Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Fun at BenFranklin Crafts

This past Saturday BenFranklin Crafts had a re-grand opening of their Mapunapuna store. They treated their customers to cake, popcorn, juice and ice tea. Oh yeah, they had wonderful make and take project areas throughout the store.  Since most of my big projects were done, I decided to treat myself to doing fun craft things like showing up at BFC for yummy snacks and fun. I finally met Joy of "Joy of Crafting" show and blog; she is so fun to be with. At her staged area she taught us how to make a voltive tea-lite cake using scrapbook paper and card stock along with some punched designs. This is a great project for using up scraps. So cute!

I then moved over to Debz area, Debz of Rubberstamp Plantation, where I knew we would be doing a quick (I like quick), rubberstamp project, and yes we did make a stamped cover for a mini stick 'm notepad. She had tons of rubber stamps to choose from and some of her vintage plantation stickers that I just love. Another quick project that makes a great little gift when you meet your friends for lunch; you know, "just a little something I made for everyone" project.
This is a mini-I know it looks big here
I knew Cheryl Miyashiro of Life is Sweet blog was also doing a make 'n' take demo, so I headed over to her table which was standing room only. I waited my turn to make a gorgeously dressed ornament of cardstock, scrapbook paper, glitter and bling. She used the Big Shot die cutter to cut our shapes for us and we put it all together. Such Fun!  Also, I just wanted to say that I follow Cheryl's blog because she has quick and beautiful ideas and projects. Ok Cheryl, if you're reading this, you can pay me later. LOL

Finally, I made my way over to Aileen Tokita's area for some major bling! She is also fondly known as the "Egg Lady". She has taught many of us how to decorate real eggs of different sizes using Swarovski crystals. She is a wonderful designer/artist of a multitude of eggs and now she's spreading her bling  on cell phones, pill boxes, compacts, keychains, etc, etc,etc. If it's blank, she'll bling it and make it gorgeous. I did a star keychain which I'll use as a fob for one of my many handbags.
There were many demo make and takes, but unfortunately I couldn't make it to all of them. Maybe the next re-grand opening of another BFC store, I can play again. Thank you Milton and all the BFC staff for a fun day (actually 2 fun days)!
My next playdate will be October 2nd when I attend, for the very 1st time, stamp camp.


  1. Oh, looks like you had a great time! I haven't been to a Ben Franklin store in years! I'm not even sure if there's any still around here. I'll have to look it up on the internet!! We have Hobby Lobby and Michael's and Jo Ann Fabrics. Do you have those? Thanks for sharing the cute pictures, too!

  2. Sounds like you had a great time at Ben Franklin. I guess I missed out on these great projects! Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to meet you at our Stamp Camp! Until then, happy crafting!

  3. Great to see you back! Great projects you created at Ben Franklin. Have never gone to one yet . . . might have to try my hand at it one day.

  4. Oh my! You've done such an awesome job on all these projects!!!! Sounds like a ton of fun hopping from station to station! I've never been to one of those, but hope someday I will get to try it! :) GORGEOUS work on EVERYTHING! Whewwweee!


  5. You funny lady! Glad I finally got to meet you IRL. We ran off to do another make & take at another store and I actually started feeling sick there. I ended up with a cold for a week. Hope I bump into you again!

  6. Hi, My Mom told me about your blog & I love it! I love the little tea light "cakes". These would be so cute on my collection of cake stands! I would love to see you do a tutorial of these on your blog! Take care! Patti


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