Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Punches Year!

I just LOVE the NEW YEAR especially when it brings NEW CRAFTS!!! I am just loving these new punches from Martha Stewart Crafts, the Punch All Over the Page.

The name says it all, you can place the punch components anywhere on your cardstock and punch away! The two pieces come apart and one corner has an angle to it, so you know where to line it up. But even if you try to do it wrong, the strong corner magnets will not stick together unless it's correct, making it sorta goof proof!

I had read on the web that it may not work well with some thicker cardstocks but I tried it on Bazzill and the American Crafts brands and it worked fine.

Right now, we have 6 designs to choose from.

Here's one of two heart designs. See how they were able to center it on the Accu Cut heart favor box!

My favorite is the Rose Window. The bonus is you get a cute scalloped circle punched out to use, too. I haven't made anything yet but there's a lot of ideas popping in my head.

Anyways, just had to share these cool new punches! Thanks for stopping by today. Here's wishing you and your families a safe and Happy New Year!

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Happy New Year

Fireworks, kadomatsu, pancit, biko, pan dulce, eating grapes or 12 round fruits, and mochi pounding are among the many cultural traditions to celebrate the new year. These earrings were inspired by the kagamimochi found in many Japanese homes...learn to make these at the store demonstrations...or join us at the Pearl City store for a make/take on Thursday, December 30th from 10:30am-12noon and 2:30pm-3:30pm! Great to give as a gift or wear them yourself! Thank you for your support, it was a very fun and creative year! 2011 is sure to bring more creative ideas and inspirations!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Reindeers have left Market City...coming your way.

HO, HO, HO, Merry Christmas! Just a little quick favor that you can make to get ready for Santa tonight.

Using all those "extra" candy canes that you got, a little bit of yarn (around 3-5 yards), a little pom-pom for a nose and some moving eyes. If you got 3 in 1 glue or Fabri-tac or even a hot glue gun you're set.

Using the candy canes as antlers wrap the yarn around the straight part of the candy candy tuck the edges between the candy canes (glue not necessary). Then glue on the eyes and the nose.

Hang on the tree and you're all set.

Inspiration by Coby K.
Posted by ChrisTS

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Happy Holidays! One of Santa's merry elves visited us earlier & brought the seasons favorite candy canes which we are sharing with those of you who come to the store. We still have kits for gift giving...scrapbook kits, build-a-bear and, a favorite for kids & adults alike, shrinky dinks kits! There are many more kits to chose from for future crafters! Of course, your favorite crafters may love a new paper trimmer or another die design for their Big Shot! If you can't decide, we have gift cards too! Be on the look out for our January calendar...we have a few new classes and the "ole" favorites too! The staff at the Pearl City store wishes all of you a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

woodburning on a box

One of our customers Julie Wilusz shared her beautiful wood burning project with us. She used a wood cigar box and wood burning tool to create this beautiful piece of artwork. This project is so detailed. It was done with the stippling technique which is a series of dots that create a full image. Thank you Julie for sharing and inspiring us.
Aloha Jenny in Kailua

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas Snowflake Ornaments

Clear acrylic snowflake ornaments are available for you to personalize! Create the Aloha Kitty ornament by gluing flat-back crystals and use Stickles around the edges to add more bling! Or, use Alcohol Inks in your favorite colors to create a holiday background and stamp your greetings. Create one for your tree or attach to your gifts. These make great teacher gifts too! The Pearl City store elves with their blinking Christmas necklaces are always available to assist you with a smile!
Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

And the Winners are…

The results are in! (drumroll please)

Here are the winners of the fabulous & festive Dandelion Designs Holiday Stamp Gift Set Contest:

Kahului BFC Store Winner - Jenny Garcia from Pukalani

Mapunapuna BFC Store Winner - Kawailehua Cornel from Kapolei

Enchanted Lake BFC Store Winner - Marilyn Yu from Kaneohe

Market City BFC Store Winner - Tiffany Iwamoto from Honolulu

Pearl City BFC Store Winner - Linda Medallia from Waipahu

Congratulations Winners! Please pick-up your prize at the BFC store where you entered. Thank you to Jean from Dandelion Designs for this great giveaway and to all who entered the contest. Remember to stop by any Hawaii BFC store for lots of holiday d├ęcor items, gift-making supplies, ideas, and more.

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Here is a quick and easy gift idea. First I started with the metal base. They come in a pack of two with designs like hearts, stars, angels and Christmas trees. They are only $1 for two! Great price! I cut the card in 1/2 so I would have two gifts. I wrote "To and From" in the corners. Then I made some marble magnets to stick to the metal base. So easy!
To finish the gift, you cannot forget the packaging. I used a simple brown bag and added a personal touch by trimming the top with Fiskar edgers. Punched a whole and hung a little wreath with an ornament attached.
Hope you can use this easy holiday gift idea!
Happy Holidays, Jenny @ Enchanted Lake

Monday, December 6, 2010

Is it snowing?

Here's a cute "snowman" pin idea. Thanks Penny, and thanks to Hui o Kilauea for having us from the Market City Store, the other week for make 'n take. We had lots of fun.

You need a 2" styrofoam ball, a 1" strip of black cardstock to make the hat, yellow and blue circle uchida punch to make the brim of the hat, 1" chenille stem (for the nose), moving eyes, and small black pom poms for the mouth. All that will a little bit of glue (fabric tac or hot glue will do) and a pin back.

1st you'll need to cut the styrofoam ball in half. This will be his head. Then we'll make the hat. You'll first need to use the blue circle uchida punch (keep this circle - cut in half to make the top of the hat), then to make the brim, you'll need to punch the yellow circle punch over the blue circle you punched on the cardstock. and it should make a "dounut" shape. This will be cut in half for the brim.

1" x 5 and 3/8" strip of black cardstock for the hat. Score at each end 1 and 1/2 ". Overlap each 1 and 1/2" edge and glue together. Glue the 1/2 circle to make the top of the hat. Glue this to the back of the snowman's head. Then glue the brim to his hat on.

Glue on the eyes. Bend the 1" chenille stem (preferably orange) for his nose. Add the pieces "of coal" or pom poms to his face for his mouth.

Then add the pin back on the backside of the styrofoam ball.
updated by ChrisT

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Pretty Paper Flowers!!

Check out all the pretty samples the BFC Mapunapuna girls made out of the new line of Prima and E Line Flowers! They are paper flowers that come in a variety of styles and colors that can be used alone or layered to embellish your projects. I know when you see all the beautiful flowers you are going to want to pick a few and if you need any inspiration we have these samples on display at the top of the fixture.

Thanks for stopping by and I'll catch ya later!

Mapunapuna BFC

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Lighted Brick Present

A customer came in to the Kailua store today and told me about this cute decoration in her home. She used all different sizes of glass bricks, tied a bow around them and plugged in some Christmas lights. She was so excited about it, I had to try it. I love it! It's a great way to use up the ribbon on the end of the bolt too! I think you could use it as a table centerpiece (with battery lights) , around the base of your Christmas tree or even as a night light in a kids room. There are so many possibilities with the glass bricks. Come visit us in Kailua! I would love to share these ideas and more.
Happy Holidays, Jenny

dandelion designs Holiday Giveaway!

All 6 of our Ben Franklin Crafts stores has that cute Holiday stamp gift set from dandelion designs that one lucky winner from each store is going to win!

Just stop by your favorite Ben Franklin Crafts store by Saturday, Dec. 4th and enter to win!

Thanks, Jean for making this generous prize possible!

And Thanks to everyone for stopping by and checking out our new blog!

Happy Holidays!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Blingy Beader's Tool Kit

Hi Gang! It's Lynn from the Mapunapuna Ben Franklin Crafts Bead Shop and I just wanted to show you how I added a little bling to my beader's tool kit. These kits contain most of the essential tools you would need for most beading projects and they come in a variety of colors like pink, blue, brown, and green all in a color co-ordinated case. To make my kit a little more personalized I glued on Swarovski crystal flatbacks with Beacon 527 glue. I just squeezed some of the glue onto a piece of scratch paper, used a tooth pick to draw a design onto the case and then applied the flatbacks with the pair of tweezers that just happen to come with the kit. I did a leaf design for my green kit but wouldn't it be cute to do a cupcake design on a pink kit or maybe a coffee cup with steam on a brown kit? So many possibilities!

As you can see in this picture, I also applied some bling to the tools themselves. You can use the same Beacon 527 for this, just clean the area first with a q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol. The kit comes with round nose pliers, chain nose pliers, flat nose pliers, tweezers, a split ring tool, wire cutters, nylon jaw pliers, and a bent nose pliers.
The tool kits can be purchased at any of our BFC locations but if you want Swarovski flatbacks then come see us at the Mapunapuna BFC bead shop :)!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Mapunapuna BFC Bead Shop

Monday, November 22, 2010

Christmas wreath making with Enchanted Lake Ben Franklin

Come visit us at Enchanted Lake Ben Franklin and learn how to make this beautiful wreath! We are so excited to share this quick, easy and economical Christmas Craft! See you soon! Jenny and EL Team

Friday, November 19, 2010

Finding Franklin the Elf

Franklin the Elf has come to visit the Enchanted Lake Ben Franklin store from the North Pole. He wants to have some Holiday Fun by playing a hide'n seek game with YOU! Find him in our store and you will get a prize!
Come join the fun! See you soon, Jenny