Whoa! Have you seen the pen department in HM Ben Franklin Crafts? It is a new craft section for the stores and features pens from Japan including the famous Frixion brand. These colorful Frixion pens come in ball point, markers, and highlighters all with the amazing friction erasers. I absolutely love these pens and I'm thrilled that I can purchase them here in Hawaii.
Okay, onward to more good news..... It's time to announce the winner of the July un-contest for commenters to my blog posts. As some of you might know, every once in a while I pick a winner from all the comments I receive in a randomly chosen month. This time KAREN, who writes her Have a Scrap Happy Day blog, is the winner of the prizes in the photo below, including a $25 gift card to HM Ben Franklin Crafts. Congratulations Karen!.... and thank you to all of you who send comments to me. I really appreciate your support. Your kind words keep me going on days when I wonder if anyone is reading and enjoying my posts. I truly love sharing information about what I purchase and how I use the craft items. Happy crafting forever!
When I spied the new In'spire paper dies from Spellbinders at HM Ben Franklin Crafts, it was impossible to buy just one. The panda die and bamboo one are just two of the many I scooped up and loaded into my shopping basket. I started with the Studio G black arched blank card and simply used the Kaiser Craft embossing folder and printed card stock paper (from pad) to make the background. I love the way that the gold cloud paper matches the curves of the green embossed hill. The sentiment square came directly from the Kaiser Craft printed die cut package. This card is so simple; it practically created itself. Please go check out the new assortment of Spellbinder dies and Kaiser Craft products at HM Ben Franklin Crafts and I know you'll be inspired too!
This gift bag was made in a similar fashion to the last one. A blue bag was chosen and the Liquitex modeling paste was added using the TCW Nautilus stencil (from HM Ben Franklin Crafts), To highlight and add shimmer to the raised design, fine glitter (Queen and Co) was added to the still wet stenciled pasted design. Because there was some smudging, I covered it with a light spritz of glitter spray and that camouflaged it.
The sea horse/sand dollar tag was constructed from die cut watercolor paper. The top of the sand dollar was folded before cutting and set just beneath the cutting edge of the Tim Holtz die to form a 'sand dollar' mini card. Both the sand dollar and seahorse were colored with Tim Holtz Oxide dyes, sprinkled with Infusion dye powder and the sand dollar was rubbed with a bit of Bo Bunny glitter paste. I found an 'ocean-like' yarn in my ever-growing stash of yarns which added the perfect 'seaweed' touch that I was trying to achieve. Well, that's it for my ocean themed gift bag...hope you liked it. Leave me a comment if you can. I LOVE hearing from you!
A blogger friend of mine,Yvonne (Do More With Less) Yam, featured lots of lovely, decorated gift bags in her recent post. I decided I needed to build up a stash of ready-to-go decorated gift bags, too. Here is an example of what I made using a pineapple stencil ( Echo Park) I purchased from HM Ben Franklin Crafts. Together with Liquitex light modeling paste (also from HM BFC) I was able to create a raised texture which is very appealing to me. First, I sprayed the back of the plastic stencil with Elmer's Spray Adhesive and then I adhered the stencil to the bag (from an economical BFC multiple bag pack). With my finger I applied the modeling paste, carefully pulled up the stencil, and let the bag dry.
Next, I stamped onto watercolor paper and heat embossed the Avery Elle pineapple design before die cutting it. I used Tim Holtz Oxide Inks and Infusion dye powder to color the image. For the 'aloha' I used the Avery Elle die to cut two shades of green card stock and off-set them to give a shadow look. With the addition of raffia to tie the pineapple tag onto the bag, the any occasion pineapple gift bag was ready for giving. Hope that you will look at the amazing stencils sold at HM Ben Franklin Crafts and see what you can create with them. Happy Crafting!
There is something addictive about making shaker cards so I just couldn't put away the Sizzix shaker card die that I used on my last posted blog card. The die set that I purchased from HM Ben Franklin Crafts has a small die piece that makes the pocket for enclosing the sequins....so easy! I cut the card base from a 12x12 American Crafts paper from the Shoreline series...old stock. The fruit slice design front piece came from the Bo Bunny 6x6 Lemonade Stand paper pad and the Sweet Life word sign was fussy cut from a Doodlebug 6x6 paper pad called Fun in the Sun. I was happy to discover that I had just the right sequin colors of pink, green and yellow to match the fruit slice paper. I even put in some Queen & Co. clear diamond toppings to look like ice and so there would be more sparkle and shaking noise. The umbrella in the drink was die cut from printed origami paper and the drink was colored with Copic pens and color pencils to highlight the embossed ice cubes made by the die.
For the inside of the card I used the circle that was cut from the front and the gold foil paper 'celebrate' (cut with an Avery Elle die) was added. This drink was also cut with one of the Cutter Bee dies from the set that I just couldn't pass up at HM BFC.....and I don't even drink! I think this card is very refreshing and satisfied my need to shake, shake, shake!
This card was created for a new friend I met in Wichita. Hi Carla! I wanted to send her a special thank you card for the hospitality and gifts she gave us during our short stay in her hometown.
I like to make shaker cards when I want a fancy effect but they are often too tedious. The Sizzix die set that I used takes away much of the hard work. First I used the largest square frame to cut the card base....just put the top edge of the die beyond the fold of the Kaiser Crafts card stock so the top fold will remain intact, forming the card. I used the largest circle to cut a piece of acetate to glue behind the front window. The neat part of this die set is that it comes with a small piece that forms the channel for enclosing the sequins. (Use double stick tape to fasten several pieces behind the window to go all around the inner square.) Put the sequin flowers from Eva's (Crafting This and That blog) Etsy site and my stash of Flower Soft down inside first before sealing them in with the upper windowed piece. The orchids were simply made with the Hero Arts stamp and die sets on watercolor paper using Distress Oxide Inks.
The circle that was cut out from the front of the card was heat embossed with gold powder (NUVO) using a Taj 'mahalo' stamp. I think this card was successful because the Kaiser Crafts 12x12 sheet (purchased at HM Ben Franklin Crafts) had front and back designs which coordinated well with each other. The Sizzix die set (from HM BFC) really made forming the shaker card a snap and assures that I will be making more in the future. Thanks for stopping by! Hope you'll visit again soon to see what other creations I whip up. Please leave a comment if you have time to spare...love hearing from you!
I think unicorns are making a come back from the 70's. This makes me happy....love rainbows, hearts and unicorns. I guess I'm still a little girl in spirit. Avery Elle has a delightful unicorn stamp set and matching die set which when paired with Doodlebug Designs 12x12 magical unicorns double sided card stock made this fantasy step card.
This side view shows the folds of the step card that was easily die cut using the Sizzix die shown in a previous post. The unicorn print on the card stock was so pretty I didn't want to cover it up. I chose to cut the inner panels from gold flecked vellum so the design shows but makes a softer background for the unicorns and rainbows. The sentiments from the Avery Elle stamp sets were stamped in gold and heat embossed with NUVO gold embossing powder (available at HM Ben Franklin Crafts).
Here is a close up of the glittered unicorns. I used Glossy Accents (Ranger) as the adhesive for the Martha Stewart (tinsel) and Queen & Co (pixie dust) glitters. The clouds were decorated with MS glitter flocking but sadly the photos don't show this textured effect. The rainbows were colored with Prismacolor pencils (form HM Ben Franklin Crafts) and then covered over with Glossy accents before die cutting.
I hope that this card made you smile and remember the sweet days of your youth. Let's encourage a new generation to believe in beautiful, magical images. Craft some smiles today!