Thursday, March 31, 2016

Mojo 441

Here is my Mojo 441 card

I ordered a thumb drive with papers and images and this is part of that.  It's called "A Pocket Full of Paper" from Craftwork Cards. The paper from the left is so pretty, flowers and favorite.  The image in the circle is a coordinating image that I printed out and colored with my copic markers.  The paper on the right was embossed with an Anna Griffin folder from Cuttlebug.  The butterfly is a die from Bo Bunny.  I cut it out in black, traced around it on white, glued them together and colored it up with Copics.  The pearls are Nuvo Crystal Drops.  I've used Weathered Wood Distressing Inks around all the paper, very subtle and hard to see here.

I haven't decided what to put in the inside for a sentiment, thought I would wait until I decide who it goes to and for what.  Would make a beautiful Mother's Day card but my Mom is no longer with me.

Here is the inside, ready for something.

The Pink paper had roses and butterflies as border on both sides so I just flipped the colors.  I still have enough papers left over to stamp a sentiment and layer it up.

Happy crafting.  Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, March 25, 2016


Here is my Mojo Monday 440 card.  I made a card for last week too but I never got around to posting it so I'm adding it below also.

I started out with some basic black CS from "The Paper Company".  Is this stuff getting lighter or what?  I guess that's what you get when crafting on a budget.  Anyway, after you layer it it gets heavier.....I matted with some mirri card in gold then a deep purple.  I got some gold foiled vellum with one of the Kanban Kits and I just love it and wanted to use some here since this card is for an old friend.  I had been going through a paper pad I got from Hunkydory and it had a sheet with this colorful butterfly and I really loved the colors so I decided from the beginning that it would be my focal point.  I used an Anna Griffin border embossing folder on the mirri card for the middle strip and matted with black and purple CS.  I did same with the two panels.  It is the design on the flip side of the butterfly.  It's pretty busy so a little goes a long way!  I added some glossy accents to the body of the butterfly, and some stickles to the wings which didn't show up in the photo so I guess I didn't go overboard.

My circles in the middle are not perfect as you can see, I have some spellbinder's circles, but I don't want a 1/4 mat so I have to cut them out by hand....the only perfect one is the mirri card (gold).  This prompted me to go buy a circle cutter today.  Thank God JoAnn's had a sale and I had a coupon for another 20% off the entire order including sale items.  It's not a perfect solution but I'll have to work on the technique for using one, totally botched the first one I tried to was only scrap paper so what the heck.  I would like to have some circle dies from Tattered Lace but a set runs about $40.  They run in 1/8 inch intervals and have about 15 dies so it's worth the price, just don't have the funds right now.

Here's the card for last week's sketch.....

The stamp is from Heartfelt Creations, colored in with Copics, the border die is from Creative Expressions, the Bow die is from Tattered Lace, the butterfly is a Martha Stewart punch, and paper from Heartfelt Creations Sunrise Lillies Pad.  I added some drops for pearls..they are from Tonic called Nuvo Crystal Drops.  I have had the best luck with these, I have tried the Liquid Pearls but always end up with what looks like Hereshey Kisses, and then got some stuff called "Perlin Pen" that ends up the same way just not as bad.  The Nuvo levels out very nicely and makes little round mounds like it's supposed to, I'm a happy camper and they come it a ton of colors.

Time to plan my next project, Thank for stopping by and taking a look.  Stay Crafty!

Sunday, March 13, 2016


I made this card for my grandson TJ, who is turning 7 this month.

He is a big Thomas fan so I paper pieced this Imaginesce stamp.  It's a little 3D too - I popped up the wheels just a little.  I've used paper from the "All Geared Up" paper pad from Heartfelt Creations, the sentiment is also from the pad.  The stars are cut out of Mirror card using some Momenta Dies that come with little embossing plates that fit inside the dies.  I snapped a picture of the inside before adding it so I don't have to fold the card the wrong way.

I just used my leftover paper....I planned ahead and cut the circle for the front out of the center of the stripy blue paper and covered it with the leftover red.  The tag is the same as on the front and I've used the little train stamp to put some background in.

Have a great week!  Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Some other Birthday Cards

I've become addicted to using Card making kits.  This is because I have become addicted to watching Create and Craft shopping channel.  I watch mainly for the company.  I like to make cards, I find it relaxing.  I used to make cards with my kids on Valentine's day and Christmas and now that they are grown, they no longer wish to make cards.  In the past few years my second from oldest daughter used to come up but she has a new guy she can't seem to live without so now I craft alone.  It saves me time but I would really like to share my ideas and such, have a conversation or two and just have some fun.  I have a friend who likes to do the same but she works and lives about 30 miles away and we rarely see each other any more.  So, one day last spring I was running through the channel guide and stumbled on a program on the "Save" channel.  They run shows from (Mountain Time) 9 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon.  It's called Creat and Craft.  Like HSN only with craft stuff.  It comes to us from the UK.  They started a US show in January of last year.  They usually have a show host and a demonstrater.  They are getting more American hosts but I enjoy the UK hosts just as much.  The best part is that they sell stuff you can't get anywhere around here, and by here I mean Idaho.  I can't talk for the rest of the US, but getting Cardmaking and Scrapbooking supplies is getting to be slim pickin's anymore and the brands they showcase you can't get at all......well, I have seen some Tattered Lace on JoAnn's website but not near the variety as they have.  And cardstock.....I got 50, yes 50 sheets of mirrored cardstock for 15.00.  I had to hunt high and low for mirrored cardstock in JoAnn's and finely found 1 piece that cost me 1.99.  It was the last one. I can craft along with the show....I have gotten many pointers from the demos.  Since they have separated the studios (the US now has their own studio) the variety of products have gotten smaller, but I still see things we just don't get here.  Two of the Companies are Hunkydory and Kanban.  They make kits...I have seen some kits on HSN with Anna Griffin but these go waaay beyond.  I spend most of my time when I start a card trying to decide what cardstock to use and what colores etc.  And wouldn't you just know that when you find that perfect background paper to use, you don't have the solid cardstock to match.  I have spent HOURS trying to get my color scheme together and it's not like I don't have reams of paper stacked up around here (you can never have too much paper).  Well, when you get these cardmaking kits, they come with cardstock, paper, and they all go together.  I have reduced my time down in my cardmaking by a good 75%.  It's still handcrafted and it's up to you how you use what you get so it's not like paint-by-the-number.  I feel kind of guilty from time to time because it's not totally handmade, but I still do coloring, and stamping.  Oh well, confessions of a paper junkie.  Anyway, just saying that if you get frustrated like I do trying to find dies, cardstock, and ideas...try tuning in.  Or check out the website where you can watch online and shop.  it's  Check out Kanban and Hunkydory and Tattered Lace and Heartfelt Creations.

Here are some cards I have made using this stuff.

Hunkydory, flowers are Heartfelt Creations and Tattered Lace

Inside.....sentiment from Kanban

Kanban "Belle Fleur"

Creative Expression Dies....Heartfelt Creations Stamps and Dies

Kanban, Anna Griffin Die, Tattered Lace dies.

Happy Crafting!


Here are some of this year's Valentines

Experimenting with Acetate!  Punch outs from Kanban 's Belle Fleur kit and the acetate is from Hunkydory.

For the next two cards, I bought some Valentine's from the store and decouged them up since you get like 6 of the same kind.  This one has 3 layers.  My 16 year old son got a kick out of this one.

And this one is more of what they call Pyramage and it has 7 layers.  This one was for my 7 year old grandson.

Hunkydory Oriental set.

Some Kanban "Madison", some stamps and gilding flakes.

My oldest son says he doesn't want hearts and flowers and stuff.....Tattered Lace and Creative Expression Dies, Anna Griffin Embossing folders and Studio G Stamps.

Creative Expression die, glitter , Hero Arts stamps and dies for the butterflies and Hunkydory paper.


Here's my take on the Mojo sketch this week

Created from the Hunkydory Card set "Burtterflies in Flight".   It may be cheating but they have some of the prettiest stuff....and I have done all the matting and layering so I have worked some.  The little butterflies I cut out of the Butterflies book, rounded 2 corners and then matted them on some rosy colored mirror cardstock, then glued them down on a square of chocolate brown CS,  the round butterflies is a cardtopper from the set which I Matted on some more Chocolate brown CS.  In the back is a border die from Anna Griffin layered on some more mirror CS and then matted on the same brown CS as the rest (also the card base).  The flower I made with the Heartfelt creations Vintage Rose Set....stamps and dies that coordinate for making flowers.  The backgroud CS is Hunkydory and so is the ribbon.  The bling is from Studio G.

Here is the inside

This is the other half of the CS from the front.  Click on the picture to get the bigger view and you will see how the butterflies in the corner look like I fussy cut them and put them on but it's printed on the CS with shadows so it looks like they are 3D.  And this is good heavy CS.....#111.  I am really impressed with the quality of this product.

Guess that's all for now, got to get some other stuff posted.  I have not been a good blogger, I don't hardly post unless I submit to Mojo Monday but I think I will get some other stuff up that I have done.  Take a browse if you please, comments are nice but not necessary.