Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Stand Up Pop Up Card how-tos

Last Saturday, I had a lot of FUN at Mapunapuna's Crafting Carnival. I did two make 'n takes. The first one was the Reindeer Lollipop Cover. I'm glad everyone agreed with me that it wasn't too early to start thinking about their Holiday crafts. If you want to make your own Reindeer Lollipop covers, I first posted the how-tos last year here.
I promised I would post the how-tos for the Stand Up Pop Up card ( I really don't know what to call it) so here it is:

Start with a 10.5" x 5 .25" printed cardstock for the card base.

Fold in half and crease well. Unfold.

Fold one side to the center fold line and crease well. Unfold.
Take the other side of the card and fold down, lining up the top edge along the new fold line you created. Crease well. Unfold.

Now, fold the same way except fold the card upwards, lining the bottom edge along the fold line. Crease well and unfold. You should see an "x" created by the folds.

Now, we need to square off the top of the card. You can  measure it out but I made a square template to slide along the folds. It took me two tries and the measurement is weird. It is right between 3 10/16" and 3 11/16". I kind of eye balled it and made a square.

Butt the square up next to the crease lines. The top and sides of the diamond should be at the edge of the cardstock.Trace the edges and cut off the two corners.

The card base is made, now to embellish!

Here's how we made the ribbon rose. Take a XXL Glue dot (2") and remove one of the protective sheets.

Take about 3/4 - 1 yard of 7/8" satin edge sheer ribbon. Make a knot on one end of the length of ribbon, don't have to make it really tight. Trim off excess leaving a short 1/4" tail.

Place the knot with the tailside down onto the center of the glue dot.

Slowly twist the ribbon and tack down to the dot.

Continue this method going around the glue dot until you've reached the edge.

Trim the excess ribbon down to about a 3/4" tail.

Slowly peel the rose off of the protective sheet. Tuck the ribbon tail underneath the flower. Position your flower on your card and glue down. When you are gluing it down, it will seem flexible so you can squish it together more to fluff up your flower.

We finished it off by adding some leaves made by punching green cardstock with McGill's Paper Blossom Star Lily punch. 

Then, we added a little tag with a sentiment, we used the backside of a scrap from the card and dandelion designs stamp"thinking of you". Lastly, tied a bow from brown satin ribbon.

Around the make 'n take table, we talked about how we could use this card for different occasions, like adding a photo for graduation, Christmas or a wedding. Or even adding those little stick-on calendars. Making this a card that the receiver can display all the time.

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

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Weekend Plans!

This Saturday, I will be at Mapunapuna BFC's Crafting Carnival! I'll be doing two FREE Make 'n Takes.
The first one is a Christmas in July project, it's a Reindeer Lollipop Cover. I'll be helping you make these from 10 am - 11:30 am.

Then, from 1 - 2 pm, you can come and make this Pop Up card. And, yes, you'll be making your own flower!

Lots of demos and make 'n takes will be happening throughout the event. There's also some one-day specials! So, come and join the fun from 10 am - 2pm.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope to see you Saturday!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

July's second Joy of Crafting!

The summer is just zipping away! Tonight, the second Joy of Crafting for July has some fun crafts for you.
Our first guest, Penny from Mapunapuna BFC will show us how to make a cute favor!

A Tweet-y bird made from punches adorns the top of this cupcake holder.
Next, Lynn is back with another awesome bracelet design.

This time, she blings up a basic mini macrame style bracelet.

Then, I'll show you what I made with the paper I punched out with the Lucky 8 Punch on the previous show. Turns out to be a handbag!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you get a chance to catch the show! Enjoy the rest of the summer!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Friday's Finds

Today, I was walking through the aisles of Mapunapuna Ben Franklin Crafts looking to see what new products came in and I found myself digging in the Dollar Bins! I found some really neat stuff at some great prices. Let me show you a couple of the items I picked up...

Here's a simple cutlery holder with angled sections. Before, when I did my cake decorating, I would use a holder like this to hold my icing bags.

Today, I turned it into my desktop craft "essentials" caddy. I think it's a pretty good organizer for the $2 price! I think I might add a pretty label on the front, too.

Then, I found these little trinkets. The plastic flowers will be great for the centers of some of the paper flowers that I like to make.

And these luminous sea shells would be great for embellishing a beach theme card.

Fun little finds at great prices! Most of the stores have very similar items in their dollar bins, go check out what treasures await you! Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a great weekend!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Happy Kitty @Mapunapuna!

On Saturday, Hello Kitty stopped Mapunapuna Ben Franklin Crafts to help them celebrate their Hello Kitty Back to School event! So many Hello Kitty fans of all ages were super surprised to meet her in person!

 And Hello Kitty was surprised by her big Welcome sign!

 Of course, we had photo ops with Caroline, store manager, who was also doing a make 'n take.

Here is Caroline's decorated mini pail, so cute with the tutu!

And here's what the top of the pail looked like!

And Colleen is showing one of the cards they made.

And here's Sherry, who takes care of the paper arts department.

Here's the Hello Kitty fan they made.

And  look at this cool Hello Kitty glass block!

There were a bunch of other Hello Kitty theme projects, too, like a duct tape bow and shrink art bracelet. Hello Kitty was so impressed with all of the crafts she inspired!

Here's Megan, another Big Hello Kitty fan!

And look, even the guys couldn' t resist taking a photo with Miss Kitty!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you're having a super weekend, too! Hello Kitty will be at Market City on Sunday from 10am - 12noon and then at Enchanted Lake from 2pm - 4pm, hope to see you there!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Meet Hello Kitty!

Hello Kitty will be visiting our Oahu Ben Franklin Crafts stores this weekend. Come and take pictures with your favorite kitty! Here's her schedule:

Sat., 7/7 from 10 am - 12 noon  Mapunapuna and 2pm - 4 pm at Pearl City
Sun., 7/8 from 10 am - 12 noon Market City and 2pm - 4pm Enchanted Lake

Come and join the fun at our Hello Kitty Back to School event on Saturday from 10am - 2 pm! All stores will be doing a number of Hello Kitty crafts and on Saturday only, you can also get a free Hello Kitty reusable bag with any $30 purchase, while supplies last! Check out all of the specials and details here.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope to see you with Miss Kitty!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Aloha! It's the first July Joy of Crafting Show!

It's the first of July! So, we're half way through the year already! It's time for a new Joy of Crafting show and of course new crafts!

Our first guest is a familar face, Penny Teruya from our Mapunapuna Ben Franklin Crafts store. She's here to show us a project featuring one of our favorites...

Hello Kitty! Penny shows us how to use a cookie cutter for a template to make this cute Hello Kitty Bag.

Next, we have Lynn Hashino, also from Mapunapuan Ben Franklin Crafts.

Lynn shows us the basic paracord bracelet. Paracord is super popular with people of all ages.

Next, we introduce a new crafter to the show, DeanAnthony Ramos. Dean is from our IT department and has signed on as our Relay for Life coordinator this year!

Dean shares a cute project he created to help raise funds for the Relay for Life, piggy banks!

Lastly, I sneak in a quick demo on the new Lucky 8 punch. Find out why it's called that and how easy it is to use!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you are having a super summer! Happy Crafting!