Saturday, January 21, 2017

Washi Paper Mason Jar

                                                              Aloha everyone! 
                                        Doing a series of Kerr Mason Jars Idea for Valentine's Day.

                                                            Washi Paper heart Jar

 Kerr Mason jar
Washi Paper (Your Choice)
Heart punch
Sea glass Spray paint Color: Strawberry
Double sided tape
Mod podge
Sponge Brush

 Sprat the jar with the seas glass spray paint. Make sure to spray the led too. Set to dry
  Using the heart punch, punch about 15 hearts. Take the inside part of the lid and Trace it on to the extra washi paper. Cut it out, double stick the circle onto the top of the lid.
When jar is dry put some mod podge in the jar.  Then start to arrange your hearts arounds the jar.
When you think you have enough heart around the jar. Mod podge over the whole jar. This way the hearts will stay on the jar.
          You can fill it with kisses

                 Joy@hilo ben Franklin

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Double-Stick Tape Paper Crafts!

Birthday party but no favors?  
Cute gift but no cute gift box?  
Gift card but no gift-card sized envelope?
*insert photo of am angry person here*
These are problems that everyone has and can relate to.

The solution?  Craft it!  Look at these great ideas!
To be honest, it's not that hard.  With the right tools and handy dandy Meriken Double stick tape,
you can make some cute and easy favors, envelopes and boxes that are perfect for any occasion! 
For example, we used the We-R-Memory Envelope Punch Board to make small envelopes perfect
for gift cards or money envelopes for New Years.  The We-R-Memory Gift Box Punch Board was also really useful for making cubic boxes of different sizes for those too-small-to-wrap presents.  They could also be used to make wedding, birthday, baby shower or graduation favors.

Use double stick tape to make a custom "glitter tape"!
Just stick it on, pour your glitter, and Voila!

Also, don't forget to check out our Accu-cut machines!  Each store carries different dies shapes, templates and letters.  This is one of our favor/treat bags punched out of a textured brown cardstock!
We then embossed a honu onto it using NUVO's embossing powder in Gold Enchantment and added a natural accent using green and ivory raffia!  So simple, yet pretty to look at. :)
Double-stick tape is out Item of the Month for
January, so stock up before they're all gone!
These are going like hotcakes!
For more idea using amazing double-stick tape, visit us at the Pearl City store
 to see all of our great samples and Daily Demos.
See you next week!
Erika @ PC

Cactus Pincushion

Happy Thursday everyone!

It's almost the weekend! Today's craft is a super easy and fun craft that you can use right after you're done making it! I love succulents, and would love to fill my entire house with them. I think this felt cactus pin cushion fits right in with the faux succulents I picked up from the flower department at Ben Franklin's. There are very few materials needed for this craft!

I used a piece of green felt, white embroidery floss, a 2 inch terra cotta pot, polyfil, and some pushpins!
The next step is cutting out your shapes for your cactus. I made a shape similar to a football, but thinner. My template is 2 inches wide and 5 inches long. If you follow this pattern, you'll want to trace this four times onto the felt. 
Cut those out and you can begin stitching. I used a basic blanket stitch with my white embroidery floss. Be sure to not sew all the way around when putting the first two together. Every time you stitch to the end of your shape, you'll be adding a new piece and continue your stitch over to the next two that are being sewn together. Stuff your polyfil in before you stitch it closed!

Once your cactus is stuffed and sewn closed, you're ready to stuff it down into your pot. If you would like, you can add a few drops of hot glue or super glue around the edge of the inside of the pot to keep hold of your project a little better. 

Add your pins and enjoy your adorable and very useful new pincushion! You can change up this look by changing the colors of the felt, the floss, and the pins.  I had fun making this quick little project, and I hope you guys do too!

Megan @ Mapunapuna

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Felt heart Kerr Jar

                                                            Felt heart Mason jar


Studio G Felt hearts
Red & White baker twine
Washi Paper 3x3
 Kerr Mason jar
 Design master tint Spray Paint Color: strawberry

Spray the Mason jar with the Design Master Tint Spray Paint. Also spray the lid. Set to dry

When dry tie the felt heart on with the bakers twine.

 Make a bow for the front.  See attached picture

You can fill the jar with candy, or put in a led light

                                                          Joy@ Hilo Ben Franklin

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Pineapple Wood Burning

Hi there everyone! I've been in a wood burning mood lately, and thought what better subject than a delicious pineapple!

Wooden Plaque
Wood Burning Tool

Optional supplies:
A picture to go off of
A pencil to draw on your plaque

I found a black and white picture that I loved online and with my pencil drew it onto my wooden plaque. If your drawing skills aren't the best, then you can print out the picture you want to use. Make sure you have it fit to the size of your plaque. Cover the back of your print out with graphite from a pencil, and tape down your picture into place. Trace all of the black areas on your image, then peel away. 

Plug your tool in and let it heat up so that it will actually make marks in the wood. Follow your drawn guide lines. The longer you leave your wood burning tool down on the wood, the darker that area will get. Make sure to take your time and don't try to rush it! Have fun!!

Megan @ Mapunapuna

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Faux Sumi Cherry Blossoms

Hi Everyone!
I am back with something a little more on the "artsy" side this week.
(If that makes sense.haha)  No wood, no gluing, it's all paint. brushes and paper.
We will be having a class on how to paint beautiful cherry blossoms using the
sumi-brush technique.  But here's the catch:   No sumi ink OR Chinese watercolors are being used!
Hence, the "Faux-Sumi" in the title.  
What we are using instead are good ol' Daniel Smith watercolors!

The result is a softer and more colorful look.  The pigments of these watercolors 
mix and react in ways that add a lot of depth to the branches and flowers despite it being such
a simple technique.  Below are the hues that we will be using.  Amethyst Genuine, Quin. Burnt Orange and Pthalo Blue are a few of the colors that were used for the branches alone.

Why does it say medium wash and dark wash?
Like in Western watercolor art, there is still layering involved in 
Chinese Brush Painting, but not as heavy.  Usually, flat washes are made in different
values like Medium and Dark.  Medium washes would be used for the branch's basic
form and a dark wash would be used for the shadow and to create the illusion of mass
and volume on the flat paper.


An even darker wash can be used to create a small dots on the branch for added texture.

The flowers are really fun because there are gorgeous tones of red and pink to choose from!  
There is the cool-toned Quinacridone Rose and the warm-toned Piemontite Genuine for my 
cherry blossom palette, along with a tiny pit of New Gamboge for a red orange twist.
Not exactly traditional, but that's not exactly what we're going for in this class!
Five spots are made to form one cherry blossom, although two and one are used for smaller buds at the ends of branches.  Then, with the help of a .05 Micron pen, the stamen are drawn in after the paint is completely dry.


 If you would like to learn how to paint these lovely subjects and make your own set of 
cherry blossom postcards, sign up for the Watercolored Cherry Blossoms class at the Pearl City Ben Franklin Crafts!  Time is 2 - 4 pm on Saturday, January 28th.  It is only $35 and all supplies will be provided.   Hope to see you there!

Erika @ PC

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Come Be Apart of Our Family

We're looking for creative, passionate, hard working people who'd like to begin their career here at Ben Franklins Crafts - Market City Location! Our goal here is to craft and create with out customers and have them leaving happier then they've arrived. Providing outstanding shopping experience by prompting a courteous and friendly customer service.

We're here to help and welcome customers and ensure they have what they are looking for, all while up selling sale items and other relevant products to assist them with their projects. By determining customers’ needs, we offer the best service, product and/or suggestions. And personally accompanies them till our services have met their needs to our fullest potential. We, of course, want our customers to continue coming back. In so we're looking for new personnel who will cultivate good will and encourages repeat business with our customers.

We encourage our employees to continually educates themselves about products and retains specific knowledge about our current merchandise. Other requirements include unloading freight, stocking and pricing merchandise.

It helps if you have a passion for craftin' too! Please, come join our Ohana!