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
 https://youtu.be/hM30-WJz8QE
(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

Celebrate

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.

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

 Happy Crafting!


Monday, 26 March 2018

Effloresce!

It was my aunt's 86th birthday last week,
 and although I knew I would be having morning tea with her a couple of days later,
 I always think it's lovely to receive something in the mail on your special day.




I stamped the design in 'jet black' Archival Ink
and coloured it with pencils.

I went around the edges with 'broken china' Distress Ink to give it a border,
and adhered it to folded A5 white card.

Stamps
Aall & Create - #43

I popped an insert inside with a stamped birthday sentiment
as I always think it adds a touch of class.

My aunt was treated to a high tea by her family
and from what I heard, had a wonderful day!

Happy Crafting!
  


Saturday, 24 March 2018

Dragon Wishes

Good morning,
following on from yesterday's post ......



..... who wouldn't like this cute dragon bringing you birthday wishes?

Starting with the background, I smooshed white card through a mix of
'broken china', 'wilted violet' and 'twisted citron'  Distress Oxide inks.

While this was drying, I set to work colouring the dragon using co-ordinating
Kaisercraft pencils in 'seabreeze', 'peacock', 'lavender' and 'violet',
finishing off with a silver metallic on the claws.
To blend the colours I used Gamsol with a paper stump.

I stamped the sentiment in 'jet black' Archival Ink,
added a piece of washi tape across the bottom
and popped the dragon onto foam dimensionals.
Although you can't see it, I added Wink of Stella to the wings for extra shimmer.
A black mat and folded card .... and it's finished!

Stamps
Eclectic Images - Dragon Please
Stampendous - Birthday Wish


Challenge


Friday, 23 March 2018

The day we celebrate you ...

March seems to be a very popular month for birthdays,
but any excuse to make a card is fine with me!



I started by stamping and colouring this sweet little girl,
then fussy cut her and popped her onto foam dimensionals.

If you look at past blog posts, you will have noticed that I've been having fun
making backgrounds from smooshing card through Distress Oxide inks.
This background is a leftover piece of card that was sitting on my desk 
waiting for the perfect stamp (or in this case, girl),
to come along.

I stamped the quote, layered the background onto a black mat 
and attached it to a folded white card.

The sweet little girl almost looks like she is standing in front of a painting
in an art gallery - I wonder what she's thinking?

Stamps
Stampendous - Birthday Wish
Santoro - Little Heart (No. 57)
I'll be back again soon with another card from another birthday .....

Happy Crafting!