Saturday, June 24, 2017

Alcohol Ink Pineapple

                Alcohol Ink Pineapple

Supply List:

Ceramic pineapple
Alcohol inks   colors:  citrus –orange- butterscotch-watermelon
Sponge brushes

Dab orange all over the bottom of the pineapple ¾ way to the top. Set to dry
Add a little of the watermelon color over it.  Set to dry
When dry take the Butterscotch color and dab over the whole pineapple. set to dry
Dab lightly over the orange part.  Add a little of butterscotch to the top , then add the citrus to it.
 Set to dry

   Hilo Ben Franklin

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tassel Earrings

Tuesday has come around again, and I hope everyone has had a wonderful Father's Day weekend! This week I have created cute and simple pair of beaded tassel earrings with crochet thread- easy to make for beginners in beading and perfect for everyday wear (I even wear them with my work uniform!). If you already do basic jewelry making, you should be all set for the tools- if not, there plenty of sets in our store that definitely have all the tools you'd need in one package; these do not take much at all to make! Let's get started!

  • Crochet Thread (color of your choice)
  • 20 Gauge Wire (same color as earring hooks)
  • Earring Hooks
  • Beads (w/hole big enough to string on the wire)
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • Scissors 
  • Beadalon Tassel Maker

  • First, take the crochet thread and measure 2 lengths of about 10.5 feet. You can measure out more or less, depending on how full you want your tassel to be. Next, set up your tassel maker, putting both pins at the second to the outermost hole on each side, then wind one of the lengths of crochet thread until it is completely wrapped around the two pegs.

  • Next, cut four 6-inch pieces of thread. Take one piece and tie the wrapped thread around the center, and make sure it's tight! Tying a double or triple knot should suffice. You can then slide the thread off the maker. Fold the bundle of thread in half where you tied the knots, then take another 6-inch piece  and tie the folded bundle, making a taut knot towards the folded top portion. 

  • Taking your scissors, slip them through the bottom looped portion of the tassel, and then snip the adjoined thread. You can now trim the excess pieces and trim the bottom of the tassel to adjust the length. You now have a completed tassel! 

  • Next, cut a 3 to 4 inch piece of 20 gauge wire. Slip one end of the wire through the center of the tassel where it is folded in half, and wrap around that joint piece once or twice, tucking any excess wire into the center to avoid poking. 

  • Now, you are ready to string your beads! I picked a shiny spacer bead and a blue bead the colors go nicely together.string the beads through the wire so they sit on the tassel.

  • Taking your flat nose pliers, bend the wire right above the beads into a 90 degree angle, then switch to your round nose pliers (holding the same spot) and wrap the wire back over the top so you now have a loop. take out the pliers and slip an earring hook into the open loop.

  • With the excess wire from the loop, wrap the wire around and over the top of the bead until you have no excess wire left. (Alternatively, you can trim the wire down if you are not fond of the wire wrap look)

  • You are now done! (With one earring) Now, repeat these steps one more time to get your second earring, and now you are done for real this time! Have fun with your lovely new pair of earrings!

-Helen C. -
Craft Coordinator
Kahului Ben Franklin Crafts

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Glass Rock

                            Glass Rock

 Glass jar with cork
Blue twine
Frame Mat 5x7
Extra piece of mat board (for the back)
Small rock
Black and White Deco Marker
Glue dots
Double stick tape
Letters stickers

Tape the Frame mat to the extra piece of mat board.
With the glass bottle, wrap the twine around the top of it; put a drop of hot glue on the back to make sure it does not come apart.
Make your eyes with the deco markers, first the white and then a small black dot in the middle.
Add a small amount of sand to the bottom of the bottle, just enough to cover.
Add the rock to the bottle and close with the cork,
Glue dot the bottle to the frame (in the middle, on the bottom)
Write you DAD YOU Rock with the sticker’s letter above the bottle.

  Happy Father’s day to the all dad’s to there

                         Hilo Ben Franklin


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

David Tutera Flower Die Set

Hi, everyone! It's Tuesday and I've been playing with the new Tutera line of Sizzix dies- they're all so gorgeous! Today I wanted to focus on one in particular: the 9 piece thinlets flower set. This set makes one lovely flower that's my personal favorite; it's perfect for embellishment or just to put anywhere! While there are instructions on the packaging, I just thought I'd make a post to see if I could make it easier. :)


  • Sizzix Big Shot -or- Big Kick
  • 2 Standard Cutting Pads + Multipurpose Platform
  • 6x12 Cardstock Paper (cutting a 12x12 sheet in half is perfect!) 
  • Hot Glue Gun + Gluesticks
  • Dowel/Pencil (optional)
  • First, let's cut out all our pieces! place all the dies onto the cutting pad, then put your cardstock sheet over them, making sure they are covered completely. The sandwich I am using here is the Multipurpose platform on tab 2, then just the two cutting pads with the dies in between. And if you are new to Sizzix, don't be alarmed by the cracking and crunching when the die go through the machine- it's completely normal. :)
*TIP* I like picking cute, bright double sided paper with contrasting prints and colors! It gives a nice effect and saves you from needing 2 different sheets and colors of cardstock for the leaves and petals!
  • You only need to run the center piece and leaf die once (or twice for the leaves, it's totally up to you!) so you can remove those after you've cut out the first set, but you will need to run the petal dies through 2 more times so that you will have 3 of each petal type.
  •  Alternatively, you can run it through 2 times with the large 3-pronged flower die and petals, then remove the petals and run the three-pronged die through one more time. (This is okay because you don't necessarily need to use each individual petal; I actually use about 12 pieces total unless I'm making something extravagant!)
*TIP* If you're new to Sizzix or die-cutting in general, you may notice that paper often stick to the die. A simple fix is simply flipping the die over and using either a tool or a needle/skinny object to poke the paper out.
  • Now that you have all your pieces, time to prep them! To prep, simply use a drop of hot glue and fold the tabs inward, like so:
  • The leaf simply needs to be creased along the embossed line, and the centerpiece can be curled by hand or with the help of tweezers or a dowel, then fan out the feather-like pieces.

*TIP* Make sure the color you want showing on the centerpiece is on the inside when you are curling, not showing on the outside!

  • Now you are ready to put it all together! Simply glue the pieces in trios, making sure the 3 petals are of a similar size, then glue these down to the large flower base from largest to smallest. Next, apply a generous amount of hot glue to the bottom of the centerpiece and secure it to the center if the flower. Applying hot glue to the leaf, glue it to the bottom of the flower with the desired color face-up.

YOU ARE DONE! Yaaay! And look at how pretty the flower is. To embellish it further, you can crease the petals along their embossed crease, or you can do what I did here and use a pencil to curl the petals to create a more round shape! Try all kinds of decorations and things, the possibilities are endless!

-Helen C.-
Craft Coordinator
Kahului Ben Franklin 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Hinged Wooden Story Board

Happy Make-It Monday!
Today I'm having so much fun playing with image transfers on wood, and turning wood blocks into story boards! It's so cool when you can turn an image into a mixed media centerpiece! It would make a really great gift for a First Birthday Party, and is such a meaningful and adorable way to preserve a memory!

smooth wood blocks/slices
matte Mod Podge
images printed on computer paper 
patterned cardstock sheets
3d stickers
washi tape
baker's twine string
pop-up dots

For the front of this hinged story board, I used Mod Podge to glue the cardstock sheet to the wood, and then used pop-up dots to have the "This Little Monster" piece stick out.

In order to transfer an image to wood, all you need to do is apply a generous layer of Mod Podge to your surface, and image side down, place your paper on to the wood and allow it to full dry for at least an hour.

After the Mod Podge is dry, using water and your fingers, rub off the paper so that only the image remains! (Keep in mind that all of your images and any words will be mirror images of themselves.)

Attach hinges to 2 pieces of flat wood slices in order to create a book-like centerpiece!

Embellish your story board with a washi tape banner using the baker's twine, and some fun 3d stickers that add more texture and POP to your story. Use your original image as inspiration to choose the theme and colors of your papers and stickers. For this image I used the rustic vintage feeling of the wagon and outdoors, with the color palette of the balloons.


Have fun transferring images and have a great week!
Happy crafting!

Love, Bethany @ Enchanted Lake

Photo credit : 

boy in wagon :  : photographer unknown 
floating in the ocean : Instagram : @humblechics

Saturday, June 10, 2017

                     You Rock Frame

5x7 frames
River Rocks
Glue Gun
Double sided tape
5x7 black papers
4x5 beige papers
3x4 white papers with the words you rock on it

Take you frame and start to glue the river rocks on the frame.
Lay the black paper down and then double stick tape the beige piece on top of the black one. Then do the same with the white one.
Insert the paper into the frame
  Then give it to your dad.

     Hilo Ben Franklin

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Felt Flower

      Felt Flower Bouquet

Ceramic Vase
5” Styrofoam Ball
2 each of felt sheets red-pink-fuchsia and hot pink
X47 die cut
5mm pearls
Glue gun

This is how to make the flowers.
As shown in the pictures
Cut the circles using the X47 die cut.  You will also need a smaller circle for the base of the flower.
You need 4 circles of the same color to make one flower. Take one circle and fold in half and then fold in have again. Then between the folds in the corner put a dab of glue. Pinch it until it is together. Repeat with the other 3 circles.  Take 2 pieces and glue them together on the side and then glue to the base. Repeat with the other 2 pedals. In the middle of the flower take some hot glue and bond them together as shown in pictures. When done take 4 pearls and glue one in each opened pedal. Repeat until you have 15 to 16 flowers

Put the Styrofoam ball into the vase. At the bottom of the ball you will glue the flowers to it. The first row takes 8 to 9 flowers (depending on it if you want them real close are father apart. The second row will have 5 flowers and that should just leave the top with room for the one flower. Your bouquet is done.
                                          Hilo Ben franklin

Monday, May 29, 2017

Gel Glass Stain Feathers & Teacups

Hello Magic Monday crafters!
Today I'm experimenting with Glass Stain, and all the ways to combine images with typography! I was curious about combining a very flat matte sea glass spray with the glossy shine of the gel stain, and I have to say, I think they make a perfect pair! I also thought it could be fun to throw some glitter or textural elements into the gel stain as it was hardening and it looks so amazing!!

glass vase with at least one flat side
assorted colors of Glass Stain
Glain Stain - black leading (don't worry, it's not really lead based!) 
glitter, foamie balls, confetti, micro-beads, or any other fun textural elements! 
Sea Glass Spray in the color "Ice"
DecoColor oil based marker pen in the color "black" 
twinkle firefly lights!


In order to draw complex pictures and designs you can use a coloring page and tape it to the inside of your glass vase and trace the lines using your black leading!

Next wait for you leading to harden for about 45 minutes!

Then squeeze your gel Glass Stain into your shapes! This gel is self leveling, so make sure the images you draw are closed shapes, as the leading borders will act like walls that keep the gel from running everywhere. Then throw some of that fun shiny glitter in there! I sprinkled just a pinch of it so that I could still see the color of the gel stain. This gel will need to completely cure overnight before it is hard enough to not get scratched. 

You can then add your lettering skills with the black oil based marker pen, and write straight on to the glass! 

On my "cup of tea" vase, I sprayed the sea glass spray as a base layer first before applying the gel stain to give it that etched frosty look. 

Have fun with your Glass Stain vases! And don't forget those twinkle lights to really make them pop!

Love, Bethany @Enchanted Lake