WHO KNEW JOMO WAS A THING

JOMO

Oh the joy of missing out,
When the world begins to shout;
And rush towards the shining thing;
The latest bit of mental bling –
Trying to have it, see it, do it,
You simply know you won’t go through it;
The anxious clamouring and need
This restless hungry thing to feed
Instead you feel the loveliness
The pleasure of your emptiness.
You spurn the treasure on the shelf;
Without regret, without a doubt.
Oh the joy of missing out.

Leunig

 

 

“Less is More” Butterfly cards

Sometimes I forget to use the gorgeous designer papers that I have. I get caught up in the stamping and matching dies, and it is only when I am finished that I realise my huge stash of gorgeous paper is still intact.  This weekend I set about changing that, so I set a personal challenge to make some cards using pretty papers and very little else.  For my focal images I selected some of the new Card Papers from Meg’s Garden which depict butterflies.  I chose matching cardstock to offset the designs and to add some interest.

To enhance my cards I used Stitched square and rectangular Dies.  All of my cards are similar in design, but each is also unique in its own way.

Card  No.1 – Shown next to original 6″ x 6″ paper.   I didn’t want to waste anything, so I also cut the lower butterfly to use inside my card.

Card I Megs card pack - Copy

Card No. 2 – Shown with original paper.  I added a 1/4″scored border around the outside of the layered pieces.  The feather was fussy cut from the same piece of paper.

Card 2 Megs Card packs Butterflies - Copy

Card No. 3 – I added more scored lines around the outside of the card. Card 3 Meg's Card Paclks Butterflies - Copy

All three cards together:

card 4 butterflies

 

The hardest part of making these cards was deciding on the shape and orientation in order make the most of the papers.  Butterflies are favourites for card makers and I think you will agree these are lovely with their soft pastel shades.

I hope you enjoyed this idea of ‘less is more.’

Items used:

  • “In the Watercolour Garden” S137 and S137-2 Paper packs
  • Stitched Dies
  • Cardstock: White, grey, taupe and tangerine

Happy Monday and Happy Crafting Everyone.

Cards using Meg’s Garden “Rose Quartz” and “Watercolour in Blues” Card Packs

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I really enjoyed these paper packs from Meg’s Garden, which are specifically designed for Card Makers.  They come in packs of 12 (2 of each design) 6″ x 6″ papers. Each one is truly pretty.

This is a card from the Rose Quartz collection: Finished card is shown next to the card pack.

Card 1

To begin I cut the 6″ x 6″ paper into three sections and glued them to a co-ordinating piece of cardstock. The design on the paper is a cherry blossom twig, so I punched out some small flowers from the left over pieces of paper and following the design on the paper,  placed the flowers along the twigs. I laid some ribbon trim down the vertical length of the card and trimmed off tiny flowers from the same ribbon to place in the centre of each punched flower.

My next card is from the “Watercolour in Blues” paper pack.

card 2

 

This is a really simple card to make as I used the beautiful design on the paper as the focus of the card. I matted it onto a piece of pale grey cardstock.  I stamped a verse and heat embossed it, then added a few tiny diamonté to finish the card.

The front of my next card is also from the “Watercolour in Blues” Paper Pack:

card 3

Again quite a simple card to create allowing the design of the paper to be the focal point. I cut a small framed rectangle to one  side of my square card so that the selected portion inside the card would be exposed.

card 4

The paper used on the inside of the card comes from “In the Watercolour Garden” paper pack. So with the addition of the greeting and a few sequins and diamontes, my card is finished. I love the music notes on this paper collection.

I hope you enjoyed these cards and were inspired to have a go at making your own cards using pretty paper as your inspiration.

I have another two packs of these lovely papers to play with, and will do another post when I have more cards to show you.

If you have a moment drop into Meg’s Garden and see more of the gorgeous papers and other collections.

Products Used for these Cards:

From Meg’s Garden

  • Rose Quartz Card Pack S129
  • Watercolour in Blues Card Pack  S130
  • In The Watercolour Garden Card Pack S137-2
  • Daisy ribbon

From Barbara’s stash

  • MFT Peekaboo Window Die
  • Keep Your Faith Sentiment Stamp
  • Small Flower Punch
  • Cardstock and embellishments

 

Happy Crafting Everyone.

 

 

And Finally – Fun card using Stampotique stamps

This stamp is called “The Crafter” so of course I had to have it.

The Crafter Card

I can see more possibilities with this character.  The bottles and tins etc are a separate Stampotique stamp but I think they work well together.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series of ‘fun’ cards as much as I have.

Happy Crafting until next time.

 

 

Another Fun Card with stamp from Stampotique

I couldn’t resist using this sentiment and stamp together.

Bag of idiots card

 

I created the look of a bag by joining some of the lines on the outside of the stamp with a micron pen.

Then using a fairly hefty CTMH twine and my 1/16″ hole punch I threaded a ‘make believe’ closure to the top.  I coloured the bag and critters with colouring pencils and used some Washi Tape to create the background.  Black Cardstock base and designer paper (retired) is from Stampin’ UP!  I also added two small metal heart and lock embellishments to the ends of the twine.

Hope you enjoy this one.

Happy Crafting.

Some fun(ny) cards

I’ve had in my stash for some time a Stampotique stamp  that my husband picked up on one of our trips to a large craft store.  I liked it too,  but it wasn’t really my thing at the time, or so I thought.  Also in my stash was a collection of Dyan Reaveley sayings that I thought were amusing and not too nasty as some of these can be.  So I decided to combine the characters with the sayings.  Here is my first card with the stamp my husband chose.

Rainbow sprinkle card

I really like this little stamp and I think the words are perfect for her don’t you?

Having now added a few more Stampotique’s to my collection I decided to make a series of cards using the same techniques and matching the sayings to the image.

The next card I made:

Dinner is poured

Another cute Stampotique character.  I extended her skirt and gave her a glass of pink champagne too.  The floor is an Art Deco panel die, from Ultimate Crafts.

I’ll share another of the cards in this series in a day or two.

Products used:

  • Versafine black ink
  • Faber Castell colouring pencils
  • Stampin’ UP! Designer paper
  • Stampotique stamp
  • Dyan Reaveley (Ranger Dylusions) sayings
  • Scotch tape runner
  • Washi Tape
  • Ultimate Crafts Die
  • White paint pen
  • Micron Archival Ink Pens

 

Happy Crafting.

 

 

 

Questionnaire winner and compiled findings of small survey

 

Hi All, for those who are interested in the results of my little survey into your favourite, and go to items for card making.  Here are the results.  It was a fairly small sample but the results were really interesting and I thank everyone for taking some time to send their answers to the 10 questions.

I acknowledge that some people requested not to be included in the draw.

 

Q. 1 With the exception of Cardstock and Designer paper what are your 5 favourite card making products?

Top 5 answers in order of preference were: Stamps, Dies, Ink pads, Scoring board, and good quality Scissors.

Q.2 Do you prefer to make one layer cards or many layers?

Top answer was: Matting and lots of layers although for posting, one layer cards were preferred.

Q.3 How important are stamps and stamping to your card making?

Answer: They were a high priority for everyone –

Q. 4 and 5  Are Dies and die cutting a major feature of your cards?

Everyone agreed that they were a high priority for their cards. Die cutting machines used were:

Scan n Cut, Silhouette, Big Shot, Big Kick and Ebosser

Q.6 Favourite Embellishments?

There were quite a lot of these, but the top two were: Pearls/gems and ribbon.

Others were: grommets, brads, Ephemera, buttons, lace, twine, sequins, and tiny dots.

Q7. Glue or Double sided tape?

Most  used double sided tape,  but other favourites were wet glue, glue dots and tape runners.

Q.8  Do you Fussy Cut?

‘Yes’ was the most popular answer, though some people said they don’t like to fussy cut  if they can avoid it.

Q.9 Most popular Card Size? AND  Do you make your own envelopes?

A6 was the most popular size but most suggested they chose other sizes  such as various squares from 6″ x 6″ to 8″ x 8″, DL and 7″ x 5.  Many have an Envelope Punch board which makes up to 66 envelope sizes.  Some purchase pre-scored card and envelope packs.

Q.10 Which Ink Pads do you prefer?  (I realised this was a loaded question as there are so many to choose from), permanent, dye, archival etc etc.  This is a selection of the answers.

Distress Inks (most popular in this small survey), Rare Earth Inks, Stazon, Stampin’ UP!,  Versa magic, Memento, Embossing inks, Brilliance Inks for metallics and Versafine.

I found all this information really interesting, I hope you did too.  And now to the draw, which I conducted with Mr B this morning.

DRUM ROOOOOOOOLL  !

The Winner of the pretty paper packs and pre-scored cards is:

fibee 5

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I hope you enjoy your prize and thank you again for taking part in the questionnaire.

Happy Crafting Everyone.

Barbara