers and a little Scribbles glitter glue was added to the cake.  Inside the card I stamped the saying from the other Ai stamp set, 'Happy 29th Birthday from your 110 lb. friend!' I hope this card will crack up my friend and brighten her (?) birthday.


Monday, May 16, 2022

Mother's Day and Spring Pop Up Platform Cards

These cards were inspired by the new Lawn Fawn 'Beary Rainy Day' stamp and die sets.  I just love the images and couldn't wait to pair them with the Lawn Fawn platform pop-up dies.  The hardest decisions I had to make were the color and paper choices.  The scenes were colored with Copic pens before die cutting.
I found the perfect rainy background paper (from my stash of HM BFC sale cardstock) that was used to cut the back drop.  The water design paper used to form the platform is a Lawn Fawn product.
For this Mother's Day card I used a card stock that had a pink (with gold flecks) stripe on a grey marble like print. The stripe fit exactly within the die so when folded the platform really looked like a stage.
Here is a view of the backs. The back of the smiling cloud background card stock had a rainbow design that fit well with the card.  The back of the raining cloud card stock was green with numbers so I cut a second cloud one and glued it to the front one before adhering it to the platform.  As you can see the back of the umbrella is white.  I had to glue die cut white card stock to some of the die cut pieces to cover up the Copic pen ink that bled through to the back.
This is what the cards look like flattened for inserting in an envelope for mailing. From this view you can see the gold stripe that was part of the pink platform part.  I heat embossed the Happy Mother's Day with gold powder on rainbow striped card stock.  The other card has dark blue embossed words, 'Hello Spring'.  Even though it took me longer than usual to create these cards, I really love the way they turned out. It was so worth getting the platform dies and add-ons because they can be used to make a wide variety of cards by simply changing the images.  I think I can even make the platforms now without consulting the Lawn Fawn video! Even though these cards are fairly uncomplicated, I think the recipients will be impressed and keep the cards on display...maybe a little longer than others.  I hope you'll try to make a platform card, too....guarantee that you'll be hooked like me!


Thursday, May 12, 2022

Easter Bunny Platform Card

Here is my first platform card using the Lawn Fawn dies. Although it took some concentration and several viewings of the LF instruction video ( I'm definitely not a paper engineer), I'm thrilled at the result.  I think choosing the right printed card stock is the key to making something pleasing.
Here is a side view which may give you a better look at the construction.  For the images I used the Doodlebug stamps and dies, plus some Doodlebug egg stickers.  The backdrop was made from a Doodlebug card stock and LF die.  The plaid paper is a Lawn Fawn product.  
Here's how the card looks that the bunny ears peek out!  The LF word stamp was embossed with aqua embossing powder and die cut with the matching Lawn Fawn die.
It's amazing that the whole platform compresses down to fit into a regular greeting card envelope. I hope the recipient of this card will be surprised and delighted. I'm looking forward to my next platform card creation...perhaps a Mother's Day one.  Come back to see what pops up! Hahaha!
P.S. This card was made before Easter but I only got around to posting it today....where do the days go?

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Baby Shower Shaker Card

I 'discovered' some cute rocking horse confetti (from HM BFC) in my stash aka 'hoarded stuff' and decided to use them to make a shaker baby shower card for the daughter of a very dear friend.  As with previous shaker cards, I used a Heiko clear cellophane bag ( purchased from HM Ben Franklin Crafts) to make the shaker part.  It is simple to cut baby themed card stock to fit the bag and sized to the blank card front. After the confetti (rocking horses and hearts) was enclosed in the clear bag it was sealed and taped in the back.  
The whole shaker component was adhered to the card blank with double stick Heiko tape.  I added a BABY SHOWER die cut (from old stash) and a 'It's a GIRL' charm (from HM Ben Franklin Crafts). Heiko thin pastel colored ribbon was tied onto the jump ring on the charm.  This card was super simple to make and has a cheerful look which matches the upcoming happy event. Welcome Sweet Baby Girl!

 P.S. Don't forget to make matching tags with the leftover printed card stock. (HM Ben Franklin Crafts always has a delightful selection of baby themed papers in stock.) I used the Hero Arts Infinity tag dies to cut the tag base. It also comes with dies to make the reinforcement circles which are desirable when stringing thick ribbons...keeps the holes from ripping.  You can find an ample supply of ribbons and twine at HM BFC. They will definitely add the finishing touch to your matching tags.