Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Address-a-Lopin' Around...

Are you someone who has trouble writing in a straight line when it comes to
addressing envelopes and packages?  Are you a perfectionist?  Well, guess what?
We now have that perfect tool that will help you write in evenly spaced and straight lines
on every parcel and letter you mail!
Looking at something this simple makes you think of boring mail like bills and what not, but let me tell you, you don't have to give up your creativity when using this!  Here is an example of the different looks you can achieve when you mix your media up!  Pictured are kraft paper, black and cream colored envelopes livened up with some stickers and designer scrapbooking cardstock from collections we carry in our stores.
All you need to start off, is a nice, clean envelope in the paper of your choice, some pens, embellishments and, of course, your handy-dandy Address-a-Lope!
If you would like, decorate your envelope first!  I chose a simple but cute and colorful paper from Amy Tangerine's On A Whim collection and used that like a washi tape at the very bottom of the envelope.  I then used a brown stamp pad to lightly rub the edges of the envelope, giving it an aged and distressed look.  Then, I chose a pretty floral sticker from, you guessed it, the Amy Tangerine On A Whim clear sticker sheet! I am in love with the collection's bright, summery and colorful look!

Third, line up the address-a-lope on the left side of your envelope.  There are two window sizes to choose from.  Focus on the smaller size, because this is the one for return addresses.  Here, you are going to left-face your name and address.   This is how I started off using a snazzy imaginary name.
After your return information has been filled, move the address-a-lope down and to the right of the envelope, and focus now on the larger windows.  Here is where you will write the name and address of the person you are sending your letter to!
Now, you're special SNAIL MAIL is FINITO!
Don't forget to put a stamp on that!
Have fun!
Erika @ PC

Monday, May 22, 2017

Stenciled Succulent Love

Hey all!
Happy Monday! 
I am so in love with succulents, tiny plants, and little garden scenes and wanted to share with you how you can turn your love for succulents into a cute home decor wall hanging!

succulent stencil
foam on a stick
acrylic/fabric paints in lavender, azure, mint, leaf green, lime
embroidery hoop
white leaf patterned fabric 
pinking shears or sharp scissors
hot glue

First thing's first: Take your fabric and tightly secure it into your embroidery hoop. Pull taught on all sides, and trim excess fabric with either your pinking shears or sharp scissors leaving a 1-2 inch border around the hoop.

Using your foam on a stick, dip lightly into your acrylic/fabric paint colors. Use a DABBING motion, not a brushing motion. If there is too much paint in the foam it may get blobby so test your technique on a scratch piece of fabric or paper! Hold your stencil very still, and dip your foamy stick into the other colors on your palette without cleaning your foamie in between dips. This technique will create a really smooth blended look. 

I focused on more blue in the center, and lavender on the outer tips of the leaves.

Then cut strips of jute/twine and hot glue them into words like 
and of course Succa!  aka succulent! 


Check out our blog every weekday for a new project!

Love, Bethany @Enchanted Lake

Saturday, May 20, 2017

We-R-Memory Keepers Tab Punch Board

Hey there, planner folks and scrapbooking lovers!
We just got in an awesome new punch board from the famous We-r-Memory line. 
They just keep on coming up with all these new boards, it's insane!
This new board is nice and compact, and is light blue and white just like their
popular Alpha punch boards.

Meet the new Tab Punch board!  This little guy's purpose is a simple one, and it is also
fairly simple to use, but there is so much you can do with it.  The tabs can be used to make dividers for planners, mini file folders, and even recipe cards!  Today, I will be showing you how to make mini folders with one of the papers from the incredibly adorable Simple Stories Emoji Love Scrapbook paper collection!  I cut out a 8x5 piece and then folded it, making one side of the fold about a 1/2 inch longer than the other.  This is so that there is room for the tab to pop out.

First, this little transparent blue bit, that you see right here can actually be moved around. Right now, it is lined up with the CORNER ROUNDER, which basically helps line the paper up to the puncher right above it so that, when punched, it creates a cute rounder edge on your page!

Next, the TAB!  Take the blue bit and move it over to the SIDE TAB notch.  This is what will make the puncher create the wavy sides of the tab.


To make the other side of the tab, flip the paper over.  There are Small, Medium and Large sizes that you can choose from.  All you have to do is line up the side that you already punched out to the indentation of whatever size you want on the board.  Here, I have it lined up to Medium.  Then, press that punch and you have your full tab! 

Lastly, time to get rid of that extra piece of paper that's just hanging out next to that tab!
Lift up the blue magnetic arm, take that iconic We-r-Memory cutting blade out of its little home and slide that sucker right over the piece of paper to cut!


Here is the finished little folder!  These would be so cute as inserts for planners as well as just little organizers for school, work or at home!  Here are examples of how you an decorate your little folders using the scrapbook papers that we carry at our stores.  Pictured are the Kaisercraft Island Escape collection and Amy Tangerine's On A Whim collection.  (I LOOOVE the gold letter "thickers" and tropical/summery clear stickers in Amy's collection!)


Have fun, and stay connected for more We-R-Memory Keepers news
and updates!

Erika @ PC 


Shell Frame

                  Shell Frame

Starfish napkins
Blue twine
Distressed ink
Cream o coat White paint
Sponge brush
 Hot glue gun and Glue sticks

 The napkins are 3 ply, take 2 layers off. It will leave you with the printed layer.
Cut to fit the back piece of the frame. On the inside of the frame, you will mod podge it, set aside to dry.
When dry use the dabbing technique to cover it with the mod podge to seal the napkin to the frame. Let it completely dry and repeat again.
·        Take the frame, to give it a distressed look. Rub the distressed ink all on the frame (do not cover the whole frame). You want to make it look like it is white washed. To white wash, you put a small amount of white paint on the sponge brush, have a piece of paper handy and brush it onto the paper before you brush on the frame. This way you do not have too much paint on it.
·        When dry insert the back of the frame and close the back.
·        Take your shells and hot glue them on to the corner of the frame.
·        Take the blue twine on make a bow to glue with the shells

           Hilo Ben franklin

Monday, May 15, 2017

Lighted Vase

               Lighted Vase

Vase – Glass RTD Flared
Firefly lights- color: Frozen blue
Mod Podge
Seasonal Shell Napkins

 Take your napkin and Separate it (Due to it has 3 layer’s) and you only need the layer with the picture on it. Cut it into triangles with the shell in the middle. You will need about 4 to 5 triangles.
Mod podge the vase and arrange the triangles around. So the shell is showing on all. Set aside to dry completely.
When completely dry Mod podge over all of it. Do not rub or brush it on, dabbing it on gives the best results.
 Now that it is dry insert the lights to the vase.
Second project in the series

                                                              Hilo Ben Franklin

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Pineapple Quote!

Just can't get enough of this fun tropical fruit!
We've been getting in TONS of pineapple-themed goods at our stores including bags, ceramics and wooden serving platters.  This is the perfect time to stock up for summer entertaining, so it's time to come on down and get crafty!
Today, I have a great painting project that would be great for kids as well as adults for those artsy get-togethers.  It's time to bring the fun of the boozy painting classes home!  All you need are basic pineapple colors like yellows, oranges, greens, oranges and some tans, as well as a cool tropical blue and white for the contrasting background.  You will also need a tan Stabilo marker, a black fine tip acrylic Montana or DecoColor marker, as well as a White Gelly Roll. 
Here, I painted on a natural slice of wood for a rustic feel, but feel free to paint on a canvas or wooden pallet.  Whatever floats your boat!
I first laid down a coat of white and then, while it was still wet, blended in some Delta Americana AcrylicTropical Blue for a lighter toned turquoise blue.  Once that background layer was dry, I used Ceramcoat Acrylic in Butter Yellow to paint the top three quarters of an oblong shape for the pineapple.  This took two coats for good coverage. 

After this was dry, I went ahead and painted the leaves.  Using upstrokes, I started at the top of the pineapple and tapered the tops of the leaves by slowly turning my brush sideways. (As a note, I used a 1 inch synthetic flat brush.)  I mixed a different shades of green such as Ceramcoat Spring Green and Delta Americana Chartreuse just to add more depth and dimension.  Just don't add too much!  You will be writing over the pineapple afterwards, so don't put too much effort into making it too detailed! 

I then used the Stabilo pen to lightly sketch the "eyes" of the pineapple.  This is where I brought a bit more detail into the painting, but feel free to use a paint marker or regular acrylic paint.  You can add a little more detail in this area, depending on how long of a quote you use.  After this was dry, I wrote the quote "You are the pineapple of my eye." in black Montana marker straight over the pineapple.
Afterwards, I used the white Gelly Roll gel pen to add some 3D effects to the letters!  I love the sketchy look, so I went over my lines multiple times.
Once everything was dry, I sprayed the painting with a light and even coat of Acrylic Sealer.  This is to prevent the water-based pens like the Stabilo and the Gelly Roll from smudging in the future.
And there you have it! 
Again, you can always experiment and make it your own.  The steps I used only took me about an hour.  Having a blow dryer or heat gun on hand would help in speeding up the process.  (Waiting for paint to dry can be a real drag.)  If you want to have a more detailed pineapple, go for it!  Want to use a different quote?  Fantastic!  If you're having a painting party, everyone can put their own spin on their painting.  Seeing everyone's unique style is always the best part!  Plus, what better party favor to go home with than a piece of summery décor and some renewed artistic confidence?

Saturday, April 29, 2017

3D Vase

                                  3 D Vase
Square Vase
Seasonal Fish Napkins
Glass gems –Ice Blue
Small shells
Turquoise Twine
Hot Glue Gun
Razor Blade

Take the Napkins and Iron out all creases out of it. There are 3 layers of the napkins. You need to take apart all layers. You only need the layer with the picture of the fishes on it.
Mod Podge 3 sides of the vase.  Arrange the napkins, so it center on the vase. Make sure the napkin fits around the sides. If there is any excess on the side, Use the razor blade to scrap off, so it perfectly at the edge and Let it dry completely
When dry Mod podge over the napkin. Do not rub on the mod podge it will rip the napkins. You should dab it instead of rubbing. Best results. Let dry completely

When totally dry, face the vase so the side with no napkins is in the front.
Use the twine to wrap around the top of vase, make sure to leave extra twine for a bow, plus excess to hang down the case. Hot glue the shells to the end of the two long pieces of twine.
Fill the case with the Ice blue glass gems. .
    You are done.
  There is more to come with using the napkins. Stay tuned.

                Hilo Ben Franklin

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Distressed Mason Jars

Mason jars!
The number of uses of this beloved jar has grown so much since its uni-tasking canning days.
(Bringing a little bit of Good Eats reference into this..😄)
Now it can be used as storage for small craft items or random doodads, soap dispensers for those
Urban or Industrial Chic bathrooms, and even plant pots!  We all need that simple and fresh look for the kitchen table, right?  What's better than a clear mason jar and some lovely flowers from the garden? (Or the neighbor's garden?)
Here, I have a way that you can add a little bit of Shabby Chic to your Mason Jar centerpiece.
Behold the basic technique of sand-paper distressing!

Here is a close up of a jar that was spray-painted with Chalky Finish spray paint in Morning Sky.
Gorgeous, isn't it?  It' s the perfect and elegant French blue tone for Spring!  Notice anything different about thatlittle distressed bit?  Right!  It has a tinge of penny-copper so that it looks like a distressed copper pot.  (Actually, it was Design Master spray paint in Rose Gold!)
Rose Gold and Copper just add that right amount of "antique" (antiquity?) to a craft piece.  It's both classic and modern with its pinkish metallic hue.   Here's a shot of the inside.

 All you need is a few spritzes!  It's best not to overdo it so that the paint doesn't all pool to the bottom.  The same goes for the outside of the mason jar.  After spraying the inside, turn the jar upside down and spray in light even coats.

Here are the two Spring-time Mason jars that I created using beautiful cool-toned pastel colors.
The one on the right is that perfect minty hue (Ubermatte's Mist), with its cover painted in rose gold once again.  As always, experiment, experiment.  Creativity stems from both inspiration and experimentation, so don't be afraid of those lovely mistakes.  It's trial and error!
Also, don't forget to have fun!

Erika @ PC

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Shaker Grad Pics!

Graduates!  It's time to send your grad photos to friends and family!
 Now, we are all familiar with the traditional black cal folder and the message 
written in white gold or silver pen.
Today, we have two awesome ways to deck out your senior portraits!

First way: Cardstock! There are so many colorful designs to choose from
in our stores!  All you have to do is choose a theme and pattern and, with just a few scrapbooking 
techniques, you can add some color to that plain black cal folder!  Add some ephemera embellishments and even some pop-up accents!
Here, I used a couple papers from Amy Tangerine's new On a Whim Collection.
Just as a heads up, Ben Franklin Crafts is selling Lauhala print Cal Folders!
This item is exclusively sold at our stores, so don't miss out!  They add a great "Island" touch,
which is great for sending photos out-of-state.  Paired with cute tropical-themed paper, it is ADORABLE.

Notice the glitter yet?  Yes, there are sequins and glitter on the photos!
I used the We-R-Memory Fuse Tool to make the graduates' photos into "shaker photos"!

 It's a pretty simple process, really.  All you need is scrapbook sleeves, sequins, glitter and your graduate's photo!  Slip the photo into the sleeve and place it flush against the corner.  (That way, all you need to do is fuse two sides!)  Slide some sequins and glitter onto the photo and fuse the remaining two sides to seal them in.  Lastly, cut off the excess sleeve plastic! 

Back to the Lauhala print.  It can be a little tricky to work with for it can go in either the "tacky" direction or the "cute" direction depending on how you use it. 

Just like working with textures in mixed media, mixing a fun and modern print consisting of simple shapes with the photo-realistic lauhala print can balance everything out.  And of course, Amy Tangerine will have that perfect, quirky and colorful, tropical paper!  Here, I used the other, more solid side of the tropical print paper to create a space for a short message.  The square could even be made into a pocket large enough for a graduation or grad party invitation!

 Here are the close-ups of the "shaker photos" .   I slid these photos into the decorated Cal-Folders and it really brought everything together.  It added that extra gold accent and "fun factor" to the portraits.   Wouldn't these be fun to get in the mail?  I was having a ball shaking them after they were fused! 😀

There are so many ways to customize your graduation photo to make it really represent who you are and what you're all about!  Have fun with it because this is your celebration, Graduate!

Erika @ PC

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Bunny Board

                           Bunny Board

 Unfinished Wood Wall Plaque with Hanger
Cut out bunny shape
White Creamcoat Paint
1/25 Stroke Paint Brush
1 Burlap Flower Color of choice
1 Tulle – color of choice
Need Sheer ribbon in 3/8 Inch and 5/8 (color of choice
Large 3” Pompom maker
Hot glue gun

Lay the board flat, and trace the bunny image onto it.  When done you can tracing you can paint the inside of the bunny with the White paint. Set aside to dry.

Take the pompom maker, using the tulle start to make the pompom. Following the instructions that come with the pompom maker. Plus have pictures to you how it is done.
Now that the board is dry, hot glue the burlap flower to the bunnies behind. On top of the flower hot glue your pompom.

                                Enjoy your decorated bunny board

                                                Hilo Ben Franklin

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Graduation Centerpiece

If our stores' AWESOME displays haven't already given it away, Graduation Season has officially started!  It's time to start weaving and braiding those leis, to send out those Senior portraits to relatives you may not have been aware of until now, and to start ordering those graduation posters and banners!;)   Another thing that probably every parent has had on their  "HAVING A CHILD" To-Do List for the past 17 or 18 years is of course their graduate's GRADUATION PARTY!
 I've seen everyone from the last minute decorators to those who come in right after Valentine's Day, searching for ideas and inspiration (See what I did there?) on how to decorate for their child's grad party.  I'm talking banners, centerpieces, cake stands, table covers, favors and more.  
Well, today I have a centerpiece project that is really easy and quick to make!
All you need are a few items!

For the cap I used a 12x12" piece of black chipboard that I cut down to a 9x9 square, 12x12" black cardstock, embroidery floss for the tassel, and a black brad.   I made the base of the cap with the cardstock, cutting two 3 1/2 x 12" wide strips, with one of the strips having a triangular shape coming out at least one more inch.  This is for that front part of the cap that goes over the forehead.  I made a basic tassel by winding the floss around four of my fingers and tying it off at the center.  Then I secured the end of the tassel to the center of the grad cap with the brad.

On the bubble vase, I took some alcohol inks and then, me being a Pearl City graduate, dripped some purple, silver and cool pearl (lavender) straight onto the glass.  To give it a splattered look, I blew on some small drops that I squeezed onto the glass and let the ink sort of spread to create a "fuzzy" look.  Letting some of the ink dry in the dripping state also adds to the paint splatter look. 
After I let the alcohol inks completely dry, I wrote on top of the design using a white oil-based marker.  Oil-based paint markers are always going to be the best for glass when you want an opaque and permanent line.  Also, they won't scratch off like their acrylic counterparts!  I gave the letters a shadow detail using a thinner black oil-based marker and then filled the vase with a strand of the warm white firefly lights!  That is really what makes this centerpiece shine!
If you really want to make things fun (and take advantage of the lights), how about a cute face?  Yes!  This can be double-sided!  You could even cut your graduate's school logo out from vinyl and stick it onto the glass.  Coordinate the color of the lights to the school!  Red for Radford and Kaimuki, Blue for Moanalua or Waipahu?  Even the hat and tassel can be changed up! 
Have fun!
Erika @ PC

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Boa bunny wreath

Boa Bunny Wreath

 3 White Feather Boa’s 2 yards
Styrofoam wreath 14”
Pink Glitter paper
1 piece White foamy squares
Double sided tape
Glue gun
Greening pins
Ribbon for bow

Tale the Styrofoam wreath, hot glue the end of one of the boa’s to it. Start to wrap around the wreath, ever so often put a dot of hot glue to set it. Do not do it real close together and you might be able to get away with 2 boas. When you get to the end hot glue it and start with the other ones. When finished. Set aside.
On the white foamy trace and cut them out. Do the same with the pink glitter paper. Except for make them smaller the white ones. Use the double sided tape to put the pink ears on the white ones. Using the greenie pins to put the ears on to the back of the wreath
Choose your ribbon. Make a bow and hot glue it the front of the wreath.

 When done you will have a furry bunny wreath to hang on your door.

                 Hilo Ben franklin