Sunday, 20 May 2018

Love and Sympathy

Whenever I'm asked to make a card for a particular person or occasion,
one of the first things I ask is "does the person have a favourite colour" 
as I find it is a good place to start.
Today's card was started from the colour red and continued from there.

I wanted to use flowers, as the request was for a Sympathy card,
so I chose this lovely bouquet from Stampotique called "Flos".
I stamped it onto 'confetti white' cardstock (Stampin' Up! - discontinued) as I felt the speckles around the flowers went perfectly with a speckles which are randomly found in this cardstock.
I then coloured the image with Inktense blocks and a water pen.

A sentiment was stamped in the bottom right corner before a length of ribbon
 was wrapped around the card with a separate bow attached.

The card was matted with a piece of red foil type of paper
and then attached to a folded A4 card, the same as the main piece.
A card insert with a lovely sentiment was also attached to the inside.

This was quite a large card, however it was for a number of people to sign
before being given to the bereaved lady in question.

Stampotique - Flos
Stampin' Up! - Love and Sympathy
Thanks for looking today.
I'm taking a little break from crafting for a while, 
however I will return again later in the year.

In the meantime ..... Happy Crafting!

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Butterfly Wishes

The Catchy Crafts Creative Team this month, 
was given the theme of Butterflies.

Looking through my stash, I came across these gorgeous flowers
and so it made sense for the general overall colour of this card to be pink.

As I had recently purchased the slider die, but hadn't yet played with it,
I decided to use it on this card allowing the butterfly to fly!

I started by gathering all the supplies I would need, 
starting with the embossing folder and running it through the Cuttlebug with pink textured card.

It was easy to see where to place the slider for the butterfly once the embossed design was done.

To allow the butterfly to move freely, I punched at least 10 circles from scrap card and 2 from the pink card.  I glued the circles together in two sets, making sure there was a pink circle on the top of both.  One set goes underneath the curve, the other on top of the curve.  There is a tiny piece of foam tape gluing the two sets together which allows the butterfly to move along the curve freely.
Another piece of pink card was placed below the slider cut out using foam tape.  This allows the built up circles on the underside of the cut out to move freely.

The card was layered onto pink glitter card using foam tape
and then adhered to a white card base with double sided tape.
Once I was happy with the flower placement, they were glued into position with Tombow Mono Liquid Glue.

Crafts 4 U Embossing Folder - Butterfly and Vine
Crafts 4 U Dies - Claudie Butterfly Medium; Slide Alongs
Paper Roses - Stitched Simple Tags die
Impression Obsession - Butterfly Wishes
Little Birdie Flowers
Other - 1/2" hole punch 

 For more details or to see other ideas from the Creative Team,

Happy Crafting!

Friday, 27 April 2018


Ah, the joys of creating a 3D picture
when the instructions are all in Japanese!

My dear brother finds the most fascinating things when he visits Japan
and this was no exception.

It was my birthday recently, and he gave me a Cinderella Paper Theater
along with a display case to put it in (they are designed to go together).

All the pieces come flat in a cardboard envelope and all get slotted into position to create the picture.  Cinderella has little bits i.e. her hair, face etc that need glueing first, which was fairly easy.

 The fiddliest part was slotting the images together - I'd put one or two spacers in ok, but trying to get the others in without the first falling out - arghhhh!!!!

On the second attempt, I finally got the 3D theater in the display case without falling apart! 
I might just add, the theater fits very snuggly in the display case.

Thank you, big bro ...... very unique present!

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Washi Tape Matchbook

On one of the FB groups I'm in, one of the ladies, Teresa Morgan, shared a youtube
of how to make a Washi Decorated Tag Matchbook.

After watching the tutorial and seeing what others had done,
I decided to join in the fun.

My first one was easy and lots of fun,
so of course a second one had to be made too!

The one on the right probably has too many pages in the signature,
but it's entirely up to you how many to add.

The left one has less pages in the signature,
 and they are also made from a softer, handmade paper.

For the tutorial for this project, please go to
(shared with permission of Teresa Morgan)

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Flower Fairies

Good morning, welcome back!
I've always liked the flower fairies which were drawn and painted by 
Cicely Mary Barker many years ago, 
so when 49 and Market brought out some papers with these drawings,
I had to have some!

One of my aunts just celebrated her 90th birthday, and I was trying to think of suitable stamps or papers which would suit a lady of that age. 
 I looked through my paper collections and found this one, 
"Flower Fairies of Spring - In the Garden".


I cut it to 130mm x 130mm and added a black mat before adhering to a folded white card.
The sentiment was stamped in 'jet black' Archival Ink 
with a stamp from Stampendous - Birthday Wishes.

I had some flowers in my stash which co-ordinated with the background,
which added some dimension and height (but not too much as it needed to be mailed).


 I added some Wink of Stella to the flower petals on the paper
for a bit of extra shimmer.

Reaching a 90th birthday is quite an achievement
and I hope my aunt had a beautiful day celebrating her special day!

Happy Crafting!


Monday, 2 April 2018

Magical Jungle

Easter, April, end of daylight savings ....
what do all these have in common?  All in one weekend!

My weekend has been fairly quiet.  
Other members of my family have been out & about, or working or having fun;
but my fun has been sitting, quietly doing some colouring in.

Whenever Mr Mojo skips off to who knows where, I find myself picking up my current colouring book, in this case "Magical Jungle" by Johanna Basford, and just colouring.
As this butterfly is perfectly symmetrical, I thought I'd experiment a little with my favourite Prismacolor pencils. 

The left side of the butterfly has been coloured, and then I've gone back over each colour with my colourless blending pencil to smooth out and blend the colours.

 However, on the right side, I've used exactly the same colours,
 but this time left them just as you see them.

Both sides are equally as pretty, one is blended, one is not.

I had left all the lines between the patterns white as I wasn't sure what colour to do them, however once I'd finished colouring I decided to fill in the outlines with a silvery Gelly Roll pen.

I've enjoyed my quiet weekend of colouring - I'm hoping Mr Mojo has recharged his batteries over the last few days and will be at my craft desk tomorrow morning, ready for cardmaking again!

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 28 March 2018


One of my son's friends was getting married recently,
which of course means, having a card to go with a gift.
I don't often make wedding cards, so for inspiration I looked at Pinterest.

As luck would have it, I had recently acquired a 'bow tie' die
which was just what was needed for this card.

As the die has little polka dot holes in it,  I cut coloured paper to fit in behind each one.

'celebrate' is also a die,
I just wish that it was all connected instead of being in four parts
as it would have made centreing it much easier!
The white front of the card is glitter paper, matted onto black shimmer card,
then on lime/yellow shimmer and finally a blue shimmer.
It was all put onto a white card.

Crafts 4 U : Bow Tie
Crafts 4 U : Stitched Rectangles 
Paper Smooches : Birthday Words

 Happy Crafting!