Saturday, 9 December 2017

There are always flowers

Although it's December, that doesn't mean that every card I make
 needs to be for the festive season.
Sometimes I make cards purely for the joy of creating something I like, 
no strings attached (so to speak).

I started with the background, sprinkling a combination of Orange and Yellow Ochre color burst over watercolour card.  A quick, light spritz with water and watch the magic happen!

Once the background was dry, I stamped the flowers directly onto it, and again onto extra white card. The extra flowers are watercoloured using Inktense Blocks to co-ordinate with the background.  The flower heads were fussy cut and glued directly over the stamped image.

A black mat was added before attaching to a folded white card.


Ken Oliver - Color Burst
Orange; Yellow Ochre

Happy Crafting!

Monday, 4 December 2017

Naughty or Nice

We have tickets to see Cat Stevens tonight - yippee!!!

But, before I get too excited, here's something else to look at :

Yes, it's creeping up on me ...... hmmm, I guess I should start shopping!

I made a set of these cards for a magazine, 
but as it was due to hit the shops at least a month ago and is yet to make an appearance,
I decided I'd blog them instead.

I used my favourite background technique for these cards,
and of course, my favourite stamps as well.


I'm still hopeful the magazine will appear as it was relatively new on the market,
(should be issue 6) but of course, there was no guarantee that my cards would be published anyway.  
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Can you guess my favourite?

I've been on a bit of a roll the last couple of days, 
so glad that Mr Mojo returned to give me a helping hand!

As tomorrow is December, that can only mean one thing .....
Christmas Cards

I started off with some freebie stamps that were attached to magazines recently.

[Papercraft Essentials - Issue 151]

I realise she is a little too well rugged up for an Australian Christmas,
however, she is rather sweet.

[Papercraft Essentials - Issue 150]

Next we have some of Santa's little helper gnomes,
I wonder what is in the box?

[Papercraft Essentials - Issue 150] 

Another variation of Santa's helper gnomes.

[Stampendous - Holiday Expressions SSC1231]

[Stampotique - Wookie]
[Stamper's Anonymous - Crazy Things]

As Wookie didn't have his own Santa hat, he borrowed one from Mr Holtz!

I've been making six of each design as I would get bored very easily if I only had one design!

Which one do you prefer?

I'm biased .....  can you guess my favourite?

Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Thank you

Do you ever have one of those days where you just want to start again
and go in a totally different direction?  Yesterday was one of those days!

On a brighter note, today started with a walk/talk with a friend
and has been quiet, but good. 
 I always think talking things through with a non-judgemental friend who can listen and offer advice is half the battle won!

Anyhow .......

I recently wanted to send a thank you note to an acquaintance
so out came one of my new stamps I acquired at the recent Penrith Papercraft Show.


I played with my current favourite technique,
Distress Oxide inks and stencil, stamped directly onto the background
and added a bit more ink to the heart, eyes and top feathers.
 A little piece of washi tape for grounding and balance was added.
(I think it looked better in real life than in my photo - oops!)
Carabelle Studio - "3 Oiseaux"
PaperArtsy - "JOFY 33"
Thanks for coming by today .....
Happy Crafting!

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Gesso is not my friend!

I suppose I should make a start on my Christmas cards
as it's almost December,
but as luck would have it, Mr Mojo seems to have skipped off somewhere AGAIN!
In the meantime, I'm playing along with a challenge entitled
Christmas Mini Canvas
where each week a new prompt is given.
 [We're up to step 3, so I'll go backwards in time to step 1]

[Step 3]

 "Use either the top, thin layer of a Christmas serviette, tissue paper,
musci or book pages, Christmas themed papers, collages emphemera,
or an image cut from a magazine and glued to part/s of your canvas."

I found a serviette, cut baubles out and glued them into place using clear gesso.
Gesso and I are NOT friends .... sigh!
Yes, it glued, BUT the gesso looks like it bleached the colour from the painted canvas.
It's happened with both but is more noticeable on the pink one.
Hopefully, by the time the canvases are finished, it will be covered over.

[Step 2]

"Use a Christmas themed stencil/s to add acrylic medium to part of your canvas
e.g. moulding paste, sand paste, gel medium, 3D gloss/matte medium, heavy gesso, crackle paste, pumice, tar etc.  You may add colour to your acrylic medium first if you want."

On both canvases I used Viva Modellier Creme 'Mother of Pearl Champagne'.
The star stencil is 'Starry Starry Night' by Dylusions,
the tree stencil is 'Christmas Tree Swirl' by Imagination Crafts.

[Step 1]

"Add a layer of gesso before adding one complete layer of paint; one colour only.
(This will be the dominant colour so choose carefully - remember it's a Christmas canvas.)"

I chose the only two Dylusion paints I own, 'Bubblegum Pink' and 'Polished Jade'.

Who knows how these canvases will turn out, as each week something more will be added.
I'm looking forward to continuing the journey with each prompt.

Happy Crafting!

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!