Monday, January 16, 2017

Doughnut Birthday Card

 Today is my husband's (?th) birthday!  Happy Birthday Sweetie!  I wanted to make him a card with a different format because he is unique; his card should be too!  While moving (not cleaning up) my craft supplies I came upon several boxes of Making Memories long card blanks.  These cards were sold at BFC  years ago, but you can easily make your own by cutting two slits in a striped card stock and slipping a solid card stock piece (slightly smaller than the striped one) into the band.  It was easy work to stamp the images and words onto the solid card blank. Then I colored the donut kids in with watercolor pencils and applied Bo Bunny 'Sugar' pearlescent paint (in tube) as frosting, sprinkling it with some fake candy decors.
I turned the Sticko donut box sticker into a dimensional element by adhering pop-up foam stickers and then dusting the donut box sticker with cornstarch before removing the foam sticker backings. This photo shows where I will write my message to the 'birthday boy'. Oh yes, the stamps are from Neat and Tangled.  I only now realize that the 'extra' heads are supposed to be popped up over the other heads in the doughnuts, oh well, next time.  Thanks for visiting this blog....hope it was an enjoyable visit  Please return soon to see the other birthday card I made for my husband.....can't decide which one to give him....HELP!
                                                 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Dog Thank You, Valentine, Calendar Cards

 Hope you've all recovered from your New Year's celebrations.  Happy 2017!  Okay, time to craft those thank you notes and Valentine's Day cards.  Here I've combined them with calendars for the new year.
This is a close up of a dog image (which looks amazingly like our friends' dog, Charlie) from a Tim Holtz Sizzix stamp set. HM Ben Franklin Crafts is currently selling the large dog stamps and the matching dies.
 I love that the dies cut really close to the image so it looks like you hand cut them out.  I secure the dies with washi tape over the stamped images to be sure they don't shift while running them through my Big Shot machine.
 The Sizzix die set makes it really easy to cut out the stand up card blank and coordinating parts. There are lots more dies (in the set) to use to decorate the card blank.
This view shows how the cards stand up easily and are held in place by the tab in front of the calendar. I purchased the calendars online from Vippies (sold in various sizes).  In my next post I will show the cat version of this card. Please visit again and leave a comment if you can....love hearing from you!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Cat Thank You Calendar Cards

 As with the previous dog cards, I tried to match the cats with their owners.  This thank you calendar card is going to the owners of two grey sister cats who can often be found cuddling and napping together. The cat images of the cats on the left card are from a Neat and Tangled set that also had the words, 'purfect together'. which I heat embossed with gold powder.
When the card is opened and propped up on the tab above the calendar, it makes a nice year-round display.
The cat calendar card with the startled cat images are for another cat loving family.  The Sizzix die and stamp sets have both cats and dogs in a smaller version than the large dog stamp and die sets that I previously posted. HM Ben Franklin Crafts has many of the Tim Holtz animal stamps and dies...check them out!....so cute! The adorable cat printed papers are from a Doodlebug 6x6 paper pad.  Also shown in the photo below is a new stamp alignment tool by WeR memory keepers. HM Ben Franklin Crafts will be selling this tool which is similar to the Misti stamping tool that we sold earlier in the year. Both tools are equally satisfying to use and truly make stamping more precise and flawlessly repeatable.  Please return soon to see the sweet Valentine cards I will be crafting in the next few weeks.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

It's a Thank You! It's a Valentine! It's a Calendar!

I'm still cleaning up all the Christmas stuff, but just had to craft something in my super messy craft room.  Here I've used a new stamp set by Santoro that will be selling soon at HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  I love all the sweet images in this line of cling stamps.
The pastel striped and gold accented papers are from a line of Christmas paper that I didn't use in my Xmas crafting because it wasn't 'Christmasey' enough.  I love how the soft feminine image matches the precious paper.
I added heart candy-like buttons (shanks cut off) to the upper corners of the cards which along with the gold foil die cut 'love' (die is in Sizzix card blank die set along with lots of other decorative dies) help to make this card suitable for a Valentine gift card.
The Vippies calendar (ordered online) was adhered with the self-stick strip on the back of the calendar.
This side view shows how easy it is to stand up the card front for displaying.
Thank you for stopping to read this post.  I hope you enjoyed your visit. Please come again for new ideas and inspiration for a crafty 2017!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Peace and Merry Christmas to All!

The thing about this card that makes it the worst to photograph is also the thing I like the most....the iridescence, sparkle and shine.....so mystical that it can't be captured by a digital camera!  However blurry, the message of PEACE is one that I send to everyone in blogland via this card.
The origami style reindeer images were stamped on blue foil card stock and cut out with the matching Hero Arts dies.  The rolling hills were cut from a long hoarded piece of dyed and foiled specialty paper.  I feel that the die cut (Sizzix) ' PEACE' font (cut from glitter card stock) was a good compliment to the angular lines on the deer and hills. The pearlized lavender card base is another hoarded supply that surely can still be found at a stationery store.  The Hero Arts and Sizzix products as well as the snowflakes were purchased at HM Ben Franklin Crafts, a local store where you can get all your crafting 'fixes' every day of the year. Cheery crafting and splendid shopping to all our BFC patrons in blogland! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Xmas Tree Calendar/Candy Party Favor

Here is the Xmas favor I came up with this year for our annual holiday brunch.  I wanted to include something that would be usable for the guests so I started with a little Studio G stand up chalkboard memo holder I found at HM Ben Franklin Crafts ($1.50).  I used a Bistro marker (but chalk works well, too) to write my name (or the other guest's) on the memo holder.  Then I die cut the trees and sentiments (Sizzix set).  I found that a rolling tape glue works well to get just enough sticky stuff on the back of the words to adhere it to the tree.  For the tree topper I glued on a snowflake sequin and added a small sun one that I had in my stash. The tree was clipped in the memo holder along with the top of a goodie bag.
This is the back of the favor where you can see the Heiko cello bag (with the top attached to the memo holder) and Xmas sticker. The Heiko products were also sold at HM BFC.
When the treats are eaten the guest will be left with an erasable chalkboard memo holder with a (Vippies) calendar attached to the back.  I think it is nice to make favors that don't end up in the trash or contain artificial flowers that sit on a table collecting dust.  At least with these favors the recipient can put the calendar on his/her desk and even use it to hold memos/chalk in reminders. I'm sure you will find many other uses for the this die that are not shown on the package so let your creativity float like snowflakes this holiday season.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Using Dies to Dress Up Gift Bags in a Jiffy

Okay, the crunch is really on, but these bags only require a few minutes of crafting because of the fabulous dies available at HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  This winter village scene bag was pretty but not unique so I added two iridescent vellum panels of die cut snowflakes (Sizzix). A piece of frosty mini garland was used to tie the panels shut. The 'Winter Wishes' ( Sizzix) were die cut from silver foil DCWV paper        
When the panels are untied, the wintery village scene can be viewed.
Here is the same bag with a die cut (Ionic) gold foil deer and the 'Winter Wishes' cut from Paper Arts glitter paper. The Ionic reindeer has fancy antlers and an embossed body which make him very handsome. I made his collar from a mini holly garland (Darice) that I purchased at BFC.
 These are the dies that I used to fancy up these bags. It was easy and fun....give it a try...you have two more days, so craft like a crazed elf! LOL!