Monday, December 5, 2022

Foiled Sentiment Xmas Tags

I recently treated myself to a new craft tool....a foiling machine!  Yes, I know they've been around for awhile but I thought stamping and using heat embossing powder was good enough. However, recently many craft companies have come out with some really cool foiling designs so I caved.  I am happy with my new investment.  The Spellbinder foiling machine is easy to use and with my Big Shot die cutting machine enables me to make some very professional papercrafts.  Shown above are my first two experiments using Hero Arts foiling plates and matching dies.  The papers I used were from Echo Park (purchased at HM BFC).  Since these were tests, I used some scrap papers (good way to use them up).  A large Little B tag die was used.  Hopefully, you'll be seeing some foiled  Xmas greeting cards on my next post.  Okay, going back to playing with my new, I mean tool! LOL!


Saturday, December 3, 2022

Xmas Recycled Burlap Gift Bags

Gosh, I sure do love recycling!.  Making something pretty and useful from other people's throw-aways is one of my joys.  When I attended a niece's wedding, I was happy to receive a rustic burlap bag of macadamia nuts...for the bag!  It was a cute size but had the couple's names printed on the front.  I decided to use a white Ken Oliver opaque paint to cover up the names.  I'm sure that regular thick white acrylic paint would work too, but I used what was on my craft table...LOL!  I put some folded paper inside the bag so that the paint wouldn't bleed to the back.  Once the paint was dry, I used Tim Holtz stencils to print the words.  The ink I used for stenciling was a permanent red stamping ink. I think that the curved stencil brushes work extremely well...medium size is most versatile.  Tim Holtz die cut old fashioned Xmas design paper pieces were added for color and nostalgia.  I also added jingle bells to the drawstrings and a small piece of holly garland to the 'cheer' bag.  When I start my recycled projects, I never know exactly what the result will be. Today the recycling gods blessed me with the creation of two unique gift bags which will hopeful make the recipients eager to see what they hold. Cheer and Peace to all recyclers!



Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Five-Minute Daiso Baby Card

Knowing that I would be in Japan when our niece would give birth to a new son and not having enough time to create a suitable card, I opted for a cheat.  I saw a really cute 3D baby card at Daiso and snapped it up for a $1.75 bargain price.  Upon opening the the packaging, I realized that it was not a baby card but a decorated envelope...huh?  Still determined to use this really sweet Daiso product, I decided to double stick  tape it to the front of a printed card made from a folded double sided card stock.  I chose a baby print card stock (plaid outside) that has a light design of clouds inside over which I can write a message.  To make the card even more special, I decided to leave the top of the envelope (card front) unattached so that money or a check gift can be concealed.  Daiso also sells colored envelopes that fit this slimline mini card.  They do have small red rectangles on the front which is probably for postage.  I used washi tape to conceal the rectangles but because my tape didn't conceal it with one layer, I doubled up.   I am very pleased with this quickie baby card because it looks good and worked well in a pinch. Go check out your nearest Daiso store to see what goodies you can find to make your life delightful!


Friday, November 25, 2022

Autumn Forest Tea Party

HM Ben Franklin Crafts has some lovely Echo Park 12x12 printed card stock which I wanted to use as the background for this card.  I chose a leaf print and then stenciled on Hero Arts bare tree trunks with Distress walnut stain.  I like the way that the leaves of the paper show through the tree trunks and make it look like the leaves are falling.  If you can't find the Echo Park paper, you could use the Hero Arts leaves stencil (shown in the photo below) behind the stenciled trees.  For the scene in the foreground, I chose Avery Elle stamp and die sets, Fall Picnic. I love the cute woodland creatures and colored them with Copic pens.  I tried to keep the colors muted so they would blend in with the forest background.  This card is my favorite one and celebrates a beautiful time of the year.

This autumnal card is the last one I will make this season and it is a thank you for my followers in blogland.  If I could I would throw a little party in the woods amongst the falling, rustling leaves.  There would be cake, tea and charming stories.  You are all invited!  


Monday, November 21, 2022

Chocolate Pecan Scones

 I just made a batch of Ina Garten's (Barefoot Contessa) Chocolate Pecan Scones (recipe available online). They turned out quite well...tender, buttery and light.  The dough was so heavy and sticky that I thought it would be scone bricks. LOL! I think next time I would add more pecans and perhaps take out some of the chocolate pieces.  These scones taste wonderful but perhaps a little jam or lemon curd would make them taste even better. I am a messy, lazy cook so I cut corners whenever I can.  For example, this recipe said to use a mixer to form the dough, but of course I just used a fork.  Also, the dough should have been rolled out with on a cutting board with a rolling pin but I just patted it out (with my hands) directly on the parchment paper that I was going to bake the scones on. I cut out the scones right on the parchment too....see lazy and messy!  But the results are what matters...right?..and these were  delicious so I guess I don't have to be a perfect cook to make perfect scones. Hahaha!

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Apple Picking Framed Collage

Recently, while on vacation we had the opportunity to go apple picking. It was something I had always wanted to do.  I learned that apple trees are a lot smaller than I imagined (see the trees in the background of the photo).  Also, there are lots of delicious apple varieties that never make it to markets in Hawaii. Anyway, once again I decided that a photo collage would be the best way to highlight the beauty and sweetness of the day.  First, I found a background paper that had a colorful graphic design of apples.  Because I wanted to show the apple trees in the background, I simply cropped the photo so that a good portion of the apple print paper was visible.  Using the Lawn Fawn die set with apples, it was simple work to cut and glue down apples, leaves and stems along the bottom of the collage.  Finally, the mice and framed sign were stamped, colored and die cut. The words from the stamp set were stamped with permanent ink and then cut out with a paper trimmer before coloring with a Copic marker.  I am very pleased with how this collage saves the special memories of the very special apple picking day, including the sweetness of the little fellow enjoying the crisp, sweet, just-picked apple.  I smile every time I look at this super easy project. I realize that it is a much better way to feature a photo than putting it in an album which would rarely get opened. Keep your sweet memories close to your heart.


Sunday, November 13, 2022

It's fun to see what I can create with less than perfect pearls and gemstones.  It makes me happy to make something pretty from parts that others would pass by.  These two pendants were wire wrapped with gold filled wire (don't use plated wire as it will lose its plating with handling).  The baroque pearls were strung with small gauge wire since pearl holes are super small. This thin wire was wire wrapped around the the larger gauge wire that was strung through the agate (top) and light blue gemstone (bottom).  The gemstones were rather plain looking before the pearls were added. These are truly one-of-a-kind pieces which I hope will be worn with pride.


Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Framed Pumpkin Boy Collage

What do you do with photos that are less than perfect?  Well, you can make them into a collage and frame it for gift giving or to mount on your wall.  This collage was inspired by some pages I saw in a scrapbooking magazine (but I don't do scrapbooks any more).  I started it with some printed card stock 12x12 paper that I purchased at HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  The card stock was cut to fit the frame (purchased from HM BFC).  I stamped the Whimsy cat image and colored it in before fussy cutting it.  I also fussy cut the little boy's photo so that the unwanted parts were eliminated.  The words were die cut from green foil paper and all the parts were glued down to the printed card stock before fitting it into the frame.  I really like the way this framed collage turned out mostly because it reflects the happiness of the day that we found the "ORANGE PUMPKIN" !!!!!

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Baroque Pearl and Amethyst Pendants


These three pendants were inspired by the stones and pearls I already had in my stash and influenced by jewelry I'd seen in jewelry magazines.  The top baroque pearl is a really unusual one that I found on a string of normal looking baroque pearls. I really love this pearl because of its shape and tri-color aspect. The bottom pendant was made from an amethyst irregular faceted gemstone and an earring that I made but couldn't find a second fancy amethyst head pin to make a pair.  These pendants may appear in my Hilo locker box or wrapped up as Xmas gifts for friends. Maybe one of them will end up in my jewelry box...heeheehee!  Merry Xmas to me!

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Gemstone and Baroque Pearl Earrings

 These earrings were inspired by an online jewelry site.  I saw the prices that were being charged and decided that I could easily make them with supplies I already had.  Fancy sterling and gold filled head pins can be purchased from HM Ben Franklin Crafts or online.  The baroque pearls were in my pearl stash but HM BFC usually has strands of them for reasonable prices.  There are online sites that also sell them but you won't be able to choose the ones with good luster and color.  These earrings will be put in my Hilo locker box for sale or maybe given as Xmas gifts.  I hope I've inspired you to get started with your jewelry crafts.  Earrings like these are super easy to make and inexpensive too.

Friday, October 28, 2022

Hexagon Halloween Shaker Card

This mini shaker card was created using Spellbinders hexagon dies. I started by forming a card from an Echo Park spider web printed card stock and then using the largest die to cut out the card.  Lining up the upper edge of the die with the fold of the card allows you to cut the card with the top folded edge intact.  I cut a second card from plain black card stock to use as a liner because the backside of the web card stock is too colorful and busy.  I used a smaller hexagon to cut the front window which I lined with clear acetate and framed the back of the window with foam strips. Sprinklets Halloween confetti and some sparkly tiny hexagon confetti were added to the acetate window.  Next was the tricky part....lining up the two cards without spilling the confetti. Once the card is aligned, double stick tape or glue can be added to the card's inner edges to form a sturdy card. For decoration, a Sizzix spider web die was used on vellum and part of the web was glued to a corner of the hexagon card front.  Finally, a Whimsy Halloween cat with a broom was stamped, colored (with Copic pens), and fussy cut by hand before attaching to the card with foam dot adhesives.  I am happy with the unique shape and layout of this Halloween card.  I think the confetti shaker really adds a fun element to this cute card....can't stop shaking this mini card. LOL! Have a safe and sweet Halloween night!


Monday, October 24, 2022

Zombie Halloween Card

Remember the iconic scene of Jack Nicholson in the Shining?  That's basically the look I was trying to achieve with this zombie card. I started by stamping the Whimsy image in black permanent ink onto white card stock.  Then I used watercolor pencils to roughly color in the zombies and lightly brushed them with water to blend the colors.  Next I cut a piece of DCWV Gauze Paper to fit the purple card blank.  I tore the center of the gauze paper rectangle to accommodate the zombie image.  Small pieces of the gauze paper were glued back to give a better frame for the image. I love the way the gauze paper fibers hang down over the zombies making them look even spookier.  The 'Happy Halloween' words were cut from grey card stock using the Whimsy die and glued down with Beacon 3 in 1 adhesive.  I usually make cute Halloween cards suitable for kids, but I did have fun with this one and now this zombie stamp is one of my favorites.  Oooooh! Noooo! Am I going to the dark side? Muahaha!


Thursday, October 20, 2022

Haunted House Slimline Card

I purchased the Whimsy Haunted Graveyard Border Die Set last year but didn't have time to try it out until this year.  I love the spooky look and the fact that it has three moon dies.  I used it to cut out a piece of textured grey card stock which I sprayed with Distress metallic ink.  I blotted the excess ink so the result was a slight shimmer. Perhaps I should have sprayed the ink on the paper first, let it dry, and then cut it out so that there would be speckles.  The background paper is from a Whimsy Stamps Designer Paper Pack called Nebula.  The moon was cut from a scrap of watercolor paper that I had hand dyed.  I really like the look of the moon with the die cut bats.  Maybe I should have sprayed the moon with shimmery Distress Ink too.  Overall, I think this card turned out well and it was super simple to make so that's a plus too. Please return to this site again to see a few more Halloween cards that I've been planning. It's the spooky season!


Sunday, October 16, 2022

Halloween Treat Bag from a Recycled HA Snack Bag

I'm always happy to receive a snack bag while on a Hawaiian Airlines flight....the snack is okay, but the bags are fabulous for upcycling.  The bag is made with a sturdy kraft paper with handles made from lovely woven ribbons strung through metal eyelets.  Here is what I made for two of my favorite trick-o-treaters.  On the front I placed a die cut raven (made from an old Tim Holtz product), Lawn Fawn die cut foil card stock words, and a pumpkin print card stock cut with a circle die.  Everything was glued down with 3 in 1Beacon clear glue.  The circles on the front and back of the bag were glued to cover the Hawaiian Airlines logos.


For the back of the same bag, I adhered a strip of printed card stock (houses with trick-o-treaters), a die cut gold foil circle, and a cat die cut from black card stock. I also tied on with decorative yarn a printed card stock tag cut with a Hero Arts Infinity die.  I am extremely happy with these bags (I made two) because they used up lots of my Halloween scrap papers and recycled bags that most people throw away after eating the HA snack.  I kept the bags simple because I'm sure that my two special trick-o-treaters are more interested in the goodies inside than the decorations outside. LOL!


Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Super Simple Trick O' Treat Card

To me Halloween is all about the candy not the cards....LOL! I kept these simple.  I used my new Lawn Fawn die to cut the letters from foil or glitter paper (DCWV).  I found some colorful printed Halloween card stock in my stash to use for the background.  Heiko double stick tape adhered the papers to the card blanks. Finally some translucent vellum paper was cut and torn to partially cover the words. This piece was attached on the three straight sides with tacky tape that comes in a hand held dispenser (Japanese product?) (maybe found at Daiso).
Here is a second version.  I think the torn vellum looks like a candy wrapper that I once ripped open in search of a sugar high. Hahaha!


Saturday, October 8, 2022

Embossed Autumn Leaves Card

I wanted to play with some newly purchased autumnal crafting supplies.  For this first card I used the Sizzix Autumn leaves embossing plate on light brown card stock.  To highlight the leaves and acorns, I rubbed on Ranger distress crayons.  Trimmed to size, this panel was adhered to a Kraft paper blank card. The words were die cut (using the Lawn Fawn die) from a light olive green shimmer paper (DCWV) and adhered with Beacon 3-in-1 glue.
For this second card, the leaves were embossed onto a watercolor paper that was rubbed with Distress crayons and sprayed with metallic Distress inks.  (Dry the paper before embossing.)  The cute Whimsy squirrel was stamped, colored with Copic inks and fussy cut by hand before attaching to the card with foam adhesive dots.  As you can see these cards were super simple to make and gave me a chance to try some new supplies and techniques.  It's just too bad my camera failed to capture the shimmery look of these cards.  I just returned from Boston and the leaves were just starting to turn colors, a yearly event which never ceases to inspire my card crafting. Fall is definitely my favorite season!


Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Fang-tastic Day Peek-a-Boo Pop-up Card

For a change, I didn't struggle with this interactive pop-up card, maybe because it had very few pieces and the Lawn Fawn instruction video was simple.  I love the way the card is folded and then when you pull it open the little twin bats pop out!  The stamp and die sets include several differently posed cute for Halloween!  I used paper from an old Martha Stewart Halloween paper pack and colored all the images with Copic pens.
There were several possible choices for the sentiment but I love word puns so of course I chose the Fang-tastic one.  It was stamped on leftover scrap paper and heat embossed with Platinum embossing powder.  One detail that is not really visible is that the paper has fine shiny spider webs on the greyish creepy!  I hope you'll try this new Lawn Fawn die set, Peekaboo Pop-Up.  I am absolutely positive you'll have fun creating all sorts of amazing cards all year long.


Friday, September 30, 2022

Lawn Fawn Snowball Fight Sample Card

This is the last and I think the best of the sample Lawn Fawn winter cards I will be showing you.  I love that it is an interactive card. When you pull out the the right side panel, the snowball throwing mouse pops out. It's so darn cute that I can barely stop playing with it.  I really think the Lawn Fawn constellation background cardstock is perfect for this card.  Even though I truly love this entire card, I probably won't copy it exactly because I can never resist adding my own touches.  I am thankful though that I was given this sample card because the Lawn Fawn designers are super talented and it is helpful to see their work close-up.  I hope that you've been inspired to make some fun holiday cards too....I'm sure that HM Ben Franklin Crafts can help you get started today!


Monday, September 26, 2022

Happy Fall Autumn Leaves Card

I am always attracted to crafting supplies with autumn leaves so of course I had to purchase the Hero Arts Bold Prints, Stencil square and Fancy dies shown below.  I started by stenciling the leaves onto some watercolor paper (the texture is very leaf-like).  I used three autumn colored stamping inks and applied them with soft bristled stenciling brushes.  Next I stamped the leaf print with copper metallic ink.  In the photo the swirling leaves are barely visible but up close it's a nice touch. Perhaps next time I'll stamp the image and then use heat embossing powder to make it stand out more.  I love the die cut leaves and acorns especially the embossed details.  They were cut from pearlized metallic papers which are usually available during the holidays.  The 'HAPPY fall' words (Lawn Fawn) were cut from copper colored glitter paper. I think the extra large glittered letters really convey the excitement I feel when the fall season arrives. Even if the leaves in Hawaii don't float down (unless the tree is dying...LOL) I think  autumn marks the beginning of the holidays....HOORAY!!!!!


Thursday, September 22, 2022

Lawn Fawn Winter Sample Cards

Here are two more Lawn Fawn sample cards that I wanted to show you so that you could purchase the supplies and start making your own Christmas cards.  I think both of them are simple to make and basically traditional but with a touch of cuteness.  I like the background in the top card because the stenciled trees look like they've been dusted with snow.  On the second card I was instantly drawn to the giant letters and very usable sentiment.  It's cute with the reindeer in the ugly sweater but really lots of images could be used to make this card charming.  Please check out your nearest HM Ben Franklin Crafts to see the newest Lawn Fawn holiday supplies.  It's time to do some holiday crafting!


Sunday, September 18, 2022

Recycled Chocolate Candy Gift Bag

I just couldn't resist turning this Ethel M gift bag into a special bag for a future home baked gift. It was started by cutting in half a 6x6 Whimsy dessert printed card stock (from a pack). Next I stamped and colored some images from a Whimsy stamp set. To add some realism I frosted the desserts with white dimensional paint (in a squeeze tube). and decorated with some fake candy sprinkles. Once the dimensional paint was dry, I fussy cut out the desserts and attached them with adhesive dots.  The 'But First Dessert' words were stamped and heat embossed in dark brown.  
For the back of the bag, I die cut the word 'Sweet' using a Whimsy die and some frosted/foil card stock.  The dessert images for the back were prepared like the ones for the front before they were attached with foam adhesive dots. I was going to leave the sides of the bag undecorated until I noticed that the Ethel M name was printed along the center of the gusset fold. I folded and glued down two paper doilies to the sides  (The part that extended beyond the sides were folded under because cutting would leave unsightly rough edges.  I think they coordinate well with the overall look I was trying to achieve because doilies say 'fancy treats' to me. LOL!  Recycling bags make me happy because I can imagine their life extending far beyond the usual one and done use. I have a second bag twin that is telling me to turn it into an autumn goodie bag. Please visit again to see how it turns out!


Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Lawn Fawn Sample Autumn Cards

Recently, I was lucky enough to receive some Lawn Fawn sample cards. They were lovely and cute so I decided to share them on my blog.  You will probably be able to purchase (from HM Ben Franklin Crafts) the stamps and dies to create similar cards.  I just love the word puns and the adorable creatures.  I will definitely be making my own versions of these cards but I thought you might like an advance look at the new LF items.  In future blog posts I will feature some of the other holiday Lawn Fawn card samples I received. Please come back for a peek at the crafty excitement.


Friday, September 9, 2022

I Scream for Ice Cream!

It's so hot that I feel like gobbling up ice cream all day.  To prevent this caloric binge, I decided to use my Avery Elle stamps and dies to make a 'sweet' card. It didn't take much effort to find a printed frozen treat card stock and adhere it to a lime green Paper Accent card.  The images were  stamped with permanent ink and colored with Copic pens. Matching Avery Elle dies made cutting out the images a snap and they were easily attached with foam dots. The sentiment from the stamp set was used on a strip of pink card stock before gluing down.  Stickles and fake sprinkles were applied to the frozen treats to add a little sparkle to the card. Making this card did not make the day any cooler but distracted me enough to stop thinking about ice cream.....for awhile....LOL!