November 9th, 2009

candy holder craft project

This Holiday craft project is a candy holder made with card stock, acrylic and a ribbon. It couldn’t be simpler, but of course, you could decorate it any way you choose.

The inspiration came from a make and take at Clipper Street Scrapbook Company, a craft store in Langley, BC. It was one of the make and takes at their annual Christmas open house.

In the video demonstration below, I used a Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Circles Die Template to cut the shape in the middle. At Clipper Street, we used the Spellbinders S4-220 Nested Pine Trees Die Template. That’s the one shown in the picture above.

One tip: if you’re going to do this using a die cut machine (I used the Sizzix 655268 Big Shot Cutting-and-Embossing Roller-Style Machine
), its a good idea to tape your die in place before cutting. Otherwise, it can slip a bit during the cutting and that destroys the symmetry of the candy holder.

Here is the video demonstration:

Although this little 3-D candy holder is made as a holiday or Christmas craft project, you could adapt it easily to make wedding favors, or to make a holder for Valentines Day, birthday parties, Easter, Halloween or any other holiday or special occasion.

October 28th, 2009

These Christmas cards (0r Holiday) cards are easy to make, eco-friendly and economical. They can be quite attractive too, depending of course on your choice of papers and embellishments. They can also be considered “altered art” since essentially I altered an existing object to make them.

I used a box of Christmas cards from the Dollar Store, but recycled cards from last year would work well. Naturally, you can make from scratch if you want to cut card stock and fold it in half.

The papers I used are scraps from my stash, left over gift wrapping paper from last year and scraps of attractive paper that arrived in the mail.

Embellishments are stamped images, ribbon (gift wrap ribbon from last year), stickers, bits of lace and rick rack, buttons, paper flowers cut with a craft punch, hand journaling and pretty much anything else you want to use.

Here are seven cards made from the same design:

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Here is a video demonstrating how to make the card. If you’re an experienced paper crafter, I doubt if you will find anything new in it, but if you are new to card making and crafting, perhaps you’ll be interested.

This season,  I plan on saving my Christmas cards that I receive and recycling them next year, as well as any salvageable gift wrap, stickers and ribbons that come into my home over the holiday season.

October 19th, 2009

cover of hand made birthday journal This hand made birthday journal was inspired by a project I saw on a crafting community called Life on the Scrap Beach.

The journal is called My Year, and its a gift for a friend’s birthday.

I made the project 100% from my stash, since I’m trying to use up the supplies I already have before I buy yet more. The downside of stash-using  is that not all pages coordinate well. The upside is that in addition to saving me some money and reducing the piles of craft supplies in my home, it also forces me to use more hand made embellishments and to strive for more creativity in design.

Each page in this little book  has a title and contains tags for journaling.  The book has a wire binding, made with the ZUTTER BIND IT ALL SCRAPBOOK & PAPER CRAFT TOOL. The titles and a die cut on the front and back covers are made with the Cricut Expression 24-Inch Personal Electronic Cutting Machine.

I’ve never been a huge fan of the Cricut because for quite some time I could not get it assembled correctly. Now that its working the way it should, I am warming up to it.

Here is my video demo of my hand made birthday journal:

I have used a number of techniques that I have demonstrated in other videos.   People new to crafting or people unfamiliar with the tools and techniques  might want to check them out:

1. Video Demo of the Zutter Bind-It-All
2. Video Demo of the Sizzix Big Shot Universal Die Cutting and Embossing Machine
3. Video Demo of the Burnished Velvet Glitter Technique
4. Video Demo of Basic Rubber Stamping, Masking and Coloring
5. Video Demo of Heat Embossing

This hand made birthday journal is in the mail now. I hope it arrives in time for the birthday.

September 19th, 2009

especially for you card made with embossing, stamping and punch art flowers

This “Especially for You Card” includes dry embossing, stamping and a punch art paper flower with a rhinestone center.

The yellow card is made with Bazzill card stock, the shiny kind.

The first step, after cutting the card stock and scrapbook paper,  was to stamp the sentiment on the scrapbook paper. The stamp is Especially for You by Great Impressions. I suggest stamping before embossing, otherwise the stamped image will be uneven.  You should probably make your paper flower first, so you can use it as a guide to place the stamping on the paper.

I embossed the scrapbook paper using the Sizzix 655268 Big Shot Cutting-and-Embossing Roller-Style Machine and the Cuttlebug A2 Embossing Folder, Spots and and Dots.

If you are new to this die cutting and embossing tool, I have a video tutorial of the Sizzix Big Shot.

I made the paper  flower using the technique shown in my video demonstration  called  how to make paper flowers with a craft punch.

The white scalloped circle that the paper flower sits on is made with the Big Shot and a Nestabilities die. I tinted the edge with a chalk ink.

The yellow border with white polka dots is a ribbon.

On the inside of the card, I used a paper transfer to place a sentiment on another strip of scrapbook paper. I plan on making a video tutorial demonstrating how to do an image transfer soon.

May 21st, 2009

birthday card with embossing and die cuts This birthday card incorporates a number of techniques — layering, rubber stamping, embossing and die cuts — not to mention ribbon trim and a few yellow rhinestones.

The Big Shot played a major role in making this card. If you aren’t familiar with this machine, I invite you to check out my Big Shot Video Tutorial

First, I used the Cuttlebug Birthday Embossing Folder to make the background.  I brushed the embossed finish with a little navy decorator chalk to make the text stand out.

I cut the three scalloped circles on the Big Shot, using Wizard Nestabilities: Classic Scallop Circles Large

The text in the center of the inner scallop is a rubber stamp from Hero Arts.

I made this birthday card using leftover card stock and papers from the Prayer Shawl Accordion Fold Book Project that I made a few days ago.

May 5th, 2009

If you live in the Pacific Northwest, mark your calendars for these two excellent stamping and paper craft events scheduled for the month of May, 2009.

In today’s paper craft world, we see a blending of crafts being used together in a project, and we see paper artists who excel or at least dabble in more than one type of craft.  These shows reflect the changing times. They’re good for stampers, scrapbookers, altered book artists, card makers and probably anyone else.

PUYALLUP RUBBER STAMP & PAPER ARTS FESTIVAL®
This annual event is scheduled for May 16 and 17 at the Puyallup Fair and Events Center. The web site says, “Art Rubber Stamping, Scrap/Memory Books, Card-Making, Paper Crafting, Book Arts and Calligraphy Arts!”. The list of presenters and vendors takes your breath away.

This show is sort of an annual tradition in my area. I have not yet attended, but my friends who go rave about it.

Stamp Out Breast Cancer

This two day event takes place in Vancouver, Canada. It’s scheduled for May 30 and 31 and its sponsored by I’m Impressed Paper Arts, a local scrapbook store situated in Granville Island.

The event includes workshops, classes, make and takes, demos, contests, shopping and various craft-related “fun” activities.  Best yet, all proceeds go to the Canadian Cancer Foundation. You can indulge in your crafting passion with a clear conscience, knowing that you are helping to support a very worthy cause.

The show itself is held at the Granville Island Hotel.  If you’re from out of town, what nicer way to spend a weekend than at Granville Island, where you can also browse the market place, sit and watch the boats in False Creek, eat at any number of excellent restaurants and attend live theater in the evening.   (No, the Vancouver Board of Trade doesn’t pay me to say that!  I just happen to love the city I live in!)

Hope to see you at the shows.

March 24th, 2009

easter card with burnished velvet glitter This Christian-themed Easter card is also made using the burnished glitter technique that I talked about yesterday.

The image is from the Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage collection and I’ve used Be Creative tape and  Crystal’s Glitter Ritz.

I have an embossed border, made with the Cuttlebug border die used with the Sizzix 655268 Big Shot Cutting-and-Embossing Roller-Style Machine. I truly love my Big Shot

I’ve added a bow of cream colored ribbon.

I wish the burnished velvet glitter would show up better in the scan. On these pictures you can really not tell that there is glitter at all.

In real life, it is apparent and makes quite an attractive Easter card.

March 23rd, 2009

easter card made with brushed velvet glitter technique This Easter Card doesn’t scan well, but its made using the Burnished Velvet Glitter technique.

A couple of local women, Deanna Pannell and Haroldine Wingfield developed this technique. Haroldine is the owner of  Be Creative craft store in Pitt Meadows, BC  (no web site). These two gals have popularized this technique  throughout the Lower Mainland and beyond.

Essentially, the Burnished Velvet technique refers to applying glitter to double sided sticky tape, then rubbing the glitter with your fingers to bring out the sheen and to prevent color contamination when using two or more colors of glitter.    This results in a lovely effect that looks and feels like brushed velvet.

There are various effects you can get with  Burnished Velvet, including using masks to create patterns of several colors.  This card demonstrates using ultrafine, transparent glitter to completely cover a picture — in this example, an item from the Heartwarming Vintage Collection by Crafty Secrets.

Be Creative markets its own brand of double sided tape, and that is what is used here. The tape is available in sheets as shown in this video, or in rolls of tapes. You can buy it at various stores including ordering online from I’m Impressed , a Vancouver craft store.

To make this Easter card, I have also used an embossing folder from Cuttlebug. This is one of the border folders. If this is new to you, please refer to my video tutorial showing the Cuttlebug Embossing Folders used with the Sizzix Big Shot.

Here is a video tutorial showing how I made this Easter Card using the  Burnished Velvet glitter method.

I apologize in advance. In the video demonstration, I referred to the method as the Brushed Velvet method instead of the Burnished Velvet method.  It does end up looking like brushed velvet so I suppose that is where my word mixup came from. 🙂

The transparent glitter I used is Warm Highlights by Crystal Glitter Ritz. It’s also available in Cool Highlights.You can purchase it at most craft shops in the Vancouver area, including online at I’m Impressed.

Obviously you can use this technique with other brands of tape and other brands of glitter.  Around here, we just happen to think that Deanna and Haroldine have the BEST products! LOL

March 19th, 2009

stamped tag art with the grunge look I made this tag art for a challenge at Paper Craft Planet. The terms of the challenge are that we are to make a tag that uses a stamp, plus it must have either a ribbon or twine and also fabric or metal.

The other entrants seemed to be going with the grunge look so I attempted that as well. It’s not my usual style but sometimes its good to try something different.

I cut the tag out of card stock then rubbed one side with Tuscan Earth, a Fresco Chalk ink. I used the  direct to paper method.

If anyone is unfamiliar with that term, direct to paper means you rub the inkpad directly on your paper to add color.

The square stamp is Writer’s Block by 7Gypsies and the words are from the Remember set from Just Right Stampers. Both the square and the word stamps are self inking. The little brown flourish is from Studio G Clear Stamps and I used Artprint Brown from Memories. I also ran the edges of the tag around the Artprint Brown ink (direct to paper method again).

I punched a small hole in the top and centered a plain washer around it. I refer to an ordinary washer from the hardware store . I ran a strip of twine through this. I believe it may be leather but I’m not sure. I then attached a few little brown, round things to the cord and glued another to the front of the tag. I have no idea what they are.

You never know what you might find in my miscellaneous craft supply box. Sometimes I don’t know what the item is or where I bought it. Perhaps at the Dollar Store or maybe at a hardware store.

Tag art is kind of fun. I have a few more unknown items in my craft box. Maybe I should play around with them and see what kind of items I end up with.

March 10th, 2009

shamrock card for St. Patrick's Day This shamrock card for St. Patrick’s Day features an embossed background made with the D’vine Swirls Embossing Folder from Cuttlebug. I used my new toy, the Big Shot Universal die cutting tool from Sizzix.

The shamrock is stamped and heat embossed on the scalloped circle, which I purchased ready made.  I put a small rhinestone in the center. This embellishment is 3-D’d using pop dots.

The flowers are purchased paper flowers, and again I used a clear rhinestone in the center.

The green and white stripe along the bottom is ribbon.

I stamped a sentiment inside the card and added a colorful shamrock sticker.

I think St. Patrick’s Day cards are so much fun to make.