Saturday, 18 November 2017

Friendship Gifts

I think I'm on a bit of a roll lately.  
My poor blog was feeling rather neglected,
 but this month Mr Mojo has got back to the craft room desk
and is having a lovely time catching up with things!
 
At the church I belong to, once a month there is a Friendship Service
which is primarily (but not limited to) for the older folk in the congregation,
who for various reasons, find it difficult to attend regular Sunday services. 
So, on the first Wednesday each month, the old folk are picked up from their homes, 
taken to church, enjoy morning tea or a light lunch together, and are then taken home again.
 
In December, the same thing happens, however they are treated to a lovely lunch
with all the trimmings, an outside choir come and sing carols,
and a very festive time is enjoyed by everyone.
 
Each place setting has a little gift,
and for the last few years I've helped contribute with something craft related.
This year I've been making little packs of 4 gift cards (and envelopes) and some fridge magnet calendars.



[4 cards & envelopes]

[4 cards & envelopes]

[1 Christmas card with 4 gift tags]

[4 cards & envelopes]

[fridge magnet calendar]

As each of the card packs vary in size and no two are the same, 
a variety of each of these will be placed on each table.

To add a more festive touch, I'll finish each pack off with some colourful curling ribbon.

I've almost finished making everything, just a few more to go.  
Once they are done, I should have around 75 packs which should be plenty to go around!
 
Happy Crafting!
 








Thursday, 16 November 2017

Lunch for Two

One of my very good friends, recently asked if I would be able to make a 65th Birthday card
for one of the ladies where she worked.  Of course, I said "yes".

I have made something similar previously,
however, I do think it is a lovely design for a special birthday.



I cut the background paper from a sheet of 
49 and Market "Flower Fairies of Spring - Seedlings"
being sure to have some of the flowers showing.
Looking through my stash of flowers, I found a variety of pink and cream blooms
which co-ordinated beautifully with the background flowers.


In amongst my bits & pieces, I found a ticket that said 'Tea for 2',
however, since I knew that a lunch was involved for the birthday girl,
I found a blank ticket and added 'lunch for 2' instead.



The arched window (Kaisercraft) was cut from 
Prima Love Clippings Collection - Little Love Clippings
which has random copper foil dots over it.
A 65th was also cut from the same paper, as was a couple of tiny butterflies.

The finished card front was adhered to a square ivory card.

Although the card could have squeezed into a large envelope,
it would have been a shame if the flowers had become squashed,
so I created a little pizza box for it to sit in, 
which was tied with a pretty ribbon.

I am reliably told that the recipient was delighted with her special card.
I hope she has a very Happy 65th Birthday!
Happy Crafting!
 

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Global Warming?

Summer means Christmas is fast approaching
[unless you live in the northern hemisphere]
so I thought the image on this card was perfect.



A snowman certainly wouldn't stay standing for more than a few seconds on one of our hot summer days,  and Christmas is usually quite warm.

The background was done using distress oxide inks and a stencil.  

'Global Warming?' was stamped directly onto the background.  A second image was stamped onto white cardstock, coloured and fussy cut.  It was glued directly over the background image.

 The background panel was glued to a white background (11.5cm square),
then a co-ordinating mat (12.5cm square) before adhering to folded white card (13cm square).

Stamps
Stampotique - Global Warming?
Kaisercraft - Christmas Sentiments CS140

Challenge
http://craftstamper.blogspot.com.au/2017/11/take-it-make-it-challenge-november.html 

Happy Crafting!
    


Monday, 13 November 2017

Naughty or Nice?

I was rather chuffed to see my 'Merry' tag in print,
however, a couple of other submissions didn't make the grade.
Nevertheless I was very happy with how they turned out ....





This gorgeous Santa's helper thought she'd dress up in a non-traditional colour
- naughty or nice?  Hehehehe!!!!
 
I found some nice background paper, and added a co-ordinating mat, which was adhered to folded white card.   I stamped, coloured and fussy cut her, adding some glitter washi tape for her to stand on as well as a small snippet in the top corner for balance.

This card is fairly simple in design, but I like it.
Perhaps I'm biased?  Hehehehe!!!
 
Stamps
Julie Nutting (Prima) - Merry Nice
 
I'll be back tomorrow with the other card (that didn't make it)!
 
Happy Crafting!
   


Saturday, 11 November 2017

Merry

Seeing something I've created get published
is always such a thrill!
In this month's Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft magazine
I have a little Christmas tag - you'll find it on page 44.

Entitled "Merry" , she is a sweet little girl in non-traditional colours of purple and aqua.


I stamped, coloured and fussy cut her, leaving a little white border.
I cut two identical tags in white card, the top one was also cut using a Tim Holtz die,
which when sandwiched together, allows the sparkle of aqua glitter paper to show through.

  
Using dimensionals, "Merry" was popped onto the tag, and a small sentiment was added.
The tag was edged with 'wilted violet' Distress Ink and a pretty ribbon finishes it off.



You will find my tag and instructions in Vol 24 No 2 of
Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft - out now!

Stamps
Impression Obsession Rubber Stamps - Snowstar Girl

Feel free to leave a message and tell me what you think.

Happy Crafting!
   

Monday, 6 November 2017

Beautiful!

Today has been one of those four seasons in one day kind of day.
It started with a thunderstorm around 6am and pouring rain.  Around 8am the weather had fined up so I put a load of washing on, and by the time I pegged it, the sun was shining.  Not for long .... the clouds were getting darker making everything gloomy and then I heard thunder.  A quick dash to the clothes line to grab the washing before it got another rinsing.  This afternoon was gloomy, sunny, cloudy and couldn't make up its mind, so I decided the washing could wait until tomorrow to be re-pegged.

On the other hand, it was the perfect day to stay inside and get some overdue crafting started. 

Yesterday was the Papercraft Show at Penrith and on one of the stalls, I happened across some A4 sheets of paper which were perfect for some quick cards.   I'm putting together cards/envelope sets for the old folk at church which will be put on the place settings at their annual Christmas lunch in early December.  [photos to come shortly]

In the meantime,
here's a card that I made recently .....


This gorgeous stamp is one of the recent releases from Stampotique,
I just love the relaxed feel of these flowers and if you look carefully,
you will see the word beautiful on one of the leaves!

I coloured it with Inktense blocks which create lovely vibrant water colours.

I gave it a co-ordinating yellow mat before adhering it white cardstock.

Stamps
Stampotique - Flos #14023
Tim Holtz - Simple Sayings

Thanks for popping in to say 'hi' , I'll be back again before you know it!

Happy Crafting!
     

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Girlfriends

Yes, I know ..... I dropped off the planet for a while
but now I've returned and am ready to get back into crafting again!

I'm part of a very special group of ladies who first met up at when our eldest children were little babies.  Towards the end of October we celebrated 28 years of friendship and to mark the occasion, I made and delivered six cards expressing my thanks for such a wonderful group.


Each card was coloured slightly differently from the one before
[so I don't get bored] but otherwise they are the same.

As I wasn't going to get them posted on time, 
delivery was done via a night driving lesson!

Stamps
Art Impressions - "Girlfriends" #UMU4011
Lawn Fawn - Jessie's ABCs


Now that my annual job has come to an end (HSC supervising),
life should once again return to normal .
The agenda for this week is to get going with some gifts for the old folk at church,
ready to be handed out at their Christmas lunch early in December. 
I have made a start, but another 50 or so to go - wish me luck!


See you soon!


Happy Crafting!
   





Tuesday, 3 October 2017

You're friggin' special


"I don't care if you lick windows, take the special bus, or ......"
have I ever mentioned how much I love Stampotique stamps?

 If you read yesterday's blog post, you will have noticed that
the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge theme is
"P" is for Pink Halloween
 and one of the swaps I'm doing this month is a halloween tag.
Ahh .... a perfect match!


 



This tag is a little wider than usual but I'm really pleased with how it all went together.

First I stamped the quote in the bottom corner of a piece of ivory card, 
and then stamped "Relaxin' " next to it.  
There was just enough room to add "happy halloween" down the side.



With 'worn lipstick' Distress Oxide ink on my craft mat, I spritzed the ink with water and swiped the tag through it.  I let it dribble a bit and then mopped the excess with a tissue. 
Next I added 'fired brick' Distress Ink through a spider web stencil, then spritzed it with water letting it dribble and dry naturally.

I coloured "Relaxin' " with watered down Distress Inks.  With the excess inks, I smooshed a ribbon through the colours to co-ordinate with the tag.  To finish, I added a black mat and tied the ribbon in place.

Stamps
Stampotique - "Relaxin' "; "Quote #1"
Tim Holtz - "Simple Sayings"

Challenge
Stampotique Designers Challenge - Anything but a card
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - "P" is for Pink Halloween


My apologies for the bold italics, but either blogger or my computer are playing silly buggers.  
Oh well ...... such is life!

Happy Crafting!
   
 

Monday, 2 October 2017

"P" is for Pink Halloween

"P" is for Pink Halloween
is the theme at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers 
in honour of Pink Ribbon Day for Breast Cancer.



I have recently been playing with Distress Oxides to create different backgrounds
and this one fitted in with the pink theme quite well.

The aliens seem to look a bit worried by Spiderwitch 
and, who can blame them?

"3 in a round" was stamped directly onto the background and then fussy cut.  They were again stamped onto white card, coloured and fussy cut again, before gluing them directly over the first image.

Some spider web was stencilled over the corner of the background.  
Both pieces were mounted onto black card before adhering to pink card.

Stamps
Stampotique - "3 in a round"; "Spiderwitch"; "3 greetings"


Challenge
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - "P" is for Pink Halloween



  

 Happy Crafting!

 

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Happy Halloween

I thought I should pop in here again before September disappears forever, so ......


.... I'm not really into halloween, but I'm still happy to play along with swaps and challenges.

These two tags will soon be flying off on their broomsticks to parts unknown.


The background is a blend of 'broken china' and 'twisted citron' Distress Oxides.
Lightly mist a stencil with water, place on top and lift up, leaving shadowy words behind.


This background is a combination of 'spiced marmalade', 'wilted violet' and 'fired brick' Distress Oxides.
A cobweb stencil has also been added to both tags.

"Faith" is coloured with prismacolor pencils, fussy cut and glued onto the tag.
"Spiderwitch" is stamped, fussy cut and popped onto foam squares.

Stamps
Stampotique - "Faith"; "Spiderwitch"; "3 Greetings"


Happy Crafting!

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Guess who I finally met?

After waiting for so long, on Friday I finally got to meet
Dyan Reaveley!
Yippee!!! 

Was I excited?  Do I sound excited?

After picking up my friend Jenni, we headed up the coast to Pages 2 Scrap at Tuggerah
for our full day class with Dyan.

It was a day full of fun, paint, getting messy and having a blast learning new techniques.

We started with the 'baby wipe technique'
where we applied the first layer of paint with a baby wipe,
followed by another two layers using less paint each time
and mooshing it together with our fingers.
We then used a stencil to add more of the first colour.



The second lesson was the 'brayer technique'
where we applied three layers of paint using a brayer. 
We then added a pop of a fourth (complimentary) colour
using more stencils.


A similar page using the same colours became this .....


 
The third technique we covered was blocking
where we used four different colours
followed by stencilling different patterns over them using the same four colours.


Even the mop up pages look good!

There are of course, lots more pages full of these techniques and once I get a few more Dylusions paints, I'll open my journal to a clean page and play again!

I'm so glad Dyan came to Australia to do some classes.
I sure hope, now that she knows we're a nice bunch, that she will come again in the not-too-distant future.   Until next time .....

Happy Crafting!
   
 


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Instead of being late ....

Only three more sleeps to go ....,
until Dyan Reavesley's class on Friday!
Am I EXCITED?  Oh YES indeed!!!!
 
in the meantime, GULP ....



I am very good at sending off late birthday cards - oops!

The background of this card was made by blending four colours of Distress Oxide inks together, laying a stencil of the top and going back with the same colours again.

The giraffe was stamped onto the background and again onto white cardstock.  He was then coloured, fussy cut and glued directly over the first image.  He even got to stand on a piece of torn washi tape in the same colours.  An appropriate sentiment was added, a little colour was blended onto the edges and the panel was adhered to a folded white A5 card.

Stamps
Katzelkraft - KTZ168
Stampendous - Birthday Wishes

For those who read my previous blog, I just want to say I had a much better day today with no fuzzy head and no 'bleh'!!!

Happy Crafting!
 

Monday, 11 September 2017

Moth Season

Do you ever wake up feeling bleh for no reason?
This morning was one of those days, sigh!
Thankfully, things seem to have improved this afternoon, 
so I've just written instructions for an upcoming class later in September.

Meanwhile .....



..... I've been playing with Distress Oxide inks
which are heaps of FUN!!!

This is a blend of 'twisted citron' and 'spiced marmalade' ,
spritz a stencil lightly with water, and
hey presto, you have a cool and interesting background pattern.

Stamp with 'jet black' Archival Ink.
Cut the panel to size and adhere to a folded black card.
  
Stamps
Visible Image - "Glimmer of Light"

I'll be back again soon with more cards .....

Happy Crafting!
 



Thursday, 7 September 2017

Feet in the Water

Another beautiful day beckons outside,
so first up today is morning tea with my brother and our aunt
at our favourite cafe.

After that ..... it's grocery shopping - ugh!

In the meantime to cheer everyone up,
here is something I made recently for a friend's birthday.


I started with four different Distress Oxide ink colours, blending each one until I was happy with the depth of colour.  A stencil was placed over part of the background and the same colours were dabbed through creating the pattern.

The flamingo was stamped firstly onto the background and again on white cardstock.
He was coloured with Prismacolor pencils, fussy cut and placed directly over the first image.

The panel was mounted onto folded white cardstock.

Stamps
Carabelle Studio - "feet in the water"
Stampendous - "birthday wish"

Stencil
Kaisercraft - Oriental (6"x6") #IT430
Happy Crafting!
 

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Lookin' fabulous, ladies!


I spent a lovely afternoon in my friend's craft room today ....
in between chatting and a cuppa,
I inked up a couple of new stamps and spent some time colouring them
with my favourite Prismacolor pencils.


Ok, so the lighting isn't the best at night,
and they need to be finished off and made into cards
but they were lots of fun and very relaxing.

Thanks for having me Jenni, I really enjoyed my afternoon in your craft room,
(not to mention some furry friend time, as well!)

  Stamps
Art Impressions - Loungers Set
Art Impressions - "Girlfriends"

Happy Crafting!
  

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Flying!

What a beautiful day it has been today - it's almost the official end of winter,
the sun is shining in a cloudless sky, there is just a hint of a breeze 
- if only it could be like this through summer as well!  LOL!

So, what have I been up to?
Inside making cards - what else would you expect?
I did, however, sit on the front steps in the sun to eat my lunch - very nice, I must say!



Hmmm ..... I don't think I've shown this card ....
it was made for a friend's recent birthday, and now that I know he received it,
I can show it.

I don't have nearly enough stamps for masculine cards,
so when I saw this one I thought it would do very nicely.

It is stamped with Archival 'jet black' ink
and coloured with Prismacolor pencils.

Stamps
Paper Rose - Flying Through the Sky
I'll be back soon with what I've been up to, so please come back again!

 Happy Crafting!
 

Saturday, 26 August 2017

This little piggy ....

..... went to market, hehehe!!!
 
But honestly, these little piggy stamps from Stampin' Up!
are so cute, who could resist?





A few months ago I was asked if I would like to be part of the
Stampers' Challenge in Cardmaking, Stamping and Papercraft magazine.
Of course, I said yes, and so shortly after I received some Stampin' Up! goodies in the mail.
 
 


These cards were so much fun to put together and I can see them being used for quite some time to come.
 
I would like to say a BIG thank you to Stampin' Up! for their generosity in sponsoring this challenge!
 
  

You can see these and more samples in Vol 24 No 1, out now!

Happy Crafting!
 

Friday, 25 August 2017

Doing something right

Woohoo!!!
I'm on a roll, or maybe just doing something right, but .....

I've been published again!!!

And not one, not two but 5 cards in total - WOW!!!

Drum roll .....



In Cardmaking, Stamping and Papercraft magazine [just picked up my copy today], is a special feature using Distress Oxide Inks.

These inks are so easy to use as they blend seamlessly and every result will be different.



Both these cards are made using the same technique, but different colours and stamps.

I was very happy with how they both turned out,
so if you are hestitant about using these inks, just go for it - they are brilliant!!!

Stamps
Visible Image (top card)
Lavinia Stamps (bottom card)



You can find these two cards in Vol 24 No. 1 - out now!

I'll be back later to show off the other three cards, so please come back!

Happy Crafting!
        


Thursday, 17 August 2017

Mini Albums of Positivity

As I was saying in my last post, I was looking for inspiration yesterday and came across a link for a mini album which was made from one sheet of paper.   What I finished up with was not one, but two mini albums!


I started with a sheet of A4 watercolour paper
[not the best quality paper, but it worked for what I wanted to use]
sprinkled Ken Oliver Color Burst (powder paint) in
'Violet' and 'Pthalo Green' and lightly spritzed with water.
Once that was dry, the paper was folded in half, and then half again.  It was unfolded and then folded in half the other way.  A cut was made along the fold line, between two other folds.  Using a bone-scorer, everything was folded flat to create a three page mini album.

[album 1 - first page]

Different washi tapes in black & white were added to the edge of each page.

[album 1 - second page]

The cute little images are from Stampotique 'animal cube', a perfect size for this album.

[album 1 - third page]

The word stickers are from Carpe Diem - posh.
To make the word stickers stand out, I edged them with 'seedless preserves' Distress Marker.
 
[album 2 - first page]

Both albums have a piece of linen washi tape on the spine.

[album 2 - second page]

These cute little dogs are from Stampotique 'dog cube'.

[album 2 - third page]

To finish them off, I wrapped a length of yarn around twice and added a charm.

I think I may send these two little albums to a couple of good friends who sometimes struggle with life, but who are also a great support to others around them.
 
Happy Crafting!
 


 




Albums of Positivity!

I haven't been around so much lately,
and I'm not entirely sure why.
I try to craft every day, even if it's just a bit of colouring,
but sometimes there is really not much to show at the end of the day.

Yesterday, with Mr Mojo off somewhere else, I clicked on a link for a mini album using just one sheet of paper  [if I find the link again, I'll add it here] for inspiration.

I ended up with not one, but two mini albums!

[Now, if only I could figure out how to load the photos - this is weird!]



 Ok, so until I figure this out, I guess there are no pictures!

In the meantime ........

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

God's Opinion

Hmmm, what shall I show you today?





Recently, my BFF asked if I could make her a selection of cards
as her stock was low.  Of course, I said 'yes' , so among the birthday cards,
I tucked in a couple of baby cards, one for a boy and one for a girl.




Yes, I know they are both the same, but with a little change of colour, 
it's easy to make a simple but pretty design.

The little giraffe was a freebie on a recent magazine 
and the sentiment is from Stampin' Up! called 'Occasional Quotes'
[I'm not sure whether it is discontinued as it's a few years old].

My friend was very happy with the selection of cards I made for her,
the least I can do when she makes me gorgeous quilts!
 
Happy Crafting!
 


Saturday, 5 August 2017

Angel Gate


Ooh, I'm EXCITED!
I've been published again, this time with a little
off-the-page canvas that I called Angel Gate.





I started by glueing a layer of white tissue paper to the pre-gessoed canvas, then added 'squeezed lemonade', 'mustard seed' and 'fossilized amber' Distress Inks until I was happy with the colour.

A script stamp was added randomly, followed by Modellier Creme through a stencil and allowed to dry.




A chipboard gate was given some finger painting using Silk glaze,
and finished off with crackle accents for added interest.

The angel was coloured with pencils for her skin and hair, and Distress Ink for her dress and wings.
Although you can't see it in the photo, her wings have Wink of Stella shimmer added.




You can find these instructions and lots more, in Issue 5 of Creative Papercraft - out now!




Stamps
Carabelle Studio - 'an angel to love'

I'm off to read all the other projects, so until next time .....
Happy Crafting!