Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

Wishing all of you out there in Blogland the most Happiest New Year!

Mahalo Nui Loa for staying in touch with the Joy of Crafting and I hope to see you in 2013!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Creative Office Wreaths

So, as you saw with our Halloween Costumes, the Ben Franklin Crafts Honolulu Office has some pretty creative people. And they LOVE to CRAFT!

So, we divided up into teams by department and four people each. The result is 5 Super Fun wreaths!  Every team started with a 12" extruded foam wreath that they had to use. Here's what the teams came up with...

 I call this the Blue wreath, made of curled strips of blue cardstock  in different shades. Good idea if you want something to perfectly match your color scheme!

This one I call the Sweet wreath. It uses Deco Mesh ribbon and is decorated with sweets.

See the center heart candies! So Cute!

This next one, I call the Donut Door wreath. They mounted their wreath on a hand made door with a fancy door handle.

The donut's star and sprinkles were made with Perler beads. And the donut twinkles from a flashing lightbulb necklace.

Next is the Grinch wreath. In this case, a scarecrow was reborn into the Grinch with a very good hand-drawn and painted face! What talent!

The Grinch holds a Dream Catcher wreath covered with some of their team's favorite things that represents them.

The last wreath I call the Slippah wreath. It has four pairs of handmade slippahs made of foamies. Each slippah is supposed to represent the person who made it.

A hand stamped and blinged slippah.

An eco-friendly design decoupaged slippah.

A barefoot happy slippah.

A colorful watercolor slippah.

Now, these wreaths were made for a contest and the winners will be chosen on Thursday by a panel of judges. It doesn't matter which team wins, everyone had a lot of FUN working together to make their wreath.

Can you guess which wreath was made by which department team? There are two teams from Accounting, one from Advertising, one from Human Resources and one from IT.

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy Holidays from me and my co-workers!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The last Joy of Crafting Show for 2012

Tonight premieres the last Joy of Crafting show for 2012, and it's an exciting one!There's action and comedy and new faces, too!

 Marcus from Lahaina Ace Hardware is back with more Hardware Science experiments. It's always great when you can learn something and have fun, too!
Then, I'm next with a project to get ready for 2013! It's a recycled envelope calendar.At the end of the year, you can bind it to make a scrapbook.

Our last guests for the year have a great project for you! Do you recognize them?

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you get a chance to watch the show! Thank you for supporting our show and the Ben Franklin craft stores all these years, may you and your families have a wonderful Holiday season! See you in the New Year!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Joy of Crafting's First December show

I can't believe some people have all of their Christmas wrapped and ready to go! Amazing! But for those of you, like me,  who still need a few more ideas, we have some for you on this first December show.

 I start the show with a quick project using the candy stick bags and Sixlets candy for an elf. Sixlets are so nostalgic for me because I went to Washington Intermediate. Behind our school, we had "Back Store" where we would buy Nibblets and Sixlets to eat with our Suicide drinks (mixed up sodas), and can't forget the hamburgers!OK, 'nuff about memory lane...

Talk about mixing things up, our next very special guest came all the way from Lahaina, Maui. Marcus Curimao teaches us about science in a fun way using basic everyday items you can find in a hardware store. The book, "The Wizard's Book of Science Secrets" can be found at all of our Ace Hardware stores on the neighbor islands and at the Pioneer Ace stores here on Oahu. Makes a great gift for the kids and kids-at-heart!

Lastly, I'll show you another quick Holiday Treat Holder that you can whip up really fast. Great for your office gang!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you get a chance to watch the show! Happy Holidays, Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

I wanted to wish all of you in Blogland a Happy Thanksgiving!  I'll be working tomorrow because we have our Super Early Bird Sale and will be open from 9am - 2 pm. I guess you could say I'll also be working up an appetite for my Thanksgivng feast later that night!LOL!

I feel truly grateful for all of the crafters I have met through the years. Bless you all for sharing your creative ideas!

I don't make many turkey projects but I found this cute one on this blog and she shares the pattern, too! I just think it has the most adorable face, looking right into the camera!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia Tag

I made another paper ornament, this time using the new Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia die.

You can use it as an ornament or a large gift tag.

So, here's the die. I just used the three petal pieces and didn't use the tiny center piece.I cut the petals out of doodlebug sugarcoat paper in silver. Using my new Sizzix Vagabond machine made it so fast! I scrunched up the petals with my fingers to give it more texture and dimension.

I layered the petals and glued them together with glue dots. I used these crystal cabochons for the center and used liquid glue for these.

For the tag, I used this Sizzix Fancy Tag die. Using the largest die, I cut out two red pieces of cardstock, glued these together. Then, I used the second largest die with this white glitter swirl cardstock. Layered this piece onto the double layer of red cardstock.

Attached the poinsettia to the tag with more glue dots. Punched a hole on the top with an 1/8" hole punch and strung a piece of ribbon on for the hanger.

Here's a white poinsettia made the same way.Wouldn't it look pretty on top of a gift?

I think this is one of those classic got-to-have dies, I know I'll be using it for many years to come!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a great week!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

November's Second Joy of Crafting Show

The Holidays are here and it's time for another Joy of Crafting Show with more Fun Crafts!
Our first guest is Shari Hanai from the Mapunapuna Ben Franklin Crafts. She shares some super cute earrings with us.

Mini Spam Musubis!
Our next guest is Diane Morinaka, also from Mapunapuna Ben Franklin Crafts. Diane shares with us a cheerful Holiday wreath.It's a bright and festive Fa La La Wreath!

And then I show you how to make a cute little penguin from punches. Perfect as a lollipop cover or you can use him on tags or cards!

Thanks for joining us today and I hope you had a fun weekend!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Paper Globe Ornament

Last June, I started making these paper ornaments with my scraps. June seemed a little too early to share, but I think now is the perfect time!

Today, I want to share my favorite one, the Globe ornament.
Use a 2" circle punch and punch out 20 circles from approximately 6 different printed cardstocks.

I drew a equilateral triangle on my computer to fit inside the 2" circle. I made a plastic template of the triangle and used it to trace onto all of the circles.

Next,  fold all of the side tabs of the circle up,leaving the triangle in the center.

It takes 5 pieces to make the top of the ornament. Start with two pieces and place them side by side. Join them by gluing the side tabs together.

Glue on another piece.
Before gluing the first and fifth piece together, You may want to add in a hanger now. Slip in a knotted ribbon for the hanger. Glue the tabs together, forming a bowl shape. This is the top of the ornament.
Take another 5 pieces and glue them together to make the bottom of the ornament.

The remaining 10 pieces will form the sides of the ornament. These are glued almost in a straight line. If you look at the pieces, the triangles alternate with a pointed top, then a straight top edge.

Glue the two ends together to form the sides.
Take the top piece and place on top,matching up the tabs. Glue the tabs together.
This is how the inside of the ornament with the top glued on looks like. Take the bottom piece and place on top, matching the tabs. Glue the tabs together.
Your ornament is done! You can also use photos instead of printed paper.
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you're having a festive week!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Mahalo to ALL for the Joy of Crafting's 10th Anniversary Celebration

Mahalo Nui Loa to all of you who have supported the Joy of Crafting Show these past 10 years! We couldn't have done it without YOU, the viewers, all of the Talented Crafters who willingly share their craft projects and also the manufacturers for sending their creative designers to Hawaii for the show. Thank You so very much!

We had fun with the Prize-Gift-aways and I wanted to share what they all received:

Thanks to our Talented One Stroke Certified Instructor, Frank Dumlao, four people get to admire his talent everyday!

Iris Vases:
Josie Lopez of Oahu
Donna Isara of Oahu
Classic Rose paintings:
Dawn Seto of Oahu
Gwen Henry of Maui

Sizzix gift packs courtesy of Sizzix and Cheryl Miyashiro:
Kathy Chun of Hawaii Island
Janet Matsumura of Oahu
JoAnn Orikasa of Maui

Dandelion Designs rubber stamp gift pack from Jean of Dandelion Designs:
Karen Lawrence of Oahu
Wendy Ginoza of Oahu

Vintaj Necklace created by Lynn Hashino and donated by Mapunapuna Ben Franklin Crafts:
Rona Uyehara of Oahu

Bento Accessories Gift Basket courtesy of Celebrations:
Lori Nasu of Oahu

OC16 Gear Packs courtesy of Oceanic Time Warner Cable's OC16:
Melissa Haake of Maui
Jerrold Raymond of Oahu
Michelle Nishimura of Hawai Island
Tricia Soares of Oahu

I would also like to thank some very special people. Over the years, I've been very privileged to work with some super talented people who have helped in some way to produce the show. Special Mahalos to Jude Dade, Ron "Ronbo" Pohnel, Ikaika Kimura, Patty Low, Lincoln Jacobe, Brad Carlsen, Jeremy Poindexter, Bryan Lee and all of the great people at OC16 especially Mitzi Lehano, Lianne Killion, Penny Kobayashi and Jenn Bonenza.

It still amazes me that we have people from all over the world watching this little show from the Pacific. So, thank you to all of you and I hope you'll stay tuned for more crafting adventures in coming year!